Saturday, 10 December 2016

Book Review: Kashmir 90 By Vineet Mishra.

Kashmir 90

Author : Vineet Mishra 
Genre : Fiction
Publisher : Frog Books (Leadstart)

Book's Epigram :
The story Kashmir 90 starts in 2011 and travels back in time accidentally over an animated conversation between two friends, Vineet and Shiv. The heart wrenching and the most unfortunate events of 1989 – 1990 in Kashmir caused the ripples which gave rise to this roller coaster tale that destiny wrote for Shiv.

Shiv Pandit, a proud Kashmiri young boy of their valley and a darling of his local community, who has the world on his feet after getting admission in Engineering College of Srinagar, starts his journey of becoming a man from a boy along with numerous other youngsters from all across the country. During the hostel life, he meets new roommates and develops a great bond with them through a few hilarious and funny events. He also develops a soft corner toward a girl named Maya from Kerala. The college life was like a dream for him.

In the background, the extremist fringe was spreading the lethal hate in the air of Kashmir. The hate bomb when exploded, shook the soul of Kashmir, the book biggest casualty was the Kashmiri Pandit community.

The college was also closed down and the students who had gone for a winter break could never return to their college!

Shiv loses his roots, his college, his cradle and his love. He finds himself at the junction of unknown crossroads of life.

This new path of destiny takes him to different parts of the country to rediscover faith in humanity, friendship and love. In turn, it brings along new relationships, disappointments, fun, thrill and adventures.

But the changing politics of the country, Ram Janmabhoomi movements and the Bombay riots create surge in his life and cause a chain reaction that brings him to a point where once again he finds himself in a situation where he could lose it all!

Will he again accept the fate and drift along or fight for his treasure of life?

My Critique:
The book is nicely written and to the point. The story has a flow that keeps you with itself. The characterization is strong and vital to the movement of the tale. It’s a beautiful love story from the valleys of Kashmir which will mesmerize you at every moment. The narration is carried out in a very effective manner. The book traces the the journey of Shiv Pandit, a Kashmiri Pandit who lives a carefree life in beautiful Kashmir. Plight of the Kashmiri Pandits is deeply conveyed in the story. The transformation of Shiv from a young and carefree guy to a sensible man during the course of the story was spellbinding. Love story of Shiv amd Maya is entralling and includes love, seperation due to unavoidable circumstances and after lots of ups and downs, being together again forever. (Happy Ending to the beautiful love story).

Author has explained the trauma Kasmiri Pandits feel in those terrible days very well and made me feel the pain, they must have felt at that terrible situation in their own country.

The book is a emotional journey to read and feel.

About The Author :
Vineet started his journey from Dehradun having done his schooling there before moving to Bangalore for his engineering from B.M.S.College. Having completed his engineering he joined the Corporate World and since then has been working at various locations in India n Abroad. He completed Executive Program in Business Management from IIMC and is also a PMP certified professional. He is presently settled in Mumbai and is working in the field of Project Management.

This is his second book having written,Vinu, I am getting married earlier and working on his third book titled Twin Trouble.

Apart from writing fiction, Vineet Mishra has other hobbies including his passion for riding.
He is also a proud HOG (Harley Davidson Owner) and enjoys long rides.

Rating : 4.5/ 5

Best Buy : Best Price Available On
                  Amazon:  Kindle : Rs.157/-  Paperback : Rs 225/-

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Drive The Hextraordinary - Hexa Experience Centre, Gurugram

Well being busy was on my charts last month as we moved to our new home and its all about setting up in all new place and much more. Family outings and fun was missing from our busy life. So, when I got to know about Hexa Experience Centre in Gurugram, I decided to go for the #HexaExperience. Having an automobile-savvy husband, it wasn't difficult to convince him. It was almost 40-45Kms drive from my place, but the long drive was definitely worth as it has Hextraordinary experience ahead. 

Last weekend, Tata Motors added spark to the weekend of the residents of Delhi and NCR by hosting a Tata Hexa Experience Centre in Leisure Valley, Gurugram. Yes, an entire centre dedicated to Tata. Along with stunning Tata Hexa car, there were a host of Tata brands and other activities which made weekend aww-so-awesome. 

