Fat to Fit – Amir Khan’s Dramatic Body Transformation

If you’re an Amir Khan fan, you  must have seen his body transformation video. The video about his weight gain and weight loss has been going viral since its release. Facebook and every other social media site are having recordings where the actor is flaunting his pot belly. The most interesting thing in the videos is you’ll see Amir binging on foods like samosas and vada pav to gain weight. While the first half is this, the second half of the video shows the star involved in a rigorous exercise and weight training to return to his six-pack body figure.

So, why did Amir Khan go through such a dramatic body transformation? The answer is – for his upcoming movie Dangal. A film where he plays the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, father of wrestler Geeta Phogat. Geeta is the India’s first ever gold medalist in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Amir dismissed using bodysuit for his character and accepted the challenge of going into the skin of his character.

“When you put on weight, it affects your breathing and body language. That naturally reflects on your performance. You cannot get that from a bodysuit,” he said.

The actor admits he’d a gala time while putting on weight as he could eat all of his favorite foods. “I ate everything that I was not supposed to eat otherwise. I had samosa, vada pav, chocolate, cakes, brownies… I indulged in everything. Then when I had to lose the weight, I had a very different diet of 25 gm of upma and papaya. After gym, a glass of protein shake,” said the actor.

However the superstar found the weight loss program very difficult to follow. Amir in his own words described his strict weigh loss regime highly unhealthy and strictly advises everyone not to try that at home.

PS: Dangal will hit the screens on December 21.

Legacy by Wilde Blue Sky

legacyI read quite a lot of steamy mushy romance of late, so Legacy came as a fresh breeze, though it’s not a breeze at all. The book takes the readers to the post-war Germany. It starts with the year 1945 and ends in the year 1999. So much so, in a short book like this is something that only a talented writer can do. Wilde has done full justice in portraying the aftermath of World War II.

When it comes to the fiction element, the book is an alternate history, a history that is far away from what we all know and that is if Hitler left an heir.

The main protagonist Peter Fritsch is an orphan raised by his grandparents. Peter’s portrayal of a mentally and emotionally weak person and then his transformation to a strong-willed aggressive Right Wing Speaker is vivid and realistic. All the characters including Michael, Kurt, and Wolfgang seem realistic and have strong presence throughout the entire read. Character development is strong and vivid, something that I always look for in a book.

I liked the conversations between various characters especially the conversation about women that takes place between Michael and Peter. I  loved the subtle fragrance of romance with the appearance of Ola, a young female left-wing journalist.

I did want to read more about Ola and Peter’s blooming relationship and wanted to see it mature over a period of time, but the book ended on a tragic note.

That said, Legacy is a detailed and well-written book set in the Post-war Germany. I highly recommended this book to all alternate history lovers out there.

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Princess Sia by Kou Zoya

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Princess Sia is a story of a young princess of the Kingdom of Inwia in West Africa who happens to be the epitome of beauty. Sia’s beauty is divine and people from far and wide just wish they could see the beautiful princess. As Sia grows older, she realizes that her charms are alluring, and soon her feelings of self admiration transforms into arrogance and egotism.

When she reaches the age of 16, his father, the king of Inwia decides to marry her off to a suitable boy, but Sia so arrogant and adamant doesn’t find any suitor to meet her expectations. She wants to marry a man who is extraordinary, a special person who possesses all the qualities of a heavenly prince, a man who can match her personality. In her quest of finding a suitable suitor, she marries a beast who comes under the disguise of what appears to be the most handsome and the skilled man to Sia.

Sia’s struggle starts from here as she finds herself trapped into a vicious game of the wild beast that holds her captive in a small hut in the midst of the bushes of the wild forest, guarded by a five-headed monstrous rooster.

Now, there’s only one man who can save her from the treacherous beast, a man who she insulted in the past.

Princess Sia is a sweet romantic short story or more appropriately a fairy tale that would definitely appeal to the teen and young adult readers of romance and fantasy. The language is simple and the writing flows smoothly. Written in third person point of view, the book captured my interest from the very beginning because of its simplicity and purity. The dialogues are well written and blend uniformly with the rich content of the prose.
And, at the end like all other fairy tales, Princess Sia does communicate a moral that indeed inner beauty is supreme and one should never disregard kindness and compassion.

