Fun.Freedom.Confidence With Datsun redi-GO

Friday, 3 June 2016

Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross - Datsun redi-GO - the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

Who doesn’t love long drives? I mean, it’s one of the closest definition to an adventure. After a hectic weekend, or during one of those long vacations, we crave to hit the road and fill our soul with the soothing sound of tyres on the asphalt. The feeling is incomparable when you drive through the concrete forests into the cradle of nature and finally to a destination that you have long desired for.

But what makes a fun drive even more exciting? The answer is an awesome ride that takes us to these exotic destinations. Isn’t it?

Datsun redi-GO has been quite promising with its unique features that would make anyone want to drive it to a destination that is as appealing as it is.

The first ever urban cross has quite a lot of features that managed to grab my attention, but the ones that appealed to me the most are its Stylish and really Spacious interiors, a sleek and a chic look with a classy color, and last but not the least the 25.17 kmpl mileage. These made me want to take this classy car out on a spin along with my group of friends. And as for the place I would want to drive away to, it would be the Shettihalli Rosary Church, one of the historical Places in Karnataka that managed to bewitch me with its enigmatic look. 

When a Writer's Retreat turned into an Ideal Vacation!

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Although born in a family where people are not much interested in visiting several places, the travel bug bit me at an early age. And I ended up experiencing and embracing the things a new place has to offer me. The feeling that a new place I’ve visited gives me has always been inexplicable.

As I grew up, I made a bucket lists for all the places I ever wanted to visit, including the plans for the itineraries. However, my perfect vacation has been the one I have taken by myself, without any family, but just the company of a fellow writer/friend.

So, it all started with the plan of few writers planning a trip to Leh Ladakh. However, the plan was dropped as people lost interest, one after the other. Some time later, I just pinged one of the writers asking her if we could go somewhere as I needed a writers’ retreat so bad. She immediately agreed. So, after a brainstorming session for a couple of days, we fixated upon Munnar.

Book Review: 'Wheels of Wish' by Bibhu Datta Rout

Friday, 22 April 2016

When I was little, I had loved to spend time when my grandma used to tell me stories of all kinds- fairy tales, folklore, mythology and historical accounts, etc. And having some ancestral roots to Odisha, I happened to hear the tales behind the construction of Puri and Konark temples, amongst many others. As I grew, these stories have been hibernating deep in my mind, and this story has managed to bring back the memories of all those enchanting stories I'd heard as a child.

Read on to find out the review of this suspense thriller, which I was excited to read from the moment it fell into my hands.

Details of the book:

  • Title - Wheels of Wish
  • Author - Bibhu Datta Rout
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9351967484
  • ISBN-13: 978-9351967484

Book Review: 'The Bestseller She Wrote' by Ravi Subramanian

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

What first appealed to me when I saw this book was its Title. It was one of the most catchy titles in the recent times. Reminded me the title of the old TV series  Murder, She Wrote’. Then came the interesting cover in yellow. It made me want to read the book so bad, and now that I did, did it manage to keep up my expectations? Read on to find out.

Aditya Kapoor, the most popular author in the country, is living the dream- Successful career, a loving family, thousands of fans that adore him and immense fame. Then comes Shreya Kaushik, a head-strong woman and an aspiring author herself, who gets onto the nerves of Aditya, but later turns his ardent fan and eventually becomes his protégé. Smitten by her charm, Aditya seeks out an extra-marital relation with Shreya which turns his life upside down. What happens next follows the next of the story.

I have heard about Ravi Subramanian before, but never read any of his works until now. This, I heard was off path for his kind of books and that he has dared himself to write a mid-aged romance with an element of thriller in it. The book was a fast read, and I could finish it in one go. It managed to keep me entertained through out, without getting bored or the feeling of being dragged, but the story was predictable at certain areas.

Apart from the main theme of love, betrayal and redemption, The Bestseller She Wrote also dealt with the world of writing and publishing. These were some pretty interesting things to know for anyone who’s an aspiring author. It talks about many issues dealing with writing, giving subtle references to the authors currently popular in India, and some of the practices of the publishing houses where recommendations by a famous author plays a crucial role. But for someone who is reading this as just a reader, it might be a little boring and like an insight into the author’s own life.

Coming to the characters of the novel, they are not all perfect and have their own shades of grey, which I personally liked. Mr. Subramanian gave us characters not just to love, but also the kind of people we can think about otherwise. Aditya for example, might be a bestselling author, but that just doesn’t mean he’s all perfect and will be the character you will adore. And Shreya, isn’t someone who isn’t just a fan that isn’t afraid to show her affections towards her favourite author, but also a woman with one ultimate goal. 

