One Minute Super Dad by Dr Prashant Jindal

Blurb: Being a good father is an art as well as a science. New dads need some handy tools to connect with their kids at the deepest level and inspire them to develop great habits, mindset and beliefs. But raising children in today’s fast-paced world is more challenging than ever. One-Minute Super Dad gives you – the new dad – simple techniques that can be put into action in just a minute a day. Repeated consistently, they will help you forge a strong bond with your kids that will hold them in good stead for a lifetime. Featuring a Foreword by Raymond Aaron, author of Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul, this book is an outcome of five years of passionate work, research, interviews and real-life experiences. Inspire your kids to a whole new level – lack of time no longer being a factor – and raise amazing children!

About the author: Dr Prashant Jindal is a refractive eye surgeon who has successfully operated upon numerous peak performance athletes, Olympic medalists, celebrities and people from all walks of life. He has appeared on numerous talk shows and has been widely interviewed on ophthalmology, parenting and health issues.

Review: This book is for anyone who is looking for tips for a positive upbringing of their children in healthy manner. I am not a parent myself but I enjoyed reading this book a lot. This non-fiction book is one of my best reads of this year. A renowned refractive eye surgeon’s new book suggests 99 one-minute methods to raise positive, confident and healthy children. I believe raising kids is a science. A child’s mind is a blank paper. So, it is important to understand this in a deeper way. Information, observations and experiences in the first 12 years of life are recorded in the subconscious mind and form a child’s personality we can influence kids in a positive way through these. These first 12 years of the children are also the father’s most crucial career years. Every child has within him seeds of greatness. All we have to do is to provide the right environment to nurture them. We do not have to reinvent anything. It is a very simple, easy to read, very usable tips that work to the deepest level. This should be read once every few months by the father’s and perhaps by the mothers too. If you too are like many dads, particularly the busy ones, you often wonder if you are doing everything you can to help your child grow up to live to his/her full potential, do not despair. I believe a good father can raise his child to be a stable, healthy, confident individual, composed in all situations, and one who responds rather than reacts to situations. The few essential tips shared by the author in his book are worth a mention- Encouragement is a cornerstone of a child’s development and the art of communication is based on understanding that nothing should be assumed. When returning home, a hug with a one-minute description of how much you missed them all day and how much they mean to you makes up for all the lack of time spent with kids. Don’t rush to check your email or text as soon as you get home. The first five minutes when you enter your house is most crucial and impactful. Don’t forget your spouse too here. Make a list of healthy fruits and vegetables and talk about one every day. Select a ‘vegetable or fruit of the week’ and have a one-minute talk on it for a week. This educates them about diet and nutrition, which is missing in the school curriculum and in the modern age, accounts for up to 40 per cent of health problems in childhood. The catch is to bring in awareness in a fun way. I thoroughly recommend everyone to read this book. In this world where everything is fast paced and parents have limited time this book is definitely of great help in dealing with the kids. Respect and appreciation to the author for attempting to write such an inspiring book.

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15 thoughts of every Blogger

So I’ve been around the block for quite some time now, so I would like to think that I know a thing or two about blogging. Thing is, what I would like to think, and what the truth is, isn’t always parallel. Ah well, a girl can dream.

What I know for certain, is that after an average year of blogging seriously (My previous years don’t count… not really) I know how it feels to be a blogger. I have experience, and I know the highs and the lows.

So theoretically, I know the insides of a bloggers mind, and so I know the kind of thoughts a blogger has…

1. Am I too chatty in my posts? Should I be more professional, or is being chatty okay? It’s not like I write of some fancy magazine, but then again how am I going to be taken seriously if I write posts in the style of a 12 year old texting her friends.

2. I don’t have enough blogger friends. Look, that blogger has lots of contacts in the bloggerspere. I’ll never have as many friends like her.

3. I never get invited to events. Maybe I’m not good enough for blogger events. I need contacts to invite me to an event, but I don’t have any contacts- ugh

4. Oooh look at that, it’s so cute. It’s completely useless, but it’s so aesthetically pleasing. I love it, but I don’t need it. No, no- I do need it. It’s for my blog, for photos. I need it. I’m buying it.

