Thank you so much Priyamvada for those oh so beautiful words, I was sooo happy….. I can’t even express my happiness ❤️❤️❤️❤️you r an😇😇😇
Hey Readers…So,I had to tell you all about this one thing I have been excited about for long now.So recently I came across this short book of poems namely “My Ventures & Rove Through Rhyme & Rhythm” by a young author Aaliya Naqvi who is just 14 and has begun her journey as an author […]
Take a vessel with a thick bottom and put 1 cup Semolina and 2 tbsp Ghee/ clarified butter and keep mixing in time intervals until golden brown, on low flame.
On the another stove take a vessel and put Sugar and water and start stirring on medium-low flame until the sugar is fully dissolved. Once it is done wait for 2 mins to let it cool a little and then add sweetened condensed milk in it and stir.
Add almond pwdr and cardamom pwdr to the dry mix and keep both things ready.
Caution: If the liquid is mixed with the dry ingredients when it is ‘very hot‘ then it may cause an explosion if liquid is kept for too long it mbay crystallize so both the things should be ready in time.
When both batches are mixed on medium heat it may look like a muddle but slowly it gets into the corrent consistency. Just keep stirring.
When slightly cooked then do as I have done in the picture below because of this the heat is not direct and there is no chance of halwa sticking at the bottom.
After 5 mins of doing 👆🏻off the stove , garnish with pistachios, almonds,raisins and serve hot.
Enjoy😋😋😋😋!!! And let me know the result or tips if any
Sorry for the photos while cooking I couldn’t capture better photos…
About(from Goodreads): ‘Ayesha thought for a bit. Her parents had told her never to talk to strangers. But they hadn’t mentioned anything about strange dolphins.’
Ten-year-old Ayesha has everything an adventurer needs—courage, cleverness, creativity, and a complete lack of caution. But even Ayesha has to admit that the mission Shekina (the Queen of the Seas, no less) has charged her with may be slightly out of her league.
After all, it does involve saving the world. Of course.
And it’s not like she has a fire-breathing dragon or a super-smart android as a sidekick. Try a snarky surfboarding snail instead.
Join Ayesha as she jumps headlong into an extra-extraordinary adventure that takes her halfway across the world (and a little beyond).
My review: First of all I found the cover fascinating. And I couldn’t resist reading the book after going through the blurb…… The book was gripping and my attention didn’t waver a bit!
Also many beautiful illustrations were there which made me feel as though the story was unfolding in front of my eyes….. I could literally feel the breeze, the water, the adventure. It was a refreshing read tbh.
“You are never going to figure that out!” Ro screamed as Keefe continued the plink-plink-plinking.
“You’re just mad because you couldn’t figure it out either,” Keefe shouted back.
She’d been so smug when she’d wrenched the pieces from his hands to give it a try that Keefe had laughed himself hoarse when she’d failed. And since then, he’d managed to fit three of the four pieces together. But the last piece was ridiculously stubborn.
Ro stalked into his doorway with a bottle of blue nail polish in one hand and half-painted claws on the other. “No, I’m mad because you’re only doing this to try to fix things with your little girlfriend and it’s not going to work.”
Keefe jingled the pieces extra loud.
But after several seconds he had to ask, “Why isn’t it going to work?”
Ro snorted. “Wow, you really have it bad, don’t you? Nope, no need to deny it. It’s so obvious it’s actually adorable. Especially since she’s totally clueless about it. You know that, right?”
Keefe rolled his eyes.
And he was all set to argue—but for some reason “Yeah, I’m an Empath,” slipped out.
“Ohhhhh, that’s true. Wow, I didn’t even think about that.” Ro giggled as she crossed the room and sat beside him on the bed. “That must drive you crazy.”
“Pretty much,” Keefe mumbled.
It wasn’t even the worst part—but he managed to stop himself from bringing up that.
“You get why, though, right?” Ro asked, slicking blue paint across another claw. “Why your girl doesn’t get how much you liiiiiiiiiiike her?”
He sighed. “Because she grew up hearing every less-thanawesome thought anyone ever had about her—even from her parents and sister and stuff. So now some part of her always assumes that everyone has those kinds of thoughts about her, even though she can’t hear them anymore.”
Ro blinked. “Okay, I was not expecting you to get all deep on me.”
Keefe shrugged. “It’s true.”
“Not saying it isn’t. Huh, I never thought about how brutal your elf-y abilities could be. Add it to the list of reasons I’m glad I’m not one of you. But that’s not what I was talking about.”
He had a feeling she was never going to let him live it down if he asked, but . . . “Okay, Miss Smarty Pants, what’s your theory for the Great Foster Oblivion?”
She held up her hand, blowing on her blue claws. “That’s your problem right there. You make everything a joke. It sends way too many mixed signals—especially for a girl with all that complicated stuff messing with her head.”
