How to Save While Shopping Fashion Online

The revolution of online e-commerce had taken everything to a whole new level. There is literally nothing you can’t get from the online market. From books to shoes, clothes to accessories, electronics to furniture, everything. And in all of this, fashion, as usually, is blooming like you’d never believe. Due to the busy schedules, the modern day women prefer loving shopping online. The flexibility in payment methods, returns, exchange, cancellations ruled out physical shopping big time. And here are a few ways to save more while you are buying fashion online.
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1. Subscribe, Subscribe 

Do we hate subscribing? Yes, Of course. We fear that if we subscribe to any of the e-commerce fashion stores, they’re gonna spam your mailbox. Hate to break this to you, but this doesn’t happen anymore. You’ll find this highly useful because e-commerce stores announce their sale days to their customers through the emails first. So if you subscribe, you’ll be informed beforehand and you’d be saved from any thoughtless shopping you were gonna do.

Read: Product Review: My Fit Fuel Whey Protein 80

2. Look out for the Coupons
These magical things (no, really!) are such a boon. Top fashion stores give discount coupons from time to time to their customers via mail, mostly. However, we recommend you to keep eye out for the coupons, as they keep arriving sneakily sometimes and you might miss them. And out of all those fashion stores, discounts from Myntra are more frequent. You can use them all, and they have launched a new try and buy service recently. We’d say it’s your best pick!
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3. Download their Apps
Most of the e-commerce websites pay particular discount to their app users. The goal of it is to build customer relationships, to retain their customers. So they always give a little extra cash back, a little extra discount for the app users. If savings are your goals, then download the app and shop carefree! And as mentioned above, there are certain app advantages to both users and the retailers.
4. Shipping fee
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Sometimes, even for the clothes that are in your budget becomes not so pocket-friendly due to the addition of the shipping charges. However, we have certain ways to skip the shipping fee. Fashion stores usually wave the shipping fees off if you reach the minimum purchase amount. So think ahead of time and think if you can buy something you’d need in future. Or invest in some classic pieces as they will never go out of fashion!
We wish a jubilant shopping to you!

Book Review- Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer By John Powell

Book Review- Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer

~Well…it was in the days of Good King Freddie.~

Publisher: The BookGuild Ltd.Author: John Powell
Price (Kindle Edition): $4.70 
Genre: Satirical Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 

I love reading children’s books every once in a while and that helps not only in widening my imagination as a writer but also in taking a break from the regular humdrum of dark and deep reads. So, I picked up ‘Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer’ by John Powell, which turned out to be a quite fun read. Here’s my review of the same:

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Blurb from the book:

In a world infested with monsters intent on harassing the citizenry and scaring the livestock, you need an efficient Patron Saint and Minister for the Environment. George, a vertically challenged and impoverished knight in rusty armour, would appear a poor choice were it not for the fact that, during his travels in the Austrian Tyrol, he discovered a cake with the miraculous power to tame monsters. Suddenly, and for the first time in his life, George is in demand. 

Elevated to ministerial position by King Freddie and Prime Minister Merlin, George becomes famous, while remaining (sadly) impoverished, and wittingly or otherwise has a hand in improving international relations with France, creating the first trade union, repelling a Scottish invasion and defining the number of players in a cricket team. 
This sharp and witty satirical comedy, filled with comic caricatures and disgruntled dignitaries and set in a time-we-have-all-forgot will appeal to young people and adults alike.

Plot- ‘Well… it was in the days of Good King Freddie’, marks the beginning of the collection of these short adventures of George, the Patron Saint of England and the Minister for the Environment.

George is a poor knight with a rusty armour who is struggling to find a job. He travels far in the search of a job and in the process, discovers the secret to tame the monsters that overrun England, scaring the citizens and livestock.

When the news of his discovery reaches the good old King Freddie, he fires Cuthbert, the previous Patron Saint, who according to Freddie, ‘… can’t tell a Welsh dragon from an Irish whatsit.”, in the blink of an eye after being advised to do so by the wisest man in England, Merlin the Whirlin, who wears a pointed hat because he is short. George eagerly accepts the position of the Patron Saint and rids the country of all the monsters by turning them into pets.

