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Before you breathe

Overview – Before the breathe is a crime thriller book written by Tanushree Podder and published by Harper Collins. A small town called “Ramsar” which believed to be “free from crime” baffled after two consecutive break-ins, first in a doctor’s clinic and second one is at Shekhar Sharma’s residence but surprisingly nothing is stolen. Shekhar Sharma is a affluent inhabitant of Ramsar.

A retired Colonel Arjun H. Acharya along with a local inspector Timothy Thapa started the investigation of unusual crime but next day another tragedy was waiting for them, Shekhar Sharma died in a suspicious circumstances. Now they have to find out whether it is an accident or murder. As investigation proceeds Colonel discover new facts about Sharma family which involve Sharma’s wife Supriya, niece Naina and niece’s husband Alok Rajpal.

Review – The book is a part of a Colonel Acharya mystery books. It was a gripping read. I love the writing style, it is a bit descriptive. The Colonel Acharya seems like desi poirot. He himself confess in the book that “H” in his name stands for Hercule and is a big fan of Agatha Christie’s book (like me).

I like Naina’s character development, she is depicted as shy and introvert at first but gradually she became more confident. The background stories of three main characters are well written and not at a single point you feel confused. The Characters like Geeta, Laila, JJ, judge are not used that much in the plot line but discussion among them shows the possible things that can happen and guide the Colonel in investigation.

If I have to opt a favorite character, I will go for Timothy Thapa. He sounds reasonable and take a stand against his nagging and stupid boss whenever needed. The book keeps me guessing all the time but end is bit predictable.

About Author – Before you breathe is written by Tanushree Podder. This is her seventh novel. She was born in Delhi and worked for corporate sector few years. Then she quit the job and follow her passion of writing. When she is not writing, she loves to travel around the world.

The review is done as a part of blog chatter review program. More details are available here

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Criticism is not easy to handle. If you have low self esteem you will loose self confidence and in case of high self esteem ego will get hurt.

Recently, I have faced a similar situation. Some relative made a stupid joke on me (as people told me but I don’t feel like it was joke, may be a comment out of some negative feeling) and it took almost 24 hrs of analysis to come to conclusion that may be it struck me so hard because it’s true.

Few people would say that I was overthinking but I believe that a person should aware about his feelings. Once you accept your shortcomings then it will be easy to deal with them.

Sant kabir said a doha about criticism which help our generation to keep our head on right track.

निंदक नियरे राखिए, ऑंगन कुटी छवाय,
बिन पानी, साबुन बिना, निर्मल करे सुभाय।

Keep critics near you, they will help in character building and save us from doing blunders.

Golden Temple

Few months ago, I visited pilgrimage temple of Sikhism “Golden Temple”. It is also called “Darbar Sahib” or “Harmandir Sahib”. It is located in Amritsar, Punjab. Here are some photos of the holy land.

Golden Temple at night
The man made lake “Amrit Sarovar”





Matheran is a hill station between Mumbai and Pune, district Karjat. As per Wikipedia, it is 90 km from Mumbai and 120 km from Pune. Matheran means “forest on the forehead” (of the mountains).

We get the chance to visit the place last weekend. It was a wonderful experience. As mentioned in Wiki “it is Asia’s only automobile free hill station” but there are options of horses and hand pulled rickshaw although we opted to walk. We also get the chance to enjoy the toy train journey. Here are some pictures of a place blessed with uncanny natural beauty.

Sunset point

Toy Train

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Signing Off

Why I am leaving this city? She asked herself several times. There is no perfect answer.

Few years ago, everything was different, this place feels like a home. All of her friends were here. They all are gone now.

Is this the only reason?

No. I have to go because he is gone. This city remind of him and I can’t tolerate this anymore.

P.S. – This story is completely fictional any resemblance will be completely coincidence.

Photo Prompt © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

This post is written for Friday fictioneers

Father’s day

Mr. Sharma was bit depressed and angry. His son has not come to meet him from 10 days. Mrs. Sharma was getting habitual with the fact but Mr. Sharma was not able to swallow the bitter pill that his son is now living separately.

He was so eager to meet him that he bump on every sound of gate. Someone is at the door but he was not getting up to open it. He don’t want to be disappointed again but this time his son Tarun actually came.

Tarun – “Happy Father’s day Dad.”

Mr. Sharma – “I don’t want to talk to you. Where have you been?

Tarun – “Sorry Dad, I was busy with work. The Office schedule was hectic this week.”

Mr. Sharma – “Oh! Now office is more important than your parents.”

Tarun – “You were never there for parents – teacher, my plays, sports day because of your office commitment. I learned from you that work is more important than family.

Mr. Sharma has not expected this reply. He was flabbergasted just looking intently to his son.

Tarun hugged him and gave the father’s day gift.