Review : Harappa- Curse of the Blood River by Vineet Bajpai!

In recent times, a new breed of readers have evolved who love reading about history, mythology, symbolism and mysteries of the past, present and the future. Authors like Dan Brown, Devdutt Patnaik, Ashwin Sanghvi have consistently given us wonderful and gripping novels in this category, and the readers have simply loved them.

Harappa – Curse of the Blood River by Vineet Bajpai comes from a similar genre, and I loved reading it. The back and forth narration between modern times and the Harappan civilization. It reminded me of Chanakya’s Chants and The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi.

Vidyut Shastri, a man from Delhi, his ancestor, Vivasvan Pujari from Varanasi, and a stranger in Paris- all joined by a thread of mystery, illusions, secrets and revelations. The narration is so strong that I was able to visualize the era and the incidents. The storyline is gripping and keeps you engrossed until the end. It evokes some questions in your mind and takes you through wonderful character interactions, conversations and explanations till the end. This tale of Gods, Demons and Humans is a must-read, which takes you on an incredible journey of ambition, violence, emotions and secrets over time and space.

It was truly a pleasant read and one which I was not able to put down till I finished it. However, at times, I felt that the explanation or intricacies could have been a bit detailed, but I am sure the author has put the things in the flow of the story. The evolution of the characters was wonderful, and it was easy to interpret the different times with the imagery that was created.

Overall, it was a great read and I would recommend it to my fellow authors, who love this genre. Harappa – Curse of the Blood River is a spell-bounding piece of work from Vineet Bajpai, which keeps the reader glued to it till the end. I wish to read more of the author’s work and wish him success among his contemporaries.

If the mysteries of historical importance intrigue you, if the concepts of time and space interests you, or if you simply want to enjoy a suspense thriller, then grab a copy and you will be totally thrilled in the end!

Overall Rating: 4 stars

You can purchase the book (Paperback and E-book) from: https://www.amazon.in/Harappa-Curse-Blood-Vineet-Bajpai/dp/9352685482

About the author:

Vineet Bajpai is the founder and CEO of Magnon Solutions Pvt. Ltd. He is a professor of strategic e-business and management information systems at Skyline Business School. He has also authored many other books. He has won many laurels and accolades for his work. You can take a look at his website for more details: http://vineetbajpai.com/.

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Review – TOTS AND MOMS, organic homemade baby food in India!

As a mother of a toddler and a fussy eater, feeding is a mammoth task for me. After every meal, I am always worried whether she is getting the right nutrition or whether the food was enough for her. The entire time she eats, I can hardly make her sit in one place. And, that is one of my biggest worries.

I am sure mothers like me always want some wholesome food for their child, where even if they are eating a bit less, they are getting enough nutrition. Amidst this dilemma, I came across homemade and healthy organic food options from TOTS and MOMS.

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I tried a few of their options, and I am really impressed. They have a range of health drink mixes and other organic mixes for infants and toddlers, which have the goodness of natural ingredients like almond, millets, Kesar, etc. Sometimes, kids don’t want to the nutrition nuts and other healthy food in their raw forms. These health mixes are a great option for them. These can be had with either milk or water.

Moreover, these are really good for pregnant women and new mothers as they contain a lot of important healthy ingredients. They dissolve easily and they can easily consume. They have been made to taste good so that kids can drink. And, the best thing is that these can also be consumed by adults. There are so many healthy and nutritious ingredients that you will love to have them on a daily basis (even if you don’t like the taste of a few of them). If you are looking for organic homemade baby food, TOTS AND MOMS is a must visit.

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I tried a few of them, and here are a few pointers that I really liked:

  • Each product has a unique mix of healthy ingredients.
  • Really good for children as they are organic with no added preservatives.
  • The packaging is really nice. The airtight pouches are easy to store. The outer packaging is eco-friendly.
  • The healthy values and facts of the ingredients are mentioned on the pack along with nutrition count.
  • Usage and Storage instructions are properly mentioned, along with the age group.
  • Some of them can also be taken by adults in a cup of milk or warm water.
  • Their range of vermicelli and noodles for small children are also nice.
  • It mixes easily and the texture/taste is nice.
  • They also have Combo Offers and Trial Packs to suit different needs and requirements
  • The pricing is reasonable and shipping is very prompt.