This book is a comical collection of the tales of adventures of George, Merlin and Freddie and Jack.

Read the book to know more!

Also, read Book Review- ‘Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo’ By Michael Pronko 

  • On point satire.
  • Leisurely Read.


  • Hard to pronounce names! How the hell do you pronounce ‘Marmorgugelhupf’! 

About the Author:

John Powell has had a long and distinguished career as an industrial and scientific engineer. In 1971 he travelled to Ghana to take up the post of senior lecturer in mechanical engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, and his life-long love affair with Ghana began. Since then he has travelled the world as a consultant to many international agencies, including UNIDO. He was awarded the OBE in 1991 for services to technical education in Ghana, and in 2003 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by KNUST in recognition of his long and invaluable service to the country. He now lives in Whitney, Oxfordshire.

Personal Opinion: This book gave me a fit of laughter every now and then. Full of witty remarks, it is a fun read for both kids and adults. Since the stories are self-contained, it can be read at intervals without losing context.
The only con I found was that it was as hard to imagine the monster as was to pronounce their name. What comes to your mind when you read ‘Hungarian woggalong’? Humour me!
Other than this, I’d totally recommend it for all ages.

You can check out the book here!

Until Next Time,
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye!

Celebrate Diwali with Expressing Life : Double Contest Alert!

Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most celebrated and sacred festivals of Hindus in India. 
The significance is the celebration of the homecoming of Lord Rama after rescuing Lady Sita, his wife, from the evil King Ravana and completing their 14 years of exile. 
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With Diwali around the corner, on the 30th day of October, to reward you all for your loyal readership of my musings, I have two splendid contests in store. 
My love for books and coffee is overflowing, so the reward is likely to be one of both, or maybe both!
Contest I: Coffee lovers, this one is for you! – CLOSED
Recently, I came across this app called Gestu that gives you a chance to gift your loved ones what they actually like, be it a cappuccino or tickets of their favorite movies! Wouldn’t you rather gift them something simple & sweet, send them a little note, materialize the sensation? That’s exactly what Gestu lets you do. AND that’s just one of tens of emotions that are expressible through Gestu!
In its early days, Gestu is striving to revolutionize your gifting options and would like to know your opinions!
I have partnered with them and they’re reaching out to you! They want to know what you’d like to see on their app. That one awesome, old or new brand/product that conveys your emotions better than anything else! 
So, all you have to do is: 
  • Download the app via this *link
  • Check out what the app has to offer. 
  • Comment your view in the comment box below on what should be added on to the app (Something unique, Okay?). You can choose any brand, be it Pizza Hut or Shoppers Stop, PVR or Starbucks! 
  • To increase your chances of winning, follow me on twitter, and tweet your answer there as well with the hashtag, #Gestuit, do not forget to mention me, my twitter handle is @radhikamundra99. 
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Contest II: Now, I’m celebrating a win which is a secret, for now. So, what is the one thing that tops Coffee? Books, yes, books! – CLOSED
Just answer these questions in the comments and you’re good to go!
  1. Tell me about that one book which made you rethink life!
  2. Would you choose an hour’s worth of happiness every day or a full day of happiness 24 days from now?
  3. Tell me about a post on my blog that you loved and why! 
For Contest I: The best, most unique or the uncanniest suggestion wins 7 Gestus (2 for you, 5 for your friends)!
For Contest II: Best 3 comments will win a book each. The first prize will be a Paperback, while the next two will be Kindle editions. 
  • Do not copy. Frame your own answers!
  • Share the post once you’ve answered.
  • Contest I has ended.
  • Contest II ends on 28th October 2016.
  • The #GestuIt contest extends to Indian Residents only.
  • The II Contest is open to all.
  • The final selection of winners is undisputable.
So, enough reading, start writing your answers!


The winner of Contest I is… *Drum roll*… Krishna Sharda.
Here’s your congratulatory message from the App Makers:
Kudos to you, champ. You just aced the Gestu test!
Not only did we love your suggestion, but WILL BE (Onboarding the commented brand, i.e., McDonalds!) 
You get to send 5 out of the 7 to your friends, based out of ANY STATE OR CITY in India! Now quickly send your details to us so that we can gift some Gestus to you! 

