26 Things About Me #Blogfest

After the April AtoZ Challenge, life has been super busy. I have been swamped with work, travel and lethargy. While, life went on, my little blog went into slumber. I just barely managed to do what was necessary. And the necessary included book reviews for which I must have received innumerable gentle reminders. After having finished the immediate deadlines, I breathed a sigh of relief. After racking the brain over book reviews, I needed a fun, light post for my blog. And Debbie’s blogfest was just what the docs ordered for me and my blog.

Debbie Doglady is hosting a Blogfest over on her blog. It’s a fun post on sharing twenty-six things about me from A to Z. Thank you Debbie, for this blog saviour post. So without much ado, I share 26 Things About Me…

A.  Age :  44+

B. Biggest fear : Death of loved ones.

C. Current time : 11.03 am

D. Drink you last had : Milk Shake

E. Every day starts with : A glass of water… the elixir of life

F. Favourite Song : Don’t have any favourites. But one that’s playing on the loop these days is ‘Bin Tere’ from I Hate Luv Storys.

G. Ghosts – Are they real? : Yes, they are!!

H. Hometown : The internet defines Hometown as the town of one’s birth or early life or present fixed residence. Kharar near Chandigarh is my town of my birth, Kota was where I spend first 25 years of my life and Jaipur is the current town where we are settled.

I. In love with : My boys, books, gadgets and life.

J. Jealous of : No one actually. And that’s because I believe that everyone has a different and unique question paper in this life. You can’t copy their answers, so I have to be happy with myself, my goals, my choices.

K. Killed someone : Yes, a lot of people in my head!

L. Last time you cried : While speaking to Aaryan on phone.

M. Middle Name : I don’t have one.

N. Number of siblings : Two uber cool and talented sisters.

O. One wish : Need 36 hours in a day!

P. Person you last called : My Dad. We have this daily ritual of calling each other every evening, exchanging the happenings of the day.

Q. Question you’re always asked : What keeps you busy the whole day? How can you read so many books? Why did you send your child to a boarding school?…

R. Reason to smile : Many. I smiled a while ago after chatting with KG. A friend called me to pass on some message to KG as his phone was not reachable. I texted THREE messages to KG…

  • Pls call A
  • Meeting with the official has been fixed.
  • A’s dad is better and has been discharged from the hospital.

KG replied back to say, “A’s phone is unreachable. Did he tell you the reason of his call?”

And I was smiling and laughing and banging my head against the wall. Gosh! The man has proved it yet again, that he just doesn’t listen and reads what I share!

S. Sounds that annoy you : Burps. I just can’t stand them!

T. Time you woke up : 6 am.

U. Underwear colour : LOL! I refuse to answer this!

W. Worst habit : Overthinking.

V. Vacation Destination : Any place where I can create lifelong memories, make life long friends, have fun and relax.

X. X-rays you last had : Lungs.

Y. Your Favourite Food : Masala Dosa.

Z. Zodiac Sign – The curious, energetic, optimistic, often tactless and the eternal wanderers of Zodiac – The Sagittarius.

If you’d like to participate in this blogfest, head over to Debbie’s blog…

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The Suitable Inheritor

Title: The Suitable Inheritor   The Suitable Inheritor
Author: Pushpendra Mehta
Publisher: Notion Press
ISBN: 978-93-86009-98-2
Number of Pages: 211
Price [INR]: 300

Michael Elliott is stirred from deep sleep by an early-morning dream—a beautiful woman leads him to the Pacific Ocean and whispers that the ocean will help him discover his true destiny. When Michael is then invited to Peru, he wonders if this is the path to that destiny.

The journey of a lifetime, the energy of the majestic Pacific Ocean, a priceless philosophy for success and happiness, the sacrifice of a soul mate from Chicago, and the support of a special mate from India combine to make Michael the preeminent relationship coach for young people. Once he reaches that pinnacle, he is confronted with the most difficult choice he has ever made: in the pursuit of excellence, does sacrifice matter more than support; or without support, does no sacrifice count?

