A Week in Chennai

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Year ending is usually the time to visit my family back in Chennai. It’s generally a time of pure relaxation, fun, chilling out, pigging out – pure bliss in fact. The whole extended family is around, and it’s great to catch up with cousins, uncles, aunts, and so on.

2017 Christmas was going to be yet another such time. We all drove down to Chennai and had a pleasant couple of days before my father-in-law suddenly turned dangerously ill. His sugar levels dropped drastically (he’s diabetic), and the rest of the holiday was spent with him in hospital, and all of us under a lot of stress.

Thankfully, once hospitalized, he recovered fast and was back on his feet within the week. However, it was generally a bit of a rough time for all of us. And for the most part, we didn’t do anything beyond the first couple of days.

TTT: Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week is the last week that Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and I just want to thank them for hosting for so long. It really is a commitment and I’ll always be grateful to them for introducing me to so many blogs and in turn, so many books. Thank you ladies!

This post is quite difficult for me because 2017 was such a poor reading year. The pile of books that I meant to read but didn’t quite get to looks in danger of toppling over. Still, I”ll try to include only the books that I really, really meant to read, but never quite got around to.

Hopefully, that will also act as a reminder to get to them at least in 2018!

Best Dining of 2017

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Last year was a year of some pretty interesting dining experiences. I went to a ton of new places, and tried lots of different cuisines at different price points – an eclectic and excellent dining year, which is now evidenced by a roll around my tummy that I am now planning to work off.

You can see all my dining out posts here, but below I wanted to summarize the best of the best of 2017 in terms of food – my top 5 favorite dining spots.

Ways to save money on purchases you don’t need

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It is the new year and with that comes resolutions or goal setting. The most popular goals that people want to achieve include but are not limited to losing weight and paying off debt. Both endeavors are important to one’s life but they can be daunting and overwhelming. Part of the reason that people have a hard time losing weight or paying off debt is because it takes a long time. Both goals take a great deal of effort, patience, and perseverance to be successful. There is a way to save money on purchases however, and we will show you how in this article.

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Travel plans for 2018

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My rejuvenating trip to Assam and Meghalaya last November made me realize that just a week’s travel can do wonders to the mind and soul.

And unlike previous years where I always planned travel at the last minute, this year one of my resolutions is to be a little more smart about it. The idea is to decide in advance on travel plans so that I am not caught napping when vacation time comes and prices are sky-high.

The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time

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After last year’s miserable book blogging showing, I am determined this year to make book blogging a high priority. With that in mind, my first post of 2018 is a book review. I read The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time over the Christmas holidays, sharing the book with my daughter. I loved it, she didn’t – mainly because she couldn’t relate to the autistic boy who is the protagonist of the book.

My Favorite Books of 2017

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Looking back at 2017, it wasn’t a good reading year. After a disappointing run with books accepted for review, I decided to stick to my own reads and preferences hoping to get my reading mojo going again.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. I could keep up with reading with one kid and a baby, but with two school-going kids, and a full-time job, I have realized that reading is going to have to be on the backburner – behind homework, school projects, extra classes, office work, and numerous other things that just have to get done.

Still I did have some reading highlights that I want to share with you.

Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous

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I don’t quite know what to say about this book except that it surprised me with every turn of the page.
On the surface, this book is about one exceptional day in the life of the protagonist Akhila when her apartment complex literally crashes into the ground leaving dead and survivors trapped within the debris. Akhila is one of the lucky ones who gets out before the building crumbles.

However because of her size and medical backgroud, she is asked to crawl into a tunnel and help a survivor. She finds him mumbling in delirium that two people are on their way to carry out a terror attack.

Elsewhere a young intelligence agent, Mukundan, is assigned to shadow the two terror suspects. I don’t want to reveal more about the plot as it would spoil the surprises unfolding within the book.

Teaser Tuesdays: Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous

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This book came to me as a review copy. I really loved the cover and the title, and promptly signed up for it, thinking it was a dark noir-ish book. Well, it isn’t that, but I loved the book anyway.

Here’s a quote from the book about the protagonist’s thoughts after she’s roughed up in public by a bunch of religious thugs – something that is an unfortunately common occurrence in India,
when modern women clash with ultra-religious zealots.

Lunch at Ging, Royal Orchid

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Perched high above the city, Ging in Royal Orchid (behind Manipal Centre in Dickenson Road) is the hottest new place in town.

Coming in place of the old and much-loved Paparazzi restaurant, Ging (pronounced Jing) offers panoramic views of the city, an outdoor dining and lounge area, and a spacious indoor dining area as well.

When I walked into the place, I was blown away by the decor – the high ceilings, the huge windows, it was just a delight to my senses.