Sunday, March 17, 2019

AtoZ Challenge 2019 Theme Reveal: MOVIES THAT INSPIRED ME



 I am taking part in the AtoZ Challenge 2019. Every year I try and failed. The word 'fail' is debatable here. My book Lolita was born from an AtoZ post. So without much ado, revealing my post for this year.

MOVIES THAT MADE ME WANT TO WRITE

Who knows,  maybe my muse is waiting in between the pages of my blog. Wishing all the best to all the bloggers out there. ATOZ is the time for perseverance and discipline and this year, I need both of them. Happy Blogging!


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Rubina

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Book Blitz: Rise In Pursuit of Empowerment Introduced by Sabine Matharu



Rise 
In Pursuit of Empowerment
Introduced by Sabine Matharu



Name of the book:  Rise- In Pursuit of Empowerment
Introduced by: Sabine Matharu
Featuring 25 Women Authors
Genre: Self Help
Release Date: 4th March 2018

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Written for and by inspirational entrepreneurial women whose hidden creativity and business acumen is eager to come out despite facing an array of traumatic experiences, mindset and domestic battles, RISE - In Pursuit of Empowerment, published by Reach for Greatness Ltd., is a beacon of hope for all women. Through the incredible stories of 25 women, you will learn that while obstacles are a given, you also have what it takes to rise above challenges, create a space and niche for yourself and turn impossible experiences into incredible opportunities that are profitable and fulfilling at the same time. RISE - In Pursuit of Empowerment, the first in a series of 4 books, will teach you:- How to tap into your intuition and inner strength to overcome stress, grief and trauma - How to take the challenges you have and turn them into opportunities - How to rise above the noise and come out victorious - Why your inner woman is a force to be reckoned with and - How to overcome substantial obstacles to live a more fulfilling and well-balanced life.

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Sabine Matharu is a passionate business start-up and growth strategist, who specializes in helping women find their purpose and monetize their unique skills so that they can build a thriving business.

Her signature program is “The Business Accelerator Mastermind”, that teaches and supports entrepreneurs to implement an easy to follow methodology around how to build a long term profitable business without overwhelm and detours.

She also runs “The Greatness Club”, which complements the work she does in her Mastermind and provides women a platform and springboard for visibility, networking and lead generation. Sabine comes with years of experience as a corporate leadership consultant and has worked with over 1000 people
in senior positions.

She firmly believes that it is possible to reach for the greatness that is within ourselves.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Review of Doppelganger by Ruchira Khanna

The DoppelgängerThe Doppelgänger by Ruchira Khanna

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I have not read many metaphysical books and this concept is very new to me. So I read this book without many expectations. The story of life and after live women into reality is very well written. Ruchira Khanna's books always hold a tinge of philosophy which I rather like. This book too is not a very easy read and it took me some time to get into it but when I did I found myself fantasizing about my own Doppelganger.

At first, I thought it was the way a young boy was dealing with his father's death. You sometimes deal with death by keeping your loved one alive in your mind. But the layers of philosophical thoughts that are hidden in this story really got me thinking. I loved the way Ruchira's pace has been steady in this book.



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Review of Her Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman

Her Prince CharmingHer Prince Charming by Sundari Venkatraman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Yet again Sundari Venkatraman has surprised me with the simplicity in her story. Tanuja can be anyone amongst us. Leading an obscure life, dominated by her stepmom and stepsisters. Yet she is a princess for she falls in love. The story of Cinderella retold again and again - yet every time you hear it, that small girl inside you feels happy. Someone found their happy ending, what's not there to like.? The story has moments where I had a lump in my throat. That good ole feeling of blessing the couple to find their destination. I like the way Ms. Venkatraman makes us have that aha moment through her characters. After reading her series, you feel they have become a part of your life and even though you already know about the happy ending, the path taken by them is the one you yearn to know. Another book by Ms. Venkatraman which will become by to go read whenever I feel the need to know that innocence still exists in the world.



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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Book Spotlight: The Doppelganger by Ruchira Khanna






Print Length: 34 pages
On Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: December 26, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07M65B8D8

Sandra lost her husband, Sam, and was lonely in this not-so-alone world until she met Sam’s look-alike, Fran, from another world. Will Fran be able to provide all the happiness Sandra has been yearning since Sam’s physical body left?

The Doppelgänger is a metaphysical short story that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as the astral and physical bodies clash. 

  

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She blogs at Abracabadra which has been featured as ""Top Blog"" for three years. Many of her write-ups have been published on LifeHack, HubPages to name a few."


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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Book Review: The Curse By Randeep Wadehra

Name of the Book: The Curse
Author: Randeep Wadehra
No. of pages: 165 pages. 
The format I read in: Ebook
Publisher: Self Published 
Star Rating: 5 stars. 

When I think of a political thriller, I always envisage something like The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen or Books by Tom Clancy. But then they don't fit into our Desi model. That downright corruption - that rotting of roots that is slowly spreading across our nation and we the people of India are but silent spectators. This is exactly the raw nerve that Randeep Wadehra's book, The Curse, has caught on. 

