31 August, 2018

The Mystery of the Hidden Cabin by M E Hembroff - Book Spot Light





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Middle Grade
Date Published: October 2017
Publisher: Plaisted Publishing House Ltd

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After Bess Silver had settled into her new home in Pineview she thought her biggest problem would be settling into a new school. She was surprised to learn that it was a one room school house which was different from what she was used to.

That all changed when Megan Skye, her best friend and cousin, dashed into their kitchen late one afternoon with exciting news. Megan's father discovered an old cabin, hidden behind a wall, when he started doing kitchen renovations. Megan asked him to take the suitcases, ledgers and trunk they found over to Bess instead of throwing them out. Clues turn up in the suitcases and in a secret compartment in the cabin which leave Bess puzzled. When she first looked around the cabin she sees a ghostly figure that disappears in an instant but is as real as Megan. Dreams about the cabin and occupants haunt Bess. These feel so real that she can't shake the feeling that she was actually near them.

Who is the figure that Bess saw in the cabin? What is she trying to tell her? Why is she having dreams about the old cabin? Will Bess be able to figure  out who the mysterious figure is? Or would these secrets remain secrets forever?

The Mystery of the Hidden Cabin is the sequel to Bess's Magical Garden and can be read on it's own.



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Bess's Magical Garden
Published: October 2015
Publisher: FriesenPress


Bess's mother moves them to Pineview, away from her best friend Megan, and she terribly misses her. Six months earlier, Bess’s father died in a car crash, and she’s also in the midst of recovering from the final stages of polio. She's in a sad and lonely place.

From the moment she and her mother settle into their new home, Bess hears whispering voices and encounters a ghostly figure in the well-kept garden and in her dreams. She can’t make sense of everything and so shares her observations with Megan by writing her regular letters.

During the summer, she makes new friends, including an orange and white tomcat that she names Pumpkin, and her new neighbour Josie. With the help of Mrs. O’Toole, the woman who watches her, Bess continues to recover, both physically and emotionally. She becomes more and more curious about the garden and the unexplained clues that she finds there.

In Bess’s Magical Garden, Bess discovers her own true strengths through enduring life’s struggles. She - with Josie and Megan’s help - also finds some hidden items in the garden, including a map, that leave the girls with more questions than answers. Who was the figure that visited Bess? Will Bess and her friends be able to uncover the garden’s secrets? Or will those secrets be mysteries forever?



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About the Author


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Marjorie (M.E.) Hembroff is the author of Bess's Magical Garden, a middle grade novel and picture book Gramma Mouse Tells a Story. Marjorie is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators,  and Writer's Guild of Alberta.

Marjorie has been an avid reader since early childhood and has always been imaginative. Growing up on a farm before television aided in her using her imagination to create a variety of pastimes. Stories formed in her mind but most of them were never written down until later in life. It wasn't until her children were growing up that she started to take art and writing courses. At that time, her writing improved and short stories formed. It was when she retired that the idea for Bess's Magical Garden surfaced.

After Marjorie's divorce she worked in the plant industry. First at a greenhouse and then looking after tropical plants in downtown offices. For awhile it looked like her adult children would never leave home but they have now all flown the nest and are having their own life's adventures. After retirement she moved to Strathmore where she lives with her pets.



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28 August, 2018

5 Questions that Vegetarians are tired of Answering #MondayMusings

I am a vegetarian and I like to be a vegetarian. But, I get to hear a lot of questions from friends, relatives etc about being a vegetarian. If you are a vegetarian, please read and let me know if you too face the same questions in your life.


These are the 5 most common questions I get from friends and others who are non-vegetarians.

1. How can you eat only "Ghas-pus"? (In Hindi, it means "weeds spread in the garden/ grass)

For some people, Vegetarianism is all about eating green vegetables and grass.  I cannot change your opinion but if cooked well, vegetarian can taste great and of course, with proper dressing no salad tastes like grass.

2. Don't you ever get tempted to eat meat?

Never, Ever and Never. How can I be, when I hate meat?

