Friday, July 31, 2015


Thanks to all my fabulous followers and readers who have supported me and helped me make this blog what it is today. 2 years have flown by and I have enjoyed every second of this very adventurous journey where I met talented authors, supportive and helpful bloggers, cool readers and dedicated publishers and publicists.

It's been a memorable experience. I have read so many great books and met and befriended book lovers and authors from all over the globe. 


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Title and Author: The Christmas Bouquet by Sherryl Woods
No. of Pages: 294
Series: Chesapeake Shores #11
Publication Date: MIRA (1 October 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Language: English

Book Review:
Caitlyn Winters is dedicated towards her goal of becoming a Doctor and then touring the poorer countries so she can help the underprivileged but her life changes right from the moment she catches the bridal bouquet!
She suddenly finds that she is pregnant and her hopes of helping those people in Africa starts looking like a faraway dream. Add her boisterous family that still doesn't know of her affair with the resident Doctor, Noah, let alone the unplanned pregnancy, her life, as she knows it, is changed forever.
What will Caitlyn do?
Will she succumb to Noah's plans of getting married and settling?
Will she give up her dream of serving the poor in some faraway country?

I love Sherryl Wood's books and picked up this book because of three reasons. First, it was a Sherryl Wood novel. Second, the cover is just so pretty and third, I just loved the blurb apart from the catchy feel-good, Christmassy title.

The first thing I loved right from the start was Noah. He is mature, so understanding and deeply in love with Caitlyn. His patience and his perseverance when trying to make Caitlyn realize that their love and the baby is not a mistake and definitely not a hurdle in her path towards her goal. He is just so sweet and definitely a dream man for every woman.

Cait, on the other hand, had me feeling sympathetic towards her in the beginning when she first learned of her unexpected pregnancy but her later actions had me wanting to shake her until she got her senses back. Who pushes away a caring man and almost overworks themselves when they know that they are pregnant? She was just plain stupid in the later part of the book.

Her family is a mix bag and I loved each one of them with their boisterous, interfering but very caring natures. Caitlyn's sister intrigued me and I would love to read her story.

Sherryl's writing is her usual charming self but I felt the execution could have been better. Caityln somewhat failed in getting across her reasons of concern to the readers while Noah gained all our sympathy.

Despite being part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone.

All in all, The Christmas Bouquet is an entertaining read and makes us feel the love of a very persistent and completely in love man and the selfless love of one's family. 3.5 out of 5 to it and recommended to all romance lovers.



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

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APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, a visionary, the "Missile Man" of India and an inspiration to people all over the globe left this world on 27th July but his golden words will continue to inspire us.




These are 12 Inspiring Quotes from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam that will change your life!

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough." -Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

 "Small aim is a crime, have great aim."-Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

 'Believe that 'I will became captain of problems, defeat them and succeed', and you will become unique."-Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

 "To become 'unique' the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine, until you reach your destination."-Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

"Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life." -Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

"Ignited Mind of youth is the most powerful resource on earth, above earth and under the earth." -Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

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My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people-Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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I have to confess, I just love Superhero movies and have diligently followed all the movies till date. But when I heard about Ant-Man, I was a bit skeptical. I mean a small, ant sized hero didn't quite give me the confidence that Captain America with his eight pack abs gives me. How would such a tiny hero fight his enemies who surely wouldn't be ant sized?

Not having read the comics, I wasn't really interested in watching this movie in a theater but I am so happy that I did. Ant-Man took me by surprise with the amount of entertainment it provided me. There is an engaging plot, noteworthy acting, good comic timing which had the viewers laughing and then some amazing stunts with an ample dose of knowledge about the ants provided.

The underdog hero whose lucrative career with a respectable standing in life goes in the dump, the day he robs his own company which is engaged in shady business, is expertly played by Paul Rudd. He is funny, seemingly good-for-nothing but a very slippery and capable cat burglar, a caring father who is determined to turn his life around for his daughter and then suddenly the superhero we love so much!

Michael Douglas with his smooth and captivating voice plays the role of Dr. Hank Pym well while Evangeline Lilly plays the role of his estranged daughter to perfection. She is strong, independent, skilled and in every way as formidable as any superhero with her great ant skills, pro martial arts skills and a sharp brain.

