Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A gift of love ~ Aham Bhumika

If you read my blog regularly you might be aware about Aham Bhumika  but today I am here to tell you something more about it. Not very moons ago I was contemplating of gifting a few things to my loved ones on varied occassions ranging from birthdays to wedding anniversaries. And surprisingly I found my answer at Aham Bhumika. Because as I flipped through the various online gifting portals I couldn't find something that not only conveyed by feelings but also rendered a personal touch to it. At that moment a tweet by Aham Bhumika became the answer.


I chose this beautiful red and yellow bag for my Nani on her 60th wedding anniversary. My reasons were many. Primarily yellow and red are considered auspicious colours for a married woman moreover this particular design had 9 people embroidered and she had 8 grandchildren! I told her this denotes of all the good times we have had with her. And the tree, is the tree of her life. Standing tall at 75 years the tree is blooming with all the love and is richly laden with fruits of her labour today.

The most important reason I chose this bag is its light- weighted-ness. This ensured she could carry it easily with her bare minimum things like that of emergency medicines, water bottle, purse and glasses along with her without feeling bogged down by the sheer weight of the bag. She not only loved it but is flaunting it all around because it is that comfy! As she told me about the compliments she received for it I could sense the pride in her voice.She was gushing when she told me, "This is just perfect!" And my mom affirmed this for me when she added, " She hasn't let anyone else touch this one." For someone who hates using bags to do this was no mean feat!

This quilt was a wedding gift for a newly married friend who stays in Aligarh. Aligarh is known to grow very chilly in winters and I wanted her to have something that reminded her of the warmth we shared as friends.

This quilt which could be used both the sides was beautiful in its bright colours but also equally comfortable with its softness. It served the perfect purpose of gifting someone love and warmth. Needless to say, she loved it!

Ah! This lovely tote was for a dear friend and a fellow Gemini. I send it to her to celebrate our common bond. She loved its size at a glance as it is too handy and at the same can store all the basic things one needs to carry while on the go daily to work. 

She works as a teacher and felt this not only dignified her looks but also made her look classy! And yes I agree. Classy this bag is. The work on this is so intricate and done with such wonderful hands that you are bound to feel its beauty and no doubt you will be proud to flaunt it to one and all.

The best thing about all these gifts was the way they looked a labour of love for there were so many women working hard behind this. By buying gifts from Aham Bhumika you not only help those women earn a livelihood but also ensure your gifts have a touch of love in them. So what are you waiting for?

Spotlight: Absence of You by Sarah Elle Emm

Absence of You
by Sarah Elle Emm
Released on 17th May, 2016


About the Book:

Monday, May 30, 2016

Guest Post: The Writer in me by Purba Chakraborty

Today we have Purba Chakraborty with us in conversation where she bares her heart and lets us know how she became what she is. Everyone has a story and today we are going to listen to Purba's story which is not only motivating it is heartwarming as it shows you how to find yourself.

Purba Chakraborty is a novelist, poet, freelance writer, web content developer, blogger and social influencer. She has authored two novels “Walking in the streets of love and destiny” (2012) published by Diamond Books and “The Hidden Letters” (2014) published by Bluejay Books (an imprint of Srishti Publishers and Distributors). She published her poetry book “The Heart Listens to No One” in February, 2016. Many of her short stories and poems have been published in several anthologies such as “Shades of Life”, “Minds @ Work 4”, “Rhymes and Rhythm”, “Mélange ~ a potpourri of thoughts”, “Kaafiyana”, "Stories for your valentine", "Fusion-A mingled flavor mocktail". She blogs at Love, Laugh & Reflect.

She comes across as someone who is a gem of a person to know. Warm, affable and friendly she has a smile that speaks a lot.  Over to her as she shares her journey of becoming an author:

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Behind the Book: Elizabeth R Joseph



Today we have Elizabeth Joseph with us at Behind the Book.

To introduce her to you all - She is a 14 year old 9th grade student at a Kansas City, US high school. She has written several short stories, poems and plays during her elementary and middle school years. She started writing Twin Reflections in the 5th grade and completed it 3 years later in 2015. She hopes that her example of publishing at such a young age will inspire new and upcoming authors. Her debut novel Twin Reflections (The Maze of Mirrors # 1) blew my mind for the detailing she managed in it.