“Maybe. But Foster’s not ready for more than that—trust me.”
Once again, he stopped himself from cluing Ro into the whole square-that-was-now-a-triangle mess. But with how observant she seemed to be, she’d probably figure it out on her own soon enough.
“Well, all I’m saying is: If you’re looking to earn her forgiveness, ‘Here, Sophie, have this creepy thing from my mom’ isn’t going to do it. Especially if you parade in there like you just saved the day. She doesn’t need a hero. She needs a friend. So if you want to say you’re sorry, get her a real present.”
He really hated that she had a point.
And somehow he managed to stop himself from saying presents are Fitz’s thing. Instead, he admitted, “I don’t know what to give her.”
“Then maybe you should figure that out.”
Yeah, maybe he should.
“And don’t look at me,” she added as she sauntered for the door. “Unless you want weapon advice, I have no idea what makes you elves swoon. But please, for the love of all that’s breathing, don’t let it have sparkles!”
“You have ten seconds to float back to bed,” Ro warned, without even glancing over her shoulder, “or I’m tying you down and covering you with flesh-eating bacteria.”
Keefe ignored the jolt of pain in his side as he pumped his arms, swimming through the air. “You expect me to believe you have flesh-eating bac—”
Ro leaped across the room, blocking the window he’d been levitating toward, and pulled a small black bottle from her breastplate. She poured a single drop onto her finger, and the dark blob immediately dissolved her skin into a bloody hole.
Hi ya all, I know I haven’t written a post in a long time. So here is the first one.
+ DAY ONE +
“Look! I’m all better!” Keefe promised, waving his arms and almost knocking over the ugly lamp on the table next to the bed. Not that he cared—he had big plans to trash all of Alvar’s stuff as soon as he was done hiding out there.
“I might be willing to believe you,” Elwin told him, “if you weren’t gritting your teeth every time you move.”
“What? This is how I smile now!” Keefe tightened his jaw and raised one eyebrow. “See? It’s my brooding, mysterious look.”
“Is that what you’re calling it?” Ro asked, plopping next to him and bouncing the mattress so hard that Keefe almost let out a yelp. “All I’m getting is wannabe bad boy.”
Elwin snorted a laugh.
Keefe glared at both of them, wishing he still had some of his favorite elixirs handy. He’d managed to slip some Hush Slush into Ro’s dinner the night before and wiped out her voice for eight glorious hours. But somehow she’d managed to find all of his stashes—even the extra well-hidden ones.
The princess was good.
He was pretty sure she’d also put Gurgle Gut in his breakfast for payback—though if he was right, at least she’d suffer as much as he would when the gurgles broke free.
“I’m fine, okay?” he told Elwin. “I can live with a little pain.”
“It’ll be a lifetime of pain if you don’t listen to me,” Elwin corrected. He flashed a red orb around Keefe’s torso and squinted through his glasses. “Just like I thought. You’re worse today.”
Keefe tossed back his covers. “Fine. Then the bed rest isn’t helping, so I don’t need to—”
He managed to get one foot on the floor before Ro bodyslammed him back to the bed, triggering a throbbing spasm that felt like a gremlin was chomping on his lungs.
“Both of you need to take it easy,” Elwin warned, “or I’m bringing Keefe to my house and putting Bullhorn on guard duty.”
“Um—he’s, like, two pounds of fur,” Keefe told him. “I think I can handle him.”
“I’d love to see you try.” Elwin dug through his satchel and pulled out a deep purple elixir. “But I’d rather you just take another dose of tissue regenerator and get some rest.”
“I can always pry those pouty lips open and pour it down your throat,” Ro added with a smile that showed every single one of her pointed teeth.
Keefe reached for the vial. Years of dealing with his dad had taught him it was easier to pretend to cooperate. So he chugged the medicine, even though it stunk worse than Alvar’s stuffy apartment.
Side note on that: He was pretty sure he didn’t want to know why the whole place reeked like rotting toenails. Or why Alvar had felt the need to cover every surface with mirrors.
“Try not to look so miserable,” Elwin said, taking the empty vial. “It’s only for a week.”
“Uh, do you realize how many times Foster can almost die in a week? Especially when my mom’s the one calling the shots?” Keefe countered.
Elwin sighed. “I know. But you need to get your strength back.”
“Plus, she doesn’t want to see you,” Ro reminded him. “Hey, don’t look at me like that—you know it’s true.”
It was true.
And it made Keefe queasier than the Gurgle Gut.
He couldn’t stop thinking about the burst of emotions Sophie had hit him with as she left the healing center. There hadn’t just been anger. There’d been hurt. And a deep, overwhelming disappointment that had made it hard to breathe.
Elwin patted him on the shoulder. “Give her a chance to cool off—”
“I don’t have time,” Keefe interrupted. “She could be heading to Nightfall right now.”
