My Ideal Yatra

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Every year, I start by planning the ideal holiday. It usually involves perusing a number of travel blogs, visiting a number of travel booking sites, doing tons of currency conversions.

All of this is then followed by tons of wishful thinking. Maybe we will get upgraded to business or first class, maybe I will win a couple of tickets (btw, this actually happened once when we won a holiday to Sri Lanka)!

Hedon

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I fell in love with this cover when Penguin Random House sent me this book for review.
The picture here doesn’t do justice to it, the pink butterfly is just so much more vibrant in person. And there is a soft, velvety feel to it that almost makes you feel like you are touching an actual live butterfly.

Our weekend in Instagram Pictures

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I have been contemplating a blog layout change for quite some time. I’ve generally been feeling pretty uninspired and (oh did I mention super-busy and distracted?) lately, and the blog has been suffering a bit.

I do hope that a layout and theme change helps me to be a little more active on this space. As of now, the look is still a work in progress, and things are broken here and there, but already I feel better about the blog. I think it really needs this face-lift.

Hooked on #SuitsonCC

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After this season of Game of Thrones has come to an end, life meant a bleak ten months of waiting, thinking, speculating, theorising, and cursing George R.R. Martin, his publishers, and the makers of the Game of Thrones series.

Thankfully, before I started to become totally bonkers, the new season of Suits aired last week on Comedy Central, and I got to watch it in style.

Fool Me Once

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Yet another one of Harlan Coben’s thrillers. He has done so many of them by now, he could do these in his sleep. The story opens with Maya attending her husband’s funeral. Soon it becomes clear that her husband was gunned down before her eyes.

Maya and her two-year old daughter now have to cope with life without him and Maya gets back to work to take care of finances. Things slowly limp back to normal.

But when a friend offers Maya a nanny cam, she sees something on the video that makes her rethink what happened to her husband. Soon Maya is off investigating trying to figure out what exactly happened.

Is Maya going nuts, or are people around her hiding a big secret?

A Quick n Easy Recipe for Aglio Olio Spaghetti

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Last weekend, I was in a mood to try something new. It’s been ages since I experimented with Italian food – so much easier sticking to the tried and tested recipes that work when you have two small kids (and especially when one – our Piglet is such a picky eater).

But I was bored and wanted to eat aglio olio spaghetti which I’ve enjoyed in a number of restaurants lately, and thought of replicating it at home.

Mailbox Monday

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued.

It’s been a long time since I did a Mailbox Monday post. Sadly, I have not been receiving too many books of late. I’ve been rather disenchanted with the books that I did get, and well, things have been very ho-hum when it comes to my reading lately.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

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I have been miserly rationing out my reading of George R.R. Martin’s books, eking out my pleasure one wee short story at a time, biding my time till his next major oeuvre – The Winds of Winter. Seriously, I’ve become this total Westerosi junkie needing my fix of all these fantastic stories and settings that George R.R.Martin manages to conjure up for me. He is the best writer ever when it comes to hooking his audience, and this is coming from me, someone who is not at all prone to hyperbole.

A High-Spirited Time with Sula Vineyards

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One extremely rainy day, I traversed a very small section of a heavily traffic-logged part of Bangalore in order to make my date with some delicious wine and brandy offerings by Sula Vineyards.

When I was younger, brandy was very much seen as a drink of the older generation – something to be had with hot water when you are down with a cold or flu, but over the last ten years or so I think there is a shift in perception. Noting this, Sula Vineyards smartly decided to experiment with a new variety of brandy – Janus Brandy.