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.
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I am doing a Book Blitz on Sian B. Claven’s book ‘#RIP JOHN, thanks to Shalini and her Digital Reads Blog Tour.
Trigger Warning: This book contains scenes of graphic bullying and suicide.
Everyone wants a chance to fit in, and that’s all John King wants when he starts at his new school. A relentless bully, a blogger, and a pretty girl all have a different plan for him, though and after he endures all he can, John takes his own life.
The only problem left for Devan, Melinda and Jenny?
He doesn’t stay dead.
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2EueKlG
Hailing from Johannesburg South Africa, Sian B. Claven has enjoyed stories for all her life, whether she was reading them or making them. She has written for as long as she can remember, but Ensnared is the first book she decided to publish. Moving towards writing more for the horror / paranormal thriller genre, Sian has subsequently published the first two books in The Butcher Books series, Tatum and Kallista. When Sian isn’t thinking of ways to terrify people, she enjoys writing science fiction stories, poetry and rather long and gushy birthday wishes. When she isn’t working on her writing you can find her knitting, scrapbooking, reading, or playing Xbox. Sian previously reviewed for The Blithering Bibliomaniacs and still reviews in her private capacity. She clearly doesn’t know what the words rest and relaxation mean, at least not in the traditional sense.
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How disgusting that the little nerd freak had bumped into her in the cafeteria. She had made everyone laugh when she insulted him, and for once in her life she felt noticed.
Melinda had spent the better part of her schooling career being invisible. Too plain to be popular, too normal to be teased, the only power she found she had was the words she wrote for the school’s blog and newspaper. There she discovered she had the power to either make or break the politics within the student body. Everyone read what she wrote and feared to cross her, but it wasn’t enough. She still felt invisible.
Then John bumped into her and she realised he was the latest victim of Devan’s bullying regime. She saw an opportunity and took it, calling him out for the disgusting little freak he was. He was so embarrassed and then the teacher confiscated the soggy comic book to add insult to injury.
With that taste of power, Melinda felt in her bones that she needed more. Much more. So she put together a little plan that was sure to get her to the top of the school’s food chain, and let others know who she was and, more importantly, that she wasn’t someone to be messed with.
Melinda needed the perfect plan to play her part in putting John in his place and came up with it not too long after the incident in the cafeteria. She needed just one thing to seal the deal and then she would be ready for her victim.
It took a few days before she managed to find someone willing to buy her the necessary tools, since she wasn’t of an age to purchase it herself, but once she had it she was ready.
It was a beautiful day when John woke up. The sun was shining and he could hear birds in the trees outside his window. Still, his heart filled with dread at the prospect of going to school and putting up with Devan and his goons. With a dark sigh, he got out of bed and got dressed, going downstairs to have breakfast quietly so he didn’t wake his mother and father.
Once finished eating and having washed his dishes, he shouldered his backpack and left the house, wanting to get to school as early as possible to avoid his bullies.
He got to his locker without incident and retrieved his books, stuffing them into his bag. He went to the library and sat there, reading his comic book until the first bell signaled and he had to rush to class. Getting there just before his teacher closed the door, he apologized and quickly went to his seat, amid snickers from his peers. He blushed and hid as much as he could in his seat.
“Since John is late I think he can graciously offer to fetch the television for our lesson today from the AV Room,” Mr. Willsmith said, holding out a key.
John nodded and got up, took the key from Mr. Willsmith and left the room.
“In the meantime, you can talk quietly amongst yourselves until he is back,” Mr Willsmith said, before sitting at his desk and picking up a book.
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There are times when dark clouds are welcome. When an anticipated rain is delayed by well over a month.
It perhaps started as a personal preference for me liking this monsoon season very much for all the rains, but now everyone is talking about a 46% deficit in rainfall.
The huge clouds here in the photo burst, and the downpour was strong, but then it went away making occasional appearances to tempt.
But then, the stark reality is that we are solely responsible for this climate change.
No one else to blame!
‘Self love’, ‘me too moment’ are trending along with the age old obsession of I, me, myself.
Excess of any of these or probably all these as they are all the same, is summarised as narcissist.
It’s bad by the sound of it itself. It’s defined to be bad. But it’s trending and people become that without using the name.
So, being in majority is power. But it’s more power when someone lives the definition and stand out among the majority.
One of the easy tests to see if you are in the majority of narcissists is to count the number of times one observes oneself in a mirror, especially the bathroom mirror with no holds barred.
When that’s the test, then count me in.
