Sunday, 27 May 2018

Review: Brutal Terminations


Brutal Terminations by Cherith Baldry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

When a female skeleton is unearthed by workmen digging the foundations for a library extension at St Clement’s College, Gawaine St Clair, a reluctant amateur detective and former undergraduate of the college, is called in to investigate. Arriving in Oxford, Gawaine is informed that the body had been buried for 30 years, and the woman had been pregnant at the time of her death. Gawaine also discovers that a don, Richard Templeman, is missing, to be later found dead.

Gawaine’s suspicions fall on men who were in college thirty years before, and are still there: Stephen Verner, who was then about to marry a socially advantageous woman; Father Gerard, the celibate college chaplain; Heatherington, the creepy head porter; Colonel Morrison, the Bursar, who appears to have no motive; Dr Porteus, whose Fellowship depended on his unmarried status.

A letter gives Gawaine clues to the identity of the woman and her lover, and he finally finds the killer. But is he right? And will he survive long enough to prove it?


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This book had got me interested from the blurb but as I started reading it, it wasn't as I had expected. The cover is nice and mysterious and goes with the theme. The book uses quotes at beginning of chapters which was nice if you are a quote person, overall gives a nice theme to it. The mystery was sort of building, but at the same time I had a hard time getting into the story.

If you are someone who cherishes reading old English then this book might suit your taste. But I didn't find story gripping as such. I had to take a few minutes here and there in midst to get back to book. Being a mystery lover it was weird for me, personally I don't like when I need to check dictionary often while reading, it hampers the whole experience. That's just me though, if you are someone who loves old world references along with quoting then you might enjoy the writing style.

A few things that I liked about the book were the narration and writing style. If you are an old school English lover and like reading that kind of writing style then you'd surely love it. But if you are someone who is adapted to YA and modern writing style then you might not like it. Apart from that as much as old world references are interesting but they start getting annoying when you have to look up into a dictionary several times while reading. But that's totally personal opinion. I had a hard time getting into the story though.

The characters didn't feel compelling enough, like the story gave me a feel like something is going on that's all. I didn't know what and why? Since I keep my reviews spoiler free I am not gonna give out the story. You'd need to check out the book yourself if this this book has got your curious. On my part the story could've been much better. but I'd keep it at 3 stars for nice narration and interesting cover. I feel this book can be a good assignment read for literature class. This book can be a hit or miss for you.

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Saturday, 19 May 2018

My Experience with Udacity in Google India Challenge Scholarship


A few months back you could've found me jumping and excited sharing the news with my best friends. Well yep It was our lunch break in college and I was going through my notifications as I usually do to check up on what's happening around. There was this one email that caught my attention and left me with a blast of happiness. I had been chosen for Phase I of the Google India Challenge Scholarship ( Android Developer Track).

I don't exactly remember when and where I had filled this form up, but I remember about getting a email from Udacity about some scholarship course which was about to begin. I had studied the basics in Android Development from the Udacity itself and now wanted to learn it much more professionally and in detail. I had filled up that form and then had forgotten totally about it.

The course began on 14th feb 2018. Pretty much pumped up for whats coming ahead, I began the course on the first day itself. The course was filled with a lot of information where some of the topics were already familiar enough while others where deep down filled with details. There was extensive use of Github with the Android studio to pull the source codes and push the finished ones. It was quite fun working out in all these months.

Apart from super informative video tutorials, there was a slack workspace dedicated for the members in this course. The community feeling and the feeling of teamwork was awesome. Even after each one of us was working on our own courses the team work feeling while being on slack was overwhelming. For any difficulty or doubt you could just go on to the workspace channel and post your questions. There were dedicated forums for this course along with that.

It was a wonderful time learning new things and some older known things in much detail by the people who had much more experience in this regard. The workspace mods and admins were super responsive to all queries and thing that you might need help with.


It was such a wonderful experience that I felt I wasn't able to give and dedicate enough time for it, since I was doing it along with my college schedule which notoriously ate upto 12hrs of my day. I so wanted to talk and discuss thing around more. Hope I get another chance for it. Right now the course is over and we all are awaiting the results. Only selected ones will get chance to get in phase II. So here I am awaiting for the Phase II joining email.

