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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Silence is a source of great strength

In the modern world it’s very difficult to go anywhere where there’s no possibility of being disturbed by the sound of passing cars, and the only chance that city or town dwellers get to experience something of the quietness which existed everywhere in the pre-car world is sometimes on Sundays, when the mad rushing to and fro of modern life slows down. This quietness seems so foreign now that it seems difficult to believe that a hundred years ago and before it was everywhere all the time. This lack of quietness has also meant is that people are no longer used to silence, and have even, as a result, become afraid of it. Along with inactivity, silence has become something which most people are determined to avoid at all costs, and which, when they are confronted with it, unnerves them. In other words, in the modern world silence has become an enemy. And this is a terrible shame, because in reality silence is one of our greatest friends and strength. In the same way that the natural quietness and stillness of the world around us is always covered over with man-made noise, the natural quietness of our minds is constantly disturbed by the chattering of our ego-selves. We need silence and stillness to become our true selves and to be truly happy. Personally, silence is something that I am attached to. I love it. I know how important it is. When I’m in a noisy situation, I often put myself in a bubble. I first start out by noticing all the noise, then I try to find the softest sound and focus on that. I begin to fall into a trance, and I’m always left with silence.

This post is written towards #QUOTEDSTORIES 4 – SILENCE – Hosted by Upasna and Rohan

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Sunday Featured Blogger #5

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 Zainab Raazi

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

I’m Zainab, mom of twin boys and wife of one 😉 I’m a fitness enthusiast and you would know that if you are connected to me via my blog or twitter. I love to travel and am a TV buff, and I might have seen almost all the TV series (English)

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

I have met some wonderful people via blogging and via twitter/ Instagram.

My oldest friend is Theresa (http://www.theresasmixednuts.com/-) and she really helped with the traffic of my blog back in 2013.

Then, I met you (Romilaa) back in 2015 and you helped me take my blog to another level altogether. Not, to forget how you pimped my blog looks from an ugly duckling to this lovely swan it is now.

I have to mention Tanvee, (http://lessonsnotesandquotes.blogspot.in) has helped with my diet and workouts and she lost around 40 kilos!

And, I continue to meet some great people via twitter.  Bushra (allaboutthewoman.com) Amrita (healtwealthbridge.com) have helped me a lot as well with my understanding of the blogosphere!

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

Seriously, I just used to spend time on blogging at Spark People, as I was looking for weight loss tips and, my kids were smaller then so a lot of time was consumed into parenting!

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

I do not think I have any posts that I love as such – But I do like the posts of my AtoZ challenge.  I’m trying to be as good as I can. And, I do think there are a few posts, which are not too good. My rants…LOL

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

 Katie – runsforcookies.com – if it was not for her blog I would never be at a good weight, perhaps I would have ballooned up further.

Romila’s– Novemberschild.com- because your blog is so beautiful and complete.  It helps me to stay focused and hope to be at a good place in blogging some day.

Khushboo’s -Kthadani.com and Tanvee’s (http://lessonsnotesandquotes.blogspot.in)- the recipes, the workouts and the weight loss….all make me look up to both of them.

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

 I took part in a story writing competition, and two of my stories won a prize!

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

 Be honest; do not write something just because it is true. It should be true to you. Social Media is a blessing in disguise. Make your twitter and instagram etc, if possible the same name as your blog. Choose a theme for your blog, travel, weight loss, cooking or random musings—but it should have a theme!

 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

Your writings are honest, and that’s why I think you get so many hits on your blog. You seem to know ‘something’ about ‘everything’ under the sun and, that’s a great thing according to me. It has been great knowing you, and would love to meet you in person some day!

Zainab Raazi–  Twitter | Blog 

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Art of Critique

Art of Critique

…from experiences in groups and cliques and blah blah..

I have an aversion to the words, awesome, nice..now a days.

In world of critique groups, it loosely translates to: read quickly, found fine.

If you’re the kind who has an opinion on everything, loves to judge, loves ‘track changes’ feature and loves holding the red pen/marker, then this space is just for you. But you need to channelise your thoughts. And that’s where the ‘art’ part comes in.

The balance beam of writing and critique is heavily unbalanced. One cannot blame anyone though as we’re not trained in this. But it is a skill that could be acquired. It is a skill that needs an open mind, a slow reading skill, patience and a few vices like a sharp tongue.

Yes, you need to divert your fault-finding eye here.