“If she is, I’m sure she can handle it,” Elwin told him. “I know we love to tease Sophie about all of her emergencies, but the truth is: She’s a survivor. And she has lots of powerful family and friends to back her up.”
“I’m supposed to be one of them,” Keefe argued.
“Then take care of yourself. The more you rest, the faster you’ll recover. And if it’ll make you feel better, I’ll check on her every day and give you updates—but only if you promise to stay in bed.”
“Fine,” Keefe mumbled, slumping down under the covers.
“Oh good!” Ro said. “We’re moving from denial mode to sulky boy. This’ll be fun!”
Keefe shot her a glare.
He wasn’t sulking.
Okay, fine, maybe he was a little—but he was also scheming.
First chance he got, he was sneaking out of Alvar’s apartment and heading straight to Havenfield.
He didn’t care what anyone said. Sophie needed his help.
Thanks you so much Aanya this means a lot! And thank you my friends for supporting me so, I hope that you will read the book and feel what I felt while writing those poems! Thanks for standing by me❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Congratulations Aaliya on publishing your first book ever!!!!!!!!!!! Also this may be my first ARC review ever!!!!!!!!Yayy!!! Title- My Ventures & Rove Through Rhyme & Rhythm Cover Description (From Goodreads) “The magic is within us; the choice is ours we are free. So let’s change our fate and live our own destiny.” – a line […]
“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”
Hey Potterhearts, Happy New Year once again ⭐⭐⭐⭐🎉 This recipe is my treat to you guys. Enjoy!
1 ltr Milk
2-4 Cardamoms (Can increase or decrease the no.)
5-6 Kajus (Can increase or decrease the no.)
1/2 cup or so Sewai
1 tsp Ghee
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tbsp Condensed milk
1) Keep the milk on boiling and put cardamom pwdr and Kajus. This will make Kajus easy to eat and the flavour of cardamom will also come. Stir once and then let it boil.
2) Till it boils take Ghee and let it melt in the pan. After that put the Sewai and saute it until it is a little brown, like this👆🏻
3) Add the Sewai in the boiled milk.
Add the boiled milk in the pan so the Sewai unsticks😁and put it in
4) Once the Sewai comes on the surface, and is big and soft like this add the sugar and condensed milk.
5) Stir it in every 10 mins or so.
6) Sewai is ready!!! Enjoy!
Note: Put the sugar after the Sewai is cooked properly or the Sewai may not get cooked. And make this on low flame, be patient. The Sewai should have a medium consistency so that after some time also it doesn’t get too thick.
“There has to be a middle. Without it, nothing can ever truly be whole. Because it is not just the space between, but also what holds everything together.”
A quote from the book.
Title: Just Listen
Author: Sarah Dessen
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.
This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.
Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.
My review: This was a totally new experience….. But I loved it. I don’tknow why, but all the same I loved it….. It taught me soooo many things. One of my posts: Working towards the middle is dedicated to this book. I can’t find the right words but just understand this that it is a ‘ must-read’.
Salamun alaikum people!!!💕💕💕 Let’s talk about ”working towards the middle”
But have you ever heard of this term?
Well if you have not, then let me tell you, it’s an Anger Management term.
We hear some people saying the we should learn to ‘fit in’ or that we should go with the flow. While some people advise us to ‘be ourself’.
‘Working towards the middle’ theory tells us that we should not have “do or die” viewpoint.
‘I will do it or I will not’ attitude proves to be a slow killer sometimes…. Causing chaos, disturbing mental peace.
We begin to compare ourselves with others and start losing self-confidence, just because we couldn’t complete something we had thought about.
Instead develop a ‘can do’ attitude. Try your level best. It gives immense satisfaction to think that we did our best. This satisfaction will help gain self-confidence which in turn helps in achieving more😊
For it is rightly said:
وَلَيَنصُرَنَّ اللَّهُ مَن يَنصُرُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَقَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌ Andsurely Allah will help him who
helps His cause; most surely Allah is Strong, Mighty.
22:40 from Holy Quran
This will keep you happy and your surroundings will radiate that happiness,that joy……. In this pandemic nothing can be better than spreading joy and hope.
So remember to work towards the middle🌈
P.S I read about this term in ‘Just listen’, I will be posting it’s book review soon♥️♥️♥️
I am back with another bookhaul!!!! Will start reading post exams!!
The Enchantress Returns: Book 2 (Land of Stories) Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother. Against the will of their grandmother (the one and only Fairy Godmother), the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced. The follow-up to the bestselling Land of Stories, a unique and modern fairy-tale from Chris Colfer, star of television’s Glee A Grimm Warning: Book 3 (The Land of Stories) Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him – until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code.
Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother . . . but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?
When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Conner and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. But nothing can prepare them for the coming battle . . . or for the secret that will change the twins’ lives forever.
