31 things I like


Today I read a post from someone where he had mentioned about 51 things that he is happy about. And I thought what a great idea it is. I have been known to have many dislikes. I will do 31 things because today is 31st October.

So, here is the list.

  1. I have some really good friends, who can help me when I need them.
  2. I like to read a lot.
  3. I have a nice straight hair.
  4. I laugh out really loud.
  5. I find joy in stuff like good food, a beautiful scenery, nice walk, good conversation.
  6. I like all colours.
  7. I am a liberal
  8. I have enthusiasm and passion to do something of value.
  9. I have a nice handwriting.
  10. I can use and understand sarcastic humour.
  11. I am becoming more and more confident in presenting myself to others.
  12. I have a willingness to learn and improve.
  13. I can be kind and non judgmental with people.
  14. I can learn some stuff pretty quickly.
  15. I never give up.
  16. I know that I can improve and I try to.
  17. I really pay attention to someone who is talking to me. This is something I find that a lot of people do not do.
  18. My health and fitness are top priority.
  19. My body has been through hell and back, yet somehow it stays strong. I love my body for that.
  20. I’m thoughtful and old-fashioned
  21. I’m quite fond of my energy. It helps me get things done and makes me feel really confident and determined to get things done.
  22. Being a music lover, having good and soulful taste in music.
  23. Not being into drugs and smoking, and alcohol.
  24. How loving I am (no one wants it at the moment, so I’ll love myself until they do!).
  25. My MASSIVE smile!
  26. My desire to be covered in tattoos!
  27. The fact that I have found a soul mate in my best friend.
  28. My perfectionism (sometimes!)
  29. My obsession with reality shows.
  30. My obsession with things that I find beautiful.
  31. My white teeth

Okay, so that came about and it’s a good list. What say?? I should do more positive lists. Perhaps that will make me more positive and remind me that what the important things in life are.

7 Secrets of the Goddess


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Blurb: Lakshmi massages Vishnu’s feet. Is this male domination? Kali stands on Shiva’s chest. Is this female domination? Shiva is half a woman. Is this gender quality? Why then is Shakti never half a man? Taken literally, stories, symbols and rituals of Hindu mythology have much to say about gender relationships. Taken symbolically, they reveal many more things about humanity and nature. Which is the correct reading?

About the Author: Devdutt Pattanaik is a doctor who worked in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry for many years. Throughout his life, he has also been deeply interested in Hindu mythology, the epics, Puranas and the many legends and divine tales. after almost fifteen years in the healthcare industry, he switched his career and started writing about Hindu mythology and using the Hindu scriptures to teach lessons in business management. His books include Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, The Pregnant King, The 7 Secret Series, Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, An Identity Card for Krishna,Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management, Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana and Shikhandi: And Other Tales They Don’t Tell You.

Review: Off late I have been reading so much of thrillers/mysteries that 7 secrets of the Goddess turned out to be one of the unusual books I read. The book is about mythology, highlighting various female gods worshiped by Hindu community with one from Greek mythology.  The book looks like a history textbook and gives the same feeling of educational read than fictional. I liked books which has pictures in it which correlates or helps us to visualize the explanations given. Despite being 300 pages book, I liked the shape and size of it. The book covered the following goddess:

  1. Gaia (a Greek Goddess)
  2. Kali,
  3. Gauri,
  4. Durga,
  5. Lakshmi,
  6. Saraswati and
  7. Vitthai

By reading the book I learned many interesting and informative truth about the goddess, stories behind various practices and rituals that exist today and also gave me a right view point about Women gods in particular and women. I believe this is fourth book of the author but for me I never read Devdutt Pattanaik book’s earlier, first for me.  I liked the fact that lot of research was done for getting the material and it’s presented in a way that is easily consumed by a general reader. The book is full of facts gathered from our past, present which will help us in our future. In 7 Secrets of Goddess, the author has nicely written on topics which are highly misapprehended today or incorrectly answered all the time. Few of my personal questions which have been unreciprocated since years have been answered through this book. We all have seen image of Lord Vishnu, resting on a coil of a serpent. The author tells us how this depiction indicates the stopgap nature of all. The book doesn’t just have one explanation but has many which talks about interesting analysis, goddess, and importance of women, symbols – which our forefathers designed, its meaning, its purpose and its use in our lives. I really liked the book despite it gives me a feeling of school book, but the information in it is of highest order of knowledge. Every page is researched well to unlock the secrets and symbols left by our ancestors for us to understand. If only we understood it, the world would surely be better place for every one of us to live and endure

