My First Book Launch- How It All Started

Ah… My favourite day- 26th September 2015.. My Book Launch Day! The Book Launch for my book “A Forest Adventure- Bugs’ Life Series”.

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One and a half hour before the launch, my grandfather and my father went to South Point Mall, Quill and Canvas (my book launch venue) before the others to start the decorations, while I was getting all set for my big day.

My Aunt, my cousin, my grandmother, my mother, my brother and I went there after about an hour. The moment we got there, a person at the bookstore went around asking who the author is. When I told him that it was me, he grabbed a bunch of my books and put them on the table in front of me and said, “Autograph all of them” and went away. How am I supposed to do that? I didn’t even have a pen!

I went to the bookstore owner and told her that this person has given me a bunch of books and told me to sign all of them but I don’t have a pen. She took out a ball pen and was about to give it to me, just to be interrupted by my brother handing me the golden pen which we had bought a few days ago. I sat and started signing them while thinking if the copies were to be signed after the buyer bought them or before.

Just after some of the copies were signed, my friend came. I put the books away and walked around in the bookstore with her. Just then the person who told me to sign the copies saw me and asked, “Did you sign the books?” “No… Uh.. Not yet…” I said and sat there signing them again.

Then some people came and said ‘hi’ and sat in the audience. It was already 4:15 while the book launch was supposed to be started at 4:00.

The Launch was about to start! My dad told me to sit in the audience. I sat there and waited for my signal. Then Sujit Uncle, the anchor, called, “Now let’s welcome- Vishnu Priya Soma!!” Everyone applauded. I stood up and went there.

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I sat there while my dad was giving a short speech. Then he called me again and I stood up. Everyone applauded (again), all the TV cameras, phone cameras, you name it; positioned towards me. I took the mike from him, glanced at my flash cards and started the speech.

Here is my speech:

And here is the unveiling of the book:

After the book launch ended,  I didn’t have a minute to breathe. All the TV cameras burst on my face. Then I gave 3-4 interviews to all different channels such as DD, ABP News, NDTV, Aaj Tak, India Today, etc. I wasn’t even able to autograph my friend’s book.

When the interviews were over, people stood in a line to get the book autographed. After that was finished, I was finally free… for about 3 seconds. Some people came to take a photograph with me. Then, finally people left and finally I got to think about myself- I was very hungry!! My brother and my cousin went to Cafe Coffee Day and brought me a cake. I sat down with peace and finished my piece of cake with my cousin while the others were packing up.

Then we went back home and watched all the photos and videos of the book launch. And I treated everyone with pizza for dinner with some of the money I got while selling my books. And then I saw the first article on the book launch was already released! I was very happy to see it. Then day by day, many articles were written about the launch!

First Article

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Telegu Articles (There was another Telegu Article, I can’t seem to find it..)

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Hindi and English Articles

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Online Articles

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No matter how stressful the day was, it was the best and the most important day of my life!!!

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PS: The articles above are only some of them; there are more!!!

PPS: Be sure to buy my book’s Merchandise cup!

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The Uncanny Resemblance Between Baahubali & The Lion King

Baahubali is a magnum opus like no other. It is one of the rare movies, which have been lauded by one and all.

While on the one hand, India is celebrating the success of the movie for its originality, some people on Twitter think that the movie has drawn some major inspiration from the Disney classic The Lion King, and if not that, there is some uncanny resemblance between the two films. Either way, it cannot be ignored.

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Baahubali is a magnum opus like no other. It is one of the rare movies, which have been lauded by one and all.

While on the one hand, India is celebrating the success of the movie for its originality, some people on Twitter think that the movie has drawn some major inspiration from the Disney classic The Lion King, and if not that, there is some uncanny resemblance between the two films. Either way, it cannot be ignored.

What may be noted here is that the Disney film is also a cinematic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. But why there’s so much fuss around it? Because there are, indeed, some similarities!

1. The big introduction

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2. The scar and the exact way in which it rests on the face

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3. The wise man with the white beard

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4. Also, the lead characters are raised by families they are not related to in both the films

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5. The well-timed introduction of the love interest

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Did the striking similarities leave you shocked too? What’s your take on it? Tell us in the comments below!

Food Review: Machan, Nainital

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We had gone to Nainital to meet my Dad’s Friend, who is apparently his master/guru and he had taught him photography about 20-30 years back. So, he had built a large beautiful house (or I’d rather say mansion; it’s really big!) in Nainital, and it’s construction was completed not long ago, and so we went to see how beautiful the house was.

During our trip we stopped at Machan, which we have visited plenty of times before also, while the house was being constructed (yes, we went to Nainital lots of times before).

They have been ranked #2 of 32 Restaurants in Nainital!

I didn’t take many photos at Machan (I forgot about it -.-“), so not much material.

Anyways.

Everyone knows I love Chilly Chicken more than anything, I, obviously, ordered it and a Chilly Chicken Pizza!

