Monday, March 16, 2020

#684 : Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters by Shilpa Suraj - Cover Reveal

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Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters
by Shilpa Suraj

About the Book:

She believes in love, family and…squiggles!

Alisha Rana is not your typical single desi girl. For one, she is on the wrong side of 30.  For another, she is divorced. And last but definitely not least, she is still, gasp, a virgin!

Alisha doesn’t want much. But what she does want is that elusive thing all women search for – A man who gets her…but a man who gets her hot! She calls it “feeling the squiggle.”

Enter Dr. Vivaan Kapoor, cute, hot, squiggle-worthy. The younger brother of her cousin's prospective groom, he’s got the squiggle factor in spades. The only catch? He's never been married and is years younger than Alisha. Basically, completely off-limits.

And then there is Arjun. Widowed, older than her by the right number of years and a genuinely nice guy. He's Vivaan’s cousin and a so-called perfect match for Alisha. The problem is, Alisha’s squiggle-o-meter refuses to budge for him.

What will Alisha choose? A lifetime together with the 'right' man or a chance at happiness with the 'wrong' one?

About Shilpa Suraj:

Shilpa Suraj wears many hats - corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.

An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

#683 : Murder in the Chowdhury Palace by Sharmishtha Shenoy - Cover Reveal

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Murder in the Chowdhury Palace
by Sharmishtha Shenoy

About the Book:

What if someone you loved... was murdered? How far would you go to bring a killer to justice?

Orphaned in her childhood, Durga has always longed for wealth, security and, above all, a sense of belonging. She finds it all when she marries Debnarayan Chowdhury, heir to an immense, multi-crore estate. But the Chowdhury family has been under a curse that dates back to the British era. The first-born of each generation dies young, purportedly killed by the spirit of Kadambari, a young woman murdered by the notorious Shankar Dakat, the founder of the Chowdhury family and their Zamindari. When her father-in-law Birendranath dies unexpectedly, Durga and Debnarayan come down to the ancestral home in Kakdihi, a small village near Kolkata. The moment Durga enters her new palatial home, she crosses a threshold of terror. She loses her husband within a month of her marriage and finds herself a widow in a house full of strangers. Are Debnarayan’s and Birendranath’s deaths accidental? Everyone in her new family and the neighborhood appear to be friendly. Most of them have a motive to kill her. A well-meaning neighbor tells her, ‘Run from this place. You have no friends here.’ Is she, the current owner of the estate, now on the murderer’s radar?

Read an Excerpt from Murder in the Chowdhury Palace

The trees were denser beyond the pond on the northern side, and the area was unkempt and full of thorny bushes and nettles.  Debu remarked, ‘Not many people venture into the northern part of the woods from this point because the haunted house is less than a mile from here. So this part of the estate is in a rather wild state.’
‘Yes, I can see that nature has completely taken over this part. But still, let’s go there.’ I said excitedly.
‘Some other day…,’ Debu murmured. His face was slightly pale.
‘Debu! You really seem to believe in these ghosts and all that nonsense…,’ I said rather incredulously.
‘No… no… of course not!’ Debu exclaimed.
‘Then prove it! Let’s go and visit the house.’
‘Look… it won’t be very safe. The walls are crumbling, and I am sure that bats have made their home there.’
‘Please, Debu, let’s go, I have never seen a haunted house,’ I said, cajolingly. I gripped his hand and almost dragged him towards the house.
We came upon the abandoned temple first. The plaster was coming off the walls, and the aerial roots of a huge banyan tree had encroached upon the temple and gone in through the walls causing rainwater to leak into the walls and damage them further. The house was located a further quarter kilometer away.
There was a strange, sinister silence all around. Even the birds did not twitter in this part of the woods. The house with its closed shutters and peeling walls was a one-storey medium-sized building. It was dark and uninviting, steeped in shadow due to the jungle of trees that had flourished around it. Darkness echoed and folded upon itself. I walked resolutely to the main door, only to find it locked. 
‘Where is the key to this door?’
‘I don’t think anybody has it.’
I was in a naughty mood. ‘Then let’s break it open. I really want to see what’s inside.’ 
In spite of Debu’s protests, I picked up a heavy rock and hit the rusty lock with it. The lock broke easily.
We stepped inside a large hall. It was full of cobwebs and broken dilapidated furniture. Suddenly, a bat swept past my face. I let out a startled cry and drew back. I would have fallen to the ground had Debu not caught me.
‘Let’s get out of here. You shouldn’t be so adventurous in your present condition. The baby might get hurt,’ he said in a quavering voice. 
‘Oh come on... please Debu…let’s explore a bit more.’
I went further in and switched on the torch of my mobile to see better. At the center of the hall, were the remains of a havan done a long time back. The bricks used for the havan were blackened, charred and crumbling with spiders spinning their webs over the layers of dust. There was a portrait of Shankar Dakat and another of a woman on a wooden platform near which the havan had been performed.
‘This is, of course, Shankar Dakat’s portrait. And this must be Kadambari…,’ I said. ‘Who painted this?’ The painting of Kadambari mesmerized me. She was little more than a young girl in a green sari, worn without a blouse in the traditional fashion. Her big eyes were strangely life-like and sad and her long, thick, curly hair cascaded down her bare shoulders like a cloud.
‘I don’t know who painted this, nor do I care. Let’s go, Durga. I feel really uncomfortable here.’ Debu said a little impatiently. I started coughing because of the dirt. ‘Durga, you know you are allergic to dust. Come away now. I don’t want our baby to get hurt.’ He clutched my hand in a death grip, and almost dragged me out of the house.
The fear in his voice was contagious. Also, to be honest, the life-like painting had spooked me. We hurried back towards the pond. As we almost ran back and neared our home, there was a shout from the ground-floor east-wing balcony. It was Kanak. She shouted, ‘Who goes there?’

