23!

Hello people,

Just making a quick post here before my long and hectic weekend begins.

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So, it’s my 23rd birthday today! I really don’t feel anything different right now, but the day ahead sure is gonna be very different.

For the first time, I am gonna spend my entire day coding! I have been selected to be a part of JP Morgan Chase’s Code for Good Contest – Mumbai 2016! It’s basically a 2 day Hackathon which starts today at 8 am and will end tomorrow at 5 pm. It is going to be one hell of a day. I’ll write about the actual event maybe tomorrow night or on Monday, for sure. (I have been procrastinating a lot with the posts these few days!).

Talking about the picture above, that’s my brand new Amazon Kindle! My very first too! I suppose everyone who reads my blog knows how crazy I am about books and Kindle is going to help me read even more now, I hope! This is my birthday gift, partially from my parents and partially from myself. I had promised myself I will gift myself something from the winnings of IT Olympiad competition I won in February, and here I did it.

I think that’s all I have to say right now, because I’m super nervous for tomorrow’s competition and I better go and sleep ASAP since my day will begin at 5 tomorrow! Good night!

Review : The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

Book by Melanie Dickerson. Book # 2 of A Medieval Fairy Tale Series

Grade A+

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After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences.

Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

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A Day in The Life : June 2016

So, I am finally doing a post in Georgie’s A Day in the Life linkup. It’s been ages since I did one! So here am I describing how my day fared yesterday. I know it’s a bit late but yesterday I was in no position to do anything and I ended my day a bit early too!

banner-1600 So, yesterday, I had to wake up super early, and by early I mean by 8. It is early, almost like dawn because since my vacations started I have been sleeping at 3 or 4 am and waking up way after 11. Yesterday was a special day because I had to accompany my sister, Vaibhavi to her new college to confirm her admission there. Since I am blogging after ages, let me give you some more details. Here, when were in 10th standard our final exam marks determine our future : which college you will get for your post-matric education (10+2 years of education, that is), which stream you will pursue your career in (science, arts, or commerce), etc.

My sister gave her 10th std exams this year and she scored a whooping 95.2% score and is her school’s 3rd ranker as well. So she got a seat in one of Mumbai’s most renowned college for science stream, which requires the least commuting time and at the same time will give her a good college experience before her professional career begins and we had to go and confirm her admission there. It was one hectic job, running from one place to other, getting documents verified, getting papers xeroxed, etc. It almost took us two hours to get all things done and return home.

After returning home, in about two hours, we went back out to shop for my back to college clothes. I usually prefer shopping with my mom, because she gives the best critics and I end up with the best clothes for the next 6 months! Since the monsoon has begun, the shops were all on end of season sale and though it is a good thing to shop with sales, the stock was pretty boring and I just couldn’t find anything worth buying and after roaming around for almost 4 hours, I ended up with 3 kurtis and 2 blouses. I had expected to get a little better haul.

We had a nice lunch in the mall’s food court where we were shopping, with a nice assortment of chole bhature, chicken biryani and a Subway sandwich and ended our meal with a slice of kulfi. I didn’t take any pictures :(!

But all the roaming took a toll on me and my sister and we both were down with fever! I was so tired with a horrid ache in my legs that I had to give in to my body’s demands and all it a night by 11 pm!

How was your day?

 

Review : Remembrance

By Meg Cabot

Grade B

The Blurb :

“You can take the boy out of the darkness.25573701
But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.”

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.

What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?
If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.

From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?

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1 year completed with Dramatic Soul

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Dramatic Soul completes one whole year since I bought it on my own! Woohoo! May 27 is officially Dramatic Soul’s birthday!

Thinking about how the year was in terms of the blog… well… I’m not so proud of myself! I haven’t been giving as much attention as required to the blog and I hate myself for that. There are hardly 15 book reviews so far and sooo many topics that I left halfway after I started writing a post! Since I have renewed the post for the next year, and it is its birthday I make a promise to bve a better blogger henceforth.

I really like what I am doing here. I like the fact that I have something to say and people who like to read my thoughts. I got to know some really great people thanks to this idea of maintaining a blog and I am really thankful for that!

Talking about Dramatic Soul, I bought this domain an year after a domain called dramaticsoul.com which I received as a gift from a fellow blogger expired and I had grown attached to the name. I was blogging on the subdomain of wordpress.com and decided to finally invest in a blog. I was my dad who financed the purchase last year, but this year I can proudly say that the renewal was completely my own!

I still rant a lot over here but I try to include more posts about books, about what is really happening around me, etc. I have recently been getting a lot of book review requests, and accepting them, communicating with publishers, etc. is helping me a lot to become professional with the whole idea.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to change a lot more things in the upcoming year and make this an even better place for all my visitors.

What is happening with you all these days, readers?

 

Review : Cinder

Okay, This is a book I have been meaning to review for almost 3 months now. It is one of my absolute favourites and I just couldn’t make time for it in this busy schedule I am currently having! Enough cribbing, getting on with the review:

Book by Marissa Meyer. #1 of The Lunar Chronicles.