The winners of the second contest are:
1. Hemant Kapoor 
2. Tara Farah
3. Neha Bhandari

I have read all your comments but my exams demand my time and I’ll have to skip on answering them for the time being! Please bear with me and thanks awfully for participating in this contest! xx


A request for you all. While we’re fortunate enough to be celebrating, there are people out there who are struggling desperately to make ends meet. Share your festivities with them, share your joy. Remember, the good you do comes back to you! 
Until next time, 
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye! 🙂

Book Review: Gypsy Magic by Tonya Royston

Book Review: Gypsy Magic

~Closing my eyes, I did the only thing I could think of. I prayed.~

Author: Tonya Royston
Price (Kindle Edition): $0.99/ ₹66
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 3/5 
ISBN- 9781530218721

Young Adult is quite a repetitive genre, so while choosing the books, I make sure there is a new element or something different than the normal cliches. ‘Gypsy Magic’ by Tonya Royston, book one in the Gypsy Magic Trilogy, is a YA paranormal romance which is, thankfully, not following all the cliches. Here’s my review of the same:

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Blurb from the book:

Gracyn Pierce is starting over. She has a new home, a new boyfriend, and a new horse. Everything is perfect, or so it seems. Because Gracyn left a secret behind. In her quest to erase the memory of that night, she forces herself to study hard, her sights set on an Ivy League college.

But her attempts to stay focused are derailed when the neighbor suspected of murdering his sister returns to town. As if that isn’t enough, her senses begin to change in ways that aren’t physically possible. As hard as she tries to find an explanation, there isn’t one.

Gracyn soon learns that things are not what they appear to be. Even her sister who took her in is hiding something. Will Gracyn continue pursuing her goal of getting accepted to a top-notch university, or will the secrets of the past and present ruin her future?

Plot- Gracyn, a teen, has recently found out about a sister her mother gave up for adoption long before her birth. Her mother has a new job in Moscow but she chooses to move to Sedgewick,  Massachusetts instead, to live with her newly found half-sister Becca and her husband to finish her senior year of high school.

Gracyn doesn’t mind the change as she has a few secrets of her own. In the conquest of erasing the memories of that night, she throws herself into studying as hard as she can to get into a top Ivy League college. Becca is thrilled to have her and gifts her a horse named Gypsy which helps Gracyn overcome her fear of horses due to a scary riding incident from her childhood.

Gracyn adjusts with the new school, makes new friends while focusing hard on her studies. Along the way, she meets Alex, a senior, and they hit it off well. Then enters the ‘bad boy’, the third wheel to the budding romance, Lucian.

Lucian is the prime suspect in a two-year-old murder that took place in the woods in Becca’s neighborhood. Even though she’s scared, Gracyn is drawn to Lucian but she is dating Alex and as it so seems, is happy with.

All this while, Gracyn has noticed some strange, inexplicable changes in herself and has discovered that there are several secrets that this town hides. What are these secrets and what becomes of Gracyn when she finds them out?

Read the book to know more!

Also, read Book Review- ‘Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo’ By Michael Pronko 

  • Fast Paced.
  • Realistic.
  • Not entirely predictable.


  • Redundant expressions.

About the Author:

Tonya lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, son, two dogs and two horses. Although she dreamed of writing novels at a young age, she was diverted away from that path years ago and built a successful career as a Contracts Manager for a defense contractor in the Washington, DC area. She resurrected her dream of writing in 2013 and hasn’t stopped since. When she isn’t writing, Tonya spends time with her family. She enjoys skiing, horseback riding, and anything else that involves the outdoors. More information about Tonya and her writing can be found at

Personal Opinion: This book was a refreshing change from the repetitive plots of YA that mostly focus on romance. Royston has taken the time to develop the characters well, while not rushing into the acceptance of unnatural occurrences. I’m really hoping that she avoids the love triangle. The book’s magical element develops slowly and is well presented.

