21 Random Facts About Me

I can never resist writing list posts. When I saw this prompt for Friday Reflections, I knew that I had to do it. And also because, my blog is starving. So here I am with some known and some unknown 21 random facts about me…

  1. I love, love, love reading books. I can read from morning to night and sometimes till early hours of the morning.
  2. Everything, I do starts with a list. 80% of the times it is diligently written in a small notebook and rest of the time in the grey cells. But whatever task is at hand, it’s 1….2…3…4… for me!
  3. I absolutely love tea. And I love to have it in total peace and quiet around me.
  4. I have an OCD for washing things. When I buy something, the first thing I check is whether it’s washable?
  5. Keeping my home neat and clean is an utmost priority for me and usually it takes precedence over cooking food.
  6. I can’t dance to save my life.
  7. I love my gadgets more than my jewellery.
  8. My Me-Time is very important to me.
  9. I can’t stand the drama in Hindi serials, news and reality shows.
  10. I have learnt driving thrice and still can’t drive.
  11. I suffer from foot-in-mouth disease.
  12. My face gives me away even when I stop myself from saying something. Every. Single. Time.
  13. I am very straightforward and believe in cold, hard truth rather than saying what people want to hear.
  14. I believe in power naps and it makes my world a better place.
  15. I am very meticulous or so I like to believe.
  16. I am not very experimental with food. More often than not I’d prefer to go to the same restaurant every time and order the same dish always.
  17. I am fiercely loyal in my relationships.
  18. My tolerance to cold weather is pretty less. I cover myself in layers when it’s pleasant weather for others.
  19. I tend to overthink and overworry!
  20. The only exercise regime that I can follow for long is swimming. Rest, just die a very early death.
  21. I believe in the power of prayers.

Linking this to  #FridayReflections at Write Tribe.


Weight Loss and a Great Body with OZiva Protein & Herbs

How many of us have tried adhering to strict diet patterns and sacrificed on our favourite foods in a bid to lose that extra bulge? Ranging from expensive and non-feasible juice cleanses to starving crash diets- we have failed miserably not only at our inability to shed the fat but also have felt rather more fatigued after being on such special kinds of a diets.

Post the Age of 30, why do women tend to gain weight?

Perhaps, if we just prod ourselves to scientifically explain our situational crisis, science tells us, that post the age of 30 years, the body begins to undergo sarcopenia (muscle loss) which of course, happens as a result of lack of physical activity among other things.

However, what muscle loss with age generally leads to is more weight gain through fat accumulation, as fat tends to fill in the spaces that muscle formerly was in.


What is Protein’s role in breaking down Fat?

Now, most of us are aware how protein has always been one to help with the basic body functions (muscle building, hair and skin health and what not!) But the one thing where it becomes an important ingredient to be emphasized upon as a part of our diets is due to its role in the breakdown and burning of fat. While not all fat is harmful, as long as it fits well into the normal range of fat requirement, you are good (as shown in the table below).

Fat % Status


Males Females
Essential Fat


5% 8%
Minimal Fat Weight


5% 15%


5-13% 12-18%
Optimal Fitness


14-18% 18-22%

‘How do you get your protein intake right?’ comes next as being a part of a chaotic schedule and very little time to spare for oneself, one might as well wonder.

This is where OZiva Protein & Herbs has been and continues to grow as an integral part of most women’s daily life in India.


As quoted on OZiva’s website:

“At OZIVA we aim at solving the basic challenge faced by many people – the lack of nutrition. We have worked with nutritionists and researchers to develop the perfect, nutrition-rich products ranging from well-rounded meal replacements to high protein blends, to help tackle the problems like irregular meal timings, faulty food choices, to combat the stress of a fast-paced life among other problems that are now a part of everyone’s life.”

Why OZiva Protein & Herbs?

It is easily one of the healthy and wholesome protein rich food option that one can have post workout or as your breakfast shake, especially for those who are running short of time. Super yummy and effortless preparation make Protein & Herbs be your first choice in the mornings!

