Sunday, 17 February 2019

Dhawal's Blog #1

Yesterday was the moment I had been eyeing for so long. My website, this little space on the internet officially crossed the 50,000 pageview mark. The reason I had to await long because, while I was revamping the website a year back, I had deleted a lot of content  ( ~100+ pages and posts ) which I deemed unfit for the newer version of my website. This resulted in reducing pageviews but its alright, life isn't always in the profit. This space on the internet is one of my places which represents the work I've been doing till date.

I first started writing in 2012. I had ton of questions in my mind and the ideas were cited entertaining by my friends. One of them asked me if I ever thought of compiling all the ideas & questions I get somewhere? That was the moment, I was introduced to the whole concept of blogging. Initially my writing skills weren't impressive at all. I used to mix up tenses, which I at times still do but that's another topic. I learned the basics of web design and started experimenting on this particular blog. Over the years, I coded this theme using tits and bits that I learnt from all over the internet.

When I started earning, I decided to collect all the money and invest in a this website, and that's when I bought this domain ( www.dhawaljoshi.in ) . Many just argued that a .com domain would be much better but I just stayed with what I had in my mind. The .in domain was cheaper TLD as well as it represented whom I am, an Indian. I don't know how it affects but somehow it gave me a sense of pride. I had learned about the .in domains and its sub domains when I was a part of NSS team, who was participating in the Digital India Quiz Competition. ( For which we won the 1st price ;P ).

Many ask me if I earn via this website, for them the answer is NO. I do not want any ads on my blog as its a part of what I am now. Its been like 7 years working on this and evolving this portal along with how my knowledge about the internet and the technical world grows. It might not matter to others as its just 50,000 views crossed which is something that most popular websites do in a day at times. But I am happy and more than satisfied with my progress.

There are many more questions that I've answered the combining them as many of you had similar doubts in mind whenever we have an interaction.


  1. I never had ads on this website, nor I plan to place. Ads is something I despise a lot.
  2. As every human as to earn a living, I had to try something such that this portal supports its own cost. Hence I opened option for donations. If anyone love the content, they can support me in a number of possible ways.
  3. I have self coded the theme and it is not in any sort of final version. It has been evolving and will always keep evolving. As I learn something new and feel like implementing it, you'd surely find it the very next day on this portal.
  4. More than a place to show off or earn from, this is like a baby project to me. I just write my heart out here and would just wish it never shuts down.
  5. I have planned a ton of things for the content side on this website but it'll take me time to just sort and select through the tons of ideas I get everyday.
  6. I never have used any kind of paid ad marketing and every single view is organically achieved. I intend to keep it the same way, I'd appreciate it more if the people find this portal on their own rather than spoon feeding them via pushy ads.
  7. If I get a chance in future, yes I might try to make this my primary source of earning but that's a very long shot idea who know's it may or may not come true. All I can do is just keep working and let time decided the rest.
  8. Yes I will post more often now and possible one post each day, so I'd request to follow to get the updates. I have always tried to keep up the content quality and will do irrespective of the quantity of the content.
  9. For the smart one who asked me if the traffic is bot traffic or not. Well once I had deleted tons of posts when I revamped the website a year back, which included views getting deleted along with their posts, so in that manner my view counter should have been doubled right? Although, more than just views, you should focus on how the content has improved and provide feedback to improve it further instead of trying your foolish tactics to bring morale down.
  10. Last but not the end. I don't know what I am doing and where I am going. I know I am to be an engineer and yet I am here writing books, articles, doing marketing and what not. The only thing I know is I am happy working whatever type of work I am doing now. I have no regrets whatsoever and I'd prefer it to stay in that manner.
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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Review: The Pawn - Free Download


The Pawn by Skye Warren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :


"Sinfully sexy and darkly beautiful, The Pawn will play games with your heart and leave you craving more!" - Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author

The price of survival...

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl's college to take care of the only family I have left.

There's one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.

My virginity.

A forbidden auction...

Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he's the only kindness in a brutal underworld.

Except he's playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

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THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love. It's the first book in the brand new ENDGAME series.

