Tuesday, May 22, 2018

From a klutz to a pro : story of my first perfect selfie

The idea that one can take a picture of oneself by oneself and not be dependent on another person to click their photo has taken the world by storm. "Selfie" has made capturing memorable moments that include ourselves so easy. We don't need anyone anymore to stand and press that button to freeze a cherished moment in time forever.

Once upon a time I was a total klutz and a utter failure in clicking selfies...


This being said, I was a total klutz and a utter failure in clicking selfies. Either my selfies came out blurred or my expressions gave me away. In majority of the selfies, I could be seen scrunching my nose in utter concentration as if one tremor would end the world or my tongue could be seen lolling sideways like a gaga person. {sigh}

Then viola! My perseverance bore fruit and I took my first memorable selfie!


However, as it is said by the wise Victor Hugo, "Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.", I too triumphed in clicking the perfect selfie one fine morning in 2017.

Story of my first perfect selfie...


I along with my whole family were visiting Mussourie. It was Lohri and my kid's first one at that so it was a big occasion. This selfie was taken early morning on Lohri day. I still remember the cool breeze that felt like a refreshingly cool mist on my face, the innocent excitement of my baby overjoyed at watching the sun rising over and above the low hanging clouds and the happiness of my family who were all so thankful to God for a gone by memorable year and prayed for a blessed new year.

Everything was just perfect.

Amidst this joy and excitement, I, my husband and baby came out to our balcony and while admiring the beauty outside, I jokingly told my husband that today would be the day when I'll click the perfect selfie.

He just laughed and said "We'll see."

"Oh! You'll see alright!" I had exclaimed and had clicked this selfie.

Story of my first perfect selfie and why it is so perfect -NWoBS Blog

A perfect moment, a first of many things, the first presentable selfie by me and the first photo where my kid actually looked in the camera! Notice how with his lolling tongue, he looks like he is taking this selfie not me. 



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Happy us in Mussoorie in 2017.
Another perfect moment captured by my husband in this selfie.


Perfect selfies that froze this memorable time and also marked the end of some of the most happiest times for my family.

Just a few days after returning from this amazing trip, my father-in-law had a sudden heart attack and left us all broken hearted.

He is now with God and we are only left with the memories of happier times.

My selfies of that trip are now a cherished collection, close to my heart and a legacy for my kid who will remember his "Dadu" through these photos.

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One of the last photos of my family together. These were indeed happiest of moments and are just memories now.

A selfie a day keeps forgetfulness away...



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Wear a smile and capture a perfect moment in a selfie.


From a klutz to a pro : story of my first perfect selfie- NWoBS Blog
Happy Mom and Son.
Took this selfie on my first out of city outing alone with my son.

From a klutz to a pro : story of my first perfect selfie- NWoBS Blog
Smile, feel beautiful and create a cherished memory.
Took this selfie on a dare and won!

Now that I have triumphed the art of taking selfies, I always keep a lookout for mobiles that make the selfie experience more enjoyable with crisp, clear selfies.

In my search for such a mobile, I came to know about the meaningful selfie experience provided by Mobiistar with their front, dual selfie camera that captures a 120° wide-angle shot. This means that you can now get more of the picturesque background into the frame and not have to worry about fitting in everybody either!

Mobistar is making a grand debut in India soon and you can buy Mobiistar on Flipkart.


Aim to enjoy life, collect memories and cherish even the small moments of happiness with family and friends. Click lots and lots of selfies (though please don't endanger your life in doing so) and 'Enjoy More' with Mobiistar's front, dual selfie camera that captures a 120° wide-angle shot.

Cheers!

Do share your thoughts with me in the comments below. I love hearing from you.


Release Day Blitz, Book Review and Giveaway : The Lady Loves a Scandal by Christina McKnight


The Lady Loves a Scandal by Christina McKnight

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Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Release Date: May 22, 2018


Can Gideon Lyndon win back the heart of Lady Sybil Anson after a year of silence?

Lady Sybil Anson thought she had it all. Even a match of the heart, despite so many London elite marrying for convenience. But the night before their betrothal was to become official, the love of her life vanished--with a hastily scrawled note and little more. She feared the worst as her heart ached for Gideon, and the scandal sheets simply made matters worse with their preposterous musings on the hows and whys of Viscount Galway's disappearance. Now, more than a year later, he's unexpectedly back, and Sybil will have her answers.

