Monday, August 2, 2021

सुख और दुःख तो लगे ही रहते है- Poetry


 दुनिया में सुख और दुःख तो लगे ही रहते है,

कभी खुशियों से भरे पल है, तो कभी दुखो से मन्न बेहाल है,

लेकिन हमें किसे अपना बनाना है , यह तो सब हम पर ही निर्भर है,

कभी सोचा न था ज़िन्दगी हम पर इतनी मेहरबान होगी, की खुशियाँ संभाले न संभाली जाएँगी,

कभी सोचा न था दुखो के पल काले बदल की तरह खुशियों पर छा जायेंगे,

कभी सोचा न था हिम्मत से डट कर इन काले बदलो को पीछे छोड़ आएंगे,

लेकिन यह हिम्मत जो अपनों से पाई है उसे अपनों के लिए ही उपयोग में लाएंगे,

अपनों की खुशिया सब से ज़ादा मायने रखती है , इसलिए हर मुश्किल को पार कर जायेंगे,

इस दुनिया में आये है तो कुछ कमाल दिखाकर ही जायेंगे,

क्योंकि दुनिया में सुख और दुःख तो लगे ही रहते है

बस किसे अपना बनाना है यह हम पर ही निर्भर है!


@SwatiMathur


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Patna - 800020 by Daisy Bala - Book Review

 

Book Name : Patna - 800020
Author : Daisy Bala
Genre : Fiction

I have been reading non fiction books for quite a sometime now and wanted to break that monotony. I am glad that I came across Daisy Bala's Patna - 800020. The name and the cover of the book evoked curiosity in my mind and wanted to know what this book is all about. Now before sharing the story and review of this book let me tell you little bit about the author.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daisy is passionate about writing poetry and stories, serenading words with embellishments of thoughts and emotions! She pours her incandescent heart on paper scribbling about anything and everything under the sun! She’s a homemaker living in Chicago with her husband and 2 kids and has published her nature poetry eBook “Blossoms and foliages” on kindle, this year. She’s been published in anthologies and online journals with Sharing Stories, Kalamanthan, Literoma, Chrysanthemum Chronicles, Innsaei Journal, etc. In addition, her pieces have been published with Womans Web, Silver Birch Press, Creative Talents Unleashed, Blogadda, and TOI blogs. Off late she’s been writing continuously in English and Hindi both. She was a finalist in Orange Flower Awards for Hindi poetry in 2020.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The intriguing premise of this fiction drama Patna-800020 is a story of homeopathic practitioner Dr. Bimal Prasad (Saheb) and his eccentric family members of Geetha Sadan from the new modern town of Patna. This book has depicted middle class family and their unabating struggles. Each character has their own identity yet have similar value system. Dr. Saheb has four children, the eldest daughter Sushma (Badki) , is mature and strong headed who doesn't want to get married , second daughter Kanchan is naïve and eager to marry, third daughter Chutki is fearless, speaks her mind and lives on her own terms while the youngest who is a son , busy cracking jokes and brings life to the family. Their mother, Barkha Devi is a hindi teacher and take care of the house with utmost dedication. And like any other Indian household mother, she is worried about her daughter's marriage.

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

You really get invested into the characters and their lives and you start to feel their pain and happiness. Every character and their story is so evocative that you feel part of it. What I really liked about each character is that they are conservative yet modern. Every situation has been handled so pragmatically that you can expect a positive ending. 

The USP of this book is that, the author has not just managed to create the ambiance by depicting each character and scene vividly but by using Bihari accent which has made everything so relatable. Certain scenes has portrayed so beautifully that I couldn't help myself reacting to it.There was a scene where due to Kanchan's first hoax alliance, everybody in the family was extremely stressed, mother Barkha Devi had become so restless that she started checking with every handsome guy who could be the suitable alliance for her daughter and then one day she crosses all her limits, asking courier boy if he is married or not?..it was hilarious. Another scene that stayed with me was, when Dr. Saheb motivates her daughter Chutki and says, ” Soaring high is your nature, fly my sweetheart. You have my back! I will always stay like a gust of wind beneath your wings.” this is a sign of simple living with high thinking. 

Author has successfully managed to evoke myriad of emotions and touched upon various important social issues related to dowry, gender discrimination and body shaming. Without being preachy she subtly bashed away all these taboos in her story.

Very well written book, wanted to read more.  It would be great if Daisy take this book forward by adding few more chapters for a better closure. 

