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 here photos of us from Pala, Kerala with medals in the just concluded National Masters Games in Vadodara.
My Alma Mater in Pala, St. Thomas College was the first college in Kerala with own swimming pool when we were students. Now it’s the only college in Kerala with the Olympic size 50 meter swimming pool.
Pala is also home to ‘Thoppans Swimming Academy’ training many swimmers. One of the coaches from the swimming family Thomas Thoppan (second from left) has been to a number of World Masters Games.
And Prof. Sebastian (extreme right, next to me) is the eldest swimmer from Kerala and have come 7th in World Masters Games.
With competition for age brackets of 5 years starting from 25 to 100, masters games is the right ingredient for athletes to be evergreen and competing.
The YouTube link below is of the program broadcast by Kerala’s leading TV news channel, Asianet, featuring me.
It’s in Malayalam language and the message I am giving is that ‘sportsman never retires’ and masters games competition helps to build a healthy nation.
There’s a call for government support and corporate sponsorship for the games and athletes.
I am doing a Book Blitz for the book ‘Mocking Man’ by author Leslie Georgeson, thanks to Shalini and her Digital Reads Blog Tour.
THE PACT DUET: Two friends. One pact. A dangerous plan with an elaborate deception. In a world where they must rely on each other to survive, how far will each of them go to honor the pact?
The Mocking Man:
Not a word I would have associated with myself fifteen years ago. Back then I was innocent and carefree, a teenage boy with big dreams.
Then my best friend Rafe was kidnapped, and my world fell apart. I foolishly thought I could save him.
I was wrong.
Now my entire life is a web of deceit. My every breath tainted by lies. I don’t like what I’ve become. But it’s essential for my very survival.
My job now is to stay in the shadows and keep Rafe’s sister Isabella safe. She can’t even know I’m here.
Then danger lurks closer. Somehow, I must protect her while keeping my secret.
But I get so caught up in my own twisted game that I eventually make a terrible mistake.
Now she’s a part of the pact. And I can’t let her go.
But what kind of life can I give her if I can never be anything more than the mocking man?
The Mocking Man links:
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082RD65Y6/
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48354801-the-mocking-man
Leslie Georgeson writes romance and suspense, sometimes with a dash of sci-fi or paranormal tossed in to make things more interesting. She is the author of the popular military romantic suspense series, THE DREGS, which was nominated for the 2018 TopShelf Indie Book Awards. Her other titles include the UNLIKELY HEROES series, the UNDERNEATH series, the standalone romantic mystery, NO SON OF MINE, and the newly released romantic suspense duet, THE PACT. Book one, The Mocking Man, is now available on Amazon and book two, The Honest Liar, is scheduled for an early June 2020 release. Leslie lives with her husband and daughter on a quiet country acreage in Idaho.
Author social media links:
I am getting featured in a program by Asianet news channel. It’s on Masters Games and that ‘sportsman never retires’.
It’s Broadcast on Asianet News, Malayalam TV channel on February 12, 2020, tomorrow.
It gets covered in the India time 7 am to 8 am news bulletin and again in special sports news at 8-15 am.
I hope it will be convenient for you to watch.
I will be happy to send a clip to those who can’t make it to the broadcast. Please let me know.
I won two silver (50 meters butterfly and 100 meters freestyle) and one bronze (50 meters freestyle) in the just finished National Masters Games in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
Thousands of athletes from all over india competed with the best in their age group for glory in sports.
The atmosphere and camaraderie experienced is equal or even better than a university games.
Some of the participants are really aged. It’s heartening to see some of them barely managing to climb the stairs, but roaring in the pool with graceful strokes in the water. Similar is the case with other events.
It’s my first national meet. Work took me outside India and that probably is the only excuse I have for not participating earlier.
Here I am to stay, and try earnestly to fulfill my stated objective of competing in a world championship.
One gold today was an objective. A slightly different approach of selecting a different style in place of freestyle would have given me that opportunity. But the humbling by real masters is a learning experience.
I will search gold and learn from Masters for which I will be training earnestly.
Come join us in the Masters journey.
It’s so true in almost everything, perhaps in everything good and desirable.
We say this mantra, especially when we refer to working out in the gym for better health.
Then the same should be applicable to the best wellness program, Intermittent Fasting!
Intermittent Fasting is a top subject when it comes to better health and benefits. And when something is so popular, it’s only natural that a whole lot of people start giving opinions.
Giving information is good, but not so when commercial interests work on it.
We need to be guarded again such attempts to corrupt a good thing for business interest.
A case in point is the view that one shouldn’t miss breakfast. But then breakfast is the most branded meal with a number of multinationals producing breakfast items. We don’t know if breakfast is unbreakable or it’s the lobby saying it.
When we read research on Intermittent Fasting and it’s goal of autophagy, it’s clear that clean fasting is better and if you can do dry fasting, then it’s even better.
But there are people saying that black coffee, black tea, herbs, good fat, green drinks etc are okay while fasting. Well here we can see some multinational product lobby, probably hiding behind.
So, do Intermittent Fasting the clean way with only water. If you are comfortable enough try dry fasting in between or more.
But if you are willing to dilute the best results with some calories from black coffee etc. do it. But only if you’re already on coffee or tea. But please don’t start an addiction for the sake of it.
Just remember, ‘no pain, no gain’.
Like I always offer, if interested in starting the best wellness program with unbiased advice and discussions, join our exclusive group where privacy is assured. Send your interest to my whatsapp number +91 9400056031.
This is a tradition exotic sweet dish that I shared with my “Cooking Exotica & Fitness’ whatsapp broadcast group.
Broadcast on Cooking Exotica & Fitness:
When you get a lot of ripe Kerala bananas! Sunu’s cousin presented us with a whole bunch of ripe bananas from his plantation. More than we could use, and tradition came into play. The process of drying bananas in sunlight and making it to last years. And it can be used for occasional sweet dishes. Here bananas are cut length wise and dried in sun. Took a few and cut into small pieces. Added grated coconut and paani (palm syrup) and the delicious dish is ready.
T V Antony IAS, my wife Sunu’s brother, passed away in Chennai this afternoon. My wife was with him in the hospital at the time.
A Padmabhushan awardee, T V Antony was Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu State and had the distinction of serving under both the governments of opposing political parties.
Another notable distinction is that his father T A Varghese ICS was also the Chief Secretary of the State.
T V Antony was a specialist in population control and was advising several state governments on the subject.
The funeral is scheduled for Monday, January 27 in Chennai.