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Discounted Deal - The Mystic Soul at 82% off


A few months back I had reviewed a Book by Jyoti Patel which you can read by clicking here.
Recently she sent me a message stating that the book is available for 9 Rs under promotional offer on Amazon.in till June 1, 2018. So if you are someone who loves romantic poems and don't wanna miss a good deal, then follow the links below and grab your copy!

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Review: Defiant Souls


Defiant Souls by Kathleen Chadwick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

When Kyle Chase accepted his Aunt Cindy’s invitation to spend his summer vacation with her, he thought they would be exploring old caves, looking for arrow heads, and honing his skills as a young Archeologist. He never dreamed the fate of the world would rest on his small shoulders. Kyle, his aunt and a small group of travelers have been imprisoned by a mad-man.

Man’s arrogance has opened a doorway of evil and it’s up to Kyle to close it. He will need to trust in his sixth sense, strength, and intellect to escape and find the one man who can help him destroy the evil that holds them captive.

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I had this book on my TBR list for a long time so finally I decided to grab a read. Genre wise I'd say its more of a Dark Fantasy mixed with Science fiction as a sub genre. Though it gave me more of the mytho-fiction vibes. Both being my favourites, I was expecting something from this book already. The cover and title didn't grab much of my attention as the blurb did. Like imagine you being going on an adventure and stuck with something totally unexpected? Surely would be lot of fun right?

I had expected it to be more of like the Jurassic park style beginning from the blurb but well it turned out to be different? I'd say if you have read the bible or have faint idea about it then it won't be confusing for you as many of the things in the plot hint towards that. You'd just probably miss on those hints and might not be that interesting for you as it might get you confused. There was magical, angel devil and sci fi styled stuff.

I kinda liked the way story began but on reaching the middle it went on just being predictable. Like it was enjoyable but just nothing wow that I wouldn't have expected it to be. The book has 75+ chaps excluding the prologue and epilogue so yeah its quite a long read. I am more into reads which are quite apt, not too long and not too short. The build up was nice, plot and characters felt like placed nicely. I enjoyed the sci-fi influence over the mythological stuff that was happening. Then the rescue adventure at the end.

I'd recommend this if you like long reads, or like fantasy/sci-fi that's somewhere has connections with history or mythology. It needs some prior knowledge to enjoy it fully, not for the ones who want's to try a sci-fi or fantasy for the first time.

I also enjoyed the writing and language flow. Apart from that the choice of words was quite impressive throughout the text. Overall if it had that wow factor it could've been a 5 star but for now I feel its a good one at 4 star ranking.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Green Army - Maharashtra Government Initiative

Yesterday I read a notice on my college's notice board and decided to know more about this. The title Green Army itself had me curious hence all my findings in this post. I felt this is something that can be shared and more the participation better the results.

For Environmental protection forests are important and they are equally useful to fulfil different needs of human beings. Forest are directly and indirectly connected to daily life of human like as fresh air (oxygen) and forest produced. So that purpose increase of Forest cover, Conservation of forest area , wildlife conservation and protection these three things are important and Forest department set an agenda to work upon. Forest are one of the natural prosperity of human. It can be possible revival the forest cover but requires a best forestry Management practices. Forests are made up of land, trees, animals, small living creatures. These component of the forest work as complement to each other if any one of these component change or reduce it will affect and disturb whole environmental cycle. These components helps and make balance of biodiversity and environment.
  1. To create a social platform to involve the citizenry in activities relating to forest & wildlife (conservation, protection and preservation).
  2. Increase in effective Public participation
So what is Green Army?

Under Article 48A of the Directive Principles of State Policy, The State shall endeavor to protect and improve the environment and safeguard the forests and wild life of the country. In addition, under 51A(g) of the Fundamental Duties of India it shall be the duty of every citizen to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures. The State Government of Maharashtra has taken up the 50 crore plantation program intended to increase the forest cover in the state from the current 20% to the nationally mandated 33% of Maharashtra's land area. Insufficient manpower with the Forest Department call for the initiative of Green Army.

