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Super Couples by Prachi Garg

SuperCouples Inspiring Stories of Couple-Preneurs By Prachi Garg

SuperCouples are a necessity in today’s world. SuperCouples by Prachi Garg is a book that contains 19 inspiring stories of couples who started a business together, stayed together through the ups & downs and created a successful venture out of thin air.

Most couples who work together to bring their dreams to life end up inspiring hundreds of others in the process. Still, it is a fact that being a business couple is tough. Taking decisions about different aspects of business and living under the same roof is a huge responsibility. As a result, respecting each other’s opinions and understanding values that they stand upon is important. Furthermore, arguing is a part of life, imagine being with your life partner in every situation including work & personal i.e 24*7. Yet, the 19 couples in the book SuperCouples by Prachi Garg keep surprising people.

Love and work can go hand in hand, when your life partner becomes your business partner.

After reading Prachi Garg’s first book SuperWomen I was intrigued to read the second book asap. The second book is more surprising than the first one in the aspects of inspiration, especially for couples. If you are a couple who is about to start a business or who wants to do so in future, you must read this book. Many of the couples came as a surprise because I have been using their products since ages and never realized whose brainchild it is.

For example, SoulFlower, did you know that a couple is behind this whole home spa idea? Yep, Amit & Natasha are one such couple. If you have not tried any Soulflower products yet, I urge you please give a try to their superb range of mindblowing calming and relaxing products.

Facebook Artologue and you will find another couple beaming at you from behind the scenes. Stories and art from their travels around India in an attempt to promote art for all. Imagine making a business out of Art for all? Nice concept. Hats off to Meenakshi & Jey.

Supercouples by Prachi Garg A BOOK REVIEW

Becoming a business partner with your life partner is a dream for many. While it seems exciting and daunting at first it is doable. These couples are living proof.

Book: Super Couples by Prachi Garg (Paperback:198 Pages)

My Stars: 4.5/5

ISBN 10: 9382665897

ISBN 13: 978-9382665892

Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors


A few words with Author of SuperCouples- Prachi Garg

Prachi Garg Author

Prachi Garg

A beautiful person hailing from Delhi, Prachi is a woman of many trades. She is an entrepreneur, an author, and an avid traveler. She agreed to answer few of my questions upon request, I humbly thank you Prachi for this opportunity to know you and learn from you. 

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Super Women Inspiring Stories of 20 Women Entrepreneurs by Prachi Garg

Super women exist all around us. That being said, nowadays it is not usual to find stories of Women entrepreneurs in newspaper articles and magazines. But to know the full story we have to look around us and take help of Google to know more about these women. Even then it is difficult to get to know a good deal about how those women achieved success in their endeavors.

Super Women by Prachi Garg focuses on 20 women entrepreneurs who chose careers in different fields despite the herd-mentality of people around them.

You can either be part of the problem or the solution.

I knew one of the Women-preneurs, Alicia Souza from Facebook. I love her illustrations and seeing her mentioned in the book was exciting. Check out her illustrations you will feel warm and happy in no time. Rest of them came as a surprise to me even though I regularly follow news especially related to Women Entrepreneurs. 

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Logan The Wolverine X Men Marvel Movies Superhero My Petridish

Logan. In The End, Time Beats Us All.

This post isn’t a movie review about Logan, the last Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) movie. It is about the abundance of thoughts springing through my mind after watching the movie. 17 Years of my life, Hugh Jackman’s life and Patrick Stewart’s life – one crazy obsession – the perfection of play and the heroism.

Precisely 3 years ago, X-Men sent Wolverine back to 1983 to stop Mystic from assassinating Bolivar Trask whose death leads to the creation of sentinels (robots designed to kill Mutants). Wolverine succeeds and future of X-Men changes.

Fast forward 3 years and you find that the future didn’t change so much. Somewhere along the time line things happened, time changed its gears and another enemy of X-Men appeared. In the movie timeline, no new X-Men have been born for 25 years, only those who were bred in labs to be rats to the hands of the same scientist who designed a virus that killed the real X-Men. Wolverine, Professor X (Charles Xavier) & Caliban are the only remaining (or so it seems) X-men.

So what changed? X-Men dies at the hand of seemingly normal humans anyway. What changed? TIME.

Time gives life to heroism and sucks it out too.

