BOOK REVIEW: HEART QUAKE

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Author: Ishita Deshmukh

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Lifi Publications

Number of pages: 255 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of “Heart Quake” by Ishita Deshmukh in exchange for an honest review.

The story was particularly interesting to me as it is set in the aftermath of the earthquake that occurred in Gujarat in the year 2001. As I am a resident of Ahmedabad, our city too was badly affected by the earthquake and I can certainly relate to many of the scenes described in the book.

The main character in the story is Sonal Patel, a nurse. She arrives in Bhuj, Kutch, i.e. the city that was the epicentre of the earthquake, in order to volunteer at a medical camp that has been set up to help the victims of the quake. Sonal also has a personal agenda, she is looking for her best friend, who resided in Bhuj and whose fate is not known.

Sonal faces a difficult set of conditions in the medical camp but she certainly doesn’t expect to meet her old love, Dr. Tejas Desai, with whom she parted ways with bitterly, ten years ago.

Sonal is thinking about moving on in life with another man, when she meets Tejas again and discovers that she still has feelings for him.

At the same time, there is another plot going on in the story regarding adulterated medicines and patients dying mysteriously. This only serves to make the story more interesting!

All the characters in the story are portrayed very well and the reader will keep turning the pages to find out if Sonal and Tejas are able to rekindle their love.

“Heart Quake” is a very interesting romance. I definitely recommend it to everyone!

LOVE THE LUNGE!

Lunges are one of the most effective lower-body exercises that can be done! Lunges shape your lower body, develop core strength and make your hips more flexible.

In the video, I have tried to give viewers a sample of just some of the different types of lunges.

Lunges work on our glutes and quadriceps and also on our hamstrings. Once excess fat is reduced from our body, lunges help to shape up, tone and firm up our legs. When doing lunges, we also engage our core muscles, thereby increasing our core strength. Lunges can also improve the flexibility of our hip flexors.

Lunges can be done by beginners or people who are advanced in their workouts.

For those who did not comprehend the exercises shown in the video, I have photos of some of the exercises shown in it.

I will endeavour to keep providing everyone with fitness tools and tips that do not involve complex gadgets and can be used on a regular basis.

So that everyone can avail of my trainer’s expertise, I am providing everyone with his contact information as under:

Mr. Praful Raval: 9998999577

He can be contacted via e-mail on meet.praful@gmail.com and followed on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@PrafulRaval38)

BOOK REVIEW: FOR THE SMILE OF YOUR EYES

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Author: Aarish Nandedkar

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Brosis Publishers

Number of pages: 271 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: The author Aarish Nandedkar provided me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with Riley Stacy, an ambitious young interior designer wooing a beautiful young woman, not for love, but in order to win the Biz Award. It is extremely important to Riley to win this award and he works single-mindedly towards this goal.

Unfortunately Riley over-spends to fulfil his goal and ends up being on the run from loan sharks. He takes shelter in an abandoned railway yard, only to encounter the mysterious April, a fierce lovely young woman who tends to his wounds.

Riley is forced to stay with April till his wounds heal and his money woes are sorted out. It appears that Riley is in a strange, out of the way place. He encounters Daddy, an elderly shopkeeper, still in love with his deceased wife. He learns more about April and her history from Daddy.

Slowly Riley and April start to fall in love. But Riley still wants to return to his life and fulfil his dreams. Will Riley’s love be stronger than his ambition? Will April be able to move on from her tragic past?

The story should be read as it resembles a Bollywood love story. I could actually imagine some of the scenes in the book as if I was watching a film instead of reading a book.  A good read, for lovers of romance fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Aarish Nandedkar is a novelist, poet, script writer and blogger. He can be followed on Facebook at facebook.com/authoraarish and on Instagram @authoraarish

KIDS PARADISE: PERFECT FOR KIDS!

Last week I decided to go to visit an old friend, Roopali Vijh who runs a playgroup and nursery in her residence in Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. It had been a long time since I visited her and upon entering her premises, the first thing that struck me was the treehouse that was in her lawn!

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I was so fascinated by the treehouse that I insisted upon going upstairs and inspecting it thoroughly. Roopali told me that they use the treehouse regularly for children to hone their fine motor and gross motor skills, do their easel painting and they also conduct their storytelling sessions there.

I then sat down with Roopali, the director of Kids Paradise and Jill Buch, the principal of the school to find out more about the school. They shared with me that Kids Paradise was started in 2010 and the idea behind starting the school was to blend the Montessori method with the Indian system of education in such a way that it acts as a bridge between the nursery school and the school that the child will eventually attend.

Kids Paradise has four air-conditioned classrooms and they have playgroup, nursery and Junior K.G. Aside from the treehouse, they have a sandpit in the garden and occasionally set up inflatable pools for the children to splash in.

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Roopali and Jill aim to have a new activity in the school every Friday. Rainy Day and Vegetable Day are just examples of their Friday activities. They also have a Sports Day every year and an Annual Day every two years.

In fact on the day that I visited the school, the school had their Rainy Day. The school was beautifully decorated with umbrellas. The tiny tots came out into the garden in their raincoats. Since it wasn’t raining, water was showered upon the children through a hose from above. There was a lot of excitement as the children thoroughly enjoyed getting drenched!

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I came away from Kids Paradise with a smile on my face after seeing the laughter and merriment there. I highly recommend Kids Paradise as an excellent playgroup and nursery school that combines learning with fun!

