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Book Review – ‘Hiraeth’ – Partition Stories from 1947 by Shivani Salil

posted by Anupriya August 26, 2019 3 Comments

As a youngster who grew up in Chandigarh, during my growing up years I only understood that ‘refugees’ were a sect of people, who came ‘here’ from the other side. The other side that our parents’ and our battle scarred generations have come to hate with our heart and soul. But as I grew up and my social circle expanded, I got to peep into their lives, their struggles and their predicaments. As the horizons of my mind broadened, the view towards refugees transformed from being wary, to being respectful and in some cases even proud.  Like in this one instance where a fellow blogger who has come to be a very dear friend Dr. Shivani Salil, makes my heart swell with pride with her book ‘Hiraeth’ – Partition Stories from 1947. Continue Reading

Blogger to Author
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#BlogchatterEbook Carnival – A Perfect Launchpad For Blogger To Author Transition

posted by Anupriya May 2, 2019 0 comments

I have re-iterated time and again that the dream of becoming a published author has become an attainable dream in the current times. The scenario is not like it was a decade back when one had to be dependent on publishing houses to get their work to reach out to readers.

And its not just about traditional publishing or self-publishing any more. It is also about the freedom that comes along with the option of self-publishing in terms of the content. You are the master of your content. The length of your proposed work today could be the usual 70k words, or you may chose to write just 40k or 25k, or even just 10k. If you think that your words make for a comprehensive and a coherent read, you are good to go and put your work out there for your targeted audience. Continue Reading

Notes for Healthy Kids
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Notes For Healthy Kids by Rujuta Diwekar – #AtoZChallenge Day 21

posted by Anupriya April 24, 2019 8 Comments

Book Blurb – Notes For Healthy Kids by Rujuta Diwekar

This is Rujuta’s most important book to date, and an attempt to future-proof the health of our next generation.

A book that is as much for parents as it is for kids, Notes for Healthy Kids focuses on clearing the underlying food confusion that leads to endless diet trends. It empowers kids to make the right food choices for themselves.

Rujuta also calls out the food industry for targeted and misleading advertisements, as well as policymakers for failing to protect the interests of our children. Continue Reading

Sathya Ramaganapathy
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It’s A Mom Thing Kickass Parenting by Sathya Ramaganapathy – #AtoZChallenge Day 20

posted by Anupriya April 23, 2019 1 Comment

Book Blurb – It’s A Mom Thing Kickass Parenting

It’s a war out there, and the kids are winning. They can download apps on your smartphone with deceptive ease, tell you who the Greek goddess of wisdom is and how to do a back-heel nutmeg (don’t ask). How is one ever to catch up, let alone get the upper hand? It’s a Mom Thing: Adventures in Parenting presents anecdotes from a mother and offers a light-hearted look at her parenting journey. The main protagonists are the mother, her two cheeky daughters, aged nine and eleven, and her long-suffering husband. Parenting is a veritable minefield in this household. Backchat, bad jokes and mischievous gleams in the eyes, pre-teen hormones and emotional meltdowns (of the parental variety) pop up frequently. Every day is fraught with danger. Revealing the affectionate, yet tumultuous relationship between the mother and her daughters who are growing up fast, the book falls in the parenting humour genre. Continue Reading

Pregnancy Handbook
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The Pregnancy Handbook For Indian Moms A Doctor’s Answers To All Your Questions – #AtoZChallenge 2019 Day 17

posted by Anupriya April 19, 2019 8 Comments

Book Blurb – The Pregnancy Handbook For Indian Moms A Doctor’s Answers To All Your Questions

Women in India are used to relying on tales related by older women to help them through pregnancy. Some of them may be rational advice based on experience but at times the young mother may find herself smothered by superstition and restriction due to the edicts laid out by mothers and mothers-in-law. Mention you are expecting, or better still, let it show and the women around you will swarm to you with tasty food gifts and loads of advice.

