Blurb (from Goodreads) –
Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses for friends’ weddings and baby showers. To escape her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin travelled the world, often alone, several weeks yearly. She fell in love with the planet and attractive locals – connection without commitment. Israeli bartenders, Finnish poker players, sexy Bedouins, and Argentinean priests help transform her into “Kristin-Adjacent” on the road – a slower, softer, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home.
My thoughts –
As a part of the 2016 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge, I picked up this book for the month of July, for which the motif was – LOL: Hilarious memoirs, silly chick lit, comedic sci-fi. Pick a book that is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. The book was in my TBR for quite a long time. The title of the book was what attracted me to it and when my friend gifted this one last month, I was super-duper happy! 🙂 😀 (more…)
Author: Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.
Participating in the 2016 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge has been so far a good experience and has done me good by making me pick up books from my huge stack of tempted-to-bring-home-but-not-yet-read books. For the month of May I had to select a book under the motif “Story of Survival” and while going through my earlier mentioned stack, the picture of Malala Yousafzai staring at me from the cover made my job easy. So, for the month of May, MALALA it was! (more…)
Chang La, Ladakh, India (more…)
In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father who carefully tends her garden–where she later unearths evidence of a love affair he is keeping to himself. In “A Choice of Accommodations,” a couple’s romantic getaway weekend takes a dark turn at a party that lasts deep into the night. In “Only Goodness,” a woman eager to give her younger brother the perfect childhood she never had is overwhelmed by guilt, anguish and anger when his alcoholism threatens her family. And in “Hema and Kaushik,” a trio of linked stories–a luminous, intensely compelling elegy of life, death, love and fate–we follow the lives of a girl and boy who, one fateful winter, share a house in Massachusetts. They travel from innocence to experience on separate, sometimes painful paths, until destiny brings them together again years later in Rome.
Unaccustomed Earth is rich with the author’s signature gifts: exquisite prose, emotional wisdom and subtle renderings of the most intricate workings of the heart and mind. It is the work of a writer at the peak of her powers. (more…)
Since the advent of online shopping (specially for clothing), my life has been much easier – I am sure it’s the same for many others. Standing in queues outside trial rooms, trying out a humongous selection of clothes making me frustrated & sweaty many a times & at the end too confused to decide & then bringing home some useless stuff, getting tempted to buy a top or something when all I wanted to shop for was a formal kurta- and the list goes on….! And this is when online shopping websites came to my rescue. Today I buy stuff as per my requirements (well, most of the times), the filters available for size, color, type, etc. suits me perfectly and makes my job so much easier. The returns & exchange option & Cash-on-Delivery mode of payment in almost all the websites are of course the added benefits. (more…)
I love older things that people have used and cherished. They have personality, character, and soul ~ Anonymous
Tucked away in the hills of Sonapur (about 17 kms from Guwahati City) is a treasure trove of all things old & vintage. Under the tireless efforts of Mr Pickloo Deka over the years, flourishes his dream and hobby of collecting rare gems that occupy pages of history. Called the TREASURED WHEELS, it is his endeavour to collect and offer a peek to the glorious yesteryears to all the interested people of today & tomorrow. He says that he wants to leave behind glimpses of our rich history for the future generation, under one roof. (more…)
Think of Saudi Arabia and what do you see? Terrorists spreading fear? Religious zealots? A corrupt government and a fabulously wealthy royal family living lives of unbelievably luxury?
Jean Sasson captures the flavour and reality of life in a country of extremes and contradictions. Princess ‘Sultana’, a real Saudi princess closely related to the King, lives those contradictions, with priceless jewels, many servants, unlimited funds at her disposal, but no freedom. A prisoner in a gilded cage with no vote, no control, no value, but as a mother of sons, she is totally at the mercy if the men in her life… her father, her brother, her husband.
For the first time, a royal Saudi woman opens the door to give readers an unvarnished look inside a closed society. ‘Sultana’ lifts the veil on the shocking world of forced marriages, sex slavery, honour killings and other outrages against women, both royal and common.
Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and great courage. By speaking out, ‘Sultana’ risks the wrath of the Saudi establishment and for this reason, she has told her story to Jean Sasson. This is a real-life story you will never forget. (more…)