Tornado Giveaway : Bootie & The Beast

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Name of the Book: BOOTIE AND THE BEAST
Author: Falguni Kothari

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1. Adite Banerjie
2. Reet Singh
3. Aditi Saha

The Story:

Opposites attract!

Diya Mathur (Aka Beauty), celebrated supermodel and party princess of India, is adored by everyone. She works hard, plays hard and has the biggest shoe fetish on the planet! But after she purchases one baby bootie, Diyas reputation is in ruins! Theres only one place to escape the rumors – Texas, under the protection of her life-long friend and secret love, Krish Menon (Aka the Beast).

Financial whiz-kid, CFO and entrepreneur, Krish is a brooding workaholic with a charisma that still brings beauty Mathur to her knees! He has no idea, of course! They have shared a bond since childhood – a special friendship that thrives on sparring, teasing and goading-but with Diya back in his life and under his roof Krish finds his latent desire for her explodes! And when he finally admits to the secret that has never allowed him to commit to any woman especially Diya, everything changes. Krish might finally realize how much he wants his Beauty but he wont get her until Diya has finally tamed her Beast!

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About The Author : Falguni Kothari 

A Mumbaikar at heart, Falguni Kothari lives in New York with her family and a sweet as chocolate Maltese named Truffles. She loathes cooking and flying and holds a fervent hope that teleportation become a viable travel option within her lifetime.

When she is not playing Domestic Goddess, Soccer Mom or Canine Companion, she is found embroiled in some or other scandal—sorry, creating stories—on her ever-faithful laptop. She loves tales of all kinds and is partial to sassy ones with happy-ever-after endings.

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Lock Away the Memories

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A voice reprimands, but do I heed it? I turn back nevertheless and let the mind wander through the lanes that are familiar and nostalgic. I re-play the moments of the past, turn memories over and over with hope that they turn live again. But they remain frozen in time as eyes shine bright with unshed tears.

I wipe the tears of love that did not last and a time that now is past.

It’s time to lock away the memories of the past from the light of the day and dark of the night to live and smile again!

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Tornado Giveaway : The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer

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Name of the Book: THE MANY LIVES OF RUBY IYER
Author: Laxmi Hariharan

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1. Privy Trifles
2. Mukti Jain
3. Biswanath Banerjee

The Story

A YA action-thriller, with strong dystopian undertones and a kickass protagonist, taking you on a white knuckle ride through a disintegrating Bombay City.

A terrifying encounter propels Ruby Iyer from her everyday commute into a battle for her own survival. Trusting her instincts, she fights for the things she believes in, led on a mysterious path between life and death on the crowded roads of Bombay; and when her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the sexy Vikram Roy, a cop-turned-rogue, on a mission to save Bombay. The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between its total destruction by Dr Braganza’s teen army. As Bombay falls apart, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?

The Origins of Ruby Iyer

Growing up in Bombay I was weighed down by the expectations of traditional Indian society. Yet, I wanted to be economically independent. So, daily I would leave the relative safety of home, knowing that my commute to work was going to be nightmarish. It’s just how public transport is in this city. When you get on a crowded local train platform, you accept that you are probably going to be felt up. Every time this happened to me, I would get really angry. But, I would deal with it and get on. When a young photojournalist was raped in the centre of Bombay in broad daylight, I was furious. It was as if nothing had changed in all the years I had been away. I had a vision of this young girl who would not back down anymore; who would stand up for herself regardless of the consequences. Who would follow her heart … Thus Ruby Iyer was born. Ruby is her own person. She leads I follow.

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About The Author : Laxmi Hariharan

A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write…She never stopped. Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer and the Bombay Chronicles (The Destiny of Shaitan). London is where she writes. Bombay is what fuels her imagination.

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Tornado Giveaway : Battered Hope

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Name of the Book: BATTERED HOPE
Author: Carol Graham

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1. Traci Lawrence
2. Marie Abanga
3. Charisse Harris

The Story:

Need encouragement? Ever feel hopeless? It is your choice to be VICTIM or VICTOR. Carol Graham lived a life of outrageous traumatic events, always a fighter and a winner over cancer, rape, marital abuse, jail, loss of child, huge financial losses from fraud and greed of others. Believes strongly that laughter will get you through anything. This fast paced memoir reads with all the elements of a good novel – character, conflict, suspense, and resolution. Follow her family through insurmountable hardships and witness the tenacity it takes for her to survive. It is a story of hope, perseverance, and faith. This is her compelling story

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About The Author : Carol Graham

Sharing laughter, inspiration and encouraging stories to anyone who has been put through the wringer of life. If I overcame tragedies…so can you. I am a motivational speaker sharing my incredible story of surviving cancer, rape, marital abuse, loss of child, suicide attempt, huge financial losses and more. I firmly believe laughter will get you through almost anything. I published Battered Hope in 2013, which is a memoir written as a compelling novel. It is a story of perseverence and faith.