About Sharmishtha Shenoy:

Sharmishtha Shenoy is the author of the Vikram Rana Mystery series. The books under the series are “Vikram Rana Investigates,” “A Season for Dying,” “Behind the Scenes” and “Fatal Fallout”. She has also published a book of short stories, “Quirky Tales.”
Her short stories have been published in efiction magazine and Woman’s era. She loves writing murder mysteries, the kind of books that she likes to read. Her favorite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. She also likes the work of Satyajit Ray – especially the Feluda Series. 
Before starting to write, she had been an IT professional and had worked in TCS, Satyam, Infosys, and Microsoft. 
She is a big foodie and enjoys Biriyani (both Hyderabadi and Awadhi versions) and rasgullas like most Bengalis. She is also a lusty singer of the bathroom singing variety.
Though she is happily married to Mr. Shenoy in real life, in her fantasy world she is wedded to her creation Vikram Rana.  You can get to her blog by typing the word “Sharmishtha Rana” into Google. No, seriously, try it.
She was born in Calcutta. She is an M Tech from the University of Reading, Great Britain and had received a 100% British Government Scholarship to study there. She lives in Hyderabad.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

#682 : A Sweet Deal by Andaleeb Wajid : Review

Opening a tastefully decorated little pastry shop/cafe in an idyllic small village in Italy has been my dream for a while now. I realized that my dream had a real low probability of becoming a reality due to various obvious reasons (obvious if you know me). I decided to make do by reading feel good romances with such a setting to do away with the feel of longing, this book fit the bill perfectly minus the Italy setting though.

Rumana, the protagonist, along with her friend Neharika quit their jobs and invested their savings to open their dream cafe. While they are struggling with the operation due to the fact that aren't experienced enough to run a business, a highly qualified chef opens a similar shop next door. Sparks fly and you know what it all leads to.

The narration, the setting and the characterization, all were perfect. The book was such a perfect feel good romance. However, I was not comfortable with the tense of the book. Thankfully the story was too good which compensate for my struggle with the tense of narration. One colossal mistake I did though was reading this book all the time I was hungry. Made me crave for all the pastries described. Such realistic descriptions of pastries!

The story does have a bit of everything for everyone. A good read!

You can buy the book on Amazon here!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

#681 : Most beautiful stadiums to visit if you love football

Football is that sport which everyone loves to play and watch too. There is hardly any person in the world who doesn't like football, especially when it is played in beautiful football playgrounds. The lush green compounds soothe your eyes. So, it is a must to visit once in a lifetime. The loudness of the surroundings and greenery of compounds give your heart a perfect sound.