"The Pawn is an emotionally charged roller coaster ride that will leave you breathless. From the start, the edgy and intense story will bring you to the edge of your seat and hold you there." - RT Book Reviews 


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Chess is one of my favourite games, its depiction on the cover had got me interested in the first place. I loved the cover design, its so subtle yet talking something about the story. The blurb increased the curiosity and I had to get this one at the end. Well the 'NYT bestseller' tag really serves it well. Most books these days have such a title but I don't say the same for all.

The plot feels somewhat cliche but the as you read, you notice the subtle mystery and the chess influence going on in the story. The perfect balance of the story, narration and plot is what makes the book more interesting. The narration is really smooth and grabs your interest till the end. Most part that had me interested was the business magnet part. Although at times it would make you feel quite superficial and cliche but here it was quite balanced. The characters felt real and were gripping enough to have my attention. I hope the mysterious character of Gabriel Miller gets more attention in the next part of the series.

Coming to the point of discussion which most of you would be interested in knowing about. Yes its a mature read and is again well balanced in that segment as well. I won't say much about the book as it'd probably ruin the fun of reading. Let me tell you, just wait for the ending. It might grab your interested further as it ends on a cliffhanger.

If you love mind games, business magnets and sensual romance in your reads then this book is surely the one for you.

Book Buy Link : https://amzn.to/2IiFdaq

Note : The Book is free to download on Amazon as of now. Kindly check your regional Amazon portals before downloading the book.
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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Download Blood and Beloved For Free


Blurb : 
Blood and Beloved, India’s first Gothic horror poetry collection, includes abstract, horror, and Gothic themes such as darkness, psychological horrors, child-rape, death, etc. Each poem from the book showcases elements of melancholy, depression, mania, occult, a darker philosophy of life, and the like. With a vivid, dark imagery, the book aims at being a fusion of the horror and poetry genres. 

It's available for free download on 15 feb 2019. Kindly check on Amazon of your region before downloading.

Download Link : https://amzn.to/2BAZhyW

About the Author :

Krimson Ravyn


Krimson Ravyn, aka Kashish Kaur, is an award-winning short story writer, who writes in horror and fantasy genres. A gothic darkling deeply interested in the subculture, a poet by nature, and a writer by avocation, she loves fusing her two favorites together- horror and poetry.
Blood and Beloved is her debut book.
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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Review: Maha Vishnu Trilogy: Part 1: The Code of Manavas



Maha Vishnu Trilogy: Part 1: The Code of Manavas by Arpit Bakshi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :

Book one of the Maha Vishnu Trilogy, The Code of Manavas, is set some two million years past
ad 2050, when earth as we know it ceased to exist, and so did mankind. A new race, the Manavas, now exists on Bhoomi, the erstwhile Earth, which is divided into two cities—Madhavpur and Ayudhpur.
In the quiet and peaceful city of Madhavpur, a reclusive Krishna is busy with an immense task. He has to prepare a new abode for the Manavas before an impending apocalypse destroys them. He knows something that nobody else does—the Manavas are running out of time faster than they can imagine, and there are no inhabitable planets to escape to. To make matters worse, there is someone in Madhavpur who wants to destroy Krishna and subjugate each Manava. The Manavas, it seems, are doomed. Yet Krishna knows there is a slim chance of survival for the Manavas, although there is a huge price to be paid for it.
Will the various factions of the Manavas unite for the greater good? Will Krishna, who saved them during the turn of the last Yuga, be able to save them now? What will be the price to pay?
Enter the mythical world of Maha Vishnu and get swept up in a fast-paced suspenseful narrative.

Note : This book was received as a part of a Book Review Program by Book Genie

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This book had been on my wish list for a very long time. I had read reviews and articles about it several times online. The blurb and cover just didn't help me either as it just increased my curiosity about the book. With the theme and mytho-science-fiction story line it sounded like a great read. So, I didn't waste a moment when I got a chance to review the book officially. It stayed in the process for almost a month but finally, I had my copy.

This review is more of a moral dilemma for me as I had some expectations and it didn't go well on it as per say. Inherently, I had been comparing the book with Amish Tripathi's mythofiction series as it was close to the Vedic mythology. I have read many other mythofictions like by Wendy Alec but this somewhat increased my curiosity as it had a mix of science fiction with it unlike Shiva Trilogy which was an adventure mix.

