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No, no, no… I am no chef, just an ordinary girl who likes experimenting in the kitchen. But before I started experimenting, I had my experiences in the kitchen – seeing mom make the cake or the naankhatais in the oven, helping her with the preparation of the batter or how I would stand awed as my daadi made rotis in the tandoor… but I never tried making anything in the kitchen for a very long time. In fact, my first experiments in the kitchen started much later and my first experiments were a thanks to school assignment in 8th standard – we had to write about two things we tried during the summer break, one where we succeeded and one where we failed. My mom asked me to write about making tea as my success story and kneading dough as my failure story – of course, before writing I had to actually try doing those things too. Interestingly, kneading dough, which is actually a difficult task was my successful task as for making tea, well mom took a cup, pointed to the two-third line and said…

Book Review : Release

Book Title : Release Author : Patrick Ness Genre : Young Adult, General Fiction ISBN : 9781406377279 Publisher : Walker Books Publication : May 2017 Pages : 287 Binding : Paperback

Plot : Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume's Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It's a big day. Things go wrong. It's intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches...
Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It's a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won't come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

My Rating : 3 ☆'s

Review :
Release was my first ever from the author and having heard such great things about Patrick Ness, …

Book Review : Charlotte

Book Title : Charlotte Author : David Foenkinos
Genre : Biography (Retelling)
ISBN : 9781782117940
Publisher : Canongate Publication : 2017 Pages : 224 Binding : Hardback

Plot : Charlotte Salomon is born into a family stricken by suicide and a country at war - but there is something exceptional about her. She has a gift, a talent for painting. And she has a great love, for a brilliant, eccentric musician.

But just as she is coming in to her own as an artist, death is coming to control her country. The Nazis have come to power and, a Jew in Berlin, her life is narrowing - she is kept from her art, torn from her love and her family, chased from her country. And still she is not safe, not from the madness that has hunted her family, or the one gripping Europe . . .

My Rating : 5 ☆'s

Review : Charlotte is not just a Jewish girl, she is not just an artist either - Charlotte is an obsession! Her story is laced with melancholy but that depression is addictive - its gripping. This depression becomes y…