Tuesday, May 28, 2024

TASTY TIFFIN (40+ Delicious and Healthy Lunch plans For Kids) by Archana Doshi

NAME OF THE BOOK: TASTY TIFFIN (40+ Delicious and Healthy Lunch plans For Kids


GENRE: Cook Book


Packing a lunchbox for kids can often feel like navigating a culinary minefield. It's not just about taste; it's about finding that delicate balance between deliciousness and nutrition. As adults, we understand the allure of junk food, but when it comes to our little ones, we want to ensure they are getting the best fuel for their growing bodies. That's where Archana Doshi steps in with her latest masterpiece, "Tasty Tiffin."

In this groundbreaking cookbook, Doshi presents over 40 mouthwatering lunch plans tailored specifically for kids. But here's the kicker, these meals are not just tasty; they are also incredibly nutritious. Doshi ingeniously combines kid-friendly favorites with wholesome ingredients, proving once and for all that healthy eating doesn't have to be boring.

As a foodie and a mother on a mission to make nutritious eating more appealing, I was immediately drawn to "Tasty Tiffin." Doshi's innovative approach to classic recipes blew me away, demonstrating that you can satisfy even the pickiest of eaters without compromising on health.

Each lunch plan in the book is a culinary masterpiece, carefully crafted to tantalize young taste buds while providing essential nutrients for growth and development. From colorful veggie sandwiches to protein-packed salads, Doshi proves that eating well doesn't have to mean sacrificing flavour.

What truly sets "Tasty Tiffin" apart is it's emphasis on creativity and variety. Doshi understands that kids can be fickle eaters, so she offers a diverse array of recipes to keep lunchtime exciting day after day. Plus, with helpful tips on meal prep and presentation, parents can feel confident knowing they are sending their little ones off with meals that are as visually appealing as they are delicious.

A highlight of "Tasty Tiffin" that truly stands out is its array of mixed rice creations, ranging from aromatic mushroom biryani to vibrant beetroot rice. These inventive rice dishes offer a delightful twist on traditional favorites, presenting flavors and combinations that I, personally, hadn't explored before. I have found that rice, particularly for kids, is not only easy to enjoy but also incredibly satisfying. When paired with nutritious ingredients and presented with flair, it becomes an irresistible meal option for young palates. With "Tasty Tiffin," kids are treated to a winning combination of taste, health, and visual appeal that leaves them asking for more.

In addition to providing recipes with detailed ingredients and methods, Archana goes the extra mile by including tantalizing tiffin pictures in her cookbook. These vibrant visuals not only showcase how the final dish looks but also offer creative ideas for food combinations. As a food enthusiast, I find this aspect of the book particularly engaging and appealing. Being able to see the colorful array of dishes helps me envision how I can incorporate them into my own meal plans, sparking my culinary creativity and inspiring me to try new flavor pairings. With Archana's thoughtful inclusion of tiffin pictures, the cookbook becomes not just a collection of recipes, but a visual feast that ignites the imagination and whets the appetite.

Archana has ingeniously introduced a weekly Tasty Tiffin Planner, and it's nothing short of a culinary marvel. I was immediately captivated by its meticulous curation and thoughtful design. What struck me most was the inclusion of daily recipes paired with corresponding grocery lists. You can create your own planner to ensure that no ingredient is overlooked, making meal preparation a breeze and eliminating any last-minute grocery runs. Such meticulous planning not only streamlines the cooking process but also serves as a powerful motivator for culinary exploration. With this book, trying new recipes becomes an exciting and achievable endeavor, inspiring home cooks to embrace creativity in the kitchen and savor the joy of discovering delicious new flavors.


As a parent myself, I know firsthand the struggle of finding nutritious yet appealing foods for kids. That's why this book has become my go-to resource for packed lunches. Doshi's recipes have transformed mealtime into a fun and flavorful adventure, and I can't wait to see the smiles on my kids' faces as they discover each new culinary delight.

"Tasty Tiffin" is a game-changer for parents looking to provide wholesome meals that kids will actually want to eat. With its creative recipes, practical advice, and unwavering commitment to flavor and nutrition, it's a must-have addition to any family cookbook collection. Thanks to Archana Doshi, packing a nutritious lunch has never been easier – or more delicious!


Format: Paperback

Price: INR 339

Pages: 152

Publisher: HarperCollins India

Availability: Amazon

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Monday, May 27, 2024

"Fatal Love" - A LOVE UNDONE by Urmi Sanghavi Mehta


AUTHOR OF THE BOOK: Urmi Sanghavi Mehta

GENRE: Fiction/ Thriller

RATING: 4.5/5


It’s time to interview Miss Tiara Swan- an orphan, new to the city of Vale, and a victim to a grave crime. Ever heard a victim plead not guilty for a criminal? No? Well, that’s what Tiara is doing for Jake. The entire city is shocked at this and can’t wait to unveil the truth. As Tiara joins forces with the Narcotics; with Derek- the only officer to truly understand her; she embarks her journey on a meticulously planned operation and yet no one accounted for love. Will she choose her heart over her allegiance or will her heart suffer? And if so, at what cost?


