People Called Ahmedabad by Nisha Nair-Gupta

About the book
Author  Nisha Nair-Gupta (Curator)
About the Author  Nisha Nair-Gupta is the founder and principal curator at the People Place Project and the principal architect at Design Variable. With varied work experience as an architect, journalist and being an active participant in public art initiatives, she oscillates between her two interests of design and writing. She has spearheaded People Called Mumbai, the first curatorial and publication venture of the Project and now the second, People Called Ahmedabad.
ISBN 978-1635873467
Price [INR] Rs. 425
Pages 316
Main Plot given People Called Ahmedabad is the city’s collective narrative through stories of its people. 55 Stories that assimilate the city, falling serendipitously into compartments to encompass its history. An endeavour that has sifted through the city to bring forth stories about the mujawar at Ahmed Shah’s tomb, the scion of the city’s oldest philanthropic family, a refugee community that now calls the city home, the significant kitli culture, entrepreneurs who have made the economy of the city tick, internet sensations who have revived the love for food among youth, a museum that talks about conflict, a bookseller at the city’s famous ravivari and many more often we take the city we dwell in and the life around us for granted. People Called Ahmedabad is an attempt to pause, listen and reflect. To let the city and its people reveal some untold stories
No. of Characters It a book of collective stories, hence can’t say no of characters.
Tone of writing is It is simple. It kind of felt like reading various blogs on same topic.
My take on the book When I started reading the first few chapters, I felt like I was really going to read the history of Ahmedabad. It held my curiosity for a while. Being an architect, I could relate to the way the author approached and tried to get analogy for CEPT.  But, going beyond, it just remained a collection of stories of various people, local, some settled in Ahmedabad, and how the city influenced their lives. I really loved the history telling part , where a Muslim family is responsible to light lamp for goddess Lakshmi, stepped well, Gandhi ashram, etc.
Do I recommend the book? Yes, for people who are planning to visit the city or get to know it. It just a collection of stories. In spite of visiting Ahmadabad and getting related to the city, I couldn’t enjoy all the stories in the book.
On the other hand my rating: 3.0/5.

Finally I would like to Thank the Nimi Vashi (PhD),Blogger and Founder:The Readers Cosmos  for sending me the copy. It will be kept safe along with my other treasured books.

Interplanetary quest for the hidden stars!!!

Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited, has launched the “Magical Space Adventure” special packs for kids to discover a whole new magical universe and create their own stories every day.

The Colgate “Magical Space Adventure” has three different sets based on the ‘Magical Space’ theme to cut, play and learn – explore the mystical Alien Planet, float around the zero gravity Space Walk and experience the thrilling Space Launch. With more than 15 space characters, these packs will take kids on an adventurous journey into the magical space world. These packs are an opportunity to learn while having fun. The kids can create their own secret universe thereby expanding their creative canvas.


I am glad that I received the Colgate share your story parcel from Blogadda. My daughter was really excited to open the pack and cut the stickers. of course we did have so many fights as in who will cut with scissors and I had to give in as she claimed its her activity , she has to do it by herself.

After opening up, I asked what does she think seeing the stickers?? She smiled and gave her famous,” i know it all” look and spells out her Knowledge.

Firstly I must confess that i am really proud of my daughter. I never really thought that she had this beautiful ability to create stories with picture in hand. She could create so many of them with same set of pictures. I decided to post the most simple and her favorite one. I am sure the school books do have an effect on her. She had to end the story with a moral.. she would sing with a tune.. Moral of the story is…………. i am so glad that she wanted to include her brother in the story and both kids have a mission to accomplish. though there are few technical mistakes in the concept, I didn’t bother.. as i didn’t want to stop the creative flow of the kids..

here is the story….. I tried to make it five sheet story book kind with images and text Incorporated in it as told by Bunty.


