Under the light


2 years ago, I sat bored, wanting to do something new that’s when H told me to start a blog. Things were different then. Blogging has helped me realise the importance of online community, re-realise the significance of words, meet some pretty fantastic people, come into contact with others who I wouldn’t have known. I thought of stop writing when I started blogging, writing for myself that is, and then I fell in love with it all over again. And I read the archives, I marvel at how I can see entire 2years unfolding over the sections in my blog.

Little updates as of now:-

  1.  I turned into book reviewer, thanks to my blog.
  2. I have become famous over twitter.
  3. I’m single (which means I’m not married) but I am in a committed relationship with such an amazing man that he has made my life so beautiful.
  4. I am the laziest and boring person on Sundays.
  5. I am doing my research on “entrepreneurship” which is just the opposite of what I write often for blogs.

Private India


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Blurb: When a series of seemingly unconnected murders rock the city of Mumbai with the macabre rituals and artefacts found around the corpses, Private India, a leading investigation agency takes the case. Santosh Wagh, the head of the organization, has only one mission. He needs to stop the killers before they strike again. However, in a city of over 13 million people, he finds that the clock is ticking too fast. He finds himself pitted against underworld dons and a Godman who isn’t what he seems. However, the worst is yet to come and Private India itself may be threatened with a revelation that could destroy the entire organization.

About the Authors : Ashwin Sanghi is an Indian writer and entrepreneur. He has also written: Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key. He is also known by his pseudonym: Shawn Haigins. A graduate of the Yale School of Management and St. Xavier’s College, he has since been awarded several acclaims for his work. His second book has been optioned for a movie by UTV and is expected to begin production soon. He currently lives in Mumbai with his loving family. James Patterson is a bestselling American writer. He is best known for Along Came a Spider, Jack & Jill, When the Wind Blows and Step on a Crack among over 100 others.

Review:  After reading all the books authored by Ashwin Sanghi, when I came to know about “Private India” I was over excited to read it and it was also collaboration with James Patterson (his Private Series are world famous). I finished the book in just 3hours. But I was not much happy with the book. Ashwin Sanghi’s earlier books were just amazing thrillers. Private India despite being written with a fast tempo and gripping excitement, the book just did not appeal to me. Like Ashwin Sanghi’s former books this story had all his signature essentials – fascinating historic and religious angles which made me guess what would happen next. With so many characters in the story I had to make a note of all of them so that I don’t miss or forget who’s who after I complete the book.  Santosh Wagh, the main protagonist, heads Private India supported by a technical expert, medical expert and a smart ex cop. Like a typical Bollywood movie, there are Godman, ISI, and Indian Mujahidin in the story. The novel despite being attention-grabbing, did not reach the heights of suspense. A recommended one time read.

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Ramayana – The Game of Life : Rise of the Sun Prince


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Blurb: Ramayana: The Game of Life. Epics like the Ramayana have been recounted infinite times. Is there a need for another chronicle in the presence of so many? How is this one different? And is it relevant to our ever-changing modern lives? Yes, there is a need, yes this is different and yes, it is relevant. This new series of books, each following one khand of the Ramayana, decodes the eternal wisdom of that poetic scripture through gripping narrative and thought-provoking instruction. In the time-honored custom of spreading wisdom through tales, every fascinating story in the epic is retold here and every character unfolded to captivate your heart and open your mind to lifes deepest questions. The narrative closely follows Valmiki’s Ramayana, gently weaving in folk tales as well as the beautiful analogies of the Kamba Ramayana. The first of this six-volume series, Rise of the Sun Prince, takes you through the divine story of Lord Rama from His birth up to His marriage. Through these pages are revealed the tales of Dasarathas leadership, Vishwamitras quest for power and the intriguing story of a little-known stone maiden. Ramayana: The Game of Life has all of this and much more – food for contemporary thought drawn from an enduring masterpiece.

About the author: Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He also helps individuals deal with modern-life situations by applying the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharmic traditions.

