November 15 2018

“5 Inexpensive Hobbies To Enrich Your Life”

With work taking so much of our time every day it can be hard to avoid the temptation of just zoning out in front of the TV at home, binge-watching the newest TV series, or getting lost in a downward spiral of hours of YouTube videos. But these easy activities are doing nothing to enrich your life.


It’s time to go back to simpler times and enjoy the things we and the previous generations cherished so much in decades gone by. Remember when reading 50 pages of a book was normal before bed? Or weekends when you headed out with your friends all day exploring the town you already knew so well?

Reclaim your spare time with hobbies that add to your life rather than quick fixes that are essentially a waste of time. Here are five things to take up that aren’t heavy on the pocket and will refresh your mind and body.   

  1. Gardening

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as watching something you’ve nurtured and cared for flourish. Taking care of plants can be informative, relaxing and rewarding. Build your own little herb garden on your kitchen windowsill or invest in a few pots and planters if you have space on your terrace or balcony.

2. DIY Jewellery

If you are into the latest trends and love yourself a bit of DIY, making jewellery at home could be the ideal hobby to while the time away. Low-key and inexpensive, buy supplies from your local arts and crafts store or order your basics online. Get creative and use different fabrics, materials and metals.   

3. Reading

If you can’t remember the last time you sat down in a quiet corner and got lost in a good read then maybe it’s time to rekindle your love for literature. Schedule an hour or two every few days, keep your phone away, make yourself comfy and curl up with something you’ve been waiting to read. If it’s been a while, start with something easy and light to get back into the rhythm of reading for pleasure.   

4. Cycling

Cycling is a great way to explore your city and get a solid workout in. Buying a new or secondhand cycle doesn’t cost a lot and you’ll learn to love it as you zip through traffic jams and get transported back to your childhood by pedalling around. Plan some good routes, sites to visit and restaurants to try out and hit the road early on the weekend.   

5. Restore and Renovate


For those who are handy around the house, investing your spare time in furniture restoration costs next to nothing. Scour flea markets, yard sales and second hand online stores for used pieces, get a few tools and essentials from the hardware store and you’re all set. A few weekends worth of work can result in some beautiful bespoke furniture pieces, which you could even resell online.

There are a ton more things to enjoy beyond the limits of screens and mundane after-work pub outings. Make time to rediscover the small joys of getting your hands and legs busy doing something pleasurable and productive. 

Author Bio:-

I’m Surbhi, a writer based in Hyderabad, India, with interests and writing experience spanning across industries. Writing, for me, is a stressbuster and means to express myself. Over the past decade, I have written for established publications such as ElephantJournal, Jewellerista , SiteProNews. Although I write on a variety of subjects, fashion writing is one of my favourites and, since graduating from university, I have explored and directed my efforts mainly towards this genre. Being a fashion enthusiast, I just love discovering new brands and designers and keeping up with the latest trends. I can be contacted on Facebook Instagram and  Linkedin

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November 15 2018

Express your Love.

When you like or love someone the greatest fear in your heart is ‘what? If you lose that person’ and you keep loving them for your entire life without telling them the feeling you are going through. You become the member of Frustrated One Sided Lovers Association. You turn out to be more perplexed when you realise that person is also in love with you and is in perturbation. But that’s not the end. You lose plenty of time to gain this ‘knowledge’; and by the time you comprehend, chances are, you could become uncle of your beloved’s child.

Hence, in all probability if you love someone, express it; tell them at their face about your emotional feeling towards them. No need to take a proxy, ancient and lengthy route like sending perfumed letters, an anonymous bouquet of flowers, decorating their porch with heart shaped balloon with I LOVE YOU imprinted over them or playing a lovely tune on the harmonica. Just tell the golden words. At most your plea will be rejected, but you won’t have a lifelong regret that you didn’t do what you wanted. And no one gets what they wanted unless they are convinced themselves to convey their sentiments in an emphatic way. Love is a resounding feeling which transmits the signals to others’ heart.  Any form of a timid act would be an insult of the sacred endearment. Moreover, rejections always have a rationale; and this doesn’t come all of a sudden, it has some background attached to it. So, even if you get rejected, you have all the right to explore the reason in order to get the desired result.

Feeling love for someone is not a crime. One should marry the person they love, and love the person they are married to. The Valentine should be ‘one’ in one’s life; single person. The reason: love is momentary while marriage is a lifetime decision. Always marry the person you can talk to; to whom you can speak your heart out. She/he should be a friend; a partner in its entire sense. You have to live a life not just to spend it!

