Thursday, July 20, 2017

Demon Hunter of Chotanikkara by S.V. Sujatha- Review




Book Name         - Demon Hunter of Chotanikkara
Author                  - S.V Sujatha
Publisher              -  Aleph Books
Publishing Year   - 2017
Edition                  - Hardcover
Price                     - 358

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Rating : 3.0


My Review

I was born and brought up under the blessings of Chotanikkara Amma. Before getting into the review I would like to give the readers a glimpse of Devi and her temple. The Chottanikkara (correction of JyotiannakkaraDevi Temple (Malayalamചോറ്റാനിക്കര ഭഗവതി ക്ഷേത്രം) is a famous temple of mother goddess Shakthi devi or Rajarajeshwari known as Sree Bhagavathi. Maha lakshmi is supposed to be residing in Chottanikkara along with Lord Vishnu. The temple is located at ChottanikkaraKochi in the southern Indian state of KeralaSree Mahamaya Bhagawati (Aadiparashakthi), the goddess of power, is one of the most popular deities in Kerala and the supreme mother goddess in Hinduism.  People suffering from mental illnesses & commonly visit the temple, as Chottanikkara devi is thought to cure her devotees. One should not miss the 'Guruthi Pooja' in the 'Keezhkkaavu' temple at Chottanikkara. Goddess 'keezhkkaavu devi' is believed to be 'Bhadrakali'(Mahakali), in her fierce form or ugra form. Bhadrakali, is a form of mother Kali, supposed to be born from the third eye of lord Shiva, to kill the demon king 'Daruka'. Guruthi pooja is a ritual done at late evening to invoke goddess Mahakali. Earlier 'Guruthi Pooja' was done only on Fridays. But nowadays, it is performed every day. Mental diseases are believed to be totally cured by Keezhkkaavu Kali. *


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Capri Jalota gets candid



Hey readers
I'm back after a Hiatus with an interview. Meet Capri Jalota author of "-'Then the Doorbell Rang'



Hi Capri
Thanks for joining my virtual Tete a Tete


Kindly give an introduction about you to the readers?
First of all, thanks for choosing to talk to me, Rakhi. Getting to interact with an accomplished writer like yourselves is a sheer pleasure. As for me, I spent most of my initial years in Chandigarh. I had an extremely happy childhood - pampered by parents, a large loving family and some extremely good friends. So, I never took life seriously. But then two things happened – first, my father got diagnosed with cancer and second, after my Mechanical Engineering, I had to leave Chandigarh to work in Gurgaon with Maruti Udyog (now Maruti Suzuki). I got the first real taste of the harsh world and life didn’t seem all that bright and happy any longer. Even on the job front, I felt under achieved and wanted to do something more with my life. It was a good wake up call. Someone said that I should try giving CAT and I did that exactly. That’s how I landed in IIM Ahmedabad. Before that, I had always sold myself short. But, going there gave me the confidence that I could indeed do better things with my life and need to back myself more often. My first job, after campus, was in Management Consulting. It taught me quite a few things, but most importantly, it gave me my first learnings in written communication. Then, healthcare came beckoning and I got the opportunity of working with Fortis Healthcare. The next eight years were spent learning and managing healthcare businesses in India first and Middle East thereafter. I took a break one year back to pen my first novel.
On the personal front, I have just one wife, quite unlike the Middle Eastern traditions, but don’t have much to complain. My wife, Rashmi is super talented and is an art historian, critic and academician. And I have a 9 year old son, Aarav who means the world to me.

How did you decide that writing is your destiny?
I think it is early to say that writing is my destiny but if it turns out that way, you won’t find me complaining.
About few years back, I started writing randomly but much of it didn’t go anywhere. Then one day, I was sitting with my friends in Jumeirah Lake Towers in Dubai and my friend pointed out to a balcony saying “That is from where the woman had jumped” referring to a new article in the previous week about a married woman with kids committing suicide. And that got me thinking.
Women, unlike men, assess situations in a more composite way before arriving at a decision. They weigh all options, study impact on everyone around and sometimes, forfeit their interests for the larger good.
For a woman with kids living in an affluent neighbourhood and to take a decision like this, it would have taken a lot.
It stuck to my mind and I weaved my own story around that incident. Sometime last year, I finalized the plot. Then I quit my job and committed myself to full-time writing this novel and getting it published. So, this is how my first novel – THEN THE DOORBELL RANG became a reality. My piece has nothing to do with the original incident except that the protagonist also stands on the ledge of her balcony one fine morning.

