Celebrate Diwali with Expressing Life : Double Contest Alert!

Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most celebrated and sacred festivals of Hindus in India. 
The significance is the celebration of the homecoming of Lord Rama after rescuing Lady Sita from the evil King Ravana and completing their 14 years of exile. 

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With Diwali around the corner, on the 30th day of October, to reward you all for your loyal readership of my musings, I have two splendid contests in store. 

My love for books and coffee is overflowing, so the reward is likely to be one of both, or maybe both!

Contest I: Coffee lovers, this one is for you! 

Recently, I came across this app called Gestu that gives you a chance to gift your loved ones what they actually like, be it a cappuccino or tickets of their favourite movies! Wouldn't you rather gift them something simple & sweet, send them a little note, materialise the sensation? That's exactly what Gestu lets you do. AND that's just one of tens of emotions that are expressible through Gestu!

In its early days, Gestu is striving to revolutionise your gifting options and would like to know your opinions!

I have partnered with them and they're reaching out to you! They want to know what you'd like to see on their app. That one awesome, old or new brand/product that conveys your emotions better than anything else! 

So, all you have to do is: 

  • Download the app via this *link
  • Check out what the app has to offer. 
  • Comment your view in the comment box below on what should be added on to the app (Something unique, Okay?). You can choose any brand, be it Pizza Hut or Shoppers Stop, PVR or Starbucks! 
  • To increase your chances of winning, follow me on twitter, and tweet your answer there as well with the hashtag, #Gestuit, do not forget to mention me, my twitter handle is @radhikamundra99. 
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Contest II: Now, I'm celebrating a win which is a secret, for now. So, what is the one thing that tops Coffee? Books, yes, books! 

Just answer these questions in the comments and you're good to go!

  1. Tell me about that one book which made you rethink life!
  2. Would you choose an hour's worth of happiness every day or a full day of happiness 24 days from now?
  3. Tell me about a post on my blog that you loved and why! 


For Contest I: The best, most unique or the uncanniest suggestion wins 7 Gestus (2 for you, 5 for your friends)!
For Contest II: Best 3 comments will win a book each. The first prize will be a Paperback, while the next two will be Kindle editions. 

  • Do not copy. Frame your own answers!
  • Share the post once you've answered.
  • Contest I ends on 25th October 2016.
  • Contest II ends on 28th October 2016.
  • The #GestuIt contest extends to Indian Residents only.
  • The II Contest is open to all.
  • The final selection of winners is undisputable.
So, enough reading, start writing your answers!

A request for you all. While we're fortunate enough to be celebrating, there are people out there who are struggling desperately to make ends meet. Share your festivities with them, share your joy. Remember, the good you do comes back to you! 

Until next time, 
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye! :)

Book Review: Gypsy Magic by Tonya Royston

Book Review: Gypsy Magic

~Closing my eyes, I did the only thing I could think of. I prayed.~

Author: Tonya Royston
Price (Kindle Edition): $0.99/ ₹66
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 3/5 
ISBN- 9781530218721

Young Adult is quite a repetitive genre, so while choosing the books, I make sure there is a new element or something different than the normal cliches. 'Gypsy Magic' by Tonya Royston, book one in the Gypsy Magic Trilogy, is a YA paranormal romance which is, thankfully, not following all the cliches. Here's my review of the same:

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Blurb from the book:
Gracyn Pierce is starting over. She has a new home, a new boyfriend, and a new horse. Everything is perfect, or so it seems. Because Gracyn left a secret behind. In her quest to erase the memory of that night, she forces herself to study hard, her sights set on an Ivy League college.

But her attempts to stay focused are derailed when the neighbor suspected of murdering his sister returns to town. As if that isn’t enough, her senses begin to change in ways that aren’t physically possible. As hard as she tries to find an explanation, there isn’t one.

Gracyn soon learns that things are not what they appear to be. Even her sister who took her in is hiding something. Will Gracyn continue pursuing her goal of getting accepted to a top-notch university, or will the secrets of the past and present ruin her future?

