04 September, 2015

Take a chance on me by Mia Epsilon - Book Spot Light

Today's Spot light is on 'Take a chance on Me' by Mia Epsilon. Another romantic novel in #TorandoGiveAway.

A story on friends changing to lovers. Take a look at this #ContemporaryRomance.
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Name of the Book: TAKE A CHANCE ON ME

Author: Mia Epsilon

Read some reviews:

1. Torie James

2. Krista Kelly 

3. Dawn Brower

The Story:

Friends and lovers rarely mix well with coworkers and embezzlement cases, just ask Christine and Charlie.

After a near fatal accident leads to one incredible night of amazing sex, Christine and Charlie take the leap from friends to lovers.

Christine has battled many demons in the last few years. Charlie has always been her confident and support. When Charlie refuses to answer emails or texts after an embezzling scheme arises at work, Christine must come to terms with not only losing a fabulous lover and her best friend but her job as well.

Charlie carries his own scars when it comes to women. Yet there's something about Christine which brings out his protective side and makes him hope for love he's wanted for years.

Christine and Charlie must work together to catch the thief before they can secure a love of a lifetime. Can they catch the embezzler before they lose not only their jobs and each other, but their lives as well?

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About The Author 

Mia Epsilon

Mia Epsilon is the author of the 'Weddings by C & C' contemporary romance series featuring a location wedding company and set in Hawaii. The first two books, Take a Chance on Me and Wedding Belle Blues, are available now with the third, fourth and fifth due out later this year. A feisty red head, Mia lives with her enduring hubby in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains, USA. She's an avid reader of almost anything and loves to be curled up with a great book. She never misses an episode of Doctor Who or Sherlock and happily suffers coffee and chocolate addictions. She can most often be found at her computer spinning new stories or in a quiet padded nook with her e-reader.

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03 September, 2015

Love, as projected in movies

Writing this for Indispire topic #Loveinspiration from Indiblogger.

Love comes in all shapes & sizes. Blog about a love story that inspires you the most! #loveinspiration

In most of the movies that I watch(Telugu or Hindi), a love story starts with a beautiful girl and handsome boy, they fall in love at first sight and story ends with they being happy together against all odds. In this case, fortunately, both of them are good at heart and are committed to each other. I wonder, what if the boy who she fell in love with at first sight is not a hero, but a villain ! Sorry, it is a movie, a heroine can/ will love only a Hero and not a villain. Right?
Anyways, this concept seems so impractical in real life na..

I love watching movies where hero and heroine fell in love by understanding each other in spite of their differences. I love stories where both of them are from different backgrounds, but still enjoy their differences and love being in each other's company. Evade Subramanyam was one such Telugu movie that I liked. See review here. Barfi is another such movie.

I love this quote
You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.
                                                                                  ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper 

What is your #LoveInspiration?

Linking this to #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne from Everydaygyaan and WriteTribe.

Until next time,

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02 September, 2015

Indian passport for retired govt officials - Process

Recently, I helped many family members in applying for passport and soon I feel like becoming a passport agent :p

Jokes apart, I want to share each and every information that I know about applying for Indian Passport, as it might be useful to someone who read my blog. When I analyze my old posts with maximum hits from Google, these are a few of them. That says - how often people search for this information  about passport.
My Passport renewal story
Information on Indian paasport for infants

This post is specifically about requirements for retired government officials to apply Indian Passport

Documents required (as per www.passport.gov.in website):
1. Proof of date of birth
2. Proof of residential address and
3. Pension payment order

Proof of date of birth:

a) Birth certificate issued by Municipal authority or any office authorized to issue birth and death certificate by the Registrar of births & deaths
b) School leaving certificate / Secondary school leaving certificate/ SSC certificate

Address proof:

  • Water bill/ phone bill (BSNL landline or postpaid mobile bill)/ Electricity bill at least 2 bills required one bill from current year and another from last year)
  • Photo passbook of running bank accounts ((Scheduled Public Sector Banks, Scheduled Private Sector Indian Banks and Regional Rural Banks only)
  • Income Tax Assessment Order
  • Election Commission Photo ID card
  • Gas connection bill
  • Spouse's passport copy (First and last page including family details), (provided the applicant's present address matches the address mentioned in the spouse's passport)
  • Applicant's current and valid ration card. NOTE : If any applicant submits only ration card as proof of address, it should be accompanied by one more proof of address out of the given categories.
  • Aadhaar Letter/ Card (If aadhaar card issuance date is less than a year from passport application processing date at PSK, it should be accompanied by one more proof of address out of the given categories)
  • Registered Rent Agreement (for a period of more than one year)

