Monday, 16 July 2018

Review: The Seductive Affair

The Seductive Affair The Seductive Affair by Rishabh Puri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

its's a interesting and engaging read. Finished it in one go. Certainly the plot is predictable and nothing much is hidden inside. Blurb aptly describes the story. I wish there could've been more story. But with a few weird mistakes here and there which can be ignored, its overall a really nice read.


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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Review: A Skin of a Dragon



A Skin of a Dragon by Frances Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :

After a chance find in a smugglers’ cave, Tom Wild is kidnapped by a stranger and whisked away to London to face a secretive and ancient group of magicians. He is presented with an agonising choice: join them and forsake his old life and family forever or face a grisly death. Tom quickly realises that all is not as it seems and that the group’s leader is engaged in a dangerous game of magic, power and war. At stake is the future of England, her King, and the very existence of magic.

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Dragons have always been a centre of attraction for every fantasy book. I thought it would be another Dragon vs knight or an Evil King kind of a book but to my surprise it wasn't that. The story was totally different from what I had been expecting it to be. There was a lot happening thought it did have an evil villain whose defeat felt quite weird seemingly the build up that had been created against it in the whole story but at the same time the twist and turns throughout the story were very interesting and had be gripped throughout. It was a fairly long read of more than 80 small chapters.

I really liked the turns and twists in the story and the narration was really good. Even after being such a long read, which I ain't a fan off it didn't gave out the feel of being dragged as there was a lot of content inside happening. Though I felt a lot was kept out of the scenes and it would've been awesome if that had been included but the composition felt nice and good to read overall.  The blurb didn't give away that much idea or story about what's inside the book but the story was quite unique and good.

I felt there were parts which could've been much more elaborated and they were certainly ignored in this story. I can't be assured if that is the content for the next book in the series. This is quite a standalone and is first in the book series. I felt glad to see that there was no romance forced into the story unnecessarily which seems to be quite a trend in the post-twilight fantasy books these days. Certainly it was a refreshment from what's being in the trend now.

Overall it was a good read and I'd surely recommend if you are trying to search something which isn't just a fantasy themed romance after all.

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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Review: Song




Song by Jesse Teller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:


Some of the darkest minds in Perilisc attacked Mending Keep, releasing all its prisoners. Despite his strained relationship with the crown, Rayph Ivoryfist calls old friends to his aid in a subversive attempt to protect King Nardoc and thwart terrorist plots to ruin the Festival of Blossoms. But someone else is targeting Rayph, and even his fellow Manhunters might not be enough to save him.

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The very first thing I'd liked about the book is the cover. It totally goes with the theme of the book. Also I really liked the blurb of the book, it was quite catchy and hence got my interest in this book. It was a totally as expected book. I liked the whole grim dark theme and the story how it goes. For a few beginning chapters it might have you confused about what's happening and why but as the plot thickens its quite enjoyable.

Things I liked about this book is that the book is quite fast paced and there's a lot to read and discover within the plot. There's a lot going on and it doesn't get you off the book. It actually many times reminded me of Game of Thrones and I don't know why. The plot is mainly surrounded around Rayph Ivoryfist and One another character whose name I won't reveal because its a spoiler free review. :P

As I mentioned before there's a lot going on inside the book. I like the way the story is being narrated. The scenes have ample of descriptions and are narrated very well. One thing I felt where it could've been more better is the introduction to the plot world. The world in which the story is set isn't quite introduced which might get some of you confused in first few chapters but as you read it, you'd get to know more and more connecting dots.

Also I felt there were some scenes where I wish there was more backstory available on that point. Like on a place where there was introduction of a few new characters and new places etc. If you are someone who loves reading grimdark fantasy novels and something with a fast paced narration and loads of action scenes then this one is for you. Ah, there are a few places where some of you might be sensitive but its a part of theme and very well blended.