This line in blurb,  "Enter the mythical world of Maha Vishnu and get swept up in a fast-paced suspenseful narrative." is very misguiding claim, I must say. The book is really a slow read and the suspense element is so diluted that it never got me curious when I started reading. The narration was so slow that I literally got bored and had thoughts about just DNF-ing book right away. Also, there was just too much spirituality stuffed in where the science fiction part was just barely surviving in the plot line.

In the first few chapters there were some silly typographical errors. I used the word silly because these are the kind of errors autocorrect software makes. I still wonder if the 'samganak' mentioned in the book was made up of 'compartments' or 'components'.  Maybe, I was disappointed because I had just expected too much from it.

On the better side of things, the narration is good if you are a slow reader and don't like to tease your brain much while reading. Every single character has a 'Vishnu Puran' influenced name in the book, that's how I can term it for Non-Hindu's who'd be reading the book. I can say, that was very smart as well as boring move depending upon the person. The science fiction part as I said, was more of re-telling of how the earth was created in a fantasy setting.

But when I come to the spiritual part of the book, then it shines brightly. You can say it is a fiction  which tells a story of how god might have created universe. All the connected names and Vedic terminologies now start making some sense and appear in a positive light. The writing style is certainly one of those factors which might keep you hooked on to the book even if you are bored with reading ahead. There's surely some smart use of vocabulary and Sanskrit/Hindi terminologies here and there like 'samganak' which is actually a computer in Hindi/Sanskrit.

There are many underdeveloped characters and places created just for the sake of it, atleast that what I felt. The characters of vallabha, radhika, meera, shriram, shyam, etc weren't even explored much. The female characters felt like they were just there to add some diversity.

If I just round up my views and forget that it was more of a spiritual read packed inside the cover of science fiction & mytho-fiction, then this book would be a real interesting read. For someone like me who loves reading science fictions and has recently developed interest in mytho-fictions, this book was quite a disappointment as neither the blurb nor the sample had any hint on the hidden spiritual theme which just totally over powered the whole reading experience. Narration was slow and writing style was the only thing which kept me interested to somehow finish the read.

I'd recommend this book to someone who loves reading the science and spirituality mix where science is the sub-topic.

Book Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2TSSUON

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Monday, 11 February 2019

Update on Still Holding On



Here's a little update on my work in progress novel. I have been posting chapters of Still Holding On here which you can read by clicking here (if you are new). I know the updates stopped completely a few weeks back and many of you might be wondering if I have stumbled upon a block or abandoned the story altogether.

Here's the end to the mystery and little surprise for you. Still Holding On, my first attempt in writing Drama styled New Adult Romance is now finished. I know you might be thinking, if it's finished then why I am not posting the chapters on the blog. The reason being, It's soon going to be published on 14th Feb 2019. Yes, since its a romance novel and my first attempt at pure romance, why not publish on a suitable event.

All the chapters post publishing will be taken down from the website leaving a sample behind. If you loved the story till now and would love to know the end, then do order your copies. It make me very happy. Also, if you are a teen or someone who has no access to purchasing power yet, you can wait for some time. I'd be giving away free copies to whoever just love to enjoy the read and post a review. You can comment your email down below if you are interested in a review copy.
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Thursday, 31 January 2019

Review: THE CURSE: A DYSTOPIAN THRILLER



THE CURSE: A DYSTOPIAN THRILLER by Randeep Wadehra
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :

Through peace, it’s justice we seek!
The hunter will meet the fate of the hunted
And the mighty will serve the meek!

Twenty years ago, a corrupt President, a greedy industrialist, and a sycophant policeman uprooted the tribal people from their own land and burned their houses. Twenty years later, the Republic of Bodh is in danger from a similar evil troika.

The curse uttered by a frail tribal woman during the carnage twenty years ago has inspired Jwaala, the only female leader in the senate, to reform the Republic of Bodh.

But the same curse has turned Saaya, once an innocent victim of the massacre, into a relentless killing machine with a mission to prey on the predators.
Even when the Republic spirals into a storm of scandals, the greedy and corrupt President Chaupat is torn between his lust for a dancer and his unrequited passion for his wife Kaamini.

Will Saaya succeed in his mission or will Chaupat thwart his efforts?
Will Jwaala, orphaned in a violent attack, be able to turn the curse for the greedy into a blessing for the poor? Will she succeed to save the Republic from another ensuing bloodshed?

