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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday Snapshot - Tsongmo/Changu Lake - Sikkim

Saturday Snapshot is the brain child by Alyce of At Home With Books. It is currently being hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mummy Reads. It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Melinda's site.

This week I am sharing some pics of Tsongmo Lake in Sikkim, India.


Tsongmo/Changu Lake is a glacial lake situated at a height of 12400 feet.  It is about 40 kms away from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. We were lucky to find snow there, the views are absolutely breathtaking.


Clouds covering the mountains..

 Grey Clouds settling in..
The other side.. Can you notice the winding roads..

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Flowers are the Music of the Ground


Linking it to Saturday Snapshot.

Saturday Snapshot is the brain child by Alyce of At Home With Books. It is currently being hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mummy Reads. It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Melinda's site.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Arjuna – Saga of a Pandava Warrior Prince – by Anuja Chadramouli - A Book Review


Arjuna – Saga of a Pandava Warrior Prince – by Anuja Chadramouli

Quoted from the blurb:

Arjuna is the immortal tale of one of India's greatest heroes. These pages retell in riveting detail the story of the Pandava Warrior-Prince who has captured the imagination of millions across centuries. This is the intense and human story of his loves, friendship, ambitions, weaknesses and follies, as well as his untimely death and revival, his stint as a eunuch, and the innermost reaches of his thoughts.

Told in a refreshingly modern and humorous style and set against the staggering backdrop of the Mahabharata. Arjuna’s story appeals equally to the average, discerning reader and the scholar. It spans the epic journey from before his birth, when omens foretold his greatness, across the fabled, wondrous landscape that was his life.

I am back again, with a review of yet another book from the mythology genre. If you follow book reviews by on this blog, then you would know that I love books based on the Indian Mythology. That’s why whenever I have the opportunity to read such books, I don’t let that go. I received this book from Leadstart Publishing along with 'Asura' for an unbiased review. You can read my review of Asura by Anand Neelakantan here.

First let me tell you that I can never get tired to reading books on Mahabharata and Ramayana. That’s why I did enjoy reading this book but not as much as I had expected to. Arjuna as we know is one of the Pandava brothers and in this book the author has tried to tell the story of his life. Arjuna is the most accomplished of the five brothers; he like his brothers has a divine origin, is the most successful archer and is bestowed with celestial power which proves indispensable in the battle of Kurukshetra. 

The author dwells on the various characteristic traits of Arjuna; she explores how despite being invincible, he has his own weaknesses and shortcomings; she treats him like a human. Some specific stories told about Arjuna in the book are not that common. So, you do get to read something new. But, overall the whole story is narrated in the back drop of Mahabharata and that is why I felt that this book was just another retelling of Mahabharata with a few extra pages about Arjuna. When I first saw the title ‘Arjuna’ I was hoping for an Arjuna’s version of Mahabharata. I thought it would be something like ‘ThePalace of Illusion’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. But that’s not the case. A person reading Mahabharata based book for the first time would enjoy it more. On the writing front, I would say that the author did a perfect job. It is lucid and keeps the readers engaged.

Overall, it is a great effort by a debut author. I will certainly look forward to her future works. Anyone interested in Mahabharata can pick up this book.


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Monday, October 14, 2013

Asura – Tale of the Vanquished by Anand Neelakantan - A Book Review



Asura – Tale of the Vanquished by Anand Neelakantan

We have all heard the epic tale of Ramayana. My earliest memories of it are of the Ramayana serial by Ramananda Sagar, which was telecast on Doordarshan. I was kid then but even then, I knew that Rama was the hero and Ravana was evil personified. This belief is deep rooted in us Indians. That is why when I read this book Asura by Anand Neelakantan; I took a while to absorb what I read. The blurb of the book best describes what the book is all about.

The epic tale of victory and defeat...

