Book review – The Patriots’ Legacy: Forbidden Treasure

The book ‘The Patriots Legacy: Forbidden Treasure’ is written by first time author Apurva Bhuta.The genre is fantasy fiction and I must admit the book did complete justice to the genre.

It is about these 7 young patriots who come from famous architecture and archaeological background families and who are now given the mission(should they choose to accept 😜) to find the forbidden treasure that was planted in a secret location by the famous kingdoms many many years ago! The only way to find this treasure is by solving the different clues found at different locations. This book travels through various countries infact continents in search of the ultimate treasure one clue at a time. You almost feel like you yourself are closer to the great mystery with each clue.These patriots themselves come from different backgrounds and countries and each have a somewhat unique personality. The research done by the author on each clue and each location (New wonders of the world) is really praiseworthy.

The writing is simple and easy to understand. The last 2-3 chapters personally captivated me the most, as I left very involved in the storyline.The middle portion was a bit too dragging and I feel this book could have been a smaller one (as opposed to 308 pages).Also the book starts off rather abruptly, which confused me in the beginning due to all the 7 different protagonists. But this was a clever trick by the author to intrigue us and the introduction actually comes in the 3rd chapter where things really start to make sense.

Also although I loved some of the characters,I felt there should have been more buildup on the individual characters, their personalities and their family background history.Well this seems like a series so you never know,maybe the future parts could be having more information on each character.

Well I cant wait to read the next part in this series as I really want to know how the story progresses and what their next mission would be!

This book is available on Amazon at below link-

Buy on Amazon-The Patriots Legacy: Forbidden Treasure

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Book review – From An-other Land

The book ‘From An-other Land’ is written by Tanushree Ghosh and was published around Nov 2018.

This book surprised me completely from the different stories in it to the language used in the book. Its a challenging read and one you would love if you are into complex storylines. The collection of stories in this book are literally like a window into immigrant lives- the sacrifices, compromises, adjustments, happiness, depression and all those complex feelings immigrants go through in a foreign land. That feeling of wanting to gel in yet maintain one’s own beliefs and culture is a common point in most of these stories. I liked the storylines especially because all of them are relevant to modern times, whether its associated to BLM movement, LGBT community, illegal citizenship, Asian work life balance, religious tolerance etc etc

Another important aspect are the women characters,who each stood apart, bold and strong.Some women going low due to depression while others fighting their own fears and facing each new day valiantly. You may love some characters and you may grow to hate some others.

Such immigrant stories are very familiar to our own life stories, we get absorbed into each character’s emotions and realise how similar the basic framework of mankind is whether its someone in India or in US.

Coming to the language and writing style,I would call it as difficult and intriguing because sometimes its tedious to understand the parallel time lines,which is why we would need to have our full concentration on the story. I quite enjoyed the style of writing as it was not an easy breezy read…I kept having questions…and enjoyed finding their answers too in the stories. The stories are unique in their own way,each addressing different but very important social issues. These stories are important as these enlighten us on the difficulties immigrants have to go through. We should strive to be better human beings and help one another in times of need or trouble.Unity in diversity! Representation matters!

This book is available on Amazon, so go grab a copy! –

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My favourite quote!

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

I love quotes! I feel that reading certain quotes can instantly motivate and energise especially when one is feeling down or dejected. Although its just a few words thrown together sometimes they have a magical effect, some even transport your mind to different situations and contexts. Such is the power of words.I remember during my school days, there would be a ‘Quote for the day’ daily and it would be written on the black board on top for the entire day.There started my love for quotes.

Coming back to today’s topic,so my favourite quote is one that was given by my favourite fictional professor! Yes our very own Prof.Albus Dumbledore!

Quote- ‘Happiness can found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light’

This is such a thoughtful quote, it asks us to remain positive and optimistic all through our trials and tribulations and to keep on seeking happiness even in despair! We should have the courage to face everything that comes our way and stand strong throughout. Eventually we are bound to win the battle in the pursuit of happyness(oh with a y)!

Do me a favour and post your favourite quotes in the comment section below, lets ‘Dig in’!

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Book reading challenge 2021

I’m participating in the #TBRChallenge by Blogchatter! Check it out!

So lets face it we all plan EVERY YEAR to read atleast a minimum certain number of books but it NEVER happens.

