Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Republic Day!

On a previous post I had talked about The Serenity Park being the place to unwind and relax. Today is a special update on a new addition to the park.



The Serenity Park in Ferozpur witnessed a historic moment yesterday on 25 Jan 2015 when the tallest flag in Punjab was unfurled there. The flag pole is 106 ft tall and the flag is 36 feet x 24 feet x 36 feet.  It is a wonderful sight to behold in all its glory. The flag fluttered in the wind and  was looking resplendent in the morning.

The National Flag being unfurled.



The ceremony was attended by all the army and civil dignitaries along with the GOC, Collector & Commissioner. It was indeed an honor to be present to witness such a significant occasion in Ferozpur.

Buddha waits; before the Flag.


As I sat and witnessed the unfurling of the flag it was a unique experience for me and my little one. We were lucky indeed to be a part of the ceremony. The 5 odd minutes it took for the flag to be raised was momentous. We had our eyes glued to the flag as it slowly inched its way to the sky; our ears were paying rapt attention to the history of our flag being spoken.


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A pin drop silence and a standing ovation followed with such patriotic fervor and emotion of national solidarity. We all also took a ‘voters oath’ to support and participate in Democratic process of the nation   I wish we have such a massive flag in all our towns and cities. It is a wondrous initiative for reinforcing the solidarity and kinship of our nation.


In All Its Glory.


A Salute to the Army, Mr Naveen Jindal and all officials of http://www.flagfoundationofindia.in/ who made it possible with their hard work and initiative.

On this Republic Day I urge all of you to value, cherish and inculcate the spirit of being Indian in yourself and your children.
Teach them young & cherish your legacy.

Happy Republic Day!

Jai Hind!















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Friday, January 23, 2015

#SnapYourWeek 4

The winter has been merciless but these beautiful pink blossoms brightened my week.
 Can identify this flower?



How to  #SnapYourWeek


1.  Take a picture that you feel was the most memorable or influential moment of your week and post it on your blog. Use the hash-tag #SnapYourWeek

2.  Describe the picture in 20 words or less if you wish. No more than 20 words but none if you don’t want to!

3.  Please share the URL to your post by clicking the “add your link” button at the end of this post and filling out the information.

4.  Very significant! Please sharethe #SnapYourWeek linkup post with your blog readers.  Kindly do visit some of the blogs listed in the linkup and comment on their posts

5.  Do it every week for 52 weeks every Friday.




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CANVAS OF DREAMS Book Review

Canvas Of Dreams


by 


Jaya Siva Murty



Canvas of dreams talks about love, art, and finding one’s true self through the strength of love. I really liked the premise of the novella that life is like a canvas and we paint it with our actions and decisions. The author has tried to bring together the yearning of love and the fire to channel it towards the goals in a person’s life.

Riya is still pinning for her first love, don’t we all know how strong and all permeating it can be? She tries to let go of her feeling for Ryan but all she succeeds in doing is having nightmares from the past, of her husband and even her present life.

The novella is through the eyes of Riya and how she copes with life after Ryan. Both of them try to live their own life but the Canvas of Dreams would be incomplete if they do not meet. The work Riya is doing is an extension of her love and even though she has Rehaan as a distraction; he is just that and makes Riya see the truth sooner rather than later.

Ryan comes across as a sweet, kind hearted and genial guy. He looks out for Riya and she complements him. They are best friends for a reason. Love coupled with friendship is hard to ignore!

As I read the book I thought it would have more about painting and maybe either Riya or Ryan would be painters but turns our Rehaan is the one wielding the brush. He has a major portion of the book devoted to him, I wish there was more about Ryan. Riya used to paint but not anymore; I wonder why?

Ryan is endearing and I wanted to know more about him. Overall an interesting read and the name does justice to the storyline and the writer manages to connect all the dots and the end result is very welcome.

It is a pleasant read in spite of the nightmares and drama’s involved. Overall a good weekend read.











The Blurb

Riya seems to have lost everything—the man she loves to another woman, her husband to death and her soul to fear.An unexpected meeting with her first love, Ryan, stirs up long repressed feelings but also allows her to move out of the long shadow of the past. Unburdened, she feels free to pursue her dream of opening an art gallery and the handsome and intriguing artist Rehaan. But memories of her marriage refuse to fade away and then suddenly, Ryan shows up in her life again. Now, Riya must find the courage to reconcile her past and present.For Riya, life is a canvas of dreams. Can she distinguish between reality and fantasy?


