Top 5 Audio stories you must listen on Audible

Listen, when you can’t read!

Audiobooks are a huge boon in today’s world where everyone is on the constant go. We are always on move and seldom find time to sit down and pick up a book. No matter what you are doing, you can listen to it- be it gardening, commuting, or as I usually listen to while walking. All that you need is good pair of earphones or speakers – you are good to go for multitasking all the while enjoying a good book.

Here are few of my favorites from Audible :

Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Good habits build a better. It is minuscule changes in habits that bring about positive long-term changes. The audiobook is wonderful to hear.
Listen for free on Audible

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The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness by Morgan Housel

Saving money and accumulating wealth are two different goals. Only years of a self-disciplined regime and a cultivated habit of saving money may help you to accumulate wealth.
Listen for free on Audible

Read detailed review here

Catalyst: The Ultimate Strategies on How to Win at Work and in Life by Chandramouli Venkatesan

The audio book is amazingly impactful.  The book narration solely focuses on all the factors, be it external or internal, emotional or logical which are duly and rightfully named as “catalysts”- which support the process to become successful in life.
Listen for free on Audible

Remnants of a Separation: A History of the Partition Through Material Memory by Aanchal Malhotra

21 chapters, 21 horrifying stories of different families who had lived through the traumatic experience of India- Pakistan separation, which we now read in history books. Families had been torn apart in name of land and religion. The land they had hailed as home – became just a piece of land for which paperwork is required for visit. While fleeing in panic to save their own lives, all of the storytellers had carried a piece of their home. Those pieces are the central point of the unique stories in the book.
Listen for free on Audible

Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson

To care or not to care, that is the fundamental question! Mark highlights most of the things which we should care about – contrary to the first book. He cites various examples from Nietzsche, Kant, and Plato to help us understand the eternal struggle we all go through only for nothing. We should rather accept, than reject.
Listen for free on Audible

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Cheers to Reading!

Exciting Day trips from Hyderabad

Hyderabad is slowly and steadily making a presence in tourism sphere. Since Covid -19 protocols have relaxed, there has been a rise in tourism. We are here to share the two latest raved about tourist spots in Hyderabad which can be easily covered as day trip.

Statue of Equality

Ever since its inauguration in February, The Statue of Equality has been talk of the nation! We were taken aback by the teeming crowd, braving the afternoon heat of Deccan region. The Statue is located around 16 km from RGIA, on the Bangalore highway.

Chinna Jeeyar Trust, Hyderabad has constructed the statue of Ramanujan, to mark the 1000 years birth anniversary of Vaisnavaite saint Ramanujan. The project of building the statue was conceptualized by the Trust to promote the humble teachings and philosophy of Ramanujan. Ramanujan had preached moral values on gender, religion and caste equality. The main statue has been constructed from Panchaloha viz the five elements gold, silver, copper, brass and zinc. It was constructed in China and then assembled in Munchital, Hyderabad.

The statue is second tallest sitting statue in the world – its close to 216 feet in height. One can find the temple timings in their website. However, it is open daily till 6 PM on Weekdays and till 8 P M on weekends for public viewing. There is nominal entry fee for parking. However the entry ticket is prices at 150₹.

1 day visit to Ananthagiri hills

The site is very well-maintained considering the temple campus and there are multiple gate entries for better crowd control.

The Statue of Ramanujan
The complex of the Statue of Equality

Night garden, Siddipet

Telangana tourism has done wonders to preserve the mighty Komati Cheruvu. We were absolutely blown away by the efforts of municipality to change a simple lake into an attractive amusement spot! Only second one of its kind in India, this glow garden also boasts of beautiful walk way named as “Ruby Necklace” and musical fountain near the hanging bridge across the lake. Entry can be taken both from the main lake entrance for Komati Cheruvu; or else there is ample parking space just near the entry point of the Night garden.

The Night garden is beautifully maintained with LED infotainment structures which include flora and fauna, interactive pathways, 3D Dynamic tunnel lighting and musical interactive piano.

