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My First Blog Post

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.


LockTheBox in Bengaluru: A Book fair more like a Literary Festival

With the dawn of an early winter already upon it, Bengaluru braces itself for festivities that will extend beyond the New Year celebrations. The garden city which has proudly boasted everything for everyone’s taste will be host to a 17-day-long literary festival in LockTheBox–Reloaded, from the 16th of December 2022 to the 1st of January, 2023.
Having attended its earlier iteration in the city, Lock The Box is a carnival for all the bibliophiles out there, like me. With its upcoming edition already promising to be a much bigger and more worthwhile outing for the brand, book lovers in Bengaluru can rest assured that their literary appetite will be more than just satisfied.
Anyone who enjoys reading will find LockTheBox as the perfect opportunity this December. Genres ranging from adventure, knowledge, classics, love, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and crime to autobiographies, young adults, academics, and so much more will be on offer during the festival.

About LockTheBox

By any stretch of the imagination, it was not my first book fair in the city; however, it was one of my best-ever experiences at a literary sale event. I later realized the brand behind LockTheBox has been around for a very long time, and, in fact, it has been a pioneer in the Indian market for buying and selling new as well as used books., with its presence across multiple digital platforms, has contributed much to the changing dynamics of the book market in the country.
Since 2017, when LockTheBox marked its presence in the physical realm, Bookchor has welcomed thousands, if not lakhs, of visitors (who have turned into customers).
The LockTheBox literary festival promises to feature the best literature from around the world, as well as a one-of-a-kind collection and the largest selection of books (which is actually true). As customers, they gave us the choice of selecting a customized box of our choosing and need only consider the size and ensure that it fits in the box and closes flat (that is quite literally the only condition).
LockTheBox is a unique concept where you can buy books, as many as you want to, depending on your budget convenience by having on offer 3 exclusive box categories (No points in guessing that, that’s where the name is coming from… Lock the Box) the ‘Odysseus’ Box, the ‘Perseus’ Box, the ‘Hercules’ box.
For someone like me who will always go for the biggest box, i.e., the “Hercules” Box (which costs INR 2999) that accommodates around 30 books the “Odysseus” Box, which costs INR 1199, can accommodate nearly 10 books, and the “Perseus” Box, costing INR 1799 and which can carry around 17 books, are not a bad deal at all.

… 2022 Edition

We can expect more than just books in this edition of LockTheBox. It literally promises to be a literary carnival with fun, food, fans, and more.
With its previous edition, which had already registered a footfall of over 1 million (I can vouch for it; I was there on multiple days…) One can only imagine how many more people will turn up this time around.
Of course, the lineup of a literary feast is so much more savoring when names like Ravinder Singh (You are all I need fame) and Novoneel Chakraborty (That Kiss in the Rain fame) will be there for an exclusive interactive session on the 17th of December.
The book fair, which kicks off on the 16th of December, is happening at Shubh Convention, Puttenahalli, Phase 7, J. P. Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560078, every day from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM. And given the capability of the venue and the Bookchor team, this literary festival will without doubt garner the biggest turn-up of bibliophiles under one roof in the city.
I, along with my friends and family, have already made our plans and are, in fact, eyeing some of our favorite titles.
So, Bengaluru, mark your calendar and pick your time because one of the biggest literary festivals is coming to our city.

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SRI DEVI MAHATMYAM FOR KIDS: Glories of the Feminine God in Hinduism

Have you ever wondered, why the present generation of kids are unaware of all the mythological stories, we once loved as kids❓Where has the craze for watching mythological drama gone❓Where has the quality time of bedtime stories of Gods & Godess by grandmothers gone❓

Reading our precious original Vedas & scriptures is not an easy task. That’s where God sent authors with books like Sri Devi Mahatmyam come into the picture. This book is truly a delight, even for adults. The easy language, colourful illustrations, black & white ones for colouring, the questions after every chapter, the ease & smooth flow of narrative with a the systematic layout of the information makes the reading experience so joyful & enlightening. The detailed information provided by the author about Rishi Markandeya, his birth & the origination of the Maha Mrityunjay Mantra gave me goosebumps. I wasn’t aware of the story behind it.

