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.
It may not fit in as Novel, but it certainly needed persistence.
As a swimmer I have to be familiar with race start from the starting board, if I am to compete effectively in a competition.
With Masters Games offering competitive sports at various age groups, a dopamine effect for happiness is available in participating in a championship.
But I was not very good in the start and some training was required.
That’s why I joined a swimming training course. In fact it was my wife who found out about the training and got me enrolled.
The initial few (actually many) dives from that starting block height drew red designs on my chest as I was hitting the water with the chest.
Also the swimming goggles used to come off with the impact.
But now, after a few days of persistent attempts, the arrow like hands go into the water with head tucked in between the shoulders and somewhat a dolphin jump making a painless smooth entry into the water and to continue the strokes.
The goggles remain in place, supported by the swimming cap. This technique is thanks to Google.
Here the Dopamine hormone is activated for a good feeling of happiness.
Remember the blog (@https://decodinghappyness.com/author/himalis49/) “Novelty, Dopamine, Follow- Through and Persistence. It’s true.
Masters Games are also for those who think that they might have lost out in the prime age sports leading to Olympics.
I am one of them! A great sports enthusiast, I took the ‘little bit of everything’ route rather than concentrating on one event and to get specially trained on that.
Perhaps I did think that I should have been super trained in one of them.
That’s when I heard about the Masters Games. It covers almost all (if not all) sports events and there are State level, National level and International level competitions for age groups in steps of 5 years from 30 onwards till 80 plus.
And surprise, there’s even World Records for the individual items.
I am a Master now and a Sportsman again!
I just read a blog post from a young friend who wrote on ‘Novelty, Dopamine, Follow-through and Persistence’ (@decodinghappyness) and I am like, ‘I have found the best things to do’.
There’s in fact a challenge to readers of the blog to spell out two things in Novelty and Persistence that could give the Dopamine effect.
And I am thrilled to realise that it is easy for me to identify and they are 1. Acquire six pack 2. Explore chances to act in movies.
Both to me are novel and involve persistence to achieve.
Going for it!
Goal set, with learning from young and bright mind
The discipline and fame in uniform has always attracted me. With two of my brothers as police officers, the power and respect were definite aspirations.
My country went to a few wars other than world wars. That’s when the focus moved from law enforcement police, to country’s defenders, the soldiers.
And I wanted to join the defence forces and wrote the exams and came out with flying colours. That’s how I went to Meerut Service Selection Board for the final selection.
And I was there with 19 other contestants (I am No. 12) who were sons or nephews of military generals or similar ranks, and who all studied in military schools and trained on the test hurdles.
Actually I fell from the rope on stage seven of the eleven hurdles thus scoring only 21 out of 55, but came back rich in experience and my first multicultural group of friends.
The fascination to uniform continued.
In remote Kerala, going to war was mistakenly associated to dying for the country. That’s around the time when I saw the movie ‘Patton’.
The movie was released at the time when I was at the Service Selection Board, but I saw it a bit later when it was released in India.
The opening scene and Patton’s speech of the movie revived the fascination.
“No poor dumb bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other dumb bastards die for their country”.
George C Scot after the movie started signing his name ‘George C Patton’.
And you can imagine what the self proclaimed dreamer ‘Walter Mitty’ can do.
I have thus led several wars and won as Generals and sometimes as Field Marshals.
I am an actor in this Malayalam language movie.
The movie just got released yesterday. I have a small but important role in the movie acting as the president of India, presenting an award to the hero of the movie Asif Ali.
From feedback, initial reports and the ‘BookMyShow’ review (90%) the movie is a success.
The house (shown here) where most of the movie frames are filmed is our house where I grew up.
I am super excited to be part of a movie and a successful one for that matter.
‘Unliveable’ many would say getting frustrated at the traffic jams plaguing the once garden city, Bangalore.
But there’s always something about the place! Many a times I would wonder what it is.
The weather, yes at 3000 feet above sea level, the city enjoys a very comfortable mild weather. When asked, this is the first mention as a plus for the city.
