“We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something.”
Author Ashraf Haggag brings to you one of the best Non-Fiction releases of the year, published by Bluerose publishers India will be released in the first week of may and will be available on Amazon soon.
The book was selected as the book of the month by .(See the link).
Tredition UK is the publishing company which published my book and distribute it n Europe, Canada, USA etc but executing India
Since the beginning of human settlement, a lot of people came up with ideas, philosophies, beliefs, experiments, research, redesigning of thoughts, talents, and surveys to bring myths to reality.People contributed to various life aspects science, politics, literature, arts, social activities and so many other fields. These genius minds put a keen interest in every phenomenon right from when they were young. The zeal, passion, dedication, hard work and efforts they put into their work helped them discover something new about the world we live in.In these Legends, we’ve seen inexplicable abilities that helped us define our existence and human life. Their names are engraved in the sands of time for their work in the welfare of mankind with different inventions that have made our lives easy, enjoyable and successful. The following chapters commemorate the greatest personalities we’ve ever seen who changed the world.They are among the most influential people of today’s world. With practical advantages in various aspects, they have helped us to grow a better understanding of the world and different working phenomenon’s that governs us. Their way of shaping modern-day culture is completely unrivaled.
About the Author:
Ashraf Haggag has spent nearly three decades in the corporate business world. He currently works as a senior executive in the hospitality industry.
Haggag has direct experience in many different aspects of business, including sales, marketing, revenue management, and administration. Having worked in Germany, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, his global experiences have exposed him to the diversity of culture across the globe and encouraged him to share his knowledge through his writing.He is eager to bring enhanced cross-cultural awareness to today’s business leaders.
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Book is written by a 16-year-old Author Lubna Dongre, who was 12 when the first thought of writing came into her mind. At 14 years old, she was successful in deciding that this is it. This is what she wanna do, to write for people. To motivate them, while she herself got motivated in writing the Book.
The book starts with recognition and praise for Lubhna from various known people. In whole book covers 10 Main topics, and author make sure to cover them line by line and with subtopics. In the book author talks about how a normal teenager she was, & had this idea of writing this book came to her in 12 at midnight.
She has covered the topics in P’s.
Covering all about an individual. Before we start doing anything big, we have to start by thinking about ourself and evaluate what we want to do in life.
This cover’s the reason WHY am I doing this. What will I leave to this society once I am gone? what is purpose of me being here in this world?
This one is the one I concerned the most ‘self-help’ related topic. This covers with the mentality of us for doing something. The positive or negative impact our purpose will make in the society and to us. How learning always affect what we do in life. And Learning here only doesn’t mean the education we take up on, it’s the self learning, experience that we go through that teaches us.
After we have learnt how to program our mind towards our purpose with our potential, we need to keep looking at the progress we are making. Dream something, and make it happen. The progress should not be of selfish type, someone’s progress always affect others around. So be considerate when making progress, it’s not just you but the society should progress too.
Planning is what we need to do make an actual progress. So make some ground rules to the road ahead, how you gonna manage the time for all the activities you gonna do in life, the resources and energy are equally important while planning
It happens major time, that when we are on a path we are faced with problems. Before we learn to step on those stones and make our way towards our destination, these are the pebbles that make our walk more difficult. But don’t be afraid of it, keep walking towards the end and see the LIGHT.
We should have the passion, persistence and consistently keep moving towards the path. Problems will come, but we have to keep moving and never give up until the very end. Be persistent to what we have already started.
All these three chapter are about the power we put in to keep the persistence and reach out goal. How our performance gratitude to others who helped us in this journey. And in the end we all are forced to ask ourselves ‘what will be the last thing you do before dying? ‘
I would like to say, for an age this small I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to have for dinner. No clear path was defined when I was a teenager. Author Lubhna has surely made me realize that age doesn’t matter, if a person thinks he can do it. They can do it, everything else turns to be a Stepping Stones when we are clear about our destination.