The book is the base for the sequels and a lot of things have been left to be discovered in the next part. I enjoyed reading it but I’m really hoping it doesn’t end up being the same old story.

You can check out the book here!

Until Next Time,
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye!

Celebrating Friendships With ZEE TV’s Yaaron Ki Baraat

What is that one memory that jogs back to your mind when you meet up with the best of your friends and have the time of your life that brought you all together?

For my gang, we have several such memories but what truly brought all of us close were the grades 8, 9 and 10. We were, in-a-way, the cool gang but mind you, not mean girls.

Our friendship blossomed with the school tour in grade 8 where we didn’t just share rooms but shared our deepest secrets and life has never been better.

Amongst other things, the one memory that jumps up in all our minds as soon as we think of tour is the one where we forgot Shripali and the blame is on me!

I was the one who locked the door after checking no one else was in the room, the area restricted to my line of sight. And the worst part is, we didn’t even realise it until two teachers told us off about it. We were descending the stairs, and there comes the witch, puffing with anger, and screamed at us about why have we locked our friend in our room. We assumed she must have mistaken us for some other group and walked along, feeling nothing but joy. That’s when another teacher, a PTI teacher who we all considered to be sane, came up and told us the same thing she did.

Now, we panicked. We were all here, who did we lock in? Each of us looked at another and as the conclusion dawned on us, we screamed in unison, ‘Shripali!’ and we ran to the reception. I took the key and made my way upstairs and was tugging the key into the wretched keyhole which just wouldn’t accept it when another teacher came up and asked me what I was doing. Her face was writ with incredulity as I told her why I was there. She said you are on the wrong floor, as she slapped her forehead. Hands down, one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. So I went up and unlocked our door, and out came Shripali, teary-eyed, asking for phone numbers of those of us who had brought cell phones to the tour!

After the tour, after sharing a room and clothes and secrets, school became much more fun.

How one day, we had played Holi, as I remember that day was the last day of school before summer break, grade 8. Holi is the festival of colours, but we played it with water, and we drenched each other, the whole class in water. There was no teacher in the class and it was like monsters let out in open. It was one of the craziest days in our school life. We wasted a lot of water and I’m not proud of it but it was fun, really fun, guilty as charged.

Thinking about those days, I remember the time we all stuck up for each other because ours was easily the naughtiest class in the school and teachers hated us. We were sent down to the witch’s(no other word comes to mind) office almost every day. It became such a routine that even she was bored with us coming down but she never spared us.

She always made sure that the lives of the girls in the school should be miserable and that should start with their appearance. As if telling us that we had to make plaits wasn’t enough for her cruel heart, we had to make two ponies, with pleats and tie ribbons in it! Even imagining that horrendous rule gives me the chills but we worked it out, anyway!

We all came in normally and one of us would make another’s plaits, not me, though, I was always on the receiving side. We would go to the assembly looking like jokers and as soon as we return to class, our hair would have a free fall.

We did all those cliched things, sharing assignments, missing classes, roaming corridors and having loads of fun.

Now, why don’t you tell me?

What is that one memory that jogs back to your mind when you meet up with the best of your friends and have the time of your life that brought you all together?

Amidst the cluster of reality shows like Roadies and Big Boss, ZEE TV is coming up with this light-headed, fun-filled show testing and teasing Celebrity friendships and providing a good laugh to the viewers.


For the first time on Indian television, ZEE TV brings you a fun-filled chat show Vivo Smartphone presents Yaaron Ki Baraat co-powered by and Brooke Bond Red Label that will put celebrity friendships to test through a series of fun challenges and tasks. Tune into ZEE TV at 8 PM on 8th October.

Until next time, 
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye! 🙂

Book Review: The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy- Book 1

Book Review: The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy

~…for love transcends space and time~

Author: Claire Youmans
Price (Kindle Edition): $2.98
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3.5/5 
ISBN- 978-0990323402

My reading journey started with the gems of Enid Blyton, Famous Five, and since then, I never miss the chance of exploring the world of tales weaved for children. The Toki-Girl and Sparrow-Boy by Claire Youmans is one such book and here’s my review of it:

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Plot- Set in the Japanese Feudal age, this is the story of two bird children the Toki-girl, Azuki and her brother, the Sparrow-boy, Shota. Gifted by the Jizo to their parents, the bird children were leading a happy life until greed took over the Sheriff and he kidnapped Azuki.

