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YOUR NEXT SUMMER POTBOILER TO READ: ‘FAITH AND THE BELOVED’ BY KOCHERY C. SHIBU

Noor Anand Chawla

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As the temperature continues to rise and most people prefer to stay indoors, you may be on the lookout for a page-turning crime thriller to read. Or perhaps you are on vacation and just want something easy to read in order to pass the time. I certainly enjoy fast-paced potboilers in situations like this, and a book that I recently came across which fits into this category is “Faith and the Beloved” by Kochery C. Shibu.

Kochery C. Shibu with ‘Faith and the Beloved’.

 As the bestselling and award-winning author of the book titled “Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar”, Bengaluru-based Shibu pursued his passion for writing later in life. He graduated from the prestigious National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla in 1981, and served in the Indian Navy for many years, even commanding two warships. After his retirement, he was responsible for executing hydroelectric projects in the Cauvery River basin in Karnataka, the Beas River basin in Himachal Pradesh and the Teesta River basin in Sikkim. Shibu has a postgraduate degree in Defence Studies from Chennai University and an MA in English Literature from Pune University.

Shibu says, “I changed tack from enjoying the snow-clad mountains to the blue oceans when I became associated with the setting up of a shipping company in India, where I’m currently working.” My second book is titled “Faith and the Beloved.” Many of the characters in the novel are inspired by those I have encountered during my extensive travels. “

 His passion for writing goes back to his school days. “Since I joined the National Defence Academy and was a career sailor, I had time to dedicate to professional writing. The extensive writing that was part of my defence career provided adequate experience in general writing skills, though I honed my creative fiction skills the hard way, without any formal training, “he explains.

 His choice to write a crime thriller was a deliberate decision on his part. The title of the book, ‘Faith and the Beloved’, depicts the challenges of the protagonists, who have to learn to believe in themselves as their value systems are tested in difficult situations. Having received over two thousand reviews on Amazon, the success of this book is evident. Shibu shares with candour, “The book has been received well by most people but criticised harshly by some.” I welcome both the bouquets and the brickbats! “

When asked about his writing process, Shibu explains that he starts by sketching characters, as he believes bringing them alive is the most challenging part. He spends a large amount of time doing the research, observing, and putting together potential characters and sketching out their details. Simultaneously, he begins research on the subject matter and starts fleshing out the story line he has in mind. Then he weaves the plot through the stories of the characters. He says there is an iterative process of reviewing as the plot is built. Once he starts writing, everything falls into place and then he simply rounds off and finishes.

“My first book called ‘Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar’ took me four years and 3600 man writing hours to complete. The second book ‘Faith and the Beloved’ was quicker and easier to write. It took me two years and 1800 man writing hours,” he says. If not crime fiction, Shibu believes he would be interested in classical story telling. Reading is the most important source of inspiration for him, as well as events happening around him and his astute observations of the people he comes across in life. “Research is what makes the book authentic. Reading, meeting people, experiencing events and situations form the backbone of research,” he asserts, highlighting the fact that his current day job at a shipping company, helps him in his overall writing career.

Now that ‘Faith and the Beloved’ has been noticed by the reading community of India, Shibu is gearing up to write his next book. He does not have a subject as yet, however, he says, books and the creative process are always works in progress. One looks forward to what he has to offer next. Till then, one can buy his first two novels on Amazon and Flipkart.

Noor Anand Chawla pens lifestyle articles for various publications and her blog www.nooranandchawla.com.

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What Church Religion Is Non-Denominational?

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The first that comes to your mind regarding non-denominational churches is their existence. It is because everything starts at a certain point. The need for it is the crux of it happening. However, at the same time, other questions that may pop up in your mind are associated with a belief system, religious practices, and their growth. In this blog, you are about to take a deeper dive and find out the answers to most of these questions. 

What is a Non-Denominational Church? 

