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Book Review: Scorch Trials - Maze Runner Series

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Scorch Trial is second book to The Maze Runner series by James Dashner. This book continues the journey of Thomas, Newt and Minho from their success story of making out of the maze named as Glade. The Maze Runner book one leaves you with many question as what will happen to the trio and what this Wicked is all about. Luckily, second book do shed some light on the whole story, but still leaves many information unanswered. In the end of Maze Runner we see that Thomas, Newt, Minho and Tressa along with few other Glader comes out of Glade only to find themselves in the midst of trail conducted by Wicked and lead to a dormitory where they are fed, clothed and rested. Suddenly everything in the dormitory is changed when they get a briefing from Rat Man aka Janson that Glade was the first trial conducted by Wicked to find the cure to the disease name 'Flare'. Flare is a disease spread on the earth making people go wild than wild animal, Crank and it is contagious. Gladers are ke

Book Review: An Ode to Life

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I am not a poem reader except when I come across something from a friend or social media. When Mr. Tajammul Kothari shared his collection of poems in a book ' An Ode to Life ', I was more than happy to read and share my experience with all. Poems might look like a simple way to convey the message, but as simple as the craft looks, it is really difficult to draft the emotions. An Ode to Life is collection of poem taking through a person's life from birth to death. It covers various emotions from being parents to ashes to also love and heartbreaks. The journey called life passes through various phases and the book talks about all those phases.  You feel connected with many of the poems in the book as every one of us have experienced that phase or seen someone going through it. The happiness of seeing your child or waiting for your loved one. The book also touches the various phase of our life which is less talked about - Death. A goodbye to life, reflecting over w

Story of Half Relationship - #HalfGirlfriend

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I am a big book geek and I have read all the books of Mr. Chetan Bhagat. I have even seen all the movies based on his books. When Blogadda shared that they are coming up with the contest for the Half Girlfriend movie , I was more than eager to write for it and share the story of one of my very good friend and his half relationship cum half girlfriend.  Due to privacy reasons, I have given a different name to the character.  My friend Aman Mehra, a tall, charming young man, fresh out of his MBA college and excited to join his first job. He never thought that he will get manu first time experiences in his new life. He joined an airline company in sales department. Before the job started, they had a week long training program. There were 4 training sessions running simultaneously and during one such session, they had a lunch break with another group of trainees. During a short lunch break, he saw someone - beautiful as ever, lively as anyone can be. For Aman, it was infatuatio

Colgate Magical Stories

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I find reasons to blog and this was perfect way to craft a blog along with the help of the kids. Colgate Magical Stories simply involves space adventure based on kid's imagination. Since I don't have my own kids, I played this game with my nephew. I handed him the characters from the box and created a bedtime story.  Here is a story created by my nephew, Manav and me: After a long training process, Romit and Romila got ready to board the rocket for their first step out of Earth. Romit was very excited as this was his childhood dream and was the primary driver for his interest to get into the space agency. Both of them were greeted by their team and after the greet they boarded the rocket. The rocket was fired and they set sail to move to the nearest planet from Earth  - Mars.  This was a planned expedition to mars where they wanted to collect samples for analysis back on earth. They wanted to discover if there is any other life form or anything useful they can get ba

Book Review: Maze Runner Series

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There was once a movie name Maze Runner and I loved that movie. Later, after reading more about it, I came to know that it is based on the book. Still, my intention to read the book was not much. I waited for second movie Scorch Trial to release. I saw the movie, but got confused with the story, I did Wikipedia on the book and got all the more confused. Finally, I decided to take the matter in my hand and read the whole Maze Runner series by James Dashner. The series contains 3 main books - Maze Runner, Scorch Trial and Death Cure . There is 4th book which is prequel to Maze Runner - Kill Order. The book is any day much better than movie as it explains the entire concept in detail, emphasizing on character's quality, sharing their emotions and change in attitude as the entire plot develops in 3 books.  Warning: This review can be spoiler for you if you have not read the book.  Maze Runner The story in all three is narrated by the main character - Thomas . He is trans