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Review: Burn One Down



Burn One Down by Jeffrey A. Cooper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from GoodReads:

Retiring thief Jack Apple is offered a low-­risk, six-­figure payout to heist a medical marijuana dispensary from the feisty and impetuous Diane Thomas after Diane steals the robbery plans from her shady ex-­husband Alvin, hoping to beat him to the score.

Diane promises to stay out of Jack’s way but she can’t help interfering, forcing them to take hostages inside the dispensary when the robbery is interrupted by law enforcement, inciting a media circus that deteriorates into a full-­on urban riot.

To escape, Jack and Diane must negotiate the hostages, their agendas, an army of Sheriff’s deputies, the tenacious local news media, crooked deals, corrupt politicians, rioters, Diane’s shady ex-­husband Alvin, and their growing attraction to each other.

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It was a one totally unexpected book. Post blurb reading it felt like this is gonna be some kickass crime series novel where there's a theif, robbery and some awesome badass action but it turned out to be something I had not expected. It was good and bad in their own ways but well It was totally readable.

Let me tell you something, If you pickup this book after going through the blurb and think its gonna be a serious mood super action styled story then lemme tell you my friend you are wrong. This one was weird in that sense and by that I mean it was weirdly funny. A inept thief is on his robbery adventures with a lady who is kind of attracted to him and asks him to rob his ex-husband's marijuana dispensary. I know that sounds damn serious but actually it ends up goofily and funny.

There was constant eye rolling through out my reading time and well there was a lot of goofy humorous things happening in an expected to be a serious situation. I felt there was a lot of scope where it could've been better. If it had been a humor genre book then I could've given it a 4 star but well this one appeared to be something else and ended up something else hence the disappointment.

It is actually quite readable and not bad at all. All the thing is that if you are up for some light read which might make you facepalm and roll some eyes at the character's actions then this on is probably for you. I wished the story could've been more serious in respect to the blurb or the blurb could've made it clear about what to expect in a book. The first few chapters actually had me curious and impressed but as I reached half the book I was actually more of like "what am I reading?" It was funny and weird as the serious thing ends up in a goofy way, something unexpected as I might have ranted a million times by now.

I won't actually recommend this to someone who is up for some serious reads. This one is better suited at someone who is expecting a light read with some silly humor.

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Friday, 15 June 2018

How to increase your Instagram/Facebook/Twitter engagement.

Every other day there's this huge debate around the world in terms to what is the best to get more engagement on social media. Social media these days has become a kind of social status symbol as well as a good business opportunity who are looking forward to become something called as Social media influencer. But sadly many miss the major points here and then end up doing all the circus to get more followers, more comments and engagement and heck even end up paying for them!

Just wait a second, think for a while and look at it like this. Followers, Engagements, Comments, basically are nothing but things that people do normally. No amount of #hashtags or money expenditure on posts would help you to achieve that. Although I agree that Paid posts get more boost on social platforms because that's the common sense, social media companies aren't running for free and they will surely need to eat and spend some money on all the equipment and features they're getting to you so that you can start your influencer business right?

But without paying for promo posts and even if you are paying its not necessary you get all the expected comments or likes right? so here are a few researched and combined tips which are tried and tested by myself. Although everything is based on algorithm these days and is more rewarding to the genuine humans more then the so called made up and curated instagram feeds.

  1. Use the least amount of hashtags as possible. If possible don't use them at all.
  2. Write creative captions and something that would make people read that. Something that is surely related with your post. It won't be good if you have a funeral pic above and a party kinda quote caption down below. It should make some sense.
  3. Don't be mechanical with posts. Be irregular with posting times or days. I know it's absurd with respect to what other posts might tell you but a normal average human won't make his social media posts according to some schedule unless they're a time bound freaks.
  4. Be as genuine and real as possible. Don't make your account look like its been run by a robot. People love real people and that reflects in engagements.
  5. Stop robot-perfected social media pages. I know some Instagram and Facebook-s which look like they're either run by some supernatural deity or robot. So much perfection isn't quite normal to humans. Its okay to have some changes in the style or edits that you make. Too much curated feeds start looking like fake and then results in less following and less engagements.
  6. Don't be a person who smashes ad on people's faces. Like I have seen people whose each and every post/story is either a link, some ad, some paid promo and then they justify by making wide range of excuses. It might be good for you in short term but in long run it'll get your page/account dead soon.
  7. Keep a healthy gap between paid posts and random/genuine posts. If you are posting 5 ads and then 1 personal post it'd be bringing death of your socials soon.
  8. Relax and stop getting paranoid and just give out as much quality content and engagement as possible.
  9. Reply to DMs, comments etc it makes them , your followers feel good that you do care and tend to reply.
  10. Last but not the least, at the end of the day its just a social media page. Don't rely on it so much that if one fine day something happens to your account/social media itself and you lose your following or business as whole.
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Review: Awaken: Melody's Song Book 1