Some might ask, can you eat non-veg if it is tastier than Vegetarian.

That doesn't matter anyway. For all Vegetarians, taste might not be the only reason to avoid meat. Vegetarians need not be animal lovers too. There might be other concerns like not interested to eat the flesh of animals or whatever.

For me, taste is never the criteria to avoid or choose non-vegetarian. Any meat is simply NO.

3. Do you think you can save animals by not eating Non veg?

Oh, I will never think that way. I know that one person not eating non-veg doesn't make any difference to the poultry/ meat market. Vegetarianism is a personal choice.

4. You are missing out in life. Aren't you?

No, as far as I think. Again, if I chose to miss out on something in my life, then it is not really missing, right. It is a decision.

5. The plants are being killed too. What say?

You can ignore this one. It's not worth answering. If we don't eat plants and don't breathe oxygen, How do we live? Even if we can, which is better? Eating plants or eating other animals?

Other questions that I get is that I am not getting enough protein. I am very happy that whoever asks this are really concerned about me, but there are some good high protein options in veg too. Check out this article.

By the way, I am an eggetarian. (I eat egg other than vegetables).

So, my fellow vegetarians, what do you think of these questions? My non-vegetarian friends, what is your opinion on my answers?

Until next time,






Linking this to #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne at Everydaygyaan.


23 August, 2018

Silent all these years by T A Massa - Cover Reveal

We are so excited to reveal the cover of T. A. Massa's debut novel

Silent All These Years: A Novel. Check it out!

Silent All These Years: A Novel

About Silent All These Years: A Novel

Available September 13, 2018

A broken daughter’s search for the truth unwinds a spiraling journey of panic, lust, and murder in this manipulative thriller from debut author T. A. Massa.

Melanie Stewart has just been left ten million dollars by a man she never knew. Should she accept the money? What if it means her mother, Marilyn, who died when she was only three years old, was murdered by the man who left it to her?
Melanie is trapped with crippling anxiety after the loss of her mother at a young age and the fatal stabbing of her fiancé on the night of their engagement.
When she discovers she has been written into the will of Roger Andrews, a name linked to the mysterious death of her mother, Melanie must trudge down a path of buried memories, reliving painful heartache, all while attempting to restart her life and trust a new admirer, Jake Andrews, Roger’s grandson.
Told from the alternating perspectives of Melanie’s investigation and Marilyn’s last weeks leading up to her death, the clues unravel one by one, leaving you guessing until the final climax. Who should Melanie trust? What happened to Marilyn all those years ago?
SILENT ALL THESE YEARS: A Novel is a Standalone Fiction Mystery Suspense Novel.

Add Silent All These Years: A Novel to your Goodreads list here!

Silent All These Years: A Novel by T. A. Massa releases September 13th!



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About Author T. A. Massa

Tiffani lives near Austin, TX with her husband, three kids, three dogs, and all her cats. She spends her days helping her husband with his company, running her kids around town, caring for the house, and trying to figure out what to make for dinner.
She is a lover of all stories.
She enjoys reading, writing, blogging, and going to the movies (especially on opening day!). Her background is in marketing and entrepreneurship and she is addicted to learning new things.
She manages a Lifestyle Blog at Pages & Lace covering books, movies, design, style trends, and her favorite products. Check it out today!
Her debut novel, Silent All These Years: A Novel, releases September 13, 2018. She has started her second novel with hopes of publishing in the Fall of 2019.


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21 August, 2018

The Sea was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer - [Book Review]

Book Details:

Title: The Sea was a Fair Master

Author: Calvin Demmer
Genre: Horror, Suspense
Publisher : Unnerving
Length of the book: 83 pages
Source: A free e-review copy from the author for review


Blurb:

The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him.

The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.

For the sea was a fair master.

Purchase Links:
Amazon India

My Review:

This book is a collection of short stories in different genres, but mostly horror. Most of the stories are unpredictable and have a good twist at the end. A few are about the unique human behavior whereas a few are about the circumstances and perceptions. A few have spine-chilling horror in fewer words and a few stories are silly. 