Many, many years ago, Gideon Lyndon made a grave mistake. One he's spent most of his adult life trying to rectify. And despite the progress made, the sacrifices were extensive and damaging. On the verge of repairing one misdeed, he finds himself faced with his greatest challenge yet: winning back the woman he has loved since the moment he met her. But after a year of silence, convincing his headstrong paramour to take him back will not be easy. Especially since he can't even explain why he left--not if he wants to keep her safe. 

Originally published in IT STARTED WITH A WHISPER Anthology 


Book Review:

The Lady Loves a Scandal by Christina McKnight is the story of Lady Sybil and Gideon Lyndon who love each other but get separated because of a deadly secret. 

The cover is beautiful and naughty giving the first impression of a racy regency romance but that isn't the case. The blurb is intriguing and add Christina McKnight's name to this mix and readers will stop to check this book!

I enjoy Christina's writing. She writes well crafted stories with wholesome romances, admirable world building, often times suspense or mystery that keep the readers guessing till the end and characters that become dear to us. I got to know about her a year back and after getting one taste of her writing, I have voraciously devoured her books which I can attest to with the ever increasing list of reviews I still have to write!

I thoroughly enjoyed each scene in this sweet romantic novella with its well developed characters, an engaging mystery that kept me on my toes and a wholesome, clean romance that tugged at my heartstrings and had me rooting for a happily-ever-after for the protagonists.

All in all, The Lady Loves a Scandal by Christina McKnight is a breezy, feel good historical suspense romance novella that is perfect to chill out in this blistering summer heat with a cool drink by your side. Njkinny recommends it to everyone and gives it 4.5 super shiny stars out of 5.



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



Author Bio:


USA TODAY Bestselling Author Christina McKnight writes emotional and intricate Regency Romance with rebellious women and maverick heroes. 

Her books combine romance and mystery, exploring themes of redemption and forgiveness. When not writing she enjoys coffee, wine, traveling the world, and watching television. 

You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ways to chill out and reduce your stress levels


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Learn how to chill out and reduce your stress levels, if this is effectively done, you will see that your nerves will be calmed down.  Expert nutritionists and health experts have repeatedly suggested that to chill out, you really need to engage in some effective weight loss plans.

When you engage in the tips discussed in this article, you will surely reduce your stress levels and live a better life. This article will teach you 8 proven, tested and trusted ways you can reduce your stress levels. Below are the details:

Meditate

A few minutes of daily meditation will help in calming your nerves and anxiety. No matter how busy you become in your workplace or life activities, find great time to meditate. This could be inside your office or at home.  
Meditation gives peace of mind, improve concentration and ease anxiety. Whenever you meditate, you must reap bountiful dividends- that is one of the beauty of engaging in meditation. 
It doesn’t take much time; you will start reaping the benefits of meditation. To a great extent meditation relieves depression, stress etc. When you are weighed down by the burden of the day, all you need to do is to find a cool place to relax, relieve your minds of worries, and within a short time, all your anxieties will begin to disappear. 

Sip Green tea

It is healthy to take green tea with a mix of herbal supplement, instead of taking purple with rage. If you want to only chill out, you can sip green tea and take some nap. But if you are at your workplace, and you are already having a stressful day, all you need to do is simply to sip a green tea and probably be reading an interesting book or watching your favorite television programme. 
 There are many medicinal reasons why you should take green tea, it helps to relieve anger. The process of preparing green tea is very simple; all you need to do is to boil water, put the green tea inside it, and take a soothing sip.

Munch a crunchy snack

If you are stressed, find some time to hang out with friends to munch a crunchy snack. This is one of the best ways to relax.

Exercise

By all standards of evaluation and analysis, devoting some time for an exercise is good for your health. It refreshes your body and gives you ultimate peace of mind. 

Stretch

If you are having a stressful day, stand up for a quick stretch and you will feel better. This will help you to relax if you are having a stressful time, and also enable you to relieve muscle tension. Some health analysts have confirmed that trying out a chest-opening and shoulder roll-out could be of immense help.

Take a quick walk in nature

This is very important especially if you are having serious problem with concentration or if you are overwhelmed with workloads in your office or at home. Taking a quick walk in nature offers you the privilege of enjoying some alone time, reflecting about your life and other necessary physical activities. 

