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26 Favorite Foods and A Little Bit of Me, is a stroll down memory lane, sharing the author's favorite foods & the moments associated with each.

In exchange for free publication and marketing of my Writing Tools ebook in theblogchatter.com‘s ebook carnival, I’m writing a series of book reviews from fellow authors. The second in the series is 26 Favorite Foods & A Little Bit of Me by Mayuri Nidigallu.

26 Favorite Foods and A Little Bit of Me, is a stroll down memory lane, sharing the author's favorite foods & the moments associated with each.

Book Blurb:

 There is no sincerer love than the love of food, said George Bernard Shaw and I couldn’t agree more! Food is a nourisher, food is a celebration and food is a memory that connects us to people and to our past. Everybody has a list of food they love and so do I. Come along with me as I share my 26 Favourite Foods and A Little Bit of Me, and attempt to recreate the flavours my palate has tasted, through my words for you, as I walk you down memory lane sharing my moments associated with each.

26 Favorite Foods Review:

First, this is not a cookbook, a mistake I made when choosing the book for review. I followed several food blogs during April’s AtoZChallenge, and I assumed this was one. My bad.

Instead, 26 Favorite Foods & A Little Bit of Me is a collection of the author’s experiences with certain foods and the memories they invoke. She presents each selection (in alphabetical order) in mouth-watering detail. More than once, I had to stop reading and go to Google or Pinterest to find out more.

This, perhaps, is the biggest drawback of the book. An author does not want her reader to leave (and possibly never return) by sending them elsewhere. Although the author did link some recipes to her blog, images and recipes could have dramatically enhanced the book. Perhaps that was not the purpose of the ebook.

I did enjoy the tantalizing descriptions, the mental images, and the author’s memories and experiences surrounding the foods and the occasions when they were served. I did not realize how compartmentalized the food and the people of India are. The region of origin and certain times of the year (celebrations, festivals, etc) seem to restrict the availability of the dishes. Surprisingly, the people of a region do not stray often from it, and (in my opinion) the differences between regions is a big thing and emphasized in daily life. In the author’s words, “I am a Bombay born and bred Punjaban married to a Chennai based Telugu. Yes, crazy things do happen! ” I cannot think of a similar statement made in the U.S. Perhaps the different cultures, languages, terrain, and tradition separate the Indian people more than other countries?

All in all, I enjoyed the delicious descriptions and the peek into the author’s life, but I wanted more than what I assumed to be in the contents.

Blogchatter ebook Information:

26 Favorite Foods & A Little Bit of Me can be downloaded for FREE here.

Over 30 other FREE ebooks can be downloaded here, including mine.

The author blogs here.

26 Favorite Foods & A Little Bit of Me—About the Author

Mayuri Nidigallu is a Tarot Card Reader by Profession and a Writer by design.
Since she already knows what the future holds, she enjoys unwrapping the
present.
Mayuri has been a Magazine Columnist and Freelance Writer and you can now
read her Creative Writing, Reviews, Travelogues, Recipes and Food Stories on
her site, Sirimiri – The Lifestyle Blogazine at www.sirimiri.in.
Mayuri is a Punjabi, born and brought up in Bombay, married to a Telugu and
currently living in Bangalore. Her palate has tasted a lot of flavours and eaten
food with unpronounceable names (wait to read her post for the letter P to find
out more) and relished its food journey.
Join her as her chapters make inroads through her memory and moments with
Food, in alphabetical order no less!

Blessings,

Cheryl

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The Power Within explores twenty-six personal essays based on the theme of motivation.

Book Review:The Power Within

As part of theblogchatter.com’s ebook carnival, I’m reviewing fellow writers’ ebooks. First up is The Power Within, by Geethica Mehra.The Power Within explores twenty-six personal essays based on the theme of motivation.

About the Author

“My writings are reflections of my views towards life. I believe that whatever happens only happens with a reason. And the best happens when it is not seen. Because holding on believes that there is a past; letting go knows that there is a future. My piece of work gives me a second chance that life denies.

My words help me build my character each and every day. They flow through my heart and sketch the reality on canvas. I read new articles every day and learn something new from them. And I make it a priority to write regularly. All the visuals that happen around me make a place inside my brain waiting to be penned down as beautifully as possible.
Travel along my book to explore life and its happenings through my eyes. Do share your views as they will make me learn more. And they are highly valued.”

 

 

I especially like the quote: “I believe that whatever happens only happens with a reason.”

The Power Within, a collection of twenty-six essays, centers around the theme of motivation. Each essay has touched the author personally. She begins with a short definition of the word she’d chosen, asks a question about it, then dives into how it affects or has affected her life. She gives us a series of snapshots of her life’s journey, from difficulties in school (solved by a mother’s love), her career, marriage, the decision to have children early, and her great love of writing.

Throughout her writing, the reader feels her deep relationship with her family, friends, and God above all. I found the author upbeat, focused on the good in her life, optimistic, thankful and, most of all, content. A strong woman, she juggles (her “J” word) multiple balls and knows which ones are important to her. She has a true belief in herself and is an inspiration to other women.

