Fitness Habits by Amaresh Ojha and Subhra Moitra

A Fit Read – Here’s my review of Fitness Habits by Amaresh Ojha and Subhra Moitra

Health has become the top most priority these days. Due to COVID-19, people have realised the importance of maintaining good health and keeping their immunity system strong. Especially, due to lockdowns and curfew, physical inactivity has increased as we are caged in our respective homes to curb the pandemic. Hence, this book plays a vital role in educating us on how to keep ourselves fit in such dire times.

Written by two prolific fitness enthusiasts , this book serves as a guide for everyone who would want to stay healthy/fit. It covers all aspects related to health & fitness and answers our queries/doubts in a lucid manner.The language used is simple and easily understandable.The worksheets given at the end of each chapter helps in our self assessment.

We are served with many myth busters and significant pieces of information regarding our health. The book also helps us in trying to figure out what works best for our body and not running after fad diets.

An absolute great read👍

Book Review – The Panipuri Crimes by S B Akshobhya

A Tasty Thriller – The Panipuri Crimes by S B Akshobhya

Before talking about the plot or anything I would love to draw your attention towards the title – I mean how creative! It’s like clubbing your two favourites in one name. Clever, right?!

Now, coming to the plot – we have our protagonist, Sagar, who loves to devour panipuris. The book is all about his dream to bring all the pani puri vendors on a digital platform to sell their pani puris. But as we move ahead we come to know that all five entrepreneurs before Sagar, who ventured into the same business have died some mysterious deaths. Thus, the seeds of thrill are sowed and we, as readers, begin contemplating about those mysterious deaths as the plot moves forward. Further, the book also has some twirling love stories to give this thriller some kind of spice. The book builds good intimacy during romantic scenes and even better suspense during the other scenes.

So, all in all this book contains all the right ingredients which make up a perfect panipuri. The book is quite fast and the reader will not at all get bored except for a few scenes inbetween. It uses moderate English which makes it suitable for anyone and everyone.

Note : Panipuri is a popular street side snack in India. It is tangy, spicy, sweet and filling – making it a burst of flavours in mouth.

I would call it a tasty thriller 😉

Ratings – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Review – Home by Manju Kapur

Manju Kapur is perhaps one of those few writers in modern India, whose stories can convey and express, some of the most complicated human emotions in a beautiful simplistic prose. Home is another one of Manju Kapur’s masterpieces, others being – Difficult Daughters, A Married Woman, etc. In what has become characteristic Manju Kapur style, Home is a tale which weaves an enchanting tale of survival and hope from a host of complicated and often disturbing themes ad sub- plots.

The narrative of the book is built around the life and experiences of Nisha, the only granddaughter of a traditional, merchant family of Karol Bagh. Although Nisha remains the main protagonist throughout the book, the tale in the story is of more than three generations of the Banwari lal Family. The novel discusses and brings to light a number of issues which continue to exist in “modern India” from caste, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, female education, objectification of women, but the main focus of the novel, in characteristic Manju Kapur style, remains Marriage and family. The sensitivity with which the author captures the stigma of Barrenness and desperation of a child is worth applauding.

The believable characters, with their relatable struggles and dilemmas combined with the eloquence and grace of Kapur’s writing make this novel capable of transporting one back to the 1990s and adds to the charm of a tale which is already fantastic , in its scope and narrative. At the end of the book, one feels connected to each and every character of the novel., and while one does feel disappointed and frustrated at a number of characters and events, there is no “villain” at the end of the novel. Home very accurately captures the very spirit of upper Middle class Delhi while exposing the hypocrisy and confusion of “family values” in modern urban India.

All in all, if you enjoy realistic portrayals of families and characters then this is one book that you should definitely read .

The Secret of the Nagas by Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi is an Indian author, best known for his trilogy – The Shiva TrilogyThe Secret of the Nagas is the second book in the trilogy. He has also written Scion of Ikshvaku and Sita- the warrior of Mithila is his latest venture. With The Shiva Trilogy, Amish Tripathi started a new genre where he took the mythological stories and gave them a human touch, so that, they become more relatable. 

The Secret of the Nagas is a sequel to The Immortals of Meluha and it begins right where the previous book ended. What is really unique about all of Amish Tripathi’s books is how he normalizes all the mythological characters to normal human beings. It makes it so easy for the reader to connect with the story which is not possible when you read Indian mythology. Even Ganesh who was supposed to be made from the ground in the Hindu mythology was given a more realistic reason for his face.. Ganesh and Kali were said to have been born with deformities and had been shunned by their own family. This book is also relevant to the present day issues where people who are different are made to be isolated from others and this arises because of the lack of understanding between them. Just like the Nagas were misunderstood by the people of Meluha.

This book also sends a strong message that evil is not defined by a locality or a particular sect of people but it is inside everyone. Good and evil are just two sides of the same coin. It also addresses how change and freedom is essential for the good-functioning of the society. I think this book not only shows Indian mythology in a new way but also connects it with social issues that are still relevant in today’s society. This book is really good for the young generation as it shows Indian mythology in a way that will interest them.

Give it a read guys!

The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

The Immortals of  Meluha is the first book in the series of Shiva Trilogy and it is the first time that Indian Mythology has been written in such a way. Amish Tripathi created a new style of writing where he gave scientific reasons for all the improbable incidents that took place in his books and also has brought up a very deep and complex topic. And, the topic is what is good and what is evil?

When we think about Indian Mythology, we imagine God coming down on Earth and blessing us with miracles but in Amish Tripathi’s books Indian Mythology has been given a twist. This twist has been done to attract the younger generation and the atheists.

Lord Shiva portrayed as God in Indian mythology is given a really humane character in the book.  He was not someone filled with wise sayings but he had a strong character, open to new discoveries, learning through experience and yet sturdy with his beliefs and I believe that even in today’s world that is what is required to bring a change in the world.

One of the worst attributes of human nature is to jump to conclusion and this book made me realize that we should never judge someone else just listening to another person’s perspective. Most of the book talks about how rules and regulations were necessary for proper working of the society without discrimination. While reading I went with the flow and failed to look at the obvious failures in the society of Meluha because how well the society worked but is the proper working of society the important part or is it individual happiness. The later part of the book reveals how freedom affects society. Although there is poverty and no organization but the people are happy because they have freedom and they aren’t bound to some order or duty. We can actually consider the Meluhan society as a Communist society but there was still some lack of equality among the people.

This book leaves us in two crossroads unable to determine good from evil and maybe that’s what a trilogy is supposed to do, i.e., make us wait eagerly for the second book.

Ladies Coupé by Anita Nair

This gem was hiding in my shelf for years and I didn’t notice it. So, when recently, I rearranged my bookshelf, I saw this novel staring at me with puppy eyes as if begging me to read it. And, guess what, I did. And, after finishing Ladies Coupé , I was so angry with myself for not reading this precious possession before! Ladies Coupé by Anita Nair is a book with which dreams are made of.

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