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.
I have done a few things with jackfruit in the previous seasons. Like making chakka unda (jackfruit balls) and chakka chips (jackfruit chips). In fact some of the chakka undas are still there in our Kochi home.
Some nine full sized jackfruits were worked on in one season.
Now that we’re stuck in Bangalore, it’s not easy to work on full jackfruit without some of the specialty tools. I must also admit that it’s highly priced here while the jackfruits came free from siblings while in Kochi.
So the only option is to get the product, fresh and ready to eat. I got some good ones from a small vendor. I asked for fruits worth 100 rupees. Of course, no bargaining with small vendors, especially now.
Some whole sellers purchased jackfruits from my brother at ₹10 per fruit. Each full fruit has about 30 fleshy ones like in the picture. Converted, that’s about 20 times the price for these ones I bought.
It’s uniquely tasty and now a health food. But the thrill is in making chakka undas. Maybe next season!
My tryst with Keto diet and attempts to reduce further weight had peanut butter playing a role.
Then I was disappointed to read on the label on the peanut butter bottle that there’s added sugar.
Apparently sweeter food sells faster and of course, why should the money minded food industry bother about client health.
That’s when my friend suggested making own peanut butter. And she gave the technique to make it.
Slightly roast fresh peanuts with the outer thin skin and blend well in a processor till the butter consistency is achieved.
All natural and all pure peanut butter is ready.
I am thrilled in making this trial quantity and it tastes good too.
I have had six employers (excluding advisory and consulting roles in another few), all of them banks and among them Standard Chartered Bank. SCB took me to the world. And hence the Bank has a special place in memory and fondness.
That fondness prompted me not to cash in the few shares of the bank that I had when I left. The share price continued a southward trajectory after that, losing over 75% of the value.
English premier league is dear to England and it’s natural for British based banks to be sponsors of one of the league teams.
Standard Chartered Bank picked Liverpool and stayed put. And now Liverpool is league champions.
Perhaps this is the reversal of fortunes. And it should be! It’s well deserved.
I am doing a Book Blitz for the book ‘The Defense of Exeter Station’ by Thom Bedford, thanks to Shalini and her Digital Reads Blog Tour.
At the turn of the twenty-ninth century, the Milky Way is on the verge of a galactic war. The Combined Systems Alliance continues to expand their territory—much to the displeasure of the Free Planetary Union who, until now, lacked the resources to halt the encroachment. In a bid to wrest control from the Alliance and retake their former colonies, Union agents throughout the Alliance Fleet organize a mass insurgency seizing countless assets. During the ensuing chaos, numerous ships are decimated and millions of lives are lost.
Retired Alliance Commander Tanic Sandorn finds himself stranded on a border station after the Union launches an all-out assault. Fighting against anxieties from the incident that pushed him into early retirement, Sandorn accepts being recalled to active duty and propelled to the front lines. This time, he will protect his crew and the inhabitants of the Exeter star system from any approaching threat—never again will he leave anyone behind.But outnumbered, outgunned, and outflanked, Exeter Station is left running at a fraction of its operating capacity. Sandorn and the Alliance officers on board must strategize quickly and carefully to hold their ground, or they will be forced to surrender the station, the system, and their lives.For fans of epic space operas, like Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series, Jasper T. Scott’s Dead Space series, and David Weber’s Honor Harrington series.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088PPSN87
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Every crew member aboard the Veloz ran from stem to stern working tirelessly to patch every hole in the ship. The damage was critical to the point that nearly half the ship had been evacuated. With so little power available, compartmental force fields were inoperable, leaving only a single fire door between repair crews and the vacuum of space in many areas.
Not a single deck was spared at least some devastation, for as the ship’s superstructure twisted and contorted under heavy firepower, panels came loose and circuits overloaded throughout resulting in debris littering every room and corridor. The floors weren’t only littered with discarded paneling and blown circuitry, but also injured, dying, and dead crew members. The initial unexpected surprise attack caused the most death and destruction, taking over a hundred lives. Then as the battle wore on, further loss of life was inevitable.