Corey Stoll as the evil and very unhinged Darren managed to frighten and instill fear in me.

But the character that takes the cake, in my opinion, is Michael Pena as Luis, Scott (Paul Rudd)'s silly and comedian comrade in crimes and his cellmate in jail. His comedy had us laughing every now and then and his acting made me a fan of his. He is calculatedly funny, silly, then loyal and finally shifting seamlessly to daring. His facial expressions, voice modulation and overall dialogue delivery brought out the 'laugh-out-loud' laughs all through the movie.

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This movie is different from the other Marvel movies in terms of the action. This one is not as action packed as the Avengers. It has a balance of comedy, story, emotional play, daring situations, shocking scientific inventions and then a final fight which despite the action was also comic and had the viewers laughing along with feeling scared and gasping.

The Ant-Man's transitions from tiny to normal are fluid and the graphics here noteworthy. Nothing seems artificial. It all looks real and very possible right from the ants to the tiny Ant-Man to the other realm. The 3D effects are few but well timed.

Overall, Ant-Man is a unique and entertaining Superhero flick that is total paisa vasool (worth every penny spent). Go watch it and enjoy! :)


I loved every second of the movie and can't wait for the next part to release. 

PS: Stay till the end of the movie so you don't miss the secret ending! :)


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A.P.J Abdul Kalam inspired me right from the first time I heard his speech to students on TV. I was young and after having heard speeches, mostly by Politicians who came as Guests in my school to present awards, had formed a rather unimpressive opinion about them. Speeches symbolized hours of boredom to me but hearing this speech was different.

This man was different. He was dynamic, enthusiastic, simple and yet so compelling that he ruled the stage as soon as he got on one. While I never had the good fortune of meeting him in person, I religiously followed his speeches, any new quotes and read everything written by him whether it be books or articles.

Beloved to people all over the world, APJ Abdul Kalam stood for the common man who had faced difficulties, dire challenging situations, been crestfallen, fought against rejections and still persevered to get where he is today. He was born in a poor family and even sold newspapers to support his education. He dreamed of becoming a pilot but he could not clear his physical exam. Despite this, he never lost hope and went ahead to become an Aeronautical Engineer, a Scientist eventually earning the title of the "Missile Man" and then the President of India and an inspiration to millions.

He always said that success and failure will be there in life, and you have to defeat the fear.  

"If four things are followed-having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work and perseverance then anything can be achieved." ~ APJ Abdul Kalam

The news of his sudden and tragic death had me shocked and heartbroken. Visionaries like him are rare and losing him is a huge loss. 

Trying to better the world even in his last moments, he was still interacting with the Young minds when he suddenly collapsed in IIM Shillong and was rushed to the hospital where he took his last breath on 27th July. 

Like he once said,  "Ignited Mind of youth is the most powerful resource on earth, above earth and under the earth." 

He was still igniting minds when he died and will continue to do so even after his death. I pray that his soul rests in peace and hope his golden advises continue inspiring and motivating people always.


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A small incident from the life of APJ Abdul Kalam:


Kalam said in 1941: I was 10 years and studying in class-V. Whenever my science teacher Subramanium entered the class he radiated knowledge and purity of life. One day he drew a sketch of a flying bird and explained how bird flies. 'That day I not only learned how birds fly but my aim in life changed- I wanted to fly.'
I was an aeronautical engineer and I tried to be a pilot, but there were only nine seats and I was at the tenth place, I could not clear the physical exam.
"Sometime you don't get what you want."
In 2002 Indian leaders asked me to be president-I said OK. In 2005 when the chief of air staff came up to me I told him about my unfulfilled dream of becoming a pilot. The air chief asked me to go through the training and finally I flew for 30 minutes in April 2007.

The message is "If you dream and aim in life, gain and acquire knowledge and do hard work, defeat the problem then you will succeed," said Kalam.    
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"My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people."
 
-Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

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My words are weak and not enough to praise a man like APJ Abdul Kalam but still I try. A man like him comes once in a millennium. RIP Sir. You will be missed!