Me bad! I don’t think so. For one I do it alone in ‘me time’. And we have not heard anywhere that ‘self love’ is bad. I just wonder if it’s the training ground for loving and lovable people.
But the most important is to be happy as a narcissist. Clearly, that’s possible only when what one sees for himself is good.
And when you bare in front of the mirror, it should look good as mirror like number doesn’t lie.
So one should look good. You can possess a pre-arranged face, but everything else is just made. One needs to sweat it out for that V shape and in the case of men like me, to have that chiseled look with muscles flexed to thrush out what it should be the six packs.
See, it’s not all bad, not at all! A lot of hard work and discipline are involved in looking good.
Not bad at all, then!
I know, as a banker I have to be careful of what I am saying here. Joint accounts in banks may not always give the account holders what they expect.
In fact the legal protection under ‘negotiable instruments act’ gives the survivor access to funds, when the accounts are opened with condition ‘E Or S’ which is ‘either or survivor’.
Two people who trust each other and also trust the bank open joint accounts with E or S instruction. They enjoy the advantages like anyone can operate the account etc etc.
But there will be a time when one of them is no more and the surviving person is to do many things which include a decent funeral of the diseased.
The money is legally available to the Survivor in the bank as the account is E or S. And the Survivor should be in a position to access the funds.
But, wait! What does the banks (at least in India) do! They block the account and ask the Survivor to produce the death certificate. Some of the banks even may go further and ask for a succession certificate to complete their documentation.
Backed with some banking qualifications, I can say that E or S under negotiable instruments act gives the survivor in the joint account the right to use the money any which way desired.
But no, the banks ask for death certificate which can take a couple of days or more to get. And the survivor has to find money for the funeral, elsewhere.
I know this from experience where i was executor of a will. And i asked some Bank branch managers and they agree about the condition for death certificate. But they are happy to block the account on just hearing about the death.
So then, it’s a good idea to open individual accounts in each name and fund them at least to cover the funeral expenses.
I wish I am wrong about joint accounts and E or S, but it doesn’t look like.
This is an important milestone. I weigh the lowest in some 25 years, if not 30, thanks to Intermittent Fasting.
It’s important because the weight loss is accompanied by renewed energy, enthusiasm and discipline.
To me, Intermittent Fasting is the best wellness movement that has happened so far. It’s very well explained and proven through some detailed and serious study, which include Nobel Prize winning research.
Benefits of intermittent fasting include generation of new human growth hormones, cleaning repairing and growing cells, prevention and even possible cure to deadly things like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, heart problems and even diabetes.
The increased energy and enhanced mood has assisted me in following a regular fitness and workout schedule like 12 sets of suryanamaskars, one hour yoga, swimming and even weight training. And I feel good after these heavy workouts.
Frankly, this is not just boasting. The intention is to share the experiences and get my friends also to benefit from this regimen.
I would be much better off if I had good control over my food during the eating time of the Intermittent Fasting schedule. This is something I must be working on now, in addition.
And to speak about intermittent fasting and the good effects, we should be aware of various industries getting affected and we can expect some actions from them. I can think of the food industry getting worried. So be prepared for some organised campaign against this good thing.
I may also say that it’s time to channel some of my good energy towards noble causes. One of them could be the commitment towards planting trees in a barren land.
And I wish to get and support maximum number of Intermittent fasting followers. Let’s do it together and do it better with the help of a whatsapp broadcast group. Since it’s a broadcast group, individual privacy is assured.
I invite my friends to try and view a combined treasure trove of information that we have in the group. Just sent your whatsapp number to mine +91 9400056031 and enjoy the benefits.
Privacy assurance is reiterated.
Monsoon starting from June 1 in Kerala has been strong usually. This year it was late by more than a week and now it seems to have gone away.
I like this South West Monsoon as it’s usually heavy and without any fierce thunder and lightning.
Last year we had excessive rains, in fact some unprecedented floods of the worst kind. Then the finding is that the floods were due to people error in releasing excess water from some 33 dams simultaneously.
The reason for the blunder is simple. The state was eyeing the rising water levels in the dams to generate extra electricity, but got frightened when the rains didn’t stop and the dams were so full and immediate release of water was required.
If rains have continued this year, the learning experience would have seen the excess water released periodically and scientifically.
Instead there’s news that the water levels are some 38% lower than normal.
And now we have the revelation, a real Apocalypse.
Some 21 major cities, mostly in India will dry out of any groundwater by 2020.
Scary indeed and the governments should take war like measures to preserve water and respect nature.