30 September, 2015

Gratitude list - Sep 2015

I am loving this post and waiting to write my gratitude list every month :-)
So, getting habituated to recognize every small thing in my life that I am grateful for.

Quickly going to my gratitude list.. It's a small list.

1. Happy for being a mother. I realized, we shouldn't take anything for granted and I feel grateful to God to be blessed with healthy, happy kids who make my life bright and worth living.

2. Contributed one article for the great initiative by Vidya Suri for 'Collecting smiles' ebook. Yet to be launched in amazon.com.. waiting :-)

3. I am better balanced this month and learned to leave tension and stop worrying about past/ future. #Lifemantra for this month is Enjoy present :-)

4. Back to book reviews after some gap and could review 3 books this month.

5. Could spend some good amount of time with my son on crafts and other fun. We both enjoyed for sure..

6. Hey! this is the last day of September challenge. How fun it was! I published a post on every weekday, visited many blogs, read and commented on many blogs and learned a lot from blogger friends :-)

Until next time,







Linking this post to Gratitude circle hosted by Corinne and Vidya Suri.
Image courtesy: Creative commerce license image flickr search. 

29 September, 2015

Devilish laugh in the night

Shruthi slept quickly after finishing her favourite novel. She is habituated to live alone in her 2 bedroom flat after she got a job and moved to her dream city.

Exactly at 2 a.m she woke up suddenly by the devilish laugh. She tiptoed to every room switching on each light and searching for the source of that haunting voice. That sound stopped suddenly. She couldn't sleep for an hour being afraid.

When she is thinking about it deeply in the morning, her maid was leaving after cleaning the house.
Again that devilish laugh reverberated in the room from the kitchen and maid was relieved while leaving the house, "Amma, forgot my mobile yesterday in the kitchen and was worrying if I lost it!"

Shruthi is now scolding herself for her fear last night, thinking of the horrible ringtone of her maid's mobile.

Until next time,

28 September, 2015

Prismatic by Sarah Elle Emm - [Book Spot Light]

Today's book spot light is on a scientific fiction. The story is set in future around 2050, where USA is ruled by their new president Elizabeth Nicks who hates people born from mixed races. She divides US citizens and sends them to different zones and controls everyone. Read this book to know more on this Young Adult/ dystopian novel, which is the first part of harmony series.


Book Blurb:

Rare glimpses of birds are the only reminder of the freedoms Rain Hawkins once had. Now segregated into a mixed-race zone within the United Zones of the Authority, under tyrannical rule of President Nicks, Rain is forced to endure the bleak conditions set upon her. The possibility of a way out arises when Rain discovers an organized resistance called The Freedom Front, and learns that she, along with many other multi-racial people, has special abilities. Determined to overcome her situation, Rain sets out on a mission with the resistance that will fill her life with wonder, romance, and the undying hope for a better world.

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About the Author:



Sarah Elle Emm is the author of the HARMONY RUN SERIES, a young-adult fantasy and dystopian series, released in May 2012 by Winter Goose Publishing. (PRISMATIC, May 2012, OPALESCENT, February 2013, CHATOYANT, September 2014, NACREOUS, August 2015) Her debut fiction novel, MARRYING MISSY, was published by Bird Brain Publishing in October 2011. Sarah is a graduate of The University of Evansville, she has lived and worked in Mexico, Germany, England, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has traveled extensively beyond. Sarah lives in Naples, Florida with her family. When she’s not walking the plank of her daughters’ imaginary pirate ship or snapping photos of Southwest Florida scenery, she is writing.

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3                     3 Winners will get One Signed Copy of a book of their choice from the Harmony Run                       Series

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Until next time,



25 September, 2015

The First Life of Vikram Roy by Laxmi Hariharan - Release day Blitz

This is about the launch of #dystopian novel "The first life of Vikram Roy" by Laxmi Hariharan.
Have you read any of the earlier books in Ruby Iyer series? This is 2015 reader's Favourite YoungAdult fiction.

So read more about the book in Ruby Iyer series and also participate in GiveAway!