Its a huge fun event, There were photobooth's, food court, entertainment centre for kids, Tata brands shops, refreshment corner and of course the stunner, Tata Hexa at the centre.

6 gear manual transmission in Hexa is very comfortable. It has superb pickup and The four drive modes ensure an amazingly smooth driving experience. The interiors are grandeur. Its a 7 seater, and is spacious and very comfortable. Mood lighting just took my heart away. It also have removable screens on the windows to protect you from sun in summers.

I was thrilled to see the off road track, as I was excited to know how it got executed at a place with traffic as the biggest hurdle. But to my surprise the track was made with perfection but they have every single hurdle there which you might experience while driving in India and Ground Clearance, Hill Descent, Hill Hold Control and the ABS made crossing every hurdle easy.

It was an awesome experiance driving the super awesome Tata Hexa. The entire centre was a fun zone, from live entertainment, to food zone, a perfect kids zone to keep my son engaged to a pet adoption centre with some cute little friends (Dog Lovers Bliss) .

It was an funfilled amazing weekend , live entertainment, junk food, some masti with kiddo and an awesome Hexa drive, gives my weekend a perfect end.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Product Review : Terra Real Vegetable Chips - Real Blend Of Exotic Flavours

Our tastebuds always need some change, some exotic flavours are needed time to time to make them happy. For my tastebuds and ofcourse me snacks are must have in my day to day life, thats why chips are always a must in my grocery list. But I always  feel only potato chips are quite monotonous though multiple flavours available and i always keep searching for that perfect snack to munch over thats not just potato.
While my search was on a beautiful black box arrived at my home stating “An Exotic Experience Awaits You”  

Never thought a black box can spread so many colours around. A dull day becomes bright and tiring day get the spark. The box arrives at my new home and we all are tired as we are still settling down. Perfect timing I must say.
The exotic experience includes some healthy snacking options by Terra - Real Vegetable Chips. Yummy, healthy gourmet snacking to get rid of the tiredness was in my hand.

While my little son grabbed The Terra Blues (He liked the colour) and started munching. Soothing flavours of sea salt and crisp chips of naturally blue potatoes looked yummy and tasted yummier. ( We get to taste only, little sonny refused to share much)

My hubby out of curiosity checked the ingredients and was excited to taste exotic vegetable chips made of veggies like parnship, Taro, Sweet potato, yuca ,batata. He demanded a cup of tea which was so damn needed.
While in kitchen , being tired and hungry and unable to cook muck as the kitchen was yet not perfectly arranged, i decided to make some salad to go well with the chips. With limited resources available i decided to try Corn salad. Corn Salad with mild flavours  (i just dont want my salad to hide the flavour of chips)
A simple combination of corn, chopped onion, tomato, green chilles , coriander leaves topped with lemon juice salt and pepper and my salad is ready.

Mild flavours of salad was an add on to exotic flavours of chips.
Terra Real Vegetable Chips comes up with rich exotic flavours and beautiful colors of vegetables make it look so delicious. 
Trust me opening a bag of terra chips is the first step towards unique, delicious , healthier and exotic snacking. This is by far the best way to look at vegetables.

Sea salt, herbs and hint of lemon gives that exotic taste while beautiful look of chips make it more tempting.

Me and my family especially my son, are in love with flavours and uniqueness of veggies in Terra Chips. Do try the delicacy and enjoy the awesome taste of healthy snacking.

Monday, 14 November 2016

What’s Next Big HIT After Saawan Mein Lag Gayee Aag By Mika Singh?

Mika Singh is known for all his peppy songs. You just cant stop trumping your feets and shake your booty whenever his songs are played. His voice with aww-so-awesome beats adds the much needed oomph to a song and make us play those exciting numbers on loop. 

Whenever I play my most favourite playlist, i always wonder why it have loads of his song, and the answer is, his songs are so refreshing and entertaining that you just cant get enough of them.

Mika Singh fans (include me as well) can bet now, Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag was exclusively big hit in the industry and parties. But, with the launch of his new music video ‘Sohniye – The Gorgeous Girl,’ is he going to break his own record? Well, the anticipations and public on social media do think so. 