Before answering the other questions listed above. We would like to start from the start – what is a non-denominational church? Well, these are not self-affiliated traditional churches. Instead, these happen to possess lenient or not conservative practices of Christianity. Denominational churches are the opposite of non-denominational ones and follow strict rules and practices. On the other hand, non-denominational churches are established by communities or pastors. They follow a unique approach. When it comes to the belief system, interestingly, non-denominational churches have many similarities to protestant churches. For example, denominational churches follow the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal Bible as well as Protestant Reformation. Some of these concepts and practices are followed by non-denominational churches as well. 

Growth & Stability of Contemporary Non-Denominational Churches 

By far this side of Christianity is growing like fire in the woods. We can say that this kind of research is carried out. In 1990 there were approximately 200,000 non-denominational members. Later in 2008, the number of non-denominational members scaled up to 8 million. 

The Bible in non-denominational Christianity is treated like Holy Scripture. But at the same time, it is not taken as the means of setting customs or rituals. Modern churches have more space in terms of permitting to adopt a Christian’s point of view. For example, when it comes to denominations’ immersion in social concerns and practicality or matters, favor goes to political biases. That’s the reason why non-denominational Christians left all those churches that foiled politics in social matters. 

Last Words: What Church Religion Is Non-Denominational?

To know the accurate answer, you must know the following types of independent churches along with some free organizations. 

Type #1: Self-Governing Christian Churches

These churches are similar to the protestant churches. However, the use of a musical instrument in worship services plays a dominant role. The support of these churches is typically towards and for main teachings that come from the Restoration Era and its Movement. The crux of these churches focuses on obedience to Jesus Christ. 

Type #2: Churches of the Christ

The essence of faith straightforwardly comes from the Scripture, Bible. In this church, even adult members are baptized. Church elders are the ones who take care of congregations. Participation in the communion service or the weekly Eucharist is part of “Churches of the Christ”. 

Type #3: Hope Haven 

This is a non-denominational organization for Christians. At Hope Haven, you get to see people or members helping each other. This church was founded in the year 1964 in Iowa. The main aim of this church is to help and assist disabled members.

To say whether the non-denominational church is a part of the Protestant church or not is quite shaky!  

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Drishyam Films unveiled the ‘SIYA’ teaser

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Drishyam Films on Wednesday unveiled the teaser of their upcoming movie ‘SIYA’.

Taking to Instagram, Drishyam Films dropped and trailer and said, “Will she get justice? Watch #Siya’s story unfolds on 16.09.2022. #SearchForJustice.”

“SIYA isn’t just a film but a movement. It’s a voice that will resonate with victims who’ve endured unimaginable emotional, physical, and mental pain. While the film is based out of the heartland of India, much like most of our films, it speaks to a global audience,” film director Manish Mundra said.

Meanwhile, the movie ‘SIYA’ stars Pooja Pandey and Vineet Kumar Singh and will be seen in new avatars.

Earlier actor Vineet said, “It takes a great deal of skill to walk the fine line between entertainment and impactful messaging. Drishyam Films takes a leap of faith here and aims to do just that with SIYA. The film is power-packed, hard-hitting, and one that commands your attention.”

“As a woman, this narrative to me felt like an important one. It’s a story that deserves to be told and one that echoes the sentiments of countless victims,” Pooja said.

Moreover, the movie ‘SIYA’ evolves around the story of a small-town girl who is against all odds. The girls fight for justice and start a movement against the vicious patriarchal system.

However, the movie ‘SIYA’ is produced by Drishyam Films and is scheduled to release on 16 September 2022.

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Raju Srivastav’s health deteriorating, still on ventilator

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The condition of comedian Raju Srivastava, who is still unconscious and on life support in the ICU, is reportedly critical.

Raju Srivastava’s condition has got worse, according to the doctors, and he is still in a serious condition.

He was stated to be reacting well, showing a modest improvement in his health, and showing some signs of being able to move his bodily parts.

On August 10, the 58-year-old well-known comedian underwent a cardiac arrest and was subsequently admitted to the AIIMS in Delhi.

