Book giveaway #BlogchatterProjects

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Hello everyone!

Welcome aboard the #BlogchatterProjects. I have barely been pulled into this wagon at the last moment (ya, much like the DDLJ climax) and here I am with my stuff on the menu. People have come up with such awesome projects on social and informative topics but mine is a bit old-school.

I have compiled a poetic bouquet of all the verses and poems that have been hovering in 15cover817EfrontRound1my mind (and spilling onto my blog from time to time) and have managed to get it published. “मन मन्थन: एक काव्य संग्रह” It is not just my brainchild; ‘coz you can feel my heart and soul too in this one. So it is much more than that. I am here to take my book to the eyes and ears it deserves. It may not be a huge success yet but for me it is nothing short of that. To be able to come up with it and getting it published is already a success story for me.

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I am sure my book will be a perfect companion with your warm cozy blanket, hot cup of tea to dive into a poetic bliss.

With #blogchatter projects I wish to reach as many people as I can. So, here I am to start off this project and the festive December with lots of giveaways and guess what… there are no conditions.

If you feel you would love to read my book, want to give it a try, not sure, want to gift it to someone, want someone to read it, know someone who’ll love it….You just have to ask for it.

Yes, you get that right, if you want this book, I’ll send it to you.

And there is not just one but two ways to get a hand on it for FREE.

  1. Amazon vouchers: I’ll send you the voucher and you buy it yourself online. There are 10 such vouchers and 5 persons I am lucky to have come across have already been selected.
    1. Prateek Mathur
    2. Purba Chakraborty
    3. Jyotsana
    4. Alubhujia
    5. Rupam Sharma

So, you’ve got only 5 spots left. Hurry up!!!

  1. Goodreads Giveaway: I am also running a Goodreads giveaway which is open right now. So, just follow the link and submit your request. I’ll send a brand new autographed copy to your doorstep.

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You have 5 spots left…

Of the 15 spots, 10 are still open for grab. Hurry up, get your tea and I’ll send the book 🙂

And there are no conditions at all. The celebrations have begun. And if you like it, don’t hesitate to spread the word. You may reach out to me on facebook, twitter, instagram, email, comment here or submit your reviews/ratings on amazon. Don’t forget to tag me 🙂

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Childhood days…

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Great to have earned second position for this poem on writer’s Ezine

If I could, I would always remain a child. I am trying my best but this world stretches you to adulthood…But I want to be a child only 🙂

I miss those days,
The childhood ways,
The friendly mud fights,
Grandma’s story nights,
Crayon sunshine,
Falling in line,
Morning prayers,
Messy hairs,
Heavy school bags,
Mealtime nags,
Holidays homework,
Playtime berserk,
Weeklong festivals,
HolI, Diwali, carnivals,
Marks, P.T.M. and result,
Maths,physics difficult,
Birthdays and wishes,
Birds and fishes,
Republic day parades,
Army-cut and braids,
Carefree skies,
Cakes n pies,
Pocket money, piggy banks,
Mischief’s and funny pranks,
Being obnoxious and freak,
Late night hide and seek,
Trump cards, video games,
Tic tac toe and flames,
Doing whatever you can,
Mowgli and superman,
Flying Kites in the sun,
Never running out of fun,
Playing in the rain,
Ice-cream and freeze brain,
ghosts under the bed,
Things mom said,
Ravan, crackers and colour,
Sweet memories in the blur,
I can feel a void,
Enlarging ellipsoid,
All those things I can’t do,
Ever elusive, playing peek a boo,
Wish I could be a child again,
Shedding all the worries and pain,
But not all wishes ever come true,
Have to leave old self to emerge new,
Relive those days with your kids,
Let them do what you never did,
May their childhood be more wonderful than ever,
‘Coz all these memories shall live forever,
Shall live forever…
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Go to the writer’s Ezine page here:

http://www.writersezine.com/p/childrens-day-contest.html

फ़ासले: #RightToBeWrong

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Why is it so important to be always right?

