Thursday, October 20, 2016


I have always enjoyed reading detective stories and have hoarded plenty of books of this genre in my bookshelf. A new addition to my overgrowing collection of books is a book named "Bhrigu Mahesh, PhD –The Witch of Senduwar" by author Nisha Singh. This is the author’s first book and she has done a great job in bringing out a story that is interesting and enjoyable.

What first attracted me towards the book was its title which was different and intriguing. The book is set in an idyllic village of Senduwar in Bihar and the selection of the place and its subsequent sub plots add mystery and depth to the story. The legend of a witch, the discovery of a lost treasure, the subsequent gold rush, the mysterious death of a boy and the quest for answers are elements which make the book novel and interesting.

The main protagonists of the story are Bhrigu Mahesh and his friend Sutte. Bhrigu Mahesh is gifted with great intellect, memory and understanding of human minds and personalities. This trait helps him in solving mysterious crime cases during his short stint as a police officer and makes him quite famous. He then decides to take the role of a private investigator to use his skills in an effective way in helping others. His friend, Sutte through whose eyes this book is written, is a PhD who after dabbling with teaching finds his true calling in writing and becomes Bhrigu’s scribe.

Bhrigu Mahesh in spite of his extraordinary qualities is yet to overcome his own fear of an overpowering aunt. So, he on the advise of his friend Sutte decides to visit Senduwar, where Bhrigu has spent a difficult childhood, in order to finally face and let go off his fears. During his stay there, Bhrigu meets an old woman who requests him to clear the mystery behind the mysterious death of her son Malthu a few years ago.

What follows is a trail of the unknown where this great detective has to separate truth from the legend of the witch, find the reason behind the sudden accumulation of gold in the abandoned plain and finally understand the situation that led to Malthu’s mysterious death.

Bhrigu Mahesh along with his friend begins this quest and as they go on interrogating, they come across different people and situations that complicate the matter further. How this great detective joins the pieces of the puzzle together with his simple, unique and effective methods, traps his suspects with a game plan and finally corners the murderer form the rest of the story.

This book is a breather of fresh air as most Indian authors often dabble with chick lit romances, IT related fiction and mythological stories, etc. that finding a good Indian detective story becomes difficult. It is really after a long time that I have read a nice detective story that too set in an Indian village. I am sure you would like this book as it is simple, easy to read and has an interesting story.


I am reviewing this book in association with blogadda's Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers. Participate now to get free books!

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Our heart is very dear to us. What we eat, how we eat, how much we eat and how we live our life has a direct impact on our heart and to our health. If our heart is healthy we have the energy and stamina to go the extra mile and live our life to the fullest.

The current world in which we live in is sophisticated, modern and technologically advanced. We have the latest gadgets and gizmos which make our work easier and reduce our daily movements and natural workout. We are also surrounded by fast foods, artificially ripened fruits and vegetables and high calorie sweets and soft drinks which are easily available but can adversely affect our heart. As a result most people think that keeping away from unhealthy food and exercising for achieving a healthy heart is a difficult task. 

Small changes to our lifestyle and food habits and little bit of exercise everyday can go a long way in keeping our heart healthy and we can lead a fit and happy life.

Be active

Exercise is a must for keeping our heart healthy. We can start by setting aside a few minutes everyday to do small exercises, walk on the treadmill or do push ups or any exercise which we are comfortable in doing. Doing exercises pumps blood to the heart and makes it healthy. There are several benefits of exercising. It helps in reducing our weight, combats heart diseases, boosts energy, improves sleep and in total keeps us fit and active.

I make sure to exercise for at least fifteen minutes every day. This not only improves my health but also gives me energy and I feel active all day.

Eat healthy

We are what we eat. Eating a healthy and nutritious diet is very important. Make sure that you include lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, pulses and other healthy foods in your diet. Avoid colas and fast foods. Eat sweets and fried foods in limits. Do not under eat or over eat. Eat when you are hungry and stop just before you are full.

Most Indian homes have the habit of making food with lots of oil or ghee and more amount of salt. But for achieving a healthy heart we need to make changes in the way we prepare our food. Food made at my home is always with minimum oil, less salt and low sugar. I eat wheat and ragi rotis, idlis, oats, salads, fresh cut fruits and soups and avoid colas and fast foods. I sometimes eat sweets, cakes and fried foods made at home but in small quantities.

Being happy

Laughter is the best medicine and research too has found that laughing helps in keeping our heart active. So I always try to be happy and keep people around me happy as such a simple thing as laughing can create a positive and relaxed atmosphere around that is also good for everyone’s heart. 

According to World Heart Federation, following these small steps helps in keeping our heart up to 50% healthier. So always remember these 3 mantras for achieving a healthy heart

  • Be active

  • Eat healthy
  • Be happy

I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association with BlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart. This year, on the eve of World Heart Day, Saffolalife inspired India to embrace a fresh, new perspective on heart health. It showed how simple lifestyle changes, specifically staying active, eating better, and being happy, are actually #ChhoteKadam to healthy heart.

Friday, August 19, 2016


The dream is not that you see in sleep, dream is which does not let you sleep” – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

How true and how deep is this quote from the great scientist and former president of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. We all dream while we are asleep but the real dream – the dream which you wish to fulfill – the dream in which you have set your hearts on – will not “let you sleep”.

When I was a kid, whenever someone asked me as to what I wish to become, I would say “I wish to become a doctor”. As I grew up, my interests and goals started to differ, from doctor, it shifted to becoming an Engineer or a teacher. 

After completing school, I was really confused as to what I really wished to become. My father and teachers at school suggested that I take up a degree course and go on to do masters. This would help me in taking up teaching as a profession. I was academically good but shy and timid. I would get goose bumbs even on standing in front of my own class. How could I become a teacher or professor was all I thought. But the trust my family and teachers had in me was more than what I had in myself.

I joined college for a bachelors degree in physics and went on to do masters in the same subject. Those 5 years at Women's Christian College, Chennai were the most memorable and life changing years of my life. My professors there transformed me from being shy to a strong and confident girl. There, I found my love for books, interest in writing and defeated my stage fright.

I would like to thank Geeta Ma'am, Sabitha Ma'am, Anna Ma'am, Mercy Ma'am, Bright Ma'am, Lakshmi Ma'am, Hannah Ma'am, Mallika Ma'am and all my professors at Women's Christian College for making me the person that I am today. 
WCC moulded me and the advice that I got from my professors there are something I would remember all my life. As I came out of WCC, I could have taken teaching as a profession or got into research, but I had finally found my true calling -  writing and blogging. I had always wanted to start a blog and was finally determined to start one. Whether I would succeed in this field or not, I did not know and did not care, as I only knew that I have finally found a dream which would not let me sleep.

I am blogging about my dreams and the people who helped make them true for the #AdviceThatMattered activity at BlogAdda in association with Stoodnt