MannKiBaat with Youngsters

MannKiBaat with Youngsters

Dear PM,

At the outset, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for being an untiring and demanding PM who has led the party with iron fists till date. It is easy to comment from outside and only those who are in the receiving end would know as to how much difficult it is, in reality.

You have never shied away from your responsibilities and have always faced the criticism on a positive note. Those who criticised about your foreign trips themselves are the one who have abused their position earlier. Your trip came with lot of benefits like foreign investments, deals and collaborations which were concealed nicely by those hypocrites.

Well, the entire world knows about your functionality style and I, being a citizen need not have to talk about it or glorify it any further. What I am looking forward is this:

There are 100's and 1000's of youngsters who have got lot of brilliant ideas. These ideas wouldn't have occurred even in the brightest minds of IAS officers since their concentration is mostly on the daily administration and their own performance since they cannot sit on their laurels anymore. These youngsters voice often go unnoticed. I understand that there is an app developed by your team which promises of "Being Heard" but how far it is heard is certainly a question here. Since those ideas are at the mercy of the team who handles it, some o the core ideas may not be reaching you at all. This is the fact and this is the reality.

We know that you conduct a #MannKiBaat session once in a month where you appear on TV or voice it over Radio which isn't a two-way communication. A communication gets its real success and is complete only when it is TWO-WAY. While it would always be good for you to continue with the MannKiBaat, I would like to request you to conduct a one to one or a group session with the youngsters at least once in a month so that you would get to know about their mind and some revolutionary ideas. The Prime Ministers who served us earlier weren't least bothered about this but I am writing to you with fullest confidence that you would do something about this.

Thanks and Regards,
Sarath Babu S
A Humble Citizen

Saving water is the need of the hour

WATER is the essence of Life. It has influenced even the great civilisations to change their place of dwelling since during those days, almost all the civilisations started at flourished at the banks of some great rivers.

While the World War has happened for various reasons, lot of them had predicted that, if there is another World War ever, it would happen only because of water which shows the importance that the water has been commanding for a while now. India has had trouble with regards to saving the water effectively and efficiently. We are still in disputes with out neighbouring nations like Pakistan and China with regards to water sharing from the great or evergreen rivers like Indus and Brahmaputra.

China is busy in building a major dam across Brahmaputra and once that is complete, it can stop major part of water flowing into the eastern part of India though it has denied it. While, let us not concentrate on rivers that is flowing outside India, it is time to divert our attention towards the one which is flowing inside our nation.

We are very much aware of the fact that we still have not taken any major steps in preventing these crucial rivers sources getting dried. We do also most part of them to go and get submerged with the ocean in the yet. 

What steps have we taken to prevent this?

Literally nothing...

We talk about lot of things but we end up spending more water than we have got. The consequences, though isn't immediate can be felt within a century. It would for sure affect the future generation as we would leave them a place which has had no water. Do we need this to happen? I am sure we don't wanted that to happen. It is time to Save Water.

Let us all come together to create the awareness within our surroundings and make it spread across the nation. It all begins with a small talk and effort. There are lot of causes happening around us. Saving Water is the most important one.

I am joining the Initiative by Livpure in saving water and I have already signed the petition too to bring in the change. Will you be joining me?

Vote your choice with MyVoteToday

We all have got accustomed to voting. Many of us would have voted when the paper ballot system of voting was followed to select our MLC/MLA/MP in a democratic way. As and when the technology progressed, we saw the introduction of EVMs which reduced the waiting time to a considerable extent. The joy of seeing our vote being flashed in the EVM can only be matched with the joy of seeing the candidate who we supported win.

Going by the above scenario, we can safely say that we are well versed with voting. Having said that, we nowadays come across voting in different formats in different channels. They cover topics from movies, entertainment, sports, politics and other current affairs. While some brands have been tried and tested by announcing the results of the polls conducted by them, many do not do it diligently. Even if they did, when it comes to announcing the results, they are not backed by actual figures, which play a vital role in ascertaining as to who has emerged triumphant.

MyVoteToday comes into picture as it has been into voting on social media for the past 25 months. Founded by Mr. Amit Bagaria on 26th January 2016, this ePollster has come a long way thrashing few records. It is already the World's 2nd Largest Social Media Pollster and achieved this feat in just 16 months.

What has it achieved so far?

The brand has achieved 5 polls with more than 200,000 votes. It also boasts of 34 polls which crossed 100,000 votes.

With 93 polls crossing 50,000 votes, the brand has breached more than 25,000 votes in 224 polls, which equates to conducting a poll 25,000+ votes once in every 3½ days.

The brand achieved almost 24 million votes on its 2nd Anniversary which equates to 1 million votes a month or 32,873 votes a day on an average.


MyVoteToday (“MVT”) chooses the hot/trending topics and runs a survey (usually for 5-6 days) where lot of points on that particular topic gets posted by its team members. While the topics are mostly political, the brand also takes up and tweets about social issues, and at times, about sports and movies.

Multiple surveys (polls) are run simultaneously. For some of the surveys, the brand adopts a unique approach of running it with several rounds namely Pre-Qualifier, Qualifier, Pre QF, QF, SF and finally the Final Poll.

