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Book Blitz – Nargis

About The Book

The book is a collection of 8 short stories, each unique and different from other, covering various facets of life, inspired by real life characters and incidents.

The stories address the contemporary social issues like loneliness, binge dating, domestic abuse, social media addiction, celebrity worship and also contemporary environmental issues like pollution, dwindling water resources, declining fertility rate, chemical warfare, etc. 

The stories also attempt to illustrate the pain and wounds of contemporary political issues like lynching, conflicts, refugees, etc

All the characters seem very familiar and we can easily relate to them.

Book Purchase Links

Amazon India | Amazon USA

Book Excerpt

Nargis

It is 2030 and most of the water on earth is polluted.

In the beginning, it was industrial pollution that rendered most of the water beyond human usage and then the water wars that followed resulted in the extensive use of chemical and biological weapons, which further left the remaining water sources toxic.

In less than 10 years, water had become the currency and owners of non-toxic water sources the new age kings, with their own militias, protecting their wells and supply chain.

Water trading was the most lucrative business now.

Namita

Namita had stopped thinking about resistance or confrontation long back. Domestic abuse and sometimes physical abuse had become part of life for her. She had accepted it. It was no secret either. Most people around her knew. It’s difficult to hide the scars, especially the physical ones. 

Lybched

Since that fateful day, he had wished for only two things. To meet the family of the boy he had killed and the people who had killed his brother. 

He couldn’t make up his mind as to what will give him the closure he needed. 

The atonement of his sin or revenge. Guilt and vengeance had been consuming him.

Neha

All she could manage was “Why are you good to me Shoeb? Why do you still stick around when everyone else has given up on me, and now you brought my child to me”

Neha could not control anymore, tears started rolling down her cheeks. 

Shoeb softly spoke almost in a whisper to Neha “We have taken him out of the shelter and legally adopted him. We will raise him as our own now”

Banaras

He had plans of getting married next year. An arranged marriage.His parents in Hyderabad had already selected the bride for him. He knew nothing about the girl, and was not interested to know either. He believed that arranged marriage will ensure that his parents will be taken care of in their old age, which was his prime responsibility, being the only son, as has been repeatedly hammered into his head, by the society, since childhood.

Lipsticks

The night was beautiful, a bit cold though to be sitting in the balcony in only a t-shirt, this had been her ritual, night after night. 

The silence at this time of the night is addictive. It calms the volatile souls and tames the inner demons. 

TikTok

Finally, she read out Waheed’s post aloud “I respectfully decline The Smith Award, which is considered no less than Noble prize, awarded to me for my thesis “Impact of Social Media on the Psyche of Celebrities”, due to the sad and unfortunate demise of a subject during the course of an experiment.”

Oh Syria!

Qasim, on the other hand, was sad, very sad. He had this foreboding that his days on his homeland were numbered and he won’t be able to return, ever. 

This was the home of his ancestors. Their graves were here. His father used to tell him that for centuries his family had lived in this town. 

About The Author

The author Mr. Hermit Pen is a regular contributor of short stories and articles for various anthologies, magazines and own blog. 

Mr. Hermit Pen is a Business Consultant by profession with a degree in Engineering and an MBA. He is well travelled, having spent half of his life outside India; he is presently based in Gurgaon, India.

He is a movie buff, music connoisseur and a cricket fanatic.  He also closely follows politics and current affairs. He is a vocal advocate of education, human rights and equality and he occasionally dabbles in social activism.

At the cusp of reinventing himself once again, Mr. Hermit Pen with all humility showcases his debut book, Nargis.


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Guest Post by Amy Lara

Anyone who knows me also knows that I’m a huge plant person. In fact, today I set out several plants for free to give away to my neighbors. What you probably don’t know about me is that I have worked in several florist shops and garden centers. I love plants, and probably have near forty now (downsized from 120, because I bring them in during the winter, and here in Colorado, that is from mid-October to mid-May, with stormy, hailstorm-ridden days mixed in, so my tiny house can’t accommodate). Anyway, I hope you enjoy this guest post.

10 Types of Flowers That You Love to Grow In Your Home Yard

Flowers give us joy, they have a wonderful aroma, and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and fregrances. Everyone can choose the varieties of plants that suit thier personality and decorate their home. Whether you want them in indoors or in the garden, flowers add a lot of colors and rich beauty, and can also make the simplest space warm and inviting.

Bigger is generally better, particularly with regards to Flowers. Get your hands on varieties of plants you definitely know and love with these 10 plants reproduced to deliver enormous and productive flowers. Put a couple of these supersized flowers in your yard and give your neighbors something to discuss.