As you read her interview you will realize how out-rightly honest she is about everything and trust me that honesty reflects in her writing as well. :

Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Review: The Gita Way- Secret recipe to achieve the purpose of life by Shweta Chandra & Santosh Srivastava


Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-9380914879
  • Genre: Non-fiction / Religion
  • Publishers: General Press
  • Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book from the author for a review)
The Gita Way' is an irreligious take on the tenets of the Bhagavad Gita. Without delving into either mythological or God-centric discourse, the book attempts to understand and explain various insights from the Gita through, in the author's words, derived theory and application. 'The Gita Way' attempts to shed light on matters of self-realisation, and identifying and following the path to achieve the purpose of life.

Within the framework of Vedic philosophy represented by Gita, this book explores:
• How to discover the swa-bhava, the inherent natural strength of our real-self?
• Is my profession aligned with my swa-bhava? What is my purpose of life?
• What is the real meaning of moksha, the liberation? How the realization of individual purpose leads us to attain supreme purpose we are born to achieve.
• How yoga of knowledge, karma and devotion is applied to realise self, stay on the path of the goal and attain the real purpose?

Unlike other books on Bhagavad Gita, 'The Gita Way' is not a chapter wise discourse. Instead it presents deduced concepts in first place supported with relevant reference from the whole Gita. For example, in the first chapter of this book, you may get a reference of last chapter of Gita relevant to the topic of discussion.

Few thought provoking quotes from the book:

"Whether we are believers or non-believers, one thing is evident: that we exist. There is no disparity in the intensity of our existence, no matter who we are. I exist, and the significance of my existence is second to none."

"Lack of knowledge is ignorance which creates fear."

"All of us have one thing common in our respective goals: to reach the peak in whatever profession we choose. The difference is in the clarity of the goal, whether it is known or yet to be known, whether it is in dreams or in action."

"Even a failure can point you in the right direction to re-approach your goal, but this is possible only if you accept failure with a stable mind."

"The consciousness of self, with self-respect, drives a larger purpose. The consciousness of self, with an inflated ego, creates an illusion in the purpose of life."

"Wealth is the reward of having achieved a goal; it is not the goal in itself. Even if we follow the path that is travelled by the person who has acquired wealth, we end up following his goals rather than our own."

"The state of indecisiveness comes when our knowledge and intellect fail to differentiate between two choices."

"There is no limit to knowledge. If we have a real quest, the whole universe is too small to explore in a lifetime. The yoga of knowledge is making knowledge work for us."

"Each one of us has something unique in us. All we need is to identify that."

"Joy comes from small things on the path to achieving the big purpose. This could be in the form of an accomplishment, an idea, love, a relationship, or even professional success."

Behind the book

Source: Amazon.IN


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Book Review: With You I Dance by Aarti V Raman


Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-8175993525
  • Genre: Fiction / Romance
  • Publishers: Fingerprint Publishing House
  • Price: Rs. 162/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Meera Sagar had everything—the perfect job as a principal ballerina (for a prestigious New York ballet company) and a man who loved her as much as she loved him. But tragedy struck on the night before her biggest performance, forcing her to do the one thing she never wanted to do—come back home. To Mumbai.
Now, a year later, Meera is still trying to pick up the pieces, while fending off marriage proposals from her well-meaning but traditional Gujarati family, and figure life out all over again. By starting a ballet school in Mumbai. But she has two problems. One, she doesn’t know anything about running a business. And two, she can’t dance. Not anymore.
Enter . . .
Abeer Goswami. Hotshot junior partner at a South Bombay law firm and a man nursing a broken heart. When he meets Meera again, the woman who left him, he tries his hardest to be her friend, to help her . . . and not let the past get in the way.

And then . . .

There is the sexy Zoya Sehgal. Meera’s only friend in the city and the woman Abeer is currently seeing.
They say triangles have pointy edges, for a reason. Will Meera find a new dream in her ballet school? Can Abeer and Meera find their way back to each other again? And, most important, has Meera danced for the last time?

With you I dance is a warm, funny, at times heart-rending, love story of second chances, true love, and finding yourself when your dearest dream has vanished.