मेरे  सही  होने  से,

तेरा  सही  होना  ही  सही,

ये  धरती  अम्बर   सब  तेरे,

मेरा  मन   का  कोना  ही  सही,

सही  ग़लत  के  झगड़े  में,

जाने  कितनी  इमारतें  ढही,

ऐसे  सही  होने  से  ,

तो  ग़लत  होना  ही  सही,

सही  होने  की  चाह  में,

कह  जाते  हैं  बातें  अनकही,

उठतीं  हैं  ऐसी  लहरें,

के  शर्म  लिहाज  सब  बही,

क्यूँ  सही  होना  ही  ज़रूरी  है,

क्यूँ  हिंसा  ही  जीत  रही,

ग़लत  होकर  भी  मैने  देख  लिया,

मानो  तो  कोई  फ़र्क  नहीं ,

मिटा  दे  सही  ग़लत  के  जो  फ़ासले,

मिल  जाए  ख़ुदा  से  खुद  वही,

क्या  रखा  है  इन  झगड़ों  में,

खुशहाली  ही  में  धीमहि ,

खुशहाली  ही  में धीमहि….||

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#TrueLove 3

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I may not be easy to love,

But it is even more difficult not to love you,

I can promise you from the deepest corners of my heart,

That you will be loved with so much passion,

that will never find its limits,

You will always be cared for,

And you will always have me by your side,

May be I’m not the best at being loved,

But I like to think I am pretty good at loving,

We will find love,

Amongst the sweet wreckage of our burdened souls,

Finding sparks in each other’s hearts,

Together conquering our past demons,

With honesty and commitment,

Fanning our fiery flames of passion,

No longer strangers in passing,

Believing in second chances,

Together hand in hand,

Once in a lifetime,

True love everlasting…

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Another pearl in the string of true love:-)

#CleanAirBeautifulHomes with Royale Atmos

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Air pollution; As I recall we learn about it as part of our primary education. If you remember those water cycle, solar system and types of pollution days. Air pollution isn’t new to us but does it happen indoors too. Didn’t know!

Pollution has been a hot topic over the news lately with a number of Indian cities making it to the WHO list of most polluted cities of the world. Surprisingly, Delhi isn’t the most polluted any more, according to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) urban air quality database released in 2016. In all, four Indian cities are among the world’s ten most polluted cities, 10 out of top 20 are also in India.

If you are already feeling lucky that your city is not on the list or because you mostly stay indoors in your home or office, you need to align some facts here.  The common notion is that burning bio-fuels for cooking is the most important cause of indoor pollution in developing countries like India. But using LPG cannot save us from this evil because urban locales have their own problems. Studies have confirmed that an average urban household may be more polluted that the outside.

So what are these indoor air pollutants?

Remnants of harmful gases, aerosols, chemicals, dust etc all contribute to air pollution inside our homes.

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Volatile organic compounds originate mainly from solvents and chemicals. The main indoor sources are perfumes, hair sprays, furniture polish, glues, air fresheners, wood preservatives, and many other products used in the house.

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Tobacco smoke generates a wide range of harmful chemicals known to cause cancer and it is hazardous for active as well as passive smokers. If you smoke indoors, your kids maybe at risk too.

Mosquito repellents; in the times of dengue and

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chikungunya I am yet to see a household which does not uses any mosquito repellent, be it coils, mats, liquid vaporizers or anything else. They add to the pollution too while protecting you from bites.

Biological pollutants include pollen from plants, mite, hair from pets, fungi, parasites, and some bacteria.

Formaldehyde is a gas that comes mainly from carpets, particle boards, and insulation foam.

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Toxic gases like carbon monoxide circulating inside our vehicles air conditioning system. Yes, your car is polluted too.

Dust, moisture and pets are among the usual suspects too.

Why should we be scared?

Simply because they are bad and if you are allergic to something in particular then they may be even worse.

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The main health effect is the irritation of the eye, nose and throat. In more severe cases there may be headaches, nausea and loss of coordination. In the long term, some of the pollutants are suspected to damage to the liver and other parts of the body. Many of them are allergens and can cause asthma, hay fever, and other allergic diseases.

Why do they stay indoors?

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Well, simply because they don’t have a way out. Poor ventilation in cramped up buildings, and increasing use of synthetic products in construction and furnishings are the main culprits. Most localities lack basic infrastructure and cross ventilation is rarely seen because the homes are open on one side only.

These are the times when air purifiers are preferred over open gardens or porches. We need to change before our air does.

What can we do?

31db75c2-515f-4f90-bb4f-baae3c66e87f=> There’s no single right answer (because each one of us react differently to these pollutants and the conditions differ too). But some general guidelines may help us to find our own right answer.

=> Switch to natural or at least use limited number of synthetic products. Use them judiciously balancing safety and toxicity.

=> Let your home breathe to clear these pollutants out. De-clutter you home and open windows more often but don’t let the mosquitoes in.Daisies jpg

=> Use products that conform to strict international environmental and safety standards like the green assured Royale Atmos from Asian Paints.

How can Royale Atmos help?

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Royale Atmos is a first of its kind paint that not only looks beautiful, but also cleans the air making it purer than before by  reducing harmful air pollutants like formaldehyde. Its Activated Carbon technology reduces harmful pollutants from the air. Additionally, Royale Atmos also absorbs and reduces select foul smells to make the air fresher. It is the first Asian Paints product to have a fragrance, instead of the normal chemical smell of paints. Thus, it also acts like an air freshener by releasing a mild fragrance weeks after painting. And it does so while it protects your walls against the toughest household and water based stains.

For more information visit here: https://www.asianpaints.com/atmos.