Going Alone – Unchained Unrestrained

I quit my job in the year 2010, seven months after the birth of my son. I still remember it was the month of September, and I had to join office after my 6 months extended maternity leave. Being in the medical transcription industry, I had the luxury of working from the comfort of my home where I didn’t have to travel long distances nor I had to leave my baby alone either in a crèche or on a babysitter, but even then I couldn’t continue after spending 6 months long leave or more aptly said a 6- month long freedom from the daily grind of meeting my daily projections, finishing the stat jobs on time, and focusing on low TAT jobs.

I never regretted quitting my job as I had the financial support of my husband. I worked for 5 years in the MT industry just to utilize my time but during those years of working in the office environment, I got to know how someone becomes a grownup larva, cocooned inside a shell, never willing to come out.

Though I worked from home but it was no different from being cooped up in a glass walled office floor feeling the chills of continuously blowing cold air of the AC vent directly hitting on my spine. I just couldn’t continue and relied solely on the money that my husband earned from his day job at a multinational.

He changed jobs. We relocated to other cities and finally settled down in Bangalore. Now we both work from our home office. We are making new strides everyday and have have our hands in at-least 10 micro businesses…Writing and Publishing is just one of them.  We love our freedom – freedom of spending time with each other, playing with our son, cooking dinners and watching our favorite shows and movies whenever we feel like, no more postponing the pleasures of life for the weekends.

How many of you fancy the idea of working for yourself. I am sure you must’ve thought about it at some point. If yes, now it’s the time. Life is too short to ponder over taking challenges. If you have a hidden passion or an untold dream, live it up, don’t think twice just push the button and see what happens. Take a step back from your present life and see how it feels. Reboot your life. Drift out of your comfort zone and do what makes you scared that you would never do just because you don’t want to look freak or mad in front of others.

If you feel connected to this article and ponder over the subject hot to reboot your life, my next novel Camouflage is all about establishing a connection with the existence. Not in entirety, but a tiny bit of the book is based on my real life experiences, my feelings, and my naked emotions on paper.

I am done with the first edit of the book, but it has to go through my beta readers. I am hoping to launch it in the somewhere in the mid of year 2016 or may be earlier if everything goes the right way.

Till then, keep reading my blog posts, and help me reach the other readers.

At the end, if I ask a favor, I hope you won’t mind. If you like this post, please leave a reply in the comment section below to help me improvise and to let me know what would you like to read next.

Have a Dream – Live It Up!

My life was like a paddle-less boat up until the summers of 2014, when I decided to take the charge of it and row it upstream. Going against the current of the stream, challenging the strength of the oceanic waves was not all that easy. I had to be determined that I would win over the sea and successfully reach the shores of the enormous ocean that was all set to drench me with the surface waves powered with the strength of harshly blowing sea winds.

Writing is not an easy job. It’s a journey to self-realization. It’s a task of churning your inner self and then extracting out the creative juices to paint the canvas of your imagination with vibrantly colorful and vivid pictures. It’s just like rowing your boat against the water current, keeping your head high, facing criticism and rejections but not letting your spirit die.

The obstacles that we face in our day to day life are nothing but mere reflections of the negativity that twirls around us all the time. If we take the hurdles of life as a challenge and try to keep ourselves motivated no matter what the situation is, these hurdles will only become our guiding path leading us to that ultimate destination that we always dreamed of.

This rule applies to all of us. It doesn’t matter who you are. What matters is – who you aspire to be. Whether you want to become a successful entrepreneur, a great artist, an award winning musician, or a bestselling author, you have to keep challenging the obstacles hindering your path to success, and one day you will realize your dreams. That day, you set a new goal and again start your journey of achieving it.

Exploit your abilities, flaunt your skills. You are not just a cog in a wheel but much more than that. Take time out to ponder upon your unfulfilled dreams, dreams that you cherished all through your life but failed to achieve. Then, question your inner self, what have you done to make it happen. Have you given your best to the most cherished dream of your life? If not, now, it’s time – live it up.

That doesn’t mean that you stop going out and stop socializing. Live your life to the fullest. Do what you want but don’t forget the purpose of your life. Dig out the reason of your existence. Try to connect yourself with it, and life would be a pleasant ride for you. You will reach a stage where you won’t feel frustrated, helpless, stricken by the boredom but feel satisfied, motivated, and enriched, A state where you have a purpose in life, you have a goal to achieve, and you have a dream to enliven.