Images and Visuals

MVT has an in-house image/visual maker who makes the images corresponding to the particular poll with the brand logo on it. These are complimented with images which are sourced online.

When it comes to multiple polls involving different names, categories etc., MVT also generates LeaderBoard charts, which get shared with the public every now and then, and facilitate voters to know where exactly their choice stands/fares.

Vote Counts

The brand also shares the vote counts when the poll has to go through several rounds and when the final results are declared, the number of votes that was received for that particular poll is revealed.


MVT has more than 741,700 followers, which includes eminent personalities from various fields, including Indian central government and state Ministers, several MPs and MLAs, several spokespersons of leading political parties in India, American Congressmen (equivalent to our Lok Sabha MPs), British MPs, as well as entertainment/sports personalities, who RT MVT’s tweets or engage with the brand tweet or do both, frequently.

Other brands

While MVT is the mother brand, it also has subsidiary brands such as PeopleNChoices, MyVOTR, MVT_NEWS, PollCourt,  MyDebateToday and ARUSadisors.

How to vote?

You can vote for all topics/ open polls on the LIKES tab of @MyVoteToday on Twitter, or by downloading the app from Google Playstore or iOS App Store. 

Link to download - bit.ly/mvt-getapp

Are you ready? Follow the handle or download the app and starting voting.....

Book Review - I Owed You One

Title - I Owed You One
Author - Madhu Vajpayee
Genre - Fiction / Family Life
Publisher - LiFi Publications
ISBN - 978-93-86191-28-1

A novel which has captured the essence of various emotions - be it a son who was kept in the dark, a dutiful wife, a dutiful father, a faithful husband, a melancholy mistress etc., The story begins with the protagonist Dev Khanna narrating the incidents in his own words.

Been born in a wealthy family - both his Mother and Father had their own posh background, Dev notices a sadness in his mother. Despite enormous wealth and success, her mother could never be able to hide her disappointment whereas his father hardly spends any time with him.

While there was a dark secret behind it, Dev with the help of his college friend Javed finds out the exact reason which gives him the shock of his life. In the meanwhile, his mother gets diagnosed with advance stage of liver cancer which claims her life.

Dev leaves India for good and in another country he starts a fresh life. He happens to meet Radhika there and falls in love with her. Radhika had Indian roots though she was born and brought up in Australia and she was convinced that Dev was her perfect partner. While all was going well, Dev gets couple of big shocks which forces him to travel to India.

Dev comes to India. He gets entangled in some complex situations including a kidnap of a girl, a murder and losing a good friend to a mob. Dr Madhu Vajpayee has created some compelling events which brought forth some of the heart wrecking incidents which has happened (& is still happening) in a much appropriate way through her novel which is surely needs a mention here.

The characters were given appropriate roles and the events were stitched together perfectly which would make you feel that you are watching something in real rather than merely reading a novel. It captures the essence of how a mother feels when her daughter disappears, how a parent feel when their son is charred to death among others. A heart touching novel for sure....

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Book Review - Dead To Them

Title - Dead To Them
Author - Smita Bhattacharya
Genre - Thriller Fiction
Publisher - StoryMirror
ISBN - 978-93-86305-91-6

An unusual thriller fiction which would keep you guessing from the beginning till the end. It all begins with the disappearance of the protagonist Moira who was close with Misha and Avni.

When they try to unearth the reasons behind her disappearance, they stumble upon some bizarre truth which couldn't be taken by them as it is. Moira who is a happy go girl otherwise was friendly with all including other characters like Piyush, Kartik, Ashish among others.

Though she was suffering from some kind of depression and had taken medication, she did not leave any note when she disappears.

Was there a conspiracy behind her sudden disappearance?
If yes, who and why did they do?
Was she held for ransom?

Strangely her boss, Himanshu did not press for police charges. He felt uncomfortable when he was compelled to register one. Moira on the other hand before her disappearance receives a threatening letter. 

Who was it from?

There were few other incidents that happens post this which would make you to complete this beautiful novel in one go.

Kudos to the author who has stitched the events together in a well organised way. Though initially I was confused with the presence of numerous characters, as and when I started giving more concentration to it, I could able to connect the dots easily. I can very well say that this novel can even have a sequel :-)

The book is available on Amazon

The Juggernauts Of Online Shopping

Years back, people used to trust only the things that are tangible to them. They used to shop for the products they could feel and make a perception accordingly. But now, after years of development, things have changed and we prefer shopping online rather than going to the market to purchase the products we like. Although, there still exist the majority that doesn’t trust these online stores like Flipkart or Amazon. People still have that misconception about these e-commerce stores, who are now a brand in themselves, that they might do a fraud or they might deliver products with defects. However, this mindset is still changing mainly due to the offers, discounts and the dirt cheap prices these big banners has to offer and through that, they aim to capture as much audience as they possibly can. They even provide their audience with further discounts and facilities through their respective Amazon offers and Flipkart offers, that not only surface at the time of Amazon sale and Flipkart sale but also during the other points of time. But how did these once recognized startups topped the rankings of the biggest e-commerce platforms in this whole wide world?