Review:The Rise of the Sun Prince is Bala Kanda of the Ramayana written by Valmiki. When I read the blurb I thought this book would be serious and concerned study of Ramayana but it turned out to be easy and simple read, though not being my genre, only after 100pages did I find this little interesting to read. Special aspect of this book which I have found after a long time is foot notes in each page which explains the stories of that page with modern day. Another good thing about this book is that it has kept intact with the original book. It has not by passed anything or added extra. It can be read to learn lessons of vedic culture. The author has used capital H whenever he used ‘Him’, ‘His’, ‘He’, capital S for ‘She’ for Lord Rama and Mother Sita. Book 1 is out-and-out about Lord Rama’s birth to marriage. I liked that part of the book which made me read – story of Ahilya turning into stone, the formation of Srilanka, the fight between Vayu and snake. The highlight of the book is the story of Vishwamitra (the real protagonist of this book) from the time of him being King to being granted the title of BrahmaRishi by Sage Vashishta. Situations as in dealing with parents and children, husband and wife, brother and sister, a leader and follower are explained in a righteous and contented way in this book. There are many versions of Ramayana’s in the market, but this is one of the easiest versions of understanding the epic. I’m not an enthusiast of philosophical books so this book did not influence me much, but definitely is one of the best sources for behaviour moulding and character building, hence I would recommend it.

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Aha Moment of life


Do you trust your inner feeling? I am sure most of us are familiar with the powerful Paulo Coelho’s quote in The Alchemist, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

I know, it can be derided as romanticism and mushy lines which is only good to hear. I belong to this stupid tribe who believes in the power of those lines.

It always happens to me. Unbelievable but true! When it happens, I always get a gut feeling, a ‘sensation of sort’ that something extraordinary gonna unfurl in my life. I become overtly positive that nothing can go wrong at a time when the bumpy ride characterizes my life. I become happy for no apparent reason, jumping with joy and ready to embrace the strong gush of wind and breeze, percolating in the atmosphere. The stage is set and it’s my ‘aha’ feeling. Don’t ever try to question me on this feeling coz I have no reason to give some kinda justification. It’s something that only I, ME and MYSELF can feel within.

No! It got nothing to do with the self-help books. The world is too big to run away from the Wayne Dyers, Robin Sharmas and Deepak Chopras of the world. Nothing wrong with these gentlemen and new-age, Gurus. True, the going gets tough and you start doubting yourself, whining that you shall see no light at the end of the tunnel. Then, the ‘Aha’ moment of life strikes like thunder at a place where you would last expect it to hit you. A bit like love, I would argue or the gun shot. But, this time, it sounds like petal of flowers adorning your existence as a human being who, no matter what, would never stop dreaming of extraordinary things.

It can happen in any form, the Aha moment. The gentle breeze of wind stroking your face, as you gyrate to the tune of monsoon and drenching your body from top-to-toe. Live is simply beautiful. You feel the magic and the sixth sense tells you that the bad will soon be buried in the distant past. This is my moment of life that I cherish like mint choco ice-cream.  It’s my Aha moment.

I am a forever romantic. I can never say no to love and gratitude of the people who surround my existence. There have been plain strangers who surprised me with kindness that makes me believe in the beauty of existence. At times, I can become sullen and angry with the world when I am not getting what I want. I know! It can be frustrating and kill you at every moment. But, Phat! It disappears like fire crackers bursting in the air. It’s life gentle reminder that nothing stays forever in life, the good, bad or the ugly.

Why languish over the bad moments of life? Worry never heals the broken heart. Just go with the flow and believe in your ‘Aha’ moments of life. Trust me! When it comes, it gently touches your soul, acting like the harbinger of hope. Romantic?! You bet. Just believe.

By, Vishal Bheeroo

About him: You cannot remove an Indian from India. An Indian settled outside Desh, Vishal is a freelance journalist and blogs at http://www.vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com. He also do book reviews and can be contacted on vishal.v.bheeroo@gmail.com.
He is passionate about movies, books and loves writing short stories.

Far Beyond The Dead End


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Blurb: Millennia ago, the valley of Mohenja-Daro held one of the most organized and advanced civilizations for its time. Discovered in the late nineteenth century, all that was left of it now were ruins, and dead bodies. The mound of the dead, they called it, and rightly so. There were many dead bodies lying everywhere, and there stories were as mysterious as their states. What happened to the city of Mohenja-Daro? In a time when the city thrived, Koli was a seductive girl with an enigmatic charm. Sindhu lived with dreams burning in her eyes, and Girad with his burning passion for life. There were others, like the priest who professed to seeing a doomed future, a future cursed for all time. Their love, dreams, greed, mania and delusions formed a part of their lives, and added colour to it all the way. A mysterious series of deaths follows a frantic hunt for lust, gold and glory, and they do not stop until they destroy the very foundation of the city. Or until they venture Far Beyond the Dead End, to be discovered in the remnants of the lost city thousands of years later.

