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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Storybook Collection (Disney Junior) by Walt Disney Company



There is a famous proverb which states – “"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". I am sure I need not get into explaining the meaning of this one. The same goes for reading books for pleasure too. As parents, we tend to buy books which embark some learning into them all through attractive pictures, simple relatable stories etc.

This is one book I brought for my kids where in they can just have fun. Plus I have a bonus! Keep then away from the idiot box. Wait, there is more. Parents would be parents. Or I should rather say books would be books. “Storybook Collection (Disney Junior) by Walt Disney Company” is a collection of four episodes aired on Disney Junior channel which the children can remain glued all through the day. So when the kiddo saw it in a bookstore and asked if we could buy it, I could not say no.


 Coming to the book and its contents. The four stories as displayed on the cover page – Kids would be able to recognize them easily if they watch the channel, are from Mickey Mouse Club House, Jungle Junction and Special Agent Oso. The adaption of cartoon characters in pictures as well as text is bright and easy to understand.  

It’s an all-time favorite of my both 4 and the 7-year-old son. They just want to read all of them whenever the book is picked up and I have a hard time convincing them to read one per night.


Follow the link below at amazon to get the book:

The Adventures of CAVEBOY by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

The Adventures of CAVEBOY came along with a book subscription box called enchantico I enrolled in for my sons. This was probably the first novel kind of book we read together. Here goes the blurb;

Meet Caveboy! Ooga booga!

Caveboy is just like any other boy . . . he loves playing base-skull, running really fast, and especially whacking things with his club. But when his club breaks, he will need to find a new one . . . which just might lead him to a new friend. In this first book, Caveboy will find the perfect club, meet his best friend, and learn to be brave!

Now, coming to the book, the kids enjoyed reading it and we had the house full of OOGA BOOGA sounds for a few days. Books like this are a good and fun way to introduce big books to children. We read one chapter a day. I am not trying to force him to read for long duration as I want him to develop his own interest. Also, we usually read at bedtime, so the sooner the book closes, sooner we bid goodnight!

The font is big enough to keep children attracted along with colorful pictures. I read a few reviews where people had issues with gender biasing – the club of cave-girl being decorated with flowers and all. Honestly, I did not even think about it until read those reviews. My kiddo even liked the one which was covered with flowers and was worries that the flowers would be spoiled while using it.

Here is how the kiddo felt about the book:



Links to buy the book on amazon:

                                     

Monday, April 22, 2019

Bubbles Series

Bubbles Series is a collection of tiny little picture books. Each book has a short story teaching good habits to the child. The book also has a set of questions in the end. My sons love those questions and makes it a point that I never skip them.


There are many different versions of series based on same pattern, but I personally liked this one the best. Here is a video of lifeline reading one from one of my previous posts.


                  

Here goes the amazon link to the series:

                                                           

Aesop's Fables

Aesop was a Greek story teller. It is believed that Aesop lived for many years as a slave and earned his freedom by narrating the famous fables. It is also said that he even went on to serve as advisor to a king.

A Fable is a short story which generally has animals as characters and convey a moral.

The stories about animals and foolish humans told by Aesop are how referred as Aesop’s Fables. We all have grown up listening to little stories about animals and fairies many of which belong to the collection of Aesop’s Fables.



I think this was one of the earliest books I got for my son. He could not even understand what I read, but he thoroughly enjoyed the pictures of animals displayed along. Gradually, as he started catching up, this book became one of his favorites and I have lost the count of re-reading each story.

This series is a fine collection of 13 stories titled in the picture below.

The book also clearly mentions the moral each story intends to embark upon along with the meaning of few difficult words the child might be new with.


Now that the kiddo is grown up enough to read on his own, I am planning to take it out again and make him read by himself. I am sure he is going to enjoy it all over again.

Click on the image below to browse a few of the collections at amazon:
Aesop's Fables
Aesop's fables

Here is a popular fable I have recited multiple times to my kids:

The Monkey and Crocodile

Once upon a time, there lived a monkey on a Jamun tree by a river. There was a crocodile in the river who became monkey’s friend.

The monkey used to share fruits from the tree with crocodile. Both played together and enjoyed the Janumns. One day the crocodile asked the if he could take a few fruits for his wife and children. The monkey said “Of course! Why not!”. And thus, he packed a lot of juicy jamuns for him.

