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Tuesday Musing : Fellow Blogger

Every Tuesday, I share my interesting-fellow-favorite blogger details. They are blogging on various topics starting from poem to book to movie to fashion to photography to anything interesting.

Tracy Zhang - Tracy’s blog started around in 2010 and I am following her since then. She is an amazing photographer. Every click of her will remind you a fragrance of nature. A catalogue of all her travels comprise of 30 countries and still continue. She is an author of 2 blogs – Just-in-Time and Tracy Zhang Photography.

“I’m a Canadian travel and lifestyle photographer currently lived in San Francisco. I had a brief stint as a portrait and fashion photographer before trading in beauty dishes and wardrobes for my travel suitcase.

I picked up my first camera at 16 years-old, and have been playing with them since. My first photography gig happened by accident when a talent scout saw my work and asked me to shoot headshots for her agency.

The travel bug came later. I was born in Beijing China and raised in Vancouver Canada, yet I never really went on big trips until my college years. In 2010, I went to live and study in Europe for a year. It was there that I realized I wanted to pursue travel and lifestyle photography. To date, I have lived on 3 different continents and travelled to 30+ countries. I have hitchhiked from France to Spain, celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, and swam in caves in Cuba.” – Tracy Zhang

You can follow her on Instagram tracyzhangphoto

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Book Review : The Crossover Year

★ Avoid ★★ No Great Loss ★★★ Worth Reading ★★★★ Close to Masterpiece ★★★★★ Masterpiece


The Crossover YearName: The Crossover Year by Bhargavi Balachandran
Genre: Fiction Language: English Pages: 288
Published: 2013
My Rating: ★★★
Started: 5th July, 2014 Completed: 21st July, 2014
Total Reading Hour: 40 Hrs


Excerpt from Book:
Meet Sri Anuprabha, aka Anu, a twenty-nine year-old banker who is terrified of entering her thirties. She dreams of quitting her job at the bank, sporting yoga pants and traipsing around the world. Her world turns upside down when things go awry and she is faced with the prospect of spending her days watching Tamil serials. She comes up with a five-point plan for reclaiming her life back before she hits the big 30. But things are never as simple as drawing up a flowchart in real life, are they? Especially with a ghastly recession rearing its ugly head…. Anu bumbles through the corridors of domesticity and travels on a funfilled roller coaster ride in a bid to discover her passion in life.Along the way, she meets new people, experiences crazy new things and learns some hard lessons in marriage, friendship, parenting and life. The Crossover Year is a funny, yet heartwarming story of a woman in search of her identity, and a chronicle of her hilarious quest for discovering her inner mojo. Bring out a platter of cookies and a steaming mug of chai, and join Anu on the ride of her lifetime.


As title “The Crossover Year” describes itself, It is a story about all the changes and transformations which takes place in Anu’s life over a year. Story gave me smile on very first two pages and then story start transforming from one event to another event. Protagonist Anuprabha is a 29 years old banker with engineering and MBA degree.  The story starts with her desire to quit her job. After some twist-turns and meandering events, she gets rid of her job but all at the wrong hour as the demon of recession has a strong hold in market and Anu has no choice but to get hooked to Tamil serials at home. In meantime, She joins a funky gym called the Pink Panther Gym and try to streamlines her career options in world of poems. Every chapter in book brings more and more freshness.

This one is not another chic-lit with full of love and sex, but it’s so light-humorous and full of fun. Author didn’t develop many characters and concluded all in last chapter but still it’s enjoyable. Most enjoyable parts of book are mail communication between Anu and her friend Jimmy. This is a perfect travel novel or novel-over-coffee.

Note: I received a copy of book from author.


About Author:
Bhargavi BalachandranBhargavi Balachandran completed her MBA from TAPMI, Manipal and held several corporate jobs.She used to have a day job analyzing balance sheets once, but traded that in for the privilege of working from home in her pyjamas and running behind a lil’ imp. Her first book Seven Across, a  romance novella was published in 2012. Her second book, The Crossover Year was published in Dec 2013. She co-founded a portal http://www.paisleybay.com in 2012 and is a book addict, lover of arts and a mom.


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Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


!!! Enjoy Reading !!!

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Tuesday Musing : Fellow Blogger

From today onwards every Tuesday, I will share my interesting-fellow-favorite blogger details. They are blogging on various topics starting from poem to book to movie to fashion to photography to anything interesting.

COCO J. GINGER - I know her by “Girl wears a Hat” :). Her writing is captivating and you can feel freshness in her writing. I started following her almost 1 year (or 2 years) back and I must say, I am fond of her writing. Whenever I feel bored or tired, I visit her blog and reads anything written by her. She is an author of 2 blogs – Coco J. Ginger Says (more than 11000 follower and  2.7 lac+ hits till date) and Coco J. Ginger Doodles. Her post featured on “WordPress Freshly Pressed”.

“I had hoped to be disliked by most, not by way of rebellion, but by way of excellence, disdain for the habitual, and the common man’s inability to grasp this. The act of being scorned? I saw it as a victory, my irreverent boast against this world which could never fully quench me.” ―  Coco J. Ginger 

i write. I dance. I play. i eat healthy chocolate all day. I am a clever girl with a strong will and a high temper.