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Jaya Siva Murty is a business writer and social media manager from Visakhapatnam, India. Fascinated with the written word since the age of ten, she would file away her poems and short stories in a secret diary, till some were finally published by ‘Times of India’ and ‘Savvy’. She has written for the Economic Times and now provides India-relevant stories for a Hong Kong based magazine. When she’s not designing content for websites, or writing technical blogs and articles for clients worldwide, she spins yarns with unusual twists and turns through her works of fiction.

Jaya holds a business management degree and has taken creativity lessons at Stanford University. ‘Canvas of Dreams’ is her debut foray into novella writing.

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Angelic Roses!!





She smiled as she stroked them. Touching them tenderly and caressing them as if they were made of the most delicate porcelain. They were indeed!

Softest skin to touch, so clear, so milky white and pure; just divine! Tiny yet perfect images, she thought. Fingers, hands, toes, eyes, nose; everything was simply exquisite! Beautiful bow lips, rosy pink and like tiny rosebuds. She could not decide who was prettier; the angelic baby girl or the naughty baby boy?

As she caressed them, her touch so fleeting and gentle she feared she would hurt them. Angelic all knowing eyes; she thought as she looked down. If the eyes opened; she felt they would look all the way into her soul.  The color must be indeterminate; will they really look at me she thought? With bated breath she held waiting for them to open their eyes. Will they know me?

I feel they do; I know them so well looking just like the images I saw. Grainy, black & white images that were her life-line to another life.

She smiled at her silliness, nodding at her thoughts – they knew her alright! Why else would they respond to her?  She touched their hair, the short silky mop growing in all direction, would the color change or would it remain like her?

She was impatient to see them grow, taking a shade from her and curve from him. An expression from her; a nuance from him; what would the future bring to them?

Her heart felt so full, ready to burst with all the love she held , over flowing in the caresses and touch for her babies. She waited for them to open their eyes, to move, squirm and respond to her gentle ministrations.


She looked up, lost in her thoughts when he called her name; surprised when she saw two beautiful red roses in his hands that he laid against them and tears in his eyes.....





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Falling For Emma Book Review


Falling for Emma is a sweet, sensitive and fast paced novella! 

Doesn’t the first line sum it up really nicely? Does it not make you want to read it? You should read it!

It is a delight to read and it is based in France, I am a big, big France fan; maybe it is all the love and romance talk I heard as a young girl and maybe because France is synonymous with romance I enjoyed it immensely.

I finished the book from start to finish in one sitting; it was a funny, interesting and perfect for a novella. Alix knows what a good novella is all about. This is the first book I have read by her and it will not be the last. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

Cyril may be scarred and grumpy but his character speaks volumes, he doesn’t try the ‘pity card’ or become the inaccessible grumpy monster. It is kindness and indulgence for his friends when they set him up with his music booth and his attitude towards those who look out for him even though he is a blind guy make him a winner. He is a singer is an added perk ;)

Only one thing I found a bit odd was that if he knew Emma/Laura since high school, he should have recognised her by her voice at least. But I am no judge of how a blind person perceives those around him so I agree he could have been fooled.

Emma is the sweet, girl next door and she has been in love with Cyril forever. She gets close to him by faking to be someone else and when he finds out………she has a hard time convincing him of her motives. Her heart is in the right place and they both have great chemistry.

It was fun to read and quick enough to be read on your commute or even a week night for a good read.


About Falling For Emma:


Rising star of French chanson Cyril falls for Laura—the charming groupie who waltzed into his life one sweet summer afternoon.
Their story could have been pretty straightforward except… 

He’s blind.

And she isn't who she claims to be.

Release Date: 15th January 2015

Genre: Romance

No. of Pages: 120

This is a prequel to the Bistro La Boheme series.



Add to Goodreads: Falling For Emma by Alix Nichols

a prequel to the Bistro La Bohème series


Teasers:

"Oh, how she loved that unrestrained laugh of his. It was better than a bowl of rum raisin ice cream or a scented hot bath in the middle of January or an afternoon on the beach with a great book. It was simply the best thing in the world..."  

"He could no longer deny how he felt about her. Not just the part where he craved her right down to his bones, but also the part where he had let her take up residence in his empty heart and was still reeling from the glow that filled it..."


