Friday, April 24, 2015

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How did you come up with your blog title and address? Does it have a special meaning for you? - Suggested byThe Paperback Princess
I was lovingly called Njkinny by friends and family (Nj being my name initials and Kinny was a nickname given to me by a dear uncle). So when I decided to start a blog I named the url njkinny and the blog Njkinny's World of Books because I loved reading and wanted a bookish blog. However after a year, I decided to branch out and the blog became Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff. Now, apart from books, I write on a variety of things and topics. :)

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Question of the Week:  

When Do You Find Time To Read?

I read anytime. I always carry a book with me or my kindle and can be seen lost in a book whenever I have even a few minutes of free time! :)

What's yours?

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#SnapYourWeek is a weekly meme hosted by Inderpreet at Eloquent Articulation. Checkout the below rules and participate in this very interesting activity. :)

How to  #SnapYourWeek

1.  Take a picture that you feel was the most memorable or influential moment of your week and post it on your blog. Use the hash-tag #SnapYourWeek

2.  Describe the picture in 20 words or less if you wish. No more than 20 words but none if you don’t want to!

3.  Please share the URL to your post by clicking the “add your link” button at the end of this post and filling out the information.

4.  Very significant! Please share the #SnapYourWeek linkup post with your blog readers.  Kindly do visit some of the blogs listed in the linkup and comment on their posts

5.  Do it every week for 52 weeks every Friday.

Here is my week in 1 pic:

Got this lovely hamper from Garnier this week. :)
Will be posting a review soon. :)

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This is my first time participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge and I am so excited!
My blog posts all through April will follow the theme: "My favourite Indian comics/cartoon characters."

Phantom is an American adventure comic strip created by Lee Falk, also creator of Mandrake the Magician. A popular feature adapted into many media, including television, film and video games, it stars a costumed crime fighter operating from the fictional African country Bangalla.

Phantom is the 21st in a line of crime fighters that originated in 1536, when the father of British sailor Christopher Walker was killed during a pirate attack. Swearing an oath on the skull of his father's murderer to fight evil, Christopher started the legacy of the Phantom that would be passed from father to son, leaving people to give the mysterious figure nicknames such as "The Ghost Who Walks", "Guardian of the Eastern Dark" and "The Man Who Cannot Die", believing him to be immortal.
Unlike many fictional costumed heroes,  Phantom does not have any superpowers but relies mainly on his strength, intelligence, and fearsome reputation of being an immortal ghost to defeat his foes. The 21st Phantom is married to Diana Palmer, whom he met while studying in the United States; they have two children, Kit and Heloise. Like all previous Phantoms, he lives in the ancient Skull Cave, and has a trained wolf, Devil, and a horse named Hero.
Phantom was the first fictional hero to wear the skintight costume that has now become a hallmark of comic book superheroes and was also the first shown wearing a mask with no visible pupils, another superhero standard.
Indrajal Comics and Diamond comics published Phantom's heroic adventure stories in their issues in various languages including Hindi and English which I read and fell in love with Phantom or The Ghost Who Walks! His secretive identity, mysterious persona and heroic acts that always saved the day left me thrilled, excited and motivated to become a hero just like him and always fight evil. A childhood hero, his comics still entertain and inspire me. :)

Come back to checkout my favourite Indian cartoon/comics character whose name starts with Q!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015


It is World Book Day today and being an avid reader this is a day to show my love for books that open a diverse and vivid world to me through the stories their pages hold. I have travelled far and wide, met people from all times and all races and experienced emotions that I would not have experienced in my real life. Books have been my constant companion in times of duress and happiness and while I have read many books in my twenty something years, I will share the top 5, in no particular order, that impacted me deeply and left a lasting impression on my mind and life. How many have you read?

1) The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond

The Room on the Roof was recommended to me by the librarian in my school and I am so happy that she did. I loved meeting the sixteen year old Anglo-Indian boy, Rusty who is fed up with his European community which is stuffy and diminishing and decides to run away. His adventures on the open road left me cherishing my freedom and the appreciating the value of friendships. Rusty became my first book friend and gave me many happy memories discussing his adventures with my family and friends! :)

This book won many awards and is the debut book by Ruskin Bond. A most talented author, I became his dedicated fan and went on to read more of his books, including Rusty's next adventure in "Vagrants in the Valley".