Asters

Asters produce lovely daisy-like flowers in a scope of hues and, contingent upon the species, are ice lenient. So as to maintain a strategic distance from sicknesses, don’t plant yearly asters in a similar spot a seemingly endless amount of time after year. Ideally, plant in either full sun or in the complete shade in wet very much depleted soil.

Incredible Hydrangea

Durable stems bolster enormous summer-sprouting white flowers. The almost 12-inch blossoms start green, develop to white and afterward blur back to green later in the season. To energize new development and blooming, prune this bush in pre-spring. Why we love it: Unlike other huge hydrangeas, Incrediball won’t flop finished, considerably after a solid downpour.

Red Leaf Begonia

While most begonias flourish in conceal, the red leaf assortment can endure daylight, as well. Its waxy beet-shaded leaves and pink-or white-toned buds appear throughout the entire summer in both sticky or dry conditions, making it the most obliging alternative for the normal yard. Simply putting down roots for your nursery? Plant these begonias in a bed or box on the north or east side of your home underneath a huge tree or secured porch, since this area will make an upbeat trade-off of sifted daylight. Feed red-leaf begonia each other week for relentless blossoms in the late spring.

Bigleaf Magnolia

In spite of the fact that this magnolia is viewed as a medium-size tree at 20 to 40 feet, it has the biggest leaves and flowers of any North American deciduous species. The surrenders develop over to 3 feet in length and are green on top however have fluffy silver-dim undersides. Due to the leaves’ size, solid breezes may harm them, so plant the tree in a shielded area in sun or fractional shade. Why we love it: Take a sniff! Fragrant white flowers are 8-to 12-creeps across and fly in summer. A very close look uncovers wonderful purple communities.

Evergreen

Evergreens give truly necessary shading vulnerable climate months, regardless of where you live. With a large number of varieties, you’ll see one to adore! Peruse the plant tag or depiction to figure out how enormous they’ll stall out with one that is swarming the house or different plantings in a couple of years. In case you’re lacking in space, search for overshadow varieties that won’t get in excess of a couple of feet tall and wide.

Marigold

The nice marigold, which sprouts is striking oranges and yellows, is a brilliant expansion to any garden. Maybe the best part about the marigold is its lighthearted nature. The flowers flourish under the sun, however, they likewise wouldn’t fret a touch of mid-evening conceal. Marigold additionally isn’t finicky about soil types. Additionally, the flowers are advantageous to your nursery: marigolds discharge thiophenes into the dirt from their root frameworks, executing nematodes that cause root-tie.

Climbing Vine

Vines that climb over a fence, lattice, or arbor include a layer of appeal and enthusiasm to any garden. Blossoming vines likewise draw in entirely, little pollinators, for example, hummingbirds and butterflies. Think about a cardinal climber, clematis, passionflower, honeysuckle, and bogus hydrangea. Add some storage buildings or Metal Buildings sheds to get some space for stuff and sheds for shed plants. 

Double White Angel’s Trumpet

Get a seat and settle in close to this current blessed messenger’s trumpet each night. The sweet aroma from only one plant is sufficient to scent the entire backyard. Pick a radiant spot for the bush, and plant it in very much depleted soil. Be careful: All pieces of the blessed messenger’s trumpet are destructive to people and pets. Why we love it: By late-summer, upwards of 100 unsettled twofold blossoms hang from stems secured with tobacco-like foliage. Additionally, the 10-inch flowers are deer-safe.

Echinacea

You may know Echinacea as an invulnerable framework boosting natural enhancement, however for veteran cultivators, it’s an intense yet exquisite perpetual that requests little in return for its eye-getting, daisy-like sprouts. Local to the grasslands and open woods of the Midwest, Echinacea stands up well not exclusively to cool fronts and ruinous nursery creepy crawlies yet additionally to times of expanded dry spell. This means, If you neglect to water for half a month during a dry summer, the cone-molded, pink-petaled blossoms keep on looking as show-halting as could be. Truth be told, however Echinacea blossoms for a great part of the year—from late-spring to the main ice of winter—it stays a wonderful outskirt plant even once its flowers fall. 

Lavender

How to Grow Lavender

Adored for its energetic purple flowers and crisp, quieting aroma, lavender courtesies hot, dry conditions likened to those of its local district, the Mediterranean. That being the situation, for stateside plant specialists, there are two straightforward keys to progress. One, make certain to plant the lasting in a recognize that gets at any rate six hours of direct sun every day. Two, don’t overwater. Give lavender a long, careful drench, yet just when the dirt feels practically dry to the touch (when a week or two times per month, climate depending). Specialists likewise suggest pruning in the spring, not long after the principal flowers, so as to support new development and help the plant keep its brand name shape.