Author: Saikat Bakshi is an Indian writer and mechanical engineer. He enjoys exploring the unseen alleys of life, and observing people as he goes along. He enjoys taking in history, literature and art as well as writing whenever he finds the time. This is his fourth novel and he has also written: Did You See The Joker?, Fallen Leaf, Weathered Wind and Something In Your Eyes: Smiling In The Sky.

Review: It is about Koli, beautiful and intelligent girl, whose father wants her to get married to Sindhu, but Girad, a failed businessman wants to marry Koli. What a typical love triangle, Hindi movie manner, but this is not set in 2014 but set in Mohenjodaro when it was a flourishing society, a twirl unlikely.  Simple, suspenseful, straight plot with twists in the story and flawless narration made this book one of my best reads of this year. The author has successful brought back the oldest and dead civilization back to life with this story. Historical fiction of which I am a huge fan of, was written with such ease by the author, his years of research on Indus valley civilisation is proven. This book turned out to be a page turner as every page is impulsive.

The book is divided into three parts:

  1. The first part introduces the reader to the plot, characters and their qualities. It does throw light on customs, traditions and practises of Indus valley civilisation – especially that of the city of Mohenjadaro.
  2. The second part takes the story ahead and narrating the episodes and experiences of all the characters of the story.
  3. The third part (what I loved reading the most) exposes the secrets, turn outs, shockers and surprises and the truth.

I liked the way; the author kept the thrill and the excitement part away in the first and second parts of the story and bought it out only towards the conclusion. The urgency and the pace of the story in the end for me went with the flow of the story well, I did not feel it disturbed or broke the course. I did not wanted to read any emotional content making the character of Koli a sensitive, emotional or a timid girl. I like female characters intelligent and intellectual.

Pros

  1. The ancient Indus valley civilisation woven into a fiction plot.
  2. The characters are well written and develop with the story.
  3. The detailed bibliography shows the hard work of the author that has gone into writing.
  4. Historical fiction, a genre never before read or explored.
  5. A great visual peek into history, each line made me imagine an entire ancient civilisation in front of my eyes.
  6. Affordable, light and easy read.
  7. After a long time I came across a book without much of spelling errors.

Cons

  1. The quality of the paper used should have been better.
  2. The editor should have re-read the content couple of times before the final print as I found many grammatical errors in the book, in the first 80-100pages.

I give this book 4stars out of 5. Spellbinding apprehension (which is my preference) set in Indus civilisation, which the author thoroughly researched about, took me to an era beyond the present.  If you are an aficionado of historical fiction then this is the right book to keep you engage till the end. More over it is not an easy job to write historical fiction, and full credit to the author Saikat Bakshi for selecting this variety and coming out of it fruitfully.

I thank Saikbat Bakshi and Writers Melon for hosting the wonderful historical civilization contest and picking me out as one of the winners and sending this book as prize.

Round Ireland with A Fridge


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Blurb: Have you ever made a drunken bet? Worse still, have you ever tried to win one? In attempting to hitchhike round Ireland with a fridge, Tony Hawks did both, and his foolhardiness led him to one of the best experiences of his life. Joined by his trusty traveling companion-cum-domestic appliance, he made his way from Dublin to Donegal, from Sligo through Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Wexford, Wicklow–and back again to Dublin. In their month of madness, Tony and his fridge met a real prince, a bogus king, and the fridge got christened. They surfed together, entered a bachelor festival, and one of them had sex without the other knowing. And unexpectedly, the fridge itself became a momentary focus for the people of Ireland.

About Author: Tony Hawks, is a British comedian and author, famous for his Quizotic travel accounts undertaking bizarre wagers with friends. Hawks performs stand-up comedy, and is a regular on TV and radio panel games in the UK, including I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Just a Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and Have I Got News for You, although he first came to prominence as one of two resident performers — the other was Jo Brand — on semi-successful BBC monologue show The Brain Drain.

