Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Book Review: Keeping the promise by Dhruv Gajjar


Book Review: Keeping the Promises by Dhruv Gajjar

*Publisher: Write India *ISBN: 978-93-84180-07-2 *No of Pages: 182 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 199 *Rating: 3/5

My view:

Now it seems Indian writers are coming out of the closet. We are getting something good to read nowadays. This novel is a sad story, and a huge applause to the author the way it is represented.

The story teaches you unconditional love, togetherness and to keep the promises you make. It’s a story of scarifies, friendship, true love and togetherness. 

The novel is fast paced with simple language; also the character buildup is so good that you can instantly fall in love with them. It takes you to journey of lots of emotions. The author has poured his heart while writing this story and it shows. Also I think this book is a mixture of Bollywood movies where you know the outcome. 

Only one thing which I didn’t like is it was difficult to understand many a times from whose perspective the author is writing about. I have to think it twice, because book is written from 2 to 3 people’s view.

In the acknowledgement author has mentioned that it is his true story, so a true story presented as a fiction, something which Ravinder Singh has done in his debut novel, if you like the story of Ravinder Singh than you will definitely love this book.  This book is for people who are in relationship or who believe in true love. This book is an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Blurb:

No one, not even god can write a perfect end for you! Unless he’s dying.
Words are mightier than anything else in this world. Sometimes they serve as liaisons between two distinct hearts, and sometimes they shatter two people irreparably apart. But when they are woven into promises and hopes, they give rise to something that lasts forever. They change lives.

I had almost lost myself, when she brought me back to life - with her promises. She was dying with a dreadful tumour, but she had the authority to pull those last strings that brought me back to her. She was gradually dying, and every night before going to sleep – she would take a portion of my heart, my soul and my words. She would take a promise from me every night that made me who I’m today. She gave me a new life.
One of those promises was to compile this novel that took me to an eventful journey in which I discovered several people, like me, who too were keeping her promises.

When were those amusing, surprising and horrendous promises that they all kept?
Who else other than I were bound to her promises?

Would she able to redefine love and sacrifice with her plans?

Can grief completely redefine who you are? Can a broken heart be healed?
Can you fall in love with the same people all over again?
Can you live and die, both at the same time?

Be a part of my story, about a girl, who – through her promises, changed the lives of the people she loved, including mine.
This is my journey. This is the window of my past, and the view to my future. It is yours now!
 

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Baby Natural Massage oil enriched with Olive and Almond


Baby Natural Massage oil enriched with Olive and Almond.

Chubby cheeks, dimpled chin, rosy lips, teeth’s within, curly hair, very fair, eyes so blue, lovely too, teachers pet, is that you? This is the rhyme comes to our mind when we see any infant; the first thing which we notice in infant is their cheeks, very soft and tender. When a baby is born they bring bundles of joy to their family. Today’s babies are our future so it’s but natural that every parent is concerned about the health and growth of their new born.

Generally infants don’t do any activity other than waving their legs and hands in the air, because of this activity their muscles starts paining. To stop this paining its age old tradition followed in India to massage the muscles of children. In western countries they generally use Olive oil for massaging their babies; now in India also we are getting products from Dabur which are enriched with Olive and Almond oils.   

So now talking about my cousin’s child who is only 6 month old and just started crawling, they are very much concerned about her growth and skin. So I suggested them to start Dabur Baby Massage oil which is highly enriched with Olive and almond. Massage oils are needed before the bath of a child. So the oil must not be sticky which generally irritates child also difficult to handle while bathing. The oil massage not only nourishes baby’s skin but also soothes tired muscles which relaxes child and helps for a deep sleep.

*Benefits of Olive oil for infants:

-Important for growth of infants because of its high content of calcium and phosphorous.
-Helps in absorption of vitamin D
-Protection against fracture i.e. strong bones.
-Also protects from many allergies.

*Benefits of Almond oil for infants:

-Rich with vitamins like A, B2, B6 and E.
Keeps babies skin soft.
-Best to protect from rashes.
-It boosts the weight of the child.

We trust Dabur’s product more than any other multinational companies, also Dabur is providing Ayurvedic medicine for many decades. So babies product from Dabur is a plus point for us as they use natural ingredients and safe from paraffin. These products are researched and fully tested in the labs of Dabur for growth, health and nourishment of infants.   