To ensure partnership from people of all walks of life, an initiative has been taken for an on-line channel for public engagement, partnership, sharing and dissemination.

Who can Join Green Army:

Individuals:
  1. Every Citizen of Maharashtra State can be a member of Green Army Maharashtra
  2. Students from schools
  3. Students from colleges/Universities
  4. Women
  5. Government Employee/ Officers
  6. Employees/Officers from Private organization
  7. Self-employed
  8. Senior Citizens
Organizational
  1. Organization/Institution/NGO can be a member of Green Army Maharashtra
  2. Non Government organizations
  3. Cooperative Societies
  4. Industrial Institutes
  5. NGO's etc.
How to Join Green Army-
To Join Green Army (Maharashtra) members need to register on the official portal of Green Army Maharashtra: www.greenarmy.mahaforest.gov.in

Documents required for registration (Individual/Organizational)
  1. Aadhar Card
  2. PAN Card
  3. Driving Licenses
  4. Electoral Voter ID Card
  5. School/College ID card
  6. Passports
  7. Organization Registration Number
For Further details you can click here to visit the official website. Do share this post with your friends and family so that this initiative gets the response it deserves.

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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Indian Book Blogger Community

I had this thought for quite a long time in my mind to connect all the bloggers or reviewers from the Indian market specifically. On social media I have come across many groups where either all posts there are spam or people are inactive ( dead ). Hence after a lot of thinking and no-yes-no inside my head, I decided to give it a go. So here it is, I have created a group for Indian Book Blogger/ Reviewers where they can join in and connect with each other.

This group is social-media independent hence you won't be needing anything else apart from an email address to join in. So if you are interested then just click here to join. Also do share this post so that interested ones can join in.

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

Review: Somewhere In A Song



Somewhere In A Song by Kavya Janani U.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

Emma Justin, a young hypnotherapist, is obsessed with a song composed by independent musician Kevin Roberts. There are two reasons for her obsession.

The song has a haunting tune that sounded so familiar.

The singer, Sarah Jane Davies, sounds exactly like her.

But Sarah Jane has disappeared without a trace after recording the song. No matter how hard she searches, Emma could find no detail. Meanwhile, Kevin reveals something startling in a TV interview. How does that affect Emma?

Join Emma Justin on her journey to find the truth behind her obsession, battling depression and basking in success simultaneously

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This is quite an interesting story in itself. The concept was something or I can say totally new from the things that I've been reading from past few months. It was quite a refreshment in terms of plot idea, the way it was written. This book had sci-fi influence I could say. Why? because it had my most favourite part i.e. the Time Travel.

Time travel being most part in this story piqued my interest in this story and well I wanted to read more but there wasn't more to read..... I know it's weird but well I emailed author about this like did she kept low information about the time travel on a purpose or it was a ignored part? To which replied that It was not written in detail on a purpose, since its a short read adding more details would not have it a short story anymore. Plus it would then lay close to the boundaries of science fiction hence the way it is.

I really liked the idea how the time travel was taking place, certainly a new method thought about the concept of time travel. Generally there is some sort of physical device to travel through time, be it a fantasy or sci-fi influence. Here it was a totally different concept, I won't say that because then it'd be a spoiler. For that you need to read the book.

The things I liked in this book were short and crisp read, nice concept overall, to be honest the plot idea was impressive. But the execution somewhere disappointed me. I actually wanted to know more and read more while the book turned its last pages. Ah.. that cliffhanger feeling you know :P

Only if there had been more clearances on the plot idea and more of fine details about the things happening around it could have been even 4 or a 5 star depending on how fine and impressive the descriptions are. Since It felt short of read but yet interesting content I decided to go for 3 star on this one.

Other than time travel I liked the Journey of a musician shown here, how the industry and its factors influence any artist. Like there was a part where She was dying for a chance to get a break and then the magic of time happens and it turns out to be a total surprise.

Overall its a good read if you are looking to read something short. But lemme warn you it might make you feel like there could've been more to this.


