Help Renu Run A Sewing Circle #ProjectWhyDelhi #GivingTuesday

posted by Anupriya November 29, 2018 4 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
My Books

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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Why Go Indie by Devika Fernando
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Why Go Indie by Devika Fernando – Book Review

posted by Anupriya November 12, 2018 1 Comment

Why Go Indie?: 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Book 1)

To get published as an author is every writer’s dream. Untill a decade back this dream was somewhat far flung with limited opportunities with traditional publishers. Moreover, the waiting time and process involved took a lot of enthusiasm out of these writer’s. Or that ‘s what I have read time and again. But not any more.  With the advent of ebooks and online reading platforms, a lot of authors have found bliss on the indie path. For the uninitiated, indie publishing is primarily independent publishing, for which the writers do not have to go through the grind of traditional publishing. They can work out their way on their own, with the help of some technical help and be ready to reach out to the mass of readers. To explain why and how the Indie Path is the way to look forward to, the first book in the Writer’s Toolkit series is what you should refer to. Continue Reading

Indie Publishing
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Walking on the Path of Indie Publishing by Rubina Ramesh – Book Review

posted by Anupriya November 2, 2018 1 Comment

When Mills & Boons published its first set of books with Indian authors, my joy knew no bounds. I had always fancied writing a tale of timeless romance (well I was young then and believed in the concept), and prayed to god that someday I shall be able to write a story worth publishing.  That was the time, when getting published traditionally wasn’t that easy. What I didn’t know was that the publishing industry was sitting at the cusp of a revolution. As revolution that would boost the morale of several aspiring authors and make their dream of reaching out to larger audience with their work come true. The revolution the world calls Indie Publishing. Continue Reading

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NovembersChild – 5 favourite books authored by women writers (Guest Post)

posted by Anupriya October 31, 2018 0 comments

I love to read, I have since I was a little girl.  I remember winning books in many contests during school and college time. Now that book reviewing is a part of my profession as Novemberschild , I read more and more. Since I love books so much, I thought I’d share some the titles which are now a part of my all time favourite books. Here’s a list of 5 women authors – whom I have read a lot and are my personal favourites, in no particular order of preference or genre who have contributed to literary scene, and who for me they are women full of vision, fearlessness and original. Kudos to the barriers they broke in the literary world and beyond. Continue Reading

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Book Review – DareDreamers by Kartik Sharma , Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma

posted by Anupriya October 23, 2018 0 comments

We are a generation of dreamers, aren’t we? Each one of us knows atleast half a dozen people who gave up a promising profession after passing out from a reputed professional institution and pucked up the threads of their passion. And these are the ones other than the half a dozen celebrities we know who have been there, done that (remember Mr. Bhagat, and the very oooooh worthy R.Madhavan?). I for sure know a senior from my engineering college who went on to pay guitar for a rock band.  Another colleague from my earlier job, gave up a promising career to become a life coach with ‘Laws Of Attraction’. Most of us surely understand what drives people to take such drastic career choices. It’s the urgency to get away from the mundane life that has no concept of work-life balance. Or that void one feels when she feels that the job really does not gratify her soul. And when such ‘Dreamers’ reach there threshold for the regular and routine, they denounce everything and ‘Dare’ to take the plunge into the unconventional.

Well, that’s what DareDreamers is all about. Continue Reading

Road Trips

#TheBlindList – Let Road Trips Be a Way of Life

posted by Anupriya October 17, 2018 3 Comments

My father brought his first car when he was 40 years old. He learnt driving within one week of bringing home his first second hand diesel ambassador. Ever since, our weekends became extremely exciting, because he would drive us to the weekend getaways from Chandigarh. Every place that is in 2 hours vicinity of the city (which by the way are plenty) has been traversed through by my father. So much was his love for driving to new destinations, that we also took overnight road trips to places of tourist fame in the northern part of the country. With my sister to give me company, we had some exciting trips. Continue Reading