Spotlight : Encounters


Encounters – Someone’s Always Waiting by Sumana Khan



I stare at the cement bench covered in pigeon shit and spot the dim outline of the granite slab embedded in the backrest. Years ago, when the bench was new, the granite slab was a shiny black mirror inscribed with the words ‘Dedicated to the courageous people of Thirukadal’. Four cyclones and many pigeons later, the words have disappeared. The place is so choked with weeds that the bench appears to rest on the thorny plants. Behind me, beyond a muddy track, the Bay of Bengal hisses and sighs in a treacherous language.

I look up at the sky, as if to decode the time. My watch says it is half past seven in the morning, but the sky, clotted with grey clouds, remains secretive. It could be evening as far as the heavens are concerned. A depressing form of rain is assured; the kind that only occurs in this eastern coast of South India—skies that sob continuously for forty-eight hours, increasing humidity, mosquitoes and the stench of choked drains, damp walls and wet clothes. I wonder if the sky had been just as morose on the morning of 26 December, 2004.

I tie a handkerchief around my face, covering my nose and mouth, and hack away at the weeds. Swarms of mosquitoes and flies rise in a static buzz and hover over my head like a satanic dark halo. It takes me an hour to clear a small area around the bench. The sky starts its weeping just as I scrub the bench with a coconut husk and Vim detergent powder.    

After half an hour, the granite slab gleams into existence once again. I’ve got my memorial ritual paraphernalia in a Food World plastic bag. I bring out a strand of jasmine that I loop around the granite slab, its fragrance weak in the rain. I crouch under my umbrella that won’t open fully and light a couple of incense sticks. I’ve forgotten to bring the incense holder, so I stick the smouldering incense into a banana that was to be my breakfast. I place it on the bench in front of the granite slab and hold the umbrella over it. I close my eyes in an attempt to pray. All I can think of is the angry allergic rash that’s spreading on my legs and hands thanks to the weeds and that the incense smells like a cheap aftershave.

I give up and sit on the bench, still holding the umbrella over the incense. The rain stings my skin like the rash. The hard, wet seat numbs my thighs instantly and a dull arthritic pain blooms in my knees and lower back. I squirm, shifting my weight from one butt cheek to the other. I wait, just as I’ve waited in vain for the last seven years, for the storyteller to show up. The incense is all ash now. I may as well eat the banana and tell you the story of how I met this mysterious man.    


About The Author

Sumana Khan was born and raised in Bangalore and currently lives in the UK. She is a blogger and a student. Her debut novel was The Revenge of Kaivalya.

Author website:​

Letting Go Amidst Chaos

I am addicted to lists. I’ve sung its praises incessantly on my blog here. Lists, as you know, help to…

  • Stay focused on the task 
  • Remember what you need to do and when
  • Be more productive
  • Stay motivated
  • Reduce your stress levels

As usual, my To-Do list for today is as long as my arm. I am panicking and stressed out as I look at it from time to time. Ideally, it should calm me and give me a feeling that I am in control. But that’s not happening.

Actually, I have an important assignment with a short deadline to chase and I am just not able to start my work on it. The more I am thinking about it, the more hassled is my state of mind.

I pondered a bit on my chaotic situation and realized that it is not the work that is causing me stress. Though the task at hand is challenging but I know I can do it. It’s not the deadline that is giving me panic attacks, because that’s just a time constraint and I was aware of it when I took up the assignment. So, what’s actually stressing me?

Well, it’s the fear in my head. Fear that I’d mess it up or that it might not get approved or that I’d look inefficient or incompetent! And all this is because I want the assignment to be perfect in every way.

What if I just focus on my work and let go of these fears. While the work I do is totally in my control, I don’t have any control on the outcomes. So, letting go of the fears that stop me working on the task is the key. Easier said than done, I know. But realizing it and working on it should bring in the peace in this chaotic state of mind.

As I allay the fears in my head and work on my assignment, you have a great week ahead!

What is your recipe for getting the work done without fears messing up your head?

MondayMusings : A Website Review

Remember the times, when we would drive around the city and visit some 5-6 shops and check the deals offered and then drive back to shop no.1 to buy the object of our desire.