Review: I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t know what to expect from this book when I ordered it. I don’t read a whole lot of nonfiction, but when I was challenged to read it, I accepted it wholeheartedly and I don’t regret it. I’m so glad that British humour/comedy didn’t turn me off. This book is really funny with a terrific story. The touching tale of a man  (English comedian Tony Hawks ) and his fridge, who for a £100 bet, hitch-hikes around Ireland in 1 month with a fridge. This book reveals the good of people and the lengths they will go to help someone without any thought of rewards. The book provides details of the lives of all the people Tony encounters–in bars, hotels, tourists, at the radio station, the king of Tory. Tony writes about all these people in a personal way that allows us to see them not just read them. And in the course, Tony forms associations with all of them. I found the book, the story and the writing to be daring, bold, thought-provoking and very funny. Some readers will definitely choose to see it as only an enjoyable comedic read but for me it is really a lot more. It’s about a witty man who boards on something admittedly silly only to discover something much more meaningful connections with people, the randomness of life, challenges, obstacles, support, friendship, fun, frustration, self-knowledge and insight. And the country of Ireland and the Irish as never seen and experienced before.

And we remained


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Blurb: And we remained was a story which needed to be told. The story though, wasnt a short one. How it had to be narrated had to be very different as well. And we remained is a 51,000 word novel, with an absorbing storyline and a unique narration style. In the 1990s, India is going through tremendous socio-economic changes. Set in this era, it is a coming of age story of five engineering friends – Sahir, Sandeep, Gopal, Anand and David-and the women in their lives, especially the beautiful Wardha. Their intertwined story is told by these friends through first person accounts of events in their engineering college contrasted in alternate chapters with their lives a few years later when they keep in touch, narrate events in their lives and share their experiences in India and abroad through emails. And we remained takes you on their entertaining journey through college, love, heartbreak, prison, politics, drunken binges, strip clubs, US and Europe as they hang on to sanity and their identities in a fast changing society and a nation in flu

About author: Asad Ali Junaid is a design professional in Bangalore working in the area of Human-Machine Interaction. Junaid’s book – And We Remained – started as a story which needed to be told… and one which needed to be told differently. While he was struggling to get the narration style and structure right, he joined a three week in residence ‘Just Write’ fiction writing workshop where he got a chance to learn the nuances of and hone his story telling skills from authors Anil Menon, Anjum Hasan and Rimi Chatterjee. Junaid writes whenever there is a compelling story inside him bursting to get out. Junaid has written several short stories and is currently editing his second book – which like his first one – has an absorbing story and is very different in narration style. Junaid has been a resident of Bangalore most of his life except for brief stints in the US for higher education and work. He has seen Bangalore’s transformation from the sleepy town that it was, to an IT hub of today. Junaid’s wife is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Their toddler completes their home while keeping them on their toes.

Review: Sahir, Sandeep, Wardha, Gopal, David, Anand, Engineering, Sex, US, Philosophy, Ragging, Porn, Loafers, Electrical, Mechanical and Placements – caught my attention the moment the book was in my hand. The black and white of the cover and blurb on the front side was something which I had not come across yet. The author impressed me with the cover itself. I finished the book in 2days. I appreciate the author for not just writing this book but for even designing the cover and also publishing it.  Narrating the story through emails is something which caught my fancy since I first read love virtually. In the current story the past was narrated from everyone’s point of view and the present through emails. I liked that friendship was described in a fun way. Effortless and simple humour was another big good feature of this story. The email conversations between Sahir, Sandeep, Gopal, Anand and David about Facebook to  Bollywood in UK to India where sex is taboo, strip clubs of USA, fall of Twin Towers, Indian education system is something which generation of not just 1990’s but that of even today would like to be a part of. There is love, heartbreak, prison, politics, drinking and college life. ‘And We Remained’, for me remained as an enjoyable read about college friendship, which I am sure not just me but all of us can connect with. Through this book I could revive my own first day at college, fresher’s party, annual day, elections, college canteen, bunking classes, love affairs, heartbreaks, crushes, movies. I highly recommend this book to all.

#WhatTheBlack – Experience the Beautiful Black


I read a tweet from Blogadda about a contest ‘Black is Beautiful’, where we had to blog about 5 black things that we desire and why and not just that we were given an opportunity to sign up for #WhatTheBlack to expect the unexpected experience and prepare to be surprised!

Every day for 4 days, shortlisted bloggers will receive an item at their doorsteps from the July 30th onwards, talk about it and play with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Make them jealous and guess #WhatTheBlack is coming up next?