#dystopia #YoungAdult #Fiction

About the Book:


His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind. 

Vikram never should have left his family, but when Vikram's father brings his half-brother Vishal home, life will never be the same. Vikram thinks things will be better now that he's gone. He's met the love of his life, his future looks bright and then everything is shattered. Now, his family's life is hanging in the balance, and only Vikram can do what needs to be done to save them. From the bestselling dystopian fiction author with over 200 reviews and ratings of her dystopia books across Goodreads, Amazon and other retailers. 

If you’re looking for books like Hunger Games, then this dystopia romance series, The Ruby Iyer Series is it.



Book Links:

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An exclusive excerpt and GIVEAWAY from The First Life of Vikram Roy
The Ruby Iyer Series—by Laxmi Hariharan

I hear the staccato of shots being fired, followed by yells and howls of pain. Then, the sound of something being smashed and everything goes quiet. The TV no longer chatters. I look to the open door. The recreation room is down at the end of the corridor. The sounds of shots get closer. Without giving myself a chance to think I make a run for the door slam it shut, lock it and it’s as if that’s a signal to the rest of the men to jump to their feet. Without a word, the ten of us scram to our bunks, pull on trousers and shoes.We get our hands on whatever weapon we can find. No guns, none of us have guns. So I grab my cricket bat. (As if that’s going to make a difference?)

 Around me the others too are grabbing cricket bats and hockey sticks. Neil grabs an iron rod. An iron rod? Where did he get that from?  We drop to the floor, crouch and wait. 

Should I hide under the bed? Nope, no way. Like, that is going to help. 

And then a crash as the door is broken down, hacked by what looks like an axe till it’s in pieces on the floor and through it step through two men. One holding a machine gun, the other wielding an axe which he drops to the floor and instead grabs the the gun slung over his back. They are both wearing balaclavas, so we can’t see their features. Of medium height, they are muscular and dressed all in black: Black jeans and sweatshirts, their hair covered by the hoods. Their backs are to the door. They point their guns at us, signalling to us to put our hands up. I hesitate, not looking around but sense that the others too are not sure what to do. The first gunman points his gun at the nearest recruit … a boy just out of his teens and shoots him in the head. 

There is a collective gasp from the room. A chill runs through me. Who are they? How did they break through the security measures of the force base? And then they are foolish enough to barge right into the heart of the training facilities of the force and shoot its cadets? Why? Why would they do that? The gunmen gesture to us and this time we follow their orders. We walk to the wall at the back of the bunkhouse and line up, hands on our heads, staring ahead.

An alarm rings out then. Finally! It’s been almost ten minutes since the shooting started. Still, the reinforcements should be here soon. Now all we need to do is keep these gun men distracted enough so they don’t kill us. As if reading my mind, the guy who’d shot the young recruit moves forward, his gun trained on us. I draw in a breath and hold it. The sweat trickles down my back. My heart is racing so fast I am sure if I look down I can see it leaping out of my chest. The gunman passes me, walks to the end of the line; then back to the middle where I am. 

"You have no idea what this is about do you?" He asks.

He sounds young, as if he is barely a man himself. And something in his voice … muffled as it is, it sounds familiar. A faint recollection  grabs the edge of my mind, And then I forget everything because he leans close to Neil who is next to me, and smashes the butt of his gun into his stomach. Neil falls to the ground, moaning, holding his middle. I firm up my stomach muscles. I know I am next, I must be. I want to squeeze my eyes shut, but don’t. The gunman leans to the other side, and shoots another man in the head. 

This chap collapses without a cry. What the fuck? I want to jump him right then, but that would be really stupid of me. I am not going to help anyone if I get killed will I? There are six of us left in the room now. One of the younger recruits lets out a sob, at which gunman no 2 holds his gun at him, so he shuts up immediately.

The gunman asks me, "Where are the plans?’

"What are you talking about?" I reply, trying to stay calm, struggling not to show how scared I am inside. 