Awaken: Melody's Song Book 1
by Tanya Schofield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Amazon:

They want her dead, but she may be the only one strong enough to save them.

Melody has always lived a peaceful life, sheltered and protected by the few who know the truth about her past-- and about the danger that exists because of her growing magical abilities. Everything changes when an old friend arrives, and she is forced to flee a deadly attack. All she has ever known is thrown into turmoil, and she finds herself alone in a world she does not understand.

Two brothers, Jovan and Kaeliph, are in the wrong place at the wrong time. They're framed for a crime they did not commit, and they only seal their fate as they make their escape. Believing the brothers murdered his son, a powerful Lord tasks his soldiers with hunting them. They are one step ahead of a death sentence when they meet Melody.

The three young adults realize they are running from the same man, and only by sticking together do they have a chance. As they struggle to evade the Lord's minions, they learn of an ancient evil that is a threat to more than just them. It is a threat to the entire world.

The Lord's hold over the land grows. There is no horror he and his men are unwilling to commit to achieve power. The long dead Lich King's shadow looms. The world teeters on the verge of terrible darkness, and the only thing that can save it is Melody's Song.

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This book is certainly has a unique story-line than you'd find in most fantasy books around these days. Certainly the characters are well placed and they also feel lively enough. It took me a while to get into the book but later on it turned out to be good. It's quite a long read, my kindle was showing 6+hrs considering I am a fast paced reader.

The was a whole new world buildup and everything seemed to be placed nicely. Considering it as a 1st book in the series, it can surely be read as a stand alone as it has its own buildup, story, drama and other happenings. This is a good things as most of the time when the books are in the series they lack the actual story and merely end up creating the world which rather leaves you unsatisfied as a reader. But certainly this one had a lot of things happening and I really enjoyed throughout the book.

As I mentioned before it had quite a unique story line from the on going trend of vampires, werewolves and sudden fantasy powers coming into people. It had a nice descriptions and though felt over at times and minor in some places but overall it was really good. I also liked the narration and the flow of story. The story telling was nice and also editing was good. I seldom comment on the book's way of formatting and editing but this one is something I liked. I hate the fact that book ended with a cliff hanger but you seriously can't help it if there's a sequel coming up. Well I'd be definitely eager to read the second part when it is released.

I'd surely recommend this book to people who are looking for something unique to read. You need not be a fantasy lover to have this book. It has a fine balance overall and a nice story.

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Review: Legends over Generations




Legends over Generations by Ashraf Haggag
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

Since the beginning of human settlement, a lot of people came up with ideas, philosophies, beliefs, experiments, research, redesigning of thoughts, talents, and surveys to bring myths to reality.
People contributed to various life aspects science, politics, literature, arts, social activities and so many other fields. These genius minds put a keen interest in every phenomenon right from when they were young. The zeal, passion, dedication, hard work and efforts they put into their work helped them discover something new about the world we live in.



In these Legends, we’ve seen inexplicable abilities that helped us define our existence and human life. Their names are engraved in the sands of time for their work in the welfare of mankind with different inventions that have made our lives easy, enjoyable and successful. The following chapters commemorate the greatest personalities we’ve ever seen who changed the world.

