Monday, 17 July 2017

Book Review: The 23rd Girl - Divya Ratan and Rohan Kachalia





Title : The 23rd Girl

Author : Divya Ratan and Rohan Kachalia

Publisher : Half Baked Beans


"Life is a bitch and Love is the mother-in-law of all bitches"


Blurb
Smart, Suave and confident, Rashv is a young man in his early twenties whose claim to fame has been his never say die spirit. 

His life lacked any excitement till one day he accidently discovers a strange connection with the number 23. He gets so obsessed with it that the number begins to influence everything he ever does. Roohi is a fiercely independent, headstrong girl who is relentlessly chasing her dreams in the corporate world before the 'burn out' happens. She craves for a change and takes a sabbatical from work when she happens to cross paths with Rashv who falls irrevocably in love with her. 

They have a whirlwind romance before Rashv realizes that she does not quite fit in his number theory. On one hand is this number which has defined his life and on the other hand is the truest love he has ever felt. 

Can a number run your life? 

Is it justified to let it run your life? Dive into Rashv's world to find out.


My View

I am a sucker for romance and the title of the book "The 23rd Girl" intrigued me. The book is written in a simple language and is bound to connect with boys. Yes, you read it right! though girls are more known to fall for love stories, here is a book centered on boy, his playfulness and trysts. Rashv, the main lead is the boy-next-door turning into the most eligible bachlor and he is indeed very inspiring .

The character of Roohi is also well-written and though she occupies lesser space it does leaves one with a smile on face. Infact, I love the part where Roohi enters Rashv's life. The chemistry between the two and the way the story moves from there on is very gripping and emotional.

Some beautiful lines from the book -

"There's a reason why we have ribcages, our hearts have wings."

"Life's not about how hard of a hit you can give back, its about how many hits you can take and still keep moving forward."

"The overwhelming amount of guilt one needs to deal with when you just decide to let people go, slip away from your fingers like dry sand."

"The thing about heartbreak is that....you may not realise it, but it's permanent.".


The negatives -

It has a slow beginning and at places abrupt sequence. I want the author to leave some moments to readers imagination but there are certain places were the depiction is way too much. and some places very less.

Overall I will rate it 2.5/5 as for the slow and predictable story line, I didn't find it gripping enough. It may strike a chord with people looking for something - light and easy.


Grab Your Copy :- The 23rd Girl


Friday, 30 June 2017

The last seven









He used to be eager to get home from office
and now a days he doesn't want to leave,
it's the last seven days to his retirement.


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As a journey ends, a part of you ends there.



The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN"

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The uneven seven










Unspoken words
Unwritten letters
Unexchanged glances
Unabiding heartbeats
Unapologetic ignores
Unsaid goodbyes
Unrequited love
The uneven seven between us.


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The story of one-sided love.

The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN"

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Seven stories












Not pictures, Not people,
Stories make one fall in love......

I read one, I read two,
By the time I reached SEVEN....
I was in LOVE with YOU.


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I fell in love not with your face but with the stories you weaved around.


The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN"

Book Review: Writing Tools By Cheryl Sterling




Title : Writing Tools

Author : Cheryl Sterling

Publisher : Self Published - Ebook



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A blogger is a writer and always dreams to become an author. "Writing tools" is an ebook which lays down 26 tips on writing and marketing.

About the author

Cheryl Sterling is an American author of several paranormal and contemporary romance novels and short stories. Her first novel, What Do You Say to a Naked Elf?, was a finalist in the TARA contest and was later sold to Leisure Books, an imprint of Dorchester Publishing. Cheryl is a co-founder and past president of Grand Rapids Region Writers Group in Grand Rapids, MI. She has conducted several workshops that focused on the writing craft and co-chaired their first “I’ve Always Wanted to Write a Book” regional conference. In her spare time (she’s retired, so there’s that, but she writes a lot, so, never mind), she reads. All genres (except suspense and horror because she reserves the right to mess with readers’ minds). She loves history (lots of ideas to steal borrow), sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, Regencies (who knew so many eligible Dukes were around?), anything Doctor Who, and/or quantum entanglement. Her passion is learning and improving her craft, but mostly, she is a teacher. Cheryl currently lives in Phoenix with her husband and their cat, Coco Xena.

