Book Review of ‘Sugar & Ice & All That’s Nice’ by Harjeet Kaur

Book Title: Sugar & Ice & All That’s Nice Genre: Non-Fiction; Recipes Author: Harjeet Kaur  Number of Pages: 59 Available: Blog Chatter Library I’ll begin with a confession; I ain’t a great cook. I cook for survival. I never learnt how to cook formally so never ask me a recipe. You will end up with a pinch of this and a pinch of that. Besides I can never make the effort of getting all the ingredients in one place. I make do with what is available so that puts me in a spot when it comes to cook books. So, what do I…

Book Review of ‘My A to Z of Chennai: The City Viewed Through An Outsider’s Eye’ by Mayuri Nidigallu

Book Title: My A to Z of Chennai: The City Viewed Through An Outsider’s Eye Genre: Non-Fiction; Travelogue Author: Mayuri Nidigallu  Number of Pages: 36 Available: Blog Chatter Library This is another e-book that I came across as part of the E book carnival hosted by Blogchatter. Written by Mayuri Nidigallu, whose blogs I find very refreshing. The author Mayuri Nidigallu is a seasoned blogger at Sirimiri- The Lifestyle Blogazine. She’s a Tarot Card Reader (wait whaa…tt?!) and calls herself a reluctant Agony Aunt. Chennai, in her words is her City-in-law that she’s trying to call home. This book could be a step ahead…

‘Bhumi’- A Book Review

Book Title: Bhumi Author: Tina Sequeira Genre: Anthology Price on Kindle: Rs 49 (Also available on Kindle Unlimited) I have been reading Tina Sequeira’s writings on her blog, ‘The Tina Edit’, so naturally when she comes with an anthology, my interest is piqued. Titled ‘Bhumi’, which literally means ‘Earth’ is a collection of 21 short stories. The common thread that binds them together is their protagonist, a woman. What is refreshing here is, that this woman is as real as you and I… not the ‘holier than thou ones’ or the ‘Nirupa Roys’ or ‘Mother Indias’, that our film industry…

I Said Yes To Menstrual Cup- My Experience

Remember those sanitary pads’ ads where the girl is tossing and turning in the bed at night for fear of staining. Don’t know about others but that’s most definitely me. I have spent sleepless nights, slept on a side, tried those XXXXXXXLs and still made multiple nocturnal visits to the washroom. And no, it ain’t that the stain embarrasses me but doing the laundry isn’t my idea of fun! And then after almost three decades of period(ic) suffering I discover the menstrual cup, almost by serendipity. There’s a small back story to this which I have to share. Some of…

My Experience with Blog Imprints – Blogchatter’s Creative Writing e-course

When I enrolled with the Blogchatter’s Credibility Program through Blog Imprints – Creative Writing e-course, I had been dabbling with blogging for almost a year and a half. Also, in mid-February of this year I launched my own website www.shivaniwrites.in. I had started realising the need for a structured course to fine tune my skills as a writer. I had started off with non-fiction but when I experimented in fiction, I found it enjoyable and when it was appreciated as well, I felt that I should pay more attention there. That is when I felt that I need some guidance….

My Land Across The Border

Book Title: My Land across the Border Genre: Fiction Author: Sayan Bhattacharya Number of Pages: 126 Available: PDF, Blog Chatter Library I discovered this gem as part of the E book carnival hosted by Blogchatter. Born in Kolkata, Sayan Bhattacharya is a Post-graduate in English Literature who’s worked in the banking and financial services and is presently in the FinTech industry. My own obsession with the 1947 partition was the reason I picked this one up and I must say I didn’t regret it at all. The book is about the protagonist Siraj whose quest for his roots leads him to his motherland where he…

Travel My Way- Book Review

Book Title: Travel My Way Genre: Non Fiction; Travelogue Author: Vartika Mehrotra Gakhar Number of Pages: 88 Available: PDF, Blog Chatter Library Vartika wears many hats being an ex-HR professional, a painter, a blogger and a self-proclaimed travel enthusiast. She makes her debut with this e book which is a part of the e book carnival hosted by Blogchatter. Though the genre that its slotted in, is ‘Travelogue’, I feel it goes beyond that. As the title suggests, she invites you to visit the places through her eyes. The tone of the entire book seems conversational. It feels like you are hearing a friend relate…

Period Talk Isn’t A Mommy Job Alone, Bring In The Daddies Too

My daughter is very close to my husband and I can’t grudge her that. He’s the fun parent after all…. funnier and more playful. Whereas I’m the bad cop of parenting. So, when she ‘chooses’ me to confide about some of her stuff, you can imagine my happiness. It’s nothing short of a badge of honour. What makes her pick one parent over the other has failed me and frankly so long as I am the chosen one, I’ve never bothered to find out either. All was well in our world till we started talking about growing up, puberty and…

Grief

Grief is a lonely space to be in. Though there’s no comparison but just like religion, it’s a supremely personal thing. And though we go through the motions of expressing our condolences, I feel that there is an invisible, impenetrable wall around the bereaved. How do you reach out to them through that? The void that they are unable to comprehend, how do you even attempt to fill it? What I do know is that on the road to acceptance goes through denial, anger and depression. How long every stage lasts, is very subjective. Some collect themselves admirably quickly and…

Let The Haters Hate….

My foray into writing, on a serious level, is very recent. My steps are still very tentative, as I gingerly tread on my chosen path. How my pieces are received do keep me on my seat’s edge. I hear nice things about my writing and it does give a boost to my confidence. Just when I thought I was sliding into this smoothly, there came my first troll. I was angry, I was hurt, I was shocked at the bitterness that laced the comment. My carefully built confidence came down crashing like a house of cards. More than anything else,…