Friday, June 04, 2021

The Misters Kuru By @thetrishadas #bookchatter #bookreview #books

The Misters Kuru By Trisha Das is a nicely done Literary & Contemporary Fiction in a very subtle manner. The story's beginning is quite exotic, exciting, and erotic manner. After reading first two pages twice, I paused. That compelled me to check two things. I checked the genre mentioned and it was Literary & Contemporary Fiction wondered why not Erotica? Then I checked about author and found out she is a multifaceted personality at such a young age. She has not only four books to get credit (all equally exciting, I suppose after young through their names) but she is also an award winning documentary film maker with more than forty documentary films under her sleeves. In the world of literature and art she is a known personality. Well to confirm the genre, I unpaused reading it and found it is in the right genre.

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Trisha Das is Vir Das's sister and as usual the story of The Misters Kuru By Trisha Das is witty, crispy, and is having an air of freshness in it. The modern story takes back to the Indian epical period of Mahabharata in a 21st century fancied way. We meet the modernized-fictionalized Pandavas in Indraprastha, now New Delhi. The story brings out the real emotional bends of various characters in a very interesting manner. It depicts a real love attraction between Arjuna and Draupadi with an equal amount of fire for each other. That's when Draupadi decides to live an exclusive life with Arjuna instead of staying divided among five Pandava brothers and take a big leap to future, that's the era of now, the Kaliyuga.

Least did Pandavas realize at the time of getting a lease of few days to land on earth and gain a new experience in Kaliyuga without any botheration of war with Kaurvas that those few days in modern era will be more cumbersome and complex than their actual period. I think, The Misters Kuru By Trisha Das is a unique blend of imagination, wits, and fun of a very different level that everybody would enjoy.

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

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Monday, May 31, 2021

Random Thoughts on Random Words By Rajeev Moothedath #BlogchatterEbook #bookchatter #bookreview

Random Thoughts on Random Words By Rajeev Moothedath is a very steady collection of some wonderful thoughts on 26 words chosen  in an alphabetical order as a part of BlogchatterA2Z 2021 challenge in April. Suppose, I was given a word 'Ability' to express my thoughts on it, I would have not been able to express it so well as I found it in this book. I was wondering if there is any mechanism to measure the gap between the actual ability a person posses within himself or herself and ability he is she is able to show to this world. I think it happens with everybody with the gap remaining always positive which means most of the persons are not able to attain according to their abilities. The day a person is able to identify his exact inventory of abilities, sky would be the limit for that person.

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These 26 words have been chosen in a very aimed manner. Each topic has been closed in a very systematic way. "Each of us has our own unique strengths and abilities. These are to be developed and strengthened. Administering the wrong tests can undermine the confidence and create self doubts in people. Giving a test to know the ability of Virat Kohli to play the Veena or one to test the cricketing skills of his actor wife may sound stupid. Yet we tend to do just that giving some general tests like IQ across the board. We now know these tests focus on some types of intelligence (Logical mathematical, linguistic) and leave out others like interpersonal , intra-personal,  musical, spatial etc." What a fantastic closure of his article on 'Ability'! Being an HR person from the corporate world some topics are very close to his profession.

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Writing a book like Random Thoughts on Random Words By Rajeev Moothedath is a real art. It's a work of a lot of concentration and passion. Though all articles are quite interesting, some of the topics like 'Death', 'Ego Talk', 'Motherhood', and 'Love' are very special. In many of the articles, you will find beautiful poetry that is another expertise of the author. Some of the titles are such that a complete book can be written on each one of them. 'Tribute To A Legend' is another classical article. I gained a good amount of knowledge from the article 'Utopia'. For his excellent pieces of poetry, you need to read these articles - specifically - 'Wedding', 'Tribute To A Legend', 'Social Media', 'Pet', 'News', 'Love', 'Jokes - Fun, Laughter', 'India - My Country', 'Fast Food', and 'Death'.

Two things are quite significant that I noticed in this book. One, Author's passion and expertise in poetry writing. Two, the versatility of titles chosen and each piece written so beautifully. So, don't wait, grab the book and enjoy reading it. It's very different from the regular ones and thus more enjoyable to read. This non - fiction can easily find a place in your library as you can pick the book and read any of its topic randomly. That's of the beauty of Random Thoughts on Random Words By Rajeev Moothedath. 

You can download the book here.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Life: 24 Essays by Tomichan Matheikal #BlogchatterEbook #bookchatter #bookreview #books

Life: 24 Essays by Tomichan Matheikal is a collection of 24 essays focusing on meaning and purpose of life. The first essay 'Absurdity' is quite intriguing and it literally drove me thinking about various aspects of life like - How much of it do I really live? Do I really decide how shall I live my life or just let it go as it is? Do I make my lifestyle to make me more comfortable or to make it more active and meaningful? How much do we really challenge ourselves? The most important question is - Do I live my life to its fullest? "Your soul is your property and your destiny. It is your burden and your joy. That is the ultimate absurdity of life. Face that absurdity. Take over its challenges. Work with those challenges with unconditional integrity. In spite of your frailty which is humanity’s frailty itself."