I am participating in the #FirstLove activity at BlogAdda in association with Dabur

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Book Review: Black Grey and White by Santosh Avvannavar, Santosh I. Biradar

 
Book Review: Black Grey and White by Santosh Avvannavar, Santosh I. Biradar

*No of Pages: 124 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Non-Fiction *Rating: 4/5

My View:

A very hard topic picked by the author. An eye opening book on HIV awareness, the book is informative but according to my view the last chapter was not needed, because book is a researched material on AIDS, it’s a non fiction then why to put the story of Abram. The controversial issue narrated by both the authors in very simple way.

I still remember there was a patient suffering from AIDS, so when he met with an accident even doctor told bluntly that he will not help or will not take his case. I don’t know why Doctor rejected his case, but after reading many such cases through this book it became clear that even family members keep a distance from his own member, they are being treated very negatively.

The book is very short can be completed in one sitting; also language is very simple and is written in conversational way. And the writing style is very much appreciable. There are five such stories in the book. The first chapter is about myth. The journalist receives letters from different places, so tracks the source of this letter and came to know how an educated people think while he suffers of HIV, even to kill innocent girls. It’s also a story of human trafficking.  

The second story is of a boy named Chintu, who was not accepted in the school. He suffers the punishment which he has not done. The third story is about casting-couch a burning issue in media. How in the name of publicity many people ruins the life of upcoming stars.

This is one of the best story among all five. The fourth one is the story of a teenage girl who unknowingly becomes the victim of AIDS because of his husband. And the last one is a lesson from Bible to the parents.
Great job done by both the authors, it’s a must read book, especially for the today’s youth, who takes sex in a liberal way. It’s an eye opening book.

Blurb:

This book gifts its reader’s five fantastic short stories that has a common aim – to spread awareness about AIDS. It is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against AIDS and show their solidarity for HIV positive people. The book is an eye opener for anyone who wish to see the wave of positive change in society. Everyone including the brave hearts Savita, Chintu, Mithali has the right to live with their head held high without fear of social ostracization. Life does not have to be like this. The time is ripe to act now with one’s sense and sensibility. Break the myths. Come, be the change!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Book Review: Bloodline Bandra by Godfrey Joseph Pereira


Book Review: Bloodline Bandra by Godfrey  Joseph Pereira

*Publisher: Harpercollins *ISBN: 978-93-5136-442-9 *No of Pages: 248 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 350 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

Wow, funny and hilarious novel, the book is divided into three parts, the first one which is the funniest part, which describes the traditional life and language spoken in Pila village near Bandra in Bombay. The history of Bombay and the origin of Pali villagers from first century until Indian Independence are described in very simple way.

The book is about David the protagonist journey to USA and back to India, it uncovers the dark side of Indian living abroad. Besides the gripping story, the author shows the culture and life of East Indians living in Pali Village. The author has shown how we all are connected to over motherland, the places where we came from, the difficult part to move from our bloodline. 

Read this novel to know, why they are called East Indians even though they live in Western part of India. All the characters and their interesting names given by the villagers is very interesting part of the novel. Also interview with the author which is at the end of the book is must read for those who are pursuing their dream to live their life in USA, the author has perfectly portrayed the life of Indians exploited by the Indians in USA.  

Godfrey’s writing style is fresh, unique, gripping, evocating and humorous, it’s a must read book. I highly recommend Bloodline Bandra to everyone. I am eagerly waiting for the Bloodline Bandra’s second part. 

Blurb:

David Cabral is a journalist, and also one of the original pee-pills: an East Indian from Pali Village. The village is a world unto itself, and the villagers such notables as Salt Peter, Freedy Fakir, Bosco Big Stomach, Carla Four Eyes, Lorna Leg Spread, Spunkless Joe and Small Tree Big Fruit. It is a world relatively untroubled by the rapid changes around it, mostly because its inhabitants just ask themselves: ‘My fadder wot going?’
David, spurred by the sight of childhood friends who have made it big abroad, manages to shake off the stupor of his comfortable life and heads to New York for his piece of the American Dream pie. There, he finds himself a slave: unable to scrape together enough money to return to India, nor able to quit because it would render his stay illegal. He also meets and falls in love with Japanese cello student Hatsumi Nakamura - a difficult relationship, because they are both bound by culture and circumstance.
All the while, Pali village beckons David home.

Bloodline Bandra captures with flair and wit the flavourful language of the East Indians, life in the tight-knit community of Pali Village and a way of life that’s dying. It is a riveting tale of love and loss, of home and homelessness, that will linger on long after the book is read and put away.