Seduction by Joanna Briscoe

Author: Joanna Briscoe

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 371

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟.5/5
Beth is an artist who lives with her husband Sol and her teenage daughter Fern. She has several unresolved issues from childhood which has been straining her current relationships especially with her daughter. Beth’s mother abandoned her when she was a teenager and with Fern reaching that age and behaving aloof, Beth starts getting stressed. When Sol suggests her to visit a therapist, the real story begins. Dr. Tamara Bywater starts seeing Beth but instead of improvement everything starts going downhill. There seems to be an untold sinister chemistry between the doctor and her patient, and as the boundary breaks everything goes out of control. There are lies, seduction and manipulation.

The prose is beautiful and sucks you in. The way the book deals with relationships is very relatable in today’s world. With every passing day relationships are becoming fragile and how a third person can break it off easily seems to be well portrayed in the book. Coming to the doctor-patient relation, it was a forbidden connection, which the doctor seems to exploit to her interest taking advantage of the patient. The book dealt with the mental health of Beth and how as a result of her fatal attraction she grew detached from her family. She started to prioritize the wrong things which she felt was love. She was in need of human connection and found solace in her therapist who in turn turned out to be a master manipulator dealing with her very own complexities. Though they had a sizzling chemistry but it was a toxic one which Beth learnt the hard way. I am not a fan of any of the characters, but i liked Sol and found cursing Beth at times. She was vulnerable and well manipulated. Though it had a nice plot but some parts felt dragged and could have been cut short. If you want to read a story about forbidden relationship along with lies and obsession, you can definitely pick it up.

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Harry Potter Spells Which Could Help Fight Covid-19

It has already been five months since corona virus disrupted our lives and compelled us to stay at home. Initially we were forbidden from going out except for essential activities. Though during past one month the rules have been relaxed a bit but still with schools closed and online classesit sometimes feel suffocation.

So, few days back i had a thought, what if we could get rid of Covid-19 using magic spells! So starting from the simple ones and going to the important ones i hereby list some spells from Harry Potter which could help us during covid-19.

Accio: to bring things to you without going out

Scourgify: help you do all the cleaning while you can enjoy working from home

Homenum Revelio: it will reveal human presence around you and help maintain a safe distance

Protego: to protect yourself from corona virus

Expecto Patronum: to fight against corona virus

Avada Kedavra: to kill corona virus

Obliviate: to erase 2020 from your mind

So i could think up these few if you have any more to add on do leave in the comments! Also i tried editing for the first time🙈

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Havenfall by Sara Holland

You have more happy memories than scary ones, don’t you? Why give the scary ones so much space in your head?

Author: Sara Holland

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 304

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

The protagonist of the story is Maddie, a young girl, who decides to spend the summer at her uncle’s inn in Havenfall. The inn is a mystical place which serves as the intersection point for four magical realms namely Fiordenkill, Byrn, Solaria and Haven aka Earth. Th door to Solaria was sealed off years ago after a deadly incident at Havenfall. Maddie’s uncle serves as the innkeeper and is responsible for maintaining peace between the realms. Every summer an annual peace summit takes place at Havenfall where delegates from all the realms take part. But this summer along with celebrations various mysteries are going to unfold.

This book is a magical blend of mystery and fantasy. Havenfall is a mystical place where magic happens. All the other realms seems captiivating but we never get to visit those in this book which was really disheartening. The characters were well casted and each had a story of their own. Also the mystery is well weaved and keeps you guessing. Though i could sense some of the twist some others were totally unexpected. The story takes you through a roller coaster of emotions where you feel happy once and heart-broken the next moment. Sara Holland has created a world where fantasy fans would love to spend their summer. If you are a sucker for young adult fantasy and want mystery elements thrown in with it then you can give this book a shot.

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One Day in December by Josie Silver

After all, life isn’t a scene from the movies, is it? 

Author: Josie Silver

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 432

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟.5/5

Sarah and Laurie are best friends since college days and live together in an apartment at Delancey Street. Laurie never believed in love at first sight as shown in the movies until one day it happened with her. It was on 21st December, 2008. She had a perfect moment with the perfect boy at a bus stop but unfortunately he failed to board the bus. She kept looking for him with Sarah who by then was aware how he looked. But Laurie’s life took a drastic turn when Sarah introduced the boy of Laurie’s dreams as her boyfriend at their annual Christmas party exactly one year later. After that their lives changed but not for good. If you want to know more about these three lives then give this book a shot. Truly speaking I am not a fan of cheesy romance novels including love at first sight but still I picked up this book because of the hype surrounding it. I can’t say I am entirely happy with the story but the end was quite sweet and romantic. Once in a while we love reading such cliché stories especially during the cozy month of Christmas. The language used was simple and easily understandable, the plot was not one of a kind but still there were quite a few heart wrenching moments and the characters were also lovely. If you are looking for a cozy story to curl up on your couch then you can give it a go.

P.S be prepared with a box of tissues.

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Perfect families, perfect houses, perfect lives.