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Fraudster


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Blurb: There are people who will do anything to silence the ones who come in their way, those who will stop at nothing, including murder. A young banker is found dead a day after she deposes before a commission investigating large-scale financial fraud… A doyen of corporate India falls to his death from his south Bombay flat… A high-security server room of a multinational accounting firm is hacked and the hackers aren’t looking for just company secrets… Illicit finance, high-stakes crime and vicious manipulation come together in this story of corruption, greed and treachery among corporate India’s black sheep. Arresting, fast-paced and written by an insider from the corporate world, Fraudster will keep you on your toes till the very end.

About the author: RV Raman has a career spanning three decades and four continents, RV Raman advised several banks, financial institutions and corp orates on various matters. He has now turned to writing fiction set in corporate India, based on his insights and observations. Having moved away from full-time roles, he now teaches business strategy at an IIM, mentors young entrepreneurs, advises select clients and writes. Tired of extensive physical travel around the world, he now prefers less punishing mental excursions into fictional worlds of his own creation. He lives in Chennai. Fraudster is his first corporate thriller.

Review: Immediately after finishing Ravi Subramanian’s God is a Gamer, I read Fraudster and I could not make out who is a better writer – Ravi Subramanian or R V Raman. Both of them have proved to be one of the most genuine thriller writers (English) India has ever produced. Fraudster is a crime thriller that takes place in the corporate circles, a  large scale financial fraud gets exposed and a commission is set up to look into it. Properties valued at 4 or 5 times higher their actual value and loans have been disbursed with these overvalued assets as collateral. One of the bankers, who gets removed in front of the commission is killed after a supposed accident and is followed by suicide of a highly respected man of Corporate India makes for a fast paced story. The author’s background in finance has helped him in terms of being authentic and in general one does not need to have any in-depth knowledge of financial terms to be able to follow the plot. It makes for a very absorbing reading, and certainly not disappointing. For me Fraudster turned out to be insight into the voracity, the deceit lurking inside the hallways of Corporate India, highlighting bribery. The plot is tight and realistic. The author has done a praiseworthy job in the characterization of Kamini, the sharp Inspector Ranade, Ashok, mystifying Kunal and courageous Varsha. One can easily relate to each one of them. The scenes, the circumstances are well drawn. One can envisage them as the story steps forward. The book did not give me a feel of being a debut of R V Raman as I could understand the author knows what he is writing about. He knows how to use the characters strengths and weakness in a proper way. He has successfully simplified the story/terms/words in a trouble-free way so that the reader can understand the story effortlessly. A very realistic and appealing mystery that is a must read for all mystery lovers.

God is a Gamer


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Blurb: Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a high rise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai. Enter Varun, part time drug dealer and full time genius. He turns around the gaming company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.

About the author: Ravi Subramanian is a banker by profession and his books are set in the fast paced world of banking, corporate fraud, corporate rivalries, boardroom meeting, espionage and the likes. From ‘If God was a Banker’ to ‘Bankerupt’, Ravi has made quite a name for himself. And now he comes up with the first ever bitcoin thriller.