5. I could start writing up the post that’s due to be uploaded for this Saturday, but then again, there is that TV show that I really want to watch…


7. Okay, chill. I need to be super careful not to spill this fresh cup of coffee all over my laptop, or my pristine white desk. Ahhhhh, caffeine.

8. Aww I love that cute selfie I took the other day, I really want to upload it onto instagram. Aw but wait, it’ll completely ruin my theme… Ah well, I’ll put it up on twitter instead.

9. Wait a second, where did all my money go? I’m sure I didn’t spend that much on photo props… Surely not…

10. I really need a holiday. Where is nice for a holiday, and within my budget too? I’ve heard a lot of good things about this place, lot’s of bloggers have been here and it looked so pretty in the pictures… OH WELL CRAP NOPE THAT’S EXPENSIVE. Maybe I’ll go to visit a few friends up north this summer.

11. I’m really tired, I should probably go to sleep early tonight. Ah, but what about that TV show, and look that blogger just uploaded a new post, and this girl just popped up to me, I can’t just ignore her.

12. My lunch looks so cute today. Should I take a picture with my camera or my phone? Will it look good if I put this filter on it, and maybe adjust the brightness a bit, and then maybe I could just change the exposure a little, and adjust the white balance…

13. Nobody reads my blog. My blog is so stupid, what’s the point in blogging. Look at how many views and comments she’s got, I wish I was that good.

14. Oh my goodness, I should write a post about that. Wait, this post sounds really whiney and negative, let’s put a positive spin on it. Yeah, that’s better. A bit cheesy, but at least it ends on a happy note, right?

15. I really like writing list posts, but how many consecutive list posts is too many list posts? Maybe I should stop writing list posts for a while. But list posts are so easy and fun to write.

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Curse of Dragon’s Claim (The Forsaken Series #2) by Ciara Lake

About the Book:

The flame within a dragon warrior’s heart awakens Arianna’s passion as she begins a journey in which she will discover she’s something more than she ever imagined possible.

The realm of the dragons is a world of magic, danger, and mystery. For centuries they’ve been at war with the vampires, but now the two enemies must work together to save all immortals, and the mortals they co-exist with, from an ancient evil. In order to do so, they need the help of the Forsaken, descendants of immortals who were cast out into the human realm, their memories wiped clean of their true heritage.

Clayne MacDagon is a powerful dragon warrior who is sent on a mission to find one of the Forsaken. Although he’s told that this woman is his fated mate, he can’t believe it could possibly be true. Arianna Mergliano possesses both dragon and vampire blood, and Clayne has an intense hatred for anything even remotely related to vampires, the evil beings who were responsible for his beloved twin’s death.

When Arianna meets Clayne, she’s convinced that the man is insane, or maybe he’s a warlock or even the devil himself, but whichever it is, she wants nothing to do with him.

Clayne knows he can’t fail at his mission. And once he meets Arianna he also knows that what he’s been told is true—she is, ironically, his intended mate.

Convincing her to accept him is only the beginning. He has to protect her from those who might want her dead. Together, they must face the shadows and evil that have long plagued the immortal realms and find a way to survive the coming war.