In such a scenario, an educated and a modern young woman would prefer to get some proper medical advice which is not just old wives tale. This book helps women understand the changes that are undergoing in their body and the precautions and tests they need at proper times. Forewarned, they say, is forearmed. Continue Reading

WOW Parenting
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Handbook of Day to Day Parenting Tips – #AtoZChallenge 2019 Day 8

posted by Anupriya April 9, 2019 6 Comments

Book Blurb – Handbook of Day to Day Parenting Tips by WOW Parenting

Inspired by “What will happen to the world when all kids get WOW Parenting ?” Narendra Goidani started an ambitious program www.wowparenting.com. He is the founder of Life School and conducts inspirational training programs. His life value is ‘Inspire OR Expire.’

This book covers topics like – How to teach kids to deal with Failure – How to provide Role Models that can transform the child – How threats in parenting can hamper Self-Belief. And many more Parenting Insights Read, Reflect, Implement…… Repeat!

Formats Available – ebook at Blogchatter

No. of Pages – 102

Book Review – Handbook of Day to Day Parenting Tips by WOW Parenting

If you are tired of reading pages after pages, posts after posts about positive parenting, its time to graduate to WOW Parenting.  The parenting concepts shared through 27 chapters in this ebook available only on Blogchatter Ebook Carnival portal, may not be pathbreaking, but they definitely are convention breaking.

As for me, a mother who is constantly seeking motivation to train my thick head towards positive parenting, I was bowled over by the crisp but new age coinage to some well know parenting behaviors. One of the concepts that I found to be really insightful was ‘Age Based Communication’ and ‘Parenting Structure’. I wouldn’t spoil the fun by elaborating on these concepts here.

Finally I found one parenting blogger cum author in the form of WOW Parenting, who believes in the power of free play. The fact that kids need to be allowed to get bored, so that their creativity can find its natural course out has been emphasized upon very aptly.

Another reason why I am very impressed with this book is that it talks about the harsh reality that we as parents might be incapable of being the ideal role model for our kids.  What do we do in such a circumstance? As per the book, we set our kids up with people in or outside the family who can prove to be role models. Or expose them to stories of people who live by certain emulation worthy qualities.

P.S. – The focus of WOW Parenting throughout remains on defining our role as parents as facilitators and help our kids to prepare to move out of their comfort zone and honing up their creativity. All the while remembering that we are always there for them as their anchors.

WOW Parenting

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Conversations With My Children
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Conversations With My Children by Sivaram Pusapati – #AtoZChallenge Day 3

posted by Anupriya April 3, 2019 9 Comments

Book Blurb – Conversations With My Children

This is a collection of a Meditator Father’s conversations with his Children, where he allows the Nature to speak through him.
He hopes these will conversations will help his fellow parents and teachers in molding children’s minds in a natural way, while also making parenting a joyful process. These conversations encompass a wide range of topics ranging from day to day challenges to woman-man differences to birth and death and so on. Continue Reading

Bloody Good Parenting
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13 Steps to Bloody Good Parenting by Kiran Manral and Ashwin Sanghi- #AtoZChallenge Day 2

posted by Anupriya April 2, 2019 7 Comments

Book Blurb

A WISE MAN ONCE SAID, ‘BEFORE I GOT MARRIED, I HAD SIX THEORIES ABOUT BRINGING UP CHILDREN. NOW I HAVE SIX CHILDREN AND NO THEORIES.’

In this age of hyper-information, parenting is much like tap-dancing in a minefield. There was a time when parents had nothing to draw from except for their experiences with their own parents. But today, there is information overload and conflicting advice from multiple ‘experts’.

HOW ARE PARENTS TO NAVIGATE THIS JUNGLE OF COUNSEL AND STILL RETAIN THEIR SANITY? Continue Reading

AtoZ Challenge 2019
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AtoZ Challenge 2019 – Theme Reveal

posted by Anupriya March 18, 2019 22 Comments

AtoZ Challenge 2019 is around the corner and at this juncture I am reminded of my first attempt at AtoZ Challenge in 2018 with 26 short fiction stories about Parenting and the gamut of relationships and emotions it engulfs. I had participated in the month long blogging challenge with Blogchatter and as is their proposition, I submitted the set of these stories as an ebook, which was published during the Blogchatter eBook Carnival.

