Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Day 2 of 3 - Day Quote Challenge

I have been tagged by 3 wonderful bloggers and 1 beautiful author for the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Please visit them and you will be enriched and entertained.

The first to tag me was Devika Fernando and then I took my sweet time since I was tagged by  Vishal Bheeroo then I was tagged and reminded by Shilpaa Garg with another beautiful quote and finally when Sunita Rajwade tagged me I got my act together and here is my Day 1.


I thank them for tagging me as it has helped me get back to being a bit regular to blogging. 

Thanks a ton!!



This is what the 3-Day Quote Challenge is all about.





1. Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.



2. Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them.



3. Thank the blogger, who nominated you.


I would like to tag all those who read this post. 

I think I am so late in doing it that pretty much every one in my blogging circles have already done it so no names!!

My quote for today is all about family and kids....how my parents groomed us and what I try my best to do for my child....




I have always believed that freedom, support and responsibility are the basics which help each person be their best. What about you? Do you agree?
Which is your favorite parenting quote?






Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Day 1 of 3 - Day Quote Challenge

Today I am sharing words that always bring a smile to my face and remind me of the goodness in this world.I have been tagged by 3 wonderful bloggers for the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Please visit them and you will be enriched and entertained.


I took my sweet time since I was tagged by  Vishal Bheeroo then I was tagged and reminded by Shilpaa Garg with another beautiful quote and finally when Sunita Rajwade tagged me I got my act together and here is my Day 1.



I thank them for tagging me as it has helped me get back to being a bit regular to blogging. 

Thanks a ton!!


Hope my chosen quote urges you to take action and make a difference.I am a quote lover, they inspire, motivate and just beautify our day.



Here is one of my favorites, that I always keep in mind whenever I interact with any one. Maya is an icon for all of us and nothing can be better than her words.

I hope that each and every human has empathy; the feeling of realizing the impact of their action and words. Let's make this world a beautiful place; one word at a time.









This is what the 3-Day Quote Challenge is all about.



1. Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.



2. Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them.



3. Thank the blogger, who nominated you.




I would like to tag Janaki Nagaraj, Devika Fernando and Shantala Nayak and all those who read this post. 


I think I am so late in doing it that pretty much every one in my blogging circles have already done it so no names!!







Monday, July 27, 2015

Book Review THE RUBY IYER DIARIES by Laxmi Hariharan



I read this book as it slowly led me to realize that it was just the beginning of things to come. Ruby Iyer Diaries reads like a diary but it lets us see into the lives of not just Ruby but the other people she comes across too. Her mother, the sad, cynical lady and the friends she makes and how she ends up where she is.


I found the writing so pertinent to the characters, most of it are Ruby’s thoughts but so right to her personality. The author has managed to spin a good intro story for the readers, whetting their appetite for more. The background on the various characters is well explored and I wanted to read more.


I was not aware that it is a prequel to the main book. A concept I have rarely found in Indian books. Full marks to Laxmi Hariharan for making it super interesting and fun. A dysfunctional family, a rebellious girl, a mother lost in her world and the big, bad world where they all coexist.


Tempted? You should be :) Off to get the next book on the Life of Ruby Iyer.

(I got a copy of the book from Amazon as a free download. )




Blurb

The Ruby Iyer Diaries



The prequel to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer: This is a peek into the soul of an angry, young girl, who will come of age in a city on the verge of total annihilation.

This novelette is a companion book to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer. A peek into the soul of an angry, young girl, who will come of age in a city on the verge of total annihilation. Ruby kept a diary from the age of ten till she ran away from home at sixteen. It is from here that I picked out a few diary entries for The Ruby Iyer Diaries. This short series of vignettes from Ruby's life, tells you more a little more about the origins of Ruby Iyer. 

Read The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, to follow Ruby's story. Coming soon The First Life of Vikram Roy (Ruby Iyer Series Book 3) and The Second Life of Ruby Iyer (& Vikram Roy) - Book 4


About the Author




A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write...She never stopped. Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer and the Bombay Chronicles (The Destiny of Shaitan). London is where she writes. Bombay is what fuels her imagination.


Follow her at -- http://www.laxmihariharan.com/



Sunday, July 26, 2015

#AajKalKeBachee - Teaching As They Learn!!



My little bundle of joy was so tiny and delicate that I held him with reverence. That cute, cuddly little baby who made me laugh with his adorable antics. My miracle of nature surprised me every single day.

Now 6 years later his words and actions make me wonder , am I the parent or is he teaching me about life anew. Yes, he still surprises me but in a whole new way.  I see things differently, through new eyes; his eyes. He is vocal, opinionated and has a solution for everything.

Bringing up a child is never easy and I think all mothers agree as do the grandmothers who will say, today’s generation is indeed a handful. Technology is an integral part of bringing up kids now. The level of awareness and information available to #AajKalKeBachee is truly mind boggling!