The victory was Pyrrhic, but it was a victory, nonetheless.
Thom grew up in suburban Cheshire, England with his parents and brother. During school he had a propensity for creativity, either writing, building models, painting, or programming. Every subject choice was motivated by creating and building, whether it be design technology, graphic design, programming, or creative writing.After studying Computer Science at The University of Manchester, he started working as a Software Developer. Following in his father’s footsteps, he worked as a Technical Consultant in London for several years, then in Data Warehousing back in Manchester.In his spare time, Thom still writes, build models, paints, and programs, but nowadays also listens to a lot of music, watches a lot of films, and enjoys playing computer games.His love for science fiction comes from blockbuster films like Starship Troopers, Star Wars and Star Trek, as well as B-movies like Wing Commander, Pitch Black, and Iron Sky. Computer games like Homeworld, EVE-Online, and Stellaris, and books like Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series, Jasper T. Scott’s Dead Space series, and David Weber’s Honor Harrington series. In other words, sci-fi—particularly space opera—in any media.
Thom currently lives in Cheshire, England, with his wife, Helen, and their two cats.
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Manga Thera (Mango Bars) made through a laborious process using the Kerala local variety of small bunchy mangoes is an all time favourite and a unique delicacy.
My mother used to make the best theras and I wanted to try and make it. But this season is taken away by the virus.
Recently my daughter sent me a recipe of making rolls or bars with raw mango and chilli powder. So I got the Bangalore local variety Totapuri.
That’s when the idea struck me, how about manga Thera with ripe Totapuri! Totapuri is local, pest and pesticide free larger mangoes which are cheap too.
But I don’t have the wherewithal to make it the traditional style in Bangalore. So innovate.
Here it’s three ripe Tatapuris skinned, de seeded and made into a pulp. Added some rice powder and jaggery. A teaspoon each of ginger and cardamom powder into it and the mix spread on the baking tray.
My wife named it Mango Fudge and this tastes really good.
I am mentoring a group of over 70 wellness enthusiasts on Intermittent Fasting. Some of them asked for my own experiences on the program and here’s what i have shared with the group.
Broadcast on Intermittent Fasting:
I am attempting a guide to follow here, based on personal experience and learning:
Some of the purported health benefits of intermittent fasting include:
- Weight and body fat loss
- Increased fat burning
- Lowered blood insulin and sugar levels
- Possibly reversal of type 2 diabetes
- Possibly improved mental clarity and concentration
- Possibly increased energy
- Possibly increased growth hormone, at least in the short term
- Possibly an improved blood cholesterol profile
- Possible lowering of blood pressure
- Possibly longer life
- Possibly activation of cellular cleansing by stimulating autophagy
- Possibly reduction of inflammation
- Achieving autophagy stage has benefits including:
- prevention and even reversal of Alzheimer’s
- Prevention and even reversal of Parkinson’s disease
- Prevention and even reversal of cancer
- Anti- aging
I have been practising intermittent fasting since January 19, 2019 with very little exceptions. I am on a 16.8 schedule which is in practice has been 17.7.
I can confirm:
- increased energy
- Weight loss
- Fat reduction
- Improved concentration
- Better frame of mind
- Happiness in looking at self in mirror
Additionally I have seen positive effects on diabetes. I have reduced medication ( metformin) to a fourth of the original dose.
And when I tried avoiding certain food and worked on reducing belly fat, the readings were normal even without medication.
The enhanced energy is a sure benefit and it helped me to get into crazy amounts of physical activity.
(Those who are on any kind of medication, please consult doctor before trying these. And those with diabetes, in addition to doctor’s advice, please monitor blood sugar, say three times a day, like I do).
- Follow the 16.8 schedule and try if you can do a OMD (one meal a day) once a week. 17.7 or 18.6 are better as autophagy starts from there.
- Eat sensibly during the eating window. If more weight loss is desired, follow a Keto diet.
