Monday, January 3, 2022

Young Blood -Ten Terrifying College Tales by Chandrima Das - Book Review



Book Name: Young Blood

Author Name: Chandrima Das

Genre: Horror/ Thriller

Colleges and universities always strive for exceptional academics, outstanding athletics and impressive faculties and many more. In India we have colleges with rich history but as they say with rich past comes spooky legends, ghost stories, and horrific tales that point to the paranormal. The book Young Blood will give you sneak peak into all of these and much more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chandrima Das has a B. Tech in Computer Science from NIT Durgapur and an MBA from IIM Calcutta, where she was awarded the OPJEMS and Aditya Birla scholarship. After a decade-long career in management consulting that spanned all the way from Wall Street, New York , to rural Bihar, she followed her passion for writing full-time. Her digital debut, The Talking Dead was a bestseller in the horror category. She's performed live at storytelling events with Tall Tales and Kommune, and was published in The Best of Tall Tales. Chandrima was born in Shillong, grew up in Guwahati, and is presently based in Mumbai.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Some colleges are said to be built on ancient burials sites, others were apparently seen some tragic and unexplained deaths. It is quite scary to know that so many colleges are supposedly haunted. Taking in everything from haunted building, to not so friendly wraith are as varied as they are chilling. Young Blood is a collection of ten such spooky and spine-tingling stories that are shared by the people who have encountered them. All the stories happen in well-reputed national institutions from IITs to NITs to other academic centers spread all our India, be it  Hyderabad, Pune, Delhi, Shillong, Shimla and Manipal.

Every character in the book from best of friends, to deep in love lovers, unyielding hostel wardens and slothful college security and those uncanny abandoned building are so relatable that you would not be able to stop yourself from remembering your own college haunted stories.

The ending of each story will push you to rethink on "What has just happened"? you would like to know more as to what happen next. I feel every story seems to have an underlining moral thread, be it racism, societal pressure, discrimination based on gender, stalking and so on. Though all the stories are gripping and eerie but there are two stories that kept me spell bound.

"The inner Door" takes place in University of Delhi. It is a story about Sushma a girl from North East and Kanika a girl from Ghaziabad. It started with discrimination against north east people and how both these girls trapped in a haunted PG and get themselves freed. 

"Ghost of a Chance" is a story about IIT Kanpur. It is a story about young college boy who tries to commit suicide and the ghost he met thereafter. The end has literally given me goose bumps.

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

📒Loved the undertones of thrill, dread and suspense in the writing style. The book is what you would call a classic page-turner. From the very start till the very end, it is gripping and compelling. 

📒The beauty of the author's writing is the ability of the reader to finish the book in one go. There is no way one can put the book down before finishing each story. 

📒I really liked the way she has introduced this book with a beautiful quote by Stephen King which says' If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die.' I agree, we learn to face the real fear and how to deal with it too once we enter the real world and here it's college where you feel the smell of real independence probably for the first time.

📒She has taken a dig on Karan Johar's unrealistic model of Indian Colleges which is true to the core. 

📒The author has rightly pointed out that these spooky stories are like cautionary tales, advise students not just what to do but more often what NOT to do.

If you are a fan of horror and thriller and need a quick read this is an apt book to read.

BOOK DETAILS

Page: 336

Publisher: Harper Collins India

Format: Paperback / Kindle Edition

Price: INR 237/ INR 72

Book Availability: Amazon

This post is part of Blogchatter's #BookReview Program



Monday, November 22, 2021

Be Your Own Strength - Poetry #CauseAChatter

When you are being knocked down and thrown down,

But look at you , you still stand tall.

When you are being picked and plucked and poked from your home,

But look at you, you still go long.

When you are being defeated and disassembled by your own loved ones,

But look at you , you still dance and sing as there is no tomorrow.

When the world comes crashing at your feet,

But look at you, you still pick up those pieces.

When your circumstances are not that great,

But look at you, you still do not loose hope.

Look at you, love, still here and hopeful

As nothing has happened after all!