Can Michael resolve this life-changing dilemma, discover his true destiny, and finally become The Suitable Inheritor?

The Suitable Inheritor is an inspiring journey of Michael as he transforms from mundane to magnificent. He meets three people who mentor, support and help him bring harmony and deeper meaning to his personal and professional life. Set in Chicago and Lima, the book is a fascinating saga of exceptional success, true love, profound relationships, divine intervention, sacrifice, happiness, and peace.

Every page has something profound to offer. Some of the passages are so powerful that I had to put the book down, walk away, and let it sink in. I had to absorb each word and figure out how to apply it to my own life. I re-read paragraphs, wrote a few of them in my notebook and tried to commit the wisdom shared to memory. Yes, it is that compelling and hard-hitting.

Some of the life lessons shared in the book that will stay with me are…

  • Key to success and happiness : Pursue your passion, work with your intuition, learn as a child and adapt as water.
  • My competition is only with myself and my goals, not with the sung or unsung heroes. And that’s the cardinal principle of happiness and strong relationships.
  • Strategy and the game of chess are analogous. Don’t make your first move till you have visualized your last move.
  • ‘He who conquers the wandering mind can rule the world.’ An important aspect of successful relationship management is to listen to another person with the mind, body and spirit all focused on that person, so that the mind doesn’t feel the need to wander.
  • The journey from good to great lies in destroying what you zealously created by surpassing your previous creation time and again, and yet retaining the disposition of a novice.

I believe, ‘Test your beloved’ concept is something that must be practiced by one and all. I would like to apply it with friends and associates though. Because more often than not when adversity strikes, the closest betray while the farthest save the day.

What I liked the most about The Suitable Inheritor is that all these thought provoking life lessons are packed in a story format that is engaging and at no point of time it sounded preachy. The pearls of wisdom shared are practical yet profound with its knowledge and interpretations. Reading The Suitable Inheritor has been like having a conversation with a calm, patient and understanding friend. The book is also a great example of impeccable language which is a treat for the readers.

If you’re looking for a spark of inspiration, some wisdom to boost your personal or professional life, or maybe just a little advice to perk up your happiness quotient in life, you must pick up The Suitable Inheritor. Invest a couple of hours in this book, and you may find some unique perspective. Short and sweet and totally worth it! GO READ IT!

Hell to Pay

Title: Hell to Pay  Hell to Pay 
Author: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Publisher: SkipJack Publishing
ASIN: B019UHL0NY
Number of Pages: 383
Price [INR]: 291
Genre: Romantic Mystery 

Big-haired paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily has her life back on track. Her adoption of Betsy seems like a done deal, her parents have reunited, and she’s engaged to her sexy boss Jack.

Then client Phil Escalante’s childhood buddy Dennis drops dead, face first into a penis cake at the adult novelty store Phil owns with his fiancée Nadine, one of Emily’s best friends. The cops charge Phil with murder right on the heels of his acquittal in a trial for burglarizing the Mighty is His Word church offices.

Emily’s nemesis ADA Melinda Stafford claims a witness overheard Phil fighting with Dennis over a woman. Before he can mount a defense, Phil falls into a diabetic coma, leaving Nadine shaken and terrified. Meanwhile Betsy’s ultra-religious foster parents apply to adopt her, and Jack starts acting weird and evasive. Emily feels like a calf out of a chute, pulled between the ropes of the header and the heeler, as she fights to help Phil and Nadine without losing Betsy and Jack.

Hell to Pay is the What Doesn’t Kill You #7: An Emily Romantic Mystery. This is the first book in the series that I read from the author. I had some inhibitions initially about picking a book which is seventh in the series. I thought that it would be difficult to comprehend what’s going on, but it just takes a couple of chapters and I was sucked in the world of Emily and Jack. Hell to Pay reads like a breeze as a standalone book, but I am keen to read the earlier books in this series now.