He only grins and in response, and without taking his eyes off me, holds his gun up and I know what what he is going to do and I scream. "No!" But it’s too late. This time he’s shot two more guys in succession. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. These guys are desperate, or crazy or both. 

Besides me Neil stirs on the ground.  

The gunman takes a deep breathe, as if trying to calm himself and says, "Don’t pretend to be dumb. If you don’t get me the blue prints of the security arrangements being planned by the force for Bombay; the one that you and your team mates are being trained for, then all the rest of you die too."

Only six of us left now. Four young lives, gone just like that. I feel sick. What the fuck are these guys upto? And … and how do they know about the plans? This is top secret. The only reason I know about it, is because I’ve overheard the training officer speaking with the ACP about it on the phone last week. And only because I happened to be waiting outside his room then. And how does this gunman even know that I know the details?

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happens next? Clickhere


About the origins of Ruby Iyer:

Growing up in Bombay, my daily commute to university was inevitably nightmarish. It's just how public transport is here. The man behind you on the bus will brush up against you. You know you are going to be felt up on a crowded train platform. All you can do is accept it and get on. Or so you think. I did too, until, a
young photojournalist was raped in the centre of Bombay in broad daylight.  It made me furious. Nothing had changed in this city in all these years. Then, I had a vision of this young girl who would
not back down; who would follow her instincts, stand up for herself regardless of consequences. Thus, Ruby Iyer was born. Make no mistake, Ruby’s her own person. She leads. I follow. You can
download the RUBY IYER DIARIES, the prequel novelette in the series free HERE.






About The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer
2015 Readers' Favorite (Bronze) YA Action
 YA
Finalist 2015 IAN Book of the Year Award
Finalist 9th Annual Indie Excellence Awards
When her best friend is kidnapped, Ruby will stop at nothing to rescue him. 

Criminals run the streets of Bombay. Jam-packed
with the worst degenerates. The city is a shell of the pride and joy it used to be. Ruby knows something must be done, but it isn’t until her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic DrBraganza that she knows that she and she alone must save city, save her best
friend, save the world from total destruction. Armed only with Vikram, a cop-turned-rogue they are about to embark on a road they may never return from. If you’re looking for fast-paced books
like Hunger Games or dystopia fiction like Angelfall, the Ruby Iyer series is perfect for you. 


DOING MY BIT

All SEPTEMBER earnings
from the RUBY IYER SERIES will be donated to SAVE THE CHILDREN: SUPPORT
CHILD REFUGEES OF SYRIA. All the RUBY IYER books with their brand new
covers, are on SALE all this month at 99p/c & Rs 69/49. Click 
HERE to buy them. 



YOU can also donate to SAVE THE
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About the Author:


She almost died. But when dystopia romance author Laxmi Hariharan had a near death experience, she was told to write. Laxmi is the creator of dystopian romance series, RUBY IYER SERIES (The MANY LIVES OF VIKRAM ROY - FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards, the bestselling The RUBY IYER DIARIES , The FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY, The SECOND LIFE OF RUBY IYER & VIKRAM ROY, PANKY's FIRST LIFE), and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner, The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). If you're looking for books like Divergent and Angelfall, you'll love the RUBY IYER SERIES.

Laxmi writes books similar to Hunger Games while listening to electronica & progressive rock, and downing innumerable cups of extra sweet ginger-chai. She is also an avid photographer of street art and believes she was a tree -- a redwood -- in her past life. London is where she creates. Bombay is what fires her imagination.

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GIVEAWAY
The First Life of Vikram Roy, The THIRD book in the RUBY IYER Series, launches this month. To celebrate the launch of the FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY I am giving away a $30 gift card. Winner will be drawn, Oct 1, 2015, and announced in my next newsletter.

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Until next time,




24 September, 2015

An inspiring quote

This is one of the best quotes that inspire me.

It happens many times that we know we are on right track, but unsure on how our family members or society around us might react to that. We are afraid that no one stands up for us if we take that right direction which majority doesn't support.

But, there is something called intuition and conscience. It says loud and clear if we are right or not. I prefer listening to that.

