BOOK REVIEW: THE SECRET OF THE SCULPTURES

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Author: Monika Thakur

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 236 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

 

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with Maitreyi coming home for her vacation. On the flight home, she encounters a mysterious stranger with hypnotic eyes.

Back home, she meets up with her best friend Aditi and accompanies her to an exhibit at the museum where Aditi is interning.

There, Maitreyi and Aditi meet many people like Aditi’s senior Archana Ma’am, Professor Dixit, the seductive Mrs. Shiela and the mysterious stranger from the plane who turns out to be Mr. Seth. The highlight of the exhibit is a rare sculpture of a warrior princess.

The next day when Maitreyi and Aditi return to the museum, the sculpture is stolen and then the action begins. Maitreyi discovers a miniature of the stolen sculpture which turns out to have supernatural powers.

This miniature takes Maitreyi and Aditi on an adventure. Of course the question remains as to whether they are able to recover the stolen sculpture. The reader needs to read the book to find out.

I recommend this book to readers as fairly engaging and interesting.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Monika Thakur lives in India and works in the corporate sector. She is a nature lover and enjoys travelling.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: PARRY’S ORGANIC SPIRULINA TABLETS

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Manufacturer: E.I.D. Parry

Quantity: Available in 200 grams

Price: Rs. 475 for 120 tablets of 500 mg each

My Rating: 5/5

I have been using Organic Spirulina Tablets manufactured by Parry since the last month now and I would like to post about the advantages of the product.

The recommended dose for the tablets is 4 tablets a day, after meals. I have been taking two tablets after lunch and two tablets after dinner.

These tablets contain Spirulina and help in improving our metabolism and bone density. They also improve our stamina and help in reducing fatigue.

I do happen to have an activity filled routine and I have observed that my overall energy levels have been boosted after I started taking these tablets along with the protein powder after my workouts.

What is the best thing about the tablets according to me, is that they are completely organic and vegetarian as well as vegan. The product is available on Amazon and is certainly good value for money.

I highly recommend this product to one and all as a healthy, organic, natural and safe supplement!

BOOK REVIEW: KARTIKEYA-THE DESTROYER’S SON

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Author: Anuja Chandramouli

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 230 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The publishers Rupa Publications provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I was happy to read and review this book as I enjoy reading mythology, especially Hindu mythology. Also, it made a refreshing change from the recent novels that I have read.

The story is about Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. I had never given much thought about Kartikeya, till date, as Hindu mythology has such a vast plethora of stories.

The story describes the circumstances of his conception and birth and how it was prophesised that he would bring about the end of Soorapadma, thereby bringing victory to the Devas.

The story depicts Kartikeya’s childhood and how he goes to win the war against Soorapadma. This war, has been provoked by none other than Lord Indra! Kartikeya goes off to war on his mount, the peacock Chitrabahn. He meets and falls in love with Indra’s daughter Devasena only to lose her.

We also read about Ganesha’s conception and birth and his equation with his parents and bonding with his brother Kartikeya.

What is noteworthy about the story is that the author has depicted these gods and goddesses as beings with normal human traits. Lord Shiva and Parvati have been wonderfully portrayed as a much in love but a bickering couple and Indra as a wily player of games. I particularly loved the explanation of how the river Ganga remains twined in Lord Shiva’s hair!

Do read the book if you enjoy reading mythology. I recommend it to readers as enjoyable, interesting and informative.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian classicist. She is also a student of classical dance and a practitioner of yoga.

PRODUCT REVIEW: PARRY’S ORGANIC SPIRULINA

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Manufacturer: E.I.D. Parry

Quantity: Available in 200 grams

Price: Rs. 675 for 200 grams

My Rating: 4/5

I have been using Organic Spirulina Powder manufactured by Parry for a while now. My post today is to highlight the benefits of it.

This product contains spirulina and is a completely natural source of easily digestible proteins, micronutrients and omega fatty acids. The product is completely vegetarian as well as vegan.