While Facebook and Twitter-like social channels came up with the news of Mika singing with his brother Daler in the song for the first time, people on the media have gone crazily crazy. They are, no doubt, looking forward to getting intensified, firing, thrilling and stress-bursting song by Mika after Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag.  

Although the singing king of the Bollywood has been delivering back-to-back hit party songs, the enthusiasm, zeal and fire have been missing in all the songs so far, if I am on the right note. And if this song is going to surpass his own grooving number, then Sohniye must be full of crazy beats, furious lyrics, engrossing music and zealous team-up. At least, Saawan song by Mika was full of these. 

Sohniye’ will soon be launched in November this year as Mika launches his new record label -  Music and Sound. 

How surprising it is. When Daler had his first new record label launch, Mika Singh showed up with his Gabru number in the video.   And today, when Mika is launching his new record label Daler paaji will be joining his younger brother in singing the song and lifting his feet.  Who could have expected? After 18 years of work-together in the industry, they now have great come-together with Sohniye. 

So get ready to add a new number to your party playlist and get ready to go crazy and dance all night with Mika Singh's new launch.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Book Review: When Arya Fell Through The Fault By Reenita Malhotra Hora

When Arya Fell Through The Fault

Author : Reenita Malhotra Hora 
Genre : Fiction
Publisher : Om Books International

Book's Epigram :
When Arya Fell Through the Fault is the magical, coming-of-age tale of Arya, a 12-year-old boy from San Francisco, who is ridiculed by bullies. Anything to do with his ethnicity—food, traditions or the fascinating mythological stories he has been raised with, has become the building block of unpleasant school experiences.
In the wake of an accident that confines his once vibrant mother to a hospital ward—kept alive by tubes and machines—Arya clings to the only remnant of their bond: an old, battered copy of the Ramayana, India’s ancient epic story of Rama’s battle against demons.
One night, Arya falls through a fault in the earth into the Wild Woods, where Ravana—the demon king—strategizes to destroy his Ramayana—the last copy left—and threatens to rewrite history from his evil perspective. Will Arya be able to save the story of Rama, heal his mother and return home to tackle the demons in his ordinary world?

My Critique:
The book is nicely written and to the point. The story has a flow that keeps you with itself. The characterization is strong and vital to the movement of the tale. It’s a perfect blend of reality, fiction & mythical. The narration is carried out in a very effective manner and the plot is very good. This story is of a 12 years old boy. Arya lives in San Francisco. He faces lots of problems in school as he is an Indian. His troubles & thoughts are reflected through each page with precise details. Author has played beautifully with words and written an adventurous story-line on struggle, culture, roots & teachings of Ramayana. A story so well connected and reasoned. The book teaches us that everyone faces some or another problem in life but one need to fight and win.

About The Author :
Reenita Malhotra Hora is a producer/presenter for Bloomberg Media. Previously, she hosted RTHK Radio 3’s Money for Nothing finance program and her own award-winning story-telling show, Asian Threads which explores the untold stories of Asian cultures and communities.
Reenita has written four books about Ayurveda Inner Beauty,Ayurveda – The Ancient Medicine of India, Forever Young - Unleashing the Magic of Ayurvedaand The Ayurvedic Diet. She has also penned two Young Adult novels -- Operation Mom: How I got my Mother a Life & a Man and my recent read from her pen When Arya Fell Through the Fault.

Rating : 3.5/ 5

Best Buy : Best Price Available On 
                  Amazon:  Kindle : Rs.118/-  Paperback : Rs 125/-

