Wake up to a Gold Morning

(A) “In the morning I woke like a sloth in the fog.”― Leslie Connor

(B) “Every new day gives me ceaseless hope to reach out for my dreams”― Lailah Gifty Akita

Which of these two describe your mornings? 

Did you say that mornings are not the best part of the day for you? Did you hit the snooze button one more time today? Or snuggled under the quilt to catch some more sleep for just 5 minutes? And when you finally got up from the bed, you ran through your routine like a robot. Aah! You lament that you never have enough time in the morning! Believe me, you are not alone!!

Though you may be doing this almost every day, there is a realization at the back of your mind that throwing away the covers and waking up with a spring in the step is the key to a good morning. Starting your day on a happy and relaxed note greatly increases your chances of a healthy and productive day. In fact giving a good start to the day, sets the tone of the whole day ahead. Yes, the way you start your morning can make or break the rest of your day.

Hal Elrod, author of “The Miracle Morning”, says that if you win the morning, you win the day. He has a routine called SAVERS, to start the day off right.

The SAVERS acronym for Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing, reminds us of six habits or rituals that can improve our morning routines.

Here’s how you can incorporate SAVERS in your daily routine and win the morning and the day ahead.

  • Silence : Meditation, Prayers, Breathing. Whatever it is for you, the idea is to quiet your mind and block out the chatter and the start the day with calm thoughts.
  • Affirmations : Encouraging words you tell yourself to achieve your goals, overcome fears, be healthy and happy, and live out your purpose.
  • Visualization : Imagine yourself doing each thing, step by step that you need to do to accomplish your goals. Them imagine what it will feel like when you succeed.
  • Exercise : It doesn’t have to be powerlifting or long distance running. Just do some bodyweight exercises for 5 minutes to get the oxygen flowing to the brain.
  • Reading : Fill your brain with positive thoughts and ideas to improve yourself. Learn the knowledge of people who have accomplished the things you want to do,
  • Scribing : Writing or journaling is a great way to process your thoughts and reflect on your life. It will help you to be more self aware and more articulate.

Making SAVERS as a part of your daily morning works wonders because it…

  • Helps create a positive mental attitude
  • Increases self confidence
  • Keeps you focussed as you achieve your daily goals
  • Infuses energy and enthusiasm in your day
  • Gives you time to review and reflect

Morning will come, it has no choice, but it is up to you to make your good mornings into Gold Mornings with SAVERS #Colgate360GoldMornings

Voyagers Into the Unknown

Spotlight : Voyagers Into the Unknown by Ruchira Khanna

Blurb

In the historic Indian town of Agra, you can find a very unusual tour company, which is owned by a charming young man named Raj. Although Raj’s official job is to show off the historical landmarks of Agra, including the legendary Taj-Mahal, his true mission is to heal the souls of his broken “birds,” as he affectionately refers to his tour participants. His business operates purely upon word-of-mouth referrals, ensuring that all of his tour members arrive in Agra with their hearts in their hands, ready for the spiritual growth and cleansing that Raj is known to provide. Healing the hearts of the spiritually damaged can be a difficult job, and in this particular tale, Raj finds himself faced with his most challenging tour group yet. First, there is Ira, a stunningly gorgeous but fragile young woman on the brink of suicide. Next, we meet Darci and Lennard, a couple on the verge of divorce. Then there is Carl, an irritable, antisocial workaholic who has burned all of his bridges. Lastly, we meet Asha, an elderly widow who still yearns for the company and comfort of her late husband. When disaster strikes the tour group, everything is thrown into jeopardy, including lives, relationships, and Raj’s very reputation as a tour guide. Raj must find a way to lift the spirits of these five special travelers, even in the face of death and despair. Venture into the unknown and discover how Raj Touristry heals the brokenhearted, one soul at a time.

Excerpt

Dawn had risen over the historic Indian town of Agra. Agra was a city of monuments, which stood tall, their unmatched grandeur telling of their long and fascinating history. The morning air was filled with the sounds of roosters calling, birds chirping, and morning prayers and salutations. Dogs and cows were being hustled through the streets and errand boys on bicycles hurried along to their respective chores and deliveries.

Amidst this vibrant chaos, a man in his late thirties with an athletic physique, broad shoulders, and unkempt black hair was briefing his colleague in a quiet, affable tone. He held a bunch of papers in his hand, and the other man nodded obediently as he glanced through them, making notes on the pad in his hands. “So, are you all set?” inquired Raj, the black-haired man.