The third book in the bestselling Land of Stories series puts the twins to the test as they must bring two worlds together!
An Author’s Odyssey: Book 5 (The Land of Stories)The 5th book in the No.1 New York Times bestselling series by Chris ColferIn the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man’s literary army is inside his own short stories! When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner’s imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man’s reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?The 5th book in the No.1 New York Times bestselling series by Chris ColfeBeyond the Kingdoms: Book 4 (The Land of Stories)Fairy tales are just the beginning.The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it’s up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him . . . except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they’re in danger.With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins discover the Masked Man’s secret scheme: he possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature’s greatest villains!So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man, or will they be one step behind until it’s too late?Fairy tales and classic stories collide in the fourth adventure in the bestselling Land of Stories series as the twins travel beyond the kingdoms!
Eragon: Christopher Paolini (The Inheritance Cycle) is the story of Eragon, who finds a polished stone one fine morning while hunting meat for his family. Eragon feels that it’s a magical stone which would help him buy meat for his family and with that expectation he goes to buy meat but is unfortunately turned down with disappointment when he could not buy any. It is then revealed to him that the polished stone is actually a dragon’s egg and is about to hatch. As the fledgling comes out of the polished hard shell, Eragon realises the real purpose of having found it. Something greater than fetching meat for his family awaits him. Eragon’s life changes overnight and he is forced to take up the dangerous adventures of a new world of magic, power, and destiny. The only weapon of protection that he has is the ancient sword and the piece of advice that an old storyteller gave for his guidance. Eragon starts his adventure with the young dragon and finds the way to the dark world of dangerous terrain and frightening enemies, who inhabit that dark world of the Empire ruled by an extremely evil ruler. Eragon thus becomes the hero on whom the destiny of the Empire depends.
Kyle Keeley is a huge fan of all games – board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most famous and creative gamemaker in the world, is the genius behind the town’s new library that is as much a home for tech and trickery as it is for stories. Kyle wins a spot at a puzzle-packed lock-in on the library’s opening night. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret riddle to find the hidden escape route . . . !
Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective anymore. With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her. But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared but the police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way& and this time EVERYONE is listening. But will she find him before it’s too late?
“I am sure there is Magic in everything, only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us.” When Mary Lennox, the unloved, contrary and spoiled ten-year-old, is found alone in the deserted house after her parents’ death, she is sent to live with an uncle whom she has never known. In Yorkshire, England, at his secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Martha Sowerby, a warm-hearted chambermaid, introduces Mary to the late Mrs. Craven and her private walled garden, which has been locked for years. As Mary becomes curious to explore this secret garden, will she be able to find the key? Published more than a hundred years ago, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a prominent children’s classic. It is regarded as one of the best works of the twentieth century children’s literature.
Pollyanna is the story of an orphan who is sent to live with her wealthy but stern Aunt Polly. But Pollyanna doesn’t seem to notice how strict her aunt really is and when feeling unhappy, she simply plays her “glad” game taught by her father-finding something to be glad about even in bad situations. With her infectious energy, her sunny disposition, and her caring spirit, Pollyanna brings sunshine into the lives of everyone around her and she soon teaches some of the troubled townsfolk to “play the game” as well. But then a terrible accident happens in which Pollyanna’s robust optimism is put to test. All her new friends turn out to support her, but will that be enough to restore her cheerful outlook on life?
When Ned and his identical twin brother Tumble from their raft into a raging river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. But when a bandit king comes to steal the magic Ned’s mother, a Witch, is meant to protect, it’s Ned who safeguards the magic and summons the strength to protect his family and community. Meanwhile, across the Enchanted forest that borders Ned’s village lives Aine, the resourceful and pragmatic daughter of the bandit king, who is haunted by her mother’s last words to her: ‘the wrong boy will save your life, and you will save his.’ when Aine’s and Ned’s paths cross, can they trust each other long enough to stop the war that’s about to boil over between their two kingdoms?.
Our dear Potterhead Aanya is back with another book!!! I got the draft and the opinions are honest and my own.
Title: For I Pity Them
Author: Potterhead Aanya
Format: E- Book*
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
About(from Goodreads): Pity, what is it? It’s the feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the sufferings and misfortunes of others. I don’t pity those who are poor, ill, dying, yes I do feel sorry and pain, seeing them in such a condition, but I pity those who are rich, spoiled and have everything. Why? Read on……
My review: I have never felt such a loss of words……. I will say that her writing is polite but quite persuasive😂😂😂😉 but I think the poems she wrote and the content were really mature.(I mean to say that she has written it after experiencing it.) She has used scientific research too. I think that this was a very good book and it is worth every penny 😊 she concludes it by saying…. I think you should read it and see for yourself.