Monday, 31 October 2016

Book Review - Bhrigu Mahesh, PhD- The Witch Of Senduwar By Nisha Singh

Bhrigu Mahesh, PhD- The Witch Of Senduwar

Author : Nisha Singh
Genre : Crime Thriller
Publisher : Patridge India
Book's Epigram :
In the idyllic village of Senduwar, fortune seems to smile on its poor residents when they discover precious pieces of a lost treasure accumulating on an abandoned floodplain purportedly haunted by the spirit of an angry witch.
The gold pursuit that follows benefits the lives of many but destroys that of a mother when her son, Malthu, dies in a freak accident a few feet from the treasure site. The superstitious villagers believe that the witch, Jiyashree, has risen from her sleep to punish Malthu- the first person to invade her resting place. Fearful, they abandon the hunt and return to their homes. When detective Bhrigu Mahesh arrives on the scene, the mother asks for his help to clear the mystery behind Malthu’s mysterious death. As Mahesh begins investigating with his unique style, he soon finds himself on the trail of a murderer that leads him to unveil astonishing secrets, beguiling lies, and s tragic tale of a selfless young girl.
In this compelling thriller, a great detective on a quest to solve a complex mystery must separate truth from legend in order to find a killer and restore order in an Indian village.

My Critique:
The book is nicely written and to the point. The story has a flow that keeps you with itself. The book is written in multiple chapters and every chapter is appropriately lengthy.  The characterization is strong  and vital to the movement of the tale. All the characters  are down-to earth and they are realistic.  The story undergoes several twists and turns and at one point when you almost conclude whom to suspect, you are in for a surprise when Bhrighu Mahesh puts it the other way and eliminates the person as the suspect. “Bhrighu Mahesh, PhD “ The witch of Senduwar is a crime fiction written in the most  fluent fashion  of genius like Sherlock Homes, the fictional private detective , aided by the technique of observation. This logically  marvelous  book is woven with a beautiful social mysterious  drama in a literary style. 

The narration is carried out in a very effective manner and the plot is very good. Finally not only does Bhrighu Mahesh solves the mystery and turns the garden of witch Jiyashree's into a place that no one will ever fear to step into.

About The Author:
Nisha Singh is a crime fiction enthusiast who has written short stories for National Print Magazine and has contributed to a variety of online publications. Nisha is a prolific reader and writer and her stories have surprising endings. Nisha resides in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Rating : 4 / 5

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Pantene Pro-V Hair Fall Control Shampoo Review - #14DayChallenge

Beautiful hairs are every girls dream, but in this hush hush life with pollution all around taking care of hairs is quite difficult. A bad hair day starts when you see hairs in your comb and floor too. Hairfall is the major problem we face, reasons are many like pollution, bad water quality and most importantly wrong hair products. Am also not an exception hair fall treat me badly after heavy medication over the period of last six months. 

Thankfully, I was introduced to Pantene Pro-V Hair Fall Control Shampoo & Conditioner and accepted the #14DayChallenge to fight hairfall.

Loosing hairs everyday is quite irritating and no solution available. With so many trial and fail with different products available in market my search ends with much trusted brand Pantene

Pantene comes up with a new range to solve the most dreadful hair problem,  hairfall -- Pantene Pro V Hair Fall Control.

The new Pantene with Keratin Damage Blockers, it makes hair stronger from root to tip and helps prevents breakage. Its especially  formulated to prevent the damage, and to reduce hair fall due to breakage.

The Pantene Pro V Hair Fall Control Shampoo comes in a white opaque bottle with the golden flip open cap. The packaging is apt for both daily use and travelling. It is also efficient and causes no spillage or leakage.

The consistency of the shampoo is white in color and little runny, the consistency of the conditioner is thick with the same color. They smell good and the fragrance lingers on my hair for the whole day. 

#14DayChallenge was about trying the new Pantene Pro-V Hair Fall Control Shampoo & Conditioner on half side of my hair and my old, regular ones on the other half . And the results are quite impressive.

After taking the #14daychallenge with the new best ever Pantene, my hair feels nourished and rejuvenated. Soft and smooth to touch, frizz free and hair fall reduced significantly in just 14 days.


New Pantene with Keratin damage blockers targets one the biggest reason for hair fall - breakage. Pantene aims to nourish hair from root to tip so that hair is thicker and not prone to breakage. If you are looking for a budget shampoo then do give Pantene Hair Fall Control Shampoo and conditioner a try.

Rating : 5/5

I am taking up the #14DayChallenge as a part of  product review activity at BlogAdda in association with Pantene.