INKREDIA – Luwan of Brida

Blurb: Inkredia is a land where humans and nonhumans live together in balance, but without ever facing each other, unless… they must. When seventeen-year-old Luwan finds himself in a grave danger, he has to make a daring choice. The village that kept him safe all these years can’t protect him anymore. Either he can stay and die or he can enter the dangerous world outside and make journey to a city that will keep him and his sister safe. But there is a good chance that this journey itself will kill him. He sets out, but only to find that his peril is far greater than his calculations. He heads into a mysterious new enemy, a band of legendary assassins that are usually sent to bring down men of great power. Luwan is clueless why they are after his head, but they don’t offer him the luxury to find an answer to that question. He’s thrown into a relentless run across a great distance. And, as he travels, he learns about fascinating places in Inkredia, about powerful relics and artifacts and… about the dark side of Inkredia. He faces the great force of Ilmor that gives birth to incredible nonhumans. What is the force of Ilmor? Can Luwan protect his sister against such powerful enemies? Will he find answers to all the mysteries?

About the author: Sarang Mahajan, an avid fan of fantasy/adventure novels is the author of Luwan of Brida, a well appreciated book available in India, USA and UK. The book has caught attention of Indian readers as the first, major authentic fantasy by an Indian writer. A wide traveler, he is also fond of travel photography and travel writing.

Review: Thank you to Author and the book club for sending me the copy of this book to read and review it in my blog. When I first saw the book, the title and book cover generated anxiety to read it quickly. As I realised it is of a fantasy genre, it put me off. This is the genre I avoid but I had to read to write this review. Coming to the book now, Luwan is an herb collector and his parents were members in the council of the Lord. He has a sister named Meg, but Luwan leaves home due to a petty fight. His mother gives him a pendant, with a silver spiral in it and a blank book. His father leaves a letter wishing him to visit Tashkrum and meet Shenoble. Luwan, who earns to survive refuses tax collector to pay. Death is the sole reprimand. Meg comes to his hut to alert and save him. Confused Luwan opens up a book given by his mother. He finds out the solution in form of a riddle and decides to hold up his and his sister’s life. Luwan’s best friend Narjo helps them and they run away from Brida. They are followed by Ghork riders, devil creatures who eat human flesh. The question which comes in the mind is – will the simple villager Luwan manage to run safely? Will they be able to survive from Ghork Riders? What are the dangers ahead? Will they reach their destination? If all this has excited I suggest you can pick this book to read further. The book ends abruptly which makes us know that there is next book coming would be continuation to this present book/story. Despite the easy and simple language and not so boring narration, this book has not impressed me in any way. This book is adorned with a great fantasy and is an ultimate entertainment package if you want adventurous reading else you can skip it.

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Find yourself: Come out of your comfort zone

We go through change every day – be it in our personal life or professional. Sometimes it so happens that we get into a situation where we feel very awkward and uncomfortable – especially in the workplace. Neither we can take it up nor can we say NO to it. But from my personal experience what I can say is getting out of your comfort zone actually helps you to find yourself and makes you realize what you are capable of. Getting out of your comfort zone actually makes you to think out of the box and also adds more vibrancy to your life. If you really want to embrace the change around you, there is no other way but to get out of your comfort zone.

The question obviously comes – “What if I fail?” I won’t use the clichéd words “Failure is the stepping stone of success” but I would say even though you fail it will make you to think what went wrong in the process and what can you make better next time to taste the success. It’s not that you try something extraordinary or whacky stuffs when you are trying to get out of your comfort zone – but try something different that challenges you. Initially you will feel that it’s not your cup of tea and feel like quitting. But if you stick to the challenge you’ll discover your new self after few times of failure.

There is no shortcut to success, you have to put in your best and 100% effort and work hard. If you want to achieve something it is mandatory that you need to put your heart and soul to it. Your comfort zone might call you back, since you had been residing there since long, but you need to take a call and break the wall to proceed further and come out of your comfort zone. Moreover you need to have trust on yourself. Make snap decisions but take time in making that decision and most importantly do it in small steps. Always remember its “One Step At A Time”.