The language used is good, and we can have many quotes take out from this book. How Author included her story leading herself to write this book is commendable. The thing that didn’t worked out for me was the length of book, its 344 pages big book. But around 150 pages are all about the author and influenced people emails, appreciations. They helped the author to write this book, so for sure they hold a very special place in author’s heart. But as a reader they were like starring in start and end of a movie. I have to be honest about this, the end emails I just skimmed over them.
I would like to thanks Author for providing me the book in return of an honest feedback. Read this book as part of femmeMarchFest, dedicated to read only women writers in March 2018.
A science fiction that will grab your attention right from its blurb.
The book is story of many people focused on our protagonist Sapna Vaid.
Born in a middle class family, Sapna lives with his parents and younger brother Vikrant. Their life was going good, until the mishap happened. Vikrant died by falling off the train, while returning from his trip. A happy family, turned sorrow overnight.
What more can happen to a sorrow filled house, Sapna started having weird dreams. Dreams filled with accidents, blood, disasters which later she searched and found was all REAL. She couldn’t believe herself that she could see the future, future of people who were about to die. The range of dreams weren’t just India they spanned whole wide WORLD. She used to be in the dream when the person next to her died in front of her house. Sapna parents couldn’t believe her that she was seeing these things. They thought she needed medical attention, until one day she saved her Father from an accident where he lost his legs.
The dreams turned happy-go-lucky girl Sapna to a gloomy ghost, with her family and (boy) friend Saahil believing her trying to keep her Happy. She turned inward and thought why the dreams didn’t happen before Vikrant. She could have saved him too, she wrote letters to Vikrant stating all the dreams, all the fears, all the faces she saw in her dreams.
Her fate changed when she met Kapil, a well-known businessman. It was one of those 20 dreams that showed Kapil’s mishap that was about to occur due to bomb in his car. Her move saved Kapil and many of his employees. When Kapil asked, Sapna tolw him about her dreams that turned reality. Kapil took all the information from her and did a detailed background check, when all details came out clean he was bound to trust Sapna and her dreams.
A business mind is never out of idea, and same happened with Kapil. Contacing Mehak, a TV reporter who was also a very good sketch artist. Kapil and Mehak went to Sapna’s house with the proposal of having a show based on her dreams, where she can save 1000 people from dying. It was the first time Sapna felt that her dreams can help people.
Her parents were sceptical about it, but she was sure to do it. Anupama come along the show, and she is the main lock that connect Sapna’s earlier dream victims, to saved people. 12 YEARS, go by and the show is hit, Sapna is now Goddess for many who she was able to save.
Did Sapna herself got into trouble ?
Will these dreams remain forever with her?
Will Saahil be part of this fierce journey Sapna is taking?
Is she really a Goddess, that can save ANYONE?
To unanswered questions, you need to READ this one!!
My first book by the Author Amit Sharma, and it was such a good read. Loved how the story is presented with different characters perspective, each character taking the story ahead and adding their own touch to it.
The experts from Sapna’s diary to Vikrant had the major effect on me, the way she shared the same bond with his brother even after his death. The pain of seeing people die was aptly covered in her diary.
Even though their were many characters, my favorites are Sapna, Kalpana (Sapna’s mother) and Mehak. All three ladies have a strong image attached to them, each living their own hardships.
Even though the blurb tells us almost everything from the story, I wanted to see how Amit keep the thread going together and he did it pretty well.
There were many such thrills that were guessed, I wished they were kept as thrills.
At some point I thought there were things, that were left mid way but it was later that those loose ends met and gave end to that mid way.
Om-Anupama were certainly played a great part in the story but there were things that I felt were extra elaborated.
Things that worked out for me :
> It was like a perfect read, mostly everything worked out fine. From language, to story, to character building.
> The book divided in parts ‘The Rise’ & The Fall, were made equally important and kept reader in their grip.
> Loved how every chapter/character’s story is started with a related quote from famous book. This just gave me kicks to read those famous books *again*
> The cover is minimal, but it says a LOT. The Eye, and the Yin-Yan of a woman from present to future, I loved it.
