Thursday, January 19, 2017

Got Time?

Long, long time ago when life was simpler, and there was not much distraction except for the radio. An individual used to perform just mere counted chores and be satisfied with his day and would call it a night.
Children would be happy to wake up since they had slept well and would be glad to go to school to unite with their friends along with studies and would be satisfied to come home, spend time with their parents and have dinner together without any interference of any kind of correspondence with the outer world except for the radio, which would hum their favorite songs in the background.

It was the world where priorities were the passion. Fun was unadulterated. Laughter was authentic. Family time was genuine. Relationships were respected since people had the time to appreciate things around!

Turn of the realized his potential.

He is amazed how he can juggle five things on each of his finger of his hand. He calls it liberation and is impressed with the progress humankind makes towards the end of the day. Seeing that kind of evolution united humanity and they have joined forces to continue this marathon.

Amidst this run, infants are neglected, while moms and dads venture out in the society that has got smitten by the 'multi-tasking' bug to get more comforts for their home, which is actually a home just for the namesake since the family is out for most of the hours.

Children in school first agitated against the changes but have adapted quickly since they have got lots of comfort in the name of food, technology to correspond and enjoy. Time is getting precious since all have the same complaint, "No Time!" and excuses are made left right and center.

Passion is hidden somewhere since all want to lead and no one wants to follow thus, lots of hard work put in along with stress and urgency for everything.

Alas! The human body cannot take the beat for long, and health is degrading thus, allowing medical professionals to pump in chemicals to keep us going. Wonder for how long these chemicals can maintain the man churning for more!

"If I could only change the above so that time would not just be a number but of value as a person could continue to pursue the real essence of mankind by getting the basic answers of life such as, "Who am I?" "What is my goal in this life?"


Mantra for today: We are the society, care to tame it? 


Finish the Sentence Friday is a link-up where writers and bloggers come together to share their themselves with a particular sentence.

Respect !!

"Get this out, Now!" Mrs. Bose commanded in an acerbic tone with her index finger pointing that individual and swinging it intensely.

"Sure! Please give me a minute, Ma'am." she requested meekly with her eyes bowed


The maid was quick to pick up her sick offspring. Patted on his back, and walked towards the exit while wiping her tears from her eyes.

"I quit!" she shouted.

"Sure thing! Take your dues for today's work." her boss called out.

"I don't want to eat from somebody's cash who does not have respect for another individual." 


In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that expresses a strong concern, something to give a crap about. Something that brings out the feeling to stand up. How can you use it to show tension or reveal attitudes?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Spotlight of God and his Girlfriend by Priyank

Name of the book: God & His Girlfriend
Author: Priyank
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The Story:

Have you ever met a pretty girl in a suspicious condition with blood stained hands lying in a hotel room where you are staying in? 

Can a love story see its acceptance in the Indian society when the boy is from slums and the girl is born in a rich family? 

How many of you have met those girls who were molested by their known ones when they had not even crossed the age of 14? Isn’t forced and unwilling sex after marriage similar to a rape? 

Whether the prayers offered in love strong enough to bring back someone’s lost beloved from PoK? 

How many of you know a person whose deeds are completely ideal, something which only a God can do? 

Whether religion, caste or community should really be a parameter in deciding the hierarchy and dominance of people living in this world? 

God and his girl-friend is a mercurial story about two youngsters, from entirely different backgrounds who strive hard against their comfort to live with their passion. A boy from the slums and a girl from a rich lavishing family set out on an embarking journey to touch the moon. This takes them through many tests, eventually tying them up in love, followed by an unforgettable service to the nation as true stalwart patriots.

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About The Author 

‘The HINDU’ calls Priyank’s books, which has stories inspired from real life to be perfect in portraying the power of love.

Bollywood film maker Imtiyaz Ali conveyed his words to Priyank at a literary event in Delhi that he could see Priyank emerging out as a potential story writer from his city Jamshedpur.

Priyank is an author, a start up lover cum aspiring entrepreneur, a story teller and a motivational speaker. He is a gold medal winner in creative writing at the National level. He was named as the Best Debut Author of 2014 by Aagman Literary Organization, a Delhi based literary and cultural house for his novel ” I am dead but my heart beats. ”

He completed his Engineering from BIT Sindri, Dhanbad in 2015. He has delivered story telling sessions and motivational talks across many organizations in a short span of one and half year. He is the founder of Embellish India, a start-up he kicked off while in college. Currently, he works for a Delhi based funded start up after resigning from his first MNC job at TCS.

