Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad - My review



Synopsis:
A collection of utterly magical stories that will leave you crying, laughing and wholly enchanted.
A gangly young girl transforms her village with a revolutionary idea. Sixty-eight-year-old Noni Appa finds herself drawn to a married man – ‘Why do people have to define relationships, underline each word till the paper gives way beneath,’ she wonders. Bablu Kewat becomes obsessed with sanitary napkins much to his family’s horror, and a young woman keeps checking the weather forecast as she meticulously plans each of her five weddings. Funny, observant and wise, this is storytelling at its most irresistible.

My Take:
The other day I started reading this book. To start with, it was ok ish. The stories I felt are been dragged. The short stories are of different genres. Some stories are inspiring like the first one ; the birth of a girl child. Others I felt were mediocre. It sounded at places like old childhood stories.
The book is very different from the first one written by the same author. It was funny this one is a compilation of short stories. So don’t pick the book with the same expectation. I was disappointed with this. The first one was much better.
Rating:

I would rate this book 2.5/5. She can do much better. Her articles, observations are very apt and she’s known for her tongue in cheek humor, but somehow the book lacks all of them. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Someone to Love : My Review

Read a lot of books in last few days  Some were good ,some didn’t meet expectations. Today I’m reviewing Ruchita Misra’s Someone to Love. Now I have been a fan of this author, she has written some wonderful books. With lot of expectations I picked up this one, and I must say I wasn’t let down.


Synopsis:

Koyal and Atharv are childhood friends. They are also soulmates. Confidantes. Kindred spirits. They are made for each other – only, neither of them seems to have figured it out just yet. As they grow into adulthood, they turn to each other in sorrow and joy, only becoming closer. But then one day, something happens and their rare friendship is cruelly transformed into something a lot like hatred. Atharv, scarred and hurt, fumes with anger, while impetuous Koyal presses the self-destruct button. 

Years later, just when they’ve both found peace within themselves, their paths cross again. And destiny, that strange creature, has a few tricks up her sleeve. Will these two ever forgive each other? Or have they already lost their one chance to find someone to love?

My Take:

It’s a story of two friends Komal and Atharv who always were so in sync with each other that they never realized or felt the need to acknowledge their feelings to each other maybe with time they would have had a happily ever after ending, but fate had other plans. Although not same but I could relate it to a film called “Bodyguard” where the third one plays the spoilsport and breaks the so called friendship. Two girls loving same man is a clichรฉd story. But I liked the way she handled all the characters. Friendship is the base of this story alongside love, betrayal, abuse. How love or hatred can destroy a person or his trust is something that is well high lighted in this book.

About the author:

Ruchita has penned some wonderful books like Ineligible Bachelors and its sequel I do do I? which for me remains her best work. I also liked her next Second Chance at love but the first two remains a favorite.Her writing is flawless and the story moves at a great pace. I love the suspense element built in prologue.

Rating:

I would rate this book a 4/5. A breezy read with neat justice to all characters this book takes you back in memory lane. Reminds you of those friends and telepathy we all must have shared with that special friend at some point of life. Lucky are those who still have friends who understand your feelings without saying. Cheers to friendships and love.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Some updates

Last week went by blur. I always wish I could hold time. It just flies, when it's good and stalls when bad. That's what I feel. When we wait for something the wait is also exciting, as the event passes all that remains is the memories and the regret that it's finished so soon. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜

With my parents and brother here  and we as a unit together after three years the time was precious. It was a great feeling to be able to relive all the old childhood stories, mom's cooking and dad's jokes. Now when they all went back yesterday I'm still in the same zone thinking of what all I wished and couldn't do. How much ever u spend times with your loved ones, saying them bye is always difficult.