I would give Princess Sia 4 out of 5 stars.

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Book Review – Bound by Steel by Connie Lafortune

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Wow!!! That was the first word that escaped out of my mouth as I touched the end of the book. The book seriously took me to a fantasy land. I really wonder if men like Ryker Steel exist in reality. He was so perfect in everything… I mean everything 😉 that it took me hard time not to fantasize about him. The author describes the characters so well that it creates live images of various characters in readers mind.

Now, coming to the story, Ryker rescues Lyra when her car crashes down during a bizarre snowstorm. Ryker brings her home and takes care of her as she recovers from the accidental trauma. While staying at the cabin, Lyra soon discovers that she can’t leave the place on her own wish. She has to embrace the truth that now her life is in charge of the owner of the cabin, i.e, her rescuer, Mr. Ryker Steel.

During the course of her stay at the cabin, Lyra finds herself lost in the masculine charms of her rescuer. Captivated by Ryker’s tough personality and the alpha male dominance, Lyra soon realizes that Ryker is the one who she always wanted in bed not her previous boyfriend Gage.

She lusted a man who held her captive but why couldn’t she just leave the cabin, that’s the suspense. And, not only that, there is hell lot of twists, turns, and complexities that ultimately take the readers on a roller coaster ride.

Ryker’s and Lyra’s chemistry was sizzling. Not only the steamy sequences but their conversations were equally passionate and sexy, especially, their dirty pillow talks.

All in all, Bound by Steel is a book that has everything in it. It has thrill, suspense, drama, romance, sex and lots of it that it will satiate all your hunger and desires.

The story is told in alternate POVs and that’s the best thing about it because it let me get into the skin of the characters and allowed me to feel what they are exactly thinking and doing.

Besides the steamy sequences that made me turn pages one after another, the twisted tale of lovers, their lovers, their friends, and their lovers, kept me on the edge of my seat all the time, and it was pretty frustrating when I’d to stop reading to follow through my daily routine. Needless to mention, Bound by Steel kept me coming back till I finished it.

Lastly, I highly recommend this book to all those who are looking for a sexy romance novel with lots of intrigue and plot twists to curl up with.

My Rating for Bound by Steel would be 5 steaming stars!!!

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Book Review – Desire Comes of Age by Ashley Pullen

This is a very well written book that has depth and is quite intense. The most important aspect of Pullen’s writing is that it has irony that is hard to achieve and rare to find.

The book explores the emotions and insecurities of a girl who was born in a brothel and was taken away from her mother at the tender age of 5. Later, she was groomed to learn the etiquette of high society only to serve the pleasure seekers. At the age of 18, she was pushed into the deep dark world of sex slavery where she tried to explore her sexuality through each lesson she was taught to please her clients.

The books is full of raw emotions and it takes a talented writer to instill so much in a short book like this but the author has done a great job in keeping the reader engaged through the entire read. Lastly, the story ends at a note that almost indicates the beginning of another story, and I’m all set to read the next installment of the series.

My Rating for Desire Comes of Age is 5 bold stars!!!

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Black Magic Man

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Black Magic Man by Ju Ephraime

Black Magic Man is a story of a happily married couple and how their life turns upside down just because of the entry of a Black Magic Man.

Lange and Rupert are happily married and living a peaceful life on the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia. Unknown of the threat looming over their heads, one day Lange was eyed by a black magic man. Despite being warned by his master in the past, Jean Louise (the black magic man) couldn’t control his intense urges of making Lange his sex slave. Not able to control his carnal desires, he starts pursuing her and makes her life unbearable by forcing her into something that leaves her agonized, both mentally and physically.  Lange realizes that her dignity and womanhood have been violated by a black magic man and decides to fight back the monster out of her life.

The book is written in third person POV and offers a quick and interesting read. To me, Black Magic Man was a real surprise as it doesn’t have any blood sucking vampires or werewolves like other books of the paranormal genre but a black magic man that is far more dangerous and creepier than any blood sucking demon.

The book is a detailed read exploring the cultures of the Caribbean as well as offers readers a glimpse of a bit of Indian culture. Not exactly an erotica but a flawlessly written romantic story, Black Magic Man is a real page turner and an intriguing book about love, lust, and the victory of good over evil.

My rating for Black Magic Man will be 5 bold golden stars!!!

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