I also had the pleasure of getting my beloved books autographed from my favourite author, Ruskin Bond when I recently visited Mussourie. :)

I got an autograph from my favourite author, Ruskin Bond!

If you haven't read Ruskin's Rusty adventures then grab your copy from:
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2) Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan

Malgudi was my happy place where everyday was filled with adventure. There was Swami, his friends, cricket, school, mischief and so many learnings that not only entertained me but also taught me valuable lessons. This book became my favourite and I could be seen carrying it around with me and hiding behind the pages for hours on end!

R.K's writing motivated me and I hoped to met the author someday. I went ahead and read all his books and still fall back on his work when I need a reliable mood booster.

Fall in love with Malgudi and experience Malgudi Days by the super talented author, R.K Narayan. Buy your own copy from:
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3) Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Three children left alone in poverty with their mother when their father is mysteriously abducted by strangers. But despite their tattered clothes and meager dinners, they find happiness befriending people on the railway station and the waving to passengers on the passing trains. Soon they have a constant waving back from a mysterious gentleman who goes by their station in the 9:15 train.

A poignant story of love, loss and trying to find happines against all odds, I think this is the best coming-of-age story that I ever read!

Grab your own copy and feel the magic. Buy from:
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4) Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
I fell in love with the deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes in my teen years. Already a fan of mystery after religiously reading Enid Blyton's mystery squads like Secret Seven, Famous Five etc., Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, I liked playing detective but when I met Sherlock I realized that more than legwork it was the brain work with acute observation powers coupled with diverse knowledge that led to success as a detective and so began my love for any and every bit of information that I could absorb. I read any and all printed word and became a more serious reader. Suddenly my good grades became exceptional and added another layer of happiness to my parents' faces. My ambition to become to a detective changed but my love for this character still stands strong. :)

Meet Sherlock Holmes. Buy your copy of his mysteries here:
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5) Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone released in 1997 when I was in the fourth standard. I was recommended the book by the librarian in my school and initially reluctant to try a magic fantasy over my mystery books, I finally agreed and am so happy that I did. This book series changed my childhood forever. Fascinated by mystery and adventure, for the first time I became fascinated by magic and wished that when I turned eleven, which was fast approaching when I read the first book, I would also get a letter of admission to Hogwarts which, unfortunately, never happened. 

However, my love for Harry and his friends kept me a steady follower and I loved following their adventures in a world where witches and wizards resided. Such is my love for this series that I have read and re-read the books umpteen number of times and still haven't tired of the stories which I hope never happens.

Not only is the series motivating, narrating the story of a boy who had nothing but misery in his life and who then became the hero destined to defeat the most powerful wizard of all time, but the author's life story also left me motivated and impressed. JK Rowling had nothing when she wrote these books. She had no guarantee that her books would be successful, no guarantee that they would provide her food and shelter. She was rejected so many times but despite all her difficulties, she never lost faith in her story and her talent and was ultimately rewarded for her perseverance and faith when not only did her books became popular but also left her super rich and loved by readers all over the world.

Meet Harry Potter and visit Hogwarts. Buy your copy of this epic series from:
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These are just a few books that directed my childhood. What are your most memorable childhood favourites that impacted you deeply?
Do Share with me. :)

Happy Reading!

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Asus' upcoming phone, Asus Zenfone 2 is one of the most anticipated mobile of the year. Asus which took the mobile world by storm when it came up with Asus Zenfone is coming up with another even better mobile for us in the form of Asus Zenfone 2 which will be the world's first smartphone with 4 GB RAM!

This mobile will strengthen Asus' stand in India and is also sure to win hearts with its savvy good looks and splendid features.