Author Bio: 

Kevin Brown 

Kevin writes for topics like Home Improvement, Kitchen decor, Garden, or travel-related topics additionally; he has a passion for the metal building industry for more than ten years, Kevin has become an experienced building specialist in this industry. His goal is to help people with her vast knowledge to assist them with her best suggestions about different DIY buildings such as garages, Metal Carports, utility buildings, and commercial structures.

Cover Reveal – The Wrath of the Hellfires

Patience is a Drawn Bow.
Rage, its Relentless Arrow.


Shukracharya’s plan to break the unity of Vikramaditya’s Council has borne bitter fruit. Friends have become sworn enemies, and brother has turned against brother, setting Avanti on the path to self-destruction.

Even as Vikramaditya prepares to counter a Huna invasion, a rebellion brews within Ujjayini, while a devious conspiracy is hatched to humiliate him. With Indra’s spies swarming the palace and Shukracharya making a bold bid to take the Halahala, the king is dangerously close to the brink of defeat.

Alone and abandoned by those dear to him, fighting to protect his wife and his people, trying his best to keep his promise to Shiva, will the Samrat rise one last time to defend his love, his city and his honour?

As the asura and deva forces muster in a final, desperate gamble to claim the Halahala, The Wrath of the Hellfires brings an explosive conclusion to Vikramaditya’s epic tale of action and adventure.

Other Books in the Series:

About the Author:

Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the runaway national bestseller series Vikramaditya Veergatha, a four-book mytho-fantasy arc which comprises The Guardians of the Halahala, The Conspiracy at Meru, The Vengeance of Indra and The Wrath of the Hellfires. Described as “a new face to Indian mythology” by DNA, Shatrujeet writes for movies and web shows as well. His also the author of The Karachi Deception, an Indo-Pak spy thriller.

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Guest Post by Dil Gurung

Besides home improvement guest posts, which I have been featuring lately, I also love travel blogs. This is an interesting article about traveling to Nepal. How fascinating! I would love to have the opportunity to visit someday. I hope you enjoy this article.

Top 5 things to do in Nepal 

Nepal is a beautiful land of the Himalayas, friendly and charming people, where divine beings are blended with corporeal and brilliant monasteries, temples, and ancient historical monuments that can be found everywhere in the country. This is the home of Everest ( Sagarmatha), the iconic mountains like Mount Everest and many other snow-capped peaks shining up the place like heaven.

Nepal is merely an amazing country for its rich natural beauty, historic magnetism, and immeasurable cultural heritage sites that have proven to be one of the perfect destinations to visit. However, Nepal is not only famous for its Himalayas but also famous and rich in the diverse rises from subtropical land to the high terrain mountains, lush forest, cultural and ancient religions, and fascinating cities including the world’s tallest mountain! There are hundreds of things to do in Nepal together with exciting trekking, mountaineering, jungle safari, and many others. No wonder every year Nepal attracts thousands of travelers to visit Nepal in different ways from all across the world. In recent years, Nepal has managed to conceive itself into a popular travel destination in the world due to the beauty of culture and nature deviations. Nepal has never failed to distribute the unique and cherished experiences with an incomparable topography and adventure to travelers since the beginning of permitting to visit the country.  

Nepal is full of fun activities and one can enjoy these activities all while being under these magical natural bare bones of the Himalayas. If you are also planning to visit Nepal then keep on reading this blog here we have summarized the top 5 things to do in Nepal while you are in the country. In fact, these 5 things to do in Nepal is sure to shine your holidays and create a memorable trip of a lifetime with the Himalayas, rich nature, culture, biodiversity, Himalayas, culture, creed, and landscapes, there is no doubt to visit Nepal, it is a perfect place to achieve your travel goal for any time! 

#1. Go on Trekking in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal is one of the most famous activities that have become the foremost attraction to the entire travelers around the globe. Nepal is called by a paradise of trekkers there is no wonder that Nepal is indeed a Himalayan haven whereas thousands of travelers desire to visit Nepal in a proposal of trekking primarily.  However, Nepal is home to Mount Everest (8848m)- the highest mountain in the world. Likewise, out of fourteen eight thousand meters above peaks eight of them including Mount Everest, Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Manaslu, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.  Nepal is probably one of the world’s most popular trekking destinations where thousands of trekkers visit the country to go on trekking in the Himalayas like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, and many other regions of Nepal. Trekking in Nepal might not be for everyone in terms of difficulty and high altitude but imagine Nepal has so many easy and lower altitude trekking routes in the Himalayas that doest really need to pay attention in terms of physical and mentality. Likewise, Nepal has many trekking routes from normal to challenging but one can easily do the trek in Nepal without having any previous trekking experienced. However, trekking in Nepal has become an ultimate goal for all the adventure lovers to experience a thrilling adventure trekking experience in the Himalayas at least once in a lifetime.  If you ask anyone who has been to Nepal, they will always scream and have praised about its natural and cultural aspects that all you have here in the mountains. Similarly, travelers have an opportunity to explore the delights of cultural diversity along with nature while being in Nepal.