A Letter to Life - #DearZindagi

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Dear Zindagi, So many thoughts come to my mind when I look at my life, when I look at moments which we have created, the sadness we have gone through, the joy of achievement and also regret of the past. Every year I keep thinking I am still young and every birthday is a reminder that I am growing faster. The moments pass by and we feel as if we are in a trance.  This letter is not to reflect what could have been, neither it is to talk about the roller coaster ride we had. This letter is to tell you, dear life, that you have been an amazing partner (though we may have few fights), a strict teacher (though I hated your class), a supporting boss (though we had our differences) and a silent listener (though you talked more sense). There are many instances where your twisted way of working has always intrigued me. This letter is to share what I have learned in this 20 something year we shared together (Yes, I will still not agree on the exact number).  Photo courtesy: Google

Book Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

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Being a huge Harry Potter fan and after reading all Harry Potter books more than 5 times, I was super excited to get my hands on Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. The way J K Rowling has expanded the world of wizard and Hogward's was fascinating, enchanting rather. There have been times when I take any Harry Potter book and spend nights reading it. The way Harry along with Ron and Harmione faced which was thrown in their way, was really encouraging. From fighting Voldemort and his followers to cherishing friendship and family to quirky moments of their dating life, the Harry Potter book had it all in its own little world of Hogward's. Once the seventh book, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollow was out, I thought it was over. Especially after reading the Epilogue, I was really craving to read more about the world without Voldemort in it. A world where Harry is a regular Dad and Ron and Harmione together. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is an answer to all those who asked

Book Review: Six Degrees Game of Blogs

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So I have been part of BlogAdda website and it is a great platform for bloggers to participate in various activities and also to share their blog with other bloggers. They had run a contest where a team of 10 bloggers was created and each team was given the same set of 6 characters with their profession around which they will have to create the story and write a book.  Six Degrees Game of Blogs is a collection of 3 stories out of thousands of entries they received. Before I talk about three stories, let's take a look at 6 main characters around which story is framed:  Shekhar Dutta - Stay at home dad who does freelance writing in Mumbai and take care of his daughter Roohi. Married to Tara.  Tara Dutta - Successful media person and too busy to give time to family, especially Shekhar and her daughter, Roohi. Roohi Dutta - 6 Year old daughter of Shekhar and Tara. Cyrus Daruwala - First year Law student from Delhi. Jennifer Joseph - Photographer from So

Book Review: Maximum City

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Mumbai, a city which never sleeps, a city of dreams, a city of lights and fast life. Mumbai, earlier called Bombay, has many names. This city has attracted people from all parts of India to come and change their life. But does their life improved from that of in the village or they created a different world of their own. Being born and bought up in Mumbai, never thought how the life will be for people who come from villages or other part of India. Also the two categories of people, lower and middle class, whose life has many ups and down, middle class people (like me) don't know what it is like to be in their shoes.  For me, Mumbai was a place where I grew up, many things in the city were normal to me. People who grew up in other cities, saw a different side of Mumbai and came here to chase their dreams. From 1990's till 2000, Mumbai as a city has experience best and worst, from Bomb blast to the emergence of don, from the rise of Marathi community to fight between Hindu

Domino Effect!

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We have all played with domino and we know what happens when one domino fell.. All the other domino fell one after another. Such game also applies in life. You will realise that our life is also like domino. If one good or bad domino fell, other  one fell after another. Each thing in our life is interconnected and effect on one leads to effect on all. The reason why there are so many self-help book, concept, philosophies and studies is because they all talk about balancing your domino in such a way that fall of one doesn't lead to fall of another one. To explain the logic, let's take an example. Mr. X is working in corporate firm and living with wife and parents. One fine day, he got a real bad shouting from office due to some mistake in work. This shouting lead to frustration and anger in Mr. X this means one domino fell. He brings this at home and when his wife ask or tell him something, he gets angry at his wife. Another domino fell. Wife is taken back by such an

