Review ~ ‘Seasons of the Palm’

Summer never elated me, the only good thing about summer is Mangoes! And with all these unannounced storms & rains happening here I couldn’t resist myself from taking a dive into the pool of words. I was thinking about what should I read and suddenly ‘Seasons of the Palm’ came in my mind. With an author like Perumal Murugan, this book sounded interesting to me. So I read it and can’t help to share my review here regarding the same.

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The story revolves around Shorty who is a young untouchable farmhand, who’s dreams are his only companion in the darkness of slavery. He works for his landlord & gets yearly wage which is given to his parents. Shorty has no idea how much wage he gets neither he cares. He has accepted his fate & works tirelessly all day. His master & mistress are always ordering him this & that. Also there’s Selvan, his master’s son, who always does something which ends up landing Shorty in trouble. Being a ‘filthy’ untouchable boy Shorty has to address Selvan as master despite of the fact that both of them are almost of same age.

In his unforgiving life Shorty does get some fresh air when he’s with his buddies, fellow shepherds Belly, Stonedeaf, Tallfellow & Stumpleg. They play games, share the little amount of food each of them get, help each other with work, take care of each other. There is Poochi, the dog who gets a little food, always hungry, but never eats anything unless he has been told by Shorty or his friends. In short, they’re more like a family. Obviously their sheep are included as well, how can I forget them. 😉

The book will take you to the old days, our grandma used to talk about; playing in the fields, stealing fruits from the tree, collecting fallen peanuts. The description is written so well that I could literally see the place in my mind & feel the fresh air. The bond shared by Shorty & his sheep touched me the most. He could connect with all of them so well, understand their pain & glee. Shorty knows his responsibility towards his family so well. In such a tender age, he is seen refusing an offer made by Selvan to watch a movie, just because he didn’t want to leave the sheep pen unguarded. He thinks if something bad happens when he’s gone his family will suffer & have to repay the loss occured. This thought is coming from a young boy who lives a miserable life. For him movie-watching is a luxury as he knows the temporary pleasure won’t make his hardships disappear. All he wants to do is hug his mother & play with his younger siblings, but this cruel world comes in the way.

‘Seasons of the Palm’ is not just a mere story of a young boy, it deals with a much bigger issue. It deals with child labour, it deals with social discrimination, it deals with old parents being seen as a burden ( Tallfellow’s old master ). Hats off to the author for bringing up so many emotions into light via this book. I feel like reading it again & again.

We all deal with our own version of difficulties, whining isn’t a solution. We need to rise above it and deal it with a more mature way. Do try reading ‘Seasons of the Palm’ once & I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I did. 🙂 You can order it from Flipkart. Do share your thoughts in comments section after reading the book.

Love, phoenixX ❤

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The beginning of a new story.

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In India girls were never treated as blessings, since ancient times girl child was more like a curse to Indian society. People used to distribute sweets on birth of a son whereas the daughter was like a extra luggage in family. Time changed, so does our society. But still somehow the concept haven’t entirely changed. Still some parents stop their daughters from persuing their dreams and want to see them married as soon as possible.

Rio 2016 Olympics has come with some inspiring success stories of girls who dared to break the stereotypes and has proven themselves. PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar, Aditi Ashok not only made our country proud at Rio Olympics, but also set up an example for all the girls & specially for the society. I am no feminist, but this time I’d like to say that ‘Desh ki betiyon ne Desh ki izzat bachali’. No doubt, their coaches have worked hard too. Salute to them as well for watering a bud into a beautiful flower.

