Parenting in the Age of McDonald’s by Tanuja Sodhi

51Gk0q0MTeL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received Parenting in the Age of McDonald’s by Tanuja Sodhi as a review copy from Rupa Publications and I would like to thank Rizwan Khan of Rupa Publications for the same.

On the back cover:

In an era when children have limitless food options- deep-fried chips, giant burgers and imported chocolates- and obesity is becoming a common malaise, PARENTING IN THE AGE OF MCDONALD’S comes as a comprehensive handbook that helps parents make the correct dietary choices for their children.

How do parents encourage choosy kids to eat right? How is the diet in your foodie son to be controlled, so that his body weight doesn’t become unhealthy? Are there items to be included in the food regimen of a young sportsperson?

Dealing with every kind of child across the diet spectrum- the overweight one, the picker eater, the underweight student, the young athlete, the stressed pre-teen, and the opinionated pre-schooler- PARENTING IN THE AGE OF MCDONALD’S is chock full of practical tips and real-life examples. Authored by Tanuja Sodhi, an established dietician, this book is certain to help parents strengthen the nutritional foundation of their children even when permitting the occasional fast-food indulgence.

My take:

The book starts with an introduction which makes the reader want to go on and on with the book. Mind you, it is not a one-time-read book, it is book which can be read along ie anytime or any day you want, you can read the book from anywhere.

The author has described the different types of parents and the different types of children. She has also mentioned how or what prompted her to write the book in first place. She has given a list of reasons why one may opt for the book and also mentioned that the book is not a thesis. The book has been written is a language easily understood by the common man with the objective of helping parents strengthen the nutritional foundation of their children.

She has discussed about balanced diet, micro nutrients and macronutrients; the importance of having fruits; vegetables and fibre in diet and the sources and recommended daily allowances of various micronutrients and macronutrients. She has called water- the divine cooler and discussed its importance; and called sugar-salt-fat, the triple monster. She has given a list of foods which increase our sodium intake thereby causing an increased blood pressure. She has also talked about foods that boost a child’s brain and calories required by active kids. She has also given recipes and a list of foods to munch in between meals. There is discussion on dealing with malnourishment and also obesity.

I feel, the way the book has been written, it would help both parents and children. It is interesting and easy to understand. The tips are practical and easy to follow.  I plant to give it to my eleven year old to read next because I feel this book would be of great help to her too.

 

 

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Perfect landing by Jyoti Singh Visvanath

9789351777342.jpgAfter reading her first book I was waiting her next one. Perfect landing by Jyoti Singh Visvanath is the story of Sara and Sam.

The Blurb:

Samrat Khanna, the handsome younger scion of the Khanna Business House, is in charge of airlifting his mother from Jammu. It does not take him long to rub the charter pilot, super-efficient Captain Sara Jena, the wrong way. When Sam creates circumstances that make their lives intertwine, Sara finds herself struggling with the gravitational force of her attraction to him.

Will Sara be able to keep her sanity and sense of self, knowing Sam can get under her skin? Is Sam even capable of being the man she needs him to be? In her flight to love, is Sara doomed to crash or can Sam help her make the perfect landing?

The story:

Captain Sara Jena works for a charter company which supplies pilots to The Khanna Business Empire. She lives in Delhi with her best friend since kindergarten, Simran, who is into research. They are more than sisters sharing everything with each other. She is a no nonsense person and kept her distance from men.

Samrat Khanna is the handsome younger son of the rich Khanna family. He has always been the protected one, indulged to a fault by his parents and buffered by his elder brother, Vir. A casanova, according to the media, he has never been given any major responsibility.

Now, his father is abroad and his mother and brother are on a pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi, Jammu, when his mother takes ill and it is his responsibility to take a chartered plane to Jammu and airlift his ailing mother. What he does not know is that the pilot is a lady. He comments on her height and gender and she does not take it lightly and discusses it with Simran and the name him, ‘Ratman’. But Sam convinces his brother to make her their employee and she is forced to keep meeting him.