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“Arianna, please come and sit down so I can fix your hair.” Alba waved Arianna over to the chair in front of a long mirror.
“Sorry, I’m excited. Can’t sit down.” Nevertheless, Arianna obeyed Alba’s direction and sat down.
“We must be ready to leave within an hour. It’s quite a drive to the Allegretti summer home. I’m eager to spend time there. It’s beautiful.” Alba flitted around as she brushed then braided Arianna’s long tresses. “I’ve laid your emerald dress out. If you approve, I’ll pack it. I’ve another for you to travel in.” She pointed to the yellow traveling dress.
Arianna looked toward the bed where her garments were laid out in preparation. “Oh, a lovely choice.”
“Yes, it is. I thought it would make a wonderful impression for this afternoon’s luncheon. In the evening, you can wear your scarlet dress. You’ll be breathtaking.”
“Thank you, Alba. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
“No thanks is necessary. I’m doing what your mama asked me to do.” Alba smiled. Arianna watched Alba in the mirror as she fussed with her hair, arranging it on top of her head.
“My hair looks wonderful.” Arianna appraised Alba’s handiwork.
“You should think more of things like hairstyles, dresses, and shopping. It’s what wealthy young women are supposed to do. You spend too much time thinking about other people. This event is important. Your papa and Signor Allegretti are depending on it to impress their new associates. Your papa is counting on you to charm them as you always do.” Alba set the carved jewelry box on the dressing table. “Perhaps you should pick some jewels out now so as not to risk taking all with you.”
“Perhaps.” Arianna frowned, her gaze locking on the older woman’s reflection in the mirror. “I feel particularly nervous about this garden party. For some reason I have this uneasiness…no, not really uneasy, I’m not sure what it is, but I’m worried.” Arianna placed her hand over her stomach. It pained her. “I feel something life changing is about to occur.”
“Hush now, Arianna.” Alba patted her arm. “Such talk makes people very nervous, including me. Change can be good.”
“I can’t help it, I feel something momentous will soon happen. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad. I need to be able to speak of things to someone, and the only one I can reveal myself to is you.” Arianna pouted.
“Put these thoughts from your mind and relax. You’re merely nervous about meeting the eligible gentlemen your father invited. I overheard your father say there will be several eligible, well-respected businessmen there. A widower and one who has never been wed are said to be present.”
“Father doesn’t know what an excellent catch is.” Arianna rolled her eyes. “He’s only looking at their wealth.”
“Of course he is, Arianna. It would do you well to understand the way of it. You’d never wed a pauper. You are meant for greater things. Hold still, your hair’s almost done,” Alba instructed.
Arianna handed Alba another pin. The words swirled in her head, a familiar mantra she’d long since gotten tired of.
“There, you’re absolutely exquisite. I want you to look wonderful as soon as you step off the carriage. We’ll refresh you once you’re there. But first impressions, you know.”
“I can’t believe you think wealth’s the only important thing. Not you, Alba. Love’s important. Don’t you think? Isn’t love with physical attraction most important? I know most girls don’t think of this. But I do.”
“I know you think differently in many things, but don’t speak of this to any other. Just remember, love doesn’t pay your bills or buy your lovely silks. Love doesn’t do much, and it may not last.” She motioned for Arianna to stand, then helped her into her dress.
“Papa and Mama loved each other, theirs lasted.”
“Yes, a rarity in itself. If you can tolerate him and he’s wealthy, you’ve the makings of a good husband. Love may come.” Alba stood back, inspected Arianna, and smiled. “You look gorgeous. Let’s get downstairs. The carriage is already parked out front.”
“There will be other females there to charm the gentlemen. They’re much better at being amusing. Sarah’s always so charming and delightful.”
“Yes, but these men are eligible suitors. You’re in need of a husband.”
“I don’t need a husband, at least not yet.”
“Hush, you speak silliness,” Alba scolded as only a beloved servant could do. “You’re a young woman, you need a husband.”
“The other girls need husbands too.”
“Don’t be foolish, you know as well as I, Rafaela’s engaged, Jenna’s being courted by a very appropriate suitor, and Sarah…well, she’s Sarah. You most certainly need a husband. You’re nineteen years old, and getting older every day.”
“You make me sound ancient.” Arianna giggled.
“Someone must take care of you. It won’t be your father forever, he grows older too.”
“Truly, I can take care of myself.”
* * * *
Clayne relaxed against the ornate couch, a drink in his hand. He appraised the home with a quick eye, the luxury of the human’s dwelling spartan compared to the spacious townhouse he’d recently purchased in the heart of Florence. The invitation to the Allegretti home was most advantageous. It allowed him to continue his search without breaking his cover of a rich merchant who recently relocated from Rome to enjoy the art and culture of Florence, the jewel of the Renaissance.
It amused him to interact with these uncomplicated people. Signor Antonio Mergliano had been insistent that Clayne accept the invitation to the garden party, assuring him an entertaining visit. For some reason, Clayne was compelled to accept, he liked the old man.
Clayne shifted. While fortuitous, the invite was a hindrance. He should be searching for a godforsaken female with the mark of the dragon. No doubt the Forsaken bitch was an ugly, cold-hearted, half-breed bloodsucker. His blood boiled at the very notion of a vampire’s offspring.
There’s no fucking way she’ll be my mate. Mother’s prediction is wrong.
Clayne stood up, stretching his legs. Taking a sip of his drink, it cooled his inner heat. He burned with annoyance at having to do the Goddess Amuliana Synvera’s bidding.
His hatred for anything remotely related to vampires ate at him. They were only good for killing, as far as he was concerned. As loyal as he was to his king, this quest made his temper burn. He’d much rather be back in Ejdeha Dragoni having his teeth pulled than searching for this abomination in human form.
Mother’s wrong. How could the fates be so cruel to me?
He sighed into his drink. It had been years since he’d spent so much time among mortals. Only his trips for his king drew him from his seclusion, and the grief still stung at the loss of his beloved sister.
Perhaps he’d find a simple-minded human female to dally with, relieve his frustrations. Dragon females could be so complicated and greedy of his time. Often, human girls pretended to be virtuous, yet he knew better, seeing through their facade immediately. Allegretti’s daughter was one such female, she smelled of many men. Perhaps she’d be willing and eager to sneak off to a secluded place where he could get lost for a bit between her thighs. The thought brought a smile to his face.
About the Author:
Welcome to Ciara Lake’s World. Meet Gorgeous Werewolves, Vampires, Dragons, Mermaids, Wizards, Witches, Mythological Gods and Goddesses, Mere Mortals And More! Fiction has always been a passion of mine. Creating worlds and developing characters is a great way for me to relieve the stress and strain of my everyday world. In fantasy (paranormal) and sci-fi stories, the author has the unique ability to invent wonderfully exotic places and people. I do that in my books. These fantastic genres provide a limitless ability to be creative and inventive. My stories provide an escape into a special world filled with unique and otherworldly things. And there is always a happy ending.
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Matsya by Sundari Venkatraman


