Book Review|Enter by Anshika Sharma and Mahesh Mali

A collection of poems parodying the trend of turning a single sentence into multiple lines by simply pressing ‘enter’ and calling it a poem.

*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

The book is a collection of short poems. Basically a book of micro-poetry. Not those usual mainstream poems that we read where lines rhyme. These are small beautiful expressions of how one feels through various situations. I love how the authors have managed a transition between love, heartbreak, friendship this smoothly. It was like reading moments and instances of a story. The book includes life lessons and views toward social issues also expressed through poems. The illustrations throughout the book make it appealing. I found the idea of turning a single sentence into multiple lines by pressing enter quite fascinating. I believe that is how the book got its name.

I am taking a moment to appreciate the cover of the book. How creative it is! They have considered both the key and the literal meaning of ‘ENTER’.💯

And the last lines…I found them funny😂.

It just feels so good to read the ending note. It makes the book less Us and more You! I think that is how we all should be, appreciative and supportive of each others work.

I honestly enjoyed reading it.

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Fact: The book was put together in just 4 hrs😯. Shocking right? You will be once you read the book. It is amazing!


Get your copy now!
Amazon: https://www.amazon.in/Mahesh-Mali/e/B07MP3LWBB

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Book Review|tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Hey guys!

I’m back with another book review. Today, before I review the book, I’ll discuss about how I do it.

Many of you who are regulars on my blog will know that my reviews are quite short and don’t follow the usual structure which you’ll find on most review blogs. Neither do I rate books. Firstly, I don’t specifically cater to a formal audience. I believe our attention span is short and people hardly read long posts. So, I write what connects and what doesn’t with the book and let you decide why you should or shouldn’t pick the book. Secondly, I believe that when you read a book with a thought of reviewing it later at the back of your mind, you’re constantly analysing things said and done in the book. It takes away the fun of reading. So, only when I finish reading, I write keeping the essence intact. What do you think?


“Accept who you are and revel in it.”

Title: tuesdays with Morrie

Author: Mitch Albom

Genre: Biography/Memoir

Publisher: Doubleday

Year: 1997

Goodreads blurb:
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.

*Please read the summary above to understand better*👆

My view: This book hits everyone differently. Whether you’re young, mid-aged or old, you can’t go wrong with this book. I started reading not knowing it to be an actual story. This book answers a lot of your questions on life and death. Morrie shares his experiences and learnings through each of it as he walks the final bridge between life and death. From talking about the world to regrets, marriage to family, fear of aging to death, it just includes all. My advice would be to read the book in one go. We all plan out our lives in our mind. This is what I want to achieve before I die. I want to be successful. And along the way, some of us are so obsessed with reaching somewhere that we leave our family, friends, those close to us behind. We break all ties. In Morrie’s words, the most important thing in life is to learn to give out love, and to let it come in. Also, it is never too late to forgive and forget, to forge broken ties. Every page in the book has a learning, a value you can imbibe. Go into the book with an open mind, with a heart to learn and understand. Overall, it is refreshing, fun in places, at the same time full of grief. Next time if you have questions like How to live a meaningful life? Who will remember me after I die? What matters most in life?, this is a go to book. At the end, just a reminder that the book has a very subjective view on things. You might not agree with somethings. Read it anyway.

Some quotes from the book:

Happy Reading❤

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5 Ways To Be More Productive!

“What you do everyday, will predict how your future will look like!”

So, today’s post as you must have read from the title, is quite different from what I usually write. These days, I’m struggling to get things done. During the initial months of the lockdown, I was to some extent focused and active, doing a lot of courses, reading a lot. And now, the only thing I do is scroll down social media feeds and watch youtube videos all day😁. A lot of the videos I watched are on how to be productive. Here, are some ways I thought could be possibly done.

1. 90:90:1 Rule: This rule was given by the leadership expert Robin Sharma. A plan to help you realize your dreams. So, for the next 90 days, give the first 90 mins of your day to a best opportunity in your life or something that is the most important to you. It could be an important project, an ambitious idea or even as basic as studying for an exam. You can checkout Robin’s detailed video here.

2. Get Up Early: During school and college, we had no option but to sleep and get up early. Atleast this is what I followed. I think that was one of my best habits. I was asleep before 11 no matter what. Now these days, with no where to report to, I sleep till late. This has made me lazy. Mornings are the best for everything. Since your mind is well rested, you’re able to focus better. So, if you’re getting up at 10am, make it 9.30 or 9am. Gradually reduce it from 9 to 8 and so on. No change should happen all of a sudden as your body is not used to. Let it be gradually. Also, once awake, stay away from your phone atleast for a few hours.

