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.
Today I am completing one year in Intermittent Fasting. I started it on 19, January 2019 when my friend from Kuwait asked my opinion about it, citing very positive changes to her friend who was on the fasting.
I am mostly devoted and strict with the schedule ever since.
It has changed my life in a very positive way. Right now I am preparing for a national level swimming competition in February. I am looking at developing my dream six packs.
I am also much more positive in life. I am even looking for movie acting roles after a chance appearance in a Malayalam movie, acting as the president of India. I even think positively to a classmate’s comment that I could be the lucky Mascot for the hugely successful movie.
Autophagy is my target in Intermittent Fasting and as such I supplement fasting with some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) which alone could usher in autophagy. For this I do intense sets of swimming with Interval rests.
I am slowly getting into a swimmers body shape which comes with six packs.
I feel and perhaps look much younger to my actual age.
The only problem to mention is the ‘Dawn’s Phenomenon’ I seem to have developed. That’s my blood glucose reading of 85 in the early morning hours, going up to like 130 as I progress into fasting. Some say Dawn’s is okay, but I need to get out of it.
I run a whatsapp broadcast group on Intermittent Fasting. This is a broadcast group and privacy and phone numbers are kept confidential.
I am happy to have more interested members and the benefits of sharing experiences and opinions in the group are highly beneficial.
I must also add that I lost 8 kgs in the program, while eating well during the eating window. This is in spite of the muscles I have built on.
If interested, send a message to my whatsapp number +91 9400056031. I will add you to the group, which I am sure you will enjoy and benefit.
I will have the satisfaction of sharing my wellness experience to the group members and by being the mentor to the group.
The learnings from group members are priceless.
Happy IF anniversary to me!
I took a ride on a rickshaw (Tuk-Tuk) on way to pick up my car from the dealer service station. We passed one of the sites of the recent demolition of four residential buildings.
I have been upset with the cruel comments from many well known and other people in their articulations in social media, calling the innocent residents who lost their dream homes, violators.
And there are any number of environmental activists in the channel discussions, desperately trying to justify their actions done for cheap popularity.
They are all trying hard to hide their dark side of wishing bad for others and take refuge under the name of clean environment.
The rickshaw driver became sentimental when I mentioned that the rubbles pose more environmental risk than the beautiful dream homes that they were.
He asked me ‘do you think this would happen in any other state’. He referred to some 20,000 violations being regularised in the state of the financial capital.
Also there’s a case in Kerala itself where one North India based giant builder paid a nominal fine to rectify the violation.
And the driver alluded to the new environmental rule where new similar construction at the same place of demolition could be built.
I was reminded of a Europe based architect telling me that the environmental fall out alone would make the demolition a no-no there.
How can I then pardon the vicious writers and activists when they call the innocent flat buyers violators.
These innocent people are trying to defend themselves by citing the approvals by local authorities, supporting rulings by the Kerala high court, banks lending after verifying documents etc etc.
Please, if you can’t shed a few tears, shut up, at the least.
It’s heartening to see the youth, particularly girls coming forward and influence the world around us.
Shaping of public opinion in India is a case in point. Here again students, and again it’s the girls in the forefront, spelling out clearly what the future they would like to have.
They are quick to recognise false propaganda, photo shopped and fake pictures as fraudulent methods, trying to influence public opinion.
And then theses overconfident propagandists, are silly many a times, unable even to tell a lie properly. For example two pictures, one taken from mirror image showing injury in one hand with mirror image showing on the other hand and arguing that the injury is fake.
They could fool some people for sometime. But the time has come that no one can be fooled.
This change is driven by the determined youth, led perhaps by the girls in the group.
We can see clarity and openness in their vision. It’s for progress, it’s for equality and it’s for good and cherished values.
I usually write what comes to my mind at the time of writing a blog.
But throughout the last couple of days, I have one predominant thought. Did we as a decent society showed compassion to those innocent people whose homes were destroyed.
Did the TV and other media played on people’s darker sides to get popularity. Did those friends of environment who showed their cruel smiles on channel discussions, manage to hide their guilt!
Why are we seeing victorious smile on faces of the people, some of whom permitted the construction and others who challenged them for political and rivalry motives.
Even my efforts to explain the innocence of at least the majority of flat owners to a friend from another state, met with a casual dismissal saying law enforcers must have taken all into consideration.
And, will the rubbles create more environmental hazards, further to the toxic dust people inhaled.
There are reports that residents of the place where the rubbles are planned for dumping are organising to prevent it.
Demolition experts did a good job. Even they would have experiences only of bringing down damaged or hazardous buildings, and not elegant dream homes.
In fact, it’s interesting to find out if there was a similar demolition in our country before.
And some people say that, with the change in coastal zone classification, new construction at the same place is valid now!
As such, instead of clapping, and the TV presenters getting excited, we the fellow homeowners, at least in the state, should have been on silent prayer.
Disgusting, actually it’s a mild way of putting it that we witnessed in the live TV coverage this morning of the demolition of three buildings following a Supreme Court order.
Apparently the demolition companies did their job well in bringing down the beautiful residences, home to many innocent people, many of them made money to buy the flats, toiling in the telling Middle East climate.
Instead of a sombre, poignant and sad atmosphere, we saw people on TV rejoicing with visible ecstasy in bringing down the dreams of many people. Of course, the demolition was perfect as per the recipe.
But the joyful people included politicians, municipal councillors, government officials, and others, some of whom were actually responsible for the construction.
We had a clear view from our balcony, and the impact sank in when Sunu, my wife, standing next to me, burst into tears when the first building went down.
And she couldn’t control further tears, when it was the turn of the other building where some of her close friends lived.
Very sad indeed.
Sunu’s way of celebrating my birthday is with the bread pudding that I like best. Candles are lit on the pudding instead of the cake.
Here’s something very special. She made the best bread pudding and ensured that it’s all for me. It’s special with lots of love as it’s not a personal occasion for me, but it’s our wedding anniversary.
She made it secretly and did the topping with my favourite component to make it exclusive for me.
The component is the Kerala traditional bread pudding topping of whipped egg white, lemon juice and sugar. Sunu can take only cooked egg!
I used to request her to have the topping on one half of the pudding so that we could share the delicacy.
I am greatly indebted to this selfless gesture.
Happy Anniversary to us ❤️
Malayalam movie ‘Kettiolanu Ente Maalakha’ is the best movie running now. I have a small role, my first, acting as the President of India, giving an award to the hero of the movie.
A friend of mine sent me a whatsapp message after seeing the movie and seeing the houseful theatre, saying that I am the ‘lucky mascot’.
That’s really something positive and movie producers and directors, please note that I have it in the new year resolution to seek more acting roles.
Another friend sent me the above pictures taken from the below song in the movie, available on YouTube.