Plot Summary

The book is a compilation of 26 blogposts of Cheryl, a seasoned writer, as she participated in #AprilAtoZBloggingChallenge 2017. She has been writing since long and so took up the theme of writing tools. The book elaborates on the important tools which one should use if one wants to venture into writing a book.


My View

I stumbled upon this book through Blogchatter, it was listed on there ebook carnival. I am an aspiring author and this year wrote my second ebook- Just as it happened . I chose Writing Tools to read and review as part of the carnival and my my!! this book is fabulous.
For any novice planning to writer and become a published author it lays down tips and tricks starting from the very basic drafting, use of images or making your own to promoting oneself as an Amazon author or promoting the book using the various social media tools.

Cheryl lays down the writing tools as well as has put in her personal pointers which people like me can easily copy for a start. I am using this book as a constant guide. In simple words, this is an easy compilation of what steps to follow if you want to be an established author.

I will rate it 4.5/5 for the ready self-help guide it is.


Grab Your FREE Copy here :- Writing Tools


Friday, 23 June 2017

Seven qualities..







"He is so smart."

"He is so HOT!!"

"He is such a charmer."

"He is such a gentleman."

"He is so humble".

"He is so sensitive."

"He is the man of my dreams."

For girls, he has these seven qualities and more...

For me, I am with him for he patronises the Man I love.


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Love has different meaning for different people.


The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN"

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The seventh









She asked me to pick my favourite number,
but none came to mind.
All I could think of was "Seven",
for today she celebrated her "Seventh"-
wedding anniversary with my best friend.


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When it is true love but unsolicited, the heart bleeds more and too often for years.

The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN".






Monday, 19 June 2017

Seven Days....











For the aching heart,
and the sullen eyes.
For the soulful music,
and the pensive lyrics.
For the cold stares,
and the warm breaths.
For it had been seven days,
and they didn't say a word.


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People madly in love but too egoistic to confess.

The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN"




Saturday, 17 June 2017

Seven ways........












The way he smiles when he sees me, just as he did the first time we met.
The way he removes a strand of hair, just to have a better look at my face.
The way he looks for me, the moment he gets home.
The way he looks at me, across the dinner table.
The way he cuddles upto me, in the middle of night.
The way he brings me morning coffee, with a twinkle in his eyes.
The way he holds my hand, for everytime we say goodbye.


Seven ways.....he makes me feel beautiful and loved so more.


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The post is part of my seven day challenge, BAR-A-THON. For the challenge I will be writing every alternate day from Jun 17 to Jun 30 and my theme is "SEVEN".

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Just as it happened #BlogchatterEbook

"I take on the baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival from Humaira Sadaf whose Ebook Travellore India is also a part of the mix.

About Humaira's Ebook: It's a fab to see numerous cities, deserts, and heritage. Human beings have discovered travel.To blog on traveler can be knowledgeable to the readers. Travel is to enhance the diverse collection of places. It has a perfect adventure lore.It displays easy to navigate the places. We can easily grasp the tour packages with different criteria like by location, tour departure/arrival date, tour category, price, tour agency, transport type, and much more. The best voyage is to ensure a smooth viewing experience.

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Once upon a time there was a little girl. She went to a good school, had affluent friends, got all that she wanted and at the same time was made to see how people struggle for things that she easily gets. But amidst what she lacked was a goal.

When asked by teachers what she wants to be when all grown up, she used to say Doctor because of what her best friend wanted to be. Years passed, the answer kept on changing from doctor to psychiatrist, from actor to director, from singer to dancer but nothing made her heart jump.

She started reading, again, because it was a cool thing to do. Reading turned to writing as people used it to tell the tale of their hearts. And in writing she found the solace she yearned for.

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So that is how I started to write, writing in notebooks, journals, diary and finally my blog :)
Blogging was started with an intention to earn money *hehe* but now it is a vent for my heart.

I am a lazy blogger, but even with that I managed to participate in not one but TWO daily blogging challenges and have successfully completed both. And with the help of an awesome blogging community -BLOGCHATTER, I have two ebooks to my kitty now.

This year I ventured out for a fiction and in 26 posts, moving in alphabetical order I tried to pen a story of two hearts. My ebook is titled - Just as it happened

Just as it happened,  is a contemporary story of Meer and Meera and their lives. It is a real yet fictional, predictable yet unpredictable, seen yet unseen,  heard yet never heard of, story of two hearts. It specifically revolves around their love and their transformation.

