30 June, 2018

Success and Satisfaction #WriteBravely

PS: This is the final part of the fiction series. I am very grateful to each and every reader who commented, appreciated and encouraged me in this Write tribe festival of words. I was really scared to write fiction on my blog for the first time and you know, I tried my best with limited time. Success doesn't matter but the satisfaction of writing matters.

Read other parts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6.

Karthika is on cloud nine when she received the award from Business Insider as one of the Best Startups of the year 2018. The reason for happiness is not the award, but the thought that she could prove Rajiv wrong. Rajiv always insulted her that she cannot win life on her own without his support. 

There is no turning back for her. Gradually, she expanded her reach to other cities and became a popular brand on all third-party sites.

Now that the business is growing, she became busier. But, still, something is missing in her life. Neither the newfound luxury nor the comfort and money gave her happiness. 

She always admired the philanthropist "Mrs. Sudha Murthy" from her childhood. Inspired by her speeches, Karthika wants to do something which helps the youth of our nation. 




She still remembers her disappointment when she couldn't continue her graduation due to financial troubles. She started volunteering on a foundation which funds to build libraries in high schools across the nation. Also, she decided to contribute some of her profit to the students like her who couldn't continue her education.  This decision gave her happiness and fulfillment in life.


“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” – Hercules



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29 June, 2018

Believe in Dreams and Make them happen #WriteBravely

Read Part 1Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 of the story.


"If we believe in our dreams and work hard, the whole Universe conspires to make our dreams come true. "
After the painful divorce, Karthika focussed completely on her tailoring business. Since business is growing with multiple orders, it is becoming a challenge to retain employees, hire more people and give better salaries. She took help of her ex-students who volunteered to work at her shop. She formed a trusted team of employees from her ex-students.

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Karthika resigned her job, pooled out all her savings and decided to try innovative strategies to move ahead.

She promoted her shop with unique features:

  • Quicker service(within 3 hrs) with door delivery by online booking 
  • A website to record orders along with the customized measurements, detailed charges and multiple models to choose from.


She also started selling ready-made embroidery blouses which suit for any type of saree. Introduced her product line in third-party websites as an independent seller.

These simple but important changes increased her reach. She knew her dreams would come true soon. All her hard work will be paid.


 “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” – Cinderella

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28 June, 2018

Freedom and Hardwork #WriteBravely

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Karthika tried talking to Rajiv zillion times to trust and support her. But, nothing worked. She couldn't satisfy his ego. Moreover, he started drinking regularly and abusing her.

She decided to file a divorce to Rajiv and move out from his place. Divorce might be one of the best decisions of her life. She never thought that coming out of a bad relationship is such a relief.



Even though she didn't contact her parents and friends frequently after marriage, they stood like her backbone when she needed strength. Starting a business from scratch needs positive spirit and hard work. 

She rented a small room for her tailoring business and hired a few housewives with a meager salary who accepted to work part-time at the shop. She trained them in tailoring and embroidery. She started taking online orders and used social media and the network of her school students to promote her business. 

Initially, the financial problems were too much. She continued her teaching job in the morning by taking tuitions in the evening and on weekends. When orders were more she worked hard till late nights. 

She saw a hope in her future with the growing business. 


“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all.” – Mulan

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27 June, 2018

Lolita by Rubina Ramesh - Book Spot Light








Print Length: 246 pages
Publisher: Indie published
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance

Love or Stardom? Was there even a doubt what Lolita wanted?

Though what Lolita wanted and what she got were two different things. When notoriety, that came along with fame, was too much for her to bear, she seeks refuge in the luscious greens of Panchgani. 

But a chance accident changes her life forever… 

Advait Rana was a workaholic and a single dad. And balancing the two roles was not easy. The guilt of neglecting his 10-year-old, motherless child made him decide to become a better father than he was. Taking a leave of absence from his work, he heads towards Panchgani little knowing that fate had some other plans for him. 

A chance accident that changes his life forever... 

Born in simplicity, shunned for her ambition by her family, shamed for her choice in men, Lolita is exactly the kind of woman Advait doesn't want his daughter to be acquainted with. Little does he know that it is this attitude of his which makes him a target for the darling of the silver screen. 

For she was born to win over hearts!!!

Editorial Review #1
From Sundari Venkatraman, Bestselling Author of Tied In Knots and many more:
"With an unapologetically badass heroine and a super-hot dude who loves his little daughter more than anything else in the world, Lolita makes for an unputdownable romance; not to miss some truly hot scenes. "

Note from the Author:
This is a standalone novel and is not carried over to the next part. 

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR






Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.

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Dreams or Relationships? #WriteBravely

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Many say women change after marriage.

Karthika thought, "It's true. How much ever women try to be independent and confident, marriage changes their lives. If the spouse is supportive and appreciates her, she can rise to any level. But, if the spouse is discouraging and belittle her for every small thing, the confidence goes down."

Day by day, her problems in marriage are increasing. When there is no trust in a relationship, it is not worth continuing. She is creative and active person whereas, Rajiv is an introvert and restricts her to be at home. With difficulty, she finished MBA studying part-time. As a hobby, she used to stitch clothes and do embroidery. Her skill helped her to earn money after school. With her social network, she even created a website and used social media to promote her work. With the help of her close friends, she wants to start her own tailoring business and grow it further.



