Saturday, 18 August 2018

Book review : Bodyweight Workouts By Anami Mittal

Title - Bodyweight Workouts

Author - Anami Mittal

AN EBook

About the author : Anami is a poetess, a writer and a blogger who observes life and its dwellings with a keen eye. She is a strong believer in, Everything, situation, and person out there teach us something. You will find deeper meanings in all her writings.

Book Blurb: This book is a compilation of few Body weight Workouts you can do at your home. These do not require any equipment. It is written for the A to Z Challenge 2018. It is a great way to exercise for those who get bored easily. Try them and you will love them.

My View : The ebook is a nice guide on body weight exercises. With every exercise the author has included motivational words and quotes to keep one at it. It enlists exercises for each letter of the alphabet. There are some very basic exercises to some a bit complex but definitely a must as one's body gets accustomed to routine exercises. Along with the same goes one body part and how to take care of it.

Which are my favorites??? Honestly, all of them are easy to practice and can be readily adapted even if you are running out of time. To specifically pick one, I will like to mention the one that puts a smile on my face every time I do it i.e. YTWL :)

The one thing that I didn't like was that somewhere towards the end the detailing about the body part is not there and hence lacks symmetry.

Overall I will rate it a 3.5 out of 5 for illustrating bodyweight exercises along with mentioning the body parts it is going to impact. 

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Half-way through 2018

Everytime I start a new year, like most people around I make many, by many I mean too many resolutions. My ritual is to sit down with my diary on the night of 31st December and jot everything down. And the glitch is as I close the diary I put a closure on everything that is written. I never re-open those pages and so don't even remember what I wrote....quite like getting drunk and forgetting everything once you are done with the hangover. Most people at least work on the resolutions but for me, I never start.

So half-way through 2018, I have realized that it's time to re-vamp my lifestyle and a good enough time to start working for myself. Yes, I do want to work for myself but I am not planning to quit my job and get on the freelancing wagon or entrepreneurship as of now! By working for myself I mean, I want to work on things I like apart from my job. I adore my job but I also like to read, write and take pictures and colour and make some art to de-stress. These things often get neglected given the hectic work schedule. I have a 10 hour working day, 6 days a week. The time that is left is either used in leisure or being a couch potato.

I really believe in Goal setting more than resolutions...why?? because I like the sound of the word - GOAL ...professional and playful. I did some self-analysis and found out that I make too many goals and hence find it difficult to maintain even a single. So, I should take it step-by-step. So for the remaining part of the year I want to specifically work on my blog.

I started this blog in the year 2012 and apart from trying something here and there most of the time my blog has been neglected. So to change the same I have set some goals for the remaining 4.5 months of the year.  

So here I go -

By 31st December 2018 I want  -

1. Have a blog schedule and follow it through.

2. 40 blog posts to be posted.

3. Reap in 20 followers of  blog.

4. Work on Blog FaceBook page.

5. Cross 500 followers on Blog Facebook page.

6. Work on Blog Instagram.

7. Cross 1000 followers on Blog Instagram.

I am linking this post to WORK-WEDNESDAYS something I planned to start in 2017 but never worked after two posts. This time it is not going to happen and so I am linking this-one-to-that...a reminder to me :) and do read those posts as well, dated around January 2017, one of them being on resolutions or Goal setting :)

Let us begin!!!

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Book Review : Invisible Ties By Nadya A. R.


About the Book - 

As Karachi burned in the 1990s, the painfully shy Noor Kamal found refuge in an antique jade mirror stolen from Daisy, her social butterfly mother. One fateful day, the violence hits home as a motley crew of burglars storm the Kamal residence, killing Joseph, the faithful driver who tried to shield Noor and kidnapping Daisy in the process.

Traumatized by the turn of events and succumbing to familial pressure, Noor reluctantly agrees to start life afresh in Singapore as the wife of Meekaal Kalim, an investment banker. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Noor finds succour in studying psychotherapy.

Her attempt to heal others brings her close to Ella, her neighbour and Jake, a handsome American who is struggling to deal with his emotional breakdown. As she tries to exorcise ghosts from the past and break free from the shackles, where will Noor’s longing for love take her? Would she be able to liberate herself from her strong cultural values and ties?

A saga of love and trials, against a rich contrasting background, Invisible Ties is sure to appeal to the readers.

My View -

The first thing I noticed about this book was the cover, the paper quality. Though the book is priced at 250 rupees the embossing and detailing matches to the books priced 600 rupees and upwards. Now for me, this was a huge draw.

The beginning was slightly confusing and slow paced. As one reads on further, though the pace remains the same but the story "ties" you.

The story revolves around Noor, her life and the "ties" she carries within herself. It is a story of a woman who is still a girl, clinging onto her past and how she comes forth to present.

The storyline is interesting, there's drama, romance, suspense and yes some action too...:)  but too much poetic prose. One can consider it a metaphorical journey, if one loves prose though I am unsure if the same was intended by the author.

Overall I will rate it a 3 of 5.

P.S. - The book was given to me for an honest review by Kaffienated Konversations.