Miniature Books

Whenever someone asks me about my first crush, my instant reply is “Frank Hardy”. Man, that guy was a dream. He was intelligent, street smart, knew how to beat up the baddies and took care of his girlfriend. Also he was older and everyone knows how older men are always hotter. Books and I share this unbreakable bond, that can never be shaken. Boyfriends may come and go, but my dear books? Hell, no.

Since it’s the weekend, I am going to snuggle up in bed reading books and making some. Why I say making? Well, recently, I have begun to combine my love for books with my hobby (origami) and I’ve come up with something super amazing. Although this started as a small gift for someone special (a bookaholic like me), so many people loved it, they started placing orders with me.

Each of my miniature bookshelves has been made with so much love. Everything is handcrafted; from the books to digital covers to even the bookshelves. I occasionally customize orders for people, but my best selling sets are definitely Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and The Drop Cap series. You can check out more photos on Instagram at @dobbys0cks. In case you want to place a order for this mini beauties, you can contact me on Instagram or on my mail : krittikamittal@gmail.com.

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Book Review: Destiny of Shattered Dreams

My rating of the book: 4/5

Before we go ahead, I want to mention that we get a FREE wooden bookmark along with the book. It is absolutely gorgeous and literally satisfies all your bibliophile requirements.

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Destiny of Shattered Dreams, quite honestly was nothing like I expected. The title seemed a bit dramatic and I was slightly hesitant about delving ahead with the book. But I’m quite glad I did. The book starts off a little slow, a little cliché, but then catches on really quickly. I managed to finish it in one day itself.

The author has done his part of the research. The backdrop of the story is typical, but authentic. The story revolves around Atul, a small town ambitious man, who rises to the top of the corporate ladder and his subsequent downfall from it.

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His definition of business terms here and there adds to the story (For example, I am not from a corporate background. This just added to my understanding of the story). The ending was unexpected: I had been thinking that the story will continue to show Atul rise to power again the whole time. But the ending was crisp and quite simple. I simply love the way the author describes relationships in the book. That is what established him as a good writer in my eyes. I can visualize how the scenes between Atul and Aarti (his girlfriend) are unfolding, the closeness they are experiencing, their fights, Roshni’s (wifey – oops) pain etc. They are nowhere explicit, just well written.

What was really refreshing in this book were the small couplets/poems here and there. They are beautifully written! Kudos to the author. The author has also given English translations to aid the readers, which is a very smart move.

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The only thing I didn’t like about this book is the fact that occasionally information is repeated in the book. I guess it is something to do with being a first time author. For example, the fact that Prem was the oldest among the four co-founders was mentioned three separate times in the book. Somehow, the information isn’t relevant enough to really be repeated. Also, the author sometimes launches into expansive descriptions of rooms, backdrops etc. which I have sometimes found to be un-required in particular circumstances. Other than that, for a debut novel, this book meets all my expectations. Perhaps we can finally break free from the likes of Chetan Bhagat and Ashwin Sanghi in Indian literature.

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*Spoiler*

It’s just: why did Roshni have to die? That part broke my heart :/

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Nilesh Rathod is a businessperson, writer and poet. Co-founder of Ensemble Infrastructure India Limited, Nilesh’s company currently employs 2000 people.

Destiny of Shattered dreams is his debut novel. Nilesh is currently working on his second novel. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and sons Shloak and Parv. You may reach him at Nilesh@nileshrathod.in or http://www.nileshrathod.in

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  • Book name : Destiny of Shattered Dreams
  • Author : Nilesh Rathod
  • Total number of pages : 244
  • ISBN : 978-81-291-3975-7
  • Binding : Paperback
  • Cost : 200 Rs
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Language : English
  • Publisher : Rupa Publications

 

All illustrations used in the post have been made with a lot of effort. Please credit while re-using!

Free Printable!

Hey guys, I just uploaded a new Skillshare Class The Photoshop Series: Creating Seamless Patterns and Custom Print Envelopes and you can enroll and get 3 months for only 0.99$ over here : http://skl.sh/1TkXVXQ

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I love creating patterns and making my own stationery. It is surprisingly easy to create my own seamless patterns on Photoshop and then make envelopes. I indeed had a lot of fun. As an appreciative gift to my supporters, I am uploading a Free Envelope Printable for your use. The PDF (link below) contains one page that can be printed on an A4/Letter Paper. You simply have to cut and fold along the marked rectangle. You can write your small personal note on the notecard given alongside. Print on a thick glossy paper and use!

Free Printable Card Set

You can even buy this special card I created specially for Mother’s Day! Check it Out over here

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day holds a very special spot in my heart, because there’s probably no one I love more than my mom in this world! She’s always my super biggest supporter. To shower her with some love this Mother’s Day, I decided to make this Mother’s Day Special Card Set for her. This set contains one of my favorite quotes. You can buy this A4 template very easily on Etsy, which contains one Printable Envelope and one Note card. You can even write a small note on the back of the note card if you want.

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I am really looking forward to Mother’s Day this year. I hope my mum likes it 😉

I learnt how to make these through this skillshare class The Photoshop Series: Creating Seamless Patterns and Custom Print Envelopes. If you want to learn a bit more about creating your own custom patterns, you can enroll at Skillshare for 3 months at only 0.99$ using this link.

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