Behind the book
Source: Amazon.IN



Cover Reveal: All of me by Jonali Karmakar



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Book Review: Honour for Ransom by Rajnish Gambhir


Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-9352013920
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers:Leadstart
  • Price: Rs. 375/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
April 13th, 1978. Kartar Singh, an upper caste agriculturist, guns down his newly married daughter Simran and her lower caste husband, for the sake of 'upholding family honour'.His ex-lover, Sarah Jefferson (a British psychologist) visits him in jail to discover that Kartar has been a victim of ruthless manipulation at the hands of his politician father, Dilawar Singh, who is known to unconditionally despise the lower caste. Vowing justice for Kartar, Sarah embarks on an intriguing mission, venturing to turn the tables against the unscrupulous Dilawar, who by now is a powerful minister in the Punjab cabinet. Curiously delving into his boyhood days, she is astonished to learn that young Dilawar was in fact an 'affable-boy-next-door' who too had a love life, having lost his heart to a beautiful girl in Lahore... What then caused this drastic transformation in his attitude and personality? With the time fast running out, can Sarah succeed in nailing Dilawar as the chief culprit for the honour killings? Will she be able to reunite with Kartar - the only man she ever loved? A heartrending love story - Honour for a Ransom unfolds through the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, horrifying hazards of partition, romantic strolls by the Thames, and the unbending complexities of the rigid caste system.

Behind the book

Source: Amazon.com

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Book Review: Shades of Life - An anthology (Review Part 5- stories)

Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-81-931666-5-9
  • Genre: Fiction/ Anthology
  • Publishers: Shades Publication
  • Price: Rs. 299/-

Life is a supernova of emotions, a multi-colored extravaganza and a celebration of colors that carve a way for us to be "expressive". These colors often vary from situation to situation. They may be vibrant, bright and attractive, or even bland and gloomy. Nevertheless, they invoke the soul from within and portray the various dimensions of life. Come and explore the various shades of life - from the lighter tones of friendship and love to the murkier hues of revenge and murder - of human beings, of how their personalities and their situations mould them into their real selves - in this anthology of prose and verse, from authors across the world, Shades of Life. 

Featured Blogs: Maliny  |   Garima Rashmi  |   Sanchana & Anmol 


Behind The book
Source: Amazon.com

Book Review: Shades of Life - An anthology (Review Part 4- stories)

Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-81-931666-5-9
  • Genre: Fiction/ Anthology
  • Publishers: Shades Publication
  • Price: Rs. 299/-

Life is a supernova of emotions, a multi-colored extravaganza and a celebration of colors that carve a way for us to be "expressive". These colors often vary from situation to situation. They may be vibrant, bright and attractive, or even bland and gloomy. Nevertheless, they invoke the soul from within and portray the various dimensions of life. Come and explore the various shades of life - from the lighter tones of friendship and love to the murkier hues of revenge and murder - of human beings, of how their personalities and their situations mould them into their real selves - in this anthology of prose and verse, from authors across the world, Shades of Life. 

Featured Blogs: Maliny  |   Garima Rashmi  |   Sanchana & Anmol 


Behind The book
Source: Amazon.com

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Book Review: Shades of Life - An anthology (Review Part 3- stories)

Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-81-931666-5-9
  • Genre: Fiction/ Anthology
  • Publishers: Shades Publication
  • Price: Rs. 299/-

Life is a supernova of emotions, a multi-colored extravaganza and a celebration of colors that carve a way for us to be "expressive". These colors often vary from situation to situation. They may be vibrant, bright and attractive, or even bland and gloomy. Nevertheless, they invoke the soul from within and portray the various dimensions of life. Come and explore the various shades of life - from the lighter tones of friendship and love to the murkier hues of revenge and murder - of human beings, of how their personalities and their situations mould them into their real selves - in this anthology of prose and verse, from authors across the world, Shades of Life. 

