My Heart Belongs to India By Joseph Hoskins Book Review.

The cover of this book was very pleasing, a foreigner holding our National Flag and saying his heart belongs to India definitely made me feel great. But is this book really as interesting as it’s title? Read my review below to know!

Blurb:

Joseph C. Hoskins grew up hearing stories about India from his father’s college roommate, who is affectionately known as “Uncle Sunil.” Uncle Sunil is from India. When Hoskins was a little kid, Uncle Sunil would regularly visit his home; Hoskins’s interest in India was SPIKED by Uncle Sunil’s stories of MAJESTIC Indian Tigers The LazyScoop Review:\nJoseph Hoskins had a desire to visit India since his childhood. After hearing amazing stories from uncle Sunil about India\’s culture, people and tradition, his desire had increased. What would happen when he finally visits India? \’My Heart Belongs to India\’ is true account of his experiences in India.\nJoseph Hoskins has described his experiences beautifully, right from his thoughts as an adolescent roaming the PRISTINE jungles of India, and the INFALLIABLE beauty of the GLORIOUS Taj Mahal. Hoskins desperately wanted to travel there but never thought he would have the chance. Until one day he did—and that trip became an unforgettable adventure.

Filled with surprising—and sometimes shocking—accounts, Hoskins’s book delves into his experiences as he meets the people of India and observes their culture. Yet beyond his immediate impressions, Hoskins also details India’s rich background throughout the narrative. For those interested in cultural heritage or world history, Hoskins calls attention to the myriad events that created the India he came to appreciate. This enjoyable memoir leaves no stone unturned, weaving together inspiring stories of the great inventors who ushered in modernity with Uncle Sunil’s thoughts on the differences between Indian and American relationships.

While detailing the incredible natural and manmade beauty of the country and its most significant landmarks, Hoskins also shares his observations of the poverty and income inequality gap in India. He unabashedly reveals a reality that many prefer to ignore—for better or for worse.

At its core, My Heart Belongs to India is a love song to this fascinating country and its compelling people.

The LazyScoop Review:

Joseph Hoskins had a desire to visit India since his childhood. After hearing amazing stories from uncle Sunil about India’s culture, people and tradition, his desire had increased. What would happen when he finally visits India? ‘My Heart Belongs to India’ is true account of his experiences in India.

Joseph Hoskins has described his experiences beautifully, right from his thoughts as an adolescent till his journey in India is over, it’s all described very well.

His narration flows smoothly and language is lucid too. It’s wonderful to read about India from his perception. I liked his Curiousity, I never thought that these type of questions would erupt in the minds of a tourist.

I also felt some of the answers given by Uncle Sunil are irrelevant now, since almost a decade has passed away and lot of things in India have changed for good.

The conversations between Joseph and Uncle Sunil were educative for me. I was surprised to know how much Joseph knew about India(Thanks to Uncle Sunil) e.g who were Mughuls, why was Taj Mahal Built, Babri Masjid, Caste System in India, British Colonization, etc.

The Author has narrated his thoughts, and reactions to Various situations which helps us getting connected to him.

Talking about the characters, Joseph Hoskins I felt was a great listener, curious- hungry for knowledge boy who wanted to know about everything. His humbleness is also evident in the book.

Uncle Sunil I felt was confusing! He was very nice to Joseph sometimes and sometimes quite rude. I hated reading his rant about Black People, which was totally wrong.

Katie seemed irritating and totally a spoilt brat.

I enjoyed Joseph’s encounter with Ravi, his GF and ‘Payel’ (One of the major reasons why Joseph’s Heart belongs to India!) The way it was narrated, I was totally hooked on to it and could relate to him somehow, as even I was quite shy like him in my teenage.

There were some funny moments which I enjoyed reading about, e.g Uncle Sunil’s prank call to Joseph’s father complaining about his rude behaviour, Imagining the writer dancing on Dhoom Machale around his mom.

What I didn’t like:

I found Uncle Sunil’s behaviour quite perplexing at times. e.g his sudden argument in the computer lab over national anthem was wierd.

His belittling Joseph sometimes, saying non sense about Black People all seemed vain and unneeeded. I found his character knowledgeable though.

I also don’t agree with Uncle Sunil’s opinion that Indian Culture is better than Western Culture. Indian Culture is rich and great, but I think every culture has positive and negatives both, you can’t belittle any culture of the world and glorify yours, we are no one to judge.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

‘My Heart Belongs to India’ takes you on a fun journey to India full of knowledgeable conversations, Crazy and funny situations! Most importantly, it let’s you see India from the eyes of a foreigner! I truly enjoyed reading this memoir by Mr. Joseph Hoskins and hope he visits India again soon.

