Don’t Reparo – #CleanUpCashOut with Cashify.in

Mr. Weasley sat at the head of the table, elbows propped on the mahogany surface and scrolled on a rather old version of a smart phone. He was a proud owner of a second-hand model from the Nokia Lumia family as it was the only phone he could afford from the seller at Diagon Alley.

‘A sturdy fellow, this one!’ he always claimed and Molly just sighed. She bewitched the dishes in the kitchen to be washed and laid out dinner on the table.

Off late, he was hooked to Instagram and Twitter, constantly posting pictures of his muggle belongings and live tweets about the ministry raids. Safe to say that he was earning a lot of hate comments from the Malfoy family for associating with anything “Muggle” related. It was quite ironic because the mobile phone in itself was a muggle invention and the entire family flashed the latest model of the iPhone series wherever they went. Only the crème de la crème for the silver-haired pure-bloods of the wizarding society.

‘Kids! Dinner’s ready, we’ll be eating down here in the kitchen.’ *Flash* Fred and George apparated into the dining room with identical grins etched on their faces. Molly slapped the back of their heads lightly.

‘Just because you’re allowed to use magic does not mean you have to whip your wands out for everything!’ She heaved her chest and walked back into the kitchen.

*Tap Tap* Arthur gently struck his phone to try to make it work, unfortunately, it was stuck. Now, this was not the first time the smart phone decided to act funny, it’s been going on for weeks and he hadn’t the slightest clue about fixing it. Using the reparo spell only made it worse.
*Nokia Switch-Off tone* – the phone automatically switched off on its own.

‘What’s wrong, Mr. Weasley? Anything I can help you with?’ Harry sat down in the empty chair next to him with an inquisitive look on his bespectacled face.

‘Oh nothing, Harry, it’s just my wretched smart phone, decided to die on me so soon. I’ve had it for three years now and there were no glitches whatsoever. Only three weeks ago it began to act all funny, no amount of the reparo spell could fix it.’

‘Can I have a look?’ Harry extended his hand and signalled for the phone. Mr. Weasley placed it on his palm and waited impatiently. He tried to restart the phone using several methods he knew of, even googled some tips on the Nokia forums but to no avail.

‘I think it’s time to say goodbye to this phone, Mr. Weasley. I’ve tried everything I can but nothing seems to work.’ Harry sighed.

‘But who will buy a phone which is not even functional? I don’t think I can afford to get a new one right now!’ Arthur mumbled to himself as he realized his days of Instagramming and tweeting (on the go) will cease to exist.

Harry thought of a pragmatic solution and he hoped to God that Mr. Weasley would oblige.

‘Mr. Weasley, there is only one way we can sort out this issue. You have to sell your phone.’ His words thundered Arthur’s heart. Surely, there must be another way, he thought.

‘Are you absolutely sure, Harry?’

Harry adjusted his spectacles and nodded affirmatively. ‘No worries, Mr. Weasley, I know a website where you can sell your mobile phone within sixty seconds! You can #CleanUpCashOut at Cashify.in and it’s hassle-free!’ He beamed with excitement.

‘Oh, come on, dad, if anyone knows about selling muggle smartphones online, it’s Harry!’ Fred endorsed his idea.

‘Well, get on with it then.’ Arthur gave his approval and hoped for a reasonable offer. After all, he did want a more proficient mobile than the one that he had owned.


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Disclaimer: All characters in this Harry Potter imagine/fanfic belong to J.K. Rowling.

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Rocks will heal

Summer’s when seas gleam
cerulean folds lick stone,
they beam,
on their own.

Tiny limbs sands greet
make patterns rhyme,

Sway heartbeat
heal wounds with time,

Sea-foam resonates pain
larks stagger moan,
seems like eternal fame
might just turn to stone.


This post is a part of this week’s IndiSpire prompt: Do you like writing poetry? Bring out the poetess/poet in you! Share any of your poems. #Poem

BOOK REVIEW: Dark Things Between the Shadow and the Soul: Fractured Fairy Tales from Indian Mythology by Sudha Kuruganti

31836087Publication date: March 15th, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 204, Kindle Edition
Links: Goodreads | Amazon India
Stars: 4/5
Enter a world where demons fall in love with deities, the unquiet dead are exorcised with food, and the love story of a shape-shifter and an ordinary man ends in tragedy. 

Featuring cross-dressing assassins, were-snakes, gods and goddesses, demonesses and asura kings, this collection of twenty-two short stories retells famous legends to serve up age old tales from Indian mythology—with a twist. 
 
With footnotes and an afterword to each story explaining the mythology to casual readers, these short stories will delight lovers of the unusual.

“Isn’t it funny how trusting husbands are? How easily they eat the food put in front of them by their wives, without ever wondering if there might be something wrong with it.

You could mix anything in it, and they would never know.”