Application process:

  • Browse Indian passport website www.passport.gov.in, select respective passport office, download the application form which will be a zip file.
  • You should have adobe in your laptop to fill the application form. After filling in the application, it can be saved only in xml format which needs to be uploaded in passport website.
  • You should have a profile created on the site to upload passport application. So, register in the site before submission. 
  • Filling the application is very simple. Retired government officials come under non ECR category. 

Submission of application and appointment booking:
  • Register in the site by creating a profile, log in and upload the completely filled in application form in XML format. 
  • After successful submission of application, the website gives an option of booking an appointment to visit passport office for document verification. Take a printout of filled in application form also. 
  • We can only select the date and passport office/ PSK while booking an appointment, but appointment time will be automatically allocated by the system.
  • Print the appointment form after the payment of Rs.1000/- as fee through online. This payment is mandatory for appointment booking. Remaining fee required should be paid at passport office on appointment day. If it's tatkal, extra fee of Rs.1500/- to be paid at PSK. Please verify latest fee requirements from the website.


  • Reach passport office at least 15 - 20 mins before appointment time. 
  • Carry appointment letter, application form, date of birth proof, address proof, pension payment order and 2 xerox copies of each of these documents.
  • Few PSKs allows mobile phones, but they need to be switched off. 
  • In the first counter, officers will verify original documents, take xerox copies of each and arrange them in a file. They also assign a token number. 
  • After proceeding to 'B' counters after our token is called in, all details mentioned in the application are verified by the officer. They take fingerprints on a sensor and scan all the proofs that we provide for verification. We have to pay remaining fee (if any) at this counter.
  • In counter 'C', another verification of original documents takes place and In counter 'A', final verification will be done. 
  • For Tatkal scheme, your token comes quicker than others. Usually, it takes around 30 mins to one hour to go through A,B and C counters. 
We have to collect an acknowledgment in the last counter before leaving the office. This is important to track the status of our application later. For Tatkal scheme, it takes around 3 working days for the passport to be delivered. For normal, it might take 07 to 20 days. 

If you want to get alerts on the status of passport application, you can register for updates to your mobile phone while booking appointment itself. PSK will charge around Rs.35/- for the same.

Do let me know in comments if this information is helpful :-)

Until next time,

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01 September, 2015

Akshaya Patra foundation

If you have been following my blog recently, you would know that I am preparing gratitude list from past 2 months here and here and it feels very good doing that. These lists show how grateful I am to have a comfortable life.

By God's grace, many of us are fortunate to have good food, health and happiness. There are many in our world who are deprived of their basic needs like food, clothing and shelter. When I think of donating to some charity, I would select one which will provide these basic necessities to deprived people. When I choose some charity, I would like to know how my money will be spent or utilized. If this information is not given by the charity, my sole intention of helping someone cannot be satisfied. 
These days, many organizations are collaborating with NGOs to improve the society and people around us through corporate social responsibility programs. Even I participated in many such social responsible events, but choosing a right transparent NGO is becoming tough. 

Stumbled upon this site - Akshaya Patra foundation and did some research online about its transparency. Could find only positive reviews without negativity and so, would like to share the information on this foundation here to spread a word.

Akshaya Patra foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Benguluru, India. This organization is found from the inspiration of Shri Prabhupada and it strives to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition in children in India. By implementing mid-day meal schemes in government schools and government-aided schools, it is not only feeding hungry children but also encouraging them to come to school. Isn't it good?

A simple calculation in the site shows how just Rs.750/- can feed a child for a complete year. It also mentions clearly the segregation of money on different expenses like program management, fund raising and communication etc., Please do check this site and donate, if you feel, it's worth to spend money on this noble cause.

Until next time,

28 August, 2015

Take 2 by Ruchi Singh - Book Spot Light

Today's Book spot light is on 'Take 2' by Ruchi Singh.
Read this #Contemporary Romance and #Drama.

