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BOOK REVIEW

 

COINMAN: An Untold Conspiracy
               —- Pawan Mishra

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  I am speechless. I seriously do not know how to express my feeling towards this book in a single 400+ words review!

The reason is below:

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Blurb
Winner: 2016 eLit Book Award for Literary Fiction (Bronze)
Finalist: 2016 National Indie Excellence Award for Humor

Synopsis 
Coinman, a junior level office worker in India, has a number of eccentricities. The laughingstock of the office, he finds no relief at home; his wife Imli, an obsessed actress, completely vanishes into each role. When tough bully, Hukum, beautiful enchantress, Tulsi, and the office sage, Ratiram, unite the office to conspire against Coinman, they have no inkling of an apocalypse looming inside the office.

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My Review

I am an avid reader. If I get into a book, I just get “into” it. You won’t find me eating food, listening music, singing, dancing or doing other less important works in the middle (of reading). Coinman, a 200+ words book was short and thrilling. I knew that the story was good because of ‘ 2016 eLit Book Award for Literary Fiction (Bronze)’ (people do not just get it for no reason).

Hence, I started the book at 10:30 P.M. and finished by 3:17. The story was interesting, brilliantly written, comical, exciting and above all, original.

Why original? How many fictional books have you read that you can relate to? Have you read something that made you laugh so hard that the person sleeping next to you (in my case – my twin sister) wakes up and slaps you hard on the arm?(ouch! That did hurt but well, I deserved it, my sister did have an exam today)

Kesar, the Coinman, was quite an amazing character. He was incredible with his obsession of coins. His wife, Imli, was an obsessed actress that added fun and laughter to the story. His colleagues, well, I didn’t like them.

Kesar’s story was full of suspense and looked promising unlike the other “suspense” books in the market which define suspense as “killing one of your favourite characters in the end”. I love how the author described the characters, environment and especially loved the plot. The twists and turns were not confusing and made the story even more mirthful!

A man wants too many things before marriage but only peace after it.

Amazing quotes!!!

The author is a genius with writing!

Favourite lines —

“The hope is the best and the worst thing at the same time”

Still hope is a better companion than fear

“Most of a husband’s life is spent in doing research on his wife.” 

I didn’t know that, thankfully I am single. So, no worries of stalkers.

Ratings –
4.5 stars

The story was short, according to me. My friends on GR love it and I love it but I would have preferred a lengthier story. I would still recommend it  because currently it tops the “My favourite (Indian) book of the year”

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I recently finished Game of Thrones Season 6 4th episode. I have already read the books. Waiting for more!

Next review

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Take care!

Nishtha Singh

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BOOK REVIEW

THE FUTURE KING – LOGRES

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LOVE THE COVER

Blurb

Britain, 2052. In a world of war, disease and hunger the UK stands alone as a beacon of prosperity under an all-powerful ruling party. Life at new school Logres seems promising for fifteen-year-old Gwenhwyfar, and quickly she falls for the school’s handsome catch, Arthur. When Arthur’s rival, Lancelot, returns after a suspension, her heart is soon divided. Realising that behind the UK’s prosperity lies unspeakable cruelty, Gwenhwyfar sets off on a path to dismantle everything the government stands for. Suspenseful, raw and awash in a dystopian setting, The Future King: Logres is a story of identity and discovery against this backdrop, the second coming of the Arthurian legend.

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Source - Google

My Review – I had two books in hand when I started reading this week. One of them was “ A Game of thrones (A song of ice and fire Part 1)” and another was “The Future King – Logres”

I am not comparing the books or anything. I am just telling that my instinct went with TFK-L and I started the book. I know nothing about Arthurian legends. I read this book (the first 70 pages) to just READ. After 70 pages, I guess I was in the (Britain of 2052) other world.

I have never been to Britain. I love Jane Austen, Lisa Kleypas, and J.K.Rowling.

Gwen came out as a strong character throughout the book. Arthur was in my eyes a ‘gentleman’ with the way he treated Gwen and Lancelot was a …well he was big “?” Lancelot was the character who looked a little like this guy.

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And Arthur

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Gwen stole the show though. She was fierce, easily trusting and not dumb. Her and Arthur’s story was quite interesting. The book is isn’t dull. I knew since the start that it was the first part so there might be some things unexplained.

Editing

The editing was good, there were some mistakes (like punctuation) in the story but overall the story was meticulously edited.

Story

The story went slowly, it was lingering. There were some things that I think I didn’t need to know, like the conversations between characters. The story is set up in a different time zone and I liked that very much.

The best thing – The love triangle! The jealousy brewing!