The Bestseller She Wrote is a quick read that wouldn’t bore you, and is better than many contemporary romances written by so-called popular authors. However, the narrative and the characters seemed they were written more from the perspective of a ‘movie adaptation’, like many books today, rather than the reader. 

It has a story, though cliched and often predictable, but the thriller part  and the surprising ending made up for it. I definitely root for reading more romantic thrillers in the future. For the good narration and the way author perfectly blended love with the thrill factor, I’d give this book a 4 out of 5.

Details of the Book:

  • ISIN: 978-93-85152-38-2
  • Genre: Romance / Drama / Thriller
  • Publishers: Westland Books
  • Price: Rs. 295/- ( I got the book from blogadda for a review)

Read my review on Goodreads here

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The Scarlet Letter

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

She was a house of cards, built upon the foundation of naiveté, walls of trust, and material of compassion and candor. Nevertheless, so fragile they all were… razed to ground like an avalanche, with a delicate touch of treachery. It was then upon the wind called society to blow away the scattered cards to the gutters.

She was a work of art, now faded into oblivion. Wandering but not lost, she scavenged for the remains, picking them up piece by piece. From the ashes, she rose, shaping a skyscraper no one could reach. But a few bricks have gone astray, leaving the high-rise frozen, and her heart, stone cold.

She was The Snow Queen, directed the fate this instant. Reaching the farthest of skies, depths of the oceans and beyond horizons. She created the rules; she bent them.. The wind called society cussed her, called her a rebel, cold-hearted, and a promiscuous bitch. She was dragged down the icy throne, to go on her own

She is the Scarlet letter, and nothing mattered. For the wind doesn’t know her story, despite surrounding her all the time. So she walked with poise, her head held high, flaunting the red badge of infamy.

For the love of Speed!

Friday, 21 August 2015

What's an internet without speed? Maybe like a cheetah without his magnificent limbs.

I still remember the days when I used to crib about the slow internet, or wait impatiently for it to pick up speed so that I could download all the movies and videogames I wanted. As for my phone internet, it witnesses all the sulking in me as the screen showed a circle buffering and buffering until the page finally loads or dies down.

Things turned worse when I moved to Visakhapatnam. I remember switching my internet providers twice. Both of them were of no use. I had to forget all those movie downloading and high definition streaming of TV shows. The internet went as a snail pace and for most of the time, it was  used to browse for my work-based research. So, goodbye Rizzoli & Isles, Game of Thrones and Elementary. I'll watch you once my internet is back on it's speed.

A Petite Chamber I Call My World.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

"My room was a real way of expressing myself. It was like a little nest that I could settle into."
                                              - Chloe Sevigny

Whatever Sevigny said, I absolutely second that. Over the last fifteen years, my room has seen it all. Right from a small chubby girl who used to run around with dolls and toys, to an awkward teenager who was a bookworm trying to get through her adolescence safely and finally to someone who is still a bit plump, but a young woman who marched towards as an independent soul. It has been my shield, my own space during all those hours where I cosily crashed onto the bed, mugged up those long physics answers, drooled over my real-life and reel-life crushes, talked to the one who was close to my heart, got heartbroken, felt happy, sad, or miserable and last but not the least, even times like these where I squeeze my brain for words to type for my writing assignments.

How else would I love to have this beautiful little space I fondly call as mine, other than being a manifestation of myself? In whatever way it may seem to others - be it messy, tidy or like the ones maintained by a cleanliness freak, I love this cosy little place to bits. And my perfect room transformation would be something where everything reflects me along with the right blend of comfort and  minimalist style.

The pristine white walls with pistachio green shelves and an abstract design mounted bookcase in the same colour. Also with the furniture and furnishing in the very exact themes placed alternatively. Like white study table with pistachio green chair, white mattress, green pillows, wardrobe, small beanbag, simple table lamp, photo frames and so on- everything precisely in accordance with the colour patterns. And last but not the least, a huge whiteboard sheet plastered on the wall to ideate my writings and every goofy thing that I'd like to scribble. This would what my dream room would look like.

Because white is innocence, goodness, purity and perfection whereas green stands for harmony, life, energy and freshness. And I'd like my room to be a place where I'd make more and more fresh memories of my daily life with goodness and naivety. Well, I wouldn't also mind a few dark days. After all, if not for my very own room, who'd be my source of comfort?

So, my idea of a dream room transformation is a reflection of my own self, dreams and aspirations. Sure it did see me through everything I went through to be who I am now- be it happiness, sadness or a myriad of emotions. And I am sure that in many more years to come, it will see me through what I will become!

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