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!

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/