“You Raise Me Up” by Arjun Hemmady – A book about hope and destiny !


“You Raise Me Up” by Arjun Hemmady is about Aalok Sharma, a 27 year old Chartered Accountant. Aalok is an introvert person who lives in Mumbai and leads a very simple life. He has his own aspirations in life but his actions are controlled by women surrounding him – his mother, twin sister Isha, Tanvi and Priyanka. This romantic fiction makes you believe in serendipity. Whatever happens in our life happens for a reason and if we fail at times we need to ‘Raise Up’ is the motto of the book.

The story begins when Aalok is returning from Moscow to Mumbai via Delhi. He choose to take a flight from Delhi to Mumbai instead of overnight Rajdhani train just to make sure he can take rest over the weekend and have an energetic start from next week. Well as the destiny conspires he meets Priyanka in flight, a Dehradun born girl who lives in Delhi and works in legal department of Mahindra and Mahindra. This is where conversation begins between them. As rightly said the opposite attracts, same happens here as the story unfolds. The first part of the book is about how a closeness grows between Priyanka and Aalok but something is holding Aalok back whereas Priyanka is quite open about her love through her gestures. In the second part the reader is taken ten (10) years back where Aalok is staying with his parents and twin sister Isha. He meets their family friends Tanvi who comes to Mumbai to have her internship in KPMG as a part of CA education. Aalok looks upto her, as he had failed his PCA exams four times whereas Tanvi was an ace. Their friendship grows and then the twist comes. I will not reveal Part 3 of the book where actual climax is and the curiosity of the reader grows to the highest level.

Things that I liked: (a) The book is written in simple English and easy to read. This is a good read for younger generation or anyone who is looking for a light read or simple story. (b) Close to modern living and circumstances. (c) Although I have read many love stories before but this book had an interesting plot. I loved Part II of the book where grip of the story grows stronger and the way curiosity grows in the Part III as what will Aalok do now. (d) The book gives a motto not to lose hope and raise up every time you fail and sometimes we need to leave things on the destiny to decide.

Things that I did not like were, story was losing the grip sometimes and hence becoming very predictable. Secondly, conversations were dragged too much sometimes.

Overall a nice read over the weekend and I enjoyed the fact that the book could keep me away from all the screens till I finished it. I will advise my blog readers to hold on your reading till the end, you will get curious, to know what Aalok did finally!

I feel honored to receive a copy of the book signed by author himself. Would like to thank Blogadda for selecting me to review this book. I wish Arjun a very good luck with his book – “You Raise Me Up” and his future endeavours.

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Jewel of Nizam – The Golconda Hotel

This restaurant was on my list from a long time and finally today we made it here for lunch.

The restaurant truly lives upto its name – Jewel of Nizam. The ambiance of the restaurant is absolutely royal. The navy blue arm chairs and the fine silver bone china cutlery sets the mood that we are dinning inside some palace. I was in love with the glasses and the specially crafted dinner plates they had.

We chose for a set lunch menu . It was designed to give a glimpse of Hyderabadi cusine at one go. There were three set menus to choose from : Non-vegetarian with prawan, non-vegetarian and a vegetarian menu. We chose one vegetarian and other non-vegetarian menu. The set menu primarily have a welcome drink, assorted melons, shorba, three types of starters, five types of main course dishes, choice of bread, biryani, haleem and two desserts.

I personally loved the starters part, the malai kebab was awesome. The shorba and biryani was ok not that great. Kewati dal was nice. For desserts we had kaddu ka halwa and sevai kheer – both were nice.

Finally the price for two was :Rs 3000 approximately. Although bit expensive place but we enjoyed our visit.

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Where Can I Have Ham-Burger ?

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Maharashtra has banned BEEF in the state and impose a punishment upto 5 years of jail or Rs 10,000 fine or both for selling or possession of beef under Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act.