Hey Potterhearts, another cool blog for ya….. Do read, like and follow them😊
Dear Reader, Struggling in the Muggle World, trying to find the true meaning of life, aren’t you? Presently, the globe is under the shadow of what the Muggle World has identified as Covid-19. Dark times have come to the Muggle World, but of course, it is all inside our head.Memory is a funny thing for […]
Hey Potterhearts, I am going on a short hiatus. I am under pressure, completing homework and studying…. My exams are coming too, so till 12 December I am out. You will be getting some scheduled posts maybe🙁
Hey Potterhearts, so I know I haven’t participated in any of these but I am gonna start now, better late than never 😁
My favorite author are Lena Jones and Chris Colfer. I love how Lena’s mind works and her way of writing…. I like her Agatha Oddly: The Silver serpent (the others are also awesome ❤️) and Chris has such a vivid imagination,sadly I have read just one of his book but I loved it…. It was the land of stories: the wishing spell.
Whazzup Potterhearts! So I have got a question, you know a question only my dear Potterhearts can answer
The Question is in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when Harry goes to Flourish and Blotts the man there says that 200 copies of the book of invisibility (which they had ordered) were lost( because these were invisible) so just tell me why didn’t they use a Summoning Charm(Accio ….)
Still if you wanna answer you are free to in the comments 😁 Good luck
Don’t worry I am still a Potterheart, am not removing problems from the books just got curious about this one😜
I did my first proper book haul, like I have done mini book hauls before but this was the biggest one I did(BTW it was online so it was a little expensive you know)
So here are the books:
A second mystery for thirteen-year-old Agatha oddly – a bold, determined heroine, and the star of this stylish new detective series. Agatha oddlow’s set to become the youngest member of the gatekeepers’ Guild, but before that, she’s got a mystery to solve! There’s been a murder at the British museum and, although the police are investigating, Agatha suspects that they’re missing a wider plot going on below London – a plot involving a disused tube station, a huge firework display, and five thousand tonnes of gold bullion….
A third mystery for thirteen-year-old Agatha oddly – a bold, determined heroine, and the star of this stylish new detective series. Agatha Oddlow is on the case with yet another adventure! An Assistant at the national gallery has gone missing, but when Agatha begins investigating, she uncovers a plot bigger than she could ever have imagined. Join Agatha as she travels throughout London and into the very heart of the mystery….
At 17, Samira Joshi has only one dream in life.
She wants to be a spy. And why not?
Spying runs in the Joshi genes. Her great-grandmother was famous for sticking her nose in everyone’s business. Her grandmother had a flourishing side-business of tracking down errant husbands and missing servants. Her parents are elite intelligence agents for RAW. Yet, they want their only daughter to become a doctor. When she sees a college friend being trapped by a pimp, Samira does some spying of her own, and discovers the existence of a secret sisterhood of teen spies — The Spyders. And, she wants in!
The question is, do they want her?
Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change.
When the twins’ grandmother gives them a treasured fairy-tale book, they have no idea they’re about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real.
But as Alex and Conner soon discover, the stories they know so well haven’t ended in this magical land – Goldilocks is now a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother!
The twins know they must get back home somehow. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way?
1658: Prince Aurengzeb of India has imprisoned his own father, murdered his brothers, seized the throne of Delhi and declared himself Emperor. He immediately begins a reign of tyranny, invading neighbours, banning music and the arts, destroying temples and churches, and unleashing terror on a vast kingdom comprising a fifth of the world’s humanity.
During this time his own beloved daughter, Zebunissa, forms a secret poetic society called the Makhfi (Hidden One) in Persian. Through this society she practices the arts secretly and plans rebellions to overthrow her demonic father and restore justice in the kingdom. Bestowed the title of Princess of India and then Empress of India, she dupes her father and his vicious nobles in a courageous and dangerous attempt to save her people from the Emperor’s tyranny.
Part fiction and part history, The Hidden One brings a tear to the eye while thrilling the heart as we witness 17th century India through the eyes of an unsuspected character – a Muslim princess. It narrates the powerful story of Zebunissa, and the Makhfi – the secret society that has been lost over time but deserves its rightful place in history for its role during one of India’s darkest eras. Available historical data has been analyzed to bring to light this obscure group about which very little has thus far been written or known. An unforgettable cast of characters and progression of fateful events.
Agatha Christie’s most famous murder mystery
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.
Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. Almost everyone. Having grown up in the small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi chooses the case as the topic for her final project. But when Pip starts uncovering secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden, what starts out as a project begins to become Pip’s dangerous reality . . .
Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying, We Were Liars, Gone Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Riverdale.
Join plucky heroine Sophie, her eccentric guardian Charles, and her intrepid orphan allies on the rooftops of Victorian Paris, as they encounter suspense and adventure that will keep kids of all ages on the edge of their seats right to the heartwarming end.
