❤️ When Love came calling ~ Preeti Shenoy

On a scale of 10 ,tell me how daring are you?

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I have always enjoyed reading Preeti Shenoy’s books. I particularly like the way she writes about the beauty of Kerala in her books. And the simplicity always comforts me. 

I loved the concept of art in this story and the summer vacation that gives purpose to our lives. Wish our education system makes it mandatory just like the foreign countries. There is a lot of information to grasp in this story. But my most favourite part is Puja’s adventure. Wish I am as courageous as her. And not to forget Arush, who is a perfect boyfriend material, although for the minute mistakes he has done, their fates change for good. That sweet texts lovers send is what made it more exciting for me. Although few might not be interested in such things, I liked it because of the characters. I admire the intensity of love expressed in this story.

This is not so short but a sweet story which gives us good time while reading. Grab this if you love Preeti Shenoy’s books. Also, my favourite book of hers is “A Hundred little flames”.

Recommended!!

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Vitamin H. Vol 1 ~ Abhishek Vipul Thakkar

Where do you seek your motivation?

For me, it’s mostly books. I would be more touched by reading. It’s one of those days when chaos hit me hard and I have lost all my good interest in the things I do. That’s when I remembered this book. The quotes pulled me back from going deep into the voids and I am gaining my velocity day by day. Sharing with you some of the quotes that I loved.

Do check this book if you ever feel lost or looking for motivating words to regain your spirits. I have already read the third part first and here I am sharing with you the first part. Soon I’ll come up with second part too.

Till then, Happy reading!!✨✨

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Gently falls the bakula ~ Sudha Murthy

Story of a woman who chose love over career and a husband who ignores minute things that make huge differences. What wins in the end ? Success or love ? Self-respect or ambition?

In Gently falls the bakula, Sudha Murthy gives a vivid view of how love blinds people in the name of duty. She not only weaves the story with characters but also with history,nature and morals. I love this part in her books. 

For me, this is a refreshing read and I always love reading her stories no matter how late it was. Forever an ardent fan of her works and her personality. 

Recommended!!

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💸Dollar Bahu ~ Sudha Murthy

#qotd – Who is your go-to author anytime?

Reading Sudha Murthy’s books pulls me back to my sane self. Just reading few more books of her will put me on track. Even after being so idle in the past few months and barely reading any books, the moment I saw Sudha Murthy’s book and started reading, I felt a kind of warmth eneveloping me and alleviating the fumes of worry in me. Her books does this charm upon me. Do let me know the author who makes you feel home.

Dollar bahu is the story of a mother-in-law who is  blind-folded by money in her pursuit of a lavish life. But what changes her in the end and how she transforms keeps us hooked. The way author narrates the tales enriching ethics are so commendable. In this story she gives a glimpse of lives of people in India and US without belittling any country. This will be an eye opener to many who think that life in US or any foreign country is luxurious and happy. The things money does to people is vividly presented here. I feel that money complicates everything. But no! We complicate everything with money. Money has always been the same then, now and later too. It’s we who change depending upon the height and width of it. 

The simplicity in Sudha Murthy’s stories always attracts me because of the characters she write. They are like the people we see in our lives and the manner in which she highlights nature in her books makes us see what we are missing in environment. The smooth twists and valuable morals she ultimately gives from stories are so striking. I’m so thirsty to read more of her books. Will soon come up with another one!!

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🖋️ How To Write a Book in 8 days ~ Priya kumar

✒️This is among the few soul catching books that I have read lately. Despite reading books for more than 5 years, I haven’t come across a book that guides writers and authors. And I’m super glad for choosing this. Priya Kumar always tops my favourites for the inspirational and motivational connection she makes with her readers through her stories. And while reading this book I felt the gentle touch of a tutor and mentor in her. I haven’t watched any motivational videos of her, but having read a handful of books by her, I can confidently say that her stories takes us to a serene world.

In this book, she not only shares her ups and downs while becoming an author but also precious knowledge, right from wanting to write a story to finishing one and publishing the story to actually making it a best seller and not to forget the mistakes one would make in this process. Her creative mind would blow us all away.

This is written in such a reader friendly manner that her words motivate us to start writing stories. Despite this, we come to know the kind of person she is, a dedicated author.