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Each essay of Life: 24 Essays by Tomichan Matheikal is a gem. So, basically, the book presents 24 precious gems to me for enriching my life, lifestyle, and soul. According to the second essay 'Rebel', anybody who loves life is a rebel. I was wondering after reading this line and going further to read the rest that does it really holds good? But when I started reading further, it became crystal clear. An excellent aspect of this book is that it can be read any number of times. Each essay is an independent entity. Everytime I read the same essay again, it gives me a different perspective and a new approach to think about life. The book talks about 'me' and 'my life'. It intends to bring a change within and once that happens, the entire world will become more colourful and meaningful. That's it's beauty.

Life: 24 Essays by Tomichan Matheikal is a thinker's paradise on one hand and a practical world for doers. Each essay is thought provoking and at the same time gives ample scope to find out action points to improve life. I find this book quite motivation, inspiring, and connecting to spirituality. It brings in positivity in thoughts and actions. In fact, it keeps giving a number of checkpoints to see if I am responsible for the pains and shortfalls in life or it is because of somebody else. A good amount of energy and research work has gone in this book. Each essay contains some quotes from well known philosophers and researchers to bring in more relevance to the respective topic. The author of this book tried to touch life through all important angles viz philosophy, literature, and religion. It's an open ended book.


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Why I call Life: 24 Essays by Tomichan Matheikal an open ended book is because it doesn't impose anything on the reader. Still, it gives a lot of points for introspection. Each essay gives different perspective to look at life in a very positive manner. It's a kind of book that is good to be a part of every personal or public library. 

You can download the book here


Saturday, May 29, 2021

Xanadu by Harshita Nanda #BlogchatterEbook #bookchatter #bookreview #books @ashnhash

Xanadu by Harshita Nanda is very well crafted story that is superbly curated into a story with a flawless flow that binds the reader word by word, line by line, and page by page right from the beginning till the end. The character building has been taken care of very well and I could feel the crispness and strength in each of the character as the story begins with Ms. Anita, then moving on to Bhoomi, and finally Harish landing into their lives. Characterization of each of the three protagonists is developed in such an impacting and impressive manner that each of the character becomes the rightful driver of the story. I could really imagine the real personalities of the characters the way those are developed and described as the story moves on like growing of the cheerful child Anita to lonely Ms. Anita. 

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At the juncture when Ms. Anita and loneliness become synonym to each other, it was interesting to see how Bhoomi breaks it and there grows a strong bonding between the two. The pain in each one's life is evident when Ms. Anita loses her father, when little Bhoomi & her mother Shalini lose their father and husband respectively, and the compromise Shalini had to make by living on the terms of her parents (including her brother and his wife) in lieu of shelter and good education for Bhoomi. Bhoomi and Shalini had no other choice than to move to the town after the sudden accidental demise of Ram Singh. It was painful for both leaving the village and its natural beauty at that moment as Ram Singh was gone and their small wooden house got destroyed completely. "Bhoomi watched the forest and the mountains  passing by with diminishing excitement."

Xanadu by Harshita Nanda rightfully deserves to be adopted by theatre as a play or a short movie / movie. The story is quite powerful. It can actually be turned into a classic movie. Coming back to the story, the only enjoyment factor in seven years old Bhoomi was Ms. Anita and her orchard. "Bhoomi, who had  always loved trees, was curious about the orchard next door. She used to see the trees and a house half-hidden behind them from the window of the room allotted to Shalini and Bhoomi. She wanted to go and explore the grounds. However, unsure about her place in this new world, Bhoomi kept quiet. One day, when she could no longer hold her curiosity, she 
deliberately threw her ball into the orchard." Ms. Anita and Bhoomi had developed a special bonding and spending time together was a big relief for both of them.

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"Anita knew that Bhoomi was not her daughter, not even related to her, but she still couldn’t help falling 
in love with Bhoomi." While Bhoomi became the only factor in Ms. Anita's life to throw away her loneliness, Ms. Anita's love was good enough to heal wounds on Bhoomi's heart caused by the bitterness of her maternal grandmother. Then comes Harish, all of a sudden, in a very dramatic manner, in the calm and soothing relation of Bhoomi and Ms. Anita. If you love reading fiction, strongly curated story, and unexpected turns, this book is surely for you to grab. I am sure you will enjoy reading it as much as I did. 

 "A large, filthy dog, came running into the orchard, screeching to a halt in front of Bhoomi. Bhoomi shrieked as the dog caught her doll in his mouth, giving it a vigorous shake. An equally filthy boy came running behind, skidding to a halt in front 
of Bhoomi. He tried to pull out the doll from the dog’s mouth, falling on his behind as the dog suddenly let go. Bhoomi and Anita stared as the boy 
sprawled on the ground, laughed madly. Harish had entered their lives."


Thursday, May 27, 2021

A2Z Of Common Diseases by Surbhi Prapanna #bookreview #books #bookchatter @rituprapanna

A2Z Of Common Diseases & Their Homoeopathic Treatment by Surbhi Prapanna is a very well written book. It's useful for all those who have a belief in homeopathy and intend to gain an in depth insights on the common Diseases we keep facing from time to time, their cause, symptoms, and cure. I belive in homeopathy as much as I belive in existence of a supreme Power that governs the whole universe. Homeopathy works on similar versus similar. What that means is that if a snake bites me, in homeopathy the medicine for its treatment is made up of snake venom itself. It is the same cause that becomes the cure. An interesting fact that I know about homeopathic medicines is that if I don't have symptoms against which a particular homeopathic medicine works and I take a dose of that medicine, it will create those symptoms in my body.

