Thursday, October 8, 2020

Along came a Spyder - Book Review

 Book Review

Book Name : Along came a Spyder

Author        : Apeksha Rao

Format        : Paperback

Publisher   : Tree Shade Books

Pages         : 255

Blurb :

At 17, Samira Joshi has only one dream in life. She wants to be a spy. Spying runs in the Joshi genes. Her great grandmother was famous for sticking her nose in everyone's business. Her grandmother had a flourishing side-business of tracking down errant husbands and missing servants. Her parents are elite intelligence agents for RAW. Yet, they want their only daughter to become a doctor. When she sees a college friend being trapped by a pimp, Samira does some spying of her own, and discovers the existence of a secret sisterhood of teen spies - the Spyders. And, she wants in !

The question is, do they want her ?

Why did I read this book?

I read the Itsy Bitsy Spyder, which is the sequel to this book and I loved that book. I had to read this book and I must say that I loved this book even more. 

My Review :

I am a big fan of  mystery, drama and thriller books. This book is unputdownable. It is fast paced and I love Apeksha's way with words. Each scene has been described in detail and all characters have been portrayed very well. I already fell in love with Samira from the Itsy Bitsy Spyder. I could relate to Samira's relationship with her mom because most of the teenage girls have a similar kind of relationship with their mothers. Apeksha has also shown how strong the Indian family ties are! Although Samira wants to become a Spy but she only wants to become one with her parents approval. The strong relationship with the grandmother is also beautifully depicted in the book. 

The language of the book is simple and crisp. The cover is beautiful, modern and very chic!. 

I am sure young adults as well as adults will enjoy reading the book.

About the author :

Apeksha Rao is a multi-genre author from Bangalore.

Apeksha has written many short stories based on the same series

Apeksha’s current works in progress: A middle-grade book, a chick-lit featuring a detective, and a horror novel (the writing of which is giving her sleepless nights).

Rating : 4/5

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Trichup Kertain Hair Mask and Shampoo - Product Review

I read somewhere , " Invest in your hair, it is the crown, that you can never take off ". I am very particular about choosing products for my hair. I noticed from the past few months, my hair became very lifeless , brittle and started falling.There’s nothing more demotivating than finding out that you’re losing your hair frequently.I was looking for something which was not harsh on my hair and at the same time repaired my hair. I came across Trichup Hair brand.

Trichup is a flagship brand of Vasu Healthcare. Their range of products includes Oil, Shampoos, Serums, Hair packs, Henna and Hair Creams. It is an Indian brand and has been in the market since 1990. Their products are made with natural herbs and is free of harmful chemicals.It is dermatologically tested and is prescribed by doctors.  The most common problems related to Hair are hair loss, dandruff,dry hair, dull hair, frizzy and brittle hair. Most of the women suffer from minimum one of the above issues. The good news is that Trichup has a solution for all the above problems.

I recently used their Keratin Hair mask and Keratin damage repair shampoo.

Keratin Hair Mask :

The hair-care mask is used in the convenience and comfort for good health for hair.The keratin forms a protective shield around the hair shaft.Keratin protein binds moisture to the hair and improves shine, volume, and manageability.Trichup Keratin Hot Oil Treatment Hair Mask gives increased flexibility and tensile strength.

Its benefits are: 

  • Improves the hair appearance overall.
  • Trichup Keratin Hot Oil Treatment Hair Mask helps to retain the hair moisture.
  • It reduces the frizziness of hair
  • It is suitable to all hair types.

My review :

The hair mask is very easy to apply. I have been using is for the last three months and I am very happy with the results. Spread over the wet hair from root to tip after shampooing.Leave for 10 to 15 minutes, preferably with hair wrapped in the hot towel.Rinse off thoroughly. My hairs is not dull anymore. the friziness has reduced and it looks really nice. 

