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Musings: This Book Will Save Your Life

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It's not a secret that during my initial days on this earth, I wasn't very good at life. I struggled to fit in. I didn't get the other kids and I doubt they understood me. I have more recollections of enemy encounters than friendships from my school days. The one thing that did help me and I believe saved me, was reading. 

My sister was a bookworm. I followed in her footsteps. 

My obsession with fairy tales began from quite an early age. I knew the stories for Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Frog Prince and Rapunzel like the back of my hand. I watched the Disney movies dubbed in Hindi on the television (and got a little disappointed). 

Next on my list was the Enid Blyton. I have been on countless adventures with the Famous Five, the Five Find-Outers, the Secret Seven. I have dreamed of going to a boarding school like Malory Towers and St. Claire's. 

I grew up and turned my attention to what I thought should be next on my list. I read Pride and Prejudice, Little Women…

Book Review: This Song Will Save Your Life

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About the Book: Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski's strong suit. All throughout her life, she's been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing. 
Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, Leila Sales' THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

About the Author: Leila Sales is the author of the novels Mostly Good Girls and Past Perfect. She grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. Much like the characters in This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila regularly stays up too late and listens to…

Musings: Cat Café Studio

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I have noticed that I don’t blog as often as I would like after moving to Mumbai. You see, in between doing the dishes, cooking my meals, doing my laundry, turning up for work on time, working at said job etc. my own little things gets ignored. While I know I’m busy is the lamest excuse there is on the planet – I also know this – I can manage to get the balance back in my life if I want. (Emphasis on if.)
My flatmate and I had been planning on going to Cat Café Studio in Andheri West for ages but that plan just wasn’t materializing. Until we decided that enough was enough. We needed to put our money where our mouths were. (Metaphorically speaking because paying rent and brokerage kind of makes you go broke by the middle of the month. But working odd jobs sometimes helps you survive in this mad jungle of a city!)

So last Thursday, post-work, I met up with her and we both made our way to the Cat Café Studio. On the way she filled me in about the rules and regulations they have there. Yo…

Musings: Kolkata Girl in Mumbai

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Last night we were playing This or That (because I objected to playing Never Have I Ever), and someone asked me to choose between Mumbai and Bengal. Me being me, launched into how the question was technically wrong – you can’t make me choose between a city and a state! It got switched to Mumbai or Kolkata – and I somehow dodged answering that question. But it is a question that hasn’t left my mind.
So which one do I prefer indeed?
To be honest with you, it’s not as a straightforward answer as one might imagine. Kolkata will always be my home. I will miss that city during the hustle and bustle of Mumbai. I will think about the overcrowded metros, as I fight my way into the ladies’ compartment of the local trains and I will especially miss my mother when I have to come home after a day of work in office and figure out my dinner!

I miss Gauri Di and her frowning at me and reprimanding me for having too much tea and not enough food! But at the same time, there’s an office mama who cares a…

Musings: Books, BUZZ & Bombay

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I moved to Mumbai at the end of June because I was that fried of being at the same place for twenty eight years. I would go to other cities for a week after I started my first job in Kolkata – because I was trying to decide which would be a good city to move to. I even spent some time in Singapore with my city, but I never really thought about moving there. Mumbai had been my constant since 2015.
But due to a number of reasons, both personal and professional, I never did act on that until 2018. I don’t think I was made for staying at the same place for too long. Much less around the same people. I was grateful that I met a lot of people (who are now constants in my life) through my blog in 2013. Our friendships are still going strong. *Knock on wood*.
But being on your own in an alien city is not as glamorous as people make it out to be. (Of course I got help with settling down, with my mother and my sister coming in for a visit, to make sure I was okay. And I am guessing to find out …

Musings: Kindness

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I know I haven’t blogged for the longest time and I owe it to those you who check in here on a regular basis at least an explanation as to what happened. Besides the fact that I was struggling to find a balance between work and life, shifting into a new city and being completely on my own – the other reason would be my continued tryst with mental health.
You know before I moved, my therapist gave the most valuable piece of advice. She told me that was it was completely okay to break down at times and not be okay. She said we are so focused on getting past our issues that we never stop to think what might be the root cause of it. I remember when I had been dragged to see her. I was so annoyed with everyone in my life. It took me a long time to understand that therapy was not a bad thing and not as big a taboo as everyone made it out to be. I remember talking to a friend whose younger brother was going through a tough time. When I recommend she take him to see a therapist, she all but s…

Musings: The Simplest Thing

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Sometimes the hardest things are the simplest of them all. How hard would it be to admit you like someone? How hard would it be to just walk up to someone and tell them, I think you're truly awesome? 
I never had any faith in Secret Santa or Secret Valentine's. But I am beginning to change my mind. You see, we are too quick to jump to conclusions about even ourselves. Sometimes a kind word can save a life. And you never know what someone might need to hear right at the moment. Isn't it? 
I personally think there should be a secret appreciation note exchange every month. And not through malicious apps like the Sahara or Whisper App. But a truly special handwritten note that talks about how amazing someone you feel is. 
Too often we meet people who smile at us on the surface, but you can tell they're breaking from inside. And it doesn't help to walk up them and give them a hug. It often triggers them instead of helping them. The best thing to do would be to slip in thos…

Musing: The Mumbai Journal – THE MOVE

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“You can recreate yourself as many times as there are cities in this world. I think that is the reason we all love to travel.”


