Monday, 1 April 2019

SELF ACCEPTANCE


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Why is self-acceptance so difficult?

Maybe because we are obsessed with perfection.
And perfection is a myth.
We are chasing a myth instead of embracing a reality
We are running behind fake instead of cherishing the real.

I want to share a beautiful scene from the movie “Humari Adhuri Kahani” with you all.  





Wasn’t the scene perfect? Because it talked about beauty in imperfection.

Let’s fall in love with our flaws. Let’s fall in love with the real us. Let’s accept the flaws in people we love because their imperfections only make them real.

Let's not put conditions to feel happy. 

Let’s accept the REAL us Like Neerja, the lead character of my short story – 20 Year School Reunion. She struggled for 20 long years before accepting herself. Let us cut down that time frame in our own life and accept ourselves today for what we are.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Book Spotlight : We Women Wonder by Inderpreet Uppal



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WE WOMEN WONDER: Dreams, Desires, Struggles & Triumphs



by 

Inderpreet Uppal



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"When a woman becomes her own best friend, life is easier." 
– Diane Von Furstenberg. 
Thoughts, quotes and determination can make a woman stronger, a survivor but she is a winner regardless. 
This book is the story of every woman, you might find your reflection too. 
A journey into what keeps us women ticking. 
What annoys the hell out of us? 
What are we women really about? 
How does the world see us? 
Is the world changing for us or are we just dreaming? 
What is our success and what it means to a woman? 
We Women Wonder, I often do, don’t you?

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" Inderpreet writes for her love of writing, edits manuscripts and reads endlessly. 

A sprinkling of fiction, a dash of books, and a bit of opinion add to the eclectic mix that is Eloquent Articulation, her blog.

Books, editing, writing, and blogging keep her busy whenever she gets a breather from mothering her ‘too tricky to handle son’. 

An Army brat, she now joins her adorable Army hubby across the country. "


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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Book Blitz: Her Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman


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Print Length: 141 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: February 9, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Coming soon: PAPERBACK 
Genre: Romance

It’s instantaneous attraction when Tanuja Bhatia from Delhi meets Raj Malhotra from Bombay at the Bombay Central Station.

The mutual attraction soon blossoms into love over the next couple of meetings. 

Tanuja and her simple father fail to see the crisis brewing in their own home. Her not-so-nice stepmother Gurinder is totally against the idea of Tanuja meeting her Prince Charming which would make her step-sister Harpreet seriously envious. By the way, Harpreet’s main aim in life is to simply make her half-sister miserable. 

While Raj’s parents and Tanuja’s father try to arrange a marriage between the two with a help of a mutual friend, the evil stepmother comes up with a plan of her own—to marry her stepdaughter off to Sonu, a good-for-nothing idiot. 

Can Her Prince Charming lift Tanuja out of this life of drudgery and boredom and give her the happiness she deserves?

*A prequel to The Malhotra Bride, this book is also to be launched in paperback soon
  

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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 42 titles (38 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Book Spotlight: Ballad of a Belle by Rahul Tushar


Ballad of a Belle
by
 Rahul Tushar

Blurb: 

Smitten completely, love was all that Aarti desired as she stepped out of Panditpora, Sopore, a small town in Kashmir, with dreams of a glorious tomorrow in her eyes. She was ready to merge with varied colors that life had painted for her, surreal most of the time. With sprinkles of love and care from Priya, her leading light, the game changing journeys across various cities of the world strengthened her resolve to fight back every time fate besmirched her. Although, Priya helped Aarti wriggle out of decaying associations that had become possessive, self-centered and oppressive, could she teach Aarti all about life in a world full of envy, jealousy, greed and treachery?

Excerpt:

I was pleasantly surprised by his gesture since he didn’t know Koshur and I was not sure if he was such a great lover of music that he would go to a concert just for the love of music whether he understood the lyrics or not. For me though, it was a journey down nostalgic memory lane. I had heard Vijay Singh Malla a couple of times in Srinagar and all those famous songs brought back the memories of my college days. After the concert we went to Terrace Pergola overlooking the Lodhi Gardens for dinner. I was still humming, ’Kaayes pershen pannus janaaos sath laye…’ 

“The one you are singing is very melodious Aarti, what do the lyrics mean?”

“It philosophically says there is no need to be so distressed since you know you have to leave this world alone one day,” I explained.

“Yes sure one such day will come, but what about the remaining days of your life, why should those be led alone?”

“I didn’t get you!” I wanted to know if he was hinting at something.

Amazon Link: 

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About the Author:

Born to a family of broadcasters, Rahul secretly desired growing up in the corridors of National School of Drama at Mandi House. However, with ‘chakras’ in his feet and Mars his ruling planet, destiny had already charted a different course of life for him. Travelling across the entire length and breadth of the country, he was destined to fall in love with the concept of India. His wanderings turned him into a die-hard patriot and a moderate nationalist. He scribbled whatever touched his heart, till one day when he decided he must ‘write’. Since then, he has been in overdrive. Besides ‘Ballad of a Belle’, his debut novel, Rahul is simultaneously working on his second work of fiction, ‘The Sinful Oracle’
Life in this maddening city drives him to the wilderness of the mountains every now and then. Till the time he adopts some hill top as his abode, he continues to reside in Delhi with his wife.   

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Spotlight: The Curse By Randeep Wadehra




The Curse
by 
Randeep Wadehra



Blurb

Through peace, it’s justice we seek!

The hunter will meet the fate of the hunted

And the mighty will serve the meek!

Twenty years ago, a corrupt President, a greedy industrialist, and a sycophant policeman uprooted the tribal people from their own land and burned their houses. Twenty years later, the Republic of Bodh is in danger from a similar evil troika.

