Author: William Dalrypmple.

Genre: Travelogue.

Rating:  4.5⭐

Xanadu, now Shangdu, is located in Inner Mongolia, northern China. It was the first capital and the summer capital of the Mongol Empire in the 1263. Xanadu was famous for its palaces, gardens and waterways and was Kublai Khan’s favourite summer palace.

Kublai Khan was the grandson of Genghis Khan and the founder of the Yuan Dynasty in the 13th century China. He was the ruler of the Mongol Empire for 30 yrs. During his reign, Xanadu flourished, making it one of the richest kingdoms. After Kublai Khan’s death, however, Yuan Dynasty started to decline, thus changing the face of the once prosperous city to shambles. Xanadu was believed to be so beautiful, that ‘Xanadu’ term is still used as a metaphor for opulence or an idyllic place.

In 1270s Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant, explorer and a writer travelled along the Silk Route with his father and his uncle and reached Xanadu where he served the court of Kublai Khan for 17 years. Though he was not the first European to reach China, Marco Polo was the first to leave a detailed chronicle of his experience. His travel book inspired Christopher Columbus and many other travellers. Author and his companions are one of the many who decided to retake this path once taken 7 centuries back. They started from Jerusalem to reach a tedious route with multiple ethenic diversities, landscapes and overcame diplomatic complications, struggled for basic comfort to finally reach Xanadu. This travelogue takes us through two timelines, 1270s and 1980s with the glimpse of the history compared to the present . He has collated his observations with that of Marco Polos, adding his own version about the aspects which were either not present or overlooked by the later.

It does take a moment to get into the book if you don’t know the background of the topic. I had to do my own research to understand the scene. Nevertheless, it improved my knowledge and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this hilarious travelogue. It has its ups and downs but never a dull moment.


Hello everyone, I hope you people are doing good and keeping safe.

In today’s bolg I will be sharing with you guys my experience of when I tried a subliminal to loose weight!!!

Experience; Before doing this subliminal challenge myself I watched several vedios of people who had done this challenge before and most of them got negative thoughts and vibes, a headache or a stomach ache after listening to it.

But for me the experience was quite different. As soon as I listened to it I got a boost of positivity in me, my mind felt quite relaxed, there were no negative thoughts as such. It turned out to be like a meditation for me.

Results; Before starting this challenge my weight was 61.5 and after 7 days ie. on completion of the challenge I was 60kg. I lost 1.5 kgs😲. This was really Epic and insane.

I suggest you all should also try this challenge out. I have linked the subliminal which I heard below👇

Wake up peeps its an creative writing challenge !!

StoryMirror is one of the greatest platform in India. It is organizing a creative writing challenge. StoryMirror( is fastest growing literary platform and changing the way in which people consume literature.

As storyMirror wants to encourage the students in participating more of the non academic activities and, let students creativity out .It has also been organizing annual contests for the college students since last 2 years.

Now its time for the 3 season, still introducing more activities.Almost 50000 students participated last year around 5000 different colleges participated all over the globe. Hope this year it may increase. The challenge is aimed to spark up the creative energy of college students and help them to incline towards writing down. Only jotting down not plays an role in students life. They need to pen down themselves by expressing g their thoughts like poems or quotations etc.It is an important essence to boost the students mind.within every student there will be a writer.


StoryMirror ( is India’s fastest growing multilingual community of readers and writers with 1 million+ monthly readers, 600,000+ stories & poems, and 75,000+ writers who have written more than 350 million words in 10 languages which is a victory in its own.
They have also published 520+ physical books and 3000+ e-books across various genres and languages, out of which 25+ books have been national bestsellers. They had the privilege of their books being launched by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Mr. Subhash Ghai, Mr. Ramchandra Guha, Mr. Sunil Gavaskar, Hon. PM of Mauritius, Hon. CM of Gujarat, Hon. CM of Uttarakhand, Dr. Kiran Bedi, Indian Ocean Band, Mr. Lesile Lewis, Late Mr. Tom Alter, to name a few.

The details of the challenge are mentioned below

*The challenge will accept entries from all college students across the globe.
* The challenge will accept entries in the form of Stories (Text / Audio), Poems (Text / Audio) & Quotes because creative writing is appreciated and loved in all forms.
*Students can submit entries in 10 languages – English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Odia, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam according to their preference.
*There is no specific theme for the challenge and no limit on entries.
*The submission phase of the challenge is from 5th January to 15th March 2021.


SCWC – Season 3 has multiple prizes on offer for each and every participant so that they can celebrate as many writers as possible.
Literature Masters Award
This award will be presented to those writers, who are exceptionally good in crafting their thoughts and weaving words beautifully. Apart from the winner trophies, the Literature Masters will get various paid assignments from StoryMirror for writing /editing. More than 100 trophies will be distributed under these awards.

Literature premiuer league

This award will be given for the people who are very good at crafting and also the way they think to express their ideas. Apart from the trophies given to the winners not to disappoint remaining people .There will be paid assignments from story Mirror like editing/writing. More than 100 trophies will be presented to the masters .

Besides there are multiple participation prizes for the buddies. And one more main thing if students writings are very good they even publish them .

To participate, click on this participation link:

Wordy World Challenge 💪

The pen is mightier than sword and a word is sharper than knife.

In our day to day life, we use many types of 🔪 knives🍴. Some to cut, some to chop and some to spread butter on a piece of tasteless bread🍞.

In similar way, we speak 🗣 thousands of words without thinking once.

Our some spoken words can cut or chop someone’s heart into pieces.

Some spoken words can heal or soothe someone’s heart 💖.

So, choose your knives🔪🍴 or words 🗣 wisely.

Stay positive and spread positivity.


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