Losing their parents amidst the chaos, Azuki decided to go on a journey to find her Toki-kin, to settle into a life where no human could be hurt because of her. While Azuki is on the route of self-acceptance, the little brother Shota has to bring Azuki back to the village before they are banished from a respectful life in the human world as he promised his dying mother.

On their own different paths, the children discover their destiny, their likes, and dislikes.

Along with the main story, runs another story that of a young Japanese woman, Anko and a western naval officer, Benjamin. Even though attracted to each other, both of them keep their feelings at bay knowing the cultural and traditional hurdles.

A war is breaking out in the Azuki’s village and they must return before the equinox before they are declared dead.

Also read: Book Review- ‘Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo’ By Michael Pronko 

  • Imaginative.
  • Cultural Introduction.
  • Fast Paced.
  • Illustrations by Young Artists


  • Rushed Ending

About the Author:

Claire Youmans is an accomplished adult non-fiction and mystery writer who has also written and edited innumerable articles, engaging audiences for over 20 years. With a deep love for Japan and its culture, Claire has traveled there extensively studying the country’s culture and folklore. 

While working on a play produced in Tokyo, The Great Grateful Jizo, Claire was so inspired by two minor characters — Azuki, a Toki-Girl, and her brother, Shota, a Sparrow-Boy — that she expanded their story into The Toki Girl and the Sparrow Boy. With generous doses of adventure, suspense, folklore and fantasy, Claire has brought their visually compelling story into book form.

Personal Opinion: You might call me smitten with the Japanese culture but this was a good read, no doubt. Full with magical creatures and an inspiring tale of self-acceptance, this book is recommended not only for the children but adults as well. As mentioned above, the only con, the ending was abrupt. the author rushed the finale which could have been a lot better even though she left quite a room for the sequel.

At times, boredom set in but it wore off with the introduction of the next mystical thing. Combining history and imagination, the author has made admirable efforts.

I grabbed the box set at an unbelievable price, so I’ll be commenting on the next two installments as well. Meanwhile, give this book a chance and help your children expand the horizons of their imagination and know the Japanese culture.

You can check out the book here!

Until Next Time,
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye!

Product Review: My Fit Fuel Whey Protein 80

Indian diets are mostly a mixture of carbs and fats with a pinch of protein, comparatively. The body requires a balanced dosage of nutrients, especially protein to repair the broken tissues and to make the enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Proteins are the key to a stronger body.

My Fit Fuel Whey Protein 80 is a whey protein concentrate. Whey protein comes from cow’s milk. It has a high nutritional value, is a rich source of the body’s essential amino acids, and is efficiently digested and absorbed. 
Product: MFF Whey Protein 80 German Chocolate Delight


Packaging: The packaging was sturdy. The pack is resealable. That saves the trouble of storing it otherwise.

Taste and Mixability: It is a little sweet for my taste because I take it with water, but if you choose to take it with milk, it might taste better. It mixes seamlessly, and no lumps are formed. The shaker is quite useful. Put one scoop of powder with 300 ml of water and shake it for 15-20 seconds. The texture is excellent.

Also Read: Turn Your Morning From Good to Gold with Morning Rituals!

Benefits:  The first question that’ll cross your mind, why should I take it? Simple, here’s why:

  • If you’re looking to build muscles, whey protein promotes muscle growth when coupled with workouts and strength training.
  • If you’re looking to lose weight, whey protein suppresses appetite because it’s a highly satiating nutrient, which helps in reducing and controlling your hunger pangs and that’s the reason I use it for.
  • It is a great supplement for growth, used by several mothers as a breakfast drink for their kids as it boosts metabolism and repairs the muscles that break in our day to day activities.
  • It also helps in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
  • It boosts metabolism that increases the fat-burning process helping an individual look toned and fit.