Whenever people take decisions on their academics, job, marriage or their hobbies, they might get conflicting opinions from friends, family and others. It is very good to listen to all the opinions before taking a decision. But, we should take a decision on our own assessing the impact and we should own the responsibility too. No one is perfect in this world and these decisions might prove us wrong in future. But, taking responsibility on failure, learning from it and correcting is the best course of action one can do, instead of blaming people who helped in taking the decision.

So my #LifeMantra is doing what I feel right, even if I have to stand alone because of it. I want to take responsibility of my success and failures equally.

What is your opinion on doing it right when no one supports you?
I will be happy to know your opinion :-)

Until nest time,


23 September, 2015

A fun weekend activity

Weekends are a gift to do something we like or spend time leisurely and relax.
Usually, I complete any pending works on Saturday and relax completely on Sunday either by sleeping or reading some book or watching a movie.

Last weekend, I had to engage my kid on some interesting activity. I am not a very creative or crafty person. So, I have googled many images of simple crafts for a 4-year-old and found out this activity.

A caterpillar / crawling bug

Items needed:
2 egg cartons
Fabric paints/ water colours
paint brush
craft kit containing small wool balls for eyes and colourful antennas
Glue












Steps:
1. Cut the egg carton to half and connect them with glue/ fevicol like a train keeping them upside down
2. Colour the egg carton train with interesting colours - all same or alternate colours like we did
3. Stick colour wool balls as eyes and stick colourful antennas (you can stick shirt buttons and colour them black for eyes. You can roll a long paper, stick it to small wire and colour for antenna)

Simple. Isn't it? I chose the basic one so that it will be easy for my kid to do on his own.   By the way, you can prepare a penguin, a train, a boat and many other items with egg cartons. Creativity doesn't have a limit, right?

So, that's the fun we had on the weekend. We also prepared some greeting cards with simple drawings like cup cakes, balloons, bus and trucks and coloured them.

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Until next time,





22 September, 2015

Fair world?

Society is not very fair to dark skinned, especially in Indian society. Fair and lovely and other fairness cream ads promote this obsession to fair skin a lot. These have been my thoughts in the perspective of a young girl with dark complexion.


It hurts when people say,
    "you are dark, not attractive"
   " It's difficult to get a good alliance for you"

It hurts when,
    people ignore my educational qualifications and a good job
    and frown on my skin colour

It hurts when,
    ads show as if having a fair complexion is the only goal of every girl

It hurts no more,
    As I am matured now, to ignore those foolish people who see only colours and nothing else in an         individual.

Writing this post for #WordyWedensday Sentence prompt hosted by Blog-A-Rhythm.

Sentence prompt: It hurts no more.

Until next time,


21 September, 2015

Milan (A wedding story) by Simi K Rao - [Book Review]


Book Details:
Title: Milan (A wedding story)
Author: Simi K Rao
Publication date: Aug 31, 2015
Formats: Paperback, Digital Ebook
ISBN-13: 978-1517142865
Genre: Contemporary romance

Book Blurb:
When a daughter turns marriageable age, what should a responsible father do? Easy- wed her to the most suitable boy who comes knocking on the door. Jai Bharadwaj, Mili's father and owner of The Serenity Tea Estate in the idyllic Nilgiris would've probably liked to do the same, but being who he was, he had to ask her first. What would she say?

My review:
‘Milan’ is a story of a bubbly, straight forward young girl ‘Mili’. This novel captures the changes in her life from a marriage proposal through the wedding.

Mili is a graduate in Music and an aspiring Sitar artist. She wants to pursue her career in music and visits her home-town ‘Coonoor’, which is a hill station in Tamilnadu to meet her parents who own a tea plantation there. Marriage was not in her thoughts at all until a sudden proposal comes from Mrs. Kapoor for her son ‘Aahaan’. Aahaan was Mili’s classmate who she used to tease a lot in school days and she doesn’t have any inclination towards him at that time.