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November 13 2018

The Hidden Children (The Lost Grimoire #1) by Reshma K. Barshikar

~ Release Day Blitz ~
The Hidden Children (The Lost Grimoire #1)
by Reshma K.Barshikar
13th November 2018


About the Book:
‘What price would you pay to be extraordinary? What would you do to speak to a butterfly? 



Shayamukthy cruises through life: shooting hoops, daydreaming and listening to her favourite books. Even moving from the US to India, to a new school, a new culture, hasn’t really rattled her. But something isn’t right anymore and it begins when ‘New Girl’ joins the school.


She pulls Shui into a world of magic and wonderment, a world she has been hidden from all her life. What starts as a quest to look for a lost book, hurtles Shui into a world where people live in trees, talk to the dead and speak to butterflies.


But like all power, magic comes at a steep price, and under all things wondrous lie demons waiting to crawl out. The more Shui learns, the more she doubts everything and everyone around her. 


Will she be able to master her powers, or will they devour her and everyone she loves?



Order Your Copy from AMAZON now!

Read an Excerpt:
 
I think I am
ordinary. I lack purpose. Boohoo you think, typical teenager angst. But if I
died tomorrow, it wouldn’t impact anyone’s life except my parents’. My friends,
on the other hand, they have a life. See them there, yes there, to the right,
next to the banyan tree behind the basketball court. You see a slightly pudgy
boy and a beautiful girl? The boy’s name is Jai. The girl’s name is Nallini.
Both have purpose. Jai wants to write comic books. He wants to be like Neil
Gaiman or something, some famous comic-book guy. Nallini wants to be an
actress, the next Deepika Padukone – that, and to win next year’s gold medal in
Jujitsu.
 
She has absolutely no
problems reconciling the inherent contradictions in both her desires.
 
I want nothing, need
nothing, except something to need. I can’t see past today even to tomorrow; I
have a hard enough time figuring out what I am now. I am not from a broken
home, unless you count the fact that parts of the building I live in are
falling apart. I am not poor, not like Anuki Chabria who got called out of her
exam because her parents couldn’t pay her fees. I do not have acne bursting on
my face, making me look like a human cheese grater. I am just, well, ordinary.
So could you really blame me? Blame me for wanting to be special? Blame me for
wanting to be fierce? To be like Storm from the X-Men, or like Beyoncé? When I
look back now, at everything that has happened in the last few months, I
realise I’m just as much to blame as her. The big question – well, it’s not a
big question at all, really, because it’s all rubbish now, because you can’t go
back. Even I can’t go back. So the absurd question everyone around me
seems to asking is – would I have acted differently, would I rather NOT be the
person I am now?
 
No.
 
 
And neither would
you. What price wouldn’t you pay to be extraordinary, to ride the wind,
to float with unicorns, to be the one chosen…? Because, you see, I’ve gotten
into some serious trouble and want to explain myself. I didn’t mean for things
to happen. I didn’t mean for someone to die. So I ask you – wouldn’t you have
said yes if someone said – ‘Do you want to learn how to speak to a
butterfly?’ 
 
 

About the Author:

Travel writer and novelist Reshma K Barshikar is
an erstwhile Investment Banker who, as she tells it, ‘fell down a rabbit hole
and discovered a world outside a fluorescent cubicle.’ As a travel and features
writer, she contributes to National Geographic Traveller, Harper’s Bazaar,
Grazia, The Sunday Guardian, SilverKris, The Mint Lounge and The Hindu. Fade
Into Red, published by Random House India was her debut novel and featured in
Amazon Top 10 Bestsellers. She also holds well renowned workshops for young
adults at both BDL Museum and Kala Ghoda and is keen to build a strong Young
Adult reading and writing community to fill the desperate lack of young adult fiction
in the Indian Market. Her new Young Adult novel, The Hidden Children, will be
launching at the Vizag Junior Literary Festival. Reshma is from the ISB Class
of 2003. She calls both Mumbai and the Nilgiris home. 

 
 
Contact the Author:
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November 9 2018

Optimism and future – Piece of fiction

It is amazing how she is so wonderfully giving and loving. Her love is unconditional and forever. And once she forgives, she really forgets. She doesn’t dig out the heavy artillery even when she has the best opportunities to do so. It is lovely how she manages to hear me out for hours. Never says me I am wrong (even if I have behaved like the worst jerk in the world). And when I ask for her opinion she gives it without managing to make me feel a worm.

The most adorable thing about her is her blush. It speaks volume and conveys things which even she won’t openly admit to me. It is a real turn-on when she blushes at me. It shows she more than cares, she is crazy about me.

