29 October 2017

Books N Beyond: Unboxing the October Wonder Box

Only a true book lover can fell the joy behind the book subcription boxes. As for me, book subscription boxes deliver ultimate happiness and ample of surprises in the form books and bookish goodies. By now, I've tried almost every other major book subscription boxes avaliable currently in India. So I can, pretty much, rate which one is the best right now in the country and which you must definitely stick to, no matter what.

Also today I'm going to unbox such a book subscription box, that is popular for including best selling, award-winning and highly recommended books, besides the goodies that are of best quality. So save up, and keep reading.

25 October 2017

Review #644: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

----Dalai Lama XIV

Jennifer E. Smith, am American author, has penned an entertaining and light hearted young adult contemporary story called, Windfall that centers around an orphan teenage girl randomly buying a lottery ticket, but later giving it to the guy, on whom she has a huge crush on, as a gift, who also surprisingly wins the ticket, followed by the winning money drama between the two. But what they together discover is that, money's power is beyond friendships and love, and that it certainly can change things.

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
Canon 1200D Canon 50mm Prime Lens
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