31 August, 2015

Akshaya Patra foundation

If you have been following my blog recently, you would know that I am preparing gratitude list from past 2 months here and here and it feels very good doing that. These lists show how grateful I am to have a comfortable life.

By God's grace, many of us are fortunate to have good food, health and happiness. There are many in our world who are deprived of their basic needs like food, clothing and shelter. When I think of donating to some charity, I would select one which will provide these basic necessities to deprived people. When I choose some charity, I would like to know how my money will be spent or utilized. If this information is not given by the charity, my sole intention of helping someone cannot be satisfied. 
These days, many organizations are collaborating with NGOs to improve the society and people around us through corporate social responsibility programs. Even I participated in many such social responsible events, but choosing a right transparent NGO is becoming tough. 

Stumbled upon this site - Akshaya Patra foundation and did some research online about its transparency. Could find only positive reviews without negativity and so, would like to share the information on this foundation here to spread a word.

Akshaya Patra foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Benguluru, India. This organization is found from the inspiration of Shri Prabhupada and it strives to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition in children in India. By implementing mid-day meal schemes in government schools and government-aided schools, it is not only feeding hungry children but also encouraging them to come to school. Isn't it good?

A simple calculation in the site shows how just Rs.750/- can feed a child for a complete year. It also mentions clearly the segregation of money on different expenses like program management, fund raising and communication etc., Please do check this site and donate, if you feel, it's worth to spend money on this noble cause.

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28 August, 2015

Take 2 by Ruchi Singh - Book Spot Light

Today's Book spot light is on 'Take 2' by Ruchi Singh.
Read this #Contemporary Romance and #Drama.

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Name of the Book: TAKE 2

Author: Ruchi Singh

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The Story:

Priya’s idyllic world turns upside down when she realizes her husband considers her dead weight after stripping her off her inheritance for his ambitions and lavish lifestyle.

Instantly attracted to Priya, Abhimanyu knows getting involved with a married woman is inviting trouble. But despite common sense, cautions and hesitations, he is drawn to help her.

Happily ever after has become a myth for Priya and trying to keep the relationship platonic is becoming more and more difficult for Abhimanyu.

In the tussle between ethics, fears and desires... will Priya embrace a second chance at happiness?

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Ruchi Singh

Ruchi Singh is a novelist, and writes in two genres; romance and romantic thriller. She has a degree in Electronics Engineering and has worked as Quality Consultant in the IT field. She began her writing career writing short stories and articles, which have been published on various online forums. She has been a contributing author to many anthologies and has published her first book Take 2, which is a contemporary romance with a spice of social drama.

A voracious reader, she loves everything—from classics to memoirs to editorials to chick-lit, but her favourite genre is 'romantic thriller'. Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling with Indian classical dance forms.

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26 August, 2015

My Gratitude list - Aug 2015

This is the last week of August and I want to continue showing gratitude in this month too..

There are both ups and downs in this month in professional and personal life, but I kept my positive spirit ON. There were difficult times and small challenges, but had overcome them.

So, let me list down a few for which I am grateful for:

1. An unplanned / quickly planned visit to a close family member's house
2. Visiting my best friend after almost 2 years or more
3. One good news in professional life
4. Good health to family members and peace at home
5. Could spend more time on blog and see the actual benefit on traffic to my blog :p
6. One positive progress in my personal goal

Linking this to Gratitude linkup for august hosted by Alphabet Salad.
Also, linking this to gratitude circle hosted by Corinne of EverydayGyaan with Vidya Suri.

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25 August, 2015

Nacreous by Sarah Elle Emm - Book Spot Light

Today's book spotlight is about Nacreous by Sarah Elle. #Fantasy #Teen Fiction
Check it out! Few cool fun facts about the author too. 

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About the Book:
After two members of The Freedom Front are arrested and interrogated by the UZTA’s tyrannical President Nicks, Rain Hawkins and her friends face the alarming reality that their plans to liberate the mixed zones across the United Zones of The Authority might not come to fruition. While the resistance movement is growing outside the walls of the zones, the president’s forces are strengthening and putting citizens everywhere in more peril than ever. When Rain receives warnings that her cousin, Calista, has agreed to support plans to kill the mixed zones, and that her life could be on the line at the upcoming pure zone initiation ceremony, she must decide where her loyalties lie and if all of her allies can be trusted. As The Freedom Front use their abilities to unravel the mystery of the ceremony, The Authority captures some of their friends, forcing TFF to either go into hiding, or plan a rescue mission that could jeopardize everything they’ve been fighting for.

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Hooray, it is finally release day for Nacreous! Thanks for stopping by the fabulous Release Day Blitz, organized by b00k r3vi3w Tours. To kick off the blitz, here are a couple of “Fun Facts” about author's writing process… I hope you enjoy!

