Thursday, April 10, 2014

How to encounter a smelly pooper around you, work or otherwise!

Summers have come! Though it means that now you get to eat more ice-creams and at all times then you would dare to in the harsh Delhi winters. But on the con side it brings with it what? sweat, stickiness and most of all stinking smell. Well most of all would now take a bath twice or thrice day (for those of us who commute) but how about those that do just with perfumes in this season. What about the smelly poopers around you in office, travelling in a metro or anywhere? You know which kind right? The kind in this video...

First don't be one, If you are one and are lazy at having a bath, then install all new Racold water cools, its eco-friendly technology keeps you germ free fresh at no cost to mother nature and a lot of lives around you that would have died of pollution you created would be saved! Trust me and do it for humanity please! 

Second carry a handkerchief really soaked in your favourite perfume. Especially when you travel and commute everyday, really saves you from the variety of smells that comes from a variety of sources. 

If it is a collegue, invest in gifting them a perfume or body soap. But this might lead to a loss as people may not get this cue and your investment might just go waste. If the person really doesnt get this then let me manager handle it.                                                                                                                         However co-workers are still tolerable but what if thats your boss like in the video above? What to do then? Tough spot...hmm...                                                                                                                                 Well one way is surely to "stay away", But thats not permanent is it? The best thing is check when is the next ocassion in his family, his birthday, his mom's or dad's aniversary, even if its his maid's birthday, go ahead and give him a generation next incentive of water heaters which would encourage him to bath! Yes the answer to that is just one Racold. Check out their range of water heaters and heating systems here Give your boss the invitation to the bathroom ;) and I dont mean dirty I mean Racold :P

      Do these not invite you to the bathroom? Rejuvnate, relax and feel reborn with Racold.

On a serious note some diseases can lead to body odour and so do some ethic cusines. Before you deal with a smelly collegue do ensure it isn't because of the above mentioned reasons. 

Have a bath everyday, rejuvenate yourself, feel fresh, reborn with Racold today! Like this page to get regular updates about their latest products :

This post is for the contest "Close Encounters of the Smelly Kind" by Indiblogger. #WhatsThatSmellBoss

Monday, April 7, 2014

Losing My Religion by Vishwas Mudagal

Title: Losing my Religion
Author: Vishwas Mudagal
Category: Romance/Drama Fiction
Date: 2014
Price: Rs. 199
Pages: 350

Snapshot: When gamer and entrepreneur Rishi Rai sets out to revolutionize the gaming industry, something somewhere goes terribly wrong and, like dominoes, the blocks of his life fall down one after the other. An unexpected meeting with Alex, an unpredictable, crazy American hippie, changed his life forever, as he decided to quit everything and join him on an unplanned, unchartered journey across India. From getting irrepressibly high in the mysterious Malana Valley in the Himalayas to starting a shack on the bewitching Om Beach on the West Coast, they do it all. But their adrenaline-charged adventure takes a turn when Rishi meets Kyra, a beautiful and enigmatic gamer. As passions surge and sparks fly, Rishi gets drawn to Kyra unaware of who she is and where she comes from.

What follows next is something nobody could have ever dreamed of...

Who is Kyra and why are the paparazzi after her? Can Rishi connect the dots in his life to protect the love of his life? While the world becomes a spectator, can he mastermind the fall of a ruthless giant to become a global icon or will he become the biggest loser?

Review: These days I feel we all have somehow transformed into a fast paced machine-y lifestyle often dreaming about a respite or taking an adventure leaving behind everything in a wink. Well, nobody gets so practical or rather impulsive and rational but Vishwas Mudagal, the author of  ‘Losing My Religion,’ in his debut novel has successfully tossed and streamlined an excellent work of fiction that accelerates the reader’s adrenaline as the pages turn developing a racy, capricious and exhilarating story of the protagonist Rishi Rai who does quit everything.