3. One Time Touch: So, you all will agree to this, we have a habit of constantly checking our phones for notifications even when studying or working. This makes us less focused on the thing we’re doing. So, this concept of one time touch will help you get over that. Turn off all notifications from your phone. Whenever you are done with all your studying or work or anything you’re doing, only then check your phone for important messages or mails. Reply to them at that very moment and wrap it up. No dues, no procrastinating. This will save your time and worry.

4. Intentionality: Everything you do in life needs to have an intention or purpose. Plan your day ahead and set a goal after which you will relax and take a break. At times, even when we take a break to relax, at the back of our mind we are still thinking about the pending work and everything that needs to be done. We also feel guilty and are not able to relax properly. This is because the break was not intentional. Set down a goal to be achieved after which you will relax and come back refreshed. If it’s intentional, you’ll be able to relax properly. Best way is journaling or making a to-do list which includes that relaxing time.

5. Reward Yourself: This is very important. After you have achieved your short term goals, reward yourself. It will be like a self validation. It could be shopping, going on a short trip, meeting your friends or watching a movie. Anything you love. I know people say that extrinsic rewards like these can’t be the driving factor and will not help you in the long run. But, trust me, you’ll feel good and motivated if you do so.

I hope this helps. Even if you miss a day or two, do not give up. Learn to utilise your time well because what you do now will decide your future.

Keep Dreaming! Keep Working!💖

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2 in 1 Awards

Hey guys, hope you all are doing well!

I had been off wordpress for a while since I had a lot going through. I’ve taken the longest to do these awards. But, every nomination has been very special to me. A big thanks to Nivithasri and Being Flawsome for the nominations. Check out their blogs and show them some love!

Nivithasri nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award

Here are answers to some of her questions:

1. What is your all time favourite memory?

Going to my mom’s hometown during summer vactions used to be so much fun. It’s a small place with a beach.


2. What is your biggest fear?

Losing my loved one’s. Also, Oblivion.

3.When have you felt the most proud?

That day is yet to come!

4. Where do you hope to be 5 years from now? Ten? Fifteen?

At a place where opportunities come and find me.

5. What is your favourite thing you own and why?

My book shelf because I love reading.


My nominations:

Being Flawsome

Chasingthemaximumlife

The Phoenix Desert Song

 


Being Flawsome nominated me for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Here are answers to some of her questions:

1. What is a post on your blog that you want as many people as possible to see?


It’s a poem I had shared Inspiration. It’s a beautiful poem with a powerful message.

2. What habit do you have now that you wish you stated much earlier?

I feel reading. I wished I had started to read quite early in life.


3. What is that one thing you would want your readers to know?

I came across these lines…
“One who thinks he can and one who thinks he can’t, both are usually right.”

So, it’s all in the mind!

4. If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

I really feel all our admissions in school and colleges should be purely based on merit. No reservations, no quotas. This is something I wish I could change.

5. If you could give just one piece of advice to a new blogger, what would it be?

Be honest with your work, enjoy yourself and don’t worry about the rest.

My nominations:

Anjali Khanal

Pooja


You all can take the same questions I answered!


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Thank You!

Don’t let the Sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.

-Stephen King

Hi guys!

Hope you all are doing great. I’m happy to share with you all that I have managed to reach 200 followers on my blog. Thankyou to each one of you who reads my posts, this wouldn’t have been possible without you guys. Every like and follow that I get on my posts only motivates me to write more. Also, I’ve crossed 1000 likes on Seeds. So, a big big big thankyou!

Until next time,

Bye❤

Book Review|Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.

Title: Siddhartha

Author: Hermann Hesse

Genre: Philosophical Fiction

Publisher: New Directions

Year: 1922

Goodreads blurb: Herman Hesse’s classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism–into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man’s search for true meaning.

My view: I started reading the book thinking it to be story about The Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama). Though it’s not a tale about The Buddha, I personally feel the book in places did pay an homage to him by showing the reverence people had for him, his calm, enigmatic personality that people were drawn to and how followers from all around wished to learn from his wisdom. Coming to the story, I don’t think much of it is relatable in today’s time. But, there are learnings throughout the book. As a young Brahmin, Siddhartha found no delight in himself, so he set out on a path to find spiritual fulfillment and meaning to life. In the first part, his goal is to become empty, empty of thirst, empty of wishing, empty of dreams, empty of joy. In the second part, he experiences the material things life has to offer. In life, we all at some point, after experiencing the pain’s and joy’s of life, set out (not literally) to find our purpose. In that sense, you might relate with him. But the idea of distancing oneself or for that matter abandoning society including family, partner, child for a personal quest is in some sense egotistical. I find Hesse’s philosophy hard to accept. One beautiful thing I learnt from the book is that knowledge can be shared but not wisdom. You gain wisdom through experience. Overall, this is not my first book in this genre, so it was an easy read. So, if you know what to expect and where to look for the learnings, you would enjoy this book.