I liked the examples she stated while elaborating the process of story writing, publishing and post publication endeavours. Chapter 6,7,10 has grabbed my heart much. The insights shared would definitely cling and haunt us if one is passionate to write stories but hasn’t started penning one. Stories in her journey to becoming an author with many morals is what grabbed my attention in this book.

The last paras of chapter 10 really touched me. Can’t really believe that she has written a book in a day-and-a-half. Kudos to the her!!

Dear wannabe authors,
This is for you!!

“𝐼𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑛𝑜𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑙𝑦 𝑓𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑠ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑓, 𝑖𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑢𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑑𝑖𝑑𝑛’𝑡 𝑤𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑒, 𝑛𝑢𝑑𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑜 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑠.”

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👩‍👦‍👦Amma, Take Me To The Taj Mahal ~ Bhakti Mathur

Hello people!!

It’s been almost 3 months since I have properly devoted time to books. Last month is a bit challenging but I’m surprised at my own decisions. One thing that I have learnt in August is to keep going and not giving up due to apprehensions. This last 3 months of this year turned out to be so crucial with many challenges and to-do list that I have set for myself. And among them is the Goodreads challenge. Hope I’ll finish it😅!!

So, after a month I have come across a book which is quite informative and intriguing. I’m quite excited to share my thoughts about the same.

#qotd – Have you been to Taj Mahal?

I haven’t yet. As a kid I have heard alot of things about this monument, the reason behind it’s construction and many more. And lately I have seen many videos on YouTube with interesting facts upon it. And being a admirer of Taj Mahal, I immediately grabbed this pretty book.

I don’t know what the tourist guide would say about this wonder on earth but this book speaks a lot, right from the beginning of Mughal empire in India till date. Had this not happened, I wonder if there would ever really be Taj Mahal in India.

Besides the actual reasons for it’s construction, the book furnishes handful of insights since 15th century to the end of Mughal empire in India. Written in simple language, this book catches our attention (not only kids, even adults) right from the beginning and leaves us thirsty for more facts.

Mughal empire began with Babur(from 1526) who is the great great grandfather of Shahjahan. And it ended with Bahadur Shah(till 1857). What happened in these 350 years is well presented to readers. Not so deep but ample knowledge can be attained from it. I’m not much into history but I’m more inclined to knowing the reasons behind the world’s wonders and mysteries. Besides the actual facts and details, the likes and interests of Mughal emperors, their lineage and skills are shared along with love story of Shahjahan.

The author’s hardwork is quite evident from what she has presented in this book. The numbers, illustrations and research is commendable. I very much loved the narration. Do gift this book to kids and thank me later when they praise you ☺️.

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♡Nuggets of Life ~ Bina Pillai

Hey guys!!

It’s been more than a month since I have read a book and today I came up with a new book which is a compilation of short stories which are narrated by Bina Pillai. This book similar to a memoir, because most of the stories are the incidents, experiences from the author’s life. Few of her views left me contemplating. And her writing stance is simply beautiful.

I admire how the author shares her pov with her readers, while walking us through her pages of life and teaching us and to see life with a different yet positive perspective with each of her stories.

Being the proud grand daughter of
Sri Changanassery Parameswaran Pillai, she has inherited true values and never backstepped in helping others because she think nothing is impossible. And the way it changed the people’s life is incredible. I am deeply happy for the way, her kind gestures and little help transformed the lives of Velu and one of her cousins. Even though she denies all the praises that were showered on her, I feel that she sprinkles heartfulls of luck on everyone. And if you ever encounter her, trust me, you are lucky.

Her never giving up attitude is what made her incredible till today. She chiselled her way to make the best of what she could achieve, with all her might. If you ever read her books or know her in person, you would definitely say, She celebrated her life despite all the adversities and atrocities she faced. A Compassionate, humble, hard working and talented person she is.

Nuggets of life inspires and motivates us to overcome hurdles, teaches us to focus on positives and celebrate life. If you ever love short parables s that gives a glimpse of true incidents, then don’t miss this one.

♡𝑨𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒕𝒓𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒂 𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒃𝒐𝒘 𝒊𝒏 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒐𝒏𝒆’𝒔 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒖𝒅.

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🗡️ᴀᴛʜᴀʀᴠᴀ – The Origin

#qotd – Do you like graphic novels?

I haven’t read many but after reading this one, I’m longing for more. The narration along with illustrations added much enthusiasm to the curious reader in me.