What is Amazon’s Kindle Reading App?

Are you a book lover? Do you regularly pay visits to check what’s new on the bookshelves?

If yes…don’t you think going to the bookstores and navigating through various books and then finally selecting a book that you would spend your money on is a tedious task? Well…I don’t try to make a point that physical books are out of trend, as I am sure that a true book lover would never mind carrying those huge piles of heavy books on his head.

What I want to say is that, now you don’t have to carry heavy books with you. As books have gone digital, you can travel with hundreds of e-books downloaded in your hand-held device or laptop.

Reader or writer no matter who you are, if you want to try some of the bestselling books by world’s renowned international writers, there is nothing better than reading their e-books that are easily available on the internet. All you need it to just navigate through the vast range of multiple free and paid e-books available on several online book retailer websites, for instance, Kobo, Barnes and Nobles, Smashwords, Amazon, and so on, click your favorite book and download it either on your desktop, laptop, or any of your handheld device including your smart phone, iphone, or ipad and read wherever, whenever, and whatever you want.

Being an avid reader, it’s my personal experience that Amazon is the best online retailer offering a huge range of fiction and nonfiction e-books. You can find hundreds of free or paid cookbooks, self-help, motivational, or mythological e-books on Amazon. If you play with fiction, you can surf through romance, thriller, horror, erotica and various other genres of fiction writing.

The best thing about online book retailers and distributors is that they offer you a wide variety of free e-books that run on promotional discounts to download freely without paying even a single penny, the advantage that you won’t get in case of physical books. And, for that, you don’t have to visit the book store, just be online.

Now coming to Amazon, there is something cool that I think many of us didn’t know up until the self publishing revolution and that is Amazon’s free Kindle reading app. The Kindle app is available for most major smartphones, tablets and computers. That means with your free Kindle reading apps, you can buy a Kindle book once, and read it on any device with the Kindle app installed. You can also read that same Kindle book on a Kindle device if you own one.

Six Contemporary Romance Books that You Can Read For Free

I love you more than you know
I just wish you didn’t have to go
I just want one more day with you
And I know thats what you would have wanted too

I miss you more and more each day
There is so much more we had to say
I know I will see you again
But my life is just started to begin – by Cindy

According to Google, “What is Love” was the most searched after phrase in the year 2012. You can find a great deal of information related to love on the internet. You can have everything of love, the biology, the chemistry, the physics, and the philosophy. But if you still question yourself or ask someone to define love, it would be hard to explain.

Believe me guys, if you really want to explore the elaborateness of this highly complex human emotion there is nothing better than to read romantic literature. Romance fiction has always been a hot favorite among all age groups since ages. Studies suggest that in all fiction categories it is the romantic fiction that not only sells at record rates but most of the time romantic novels are the bestsellers of the year.

Well…with the advent of mobile reading devices, things have become fairly easy, now you don’t need to go to the bookstores or libraries to navigate through the huge stacks of books. All you need is to just search for your favorite book online and get the book downloaded on your e-reader, mobile, laptop, or desktop and read it on the go, while in the kitchen, during the office break hours, in the parking lot or anywhere else you want.

So, today, I am suggesting a few of my favorite romance fiction books written by some of the bestselling authors of the contemporary romance genre.  And, the most delightful fact is that all these e-books are freely available on Amazon. All you require is to have Amazon Free Kindle App on your smart phone, iphone, laptop, ipad, or desktop and download these love books 100% free.. yes you read it right absolutely free.

The Kindle app is available for most major smartphones, tablets and computers. That means with free Kindle reading apps, you can buy a Kindle book once, and read it on any device with the Kindle app installed. You can also read that same Kindle book on a Kindle device if you own one.

With your free Kindle App, you will get access to a great selection of over 3 million Kindle Books, lowest prices, and thousands of free eBooks. For now, I am suggesting you some of my favorite contemporary romance fiction books that you can download anytime anywhere, just for FREE!.

Before you do that follow the following steps:

1. Download Free Kindle App

2. Click on any e-book of your choice below to download for FREE!

 

 

 

 

 

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A Peace Which Crowned Her Life

“She had looked for his coming as warriors come,
With the clash of arms and the bugle’s call;
But he came instead with a stealthy tread,
Which she did not hear at all.

