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Musing: "Be Still, My Broken Heart"

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"Death does not happen to you, Lydia. Death happens to all those around you, who are left trying to figure out how to get on with their lives without you in it." - Stiles Stilinski, Teen Wolf
I have faced death from close proximity a number of times. Either my heart was too numb or I was too young to realize what Death really is about. A person you love with all your heart simply ceases to exist.One minute they're there - the next not. And I guess that's what made me extremely wary of people who are there one day and disappear down the rabbit hole the next.
But this blog post doesn't deal with that. It deals with the fact, I have to get up from bed every morning, still chase the same dreams I was yesterday and pretend to move on in life, when my head still screams at me, "You should've tried harder. You should've looked more. It's all you. You're to blame. You and You Alone."
Last morning, all three kittens had gone for their morning stro…

Book Review: A Scandalous Proposition by M M George

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A SCANDALOUS PROPOSITION 
by M.M. George 




Publisher: IndiReads
Date: 2013 

Format: E-Book 
Link: GoodReads Amazon
Price: I got mine as a part of a giveaway! 

Summary:

“What is your price, Mira?”
“You’ll never be able to afford it!”

Feisty, small-town girl Mira Talwar is just finding her feet in Delhi when she encounters the hottest bachelor in the country, Ranbir Dewan. The sparks flying between them sizzle with sexual tension, but when Ranbir puts a scandalous proposition before her, she turns him down spiritedly.

However, they have to work together to engineer a happy ending for their siblings, who have fallen madly in love but are too afraid to tell their respective families. The plan they cook up throws them more and more into each other’s company.

Can Mira overlook Ranbir’s indecent proposal and give love a chance?

About the Author: 

Get a copy of the book and you'll find out about the author! ;-)

Review: 

I got interested in A Scandalous Proposition by M M George ever since the IndiReads p…

Musing: Why I Choose NOT To Get Married At 25 (or anytime soon)!

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I know posts like these have been doing the rounds on the internet of late, but I just have to vent about this somewhere. And what better way to keep a check on myself than broadcasting my thoughts all over the web via my blog. (Thank God I write - I think I'd have gone crazy by now had not been taking deep breaths and reminding myself I'd end up getting my revenge on print!)

I was dragged, practically kicking and screaming, to a family get together. (I keep telling my mother how much I loathe these little dinner parties and rightfully so.) My brother and I are the only ones left among the whole effing family tree of cousins who have reached the 'eligible age' of getting married. So everyone wanted to know when they'd finally get married because - well, hold your breath - they want to celebrate our wedding before old age claims them as victims. 

I wanted to roll my eyes and tell them that getting married is the last thing on my mind. When my abbu (second uncle) in…

Product Review: MatrikaS Paper Products

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As a writer, I'm perhaps the easiest person to buy gifts for. Give me a journal or a notebook, I'm a happy girl. I have even hoarded a lot of pretty looking journals because I've not been sure what to write in them. I occasionally like to take them down, print my name on inside the first page, and put it back in my drawer of notebooks and journals.

It is no surprise to me then that Swarnali recommended I apply for the MatrikaS Paper Product Review. While filling up the form, I mentioned that I like notebooks and I love writing in them. Then two weeks later, I got sent the three journals/notebooks in the picture above. 
Let's look at them one at a time.
The brilliant Cube Works Notebook. The doodles are too cute, and for me it's the perfect place to plan my next stories, novels...write out detailed character sketches. Treat it like my own little scribbling place. The paper is of a high quality - so whether you use an ink pen, gel pen or a use-and-throw ball pen - i…

Musing: Another Piece of my Childhood

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"A sister is a piece of childhood that can never be lost." - Marion C. Garretty 
September 2014. 
"I still remember the first day you were brought home from the hospital," my sister tells me as we drive from Parkar Parade towards her house, "there was a power cut, and I spent the whole day fanning you."
I smile. Our mother had told her repeatedly, that I was the helpless tiny thing and since she was my elder sister, it was her duty to take care me. Words that I think she took to heart. Because even today - my sister refuses to come to terms with the fact that I have turned twenty five. She still thinks I am the baby that was brought from the hospital, and that I belong to her...and anyone who wants anything to do with me, needs her stamp of approval.
If you don't have an elder sister, I cannot explain. And if you have an elder sister, I do not need to explain. 


December 2010. 
This was taken during my first trip to Singapore. I have admitted to being po…

Musings: An Ex-Student Talks About #hokkolorob

I have been away from home since 23rd August, but that does not mean that news does not reach me. I have hardly ever used my Facebook page or my blog for anything other than creative purposes. But what happened on the night of 16th September is unforgivable. It made me think when I have a platform to voice my feelings, I should bloody well use it. After all, we want to be heard. What better way to do it than broadcast my thoughts on this blog of mine?

