Bridging the gap between rural and urban India | Desi Bandhu Farm Produce and Travels

While speaking to me over a hot cup of desi adrak chai, Saurabh shared, “Many years back I took a journey to lead a fantastic life by backpacking in remote villages of India. It made me rediscover myself and transformed me into a community developer & today I only work towards adding value to society in the purest ways possible. Our vision is to lead people to the most simple & healthy ways of life.” 

The footprints | Short fiction | #StoryTellersBlogHop

12-year-old Sara was curled up in a fetal position on her bed. Her hands were trembling as she drew the blanket over her head, the bed was shaking as she trembled like a leaf in a storm. Just outside her room, she could hear her father growling and her mother screaming back. Pots and pans came crashing down. The sounds of furniture being pushed around were getting louder even as her heart threatened to explode.
Read on to know what happened next…

All that you wanted to know about air-ionizers and didn’t know whom to ask?

The last two years have been the most tragic years for humanity as the deadly CoronaVirus has engulfed millions of lives across the globe. Many of us have lost near and dear ones because of this pandemic. Despite the vaccination drives, the virus mutated itself into many variants and people are still getting affected.
So, what is that we can do to prevent ourselves from contracting this deadly virus and its variants and avoid its further spread.
Well, after doing much research, I came across the study of air ionizers that are certified by accredited labs and are really effective in neutralizing the virus. But before that, let us understand the science behind the ionizers.

How the Indian e-commerce marketplace impacts sellers and consumers both

The Indian E-commerce market is expected to grow from US$ 46.2 billion as of 2020 to US$ 111.40 billion by 2025.

E-commerce has revolutionalised the consumer experience. From making shopping convenient, price sensitive and hassle-free, it has reached consumers in remote places as well.

And in something of a cascading effect, Ecommerce has enabled Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to widen their market reach, create more jobs, and boost revenue; a trend that is expected to continue. Read on to find out how the Indian e-commerce marketplace impacts sellers and consumers both

5 ways you can adopt a pro-active approach towards health and wellness

Due to the current situation, I skipped exercising out of boredom and also cheated extensively on my healthy diet.
Even though I read a lot about taking vitamins, and my friends were talking about the importance of consuming multi-vitamins with proteins and minerals as one of the ways of boosting immunity, I lost the zeal to get back to my healthy lifestyle.
It was tough, but I pushed myself. Now, I am back to my routine and I am sharing 5 ways you can adopt a pro-active approach towards health and wellness.

Healthy chocolates: Guilt-free indulgence this festive season

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know I am a sports person and my health transformation journey has been life changing.
However, I am a chocolate lover and on the constant lookout for chocolates that will allow me to stay on the path of good health.
I have been trying out different options to ensure that clean eating is not boring.
Recently, I came across Bee Tee’s MELT brand of chocolates and was pleasantly surprised!

#SansiSays – What to do when you can’t sleep?

When I was in Junior KG, till my Senior KG, I had little insomnia (yes; I know this BIG word – I read a lot – remember?). So, as I was telling you, I had a little insomnia, and I used to stay awake till 3:00 AM.

I used to play on the phone or with my toys all the time. And even when I got on the bed, I used to keep tossing and turning – it would irritate my family who was snoozing away!

I started sleeping on time once I got into the first grade. Yes, suddenly the New Year changed my life! Read on to know how…

How is Cartel Season one - star rating

Cartel Season One: Episode Breakdown, Review and best performances | Alt Balaji | MX Player

Gripping narrative, powerful performances and immersive background score and superlative choreography make Cartel a binge-worthy watch that make you thirst for Season 2. Prashant Bhagia’s direction is a refreshing, I have fallen in love with his amazing narrative style. Prashant has sculpted each scene carefully and background score lends an immersive experience. Murder, sex, violence, drugs and abusive language Cartel has it all, but it seamlessly fits in to the narrative. The climax is gripping and leaves the audience hungry for a second season where hope & order will be restored.

IN PLAIN SIGHT – Mohamed Thaver’s Amazon Bestseller | Book Review by Gautam Mengle

The subject or rapes and murders that Thaver has chosen is a sensitive one, and yet he handles it with dignity and sensitivity, the same way that he has while covering countless such unfortunate incidents while on the job. It is very easy to cross the line with such subjects and describe scenes of sexual assault or murder in gory detail simply to keep the reader hooked, but Thaver steers clear of it. Instead, he chooses to focus on the nitty gritties of crime detection and investigation, which do an equally effective job of retaining the reader’s attention till the very end.

Amazon Bestseller – Bombay 3: Review by Mohamed Thaver

“What I found particularly likeable was how Dixit has recreated the world of Bombay 3, a part of south Mumbai where he has grown up and observed with the detail of a journalist’s eye.The bit about the three friends who form the central characters of the book looking at trains, debating which one is the best and making plans to go out someday are also endearing.” – says Mohamed Thaver, senior journalist

MEENA CHATTY’s The colony kid is a shower of nostalgia | BOOK REVIEW

The Colony Kid by Meena Chatty is a brilliant choice for oldies like me to reminisce on our childhood. The writing is vivid, conversational and fun. It truly felt refreshing to read such a positive book, and positivity is ultimately paramount in these trying times. It shows how as kids adapted to change and found happiness in everything, and encourages us to do the same today.

Roma Gupta Sinha

Book Review: Magical Storytelling by Roma Gupta Sinha in her latest masterpiece, I Live To Love You

Have you ever been in love? Do the twists and turns of love’s journey leave you enchanted and intrigued? If your answer is yes, then this book is for you.
Roma Gupta Sinha’s latest masterpiece, ‘I Live To Love You’ twists the formula of a fairy tale happy ending. It takes you on a wild ride of emotions and each page leaves you wanting to move to the next.