Trichup Keratin Shampoo :

Keratin is a kind of protein in hair, which provides strength, flexibility and softness. Trichup Keratin Shampoo is fortified with Keratin protein, which forms a layer over the hair replacing the lost Keratin and rebuilds strength, returns elasticity and reduces breakage. It also contains suitable conditioners to leave hair healthy, shiny and frizz-free.

The main features of this shampoo are :

  • It is free from harmful chemicals.
  • It does not have any side effects. 
  • It has been tested on animals.

My Review :

The shampoo is not harsh on the hair at all. It has a very pleasant fragrance. My hair has become more shilny, they have more volume and have become manageable now. The best thing is that my split ends have reduced and they are not frizzy anymore.

If you are facing hair fall and dullness of hair, I highly recommend these Trichup Keratin Hair mask and Trichup Keratin shampoo. 

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

The Itsy Bitsy Spyder - Book Review

 Book Review

The Itsy Bitsy Spyder 

Book Name : The Itsy Bitsy Spyder 

Author        : Apeksha Rao

Format        : E book

Pages         : 68

Blurb :

What do you do when your mother feels that you don’t trust her?
If you’re Samira Joshi, and your mother is an elite spy who works for RAW, the first thing you do is … hide the knives.
After that, you go straight to the therapist that she has chosen.
For, when your mother knows seventeen different ways to kill a man, you don’t argue with her. Much.
Unless she’s trying to destroy your dreams.
Then, you fight dirty. Like a spy.
Samira is sweet, sassy, and almost seventeen. She dreams of becoming a badass spy like her parents.
And, why not?
That’s exactly what her parents have trained her to be.
So, why is her mother suddenly acting like a typical Indian mom and pushing her to be a doctor?
Samira can swear on her stack of covert operative manuals that it has something to with her mother’s last mission.
Her therapist disagrees. She feels the key to the mystery lies in Samira’s childhood.
Between her mother’s drama, a trouble-making grandmother, and a confused therapist, Samira’s life is spinning out of control.
What’s a good spy to do when her dreams are in danger?

This book is the prequel to Along Came A Spyder, the first book in The Spyder Series.

Why did I read the book ?

Growing up, I was always fascinated by spy stories and how they operated. This book intrigued me and I was fascinated to read about Samira's mother's work. Also, I enjoy reading books which a series of books and this book is a prequel to Along came a Spyder in the The Spyder Series.

Review :

This book is a Young Adults, fiction book and it introduces the readers to Smira's life which is full of wonderful adventures. I loved Smira and her mother's characters. The  argument between mother and daughter is exactly how a mother and a teenage daughter have constantly.The book is very easy to read and can be read in a single sitting. Some of the comments made by the grandmother were very witty. I loved the twists and turns in the book . I am looking forward to reading the sequel of the book. I want to know what happened in Georgia and what happened to Smira when she was five years old and whe is she not able to openly talk about it.

About the author :

Apeksha Rao is a multi-genre author from Bangalore.

She is the author of Along Came A Spyder, which is the story of a seventeen year old girl who wants to be a spy.

Apeksha has written many short stories based on the same series.
She is a voracious reader and a foodie.

Apeksha’s current works in progress: A middle-grade book, a chick-lit featuring a detective, and a horror novel (the writing of which is giving her sleepless nights).

Rating : 4/5

Thursday, August 6, 2020

One Girl Many Lives - Book Review

Book Review

One Girl Many Lives

Authors            : Sona Grover, Ajit Yadav, Anshu Bhojangawala, Jithin S, Priya Bajpai

Format              : PDF

Publisher         : Jimpify

Pages               : 259

Blurb :

"One Girl Many Lives" brings together five writers to create five collaborative stories separated by time and space yet anchored together by life, loss and a yearning to belong. Set in varied places but inspired by one single image, the stories explore the aftermath of momentous events that have shaped history and our times. A little girl loses her home and family in the Partition riots; another girl has to find a new home with her family in the aftermath of Black July. A young woman searches for love and companionship in New York at the turn of the millennium; a princess on the run traces back her family’s Royal roots in Paris; and an astronaut is at the centre of a quest by her parents to honour her memory. Endearing, thrilling, gladdening and heart breaking, these stories capture how we view our identities in times of both peace and conflict.

