Friday, March 17, 2017

The Space Adventure!

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world, and it works wonders when it comes from the kids around. The stories makes us what we are, as more often than not we build ourselves out from the stories. Children, adults, youth, and old alike take up the learnings from several incidents carved out from the stories. There are lot of learnings, inspiration, motivation, life's lessons, etc that one takes up from the stories that aid in building up of the individual and this is one of the reason why children and the little ones are often made to grow up listening and reciting the stories as that would shape the child in numerous ways such as those of character building, career related choices, inquisitive attitude, moral values, ethics and a lot more.
Story narrating and going around with kids has been my favourite hobby lately, as it works wonders for my nervous system in several ways, also not only makes me happy but also enables the enhancement of my creative skills. This time the excitement of story building got even better with the #ColgateMagicalStories packs, which had thousands of stories hidden onto the card of the packets. Though man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilisations without having explored his own labyrinth of dark passages and secret chambers, and without finding what lies behind doorways that he himself has sealed.
Holi time being around the corner and the home is filled with the joys of  my nephew and niece and it was fun hearing stories out of their imagination for the space explorations and adventures. I did not believe in the aliens until yesterday when my niece made it sound so exciting for me to discover more about the aliens and read their stories. 
Here begins the story of my nephew where she is on the spaceship with her father for all her missions and adventures she needs her father around as a captain. They place themselves in the space-suits and fix their places in the spaceship. Thereafter they began their mission. The smart kids these days, she decides to switch to google maps on her dad's smartphone and enters the space her destination point. The stars, moon, satellites, meteors, asteroids, and other matter was curiously being spotted by her and her inquisitive attitude made others around involved in the conversation with she asking questions from everyone around. 
"No houses around, no street and no lanes. This is a beautiful and peaceful place and I would like to live here." said her. 
She picked her book and started drawing the objects she was spotting from the spaceship. The galaxy she was drawing on her books was interesting, rather cute. It was getting exciting for me to know what more was held into that tiny brain that was creating so many amazing moments. She began her imaginative talks with her father asking him several questions, about the peace out there in the space, spaceships, satellites, bodies in the air, spotting aliens talking to each other and playing around in the space. 
There sat a little shuttle, bashed and dented. And out of the shuttle landed, the alien. The alien took off its space-suit, we froze in fear, said the little girl. Further explaining that it took off its helmet which made both of us gasp in horror. It was only a small alien though which was hideous, as explained by her.
Her creative nerves questioning about where was all its fur? Narrating ahead, she said it hardly had any - only on its head which were tied in two long, thin ropes, and was a bright green colour. Fur should be brown, like ours. The alien's face was a quite pink. And it had two eyes, where one would be quite enough for anybody. It had no proper tentacles at all - just six long sticks, with five pink wiggles at each end.

And its voice, she greeted it as politely as she could. She is always polite.
'Welcome to our space-ship, O rare and beautiful alien,' she bowed and said.
'Alien? I'm not an alien! I'm a girl. I'm Meera!' quickly snapped the alien. She had a sharp thrilling voice like a knife.
'Who are you?' the alien demanded. 'Where am I? Take me back home at once, this minute!' Both her mouths fell open.
'But - but where is your home?' the scared girl stammered and asked.
'Planet Earth, of course! Where else, nut-brain?' replied Meera.
'There are no planets round here,' said her.
'I know that! said Meera furiously. 'I'm on a holiday, cruising with my parents in our space-ship. I went for a ride in the shuttle by myself, and I got lost in the meteor storm.'
'Oh, poor you,' said her. She actually tried to take hold of the alien's pink wiggles!
Meera shook her away and ordered, 'Get off me, fuzz-face! Take me to your Captain. You're going to help me find my parents.'
'We are? Yes, we are!' said the girl assuring Meera and they high- fived each other and started on a journey to drop Meera at her home with her parents.
She and her father met Meera's parents, the kids played around, went out for a dinner and set back their journey back home. 