Author: Liane Moriarty
Pages: 496
Publisher: Penguin

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Jane meets Madeline and Celeste on the day of their children’s kindergarten orientation but they didn’t know that in the course of the next few months all of their lives were going to change. Jane’s son Ziggy gets accused of bullying on the very first day of orientation which leads to numerous events of accusations and blame game. Also though Madeline and Celeste seemed to have a perfect life but in reality their lives were all messed up. If you want a get more information about what’s going on with the three of them you need to pick up the book.

The book is amazing and story is beautifully weaved. It involves bullying, schoolyard politics, domestic violence, traumatic pasts and unhealthy relationships. The book dives deep into topics which we tend to ignore in our day to day to lives. The horrible things people face and how perfectly they hide it is well displayed in the book. We can never know by looking at a person what he/she is really going through, People can be so afraid or traumatized that they would destroy their family or spoil the lives of their children that they never speak up about their abusive relationships. It also deals with bringing up children in a broken family and also single parenthood. Among all these there are mysteries piling up from the very first page which keeps you hooked till the end. It is one of those kinds of book whose ending give a strange satisfaction even if its legally wrong. I just want to say that the book is brilliant and all suckers for mystery should read it once.    

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Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Pages: 320

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Madeline is suffering from Severe Combined Immunodeficiency which is also known as bubble baby disease and has not left her house in seventeen years. She is allergic to the world and anything can trigger her sickness from someone’s perfume to an exotic spice used in the food though they don’t know specifically which one. Her house has a specialized air purification system and anyone entering the house has to undergo a process of decontamination. But when Olly, a handsome and charismatic young boy moves into the house next door her life changes. She wants to burst her bubble and run away to him. She wants to risk her life for love.

The book is very beautifully written and deserves all the love. With cute little illustrations the story becomes more interesting. Once you pick up the book you will get mesmerized by Nicola Yoon’s writing. I have read both her books and without any doubt she has become one of my favourite authors and now I just want to know when is her next book coming out. The characters are so sweet and relatable. I loved reading this book so much and now I am just falling short of words to express my feeling. It’s a very cute and fluffy story and you would definitely love reading it. Just pick it up once and you won’t regret. It’s a perfect book to read in the weekend sitting by your window with a cozy blanket and a hot cup of coffee.

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An HR Article- Different & Effective Ways of Recruiting

Finding the best candidates has never been as tough as it is today. For any organization, recruitment is a significant part of developing and maintaining an effective and efficient team. A good recruitment strategy will cut down the wastage of time and money, which would have been spent for extensive training and development of unqualified candidates. There are various types of recruitment that organizations use to attract the best staff. Not every job has the same requirements, and also each company has different needs. That means employers need to use hiring tactics that will match their values and appeal to the candidates they’re searching for.

Various types of recruiting methods can be used within the same company, based on the role and the department they are hiring for. For example, in manufacturing, there are design, technical, marketing, sales, finance, admin and artisan roles to fill from entry to executive level. The same procedure of hiring cannot be use to find the best candidates within each division.

With the advancement of technology, various kinds of recruitment process have come up. Job postings can be published easily on sites which reach out to a broad audience. With the increased use of social media, it has also become an important platform for recruiters to source talent from. It is also used to showcase company culture by sharing photos and videos of various events or day-to-day office life. Job-postings can now be sponsored to come up at the top of relevant search which results in attracting more job applicants.  Companies are making their social media pages and keeping it updated with relevant information as it is the first place which candidates check before applying for any position. 

Recruiting Internally

Internal recruitment refer to hiring employees within the organization. In other words, applicants seeking for the different positions are those who are currently employed with the same organization. Internal sources of recruitment are the best and the easiest way of selecting resources as performance of their work is already known to the organization. It can be done in various ways:

  1. Promotions

Promotion refers to upgrading the designation of the employees by evaluating their performance in the organization. It is the process of shifting an employee from a lower position to a higher position with more responsibilities, remuneration, facilities, and status. Many organizations fill the higher vacant positions with the process of promotions, internall

2. Transfers

Transfer involves the shifting of an employee from one job to another without any change in the rank and responsibilities. It can also be the shifting of employees from one department to another department or one location to another location, depending upon the requirement of the position.

Let’s take an example to understand how it works. Assume there is a finance company called ABC Ltd. Having two branches, Branch-A and Branch-B, and an employee from Branch-A resigned from his job responsibilities. Hence, this position has to be filled for the continuation of the project in Branch-A.

In this scenario, instead of searching or sourcing new candidates, which is time consuming and expensive, there is a possibility of shifting an employee from Branch-B to Branch-A, depending upon the project requirements and the capabilities of that respective employee. This internal shifting of an employee from one branch to another branch is called as Transfer.

3. Internal Advertisements (Job Posting)

Internal Advertisements is a process of posting/advertising jobs within the organization. This job posting is an open invitation to all the employees inside the organization, where they can apply for the vacant positions. It provides equal opportunities to all.          