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Outdoor Living

Last weekend, KG and I went to meet a client at his home. As soon as we entered the main gate, we were awe-struck. The view in front of us was such a contrast from the dusty crowded neighborhood that we had passed through a few minutes ago.

Let me share the view that had captured our imagination.

Borrowed Space - Contemporary Garden /homify

Borrowed Space – Contemporary Garden /homify

Our client had moved his living room outside in the garden and he had done it in an amazing style. As we sat outside in his garden space, I realized how beautifully he has maximized the potential of the outdoor garden area. It just needed a bit of creativity to convert the outdoor space into an additional room of his house.

The more I thought of this creative use of garden space, the more I realized that outdoor living is a fantastic idea.

Our homes are our pride. We spend so much time and resources in making it beautiful  and a comfortable living space. But it is good to step out of the confines of our homes and spend quality time outdoors with family and friends. After all, we do need to get away from the busy madness and hectic pace of life to relax and unwind at a place that’s flexible, comfortable and fun too. And there’s no better place for that than amidst nature. If the outdoor spaces is this beautiful, I think, I would spend all my time here, especially in the evenings when the weather is favourable.

CASTELFALFI : Rustic style garden by Freezanz System srl

CASTELFALFI : Rustic Style Garden by Freezanz System SRL/ homify

As average size of a home is shrinking, outdoor living spaces are becoming an extension of a home’s indoor space. The idea of a garden as a room and not just a place for plants and ornamentation is appealing to more and more people.  Yes, The party has moved outside. These creative outdoor spaces can become a great hangout place for parties, gatherings, picnics and much more. And is now called gardentainment.

Garden spaces can be converted into outdoor dining areas with outdoor fireplaces and kitchens and fire pits to enjoy the winters or having living room on the veranda or covered porches. These outdoor rooms can be adorned with unique garden containers, rustic furniture and eclectic accessories, special lighting, small store-bought fountains to cascading waterfalls and even a small Koi pond.

Gardens and outside spaces need not be plain and boring but they can be an extension of our home and can be made into a very functional living space. Sprucing up our garden space is next on my agenda.

Does the idea of outdoor living and moving the party outside appeal to you?

We Got Snail Mail

When the idea of writing letters via the snail mail to virtual friends was shared at BAR, I was quick to grab it. I know how amazing it is to write and receive letters. I used to exchange a lot of letters with cousins and friends when I was in school and college. In fact, had 2 pen friends too. Then, emails entered our lives and the joy of writing on inland letters or picture postcards was pushed back in the cold storage.

Since the last 4 years, these snail mails have entered our lives, once again. And that’s because our son, Aaryan is in a boarding school and it is mandatory for us to exchange letters. So, we are back to reading and writing letters. Aah! The charm, fun, anticipation and excitement of writing and receiving letters.

To be a part of this excitement was something I could not miss, so I took up the Snail Mail Challenge at BAR, without a second thought!  Like the sorting hat at Hogwarts, we were randomly assigned friends to whom we had to write a letter. The recipient of the letter would know the sender only on the receipt of the letter! Yes, that would be like double bonanza for the recipient!

snail-mail

One bright sunny day, I received an Air Mail. It was from Eloquent Mind who lives in USA. Seeing a fat envelope, my heart did a happy dance! And it continued to dance and sing too as I opened and read the contents of her letter. There were 2 elements in the envelope. The first one was a long letter consisting of 5 pages written in a neat and beautiful handwriting!! I am sure, she would have got extra marks for good handwriting, at school! In this long missive, EM had shared about her life with family and friends in NJ. It made for a heart warming read. The second part had an instruction, “Please open after reading the letter!” and I did just that! The smile on my face after reading her letter had not dimmed and it brightened a shade more when I opened the second package. Smiling back at me were EM and her husband and their cute lil daughter which was followed by big smiles from their friends too. So, I am the lucky one, who not only knows EM’s real name, but have met her family and friends too!

Now it was my turn to write a letter to a virtual friend. I wrote a letter to Sfurti Sinha! Writing to her was like doing the time travel. As I shared about our life and things we had in common, ( Yes, Mumbai is a link between us), my heart took me back in time, as visuals of love, life, friends, jobs, homes, places gone by flashed in front of my eyes. Writing a letter to Sfurti was a beautiful memory-prompt!

While receiving the letter from EM and writing to Sfurti was a lovely experience, checking whether Sfurti had received my letter was marked with anxiety and panic bouts.

