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Book Review: It Was A Happy Trusting World, Then! By Vilas Kale

Book Review: It Was A Happy Trusting World, Then! By Vilas Kale:

Hello Lovely Readers,

I am back again with another book review. The book of the day is " It Was A Happy Trusting World, Then"! By Vilas Kale...

It is a travel related book.Basically, it is a travelogue of a hitchhiker's journey through Middle East and Europe in 1971.



Plot Summary:
Inspired by Western hitchhiker's, the cousins Vilas, Kumar and Vidula plan out their own trip. Travelling on a shoestring budget, they complete the journey by ship, bus and friendly lifts. Starting in Bombay, where they board a  ship, the narrative takes us through the Shah's Iran and some East European 'Iron Curtain' countries and onwards to Europe giving us vignettes of lands of a wholly different political era.



Published By: The Write Place



Genre: Travel

Language: English

No. Of  Pages: 110

Price: Rs 199/-

About the Author: Vilas Kale,66 is a social worker and businessman settled in Nagpur. He has been able to successfully balance his business with his social work and activism and also pursue his many hobbies including  passion for travelling. He is a trainer in public speaking and leadership skills. In the last few years he has started taking classes on the teachings of Samarth Ramdas and Bhagwan Ramana Maharshi.

My Review:
I love travelling and love to read and hear other people's travel experiences. So if you are a travel junkie just like me, then definitely you will like this book.

This is a simple travelogue and no fancy fiction! The main beauty of travelogues are, that they transport the readers to that time or place and eventually make them feel part of the journey.



You will feel as if you are reading the Author's personal dairy, since everything written is so simple and to the point.
This book is about all the travel experiences of Author Vilas with his two cousins, in 1971. I was really interested to read this book since it was about the world that existed much before I was born! It was fun reading about how the places and cultures were at that time.The Author has explained his first time experiences to those cities, their culture, people etc.. How some particular place looks like from the ship, then at the dock and then the city and people.



It was also interesting to read about travel through ship through such a long distance. The first few pages of the book is fun where he has explained all the travel preparations in a shoestring budget and our very own Indian Jugaads!

Overall, it is a very simple book or a dairy of a traveler.You can easily finish it in couple of days. It is a type of book which person from any age group can read... If you are in your 50/60's then also you can enjoy the book, since you can relate to it Or if you are someone like me who was born much after 70's, then also you can enjoy and know about that time of No Mobiles and No Internet!! :)



The ending of the book is also quite good, in which Author compares few of the places he re-visited recently, after his first trip. How some of the places have lost its charm while some of the places are as charming as before!

Author has also shared his photographs and post cards :)

It is a great one time read for any travel enthusiast!!

Do pick one copy for yourself:



Links to my other Interesting Posts:

http://www.myhappychance.com/2018/05/book-review-mango-people-in-banana.html

http://www.myhappychance.com/2018/04/my-current-month-april-favorites.html

http://www.myhappychance.com/2018/04/stay-healthy-with-asap-cereal-bars.html

http://www.myhappychance.com/2018/04/unboxing-april-glamego-box.html

http://www.myhappychance.com/2018/03/my-review-roop-mantra-ayurvedic-cold.html

Till my next post, Happy Reading!



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Book Review: Mango People In Banana Republic By Vishak Shakti

Book Review: Mango People In Banana Republic By Vishak Shakti

Hi Friends,

Hope everyone is doing good!! I am back again with an another book review.
The book I will be talking about today is "Mango People In Banana Republic" By Vishak Shakti.



Plot Summary: 
Ravi is a top of the rung business strategy consultant struggling with two disquiets in life- a festering career disillusionment and a festering wound in his posterior. He drops off the urban map and reaches his ancestral land in a village. On that mission he finds love, revolution and most importantly, a redemption for the disquiet in his rear.

Anand is a former physicist on a spiritual quest through esoteric India. He realizes that the path to realization is beset on all sides by gurus. As he hops from one ashram to another, he grows convinced that liberation does not come with a user maunal in a neat little box. 

Wrapped in light- hearted, almost tongue-in-cheek prose, Mango People In Banana Republic is a tale of an Indian's search for personal identity, against the backdrop of a country divided along fault lines of countless social identities. Teeming with a cast of characters and ideas that encapsulate modern India, the tale ascends from the gross to the sublime, much like the Kundalini powers some aspire to acquire. With a steady pace, and a gentle mocking humor, this book is an absorbing read and a laugh.



Published By: The Write Place

Genre: Fiction

Language: English

No. Of Pages: 237

Price: Rs 249/-

My Review:
First starting with the book cover, it is quite intriguing. The title has an embossed feel to it, which I totally love!! Also, the cover is totally suitable as per the story line.

The seven chapters of the book are divided as per the seven spiritual chakras in a human body, which is quite interesting and unique for a Fiction book. The book has all the Masala into it, from instances from the Corporate work culture to Village life to Indian Country issues to Spiritual Journey & experiences. You name it and he has it in this book!