Things that didn’t worked for me :
> I wish the blurb was a little less descriptive, after reading book I was like it almost gave everything.
> Somewhere I felt the story was dragged and it would be same if the things were kept to little.
> The story sometime became predictable, I wish the author had kept the thrill till the very end and not given clues about WHAT HAD HAPPENED *talking about Kabir* *spoiler may be*
Words that touched
Her mind turned into this healthy salad of emotions with loads of serenity, a handful of fervor and a pinch of ferocity.
Sometimes it takes a long time to understand that life is not just about a single relationship. It has much more to offer. If your life is a circle then no one but you should be at the center of it.
Happy families are all alike; even unhappy family is unhappy in its own ways
– Anna Karenina
I have always believed in a supreme power but I have my doubts. Sometimes I wonder if he is just a child who loves to play dangerous games. He comes across as someone who is extremely compassionate and ruthless at the same time, just like Nature. Sometimes, he scares the shit out of me.
Final Note :
A science fiction with mystery and drama packed you should definitely read this. In middle of my personal life, I took time to read this but a bibliophile will be too eager to finish it off as quickly as possible.
So if you like to read an INDIAN author, who can ACTUALLY deliver the fiction, mystery and supernatural thing all in together GO GRAB IT (what are you waiting for !!)
Blurb: 3.5/5 *because it gave it ALL*
**The book was provided by Writersmelon in exchange of an honest review.**
Another Mythological retelling, and people who follow me knows I am a DIE hard fan of Mytho retellings. I picked this book, off course for the reason it’s based on Mythological, and thought why not give the writer a chance to retell the story I have heard from my childhood in a different way.
Story is a retelling of Ramayana the great epic battle between good and the evil. Where goodness of Rama is prevailed over the evilness of Ravana.
As the blurb says, was Rama a real hero ?
Sita, is a daughter of Mother Earth, adopted by King Janaka, king of Mithila Rajya. Brought up with all the leisure of life, and taught the art of . Fell in love with Rama on her first sight, when she saw him helping a poor lady. Winning Sita in Swayambar by breaking the Shiv Dhanush (bow) and marrying her was what was destined for Rama. Becoming Princess of Ayodhya rajya was her destiny. But leaving all luxuries behind, she accompanied Ram his husband for 14 years to the exile to forest.
Kaikeyi demands Rama to be exiled into the wilderness for 14 years, while the throne passes to her son Bharata. The king under addiction by her third wife Kaikeyi to control him, gave in to her demands. Rama accepts his father’s decision in absolute submission. He is joined by Sita and Lakshman.
His travels across forests in India with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, build cottages and live off the land. At the Panchavati forest they were visited by a Princess Surpanakha, sister of King Ravana of Lanka. She tries to seduce Rama and failing in this, attempts to kill Sita. Lakshman stops her by cutting off her nose, and they felt it was all over. Until few more men, came back to Pachvanti to avenge their Princess lost prestige. Everyone lost against to brothers Ram and Lakshman.
When one fine day, Ram goes off to collect deer for their food. He doesn’t come back for a while, this upsets Sita. And she asks Lakshman, to go after him and check may be the Lanka men are back to take their avenge. Lakshman puts across about the fact that she came to exile to take care of Sita, and Ram can look for himself. Sita curses him with words that cut through Lakshman’s heart. She says, that Lakshman is doing this intentionally, so that he can go back to Ayodhya as he is feed up with this wilderness. After lots of argument, Lakshman gives in and leaves Sita in the hut. Saying not to come out, or open door for anyone for her safety.
Ravana appears outside Sita’s hut and tricks her into talking about her, Ram and Lakshman. After knowing it was due to Sita, that Lakshman and Ram has refused his Sister Surpanakha’s proposal. And due to Sita, her sister roams around in veil in Lanka, he forcibly carries Sita out of hut on her Vyaman across the sea to his kingdom Lanka.
