Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Chair on the Porch

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story a chair on a porch. Why is it there, and what might it mean? Think about using it as a prop or the main thrust of your story.

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No response.

"Can't find the girl anywhere in the house. Aha! Must be on the porch on her old ragged chair." Mom muttered as she stepped towards the patio.

"Cathedra, Alison did not invite me to her b'day party and instead poked fun at my dress." 

Maggi whimpered as she caressed the arm of the chair.

"She is not my friend anymore!" 

Wiping her tears, "But you will always be my pal since you are here to listen to my pain and joys." 

Mom overheard and changed her opinion. She was now in awe of the chair! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spotlight: Otherness: Souls of Brown Women by De.B.Dubois

Book Spotlight: OTHERNESS: SOULS OF BROWN WOMEN by De.B. Dubois

De.B. Dubois


Who is the brown woman? How does she live defined almost solely by her skin colour and all the history it carries? How do we carry racism deep within us even when we think we don't? These are questions that require deep thought and reflection, and that's what Otherness encourages us to do. In a world increasingly divided along the lines of colour, despite its apparent modernity, here's a hard look at the realities that lurk within us, both as individuals and as a society.

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About the author

De.B. Dubois is an Indian-born-Swiss visual artist and feminist writer. She grew up in Calcutta until she stepped out to explore the world by herself. Debolina Dubois-Bandyopadhyay, better known as De.B. Dubois is licensed with International Degrees in Communication Arts and Cultural Studies, as she extended her Fine Arts and Design education in Mumbai, Sydney, Basel and Paris. She is titled with a Master of Arts FHNW in Design from Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel, with special emphasis on Design Culture, Design Research and Sociology. This apart, she enjoys long walks through nature trails, a good glass of absinthe from Val-de-Travers, and creating visual arts.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

A disaster within....

Mother Nature has sure been in the news lately!

Hurricanes, Earthquakes
Some of the  'disasters' that man has labeled when mother nature becomes boorish.

That leads to the destruction of property and losses that man has no choice but to kneel and bow thee!

That's when the man looks upon other brethren either for help or guidance or just a helping hand to be able to stand up and be able to walk that path.

Technically the man would be walking alone on this road trying to figure out a way to find the home amidst this destruction, but scientifically he is not alone. His mind will be transmitting hundreds of neurons and as they network it will either give him ideas to overcome this problem, or it would cripple his walk by conveying thoughts that are sheer negative.

Man's body is an incredible machine. He has chosen to build skyscrapers out of it. The seven wonders. This machine has fostered ideas to grow food on this planet, allowed the man to survive the extreme temperatures when Mother Nature wants the spotlight. The list is just unbelievable that I am sure aliens living on other planets would be going green with envy checking out the resume of our achievements in collective.

Our mind and body have done wonders, and no doubt when Mother Nature strikes; it cripples man, but not for long!

We unite. Clean the wreckage and start fresh.

This mind when combines with the respective body is a full proof of our planet earth's progress. But when the mind does not hold hands with that body it has also shown massacres that can make anybody's heart cry with pain and disgust.

Mind, Body are like a beautiful ensemble. Each must be finely tuned, well nourished and maintained to reach its full potential.

A natural disaster would be when the body and the mind's circuit goes loose. There is no connection between them thus leading to a havoc not only in man's surroundings but also within. Unfortunately, we have many examples around the globe that are horrendous, torturous and painful.

We have one body and one mind that is organic, essential and we are nothing without it.


Finish the Sentence Friday is a link-up where writers and bloggers come together to share their themselves with a particular sentence.
This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post. This week’s sentence is “When it comes to natural disasters…” thought up by the fabulous April of April Noelle

Monday, September 11, 2017

Spotlight and Review of The Royal Roommate by PG Van


My purpose in life is to protect you… 

Sid is Army strong and sinfully sexy. He is tasked to investigate a woman suspected of having connections with a rebel group. The style of investigation was not his choice, and he is asked to move in as the roommate of the person of interest, Amy. 
Amy was thrilled to start her internship in San Francisco and wasn’t expecting a man with rock-solid abs as her roommate. The moment she laid eyes on him, she knew he was bad news. 

The attraction was undeniable and they both wondered how long they could hold on to their resolve. Sid didn’t want to sleep with a suspect even if she was wildly beautiful and sexy. Amy wasn’t interested in a fling. 

Just when Sid is about close his investigation and declare Amy’s innocence, he finds out something about her that changes everything. She becomes the most important person in his life.

My Review:

The Royal Roommate is a story about a young girl, Amy who has ambitions. Those goals are not for herself but to reach out and help others in need. She is interning as an assistant in a law firm in SFO, and the story starts with her driving to that city. She is portrayed as a carefree and independent person yet cautious of her identity thanks to her dad's strict guidelines. Amidst all the discretion there comes a twist to the story. She gets a male roommate in her SFO apartment who happens to be a secret agent trying to investigate her links with a terrorist group. His looks were enough to get her hooked on him. There is lust. Lots of it. Thus, begins the tale of romance, and a thriller as these two knock each other's breath out not only in the bed but also trying to escape from antagonists that are after the life of Amy. 