I stumbled upon Sudha Kuruganti’s blog when I was vehemently searching for some worthwhile Baahubali fan fiction. She had posted a bewitching fanfic titled ‘Elemental’ and I was bowled over. There was just so much depth and justification to each character in the description of the piece and that’s when I realized that I had to check out her book. Oh, and also, the book cover screamed badass women!

Growing up, I’ve always had a fascination for Hindu Mythology much to my parents’ surprise. It’s not like they banned reading material related to the genre but just surprised because I grew up in Dubai and they wondered where the sudden interest sprouted from. My neighbor next door from Rashidiya was a Brahmin and she believed in inculcating the Hindu culture from a very young age in her only child – Mithun. With this kid being tight with my younger brother, he was more than happy to lend us his brand new Ramayana cartoon disc. That’s where it all began and the rest, as they say, is history.

After resolving a bunch of annoying glitches in my Kindle account in correspondence with the Amazon tech support, I finally got my copy of Dark Things and might I say that it was worth all the trouble!

Dark things between the shadow and the soul is a compilation of twenty-two short stories based off of Hindu Mythology. There are five sections in this book with contemporary tales focused on the Vedas, Trimurti, Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Urban Legends & Myths. If you are a newbie to the Indian Mythology genre, then you just got lucky! Because there is an additional primer to all you need to know about Hinduism or Indian mythology. Bonus features include wiki-links to unfamiliar terms and footnotes at the end of each story with a gist of the actual myth.

To begin with, the title is positively intriguing and promising. The contemporary counterparts of the original characters were staggeringly justified in their portrayals, especially Parashuram, Surpanakha, Mohini and Amba (My personal faves). The varying shades of the respective characters intensified with the unexpected twists in each story. What’s not to love about this book when it has horror, romance, murder, psychologically thrilling elements and much more.

This book confuted pre-conceived and clichéd depictions of the characters you know and love. Sheer raw darkness was brought out in even the haloed characters such as Ram in To the victor and Surpanakha, the malefic demoness (we all know and hate) got to tell her side of the story. Be it the revelation of Sugreeva’s true intentions or Parashuram’s appalling vindication of his mother’s murder, both the scenarios maneuver to the characters just being human. Meaning, it reflects human emotions like jealousy and rage which were personified beautifully.

Best served cold was my personal favourite, hands down! By the time I was done with the story, my chest heaved with a primal gratification (you’ll know when you read it). Let me just say that it was one in the morning when I caught up to Storyteller and my reaction wasn’t a pretty sight (panting hard), nevertheless, I was ecstatic because it was a tale based on Vikram and Vetaal (freaking grew up with the cartoon series). As for Timeless, the final punch was quite poignant and immensely enjoyable.

Lastly, the language employed was competently satisfying and quick paced. Although I haven’t read many books based on Hindu mythology, I grew fond of this particular book almost immediately. Like I said before if you’re looking to give this genre a try, you better start with this one!

 


Note: The blurb is borrowed from goodreads.

Do check out Sudha Kuruganti’s blog for bonus stories from Dark Things and other cool fan fiction!

Q&A with Dr. Sandeep Jatwa

vc34Having attained an M.B.B.S. from MGM Medical College, Indore, Sandeep went on to secure a job in medicine and now works at the Government Hospital Sarangpur District Rajgarh.
He has an amazing imagination and spends much of his free time dreaming up stories. He has been writing since 2006 and has completed two novels. The first has yet to be published, but his second one, entitled Second Chance, is an exciting and moralistic tale of how one man comes to realise the error of his greed.
In his free time, Sandeep likes to relax and spend time with his family and friends. He is also a food lover and enjoys trying new and exciting dishes.
Sandeep’s most urgent wish is to be able to educate children who work in the street and have little opportunity to make something good from their lives. He believes that everyone’s childhood should be awesome, and not struggle.

It was great fun interviewing Dr. Sandeep Jatwa, author of Second Chance, his debut novel. To be honest, I was a little jittery about the Q&A, but he was real chilled out and upfront with his response. Here’s my review of the book.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am Dr. Sandeep Jatwa, doctor by profession and writer by heart. I am big foodie and I love dreaming up stories.

What inspired you to write this book?

When I’m doing nothing, I am dreaming up stories and this inspires me to write. I feel bad when I see insensitive people, so felt I should write something that inspires people to become more sensitive.

Do any of the characters in the book resemble real people?

No. All the characters in the book are fictitious.

How did you craft the character of Shekhar Kapoor and what made you delve into the realm of the After-life?

I wanted someone who is not a good man and who is unaware of his deeds in his arrogance, and this gave birth to Shekhar Kapoor. Near Death Experience is a real phenomenon and it is believed that it might a door to other world. So I thought to write about the after-life.

Apart from reading and cooking, do you have any other hobbies?

I love listening to songs and making toys and crafts with my nephews.

What is the main thing you want your readers to take away from this book?