The curse uttered by a frail tribal woman during the carnage twenty years ago has inspired Jwaala, the only female leader in the Senate, to reform the Republic of Bodh.

But the same curse has turned Saaya, once an innocent victim of the massacre, into a relentless killing machine with a mission to prey on the predators.

Even when the Republic spirals into a storm of scandals, the greedy and corrupt President Chaupat is torn between his lust for a dancer and his unrequited passion for his wife Kaamini.
Will Saaya succeed in his mission or will Chaupat thwart his efforts?

Will Jwaala, orphaned in a violent attack, be able to turn the curse for the greedy into a blessing for the poor? Will she succeed to save the Republic from another ensuing bloodshed?

The Curse is a gritty political thriller about people who have lost much to greed but want to transform their nation.


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"I am an independent content editor, columnist, radio script-writer and blogger. I was a columnist for The Tribune for about fifteen years; my columns – Punjabi Antenna, Write View, Short Takes and Channel Surfer – were quite popular. My articles also appeared in the Chandigarh editions of The Times of India, The Indian Express, the Haryana Review, and the SouthAsiaPost.com. My analytical articles on current affairs as well as various important social and national issues have featured in the op-ed columns of The Financial World, the Tehelka, and The Daily Post etc.

I did freelance scriptwriting for All India Radio, Chandigarh as well as its World Service. For instance, I have done a five-part series on Chandigarh for the All India Radio, which was broadcast on primetime. Scripts on Microfinance and India’s growth prospects were broadcast by the AIR World Service.

I write both fiction and non-fiction. I am a published author. A collection of my short stories Walls & Other Stories was published in 2004, and the other Rendezvous in Cyberia in 2017. Canada’s All Hallows magazine and the USA’s Espresso.com, fictionmagazines.com and IndianReview.in etc – the literary websites that pays its contributors — have published a couple of my short stories. In addition, I am translating a Hindi classic into English. 

Some of my poems have been included in the anthology, The Silken Web, published by the Bangalore based publisher, Unisun, in 2007. The Beehive Press, London, included one of my poems in an anthology titled Earthly and Divine Love. My poems have also appeared in Femina, the Asian Age, Deccan Herald, the Chandigarh edition of The Times of India, and The Tribune. In May 2011, my poetry collection, Singing through the nightmare, was published by Ukay Publishing Co., and has been well received by critics and poetry lovers alike. My latest anthologies – My Beautiful World (Illustrated poems for children) and Rhythms of Love are available on Kindle, Amazon.Com and Pothi.Com.

One of the books edited by me, Evolution of Education in India: a historical perspective by Lacchman Dass Bhimbhat, was published in the first week of July 2011. Another book, an autobiography edited by me, Law, Lawyers & Lawmakers by Harbhagwan Singh was published in 2014. Both these books are available on Kindle and Amazon.com outlets.
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Friday, 11 January 2019

My Small, Thin Indian Wedding - A Novel by Sudesna Ghosh




I once read a quote somewhere – Spend more on your daughter’s education rather than her wedding. I loved the quote and it had stayed with me. In an era where the destination weddings are the talk of the town, Sudesna Ghosh has daringly come out with her thought-provoking book – My Small, Thin Indian Wedding. Sharing the details of the book.

Title: My Small, Thin Indian Wedding

Release date: November 2018

No. of pages: 139

Format: Kindle book

Genre: Family drama/humour

In brief: Reema is past 'marriageable age' but she is in love and finally ready to settle down with the sweetest man ever. Unfortunately, getting married involves a big Indian wedding that will make her parents, best friend and everyone else happy. But Reema wants a simple, quiet wedding day. Will she get what she wants?

Snippet: 

“Your father’s father asked for my hand in marriage,” my mom sobbed.

I reminded her that it had been an arranged marriage. She said she didn’t like this new wave of feminism where women were doing weird things.

“Well, you’ve always known that I like to be weird,” I pointed out.

My father was calm now. He asked me about Nishant’s parents. I told him that they lived in London and about how close Nishant was to them. Then I mentioned that his mother was a white British lady, while his dad was a Punjabi. This got them all perked up.

“Show us his picture now,” they demanded together. I almost said yes until I remembered that the only photo I had of him on my phone was of him in nothing but his boxers. Instead, I swore that they would meet him soon.

By the time I went back to my room, the parents were excited. Too excited in my opinion because we hadn’t discussed the tiny wedding yet. When I wished them goodnight, my mother’s cheeks were pink as she texted her sisters the big news. I asked her to not take on any stress for this.

“Are you kidding? This is what psychologists call good stress,” she insisted. My mother was a psychology graduate.

“Goodnight, crazy mother,” I said, closing the door behind me.

She shouted through it again.

“Reema, we should have bhangra dancers at the wedding!”

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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Spotlight: Bound By Forever by MV Kasi


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Bound By Forever by MV Kasi 



Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3175 KB
Print Length: 47 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Language: English
ASIN: B07KDZ9X3G

Current Ranking on Amazon.in

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Historical
#5 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Plays
#5 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Plays

Brutal, powerful and demanding are the words used to describe him. He is a man who is used to throwing orders and having people follow them without questions.

Beautiful, bold and feisty are the ones used to describe her. She is a woman who is used to bending rules and conventions.

They haven't met before, but they have always known there are to marry each other because of an age-old tradition.

Sparks fly when they finally meet. But will they HATE each other? Or fall in LOVE?

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A very reclusive author who is always on the bestselling list. Her stories hold passion of a woman and the raw nature of romance. But always (ok mostly) with a twist :) - Rubina Ramesh. 

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