Used to Being Poor

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When I was recently travelling in the outstation train, I had a different kind of experience. I observed the type of people travelling in the train and also their attitude. Many a time I see beggar and I wonder..  Some people enter into train without any ticket or tickets which are not confirmed, and take a seat which are available/empty. Basically, they hop from one seat to another till someone claims them. In night when you are sleeping, these people occupy small place next to your legs and sit there throughout the journey. As a generous human being you might allow them to sit - thinking they don't have any place to sit - but is it justified? We pay full amount for those seats and give half to someone who didn't pay single amount for those? We always believe in helping the unfortunate but are those people really the deserving one? Some of those people travel like this all the time whether it is an emergency or general travelling. For them it is a way of saving money and

What is Right or Wrong?

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What's right? What's wrong? How do you know that the wrong is right and right is wrong? Right and wrong might be explained in dictionary in simple terms but in real life, it takes us ages to know what is right and what is wrong. What you think is right but for me that can be wrong. ‘Nature & Nurture’ is what separate us in our thoughts. However, our definition of right & wrong is beyond this. It is formed, molded, developed and changed by everything small or big thing happening in our life. Tiniest part of our daily life affects our definition. Hence, what I think right today can also be wrong tomorrow.  Now question comes, if it's so uncertain and fluctuating, does it this definition matter to anybody? Or even to us? Simple answer is yes, it does! If we don't differentiate between rights or wrongs we will keep on doing what's in our mind. The necessity of creation of gods, idols, rules, regulations is so that we, human being, does not run around l

Lack of professionalism

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Sometime when you visit developed country, you realise how far away is your country. The system, the level of professionalism just impress you. Here, in india, I shouldn't say these out of patriotism but as a consumer, I am being consumed by companies and association. Corruption does eat a country but unprofessionalism makes it worst to work around. While writing this blog, I am fighting with 2 companies for my rights: one where fraud company robbed people of their right and money (me being one of those people) and second where company is charging me with extra money for nothing. After arguing, fighting, discussing endlessly, there is no conclusion.  I am personally sick of Indian companies and their attitude. They think that it's easy to fool people and do whatever they wish to do. Sadly due to lack of strong law and enforcement, companies are openly doing fraud and cheating. A consumer in USA gets millions of dollar because coffee was too hot and in India, consumer

Book Review: Who will cry when you die

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One of the world renowned author who wrote best selling book 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari', Robin Sharma came up with another book name 'Who will cry when you die'. Though the name suggest something els e (atleast that's what I thought), this book is completely self-help book. The author shares 101 ways to make your life happy and worthwhile. Author starts with pointing out that, was our life fully lived? If we die today will there be any regret? A way to live and have less regrets when we die. These are 101 ways in which one can improve his or her life and get over those issues which troubles our daily life and people around you. If you have thoroughly read 'The Monk who sold his Ferrari', this book will be short recap of what we read, what we understood and what we agreed. Many tips / ways are picked up from his earlier book.  For people who are reading this book directly without reading 'The Monk who sold his Ferrari', there are many g

Time: Every second counts!

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Despite having 'N' number of watches in my cupboard when I need one, none of them works. Time – such a precious thing and we waste it every day of our life. We are under illusion that we have lots of time whereas in reality we don’t know how much time we have. We delay, we procrastinate, we forget but time goes on and on and on. Suddenly we realize we have not just lost the time but we also lost the opportunities.    What an irony that we acquire various gadgets or watches to show us the right time but we don’t know when is the right time. We have taken time for granted and we realize the value when it is lost. Acquiring watches will not give me the time neither it will tell me that right time of my actions. It’s our instinct, our senses which tells us the right time. Often we ignore what we feel or what our instinct tell us because we are too much deluded by our surroundings. We are people who get easily influenced, easily made to believe. Brands and Advertiser’s take t