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My Favorite Books of 2017


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.

Gone Baby Gone – Book vs Movie


When I see a movie I really like, and then learn that it is based on a book. Well, then I have to immediately go read the book ASAP.

This is what happened when I saw the excellent Gone Baby Gone on Netflix. It stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, and a whole slew of sublime secondary characters – Morgan Freeman, John Ashton, and Ed Harris. Harris especially is the selling point for me. I almost invariably watch and enjoy every movie of his.

Anyway, it was only after watching the movie that I came to know it was based on the book by Dennis Lehane.

Weekly Life Updates


OMG. I don’t know what to say about this week. All last weekend it poured heavily, there was no internet, no TV, no electricity, and no going anywhere because of the floods and trees falling. The kids were extremely bored, and so was I honestly.
I shouldn’t crib though when other places around the world are struggling with heavy rain and flooding – Texas, Mumbai, Florida. I wonder why the rains are so unusually heavy this year. Is it an El Nino thing or something?

Weekly diaries


So, I’m back with another diary style post. This week has been a bit quiet – mostly been busy with work but still I think I have enough material for a weekly diary post.

Last weekend I went to Oko to try out their Mandarin Calling food fest, and I had the best time. I’m realizing of late that events like Oko are the ones that I like and most want to attend. Great ambiance, food, a friendly PR, and the fact that I got to visit it with friends made me feel so comfortable and relaxed, and I think that genuine pleasure in the day reflects in my blog post.

I attend blog events only once a week or once in two weeks. That is partly because I don’t have too many PR contacts or blog visibility, but it is also because I turn down a lot of events that don’t interest me, fit into my day job schedule, or involve a stressful trip across town. This is also why I suck as a lifestyle blogger. Just too damn lazy.

Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Unique Books


Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list the ten most unusual books I've ever read. This was the first book that jumped into my brain when I started writing this list - Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. Hands down, this is one ...

The Given Day


The New York Times calls this book Wrenchingly masterful...a majestic fiery epic. I would not quite agree all the way. This book is an ambitious piece of work that tries to capture a slice of Americana, but there were some flaws that make it fall a little short. This novel is set at the end of ...