The 5 Reasons Why I Blog – Shamik

Blogging is very close to my heart. Though I don’t follow a schedule, I try to maintain a minimum timeline to keep regularity of my blogging spree. My blog name, The Mixed Flavors, is self-explanatory as to what the blog is all about. I would like to mention that it is a mixed bag blog for travel, food, tech, reviews and creative stuffs. The two new sections that I’ve added to my blog are Interview with a blogger and Fiction, which I’m enjoying a lot to do.

This blog post is about my love for blogging, especially the 5 reasons for which I blog. When Romila reached out to me for the guest post and the theme was Power of 5, I was a bit skeptical as to what topic should I choose? After thinking for few days, this topic is what came to my mind and here are my 5 Reasons Why I Blog.

Reason 1: To beat my stress

We all get stressed some point of time and I’m no exception to that. Blogging is one of my many ways by which I relieve my stress. I need to do a lot of research for my topic of writing, which relieves out the stress in me and I come across some lovely posts on the Internet. I read them and moreover I enjoy reading them.

Reason 2: For my love of writing

This is my second reason. My love for writing is eternal and what could be anything better than blogging to express my love for writing. When I started blogging it was just something like a documentation of my recipes. But slowly and steadily it becomes one of my passions.

Reason 3: To solve a problem for my readers or entertain them

I believe we bloggers write for two reasons – either to solve a problem for the readers or to entertain them. When I receive comments for my writings mentioning it solves some or the other problem for my readers and they have learnt something new that energises me a lot to do more. It acts as a motivation for me.

Reasons 4: To connect with people and fellow bloggers through my blog

I like to connect with people and through my blog and blogging challenges I’ve met many talented bloggers. I’ve learn from them, connect with them and read their blogs too. I don’t want to mention anyone in particular since the list will become too long. Networking and reading other’s blogs are my two significant goals that I want to reach through my blogging spree.

Reason 5: To pen down my thoughts

For me blogging is the best activity that I can personally do to pen down my thoughts and sharing it with others. I was not organised earlier since it was just a repository of my recipes but as the time passed I became more organized in my blogging activity and try to maintain the same as much as possible.

About the writer: Shamik, I am a full-time professional in Bangalore. Blogging is one of my hobbies along with cooking, traveling and watching movies. I blog at http://www.mixedflavorsblog.com/ which is a mixed bag blog of almost everything. Because of my passion for writing I take up freelance content writing projects as well. Since few months have started doing YouTube videos too and you can check out my videos here on my YouTube Channel.

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5 things that change when you are on the wiser side of 30 – Deepali Joshi

20s is a wonderful age. Life is carefree and the enormity of LIFE has not yet dawned upon most of us. As soon as you take a turn from 20 to 30, a huge wave of wisdom hits you in the face. Even when you desperately try to hold on to the remnants of your 20s, the reality sets in sooner or later and when it does, it turns your world upside down.

Among the many other changes that happen internally, a lot of changes happen in the perception of others towards you. And the more you resist and convince yourself that nothing has changed, the world will make sure you don’t forget that you are no longer in your younger and vibrant 20s.

30+ is a funny age bracket. There are some phenomenal changes happening in a woman’s body…no, not the one you are thinking. That one happens after 50. I am talking about the weight that gathers around the once upon a time, very slim waist. A couple of grey hair strands start popping up somewhere in the dark thick mane. And an infrequent pain in the back or the neck subtly suggests that you are now on the wiser side of 30.

Now that I have made you sufficiently anxious, let me tell you about the 5 things that change in a weird way around you when to cross the milestone at 30:

  • Aunty Syndrome- On the wiser side of 30, you become an aunty for the universe. The ugly, bulky and obviously older than you watchmen, doodh walas, press walas and sabji walas respectfully (!) call you aunty while you stick to addressing them as “bhaiya” throughout. And it spreads like wild-fire which can never be put out.
  • Beat the ageing skin…Ageing, really? – You realise that every natural line on your face has a name..….wrinkles, blemishes, laughter lines, crow’s feet etc. and you become a favourite customer of the sales girl at your Salon. Every new dermatology invention that promises younger skin is offered to you in bulk. Not to mention the regular hair color and touch up appointments you will take to cover up those increasing greys. The appreciative stares with a tinge of jealousy that you used to get from your female colleagues are now replaced by sympathetic looks of you facial girl. You are going to need extra care now!
  • Supplements to support the ageing bones and muscles- As if skin care was not enough, your physician will now start you on a regular dose of supplements of vitamins and minerals to compensate the depletion happening in your body around this turn of age. The friendly pharmacist’s advice on the latest drugs to combat the ageing bones will make you feel like a dilapidated building ready to collapse any moment. Hear the rumbling sounds, anybody!!
  • Night outs are out – Gone are the days of crazy partying, unplanned movies, staying up late at friends’. Your outings will be less wild and more civil. Though your spirits are still sky high, your age doesn’t seem to agree with that. Suddenly the enthusiastic music that used to trigger the deadly dance moves earlier sounds a little too harsh now. You will look forward to your Zumba classes more than you look forward to that weekend party.
  • “Life” happens at 30, really. – Assuming that you have settled in your comfortable jobs and acquired all the materialistic stuff, you will now be troubled by real questions about “life”. Conversations at dinner time will be around “real happiness”. Forget the fact that a few years back, you thought movie date with your girlfriends was real happiness. Suddenly, “life that was and will be” becomes the eternal quest.