The First Whey Protein with Ayurvedic Herbs – Different Herbs for Men & Women

Coming to the nutritive value, in total, it gives more than 30 gm of protein per scoop when taken with milk. Also, the fact that this product is enriched with an Ayurvedic herbal blend is something to watch out for! With the choicest herbs specific to men & women, ranging from Shatavari (for hormonal balance and vitality), Tulsi (for its purification properties: boosts hair health and even, clear skin tone), Ashwagandha ( for boosting metabolism and de-stressing), ginger extract ( for strengthening immunity) and green tea extract (powerhouse of antioxidants to help you burn all that extra flab!).

Not only that, Protein & Herbs also houses the multifaceted omega 3 with its horde of health benefits. Traced from plant sources to suit vegetarian and Jain preferences, this product stands as an impressive choice for everyone. Omega 3 fatty acids are not only helpful in keeping with your heart’s health, but also help with muscle maintenance (lowering your chances of muscle loss!)

Taste matters, so does time!

With its easy mixability and delicious chocolate flavour, it can be easily blended with absolutely anything- be it, dark chocolate or oats or fruits or even nuts. The result is deliciously indulgent yet healthy shake in less than 2 minutes.

It also serves as the perfect on-the-go option when one is running short on time and needs a quick fix for a healthy meal! Protein & Herbs shake is low in sugar and yet tastes amazing! So, while you are trying to watch out your fat% and food habits, this shake will be one to keep you on the right health track.

Nutrition Helpline – To help you with your diet

Another, worth mentioning fact about OZiva is the diet consultation which is absolutely free with the product. It’s commendable that the brand has taken such a customer friendly approach to quench the user’s queries!

You can read more about the product on OZiva website (Click Here) or Amazon or speak to their nutritionist at +91-9769298556.

Say yes to a better health; Be a Better You !

10 Reasons to Watch A Flying Jatt

We all love superheroes. It’s not about their capes or masks or the logos on their chest, it’s not even about their supernatural powers. The reason we all love them is because the dilemmas and problems that superheroes face are close to our reality and we somehow aspire to do these altruistic and selfless acts ourselves around us. Isn’t it?

And now we have our very own Desi Superhero. Yes, he is A Flying Jatt and he is coming to meet you on Zee Cinema on 22nd October at 8 pm.


Here are 10 reasons to watch A Flying Jatt on Zee Cinema

1. India’s first flying Superhero

India’s first flying superhero – A Flying Jatt saves the day in the coolest way. Bestowed not only with this incredible superpower our man can also display some jaw-dropping martial art moves.

2. This Superhero has a Supermom

Most of the superheroes that we know pledge to save the world and have lost their parents to an accident. But this super hero has a supermom who constantly reminds him of his duties. A typical Indian mother, she scolds him every time his reluctant to use his superpowers. She definitely is a supermom!

3. Powers + Killer dance moves = Legendary Superhero

You might be Superman or Batman but one thing our flying Jatt wins at is killer dance moves. Saving the world and burning the dance floor all in one – WOW! Now that is what they call a superhero. Let’s shake our booty on the beat with this superhero.

4. The youngest Superhero

Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan also had special powers in movies like Krrish and Ra.One respectively. But what sets Tiger Shroff apart is his age. At 26, he bagged a superhero movie as his third film while the others have had a longer run in films before had a long career preceding their superhero ventures.

5. Jatt Fly Karda

As the name suggests, Flying Jatt is all about a superhero who not only goes all out to save his city, but also believes in his prime religious duty of helping mankind. He is the first superhero who has incorporated his human and religious sensibilities in saving his city.

6. Accidental superhero

Our very own superhero was not born with these powers but became a superhero by accident. A superhero at heart and and one who is courageous enough to fight despite being scared is what makes a ordinary man a true superhero.