It is love that transforms you from what you were to a better you that you always wanted to be. Love sets one free.

My second ebook - Just as it happened is available for free download on Blogchatter ebook carnival for two months. Do read, sned me your feedback and share among your friends.

You can download it here :- Just as it Happened

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"I pass on the Baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival to Upasna Sethi whose Ebook A To Z of Minimalism is also a part of the mix.

About Upasna's Ebook: If you're tired of the rat race and wish to quit Consumerist Lifestyle, this Book is for you. If you struggle with your time, your relationships, your Job- Its time to attain the freedom.

What you'll discover in this guide:

* Right approach for you to begin this journey of Minimalism

* How to gain Freedom

* You already have enough time to pursue your passions

* Time you spend organizing and re-arranging things is a waste of time

* New definition of Luxury

* Minimalism is for everyone including Kids

Read it as a practical guide to achieve Freedom

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Book Review: Once upon a Genie - Durriya Kapasi




Title : Once upon a Genie

Author : Durriya Kapasi

Publisher : Half Baked Beans



“The bottle though was very heavy; I assumed it was so because it must be made from expensive material. With excitement, I opened it's lid to welcome the unforeseen into my life.”


Plot Summary
“Once upon a Genie” is Durriya Kapasi ‘s baby and it sets you to the world of unknown. The story revolves around Daisy, a lone girl who used to live with her grandmother after been abandoned by her parents. She loses her grandmother as well but her grandmother gifts her a Genie. And the story unfolds of how Daisy's life moves with the Genie- Khalil Bin Muwahid. Khalil Bin Muwahid not being the ordinary Genie but going to be the successor of the Genie throne left by his father. While asking her wishes they fall in love and as per Genie world, if she doesn't ask her 3rd wish they can live together forever. But twist in tale is Daisy's best friend Darren, who falls sick and Daisy is confused whether to use her last wish or not.


My View
Ever since I saw Aladdin I wished to have a Genie of my own but as I grew up it was long lost and forgotten. So finding a book called “Once upon a Genie “ did revive those memories.
The story line is slightly predictable. A girl being gifted a Genie and they both fall in love.

But the best part is It let's one live the childhood dream of having a Genie. The wishes that Daisy asks for are fantasy inducing yet contemporary. The detailing that the author shows about characters and places actually makes one live through it.

There are points that keep you guessing what will happen next. There are moments of love, that makes one pink, then there moments of longing that makes one cry, then there moments of fantasy that makes one forget the reality and dream.

I will rate it 3/5 for depicting so many emotions and sewing them together. It is a short and sweet story which will keep you glued till you finish it.




Grab Your Copy :- Once Upon A Genie


P.S. The book was provided by the author for an honest review.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Zenith












I never thought life will change so much in just seven months. I was bored with my sedentary life in Pune which was disheveled by my Boss kicking me out by giving a three month notice.

I was frustrated and didn't know how to get through this phase and not only I did, I joined a better place in Bangalore and in 3 months of my joining I am being promoted already. Life has never been so good.

After being ditched by the love of my life I thought I will never be happy. But life taught me how to be happy. If the world is mean I can be meaner and tame it to my advantage. I met Meera and she gave me the elixir to live happily. She was warm and sweet like a child. I really loved her initially but it couldn't last and so I wanted to leave it at a beautiful corner and so we slowly stopped talking.

I have found my zenith, my corner cabin, my personal space and the secret to live happily together yet alone. Life is going to be better and better.



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Meera found her zenith in her husband. She never thought she will find the right answers to all questions that bothered her from a man. He was caring, sensitive, protective and gave Meera a clear vision of what she actually seeked.

It had been six months that she met Meer first. The highs and lows that she faced during these six months, she alone was a witness to them. But her husband took her to a new high, the zenith, her values, her aspirations and her deep down dreams were realized by him now. He stood by her as a pillar of strength and a push for whenever she stopped. He was a self made man and supported her to be self made and keep her individual identity even after marriage. And he asked her to keep dreaming more and keep realizing them.

Her zenith was to know herself and two man helped her attain that - Meer, made her aware of things she didn't know, her husband, gave her what she yearned.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Yearning










Every heart desires
Every heart has a special yearning.
Two individuals, whether together or alone,
yearn the most for what one's heart wants.