About the writer :-  Deepali Joshi Adhikary is a freelance writer/blogger/trainer. She has a diverse writing portfolio which spans from light-hearted humor to the issues affecting the society, her parenting challenges and reviews of books. She also has keen interest in andragogy as well as pedagogy and loves to work with different age groups. When she is not writing or training, she likes to read. Connect with her on @deepaliadhikary on twitter or visit her blog http://kolorpencil.com/

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Half a Rupee Stories by Gulzar

Half a Rupee Stories is a book written by Gulzar and translated by Sunjoy Shekhar. He is a world renowned poet, lyricist and director. The language used by him is simple and easy to understand and most of all it has the power to touch the heart. Half a Rupee Stories is a collection of 25 short stories. I will say that it is a collection of 25 gems. Each story touches the heart and leaves a message for the soul.

It has real life lessons learned after years of experience. Some stories are filled with suspense and thrill while others highlight the various issues faced in life in a unique way. It has real life stories of Javed Akthar (his nick-name is Jaadu :)), Sahir Ludhianvi and Kuldip Nayyar. Many locations of the stories are located around the border regions. There are also some stories of  Mumbai. The best thing which i liked about this book is that it shows us how to find a bigger and higher meaning from our daily experiences. It shows how to look at life from a broader perspective.

Gulzar Sahib’s stories remind distinctly of Ruskin Bond and his style of writing about small time life anecdotes. Taking us through the various small and big incidents happening in the world around us, every story unfolds a small mystery or unravels a forgotten memory and emotion. Thanks to few of the bookoholics who recommended this book, it goes into the permanent collection of books for revisiting time and again. With just about 200 pages it’s a book you can carry anywhere, read anywhere and feel the magic of Gulzar ji’s story telling very effectively.

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VALLEY OF KINGS: THE 18TH DYNASTY by Terrance Coffey

VALLEY OF THE KINGS: THE 18TH DYNASTY by Terrance Coffey

 

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VALLEY OF THE KINGS: THE 18TH DYNASTY 
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Terrance Coffey
 
VALLEY OF THE KINGS: THE 18TH DYNASTY by Terrance Coffey
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In the year 1355 BCE, the land of Egypt was the superpower of the known world. King Tut’s father, Akenaten, the so-called ‘heretic pharaoh,’ and his wife, Queen Nefertiti, are on the verge of catapulting Egypt into a revolution that will forever divide its people and rip the most powerful empire on the earth from its foundation.
Inspired by the actual Hittite and Amarna letters of 14th century BCE, ‘Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty’ is an epic novel of intrigue, passion, and betrayal, resurrecting the thrilling story of a singular leader whose beliefs were both visionary and disastrous.
 
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Terrance Coffey is a bestselling author, screenwriter, songwriter and composer with a predilection for Egyptian history. He has written numerous short stories, screenplays, television pilots, and even Coca-Cola music jingles. His debut novel “VALLEY OF THE KINGS: The 18th Dynasty” is the first of a trilogy and a #1 Amazon bestseller.
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#1 Amazon Bestseller!
2017 National Indie Excellence Awards FINALIST
2017 International Book Awards FINALIST
2016 International Pacific Book Award WINNER Best Historical Fiction  
 
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Bhramahatya by Rajiv Mittal

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BRAHMAHATYA
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A story of revenge and redemption and deeds shaped by forces that humans believe they have defined through mythology and scriptures but still struggle to understand. 
 
A woman employee of a retirement home is shocked to discover that a new resident is in fact the son impersonating his father. The son is seeking revenge. She, by her past actions, is unwittingly complicit in his being there and now tries to thwart his peculiar plans. A senile woman-resident and an enigmatic founder offer him sage advice. The samudra manthan (a major episode in Hindu mythology), a slightly dim secretary and a sinister boss play their part in ensuring justice is finally served but in an unexpected manner. 
 
The novel quotes frequently from the ancient Hindu scriptures and stories that the protagonists use to justify their actions. The treatment of the elderly in society is a major theme. 
 
‘I found Rajiv’s novel completely charming. The story is always interesting and is funny and moving by turns. It has really original elements with its setting and his use of the Hindu stories. I think it is such a good novel and with such appealing characters. I loved it!’ – Rebecca Smith, author of ‘The Jane Austen Writers’ Club’.
 
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“I was born in Chennai, India in the early nineteen sixties. I am an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a CPA from Australia. I now live in Melbourne after a stint of several years in the Middle East. 
Writing was a vague aspiration. It became reality thanks to a stranger who said I reminded him of the main character from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. He quoted from it, ‘Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.’” 
 