In order to obtain the maximum benefits of this product, I mix about 2 teaspoons every day in milk and blend it to make a smoothie. Any fruits, nuts or honey may be added to make it tastier.

I have observed that taking this powder on a regular basis keeps me energetic and helps me to cope with my hectic routine. The product is available on Amazon and is certainly good value for money.

I certainly recommend this product to one and all as a healthy, organic, natural and safe supplement!

 

BOOK REVIEW: A CAGE OF DESIRES

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Author: Shuchi Singh Kalra

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Penguin Books

Number of pages: 216 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The author Shuchi Singh Kalra generously provided me with a copy of her book.

The story is realistic in the sense that it reflects the plight of most Indian women today. They are expected to put aside their own thoughts and feelings and follow the wishes of their husbands and in-laws.

Renu is such a woman, a housewife who toils from morning to night taking care of her two children and cranky father-in-law. Her husband Dev, who lives in another city for work purposes, is distant and withdrawn from her.

However, Renu has a secret: she is the bestselling author of erotic novels written under the pen name Maya! Though she has earned a lot of fame and wealth through her novels, she dare not reveal her identity to the world out of fear of offending her husband and father-in-law.

The family takes on a new tenant, a single man named Arjun. Renu finds herself drawn to him and slowly enters into a relationship with him as she is extremely unhappy and lonely.

A lot of changes take place in Renu’s life and in her relationship with both the men, i.e. Arjun and Dev. It transpires that both the men are concealing things from her.

Will Renu finally take on the identity of Maya before the world? Does she find the peace and happiness that she craves?

I recommend “A Cage of Desires” to readers as a modern story that beautifully depicts a woman’s struggle to find her true self.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shuchi Singh Kalra is a freelance writer and is also the author of two previous novels. She can be followed on Twitter on her handle @shuchikalra

BOOK REVIEW: FLYING WITHOUT WINGS

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Author: Rishabh Puri

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: HarperCollins

Number of pages: 193 pages

My Rating: 4/5

This is a modern day fairy tale, a Cinderella story which left me moved. Milli Bajwa is a simple girl working at Chandigarh airport struggling with family problems and to make ends meet. Karan Singhania is young, handsome and wealthy but has terrible health woes.

Their lives collide over a dating app and they start communicating with each other. They share a common love for literature and fall in love over the course of many beautiful texts. They do finally meet but is their love strong enough to overcome the hurdles of both their lives? Can Milli sort out her financial and family problems? Can Karan recover?

Flying Without Wings is a love story in the truest sense and I recommend it to all readers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rishabh Puri is an entrepreneur who finds time to indulge in his passion for writing fiction. He can be followed on Facebook as AuthorRishabhPuri and on Instagram @officialrishabhpuri

PRODUCT REVIEW: XAF’S BATH & BODY (SOAPS)

This is another review of Xafira Mendonsa’s hand crafted soaps. Today I am going to review two more of her soaps, both of which are extremely exotic.

The first soap that I have tried is Papaya. This soap is suitable for all skin types. Papaya is excellent for balancing the oiliness of the skin and is used to give a rejuvenated look to the skin. Moreover, this soap contains essential oils that keeps the skin tight! I found it to be a perfect summer soap!

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The second soap is extremely unique: charcoal and green tea! This soap bar absorbs odours, making it an ideal soap for someone who works outdoors or in a dusty and polluted environment. Activated charcoal is very helpful in washing away odour and green tea helps to rejuvenate skin cells and fight any inflammation. This soap helps to keep the skin clean, soft and moist. This soap is especially suitable to those having dry skin.

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The best part about these soaps is that they are free of artificial foaming agents (detergents), parabens, alcohol, petroleum and artificial preservatives.

I would definitely recommend these soaps to everyone. Though they are pricy, (each soap costs Rs. 250/), they are definitely long lasting and of excellent quality.

Xafira lives in Mumbai and can be contacted on 9821735666 or on 9967586929. She can be followed on her Instagram account Creativity with Taste. She is also available on Facebook as Xaf’s Bath and Body.