Book I Read in 2021

Dear Friends, I hope you are well. I took a hiatus from writing for a while and now I am planning to slowly crawl back in. You may have noticed, I have changed my website name to

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I always wanted the word Confab for my website, didn’t get the domain so, I took the nearest possible name ckonfab.com, which as mentioned by many of you, was confusing. This time around I rebranded it to a familiar moniker, and I do hope you can relate better with the name.

Please find below a link to my YouTube video providing a summary of the 30 books I read in 2021. Please do let me know your thoughts. Looking forward to your support and love.

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Recognized as top IT Healthcare Leader

This morning I was thrilled to learn that I was recognized as one of the top 25 Healthcare IT leaders by IT Services Report. This came from nowhere, for neither I participated, nor did they invite me. In fact, they didn’t even validate with me before publishing. Truly an honor to see my name amongst the industry’s who is who. Deeply inspired and motivated. If you browse through the list I am at no. 11

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My Story, Fifty Dollar Bill Published in Indian Periodical

Friends hope you all are having an amazing weekend. Maybe you didn’t know, here is a small trivia about me. I love writing fiction. Stories of all kind – flash fiction, short stories, proses, novella, anything that can make my mind run wild😀. Some of you may know I wrote one full-length book( currently in the last stage of editing) and writing my second book in parallel😀. On WP I have not published any of my stories, maybe some proses but not stories. Mostly because I was saving them for the publications😜.

Today, I am happy to let you know that one of my stories got published in Indian Periodical. It is a work of fiction but inspired by an incident that happened in real life. You can find the link below. Please read and let me know what you think. It will be great if you can leave your comments on the website, provided you find it interesting enough. Thank you all for your love and support

Fifty dollar bill

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France Travelogue​ – Cannes Day 2

Cannes

Cannes, oh you beauty. The glamor, nature’s brilliance, historic monuments, and miles of sea blue settings, Cannes had it all.

Ever since France decided to make Cannes as the world’s film and arts center in the year 1946, the place had been sought after by the who’s who of the celebrity world. Be it leisurely vacation or for the shooting of films like the GoldenEye, Cannes had innumerable Hollywood’s memories canvassed all around the place. Like the locals said, if the hotels had ears, there would be untold stories to tell.

We dedicated about 6 hours to explore Cannes. This time we decided to take the train – a 20 minutes ride from Nice St. Augustine station.  Right outside the train station, there was an information center. You can get all the tour details or a city map if you would like to explore the place on foot.

We made a left from the train station and headed towards the beach,  about 20 minutes walk along the Boulevard de la Croisette.  Once we reached the waters, we made a slight right to reach the main attraction of Cannes – Palais des Festivals et des Congres.

The Petit train ride was one of the best ways to explore the city.  The train was about a 40 minutes ride and ran every 30 minutes.  One could board the train right outside Palais des Festivals for 10 Euros, children under 12 could ride for free.  The train offered a running commentary, with headphones and choice of language. I highly recommend listening to the interesting facts while enjoying the ride.

The tour would take you through the beach side-walk showcasing the famous hotels, the old port, arrays of shops, and the old town.

Palais des Festivals et des Congres was the main attraction at Cannes. We stopped by the red carpet that had graced the past and the present celebrities on its famous stairs. We took some time to enjoy the view, strolled around the beachside park, and captured some memories. The toy train started right outside the famous red carpet stairs, and we waited for our ride to arrive.

The toy train ride took us through the famous Boulevard de la Croisette. On one side we saw the elegant strip with the display of famous hotels such as Le Grand Hotel,  Majestic Barriere, and Martinez and on the other side, we saw the beautiful beaches of Cannes.

The train then looped around the Palm Beach Casino, the place where the young and the rich party. The place offered game rooms facing the Lerins Islands, an upscale restaurant, and a terrace overlooking the sea.  Shortly after that, the train took us through the branded arrays of shops through the narrow streets of Cannes.

From there the train headed towards the old town, Le Suquet. The town sat on top of a hill overlooking Cannes. The cobbled streets, the narrow pathways, and the local restaurants, all provide the distinct flavor of the history of this place which dated back to the 12th century.  The train then climbed the narrow road and stopped by an old fortress – the Notre-Dame de l’Espérance. The fortress was built in the 14th century and offered some stunning views of the old harbor and the city.

