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Little Travel Bug
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Make traveling fun for kids with Little Travel Bug

posted by Anupriya December 14, 2018 0 comments

In the last decade or so, the most significant learning about life that has dawned upon me is that there are two things that a person needs in life, just like oxygen. These two things are the gateway of a human mind to whatever there is to know about the world and also to the unseen possibilities. Yes, books and travel are two interests or habits that I feel that everyone should inculcate on a personal level.  And as parents we should make whatever efforts it takes to enable our children to read and travel as much as possible.  I personally want my kids to be very well read and extremely well traveled. With these two virtues imbibed in their personalities, two decades down the line, I will feel that I have done my job well.

Recently when I came across the products by Little Travel Bug, my interest was piqued immediately. After all, here I have made traveling and reading as the motto of my life and then I come across this series of books with travel at their core. This series of specially designed for kids travel books are THE ULTIMATE possession for your kids if you like to explore the destination you are about to visit, or want to encourage your child to record all the fond memories that they make on a journey. Continue Reading

Travel Solo
Guest PostTravel

5 reasons for every woman to travel solo

posted by Anupriya December 12, 2018 1 Comment

Today, I am glad to have Shalini Baiswala aka Shalzmojo on my blog. I have always been very fascinated by her travel stories and her photography skills. So when she popped up the idea of a guest post series, I instantly knew what was it that I wanted her to talk about. So here she is sharing her views on why women should travel alone, atleast once in life.

Hey Shalz! Over to you…

Howdy folks! I am so very happy to be on Anypriya’s blog and she has asked me to talk about how important is it for a woman to have travelled solo once in her life. Being a travel blogger, my travel style is a lot different than expected. I generally ditch itineraries and stick to a general plan which can differ day to day. My key thing is to enjoy the journey.

Surprisingly, I did a solo trip at the age of 42. (Well I did travel solo before that but I would meet up with friends and family at those destinations and so it couldn’t be purely classified into a solo trip.)

It was a shock for me too, my dear readers. Here I thought I was such a bond kind of traveller 😉

I planned a trip around my 42nd birthday to Fort Kochi Kerala where the Kochi Art Biennale was in progress. This is a bi-annual art fair where artists from world over participate. Entire city gets converted into art spaces – art galleries, convention centres, cafes, book stores, gardens, and architectural monuments – all of them are used as venues. Continue Reading

Bollywood Song Dedications #BecauseIPromised
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5 Bollywood Song Dedications to #BecauseIPromised – #BlogChatterProjects

posted by Anupriya December 10, 2018 1 Comment

Most of my life of 35 years, I have been a die-hard bollywood movies’ fan. Infact, my close ones often wonder at how I have a song to fit every situation or conversation. When I was writing #BecauseIPromised, I couldn’t help including references to a song here, or a movie there and a dance step from a famous movie somewhere else. I felt it would make my story more realistic and easy to relate with.  Infact as an ode to those references and my love for bollywood movies, I have decided to dedicate 5 bollywood songs to the book.  Why These songs? Well, I also present to you an excerpt a song each to justify my choice Continue Reading

Raisha Lalwani
Book Review

The Diary on the Fifth Floor by Raisha Lalwani – Book Review

posted by Anupriya December 7, 2018 1 Comment

As a teenager who came from a humble middle class family, I observed classmates from affluent families and often thought, do their households have the same struggles as ours’? Or do their parents put the same restrictions as mine do? And the most important question that I wondered about was that if they had so much money, did they not have any problems in life?

Well, I did not have to wait for long to get my answers, because I made friends with a couple of, so to say “rich” kids when I went to college. And figured that though the nature of their struggles was different, but these were in no way less mentally and emotionally excruciating than anyone else’s.

When I received The Diary on the Fifth Floor by Raisha Lalwani for reviewing, I wondered what kind of a narrative the superlatively affluent author of the book would have come up with. I didn’t have to wait long once again. That’s because the mind and soul of the author is reflected in the protagonist of the book. Continue Reading

#BecauseIPromised Book Trailer
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#BecauseIPromised – Book Trailer #BlogchatterProjects

posted by Anupriya December 1, 2018 1 Comment

At their college farewell party, Varnika publicly rejects Sushant’s candid proposal in the most disrespectful way imaginable, leaving everyone including her cool gang of cousins bemused. Varnika has her reasons for doing this to her best friend.