I want them to take away the Love from the book. Don’t waste your life in hatred and live life with love, it is the only way to a good life.

Your all time favourite book that you want to share with your readers.

Sidney Sheldon’s Master of the Game, especially the inspiring story of Jamie MacGregor. I love it. It teaches is – never to give up.

Any writing rituals you’d like to share with us?

No, I don’t have. I write when I have time and  I feel like to write.

If your novel was to be made into a movie, whom would you cast in the lead roles?

Shekhar Kapoor – Aamir Khan, Mr. Perfectionist (my favourite actor).
Unnati Sharma – Nidhi Agrawal
Kailash – Anupam Kher
Manohar – Anu Kapoor
Ashutosh Upadhyay – Neil Nitin Mukesh
Manish Kshirsagar – Mohnish Bahl
The bookkeeper – Rana Daggubati

A word of advice to the budding authors out there?

I am no one to give them advice. But if I have to, I would say — Stay consistent and the result will follow.

 


Do check out Dr. Sandeep Jatwa’s social media pages: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Note: The author bio is borrowed from Goodreads.

BOOK REVIEW: Second Chance by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa

secondchancePublication date: April 10th, 2017
Publisher: Educreation
Pages: 190, Paperback
Links: Goodreads | Amazon India
Stars: 3/5
Source: Review copy

 Shekhar Kapoor is a successful businessman who has never done a decent thing in his entire life. For him, it is all about what he can get and how fast he can get it. He goes through life cheating and insulting people, even after he receives a mysterious telephone call from what is called the City of Justice.  
Ignoring the cryptic warnings, Shekhar continues to live his life as he pleases, until one day, shortly after insulting a beggar in the street, Shekhar crashes his car and is killed.  
And it is only when he is standing before the Bookkeeper, and being shown where his life had gone wrong, that Shekhar finally understands what life is all about.  
But is it too late for him? Can he be given another chance, undo all the wrongs he has done? Or is there a chance that Shekhar Kapoor can find redemption where there had previously been no hope?  

 

“No money can give you contentment and happiness. Do what your heart wants and what you will get would be priceless.”

 

I cannot remember the last time I reviewed a book and it sure as hell feels like eons ago. Forgive me if my book-blogging skills are a bit rusty but I can assure you that it will be an honest and upfront review. So, you can imagine my excitement when vinfluencers  linked me up with Sandeep Jatwa’s Second Chance. Let’s jump right into it then (cracking knuckles).

Second Chance is the tale of a narcissistic business tycoon – Shekhar Kapoor. His blood is laced with arrogance and sexually objectifying women is his forte. From abusing elderly beggars to illegally usurping his rivals’ companies, he has done it all. The protagonist lives his life on his own terms with no shred of humanity left in his body, until one day, he receives a mystical call from the City of Justice.
Dismissing all warnings, he continues to be brash with his life decisions and snubs people with this egomaniacal nature.
After insulting a beggar on the street one day, Shekhar crashes his car and is killed in the process.
Summoned before the bookkeeper who plays out his nastiest deeds on a smokescreen, he realizes where he gone wrong in life and how. With little to no good deeds to defend his karma, will Shekhar walk the path of redemption or resort to his smutty old ways?

The story picked up the pace from the second half onwards and I found myself enjoying it immensely. Although the path carved out was a little predictable, the writing style seemed to take a different direction with respect to character emotions and scene descriptions.

The base of the plot appears to be inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I couldn’t help but draw parallels between the warnings Shekhar receives and the Ghosts of Christmas visiting Scrooge in the middle of the night. The common theme is that they appeal to the protagonist’s humanity and urge them to do the right thing. Rectifying the wrongs of the past and struggling to secure a possibly positive future of the character were some of the similarities. Especially when the projected fate of Kailash and Tiny Tim can be compared in both the stories.

“Never forget that the cause of second chance is your mother’s endless love for you. If you ever get an opportunity then, try to be worthy of her love.”

Despite my extreme hatred towards the central character, I could easily put myself in his shoes when he faced his sentence (which came as no surprise btw). Also, he was doomed from the day he received that phone call and the sadist in me relished his fear and abandonment. Am I crazy to admit that I was grinning like a fool when the bookkeeper read out a bomb drop of punishments lined up for him?!

Anyhow, the theme of the book certainly appeals to the core of humanity, raises questions regarding self-awareness and the repercussions of one’s actions. There was clarity in the description of the protagonist and his response to the incidents in the City of Justice was empathetic. The depiction of the After-Life was intriguing and the author had come up with cleverly colourful punishments to the corresponding sins of Shekhar Kapoor.

If you’re looking for a quick read and a comfortable language structure, this book is the right option! It is piquant, thought-provoking, and humane.

 


Check out the author’s profile here and do express your reviews and comments on the goodreads and amazon pages. Cheers! 

Note: I received a paperback copy from the author and my review is honest and unprejudiced.