My Bucket List had a book in it and I was not sure as to what and how I should be writing one. Some well-wishers suggested to write a travelogue as I used to travel for work or otherwise.
I was also lucky that I am a member of this blog group and help came up instantaneously. The sum total was the realization that I should be writing from the heart.
Encouraged by the support I decided to start writing and brought up an idea of forming the ‘Book Writers’ Club’ which was joined by a few friends. And I wanted my first few pages to be seen and reviewed by the club members.
I got a real review, ably correcting the plenty of mistakes and telling what should be taken care of from one of the members. She had one book published and here I am talking about her second and lovely book ‘Love.Exe’
If you have downloaded a complicatd software on an unreliable computer with moody internet, you get a picture of how the author unfurls the story. The story progresses like the exact stages in the software download, with the several yes/no, true/false confirmations concluding with the finish button.
That alone would make the book a hit among the tech savvy new generation. Particularly since the background is set on the dream destination for Indians for study and work – the U S A and Ivy League colleges, full scholarships and dream jobs with new gen tech and online companies.
About the Author
Manju Nambiar, originally from Kerala in India, after higher education in USA, now works in a leading frim in San Jose California and lives there with husband and daughter. Her first book ‘The Money Lender’ has been a hit.
The book is available on Amazon
The main character is a bright and beautiful girl from an orthodox South Indian family with ambition set on the typical Indian youngster intention of living the American Dream.
Marriage is what the parents think of daughters and that is what the compromise for any dream.
There is a transition from an attempted arranged marriage to love led marriage. Imagine the situation when the parties involved are the same in both the scenarios.
As a reader, I have a weakness of getting attached to the lead character. That is not the problem. The problem is that whoever is a villain to the good character (mostly heroine) has a red mark on him from me. And when the author cleverly brings the two close to where they work, I am not happy to see the villain making any gains on the heroine.
But I am unique. Almost all the others love the twist and are fascinated by the details of a real Indian experience in the campus and workplace in USA, especially when the love dominates the details. The book is a complete success in meticulously detailing every steps in the life of Indian Americans living the American Dream in the University and work office.
That’s when, though I wouldn’t like the villain coming anywhere near my heroine, all except me will be thrilled at the way the two get closer and closer and closer.
That makes a reader to get hooked on the book. That is everybody, young, old and even me.
Great romantic book and highly recommended.
Whatsapp has been a popular media for people to be in touch and exchange important messages.
But the current lockdown situation, the media has been taken over by users with plenty of time in hand.
And it’s important to be in touch with friends and family and whatsapp with it’s super efficient chat, free voice and video calls is the best media to go for.
However, we see a competition going on in forwarding various types of messages in Whatsapp groups. They are mostly forwards received from unknown sources, some genuine, few important and some untruth and also there could be malicious rumours.
The charm is lost and a good media is killed. As I am writing this, there’s news that Whatsapp is taking some counter measures restricting free forwards. I hope genuine users will be spared.
Probably the first signs of any riot in the virus led scare was in the scrambling for toilet rolls!
The attached New York Times article talks about it. It’s a long one but I think it finds out that water is a better cleaner, wet wipes better than coarse rolls and bidets are useful sanitary fittings.
Indians increasingly fit hand faucets in their toilets. And we didn’t see any ‘tissue wars’ here.
Personally, I have gone for bidets with three of our four (five including the one for domestic help if we go for one) washrooms. And like most indian homes there are hand faucets in all. We also keep toilet rolls.
Like i said, bidet is my personal preference, though hand faucet could do the job just as well and saves space.
Perhaps this is not a good choice of a subject when we are reeling under the devastating impact of a virus.
But washing is the new trending subject. The best defence against the virus is washing with soap or sanitizer, several times and especially before touching your face. And wash for full 20 seconds or more.
So hand washing would be the biggest revolutionary change going forward. It could save billions on healthcare and make people healthy. Simple but very true.
And we may see a debate on toilet rolls! Or just that people would allocate space in houses to hoard six month’s supply!
Namita Lal, successful banker, senior Standard Chartered Bank colleague, Actor, Movie/ Theater Producer/ Director, International award winner, singer, has just released a YouTube video on oil pulling.
We look at such a personality and then watch her walking the red carpet in the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood, Cannes Film Festival, International Film Festivals, receiving awards and all, and then say ‘hey I know her’.
‘Nutsaboutme’ is what she describes her amazing talents which match or even rival her successful banking career record.
