Top Ten Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I Would

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Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list top ten books I liked more/less than I thought I would.

Expectations are always so damning, aren’t they. So many times I go into a good book with great expectations, and end up disappointed. At other times, I read a book that seems just about ok, and then end up surprised and amazed by the book. It may not be a particularly good book, but because my expectations were low, I end up loving it.

Seven Types of Injuries and Their Settlement Claims

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No one wants to be injured in an accident. Especially when that accident comes because of someone else’s negligence. Whether it be a car accident or any other kind of accident, this is going to cost you in terms of your financial, physical, and mental well-being.

That’s why you should be as educated as possible when it comes to the types of injuries you can have and their respective settlement claims. That way you can be aware of how much compensation you are due for your pain and suffering. If you’re looking for a Riverside injury attorney, read on to learn more about what kind of compensation you can get through a settlement.

Things To Buy Your Kids For Their Shared Bedroom

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As children grow up, they want to exercise their sense of individuality, develop their personality, and explore their interests, and they tend to want their own space to do it in. It can be tricky, therefore, when they have to share their bedroom with a sibling.

It’s common for many families, and it’s a totally normal and healthy way for children to grow up. They learn a lot about compromise, respecting other people’s privacy, and also about keeping things to themselves. There are difficulties, though, and it’s important to acknowledge them and try to make things easier, and there are even a few things you can buy which can help. If your kids have to share a room, don’t despair, just keep on reading for some great ideas for what to buy to help keep the peace.

Sunday Lunch at The Whitefield Arms

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Last weekend, Soumya a blogger buddy invited me to lunch at The Whitefield Arms in VR Bengaluru on Whitefield Road.

I have seen this place several times when I visited the mall, but never actually ventured in. I am usually accompanied by my kids, and I didn’t think it was a kid-friendly place.

But last Sunday was relatively free, and so I fed the kids some lunch, strictly instructed them to play with each other, no fighting, and then trotted over to VR Bengaluru to get some once in a blue moon kid-free time with friends.

Room

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Oh! How much I wanted to love this book! The premise is wonderful, and it’s a Man Booker nominee so it was anyway on my TBR list for the longest time. The only reason I hesitated to read this book was that I felt the subject of the book would be too disturbing for me. My son is the same age as Jack – the little boy in the book, and I was afraid I would get all emotional about poor little Jack’s plight.

Eventually, it turned out I didn’t get all emotional or all that excited about the book. I”ll tell you why a little later in my review.

Purity

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Jonathan Franzen is one of those writers who I’ve always avoided. Initially, I didn’t mean to. But when a writer is labelled as the Great American novelist or some such grandiose term, I tend to back away from their books. And then I read about all his weird interviews, and the bird-watching (not that I have anything against it), and most important – the number of reviews that talk about his white male worldview, and his problematic approach to writing female characters. Let’s say nothing I read compelled me to go read his books.

This year however, something made me change my mind. #FranzeninFebruary happened and I saw a number of tweets chattering on about all the Franzen books. Finally, reading Laura Frey’s tweets convinced me that there wouldn’t be any harm in reading one of his books, and trying him out for myself.

Wordless Wednesdays – Lalbagh Flower Show

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These are some late photos from the Lalbagh flower show.

Every year on Republic Day, flower shows are organized at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden. The event is jointly organised by Department of Horticulture and Mysore Horticulture Society, and is one of my most favorite events to attend.

It can get very crowded though, and so this time I opted not to take the kids – just me and my camera.

Posh Villas at Prestige Glenwood

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Last weekend, I was invited over to visit Prestige Glenwood – an independent housing community in Budigere. As any true-blue Bangalorean knows, real-estate is always a topic of interest, and so like any other Bangalorean, I accepted an invite to go visit the property and discuss it here on the blog.

Budigere is also one of the hottest up and coming real estate destinations in Bangalore, and so I was curious to give it a visit, and see what the area is like.

Fabelle Chocolates now at ITC Windsor

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Fabelle Chocolates – one of the most celebrated luxury chocolate brands in the country, launched its latest gourmet chocolate boutique in the city at ITC Windsor.

As part of the launch activity, the folks from ITC Windsor arranged an elegant musical soiree, which was paired with the most sumptuous dessert plates – four courses of pre-plated creations, made from single-origin chocolate sourced from Venezuela, Ghana, Ecuador and Madagascar.

Four reasons why home tuition can be good for kids

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The need for home tutoring for kids arises when they aren’t able to get a grasp of things taught at school and they need extra attention on a particular subject. Today, most of the kids either go to a coaching institute to learn from the experts or have fixed home tuition. It’s definitely not like that the kids who perform poorly at exams are need of home tutoring, sometimes they might be needing an expert advice on matters related to music, sports, fine arts or for even a science project. The easier availability of home tutors in the form of elder students and teachers helps the kids to excel in the areas where they are confused or lagging behind. In short, home tuition is more about toughening your cores than just beating the bushes.