7. Do your chores before you catch the ‘chors’

He is no ordinary superhero because at home, he has to do all the chores like any other child. From lending a helping hand in cleaning the house or buying vegetables, this superhero has to do it all. He might be a superhero for the world but at home, you have to do what your mother asks you to do.

8. A hero with a consciousness:

We all have to give back to our society and the Flying Jatt definitely believes in this.  A protector of mother nature and a condemner of pollution, this superhero does all to protect the environment.

9. A child at heart:

He might have a serious job at hand but he is a child at heart. This is what sets him apart making him a fun, relatable superhero. He has the superpowers but he also has a child in him who will touch your hearts.

10. He is coming to meet you soon

This superhero has no airs about having special powers and is very down to earth and humble. So, he has decided to meet you and save his beloved city of Amritsar with the World Television Premiere of his film, A Flying Jatt on 22nd October, 2016 at 8 pm.

Sick of Being Healthy

Title: Sick of Being Healthy Sick of Being Healthy
Author: Monisha K Gumber
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
ISBN: 978-93-52017-23-2
Number of Pages: 160
Price [INR] : 225
Genre: Fiction

Sick of Being Healthy is a contemporary YA novel about a teenager, Tara who is not too happy about her chubby looks. She believes that if she was skinnier, she’d be happier – not just with her body but with her life in general. She is desperate to get the guy of her dreams, and in that process gets into trouble that not only cost her friendships, her peace of mind but even her life!

I picked this book after reading the blurb but when I saw the book with illustrations on almost every page, I wasn’t sure whether this book would be my thing. The book reminded me of Gerenimo Stilton (which has coloured illustrations) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (with black and white illustrations ) which my son read till a year ago. And I was so wrong.  I mean just because I am no longer a kid or a teen, it does not mean that I don’t like pictures anymore!!

The story is written in an effortlessly engaging style and brings to light the issues and troubles faced by the teens. The book talks about parental pressure to get perfect grades, one sided love affairs, self esteem issues, body image issues, diets and weight loss, peer pressure, cyber affairs, sex education among other things. Since the book has first-person narrative, we get to know all of Tara’s  thoughts and feelings, troubles and issues from her perspective. And the author is spot on in capturing all that! The dynamics between the family members and that between friends is pretty realistic and that draws you completely in.

The illustrations and sketches are pretty neat and add to the fun quotient of the story! In fact these pictures and illustrations are an integral part of the novel.


The language is simple and lucid throughout, and makes for  smooth reading without proofreading errors.

Sick of Being Healthy  is an interesting read dealing frankly with serious issues in a sensitive and a fun way. It’s a short story which can be read not only by teenagers but their parents as well as it highlights issues without being over-bearing and preachy. Check it out!

Fighting for Tara

Title: Fighting for Tara 30653456
Author: Sunanda J. Chatterjee
ASIN: B01H9BS428
Number of Pages: 310
Price [INR]: 149 (Kindle)
Genre: Fiction

I had read great reviews about Fighting for Tara and that evoked my curiosity. And the cover sealed the deal for me. Yes, sometimes I judge a book by its cover.

Fighting for Tara sucked me in fast, and kept me interested right from page one! It’s a story of a 13-year old child bride, Hansa and her daughter Tara. Hansa is left alone with her few months old daughter after the death of her old husband. Her brother-in-law wants to marry her and wants her to get rid of little Tara as he has no use for a baby girl. Instead of drowning her baby, Hansa escapes from her village with three-month-old Tara.

As Hansa runs from one place to another to save herself and her daughter, she meets danger at every step. The instinct to survive compels her to tell a lie and that lie changes her world. An American couple adopt not only little Tara but Hansa too and thus starts their new journey from a small village in Rajasthan to Pleasanton in America.

Life sails smoothly for Hansa for 7 years and then she finds herself Tara’s life once more, this time in an American court, with a woman she calls ‘Mother.’ Will the lie upon which Hansa built her life, defeat its own purpose? How can she succeed when no one believes the truth?  How far will a mother go to save her child?