I’m sharing my heart feeling through this post from my experience when I was trying to get out of my comfort zone. It would be difficult initially, rather I would say It would look difficult, but if your stick to your goal and give that required effort nothing can stop you reaching your goal.

About the blogger:  Shamik is from Bangalore and because of his love for writing, he takes up freelance content writing works along with Copy Editing and Proofreading work. He calls himself a foodie and cooking is his passion. He loves experimenting with different types of recipes – especially during the weekends. He loves watching movies and ensure traveling at least thrice in a year.

Twitter Handle: @Writer_Foodie

Blog URL: http://themixedflavors.blogspot.in

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNUyaZOC0MW5M3ebk3QgHHA

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Self Acceptance

When you care for yourself without worring about the world

Many times in life we face situations and circumstances that challenge our self perceived value. There are two things that collectively determine who we are at a particular point in our life:-

how and what we think of ourselves

do our actions align with the above statement

When somebody criticises us on something that may not even be true, our world seems to come to an end. We get shattered. If the person standing in front of you in a bank line pushes you and tells you to maintain distance, it is somewhat fine. But when the same person later makes an offhanded comment on uneducated people not knowing how to stand in a queue, you feel hurt. A person you don’t even know, their words poke your entire self esteem and you get into a spiral of negative self talk. That is how fragile the human psyche is. After years of learning, doing appreciable work, having friends and lovers around, we get hurt by such small things.

What we think of ourselves motivates us to do what we want to do in life. When a lady whose dream is to be a beauty queen eats junk food, smokes cigarettes, doesn’t exercise and turns obese, it somewhere affects her value of herself. Her identity is tied to being healthy and aware of her lifestyle choices but her actions don’t seem to correspond with what she dreams. That leaves her vulnerable. And when she will be called names, her reactions will be negative and her value in her own eyes shall diminish. Her aspirations and actions conflict with each other and that makes her doubt her capabilities and worth.

When nobody likes us we want to feel liked. It gives us an immediate happiness boost when somebody compliments or appreciates us. What we don’t realise that by this mindset we are living our lives at the mercy of other people’s judgement of us. Of course it matters what others think of us (majority of us are not psychopaths who don’t care about people’s opinion of themselves). What matters more is what we think of ourselves. People who genuinely matter in our life should be the ones we look upto. The world is full of people who won’t like what we wear, how we look and will joke on how big our nostrils are. And that’s fine. It is their choice to say what they want and our choice lies in staying true to our core values.

When we think of ourselves in accepting light and make sure to act the way that makes us feel expressed, there remains more hope for joy in our lives. Changing who you are in order to please the world will not make any difference. What shall bring considerable conscientiousness to our lives is behaving the way we believe ourselves to be and conjugating our self perception with our actions. Freedom lies in being caring to our inner selves.

About the blogger: Arpit Chhikara loves to write, roam around, sleep and does whatever there is in between. You might find him in social events telling stories or watching art movies. He is young and curious about things that pertain to human behavior. Other than writing, he plans for big things many of which stay in his fantasies. Some of them turn real. Either way, his plans leave him with a story to tell, be it of success or failure. He doesn’t want to be another cog in machine and is working on to gain worldly wisdom through rich experiences in life.

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The Tree with a Thousand Apples

Blurb: ‘If a criminal was once a saint and a saint was once a criminal, then who is a criminal and who is a saint?’ Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhood friends who grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the night of 20 January 1990 changes it all. While Deewan is forced to flee from his home, Safeena’s mother becomes ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal has to embrace a wretched life of poverty and fear. The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to choose sides against their will.Twenty years later destiny brings them to a crossroads again, when they no longer know what is right and what is wrong. While both compassion and injustice have the power to transform lives, will the three friends now choose to become sinful criminals or pacifist saints? The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a universal story of cultures, belongingness, revenge and atonement. The stylised layered format, fast-paced narration and suspenseful storytelling make for a powerful, gripping read

About the author: Born and brought up in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, Sanchit began his career as a part-time copywriter. He went on to co-found his own theatre group, worked as a freelance film screenwriter and as executive producer–fiction for a leading television network. His short stories have been published in several publications and lit festivals, viz Muse India, Indian Ruminations, Contemporary Literary Review India and Tata Lit Live to name a few. He has worked with All India Radio as a talk show host and regularly features in poetry recitals at Prithvi Café, Mumbai. This is his debut novel, the screenplay based on which has been long-listed in Sundance screenwriters’ International lab- US. When not writing, he is usually hanging out with his wife or looking for people to play poker with. He says his works explore his fascination for global cultures, societal structures, vagaries of the world and the human mind, but you know that’s all blah.

