Wednesday, August 15, 2018

भारत

भारत देश है मेरा, जन्मभूमि तू मेरी,
तुझपे जाँ लुटाने में पल भर भी ना होगी देरी ।

गर्व है हमारे सैनिक पे जो हर पल तुझपे है क़ुर्बान,
हमें अनोखा बनाता है हमारा जनतंत्र और संविधान ।

कश्मीर से कन्याकुमारी तक भाषा अनेक है,
अनगिनत व्यंजन और भेष है फिर भी हम एक है ।

तिरंगा सिने से लगाते है, संस्कारों से बना है हिंदुस्तान,
रोशन है हर क्षेत्र में, क्रीड़ा, अभिनय, कला हो या विज्ञान ।

लहराती खेतों में मीठी सी धूप है,
पूरे विश्व में सबसे सुंदर तेरा ही रूप है ।

हिमालय सा ऊँचा है सर, गंगा सा पावन मन,
हमारी संस्कृति ही है सबसे अमूल्य धन ।

इस देश में जश्न का दूसरा नाम है त्योहार,
जिसने लड़ के जीती आज़ादी उसकी कभी ना होगी हार ।

आबादी में ताक़त है, आध्यात्मिकता में है अभिमान,
रिश्तों को महत्व देते है हम करते हे अतिथि का सम्मान ।

तुझपे लगे कुछ दाग़ है और हम उनसे अनजान नहीं,
दाग़ लगाने वाले मनुष्य ही है पर हमारे लिए वो इंसान नहीं ।

हर बच्चे को शिक्षा मिले हर नारी को सम्मान,
कोई कृषि अन्न को ना तरसे होगा ऐसा सपनो का जहाँ ।

चलो एक प्रण ले मिलकर हर दाग़ मिटाएँगे,
विश्व भर में भारतवर्ष को सर्वश्रेष्ठ बनाएँगे ।

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Audio Book Review - 'Break Free the Leader Within' by Ravish Mani


Author Ravish Mani, in his book “Break Free the Leader Within” shares a highly inspirational case of leadership. It is a well-researched book on an unbelievable case of how a mother who had a left-handed daughter won a battle that is now useful to many other children.

Through the case study, the author tries to bring to light the various traits that leaders possess. How ‘leaders first identify the problem and then find a solution’ and look for various ways to bring a solution to the problem. Here, the problem was that the left-handed child was unable to use the sharpener in its conventional way. Any other mother, in this case, would have tried to help her daughter teach how to sharpen a pencil like a right-handed child does but Shweta Singh, here looked at the bigger picture.

She envisioned how every left-handed child must be facing the same negligence just because they are a minority. ‘Leaders never give up till they reach the destination,’ so she began to write letters to companies in India to find a solution to this. Thus, proving that, ‘Effective leaders are measured by their thoughts and not deeds.’ It’s not just about the sharpener but about justice. ‘Leaders start with a purpose’ and ‘Effective leaders make the path when there is none,’ are some very interesting qualities put forth by the author about leaders. I also liked the quotes from Bhagvad Gita and the quote on ‘trust.’

This book is the right dose you need to get inspired and get going. Every beginner must listen to this wonderful audiobook to get some encouragement. Also, it is a short and crisp book that you can listen at your leisure and convenience. Both, the content and the quality of the audiobook is great that makes it a highly recommended one. I appreciate the author for sharing this inspirational incident with all of us. Listen to this audiobook for the detailed description of this very interesting case and which company came to the rescue and proved to be the leader in the market. It would surely inspire you and help you to break free the leader within!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Book Review : 'Parenting and A Slice of Everything' by Anupriya


Author Anupriya in her book “Parenting and A Slice of Everything” presents a beautiful collection of twenty-six short stories which speak volumes about relationships. She believes she plays a role of a mother, daughter, woman and a human being apart from the current role of an author. She also trusts the magical power of stories and story-telling and it is evident from this book.  
I liked her writing style and the manner in which she narrates each story. Her stories revolve around characters, incidents and emotions that are in one or the other way related to parenting and relationships. Readers can easily relate to the emotions depicted by the realistic characters. Each story is carved out beautifully and described at length.
The only thing which didn’t click was the connection between the title of the book and its content. I picked up the book expecting it to be a parenting self-help book but it turned out to be something different, however, I enjoyed reading the stories. I would advise the author to rethink the title before putting up the book to a larger audience.
I enjoyed reading the stories and would recommend it to all the story lovers.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Book Review : 'Spicy Trail' by Shipra Trivedi

Shipra Trivedi in her book, “Spicy Trail” has mentioned twenty-six different spices in different chapters. She has written about the history, attributes and also the Ayurvedic benefits of all spices. These are the spices that Indian families use in the daily cooking but the author believes there is much more to it. She has thrown light upon the influence of Indian spices on Ayurvedic medicine. 