So this year I get ambitious and put it out in writing as well😂😂 However I am realistic and I go with the humble number of 20. So here wishing myself good luck on this journey!

Also I am open to book recommendations,so please go on and recommend away! Also would just like to mention my favourite genres are crime,thriller and noir!Happy reading!

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Book review- It happened in Bengaluru

This book ‘It happened in Bengaluru’ by author Absum is surely a blessing in disguise especially in recent times. We currently live in the era of WFH life.Especially those in IT would agree that work life has become way more hectic and one has almost lost the so called ‘work life balance’.

This book teaches not one but many a lesson especially to today’s stressed modern generation.Stress can come due to many reasons these days- too much work, work culture,fellow team mates,nagging management,long working hours, stringent timelines and what not. This book is a lifesaver to people who are undergoing one or more of the above mentioned pain points. The story follows the life of young and ambitious Aryan who is initially super stressed due to the disappointing work atmosphere around him and daily terminations. He has almost decided to quit it all when he comes across an angel…in this case,CB,who makes Aryan come to his senses. He arranges various mentors to guide Aryan from different walks of life. I was blown away by some of the advices provided by these mentors. Its really not rocket science but simple basic steps…Aryan slowly but surely gets more and more confident and finally reaches a zen like mode where he even inspires our author of this book. This change in Aryan from the start to the end is really his journey through various ups and downs.

Another important aspect is the importance of purpose in one’s life.This story inspires you to dig deep within you and unearth your purpose in this world. A high paying job and starting a family life does not really fulfil our purpose in life.We are often scared to make the difficult decisions of our life. We are often worried about the risks it would involve. This book is like an awakening to us…to refocus and prioritize what we wish to do. Some times we already know what we want to do but we are scared to execute.

The main part of this book is how everything is explained with reference to the beautiful game of chess. Just like in a chessboard,every person in our life has a specific role. And just like the chess pieces, every person has different characteristics.The game of Chess indeed teaches us how to maneuver our life and reach our peaceful final destination. Almost every mentor Aryan meets explain their points with reference to the game of Chess thus demonstrating their lessons in a way that is most understanding to Aryan.

My personal takeaway from this book is all the subtle learnings on how to focus on one issue at a time,how to take difficult decisions ,how to be there for near and dear ones in time of trouble,how to cope with stress. The unique way in which fiction and non fiction has been blended is this book is indeed praise worthy. So go grab a copy if you wish to be enlightened too!

How to get hold of this self help book-

Buy on Amazon – It Happened in Bengaluru


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Gratitude

Today marks the entry to yet another year…we started 2020 on the same lines and since then sooooooo much has happened.phew! It felt like we lived a couple hundred years in 2020 itself…it just seemed to never end!

However lets be thankful for yet being alive amidst the chaotic pandemic.This year taught us how truly ‘Man proposes and God disposes’,it taught us that we live in unbelievably unpredictable times… lets be more aware of our surroundings, nature, one another and ofcourse of ourselves! Lets wish and hope and keep telling ourself ‘All is well’!

A special thank you to my 200 followers,I promise to be more active in this blog. Starting today I am even open to guest posts as well! I will also be starting a segment on some product reviews and recommendations!So keep me company! God bless everyone!

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Oru youth festival katha

You know everytime I watch the movie ‘Poomaram’, I am flooded with my own memories from back in 2005/2006(frankly speaking I dont remember the exact year). Yes almost 15 years back, no kidding.

So I had just moved from Maharashtra to Kerala, yes a complete change of culture, language and ofcourse a land with zero friends. I cried and cried while I left Pune after my 10th,but my mom was adamant that I should complete my remaining education in Kerala. It made no sense to me, so, since I was furious with her, the only condition I put forward is that I would stay in a hostel/boarding and that I would NOT stay with my mother. Yes she agreed and rest is history.

So coming to my 11th std life in Trivandrum, I slowly and steadily made friends in school as well as in the boarding home. Yes it was the typical boarding types you may have read in the Malory Towers series. Long hallway, dormitory, huge study hall, prayer room, mess area, restroom area etc.