They are among the most influential people of today’s world. With practical advantages in various aspects, they have helped us to grow a better understanding of the world and different working phenomenon’s that governs us. Their way of shaping modern day culture is completely unrivaled.

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This book tells us information about most legends that you might have heard or know of. Its a very nice collection of information that tells us about them in brief. At times you might not be able to read biographies of all these legends but this can be a nice collection. I liked the writing and the format. I also liked the way it was categorised with respect to their fields of work or contribution. Since its a non-fiction there's nothing much to say about as it collects information about most legends of the world which are very well known. Its a nice piece of work I'd like to keep in the library. It can also be a good book for kids where they can learn more about these legends. Also there's a great conclusion at the end where there are sort of tips learning from these legends over generations.

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Ashraf Haggag is a senior executive with nearly three decades of experience in close proximity to the corporate market. His more recent experience has also taken him to every facet of the hospitality industry.

Haggag has direct experience in many different aspects of business, including sales, marketing, revenue management, and administration. Having worked in Germany, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, his global experiences have helped him realize that companies must target new market zones in order to grow and prosper in the international marketplace. He is eager to bring enhanced cross-cultural awareness to today’s business leaders.  
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Monday, 4 June 2018

Review: Becoming the Dragon



Becoming the Dragon by Alex Sapegin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

From now on he’s got two hearts beating in his scale-clad chest, and two mighty wings on his back. In the faraway planet of two moons, he was born again as a dragon… but would it make him any less human?

The Dragon Inside, a bestselling series by Alex Sapegin, is comprised of a total of four books:
– Becoming the Dragon
– Taking Wing
– A Tale of Violence
– Three Wars

It is a saga of portal traveling, bodily transformations, reincarnation and epic combat, but first and foremost a story of discovering and reclaiming one’s true self.
Having unwittingly stumbled into the site of a scientific experiment, Andy gets teleported to the faraway planet of Ilanta, inhabited by both human and supernatural beings. In this new world, he will encounter all kinds of exciting adventures and grim challenges, mastering his newly developed magic skills, befriending orcs, elves, and dragons, fighting the good fight, and eventually continuing on his quest for justice reincarnated as a dragon.

It was obvious right from the get-go that destiny has something unique in store for Andy Kerimov, a small-town teenager who survives a direct strike from lightning which leaves him with immunity to electronic devices and extraordinary magic powers just waiting to be released.

Teleported to the fairytale world of Ilanta, Andy gets no cordial welcome: he is captured, chained up and sold into slavery — but not before he accidentally activates an ancient artifact and sets Karegar the Dragon free, who would later become his mentor and foster father. When fatally wounded, Andy chooses to undergo an ancient ritual to be reborn as a dragon, a.k.a. a Master of Heaven.

He will have to go a long way before settling into his new body and mastering his newly acquired powers. On his way, he will make loyal friends and bitter enemies, going through fire and ice, defending the right and taking the weak under his wing. Little does he know that he is destined to play a central part in an epic conflict soon to break out where the future of the two planets, as well as his now-faraway homeland, would be at stake…

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While I was going through a bunch of books to choose from this one caught my eye. The book cover is awesome if this had been a graphic design rating I'd definitely give it a 5/5 star. The blurb was also telling that there was a lot happening inside the book and indeed it was a lot.

It is a fairly long read, my kindle showed 6hrs + approx while reading and it took almost the same for me being a fast paced reader. Since its a first book in the series it was more about the plot buildup. There was a lot of base building up in a first few chapters about the series. It was interesting and overwhelming at the same time since there was TMI at times. I wish there was a smooth flow in story and information giving out. Like at times I felt like reading back a few things again because I felt I missed out a few things but nah it was something new. Though the glossary turned out quite of a help.

Story wise there was a mixed reaction because it had like 75% of a buildup for the actual story that begins almost in the climax. Also I would need to say that if things like kidnapping and selling for slavery triggers you then you should rather avoid or skip those chapters. Since the blurb mentions about it, there's already a chance you have some idea of what is about to happen in the book. Since I am a hardcore sci fi and fantasy lover it was rather okayish  for me.

