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A Guilt-Ridden Life, June eBookHaul, Year of Yes: This Week~My Life

Life as Freya

The other day I had this profound conversation with a friend about guilt and guilt ridden lives. I realised that I’ve spend most of my life feeling guilty – guilty for either having done something or not having done something. And this applies to all the mundane things.

For example if I sit down to read a book for an hour on a busy day (which is almost all days), I’m guilty about not finishing tasks. And if I don’t read, I’m guilty about not reading. Either choice has a layer of guilt, so I’m never fully present and fully enjoying what I’m doing.

But this Sunday wasn’t like that. I lived a guilt free day and it was an amazing experience.

It started in the morning when I woke up early and felt like reading. But when I sat down to read I felt my focus drifting. I noticed my mind was channeling my day’s to-do list and I decided to try my no-guilt mantra.

I had a little chat with myself and we talked about being in the moment, about not worrying about all that had to be done, not letting it overwhelm the now and just enjoying the moment.

It was the most wonderful hour I spent reading, fully present to the words and my dogs who cuddled up. It was beautiful! And then I managed to do it through the day. It was just a wonderful day.

And I enjoyed it so much, I didn’t land up getting this post done. 😀

Last week I also discovered book-photography challenges on Instagram and I’m hooked. They are so much fun to create. Here’s what I post this week. Connect with me and see more on Instagram.

Instagram Book Challenges

In other news, I’ve just finished 6 Degrees – Game of Blogs published by BlogAdda and written by over 25 authors. Review coming soon. :)

6 Degrees Game of Blogs BlogAdda

 

Book Arrivals:

 

Last week I’d talked about paper books, so this week it’s the eBooks I received this month. I also tried out a few new things when making the video. Do tell me what you think of it. I need the feedback. :)

Books Mentioned in Video –
The Nutmeg Tree by Margery Sharp
The House at the End of the Street by Stephanie E. Kusiak
The Kashmir Trap by Mario Bolduc
Iron Goddess by Dharma Kelleher

And if you’ve read the books on my list, I want to know what you thought of them. Tell me, tell me in comments. :)

 

Books I Discovered This Week:

 

American Quartet by Warren Adler
American Quartet by Warren AdlerThe Fiona FitzGerald Mysteries
(Book Riot #159)

Fiona is a Sergeant in the Homicide Division of the Metropolitan Washington Police Department. But isn’t the reason I picked this series, rather because Jeff O’Neal highly recommended it on his podcast and because it’s set in the city my bestie lives in. It’ll be a good way to get to know her city. :)

year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
(Get Booked #31)

This book has been surfacing on my radar for a while now. Then this week when the whole guilt-ridden-life conversation happened (check above) and the book surfaced again, it was like serendipity. I just have to read the book, no?

Off the Page by Judi Picoult
Off the Page by Jodi Picoult
(@JesseTheReader)

I’ve been trying my hand at audio books and I’m listening to Sheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things (narrated by her) and I liked it don’t get me wrong but it’s not got me hooked, I’m not in that place where I can’t stop listening. I’m still undecided if audio books are for me.
So, when Jesse in his favourite audio books video talked about Off The Page having multiple narrators, I thought this my be a good one to try. Plus the story sounds promising.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Series)
(@JesseTheReader)

Another book that’s been popping up often as a recommendation. Got to give it a spin and the fact that it’s got fairly tale characters is a definitely plus.

That’s about it out here this week. I’m working on having a guilt-free week. What have you been unto this past week? Do you feel guilt ridden too? How do you deal with it?

June 14, 2016   1 Comment

The Savage Fortress, The Girl in the Road & June Book Haul: This Week~My Life

The Pawsible Trimurthi

This week I finally got over my reading slump by jumping out of the Review TBR list and reading an all out romance by Loretta Chase. Lord of Scoundrels is just such a fun read. It has a head-strong rebel hero and that quite the usual thing but this one also has a cool-headed I-never-lose-it pistol-shooting heroine which makes for such a refreshing read.

The Devil and The Deadly Peace by Sindhura Chamala

And that momentum carried me though another book too. I’ve just finished ‘The Devil and The Deadly Peace’ by Sindhura Chamala, my detailed review is pending so for now I’ll just say I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it!

