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.
In one of my blogs I mentioned that a holiday, brief illness and family get together in the US had upset my workout schedule and the good results of a sustained gain got nullified.
One of the blog friends here advised me to learn and do ‘Tabata’ excercise on such situations. And I looked for what Tabata is.
Tabata training was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo.
It’s a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, featuring exercises that last four minutes. And be warned, those will be the longest four minutes, when you do it.
The program is structured as below:
• Work out hard for 20 seconds
• Rest for 10 seconds
• Complete 8 rounds
You push yourself as hard as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. This is one set. You’ll complete eight sets of each exercise.
The exercises can be anything like push ups, squats, leg lifting, toe touching, butt hitting etc.
Tabata is great to get a quick workout when you’re short on time, you need to switch up your routine, or you want improve endurance and speed.
High intensity interval training is recommended and we will do well by incorporating this type of workout into our fitness routine and produce results.
Something I should remember in my next holiday.
(thanks for this post are due to the blog friend and details available on google search).
The news of the day is the probable appointment of Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo as president of World Bank. Of course, United States as the largest shareholder practically nominates the Bank President, and the name is recommended by Ivanka Trump.
Most big business are US based and it’s natural that some of the best brains migrate there to run leading global companies.
Similarly, most premium education are also US based and attract some of the best brains the world over to study there.
The combination of the above two, results in countries like India, losing some of the best talents to be subjected to what is called ‘the brain drain’.
This post is not intended to discuss the pros and cons of the brain drain, but it’s an attempt to make some observations.
Quality education is an essential ingredient to professional success.
Quality and mostly the early formal education of successful global leaders need not be of US origin institutions. Examples are Indra Nooyi, Sundar Pichai and Satya Nedella.
However, without a backing from United States, it may not be possible to occupy top positions In International Organisations. Shashi Tharoor’s failure to become UN Secretary General as was when US chose not to support.
I know these are some random observations, but somewhat interesting.
He’s the no. 1 rich person in the world with a mind boggling asset accumulation of $137 billion. Jeff Bezos the Amazon CEO is not any other person getting divorced.
That’s why the divorce is different. Usually, when we hear of divorce, we feel happy, sad or don’t care. And if one is kind hearted the questions include ‘do they have children! poor kids’.
Here it’s different! The questions are, ‘will it be an equal division! is there a conspiracy theory!, will the speed of settlement be as fast as amazon delivery! how much the stock will fall!.
There’s clearly an excitement. Most are jealous of the MacKenzie, the wife, who could be the richest female in the world.
Nobody is sad.
Be fair to the couple, as they have a huge burden at hand. That’s the lawyer fee. They will have to sell some of their assets to pay the fee. It’s a chicken and egg situation.
I suggest, we could ignore the episode and we don’t get worked up on the details.
After all, how can most of us quantify a difference between $68.5 billion and $137 billion. We may not even know how many zeros are involved.
And remember, they said they will remain good friends. Of course with so much of money at stake, what else could be an option!
Doesn’t make a difference anyway.
Zero budget farming is a concept developed by an agriculture graduate Mr. Subash Palekar, and adopted by farmers, mostly in Southern India.
It is at zero cost to the effect that items like fertiliser are not bought from outside. The nutrients and soil betterment are done with resources available in the land itself.
We may say that it is better than organic farming which apparently is not devoid of things like antibiotics from some of the ingredients to fertiliser etc.
The zero budget concept is a very successful one based on the experiences of the farmers who have adopted it.
Two very important contributors to this success are local variety of cow and earth worms. Interestingly one small built cow can contribute ingredients sufficient for a 30 acre farming.
And the nutrients produced and fed into the soil will ensure multiplied growth of earth worms to work on the soil and make it most ideal for farming.
Farmers who have adopted the zero budget farming are experiencing higher yields and profits, significant improvement in the quality of agricultural produce and opportunities for mixed farming for self sufficiency.
Apparently there’s considerable interest worldwide on the concept and organisers of training sessions are witnessing keen interest from overseas attendees.
I see an opportunity here to Learn more about it, now that I am seriously planning farming.
Why not the best way, when you do it!
It’s healthy snacking in between meals and reduce the quantity of food for lunch and dinner. Nuts, fruits and vegetables are the ideal snacking options. However, for me, the unhealthy sweets are also fondly remembered along with them.
Coming to nuts, I like the healthy way of taking them raw, rather than the salted or roasted ones.
The usual option is cashew nuts which are best taken along with some raisins. Then there are almonds and walnuts and to a lesser extent pistachios and macadamia nuts.
Cashew and almonds are commonly available in the neighbouring stores but walnuts and others are rare and expensive. As such I get walnuts from Costco in US
But this time I found an assortment of fresh nuts in Target. The jars in the photo have cashew, almonds, walnuts, shelled pistachios and macadamia nuts, all fresh and all in one jar.
Then the bigger find in Costco, fresh dried cranberries. And this pack of 1.8 kg all for $9.99. Apparently cranberries are healthy and should be a smart substitute for raisins.
A Mauritius holiday, a nagging cough and a US trip interrupted my evolved exercise schedule. The side effects are visible on the weighing scale and in the bathroom mirror.
In the meantime came the new research putting interval training to the forefront as a must have.
Mine was yoga and suryanamaskar on six days a week followed by strength training or swimming on alternate days.
My swimming is at a steady speed and continuous for about 50 or 60 laps of the 20 meter pool. And i am proud of the stamina.
Now that I am resuming the exercise regimen, I want to include interval training. And the best opportunity is in swimming.
But I am quite used to the steady marathon and I love it. A change to a couple of swift laps followed by rest before the next lap would make it interval one. But I continue with the steady and continuous pace.
Of course, crossing English Channel is not in the bucket list, but still!
I need to be innovative. And perhaps Suryanamaskar is interval training, or it may not. Some dilemma!
How about some advice, friends. Shall we have an informal group of interested blog friends to exchange workout experiences and to hold hands!
How about doing that! Anyone?
It was “me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world. And all of us against the infidel”
Leon Uris, wrote the above in his book ‘The Haj’.
He wrote it to describe the behaviour of people of a particular region, but perhaps there’s something for the taking here for evolving a generalised canon.
We have seen, particularly in Western Movies, a mention, something to the effect that it’s okay or normal to kill to protect the family.
Combing through the above two somewhat similar extremes, one could find a new code for family.
That’s, no matter how much of differences exist in the family, the family is together to face any external threat.
Anyone trying to make a dent in the family code, better be aware of the canon that the family will eventually be together.
It’s not a threat, nor a promise, but just that I find some sense here.
After all Leon Uris is not any ordinary fiction writer, there’s fire in them.