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Name of the Book: TAKE 2

Author: Ruchi Singh

Read some reviews:

1. Sundari Venkatraman 

2. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal 

3. Devika Fernando 

The Story:

Priya’s idyllic world turns upside down when she realizes her husband considers her dead weight after stripping her off her inheritance for his ambitions and lavish lifestyle.

Instantly attracted to Priya, Abhimanyu knows getting involved with a married woman is inviting trouble. But despite common sense, cautions and hesitations, he is drawn to help her.

Happily ever after has become a myth for Priya and trying to keep the relationship platonic is becoming more and more difficult for Abhimanyu.

In the tussle between ethics, fears and desires... will Priya embrace a second chance at happiness?

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About The Author 

Ruchi Singh

Ruchi Singh is a novelist, and writes in two genres; romance and romantic thriller. She has a degree in Electronics Engineering and has worked as Quality Consultant in the IT field. She began her writing career writing short stories and articles, which have been published on various online forums. She has been a contributing author to many anthologies and has published her first book Take 2, which is a contemporary romance with a spice of social drama.

A voracious reader, she loves everything—from classics to memoirs to editorials to chick-lit, but her favourite genre is 'romantic thriller'. Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling with Indian classical dance forms.

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26 August, 2015

My Gratitude list - Aug 2015

This is the last week of August and I want to continue showing gratitude in this month too..

There are both ups and downs in this month in professional and personal life, but I kept my positive spirit ON. There were difficult times and small challenges, but had overcome them.

So, let me list down a few for which I am grateful for:

1. An unplanned / quickly planned visit to a close family member's house
2. Visiting my best friend after almost 2 years or more
3. One good news in professional life
4. Good health to family members and peace at home
5. Could spend more time on blog and see the actual benefit on traffic to my blog :p
6. One positive progress in my personal goal

Linking this to Gratitude linkup for august hosted by Alphabet Salad.
Also, linking this to gratitude circle hosted by Corinne of EverydayGyaan with Vidya Suri.

Until next time,

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Nacreous by Sarah Elle Emm - Book Spot Light

Today's book spotlight is about Nacreous by Sarah Elle. #Fantasy #Teen Fiction
Check it out! Few cool fun facts about the author too. 

~ Release Day Blitz ~

About the Book:
After two members of The Freedom Front are arrested and interrogated by the UZTA’s tyrannical President Nicks, Rain Hawkins and her friends face the alarming reality that their plans to liberate the mixed zones across the United Zones of The Authority might not come to fruition. While the resistance movement is growing outside the walls of the zones, the president’s forces are strengthening and putting citizens everywhere in more peril than ever. When Rain receives warnings that her cousin, Calista, has agreed to support plans to kill the mixed zones, and that her life could be on the line at the upcoming pure zone initiation ceremony, she must decide where her loyalties lie and if all of her allies can be trusted. As The Freedom Front use their abilities to unravel the mystery of the ceremony, The Authority captures some of their friends, forcing TFF to either go into hiding, or plan a rescue mission that could jeopardize everything they’ve been fighting for.

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Hooray, it is finally release day for Nacreous! Thanks for stopping by the fabulous Release Day Blitz, organized by b00k r3vi3w Tours. To kick off the blitz, here are a couple of “Fun Facts” about author's writing process… I hope you enjoy!

From Sarah Elle Emm:

Writing Playlist:

So…Music. Some authors swear by it. They have their playlist set in the background while they pen their latest manuscript. Me? Not exactly. Music is very important to me. I believe in dance parties, and by dance parties I mean cranking up my I-pod to the music fitting my mood, be this salsa, classic rock, blues, country, classical, whatever, and dancing alone in my room or kitchen. (Yes, I said classical and country in the same list). My kids may or may not be in attendance. They like to watch and laugh. Sometimes, they join in. But as far as my writing process goes, the music is sort of my warm up. So I might turn on some music that fits my mood for parts of the story and listen to it in my car or at my desk before I write, but not while I am actually writing. I need it to be quiet in the room, so I can tell the story…(Ahem, hear what my characters are trying to tell me). ;) While I wrote Nacreous, and the other books in the Harmony Run Series, my favorite music warm-up to set the mood was Lorde. Specifically, the songs Team and A World Alone. In fact, if any of the books from my series could be made for film, I would beg producers to include one of those songs in the movies.