So is the case in cricket stadiums, fans are always rooting for their team to win the matches. They also cheer for their favourite players on and off the field.By off the field we mean fantasy games and betting sites. If you also love betting on cricket, then you can explore the review of 10 Cric and bet on your favourite team and players.Anyway here are some of the most beautiful stadiums in the world that you must visit if you love football.

1.     Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

The Camp Nou stadium is amongst Europe's largest stadiums. The most significant football sensations like Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho, Johan Cruyff, and Diego Maradona played in this beautiful stadium. It's not just an ordinary football playground as it also has the cultural identity of the club's activities, which also encourages a special feeling in this stadium.
2. The Bombonera Football Stadium

The Bombonera or Boca stadium receives the welcome of many legendary football players of their time. It is amongst those stadiums which shout louder with positive vibes, passion, and excitement from the stands. So, without having any doubt, visiting this stadium is a must for receiving its beauty and love.

3.   San Siro, Milan, Italy

Milan is the city of risotto and, of course, the town of the great San Siro football stadium. It generates the most exciting atmosphere during play. The genuinely magnificent stadium hosted many popular football home games like FC Internazionale Milano and AC Milan. In the past decades, the football stadium also received the strongest competitors of the European teams. Visiting this beautiful stadium gives an enjoyable experience.

4. Azteca Stadium, Mexico 

The stadium also got its fame by the name Coloso de Santa Ursula. This beautiful stadium records the historical game of "The game of Century" in 1970, where Germany got defeated by Italy in the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup. Also, the stadium attracts with its extraordinary beauty a lot. The beautiful combination of past games and events where Maradona and Pele lift their trophy for last time is a must to explore.

5. Wembley, London, England 

The Wembley stadium is established on the old Wembley's ashes. The stadium is enormous and still receives a lot of things about football play. It is amongst the second-largest stadium after the Camp Nou stadium of Barcelona.

Despite the young age of Wembley stadium, it still holds the most comprehensive football games like League cup, FA cup, and also community shield finals.

Furthermore, it is also a famous stadium due to the dominant English National Team of football during 2017-18. The stadium also hosted many home games of the Tottenham Hotspur FC. Thus, visiting the stadium gives you memories to remind for a lifetime. 

6. Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Maracanã may be amongst the most famous football stadiums in the world. Still, there are not much people who remember that the official game of this stadium is the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho. Perhaps this game goes down in history with the name Maracanaço. Once it came to an end, the Jules Rimet (president of FIFA) said all things were planned.

The beautiful stadium also received its dignity for the historical event where the triple whistle of referee freezes the moment with silence in the stadium, and around ten people seized with a heart attack.

7. Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

The beautiful and vibrant Allianz stadium has remained the stadium for TSV 1860 München and FC Bayern München from 2005 to 2017. Allianz Stadium is famous for its unique and incredible features than that of regular football stadiums. The incredible 2,760 diamond cutting shape of cushions beautifully covering the outer wall of the football stadium gives it a unique and comprehensive look.
Combining, it forms the most famous and also the world's biggest membrane cladding, which is beautifully covering the area of around 66,500m². Another thing that makes it unique is its colour-changing design that changes colour according to the team playing on the ground. For instance: it turns into the red for FC Bayern München, white for the Germany national Football team and Blue for the TSV 1860 München.
 Final words
So, these are amongst the most beautiful and famous football stadiums in the world. If you love football, then visiting these beautiful football grounds is a must to explore their beauty with terrifying historical records.