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After that if I take a dose of the same medicine, it will cure me or get me relieved from those symptoms. I rarely take any allopathic medicines for most of the common issues. She is the case with my family members. I find homeopathy has the simplest mechanism for curing from ailments and diseases. Allopathic medicines have their own side effects. Ayurvedic medicines administering is a complicated mechanism, that's what I feel. Some need to be taken with milk, some with honey, etc. Most important thing in homeopathy is the doctor understanding your symptoms very well and prescribing the right medicine with right potency. Also important is to understand that there is a friend and enemy relationship among homeopathic medicines. Some work well with others while some lose their effectiveness if given with a wrong combination.

If all this interests you then this excellent book A2Z Of Common Diseases & Their Homoeopathic Treatment by Surbhi Prapanna becomes a must for you as well. Best part about homeopathic medicines is they are harmless and have no side effects. For instance, instead of taking a dose of 4 tablets is I gulp the whole bottle, it will give my body an impact of a single dose only. Another beauty is that homeopathic medicines are suitable for all ages right from a toddler to a very old person. This book has been written very well after a thorough research in the subject. The author is a homeopathic practitioner herself and hence the book carries a superb combination of knowledge and experience. 20. That's why out of 50 ebooks published in 2021 by Blogchatter, this was my first choice to download and gain some knowledge instantly out of it.

Without a doubt, A2Z Of Common Diseases & Their Homoeopathic Treatment by Surbhi Prapanna has helped me a lot in acquiring a good amount of knowledge of common Diseases, their causes, reasons, and possible cures with the help of most suitable medicines. The book is so well written that I wished it had covered more diseases and cures. I would like to read more similar work from the author especially some interesting case studies, some not to common homeopathic medicines, and about some specialized medicines. Over a period of time so much has changed in homeopathic medicines and treatments as a result of many researches carried out in various part of the world. So, finally, the book is good for all those -
  1. Who believe in the power of homeopathy. This book will give more learning.
  2. Who don't believe in homeopathy to learn how beautifully it works without causing any harm to the body.
  3. Who are neutral in their belief but have never tried it.

Loved reading it. It's definitely not merely a one - time read. It has become my reference book to check for relevant diseases covered in this book, as and when required. Very well written with thorough insights. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Personal Commitment To The Environment #CauseAChatter #environmenttalk

Last week I bought one of my favorite artist's new album. The album was launched that very day. It was a global online launch at the same time in all the countries. Before the launch, I was talking about this artist and her new album everywhere. At home, with friends online, and on the social media. That was the amount of craziness and craving I had for that one particular album. That's not all. On the very first day it got delivered, I played it all day almost in an auto - repeat mode. Surprisingly, without any extra effort, by the time the album played for the eighth time, I was singing every song alongwith flawlessly. Every word I was reciting was well in sync with the artist's. Am I compassionate about environment with the same zeal and energy? If we all just tune ourselves into an introspective mode for a while and ask ourselves what are we towards our personal commitment to the environment?

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Am I just in the talk mode showing a lot of concern about the environment, nature, and global warming? Just talking about the concerns about environment with my family, friends, and on social media, off and on merely will not suffice any purpose. Not even to the extent of creating any awareness. Because there are no action points in those infrequent talks. We need to show the world our personal commitment to the environment by means of our environment pledge. How much we love it and what all we give back to it in lieu of what we get. At a grass root level we can start implementing simple ideas. Actions speak louder than words. If each one of us become a drop thinking and doing its not of action towards goodness of environment, we can create an ocean in this direction. Limiting greenhouse has emission is a major concern for all of us.

Together we are the solution to environment crisis. COP is an abbreviation for Conference Of The Parties. It's a United Nations initiative of uniting the world under a single umbrella putting all their energies to halt global warming. COP25 Live is going to happen during December 2-13 in Madrid. During this global event the leaders will be finalizing points and rules to the so called rulebook of the Paris Agreement. In the nutshell, COP25 is like do - or - die situation for the environment and for us. Anybody who is really concerned about the environment is seriously waiting to settle the rules and bend the curve of emission. There is only 8 years of carbon budget left to live within safe operating space for humanity. Let's hope there will be a success in COP25. Let's keep our fingers crossed that Madrid hosts and the Chilean chair delivers on that.

If everything goes well at COP25, this will be the final frontier of the Paris Agreement into practice. The sole purpose of the coming steps is to unify humanity in order to beat the environment crisis. For this, everybody's voice is needed that can be raised online,on the streets, and at the negotiations. Participation to COP25 is free and open for all. I have reserved my seat. What is your plan? Join here

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Vaccines Save Lives For Sure #KnowYourVaccine #PreventWhatCanBePrevented

As of current scenario, it is a setback for Sputnik, Covaxin and Sinovac as these are still not recognised internationally. That means vaccine passport with any of these vaccines may not be valid. Good thing is, Covaxin has sent its phase 3 data to The Lancet. Hopefully, it will be recognised soon. If we go a year back there was a breaking news about stocks in US going sharply high due to first trial of vaccine by Moderna pharmaceutical on 45 patients all recovered within days. This was in May 2020. Here's the link to that news. As far as I know, vaccine doesn't cure from Covid. It builds immunity in the body to fight against any further attack of Corona. It's very important to examine the person thoroughly who is seeking vaccine. If the person has any existing traces of Corona virus in the body, taking vaccine at that moment of time might go deadly against that person.