The writing style and characters are pretty simple and not at all complex or hard to understand. The book is about a journey of a man Ravi which starts from Stress, Frustration, Restlessness, Insecurities in today's materialistic & hectic corporate world to a more meaningful life of a self satisfaction.

People working in Corporate sector will surely enjoy and relate to some of the instances and Corporate Jargon like one on one, Appraisal meetings, deadlines etc. The author has included humor dialogues and witty statements from time to time to keep the read interesting enough. Though there were couple of chapters which seems to be stretched a lit bit.

Then there is an another character in the story named Anand, which is on an Spiritual mission or quest of self realization. He goes to an Ashram, The things and Kriyas he experienced there is well explained. There were things like Rules to be followed in an Ashram or reference to Kundalini powers.



I really appreciate the part where Author has explained the problems faced by the Indian farmers and the situation of the Politics in our country.

Overall the book is interesting enough for a one time read. Though it will not make up to my most favorites..It was an average read for me. Do give it a try!

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Links to my other Posts:

April Favorites!!

April Glamego Box

Book Review Aqson level-1 By Sreejib

Book Review: Betrayals Paybacks By Sana Shetty

Till my next post...Happy Reading!! :)














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All About Debon Herbals Skincare Products

All About Debon Herbals Skincare Products:

Hello my lovely readers!!

In today's post, I would be sharing some of the beauty products from a Herbal Brand named as "Debon Herbals".

I had never heard of this brand before and recently only I came to know about this. Debon has a wide range of products in Skincare and Hair care.

I have a bunch of products to introduce to you guys and I would be sharing brief information about each of them below. But before that let us know a little more about the Brand!



About the Brand: Debon Herbals is a herbal cosmetic manufacturer in India since year 1993. They have a proper qualified and competent Research team, which develops their products. Debon Herbal Products are based with natural ingredients extracted from herbs and plants. Their products are approved as per the ISI standards. So, basically they have a lot of emphasis on the quality and performance of their products with the least amount of unnecessary side effects.
I must say I am really impressed with the way they design their products and the range of products offered. Debon Herbal's products are easily available on Amazon.in.

Now lets see what all I have got:

1. Protein shampoo: The first product is in the hair care segment and it is a Protein shampoo. We all know how much protein is needed for having healthy hairs. It repairs the hairs and add a brilliant gloss to them. Key Ingredient is Protein in shampoo Surfactant Base. This one has a very mild scent to it, no unwanted strong fragrance. Great for daily use. Retails for Rs 220/- for 300 ml of product. Have a shelf life of 3 years. Comes in a very basic bottle packaging. No fancy stuff there!



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2. Dandruff Cleanser & Conditioner Shampoo: This is basically Shampoo cum conditioner. This variant is made to target problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. The key Ingredients include Methi & Neem. This Shampoo is great to get rid of the dandruff and also condition your hairs at the same time. Retails for Rs 215/- for 300 ml of product. Has a shelf life of 3 years. Great for those days when you are in hurry and do not have time to use shampoo and conditioner seperately.




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3. Hair Conditioner: The third hair care product I have is Hair Conditioner. It suited my hairs pretty nicely and my hairs feel more soft and silky after its usage.The key ingredients are Vitamin E and Aloe Vera juice. Both the mentioned ingredients are excellent for nourishing the hairs.I like to keep it in my hairs for 10 minutes after washing hairs and then rinse it off properly. Retails for Rs 210/- for 300 ml of product. Shelf Life is 3 years.




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4. Hair Oil: Who can ignore the importance of Oiling your hairs and scalp regularly with a good hair oil. Debon's Hair oil is meant for hair & scalp rejuvenation. It has some nice ingredients which are known to be very beneficial and effective for having a healthy hairs. Ingredients include Coconut Oil, Mustard Oil, Til Oil, Neem Oil, Groundnut Oil, Brahmi, Trifla, Aloe Vera, Henna, Bhringraj, Shikaki, Neem powder. I am using this oil twice a week. Retails for Rs 108/- for 100 ml of product. Shelf is of 3 years. Would highly recommend this one.





5. Under eye Cream: The first product in the skin care segment is Under eye Cream. The key ingredients are Almond oil, Aloe Vera juice, Vitamin E, Lemon Grass Oil, Lavender Oil. This cream helps to revitalize the skin around the eyes, making it appear brighter & smoother. The Application method says apply & massage for ten minutes around the eye & then remove the cream with moist cotton wool. I apply it in the same way and did not use it overnight like other under eye creams. I would say it has definitely made my under eye skin more supple and smooth. But I do not think this is effective for dark under eye circles. Retails for Rs 90/- for 25 gram which I think is a great price tag. Shelf Life is 2 years.



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6. Vitamin E Cream: This cream has softening qualities, minimizes wrinkles and blemishes. Helps to make skin look more younger. The key ingredients are Aloe Vera Juice and Vitamin E. When it comes to making your skin look more younger and blemish free, Vitamin E is the best thing you can give to your skin. Would highly recommend this one. It will surely help to clean out your skin. Retails for Rs 88/- for 50 grams. Has a shelf life of 2 years.