Hell to Pay has it all, right from a murder and adoption, to rattlesnakes and fanatic religious group, to a bit of romance and lots of drama. It has a healthy dose of suspense, exciting characters, intriguing plot and a lot of action and adventure too. And all these essential elements in a murder mystery like this one, kept me intrigued and interested.

The suspense in Hell to Pay gave the story dimensions and layers and made it so very exciting. When the protagonists are in a crazy situation and are locked in the church retreat of the Mighty is His Word, it was one thrilling ride. I worried for Emily and Jack and kept wondering what would happen next and how they would get out alive. And when a reader is as connected with the characters and story like this, I think this is what makes for a good mystery and speaks a lot about the writing skills of the author.

A dash of humour is added by Emily in the story. Her observations of things around her and her curses made for some fun and hilarious read. This gave a welcome relief to the suspense, dramatic conflict and puzzling murder mystery in the story. The romance in the story was a bit lacklustre and was one sided. Since, it’s a Romantic Mystery, a bit of action packed sizzling romance would have added to the zing of the story.

Pamela has created a gripping story by weaving vivid descriptions with thrilling threads of secrets, greed, deceit and intrigue. The pacing is fast and that engulfed me in the world of drama and intrigue and in the lives of Emily and Jack.  

Exciting and Entertaining from start to finish, that sums up Hell to Pay. Definitely an edge of your seat read. Pick it up as soon as possible. You will enjoy the ride.

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False Ceilings

Title: False Ceilings   False Ceilings
Author: Amit Sharma
Publisher: LiFi Publications Pvt Ltd
ISBN: 978-93-82536-89-5
Number of Pages: 256
Price [INR]: 295
Genre: Fiction / Sagas 

Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes.

From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture; from the Delhi of 1984 smelling of burnt tyres to the Delhi of 90s raising its Frankenstein of urbanization, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin.

When her great- grandson accidentally discovers the secret in 2065, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family’s blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other?

False Ceilings is a family saga, a story of a family spanning through generations and how actions of one generation has an impact on the future generations. The story is set between a vast time period, starting from the somewhere in the 1930s and culminating in highly-digital and technologically advanced and futuristic the 2060s. Central to the story is a secret that is guarded superstitiously and is held upon tightly by generations of family members. This secret binds the family together as well as destroys them too.

The interesting aspect of False Ceilings is that there is not just one protagonist in the story but a whole lot of them. Each character is introduced in a separate chapter and their life story reads like a biography. Though this a story of a family that is linking generations, the introduction of the characters is not in a chronological fashion. So each character’s trials and tribulations, feelings and emotions, aspirations and expectations, events and culture of his/her era are narrated spanning through different time periods and age group of people  too. This non-linear progression of story from future to past to present to future… is not smooth which created some confusion and I had to re-read a few things again to get a clear perspective.

While the curiosity of the family secret kept me to turn the pages of False Ceilings one after the other, the book through the multiple characters of the family also explores relationships and human psyche. Through their hatred, dissatisfactions, misunderstandings, frustrations, memories, fears and worries, the characters come to life beautifully. Amit has done a commendable job is etching these characters.

The story keeps flitting between Dalhousie and Delhi. The author painted the beauty of these places so vividly that the hills, the sunsets, the hustle and bustle or the quiet of the night,… I felt that I was there and experiencing it all too.

The story did not have some great twists and turns but still kept the reader in me engaged and interested. The climax was what disappointed me. The secret which lay wrapped in a yellow cloth in a cupboard with false ceiling and was passed from one generation to the other, when is revealed did not give an Aha! or a Wow moment to me.

Overall, False Ceilings is an entertaining read with a storyline that is different from the regular and characters that are close to reality. Go for it!

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Encounters – Someone’s Always Waiting

Title: Encounters – Someone’s Always Waiting Encounters 
Author: Sumana Khan
Publisher: CinnamonTeal Publishing
ISBN: 978-93-85523-18-2
Number of Pages: 158
Price [INR]: 299
Genre: Short Stories 

Life is but a series of encounters—with people, places or even memories. Have you had an encounter that’s spun your life out of control? An encounter that’s changed you irrevocably?