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Laugh

You can never go wrong by engaging in a good belly laugh periodically. When you are wearied down, simply take some time to laugh, it will lighten the burden, boosts your brain power, lowers your body’s stress hormone, and cortisol. 
When you are stressed or having a stressful time, find someone that believes in you, someone that makes you to laugh, someone that is happy with you, and engage with the person. 
Staying with happy people could be highly therapeutic, it has a way of making you relax and enjoy life to the fullest. Laughter has been adjudged as one of the best ways of beating or relieving yourself from stressful situations. It boosts your immunity level, increases your blood flow.
Another thing you can do is by keeping a comic book around you or book of jokes or watch comic videos or check out for hilarious YouTube videos, and watch them when you are filled with sadness or undergoing a  stressful time. 

Find a balance between rest and activity

No matter how busy you are at work or the deadlines you have to beat, you must find some time to balance between rest and activity. Do anything that makes you happy, it could be taking some time off from work, and start browsing on the internet about some exciting vacation destinations. 
Or browsing online bookstores looking out for the latest published books on subjects of your interest. The keyword here is to do something that interests you. 

Was this article helpful to you? Feel free to share your exciting experiences in the comment box below; we will be happy to go through them!


#BookReview : Archangel's Viper (Guild Hunter #10) by Nalini Singh

Book Review Archangel's Viper (Guild Hunter #10) by Nalini Singh (NWoBS)

Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh is the tenth book in Guild Hunter series but the first that I have read. That being said, I absolutely adored this book.

Not being a fan of angels and archangel stories, I was skeptical in diving in this book but once I started, I just couldn't stop!

The cover is average but the blurb is intriguing and traditional Nalini Singh writing. It has all the ingredients of a memorable story. A strong plot, fluid and engaging narrative, the right mix of emotional play and scorching chemistry, headstrong characters and a mystery that keeps the reader on edge throughout the book.

While it is part of a series, Archangel's Viper can be read as a standalone but it is always recommended to read books from a series in order.

4.5 super shiny stars to Archangel's Viper and Njkinny recommends this book to all paranormal romance lovers above the age of eighteen.

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I look forward to reading the other books in this series and eagerly await the upcoming one.

I received an ARC from the author and the publisher via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased review.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

$25 #Giveaway and 99c #Sale: The Forbidden Groom by Sarah Gay

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The Forbidden Groom by Sarah Gay 

 Cole isn't looking for love. In fact, it's forbidden by his PR firm and agent until a new contract can be negotiated with the Texas Titans. His resolve is tested when he lays eyes on Maggie, the spunky caterer. Ever since she caught him from falling, he can't seem to stop himself from falling for her. Maggie, a Park City Firefighter, needs a change of scenery. When an offer comes in to possibly take over a successful event planning business in sunny Dallas, Texas, she jumps at it. After a group of NFL players crash her first event, Maggie's amazing opportunity fizzles. Cole, the handsome football player has ruined her employment prospects and wounded her pride. She may find the true love she has always dreamed of if she can forgive him.


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Author Sarah Gay 

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 Sarah, a Wisconsin native, now calls the northern mountains of Utah home. She graduated from BYU with a BS in Human Development and a Spanish minor. She worked for many years as a Human Resource professional. Sarah now dedicates her time to raising her four children with her husband, Tom, and enjoys her moments to write-- in between soccer games, dance competitions, wrestling matches, violin concerts, and lots and lots of driving.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Why ICSI treatment has become a boon for couples facing infertility.


 Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI): best solution for Male Infertility-NWoBS Blog


Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI): best solution for Male Infertility

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a very prevalent, common and successful treatment for male infertility. The procedure of this treatment is to inject the sperm into the egg directly. It is a ray of hope for those couples who suffer from the pain of not able to become a parent. Those who are undergoing the treatment named ICSI the couples are now being able to experience the parenthood. The outer layer of the egg has to be penetrated by the head of the sperm and then, the head of the sperm has to reach the cytoplasm to make this fertilization successful. There are so many leading hospitals where you can avail ICSI in Bangalore.