As per Indian laws, preservation, protection and improvement of stock and prevention of animal diseases, veterinary training and practice is Entry 15 of the State List of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution.  Prohibition of cow slaughter is a Directive Principles of State Policy contained in Article 48 of the Constitution.That means States have exclusive powers to legislate the prevention of slaughter and preservation of cattle. Thus laws governing cattle slaughter vary greatly from State to State. Some States allow the slaughter of cattle with restrictions like a “fit-for-slaughter” certificate which may be issued depending on factors like age and gender of cattle, continued economic viability etc. Others completely ban cattle slaughter…

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Are Your Bank Lockers Safe ?

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You bought your gold and diamond ornaments on this wedding season and kept them in bank lockers. Must be feeling relaxed now because all your wealth is with bank and is safe. But is it actually safe ? Have you wondered that there may be chances of bank robbery or breaking of your lockers or your precious ornaments may just get lost ?

What will happen then ? Will bank refund you ? No , never . Be prepared to bear the loss of all your ornaments. Why ? Why will bank not claim any responsibility for your lost ornaments ?

Go back and think ! Did you tell the bank manager what all you are keeping in the locker ? No . You just kept it secretly and have your own lock and keys to operate the locker. That’s how it works always. So you…

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Burning Down : A Real Incident !

This was real. We were staying in an extended stay hotel in Phoenix, United States that time. My husband had left for his office. I had just come back from my daily schedule of gym and was resting before taking bath. All of a sudden the fire alarms in the room started ringing, the lights started flickering. I heard a strong bang on my room door with a scream.. move out , move out !

I felt the earth was going down. I have to move out of the room as quickly as possible. The screaming is still going on outside my room. I was terrified. For a second it appeared as if it is the last day I have and I am all alone. Nothing much could be done the voice outside my room is still waiting for me to come out. So i just decided to carry my phone, in case I can make a last call to my husband and then I saw few dollars on the desk which I grabbed. That’s it . I left the room. People were running towards the exit and shouting at me “Run ! Run !” I just followed them towards the exit. The lights inside the hotel were gone by then. Thankfully we all came out of the building safely !

Ooh ! I am safe. But what about all my stuff that I had left inside, there are so many important documents , gadgets and what all. A tear rolled down my eyes. I gathered myself and thought of calling my husband. I was about to call him and then saw the Hotel Manager coming out happily towards us. Why is he smiling ? Is it because we all are safe or fire is controlled ? What is it !

He came n said , “Sorry ! But I am happy.” All of us were mum. We were waiting for him to complete. He said, ” I am sorry. You all had to undergo this trouble. But I am happy , there is no fire in the hotel. The team was just testing and by mistake they rang the fire alarm. I am happy, my team was able to take care of all the guests in such a panic situation. Instead of thinking about themselves they took care of all the guests. I am sorry again for the trouble I have caused. “

A laughter broke around and the sky was filled with the noise of everyone laughing around for the happiness of getting a life again, sound of congratulations to those brave hearts who took us out of the hotel and a joy of sharing humanity at times of need.  It was a family time with people we had met for the first time from different parts of the world.

Later I called my husband and told him about the great day I had.

Burning Down The House – Daily Prompt ! 


2014 in review

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

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Walk In Vegas!

Amid the mountain ranges lies this human masterpiece of entertainment – LAS VEGAS !! This is a paradise for nightlife lovers. If you are planning to stick to Casinos and the Nightlife of Vegas, make your stay arrangements at or near The Strip where lies the heart of Vegas. Those who are interested in some day trips can visit Grand Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam and other day excursions organised by the local travelling agents.