“I think so,” replied the other man confidently, as he took his seat behind the wheel of a mini-bus.

“Call me if you have any questions, Albert. You know where to reach me,” added Raj as he shut the door of the driver’s seat, giving his driver two thumbs up. Albert started the engine quickly and began to roll away from the curb. He was abruptly halted by a sharp knock on the door of the vehicle. The driver slammed on the brakes and looked to see who was doing the hammering. Raj reappeared on the other side of the glass with blank boards and a sharpie. Albert opened the door and reached out for the additional items. “Write the names of my birds on these planks. It will be easier for them to spot you,” explained Raj.

“Birds?” inquired Albert with a confused expression.

“Sure, Birds. Since they will fly back to where they are coming from in a week’s time.”

“Aha! Yes, boss!” Albert winked and started his journey.

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A Reiki Master where she passes out information about channeling universal energy and conducts sessions. The author of “Choices”, “The Adventures of Alex and Angelo” but just another soul trying to make a difference in this lifetime.

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Connect Meaningfully with Affimity

Everyone has friends on social networks who post too often and flood the news feed with annoying memes, take too many selfies, post hundreds of pictures of their babies, dogs and cats, ask for power and what not for their online games, share the same post in a hundred different groups and then share random updates all throughout the day… All you see is a lot of clutter and noise on your screen. And it makes you go arghh to ughh to a yawn to a face-palm in a matter of a few seconds! Sounds familiar!?!

Well, we all know that it’s because that most of the things shared by your ‘friends’ do not interest or appeal to you.

What if your social networking feed consisted of topics that are meaningful to you? What if you connect on a social media with like minded people, people who share your interests or passions?

Well, you now have a social networking site that addresses just these concerns.

Affimity is new social network, re-imagined as a collection of interest-specific social channels. It is actually like the television of our current times. Remember the time when we had a few TV channels that had all types of programs on them. And now we have various channels that are interest-specific viz entertainment, news, travel, food, history, comedy, children, saas-bahu sports, and Hindi and English movies etc.

Affimity which is Passion (Affinity) and Friendship (Amity) has news feed which is categorized into different channels. Based on your interest, you can select the various channels. Currently, Affimity offers the following channels… Food, Movies, TV Shows, Celebs, Book Club, Music, Career, Parenting, Fitness, Random Thoughts, Gaming, Digital Life, Wearables, Allergies, At Home Moms, Working Moms, Tennis, Motor Sports, Football, Cricket, Bollywood, US Politics, Beauty, Swifties, Travel, DIY, Fashion, NFL Mania, Space, Everyday Science, Holidays, Lawrits, Comics, Starkids, Immigration, Insurance, India Vents, India Humour. That’s a pretty comprehensive channel list, isn’t it?

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You can add your favourite channels. Once you select any channel, you will read, post and share all the Buzz, New feeds, Top Picks and Questions pertaining to that subject. The best is that you can select as many channels as you want and get info, news, recommendations and thoughts on that subject at one place.

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Here are a few things that appealed to me about Affimity

  • You have control over the content in your news feed. You get to read and share info that is relevant to you.
  • You get to meet and be friends and have followers in like minded people who share your interests and passions. You can engage meaningfully with them through comments and likes. For instance, you can connect with me on Affimity on the Food, Movies, Book Club channels.
  • You can share posts of interest on other social media viz Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and email.
  • The mobile app of this site makes it convenient to be connected when on the go too.
  • You can post, ask a question or take a poll or upload a picture or a video on any channel of your choice. If Food is your passion, you even get a readymade template for sharing your recipe.

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Affimity is a cool place to hang out with like minded people. Go on and experience it. Highly recommended.

10 Must Eats in Kuwait

Ten on TuesdaysAs I travelled across the length and breadth of the  Kuwait city, (It’s a small city by the way), one thing that I found in abundance is the eating joints. There are rows of restaurants, food joints, small and simple eateries to high end fine dining, international food chains to good value mid-range options, lining both the sides of the roads.

Kuwaiti cuisine, they say is largely the one that is contributed by the immigrants from the Arab countries and South East Asia. So, Arabian, Persian, Bedouin, Pakistani, Turkish, Indian Iranian and Mediterranean dishes form an integral part of Kuwaiti food. Since, there are immigrants from all over the world in Kuwait, so there are a lot of American, Italian, Chinese, French, Thai, Japanese restaurants and food joints too.

