Cupidity is a story of how two South Delhi women tackle through their first world problems and move through their wonderland ignorant of the world around them. The book builds up it’s characters through surrealistic expectations and a mind so narrow and self-centred, that it might Donald Trump to shame. Let’s start with Tara. Everything about her life is perfect except the men in her life. In her middle thirties, she has a body which rivals few of the Victoria Secret Models. A teenaged son who is good at football and studies both(a rarity in Delhi anyway) and a tall, dark and handsome husband who continually works outstation. She and her neighbour Naina with similar body composition sans children but with a divorce chance upon an Online Dating Site Cupidity.
Cupidity brings out the best of the two women with long, boring conversations. Tara chances upon a profile and finds clichéd conversation charming. She plans on meeting the guy but he turns out to be one with regular looks so she just slaps on a 100 buck note on the table and escapes. So much for not investing much in looks. The next men in line for both Tara and Naina are insanely rich, tall, dark handsome, witty and might even be Olympic Champions with brains of Chess grandmasters. Small references are made to their own imperfection but the words that pour of their partners are pure gold.
They chance upon a transgender Nihal/Niharika who suddenly becomes their hero/heroine just based on his/her sexual preference. Their simple hatred of men pours through in stops and starts as each brings their own set of desperate men. The vitriol they pour out becomes laughable after a point when they start justifying extra-marital affairs as liberating. The book also explores some ideas that take root in their brains without actual rhyme or reason. Suddenly, there is a wine called Cabarnet, Taj Mumbai becomes a heritage property and one should explore sex change operations in Thailand.
The book is a perfect insight into the mind of a Feminazi where she has a tight body and a job where she is better than the best. Her men just fall into two categories, charming and desperate. She also remains a champion of anything that takes her fancy.
Publisher: Om Books International
Authors Nilima Bhat and Raj Sisodia unveiled their latest book ‘Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business’ at a grand event at the Taj Palace, New Delhi. The event further witnessed a panel discussion by prominent literatis like Ms. Deepika Jindal – MD JSL Lifestyle – subsidiary of Jindal Stanless Limited, Mr. Santosh Desai– a prominent columnist TOI City City Bang Bang, Ms.Anuradha Mathur– Founding Dean of The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women and Sanjib Chatterjee – Architect and Designer KAARU design studio representing India, UK & Japan.
PHILOSOPHY OF CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM
Both of them spoke about the book and its importance in the current day to day scenario. Mr Sisodia started by mentioning the ‘Conscious Capitalism’ philosophy and its benefits. It can help create value for all the stakeholders in a business and achieve much more than just profit. Speaking against the narrow perspective on business that is just profit making, they put up a question stating what businesses need in the current time. The current leadership crisis can be solved by the methods given by the ancient wisdom. All companies should become a part of the process of healing the world and not hurting it and they should also give back what they take. This process of doing multiple good generates good karma and in turn the business becomes a spectrum of positive effects.
BATTLE BETWEEN THE SEXES
Ms. Bhat stated that the message of the book is one that can help balance the lopsided way of leadership. Reaching into the ancient aspiritual and mythical teachings, the book revives a feminine archetype of leadership: generative, cooperative, creative and empathetic. She also showcases how men and women alike have been conditioned to value leadership qualities that emphasize ‘masculine’ behaviors and ‘win-at-all-cost’ attitudes. The delicate ancient balance has been disturbed by excessive focus on hyper masculinity. These hierarchical, individualistic and militaristic traits support corruption, environmental degradation, social breakdown, and a host of other serious problems.
Ms. Bhat then talks about what Shakti is and what can it do. What is the importance of Shakti for any business. Shakti is the power that drives everything. It is the reason for evolution and is the fuel for life. Shakti can also be called as a power of intelligence at work and leadership is the exercise of that power. Shakti helps us to utilize that power and reach at the top of the leadership pyramid. It is never ending. It is the source of inner power that is always available (whenever tapped). This power is not power over but is power with.