~Swati Mathur


This Post is Part of Blogchatter's CauseAChatter Campaign


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

7 Valuable Tips To Read More Books #TBRChallenge

Once the festive season begins, time flies really fast. Two more months are left for new year but it feels as if New Year's eve is right around the corner. And when New year's eve approaches, the first thing which comes to my mind and I am sure for the most of you as well is setting goals and resolutions. The most common resolutions are losing weight and book reading. Let's focus on book reading today. People keep this resolution as maybe they didn't read as many books as they wanted to, or maybe they read quite a lot but still want to do better, or probably because they have a lot of good recommendations from family or friends this year. The reason could be many, but how do you make sure that you reach your target without being distracted. 

People who read greater number of books read not because they have ample amount of time but because they are committed and of course their love for books. Today I am going to share few tips which I have gathered through my experience and which can help you find ways to fit more reading to your schedule, prevent burnout and achieve targets.

Being part of Blogchatter's community, I have been exposed to numerous authors and some amazing books. Here are some of my recommendations. 


If you are looking for some good e-books you can checkout here

TIPS TO READ MORE BOOKS

Set goals

Once you have set reading goals it is much easier to read more books. Blogchatter's TBR challenge is an excellent way to track your goals, as it can guide you about your performance as a reader and help you stay on schedule. I personally feel setting goals keeps you motivated and pushes you hard to achieve them. The best way to set goals are by writing it down as this makes you not just committed but accountable too. 

Join a club or community

As I mentioned earlier being part of Blogchatter's community, I have read almost 50+ books within the span of 6 months. Sometime people ask me "Do you have more than 24 hours in a day?" "How do you do this"? Well for me what really worked is that, these communities push your limits and help you to set goals which are attainable yet little higher than your reach. When you meet like-minded people having similar goals, the path of success becomes achievable and enjoyable. These communities and clubs are great ways to hold you accountable as you need to finish the book by certain date secondly you can have some wonderful recommendation across the genre.

Try different genre

I am someone who doesn't like being in my comfort zone as it becomes too boring and monotonous .Trying new things, learning new stuff fascinates me and keeps me motivated. Similarly, for me books are all about new experiences and new worlds. During the process you may discover your new favorite thing, and it will definitely wobble up your reading life.

Have an accountability partner

Having an accountable partner really work wonders. If you have someone on your side with whom you can share your thoughts and discuss about your read, it encourages you to read the book till the end and not give up in between. There will be better recommendations as they know your likes and dislikes. It can be a win-win situation for both.

Have a reading nook

Having a reading space which is comfortable and classy, where you would love to spend time can help you read more books. If you don't have one, create a space in your home which has comfortable sitting and good lighting. This will keep your mind more relaxed and you can be highly productive while reading.

Take Breaks

Take breaks to avoid burnout. It is important that you know your limits and do not exhaust yourself. Try to apply POMODORA technique. You can always play with time limits that is comfortable for you. Set your timer and read as long as you are comfortable by taking regular intervals like taking a walk or a nap or snaking. Do not push yourself so much so that you end up with physical and physiological pain. If you want to take a day or two break, you can, do not feel guilty as this is to create positive habit and not to force yourself to the extent of burnout.

Do not regret, if you do not finish

It's Ok if you do not finish any book, especially if you are not liking it. Forcing yourself to read something you are not enjoying is no way to reach your reading goal. Holding on to something which is not of your interest or something of not your liking will take away all the enjoyment and can slow down your reading process.

Happy Reading! 

I'm participating in Blogchatter's #TBRChallenge 











Monday, October 25, 2021

Finding Myself - Poetry




I started my journey being a seeker,

seeking confidence, seeking success,

but something stopped me,

Is that my comfort or the fear of unknown or is it a sense of uncertainty,

I am not sure, what is it?

When I ask myself "where to"? I have no clue,

but I know this path takes me to my soul.

Do you believe in loosing yourself, before finding yourself,

there is nothing more honest than loving yourself.

I realize I have lost something of mine,

which is magnificent in its design.

I think I have left my heart somewhere 

or the part of me that believes in "Who I am".

I must listen to the call of my heart, 

The call that won't let me be content,

The call that help me find the piece of me that connects me with my destiny.