 

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Chilly Chicken! ❤

Everything was more than tasty!! ❤ [Though the Chilly Chicken Pizza (or rather “The Pizza”) took longer than expected. So I had a Butter Naan along with Shahi Panner during that time, which were also very tasty]

The Pizza was pretty heavy (as in, it fills the stomach fast) so we had to get it packed, but the packing guy took about 20 minutes to pack 3/4th of a pizza (I already ate 1/4th of it).

How I liked the:

Ambiance:

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Food and beverage:

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Service:

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Value for Money:

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Food Review: Wai Yu Mun Ching (12/5/17)

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On 12th May was Mom & Dad’s Engagement Day <3.

We thought that something special was to be done. So, we planned for a dinner at Ambience Mall or any such place, where there are food courts which include everyone’s ideal dinner.

But…

We were so busy talking that we took a wrong turn and ended up at Supermart-1.  -.-”

So we thought, “Okay, then let’s eat at Wai Yu Mun Ching!”. This place has been tried and tested well before.

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Wai Yu Mun Ching is a chain of Chinese/Thai Restaurant’s in Mumbai and Gurugram, India. Started in 2008, they aim to create the Best Thai and Chinese food at affordable prices for their customers. They have been ranked #234 of 2,523 Restaurants in Gurugram (Gurgaon). It is located at Supermart 1, Gurgaon.

 

Restaurant Interiors:

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Interestingly designed lights.

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Buddha inside the Restaurant, right beside our table. Would have been better if the light above it was switched on (guessing it is a white coloured light).

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Laughing Buddha Fountain at the Entrance. 

Our Tasty Dinner:

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Crispy Honey Chilly Chicken (my favourite!) for starters.

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Chilly Hot Garlic Chicken Noodles (I know, it’s a very long name) for Main Course.

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Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce for sides (well, it is pretty spicy).

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Chilly Hot Garlic Chicken Noodles again. It’s definitely spicier than Chicken Hot Garlic Noodles which we usually eat.

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Chilly Hot Garlic Chicken Noodles along with Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce.

 

How I liked the:

Ambiance:

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Food and beverage:

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Service:

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Value for Money:

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Happy Holi! (And a Riddle to solve)

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Here’s wishing you a Holi filled with sweet moments and colourful memories to cherish forever.

And Here’s a Riddle on Colours too!

There are seven parts to this riddle,

Each is part of a greater whole.
You see most of these,
Everyday as you please:

First is what I did to a book yesterday,
Second mixes with apples.
Third is a shout, then “ouch” you say,
Fourth shares the sound of mean.
Fifth is what the wind had done,
The sixth is often skipped.
The last and final can be called by two names,
If roses are this, then which is the blue one?

The person who answers the riddle with the right reason in the comments below will be awarded the genius certificate! (Write your email along with the answer so I can mail the certificate to you..)

Top 10 Tips For a Safe Holi Celebration

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Holi, the Hindu festival of colours, that marks the advent of spring and signifies the victory of good over evil, is celebrated by throwing coloured power and splashing water at people that often contain chemical dyes which can be harmful to the skin.

Holi is associated with the killing of Holika, the sister of demon king Hiranyakashipu. This year Holi will be celebrated on 23 March.

Tips For a Safe Holi

1. Celebrate Holi with natural home-made colours to avoid damage to skin.

2. Pink and red powder are the best options to celebrate the festival with as the colours can easily be taken off.

3. Make sure that your face is well creamed before and after the play.

4. Oil your hair well so as to keep the coloured powder from damaging your hair.

5. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from coloured powders purchased from markets that mostly contain chemicals and dyes.

6. If you are prone to skin allergies, avoid playing with coloured powder altogether.

7. As Holi is celebrated with coloured water and powder it is best to wear old clothes that you later would like to discard.

8. Protect your nails from the harmful chemical powder by applying your choice of nail paint.

9. Protect your lips by applying your favourite lip balm.

10. Wear a cap to protect a you hair and face from the harmful chemical powders.

Source: Shivi Art India

How to Beat Exam Stress in 9 Easy Ways

Vishnu Priya Soma~India's Youngest Author

Every student who aims to become a high-achiever will experience exam stress. It’s an unavoidable part of student life that can be a tough nut to crack. Remember, stress exists for a reason and you can choose to let it be your downfall or use it to drive you to improve your work.

To combat exam stress, firstly you need to understand the reasons behind this heightened anxiety. Then you can establish methods to reduce the pressures you feel. Researchers have uncovered some common explanations for this:

  • Low motivation levels
  • Lack of preparation and planning
  • High expectations from others
  • Competition from peers

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1. Listen to Classical Music

Listening to music can create a positive and productive environment by elevating your mood and encouraging you to study more effectively and for longer. Classical music is recommended as the best type of music to boost your brain power but ambient music can…

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