The Tailor of Panama

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Excuse me for the rather shabby shot of the book cover in my featured image. The thing is, when one so deeply invests in second-hand books, it’s very difficult to take a good shot of it – without having something else in the frame to prettify it up. In this case, my bag #booksandbags.

Anyway, enough rambling, and let’s get on with a short and concise review of the book, shall we? In this case, directly contrary to the style of the book – long and rambling.

Not that there’s anything wrong with long, rambly books. In fact, in the right mood, I rather adore them.

X by Sue Grafton

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There was a time when I avidly read and re-read Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone books.

For those not aware, here is a brief introduction to the series. Way back in 1982, Sue Grafton published A is for Alibi – the first of a series of alphabet mysteries featuring private eye Kinsey Millhone.

This book became a huge hit, and Grafton followed up this success with other books B is for Burglar, C is for Corpse, and so on. You get the drift. It’s now 2017, and I just finished reading the latest in this series X – published in 2015.

Drool-worthy Chocolates from Fantasie Chocolate at Phoenix Kessaku

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Have you heard of Fantasie Chocolates? I confess I hadn’t until a wonderful invite landed in my inbox asking me would I like to come take part in a workshop about chocolate by the founder and creative head of Fantasie Chocolate – Zeba Kohli.

Would I? Of course! For a chocoholic like me, an opportunity to try out a new brand of chocolate is like an opportunity to try manna from heaven.

Zeba Kohli is an Indian chocolatier, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Swiss-trained in a Cordon Bleu confectionery school, this is a woman who knows her stuff. She worked for Lindt Chocolates for many years before deciding to create her own chocolate brand – Fantasie Chocolate.

A Holi Weekend

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Holi is not one of my favorite festivals. First up, it’s not something we as South Indian traditionally celebrate, so I never grew up celebrating Holi – it has no cultural resonance for me.

Another aspect of Holi I’ve always disliked is the color throwing aspect. It technically sounds like fun, I’ve enjoyed it in the movies, but the one time I actually played Holi before, I realized I was totally uncomfortable with strangers touching my face to put color on it, and the hooliganism aspect also was a bit too much for me.

So, all these years I’ve happily evaded all Holi celebrations preferring to sit peacefully at home and relax.

Five Benefits of Outsourcing Property Management Services

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If you’re a property owner, you know how much work goes into managing your property on a daily basis by yourself or with a few other people. This becomes harder and harder to make happen as you take in more properties under your belt. Most of the time, you find yourself without the time to spend on the bigger picture things, like expanding your business. This is because you’re constantly dealing with tenants, handling maintenance duties, and trying to budget your expenses.

Why not outsource all of these duties to a highly-qualified property management business? There are plenty of benefits to doing this, so what are you waiting for? Keep reading down below to learn some of these benefits and start searching for a property management company to outsource this work out to.

A Toony Brunch with Nickelodeon and JW Marriott

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JW Marriott does a regular Sunday brunch at their property on Vittal Mallya Road in Bangalore, and it’s quite a nice brunch. However, last weekend, the brunch was a tad extra-special thanks to the intervention of Nickelodeon.

Nickelodeon India – the TV channel that has spawned the likes of Motu Patlu, Pakdam Pakdai, and Shiva organizes plenty of live events across India giving kids the opportunity to mingle with their favorite cartoon characters and generally have fun with Nickelodeon outside of the house as well.

Last weekend, Nickelodeon partnered with JW Marriott for their Sunday brunch, and we just couldn’t resist the opportunity to have a go-see. We have attended past Nick events with my daughter Snubnose, but this was Piglet’s first time, and he was super-excited when I mentioned all his favorite cartoon characters would be there to meet him.

Shopping for ethnic wear at Craftsvilla

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Technically speaking, sarees are the easiest clothes to shop online. There is no confusion about fit, and size at all. So, sarees should have been at the forefront of the online shopping experience.

But frankly, I still for the most part go to my old favorites – Nalli, Kumarans’s and the like – traditional brick and motor shoes for saree shopping.

Until this online shop – Craftsvilla came to my attention. Craftsvilla is touted as India’s largest online ethnic wear store, and the amount of selection they have, it sure feels like it.

I am a big fan of Benarasi sarees, and I was impressed by the collection of these sarees online.

Five Things to Consider Before Buying a Massage Chair

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So, you’re thinking of finally caving in and buying a massage chair? Great idea! Massage chairs are excellent ways to work on your back pain and do some relaxing, all from the comfort of your own home. Can you think of anything better than coming home after a long day at work and sitting down in your awesome massage chair? We certainly can’t!

However, there are plenty of things that you should think about before you make this big investment. Relaxation does come with plenty of customization options and price levels, so you’ve got to really think about this before you make a final purchase. Keep reading below to learn more!