Delhi Literature Festival 2017: Dr. Blossom Kochhar reads her new book Aromatherapy – A Way of Life

Dr. Blossom Kochhar in conversation with Chief Editor Exhange4Media Anurag Batra and renowned author and film critic Aruna Vasudev hosted an engaging and interactive book reading session at the Delhi Literature Festival in New Delhi.

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An icon, a clear visionary, way ahead of her time, Dr. Kochhar has authored a lot of books in the past and yet again, the diva of aromatherapy has come up with a new book to boot, “Aromatherapy- A Way Of Life”.

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The event was attended by the who’s who of Delhi, readers and book lovers. Dr. Kochhar talked about her journey, how she was introduced to aromatherapy and how everyone can make Aromatherpay a part of their lives.

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“The purpose of this book is to share my life and love for aromatherapy with my readers. It is amazing how aromatherapy can enhance the quality of our living in so many ways.” Dr. Kochhar said at the event.

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In this book, Dr. Kochhar has elaborated many ways of using essential oils in our everyday life including our love life, family life, for children, for the elderly, in our homes, offices, in the food we eat, for skin care, body care, for various ailments and during phases of stress and depression. This book can be a ready referral to your everyday needs.

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Young lovers will find this book exciting as she has also fleshed out a lot of concoctions for weddings and doled out invaluable tips on using essential oils recipes for love and romance through the various stages of courtship. It takes the readers through the journey of life including romance, wedding, travel, years when the romance has faded, pregnancy and after delivery.

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Ready reckoner

The book is also a ready reckoner for those who want to incorporate aromatherapy in their life through a lot of everyday simple life hacks. Something, as regular as rinsing your mouth with water to which add a drop of clove essential oil is the best way to integrate aromatherapy in your life.

The book is published by Hay House Publishers India and is available at all leading book stores, Blossom Kochhar Aroma magic kiosks. The readers can also buy the book online at amazon.

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Book Review: ‘We’ll Be Around Honey’, novel by debutant Ramya Mishra

The Indian literary horizon is witnessing a sudden spurt in the burgeoning crop of new writers in English. The verdict is out, the bubble gum literature is in, across the country and the readers are welcoming it with open arms.

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The latest writer to foray into the literary world is Ramya Mishra with her debut novel, ‘We’ll Be Around Honey’. Published by Divyansh Publications, this novel belongs to an alltogher new genre. The theme is revolving around the youth and the lingo in this book is in sync with the contemporary way the youth speak in India. A light fiction, We’ill be Around Honey’s situations are pepped up with humour. The situations are pretty much in common, which on an average, every other human being faces, while growing up. Although, many books have been written exploring male frienship and their attitude towards problems, this will be perhaps the first time, when female friendship, their relationships and the emerging problems are explored in great details.

The novel revolves around four characters: Riya, Niharika, Fiza an Shivani. It takes one through their journey of life from childhood to youth. It talks about the bond which they share and how even the testing times was not able to break that bond. It dwells further- that at the time of need all four leave behind everything just to be there for each other. The book is divided into three stages. In the first stage the teenage of the characters is discussed, the story revolves around their school life. The second stage speaks about their youth and the problems which growing up years bring. The final stage talks about the different trials and tests that life takes them through and they mature in the process. It is their support for each other that help them in dealing with those situations bravely and they all learn the new meaning of relationships.

This novel touches different issues which a child face while growing up, it delicately speaks about sibling rivalry, unhappy family life and its impact on the kids, how the child personality gets distorted by constant parent’s pressure and their expectations. It throws light on how parents tries to relive there unfulfilled expectations through their kids. In the novel few of the problems faced by youth are beautifully dealt with, not only this it also takes us across the dreams, problems and expectations, which this stage brings. The book is good for light reading, the whole novel is filled with interesting incidents which somewhere reflect the truth about life. The book is available online as well as on leading book stores of India. In Bareilly, UP, the book is available at Syndicate Book Depot.

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Ramya Mishra was born and brought up in Bareilly. She pursued her education at Hartmann College Bareilly, Dayalbagh Educational Institute Agra and Apeejay Management Institute. Ramya has worked with many reputed firms in the corporate communication departments. She is a regular columnist for a leading Hindi magazine. Apart from this Ramya is also a good orator and has won many state and national level awards. A passionate reader, she is also equally passionate about music and theatre. Her mission is to highlight various problmes faced by today’s youth and bring them the much needed solution and solace. Ramya can be contacted by E-Mail: ramyam2000@gmail.com or http://gypsyonexploration.blogspot.in/.