A Brief History Of Amazon

“Work hard, have fun, make history.”
-Jeff Bezos (Founder & CEO of Amazon)

This Washington, United States based online shopping website has been on the market for over 24 years and now, it has finally gained a name for itself and climbed to the top of the hill. Amazon started its journey by selling books and gradually moved on to the various other sectors and kept on increasing the categories for the users to choose from. Later on, Amazon has begun to venture into different countries and there too it rose to popularity faster than ever. It was because of the Amazon offers that this e-commerce website used to introduce and the discount it provided its user base with, at the time of their initial steps in the country. Recently, just around a year back, Amazon launched its Amazon Prime and if you subscribe to become a member of it, you will encounter such amazing Amazon offers and facilities including free delivery, early access to Amazon sale, free access to Amazon Prime video, and Amazon prime music. From selling books to now ruling the e-commerce market, Amazon has become the most trusted place to do your online shopping from.

A Brief History Of Flipkart

“You can never SWITCH OFF!”
-Sachin Bansal (Co-founder Flipkart)

Flipkart is an India based e-commerce website. Before there was Amazon, there was Flipkart in India and till date, the Indian audience trust and prefer shopping from Flipkart rather than Amazon. Although, sometimes there are these brand flirt people who shop for products via Amazon because Flipkart occasional have limited options to choose from. Sachin & Binny Bansal began their journey by selling Flipkart bookmarks in front of bookstores. And slowly but steadily they began to work hard and saw their ambition, their aim shape into reality. Since 2007 both of these founders know where each brick is set, that built Flipkart so big. Although, after Amazon India began to exist, Flipkart became the second most used online shopping website in India and number seven in this competitive world. Flipkart surely presents its audience with lucrative Flipkart offers even when there runs no Flipkart sale.

These people knew that they would face finite disappointments in their journey but they believed in their dream and never lost their infinite hope. Now, they are successful and living the life they only dreamt about and made their baby a brand, whose one stamp marks trust!

Book Review - The Evil Trance

Title - The Evil Trance
Author - Mark Dysan
Genre - Erotic Horror(Fiction)
Publisher - NotionPress
ISBN - 978-1-947586-65-9

A good attempt by the author in bringing out a fantasy story in an interesting way. I felt the story was bit similar to a movie released in Hollywood though this is a different concept. The essence of the story was kept intact till the end though there were at times, I felt that I am not following the story. 

The story has few characters but the main ones include Dr Mitra and his assistant Dr Gopi who along with Shukla, a Private detective and Feroz, an Inspector gets into a situation where they had to investigate about few murders which starts happening in a mysterious way.

The story talks about both the aspects - Science and Belief. As a reader, we have our own presumptions and we may choose our side. If you wanted to read a novel to experience a horror movie, this is certainly the one.

Why did the death occur?
Who commits the murder?
How was the murderer identified?
Has that been stopped?

Give it a read. You will find it interesting. By the way, I guess there is a sequel to this :-)

The book is available on Amazon

Solitude And Other Obsessions

Title - Solitude And Other Obsessions
Poets - Uma, Binod, Trupti, Shruti and Saurin
Genre - Poems
Publisher - NotionPress
ISBN - 978-1-947697-41-6

This is a compilation of 73 brilliant poems written by 5 different authors. What I also liked from this book is the presence of few paintings that were done by Shripad Bhalerao which has perfectly complimented the book.

I could clearly see the difference and variations of each poet as they brought out their best with their writing. While Uma has brought the best with the poems in Ladakh which I could very well connect with since I had been to the "Divine Paradise on Earth" myself, her poems on soldiers were equally a good one. I was glad after reading her poems since I shared a similar mindset.

Binod talked about mixed emotions whereas Trupti focused on melancholy(is what I feel). Shruti was at her best with her collection of poems where I liked "Why do we fall?" in particular. Saurin again brought out some brilliant reflections of his mind.

As a composer of poems myself, I felt really glad after going through different styles in composing a poem but with one motto "connect to the readers" which has worked really well in this beautiful compilation.

The book is available on Amazon

Food makes Life easy!