Encounters is a potpourri of five sumptuous stories involving a motley crew of protagonists—from a simple agarbatti salesman to a dynamic psychiatrist, from a forensic analyst to a retired accountant. Skating along the borders of fantasy and paranormal themes, the stories track incredible and poignant journeys of self-discovery, tracing the cathartic aftermath of fleeting encounters.

I have read Sumana’s first book, The Revenge of Kaivalya, a paranormal thriller and had enjoyed reading it. When, I got an opportunity to read her second book, Encounters, I grabbled it with both hands. And am I glad that I picked it up?

Encounters is based on paranormal – fantasy fiction theme and is collection of 5 short stories. Each of these stories are written in the author’s incredibly impressive style which is so very captivating. Right from the stories which had some amazing surprise endings to the characters, the narrative, the language, the editing, Encounters has it all right, thus making it a delightful read.

‘First Love’ is a story that many can relate to. It’s about a woman who is an achiever in her chosen field of forensic science, yet struggles to find peace and respect from her family because she is 32 and unmarried. She finds love, comfort and support in a mysterious and supernatural being. Is that supernatural being real or is just her figment of imagination? This one is one thrilling and fascinating story.

‘The Storyteller’ gave me goose flesh! An agarbatti salesman finds himself late in the evening in a shanty on a deserted road. A man narrates the story of a village that was wiped away by the tsunami. In the morning, the salesman finds himself all alone with no trace of the shanty or the man. Who was the storyteller and why did he share his story with the salesman? Well, you need to read this one to feel dazed and amazed.

‘Reminiscence’ is a four decades long journey of Radha and Raghavan as a couple. The story gives a peek into the life of this middle class family and their struggles and triumphs. A regular story but with an ending that will truly surprise you.

‘Happiness Clinic’ is the journey of an old man who finds himself lost, beaten and defeated after his retirement. He meets a doctor at a Happiness Clinic who helps him change his outlook towards life only to find something that leaves him gasping for breath. Apart from the mysterious twist, what I also liked about ‘Happiness Clinic’ is that it gives a lot to think and chew on too, to make a life that is remarkable, positive and happy not only for ourselves but even for those around us.

‘Best Friends Forever’ is my favourite story from this book from the paranormal chills and thrills point of view. This is an intriguing and spellbinding of a young girl Prerna who due to some scarring episodes in her childhood finds solace in the company of the spirit of Alice who died years ago. When her parents take her to consult Dr Srinidhi, a psychiatrist, he realizes that this is not a simple case. Is he able to help Prerna and how does he do that? You certainly need to read this story to get some real spooky, eerie and spine chilling thrills.

The entire collection of stories in Encounters make for a very entertaining and interesting read. The characters and their lives are realistic and the author’s expression make them come alive in front of you. The stories which deal with a few social issues that make you think and ponder on them too. 

Encounters is highly recommended for a quick, entertaining and thrilling read.

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An Autograph for Anjali

Title: An Autograph for Anjali An-Autograph-for-Anjali-Book-Review
Author: Sundari Venkatwaman
Publisher: Flaming Sun
ASIN: B01CM794TG
Number of Pages: 303
Price [INR] : 180 (Kindle Edition)
Genre: Romantic Thriller 

Jayant Mathur is found murdered in his bed, shot at point-blank range with his own revolver. Though she’s extremely disturbed by his death, Jayant’s wife Anjali is way more upset about something else. Who stands to gain by killing the multi-millionaire businessman?

Parth Bhardwaj is a friend and neighbour of the Mathurs. Parth is an author who goes by a pseudonym. He appears more than a friend to Anjali; while he’s also on good terms with her son Arjun who lives and studies in the UK. What role does he play in Anjali’s life? Jayant’s relatives are curious to know.

Jayant’s brother-in-law Rana is convinced that Parth and Anjali are the murderers. But Inspector Phadke has his own doubts about this theory. In comes Samrat, the private detective who appears as quiet as a mouse. Will he be able to find the murderer?