Friday, February 21, 2020

#680 : 10 Books that are equipped with great betting advice

Ten books that are equipped with great betting advice

Betting's popularity is at peak these days. People opt for betting for fun and for winning some handsome amount too. But it sometimes proves to be a disaster also when they are not familiar with the betting odds and its rules properly. Many betters who make massive investments in sports betting want to know the secrets of the famous punters.
Therefore, to have maximum fun and to improve your winning odds, here are the ten best books that are equipped with the significant betting advices and the stories of the famous punters.
Also, after knowing about some handy tips from these books, you can use them with the help of, where you can get information about the best betting sites in India. Let us start with the first one.
1.     Enemy Number One-The secret of the UK’s most feared punter (Patrick Veitch)
The enemy number one book consists of the story of Patrick Veitch, who is a professional punter of the UK. The book includes his story of how he overcame his fear and adversity to make more than $10 million from bookmakers in eight years.
2.     Scorecasting-The hidden influences behind how sports are played, and games are won (Tobias J. Moskowitz and l. Jon Wertheim)
Scorecasting book includes the number of attempts made by the punter to overcome the highly valuable saying of the betting sports. It constitutes the hidden secrets of winning and losing basketball, football, and baseball games.
3.     Sports Betting- Profiting from Point Spreads (Daniel Fabrizio and Joseph Hunter)
The sports betting book introduces the tactics and powerful strategies that help in turning the betting odds and its market into the business activity. The term sports investor suits perfectly to this book because it includes the survey of betting market than betting odds.
4.     Mathematics in Games, Gambling and Sports (Ronald J. Gould)
The book is a must to have by the betters to know deeply about the discrete statics, probabilities, elementary discrete that is strictly used in gambling, games and sports. It also constitutes various examples, problems, and questions that explain perfectly the application of mathematical calculations in the field of gambling.
5.     Freud On Course- Racing lives of the Clement Freud (Sir Clement Freud)
This book includes the top secret of Clement Freud, who is the top-most and fearless punter. He also has a winning fortune to win by 33-1 in 1973 Ely by-election. Moreover, the book also consists of the history of the racecourse. His journalism is unmatched and is characterized by waggishness.
6.     Weighing the Odds (King Yao)
The primary purpose of the book is to provide successful sports betting odds. It shows perfectly how to compare, evaluate, and analyse the sports betting odds more precisely but is not from the gambling viewpoints.
7.     No Easy Money- The Gambler Diary (Dave Nevison)
The book by David Nevison holds the secrets of betting on the racetracks in Britain. In writing, he discloses his aim of winning GBP 1 million and also gives the complete details of the betting advices which cover how to enhance the odds, when to low, and win maximum.
8.     The Odds- One Season, The Three Gamblers and Death of The Las Vegas (Chad Millman)
The book covers the portrait of the three gamblers in Las Vegas and their lights and shadow. It takes the readers behind the betting scenes and steps into their lives how they win, lose, and what odds they choose to gain the most. And it also covers how they risk everything for betting.
9.     Conquering Risk- Attacking Las Vegas And the Wall Street (Elihu D. Feustel)
When the majority of sports betting books focus solely on sports betting, this book demonstrates the four in-depth winning secrets of betting sports like WNBA, NCAA, NFL, and MLB. Additionally, the book also explains the numerous approaches applied to exploit the sports betting market, their inefficiencies, and even the bookmaker's incorrect assumptions too.
10.  Sports Arbitrage- Riskless Investments (George Lynam)
The book includes mostly practices and theories of famous punters and their riskless investments by including many inspiring examples. It also shows the possibility of generating substantial income even with the small banking debts or budget. The book seems appealing to those who are practicing the riskless investments. No wonder you are a beginner or a professional one; the book perfectly meets with the desires of betters.
Final words
So, these are the top ten sports betting books that are equipped with the strategies and winning stories of the famous punters. These books will serve you the best betting advices to improve your winning odds.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

#679 : Something Old,Something New - Paper Hearts and Promises by Devika Fernando : Spotlight

Something Old, Something New
- A DRA Production

Seven bestselling authors. Seven incredible second chance romances. One epic anthology. 

What would you do for another chance with the one you love? 

Something Old, Something New - a unique novella anthology - tries to answer this question with fantastic, different, desi dramas. 

Whether it is shapeshifters or shifting interracial relationships, single moms in small towns or rich alpha heroes, friends-to-lovers or passionate ex-husbands; this anthology has something for everyone. 
Something Old, Something New explores the many different facets of love, forgiveness, fated mates and more in seven, distinctly Indian tales!

Paper Hearts and Promises by Devika Fernando

Seven years later, their paper hearts and promises still mean the world!

Happy running her little crafts shop and making a lifelong dream come true, the last thing Taara needs is to be reminded of heartbreak. But when Luke, the handsome architect from Australia—and the first man she ever loved—is thrown back into her life, the past and the present collide. She should absolutely not listen to her feelings and jeopardize her stable future, no matter how tempting a second chance seems.