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How exactly ICSI works

In approximately half of the IVF procedures, ICSI is involved. Generally, in a culture dish, the eggs are mixed with the sperm and in that way, fertilization takes place in an IVF cycle. However, if this does not happen naturally on its own, the help of ICSI is taken and into the matured egg, sperm is injected manually. After the sperm is injected into the egg, it is kept for one to five days in the laboratory and it grows in that period. When the ideal time arrives, the embryo is moved into the womb subsequently.

Who are the right candidates for ICSI treatment


There are many couples who fail to become parents even after several natural attempts. There may be physical problems in both female and male. Then doctors recommend certain treatments. ICSI is one of them. ICSI is suggested in certain cases, for certain people like-
  • If the sperm count is very low 
  • If the shape of the sperms are abnormal and their movement is slow 
  • There is trouble regarding ejaculation due to some wound 
  • Illness or irreversible vasectomy 
  • The sperm is not able to get attached to the egg 
  • Failed attempts of IVF treatment in past 
  • Blockage in the reproductive tract

Duration of ICSI

It takes around four to six weeks for a series of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection to get fulfilled and completed. Once the embryo is transferred to the womb, it is prescribed to visit a fertility hospital within two weeks for a checkup. For ICSI in Bangalore, get an appointment from any of the numerous leading fertility clinics.

There is Hope

The success rate of ICSI is pretty good. After ICSI, the rate of fertilization lies between 50%-80%. Men of young age witness higher success rate whereas the success rate for the men above of the age of 35 is lower than that.

Risks related to ICSI 

ICSI is undoubtedly an effective method but there are certain risks associated with it as well. Such as- into the embryo the fertilized egg may not get properly, the growth of the embryo may get ceased even after the sperm is injected, some eggs may get damaged due to ICSI, the male progeny born out of ICSI may get the symptoms of infertility passed on by the father of the progeny.

So, there are both pros and cons of the ICSI treatment. If precautions are taken properly and all the procedure followed systematically, then your life will be full of joy after this treatment.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Helpful guide for people planning to go abroad for studies or work



Helpful guide for people planning to go abroad for studies or work- NWoBS Blog


Planning to go abroad for studies or work?

Then this post is for you.


In today's post, Njkinny will share the common areas that need attention while planning for foreign work or study through easy to remember pointers and helpful guides.


1) Investigate and decide on the country you want to move to.

Helpful guide for people planning to go abroad for studies or work-NWoBS Blog


It is very important to know what country you want to go to study or work before making other plans.
Out of the many countries, decide on the best one for your purpose whether it is a place that offers the best education or better prospects for a job.


2) Decide your field of study and the best educational institute for your purposes.

If you are going abroad for studies then before jumping the gun to packing and bidding goodbye to friends and family, have you decided on the best college for the field of study you want to pursue?
Education is very important and a relevant one can open up doors to a better and happier life. So it is imperative that you know your field of interest and the best place to pursue your education.


3) Plan your finances.


Helpful guide for people planning to go abroad for studies or work-NWoBS Blog

Having a well planned financial backup is important before you move abroad. Here's what you can do:


  • Setup an online bank account that provides you with Internationally accepted ATM/debit and/or credit cards that you can use to get cash in the local currency.
  • Notify your existing bank that you are going abroad so you don't get locked out of your account and they know where to contact you.
  • Carry extra cash when travelling that you can easily exchange in the local currency.


4) Apply for Visa and Passport

Helpful guide for people planning to go abroad for studies or work-NWoBS Blog

To travel abroad you should have a valid passport. So always check these things.


  • You have a passport.
  • If you don't have a passport then apply as soon as possible. 
  • Your passport is not expired.
  • Your passport has blank pages in it.
  • All your details in the passport are correct and up-to-date.

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Apart from a passport, you should have a visa. Different countries have different procedures for procuring a Visa, so research the procedure before you apply for a Visa and carry all the required documents.



5) Apply for a health and travel insurance.

Helpful guide for people planning to go abroad for studies or work-NWoBS Blog


Apart from having a good health insurance, a reliable travel insurance also comes in handy when travelling abroad because it covers things that a normal health insurance doesn't cover like



  • coverage if your luggage is lost or stolen.
  • coverage if your flight is delayed or cancelled.
  • evacuation in case of an accident or natural emergency etc.


6) Book your tickets in advance.


Flight ticket rates vary a great deal with time so by booking them at least two to three months in advance you can save money and get better deals.