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7. Body Scrub Cream: I love using scrubs for my face and body. This one is a scrub but in a cream form. It is very comfortable to use and scrub grains are perfect for exfoliation...nor too big nor too minute. The key ingredients include Orange powder, Kapurkachli, Rose powder, Lodhra, Ambahaldi. The smell of the scrub is okay not too great. Retails for Rs 154/- for 100 gram of product. Has a shelf life of 2 years. Comes in basic tub packaging, so quite convenient to scoop out the product and use. For the price, I think i liked it..Perfect scrub specially for body!




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8. Almond Cream: This cream will work great for people with Dry skin. It is highly nourishing. The key ingredients are Almond Oil, Witch hazel, Siketh Tel, Tankhan Khar. Here I would like to mention that for Oily skin & Normal skin, this cream can be little heavy specifically in the summers. I felt little sticky also since I have an oily skin. For Dry skin, it will work perfectly. Out of all the products, the smell of this one is strong, but not irritating at all. Can be used for facial and body massage. Retails for Rs 132/- for 100 grams of product. Has a shelf life of 2 years. The packaging is similar to other products, that is a normal tub packaging.





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9. Moisturizer: I love collecting and using different Body lotions and moisturizers. I loved this one too...Very comfortable and gets absorbed easily into the skin. Very mild floral fragrance. This lotion is even suitable for Sportsmen, athletes and swimmers. The key ingredients include Aloe Vera juice, Vitamin E oil, Geranium oil, Jojoba oil & Groundnut oil. This is surely one of my favorite product from the lot. Retails for Rs 225/- for 300 ml. Has a shelf life of 3 years.



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Overall I am really satisfied with the Debon Herbal's products. They are affordable and are of good quality. Make sure you try at least one product from the Brand and do share your experience.

Links to my other Interesting posts: 





Till my next post...Stay Happy! :)

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My Current Month (April) Favorites!!!

My Current Month (April) Favorites!!!

Hello Everyone!!

Today I would be sharing some of the skincare and Makeup products, which I have been enjoying in the month of April 2018. These are the products which I am using continuously and loving them!!! So, here comes my April Favorites!!! :)



1. Clean & Clear  Face Wash: Summers are in full swing and it is super hot these days!! I have an oily skin and in summers it tends to get more oily and get clogged easily. I make it a point to wash my face at least 2-3 times a day to keep it clean and oil free. Clean & Clear face wash is one of the best face wash according to me especially for oily skin. It literally washes off all the dirt and excess oil from the face and make it squeaky clean. However, for dry skin people, they can feel little bit dryness after washing, so make you use your moisturizer properly after its usage. I always carry this one in my handbag! They do have a basic variant, as well as other interesting variants like lemon, strawberry etc
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2. Auravedic Skin Lightening Face Pack: My second favorite for the month is AuraVedic Skin Lightening Face Pack... My skin gets tanned very easily and removing it is a big task. In today's hectic world, every single day we cannot have the luxury to indulge in home made DIY.
This face pack has helped me a lot for taking care of my sun tan. I have done full review of the same: Aura Vedic Skin Lightening Face Pack Review
It has some great ingredients like Saffron, Sandalwood and Turmeric. If you have skin issues like pigmentation, tan or dark spots, then this face pack can be a great option to try. It is Easy & Ready to use.


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  3. Spinz BB Cream: In this super hot summers, wearing makeup is next to impossible. I just go for a very light weight BB cream, Kajal and a lipstick and that is all! The BB cream I am currently using is from Spinz. It has a very light coverage..just enough to even tone your skin. It gives a healthy glow to face and not a very heavy finish. It does not feel like wearing makeup.Full review: http://www.myhappychance.com/2018/01/my-review-spinz-bb-cream.html  Great for daily wear!
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4. Maybelline Super Fresh Compact Powder: Having a good compact powder in my purse is a mandate for me. Currently using Maybelline Super Fresh Compact powder. It is affordable and mattifies your skin. I even like the fresh scent of it. Moreover, the best part is it has SPF in it, so it gives an additional sun protection which is an absolute must in this summers. I think it has 4 shades, you can select according to your skin tone. It is very light weight & feels absolutely comfortable in the summer season.
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5. Wottagirl Body Splash: In summers, I mostly tend to stay away from those heavy duty perfumes and rather go for some light weight and mild Body Splash or Body Mists. I have been using Wottagirl Body Splash in the variant Secret Crush, which is very fresh and fruity scent. The best part are these are very affordable and available in many variants. Full review is here: http://www.myhappychance.com/2017/12/fragrance-review-layerr-wottagirl.html

This one will easily last on you for about 4-5 hours. I am planning to buy some other variants as well.
Would surely recommend you guys to try Wottagirl once...They are totally worth the price!
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So, friends those were all of my April Favorites and things which I am currently using & loving!!!
Do share your thoughts in the comment section below. Hope this article will be useful for you!

Links to some of my other Interesting Posts:

Unboxing April Glamego Box

Roopmantra Cold Cream Review

Eat Healthy with Soulfull

 Gift Ideas For Men!

Till my next post..Stay Happy!







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