For the love of food is supreme of all - once said a wise man! The love of food is as pure as holy water in India. This feeling cannot be described best by anyone but the food lover. This has been a scientifically proven fact, the people who eat more have more chances of staying happy and content in their lives. And it has been proven in most of the cases. You remember how your smile broadens with just a glance of your platter coming your way in a restaurant! How the smell of your favorite food makes you giggle through and through! These are just a few examples to talk about. Foodies have their own little world where even the mention of the food makes them forget their worries. They are happy with their plate of fries or jar of chocolate shake or box of Pizza! If we specifically talk about the population who likes to eat Pizza, you would fall short of the numbers. Pizza lovers are spread all over the world who eat, think and dream Pizza throughout their life. And, it is justified too! How can someone possibly not like something as cheesy, as crisp and as flavoursome as something called Pizza. The benefits of a Pizza are - it is full of veggies, cheese and bread. Though every place has their own magical ingredients to add onto this amazing Italian snack, the reason for having Pizza remains the same. There are two main outlets which are on the top of any Pizza lover’s list. These are Pizza Hut and Domino’s. Domino's claims to deliver the Pizzas and other sidekicks within 30 minutes of the order placed or they will give it away free of cost. That means, all you need to do is sit comfortably in your recliner and scroll through your favorite flavors of Pizzas and order with simple clicks and let the Pizza arrive magically to your doorstep. And if you are using Dominos Coupons there are high chances you would end up saving a lot while enjoying your favorite meal of the day. These coupons are used on the website when you pay through the payment gateway. These are easy to use and are very efficient in making you save the money. You can also get garlic Breads, Tacos, Soft beverages, desserts and other things to club with your Pizza. And the variety of the Pizza available for you is just mouth-watering. There are other Domino’s Offers available on the website such as Flat Rs. 212 Off on Medium size, Flat Rs. 312 Off on Medium Hand Tossed Pizzas, Any 2 Medium Hand Tossed Pizzas of Rs 450 for Rs 299 each, etc. These are just a few to be mentioned here, you can make the best of your money if you order your Pizza online. Similar to Domino’s, Pizza Hut is another most popular outlet to go to for your Pizza cravings. Pizza Hut, as the name suggests, is the hub for Pizza lovers. Even here you can find Pizza Hut Coupons just like Domino’s, they work the same way too. They are available to you at your disposal and can make you save a lot from your budget. All you need to do is to eat your heart out without having to worry about your pocket and the added expenditure. You can use these coupons on their website and get access to many amazing deals such as 50% Off on Any Medium Pan Pizza, Overloaded Meal for 2 Starting at Rs. 399, Family Fun Meal for 2 at Rs. 565, etc. We have now given you enough reasons to enjoy your favorite Pizza along with a few sidekicks. There is an old saying after all, you only live once then why to waste your life on dieting! Well, okay there is no such saying but we do believe in the idea. Do visit these stores or order online and don’t forget to share your experience with us. We would always like to know about your happy eatings!

Book Review - Stepping Stones:Taking Towards The Goal

Title - Stepping Stones:Taking Towards The Goal
Author - Lubhna Dongre
Genre - Self Help
Publisher - Notionpress
ISBN - 978-1-948473-35-4

I do not know where to begin with in the first place to write a review about this book. Despite the fact that this book has been written by a 14 year old girl, the book exhibits sheer brilliance when it comes to approaching the life - be it with education or otherwise.

What did I like the most in this book?

There are many in fact. I liked the way the book was written. The flow was so good that in spite of reading the life of a small girl, you feel like getting information which is so rich that can guide you through. Please note that the author is not trying to portray herself as a guru or something but being a motivational speaker herself at this young age, the book clearly reflects her matured mindset.

Of course, you cannot expect a person who is just 14 to write like a 40+ but the writings almost matches that age group which is a surprising factor to me. Girls at this age, most of the time, end up talking about gossips or fashion or style but I liked the approach adopted by the author in this book which is surely a guiding light for the aspiring kids.

You would equally be amazed that this book is really bulky and runs almost 400 pages but don't get bogged down by the volume because almost 1/4th of it is dedicated to the letters and mails which Lubhna has received from many distinguished personalities which is again a treasure trove since we get to read what those visionary people have said about the youth and their future.

It is a sad fact that parents(not majorly) still try to impart their dream on their kids by making them read something which is not interesting or appealing to them. The end result is a disaster wherein these otherwise talented kids end up achieving nothing. Lubhna has also highlighted the need of reform in the education system in our country which sadly gives importance to marks and not to other aspects in general like practical knowledge which makes a major difference when implemented in full scale. 

The book is divided into 10 parts and each and every part is a classic of its own.

Finally, I must admit that I saw some similarities of mine in Lubhna since I shared the same mindset and I to had the habit of writing to visionaries and was lucky enough to have received a reply from the then President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and former CEO of Miscosoft Mr Steve Ballmer which I still preserve it as a treasure.

The book is really worth your time and money.

The book is available on Amazon
Homes for the New Age Customer

Homes for the New Age Customer

The times, they are a changing and changing for good. Gone are the days when you would move into your new home which, relatively was empty except for a few tubelights and switches. The new breed of home owners is looking for a change in house buying patterns and this is where Godrej 24 stands out.

What is the suitable home for me?

It is said that home is where the heart is but this notion was forgotten about, after the advent of the 21st century quicker than you could say home. No longer are people looking for a house they can turn into their home but a property they can look at and feel like they are already home. Godrej perfectly captures that feeling and who better to resonate with that feeling but you, the buyer.

Current market scenario

Even though customized homes are all the rage now, it is still relatively difficult to find a home that will suit all your needs in the present Indian real estate market. Very few developers out there are building tailor-made homes while others are slowly catching up to it.

Godrej 24 is paving the path for new generation home owners and setting the bar to newer standards when it comes to customized homes. Dominating the market in real estate sector, we emphasize on building a comfortable home rather than the perfect home.