4. Employee Referrals

In this process, the present employees can refer their friends and relatives for filling up the vacant positions. Organizations encourage employee referrals, because it is cost effective and saves time as compared to hiring candidates from external sources. Most organizations, in order to motivate their employees, go ahead and reward them with a referral bonus for a successful hire.  

5. Previous Applicant

Here, the hiring team checks the profiles of previous applicants from the organizational recruitment database. These applicants are those who have applied for jobs in the past. These resources can be easily approached and the response will be positive in most of the cases.

Recruiting Externally

External recruitment refers to the process when an organisation looks to fill vacancies from applicants outside of the company. 

1. Direct advertising Placing job adverts on your careers site, job boards, social media and industry publications is an excellent way to find lots of applicants

2. Employment exchanges

An employment exchange is a government-run initiative that keeps record of unemployed job seekers. Employers submit new vacancies to the exchange and are given the details of suitable candidates.


3. Recruitment agencies

You can outsource your hiring process to a recruitment agency. Agencies manage full cycle recruiting on company’s behalf.


4. Networking Events

HR events, job fairs, open houses, seminars, and conferences offer a perfect recruitment platform. HR professionals with relevant and sustained relationships can easily acquire candidates and interns from different disciplines at these events.

5.   Video job postings

In the digital world, video-based job ads, applications, and interviews are becoming more popular.

6.   Peer ratings

these results allow us to get an idea of how the candidate is perceived by the people they work with directly.

Of course, it’s only possible to use this method for internal hires who already have a history of peer-review data.

Thus to conclude, there isn’t a single recruitment process which stands to be the only way to attract applicants. Most importantly recruiters need to be creative these days. They must be willing to explore all forms of internal and external types of recruitment if they want to find the best candidates

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Pages: 288

Genre: Fiction

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

It is the story of Stella Grant and Will Newman, two young lives suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, a disease which won’t allow them to touch each other ever. According to golden rule they need to stay six feet apart but Stella stole one foot to be a little more close to HIM. It is the journey of two love birds who couldn’t stop themselves from falling for each other despite knowing the deathly consequences.
The book is amazingly written and takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. You will find yourself smiling and crying at the same time for these young lives trying to steal a moment from their short lives. Stella is a strong focused girl who wants everything planned out and under control whereas Will believes in living in the moment. He is carefree without any hope of surviving but meeting Stella opens up new doors. He finally finds a reason to fight. Their story is not ordinary but it is once in a life time kind of romance. Their situation, misery and destiny makes you cry your eyes out. It is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. We strive for this kind of love but only few of us are lucky enough to feel it in their lifetime. This is one of the must-read romance novels and trusts me when I say that it is going to stay with you forever. I am still crying while writing this review. You won’t ever forget the story of Will and Stella.

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American Royals by Katharine McGee

Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher- Penguin
Pages- 448

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My Review- 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

OMG OMG OMG I just loved this book. It is the tale of the Royal family of America in a world where monarchy still exists. America is under the rule of the Washingtons and Princess Beatrice, the next heir in line is going to become the first Queen of America. She is the perfect princess torn between her wishes and responsibilities. She has to wear the smile even when her heart gets broken down to pieces. The kingdom won’t approve of her forbidden love story because of which she might need to marry someone else’s love for the crown’s prestige. The younger royals Jeff and Samantha also have a lot going on alongwith Nina and Daphne being a part of their lives. The story is written from the point of view of four characters i.e, Beatrice, Samantha, Daphne and Nina. Each of them have a story of their own starting from heartbreaks, revenge, unavoidable duties and forbidden love.

The author has weaved a beautiful tale which keeps you mesmerized and hooked at the same time. If you love stories about princesses and royal families then you have found the right book. The writing style is flawless and the characters are powerful and adorable. I was glued to the book starting from the prologue and now I can’t wait till 2020 to see what happens next. Yes, the story has not ended and is a part of a series. There are still many parts to unfold and many decisions to be made. I completely adored this book and I am falling short of words to praise. It is such a cozy fluffy heart-warming story and takes you on a ride inside the palace of America. I highly recommend it to everyone.

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My Mother’s Lover and Other Stories by Sumana Roy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 252

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

This book is a collection of fourteen stories about ordinary people suffering from various kinds of ailments which fills your heart with sadness and cry your eyes out. These are stories about people facing difficult times in their lives which are killing them slowly and steadily. It breaks your heart reading about such upsetting situations and makes you go silent. After finishing each story you need time to process what you just read as they have deep meanings hidden behind them. Some of them makes you stop and think that how grateful we are to be able to live a perfectly normal life while the very next moment we may question the sanity of every other human being. These are stories of pain, longing and passion which can effect a person adversely. The author has penned down each one beautifully which reflects deep emotions. The stories are short, easy to read and the language used is simple and easily understandable. My favourite ones out of the lot are ‘Untouchability’,’My Mother’s Lover’ and ‘Sleep’. If you are looking to read something deep and thought provoking then i highly recommend this book.

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