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.
~*~*~
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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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Obsessed Mega Birthday Discount - 50% off

Since it's my birthday week, I decided to do something for my lovely readers. I know there are many of you who want to read obsessed and this awesome news is for you. Now you can Buy Obsessed (Kindle Ebook) from 21st April to 28th April(My Birthday) for just 49 Rs on Amazon.in. That's 50% off for my Birthday celebrations isn't it awesome?! So what are you waiting for, click on the link below and get your copy now. Also do share this post with your friends and family. Don't forget to subscribe to my blog for upcoming updates by clicking here and do tag me in your reviews, I'll feature them on my socials!

Details About the Book.


Obsessed : One Mystery, A Misunderstanding, Too Many Lies

Not your usual sherlock holmes or Police investigation Mystery. A page-turner leaves you gripped to the story with cliche plot appearance in the beginning that leaves you amazed as you go around the story.

A Story of Three best Friends , Rehan Shah, Tanya Arora and Ruhani Rana . A Friendship that was envied as well as adored by many. But things begin to change when unrequited love started to seep in their friendship. Situations arise that were never expected. Their friendship was on the test. Tanya, the daughter of leading business tycoon is found bleeding in her room at night before her marriage.
Was that really a suicide? Or a murder? Will Tanya survive? Was it for love? for greed? Or was it for something else?
What will you think would win? Love? Or Friendship?
To know what happens when you are forced to choose between best friend and your beloved, read and live through their lives.
Can you find out the mystery behind the incident?



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Monday, 16 April 2018

All-New Kindle E-reader Review


For those who love reading books Kindle is a device that always revolves in their mind. But whether this new kindle E-reader is worth a purchase or not? Since I read and prefer E-books tremendously I had a wish to get a kindle since long time. But the price of the kindle seemed a bit absurd as compared to its usage.

I compared the specs online and did a bit of research but it didn't satisfy my curiosity whether it will be suitable for me or not. I am a person who reads a lot on screen. I read blogs, stories on Wattpad, articles over Websites hence considering my use case scenario the kindle would be only useful while reading the purchased books and the ARCs that I receive for the reviews.




I was almost  about to order the most basic version of kindle myself and then I saw it with one of my close friends. Luckily he allowed me to test the device and play around with it exploring the options inside so that I could post this review.

The kindle E-reader I am talking about here is the very basic model that comes for ₹5999 in India. If you think about the price to performance ratio this device I could say charges somewhat premium but does what it's meant for like a beast.




The device sports 6 inch E-ink display which is just amazing. This is a technology where there are minute ink particles beneath which form the pattern over the display. The resolution is 300ppi and its pretty crisp and clear.


I was amazed at the quality of display. I kept on reading long time but it didn't strain my eyes at all. The display was crisp clear even under the direct sunlight, no glare no reflection at all.
The Reading experience is just amazing on this device. It feels as if there is a real book in your hand or making it more realistic it looks like a photoframe. The screen mimics the paper so much that you'd hardly realise that it's a screen and not a paper.
The screen refresh rate is kinda disappointing but considering its purpose it feels fine. In my usage the images did left some ghost effect on the screen but it can be either device specific or a software bug because when we re-booted the device the ghost effect disappeared. As you can see in the images below.


You can also connect the device with Goodreads and see what your friends are reading and recommending. Sad part that you won't be able to cherish the colourful covers or Images here as its only Monochrome display.

I wanted to see if the 'experimental browser' as the kindle software calls it works or not. I tried opening my blog links and socials. To my surprise it took like 10 seconds to load my blog but it never loaded the social media(Facebook, Instagram, Twitter ) It did open goodreads quickly though and same with the Amazon store.


The battery life is almost for a month if you keep it disconnected most of the time after downloading your books. The device connects to WIFI and syncs with your amazon account very well. You can also use a code lock to secure your kindle from unauthorised access, though I feel its something that anyone is rarely gonna use.


There are a bunch of settings that you can customise to suit your needs and there's also a vocabulary building feature which can teach you new words daily. It also has the dictionary to help you while reading to find the meanings of the words that you might come across while reading.

The build quality is average and the bezels are too large considering 2018 where almost every eye is now used to seeing bezel-less or thin bezel displays. But considering it a reading device where you might read it even while eating etc, bezels can be justified. The device is light and can easily be held in one hand. You won't feel the pain even if you would hold it for an hour.


