Film Review: the half of it

About twenty-three years ago, I created my first personal email account. It was an account that I shared with my best friend. It was also an account that saw a lot of emails go back and forth with “pen pals”, people we did not know. There were no smartphones, no way to scan and send … Continue reading Film Review: the half of it

Giftorations: Decor That Doubles As Gifts

I rarely do advertorials/sponsored posts on the blog but being that this is family and I feel comfortable writing about it because of having experienced the product personally. A few months ago, a cousin of mine Swetha reached out to talk about SEO and website traffic. Turns out she and a friend, both moms to … Continue reading Giftorations: Decor That Doubles As Gifts

Book Review: Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

A friend recommended this book on Goodreads and on impulse, I checked it out from my library. At a little under 500 pages, it took me two days to finish the book. The story is about two women. Solimar from Mexico who dreams of getting to and building a life in America. Kavya, a Berkeley … Continue reading Book Review: Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

Philadelphia Writers Workshop – A Recap

All week before the actual conference, I went about my day thinking about it. I lay awake at night thinking of plot, structure, synopsis and query. Then a day before I decided to chuck it all and just go as an attendee. I vented on twitter tagging my posts with #phillyww and before I knew … Continue reading Philadelphia Writers Workshop – A Recap

Art Imitating Life

It is mid morning. Ideal time to declutter, check off items on my to-do list that has been constantly growing since I quit work two years ago. Instead I am in my study watching the drama unfold in Season 11 of Grey’s Anatomy. I missed the show when it first aired stumbling on it one … Continue reading Art Imitating Life

Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss – Poetry, Fantasy and World-Building at its best

Early this week, I borrowed the first of Patrick Rothfuss’s books (The Name of the Wind) from my library. I devoured it in less than a day and waited eagerly for the next (Wise Man’s Fear) which I finished reading at 2:00 AM this morning. My brain swirled with Kvothe, Felurian, Auri, Denna, Bast and … Continue reading Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss – Poetry, Fantasy and World-Building at its best

The Association Of Small Bombs – Rich, Evocative, Compelling

I stumbled on to this book on a friend’s timeline and put it on hold at my local library. As someone working on a book of her own, I am forever on the lookout for books by Indian authors. So, this seemed a promising read. The book starts with a bomb going off in a … Continue reading The Association Of Small Bombs – Rich, Evocative, Compelling

Without Benefits by Nicole Tone – Beach Read With Soul

Nicole is someone I got to know on Twitter when looking for critique partners. As we swapped first chapters, I soon realized her writing was exemplary and she had much to offer in terms of feedback and the craft of writing, something I could only aspire too. So, when I knew her first book was … Continue reading Without Benefits by Nicole Tone – Beach Read With Soul

The House We Grew Up In – Dysfunctional Much?

I picked up The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell based on a recommendation on Twitter. The story starts promisingly enough with the eldest daughter of the Bird family arriving at the family house after her mom dies. Weaving back and forth over a period of 20 - 30 years, the story traces … Continue reading The House We Grew Up In – Dysfunctional Much?

The Nightingale – A Riveting Read

I bought this book after it was our book club pick for this month. It sat on my Kindle for over three weeks before I even looked it up. I had no idea what to expect as I skipped reading the synopsis or the reviews before buying the book. I finished the book a day … Continue reading The Nightingale – A Riveting Read

Before We Visit The Goddess – A Nuanced Read That Will Linger

Before We Visit The Goddess by Chitra Divakaruni is a book I have been looking forward to since I saw the pre-release publicity on Twitter. I got it over the weekend from the library and savored it over the course of this afternoon. The book opens ominously to jackals howling in the night and dives … Continue reading Before We Visit The Goddess – A Nuanced Read That Will Linger

Jerkbait by Mia Seigert

I met Mia Seigert on Twitter in the process of growing my writing community and was blown away by how easy she was to talk to and how much she gave without reserve in terms of experience and tips to a newbie like me. I was planning to buy her book when it comes out … Continue reading Jerkbait by Mia Seigert

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

A book club I am part of picked this book for our next meeting. I was thrilled as it was on my TBR pile. Also, I follow @CelesteNg and love her take on most things related to race and diversity. I read the blurbs, the front and back cover synopsis and settled myself comfortably with … Continue reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Split – Swati Avasthi

I stumbled on Avasthi’s book by chance. Browsing my library’s YA literature, this came up as available. I checked it out and read it over two days. The story starts well enough but by the time I was mid way, my heart was racing and I was as jumpy as Jace and Christian. The pace … Continue reading Split – Swati Avasthi

Yatrik – The Traveller – Interesting Premise

I have followed GreatBong for years on his blog, cherry picking the posts I read. When his first book May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss came out, I made a note mentally to read it but never really got around to it. This past week browsing Kindle Unlimited, I saw that some of his books were … Continue reading Yatrik – The Traveller – Interesting Premise

Kite Strings – Well Written, Niche Story on Relationships

I signed up for a trial version of Kindle Unlimited and picked up a slew of books by Indian authors. Kite Strings by Andaleeb Wajid was one of them. The story is set in Bangalore and Vellore and features orthodox muslim families. I started the book in the evening and finished it by night. The … Continue reading Kite Strings – Well Written, Niche Story on Relationships

Gifted – Poignant and strangely haunting

I grabbed Nikita Lalwani's Gifted from my local library's fall sale. The cover appealed to me and I checked the blurb at the back and it resonated. I added it to my list of books to read as I research setting my story partly in India and partly in the US. I read the book … Continue reading Gifted – Poignant and strangely haunting

The Girl on the Train – Fast, Vivid Read

“I am not the girl I used to be. I am no longer desirable, I’m off-putting in some way. It’s not just that I’ve put on weight, or that my face is puffy from the drinking and the lack of sleep; it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see … Continue reading The Girl on the Train – Fast, Vivid Read

O Kadhal Kanmani – Just about OK?

I watched my twitter feed go agog at the first trailer release of O Kadhal Kanmani. Reminiscent of Alaipayudhe was the verdict. I watched from the sidelines as the music release happened and then the movie. I jumped at the chance to watch the movie with family today and walked out of the theater wondering … Continue reading O Kadhal Kanmani – Just about OK?