Bunty and Arjun are siblings, who are set on a mission to find the treasure star hidden in mars.space2

They set to travel and they get lost in the way and led by the comet’s light to a new planet Saturn. Once they land, Bunty and Arjun get into the land-rover and start exploring the Saturn.They get greeted by an Alien.space3

Bunty asks the Alien if he Knows,”Where to find the treasure?”.

Alien says,”may be found in the moon.”

Arjun with help of  space station, gets in touch with scientist, lands onto the moon.space4

Finally they reach the target moon. Saturn and Sun smile at kids for achieving their target and finding the treasure.

moon seems to be disappointed losing the treasure.space5

Bunty and Arjun decide not to take away the treasure from the moon. Seeing which all the planetary beings feel happy, smile and wave good bye to the young Astronauts.

Moral of the story: Sky, ocean or earth, Never take what is not yours in name of greed and achievement.

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

Anya’s Lyrics- Book Review


About the book
Author  Nikhil Kumar
About the Author  He is 32 year old advertising professional from banglore.
ISBN 978-1530307210
Price [INR] Rs. 582(
Pages 180
Main Plot given A story of one girl’s courage in the face of our society’s worst offences.
Anya’s Lyric is the critically acclaimed new book by Nikhil Kumar, that tracks the journey of a young girl’s self-discovery and the roads that lead her from a turbulent childhood to peace. We see the world through Anya’s eyes – a girl who suffers from a learning disability – and discover places, incidents, and people through her. A girl born on an unlikely day to an unlikely couple, Anya stumbles through her chaotic life that gets undone at every step because of her inability to communicate what she wants to say.
Follow her journey of courage, self-discovery, and empowerment as she gradually finds the hidden path to peace.
No. of Characters Anya the lead. rest others have just charter etched names like ‘the man with one arm’, ‘the ordinary man’, ’the boy with a twisted leg ’, ‘the magician’, ‘the tall woman with full red lips’  etc .
Tone of writing is Serially, continuing from one story, one character to another, which shows how Anya life is interwoven with others though they are strangers.
My take on the book The book has a different start, it says,” I was born because of one man’s inability to read”. and the person is a postman. the letter keeps moving from place to place in hands of different characters who change the fate of the little girl Anya. A girl who is  born 29th feb, because it follows a specific albeit unnatural routine as the author says.

A very different way of narrating a story linking different characters of different time period and regions, different age, religion, from rich to poor. the only connecting element is the letter which the postman couldn’t read. I am sure it must have been challenging for the author to write a story in perspective of a girl who is mentally challenged. it the correlations and pieces of the story which makes it gripping to read.

Do I recommend the book? Yes,  you can read it at a go. It has lots of Dark shades, with serious thinking and thoughts attached to it. it makes the reader go through lots of sad emotions attached to the character.
On the other hand  

my rating: 3.5/5.

Finally I would like to Thank the Nimi Vashi (PhD),Blogger and Founder:The Readers Cosmos  for sending me the copy. It will kept safe along with my other treasure books.

#SoftestForBabySkin Activity-Active Baby


Here are the images of the pampers Premium care pants and pampers active baby diapers sent to me for review By Blogadda as part of #SoftestForBabySkin Activity. Diapers are blessing in itself for everybody. Though I was initially against it, but got used to luxury of using it.

Product: Pampers premium care pants. (XL- 12+kg).



product description. WP_20160509_13_35_38_Pro

Price: Rs.380

No of diapers: 16

cost per Diaper: around Rs.23/- . Kind of expensive.

look: its a break through with a nice bright colour. kind of attractive. its easy to distinguish and buy the product.

feel: It feels soft and light weight. In fact has a mild sweet soothing smell when you open the diaper. must be because of the baby lotion.

usability: I kind of found it really difficult to use, as my son doesn’t stay in place or co-operate while putting on a diaper. So, without a doubt i prefer a pant style over a regular diaper. WP_20160509_13_35_23_Pro

Extra feature:the following image shows the extra features of the Diaper. Dint find it very remarkable from other diapers.


Rating:  3 out of 5. yes its only 3 because I prefer pant style daiper over this. .