When Luke returns to India after seven years, the last thing he expects is to meet Taara again. He’s here on business, not to lose his heart to the one woman who’s haunted his dreams for entirely too long. Why then does he feel like fighting for what seemed irrevocably lost? Why can’t he resist temptation?

Read an Excerpt from Paper Hearts and Promises

Impulsively, he grasped her hands, which made her stop dead in her tracks. “I’ll treasure this forever,” he said with feeling, watching her breathing speed up. “The time with you, and the fact that you didn’t haul me from site to site but gave this some thought and chose various architectural highlights.”
A blush crept over her face, and her lids lowered. When she lifted her gaze back to his, her eyes shone with a light he hadn’t seen for seven years. “I was hoping you’d appreciate it. And I…” She hesitated, bit her lip. “I’m enjoying the time with you too, Luke.”
A car honked loudly not far away, and they jumped apart like teenagers caught necking under the staircase.
“One more item,” Taara said, her tone all brusque and business-like. She pulled her dupatta tighter around herself, and Luke could’ve kicked his own butt for flustering her.
The driver braved the hellish traffic again as the sun set in a fiery blaze over Chennai. He parked at the Express Avenue shopping mall, and Taara finally broke the silence. Looking suddenly shy and uncertain, she fidgeted with the hem of her embroidered kurta.
“I have a suggestion. But please don’t feel pressured into saying yes.”
Instantly curious, Luke sat up straighter. “I’m saying yes.”
She blinked. “What? But…you don’t even know what I’m going to suggest.”
He grinned. “I don’t care. This afternoon has been heaps of fun, and I’ve always trusted your judgment. So the answer is yes.”
Taara tilted her head and stared at him, and he had the weird feeling she was peering right into his soul. Or maybe his heart? And if so, would she see how much she still meant to him?
After a seemingly endless moment, she nodded once. Then a smile almost fierce in its brightness lit her features. “Yes it is then.”
He felt his mouth stretch in an answering smile. “Awesome. Now what’s the suggestion?”

About the Author:
Having always loved to read and write, Devika Fernando made her dream come true in 2014 when she became a self-published novelist. The author with German and Sri Lankan roots has released more than 15 novels in the genres of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. Her trademark is writing sweet and sensual, deeply emotional stories with authentic characters. Many of her books feature multicultural couples in international settings.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

#678 : Something Old Something New - No Other Love by Aarti V Raman : Spotlight

Something Old, Something New
- A DRA Production

Seven bestselling authors. Seven incredible second chance romances. One epic anthology. 

What would you do for another chance with the one you love? 

Something Old, Something New - a unique novella anthology - tries to answer this question with fantastic, different, desi dramas. 

Whether it is shapeshifters or shifting interracial relationships, single moms in small towns or rich alpha heroes, friends-to-lovers or passionate ex-husbands; this anthology has something for everyone. 
Something Old, Something New explores the many different facets of love, forgiveness, fated mates and more in seven, distinctly Indian tales!

No Other Love by Aarti V Raman

Can they live with the reality of each other, when no other love will do?

Once upon a time, Drs. Vikrant and Anika had their happy ending...until they ruined it with pride, ego, and ambition. 
When Vikrant Pandit, GP, left his wife to go back to Aronda, the small town he grew up in, he imagined it was forever.
A year later... he's back. Worse, he needs Anika's help.
Anika Banerjee, MD, was destroyed when Vikrant left. Taking her heart with him. But when he asks her for help, she is unable to deny the only man she's ever loved.
Anika agrees to pretend they’re still married. But living together brings to light bittersweet revelations and red-hot desire.
Can they live with the reality of each other when no other love will do?