I have already fallen under its spell and the 5 reasons why I think Asus Zenfone 2 is the best looking phone of 2015 are:

1) Eye catching, premium, Ultra-Thin Ergonomic Arc Design
Fall in love with the new Zenfone 2, like I did, with its ultra-thin Ergonomic Arc design. It is slim with just 4 mm thin edges and a thick center, super light in weight and looks perfect for my hand. It has enticing curved edges which reminded me of HTC One (M8). The plastic design of its predecessor has been replaced with the classy brushed metallic body, adding more class to the mobile but despite the metallic body, the lightness of the weight is maintained which impressed me and fall a little more in love with it!

2)  Curved back with brushed metallic finish
The brushed aluminium look continues from the bottom front as was also seen in the previous Zenfone but now this premium metallic finish is also given to the back which adds more appeal and makes the all new Zenfone 2 look more luxurious. This aluminium finish available in a variety of colours reminded me of the iPhone 6 and has me all excited and I cant wait to have one in my pocket!

3) Beautiful 5.5 inch full HD display.
The Zenfone 2 sports a brilliant 5.5 inch full HD screen with vivid colours and a resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels. It can be said that it's a great alternative to the iPhone 6 Plus except that the Asus Zenfone 2 comes with an android operating system instead of iOS. So, if you are looking for a android phone with brilliant features then look no further.

Now I can easily watch long length videos and movies on this phone without having to strain my eyes at the smaller screen present in my current mobile! 

4) Volume rocker at the back
The new Zenfone 2 adds more oomph factor to its music handles by having the volume buttons on the rear-back, reminding us of LG G3.  I loved this feature which, according to me, is more handy and easier to use.

5) High end features and specifications

a) The Asus Zenfone 2 comes powered by 64 bit Intel atom quad-core processor and is the world's first phone to have 4 GB RAM which makes this mobile a powerful device and one that will up the competition by several notches.

b) It comes powered with Android Lollipop operating system coupled with Asus' Zen UI skin which is said to be easier, simpler and features some good looking UI elements. The smartphone also has a feature which can open assigned apps if the corresponding gesture is drawn on the locked screen.

c) Asus Zenfone 2 has PixelMaster Camera which guarantees the best low light shots. A 13 MP camera with a large f/2.0 aperture complimented by the PixelMaster technology will give the best low light shots. The rear flash is also a dual tone flash and I cant wait to get my hands on this phone to test this highly awaited camera which Asus claims will be unlike any other that we have seen in mobiles so far and will boost contrast by 400 percent. The front camera is a 5 MP camera which again gives me hope of getting clear, crisp selfies with it!

d) Apart from long battery backup, Asus Zenfone 2 has brought to the users quick charging with 60%  battery level in 39 minutes. It has 8W Boost Master adapter that would help the phone to charge quickly.

Okay. Now I feel exhausted elaborating the reasons why this is the best looking phone of 2015 not only because of its looks but also because of its features. If I go ahead, there is so much more to write and so many more reasons why I think Zenfone 2 is the best looking phone of 2015 but I think I managed to get you intrigued. :)

So go ahead, look out for the new Zenfone 2 which released today and grab your own piece before its too late. I am secretly rooting for the glamour red colour and cant wait to get my hands on the Asus Zenfone 2 in this attractive colour! :)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This is my first time participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge and I am so excited!
My blog posts all through April will follow the theme: "My favourite Indian comics/cartoon characters."

He-Man was a very famous character. I read a lot about him when I was a young child. Although the series was about He-man, the defender of Eternia, Skeletor, the evil mastermind and Grayskull, the secret castle which is home of many secrets, A very peculiar character caught my eye, a fun loving, often dumb but a great friend, Orko.

Orko is a "Trollan", a race of being from Trolla which is a world from another dimension. He wears a red robe, hat and hides its face beneath the hat and behind a scarf. He is one of the secret holder who knows the true identity of He-man.

Trollans have magical powers and Orko being a Trollan had magical powers which became a recurring joke. Every time he tried to use some magic it backfired. It was quite amusing to watch him play his role, which was a small one but the character itself left a mark and without him, the series wouldn't be the same it turned out to be.

Come back tomorrow to checkout my favourite Indian cartoon/comics character whose name starts with P!