It's a story of revenge, of extramarital affairs, of imbecile ministers and of the Jwala (flame) that is burning in the heart of every Indian. The first thing that caught my attention about this book is the sheer rawness that makes your blood boil as your peep into the lives of  Daulat,  Chaupat, Kamini. These are the people who stoop to any level to fulfill their greed. Where elections are tempered with and men raising the questions vanish into the thin air. This imaginary society created by Mr. Wadehra is not so imaginary after all. It's a mirror, showcasing the deep-rooted greed of those in power. 

Though I would protest when the question "those who sit on power becomes corrupt" was displayed by Jwala.  But again this topic is so debatable and so personal, that as a reader I can only say that this is my view and you don't have to agree with me. If all of us think like that - when does this corruption end? There is not one place where money is not ruling. Whether in the electoral fields or business decisions or small competitions where the means of winning is secondary. The only thing that matters is if you have money - throw a few in every direction to live a happy and fulfilled life. Our ancestors would do it for God and we called it Dakshina and now that has transcended to our society and we call it corruption. What's the difference? 

The Curse has raised many such questions in our mind.  It has all the ingredients of being called a political thriller. Sex, Violence, Corruption in the world of the Rich and the Famous. A love story - if I can call it that - between the rich and the poor, where the drawn line eventually refused to be erased. But that doesn't stop the rendezvous between Kamini and Yodha. 

The ending surprised me. The massacre hit me hard. Falling in love with Saaya is easy though calling him the perfect man is a tad difficult. But Saaya is a thought process which I hope never comes true. But whether you believe in violence or nonviolence, none of us can argue that a radicle change is needed to covert this dystopian society into a utopian one. 

The only issue I had with this story was understanding Kamini's character. But then Kamini can represent anyone in society. But somewhere at the back of my mind, I continued to ask, why the heck is she like this. Only for greed? There has to be a deeper meaning to all this massacre. I think that made this book more hard-hitting. As an Indian, I felt more betrayed. Is this all that it takes to fire a few bullets, injure a few souls? Just this much? 

The biggest USP of this book is the sheer brilliance of writing by the author, Randeep Wadehra. Flawless editing by Dola Basu Singh. The dialogues are all hard-hitting and after some time I found myself chanting "Through peace, it's justice we seek! The hunter will meet the fate of the hunted and the mighty will serve the meek!

Interesting names, brilliant characterizations all culminate to make this book a fantastic read for those who love a political thriller where the author is not shy of writing very well articulated sex scenes to inhuman massacres.





Book Spotlight: The Time is Now by D. R Downer



The Time is Now 

by 

Deep Downer



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What possibly could an Ex-Major, an Ex-College Professor, a bookstore manager, and a college student have in common? Has fate brought them all together to rekindle some old flames or to start an entirely new one?

The Time Is Now is a short, sweet, unusual, un-cliched, and a mature love story. With just four main characters and one locale, the story is like a leisurely walk around the park on a pleasant summer evening that relaxes you and recharges you at the same time. It is sure to leave you with a mirthful feeling in the end and possibly moist eyes too.

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He started his professional journey as an Executive in the sales department of a UK based organization, selling timeshare. Since then he changed over and handled many different roles and responsibilities in the Marketing, Sales & Customer Service departments across industries. He finally shifted over to Advertising and spent a good 11 years in the same. It was during the later years of his career that he started to feel suffocated, doing the same sh**, day in and day out. he started to feel as if he was meant to do something more in life, and it was this feeling that forced him to call it quits and resign from his then position of Vice President of a multinational Advertising firm. 

He finally had his calling in writing.  He took out his laptop and simply started to punch the keys on a blank word processor page. Since then, his laptop has been his closest friend, the one he spends most of his time with. In fact, sometimes he wonders if his wife can sue him for cheating on her...with his laptop. No seriously, can she?

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Book Spotlight on The Curse by Randeep Wadehra





The Curse
by 
Randeep Wadehra



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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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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Book Blitz: Love and Curses by Sunita Saldhana



Love & Curses 

by 

Sunita Saldhana



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When Amber meets Shardul, her heart starts doing somersaults and it seems as if her body has forgotten how to breathe. She has never been so strongly attracted to anyone before. But beneath the physical attraction, there is something else that she struggles with. Why does he seem so familiar when she is sure she has never met him before? And why has she suddenly started waking up each morning with tears running down her cheeks, haunted by the same dream every night?

Shardul has been waiting for Amber forever. But fate conspired to keep them apart. He could not forget what she could not remember. Now that he had finally found her, would she open her heart to love or would he lose her forever?

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Sunita Saldhana is a blogger, a poet, an author and a life coach.

She has been writing since the age of 13. She is now a “retired mom” with both her kids having flown from the nest and is now concentrating on her writing. She is happiest when she is writing with her dog curled up at her feet.

She loves reading romance and fantasy and binge watches Crime series like Criminal Minds and Elementary.

She blogs about things she cares for and things that drive her mad. She loves to review books by other authors and share good books with the world.

She has worked as a corporate trainer. She believes that every human being has seeds of greatness within them and she loves to help people find that tipping point in their lives as they discover themselves. This is why she started The Know & Grow Learning Centre where she conducts various courses for kids and adults on communication and life skills.

 She is happiest when she is writing fiction with her dog curled up at her feet.

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