Review: God is a Gamer is the first book I read written by Ravi Subramanian. After reading this, I will now read his previous works too.  I was super thrilled to receive autographed copy of the book for review. I am a huge fan of thriller genre and it is unstoppable for me to keep down the book till I finish it and the same thing happened with this present book. It took my few hours of day and night to read it. If you love reading thrillers, this book is a must read book and apart from that the usage of simple language and narration of scenes makes it an easy read. The story begins with the introduction of bitcoins, a digital currency introduced by Santoshi Nakamoto, followed by Gillian’s (American politician) murder which gets connected with phishing scandal in New York International Bank. Back in New York International Bank’s branch in Mumbai, the C.E.O gets promoted as a chairperson who dies after slipping from the rooftop of a building in the middle of a party. A small gaming company, owner Aditya Rao turns very famous after a genius called Varun, joins them and turns its fortunes around. The story is a roller coaster ride with many surprises and shocks. In the end, the identity of Santoshi Nakamoto gets revealed, but there remains suspense regarding the mastermind behind it and reasons of the mastermind. I liked the cover of the book. There were no printing errors or spelling mistakes. The story flows easily from America to India, it doesn’t confuse the reader. Book is entertaining but has factual errors about the 2 factor authentication used in online fund transfer and Samsung being a Korean company not Japanese as mentioned. For first time readers, please read the other novels by Ravi to understand his writings better. This book doesn’t let you keep it aside unless you get to know what happens later and you finish totally. Present story focuses on cyber crime and banking which has now become a matter of great concern all over the world. The novel is a thriller for the new generation and a book with loads of information on the good and bad sides of electronic media and plastic money to the older generation of readers. All the best part of this novel is only towards the end of the pages. The primary builds up and suspense might get tiresome but it all becomes worthwhile once the explanation assembly begins. Please do not read the last pages as that’s where all the fun is determined. Wish the book could have been extra edited to rationalize the plot at convinced places but I think the author planned the disorder so that patient readers would get through all the pages to find the real delight of the story.

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A healthy child makes a happy home


I am sure everyone must have seen the advertisement in the TV of a leading antiseptic soap; child does not have to wash his hands with a disinfectant in order to secure healthy life. Viruses keep on developing newer and newer strains to counter disinfectants, no soap or medicines can keep them away from attacking children. Often medication tends to reduce immunity, the more you medicate the child, the more likely he/she is to fall sick again, and with the result that he will require further medication. a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grain wheat, beans, legumes, are rich in anti-oxidants and are excellent for increasing child’s immunity. It is our responsibility to give our children a strong foundation through breastfeeding, great nutrition, a lively, healthy family life, and a mostly non-toxic environment. Today more and more parents are realizing that the key to a healthy child is a strong immune system. All children are constantly exposed to bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites but this doesn’t mean they will get sick. A strong immune system provides a child with the natural defences to fight off diseases.

Love and attention boosts immunity in children. Children who grow up in a loving environment feel more secure and happy. If a child is not happy and healthy, that home cannot be happy too.  Make sure to share a hug, nurse, touch and kiss your children. Laughter and positive strengthens immunity. The more children laugh and enjoy life, the better their immune function. Stressful situations and unhappiness deplete the immune system and lower a child’s resistance to disease. Create a stable home environment with daily routines. Eating meals together is extremely important to help your child to feel secure, safe and part of the family. Go for walks in the parks where the child run, jump and climb. Allow them to run barefoot on the grass. Nature is an excellent immune stimulator and being exposed in a happy, healthy way does wonders to all aspects of child’s life.

I am the 80’s child, who despite having a healthy childhood often fell sick. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar till I was 1, breastfed for 2years, diet of vegetables, no MSG, no additives. My mother used mostly the well tried home remedies as first aid whenever I fell sick.  I took daily supplements of vitamins. I had an outdoor lifestyle; I grew up playing a lot, climbing trees, jumping terraces and cycling. I danced twice a week, drank plenty of water. As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted mumps, cough, tonsillitis, and chickenpox. I’m glad my parents gave me and my brother gave us such a great diet, but it just didn’t stop me getting childhood illnesses. When the 90’s began and education and activities took more on both of us (my brother and myself), we were introduced to Chyawanprash an ayurvedic dietary supplement mixture of herbs infused with amla fruit and sesame oil. With regular intake of Chyawanprash, I was kept away from many diseases such as breathing, digestive, skin, blood pressure problems. Not just this but Chyawanprash with its antiviral and antibacterial qualities increased my immune system alleviating respiratory disorders. Chyawanprash is very safe and people of all ages can take it for promoting health, wellbeing and longevity. Children as young as three years old can take it, wish when I was a kid I had started taking it. It is also advisable to have lifestyle changes in your daily life to get the best benefits of chyawanprash.