The crocodile’s wife loved the jamuns. She had never tasted anything so sweet before. But she was not as kind and gentle as her husband and said, ‘If the jamuns are so tasty, imagine the taste of monkey who eats them every day!’

But the kind crocodile tried to explain to his wife that he could not possibly eat the monkey. ‘He is my best friend’, he said. But his greedy wife would not listen and to get her husband to do what she wanted she pretended to be ill. ‘I am dying and only a sweet monkey’s heart can cure me’, she cried to her husband. ‘If you love me you will get your friend the monkey and let me eat his heart.’

The poor crocodile did not to eat his friend. He tried to convince his wife, but she was adamant. At last he agreed to her and the next day when he went to meet the monkey, he told him that his wife loved his jamun’s and waned to invite him over dinner as a thank you gesture.

The monkey was very pleased but was sad too. Crocodile asked him why he was looking glum. The monkey said, “Dear friend, I cannot come as I don’t know swimming”. The crocodile said, ‘I’ll carry you on my back.’ The monkey happily agreed and jumped onto the crocodile’s back.

As the two friends were going in deep river, crocodile felt guilty and wanted to confess his bad doing to his friend. He told him has he has been tricked to come over as his wife wanted to eat him.

The monkey was frightened. Suddenly he had an idea! He said, “Crocodile dear, I would love to serve your wife, but the tastiest part of my body is my heart. But I have left that on the jamun tree. Shall we go back and get too for your wife?”.

The crocodile thought that when his wife would get to know that they did not get the tastiest part, she would get angrier. So, they turned and swam quickly to the jamun tree. The monkey jumped off his back and hopped high on the tree. He shouted, ‘I thought you were my friend. But you wanted to hurt me! Stupid crocodile, don’t you know that all our body parts always remain with us only? I will never trust you again or give you fruit from my tree. Go away and don’t come back again.’

The crocodile lost a friend also and the tasty fruits also. The monkey had saved himself because he had used his mind to think quickly.

Moral Of The Story
There are multiple morals which can be derived from this story. The one high-lighted in bold is my lifeline’s favorite:

·         Staying calm, and thinking can help you get out any difficult situation.
·         A quick wit can solve all problems.
·         Presence of mind often saves us.
·         Don’t underestimate yourself. There are bigger fools in this world.
·         Quick thinking and intelligence can beat physical strength.
·         A wise enemy is better than a foolish friend.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A to Z Challenge 2019 Theme Reveal - BOOKS FROM MY CHILDREN'S BOOKSHELF

I participated in April A to Z Challenge back in 2015 and to my own surprise, completed successfully for two blogs – A to Z Challenge 2015 - WOMEN in A to Z PROFESSIONS and Quotes - Pregnancy. Then, the consequent year, the over confident me participated again and failed miserably - April A to Z Challenge 2016 - "WOMEN and ISSUES AROUND THEM". I did have some of my favorite posts that year despite of failing in the challenge.

This year, I prepared my mind at the very last moment and decided to go for it again. Coming to the theme reveal, theme for this year would be my blog’s genre - BOOKS. I would pick one book from my kid’s bookshelf and post about it. Again, I cannot guarantee that it would be alphabetical, but yes, I do hope that they have 26 books to post about in that cupboard and those organizers. All of them would be picture books targeting the children under 6 to 7 years old. Also, most of them would be sharing a moral or message for the same age group – some are just for fun too! I would not promise but I would try to add a small moral story as-well. The stories might be from my memories of old is gold collection which have been passing from generations ever since I know.


Theme for this year is - “Books From My Children’s Bookshelf”. Fingers crossed!!!

Guess what, my other blog is also participating again. Do check out the theme reveal there – It’s again also related to books – Quotes. May be, both together are lucky again and hit the nail

Let the fun and learning begin.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Orange Sky & Blue Sun: Collection of Emotions by Subhadip Mazumdar

About the Author

Subhadip Mazumdar is an Indian Author born in Bihar, India. He grew up in Kolkata, where he completed his schooling from Don Bosco, Park Circus. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology followed by his post graduation in Management Sciences from University of Canberra, Australia. He has been working in the Information Technology Industry for over two decades, both as an entrepreneur, and for large multi-national companies. His work had given him the opportunity to travel across multitude of countries covering both hemispheres. His travels motivated him to collect emotions, and thus present them through his first book Orange Sky and Blue Sun.
He can be reached at orangeskybluesun@gmail.com

The Blurb:
Orange Sky and Blue Sun is a collection of emotions spread across two continents.The stories in this debut collection covers the spirit of life and discovery of its purpose. The stories explore the flight of the fundamental free spirit of an individual. It challenges the defaults of life, and the protocols that are institutionalized for convenience. The stories follow the aspirations, hope, failures, tolerance, and acceptance of a few generation of people. They appear different yet similar, divided yet yearning to unite.