She had thought how his armor would blaze in the sun,
As he rode like a prince to claim his bride:
In the sweet dim light of the falling night
She found him at her side.

She had dreamed how the gaze of his strange, bold eye
Would wake her heart to a sudden glow:
She found in his face the familiar grace
Of a friend she used to know.

She had dreamed how his coming would stir her soul,
As the ocean is stirred by the wild storm’s strife:
He brought her the balm of a heavenly calm,
And a peace which crowned her life.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love has been the most favorite topic of poets and artists for centuries. A lot has been written and depicted about love in the form of romantic poems, novels, and various art forms from paintings to sculptures and from buildings to monuments.

Even today, when technology has changed the world and spread its feet in all spheres of life, love is intangible and innocent. Love is a feeling, an action, a connection that is free of social and cultural boundaries.

People love to read about love and romance. This reason is just enough to explain the popularity and demand of some of the great classic love stories from Wuthering heights to Casablanca.

Though a lot has been written about love time to time, I personally feel that there is very less reading available for those who want to explore the intricacies of modern-age romance.

Modern-age love stories set in the background of different cities, internationally, are rare to find. Book “Still the Love Blooms” allows the readers to slowly unfold the petals of blooming love in different parts of the world, from the most developed and enriched nations to the most poor and war-stricken developing countries of the world.

All About Ukraine Russia Conflict

The relationship between Russia and Ukraine witnessed a series of ups and downs with situations ranging from complex tensions and hostility to cooperation and mutual agreements. However, the terms were fairly cooperative under President’s Victor Yanukovych office from Feb 2010 to Feb 2014, after which the relations between 2 ethnic kins underwent a series of drastic events leading to massive destruction and mass desolation.

It is believed that the present day Ukraine crisis is an inflamed outcome of decade’s old conflict between the 2 countries that searched its roots back in the month of November of year 2013, when the pro-Russian president of Ukraine Mr. Victor Yanukovych rejected the integration agreement with EU and expressed his willingness to have closer ties with Russia. This resulted in an organized mass protest by Euromaidans who wanted Ukraine-Europe relations to be stronger for better cultural and economic reforms. They accused Yanukovych a corrupt autocrat and blamed him of obeying Russia’s orders and nothing but merely a puppet of Putin’s hands.

The peaceful protest turned violent when president Yanukovych deployed armed forces against the protestors. Euromaidan movement gained momentum culminating into February 2014 Ukraine revolution that resulted into the ousting of President Yankovych to Russia.

Following the removal of Yankovych, unrest developed in the eastern regions of Ukraine mainly in Donestk and Luhansk oblasts from where Yankovych gathered most of the support. Pro-Russian rebels took control of the Crimea resulting in Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Fighting started in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian forces and the pro-Russian insurgents demanding for autonomy of the Donbass region. The rebels lost most of the territory to the Ukrainian forces until the invasion of Russian military into the eastern region of the country backing pro-Russian insurgents against the Ukrainian forces. Proxy war that started between Russia backed rebels and Ukrainian armed troops destructed and devastated the entire Donbass region to the hilt leaving many civilians homeless, without food and even water. Many fled their houses to either Russia or to the western region of Ukraine because the unsuccessful implication of the shaky ceasefire that had been signed between the representatives of 2 countries in Belarus failed to stop the ongoing violent conflict and massive artillery use from both the sides confining civilians to live under the threats of constant shelling and bombardments of their residential areas and towns.

With the revival of the ceasefire agreement and with implication of new truce treaty, though least effective, Ukrainian troops retreated from the conflict zone, and the entire eastern Ukraine was considered to be under complete control of Pro-Russian separatists.

The most recent development in the Ukraine crisis is that the 2 important European allies of Ukrainian Government, France and Germany, have asked Mr. Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian president at present, to ensure partial self rule for the pro-Russian separatist east with efforts of bringing the ongoing conflict to its climax.

Yemen Crisis

The ongoing war between the Northern Shia rebels and the forces loyal to the exiled government of Yemen has forced the country to reach the verge of famine. According to UN, there are about 13 million people in the country that are in urgent need of help.

Though the fighting is over, Saudi-led coalition airstrikes is still on targeting the Houthi bastions in the northern regions of the country. But how it all started and how one of the oldest centers of human civilization in the Near East transformed into a blood-engrossed land of killed human bodies.