A lot of IIM graduates are becoming writers these days. Has the ambience got anything to do with it?
Not just IIM graduates, a lot of people have taken up writing in general, don’t you think so?!
And I think a lot of it has to do with options and exposure. Twenty years back, making a career in writing seemed ludicrous but not today.  
As for IIMs, they definitely provide their students with key elements necessary for being a good writer – independent thinking, good story telling techniques through structured analysis and above all, the ability to take calculated risks.

Tell us about ‘Then the doorbell rang’?
‘Then the doorbell rang’ is a fiction novel, in the drama/relationship genre. It is being published by Leadstart Publishing and will be released across India on July 15, 2017. Pre-booking has started on Amazon.

As I told you, it all started one evening at a friend’s place. The protagonist of the novel is a woman named Jane. Jane is half Indian, half British who spends her growing up years in Dubai. She is everything that would make anyone jealous – beautiful, rich and successful. The wheels of time turned and she finds herself completely unhappy – sometimes because of her circumstances but mostly because of the choices she makes in life.
And if you think about it, it is not just her. We all go through the same. Our lives and relationships are more often shaped by our choices than by the circumstances.
And I haven’t been pedagogic or preachy about it, tried to keep it subtle throughout. Mostly, the novel is full-on drama with enough twists and turns to keep the readers engrossed till the very end.

What does excite you more. Healthcare, Literature or your Numismatic interest?
I would have to give it to Healthcare, just by the sheer number of years that I spent in it. The other two are relatively newer interests.
On a serious note though, all three have a role to play in my life. Healthcare enables me to connect with people, Literature helps me to connect with myself and coins help me bond with my son as we share this hobby.

How was your publishing journey?
Whoever said writing a book is difficult, never probably published it. Phew, it was the most challenging part. I spent close to two months writing to all sorts of publishing houses. I would check my email every few minutes hoping someone would respond. A few weeks passed by and nothing happened. Those were long anxious days but thankfully, I did get a few responses finally and I chose Leadstart Publishing. In hindsight, I could have done things differently and probably reached out the Publishing houses earlier, while I was still writing the novel. I would strongly advise budding authors to follow this route to avoid any frustrations due to extended time frames in which publishers come back. But all in all, I am happy with the way things have shaped up!

What is your book promotion plan?
Quite a few things planned over the next few months. Book launch is being planned in Chandigarh and might be followed by launches in other cities. Author’s Channel is helping me with it.

Where do you find yourself, five years from now?
Looking at my track record, I have failed squarely at successfully predicting my future. Five years back, I could have never imagined that I would ever publish a book. I mean it was somewhere in the horizon but I was never sure I would do it. So, I dare predict my future – lest I have to bite my tongue.
But hopefully, I would continue writing and see where it goes. I am a firm believer of ‘carpe diem’ and eagerly await to see what life brings with it each day and I would be standing at the turn waiting to cease the day.  

How can the readers reach you?
Well, I am available on Facebook (capri.jalota.7), Instagram (caprijalota) and Twitter (@capri_jalota). If anyone wants to write to me, they can reach me on capri_jalota@yahoo.com

Thank you for this wonderful time.
Thank you Rakhi, it was great to catch up with you. Best wishes to you and your readers. Hope to connect with you again!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Book blitz -Love, Murder & Mayhem



~ Book Blitz ~
Love, Murder & Mayhem



About the Book
Love science fiction stories that all include elements ofLove, Murder & Mayhem?
 
Then welcome to the latest anthology from Crazy 8 Press! This amazing collection from 15 all-star authors will delight you with superheros and supervillains. AIs, off-worlders, and space cruisers. We’ve also got private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travelers, aliens and monsters—and one DuckBob!
 
With tales ranging from wild and wacky to dark and gritty to heartbreaking and fun, take the deadly leap with authors Meriah Crawford, Paige Daniels, Peter David, Mary Fan, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman Paul Kupperberg, Karissa Laurel, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Lois Spangler, Patrick Thomas, and editor Russ Colchamiro.
 
You’ll never look at Love, Murder & Mayhem the same way again—and that’s just the way we like it.


About the Editor

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the hilarious sci-fi backpacking comedy series, Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the new anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.
Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, and Altered States of the Union, and TV Gods 2. He is now at work on a top-secret project, and a Finders Keepers spin-off.
As a matter of full disclosure, readers should not be surprised if Russ spontaneously teleports in a blast of white light followed by screaming fluorescent color and the feeling of being sucked through a tornado. It’s just how he gets around — windier than the bus, for sure, but much quicker.








Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cellbell® Original Tough Type C To Usb A Cable- Review



Cellbell® Original Tough Type C To Usb A Cable with charging speeds up to 3 Amps - 6 Feet (2 Meters) - Black





Following are the main features:

  • The cable is around 1.5-2 M long. 
  • The wire mesh that covers the cable is braided and durable
  • 24 months Warranty
  • Perfect fit
  • The ports are durable


A major point to be noted is that it is a Type C USB cable not a micro USB cable, hence compatible only for devices with type C port. Not for Samsung, i Phone etc.

Cons
 Though the charging speed is pretty good, it is not as fast as 1.5%/minute.


The following are the compatible devicess: - Oneplus 3, Oneplus 3T,Huawei Nexus 6P,LG Nexus 5X,Nokia N1, Asus Zen AiO, Lumia 950, Lumia 950XL, HP Pavilion x2, ASUS Zenpad S 8.0, Google ChromeBook Pixel, Nexus 5X/ 6P, Lumia 950/ 950XL,Le Eco Le 1s, , cool pad cool 1



CELLBELL® Apple iPhone 7 Tempered Glass Screen Protector Guard- Review



CELLBELL® Apple iPhone 7 (5D)(BLACK) Full Body Premium Quality Tempered Glass Screen Protector Guard



Gifted this screen protector guard to my Sister in Law. Cell Bell claims their Screen guard to be the world's thinnest tempered glass screen protector.
The following are the main features that I could notice

 It covers the entire display area of the screen.
24 months warranty
Easy to fix
Highly adhesive
Clarity

The product is added on with glass cleaner cloth, wet cleaner,Dust removal sticker, and installation guide. If you buy your phone paying thousands, you ought to care it from falls, scratches and this product is the best way to.

Twelve to Murder by Lauren Carr- Review




Book Name         - Twelve to Murder
Author                  - Lauren Carr
Publisher              - Acorn Book Services
Number of Pages -266
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  - Kindle
Price                     -$.96

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Rating : 4.0


My Review

Reviewing a thriller is a trick, more so if it is brimful of suspense. A reviewer need to tell the prospective readers about the book and must take care of not to make the review a spoiler. Lauren Carr has put me in a similar situation with her thriller Twelve to Murder.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Book Spotlight : The Wrong Turn Sanjay Chopra & Namita Roy Ghose



 

THE WRONG TURN:
Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji
by
Sanjay Chopra & Namita Roy Ghose



Blurb

1944, Kohima — a small, sleepy town in northeast India. Subhash Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army (INA) along with the Japanese, are on the brink of bringing the Empire to its knees and forcing the British out of India. But, inexplicably, the tables turn. The INA’s advance is thwarted and the victory march to Delhi is halted. Seventy years later, the British admit that the Battle of Kohima was the greatest battle they had ever fought. Even more so than the battles of Waterloo and Dunkirk. Was it then that old Indian curse — betrayal? Someone from within Netaji’s own ranks? Were there forces other than the British, waiting in the shadows closer to home, who stood to gain even more from the INA’s defeat? Or was it just love that irrevocably altered the course of India’s destiny? The Wrong Turn: Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji, is a sweeping tale of passion set against the freedom struggle. Debraj, the rakish playboy and scion of a distinguished Calcutta family, and Nishonko, the fiery revolutionary sworn to the cause of the INA, must not only fight their common enemy, but also for the love of Aditi, the rebel with the healing touch. A haunting tale of love, friendship and betrayal of an entire nation, The Wrong Turn veers inexorably towards a poignant redemption.

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About the authors


The Wrong Turn is a story that traverses the cities of Calcutta, Singapore, Rangoon and Kohima caught up in the blaze of the Second World War. It is about the clash of four desperate forces as they come together in Kohima to vie for the brightest jewel in the crown -- India. Victory will come to those who possess not just the coldest steel but even colder hearts.”

SANJAY CHOPRA is an airline pilot and author of two collections of short stories.  Said and Done and Tailspin stories . He believes that his  office forty thousand feet in the sky and his travels provide him with a view that fuels his vivid storytelling that cuts a wide arc through time and space.

His stories have won the Invisible Ink, the Millennium writers and Southport awards in the UK and USA. In the words of his readers, ‘He is a storyteller like those of the old days, yet his stories are as modern as tomorrow.

He lives in Mumbai with his wife Tisca Chopra, an actress and he is currently working on a film script and a web series. 


