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7 novels that made Danielle Steel the queen of realism and romance.

Shatakshi Saxena

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It is beautifully quoted by Danielle Steel, ” If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future.”

Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel is a name that is incarnated in gold, if we look into the history of literature. Reading is the only way that takes us into an imaginary world of thoughts as we flip each page of a novel. A good novel has the essence that captivates the mind of its readers and each character of the story forms a connection with every heart that reads it. There is nothing better than a Danielle Steel novel when it comes to facing the reality in the best form of emotion and combination of words. She noy only has a very simple approach towards emotions and romance but also inherits the extraordinary way to present it. If you think she just a novelist who graces her books with fictional romance , then you surely need to read her books again. She is something beyond fictional romance. She has the best combinations of close to life instances and romance that might have developed in the crucial times of the World War or the journey of a young girl from immaturity to finally finding her motive for life. If you imagine travelling to another world that seems equally real and at times better than the usual reality, just pick up any of these novels by Danielle Steel. It will not be an escape from the real world but rather an exploration of a world that is much more closer to reality; a world that will teach some of the deepest lessons of life as the story will move ahead.

1) THE RING

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THE RING-Danielle Steel

A heart gripping storyline revolving around a young girl Araina, is the most beautiful work by Danielle Steel. The story revolves around how Araina after her father and brother disappear, faces the most brutal phases of life. The background of The World War portrays the darker side that the war carried with it. Araina becomes a victim to the most painful experience of getting trapped among people who were more like devils to her. She was almost at the edge of losing herself completely when she is saved by a soldier. The plot turns again when she again becomes alone with the responsibility of a new life that began to form in her womb. A young girl after facing her most frightening experiences of life finally meets someone who teaches her how to start a new life. The story is a perfect combination of the haunting situation of the World War, the emotional journey of a young girl and how she faces instances where her screams still haunt her in her dreams. The story of a family whose fate was differently written and how the background of the World War adds to the flavour of nightmares.

2) THE GIFT

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THE GIFT-Danielle Steel

A story revolving around a girl, Maribath Robertson who faces an irony in her life that destroys her to some extent but also makes her the reason for a family’s happiness. The girl who commits a mistake out of infatuation and does not realize it’s circumstances, faces an unexpected pregnancy with the boy escaping. This led to another journey where she is forced to live with nuns till the baby is born and given up for adoption. The story slowly uncovers the pain and loneliness she feels, not able to express it fully. But fate had an eternal happiness and peace in store for her. She becomes the medium to rebuild a family’s lost world even though her heart ached and longed for their support while she had to leave the place. Danille Steel yet again plays with words so effortlessly that it makes the character more than just fiction. The character can be felt by every woman who realizes how it is to be strong and powerful, no matter how dominating your emotions go at times.

3) A PERFECT STRANGER

A PERFECT STRANGER-Danielle Steel

A PERFECT STRANGER-Danielle Steel

Another wondrous novel mostly woman centric, very delicately expressing the essence of love at first site. The novel revolves around Raphaella, a woman who got married to her father’s friend. The plot shows how she grows up to fulfil her responsibilities as a wife but at the same time encounters someone with whom she falls in love. The story holds a gripping sequence as it portrays how a woman even after falling in love with another man, remains faithful to her husband even though that marriage was no less than a formality. The journey of a woman constantly living a monotonous life and the irony when Cupid knocks her door. The book keeps it’s readers engaged till the last word, striking a chord with every person who reads it.

4) HEARTBEAT

HEARTBEAT-Danielle Steel

HEARTBEAT-Danielle Steel

As the name suggests, this book surely freezes the heartbeat of its readers. An exceptionally emotional drama, the book revolves around the life of two people, Bill Thigpan and Adrain Townshed who face heartbreak from their spouses. Each of them is aspirational about their career and also lonely in the world of millions, when they meet each other. It is the story of how two people who have faced the similar kind of pain, gradually fall in love. Also the heartbeat of the story lies in the fact that how Bill looks forward to accepting the baby of Adrain’s husband. A complete check and mate to the mostly seen ego of men, the author has beautifully framed Bill’s character as a man of honor who moves ahead to take a stand for his love, irrespective of the fact that the baby Adrain carried in her womb was not his. A novel that tends to revive the perception that love sees no boundaries, it is one of her best selling novels.

5) KALEIDOSCOPE

KALEIDOSCOPE-Danielle Steel

KALEIDOSCOPE-Danielle Steel

The name itself becomes a reason why the book must have some of the most extraordinary package of emotions and how fate rules our lives. The story revolves around a family, basically three daughters who are separated when tragedy strikes their happy world. While Megan, Alexandra and Hiliry live their lives away from each other, fate has something else in store for them. Another nail biting novel by the author, describes the pain of a broken family leaving the readers in tears. The heartache of separation is conveyed in the most engaging manner ever. Each character has a deep rooted pain whose reason they realize after they meet again to unravel the secrets that were long hidden.