The story begins with Rishi Rai, a bankrupt, failed gamer and entrepreneur who accidently meets Alex, an American hippie who is no less than a total shrink. Together, they venture into the unplanned heroic carefree journey (minus the cellular and materialistic elements) across India. From the Himalayan Malana cream fun to the Om Beach in Karnataka where they start a shack, they just flow with the breeze of life like crazy wanderers. And then enters Kyra Blake, a beautiful, charming and brilliant gamer who swirls Rishi’s mind and heart. Unaware of Kyra’s life and her past, Rishi falls in love with her. The romance between the two buds strongly but then ends in a thud leaving him heartbroken. Alex spills some fun beans to fix his dear friend but in vain, ultimately pulling Rishi to their next adventure to Mahakumbh in Haridwar. The entrepreneur germs in Rishi surface yet again with the launch of The Coconutwallas. His mind plough profit and strategies but heart still pains for Kyra.  And bang-bang, she returns in his life with all the paparazzi buzzing like bees along with a popular talent show- The Apprentice staging in the city of Mahakumbh, suddenly exposing Rishi and Alex along with Kyra in the world media. The twists and turns unfold several vignettes of Kyra’s background along with the entry of Gerard Wolf, a shrewd billionaire swelled with pride. Redemption and absolution ride begins for Rishi when he teams up with Kyra and Alex bracing to face ‘The Apprentice’ game challenge in Newyork. The last few pages are truly captivating and thrilling describing the challenge from start to end. It is the epitome of classic entertaining and slow suspense drilling power packed drama joining the three lead characters- Rishi, Kyra and Alex towering their confidence, wit, intelligence and hard work to ache and break ‘The Wolf’ in pieces.

The author has done a brilliant job in developing and portraying all the characters, be it the three lead ones who clearly justify their desires and outlook for life to the side characters like Ram Singh, Laxman and Pappu bloating easily in reader’s mind while reading. Words like Maraaz, Shaab ji, pardner and many more gives a specific vernacular feel. The friendship between Rishi and Alex is absolutely crackling though sensitive at times but mostly hilarious. The character of Alex is boisterous and fun loving who will simply make you nod on his carefree attitude and statements like ‘I was born lost and I love it’ bringing a smile on reader’s face. The writing style and narration is simple, easy yet appealing but at times a bit rough and cheesy. However, the author has successfully managed to sketch every scene clearly in reader’s mind.

The author has voiced about the title through the protagonist’s Rishi stating “Leap out of the existence you have wrapped around yourself … you’ll fall no doubt. But sometime during that, you’ll witness a miracle taking shape around you. That’s called losing my religion’.

LMR, for sure, gives a splendid strangest trippy ride.

Positives: Smooth and well narrated storyline.

Negatives: At times, I felt the first half was a bit too far stretched and slightly meandering. Besides the book has travel stories to places like Himachal, Karnataka and so, I feel a little more talk about the place would have done wonders.

Verdict: I give 4 out of 5 stars to Losing My Religion. Go pick the book as this one is truly a thrilling and exciting read.

About the Author: Vishwas Mudagal is a serial entrepreneur and a CEO with a history of building innovative technology brands and companies. An alumunus of RV college of Engineering, Banaglore, he started his first company at the age of eighteen to educate students in rural Karnataka. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of GoodWorkLabs, one of the hottest technology firms.
Writing is his passion, and he has embraced storytelling as his parallel career. Losing My Religion is his debut novel. He blogs at:

This book has been reviewed by Shaily Bhargava who is an avid reader, freelance writer, amateur photographer and a trait curious soul addicted to tea and coffee. Some of her short stories are published in online literary magazines of repute.

The Wordkeepers by Jash Sen

Title: The Wordkeepers
Author: Jash Sen 
Category: Fiction (Children)
Publisher: Duckbill
Date: 2013
Price: Rs. 225
Pages: 262

Snapshot: This book is the first part of the Trilogy which is about Kalki avataar of Krishna fighting over the lord of the Kaliyuga that corrupts the minds of people for wealth and greed and restoring the earth back to the goodness of Satyuga

The Review: This beautiful cover page will lure you to read the book, in fact it has been one of the most attractive cover pages of 2013, but sadly that is the only exciting part spare the last 30 pages.

The story begins with abduction of Anya's mother who is originally a wordkeeper - a set of ten people who would protect and guide Krishna's Kaliki avataar to fight the evil forces. The year is 2028 and Anya a typical 21st century brat finds a note in her garden which tell her not to trust anybody. Following the set of instructions in that letter she discovers her mother was a wordkeeper and now on she would be. Her main task is to find the Avatar and assist him. 

On the other hand Bilal is a carefree boy in a small village in Andhra Pradesh. He is the avataar "Kalki" and is being watched over by both the positive and negative forces. The dark lord here is "Kali" who wishes to replace Vishnu and Shiva and be the supreme God corrupting people's hearts with greed. Before Kali's team can Parashuram appears before Bilal and tells him about his identity, takes him and begins his formal training. On the other hand Kali knows that the power lies with Wordkeepers and he is busy finding them and witholding their amulets - their source of power. His forces are behind Anya, tracing her. Will the twenty first century child find a way out and fulfill her duty or get caught?