By the way, there’s a guest appearance of a bollywood star in the book, which was awesome.

Ratings:

Cover: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Characters: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘My Heart Belongs to India’ by Joseph Hoskins absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

You can buy this book by clicking on this link.

Happy Reading!

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Nice Men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu Book Review

Blurb:

Bad ones get into the pants, whereas the good ones get friend-zoned.Bad ones have a blast and the good ones suffer.Bad boys take it all, while Nice Men Finish Last.Nandu pays an unfair price for being nice; he is dumped by his girlfriend.Depressed by the brutal break-up, he follows in the footsteps of his womanizer friend Sattu, who firmly believes that nothing good ever happens to a nice man.Duly brainwashed to shed his lovelorn avatar, along with the skin of the nice man, Nandu gets a character reboot. Things change rapidly, as he uses lies and all the unfair means to score girls. It works wonders for him till he realizes how powerful karma is. That makes him come out of this transitional filthy state, choosing to become a nice man again.That’s when he falls in love with Tanishq – a beautiful dentistry student.Will he be able to win her heart being a nice man or do nice men really always finish last?

What is it about?

Nice Men Finish Last is a story of Nandu, a nice guy who turns into a womanizer because of his friend sattu’s advices. But soon realises his mistake, and decides to become a nice man again like he was earlier. However, he falls in love with the most beautiful girl in the dentistry college, who is also his student named Tanishq. Will he be able to win her heart being a nice guy?

The LazyScoop Review:

Last men Finish Last is a completely enjoyable read. The subtle humourous tone the writing seemed very witty to me. The book somehow manages to make us smile or laugh even at the most serious situations, though you also get the essence of serious situations along with it.

E.g In the first chapter, Nandu is going through a serious break up. But there’s also a cricket commentary going on of live match on the radio and tv. The fusion of narration and commentary was very funny to read.

The initial chapters where more of Nandu’s friendship with his three friend, their chemistry and sattu’s obsession with girls is explored. It reminded me a lot of Hollywood movies like American Pie, 21 and Over, etc. The chapters give you same comic tone, some non-veg one liners and dialogues. Though without going overboard.

The book is filled with funny situations- eg. When Nandu enters Tanishq’s house for the first time, and has a tea made by her. A simple incident, but the writers funny way of narrating it makes it very entertaining to read.

Characterization is also good, Nandu being a Nice guy and a womanizer later, his mental frame is well described.

Sattu’s character adds flavour to the plot. Keshav and Shardul’s characters aren’t explored much, they get lost somewhere in the story.

Tanishq’s character is also very impressive, she’s head strong and a fun loving girl. She’s possessive and requires constant attention.

Madiha’s character was loveable. A perfect friend, grumpy but very helpful.

The second half of the book becomes slightly more serious and you get more emotionally connected to the story. The climax is fantastic, couldn’t have asked for a more satisfying end to this romantic comedy.

What I didn’t like?

I wanted to know more about Nandu’s equation with Tanishq’s father. I felt it was left without a proper conclusion.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, Nice Men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu is an entertaining read with good dose of humour, emotions and romance. If adopted into a movie script, It has the potential to be a blockbuster Bollywood movie.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Overall LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nice men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu, absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

You can buy this book at a discounted price from this link.

Happy Reading!

Coming Back Home by Anuradha Prasad Book Review.

When I read the blurb of the book, I found the plot to be quite interesting as it was set up in Bollywood industry, and It’s one of my favourite topics. But was the book as impressive as it’s blurb? Let’s find out!

Author: Anuradha Prasad

Pages: 303

Publishers: Leadstart Publishing

Genre: Romantic Fiction

Price: 300/-

Blurb:

Arpita is on top of the world! After all she was the fresh face of Ponds India and had snubbed the casting couch of Bollywood to land a Leading role in the small screen’s most popular channel. Life never looked more beautiful! Riku is a small town man with handsome looks and big-time Bollywood dreams. He has no ethics and is raring to make it at any cost! Unable to bag big movies as a main lead he ends up accepting a romantic role opposite Arpita on small screen. Betrayed by her own innocence, she finds herself abandoned by her dream man and cannot fathom which is more painful? Whether her failed relationship or her vanishing career! Riku makes it to the dizzying heights of stardom after leaving her. Beaten and broken Arpita has to make it again to even exist in a ruthless industry that only celebrates success. It is a savage ordeal even to have a roof over her head and two square meals! What will happen to her now? Will god punish her forever for making one wrong choice? Will she die in poverty alone? Or fulfill the dreams that she had set out for? One person must trust her to give her a chance. One opportunity must appear to raise her again! Coming Back Home – will carry you through a roller – coaster ride, yet keep you well grounded for inspiration.”