Usage for Body Building: One scoop with milk as it increases the number of calories.

Usage for Weight loss or general weight management: One scoop with water, normal after the workout.

Whey Protein Concentrate

Permitted Nature Identical Flavours

Nutritional Value:
Serving Size = 32g(1 scoop)

Energy = 120 kcals
Total Fat = 1.9g
Sodium = 60 mg
Total Carbohydrates = 4.5g
Protein = 23g
Sugar = 0g
Cholesterol = 45 mg

Pricing: As compared to several nutrient brands available in the market, MFF is quite affordable because they ship directly, eliminating the middleman. Moreover, it is an Indian brand, which eliminates the cost of shipping and transportation included in the price of supplements from international brands.

Personal Opinion: When it comes to eating something healthy, the biggest problem we face is the taste. Whey Protein is a popular dietary supplement and a useful addition to a weight loss diet. With MFF, the taste gets taken care of as offers flavored as well as unflavored whey. I found the quality quite good and it does curb hunger, that I can assure you. I take it after my morning game of Basketball or a long walk. One thing to remember is to not overdo the dosage or to take it with milk which will lead to weight gain. Why I chose MFF? I support Make in India, and of course, the good reviews it already has.

Whey Protein is not just a convenient way to boost your protein intake, but it has some powerful health benefits as well. – Authority Nutrition

About My Fit Fuel:

My Fit Fuel™ is a customer oriented, innovative and transparent sports nutrition brand. We created this brand with an experience and passion for sports nutrition and fitness. MFF™ vision started from a point where we wanted every customer to be knowledgeable about Quality, Innovation, and Ingredients of their sports nutrition product. In short, helping you buy products more confidently with complete knowledge.

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You can buy MFF Whey protein 80 Online from their website.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Until next time, 
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye! 🙂

Press Release: Free Interactive Application Xender Launches New Version


XENDER, a file transfer and sharing application, has announced the launch of its new version – with comprehensive functions and better user experience. XENDER has maintained a leading position as the world’s fastest, most convenient mobile sharing tool at zero cost. XENDER offers seamless transmission between Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Windows PC and Apple MAC system. XENDER was launched in 2013, the current global cumulative user 330 million, India has more than 110 million users, and hopes next three years, the global cumulative users reached 800 million.
Installation Size Reduced
The new version of XENDER has been reduced to 4.5M which gets further compressed in the absence of Wifi. Sharing of XENDER is now more rapid and convenient.
Interactive Management Made Convenient
XENDER does not need a USB connection or PC software installation. It can be used to transfer files anywhere, anytime – from documents, music, pictures, to videos and apps or any other file types of unlimited file size.  XENDER also allows users to view, move or delete files received and even to make a backup copy whenever needed to clean the phone storage.
No Replacement Trouble
You can also switch mobile data like contacts, SMS, pictures, music, videos, games and any other files from your old phone to the new one in one simple step.

Friendly Design
XENDER satisfies all operating needs with functions related to transfer of files: opening, installing, uninstalling, deleting, viewing etc.

Sliding Mass Map: Connect two mobile phones and browse photos at the same time. Smoothly share photos with just a slide

Search: Use the search function and search for any file

Hidden Files: Protect your privacy and hide anything from prying eyes
For more information, please visit hereDownload Xender from Google Play

Xender is a comprehensive app for all file sharing needs. It allows users to share any type of file, at any time, without any mobile data usage. Xender supports Android, IOS, Windows, PC/ Mac cross-platform transferring with over 200 times Bluetooth transfer speed. Xender currently supports over 22 languages including English, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai and Bengali.For India users better experience xender, the new version also added a choice of 12 kinds of India dialect.