It is difficult to rate a short story collection as I absolutely loved most of the stories but also felt a few not up to the mark. 

Here is my opinion on the stories I liked:

Revenge of the myth is unpredictable and is an interesting take on the old myth.
The One is, of course, unpredictable and gave a disgusted feeling about Abby and Toby. 
Fear the clowns - This story misleads from the starting about the fear of clowns but gives a nice twist at the end. Good, short and perfect.
Voodoo child is a proper horror story with good narration and suspense.
The snakes or humans is a nice read about humanity with a simple plot.
Like a Spanish Guitar is spine-chilling and unpredictable. 
Hangman is a fun horror story

Noisy Neighbours is definitely a different story with an unexpected ending.

Overall, I have enjoyed reading this book of short stories which is interesting and unique. This is the best book for long drives and train journeys. 

My Rating: 4/5
I recommend this to the readers who love short stories with some horror. 

PS: I have received a free e-review copy of the book from the author in exchange of my review and this is my honest option on the book.

My Rating System

I rate books by the 5-star rating system. 

1/5: I hated it
2/5: Below average, I don't like it.
3/5: It is ok with some faults.
4/5: I liked it and I recommend it to others though it has slight imperfections.

5/5: It is awesome and I will definitely recommend it to others.

About the Author:
Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His debut collection, The Sea Was a Fair Master, was released in June 2018. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe. You can find him online at www.calvindemmer.com or follow him on Twitter @CalvinDemmer.

Until next time,

19 August, 2018

Time is the Most precious thing in the world #FridayReflections

I always believed that time is Gold. From childhood, I gave more value to time than money. I think, If we love someone, the best gift that we can give them is 'spending more time with them'.

Friends used to tell me during my school days that I manage my time well. I am good at planning, scheduling, and organizing.

The below quote changed my perspective of time. Of course, time is precious but why it seems to go fast when we are with someone we love and seems to go slow when we are bored. After all, time is different for everyone in the way they see it. Time might depend on our perception. 


Time is too slow for those who wait,too swift for those who fear,too long for those who grieve,too short for those who rejoice,but for those who love, time is eternity. ~ Henry Van Dyke

Beautiful quote, right?  

These days, I am struggling to get time to write. The common reason is that I don't get time due to household duties. After an exhausting India trip, there is a lot more to clean up and prepare for the children's school year. I have resumed my dance classes too after getting over my jet lag. The housework doesn't seem to end and I get a feeling like I am yet to complete loads and loads of syllabus before exams. 

But then, as per the quote - Time is eternal for those who love. I think I should love my daily work and enjoy every minute without cribbing for less time.  
What do you say?

Until next time,





Linking this to #FridayReflections hosted by Corinne at Everydaygyaan and #WritingWednesdays hosted at Writetribe.




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#KeralaFloods - Collection centers and Army rescue numbers - You can help too


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As per Indian Meteorological Department, the rainfall in Kerala will reduce from Monday, Aug 20th. Meanwhile, we can help too by sending material and cash donations through different sources.

This is a consolidated list of all the information I got from my friends and other reliable resources. But, Please call the number and verify before donating through these sources.

The first reliable option might be through Amazon website by choosing an NGO and donating cash through them. 

Go to "www.Amazon.in" and select "Help Kerala Initiative". Choose an NGO like "Goonj", GiveIndia etc., and donate to their wish list.





To the people in Chennai:



TO the people around Mumbai:


TO the people in Pune:


People around Bangalore, please check this website for donation centers.

From Food Army - Collection centers list

The Food Army is known to reach out to people during any natural calamity. It's time to reach out to Kerala.

We are airlifting these groceries to Kerela.

You can join us by giving any of these items at a collection centre near you.

1) Dry roasted Upma without water (1 or 1/2 kg pack in a zip lock bag)
2) Rice ( 1 kg pack)
3) Tuvar Dal (1 kg pack)
4) Milk powder ( 1/2 kg pack)
5) Sugar (1 kg pack)

Collection on Sunday 19th and Monday 20th August 2018 only

Please share this message and help us in helping them.