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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – A Book Review

I have been a fan of Jurassic Park movies & Steven Spielberg for over 20 years and I never had a mental picture of me feeling so cheated after reading just ten pages of the novel. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jurassic park by Steven Spielberg so imagine my surprise when I started reading the book and it turned out to be a whole new level of adventure?

Dr. Alan Grant Jurassic Park Movie

It begins with a quick hospital visit to Costa Rica islands by suspicious people in the middle of the night for what looked like animal scratching but told otherwise by the men in the helicopter? Similarly, another incident takes place on the island where a girl is bitten by a lizard-like creature while visiting with her parents. An American doctor Martin Guitierrez living in Costa Rica tells them it’s nothing to worry about but gets curious when he sees the drawing of the lizard that the girl made. Later on, he goes to look for the creature and accidentally gets a carcass of the same lizard. He sends it to another researcher at a university lab.

Thus begins the hunt for Hammond’s mysterious island (Jurassic Park) and his suspicious activities by the government of America.

Welcome to… Jurassic Park

Hammond is a science lover who wants to bring back the pre-historic creatures in order to create a new business. A new kind of amusement park that will shock the world and make him a renowned thinker of the 20th century. He is working with Dr. Wu a top of the class in his days and someone who wanted to make legends with his genetic research. 

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Solemn Oath

The Awkward Solemn Oath I took at the beginning of 2017…

Solemn Oath means a dignified promise you make mostly to yourself or someone else. In other words, it also means, ‘you are screwed!’

Remember those tiny voices that start ringing in our heads as the New Year approaches? Yep! I have those too. Some call it New Year Resolutions, which I don’t make as I know I won’t be able to ride the resolution cart through the year.

Solemn Oath My Petridish Micky Mouse

Nope! Just can’t.

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Fotunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. Illustration by Chris Riddell

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman begins something like this…

“No milk,” I said.

Fortunately, The milk by neil Gaiman

So begins the ordinary day of a dad.

“No milk,” said my sister.

I watched my dad think about this. He looked like he was going to suggest that we have something for breakfast that you do not need milk for, like sausages, but then he looked like he remembered that, without milk, he couldn’t have his tea. He had his “no tea” face.

“You poor children,” he said. “I will walk down to the shop on the corner. I will get milk.”

 


Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. Illustrations Chris Riddell. – ReviewFortunately, the milk by Neil Gaiman

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Mata Hari The Spy Paulo Coelho

The Spy A Novel by Paulo Coelho – Review

I was waiting eagerly for “The Spy by Paulo Coelho”. Due to work pressure, I was not able to read this novel when it arrived on a sleepy winter morning. I remember writing an essay about ‘Women who made history’ as an 8th grader. One of the books I referred to contained an entire section on women in espionage and the world-famous ‘Mata Hari’ aka ‘Marguerite Gertrude Zelle’ was in it.

I never felt so thrilled to read about a woman spy before, the three pages only told about who Mata Hari was & how she was accused of being a spy and later sentenced to death. Sadly, in those days I didn’t have access to the WEB of the internet and she slowly faded in my memory resurfacing from time to time when women & espionage were mentioned in one sentence.

Mata Hari The Spy Paulo Coelho

The beauty in all her GLORY like her name Mata Hari – SUN fully Shining.

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The THC Under a Gibbous Moon by Manoj V Jain – Review

Manoj V Jain is another IIM, Ahmedabad alumni turning an author, this is his second book. His book The THC Under a Gibbous Moon is about Samar, Sanjaneka & Varun…. Loss, Longing & Changing Circumstances.

Book Blurb: ( As it is on the back of the cover)

“Now look at the person in the mirror and tell her that you love her.”

Sanjaneka stared and stared, unable to utter the simple words aloud.

Why is Sanjneka unable to love herself? What past is she running away from?

How does a Uber ride help Samar save his marriage?

Why does the dull moonlight of a gibbous moon trouble Varun so much?

Three lives. One Utopian center.

The Total Holistic Center (The THC) welcomes the broken and those looking for closure through it’s doors and works its magic to return them to the world fulfilled. This is the story of these three troubled souls who seek solace at the center, indulge in its unusual treatment and find the cures to their ailments in surprising places.

A book on loss, longing and changing circumstances. The THC dives into uncomfortable topics that are usually swept under the rug: fragile relationships, deteriorating marriages, addictions, impotence, and the delicate bond between fathers and sons.