Since I have not been present remotely in the city, I asked my friend, Indrani, to guest post for me.We went to college together for five years. We became the best of friends. And never in our time together we have never experienced something as heinous as the 16th September night And this particular incident has left us both shocked beyond words. Still, on my request, the following are her words and her feelings about the whole matter:


Jadavpur University, the name that floods my mind with sweetest of memories. 5 most important years of…

Singapore Diaries: A Musing on Turning Twenty Five

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Because I have been missing Pippo like crazy these past couple of days, my sister decided to gift me Muffin on the night the clock struck twelve and I turned 25 years old. 

That was the 12th of September 2014. And I have been meaning to blog about that for the longest time...but, oh well...you know what they say - old age tends to catch up with you. ;)

Okay. I lied. It doesn't. Age really nothing but a number. And while I freaked out about 25 and pulled a stunt that took me away from home, far from where everyone who know me and care about me, would've probably forced me to celebrate my 25th birthday - I forgot the flaw in my plan. 

I was going to be spending my birthday with my Elsa. Who really is a Queen of celebrations (I think she gets that from our mother). I was not really surprised by the notebook. Everyone who knows me knows about my love for writing. The best thing to give me is always a pen and a notebook, and leave me to my thoughts.




But my love for writing is not the p…

Singapore Diaries: Of Bicycle Rides & Coffee Evenings

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Every time someone asks me what have I been doing while my sister and brother-in-law are busy at work, I say...I'm busy with my own work. And when I finish working (or just want a break), I often walk down to the East Coast Park and spend a good amount of time there.

This week, I think I even stayed there till 8:30 pm one time. Because the place really is beautiful. And I get to ride a bicycle in peace. Something I've missed doing over the last few years of growing up...

It really did feel like I was a kid again....riding the bicycle, with the wind rushing past. Apparently if you learn to ride a bike, you are never going to forget it. No wonder it felt so wonderful...







I insisted on this bike because I was not really sure if I would remember to balance myself. It turns out, I did remember. And quite well at that. It was one of the best evenings here... 
We did go out for movies, and dinner, and lunch...they have always been nice. But the whole riding the bike along the east co…

Singapore Diaries: East Coast Park & A New Friend

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Last week when I got bored out of my mind, and decided to do a bit of exploring of my own. And in some stroke of miracle I found the way out of this beautiful maze Didi and Satyaki da live in called Villa Marina. Then my GPS took me to the East Coast Park. So I had walk for 19 minutes. Well, big deal. I still haven't hired a bike and rode around the park yet. I keep saying, "I'll do it tomorrow." But tomorrow, sadly, has not arrived yet.

And...so I kind of walked as far I dared to stray. (Yes, I'm a little bad with directions. So I was careful. I will still be careful when I go biking either tomorrow or day after. Let's see.)


And then, when I was on my way back from getting dinner. I made a new friend...

I had been missing Pippo a lot. So I thought maybe it was the Universe's way of telling me that there are other friendly cats around too. I just never seem to notice them. Isn't that funny?
I really hope I run into him again! :)


Day 30: My Hopes For My Blog

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Day 30: YOUR HOPES FOR YOUR BLOG 
I started this blog when I realized how powerful this platform is. True, I don't blog about things which would "trend". But this space feels so mine...absolutely mine.

I hope more and more people discover this blog. Realize there's much more to the unstrung ramblings of my musings... :)

Day 29: A Confession

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DAY 29: A CONFESSION 
2013 was one hell of a year....and I'd never want to trade it for anything in the world. The good times have just begun!!!

Day 28: Most Embarrassing Moment

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DAY 28: MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT

Well, quite a few make it to the list:


falling down the stairs in collegewhen everyone realized who I had a major crush onwhen said crush decided to annoy the hell out of me by saying very weird thingsfalling down while coming down the stairs in the Westside store...and usually I just laugh at these moments and put them behind me!!!

Day 27: What's In Your Closet

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DAY 27: WHAT'S IN YOUR CLOSET


Clothes
Jewelry
Diaries
Books
A kaleidoscope
Notebooks
Fabrics
and more clothes!!!

Singapore Diaries: The Flight & Then Exploring Villa Marina

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I had arrived on Saturday...my plane delayed by 4.5 hours to Singapore. I had actually been looking forward to this trip. Which, by the way, is a first for me. I was practically shipped off the first time in December 2010...and the next time, my head was too up in the clouds to care about being out of the country. Not to mention the jealous and snide remarks I had to endure for being lucky enough to travel out of the country 2 times in a row. But this time it was different. 
I was not being shipped off against my will. Nor was I suffering from the whole love is an open door syndrome. I wanted to do something for my 25th birthday. Celebrating it with my sister after nearly seven years seemed like a good plan.And by God, it took such a long time to execute. The saving began from last year. And lastly,the timely arrival of my arrears, helped to let me by sufficient dollars. (Although being the generous and loving brother-in-law and sister, they haven't let me spend anything yet. Exc…

Day 26: My Hidden Talent

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DAY 26: YOUR HIDDEN TALENT 
Ummm...I guess I haven't discovered that yet. But I do have a knack of picking up lots of hobbies. Maybe that's my hidden talent.