The story of the Ramayana had been told innumerable times. The enthralling story of Rama, the incarnation of God, who slew Ravana, the evil demon of darkness, is known to every Indian. And in the pages of history, as always, it is the version told by the victor that lives on. The voice of the vanquished remains lost in silence.

But what if Ravana and his people had a different story to tell? The story of the Ravanayana has never been told. Asura is the epic tale of the vanquished Asura people, a story that has been cherished by the oppressed castes of India for 3000 years. Until now, no Asura has dared to tell the tale. But perhaps the time has come for the dead and the defeated to speak. 

I have always held Ramayana and Mahabharata in awe. They are the treasure of Indian mythology. This book is a very different, in fact radical take on our conventional Ramayana. Read it with an open mind and you will be able to appreciate the author’s view. It takes a genius to have a different take on stories that have been there in our society since ages. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have my problems with this book. Let me elaborate a bit.

The story of ‘Asura’ is narrated by two people. One is Ravana himself and the other is his follower, a common man – Bhadra. Ravana is depicted as a more humane character than we have always perceived him to be. He has with his own strengths and weaknesses, dreams and fears. He is driven by ambition and that is what makes him the lord of the Demons. He leads his people through numerous victories and carves out a vast empire from the Devas. Bhadra is a common man who follows Ravana throughout his journey to the throne and after. He has his own reason for his enmity with the Devas. As readers, we get to know about all the trial and tribulations in his life as well.


I think the book could have been shorter; it could have been better edited. In many stances, I felt like skipping pages. The self-conversations of Ravana and Bhadra that were sprinkled generously throughout the book were at times drag and made the read monotonous. I would have appreciated the book a bit more if the use of abusive language was kept to a minimum. That the author has put in a lot of effort in the research of the book is evident. You will find that there is an explanation or a new perspective on everything. Overall, I would say that it was great to read a new theory/perspective on Ramayana. It is hard to believe that this is the author’s debut book, he very much writes like a seasoned author. The style of writing is really impressive. You can actually visualize all the scenes in your mind. If you are a Indian mythology enthusiast like me, you can surely pick this book.

received this book from Lead Start Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Never Mind Yaar by K Mathur - A book review

The title is an attitude - our tendency to feel defeated by the scale and nature of certain problems. Rather than meet them head on, we circumvent them with a sigh and a consoling “never mind, yaar”.

 When long time friends Binaifer Desai and Louella D’Costa meet Shalini Dayal at Gyan Shakti College, a true friendship that transcends cultural and religious backgrounds is born. Louella is a Christian, Binaifer, a Parsi and Shalini, a Hindu.

The novel’s main plot line surrounds Shalini who has fallen for an impetuous student activist, Bhagu. Where does his desire to help the less fortunate lead him? The challenges are many - Shalini’s tradition bound family, the couple’s youth and inexperience and the travails of life in Mumbai, a city the girls love but know, is fraught with communal tension.


When I saw this book up for review on blogadda.com, I thought it was going to be a light and interesting read. But, I was sorely disappointed. To begin with, I had great difficulty getting into the story. The story starts with 3 girls, each with a different background meeting each other as they begin their college life. There is a detailed description of the college and college life. The author then moves on and weaves in a political angle into the story. The infamous Mumbai blasts also forms a part of the plot. Then there is a love angle as well. The blurb of the books says about it. I would say, that the author tried to incorporate too many things into the story and as a result, she lost the grip on the story. The book failed to arouse any interest in me.

I didn't find any relevance of the title 'Never Mind Yaar' with the story in the novel. I would say: stay away from the book.

About the Author: (from the cover of the book itself)

Born and brought up in Mumbai, K. Mathur lives with her family in New Zealand

Mathur showcases her unique perspective into her city’s psyche in Never Mind Yaar.

“I’ve always enjoyed my city except when violence has erupted between communities. On the whole people seem to get along fine. We are proud of our own community but accept that others are proud of theirs. The food we eat, the clothes we wear and the languages and dialects we converse in are diverse and most of us say vive la difference. But there’s a handful in every community who are extremely suspicious of those differences.”

