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A Way Back Into Love By Veronica Thatcher

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Title: A Way Back into LoveAuthor: Veronica ThatcherGenre: Contemporary RomancePublisher: Notion Press
Blurb:Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.
Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home...to the man she left behind?

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My Review:
'A Way Back To Love' is a love story that is relevant in current times, where fast-paced live…

#AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal: Hallyu

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I had participated in the #AToZChallenge in 2015. I had blogged about 26 fictional characters I loved. They were my favorite ones whom I adored in movies, drama series, and novels. In 2016 things became too hectic for me and I couldn’t participate. But I did miss so much fun. I tried to compensate the experience by participating in the UltimateBloggingChallenge in October 2016. But there’s nothing like blogging with a theme and that too alphabetically. Now until today morning, after trying to come up with a theme, trying to plan a bit for April, I had almost given up on this happening event for the year 2017. I had almost decided not to take part. But, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and here I am jotting up words, making out sentences for the April AToZChallenge Theme Reveal post.
Anyone who has been following my posts here must be aware what a huge self-professed fan I am of Korean Drama Series. I have done a couple of blog posts here at Magic Moments and also made a few guest p…

Seeking Daily Inspiration

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Watching Cheryl Strayed’s interview in Marie Forleo TV was very inspiring and motivating. We do need to listen to such powerful words every now and then, to renew our faith and belief in our own selves.
I too am a binge writer, like Cheryl. I don’t connect to my writing juices every day- so I can only write about once in a while. At all other times even if I try, the words seem forced, the writing devoid of soul, and I don’t end up feeling satisfied. But those once-in-a-while times I end up feeling relieved at baring my heart out. It feels liberating and healing. It calms. I feel gifted. I feel my presence in every word that flows out. I too once thought that this doesn’t amount to as being a writer. But thanks to Cheryl and Marie, I realized I am a writer, I truly am. I may not be a published author, or may not be monetizing much of my writing, yet I am a writer. I write and I blog and I am starting to build a new world with my words. This very thought is so empowering. Thanks Chery…

Talking of Deep and Personal

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There's something very intimate and personal about someone touching your hair, and especially washing your long tresses. It is awkward and a bit bothersome sometimes. It seems closed, uncharted territory. In the salon or parlor this seems the most natural thing in the world, but outside the doors, touching the hair needs more familiarity than just permission. This has been going on in my mind since yesterday morning after I had had hair spa.

There's also something deep and personal about someone combing your hair. Just this simple act can bring even strangers together, at least that's what I think. It gives you- the person with the comb, a protective instinct- an empathy, towards the other person. It's strange yet connecting. And the other person does allow you to make her feel safe and secure. My mother and I bond over hair massages and combing. My sister gets immensely excited when I let her experiment hair styles, especially do hair plaits on me. My grandma takes g…

Love Myself Or You: A Taiwanese Drama Series

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Love Myself Or You is a 20 episodes Taiwanese drama.
Du Kai Qi is self-reliant, independent and lives on her own terms. She refuses to seek help or rely on other for anything at all. She doesn’t ask for company even when she needs it the most. She doesn’t acknowledge any kind of assistance as it makes her feel indebted to the person. She likes being alone, and rarely seeks friendship. She thwarts every attempt of getting close from people around her through her rude remarks and mean words. She has trusting issues. She has a past. She doesn’t cry when she’s sad. She holds it in, and it fuels her work.
Ah Jie is all smiles, all optimistic for everything. He is a professional chef who doesn’t enjoy the spotlight and joins as an intern in his father’s restaurant. He has worked in different French restaurants, studied culinary arts in France and knows Frenchmen’s taste as well as the French cuisine totally. He would sign his dishes ‘Louis’- his French name when he worked in place of the h…

Dear Binodini #FridayReflections

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Dear Binodini,
When I first held the book ‘Chokher Bali’ I had no idea that knowing you would be such a task. Getting to know you was like deconstructing layers of a rose; I liked you, empathized with you, loved you, hated you, sympathized with you, was jealous of you, and yet finally missed you. I would say, I didn’t judge you, even when you were your worst possible version in the situation. I just read on and on, to find the reason.
‘Chokher Bali’ was the first full-fledged novel by Rabindranath Tagore that I read. My first impression of you was- shrewd, intellectual, well-read, and someone who has a way with words. Kind, gentle, caring at heart with an eye to detail. It was sad that you were a widow; someone who didn’t have much of a married life; someone who didn’t know how destructive and fatal amorous desires could be. And I pitied you when your repressed desire for love and romantic pleasures were brought back by witnessing the rendezvous of the newly married couple. It opened…

Fear of Death and Dying #FridayReflections

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Talking about death and dying, more than my own I fear the death of my near and dear ones. The inevitability of it all hasn’t yet settled in. Acceptance hasn’t come to me, yet. There was a time during the early teenage years, I used to speculate life without my family, and plan my survival if such a mishap ever did happen. It was depressing, almost dysfunctional. I was going through a bitter phase, and such thoughts just heightened the melancholic feelings. But now, after years, these thoughts have become a part and parcel of life. Every time a kin doesn’t receive the phone call; every time a family member who isn’t home doesn’t respond to messages and calls; every time the friend is out on a drive and the phone’s unreachable, this creepy thought does peep from some corner of the mind. And it’s intimidating.
I haven’t experienced death from close quarters. The demise of someone from the extended family, two suicides, and fatal accidents of certain college juniors- I have seen how my …