The Curse is a gritty political thriller about people who have lost much to greed but want to transform their nation. 

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Looking at the cover and checking out the blurb I felt there would be a tinge of fantasy or sci-fi element to it. You can say maybe I just connected the title too much with the current gen FantaSci reads. But as I continued reading it was more of a political thriller than anything else.

The story begins in a very mysterious ways and created a curious vibe in me. I thought this would be interesting point in the story as I move on further. But to me it turned out to be quite predictable. Although, the narration really good and I loved the smart use of vocabulary here and there. I often had to use dictionary to find the meaning of some peculiar words. I rarely enjoy a book when I have to fire up dictionary time and again as it just breaks the flow of reading but here it was in a sweet spot, not too much.

I enjoyed the story as it took deeper dives into the political upheaval. The characters were really well thought upon and developed nicely. Although, it was overall a good read. I wasn't impressed or felt disappointed at the same time. Maybe, I had too much of political stuff recently who knows. The story being quite predictable and yet the narration didn't make it bore, makes it a good recommendation for the ones who like reading books around the governments and political theories. Just don't make a mistake of connecting it with grim dark fantasy or science fiction looking at the title.

Book Buy Link : https://amzn.to/2HG79EE
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Monday, 28 January 2019

Review: The Stalker



The Stalker by Sandeep Sharma
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

Randhir Kamat, a name famous for his regular mentions on page 3, was being stalked on social media by a girl named Deepali. He took it casually and enjoyed the attention from media but soon things went on to become ugly when his girlfriend, Rupali, started receiving death threats. 
Keeping everything on stake, Randhir chose to involve police to catch the Stalker. Inspector Suraj, started digging in and soon found that 'Here everyone's a liar'. 
Whom to trust? 
Whom to blame? 
There were no answers, just one question. 
How far will you go for the sake of your dream? 
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I had heard a lot about the book before, hence when I got a chance to get my hands on it I was eager to read it. I like the cover design really. It gives out that mysterious stalker vibes which really goes well with the title and plot of the book.

Personally, I felt the story was somewhat similar to the Stranger Series by Novoneel Chakraborty. The overall stalker vibe later on catching up with the mysterious revelations all of suddenly. It was quite a fast paced read which is totally the types of books I like to read. It maintained the mystery vibe by preserving and not skipping on the details that much. Honestly, there's not much that i can talk about it without giving up the spoilers. To enjoy the story you have to read and find out.

The story and the way plot was narrated was really enjoyable. One thing that irked me a lot was the really bad printing quality. The book is price fairly cheap which is a good thing for the ones who don't want to spend too much on books as they are getting costlier each day. But here it felt that the printing was really cheaped out in every possible way. The pages were almost tissue thin, many were already torn from edges. The printing was inclined in several pages. The cover cutting had rough edges. Overall it was not at all pleasing. There were really dumb typos all over, like the silly ones at times your auto correct would make while you type your social media post or message.

If you really wanna read the story then I'd suggest to go for the book but get the Kindle version if you are okay with reading E-Books. Still its a good read on the content department if you can ignore the printing thing it won't bother you.

Book Buy Link :  https://amzn.to/2TjmnRk
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Sunday, 27 January 2019

Man and sexism in Jobs

I often wondered what does mean by sexism in job. Stating that some tasks are only just for the males or some tasks are only for the females? To be honest, I don't think so. Although, taking the scientific attitude and some common sense in the hand and looking at the matters one can surely say that males certainly better at some tasks and females are certainly better at the rest. No one can deny the magic of evolution and the way things have been working since past eons.

Jobs which include brute force or just continuous use of strength are often called off as the Male dominated professions where as the jobs which require skills, include delicate details and need excellent level of focus are often the female dominated professions. But does that mean no man is able to perform delicate tasks and no female can show brute strength?

The issue here lies with generalising everything. Yesterday, a funny tweet just had me thinking on this. The tweet was, " If the devil is in the details, does that mean the god lies in generalisation? " I would've surely captured the tweet and embedded it here if I could find it again. But, apart from that let me come back to the point. Recently, there's a huge encouragement on social media for females who show the power and are into things like body building or extreme sports and males who can cook or take care of kids.