6) ZOYA

ZOYA-Danielle Steel

ZOYA-Danielle Steel

The story of a woman whose legacy continued for centuries, Danille Steel yet again beautifies the personna of a woman. Zoya, a woman who faces unexpected troubles in her life during the World War. Moving ahead with every phase of life, she finally faces the deepest of depression when she loses everything all over again. A story that comes as a hope that no matter how dark the night is, the sun has to shine the next day. It is the story of Zoya who gains courage to live again with her career and when love enters her heart. The undying courage of a woman who survives the darkness of the World War and comes out as a stronger person.

7) CROSSINGS

CROSSINGS-Danielle Steel

CROSSINGS-Danielle Steel

Anything and everything becomes extraordinary when it combines with the flavour of passion. A story revolving around the life of a married woman Liane, who surrenders in front of circumstances when she meets a man personified as passion. A conflict of emotions when she has to choose between her husband and her passion, a fight of loyalty that she owes to her husband but is driven towards another man, Nick. A journey where she treads the most difficult paths of her life keeping up with the responsibility as a wife and also losing herself to someone who for her is the only definition to passionate love.

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Danille Steel, the most read authors of all times, has given the most beautiful personifications of life, love, romance and pain through her characters. Each of her character tends to speak a story that is full of innumerable emotions and grasping moments that leave us in tears. She somewhere has constantly modified and brought up the strong personality of a woman dealing with everything that comes her way. Her novels have been the best possible definitions to life, somewhere removing the myth that the story goes merrier as you keep reading. She writes realism and the fact that life brings pain and troubles before showering the flowers of happiness.

" Writing is like meditation where every word is the reflection of a refreshed soul." She's philosophical, emotional, an out of the box thinker with metaphors and irony as her favorite tools. A short height, grammar - friendly, graduation student whose thoughts take her beyond this world to a place she owns. A typical, modern day girl with a completely traditional style of writing, she believes that a good writer is the one who brings out the worst realities yet teaches how beautiful life can be. So, to all those people who don't want to read just Awesome Happy Drama it's time to gear up, observe, think and implement whatever you read or write.

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Lata Mangeshkar, Queen of Melody, turns 89 today!

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“Meri awaaz hipehchaan hai

Gar yaad rahe…”

Her calm, composed face, her Monalisa like half-smile, gentle manners draped in a crisp white cotton saree and an enchanting voice — Lata ji is the Goddess of music. 

Songs dripping with extra melody, delightfully high notes, skilled dialect, and verve– Indians have hummed Lata ji’s songs for over five decades! Her every word conveys exact emotions, probably more but nothing less. 

She has always carried grace at every step, there’ve been no rumors about her. Addicted to simplicity, she is an epitome of beauty and melody.

It would be better to listen to the songs listed below, for a true Indian can never miss the nightingale’s voice!

Lata Mangeshkar songs

Lata Mangeshkar songs

Lata Mangeshkar songs

Lata Mangeshkar songs

Lata Mangeshkar songs

Dreaming of miracles and, turning them into reality is a huge challenge. And such life experiences can either break you or make you.

For Lata ji, her struggles only crafted her. Like a smooth, incredible singing sculpture, we witnessed another magic!

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Top trending Indian authors who completed our bucket list this year

Yashdeep Bajpai

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What does it takes to be a literary sensation, a dark poorly furnished apartment sad past, troublesome upbringing or a rich high end education?

Being an author is no piece of cake it takes hundreds of revisiting the story you created or came upon in the wee hours of morning, breaking such myths are these Indian authors:

Preeti Shenoy

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Preeti Shenoy is the Indian author consistently nominated for the Forbes List of the 100 most influential celebrities in India since 2013.

An allusion to her popularity, she is considered “the only woman in the “highest selling league”, Preeti Shenoy is blessed with a keenly observant mind and excellent storytelling skills, her skills to fabricate and captivate the minds are skillfully depicted in Love a Little Stronger, Life Is What You Make It, Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake, It Happens for a Reason, Love A Little Stronger.

 

Ira Trivedi

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Ira is multifariously talented, she’s a writer, a yoga acharya, a journalist and an entrepreneur! She started writing quite young, her works like The Great Indian Love Story or even What Would You Do To Save The World are perfect for the young generation. My Book Of Yoga is a  phenomenal book that talks about asanas, techniques and methods to introduce to Ancient Yogic to younger readers so that they can lead a healthy lifestyle. Her next book is her recent non-fiction work India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century that is really a book lover’s delight. Choosing any book of hers will keep you hooked.