Book Review- ‘Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo’ By Michael Pronko

Book Review- Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo

~Tokyo is a workout.~

Author: Michael Pronko
Publisher: Raked Gravel Press
Price(Kindle Version): $2.83
/ ₹201
Genre: Non-Fiction
Rating: 4/5 
ISBN-  9781942410119

I’m not particularly a fan of the non-fiction genre but I don’t know what made me do it, I sampled this book and I don’t regret my decision of buying it eventually. Owing to my love of Manga and Anime, Japanese culture is a fascination to me and this fascination was one of the large contributing factors that made me read this book. Here’s my review of Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo by Michael Pronko:

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Quick Blurb from the book

Motions and Moments is the third book by Michael Pronko on the fluid feel and vibrant confusions of Tokyo life. These 42 new essays burrow into the unique intensities that suffuse the city and ponder what they mean to its millions of inhabitants. 

Based on Pronko’s 18 years living, teaching and writing in Tokyo, these essays on how Tokyoites work, dress, commute, eat and sleep are steeped in insights into the city’s odd structures, intricate pleasures and engaging undertow. 

Included are essays on living to size and loving the crowd, on Tokyo’s dizzying uncertainties and daily satisfactions, and on the 2011 earthquake. As in his first two books, this collection captures the ceaseless flow and passing flashes of life in biggest city in the world with gentle humor and rich detail.

Theme- The author takes the reader on an armchair visit to Tokyo with his eloquent and vivid essays describing the cultural and social practices that take place in Tokyo along with the everyday life of a Tokyoite. Although the author has been living in Tokyo for 18 years, he projects his view of Tokyo as that of an outsider in his essays. The book is essentially a love letter to Tokyo by the author.

From the intricacies of the city’s structure to the daily rush for the commute, the essays create a brief sketch of a day in Tokyo. From the picture the author paints, Tokyo is a giving, yet a closed city. Onigiri (rice balls) is their favorite snack and their obsession with English slogan t-shirts is ever increasing. Tokyoites are skilled multitaskers that excel in fitting things in and take pleasure in creating and filling forms.

The author often compares the life in Tokyo with that of the life in America, from where he actually hails. For an instance, ‘in the west, pleasures are either individual choice or a universal human experience. In Japan, pleasures are Japanese.’ Although non-fiction, the book has been written in a story-like manner. Each essay reflects the pride of the city and the culture it upholds be it the usage of honorifics while addressing someone or the parting ritual at the end of the day

The highlight of the book is the Part 4: Quaking. Dated essays about the aftereffects of the fatal earthquake that hit Japan in March 2011. They capture the essence of the emotional turmoil that every tokyoite felt after the earthquake and how they coped with the tragedy.

The author has sprinkled Japanese words here and there in the essays. Some of them have been explained while some aren’t to avoid interruption of the flow. There’s a glossary at the end for easy reference.

The author’s previous books on Tokyo have been widely appreciated and awarded.

Some interesting observations in the author’s words:

‘All over Tokyo, perfect outfits rise up like figures plucked from a Milan window display.’Perfect Outfits

‘One misplaced step means a bruised knee or bashed hip or, even worse, embarrassment.’ Public Tightness.

‘Tokyoites seem to appreciate both sides, being both tough enough to change and tough enough to stay the same.’ – Construction and Resistance

‘Onigiri are like a haiku of the entire Japanese food culture.’ A Meal in the Hand

‘The memory of that blanketing pink offered a reminder that beauty shows up on schedule, but it also arrives in swift gusts of vivid surprise.’Hanami, and Just After

Personal Opinion: I’ve never read non-fiction before and it feels safe to say that I couldn’t have asked for a better start. The book is informative but it doesn’t bore you. The writing style of the author is vividly imaginative and easy to read. It feels as if with every new essay, you’re unfolding a new mystery about Tokyo. The revelation makes you a bystander; it doesn’t plunge you right inside leaving enough curiosity for you to want to uncover it yourself.

As enjoyable as it was, this book wasn’t unputdownable. There’s only so much you can absorb about another culture at a time. I read it at leisure and enjoyed it thoroughly. With minimal errors, this book takes 4 stars. It’s not a travelogue, mind you. It’s much more than that. So, if you enjoy reading about different cultures, this is the book for you. If you enjoy balanced writing and a good narrative, this book is for you. If you enjoy non-fiction, this book is for you.

For all its worth, this book makes me want to write about my city and I find that idea quite entertaining.

