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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ruchira Khanna talks about her CHOICES!

It is my pleasure to announce that my blog is graced by the presence of the Author Ruchira Khanna as a Guest Blogger.

Ruchira Author #Choices







Ruchira describes herself as, “Just another soul trying to make a difference in this lifetime by juggling between my passion and responsibilities.”
  
Ruchira Khanna, a biochemist turned writer, who draws inspiration from various sources and tries to pen them down to create awareness within her and the society. In America, she obtained her master’s degree in Biochemistry from SJSU and a degree in Technical Writing from UC Berkeley.  Ruchira worked as a biochemist at Silicon Valley for five years.

After the birth of her child, Ruchira took a job as a technical writer, so that she could work from home. Soon, she began doing freelance writing work as well. Her love of writing grew and she started working on her own books.

Her years of freelancing led Ruchira to publishing her first book, a fiction novel called "Choices"

She also has a children’s book published to 

her name as well – 

The Adventures of Alex and Angelo; The 
Mystery Of The Missing Iguana.

In addition to writing books, she also maintains an inspirational blog of daily mantras called Abracabadra Ruchira currently resides in Sunnyvale, California.

Reiki Master in her spare time where she shares information about channeling universal energy and conducts reiki sessions.


Today she shares a few insights relevant to her book Choices.

Choices are a word, and we all use on a daily basis; more so cause man is an intelligent soul to create many options for himself. This noun is used in all avenues thus leaving man confused, and puzzled over what path to choose or decide.

This can either be a decision to make when it comes to ordering a mere lunch in a restaurant or paving a path with respect to a career.

This choices word was given to me as a student who just appeared for my 12th-grade exam, and then the various options given to me by my advisor to venture upon. Now, sure to have options is a blessing cause that helped me study my pros and cons and decide accordingly. 

I spent my ~seven years studying my passion and over ~seven years working in that profession. Over the years, the choice that I selected did not serve me or did not bring me the satisfaction that I was anticipating.

Thankfully, another indistinct path became visible that had lots of shrubs and pebbles laid out. I could gradually maneuver through that rough course and make the track a little smooth for me to walk without wobbling. 

I saw the satisfaction and also the elation of expressing my within. This made me ponder over the word destiny or fate and thus, came a book called Choices.

The Book Choices gives us a peek into the lives of Mateo and Albert on the choices they were forced to make, but are happy to make a life out of it, and help sustain the expenditure of their families. 

It gives a brief look into the lives of immigrants on how these men over the turn of events are prepared to cement their passion out over their responsibilities and their priorities.

Then I take the reader upon the journey of a young boy, Leonardo, who has a passion for something. His whole life revolves around that strong interest, but along the way he comes at a cross-road that makes him ponder over the fire within versus the stuff that gives him joy and satisfaction.

I hope the reader can connect with those thoughts!

Thanks a ton, Ruchira for gracing my blog, I really enjoyed reading about the characters of the book and all that they must overcome.

A true life’s lesson.
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Choices by Ruchira Khanna


The Blurb
Leonardo is a young man who is standing on a crossroad of life, facing choices. One road leads to a high stress career that brings in big bucks; the other is a chance to make a real difference in lives of others. He has a few questions, questions that all of us have faced when facing choices that can change our lives. Does fate make a man, or do his desires? Do ambitions and desires actually lead a person to true happiness and fulfillment, or does providence and life changing events actually show a person the true path to follow? 

‘Choices’ raises these questions, and attempts to answer them. It is a slice-of-life, a book written from the heart.


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Meet the Author


Choices: A Novel talks about how we all come to crossroads in our respective lives, and then the impact it makes by a choice we make.
A biochemist by profession made a mere choice of enrolling myself into a technical writing course. Now, little did I know that this small decision would take me on a path to creative writing and eventually publishing a novel.

This novel, Choices helps answer many questions about man's ambitions and desires and how is it a road towards happiness and contentment that could eventually become your destiny. This is a "slice-of-life" genre thus, impacting all humans who have made a choice sometime or the other in this lifetime!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Soldier's Nemesis! #Save8Lives




He was fighting a losing battle, one he thought of defeating every day.

