Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Man Arden Day Cream - Review



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The spout of the bottle is designed such that only required quantity is spurred out.

 The cream has an oily texture.

As shown in the pic, the cream needs a thorough massage to blend.



Pros
1. Soothing and cooling sensation. 
2. Moisturizers our skin really well. 
3. A little quantity is sufficient
4. Packaging is perfect 

Cons
1. Medicinal smell, though not a complete turn off.
  

The Challenge by Tom Hoyle - Review




Book Name         - The Challenge 
Author                  - Tom Hoyle 
Publisher              - Pan Macmillan 
Number of Pages - 272
Publishing Year   - 2017
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     - 399

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Rating : 4.0


My Review
Children's book need not necessarily be fairy tales or superhero saga or moral value classes. Tom Hoyle once again proved his mettle in pulling off thrillers that can equally entertain children and adults. 


Book Spotlight - Dancing in the rain by Lucy Appadoo



Can she end the turmoil and escape the firmly built trap to find the freedom she craves?



Book Details:

Book Title: Dancing in the Rain (The Italian Family Series)
Author: Lucy Appadoo
​Category: Adult Fiction, 274 pages
Genre: Historical Coming of Age/Romance/Family Drama
Publisher: Lucy Appadoo
Release date: March 24, 2017
Tour dates: June 5 to 23, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is physical abuse and death involved.)

Book Description:

Fifteen-year old Valeria Allegro works diligently on the family farm in Italy, where she is torn between her duty to her family and her desire to find freedom from her strict, domineering father. She finds solace in Dario, a young student who provides a blissful escape—until a neighbour’s son, Gregorio, decides he wants her for himself.

This raises an alarm for her father, which leads to family conflict and aggression. When Dario is threatened and her family is plagued by a series of suspicious accidents, Valeria is desperate to keep her loved ones safe. Can she end the turmoil and escape the firmly built trap to find the freedom she craves?

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Meet the Author:



Lucy Appadoo is a registered counsellor and wellness coach with a part-time private practice. She also works as a rehabilitation counsellor for the Australian government. In her spare time, she self-publishes or writes nonfiction and fiction texts. She previously worked as a rehabilitation consultant, caseworker, English as a second language teacher, and proofreader.

Lucy has postgraduate diplomas in psychology, education, and English as a Second Language teaching, as well as specialised qualifications in grief counselling and hypnosis. She has also completed wellness coaching courses (levels 1-3) at Wellness Coaching Australia.

Lucy enjoys reading romantic suspense, romance, thrillers, crime novels, family/historical drama, and sagas. She writes in the genres of romantic suspense, historical fiction, and romance. She has enjoyed travelling to exotic places such as Madrid, Mauritius, and Italy, and draws on these experiences in her creative writing.

Lucy’s favourite authors include Kendra Elliot, Christiane Heggan, Theresa Ragan, Tara Moss, Nicholas Sparks, Adriana Trigiani, Erica Spindler, and James Patterson (to name a few).

Lucy’s interests include meditation, playing tennis, journal writing, reading fiction and nonfiction texts about writing, coaching, and counselling, ongoing professional development, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and socialising with friends and family.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Cover Reveal -Against All Odds by Danielle Steel




Taking chances is part of life,
   but when you bet your future against the odds, it’s a high-risk game …

  AGAINST ALL ODDS by Danielle Steel

Featuring an exclusive foreword by the author.

Kate Madison's stylish second-hand clothing shop has been a big success in New York, supporting her and her four kids since her husband's untimely death. Now her children have grown up and are ready to forge lives of their own. They all choose to play against the odds, much to their mother's dismay . . .

Isabelle, a dedicated attorney, is in line to make partner at her Wall Street firm, when she falls for a client she represents in a criminal case. She tells herself she can make a life with him - but can she? Julie, a young designer, meets a man who seems too good to be true and falls under his spell. She marries him quickly, gives up her job, moves to LA to be at his side, ignoring the danger signs. Is all what it seems? Justin is a struggling writer who pushes for children with his partner before they're financially or emotionally ready. Will the strain on the relationship take too high a toll? Willie, the youngest, a tech expert, makes a choice that shocks them all, with a woman fifteen years older . . .