Then as the technology picked up pace in adaptation and evolution, so did our acceptance for online shopping. But our desire to get the best deal and offers remained the same. So, we would check some 2-3 shopping portals by opening multiple tabs on our computer and compare the product. All this could be a bit overwhelming as sometimes, the same product would not be available on all the sites and sometimes we wouldn’t even know that some great deals were available elsewhere on other shopping portals.

Like everything else, ecommerce world has evolved too. Today we have websites that help the online shoppers to make an informed decision. Yes, these are the comparison shopping sites. These websites collect product information, including pricing, from participating retailers/ecommerce portals and then display that collective information on a single results page in response to a shopper’s search query. In this way, shoppers can compare the product specifications of various brands/models, prices offered by the various online stores on a single page and choose the merchant that offers the best overall value. 

I came across which is a new search and comparison website that aims to educate consumers so that they make a rational and fact based purchase decision. It has over 4500 listed in various categories like Books, Electronic Goods, Sound and Vision, Fitness, Health Care, Home Appliances, Baby & Kids, Kitchen Appliances, Personal Care and Tablets & Smart Phones. provides detailed product specifications, features, reviews & ratings and comparisons to enable online shoppers do their research before taking informed buying decisions.

The first thing that caught my attention was the logo. One look at it and you get what is all about. It truly represents the business that is in.


The website has a layout that’s simple and appealing, with a navigation which is easy too. A large search bar at the top of the page has an instruction ‘Search…Product, Model No. or a Brand which basically tells the online shopper that they can Search > Compare > Decide by using this tool. Of course, the instruction text goes away when the user clicks to type or activate the box.

The various categories have drop-down menus that break down top-level buttons into sub-sections. Each of the sub categories can be viewed and compared by Brands, Prices, Product Specifications. For example, if you’d like to check out Built-in Ovens, then you can compare the various brands on the basis of prices, size, capacity. The various models can be selected and compared and seen in a side by side view.

The main page has links to Review Videos, Popular Product Comparisons, Latest Conzumr Reviews and Conzumr Guides and Tips.

I thought of comparing the three models of Kindle. In one table, on a single page, I got to know the products features and prices of Kindle, Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite. Considering all the options, before we buy something is a smart strategy. With many options to choose from, it’s important to examine all features and functions of the various models and also look at cost effective option that meets our needs.

Once, I chose the Kindle that suited my requirements and budget, I clicked on the link which took me to the shopping store’s website directly and all I had to do was to follow the regular steps of online shopping. Yes, it was that simple and easy to make an informed decision with


I checked about the Boxed Set of Harry Potter series and was surprised to see the price variations across 8 online stores!

Comparing a product on helps you to

  • Research and dig a bit deeper before you shop
  • Get to know the products in the category
  • Find a good deal
  • Make informed buying decision

More products and categories on would make it a more comprehensive site for comparison shopping. The site works fine on most mobile browsers but a mobile version of the site would increase its reach. More prominent social media presence can boost the online presence of the website. will be my go-to page  for online shopping to research, compare and make informed buying decision. Do you check comparison websites before shopping online?

Should Little Girls Wear Makeup?

Last month, it was my niece’s 9th birthday. The birthday party had some ten kids, all from her class. One girl got everybody’s attention. She wore a LBD with high heels, her waist-length hair open, dangling hoops in her ear, a touch of lipstick, blush on cheeks and an eyeliner. Every now and then she’d flick her head back to toss her hair over her shoulder. She looked smart and confident and was able to carry herself real well even in those high heels.

But something about her made me uncomfortable. Yes, it was her mini adult look. And one thought kept buzzing in my head, ‘could this type of dressing and makeup wait a while longer?’

I am back on Parentous after a hiatus.


Do check out this post as I share my dilemma.

What are your thoughts about little girls donning the mature look? Is there a certain age where you think it’s appropriate for girls to wear makeup out of the house? What age is too young?

The Ruby Iyer Diaries

Title: The Ruby Iyer Diaries26213779
Author: Laxmi Hariharan
Publisher: Read Out Loud
Number of Pages: 57
Price [INR] : 49 (Kindle Price)
Genre: Fiction (eBook)

A diary is like a confidante that is deaf and dumb and in it one pours their private, secret thoughts, emotions and turbulence of mind, all through the events of daily life. In a diary, one doesn’t just express themselves more openly than they could do to any person; they create themselves. A diary is a vehicle which gives them their sense of selfhood and charts their individuality.  And it does just that for Ruby Iyer, a free-spirited, rebellious girl.

