IN XANADU. A Quest

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.

Filthy Feelings of Emptiness

Labeling itself in a self-help corner of the store with not that bright and attractive cover, Filthy feeling of emptiness is a psychological book written by counseling Psychologist Kashish Pandey.

The book unfolds man’s emotional play and continues discovering other aspects of life in its 12 different chapters; issues like insecurities, emptiness in the life of men and women are talked about in a funny and very casual way.


Coming to the writing style, I wouldn’t say I liked the way the book was presented. It deals with some critical issues, but the writing is rather childish. I found the word ‘Fuck’ is overly used.

The book might have been more engaging. Considering its content, I will recommend this book to young people.

Do check out the book!

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Wrath of Kaal – Review

Wrath of Kaal is an extraordinary thriller. This is such an awesome book which voice out for the innocent lives of dogs. This is totally unique because the Author has made it into a gripping thriller.

Rating – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Kabir our protogonist is such a passionate animal lover. He is a professor but also works for the wellness of dogs. The story starts with strange and emotional circumstances happening around him. His friends and family has issues and one by one he ends up with mystery. He finds himself totally locked. This is where he tries to dot and plot. Will he be able to get to truth ? He had only one thing ” How far would you go to protect the ones you love “. Meanwhile there were couple of murders. The police were left clueless until they get a letter from Kaal. Who is that? Why were they killed?This book is definitely a great treat to all animal lovers. It is filled with emotions, relations, mystery, shocking reaveal and a precious message.There was that enlightening vision, that all animals are not just pets, they are one of the spices living with us. Thereby we got to respect them. They deserve all care and respect like our loved ones. It was a hearttouching read. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

Cybercrime Victimisation|BOOK REVIEW

Book: Cybercrime Victimisation.
Author: Dr. V Henry Terome SJ

Book cover

Isn’t it amazing how internet has changed the society, has done marvelous wonders in the world. The whole world is connected to each other through internet. No doubt there is numerous benefit of the growing technology but in the same time crimes are increasing rapidly due to the misuse of this technology. The number of Cyber crimes in India is constantly increasing which is disrupting people’s life.

Cybercrime is also called computer crime, the use of a computer for committing fraud, violating privacy , stealing identities etc. This process victimizing people is cybercrime victimization.

This book starts with basic knowledge on cyber crime, about digital crime and understanding the Global and Indian scenario of cybercrime. It will make you understand about specific forms of Cyber crimes ,about the victims and the impact of Cyber victimization. Psychologically the victim undergoes a resentment, humiliation and anger against the offender. They lack personal confidence. Moreover the social impact would include effects on work, life and relationship. There are many data on victimization in this book.

It also discusses about the statement of the problem, its objective, scope ,about the reporting behaviour of victims and the need and expectation of victims of cybercrime.

The author has mentioned the complete methodology , research design, the variables examined, hypothesis, data processing, analyses, detailed description of the statistical tools on the cybercrime victimization.

This book is recommended for the youth who wants to lower down the case of cybercrime victimization, who are passionate about serving the society against cyber crooks. I think the young generation who use internet on daily basis should read this book and be aware about the rising cyber crimes.

We are the secret friends – Humans and environment

l love you, you love me, l need you, you need me.

We care, we respect, we are each others pride of heart.

We feel the joy of each others smile, because we are secret friends.

Our relationship may be a mystery to you,

But little did you know it’s history.

l am your happy place of amazement

You don’t realise, l am your environment.

With plants, fruits and flowers l am the heaven

You and me as a pair makes us even.

We are bound to be together, you can never leave me.

We have a responsibility to protect each other.

No matter what, l will be there for you and you will be there for me.

Because we are the secret friends with the union of divine spirit.

By.

Gayathri.

My health is in my hands

   Everyone in this world are running, hardworking and giving in consistent efforts to have a better life. But what are we going to do with all luxuries with an ill health. It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver, said Mahatma Gandhi. But the truth is health is not valued till sickness comes.

So, ultimately YOUR HEALTH IS IN YOUR HANDS

     Everyone wants to be fit until they get fat. So only fat person needs fitness?

Absolutely no. Fitness is necessary for every human, regardless to their physical tendency, fitness is a consistent effort to give in, in order to maintain a good health. So that’s why we say stay fit, stay healthy. So what can be done? If you’re a person who gets health conscious once in a blue moon then it might really concern you. But do not get tensed or be anxious that makes it even more worse.  Actually you must be happy. Catch up that concern, believe me that is your first step. Being health conscious is the first thing you need to do to get into the adventure. So no more negative vibes it is time to change the playlist and get yourself some heavy dose of motivation. It’s time for some transformation.

         Every journey needs a perfect plan and preparation. Preparing yourself is the first thing you need to do. I highly suggest you to gather all your strength and empower yourself. Prepare yourself both mentally and physically.  Set goals, everyday target is the best boost to bring in the consistent effort. Start smoothly. Do happily. The main part of Fitness can be two, one is healthy eating and regular workout. They are the main characters, who play a major role. Healthy eating is definitely easy only when you have health conscious. Food is important, but you must eat to live not live to eat. Fatty foods must not be totally avoided, having control over them is smartness. If you’re going to be controlled and be health conscious then you will ease this. You can do it.   Having good eating routine will never contribute well to your fitness if you do not exercise. Regular body workout is an absolute necessity. No workout no fitness is the apt phrase. You may not do all weight lighting, pay thousands to gym. Workout can be done at home too. Doing cardio and yoga is the best way to kick start. Have a consistency, slow and steady wins the race. Have a friend to accompany you in this journey. The friend is water. Take 2-3 litres of water a day. It gives you the complete support.

 Your success starts with self – discipline. Take that deeper, being true to yourself is the most important mantra. Do the work, trust your body.

BY

Gayathri

Wrath of Mother Earth

Anger the mother nature,

She cannot crush love

She cannot shatter hope

She cannot corrode faith

She cannot eat away peace

She cannot destroy confidence

She cannot cripple friendship

She cannot shut out memories

She cannot silence courage

She cannot quench the spirit

But she can kill you.

A Short note – Life

“Life is just lessons from experience”

What on Earth were you looking for?

God does not create millionaires, sportsman and many other eminent personalities. It is only you the one who takes in all goodness and shine bright.

The Cindrella of Karnal by Reecha Agarwal Goyal.Book review

Divya is cursed as an “inauspicious” since birth. Raised by her orthodox, paternal family and a single mother, she runs away from her home in Karnal to study Psychology. Here she befriends Ved and Kanika who become her lifeline. She finds herself amongst her trusted and supportive friends who become more than her family. But when has life been easy for Divya!

Life takes an upturn where she finds herself in a devastating web of social injustice and abuse, patriarchy, social discrimination. Will she be able to find herself once again? Will she be able to make her mother proud? Will she be able to fullfill her dream to help the people in Karnal with their emotional and psychological issues?

“Cindrella of Karnal” is a fast paced psychological thriller focusing on women centric social issues like female infanticide, molestation, sexual and mental harrasment, injustice towards single mothers and daughters and so much more. The suffering of women, physically and mentally, from an orthodox and dominating society is decribed very well. The story started smoothly but the unexpected twist midway was surprising. The second half of the book is gripping.

This short power-packed inspirational story of a run-way girl and her fight against all odds, is highly recommended to those who like to read woman centric psychological thrillers. This is not a Cinderella retelling, but an new story altogether.

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