Check out : 1 Day stay in Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

Entry fees for the Night garden, Ruby Necklace and the Bridge is 20 Rs respectively which is quite nominal. There is still certain part of the Ruby Necklace walk way which is under development. It is advisable to start atleast 2 hours before evening sets in to enjoy Night glow garden to the fullest!

How to reach :

By Road : Frequently buses ply from Gachibowli to Siddipet/ Komati Cheruvu. There is no bus service from Gachibowli to Statue of Equality though.

By Air : Nearest Airport is Rajib Gandhi International Airport. You can hire out-station cab or Zoom car to drive over to Night Garden, Siddipet which is close to 2 hours by road. You can also book cab to Statue of Equality in Muchintal.

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Trip to Mysuru

Mysuru Palace

Mysuru Palace is the royal residence for the Wadiyar dynasty. It’s the thriving heartbeat of Mysuru and most travel day starts with a visit to this magnificent palace. Completed in 1912, there is grandeur in every nook and corner of the palace, especially the Audience durbar. The original palace was prone to fire hence the Royal family had commissioned Henry Irwin to build the new palace. The palace lights up during Dussera celebrations and is one of the major tourist attraction places in India.

St.Philomena Cathedral

One of the tallest Diocese churches in Asia, St Philomena church was built with inspiration from the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. St Philomena was a martyr of the Roman Catholic church. the relics are preserved in a catacomb which can be accessed by a staircase in front of the main altar. The towering spires are Neo-Gothic in style and bear a striking resemblance t the cathedral in Germany. the foundation of the church started in 1933 to encourage communal harmony.

Brindavan Gardens

This beautiful garden is built in the bosom of the Krishnasagara dam over River Kaveri. The gazebos are breathtakingly beautiful and the garden is spread across 60 acres with a separate house for orchids. The garden is dotted with beautiful water fountains. Sir Mirza Ismail built the garden with inspiration from the Lalbagh botanical gardens in Bengaluru. We did not stay for the musical fountain show in the evening however we hope to go back for that experience.

Tipu Sultan’s tomb
Tipu Sultan’s Gumbaz

Tipu sultan’s final resting place is the Gumbaz. The Gumbaz is a dome placed on a cubical structure and decorated with beautiful ornamental railings with 36 black granite pillars in support of the dome. The Gumbaz is said to be inspired by Bijapur architecture. The mausoleum has Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and Tipu Sultan’s mother’s burial inside the main dome.

Triveni Sangam
Sangam stal

“Triveni Sangama” is the confluence of 3 holy rivers Kaveri River, Lokapavani River & Hemavati River. It is situated just few kilometers from the Tipu Sultan’s Gumbaz burial.

Nimishambha Temple

Sri Somavamsa Arya kshatriya Committee members commissioned this beautiful red stone temple in 2006. “Nimishambha” means that prayers are fulfilled within a minute. This temple is open from 6.00 AM to 1.00 PM and resumes from 4.00 PM to 8.30 PM. in the evening, however it is better to check on current timings. The temple premises are very peaceful and well maintained.

Nimishambha Temple
Chamundeshwari Temple

Perched on the top of the Chamunda hill is the famous Sri Chamundeswari Temple. ‘Chamundi’ or ‘Durga’ is the fierce and warrioe form of ‘Shakti’ who had slayed the twin demons, ‘Chanda’ and ‘Munda’ hence the name ‘Chamundeswari’. It is also said the ‘Mahishasura’ was killed by Devi Chamunda form of Maa Durga in the darkest hours of night. The temple is open from 7.30 AM to 2.00 PM and resumes from 3.30 PM to 6.00 PM. Though there is huge car parking area, devotees often climb to the temple via stairs on the other side of the hill.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

One of the prominent Hindu shrines, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple marks the sheer architectural grandeur mostly inspired by Hoysala style. Constructed in 894 AD, the temple is very ancient with several changes done over centuries. Devotees offer their prayers to Lord Vishnu on Sesh Naag with Goddess Lakshmi. The temple gopuram are adorned with intricate carvings in Vijayanagar style, depciting stories from puranas and holy scriptures.