Fighting for Tara is a story of grit and determination of a teenage girl who fights all odds. It’s a story that explores the depth of love and motherhood, friendships and relationships, religious beliefs and practices.

Sunanda J. Chatterjee tells the story of Hansa and Tara with language and characters that break out of the page… very realistic and vivid. And she shares a story that explores the depth of love and motherhood, friendships and relationships, religious beliefs. The writing is clean, crisp, stunningly vivid and flooded me with a bucket load of emotion. There were moments when my heart was in my mouth and I was stricken with fear for Hansa and Tara. There are heart-breaking and sad moments as well as instances that warmed my heart.

I  was not aware of the religious group called Jehovah Witnesses. Reading about their beliefs and practices was interesting. The court room scene was masterful, and on edge, it was a demonstration of courtroom drama at its finest.

While the initial chapters were pretty gripping, the story became a bit dramatic for my taste. But nevertheless, it kept me interested till the very end.

Fighting for Tara is a beautifully woven tale of love and relationships and also of hope and faith.  I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

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FreeCharge – Fast, Convenient, Useful & Secured

Mobile payment apps are leading the change in mobile commerce. Mobile payment is generally refer to payment services operated under financial regulation and performed from or via a mobile device. Instead of paying with cash, cheque, or credit cards, a consumer can use a mobile phone to pay for a wide range of services and digital or hard goods.

FreeCharge is India’s No.1 payments app. Customers across the country useFreeCharge FreeCharge to make prepaid, postpaid, DTH, metro recharge and utility bill payments for numerous service providers. Recently, FreeCharge launched its wallet in September 2015 and customers are already using it to pay across all major online platforms and offline stores like Shoppers Stop, McDonalds, Cinepolis, HomeStop, Crosswords, Hypercity and even for E-Rickshaws, the list is growing by the day.

At FreeCharge, 300 odd people in the Mission Control team are working round the clock to deliver consumers first class experience. The Mission Control team which includes SRE, Dev Ops, cloud automation, cloud security & IT, the marketing group, the Analytics team, QA, The Design Mafia (UI & UX), the product managers, the payments team, the technology team, the mobile team!

FreeCharge provides the following benefits:

Simple and Convenient User Interface and User Experience

The fundamental principles that dictates UI/UX strategy for FreeCharge is ‘No typing only tapping’ and that the transaction should happen in less than 10 secs. The emphasis is on ‘faster checkouts’ in anything and everything consumer does in relation to payments.

I tried recharging my  phone in less than 10 seconds, yes, you heard it right!

There are additional features like ‘Bill Payment Reminder’ and ‘Auto Pay’ that have been a direct outcome of the fundamental principles mentioned above.

High Security

FreeCharge has all systems that are in place – so that consumers can have a secure payment experience.

FreeCharge has built its own (in-house) risky transactions management platform and has a dedicated risk & security team that looks at patterns so that they are always ready to respond to any and every kind of fraudulent actions possible. The platform has been built purely on the basis of Indian data and not global data – which makes it even more robust and trustworthy.

The passwords of users are never stored in the FreeCharge system. All passwords are encrypted using one way non-reversible keys which makes it impossible for abuse. FreeCharge has actually assigned every single bank account of the country to pin codes and have a database of risky transaction pin codes.

The eye opening fact is that in terms of risky transactions FreeCharge is at 1/7th of the Indian benchmark which is better than many top financial institutions.

The systems at FreeCharge are designed to study 500-600 parameters of the mobile phone and over time have become robust to raise flags when a suspicious transaction are recorded. For example, recently when there was an attack on Yahoo, Freecharge reached out to all its users who have a registered Yahoo account and made them to change their passwords.

A ‘lock-out’ can happen if a consumer tries beyond ‘x’ times to login and is not able to login.