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A Covid vaccine is very important for everybody as it develops antibodies similar to antibodies in a recovered Corona patient. In the first week of May 2021, Sputnik has launched single - shot vaccine with 80% efficacy. Otherwise, in most of the vaccines, we require a course of 2-3 doses at different intervals to build a considerate immunity in our body. So generally, the first dose builds an amount of antibodies that are able to create 30-40% immunity in the body if the virus attacks after a week of the dose. It is after the second dose of the vaccine that is to be injected after a few weeks to build further antibodies and thus create an immunity of day 60-80%. With that kind of immunity built in the body you are well equipped to defeat Covid.

One thing is pretty sure that if I have taken two doses of vaccine well in time with prescribed timeframe and correct gap between the first and the second dose of vaccine, a Corona attack after that will not be that serious to cause any severe damage to my body. It will always be a mild attack that can be managed staying at home taking appropriate precautions and medications.

Saturday, May 08, 2021

MY UNSPOKEN REFLECTIONS By Meenal Mathur Sonal Mathur #bookreview @AuraofThoughts #bookchatter #books

MY UNSPOKEN REFLECTIONS Open door to discover collection of micro
stories By Meenal Mathur and Sonal Mathur is a collection of stories that are sweet, sharp, crisp, and thought provoking. One story, one page makes it an interesting go. These are written in a lighter tone fit for any age to enjoy. Each story carries a unique massage. I found these stories heart - touching and heart - warming. Ending of each story wanted me to pause and think for a while about the unique message it conveys. The message from each story is crystal clear. I loved reading these stories. Beauty of this book is that it can be read any number of times randomly opening any page and the story will be as fresh and touching as it was in the previous go. The mixed drivers of these stories are emotions, time, human touch, thoughtfulness, shock, courage, and distinct personalities.

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MY UNSPOKEN REFLECTIONS Open door to discover collection of micro
stories By Meenal Mathur and Sonal Mathur is a good collection of 18 beautiful stories. The stories are prompt, intriguing, and soulful. A great lesson, that, for instance, from the first story comes is  "A moment's fun can turn dangerous for life term". In the second story, an eight year girl finds out a great solution to curb riots by becoming a 'Peace Ambassador' like her father who lost his life in making such efforts. Story number three gives a shock of his life to Keshav who becomes a small time robber after losing his job in one of the biggest layoffs in the country. Time and again he kept realising about his lost connection with his inner self after losing his job and going bankrupt. Each story, for that sake, has a unique flavor and dusting message.

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stories By Meenal Mathur and Sonal Mathur is a wonderful effort by the duo with a superb collection of very meaningful stories. It's an all - time any - age read.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Dread by Aseem Rastogi #bookreview #bookchatter #books @aseemrastogi2

Dread - Short Stories by Aseem Rastogi is a collection of five stories which he dedicates to the resilience of the human mind to overcome fear and adversity. Unfortunately, I didn't find any of the five stories meeting that criteria. All the five stories are incidental, consequential, and 'spur of a moment' driven. All stories move from 'happy-go-life situation' to 'adversities' conditions. They start with a hope and end up with hopelessness. In my opinion, these are there is nothing like creating hope and overcoming fear and adversity. Rather, I found there are no substantial takeaways from these stories. These are depressing stories moving from brighter side of life to the darker side of the life. Though, some go on that direction in a very harsh manner and others in a milder tone.

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In my opinion, every story of Dread - Short Stories by Aseem Rastogi had a better scope of ending. But, then, it all depends on the author how he or she wants to craft those. I also feel that the story, storytelling, and its presentation/plot reflect the author's priorities of what stuff he wants to present to his readers. That brings a point to ponder what exactly should be the motive of a story? Do I, as a writer or a storyteller want to stun my readers? Or I would like them to be comfortable while reading my stories. But on the other hand, the stories are very well written. These are crisp, running at good pace, easy to understand, and hand sharp turns. The character building is strong and stories are well moulded. I think, in a frame of short stories, these are near to perfection in terms of selection of words and the flow of the story.

If I summarize Dread - Short Stories by Aseem Rastogi, the stories are worth reading because the author carries a unique style of writing /narrating his stories. It's a kind of passionate writing. I am sure, this author has a natural art of writing, creativity, and a good potential to create some excellent work. And finally if I look at the genre to which these stories belong to, it's a perfect match. 