Will Anjali find happiness and peace?

I have read all books written by Sundari Venkatraman and let me tell you that she has written quite a lot! After every book, I told her that the new book was better than her earlier books. And did I have the same opinion after I read An Autograph for Anjali? Well… Yessss!! Sundari has outdone herself and it is amazing to see her grow as an author with each book.

While her earlier books featured in the romance genre, with An Autograph for Anjali , Sundari stepped out of her comfort zone and explored murder and crime along with romance. Like her earlier books, An Autograph for Anjali is a woman centric story. It is actually a coming of age story of Anjali who has it all in life but the things that would make her really happy.  It’s her journey of drawing on her inner strength and power and finding her self despite the challenges that life throws her way.

The story starts with the murder of Jayant, Anjali’s boorish and philandering husband. As the investigations progress,  the story pulled me in and there was no stopping till the very end.  During the course of time, we get to know about Anjali who is intelligent and strong but is bored and lonely and is treated like a dumb and a doormat by her multi-millionaire husband. When love from Parth, the oh so wonderful writer, comes knocking on her door, her conscience pricks her and she struggles with the emotional impact of her act. And then there’s Arjun. Oh, I simply loved the relationship Anjali shared with her son, Arjun. I certainly aspire to share that honest, open, fun and mature relationship with my son too.

The romance has been woven in this whodunnit so cleverly and beautifully. The love scenes were not just steamy but were simply scorching. I could feel the heat between Anjali and Parth flowing out from the pages!!

An Autograph for Anjali  is an excellent page turner as a mystery laced with romance. Though the murder and the suspense behind it kept me engaged and guessing for a long time, it was the romance that shined through though in the end. The mystery actually fizzled out in the climax and became secondary  to romance.  But as a reader, An Autograph for Anjali  worked for me.

An Autograph for Anjali  is a fast paced, breezy and fun read. Go for it, you will enjoy it!

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Datsun redi-GO : The Ultimate Urban Cross

“The car has become an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete in the urban compound.”  Marshall McLuhan

Cars have become an integral part of a wider transport network, in fact they form a large part of the growing “urban” culture.  Recently, my cousin GT, who completed a year of work after studies expressed his desire to buy a car for himself. With so many new cars flooding the Indian market, he really could not figure out which car would work best for him. We had a discussion on the pros and cons of the various new models, till KG suggested that he should go for a car that defines him. And that got everybody thinking. After some brainstorming, we came up with some ideas for a car that would gel well with his personality and lifestyle.

GT is from a generation that believes in going all out to get more out of life, and believes in challenging the norms of the society. He is from the generation that is always on the go and believes in doing a lot more in life. So, a car that would strengthen his sense of freedom, a machine that gives him the confidence to go further ahead in life, one that’s full of fun and life, just like him, should be his first four wheel drive.

And we found a car that defines just that! Yes, that’s the Datsun redi-GO.

Datsun redi-GO

Coming from the house of Nissan, Datsun redi-Go is an unique fusion of compact crossover & urban hatchback, offering the best of both worlds. While the boys oohed and aahed on it’s superior i-SAT (Intelligent Spark Automated Technology) Engine along with its impressive fuel economy and ultimate manoeuvrability, I liked it because of its unique combination of style and comfort.

Modern Design Exteriors : Datsun redi-Go has styling that is anything but conventional. It is compact and sleek, and yet has an aggressive and robust stance which gives it an impressive room and a sporty attitude.

The heightened stance on the Datsun redi-GO puts your head and shoulders above those around you. So, you can enjoy a wider view of the road and the surroundings.

The high ground clearance of 185 mm helps you deal with low obstacles that you may encounter on the roads.

Sporty and Classy Interiors :  Datsun redi-Go is pretty spacious . A family of five can sit comfortably and there’s ample space for luggage too.

The dashboard is pretty modernistic and fabric inside the cars is inspired by sports cars which provides an energetic feel with premium comfort.