He hoped and inquired every day, hoping that today would be the day he would win.

He would hear the good news that his saviour had died!

Yes, all that he could think of was about people dying.

Of a family who would come to assure him that a member of their family was dead and he would live. The family was giving him the organ he so desperately wanted to for living.

He would think of nothing else – just death.

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All his prayers and all his contacts had come to nothing; he could not find a donor.

He was too weak to search, too poor to bribe & too simple to generate publicity.

He did not know the wilful and shameful ways of people who jumped waiting lists and bribed the doctors.

He did not know how to tell his family to stop expecting him to come back from the hospital.

He did not know how to tell people that they all should pledge to donate their organs.

He did not know how to tell people that he just wanted to live this life where as they had the choice to live beyond their life.

He was just a soldier waiting to defeat death so he could go and face it at the border.

He was a soldier trained to kill the enemy but how could he kill what was killing him from the inside?



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Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY RAKHI - I Did It!

My son came home with a note for a Project for Raksha Bandhan. 

"A homemade rakhi to be made from cloth or used material."

I was not really sure if threads fell under the used category but they are what I had lots of. They are left over from my days of embroidery; yes! I used to do it. Can’t imagine I had all that patience.

Well, threads were what I had and I remembered helping my mom make rakhi’s from thread when I was in school. We were posted to some obscure place where no one had heard of the festival, let alone cater for them.

I fished out my leftover threads' box and started pulling out bright coloured threads from a big jumble of colour.





I sorted the ones I liked and separated them into individual piles.



Next I cut the threads as per the length I wanted. I took double the length of what I wanted to be ready.


I aligned them and made a straight line with all the threads I wanted. I took about 12 different colours.


I knotted one end of the threads and divided the whole bunch into three sections. 




Here I tried to take the help of my little assistant but he was too fidgety for me so I finally clipped it with a curtain and did the whole thing on my own.Truly DIY ;)


I then made a plait from the threads; it was pretty easy as I have done it often.


Almost half way I added a few beads on alternate threads and plaited them too. 



Left a blank gap in between for a thread bow and again threaded three beads.


Two beads in silver and one red bead and I repeated the pattern on both sides.



Then I continued the plait all the way till the end of the thread.




As I reached the end of the threads I knotted the ends when I reached the desired length – two equal halves of the thread.



I then took the small bits of thread that was in plenty and tied it in a knot in the center of the rope I had made in between the beads.





Next I cut the threads from the top and made them equal and proceeded to unravel the threads into single strands.



This ensured that the threads became like a small flower in the centre.




I also unraveled the threads at the two ends of the rakhi below the knots. This gave it a smooth finish.



Finally I stuck it on a cardboard with some invisible tape and pronto!




It was ready and it took me about 45 minutes with distractions! It took me longer to get this post ready!!

Hope you like it! Do share your own DIY Experiments with me. We all can learn so much.

Thanks for stopping by; keep writing.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SUNDARI under the SPOTLIGHT for her words!


 This is a special post and today is a special day. What you ask is special about today? 

Well it is 13th August for starters, 13 elicits some emotion from everyone. For me it is a good number and the day is Wednesday; which is an important good day.

My mother always says “Budh Kum Sudh” meaning, “Anything done on a Wednesday is done well”. So agreeing with my mother I have chosen today as the day for my first Guest Post.

 I present to you the most honored, special and romantic GUEST BLOGGER/ WRITER who is the author of not one but 3 books.

She is a fantastic writer, a great human being and a beautiful person. Her books have so much emotion and so much love in her words that once you start reading her novels they are hard to put down. (Hence the romantic bit.)

Without further delay please welcome the best seller author of ‘The Malhotra Bride’, ‘Double Jeopardy’ & ‘Meghna’.
 
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As you all know that since I talk a lot about women on my blog I asked Sundari if she could share her views on the heroines of her novels and what goes in her mind when she develops their personalities. What is her inspiration for the leading ladies that she writes about? The strong willed, positive and confident heroines and how they are like today's women.

Here is what Sundari has to say….Enjoy!!