From Sarah Elle Emm:

Writing Playlist:

So…Music. Some authors swear by it. They have their playlist set in the background while they pen their latest manuscript. Me? Not exactly. Music is very important to me. I believe in dance parties, and by dance parties I mean cranking up my I-pod to the music fitting my mood, be this salsa, classic rock, blues, country, classical, whatever, and dancing alone in my room or kitchen. (Yes, I said classical and country in the same list). My kids may or may not be in attendance. They like to watch and laugh. Sometimes, they join in. But as far as my writing process goes, the music is sort of my warm up. So I might turn on some music that fits my mood for parts of the story and listen to it in my car or at my desk before I write, but not while I am actually writing. I need it to be quiet in the room, so I can tell the story…(Ahem, hear what my characters are trying to tell me). ;) While I wrote Nacreous, and the other books in the Harmony Run Series, my favorite music warm-up to set the mood was Lorde. Specifically, the songs Team and A World Alone. In fact, if any of the books from my series could be made for film, I would beg producers to include one of those songs in the movies.

My Writing Process:

I can’t sit down and force myself to write everyday because it begins to feel too mechanical, but I am definitely one of those people who thinks about writing, story ideas, characters, scenarios all of the time, awake or asleep. I love using my dreams in my writing and have written a few of them into scenes in the Harmony Run Series. Back in college, the good ol’ stone ages, I had one of the most terrifying dreams of my life about a man with a triangular-shaped eye chasing me down a corridor, one door after the other, with this woman’s voice echoing all around us, telling him to kill me. When I got to the end of the corridor, I opened the last door, and he was standing there facing me. I woke up sobbing…About a year later, a psychology professor at my university asked some of us to share dreams with him so he could demonstrate dream analysis. I bravely raised my hand, (this was huge for me, since I am very shy in person), and shared my dream in vivid detail. After I finished talking, the entire class got eerily quiet and the professor told me I was dealing with issues beyond his realm of help, and went on to the next student’s dream. That student shared a dream about not being able to make a goal in a soccer match, and the professor dissected his dream in depth for fifteen minutes. Years later, I incorporated that dream, adding on some twists and turns of course, into book one from the Harmony Run Series, Prismatic. 

I also come up with ideas when I’m looking out of the kitchen window, when I’m walking, driving, cooking, gardening, taking my kids to martial arts, helping with their homework, basically, every waking moment. I take heaps of notes. I jot notes down for days. And when I’m ready, I sit down and type everything I can. I woke up the other night, and grabbed the notebook and pen beside my bed and wrote down an idea for another story. So my writing process is sort of a twenty-four hour thing. Oh, and probably the most important part of the process…How could I forget? My dog, Shorty, has to harass me to sit in my lap throughout the day. She eventually gives up and sleeps at my feet or nearby. She spares me the occasional glance or sighs every so often when I talk too much. Yes, I like to talk aloud to myself more often than not. If that dog could talk…Well, thankfully that’s not an issue. Here’s a photo of my writing pal…

Isn’t she cute? I hope you stick around to read about Nacreous. I’m going to look up that old psychology professor to see if he wants to read my latest book… ;)

Previous Books in the Series:

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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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Battered Hope by Carol Graham - Book Spot Light

My book spot light for today is some memoir which is inspiring. So, read a biography on #hope, #faith and #perseverance. Participate in #TornadoGiveaway and win books :-)

Name of the Book: BATTERED HOPE

Author: Carol Graham

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The Story:

Need encouragement? Ever feel hopeless? It is your choice to be VICTIM or VICTOR. Carol Graham lived a life of outrageous traumatic events, always a fighter and a winner over cancer, rape, marital abuse, jail, loss of child, huge financial losses from fraud and greed of others. Believes strongly that laughter will get you through anything. This fast paced memoir reads with all the elements of a good novel - character, conflict, suspense, and resolution. Follow her family through insurmountable hardships and witness the tenacity it takes for her to survive. It is a story of hope, perseverance, and faith. This is her compelling story

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Carol Graham 

Sharing laughter, inspiration and encouraging stories to anyone who has been put through the wringer of life. If I overcame tragedies...so can you. I am a motivational speaker sharing my incredible story of surviving cancer, rape, marital abuse, loss of child, suicide attempt, huge financial losses and more. I firmly believe laughter will get you through almost anything. I published Battered Hope in 2013, which is a memoir written as a compelling novel. It is a story of perseverence and faith.

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24 August, 2015

Kemp fort Shiv temple, Benguluru - Important information

I have visited many tourist places in Benguluru and this place tops the list always. I keep it a point to visit 65ft Shiva idol in Kempfort whenever i visit Benguluru. But, my recent visit disappointed me to a great extent that I advice my friends to avoid visiting this place altogether now. 