Print Length: 38 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: March 11, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited 
Genre: Mythology, Short Story, Kidlit 
Lord Brahma is highly disturbed when the four vedas are stolen from him the moment he goes to sleep at the end of the kalpa. It’s Asura Hayagriva who’s gotten away with the sacred scriptures.
Lord Vishnu offers to go to the creator’s rescue and takes the guise of Matsya, the fish.
King Satyavrath lands up with a tiny gold fish when he’s offering prayers to the Sun God one morning. Is the fish all that it appears to be?
How can Satyavrath help the fish?
Read more to find out the reason for Lord Vishnu taking the avatar on earth as Matsya. 
*This is a straightforward story of the first avatar of Mahavishnu, retold in simple English just the way it’s written over the ages. The target audience is the youngsters, children, who don’t know all that much about Indian mythology. It’s also for those parents who are keen to read aloud stories to their children and are looking for suitable books on mythology. 
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

This is the first foray into the mythology genre for the author and also the first book that she’s written for children. 
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 26 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 
Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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Inflection – Career Arcs from Evolving India

Blurb: Real careers are not perfect. Professional success is not absolute. People shape careers and then over time,
careers shape people. Feb 1999. The batch of 1999 steps out from one of India’s leading business schools—Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata—into the real world of careers, not unlike many other professionals before and after.  Eighteen years later—in the middle of their working lives—32 of these professionals pause and take stock. They look back on their careers, on the choices they made, their successes and their failures, their highs and their lows. They reflect on what they assumed when they graduated from B-school and what the world has taught them since.  There are Real Lessons in Their Reflections; There are Common Themes in Their Career Arcs. This is the story of real careers taking shape in the rapidly evolving post-liberalisation India of the last two decades. Of conventional careers and not-so-conventional careers and something in between. Of people who took the corporate path, who became entrepreneurs, who became academics, who went abroad, who became specialists and even those who let their careers go with the flow, unplanned. Step in as they take stock of their journeys.  As relevant for mid-career professionals, to peek over their shoulders at peers, as for those starting their professional careers, curious about the careers choices ahead and the road signs on the way.

About the authors:  Nilesh Shrivastava currently heads the South Asia financial sector investments portfolio at International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. Pushp Deep Gupta is Executive Director at Deloitte Consulting in Leadership Advisory. Both Nilesh and Pushp are graduates of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, batch of 1999.