Godrej 24’s properties are equipped with state-of-the-art features that are unmatched in terms of quality and precision. If you don't like our choice of already installed tiles and kitchen cabinets, we provide you with a wide variety of options to choose from so that you get only the best of what we have to offer. Some of the already installed features are:

          Vitrified Tiles
          Branded Bathroom and Sanitary-ware
          Modular Kitchen
          Shower Partition
          Advanced Security Solutions


Better living is not only limited to your house but your whole housing complex and Godrej understands the importance of amenities that promote better living. Some of the facilities that Godrej’s properties offer include:

          24x7 Creche
          24x7 Laundromat
          Movie Screening Theatre
          Swimming Pool
          24x7 Cafe

Customized Homes vs. Regular Homes - Which one is better?

Regular homes are installed with basic tiles and bathroom taps that more often than not breakdown after a year of moving in adding to your costs for fixing and repairs. Godrej’s properties come equipped with high-quality sanitary-ware and kitchen cabinets that will last for years, so you don’t have to shell out big bucks for any repairs.

One common notion house-buyers have is that customized homes are expensive than regular homes and as much as we hate to say it, you couldn’t be anymore wrong. Godrej 24’s properties are reasonably priced and offer more value for money than regular homes. The location is an added blessing as the complex is in close proximity to multiple educational institutes, retail and entertainment establishments and local medical centers.

So, come home to Godrej 24 and live the new-age life.

Launch Event and Book Review - Final Illumination

It was a pleasant evening on 9th Feb 2018 when I was invited for the book launch of "Final Illumination" by Farrah Begum. The event took place in Writer's Cafe in Royapuram from 6-7:30PM. The venue was a full house by the time event had begun. Author had come with her family. Few of her friends had also turned up to grace the occasion. The highlight of the event was the presence of Chief Guest who was none other than Neerja Malik. Author was very much particular in getting her as the Chief Guest and she had eventually succeeded. There were few reasons behind it. The main reason however is that the characters which portrayed similarities between Neerja Malik and Zubeida, who is the protagonist of this story who have fought bravely to come up in their lives.

Neerja Malik was at her usual best. She was pretty down to earth and was at her wit's end pulling other's legs, though not intentionally. She had broken the ice with her wits and made the event lively from the beginning till the end. She had also talked about how she had overcome cancer not once but twice briefly and said that people like her should be called "Cancer Conquerors" instead of Cancer Survivors. Despite not doing well for the past 4 days prior to the event, she made it a point to attend it since she was very much convinced with the story and the best part was that the entire story was narrated to her by the author herself.

Quoting that, she had suggested that it would be a good idea to come out with a "Audio Book" as well as it would be even more appropriate and appealing since the author had used the right modulations in the voice while narrating the story. She was also kind enough to pose with us for a selfie once the event got over.

You can view the whole coverage here

Now let us talk about the review of the book:

Title - Final Illumination
Author - Farrah Begum
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - Half Baked Beans
ISBN - 978-93-84314-77-4

This is a Novella and not like the usual lengthy stories. The beauty of the story is that it revolves around few characters with the main characters being Zubeida and Jude. The story talks about how a girl who was a witness of couple of major incidents in her life fights her depression and comes up. The story has a very good way of narration which brings forth in front of us as to what a girl feels when she was battling depression.

Usually there is a saying that "Best is to be preserved for the last". The story stands as a perfect testimony to that since the last 2 pages of this novella will make you cry, even if you are iron-willed/strong-hearted.

Considering this is the debut book by the author and that the story was written while she was pregnant with her second girl baby, the story needs all our support and appreciation since it is easy to say or think but when it comes to executing it, it is difficult most of the times.....

The book is available on Amazon

Feel Fresh with Amazon Original

Most of us have watched television during our childhood. Fortunately or unfortunately, we have been introduced to the "Mega Serials" which has kept us tied for years even though those defied logic. 

Even in case of a short serial, we always hoped to get to know the climax sooner or later though we were at mercy of the director. The eagerness to know the end result of any soap is attributed to the below mentioned factors:

1. We may not be available all the time at home.
2. Recurring ads in between the serial plays a spoilsport.
3. Seeing the same face over and over again and when the actor is not performing well, there are all the more reasons to hate it.

To get rid of the above-mentioned woes, we either stop watching them or divert our attention towards movies. Those were the things of the past. There will always be a period of renaissance. That has come to the Indian televison in the form of Amazon Original.

Why Amazon Original?

There are few reasons to it.

First and foremost, as the name implies, it is an Original which means you wouldn't have had a chance to watch it elsewhere and secondly, the plot is really interesting.

Adding an icing to the cake, the Original Series features some of the top actors from the BIG screen. Above all, you can watch all the episodes at a stretch without any gap or annoying advertisements. What more would you want?

Amazon has been betting big on India for a while since ours is one of the fastest growing markets with more than billion viewers. There is a huge potential and I must say no one has utilised it to the fullest extent effectively but with Amazon coming into the picture, the competition would surely get intense when it comes to giving a quality program. As we are witnessing the shift in the paradigm, the production houses have to really buck up to stay put in the market. Let us leave that aside, as our focus, being a viewer should be mainly on the content.