Why did I read the book ?

One thing which really intrigued me when I read the blurb was that five authors wrote all the five stories and I wanted to see how were they able to make a connection to the story because each writer has his own writing style. Also, the cover of the book fascinated me. I had a lot of questions in my mind, like what the running girl depicted, did it depict that she was running from someone or the society or was she happy and was running like a free bird?

Review :

I want to compliment all the authors who have so beautifully written all the stories. The flow of the stories is so wonderful that you do not realize that the story is not written any single author. Each story, whether it is from the pre partition time to 2035, has shown a distinct emotion of women. I have heard a lot of partition stories from my grand parents and could feel the pain which little Jassi went through. The second story, which is about LTTE riots reminded me of the Operation Blue Star which took place in Punjab.The next story about the Y2K gave me a hope that one should not fret about small things and see what have in the present. I am glad that Amy realised that and found her true love, David. In the fourth story I felt really bad for Celine who was looking for her ancestral roots but the man who she thought was the love of her life betrayed her and wanted to kill her. The last story showed that how mother, who wanted the best for her child has the guilt of a lifetime that because of her negligence her daughter died. Each story made my smile, cry and gave me jitters.

All the five stories are very easy to read and the language is crisp and simple. The title of the book is absolutely appropriate as each story had a girl who went through a lot in her life, nothing deters her from moving on. She falls down but gathers courage and moves on . All in all an excellent book.

About the authors :

Sona Grover : Sona is an author and a blogger. You can find her reflections on her blog at

Priya Bajpayee : Priya Bajpai is a short story author and a poet. She blogs at

Jithin S : Jithin S is a man with many traits . He is a traveller, photographer and a blogger. He blogs at He can also be reached at

Anshu Bhojnagarwala : Anshu is a parenting blogger and blogs at ,which is one of the top 20 first time mom blogs.

Ajit Yadav : Ajit loves sports. He blogs at

Rating : 5/5


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Prenatal Care

Prenatal Care

Becoming a mother is one of the greatest blessings for a woman. I clearly remember the day when I got to know that I was pregnant. I was really excited but at the same time was very anxious too ! Everything was new for me and I had advice pouring in from everyone.

 I thoroughly enjoyed my pregnancy and also did exactly what my doctor advised me to do. She was very kind and explained in detail about prenatal care. Prenatal care is a preventive health care.Its goal is to provide regular check-ups that allow doctors to treat and prevent potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy and to promote healthy lifestyles that benefit both mother and child.

 For expecting mothers, prenatal care reduces the chances of serious problems like preterm birth, anemia and low birth weight.

 Also, a pregnant woman should make sure that her immunizations are up to date. Vaccination against some diseases during pregnancy can help protect both the baby and the mother from vaccine-preventable diseases. During pregnancy, vaccinated mothers can help pass on the antibodies to their babies. Antibodies provide some immunity against certain diseases during their first few months of life, when your baby is still too young to get vaccinated. 

 One of the most important vaccinations which I got during my pregnancy was the 3 in 1 vaccination which can help protect against 3 diseases Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis.

 Tetanus is a nerve disease. Diphtheria is a throat infection that can block airways.

 Pertussis is a serious respiratory disease that can lead to hospitalization in infants less than 2 months of age.

 Pertussis (also known as whooping cough) is a highly contagious respiratory infection which can be very serious, especially for newborn babies. The most common symptoms an infant is likely to present are cough with or without associated whoop, difficulty in breathing and other symptoms which may be difficult to diagnose. Infants are not adequately protected especially against Pertussis at birth. Pertussis vaccination begins only at 6-8 weeks of age, putting them at risk of Pertussis disease and complications at birth or in the first few months of life. Vaccination during pregnancy helps pass on protection from the mother to the newborn baby against Pertussis.