Our local hosts have been kind and generous enough to take us around and giving us insights about Kuwait. Thanks to them, we have been able to explore the diverse flavours of Kuwaiti food.

Today, I share the list of 10 dishes that I tried in Kuwait and relished eating them.

1. Warak Enab : An Arabic dish, Warak Enab is basically stuffed grape leaves. The leaves are stuffed with rice, tomatoes, onions, parsley, fresh mint and slowly simmered in a bath of olive oil and lemon juice. The result is a smooth silky rich and a bit sour dish that simply melts in the mouth!

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2. Machboos : It is considered as the national dish of Kuwait. Machboos is a rice dish served with meat (chicken, lamb, fish). Basmati Rice is cooked with saffron and rose water. The meat is cooked separately and served on top of the rice. This is then eaten with a red sauce known as Dakkous which is made up of tomatoes, black pepper and garlic. The pictures here are of Chicken and Mutton Muchboos. An interesting dish, isn’t it?

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3. Jireesh (Yireesh) –This is another Arabic dish which is like our broken wheat dalia only cooked with chicken or lamb along with spices and tomatoes. I know the picture below is not that appealing but it can be an ideal comfort food.

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4. Kuboos and Hummus : Kuboos is an Arabian pita or flat bread made up of wheat flour and baked in hot oven. It is eaten with Hummus which is a very popular and traditional Middle Eastern dip or an accompaniment. It is made of chickpeas which are mashed and blended with spices and olive oil. I liked the way the hummus is served in dishes with swirls and hollow in the centre and garnished with different things viz chopped tomato, cucumber, coriander, parsley, caramelized onions or sautéed mushrooms.

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5. Fatayer Lahme, Fatayer Jibna and Fatayer Zaatar : These are stuffed Arabic breads. Fatayer Lahme is a bread stuffed with minced meat. Fatayer Jibna is a flat bread stuffed with cheese. And Fatayer Zaatar is a pizza like bread, the top of which is smeared with thyme, sesame seeds and some other herbs and spices. These can be shaped in the form of pastry pies and triangles or boats.

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6. Kushari : Kushari is an Arabic Egyptian dish made up of rice, lentils and macroni. It is topped with tomato sauce and crispy fried onions. Kushari is like our Khichdi minus the macroni.

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7. Shawarma : Shawarma is considered as the little piece of heaven here on earth. It is yet another Arabic dish. It has thinly sliced cuts of meat, like chicken, beef, goat, lamb,  rolled into a large piece of flatbread. It is eaten with with fries, salads like tabouleh, falafel, hummus or pickled vegetables.  I liked the process of making the Shawarmas. Raw meat is placed on large, rotating cones. As it rotates, the meat is cooked slowly on all sides by a heat source below. The meat is thinly sliced by a chef with a large knife. It can be eaten in a plate or as a wrap.WP_20160122_14_12_41_Pro

8. Kebabs : As I mentioned earlier, I am not an ardent non-veg food lover, but I do love the grilled non-veg dishes. I have had kebabs and grilled food at many places, but the ones that I had at this Kuwaiti restaurant were simply mind blowing. The mutton seekh kebabs simply melted in my mouth and the flavours were so rich. In this platter we had various varieties of juicy and delicious grilled chicken and mutton kebabs. Aah! I feel like having them again, now!

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9. Luqaimat : It is a popular Arabic sweet dish that is enjoyed during the month of Ramadan. These are sweet dumplings which are crunchy from out side (like jalebi) and soft from inside (like gulab jamun). Now, I call this as a double bonanza, because I  get two of my favorites in one dish.

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10. Balah El Sham and Katayef : I have seen and heard a lot about these sweet patties and pastries on Food Safari. And when I saw them at the buffet, my heart gave a whoop of joy. Balah El Sham are churro-like, Middle Eastern fritters which are crunchy on the outside and squishy soft on the inside. Katayef is a pancake pastry filled with sweet cheese and nuts and then fried or baked and served with a hot syrup. Needless to say that they are simply YUM!!

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I was just checking my notes and camera and there are still so many foods and dishes that I must write about, but I shall leave that to next time.