Amazon Original is available for FREE on Amazon Prime which is an additional benefit for the subscribers who are also entitled to get FREE elivery, Discounted Delivery rates, expedited delivery among the others.So when you get to save your time and money what more would you need?

Now, let me take you on my journey on Original Series.

While I was browsing the content on the dedicated Prime Video section, I came across Breathe and without giving a second thought I started streaming it. The main reason was the cast and crew. Yes. The Amazon Original features Actor Madhavan. What more would you need?

It begins with a girl committing suicide. Now the inevitable question arises.
Why would she do that?

I felt the trivia that was shown in the Original was a novel attempt and it was appealing since made me understand the nuances that went in making of that particular shot/episode. I would say that this concept is totally new in the Indian market though it may be a common one in the western markets.

It also lists out the entire cast in a particular shot/episode along with their screen/real names which makes our life easier as it is easy to recollect those even when the names had skipped out of our mind, though I bet it would never happen since the characters were very limited and intense.

Like I said, I was thrilled to see Madhavan in a Original Series. The introduction scene did make me get some goosebumps. 

Madhavan is a single dad living with a boy who was diagnosed with a lung ailment. He along with his mother makes an attempt to make the life of this ailing kid easy by being really caring and supportive which comes quite naturally for an actor like him.

While this was one of the scenario, the other one focuses on murders.

Who was doing this murder and for what reason?

The Original Series touched upon some "need of the hour" reforms like "Organ Donation" where Madhavan's son who is registered with the list of organ seekers, had limited number of days to live. Being a dad, Madhavan could not do much since everything was done according to the procedures. The process had lot of bottlenecks which has been captured really well. As a viewer, I could relate to the mental agony that Mascarenhas(Madhavan) has to go through.

The Amazon Original emphasises strongly on this message "Make Organ Donation Compulsory"

On the other hand, Senior Inspector Kabir starts investigating the murder. He himself has had troubled marriage since he lost his daughter due to his carelessness. This was also a learning point for many who would be watching or had watched this episode.

During the investigation, Inspector Kabir gets some crucial clues.

Was he able to find the culprit?

You will have to watch the Amazon Original to find out the answer. Though I was not sure as to how the Original would be since I had not watched one earlier, I could not resist myself but to watch all the episodes in one go.

Does this not stand as a testimony towards the standard, quality and the success in evoking the interest in a viewer like me?

What I liked the most in this Original?

1. A new approach.
2. Great set of cast.
3. The plot.
4. Information/Trivia about the actors and the scene.
5. Message that was conveyed.
6. Performance by each actor.
7. Realistic events and not a fabricated one.
8. Availability in various languages - English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu along with subtitles.

Like I said earlier, this is a refreshing experience for me as I got to see a new plot altogether at my convenience either sitting at home or even while I was travelling. With no ads, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

What I might have done had I been in the situation of Mr. Mascarenhas?

Claiming a life is not in our hands and it is certainly a crime. While the Original Series portrays the circumstances that has made the person to commit the crime since he was left with no other option, II would have avoided doing that.

Firstly, I would have sought the help of a counsellor who would have helped me in getting rid of the negativity of thoughts. If I was not still convinced or felt peaceful, I would have escalated it to the State/Central authorities and also would have sought the help of the Press, who I am sure would have helped me.

If nothing had worked out in my favour, I would have surrendered myself to The Almighty because they say "Miracles do happen at times & I believe in it...."

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Book Review - Polygon Of Asymmetry

Title - Polygon Of Asymmetry
Author - Dr Vyankatesh Katkar
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - Author Paradise
ISBN - 8944571548368

I have been reviewing Dr Vyankatesh Katkar's book for a while now. The first two books I reviewed differed from one another which you would have read yourselves by now. This book "Polygon Of Asymmetry" is a different book altogether.

In this novel, author has talked in great detail about the life of an orphaned girl as to how much difficulties and humiliation she has to suffer in order to come up in her life. The words that were used and the way events were narrated would make you feel pity and even cry for the protagonist Uma. Uma did not know as to who her father was. All she knew was her mother who passes away due to physical ailments when she was still a young girl leaving the world to take exercise its freedom by clipping her own freedom.

The character portrays the real state of affairs which is happening even in the present day since it is the sex which plays a major role in the exploitation which has become the talk of the town even in the Hollywood after the #MeToo campaign went viral. 

Uma gets rescued by a kind soul from a brothel house even before she is being pushed into it and then she faces another humiliation when she thought that she found a solace in a care home. What she does over there was unthinkable but it is very nicely narrated by the author which shows the sheer grit the protagonist had inside her. She then finds a real kind gentleman. Though she falls in love with him, he thinks otherwise as she resembled his first wife.

Was she his daughter?
What happens later?

All these are written categorically making you to keep guessing till the end. I must conclude saying that this is a brilliant piece of work by the author.