"She drew her mouth away and took a ragged breath. 
When Cyril leaned in to renew the kiss, she planted her hands on his chest and pushed gently. “Let me look at you for a moment.”
He straightened and gave her a panty-dropping smile.
His unseeing eyes were as handsome as ever. His complexion had darkened with desire, and the bulging muscles of his chest flexed under her touch. Through the thin cotton of his T-shirt and through the air between them, she could feel the heat emanating from his body. There was something feline—graceful and hard—about his posture.
Like a wild cat before a bound.
He was magnificent..."

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About The Bistro La Boheme Series:

If you’ve enjoyed “Amelie” and “Friends” and like smart heroines, sexy heroes, witty dialogue and heart-stopping romance, then give this series a try. It will delight you with an unforgettable cast of imperfect and charming young men and women who work or frequent an ordinary yet special Parisian café. They fall in love, cope with heartbreak and chase their dreams with a passion that makes them endearing even when in the wrong.

Welcome to the Bistro La Bohème! Take a seat by the window, order your café crème and lose yourself in these deeply romantic and heart-warming tales of love, friendship and finding out where you belong.

The books are interconnected, with a recurring setting and characters. But each story is self-contained, and you can read it as a stand-alone.

Buy the books in the series:

Book 0.5: Falling For Emma by Alix Nichols
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Novella: Your're the One by Alix Nichols 

Book 1: What if it's Love? by Alix Nichols

Book 2: Under My Skin by Alix Nichols 

The Bistro La Bohème series


If you’ve enjoyed Amelie and Friends and like smart heroines, sexy heroes, witty dialogue and heart-stopping romance, then give the Bistro La Bohème series a try! 

It will delight you with an unforgettable cast of imperfect and charming young men and women who frequent an ordinary yet special Parisian café. They fall in love, cope with heartbreak and chase their dreams with a passion that makes them endearing even when in the wrong.

Welcome to the Bistro La Bohème! Take a seat by the window, order your café crème and lose yourself in these deeply romantic and heart-warming tales of love, friendship and finding out where you belong.
                                  
The books are interconnected, with a recurring setting and characters. But each story is self-contained, and you can read it as a stand-alone.
- See more at: http://www.alixnichols.com/books.html#sthash.jlI1nvWl.dpuf

The Bistro La Bohème series


If you’ve enjoyed Amelie and Friends and like smart heroines, sexy heroes, witty dialogue and heart-stopping romance, then give the Bistro La Bohème series a try! 

It will delight you with an unforgettable cast of imperfect and charming young men and women who frequent an ordinary yet special Parisian café. They fall in love, cope with heartbreak and chase their dreams with a passion that makes them endearing even when in the wrong.

Welcome to the Bistro La Bohème! Take a seat by the window, order your café crème and lose yourself in these deeply romantic and heart-warming tales of love, friendship and finding out where you belong.
                                  
The books are interconnected, with a recurring setting and characters. But each story is self-contained, and you can read it as a stand-alone.
- See more at: http://www.alixnichols.com/books.html#sthash.jlI1nvWl.dpuf

The Bistro La Bohème series


If you’ve enjoyed Amelie and Friends and like smart heroines, sexy heroes, witty dialogue and heart-stopping romance, then give the Bistro La Bohème series a try! 

It will delight you with an unforgettable cast of imperfect and charming young men and women who frequent an ordinary yet special Parisian café. They fall in love, cope with heartbreak and chase their dreams with a passion that makes them endearing even when in the wrong.

Welcome to the Bistro La Bohème! Take a seat by the window, order your café crème and lose yourself in these deeply romantic and heart-warming tales of love, friendship and finding out where you belong.
                                  
The books are interconnected, with a recurring setting and characters. But each story is self-contained, and you can read it as a stand-alone.
- See more at: http://www.alixnichols.com/books.html#sthash.jlI1nvWl.dpuf
About the Author:


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Alix Nichols is an avid reader of chick lit, romance and fantasy, caffeine addict and a badge-wearing Mr. Darcy fan. She released her first romance at the age of six. It had six pages stitched together and bound in purple velvet paper. The book was titled “Eliza and Robert” and featured highly creative spelling. Some words were written in mirror image. Unintentionally. 


Decades later, she still loves the name Robert and the genre romance. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Lists numerous times, climbing as high as #1. She lives and works in Paris, France.

Links:
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