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This was a story waiting to be told. So much about Netaji was smoke and mirrors, partial views foisted on us by the British and other vested interests. Here was a man who was a personal hero, who was part of the lore of my childhood. And here was a chance to set the narrative straight - through the lens of a very human yet universal story of love.

During a school project on ‘The most memorable day of my life’, NAMITA ROY GHOSE wrote about a Russian girl on the day WW2 ended. She got her first rejection slip from the teacher for making things up. Ever since, Namita has established her storytelling skills through her scriptwriting, screenplays poetry, fiction, legendary advertising campaigns, and as a renowned advertising film director. A Creative Director with HTA, she left after 13 years to start her own film company, White Light, one of India’s top ad film outfits. A social activist, she is the founder of Vanashakti, an NGO that works to protect the environment. Namita has done pro bono work on issues like domestic violence, child welfare, sexual harassment and forest preservation. She is an avid traveller, a photographer, foodie and teacher.

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   Praise for the book


Vidya Balan "I like historical fiction. This one is just gripping, racing along like a thriller. I am sure people will love it and I wish Namita and Sanjay all the best for the book".

Shekhar Gupta: “Gripping reading. This is one writer duo with story-telling imagination and uncluttered turn of phrase”.

Jug Suraiya: “A sweeping saga of war, love and betrayal, set at a climactic point of India’s fight for freedom”.

Lord Meghnad Desai: “An absorbing and indeed thrilling story of one of the most crucial events in India’s history”.

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Speaking with strategic impact by Kate Levan- Review



This book is a must-read if you’re a consultant, analyst, pitch team leader, roadshow executive, technology specialist, project manager, internal or external marketer, sales rep, subject matter expert or innovator.




Book Details:

Book Title: Speaking with Strategic Impact: Four Steps to Extraordinary Presence & Persuasion
​Author: Kate LeVan
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 152 pages
Genre: Business
Publisher: Delton Press
Release date: May 24, 2017
Tour dates: June 12 to 30, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Speaking with Strategic Impact is for business people who make their living—or their mark—through presentations long and short.

It’s a must-read if you’re a consultant, analyst, pitch team leader, roadshow executive, technology specialist, project manager, internal or external marketer, sales rep, subject matter expert or innovator.

Do your presentations unexpectedly fall flat? Do others hijack your meetings? Do you spend more time compiling slide decks than actually influencing decision-makers? Has someone vaguely told you that you “should look more confident up there” or that you “lack gravitas”? Have you watched TED Talks but wonder how you can bring that level of effectiveness into real business presentations?

Speaking with Strategic Impact gives you the key to leadership presence and persuasion. More than just tips and tricks, it outlines a discipline for navigating real business situations with consistently superior outcomes that’s favored by top business schools and Fortune 500 companies. You’ll get specific strategic and tactical advice to keep you on the mark in your presentations and meetings—and differentiate you from the vast majority of business presenters.

Read Speaking with Strategic Impact to master the means by which you make a living and a difference in the world!


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Meet the Author:

Kate LeVan trains, coaches and collaborates on business communication effectiveness with major corporations worldwide and as an instructor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Her training consistently receives top ratings from executive development program participants for its simplicity, applicability and career-changing impact.

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A Fine Year For murder by Lauren Carr




Book Name         - A Fine Year For Murder
Author                  - Lauren Carr
Publisher              - Acorn Book Services
Listening length - 10 hours 17 minutes
Publishing Year   - 2017
Edition                  - Audiobook
Price                     - Free with audible trial

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Rating : 3.0


My Review

Jessica and Murphy's  marital life is never normal due to Jessica's nightmares. The thought that she can even murder Murphy in her subconscious state of nightmares shatters Jessica. A chance encounter with investigative journalist Dallas brings light to the mystery behind Jessica's nightmares.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

St.Botanica Natural Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother Vinegar - Review



St.Botanica Natural Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother Vinegar 


Apple cider vinegar is an inevitable ingredient for dieting and weight loss. It can be used as a detox as well as salad dressing.




Advantages of Apple cider vinegar

Weight Loss
Conditions our hair
Relieves allergies
Blood Sugar Balance
Skin toning
Detoxing
Improves immunity
Reduces bad breath

and the list goes on.

The St. Botanica Natural Apple cider vinegar is a bottle of 500 ml. The packaging is good and spill proof. The taste is authentic. I used it as a detox first. The product is quite refreshing. After opening it should be refrigerated. The smell is pungent but on consumption, the effect is satisfactory.