The book is available on Amazon

Book Review - The Science and Art of Holistic Living (Shatayushi Anand Yog)

Title - The Science and Art of Holistic Living (Shatayushi Anand Yog)
Author - Dr Vyankatesh Katkar
Genre - Self Help
Publisher - Author Paradise
ISBN - 8944571548375

This is the second book of Dr Vyankatesh Katkar that I have read in the period of 4 days. This is completely different from the first book I have read. In this book, the author has shown his excellence and experience in the field of medicine, food, exercise etc to live a hale and healthy life.

The book is divided into 3 Parts.

Part 1 deals with Holistic Living, Heart, Hypertension, Diabetes, Exercise, Health Promoting Diet, Understanding the food, Planning the diet and weight management

Part 2 deals with Stress elimination, Anger elimination, Hatred and Jealousy, Worries and Recipes for Success

Part 3 deals with Stress Management Strategy, Stress Management through Yoga,Hypnosis for all round development and Stress Management and Life Style Factors

What is unique about this book?

Even though the book talks about many things in great detail, the best part is that it has all been done in small chunks. This makes the book a real interesting read. Tabular columns with relevant values were given by the author, when it comes to food which includes calories, where required.

You may not do all of them in one go but there is no harm in trying and when you keep doing it, it becomes a routine and hence will lead you over to a healthy lifestyle. Having said that, I would suggest not to complete reading the book in one go as you may not end up grasping all the important contents but read it leisurely covering 1 chapter a day.

The book is much more interesting than a story or a novel since this is beneficial to us in real time. I would say this is more like a self help book which, if mastered, would not require you to consult a physician as you may not fall sick regularly.

The book is available on Amazon
Make Your Boring Snacks into a lip-smacking One with Milk

Make Your Boring Snacks into a lip-smacking One with Milk

Milk is one of the largely used food products across the worldwide for its endless number of health benefits and taste. Generally, whenever we think about milk, the first thing which comes to our mind is its sweet taste but do you know you can make different yummy snacks with milk which are not sweet? Yes, it is one of the enriched versatile natural food products through which you can make salty snacks and light evening snacks.

Here are some of the quick milk based snacks:

Crispy Nacho Fries: It will take only 10 minutes. For this you will need 800g of fried sliced potatoes, spray oil, salt and black pepper, 80g of condensed fat cheddar, 1 tsp of cornstarch, 1/2 cup of skimmed milk (Niryas.com milk is best for it), pinch of onion powder and garlic powder, 1/4 tsp of chilli powder, chopped onion, chopped tomatoes, 1 chopped jalapeno, 2 sliced spring onions, 6 tbs of fat free yogurt, juice of a fresh lemon and salt. First preheat oven to 220c/430f. Now add the fries to a bowl and flavour it with salt and black pepper, spray with spray oil and flip to coat. Now drench a large baking sheet with spray oil and add the fries to the dish. Let it bake for approx 40mins. Now blend the yogurt in a mixing bowl with a little lemon juice and a pinch of salt, set apart. Now mix the cornstarch with the water in a small bowl. Now add this in saucepan over a medium heat with the milk, while it starts to bubble and clot. Add cheese, garlic powder, onion powder and chilli powder and whip until it becomes a soft cheesy sauce. Once the fries are prepared, split between two dishes and drizzle with the nacho sauciness.

Twisted French Toast: For this you will need 6 sliced bread pieces, cut into small size, 4 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 cup brown sugar, butter and 1/2 cup maple syrup. First, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon for coating. Now melt the butter and coat in a pan in average heat. Now whip the eggs, milk, ground cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl. Now dip the bread pieces into the egg mixture and coat. Cook the pieces in skillet for around 2-3 minutes until brown. Toss the warm pieces into brown sugar. Whisk syrup and butter together until it get fully melted and smooth, in a saucepan over medium heat. After that dish up warm with bites.

Spice Pound Pumpkin Cake: For the Pound Cake you will need 1½ cups unsalted butter, 2 ½ cups sugar, 5 large eggs, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 cup milk and 1 Tbsp vanilla extract. For the Spice Coating of Pumpkin you will need ½ cup sugar, 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice and 4 Tbsp unsalted butter. First grease the standard pan. Now preheat the oven to 350°F. Now mix the butter and sugar together until it becomes light and fluffy, with the mixer. Add the eggs one at a time, blending after each adding up. Now add the flour, salt, milk and vanilla; blend on little speed for 3-4 minutes. Now move the butter into a prepared pan and bake at 350°F for 75-80 minutes. Now let the cake cool in pan for 10 minutes. For the Pumpkin Spice Coating, first slice the cooled pound cake into 1 cube. Now add the sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl until mix well. Now add 2 Tbsp of butter and place over medium heat using a large skillet. Once it gets melted, add half of pound cake cubes. Then cook until the cubes get browned on all sides. Then take away the toasted cubes from skillet and toss it in sugar-pumpkin spice mixture.

You can change the amounts of the ingredients based on your requirements.