#SoftestForBabySkin Activity-Premium Care


Here are the images of the pampers Premium care pants and pampers active baby diapers sent to me for review By Blogadda as part of #SoftestForBabySkin Activity. Diapers are blessing in itself for everybody. Though I was initially against it, but got used to luxury of using it.

Product: Pampers premium care pants. (XL- 12+kg).

product description. WP_20160509_13_34_47_Pro

Price: Rs.450

No of diapers: 16

cost per Diaper: around Rs.28/- . Kind of expensive.

look: I just loved the new look with white cover and cyan colour letter. it looks better than the old blue colour regular pampers bag. its easy to distinguish and buy the product.

feel: It feels soft and light weight. In fact has a mild sweet soothing smell when you open the diaper.

usability: Pant style are easy to use. easy to remove with a toddler who doesnt stay at one place. WP_20160509_13_34_59_Pro

Extra feature:the following image shows the extra features of the Diaper.  what I loved is the Wetness Indicator  and all around fit. WP_20160509_13_35_09_Pro

Rating:  3 out of 5. yes its only 3 because of the price.

Ramayana – The Game Of Life: Stolen Hope- Book Review

About the book
Author  Shubha Vilas
Picture of the Author download
ISBN 978-8184958249
Price [INR] Rs. 299
Pages 312
Main Plot given In the evil labyrinths of Dandakaranya forest, human values are put to test. Rama’s righteousness, Lakshmana’s loyalty and Sita’s endurance reflect our own sense of values and judgment in difficult times. The story unfolds the facets of human life – the conflict and trickery, the praise, the slander and above all, the hope and the despair in the eventful forest life of exiled royals.

Stolen Hope is about extreme deception and extreme love. It is about arrogant power and deep devotion. With every twist and turn, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana find themselves robbed of whatever and whoever they valued the most.

Exploring the dynamics of human relations – between father and son, husband and wife, teacher and disciple – and the complex game of power and greed, Stolen Hope mirrors our own dilemmas in the modern world and teaches us how we must overcome them.

No. of Characters Its Ramayana, so it will be little absurd if I detail out Characters here.
Tone of writing is Straight and simple
My take on the book The story begins with Rama, Sita and Laxhman walks through the forest of Dandakaranya. From there the author narrates the encounter of the trio with the Rakshas, and the encounter with Surpanaka, leading to the abduction of sita. IT leaves the heart ache  reading about Rama’s feeling and the death of Jatayu while trying to save Sita. The book end with Rama meeting Shabari at Matanga Ashram, who would introduce Rama to Sugriv, who would help him to find his love Sita.

Ramayana itself is a great epic. I feel the author has done his justice with valuable additions and putting his style onto it. I really like the sub notes given below. It make sure that the reader gets the essence of the part explained above. It makes a great impact, and stays in the heart of the reader.

Yet another thing i like about the book is, the way it has been written, It can be read as short story or at a go. But i would suggest , reading by parts is more helpful, and so many lesson learnt can be implied on our day to day  the end of the book is a clear picture of what should be a real relationship who loves and evolve together but each maintaining their own freedom and their own individuality and originality.

Now I am going to buy the first 2 parts, and waiting for the next book to arrive.

Do I recommend the book? Yes,  you can read and go on rereading. Every time , I am sure you would look into many details which would change your perspective of life.
On the other hand  

my rating: 5/5.

Finally I would like to Thank the Author for sending me the signed copy. It will kept safe along with my other treasure books.

She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian-Book Review


I am reviewing ‘The Bestseller She Wrote‘ by Ravi Subramanian as a part of the biggest Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers. Participate now to get free books.