I really liked the part where the character first turns into a werewolf (sort of) and then later a Dragon? It was quite weird the journey from the beginning since you'd feel there's no connection between that and the guy becoming a dragon but when you finish the book you'd realise that its a buildup. There were a lot of terms unexplained and just expected to know by the reader. Again I would say there's a glossary but it could've been much more interesting if the author could've included all that info inside the story telling itself.

The concept is nice, I liked the cover but the story-telling and narration needs a work on it. Apart from that lets hope there's something exciting in the next book in this series. I'd surely read the next part to know what happens to the boy-turned dragon also the book ended with a cliff hanger which left me curious. Overall if you are someone who loves scifi and fantasy blends and can hold out for reading one more book after this in the series then its good to go for you. If you are someone expecting it to be a stand-alone story it'd leave you half way, expecting and hungry for something more ahead. Hence its not a stand-alone read for sure.

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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Review: Hot Target



Hot Target by April Hunt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads: 

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS . . .

How did a nice girl like Rachel Kline end up in a jail cell in Vegas? Don't even ask. She came to Sin City to find her missing friend and accidentally got swept up in a police raid. Even worse, she's being bailed out by the last man she wants to see right now: the irresistibly sexy, infuriatingly cocky Alpha op who rescued her a year ago. What are the odds?

Logan Callahan is six-and-a-half feet of solid muscle and Texas charm, a hard-fighting ex-Marine with a soft spot for Rachel. He's more than obliged to hang up his cowboy hat and help her out. But when someone takes a shot at her, he knows there's a good chance what happens in Vegas won't stay there. With targets on their backs and killers on their tails, it's one high-risk game they're playing. And it's not just their hearts that are on the line . . .

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Honestly speaking I had selected this book by just for the cover. Judge me all you want for this but bleh by the title and blurb it felt like there would be intense action and drama inside and it was really good. By the first impressions without reading I felt it would be another Alpha Male / Bad Boy or some mafia turned lover boy stuff inside but to my surprise it wasn't as expected. I liked the narration, the plot twists, the drama and action that was going on inside. This is a 4th part in the series but it can also be read as a stand alone and I must say, I really wish I could review first 3 books over the blog as well.

I loved the character of the Alpha operative aka the ex-marines sniper. To be frank I didn't expect the lead to be a commando turned agent at all. But well this turned out to be a real good one. Well you'll say Goodreads blurb really says all about Logan. But here's the catch, while reading I just pickup the book and let it surprise me with the contents inside. Apart from that it was up in the TBR list for a long time now. Despite the naming being done as 'ALPHA' he wasn't douchy, sex hungry or rude character at all. It was really enjoyable character since the traits were funny, caring and loveable types. Usually I don't talk much about the characters because for most stories if you talk about characters you can give away the whole story, here I can talk about them without giving much of the story.

Rachel's character was pretty much as I had expected no surprises here but when they combined together it was a really fun combo. The bonding with the characters was awesome and you just can easily dive into the story and imagine it happening inside your brain.

I like how the story had turn and twists and sudden mood changes like from hectic and fast running tension phase to cocky and sensual romance to sudden and unexpected comedy. It was overall a really fun and entertaining read with deep serious moments and funny light moments. I'd surely recommend this to all who like romances or are sucker for Alpha male style of books. Even if you are not into the Alpha trend like me, its totally worth reading. It is also a quick read so if you are someone who can't really stand to read and finish super lengthy books this can fit you totally. There wasn't any drag and story felt properly paced, not too fast not too draggy.

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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.

~*~*~*~


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
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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.

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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

~*~*~


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.
~*~*~
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 Rs. 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 above.


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 Rs to 3000 Rs 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


Update:  A week later of uploading this post, I finally got a kindle myself and well lemme say one thing, it's totally worth it. My reading time is increased due to less eye strain. Plus I also read my university notes/pdfs over this which makes it easy for my studies as well.

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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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