There are so many things I thought I would do, speak, cook but now when I look back I feel I still have missed many moments. Then now I think it's OK not all thoughts and moments can be relived. I should learn to be happy with the time I got, as between what we want and what we get is the line of acceptance which we need to understand.  But making a heart understand is a little difficult.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š


As much as I miss the time now, I also hope and look forward for the next trip, sometime soon. The wait for the happy times begin.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Half Pants Full Pants My review


Childhood is one of the most memorable phases of everyone’s life. When we sit back and think about life as such we all at some point of time agree that we all had the best moments of life as a child. We all try to reminisce and relive those moments in our minds all the time. That’s why childhood friends are so special and integral part of our lives. They are the people who know you inside out. A part of all your journeys, crushes, emotional moments. When I read the book I felt very nostalgic. So many events we all have felt, experienced but couldn’t sum up in words has been expressed by the author. The bits and pieces of local dialect help as it sounds more real.
In a nutshell, the pleasures of childhood which we enjoyed and the generation now is been deprived of can be read and enjoyed by us and imagined by the next gen. Those times were truly special and they are something money can’t buy.
Thank you Anand Suspi for helping us relive the childhood memories. Reading them made me nostalgic and I would want my kiddo to read this too.
Rating:

I would rate the book 4/5. A pleasurable read down the memory lanes and would recommend all the 80- 90’s people to grab a copy now.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Reading Habits

Can you read two or three books at a time? I have a habit of simultaneously reading more than one book at a time. J I read with interest, get involved in the stories but somehow I am still able to jump between them. I like going in different moods as per the book and the story is. Mostly, it is a switch between light ones so it becomes easy.

I have 3 books mostly in the three corners of house I frequent the most. As I spend time in that space I start reading there. But the one disadvantage I see in this habit is I finish them fast and then the wait for the next one becomes long and me impatient. L Maybe reading one would lengthen the process but the more I try to curb the more I am not able to.

I even re read a lot of books and the best part of rereading is to be able to relive the emotions. So there are books on dining table, the recliner and the bed side.Where i sit i start with the book placed there, enter that world. It could be a biography (The Sachin Tendulkar one i am re reading) or Black Suits you or The Magic of lost temple by Sudha Murthy.




Friday, February 03, 2017

Lanka's Princess My Review

Mythological fiction has been the style of the season. With many books written in a particular characters point of view makes them an interesting read and even thought provoking. Read the book finally and for some time my mind went blank. That Krishna’s entry makes it even more interesting to read.
This story is the one which we all know and has been watching since childhood. The one till some months back, for most of us was always about Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman and Ravana.
We have, I guess never went past these characters and saw the other ones. We all have hated Surpanaka and have always felt that the way she was punished was justified. But when now I read it from her point of view, I realized she too was right in her own way. She was always over shadowed by Ravana and Vibhishana, always neglected by her parents and never appreciated. She was good in her own way but was pale in comparision with Ravanas wit and Vibhishanas thirst for knowledge.
One of the most under rated and misunderstood one at that. Yes Ravana was protective about her and maybe loved her in his own way but the treatment meted out to her doesn’t justify that. Lots of research done by the author on the characters and many traits of her personality are subtly put. The story starts from her birth and ends in her revenge and destruction of Ravana and then followed till she meets Lakshmana again. The pace of the story is good and never a dull moment in the book.
Without the facts being tempered the story makes an engaging read. All the characters are well portrayed. Like the authors previous ones this too has put across the female character strongly. Well done at that.
The author is only sharing the story from her point of view, not trying to justify or judge her as right or wrong. But this story speaks about an important aspect of how people are and why they are the way they are.
Rating:

I would rate the book 4.5/5 as this one has touched me. A well written story from one of the most hated characters of Ramayana. I have started to love this genre and hoping that many such stories are written.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Paper Boat Chikki


When I read about this chikki I was surprised. I love chikkis . Being close to Lonavala, Khandala the hub for these nutty yummy products, chikkis transports me back to my childhood.

Trains are an integral part of childhood. I still remember the ghat section and the tunnels that’s between Mumbai and Pune. The curves, the waterfalls, the chikkis. 

Yes, these used to be sold in the stations and always had a great demand. We used to look forward for these fresh ones which is a blend of jaggery and ground nuts. 

We also used to get coconut based, sesame based etc. but the groundnut one was the one that was mostly loved.

This Paper Boat has the same taste and crunch. Priced at a mere 10 bucks this one is way better than chocolates as nuts and jaggery is a healthy and nutritious combo. For a person with sweet tooth, a bite of these after meals won’t hurt.

They come in a handy pack so introducing them to kids instead of chocolate would be great in terms of nutritional value. Loved this, alongside their other products like aamras, panakam etc. which connects us to the childhood memories. If taste and memories can take us back in time, this one surely does.

 Hoping and wishing Paper Boat all the best for their future endeavors and hoping they keep coming up with more such great array of products.