My take:

The cover is beautiful and the story is short and sweet. The language is simple and the flow is good. The author’s choice of beautiful words made the story even better. The descriptions are very to the point and the author’s idea of adding some situations that have happened in the country in the recent past made the book very real.

I loved the characters. Sam and Sara were opposites and opposites attract. Even the characters like his brother and her best friend had a substantial role to play in the story. I wanted to know a little more about the senior Mr and Mrs Khanna which I felt would have made the story more interesting.

All in all, I loved the book.

 

Here is a link to a sneak peek into the book: https://books.google.co.in/books?id=35bCCwAAQBAJ&lpg=PT3&ots=ZN5fgtsHXe&dq=perfect%20landing%20jyoti%20singh&pg=PT8#v=onepage&q=perfect%20landing%20jyoti%20singh&f=false

His Christmas Delight by Summerita Rhayne

bb359-hcd2bcoverI received the book His Christmas Delight by Summerita Rhayne from the author as a review copy and I would like to thank her for the same. It is story of Myra and Jay set in Goa.

The Blurb:

Caught by Santa!

For Myra, Christmas means supporting her friends. They rallied round getting her back on her feet after she lost Pete, her husband, so she’s always ready to help any of them. No matter to what lengths the challenge makes her go. Only she didn’t expect to find Santa almost catching her in her wrongdoings. Then she finds that the handsome Santa is Jay, her old high school friend. Now he’s changed from a gangly geek to an attractive stranger. After missing out on the dating scene for a long time after losing Pete, she feels the first stirring of desire. But Jay is playing hot and cold, refusing to admit the attraction sizzling between them.

He’s back in Goa just for Christmas

Jay knew Myra as his best friend’s girl. Now Pete is gone, but Jay is finding difficult to let go of the scars he picked up in Coast Guard service. He’s home only to help revive his brother’s toy shop. When he finds himself making excuses to stay, he knows he’s crossing the limits he’d set himself. What’s the purpose in taking this further when he knows he cannot be the one to give her the happiness she deserves?  But no matter how hard he tries, the scorching flames of wanting only seem to get stronger. How can he keep on denying the attraction between them when she insists on coming close?

The story:

Myra is out to help her friend Tonya in getting a gift for her son Toby from Tollinger Toys Santa’s goodies bag in exchange of two recipes. Tonya is sure she can do it. Myra is also sure that she can pull it off. But then things don’t work out as we want them to, do they?

So here is what happens. Myra meets Santa, is trying to impress him when Santa, in an effort to conceal his identity, blurts out his name for her, Princess. And the cat is out of the bag. Now Myra does not know how to steal the gift and feels guilty about letting Toby down.

And, Jay comes to her rescue.

Things are not as simple as they seem because Jay, though attracted to her, wants to stay away from her as he feels guilty and she wants more.

Where will the attraction take them?

Read on…….

My take:

The cover of the book is beautiful and the blurb is inviting. I was immediately hooked to the book on reading the blurb. The language is simple and the flow is good. I loved the characters; they were well developed as is with all her books. The scenes were well written and were easy to visualize.

A nice short read, takes only an hour or two.

 

Solo in Singapore by Tanushree Podder

9789351777243.jpgSolo in Singapore by Tanushree Podder is the journey of Munmun Menon, a half Bengali half Malayali girl who goes to Singapore and tries to survive there.

The Blurb:

Quirky, overweight and emotionally insecure Munmun Menon, a kid born of a Bohemian Bengali mother and a number-crunching Malayali father, has been dreaming of true love forever. With an expired shelf life (she is thirty!), a no-go job as a correspondent, and an unfaithful lover, she decides to make a clean break. She buys a one-way ticket to Singapore, the city where her long lost father lives, and arrives carrying a heart full of hurt and a host of dreams. Solo in Singapore is a rip-roaring, side-splitting account of a young girl’s experience in an alien land and her efforts at keeping herself buoyed in choppy waters.

The story:

Thirty two year old Munmun Menon is a cocktail kid. Her parents got divorced when she was five and she lives with her artist mother and has not seen or heard from her father since. Once when she was eight, she had heard some relative mention that he had shifted to Singapore.