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Easy Home Cooking by Ginia Basu #bookreview #books #bookchatter @thefoodlives

Easy Home Cooking - Cook and Bake with Ease From my kitchen to yours: A collection of curated recipes by Ginia Basu is a good effort to share some traditional, some non - traditional, and some very unique dishes with all food lovers who also to to cook. Now, imagine somebody hands you over a fascinating cooking book that has fascinating recipes for you to try and relish over them and himself goes for a long trip to Kaziranga National Park in a luxurious Fufugari to make an eye contact with Rhinos. It includes stays at IORA and Borgos Resort enjoying Bhatbaan,the Assamese restaurant at Iora et al. Okay, so this cooking journey begins with Cookies, Cakes, and Breads. What I feel is that all these are not very difficult to prepare but are cumbersome. Out of these, my first choice would be to try some different kind of healthy breads.

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In fact, I feel all these three are not very healthy and nutritious but still are quite addictive. Do you know, homemade cookies, Cakes, and breads are always better than buying from the market for three key reasons - hygiene, economy, and health. You will eat fresh, put ingredients as per your choice, and will always keep its nutritional value and calories in mind. That way some of the dishes in this section are really worth trying and worthy enjoying. Those, as per my choice, could be Healthy Whole-wheat Dark Chocolate Cookies, Dark Chocolate Fudge, Whole-wheat Rose Muffins, etc. I think, the recipe needs to be much clearer when you say '1/2 cup flour' - which flour? It is good to confuse a person like me. 'Vanilla extract' - syrup or powder? Which is better? But after trying some of these, it made me clear that cookies, Cakes, and breads are not that cumbersome to prepare, can me made healthier, and are best if made at home.

Easy Home Cooking - Cook and Bake with Ease From my kitchen to yours: A collection of curated recipes by Ginia Basu is an easy read, easy to follow, and the recipes are genuinely explained very well. The next section 'Savouries' was more interesting for me. These dishes are much healthier, tastier, and nutritious. I was wondering how muffins were again there in this section. Perhaps, by mistake. Diced Pointed Gourd Stir Fry was something I liked very much. An important learning was different vegetable dishes have an exclusive spice combination. That was a good learning. I wish the book had more categories and in categories like 'Breads', some more variants. Though, it is not a complete cook book in terms of the recipes but then it brings a scope of further volumes of the book Easy Home Cooking - Cook and Bake with Ease From my kitchen to yours: A collection of curated recipes by Ginia Basu. 

Dreams Decoded by Ujjwal Mishra #bookreview #bookchatter #books @mywordswisdom

Dreams Decoded by Ujjwal Mishra is one of the newest book on decoding of dreams. I find such books quite interesting. Sometimes, I wonder, is it really possible to decode mind strings - conscious, subconscious, and unconscious? If we look at our vedic wisdom, it seems it is very much possible. Then the second question arises - Is it so easy to decode dreams? Or does is take years of research and learning to decode the dreams decoding mechanism? I have experienced something very strange and am not sure if somebody else also would have experienced the same. It's something like this. I wake up some morning with fresh flashes of a particular dream and it strikes to me that I have seen the same dream earlier. Very few dreams, in fact, I feel, I had multiple times with no fixed frequency. I could never figure it out what exactly is the reason for this.

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Similarly, during the day, all of a sudden some particular place or incident flash in mind while doing a particular activity. The same will happen every time I perform that particular activity but have never been able to correlate the connection between the activity and that instantaneous remembrance of that place. I was really curious when I downloaded an app from Google Play Store. But that didn't help me much. Then, I found this book on blogchatter and the title fascinated me instantly. It was a quick download and an amazing urge to read this title Dreams Decoded by Ujjwal Mishra. Good thing about this book is that it doesn't claim to give a perfect reason and meaning for a particular dream. It CL Aims to help you understand dreams better. The content makes this book more interesting. I find that a good amount of sincere effort has gone into it.

Dreams Decoded by Ujjwal Mishra is a well crafted book with a good quality of content and a flawless flow. It's interesting throughout and on top of that it also has a good amount of depth. So, if you are curious enough to find out why you see some particular birds, reptiles, people, instances, incidents, etc in your dreams, this book is good to go for. It will definitely enhance your knowledge about various aspects of dreams and also would be able to answer some, if not all, if your queries about dreams. It's uniquely interesting and engaging. For instance, if you have seen an ostrich in your dream last night, probably your are having a challenging situation in your real life but you're not ready to face it. But on the other hand if you see an ostrich running in your dream then probably you are going to get back some of your valuable that you lost recently.

Note that it's quite interesting that there's some power within or around that signals you about the outcomes of certain important incidents of your life through dreams. Now, important thing about you is whether you let go this dream as usual or you try to decode your dream with the help of some powerful knowledge imbibed in a book called Dreams Decoded by Ujjwal Mishra.

Monday, May 03, 2021

Tainted Is Better #shortstory #shortstories #DelhiMetroStories 1

Whether you believe it or not public transport is a superb source of real life stories. At least, it's 100% true in my case. Whenever I travel in Delhi Metro, by the time I reach at my destination, irrespective of covering short of long distance, I have at least one story in my pocket. And these stories are realistic, full of warmth, carrying a high level of human touch, and are instantaneous, mostly. This first story is pre-Covid time. It was about to be that evening time rush hour peak time zone in next 15-20 minutes when I boarded it from Connaught Place. Luckily, I got a seat. A young girl was sitting next to me. She was on the phone talking to her father. It was something quite serious that they were discussing over the phone.

