Apple and Watch

A bite from Apple is already taken. Still it’s the most adored and supported brand in the categories it operates.

I just posted what a doctor told my friend about the Apple Watch, that it causes cancer and when worn on left hand would harm the heart.

Many of you ignored my post and the doctor’s observation, some even suggested that my friend should change the doctor. But there was a polite half told message. On probing the blogger suggested that there could be some truth.

Of course, how can we ignore it or brush it aside. Personally I drew strength from the smokers in deciding to continue to wear the watch and read all the analysis.

It’s not only smokers, there are many in the lives of us, the common people, that we are forced to ignore all the threats. For example, we still use the microwave, many continue to live in highly polluted cities etc etc.

Then it struck me this morning and Apple O Apple, what are you doing! You missed a great marketing opportunity.

Think about the expensive pacemaker and the high priced stent, people willingly allow doctors to put them inside and only insurance companies are worried and wonder if the devices were actually required as dictated by doctors.

But we have learned that Apple can keep the doctor away. Apple could have invented something under the Watch to boost health and cure cancer.

My recommendation is the easily changeable strap. Invent a health strap with power to boost health. And a special device to clean and recharge the health boosting strap which could even claim to reverse Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Price the strap and cleaner to the Apple standard. Nobody will complain as the company has allowed the Apple to be bitten for the taste.

Apple and Watch

Book Review. ‘Love.Exe’ by Manju Nambiar.

Manju book

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

382 pages

My review

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.

Link. https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07F911NYB

Book Review. ‘Love.Exe’ by Manju Nambiar.

Slow Cooked Lamb Rogan Josh.

Lamb Rogan Josh
Slow cooker makes the most succulent Lamb Rogan Josh. I followed a recipe, the link of which is given here which has the Rogan Josh recipe also.
The 8 hours slow cooking made it very tender and nicely tasty.
I am happy I got my slow cooker.

17 Slow-Cooker Indian Recipes That Are Easier Than Takeout

Slow Cooked Lamb Rogan Josh.

Quinoa for Rice

A HEALTHIER KERALA LUNCH
A typical Kerala lunch is healthy. With the highest per capita consumption of fish, predominant use of meat, variety of vegetable dishes and par boiled rice; it’s already a healthy lunch.
Here it is made even healthier with replacement of the rice with quinoa.
Accompanying are fish curry, beef fry with coconut slices, cabbage thoran, Avial, vazhakka Mezhukkuvaratty with coconut slices and home made curd.

Quinoa for Rice

Mangosteen, a Much Loved Fruit. Tropical And Very Rare

MANGOSTEEN, QUEEN OF TROPICAL FRUITS.
I was thrilled to get this loving delivery from a cousin of a box full of mangosteens.
Most exotic and considered a luxury, these are highly seasonal and geographic, but ardently grown in Kerala, of late.
My father was one of the pioneers in bringing this to our place and the ones planted by him are still bearing lovely fruits, after nearly 50 years, I suppose.
Lockdowns and my current circumstances has been preventing a trip to the hometown, but this is a very very welcome gesture.

Mangosteen, a Much Loved Fruit. Tropical And Very Rare

Yogurt in Crockpot.

NATURAL YOGURT. CROCKPOT WAY
We get our yogurt from the stores, thick and pure white. As for all store bought packaged foods, I am not very sure if preservatives, thickeners and sweeteners are used.
That’s when I see one of the twelve options of my Crockpot as Yogurt.
Bought a litre of packaged full fat milk from the store and did the crockpot process as per the cookbook.
It should have been thick well fermented Greek yogurt copy, but I find lots of water, even though it tasted good.
That’s when I remembered my classmate, who’s in US trying to make coconut oil using packaged, tinned thick coconut milk. She found no oil after boiling it to the end.
If we can do the full process ourselves with natural ingredients, it’s the best way!

Yogurt in Crockpot.

Let Me Do It Before The Season Is Gone!

COCONUT MILK, CHIA SEED, PUDDING
Mango season is going away! And I haven’t made the chia seed inspired, falooda like, healthy, display friendly, dessert.
And here it is.
Soaked in thick coconut milk and refrigerated, chia seeds form layers, in between mango, pineapple, papaya, musli and pumpkin seeds fillings, in glasses. Honey is poured in to the attractive layers.
Thank you @neethu.nambiar1 for the inspiring idea, two years back.

Let Me Do It Before The Season Is Gone!

BLOG TOUR: TAINTED HARVEST BY E.DENISE

I am happy to be part of the Blog Tour for the book ‘Tainted Harvest’ by author E. Denise Billups, thanks to Shalini and her Digital Reads Blog Tours.