Having lost her mom at a early age, Nora leaves for India with her dad, with no other option at hand from Scotland. After landing in India, Nora spends lonely time due to her dad’s busy schedule. Annoyed by his negligence, she once goes to his office to meet him. And in her way she stumbles upon a mystical stone which awes her.
What is the mystical stone she found at her dad’s office ?
How does it help Nora?

Atharva takes us back to era when Earth prospered with nature’s astonishing beauty with magnanimous people. But the thirst for more is the same like ever. It is the journey of a invincible warrior who fights to save his land, Saturata, from the life sucking beasts. A war every now and then to have a peaceful life never scared him. But, when he lost his brotherhood in one battle, is what changed his very perspective on life. There begins his adventure to destroy the person, Amara from Adhiri, who is the sole reason that lead to this massacre.
Is he really responsible for this chaos?
What happens when Atharva begins his adventure to Adhiri?
Will his purpose be achieved?

This is not just a story but the trail, a warrior goes through spiritually and physically in his quest. This is totally unanticipated as I have imagined the story in a different way. Many mysteries and many other astounding elements hooked me. And Atharva, being MS. Dhoni excited me to the core with graphics that truly exhilarates the readers. The narration and description with graphics totally glues us. I am awestricken with the graphics. Zemora is my favourite character in the entire story. I wish there is much more space for her in this story.

Do not miss this if you love graphics tales with superheros. Loved this hardcover graphic novel wholly.
Kudos to the entire team!!

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☔𝐂𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐔𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐬 ~ 𝙈𝙧. 𝙑.𝙎 𝘼𝙧𝙪𝙣𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙖𝙢

☔𝐂𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐔𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐬 is the compilation of poems, short stories and passages written by 𝙈𝙧. 𝙑.𝙎 𝘼𝙧𝙪𝙣𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙖𝙢 during the first half of 20th century. His intense emotions and empathy is vividly visible while one reads every page in this book.

And this book is the result of the hardwork put by author’s grand child, 𝐑𝐚𝐯𝐢 𝐈𝐲𝐞𝐫 born 12 years after the demise of the author. Although few are difficult to comprehend, the spirit in the stories and feelings emanated from them would walk us to the bygone era. I’m truly awed by the fervour author showcased in his words. As written in the blurb, not many could understand his writings, but if they did, then one can truly perceive the soul in them. The hardships endured by people after independence, politics that shattered countries and the innocence of people are sensibly penned.

Poems in this book seized my heart. ‘Liberty’, ‘Close your umbrellas’ are my favourite and ‘Hala – Halam’ is my favourite in prose. I feel so honoured to read the works of an author who is elder to me by a century. Thanks to Ravi Iyer for publishing this book. Holding the book in my hands is really a blessing!

Recommended!!

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👨🏻‍🎓ʜɪʟᴀʀɪᴏᴜs ᴍʙᴀ ᴍᴇᴍᴏɪʀs ~ ʜᴀʀɪ ʜᴀʀᴀ sᴜʙʀᴀᴍᴀɴɪᴀɴ

#qotd – One funny memory etched to your heart from your college days________?

Mine was bunking Principal’s class. This happened in the first semester itself. Khudos to my guts coz plan is all mine but was eventually caught by the professor who was about to take up the next class 😂.

In Hilarious MBA Memories, the author shares his bag full of memories since his childhood to the present day. With humour and witty narration the author gives us a good glimpse of his school and college days besides his MBA life. One can relate to his stories for sure coz the struggle is real with similar wavelengths of frustration.

🤥One thing every one kept chanting since our childhood is ‘ Do well in studies, everything is a cakewalk later. And then, get a good job, you’ll find a good partner.” And after finding one, they’ll be after us to increase the population!!

And the author has keenly presented his experiences without any embellishments. From trying to impress his senior to making it to XLRI with many apprehensions and expectations, he makes his mark by tuning himself to the ways of world. His coronation as ‘Lord Hari’ in the college is one tradition that continues till today. And not to forget, his struggles to find a bride are at peaks.

In this 17 chapters in whole and 119 pages, the hilarious events at each stage of Hari’s life make us laugh with his side-splitting counters upon his little chronicles. The titles itself bring out a new story arousing the curiosity in us. To me it’s like reading the remarkable episodes in his dairy. His whimsical sense of humour is what keeps us going. And the author being from Hyderabad added much enthusiasm during my 3 hour read.

Do pick this book if you love reading memoirs with amusing narration!!

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