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The girl was going back home after office. It seemed this was something she wanted to discuss only with her father in privacy, not at home in presence of the whole family. She was least bothered about it being discussed in metro with so many people around. Probably the matter was more serious and the girl was quite matured. She was discussing about her love with a boy who is divorced. "Papa, whatsoever it is, this Shankar is far more better than that boy you finalized for me a year ago. This guy is innocent and genuine. He is straightforward and clear on his thoughts. He himself told me that before we move ahead, you need to know something about me that you don't know at all. He clearly told me about his wife and how she bluffed him."

"Look at the boy you finalized for me. He was a complete flirt. Despite we for engaged, he kept his relations intact with his girlfriends that too beyond limits and shamelessly. What respect he had for you or for me or for that sake our relationship?" She paused because his father was arguing with her from the other side. No, Papa. I don't agree with you on this. It's my life, my marriage, and my happiness. I care least for society and opinions of our relatives. I am clear that Shankar is going to keep me happy all my life. He has very clearly told me that we won't be marrying until his divorce case is over in the court. Probably, that will take another year. And till then, he says, we are just good friends and need to stay within our limits."

"Finally, Papa, if You think he is tainted, for me tainted is better. Please, this is my life. How could I live with a person who is my husband and is cheating me openly by having affairs with so many other girls? You please call Rahul and tell him clearly that we break our engagement and he is free to carry on with his colourful life his own way."

Friday, April 30, 2021

Dreamtalking by Noam Traub #BookReview #Books BookChatter

Dreamtalking: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Film Talk to Her (Spanish: Hable con Ella) by Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar provides significant insights of the famous movie Talk to Her. In this movie the Spanish director, Pedro Almodóvar presents an interesting aspect of life. Women who live in a dreamy world attract men and make them fall in love with them. What could be the reason behind this? In the same manner, what is the meaning behind this powerful and mysterious movie? He says, "All the lights, colors, sets, clothes – they represent elements in the narrative, the story I'm telling. Of course, I want my films to look excellent, but every single element is chosen for a reason. It is telling something in the story. The symbolism may not always be clear for the average spectator; it is there more for me." That is quite an interesting statement.

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As a matter of fact, every movie is a big project. And behind the making of a movie, a lot happens that never comes to the light. Dreamtalking: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Film Talk to Her (Spanish: Hable con Ella) by Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is one of the best ways to understand the depth of Almodóvar's work. In fact, this book is rather the easier way to learn about it. The movie is about a woman who is in a coma and a man who falls in love with her. Finally, the two key characters in this film, Lydia and Benigno die. Author of this book, Noam Traub feels there is a lot in this film that needs attention and thus writes this book. In fact, it is difficult to touch the dreams of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.

Almost all the people who have seen his films admire him a lot. And this book, in fact, is for all those people who admire him to get more insights on his fantastic work. Mostly, the people who know about his work feel the level of exceptional delight his movies provide. His work is no less than a magic. In fact, it is a work of great pleasure. The flavor or taste of his movies is second to none. That and a lot more is there in the book Dreamtalking: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Film Talk to Her (Spanish: Hable con Ella) by Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. People who watch his movies remember his excellent work for a long time. If you watch any of his movies, his charismatic style imprints on your mind forever. 

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Small Steps to Great Parenting by Kalanit Ben-Ari #BookReview #BookChatter #Books

Small Steps to Great Parenting: An Essential Guide for Busy Families by Dr. Kalanit Ben-Ari fits well in today’s hectic lifestyles and singular family structures. Which parents wouldn’t like to do the best for their children. But there is always a compromise in that due to some limitation or the other. Sometimes these limitations are real. But mostly these are induced. Whatever is the case, it is always possible to provide a great parenting experience to their children by any parents. This is possible if they keep in mind some effective and mindful small steps to implement in their life. These practical steps in the book are a result of a thorough research and real-life experiences. In fact, the bond between a parent and child is to be seen from both angles rather than looking at it as a problem on either side.

Small Steps to Great Parenting is a practical book to look at each conflict as an opportunity to bring parent and child closer to each other rather than increasing a rift between them. The book, in fact, helps in increasing your parenting skills effectively. All the 17 chapters carry a bunch of wisdom to learn and implement in life. It will be useful if you read the book in the same sequence rather than starting from anywhere and ending anywhere. Dr. Kalanit Ben-Ari correlates parenting with a muscle. A muscle needs persistence and flexibility to keep you stay healthy all the way. For that, it needs stretching, exercise, and different kind of challenges. In fact, every child grows in a unique atmosphere that is incomparable to another child. On the other hand, every parent wants to be the best parent.

Small Steps to Great Parenting helps in expanding your ideas as parents to deal with behavioural issues. In fact, it says there is no fixed route to tackle a situation. You need to think about a range of ideas and then chose the best one to manage a situation. Part one of the book focuses on building a positive bond between parents and children. As a matter of fact, as a parent, you need to keep a relation on top of everything rather than a problem or discipline. The book definitely will change your fixed patterns of parenting by providing a new horizon to explore. 