  
Despite Women’s Lib and Bra burning movements, women are very much a down-trodden race around the world. That said, it doesn't mean that women are weak or fools.

I like to write stories where women turn out to be winners in every situation, which is but the truth. My heroines are all champions. While there are a number of atrocities like rape, etc that happen to women - events that are addressed by law - there are a number of things that happen quietly in many households across our country that cannot be legally punished.
 Even today, in the 21st century, women are subordinates in most homes - whether they make a living or otherwise. Many put up with this without saying much. That again does not mean they - we are stupid. These are the issues that I like to write about.

In The Malhotra Bride, 20-year-old Sunita has a match arranged for her, much against her will.

Meghna has to put up with her colleague’s bad behaviour just because he thinks he’s in love with her. Is he bothered about her feelings? Absolutely not!

The Runaway Bridegroom (Coming in September 2014 on Amazon) brings to light the situation of child marriage that still happens in our country.

In Sangita’s Dilemma (to be published in 2015), Sangita becomes a widow at a young age, only to be taunted by her own parents.

In my novels, all of these women find solutions (easy ones, of course) to their issues. The novels talk of solutions to these problems; ways in which the family and society can handle the crises without blowing things out of proportion. Life should be a joy for everyone, especially women without whom creation will come to a standstill. What say?


Thank you, Sundari. These insights into the lives of your heroines and your future works are exciting indeed.

 I look forward to reading them and I agree; you can’t do much without the advice and supervision of women!







MEGHNA by Sundari Venkatraman




The Blurb
     The young and dashing Rahul Sinha lives in England with his parents, Shyam and Rajni. He is an only son of the rich banker. Rahul is totally attached to his father but does not care for his mother. Read the book to find out why…. 
     Rahul is exulted with his efforts at work paying off and plans a holiday with his best friend Sanjay Srivastav who lives in Mumbai with his wife Reema, kids Sanya and Rehaan and most importantly, his sister, Meghna. Rahul recalls meeting Meghna just before they parted six years ago. 
     Meghna works for a website and also teaches modern dance as she loves it. She’s thrown for a toss when Rahul comes visiting. She had thought he had forgotten them. 

But how could Rahul do that? Sanjay’s his best friend and Rahul had always treated their home as his own. Sanjay’s mother had been more of a mother to Rahul than his own. Rahul had stayed away after moving to England or so Meghna believes. 

     Thus begins the story between Rahul and Meghna, the teasing, the flirting, the anger, the tears…will they find love? 

A FRIENDLY WARNING: This book has been written only for the purpose of Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment! If you are looking to learn something or improve your lives after reading this work, then this book is not for you. I am not trying to get into competition with the Author Biggies of this world. I wrote this simply for the fun and joy of it. One thing I can promise the reader though: Well proof-read, perfect language that I feel is very important for every book that's written in any tongue. 

Yours truly, 
Sundari Venkatraman

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The Author's Thoughts

Even as a kid, she absolutely loved the 'lived happily ever after' syndrome as Sundari grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. Soon, into her teens, she switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine.

Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. Then came the writing - a true bolt out of the blue! She could never string two sentences together. While her spoken English had always been excellent - thanks to her Grandpa - she could not write to save her life. She was bad at writing essays in both school and college. Later, when it was time to teach her kids, she could manage everything from Science to Mathematics and History & Geography.

When it came to writing compositions, her kids found her of no help at all. All this changed suddenly one fine day in the year 2000. She had just quit her job at a school's office and did not know what to do with her life. She was saturated with simply reading books. That's when she got home one evening after her walk and took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head - all those years of visualising Indian heroes and heroines needed an outlet and had to be put into words. That's how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape.

While she felt discouraged when publishing did not happen, it was her husband who kept encouraging her not to give up. There was no looking back after that. While publishing took a long time happening, Sundari continued to write novels and then short stories. Her luck turned when Indireads approached her to write for them and Double Jeopardy was born.

Now it’s all about self-publishing her books on Amazon. She has published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition) and Meghna so far while planning to publish her fourth book - The Runaway Bridegroom -  in September 2014. 


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