How I Felt About The Book:
There is something about the short stories which never lets the interest and curiosity to let go irrespective of the reader's age. "Orange Sky and Blue Sun" is a collection of ten short stories set up in the backdrop of Bengal.

The author Subhadip Mazumdar did a pretty decent work considering that it's his debut launch. He kept the background and detailing to the pattern he could connect the best with - Bengal which was again a clever and good choice. The stories reflect different emotions and generations of life. The writing style is really simple and very clearly echoed the exact thought process and plot behind each story.

Below are few of my favorites in no particular order:
We Have All Changed
Time To Go
Shombu Salesman
Ammaji

If someone has read the book or would be reading it, would realize that my favorites are from the beginning of the book. While I liked all the stories, my expectations went a little high on reading the best ones in the very beginning (which was a good choice on author's part to develop interest of readers). As the book progressed, the stories became a little predictable and not so interesting. This was a point which made me take one star away from my rating.

Even still, I really enjoyed all the stories and finished them in 2 to 3 small sittings (thanks to my slow reading pace, office, kids and husband dear to keep the kindle away and take a good night sleep!). I can recommend it to a few friends if they want a light yet decent one time read.


                                                   

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Greed Lust Addiction : Victory over vices makes you champion by Ravi Dabral

The Blurb;
Materialism is the mantra of the modern generation, whose motto is to ‘eat, drink and be merry’. This philosophy gives rise to ‘greed, lust and addiction’ which are vices within us. As against this, spiritualism believes in having ‘ virtues, values and morals’ to live a contented, stress-free and purposeful life.

This is the journey of an investigative journalist, thrillingly revealing mysteries of the corrupt material world. Believing in following the virtuous, righteous and spiritual path in life, how far will he succeed in a society dominated by corrupt politicians, unscrupulous greedy businessmen, puppet media, insensitive police, and even a biased judiciary?
Will he survive in the midst of the powerful lobbies who have scant regard for human life? Or will he be crushed like a beetle under a booted foot, as everyone predicts? Or will he be able to stand up just with the help of a handful of yogis of the Himalayan ashrams and their spiritual followers?
A novel with lots of twists, turns, conflicts, romance, emotions, drama, suspense, thrill and action, promising a mesmerising reading experience…


About The Book:

‘Greed Lust Addiction…’ as the blurb states is the story of a journalist wherein he rediscovers himself and his life while his life turns upside down with once incident. It is the story of almost every street or city of India now a days. The language, setup, tone and descriptions used by the author Ravi Dabral made the book quite relatable.

The author managed to introduce many sub-plots some of which were handled quite well while others just managed to surface and end with no details. There were many twists and turns which unfortunately were quite predictable. Also, the cover, which I really liked at the first loo, but somehow, could not relate much considering the theme and background of setup. I think the it could have been something else or better.


The book takes a direct dig at present level of corruption when it comes to Indian politics, judiciary system, police, business and common man. I also liked the usage of education and technologies which the author applied when it comes to practicing yoga, self discovery  and welfare of society.


                                                              

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Lehengey & Lafdey by Varun T.


The Blurb Says:
They say that marriages are made in heaven; but weddings, my friend; weddings are executed in hell! After writing three political thrillers, all of which helped me garner a bit of fame and intellectual fanbase, I was convinced that politics is perhaps the most difficult field a man can engage in. But then, matrimony came along and politics suddenly felt like the non-essential elaichi in this Mughlai Biryani called life.

When my ‘loved ones’ subjected me to scenarios unimaginable, when as the groom I had to wait for an hour for my baaraat to arrive, when certain ‘rituals’ scarred me with shame for the rest of my life, I so wanted to give it back to the society! And hence, ‘Lehengey and Lafdey’ was born. 

LnL will raise your ire, tickle your funny bone, and show you everything except what a wedding is supposed to be: a sacred union. In a world filled with romantic novels, where love always wins in the end; patience, perseverance and the insane ability to bear a butt load of crap is required to emerge victorious in the holy war of matrimony. 

