Movie, Musings, Review

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 […]

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Review

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 […]

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Book, Book Review, Young Adult

Book Review: Love, Hate And Other Filters

I started following the author Samira Ahmed on Twitter a while back when her book was yet to be published. I followed her through the preview of her cover art and the eventual publication date. The premise of the book is that of a teen figuring out her place in the world amid islamophobia and […]

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Review

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 […]

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Blogs, Movie, Review

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 […]

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Books, Review

The Fault in Our Stars

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. This is a recurring line in the book and sort of encapsulates what the book was for me. It is that kind of book that if I read the second and third time, various sentences will pop out, loaded with meaning based on whatever my personal circumstance is […]

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Movie, Review

Understated, Elegant, Queenly.

As the weekend wrapped up and the chores for the day were done, I propped my feet up and decided to watch a movie. A luxury I had not had the chance to afford in months now. Streaming from my handheld device, the large TV screen hooked our attention from the word go. As Rani […]

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Movie, Review

Kalyana Samayal Saadham – Good fun!

In that hazy hours between three and five in the afternoon when sleep comes abegging, I decided to skip the nap and catch up on a movie that has been doing its rounds in my chat circles. Finally a ‘brahmin’ flick that is enjoyable claimed one. Tamil movies have come of age proclaimed another. I […]

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Books, Review

The Lowland – Reflections

The story starts with a description of the Lowland and somehow you feel desolation fill within you. The story ebbs and flows with the two brothers and their wife. As the chapters alternate between the characters and flip back and forth in time, you are caught in it. By the time the novel reaches its […]

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Bollywood, Movie, Opinion, Review

Airbrushed reality

I snuck back home a little before 1:00 AM this morning. As I slipped under the covers, in the last few moments before sleep claimed me, my thoughts about Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani was that it was airbrushed reality. Sitting in my patio, sipping on hot kaapi, watching the kids pick wildflowers for me, I […]

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Music, Review

English Vinglish Happy Vappy

So we head out, my sis in law and a couple of friends late last night to catch Engli-Vingli as Pattani insisted on calling it. We reached the theater, settled in and waited for the promos to finish and the movie to start. Start it did to the hustle and bustle of everyday life in […]

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Books, People, Review

iChanged the world!

The clock showed 2:00 AM. I sat back and closed my eyes for a few minutes before I went to bed. I had just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. I loved the book. It was a fast read considering the technical and business nature of most chapters. It is a book that […]

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