Born in Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) on 29th October, in a Maithil Brahmin family and brought up in Ghatsila (a small town near Steel city Jamshedpur in Jharkhand), Priyank’s dream is to bring changes in the country and make it a better place to live in. Writing was never his passion nor his goal. It happened to him by chance, by destiny, in an attempt to fulfill someone’s dream. He loves cricket, travelling, sleeping and trying out new delicacies.

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Tête-à-Tête with PG Van author of The Evil Twin

Today I have PG Van, a prolific author who pens romance genre novels. I have read her first release, and can vouch this one would be the same....sizzling...hawwt...could even burn your.....

PG Van Welcome!

PG Van what inspires you to pen romantic genres?

I am a romantic at heart and a die hard fan of eyes clapping, instant attraction and happy endings. All this put together lead me to the romance genre. 
Love plays such a huge role in our lives in many forms and the love between a couple is always special, especially when it is between an adamant and titanium shield woman and an unbelievably badass and loyal guy. When two strong and adamant characters come together every emotion is elevated to a new dimension and I absolutely enjoy writing about the conflicts, steamy interactions and their thoughts.
Even though all my books are listed under romance genre I like to write stories where other forms of love in the protagonist's lives make them who they are and aid in the journey that brings them together.

Evil Twin is your fifth novel...where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from every aspect of my life, people I see and the things I hear or read about everyday. This book fell into place when I connected incidents that happened years apart on my life and the day after the second event, I knew I had a story to write.
I was volunteering at a store when I had someone look at me like they recognized me but just kept looking at me, like they were debating if they should talk to me was when the story was born. The story was born out of my thoughts around the possibilities of a family looking for their long lost daughter.
Since I started writing, my mind is constantly setting aside information that I could potentially use for a story, to build a character, an event that I could use to bring the characters together. I started looking at strangers, while standing in line at a grocery store or even at a gas station and observe theory features, their behavior..anything I can use for my characters to the point where it is a bit weird. :)
My mom caught me checking out a very good looking guy and I HAD to clarify I wasn't drooling over him but was merely registering his facial characteristics so I could use them for my heros.

I also feel you have a ethereal aspect in your novels in spite of x loves y. How do you develop such intangible cord?
My goal is to give the readers the escape they want when they pick up a book. We all have a million things going on in our lives and if I am able to transport the reader into a world of love with an airy touch to enhance their experience the I am doing what I wanted to do with my stories.
Growing up in India, Bollywood was an escape into another world and I would say its probably ingrained in me and flows out when I start typing. :)

How has 'self published author' helped you with regards to sales and promotions. What are the steps you usually take? 

Amazon is great and I am a huge fan. I never thought I would publish my first book when I started writing it but Amazon makes it to easy to publish your work, I had to put my book out there for the readers.
I encourage every author to give Amazon a chance to connect the author with their readers. I have a lot of trust in Amazon and they are constantly working on developing tools that help indie authors. The latest feature I used was the option to submit a paperback and the process was easy and took me less than an hour to submit the paperback.
Amazon provides tools to help promote your book and I make sure I use all the features to the maximum extent. I list my books in KindleUnlimited and I see that as a huge opportunity to find the avid readers, the book addicts and bookaholics.

What can we expect next from you? 

I hope to eventually write Romance Thrillers and Romance suspense with a thick plot and I hope to get there someday. I published two parts of 'The Pure Destiny Series' and need to write the next part and it will be a historic romance.
I have a few other stories lined up and the one I am currently working on is called the 'The Marriage Contract'. It is a contemporary romance and My target release date is April 2017. It's story is a story of a woman who is willing to get into a marriage of convenience to protect what she had worked on and believes to make it big.

Wishing PG Van Good Luck in her future endeavors!!

Grab the book @

Amazon India | Amazon USA

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cloud Nine

I have been a writer for the last five years now so; it would be very realistic if sleep does not dim my brain and mind I will tend to play with words...right?


When I can't sleep, I am dreaming with open eyes (pun intended)

At first, I think of all the bad stuff that has happened to me till date. My arthritis and stiff joints, my stepping down from corporate life, etc. Needless to say, that keeps my eyes wide open, my mouth tends to become dry, and it leads to tossing and turning.

Now that is no fun! I tell my mind, as I am quite mindful (most of the times!)

Then I switch gears.

I dream of fame, fortune and that, in turn, brings me lots of skipped heartbeats thus, making adrenaline high. No doubt that makes my zzz's disappear but honestly being on cloud nine serves as a lullaby for me, and eventually, I snooze off with a gentle smile on my face.

No doubt when I wake up the next day I snicker over it, but then there is delight somewhere within me that makes me want to cling to hope and have a beautiful day.