Enough talk! Jump right in and witness a whirlpool of emotions, with a cup of masala chai and some fryums on the side. Put your seat belts on, for it is going to get crazy. Welcome to the world of Lehengey and Lafdey!

How I Felt About The Book:

As mentioned by the author Varun Tejwani, he has written political thrillers and had his first attempt at this theme, he stayed away from mystery, thriller etc. The little book is written in first person and the language through the book is very simple.

Indian weddings and the extravaganza they bring along is not new to the world now a days – thanks to the recent famous weddings in past few years. The title and blurb had a lot to offer with the subject chosen. Considering the audience to which the book is targeted, I am a little disappointed with the book. Honestly, I could count more masala and funnier or irritating details from my own wedding which went quite smooth without much drama and hurdles. The author had a lot to offer which I must mention went missing. The narration and plot both went blank somewhere in between the story.

Minus the drama and real fun which Indians are very much aware of, the book was an average one time read and I could fly through the pages – thanks to simple English and relatable instances. It made me go back to my own wedding days and rewind many of the rituals and shopping spree which I did not mind at all.




Monday, March 11, 2019

The Modern Day Hindu by Nikhil Chandwani


The Blurb:
“Here are your instructions. You must overlook everything you know. Modern Day Hindu needs you to blur the edges of white and the dark spheres of life. It is my journey, practicing a very rare Hindu way of living, and blending the same with Quantum Physics, The Cosmos, a whole lot of Hollywood Movie mentions, Rock Music and Passionate Resistance. This book provides resolutions to the Twenty-First Century dilemmas through certain laws, I decoded, while implementing classical Indian knowledge. The book reveals the wandering consciousness of Hinduism. Awareness, that might complete your missing puzzle.



About The Book:
I liked the cover and found it quite creative. A person mediating with all the possible distractions in present era all around him on the cover along with the title made a perfect match. It’s a perfect match for current generation and is also a good percentage of our elders these days too.

The author has tried to throw a detailed insight on twenty-first century mass and how different areas affect their lifestyle with the help of seven spheres. The language used is simple and to the point.

The author also supported each and every point conveyed with an example. The examples range from day to day life, science, mathematics, philosophy etc.

Somewhere between the book, I sadly could not follow through and lost the connect. After that, I was just reading and not able to catch up. The reason might be because of too much knowledge. Honestly, I did not find anything bad about the book, I was just not able to grasp after a point. I think it needed more intense editing on the examples given and the connect between each other – there are a lot of random examples which I feel would have worked better for articles.

For me, it did not work very well. At the same time, I would like to mention that it’s me who might not have like it. It is a decent read for the people who enjoy reading physiological non-fiction books and of course movie buffs are going to relate the most out of it.



                                                      

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Voice of the soul by Shreyans Kanswa


The Blurb:
How does it feel to lie just by yourself and delve into the silence. The silence that is a path to deeper self, a self that is unexplored. That same unexplored self can also be regarded as the soul. 

While the time ticks on the clock, a bond with your soul is timeless. Such metaphors are rendered powerless when a conversation is created with oneself. 

These poems mean more than just words, they scream soulfulness. It is rather weird that we go looking for answers outside when all that we have to do is seek deeper within ourselves. The poems are experiences that the poet shares with the world, and these experiences are nothing fancy- they are all moments that the poet experiences with himself. They are questions risen from inquisitiveness and introspection.

How I Felt About The Book:
The book is a collection of 61 little poems.
Each poem takes the reader to a ride on an emotion or feeling about one or the other phase of life. There is poem about birth, death, pain, happiness, relations, nature, technologies and many more.

Honesty, it took me a few poems before I could get in the flow. Each has been penned differently. It deals with the day to day Facts we encounter in our life.

There are poems based on silence, feelings, life, death, pains, relationships, meeting, departure, illusions, eternity. There were some lines which made way in my kindle notes. Like:

They all reached the light
Some before, some after
All claimed that they saw it first
Religions were formed
Rituals were performed
With the absence of love in their heart
They invented the creator
Popularly known as God

Following were my fav among all:
A Dry Leaf
Miracle
Devil
Real
Broke
Redefine
The House of Wood
The One You Think

Another fav line goes as:
I asked him, “Have we ever met before?”
He said, “We have been together forever.”

There were some poems which I could not relate to and a few were too casual considering the theme of the poems. For example, the use of ‘shit’ word in some of them did not go well with me.

Apart from this, it was a decent one time read.