Now the biggest question should you buy it or not? If you are someone like me whose reading is not limited to published ebooks or ARCs that get sent to kindle then probably at this price you can get a decent smartphone or a tablet which would serve you way better as a secondary device or as a media device. You can also get a powerbank at a much cheaper rate if you are concerned about your device's battery while reading for hours. If it was priced at 2000₹ to 3000₹ range it could've been justified since it does pretty much nothing than reading ebooks. Also this version doesn't contain a backlight so you'd need to treat it as a real book even when its not a real one?

But if you are someone who reads at least 1hr-2hr a day then this device might justify its price since the amount of strain your eyes will get will be surely reduced. I would rather recommend Paperwhite since its a having a backlight which will help you during night reading(although reading in dark is not advised but we still do). This device might be a good choice for kids or senior citizens who aren't that tech-savy.

Honestly I have pretty mixed views about this device since its more of a fancy deal rather than a need. Although I might get one in future considering my voracious reading habits. But who knows the future? :P

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Saturday, 14 April 2018

Review: My Fathers lessons


Hello, I am back with a short little book review this time. I know it has taken me super long to post this review but schedule constraints are worst due to increased workload from the uni part. I had got this book a few months back to be speaking of this fairly, I was pretty excited to check this out since I had also reviewed a book from the same author which turned out to be really amazing, you can check out that review by clicking here. Apart from that, to be really honest I liked the book cover, you know food... This book was categorised in feminism in Goodreads hence that was another part that increased my curiosity.

I rated My Fathers lessons by Nivedita Vedurla with a 3 of 5 stars

Blurb From Goodreads: 
Do you often think why your chapattis are not round?
Do you feel you cannot prioritize things that you need to concentrate on?
Then you got to read about Meghna’s Father lessons to her about seeing life from a different perspective.
Grab a copy now and rediscover your view to see life.

~*~*~


This book is nothing like the ones I usually read and review. It was different in terms genre, concept and the content. I'd say rather than it being one single story it was a collection of many short stories where each of the short story had the stand and message of their own. This book showed many instances of an average girl's life.

Simple things that occur  in her life as a girl grows up are very well shown. It is a nice light read. Honestly I didn't find anything exciting enough to just go and grab a read or just plain worse to even neglect. It somewhere landed in the 'okay' zone at least for me. If you are a quick reader than this book won't even take more than 10-15 minutes. Yes, it's that short story. Since it was short enough and I don't have much to talk about it without giving out spoilers to that's all on my part for this one.

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Freebie Alert!! - Once Upon a Genie-1 year anniversary


This post is just a little Freebie update! Yesterday I received an update from the Author where she told me that Once upon a Genie has been a year old now. Hence to celebrate the success of the book they are making the kindle version free for the dates mentioned above.

On the First year Anniversary of Once upon genie, its kindle version is up free for all those who wanna celebrate along with the author. I had reviewed Once Upon a Genie previously on the blog, If you wanna check that out then click here.

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Mi Band 2 Review in 2018




A week back, I had ordered myself a Mi Band 2 after a lot of mental debate, whether it'd be a good choice or just an impulsive decision. While working out and going on long cycling rides, I often was curious how much did the session had an effect on my body. Most of you would say visible changes inside the body are a better indicator but sadly I didn't had that much of a patience to wait for a few months or year to see how much did I change. Hence I decided to get myself a fitness band. Now if you want to get a fitness band in 2018, there are a lot of options from the popular ones like Garmin and Fitbit to the cheap ones like Mi Band.


I am pretty much sure if you are a student or someone who doesn't wanna invest too much at the very first time just like me, you would definitely go on searching for some cheap options that work fine with their said price. I decided to round of my search over Mi Band 2 after having a look over other bands from Lenovo, Honor, and Xiaomi's own Mi Band HRX version. I felt for the price to performance ratio Mi Band 2 would be great since it has all the required sensors and it was fitting fine in my budget. I didn't go for the HRX version because it lacked the heart-rate sensor, which was more important for me since if the only goal of mine had been just tracking how many steps I took, it could've been easily done with the apps in phone like Google Fit or Strava.

Some details on Mi Band 2


I have been hearing around people having battery claims as long as 30 days with this band hence decided to dive into the options and have a look at them myself. There are a ton of options that you can probably tweak inside the Mi Fit app as its the companion to the device. You'd need to install it from your app store.