 

Nikita Singh

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If it is Romance you crave for pick up something by Nikita Singh. She started her journey from Love @ Facebook and she has many bestsellers to her account out of which Letters To My Ex is really notable. Her understanding of relationships makes readers connect to her instantly and if you get to reading her work, you’ll discover that she gives rather good relationship advice through her ingeniously spun stories of Romance.

 

Meghna Pant

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The beauty of Meghna’s writing is that she captures the world in all its grey hues. Her very first novel, One & A Half Wife was critically acclaimed and won her the Muse India Young Writer Award. She has since then, published two more books, Happy Birthday! and The Trouble Book with Women. Her writing is fresh, hard-hitting and will leave you with food for thought.

Nidhi Dugar Kundalia

 

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A journalist,she has been writing with some of the most reputed media houses in India. Her book The Lost Generation: Chronicling India’s Dying Professions talks about the dying professions of India imbued with research and good quality writing that makes anyone pick the  book instantly. This book establishes her as a Hard-working Journalist with an excellent grip over words and phrases.

 

Kanishk Tharoor

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As soon as we hear Tharoor it’s synonymous with a Thesaurus, but here the Scion of the Tharoor clan is here to provoke some deep thoughts. A young voice with a heavy impact, Kanishk really knows how to use words to leave his readers with some of the most memorable stories. His story ‘Tale of the Teahouse’ was shortlisted for a US National Magazine Award.

His latest work, Swimmer Among the Stars mixes the past with the present, pick this book if you want to read something well-written as well as thought provoking.

 

Sachin Garg

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Sachin Garg is an Indian bestselling novelist, a first generation entrepreneur, publisher and speaker. Putting oneself’s experiences into words and turning it into a masterpiece is what is a good writer. He truthfully tells the story of a young India. Never Let Me Go, When Opposites Meet and I’m Not Twenty Four… are some of his diverse works which are so relatable. There’s also diversity of genres in his work. He started as a romance writer but his recent work marks a shift as he writes about the life of the tribal population in Andaman.

So here’s to a Book Lover’s heart, Read and read!

 

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

-Mark Twain

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3 tales about Lord Shiva that commoners aren’t aware of.

Yashdeep Bajpai

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There are epics upon epics on HIM. Shiva is the universe, the universe is in him. He’s the end, he’s the beginning. He is endless,he doesn’t have an origin. He is the original sound that is all pervading. He is the rhythm of the cosmos. He is the destroyer as well the creator. He is the juxtaposition of paradoxes.

He is the Ancient primordial entity, he is  Shiva!

Sharabha

Shiva-as-Sharabha

A most frightening and fear inducing form of Shiva, the Shaiva scriptures narrate that God Shiva assumed the avataar of Sharabha to pacify Narasimha, the man-lion avtaar of Vishnu. This form is popularly known as Sharabeshwara or Sharabeshwaramurti.

Shiva Purana describes Sharabha as thousand-armed, lion-face with matted hair, wings and eight feet. Narasimha had lost control over his anger and he became a threat to the existence of the Cosmos. The Devas shivering with fear prayed to Lord Shiva and he took the most fierce form ever and slew and reunited Lord Vishnu with his Divine Calm Self.

 

Kirata Avtar

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This story is about Arjuna who was humbled by Kirata.

Once Arjuna did great penance in quest of Divyastras. Mukasura, a demon attacked him and broke his penance. Lord Shiva took the form of Kirata and slew the demon. On the argument of who killed the demon, a fight ensued and Arjuna was defeated bitterly. Arjuna then propitiated on Lord Shiva and  Lord Shiva gavehim Pashupatastra and granted him a boon.He understood that this hunter was Lord Shiva.
The world’s greatest archer did not know how to beat an ordinary Kirata. He was made to understand that being greatest archer does not mean he is invincible.

 

Harihara

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“ ‘Sivasya hridayam vishnur-vishnoscha hridayam sivah’—Vishnu is the heart of Shiva and likewise Shiva is the heart of Vishnu.”

-Sivananda

Harihara is the fused representation of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) in the Hindu tradition. Also known as Shankaranarayana, Harihara takes its root from the  concept of equivalence of various gods as one principle and “oneness of all existence” in texts of Advaita Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy.

The Puranas and various Hindu traditions treat both Shiva and Vishnu as different aspects of the one Brahman. Harihara is a symbolic representation of this idea.

Who is Shiva?

Shiva is an utterance, Shiva is a word. Shiva is a feeling, Shiva is an emotion.Shiva is just the many stories and legends that surround this most prominent figure of spiritual traditions.  He is the womb from which everything is born, and he is the oblivion into which everything stops existing. Everything comes from Shiva and goes back to Shiva.

“Shiva is the deepest truth revealed only to those who seek.”

 

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