Thank you,
The Food Army

             COLLECTION CENTERS
( 47 collection centres across Mumbai Pls click on 'read more' at the end of the message to scroll down and see all. Pls call them before going)

SOUTH MUMBAI

Vidhi Nerav Shah
Luckshy Investments
15,A/1, Supariwala Bldg,
Ground floor, Prasad Chambers Compound, Opera House, Mumbai 4.
Entry gate from main road next to Roxy Cinema.
9821866157

Rupa Pithwa
A/9, 3rd floor,
Utkarsh bldg,
Sikka nagar,
Behind modern school.
9820510205

Rama Kela
101 Rushab Apts,
10th floor,
Dr. Parekh Street,
Opp H N Hospital,
Next to Girgaum Court,
Prathna Samaj
9987766664

Suman Shrivastava
Flat no 6. 2nd floor Shashidhar Apt.
Dr. Rajab Ali Patel Marg.
Lane Opp Breach Candy Hospital.
Breach Candy.
9892236193

Ronak Doshi
72, Sahakar Niwas ,
2nd floor,
20, Tardeo road ,
Next to Brand Factory  Mall ,
Tardeo.
9820918030

Charmi Thakkar
D/2, Venus Apartments,
1st floor,
R. G. Thadani Marg,
Near Flora Restaurant,
Worli.
9820020202

WESTERN SUBURBS

BANDRA

Neetu Sing
B 702, Siddhi Vinayak Apt,
Patakar Block,
Bandra west.
9833559590

KHAR

Sneha Tejuja
601 Aditya Bldg,
11th Road,
Near Hinduja Healthcare,
Khar west.
9820461703

Nayab Butt
Klozet, Shop no 2.
20th Road,
Khar Danpada,
Opp Anand Vihar Chemist,
Khar west.
9833046477

SANTACRUZ

Radha Patel
1001, New Madhuvan Society,
10th floor,
81B Saraswati Road,
Opp Gokul Icecream,
Santacruz west.
9833058313

Sunita Hurkat
401, Kalpana bldg,
Near Mangal nursing home,
Beasant street,
Off SV road,
Santacruz west.
9320448366

Deepali Modi
A/601, Nandini bldg,
10th Road,
Behind Vijay Store
Santacruz east.
9819958999

VILE PARLE


Kavita Thakkar
Flat no.9, 1st floor,
Bharat Kunj,
Next to Daulat Vihar,
Bapubhai Vashi Road,
Neat east west flyover of Dadabhai Road,
Vile Parle west.
9821786817

Manasvi Vadhani.
101. Saroj Apartment,
Opp. Grasshopper Hotel,
Next to Nanavati School,
V. P. Road,
Vile Parle west.
9819171961

Dr. Krishna Desai
Shruti Clinical Laboratory
203 Royal Chambers,
Opp Millenium Club,
N.S. Road no 1,
Juhu scheme.
9322597460

ANDHERI

Sarla Nair
Palash Tower, B wing,
Flat no. 53, 5th floor,
Veera Desai Road,
Near Country Club,
Next to Gundecha Symphony,
Andheri west.
9870020248

Rachna Khurana
Flat no 34, 5 floor,
New Akandjyot CHS,
Bldg no 11,
Manish Nagar, J P Road ,
Andheri West ,
Next to 4 bungalows Gurudwara.
9892590692

Vaishali Vyas
B -14, Shivam CHS,
J.P.Road,
Opp Pathare Prabhu Hall,
Andheri west.
9819585586

Mrs vijaya Sailopal
603, Garden view.
Shashtri nager.
Above Gandhi nursing home
Next to oh! Calcutta Restrauant
Nr. Swami Samarth temple circle,
opp. Hdfc bank
Andheri West
Mumbai 53
9930248894

Jyoti Ajwani
605, A wing, Nandadeep,
17/18,
Sher-a-Punjab society,
Opp Hilton tower,
Malpa Dongri road,
Andheri east.
9687903630