A great day in spite of a rainy storm that has hit my town and citizens are advised to stay safe and indoors. In spite of overhearing what my bitchy friends/relatives had to say about me. The teen son who sneered at my limited knowledge of 'today's generation.'

I am immune to all! Since my mind is still full of those happy thoughts and it makes me continue to march like a warrior till the sun sets in my part of the world.

Experts say:

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”
Dale Carnegie

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

 I can vouch for it.

 If the mind is in bliss, nothing in the world can prick a hole in that balloon that is filled with real happiness.

The hope that someday my books will have the tag as,"BestSeller" makes me euphoric and makes me strive upon my writing while continuing to correct my flaws so that one beautiful day when the sun will continue to shine. The energy that I will have inside and around me will not be due to the extra shot of oxygen let out by photosynthesis of the plants but will be the success that I tasted until I open the news to find the new government repealing the Obamacare!
(oh! well, that will be another mind game!) 

Mantra for today: My thoughts, they can either take me to the dungeon or make me float on cloud nine...My Choice!


This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post. This week’s sentence is “When I can’t sleep, I…”
Link up here, at Finding Ninee.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Every Breath...

Jack signed some papers, and waited patiently in a corner whilst expelling air with sound; that would make eyes turn in his direction.

Sighing with relief when the nurse called out his name; he was aware of the awful rattling noise along with each breath.

The machine was set, and he was asked to hold still as the MRI was taken.

A loud groan from the technician made him alert.

He inquired in a petrified tone, and was shocked to hear the diagnosis, "You have two marbles in the upper front of the body that clash upon each breath."


In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a rattling sound. Join in the fun with CarrotRanch

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Review: Shadowed Promise by Sunanda Chatterjee


From riots in Bombay to the riches of Beverly hills...
Sunanda Chatterjee


Moyna’s cousin panted at the doorway, heavy with child. “Who did this to you?” her father shouted. And Moyna knew that somehow she would be blamed for this unspeakable shame on the family. Her aunt blamed her for all the tragedies, from the death of Moyna’s own parents to the riots in Bombay. But, as her cousin lay dying of stab wounds, Moyna promised to protect the baby.

In a panic, eighteen-year-old Moyna made a hasty decision that would return to haunt her years later. 

Bullied as a child, Sameer wants to make the world a safer place.  He has spurned a cushy career in his father’s law firm for public service. Sameer is drawn to the mysterious Moyna when they meet in Los Angeles. The attraction seems mutual, but Moyna remains cautious and secretive about her past, insulating herself from love to protect others from her unlucky curse.

At the cusp of political victory, Sameer faces increasing gun violence and death threats leading to an FBI investigation. But his greatest challenge comes when a shadow from Moyna’s past threatens to destroy their future.

What hope do they have with the media hungering for a scandal?

A story of friendship, redemption, and forgiveness, “Shadowed Promise” is a journey from blind faith to triumphant love.

My Review

Shadowed Promise is another captivating tale by Sunanda Chatterjee. I have read her previous works, and she is not a newbie. Her style with words, characters, emotions have continued to captivate me. Thus, the immediate need to pick up her book when around. 

This is a story about Moyna who lost her parents at an early age and was living with her relatives where the aunt was crude and insulting to her, but they brought her up in their family for the sake of the society. Any tragedy broke out, this girl's fate was blamed thus, making her very cautious and anxious at every step of her life. When her cousin lost her life, the blame was put on her. In spite of the accuse, Moyna gave her cousin's baby her name and protection, but destiny had something else stored for her. She went abroad for further studies on scholarship thus, allowing her to flap her wings and test drive her potential on her own. Life had it's own challenges where she would halt now and then over any tragedy around her blaming herself for it, but she made it to the top as a practicing lawyer. She found her mate in her college friend, Sameer. Life was going at a reasonable pace where she continued to blame any adversity due to her fortune until Sameer came up with a tag line, "Lucy loves me" that would comfort her and help her come out of the shock. 
The story has unfolded beautifully regarding her cousin's child who was left with his grandparents in India, and how he united with her in the States. 

As a reader, I could not digest the fact Moyna settling abroad over the same mind-set of blind faith of she being the reason of all wrecks. Being a 'nobody' in a foreign country to ultimately becoming a thriving lawyer, and being scared, and anxious at every step of the way. Although glad she could kick that mentality aside and embrace her husband's injury over a shooting and unite the four as a family. Better late than never! 

Shadowed Promise is a story of keeping one's word, conviction, and forgiveness. Thus, making it a recommended read!