Sunday, April 13, 2014

Vishu in 2014


Happy Vishu to all Malayalees (people of Kerala, India).

Vishu is the Malayalam New Year, which usually falls on 14th April, but due to Surya Sankramana time some years Vishu is celebrated on 15th April. It is celebrated on the 1st day of Malayalam month Medam (astronomical New Year of Kerala).
(Vishukkani)

Vishu in Sanskrit means equal. An important thing on this day is both day and night are equal. The highlights of Vishu are Vishukkani, Vishukaineetam, Vishubhalam etc. It is believed that seeing the first sight of vishukkani in the morning of Vishu, is very good for anyone to start the new year.

Read more about Vishu here.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Book Review - Sweet & Sour-1


This review was by Nuggehalli Pankaja, a veteran writer.

As the title itself suggests, the ten short stories presented here are an amalgamation of the various emotions weaving itself into interesting as well as introspective episodes of human nature. So naturally they are brought out that the readers get involved automatically-unconsciously, delineating the complexities of the characters as each story unfolds.

As mentioned before, each story is different, some poignant stamping its own mark on the reader’s mind. The fourth story ‘SWEET REVENGE’ is one such. It is the story of a young couple though not rich, finding happiness in the arms of love. With an unexpected kick of fate, their blissful world is almost shattered! A sudden twist at the end by the master hand, lo, a well-formed story emerges, widening our eyes!

Title of the 6th story ‘THE REBORN DAUGHTER’ at first giving the impression of a ‘reincarnation theme,’ unravels the menace of the social issue-‘DOWRY,’ prevalent in spite of the government ordinances and efforts of social reformers. The agony of the poor bride in question, and the helpful attitude of her boss is presented in a very pleasant as well as unexpected way, leaving a message to the bad elements of society. The plot is well contrived.

To read the complete review go here. http://www.induswomanwriting.com/review-of-sweet-and-sour1-authored-by-lakshmi-menon.html

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How to increase traffic to your blog.


This is a great article I wanted to share with you. Have you ever thought of how to get more traffic to your blog? If so, what are the methods used by you? I found an interesting article via twitter and decided to share it with you, which is about 65 ways of increasing your traffic. I know it is difficult to do all the 65 ways mentioned here. But all of us, with our limited time in hand, can do at least some of them. Check out what are the best ways you can follow from this article, and sharing your comment will be greatly appreciated.

This is the article I am talking about. Please remember most of them are free methods. Please copy this URL (link) to your browser.
http://www.jerriaubry.blogspot.in/2014/04/65-interesting-ways-to-increase-blog.html

Monday, March 31, 2014

My trip to Nagamangalam, Tamil Nadu


Recently I had an opportunity to visit Lourdes Matha church (Our Lady of Lourdes) at Nagamangalam in Tamil Nadu. Nagamangalam is a Village in Kelamangalam Taluk in Krishnagiri District of Tamil Nadu State. One of my friends wanted to visit there and asked me whether I can accompany her. I took it as a God given opportunity and agreed to accompany her. I immediately googled to collect more details about the place, but initially I didn't find much information. I hope this blog may be of help to those who wish to travel there.

The Church is located in the beautiful J.G. Farm at St.Mary's Nagar. From the gate of the Farm it takes 1.5 kms to reach there.


Canteen

We reached there at about 8.30 a.m. on a Saturday, without knowing the working time. After spending some time there we were about to return and by then people started coming in. So please check the timing of the Church before your visit at http://www.lourdesmatha.com/.

The history of the church - copied from the official website.

"On 19th May, 2008, Rev. Fr. Joy Oonnukallell OSB, Rev. Henri Bonal M.E.P., Rector of St. Mary's Church, Rayakottai and Mr. Periyanayakam, a traditional Christian devotee from Kelamangalam, gathered together in the J. G. Farm to discuss about the Chapel which they had constructed in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes. They were discussing where to fix the Holy Cross and the statues of Our Lady of Lourdes and and St. Alphonso. Around 8 a.m., while they were discussing about the place, Mr. Prabhakaran, a worker in this farm, dug the soil in the farm. Suddenly there was clear and pure water gushing out of the hole that he dug. This pit was only one and half deep. Mr. Prabhakaran had no intention of digging a water pond. Astonishingly, a 660 feet deep borewell dug nearby earlier had failed to yield any water. This pond is the same big pond that we see at the shrine today.

Seeing this water, Rev. Fr. Joy felt an extra-ordinary shock. He felt and told Mr. Prabhakar that the water was something special. Father gave this water to a 25 years old young worker on this farm, who was suffering from diabetes for a long time. The worker used to take 2 doses of insulin injections per day. He drank this water for one and a half month and his sugar became normal and he was completely cured from his disease. Now he is not taking insulin or any other medicines. This was the first miracle done by God with this water.

After this incident a lot of miracles happened with this miraculous water in and around the village and other places. Miraculous cures were witnessed patients suffering from diabetes, blood presure, cholosteral, skin diseases, ulcers, cancer, heart problems, chikungunya, joint pains, arthritis, T.B., family problems, etc., by drinking this water."