GOREGAON

Kavita Dosi
802 B Mahindra eminents
S V road,
Goregaon West
9920602066

MALAD

Dr. Krishna Desai
Suburban Hitech Blood bank
206 Sugun,
Rani Sati marg,
Near Railway line,
Malad East
9322597460

Seema Bhatt
A 101, Maurya,
Raheja Township,
Opp 16 hours fitness gym,
Malad east.
9967560043

Payal Gadkari
704, Lotus,
Vasant Valley complex,
Film city road,
Before Dindoshi depot.
Opposite Oberoi mall.
Malad / Goregaon east.
9819470464

Manila shah
Rajesh Shah
A-301/302,Mandlik Nagar,
Opp.Bajaj hall,
Near Saraf College,
S.V.Road,Malad (w)
Mumbai-64.
9324459408

KANDIVALI

Ekta Acharaya
The Ocean Cake shop
Shop no. 6,
Vishwadeep Heights,
Opp Vasant Sadhna,
Mahavir nagar,
Kandivali west.
9930771849
9930771854

Falguni Shah
J 1438 govardhan nagar,
Opp Poisar gymkhana
Near Raghu leela  mall ..
Kandivali west
9867999980

Mrudula Venugopal
9B-405, Whispering Palms xxclusive,
Lokhandwala complex,
Akruli road,
Kandivali east.
9892618004

BORIVALI

Mamta Gadhiya
502, Olive Apt,
Devki nagar,
Eksar road,
Near Lotus hospital,
Borivali west
9820251373

Tejal Solanki
C/202, Star Galaxy CHS,
Opp St. Anne' High School,
L.T.Road,
Borivali west
9323195233

DAHISAR

Dhiraj Saini                        
G wing, Flat no. 703,                
Shree Shankeshwar nagar,
Ashokvan,
Landmark - Gokulanand Hotel,
Dahisar east
9987563427

CENTRAL SUBURBS

Dilshad Nensey                       
102, Shirin Villa bldg,
2nd floor, Room no. 7/8,
Opp Aqsa medical store ,
Shaida Marg,
Dongri.
Charnull
9664043825

MATUNGA

Vipul shah
590/30, Dr. B.A road,
Kapole Niwas,
Matunga
9833260150

SION

KISHIN TEJWANI
SHRI SATYAM STORES (ladharam DI hatti)
shop no V 5&6 opp bhaaji mkt
 next to RAJ WINE SHOP OPP GOLDEN TEMPLE SION ,KOLIWADA 
mumbai 400037
9833644970

CHEMBUR

Ri Kumar  Mody                           
Flat no. 1,
Neelkanth Nilayam society,
Opp Joy hospital,
Near Jain Mandir,
D.K. Sandhu Marg ,
Chembur east.
8097110000

Jaya Amit Gangar
B-3, Vasant Prabhat,
608, S T Road,
Above Vodafone,
Chembur east.
9820302949

GHATKOPAR

Nehal Kapasi
A 601, Rajhans Bhavan,
Bldg No.5,
Opp Ganpati Mandir,
Above Dhanlaxmi bank,
90ft road,
Ghatkopar east.
9820385754

Yogesh Zaveri
Arpan Foundation
Flat no.2, Grd floor.
Poonam bldg, Plot no.160.
R. B. Mehta Marg,
Next to Natural ice-cream,                                                 Ghatkopar east.
9892988114
Time : 9am to 5pm

POWAI

Julie Srivastava
F/702, Raheja vistas,
Chandivali farm road,
Andheri East,
Powai
9870011324

MULUND

Rajal Shah
Neelam nagar,
Phase 1,
Building No.4/401
Gavanpada Road,
Above Om salon,
Mulund East.
9322610909

Tushar Gala
4 Pushpa Kunj CHS,
Dr. Ambedkar road,
Opp Vanividylay school,
Near Tirupati Balaji temple,
Mulund west.
9322507564

THANE

Jeetu Shah
Kaccha Limboo
5/6, Yashvardhan,
Ram maruti road,
Thane west.
9022935444

BADLAPUR

Kaustubh Vyavahare
A 403, Shree Krishna Jyot,
Samarth nagar,
Surval chowk,
Near New Marathon,
Badlapur
9870307109

NAVI MUMBAI

Mehak Hinduja
D1-102, Nilgiri Gardens,
Sector 24, CBD Belapur,
Navi Mumbai.
9819426404.

