Career of Evil


When I first read Harry Potter, I wasn’t too impressed. If I remember right, it took me until The Prisoner of Azkaban to actually get on to the Harry Potter bandwagon. Now reading the Cameron Strike series by Rowling/Galbraith, I find myself having a similar opinion.

I didn’t care too much about the first and second books in the series – The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, but now after reading Career of Evil, I think I am finally getting into this series as well.

Five Essential Things You Should Know Before You Buy an Engagement Ring


People often don’t realize how much stress is involved in shopping for and picking an engagement ring, especially when it’s your first time shopping for one. However, it is wise to be thoroughly informed about the buying process before you even start shopping. With a few simple pointers, anyone can discern what makes a ring a good deal or a dud. Here are some of the things everybody should consider before they buy an engagement ring.

Hassle-free painting with Berger paints


I remember the time a couple of years back when we had just bought our house, and were arranging for the painting. It was an exciting time, going through shade cards, and pinned images, and deciding on a color scheme for the place. The reality of getting the house painted though was so cumbersome. While we were eagerly anticipating moving into our new home, the painters were in absolutely no hurry at all.

The whole process of prepping the walls, sanding, and then waiting for the paint to dry, was such a laborious and tedious process, that even now, I shudder at the thought of going through that again, which I need to do soon as the old paint has started to fade and peel.

Mailbox Monday


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 accepting too many review copies of late. I’ve been enjoying my own reads, and accepting less review copies meant that I could focus more on reading the books I have long wanted to read, and also be able to read them at my pace without worrying about a blogging schedule.

But once in a while, a tempting enough book comes along my way, and then it’s a slippery slope to accepting a whole bunch of other books.

Five Adverse Health Effects of Smoking


Smoking tobacco products is bad for you. Period. End of story.

There is absolutely nothing good that happens to your body when you put that cigarette or any other tobacco product into your mouth. The American Lung Association has estimated that over 7,000 chemicals are released when you light up.

That’s 7,000 chemicals that are not only going into your body and putting you at risk, but also putting the health of other’s around you at risk. If this has already convinced you that smoking isn’t a good choice, great! You can stop reading this article and go live your healthy life.

Southern Heat at Barbeque Nation


On Monday, Snubnose and I did our regular stop at Barbeque Nation to sample some of their special edition Southern Heat food festival that focuses on South Indian foods.

Barbeque Nation always does these events in a big way – so when you go, you can expect a humongous variety of dosas, idlis served table side, live counters serving food prepared to your taste, and tons more food in the main buffet. You never leave hungry from a Barbeque Nation.

There was heavy traffic (so what’s new about that in Bangalore) all the way to the restaurant, and Snubnose and I entered ravenous and ready to do justice to all the food on offer.

Lemon Verbena – The Wonder Herb


Worried about being overweight? Finding it difficult to stick to diet plans? Here’s a miracle herb for you. Lemon verbena, though with its long lanceolate leaves looks trivial, they offer the freshest lime aroma when touched or bruised. The aroma of lemon verbena is evidently better than lemongrass and lemon balm. Some of the most mesmerizing benefits of lemon verbena include – weight loss, soothes digestion, colic, and flatulence. They can even get rid of candida in your mouth. Cedron tea is a widely consumed form of lemon verbena.

Four Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Healthier


They say that most people’s bathrooms are cleaner than their kitchens and in most cases, that’s completely true. A lot of us don’t clean our kitchens as much as they really should be cleaned. Yes, we know that cleaning is nobody’s favorite thing in the universe, but it’s got to be done.

Don’t try to get out of this now! If you want a healthy life or family, you’ve got to start with where you spend most of your time – the kitchen.