About the book
Author  Ravi Subramanian
Picture of the Author  
ISBN 978-93-85152-38-2
Price [INR] Rs. 295
Pages 391
Main Plot given Aditya Kapoor is a banker turned author. He is a literary gem and is living a balanced yet a starry personal and a professional life. Anything and everything he touches turns into gold. He has everything a man can dream of. Shreya Kaushik is a student who is beautiful, young and ambitious. She is instantly expressive about the ramblings of her mind and loves to chase her dreams. Currently she wants to be a bestselling author. She is one of the top authors but now she wants to be the bestselling one.

One fine day, their worlds come together. Shreya wants Aditya to make her the bestselling author. What happens next is for you to find out. Can one person love two people at a given point in time? Can one wisely make a choice between blind passion and ambition? Is it possible to trust someone again after betrayal?

No. of Characters Aditya:  Aditya Kapoor is a Alumni for IIMB ,professional banker and a bestseller author with a happy life and married to  Maya and has a son Aryan.

Maya: Alumni of IIMB, collage mate of Aditya. after giving up her banking career , became a social worker.

Shreya: Final year student of IIMB, an aspiring author. A determined charter, who would turn anything to her favor.

Sanjay Narang: Aditya’s Colleague, HR manager and friend since IIM days

Diana: Aditya’s colleague and Sanjay’s love interest after breaking up from their first marriage.

Sunaina: Shreya’s friend from IIMB.

Tim Xavier: Aditya’s boss

Tone of writing is Straight and simple
My take on the book There were many instances, where I felt that author is taking about Chetan Bhagat, may be my thoughts. or its simple that all authors have same kind of circle with happening things in life.  It made me wonder trying to sell his own story with a twist. He also bring in movie personalities and book review program.

I liked the way he tried to portray his colleagues and boss. the way they accuse him to be famous author , never leave a chance to pull his leg.

I liked the character Maya a lot. from the beginning she is the one who is determined who does what she wants. She put her family as priority and works with good ethic.

Though Maya is the one, who is idle human being, I can’t leave out Shreya. A character to be really admired. she chooses fidelity as a path to succeed her ambitions. At times you feel she is heartless , even to think about publishing her book at somebody’s deathbed.

Though it seemed like a bit of mills n boons, but could have a been lit better. feels like the author is still hesitant to write about sex.

Climax was too much of Drama, if a chance is given , this can be a good bollywood material.

The best part of the book was suspense. it was really maintained till the end. that is the only reason I think the book can become a hit.

Over all, I felt it little lacked the kick of his earlier work, which brought in so much about banking and thinks which I really didn’t know.

Do I recommend the book? Yes, for one time reading,  and for lovers who like Romance mixed with suspense.
On the other hand  

my rating: 3.5/5.


Mango Panna Cotta

I know its really difficult to cook tasty food for a person like me. I always escape saying, Sagittarians are not good cooks. So, Blame my stars and Sun-sign , not me for the bad food served.  I go Awwww looking at Food blogs. People present the cooked food so well. Seeing GB’s food blog, I feel that I should be living with her , so i can eat all the food cooked by her or learn  photography and join as assistant to a chef.

My mom is a good cook. everybody in the colony come to her for recipes or take gongura pickle or carrot halwa made by her. I never realised her importance until I joined hostel. Again, I was lost in a different world that I was not interested in eating for taste. It was only eating for survival.

Then came my Bangalore days. Where I was staying as paying guest and money to explore food. May found my place in a group of foodies. That is when I had Bajji’s as dinner, Death by chocolate ice-cream as lunch, enjoyed buffet lunch and dinner at various places.

Then I got married, came into a family of foodies. A father-in-law who would enjoy any kind of food, encouraged me to make mistakes and learn. Mother-in-law who would have food prepared by anybody else other than her.  A daughter who would not eat food, if it doesnt smell good, A son who has got a sweet tooth.

So, slowly I stared cooking/experiment. So, here is the recipe from GB’s blog which i tried. the picture below is not even half good as the picture posted by her, but I appreciate myself for the effort I took to make it. well, my family liked it a lot.


