12 October 2017

Review #643: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”

----Suzanne Collins

Kaira Rouda, a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author, has penned a gripping psychological thriller called, Best Day Ever that is centered around a perfect married couple, where the caring husband plans a perfect weekend getaway for his darling wife at their lake house somewhere away from their two young boys and the bustling noise of their urban life style. Although the husband has planned everything meticulously to surprise his stupid wife, but gradually, the true colors of the husband's intention behind this trip comes out, but can the wife sniff that out or will it be too late before she figure things out. A crazy, psychotic marital tale of a perfect couple.

10 October 2017

Review #642: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“She is still a prisoner of her childhood; attempting to create a new life, she re-encounters the trauma.”

----Judith Lewis Herman

Gabriel Tallent, a Mexican author, has penned an extremely heart wrenching and horrifying, debut young adult contemporary fiction called, My Absolute Darling that centers around a young teenage girl, living with her crack head father, who teaches her about guns and shooting targets in the morning after her school and rapes her almost every other night, although the young protagonist, is clever and brave enough to get out of this terrifying life of hers, yet her emotions don't let her to, but her life drastically changes, when her grandfather dies suspiciously, her father pulls her out of school, where her teachers are worried about her lifestyle, and her father brings home another young girl.

6 October 2017

Review #641: You Don't Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Anyone who ever wondered how much they could love a child who did not spring from their own loins, know this: it is the same. The feeling of love is so profound, it's incredible and surprising.”

----Nia Vardalos

Rebecca Barrow, an English author, has penned a heart warming and extremely compelling debut teen fiction called, You Don't Know Me but I Know You that is centered around a young high school teenager, who has a loving adoptive family, great friends and a charming and kind musician boyfriend and both are looking forward to their future excitedly, but then this young teenage girl's life changes when she has to make difficult decision that her birth mother made for her a decade ago. This story is all about families, love, friendships, choices, motherhood and ultimately about honesty above everything.

4 October 2017

Festive Wear Look Book #1: Be Casual in a Saree

Canon 1200D 18-55mm Zoom lens

Durga Puja, for us Bengalis, it is not just a festival, it is an emotion that can't be shrugged off or ignored. For 10 days, Devi Durga along with her four children, embark from their heaven abode to the lands of the mortal to shower her immense blessings upon all of us and to curb darkness and evil from the face of the Earth. This puja is all about worshiping female power, her indomitable strength and her love and ultimately it is more about the fight of goodness over evil.

During this very time of the year, the Bengali women channel an exceptional beauty through them, that is mainly because of their attire and big-eyed-kohl looks. Even I too, who rarely wear any traditional attire, was decked up in an authentic traditional Bengali look, complete with a saree and kajal.

Since I've never been much of a fan of sarees, so I found myself being rescued by none other than Triveni Ethnics with their wide, unique and elegant collection of sarees and other traditional Indian wear for both men and women.

Canon 1200D 50mm Canon Prime Lens

On the sixth day of Durga Puja, i.e. Sosthi, we call it in Bengali, I wrapped myself in a dual tone red-and-blue contrast jacquard and georgette saree, that stuck to me for so many hours like a kind and understanding friend and not for once made me felt alien in it.

**PS: My last feeling is relatable to those women who are afraid to or rarely/never wear any saree in their life for any occasion, be it a wedding or a festival**
Canon 1200 D Canon 50mm Prime Lens
Canon 1200D Canon 50mm Prime Lens
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Canon 1200D Canon 85mm Prime Lens
Canon 1200D Canon 50mm Prime Lens
Canon 1200D Canon 85mm Prime Lens
Ears & Wrist: Junk Jewelry

On my lips: Maybelline New York Color Show Matte Lipstick

On my eyes: Eye liner

Blouse Style: Boat-necked, and back hook

Shoes: Wedge heels from SSS

Location: My office @ Sector V, Kolkata, India

If you like this saree, then I'm afraid you can't get your hands on it, since it has gone out of stock from the website. Not to worry, there are other fantastic and eye-catchy dual tone colored and myriad sarees that are worth a buy and are incredibly beautiful.

Wrap yourself up in a Triveni Ethnics saree this festive season, and make all the heads turn.
Happy shopping guys!

Take Care xx

21 September 2017

Review #640: An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The gods made our bodies as well as our souls, is it not so? They give us voices, so we might worship them with song. They give us hands, so we might build them temples. And they give us desire, so we might mate and worship them in that way.”

----George R.R. Martin

Wray Delaney, pen name for Sally Gardner, an award-winning British children's author, has penned an intriguing and a very sizzling historical fiction called, An Almond for a Parrot that revolves around a young woman in London locked up in a prison as she is accused of killing her husband, whom she got married to at the age of 12 by her father to pay off his neck-deep debts, and from the prison cell, the woman narrates the story of her life, of how she discovered her sexuality at a tender age, of how she became a prostitute, of her godly gifts of seeing dead people's ghosts from parrots in a cage, of falling in love, of her other talents of pleasing men, and mostly of her erotic exploration through ages.

15 September 2017

Review #639: Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.”

----Tennessee Williams

Heather Maclean, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned a compelling YA fantasy book called, Toward a Secret Sky that centers around a teenage girl, who just lost her mother in an accident, turning her into an orphan girl, as a result she travels to the Scottish Highlands to her paternal grandparents' house, where she meets a strange yet very attractive young man, who unravels the mystery behind her deceased parents' true and real profession of helping the good and fighting darkness in the world, all the while opening a new dimension of universe for the young girl to make her believe.

30 August 2017

Review #638: The Bookseller of Kabul by ├ůsne Seierstad, Ingrid Christophersen (Translator)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“She couldn't survey the wreck of the world with an air of casual unconcern.”

----Margaret Mitchell

├ůsne Seierstad, an Award winning journalist-turned-Norwegian-author, has penned a delectable and slightly captivating account of her stay with an Afghan family, who owned a bookshop in a terror-stricken and on-the-verge-of-a-civil-war type Kabul in the year 2002, in the book called, The Bookseller of Kabul. This is the personal story of almost every human being, mainly women of the household, from the bookseller family, with two wives and tons of children and an equally great number of siblings, the bookseller is a subtly liberal man of his times, that only demanded women of each and every household to stay indoors and keep giving birth until their last dying breath.

25 August 2017

Review #637: Charlatans by Robin Cook

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“We can't possibly have a summer love. So many people have tried that the name's become proverbial. Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It's a sad season of life without growth...It has no day.”

----F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dr. Robin Cook, the international best-selling author, is back with a bang and this time with an intriguing and pot-boiling medical thriller called, Charlatans that no-doubt, revolves around the cutting edge technology and advancements in the field of medicine and medical practices, but mainly centers around the educational backgrounds of the doctors, where the two protagonists, one, a chief medical resident and the other, a star anesthesiologist of the Boston Memorial Hospital who get tangled up in the OR deaths of three patients, and the investigation behind the death puts doubt in the minds of the chief medical resident about the star anesthesiologist's training and the fancy educational background, even though they get emotionally and sexually involved with one another beyond the premises of the hospital.