According to reports, he was complaining of chest problems while running on the treadmill. On the same day, he had also had an anangioplast.

On Friday, Raju Srivastava’s family released a statement claiming that he is in stable condition and pleading with his followers to disregard rumours and false information concerning his health.

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Hailey Bieber talks about the challanges of married life amid health struggles

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It has been four years since Hailey Bieber’s marriage to Justin Bieber, but she claims marriage is challenging.

The creator of “Rhode,” who was just 21 years old when she wed the singer of “Yummy,” opens up about their successes and setbacks in a cover story for Harper’s BAZAAR’s September ICONS issue.

She stated in a magzine, “I just think life is changing all the time… I think a perfect example of that is that over the last six months, both of us have gone through very serious health issues. You have to figure out how to deal with this s—t as it comes, you know? There’s a reason they say ‘for better or for worse.’

The now 25-year-old is referring to the fact that her husband’s face was partially paralysed as a result of being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome earlier this year. Hailey had a little blood clot in her brain months before, which affected her speech.

According to reports, Hailey claims that despite their turbulent relationship last year, she and Justin worked hard to make it work.

“He’s still the person that I want to be rushing back to,” she explained. “I might fly somewhere and go do a job, but I can’t wait to come back and hang out. And I feel like that’s because of the effort that’s been put in on both sides.”

For the uninitiated, the adored couple had dated for a brief period from December 2015 to January 2016 before breaking up. They later reconciled in June 2018 after Justin ended his relationship with singer Selena Gomez, his longtime girlfriend.

Hailey and Justin announced their engagement in July 2018 and their marriage in November 2018. In front of their family and friends, they exchanged vows in 2019.

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Former VP Venkaiah Naidu praises movie ‘Sita Raman’, calls it a must-watch movie

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Former Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu praised the movie ‘Sita Raman’ and called it a must-watch movie for everyone.

“Watched the movie “Sitaram”. With the coordination of the actors and the technical departments, a beautiful scene has unfolded. Unlike a simple love story, with a heroic soldier background added to it, this film unleashes a range of emotions and is a must-watch for everyone,” Naidu tweeted.

Naidu further said, “Seetharam” gave me the feeling of watching a good movie after a long time. Congratulations to the film team including Director Mr. Hanu Raghavapudi, Producer Mr. Ashwinidat, and Swapna Movie Makers for discovering the beauty of nature that is soothing to the eyes without the sounds of war.”

The movie stars Dulquer Salmaan, Rashmika Mandanna, and Mrunal Thakur and is directed by Hanu Raghavapudi. The movie was released on 5 August 2022.

Thanking Former Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu Dulquer tweeted, “Heartfelt gratitude sir!!!” Meanwhile, movie actress Mrunal wrote, “Thank you so much Sir” and Director also replied and said, “Thank you very much, sir.”

Moreover, the movie ‘Sita Raman’ is a period love story film, set in the 1960s. The movie evolves the journey of Lieutenant Ram who sets on a journey to find his love Sita Mahalakshmi.

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Actor Shefali Shah tests positive for COVID-19 on 17 August

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Bollywood actor Shefali Shah has been tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Recently Shah was seen in the movie ‘Darlings’ along with Gangubai actor Alia Bhatt.

Taking to Instagram Shefali said, “I have tested positive for COVID-19. Have immediately isolated myself and will be under home quarantine. I am following all safety products under home quarantine. I am following all safety protocols under the advice of my doctors. Requesting everyone who came in contact with me to get tested immediately too.”

Meanwhile, several fans and well-wishers flooded the social media post’s comment section and wished her a speedy recovery. Actors like Achint Kaur, Saba Pataudi, and Gurpreet Kaur Chadha also wished speedy recovery messages.

Moreover, Shefali will be next seen in ‘Delhi Crime Season 2’ which will release on Netflix on 28 August. However, ‘Doctor G’ will release on 3 December.

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