Sangeetta Vyas
C-33, Flat no. 89
Kendriya Vihar CHS,
Sector - 38,
Nerul West Seawoods,
Beside seawoods D'mart,
Navi Mumbai
9768124089

N. Anupama
C/O Vishwas Rao
Flat no. 403, Krishna villa,
Sector 21,
Ghansoli,
Navi Mumbai
9987706377

DOMBIVALI

Sonali Mhatre
Shantaram Sadan, 2nd floor.
Near Saankeshwar nagar,
Manpada road.
Dombivli east        
8879747077

Army Rescue Numbers 

Please forward these numbers to maximum groups for rescue mission for isolated people
94465 68222
ARMY RESCUE TEAM WATSAAP
(MESSAGE YOUR LOCATION )
8281292702
HELICOPTER ALLEPPY
1077 (Collectorates)
1070 (State Control Room
Coastal Police Alert and State Police Monitoring Room0471-2556699/ 2320101
Call Center for General Query 1961
1800 1801961
Highway Alert
9846 100 100
General Administration (Co-ordination)0471- 2518463
Pink Police Patrol1515
Port Department
Helpline155300 (for BSNL connection)
Tel: 0471- 2335523
2115054
2115098
Trivandrum Medical College
MCH Casualty : (24 hrs)
0471-2528300
Landslides, Flood,
Kerala State Emergency Operations Centre - 0471-2364424, Fax: 0471-2364424
Kerala State Disaster Management Control Room - 0471-2331639, Fax: 0471-2333198
District collectors numbers for rescue
Thiruvananthapuram
0471-2730067
0471-2730045
8547610015
Assist. Commissioner(DM)
Mob No-8547610004
2
Kollam
0474-2794004
9447557736
Commissioner
Mob No-8547610000
3
Pathanamthitta
0468-2222515
8547610039
4
Alappuzha
0477-2238630
8547610047
5
Kottayam
0481-2562201
8547610057
6
Idukki
0486-2232242
0486-2232303
8547610061
7
Eranaakulam
0484-2422282
854710077
8
Trissur
0487-2362424
8547610085
9
Palakkad
0491-2505309
8547610097
10
Malappuram
0483-2736320
854716007
11
Kozhikod
0495-2371002
854716018
12
Wayanad
04936-202251
04936-202230
8547616023
13
Kannur
0497-2713266
0497-2700645
8547616034
14
Kasaragod
0499-4257700
9447726900
Details of SSP/SP's of District Kerala
S.No
Name District
Mobile
Office No
Residential No
Fax No
1
SP TVM RL
9497996985
0471-2315803
2317545
2315803
2
SP KLM City
9497996908
0474-2764422
5459555
2744165
3
SP PTA
9497996983
0468-2222636
2222637
2222636
4
SP ALPY
9497999682
0477-2239326
2230527
2263600
5
SP KTM
9497996980
0481-2564700
2578115
2564700
6
SP IDI
9497996981
04862-232354
2233004
2233006
7
SP EKM RL
9497996979
0484-2623550
2604080
2623550
8
SP TSR RL
9497996978
0487-2361000
2363601
9
SP PKD
9497996977
0491-2534011
2533276
2534011
10
SP MPM
9497996976
0483-2734377
2734384
2734377
11
SP KKD RL
9497996975
0496-2523100
2517988
2523100
12
SP WYD
9497996974
04936-202525
202500
202525
13
SP KNR
9497996973
0497-2763330
2763331
2763330
14
SP KSD
9497996972
04994-257401
255301
230401
15
SP TRAFFIC SZ
9447105619
0471-2324001
16
SP TRAFFIC NZ
9497996437
0495-2769190
ERANAKULAM DISTRICT Control room contact numbers:
District Emergency Operation Centre: 0484-2423513
Toll free no: 1077.
Taluk control room numbers:
Aluva:
0484 2624052
Kanayannur:
0484 2360704
Kochi
0484 2215559
Kothamangalam:
0485 28 22298
Kunnathunadu:
0484 25 22224
Muvattupuzha:
0485 2813 773,
Paravur:
0484 244 2326.
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18 August, 2018