“I’m blogging my #ColgateMagicalstories at BlogAdda in association with Colgate.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Do Your Homework!

The times that we have come to follow and live in have set different demands and varying examples where planning has come to play a huge role in lives of everyone and major decisions have to be taken considering several facts and figures that follows the competition involved in all the aspects of life. Children are the building blocks of the nation as well as family, and in order to see them successful in life and enable them to take their decisions in a healthy and positive way it is important that parents plan out things well in advance by understanding the perspectives and thoughts of their child.
Planning for the future of the child is imperative and much needed in today's scenario. Parents need to be emotionally and mentally prepared in order to accept and welcome the decision of their child, both emotionally and financially. This shall not only motivate, but also make the child as well the parents confident about the future endeavours. Thus we can see that it is important for parents to have a thought process of planning their kids' future. They are the best guides for their children and have the best understanding of the likes and dislikes of their children, and must be prepared for meeting the desired wish of their child.
Parents are the pillars of the success of their children and should help their children in all the aspects of their growth and development, with education being the most important one. They should assist their children by doing their homework in all spheres. Parents should look properly after the needs and necessities of their children, be it assisting them with their homework, sports or outdoor activities, or enhancing their creative and presentation skills. This shall make the child confident and presentable and enable the child to learn the useful skills in a better way.
The upbringing matters a lot in the lifestyle of a person and shaping a child is like shaping a clay pot, it gets moulded into the desired direction and therefore the direction should be according to the aspirations, and expectations that one has from oneself, and here Axis Mutual Fund #DoYourHomework comes out as a big support and relief in shaping the fulfillment of the desires. The website assists parents in a great way in which they can plan and calculate the estimated costs they would need to meet the educational needs of their children.
Thus, it is essential for parents to plan and work upon their kids from the initial days itself and help them to analyse and develop their skills in a positive direction giving them a wise view of the life that would enable them to scale gracious heights in the journey life and achieve their goals in flying colours.
Keywords: Do your homework, children’s aspirations, plan for child’s future 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Review: The Bestseller She Wrote

Book Name: The Bestseller She Wrote
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Publisher: Westland
ISBN: 978-9385152382
Pages: 391
Price: INR 295

About the author:
Ravi Subramanian is an Indian author. He is a banker by profession and has written popular thrillers about banking and bankers, including award winning trilogy The Incredible BankerThe Bankster and Bankerupt. He is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, he spent close to two decades in the financial services industry. His works include :
2007 If God Was a Banker
2008 I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari
2010 Devil in Pinstripes
2011 The Incredible Banker
2012 The Bankster
2013 Bankerupt
2014 God is a Gamer
2015 The Bestseller she wrote

Book Review: Ravi Subramanian, the author of The Bestseller She Wrote is famous and popularly known for his bank thriller books. Coming to talk of the current title published by him, i.e THE BESTSELLER SHE WROTE, this is his first attempt at romance genre – keeping the large audience in perspective. There are elements of his other books in this latest one as well – the world that Aditya inhabits is the banking one, and some characters are based on real life ones and are easily identifiable. If you are familiar with Indian authors you may be able to second guess who the inspiration for this book was!
Aditya is the main protagonist in the book. He is a successful author and have converted many of his works into some of the great movies. Living a good life with family and wife, a life of fame and good friends by his side, with a good job at hand, when one fine day he visits IIM-B and happens to meet Shreya there who aspires to be a best seller author and there-by tries to take the support of Aditya who is already a marvel in the field. In the process, Aditya being married finds himself attracted to the woman, Shreya, giving birth to an extramarital affair. They both carry it forward till one fine day when Maya, wife of Aditya recovers and finds out about the affair her husband has been in. The wife forgives him, the douchebag. 
The bestseller she wrote is about betrayal, attraction, love, rejection, dejection, and redemption. The romance in the story is cliched. The story revolves across several aspects giving the readers opportunity to turn around into the pages to discover what happens next till the end, though largely predictable. The book does not take too long to land up to the last.
The idea of the author to turn into a best selling author and gain fame after making herself to the low standards is nothing but unappreciable. This can be argued upon largely, but that is how I see it. Also, the language and phrases in the book are from the best seller, Ravi Subramanian, as it has been seen in his earlier books. 
There was a lot more and interesting that the readers expected from the author of the book. The earlier ones for instance "God is a Gamer" had been a good read. This one puts me down. The book as described by Shreya as unputdownable is not meeting the standards this time and instead is putdownable  to a lot extent, as more of quality work is expected for the standards that he has put up for himself.
Rating: 3/5