The whole idea excited me and I immediately applied and crossed my fingers. Not just one but I wrote 3 blog posts (in all 15 black items) which I really look forward to have.

I had no bound for my happiness, when I received an email from Blogadda stating that I was shortlisted towards #WhatTheBlack to expect the unexpected experience and consequently started my wait to receive the surprise items.

 Day1, 30th July 2014

The first clue was to arrive at my doorway. I started my wait from morning 10am. I checked the doorbell and entrance many times because I didn’t wanted the courier guy to miss my home for any reason.  I logged on twitter and saw the downpour of pictures of the first clue and tweets from bloggers who had received it. As I had told everyone at home about #WhatTheBlack we started discussing our own guesses on what would be the first item. Only when the clock struck 6pm, my doorbell rang and the little black box was in my hand. I opened the box and found a black egg filled with chocolate as clue #1. The first thing which came in my mind, is this an Easter egg? I pealed the seal to find chocolate in it, pure dark black form. Egg also means new life, so was something new being launched in the market?

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 Day2, 31th July 2014

I received the second clue at night 11pm. It was a black newspaper filled with news about stuff turning black and the black egg (clue #1) was the headlines. The newspaper had egg story which made me understand that there is a link between both the clues and I had to crack the mystery. All items possible and not possible came in my mind such as cereals, diet food, nail polish, drinking cocoa, biscuit, lipstick, tea, coffee, oil, cream, anti-aging product, face wash, pencils, mobile phone, laptop, tablet PC. With 2 clues out, I just could not wait for the next day to get the clue #3.

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Day3, 1st August 2014

I broke my head and family member’s heads to guess what could be today’s clue, I waited anxiously for the doorbell to ring and it rang at afternoon 3pm. The clue was a black paper cup and a black tissue. I had known the clue by 1pm as I had checked for the updates on twitter. Tissue papers are used a lot by dentists; this idea struck me with some dental related product. May be a tooth paste, but in black! I was sort of sure that the final product is black toothpaste or something related with teeth. I logged on twitter in the night and found #WhatTheBlack is and to my amazing surprise, I was so close and almost right. #WhatTheBlack is the Colgate Slim Soft Charcoal Toothbrush.

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 Day4, 2st August 2014

The doorbell rang at 9am to my astonishment. My black box arrived very early and I knew it had the new Colgate Slim Soft Charcoal Toothbrush. With the toothbrush in my hand, I put all the clues in an order (according to the days I received them) and I understood the marketing plan of Colgate. Awesome!!

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A black chocolate egg (Clue #1) causes decay in the teeth. A black newspaper (Clue #2) speaks about the importance of treating tooth decay. A black paper cup and tissue (Clue #3) are found in dental hospital; both are required during the treatment. The final product had to be a toothbrush with some special quality which would prevent decay and also be ground-breaking in oral care. With lime, salt already in oral care world, now charcoal enters.

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I have a very long association with dentist(s), since I was 14. I had got my teeth corrected, unwanted teeth removed, decay treated and teeth scaled. I follow strict guidelines for good oral care of my teeth and mouth because I feel to have clean teeth and gums that aren’t irritated or inflamed are probably one of the best things you can do for your face.

I am now using the new BLACK, the Colgate Slim Soft Charcoal Toothbrush. I found the narrow handle of the slim soft very easy to hold and its flexibility around my mouth. The bristles on the slim soft feel much softer and gentler on my gums than my old brush. And as someone who likes to try new things or be different in some ways, this Charcoal option really appealed to me (after brushing you won’t end up with black teeth).

This blog post is a part of #WhatTheBlack, an activity by BlogAdda

The Deliberate Sinner


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About Author:  Dr. Bhaavna Arora is a new-generation Indian writer and an avid learner of life’s lessons. An inquisitive student with multiple educational degrees, she comes from an Army background and has visited many countries for education or just for tourism.

Blurb: Is there any way of testing the success of a relationship? Is it right to continue to be in an unhealthy relationship with no conjugal happiness, or should one look for another path? In this erotica novel, Rihana is an adventurous girl with a free spirit. Until she marries Veer, that is. An eligible bachelor with a wealthy family background, Veer is sensitive to her physical and emotional needs. They might appear happily married, but their strong personalities are in conflict. This strains their relationship and leaves Rihana feeling incomplete. Caught in the midst of whether to walk out of the wedding and bear the brunt of society’s ridicule, or to compromise on her physical needs, Rihana begins to struggle. She believes that her needs are the foundation for a healthy marital bond, and she must decide what she must do. Can Veer and Rihana work out their differences, or will she be forced to do something desperate and scandalous?