FreeCharge has deployed a number of proprietary technologies to deliver best in class security. It is compliant with all major security standards such as PCI-DSS compliance. The wallet has very stringent protocols on wallet velocity, device fingerprinting, device encryption and identification and hold limits which are designed to trap and eliminate fraud. 

The proprietary technology ‘On-the-Go-Pin’ (OTP) fulfils the RBI’S mandate for two-factor authentication and does not require even a single additional investment by retailers or a customer, making the transaction secure, swifter and in less than 10 seconds!

Security is the number 1 priority at FreeCharge! It has been voted as India’s most secure start-up and the 2nd most preferred wallet.

There are also various features in the FreeCharge app like WhatsApp money through FreeCharge, Speed Pay etc.

An upcoming feature, ‘AutoPay’ was also introduced. Users can now activate AutoPay and completely forget about their recharge and bill due dates. Also, the category of ‘donations’ was introduced wherein users would be able to donate money to various NGOs using the FreeCharge wallet and also get the certificate to claim tax exemptions.

Since Credit Card theft and Account Theft are commonly seen, team at FreeCharge is performing high level fraud checks to minimize and tackle these attacks.

Prompt Customer Service

Most of the customer queries and complaints are addressed within 20 minutes that they came in throughout 24 hours of the day and 7 days a week.

FreeCharge is relentlessly working to give consumers the best digital payment experience in the most secured way.

Do you use FreeCharge? Which is your preferred Mobile Payment App?

The Smitten Husband

Title: The Smitten Husband The Smitten Husband
Author: Sundari Venkatraman
Number of Pages: 104
Price [INR]: 120 (Kindle)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The Smitten Husband is the eighth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman and is the Book#1 in the 5-novella series Marriages Made in India.

Sundari’s  earlier novella, The Runaway Bridegroom is about a Maheshwari family and has the love story of their daughter Chanda. The Smitten Husband is the love story of the eldest Maheshwari son, Ram.

Ram is a successful jewellery designer in Jaipur and lives with his parents and younger brothers. His parents try to arrange his marriage with the help of their family astrologer. Sapna, the eldest daughter of a poor priest in Pushkar near Ajmer.

One look into Sapna’s grey eyes and Ram is lost.  But Sapna who is a diehard romantic is unable to see the prince of her dreams in Ram. Being from a poor family, she has no choice but to go along with the tide when the Maheshwaris offer to bear all expenses of the wedding.

Sapna, who is fiercely independent puts forth a condition, after the wedding. Will the smitten husband agree to it?

The Smitten Husband is a breezy romance with some social messages. It brings to light the mental tug of war when the two families have a wide social divide and the dilemma of arranged marriage vs love marriages. The story gives a strong message about not compromising on one’s dreams and aspirations. 

The story is simple and flows effortlessly. The characters have different shades and that makes them pretty real. Ram is an obedient son and agrees to go for an traditional arranged marriage but is modern and sensitive enough to understand Sapna’s frame of mind. Sapna is from a small town but knows her mind.

The pace of the story is fast and I liked the way the story unfolded. The chemistry between the two was explosive and the passionate scenes were sizzling hot. There is also a healthy dose of humor and engaging dialogues.

The only issue I have with The Smitten Husband is that it has no twists, pivots and turns to complicate the story. There’s no, “Oh! Shit… What now?’” moments in this novella. The story unfolds in a predictable way. Nevertheless, The Smitten Husband will leave you with a lingering smile.

The Smitten Husband makes for a light breezy romance which I finished reading in less than an hour. Go for it, if you looking for a quick entertaining romance.

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She Walks, She Leads


Title: She Walks, She Leads – Women Who Inspire India She Walks, She Leads
Author: Gunjan Jain
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
ISBN: 978-0-670-08885-0
Number of Pages: 556
Price [INR] : 799
Genre: Non-Fiction

The climb to the top in any field can be pretty tough – for anyone. But for women, this journey to the topmost positions of power and influence can be all the more challenging.

