Thoughts at Midnight- Wrap up & Happy New Year 2018

So its 11:59pm 31st December 2017, a minute later it will be 2018. I am not sleepy and I am not fully awake. The end of 2017!! Oh, come on. You didn’t think I was going to leave you without a year-end recap, did you? Even if it DOES mean posting more than once a week, it’s a special time of the year and it’s been one hell of a year, actually.

2017, you were a good & bad year. You were a bore year. You did not sped along at all – the depressing moments, but you slowed down just about enough for me to take a breath and look back with wonder, and sometimes anger.

Let it be a good year and Let me be happy, happy, and happy in 2018 please. To be loved, to be wise, to reserve judgements. A good friend and let me enjoy good friendship. Let me make good decisions, in 2018 and let me not want to undo a single thing.

2018 you have to be good. (Please avoid being bad.) Happy New Year to whoever’s reading this and I hope the powers that be grant your wishes for 2018 too! Off I go now, to more festivities. I’ll see you next year.

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Not A Sin To Love by Krishna Handa

Blurb: This story is about what life can put one person through and how the Lead character Vivek deals with his romance with Ruchi.

About the author: Krishna Handa, believes  in to do the right thing at the right time and the right place comes hand in hand. He is a smart and quoting one of his friend’s, intellectual, but when it comes to dealing with life he is a happy go lucky person, straight forward and persevere in actions.

Review: The book, as the title says is just that, a unique short and at times sweet love story. To be frank enough, I am not much of a ‘romantic novel’ fan, and so it was with trepidation I read the book. But by the time I finished this short novel I was impressed to some level.  This book is more of a very long short story than a novel, and is written in a plain and lucid style. The easy to understand English seems to be used very efficiently in this book. The real pleasure of this book can be derived if one reads the whole of it in a single sitting, and of course needless to say sharing it with a loved one is a joy unparalleled. The real pleasure of this book can be derived if one reads the whole of it in a single sitting, and of course needless to say sharing it with a loved one is a joy unparalleled. If you are in love, or have ever loved someone whom you have lost, read this book and I am sure you will come out the wiser with this experience. Also, this book makes a perfect gift for someone you love, so the next time you think about gifting something to a loved one, this book can make a beautiful present.

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My favourite five quotes – Inderpreet Uppal

When Romila asked me to do a Favourite 5 for her blog I was honoured and a bit worried. Choosing just five of anything is quite difficult for me. I thought books initially but I knew I could not restrict myself to just five so it was quotes since it feels less like cheating than books 😉

Words are integral to our lives and as writers, we love them a bit more than the rest. As an avid reader and lover of words, I have been reading and living by various quotes for as long as I remember. I even used to have a couple of diaries dedicated to noting the quotes I enjoyed. I have to dig them out and share with you all.

I thought and decided that even though I was moving away from books I will share my favorite quotes and a book quote as well. Even though there are so many to choose from I managed to narrow down to the five I really like. Our lives are filled with our thoughts and those we cherish. Choose your words wisely for they reflect your mind.

Here are my favourite five quotes –

The first one has to be about books for I firmly believe that all books give us some learning whether we like it or not. So pick a book and broaden your horizon.

“You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

Being kind, courteous and helpful is most important to me and this is the best quote about it.

 

“Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.” – Elsie De Wolfe

 

The timeless beauty and actress had it right as I believe the world is a reflection of our thoughts, actions, and deeds.

 

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

Maya Angelou was not just one of the greatest writers and thinker but a lady ahead of her times, yet her words will always resonate within you. Just think before you take any action……think of how it would make you feel.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

 We must always have a goal, an aim to keep us going. The need to find our passion or the thing that we can follow. That feeling of aimlessness, the feeling of emptiness will all fade away when we follow our heart.

 “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, & something to hope for.” – Joseph Addison

Our lives and the world around us will be quite so beautiful if we think before we remember that, “ The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.” – THOMAS DREIER

See I could not keep it to just five. Thank you for hosting me Romila, it was super fun!

About the Guest writer: Inderpreet writes for her love of writing, edits manuscripts, and reads endlessly. A sprinkling of fiction, a dash of books, and a bit of opinion add to the eclectic mix that is Eloquent Articulation. She is an Army brat and now joins her adorable Army hubby across the country. Books, editing, reviews, freelance writing, posts, and blogging keep her busy whenever she gets a breather from mothering her ‘too tricky to handle son’. She is currently working on her first book.