If we appreciate what our daughters like to do rather than neglecting them or imposing our wishes ( I.e. society’s wishes) upon them, I am sure India will be one of the most successful and prosperous country in upcoming years. Let our mantra be – “Beti bachao, Beti padhao.” ☺

Love,phoenixX ❤

 

Review~ ‘Ancient Chants for modern living’

Reading books is my favorite hobby since childhood, my dad used to read story books to me. I’m an avid reader & love to read books of all genre. Recently, while looking for a unique kinda book, I came across ‘Ancient Chants for modern living’ by Aatmanika Ram.This book is a home of lots of Sanskrit & Tamil shlokas & devotional songs, very useful for both young & old. For me, this book is the ultimate key of our emotional well being. 🙂

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Here in this book, the author suggests different kinds of chants or shlokas to overcome our daily life problems like anxiety, stress, fear etc. According to author, chanting shlokas are very effective to calm down your soul, focus better & fight with emotional problems. It also gives us mental strength to deal with physical problems as well.

In this book,there is pronunciation guide for the shlokas & also all the meanings of them are written in English so that it’s easier to understand. ‘Ancient Chants for modern living’ gives you immense power to bring peace & fight with your inner devil (i.e. the emotional trouble you are going through).I found this book really handy as I was suffering from a mental breakdown after my paternal aunt’s death.

There are different kinds of shlokas to deal with various kinds of mental issues like to overcome obstacles, to bring peace, to focus better finding a lost item, to overcome anxiety, to overcome the fear of spouse’s wellbeing, to fix martial discord, for betterment of relationships, to cherish family, to overcome guilt, to drive away emotional problems, to nourish oneself, to gain knowledge & wisdom to rise above ignorance, to excel in education, to build self confidence, to ward off evil eye, for golden years of life. There are shlokas to deal with physical health issues as well; eg- to heal the body, the wounds, the eyes, the back, the stomach, female & male reproductive organs, wholesomeness & bliss.

Aatmanika Ram gives tribute to our ancestors through this book as it was them who discovered the benefits of devotional songs & shlokas. Author also spoke here of some temples to visit which is a great way to relax & connect with our rich heritage. A great book which casts a soothing effect over our mind & body. The questionnaire about the effectiveness of chanting shlokas is simply amazing & makes the book more appealing. ‘Ancient Chants for modern living’ is a must read book to cope up with all the problems which has become our companion in our fast paced life.  I’d suggest you guys to grab a copy of this book, it’s such a bliss. It’s currently available at Amazon. Do read it & don’t forget to share your experience here. 🙂

Love, phoenixX ❤

10 most loved cartoon characters!

Kids simply adore them. We grew up watching them & they are so awesome that we can’t stop loving them even now. 🙂 Whenever they are on TV we can’t change the channel. They take us back to our golden childhood days. No matter how much sad we are, their mere presence on TV screen makes our mood brighter. Collecting their toys, stickers, triumph cards, tee shirts was our favorite hobby in our childhood. Honestly even now when we visit a supermarket, & these things are there, we get a quick flashback of how crazy we used to be with all these. Some of us (including me 😛 ) collects these stuffs even now. Yes! They are none other than our favorite cartoon characters. I know there are plenty of amazing cartoon characters, but I managed to come up with 10 most loved ones 🙂 and let me tell you it was really tough!

  1. Micky Mouse

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We all know about this super amazing creation of Walt Disney. Winning hearts since 1928. Micky Mouse is also the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He’s always seen having fun adventures with Donald Duck & Goofy. Even Micky’s love life with Minnie has caught more eyeballs than any other star couple in this entire world.

 

2. Scooby Doo

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Scooby Doo, the talking brown Great Dane, is one of the smartest doggies we’ve ever come across. He’s always solving weird mysteries  involving supposedly supernatural creatures through a series of antics & missteps along with his pals, four teenagers – Fred, Daphne, Velma & Shaggy. Shaggy & Scooby are best buds & are inseparable.

 

3. Tom & Jerry

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How can we forget comic fights between Tom, the house cat & Jerry, the tiny mouse. Tom is always finding devious ways to catch Jerry & Jerry always ends up ruining Tom’s plan by causing trees or electric poles to drive him into the ground, sticking matches into his feet and lighting them, tying him to a firework and setting it off, & so on. No matter how much they hate each other, this duo is loved my millions!

 

4. Spongebob Squarepants

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This square yellow sea sponge lives in a pineapple with Gary, his pet snail. He works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab. Spongebob is fun-loving & optimistic, his best buddy is a pink starfish called Patrick. He always manages to make us laugh with his weird activities & fun adventures .