I went through my podcast backlog with a vengeance this week and got through a lot of them. If you are wondering which one’s I listen to, The Book Riot Podcast, The Get Booked Podcast and The Readers Podcast are my top 3 to listen to when it comes to books. Between the three I get book world news, so excellent book recommends (the Loretta Chase came out of here) and some bookish banter.

I also experimented with video this week as I’d like to do more videos in future and learned a few things, though it’s a longways to becoming a good editor.

 

Book Arrivals:

 

I received a lot of books this week both in paper and ecopies, so I did a video about the paper books on my reading list this month. Check it out, I’d love to hear thoughts, feedback and tips to make it better.

Books Mentioned in Video –

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Reaves
The Englishman’s Cameo by Madhulika Liddle
Destiny of Shattered Dreams by Nilesh Rathod
Game of Blogs by BlogAdda

And if you’ve read the books on my list, I want to know what you thought of them. Tel me, tell me in comments. :)

 

Books I Discovered This Week:

 

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
(Get Booked #28)
The tale of a girl travelling from a futuristic Mumbai to Ethiopia across a forbidden bridge. This in itself is enough but there’s more to the story and I’m piqued. Got to read this.

Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda
Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda
(Get Booked #30)
I’ve loved the Artemis Fowl series and the Percy Jackson series, this one is quite like that I’ve been told and set it India. What more?

Not too many books this week, in spite of a lot of podcasts, but that’s a good thing considering my sagging TBR pile. 😉 What have you been unto this past week? Read anything interesting?

June 5, 2016   No Comments

Ready Player One, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: This Week~My Life

Happiness is...

It’s been a rather quiet week last week. Che’s been away on a children’s movie shoot and I’ve just been feeling really down. Nothing to do with Che being away, just an unexplainable sadness and lethargy.

I didn’t feel like doing anything but didn’t feel like sitting idle either, so I watched a lot of movies. Chupke Chupke and Khoobsurat are my favourites that make me feel better so I watched those but I also watched others out of which Manthan, Ankur and Disha I enjoyed and recommend you watch.

When I’m feeling this way I’m not usually up to reading hence not much of that has happened this week. Neither have I run all week. I did try one day, but gave up after about a kilometre. :( However the dogs demand their walks and that I’ve managed to do through it all, so there’s been some physical activity.

The week wasn’t completely wasted either, I did get some seed sowing done so we can plant in time for the monsoon. I met an old friend, went out to lunch with friends and watched the new X-Men movie too. And I even watched a movie early in the week with my bestie on Skype! 😀

 

Book Arrivals:

 

Destiny of Shattered Dreams by Nilesh Rathod
Destiny of Shattered Dreams by Nilesh Rathod

The Devil and the Deathly Peace by Sindhura Chamala
The Devil and the Deathly Peace (Tales of Khaga #1) – Sindhura Chamala

The Other Side of Love – Richa Singh
The Other Side of Love by Richa Singh

 

Books I Discovered This Week:

 

Back to the big hauls 😀 Here’s the books that caught my attention this week and got added to my #ForeverTBR.

Merchants of Culture by John Brookshire Thompson
Merchants of Culture by John Brookshire Thompson
(BookRiot Podcast #155)

Being a booknerd means knowing about books, authors and publishing but this year I’d like to learn more about it, so when Jeff O’Neal talked about this book being the book to read to know more about the publishing business I had to put it on my list.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
(Get Booked Podcast #27)

I heard of this book many times now and repeatedly on the podcasts I listen to, so when Rebecca Schinsky mentioned it again this time as a book that keeps you gripped to the end, in my head I could hear myself go – “ok, ok, alright I’ll add it to my list”.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
(Get Booked Podcast #27)

It had me at it’s describtion – ‘An exhilarating meditation on nature and its seasons’ and then the Red-Headed Ladies had such wonderful things to say that I just had to add it – games with grasshoppers, monarch butterfly migration, stalking muskrats and more I’ve been promised in here.

The Yoga of Max's Discontent by Karan Bajaj
The Seeker / The Yoga of Max’s Discontent by Karan Bajaj
(All the Books Podcast #52)

It’s a rare thing, an extremely rare thing to have read a book before Liberty Hardy I think, so there was a chorus of ‘YAY’ in my head when this book got talked about, only they called it The Yoga of Max’s Discontent and stopped, just stopped in my walk to check if The Seeker had really got renamed. I’ve been meaning to reread this book, so this was a good excuse, no? 😉

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean & Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
(All the Books Podcast #52)

Straight forward romances but I think a good romance just might help me get out of the reading slump, so…

That’s about it from me this week. What have you been upto?