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Monday, 30 April 2018

Review: Immortal Creators



Immortal Creators by Jill Bowers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb From Goodreads: 

Sixteen-year-old author Scott Beck never wanted to be an Immortal Writer—not after his father was killed on a mission attempting to dispatch his own villain. Scott blames Shakespeare and the Writers for his father's untimely demise, but no amount of hatred will prevent the oncoming alien attack, which has come over to reality straight from Scott's book.

Scott is forced to collect his characters—an Air Force colonel, two of the best pilots on Earth, and an alien enthusiast from the year 2134—and defeat the alien king before Earth is obliterated by his ships. But an odd sickness Scott calls his Writing Fever might just kill him before the aliens have the chance.

Will Scott be able to defeat the monsters he created, or will the world end in flames?


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This book is second in the Immortal Writer series. I have read the previous one and hence was very excited for the second instalment in the world of Immortal writers. It was really awesome to see the characters from previous book working with the new ones. It felt like a strong world buildup in its own.

But if I forget that it was a second in series book, there weren't any exciting plot developments here. Somehow I felt the character development was a bit weak and they weren't put into light properly. The story felt rushed because it there was the preparation phase and then directly action phase. I was about to give it a 3 star while I was in the midst of the book where the plot started to get my interest.

I'd give mixed opinions on the climax as it was good but not that good as compared to previous one. Maybe the first book has increased my expectations much. Though as I was finishing the book and was on the last few chapters, it took me by the surprise. There was a plot twist, no I am not going to give out spoilers. You have to read the book and find out what exactly I am talking about.

I really liked the way book ended in last few chapters. I feel they're the best in book. The epilogue hinted towards the next book in the series where something more interesting and fun is about to happen. If I compare it with the first book then there was certainly more scope to put in the story here, characters could've have been much better and I felt this one was a bit rushed in terms of story. I just wished there could've been much more to read in here.

Overall it was a nice good read which I totally enjoyed over weekend. Do subscribe to blog for more fun updates by clicking here and do share your thoughts on this via comments.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Get Discounts on Udacity Courses


This time I have something awesome to share with all of you. Udacity has been the portal for my education on the Internet for all these years. I had been studying online from different sources but Udacity turned out to be the best of those. Also, recently I had been selected into the Google India Challenge Scholarship where we had a lot of informative content better than the tutorials you'd find anywhere else. It's been a great source of information online so far. The content is easy to understand and comprehend as well as informative enough. So if any of you were planning to apply for any of the Udacity courses then here's a good news for you.

Hi everyone, Udacity Nanodegree programs are a great way to upskill in the technology space. Co-created by Silicon Valley giants, they help you in your career progression. You can save Rs. 1,000 on your 1st enrollment if you enroll through my referral link: http://refer.udacity.com/dhawe8j-1vy .  
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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Review: AWAKENING: The story of a trapped soul


AWAKENING: The story of a trapped soul by Nivedita Vedurla
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads: Social responsibilities and aging thoughts sometimes chain our being. Their existence doesn’t scare us, unless they start corroding our soul, our self-esteem.
Nina is a simple homemaker, who is caught between family and sudden realization that she is no more than a machine.
Will she break free from this invisible shackle witnessed and experienced by women since ages or be another victim? How will she unchain herself?
Read the book to find out more about Nina’s quest and destiny.
This book is for readers who think a change in outlook is must for the next generation.
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I have quite mixed opinions for this book. The title says collection of short stories but if you combine and try to relate each scene with another it makes it one whole storyline. The plot is cliched where it shows everyday story of a woman. The story of her life from her childhood till the end. This book gives more of negative vibes out than it should, I don't know if that's just me who felt that.

While reading this, It felt like I was going through a plotline of 90's bollywood movie where there's one female character whose atrocities are ignored by most. It mostly shows struggles of being a female and how she sacrifices on different situations across the life. The writing it'd say is sub-par here where I feel it coud've been better. Scenes are dialogues aren't captivating. Apart from that its a really short read . For a fast paced reader it would take 10-15 minutes to read. That's all for this short story.


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