The Ruby Iyer Diaries (Ruby Iyer Series, 0.5)  is the prequel novelette to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer. In this short novella, Laxmi shares snippets of Ruby’s life from age ten to sixteen. It gives a peek into the life of a girl who would stand up for herself, who would follow her heart. I am half way through with the sequel, so the incidents in this prequel are some decisive moments of her life that have probably helped shape her personality and character. Ignored by her mother, a 16-year-old runaway, struggling to survive the crowded streets of Bombay and the secrets she won’t admit even to herself. It’s all inside the pages of The Ruby Iyer Diaries.

The Ruby Iyer Diaries if read as a standalone book does not have much to offer in the form of a story that is. But it is a shadow of things to come. I liked this concept of building up for the sequel, The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, which is the actual story of Ruby.

The writing is incredible and narrative flows smoothly. The language and style of this author is impeccable. The characters are very easy to either love or dislike and they are very relatable and fascinating, and very easy to root for too.

The Ruby Iyer Diaries (Ruby Iyer 0.5) is followed by The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, (Ruby Iyer 1) and The First Life of Vikram Roy (Ruby Iyer 1.5).

Go on and pick this 10,000 word novella and you would want to pick the sequels soon after!

Rating : 4 Stars

Facebook | Website | Blog Tours | Twitter | Pinterest | Linkedin : A Website Review

We all love a good bargain. Don’t we? While we can haggle with the local shopkeeper to give a better deal, but can the same be done while shopping online which has become a way of life for most of us! Yes, apart from the discounts offered by the seller at online stores, there are discount coupons that not only allow you to save more money and get attractive deals but help you earn more rewards too.

Few weeks ago, while shopping online for Diwali, I browsed through the coupon websites to check out good discount coupons and I came across

CouponMachine  has a simple and easy interface. The top of the website has a large search bar, which says, ‘Search Any Product… We Promise Discount’.  


The home page offers different categories that allow you to look through the site for coupons that you are looking for. The site offers a deals and coupons in various categories viz Apparel & Accessories, Baby Care, Beauty, Electronics, Food & Beverages, Furniture, Men, Recharge, Travel and Women from over 500+ stores like Amazon, Archies,, Babyoye, BIBA, Big Rock, BlueStone, Book My Flowers, Domino’s, Fashion &You, Expedia, Fab Furnish, Ferns N Petals, Food Panda, Free Charge, Go,, HomeShop18, Flipkart, Snapdeal, YepMe, ShopClues, PayTM, Jabong, Indiatimes Shopping, Zivame, Shopper’s Stop to name a few.

To get started, simply enter a store name, or pick a shopping category. You will get a page that displays all the active coupons at that time from the chosen store or shopping category.

Click on a coupon and it takes you to the website directly. Follow the regular steps of online shopping and the coupon is applied automatically to your shopping.

Alternately, one can browse through the coupons and deals shared on the home page which has some really attractive and amazing offers on various products from almost all categories. Or check out the Featured Coupons and Deals from Featured Stores which is located at the bottom of the page.



  • is easy to navigate with well-marked links. The site offers user-friendly search options and coupon redemption process is simple and requires few steps.
  • There’s a comprehensive list of coupons from all popular websites. Virtually all products categories are covered.
  • The site doesn’t require you to sign-up to avail the coupons codes and deals.
  • You can subscribe to the email newsletter if you want to receive alerts of details about the new coupons and deals.
  • You can share the attractive deals on social media through Facebook, Twitter, Google+.
  • Excellent help and support from customer service.
  • The site loads fast and all operations are smooth and quick.


  • None that I could see

I quite liked my experience while looking for discount coupons and deals at You must check it out too. Whether you’re a thrifty shopper looking for great deals or the one looking for discounted products, there’s a deal and a coupon just for you on Now, I wouldn’t want to miss a good deal. Would you?

He is #madeofgreat

When he quit his high paying job at a large MNC in the leadership team to start his own business venture at 40, what did he expect?

