Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Review : Girl from Fatehpur

Sarita Varma’s Girl from fatehpur is a short and sweet romantic novella which revolves around Sanjana (Sana), her childhood crush Rajan and her colleague Krish. The novel opens up with Sana returning back to her native land after few years of gap for her cousin’s wedding. Sana is a girl with very strong values and who upholds very high regards for her tradition. She has left behind Krish’s dramatic proposal and her life in Mumbai, just to be with her family and close friends. Thus begins the dramatic encounter of her with Rajan (her childhood crush).

It’s a warm delightful read with love, ego and clashes involved, (a quintessential Bollywood romance). This book is just 100 pages and I finished reading within few hours. Even though the plot was predictable, one would still want to read this short novella. I really liked the part where author has described Kumbh Mela so vividly. Writing is simple and easy to understand. Author has put a good effort in developing each characters and also described their emotions with ease. This book has a very happy ending which will leave you with warm thoughts in your mind.  I recommend this novel for every chicklit lovers.

I received this book for free as a part of Indireads Reviewer program in exchange for an honest review.  Indireads is a Toronto-based publishing house, which exclusively publishes e-books and was started with the aim to revolutionizing the popular fiction genre in South Asia.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Read Kitchen God's Wife by Amy

It took me Four and half months to complete this book and i must say i found every bit of it refreshing and beautiful. This is my first book from Amy Tan and i loved her way of portraying Women, Her way of giving importance to minute details of women in this book. Though its been 4+ months, i felt connected with the book each time i went back to it. The writing is simple but the women in her book are complex and powerful. I loved the historical bits and pieces in the story, felt like i am being transported to a new world with new culture. I loved reading it and I am intending to read more of her works :)

Five stars.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Book Review : A Newlywed’s Adventures in Married Land

A Newlywed’s Adventures in married land By Shweta Ganesh Kumar

The book beautifully combines the story of Mythili's quest for independance  with Alice in Wonderland, and had me re-reading the book for at least two times along with a re-read of Alice in Wonderland. And all I have to say is that you have a great book there. I fell in love with “dependent” Mythili and her mission to become “independent” in "married land".  Totally loved it.
The story speaks about Mythili an independent woman, and she being dragged into a rabbit hole and how she comes out of it triumphantly.

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where –" said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"– so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."  

This story not only fits in married land but also everywhere, say a new job, new environment and everywhere. Loved those small candid talks of mythili, and conquering sagada.

“Different was good! She was the person she used to read about. The person who travelled on the unbeaten path, leaving the nine-to-five existence behind. From the grimy lanes where she had sniffed out the next story for her newspaper, to soaking in destinations that not many ever got to visit. Life was good. It was time to reach out and embrace it in a bear hug and never let go.”

The thing that attracted me more, most of the time are the chapter headings and the nonchalant usage of quotes from “Alice in Wonderland".
I have always been a fan of Shweta’s writing and this is just great as usual. Only regret is that it’s an e-book. Next time please do go for printing.

4.5 stars :)
Thanks a lot for sending across the copy :)
A must read and can't wait for the sequel 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Book Review Tour : Protostar by Braxton A. Cosby

Book Blurb

On the brink of Civil War, the Torrian Alliance continues with its mission to obliterate Star-children across the universe in order to suppress an intergalactic evil. Following the recommendations of his Council, King Gregorio Derry has agreed to send his only son William, on a mission to restore honor to his family. What starts out routine, becomes a lot more complicated as an inopportune crash landing delays the assassination. During this time, William begins to form a 'connection' with Sydney that challenges his inner being. But this conflict is the least of his problems, as a conspiracy back on his home planet Fabricius threatens the lives of those he loves and his father's royal legacy. Along with that, he must unravel a hidden threat here on Earth that seeks to secure a vested interest that threatens both his and Sydney's safety. Will William be able to complete his mission or will he choose love, sacrificing everything he stands for?

Find out More at the Website

ProtoStar is the Readers Favorite Book of the Year Award Winner for the Romance: Fantasy-Sci-Fi category. 

About the Author

Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer with a passion for inspiring others to love, in spite of circumstance and convenience. Braxton creates stories in his mind that he desires to put on paper and share with the entire world. His calling to pen a young-adult series that is smart, witty, and thought provoking, has challenged readers to answer the question: What would you choose, love or irrevocable duty? Braxton lives in Atlanta, GA, where he co-hosts a local radio show on WAOK which is a mash-up of current events and health and wellness. He also has a blog where he discusses everything from health and entertainment to spirituality and relationships.

Social sites:

Twitter - @BraxtonACosby

My Review

First of all I must say that I am not a great fan of science fiction and this probably is my first science fiction book ever. I gave in for it was in YA and Romance genre and also the amazing book cover. And yes I wanted to know how science fiction and romance go hand in hand. The blend was really good to my surprise.

The book is about Prince William, who is from another galaxy, is sent to earth to kill a star child. Killing this star child was an unfinished business and his predecessors have failed. Now William is their only hope since this star child is a threat to their galaxy. The star child here being Sydney, who has just turned seventeen, is all unknown about her potentially lethal destiny and lives her life simple.

While the task was to kill the star child and get back to his planet Fabricius, which is located hundreds of light years away, William makes the mistake of getting to know Sydney which eventually lands him in trouble because he is unable to kill this simple, lovable girl.