He is a Transformer Today!!


Right from the time when we plonk our toddler with a tab or phone and let them click on the exploding stars or watch the nursery rhymes the lure of gadgets is formed. My son is no stranger to technology, in fact I had to upgrade to a faster 4gb phone just so that his games and my writing/blogging could coexist.

I tried to deny him, ration his screen time and even bargain with him for his use of gadgets all in the good faith that his growth was suffering if he is not out with Mother Nature every single day.

Well, I stand corrected!! There is no denying the benefits of getting out in the park but to assume that these modern devices are a hindrance for our children is wrong. I have now accepted that technology is playing a much, much greater part in the lives of our children than what I could ever imagine.




For us these devices, smart phones, tabs, were all new but are children have been born with them, it is a part of their growth so no denying anymore. I have become smarter with my smart kid; I now let him use the devices and I am amazed with the games and videos he watches, he is so technology driven – all construction, planes and mechanics for him.

He is learning so much more than what I could have taught him. I am learning too!



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Saturday, July 25, 2015

#BookReview The Activist and The Capitalist by Vibha Batra




Jai and Anusha have such a crackling chemistry and such passion that it jumps off the pages of the book. Trust me my Kindle saw a bit of sparking ;) Vibha has written about their banter; fights and romance so well that it all flows effortlessly! The story unfolds at a steady pace with a lot of sparks flying from the first introduction of characters. Great language too, keeping with the characters and place.

The story itself is has a lot of emotion flying high. The activist, feisty, fiery, warm and so emotional Anusha finds her with Jai who is the quintessential romance hero. Tall, handsome, rich and privileged he is instantly attracted to the girl who answers back to him. She is the girl next door but her zeal sets her apart.

The clashes and the tiffs make for a steady page turner. They are both trying to find a common ground for themselves as protests and clashes happen around the heritage building - Rasa Vihar. They both have much at stake and falling in love was the last thing on their mind.

I found that Vibha made the story so fun to read, the conversations of two willful people made me feel so happy. Yes, happy is what a romance should make the reader feel and the book is a fresh, friendly read. I especially his calls at her office landline, they were so cute, reminding me of college times and the ‘blank calls’ we made and got too! Alas, the cell phones have ruined that secret admiration tactic!!

The one point which I found odd was Anusha gifting a pack of cigars to Jai’s grandfather. Very strange for a lady to give cigars and more so if she is a social worker – those are expensive smokes! I also found Dolly Aunty very endearing and the hints that the author left about her and grandpa made me think of an happily ever after for her too.

This book has a solid story with a lot of twists to the tale. The conservation of the building, the double faced friends, the challenge from colleagues and confusion in love all add to make it a page turner. It is the first book I have read by Vibha and I can see the potential in her writing. 

The interaction and romance when Jai and Anusha meet in Singapore was heady and sweet. Just like young love, it was mercurial and needed a bit of real life for them to realize the importance of love.

The book is a romance lover’s delight and I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Activist and the Capitalist.




 (I received a copy of this book from the author in return of an honest review.)






Book Blurb


“I’m not drunk – just a litt-le high.”

On a magical moonlit night, Jai and Anusha meet and fall in love. 

When they meet again however, they discover that Jai is the crass capitalist developing Rasa Vihar, the heritage building that Anusha and her NGO are fighting to protect. 

Inevitably they clash, with neither willing to concede to the other.

The problem is that although publicly they are enemies, in private, they are wildly attracted to each other – but when secrets and betrayals enter the equation – things really begin to get out of control. 

Will the Activist and the Capitalist ever be able to find common ground?


 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR





Vibha Batra is an advertising consultant, author, poet, lyricist, and columnist. Her published books include: Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!), Seventeen and Done (You Bet!)Eighteen and Wiser (Not quite!)—a young adult trilogy published by Penguin—Ishaavaasya Upanishad, a translation of her grandfather, Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri’s book published by Rupa Publications, a poetry collection titled Tongue-in-cheek and a collection of short stories titled A Twist of Lime. She has also contributed short stories (Indian Voices, Happy Birthday to Me, Urban Shots Love Collection, Down the Road, City of Gods, Vanilla Desires, 9.69 seconds, Chicken Soup) and poems (Dance of the Peacock, Suvarnarekha, 20-20) to several national and international anthologies and written for various magazines.






Friday, July 24, 2015

#SnapYourWeek 30

Burger King!!


A visit to Burger King was the highlight of the week! 
It is every thing it has been hyped and more. 
Can't wait to visit again!!


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 add the URL to your post in the comments at the end of this post. 

4.  Please share the #SnapYourWeek linkup post with your blog readers.  Kindly do visit some of the blog links in the comments and comment on their posts

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