What is it about?

Coming Back Home is an interesting story set in the Background of Hindi Film Industry. Riku is a determined but selfish man who wants to make big in bollywood, and he can do anything for it. Arpita is a small town girl who wants to make her dream of becoming an actress a reality. What happens when these two fall in love with each other? When one’s greed and selfishness to go ahead, tears the other apart? Will Arpita or Riku make big in bollywood? Who betrays who?

The LazyScoop Review:

The story starts at a wonderful pace with narration which flows smoothly. I was super glued to it right from the first chapter itself. Although this book has a vibe of a commercial Hindi Movie, the characters have been potrayed in a realistic way. When you read about Riku, you feel that people like him exist. I felt connected to the characters, and constantly wanted to know where they are heading. Arpita’s character comes out beautifully well, nor in one chapter I felt that author is drifting away from her personality. Same with Riku, Sunny, Sujoy and other characters.

Arpita’s journey from being a struggler to achieving her dreams, to the breaking point which she reaches in her life, makes you fall in love with her. Author has described her so exquisitely that I could literally feel her emotions. When her heart is broken, I felt myself being sad about it.

All the humour in the initial chapters, especially during shoots, the description of shooting, feels realistic and very enjoyable to read.

I liked Sunny’s character as well. I liked how Riku’s fate changes unexpectedly, and felt he deserved it.

What I didn’t like?

In the first chapter itself there is a description of Riku sitting in a small production house, the description of other men sitting with him is, “…some were lanky, some were unimaginably dark and ugly.” It was an extremely racist statement and I was displeased reading it.

Also, The cousin’s marriage which Arpita attends and meets Sujoy seemed dragged.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, It is a fun and entertaining read and you won’t be disappointed at all. Characterization is wonderfully done. The book’s simple, fun and refreshing story grabs the attention till the end. This book if adapted into a movie, would become a blockbuster for sure.

LazyScoop Ratings:

Cover: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Coming Back Home by Anuradha Prasad recommended by TheLazyScoop if you are looking forward to an entertaining read.

You can buy the book by clicking here on this link!

Thanks to Leadstart Publishing for sending me the book in exchange for an honest review. Their books have always been interesting and gripping.

Black Coffee by Priyanka Nawalgaria Book Review.

Black Coffee- ‘Dark and Strong’ by Priyanka Nawalgaria has a cool looking cover and tagline. Initially, when I read the blurb, I thought this book to be motivational and Inspirational story of a women. Read on below to know what I actually think about the book after completely reading it. 

Author: Priyanka Nawalgaria

Book length: 140 pages.

Price: 189/- (Free Delivery)

Genre: Romance

Publishers: Half Baked Beans.

Blurb:

Meet Tamanna, a young ,beautiful and fun loving girl who marries Saarthak, rich, introvert and simple. Sounds fine, right? No, not really. Reason being Raj. Years later, she accidentally bumps into Raj . His short visit into her life only increases the vacuum that he had created ages ago. This void is then filled by a sudden entry in her life in the form of Aadil who sweeps her off her feet. They both fall for each other but in an entirely different manner. Frustrated by the various emotional and heart-breaking twists and turns, she finds solace in a beautiful and unexpected friendship. But before anything can happen a series of misunderstandings manage to ruin everything in Tamanna’s sweet little world . What happens that makes all of Tamanna’s relationships sour? What is it that makes her break all her ties ? Walk into Tamanna’s shoes to experience her transformation to Black Coffee- Dark and Strong.

What is it about? 

Black Coffee is a story of a girl named Tamannah who has big dreams. Dreams such as marrying the love of her life, becoming a Chartered Accountant. But destiny has other plans for her and she gets married to Sarthak. Can first love be forgotten so easily? What happens when it appears again after few years, things are surely to be different then, especially if you are married. Join Tamannah in her journey of finding herself, and her ambitions. 

LazyScoop Review:

The book started of well with an interesting prologue where Tamannah is asking for a black coffee and explaining how her personality is changed over the years due to whatever she has gone through. How she has become strong and dark, thus building the reader’s expectation that the story which is going to unfold later is going to be moving, and totally inspiring. 

But, 

“Expectations are root cause of hurt.” they say, and that’s pretty much what happened when I read this book till the end. Maybe expected it to be really amazing, so I was disappointed. Though, the story isn’t bad. Actually story is average, short and simple. But it totally lacks depth, the writer says that the incidents happened, but actually doesn’t potray it. 