Anyway now coming to the Higher secondary school sub district level youth festival in Trivandrum, this would further pave the path for district and state level youth festival in Kerala. So since I had just landed from Pune and since my Hindi speaking skills were good, I was forced by my principal to try a hand at Hindi elocution. I was terrified, not cause it was in Hindi but this was something I had never ever tried before. I mean dance was(is) my jam but hindi elocution?! I finally gave in as you know I could not say no to my principal. So I was trained with an ex student from my school who was a really strong and capable young lady. She was then studying at All Saints college(I think!) Anyway she trained me for days and days . The poem selected was ‘Khooni Hastakshar’, written by GopalPrasad Vyas, it was a tribute to Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. Mind you the poem was in itself quite difficult to memorise plus my trainer was particular that I had the right emotions while reciting. She said it was not mere reciting, she wanted me to actually feel each and every line. And so I did. I memorised it thoroughly, with the right emotions and right gestures. I almost became Netaji myself whilst reciting it. So much so that it was exhausting to recite it completely even just once.

And FINALLY the day arrived. The youth festival location was bustling with activity, young girls and boys, most of them decked up for their performances in various dance events, some just loitering around (bird watching) while some responsible ones arranging and running the whole show. I found the venue for Hindi elocution quickly. So there were about 25 or so registered for the event and I remember I was among the last ones to perform. Initially when it started there was hardly an audience and I felt maybe its because nobody is interested especially in Hindi recital. But by the time I was called on stage, I could see a jam packed audience, I almost freaked out. But then I composed myself and thought to myself that all the days of rigorous practice was for this one day. I didnt care to win but I wanted to give the best performance of my life. And so I started. I don’t know if it was my tone, my dramatic gestures or my emotions, I had the audience hooked from the very first line. Till then the audience had never seemed interested in the event, but when I ended my khooni hastakshar, the entire audience broke into an applause, so did the judges and I knew I had performed reasonably well. I went back to my seat and everybody around me (strangers, teachers n students from other schools all congratulated me) I was pleased because one I had no idea I could ever pull this off and I had just done it and two I respected my principal and my trainer too much and wanted to genuinely make them proud.

And so there was another performance or two and the program ended, curtains were down and I saw the judges discussing the results. And Lo, a man walks in from behind and talks hurriedly to the judges. They all discuss something for a while and again the curtain opens and there appears another contestant. He has all this makeup on, I realised he had just come from another dance performance. His chest number for Hindi elocution was way before mine but they allowed him to participate. I obviously wasnt bothered but then people around me started mumbling. And then he started his poem. Yes, it was again, Khooni Hastakshar. I was dumbstruck, quite disappointed that he had chosen my exact poem. But tats not the point. He recited it in one stretch with no emotions, no tone change and even some wrong words. It actually looked weird cause here he was saying a very serious poem asking for fighters to join in the war for independence and his face was dressed up like a kathakali artist. If we have to compare our performances, the only similarity would have been the actual poem but our ways of presenting it was truly poles apart. So he ended, the crowd hardly gave any reaction but I clapped because although I hated his performance I knew how difficult the poem was to memorise and I also admired him for reciting it despite the whole makeup avatar.

The results come in and I was awarded second. I was shell shocked, no not because I was second but because the kathakali guy won the first prize. I was furious, because I was willing to lose to just about anyone but him. Because he didn’t deserve it, he had ruined the poem and Netaji would definitely never have accepted the tribute had he heard his recital. Those around me were shocked too and urged me to file an appeal. Now an appeal is like a third umpire call in these youth fests and believe me, its quite a process. Everybody in that audience asked me to file an appeal. It was then I heard some flying news(udti khabar). Our boy was actually a favourable one for some overall trophy for max participation (equivalent to Kala pratibha types) and he could win that only with those crucial 10 or so points from Hindi elocution. Yes it was all fixed and he would have won the Hindi elocution any which way.

So I was advised against an appeal by some wellwishers who told me that this was anyway a fixed affair and there wouldn’t be any point. So yes I let it go. (Let it go, let it go…) I even went on to see him win the overall trophy. Mind you his dance performances were really good. He went on to participate in district and state level I think but I am not sure if he won there.

So after I watched ‘Poomaram’ movie, I suddenly tried to search this guy on fb after almost 15 years. But I was not able to track him perhaps because I don’t remember his name and I am not even sure of the year. I think I heard many years back that he is a doctor now residing outside India.

Well it’s not like I have any bad feelings from this whole episode, but it’s just that this movie refreshed all my dormant memories. Youth festivals are truly a very different n fulfilling experience in student life, and something that only those who have experienced it atleast once can relate with!

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