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Friday, July 24, 2015


 #BookReview: Tell Me You Love Me by Nimmu
Title and Author: Tell Me You Love Me by Nimmu
No. of Pages: 400
Publication Date: February 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Indie Author, Indian Writing
Language: English

Book Review:
Tell Me You Love Me by Nimmu is the poignant story of true love between two people wanting completely different things in life and how their life changes with their decisions. Do they get their happily-ever-after or do they lose the battle of love due to their decisions in life?

This is the first book by Nimmu that I have read so when I picked up the book, I had no preconceived expectations from the book. The beautiful cover caught my eye and had me stopping to go back and check out the blurb which then sealed the deal.

A story that started simply and even started looking like the stereotype bubbly girl and serious boy falling in love saga, it went conventionally for the first half but then picked up speed and twisted into a story that had me sitting up and furiously wiping my eyes while my glazed eyes stayed glued to each page.

The first half of the book sets the base of the story but is slow and had many grammatical errors like error in tenses and repetitive phrases which sometimes had me getting bored but I am so glad I didn't stop reading because the second half is absolutely soulful and so engaging that it made this book a memorable one for me.

The author's writing style is simple without frills but she needs to work on flow which was hampered by incorrect usage of tenses in this book. The settings, scenarios and emotions are admirably brought out by her and I loved how she got me completely engrossed in what happened next with the protagonists. In the later part of the book, I felt like everything was happening to me and while I feared I had guessed the climax, still I prayed that my guess be wrong. 

I loved Rishab. The only thing I kept wanting to shout out and shake the heroine into listening was to grab him because guys like him came once in a lifetime. He is mature, sincere, a good friend and most of all that selfless and devoted lover, found so rarely in life. He loves Trisha and is willing to give up anything just to see her happy and he does exactly this. He stays true to his promise of waiting for her to come to him when she is successful. I laughed, cried, felt that intense pain of longing and then that deep rooted grief with Rishab. His love for Trisha had me wanting to hug him. He is a good son too and his love for his mother had me wishing for a son just like him.

Trisha has seen her father beat her mother each day and she is determined to leave everything behind and make a happy life with her mother away from her abusive father. Bubbly, happy and determined to make big money, she looks childish but is very sure that she never wants to fall in love. Sometimes I liked Trisha while the other times I just didn't understand her actions. How can someone ignore a love like the one Rishab had for her? She taught me some valuable lessons in this story. It is always better to choose love and affection over inanimate things that give happiness only for a short while.

I was impressed by Rishab's mother who is strong, devoted to her son and independent. Despite getting abused by her husband, she has not lost her confidence and is determined to leave that unhappiness behind, now that her husband is dead. Her affection towards Trisha and her open welcome to Trisha's, battered and barely hanging there, mother had me feeling proud of her.

Trisha's mother stands for the typical Indian woman. She is beaten by her husband whom she loves despite all his abuse and has never even dreamed of standing up to the torture or thought of leaving him. She plays peacemaker and turns a blind eye to facts that are right in front of her because she knows that she has no support from her own family and will not be supported by the society if she leaves her husband. So she is depressed and tries her best to play the dutiful wife, all the while hopeful that her drunkard husband will finally leave his abusive ways and all will be well.

I despised Trisha's father and just didn't understand his motivations for his actions. His remorse is not played out in detail so he is forgotten soon.

The poem in the book is so beautiful and heartfelt that it wets our eyes leaving a yearning for love in our hearts. I could feel the emotions and tears of the writer who had written it like they were my own.

'Tell me you love me...come back into my arms

Tell me you need me too for I am unable to stay strong.

You walked into my life like a gentle breeze

My heart bloomed with love where only anger had held its siege...'

This is just a portion of the beautiful poem that I absolutely loved. The author shows her prowess as a poet in her book, proving that she is multi-talented. Kudos to her. :)

All in all, this is an engaging story of love, devotion and sacrifice not only between a boy and girl but between a mother and her children. Tell Me You Love Me is a book I absolutely loved because of its strong second half which made it a memorable book for me. I recommend it to all romance lovers. 4 out of 5 to it and had the first part been given more pace and made crisper with elimination of the grammar errors, this would have been a 5 star rated book from me.



I liked Nimmu's style and will be checking out her books in the future. Till then you grab this one to read and I guarantee that you'll love it! :)

I received the book from the author and I am very thankful to her. This review was done as a part ofhttp://theindiareadathon.weebly.com/.  The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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