Have you tried these dishes? Which is your favorite Kuwaiti / Arabic dish.  Is there any dish that you would recommend me to try out in Kuwait?

Writing Without the Muse

It’s been a week since I wrote on my blog here. I fretted and fumed, struggled and strived the entire week. The more I tried to get the thoughts and ideas flowing, the deeper the brain went into the freeze mode and stiffer the fingers became as if suffering from an advanced stage of arthritis.

It was not that I had paucity of time or there was dearth of ideas. I have been exploring and soaking in all that Kuwait has to offer and my camera is testimony to that as it  is capturing all that action. I have so much to share about my experiences here and still I am not able to express it. Is it the excitement of sharing the unusual treats, sights and experiences that I am having here and or is it that I am stressing too much about writing all that? Whatever it is, fact is that I am fed up of the blank page on my laptop screen.

I know, I can coolly say that it’s that awful writer’s (blogger’s) block. But I can’t just sit around, wring my hands and wait for the muse to arrive.

I decided to take the bull by its horn and am committed to write without bothering much about the block or the muse or the pressure or the blank page.  In fact, today, I simply fired the muse and showed up myself here and got working.

And here I am with a short post and hopefully, this will get me in the groove. Here’s hoping that the words will flow effortlessly and smoothly without a break at this space.

Have a great week ahead, folks and see you all soon! Cheers!

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Kuwait Travel Diary

How does it feel to see the stamps in your passport or hear a different language as you deplane from the aircraft or see people from a different culture milling around you as you pass through the immigration lines at the airport?

It seems like a beginning of an exciting adventure from the start. Right!

That’s how it happened for me, when I came to Kuwait one and a half day ago.

It’s my first visit to this country  and I am all set to soak anything and everything the place has to offer.

It is an official visit, but I will get plenty of time to explore the city… fingers crossed. I am so looking forward to it.  Here are a few things that I plan to do while in Kuwait.

Eat Local Food : Kuwait is non veg eater’s paradise. I am not a big fan of non-veg actually. Given a choice between veg and non-veg food, I’d pick veg, always. And here I am in this new country and meat has been on my plate for all the four meals up till now. And guess what, I am loving it. Yesterday we went to an Arabic joint and thanks to Fatayer Lahme  along with Fatayer Jibna and Fatayer Zaatar, I never knew that I had an adventurous palate. And I am looking forward to more such tempting and tasty adventures.

Fatayer Lahme and Fatayer Jibna

Fatayer Lahme and Fatayer Jibna

Fatayer Zaatar

Fatayer Zaatar

Soak in the Sights : Of course, wherever I look, a new things are coming in my line of vision.  City roads like our expressways, fast moving traffic, left side driving, virtually no two wheelers, beautiful buildings and houses, men is long thwabs and women in abayas (and I must add here that they all are so beautiful and fashionable!) are simply fascinating.

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Pristine Blue Arabian Sea

Learn : Though most people speak English and we have met quite a few Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis in and around our hotel who are so happy to speak in Hindi with us, I am however keen to learn a few sentences and phrases in Arabic.

Like yesterday, we were in this market and I met this friendly old man. 

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He asked me something in Arabic and I drew a blank. Another person translated it for me and we got chatting. And it was fun talking to him and in the process picked up a few Arabic words. It’s interesting that it is similar to Urdu which I am familiar with. For instance, a thank you is Shukriya in Urdu and Shukraan in Arabic. 

I can see that the customs and traditions of the people in Kuwait are truly unique. I don’t want to just observe these customs, I wish I could participate and be one of them as they follow them. I hope that gets ticked off from my wish list.

As I prepare for the unexpected and go with the flow in Kuwait, you have a great week ahead and keep watching this space for more updates and pictures from this sojourn of mine!

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#DoYourHomework for Your Child’s Future

Few years ago, if children were asked what they’d want to be when they grow up? Answers would range from doctor, teacher, engineer…

However, if you ask the children of today about their future career choices, their answers would be varied and go beyond the conventional options. Children today are aware of the innumerable career options they have in front of them and actually have a strong point of view on what they want to do in life. And this is such a contrast to the earlier times when children followed what their parents decided for them.

As parents, are we on the same page as our children when it comes to their future?

I came across this interesting #DoYourHomework video which has a group of parents and their children. Children were asked to draw a picture of what they would like to become in future while parents were asked to paint what they would like their children to become in future. They were told not to interact with each other during the course of the activity.