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The Woman in White: an Extraordinary Life by Ada Aharoni #BookReview #BookChatter #Books

The Woman In White: an Extraordinary Life by Ada Aharoni is in memory of the Jewish Egyptian community that doesn't exist now and its fabulous hospital in Alexandria. The story revolves around its central character Thea Woolf, her remarkable life, and her wisdom and experience. In fact, Thea's words and the story will be inspiring for many who read this book especially the women all around the world. Rather, the book demonstrates the rare combination of love, character, strength, wisdom, truthfulness, and knowledge in a woman that is Thea. That is what makes her a true role model for many others to follow. It is basically the biography of Thea Woolf by Ada Aharoni who calls her "The Sister Theresa of the Middle East". The story happens during the World War II in Egypt. That way, the book also becomes a historically true story that depicts the pain.

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Obviously, any war is prone to leave a lot of pain behind. For long, people remember the calamities and destruction it leaves behind the creating a huge debt in human progress. That same reflects in The Woman In White: an Extraordinary Life by Ada Aharoni. In fact, the book is a protest against the war. Also, it creates a hope that one day our earth and this planet can become war-free forever. As a matter of fact, that is probably the biggest wish any peace-lover would have in mind and heart. In addition, the story also reflects how a small caring and sincere gestures can make a remarkable difference in people's lives. These kinds of gestures, in fact, increase the footprints of a hope for peace and harmony on a larger scale. The biography reflects a good sync between Muslims and Jews during that period.

The Woman In White: an Extraordinary Life by Ada Aharoni shows something that nobody could imagine at that time. The way Muslim Egyptians gave an extended arm to help Egyptian Jews was remarkable. There was a great effort from their end. We see them saving the lives of numerous Jewish refugees from the horrifying Nazis during WWII. Thea Woolf, in fact, sets an example for others in so many ways. Like, not to lose hope under any circumstances and lead to good missions from the front. In addition, there is a good coverage of the Jewish Hospital in Alexandria. That is another example of some extraordinary efforts and deeds during that era. To summarize, the book is a great piece of inspiration and hope and thus is not to be missed.

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Zohar Ginosar - Pebbles: Insightful Stories For A Meaningful Life #BookReview #BookChatter #Books

Pebbles Insightful stories for a meaningful life by Zohar Ginosar is a testimony to the knowledge, learning, and life. All the stories, in fact, are real and genuine. But for the sake of anonymity, the names and certain details are changed. But that doesn't alter the gravity of the lessons of life that pass through each of the stories. Probably this is the longest tenure a book would take to get into its final shape. This book comes to final print after a long journey of 52 years. Each story is independent of its occurrence, time, tenure, or any other sequential order. Just take one story at a time and absorb its mesmerizing message completely. Accept it as a gift of life. Each story is a pebble of different shape because of the stream it faced. Probably that is what life is. Each person shaping and developing altogether differently.

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Pebbles Insightful stories for a meaningful life by Zohar Ginosar has 6 chapters. Each chapter has a set of a few stories. It's like a bouquet of a different set of flowers having their individual and unique fragrance of life. Like, Chapter 1 is The Journey Towards the Unknown. Chapter 2 is Swimming Lessons. Similarly, Chapter 3 has an altogether different theme. So is true for Chapter 4, 5, and 6. An extraordinary amount of patience can carve and an extraordinary level of strength in the most fragile structures. That is probably not an easy task to understand unless you read the story - "Jose's Secret". Can you create something from nothing? In the first go, everybody would say No. But if you peek inside the story "Job Definition" you will not say "No" next time someone asks you the same. That is the beauty of each story.

Pebbles Insightful stories for a meaningful life by Zohar Ginosar I think is for everyone of any age. No matter what you do and where you live, this insightful book is going to deliver a great bouquet of beautiful messages for life. 

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

You Deserve Better by Yossi Maaravi #BookReview #BlogChatterA2Z #Books

You Deserve Better: Success in real-life negotiations by Yossi Maarav has 12 interesting chapters in just a little more than 200 pages. There are four important gateways in between at relevant junctures. Don't miss those. Rather the whole book is necessarily a not-to-miss for every aspirant in life and profession. Whatever you aspire to achieve with whatever goals you have, this book is a must to get a right direction and a positive fighting spirit to move on. As a matter of fact, these gateways are as four mantras of life that can help you conquer any matter. The first gateway says - 'Start on the right foot'. A good start is always important for any journey of life whether on personal or professional front. The second Gateway says - 'Power and Strategy'. Of course, every action needs a right kind of energy and strategy.

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A lack in any of the two (Power and Strategy) might lead to a blunder. The third gateway says - 'The Importance of Emotion'. A lack of emotion in any project might mar its enthusiasm and energy. Similarly, an overemotional act can also take the situation in an adverse direction. Finally, the fourth gateway says - 'The Personal Dimension'. Each gateway is followed by three chapters thus making it total 12. The purpose and meaning of each gateway will become much clearer by going through its following chapters. Each chapter of You Deserve Better: Success in real-life negotiations by Yossi Maarav is introspective and thoughtfully written. Should you dare to make your first offer? Of course, yes. And that is why this book becomes more important to read. It educates you how perception has its own influence on negotiation and persuasion. Therefore, having a right perception is necessary.

To create a right approach towards your goals it is therefore important to read You Deserve Better: Success in real-life negotiations by Yossi Maarav. In fact, there is a lot more to talk about, but then that will go endless. It is better to grab the book and get the intent in your own way. There are a lot of takeaways from this book. 