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week is Crossing Danger by Colleen Helme.

Shelby Nichols isn’t your average soccer-mom turned private investigator. She’s more on the quirky side with a little wild thrown in. That’s because a near-fatal gunshot wound to the head left her with the ability to read minds. This lands her in all kinds of trouble, and this time is no exception. Helping a reporter, Billie Jo, get the low-down on a case is just the tip of the iceberg. When her best friend’s niece goes missing, Shelby is pulled into a conspiracy that involves the police and the leader of a violent drug ring. Add to that a stranger in town with ties to the mob-boss she works for, along with a known assassin out to kill him, and Shelby is crossing danger at every turn. Will she find the answers in time? Or will this be her last adventure?

Release Date: 27th April 2015

Why I picked this book?
I absolutely love Shelby and have enjoyed the books in the Shelby Nichols adventures so far. Colleen's writing style is both entertaining and very light hearted. Having loved so many of Colleen's books, I just cant wait to read this new book! :)

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Second Act
by Marsha R. West
Series: Second Chances, #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher:  MRW Press LLC
Cover Designer:  Charlotte Volnek
Release Date: March 27, 2015

When a member of the board of a non-profit arts agency in Fort Worth turns up dead, the homicide detective assigned to the case looks at everyone involved in the organization, including the Executive Director.

Addison Jones Greer, divorced mother of two teens, is the Executive Director of Cowtown Theatre. When a board member is found in the costume room murdered, suspicion rests on everyone involved with the theatre, including Addie. She has angered some board members because she wants to fire the Artistic Director. Although she’s warmed him several times, he continues to go over budget for productions.

Mike Riley, Fort Worth homicide detective, hates that he caught this case. His sister-in-law dragged him to a theatre fundraiser where he met Addison, the first woman he’s wanted to pursue a relationship with in a long time. Not about to happen now.

Addison hasn't ventured into romance since she caught her now ex-husband in their bed with his secretary. As a result she doesn't do trust. How could she trust someone who seems determined to think she’s capable of murder? Or worse, thinks her kids might be involved.

SECOND ACT is Book 1 of the Second Chances Series. We meet four women, now in middle age, who've been friends since they met at summer camp after second grade. Whether they realize it or not, they all need a second chance.

Monday, September 24
     “You promised this wouldn't happen again, Clay.” Addison Greer glared at the man sitting across from her in her Cowtown Theatre office, the pitch of her voice higher than she intended. She hated confrontations, but those red numbers marching across the spreadsheets covering her desk made her stomach roil and her hands shake.
     “Yeah, I know, Addison. I needed more wood than I’d anticipated. After we put the first set together, it didn't work out, and we had to start over. It wasn't my fault.” His leg draped over the arm of the chair as if he had no worries, but his voice had taken on the whiny tone that sent Addie’s blood pressure into the stratosphere.
     Her fingers tightened around the marker she’d used to highlight the deficits. “No? Then whose? Going over budget isn't an option, Clay. The theatre can’t survive this way, and since you can’t change, you won’t make it here either.” Addison hated to put it that way, but damn, she’d been plenty patient with Clay Bennett, the theatre’s artistic director.
     “What do you mean, I won’t make it. Are you threatening my job?” He set both feet solidly on the floor, jutted out his chin, and clenched his hands on the arms of the chair.
     Good thing she wasn't alone in the building with him. She suspected he’d like to take a swing at her. The first show of the fall season closed last night, and crewmembers were working all over the place disassembling the set, cleaning the costumes, and evaluating make-up needs.
      “That’s exactly what I mean, Clay.” The steel in her voice was unmistakable.