Online tracking record of courier company was not updated and their customer care can be described as one the lousiest one! Sending subtle clues to Sfurti in our Facebook group to acknowledge the receipt of my letter did not work at all. I was getting all restless, and in that state, I sent her an email. And guess what, she did not respond to that too. Her silence clouded my mind with all kinds of weird thoughts, till I could not take it any more and asked Shailaja to check with her. Shailaja was finally able to put a stop to the whirlwind activity that was taking place in my head and shared that dear Sfurti was hospitalized as she had Dengue fever, and thus the delay in acknowledgement from her end! I sent a prayer upwards for her recovery and that I was finally at peace. Usually, the receiver of the letter is filled with anticipation, but here it was reverse anticipation!

After these letters, we connected online  and carried forward the conversations from our letters. In all, it was a great feel-happy experience! Thanks Shailaja for a fun challenge!

Do you like writing and receiving snail mail?

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Need for Speed

We live in a fast paced world . We like speed in everything.  We are so used to speed around us that slow drivers on the road, slow billing lines in the super market, slow learners, slow internet… they all drive us crazy!

Of all the slow things, nothing is more frustrating than a slow internet! In fact, slow internet is worse than no internet. 2015-08-20_22h30_38

How many times it has happened that the webpage you so desperately want to check will just not load. All you will see is an hour glass timer spinning for an indefinite period of time or the loading circle just continuing to rotate which means that the page is loading. But the webpage would just not load, no matter how many times you stab the refresh button!

Or you want to download a song or an app, and the message you will get is “63 hours 37 minutes remaining”!!

Being connected with the world has become a necessity. So, when emails continue to lie in the outbox or pictures/status updates  fail to get uploaded on Facebook or tweets refuse to fly to the Twitter land or a whatsapp messages refuse to get downloaded, it is so infuriating and is a true test of your patience.

But not anymore. Airtel has rolled out 4G services, nationwide across 296 cities . It is introduced specifically to handle mobile internet and data more efficiently, allowing faster and more reliable mobile connectivity.

If  I have access to such unbelievable speed, OMG!… what would I do… I think apart from dying of happiness, high speed internet would mean that…

Downloads would be a breeze. There would be no dozing off while looking at the screen as songs, games or videos or apps gets downloaded,  because all the downloads and even uploads would happen in a matter of few seconds and at a much faster rate than ever before.

Entertainment on the go. Live TV or videos could be enjoyed without the irritating buffering, anytime, anywhere! Aur Dikhao… Aur Dikhao… button would spoil us for choices as one browses through the various pages of the online shopping portal.

Conversations would flow effortlessly. Face to face conversations across the miles would not encounter the issues of stuttering, blurry or frozen images. There would be no time-lags and delays and no waiting for a few seconds before the other person speaks. One could talk for hours without getting disconnected or disturbed.

Gaming would be fun. When playing online games, due to poor speed, the pings could be really low, along with huge lag spikes and one often gets disconnected from the steam all together. This can be so frustrating and kill the joy of playing a good game. But with high speed, playing online with multiple players would be so exciting and fun.

Remote working. High speed internet would enable the use of a wider range of applications that will stimulate more efficient ways of working, such as allowing people to work remotely and exploit cloud services via their mobile devices.

It is time to join the Airtel 4G revolution and all one needs is a smartphone that is configured to work with a 4G network, a 4G sim and 4G plan which is available at 3G prices.

Given the pace of our life, we have a need for speed. So, it makes sense to get the advantage of faster, superior and uninterrupted connectivity with Airtel 4G. I am going for it! Are you?

Tornado Giveaway : A Patchwork Quilt

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Name of the Book: A PATCHWORK QUILT

Author: Sulekha Rawat

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The Book

This book is a collection of poems by the mother-daughter duo, Sulekha and Shloka Rawat. 

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About The Author : Sulekha Rawat
Sulekha is a dreamer, healer and writer; loves drinking strong and sweet tea, listening to music, watching movies, spending time with her family and friends, and pouring out her thoughts on the pages of her notebooks. She was born and brought-up in Mumbai and now lives in Delhi/NCR with her husband, Vikram Rawat, and now grown-up children, Shloka and Kartik. Sulekha also has a side-kick named Sparky, her 11 year old Dalmatian who listens to her read out her rough drafts and gives her suggestions for improving them with a shake of her adorable head.

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Spiralling Some Magic

If you ask anyone in our family about their favourite Italian dish, pasta would rank first followed by risotto and pizza. Pasta makes for a great lunch or a dinner for us. It is not only filling and nourishing but is immensely versatile and can be cooked with a wide range of ingredients. Anything goes well with pasta, right from vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, meat, to herbs and cheese.