The use of pictures for the spices makes it interesting and readers can easily relate to it.  Some of the spices are used on a daily basis but we never knew the benefits attached to it. Also, the author ends each chapter with ‘Dadi Maa Ka Nuskha’ which makes it a page-turner. It is a very informative book and you will swell with pride when you will come to know the benefits of the spices that you have been using every day. It has a variety of spices ranging from the common Fennel Seeds and Dried Ginger to the exotic ones like Star Anise and Zafraan. My favourite was the chapter on Poppy Seeds as it is widely used in my home and I relish it to the core. 

The author could have included a few recipes as a part of the book to give it completeness. Also, a little more formatting, like chapters beginning on a new page and small chapters ending on the same page would have given a more attractive and crisp look to the book. The author’s efforts are seen in the kind of research she has done to compile the book. This book can be a great gift for food-lovers. It can also be used as a reference book for people interested in cooking and Indian History. Overall, the author has done a commendable job and the book is a great read.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Switch On The Sunshine

My dad is a cancer survivor. I have seen closely what cancer does to a person. Not just the person, the entire family forgets how to smile. 

Then I come across Sonali Bendre’s video where she puts on a bright smile on her face as she chops off her lovely hair. For a moment, I could feel what exactly she is going through. It is tough.

It is extremely difficult for a cancer patient to stay positive, wearing a smile is out of the question. The moment a person is diagnosed with this deadly disease, the world comes crumbling down. It hits you emotionally and you stop living. It is the most devastating phase and you know there are harder times ahead. 

To smile under such circumstances proves how mentally strong you are. Sonali Bendre’s sunshine smile is highly inspiring and will give strength to many patients and their families. She knows there’s a long battle ahead and she chooses to fight it with a smile. 

Nobody is ever prepared for such a news, it always comes as a shock. It teaches how uncertain and unpredictable life is. People who are lucky enough to survive, come out with a whole new positivity. Their attitude towards life changes forever. If you ever get a chance, speak to a cancer survivor and you will realize how beautiful life is. 

You will stop cribbing about trivial issues and start looking at the bigger picture. You will enjoy each day of your life. You will find happiness in things which go unnoticed. 

It is easy to speak about it but is unimaginably difficult for a person who is going through this tough time. Only a few people are resilient enough to realize this truth and accept it. Such people should definitely share their stories with others and it will spread like magic. Exactly how Sonali Bendre is sharing. We know it’s tough but she is tougher.

Her video will help many to regain that faith and strength that they have lost. I wish I had met somebody so inspiring when we as a family were battling cancer. 

Get well soon strong girl. All prayers for you. 


Sunday, June 24, 2018

My Dream Come True Moment

Yes, dreams do come true! All you need to do is to dare to dream, take efforts to fulfil it and hit the right opportunity. My dream of becoming an author has now come true and I want to pen my journey to immortalize it.

I was lucky that the habit of reading was instilled in me at a very young age. I remember how I engrossed myself in reading Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie. As I grew up I read Arthur Conan Doyle, O Henry, Sidney Sheldon, Rabindranath Tagore, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Rudyard Kipling and Shakespeare while still at school. My school library played an important role. Also, the books my parents had at home fascinated me and I am grateful to both. 

While doing my Honors in English Literature, I studied the works of Jane Austen and it was there that the thought of writing took birth. ‘I want to write a book someday,’ I scribbled in the last page of my notebook which came alive today, some twelve years later.

In these years, I did my post-graduation, grabbed a flourishing job in my dream company, married the love of my life and had two adorable kids. Then came a phase of my life where I was eventually cocooned at home, taking utmost care of my kids and spending the rest of the time in reading and playing my keyboard. Making the best use of solitude, by now I had already started writing. I wrote poems, stories and some parenting blogs which turned out well and I also won awards for it. It encouraged me further and I thought of writing a book on a serious note.

It is rightly said that when you truly wish for something, you get help from unexpected sources to fulfil it, and my source here was Twitter! I was new to it and started following some of my favourite authors and that is how I came across Blogchatter’s Ebook Carnival. Without wasting time, I immediately connected with them and registered for the carnival which was just a month away.

With a one-month-old baby in my arms, still recovering from my caesarian surgery, amidst a pile of diapers, sleepless nights, nursing blues, post-partum depression and with lots of people around, I couldn’t find a log to hold upon to fulfil my dream. At times I gave up completely because I would wait for my kids to fall asleep so that I could write. By the time I got that required pin-drop silence at home, I was too tired to look for my laptop.

Blogchatter, on the other hand, was highly encouraging, the session they arranged with established authors, their microblog sessions and facebook chats all motivated me to keep going. I then decided to first ditch the laptop and switch to my mobile for writing and second, write anytime and anywhere.

I wrote while I was feeding my baby, I wrote when I was awake at three in the morning, I wrote while waiting for my turn at the hospital, I wrote while eating, I was always scribbling something and eventually I ended up finishing the entire book in my mobile. To my surprise, I was ready with not just one but two books simultaneously.

