The turning point in life #MondayMusings

The last week,  June 25 to be precise,  I completed 15 years of joining the IT industry.   It was an event that has had long term impact on me and my family.  I can look back at life and point to this date with certainty and say, “That day there,  it changed my life.”   Nothing has ever had as much of an impact as this day in life.

Prior to that,  though I was a computer programmer,  I was working in one of the user companies and even after close to 6 years of work experience,  life had really not taken off.  To add to it,  we had 6 full day work weeks.  With  a toddler in tow and living in a joint family,  I did feel at times that there was nothing much to look up to in life.

When I had resumed work post my first son’s birth,  I was surprised to find that my company had moved on from custom software to an ERP system called SAP.  For me at that stage,  it was a software I had not even heard about.  And my IT Manager was a new guy.  Not knowing what the future will hold,  I went about it and could barely focus on work with visions of being obsolete and removed from the job.

Life had other plans.  The IT Manager gave me the option to choose between Web Designing and SAP.  Web Designing and Java were hot at that time and everyone was doing it.  I knew my limitations on the creative aspects.  But, the other option was unknown.  Here,  my friend,  suggested that I should take the leap into SAP as there was nothing to lose anyway.   The company wanted me to pick up the new software on my own as training was outrageously expensive then for SAP.  Continue reading

Colours of life by Inderjit Kaur #BookReview

Author : Inderjit Kaurbook cover (8)
Publisher :
Release date : 2016
Pages : 194
Genre : Positive thinking / Non-fiction
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The book is titled,  Kaleidoscope – Colours of Life – A Living Series – Book 3.   Though the book is part of a series,  since it is not a continuous tale,  it does not really take away from the soul of the book.  The book is more like the familiar ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’  books which is based on real life experiences by people across places.  In this book,  it is the author’s real life experiences and how she was able to handle the various situations in her life through positive,  re-inforced thinking.  She rightly points out that one can learn a lot from one’s surroundings,  by the people we meet,  by how we judge or react to them.

The first one-third of the book is made up of stories by relating them to the seven colors of the rainbow.  Each color represents a positive trait.  So,  Violet is spiritual, Blue is confidence, Orange is compassionate and so on.  Each of the colors begin with a story and goes on to detail the reasonings.  The remaining two-third of the book is for stories relative to the A to Z of positive traits.  Most of the stories are related to the author’s own life experiences and they are very heartfelt and genuine.  Each story ends with a powerful quote. Continue reading

If we were having coffee .. #weekendcoffeeshare

cappuccino-276505_640If we were having coffee,  you would tell me that I have not shared coffee with you since a long time.  I try to hide my face but then what are friends for if they do not complain about you.  I had some good reasons too.  I was caught up in life and its tantrums.

Life went on a tad too monotonously.  I have been reading your exciting posts and I felt, I had nothing to share.  It was also summer vacations here and with the children at home,  or rather at the playground the whole day,  I just had time to see to it they are fed on time and bathed daily.

We did make a short trip to Mahabaleshwar,  a neighbouring hill-station for some TLC.  And a week ago,  the school and colleges have started and the boys are back to their daily hectic routines.  And now I can get back to blogging.  That was the major reason for staying away.   And I think you will understand.

This week the much-anticipated monsoon is back in Mumbai.  After the total absence of rain last year,  we are hoping and praying for a good three months of soul drenching, flooding and grinding life to a halt rain.  The drought last year has been a wake-up call to preserve the delicate environment.  I am glad that in my local area,  there are many ponds and lakes.  This year they have been systematically cleaned up and readied for rain-water harvesting.  This year should be better than the last.  Mumbai, with its burgeoning migrant population cannot afford to have a drought.  The civic authorities may just ask us to leave the city.

On the book blogging front,  two of my reviews will be up soon and there are three more pending to be read.   Be back to check out the reviews on the blog.  Sadly,  I am losing out on a lot of reading time due to work and family,  urging me to move towards audio books.   I am discovering a whole new world of audio books now.  If you haven’t, check out some free classic reads on

On a different thought,  I really wish someone will do a reading of Malayalam language novels.  I would love to listen to them in their original forms instead of half-baked translations.  Anyone wants to take it up?

This year, emboldened by successfully completing the April A-to-Z challenge, I have also signed up for CampNanowrimo pledging to write 30,000 words.  I have been wanting to write longer stories but never got around to it.  The plan is to write a romantic story.  Putting in some plots and plans in place for the same now.  Do send me your suggestions.  What kind of love story excites you?

I need all your wishes and blessings as I start my journey next week.

So, how have things been with you?  What is keeping you busy,  my dear friend?

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Blocks and cures #MondayMusings

It has struck again.  The malaise. It is a terrible one at that.  My heart yearns,  but my mind freezes.  It is the infamous writer’s block again.  So,  based on tips and reasonings by other experienced and famous bloggers,   was to beat the writer’s block to pulp.  Er.. but how?  I start writing a few lines.  Then I feel it sounds too boring, or too preachy or sometimes even too sugary.

But,  I once read, that to beat the block, just write.  And so,  here I am.  Writing whatever is coming into my head.  Because,  not writing is leaving me in a bad mood.  I am unable to concentrate on other things at hand as all the time,  I am nursing the writer’s block,  coaxing it to give up and to come back to the New Post page again.

I also blame the weather for it.  Its been raining since yesterday evening.  *Sniff*. I want to watch the rain,  but here I am in front of my laptop.   So,  I just got a large cup of coffee err.. kaapi made and decided to write.  Continue reading

Tales of Sunshine by Sundari Venkatraman


(A collection of short stories)
Sundari Venkatraman
TALES OF SUNSHINE is a collection of ten short
stories that bring hope.
“A Ray of Sunshine” is about young Raj who’s
terribly upset when many people in his team lose their jobs. But is he able to
do anything about it?
“A Promise Given” is about Sachin, the poor,
rich, young man; and the pregnant Aparna.
“Life Goes out of Control” is the story where Preeti, an
only child, is a bone of contention between her parents.
Nath has slogged throughout his life to become rich, to suffer a massive heart
attack at 57. Read “Rakesh Nath’s
to find out more…
“Exam Fever” is about Renu and her anxious mother,
Maya. Renu wants to play truant from studies while Maya is terribly worried
about her daughter’s exams.
“Until Death us do Part” is the story of Rekha, the 35-year-old
COO of an MNC. She finds love or does she?
adores his grandfather. But his mother Anu is scared of her son spending time
with the Alzheimer patient in “Is Grandpa
Daydreaming Mercenary” is Reema. She
blows up her sister Rita’s hard-earned money. But are things what they actually
“Breaking Free from the Mould” is the most difficult thing
as a human. With so much pressure from his Grandma, will Aarush pursue his


“The Elephant in the Room” is in the first person where the
poor Nandita talks about her friendship (?) with the rich Shruti.
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About the author
Tales of
the seventh book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This book is an anthology of
human interest stories. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway
Bridegroom, The Madras Affair
and An
Autograph for Anjali
—all romances. She also has a collection of romantic
short stories called Matches Made in
. All of Sundari Venkatraman’s books have been on Amazon Top 100
Bestsellers in India, USA, UK & Australia many times over.
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