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Xenagogue - Where Are You? #poetry #BlogchatterA2z

I am continuously searching for, 
My continuity in this slowed down, 
World that has almost come to a, 
Standstill and I feel like lost totally, 
As if somebody blindfolded me and, 
Left me in an unknown territory, 
Where even the known faces look, 
Unknown. I stand alone. Fearful.
Frightened. All of a sudden tears, 
Start pouring out without any pain, 
When I start finding out the reasons, 
Of painless tears flowing through, 
Years and the tearless pains in the, 
Looms of my mind losing a track of,
The one I had always around me,
Who used to be my light in the dark, 
My Xenagogue.

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Life was not so isolated ever in the, 
Past where even the encrypted, 
Eruptions were never so strange to, 
Everybody knowing the fact that, 
Behind every complex situation, 
There is a simple solution to keep, 
Life moving smooth sailing through, 
Hardships sooner or later because, 
Somebody somewhere around was, 
There to hold the hand and show, 
Right path in a very natural way, 
Even if I was standing there in, 
Entangled and estranged roads of, 
Life I was never too down and, 
Drowned as it has become now, 
Because of breathlessness and, 
Losing my Xenagogue. 

I am not sure if I will be back on, 
Track after losing all my hopes, 
Getting every single prayer lost, 
In vain not resisting my pains and,
Disdainful feelings wondering in, 
Mind that has forgotten to regain, 
Back with the power of prayers, 
Mindfulness and meditation now, 
Fearing every moment on slippery, 
Muddy path that is so uncertain of, 
Potholes and puddles underneath, 
Making every step full of surprises,
Every step I take I pray to get back, 
That time when things were not, 
That bad even though troublesome, 
Times were there but not that, 
Painful, tearful, and fearful because, 
Every step I had my Xenagogue. 

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Sleep My Valley by Ruth Netzer #BookReview #BookChatter #Books

Sleep My Valley By Ruth Netzer is a family autobiography. The book has four parts. These are The Beginning, Afterwards, The Middle, and The End. The names of the parts suggest how the autobiography goes in a very interesting manner. You will find few Hebrew words in the book that you need to understand getting the beauty of the story. The Kibbutz is a community in Israel primarily having a focus on agriculture. The first Kibbutz that we recall is Degania that came into existence in 1909. Well, coming back to the story. The story revolves around the author during her childhood and her journey of life thereafter. In fact, she had quite a painful childhood. Imagine the pain a 15-year-old child undergoes facing the divorce of her parents. She was the only child in the kibbutz. Loneliness was part and parcel of her whole life.

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Sleep My Valley is another treat from Ruth Netzer after Kaddish to My Parents and Other Poems. The autobiography is as heart-touching as were her poems. Both the books reflect pain and loneliness. Ruth's parents were not having a healthy relationship. While Ruth's mother had a troubled youth, her father was suffering from depression. This leads to their divorce when Ruth is only 15. I would call it a journey of a puzzled childhood to a spiritual quest where Ruth establishes a personal connection with God to get the answers of all pains and sufferings of her life. This connection brings forth a poet, writer, and dreamer in Ruth. Despite all these sufferings and pains, Ruth craves for a more meaningful life. That could help her heal her wounds on her sou, heart, and mind. The Appendix of this book has a fabulous collection of Ruth's family photographs.

Sleep My Valley by Ruth Netzer is an emotional journey of pains and sufferings thus evolving to a self-healing spectrum. 

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From Paris To Tehran by Ozias Marcovici #BookReview #BookChatter #Books

From Paris To Tehran - The Forgotten King: The Fascinating History of Iran, From the Persian Shah to Ayatollah Khomeini's Revolution (Middle Eastern Politics & Biographies) by Ozias Marcovici is basically the story of Iran. If you have any interest in history, power, politics, turbulence, or Iran, then this book is for you. In fact, in that case, it becomes an important read for you. The farthest era this book touches is 559-529 BC when Iran was under the emperorship of Cyrus II. The title of the book relates to one of the most unliked yet powerful dictators of that country. It is none other than Ayatollah Khomeini. This shrewd dictator came to power in 1980. In fact, he is one of the rare entities who were criminal and religious at the same time. As a matter of fact, he was a hard-core dictator, shrewd, criminal, hypocrite, liar, manipulator.

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It takes a lot of research work to create a historical book like From Paris To Tehran - The Forgotten King: The Fascinating History of Iran, From the Persian Shah to Ayatollah Khomeini's Revolution (Middle Eastern Politics & Biographies) by Ozias Marcovici. Chapter 1 begins with The Meeting of Three Titans in 1943 in Tehran. And the journey ends with Chapter 18 with the Title - The Islamic Republic of Iran. In between, you get to know the history of Pahlavi Dynasty. It is interesting to know about Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. In fact, Reza had a significant inclination towards Western countries. And he was a dictator. The book also takes up important incidents like the seizure of the American Embassy and the Nuclear Agreement. If you don't know when and how Iran became the Islamic Republic from an Empire, then this book will tell you all in detail.

From Paris To Tehran Is A Fascinating Historical Journey. From Paris To Tehran by Ozias Marcovici is having more in store than you can expect. And that too in a very interesting manner. 

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