A lot of interesting stories emerged from the experiment. At the end of the experiment, parents and children were asked to reveal their ideas. And to everyone’s surprise the pictures were contrasting. Children expressed their eagerness to pursue conventional as well as unconventional careers and their parents saw their children pursuing professions different than what their children articulated.

As parents today, we would leave no stone unturned to make our children’s aspirations and dreams a reality. But, do we know what would be the cost of education ten years down the line? Or how much would it take to fulfil our child’s dream?

I think, as parents we need to do our homework too.

Incidentally, there is a Homework App which will make life simpler and easier for parents. Through the Homework app, parents can find out the costs of education across a multitude of courses in various countries at their finger-tips. The app not only gives info on the future value of the course which their children want to pursue, but also the estimated amount to invest to reach that goal. So, go on use this app and #DoYourHomework.

Children are our future. As parents let’s help them reach their career aspirations and goals and plan for our child’s future NOW by doing our homework.

BrainBuxa : Website Review

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. – Kofi Annan

Knowledge is power, there’s no denying to that. And it is all the more important for students. But as Samuel Johnson said, ‘knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it’. While, the former is not possible for most of us, it is the second option that we all must be familiar with.

BrainBuxa.com aids in doing exactly that. Yes, it helps students find all the information that they may need to educate themselves, socialize, communicate, and even employ themselves online.

BrainBuxa is an education portal where on a click of a button, the students get all the information and resources they’ll need for shaping their career and future.

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At a single portal, one can all the details pertaining to:

  • Institutes : The details of various colleges and universities are listed in this section from various fields viz Animation VFX, Arts, Computers, Gaming and Comics, Design, Engineering and Technology, Fashion and Design, Hospitality, Aviation and Tourism, Law, Language and Teaching, Management, Medicine, Beauty, Healthcare and Science. So, one can select a course and search colleges and institutes offering it along with the overview of the institute and contact details.
  • Results : Brainbuxa has tied up with various colleges and universities and universities to publish results and notifications online. Results of the exams are listed month wise. What’s best is one can get SMS alert when the results are announced.
  • Study Materials : There’s a digital library on BrainBuxa where students can read and create study material online. There are lecture series and video courses on various topics delivered by professors from renowned colleges and institutes. There are over 10,000 videos and notes available to students.
  • Events : This section has events and fests listed from various colleges and institutes. You can promote events and fests on this website too.
  • Jobs : The last I checked, there were 16480 jobs and internship offers listed on BrainBuxa. One can search jobs based on company name, location, skills and job title. Oh yes, you can upload your resume too and get notifications for the jobs matching your skills, profile and area of interest.2016-01-11_19h08_14
  • Blogs : In this section one can find inspiring and informative educational blog and articles on various topics related to the field of education. Here viewers get access to the best blogs on academic issues, post their responses, and share valuable insight with top experts on the web.  One can even post their education news and articles on BrainBuxa.com and get wider reach and knowledge / information sharing of their thoughts and views.2016-01-11_19h44_32
  • Ask & Answer : In this section students can post their query or technical questions and get the answers from experts. Guidance and counselling is also arranged through information provisioning and real time interfacing.

What’s more at BrainBuxa is that it provides all the information like the way we use social media. Yes, it’s all replete with notifications, alerts, call and chat features. So, basically both the social and educational life of students are integrated on one platform. Now, isn’t that cool!

Brainbuxa also provides free SMS facility for various services and updates. With more than 24000 followers, they certainly are at the top of the game.

With their huge database, BrainBuxa is truly the one stop information portal for students, as it helps to make an informed choice. It provides accurate and instant educational information on the courses offered at various colleges and institutes all across the country, study materials and informative articles. It also helps them to get exam results and job placement notifications. What’s more, it is absolutely free to use, all you need to do is to just sign up at BrainBuxa.com

The website has a simple layout which is user friendly and is easy to navigate. BrainBuxa.com is a one stop destination for all information on education and job market, and definitely a  must-use for all youngsters and their parents too. Go on and explore and discover new way to communicate, socialize, search, employ and educate at BrainBuxa.com

The Other End of the Corridor

The Other End of Corridor by Sujata Rajpal

Title: The Other End of the Corridor
Author: Sujata Rajpal
Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers
ISBN: 9789350881019
Number of Pages: 240
Price [INR] : 100
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor
Leela has nothing extraordinary about her except the dream to become famous. Her desires take wings when she gets married to a handsome boy from a respectable family in Delhi. But her dreams are shattered even before they have a chance to take flight.