"Fatal Love" by Urmi Sanghavi Mehta is a riveting tale that delves deep into the complexities of love, loyalty, and betrayal. Set in the vibrant city of Vale, the story follows the journey of Tiara Swan, a young orphan who finds herself entangled in a web of crime and deception. Mehta takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the tumultuous life of Tiara, a determined orphan with dreams of making her mark on the world. Divided into 15 chapters, each intersperses Tiara's present-day conversations with reflections on the past six months of her life, painting a vivid portrait of her struggles, triumphs, and the unexpected twists that fate throws her way.

The premise of the novel is as intriguing as it is unconventional: a victim pleading not guilty for a crime committed by her lover. Tiara's unwavering belief in Jake's innocence sets the stage for a gripping narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. As Tiara joins forces with the Narcotics department, led by the empathetic Derek, to uncover the truth, she must confront the painful reality that love can blind even the most rational minds.

At it's core, "Fatal Love" is a romantic thriller that grips readers from the very first page. Tiara's chance encounter with the enigmatic Jake sets off a chain of events that propel her into a world of danger and intrigue, where love and betrayal go hand in hand. Mehta artfully weaves together a complex web of relationships and emotions, drawing readers into Tiara's innermost thoughts and feelings as she navigates the duplicitous waters of love and loyalty. In addition to Tiara and Jake, another character who leaves a lasting impression is Derek, whose unwavering devotion to Tiara serves as a beacon of hope in a world filled with uncertainty. Derek's kind-hearted nature and unconditional love for Tiara resonate deeply with readers, evoking sympathy and admiration for his character. His presence adds an extra layer of depth to the narrative, highlighting the importance of friendship and loyalty in the face of adversity.

What sets "Fatal Love" apart is its richly drawn cast of characters, each with their own unique personalities and motivations. From Tiara's supportive friends to the shadowy figures lurking in the background, every character feels fleshed out and three-dimensional, adding depth and complexity to the narrative. Readers will find themselves emotionally invested in the lives of these characters, rooting for them in their moments of triumph and mourning their losses.


Mehta's prose is elegant and evocative, painting a vivid picture of a bustling town and its lively streets. The place itself becomes a character in the story. What truly sets "Fatal Love" apart is it's exploration of the human condition and the lengths to which we will go for love. As Tiara grapples with her emotions and wrestles with the consequences of her actions, readers are drawn into a world where morality is not always black and white, and the line between right and wrong becomes increasingly blurred.

While "Fatal Love" is undeniably a page-turner, there are moments where the pacing falters slightly, particularly in the later chapters where the plot twists come fast and furious. However, Mehta's skillful storytelling and keen understanding of human nature keep readers engaged until the very end.

In the conclusion of "Fatal Love," readers find themselves on the edge of their seats as the intricate web of relationships and betrayals reaches its climax. Tiara, now deeply entangled in the dangerous world of drug cartels and undercover operations, must confront the painful consequences of her choices. Her love for Jake is put to the ultimate test as she grapples with the truth behind his actions and struggles to reconcile her feelings for him with the harsh reality of his involvement in criminal activities.

As the tension mounts and the stakes soar, Tiara's loyalty is torn between her heart and her sense of justice. With each revelation and plot twist, Mehta keeps readers guessing until the very end, expertly building suspense and drama with every page turn.

As the dust settles and the echoes of the past fade away, readers are left with a sense of closure and catharsis. "Fatal Love" is not just a tale of romance and betrayal, but a poignant exploration of the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love to transcend even the darkest of circumstances. With its gripping narrative, memorable characters, and heartfelt prose, Urmi Sanghavi Mehta's debut novel leaves an indelible mark on the reader's heart and mind, reminding us that in the end, love conquers all.


Fatal Love" is a must-read for fans of romantic thrillers and psychological dramas alike. With its compelling plot, well-developed characters, and thought-provoking themes, it's a novel that lingers in the mind long after the final page is turned. Urmi Sanghavi Mehta has crafted a captivating debut that announces her as a talent to watch in the world of fiction.


Urmi Mehta born in Ahmedabad, brought up in Kolkata, settled in Mumbai has been an avid fiction reader. She loves reading stories and creating them too. One emotion of unconditional love and she has managed to wrap an entire novel around it. Being a counselor, hypnotherapist and an energy healer allows her a perspective so different yet so deep, it changes the entire narration of an incident. It is always the little things that matter the most- is her firm belief.


Format: Paperback

Price: INR 345/-

Publisher: The Write Order

Pages: 322

Availability: Amazon

Monday, April 29, 2024

"From Selfishness to Selflessness: A Journey Within"


In a facade devoid of care, Where falsehoods weave a tangled snare,

Cloaked in virtue, a saintly guise, Concealing motives under heavenly skies,

Crushing dreams with ruthless might, Stripping innocence out of sight,

Emotionless, devoid of grace, Pursuing self-gain in every space.