Table for One by Neha Bindal - [Book Review]

Book Details:

Title: Table for One

Author: Neha Bindal
Genre: Travel, Women Fiction, Contemporary
Publisher : Half Baked Beans
Source: A free e-review copy from the author for review through half baked beans





Blurb:


Taara Maheshwari, a single woman in her thirties and a successful lawyer, is tough from outside but a die heart fan of romantic movies from inside. 

She grew up seeking her “happily ever after’ but amid various heartbreaks and culture of modern age short term relationships, her believe in “true connections" got replaced by the comfort of being “emotionally disconnected.” 
After she turned 31, her parents persuaded her into meeting a guy for marriage who sounded just perfect for her. Acting on impulse, she told her parents that she would meet him only if they let her go on a trip to Europe. 

As Taara went on to explore the world, she experienced what actually happens when a single Indian girl travels to Europe all by herself. Is it only about dancing, singing or falling in love? What happens after you fall in love? Does love conquer all? 

Only her story would tell. 


Purchase Links:
Amazon India

My Review:

This is the story of Taara, a confused single woman when it comes to relationships. She breaks her heart in one or two relationships with her insecurities and builds a wall around her completely to avoid another heartbreak. She completely loses trust in love and life and doesn't know what to look forward to in her life. At this juncture, when her father suggests an arranged marriage, she agrees with one condition that he should allow her to do a solo Europe trip before marriage. When she thinks of this trip as an escape from marriage, it completely transforms her soul. This story is her journey of transformation and more than that, understanding herself by accepting her negatives and appreciating all good things.

What I liked?


I loved the details of places in Europe, its cuisine, and cultures. It was as if I am on a trip to Switzerland, Italy, and France. Being a lover of travel, I loved this part first.

Taara meets different people and learns something about her life through the conversations with people. There is always something to learn from others. I liked that these lessons were not preachy but practical. Taara learns to fight hard and never give up when she faces extreme weather conditions while hiking Alps. She struggles hard and enjoys her success. She learns what it is to be to love and be loved unconditionally. 


I loved these lines from the book



"May be life wasn’t about trying to fix something broken, maybe it’s about starting over and creating something new."

"Life is strange, so illusionary and still so real, I thought. Why do we live? I asked myself. We love and want to be loved."
The book cover is good and the title is apt. 

What might have been better?


I couldn't understand Snigdha and her purpose in Europe trip. Being a married woman, she loves another man who disappoints her and starts another fling with a Srilankan during her trip. I didn't get a clarity on what she wants or what Taara thinks of her. It was also unclear why Ashwin disappears without any explanation. Characterization might have been better.

I felt that the ending was abrupt and of course, I didn't like it. I understand that Taara now wants to live in the present and do whatever she likes but I felt bad for Fred. Maybe , the story will have the next part where both meet 🙂

My Rating: 4/5

I recommend to the readers who love traveling and want to read a single woman's journey.

PS: I have received a free e-review copy of the book from the author in exchange of my review and this is my honest option on the book.

I rate books by the 5-star rating system. 
1/5: I hated it
2/5: Below average, I don't like it.
3/5: It is ok with some faults.
4/5: I liked it and I recommend it to others though it has slight imperfections.

5/5: It is awesome and I will definitely recommend it to others.


About the Author:
Neha Bindal is a Chartered accountant & PGDBA and has changed four companies in her six years of corporate career. She takes life with a pinch of salt and a pitcher of margarita. She is an impulsive traveler, avid reader, part time writer and a full time dreamer.

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