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Saturday, 14 May 2016



About the Book:
Perfect for fans of JojoMoyes’s, Me Before You, My Last Love Story is a heartbreakingly romantic tale about the complexities of trauma and whether love can right a wrong.

I, Simeen Desai, am tired of making lemonade with the lemons life has handed me.

Love is meant to heal wounds.
Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin.
Love has ripped my life apart and shattered my soul. 

I love my husband, and he loves me.
But Nirvaan is dying.
I love my husband. I want to make him happy.
But he is asking for the impossible. 

I don’t want a baby.
I don’t want to make nice with Zayaan.
I don’t want another chance at another love story. 

Book Links:

Conversation with Zayaan Khan from My Last Love Story.

Introduce yourself to our readers.

Hey! I’m Zayaan Khan—Zai to my friends. I have two younger sisters and a mother, and we live in London. I’ve come to Carmel-by-the-Sea to be with Nirvaan and also to finish my dissertation in Islamic studies.

You’re a nerd, huh. Then, this question is perfect for you: If you could do something dangerous just once with no risk, what would you do?

Zai: Nirvaan and I have pretty much covered all the risky and dangerous things men can do. As of this moment, I’d try any risky experimental medical procedure on Nirvaan to rid his head of tumors once and for all.

What’s the biggest lie you told in childhood?

Zai: That I love my brother. That he was redeemable in Allah’s eyes.

Which of your ancestors would you most like to meet?

Zai: My eight-times great grandfather who was a Sufi saint. I’d love to meet him and discuss philosophy.

Is it more essential to develop beliefs or gain knowledge?

Zai: Gain knowledge, of course. Belief without knowledge is a waste and an error. Knowledge is reason. Belief can be unreasonable.

Heavy. Let’s end on a fun note, shall we? What’s the most fun party you ever attended?

Zai: My—our—fifteenth birthday party. It was at Dandi Beach back home in Gujarat. It’s where we—Nirvaan and I—met Simi.

And that’s our five questions done. Thanks for being a sport. And I wish you find that experimental procedure for Nirvaan too.



Advance Praise:

At once heartbreaking, delightful and completely unexpected. A must read! 
~ SonaliDev, author of The Bollywood Affair

In My Last Love Story, Kothari examines love and loss, desire and desolation, with a deft, wry touch that kept me reading late into the night and moved me to tears. 
~ Julia Tagan, author of Stages of Desire


About the Author:


Falguni Kothari is an internationally bestselling hybrid author and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. When not writing or dancing, she fools around on all manner of social media, and loves to connect with her readers. My Last Love Story is her fourth novel.






Giveaway
1 Copy of My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari
Paperback Copy if the Winner is US or Indian Resident / eBook for other International Winner.


Encounters
Someone's Always Waiting
by 
Sumana Khan

Blurb 
ENCOUNTERS is a potpourri of five sumptuous stories involving a motley crew of protagonists. Skating along the borders of fantasy and paranormal themes, the stories track incredible and poignant journeys of self-discovery, tracing the cathartic aftermath of fleeting encounters.






Review: I am reading Sumana Khan for the first time and I was left spell bound after reading Encounters - Someone's Always Waiting. There are very few authors which you read for the first time and fall in love with the writings and Sumana Khan is one such author. 

The book is a collection of five different short stories revolving around the themes of fantasy and paranormal themes and each one of them are unique in their own ways. Everything right from the stories, the characterization, the narrative and the climax with superb twists, left me spellbound. 

The author has narrated the story from the first person perspective which has provided that edge in all the stories. I, for once felt as if, I, myself am narrating the story and floating through the various characters mentioned in the stories.

All the five stories somewhere has managed to touch my emotions and that shows how wonderful the stories are. 'First Love' left me enthralled, 'The Storyteller' gave me goosebumps, 'Reminiscence' and 'Happiness Clinic' filled me with lots of emotions which did not subside easily and finally 'Best Friends' made me feel happy. Usually the readers tend to forget the story but with Encounters it is different as I simply cannot forget the stories, They are so nicely written. Kudos to the author for that.

Overall: Grab this book and get engrossed in the varied stories as you Encounter one thrilling ride of myriad emotions! A definite read for all the book lovers.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 



Sumana was born and raised in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where she went on to graduate with a BSc in Electronics, much to the surprise of her teachers, and relief of her parents. In what can only be described as a quirk of fate, she ended up as an IT consultant - a role she essayed for more than a decade. She then moved to the UK where she quit her job and pursued academic and literary interests. The result of this pursuit has been two Masters, one published book, quite a few manuscript drafts, and above all, being stone-broke perpetually.

She currently lives in the UK with her husband and several books.  

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Monday, 9 May 2016



Encounters
Someone's Always Waiting
by 
Sumana Khan

Blurb 
ENCOUNTERS is a potpourri of five sumptuous stories involving a motley crew of protagonists. Skating along the borders of fantasy and paranormal themes, the stories track incredible and poignant journeys of self-discovery, tracing the cathartic aftermath of fleeting encounters.



