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Chai-a-Thon : The Pull Of The Chai

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This blog is a part of the Chai-a-thon blog train organized by 'The Momsteins'. Now if you have been following my blogs, you would know, I did a blogathon with these ladies back during Navratri and it was so much fun, that I was looking forward to joining another blogathon with them and here is my chance on this International Tea Day with another blog train organised by these beautiful ladies.
At this point, I would like to thank Misha Jain who blogs at www.freshlybakedhead.wordpress.com for introducing me. Do go and read her post about her tea-time memories.
Moving on, I wondered for way too long as to what to write, what anecdote to talk about and I realized half of my life has revolved around chai-time - they are all fond memories, and they have made me love my cup of daily tea more and more.
So with a list of all those moments, I would like to pay a tribute to the trusted and dear friend - my cup of tea on this international t…

Book Review : Dumplin

Book Title : Dumplin - Go Big Or Go Home Author : Julie Murphy ISBN : 9780062327185 Publisher : Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins Publishers) Genre : Young Adult / Contemporary Fiction Publication : 2015 Pages : 375 Binding : Hardback

About The Book: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty…

Book Review : A Man Called Ove

Book Title : A Man Called Ove Author : Frederik Backman  ISBN : 9781449474256
Publisher : Sceptre
Genre : Novel / General Fiction Publication : 2014 Pages : 305 Binding : Kindle Edition

About The Book: A grumpy yet lovable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backi…

Book Review : Milk and Honey

Book Title : Milk and Honey Author : Rupi Kaur
ISBN : 9781449474256
Publisher : Andrews McMeel Genre : Poetry Publication : 2014 Pages : 204 Binding : Paperback


About The Book: milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

Rating: 3.5 ☆'s

Review: Okay, hold on Give me a moment As I catch my breath And gather my thoughts For this book Has left me In a tornado of  Myriad of emotions

No, I wasn't taking a dig at the author - but I definitely am trying to make a point here. Let me begin from beginning...
Truthfully, I loved the book and on the onset of this review I was just about read…

Book Review : Twenty Love Poems and A Song Of Despair

Book Title : Twenty Love Poems and A Song Of Despair Author : Pablo Neruda [(Translator)] ISBN : 9780224074415 Publisher : Jonathan Cape (Penguin Random House) Genre : Poetry Publication : 2004 Pages : 65 Binding : Paperback




About The Book: The Chilean Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was probably the greatest and certainly the most prolific of twentieth-century Latin American poets. He brought out his first collection at the age of seventeen, and quickly developed an assured and distinctive poetic voice. His third book, Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Cancion Desesperada - Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair- was published in 1924 and attracted international acclaim. It remains one of the most celebrated and admired books of erotic poetry published in the last hundred years, with over a million copies sold worldwide. Neruda was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1971.

Rating: 3.5 ☆'s

Review: I first came around the name Pablo Neruda, when I was in school, nearly a decade and a half ago - When I w…

Book Review : Americanah

Book Title : Americanah Author : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ISBN : 9780345807465
Publisher : Alfred A. Knopf Genre : General Fiction  Publication : 2013 Pages : 477 Binding : Kindle Edition




Plot: Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today's globalized world. As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu - beautiful, self-assured - departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze - the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor - had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria…

Book Review : Everyone Has A Right To Love

Book Title : Everyone Has A Right To Love Author : Gagan Madan Genre : Fiction 
ISBN : 9781947429260
Publisher : Notion Press Publication : 2017 Pages : 140 Binding : Paperback




Plot: Life is too busy but it’s also too easy, if you look closer.
Love is too complicated but it’s also too clear, if you feel deeper. Sometimes laughter is too difficult but a small smile can give us a lot of happiness. Today we all are too busy to prove ourselves and to excel. We have no time for love and we hide our emotions and affection. We always choose our priorities and we will always find time for things that we feel are important and those things which give us happiness. When we love someone, we start to care because love is a priority and not an option in life.  You also have a right to love, so keep loving, stay happy.