Seriously? My dear fellow males, if you are able to cook for yourself and your family then its not a novelty. Others who don't know to cook for themselves, I am so sorry to say that you lack even the most basic of the survival skills. A man who can do cook, clean, sew isn't someone to be praised just because he's a man doing it. Personally, I feel those are the most basic living skills any human should know. Also, for females if you are going to gym, building up some muscle or racing on a cycling track or taking a part in a marathon you aren't automatically landing into a novelty either.

It doesn't mean we shouldn't praise someone who is good in their respective tasks. But the praise should come for the work and their level of work and not because they belong to a particular sex. I often slap my forehead looking at the silly headlines where they write female programmers earn less than males, but I don't know the full picture here. Has anyone accounted the hours of work and skill they had poured in? I again not pointing out and not generalising or literally meaning anything but just think, how many times you just blatantly generalise everything and start being a complaint box about everything on the social media.

Sexism doesn't lie in any jobs or any where else but in each of our own eyes. We just are too adamant to find faults in our own self and too busy in pointing fingers at others.

Always remember, when you point one finger at someone else, automatically there are three fingers pointing back at you. 

That doesn't mean you start self loathing and overthinking but its just that one should self evaluate before pointing out fingers on someone else. Every single human thinks of himself as most pious and pure personality but in reality everyone has some dark deeds which they just wish never come out.

I'd love to know what are your thoughts on it via the comments below. Also, if you like whatever I write then you can follow via email and share it with your friends. 
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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Review: Minimalism: The Path to an Organized, Stress-free and Decluttered Life



Minimalism: The Path to an Organized, Stress-free and Decluttered Life by Gwyneth Snow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :
Ever been stressed out by the clutter on your desk? Or when you’re trying to find an important document, or a specific outfit from a messy closet? The truth is – the more stuff we have, the more difficult it is to keep them organized. The more clutter and mess we end up with as a result can lead to a stressful day, and this stress can build up over time. This has to stop. 

Minimalism: The Path to an Organized, Stress-free and Decluttered Life is my humble attempt to help you realize the benefits of incorporating a minimalist lifestyle in order to rid your life of excess in a systematic and strategic way. Here’s a quick overview of the book: 

• The first section of this book highlights a brief history of minimalism and its origins. It also covers how the minimalist movement has evolved over time, what modern day minimalism looks like, and its benefits. 
• The second section covers a wide range of strategies and techniques that you could use to declutter, get organized, and live in a stress-free and minimalist home. 
• The last section highlights what a minimalist lifestyle could look like; it covers a wide range of topics including minimalism in money, health, relationships, and much more. 

My goal, through this book, is to empower you to find joy in simplifying and to find happiness in fewer things that truly matter.

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Usually I don't read such books but this one caught my eye while scrolling through the kindle store and I decided to get it and give it a read. It is a decent collection of concepts and information about minimalism from the Internet. It's quite little but tried to touch most aspects about the topic.

I liked the way the Author first explained the concepts and philosophy of minimalism, then diving into history and moving slowly into the modern era. Later on beginning with the little tips and solutions for the ones who are interested in this ideology. Coming from your Average & Typical Indian family I am fairly accustomed with the concepts that are described here, its not labelled here as much but most people follow the similar lifestyle.

Get only what you need and just leave the excessive not needed clutter behind. I'd say it a really nice one time read for the one who wants to try out or just accustom themselves with the concept and the ideology of living minimalistic.

Book Buy Link : https://amzn.to/2UhAIOe

Note : At the time of posting this review, the book is available for free on Kindle, so do check before downloading and get your copy if it interests you.

Also, if you love reading Hindi Poems, this ( https://amzn.to/2Tl3Hkx ,  https://t.co/nqc3N9iXd2 ) Book is available for free to download and check vout.
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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Download A love read in the library for free


A love read in the Library.

Abhishek is a doctor and Priya is an engineer, they have different views on every subject. They both had a lot going in their lives. This is a rollercoaster ride of their live. How they overcome every difference for love.

Here, I am back again with a free book that you can read and enjoy on weekends. The Book is free to Download till 21 Jan 2019. You can follow the link below to get your copy.

Download Link : https://amzn.to/2U1W8Pk

Note : If it doesn't link to your country version of Amazon then you can just edit the '.in' extension with your own country amazon extension. Also, do check if its free before downloading the copy.
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