27 April 2018

Review #707: Fall from Grace by Danielle Steel



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“There is scarcely any passion without struggle.”

----Albert Camus

Danielle Steel, the #1 bestselling author, is back with her new adult fiction book called, Fall from Grace that revolves around a mid-aged woman whose perfect life shatters when her husband dies but the worst part is that, after his death, she finds herself homeless and jobless. With little luck, she gets in the fashion industry, only to be falsely incriminated in a legal case by a trustworthy friend, despite her daughters' several warnings about her friend, but can she pick up the pieces of her life and rebuild it? Steele's new book will leave the readers heartbroken, as the protagonist's life is struck by one bad luck after another.



26 April 2018

Review #706: Shambuka Rama: Three Tales Retold by Mukunda Rao



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?”

----Dōgen



Mukunda Rao, an Indian writer, has penned a compelling mythological book of short stories called, Shambuka Rama: Three Tales Retold, inspired and taken straight out of the great Indian epics namely, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The stories are about Bhima who chances upon the female rakhshas (monster), Hidimba and decides to stay back in the forest of Maya, Duryodhan who ponders on the Great War and the pain that it brought upon the world and about Rama who during his exile meets Valmiki and Shambuka Rama, forcing him to quench for the truth.

19 April 2018

Review #705: My Old Faithful by Yang Huang



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”

----Rick Riordan


Yang Huang, an award winning Chinese writer, has penned a handful of short stories about a family in China in her new book called, My Old Faithful. The stories explore the lives of each family member and their secrets, desires, dreams and passion beyond the facade of a society stirred up due to China's one-child policy. Each family member opens up their heart about certain events of their lives that either affect the lives of their close ones mostly in an emotional way. The every day life and the struggles attached to it for a very simply family of five consisting of a mother, father, and three children, against the backdrop of China and America.

13 April 2018

Review #704: Flamingo Boy by Michael Morpurgo



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Close friends are truly life's treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.”

----Vincent van Gogh



Michael Morpurgo, a bestselling English writer, has penned a delightful children's historical fiction called, Flamingo Boy that revolves around a young teenage boy, who after finding the real artists behind the painting in his room, journeys to the north of France, where he stumbles upon a family of an old woman and a strange old man living in a farm, and gradually the old lady narrates the story of that strange old man, who was once known as the Flamingo Boy, a story that involves the German invasion, the playful song of a carousel, friendship, laughter, even grief, a boy with healing powers and lots and lots of flamingos.

11 April 2018

Review #703: Keepers of the Kalachakra by Ashwin Sanghi



My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.”

----Carl Sagan



Ashwin Sanghi, the country's bestselling mythological author, has penned a compelling part sci-fi and part mythological thriller called, Keepers of the Kalachakra that revolves around the murder mystery of the world's prominent leaders under strange circumstances while an Indian scientist along side with his colleague is trying to figure out the real purpose behind his research at his new employer's lab, located somewhere deep within the forests.




9 April 2018

Review #702: Conspirator by R.V. Raman



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Newspapers are not made any longer by news or journalism. They are made by sheer weight of money expressed in free gift schemes. They serve not the interests of the many, but the vested interests of the few.”

----Oswald Mosley



R.V. Raman, an Indian author, has penned a gripping thriller called, Conspirator that sheds much light into the dark underbelly of new trend setting belief called fake news that are tailored as per the standards and requirements of the high-profile and elite class clients from politicians to shady business tycoons. This story surrounds around the murder of two influential journalists at a media tycoon's private party at a resort somewhere secluded in Coorg, and little did the assigned detective knew that the world of journalism would not only be cutthroat, but would also be unexpectedly dark with zero ethics and is owned by the filthy rich people of the society.

5 April 2018

Review #701: The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“If you don't take risks, you'll have a wasted soul.”

----Drew Barrymore



Nadia Hashimi, an internationally bestselling author, pens a heart wrenching and extremely intriguing tale about two kids' fearless adventures around the city of Big Apple to get to an address in her new book, The Sky at Our Feet. The story revolves around a young Afghan-American boy, goes on a quest to find his beloved aunt in New York City along with a friend whom he met at a hospital, when his mother is taken away by the police on the pretext of illegal immigration issue. But on their way the two kids face a lot of challenges and dangers, and how they overcome that has been brilliantly portrayed by the author.

4 April 2018

Food Diaries #1: Starbucks @Park Mansions, Kolkata



 

Food is one such domain that I never thought would ever explore either with my lens or mouth! You see, I'm not much of a foodie, but the idea of food, and that too something unique and unconventional delights me in such a manner that it encourages me to take up my pen and lens both to write and capture about it, beside my mouth.
So here I'm trying to pen a piece about my food journey in the city of joy and occasionally outside the city and let's hope I can give full justice to this nom-nom blog post.

My very first food journey (not literally! but for my blogging and food photography purpose) begins with Starbucks, Kolkata.

Starbucks maybe a most loved coffee shop around the world. But its hard to say how much loved it will be in the city of joy. Starbucks has finally opened its doors in Kolkata after much wait and speculation, last month. Sadly, Kolkata's Starbucks' experience is not that bucks worthy. Moreover, the service of the staffs of Starbucks needs a lot of improvement, before it is left forgotten and ignored by the city folks.

1 April 2018

Product Review #2: Health Sense Pure Skin Electric Facial Cleansing Brush



Pollution has become an everyday trouble, and we have already accepted its existence with no choice. From short life-span to skin related diseases to lung disorder to overall quality of life has degraded in general because of pollution. But to fight that, we need to live healthy and preach healthy and safe measures and habits. Because all you need is a good habit and encourage others to live healthy to beat any evil tactfully.



Let's talk about measures to keep our skin healthy and breathing that will solve all the skin related issues at one-go. Health Sense, a brand selling quality fitness products in India, has presented us with a really innovative, helpful and effective solution to all our everyday skin related drama with their Pure Skin Electric Facial Cleansing Brush.