The Goldfinch


A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds ...

Wordless Wednesdays: Draw Like the Egyptians


It's been a while since I showcased anything Snubnose has done. Here's one Egyptian-style one that she finished recently. Snubnose creates some Egyptian-inspired art She's also practicing drawing elephants. Here's one Snubnose wasn't very happy with. I found it crumpled up on the ground, retrieved it, and took this photo. An elephant that I saw ...

Washington Square


The shy and sweet daughter of a well-to-do physician, Catherine Sloper seems destined for lifelong spinsterhood until the sudden appearance of a dashing suitor who proposes marriage. Her adored father suspects the would-be fiancé of fortune-hunting and threatens her with disinheritance, forcing Catherine to choose between lover and father. ~ Synopsis from Amazon The book starts with an ...

Drooling Over iPhone Covers


The Rifle Paper Co. first came to my attention when I saw their lovely Puffin in Bloom editions on Amazon. I absent-mindedly signed up for emails from them, and while most of their emails go unopened in to my trash folder, I couldn’t help clicking through when I saw that they have new iPhone 6 covers in stock.

Currently, there are only three, but that doesn’t matter when those three are so pretty, right?

Wordless Wednesday: Halloween Fun


Halloween is not something we celebrate normally. However this year, Snubnose and her friends were very into going trick or treating for candy. She wanted to go as a vampire, but when she saw a witch's hat in Partymania, she promptly changed her mind, and she eventually dressed up as a witch, complete with long ...

The Name of the Wind


My book review backlog is getting out of hand. Partly because I have cut down on the accepting books from publishers thing (so no review pressure), partly because of travel, and Dussehra and Diwali (gosh! it’s been so busy), and partly because I am enjoying reading just for the sake of reading without actually taking notes, and marking pages, and everything.

Also, now that I have upgraded my JustBooks account, there are so many excellent books to read that I’ve read faster than I can review.

So, bear with me, as I’m just winging it here in this book review written almost two weeks after finishing the book.

Ski Dubai


Now we come to our most meh experience of our entire trip – Ski Dubai – an indoor Ski center in Dubai.

This attraction is quite famous and we were really charged up to go there and experience real snow for the first time for ourselves. The penguin colony they have was an extra plus as Piglet really wanted to see some penguins.

So, we went all hyped up only to have a big letdown.

Aquarium and Kidzania – Dubai Mall


Dubai Mall has got to be one of the craziest places I’ve ever been to.

For starters, though it’s linked to the Dubai Metro, there’s a 3km long walk through corridors that you need to take to actually enter the mall itself. Granted, the corridor is air-conditioned and there are walkalators but still that’s a 3km walk just to enter the mall!

Next, consider that this mall has a giant ice-rink, a huge aquarium, and connects to the world’s tallest building, and then you will get an idea of its mammoth size.