“Why is secularism or a different way of doing things such a threat to these people? This issue has disturbed me since the 1980s when I witnessed communal riots in Mumbai. I felt compelled to talk about it in Never Mind Yaar. But first and foremost, the book is a love story and a story of friendship and fun between three young girls from different backgrounds – Hindu, Parsi and Christian – who meet at college.”

This review is a part of the biggest Book Reviews Program. for Indian Bloggers. Participate now to get free books! Thank you Blog adda for giving me the opportunity.

Monday, October 7, 2013

English Bites by Manish Gupta - A Book Review


When look and see have similar meanings, how can overlook and oversee be opposites?

If you decide to be bad forever, you decide to be bad for good!

How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell the next day?

They are head over heels in love. That’s nice, but don’t we do almost everything head over heels?

Were you scratching your head over these? Well, I thought you would to do so.

Now tell me the longest English word you know. Yes, you can scratch your head as much as you like!

Okay. I will give you a hint. It has to be at least 35 letters long. Yes, you heard me right, at least 35 letters and no, you cannot go to Google.

Well, if you are wondering why I am flaunting my English skills today, then let me tell you about the source of my newly acquired skills. It is English Bites by Manish Gupta.

I received a review copy from the author for an unbiased review of the same.

English Bites by Manish Gupta is an ideal book for anyone who is intrigued by the English language. It will definitely satiate your curiosity and will help you to improve your English vocabulary. Through this book the author regales about his tumultuous journey of conquering the English language.

English language was the author's biggest nightmare at a point in life but, eventually with perseverance and incessant toiling he finally overcame it. English Bites is a unique English learning guide that is designed to make learning new English words easy and interesting. The use of jokes, anecdotes and amusing trivia about words, makes it a one-of-its-kind English learning book. Whether you are an individual looking to increase your word bank, or are preparing for CAT/GRE/GMAT, this book will certainly help you. 

The format of the book is interesting. The author highlights interesting new words in bold and shares its meaning in the footnote. This saves you the time of looking up the word in the dictionary. Although, I did feel at times that it was interrupting the flow of the book. However, one can choose completely overlook this section and refer it only when needed. This is not a book that you can sit down with and read in a go. Instead, it is one that needs to be read slowly, a chapter or less at a time. When I started reading this book, I made it a point to bookmark the parts I liked by folding the page. As I progressed with the book, I realized there was no point in doing so, as in every other page, there was something new. 

This book is not a piece of fiction and is not meant to tell you a story. It has only one aim - to help you with the English language. However, in this process, the author shares incidents and stories from his life that lightens the learning experience for the readers and breaks the monotony. However, at some points you might feel that there is too much happening, or it is too much to absorb. It is a sign that you must keep it aside for a while, ruminate over what you have learnt and come back when ready for more. 

Lastly, it is a book that you will have to read more than once to be fully able to learn from it. I will leave you with an interesting excerpt from the book that left me laughing out loud.

“While sharing a cozy corner with her current heartthrob, Sarah suddenly held John’s hand and looking up, announced: ‘The firmament is azure, let’s go to the shore.’ At first, he was not sure what she was suggesting. And just as they reached the destination, the firmament began to roar, and they were caught in a downpour. While running to find some shelter, she suddenly stopped him and looking into his eyes, said, ‘Let’s get bedraggled.’

“Poor John was unable to decide if it really was a flirtatious overture (courtesy the ‘bed’ in bedraggled) or if she meant something else. By a mischance, he decided to go with his initial hunch, and the stinging slap he received ensured that for the rest of his life he would remember that to get bedraggled is to get drenched in water.”

I would like to thank the author for offering me this book for review. I recommend this book to all English language enthusiast and lovers.