 Pregnancy is a very delicate and beautiful period of a woman’s life. Take proper care of yourself, go for regular doctor check-ups, pamper yourself, indulge into all your food cravings and most importantly stay happy.



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Friday, June 12, 2020

Bolly Talkies - Book Review


Book Name     -  Bolly Talkies 
Author             -  Archana Srivastava
Format             -  E Book
Publisher         -  Blogcgatter

About the Book :

The book is an assortment of a list of famous Bollywood movies.Each chapter is either about the name of the movie or a name of the character from a movie or a similar characters. Some of the actors are well known and some others are not as prominent but they gripped a lot of assuranceof fame in possibility.

Why did I read this book ?

I am a huge fan of Bollywood movies.I love watching Bollywood movies, both old and new. Growing up my favourite magazines were Stardust and Filmfare! When I saw this book, I knew that I definitely have to read this!.

My Review :

I really enjoyed reading this book. I must compliment Archana, that there was not a single moment where I felt that I was bored. Archana has beautifully explained in detail each character or the movie in detail. I loved her take on the character or the movie. Reading about Chandni , one of my all time favourite movies , brought back so many memories. I still remember dancing on " mere hatho mei nau nau chudiya " song at every family wedding. Movies ,like Barfi, Dangal, English Vinglish, and movies based on friendship which carry a wonderful message have been beautifully described by Archana.
Chapters on Shah Rukh Khan and Sulu brought a smile on my face. 
The language of the book is simple and clear. This is a must read book for all Bollywood fans!

About the Author :

Archana is an MBA graduate, Former HR Professional, Former Mnagement Faculty. She took a break in 2015 as she moved with her husband to USA. She is a mommy of two exquisite kiddos and a Blogger. She is fond of singing and dancing.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Healthy Eating For Busy Moms - Book Review


Book Name    -   Healthy Eating for Busy Moms
Author            -   Dr. Surbhi Prapanna
Format            -   E Book
Publisher        -   Blogchatter

About the Book :

Healthy Eating for Busy Moms is a wonderful book written by Dr. Surbhi Prapanna. Everyone has become really busy with their work that there is hardly any time for cooking proper meals. In this age of fast-moving lives, everyone wants to prepare quick meals. But sometimes one tends to make fried food or buys food from outside because of the busy schedules. Over a period of time eating uhnhealthy food, definitely has an adverse effect on one's health. This book has an amazing collection of healthy, quick and easy recipes that can be easily made by anyone.

Why did I read this Book :

I am a mom to a four-year-old boy and I know how hard it is to take care of the house, work, and your child . I try my best to make healthy food but because of time constraints, I just make whatever I can quickly. This really makes me feel guilty because I really want to make healthy and nutritious food for my family. I picked up this book to get tips and healthy recipes for my family. 

My Review :

This book is definitely one of the best recipe books I have read. Surbhi has shared so many healthy recipes. The best thing is that she has explained each ingredient in detail and has shared 3-4 recipes  of the same ingredient. I had heard about Amarnath but had never used for cooking. After reading I got to know how nutritious it is for health. I love Quinoa salad but I never knew that one could make quinoa rice too! I had seen thepla only on TV. I  made methi thepla from Surbhi's recipes and everyone loved it.
All the recipes are healthy and nutritious. Surbhi has explained on how to pre-plan your meals and do a lot of chopping during the weekends. I have tried that and trust me , it really saves time. There is a chapter where other bloggers have shared their tips on health and nutrition which was very interesting to read too. This is a must-read book for all others who want to give healthy, nutritious, and wholesome meals to their families.

About the Author :

Dr. Surbhi Prapanna is a homeopathic therapist by profession. She is a writer and a blogger by passion. She has more than 4 years of professional writing experience and her work has been published on various prestigious online platformslike, ,,

Along came a Spyder - Book Review

 Book Review Book Name : Along came a Spyder Author          : Apeksha Rao Format          : Paperback Publisher   : Tree Shade Books Pages ...