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Book Review: Private India

In book review on September 14, 2014 at 12:19

I was picked by Blogadda guys finally for book review and I was glad to receive  copy of Private India by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson.



Ashwin Sanghi is counted among India’s highest selling English fiction authors. He has written three novels, all best sellers- The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key. He was included by Forbes India in their Celebrity 100 list.

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is an author of some of the most popular series of the past decade- the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels- and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

If you read the title you might think its about some dark secrets of India as a nation, the cover will tell you its based in Mumbai, while that did turn out partly to be true – but more from a fictional perspective. Private India is about a private investigating agency going by the same name based out of a secret location in Mumbai.

Its about a serial killer who has his own unique method of leaving his mark on his victims, and I loved the way Ashwin Sanghi has added an Indian mythological touch to it. “Santosh” the head of Private India’s Indian operations moves on from investing one murder to another trying to put pieces of puzzle together. The author keeps giving clues to its readers to try and work out possible Murderer, but does not make it that easy. I like how every once in a while author has included a chapter from the murderer’s perspective, those chapters are so well written that you can not even figure out the gender of the murderer leave aside figuring out the murderer.

The story revolves around Santosh and the murderer, the chase, of Santosh trying to guess the next move of the murderer, it keeps the reader engrossed. I loved the way real life incidents were intertwined well with this fictional story. Being a Mumbaikar helped to visualize the locations described in the book, perhaps mumbaikars will love it more for it. The informal easy flowing language, with a dash of slang thrown in here and there works well for the realistic feel. I was glad author did not over do it.

The author seems to have researched well to tell readers about an ancient tribe, now what has an ancient tribe got to do with murder mystery, suggest read the book for it. Locations , historical event details, and characters seem well researched and make you feel being closer at the scene. Description of each scene is done so well that I could actually visualize almost every small detail of the events in the book.

What could have added value would have been map of mumbai and how our serial killer went about. This would help non-mumbaikars familiarise and understand the book better.

All in all its a good murder mystery to read and one will surely get their money’s worth by the time one reaches the end of the book- oh did I say it as if one was buying a movie ticket? Well I tweeted to Ashwin saying this book must be converted into a movie and he did reply saying- lets hope!! ;)


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55 Words or less: Angel in disguise

In 55 words or less on August 20, 2014 at 11:57

How should she tell him-its not what he thought it was? Tears formed at edge of her eyelids. She nearly saved herself from being hit by the bus. Why did it have to happen today? Her world was coming apart. Just then she smiled as she strutted towards the cobbler “Uncle, can you fix this?”



5 Benefits of ballroom dancing

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2014 at 15:35

An article that got featured here


It was back in 2009 that I started with this dance form. Having been fascinated by watching latin dancing in movies, and Spanish culture in general I always wanted to learn this dance form. I was sick of the routine life of working, coming back home spending time on the internet and sleeping, and it was time to change that. Health was taking a toll too due to sedentary life style. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol. It was time to take charge and do things that I loved. I decided to start with Salsa but soon was fascinated to see Latin ballroom dancing, and decided this is it, this is what I want to learn. 5 years and still learning this dance form has given me a lot and I would love to share with you all the benefits that this dance form has given me.

  1. Posture: One of the first tangible benefits that you will start seeing once you start focusing on the technique in this dance form is your posture will improve like anything. You have to maintain a frame, hold your own frame and not put weight on your partner. Try this, roll your shoulders back and press it down. Extend your neck as if you are trying to touch the ceiling. There does your neck feel longer now? Do you feel taller? I was complimented by my mother who told me how I don’t slouch anymore while I walk.


  1. Balance:  With the amount of spins that a ballroom dancer learns to do, your balance will improve tremendously. You will be learning how to transfer your body weight from one leg to the other. How to do multiple spins, how to spot at a point while spinning. How to make your partner spin. It will all go on to improve your body balance.


  1. Core strength: A lot of core strength is involved in doing the steps of latin ballroom dancing. A dancer trains to build his strength through various yoga/pilates exercises. Planks, leg raises, side bridge, wall sits all form a part of the warm up regime to help the dancer. All this will help to make your core stronger.


  1. Cardio: Dancing latin ballroom is seriously good cardio, if you follow the right technique. Just a minute of jive is as good as running for ten minutes. This will help strengthen your heart and lower your cholesterol and blood pressure.


  1. Social benefits: Apart from all the physical benefits it also helps you pick up social skills. The more you attend social dancing events, you will learn how to ask your partners out to dance, and more importantly an opportunity to meet new people and learn from them.

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