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 am doing a Cover Reveal for the book ‘The Devil You Know Until You Don’t’ by Author Monique Singleton; thanks to Shalini and her Digital Reads Blog Tours.
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW: UNTIL YOU DON’T BY MONIQUE SINGLETON
“Lucifer meets Dexter meets Dan Brown.
A rogue priest joins forces with the devil to bring down a terrifying religious conspiracy and free humanity from abject slavery after death.
When Heaven becomes the door to Hell, the only one you can turn to is the Devil. We were promised Heaven in the afterlife, as long as we believed in God and in the word of the Bible. We were good Christians. We took care of our fellow men. We deserved paradise. What we got was eternal slavery. Our souls reincarnated into another world where we are sold to the highest bidder and forced to work until we died yet again. And all of this was sanctioned by powers high up in the Church. Worse even, they are the conduit that makes this possible. Who do we pray to now?
Monique Singleton is a USA Today and International Best selling author of dark Urban Fantasy. She lives and works in a small village in the south of Holland. A Brit by birth, she has travelled extensively and finally settled down in Holland. In addition to her writing, Monique also holds a job as an IT business consultant. She lives with her two big dogs, two horses and two cats. The cats are the boss
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THE GROW BAG REVOLUTION
Grow bags are ready virgin earth on terraces and balconies of houses.
Scary stories about the pesticides and poison that could be in the vegetables and fruits we buy, have influenced a keen interest in these bags, which can help us grow our own vegetables and fruits.
Apparently, this Onam, Malayalees produced more vegetables and fruits at home, than anytime before. The dependency on suspect produce was greatly reduced.
With the acquisition of 16 grow bags, I have just joined in the noble action of producing safe food.
Now we keep excess food in refrigerator and heat in microwave for use again. Olden days, both the storage and readiness were at the same place, the viraku (firewood) adupp. The Kerala fish curry with kodampuli (cambogia) is a case in point. Taste and maturity are enhanced on the second, third day etc
THE 20 YEAR DIFFERENCE
That could be what’s at stake when you make a choice of the diet type.
A calorie restricted diet could make you look 10 years older and sloppy.
And Intermittent Fasting could give you a look 10 years younger and glowing.
A whopping 20 years at stake while making a simple choice.
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(Picture credit: Pinterest)
THE 5,000 MAGIC
I have just hit a landmark! There are 5,000 followers to my mostly healthy food and wellness focused instagram account.
It’s big, as per my personal standards and it has made me dream for that magical number of 10K.
More importantly, it’s highly satisfying, exciting and very participative. Imagine me talking part in cooking competitions and get invited for collaborations by Instagram celebrities.
Plants In The Balcony
I visited a plant nursery yesterday and bought some plants for the balcony. The person who helped me bringing them up from the car to the balcony mentioned that citrus is not an ideal home plant.
I am not claiming that I don’t believe in superstition, and traditions are to be respected. So I turned to google.
First, it’s not the lime he’s talking about, but I got mandarin orange and sweet orange plants.
Orange trees are Feng Shui friendly. Then there are locational guidelines.
Accordingly, the orange plants are on the South West of house. See I don’t pay heed to superstition 😉
I am most thrilled at the ‘all seasons, dwarf mango trees’. Imagine mangoes in your balcony; all season.
Ever since I have adopted intermittent fasting, bone broth has been recommended by experts, albeit not the store bought.
Acquisition of slow cooker Crock.Pot makes it possible for the required 24 hours cooking for quality broth.
And, I have no holds barred, in adding healthy herbs to the mix. Here I have rosemary, thyme, basil, mixed herbs, lemongrass, cardamom, cloves, pepper, bay leaves as herbs.
And, carrots, celery, onions, ginger, garlic, cilantro as vegetables.
Most important ingredient, though is the apple cider vinegar.
The lamb vendor was kind enough to keep some good bones for me.
Here’s the result! Totally organic, thoroughly extracted bone broth. It would have taken 22 of these small mason jars and I have only 12, the rest going into Pyrex dishes
AN INTERMITTENT FASTER & A FOODIE.
It sounds like a paradox! But that’s exactly what I enjoy.
My fasting lifestyle is 20 hours of water only fast with just 4 hours for eating. And I have taken up cooking with a passionate Instagram account.
Call it willpower, penance or sacrifice, and perhaps it’s an attempt to make some enjoyable quality food to savour during the limited eating window.
It’s definitely highly satisfying.
AN END OF SEASON DELIGHT
I have done this type of preparation a couple of times before. But there are some reasons for doing it again.
- Mango season is all but over.
- The brief season for mangosteen and rambuttan are on.
Here I have healthy chia seeds soaked in coconut milk. The layers are mango, mangosteen and rambuttan.
Crunchy layers are muesli and roasted pumpkin seeds.
Remember, the exotic fruits have seeds which are to be discarded when eating.
Mangosteen and rambuttan make this exclusive, isn’t it?
PULASAN and RAMBUTTAN, MANGOSTEEN TOO.
We had a full load of the choicest tropical fruits of Mangosteen, Rambuttan and some Pulasan when my sister and brother came home visiting.
Often confused with Rambuttan, Pulasan (locally pronounced as philosan) is different with sturdier outer skin, harder but shorter spikes and sweeter inside flesh which is easier to come off the seeds.
The uniqueness, however is that the seeds are edible, unlike Rambuttan and Mangosteen and tastes almost like Almonds.
Don’t ever miss a chance to enjoy these special tropical fruits, they are so delish.