 

5. Goku

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Goku defends the Earth against all evil along with the Z Warriors. His son Gohan is getting trained from him. Goku’s transformation into super saiyan is something which kept us all glued to this show. With awesome action & fight scenes, Goku was our ultimate childhood hero.

 

6. Pikachu

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This cute lil pokemon has been loved by kids ever since it was seen for the 1st time. Pikachu, the electric type pokemon, melts hearts just by saying, ‘pika-pika’ ❤ His trainer Ash Ketchum is his companion for life. Together along with Misty, Brock, Tracy & other pokemons they set out for some great adventures.

 

7. Oswald

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This round blue octopus is the most polite cartoon character ever. He talks sweetly, always there for friends, helps total strangers & spreads smiles. Oswald lives with his hot dog lookalike pet dog Weenie. Oswald loves to sing & play piano. I always loved the songs 😀 And also despite of being an octopus, he can’t really swim!

 

8. Shinchan

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Meet Shinchan Nohara, the naughtiest 5 years old kid. He lives with his mom, dad, baby sister & pet dog. He always troubles his mom & flirts with his female teachers & other ladies. He is never bothered about the huge age difference he has with those girls. Anyways he’s a funny cute cool kid who’s enjoying his life to the core. 😉

 

9. Doraemon

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Doraemon is someone we always aspired to live with. His tiny pocket is like a gadget bank. Doraemon has arrived from future to provide all kinds of cool facilities to Nobita, a young boy, so that he can become great in future. Nobita always ends up messing everything up & Doraemon always arrives on time to help him with his amazing gadgets! Give him a dora cake & he’s all happy 🙂

 

10. Popeye

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This sailor man gets all his powers by eating spinach. He’s the only reason I started loving spinach 😀 He has always got that pipe & tough looks on his face. His girlfriend is Olive Oyl. And he becomes angry when Bluto tries to kidnap Olive & then he beats up Bluto real bad. All thanks to Spinach 😉

 

That’s all 🙂 If you think I missed your favorite one then please let me know in comment section. Even I’d love to revisit those awesome childhood memories with these evergreen cartoon characters!

Love, phoenixX ❤

Summer fruits to our rescue!

Here in West Bengal, summer means all sweaty 😦 In order to stay fresh one needs to take of their diet & what can be better than having a bowl full of fruits! Yes! No matter how hot & humid summer can be,but I lovvve it bcoz of the amazing fruits I get to eat in summer. Today I’m gonna share some popular summer fruits which can be eaten during summer.

1.MANGO

 

Well apart from being my favorite fruit, Mango is also most popular summer fruit here in West Bengal. The famous ‘Aam Panna’ made of mangoes, can give you much relief once you have it after being burned in sun. West Bengal has varieties of Mango types – Himsagar (my favorite), Langra, Fazli, Gulabkhas, Bombai, Amrapalli, Kishan Bhog.

2.Watermelon

 

This is that perfect fruit which keeps us moving in this hot humid summer with it’s sweet watery taste. According to me a glass of watermelon juice is refreshing as well as healthy. Hydrates us instantly & is also filled with major vitamins like A, B6 & C.

3.Tender coconut

 

Tender coconut water helps to sooth your body in burning sun. It’s cooling effects works like wonder making you cool inside out. It also eliminates the risk of kidney stone. I think having this instead of cold drinks in much better because this is chemical free & pure natural. It acts as an anti-dote to the side-effects of medicines.

4.Lychee

 

This tropical fruit is tasty & healthy as well. As the summer arrives vendor can be seen selling these yummy delights. It increases metabolism & also lowers the risk of heart problems. It’s nutritious cooling effects helps to beat the summer heat.

5. Palm

 

Now this is one of the tastiest & coolest fruit to save yourself for scorching sun of summer. This is one of the most popular vendor items during summer in my locality. West Bengal is filled with palm trees, so I’m glad that we won’t ever be missing this amazing fruit. It is also known as Taal/Ice apple/Nunugu.