Weak unstable government, economic difficulties, marginalization, corruption, and exhaustion of the resources led to rebellious uprising against the government of Yemen in the year 2004. Years’ old contention resurfaced in the form of a violent conflict between forces allying to President Hadi and Zaidi Shia rebels, the Houthis.

The conflict continued for several months with massive killings of civilians, Yemen army personnel, and Houthis until Houthi rebels took a siege of president Hadi’s house compelling him to run away to Aden to save his life. After gaining strength from his supporters and allies, Hadi declared Aden as the temporary capital of Yemen while the Houthis kept on approaching towards the South of Yemen to reach Aden.

In an interim, Al-Qaeda established its base in Yemen after the downfall of its supreme leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Based on the ideology of strict radical Sunni Islam, Al-Qaeda opposed Houthis, and launched several terror attacks and bombings in the country that further fueled the ongoing conflict between the 2 sects.

Even after encountering several terror attacks, ambushes, and skirmishes with Al-Qaeda of Arabian Peninsula and allied forces of Hadi, Houthis forced their way to Hadi’s provisional capital Aden. Hadi had to abscond again to hide under the cover of Saudi Arabia.

Hadi pledged for Saudi intervention in Yemen to solve the ongoing political and religious crisis of the country that led to military intervention by Saudia Arabia in company with 8 other Arab states and with logistic support from the US.

Massive bombing and military operations by Saudi-led forces, terror attacks by Al-Qaeda, and the ongoing war between the Houthi rebels and the Yemen army as well as Hadi supporters led to a state of complete disorder and utter chaos in Yemen. This provided an ultimate battleground for the Islamic State affiliated extremist groups to establish their bases in Yemen and conduct terror attacks both against the militia and the innocent civilians.

On April 21st 2015, Saudi bombing crusade ended with the proposal of “Operation Restoring Hope” to end the war; however, airstrike didn’t stop against Hauthi bastions and war continued in Aden.

Yemen chaos resulted in massive destruction of the already depleting natural resources transforming the highly fertile land of Yemen to a desolated, war-torn piece of earth. Once known as Arabic Felix which means happy or fortunate Arabia, the country drastically hit by hunger and famine leaving approximately 20 million Yemenis to be food deprived.

Is Greece on the Verge of Fresh Elections?

The infamous debt crisis of Greece is years old and dates back to the year 2008 when the world’s worst recession hit the country. Bearing the brunt of stringent austerity measures proposed by its international creditors, the country had been facing tough economic reforms in exchange of heavy bailout packages since 2010. Bleak possibilities of Greece exiting from the Eurozone loomed larger resulting in more tough economic reforms over the period of time. Rising pension cuts, hike in taxes, job cuts, and overgrowing unemployment rate compelled the peace loving and friendly Greeks to take the roads of all major cities leading to massive protests, civil disobedience, violence, and riots.

Demonstrations and violent agitations against the ruling party and the proposed austerity led to early legislative elections in the beginning of year 2015. Anti-austerity party Syriza wins the elections and forms a collision government with Mr. Alexis Tsipras as the head of the newly formed government.

Deliberate attempts to avoid the likelihood of Greece going out of Euro forced the country’s newly elected Prime Minister to accept even tougher economic reforms proposed by the Troika. Anti-austerity party Syriza had to kneel down in front of country’s international creditors causing rift among the party members. The party that had formed government in the early 2015 elections with full majority is divided between the rebels of the left wing and the rest of the party.

Split between his own MPs and rising discrimination among the party members have compelled Mr. Tsipras to decide stepping down, calling for snap elections in attempts of garnering public support for the consented 3 year long bailout program.

Heavy rounds of meetings would take place to decide the fate of Greece’s new governance, and there are high chances that the meetings would end up with the announcement of new election date. Greeks have to return to the polling stations once again to choose their new government. Four months ahead of the year end, Greece finds itself again at the brink of fresh elections. somewhere in the midst of September 2015.

With the opinion poll survey suggesting Syriza again emerging as a single largest party, there are high prospects of Mr. Alexis Tsipras repeating his term. There is also a likelihood of Mr. Tsipras forming a new coalition boycotting the leftist rebels if his party wins the majority.

In the fallout of tough economic reforms and election after election, the Greeks once known for their high quality of life all over the would have to undergo a roller coaster ride once again after the implementation of new bailout program.