For more information, such as timing, phone numbers, address, video of the church etc. please visit the official website http://www.lourdesmatha.com/

To know more about the route etc. check this blog - http://darylgandhi.blogspot.in/2010/01/miraculous-water-from-our-lady-of.html

Google map - http://www.onefivenine.com/map.dont?method=loadVillagePhotos

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A detailed review of my novel - Cherished


Mouthshut is a great platform for reviews. You can find reviews of several things there, practically on every field. Therefore it is a very useful site to make a decision about the purchase of any product - be it a book, a consumer item, a service or any thing. Usually the reviewers here provide a detailed review about the product.

Geethashri Chatterjee, a well known book reviewer, has written a detailed review about my novel Cherished on this site. You can read it here -

http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Cherished-Lakshmi-Menon-review-lqnounltur

If you can't click it please copy it and paste it on your browser.

More Reviews at Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18403945-cherished

http://www.induswomanwriting.com/cherishedby-lakshmi.html

The book is available here -

http://www.amazon.com/dp/8182534410

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/8182534410

http://www.amazon.in/dp/8182534410

Flipkart - http://tinyurl.com/oecuvab

Infibeam - http://tinyurl.com/qzohy6w

Cyberwit - http://www.cyberwit.net/publications/568

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sweet & Sour ebook - Promotion days



I am pleased to give my ebook Sweet & Sour-1 (A book of 10 short stories) for kindle free on 9th and 10th March, as a part of promotion days. Please download it and read. I will appreciate a review by spending 2-5 minutes of your valuable time. It means a lot to me.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IKFNAZY
http://www.amazon.in/dp/B00IKFNAZY
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IKFNAZY (At the moment of posting this, it is Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,053 Paid in Kindle Store in UK)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

What makes a story a page turner...


Maeve Binchy, famous Irish author, who wrote many best selling books such as A Week in Winter, Heart & Soul, Minding Frankie, Circle of Friends, Tara Road and many more books, talks about what makes a story a page turner.

Her debut novel Light a Penny Candle was published in 1982. In 1983, it sold for the largest sum ever paid for a first novel. Her final novel Minding Frankie published in 2010, brought her a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Book Awards.

She was considered as the best loved writer of her generation. She died on 30 July 2012 at the age of 72.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happy Shivrathri 2014


Happy Mahashivrathri 2014

Mahashivratri is the night of Shiva, and this festival is celebrated all over India. It is a very important festival for the Hindus. Lord Shiva is worshipped on this auspicious day. According to Hindu calendars, this year (2014) Maha Shivratri Festival is celebrated on 27th February.

If interested to know more about this festival read it here.

Lord Shiva is worshipped in many names. Read it here.

Friday, February 21, 2014

My new ebook - Sweet & Sour


'Sweet & Sour 1' is my new ebook with a collection of 10 short stories, written and published over a period of time. As I would like to preserve them as a book I decided to publish them as an ebook. This is first in the series of my short story anthologies Sweet & Sour.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IKFNAZY http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IKFNAZY http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00IKFNAZY http://www.amazon.in/dp/B00IKFNAZY

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Best Books on Writing and Creativity for 2013


Best books on Writing and Creativity for 2013 - 1. Why we Write : 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do - Edited by Meredith Maran

Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do

Prolific novelist Isabel Allende, one of the prolific novelists, who is one of the writers of the above book, offers three pieces of advice to the aspiring writers -

It’s worth the work to find the precise word that will create a feeling or describe a situation. Use a thesaurus, use your imagination, scratch your head until it comes to you, but find the right word.

When you feel the story is beginning to pick up rhythm—the characters are shaping up, you can see them, you can hear their voices, and they do things that you haven’t planned, things you couldn’t have imagined—then you know the book is somewhere, and you just have to find it, and bring it, word by word, into this world.

When you tell a story in the kitchen to a friend, it’s full of mistakes and repetitions. It’s good to avoid that in literature, but still, a story should feel like a conversation. It’s not a lecture.

2. Manage your Day to Day - By Jocelyn K.Glei

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series)

This book features contributions from a twenty of today's most celebrated thinkers and doers, delves into the secrets of this holy grail of creativity.

Gretchen Rubin, one of the featured authors in this book, says -

"You’re much more likely to spot surprising relationships and to see fresh connections among ideas, if your mind is constantly humming with issues related to your work. When I’m deep in a project, everything I experience seems to relate to it in a way that’s absolutely exhilarating. The entire world becomes more interesting. That’s critical, because I have a voracious need for material, and as I become hyperaware of potential fodder, ideas pour in. By contrast, working sporadically makes it hard to keep your focus. It’s easy to become blocked, confused, or distracted, or to forget what you were aiming to accomplish. … Creativity arises from a constant churn of ideas, and one of the easiest ways to encourage that fertile froth is to keep your mind engaged with your project. When you work regularly, inspiration strikes regularly."

(Courtesy: Brain Pickings Weekly)