May 30, 2016   No Comments

Ms. Marvel, Turbulence, Underland; Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: This Week~My Life

It's Gulmohar SeasonIt’s Gulmohar season out here…
Photo Credit: Chenthil Mohan

This post is too late for last Sunday and too early for the coming Sunday but, oh well…

After an almost month long reading slump (filled with TV series) I got some real reading done in the last 10 days. I finished Mastani by Kusum Chopra and Twin Reflections by Elizabeth Joseph.

Mastani and Twin Reflections

Detailed reviews coming up but for now… I enjoyed the detail and research in Mastani, I’m now a little more educated on the Marathas. Twin Reflections took me by complete surprise, this book has so much detail and thought put into it. The end left me itching and craving more! And to think it’s written by a 14 year old!

I’ve just started The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, which was recommended to me ages ago. It’s going great and I’m glad to get one book off the #ForeverTBR.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

The last 10 days haven’t seen me do much except focus on my TCS10k run that’s coming up this Sunday. So wish me luck guys. Che took over my training and he’s been grilling me. It’s been tiring but also so satisfying as I’ve pushed limits and found new ones.

Grilling Runs

In the last 10 days I’ve learned the importance of pushing when you think you can’t do more and discovering you can, realised the role food, sleep and stretching plays, and the value of massages – I’ve gotten two deep tissue massages with Dipali Patel at Peak Performance and man, are they painful. But the muscles feel like new on the next run after that!

My TCS10k is also a run for a cause. I’m running for the organisation Bal Utsav that works in the education for children space and believes that #EducationCanMakeAllTheDifference. In 2016 they hope to reach out to over 10,000 children and changes their lives with education.

I didn’t believe I’d be able to make a big difference to the cause but my friends thought different for we’ve raised over Rs.47,000 as of now. I can’t be thankful enough to all my friends who believed in me.

My target’s 50K and I need just that little push, so if are reading this and can help, please do, every little bit counts. Click here and just follow though. It’s super easy and works for all currency and amounts. :)

Donate to Bal Utsav

That’s about all from me this week. It’s a relaxed week (after 8 weeks of training) as I recharge for the run and I’m off to get back to my reading. 😉 Oh and yeeaaah, my interview about the run is also up and you can read it on the Bal Utsav blog here.

Also if you have a minute please stop over at Bhawna’s blog (YellowMellowLife.com) and wish her too. She’s my running partner and the one behind getting me back on my feet and running. She’s running the TCS10k too, so send us both good vibes!

 

More in the overflowing #TBR

 

I did make up for that TBR addition slump over the last few weeks. 😀 This week there are loads of books. Feel free to add some more in comments if you think I’ll love them. And don’t forget to tell me which ones of these you’ve read or plan to read.

The tusk that did the damage by Tania James
The Tusk That Did The Damage by Tania James
(Get Booked #25)

Set in South India this is a book about the Ivory trade, only it isn’t just one side of the story but rather the story of the poacher, the documentary filmmaker and the elephant. James weaves all the perspectives into one tale. I’m in an Indian books phase and this one is so it…

Art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein
Art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein
(Get Booked #25)

I’d come across this book many months back and it’s been on my list since then, this is like a reinforcement. :) I’ve read A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron and loved it, told from the perspective of a dog, humans and their lives seem so odd and there’s a lot of insight to be got. This is another one from the 4-legged perspective.

Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote
Merle’s Door by Ted Kerasote
(Get Booked #25)

The story of a stray dog that adopts a house and a human. This one pulled the strings of my heart as soon as I heard of it. I’ve been meaning to read some dog books and this one’s now on my list!

Let's pretend this never happened by Jenny Lawson
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
(Get Booked #25)

I’ve followed The Bloggess for so long on twitter now but didn’t know about her myriad warped past and I’m stumped. I just have to know more about this woman who has a wacky amazeballs sense of humour. Go check her out on Twitter… @TheBloggess

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
(Get Booked #26)

I’ve been meaning to learn about comics and understand the craze around them for a while not. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read a lot of comics as a kid but the world of comics seems different now, so when this book was mentioned as a book at explains all about comics, I was awesooome!