Meer had met Meera as he was yearning to find an anchor in his life. He wanted someone who could hold him through his difficult time. As time passed Meer realized he was his own anchor and what he yearned for most was external, materialistic pleasures. He wanted name, fame, money, glory, people talking about him, girls swooning over him and this was only going to satisfy him.

Meer was more confident about himself now. He had a face for the world to show and he knew what exactly he wanted as well.

Meer knew how to make the world work and he knew what he yearned for.


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Meera had met Meer and amidst a conversation she noticed him. He drew her to himself and it was then she realized she had more to yearn for in life yet. She had always dreamt about work and aspired to bring more glory.

After meeting Meer she yearned for love in her life and she was getting the same in leaps and bounds even after he left. As time passed she realized apart from love she even yearned for intellectual conversations, someone to care for her, someone around whom she felt protective, someone who listened to her heart and this yearning brought her closer to herself.

Meera knew what the world expects of her and she knew what she yearned for.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Xerox copy










Meera was in full bloom, she was the fun, fearless, wild and cool yet sensible and sensitive woman she always aspired to be. Eventually she had let go of her insecurities and anger. She was getting calmer by the day.

She did feel alone at times but had found ways out of it. She was working hard as well as started again at her hobby of sculpture making. She barely had any free time to think negative and feel sad. She was open to meeting new people and hangout without a care in the world.

She had decided to let the past be and cherish its memories and make new fun stories. But the more she tried to forget Meer the harder it was. Almost every guy that she had recently met was a xerox copy of Meer. Whether it was someone’s looks, or the way they walked or the kind of their talks something or the other did remind her of him.

Meera failed to understand whether it was her love for Meer or was it just that he was the only guy with whom she had been so close. Over time she had realized even she didn't want to marry him because he was never the man of her dreams but a part of her heart was ready to let all go just to be with him.

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Meer had been living out of his home for quite a many years now and he got used to living alone. Settling in a new city is always pain in the beginning but one has to endure some pain for a better ending. He had his share of highs and lows but he knew the anchor he used to search is none other but he himself.

He did meet a few girls, all good in their own way. He had made a pact for himself, he'll have his share of fun and let his mom search a bride for him. Just for once he met a xerox copy of Meera and he knew he is never going the same Lane again.  She didn't look like her nor she spoke like her, but her choice in books, movies even her zodiac sign were same and it was enough a warning sign for him to stay away.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Winsome










Meera was happy. She had become bold and calm. She knew what her winsome smile can do, her harsh words would never get it done. She was her charming best and people were easily drawn to her now. She did miss being in a serious relationship but she was enjoying all the attention she was getting.

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Meer had a rough time. His ex, the one she carried in his heart from Pune to Bangalore ditched her again. It had been a month that he was in Bangalore when she asked him to introduce her to one his best friend. Meer having confidence in his friend asked him to out and about a few times and see if they have something or let it be. His friend did as Meer said but there were no sparks and they didn't continue.

Meer had already predicted this and so was relieved. All throughout he and his ex were in contact and now again she found solace in him after the not worked relationship. Meer did realize that he was running behind the wrong train and it's time to change track but probably he was too in love with this girl to let go. He was there for her with his shoulder to cry on.

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Meera did miss Meer but now he reminded him of what she should do and how she should live. She was livelier than before. She wanted to share her stories with Meer and she called him.

Meer did start to hear her stories and she spoke with all the charm and enthusiasm. But Meer cut her in mid and after that Meera just lost her winsome smile. She listened to him about his routine and then quickly hung up.

She realized Meer was totally not interested in her. He never cared what she liked, how she felt, he was not happy in her happiness. All the sweet talks had been for a purpose and now when he had no purpose all he wanted to talk about was himself or not talk at all. The stories that Meera had accumulated to tell him, the constant reminder that she use to have from him to be winsome and win all and her happiness on being winsome and getting what she wanted, was all lost...he didn't care.

Whether he thought less about Meera or thought it was a lie Meera was not sure. But she was sure he was not worth her worry anymore. She did consider him everything but for him she was nothing special.

She regained her composure and went on a long drive.  This time she is not going to go to “their place” as she did before and relapse into the cold hearted girl she was. She was driving way beyond and not going to look back. She'll stride in style with her winsome smile.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Vulnerable










It had been about a month that Meer had gone to Bangalore. Meera was yet again heartbroken today. She was vulnerable to every possible comment now a days. She decided to put on her strong, determined, rude girl grab and secluded herself from social engagements.