Kate - loving, supportive and outspoken - can't keep her children from playing against the odds. Can the odds be beaten? No matter how much she loves him, in the end, the risks are their own and the hardest lesson as a mother is that she can't protect them from the choices they make.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The width of the world by David Baldacci- Review




Book Name         - The Width of the world
Author                  - David Baldacci
Publisher              - Pan Macmillan
Number of Pages - 416
Publishing Year   -2017
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -399

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Rating : 3.5


My Review

Who doesn't want to read the famous Vega Jane series, that too coming from the talented best selling author David Baldacci. I was super excited when I got the book.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Radha by Leena Saldanha-Review




Book Name         - Radha 
Author                  - Leena Saldanha
Publisher              - Leadstart Publishing 
Number of Pages - 220
Publishing Year   - 2017
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     - 225

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Rating : 3.5


My Review

How to explain this book. If I need to say a sentence about the book, I would say that this is a monologue of Radha. But there is more into it.

Fables from India by Uday Mane- Review




Book Name         - Fables from India
Author                  - Uday Mane
Publisher              -  Frog Books
Number of Pages - 170
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -175

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Rating : 4.0


My Review


India is a country where there has never been any difficulty in finding a folklore. Every state has it's own collection of stories. Unfortunately our kids don't have the luck to hear most of them.
Uday Mane brings forth 22 unheard fables for his readers- both children and adults. 

Learning how to fly by A.P.J Abdul Kalam- Review




Book Name         - Learning how to fly
Author                  - A.P.J.Abdul Kalam
Publisher              - Rupa Publications
Number of Pages - 195
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     -176

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Rating : 5.0


My Review

Should I review the book? There are certain classics that I have opined of attaining a position such that they don't need a review. They are self-fulfilled. Dr.A.P.J. Kalam is a personality that has influenced billions of Indians and foreigners alike. He possess a thought process that is futuristic, and pragmatic.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Twenty twenty by Anuraag Srivastava - Review




Book Name         - Twenty Twenty 
Author                  - Anur
Publisher              - Srishti Publications 
Number of Pages - 224
Publishing Year   - Paperback 
Edition                  -2017
Price                     -195

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Rating : 3.0


My Review

What will you choose if you are caught between a team of goons, your sister's dignity and professional ethics? What will you choose if you are caught between your brother's dilemma, your sanctity and romantic emotions? The story of love, money, betrayal, sex, brilliance, debauchery and trust, twenty twentyis tale of new generation for the new generation by  a new generation writer.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saint Teresa of Calcutta by Raghu Rai- Review




Book Name         - Saint Teresa of Calcutta 
Author                  - Raghu Rai
Publisher              - Aleph Book company(Rupa )
Number of Pages - 148
Publishing Year   - 2017
Edition                  - Hardcover
Price                     -1499

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Rating : 5.0


My Review

I was 10 when Mother Teresa's holy soul bid adieu to the materialistic world.  Then I had just heard about this holy lady who served the poor. She became the proverbial messiah of the poor. People with helpful mentality were easily termed as mother Teresa.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A dog's purpose by Bruce Cameron- Review




Book Name         - A Dog's Purpose
Author                  - W. Bruce Cameroon
Publisher              - Pan Macmillan
Number of Pages - 336
Publishing Year   -2017
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -399

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Rating : 4.5


My Review

As human beings, we all believe in fate. We all believe that we have a purpose in our life. But, do animals have a purpose? Bruce Cameroon brings to the readers the quest of a dog, about its purpose in life. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Product Review- GeekCases GOLD USB Cable for Micro USB Based Devices Like Phones & Cameras



I ordered the product online from  Amazon for my Galaxy Tab 3. I ordered the product on May 4 2017 and got it delivered on May 8 2017, which is pretty fast. The packing is also quite good.

The cable is golden color. Thick, insulated cable is covered with nylon . 

The cable is pretty long, as you can see in the picture.

The length of cables has always been a matter of concern for me. With other cables, I had to adjust the phone while charging such that it could be kept somewhere, since most of the cables don't have the ample length to my convenience.