Review: “Is there an acid test to gauge the success of a relationship? Is it right to carry on in an unhealthy relationship with no conjugal bliss, or look for an alternate path?” Questions the book asks us. I got my review copy with author’s autograph stating “Hate the sin, not the sinner”. I did not like what I read but this made me read the book. Story has 3 main protagonists. Rihana, her husband Veer and her best friend Raj. Rihana is the spoilt and pampered daughter of a rich man. On her trip to Thailand she meets Veer on the plane and befriends him. His parents meet hers and soon they are engaged. But Rihana is not sure of this and ends up sleeping with her best friend Raj, which makes her realizes that she is in love with Raj and not Veer and decides to elope with him. But her friend dearest develops cold feet and leaves her in the lurch and she marries Veer. Very bold topic for a debut author. We definitely do not have an acid test for happy marital bond and sex is no doubt an essential part of a marriage, but how do we measure? The Deliberate Sinner cover demands. The book tries to cover a whole lot of emotions and questions at one go. Being a small book and I finished it in in a day’s time.

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate


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Blurb: Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones.With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any larger. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century. Debut author Jacqueline Kelly deftly brings Callie and her family to life, capturing a year of growing up with unique sensitivity and a wry wit.

About the author: Jacqueline Kelly was born in New Zealand and moved with her parents to western Canada at an early age. She grew up in the dense rain forests of Vancouver Island, so you can imagine her shock some years later when her family moved to the desert of El Paso, Texas. She attended university in El Paso and medical school in Galveston (lovingly known as “Galvatraz” among the inmates). She practiced medicine for many years and then attended the University of Texas School of Law. She practiced law for several more years before realizing that what would really make her happy is to write fiction. Her first published short story appeared in 2001 in the Mississippi Review (one of her proudest accomplishments). Her debut novel, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, was released by Henry Holt on May 12, 2009.

Review:  Reading this book as an adult, did not become any life-changing book for me, may be if I had read it as a youngster it would have been different. This book is not a high-adventure story. It is historical fiction, and focuses primarily on Calpurnia and her relationships with her family. There are many amusing, anecdotal situations sprinkled throughout, but the most memorable situations are the teaching moments between Calpurnia and her grandfather. It is a very touching, tender, coming-of-age story that embodies the genteelness of a by-gone era. I read Jacqueline Kelly for the first time and Iam super impressed by her writing. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a portrait of a girl growing up in Texas and the challenges she faces with her her to be a housewife-in-training. Each chapter is a bit of a different time of year, from spring time and the summer fair to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and finally the new year. While other girls are learning how to sew, cook, mend, and excel in other domestic arts, Callie would rather read Dickens and spend time with her hobby scientist grandfather. There are lovely relationships in the book, Calpurnia with her brothers, with her best friend. There’s also a comical chapter on her elder brother’s interest in a young lady, an interest that Calpurnia is highly jealous of. The discussion of the law that says one must kiss one’s husband or wife, Cally and her friend discuss that it must be nice or people wouldn’t do it, but neither of them like the sound of it. There’s not a great deal of character development, and generally I found the story quaint and interesting, but a little lacking in heart. It is recommended for young, avid readers who love learning new things.

Bad Romance


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About The Author:  Harshita Srivastava, is the author of ‘One In A Million’ that got published by Mahaveer Publishers in April 2013 in her final year of Mechanical Engineering at G.L. Bajaj Institute of Technology and Management, Noida.  She is an avid reader and a prolific blogger. She was the editor and contributor of a romantic anthology, ‘Moonlit Matinee’. She loves reading classics and is a diehard Mills and Boons fan. She owns two blogs by the name, ‘Dreams V/s Reality’ and ‘Relationship Vows’. She believes that writing provides solace to her soul and that is why ditched her engineering skills for the mighty pen. She writes for a number of online platforms on a regular basis and loves interacting with people. Apart from writing, she loves travelling, reading, listening to music and spending time with friends and family. She loves to see happiness around her so she’ll always be found motivating people or making them smile. At present, she resides in Gurgaon and works as a Content Writer with a leading e-commerce group. She can be reached at: hsrivastava0205@gmail.com, Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/hsrivastava0205 and Twitter handle- @hsrivastava0205.