- Avoid sugar as far as possible. Fructose is much more dangerous than glucose. Sadly fruits and vegetables have fructose. So have them in moderation. Added sugar in processed foods may be avoided. Chances of them using HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) is high as it’s cheaper and gives food longer life and taste. HFCS is bad.
- Exercise regularly. Moderate workout is good. Also so HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is beneficial, if you can do it. As a guide; moderate, medium and high workouts are where the heart rate is less than 60% , 60-90% and 90% of your maximum heart rate for workout. Maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age. As such the maximum heart rate for a 40 year old is 220-40=180.
- Try and learn workout and diet program to reduce belly fat.
- It’s difficult to suggest an ideal food menu. But avoid processed foods as far as possible. Then try and reduce carbohydrates. Include some amount of protein. And try and include maximum of good fat. Bring in nuts, avocado etc into menu. If you follow a Keto diet program, you get a solution here
- Fasting window is for fasting. Ideally have only water. You can have black coffee or green tea in desperate situations. The benefits of fasting will make clean fasting a welcome habit.
Good luck and stay healthy.
For information 16.8 schedule means 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating window
Anyone interested in joining the group and receive updates, please let me know.
I have been following Intermittent Fasting, religiously since the 19th of January 2019 and I have benefited immensely from the program.
But I used the eating window of 8 hours or less to deliberately enjoy the food I liked best like the unique ‘Kunju’s Jamroll’.
Now, a mini veteran in the wellness world, I take a review of events. And intermittent fasting is the best I have done with numerous benefits.
But I take medicine for a slightly higher blood sugar to get it under control. Is that alright or should I take a re-look!
Dr. Jason Fung’s book ‘the Diabetes Code’ is an eye opener. One can reverse type 2 diabetes completely without medicine and medicine can be very bad for health.
Intermittent Fasting helped me to reduce the medicine by a fourth. Then I tried some of the recommendations of Dr. Fung, and yes I can get normal readings without medicine, by way of adjusting diet, some exercise and intermittent fasting.
That’s why it’s not only ‘when you eat’, but also ‘what you eat’ that matters.
This is true for other good things like losing weight, getting rid of belly fat and boosting immunity etc.
I also learned that ‘sugar is poison’ and ‘fructose is cyanide’.
My lunch, when I was with Standard Chartered Bank in HongKong, had been Chicken Curry Rice from the small Vietnamese outlet on the second floor food court in Citiplaza where my office was on the 16th floor.
I have here the chicken curry, Vietnamese style, made with the help of recipes on the net.
I have boneless chicken, cut into pieces. Add some oil to the cooking pan and dice some sliced onion. When the onion is brown add the chicken pieces and stir for a while.
Add peeled and cut potatoes, carrots, lemon grass pods sliced lengthwise, curry powder, coconut milk and chicken broth and allow the mix to cook well.
When the chicken and potatoes become tender, add a couple of tablespoons of fish oil. You can add a tablespoon of sugar if you want.
Simmer for a short while and serve hot with rice.
I love this amazing dish.
A little bit of innovation makes this soup quite healthy and Keto friendly.
Chop mushrooms into slices and take about a fourth of it and sauté nicely in a pan in butter along with sliced ginger and garlic. Add some salt.
In a blender add some water and blend the remaining mushroom into a nice pulp.
Add the pulp to the heating mushroom mix in the pan. Add some more butter and pepper and continue heating.
Add thin coconut milk into the mix and allow to boil. I added a few curry leaves into it.
Here’s now the trick. Without cream or refined flour, the soup may not be creamy. And here comes the coconut flour. A couple of tablespoons of coconut flour makes the soup creamy.
Transfer into a bowl and enjoy the healthy keto creamy mushroom soup.
Most baked items used maida/ refined flour, which is not regarded healthy.
Health, now is in focus more than ever before. As such it’s worthwhile to look at healthy options, even in making bread.
Here the pumpkin bread, adopted from recipe from ‘coconutmama’ is almost keto.