Today, we see women achieving success in every sphere of life and in some aspects they are more successful than men. While, we may recognize these women for their success and celebrate their achievements too, but how many of us know their sacrifices, the hurdles they crossed, and the battles they continue to fight and what it takes to reach where they are today. And She Walks, She Leads, does just that!

She Walks, She Leads, is an anthology of biographies of 24 women who are pioneers in their field. These are the women who overcame the barriers of patriarchy, broke the stereotypes, moved out of their comfort zones to make life meaningful not only for themselves but for others too and took the road less traveled and made it big.

The 24 women featured in the book are from various fields and are listed in six categories …

  • Altruism and Other Interests : Nita Ambani, Parmeshwar Godrej, Sudha Murty, Yasmeen Premji and Rajshree Birla
  • Corporate, Banking and Law : Indra Nooyi, Zia Mody, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Swati Piramal, Chanda Kochhar, Naina Lal Kidwai and Anu Aga
  • Fashion, Arts & Empowerment : Anamika Khanna, Ritu Kumar and Jyotsna Darda
  • Media : Shobhana Bhartia and Indu Jain
  • Sports : Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal and Mary Kom
  • Entertainment : Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shabana Azmi and Mira Nair

Though we may know a bit about these successful women through their media mentions, but through her extensive interviews with these 24 pioneering women, Gunjan has shared with us all aspects of their journey. She Walks, She Leads not only celebrates the accomplishments of these women, but also gives us a peek into their childhood and its fond memories,  family and relationships, their aspirations and passion, leadership and philanthropy, along with the ups and downs of their journey. We also get to know that apart from their talent and skills, what is it that makes them best in their chosen field and how do they manage donning so many hats successfully and comfortably.

The author has also interviewed the spouses, family  and friends of these 24 women. As many as 130 contributors shared personal stories, insights and their perspective of these women.

All the life stories of these super achievers make for a very fascinating and an inspiring read.

As one reads the conversations of the author with these successful women, we realize that each one’s story is unique with its own set of triumphs and tribulations, but there are some success values that are common to all of them. Gunjan has listed these life lessons and success mantras as…

  • Swim against the tide
  • Get out of your comfort zone
  • Stay positive
  • Never be complacent
  • Be an eternal student
  • Mentor and be mentored
  • Cultivate a social conscience
  • Strike a balance

She Walks, She Leads, also has coloured and black & white photographs of all the women from their different phases of life, which adds to the charm of this book. The 550 page hardbound book has an attractive cover.  The writing in the book is simple and the extensive research done by the author is commendable.

She Walks, She Leads, is a perfect bedside table book to learn life and leadership lessons and seek inspiration from these legends of our times.  A recommended read!

Xender Launches New Version

Our smart phones are our lifelines. And that’s because of their ease of use, portability, accessibility, multi-functionality. We click pictures, record videos, store songs and movies, work on documents and presentations on our smartphones.  All these files and folders need to be transferred from one phone to the other or from phone to PC and back again.  

Xender is one of the best apps for moving files between your computers and devices and sending them to your contacts. It allows users to share any type of file, at any time, without any mobile data usage. Xender supports Android, IOS, Windows, PC/ Mac cross-platform transferring with over 200 times Bluetooth transfer speed. Xender currently supports over 22 languages including English, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai and Bengali.

Recently, Xender, has announced the launch of its new  clip_image002version – with comprehensive functions and better user experience. Xender has maintained a leading position as the world’s fastest, most convenient mobile sharing tool at zero cost.

Xender offers seamless transmission between Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Windows PC and Apple MAC system. Xender was launched in 2013, the current global cumulative user 330 million, India has more than 110 million users, and hopes next three years, the global cumulative users reached 800 million.

Installation Size Reduced

The new version of Xender has been reduced to 4.5M which gets further compressed in the absence of Wifi. Sharing of Xender is now more rapid and convenient.

Interactive Management Made Convenient

Xender does not need a USB connection or PC software installation. It can be used to transfer files anywhere, anytime – from documents, music, pictures, to videos and apps or any other file types of unlimited file size. Xender also allows users to view, move or delete files received and even to make a backup copy whenever needed to clean the phone storage.