For me, cooking pasta at home not only translates into a good meal, but also gives me a holiday from cooking. Yes, KG, my husband, who is a big foodie, loves to cook up a storm in the kitchen, literally and figuratively!

Last weekend, KG created some magic in the kitchen with Del Monte Italian Gourmet Pasta. Oh by the way, I was a part of that magic too, I was hanging out in the kitchen, sitting at the counter with a glass of wine, talking and clicking pictures as he prepared the meal. And of course, I ensured that his glass was never empty.

Today I present, the most perfect meal to make for some amazing dining at home…

Let’s peek in our kitchen where KG is spiralling some magic with  Spiralli Pasta and Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Recipe : Spiralli Pasta and Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

  • Serves : 4-6
  • Cooking Time : 45 Minutes
  • Skill Level : Easy

 Spiralli Pasta and Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

INGREDIENTS

Meatballs

  • 500 gms minced meat
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, peeled and grated
  • 1 egg
  • A small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs (We made fresh bread crumbs by coarsely grinding 2 bread slices in a mixer)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Sauce

  • Extra-virgin olive oil Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed lightly with the flat of a knife
  • 200 gms tomato puree
  • Salt
  • Dried thyme and rosemary

Pasta

  • 250 gms Del Monte Gourmet Pasta- Spirali (Short pasta rods twisted in a spiral shape)

Garnishing

  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 8-10 Del Monte green/black olives, pitted and cut (Optional)
  • Parsley

DIRECTIONS

Meatballs Meatballs

Put all the ingredients of the meatballs in a large dish. With hands scrunch and mix  everything together. Shape the meat into desired shape and size. We made them oval shaped using 2 spoons. Meatballs can be shallow fried in oil or baked in an oven. We tried both the methods.

Fried Meatballs : In a pan, pour cooking oil and heat it on medium flame. Drop the meatballs in the oil gently until they are brown from all sides. You may have to turn them occasionally to get that golden brown effect.

Baked Meatballs : Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease the baking dish with oil. Place the meatballs in the dish, keeping them apart from one another. Bake for 25 minutes or till brown from all sides. Turn the meatballs with the help of tongs for even baking.

baked Meatballs

Sauce

In a large pan over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion turns translucent and garlic is light brown. Add the tomato puree along with salt, thyme and rosemary. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for a 10 minutes. Add the meatballs and simmer it for another 4-6 minutes.

Meatballs in Tomato Gravy

Pasta

In a large saucepan, heat water. Add one tablespoon of salt to the water as it begins to boil. Add the pasta to boiling water and stir immediately to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Cook till  the pasta is firm to bite, yet cooked through. Drain the pasta immediately in a colander.

Cooked Pasta

Serve the pasta in a shallow plate. Pour the sauce with meatballs over the pasta. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese, olives and parsley and a dollop of cream cheese which is purely optional. Drizzle some olive oil too.

Spiralli Pasta and Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Aah! This tasted absolutely heavenly and yum!!

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Tornado Giveaway : 26 – 26 Stories. 26 Colours. 26 Emotions

The TORNADO GIVEAWAY has started on 5th Aug and is making waves all across the globe. It is a great opportunity to know about books and win them too. Yes, you can win around 700 books from over 80 authors by participating in the Raffelcoptor given at the end of each book’s post.

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Name of the Book:  26 – 26 STORIES.26 COLOURS. 26 EMOTIONS

Author: Aditi Kaushiva

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1. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal

2. Leo

3. A. Moran-Soley

The Story

This anthology is an attempt at crafting stories which subscribe to the genre of flash-fiction which is a compendium of extremely brief narratives and stories. This anthology strives to explore the myriad hues of life by painting 26 bite-sized stories, each based on 26 colours which commence with every letter of the alphabet from A to Z. The themes developed in these stories range from marital despair to urban city-life blues, from love to loss, from child abuse to infidelity, divorce, and much more.

This anthology is inspired from ideas which took shape during the April A- Z blogging challenge which the author undertook in 2014. Each story has been written in just one day and tries to bear testimony to the fact that short, swiftly written, and transient narratives can be as powerful as the complexly constructed lines of drawn-out prose.

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About The Author : Aditi Kaushiva

In the author’s own words: A dreamer. A believer. An enthusiast. I’m in love with Life and I strongly pursue ‘Life is what YOU make of it’. A banker by profession and a blogger by chance, I’m here to share my world with you. It may not always be perfect but I certainly strive to make it beautiful. If you happen to visit my space do leave a comment…share your life’s snippets…I’d love to strike up a beautiful conversation with you!!

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