About the Author: Manish Gupta is a banking professional. When not crunching numbers, he examines the vagaries and idiosyncrasies of the English language. An engineering graduate from Punjab Engineering College and an MBA from XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, he lives in Mumbai with his life and two daughters.

P.S: If you would like to know which is the longest English word or other English language trivia, get yourself a copy of English Bites.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Winner of the Vegetarian Library Collection Cookbook Giveaway is....

Time flies fast..

Really fast..

I mean it..

I know I am irritating you with unnecessary text before announcing the winner of the cookbook giveaway hosted here. But, I hope you will read this before you scroll down.

This was the first cookbook giveaway I hosted on this blog and it has been a great experience. Although, I didn't spend much time publicizing the giveaway (I know I should have dedicated a little more time to it), but I received a decent 59 valid entries for the same. I thank everyone who took their time and participated in the event.

I went for a simple method to choose the winner. I prepared an excel sheet with all the entries. I numbered all the entries from 1 to 59. Then I prepared chits for those numbers and did the honor of choosing one. Does it sound primitive? Well, I am not really very proficient in the more sophisticated online tools and hence, I chose this only.

Now that I am done with my chit chat, can I have the drum roll please! The winner of the Sanjeev Kapoor's Vegetarian Library Kitchen is....number '50' of the list. This number belongs to..



Congrats Priya on winning the giveaway.. I will mail you soon to get the Indian postal address where the cookbooks can be sent.

Thank you everyone for participating. Stay tuned as I have some more events and giveaways in the pipeline.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Michhami Dukkadam


Today is the auspicious occasion of Jain Samvatsari. On this auspicious occasion, I ask for your forgiveness if I have hurt you knowingly or unknowingly by words or action, “Micchami Dukkadam”


“KHAAMEMI SAVVE JEEVA
SAVVE JEEVA KHAMANTU ME
METTI ME SAVVE BHUYESU
VAIRAM MAJHAM NA KENAI.”

“I grant forgiveness to all living beings,
All living beings grant me forgiveness.
My friendship is with all living beings,
My enmity is totally nonexistent.”




Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mango Yogurt Delight - A New Take on Aamarakhand


Mango Yogurt Delight - A New Take on Aamarakhand

My younger sister who is enjoying her time at home is quite excited about trying new recipes these days. For the couple of days I was there some time back, she pestered me to teach her something new. So, you see I had to play my part of being an elder sister. But, she made my task even easier. She told me exactly what she wanted to learn and one of her requests was learning how to make Aamarakhand. My mom had bought a large local mango and set a good quantity of yogurt to set the stage.

Making Aamarakhand is one of the simplest Indian desserts. The only tricky part is making the hung yogurt. It is time consuming but quite simple. So, if you are going to make this dessert, plan it in advance. While I was preparing to make this dessert, I decided to give this dish a new look. That's when the idea of making a trifle struck my mind. Lets see how I made it.

How to make hung yogurt?

Take a large sieve and line it with muslin cloth. Pour the normal yogurt over it and let it drain. You can keep the whole set up in your refrigerator over night. The yogurt will reduce to half its original quantity. If you are in a hurry, you can tie a knot in the muslin cloth and hang it on your kitchen sink tap. The whey will strain out leaving behind nice thick yogurt.

Recipe for Mango Yogurt Delight:

Serves 4:
Ingredients:

400 ml hung thick yogurt ( made from 800-900 ml normal set yogurt)
4-5 tbsp powdered sugar, adjust to taste
A few strands of saffron soaked in 2 tsp warm milk
Powdered cardamom, about 1/4 tsp

300-350 ml fresh thick mango puree
2-3 tbsp sugar, if needed

A few pieces of mango flesh and chopped pistachios for garnishing

If I were to make normal Aamarakhand, I would have stirred all the ingredients. Here, I went for layering instead. In 4 individual short glasses layer the yogurt mixture and mango purée alternately. Keep the yogurt mixture as the top layer. Garnish with mango pieces and pistachios. Keep in refrigerator till needed. Serve chilled,