     “And this is my brother-in-law, Mike.” Cindy pulled him forward.
     Now those blue eyes fastened on him as they had his brother. Mike’s pulse skipped a beat. Hell. Why had he worn his stupid boots? He wished he had on a highly polished pair of shoes like the ones Pat wore. Even one of those strangling bow ties. Anything to make him seem acceptable to this woman.
     “Cindy mentioned that you’re a detective.” Addison emphasized the job title.
     “Yes, ma’am.” Mike held the woman’s hand longer than necessary, too. She was gorgeous, and the warmth sent from her sparkling eyes and smiling face spread through him. If he’d worn his western hat, he’d have yanked it off and fiddled nervously with the brim.
     “You and Pat certainly chose very intense professions.”
     “You might say.” He was like a teenager with his first crush. A waiter passed by, and he set his half-empty glass on the tray. Wouldn't do to drop it. He’d look like the ass he felt.
     “You didn't finish your champagne, detective. Don’t you like it?” A small crease formed between her eyebrows, apparently worried the champagne they’d chosen for the fundraiser had failed to find favor with him. She tipped her head, waiting for him to answer, as if it was important to her.
     “Well, ma’am, I just prefer beer.”
     A laugh burst from her mouth, and the corners turned upward, a small dimple winked at him. The laugh morphed into a giggle, which she tried to smother with her fingers. Fingers he’d love to taste, as well as her rose-colored lips.
     “I’m so sorry, detective. I’m not laughing at you.”
     “No?” He couldn't help but smile at her, even if she was making fun of him.

Second Act by Marsha R. West is the first book in The Second Chance Series. This was the first book by Marsha that I read and I am so happy that I got introduced to her. It is always exhilarating to meet new authors that write so well that you fall in love with their books. This is what happened when I read Second Act by Marsha R. West.

The cover is intriguing with the creatively showcased woman on a stage with some blood spatters and a man's hand mysteriously shown in the background with a gun. The blurb is interesting and coupled with the cover, it made me itch to pick up this book to read and review!

The plot is simple and some may say even predictable. The villain is shown right from the start but despite this, the story rushes towards suspense, mystery, thrill and the excitement of a chase with the bad guy. Add a heartfelt second chance romance with a rugged hero and an independent heroine, this book had it all to interest me which it did, right till the end.

Marsha's writing style is simple and she shows her knowledge of the theater and the settings where the story is set. The chapters are divided such that they arent too long and always leave us eager to know what will happen next.

The characterization is expertly done. The villain shows his face right from the start but despite this, catching him is proving difficult. He isnt very cunning but still very cautious and covers his tracks every time. Watching the hero try and catch him while he throws suspicion on others was very fascinating. The hero, Detective Mike is a true lawman with his quiet strength. His character made me love him and I, very partially, sided with him all through the story. :)

Addie is an independent woman trying to run her theater while also providing for her two kids. Her ex left her scarred and she hasnt felt any romantic feelings for a man since but this changes when she meets Mike. Both Mike and Addie try to fight their feelings and it was interesting and very entertaining to see them run in different directions.

Other characters like Addie's children, Mike's family and the theater characters also added charm to the story and I would like to meet them and read their own stories in Marsha's future books.

All in all, this was an entertaining novel that kept me hooked right till the end. Everyone got what they deserved and I was pretty satisfied with the end and am now eager to read the other books in this series. 4.5 out of 5 to Second Act and recommended to lovers of suspense with a sensual romance.

I received the book from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

Monday, April 20 - Peaces of Me
Wednesday, April 22 - nerdychampagne
Thursday, April 23 -Love In Danger
Friday, April 24 - Semi Short Chic

Marsha R. West, a retired elementary school principal, is also a former school board member and threatre arts teacher. She writes Romance, Suspense, and Second Chances. Experience Required. Marsha lives in Texas with her supportive lawyer husband. Their two daughters presented them with three delightful grandchildren who live nearby. A new dog, Charley, a Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier recently adopted them.

MuseItUp Publishing released her first book, VERMONT ESCAPE in July 2013 and her second book, TRUTH BE TOLD, in May 2014. In the fall of 2014. Marsha formed MRW Press LLC to provide a print version of her books. VERMONT ESCAPE is available at Amazon in print or from her in person.  SECOND ACT, Book 1 of the Second Chances Series, follows up with a secondary character from VERMONT ESCAPE and begins a four-part series.

You can contact her at and catch her blog on her web site She’d love to hear from you.

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