My Writing Process:

I can’t sit down and force myself to write everyday because it begins to feel too mechanical, but I am definitely one of those people who thinks about writing, story ideas, characters, scenarios all of the time, awake or asleep. I love using my dreams in my writing and have written a few of them into scenes in the Harmony Run Series. Back in college, the good ol’ stone ages, I had one of the most terrifying dreams of my life about a man with a triangular-shaped eye chasing me down a corridor, one door after the other, with this woman’s voice echoing all around us, telling him to kill me. When I got to the end of the corridor, I opened the last door, and he was standing there facing me. I woke up sobbing…About a year later, a psychology professor at my university asked some of us to share dreams with him so he could demonstrate dream analysis. I bravely raised my hand, (this was huge for me, since I am very shy in person), and shared my dream in vivid detail. After I finished talking, the entire class got eerily quiet and the professor told me I was dealing with issues beyond his realm of help, and went on to the next student’s dream. That student shared a dream about not being able to make a goal in a soccer match, and the professor dissected his dream in depth for fifteen minutes. Years later, I incorporated that dream, adding on some twists and turns of course, into book one from the Harmony Run Series, Prismatic. 

I also come up with ideas when I’m looking out of the kitchen window, when I’m walking, driving, cooking, gardening, taking my kids to martial arts, helping with their homework, basically, every waking moment. I take heaps of notes. I jot notes down for days. And when I’m ready, I sit down and type everything I can. I woke up the other night, and grabbed the notebook and pen beside my bed and wrote down an idea for another story. So my writing process is sort of a twenty-four hour thing. Oh, and probably the most important part of the process…How could I forget? My dog, Shorty, has to harass me to sit in my lap throughout the day. She eventually gives up and sleeps at my feet or nearby. She spares me the occasional glance or sighs every so often when I talk too much. Yes, I like to talk aloud to myself more often than not. If that dog could talk…Well, thankfully that’s not an issue. Here’s a photo of my writing pal…

Isn’t she cute? I hope you stick around to read about Nacreous. I’m going to look up that old psychology professor to see if he wants to read my latest book… ;)

Previous Books in the Series:

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About the Author:

Sarah Elle Emm is the author of the HARMONY RUN SERIES, a young-adult fantasy and dystopian series, released in May 2012 by Winter Goose Publishing. (PRISMATIC, May 2012, OPALESCENT, February 2013, CHATOYANT, September 2014, NACREOUS, August 2015) Her debut fiction novel, MARRYING MISSY, was published by Bird Brain Publishing in October 2011. Sarah is a graduate of The University of Evansville, she has lived and worked in Mexico, Germany, England, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has traveled extensively beyond. Sarah lives in Naples, Florida with her family. When she’s not walking the plank of her daughters’ imaginary pirate ship or snapping photos of Southwest Florida scenery, she is writing.

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25 August, 2015

Battered Hope by Carol Graham - Book Spot Light

My book spot light for today is some memoir which is inspiring. So, read a biography on #hope, #faith and #perseverance. Participate in #TornadoGiveaway and win books :-)

Name of the Book: BATTERED HOPE

Author: Carol Graham

Read some reviews:

1. Traci Lawrence 

2. Marie Abanga 

3. Charisse Harris

The Story:

Need encouragement? Ever feel hopeless? It is your choice to be VICTIM or VICTOR. Carol Graham lived a life of outrageous traumatic events, always a fighter and a winner over cancer, rape, marital abuse, jail, loss of child, huge financial losses from fraud and greed of others. Believes strongly that laughter will get you through anything. This fast paced memoir reads with all the elements of a good novel - character, conflict, suspense, and resolution. Follow her family through insurmountable hardships and witness the tenacity it takes for her to survive. It is a story of hope, perseverance, and faith. This is her compelling story

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About The Author 

Carol Graham 

Sharing laughter, inspiration and encouraging stories to anyone who has been put through the wringer of life. If I overcame tragedies...so can you. I am a motivational speaker sharing my incredible story of surviving cancer, rape, marital abuse, loss of child, suicide attempt, huge financial losses and more. I firmly believe laughter will get you through almost anything. I published Battered Hope in 2013, which is a memoir written as a compelling novel. It is a story of perseverence and faith.

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