Bigg Boss Season 8: Contestants

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bigg Boss is back with its eighth season launching this September with Salman Khan as its host for the fifth time! The theme this season is expected to be based on aviation industry with Salman appearing as Pilot in all three teasers till now. Also, the "eye", the official logo of the serial, features a turbofan as the pupil which indicates that this season of the show will definitely airplanes as the main theme. 

As every year, the main focus is on who the contestants will be that will make this fantastic journey worthwhile! So, here I am presenting a list of expected contestants for the Bigg Boss Season 8! 

1. Alok Nath
First and foremost, the Babuji of our television world. After all, the show needs a lot of blessings to bring peace for all the upcoming controversies!

2. Lulia Vantur
A romanian television presenter, actor and model who is known for being Salman Khan's ex-girlfriend as per the paparazzi! She was a part of the film O Teri and was seen doing a special song in the film. Bigg Boss is known for having foreign beauties in the show like Elli Avram, so Lulia might bring the right amount of glamour in the show!

3. Shivaji Satam
His role as ACP Pradyuman on the popular TV series C.I.D. is famous among kids, youth and adults equally. We all have grown up watching, "Daya, darwaza tod do!" :P Few of his famous movies include Vaastav, Ghulam-E-Mustafa, Yeshwant, China Gate, Taxi No 9211, Nayak, Jis Desh Me Ganga Reheta Hai, Sooryavansham, Hu Tu Tu. Lets see how many "gadbads" he is able to find in the buzzing controversies of the show! ;)

4. Hansika Motwani
The Shaka Laka Boom Boom girl who also starred in Koi Mil Gaya in her kid roles has turned out to be one of the leading contemporary actresses of Tamil cinema. She also won Filmfare award for Best Female Debut – South. She can easily enter with her sensual visage in Bigg Boss Season 8 and appropriate place to magnify her boldness.

5. Karan Tacker
Another actor from the television series,  Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, after Kushal Tandon comes Karan Tacker! Also featuring in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 7 these days, he is the new heart-throb for the present generation. Maybe he will strike up a new love story like Kushal-Gauhar duo on the show. 

6. Deepika Singh
Sandhya from Diya Aur Baati Hum aka Deepika Singh might enter Bigg Boss 8 like the television actress Pratyusha Banerjee, Shweta Tiwari and Gauhar Khan. Let's see if another actress from television industry is able to win the show like Shweta and Gauhar!

7. Sunil Grover
Our very own Gutthi from Comedy Nights with Kapil might just bring the fun and comedy angle to the show! Sunil Grover has brought smiles on a lot of faces through that show, I'm waiting to watch his magic on Bigg Boss as well!

8. Shanti Dynamite
Shanti Dynamite aka Sofia Vasileiadou, a British adult star might enter this season. She has been adjudged as one of the 50 Sexiest Woman of Asia by British Newspaper Eastern Eye. In India she runs her own production company which shoots Indian adult music videos and AIDS awareness programs. Shanti came into the limelight after being cast in upcoming Bollywood movie Chal Doctor Doctor Khelein as an item girl. 

9. Kumar Vishwas
New age poet and AAP candidate from Amethi, Kumar Vishwas, might bring a new political plus poetical angle to the show.

10. Gurmeet-Debina
A couple entry - Gurmeet and Debina. We have seen Shilpa-Apoorva, Tanaaz-Bakhtyar and estranged couple Rajiv-Delnaaz in the show. This time, it can be Debina-Gurmeet provided that the couple has participated in many other TV reality shows too like Khatron ke Khiladi. 

This is just the expected list of contestants. The actual contestants may be quite different, however, there's one celebrity who is definitely going to be on the show and is gonna bring all the masala, fun, gossip, controversies and glamour to the show - one and only my most favourite - Salman Khan! :* :* :* :* 

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Private India : Book Review

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Title: Private India
Author: Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson
Genre: Thriller/Fiction
Price: Rs 193 (Get from Flipkart)
Number of pages: 480
Publisher: Arrow/Random House India
ISBN: 9780099586395

The Blurb:
In Mumbai seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses. For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency, it's a race against time to stop the killer striking again. In a city of over thirteen million, hed have his work cut out at the best of times but this case has him battling Mumbai's biggest ganglord and a godman who isn't all he seems and then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.

About The Author:
Ashwin Sanghi is an entrepreneur by profession but writing historical fiction is his passion and hobby. He self-published his first novel, The Rozabal Line in 2007 under his pseudonym, Shawn Haigins. It was subsequently acquired by Westland in 2009 and went on to become a national bestseller. His second novel, Chanakya's Chant remained on AC Nielsen's india Top 10 for over two years, won the Vodafone Crossword Popular Choice Award and UTV acquired movie rights. His latest thriller, The Krishna Key, was released in August 2012 and went straight to number 1 in the charts. Further information on

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James is a founding partner of Booktrust's Children's Reading Fund in the UK. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards in New York.

The Review:
There are some books which makes you forget the world and then there are some which absorbs you in another world completely. This is the second type of book which "turns the page itself" as it says on the cover. Being the creative child of two of the great thriller writers, it extracts the best of both the worlds. I finished the book in just three sittings and  trust me, I am not a compulsive reader. 

I am a fictional thriller fan, be it books or serials or movies. So, I have seen and read a lot of thriller stories and yet, it didn't bore me at all. On the contrary, this book involves you because of the familiar locations, traditions and the damaged characters. It reminded me of Dr House and The Mentalist joined together with a tinge of Sherlock. 