What are her reasons for making this upsetting choice? Did her mother’s move to Mumbai in Varnika’s formative years have a bearing on her? Or is it something more? What is she planning to do at the NGO for eunuchs? Will she succeed in her chosen career? Will she overcome her inhibitions before it is too late?

 This is Varnika’s journey, as she overcomes her personal reservations and faces professional challenges, all the while contemplating her decision to lock her heart away. Continue Reading

#ProjectWhyDelhi
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Help Renu Run A Sewing Circle #ProjectWhyDelhi #GivingTuesday

posted by Anupriya November 29, 2018 3 Comments

I often wonder that whether the donations I make to various NGO every year are being out to good use or not. I sincerely hope that these funds which come from my hard earned money are not subject to red tapism and corruption.  So when you come across people who are directly involved with some good work and have personal stories to share, it is always very heart warming.

I had a similar interaction with Damyanti Biswas last week, where she told me in good detail about #ProjectWhyDelhi and how it was making a positive and sustainable impact on the lives of children and women.

This Tuesday, some of us bloggers are joining together for a cause: supporting the Project Why Women’s Centre at Madanpur Khadar, New Delhi via the Giving Tuesday Initiative, a global giving movement.

Project Why provides after-school support to underprivileged children, and also works on women’s empowerment, so they can support themselves and their children. Since 2007, over a 1000 women have been trained at the women’s centre sewing circle, including Renu, the sewing teacher. Continue Reading

My Books

Excerpts to Touch your Heart – #BecauseIPromised

posted by Anupriya November 26, 2018 1 Comment

As a part of the Book Blog tour, I have shared with you the book blurb and the character introduction in the previous posts.  Read them here –

Book Launch – Because I Promised

Characters’ Introduction – Book Blog Tour

In this post, I bring to you some heart warming excerpts from the book that depict the chemistry between the two protagonists – Varnika and Sushant. As I have already shared with you that Varnika rejects Sushant’s proposal during their farewell party. But Sushant has set his heart on her and perseveres to gain her confidence back. What ensues is a roller coaster journey and some funny and not so funny encounters between them. Read below some excerpts from the book  and get prepared to laugh with this cute young couple at some points and cry with them at others. Continue Reading

Sharmishtha Shenoy
Book Review

Book Review – Vikram Rana Investigates by Sharmishtha Shenoy

posted by Anupriya November 22, 2018 1 Comment

I am not a suspense thriller enthusiast, as such. Reading for me should ideally be relaxing and help me unwind, especially in this phase of my life with two kids when ‘Excitement! thou name is life’ defines me. Yet, once in a while, when I am too full of all the romance and drama in the air, I feel like taking a break and find retreat in a different genre. That led me to read three suspense thrillers, umm…. to be specific ‘Detective’ novels this year! And the best part is that they are all by Indian authors. So here’s talking about Sharmishtha Shenoy and her first book from the ‘Vikram Rana’ detective series. Continue Reading

Because I Promised
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Because I Promised – Character Introduction – Book Blog Tour

posted by Anupriya November 19, 2018 6 Comments

“You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.”  ― Joss Whedon

Defining the characters in a plot is the most difficult thing in writing. You can’t simply put out their bio-information. they have to evolve with the sequence of events a writer decides to put them through. But through this post, I wish to give you a peek-a-boo into who is what about some critical characters in my book – Because I Promised. Thanks for taking this journey with me. The ones you are going to read about below, are my babies. Yes they may be good, bad or ugly – yet they are all my babies.

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Book Launch
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BlogChatter Projects 2018 – Book Launch

posted by Anupriya November 13, 2018 12 Comments

At NaNoWriMo they say that if you write 50000 words during the month of November (that’s when NaNoWriMo runs the campaign), you are creating 3 hours worth of a reader’s entertainment. With that knowledge I jumped into the challenge, signing myself up just 3 days ahead of when NaNoWriMo kick started in November 2017. The result was that at the end of the month I had a complete story on which I worked through another 6 months, before deciding to publish my work. It helped that I had a published author to my acquaintance and he helped me understand or rather convince myself, about why I should take this plunge. And exactly 12 months later, I stand waiting for my book launch on 21st November, on the verge of holding a printed copy of my labor and hard work of last 12 months.

Book Launch! Here’s presenting to you my first ever paperback

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