Secrets are revealed that keeps the reader on the edge as Sid tries to keep his lady love safe and protect her from slaughter and take her to the throne that was empty for decades. 

What I missed out was the charm between Amy and Sid. There were lust and lots of intimate scenes, but I missed out on the chemistry between the two. They had nothing in common per se. Sid always wanted to protect her while she enjoyed being in his strong arms.....

What I liked: The twists and the turns with regards to the plot as Amy being declared a royal princess. The research that went into this drama that made the reader also go on a roller coaster ride. The emotions of Amy before and after she was declared a princess. The knitting of a kingdom Edinridge from a chaotic place to a peaceful and happily ever after. 

I would rate it 4 stars and would recommend it anyone who enjoys a good well-researched thriller with sensual romance! 


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P.G. Van

P.G. Van lives in San Francisco and she published her first novel, Destiny Decides… in October 2015 and cannot stop writing. She loves to spend time with family and is a strong believer of retail therapy (mostly shops for boots and purses!!). She enjoys giving her readers an escape to the world of love and romance.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Mom

"Sam hurry up! it's time to leave for school." 

"Yeah" came a response amidst the wide yawn.

"Did you put your lunch box, water bottle in your bag?" 

"Yeeees!" he muttered.

"Sam eat your breakfast! Why are you daydreaming? The school bus will be here any minute!" she stressed.

Sam rolled his eyes, and he could not contain himself, "MOM! Let it go!" he shrilled.

Mom paused. 

Took a deep sigh as she placed her hands on her hips, she responded, "I am aware dear. But someone has to delegate it, and that ugly task falls upon me!" 


In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a busy character.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Holidays & School

Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!
No more pencils
No more books
No more teachers' angry looks!
Happy Holidays!

This was the rhyme I used to sing each year from elementary to the end of middle school when I would be coming back from school in my school bus along with my school friends.
Yup, I do realize I have uttered 'school' many times.
What can I say...I miss my school days!

That was the best time of my life 'cause even the bully would become your friend. Even the shy and reserved person would be seen singing. Even the 'elite' classmate would mingle in. That moment when the bus would embark from our school to the individual routes of each of our homes, we all were bonded as strong as the Hydrogen bond that no one just about no one could fizzle that bond away since it bound our DNA's, and all other possible macromolecules together.

I do remember vividly the bus conductor would Shhh us some times. But none were perturbed. Finally, she would give in but wore a distinct smile on her face.

Such was life!
Simple, Unadulterated, and Contagious!

When my bus stop would arrive. Promises were made to call, visit friends' homes and I would even give a teary hug to my besties.

Two and a half months of unadulterated fun. It consisted of visiting my maternal grandparents home near Delhi. Visiting my cousins and that involved good food, late night movies, ice-cream, gossiping, and not to forget even the fights!

But again life was fun!

Within no time, back to school day would arrive. I and my sibling would groan, sulk as we would start getting prepped for the schedule a week prior to that day such as waking up early, eating and bathing on time while arranging our rooms and respective book shelf.

In the meantime, my parents would give out a sigh of relief. Relief that their kids will have a timetable to watch out for and not be disheveled.

Tables turned!
Now as my teen prepped himself into the routine. I was giving out a long exhale. This exhale was an internal happiness that life will be back to order, discipline and productivity.

When it comes to back to school; I watch my kid groom into a routine; I also get a chance to relive my crazy summer days. I realize I will not go back to experience it, but those memories are still vivid and strong within me that it still gives me the goosebumps. Thus, always allowing my kiddo to be unrealistic, wacky and disorientated to his likings cause memories if made can make anyone so alive when he/she tends to ponder over them.


This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post. This week’s sentence is “It’s back to school time, and I feel…”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Spotlight-Sundari Venkatraman's The Casanova's Wife

(Marriages Made in India Book #4)
Sundari Venkatraman


Bharat is the elder of the Maheshwari twins. Being a super model, he travels from Jaipur to Mumbai to Delhi, modelling for high-end brands and playing show stopper during fashion shows. Clothes, jewellery, glares, briefs – you name it and Bharat Maheshwari models for it. 

Dia Mathur is a management trainee based in Mumbai. She’s surprised to find herself at an after event party hosted by a major fashion label, thanks to her best friend. That’s where she meets Bharat, completely unaware of his claim to fame. 

Sparks sizzle and they get together instantaneously. But things fall apart when Dia realises that Bharat is quite the Casanova and might not make for a life partner. She disappears from his life... surface again two years later, at no place other than his family’s drawing room in Jaipur. Will the Casanova turn a new leaf? Or will Dia have to play second, third or fourth fiddle to every gorgeous model who comes into his life?

Read Book #4 from MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA series to find out more about The Casanova’s Wife.

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About the author

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 16 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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