E.g – ‘We shared a different chemistry altogether, and with time, our friendship was also blossoming and flourishing’ is what is written about a character in the book. But, how that chemistry was different? How was their frienship blossoming isn’t potrayed in the book. Which makes the narrative shallow. 

If the story had been written with more depth and characterization, it would have really connected well with the reader. I wouldn’t have minded if the book was a thick one with profundity.

The initial story of how Raj and Tamannah meet for the first time is written well and was interesting to read. In the ending chapters, I felt Tamannah’s character untrustworthy. No matter how much love you’ve got for your first love, you can’t cheat your husband and claim to be strong. The writing loses it’s grip after few chapters. 

LazyScoop Verdict:

Black Coffee is a book which should be read with open mind and without expecting any motivational content, it’s a good one time read which is fast paced and can be a decent read while travelling.

Cover: 3/ 5 stars

Entertainment: 2.5/ 5 stars

Narration: 2/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 2/ 5 Stars

Story: 2.55 stars

LazyScoop Rating: 2.5/ 5 Stars

The Black Coffee, recommended by LazyScoop only if you like to read an average one time readable book. 

You can buy the book from this link by clicking here. Happy Reading! 
Upcoming Book Review: White Smoke by Nikhil Mahajan. Stay Tuned! 

Turning 24!

Life is interesting, With each passing year it brings with it some wonderful experiences, some of which are experienced for the first time. And those experiences bring along with it some confusion as well as excitement! Here’s my friend Artee Malave, sharing in her own words, an incident which made a flood of questions and thoughts flow in her mind! Some questions every girl turning 24 has to face.

Yes, Turning 24 and preparing myself for the question “Beta, Shaadi kab kar rahi ho?”

Few days back I was having coffee while relaxing on my favourite  swing in the balcony & I heard my mom chatting with some random relative on phone. As soon as she hung up the phone, she ran to me and said “Guess what?” with a huge smile on her face. Seeing the blank expression on my face, she decided to finally tell me that “Mujhe(by that I mean me :D) rishta aaya hai.” For her it was moment of celebration & for me the coffee had suddenly started tasting more bitter! A little bit in trauma, those last words of mom kept repeating in my brain and that sudden realisation of growing up made me feel sick.

Mom later on was busy with her daily chores, I was still in the balcony trying to recover from the incident that has just happened. There were so many thoughts going on in my brain:

Oh my god! Marriage? What about my career!! I don’t even have my dream job yet…I will need few more years to settle down…I have never thought about the kind of guy I want to marry!

Deciding your life partner is a tough task. (I have been through some tough situations like deciding whether Oreo is better or Hide n Seek 😄 ). Lame jokes apart, being born and brought up with a family who gave me enough freedom, will I get the same freedom after marriage? Will I get to meet my friends after marriage too? Will he be okay with my male friends? Will he understand that my career is the most important thing in my life? Will he give me my space? Will he be able to handle my crazy mood swings? Will he understand that I can start dancing absolutely for no reason? ( this one was irrelevant, But I do start dancing when I am bored :D) And the questions poping up in my brain never stopped.

The girl who has been single for 23 years is always a bit confused about the kind of life partner she want, Whether she wants to be with a guy who is introvert or she wants to be with a guy who is extrovert, Whether a guy who stays calm in every situation or is super excited all the time. And, deciding this while offering a plate of samosa is the most difficult thing of all ( i.e Arrange marriage). Arrange marriage has always managed to scare the shit out of me. Everytime the people I know have got married, I always ask them how did they decide that this guy is the one, eveytime I got answers like “it just clicks” ( I wonder whether she married a human or a computer mouse) or “you just have this feeling that he is the one” (still searching …what exactly she meant.)

For me it was scary because I don’t understand how do people get married to the guy who they are not in love with!! Elder’s always say “U will eventually fall in love.” & I always argue “what if we don’t eventually fall in love?”, “what if we start hating each other?”, “what if he is not as interesting as I thought?” I never really got the answer for this questions. May be that’s why the divorce rate is increasing at such high pace. Back to the question, Meeting someone once (or may be twice or thrice) is not sufficient to decide whether you are going to spend rest of the life with this guy!! I know there are various articles on such topics “if guy has this 10 qualities marry him” but does this all really help? not to me atleast. This articles are based on generalisations but every person is different from other. And, my question remains still unanswered.

Evertime you come up with questions relating to Arrange marriage, people out there always suggest you to marry a guy who is rich or has his own flat. Really is having enough money sufficient to decide if He is the one? I always thought it in a different way, I think you should look for things that are going to stay permanent like his behaviour, the way he treats you, the sets of discipline he follows in his life because money is a temporary factor, its very important to know what kind of human being he is!!