Her smile. I dig her smile. Now when she smiles, she really smiles. No pretends, she smiles from her heart and speaks with her eyes. It is amazing how many ways she smiles. She has a tender smile, loving smile, a “what will I do with you” smile, a saucy grin, smile of gentle indulgence and the complete smile which says “whatever you are, however you are, I love you”.

She gets all in a frenzy, when she want to let me know of her achievements, her eyes say “ I want you to be proud of me” but she will die rather than admit it, after all she only wanted to let me know about it.

She is funny and she thinks I’m funny too. She loves to read, she probably reads more than I do. She likes to do the crossword, join the dotes and coloring.

My god! Her temper, she gets all fluttered, says all sorts of things she doesn’t means, is generally very harsh and then burst into tears. Now help me out here, who is the one being yelled at?

I am often amazed at the silence of her. If I were to dish out even half the crap she dishes out every day I would raise a hue and cry. But she bears it all and comes out smiling. She even manages to love the jerk who does it all to her.

I love her  do good attitude and her ideas to reform me to better person (my habit of procrastinating turns her off) and I know it will hurt her if I don’t change. The most beautiful and irresistible thing about her is her tears. It is guaranteed to break down the hardest of resistances and melt the stoniest hearts. For me when she cries she is opening up completely before me and trusts me enough for it. It also shows the breaking of all the barriers she builds up.

I can’t tell you any single thing that I love about her, she is the perfect mix that makes me go weak kneed. The sensuality combined with nurturing, the naughtiness combined with caring, the vivacity coupled with understanding.

Being optimistic is my preference. I look for the light at the end of the tunnel. It is possible to start seeing the glass as half full, not half empty. In fact you may come to realize that glasses are generally full – it’s just that magnitude attracts the more opaque fluid stuff towards the base.

Sometimes I worry about everything, but she comforts with me a smile and it takes away all my problems. I feel good to be optimistic and be positive with her presence around. We both have positive mental status, we are optimistic about our lives, and we are hopeful for a bright future together.

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November 8 2018

GET TO KNOW – Anurag Singh

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START BLOGGING?

Well a long story in short I started to write from my age 9 but recently my sister motivated me to take my writing seriously and then I met you – (Romila) who changed my life upside down and I started blogging seriously.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING FOR?

Seriously from 3 months.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

You can express your feelings by blogging, you can feel relaxed and calmness after writing your favourite blog and I feel freedom of expression.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES BESIDE BLOGGING?

Cooking / Adventure sports / Reading / Indoor Games/Twitter

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW BLOGGERS?

Believe yourself and world will listen you.

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU?

Blog – anuragisalone.wordpress.com

Twitter [email protected]

Instagram [email protected]

Facebook – @anurag300485

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November 8 2018

Book Sleeves

 

If you have never used a book sleeve before, you are probably thinking to yourself, why do I need to put my books in fabric sleeves when I travel? It protects your books from the elements in the world. Have you ever slipped your book into your backpack and had the cover crushed or bent? The book sleeve will prevent your covers and pages of books from situations like this and keeps them looking brand new! Plus they are a fun accessory to have. Protecting your books in your backpack at school, in your purse at work, or in your luggage on a road trip are all equally important! Your backpack gets jostled and thrown around a lot on your way to and from school. Having your current read in a book sleeve will help make sure that your book stays looking new! Books are expensive! If you don’t hold onto your books but instead resell them or trade them (either with friends or online) you want to make sure your books stay in pristine condition and hold their value. Using a book sleeve will help keep your books protected. Picking a book sleeve that matches your personal style allows you to turn your books into another accessory piece.

While books are not sacred objects, they are pretty darn important. Some of them are even priceless. For most readers, “priceless” is not a measure of their monetary value it is an indication of their emotional significance. We have rules for reading, shelving, and lending. And when one of our books is damaged, we mourn. It only makes sense, then, that we protect our precious books. Then enters the Book sleeve! Books are our friends, we cherish them, and it causes us physical pain when the corners end up bent or the cover gets, gasp…creased. Protect your books, eReaders, and tablets from mishaps.  The medium size is great for indie books, paperbacks, Kindle, Kobo, nook, iPad mini and other small eReaders and tables. A regular iPad with no bumper or case fits snugly. The large size fits most hardbacks and eReaders or tablets, such as iPads, in the padded sleeve. Keep your book safe and protected from damages. If you don’t have a book sleeve, I would suggest you to buy one right now for your precious buddies -the books!

 

 

 

 

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