At Lanka, Sita refuses all the leisure of Lanka kingdom, and asks to live in the Ashokavana. She is kept under the heavy guard of rakshasis, who used to keep telling Sita about how great their King Ravana is and that she should marry her, and enjoy all the leisures of Lanka instead of living in this ashok vatika. Ravana demands Sita marry him, but Sita, eternally devoted to Rama, refuses.
Will Ram be able to win back Sita from Ravana ?
Living in Lanka around Ravana, and other Rakshas will Sita be still be considered pure ?
As it’s already 14 years, will Ram, Sita & Lakshman be able to make to Ayodhya for Ram’s coronation ?
This is Nabeena Srikanth debut book, and she has lots of scope to explore her writing. The language used is good, and pace shifts between slow and fast. It was an easy read, with some new words to be added in vocabulary.
There were many words that were printed like a single word, which were difficult to understand sometimes.
Things that worked out for me :
The relationship shown between Sita and Lakshman, they are like best friends. Whenever Sita had something to say, Lakshman was there to listen, and he understood her and knew that she was pure even after living in Lanka.
Some of the situations handled and gave them a new look, for example in Mytho telling I heard so many times that Manthara was the one who had suggested Kaikayi about sending Ram to exile, where as in this retelling its shown that Manthara was innocent and it was all Kaikayi but as Kaikayi was queen it was spread in the kingdom that it was Manthara.
Another situation, is showing that Dasharatha was under drug influence by Kaikayi. So he makes the decision to sends Rama to exile, which in actual mytho is not shown. This might be very thoughtful of Author, as Kekeya is located in North Western, which in earlier India was source of all these practices.
Things that didn't worked for me
The tittle said ‘Story of Sita’, where I couldn’t get much of SITA side of things. A retelling is great, when we add imagination to things, and show readers the aspect which they haven’t heard of. I being a believer in mythological, I know the stories by heart, and so this was same as what I was taught/saw of Ramayana, with a bit of twists.
I would have loved to see, more of Sita’s perspective. Like the author could have added Sita’s life before marriage. Showing her growing up years, the bond between sisters was another things that could have been given more emphasis. As I being growing up with all sisters, I know there are lots of things that can be told in a story.
Final Note :
If you don’t know the story, you can pick this up to know the Mythological telling of Ramayana. This will definitely open your thinking towards somethings which original mytho has different perspective.
The book was provided by Leadstart Publishing in return of a honest review.
Our Phenomenal Love By Garima Khurana
Hearty Congratulations To Garima Khurana For Her Upcoming Debut Novel!
Love is the most beautiful feeling in this world. But it springs in with infinite phases. Rarest of rare manage their journey through all ups and downs. Same electrified feeling was experienced by Aman and Anvi, two different personalities sharing their initials also planning to share their lives.
“Break up simply means to be with the other person and create new beautiful memories to replace the former ones. But the moments created with your first love cannot be replaced by anything in this universe”. Does break up really means to never see each other again?
“Love is above everything” we have heard this phrase for a million of times by now. But there are certain mistakes which cannot be healed by.
‘Garima Khurana’ is from the land of battles, Panipat, India. She believes in spreading love around her. She is a fun loving person and loves to live in the moment. She has done her graduation from Chandigarh and is pursuing post graduation from Chandigarh itself. She loves to observe nature and her only purpose is to serve humanity.
A children’s book, that adult will enjoy too.
If you loved Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland well here it is another story with the magic of both. There are witches, wizards, happy gnomes, fairies, mermaids and many more to keep a child glued to it.
Story starts on a misty Sunday, where Mira and her friends Bira & Vira (twins) were excited to go to top of Gunhill for shooting balloons. Until a loud BOOM ! BANG ! got their attention and Bushy came out of the bushes. He lived in bushes, surrounded by ladybugs on his head, he got an invitation for Mira to Farland on order of Princess Harmonica. There was a New Moon Party tonight, and Princess wanted Mira to be part of it.