Book Review - The Final Truth of God,Soul and Salvation Demystified

Book Title - The Final Truth of God,Soul and Salvation Demystified
Author - Dr Vyankatesh Katkar
Genre - Self Help
Publisher - Author Paradise
ISBN - 8944571548382

Are you seeking The Almighty? Do you want to know more about The Cosmos, The Spirit, The Soul:Jivatma, The Eternal Truth, The Freedom, Misery and Sorrow, The Karma and Maya, Salvation, False Paths, True Path Of Salvation, Attainment of Salvation.

If your answer is yes for the above, all you need is to buy the book and go through the contents which is more than satisfying and self explanatory. Good thing about the book is that it does not support any particular region but has delved deep into how one can go about self realisation.

What is even more interesting is the format in which the book was written. It isn't written in paragraphs but it was written in Q&A format where author has put across his views in the above format which is more appealing to me as a reader. We may have our own perceptions but when you go through this book, you will find a connect with those.

You wouldn't become a GOD by reading this but can surely become a refined soul with a visible transformation in your behaviour and attitude towards others.

The book is available on Amazon

Book Review - Keepers Of The Kalachakra

Title - Keepers Of The Kalachakra
Author - Ashwin Sanghi
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - Westland
ISBN - 978-9386850645

The new book on the Bharat Series is a perfect information trove. It made me wonder whether I am reading real account of incidents though it is a fiction. I have read few reviews and I did not take it seriously until I myself read this book completely. The information given referring back to Ramayana and Guatama Buddha has been supported by valid references of close to 60 books which is mind boggling. I seriously wonder as to where would Mr Sanghi find all the time to read so many books to get the content. 

Getting a content isn't a big task but putting them across together to stitch a perfect story is where the story stands apart. I felt there were too many characters and references but if you delve yourself deep into the story, you would find a perfect connect. 

What according to me makes a story a real interesting one is to start it with a bang and retain it till the end which is the case in this novel as it begins with few leaders across the world losing their lives mysteriously despite being under huge round of security. While there were many assumptions to these incidents, a shadow group called Minerva has been behind these occurrences. Why were they doing this? What was their ultimate motto?

While this was happening in one end, there was another highly secretive group called IG4 which vowed to crack the mystery of the deaths but they themselves gets into deep trouble.

There was a super intelligent Indian Research Scholar who gets hired by a relatively new company which agreed to pay double that of what he was promised from SpaceX,Google etc., Why was he been paid so much?

Probably the first time ever in Ashwin Sanghi's book, the book had lot of pictorial references which has made this an interesting read. Buy the book today, if you haven't bought it yet.

The book is available on Amazon

WeeBeeSocial –Providing the Mojo for Digital Marketing Initiatives

A long time ago, the quest was to discover new lands and habitats. And now, as humanity has travelled far and wide, we search for new experiences in the digital world. The digital space is where brands and customers meet, communicate and interact to forge new relationships. The success of these interactions depends on the experiences that brands create for their target audience. This is no easy task and there are only a few that have mastered the art and science of digital marketing. One such entity is WeBeeSocial, a leading digital marketing agency based in New Delhi. The folks at WeBeeSocial breathe digital and their one and only goal is to help brands create super-rich experiences for theircustomers.

A full service creative digital agency, WeBeeSocial is where creativity and technology merge to create powerful, immersive experiences in the digital space. WeBeeSocial is the first choice for many leading brands, as it offers a comprehensive range of digital marketing services –everything from digital strategy & planning to digital design and production, website design & development, social media marketing, content marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), analytics, and media planning and buying. In essence, WeBeeSocial is a one-stop-shop for all types of digital marketing initiatives. The agency assists brands throughout the digital journey, starting with ideation and strategizing and moving towardsconceptualization, content creation, campaign management, and analytics.

WeBeeSocial's unparalleled success in creating super-rich experiences online can be traced back to its team of experienced and hardworking professionals, who are adoringly referred to as social bees. It is the prolific imagination and creativity of these social bees that has helped WeBeeSocial become a leading name in the world of digital marketing. The amazing responses and feedback receivedfrom clients is a true measure of their immense talent and dedication towards their work.

The credit for WeBeeSocial's success also goes to the founders, who have been instrumental in providing the right guidance, support and motivation to the entire team.Co-founder Soumya Sharma heads the creative strategy team at WeBeeSocial and she has been assisting top brands to get their messaging right in the digital space. Before starting WeBeeSocial, Soumya had worked with several of the top agencies such as Genesis, OgilvyOne and Dentsu Webchutney. Co-founder Shubhendu Jha heads client services at WeBeeSocial and he fits perfectly in his role, as he is a digital enthusiast. 

Creativity is a way of life for Shubhendu and not just a hobby. Before launching WeBeeSocial, Shubhendu had worked with leading agencies such as OgilvyOne, Webchutneyand BC Webwise.

WeBeeSocial has executed a wide variety of digital marketing projects for several leading organizations. Its esteemed client list includes top brands such as Honda, Mahindra Rise, Bharat Petroleum, SanDisk, DuPont, ISKCON, ACMA, Equinox, Conliva, Eastman, etc.With such a diverse clientele, it can be said that WeBeeSocial is where brands go to get the mojo they need for their digital marketing initiatives.