As a blogger who’s been around for three years now, I have participated in numerous blogging challenges, but one can easily mark AtoZ Challeng as the Daddy of all Blogging Challenges, for no other challenge makes you test your commitment and grit as this one. But once you get the hang of it and complete it successfully once, you are bound to come back to it again the following year. AtoZ Challenge 2019…. here I come! Continue Reading

Reshma K Barshikar
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Book Review – The Hidden Children by Reshma K Barshikar

posted by Anupriya January 22, 2019 0 comments

The closest that I have been to fantasy in my life is when a bunch of us cousins tried calling on the spirits, using a plancchette. I want to laugh over the thought now (like you are), but if I were to also reminisce over the experience, it was really spooky. I mean, we didn’t even get around to calling the real spirits. Just a mid-night adventure, by preparing a plancchette based on some half baked knowledge of a reading enthusiast teenager and sitting around it with some  candles in the periphery. As we began to chant something (again sourced by the learned cousin), a hair raising feel spread around in the room. And just then, me the coward opened my eyes and declared that I didn’t want to be a part of this. I had unconditional support from one of my other cousins, and eventually the idea got dropped. But for the next couple of days (i.e. the number of days left during the summer vacations) all of us remained terrified fearing that our little experiment might have invited something that may cause trouble.  Finding it laugh worthy? I completely am with you.

But what if something really had come through that day? This is a thought that I will take to my grave, because I might possibly never be able to ask this question to a butterfly. Oh! You might wonder from where did the butterfly come from!

Well, some children really can talk to butterflies. But to know more about them, you might have to first read Reshma K.Barshikar’s The Hidden Children – The Lost Grimoire

The Hidden Children – The Lost Grimoire by Reshma K Barshikar – Book Review

The book blurb asks you “What would you do to talk to a butterfly”, well at this juncture of my life and for the next 10 years I would ask only one question to myself, “What would you do to understand a pre-teen’s or a teen’s mind?”

In answer, I would say that I’d read a powerful book such as The Hidden Children by Reshma K Barshikar. A book that is surely high on fantasy, but at its core lays a plot that runs deep into the veins and nerves of a handful of of teenagers and portrays a convincing story of friendship, love, infatuation, jealousy, ambition, personal insecurities and everything under the realm of a teenage life that you can imagine about.

The Hidden Children – The Lost Grimoire is essentially the story of Shui,  an extremely ordinary rather plagued by personal challenges teenager. While she goes about her life surrounded by people who love her, she still feels insufficient and rather ‘Mediocre’ . She is constantly on an overdrive within her mind for being nobody special. Things change with the appearance of ‘Anya’ in her class, who she is drawn to for no specific reason. But later this attraction turns into a friendship with a secret. Shui suddenly finds her life to be having a purpose beyond the normal and she thrives on this special knowledge and power.

What follows is an interesting twist and turn of eventss, where much is revealed, even more is understood and acted upon. For a bunch of young kids to go through a roaster coaster journey as this is a craft that needed a lot of patience and getting under the skin along with the research.

It is interesting to live through the transformation that Shui goes through as she discovers more about her special powers, faces challenges that come accrued with these powers and the character that build up in the face of adversities. She comes out with true colors as she pledges to stand by her new friend not dumping her even when she goes disarray. How she is grounded enough to apologise to her old friends and get back with them to face the impending challenges.

The revelations have been made at just the right instances during the plot, to pique the readers’ interest enough to keep them going. Though a little slow and dragged in the beginning, it is not long before the story grips you like a vice. And the best part is that by now you are yourself so hooked that you aren’t struggling to free yourself.

Reshma K Barshikar surely has the potential to turn this into our very own Indian fantasy series and a promising one at that. I wish for this book to be extremely successful and popular. And can’t wait for the author to begin the next book in the series.

I received this book as a part of the review program in Outset” 

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