The App itself is interesting as it has a ton of options like it can show you when you had deep sleep, when you were awake also when you had light sleep. Along with the usual data like Number of Steps taken or the activity done combining it with your heart rate when you are working out, the app can tell you where you lie in the fitness zone and what kind of exercise session you just had. Basically I'd say the Band is more of a put on and a forget device where the you have to sync the data with the app and it is the app which performs rest of the magic.

The band in my personal experience with the kind of heavy usage I have noticed a battery drain of close to 2-3%  a day. The Band can display things like Time, Date, Calories Burnt, Distance travelled, Heart Rate, Battery Percentage.

By far considering more than a week's usage I didn't find anything that can be complained about at this price. The only thing that kinda annoyed me is the strap that comes with the band.

Now why should you buy this and why not?
Pros
1. Price to Performance Ratio is great
2. Display is Oled
3. Sensors are accurate enough
4. Battery is good enough for a weeks of heavy usage.

Cons
1. Heart Rate sensor is a bit grumpy.
2. Strap could've been much better.
3. If you sync it with your phone 24/7 it might cause your phone to drain more battery.
4. You need to turn on the GPS and Sync with the band while having the workout.

Tips to Use Mi Band 2 Efficiently

1. Don't keep the band in sync all time. Sync the data at the end of the day, for an average day it can be synced even after a week.
2. Keep the options like Lift wrist to view info, Rotate wrist to view info, Heart Rate sleep assistant turned off  if you wanna have a tremendous battery life of a month?
3. Turn of the display heart rate option off in the details that you can view on the Band, because even on accidental touches you might trigger the heart-rate sensor and it'll drain battery even when you probably aren't even aware.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

How different perception makes things interesting?

Many of you might have noticed the little subtitle beneath the Kaleidoscope, which is viewing the world with different vision.

Many times we forget that perception. Is such an important factor. The way we see things make it appear like that. Perceptions can many times create miracles. People who always had different perceptions from the people in their surroundings have always reached heights in their respective fields. Why? Because what they could see no one else was able to. Their perception to the world and things around them made them unique. Most of those faced heavy backlash from the same society which later treated then like gods and super humans.

I know what you are thinking, hypocrisy? Well I won't write about that, because difficulties always come your way. If you are not facing any difficultly then probably you're on the wrong track.

As in the pic by 9gag, see how the perceptions differ? 




If I had removed the line from the pic it could've looked like monster on metallic planet, but a smile comes your way when you realise that its a lobster in a bucket.

Saw how the way you look at things make them totally different? Now imagine a situation where there's a super difficult task and you have already failed like 5-6 times. You can't just go past that and you now are desperate to just get over with it as soon as possible. What you will do? Charge at it like a mad bull?

Nah, sit down, relax and think wisely. Plan out the thing, see where you went wrong. By that I don't mean the stereotypical answers or philosophical answers that would give you temporary soothing. Find out logical reasoning behind those failures and step by step correct them. Do the same task again and see whether you pass or fail.

People might blur your perception and try to change it towards something often it is called brainwashing. Remember, world isn't always as you see it. You see the things in a particular way because its been taught to you since you were kid. Things might be way more different and at times not so impressive or exciting. Reality can be harsh, but as soon as you learn to deal with it, you are on your path to progress and none can stop you other than you yourself.

Motivation isn't something which can be outsourced from attending seminars or speeches. Its something that always lies within you, all you need to do is just look at it differently.

The sole purpose of my blog is to make people look at life via different angles and just like Kaleidoscope observe patterns as the perceptions change. That's the beauty of life. In jungles if lion fails to hunt, its a life saver aka happy Moment for deer as it didn't loose a family member. But when lion has a successful hunt its a sad moment for deer but a happy moment for lion as its cubs won't be sleeping hungry today.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Review: Immortal Writers

Immortal Writers by Jill Bowers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:
Young up-and-coming author Liz McKinnen has no idea that her life is about to change forever when she comes home from her first book tour. When she's kidnapped and told by her captors that she has to kill her fantasy book's antagonist, she thinks that she's fallen into the hands of crazy, dangerous fans... until her antagonist sends a real, fire-breathing dragon after her. Liz is quickly initiated into the Immortal Writers, a group of authors from throughout time whose words have given them eternal life, and whose prose is so powerful that it's brought stories over from the Imagination Field into the Reality Field. As Liz meets authors such as William Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jane Austen, she has to learn how to control magic, fight dragons, and face her own troubled past before her power-hungry villain takes over the world. Will she survive the ultimate battle against the dragon lord whom she created?