The THC Under a Gibbous Moon by Manoj V Jain - Review

Pages: 194

Publisher: Notion Press

Publishing Date: 23 October, 2016

                             Book Links: The THC: Under a Gibbous Moon

My Rating: 3/5 Moons

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Stardust a Novel by Neil Gaiman. A Sequel to an Unwritten Novel…

At the end of the novel Stardust, Neil Gaiman tells an interesting story about how he started writing Stardust. It’s funny how the books we never plan comes into existence, how stories come to life.

In his own words…

Late one night, a year or so late, in a desert, I watched a star fall like a burning jewel and, in a moment, the whole opening of Stardust presented itself to me.

It’s really fun how stories come to be, isn’t it? C.S.Lewis had the idea of Narnia walking along the Lake Town, watching the stone walls. J.R.R.Tolkien started writing The Hobbit as a bedtime story. J.K.Rowling conceived Harry Potter on a railway station. Out of thin air, words are born which gave shape to a story driving the writer mad until it comes to an end.

STARDUST, NEIL GAIMAN

Yvaine watched over the world, long before Tristran Thorn was born. Never in her wildest dreams, Yvaine could have thought that she will come to Earth, meet a weird, crazy boy, meet witches who want her heart as well as funny sky pirates and fall in love.

Septimus is one of the seven sons of the King of Stormhold. One night the king summons all his sons (or what remains of them) to decide the heir to the throne upon his death. He hurls the Topaz that gives one the power to rule Stormhold, into the sky, and dies, the topaz hits a star in the sky and the star falls. All the sons depart to get the Topaz for themselves.

Lillim a group of three witches learns of the fallen star in the remains of a goat’s entrails. The eldest of the witch departs to get the stars for themselves as they did the last. She eats remains of a heart which make herself young again. Which is later revealed to be the last of the heart of the last fallen star.

But they are not the main characters of Stardust. Neil Gaiman masterfully crafted the story into a ravishing magical faerie fable for the main character Tristarn Thorn, son of Lady Una of Stormhold and Dunstan Thorn. Oh! but how can a normal man from the village of Wall unbeknown to the Faerie world ever meet the only daughter of King of Stormhold? Well, all youngsters are born to defy what they are told not to do. Dunstan is no different. Tristran loves Victoria, the famous belle of his village. So he promises to bring her the fallen star in exchange for her hand in marriage. Young love blossoms in this dangerous faerie story.


What did I love about the story? EVERYTHING. Having seen the movie I was not expecting any surprises when I read the story, but I was so surprised. The novel is not much like the movie, it is charming, dangerous, fun, magical and lovely at the same time. I loved how Yvaine and Tristran live a different life then it is shown in the movie, this novel over the movie anytime.

Stardust Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman created magic once again with his book. He loves writing thriller/horrors for children.

Like any other craft writing stories requires a great deal of strength and love. Love drives us forward in a way nothing else can. Yvaine’s love story with Tristran is something similar.

We are lucky to receive any kind of love in our life. It is a magic unlike any other. Click To Tweet

You can buy the book here: Stardust

Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel. Neil Gaiman, Stardust Click To Tweet

Finally, if you decide to give it a read, have magical time reading. 🙂

Perfume: The Story of A Murderer by Patrick Suskind

We are born with many senses and sometimes without common sense. Well, this story is not about that. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a horror/thriller novel. Patrick Suskind has written a gripping account of the perfumer’s life. It will sweep you off your feet and fly you across the world of smells. However, it is not a simple horror/thriller novel it has many layers and they can be understood only after a careful read. Translated from German to English by John E. Woods.

Patrick Suskind Perfume Story of a murderer

Perfume: The story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind

Jean Baptiste Grenouille is the central character of this thriller. Born a bastard under the gutting table in the dirtiest part of the beautiful city of Paris, Jean is born without a scent. His first cry sends his mother running off to a scaffold to abandon the newborn. He grows up on the streets of the eighteenth century in a merciless world. Jean’s gift of smell is smelled out by a perfumery and under his apprenticeship he learns many things. Jean wishes to be left alone so he can study his olfactory gift in-depth. He takes pleasure in separating and making a map of the geographical areas and the people who live there in his mind with his nose. Unlike people who use eyes and ears to identify people, Jean uses his sense of smell.

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