The color is glossy and classy too. The chrome finish is lasting. The pin is easy to connect to both the phone as well as USB port. This cable, I used while charging as well as file transfer.


The product comes with one year warranty.
The claim is that the cable provides lightening fast charging but it depends on the phone as well. Tabs take time to charge hence the speed of charging cannot be counted as lightening fast for my phone but it could be so for other products.

If you could see the screenshot, you could see that the phone has 35 % charge at 4.07 PM and 62 % charge at 5.27 PM,which when compared to original cable is definitely faster because it used to take whole night for my Tab to get charged.
              

Overall the product is priceworthy.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

GeekCases Xtreme Indestructible Apple Lightning / 8 PIN Reversible Connector Cable (3.3Ft / 1M) with 2.4Amps Fast Charging and Data Sync for iPhone, iPad & iPod - BLUE



I ordered the product online from  Amazon for my husband's  iPhone 7plus. I ordered the product on 4th May 2017 and got it delivered on 8th May 2017 , which is pretty fast. The packing is also quite good.

The cable is blue color. Thick, insulated cable is covered with nylon coating. 

The cable is pretty long, as you can see in the picture. 

The length of cables has always been a matter of concern for me. With other cables, I had to adjust the phone while charging such that it could be kept somewhere, since most of the cables don't have the ample length to my convenience.
The color is glossy and classy too. The chrome finish is lasting. 


The pin is easy to connect to both the phone as well as USB port. This cable, I used while charging as well as file transfer. The pics I have shared was taken in my car.                                

The product comes with one year warranty. The charging speed is good. The cable could be used in playing songs in my car, from the phone. This is really helpful while travelling, since you can keep your charger exclusively for the charging and this GeekCase cable connected to car and listen to unlimited music as well as charge the phone inside the car.

Why should I refrain from giving a five star for this amazing product.

Rafflesia by Gautham- Review




Book Name         - Rafflesia
Author                  - Gautam
Publisher              - Frog Books (Leadstart)
Number of Pages -397
Publishing Year   -2017
Edition                  -Paperback 
Price                     -395

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Rating : 4.0


My Review

Rafflesia tells you why it is said that 'We shouldn't judge a book by its cover'. The cover image of Rafflesia gives you an impression of a historical romance or YA fantasy. The blurb gives you an impression of psychological thriller with an eccentric or schizophrenic protagonist.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Indus Challenge by R.Durgadoss-Review




Book Name         - The Indus Challenge 
Author                  -R. Durgadoss
Publisher              - Rupa Publications 
Number of Pages -320
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  -Paperback 
Price                     -250

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Rating : 4.0



My Review

The book Indus challenge is a rare seamless mix of mythological historical and contemporary fiction. This is the story of Sagar, who aides Abhimanyu in Kurukshetra war, who reincarnates as Rudra, commander-in-chief of Mauryan army when Macedonian army under Alexander,the great attacks India and as Shiva in the current era, a victim of the terrorist attack in Mumbai.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Success With Stress by Jae Ellard- Review




Book Name         - Success with Stress
Author                  - Jae Ellard
Publisher              - Simple Intensions
Number of Pages - 102
Publishing Year   - 2011
Edition                  -Paperback
Price                     -$14.95

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Rating : 3.0


My Review

Success with stress if a self help book that helps the readers deal with stress. Authoress states the different types of stresses and the points to deal with stress. 

Interview with Jae Ellard






Hey everyone 
Today I have the author of Mindful and Success with stress with me Jae Ellard.
Let's welcome her to this virtual tete-a-tete 


How does a person's energy affect whether they feel in or out of balance?

When it comes to balance there are two states of being: empowered or disempowered. When people feel empowered, they have a clear sense of purpose and normal to high levels of energy to help them with that purpose. When a person feels disempowered, they tend to feel as if they have everything to lose and operate from lower energy states that may show up as exhaustion, anxiety, depression, fatigue or sleeplessness.

What is the difference between proactive and reactive stress management?

Another way to think about this is when we react vs. respond to a situation. Reacting happens immediately and without much thought or processing, whereas when we respond, we’ve taken time to consider the situation. For example, reactively dealing with stress means you are surprised that you are experiencing stress. Proactively managing stress means you’ve been able to anticipate a situation that may be unpleasant and have formed a strategy to care for yourself while you navigate it. 