Radio, CD, MP3, USB, Aux-in – it’s all here in one convenient audio system.

Comfort Drive : With the mercury breaking all records in our desert state, superior air conditioning is a must in a car. And Datsun redi-GO has precisely calculated air circulation which ensures that the passengers are comfortable inside, irrespective of the outside temperatures. And am I glad for this feature!

The 5-speed manual transmission gives smooth control, with precise shifting for a more seamless response to the demands  of the roads. The easy-to-read shift indicator shows the ideal time to shift for maximum efficiency and performance.

Datsun redi-GO is a drive computer, as there is instantaneous and average mileage, distance to empty, fuel remaining, and much more is displayed right in front of your eyes. 

I’d love to go on a test drive on the wide and smooth JLN Marg or the Jaipur-Ajmer super expressway or the Jaipur-Delhi highway to check out its engine performance, fuel economy and air conditioning. And yes, also in the narrow by-lanes of the wall city of Jaipur, where driving and manoeuvring a car is pretty challenging. So, I’d like to check out Datsun redi-GO’s 4.7-metre turning radius. 

I am sure, Datsun redi-GO will be the car for the young, for it spells…

Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross – Datsun redi-GO – the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

Padharo Mhare Des

We all need a timeout from time to time, to get away from pressures of work and mundane life at  home. From time to time, we all need to step away to recharge, relax and rejuvenate from the stresses of life.  And a vacation provides just that. The mere thought of exploring unknown places, trying out different dishes and cuisines, meeting new people, spending quality time with family and friends, gives a boost to the weary soul and mind!

Over the years, I have seen that visiting Jaipur is on the wish list of almost all the people I have met. As soon as somebody gets to know that we stay in the pink city of India, their eyes sparkle with excitement and animation which is followed by a barrage of questions and queries. I can so understand and relate to their fascination and admiration for Jaipur.

Jaipur, without a doubt is a perfect holiday destination. It has timeless appeal in its rich cultural heritage with majestic palaces and massive forts; vibrant colours and streets bustling with life; lip smacking food and colourful bazaars to shop till you drop. Friends and acquaintances ask me all the time about how, when and what to visit and do in Jaipur.  Let me plan a perfect vacation for you in Jaipur. Padharo Mhare Des…

How to Reach Jaipur

Jaipur, a tourist’s paradise is connected to major cities of the country with domestic flights from all Airlines operating on a regular basis. Jet Airways , SpiceJet, Air India, IndiGo, GoAir have daily flights to and from Jaipur. You may travel comfortably by numerous bus and train options too. And if you plan to self drive then the roads leading to Jaipur are well-connected by National Highways 8, 11 and 12. The Delhi-Jaipur National Highway offers a smooth ride (260 kilometres) with plenty of restaurants and amenities on the way.

Places to Visit in Jaipur

The major irresistible attractions of Jaipur are its palaces and forts which are resplendent of their royal heritage. City Palace with its the regal architecture, offers a stunning view of the Pink City while the Hawa Mahal and  Jal Mahal reflect the scientific bent of mind of the Kings and the craftsmanship of the artists.

Located on top of hills are the three forts, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and NaharGarh Fort give the bird’s eye view of Jaipur city. They have extensive walls, watch towers, several temples and many citadels.

Photo: Christophe Biosvieux/Age Fotostock/Dinodia

Amer Fort : Image Source

Other historical places that must be visited are the Jantar Mantar Observatory, Isarlat (Swargasuli), Albert Hall Museum and the entire Walled city of Jaipur. Sight seeing of all these forts and palaces may take 2 entire days. Yes, there is so much to soak in and admire these rich historical heritage.

Temples like Govind Devji and Moti Doongari are pretty famous and auspicious. The deities here are  worshipped by the erstwhile royal family.