 

Hope you try all of these ASAP if you haven’t tried them yet. These 5 delicious fruits are loaded with health benefits & they make my summer awesome. I wait for summer just to sink my teeth into all of these 🙂 That’s all folks! Keep looking for my blog posts. Have a great day ahead.

Love, phoenixX ❤

Kadhai Paneer Recipe!

Hey folks,

Firstly Happy Mother’s day to all of you 🙂 On this special day I want to share my mom’s special Kadhai Paneer recipe with all of u. Here goes the recipe ~

INGREDIENTS ::

  1. Paneer (250gms-cubed)
  2. Capsicum (2 pcs)
  3. Onion (4 pcs)
  4. Tomato (1 pc)
  5. Ginger (1 large slice)
  6. Red chili powder (1/2 teaspoon)
  7. Bay leaf ( 2 pcs)
  8. Cinnamon (1 pc)
  9. Ghee (3 tablespoon)
  10. Cloves (2 pcs)
  11. Chilli flakes

METHOD ::

  • Mix onion slices, tomato slices, ginger, salt, red chilli paste & grind it well in a mixer grinder.
  • Add ghee in a pan & let it boil
  • Put bay leaves, cloves & cinnamon in pan
  • Now add that tomato-onion paste in it
  • Keep stirring it in slightly lower flame until the ghee separates from the paste
  • Then add paneer & capsicum & cook in low flame
  • Taste if the salt is alright in it or else add some
  • When the capsicum is properly cooked, the dish is ready to be served
  • Garnish with chilli flakes (you can use something else too as you like)

 

My mom always makes this for me, but today on this special occasion of Mother’s Day, I cooked this for mom, & she was overjoyed 🙂 Try this at home & let me know how was the taste.

Love, phoenixX ❤

Swipe Konnect 5.1 Review

Hi friends,

Today I’m gonna blog about my new pick… Swipe Konnect 5.1. I know it’s a bit late to post a review but I believe in a phrase “Better late than never” 🙂 We all do right?

I needed to buy a smartphone, I was very much confused as my budget was very low like below 5k. So I was busy with online researching for a good enough smartphone which looks good too (I know too much to ask for 😛 ). Then I came across this lovely looking Swipe Konnect 5.1. Price was within my budget (4.3 k), available in 3 lovely colors (Black,Blue and Red) and last but not the least attractive features! I looked for some reviews and found most reviews are positive, so without wasting time I got the blue one.

 

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With a great display size of 5 inches, the Swipe Konnect 5.1 comes with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage expandable upto 32 GB. This dual sim smartphone is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core processor. A selfie-lover like me is amazed with it’s 3.2 MP front camera, and also primary one of 8 MP. I can say I’m loving Swipe Konnect 5.1. Inside the box there was-

  1. Mobile set
  2. AC Power Adapter
  3. Headset
  4. USB Cable
  5. Battery
  6. User Manual
  7. Warranty Card

I’ve listed a few pros and cons according to my experience till now. Hope you find it useful.

Pros –

  • Good battery backup of 3000 mAh
  • Rear & front camera of 8 MP & 3.2 MP respectively
  • Sleek size, weights 156 g
  • Great display  of 5 inches
  • Available in cool colors (Red, Blue & Black)
  • Pocket-friendly
  • 1.2 GHz  quad-core processor
  • Dual sim
  • Sound quality is also good

Cons –

  • Headset provided is not comfy for ears (I’m not talking about the sound)
  • Heats up while you charge it and use it at the same time
  • Camera zoom is not that good

Fellas, If you are looking for a smartphone within the price range of 5k, must have great looks, nice front camera, good display & battery backup (at least I look for these 😀 ) then Swipe Konnect 5.1 is a must-buy for you. I’m having a great experience using it 🙂

I hope my review would help in case you are having difficulty in choosing a smartphone within 5k. You people can share your thoughts too regarding the same in comments section 🙂

Love, phoenixX ❤