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The Vengeance of Indra

~ Cover Reveal ~
The Vengeance of Indra 
(Vikramaditya Veergatha #3)
by Shatrujeet Nath
VENGEANCE IS A CAGE
FORGIVENESS IS FREEDOM
In their greed to possess the deadly Halahala, the devas and the asuras have employed every dirty trick against Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine. But the humans are still standing, bloodied but unbowed.
When the wily Shukracharya discovers the secret to breaking the Council’s strength and unity, he forges an unlikely alliance with his arch-enemy, Indra, to set a deceitful plan in motion.
As cracks emerge between the councilors and their king, ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Vikramaditya and Kalidasa’s friendship, signaling the beginning of an eclipse that will cast a long shadow over all that Vikramaditya holds dear. And into this shadow steps Indra, bearing an old grudge — and a devastating new weapon.
How much longer before the Guardians of the Halahala finally fall apart?
Other Books in the Series:
 
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About the Author:
Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the runaway national bestseller series Vikramaditya Veergatha, a four-book mytho-fantasy arc which includes The Guardians of the Halahala, The Conspiracy at Meru and The Vengeance of Indra. Described as “a new face to Indian mythology” by DNA, Shatrujeet writes for movies and web shows as well. He is also the author of The Karachi Deception, an Indo-Pak spy thriller.
 
 
 

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Adventures In Farland by Moshank Relia

 

About the Author : Moshank Relia is a graduate in English literature. His love for adventure, his deep affection for kids and his wide-ranging creative experiences drove him to write children’s fiction.

Blurb: Mira Rawat has heard tales of Farland all her life from her mother, who has described the magical place of gnomes, fairies, mermaids and animals, and especially its wondrous festival, the New Moon Party. Now, Mira has been informed by a man named Bushy that she has been invited by Princess Harmonica to attend the party. Bushy also uses a spell to turn her two friends, the mischievous and vexing boys, Bira and Vira, into rats so that they will not disturb the other party guests with their constant fighting and misbehaviour. At midnight, Mira, with Bira and Vira snuggled in her pocket, climbs Gunhill and is picked up by the pilot Starhead and flown in his plane to the party. However, the flight is cut short by a terrible wind, and Starhead is forced to land his plane near the Lost Forest. There, Mira discovers that Farland is in great jeopardy. Another Farland resident, Windman, has been generating great windstorms to prevent the Queen of Witches from reaching Dragon Hill. She intends to release the Dragon of Underhill, chained in its den beneath Dragon Hill, so that Farland will be burned and completely destroyed.

Review: I received the copy of “Adventure in Farland” by Moshank Relia by the author himself. Thank you so much. I grew up reading books and after few decades I read one written for kids. The excitement and escapade of these books are commendable.  The bright usage of colours with attractive graphics, won my attention. I got a feeling that I was reading work of Enid Blyton but as I was into few pages I realised that the story progressed into something only one of its kind. The story has glimpses of fairy tales in it. The book is the story of Mira Rawat and her friends Bira and Vira – the potbellied twins.  The story is very good read for kids where the author has not used any destructive language or difficult words which would make it a difficult read for kids. There are well good illustrations in the book. The book is clearly written with short sentences. Such books are great way to introduce children to new words and language structure which would help to build vocabulary.  The author’s imagination and wonderfully weaved creatures of Farland deserve appreciation. I found them to be very amusing and children would find it entertaining. The plot is gripping till the end. The book was an easy and short read, I wish it was long. The plot advances fast, though I must mention it does not prance any details that relate to the main subject matter. It is author Moshank Relia’s first book and I would like to read more of him. If you are someone who enjoys fiction relating to fantasy lands and magic this book is for you, you will surely love reading it.

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Kamlesh – Krishna Handa

Memes are not new but recently they have become a trend, and a greater trend is to tag your friends in memes, which by far has become a way to show that you care for them and they are your gang or sorts. Then comes a time when memes are not just memes they are in fact used as trolls and by trolls and for trolls to have a laugh and make fun of some very serious things at hand, and the most atrocious of those today is Kamlesh’s story. What first came out was a short video from a documentary to bring out the life of ragpickers and how they do and what all they do to go through the day. I sincerely found it funny how Kamlesh’s “high” thoughts and way of speaking was taken to be such a big joke by trolling experts in the social media. Then there were small excerpts from the short video into some pictures and then came some DJs who were mixing the voice of Kamlesh into their songs. What was perplexing was that DJs who never saw more than a thousand views on youtube (and I am talking of the best of those) were now getting views in lakhs on the Kamlesh Mix. The poor boy, by all means, is addicted to drugs and drugs I mean of all sorts and lives by spending most of what he earns on his addictions and only a meager amount of money on food. He ran away from his home but while I am I telling all this, it is a world known fact now thanks to the social media and its prowess of spreading information and mostly making fun while at it. It’s heartbreaking how the boy says he would choose ‘Soluchan’ over his life keeping the choice of his mother at bay as both are petty when compared to the drugs he ‘loves’. It is a shame on the people who make these memes and it is a bigger shame on the people who like, comment and share these memes for fun (Hate comments I appreciate).

About the writer: Krishna Handa, believes  in to do the right thing at the right time and the right place comes hand in hand. He is a smart and quoting one of his friend’s, intellectual, but when it comes to dealing with life he is a happy go lucky person, straight forward and persevere in actions.

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