BOOK DETAILS

Format : E-book,  PDF version

Pages : 73

Available on- Blogchatter website for free download (for a limited time period) Link is given below

Patna - 800020 by Daisy Bala

This post is part of Blogchatter's E-book Carnival, you can see my contribution for the same A2Z of Image Management

@Swati Mathur


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The Magic Of Reading Aloud To Young Kids by Charu Sareen Gujjal - Book Review

Book Name : The Magic Of Reading Aloud To Young Kids

Author : Charu Sareen Gujjal

Genre : Parenting

In the era of digitization parents are looking for ways to keep their children gadget free. And the best way to do is, by inculcating reading habit in them. Reading stimulates their brain and make them highly imaginative and not only expands their understanding of the language but develop their listening skills as well. Reading has various benefits like improving concentration, making them more empathetic, expanding their vocabulary and so on. The benefits of reading to your children can start even before they are born. As early as 18 weeks of pregnancy a child will be able to start hearing their first sound. When we talk and read to our unborn baby, we are already starting a bonding experience with them. Literacy skills continue to develop while reading to you baby after they are born. Like reading it is also vital to know how do children pick up books to read. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charu Sareen Gujjal is a former teacher and language trainer, a passionate blogger and an author. She is a mom to five-year old twins Aarav and Aarohi, whom she lovingly calls as A&A. Her debut book ''A To Z of Parenting Twins' (published in 2019) is a wonderful resource for new parents on raising twins. She actively writes about her parenting journey on her blog The Mom Sagas which records all her motherhood experiences and everyday sagas of raising twins. She shares useful parenting tips, age-appropriate activities, books /games recommendations for kids, easy DIYs etc. She also expresses her views on topics related to womanhood, health, education and lifestyle.

COVER OF THE BOOK

Now this is fascinating. On the book cover you will see Charu reading a book to her twins. This shows her love for reading and same quality she would like to imbibe in her kids.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The book "The Magic Of Reading Aloud To Young Kids" is a compete guide for parents and caregivers. This book is divided into four sections. The first part deals with "why to read to young kids. Here author has mentioned various benefits of reading books at early age, the second parts talks about "how to read to young kids to make it fun and interactive. In the second section she has also talked about how to deal with reluctant readers and has given some insightful pointers. There is also a mention of importance of rereading and its benefits. While the third part deals with age wise suggestion to what to read to young kids and in the fourth section author has given her personal book recommendations in various categories like Panchatantra stories, Fairy tales, Mythological stories and so on.

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

Being a former teacher and a mother of two, author has given some valuable suggestions as to what to read and how to make reading more interesting. She has touched upon various aspects of book reading with her in-depth knowledge on the subject. This book carters to all the age group of kids and that is the USP of this book.  I think this is a must read book for all those people who want to inculcate reading habit in their children as it not only helps them in their cognitive development but also accelerate their creative and imaginative power. I would like to recommended this book to all those people who believe in life long learning as it is rightly said " once you stop learning you stop growing". And reading is one of the prominent way to have a better and effective learning.

KEY TAKE AWAY FROM THE BOOK

You will know the benefits of reading aloud .

You will learn various techniques to make reading more fun, interactive and interesting for kids.

You will know how to deal with reluctant readers as not every kid has linguistic intelligence.

You will know the importance of rereading the books.

You will learn the art of picking the right book for your kid to develop their love for reading.

You will learn how non-fiction books can help kids to be more aware about their own surroundings.

You will learn how different genre of books can impact child's psychology. 

If you have a child and reading is something that you haven't engaged in much, its never too late. Grab a copy of this book understand the importance of reading aloud as reading a book will go a long way to help build your child's brain.

BOOK DETAILS

Format : ebook, pdf version

Available on- Blogchatter website for free download (for a limited time period) Link is given below

The Magic Of Reading Aloud To Young Kids by Charu Sareen Gujjal 

This post is part of Blogchatter's E-book Carnival, you can see my contribution for the same A2Z of Image Management

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

"It must've been Love " by Mayura Amarkant - Book Review

 