Review:  The Tree with a Thousand Apples is stories of different people their belongings and their vengeances. Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar grow up in peace in Kashmir. After a dark January night their lives completely change, Deewan flees from his home; Safeena’s mother turns into a ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal becomes poor. Their paradise becomes a battleground. 20 years later destiny brings three friends together. The story of Safeena, Bilal and Deewan pulls the reader into a universe of darkness which makes us question our own principles. The author Sanchit Gupta, has inputs talking to the locals from Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Sopore and Jammu, which created the landscape, the story, the culture and characters. This is author’s debut book. The book is dedicated to Kashmiri youth of 1990s who struggled through the past 26 years. The writing, the description, the scene is so authentic; giving you the right feel of the events happening around you. The story line and pace are so interesting that you cannot put it down until you finish the book. The author definitely has a strong control with words and has managed to write this story in such easy language that it can be enjoyed by all kinds of readers. I liked that this book gives you an honest insight into the story reflecting the stories on both sides of the coin, without being unfair to any side.

 

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FishnMeat – Review

When I received an email last week from the brand FishnMeat asking for collaboration with my blog for promoting their seafood and meat with my support and negotiating, it was a win – win deal which I could not say NO. I immediately agreed and I was sent 1.5kg of cut halal mutton the next day.  FishnMeat is located in Hyderabad. They supply fresh seafood, freshwater fish, chicken and mutton for reasonable prices in the city. They are a FSSAI and Halal certified firm operating with strict food and safety standards in their premises. They have been serving fresh meat since last 6 months and are really lucky to have nearly 5000 happy customers.

You can order online at –   https://fishandmeat.in/ and they have a facebook page too –https://facebook.com/fishandmeatshop

My opinion

Quality: 4/5

Quantity: 4/5

Packing: 3/5

Delivery: 5/5

Recommendation: 5/5

With the mutton received I prepared the famous Andhra mutton delicacy called Gongura Mutton. This is my favourite mutton curry. I like this dish very much because of its tangy and spicy taste. Gongura is called as sorrel leaves in English, khatti bhaji or ambadi ki bhaji in Hindi. There are 2 types of sorrel leaves – one is red stem sorrel leaves and the other is green sorrel leaves. There is not much difference between them. The red one has its stem red and will be sourer than the green one. It is lip smacking mouth watering dish. There are no words to describe only you have to taste it.

 

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Sunday Featured Blogger #6

With the start of this month May, I am starting a new, weekly series, on my blog.  In it I am featuring 20 bloggers for 20 Sundays starting from today till September 2017. 

The Blogger to be featured today is Shraesta Suresh

Can you tell me a little about yourself and your blog – mentioning something known and unknown to the readers?

Loony girl struggling to connect pieces of jigsaw puzzle in her life. Highly affected with gems of books reading and writing blogs. Trying hard to be a green pea along with Twinkle Khanna, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler pods. Just pick up your green lantern while you enter my blog world to share and comment my posts with prosperity. I’m sure it shows or brightens your mechanic brain to spark new notions.

Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working on your blog or through blogging communities?

Romilaa one of the best blogger I have met so far in my twitter nest. Inspired from her works I hatched my blo(egg)s. So many wonder moms I have met and boosted up with their works – Amrita, Bushra, Shalini, Natasha, Tina, Geethica, Zainab, Mayuri, Deepa, Upasana, Masoom and Ishieta and the list goes on.

What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog? You can tell me about your usual day routine.

Apart from blogging my routine is as busy bee wrapped up with loads of works. Reading books,writing randomly what I feel,helping mom in cooking, washing bike and car, immerse myself in deep thoughts.

Everyone has a favourite/least favourite post. Tell me about your best and worst post and why?

