Monday, December 12, 2011

A Giveaway - Playing Santa

HO HO HO Christmas is around the corner and I am playing Santa - a giveaway @ BON APPETIT for two (2) readers of a book I cherish. The book is neither a cook book nor a guide on food photography; in fact it has nothing to do with kitchen or cooking! Rather it is one of those treasures that I go back to all the time. 

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Oscar Wilde

The Ultimate Gift is one of the very first books my hubby gifted to me after marriage and I cherish the book dearly . It is entertaining as well as a feel-good read that forces you to reflect and enjoy  the finer things in life. 

Unfortunately as I am unable to ship it internationally at this point in time, the giveaway is open to anyone who has a valid Indian address for receiving the book.

Giveaway from Dec 12- Dec 23
Winners will be announced on Dec 25
Selection would be done randomly

What you need to do - Leave a comment:-

1. Write a few words on what's your favourite book & why ?
2.  Where in India, you want the book to be sent.
3. Your e-mail address.

So what are you waiting for; send in your participation to win the book that is close to my heart !!! Cheers 


  1. My Fav book is "Men are from mars and Women are from venus". I like this book because it shows how men are and how women are and why they are different.

    I would like the book to be sent to Bangalore.

    Do participate in CEDD 5 desserts with coconuts giveaway at my blog.

  2. wow....ver nice giveaway....I don't hv any fav books in my list....but read some novels used to be when I was in coleege and school...M&B's :)

    SYF&HWS - Cook With SPICES" Series - CARDAMOM (Dec 5th to Jan 5th)
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  3. Nice giveaway Priya. No particular book, but I love cookbooks.

    Chennai and email id is vardhiniskitchen(@)gmail(.)com

    Event: Sinful Delights
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  4. My favourite book is Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.What a lovely gesture, nice giveaway.

  5. Wow!!1Lovely book.Count me in I am a resident of India staying in Chennai.My Blog url

  6. i like the book "U CAN WIN;by shiv khera The book helps the readers in achieving success and building pleasant personalities.

  7. Hmmmm Priya great event dear :) I have too many favourite books the list s too very long but the most memorable one is The Prize by Irwing Wallace. The book s about a few nobel prize winners and their lives. I d love it if you send it to Vadodara that s where i live

  8. I am in India rey! So can I participate? have an Indian address you can send it to! love priya

  9. @ Now Serving - yes priya you can participate; the more the merrier

  10. My favorite book is "The Monk who sold His Ferrari" by Robin Sharma..Amazing book and gives me more courage and positivism every time I read it..You can send the book to Bangalore. My mail ID is "gayu DOT kitchen AT gmail DOT com" (

    Kitchen - The Chef's Paradise

  11. My all time favourite book is "Ponniyin Selvan" as it oozes history and tradition. ..:)
    I am in CBE ..
    My id:


  12. i love to read cookbooks...I am from Tamilnadu..

    My id:

  13. hey Priya ! Lovely event..
    While cookbooks take most of my shelf space these days, nothing like a mushy romantic fiction or even thrillers from the stable of Grisham or those of Agatha Christie would please me better :-) But one of my all time favourite remains "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk" . I am based out of Mumbai and can be reached at

  14. Hurray! Im in Bangalore now and hence eligible. I love all cookbooks and books on baking particularly. My email id

    Do check my blog for xmas special event.

  15. Is family allowed to participate :P...U know the address :P

  16. I like "Men are from Mars, and Women are from Venus" is great book to develop and build a strond relationship. The best thing which all know but never realize is that, We always give what we love to our loved ones, rather, we should give what they love!"
    You can send to my chennai address. My email id is

  17. Priya,it is kind of you to have this giveaway.:-)
    1. Even though I love reading cookery/recipe books,I am a big fan of novels - the scary ones especially,hehe.Apart from them,one of the good reads has been 'Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul'.I remember reading the book a few years back,it has touching stories of real people(Teenagers),their love,crushes,heartbreaks,loss of loved ones,friendships and so on.Somewhere it makes one realize that he is not alone in the 'at times difficult' journey of life.:-)
    2. If I win,the book has to be sent to New Delhi,please.
    3. My email is

    Have a nice day,Priya!:)

  18. I love books. I especially love to read all the Chicken soup for souls series. I have found solace, comfort, guidance from many of those real life stories. Many times it has made the choices easier for me and helped me to live with my choices peacefully too.

    I live in chennai and my email id is

  19. This place is not enough to list out all my favorite books :). But let me start off with Gone with the Wind,Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, James Herriot series, Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings, The God Father,
    To Kill a Mocking Bird, Forever Amber, Sherlock Holmes collection, Poirot collection, Bridget Jones I&II. The list is endless, but now its mostly 'Hershey's best Loved Recipes' and other cook books. I am in Chennai.

  20. My Favorite book is "Bridges of Madison County" by Robert James Waller for a couple of reasons, first I am an eternal romantic and a sucker for love stories, second, in the book, although madly in love, "Francesca" chooses not to abandon her children and stay on in a loveless marriage. As idealistic as it appears, that is exactly what I would do, once you are a good mother, you can't be anything else! I hope it wasn't mandatory to name a cookbook because I rarely read one, I get inspiration from all you wonderful bloggers! I would want the book to be sent to Ahmedabad for my mother.

  21. Nice idea to have a something other than a cookbook as a giveaway...I too have many favorites..but have stopped reading for more than a year now..I generally like to read light hearted books and all of Chetan Bhagat's books are my favorites.
    I am in Hyderabad.

  22. Hi Priya great give away. Now for my fav books Clive Cussler books. But since I could not keep them down ever and they need some amount of concentration I have stopped reading them.

    You can send the book to me at id is

  23. Hi Priya,

    Nice give away.

    I read both English and Tamil which includes biography, fiction, literature and magazines. Among which PONNIYIN SELVAN by Kalki Krishnamurthy is my favorite book. Whenever I read the book, I live my life with the characters from the book. yes, you meet each character instead just konwing them as character.

    Kalki's way of narrating the story pulls you to the historical century and you can visualize everything. It is possible only with the power of writing and Kalki had it. Very intereting story about chola(It includes politics, romance, clever, brave personality, women at all extremes,friendship,intrigue and maily the suspense) which can be enjoyed by anyone at anytime. Thought it has >1000 pages, I bet you never keep the book down if you start reading it.