I loved almost everything - the writing style, the love story, the twists and turns and also each character. My personal favorite is Prince William and IMPI. The story is all about love which has no boundaries. The language is quite simple and lucid and very easy to digest as well. The thing that attracted me more towards this is book is the twists and turns in the story. I loved all the twists and turns.

Over all it’s a wonderful, heart-warming book about finding love in the least unexpected way and fighting for it. Can’t wait more to grab the second part J

**** stars

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chilling in this Heat

I have been busy for a while with my thesis work and my project reviews that i haven't posted anything new. Finally I am done with my M-Tech and yes i graduated with flying colors :) All that hard work and sleep deprived nights did pay well. 

Before i go into the usual job hunting phase, i thought i should take a break and here i am sitting in my room holding a laptop and the temperature here is 37 degrees plus.Its scorching heat outside. The kind of heat that could burn you, if you stand continuously for an hour or so outside. Ahhhhhhhhhhh...... So the vacation idea is kind a spoiled. But still i manage by going into dream land by holding a book in my hand. 

Books are definitely a great idea to escape from this terrible reality ;-) This month started of as a very busy month and lots of unexpected and sad stuffs happened in my life. But i manage to brave out with my smile. Haa!!!! Life is definitely a mixture of ups and downs. 

75% downs and 25% ups 

I hadn't managed to read anything new, until this week :( So i kick started my bookish-self by reading a chick-lit. I love chick-lit. Everyone does. They really do know how to change your mood and bring back a smile (well, at least in my case). I started on with "The Undomestic Goddess" by Sophie Kinsella. This was my second book of Sophie Kinsella. Earlier I had read "I've got your number" based on a recommendation from GR friend and I loved her writing. 

So i didn't hesitate a little when i saw this book and instantly started reading it. Thanks to eBooks and eBook readers, you needn't have to wait for your shipment :D :D This was another hilarious read and I enjoyed it a lot. I was so addicted to reading that I had to skip dinner, which normally happens when my brain is working. 

The book is about a Workaholic lawyer Samantha Sweeting, who is very intelligent and has zero social life, managed to end up doing a mistake which cost her firm a loss of 50 million dollars. She had put her heart and soul into this job and was working very hard to become the youngest partner of her law firm when this unexpected happen. She vanishes off, having had a nervous breakdown and ends up in a country side village where she is mistakenly taken in for the job of a housekeeper. 

The story then speaks of how she manages to learn the art of cooking and cleaning and maintaining a house and how she finds it all pleasant and happy, how she finally finds herself a happy place.

At one point she has no idea how to use an iron and tells her boss that she can't figure it out because she's "far more used to working with a Nimbus 2000". it was quite a funny read. 

Sam's character was smart, witty and finally she manages to show maturity.
The book offered nothing but fun and laughter :) Well, I loved everything about the book, the way how the message was delivered. You put in too much effort and sometimes you don't get anything back. Too much commitment can destroy you. Having a life is sometimes very important.

Sophie Kinsella manages to bring in the ultimate message through fun and laughter and that's what I like about her writing. 
I would definitely like to read more of her work.  I recommend it all Kinsella fans and also chick-lit lovers :)

4/5 stars.

Now that i have revived i would definitely go back to my old reading list. Here's a peek at my kindle list. 

The next on the list is Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. 

Meanwhile on the other side, i did perform my duty of being an Indian by casting my vote :) 

Hope all of you did too !!!!!!

So now i am signing off and will be back soon :)

Cheers :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


I guess its been a reeeeelly long time since i logged in and posted anything on my blog.
Well life has been busy. Not to mention the laziness..

So finally i retrieved my long lost password and here I am back to scribbling.

So here is a glimpse of what i have been up to, not regularly though.

I have been reading a lot of books. Reading has been such a fun.

Showcasing my "mini" collection.

I have been clicking pictures randomly.
Long Lost bridge

A Lone traveler

Vintage obsession

Of blurry nights

More of my selfies and other passions can be found  http://instagram.com/the_nomad_in_me 

I happen to get a tattoo done and this how it looks now :-)

And yes i did try my hand on poetry and this is how it goes :-

What is the rhythm of life,
She keeps asking herself,
Wide awake at night,
Wondering what melody life has chosen for her.

Her days starts and ends with books,
The only companions she prefers to have,.
Has she lost her hope with the world.

All around her room, you find books, piles of them.
Her best friends are the Oscar Wildes and the Hemingways.
Has she lost her hope with this world.

Wide awake at night,
She stares at the roof,
What is the rhythm of her life.
What melody has her life chosen for her

Well the poem pretty much sums up the whole scenario. So off i go now. Will be back soon :)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ruin is a Gift

Ruin is a gift
Ruin is a transformation 

You loose all your self and happiness in a relation - and when you come out of it,  you sit and  realize what wrong you did and what could have been better.
But the moment has gone… It might have ruined everything in you.. Your self confidence, your smile, your attachment with people.. But when you look back - it must have been the best experience you ever had in your life and maybe it was worth it…
The moment you hold the right person's hand - you ll feel d difference.. You would feel why such a "RUIN" happened in your life which helped you to transform into a new being , a new element... 
Every experience is worth it…. Every experience is makes you a bit stronger and firmer than what you were before….
 Embrace every moment and smile each time you meet a new person...
Read alooooooooooooooottttttttttttttt..............
And Love the life Almighty has gifted :D