Rating: 1.5 ☆'s

Review: First of all, I would like to thank the author for sending me this review copy in exchange for an honest review and giving me the opportunity to review his book. Moving…

Book Review : Kaash Kashmir

Book Title : Kaash Kashmir: A Play on Love and Loss in the Valley of Fear Author : Rajesh Talwar Genre : Fiction - Drama and Plays
ASIN : B072JCY12R
Publisher : --- Publication : 2017 Pages : 196 Binding : Kindle Edition



Plot :
The play opens with a scene in a garden opposite a large double-storey house in which a young teenage boy of school going years confesses his love to a young girl. The boy, Rohan, is a Kashmiri Hindu and the girl, Ayesha, a Muslim. The two families, the Pandits and the Shahs are neighbors. Soon after this profession of love, together with thousands of other Kashmiri Pandits, the boy and his family are forced to leave Srinagar, leaving their house and possessions behind. It is the beginning of 1990 that marks the Kashmiri Pandit exodus. At first the family stays in a refugee camp in Jammu, awaiting the possibility of return, but hopes of return rapidly dwindling, eventually they move to Delhi. Rohan, who is still in school, decides to join the Indian Army. 
Ten years pass…

Book Review : Five Days

Book Title : Five Days - An Adventure Author : Krishna Pareek Genre : Fantasy Fiction
ASIN : B075SZ7J58
Publisher : --- Publication : 2017 Pages : 142 Binding : Kindle Edition




Plot :
Derek is growing like any other child around him, laughing like everyone and living like everyone… but he doesn't know an evil incantation is living in his very heart… everything was normal until there were five days to his 18th birthday, then… a thousand kind of soul-sucking symptoms attack him… doctors say it’s an unknown and incurable disease but truth says it’s a curse… Now he has no more than five days to live… this sounds horrible at first glance but these are the same days that’ll show him – Sana, secret life of his best friend Anna, truth and his love, Alicia…

My Rating : 2.5 ☆'s

Review : First of allIwouldliketothank the authorforafreecopyinexchangeforanhonest review.
Moving on to the book review...
If dragons and magic excite you, if parallel worlds are something you look forward to and bollywood roman…

Book Review : Invoked

Book Title : Invoked - Hymns of War
Author : Karan Bhatia Genre : Mythological Fiction ISBN : 9788175110854 Publisher : Notion Press Publication : 2016 Pages : 200 Binding : Paperback

Plot :
Krishna is a common man, leading a simple and content life with his wife, daughter and parents. A twisted accident leaves the family shattered and exposed to attacks from the netherworld. The attacks are the small, but integral pieces of the bigger picture. As the family fights back and Krishna struggles to prove himself as the man of the house, the darkest chapters from his past re-open, unleashing a torrent of pain and desolation. Krishna decides to embark on a spiritual journey to save his family.


My Rating : 3.5 ☆'s

Review :
First of allIwouldliketothank the authorforafreecopyinexchangeforanhonest review. Moving on to the book review...
How many pages of reading does it take for you to decide if you are going to like a book or not? The book Invoked, has a power packed first chapter which is only on…

Blogathon : Day 09 of 9 Days of Womanhood

It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Jinal Gada for introducing me. I loved her blog on the prompt for today - check it out on www.foreversassymommy.com

Prompt for the Day : One Avataar of Matarani That Fits You or a Woman You Know



Today, with this post, once published, will mark the end of this blogathon that I participated in with so many wonderful moms, each with their own stories to tell. We bonded over our shared love for our children and motherhood. Each of them, had fought and conquered their fears, challenges, obstacles and every single one of them had come out stronger than before. I dedicate this post to each one of them...

I also recently, found my girl gang, we bonded over our love for reading. But each day, that I have known them - I have thanked God, for this group of friends - the booktroverts gang. Each of them has shown strength in their own way, we have faltered and we …