Bangalore certainly has evolved over the years, not just into the name Bengaluru but from garden city and retirement paradise into the undisputed Silicon Valley.
That drives the techies to migrate here. I remember someone telling an interesting story of world’s richest man making a data based decision. His analytics found a large number of experts from Indian state of Andhra Pradesh working in his company.
That made Microsoft to open their second development centre outside USA in the state. But apparently the preference of these talents after USA is to work in Bangalore.
The migration brings in more jobs, employers, buildings, home demand, taxes and traffic.
Many of world’s back offices are located here. But like a Bombayite who just shifted said ‘there’s no night life in Bangalore while Mumbai never sleeps’. He however added hastily ‘but I like it here’.
Perhaps those working on US timings may get inside their offices by 9 pm when the city goes to sleep.
There’re pockets of hope and progress. Namma Metro, the city’s rail network, though terribly delayed is set to be totally covered when completed. The segments already completed are running full and brimming.
And then this view from our balcony in Jayanagar. Here’s a forest before the 270 degrees view of the Bangalore skyline. We can point at the landmark buildings from World Trade Centre in Yashwantpur through to Vidhan Soudha, Kanteerava stadium, UB City, my former office in ‘Raheja Towers’, Koramangala, Banarghatta to Sarjapur.
The title ‘Garden City’ may be in dispute, but Bangalore still has those trees protected dearly by the well wishing residents.
We have a small but active group of intermittent fasters and we notice that group communication and sharing of experiences have resulted in better outcome in the fasting program.
I am happy to reproduce here my message to the group today:
“Broadcast on Intermittent Fasting:
I think it’s time to reflect and see what we as a group should be looking for at the minimum.
One thing we can say with confidence is that all of us want to get rid off the excess fat.
And we know that calories from food supply energy for the body to do even minimum things. And that energy from food gets exhausted after sometime, definitely in 12 hours if we don’t eat.
After 12 hours of clean starving we still do things and body needs energy for that. This energy source is there in us, stored as excess fat. So excess fat is taken if we continue starving beyond 12 hours.
And the energy requirement and burning excess fat will get accelerated if we exercise during the period.
Of course, we need to think what the body will do after all such excess stored fat are used up.
Well, we are at the risk of our body starting to eat our muscles. Good thing is that none of us are anywhere near that stage as we have stored enough and more fat.
So getting rid of excess fat is our primary target.
And then, what if the fat is taken from the belly side first! Great no!
What if that include the ‘love handles’ that’s around the waist. Divine! as we can handle it without that handle.
When we do clean fasting for minimum of 16 hours, fat and size reduction is inevitable.
By the way, this is better way than extreme dieting. A sick look is probable in a dieting, while we tend to do it with a nice look.
To give a personal example, a friend who saw me recently, after about 4 months, told me that I have reduced in a nice way.
Do clean fasting for 16 hours, 4 to 6 days in a week. Longer the time, the better. Please try clean fasting, no black coffee, green tea or dark chocolate, just water.
Let’s start using our fat for energy.
Our ultimate goal of course is autophagy.
Some of the benefits we discuss on Intermittent Fasting are:
1. Weight loss
2. Improved glucose control
3. Reduced cholesterol
4. Reduced liver fat
5. Improved blood pressure
6. Increased endurance
7. Better sleep
8. Brain health
9. Rapidly increased production of human growth hormones
10. Improved insulin sensitivity
11. Reduction of markers of inflammation which is key driver of many chronic diseases.
12. May prevent cancer
13. Probable protection against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
14. Anti aging benefits
15. Repair of damaged cells and regeneration of new ones (autophagy benefits”
Should you be interested in benefitting by joining the group, please send a message to me on my whatsapp number +91 9400056031 and see how it works better as a team.
Of course, individual privacy and phone number are confidential in the broadcast group. As the mentor, only I have a global view of who the members are.
It’s surely a better way to benefit maximum from this wellness program.