My mother is still alive, and she is going to come for me one day.
Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. Found floating in a cello case and swaddled in a Beethoven score, she is the only recorded female survivor of a shipwreck on the English Channel. But Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help…
Charles, a fellow survivor and an eccentric scholar, finds Sophie and brings her home to his London bachelor flat. Raised in a quirky home filled with music, words and love (though questionable diet), Sophie grows into a free-spirited tomboy with a taste for Shakespeare and the unshakeable belief that anything is possible. And you should never ignore a possible.
So when the child welfare agency in its bureaucratic wisdom threatens to send Sophie to an orphanage, the optimistic girl and her odd guardian flee to Paris on a quest to find her mother, starting with the only clue she has – the address of the cello maker.
Secured in an attic to evade the French authorities, Sophie escapes through the skylight and meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers – homeless urchins who tightrope walk above the busy streets below, dining on pigeons and snails alongside the gargoyles and bell tower of Notre Dame. Together they set out on an unimaginable adventure, scouring the city for Sophie’s mother before she is caught and sent back to London – and most importantly, before she loses hope.
When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard?Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod’s life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?
The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables – but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts’ affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter, and soon it’s impossible to imagine life without her. A favourite classic with cover and introduction by the inimitable Lauren Child, award-winning creator of Clarice Bean and the hugely popular Charlie and Lola series.
Hey Potterhearts, I got another Liebister!!!So here goes….
Thanks Dulcy for nominating me for this award 😁♥️♥️♥️♥️ Dulcy posts amazing stories and more on her blog!!!
Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
Answer the 11 questions given to you
Nominate 11 other bloggers
Ask your nominees 11 questions
Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post.
1.When is your birthday ? Most precious gift that you would cherish lifelong?
My birthday is on 27 September. The kitten which my Mum gave me as a gift on my 5th birthday ❤️❤️❤️❤️
2. Which country and place do you belong to?
I belong to India 🇮🇳
3.Which supernatural powers would you choose – being invisible or to read others mind ?
I would like to become Invisible, because I loved Harry’s Invisibility cloak 😁😁😁
4.Describe your blogs in short.
I post book reviews, literature, recipes and more😊❤️❤️❤️
5.What would you prefer – tea or coffee?
I prefer coffee over tea. I love a good cup of coffee and a good book📚❤️☕
6.Phobia for any object or situation that disturbs you very much.
I don’t like crammed places😨😥
7.Name a place you want to visit again.
I want to visit Ooty once…. 😄
8.How was your life 10 years ago?
I was four at that time. And enjoyed my life immensely 😝😜
9. How do you spend time when you’re free?
Normally I read books, blog or watch videos on YouTube 😅
10.How many Awards have you got nominated?
Approx 25😁🎊🎊(most of which I haven’t done but are on my to-do list)
11.Your favorite author . Why ?
J.K Rowling for Harry Potter series. The full plot in the seven book was amazingly set! Subhadra Sen Gupta for the teenage diaries of Jahanara and Jodh bai. Lauren Wolk for Beyond the Bright Sea. And Actually there are sooo many😰😁……
I tagyou for this😊 and I pass the same questions (cause’ I am too lazy😁😁😁)
Hey Potterhearts, I have read some of Sophie Kinsella’s books and I loved them….. The stories are first-rate😃 This post contains the books I have read so far.
1. The Undomestic Goddess
Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership. Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as a housekeeper by a rich couple. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer(that too a famous one)–and Samantha has no idea about stitching, cooking or how to open the #@%# ironing board. She explores a new world….. Where she learns to stitch, cook, do the laundary and fall in love…. But when her old life catches with her, will she want it back?
This book’s plot was so different yet amazing. It is something you won’t even think about….. It took me 2 days to read it. One can experience Samantha’s world as it changes. Totally awesome….Unputdownable
2. I’ve Got Your Number
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry the ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. In a hotel fire drill she loses her engagement ring which has been in Magnus’s family for 3 generations (and that too on the day when Magnus’s parents are coming ). Moreover in the panic her phone gets stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfectly perfect!
Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree and wants his phone back. He doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life. Poppy is not too happy with it but has to act as his P.A.
What ensues is a rib-tickling and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.
This book was extremely chucklesome…😁 Poppy was trying to find her ring, working as Sam’s P.A, doing wedding preparations and trying hard that Magnus and his parents do not come to know that she has lost the precious ring….. It was killing.
3.ConfessionsOf A Shopaholic
Rebecca Bloomwood is a journalist. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money, while her leisure time is spent in shopping.
Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can’t. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money but neither seems to work. The stories she concocts become more and more fantastic as she tries to untangle her increasingly dire financial difficulties. Her only comfort is to buy herself something – just a little something…
Can she ever escape from this financial crisis, find true love, and regain the use of her Switch card?