Let me tell you good things first. 
This place is near Kempfort mall in old airport road in Benguluru, Karnataka. 65 feet tall Shiva idol surrounded by Himalayan setting and small pond is serene to look at. It was the best place to spend a peaceful evening. Exhibits of 12 Jyothirlingas arranged in a cave is another attraction.

Now, things that can irritate you in this peaceful place:

1. No transparency in entry fee:
There is no board which mentions the entry fee. Don't get cheated by paying special entry fee ticket of Rs.100/- This wont save at least 10 mins of your time.  In order to show some advantage for special ticket people, they stop normal people and send them slowly even though there is no crowd ahead.

There is a separate ticket after crossing Giant Ganesha idol, Rs.30/- They don't inform it before, so that we will be struck in the queue in the middle of crowd and won't have any option than to say 'YES' and pay. 

Charges wont end there yet. There is another ticket of Rs.30/- to visit Cave with 12 jyothirlingas set. 

Rs.5/- per pair to store footwear and Rs.35/- for camera are the other tickets that they charge. I think, there are very few who doesn't have camera in their phone now a days. So, they wont leave any chance by asking if you want to use your phone as camera or not. If they give that option, they might lose money right as the ticket is only for camera?

Forgot to tell you.. they mention one pooja package ticket worth Rs.100/- at entrance, I am not sure if they cover both entrance to cave and visiting the idol in that. When i rejected to take that ticket, that lady threatened me that same ticket will cost Rs.250/- inside. Don't get cheated at this point. It is only Rs.60/- inside, so, Iam not sure what she was referring to. I think, they collect money to pray, put coins in the pond and lighting incense stick. Not sure, but please note that everything is commercial here.

2. Suffocating Queue way :
The path for queue way is completely covered, so there is no space for light and air also to enter.They might have set this to keep people not drenching from rain, but it's too much suffocating. It's even dangerous to go with children. The path to enter jyothirlinga cave is very dark and its difficult to walk as steps are also there. They might have arranged lights inside. By the way, they have lights and they didn't switch them On :-)

3. End result? 
Yes, the idol is awesome. But, when we went in the evening at 6 Pm, there is very dim light on idol, even though there are focus lights arranged around. All those high focus lights are off adding to inconvenience. You saw the photo right? you can imagine how dim it is. At last, we didn't even get satisfaction of having a good Darshan. 

So, end result will be full of negative energy and frustration. On the top of it, they ask you if you can donate to temple while leaving. 

My strong suggestion would be to avoid this place for sure if you are going with kids. If not, it's your wish, tolerance, ability to spend, bhakthi and patience.

Anyone of you visited this place recently? would love to know your thoughts :-)

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21 August, 2015

Love or cheating?

Rajesh is madly in love with Keerthi. Days passed by with unlimited calls and special dates. Keerthi also reciprocated her love.

Keerthi met her best friend Shruthi after long time. She is eager to fill her up with updates. 

When Rajesh was entering Keethi's home, he couldn't ignore what he overheard.
"Shruthi, I am not serious about Rajesh. He is just like my other boy friends, with whom i can go shopping whenever I want to without paying a penny, get company whenever I am bored."

Rajesh left the place thinking,
I would never forgive her for what she’d done.

My lame attempt on sentence prompt from Blog - A -Rhythm. :-)
Word count : 100

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20 August, 2015

Rescued by Love by Shilpa Suraj - Book Spot Light

Another romantic novel :-)
Check this out.. Adventure, travel and romance, a good combination. Participate in #TornadoGiveaway and win this book :-)

Name of the Book: RESCUED BY LOVE

Author: Shilpa Suraj

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The Story:

When Naina Ahuja is kidnapped as hostage days before her father, a Supreme Court Chief Justice, must sentence a terrorist, the stakes are very high. Lt Col Arjun Rathore and his team are the only ones who can be trusted with the mission of saving her.

During their arduous trek back through the hostile terrain of Ladakh, Arjun and Naina spend days in danger of losing their lives - and their hearts. Back in safety, the real world and its very real problems threaten – as do their own perceptions of the differences between them.

They must separate – but will life rescue their love?

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Shilpa Suraj 

Shilpa was a year and a half when she was first introduced to the world of books. Her mother would park her with a picture book on the floor of the kitchen while she finished her cooking for the day. While it’s no longer the kitchen floor, you can still find her tucked away in a cosy nook somewhere with her nose buried in a book. While books in all genres interest her, it was romance that captured her heart. While racing through every romantic fiction book she could beg, borrow or buy, her over active imagination started to work overtime and weave its own stories. Years in the corporate world followed by a stint of entrepreneurship crystallised her belief that all she really wanted to do was give life to the stories bubbling inside of her. She briefly managed to tear herself away from the world of fiction to find her own personal happily ever after and now spends her time happily focusing on the two loves of her life – family and writing romances.