The nine devis, the cycle of karma, the simplified purpose of life, wiping out illusion from the face of reality, the devi mantras, the procedure to celebrate/ worship the devi & the mythological stories made this book a delight to read & absorb. I finished it in one sitting. Reading it today, on the 9th day of the navratras with dushera, the victory of good over evil, tomorrow made the experience even more spiritual & wonderful.

Thankyou @ishwarjoshi for thinking about bringing such a book forth for the kids & beautifully executing it to fruition.Totally recommend.


SRI DEVI MAHATMYAM FOR KIDS: Glories of the Feminine God in HinduismbyIshwar Joshi AwalgaonkarMaha Rishi Markandeya.

📖 Sourced from many English TRANSLATIONS of the original Sanskrit composition by Maha Rishi Markandeya.

DEVI MAHATMYAM, also known as Chandi Paath or Durga Sapta Shati, contains the glories and origins of Devi. It has a mystical blend of awe inspiring battles combined with deep religious teachings, philosophy & devotion. It is the only Religious text, among all major world religions, which proclaims, worships and glorifies the Supreme power as a Female.

Devi Mahatmyam FOR KIDS is a guidebook to help children start on an amazing spiritual journey of self discovery with Devi – the Feminine Creator of the Universe.

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Equations- like family but not quite..

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#equations = like family, but not quite
by @shivanisibal

❤I loved it!!
More than the story, it’s the “execution ” that I totally adored. The reading experience & the insight i gained was precious.
■ Around 200 pgs (13 chapters), the entire read is divided into two parts. Fast paced & a quick read, it is capable of being read in a single sitting.

■ Layered. The story has quite a few characters, but each is properly sketched & given indepth analysis & it’s totally worth it! Each character tells you quite a few life lessons & takes you through some emotional & some pragmatic, experiences & decisions..forming an important part, no matter how small, of the story.

■ I understood, “equations” here as a metaphor for relationships/ position/ power. How it changes, when the relative variables change, is interesting to note.. The varying ‘power dynamics ‘ keeps the reader on the edge, all the time..

■ It is penned in changing timelines..starting with 2016, going back to 1980’s..the 1990’s..2013..but the shift is smooth & the flow, easy to get along.

■ The story is about two kids, Aahan Sikand, son of the master of the house & Rajesh Kumar, son of the servant. The read captures the change in power, stature, relationships..w.r.t time..from the beginning, when they are kids..till the end, when they are in their thirties..
In the process, it encompasses a handful of characters & they join the journey, effortlessly. At a point, I did feel the story is going offtrack with too much space being given to supporting characters but then, it all amalgamated together perfectly.

■ The location is Delhi..The Sikand house was acquired in 1946..during partition.. The way, Aahan’s grandfather establishes himself, thereafter is interesting to note.. Aahan & his sisters were the pampered kids of the house while, Rajesh was just a sidekick, called for as & when required.. The madam of the house, Aahan’s mom is a snobbish woman.. Rajesh & his parents are loyal servants of the house..

Here, it’s worthy to note, how Rajesh was always grateful for what he got..always eager to learn his lessons..tough life his mother always kept him grounded & demarcated his boundaries.. In the meanwhile Aahan became a dependent brat, his father went astray which caused his mom to lose herself in alcohol completely..the daughters got married off..& then his father moved out with his 2nd wife. Aahan being the legal heir was given majority of the property but he couldn’t make hay while the sun shined.. on the other hand, Rajesh stepped up the status ladder, gradually picking up small opportunities smartly..

I really found the character of Rajesh,  his wife Sana, Aahan’s stepmother Nooriya..very very interesting.  They are smart, pragmatic people, humans who know how to exploit an opportunity to the most. They certainly gave some important life lessons.

The story ends at the same point, from where it had begun, the Sikand house & it gave a perfect closure to the entire read.

■ Time well spent reading this book. Definitely looking forth to reading more work from this fab debutant author.

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