Start with the epic Fabulous Las Vegas Sign. Take some photographs as a souvenir from the trip. Move towards the Strip and gear up to wander on your foot. Here I literally mean you to gear up as you have to walk more than you have ever expected it to be. So girls, try to avoid heels. For the boys, you need not drape yourself in your suits unless you want to be in. Casuals are allowed inside the casinos. On the Strip follow your heart and go wherever it takes you. It’s Vegas, so do as you wish to. No one can tell you what will you like the most. Each casino will have its own special attraction which can only be discovered by going inside. The skyline filled with lights and music, crowded street and huge striking architecture of the casinos will take your breath away. The casino architectures are nothing less than an art in itself. Practically the entire world is here for you.Visit the famous pyramids of Egypt at Luxor, give a toast to your taste buds at the highest restaurant inside the Eiffle Tower, click your photo in front of Statue of Liberty, stroll around the miniature city of Paris and Newyork, walk in your dreamland at Ceasers Palace (Forum Shops), Bellagio (The Bellagio Fountain), Wynn, Excalibur, Cosmopolitan, MGM Grand. Most of them have spectacular shopping malls of all the brands you can think of, souvenir shops and food courts, Irish pubs, bars to take care of your appetite.

Don’t miss out on the road show performance done by the local people. Some of them are really spectacular and mind blowing. A kid’s dance tribute to Michael Jackson, someone signing his/her heart out for the crowd or someone just making an extraordinary painting in seconds, it all happens on the roads of Vegas and must not be missed out. People dressed up in famous movie characters of Hangover, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe roam around the streets and ready to click a photo with you for a dollar or two. If you are looking for some great shows and exhibitions going inside the casinos then try to have early ticket booking. You can check the show details here.

We always look out for Indian lunch buffets and were happy to find few here as well. So I will recommend: Mint Indian Bistro, Bombay Las Vegas Indian Cusine. There are ample number of restaurants having multiple cuisine, road-side food stalls so burp on anything you like to. 🙂

It took us two nights to hangout at the Strip only. In case you find yourself with some time left then go for the day tours or enjoy the nightlife in Fremont Street or Downtown Vegas.

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Religion and Humanity

India is a perfect example of how all the religions blend together and form one identity as – Indians. For me this is humanity. I am sharing some pictures of religion that I have clicked while travelling in my home country in recent times.

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Teacher’s Day !!

Happy Teacher’s Day Greetings for Orkut

Teacher’s Day in India (5th September) marks the birthday of  Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and celebrate the contribution of teachers. 

This day is meant to celebrate the contribution of all our teachers in our life. But to me it seems it’s a day for me to celebrate and boast about the fact that how much my teachers loved me. When I read something, a teacher taught me. When I talk, a teacher taught me. When I hold my pen and write, a teacher taught me. The list is endless. Every thing I do, there’s a teacher who has taught me to do it and most importantly she taught me to do it in a right way. I wonder, when did they penetrate so deep into my thoughts and actions without me even realizing it. Every time when I said to someone, “YES, MY TEACHER TOLD ME THIS” was a proud moment for me.

It’s hard to imagine a life without you Teacher and a single day may not be enough for thanking you for your selfless efforts in making me what I am today.


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Never Say NO; Until You KNOW


Being in Phoenix on 1st September 2014, for me Labour Day is a holiday when my husband is at home. Surely, one of the best day for me. I don’t have to get up early,he is not rushing for his office and yeah what more and great is that I am spending the day shopping. 

After spending such a wonderful day, if someone asks me what is my Nightmare Job, I will surely take a pause and think what it can be?After much of deliberate thinking,there’s nothing that I can term as a nightmare job. I say so because of two reasons: 

  1. My day was too good and I can’t think of any nightmare right now !!
  2. Today’s prompt reminded me of one of my father’s saying “Never say NO; Until You Know

He always told us that its all about perceptions in our mind that make us judge things or people even before actually knowing it or trying it. Which is not utterly wrong but may not be right always. We may not know what we are capable of doing and what we may like unless we give it a try. And his saying has always been proved right for me. If you read here I had discussed that most of my life decisions have been by chopping out the odds and then finding what I really love. The mere fact of doing so stems from my father’s thoughts which has imbibed upon me over the years. 

I still remember when he told and explained me his thoughts ! As a little girl I was curious and asked him, “I will do everything that comes on my way but how will I know that I am doing it right?”. His answer was “If you can tell me what you are doing, you are doing it right.” I don’t know if this can be taken as a benchmark but the test has always stood right for me over the years. I am really thankful to him for teaching me all this which are never written in books or told in schools.