SHAKTI LEADS TO TRANSFORMATION
People have to balance between their polarity, i.e. the good and bad in them and also the feminine and masculine qualities. Ignoring one completely will lead to the negatives of excessiveness. One thing cannot go on forever just like a person cannot just keep inhaling without exhaling. Shakti helps to balance the polarity and achieve a harmony of the Yin and Yang and leverage the positives of any given situation. A person who practices Shakti Leadership becomes aware of the unending power source within and achieves wholeness, flexibility and congruence. “When leaders across sexes learn to embrace this mindset, we can restore sanity, elevate humanity, and heal the planet by evolving consciously together,” explains Ms. Bhat.
So don’t miss your chance to grab a copy of this engaging read which will help you to become a better performer in all walks of life. The edition comes out on 3rd August, 2016. The book can also be pre- ordered from www.amazon.in.
Price: INR 262
Comfort Food, a one of kind cookbook inspired by café style food was recently launched by Café Delhi Heights in association with Om Books International by none other than the star cricketer Virat Kohli. This book authored by food stylist and researcher Mugdha Savkar and Chef Michael Swami is a tribute to Usha Batra, mother of Sharad and Vikrant Batra who are the owners of Batra Banquets and Café Delhi Heights chain.
Café Delhi Heights is a multi cuisine restaurant chain having multiple outlets and serve some of best out of Indian, American, European and Italian cuisines. By launching this book it has done something different than what other cafes will do by unveiling their signature 80 easy to make recipes. Vikrant and Sharad really wanted these recipes which were a vision of their mother under whose guidance and expertise this brand has flourished. So when this idea was discussed with them by Ajay Mago, from Om Books International, they were more than willing to do it.
Chef Michael Swamy and Mugdha Savkar are renowned names in the industry, who speak about the changes the food tastes and preferences see. They say ‘Through time and ages we see food differently. It is the familiarity that keeps drawing us back to the dishes we love, dishes that take us on a familiar journey of nostalgia. Cafe food is one such instance of comfort and sublimity where we can sit for ages, chat with friends and bond over great food. The coming of age cafes across the metros and small cities provide comfort food and something more.’ “Culinary trends get updated & outdated every few months… the only trend that never goes out of date is COMFORT. Comfort in food is sought after by every single people regardless of age, diet fads, nationality and class. This book celebrates that very comfort.”
The star cricketer himself in his address speaks about his immense love for Delhi food and his favourite Juicy Luicy Burger from Café Delhi Heights.
Café Delhi Heights is a great café which truly represents Delhi’s spirit – a confluence of cultures, traditions, dialects and taste, serves some lip smacking food and also entertains you with its rustic, lively décor, knick –Knacks and books to keep you busy while you wait. So be there, enjoy the experience and take back home some of their secret recipes by grabbing a copy of THE COMFORT FOOD.
About the Book:
80 easy to make recipes
By Michael Swamy and Mugdha Savkar
Price- Rs. 995
The Delhi Gourmet Club recently launched the fourth edition of the Gourmet Passport for the year 2016-17. The gourmet passport is a handy book offering a great deal of schemes and discounts at 175 restaurants spread across various cities from Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh-Mohali, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad. Every restaurant listed in the book has 3 coupons each, taking the total of 525 vouchers. Each voucher entitles you a main course item being taken off from the total bill when two or more people will dine at any particular listed restaurant. All this and much more is priced at INR 999/-.
The founders of the Delhi Gourmet Club Mr. Sourish Bhattacharya and Mr. Atul Sikand launched the book in style at The Niche Lounge and Club, Connaught Place. The party hosted some of the top names from the F and B industry with electrifying cocktails and delectable food.
So don’t wait, log on to www.buygourmetpassport.com and grab a copy of The Gourmet Passport 2016-17 which will be your ticket to a fascinating culinary voyage at a curated list of topnotch restaurants across the country.