Then came the difficult part of editing, designing covers, and formatting which was not possible in mobile. To add to my woes, we had to move to a different city at that very time. Till now an entire village helped me with my kids but now I was all alone. It was impossible to take out time for yourself, managing a toddler and a newborn. I still tried to work smart but my laptop crashed and so all my hopes too came crashing down. The only possibility to complete my book was now to work on my hubby’s office laptop. To test my patience, it was also his go-live month in office and he would return home not before midnight and sometimes as late as 2 a.m. So, on a weekend I hijacked his laptop for two days. He too helped me with the formatting, the last-minute hassles, we also fought while our ideas clashed and finally I hit the submit button!

Then came the big day of the book launch. Blogchatter made it a very special event for all of us and launched all the books of the carnival one after the other. I was impatiently waiting for my turn and was extremely proud to be part of the august group of authors. Blogchatter made it look like a cake walk, brought smiles to our faces and changed our lives forever.

May 22nd, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. I witnessed my cherished dream come true, I was now a published author.

Top Secret Mission (Blogchatter - 2)

Ebook 1: I take on the Baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival from Shilpa whose ebook 'Notes From The Road' is also part of the mix. 

About Shilpa's ebook: Traveling has has humbled her and made her realize that she is more capable than she believed. In 'Notes from the Road,' Shilpa shares her thoughts, views, experiences, tips, and stories which are inspired by her years on the road.  

Yes, dreams do come true! All you need to do is to dare to dream, take efforts to fulfil it and hit the right opportunity. My dream of becoming an author has now come true and I want to pen my journey to immortalize it.

I was lucky that the habit of reading was instilled in me at a very young age. I remember how I engrossed myself in reading Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie. As I grew up I read Arthur Conan Doyle, O Henry, Sidney Sheldon, Rabindranath Tagore, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Rudyard Kipling and Shakespeare while still at school. My school library played an important role. Also, the books my parents had at home fascinated me and I am grateful to both. 

While doing my Honors in English Literature, I studied the works of Jane Austen and it was there that the thought of writing took birth. ‘I want to write a book someday,’ I scribbled in the last page of my notebook which came alive today, some twelve years later.

In these years, I did my post-graduation, grabbed a flourishing job in my dream company, married the love of my life and had two adorable kids. Then came a phase of my life where I was eventually cocooned at home, taking utmost care of my kids and spending the rest of the time in reading and playing my keyboard. Making the best use of solitude, by now I had already started writing. I wrote poems, stories and some parenting blogs which turned out well and I also won awards for it. It encouraged me further and I thought of writing a book on a serious note.

It is rightly said that when you truly wish for something, you get help from unexpected sources to fulfil it, and my source here was Twitter! I was new to it and started following some of my favourite authors and that is how I came across Blogchatter’s Ebook Carnival. Without wasting time, I immediately connected with them and registered for the carnival which was just a month away.

With a one-month-old baby in my arms, still recovering from my caesarian surgery, amidst a pile of diapers, sleepless nights, nursing blues, post-partum depression and with lots of people around, I couldn’t find a log to hold upon to fulfil my dream. At times I gave up completely because I would wait for my kids to fall asleep so that I could write. By the time I got that required pin-drop silence at home, I was too tired to look for my laptop.

Blogchatter, on the other hand, was highly encouraging, the session they arranged with established authors, their microblog sessions and facebook chats all motivated me to keep going. I then decided to first ditch the laptop and switch to my mobile for writing and second, write anytime and anywhere.

I wrote while I was feeding my baby, I wrote when I was awake at three in the morning, I wrote while waiting for my turn at the hospital, I wrote while eating, I was always scribbling something and eventually I ended up finishing the entire book in my mobile. To my surprise, I was ready with not just one but two books simultaneously.

Then came the difficult part of editing, designing covers, and formatting which was not possible in mobile. To add to my woes, we had to move to a different city at that very time. Till now an entire village helped me with my kids but now I was all alone. It was impossible to take out time for yourself, managing a toddler and a newborn. I still tried to work smart but my laptop crashed and so all my hopes too came crashing down. The only possibility to complete my book was now to work on my hubby’s office laptop. To test my patience, it was also his go-live month in office and he would return home not before midnight and sometimes as late as 2 a.m. So, on a weekend I hijacked his laptop for two days. He too helped me with the formatting, the last-minute hassles, we also fought while our ideas clashed and finally I hit the submit button!

Then came the big day of the book launch. Blogchatter made it a very special event for all of us and launched all the books of the carnival one after the other. I was impatiently waiting for my turn and was extremely proud to be part of the august group of authors. Blogchatter made it look like a cake walk, brought smiles to our faces and changed our lives forever.

May 22nd, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. I witnessed my cherished dream come true, I was now a published author.


Ebook 2:  I pass on the Baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival to Jayanthi whose ebook 'INDIA OR U.S?' is also part of the mix. 

About Jayanthi's ebook: A number of individuals in their 20s, want to go abroad and once they are abroad they start missing India. These individual posts grasp the see-saw of most Indian families trying to balance Indian values and American life.