Rebecca has her closet full to the brim but still she can’t stop. When she feels happy or sad she wants to buy something. It was quite hilarious at reading and imagining her trying to cut back or save. It was a light read. Ok if you don’t have anything else to read or nothing to do.😏
Personally I loved the first two books but I am never going to read the shopaholic series until I am left with no option.
Do tell me which is your favourite Sophie Kinsella book? 😁
Hi all, I have decided that I will address you all in my posts as ‘muggles’😜 I am a die heart potterhead, so I hope you all don’t mind😁 I will be using this, something is better than nothing 😁 And my next post will be related to HP😁😁😁
Happy Gandhi Jayanti to my fellow Indians! And also to Bapu’s other admirers😁
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.“
I love this quote because it shows that how sometimes we can be wrong. Bapu saw this world in an entirely different way. This amazing way of his must have attracted so many admirers and I am one of them. By seeing the world from Bapu’s perspective humans can live a happy and satisfied life. Without the bitterness of hate, jealousy or envy, without the burden of lies or other guilt.
Bapu has changed lives of trillions of people with his ways of peace and love. He left us but he also left his teachings, which are inspiring the present generations and hopefully will inspire the future generations too.
My Mum had been sitting in her room in the evenings for some time…. We thought she was making some DIY for herself, you know spending some productive me time!!
I had no idea that she was making this for me!😘❤️❤️❤️👇🏻
In the morning when I woke up around 7 I was surprised to find this sitting on my table. I was soooo emotional *voice choking with emotion*I went to her and hugged her and started crying, she was puzzled and at the same time happy that I had liked her gift😁
This was the best birthday gift😊thanks Mamma for this, I love you very much😘❤️❤️❤️
I am back with another book review. This is my favourite and I think most book lovers will like this book😁
Title: Pages & Co. Tilly and the Bookwanderers
Author: Anna James
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
About (from Goodreads): Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.
One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life.
With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face
My review: Tilly Pages loves reading and lives with her Grandparents above their beloved bookshop ‘Pages & Co’ .Tilly’s Mum disappeared just sometime after she was born.
Soon Tilly realizes that people can travel into books……They are called ‘Bookwanderers’. She is pulled in the magic of bookwandering .Tilly with the help of her friend Oskar try to solve the mystery of Beatrice’s (Tilly’s Mum) disappearence. She also meets Alice and Anne!!!
I really loved reading this book❤️❤️❤️❤️Anna has done a fabulous job on this book. I am going to read the sequels soon as I am soooo excited!!! I always imagine if I too could bookwander☺️it would be awesome 😁
I passed my ABACUS LEVEL 2 exam!!!! 99/100 😁. I was sooo nervous😰😰😰I studied whatever I could get my hands on, we had got the paper 4 hours before the exam( but of course we didn’t cheat😁)and the paper turned out to be damn easy*lol*😂
The COVID-19 pandemic in absence of any vaccine forced the whole world into lockdown making people stay indoors. This situation led to multiple challenges in the way people normally interact and do business like commuting long distances to physically interact in face to face meetings.
During this lockdown period, administrators all over the world realized that on an average, the most efficient people in the world work 5-6 hours & that the time dedicated for ‘work from home’ results with higher efficiency, also the above challenge of face to face meeting is negated by present day communication, technology& high speed internet.
This situation also led to multiple learnings such as increased efficiency, saving of energy and travel time, saving revenue spent on office space, electricity and time wasted in establishment cafeteria, work-life balance is maintained which leads to motivated and radiant employees which in turn leads to increased efficiency.
Many company executives are toying with the idea of asking some percentage of workforce to work from home, which will lead to high productivity and reduced turn-around time as these are sustainable and are easy to implement.
History has always proved that in difficult times humans emerge with better levels of competence, the same is true with the current scenario.
In a nutshell, we can use these learnings& use them as better opportunities in post lockdown period.
Hey Muggles, I came across this recipe and I think it will turn out to be delicious. ASA I get time I will make it and put up a photo. Maybe ya all can give it a try.
And Raegan , I have to say I was literally🤤🤤🤤ing when I had read this post😁😁😁😁
Today I am going to share an easy chocolate mug cake recipe! Anyone can make it, and it only take about two minutes. I have made it a couple times. They are great if you want a little snack! Chocolate Mug Cake Ingredients 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons milk (almond milk works […]
Many people have wings and sometimes the whole sky…… All they need is the courage to fly…… To soar high & conquer the big blue sky………
The inner meaning of the quintain. Many people have the ability and sometimes a big opportunity ,all they need is to summon some courage, to use their ability and grasp that opportunity like a challenge and conquer it .
Sometimes you just need courage and you can turn that challenge, that opportunity ,into the first stepping stone to your success.