Read an Excerpt from No Other Love

“So, tell us about running a hospital for the poor people, yaar?” Dr. Vinod Swamy asked with a snicker.
Anika closed her eyes as she heard her husband’s reluctant laugh. It was low, throaty, entirely too masculine for her peace of mind. It was melting her bitterness and she couldn’t stand it.
“Don’t be silly, Swamy,” Anika said, as she shouldered her way to the forefront of the gaggle of admirers. “Vik isn’t running a charitable hospital. It’s a small clinic in the middle of nowhere. And,” she aimed a nasty, vicious smile at poor Swamy. “I’ve seen the houses in Aronda. None of them are poor, man.”
Swamy smiled uncertainly while an awkward silence reigned around the group.
“Anika, I thought you were in NICU,” Dr. Anu said, finally. “I was just going to text you but you know how bad the network is on the fifth floor.” Anu had tried to mediate between her and Vikrant back when a mediation might have actually worked between them.
“Yep, I know,” Anika said.
She still didn’t look at Vikrant, even though she knew she had his attention. Say what you will but the man was predictable. If she was anywhere in the vicinity he was looking at her. Silent, with intense focus. Too bad that is all he did.
Talking was not his strong suit.
Anika couldn’t believe she’d found his silent, brooding neurosis hot once upon a time. What a silly, immature girl she’d been.
The silence continued for a few more seconds before Dr. Tripathi cleared his throat as his phone beeped. “Hey, look at that. I have a patient to look at. So nice to have you back, Vikrant.” He slapped Vikrant on the shoulder. “We have to hang out outside of this hellhole before you leave again.”
“Sure, Ashok. I’ll text you, okay?”
That was the secret cue for everyone to disperse until it was just Anika and Vikrant at the huge booth. She remained standing and he was sitting.
He looked the absolute same – same scruffy beard, piercing, unreadable eyes. Maybe he’d lost a little bit of weight around the cheeks but the rest of him looked the same. Tall and vital and strong.
She hated him for it.
Finally, Vikrant broke the silence. He leaned back against the booth, resting one long arm on the headrest. “That wasn’t necessary, you know.”
“What wasn’t?” Anika kept her eyes trained on his face, even though she wanted to look at his shoulders. She used to sit there. Right next to him, safe in the circle of his arm. Chipku, he used to call her. Sticky. She’d been so stuck on him.
It was horrifying but tears unexpectedly spurted in her eyes. She blinked rapidly, clenching her fists in an effort to stop them.
“Attacking Swamy and Anu. They were just trying to defuse the situation.”
“The situation being me, right?”

About the Author:
Aarti V Raman is a hybrid author of more than ten bestselling novels of romantic women’s fiction. She is the co-founder of Desi Readers Adda, India’s first Facebook community by bestselling multi-genre authors for readers to discuss books and reading in a safe, inclusive space. 
A former business journalist turned full-time writer, Aarti’s more notable works include Kingdom Come, the Geeks of Caltech series, More Than You Want, The Perfect Fake among others. Aarti is also a columnist, public speaker, and an amateur poet. 

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Friday, February 7, 2020

#657 : 7 Books to Read if you Love Gambling : Book Review

Betting has gotten incredibly mainstream through the number of years as technology has been advancing. There are two unique kinds of betting, social betting and commercial betting. Social betting is a style of betting where everybody has a possibility of winning once or more. On the other hand, commercial betting is a style of betting where everybody doesn't have a similar possibility of winning. Club, racing, sports and lotteries are the best and most common examples of commercial betting. Nonetheless, betting started being more acknowledged across the globe, right from Spain to Scandinavian countries, right from Jordan to South Africa, as time passed.
The advantages of authorized betting have started overwhelming the negative aspects of this industry. Legitimized betting is now considered to contribute to the economy. However, it is important to know the nitty-gritty of betting if you already love doing it. The best option to know more about betting is by reading about the games and reviews on casinos on Betway Casino Review India.Reading these seven books mentionedbelow will help you understand betting even better:

  1. Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions is a book by Ben Mezrich about a group of MIT students also known as the MIT Blackjack Team. Despite the fact that the book is a piece of nonfiction, there are a noteworthy amount of fictional and anecdotal components, making the book even more dramatic for the readers to obsess on. The book was the inspiration behind the films 21 and The Last Casino.

  1. Gambling 102: The Best Strategies for All Casino Games:A book by Michael Shackleford,gambling 102 is a book which will give you a whole different experience about this industry. This book gives the best demonstrated methodologies to be followed all gambling club games - from baccarat to poker to blackjack and craps- this book has it all.

