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?!

Month in a Nutshell – January 2016

I have written a few MIAN posts in the past. I have decided to consistently write at least these posts each month, to show that I am still alive :P!

How was this Month : Bad, with a few highlights here and there!

The new year began and so did my college term. This is one of the most demanding terms I have ever faced. Reasons :

  • We have some subjects which are very interesting to study but are extremely vast with very demanding set of practical assignments.
  • I am working on 3 projects of which 2 are about to get over but still require a lot of attention and time.

What were the highlights of this month :

Even though I’ll crib all day about how bad every thing was, there were sure some highlights that I have to mention.

  • 4th of January : Celebrating Anirudh’s birthday after college hours was a real fun thing and I think we had a great time together (after a long time)!
  • 9th January : Attended the Launch Event of Project Deep Blue by Mastek and my team (Riyal and Anirudh) and I got selected as the finalists in the project competition.
  • 15 – 18th January : A complete gastronomically delightful experience every day : Visited the CKP Food Fest, went to Ghatkopar’s famous Dosa wala and even had an impromptu treat of coffee during a Mastek meeting with our mentor!
  • Sort of reached to an end of a project we are doing for IBM, which has been going on for almost an year now!

Why was it bad :

Like always I am neck deep in work (College, studies, assignments and projects) and there is absolutely no time for my personal projects (blogging regularly, designing the layout and so much more!). I hardly get time to sleep and because of that half of my day in the train and college goes in fighting bouts of sleepiness.

The weekends are equally bad. I decided to study for the exams that are beginning from the next Monday, but I landed up working on one of the two ongoing projects.

On top of all that I have been in am emotional roller coaster for the past three weeks. At one moment I am high with happiness and the next I am down in the dumps. There have been arguments and misunderstandings and everything else and it is just emotionally draining me out! I am sure things will get better soon or least I can hope so.

What am I looking forward to in February 2016 :

EXAMS! Also, my sister’s school farewell and my mother’s b’day 😀

How was your January and what are you looking forward in the next month?

 

Changing Hosts!

As you must have read on twitter if you follow Kya that she has decided to stop free hosting domains. Since her reasons to shut down the service were valid, I didn’t feel bad for her decision. But then I had time till 28th of January to get new a hosting service for Dramatic Soul.

Since it was my dad who has to pay for my blog things I wanted a reasonably cheap or free solution for this year (I’ll be working from January 20167). I checked out many options and I was almost set on making 000webhost.com my host when Holly warned me about the risks of getting hosted by that site. Thanks a lot, Holly!

Then after a long discussion with my parents I decided to buy a hosting plan with Namecheap where I also registered Dramatic Soul. It was offering the cheapest plan and quite sufficient for my blog.

All the purchase went smoothly but I faced a real scare when I changed the name servers and found that the posts that I had imported in the new WordPress accounts were only from my own wordpress.com blog, thedramaticsoul.wordpress.com. All the posts I had written after purchasing my domain (may 2015 to January 2016) were missing!

After a whole day of struggle with as many options as Google was dishing out, I managed to export all posts from the out WordPress account, month by month and import them in the new account. It was a horribly panicky situation that took the whole of my Saturday but I am glad I could retrieve everything!

There are a lot of changes I have to do with the site now, so stay tuned to guide me with the changes! 😀

 

 

My Favorite Things – 2015

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This is my second post in Raisa and Eirene‘s monthly linkup!

Since the year as come to end, I have to list a few of my favourite things, I decided to list down all the movies and TV shows I saw, and books I read in the last year!

Movies :

  1. Avengers : Age of Ultron
  2. Piku (Hindi)
  3. Minions
  4. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Hindi)
  5. The Martian
  6. The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 2
  7. Mumbai Pune Mumbai (2)

TV Shows :

I started watching some TV shows way later than the world, but I’m glad I eventually did.

  1. Sherlock (miniseries)
  2. Game of Thrones (season 1 and 2)
  3. The Flash
  4. Quantico
  5. Castle
  6. Ka Re Durava (since 2014, Marathi)
  7. Dil Dosti Duniyadaari (Marathi)

Books :

  1.  The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. The Giver – Lois Lowry
  4. Matched – Ally Condie
  5. Crossed – Ally Condie
  6. Wedding Night  – Sophie Kinsella
  7. Sorry, You’re Not My Type – Sudeep Nagarkar
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  9. The Children of Darkness – David Litwack
  10. Private India – James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi
  11. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  12. Paper Towns – John Green
  13. The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan
  14. The Son of Neptune – Rick Riordan
  15. The Mark of Athena – Rick Riordan
  16. The House of Hades – Rick Riordan
  17. The Girl Who Played With Fire – Steig Larsson
  18. The Selection – Kiera Cass
  19. the Elite – Kiera Cass
  20. The Prince – Kiera Cass
  21. The One – Kiera Cass
  22. The Queen – Kiera Cass
  23. The Guard – Kiera Cass
  24. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
  25. Scarlet – Marissa Meyer
  26. Cress – Marissa Meyer
  27. Winter – Marissa Meyer
  28. Fairest – Marissa Meyer
  29. Hush Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick

 

 

 

Hello 2016!

One day into the new year, I am a tad bit late in the “welcome 2016” posts!

I don’t really have a great new year celebration. This 31st Dec was no different. My dad brought dinner, my sister made some quick baking Oreo cake and we watched the year’s highlights till midnight. We wished each other, I took out my phone and WhatsApped everyone my wishes and went to sleep! It didn’t really feel like anything great or grand either. Maybe because unlike 2014, 2015 went by too quickly and in a very routine manner (home-college-home routine) and it hasn’t yet really sunk in that 2015 is now a past year!  Continue Reading