She engrossed herself in work again and constantly reminded herself of her goal and not to loose focus. Still she had sleepless nights. But the nights were not just sleepless they were accompanied with her soundless wails and cries.

She felt sad about being single, she felt sad about having no friend to cry on, she felt sad about everything going around, she felt miserable as she couldn't see a future for herself. She was vulnerable but strong enough not to let this make her depressed and go on a wrong path and end everything. She had her family to support and ending her life won't help them.

Meer and Meera had a unique relationship. They had distance between them, they spoke less frequently yet they knew what the other wanted. Meer used to tell her about his ex and his relationships and she knew sometimes it was to make her jealous but at others how's just being himself with her.

He was a self-made man and constantly learning and improving himself and this was what he taught her as well. He had shifted to Bangalore but recently he called and shared all the happenings with her. She wanted to call him more often but he did say once that she is getting possessive and he may stop speaking to her if she will irritate him more.

On some vulnerable points Meera did message him.. Miss you… and he replied…. I know.

Meera was taken aback because she expected some reprise but all she got was a narcissistic reply. She knew when Meer used to have a good time, he was never cautious with her but when he was sad he'll cajole her, pamper her. Part of Meera’s vulnerability was her own responsibility. She did let herself loose and gave so much importance to him.

She had to take these teachings and work on herself, for self. Just one message brought her back to senses. She had entirely forgotten what she had decided when Meer left. She had forgotten the game she would like to play. So, here she became the pleasant, charming personality she aspired for. She was now open to people and people were attracted to her.

She was going out and almost wherever she went she knew all eyes seemed her. There were man approaching her and at times she will lead them on for as long as she wanted and then gently or at times rudely break it off. She knew she had to shun the vulnerability and enjoy what life offers. More so, she wanted to have stories to tell Meer, it was not just him who had it all.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Unique Relationship










Meer had settled in Bangalore. The first 15 days in the city and the city was treating him good. He found a good studio apartment on 4th floor of a commercial building. It was amidst city and the window at one end gave him the view of entire bustling city….his perfect fast paced cosmopolitan city.

He was getting used to the new office and the environment. He hadn't made any friends yet but had been amicable and so never was alone. He stood by the window with a tea cup and contemplated on his journey so far. He was happy on his achievements. His family had high hopes from him and he was able to realize them.

He was also able to do what he really wanted to do. He always wanted to be a ladies man and today he was. Before leaving the city he met his ex over dinner and they bonded really well. He even carried her along, in his heart. They were back to their usual selves and almost talked every night for hours. They were not “together “ yet but they will soon.

Another girl from his previous office had also shown interest and now they were in long-distance-relationship and he knew well how to manage both the girls without letting one know about the other.

Then he remembered Meera. He was in love with her. She was beautiful, delicate, a soft kind heart, intelligent, actually she was nothing like the other girls and that drew him to her. Overtime Meer had realized that they are not meant to be together not because she was getting attached to him but because now he didn't want to stay bounded or attached with just one person. He knew, she cared for him a lot but he knew there were too many fishes in the pond.

He did care for her as well. He informed her as soon as he got news of his selection in the new job. Their relationship was actually very unique. There was a time they used to talk to each other everyday. Then there came a time the calls turned to twice a week, still it used to be as if they just spoke an hour ago.

She never pretended a thing in front of him and he too could speak his heart out to her. He never hid any of his feelings from her whether they were about her or someone else. Infact he had just spoken to her once after he came here and told her about his ex and the other girl.

She never complained of talking less or talking about others. Yes, she did get jealous if talked more about others but he knew how to make it up to her, and she will blush till the end. He could tease her and make her cry. He could make her forget the world with his smile. She was jovial like a child when with him and had an air that demanded attention wherever she went. No wonder all used to like her. There was something, something unique in this relationship and he didn't want to let it go.

For some reasons he always loved living this unique relationship. He used to get what he wanted and he still can get what he wants from her. He didn't love her now but neither he nor she ever said “I love you” to the other. He never said because the feeling had long gone but never understood why she never said it.

He had to stay in touch with her for both professional and personal reasons. She was owning a good company and working hard to scale new heights and personally, he knew, if all went down, he can always rely on her.