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Random Lists


So I am bored, a bit free and with a desire to write. This led me to create 4 lists about myself.

1. Five Bad Things about myself

  • I hold grudges. I do not forgive easily. I just plain don’t like some people
  • I only have 1 good friend that I tell everything to
  • I get too nervous about little things
  • I don’t open up as much as I think I do
  • I have the worst acne in the world!

2. Five Good Things about myself

  • Capacity to be genuinely happy
  • Open mindedness
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Positivity towards life
  • Passion and Enthusiasm

3. Five things I would do even if I am not paid for it – ever

  • Read, Explore and Understand things to expand my knowledge about the world and beyond
  • Try to spread knowledge by writing
  • Dance
  • Create something new, something beautiful, something artistic
  • Do something I believe is for greater good or should have been done and no one else is willing to do it!

4. Five things I would NEVER do even if I were being paid a million bucks for it – ever

  • Become a man
  • Hurt someone physically
  • Hurt myself physically
  • Forgive some people who have hurt me a lot emotionally
  • Turn vegetarian

Words depart, music begin-3


This is the third part of my music series; I hope to update it time and again. I would like to share 5 of my very preferred songs.

 

 

 

 

 

Entrepreneurs/Ship


I often wonder and am astonished to realize that the word ‘entrepreneur’ in this day and age has come to mean very narrowly, as a person who is starting a new business/corporation primarily in technology or industry. Aren’t scientists, doctors, chemists, artists, explorers are all entrepreneurs. They may/may not be coming up with novel ideas of money but what they are essentially doing is – taking risk and owning up the consequences for creating something better than what exists today, which according to me is the true spirit of entrepreneurship. This thought because I am doing my Doctorate in Management Science and my thesis topic is Entrepreneurship.

Always on Facebook


I am, however, not so sure that I like being on facebook all the time. It has been 9months of deleting my account from Facebook. I joined it in 2009.  Pouring your feelings, mood swings, emotions, anger and joy onto a web space with the known intention of showing off to people who may/may not know you are something I don’t favour. It screeches “I need attention please!!!” It exposes your insecurity, your constant craving, constant need to feel important. It is immature. It also becomes a hub for jealousies, competition and everything! I am not sure how many people are actually “friends“. It troubles me to see people pour their hearts out on the social page. All I wish for them is to speak to someone close, someone who is a real human and who can hug you and help you out. Get a life people.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist


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Blurb: It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City—and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date. This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be—and where the next great band is playing. Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.

About the author: Rachel grew up in the D.C. area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan. She lives and writes (when she’s not reading other people’s books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino) in New York City.

Review:  I finished reading Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist in a day. The book turned out to be one of the most interesting reads of this year for me. Fast paced and fun read with more textured characters. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to experience anger, fear, regret, to hopeful and love. I also love that it variants between Nick’s and Norah’s point of view to give the reader both sides of the same event. The dialogue is funny and witty and it’s a love story that you can feel the sparks. Over the course of one night, two perfect strangers fall in and out of love with life, music, friends, cars, food, the city, and maybe – just maybe – each other. Nick and Norah tell their story in alternating chapters, with David Levithan writing for bass player Nick and Rachel Cohn writing for complicated Norah. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist is fuelled by passionate, memorable characters. Don’t let it – or them – pass you by. Get it, get ready, and hold on. You’ll want to put this Playlist on repeat. I love music and when you mix a love story with music, you know that it has to be good. I loved it. Read it. It’ll be worth it.