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Golden Heat by Ju Ephraime - [Book Review]

This time, it's a spicy romance ready for review.  I am not much used to e-book reviews, always reviewed hard copies. Let me share my opinion on this e-book.

Note: Received free copy for review from author and this is my honest opinion.

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Welcome to my stop on the Review Tour of Golden Heat by Ju Ephraime. This is a spicy romance with an intriguing twist of mystery.

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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Native American


Andy Redfield is a hard-nose real estate developer, trying to settle his father’s estate and locate the treasure that was mentioned in his father’s will. Bernie Harp is a no-nonsense, private investigator, and who specializes in locating lost objects. When Andy hires her to find his dad’s treasure, she anticipates working alone, as was her custom. She communicates this to Andy in no uncertain terms, but Andy was having none of it. If anything, he was more determined than ever to lend his assistance. When finding the treasure becomes more than a routine job, and the presence of a suspicious intruder is discovered, tempers flare and sparks fly. While they have difficulty seeing eye-to-eye, Andy and Bernie agree on one thing: They need to capture the intruder and locate his father’s treasure.
Kicking and screaming, Bernie is forced to accept his presence on the job, even though it was distracting as hell. With them rubbing each other the wrong way, before they know it, the friction they generate turns to love’s golden heat, igniting a fire neither expected, and neither could deny. So, when Bernie unexpectedly disappears, Andy realizes she was more precious to him than all the treasures in the world, and he’d give up anything to find her—anything, including the treasure, only is he prepared for what he finds?

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~About the Author~

Ju Ephraime began writing professionally at age 19; at that time, she wrote short stories for the local radio station in her home town. She gave up writing to pursue her education and has since earned several degrees, including two Masters and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. During the course of her schooling, she wrote and published a working curriculum for a career school, a business manual and its answer key, as well as other literary work. In 2010 she revisited her first love, writing for fun and enjoyment. She writes high heat, steamy, romance novels. The first was, State of Ecstasy in the LaCasse series, which was soon followed by, Temptation to Sin, Loving Therèse, #2 in the LaCasse series. Ju has gone on to write several more books, including, The Odor of Violet, on tour this month, Complete Surrender, #3 in the LaCasse series; as well as, a Christmas Novella, Footsteps in the Sand and her award winning paranormal, White Magic Woman, Quarterfinalist in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest, 2013, out of over 10,000 entrants.

Ju lives in Connecticut, where she is very active in her community. She is the administrator of a business school and the president of a non-profit organization that dresses individuals for job interviews.

Visit her blog at http://www.juephraime.blogspot.com or her personal page at http://www.juliaeantoine.com where you can sign up for e-mail updates and be the first to hear about new releases.

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My Review
As mentioned in blurb, it's kind of Mills and boone's love story, where the hero Andy impresses private detective Bernie in first look itself and there is an attraction between them from the starting. Since Andy is boss to Bernie, she tries to supress the emotions as she doesnt want to have a relationship with her boss, but the desire between them is not that easy to go. So, story is about how they couldn't escape from the attraction and desire for each other.

Of course, its steamy and spicy. So, I would recommend this to teenage readers, who might enjoy. One more thing that impressed me is, it's a quick read. I liked the author's writing style, very easy to follow with medium pace. Characterization is great. Would love to read more from this author.

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13 August, 2015

Reunited for the billionaire's legacy by Jennifer Hayward [Book Spot Light]

It's romantic novel today in my Book Spot light. Anyone interested? Participate in rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post to win book. Happy reading :-)
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Author: Jennifer Hayward

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The Story:

Diana Taylor's marriage to playboy Coburn Grant was short, passionate and blazed brightly until the reality of their different worlds set in. Now, years later, Coburn has finally agreed to a divorce. Except one last pleasurable night together seals their fate—with a baby!

Diana knows Coburn will never sign the papers now—he will have his wife and child. And, whisked away to a tropical island paradise, it's increasingly difficult to ignore their primal hunger for each other. With his legacy growing inside her, can Diana deny the one man she could never resist?

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Jennifer Hayward 

Award-winning author JENNIFER HAYWARD has been a fan of romance since filching her sister's novels to escape her teenaged angst.

Jennifer's career in journalism and PR, including years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and traveling the world, has provided perfect fodder for the fast-paced, sexy stories she likes to write, always with a touch of humour.

Jennifer emerged on the publishing scene when she won Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write global writing competition in 2012. She is the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Best Harlequin Presents of 2014 winner for her book, The Magnate's Manifesto.

A native of Canada's gorgeous East coast, Jennifer lives in Toronto with her Viking husband and young Viking-in-training.

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