 

Take a look at their website, www.totsandmoms.com, where they have other useful sections like the Recipes, Baby Food Charts and Blog. This is one of the best portals to buy organic homemade baby food for kids in India.

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You can also subscribe to their FB page for regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/totsandmoms/

Contact Information:

Phone Number- +91 888 444 7337

Email id- support@totsandmoms.com

TOTS AND MOMS was started around three years back by Kavitha Prashanth, mother of a toddler and an Entrepreneur. As a mother, she understands the pain points of providing the proper nutrition for children, which is the most important thing during their growth and developmental phases.

Having faced difficulties with her own child, she started with simple homemade foods like porridge, purees, etc., and then moving on this endeavour, which has been a successful venture. Today, TOTS AND MOMS is a household name for many in providing healthy food options for children. They have a good customer base and their business has been growing through references, and of course, for the quality they deliver.

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Kavitha Prashanth

Wishing the team a very prosperous journey ahead!

If you want to interact with her, you can write to kavitha@totsandmoms.com.

 

 

PERFICO – the perfect place for gifts for girls and others!

Around this time of the year when we are celebrating the festivals of happiness, joy and prosperity, we also love to send good wishes and gifts for our friends and family. Gifting is a very well-known gesture in our culture, and these festivals are the busiest times for exchanging gifts.

With the growing trend of online and customized gifts, the Internet is flooded with such gifting portals. You can almost find the ‘perfect’ gift got anyone, anywhere. Yet, sometimes, you are simply overwhelmed with the choices you have and might find it difficult to choose.

Well, to be very frank, I am a big online shopping buff as in I find it easier to get things online rather than physically going for tiresome shopping. As always, I was also looking for gifting options for the festival season, when I stumbled upon PERFICO.

As the name signifies, it turned out to be a ‘perfect’ place for ordering gifts for my friends and family.

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They have a huge and unique collection of gifting ideas, and you will find something for everyone and almost every occasion. I found most the prices reasonable, except barring a few. But, considering the unique products they are offering, it is worth it. As mentioned earlier, their repository of gifts is awesome and the ways you can customize them are overwhelming.

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And, one of the best things that I liked is the shipping and delivery time. I ordered the products and received it within 2 days. The packing was good and proper to ensure that the products are safe and don’t break.

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They have such lovely customization options for so many households and daily use products. You will love the variety and designs. They have a wide range of products for both men and women, and cool collection of kids as well.

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You can either gift them with a personal touch or gift yourself some fun and quirky stuff as well. Let me share a few of what I got for myself:

My hubby’s birthday just passed by and I was regretting not getting him something personalized like I do always. And, walla, I got just the perfect one for him too.

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Their gifts for girls were so cute that I couldn’t help myself from ordering acute customized wall clock for my daughter’s room. And, it quite matches with her room décor as well.

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There are many gifting portals online, but I was overwhelmed with the kind of products Perfico has and the way they customize these gifts, especially for girls. I loved the customized Champagne glasses, slippers and cute aprons.

So, next time you are in a dilemma for gifting, stop by Perfico, and I am sure you will not only find what you are looking for but also can’t help getting some of these amazing things for yourself too.

Perfico is the perfect place for your gifting needs!!!

Book Review – Army Girl Steals Civilian’s Heart by Oswald Pereira!

This is a very light-hearted romantic novelette which takes the reader up and down through different emotions. Truly, Amrita and Oscar belong to different worlds, but their love helped them create a unique world of their own. The love musings are nothing new, but the innovative narration makes it sound refreshing and delightful.

I loved the way the author has handled the emotions of the characters and presented it to the reader. Simple, mundane things also felt like a whole new experience. At places, I felt that the narration could have been a little more descriptive or illustrative, but still, I loved the balance throughout.

The plot, the characters and everything was like watching a real-life incident with real characters. Overall, it was an amazing afternoon read, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I would like to recommend it to my fellow readers as well.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.in/Army-Girl-Steals-Civilians-Heart-ebook/dp/B075V2SGKB

Book Review – The Hidden Spark!