**You can increase or decrease the quantity depending on the glass size. The one I used was a larger one and served good for two people.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Land of the Seven Rivers by Sanjeev Sanyal




Land of the Seven Rivers by Sanjeev Sanyal

I have been reading this book for the last two weeks. I went slow, read a few pages at a time. This is the sort of book that needs slow reading. I am not saying it is a heavy read, but I would definitely say that it is brimming with information of events on the various events in history of India that eventually had a geographical significance. Hence, one should take their time to grasp and understand it. I should apologize to Think WhyNot Group, who send me the review copy of this book as I took more than the due time to read and review this book.

India has been known throughout the history as the land of seven rivers. The tag line of the book says - "A Brief History of India's Geography". That itself is intriguing. Indians have bad memories of the partition which resulted in the creation of our country along with our neighbours. Various regions of the country are still under territorial dispute with the neighboring countries. Major ethnic groups are asking for division and creation of states for themselves. Hence, a knowledge of India's historical geography is a must for all Indians.

The blurb asks interesting questions.

Did ancient India witness the great flood? Why did Buddha gave his first sermon in Sarnath? How did Europeans map India?

It is very possible that these questions never crossed our minds, but they are sure to ignite your curiosity once you come across them. The author delves deep into our history to find answers about our geographical history. He talks about Indus Valley Civilization, the Mauryan empire, various dynasties that ruled the country, the British rule, partition, and much more. He also talks about the battle of Kurukshetra. The geographical history of our country is very much entwined with the political history and hence, one cannot segregate events into a particular category. The political events in history always had a geographical consequence and the author dwells on them to understand its significance. He also dwells on the tectonic movements of the earth's land that has over ages changed the geography of the world.

The book is full of interesting takes on the geographical changes that finally shaped India's destiny. You will feel enlightened once you have read it. Having said that I must add that the information in this book can be overwhelming at times. If you, like me were never very strong in the subjects of history and geography, then you might have to re- read parts of the book in order to understand it properly.

About the Author: A Rhodes Scholar, an Eisenhower Fellow, Sanjeev Sanyal is a global strategist in India's largest banks. He juggles between India and Singapore for work. He was named Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum. His first book, The Indian Renaissance: India's Rise After a Thousand Years of Decline was published by Penguin in 2008.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Nutella Swirl Cupcakes by My Little Sister

I can't believe it is almost going to be a month since I blogged last on this space. I have received mails and messages from friends and readers as to why this space has been void for such a long time.I don't know myself, but it looks like I am going through a severe blogger's block.

Even, today one of my younger sis' experiments in the kitchen is rescuing this space from the long silence. This month, I have spent a good amount of time away from my kitchen and now I am enjoying a couple of days at my mom's place. Today's recipe - Nutella Swirl Cupcake is one of the results of my little sis' baking adventures.

Linking to the ongoing Food Carnival on this space. Comment on this post and have a chance to win the giveaway cookbook. 

Coming to the recipe now:

Nutella Swirl Cupcakes



Ingredients
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking power
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 can of sweetened Condensed milk a bout 200 gm
1/4 cup butter or vegetable oil
1/2 cup fat free milk or butter milk to make cupcakes more moisty
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vinegar
6 large spoon full of Nutella

Process:

1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease cupcake tin with liners and spray cooking spray on it.
2. Sift flour, baking powder, and soda. Keep on side. In a large bowl, whisk together butter and condensed milk until combined.
3. Add other wet ingredients such as milk, vanilla extract, vinegar and blend well. Add in flour mix (all sifted dry ingredients). Mix until combined.
4. Fill each cup about 2/3 full with batter. Add a dollop of nutella to each and swirl it around a few times with a knife.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool before serving.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Egg less Lemon Drizzle Cake


Soft, fluffy, lemony, tangy..