Plot- Gracyn, a teen, has recently found out about a sister her mother gave up for adoption long before her birth. Her mother has a new job in Moscow but she chooses to move to Sedgewick,  Massachusetts instead, to live with her newly found half-sister Becca and her husband to finish her senior year of high school.

Gracyn doesn't mind the change as she has a few secrets of her own. In the conquest of erasing the memories of that night, she throws herself into studying as hard as she can to get into a top Ivy League college. Becca is thrilled to have her and gifts her a horse named Gypsy which helps Gracyn overcome her fear of horses due to a scary riding incident from her childhood.

Gracyn adjusts with the new school, makes new friends while focusing hard on her studies. Along the way, she meets Alex, a senior, and they hit it off well. Then enters the 'bad boy', the third wheel to the budding romance, Lucian.

Lucian is the prime suspect in a two-year-old murder that took place in the woods in Becca's neighborhood. Even though she's scared, Gracyn is drawn to Lucian but she is dating Alex and as it so seems, is happy with.

All this while, Gracyn has noticed some strange, inexplicable changes in herself and has discovered that there are several secrets that this town hides. What are these secrets and what becomes of Gracyn when she finds them out?

Read the book to know more!

Also, read Book Review- 'Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo' By Michael Pronko 

  • Fast Paced.
  • Realistic.
  • Not entirely predictable.
  • Redundant expressions.

About the Author:

Tonya lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, son, two dogs and two horses. Although she dreamed of writing novels at a young age, she was diverted away from that path years ago and built a successful career as a Contracts Manager for a defense contractor in the Washington, DC area. She resurrected her dream of writing in 2013 and hasn’t stopped since. When she isn’t writing, Tonya spends time with her family. She enjoys skiing, horseback riding, and anything else that involves the outdoors. More information about Tonya and her writing can be found at www.tonyaroyston.com.

Personal Opinion: This book was a refreshing change from the repetitive plots of YA that mostly focus on romance. Royston has taken the time to develop the characters well, while not rushing into the acceptance of unnatural occurrences. I'm really hoping that she avoids the love triangle. The book's magical element develops slowly and is well presented.

The book is the base for the sequels and a lot of things have been left to be discovered in the next part. I enjoyed reading it but I'm really hoping it doesn't end up being the same old story.

You can check out the book here!


Until Next Time,
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye!

Celebrating Friendships With ZEE TV's Yaaron Ki Baraat

What is that one memory that jogs back to your mind when you meet up with the best of your friends and have the time of your life that brought you all together?

For my gang, we have several such memories but what truly brought all of us close were the grades 8, 9 and 10. We were, in-a-way, the cool gang but mind you, not mean girls.

Our friendship blossomed with the school tour in grade 8 where we didn't just share rooms but shared our deepest secrets and life has never been better.

Amongst other things, the one memory that jumps up in all our minds as soon as we think of tour is the one where we forgot Shripali and the blame is on me!

I was the one who locked the door after checking no one else was in the room, the area restricted to my line of sight. And the worst part is, we didn't even realise it until two teachers told us off about it. We were descending the stairs, and there comes the witch, puffing with anger, and screamed at us about why have we locked our friend in our room. We assumed she must have mistaken us for some other group and walked along, feeling nothing but joy. That's when another teacher, a PTI teacher who we all considered to be sane, came up and told us the same thing she did.

Now, we panicked. We were all here, who did we lock in? Each of us looked at another and as the conclusion dawned on us, we screamed in unison, 'Shripali!' and we ran to the reception. I took the key and made my way upstairs and was tugging the key into the wretched keyhole which just wouldn't accept it when another teacher came up and asked me what I was doing. Her face was writ with incredulity as I told her why I was there. She said you are on the wrong floor, as she slapped her forehead. Hands down, one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. So I went up and unlocked our door, and out came Shripali, teary-eyed, asking for phone numbers of those of us who had brought cell phones to the tour!

After the tour, after sharing a room and clothes and secrets, school became much more fun.