Munmun is not a career girl and marriage seems to allude her for various reasons. She dreams of writing a book. She leaves her boring job, a cheating man and an unexciting life in Bangalore and escapes to Singapore on a month long visa and a one way ticket.

She reaches Singapore and checks into the hotel she had booked online only to shift out the next day to a hostel. There, an Australian girl, Alison becomes her roommate. They become good friends and Ali teaches Moon a lot about the country. Moon feels her confidence growing and Ali becomes her Singapore Survival Kit. With their resources depleting, they apply for an extension of their visa, look for jobs and a PG accommodation.

In the meantime, Moon continues to write on her blog with the hope of publishing a book one day and keeps searching for her father with the hope of meeting him one day.

She meets Ayan Mukherjee, a lawyer, the one person she had desperately wanted to respond to her profile on the matrimonial website at one of the ex-pat meet ups and decides to take challenge of wooing him.

Does she manage to get her book published? Does she manage to woo Ayan Mukherjee? Does she find her father?

Read this account of Moon and find out.

My take:

The author has written the book as a first person account from Munmun’s point of view with excellent descriptions of people and places. The language is excellent and the flow is good. Having visited Singapore myself, I could easily visualize them. The book is hilarious and more about Moon’s journey than about the romance. She has used some Singlish words, like, lah.

She has given funny names to people and places like, Throne Room, Tsarina, Wonton, Forbidden Kingdom, Virgin Mary, Charlie Brown, Wierdo and Mother Goose.

I loved the book.

I Made a Booboo by Shivangi Sharma

 

CXUdtSBVAAAA1Ul.jpgI received the book I Made a Booboo by Shivangi Sharma as a review copy from Rupa Publications and I would like to thank Rizwan Khan and Rupa Publications for the same. This book is a book on parenting by a first time mother. I chose to review the book because of the blurb which goes like this:

Once upon a time there was a woman who used to sleep eight hours a day and wake up late on the weekends. Her clothes were mostly free of gross body fluids and her bag rarely had biscuit crumbs. Then she decided to have a baby.

With books and the Internet for friends- and a husband who responded commonsensically- she thought she had it all sorted. But then her baby arrived, and everything turned upside down.

The baby made it its mission to present a new surprise every day. Mommy, after fighting hours of helplessness, came to know that parenting was a lost battle. There was only one way to survive- keep calm, laugh on and write on as the bay dozes. The result: I Made a Booboo, a rollicking account of the trials and tribulations of a first-time mom.

P.S. Everyone did live happily ever after (albeit so when the baby willed so).

My take:

The instances mentioned in the book are so relatable and I am sure anyone who is a parent and reads the book will say, “Oh! I went through this.” The cover is an instant pick me up and the language is simple. She has written it in a very hilarious way.The book opens with a test on parenting and ends with a cute little list of things to discuss with other parents.

The author begins with when they decide to have a baby, when she discovers she is pregnant, her prolonged pregnancy and labour and the birth of her son. And then the baby comes home and thus starts the routine or non-routine of the eat-poop-sleep machine (or her baby). She talks about sleepless nights, the feeding patterns, her charged up emotions among other things. Then it is time for Mommy to join office and the baby to go to daycare (she even prepares a fourteen page user manual for the day care people to use). She talks about deciding to be a Stay-at-home-mom and then many benefits of being one- workout and also luxuries you miss as SAHM.

She has rightly advised according that all mothers should trust their instincts and no do everything according to the textbook (I know it is easier said than done, even I had a lot of such issues when my kids were babies). She ends the book with an apologetic letter to her son and also an A to Z appendix of The New Mommy alphabet.

My favourite part in the book was the letter she writes on her son’s behalf to Santa.

A highly recommended book for parents to be, for new parents and also for parents with grown up children, just to remember the days when your kids were young and pat yourselves thinking, we DID IT!!!

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Book Blitz His Christmas Delight by Summerita Rhayne



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His Christmas Delight
by
Summerita Rhayne





 

Blurb

 

Caught by Santa!