All these adjective would very well define this yummy lemon drizzle cake. I tried it recently from my recently purchased cookbook. Lemon cake has been on my to try list for a long time and in fact, I have tried a couple of recipes. But, the result were not all that satisfactory. So, when I saw this recipe in Sanjeev Kapoor's Vegetarian Library Collection, I grabbed the opportunity to bake it. I baked half of the original recipe and also modified the recipe a bit. Overall, I am very happy with the results

The cake was light and moist. It remained so even after a day. By that next day it was over. It is sort of addictive. Let's check out the recipe now.


Egg less Lemon Drizzle Cake

Recipe Source: Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor's Vegetarian Kitchen Library Collection

This book collection can be yours! Check out this giveaway post and have a chance to win it.
Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup butter + extra for greasing
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated rind of lemon
1/2 cup yogurt
3-4 tbsp water, use as required

For drizzle:
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
Heat these to form a tangy lemony syrup


Process:

1. Grease a 6 inch cake tin with butter and dust it with flour. Shake off the extra flour. Keep aside. Preheat oven at 180 C.
2. Shift the flour, baking soda, baking powder together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add the yogurt, lemon rind and juice and stir.
3. Add the flour mixture in the liquid mixture little by little while stirring all the while. Add the water as required to form a condensed milk like consistency batter.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake at 180 for 25 minutes.
5. The cake is ready when a skewer inserted inside comes out clean.
6. After leaving it to cool for 5 minutes, take it out of the tin. Drizzle the prepared lemon syrup over the cake while it is still warm. Slice and enjoy!

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Go Green ~ For Saturday Snapshot



With the rains in, the surroundings have become greener! This picture is more than a month old. The grass has also taken a nice green color now.

Saturday Snapshot is the brain child by Alyce of At Home With Books. It is currently being hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mummy Reads. It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Melinda's site.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ Flaunting my Bookmarks


I know this post is for Wordless Wednesday, but I can't help writing a few words here. Today, i am flaunting my bookmarks for which I must thank flipkart. I have bought books from flipkart several times and with every books comes a lovely, funny and silly yet, stylish bookmark. On the reverse is a quirky message. Here is one of my favorite written on the brown bookmark (with the eyes) shown above:

"Important reasons to use silly bookmarks"
Been reading for two days straight? Do not despair! Cut and string your new one-size-fits-all eye relaxer for instant rejuvenation. Works best under artificial light.
 
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Linking it to Wordless Wednesday

Friday, July 12, 2013

Food Carnival and a Cookbook giveaway – Vegetarian Library Collection by Sanjeev Kapoor

If you are a food blogger, I am sure you would love cook books. I too love them and have my own mini collection. However, the number of dishes I have cooked referring them is all together a different story. Very often, I will take all of them out, flip the pages, and bookmark quite a number of recipes. The books go back to their place and I forget about the recipes. There are times when I take inspiration from the recipes I read and come up with something on my own. But, rarely do I follow a recipe to the T.

Still, I perk up at the thought of cookbooks and I know I can never have enough of them. Recently, I bought the Vegetarian Library Collection by Sanjeev Kapoor. It is a collection of 5 books and covers all food courses. From Drinks, Soups, Snacks, Starters, Main Course, Rice, Breads, Pickles, Sweets and Desserts, this collection has it all. Any food enthusiast will love the book.

So, for the first time on Jyoti’s Pages, I am hosting a giveaway and a Food Carnival. I will be giving away the Vegetarian Library Collection by Sanjeev Kapoor to a randomly chosen winner.
  

How to enter Vegetarian Library Collection by Sanjeev Kapoor giveaway

Leave a comment on this post and follow Jyoti’s Pages.

You can increase your chances of winning the giveaway by doing, one or more of the following. Leave a comment once you did so. 
  1. Follow Jyoti’s Pages on Facebook.
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  5. Tweet about this giveaway. You can use the below text
Win Sanjeev Kapoor’s Vegetarian Library Collection. Enter the #cookbook #giveaway on #JyotisPages @JyotiBabel http://tinyurl.com/veglibrarycookbookgiveaway

If you are already liked Jyoti’s Pages on Facebook, are following on Twitter and Pinterest or subscribed to RSS feed, just leave a comment letting me know and I will count in your entries! 