~*~*~


Its been a very long time since any book that I came across had impressed me to this extent. While going by the Title it doesn't give much of the fantasy effect that the story has, hence when I started reading this I had assumed it to be another fantasy with the chosen one and same plot line with a new batch of mythical creatures. But nah! This book proved me wrong. I totally loved the idea of being an Immortal writer and crafting out worlds that somehow mix with reality.

I loved the way author brought the whole concept of literature and empowering words into fantasy. This book was totally unexpected in terms of central idea. But as we progressed through the book. Sadly, it turned into fantasy cliche again, yet loads of action, drama covered up for it and made the reading experience pleasant.

I wish there had been more exploring and work around with the idea of being an Immortal writer. The story just introduced the concept of Immortal Writer and then dived into your usual fantasy story where a chosen one has to fight through the obstacles and kill the antagonist.

When we talk about character development, it was one of the weak sectors here. For example, I totally loved the idea of Shakespeare being one of the characters inside the book realm where as there was a lack of his character development. Even on the part of Curtis and Healer or Rob, most of the time the book was around Liz aka the main character. We never really got to know the other characters much.

But If I mix the entire thing up and then view it as one whole book, one or the other flaws get compensated and it makes a good read. The narration is good, I enjoyed the narration on the third person POV, but felt it could've been much more effective if it had been 1st person POV since most of the time the story revolved around Liz. I really enjoyed the complexity around the plot as at first it gave you the concept of the world of Immortal writers and then it dived into Liz's created world. Like a world within a world fantasy realm probably, certainly quite an complex idea.

If you are a fantasy lover and are tired of cliched fantasy novels about vampires, werewolves and wizards then this one might be a really good read for you. If you are new around here then do click here to subscribe to blog updates!

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Why I decided to turn on email subscriptions for my blog and why should you subscribe?

Hello! It's been long I had a talk kind of post. Its been mostly book reviews and bunch of other things on the blog for a while now. Last month after going through a lot of posts about pros and cons of email lists and social media, I made up my mind to go with the RSS feed and Email Subscriber Notifications.

Currently I am using feedburner which is one of the popular and free options available. I know before most of you barge into comments asking me to go to mailchimp. I feel its not yet needed for me to have an advance thing for my blog where I post 'not-so-often'. Most of you might be thinking why the need of gathering emails and sending notifs? well the simple answer is social media menace.

If you are into any kind of social media marketing you might be probably aware of the whole ruckus through which the social media is going through right now. Most social medias are turning into cheap-ad showcasing platforms these days. While facebook being most notorious in this aspect decided to kill their creators in that aspect.

When we compare Facebook with others like twitter, instagram, snapchat etc, it has probably the worst organic engagement rates. Note carefully when I say worst organic rates. Its like 2-3% in a week. For example, if you made a post now it might reach your audience within a week, that too only 2-3% of the people who'd be following you on your 'official page'.

I feel somehow this is over-boarding with the 'pay for cheap ads thingie'. It somehow tries to push you to your limits where you decide to pay for your organic reach by chopping it down to almost nil. Instagram is on the same path but its not worse like its parent right now. I know this sounds like rant but these are tried facts.

But at the same time If you pay like a 100 bucks for boosting the post, your post reaches where you might not even expect it to reach. Now that's heights! Due to all of these reasons I finally decided to go the old school way of reaching my audience via the Feeds or Email notifications.

If you are someone who loves to read from me and doesn't scroll through socials a lot then you might subscribe to email updates. I promise they're not at all spammy.

One of the another reasons to dive into old school yet effective methods is because of the time most people spend on socials. Most of the people who you'd find active on socials will be teenagers these days. Many times they may or may not be your niche audience. There were several thoughts on to my mind before I took the decision. I also know some of you might be worried about your emails being collected or sold, no sorry. I am not into those ugly marketing practices at all.

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Freebie Alert! Get Mystic Soul By Jyoti Patel for Free


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 "free" for a day. So if you are someone who loves romantic poems and don't wanna miss a freebie which is up for day, then follow the links below and grab your copy!

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