Mira, as a seven-year old child, has heard about stories of Farland from her mother. She gets excited for it, and leaves home at before midnight for Gunhill. Meets Starhead, night pilot to take Mira to farland. And while traveling Starhead felt the plane wasn’t flying right, the wind wasn’t flowing right. Their plane bumped on to land with broken wing. Mira met the Windman, who was responsible for this powerful wind flowing. And Windman told Starhead & Mira about Queen of the Witches, who has come to Lost-Forest for freeing up Dragon of Underhill.
Will Mira, Starhead, Windman make it to Princess before Queen of witches looses Dragon of underhill ?
Will Mira be safe in the Lost-Forest alone?
A story without twist isn’t a story. Read it, for all unanswered questions 🙂
The writer Moshank has used imagination at its best, to fill children’s head with magic and creative thoughts. I loved the pace of book, the surprises waiting at each page. New characters came to life with those magical words. I love character building of some characters, as a child can Imagine what the character looked like. However, there were certain characters which were in story but also weren’t actually needed. I would have loved to see what Vira-Bira would have been capable of doing in this situation. Their notorious behavior would have been added to the story more.
Queen too didn’t have too much of influence in the story, same plot could have been done using Princess instead of introducing Queen.
The illustrations are more like rough sketches, and I wish they were colored (I am praying that in paperback they are colored). This will add more to children’s excitement while reading.
Final Note :
Children, pick it up for your imagination go wild to meet the Wizard, Witch, gnomes, fairies, mermaids.
Adults, pick it up for breaking your real life bored life. Bring some magic to it, revisit Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland kind of feeling.
The book was provided by THE BOOK PLANET PR in return of honest review.
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My first blog post is dated April 2013, when I started this blog with a theme of bringing smile on everyone’s face whoever reads it. Hence the name ‘smileaturself.wordpress.com’.
In 2013 I used to post my writings, as it was a period when I was away from my home. And I had too much to express which came out in my poems. Then later, I got too much busy in my work so blog got quiet for a while for 2 years around.
I was back on my blog this year June, and then its quiet some times. I have started using my blog for my favorite pastime/passion to Read and Write ❤
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Publisher : Michael Terence Publishing
Pages : 144
Story revolves around life of Dorian living with his mother,step-dad and little sister. Always waiting for her elder sister, Iva to visit home. Their twisted relationship more that brother-sister is what I couldn’t digest. *Indian’s are very conserved in this type of things (not all)*
My stomach got a twist, when I first read they kissed each other *on lips* , I thought it’s their way of showing how much they care, how much they missed each other. Until few pages down, Iva gets pregnant, and then is detected with terminal illness. While living at home for illness, Dorian’s step-dad and mother finds out the bond Dorian-Iva share and are not so happy. Sending Iva away to her Grandmother, and asked Dorian for special camp for thinking such a relation could exist between a brother & sister. Dorian wasn’t happy to hear about these things, so he took STEP towards it. The blurb tells so much about the story, for that only I got intrigued about WHY would someone do this.
It was a fast read, I read it in one sitting *which like very less happens in my case*. The writing is easy and simple to read. English not being author’s first language, a reader can see it through out the book. I so wish the author had an editor, or some solid proofreading before publishing it.
I also wish, this could be a bit lengthy, because it doesn’t give us insight about Dorian mental state. He looks like a cold-blooded person after so much has gone happened in the family.
But everything is well concluded by the letter Granny wrote to the public press. This one just made me in tears, a letter 80 years writing about how her Happy family, got her to No family at all. The title also isn’t concluded until the last words of granny’s letter.
Blurb: 3/5 *it revealed almost everything*
Before I enter any giveaway, I check the Blurb. And …all five… I knew what has happened, but was intrigued to know WHY it has happened.
I won the giveaway.. **YAYYY** This was my first giveaway winning at goodreads *I know I am a bit late in posting this review 😦 *
The Book was signed by Author Karolina Robinson herself with lovely note ❤ I love signed books 🙂
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