What's your writing ritual? 

My favorite place to write is my kitchen table in the morning sun, pen on paper, looking out at the trees and listening to the birds chirp away. In recent years, I’ve also found international flights as great place to let the words flow. I’ve been writing each morning for at least an hour for the last 2 decades.  

Do you have a favorite travel spot?

The world is too amazing to have only one favorite place to visit! High on the list are anywhere in Italy, Vienna, Copenhagen, Paris, Munich, Santiago, and Aspen.    

If there is one thing you want readers to remember, what would it be?

That the choices is yours for how to live your life – so make intentional choices about how you want to show up, what you want to say and the life you want to create. 

Spotlight- The Indus Challenge by R. Durgadoss





THE INDUS CHALLENGE
by
R. Durgadoss




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Ethical Doctor by KAMAL Kumar Mahawar-Review




Book Name         - The Ethical Doctor
Author                  - Kamal Kumar Mahawar
Publisher              - Harper Collins
Number of Pages - 272 
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  -Paperback
Price                     -350

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Rating : 5.0


My Review

These days there is noone who has not been hospitalized due to one disease or other. `There is noone who, at least once hospitalized, cannot relate to the book, the ethical doctor. The book is an unflinching account of all the ill practices prevalent in the health care sector. In other words there is nothing more to be written on medical ethics and unethical practices in the sector.

Shiva by Subhadra Sen Gupta- Review




Book Name         - Shiva 
Author                  - Subhadra Sen Gupta
Publisher              - Red Turtle (Rupa)
Number of Pages -40
Publishing Year   -2017
Edition                  -Hardback 
Price                     -295

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Rating : 4.5


My Review

Shiva, the lord of destruction has mesmerized the masses always. Tales of Shiva has bewitched the devotees irrespective of their ages. Subhadra Sen Gupta, in her book Shiva brings forth three tales of Lord Shiva for the little readers.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Own it by Sallie Crawcheck



Book Name         -Own it
Author                  - Sallie Crawcheck
Publisher              -Crown Business
Number of Pages -258
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  -kindle
Price                     -7.65

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Rating : 4.0


My Review
Own it is an inspirational, motivating and realistic book. Authoress has proved her mettle in the genre. Her experiences and knowledge will excite every women. The book tells us that nothing is impossible. Being a business woman myself I could relate to the book. The narration is professional.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

The 365 days by Nikhil Ramteke- Review




Book Name         - The 365 days
Author                  - Nikhil Ramteke
Publisher              - Write India Publishers
Number of Pages -192
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  -Paperback 
Price                     -138

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Rating : 4.0


My Review

After reading the book I was left wondering if the author is a Malayali. Never in the recent times did I read a book that portrays Kerala and Keralites with this level of authenticity. From the history to culture, living standards to change in dialect, outlook to prejudice, author has sketched a perfect picture. Shijukutty, the protagonist is a Malayali fisherman, who sets out to 'Persia', as middle east is colloquially termed in Kerala.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India by Arun Kumar




Book Name         - Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India
Author                  - Arun Kumar
Publisher              - Aleph Spotlight 
Number of Pages -144
Publishing Year   -2017
Edition                  -Hardback
Price                     -399

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Rating : 3.5


My Review


November 8, 2016 is a date which will be written in bold letters in the Indian Economic history. Demonitization came as a bolt from the dark to common citizen in India. Even though the intention behind the same is novel,  whether the attempt was a success our failure need to be seen.  Arun Kumar,  through his book Understanding the black economy and black money in India lays bare the real definition and sources of black money and analyses the outcome of demonitization.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Beneath a Rougher Sea by Susmita Bagchi- Review




Book Name         - Beneath a Rougher Sea
Author                  - Susmita Bagchi
Publisher              - Jufic Books
Number of Pages -278
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  -Paperback
Price                     -299

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Rating : 4.0


My Review


Mind is an array of thoughts. What kin of thoughts traverse decides how our mental situation is molded. Beneath a rougher sea delves into the life of a psychiatrist, Aditya, who treats people with different types of mental instabilities.