She happens to meet two friends from a long forgotten past, which infuses hope and opens new avenues to realize her dormant aspirations. Leela delves into previously unexplored paths of deception and forbidden passions that only make her stronger.

In an attempt to rediscover herself, she falls in love with life and with herself but her life takes a sudden turn again… No matter what, Leela will continue to chase her dreams.

Where does this journey take her?

The Other End of the Corridor is coming of age story of a young girl, Leela who has had it tough right from her birth.  She is condemned as an inauspicious child, the one who’d  bring misery and doom to those around her. Unloved by her own family, she is married at 19. She dreams of leaving all that behind and thinks of starting a happy and a meaningful life ahead. But reality strikes and she finds herself abused physically and mentally by her depressive and manic  husband and control freak mother-in-law. And her dream to make it big in life vanishes into thin air.

Leela’s story is the one that we read and see commonly around us. Her struggles and challenges highlights the existence that a large number of women go through in our society.  Leela’s story is one of survival, despite the odds being heavily stacked against her. The author has captured Leela’s pains and woes with such honesty and emotion that I could feel for her.

The characters are real and have their failings and shortcomings, which makes the story all the more believable. The language used is simple and the story flows effortlessly thereby engaging the reader in you completely. The book title and cover are appealing and truly reflect the content and mood of the story.

The Other End of the Corridor is Leela’s redeeming and journey of self discovery, her development from a naive girl to a woman who goes on to live her dream, is well crafted. As I said earlier, Leela’s story is something that we all are familiar with and actually there is no newness in the book. But such stories need to be read and encouraged because these bring to the fore the oppression of the women and their sufferings while being subjected to domestic violence. Such books may help to change the prevailing mind sets and break the social stigma attached to these abusive relationships.

So go on and check out Leela’s journey as she moves to The Other End of the Corridor.

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My Book Reading Challenges for 2016

If I have to pick up one word that I want to dominate my life this year, it would be BOOKS. I want to read all the good books I can lay my hands on. I can see that I am getting addicted to the written words more with each passing year. And off late this addiction has taken me by a storm. So, I am planning to read new authors, favorite authors, different genres (biographies, classical literature, self-help, non-fiction), re-read some books, big fat books, ebooks, audio books; read for fun and entertainment, read to explore and learn, read to soak in the emotions and to be at peace, read and read much more.

To chart the progress of my reading this year, I am taking 6 reading challenges.

1. Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge

I plan to read 150 books this year. I know, it’s a bit steep, but I am all for it.

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2. HT Brunch Book Challenge

It’s a simple one. All one has to do is read at least 24 books before the end of the year and at least three of those 24 books must be Indian

3. Pop Sugar : Now this one is pretty interesting and creative. I had taken it up last year too and had ticked off most of the books listed in the challenge. This year, I want to focus on it and check all the books that would fit for each book prompt.

Pop Sugar 2016 Reading Challenge

4. New Authors Challenge : I found this reading challenge at my April AtoZ Challenge Co-wHooligan, LuAnn’s blog.  Literary Escapism is hosting this challenge! The premise of this challenge is to read books by authors you’ve not read before. I am planning to read 20 New Authors this year.

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5.  2016 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge : This is hosted by the lovely and inspiring Corinne. This challenge has 4 levels :

Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1–5 more books (or 250–1,499 more pages)
Out of Breath: read 6–10 more books (or 1,500–2,749 more pages)
Breaking a Sweat: read 11–15 more books (or 2,750–3,999 more pages)
I’m on Fire!: read 16+ more books (or 4,000+ more pages)

And no marks for guessing that I’ll be on Fire for this one!

Corinne Rodrigues

 

6. Audiobook Challenge 2016 : I have read just one audio book so far. I want to explore more of them, so signing up for this one too.

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This challenge has various levels…

  1. Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  2. Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  3. Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  4. Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  5. Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  6. My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  7. Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

  And I’ll give it a try so 5 audiobooks it will be for me this year!

I am now stepping away from my laptop and curling in my bed with a cozy blanket and a brand new book. 

Are you taking up any book reading challenge this year? How many books are you planning to read?

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