  1. The Man with the $100,000 Breasts: The fact that few people will do anything for cash is known to all. This book is about one such man called Brian Zembic, who beneficiary of the world's most infamous breast implant. After a fellow card shark bet $100,000 on Brian to get a breast implant in ladies, which he appreciated so much, Brian ended up going under the blade to turn into a 38C size and owner of $100,000. Moored by this mind-blowing story, betting master Michael Konik acquaints people with the culture of hot shots and hawkers who make betting a lifestyle.

  1. Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling – A book by David G. Schwartz, the history of betting, spreading over the Stone Age to the Internet period, looking at how it developed with and affected human is the main plot of this story. The writer talks about the epic story of betting, starting with its initial rising up out of festive gatherings to the present worldwide gaming society. In general Schwartz takes a gander at the betting games individuals have played since the beginning of historyand contends convincingly that betting has consistently been a lavish piece of entertainment.

  1. The Gambler: This book is a short novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky about a young teacher. This book brings in light Dostoevsky's personal relation with roulette, which was to such an intimate level that it became the primary motivation for the book. Dostoevsky wrote this book in 1866.

  1. Beat the Dealer: A Winning Strategy for the Game of Twenty-One – Written by Edward, who is called the greatest maestro of card tallying. In this exemplary guide he shares the progressive framework of strategies that has been effectively utilized by expert and novice players for ages. An intriguing read and a key asset for winning enormous, Beat the Dealer is the book of scriptures for players of this round of possibility.

  1. A Man for All Markets: Another great book by Edward O. Thorp, this book is a staggering genuine story of the card-tallying mathematics teacher who showed the world how to beat the vendor and, being the first of the incredible financial specialists, he also aided in bringing a transformation on Wall Street. His exceptional achievement - and scientifically unassailable strategy - created such a scene, that gambling clubs had to change the principles of the game to obstruct him and the armies of players he motivated. The casinos finally banished him from their premises; even put his life at risk. In any case, this book is an account of exceptionally chilling experiences and totally worth a read.
Betting can be a lot of fun yet can drag a common man into its dirty and tricky loopholes. One should definitely read these books to avoid those loopholes in betting yet have a great experience.


Saturday, February 1, 2020

#656 : The slow death of Blogging and Organic growth

Writing was a skill I always loved to flaunt and work upon. I vividly remember my 9th-grade teacher "complaining" to my mother that I was being a show-off when it came to English and I had to "tone down" my writing. She gave me the lowest possible grades throughout the year. She gave the highest possible grades to my peers who had very little grasp of the language. This was the case for all of us who had until then scored the best of the grades. That was exactly the point I turned to blog - A medium I discovered could boost up my dropping levels of confidence. I started out blogging, writing about things typical of a teenage girl who studied in an all-girls school. 

Today, several years later, I still blog, though just for the sake of it. I'm no more the naive blogger who just wrote and forgot about it. I take time to promote my blog extensively in social media, hoping to connect with people like me, who blog for fun without a major monetary motive behind it. Sadly, I have had very little luck. SEO/SEM along with Google's complex algorithm has ensured that my blog is lost amongst the gazillion websites that exist today. 

Even the "organic promotion" of posting links on "popular blogging clubs" doesn't work these days. My last post garnered 40 views exactly with 2 people pining me personally to give feedback. Zero likes or comments on my post in the blogging club. While I was over the moon that 2 people had found time to read my story and talk about it, I realized my blog will probably be just a needle in a haystack always. 

I do not believe in peppering my content with "keywords" so that my content is picked up by these crazy social network algorithms until I'm paid for it. I used to have a no-monetary collaboration policy till a few years ago, but with changing times and the realization that if I'm good at something I ought not to do it for free, I decided to monetize reviewing (Read my Review policy!). Yet, I have never to date resorted to paid promotions, which is probably why my blog will always be a needle in a haystack. Blogging and organic growth are almost dead with "micro reviews" on twitter and Instagram taking over. Everyone I know is an influencer these days. I probably never will be one of them. I'm too honest for that. 

At the end of the day, it is disappointing that I do not have a good readership for reasons I cannot fathom. The day is not far when I would eventually give up and resort to writing in loose sheets as I used to as a kid. It has been an exhilarating experience to have experienced the growth of blogging, it does sadden me to witness the slow death of it. Till then, I'll keep writing and reading blogs too.