BOOK REVIEW: LIFE IS WHAT MATTERS

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Author: Alka Dixit

Genre: Non-Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 148 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The author Alka Dixit kindly sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This book can be deemed as a “self-help” or a “self-improvement” book. But what I really liked about the book is that the author doesn’t preach to the reader. Instead certain pearls of wisdom are imparted very simply and clearly to the reader.

There are many things in the book that the reader may already know. But when we struggle with certain situations in life, we tend to forget these things. Reading the book certainly helped me to get a fresh perspective on how to approach my life and problems.

I will certainly recommend this book to readers as motivating and inspiring. People of all ages can understand and relate to the book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alka Dixit is a practising doctor and faculty in a medical college in Delhi NCR. She has been guiding people to live a better life by drawing inspiration from her as well as others’ life experiences.

BOOK REVIEW: WHERE THREE EMPIRES MEET

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Author: E.F. Knight

Genre: Non-fiction, Travelogue

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 368 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

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

This book made a refreshing change from my recent reads as it is a travelogue. It is about a journey made by the author in the year 1891 to the remote (at that time) regions of Ladakh, Tibet and beyond.

The first thing that needs to be kept in mind while reading this book is that it is about a journey that took place about 127 years ago. At that time, life was much slower and people travelled at a leisurely pace. It does take some mental adjustment to keep reading about the “Empire” and the “natives”!

The author has vividly described the regions visited as well as given fascinating descriptions about the local populations as well as certain peculiar local customs.

I recommend this book to readers who are fond of reading travelogues and history. The book also has photographs taken by the author. The only thing that might put readers off is the length of the book, i.e. 368 pages.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: E.F. Knight was a barrister who gave up his profession to be a journalist.

LOOP BANDS FOR RESISTANCE

Anyone who works out regularly must have observed that sometimes monotony sets in and it becomes necessary to incorporate some variety in the regular workout routine.

One such way of getting an effective workout is by using loop bands.

In the video, I have tried to give viewers a sample of just some of the exercises that can be done using loop bands.

Loop bands are inexpensive and can be purchased online as well. They come in a variety of resistances like light, medium and heavy. They are compact and light and can be carried anywhere, including when one is travelling.

Loop bands can be used by beginners or people who are advanced in their workouts. They can be used for glut activation as well as for adding resistance in a bodyweight workout.

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

I certainly enjoy using loop bands in my workout routines as I find them highly effective as well as fun to use.

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)

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!

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: 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.