For someone who has lived in one city all her life, moving into another city becomes a big deal. For someone who is used to shifting cities, never owning a permanent address and keeps following their whim – after a while things tend to blend together. That’s when they begin feeling trapped even in their wildest of journeys, and year for something other than the wanderlust. I don’t pretend to be called by the sea, the ocean or the mountains. But I like travelling. However the thought of leaving my comfort zone wasn’t one that I was prepared for.
You see while I had always wanted to live on my own in a new city, some part of me did not agree with the notion. So even when things would go smoothly and, and I would be on the verge of receiving word of moving into a new city – things would fall apart. It was always disappointment intertwined with the tiniest bit of…

8 Major Plot Differences between 13 Reasons Why Novel & Netflix Series

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Since its release in 2007, Jay Asher’s novel 13 Reasons Why has been both praised and criticized. While some experts believe the book has helped to start conversations, others are of the firm opinion that it has done more damage than good. There were talks about turning this book into a series years later and rumours of Selena Gomez being involved in the project. A lot of people thought she would be playing Hannah Baker but also felt she might be too old for the role. Finally in 2016, it was announced that Netflix would release it as a 13-episode series, with Selena Gomez serving as Executive producer. Dylan Minnette bagged the role of Clay Jensen, and Katharine Langford would play Hannah Baker. As all books to onscreen translations go, there were a number of changes made. Timeline

In the book, Clay Jensen comes home from school, a week after Hannah Baker’s death and finds the box of cassette tapes waiting for him. He binges through all thirteen tapes in one night, going all over their …

Book Review: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It's Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.



It was the movie trailer that drew my attention to the book, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. That and because I follow practically everyone involved in the TV series The Flash on Instagram, I was clued in about the movie being made. But like I have said so many times before, I am a huge fan of Young Adult literature and I will read all kinds of new authors who can give me a shred of evidence that this will be an unique story.
Becky Abertalli doesn’t disappoint. Simon is a closeted struggling gay kid who has always loved boys. But he’s caught between the world in which he has always been…

6 Lessons in Friendship from 2 Broke Girls

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I finished binge watching 2 Broke Girls early this morning. I was warned that due to the unceremonious cancellation of the series, they left a lot of issues unresolved. We still don’t know if Caroline stuck with Bobby or she went off to be with Candy Andy. (Who was once referred to as ‘The One’ for Caroline in the series and she’d blown it with him.) We are all curious to know if commitment phobic, daddy issues riddled Max actually settled down and went through with her wedding with Randy. She was engaged at the series finale but it is difficult for fans to believe she would go through a wedding without a hiccup or several ones. Their savings was down to 0 and Caroline and Max stuck with the diner jobs they have been trying to escape forever. It was obvious the creators had a season seven planned but due to the series getting axed, none of us the wiser. We really need a 2 Broke Girls movie to tie up all the loose ends. I honestly started watching the show because I wasn’t too happy a…

Review: Anne with An E

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Anne of Green Gables  Anne of Green Gables was one of my absolute favourite novels as a young teenager. I discovered this book in the back shelf of my school’s library during the forty five minute library period we were assigned on Friday. I was in the sixth or seventh standard back then, I believe. I used to hate having a surname starting with the letter ‘B’ that would ensure I would get called upon during viva exams as one of the first students! But I didn’t mind going alphabetically during the ‘library class’ because it meant I had the best choices when it came to selecting books to take home for a week and especially the weekend. I loved borrowing books on a Friday. I usually didn’t have to study that evening and more often than not, I finished reading the book I would get from the library.
Anne of Green Gables was sitting quietly in one corner of the school cupboard when I happened to find it. I don’t know if it was the cover or the dog eared pages that appealed to me. I scanned th…

Movie Review: SING

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Movie Synopsis:Sing is a 2016 American computer-animated musical comedy-drama film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It was directed and written by Garth Jennings, co-directed by Christophe Lourdele and starring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, and Tori Kelly. The film is about a group of anthropomorphic animals that enter a singing competition, hosted by a koala hoping to save his theater. Movie Review:
When the trailer for SING was released back in 2016, I had been amused. But I didn’t think much of it. Neither did I go out of my way to catch the movie in theatres. I wish now, however, that I had. For some reason I was listening to Elton John’s Still Standing Glee cover. I chanced upon a comment that said the SING cover by Taron Egerton was better. So I immediately had to check that out…and long story short, I ended up watching the whole movie this afternoon. (Yes - perks of working from hom…