That’s why, when I saw her video on oil pulling, I thought of featuring her in my blog and introduce my friends to this amazing person.
I had blogged about oil pulling, some three years back and received a lot of interest among friends.
Watch Namita on YouTube and learn more about it and enjoy the cute presentation of how and why we do oil pulling.
Subscribe to her channel and I can assure that we will be rewarded with more from her.
Online purchase and delivery has been revolutionised by big players led by the multinationals. We were happy, and they were too, as happy customers mean more cash in the kitty.
But where are they now! They may have their own reasons, but we also have a right to be upset. One would expect them to take the lead and manage the delivery of essential goods to us, stranded by the lockdown.
Even better, they could have used their expertise in designing effective, safely distanced, virus protected delivery methods.
We clapped for the brave health angels and law maintainers and these giants missed the chance to receive any piece of it. We will continue to clap and don’t miss the chance to be there, at least now.
But they won’t! History says so. In 2018, Kerala was submerged by the biggest of floods and the first to stop service were these multinationals. It was the fisherman of Kerala who kept the stranded alive, delivering bread and water. I thought that these giants with all their experience, resources and knowledge could have shown that kindness and bravery.
So, frankly it’s not a surprise to see them washing their hands off this current requirement to get the essentials and medicines across to the stranded needy. Of course, we are seeing the likes of fishermen in the kirana/ corner stores. And we are alive, still.
I am not demanding goodwill from these giants for the money we paid them to be rich. But I am wondering why the kindness is not inherent. You need some qualities for that. One we say in Malayalam, ‘nanma’ (goodness). The other is ‘karuna’ and there’s no appropriate translation and close one is ‘empathy’, but still very distant.
I hope good sense will prevail. They are anyway sure to reap benefits of the new habit of digital technology that we in isolation are forced to learn. But memories remain.
My cousin sent me this photo of the lovely peacock visiting his house in Koottikkal, Kerala. That’s my mother’s house and we used to spend most of our childhood holidays there.
Those days we could see a peacock only in the zoo in Thiruvananthapuram. Even now it’s very unusual to find one in our interior Kerala.
This visit is special. This is nature enjoying the peace, the forced isolation of humans is providing. Look at it, it’s stunningly beautiful. And at ease.
Fond memories come back. Though peacocks were rare, we had wildlife and birds rivalling a bird sanctuary. And the adjoining river had cristal clear water and varieties of fish.
The childhood association with peacock had been romantic. The feathers that the peacock shed, were in great demand. We used to keep them in school books and it’s said, it used to multiply.
Usually it’s the girls who used to get to see the peacock feather growing. The reason is simple, when we get the beautiful feathers, the overpowering desire was to give it to the beautiful girls.
Believe me, no other gift had the power to generate that most beautiful smile on her face and if I am not mistaken, the ability to colour the cheeks pink.
I just read it yesterday! The statement mentioned about the other half. While the half that include me, are trying to make the best out of the lockdown situation with chatting with friends, watching serials etc. there’s this other half is worrying how to survive.
It’s mostly the poor and marginal sector in India, while it’s those who are worried about their jobs, about their businesses in the rich countries.
It’s always a great dilemma. Perhaps we can spend sometime thinking about it. Individually we can do pretty much nothing. But if that compassion, that concern is genuinely implanted, then half the work is done.
That will shape our outlook when we come out of this great mess! And come out we will.
And the empathetic future is perhaps, worth the price we pay now.
We are in a different environment with ‘stay at home’ strategy to counter the spread of the dangerous virus.
For intermittent fasters, this has brought about some challenges with family being together all the time and the meal times.
There are indications that intermittent fasting boosts the immune system, which is a major plus in these difficult times. And of course there are numerous other benefits with intermittent fasting.
As a mentor to a small group of intermittent fasters, my advice is to stick to their usual schedule without making much of a change now.
An aggressive 3 day water only fast could reset the immune system quite positively. I have clearly advised the group not to try it now as it has to be done under proper supervision.
And if someone wishes to start intermittent fasting to gain it’s benefits now, here are some tips suggested by Max Lowery, personal trainer and intermittent fasting champion, who is the author of The 2 Meal Day fasting method,
- First, eliminate snacking in between meals by eating three square meals a day. Once you are used to this, move onto step 2.
- Finish consuming any calories by 8pm.
- Try waiting an hour to break your fast in the morning.
- Try extending your overnight fast to 12 hours.
- If the first four steps go well, try upping your overnight fast to 14-16 hours.
Take care, stay safe!