How one day, we had played Holi, as I remember that day was the last day of school before summer break, grade 8. Holi is the festival of colours, but we played it with water, and we drenched each other, the whole class in water. There was no teacher in the class and it was like monsters let out in open. It was one of the craziest days in our school life. We wasted a lot of water and I'm not proud of it but it was fun, really fun, guilty as charged.

Thinking about those days, I remember the time we all stuck up for each other because ours was easily the naughtiest class in the school and teachers hated us. We were sent down to the witch's(no other word comes to mind) office almost every day. It became such a routine that even she was bored with us coming down but she never spared us.

She always made sure that the lives of the girls in the school should be miserable and that should start with their appearance. As if telling us that we had to make plaits wasn't enough for her cruel heart, we had to make two ponies, with pleats and tie ribbons in it! Even imagining that horrendous rule gives me the chills but we worked it out, anyway!

We all came in normally and one of us would make another's plaits, not me, though, I was always on the receiving side. We would go to the assembly looking like jokers and as soon as we return to class, our hair would have a free fall.

We did all those cliched things, sharing assignments, missing classes, roaming corridors and having loads of fun.

Now, why don't you tell me?

What is that one memory that jogs back to your mind when you meet up with the best of your friends and have the time of your life that brought you all together?

Amidst the cluster of reality shows like Roadies and Big Boss, ZEE TV is coming up with this light-headed, fun-filled show testing and teasing Celebrity friendships and providing a good laugh to the viewers.


For the first time on Indian television, ZEE TV brings you a fun-filled chat show Vivo Smartphone presents Yaaron Ki Baraat co-powered by Amazon.in and Brooke Bond Red Label that will put celebrity friendships to test through a series of fun challenges and tasks. Tune into ZEE TV at 8 PM on 8th October.

Until next time, 
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye! :)

Book Review: The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy- Book 1

Book Review: The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy

~…for love transcends space and time~

Author: Claire Youmans
Price (Kindle Edition): $2.98
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3.5/5 
ISBN- 978-0990323402

My reading journey started with the gems of Enid Blyton, Famous Five, and since then, I never miss the chance of exploring the world of tales weaved for children. The Toki-Girl and Sparrow-Boy by Claire Youmans is one such book and here's my review of it:

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Plot- Set in the Japanese Feudal age, this is the story of two bird children the Toki-girl, Azuki and her brother, the Sparrow-boy, Shota. Gifted by the Jizo to their parents, the bird children were leading a happy life until greed took over the Sheriff and he kidnapped Azuki.

Losing their parents amidst the chaos, Azuki decided to go on a journey to find her Toki-kin, to settle into a life where no human could be hurt because of her. While Azuki is on the route of self-acceptance, the little brother Shota has to bring Azuki back to the village before they are banished from a respectful life in the human world as he promised his dying mother.

On their own different paths, the children discover their destiny, their likes, and dislikes.

Along with the main story, runs another story that of a young Japanese woman, Anko and a western naval officer, Benjamin. Even though attracted to each other, both of them keep their feelings at bay knowing the cultural and traditional hurdles.

A war is breaking out in the Azuki's village and they must return before the equinox before they are declared dead.

Also read: Book Review- 'Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo' By Michael Pronko 

  • Imaginative.
  • Cultural Introduction.
  • Fast Paced.
  • Illustrations by Young Artists
  • Rushed Ending

About the Author:
Claire Youmans is an accomplished adult non-fiction and mystery writer who has also written and edited innumerable articles, engaging audiences for over 20 years. With a deep love for Japan and its culture, Claire has traveled there extensively studying the country's culture and folklore. 
While working on a play produced in Tokyo, The Great Grateful Jizo, Claire was so inspired by two minor characters -- Azuki, a Toki-Girl, and her brother, Shota, a Sparrow-Boy -- that she expanded their story into The Toki Girl and the Sparrow Boy. With generous doses of adventure, suspense, folklore and fantasy, Claire has brought their visually compelling story into book form.
Personal Opinion: You might call me smitten with the Japanese culture but this was a good read, no doubt. Full with magical creatures and an inspiring tale of self-acceptance, this book is recommended not only for the children but adults as well. As mentioned above, the only con, the ending was abrupt. the author rushed the finale which could have been a lot better even though she left quite a room for the sequel.

