We debate surrogacy in elite drawing rooms and talk of the dangers of commercializing it. But how many stop to consider a surrogate mother’s emotions when she parts with the child she has nurtured as her own for nine months? Author Amrita Mukherjee does that in "Diary of A Surrogate Mother" – one of the 13 short stories in her anthology Museum of Memories. Amrita’s stories are sensitive portrayals of the life she has seen as an Indian journalist. She picks her subjects carefully from all walks of life, covering an amazing range -- depicting everyday life and phenomena. And then again, her narration reveals a keenly sharp observation and an ability to look beyond what is visible. The author has a fascinating way of looking at same, everyday things from a different angle. As Amrita says in the book blurb, she collected her stories from all over – “at the office cafeteria, at drawing room conversations, during interactions with strangers while travelling on … [Read more...] about Micro review: ‘Museum of Memories’ – Stories that touch the heart!
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The sequel to L.S. Hilton's last year’s hit, Maestra, Domina is yet another gripping thriller featuring Judith Rashleigh. Finally enjoying the life all her past deeds have won her, Judith is living in Venice running an art gallery. She’s caught off guard when someone who knows too much makes an appearance and threatens her new life. She must work to find a painting she does not believe exists and unfortunately she’s not the only one looking for it. Her attempts to avoid being found out take her from Venice to Paris to Belgrade and to St Moritz, cities filled with art and beauty which provide a brilliant backdrop. The author's descriptions of artwork and the cities are wonderfully detailed and show her personal love for both, unlike her descriptions of clothes- which is essentially nothing more than designer name dropping. Still she works a combination of the two to create scenes of glamour and decadence amidst the fast pace tale. The protagonist doesn’t seem to … [Read more...] about Micro review: ‘Domina’—a good start to your summer reading
Nww Delhi: Online auto classifieds portal CarDekho has laid off around 200 employees, and initiated pay cuts across the board, making the Jaipur-headquartered company the latest in a series of well-funded startups that have retrenched staff in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The development was first reported by digital news publication Entrackr, citing sources and an internal company email to staff. When contacted by ET, a spokesperson for CarDekho confirmed the layoffs and pay cuts, without answering specific queries or providing details. “We were constrained to look at rightsizing and salary cuts in a few businesses given the period of slow recovery and in some cases permanent change in pattern of consumer spends,” the spokesperson said in an email. “To help this transition, we not only cover the impacted employees financially but have also set-up an intermediary support system to guide them towards opportunities inside and outside the organisation,” … [Read more...] about CarDekho lays off 200 employees, up to 22.5% pay cut for rest
She may have played a disastrous cook in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, but Chirpy Chawla is quite the green magician when it comes to her real life garden. … [Read more...] about Bollywood’s got the green touch!
To better reinforce the nation's innovation ability and optimize its industrial structure, Gao, who also is director-general of Shanghai Customs District, a local unit of the General Administration of Customs, suggested that all the products that cannot be manufactured in China at the moment be exempt from import tariffs. These measures will not only enrich domestic manufacturers' capability to boost the added value of their products, but also help foreign suppliers to better ship their products to China, Gao said. … [Read more...] about Govt urged to advance use of cutting-edge tech