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

A toast to Chocolate!

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 53; the fifty-third edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. In association with ​Soulmates: Love without ownership by Vinit K Bansal. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.
The memories build,
the moments sealed,
with the melting liquid,
the crunches in the lipid.

The promise keeper,

the broken hearts healer,
in the tedious times,
with the multiple chimes.

The freshness in the moods,

the favourite of the foods,
eases the puzzles of life,
multiple toasts of hi-fives.

- Nandini
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

REVIEW: "Ramayana - The Game of Life: Shattered Dreams"

Book Name: Ramayana - The Game Of Life: Shattered Dreams (Part-II)
Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: JAICO Publishing house
ISBN: 978-81-849-531-6
Pages: 387
Price: INR 350

The book titled - "Ramayana - The Game Of Life (Shattered Dreams) Part- II is the socond book in the series Ramayana- Th Game of life where the part-I titled "The Rise Of Sun Prince" was a great success authored by Shubha Vilas, a famous motivational and inspiring speaker. 
The author in the book has a done a great work by compiling and comparing the modern day life with the life from the epic - Ramayana. The book leads to the connectivity of oour lives with the Valmiki's Ramayana, narrating the drama of Lord Rama's exile. Shubha Vilas presents the characters in the book in a appealing manner where the challenges and turbulations of life are entwined and highlighted.
The book revolves arond the life of many - Rama, Dasratha, Kekeyi, Bharat, Laxman and many others. It highlights the drama of Rama's exile. The persona of Rama's life is being brought out largely in the book. The books is narrated in a manner that is easy to grasp and compare to the present situations and scenarios of life. The best part of the book is that it links and teaches the mythology by relating concepts from Ramayana by applying them to the dealings and schedules of the life of recent times. It closely brings out the relations and associations of man's life.
The books takes us on a tour of Indian mythology and how the lessons of life in those times could be infused into today's life. The management of life in a sensitive and meaningful manner is necessary.
The life of the characters in the books takes us towards optimism and ensures an individual to take up decisions and orders by stepping out of the comfort zone and taking a step closer towards the contentment in life. 
The footnotes in the book enlighten and enthuse one with the solutions of lots of questions and doubts that come up in the connection of one's life by providing an insight through the quotes and lessons. The lessons of relationships, trust, faith, discipline, rules, regulations, forgiveness, obedience, amongst the whole list of morals and life's values.
There are lot of amazing comparisons that have been brought out in the book which would provide insight to an individual about one's own character making one realize about the essencce of life. It is important that one makes moral infusions into one's character and leads life responsibly.
The author has done complete justice to the great epic Ramayana by detailing the characters and bringing out their relevance in present scenario. The cover of the book is a representation of the human's state of mind, which intrigues a lots of queries, and most of which are answered in this journey of beautiful saga - Ramayana-The Game of Life: Shattered Dreams.
About the author: Shubha Vilas is a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker who graduated as an engineer and also as a patent lawyer specializing in intellectual property law. He believes that a good teacher sees learning and teaching as integral twin aspects of personal and spiritual growth.
Rating: 4.5/5 (One of the must read book that provides a deep insight into one's own life.)

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