Update: Why I didn’t try the angle? Simple, with a toddler constantly opening the fridge for something or the other, i couldn’t take the risk for tilting the glass and keeping inside the refrigerator. And as I live in Vizag, where its hard to find nonseasonal fruits, I had to pay quite too much for 2 mangoes which I used in this dish.

Sharing the love of Grandparents and cousins.

Change is something which is constant. So many things have transformed in past 20 years. I am no longer The Kid who would wait for Dad to get sweets from the local market on first of the month, as the salary has arrived. There were two new dresses per year for sure, one for Pongal and one for birthday. There were two vacations per year, and The only place to visit was grandmothers village. Vacation was the time when all the cousins met. So much was shared, from the school tales, crushes, puberty, friends, movies  to what not?.  All would rolls under one single big blanket and talk all night in secret hush hush tones. All were given oil bath in an order, Had our lunch fed by one of the aunts or senior most cousin. Eating from same plate was so much fun. the dresses were passed on from the elder cousin to younger. same age cousins exchanged the dresses. All days and nights went by listening to grandma’s stories and getting scolding from grandfather for our mischievous acts. All ate homemade savories made by all aunts and played in sun and rain till we got tired. though we knew that we would all meet the next vacation, tears rolled down  when each of us had to go back to our respective towns. there was love, care and bonding. things were limited, but there happiness was unlimited.

the only mantra was, we got our grandparents love, stayed connected as a family and we never minded sharing joy or sorrow.

things have changed. I am not a stay at home mother. I work for my passion and keep telling the I am working to give a better standard of living for my kids. I don’t have so much of time. Really?? (working mother-  are we echoing our thoughts??)

Most of the days the child is all by herself. the time we spend with each other is less. even in the limited period, most goes in doing homework, activity class( swimming, dancing, painting). At times, we parents to do our pending tasks give gadgets to kids to keep them occupied till the work is done.

Today my kids get everything they want, from food, toys to designer clothes. But they don’t get the value of it. neither they use all of the things nor give it to others. They just need anything they want immediately. It more a demand than request. I observed that today’s kids want toys, what to play with friends but are not ready to share. They don’t want to talk to their cousins( sometimes they don’t even have one). they want everything to be theirs and their personal , let it be a TV in their room, bed,toys, at times even bathroom.

It makes me wonder, where did I go wrong in parenting?  when I checked with my cousins, I realised that it’s just not my kids, all the kids are behaving almost the same.


the major culprit seems to be technology and its advancement. everybody wants to make friendship with mobile, tablet, laptop  or television but not with human beings. we are not there with each other when required.

childhood, a part of life that creates memories.

Incidentally few months back, I was at my mothers place for the second Child’s delivery. it’s a small town without theaters or malls and less of internet activity. it’s a place with parks and beach. throughout my stay, I saw my daughter playing in park, going for a walk to beach on evenings. She went to temples with her grandmother, attended various kinds of functions( golu/navaratri/diwali/birthdays/anniversary’s etc). She started playing with neighbor’s kids, learnt new language. She would go out with neighbors daughter to pluck flowers. she had food from her grandmothers hands everyday in neighbors garden.  I realised that she had more food when she was fed by her grandmother, who used to feed my sister alternatively. ( say it competition with her aunt. ) . she was ready to learn new language and share her way of schooling with neighbors. she got love from all her grandmothers friends, who readily gave her toys of their grandchildren for her to play with. she slept long hours, never complained of not getting sleep . she bonded well with her grandparents.

I think in this busy life of mine i cannot do so many things at a time. I can spend time with my kids, but might not be able to teach her value of life . I might make dishes of their choice, but can take them around everyday to feed them. I might tell them stories at night, but might not give understand their views on it. I might teach them to do gardening, dancing, singing, but its always a solo performance. I want my kids to mingle with other kids,share their toys, thoughts and love.

then I made a point to take my daughter to her grandparents house twice a year. I want her to relive the moments I cherish today. I want her to learn to share and care for others. I want her to get her grandparents love. I want her to mingle with human beings not be a technology savvy.


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