Jul 1, 2015

Book Review: The other side of me by Sidney Sheldon

Saurabh Chawla |
The other side of me by sidney sheldon
The other side of me by Sidney Sheldon

Title: The Other Side of Me

Author: Sidney Sheldon

Number of pages: 360

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Genre: Autobiography

Book Review:

I generally don't prefer reading autobiographies as such but if it's of one of my favorite author's, I would definitely pick it up. Also, getting a 4.2 star rating from 19 ratings in all over Flipkart is not that easy :-)  The other side of me is the journey of Sidney Sheldon's life as a writer and definitely, worth reading.

The author has led a hard life being a writer, producer, director and an author. But as I was reading on his journey of life, I was enthralled by his consistent passion for his work that made him pass the times of famine smoothly. If you want to read an autobiography to know the life of that person, you can pick it up for reading. You will come to know the hardships of life a person faces while pursuing his ultimate dreams.

But if your intention is to read the life of a person and get inspired by his life, then I must say that you should DEFINITELY pick this up. The life of Sidney Sheldon teaches that how NOT giving up on your dreams is essential to get through the life with happiness. We all need to be happy at the end, right?

Many obstacles came along his way in all his capacities of various roles he played in his life like that of a father, a husband, a producer, a director and other numerous roles but he had a willingness to carry on. This led him pass those obstacles and achieve the life of his dreams. From shared rooms as paying guests to his own villas, it's a journey of life with lots of highs and lows which once you pick, you will not be able to put down. The most important part is that it leaves a inspiring note in your minds.

A quote at the beginning of the book, is as inspiring as the book itself. It goes:

'He that has no fools, knaves, nor beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.'

                                                                                                                - THOMAS FULLER
                                                                        Seventeenth-century English clergyman


This book can't be rated as when I ask this question to myself that, 'What rating should I give to this book?', I get an answer every time, 'Who are you to rate the life of a person?'

For the writing style and the way the author has shared his life story, I would rate that style as 4.5/5. A MUST READ!

You can buy it NOW from Flipkart! Click below and buy at a discount. You won't be disappointed :-)

Jun 29, 2015

Need a gift? Check out IGP.com

Saurabh Chawla | |
Choosing a gift can be sometimes a daunting task. The more daunting task is, getting the gift you have selected. In the times of busy schedules, I  can't find time to select a gift outlet and go there to purchase that gift. I began searching online for gifts. The result, I was introduced to a wonderful gift portal IGP.com. Indian Gifts Portal has a collection of gifts for all occasions and for all relations like if you want to send a gift to a friend, they have a vast collection ranging from budget gifts to premium gifts. The best thing about them is, faster delivery times. I ordered a watch. You can take a look at the picture below:

Indian Gifts portal Gift

A friend's birthday was approaching and I was in a hurry to buy a gift. I browsed through the site and selected  and ordered a gift as well on 23rd June, 2015, night. The gift was delivered successfully on 26th morning. A fast service indeed. Moreover, if you have friends or relatives outside India, you can send Festival Gifts to them as well. IGP is an online gift store which offers international delivery options to USA, UK etc. They have gifts in almost all categories like Chocolates, Mithais, Fashion, Jewellery, Handbags, Toys, Games etc.

An interesting feature which I liked is that they also have priority delivery options like if you want it delivered before standard delivery times, they have provisions for that as well. Now, I am planning to purchase a gift from IGP.com for my sister on the occasion of Rakhi. For all sisters who need to send Rakhi to their brothers who are living within or outside India, then check out Send Rakhi Online for a cool collection of Rakhis.

I would rate my shopping experience with IGP.com as 4.5/5 as it was my first shopping experience with them and they didn't disappoint me at all!

Jun 23, 2015

Yoga connects you with you!

Saurabh Chawla | | |
I used to think about Yoga as a regimen followed by sick people. I was not sick, not at the age of 21! I was told many times to practice it, it's helpful. I used to say, "Yeah, yeah, will do that when I would need it." What you all think about it? I as right? Wrong!

Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

 I was completely wrong that time. If I would have done Yoga and meditation that time, I would have been more better than I am now. Yes, I am practicing Yoga and meditation now. I would not say that I am doing like a regular follower but yes I do it on an average of four to five days a week. The result,  I am more healthy, energetic and a little bit peaceful (way better than I used to be).

I would recommend doing both (meditation especially on the daily basis as it helps in clearing up your mind of all the clutter. I do it at night time before sleep. It helps me in having a good night sleep (essential for me to plan my next day and next day's workout).

I prefer doing yoga during the early morning hours. I prefer doing the breathing asanas particularly. It helps me in two ways. It helps me in bringing my mind to present moment as  am concentrating on my breathing. Second, it helps me flushing out toxins, purifying the blood in turn. A healthy body makes a healthy mind.

I am very much happy about yoga being promoted in schools, colleges, offices,internationally as well. June 21st was declared the International Yoga Day by United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. I am very much glad as well as I am very much thankful to our Honorable Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi for promoting such a  great thing.

My friends, my dear readers, Yoga and meditation are the tools which you can use to connect yourselves with, well yourselves. When you grow old, a lot of chaos you have to face out there. Below I would list the reasons I follow the routine involving Yoga and meditation:

1) Like body, mind also needs rest.

Our body works for few hours in a day. What about our mind? You give your body some rest by sleeping, but mind is awake that time also. By doing meditation, you stop the thought process by concentrating on anything (usually breath as it's in the present moment). This helps to shut down your mind for some time. No matter if it's for few seconds only.

2) You become more self aware.

Things which I am able to control

This is something which is very much needed by us all, especially the youth. It makes you understand what things you can control, which things you cant control. This, when you understand, you get to know your true self and you start walking towards the success.

3) It gives self control.

It makes you strong, both physically and mentally. You are able to deal with emotional outbursts or stamina related works with more ease.  Your will power is substantially increased as you keep on practicing them.

I keep my body and mind both healthy by practicing Yoga and Meditation. I would suggest you as well to start practicing it. It may feel like you would be reluctant at first but if you follow it, you won't regret it. It's definitely worth the try. :)

Have you felt the difference yet? Do share your thoughts/experiences in the comments section below.
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