The piece of the puzzle that fits perfectly into a place of sanity,

The piece that help me break the chain of self doubt and make me come alive,

Its time to share the real me to the world I thrive.

I do not want to fit in like the world expects from me,

but I want to stand out like I was born to be.

I am not ready to give myself away,

I am done denying myself, I will not let myself fade away,

This part of my life is all about me, believing in everything I do.

I have come to peace with my spirit.

I love who I am, and what I do.

My journey of self discovery and self love has just begun...........

So hold me tight my thoughts, as this is the new beginning of adventurous life span.

@Swati Mathur

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Growing Up With Teens (A Cherry On Parenting Cake) by Ruchi Verma - Book Review


Book Name : Growing Up With Teens

Author Name : Ruchi Verma

Genre: Parenting/ Non-Fiction


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ruchi Verma, a well-known and multiple award-winning Blogger who is listed among 50 top most influential content marketing professionals and a certified Teen parenting practitioner. IT professional on papers, experienced in IT industry and Ex faculty in the leading University, she is a mother of two adorable kids and her brainchild called her blog where she shares her thoughts (www.wigglingpen.com) and started it with the sole motive to "gain knowledge by sharing knowledge". 

BLURB

Parenting is the most beautiful never-ending journey that starts with the birth of a child. Every phase of a kid's growth is special and needs to be taken care of but the most delicate phase of parenting is "teenager parenting" which needs to be actually handled with care. Talking to your daughter about puberty still is a big issue in Indian society but do we talk about our son's puberty? As much as your daughter needs to know this from their first teacher of life and that's you. This book is for each of those parents who want to talk and discuss with their teenager champions but don't know where to start. This book is a helping hand from a mother to all parents to walk and grow with their growing teens, talking freely about sex education, social media, cyberbullying, and much more.

ABOUT THE BOOK

There is no joy comparable to parenthood! There is no greater joy than having loving, independent, free-thinking, well-adjusted, self-motivated, and self-disciplined children. Though parenting is a joy, it is equally challenging. And the book "Growing up with teens" address the most crucial stage of childhood and that is adolescence. It is very vital period as it determines how a person will view and interact with the world as an adult. Therefore, it is important to provide adolescents with opportunities to make independent decisions and take healthy risks. 

According to the author, communication is the key for successful parenting. This book does not intent to be preachy, in fact the author has shared her personal experiences and very categorically mentioned that there is no right or wrong way of parenting. Each and every parent has his or her own way of dealing with children that totally depends upon kids' personality.

The book covers everything which one needs to know while dealing with teens. She has not just talked about how to handle daughter's puberty but also how important is to deal with son's puberty. As a mother of two kids, a girl and a boy, she has highlighted strategies to deal with both the gender.

As we know the quality of the environment where children and adolescents grow up shapes their well-being and development. Poor mental health or unmanaged mental health problems can affect child's wellbeing and therefore author felt a need to address this issue too in this book. Sex education is still a taboo in our society but it definitely requires attention and awareness. This book not just talks about what to teach but also shared various approaches to deal with this fragile issue.

Social media plays a big role in teen culture today and therefore it is imperative for parents to know how to deal with it. A big thanks to author for bringing up this issue and sharing some insightful inputs in dealing with it. 

This book deals with all the important issues which a teenager faces during their adolescent age. Author has given some important tools and techniques in dealing with children at the most crucial stage of their lives.

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

This is a breakthrough book that will aid parents with some vital tools and techniques in dealing with teens. From having positive attitude, to keeping them constructively engaged, to maintaining healthy relationships, to satisfying their curiosity, to motivating them to achieve their goals and last but not the least teaching them how to take failure are some important issues which author has effectively addressed.

This book is written in simple language yet very effective. Author has left no stone unturned. She has touched upon all the important issues with some doable strategies to deal with it. If you are a parent of a teen or if your child is steeping into the world of adolescent, this book is an apt read to prepare yourself to be a better parent.

BOOK DETAILS

Format : Paperback/Kindle edition

Price: 200 INR/ 89 INR

Pages: 86

Availability : Amazon