Grab your Copy @

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 



Sumana was born and raised in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where she went on to graduate with a BSc in Electronics, much to the surprise of her teachers, and relief of her parents. In what can only be described as a quirk of fate, she ended up as an IT consultant - a role she essayed for more than a decade. She then moved to the UK where she quit her job and pursued academic and literary interests. The result of this pursuit has been two Masters, one published book, quite a few manuscript drafts, and above all, being stone-broke perpetually.

She currently lives in the UK with her husband and several books.  

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Sunday, 8 May 2016



Girls and dresses go back a long way! A must-have in the diverse wardrobe of a woman, dresses are available in a multitude of designs and prints. It’s that time of the year, when you heavily depend upon your dresses for cool and easy summer looks. You’d be aware of the different styles of dresses that keep doing the rounds; skater dresses, a-line dresses, maxis and bodycons to name a few, are popular choices. Taking a break from the conventional, let’s tap the versatility of the unique dress. The dress is not a standalone fashion staple anymore; there is a lot more you can do with it. Read further and discover how to ‘dress’ like you’ve never dressed before!

1.  Doing the split


Your nice long dresses can turn your world around this season, for the better! Wrap the sides of your dress around your waist in such a way that it creates a natural split; pair this exceptional DIY dress with your superb palazzos and feel the magic of this ensemble take hold of you. Your lowers won’t be deprived of the spotlight as they will be shown off to the maximum.

2. Coming clean with jeans



Soft cottons in the summer feel pleasurable against the skin. Choose a maxi shirt-dress that is slightly ruffled at the waist and is designed to drape your frame fairly loosely. Match this glorious dress with a pair of nifty boyfriend jeans and you will be enamored with this effortless style in no time. Nail this look in smartly strapped sandals and feel the love!

3. Layered on top



This style will give you a wonderful insight into how you to turn plain-old office shirts into enviable dresses. Yes, you heard right! Throw on a well-designed, sleeveless blazer over a smart semi-casual tunic and set out for the workplace in a self-assured pair of oxfords. We’d advise you to wear stockings beneath this bold dress-style, so that you can convey subtle tones of sensuality while keeping it cool during work hours.

4. Embracing the alluring lace top



Your dresses can do pretty well by themselves most of the times; but with a little help from friends you’d be sure to add a fantastic layer to the conventional dress. The market is flooded with interesting crocheted and lacy tops. Ever thought of trying an interesting mix and match? It’s child’s play. Pick a straight, short dress to go with your sweet crochet top and embrace the lovable tomboy in you.

5. The all-in-one



A conceptualized dress that embodies the best of everything is definitely desirable; but is it really feasible! It turns out that the crazy, hybrid dress does exist. This creation is a three-layered wonder that is clinched at the waist, and summarizes the best of womenswear. Top a curvaceous slip-dress with a diaphanous shirt dress; casually include a light shirt as an ingenious third layer and put on a belt as the ultimate master-stroke!


About the Author


Mallika Chakrawarti is a designer, writer, and travel enthusiast. She is currently working with Jabong.com as a writer and is passionately involved in curating and forecasting fashion trends.

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Saturday, 30 April 2016


Source: Google

Faraway, he continued to blush in my cheeks
Creating ripples under the small of my heart

Holding a match to my desires
He continued to scald my skin with raw passion

I zoomed in further to focus on his eyes
Which had a mesmerizing glint and focus

A minute passed by focusing on his searching face
The frame getting closer and closer meantime

I squealed as I found him next to me
A brush of warm air engulfing

My silly heart started weaving thoughts
To zoom into a fling with him

I showed him the direction pointing my camera
As riding faraway he continued to blush in my cheeks

This post is a part of the #AtoZChallenge held annually in April




Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank today announced its exclusive partnership with Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company to offer its customers bespoke health insurance products and services. The strategic partnership with the health insurance company, a JV between Asia's largest healthcare group, ‘The Apollo Hospitals Group’ and the world leader in health insurance, ‘Munich Health’ will offer customers unique health insurance plans with value added benefits such as health advisory services and access to wellness portal etc., under their ‘Health Eco System’.
Commenting on the partnership, Rajiv Anand, Group Executive & Head Retail Banking, Axis Bank said, “Over the past couple of years, we have observed the exponential rise in the cost of healthcare and the need for customized and affordable health insurance solutions.With the objective of ensuring the health and well being of our customers, we are delighted to announce our exclusive Bancassurance partnership for health insurance with Apollo Munich,which will help us further expand our existing bouquet of offerings and put forth a compelling proposition.” 
Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company, along with the Bank will design and offer customized health insurance products to the Bank’s customers, as per their requirements. Policy issuance and service will be driven by paperless online processes, ensuring minimum turnaround time. A brief of the unique benefits for customers are:
·         Automatically restoring the basic sum insured in case the policyholder exhausts his/her sum insured in a policy year
·         Wide range of sum insured options ranging from Rs 3 lacs to 50 lacs
·         A health insurance plan with no sub-limits, no copays or room rent limits
·         High Pre and Post hospitalization cover of 60 and 180 days respectively
·         Coverage for all “Daycare Procedures”
·         Health checkup benefits
·         Extensive network of hospitals
·         In-house claim settlement