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Television Series – One day, Two Episodes

Finally, monsoon arrived in India and will be here for 4 months. It was cold outside. I was drinking my favorite cappuccino and watching hills & roads from big window of my apartment. Everything turned into Green & Black. I was thinking about football world-cup and Messi (Messi is best as always). Then it occurred to me, what next after football final in this rainy season? And my friend Sagar came up with television series. I got those in abundance and felt like, I am opulent (at-least in terms of series :) ). From onwards, I am planning to watch at-least 2 episodes on daily basis with caffeine in my favorite cup (My planing never match with my execution, so don’t go by words ;) ). I have seen some episodes of Vampire Diary & Prison Break and I loved those episodes. Checkout series in my bucket (have a little patience, Images may take time to load ) .

Band Of Brothers

breaking bad

Dexter

game_of_thrones

HouseOfCards

leverage

Prison-Break

revenge

Spartacus

 

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vikings

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My “Dream” In My “Dreams”

Originally posted on A Shade Of Pen:

As I lazily open my dreamy eyes, it takes some time to adjust to the scenery. Sometimes, my dreams show me things I will never have and yet when I wake up, I feel a sense of completeness because I have lived them when I couldn’t have them in reality.

I love my dreams immensely because I believe they’re more than just figments of imagination. I’ve met people I shall never see in my life, but in those three or four hours of uninterrupted sleep, I’ve stayed with them, spoken to them, laughed with them, held hands, seen the stars together and had a great day packed with sugar sweet memories. Why should I be sad on waking up?

They’re a part of my reality. I lived these memories and on those 2 o clock nights, when I am awake like an owl, I think of these dreams and smile…

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And He Wrote… – V

And He Wrote…

From the very first day, I have set my eyes on you,
I lost everything to you -
My love, my life and my soul,
Every moment of your life-
became my moments of life,
you are living inside my blood cell,
my heart yearns for you,    
I was living like dead and,
God gave me oxygen in form of you,
I crave for your love and,    
I will wait you for infinite.

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Book Review : The Dreamer

★ Avoid ★★ No Great Loss ★★★ Worth Reading ★★★★ Close to Masterpiece ★★★★★ Masterpiece


TheDreamerName: The Dreamer by Vivek Jain
Genre: Romance Language: English Pages: 217
Published: 2014
My Rating: ★★
Started: 10th June, 2014 Completed: 15th June, 2014
Total Reading Hour: 30 Hrs


Excerpt from book:
Love does not mean having your mate on your side or does it? Can a guy love a girl in such an unpredictable way that she becomes his soul? Are all these ancient love stories like Romeo and Juliet fake? And if it is not, then can this kind of love happen in today’s generation? Vivek is a guy with a slight scientific bent of mind, who always tries to perform experiments related to various fields of science. At a school function, he meets a meets a girl Shruti, who becomes his addiction … his princess, his angel …Goddess … the reason for his existence. He falls in love with her at first sight … handing over his entire life into her hands… Somehow, Vivek manages to speak to Shruti … then follows an addiction about her … a madness that knows no end. To prove his love for her, he designs a telescope to impress her. But four years later, a tragic change of fate enters their life. Shruti turns volte-face and refuses to even recognize or acknowledge Vivek. What is this story all about? Is destiny playing a game with Vivek? Or is Shruti playing a game with him? Or is there another angle? How will this love story end? Will Vivek win over Shruti … or will it remain an unfulfilled dream forever?


“The Dreamer” is story of protagonist (and author of book) Vivek Jain and his true love towards Shruti. Book starts with last scene and leaves good impression from the first page. Vivek is introvert by nature and fall in love with Shruti on first sight. But instead of contacting Shruti directly, he starts taking helps from his friend Avinash and this love game eventually spoils a life of Vivek. “The Dreamer” is not only about in-complete love, it’s about rage, hatred, manipulative relationship and platonic love.

There are few positive points and negative points of book:

Positive Points:

  • It’s nice heart touching story. Vivek’s love towards Shruti is speechless
  • Manipulative relations are everywhere but to identify them is a difficult job. Story will help others to understand “what is right” and “what is wrong”.

Negative Points:

  • Story covers span of 6 years and written like day-to-day activity which invokes the reader to skip the part
  • Some characters are left untouched like Nikita and Ishika . May be for author, these characters are not important as book cover real love story but as a reader, they all to be included and developed.
  • Poor Editing

Author tried to put love story in very simple and straight forward way. But if author had put words in little artistic way, then it would be more interesting for reader as well. If you have ever fall in love and kind of introvert person, then this book is definitely for you.

Note: I received a copy of book from author.


About Author:
VivekJainVivek Jain, 22 years is an engineer. He was brought up in the district, Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from writing, the author has a keen interest in conducting experiments related to different fields of science. Gathering knowledge related to space science, psychology, spirituality, and Jainism. He also loves to listen to soft music. His other interests are swimming, acting, cooking, traveling, and being on social network sites like Facebook. Recently, he is working on a science project. ‘The Dreamer,’ is his debut novel.


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Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.
– Criss Jami


!!! Enjoy Reading !!!

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