Sunday, December 27, 2015

Reviews: Musings Straight From the Heart

A couple of reviews in India. 

This one is from the blog Reviews and Musings, by Privy Trifles (Namrata)

The story is beautiful with such vivid descriptions that it makes you travel along from one continent to another with the characters. I enjoyed the beauty of the language the most, it is so enticing that it was simply thrilling to keep reading it. I enjoy such novels a lot, light on language, heavy on plot and emotions making it a perfectly enjoyable read on every page. From the pre-independence to the post independence era the detailing is very well described which speaks volumes about the author's research behind this book. 

Every page is so well narrated that you want to keep turning page after page to know the secrets hidden behind the whole plot. I stayed awake in the night just to know what happened because the excitement was just too much to contain.
Read more. 

This is from the Blog Straight from the Heart, by Arti Honrao:

Cover of the book is what helps the reader to decide whether to pick up the book to read or not. When I opened the package and looked at the cover; I knew my decision to review this book was right and I was going to enjoy reading it. For me, the woman on the cover was a strong woman; a woman who has been through a lot in life and has her own secrets. The synopsis mentions two names 'Savitri' & 'Saroj' but as I read the book I could identify the woman on the cover to be 'Savitri'.  Read more

Old World Charm

I love this review, because the author Ramya Mishra says that OMA retains that hard-to-find Old World Charm. Indeed: that's what I hoped to reflectin the pages of this book. Our world has turned so hard, so cynical. The heart needs replenioshment form time to time, and that can be found in the pages of a novel.  Here's an excerpt from her review:

After ages, I have read a book, which retained the old world charm. Yes folks it talks about love, but not the kind of love that today’s generation believes in. It speaks of love where, whether the person is around or not but the love never fades off. Hats off to the author Sharon Maas, for writing such a beautiful story which extends across globe. Read more

Everywhere in India!

OMa -- as I like to call Of marriageable Age -- is now all over the place in India.

Here are a few of the displays:

Now in India!

I'd like to share the beautiful new cover of the Indian edition of Of Marriageable Age:

Monday, September 14, 2015

Prayer Works.

Does Prayer Work?

Yes. Each and every time. If it is sincere, a cry from the heart, then yes, prayer works. I promise you.

(Cue hordes of scoffing atheists jumping on my back and wrestling me to the ground for the sheer ridiculousness of that statement…. I look around. Oh, they’ve gone? So, I’ll get up, dust myself off, and repeat:)

Prayer works. Each and every time.
I’ll tell you why.
Prayer is not about what you pray for.
Prayer is about you.
Prayer is not about who you pray to.
It is about the prayer itself.
Prayer is about what happens to you when you pray.
Prayer is not about changing the world, to get the outcome you want.
Prayer is about changing you.
Prayer is about making you strong enough to bear the outcome, if it is not to your liking, not the thing you prayed for.
If the outcome is to your liking, prayer works because the relief and sheer gratitude you feel will strengthen you and give you faith for the next time you need to pray.
And let’s admit it: most of us pray only in desperate situations. When someone we love is ill, or a child we know might be dying, or  you’re in a plane that has been hijacked, or you see distressing photos of refugees in a boat on the Mediterranean – that’s when people pray -- often, even,  people who don’t believe in God.
People pray when they have no more control over the outcome of a situation. We, especially those who live in the West, are greatly enamoured with the word “empowerment”. But sometimes we have no power, and something bad is looming, and there’s nothing at all we can do to change it.
That’s when we have to surrender. Admit we are helpless. Throw up our arms in a heartfelt plea: Help me, Lord!
Prayer is the admission that you are helpless. It’s a good admission.
So pray.

The harder you pray, the better it is for you.
Sometimes, the person you are praying for “feels” your prayer, deep inside, and it gives that person strength, too, and so prayer works for others as well. A praying person helps those around him or her. Just like a panicked person spreads panic, a praying person  spreads peace, and peace helps soothe others in distress. It’s contagious.
It doesn’t matter whether you believe in God or not.
It doesn’t matter whether there IS a God, or gods, or not. That’s irrelevant, actually.
The problem is that YOU are in distress, whether it is for your own sake or for someone else.
Help is needed. That distress does no-one any good, neither you or the person who needs help. So pray.
It doesn’t matter if you pray in the Christian way, or the Hindu way, or the Muslim way, or the Jewish way.
If you are in trouble, simply pray.
I have prayed for over 40 years. In good times and bad, I’ve prayed.