 

Book Review by Ramya Mishra: Runaway Children authored by S Hariharan

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“The story is delicately told by the author S. Hariharan and he has tactfully raised many questions, which we Indians conveniently brush under the carpet. He has questioned the wisdom of raising the kid’s with iron hand, without much thought given to their thinking pattern, emotions and what all trauma they face at different stages of their life”, says Ramya Mishra, writer, entrepreneur and working mom, while speaking about the book. She speaks about the other subtle nuances of the book and more to Jayashankar Menon. Excerpts:

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JM: Can you speak the impression you gathered about Hariharan’s Runway Children?

RM: Runaway Children is an autobiographical journey of Hariharan. He at one point of time in his life ran away from his home and returned as a much wiser person. He in his own delicate manner has tried to take us into the world of runaway children. The story is delicately told, and Hariharan has tactfully raised many questions, which we Indians conveniently brush under the carpet. He has questioned the wisdom of raising the kid’s with iron hand, without much thought given to their thinking pattern, emotions and what all trauma they face at different stages of their life.

JM: What is so striking point you have found in the book?

RM: I remember at a certain juncture in the story, the author was contemplating, that if someone had told him the ills of smoking in loving and gentle way, then probably he would have quit smoking.  This statement throws light on the fact that in child rearing every problem cannot be solved by shouting and raising the rod.

JM: Can you shed light on how the story progresses?

RM: The story is divided into eight parts, and traces his journey from beginning till final trip. The author, in his memoir has also highlighted the plight of runaway children. Many of them sleep on empty or half-filled stomach. Apart from that they do not have much hope in life and are regularly exploited and bullied.

JM: How do you sum up the memoir?

RM: The book is definitely one time read, with an easy flowing narrative. The story beautifully unfolds without those heavy sermons or unnecessary preaching’s. While reading the book, at certain point of time one feels like reaching out to the orphans and desolate kids. The narration ends on a positive note, where the author makes peace with his family. He not only finishes his higher studies, but also ends up running a successful BPO firm with a turnover of few crore. This highlights the fact that the human spirit can survive despite of all adversities.

LIC-Gateway LitFest to start in Mumbai on February 14, 2015

The LIC-Gateway LitFest will be inaugurated on February 14, 2015 at Sunken Garden, NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai at 10:30 AM. Prathibha Ray will welcome the gathering.

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Veteran film maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan will deliver the keynote address. The festival will honour Jnanpith winner Pratibha Ray and veteran Gujarati writer Sitanshu Yashaschandra.

Eminent speakers at the event includes PP Balachandran, K Satchidanandan, Govind Nihalani, Bose Krishnamachari and Nandita Das. Also on the cards are the felicitation of Literature Quiz winners.

One nation, sole platform, 50 writers, 100 styles and nine languages. The LIC-LitFest is setting a new precedent. Mumbai will witness the confluence of a gamut of prolific writers from vivid India languages, discussing, debating, reviving and reinvigorating the vibrant regional literary streams that made India over the centuries. Bengali,Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya and Tamil will take the centre stage along with English and Hindi on the same venue.

Authors, film personalities, publishers, journalists, corporate leaders and book lovers will hobnob for two days. Budding writers will share the stage with Jnanpith awardees and Akademi award winners, setting the tone for intellectual discourses on literature.

Mohan Kakanadan, Executive Director, LIC-Gateway LitFest is presenting the first regional language literature festival in the country. Entry is free and will open from 10.00 AM to 7.00 PM on a first come first served basis. Around 50 great minds from different parts of India will deliberate on various issues pertaining to literature, art, theatre and cinema.

Book Review: Part-Time Devdaas by Rugved Mondkar

The novel, Part-Time Devdaas, authored by Rugved Mondkar portrays the painful break-up of Arjun Kulkarni, which not only takes away the love of his life, Hrida but also estrangement from his parents, buddies, a best friend, even the country.

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In India, when In India, when zaalim duniya separates a guy and a girl in love, they are called Heer and Ranjha. But when they themselves decide to separate, they are called Devdaas and Paro. Meet Arjun Kulkarni – a thirty-year-old film director, with actresses and janta equally fond of him and his work.

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He has a house to himself, a fancy car and enough money to ensure a comfortable lifestyle, he has even had his share of love and flings. Sounds like a complete life, happy and content. Or doesn’t it?

What lies beneath a smiling face is a painful break-up, which not only took away the love of his life Hrida after seven long years, but also led to estrangement from his parents, buddies, a best friend, even the country. From full-time love, to part-time Devdaasgiri; from part-time guilt, to full-time redemption: life seems to come full circle when his sixteen-year-old neighbour Aditi comes in without knocking. Does he find a way back into love or is he destined to be a Part-Time Devdaas?