Hey Muggles, yesterday evening I was super hungry and made some noodles. But guess what??? The recipe I made was totally my own. I had put whatever I thought goes in noodles🤣🤣🤣😂*lol*, thankfully it turned out to be great*sighs in relief*
But I couldn’t post this yesterday so I thought why not pot it today!😁
(BTW I made my younger brother taste a little first and he told me to add some this and that, and I tell you it saved my noodles😁)
I will be posting some Wondorous (inspiring is common and sounds quite boring 😏)Quotes every week on Sundays. But let me tell you that I won’t be writing about how ‘enlightened’ I was😀This is just to bring amazing quotes to your notice😁😁😁
Kamal Shrestha’s posts are amazing do give it a read…here is one of my favourites.
-Collection: Kamal Shrestha The lecture of professor in a college about “The Mayonnaise Jar and Coffee” is worth reading and following when there aren’t enough hours in a day to handle all the things. The Mayonnaise Jar and Coffee When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in […]
So as you know from the post name that I made some DIY bookmarks. I really enjoyed making them(I am not that much into art and craft , but when I like something I make a ton of it😝) I will provide the links below the pics 🙂
Dessert flower has posted this amazing story and you should totally give it a read….. Her content is awesome ❤️❤️❤️
She… Today I lost control. Every thing I kept buried inside rushed to the surface. I saw him again after 9 years. Over the years I learnt the art of fooling people with a smile as a proof that every thing was ok so one knew the reason. I could never be more wrong. I […]
About(Goodreads): A letter to the future me, the world, and any aliens who came across this from a die-heart potterhead, addressing the social issues, my thoughts, and my opinions, from a 12 year old’s point of view.
My review: I really enjoyed reading the letter. Aanya has addressed the world, speaking out about social issues and her perspective about it. It was an inspiring read. I liked her way of addressing each and ever problem, politely but firmly. This was a mind- blowing read.
I have read the book asa I came to know about it on Aanya’s blog post 😁
I reblogged this asap, this was an amazing read. I totally recommend reading this post, so go ahead check this post and also the blog. It’s Grudging Fret😁
What’s your idea about a friendship?Love to infinity and beyond,be there when in need,uplift each other,sometimes a honey tongue also requires,joke and lol…but it’s far beyond that.We never hated a person who we never loved.In friendship too,sometimes those trivial fights and unnecessary arguments are kinda needed.It doesn’t mean to break our bonds but concretes the […]
Write ten fun facts about you, the more hilarious the better.
Then you nominate as many people as you like.
So here are 5 things about me:
I drool when I sleep💤
I like to get my fingers dirty while eating Dairy milk. The melted one is the best. And then I lick it, just like in the ad🤤
I love sleeping but I hate sleeping 😁
I hate seeing clouds from aeroplane’s window. I feel dizzy. 🤢
I hated baking until I started loving cakes and pastries and donuts more. Had to learn cooking then…😝 To make exquisite dishes for myself(but my brother comes sniffing from wherever he is sitting and eats half of what I make and then when my remaining family starts tasting….. Well at least crumbs are left for me😅😁😝)
I nominate everyone, just don’t forget the rules😁😁😁😁
Thanks Shaheen for tagging me in this amazing iniciative of a tag. If you want finger- licking recipes, tips on beginner crochet and tips on toddlers than Shaheen reviews is the blog you should visit.
Thank the one who has tagged you for this challenge and link their blog site.
Add the official photo in your page.
List at least 5 bloggers you like. (Suggestion: You can list up 3 bloggers that you’ve known for a long time and you can also list up 2 newbies or more. It’s up to you though!)
In 5 sentences or above, give a short description about why you love the blogger.
Tag at least 3 bloggers to do the challenge.
Put #bloggerssupportbloggers in the Tags section so whenever a blogger is looking for new blogs to read, it will be easier to find!
The Blogs/Bloggers I love
1. Potterhead Aanya
Potterhead Aanya is a die-heart potterhead (as can be seen from the name😜)She pits up info about HP, total ‘what???’ types of posts. So all Potterheads this waaayyyy!! And she has also published her first book, “A letter from a naive mind to the world”
2. Saba Niaz Siddique
Saba posts poems, essays etc. Many are related to her cute cat. I simply love to read her posts full of love and warmth😊
Shivi’s posts are 😎. She posts about celebrities with whom she had video conferencing. She pours her thoughts in….. She is an amazing person 😊
Kinya posts her life experiences, thoughts and stories ❤️❤️❤️
Lifestyle, real time Stories, tips on numerous subjects…. Some random but good quality stuff❣️
4.Book worm Shamit
Shamit posts : Book reviews, poems and random fun😊
Everyone who wants to do this as it will help us know more about one another 😊🌈💜
Hi people, please, please please do show me some support and buy me book, it only 49 INR, please please please🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺 It would make my day and me very happy, so I will publish many more posts. Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please […]