In Conclusion

Going into the AtoZChallenge, I did not realize my group, theblogchatter.com, headquartered in India. What a happy opportunity! I’ve learned so much (but not enough) of wonderful people who struggle with everyday problems and remain upbeat and positive.

Thank you blogchatter, and thank you Geethica for sharing your personal journey.

Geethica blogs at http://thoughtsbygeethica.com/

Click to read her FREE book here.

Blessings to all,

Cheryl

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Blogchatter's ebook carnival introduces 35 FREE ebooks culled from 2017's AtoZChallenge, offering diverse subjects from parenthood to travel.

ebook carnival has changed my life

“I take on the baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival from Amrita Misra Basu , whose Ebook Picky Eaters is also a part of the mix.
 
About Amrita’s Ebook: Picky eating makes moms worried. Did you know, what you eat during pregnancy could change your unborn child’s eating habits? Knowing when to worry and how to handle picky eaters, is what this book is about. Easy actionable hacks to make life easier for moms.

Ebook Carnival is part of blogchatter.com, which was part of 2017’s AtoZChallenge. If none of this makes sense, bear with me.

Until the last week of March, I knew nothing about the annual AtoZChallenge, which is a blogging challenge—twenty-six blogs posted in April on a theme of your choice. Obviously, starting with “A” and ending with “Z”. I joined through blogchatter.com, which I didn’t know at the time, was based in India.

Blogchatter's ebook carnival introduces 35 FREE ebooks culled from 2017's AtoZChallenge, offering diverse subjects from parenthood to travel.

Fast forward to April. I’m writing and blogging almost every day and reading and commenting on >10 blogs as well. I’m learning a lot, a ton, a gargantuan amount about the people of India.

Fast forward to May. Blogchatter has generously offered its marketing muscle on its website and through Twitter posts to anyone who wants to consolidate their AtoZ blog posts into a FREE ebook.

Cue the trumpets. I’m in. I spent a couple of days formatting all twenty-six posts, getting rid of repetitive end material (thank you for reading, sign up for my newsletter, etc), then sent a .pdf file, bio, blurb, and cover to blogchatter.

BlogChatter calls the project ebook Carnival, and it has changed my life.

The best things about ebook carnival:

  • I can revisit my favorite blogs from the challenge in a condensed version. No more waiting until the next day to read Anami’s poems, or learn Geethica’s lesson of the day, or try one of Tina’s desserts. No more missing posts. Every post is there, complete, and ready for my enjoyment.
  • I’ve learned a bit about Indian culture. I’ll admit I’m naive about much of the world. I’ve lived in three states:Michigan (conservative), Hawai’i (diverse) and Arizona (diverse). Reading essays of Indian life has opened my eyes to the beauty of the land, the culture of a great people, and how different we are. But, we’re alike as well. Parents still worry about their children and want to raise them right. Children honor their parents (perhaps more than in America), we all want good grades in school, to find the perfect mate, to pay the mortgage, to have a good life. We’re more alike than we are different. A lesson we need to take to heart in these troubled times.
  • ebook Carnival gave me the chance to blog a book, something I’ll do again in the future. Since editing, formatting and sending my Writing Tools 26 Tips on How to Improve Your Writing to BlogChatter, I’ve taken another look at the other non-fiction books I’ve written: The Plot Thickens: 21 Ways to Plot Your Novel, and Birth Order, Adding Depth to the Characters You Write. I’ve learned much since writing them. They need to be reformatted, with new images and new covers. In fact, while making a book cover for Writing Tools, I decided to give all of my current and future non-fiction, writing-related books covers that compliment each other. I have designs on Canva.com waiting. I also have plans to bog a book on how to create characters. Thanks, ebook Carnival!
  • AtoZChallenge and ebook Carnival stretched my boundaries, tested me, and made me realize that writing, whether through blogging daily, or writing a romantic paranormal comedy, is an integral part of who I am. I need to feed it, nurture it, and not be afraid of where it will take me. This is especially important, as this year I’m starting (and hopefully completing) a book outside my normal genre. The idea has brewed in the back of my mind for two or three years. I didn’t think I was brave enough to try it. But with the confidence I’ve gained from AtoZ and ebook Carnival, I’m ready to tackle it! Yeah, me!

In conclusion

I’d like to hand out a great big THANK YOU for the organizers at blogchatter. Your work is amazing, tireless, enthusiastic, encouraging, and wonderful. I cannot say thank you enough. Bless you, every one.

Cheryl

“I pass on the Baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival to Ankita Bhoye, whose Ebook Getting the 21st Century Home is also a part of the mix.
 
About Ankita’s Ebook: ‘Getting The 21st Century Home’ is an e-book that I created along with Blogchatter’s A-Z challenge. It is a compilation of 26 articles with different styles, spaces and techniques of Interior Design that will help you set-up your home and make it a 21st century home.

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