Negatives:  Well this is an attempt to connect the dots from the Ramayana and Mahabvharat to Kaliyuga. Those characters that were immortal come to life in this story, Parshuram, Ashwatthama and Vibhishana. The story begins with Vibhishan's and one is all hopeful but the whole trail of Anya's journey was very boring. The Villains abode was also similar to Mars. Inshort there was no novelty factor either in the characters or in the surroundings. The combat is still old school. Technological advances haven't found a place in the writers imagination or she still believes that ancients were more advanced. In short the modern connect with the ancient feel doesnt strike, its all ancient overall.

Positives: I had no willingness to continue reading the book as halfway through it I was thoroughly bored however I am glad I did, the writer finally finds her elelment and the twist occurs in the end totally swoops the reader of its feet. I hope the next book in the trilogy which bring out the author's potential as she spent most of this one on just one trail, when things could have been more spiced up.

The Verdict: Read it if you wish to read the trilogy. 2.5 stars on 5. 

Grab a copy here:

About the Author
Jash Sen 
is a DU, IIM graduate who worked in IT and taught mathematics while dreaming of writing a book. The Wordkeepers is Jashs first novel, and is the rst of a trilogy.

I thank Duckbill (Westaland Publishers) for a review copy. 

The Vigil and Other Stories by Gita V reddy

Title: The Vigil and Other Stories
Author: Gita V. Reddy
Category: Fiction (Short Stories)
Publisher: Frog Books
Date: 2013
Price: Rs. 125
Pages: 167

Snapshot: This is a collection of short stories with characters comprising of people living amongst us. It in the most simple manner highlights, questions and puts for the the ways of the world, the structure of society, its laws and the resultant fate of all of it. 

The Review:  Authors writing fiction often paint the sky brighter than it is to deliver the story, the thought more emphatically. But, can something be said in a simple yet a strong manner? Indeed, and Gita V. Reddy has mastered the art with her simple story telling. As I always say that short story collection is the biggest challenge as one has to 'not' repeat even the curve or the bend one has once taken. The anthology is loved only with zero repetitions, along with the challenge of serving good stories and that is an extremely difficult job. In this book it seems the story, the different topics though connected came off naturally to the author, she felt strongly about them and she therefore traced each line,, pondering on thought so carefully that they never got mixed. 

The book is mostly centred around the ways of the society, the stature of women in them, love , loss and spicing it up is an ingredient "simplicity" which delivers it so immensely that point is made with a strike. 

There are no repetitions at all in any of the stories though some of them dance around common grounds at some point. It would also be unfair to have personal favourites since each one found its place in my heart and on each point made by them, I shall ponder post writing this review, it is certain that the book will give you a story for a life time. For me the stories that made the greatest impact are:

The Gift:  The story of unrequited love has never been so simple yet so brutal and painful. It made me cry for hours and it has made a mark for a life time on my heart.

Open Court and Sita's Lives:  In both this stories the author questions the society "Why is the woman always wrong?"

A Life Time:  What do we get by making laws that kills love? 

Reflection:  This has a lesson for everyone, turn your life around when you can, and you must as its your life and you have to take a stand for what you wish to achieve. 

At the end of it all I just wanted the book to be thicker to read more stories from the authors pen.

Positives:The Vigil is a story that will leave you with a smile and is aptly the title of the book. As mentioned above the stories are different and presents the results of the laws of the society in front of us, questioning simply "why" and pondering one to think how to be the change. A well edited, crisp and beautiful short story collection. 

Negatives: The climax of a few stories trouble me. Time and Space for example could have had a few more lines before the abrupt end.  Two stories I wished ended differently : Life and Death of Shiva and A Dangerous Bend, but then that's purely perspective which can differ between two people.

The Verdict: A must read 4 stars on 5.

About the Author
Gita V.Reddy, 49, is a postgraduate in Mathematics from Hyderabad Central University. She joined State Bank of Hyderabad as a Probationary Officer in 1985. After twenty-six years of serving the bank in various managerial positions, she left the bank in 2011 to pursue full time writing.Married to a Physics Professor since 1986, Ms.Gita V.Reddy has a son and lives in Hyderabad.

I thank the author for a review copy of the book.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Winners Of Winds Of Hastinapur by Sharath Komaraju

The winners of this contest who each win a copy of this book are:

Geeta Nair
Rahul Singh Rathore 
Anshul Kumar

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Winners Of Frankly Spooking by Sriramana Muliya

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Tarang Sinha
Rahul Ahuja

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Winners of Jump Cut by Krishna Shastri Devulapalli

The winners who win this amazing book are:

Hemant Kumar Jain
Shree Janani
Sadhana Chaturvedula

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