To Tip or Not To Tip


It is damn confusing every time I go out for a dinner or a lunch. Whether the waiter should be tipped and if yes then how much?  The answer to the first question is yes almost always and second is a debatable topic. I believe that since the waiters are being paid by the hotel, they should not be given tips. Then, the question of how much crops up. It has varying answers. Some people say 10% of the bill, some 15%, some 5% and some say and pay according to their moods, whims and/or depending upon the service. So, this is getting confusing for me every time. I do not support the tipping rule. The morality on the involved is questionable.  After all the people that are working as waiters are not depending on tips and it is not in some sense our duty to tip them. I don’t know…am still confused badly!!

My life pleasure(s)


I believe in taking full advantage of the simple pleasures of life. I do not wait for a big party to happen to be happy and have fun. I might be just as happy like that. I wonder what the harm is if you spoil yourself once in a while by petty things like buying a good pen or a chocolate or taking a walk alone. For me these things act as refreshers. I have realized that sometimes things might go your way and many a times they may not but you always live through it. So why not feel good about not having the worse situations rather that fearing about them and living in constant tension. For me, Blogging also is one such small pack of fun!

Easy To Remember…Hard To Forget


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That night was cold. It had just stopped raining and the streets glimmered with stars reflecting on them. I was standing under a streetlight. I didn’t want to go home. I don’t know why I had stopped there; on that very spot.

I was hated by all for my guts, the way I carried myself in the college. I was so natural on stage, I can be anyone. I had the calibre to transfer my emotions. I was friendly this moment and very mean the very next moment. Definitely not the kind of a girl anyone could like or not pretty, that boys of my college would admire me. I was not celebrity but famous. I loved being that austere and purist. I loved those few friends I had. My teachers expected me to be wise, to be always right, labelling me as scholar. They are always proud of me as the Head Girl. For all, I can handle everything. When I am around, everything will be fine.

But when I used to be alone, I cried. Cried for every tear I held for every pain. Deep in I was easy to please with that cup of coffee or simple gifts. There are times that I wanted to travel to such a place where everyone knows me but not my story. I wanted them to like me for what I have, but not because of what I am. I am a simple human being.

They did not know that behind that strong personality, I am weak. In every smile is the hidden pain. Despite of having friends, I am alone. And they don’t really understand me. I wanted someone to love and protect me. I wanted someone to hold my hands when everything is not fine. Is it too much to ask? Is it too much to have somebody I can depend on? Somebody that’s strong enough to accept the monster side of me and brave enough to face the world with me?

It started to rain again and I opened my umbrella. I walked the opposite direction of home, running away from father again. He was drunk again, and the hurt from the punch across my face began to burn with every rain drop that spilled on it. My jaw ached. He loved adding to the scars. He always had a fascination with making me cry. Then he’d spit on me, and laugh at me. I sat on the bench nearby on the pavement. I buried my head in my hands. I could still feel the pain fresh.

Suicide was always one of my options, one I considered a lot. I remember talking about it once to a close friend who dared me too but I could not. I didn’t really want to die, but I felt I didn’t want to live, either. What do you do when you’re so mentally disturbed that you can’t seem to decide whether or not you should be alive? You have all the opportunities to take your own life, yet you still contemplate whether to act on them or not. I’ve sat in my bed all night long sometimes, thinking about how or when. Who it would affect? Who it wouldn’t.

For all, I was the Perfect Girl but down memory lane remain all my mourning and wretchedness and deep within I was broken.

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Remembering Names


I exactly don’t hate but I would appreciate if people remember the names after the Introduction. I don’t know why most of the people I know don’t remember. It kind of shows that how least you are interested in it. May be you are but at least if you are being introduced you should divert you so special attention for at least a second to hear the name and keep it in your head for a while. I have been on the receiving end of this bad behaviour so many times and I have felt quite bad about it. I remember the names quite well but a few days back I met someone and I completely forgot the name of the person I had just been introduced to. It sucked to ask again. But I did ask her name and made sure that I remember it.

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