Sometimes, when you are seeking answers to your problems in life, someone becomes your teacher, your guide and your Guru to help you find the truth and lead you on a path of happiness and peace.

The Hidden Spark by Vikas Trivedi and Smita Agarwal came into my hands at the right time when I was looking for motivation in life. An amazing book of true stories, experiences, and advices that truly helps us understand the tidbits of life. Each chapter has simple, easy-to-understand teachings, facts and information. At the end, the self-introspection snippets are also very useful.

But, the best thing that I liked about the book was the real-life stories. Many times we just ignore such inspirational or motivational books because we do not want to believe. But, when we read about real people, real problems and real solutions, we start believing.

This book is not just about ‘telling’, but it is about ‘showing’. The book talks about realistic solutions to real life problems we face day to day. This is one inspirational book, which is not boring rather very easy to interpret and implement. It is about rekindling that ‘hidden spark’ we all have within us.

Reading this book will help you identify your self-worth, motivate you to follow your dreams, boost your self-confidence by helping you choose and help you learn from other people’s experiences. Written by two great mentors, this book will surely help you to find the right direction in life.

As mentioned before, the language is easy to follow, maybe a bit of illustration at places might have helped, but overall this is a wonderful and practical book from these Indian authors, which will keep you glued to the pages. Every chapter is a new learning, a new perspective so you can read it in phases as well.

Grab your copy TODAY from Amazon: https://www.amazon.in/Hidden-Spark-Vikas-Trivedi-Smita-Agarwal/dp/B0754732GG

 

The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die- A Review!

As a reader, when I start reading a book, the first thing I look for is a connect and then the flow of events which helps me to visualize the plot in my own mind. Some books are there, which you just read, and some are there, which you simply love. Because you can relate to them so well and every twist and turn is so gripping that you cannot leave it in between.

I recently read the English translation of Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s ‘Gyanar Baksho’ by Anurava Sinha under the name ‘The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die’, published by BEE Books, Kolkata. When you have already read the original version, you tend to be a bit skeptical on how the translated version is going to be. But, I am glad that I picked this one up. As mentioned earlier, I could connect with it more than anything.

The translation has been beautifully done- simple yet sophisticated language. I almost never felt that there was a lack of narration or sections have been hurried upon. The language seems to have beautifully blended with the story and the best part is that it helped me visualize, just like the original one. The dialogues are easy to interpret. The language is so simple yet fluent that I have started reading the story to my daughter and she is able to understand it as it is. I am sure she will love the book when it gets over. Kudos to Mr. Sinha for translating this masterpiece so that many more people are able to read and enjoy the story. Even people, who might not have seen the movie will be able to understand the drama, the flow, and the climax.

I particularly like the title of the book. It intrigues the reader in different ways. One might have a perception about it, but by the end of the book, the reader might get a whole new surprise. The book has all the elements of a short story and it holds the reader’s attention until the end.

Overall, it is a must-read for book lovers who love classic Bengali pieces and also short stories, which will leave you in awe. I give a 4 rating to this book and recommend it for reading. The original one is a wonderful book, and the translated version is worth every bit. It is great to read famous Bengali short stories in the translated form, and applauses to Arunava Sinha, who have attempted this. Hoping to read many more classics and it is a great way to take Bengali literary works to the masses overcoming the language barrier.

For those who might not know about the book, here is a teaser:

The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die is a narration from the protagonist, who comes as a young bride into a family of landlords, but the only thing left is their pride and a big mouth. Gradually, she gets adjusted into the family. Her encounters with the most elderly member of the family, Pishima, isn’t too good. But, when Pishima starts interacting with her after her death as a ghost and gives her the prized possession that is a box of jewelry, their equation changes. Next follows a series of ups and downs in the story, where the shy and timid bride emerges as a saviour of the family, where men are almost nincompoops.

**This is an early review and thanks to BEE Books for sending me the copy for review. The book will soon be available on Amazon, Flipkart, and other online portals. So, please do order your copy and enjoy this lovely short story.

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