Force Feeding – A Legalized Torture

The prisoner looked pale and weak. He hadn’t had anything in the past several weeks. A security personals team arrived, and he was dragged from his cell to the prisoners’ medical ward. There, he was strapped onto a chair. Two of the security personals restrained his head. A medical professional came forward and tried to insert a thin tube through the prisoner’s nose into his stomach. The prisoner resisted the insertion of the tube shaking up his shackled extremities but to no avail. The tube was set in place, and nutrients were forcefully injected into his stomach. After an hour or so of forceful tube feeds, he was unchained and dragged to the cell where there was no water or plumbing facilities. He was dropped on the floor of the dry cell. Succumbing to the exhaustion of the forceful ingestion of nutrients, his vision blurred. He felt weak and devastated, couldn’t resist him from dozing off.

How it feels when someone feeds you forcibly against your wish. Isn’t the biggest torture to forcefully insert a tube through someone’s nose or mouth and make him ingest essential nutrients through the tube to keep him alive? While the entire medical fraternity from World Medical Association to Red Cross has condemned force feeding time and again, the crude treatment of hunger-struck prison inmates is still unabated in the darkness of the detention centers behind the iron rails. Be it a case of Guantanamo Bay prisoners or Indian civil right activist Irom Sharmila, force feeding has been unethically practiced across the globe.

Forcefully inserting the tube into the patient’s esophagus through nose could be dangerous and fatal if the patient is adamantly rejecting the entire procedure. The tube could end up landing in his lungs through the trachea, undetected; the feeding solution could fill the lungs leading to pneumonia, respiratory failure, or even death. Moreover, the antiemetics that are administered before forcefully injecting the nutrients into human body have debilitating side effects and if taken in a long run could lead to neurological disorders.

It has been recognized by the World’s Medical Association as well as by the UN that a prisoner in his usual state of mind is free to express his emotions and anger by nonviolent means and hunger strike is a form of freedom of expression. It has also been communicated that feeding a prisoner against his wish is unethical, and it is the extremes of human cruelty and should not be practiced.

Recently, the Israeli parliament has also passed a much controversial bill related to force feeding the prisoners who are on the brink after long-standing hunger strikes. Though the force feedings are done in extreme circumstances to save the prisoner’s life, they are seen as yet another form of torture and tyranny.

Who are the Masai?

The sun was at its full gleam. The parched desert beds were hot enough to burn feet. A barefoot woman emerged out of a small dome shaped house, made up of cow dung, in the midst of the desert. Wearing a red wrap and countless beaded necklaces, she giggled with other ladies standing outside the house under the canopy of hot blazing sun challenging the scorching heat and the emptiness of the lunar landscape of east Africa. Fetching their heads with empty water cans with the help of ropes, they made their way to the pit dug in a nearby dried up riverbed.

The women belong to the indigenous mysterious tribe of Africa, the Maasai. Living along the borders of Kenya and Tanzania, the Maasai tribe of east Africa is known for its rich cultural heritage and its semi-nomadic pastoral lifestyle. Defying the modern-age technological advancements and western culture influences, the tribe still follows its age-old tradition of living. Cattle are the utmost worth for the tribe. It is for the sake of their animals that they keep on wandering across the rugged terrains of deserts in search of water and fodder.

The entire continent of Africa has been dealing with severe water scarcity problems due to impending droughts. The reasons are many, but deforestation could be the major cause of prevailing drought and the infamous famine of African horn. The conditions are worse in remote areas and villages and the most affected are the pastoral tribes of Africa inhabiting the arid and semiarid regions of the country where water is a wealth and the cattle are god. Due to poor rainfall, prevailing scarcity of water, government negligence, and administrative loopholes, the indigenous tribes of Africa are losing their animals.

Dependent on their livestock for daily meal in the form of meat, milk, and blood, they are compelled to combine various other forms of livelihood along with their pastoral activities to survive on the toughest terrains of earth in extreme climatic conditions.

The effects of ongoing deforestation and illegal poaching practices combined with marginalization by the local administration may be the leading cause of extinction of the tribe’s ancient culture and tradition in the near future. But for now, they are keeping their heads high challenging the adverse circumstances and the bleakness of the environment. Emerging as true warrior tribes of Africa, they are committed to keep their stone-age traditions intact despite all odds of life.