Tainted Harvest: A Simone Doucet Series
Blurb
She escaped servitude for a worse fate. Now she wants everyone to know what happened.
Simone Doucet is searching for a meaningful life. As a travel writer, she’s searched but hasn’t found a purpose yet. She accepts an assignment that takes her to Magnolia Sunrise, a historical bed-and-breakfast on the bluffs of Natchez, Mississippi. Soon, frightful images of a young slave girl, Delphine Randolph, haunt her every evening. Are the dreams related to the assignment? Will she find answers in Natchez?
The first night at the B&B, a ghostly visitation transports Simone to 1863, antebellum Natchez. Through spectral eyes, Simone sees Delphine’s history. Her servitude as a wet nurse to her master’s wife, rape, and forced pregnancies, her daring escape, and early demise inside a Civil War contraband camp known as the Devil’s Punchbowl. Delphine wants everyone to know what happened to her at Magnolia Sunrise and inside the Union soldier’s encampment. She won’t stop haunting Simone until she TELLS HER STORY.
But why has Delphine chosen Simone? Will this awakening bring a new purpose to Simone’s life? Or more untold mysteries to be discovered?
BOOK LINKS
AMAZON USA – https://amzn.to/2TKeGJp
AMAZON UK – https://amzn.to/36fiRjg
AUTHOR BIO
E. Denise Billups is an author with a rare mixture of southern and northern charm. She was born in Monroeville, Alabama, and raised in New York City, where she has worked in finance and as a freelance columnist and currently resides. A multi-genre author of fiction, she has published four novels—Keepers of the Gate: Twilight Ends (Book 1), Kalorama Road, Chasing Victoria, and By Chance. She has also written several supernatural short stories, including Off the Grid, Ravine Lereux: Unearthing A Family Curse, The Playground, and Rebound. As an avid reader of magical realism, mystery, suspense, and supernatural novels, she was greatly influenced by authors in these genres.
Currently, she is working on book two of her trilogy, Twilight Ends, a paranormal historical fiction, and book two of Simone Doucet Series to be released in 2022.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Website: https://edenisebillups.com/
Next Chapter Publishing: https://www.nextchapter.pub
Facebook: @E. Denise Billups
Twitter: @DeniseBillups
Goodreads: @E. Denise Billups
YouTube: @E. Denise Billups

BLOG TOUR: TAINTED HARVEST BY E.DENISE

ഏണ്ണി ഏണ്ണി ചക്കക്കുരു ചുട്ടു ചുട്ടു തിന്നണം അമ്മ അറിയാതെ തേങ്ങാ പൂളി പൂളി തിന്നണം

(Counting counting jackfruits seeds charcoal roasted and eaten and without mother knowing the coconut scooped and eaten)
A childhood mumble is relevant even now as far as coconut goes, just that mother is replaced with wife.
But jackfruit seeds are rare and counting and tossing in charcoal fire is difficult.
The barbecue grill in the balcony thus comes handy for the barbecued seeds. And I have to get new coconuts to scoop and eat without anybody seeing as what’s in the house has assigned jobs.

ഏണ്ണി ഏണ്ണി ചക്കക്കുരു ചുട്ടു ചുട്ടു തിന്നണം അമ്മ അറിയാതെ തേങ്ങാ പൂളി പൂളി തിന്നണം

Bone Broth.

BONE BROTH
Finally, the slow cooked (24 hours) Lamb Bone Broth is done. Thanks to the multifunction Crock.Pot.
I always wanted to have it during my intermittent fasting limited eating window. Now there’s an additional valuable use while nursing my wife in her recovery process.
She had the first cup and she loved it.
The lamb bone broth is flavoured with organic herbs like Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley and I added some Kerala spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and black pepper.
Added in were carrots, mint leaves, garlic, ginger and onion.
Of course Apple Cider Vinegar is added as an essential.
As for all organic preparations, treated filter water is used.
Sea salt will be added only at the time of consumption.
The excess broth will go into the freezer for use on a daily basis.
I love my Crock.Pot.

Bone Broth.

Mangoes On The Balcony Tree.

How about plucking mangoes from your balcony! That too all season.
Well, if the claims are true, that’s what I may have in our balcony.
These bonsai, cloned, budded trees are on sale.
I once had a dream of high High density mango plantation. Perhaps, this could be an alternative.
At least, I love the idea.

Mangoes On The Balcony Tree.

Blog Tour: Princess and Country by Emmanuelle Snow.

Thank you to Shalini and her Digital Reads Blog Tours for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Blog Tour for the book ‘Princess and Country’ by author Emmanuelle Snow.

