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Positive Eating by Radhika Toshniwal
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Positive Eating by Radhika Toshniwal – Book Review

posted by Anupriya October 6, 2018 2 Comments

I really miss those spinster days, when I stayed away from home, with no one policing me on what to eat and what not to eat. I had two disciplinarians as parents, and my life was about all kinds of rules that my folks set up, and me trying to find a work around them. My dad sometimes, passed knowing smiles when I tried to reason out with him,

“You know what, you are growing up with a very good reasoning ability. But you have to understand that its our job, to tell you what’s right. To differentiate between right and wrong, is a capability that you will develop.” And I often shrugged in a defeated manner, because most of the times as was the case with the food habits recommended by them, I knew in my heart that my parents were right.

And then my best years ceased to exist just two years after I got married. Two years? because that’s the time when I had my first baby in my womb. Ever since then it has been a constant struggle to keep myself from deviating from healthy eating habits, that (this time) I set for myself. The job became even more tough, with the kid growing up, because I was blessed (please get the pun) with a picky eater. And thus started my quest to find ways to pack nutrition into my kids meals and mine too. The book ‘Positive Eating’ by Radhika Toshniwal is definitely one resource that will come in handy in my quest. Continue Reading

Astitva by Monika Davessar
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Astitva by Monika Davessar – eBook Review

posted by Anupriya September 27, 2018 3 Comments

I have been a publicly tagged ‘Feminist’ ever since I found my voice. Be it my friends, classmates and colleagues, or my family all of them have rather had major concerns about how I would fit into a marriage with my strong headed views about the basic freedom that women ought to enjoy in life. But then one has to understand that as a feminist, I am not against women adjusting or compromising on various aspects of life. My objection comes strong, when its only women who are expected to adjust or compromise. I know many of you would raise your eye-brows at my words – Haah! You left your career to be with your husband in a different city and left your job, to take care of your kids. Your are not entitled to talk about Feminism

But that’s precisely my point. I did what I did because I wanted to do so. No one forced anything on me. Even today as a stay at home mother, I have my freedom to move out, learn some new things, meet my friends, meet new people and spread my wings. My parents-in-law and my husband have never put any limits on what I must or what I must not. The only limitation I am bound by is my sense of responsibility towards my kids and other members of my family. Continue Reading

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Book Review of IPL-ology by Paresh Godhwani

posted by Anupriya September 16, 2018 2 Comments

I have never been a cricket enthusiast. My interest in the game evolved when Saurav Ganguly became the opening batsmen for the Indian Cricket team and died a natural death with his retirement from the One-Day version of the game.  Beyond that the game of cricket as such has had little meaning to me. But yes, cricket watching experience has been a significant part of my upbringing, for whenever India, played I saw all the aunties of my close knit neighborhood go all enthusiastic and patriotic. I always experienced an unknown adrenaline rush whenever I heard the kids from neighborhood go hooting and shouting whenever there was a six, or a wicket by the Indian side. It was funny when my otherwise could-care-less attitude laden father sat biting his nails while India took on the best teams in “IMPORTANT” matches against Pakistan. But then that’s about it. I could never talk about the technicalities of the game, beyond a batsmen being right handed or left-handed (Yes you guessed it right! This too I know because Saurav Ganguly was a left-handed batsman) Continue Reading

A New Lease Of Life
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Book Review – A New Lease Of Life by Sarmita Dey

posted by Anupriya September 9, 2018 17 Comments

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I am not very fond of short stories, especially the ones well written by good authors. I know you are already frowning and wondering if I am writing this with a hangover. Well you guessed it right! I am struggling with a hangover. A hangover of the plethora of emotions that I am engulfed with after reading the collection of short stories – A New Lease of Life  by Sarmita Dey. No Seriously! I am having a difficult time keeping my mind straight and my heart from bleeding with the intense emotions that the various stories in the book managed to arouse within me. Continue Reading

Alpana Deo
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Book Review – A Girl In The New Town by Alpana Deo

posted by Anupriya September 2, 2018 19 Comments

Whenever I get worked up due to physical exertion that parenting demands on a daily basis, my husband comes up with his repetitive million dollar wisdom bite.