Featured Blogs: Maliny  |   Garima Rashmi  |   Sanchana & Anmol 


Behind The book
Source: Amazon.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Book Review: Shades of Life - An anthology (Review Part 2- stories)

Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-81-931666-5-9
  • Genre: Fiction/ Anthology
  • Publishers: Shades Publication
  • Price: Rs. 299/-

Life is a supernova of emotions, a multi-colored extravaganza and a celebration of colors that carve a way for us to be "expressive". These colors often vary from situation to situation. They may be vibrant, bright and attractive, or even bland and gloomy. Nevertheless, they invoke the soul from within and portray the various dimensions of life. Come and explore the various shades of life - from the lighter tones of friendship and love to the murkier hues of revenge and murder - of human beings, of how their personalities and their situations mould them into their real selves - in this anthology of prose and verse, from authors across the world, Shades of Life. 

Featured Blogs: Maliny  |   Garima Rashmi  |   Sanchana & Anmol 


Behind The book
Source: Amazon.com

Monday, May 16, 2016

Book Review: Shades of life -An Anthology (Review Part 1- Poems)

Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-81-931666-5-9
  • Genre: Fiction/ Anthology
  • Publishers: Shades Publication
  • Price: Rs. 299/-

Life is a supernova of emotions, a multi-colored extravaganza and a celebration of colors that carve a way for us to be "expressive". These colors often vary from situation to situation. They may be vibrant, bright and attractive, or even bland and gloomy. Nevertheless, they invoke the soul from within and portray the various dimensions of life. Come and explore the various shades of life - from the lighter tones of friendship and love to the murkier hues of revenge and murder - of human beings, of how their personalities and their situations mould them into their real selves - in this anthology of prose and verse, from authors across the world, Shades of Life. 

Featured Blogs: Maliny  |   Garima Rashmi  |   Sanchana & Anmol 


Behind The book
Source: Amazon.com

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Book Review: The Lamentations of the Sombre Sky by Manan Kapoor


Introduction
  • ISIN: 9789352015849
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers:Leadstart
  • Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)

Kashmir — 1991

In between the insurgency and the exodus, Inayat finds solace in the company of Gul, a Kashmiri pundit, and Aaqib. She blooms under the eyes of her father, Maqbool — an alcoholic poet, and her mother — Wahida, who is fraught with sanguinity. They spend their days listening to The Doors in Gul’s backyard and attending Shakes-Peer’s English lessons at the school. However, as they leave behind their childhood, they realize that the future holds things for them that they have never even imagined.

Inayat comes face to face with loss as bereavement engulfs Kashmir. The echoing of the machine guns, the wails of her loved ones and the silence that she is bequeathed with is all that is left. The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky is the story of a skirmish with life and the perseverance in the dark times

Behind the book

Source: Goodreads


Friday, May 06, 2016

Book Review: The Dance of Durga by Kanika Dhillon


Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-9351777106
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Harper Collins
  • Price: Rs. 399/- (I got this book from the author for a review)

The hauntingly beautiful and determined Rajjo has always been different. As a child in a village in rural Punjab, her gifts mark her as special. Married young and abused, she flees home to discover her path: to use her talents to become a Godwoman, rich and powerful, in the ambiguous world of belief, sensationalism and commerce in the ashram. But when she falls in love, she must once again choose who she wants to be. Will she have the courage to walk the path of love and change her destiny?

The Dance of Durga is the story of an unforgettable heroine who rises to command a religious order. It is a powerful drama about human desires, faith, and a woman's journey to find true love.

Behind the book
Source: thehindu.com


Sunday, May 01, 2016

Book Review: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1) by Zoe Kalo


Introduction
  • ASIN: B01DRDUQW8
  • Genre: Fantasy/ YA
  • Publishers: Amazon
  • Price: $ 4.99 (I got this book from the B00k R3vi3w Tours for a review)
Cult of the Cat series blurb

According to ancient Egyptian prophecy, three feline goddesses—Bastet, Sekhmet, and Mafdet—would one day be reborn as triplets during a solar eclipse.
But someone—or something—separated them at birth. Because if ever they were reunited, they would unleash a blistering power that could destroy the world.
In an adventure where the past confronts the present, and blood, betrayal and secrets abound, the triplets face each other for the first time. And discover they’re the only force able to stop the evil god Apophis from enslaving humanity.

Daughter of the Sun, Book 1 - blurb

Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew.

But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities.

Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny.


Behind the book
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