7) Visit a Doctor.

Helpful guide for people planning to go abroad for studies or work-NWoBS Blog


This may sound strange but always get a full body checkup done and a health certificate issued before you travel abroad. This health certificate can come in handy in case of an emergency overseas.



8) Research you destination's culture, social norms, laws and people.


Helpful guide for people planning to go abroad for studies or work-NWoBS Blog


Believe me your life overseas will become very easy when you acquaint yourself with the culture and norms of a place. Knowing what to expect makes you prepared for the novelty you will feel once in a foreign place and makes the acceptance easier.

Also read about the laws of the country so you don't unknowingly break a law and make a smooth arrival to your new home abroad.

Reading and understanding the people will make making friends easier, settling into society bump free and making long term relationships so much simple.


9) Talk to people already living there/studying there.

Always take valuable tips from people already studying in the institution you are getting into and living in the country you are moving to. Talking with them not only makes transition into a new environment easier but will also make your foreign stay meaningful.


10) Learn the language.


Helpful guide for people planning to go abroad for studies or work-NWoBS Blog


Knowing the language of a place makes a world of difference. Even knowing a few common phrases and crucial statements make adjustment a whole lot easier. Try and read up on the language, take a few online classes to brush up your language skills.


11) Locate a place to stay beforehand.

A place to stay when you arrive is a must so you avoid any unsavoury experiences in the initial days and are tension free in a foreign country. You can search for a place to stay online through various recognised rent portals, through verified community groups on social media or by talking to people already living there whether they are students who have studied at the same university abroad or are studying there currently.


12) Pack in a planned manner.

Helpful guide for people planning to go abroad for studies or work-NWoBS Blog


When packing for your journey, try to pack light.

  • Carry all your documents like Passport, Visa, Driver's license, Medical documents, passport size photos etc.
  • Carry cash.
  • keep emergency numbers of friends, family and contact person abroad handy.
  • carry your internationally accepted ATM/debit and credit cards.
  • carry your medication if any.
  • carry clothes suited to the weather there without trying to take your whole wardrobe with you!
  • carry an extra pair of shoes.
  • carry your mobile and mobile accessories.
  • carry a small handbag with travel essentials that you feel necessary for the flight like food, water, general medication etc.

13) Decide on the best English Test to secure that student or work visa.


Helpful guide for people planning to go abroad for studies or work-NWoBS Blog


Passing an English test is mandatory when applying to study or work visas abroad. English not being our first language so often times clearing these exams like TOEFL, IELTS is stressful and daunting. 
Pearson has brought the PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) test that is a computer based English test that offers the fastest, fairest and most convenient way for people to prove their English language proficiency.

Here are a few advantages of choosing PTE Academic #DefinitelyPTE:


  • Computer based test with computer based marking that ensures accurate and unbiased results. Palm-vein scanning, randomized test forms and data forensics ensure test score validity.

  • Easy availability of the PTE Preparation Course that helps takers prepare for the test with sample papers, practise tests that are timed and scored just like real PTE Academic test and get familiarised with the real exam.

  • Accepted by all universities in 
-Australia like Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC) Australian National University (ANU) etc.

-New Zealand like Auckland English Academy Auckland Institute of Studies Auckland University of Technology etc.
and
-Ireland like Dublin City University Dublin Institute of Technology etc., and
-by a growing number across the USA, Canada, UK, Singapore and Europe.


  • Approved for all Australian and New Zealand visa and migration applications.

  • Get results fast typically within 5 business days.

  • This test can be scheduled upto twenty hours in advance.

  • PTE Academic test can be undertaken 365 days in over 200 test centres across the world. So this test gives the takers the convenience and ease of choosing their choice of test centre and the day.

  • This test gets completed in a single three hour session.

  • Exam takers can also send their scores to an unlimited number of institutions without additional fees via their secure online account.

Watch the below video for more pointers why test takers prefer PTE Academic for study and migration.






It is #DefinitelyPTE  if you want an English language exam that is not only accepted internationally but is also convenient, accurate and gives results faster without any bias. 

Keep the above points in mind while preparing for your foreign travel and Njkinny wishes all of you planning to go abroad for studies or work the very best!

Do share any helpful pointers of your own with me in the comments section below.

 
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