But, she knows that Rajiv cannot bear if she earns more. Rajiv already threatened her that he will take divorce if she starts a business. He wants to have kids and start a family immediately. Karthika is scared to take their relationship to next level. She doesn't want another life to suffer due to their differences. 


At last, the time has come to take an important decision in her life.
“You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” – Ratatouille
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Linking this to Write Tribe Festival of words June 2018 hosted by Corinne. This is part 4 of the fiction series.

26 June, 2018

A wrong move #WriteBravely

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Love is crazy. It makes people go off balance sometimes.

While Krithika is busy preparing question papers for her class and making copies, accidentally met the vibrant and handsome Rajiv who joined as a new teacher in his school. A casual friendship blossomed into love.

Hours became seconds for the lovebirds. The background, financial problems and, family restrictions took back seat. They went ahead and got married. Both were contented and happy till 6 months while Karthika took pride in Rajiv's possessiveness and enjoyed his undivided attention.



Small differences started cropping up whenever Karthika spends more time with her close friends or takes extra classes in school. Rajiv wants her to be dependent on him for every small thing and cannot bear when she manages anything on her own. He used to show his frustration and anger by insulting her/ accusing her of affairs with her male friends. He is the most loving husband only when she is submissive and supports her husband blindly.

Karthika didn't lose hopes on her married life as she believed that she can change her fate.
“Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.” – Brave


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25 June, 2018

The Job that she hated #WriteBravely

Read Part 1 of the short story here.

Karthika has always dreamed of taking up higher studies and becoming a doctor.

Unfortunately, her dreams were shattered when she lost her father in a serious accident. She has to discontinue her graduation to support her family.

When her neighborhood school needed a maths teacher urgently, she had to join for money.
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She never liked the kids and doesn't have any patience to deal with their mischievousness. But, slowly the happy smiles of cute children, their curiosity, affection, and innocence changed something inside her. Now, teaching is not a job but has become a part of her life.






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24 June, 2018

Time Heals and Experience Teaches #WriteBravely

While Karthika is sipping her favorite coffee in the morning, her mind wandered through her past. 

The torturous life with a possessive husband who didn't trust her, a painful divorce, initial struggles of establishing a business without any support and the success that followed. Life was never easy but she didn't give up. Life's up and downs taught her many important lessons. 


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19 June, 2018

The emotional connection to Home #MondayMusings

I am a patriotic person but I am not someone who praises the motherland and supports their own country always for everything. I believe that each place has its own benefits and I thought, I would be comfortable wherever I go in this world if I have my family with me and if I don't have any financial troubles. But, now I feel that is wrong. I have an emotional connection to the place which I call "HOME".


I think, most of us are emotionally connected to the place/country that we call "Home". This might be where we were born/ where we grew/ where we worked/ settled/ where we spent more time in our life/ where we made more memories.

Even though I was born in our grand mother's town, I am emotionally connected to the place where I grew up. Here, I made memories. My school days, family time with parents, college days, my dance school days, my dance performances, friends, music and drawing classes, shopping etc., I made wonderful memories. Then, I moved to another state for my first job and I made a few more memories with friends, colleagues and had fun enjoying my freedom with my money. I loved this place, as I tried learning the new language there, understanding a new culture, tasting different food and exploring the city on my own with the help of friends.

We then moved to another place where I got married, had kids, worked in a good company and had a satisfying career. But, till then I was in the same country which I call my Home country - India. Later, we moved to a new country altogether and got introduced to the new language, culture, and new people. I love the variety in my life and I don't mind taking risks for a happy life. So, I easily mingled with people, learned many new things and made new friends and created my own world in a country which is not my HOME and which will never be our HOME in future.

I have no intention of settling down in another country as for me, HOME is a place which is comfortable, relaxing and also relatable. It is a place where I connect to my family, culture and won't have any restrictions.






What do you say? Did you move countries and cities? If so, which place do you consider your home? Are you emotionally connected to your home? Do let me know in comments.

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Killer Moves by Varsha Dixit - Book Spot Light



Killer Moves
by
Varsha Dixit



Blurb
Everyone has a secret. Aisha Khatri has many! 


Aisha’s life is seemingly mundane on the surface-she writes for television and takes care of her niece Kiara and her retired father. But when Kiara’s life is threatened during a modeling assignment for the famous Kabir Rana, once a suspect for his wife’s murder, the only way Aisha can save Kiara is by accepting the unique ability she has aggressively resisted all her life. 


But Aisha is not the only one with secrets. There are others who have secrets and will kill to keep them. Aisha is determined to protect Kiara even if it means placing herself in the crosshairs of a depraved killer who butchers beautiful girls and leaves them as grotesque displays. 


Is Kiara a target of a serial killer or is the killer closer to home-and Aisha’s heart? 


Who is Kabir Rana? An elusive and moody fashion photographer burdened with a dark past or a murderer who got away? 


How will Aisha save Kiara from a killer who is several steps ahead of an entire city’s police force? When the dead come calling, will Aisha answer? 


From the bustling streets of Goa to the beautiful palaces of Sirsa, Killer Moves is a fast-paced, gripping, romantic suspense tale with strong thriller and supernatural elements. 

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Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of six successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free,Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman.Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.

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