 All my posts are best and worst for me. Because every posts teaches me to improve and compete with myself.
My best: http://shraes.blogspot.in/2017/02/wow-my-life-in-10-sentences.html?m=1
My worst: http://shraes.blogspot.in/2016/12/weird-but-lucrative-ashion-i-was.html?m=1

Name some of the bloggers – at least 3 of your favourites, whom you look up to and why?

Romilaa- For her short and crisp posts with clawing words which captivates readers heart towards her blog.

Kavipriya Moorthy- Her new prompts and the way she boldly presses her fingers from her four Chambers of heart is admirable.

Amrita Basu- As a doctor she helps out readers with her health posts ensuring nutrition to stay strong and active.

Tell me about your proudest achievement(s)? (Related to Blogging)

Haven’t achieved but have fixed a gauge in my writing to know the amount of creativity inside me. Every posts makes me achievable to blast confetti to my own party.

If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?

Everyone has a world inside their hands that no one knows. Your hands are tree which gives fruits in tonnes,soft as butterfly’s wings or wide as the sky. Just shed out your inner lives with your violin of thoughts.

I am sure you know me as a blogger or your friend on social media or may be even as a person in real so how would you rate my writings and tell me your honest opinion on me – this would serve as a testimonial.

Out of 10 I would give 10 to you. You are seriously amazing with your writings. For every newbies you are the rebel star in their dark sky. Every time I read your post it gives me three knots in my mind Inspiration, Inspiration and more Inspiration. 

Shraesta Suresh –  Twitter | Blog 

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I am happy when…

Everyone in this world, with little or much, has something that makes them happy.  One thing that makes me happy is discovering a good book. Not one of those “lousy” books that people have written in the last couple decades, but one of those wholesome, clean, and well-written books that people used to write. I’m not saying that all the authors writing in the 21st Century are writing lousy and detestable books—there are quite a large number of excellent authors writing noteworthy books now! But what I am trying to say is this—in my opinion, I think that as this generation and the next generation pass, readers and publishers of what they think are good books have been slowly letting go and letting themselves think that whatever they consider is a good book, is indeed a good book.

I am happy when I laugh. It is true laughter is the best medicine. Whenever you feel sadness approaching go and laugh it off. When you are thinking deeply about life instead of thinking about it in a bad way just laugh at life. I laugh about my life every day. Life is weird it is okay to let things go and laugh it off.

My best friend is probably the most amazing person in my life. I am happy when we talk. I can talk to him about anything, anytime, and he’ll know exactly what to say. He’s the person I trust most, and talking to him is always a highlight of my day. I honestly think the world would be a better place if everyone had someone as great as him in their lives. Nothing makes me happier than he does.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

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Dark Poetry

About the author: The Poet & Published writer, Ishieta is a Healer and Numerologist, and has played with words in verse to dig into the visceral and disturbing area of Darkness within. This is a collection of 26+1 short Poems written as part of the Global A to Z Challenge in April 2017. She writes over at www.isheeriashealingcircles.com
Her other works include A To Z of Healing.

Opinion: Ishieta’s latest book is collection of dark poetry. Her book is a slender volume for a poet’s work.  At around just 30 pages, there is something that I found profoundly consoling about her words. Her poems include the dark confessional secrets which I loved reading. The words offer language to carry us (the reader) through experiences that intimidate to overpower. Perhaps this is why; Poetess Ishieta is so good at writing in original ways about themes such as dancing death, kidnapping and prayers. The quiet grandeur of lines used in many of her poems makes the prospect of being forgotten no longer feel so grim. My personal favorites are – Alive, Ink, Tamarind and Zero. Some poetry books run a straight and narrow path cut with a razor through the plains. Some poetry books have a natural rise and fall like empires, foothills, or the side of a sleeping kitten. Some poetry books are a poet’s spear hand aimed fast for the soft spot at the base of your neck to rip through flesh and stop your breathing. Her poetry book has the flavors of all these. This is a book of unexpected verbs and startling adverbs of poems starting always, significantly, on the right hand page, over, and again, pulling me through from cover to cover, reading the world drift quickly by. This book has a strong sense of self, from the Poetry as introduction to the interspersing of Poems and wordly art. I appreciate the effort to see the book as its own construct which really worked well for me. The death/frozen/victories are all powerful – so many packed so tightly in one volume borders on so many emotions. All of the poems succeed individually in what they were trying to do. I am glad to have read and reviewed this eBook. Wishing lots of success & good luck to the poetess.