Book Name: It must've been Love 

Author: Mayura Amarkant

Genre: Romantic Fiction, Poetry

Poetry is all around us. It allows us to understand our emotions in a unique way. It not only triggers our emotions and strengthens our brain but gives us space for self- reflection. As American poet Robert Frost once said. " Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." Today I am reviewing a book " It Must have Been Love" a beautiful amalgamation of poetry and prose, which are two common forms of literature. Let me introduce you to the author of this wonderful book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mayura Amarkant is an entrepreneur, blogger, promoter of a theatre group and a prominent writer. “Trapped in Heaven & other stories” was Mayura’s first anthology of romance fiction. With it, she launched Sansi Ventures, the publishing arm of Sarvashreshtha Solutions. The book received praise in India, Netherlands, USA, UK, Singapore, Australia and many other countries across the globe. “It Must Have Been Love” is her latest creation. Her blog, DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter, is among the top lifestyle blogs in India and attracts visitors from over 125 countries. She is a proponent of live art and promotes talent through the Karwan Theatre Group, Mumbai. Armed with over 2 decades of experience, Mayura has written education-related cover features for top newspapers. She has compiled study material, edited coffee-table books, novels, brochures and articles. Her scripts have given form to many corporate movies. She has also curated content for a web series. Even today, she continues to ghost-write for many corporates. 

BOOK BLURB

Ever seen a book that uses prose to narrate poetry? It Must’ve Been Love is a unique book by Mayura Amarkant where poems are recited against the backdrop of an intense love story set in the ‘90s. The narrative style of the book is one-of-its-kind, she has passionately woven each poem to ensure that the reader is hooked throughout. Poetry lovers and fans of romance fiction will love this book.

ABOUT THE BOOK

"It Must Have Been Love" is a collection of poems intertwine with proses that makes it an interesting and a unique read. It is a distinctive love story of Keshav and Meera that has an unusual ending. The book takes you through the myriad of emotions expressed by Meera in this book in the form of poetry. The tone of the each poem and the message conveyed fits the situation perfectly well. In spite being bold Meera is a reticent girl , expressing herself is something she is not comfortable with . Author has done a great job by using poetry which is one of the best outlet worked in Meera's favor. 

COVER OF THE BOOK

Cover of the book is so apt that it says it all. It is a pure reflection of what can be expected from the book. There is an image of a broken heart with a bandage on it which speaks louder than words. It binds beautifully the theme of the book  that is loneliness, heartbreak and jealousy.

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

Reading a love story in a poetic form made me see things from a different perspective and appreciate the same. In this book prose sets the backdrop of the story, while poetry decorated the rhythm with feel. Understanding poetry is not everyone's cup of tea but my adding proses by the author made it easier for the readers to comprehend. It gave me the feel of watching any Bollywood movie , scenes followed by songs. That's why Indian movies' are so popular. I would like to share some excerpts from the poem that I found mesmerizing.

Misguided Reassurance

Your gentle gestures and loving words,

breathed life into my empty world,

I rose from the ashes with new found confidence,

and cruised through life without diffidence.

To let go I tried, but failed

The past cannot be forgotten, don't you know?

There will always be signs of the painful blow.

My soul is bound in chains of hope,

that you will return and there is still scope,

I have realized that I love the poem that are rhythmic and positive. Despite Meera going through difficult emotions she is still optimistic about her situation and for that credit goes to Mayura.

I thoroughly  enjoyed reading this book but at personal level I believe in closure and somewhere that was missing here. But someone who likes open- ended stories would enjoy this even more.

BOOK DETAILS

Format: ebook, pdf version

Pages: 46

Available on- Blogchatter website for free download (for a limited time period) Link is given below

It must've been Love by Mayura Amakant

This post is part of Blogchatter's E-book Carnival, you can see my contribution for the same A2Z of Image Management

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@Swati Mathur




Saturday, June 26, 2021

This Is Not You! - Poetry



Every thing looks normal.....The day begin and the day ends,

The chores begin and the chores ends,

But there is something which feels hollow.

You accept your fate and learn to deal with it!

You even gain expertise in dealing with torment,

So much so that not even your inner soul feels it,

How do you do that?

Is it you or you pretend to be one!

Don't make things difficult for yourself.

Are you doing this so that everything should remain the way it is,

Or you are scared to deal with the consequences,

Or is it your fear of inadequacy

Where did that confidence go?

Has it vanished as you don't recognize yourself anymore?

Who are you? Sorry! I don't recognize you.

One who used to be ready to stand against any wrong doing. 

One who had an opinion on anything and everything,

One who was not worried about being judged.

Who is this changed person?

I don't want to acknowledge you. 

You make me feel weak, You make me feel unwanted.

Don't traumatized yourself so much so that you stop feeling the pain.

Love yourself, embrace yourself,

Don't let this pain become your life long strain.

@Swati Mathur

This post is part of Blogchatter's Blogchatter Half Marathon