Friday, August 23, 2013

Presenting my first book - State of the Heart

Ramakrishnan Subramaniam, Head, Internal Systems, Syntel Inc calls it a wonderful collection of short stories covering so many beautiful facets of human relationships.

Anish Sarkar, Author, Benaami, says its a collection of heartwarming stories which makes you believe in the beauty of life. 

Need we say more?

Presenting the 'State of the Heart' - short stories on relationships, love and life. 
My book has been nothing short of a dream come true that has survived the test of time. After a year of writing the stories the following 6 months only saw constant rejections from publishers and delays – change of project, extended hours at office with no weekends and my father’s sudden illness. 

An outcome of my observation of the people around me, be it in the bus to work or on the street, my book has stories about real people -  the ones you didn't think were so interesting. In short, it could be a story about you or someone like you. My book may not be a great piece of literature but yes, behind every single word you shall find immense passion. 

It shall be available for purchase online (autographed and at a discount) from 31st August. In addition, a part of the proceeds of every book will go towards charity. 
Links and details to be shared soon on

You can also win 3 personally signed copies of my book. For details visit

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

My name is Nelton, Nelton Ultramintz D'Souza

When I was a kid, the one advertisement on TV that got me all excited was Cadbury Gems where a 2D animated James Bond in his typical grey suit would say, “My name is Bond” and pop a few multi-coloured Gems in his mouth and continue “James Bond”. Totally spellbound I would emulate him and pop anything edible in his trademark style. Those were the good old days where everything was all so perfect and the possession of a mere Rs.10/- meant you were a rich man. But as they say the good times do come to an end and so did the wonderful days of childhood.

Growing up into a regular office-goer who concentrates more on his work than his protruding belly, I forgot about James Bond, his style and my antics in his name until the day I received the pack of Ultramintz, courtesy of BlogAdda. As I opened the pack which seemed to be more of a gift of pearls than a product I popped a couple of mints in my mouth and that is when James Bond and all those sweet memories of childhood came back – so very similar to the product I was consuming – sweet but without the harmful sugar. The mints were so soothing it brought relief to my tonsil stricken throat and soothed my cough. I would have downed the whole pack if I hadn’t had dinner waiting.

A few things I like about Ultramintz is the usage of mint. Mint being a very good mouth freshener keeps you active and going strong even after a heavy meal filled with spices and onion. Mint also helps in the overall well-being of your mouth. Secondly the packaging and branding is of top class. After Wrigley’s I haven’t come across any mouth freshener that stands out from the crowd. With 60 extra strong pellets coming packed in a stylish black tin case with captivating graphics that can turn heads it does feel like a status symbol. Each pellet is made from peppermint oils from France, finest quality menthol and is powered by speciality cooling compounds. Need I say anything? Taste wise the mints are strong but not very sweet. Being a good coolant they provide respite on a hot day and relief on throat worn-out day. If you beg for more then pop 2 pellets at a time, heavenly bliss is what you shall feel.

I recommend this product for those who do and do not chew on mint. It sugar-free (which makes it healthy), strong and comes in a great package that is both trendy and comfortable to carry around. After all I'm Nelton, (popping 2 pellets of Ultramintz), Nelton D'Souza.

I am reviewing mint-o Ultramintz as a part of the Product Reviews Program at BlogAdda.

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