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New Age Fairy Tales by Ariana Gupta – Book Review

posted by Anupriya December 21, 2018 0 comments

Our generation and all those before us have grown up on a decent overdose of fairy tales, where a princess in distress was faced with a life threatening situation and was eventually rescued by a knight in shining armor. I must confess that as a child I enjoyed these fairy tales with almost dreamy eyes. In Hindsight, I have to give the credit for my fascination to these fairy tales more to my library co-ordinator who would present these stories with such immaculate narrative. They just sounded so magical at that time from her point of view. As a teenager, I almost forgot all about these fairy tales. The academic rut, the new age ambition of having a career left no space for reminiscing over the irrelevant in this age fairy tales.

It is only recently after I have had kids of my own that I revisited the fairy tales such as Snow white, Cinderella  and Rupunzel  and was almost dumbstruck at the male chauvinism that these tales reeked of.  And then as I explored the social media I (with immense relief) saw that the sentiment with respect to these old time fairy tales was almost similar. But then is there an alternative? Or are we doomed to do away with fairy tales all together?  Why am I sad? Well despite the misgiving of these old school fairy tales and their irrelevance in todays time and age, there was an element of innocence and virtue in these stories. And I definitely would be happy with a new age alternative. Continue Reading

Raisha Lalwani
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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

Sharmishtha Shenoy
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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

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

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

posted by Anupriya October 6, 2018 2 Comments

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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