Most people…are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.

…for you know that soft is stronger than hard, water stronger than rock, love stronger than force

Have you read the book? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading❤

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi all. How are you guys doing? Hope everything is alright!

I recently got nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by one of my fellow bloggers. Check out Aainaaz’s blog Beingflawsome. She writes about fashion, beauty and much more. I love reading her posts and I’m sure you’ll love them too. Thanks Aainaaz for the nomination. It always feels amazing to be nominated.

Rules:
• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
• Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
• Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
• List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

My Answers:

1.What is your favourite movie?

Difficult to choose one. The one’s I can recall are Avatar, Little Women, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Harry Potter series. Here, in bollywood I think Chak De! India is my all time favourite.

2.How is Quarantine treating you?

I’ve had relaxing 4 months. I’m learning a lot of new things. So, yeah, pretty well.

3.Where are you from?

I’m from Mumbai, India.

4.Goal with your blog?

To reach out and engage with as many people and leave a positive impact.

5.What post of mine do you like the most?

I found your post titled My Biggest Pet Peeves the most fun to read.


Nominees:

Princess

Dixitmrityunjay

Surbhi Mishra

Nabeela

Era

Piyush Gulati

Shadawss

Singhpiyush6089

Tanya Sheik

Question to the nominees

1. Your go to movie?

2. Favourite book?

3. Are you a student? If yes, what subjects do you study? Or in which field do you work?

4. One crazy thing on your bucket list?

5. If you could visit one place from fictional books, what would that be?

6. Your biggest pet peeve?

7. What languages do you speak?


Once again, shoutout to Beingflawsome for the nomination.❤

If any of you reading this post feels like this is something you want to try, you’re more than welcome. I would love reading your answers.

Until then,

Bye❤

Book Review|The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Title: The God Of Small Things

Author: Arundhati Roy

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: IndiaInk

Year: 1997

“That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.”

Goodreads blurb:
The year is 1969. In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, a skyblue Plymouth with chrome tailfins is stranded on the highway amid a Marxist workers’ demonstration. Inside the car sit two-egg twins Rahel and Esthappen, and so begins their tale. . . .
Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, they fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family–their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu (who loves by night the man her children love by day), their blind grandmother, Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher), their enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt), and the ghost of an imperial entomologist’s moth (with unusually dense dorsal tufts).
When their English cousin, Sophie Mol, and her mother, Margaret Kochamma, arrive on a Christmas visit, Esthappen and Rahel learn that Things Can Change in a Day. That lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river “graygreen.” With fish in it. With the sky and trees in it. And at night, the broken yellow moon in it.
The brilliantly plotted story uncoils with an agonizing sense of foreboding and inevitability. Yet nothing prepares you for what lies at the heart of it.

My view: When I started reading the book, I found it a bit difficult to keep going. The writing is simple and lucid but the narrative is such that the events don’t unfold chronologically. They happen in instances of flashback and backstories for you to make the link. At times I couldn’t tell whether it’s the present or the past. But once you’re in the flow of it, a beautiful story in a rural setting unfolds. It tells the sad truth of Indian society which though multicultural and multilingual still deals with racism, intolerance, oppression and how this and the harsh politics leads a technically innocent man to be convicted of crime. The characters are all with their own flaws and come with the baggage of the past. I found the innocence in the children to be most likebable. Be it their pure love for a man considered untouchable by society, or how they analyse things said to them or the questions they ask their mother or even their ability to forgive easily as children, the author has done justice in portraying their childhood. Through the book, you realise how even the smallest things said or done can have the biggest impacts. How as a family, deciding who to love and how much to love can change lives forever.

Some beautiful quotes from the book:

“If you’re happy in a dream, does that count?”

“This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.”

“Things can change in a day.”

“Perhaps it’s true that things can change in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house—the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture—must be resurrected from the ruins and examined. Preserved. Accounted for. Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted. Imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story.”

The novel, the first from the author also won Man Booker Prize 1997.

Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!

Bye💕


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