Speaking about the tie up with Axis Bank, Antony Jacob, CEO, Apollo Munich Health Insurance said, “We are excited to partner with Axis Bank and offer its customers uncomplicated and innovative health insurance solutions. Through bancassurance, health insurance penetration is expected to grow rapidly as there are more than one lakh bank branches in the country, with a majority located in rural and semi urban areas. We at Apollo Munich believe in the potential banks hold as a distribution channel. They can aid us in strengthening our reach in the tier two and three cities overnight.”
He further added “Going forward this partnership will develop more innovative solutions to meet specific needs of different customer segments of the bank. In addition, Axis Bank customers will have access to expert health services that promote healthy living.”
About Axis Bank
Axis Bank is the third largest private sector bank in India. Axis Bank offers the entire spectrum of services to customer segments covering Large and Mid-Corporates, SME, Agriculture and Retail Businesses.

With its 2,805 domestic branches (including extension counters) and 12,631 ATMs across the country, as on 31stDecember 2015, the network of Axis Bank spreads across 1,796 cities and towns, enabling the Bank to reach out to a large cross-section of customers with an array of products and services. The Bank also has overseas offices in UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Colombo, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The Bank’s website www.axisbank.com offers comprehensive details about its products and services.

About Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company
Apollo Munich offers innovative and award-winning health, personal accident and travel insurance plans, with state-of-the art infrastructure and uncomplicated services, delivered by engaged employees. It is a joint venture between the Apollo Hospitals Group, Asia’s largest healthcare group, and Munich Health, which offers global health insurance and reinsurance excellence. Website: http://www.apollomunichinsurance.com

For Further details, please contact:

Axis Bank
Apollo Munich        
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The summers are here and it is time to shed those heavy clothes which are heat magnets and purchase some cool and breezy clothes. But stepping outside in Mumbai weather in the fag end of April where the summer is at its peak is simply an option I would not like. So I had only another option left and that is to go online.

I have been a regular online customer for buying clothes and accessories for almost four years now. I now know the various range and type of products available at my go-to online shopping website. In search of something new and fresh, I went to the Jabong App and I was happily surprised with plenty of new varieties and collection along with different offers.



The Jabong App welcomed me with simple user interface which is easy to browse and good on eyes when browsing from my smartphone. The Jabong app has collections of clothes and accessories for Men, Women and Children. The app is completely free from any glitches, loaded with offers yet doesn't come across as too bulky and also loads the pages instantly. I loved the seamless browsing for the products and did not find even a single product with any information missing. This is commendable as I have experienced many apps listing products with lack of information. Overall, I loved the entire shopping experience using the Jabong app.



In the collection segment which Jabong seems to be focusing on, I had my eyes on two and they are:

1) The Only Spring Summer 2016 Collection and
2) Alia Bhatt for Jabong

The ONLY Spring Summer 2016 collection is fresh, trendy and colorful. From maxi dresses to shorts, from off-shoulder tops to colourful shorts, from shaded jeans to shrugs, the brand has got it all covered in its Spring Summer collection. Here are some of my favourites from the Only Spring Summer Collection.



The summer time is the time where we can experiment with looks and the above off-shoulder top along with denim as well as casual jacket looks beautiful in summers. 



But there are some people who like to wear some light clothes in summers and the above maxi dress, loose top and shorts are the ones to go for. I loved all four especially the colourful shorts which can be worn for an evening stroll.


The above picture has a maxi dress, a sleeveless top, a shrug and a top. I liked all four especially the maxi dress which can be worn at evenings. In fact, I have already placed an order for the maxi dress for my wife and after telling her about it, she is all smiles and eagerly expecting the delivery. 

We all love to dress like stars and when you have the young and peppy Alia Bhatt collection, you simply cannot miss having one for you from the awesome collection. The collection is colourful and targeted at all those who likes to wear classy and trendy clothes. I loved the entire collection but here are some of my favourites and choosing one of them is a real task.


The black top and the two colourful and spunky shirts are very beautiful and will definitely look good.


The no button jackets and the white top will look classy and the beautiful part is that it can be paired with any pair of clothing and will still bring out the class and elegance from your clothing.


And last but not the least, I loved both the dresses which is suitable either for mornings or evenings and for any casual occasion. 

To tell you frankly, this is just the tip of an awesome collection Jabong has for us. With irresistible offers, awesome collection which gets even better by the day and seamless shopping experience, the Jabong app is where the future of shopping belongs.