The writing is lucid and with short chapters, makes it more reader friendly. The story line is a tad bit old but with its own freshness. However, the "terrorist attack" angle was just dragging it more. The story could have easily ended with revealing the killer but the added part in the end was a bit of a drag for me! Twists and turns at every turn keep you hooked to the story. Also, it provides not only the detectives psychology but also the murderer's feeling and psychology at every point which I, personally, liked a lot. 

One of my favourite lines from the book:
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence
For me, its a light and fast-paced serial killing story. I would rate it 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Contemporary Home Decor Ideas

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

They say there's no place like home and that reminds me of an old song, "Har ghar chup chaap se yeh kehta hain, ke andar usme kaun rehta hain". :D I have been wanting to renovate my home to give it a touch of my own for a very long time. So, while surfing the internet for many hours, I stumbled upon this awesome mirror (picture below) by Deknudt mirrors on

Deknudt Mirror
This designer mirror is composed by four mirror elements, which are positioned on a higher level than its supporting black glass. Thus, this mirror represents a detailed image of boulders. This cool mirror can be turned around for 360 degrees, thanks to its special suspension system. This is a must have for my home now as it describes funky style like mine. 

Well, apart from this mirror, there were many cool things on the that made me scroll further. The second must-have I found on this website for a contemporary look was a 3D Effect Wall Decal by Wonder Arts. 

Wonder Arts 3D Effects Wall Decal

These cool 3D realistic stickers add such a class to the walls without to go through the pains of getting shadow boxes carved in the walls. My home was under construction for some time and I'm too tired of  the construction dust that fills the house and my lungs and the loud noises. This seems like a much better and easy way to add such beauty to the walls. Although, when I'll put them in my home, I'm gonna put them in sequential order like this:

The third thing that I really lost my heart to was the Globe Bookends by The Yellow Door. Being a bookaholic, this seemed like the thing which marked my presence perfectly. The tiny iron-globes on both ends seem adorable due to their pewter finish. 

The Yellow Door Globe Bookends
My all-time favourite books have been dancing all night in the excitement of getting new place on my table between these bookends.  >:D<

Image courtesy
First image: Google images
Product images: website

More details about these products
Details about the mirror: Link mirror
Details about the 3D stickers: Link
Details about the Bookends: Link bookends

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Ramayana: The Game of Life - Book Review

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Title: Ramayana: The Game of Life
Author: Shubha Vilas
Genre: Mythology
Price: Rs 250 (Buy from Flipkart at Rs 175)
Number of pages: 256
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
ISBN: 9788184955309

The Blurb:
Ramayana: The Game of Life (Book 1), one of the world's great literary masterpieces, skillfully retold for modern audiences. Epics like the Ramayana have been recounted infinite times. Is there a need for another chronicle in the presence of so many? How is this one different? And is it relevant to our ever-changing modern lives? 

Yes, there is a need, yes this is different and yes, it is relevant. This new series of books, each following one khand of the Ramayana, decodes the eternal wisdom of that poetic scripture through gripping narrative and thought-provoking instruction. In the time-honored custom of spreading wisdom through tales, every fascinating story in the epic is retold here and every character unfolded to captivate your heart and open your mind to lifes deepest questions.

The narrative closely follows Valmikis Ramayana, gently weaving in folk tales as well as the beautiful analogies of the Kamba Ramayana. The first of this six-volume series, Rise of the Sun Prince, takes you through the divine story of Lord Rama from His birth up to His marriage. Through these pages are revealed the tales of Dasaratha's leadership, Vishwamitra's quest for power and the intriguing story of a little-known stone maiden. Ramayana: The Game of Life has all of this and much more - food for contemporary thought drawn from an enduring masterpiece.

My author-signed copy! :D
About the Author:
Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He also helps individuals deal with modern-life situations by applying the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharmic traditions.

My Review:
I never had an opportunity to read Ramayana before, so I did not have any reference to compare this book to! But it surely reminded me of the TV series Ramayana by Ramanand Sagar that we all grew up watching! It seemed pretty interesting to me, specially because I wasn't aware of many of the stories mentioned in it, for instance, Dashrath's 353 mariages, vastness and magnificence of Ayodhya, Vishwamitra's history, origin of Lanka and holy rivers, incarnation of Rama and Sita and other demigods for Rama's army, among others!

Shubha, being a spiritual seeker and motivational speaker, has beautifully connected the instances from the Ramayana to a common man's life time and again, and has guided the reader throughout the book on a better way of life! It is said that Ramayana is a way of living life and Shubha helps the readers to realise the potential of the sacred book. 

He has described the life events of Dasaratha and all holy characters quite impeccably, however, he didn't do justice to Ravana - my favourite character! :) Ravana was a devout follower of Shiva, a great scholar (which also got him the name of Mahabrahman), a capable ruler and a maestro of the veena (he composed Shiva Tandava Stotram), but someone who wished to overpower the devas! He had too many qualities that I thought must have been focussed more on, although I'm not sure if that was the case with the original Ramayana! Overall, the narration is lucid and fluidic! This is just first book which has left such an everlasting impression,  I am sure the author will enlighten us more with his experience with the rest of the series!

Leaving you with a quote from Ramayana, 
A good game is full of twists and turns at every stage and promises to thrill with its absolute unpredictability of results
If you have never had the chance to read the Ramayana or are too scared that you'll not be able to understand the shlokas in it, then this book is perfect for you! Also, for our younger generation, this will bring them closer to our sanskriti! :) 

My Rating: 4 stars out of 5!

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