A bouquet of things I learnt:

  1. Write ‘awesome, nice, good,’ on a paper, tear into pieces and throw it in the garbage bin. Never use these words unless compelled to.
  2. Read the piece by imagining the author or poet labouring it over days and nights, without eating food or watching tv (they could binge eat too ..that’s another lost case…but let’s not get there.)
  3. Mark the stanzas you liked/did not like/were pissed off at/were thrilled by. Do not judge the entire piece with the same adjective. Variety is the garam masala here.
  4. Show off your knowledge too. Compare them to some pieces you read.
  5. Comment on the grammar. The misplaced pronouns. What is this he, she, it point to? Question. Demand explanation. Be polite.
  6. Ensure that the writer doesn’t feel threatened but welcome into your brain space where the devil of ‘honesty’ resides.

Welcome to the world of critiquing! (Ba-ha-ha-ha – evil laugh)

The first line of this post is inspired by Kanchan, my friend, who critiqued my own critique once.

About the Guest Blogger:  Nivedita Narsapuram is a fiction writer, poet, editor, publisher, independent researcher, aspiring script writer, and an erstwhile journalist for The Hindu and Wow! Magazine and online news portals. Her poetry has appeared in Tempostand, The Sunflower Collective, Woodland Pattern Library Milwaukee, Viswabharti Research Center, Amravati Poetic Prism, Wordweavers.in, Whispers Magazine, Celebrating India displayed in an exhibition in the New York based Handwritten work and are forthcoming in Muse India; Her stories have appeared in Marijuana Diaries (Fablery Press), Literature Studio, Family Matters, World I Write In, Annapurna Magazine;  Her script ‘The proposal’ was shortlisted for Qshorts, a short film festival of Queer Ink, India’s premier website for LGBTQ; and ‘Tea Story’ is currently under production; Her essays and research papers on translation, publishing, and women’s poetry have been selected in University of Hyderabad, University of Jharkhand, Jyothi Nivas Bangalore, Café Dissensus. She blogs at: nnivedita.com.

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Paytm Karo – Youngest Brand Legacy

We are used to speak three letters ‘Pay’ in our daily routine payment activity and a person has established strong brand by adding two more letters which is known as ’Paytm’. From 2010 to 2016, only 6 years brand journey has achieved ‘Trust & loyalty’ with more than the double growth which is not an easy task in competitive market trend.

The core reasons are behind success that:

(1) Taken an opportunity on right time

(2) Strategy execution & communication from precise customer experience  

Today, naturally ‘Paytm’ comes first in the people mind or directly click on app/site whenever talking about any bill payment/recharge, wallet, bookings etc. This is precisely showing the brand legacy towards consumers which keeps consistently connecting and all the e-commerce/online transactions run smoothly. According to current market trend, total 9 out of 10 people are likely prefer to use Paytm first for bill payment/recharge, bookings etc.

Paytm brand growth journey at different phase:

(1) From 2010, launch only bill payment & recharge. Less people were aware & mostly young/adult was using Paytm only for mobile recharge.

(2) After 2.5 years, slowly people have been started payment of electricity bill/ gas bill/DTH recharge when rival brand ‘Freecharge’ have been launched TVC/OOH/Print campaign with offering promotional coupon concept.

(3) During 2014-15, Paytm came into market strategically by launching campaign ‘Paytm Karo’ and offering aggressively promo code of ‘cash back’ concept on recharge & bill payment as well as also launched other utility services included Paytm wallet. People have likely started use of Paytm successfully as well as established brand trust.

(4)   During 2016-17, Paytm brand has taken growth more than the double and become the successful payment gateway amongst the online market place because Paytm has taken leading advantage of de-monetization by released diverse campaign on ‘Cashless with Paytm karo’, also Paytm has proved successful cashless service without any constraints where consumers are being satisfied with cashless convenience.

Today, it will find at lot many places like provision/kirana store, pan shop, tea stall & many other various retail outlets that ‘Paytm Accepted Here’ across Indian Urban/Rural market.

Within 2 years, Paytm has introduced many other services like Flight/Train/Bus/Hotel/Movie etc booking &covering all major category for online shopping like Flipkart, Amazon. 6 Years youngest brand Paytm has achieved an excellent milestone in short span of period.

Recently, Paytm has also launched service in Canada March’17. Paytm is growing successfully & built remarkable brand image in the mind of consumers.

Author Bio: Virag Shah – Gujarat (India), Passion about Brand Strategy & Development, Consumer behavior & Analysis, Concept development & Market Research, Competitive Brand Analysis etc. More 9 years spent in marketing/advertising and having key expertise in the whole FMCG, pharma, OTC healthcare, Ayurvedic, Retail & Service Industry.

Twitter:- [email protected] Blog:- www.viragbrand.blogspot.com

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