Finally I would like to say Marry a guy Who learns with you, trusts you, encourages you and Respects you!!

P.S: –

Please don’t ask me where and how to find such a guy because I am still searching…

Keep Searching,

Artee Malave

New Book launch Alert: One Indian Girl By Chetan Bhagat! 


Chetan Bhagat has made so many people like me passionate about reading. His first book I read was 2 States, though I am not saying he writes something super great stuff, but you can’t deny the fact that pre-chetan Bhagat books, indian book sales were facing a down trend. You can give the credit to his marketing strategy, his writing skills, his imagination, or whataver, but its a fact that he is one of the top most writers in India and his books always reach the best seller benchmarks. Doesn’t matter how much scoopwhoop and other people criticize him, you can’t avoid reading his books, and even if you do, you’ll be watching a movie based on the book after a period of time.

Copyright- Chetan Bhagat

So, Chetan Bhagat, has written yet another book called – One Indian Girl, as we all know. As the title suggests, the book is written from a girl’s perspective. It’s the first time that Chetan Bhagat has written the story with female first person, it would be super interesting how he would’ve done that. It would be a successful attempt by him if the female readers identify themselves with the character. 

Here is the official teaser of the book-

https://youtu.be/0y6M_Y-nzK8

Here is the summary: 

Hi, I’m Radhika Mehta and I’m getting married this week.

I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you. You may not like much.

One, I make a lot of money.

Two, I have an opinion on everything.

Three, I have had a boyfriend before. OK, maybe two.

Now if I were a guy, you’d be cool with it. Since I am a girl, these things don’t make me likeable, do they?

Seems like the book is aimed at changing the way society looks at women. 

You can buy the book by clicking below and get a discount of ₹57. Amazon guarantees book delivery on the same day when the book is up for all India release i.e 1st Oct.

Click me to order ‘One Indian Girl’ by Chetan Bhagat for a special price of ₹119!

Chetan Bhagat claims most of the people who read his upcoming book have said it to be his best up to date. If it really is, 1st october would tell us!

Till then, keep reading! 

Love,

Pratik Jadhav

Top 19 Must-Know facts which will make you smarter!

You are probably wondering, why 19? Why not 20? Well, because I just found out 19. It’s “Inspired” from a whatsapp message I received. I checked these facts on the internet and they seem true. Have a look at them and decide for yourself. I think they are awesome.

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Did You Know? ( That’s how every fact begins.)

1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes. ( Stop buying those fake branded ones.)

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2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die within the next 3 years. ( Just get set and sleep. I know it’s tough, but…)

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3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There’s a 9% chance that you’ll meet one of them in your lifetime. ( Imagine your wife or husband looking exactly like you, such a wierd looking couple that would be, theoretically.)

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4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger. ( I never sleep with a pillow. Wow. My spine is stronger. Burn. )

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5. A person’s height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother. ( That doesn’t mean you put your fat belly’s blame to your parents!)

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6. If a part of your body “falls asleep”,
you can almost always “wake it up” by shaking your head. (Shake that thing!)

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7. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing – Food, attractive people and danger. (Ya, I totally understand this, I cannot resist noticing hot girls. )

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8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side. ( I actually chew from the left one, I am so unique, chosen one. ) #Narcissist

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9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odour. (That’s gross, I opt for spraying deos.) (Hold on! My shoes never smell in the first place!)

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10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years. ( Maybe by honey he meant all the wives and girlfriends in the world.)

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11. There are so many kind of apples , that if you ate a new one everyday, it would take over 20 years to try them all.(Let’s just go for mango.)

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12. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping. ( Zzzz…That’s why I sleep so much. I wanna live longer. )

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13. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t. ( Hahaha…hmm…hehehe…hm)

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14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.( Quit smoking, Quit laziness as well. Janheet me jaari. )

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15. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia. (Wow!! Why it couldn’t remember some answers during exams. 😦 guess I underused it. )

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16. Our brain uses same amount power as 10-watt light bulb!! ( Electrifying fact.)

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17. Our body gives enough heat in 30 mins to boil 1.5 litres of water!! (Oh! So that’s why they call me hot. Now I got it.) 

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18. Stomach acid (conc. HCl) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades!! (Scary, where do these acid come from? And where do they go?)

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19. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant. (Yes this works, I’ve tried. If there’s a hot chick around, she might think you are smiling at her, helps in building new contacts you see. )

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So, that’s it. Congratulations!! You have become smarter by 19 Facts, now go brag ’em to your friends. Let me know what you think about these facts in the comment section below. *Winks*

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Love,
Pratik Jadhav