Likewise, any trekking in Nepal Himalayas offers you the diverse scenarios of Nepal and lets you explore and immerse yourself in a unique local culture and traditions, lifestyle, medieval monasteries, temples, architecture, and a wide range of flora and fauna. Hence, trekking in Nepal remains one of the favorite and must-do things in Nepal for the tourists. If you are first time in Nepal and looking for the best trekking destinations then see the below lists of trekking trips, 

Everest Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek, etc.

#2 CULTURAL TOURS

One of the top things to do in Nepal is a Cultural tour; Nepal is home to diverse ethnic and communities as it is steeped in history and culture and is proud of its rich inheritance. The majority of people in Nepal have faith in religions of Hinduism and Buddhism co-exists and flourish, providing a wealth of ornate temples, stupas, and other religious monuments and symbols.  Since Nepal has different ethnicities the people individually have their own cultures, traditions, practices, values, and costumes. The way people celebrate festivals is different. Similarly, the dialogues also belong to their own and totally different from one to another but there is no treatment as differently, everyone respects each other’s way of living. Thus, getting to know these overwhelming cultural backgrounds of locals by traveling to these ancients’ cultural heritages sites tour is something different and memorable for long-lasting. You get your time to connect with the locals spiritually and emotionally to explore more in-depth!  Normally, cultural tours in Nepal belong to Nepal’s major cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktpur, Lalitpur, Pokhara, Janakpur, Lumbini, and Bandipur where travelers can have full of cultural thrilling by visiting these amazing sites around as it represents the historical facts of Nepal that you get really connected with this legacy story of the history. 

#3. JUNGLE SAFARI

If you are nature enthusiasts and an adore exploring the wilderness and natural plant life of different backdrops then Nepal is a perfect place for you. The country has not only been trending for adventure trekking and tours but it is also pointed as one of the hottest and richest countries for natural resources like a wilderness. Even though being a small Himalayan land, Nepal shelters a wide range of flora and fauna. Besides adventure trekking in the Himalayas, a jungle safari tour in Nepal is amazing to experience that one can explore these glories without any age restrictions in the short time of holidays. However, Nepal has a few most popular national parks in South Asia like Chitwan National Park, Bardia national park, etc where you can do an exciting jungle safari trip, enjoying some of the world’s wild such as rhinos, tigers, elephants, deer, bear, comb, nature bird species and many others.

It’s a time to be a refreshment in nature from the hectic schedules of working. Enjoy the holidays through the best jungle safari in Nepal. This trip will certainly be one of the most memorable trips for sure that you all need to try at least once in a while.  

#4. THRILLED ADVENTURE SPORTS

Nepal is the nation where you can have the benefit of adventure activities such as paragliding, rock climbing, Ultra light flight, bungee jumping, skydiving, zip line, etc. These are the most common and inspiring adventure activities that can be prized for all adventure enthusiasts. Nevertheless, you can do many of these activities in the cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, the prices for these exciting activities are affordable and it can be done seasonally. It is a perfect option for adventure trekking in the mountains, if you like to go on a trek but have a short time then try the scenic mountain flights or one of these adventure activities that will fulfill your desires to see the Himalayas. Don’t let it go try it today and enjoy the meaning of life, do not miss this glorious experience; make sure to book your seat today for an adventurous and thrilling experience of a lifetime!

#5. RIVER RAFTING 

As we all know that Nepal is best known as the home of to the world’s highest mountain thus trekking in Nepal has always been the foremost things to do into the spectacular region of the Himalayas of Nepal but having said that trekking might not be a good fit for everyone, for those who loves river runners into the rapidly blow rives then Nepal is the right destination for you. However, Nepal is also home to some of the electrifying white river rafting places in the world as a country itself known as the second water resources country in the world after Brazil. Nepal is also a paradise of rafting exploits.  Moreover, Nepal is exceptionally much-admired for the high volume of white River, which is relatively the best option for river sprinters. That is the reason why a lot of rafters visit Nepal for this excursion and take a challenge itself. If you are unknown about the Rivers for rafting then here is the list namely, Trishuli River, Marsyangdi River, Bhote Koshi River, Seti River, Kali Gandaki River,  Sun Koshi River,  Karnali River, etc. these are the most popular rivers for the rafting spots in Nepal. Most of these Rivers flow from the high mountain region of Nepal and Tibet. 

If you are considering for River rafting in Nepal then make sure to choose the best time for this journey. The best months to go on river rafting in Nepal are September to  December, and then secondly from February to May. Basically, this time of the year is perfect for the rafting with the moderate volumes of river flows. 

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