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Power of Five (My five favorite Films) – Mandeep Singh Kapoor

  1. Taxi Driver: Travis Bickle, an ex marine and Vietnam War veteran suffers from insomnia, he spends his sleepless nights working as a taxi driver, driving people through the dirty streets of New York. He has a strong opinion on what is wrong with the society we live in, he is completely isolated from the world, and spends most of free time in theaters watching sleazy porn films. He finds a ray of hope in Betsy, with whom he has obsessively fallen in love with. The Film is about loneliness of Travis Bickle, which he is constantly aware of, because he mentions it several times. The film cleverly uses ‘Taxi Driver’ as a metaphor to describe loneliness, in one of world’s largest city, the city where nights is the time where all the animals comes out of their shell, whores, drug addicts, pimps, thieves. Travis is aware of the kind of world he lives in, but does not do anything relevant to get out of it, until an emotionally heartbreaking incident involving Betsy occurs in his life, triggering an emotionally unstable Travis to take matters into his own hands. There is a gradual transformation of a lonely taxi driver into a dangerous mentally unstable vigilante, when he comes out with a Mohawk hair, dark glasses and a gun tugged underneath his jacket. He plans to assassinate presidential candidate, instead kills pimps forcing a preadolescent girl into prostitution. The potential criminal turns into a hero. Travis’s theory about the hypocritical nature justifies. Director Martin Scorsese and Writer Paul Schrader paints a haunting, disturbing picture of loneliness, and gives us a once in a lifetime character. I watched the film, during my college days, and was simply blown away by the depth to which the film tries to talk about a person’s loneliness.
  1. Nayagan: Nayagan is a result of collaboration between India’s finest Filmmaker, Mani Ratnam with India’s most versatile Actor, Kamal Hassan. There are many instances in the film, where one has a sense of déjà vu from The Godfather, but Nayagan has a refreshing take on the emergence of mafia in Bombay. Th theme of the film is quite simple; the one, who lives by the sword, dies by it. Velu Naicker sees his father, a union labor leader, killed in cold-blooded encounter by police officer. He kills the officer and runs away to Bombay. By the turn of events, Velu is gravitated into the world of injustice, and transforms into a criminal. The films involves ascend of Velu as a mafia in Bombay operating his modus operandi. The film’s cinematography by P.C.Sreeram remains one of his best works along with an outstanding score from the legendary Illyaraja. The film is iconic take on the Mumbai Crime saga, with the touch of the brilliance from Mani Ratnam.
  1. Fight Club: A nameless first person narrator suffers from Insomnia, and finds relief by getting himself enrolled in various support groups either as a fake survivor or as a diseased person. In one of the support groups, he finds a Marla, who plays the same bluff of neither being a victim nor a survivor, which rather irritates the narrator. His life changes when he meets Tyler Durden on a flight. Things changes drastically in his life, post the arrival of Tyler. Together they start an underground movement involving bare-knuckle fist fighting, which is termed as “Fight Club”. Tyler is everything, the narrator wants to be; a born charismatic leader, stylish, confident, idealistic, strong opinionated. Tyler and Marla develop a weird relationship, which affects the narrator, however the Fight Club movement is on a rampage, which soon transforms into “Project Mayhem”, which is an anti-capitalist terrorist organization, before the narrator realizes that things are getting way out of control, it is too late. The film is one of the finest work of David Fincher, and highlights several important issues; Toxic Masculinity, Capitalism, Emotional stability.
  1. Satya: A young man named “Satya” comes to Mumbai, in search of livelihood, but unfortunately gets involved in Mumbai crime world. Things changes dramatically when Satya encounters Bhiku Mhatre. Satya then goes on to become a vital member of the Mhatre gang. The reason Satya became a popular cinema despite not having any big stars was because of its writing; it presented Mumbai Underworld with a strong sense of emotions. The haunting background score gave the film a formidable structure to present itself. The uniqueness of Satya lies in its simplicity, and its ability to present gangsters as working humans going out for their 9-5 job, and post that looking after their family, hanging out with friends. It subtly speaks about the dual nature of a person hiding his true self behind the dangerous criminal psyche.
  1. City of God: Set in the lawless slums of Rio De Janeiro, the film narrates the story of young man looking to earn a livelihood through photography. He narrates the rise of gang wars, violence, brutality, drug addiction through his lenses. As the war on the streets reaches its peak, the young man is in desperation to expose the on-going crisis of the slum to the world and to secure a job as a photographer at a local news agency. The film is disturbing, brutal in its nature, the highlight of the film is its screenplay, which never allows a single dull moment in the film and keeps the adrenaline rushing narration to its optimum alacrity.

About the writer: Mandeep Singh Kapoor – Insomniac, Nerd, Movie Geek, Bookworm, Amateur Blogger, Pharmacology Scholar, Fascinated by Neuroscience. My Blog: https://insomniacpoint.blogspot.in/

I connected with her through Twitter, and explored her blog; I was blown away with her sincerity, dedication, discipline and her positive attitude. She has been a major influence on me to start blogging, and discover subjects to write. I even read her e-book, and really loved the way she pushes the envelope in writing, it is a privilege for me to write a guest post on her blog. I wish her loads and loads of success and happiness…………Keep Inspiring Novemberchild….:)

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