Rugved Mondkar is a civil engineer and has been cutting teeth into Film and TV Serial Production and Direction since the past nine years. He works full time as an Executive Producer with a leading media company in Mumbai, where he writes and directs socially relevant short films and TV shows.

An avid reader on various subjects, Rugved derives his passion for writing from his drive towards direction and playwright which surfaced right from the age of twelve when he wrote and directed a play. This stint continued to transpire into stage acting and direction, until he entered the world of Engineering.

Rugved has been a fervent storyteller and believes in spreading smiles. He intends to create a joyful engagement with readers and viewers through his books and scripts. In his debut novel Part-time Devdaas, Rugved pens down the different facets of relationships, right from budding love to break ups and the after break up twist and turns. Incorporating many of his real life experiences, Rugved aims at creating a relative pull amongst his readers. The multi-faceted personality is slated to make his feature film debut as writer and director by the end of 2015.

Jaico launches ‘Made in India’ cook book of Kunal Vijayakar’s recipes

Food devotee and crazy bone Kunal Vijayakar debuts with Made in India cook book, powered by Jaico Publishing House. A casual evening about food, fun and taste hosted by Cyrus Broacha and in the presence of guest of honors Boman Irani, Bharat Dhabolkar, AP Parigi and Rashmi Uday Singh, according to a media statement.

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The pioneers of English paperback publishing, Jaico Publishing House will be launching the first cook book of Film actor, comedian, TV host of the famous Times Now Foodie Show, Kunal Vijayakar’s 60 mouth-watering recipes from desi kitchens and bylanes – Made in India at Trident, Nariman Point on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Amassing a wide platter of dishes, the book will be launched in the presence of Cyrus Broacha, TV anchor, comedian, columnist and author, Boman Irani, Indian film and theatre actor, Bharat Dhabolkar, actor and director, AP Parigi, Group CEO at Network 18 Media and the famous food critic Rashmi Uday Singh.

This book is a buffet, an eclectic spread of some iconic, some forgotten and some beloved food that India has to offer. The recipes are often simple and tweaked to suit today’s fast-paced life, though some need the effort, perseverance and love that good food demands. In his inimitable style as a food writer of many years, the author has jotted down his thoughts, including some nuggets of information and his mouthwatering experiences alongside his recipes. The dishes in the book are also beautifully photographed, including pictures of some of the author’s favorite food moments. On his journey across the country, Kunal discovered some delectable and unexplored food joints and kitchens that led him to catch the culinary bug.

Vijayakar said: “I should have only myself to thank, because the amount of time, stamina and stress it has taken me to put together this small compendium of recipes is shameful. I am not saying this is a great literary work, but I have literally had to slog to select and deliver these recipes.” As rightly said, ‘Keep Calm and Eat On’.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Ford sponsors SAMVAD

Ford India, the Chennai-based arm of US auto maker, Ford is all set to return to Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, by extending its association with SAMVAD, an arena dedicated for conversation around children at the event, according to a company statement.

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With the association, Ford India is aiming at driving meaningful conversations around the importance of holistic education for future generations. Committed to a Better World Vision, Ford India first announced its ‘Happy Schools’ vision at the premier literary event in 2014.
Under the programme, Ford is partnering with reputed NGOs in the field of education to collectively conceptualise and design a social intervention model that addresses the identified gaps specific to each school. The programme is designed to address gaps in academic support, health, nutrition (access to water, sanitation facilities, balanced nutrition, etc.) and infrastructure requirements that restrict schools from imparting holistic education.

As the exclusive sponsor of SAMVAD, a dedicated space for children at Jaipur Literature Festival, Ford aims to inspire future generations through meaningful dialogues with renowned thinkers and top-achievers on relevant issues concerning them.

This present edition of programming at SAMVAD will cover stalwarts like Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Girish Karnad, Prasoon Joshi, Ibukun Olatunji, Devdutt Pattanaik, Pallava Bagla and Cat Weatherill to name a few. With unwavering commitment to the country and its people, Ford’s community outreach initiatives are a reflection of the company’s ‘Go Further’ journey in India — ensuring development through various volunteer-led engagement and involvement programmes.

Set up in 1995, Ford India produces and sells automobiles and engines made at its modern integrated manufacturing facilities at Maraimalai Nagar, near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Ford’s models include Figo, Fiesta, Classic, Endeavour, and the most recently launched EcoSport.

Ford’s operations in India also include Global Business Services, comprised of Ford Business Services Centre and Ford Technology Services India. Located in Chennai, New Delhi and Coimbatore, these units support Ford globally in the areas of IT, accounting and finance, financial services and automotive operations support, global analytics and engineering services. Ford’s businesses in India employ 11,500 personnel.