Apart from that thing called ‘follow your passion’ that was buzzing in his head, he  didn’t had much going in his favour.  His decision to leave the security and stability of a salary at the end of the month along with a bright career received no support and encouragement from people he considered close to him. They not only criticized and rejected his decision  some even mocked it.

He had only his passion, hard work, experiences of life and the will to make it big. And with all these he plunged into the big unknown world of entrepreneurship.

Within a year, the same friends and acquaintances started giving him, ‘we told you so’ looks. Yes, his start-up didn’t take off as per his expectations. They didn’t believe that it takes time to set up and establish a business! But the critics and setbacks didn’t stop him, because failure was not an option for him.

He didn’t let the lack of experience in this new field or the naysayers intimidate him. With a thirst for knowledge and willingness to dirty his hands literally and figuratively, he began to carve out a new entrepreneurial path for himself. From power dressing and review meets in board rooms he had moved to the growing and nurturing plants and livestock on a farm. It was a BIG change!

He met the farmers, the consultants and the specialists and learnt from their experience and knowledge. He experimented, he learnt. The journey was not easy, there were obstacles both big and small and a LOT of hard work as he pushed himself forward with an unwavering commitment to his dream and to his family.

While people suggested that he need not work hard and should just supervise on the farm, he believed in learning by doing along with the farm-hands and getting first-hand experience. He believed that these hard years will pave the way for great years ahead. The weather was harsh, the winters were extremely cold and in summers the regular temperature was around 45ºC. The terrain was tough with wild animals, bugs and insects frequenting the farm, frequently. He braved it all.

Like any other work, some days were bad days and things just wouldn’t work the way he wanted. The sick animals,  the infested plants, machinery breakdowns, intense heat waves, low funds, fluctuations in the market were some of the issues that impacted him. People would quietly advice him to get back to corporate world. But, something kept him going despite the obstacles, for he always found a way to move around the obstacles. It was an inner drive, an inner hunger to prove to himself that impossible is nothing. Staying positive and believing that if he keeps trying, the answers will be forthcoming, sooner than later.

Anyone else in his place would have given up long ago, but not him. Each struggle, each setback made him tough and strong as he fought and overcame it. Perseverance and seeking excellence became his mantra. He still has a long way to go in his chosen field but he has started seeing the fruits of his labour.


Fruits of labor

Do you know who is this person #madeofgreat? He is none other than KG, my best half. He is undeniably #madeofgreat. He is a winner who is driven by self belief and the desire to excel and conviction to win. And am I proud of him?

The #madeofgreat campaign is confluence of two global brands-Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. Tata Motors has a DNA of trust, authenticity, reliability, simplicity, and innovation and Lionel Messi has talent galore with conviction and is trustworthy, reliable, pioneering, simple and driven by self-belief.

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Soul Warrior

Cover Reveal



Twisted myths. Discretion advised.

Fight fate, or succumb to destiny?

In the dark Age of Kali, the Soul Warrior alone stands guard over the Human Realm, protecting its denizens from evil-willed asuras or demons. When a trick of fate appoints him guru to a motley crew of godlings, he agrees to train them as demon hunters against his better judgment. Suddenly, Lord Karna is not only battling the usual asuras with sinister agendas, but also rebellious students and a fault-ridden past.

Spanning the cosmic realms of mythic India, here is a tale of a band of supernatural warriors who come together over a singular purpose: the salvation of Karna’s secret child.

Author’s Note  To Lovers Of Mythology….

What have I done with SOUL WARRIOR?

When you grow up in India, you are engulfed in tales of good and evil, gods and demons, karma and reincarnation on a daily basis. India’s myths are as much part of day-to-day life as is bathing. So I wondered if heaven and hell actually exists what would they look like? What are the good or bad souls doing in this Heaven and Hell? Are the souls in Heaven any happier being stuck there than the souls repenting in Hell? Do they want to come back to Earth as humans?

These questions were the basis of Soul Warrior’s mythos, as was Vedic India and the Mahabharata. India has such a rich offering of grand stories, and its people have a thirst to read them. I want to tell these stories, but in my way. I didn’t want to simply retell the popular tales. I wanted to reimagine them. Go beyond the known myths into the realm of pure fantasy.



Kuru Kshetra Battlefield.

Day 17 of the Great Kuru War, seven thousand five hundred years ago.

Death is hot.