Dig into Authentic Rajasthani Food
Kachori

Kachori : Image Source

A trip to Jaipur (or anywhere in Rajasthan) is not complete without digging into traditionalghewar.photo by cherian thomas and authentic Rajasthani food. Churned from the royal kitchens, Rajasthani cuisine reflect indigenous traditions.  So,  dal bati churma, laal maas, kachoris or ghevar are a must must eat at Jaipur.  And so are the pyaz ki kachouri from Rawat Mishthan Bandhar, Sahu ki Kachori at Chaura Rasta, Gulab Ji Ki Chai at Ganpati Plaza, Sharma Chaat at Johri Bazaar, Ramchandra ki Kulfi, Murli Paan Shop. Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar at Johri Bazaar offers some excellent local sweets and food.

Chokhi Dhani is an ethnic village resort that captures the vibrant spirit of Rajasthan and ensures a perfect Rajasthani experience.

Shop till You Drop

A paradise for shopaholics, the old bazaars of Jaipur offers some of the best shopping experiences. Jaipur is home to India’s largest and the most fabulous collection of jewellery of all types – precious stones and gems, semi-precious and handmade jewellery and you can find them at Johari Bazaar. Tripolia Bazaar is known for its lac jewellery, bangles, Bandini tie and dye fabrics with rich embroideries and designer carpets, brass ware and other traditional wares. Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar for colourful Rajasthani dresses and jootis and general street shopping. Shops at MI Road are known for antiques, blue pottery, gems and jewellery. Badi and Choti Chaupad and  Chandpole Bazaar offer some unique and traditional items to shop too.

Best Time to Visit

October to March is the best season to visit Jaipur. It’s the winter season and perfect time to spend outdoors. July to September is the monsoon period and is a good time if you wish to avoid the peak tourist season. April to June are particularly harsh with temperatures rising up to 48°C during the day but the mornings and evenings are pleasant.

A trip of 3-6 days is an ideal one to soak in the beauty and grandeur of Jaipur.

If you have some more time, then you can explore some weekend getaways near Jaipur too.

Padharo Mhare Des! Come, explore the wonders and sites and take a peek into into Jaipur’s royal history and heritage. So are you ready, with the packed bags!?!

A Thousand Unspoken Words

Title: A Thousand Unspoken Words unspoken word final curve
Author: Paulami Dutta Gupta
Publisher: Readomania
ISBN: 978-81-929975-9-9
Number of Pages: 213
Price [INR] : 250
Genre: Fiction / Romance

Someone needs to fight for the cause, someone needs to raise his voice, someone needs to inspire. And that someone is a hero. But what if that hero falls off the pedestal. A Thousand Unspoken Words is the unique journey of a hero who falls.

A Kolkata based writer who uses the nom de plume Musafir is attacked for raising voice on the social and political scene in Bengal. The incident shakes him and he leaves the ideals he believed in so passionately a while ago to pursue money and fame and the accompanying comforts. And thus the fire-brand hero falls.

But Tilottama, passionate fan’s hopes don’t. When he comes back after many years as Riddhimaan, emotions, love and lust take charge and an affair brews. Will she bring back her hero? Will he rise again? Or will the thousand untold words, the many stories of the ideal writer be lost forever?

A Thousand Unspoken Words  is classified as a Fiction / Romance, but it is far from the regular mushy love stories. It is actually a journey of self discovery for not only the protagonist, Musafir/Riddhimaan but also a path of reflection and transformation for other characters too. For Musafir/ Riddhimaan, it is a quest to find out which one of these two identities is the real self while Tilottama, reflects and delves whether she should be searching for Musafir in Riddhimaan?

One of the highlight of A Thousand Unspoken Words is its strong characterization. The characters  Riddhimaan, Tilottama, Krishnakoli, Shoumu Sen and even the minor characters like Mimi and Rajdeep are multi-dimensional with many layers. They are not perfect and have flaws and weaknesses that lead them astray, yet these same flaws and weaknesses make them realistic and relatable. .

Although by no means a light or easy read, for on one hand there is a man who is grappling between his ideals and materialistic gains and on the other side, the woman is torn between her love for a man whom she idolized for years and her husband who is a contrast to his earlier ideologies, A Thousand Unspoken Words is a compelling read!