It has always worked. Each and every time.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Sons of Gods again!


Sons of God -- Mahabharata is back! It's had a makeover -- new cover, and edited content, brand new and available very soon!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

RIP Eileen Cox, Guyana -- Tributes

The following comments were from a Stabroek News article announcing her death. I thought I'd save them for posterity, or at least make them more visible. Comments of the ordinary folk.
THANK YOU to all who have offered their condolences!
If you would like to write your own tribute, please do so in the comments. It's never too late...

  • This is a great loss to this country

    • Did I miss the block capital letters after her name? There have been many individuals who gave selfless service to various bodies and causes in Guyana. Too many have become unsung heroes.
      As a youngster, I knew the name of Eileen Cox as an advocate for Consumers' rights.
      I also grew up with the names of Eshri Singh and Ayube Hamid, etc (Radio Broadcasters) both of whom gave long years of service to entertain us with melodious Indian songs.
      What did we, all Indians, give back to them ? Nothing in return, nothing, nothing.

        • She was a good, decent woman.

            • Unlike you, who keep on defending a criminal and corrupt party!

                • This is a time to mourn not criticize anyone.Have some respect or just be quiet for once in your life.Damn.

                  • To yourself and natty, I never meant any insult to the deceased, however do you still have your fish rapped in newspaper? Strain your tea for grums? Siff your flour for roach legs and rat droppings? If so, so much for your consumer protection. What about expired products? Even the government was in the habit of giving out expired medication. I am a realistic person, I believe in calling a spade a spade!

                • I find your comment to be most appropriate. Contrast is a good vehicle to establish comparatives such as quality. A characteristic completely lacking in the government camp. Give them hell Saggainncayman. Attempts to stiffle your barbs are a sure sign they are causing severe discomfort.

                  • There is no hope for u. R.I.P. to this woman.

                  • She co-wrote a booklet with the the Womems' Revolutionary Socialist Movement, that, during the starvation period of Guyana under the PNC administration, pumpkin leaves should be CONSUMED to keep alive in Guyana. The Booklet is still at the library of the Ministry of Agriculture, and must be at the archives of the PNC. Great justification.

                  • RIP Eileen
                    You had a good inning

                  • A life well-lived at a time when women were relegated to the mundane and insignificant. A true pioneer. How many can remember when marriage was the death knell for a woman's career in the "civil" service? Just imagine our most accomplished achievers in many cases were doomed to childlesness and spinsterhood while those blessed with no talent or uneducated were free to multiply like rabbits. Rest in peace Mrs Eileen Cox. Thanks for your contributions in making Guyana a more egalitarian place.

                    • Very well stated, except for the part where you dismissed an entire category of women that were never given a chance. Many of your so called "talentless" and "uneducated", self-taught themselves even while running a side business and nurturing your current generation of doctors, lawyers and leaders.
                      Rest in Peace true Guyanese pioneer!

                      • Ms Eileen Cox was a disciplined, brilliant, decent, competent and BRAVE Guyanese woman. Condolences to her relatives and friends. RiP.


                          • Thanks for your advocacy, Eileen. RIP.

                              • Thank you Eilene for being there for us all.
                                We are forever indebted to you because you stood up for the weak and poor.
                                Enter God's door oh brave and passionate one
                                You gave us all the strength to demand that we not accept mediocre, but value our sweat.
                                We love you Eileen, you did us all proud, now it's your chance to dance with the angels.
                                God bless you oh brave and passionate soul.

                                • Great Lady,Great Patriot,Great Mother,Daughter,Sister,Friend of Guyana,RIP,True Guyanese,,,proved her Love 4 Country and fellow Guyanese..

                                • RIP sister your work will always be remember by many Guyanese my sympathy to the family.