Monday, September 13, 2021

Me and My Angels #UMeU

You bring fresh air in my life,

the air that I breath.

You fill my heart with love, 

the reason my heart beats.

You make me feel proud,

the achievements which you endowed.

You bring a ray of hope,

the hope that make this world a better place to lodge

You are love of my life, 

the love that makes me alive

You are the strength in my life, 

the strength that makes me shine. 

You are the dream of my life,

the dream that I see from my open eyes.

You are me and that's why now we are "WE"

But I know the day will come when you will wave me goodbye,

to have life of your own.

But I will always feel your presence in my heart,

as you were with me from the start.

Looking at your precious face,

I pray your life be touched with grace.

I thank angels from above and promise you unending "LOVE"

To LOVE of my life, my most precious gifts by god.

Love you angels

A&N

This poem is dedicated to my beautiful daughters.. I cannot imagine my life without them! Love them to Moon and back.

@Swati Mathur 


“This post is a part of ‘UMeU’ Poetry Blog Hop #UMeUBlogHop organized by Manas Mukul . The hop is brought to you by Soul Craft and You, Me & The Universe.”




Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Faith and the Beloved by Kochery C Shibu Genre - Book Review



Book Name : Faith and the Beloved

Author :  Kochery C Shibu

Genre : Crime Fiction

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kochery C Shibu , the best selling and award winning author of 'Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar', graduated from the prestigious National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, in 1981. He has served in the Indian Navy and commanded two warships. Post his retirement, he has executed hydroelectric projects in the Cauvery River basin in Sikkim. 'Faith and the Beloved' is his second book. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

A ferociously entertaining, sharply amusing, hard-hitting wow of a read. Faith and the Beloved is a story about love, lust, faith, thrill, mystery, crime and much more. You name it and it has it. The book revolves around three main characters Naithy Cherokil, is a rich and successful businesswomen who marries a model Tony D'souza who is much younger than her after the death of her husband Jiza in Mumbai terror attack. Alice Cherokil, an eighteen- year-old computer geek, daughter of Naithy, whose life falls apart when her mother met with an accident and slipped into coma. Alice is on run to solve web of mysteries and must outplay underworld to save her mother's life. And Prem Rolland, a Kalari exponent whose life revolves around his brother Arun. Things becomes bad when police kill Arun under mysterious circumstances. Things go awry when Prem get trapped while finding his brother's killers. This book talks about how the lives of these three main characters cross each other and how they retain their faith and protect their loved ones even by putting their own life in danger. Many of the characters in the book are inspired from those whom author has encountered during his extensive travels and probably that's the reason they look very relatable.

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

This book is full of masala and have strong potential to be made into a Bollywood blockbuster. In fact, as this book is hugely entertaining and thrilling you might actually feel as though a blockbuster film is playing out in front for you, This book encompasses underworld, LTTE, ISISI, demonetization, terror attack and what not. First three chapters might confuse you as all the chapters are named after different characters in the book. So, you might wonder are these different stories but once you enter the fourth chapter your excitement will reach peek and you will start connecting the dots. It is a smart, fast-moving and riveting crime thriller. Make sure you set aside plenty of reading time as I didn't want to put this book down. 

BOOK DETAILS
Book Format / Price : Paperback : 117 INR / Kindle Edition : 171 INR

Pages: 265

Availability : Amazon

@Swati Mathur


 


Friday, August 6, 2021

"AAVISHKA" by Cindy Ann D'Silva - Book Review


Book Name : AAVISHKA

Author : Cindy Ann D'Silva

Genre : Fiction

Today I am sharing a review of a book which is written by a close friend and a co blogger.  I had the opportunity to review her first book and must say she has an art of grabbing readers attention. This is her second book and I am glad that I read it. So here is a review, but before that let me introduce you to the author.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cindy Ann D'Sliva is a blogger, influencer, content writer and a belly dance instructor. Prior to this , she had a full time job and sang with a band and choir in Kuwait, where she was born and bred. You can find more of her writing on her Lifestyle blog Blogaberry.com.

ABOUT THE BOOK

"Marriages are made in heaven"- Well what does this really means? It means there is a divine power that ultimately plans or decides who should marry whom, outside of the control of the people in the marriage. You cannot foretell who will marry whom ; Two people may love each other very much but may end up not marrying each other and two people who do not even know each other may marry each other in the end. This is the irony of life and this is what this book " AAVISHKA" reminds us of. If we talk about India in particular the very nature of marriage which is still highly constrained by patriarchal socio-cultural norms and tends to be determined by families rather than the individuals who enter into the marriage. 

Have you ever thought why women stay in a unhappy marriages? What really holds them back? Every woman has their own reasons but do you think any reason can be greater than their self respect? All these questions may not have straight answers but this book does provoke you to think on these lines. This is a work of fiction but based on a true story.

ABOUT THE STORY


"The title of the book is named after "AAVISHKA" the protagonist of this story. She is a happy young woman who is independent and loves her family to the death. She immensely respects her parents and despite them being broad minded, she decides to get into an arranged marriage. At the young age she marries Atharv who is a successful restaurateur. But soon after she finds herself living a life that she had never expected. The marriage has become a mystery for her that made her anxious and took many many years to unfold. Her mysterious husband had a secret that slowly unravel. What ups and downs she faces and how she deals with it is for you to read. 

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

Once you start reading you simply can't put it down. It has that griping factor and the characters are quite relatable that makes it an interesting read. The ending was satisfying and that's the biggest reason I would like to recommend this book. One thing I can say that author has managed to hook the reader's attention till the end , that made me finish the book in one sitting.

This story raises many questions. Why do women suffer in unhappy marriages? Why can't they break all the barriers? What really stops them? Is it societal pressure or the fear of non acceptance? Or due to financial instability? The reasons can be many. But women should not suffer. They should stand up for their rights. But what if they still see a hope. What if they are still in love with that person? Marriages are complicated. But the author of this book Cindy has dealt with it beautifully with a positive ending. And gave us the hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. At the end of the story author has given a valuable lesson that " never judge a person as you never know what they are actually going through, you may strike the wrong cord that can make things worse for them". Read Aavishka's story how marriage changed her as a person and how she handled it.

BOOK DETAILS

Book Format: kindle edition (e book)

Pages: 36

Price : 59 INR

Available on Amazon and Pothi

@Swati Mathur


 


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 बादलो 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