Beautiful and innocent love blossoms between them as Mili accepts the proposal and they try to understand each other gradually. There are no twists and turns in the story.

Every girl is afraid about how life might change after marriage – will she have to ask permissions for every small thing from in-laws or spouse, will she have freedom like earlier to be naughty, to enjoy, to meet her parents whenever she likes, Will the new family welcome her with love, will they encourage or support her career and other ambitions?.. Mili also goes through all these but gets assurance from Aahaan that he will support her always. The story ends with the union of their souls through marriage.

The author tries to explain the institution of arranged marriage and how it works still in India. At the end, she says,

There is no concept of divorce. Marriage is a sacred relationship and once married, a couple is wedded for life.

What I liked:
Thoughts of a young yet to be married girl are captured very well and every girl/ woman gone through this phase can relate to it very well. Characterization is too ideal to believe, but it’s good. There are no villains/ bad people portrayed in the story except for a friend of Mili.

What I didn’t like:
The story is romantic and too rosy. Doesn’t look very practical as Mili and Aahaan are shown as made for each other and very much like an ideal couple. We can see this kind of characters only in movies. Since there are no twists and turns in the story, at one point, we will feel very bored. Mili accepts the proposal very quick after meeting Aahaan twice, which is surprising. Even though he is a childhood friend, usually, Mili should have had many questions to ask him before accepting the proposal.

My rating: 3/5

I would recommend this to teenage unmarried girls.

About the Author:
Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in both northern and southern India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. She is the author of multicultural contemporary romantic fiction. The inspiration for her books and other creative projects comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances. Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life. Much of Rao's down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world. A practicing physician, Rao lives in Denver with her family. Her published works include Inconvenient Relations and The Accidental Wife. She is currently at work on her next release.







Milan (A Wedding Story), Kando Books, is found at your favorite book retailer: Amazon.com

PS: I have received an advanced review copy from book r3vi3w tours.

Until next time,


18 September, 2015

The temple is not my father by Rasana Atreya - Book Spot Light

Today's Book spotlight is on some realistic story.
"The temple is not my father" by Rasana is about the evil Devadasi system and the story of a young mother fighting for her daughter's rights in a male dominated society.

Read this heart-wrenching story of a woman's plight..








Name of the Book: THE TEMPLE IS NOT MY FATHER

Author: Rasana Atreya



Read some reviews:



1. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal 

2. Ruchi Singh

3. Sridevi 



The Story:



Ensnared by a tradition hundreds of years old, a woman fights for her daughter’s happiness.

From the author of 'Tell A Thousand Lies,' which was shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia award. UK's Glam magazine calls 'Tell A Thousand Lies' on of their 'five favourite tales from India.'

If you like Rohinton Mistry or Shilpi Somaya Gowda, you might like this short story of 40 pages.


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About The Author 



Rasana Atreya 

Rasana is the author of Amazon bestseller 'Tell A Thousand Lies', which was also shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia award. UK’s Glam magazine calls this novel one of their five favourite tales from India (June 2014). Her other works are 'The Temple Is Not My Father' and '28 Years A Bachelor'.



Now on to more personal stuff – Rasana would like to be able to tell her readers that she once stopped a robbery single-handedly, except she’s terrified of robbers. And geckos. And two-year-olds who throw tantrums. When she’s not running scared, she’s mother to a girl and a boy who were respectively six and eleven years-old when they wrote and illustrated 'The Mosquito and the Teapot'. She lives with her husband and children in Hyderabad, India, where a lot of her stories are set.


Stalk her @

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17 September, 2015

Vinayaka Chavithi festival

Today is Vinayaka Chavithi and it is an important festival in our household where the whole family contributes to the puja and participates in the celebration.

Vinayaka is considered to be a God who will remove all obstacles. Ganesh is another name to him and he uses a mouse as a vehicle. He is depicted as a person with the head of an elephant in mythology.