Review:  All careers don’t guarantee success; you need to make them happen with right planning. In the year 1999, batches of students pass out from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata into the actual world to make their career. Fast forward life, 18 years later, 32 candidates from this batch pause and meet. They all rewind their lives, rethinking about the choices, failures, success, highs, and lows, bad and good of themselves. They realise the lessons they learnt, the themes which their career gave them. This is a real story of real careers that took shape in India of the last two quick moved decades. After I quit working in a corporate sector and turned back to self employment, I always thought of reading something on the world I was a part of earlier. When this book was in my hand, I was happy reading it. Not just the subject was interesting but something I could connect with. It is unfortunate that our education system doesn’t prepare us for the outside world which is different than what has been shown to us. Most of the times many of us don’t know where to start and how to start. The book has 32 individual stories which have been written in such an interesting way that gives us a desire to know more about each story. The book addresses the issues which every one of us faces in our careers. I am sure you will get to connect with someone from these 32 mentioned stories of individuals. These stories will guide you to channelize yourself being productive to get desired results and reach your goals. I highly recommend it to everyone as it is highly inspiring and educative, doesn’t matter at which level of your career you are; the book has something for everyone.

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My First Breakup by Dhruba D. Roy

About the Book:

“Oh God, why me?”

This is perhaps what we think of when we go through a ‘breakup’.
This story is about Anirudh and Anvi.
Both of them have their own thinking which are not alike.
The story begins with Anirudh meeting with and accident. As he slowly succumbs to the pain, he starts reflecting about his bygone college days where he found his love for music. He loves Anvi dearly who is a long-lost friend of Anirudh.
The story reveals how Anirudh struggles as the hands of reality strikes him down.

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From a Writer to an Author

It feels good to be an author of a book. It’s sort of a recognition that distinguishes anyone from being a writer to an author. To be honest, I never loved writing in my childhood. In fact, I would even question the need of writing an essay during my school days. Many a times I was even caught copying while writing an essay during my English literature classes. So, why did I become an author????

The answer is very simple. I had something stuck in my head and it was tingling me from the inside, asking me to get it out. So that was the moment when I decided not to ignore my feelings and rather express them in the form of creative writing. I started putting down my thoughts on paper and before I could realize, I noticed this thought of mine to be about 240 pages thick with around 55,500 words, quite a fat thought huh!!!

Yes, I had just drafted my first story, but I wasn’t done yet. This was my creation, so I decided to give it a name, a name with which I could call it. After days of brainstorming, I came up with a name that I though would perfectly suit the theme that the book tried to portray, and there it was ‘My First Breakup’.

Now it was time for me to make a decision if my creation, this though, ‘My First Breakup’ was good enough to be read by others.

“Nah!!! No body cares about what you have to say…..

No, it’s not gonna make sense to others”, my Practicality forewarned my Imagination. But then again,

“There might be somebody willing to hear you out.

There might be people out there ready to accept your thoughts for what they are”, my Imagination countered back.

At this juncture I decided to get my book published. It is difficult to get a book published but I believe, if we have faith in our work, we eventually get what we want no matter how long it might take.

Being an author is not something that I have ever considered myself to be. I still feel I am no author, I am just a narrator who likes to tell stories for what I perceive them to be. “My First Breakup” is a story that I feel will connect with many of us as we all know that there is a phase where most of us fall in love only to snap out of it.

“My First Breakup…. Learning to let go!!!”

#Dhruba D Roy

About the Author:

Dhruba Das Roy  is a freelance writer, a musician by passion, and a software engineer by profession. He is from Assam, but born in a small town of Meghalaya, where he finished his schooling. He then obtained his degree in engineering from the esteemed college of National Institute of Technology. He discovered his love for music there and was the lead vocalist of his band, “The Rozarts”.

He loves rock and roll and is a great fan of the pioneers of rock and roll-(Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen and the list goes on).Unfortunately, as engineering life came to an end, the band had to split. Recently, he moved to Kolkata where he is working in one of leading software service based companies in India.

Not everyone can put their thoughts into words. Dhruba had never tried his hand in writing; but he had an experience, an experience which changed his life for the better. Being a vocalist, his only way of expression was through the creative way. He decided to pen down his thoughts and he discovered that writing came naturally to him. His thought process in the novel relates to the general mass in many ways. He decided to stretch his limits and ended up voicing his thoughts in a different way this time.

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