Day 25: My Biggest Regret

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DAY 25: YOUR BIGGEST REGRET 

It took me nearly twenty two years to find myself...I wish that had happened sooner. Besides that. Nothing really... :)

Day 24: What Attracts You (in Love)

DAY 24: WHAT ATTRACTS YOU (in LOVE)


Honest conversations that go on till late into the night...Someone who likes cats and would adore Pippli-Pie :DA lover of books, movies and musicSomeone who can write. Or tries to at least.Sense of humor.Caring, warmth and loving nature.

Day 23:If You Won the Lottery

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DAY 23: If You Won The Lottery...
Start my own publishing house.
Travel the world.
Build a free library.

Day 21: What Makes Me Sad

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DAY 21: WHAT MAKES YOU SAD


Backstabbers Lack of faith You choose to be sad I choose happiness over sorrow, every day :)

Day 20: What Makes Me Happy

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DAY 20:WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY 
Pippo darling <3Red roses A walk in the rain New notebooks The smell of books Learning new things Reading Pet-sittingBaking Writing and the list is endless... 

Day 19: My Favorite Movie

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DAY 19: MY FAVORITE MOVIE

I loved this movie. I loved every single minute of watching this movie....And every time I am in a foul mood, I go back and watch this again :D

Day 18: A Photograph of Myself

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DAY 18: A PHOTOGRAPH OF YOURSELF 




Day 17: My Favorite Blogs

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DAY 17: YOUR FAVORITE BLOGS 
The Vigil Idiot
Dip-tea Blogs Here
The Shameless Blogger
b00k r3vi3ws
One and half minutes
Dreams n Drama
....and all the random blogs I read!!! 



Day 16: Thoughts on Education

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DAY 16: THOUGHTS ON EDUCATION 
My mother always said that the sky is the limit when it came to learning...and I've always believed that. While I agree that bookish knowledge is important - I sincerely believe that teaching yourself all the life skills is also very important. 
I have his mad urge to be self-sufficient. Perhaps that's why I've taken up innumerable hobbies... :) 
I don't like the rote-routine ways in which we're taught in our schools and colleges. It limits creativity. And becomes at the end of the day, a memory test.
I have the highest respect for anyone who has taught herself anything...be it an instrument, a skill or simply the ability to see something no one else can.... 

Day 15: Where Will I Be in 5 Years?

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DAY 15: WHERE WILL YOU BE IN 5 YEARS?

Working my dream job, living with my family and of course, Pippo.

Maybe with a wealth of books to my name.

A couple of best sellers wouldn't hurt.

Traveling.

Weekend trips.

Being in touch with my best friends.

Being able to sew almost anything.

A much better baker and cook.

:)

Day 14: 3 Healthy Habits

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DAY 14: 3 HEALTHY HABITS


Brush my teeth every day, twice, without fail :D
I practice yoga, thrice a week.
I always wash my hands before eating...or use a hand sanitizer!!! 

Day 13: What's inside my fridge?

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DAY 13: WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR FRIDGE?

Well, I guess milk, butter, eggs....lemon, vegetables, jars of jam, peanut butter.

A stray bar of chocolate.

Chocolate chips.

A forgotten dessert.

Bottled spices.

Whipped cream.

Fish.

Chicken.

Salami.

Sausages.

Minced meat.

And...you'll have to ask my mother. This list is written from memory, recalling all the times I've opened the fridge, trying to snoop around for food! :D

Day 12: My Favorite Childhood Book

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DAY 12: YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK
Long before I found out the reality of the Grimm's brothers' stories, I loved the watered down and sugar coated versions we were read out as kids. And Disney put a whole new spin on it too....So doubtlessly, my favorite childhood book was a copy of the children's version of Grimm's Fairy Tales.
I do own a copy of the original too. But my love for the story remains as strong as ever. In fact, it has even inspired me to write Indian adaptations of these beautiful stories.



Day 11: 10 Favorite Foods

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DAY 11: 10 Favorite Foods 
I am not a foodie at all...but being friends and siblings with people who at least one favorite food has helped me pick up a few dishes that I will like - if not love. A recent conversation between my friends was one where everyone had an item of food they said they would kill for...and I kept thinking and thinking about something I would kill for. Too bad, nothing very concrete came to mind. Anyway - here's my list:
1. Phuckas/Golgappas/Pani Puris - whatever you choose to call it. This tops my list thanks to the crazy sister who insists that this was the best thing ever invented on earth.
2. Doi Maach 
3. Cupcakes (especially the ones I make for the family!) :D

4. Ice-Cream sundaes (especially if someone makes them for me!!)
5. Brownies with ice-cream (homemade version)
6. Chicken Sweet Corn Soup (and I love the version Gauri di makes for us)
7. White Mushroom Sesame Chicken 
8. Doughnuts (especially the ones found in CCD :P)
9. Chicken Rezala 
10. Cris…