From childhood, this festival has a special place in our hearts and my sister and myself used to eagerly wait for this festival. Purchasing a new dress is kind of a madatory. We used to purchase different types of fruits, flowers, different types of leaves (patri) and an idol of Ganesh made from mud. We take head bath on Ganesh Chathurdhi wearing new dresses, decorate our homes with flower garlands at the entrance with mango leaves bunch. We clean our pooja area, place the mud Ganesh idol on a stand, tie palavalli(a wooden construction to tie fruits) above the idol. We prepare special dishes to offer to Ganesha like undrallu, talukalu (jaggery sweet with rice powder), panakam (drink with water, jaggery and pepper powder), vadapappu (soaked moong daal), chalividi (sweet with jaggery and rice powder) before pooja. Children place their books before pooja with a swasthik marked with turmeric paste and pray to God to make them study well without any failures and obstacles.We all do pooja and read a story about Ganesha and give haarathi (camphor light).

This Ganesha idol will be kept at home for 1 or 3 or 5 or 7 or 9 or 11 days and then will be merged in any lake(nimajjanam). This festival is very famous and celebrated well especially in Hyderabad and Mumbai. Very large Ganesha idols are prepared for the occasion and large processions will be held before merging them in a lake, which is called nimajjanam.

So, that's about the festival and its importance in our culture. Look at these photos from my archive of Vinayaka Chavithi Pooja.

Happy Ganesh Chathurdi to all :-) May God bless you all with happiness and good health on this occasion.

Until next time,



16 September, 2015

Made in India by Biddu - Book Spot Light


Do you remember 'Made In India' pop song from Alisha? I loved it at that time! That song was composed by Biddu. This book that I am sharing in today's spot light is the biography of Music composer Biddu. So, read more about this book on #music.



Made in India by Biddu

Blurb:
As a child, Biddu dreamt of going west and making it big as a composer. At the age of sixteen, he formed a band and started playing in a cafe in Bangalore, his hometown, At eighteen, he was part of a popular act at Trinca's, a nightclub in Calcutta devoted to food, wine and music, At nineteen, he had college students in Bombay dancing to his music.


In his early twenties, he left the country and ended up hitchhiking across the Middle East before arriving in London with only the clothes on his back and his trusty guitar. What followed were years of hardship and struggle but also great music and gathering fame. From the nine million selling "Kung Fu Fighting" to the iconic youth anthem of "Made in India" and the numerous hits in between. Biddu's music made him a household name in India and elsewhere.
In this first public account of all that came his way: the people, the events, the music tours and companies Biddu writes with a gripping sense of humor about his remarkable journey with its fairy tale ending. Charming, witty, and entirely likable, Biddu is a man you are going to enjoy getting to know.

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5758954.Biddu


About the Author


Biddu was born in India, where he started his career playing in a pop band whose influences lay in the classic repertoire of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Following his early success, he decided to hear West and move into the international music arena. He struck gold, signing the unknown Carl Douglas and producing "Kung Fu Fighting?" which went on to become a hit all over the world. He also wrote and produced hits for Tina Charles and soul legend Jimmy James.

Around this time, Biddu became involved in Indian music: he composed the cult "Aap Jaise Koi" for the film Qurbani which set a new landmark for sales in India He followed this up with a pop album, Disco Deewane, with Nazia Hassan, which became the largest selling pop album in Asian history, and was the first Indian album to hit the charts in fourteen countries. In 1995, Biddu wrote and produced the three-million-selling album Made in India with the singer Alisha Chinai. To date, Biddu has sold over thirty-eight million records worldwide.


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  •           Paperback copy of Made in India by Biddu
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15 September, 2015

Where is she going?


She is feeling excited to pick a flight today
to participate in a Fashion week in New york
to compete with international fashion designers
and prove herself to the world..

It would be the beginning of a bright future
leaving behind her abusive relationship and past
realizing her life's dreams..



My 50 words post on the prompt, 'Where is she going?' hosted by Vashelle and Mia on Write or Die Wednesdays.