Cover Page: 4/5

Content: 4/5

If you are interested in reading poetry or if my review of this impressed you, I would highly recommend you to download the book here and enjoy the experience of poems. 

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#BlogchatterEbook – The Three Flowers

“I take on the Baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival to VT Rakesh  whose Ebook “The Thorough Check” is also a part of the mix. 

About VT Rakesh’s Ebook: ” So much have been talked about to quell the great religious divide in India. But it pervades like a dust storm all across the society, politics, business and intelligentsia. Here is an honest attempt to see the nation first, a nation which cannot afford to talk divisive after sweltering for hundreds of years under foreign rule and their loot. This is the story of a police officer who puts his life at stake in protecting the country. Narrated at the back drop of some scintillating scenes of love, passion and adventure it keeps the readers glued to the content. The earthly appeal, scenic locales and the contemporary relevance, make it a darling for all age groups. The book creates yet another “tryst with destiny”, this time in the twenty first century. The protagonist achieves what the creators of this nation couldn’t, a change of heart of the hardliners. A must read for the world citizens of tomorrow – Vasudaivakudumbakam. “
 

Micropoetry is a genre of poetic verse which is characterized by its extreme brevity. As a poetic art form, it doesn’t really have any rules. There are also no real character length limitations either. The limits are set by the medium with which they are being shared, and also that invisible line where micropoetry becomes a regular length poem. Micropoetry, whilst not new forms, has found a home on social media. On Twitter, the poem is restricted by a limited character count. On Instagram, a micropoem can be defined as one that fits easily on a single post, without the use of the caption. This E-book of mine has 26 Micropoems on various topics which are not bound by word, stanza or syllable rules and rhyming is optional.  Themes remain at the discretion from the humorous and bizarre, to the deeply personal and political. From the outside it might seem like an easy option, but those who practice this poetry form know that it is not always easy to get it right and an excellent micropoem requires the same amount of work, and revision, as their lengthier cousins.

“I pass on the Baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival to Nivedita whose Ebook “Other Poems and Rusted Goddess” is also a part of the mix.

About Nivedita’s Ebook: ” Other Poems and Rustic Goddess by Nivedita Narsapuram is an observation of the life enfolding within us, around us, and beyond us. The poems are written to appeal the senses of the ones dipped in nostalgia; a magic realism lover and the romantics, among us. Also it marks the beginning of a new journey to be embarked on as an agnostic. “

 

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Coffee Tuesdays

Hello, my lovelies!

How are you today? Welcome to this week’s Weekend Coffee Share! As you can see, this week’s been pretty busy on blog and twitter.

It’s a nice day out but not as hot as other nights were, so while the windows are open and letting the fresh spring air in, I think it’d good if it showers early this year.

If we were having coffee today, you’d notice I’m a bit moody today, as I am in my PMS mode. I have a pathetic period cycle, this will now keep me away from my fitness schedule for the coming few days and I hate sleeping and doing nothing. The cramps dont allow me to sit on laptop for long.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d ask you if love reading banned books? I read two and plan to read more.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d ask you which is your favorite song of coke studio series? I love Sukhwinder Singh’s Peer Manawan Challiyan as I love punjabi lyrics and music huge.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you I’ve been trying to avoid the news lately because it feels like the world is becoming a really awful place. But being active on Twitter all the time, make me know the news.

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you how excited I am to think about my amazon debut as an author officially.

If we were having coffee…I would re-tell you about my 4 years of Instagram, 14years of blogging and my blog being a part of Indian blogger directory. Happiness which has no bounds and limits for me.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have a big time twitter crush but he is just someone who is in a negative phase, I hope he turns positive.

If we were having coffee…what would you tell me? Come on…lay it all out! It’s just you, me, the pleasant sounds of a cafe…and maybe some other eyes in the comment section.

Thank you for having coffee with me. Same time, next week!

‘This #CoffeeTuesday posts has been linked with Isheeria and SlimExpectations‘ 

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