How to reach :

By Road : Frequently buses ply from Bangalore and can be booked over Bus booking websites like Paytm. By car, you can follow the route as Bengaluru highway via Srirangapatnam.

By Rail : Several trains are available to Mysore Junction or Srirangapatnam station.

By Air : Nearest Airport is Bengaluru International Airport. You can hire out-station cab or Zoom car to drive over to Mysuru which is close to 3 hours by road.

Did you visit Mysuru – what places did you like?

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The Reading List

Can a library bring together two people who are otherwise poles apart?

Can books fill up void in our lives?

Sara Nisha Adams explores the possibilities in her debut book, The Reading List. When I had first picked up the January book of our book club, I did not check for much reviews or blurbs. I wanted to go in blind. The initial few chapters almost made me put down the book but my resolution to finish at least a book a month egged me to carry on. I am glad that I did! The book evoked old memories of my time spent in the United Kingdom. I was staying in the quaint town of Tysley and the nearest library was one in Acocks Green. In the first week of my deputation, I walked into the library to apply for membership. My heart did a hula dance when I was informed I could have close to 8 books at a time, I could request books, reserve books from other libraries – now that was an experience I last had in school. I revisited all those happy memories while reading the book.

“Please try to remember that books aren’t always an escape; sometimes books teach us things. They show us the world; they don’t hide it.”

sara nisha adams

Aleisha takes up a seemingly boring job at the library as her Summer job. Aidan, her elder brother heralded Harrows Road library as his refuge, quite contrary to Aleisha’s views. Caught in between her ailing mother Leilah and boring job, Aleisha prepares herself for a monotonous summer until she comes across a reading list.

Mukesh is an old, feeble widower who is desperate to change his unproductive days. His wife, Naina’s death has left a huge nothingness in his life. He chances upon a book his wife used to read from the library. Reluctant at first, he gingerly starts reading the book to cope up with his pain of loss of his wife. The book starts to heal his emptiness and he drags himself to the Harrows road library to ask for more books. Thus his path crosses with Aleisha. Grumpily, Aleisha suggests book from the reading list to Mukesh but they end up discussing the books.

An unlikely friendship starts taking shape and the duo start relying on each other through book recommendations. The books mentioned in the reading list play their unique magic on the two individuals- sometimes quite different from each other’s experience. Anything more which I may say, may be a spoiler!

“These are the books that brought me closer to myself, that shaped me and my world — I hope they’ll bring you light and joy and, if you ever miss me, you’ll find me within their pages.”

Sara Nisha Adams1

Though the underlying theme of the book is friendship, The Reading List is an ode to bibliophiles. The book gushes on how lucky we readers are! We can find consolation in stories that resonates with our lives and also sometimes, escape to a fantasyland of the book world, leaving behind our sorrows.
Pick up The Reading List with an open heart -specially if you are a beginner!

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Trip to Coorg

Kodagu or Coorg is one of the most idyllic hill stations in Karnataka. Coorg has it all! The lush green spice and coffee plantations dotted throughout the forest-covered terrains. Exotic scenery mesmerizes the travelers. Madikeri is one of the centers for tourism.

We had stayed in Sannidhi enclave homestay. We were greeted with warm welcome however there is no kitchen facilities so it is better to carry dinner from town. Most of the places close by 7 PM so kindly plan accordingly.

Raja’s Seat

This spot was a favorite place of recreation for the Rajas where Raja used to spend time with his queens and consorts. The place offers beautiful view of the horizon and the play of clouds in early morning. It is one of the most important tourist spots in entire Madikeri.

Raja’s seat, Madikeri
Raja’s Tomb
Raja’s tomb, Madikeri

Raja’s tomb is located in Mahadevpet, which is just 1.5 km from Madikeri. The campus has three tombs which were built for the royal dynasty. The largest central tomb belongs to the Kodava king Doddaveerarajendra and his wife Mahadeviamma.

Abbi Falls

The falls is located around 8 km from the Madikeri town centre and 122 km from Mysore. The road from the Raja’s towb take to Abbi falls. there is ample space to park vehicle as there is paid parking.