Write or Die Wednesdays

#SeptemberChallenge

Until next time,

14 September, 2015

Collegedunia.com – A College search portal

Education is the kindling of a Flame, not the filling up of a vessel - Socrates

In India, there is more stress on students. Parents want their children to do engineering/ medicine/ CA/ other streams in top colleges, want their children to get selected in campus interviews itself and settle thereafter.  There is more emphasis on searching for a college which gives quality education, is less expensive, gives more exposure to opportunities in the world and finally which prepares them to be competitive enough compared to other graduates all over the world. Collegedunia.com is a leading search engine of colleges in India, which makes this job easier to both parents and students.

Let me walk you through some of the features in the site:

  • Search colleges, courses, exams and results
  • Find ratings for different colleges
  • Get list of top universities based on rating
  • Filter colleges by stream, state, fee, duration etc.,
  • Download brochures and find detailed information on any college in the site


  • Let’s say, if I want to know details of University of Pune,

    The site has complete details on the address, contact details, courses, fee, photo gallery, placement information and even about faculty, which is rare to find anywhere else.

    Rating is available for each college. There is an option to apply for any course in that college.




    I am amazed to see the search and filter features in the site. If you have to search for some good management colleges in Delhi, there are many options to filter and narrow down your results.


    Filtering by city, stream, university, entrance exam, duration of the course, the course fee is easy and yields results pretty quick. Moreover, students can narrow down his results to see colleges which offer only full time/ part time/ correspondence courses. These colleges are listed in the descending order by popularity so that it is easy to quickly choose a college and find details.

    With the popular initiatives like "ZoRooms" to find hotel rooms to stay and "UBER" to book rides making our lives easier, Collegedunia is right there.

    So, students and parents…
    .
    Now, it’s easy to search and choose over 20,000 colleges from this site. Give it a try, you will thank me for saving your time on choosing the best course in a good college J

    Until next time,






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    11 September, 2015

    Scarlet Envy by Ann McGinnis - Book Spot Light

    For a change, today's book spot light is on a #Mystery and #Thriller novel.  We are done with many #Romance novels recently.

    This is the book 2 of suspense series by Ann McGinnis. I hope, you will like it :-)

    It's Friday, I wish you all a happy weekend ahead.




    Name of the Book: SCARLET ENVY

    Author: Ann McGinnis



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    1. Charles Ray 

    2. Kay Wilson 



    The Story:



    FBI Analyst Caycee Scarlet is back on the trail of another ruthless serial killer, and doing it the wrong way – her way.

    Bombing suspect Carl Hicks continues to evade the FBI, but his interest in Caycee heats up. He sends her a love letter, prompting the FBI to place her into protective custody and use an agent as a double to draw Hicks out. The bomber isn’t fooled.

    Hating being sidelined, Caycee realizes Hicks may not be a threat when he finds her safe house and reveals his ulterior motive. He’s on a mission – to save Caycee from his dangerous ex-wife Siobhan – who is killing her bloodline to eliminate the Killer Gene. Unbeknownst to everyone but Siobhan’s twisted mind, Caycee holds the key to finding the source of the gene. And the source has a deadly legacy – it’s the notorious Zodiac Killer.

    The clever FBI Analyst wants back in the game but her boss, and lover, Agent Gil Graham, is reluctant to expose her to the evil of two serial killers. After all, Caycee’s an analyst not an agent! It causes her to rely more on Hicks, and question which man is her true soul mate – the protector or the trickster? The answer lies somewhere along the trail of iconic 40-year-old murders, and Caycee’s ability to uncover the truth. If she fails, she’ll be the Zodiac Killer’s latest victim.


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    About The Author 



    Ann McGinnis 

    Ann McGinnis writes about characters that let their egos and sense of justice rule their lives, while they protect the public from serial killers and unthinkable crimes. Of course, Ann's characters always find a way to blow off steam -- romantically!



    As a writer, Ann comes from the world of action/thrillers and screenwriting. She has two scripts currently in development. A third script, about a spunky FBI analyst, is the basis of "Scarlet Revenge" and the main character Caycee Scarlet. "Scarlet Envy" is the second book in the Scarlet Suspense Series.


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