No Replacement Trouble

You can also switch mobile data like contacts, SMS, pictures, music, videos, games and any other files from your old phone to the new one in one simple step.


Friendly Design
Xender satisfies all operating needs with functions related to transfer of files: opening, installing, uninstalling, deleting, viewing etc.


  • Sliding Mass Map : Connect two mobile phones and browse photos at the same time. Smoothly share photos with just a slide
  • Search : Use the search function and search for any file
  • Hidden Files : Protect your privacy and hide anything from prying eyes

You may Download Xender from Google Play.

Which app do you use for your file sharing needs? Do share about it in the comment box.

The Calling

Title: The Calling – Unleash Your True Self The Calling
Author: Priya Kumar
Publisher: Books That Inspire
ISBN: 978-93-5258-970-8
Number of Pages: 150
Price [INR] : 299
Genre: Self Help / Motivation

Stuck in the daily grind of life… doing the same old stuff, day after day… the feeling of disillusionment, frustration and self doubt…Do these depict the story of your life? If your answer is a yes, then this book is for you!

The Calling is story of Arjun, a Marketing Head of a company who is busy chasing organizational goals but with a lot of pent-up frustration inside him.  His personal life is on the rocks too with a divorce knocking his door.

A sadhu saves him from a frightening near death experience and tells him to stop running and follow the dream that he had abandoned. The sadhu tells him to unravel a purple thread tied to a tree behind the Hemkund Sahib and redeem his Karma. Overwhelmed with the accident and the sadhu’s words, Arjun starts on his spiritual journey to the Hemkund Sahib. Accompanying him in this challenging expedition is porter Chandu and his donkeys. This journey is not an easy one, as at every turn the mountains holds secrets and tests that urge Arjun to evolve into the person he had denied to be – himself. Pretences, falsities, confusions and untruths fall apart as Arjun is forced to confront the mess he had created in his life.

Arjun’s journey started off as an opportunity to escape reality, but it turned out to be an opportunity to escape from the dwindling spiral of self-created misery. It is a journey that transforms him forever and is the one that turns his life around too.

The Calling is a story that most of us can relate to, for most of us are corporate executives busy chasing goals, living life in the fast lane and having an unhealthy work-life balance. The Calling is a wake-up call to abandon the rat race and find the purpose of your life.

The Calling is an incredibly well written book and engaging from the very beginning. The book is a gold mine of profound philosophical thoughts and words of wisdom. These wise words and thoughts are presented in simple words and do not sound preachy at any point of time and are an inherent part of the story.

Some of the wise words that made me think and ponder on are…

  • When two people disagree, they both stay there. None of them go anywhere by virtue of that disagreement. And in going nowhere, they become a liability in that relationship.
  • Sometimes we are so annoyed with people close to us that we don’t heed them at the times they are correct. We continually hold their idiosyncrasies against them and deprive ourselves of the value that they could add to our lives.
  • If someone occupies your space, he or she occupies it for a reason. And that reason must serve you, him or her and the world at large.
  • The world will change. But why did you change by becoming frustrated with the world’s doing what it is supposed to do – change? Let the world change, but don’t let your state of positivity change.
  • When I asked him how long it would take to get there, he answered, “It depends upon the purpose of your journey.”
  • To sit in your space and your world and do nothing in it is a disgrace to the intelligence that you are bestowed with. It is a disgrace to the spiritual force that is inherent to you. Your role in the world is to take charge, to take responsibility for your role in your environment and of what happens in it.

The Calling is truly an invigorating, stimulating, and a mind-expanding read. And that it has a good deal of light humour adds to its appeal. This is a book for everyone as with its wise words, it will not only help to ponder on life and the direction in which it is going  but also to look within and also to find out one’s true calling in life.

The Calling is totally worth your time. Do check it out.

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