Wednesday, September 28, 2011

World heart day

It gets broken and mended several times, yet its strong and vital enough to remind us every moment that life is beautiful! Treasure it with a healthy lifestyle and beat that stress! In honour of World Heart day today! Happy B'day dear heart. We love you!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

An eventful evening at Crossword Bookstore

Being a book lover, it is always a pleasure to meet the personalities behind great works. Yesterday was one such evening which gave me the privilege of meeting a couple of authors whose books I had read recently and even reviewed them for a website I work for.

Crossword bookstore had scheduled a book reading session by Amish Tripathi of his latest bestseller of the Shiva Trilogy series titled 'The Secret of the Nagas'- a sequel to his first book 'The Immortals of Meluha'. The event was supposed to commence by 6:30 pm. Anticipating the Mumbai traffic woes, I left a little early and managed to reach there a good thirty minutes before. Seating myself in the second row, I held the book in my hand and looked around the store. Couple of people in charge were running around making some last moment arrangement. A camera man walked in and clicked a few pictures of the dais assigned to the guest in honour. All on a sudden he turned to me and notified me of the Author's arrival. Amish Tripathi had arrived early as well along with his wife. Being the only one in the audience initially, I managed a self-introductory session and had a few words with him.

Soon the crowd walked in and the session commenced with a ten minute delay. After a brief reading session, Amish entertained questions from the audience for an hour. It was interesting to hear his perspective on various religions and how he came about with the topic of Mythology. It was then Ashwin Sanghi-the Author of the Vodafone Crossword book award for his work ‘Chanakya’s Chant’ was introduced to us. Post which the book signing session commenced and gave one a good opportunity to have a one to one discussion with Amish.

After a good conversation with him, I walked over to Ashwin Sanghi and introduced myself. Strangely I had just finished reviewing his book that morning and had a copy of it in my car. He signed it obligingly and had a few words about the book.

It was indeed a pleasure to talk to such dynamic personalities who gave a different perspective to life and things in general. One thing is to read their works while meeting them in person gives a revelation into their psyche a little more. It is an awe inspiring experience where one can come out as a more learned individual. Hope more events like these take place as interactive sessions with the author prove to be an enriching moment for avid readers.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Navratri greetings

Time to indulge in some foot tapping for the next nine nights to celebrate this festival with great fervour! Wishing you loads of happiness always! Navratri greetings guys! Enjoy your Garba and Dandiya nights! God bless!!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bring back the glow

Energise your body and mind by putting into practice tips on health and diet from Rujuta Diwekar's new book Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha, says Shweta Amit

Author: Rujuta Diwekar

Publisher: Westland Ltd

Price: Rs200

Classification: Non-fiction

Health is wealth’ goes the popular saying. Yet many people fail to incorporate these golden words in their daily lives. The author of the bestseller Don’t Lose Your mind, Lose Your Weight — Rujuta Diwekar — has come up with yet another book that addresses the physiological and psychological changes women undergo over a lifespan and the ways to tackle them.

Covering the gamut of biological, emotional, hormonal and lifestyle issues, the book advises women on how to cope with the challenges these pose from time to time. She stresses on consuming the right kind of food having optimal nutritive value. This would not only enable one to stay fit, relax and get better sleep, but also put off the manifestation of diseases like anxiety neuroses.

The book is divided into chapters, each emphasising a different aspect of a woman’s life. Beginning with puberty and adolescence and moving on to marriage, pregnancy, motherhood and menopause, this book is a useful guide for women to gain a deeper understanding of their all-round development. Issues like hypothyroidism and polycystic ovarian disease are discussed in detail, with information provided to guide women on how to look for symptoms of these disorders and combat them instead of resigning themselves to the inevitable.

The last part of the book explains the four pillars to well-being – namely nutrition, exercise, sleep and relationships – which are the ultimate keys to a long life and good health. These are explained with real-life case studies of people who have benefited from the author’s expertise and advice.

Written in a sensible conversational manner, the book is bound to find wide readership amongst all age groups. Informative, quirky and easy on the mind and wallet, ‘Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha’ is an interesting read. Its appeal lies in its revelation on how smooth the ride to fitness and health really is.


Farewell Wall of India

Its been a long journey for the wall in the Indian cricket team. A non controversial player who has held his nerve all through. A batsman who has exhibited consistency, class and a cool demeanour! One whom India has relied upon many a time to restore their pride and never been let down. The true wall of India who retires today from ODIs.

Adios Rahul Dravid- you will definitely be missed!


A step motherly treatment

Read the above link. It was a shoddy treatment that awaited the Indian Hockey players after winning the Asian Champions trophy against Pakistan 4-2 in a penalty shoot out. To make matters worse, they were given only a prize amount of a meagre Rs. 25000. Reading the above writeup as to how Yuvraj Walmiki, the hero who scored the goal lives in apathetic conditions in Mumbai is really heart wrenching. Makes you realize how much is taken for granted.

Wish this country would give more respect to their national sport. While huge amount of money is flittered away in the glitz and glamour of Cricket, Hockey deserves a bit more attention.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Ganpati Visarjan

It just feels like yesterday since we brought home and its already time to say goodbye. Today is the day when we bid farewell to the Elephant face God who has stayed with us for the last 10 days. Adios Ganpati Bappa! See you again next year!

Couldnt help observing the festive celebrations in a city like Mumbai. Its amazing the way people unite under one roof and celebrate with great pomp and splendour. Inequalities and hangups are removed, be it age,caste,creed,religion or socio economic status!The free spirit comes into play! Call it the festive fervour! It truly rocks!


Sunday, September 04, 2011

Happy Teacher's Day

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child."

In honour of every teacher who made a difference. Happy Teachers' Day!