That surprises me. I’d imagined death as cold and brutal. Merciless. But in truth, death is hot as blood, and constant like a heartbeat.

Thrum. Thrum. Thrum. My lifeblood ebbs to the rhythm. My head ripped from its torso by Anjalika, the arrow of death that burns even now with the energy of the sun. Struck from behind like some novice. Felled in battle by that lily-livered usurper the Heavens smile upon—Prince Arjun. Brother Arjun.

What have I done?

I harness the thought. Cease all reflection and wrench free of my mortal body. I soar up, up into the gloaming, snapping the ties that tether me to life. Dead, I have no use for ties.

“A matter of perspective, Karna, O son of my godsire.” The unearthly words strum through the air, and I quiver like a plucked bowstring, overcome as much by the voice as its blasphemous claim. “Bonds of devotion nourish the soul, brother.”

There is that word again. Brother. Unpleasant laughter wells up in me. Alive, I am abandoned, denied my birthright—Celestial or royal. Death, it seems, changes everything.

A bright, nebulous light brings forth Lord Yama, the God of Death, atop his divine mount. His elephantine thighs ripple beneath a silken dhoti, ochre and crimson of color, as he guides the mammoth water buffalo to a halt. An iron medallion sways against the God’s powerful cerulean torso, its center stone an ethereal blood orange.

Hypnotic. Pulsing with life. I am drawn to the stone.

“Piteous waste,” Lord Yama mutters, surveying the carnage of war far below us.

I trace the trajectory of his gaze and behold the battered remains of my army drenched in the evidence of its mortality. Is it true? Have we died in vain?

Words form inside me and I will them out. “Shall we go, my lord?”

“Ha! Impatient to be judged, are you? Anxious to have your fate revealed?” asks the Judge of the Hell Realm. His red-black eyes burn with intelligence and compassion in a blue-tinged face that is long and lean and hard. “Rest easy, brother-warrior. You are not bound for the Great Courtroom.”

Not bound for Hell? Where then? Fear has eluded me for so long that I take a moment to recognize it. A hollow-bellied feeling it is, as annoying as a bone stuck in my throat.

“My lord, I have done bad deeds…terrible deeds in my life. I have waged wars, this horrendous bloodshed, and all because my pride could not—would not abide rejection. I have sinned. I must atone for my actions.”

Lord Yama smiles in a way I do not like. “You have redeemed yourself admirably, Karna. You forfeited your life for the greater good today. The deed far outweighs any misguided ones. Be at peace, brother, and enjoy the fruits of your karma.”

There is but one place to enjoy such fruits—the Higher Worlds.

I’d rather burn in Hell for eternity. I say so. “I won’t live amongst the Celestials.” Coexisting with the very souls who’ve spurned me is unthinkable. Watching her—for she would surely reside in Heaven soon—will be eternal torture.

Yama shakes his head, the horns on his crown slashing to and fro. “I thought you might say that. Relax. Your destiny lies elsewhere.”

“Am I to be reborn then? Am I to begin a new life, and forget the past?” Pain, sharp as a blade, lances through me at the thought. Forget my past? My family? Even her? Was that my punishment? To forget all that made me human?

It must be so. For have I not betrayed them as surely as I’ve betrayed my prince regent?

“Human rebirth is not your destiny, either. You are chosen, brother. Your war skills are needed for a higher purpose.” The God slips off his mount, his garments rustling in agitation. “This unjust war has pushed the Cosmos to the vortex of a cataclysm. Tomorrow, the Kuru War will end. Fearing its outcome, the Celestials rolled the Die of Fate and have unwittingly bestowed on Demon Kali untold powers.” Lord Yama bares his fangs in disgust at the foolish gamble. “Imagine the havoc that asura and his minions will wreak on the weak if left unchecked. The Human Realm must be safeguarded during Kali’s dark reign.”

I can imagine the horror only too well as I have battled with evil all my life. But I am done with wars. I am done with defeat. I won’t waste another lifetime fighting.

“With due respect, my lord, I am not the man for this task.”

“You are not a man at all,” Yama thunders, fists shaking. “You are the son of Surya, the Sun God. Accept that you are no ordinary soul.”

I say nothing. I think nothing. I feel something but I squash it down.