From exploitation's seed we start, Yet empowerment can mend the heart,

Where green revolutions bloom and thrive, Healing wounds to keep hope alive,

From jealousy's grasp, inspiration's born, Lighting paths where envy's torn,

Fear fades as adventure calls, Breaking chains in daring falls,

From hatred's grip, forgiveness gleams, Illuminating the path to peaceful streams,

Anger dissipates, tolerance prevails, Bridging gaps where understanding sails.

Compassion, not merely a feeling's flight, But a divine spark igniting in the night,

A silent hand that offers aid, Putting aside one's own desires laid,

More than sympathy's shallow tear, It's being present, ever near,

Generosity in silent grace, Shunning spotlight's selfish chase,

Today, let's embrace this noble art, Extending hope, and healing every heart,

For in compassion's gentle embrace, We find redemption, a sacred space.

Friday, March 29, 2024

"Shadows of the Soul" - Poetry

In the echoes of mundane days, hollow whispers sway,
Chores start and end, in an endless ballet,
Yet within, a void lingers, a silent plea,
Acceptance masks torment, a facade for all to see.

How do I bear this weight, this silent storm?
Expertise in agony, a skill to conform,
Yet within, my soul shivers, untouched by ease,
A masquerade of strength, a dance with unease.

Am I the puppeteer, or the puppet in this game?
Do I cling to stagnation, or fear the change?
In the depths of doubt, where confidence once shone,
A stranger in the mirror, a ghost of the one.

Where did I lose my voice, my unyielding stand?
Opinions now silenced, by fear's trembling hand,
Once unafraid of judgment, now caged in doubt,
A shadow of the past, a whisper's soft shout.

I do not know this altered face, this fractured soul,
Unwanted, unwelcome, a part that's lost control,
But I refuse to drown, in this sea of pain,
To let the ache consume, and my spirit wane.

Love must find its voice, in the depths of night,
Embrace the broken pieces, and reclaim the light,
For pain should not define, nor hold eternal reign,
In the heart's tender dance, let healing remain.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge Blogaberry Dazzle hosted by Cindy DSilva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Mads' Cookhouse.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

"IF I HAVE TO BE A SOLDIER" by Nikhil J. Alva - Book Review

Name of the book: If I Have to Be a Soldier

Author of the book: Nikhil J. Alva

Genre of the book: Literary & Contemporary Fiction


"If I Have to Be a Soldier" by Nikhil Alava presents a poignant exploration of friendship, loyalty, and the grim realities of war. Set against the backdrop of the 1966 Mizo rebellion, Alava weaves a gripping narrative that delves deep into the complexities of human nature when confronted with moral dilemmas and the harsh consequences of choices made in times of conflict.

The story follows Indian Army Captain Samuel Rego, who finds himself entangled in a web of conflicting loyalties when he discovers that one of the most feared rebel commanders, known as 'Che,' is none other than his childhood friend from the Mara tribe. As Samuel grapples with his duty to his country and the bonds of friendship, he is forced to confront the brutal realities of war and the personal sacrifices it demands.

Alava skilfully portrays the emotional turmoil experienced by Samuel and Che as they navigate the treacherous terrain of the Mizo Hills while being pursued as fugitives. Through vivid descriptions and powerful imagery, the author vividly captures the tension and danger of their journey, immersing the reader in the harrowing struggles faced by both characters.

What sets "If I Have to Be a Soldier" apart is its exploration of the deeper themes of identity, redemption, and the enduring power of love amidst the chaos of war. As Samuel and Che confront their past and the choices that led them down divergent paths, the novel poses thought-provoking questions about morality and the human capacity for forgiveness. In the backdrop, their also exists a love story that is likely one of the reasons for the drifting apart of these two friends due to confusion and misunderstanding.


"If I Have to Be a Soldier" is a gripping and emotionally resonant novel that transcends the confines of its wartime setting to explore timeless themes of friendship, sacrifice, and the search for redemption. Nikhil Alava's masterful storytelling and compelling characters make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the human experience in times of conflict. Alava's prose is both lyrical and evocative, drawing readers into a world of turmoil and uncertainty, where the line between friend and foe blurs and allegiances are tested. The author's meticulous research into the historical context of the Mizo rebellion adds depth and authenticity to the narrative, offering readers a glimpse into a little-known chapter of India's past.


Nikhil j. Alva is an award-winning producer-director and writer. His work has been screened on major broadcast networks and platforms all over the world. Nikhil earned a BA (Hons) in Mathematics from St. Stephen's College and later MBA from the London Business School. He is a serial entrepreneur, a climate change warrior, a communications and social media maven, a national shooting champion, a pianist and an avid golfer. He is a rebel without a pause, a chronic supporter of underdog causes, and lovers the challenges of trudging off the beaten path. This is his first novel.


Format: Paperback/ Kindle Edition

Price: 324 INR/ 171.09 INR

Publisher: HarperCollins India

Pages: 336

Availability: Amazon

This Book is part of Blogchatter's #Book Review Program #TBR Challenge #BookChatter #2024

This blog post is part of the blog challenge Blogaberry Dazzle hosted by Cindy DSilva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Mads' Cookhouse.