Abbi Falls
Namdroling Monastery
Namdroling Monastery

The Namdroling Nyingmapa monastery  which is also known popularly as the Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargye Ling. the moastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. There are lot of good spices shop near the monastery. The monstery was closed for visitors due to Corona spread.

Glen Lorna Tea Estate

The lush green tea estate overlooks the lofty step hills. Glen Lorna is the only tea plantation in Coorg. there are stay options in the tea estate or you can travel to Madikeri for over night stay.

Tea estate
Mrityunjaya Temple
Mrityunjaya Temple

Another 12 km from Glen Lorna tea estate, Mrityunajay temple is located in very remote part of Coorg and one must reach by car. Google maps shows teh correct way but one has to be extra cautious while driving through private coffee plantations on the way to reach it.

How to reach :

By road: Tourists can reach Coorg via SH27 by road. Frequent buses,both Government and private, ply from Bengaluru.

By air: Nearest airports are Mysore, Mangalore and Bengaluru. Manglore and Bengaluru are international airports located 135kilometer and 260 kilometer away respectively. Taxis are available from airports to Madikeri.

By train: The main train junction stations close to Coorg are Mysore, Hassan and Manglore.

Did you visit Kodagu – what places did you like?

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The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness

“The premise of this book is that doing well with money has a little to do with how smart you are and a lot to do with how you behave.” sets the tone of the book. Morgan Housel shares a string of stories from around the world wherein he proves his ideas for saving and managing money. It is years of practice that later becomes one’s natural habit to identify patterns in savings and investments – the assiduity which goes in determining the actions and the reactions to money earned or saved, or getting gifts from others. The book talks volumes about preservation of wealth, correct pursuit of monetary happiness. This is a book which I wish I had read in my early 20s then probably I would have had a changed perspective towards

“Spending money to show people how much money you have is the fastest way to have less money.”

“Planning is important, but the most important part of every plan is to plan on the plan not going according to plan.”

Morgan says to save money according to the goals. In the book, he describes that the goalpost should however be dynamic and should move further away as you are almost close to it, that way it will be easy to determine the priorities on where money needs to be spent. When it comes to the adopted habits, it is better to have a clear idea. One should always ask oneself :

  1. Is money going to enable your happiness?
  2. Is money enough to secure the future and have stability?
  3. Is the money enough for comfortable living or an ultra-expensive lifestyle?

“There is no reason to risk what you have and need for what you don’t have and don’t need.”

To sum up, saving money and accumulating wealth are two different goals. Years of self-disciplined regime in saving money may help you to accumulate wealth, it may help you to achieve the level of financial security you have been striving for. As much as, with time, different purposes may add to the list and the goals will keep evolving. Often unforeseen expenses also derail us from our targets. Consistency is the key to success.

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Colours of Red

The new Commandant Shaurya is posted to ‘Dandakaranya’ meaning ‘forest of punishment’ in Bastar based on his previous accomplishments. He is aware that his chances of getting a post of his choice, near to his family, will be better after serving in one of the most sensitive areas in India.

Bastar is a Naxalite war zone. Troops are engaged to maintain peace however the dismal policies taken by politicians, mismanagement of funds, and loopholes in proper plans lead to futile efforts. Shaurya pens his frustrations and loneliness in his diary until he meets Shenaya. He falls for Shenaya despite his loving family. What happens in the jungle, stays in the jungle – but Shaurya missed the fact that the jungle here in question was the dangerous foliage of Dandakaranya. Jumping over mines on land and in his personal relationships with equal difficulties, Shaurya is a changed man at the end of the story. His venture of walking on a tightrope teaches him lessons on love and trust.

Last winter, I had travelled by road through the dense forests of Kanger valley through the city of Jagdalpur in Bastar. While reading the book, I could almost relive the memories from the trip.

Rakesh Kumar Singh in his book, Colours of Red, has brilliantly blended his CRPF posting experiences into the story; the depiction of the pains and hardships of commander has been painted with true colours of red.I am looking forward to the other books written by the author. One must pick up this book!