Lord Yama’s thick black brows draw together. “Demon Kali will try to pervade every particle of good that exists in the Cosmos, beginning with the corruptible Human Realm. Once he obliterates all of humanity, he’ll set his sights on the Celestials. Kali will not stop until he’s destroyed our way of life. But you can stop him. You are light to his darkness. Do you understand now why you had to betray him? Your beloved humans need you, Karna. I need you. Our father believes in you. Claim your rightful place in the Cosmos.”

Impatiently, Lord Yama removes the iron medallion from his neck and holds it out. The vermillion sunstone glows as if its soul is on fire. Nay! It is my soul that is on fire.

Indescribable energy curls through me. I gasp, though not in pain. I shudder and feel myself grow large, grow hot. Was this rebirth?

I am strong, full-bodied and lethal once more. Then I roar as light bursts forth from my very core and I throb with glorious, blinding power. When I come to myself, my world has changed again. Bubbles of color shimmer all around me: cobalt and saffron, azure and rose. By karma! They are souls. Infinite floating souls.

“Behold the spectrum of life: the worthy, the notorious, the righteous and the sinners.” The God of Death’s soul was a worthy sapphire blue with a tinge of silver. “Your duty, should you choose to accept the office of the Soul Warrior, is to hunt down the red-souled asuras and crush them. Whatever you decide, I wish you a long and successful Celestial existence, Karna,” Yama booms out and vanishes into the purpling sky.

The parley has stunned me. The world of color holds me in thrall. I was dead. Yet, now I am not. A new path lies before me. Unwanted, unwelcome, I insist on principle. I close my eyes. Open them to stare at the medallion cupped in my hand—a golden-hued hand at once familiar and not—and know myself for a fool. I do want this. It’s what I am.

Bastard-born. Rebel. Son. Husband. Father. Warlord. And protector. I fist the talisman, buoyed by its concrete warmth. This is who I am.

I am the Soul Warrior.


Meet the Author

Falguni Kothari is a New York-based South Asian author and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance. She’s published in India in contemporary romance with global e-book availability; Bootie and the Beast (Harlequin Mills and Boon) and It’s Your Move, Wordfreak! (Rupa & Co.), and launches a mythic fantasy series with Soul Warrior (The Age of Kali, #1)

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Something is Better than Nothing

Writer’s block is threatening to take over this blog of mine. The blog is certainly starving as the last post was written exactly 8 days ago.I push myself to dish out a super quick 55er or rant about some random thought, but the blinking cursor on the blank page has mesmerized me. I snap myself out of the reverie and reach out to my trusted memes at the Sunday Stealing.  And as always, it takes me a few minutes to get going with the Q&As of this Big Bad Meme. Why it is called the Big Bad Meme…well, I don’t know. But, here I go with their Qs and my As…

  • Is there anyone else in the room with you atm? What are they doing? I am alone at the moment! 
  • Do you show your teeth when you smile, or do you prefer smiling with your lips closed? I just checked my pictures on Facebook and in almost all of them my teeth are visible. That’s a revelation!
  • Would you rather be told the truth, even if it isn’t what you want to hear? Aah! The truth that hurts or the lie that you want to hear! Oh, without a doubt, truth always.
  • What is something that you plan to buy, as soon as you’ve saved up the money for it? Wide angle lens for my DSLR.
  • Do you play Sudoku? No. Numbers are not my forte. Word games and puzzles are what I like the most. Mom is a Sudoku addict though and she is quite an expert at solving them.
  • Have you ever had a migraine? Thankfully, no.
  • What was the last book you read for pleasure? Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna. Really liked her style of wit and humour.
  • What was the last item of clothing you purchased for yourself? Some tops.
  • Your first serious relationship, do you still talk to him/her? Yes
  • Who is the last person you texted? My best friend from school days. It’s her birthday today.
  • How close is your family? Very close-knit! Touchwood!
  • Is there anything too serious to be joked about? Yes, lots of things, but there’s a difference between handling a tragedy /trauma / pain with humour and making jokes about it.
  • Do you like to understand and have good knowledge of things? Absolutely!
  • What is worse? Back pain or shoulder pain? Certainly, back pain. It troubles me a LOT, especially when I have to stand for long hours!
  • Have you ever almost fallen off of something high off the ground? Oh! Tripping and falling is my middle name.
  • What’s one fruit you love in drinks? Lime
  • What is something simple that you’re afraid of? Lizards. Yesterday, I found a dead lizard in a corner and it freaked me out. Had to call my maid who was working at the neighbours to remove it. She was laughing at me even today as she couldn’t believe that somebody could get scared of a dead lizard. Of course, she doesn’t know that I was a Bio student once had dissected hundreds of animals without a qualm in my younger days!
  • Has this weekend been good? Yes, pretty relaxing!
  • How much time do you take to get ready in the morning? Depends on the available time. Last month, at a training workshop, after silencing the alarm, I decided to get that 5 more minutes of sleep. And when I opened my eyes and looked at the phone clock, I jumped out of bed in an adrenaline-gushing state of emergency! I just had less than ten minutes to reach the conference hall. I got ready in record 5 minutes with bath et al. I created a personal record of its kind that day!
  • Last movie you watched in a theatre and with whom? Tanu Weds Manu Returns in Shimla with Aaryan and his friends and their mommies. The boys were not keen to watch it but we forced it on them as we had 4 hours to kill before it was time for the scheduled departure of our bus.

