Book review – More Things In Heaven And Earth

So I am back after a long break from blogging and back with another book review, the book is More Things in Heaven and Earth by Kiran Manral.This book deals with life,death and everything in between.Also with love,hate and everything in between.

The story is split between the current timeline and a flashback to the protagonist, Kamla’s, childhood. Kamla is a widower trying to get on with her life but her husband’s memories almost engulf her life making it impossible to live.There starts her journey to different cities before finally ending up in Goa where her ailing maternal aunt decides to leave her a fortune however with a condition. The story also talks about her chemistry with Victor who is her aunt’s step son.

The story is gripping, the climax is good (i bet i never predicted that) .I did feel the storyline was slightly dragging in the middle but it gained momentum towards the end. I particularly love the writer’s penchant for describing the surroundings and streets of the cities in great detail. Especially her description of Goa and the palatial villa which Kamla inherits is beautiful.

There is a constant hint of the unknown, afterlife and hallucinations throughout the story which all starts to make sense towards the end.The ending is sinister and left to each to decipher.The dash of noir added in the story is good and just enough.

To summarise,this is a good read to someone who is curious of life,death and the grey matter associated to them.

You can purchase this book using the below link-

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Grief

Sometimes even all the words in the world cant describe your feeling,
The stab you feel in your insides when you lose your loved one,
The feeling of your body being suddenly pulled and swallowed underground,
The helplessness of your tongue,
The blankness in your mind which blocks you from processing,
The cluelessness of the next steps,
The reminder of it all each and every day,
Days have passed, months and years will too,
They say time heals, will need to wait to validate that,
For now the grief is like the ocean,
Endless….

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 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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Book review- Jasmine builds on shifting sands

Do you sometimes feel that the universe throws various hints at you…this book was something like that to me.Out of the blue I decided to read this book one sunny day and I was just so pleasantly shocked at the outcome and the message it conveyed.

We live in such a materialistic and visual world today all thanks to social media.The FOMO is driving us crazy day by day and we are just getting more and more sucked into this loophole!

This book by Sanjay Desai reminds us to get our priorities right.It asks us to take a grip over our life and jump on to the driving seat of our life. And it does so almost unknowingly. This book takes us through the trials and tribulations of Jasmine,a wannabe supermodel…The most interesting part is the way this book combines her story to our lives with the help of microlearning courses. Here we are introduced to the concept of TheConsciousLeap (https://www.theconsciousleap.com/JasmineBuildsOnShiftingSands/Learning) All these courses are free and present in the above link but it truly makes sense when go through them via Jasmine’s story. We get deeply connected to Jasmine’s success and failures almost reflecting our own success and failures!We also learn how we can make our dreams a reality by combining our goals, our will power and our continued focus.

Jasmine’s story is no different from your or my story. She faces troubles and doubts in every step..luckily she meets good mentors on the path to her success,these mentors guide her by giving her the formulas to success.Having just a passion and will is not enough , one should be ready to do the hardwork required and one should be open to and make use of the opportunities that come in our way. As Jasmine’s story goes there are bound to be troubles along the path,its how you persevere amidst these and focus on your end goal.

One of my favourite formulas I saw in the book was ‘Goal+will*focus=Win(Dream)’
If we follow such a formula in all walks of life,we are sure to succeed in whatever we wish to achieve.

I have always felt I was a fiction lover and non fiction hater but in this book the author blends fiction and non fiction so perfectly to create a self help manual,something that each of us need desperately today. A must read especially for those who are lost and are trying to find a purpose.

Buy on Amazon – Jasmine Builds On Shifting Sands

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Enthino vendi thilakkunna sambar!

STOP! Stop right there if you think this post will contain the recipe for a yummy sambar! It doesn’t!

I remember once as a kid I asked my mother, what all veggies go into a sambar(I started counting them on my fingers-onion, Brinjal, bhindi, potato, tomato, carrot,muringa etc etc) and she stopped me abruptly and told me there is no specific answer to it and that anything and everything could go into a sambar! Growing up I have had numerous kinds of sambar, as you know pretty much every South Indian state has its own version. I used to be baffled how one dish that goes by the same name everywhere could taste this different (opposite ends of the spectrum like).

I began to slowly accept this fact with time and learnt to never expect a particular taste in the sambar especially whilst going to new hotels or visiting frnds/ relatives for lunch. I prepared myself to get blown over by the surprise. Yes at times it shocked me, with extreme sweetness, at times it jolted me with that strong hing taste and sometimes it warmed my heart- yes those rare moments when it ticked all boxes and would taste perfect. That perfect balance of sweet, salty, acidic and tangy tastes.

Sometimes it would anger me, especially the watery swimming pool type ones, and sometimes the heat levels brought a tear to my eyes. None the less I never complained, like I said, I trained myself all along for this.

I obviously don’t claim that I make the best or perfect sambar, my tryst with it has also been unpredictable. Its like a new taste each time although I sometimes use the very same spices and veggies! I wonder why though!

Hence I end this post, wishing you all the luck to experience the different kinds of sambar our world has to offer! But yes, go indulge with an open mind, not a judgemental or prejudiced mind!Go get surprised! Hey have I really been talking about sambar all this while though!?! I leave it to you who is reading…after all you guys are the idli to my sambar! ♥️♥️Bon appetit!

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