At times, boredom set in but it wore off with the introduction of the next mystical thing. Combining history and imagination, the author has made admirable efforts.

I grabbed the box set at an unbelievable price, so I'll be commenting on the next two installments as well. Meanwhile, give this book a chance and help your children expand the horizons of their imagination and know the Japanese culture.

You can check out the book here!


Until Next Time,
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye!

Product Review: My Fit Fuel Whey Protein 80

Indian diets are mostly a mixture of carbs and fats with a pinch of protein, comparatively. The body requires a balanced dosage of nutrients, especially protein to repair the broken tissues and to make the enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Proteins are the key to a stronger body.

My Fit Fuel Whey Protein 80 is a whey protein concentrate. Whey protein comes from cow's milk. It has a high nutritional value, is a rich source of the body's essential amino acids, and is efficiently digested and absorbed. 

Product: MFF Whey Protein 80 German Chocolate Delight



Packaging: The packaging was sturdy. The pack is resealable. That saves the trouble of storing it otherwise.

Taste and Mixability: It is a little sweet for my taste because I take it with water, but if you choose to take it with milk, it might taste better. It mixes seamlessly, and no lumps are formed. The shaker is quite useful. Put one scoop of powder with 300 ml of water and shake it for 15-20 seconds. The texture is excellent.

Also Read: Turn Your Morning From Good to Gold with Morning Rituals!

Benefits:  The first question that'll cross your mind, why should I take it? Simple, here's why:

  • If you're looking to build muscles, whey protein promotes muscle growth when coupled with workouts and strength training.
  • If you're looking to lose weight, whey protein suppresses appetite because it's a highly satiating nutrient, which helps in reducing and controlling your hunger pangs and that's the reason I use it for.
  • It is a great supplement for growth, used by several mothers as a breakfast drink for their kids as it boosts metabolism and repairs the muscles that break in our day to day activities.
  • It also helps in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
  • It boosts metabolism that increases the fat-burning process helping an individual look toned and fit.

Usage for Body Building: One scoop with milk as it increases the number of calories.

Usage for Weight loss or general weight management: One scoop with water, normal after the workout.


Whey Protein Concentrate
Permitted Nature Identical Flavours

Nutritional Value:
Serving Size = 32g(1 scoop)

Energy = 120 kcals
Total Fat = 1.9g
Sodium = 60 mg
Total Carbohydrates = 4.5g
Protein = 23g
Sugar = 0g
Cholesterol = 45 mg

Pricing: As compared to several nutrient brands available in the market, MFF is quite affordable because they ship directly, eliminating the middleman. Moreover, it is an Indian brand, which eliminates the cost of shipping and transportation included in the price of supplements from international brands.

Personal Opinion: When it comes to eating something healthy, the biggest problem we face is the taste. Whey Protein is a popular dietary supplement and a useful addition to a weight loss diet. With MFF, the taste gets taken care of as offers flavored as well as unflavored whey. I found the quality quite good and it does curb hunger, that I can assure you. I take it after my morning game of Basketball or a long walk. One thing to remember is to not overdo the dosage or to take it with milk which will lead to weight gain. Why I chose MFF? I support Make in India, and of course, the good reviews it already has.

Whey Protein is not just a convenient way to boost your protein intake, but it has some powerful health benefits as well. - Authority Nutrition

About My Fit Fuel:

My Fit Fuel™ is a customer oriented, innovative and transparent sports nutrition brand. We created this brand with an experience and passion for sports nutrition and fitness. MFF™ vision started from a point where we wanted every customer to be knowledgeable about Quality, Innovation, and Ingredients of their sports nutrition product. In short, helping you buy products more confidently with complete knowledge.

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You can buy MFF Whey protein 80 Online from their website.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Until next time, 
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye! :)