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Diwali gift ideas under 500₹

We have had enough of Soan Papdi jokes around Diwali celebrations. Why always get a box of Soan Papdi when you can get better gifts almost at the same price? Presenting a list of 5 items which will make the perfect unique Diwali gifts for home celebrations or even for bulk gifting in offices.

Idol Diya Oil Lamp 
Idol Diya Oil Lamp
Idol Diya Oil Lamp

Ideal gift for Diwali celebrations is idol shaped Oil lamp. This is crafted carefully from metal and is a perfect choice to  to pass on your best wishes for Diwali puja.
Buy here at 349₹

Haldi Kumkum Box

Haldi Kumkum Box is an important addition to any festival so its only relevant to gift this elegant looking haldi kumkum holder.
Buy here at 199₹

Haldi Kumkum Box
Haldi Kumkum Box

Looking for Diwali decoration items?

Floral Bowls and Spoon
Floral Bowls and Spoon
Floral Bowls and Spoon

Hard Anodized, beautiful floral shaped set of bowls and spoon is a gift worth of its price!
Buy here at 299₹

Aroma candles

Ideal for small spaces, these aroma candles are very pleasing. The smoke-free flame and non residue burning are additional advantages of these pure soy wax candles.
Buy here at 385₹

Aroma Candles
Aroma Candles
Tealight Candle Holders
Tealight holder
Tealight holder

Diwali gifts are incomplete without tealight holders – These metallic dangling tealight holders add subtle warmth to decor and is perfect value for money!
Buy here at 279 ₹

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Home decor items for festive season

This listicle is perfect for all the households who will be celebrating Diwali – get the festival of lights in all galore and pomp with these exquisite decor items.

Lotus Urli

It is an exquiste piece of beautifully handcrafted bowl which can be used for both floating flowers or even floating tea light lamps. Urli ushers prosperity and is placed at door entrance usually.
Buy here at 698₹

Lotus Urli
Lotus Urli
Hanging electrical diya
Electrical diya
Electrical diya

This set of hanging eletrical diya has 7 dim neon bulb in each diya and one brass bell at the base.
buy here at 700₹

Oil Lamp

This handle is shaped in om – this metal diya can be easily used for aarti and adds more to home temple or even office temple, for Diwali celebrations.
Buy here at 375₹

Oil lamp
Oil lamp
Haldi Kumkum dabbi with lid
Haldi kumkum dabbi

This is a beautiful and multi utility item which can be used for Diwali aarti, specially for applying haldi kumkum to ladies.
Buy here at 398₹

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Toran

Stitched on velvet cloth, this beautiful craftsmanship example is addition to the home temple entrance. Please make sure you have supporting tape to hold the toran in place.
Buy here at 299₹

Toran
Toran

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Get ready for festivals with AGIF

Amazon Great Indian Festival is back with too-good-to-be-true deals. With the upcoming festival seasons, be sure to grab the items to make every moment memorable.

Tripod

Tripod is must-have specially when it comes to creating videos and reels! This tripod has bluetooth click so it’s easy to go hands free for capturing those lovely memories.
Buy here at 398₹

Ring light

Ring lights add more Portable LED Ring Light with 3 Color Modes Dimmable Lighting
Buy here at 449₹

Selfie stick

This is an excellent 3-in-1 multifunctional Selfie Stick which is compatible with all mobile phones. It is Bluetooth Enabled so with just one click you can capture the photo. It also comes with Tripod Stand.
Buy here at 549₹

LED Touch Lamp Speaker

USB rechargeable wireless bluetooth speaker is a great addition to home during festive reason, all the more because this can be used as a lamp as well!
Buy here at 699₹

Star Projector Night Light

Unable to travel at the moment? You can fill your room with stars and moonlight, so that you feel as if you were laying under the stars!
Buy here at 549 ₹

Please note that the list has been curated based on ratings and reviews. The blogger does not have any personal affiliation with any of the products. Let us know in the comments below, what other products do you think should have been included?

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