This giveaway is open to all. You don't have to be a blogger to win the cookbook. But, I can ship the book to addresses in India only.

The giveaway starts today and will end on 15th September 2013 and a winner will be randomly picked and announced on 16th September.

The rules for the "Food Carnival" event are simple:
  1.  Blog about a recipe. It can be any course of the meal. The choice is yours and link back your post to this page. Only new entries are allowed. No archived entries please.
  2. The event runs from 15th July to 15th September. 
  3. The recipes should be vegetarian and egg free. 
  4. You don’t have to send a recipe entry to enter the giveaway. However, each entry will count for the giveaway and will increase the probability of winning.
  5. Submit your entries at sethiajyoti119@gmail.com with the subject - Food Carnival
So, what are you waiting for... Get set go!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Capturing the Waterfall ~ Mahabaleshwar for Saturday Snapshot

This week for Saturday Snapshot I am sharing pictures of a waterfall, from our recent tip to Mahabaleshwar

I was trying to play with different shutter speeds and loved how the camera took two different pictures of the same thing!




Enjoy the pictures for now and I will catch up with you later, with more pictures and details.

Saturday Snapshot is the brain child by Alyce of At Home With Books. It is currently being hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mummy Reads. It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Melinda's site.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My Stroke of Luck by Vijay Santhanam

The tag line of this book My Stroke of Luck by Vijay Santhanam will catch your attention. It says -Alphabet to Author - One man's inspiring journey - From Adversity to Triumph. I had applied for this book to review on blogadda, but had no idea what it was all about. Only when I flipped the book to read the blurb, I realized it is non a fictional story book but a person's real story. In the the author narrates about his triumphant journey of recovering from stroke. Yes, this is what the stroke in title of the book signifies.



The writer has given good details about his life in general to set the context of the book. At the age of 41, he was in the peak of his health and the stroke hit him hard, when he least expected it. He has given details of to what extent it affected him, how he fought against it and how eventually he took the charge of his life again. Stroke can be extremely disabling, it can take away from you your motor skills, your mental skills and can make you totally dependent on others. But, to get back to your normal life, you don't just need therapies and medicines but a strong will power and a desire to bounce back into normal life. The author assiduously worked towards relearning alphabets, words, sentences and as a result of his endeavors, he not only achieved what he set out to achieve but, earned something more. The tag line from alphabets to author is a reflection of his arduous journey.

The author has tried to inspire through his example that given a adverse situation even ordinary people can achieve extra ordinary feats. That is with enough self motivation and will power.

If inspirational books interests you, you can pick this book.


What I liked about the book is the author's simple writing style. There were a few typos that could be done away with but overall, it is a book that is easy to read and understand. the author has kept the book free from medical jargon and has tried to explain his medical condition in the simplest terms possible where necessary. He has also suggested books and journals for any one interested in learning more about stroke, its symptoms, terminologies and remedial therapies. But, if you look from an ordinary middle class man's perspective, you will realize that not everyone is fortunate enough to be blessed with the money and supportive friends and family, the author had the privilege of. it played a vital role in the process of recovery for the author. So, as the saying goes 'prevention is better cure', you must be well versed with the symptoms of stroke. So, in case you find yourself or anyone in your family and friends experiencing the same, you take the decision that is in the best interest of your or others health. It will also save you from the hassle and enormous medical expenses that can occur as a result of stroke.
 
Vijay Santhanam was born in Chennai and is a IIM-A graduate. He has worked in senior managerial positions in P&G and BP. He also has two other books to his name and both are on his passion - Cricket. He is based in Singapore now and is a visiting professor at IIM-A and IIM-Lucknow.


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