“It’s just these couple of years, when you get to run around them, hold them and do things for them. Once they grow up, you will have none of this physical proximity. It’ll all be at an emotional and intellectual level”

Yeah! Yeah! But I still have a long way to go that route.  I respond as I roll my eyes. But that also sets my thoughts rolling as I contemplate. Once the kids become self sufficient on a physical level, my job as a parent is going to become even more complex. I will always have to be on a high alert to tune into the emotional frequency of my kids and understand their aspirations, fears, insecurities and much more. I know I will have a tough job at hand. Continue Reading

We The Living
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We The Living by Ayn Rand – Why It Is My Favorite Book

posted by Anupriya August 31, 2018 13 Comments

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I have read We The Living atleast thrice and everytime I derive  different lessons from it. But the most significant learning for me has been how it brings to limelight  that different people have different types of coping mechanism. Firstly, the ones who fall in line with circumstances (or to be more specific, ‘the system’). They believe that in the larger scheme of things, following the rules is the right thing to do. Second are those who give up hope and find solace in surviving. They know that their soul doesn’t exist anymore yet they need to exist (by hook or by crook) because probably suicide is not an option. So they choose to live in denial.  And the last ones are those who refuse to bend no matter what. They hold on to the thinnest of string of hope and believe giving up is not an option. Their survival is dependent on their need to keep trying.

We The Living a novel by ace novelist Ayn Rand tells a story of three very strong characters who fall in each of the above mentioned categories. Continue Reading

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26 Favourite Foods & a Little Bit Of Me by Mayuri Nidigallu – Book Review

posted by Anupriya August 1, 2018 6 Comments

One of the earliest lessons I learnt as an aspiring blogger were about the significance of being active on social media. As I began to follow various blogging communities on twitter, a couple of bloggers came across to me as extremely level headed and straight forth in their opinion. Mayuri Nidigallu was one amongst them. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration if I said that I was totally in awe of her blog posts that were full of practical wisdom and her opinions that she shared via her twitters. Given that I have been carrying a tarot deck with me for almost 12 years now, in hope of learning it someday and the fact that Mayuri Nidigallu is a Tarot Reader created an additional pull towards her. So I was not surprised at myself, when I pounced on the opportunity to review her book that was published with the #BlogchatterEbookCarnival this year. Continue Reading

Priyanka Vermani
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How I Wrote My Comic Book by Priyanka Vermani – BookReview

posted by Anupriya July 23, 2018 2 Comments

The most hard hitting realization that this book brought home to me was the complex nature and process of coming up with a graphic book. Never in the past while reading innumerable comics did I ever fathom the prolonged labor that goes behind the flashy looking easy to read graphics. So first and foremost, my respects to the awesome Priyanka Vermani, who thought out ‘Samaira and The Gang In London’ and pursued her dream to make it a reality.

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This book illustrates Priyanka Vermani ‘s journey of writing her first comic book – ‘Samaira and the Gang in London.’ It showcases the highs and lows of a first time Author. Continue Reading

Shuchi singh Kalra
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A Cage of Desires by Shuchi Singh Kalra – Book Review

posted by Anupriya June 18, 2018 16 Comments

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Book Blurb

‘There’s a kind of love that makes you go down on one knee, and there’s the kind that brings you down on both. You don’t need the latter, because no matter what you do, you cannot make anyone love you back.’
Renu had always craved love and security, and her boring marriage, mundane existence somehow leads her to believe that, maybe, this is what love is all about. Maya, on the other hand, is a successful author who is infamous for her bold, erotic books.
What do these two women have in common? How are their lives intertwined?
Renu’s thirst for love and longing takes her on a poignant journey of self-exploration. The answers come to her when she finds the courage to stand up for herself, to fight her inner demons and free herself from the cage of desires . . .

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Blogchatter Ebook
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Deal of Death by Sonia Chatterjee – Blogchatter EBook Review

posted by Anupriya June 13, 2018 1 Comment

As a reader, I have often confessed that I can’t handle suspense thrillers. Why? Because I just can’t wait for the suspense to unfold! I become jumpy and am on my toes and can’t stop turning pages until I have reached the climax. And no, I never ever skip to the last page to find out what happened and come back to read the plot. It just doesn’t work with me. So this year after the Blogchatter Ebook Carnival, when I picked up Deal of Death by Sonia Chatterjee to review, I knew I was going to have to find a considerably big time slot in my busy schedule (oh not because I have a lot of work; just that I have two pre-schoolers who are on their summer vacations!) and finish the book in one go. And voila! I have done it in straight 90 minutes (of course amidst baby poops, milk spills, kid fights and much more). Continue Reading