The writing in A Thousand Unspoken Words  is crisp and engaging, which makes the story flow effortlessly. However, at places the story was ambiguous. For instance, I wish there was more on what led Musafir to leave his ideologies and succumb to the world of name, fame and money. Or the climax which is open to many interpretations.

A Thousand Unspoken Words is an intense and intelligent piece of writing. Check it out!!

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15 Weird and Fun Ways to Make Money

Have you ever thought of making money having fun? Well, there are many weird ways you can earn some extra cash, if you are game!

I am sharing some 15 fun ways you can make money with. All of these jobs are for real and 100% legit.  You can try anyone of them if you like to make money having some fun.

Both men and women can try these jobs and earn some extra cash.

1. Eat Like a Pig and Make Some Extra Cash

You can eat like a pig and make money out of it. You will be paid for eating rather the other way round. There are contests and tournaments where the contestant who can eat the most wins the prize. So the winner is the one who can eat everything quickly.

2. Manage Facebook Pages and Twitter Account for Dead People

You can manage Facebook pages for dead people and get paid for doing that. Facebook gives legacy contact to manage the pages once the owner is dead. You can get paid if you know someone who is willing to pay you for doing that once they have gone.

3. Play Video Games for Prizes

This is nothing new and you know there are tournaments where you play games score points and be the winner. Every winner is paid a cash amount depending upon how big the tournament is. You have to apply for such tournaments if you are a gamer.

4. Giving Someone a Laughter Therapy

You can be a therapist if know about laughter therapy. Treating people with laugh is real fun. You will not have any shortage of clients who are seeking laughter therapy. It is a serious profession and you can even take it full time if you like.

5. Become a Demolition Expert

It would be a real fun demolishing old buildings. You can become a supervisor and demolish buildings every day. Demolition is a big spectacle and everyone wants to see it. You can be the in charge of this great event.

6. Animal Trainer and Sitter

I think you already know about animal trainer and sitter. You can train a dog for fun and make some money. Rich people also need an animal sitter to look after their pets. Animal sitters are just like baby sitters. But being a baby sitter is no fun.

7. Rodeo Clown and Mascot

You become a clown or a mascot, you often see them outside kid’s stores and other family places. Although the job could be tough if chosen it to be a full time work but if you work part time then it is just fun.

8. Become a Guinea Pig

This could be serious but if you like then you can. There is no fun in becoming a guinea pig. Your body will be subjected to clinical trials. A new drug will be tested on your body. It is no fun but money is great.

9. Donate Sperm, Blood and Body Hair

This is the easiest way to make money. You can donate sperm, blood, body hair, breast milk or other body parts to make money. You will be paid for doing all of this. In fact many people are already making money doing this.

10. Scrounge Scrap Metals

There are certain precious metals that are in great demand. Metals like gold and silver are needed by electronic companies. You can search for gold and silver by scrounging scrap metals in a junkyard. Scrounging is no fun but it is certainly a weird way to make money.

11. Become an Ice or a Sand Sculptor

This is an art mixed with fun. Creating magnificent sculpture out of ice is great way to make money. If you don’t have ice then you can create it with sand. There are professional sculptors who are paid on regular basis.

12. Rent a Friend

Rent a friend is a new concept. You can go to a dating site where you can find people who are ready to become your friend for money. The relationship is platonic and you get paid for just being a friend.

13. Become an Hangover Helper

Dorm rooms need hangover helpers to help guys after they drank too much the other night. He is going to assist you in cleaning your room and helping out with other things. The helper gets paid in return.

14. Reading Ads Online

This is really fun ways to make money because there are many sites which provide you this type of job where you can get paid for reading 10 seconds or 30 seconds ad.

15. Back Up Artists

The last one is back up artists. You can become a supporting artist. While shooting a scene they need people to show a mob or a crowd. You can be one of the artists in the crowd. You can get paid for just standing in the crowd.

So these were 15 weird and fun ways to make money. Which of these appeal to you? Would you try any of these to make money?

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