For Myra, Christmas means supporting her friends. They rallied round getting her back on her feet after she lost Pete, her husband, so she’s always ready to help any of them. No matter to what lengths the challenge makes her go. Only she didn’t expect to find Santa almost catching her in her wrongdoings. Then she finds that the handsome Santa is Jay, her old high school friend. Now he’s changed from a gangly geek to an attractive stranger. After missing out on the dating scene for a long time after losing Pete, she feels the first stirring of desire. But Jay is playing hot and cold, refusing to admit the attraction sizzling between them.He’s back in Goa just for Christmas

Jay knew Myra as his best friend’s girl. Now Pete is gone, but Jay is finding difficult to let go of the scars he picked up in Coast Guard service. He’s home only to help revive his brother’s toy shop. When he finds himself making excuses to stay, he knows he’s crossing the limits he’d set himself. What’s the purpose in taking this further when he knows he cannot be the one to give her the happiness she deserves? But no matter how hard he tries, the scorching flames of wanting only seem to get stronger. How can he keep on denying the attraction between them when she insists on coming close?

 

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About the author

Summerita Rhayne writes sensual romance which is sheer escapism with lots of emotional conflict. She first got published in 2013 and has won contests with prestigious publishers such as Harlequin and Harper Collins India. Writing, she finds, is the only way to deal with the numerous story ideas bubbling in her brain which pop up more rapidly than her keyboard can do justice to. Her pet belief is that even when writing time is in short supply, if the inspiration is strong enough, the story characters get a life of their own and will find a way to make the writer pen them down. When cerebrally confronted with the sizzling interaction of two Alpha characters, the only way to get peace is write their book!At heart, she’s a family person and even though she loves her medical teaching profession, she happily becomes a homemaker when not at work. She loves winding down with music, movies, cricket (strictly watching only) and social networking.

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Book Blitz Seduced in Spain by Devika Fernando


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Seduced in Spain 

by

Devika Fernando


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Blurb


Sometimes all that two people need to make things right is a second chance…

 

Nine years ago, Alejandro broke Emily’s heart, but a business trip to Spain forces her to be in his company again. Old wounds are reopened and new temptations complicate things even more. When life leaves her no choice, she realizes that sometimes the heart doesn’t listen to the brain. Will Emily win the battle against her forbidden desire and Alejandro’s charm, or will history repeat itself?
Excerpt 
 
“Gracias, Alejandro. Buenas noches.”
Emily kept it short and simple, although a hundred words and sentences were waiting to burst forth and possibly ruin it all. She kept her gaze fixed on his chin because looking into his eyes would surely trigger something she shouldn’t be saying or doing. His scent was all around her, intoxicating her alongside the cava in her bloodstream. The corridor was silent, and she thought she could hear her heart pound hard and fast. Could he hear it too?
“Buenas noches,” he said, his tone so clipped it was almost rude.
He turned on his heel and strode towards the lift, and she had to grip the door handle to steady herself.
Why was she disappointed? What had she been expecting?
Just when she straightened up to walk into her room and put a lid on the Pandora’s Box that should have been kept tightly shut, Alejandro stopped. He clenched his fists, and she thought she heard a muttered curse. In a few long strides, he stood right in front of her again, and this time there was no escaping his gaze.
“Feel free to slap me,” he said, and before she could make any sense of it, his lips came crashing down on hers.
There was nothing timid or soft or tender about the kiss, as it might have been after all these years. Instead, it was as if all the pent-up need flowed into this one touch of mouth against mouth. His lips were firm and insistent against hers, his tongue demanding entrance, and with a half-moan, Emily gave in and kissed him back.

 

His taste flooded her, nut and syrup and wine. One of his strong hands clasped her neck, the other hand gripped her hip to draw her closer. Their tongues met, and Alejandro angled his head to deepen the kiss. She felt it deep inside her, soothing an ache, stirring a fire, breaking the cracks wide open. She wanted more. She knew she shouldn’t.
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About the author

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet and sensual, deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust.What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, Devika is a faithful servant to all the cats and dogs she has adopted. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

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