Holi Special: 6 unique fusion desserts you must get your hands on! Cuppylicious by Minal Narsaria

With the second wave of COVID-19 hitting India hard, it’s going to be a thanda Holi. People will be mostly staying at home and flipping through their phones reminiscing their carefree days when Holi parties were a norm. Why should COVID stop you from experimenting with food? DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter brings to you a unique way to celebrate Holi. Read on and be delighted with these yummilicious dessert treats brought to you by entrepreneur Minal Vivek Narsaria the owner of Cuppylicious.

“Dhappa” the biggest challenge I’ve ever met, because the toughest task for an actor is to break an image, an iconic image: Puneet Issar | Dhappa Poster Reveal

Puneet Issar, the legendary actor will essay the role of a subdued, never seen before character in DHAPPA, a fascinating play that travels across 3 timelines.
Puneet ji is extremely excited about his new role in the upcoming play Dhappa. It’s produced by Karwan Theatre Group Mumbai and Aum Theatre Mumbai. Written and Directed by Akshay Mishra, this magnum opus production will be a visual treat for the theatre audience.

Allow your girls to follow their dreams and watch them make you proud: Sweta Ranawat, ace woman cricketer

Here’s the story of an ace woman cricketer who is a married Marwari woman and mother of the sweet, 5-year-old, Ayaan. She effectively manages a travel & tourism business, her home and her passion for cricket. A super woman indeed! Meet 35-year-old Sweta Girish Ranawat, a left-handed batswoman who has been creating waves across Mumbai’s woman cricket scene.

Honest Review of Just Herbs Kimsukadi Tail – Glow Boosting Facial Oil

The questions that haunt all ladies above 40 today: How to arrest aging? How to get glowing skin after 40? Is there a safe alternative to boost facial glow after 40? Can I have a glowing face without a salon visit? Is there a natural product for boosting facial glow?
I came across Kimsukadi Tail – a glow boosting facial oil by Just Herbs.I used the product for 15 days and timed it according to a wedding that I was going to attend in Bilaspur. Here’s what happened after that…

Is Ludo movie worth watching

9 reasons why you must watch Anurag Basu’s Ludo this Diwali.

When India was shrouded with the fear of Corona and the Sushant Singh Rajput controversy was hitting the headlines, there was one film-maker & his team who diverted energies into creating a fabulous movie. With Ludo, Anurag Basu has yet again proved that he is a master story-teller who has upgraded himself to suit the needs of the current audiences. The pre-promotion of the movie was pretty low key with the PR focussing on the real-life stories of the actors. Nothing much was told about the film. That Anurag does a cameo in the film was also hidden. This film is loaded with so many surprise packages.DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter LOVED Ludo and instead of doing a typical review, I have highlighted the different aspects of the film that will help you decide faster.

Episode break-down: Mirzapur Season 2 | Amazon Prime Original Series

After a long wait, they finally released Amazon Prime Original web series, Mirzapur Season 2 on October 23, 2020. The graphic climax of Mirzapur Season one had left all the fans with a lump in their throats. There were several speculations and excitement at what will happen in season two.
In this article, you will read the episode break-down of Mirzapur Season 2. A detailed review will follow soon.

Best noise reduction headphone

Igrid Launches Its Flagship Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphone For People Working From Home

iGRiD has launched its flagship iGRiD HUSH – IG8100 Bluetooth headphones in India. These over the ear wireless headphones with powerful bass are an ideal companion for you who seek long-lasting comfort without compromising on the audio quality- it’s an experience to be in! These headphones are among the best value for money products available in the market today. They are available on all leading e-commerce websites such as Amazon and their own online platform igridstore.com.

Dashavatar - by Piyusha Vir - best book on Vishnu's avtars

Book Review: Dashavatar – Stories of Lord Vishnu by Piyusha Vir

Dashavatar is a book about the ten stories of the 10 main avatars of Lord Vishnu and how each of them saved the earth from the rule of evil in their own way and what challenges they faced while doing so. The 10 avatars are Matsya (fish), Kurma (turtle), Varaha (boar), Narasimha, Vamana (dwarf man), Parashurama, Ram, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki. Each story defines the avatar for who they were and describes it from a fresh, unbiased point of view where you can truly see the merits and flaws of each character, so the true hero of the story is left for the reader’s imagination to decide.

Twitter EXPLODES as President Trump says he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 | #TrumpHasCovid | #DonaldTrump

Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, the president confirmed on Thursday. The president’s physician said the couple are both “well at this time” adding that he expects Trump to “continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering.” However, Trump will not be returning to the campaign trail for the time being, instead working from the White House where he is in isolation.

Favourite Instagrammers

DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter’s favourite Instagram Content Creators 2020

The Instagram game is no longer about followers, it’s purely about content and its appeal to the target audience.  After a lot of deliberation, DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter is releasing a list of 20 Instagram accounts you must follow in 2020. The criteria for choosing these have been simple: Did they educate/ entertain/offer hope/bring a smile, especially during the lockdown? Will they continue to do so beyond the lockdown?

Nitish Raj Literia Insights

Stirring up a storm in the literary world | Nitish Raj

Every published author has a dream, a dream of publicity around the book, a dream of being able to showcase the book in front of an audience and a dream to see their story on the silver screen. Here’s a man who makes all this possible and more.

Meet Nitish Raj, Editor-in-Chief, Literary Mirror and Literia Insights. He is also the curator of Lit Digital Awards & the brain behind Story To Screen. Along with his friend & partner, Vikash Saxena, Nitish is has been stirring up a storm in the literary world.

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