Kids Paradise can be followed on Facebook as https://www.facebook.com/kidsparadise03/  and on Instagram as https://www.instagram.com/kidsparadise03/

They also have a website: http://www.kids-paradise.in/

BOOK REVIEW: CHANAKYA

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Author: Ashok K. Banker

Genre: Historical, Fiction

Published by: Westland Books

Number of pages: 154 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: Writersmelon provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This story is termed as “Book 1”, so it is obviously intended to be the first part in a series. Accordingly, the story does not take much time to complete as it is only 154 pages.

Chanakya of course is one of the most well-known figures in Indian history. This first part shows Chanakya or Vishnu Gupta as a seven-year old child prodigy and genius, who when asked by his teacher at the gurukul to memorise the first Paksha of Mandala Seven, memorises the entire Rig Veda instead!

Vishnu Gupta, with his parents and three sisters leave their village Chanak to go to Pataliputra, the capital of the Magadha Empire, as his father has to attend a conference there.

Pataliputra is an extremely sinister place, firmly under the control of the “Maha-amatyaji” Rakshasa, the Prime Minister of the Emperor Mahapadma Nanda. The Prime Minister is involved in and takes a cut out of every illegal activity that takes place in Pataliputra. The Yuvraj Dhana Nanda, is portrayed as an extremely demonic child! Another interesting character that is introduced in the story is Chandra, a young pickpocket, who helps Vishnu Gupta’s family.

Circumstances and fate bring Vishnu Gupta in contact with the Prime Minister and later the Emperor and the Yuvraj. It will remain to be seen how the story will go forward in the sequel.

I highly recommend “Chanakya”, as an extremely interesting story that has left me awaiting the sequel!

CHOCO’DALE IS DELICIOUS!

Marvellous! Amazing! Scrumptious! These are just a few of the adjectives that I have heard and I have myself used to describe Choco’dale’s creations.

One of Ahmedabad’s leading home baking brands, Choco’dale was started in February 2014 and has grown with leaps and strides since then. Every product of Choco’dale be it a cake, muffin, brownie, cakepop, theme based cookie or cupcake, bears Choco’dale’s stamp of individuality and creativity not to mention its impeccable taste! Today it’s time to meet the creative genius behind Choco’dale, Shruti Bhagat.

This soft-spoken and modest lady was a Fine Arts student who enjoyed sculpting. She has worked not only as a dress designer but as a web designer and a web developer, adapting her profession to meet the needs of her daughter.

Shruti, however, always enjoyed baking for her family and friends. Though she attended workshops to give her desserts a finished look, she never dreamed of taking it up as a profession!

But dissatisfaction with the products available in bakeries and encouragement from friends and family members led to Shruti starting with Choco’dale.

Shruti was very clear behind what motivated her to start her brand. She wanted to use the best and the most fresh ingredients for her products, the same ones she used for baking for her family and friends. She was determined to avoid using any extra preservatives and any premixes.

As a long standing customer of Choco’dale, I can also attest to the amazing variety of Choco’dale creations. I am continually amazed at Shruti’s imagination and her detailing in her desserts. In fact, I frequently joke to my husband that Choco’dale’s products are too good to eat! But at the same time, it is very difficult to control oneself from gorging on Choco’dale’s divine creations.

Choco’dale definitely specializes in theme-based cakes and desserts as Shruti is very conscious of aesthetic presentation. She also presents structural marvels like hanging, antigravity and rotating cakes.

Shruti gives credit to her family and friends for marketing her work and of course thanks her clients for their goodwill and the word of mouth publicity and praise that they have given her.

She has one request to all her clients past, present and future: that they should appreciate the time and effort put in by a home baker.

Shruti constantly tries to improve herself and keep herself updated. She attends workshops and even today spends considerable time online watching tutorials and doing R & D.

With this firm commitment to creativity, quality and taste one can be assured that Choco’dale is growing as a brand every day. I urge everyone who is reading this to not merely take my word for it but to sample a Choco’dale product right away.

For orders and inquiries Shruti Bhagat can be contacted on: 8128024448. Her varied and wonderful creations can be followed as Choco’dale on Facebook and as Chocodale_ on Instagram.

BOOK REVIEW: IT’S GOT TO BE LOVE

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Author: Prashant Kaul

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 254 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “It’s Got To Be Love” by Prashant Kaul in exchange for an honest review.

This story has all the elements of a romance, unrequited love, fights, serious accidents, misunderstandings and heroic stunts!

Dev Sharma lives in Chandigarh and becomes the best of friends with Vikram in school. The two of them also join the same college. At first, Dev is bullied in college but he manages to transform his physique through exercise and martial arts. Dev has this strange ability of having some of his dreams come true!

Dev falls for Carol in college. She appears to reciprocate his feelings but she also does not appear to be entirely committed to him. In the meantime, Dev connects with Vaani on Facebook, who lives in Delhi and two of them become good friends.

Dev meets Vaani in person when he moves to Delhi to pursue his post-graduation. As his relationship with Carol is going nowhere, Dev gets more and more close to Vaani and eventually falls in love with her.

However, Vaani and her family mysteriously disappear one day. Dev, aided by his group of friends, frantically tries to track her down. Whether he succeeds in doing so and whether the story has a happy ending, is obviously part of the suspense of the story and should not be revealed by me!

“It’s Got To Be Love” is a romance that will certainly appeal to readers who love that particular genre.