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If you have read “All these things I’ve done”, you will see some points similar, for instance, the lack of real chocolates. The author is quite good with creating a new atmosphere, characters and above all plot.

Favourite character – Gwen

It is the first part and I am very excited about the second! Hoping to read it very soon!

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Rating – 4 stars

The book is a little lingering which is why I cut a star.

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Do I recommend this – HELL YEAH!

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Nishtha Singh

 

Who’s The Richest American Idol

Short Fun Facts

American Idol has been one of the top reality shows in the American Television history since it began airing in 2002. This singing competition gave an opportunity to talented singers and made their dreams come true. The singers have been given concerts, gigs, shows, tours and many other different projects. Do you know which singers are making the most money?

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Dangers of Laminate Flooring

Dangers Of Laminate Flooring Formaldehyde

According to a revised report issued by many government agencies, all people who are exposed to formaldehyde in some laminate flooring could be undergoing adverse health effects. It was also found by the revised report which was released last month that lifetime cancer risk from the laminate flooring was higher than identified in the main version of the report.

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Planning Your Career?

Creating A Road-map For Planning Career

Education is evolving quickly. New technologies that change our way of learning and understanding are slowing making their way in the education field. Today, many colleges have their own applications which students use to share videos, documents and news. Before, laptops or PCs were important but today they are a must, both for online learning and college. At every level and for all people, rapid changes are coming to offer better means of education. You are never too old to study or to get that degree you wished to have. Are you funds not allowing? How to plan your career? What to do and what not to do while career planning?

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YOGA

I do not believe in diet or exercise but I do love yoga

Five Most Popular Yoga Poses

Some people among us have to start the day early and hence, they do not have the time for meditation classes or hour long yoga. And then there are some who are too lazy to check their email and answer messages. But what if 10-15 minutes yoga boosts your stamina and saves your time simultaneously? You would think about it. Morning exercise is very essential for your body, just as important as your morning breakfast but if you cannot take some time out of your busy schedule to visit a gym then try yoga. Yoga is easy to do, no unnecessary lifting weights, no crunches and zero expense.

I will discuss the five most popular yoga poses that will make your morning fresh and bright, and make you feel relaxed throughout the day.

Now take a deep breath and start reading

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How To Promote Your Business?

New Business?

 

5 SEO Metrics All Small Businesses Should Prioritize

Almost all marketers face the problem of opening the analytics suite and facing a confusing pool of graphs, figures and stats.

Where to start from and which numbers should a small business focus on to get most profit out of the investments in digital marketing?

To monitor your business and to make decisions in respect to your business’s online growth, try prioritizing these five search engine optimization (SEO) metrics –

ORGANIC SEARCH TRAFFIC

As this metric is generally the largest source of traffic on web, firms or businesses should concentrate on it to make their site popular online.

According to a 2014 Conductor study, Organic search accounts for around 64% of total website visits.

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Last day of April

REVIEW DAY

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PUDDLE JUMPING

Blurb — When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional. 

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Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special. 

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating. 

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out. 

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls. 

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.

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It is about happy ending and the story

My Thoughts

To The Author –

Amber, I have read many books, many stories which touched my heart, made me cry, made me laugh and feel many other emotions that are just…well..difficult to find in the fiction world. Then, there are some stories that touch my soul, that make me want to continue to read, get inside the book, grab a character and hug him/her to heaven. Those are the books that touch my heart, they come twice or thrice in a year, if I am lucky. Those are the books that touch my soul. There are books like Harry Potter which make you want to leave all the work and complete reading the book, to know the end and then there are books like “Puddle Jumping” which makes the reader want to continue reading the book, hoping the book never ends.

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3rd Week of April

3rd Week of April

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A very busy week, still no update on stories. No books read in the last two days, feeling a little duller than usual but hoping to catch up with the Goodreads challenge soon.

Completed with three courses on coursera (creative writing). Four more assignments left, then the capstone story.

Really excited about it.

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Posted by on April 27, 2016 in HARLEQUIN

 

Food

To be honest, I am not much of a Chef…. i am just not a chef but i came across this cake and made it at home

Crumb Cake Recipe

Crumb cake is actually a German dish and is called Streuselkuchen in Germany. It is made of yeast dough covered with a sweet crumb topping referred to as streusel. Sugar, butter and flour are the main ingredients that are mixed at a 1:1:2 ratios. The people in Germany usually make the delicious cake on a baking tray and divide it into oblong pieces. German Streuselkuchen should be very flat, about 1 inch, so that the crumbs make about half of its height. Read the rest of this entry »