Aah! Finally a post is done! Something is better than nothing! Do you agree?

Body Goddess

Title: Body Goddess Body Goddess
Author: Payal Gidwani Tiwari
Publisher: Random House India
ISBN: 978-8-18400-073-3
Number of Pages: 255
Price [INR] : 250
Genre: Health

We women juggle multiple roles both at home and at work. Most of us have a demanding lifestyle now-a-days and in the long run, the stress and the hectic pace of life takes a toll on our bodies. Then there are growing health issues viz thyroid, diabetes, PCOS, arthritis, back aches, PMS, infertility and premature ageing among other things.

Body Goddess by Celebrity yoga expert Payal Gidwani Tiwari is the complete guide on Yoga for Women. The book focuses on how Yoga can not only help to achieve a slim and fit body but also a healthy one.

Payal, in her second book, shares a step by step approach to a lifetime of health and fitness. These steps are summarized as given below :

  • Know your body shape and learn to play to your strengths
  • Accept that you are different
  • Work on your weak spots
  • Do not ignore a health condition
  • Aim for holistic remedies
  • Exercise regularly and have a balanced diet
  • Discipline and routine are key to staying fit and slim.

The book is divided into two Parts. Part One talks about…

  • Chakras, the seven spinning wheels or energy centres of the body. All the chakras are explained in details along with illustrations and ways of activating and energizing each of them.
  • Kriyas, the yogic purification practices which aim at holistic cleaning of body, mind and soul. Benefits and procedure of doing the various kriyas viz Neti, Kapalbhati, Trataka, Dhauti, Nauli, Basti and Shankhprakshalana are given in detail.
  • Pranayam, the science of breath control through exercises. This section talks about the benefits, procedure and tips to do Pranayam for beginners as well as for advanced practitioners.
  • Asanas or the body postures form the core of Yoga. There are hundreds of asanas that help in rejuvenating and enlivening the mind, body and soul.
  • Suryanamaskar, the sequence of 12 postures completed as one continuous cycle that makes the body flexible and prepares it for the asanas.
  • Exercises. 74 asanas are explained well with short descriptions, the problems they address along with photographs.

From a girl to a woman, adolescence to adulthood, the transformation is magical. One grows not just physically, but also emotionally and psychologically. Yoga plays a vital role to get through all these phases. So Part Two of the book talks about issues, problems and workout tips and suggestions for these four phases in the life of a woman.

  • I am Girl, Not a yet a Woman (15-25 years)
  • Midlife? Not Yet (25-35 years)
  • Before Menopause (35-45 years)
  • Afterglow (Beyond 45 Years)

What I liked about Body Goddess is that it can be used by women of all groups. The book deals with the basics of Yoga along with their practical application in our day to day life. The simple and detailed exercises with tips, benefits and suggestions will not only help to to go from fat to fit but also gives a promise of a healthier lifestyle. While the book is promoted as complete guide on Yoga for women, the Part One of the book which deals with basics of Yoga can be used by men too.

A must read for everyone, the beginners and the health and fitness enthusiasts as well.

Rating : 4 Stars

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