The stone roads were laid over 400 years ago and gave the reminiscent history of the old fisherman’s bringing their fresh catch to the old market(Marche Forville) alongside the rue-saint Antonie road.

After 40 minutes of the enthralling ride, we concluded our journey at the Palais de Congres building.

After a quick bite in a close-by Italian joint, we headed to the beach. The French Riviera had all kinds of beaches – Rocky, pebble, and Sand. Cannes offers mostly sandy beaches. The waves were mild and water was warm enough for us to enjoy the rest of the afternoon soaked in water and sand.

It was time to head back to the hotel and get ready for Monaco by the Night tour.

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Abstract

Often time what eludes us is not happiness but its amorphous definition

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Holding Hope

At the kink of your wayward words,
when you hesitantly display your tentative smile,
eluding the traces of that eroded love,
right there,
the residues of some patina thoughts
get scattered in the thin air of nothingness,
while everything stil remain blurry,
one thing that shall hold against the atrocities of any gale
is an incandescent flame
that screams in silence but firmly
about a possibility called “US

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Kink - Bend
Patina - a green or brown oxidized film
Gale - A strong wind
Incandescent - Emitting Light

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An Evening to Remember

The chalice perilously tilted, exposing the canoodle imprints on the goblet lips, mocking a derisive beguile it spilled the peccadilloes of her miscreant charm, abstruser tall tales from an evening to remember

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Chalice - Goblet
Perilously - dangerously
Canoodles - Kiss and cuddle
Derisive - mock
Beguile - charm
Peccadilloes - misdemeanor
Abstruse - difficult to understand

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Honest Try

If you are trapped in a gossamer 
weaved by your miscreant mind
entwined in some unwarranted quagmire
if you remain asphyxiated
confined in some abysmal blind

If you are unsure at time what to do
anxieties caging you
leaving you frustrated without any clue

If your hope has diminished
and your life has become a dismal tale
and you feel entrapped
in a reel of gory thoughts
rising from some obnoxious hell

Despite such unruly times
I implore you not to give up just yet
I know it is hard to find me
for we are not together anymore
your heart may be hollow and our hands aren’t clinging like the times from the yore
but remember one thing and never let this thought die
that my love still remain like a cinder in my ethereal heart
and if all doors are closing on you
give my love another chance

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Broken Words

An innocuous soul turned into an apoplectic feral and that heart turned into a venal char when she broke her promise and cantered away with a derided charade

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Innocuous - harmless
apoplectic - furious
feral - wild
venal - corrupt
char - partially burned
cantered - walk away
derided - rideculed
charade - pretense, farce

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Are you Getting Used to a situation?

The irony remains that though, at times, we are sequestered by the clutches of societal norms, we seldom raise our voice, for we accept it as our fate, and unknowingly we take proclivity towards the atrocities of the world.

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Sequestered- isolated
proclivity - liking
atrocities- act of cruelty

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Her Presence

She arrived unbridled, without any pompous romp or ostentatious retinue or imperiously brandishing her chattel, but with her ethereal smile dissolving his condescension aura in a momentary trice

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Unbridled - unrestrained
Pompous - grand
Romp - play
Ostentatious- Showy
Retinue - entourage
Imperiously - arrogantly
Brandishing - wave
Chattel - personal possessions
Ethereal - delicate
Condescension - claiming superiority
Trice - in a moment

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What Shall Define you

Your virility is not marked by your dominance on the world, neither it shall veritable by anchoring your scepter with a loud thud, nor by any boisterous claim on how you own boudoirs spoken with an amorous tone, but shall be visible by your relentless consecrate on uplifting humanity, and through the care that you shall bestow

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Virility - manliness
Veritable - metaphor to intensify
Scepter - ornamental staff
Boudoirs - women’s bedroom
Amorous - lustful
Consecrate - dedicate

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Fooled Again

Drenched in encomiums of illusionary praise I marched with boisterous strides not realizing I got blinded yet again by the perfidious panegyrics of some ostentatious words

Encomiums and Panegyrics - praise
Perfidious - deceit
Ostentatious- showy

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Illusion

They say true love gives freedom. But when love becomes a mirage, freedom disappears into oblivion in a whiff.

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