Want to read? Check it out here.


Until next time,
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye!

Marriage Can Wait, Education Cannot ~ The New Age Mantra

Why is marriage such a pressing issue? 
Mostly in small or second tier towns, though there can be exceptions and I certainly do not suggest that the people of big towns like Mumbai or Delhi don’t wish to marry off their daughters as soon as they are of age, like the one I belong to, a girl, as soon as she attains an age of twenty, the talks of her marriage start hovering around the house as well as the entire neighbourhood. In some cases, the age above is replaced by the legal age, that is, 18. 
The mentality, as I reckon, is still very mediocre as regards independence and marriage in the minds of the people. 
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Although the world has moved on about having a girl as a burden and in some cases, a curse, we live in that part of the world which worships Goddesses and mocks the women in the perfect harmony that there could be. India has always been a mixture of contradictory beliefs. 
Where this is quite certain in the minds of people that marrying off their daughter is the best they can do for her, they fail to take in the reality, they fail to accept that they do not live in the medieval or ancient era that only allows a woman to be meek and compromising, to be pleased and thankful to be living under a man’s protection. 
With the change of era, the meaning of marriage as well has significantly changed. 
Today women just don’t need protection from the outside, but also from the inside. They need to be independent they need to know things that can help them survive in this world.
The male dominated society, however, has managed to sow the seeds of an early marriage as a blessing in disguise in the minds of the women they have respectfully brought in their houses to feel validated about everything they do and every decision they make.
The reason for an early marriage? The girl’s mind isn’t mature and she’ll do as is told, learn to adjust and settle as per the requirements of her far older and mature husband and easily bend to the whims of her in-laws, whatever those might be, without understanding that what she is doing, unknowingly, is making her own life miserable, pleasing everybody and not caring about her own wishes, aspirations and needs. Let’s hope she gets a rather understanding and caring husband, who actually cares about what she thinks or what she cares about. In the case of the contrary, let’s hope she somehow finds it in herself to either make peace with her fate as determined by the people around her or decides to do something about it. 
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And that’s not where the problem ends. Before the girl realises what’s happening with her, she bears a child so that every thought that could possibly make her revolt would be silenced for the sake of the child. 
And you’d think that’s where things actually come in her hand? You couldn’t be more wrong! If ever, she decides to revolt, the threats from her very own parents would be so unashamedly selfish, that she’d prefer to burn in hell instead of making her life better. You’d wonder she’d be able to turn to her parents for the respect and help she needs, erm, no, that’s where status and society enter, yet again to ruin her life. ‘What would the society think and say?’, becomes a greater concern for the parents than the well-being of their own child!
I’m not talking about every parent, but this is a mindset that still clouds the minds of a large number of people in our country if not all, certainly not all. 
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But are only the parents to be blamed? Girls often dig the grave of their careers themselves by willfully succumbing to the societal trends of getting married as soon as they can. They fail to realize the consequence of abandoning the only means of their survival, education, in their eagerness of pleasing the society. God forbid, if anything were to happen to make their life miserable, any kind of abuse or violence, they’d either live in that misery till the day they die or will resort to the severe alternative, suicide. 

The Revolution
Teach your daughters to stand up for their rights rather than to make compromises at all times. Not that I oppose adjustment because that’s impossible. For a healthy marriage or for that matter for any healthy relationship, adjustment and compromise are the deciding factors. But there should be a balance, a harmony, a blend of understanding from both the sides. You can’t possibly ask a person to make all the sacrifices while you dominate the ride. 
And before teaching your daughters about compromise, teach them how to earn a living. By not entitling your daughter with her right to education, you’re actively contributing to the possible downfall of your daughter’s life.
Girls, work it out, make it possible to blend career and marriage instead of choosing one over the other. If not, then establish a fair means of income before taking a lifelong subscription of holy matrimony. Break the shackles of pathetic traditions that cast an eternal shadow on your existence.
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What do you think? Which should come first? Share your experience and advice in the comments below. 
Until next time, 
Let’s make the world better in our own little ways.
Bye Bye! 🙂