Blurb: Life is a bitch and I’m one of its victims. I had the perfect life. I was blessed with the perfect boyfriend, a perfect best friend, the perfect set of girlfriends and perfect choice of career. There were some loopholes but then they went beyond my perspective. Overall, I had the kind of life people would ideally like to have but happy times aren’t meant to last forever. Sometimes we feel that we have figured life but that’s something that is never going to happen. You know why? It’s because it has this habit of kicking us right in the middle of ecstasy. No wonder, it did the same with me. This is my story, my story of that exploration within, my feelings, my emotions, my thought process, my priorities, my conflicts and my journey into the temptation of love, lust, lies and betrayals. This is the story of Kritika and a man who gave her life another dimension, Tanishq. This is a story of the complexities of relationships and the trap that a simple idea of sensuality, pleasure and euphoria can put you into. This is a story for everyone who has loved, lost and fought for survival and love, together.

Review: The book is a story of a girl Kritika who falls in love to realize that Vikrant is not perfect for her and when she finds her perfect partner in Tanishq, life tricked her to her own miseries. Kritika and Tanishq fall in true love but Kritika finds it difficult to free herself from Vikrant. I would advise one to read this book to know further of their love story as I would not give spoilers. I liked the narration, something new and good. The author has written the feelings of every character with finesse. I could spot a few editing errors which should have been checked thoroughly. The tagline “Love, Lies and Betrayal” aptly sums up the theme of the story well. I managed to read it and finish in a couple of hours; it is a one day read. I liked reading the depiction of the hostel life of girls. Kritika and her friends’ hostel life experience added up to the splendour of the story.

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Oh you Blackie


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The list of 5 things I would love to have it in Black:-

1. Black watch – The matter of wearing and enjoying fine timepieces is a passion that these days must be justified. Sometimes be taken seriously you need to be noticed with a nice watch. For me Marc in black does that trick.

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2. Black shorts – One look in my wardrobe and I realised I don’t have shorts in black. It’s easier than you think to dress up in shorts with the right accessories.

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3. Black mehndi – Black mehndi is the preferred choice of many for festivals, occasions and weddings or even for casual wear since it imparts a look different from the usual mehndi and with the coming festive season, I am eager to get my hands adorned in black.

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4. Black German forest cake – German black forest cake makes knees go weak. I have never made it but I would love to make it and treat my family with this cake. Taste of dark chocolate layers and the electric red of maraschino cherries are simply yummy.

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5. Black cinemini ipad – With an outdoor living room, and someone like me who loves watching movies outdoors at night but feels a TV outside is risky, this Cinemin black iPad, micro projector is just perfect.

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Addicted to Black


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As being one of the ‘black’ colour loving person, I would say that it is a slimming shade, which can be used with just about any style of clothing. I don’t have to choose between different colours, when I want to dress to go out it keeps my laundry sorting to a minimum. I have been lover of black for years!

And here goes my BLACK list:

1. Black Mobile- As much as I like brightly coloured cases of the iPhone, the handset color I would love is black. After dropping serious money on a smartphone we’d prefer not to end up with something that looks like it came from a toy shop.

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2. Black Hat – Big floppy hats are my new love. Hats are just not summer essential but fashion statement too. Floppy hats look great in photographs also in real life with that correct size of brim to hold it.

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3. Black Blazer- Although the blazer will never be out of fashion, I wonder, has it lost a bit of area to other outwears pieces. The infinite styles a blazer has: fitted, classic, oversized, boyfriend style, and the fact that it goes with absolutely anything while giving it a slight preppy or classy vibe is the best.

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4. Black Jeans – Every girl needs a pair of black jeans.  There’s nothing worse than a wardrobe malfunction when you’re looking hot and you don’t wear jeans. The beauty of styling an all black look is mixing the different shades of black, which changes depending on the texture of the material. The stretch black jeans are now wardrobe essential as they take your look from day to night in a blink.

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5. Black Saree- I never owned a saree, let it be in any colour but given a probability now I desire a black designer saree. To become the center of attraction with an elite black saree with resham embroidery- stone and patch patta work combining with a black Jacquard Net blouse.  Black just brings out the best features in you.

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