PRINCESS AND COUNTRY
Excerpt -1

My throat closed. No air could come in and out of my lungs. I’d never meant to fall for my brother’s best friend. Especially considering I was pretty sure my brother had feelings for her too. I’d known Dahlia Ellis my entire life. I used to cheer them on when they were just kids singing songs to us in her backyard. For as long as I remembered, I considered her a little sister.
Not anymore.
No matter how I tried to bury my feelings and stay away from her, I failed. Dahlia occupied all my thoughts. Even at school, I became a fool every time I caught sight of her or heard her laugher in the hallway.
Nobody knew about my crush. Not even my friends. It’d been going on for quite some time but had intensified in the last few months. So much that I was miserable the days we didn’t cross paths. I tried to ignore my soaring feelings. I really did.
Two years ago, I even dated Vanessa to forget about Dahlia, but it backfired because she cheated on me, accusing me of not caring about her.
Lately, I noticed how Dahlia had been looking at me. With heat and a glint in her eyes.
Each time our eyes met, my heart either beat faster or jammed in my chest.

Excerpt -2

My boyfriend turned to face me, and I hurried into his arms. “Princess, you’ll be amazing up there. Look at me.” I tilted my head back. “I’m so proud of you.” He tucked a strand of hair behind my ears.
I rose to my tiptoes. “I love you.”
With the pads of his fingers, he wiped the tears pooling in the corners of my eyes.
“I love you too.”
I looked around. “It’s kinda scary. All those people. The stage, the crowd—”
“Carter will be up there with you. You have nothing to worry about.”
Riley stepped next to us. “Okay, Dahlia, time to go. Ready?”
“I guess.”
Would my voice be shaky like this on stage?
Butterflies took flight in my stomach. The not-so-fun kind.
I walked away, my hand locked in Jeff’s, touching until our fingers broke apart.
Carter neared me and snaked his arm through mine. “It’s okay, Dah. I’m here. We can do this. Just follow my lead, I’ll take care of everything.”
Those words.
My pulse evened.
We exchanged a smile as Stud padded in our direction and put his arms around us.
“Let’s show them what we’ve got.” He stopped and pulled us into his embrace. “We’re kicking off our first world tour. How awesome is that? Let’s do this, motherfuckers.”
Stud’s longish stubble rapped my cheek.
“Oh yes,” Carter said as I replied, “Let’s make history.”
The lights of the stage blinded me. My heart sank down to my toes. “Seventy thousand people,” I said, mostly to myself. “Seventy thousand.”
My insides tightened. Carter said a few words to the crowd, but I registered none. My eyes drifted to the right side where Jeff stood. Did I look like a deer caught in headlights? My fingers shook. My head turned. My legs wobbled. I tried to breathe, but my lungs were closed for business.
“You can do this,” Jeff mouthed.
I swallowed the lump choking me.
Carter strummed the first chords of “Heart for Rent.” My heart leaped in my throat. Why did I agree to this? I loved our simple garage band. This, right here, was way too big for a White Crest girl like me. I shut my eyes, silencing my thundering heart. I could do this. I breathed out. My fingers played on their own. I locked my eyes on my best friend. He winked. No one was here except the two of us—and Stud. We were back in Carter’s garage, dreaming about getting fifty people to come see us play.
This—right here—was our dream.
I rolled my shoulders—chasing the tension away—rotated my neck and found my voice.

BLURB
Her best friend and his brother.
A passion that can’t be shared.
A record deal that will bring her all over the world.
And one fateful night.

Country superstar Dahlia Ellis is sweet, leveled-headed, and passionate.
When she finds herself loved by both her best friend and his brother, Dahlia must find a way to come to terms with her own feelings without leaving too many broken heart’s pieces behind.
Despite her best intentions, Dahlia will be sucked into a tornado of love and loss that will hurt her and the people she loves the most.

One night will change the rest of her life.
One night will shatter everything she’s ever known.
And one encounter will give her the courage to dream again.

For Dahlia, fame, money, and beauty don’t mean anything. And her story is one of love, strength, trust, and fate.
When her life falls apart, will Dahlia be able to get back out there and rise to the top again?
Get to know a younger version of Carter Hills in this prequel of Pink and Country.
Princess and Country is the second book in this small-town, second chance, country music romance series.
If you like raw emotions, sizzling moments, relatable characters trying to overcome their flaws to reach their goals, lots of heat, banters, and chemistry, you’ll enjoy Emmanuelle Snow

BOOK LINKS
AMAZON USA https://amzn.to/2Up9TgC
AMAZON UK https://amzn.to/2UnMeNz

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Smart, Sexy, and Sassy Love Stories
Emmanuelle Snow is a contemporary author of mature YA and New Adult love stories, who likes to give life to strong characters who’ll fight with all they have to reach their life goals and find their own happiness.
Emmanuelle is in love with love. Especially those complicated, deep, and passionate feelings that make a relationship extraordinary and complex, all at the same time.
In her spare time, when she’s not writing or reading, Emmanuelle likes to go on road trips—with her four kids and her own soulmate—watch movies, paint, or do some DIY, always with a cup of green tea in her hand and listening to country music.
She splits her time between beautiful Canada and the small US towns she adores.
Find all of Emmanuelle’s books here: http://www.emmanuellesnow.com/books

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Blog Tour: Princess and Country by Emmanuelle Snow.