Grade : A+11235712

Blurb :

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. Continue Reading

Author in Spotlight : Annie Douglass Lima

So, I got a chance to read these awesome two books The Collar and The Cavvarach and The Gladiator and the Guard by Annie Douglass Lima and today I am sharing an interview I had with the author, Annie Douglass Lima, herself! Check it out!

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Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published twelve books (two YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, and five anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrap-booking, and international travel. Continue Reading

Month in a Nutshell – March 2016

How the past month fared:

March was a super busy month. I was the last month for Project Deep Blue by Mastek, so I was constantly juggling between college work and project work.

Also, since March was the last month of the semester too (my term ended on April 7), there were many assignments and work piled up along with a mid-term exam.

I did take some time off to go on a shopping haul at Colaba Causeway in Mumbai, which is basically a street full of thrift shops and stalls.

I also watched Batman vs Superman : Dawn of Justice, which I really liked!

Since I had won the first runner up prize of IT Olympiad, which I mentioned in the last post, I treated my friends to a small party at my favourite restuarant, Gurukripa. It was my group’s first official outing somewhere (we usually stick to the canteen for treats :P)

I took Anirudh for a treat at a popular Rajasthani Thali restaurant called Rajdhani. we even watched a movie, Neerja, before lunch, which is a agian a great movie.

The last few days on March upto 8th of April went in a rigorous preparation of the final demonstration of of our app for Project Deep Blue. My team (riyal, Anirudh and I) pulled off many all-nighters for this too!

All in all it was a very heavy and busy month.

Expectations from April :

Well, the fact that I am writing this post in mid of April should be an indicator of how busy things are right now.

Till last Saturday I had to work on the project I mentioned above.

Tuesday and Wednesday (12th and 13th April) went in college viva and practical exam. The third viva is on the coming Monday.

Then from 20th of April, my final semester end exams are beginning which will go on till 2nd of May (there goes my April :P)

One little highlight of the month is 23rd of April, which is my younger sister’s birthday. So along with studies, I am preparing for her birthday too! 😀

Here’s a group picture of the Mastek final presentation. These are all the teams that participated from my college, VJTI and 8 teams were from my department MCA!

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Month In A Nutshell – February 2016

Wow, there was not a single post in February! This makes me feel so bad.
Well, in any case, here’s another post in the MIAN category.
February had so many highlights that I think this is going to be a nice long post!

Weekend 1 : workshop at Mastek and IST begins 
I think I have mentioned in my previous post that my team got selected in the top 25 for the project Deep Blue by Mastek Ltd. That project has a lot of things included with it to help with the project development. One such thing is the workshops they conduct. The first one was on Design Thinking and since it was conducted in their office it was a very nice change to our regular college life.
The workshop was on Saturday and since my first internal exams were to begin from Monday, the rest of the weekend was spent locked up in my room with only books for company.

Week after weekend 1 : IST and results
The first 3 days of the week went in preparing for and writing the IST.
We even started getting the results on the subsequent days after the IST. Luckily the results weren’t that bad.😆

Weekend 2 : The Valentine’s Day weekend…
I mostly relaxed at home on Sunday but Saturday was awesomely hectic.
I met Anirudh and Riyal (my project team and best friends) at Thane for a meeting with our Mastek mentor. After the meet I had to go to Ghatkopar for some work and since was a Saturday with not much work, I decided to go and watch Deadpool.  I’m so glad I did! 😊
The latter half of Sunday went with my family since one of my uncles had come home, so we all went out for dinner, which was a very difficult task since it was Valentine’s day and getting a decent big table for us was a mighty task! Still it was a well spent evening.

Weekend 3 :
Saturday saw me back at Mastek’s office for another workshop for project Deep Blue. This time the workshop was for UX.
Following the workshop, my team along with two other teams went to meet the NGO for whom we are making the software. It was a very different experience since I have never been to an actual client meeting, so understanding the requirements from a non technical person, was really awesome.

Week and Weekend 4 :
This was one of the fastest week of month!
I had participated in an online quiz contest called IT Olympiad and I had managed to clear 3 rounds which were based on aptitude and technical knowledge. I didn’t expect to go on after the last round, but I was selected in the 2nd last round which was a Skype call interview round. It was the first time I had given an interview over Skype. Though the round was nice I again didn’t think I will clear it. (pessimism too much,  right?)
But I did and I was selected as the top 10 finalists from a total of 13500 participants and was invited for the final round which was to be conducted at College of Engineering, Pune on 27th Feb. I will write a separate posted following this exclusively on IT Olympiad.
On top of that, on 25th Feb, I became a proud aunt, for the first time!
On 26th it was my mother’s birthday but since my sister’s final SSC exams are starting on 5th of March, we didn’t celebrate it.
I even had an aptitude test for Credit Suisse summer internship, which was terrible. 😂
27th was the big big day of the Mega quiz of IT Olympiad and I won the 1st runner up prize!!
Sunday went in relaxing from the hectic journey and accepting all the congratulations from everyone and I had also one for a lunch party at my uncle’s place!
The extra leap year day again went in a great and tiring way since I had to bring my trophy and meet the director of vjti!
All in all, February was a great great month!

How was yours, readers?!