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wison, Adrian Alphona, Jacob Wyatt
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wison (Author), Adrian Alphona (Artist), Jacob Wyatt (Illustrator)
(Get Booked #26)

I’ve repeatedly heard about this one for multiple reasons, it’s feminine lead role, the colour and race of the main character, diversity and it’s awesomeness. So.. enough said right?

Turbulence by Samit Basu
Turbulence by Samit Basu
(Get Booked #26)

A plane full of people experience turbulence but it leaves lasting effects and leaves them all with superpowers they have always wanted, only they don’t know it as they disembark. The book is about all that happens next as they discover their powers while someone is trying to kill them. Sounds interesting nah?

Underland by Chanda Hahn
Underland by Chanda Hahn
(From Twitter)

It was a couple of years back that I stumbled into Chanda Hahn’s books and fell in love. This isn’t a part of her first Unenchanted series but rather a new series and I can’t wait to get started!

It’s a bigggg haul this week. I got through a lot of podcasts you see. 😉 What have you been reading? What news?
BTW are you running the TCS 10K? Tell me?

May 12, 2016   No Comments

Angelmaker, Before We Visit the Goddess: #TBR Adds This Week

My MomMy Mom – The Birthday Girl :)

The last week was full week. Come to think of it, that’s kinda what I say every week. Looks like I live a full life. Lol 😀

Che came back from a long trip this week, after 20 days the house had more life in it as the dogs got all excited to have him back and he made his presence felt.

The washing machine got installed too and I love it. Our previous one (Samsung) could be heard across the house and it danced as it washed. This new one (Samsung again) is so silent and doesn’t budge through the whole cycle!

I took a day off from home and spent an evening with Mom as it was her birthday. She turned 69 this year!

I got this lovely bag from the Ahambhumika guys, this is an organisation working towards empowering rural women and young girls belonging to lower income communities.

Tote from Ahambhumika

Some doggie pictures!

Senti Guards My Chappals

Elu and her weird stand

With my running schedule and the house-dog routine, finding time for new stuff is tough but I managed to fit in a class on the basics of zentangle art which is a beautiful meditative technique. It’s looks so complex and intricate but it’s so simple and easy, and the making of a tangle is just so zen. 😀

Zentangles

Last week was also the last week of the #AtoZChallenge and I survived! I completed another #AtoZ and I’m so excited about that. I didn’t do so well on the follow and comment part of the challenge. I managed to stick with it in the first half but in the second half I just didn’t manage to keep up. Oh well, I’ll try again next year. As with the previous years though I made some wonderful friends and found some amazing blogs to follow.

 

And more additions to my #TBR

 

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
(Get Booked #24)

This one sounded like the perfect action novel. The hero is trying to live the quiet life until be accidentally activates a doomsday machine. Now he and the spy-lady who brought it to him much solve things and stop it. Life isn’t so quiet anymore!

Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
(Get Booked #24)

I fell in love with Divakaruni when I read her book The Palace of Illusions, which is about the Mahabrata war but from Draupadi’s perspective. This story is about 3 generations of women and it’s a latest book. I just have to read it!

So what have you been up to this week? Been busy too? What are you reading right now?

May 4, 2016   No Comments

I Know What I’m Doing — and Other Lies I Tell Myself: On the #TBR This Week

My New Kalenji Ekiden Trail Active ShoesMax and My New Running Shoes :)

Some days I’m just grateful for the chance I get to sit down and put my feet up, to relax even if just for a moment and this week’s been filled with those days.

The week started with the maids taking unannounced leave, the washing machine packing up, the microwave walking out with it, and me just starting at it all, my week going belly up.

It’s been a maniacal week, one through which I’ve just about managed to maintain my sanity. Ok, I’ve seen worse, this wasn’t that bad but it was bad and nothing went to plan, but I survived and that’s the big thing, nah?

This week, the up’s were that I managed to hold onto my running schedule and ran an 8k, which is my longest ever, until now. 😉 We got a new washing machine and I can’t wait to start turning all those dials and playing with it. We also had our first decent rain, it didn’t pour but it did drizzle for 4 hours; heat’s back with a vengeance though.

Android Apps Reviewed This Week

I also held on to the #AtoZChallenge and didn’t miss a post. This week my android app selections were – Gardroid for Gardening, Player FM for Podcasts, Quiz Up for Productive Time-Pass, Strava for Running, Period Tracker – My Calendar and Todoist for those Pesky To-Do’s.

It’s the last week of the challenge now and I’m gearing up for it. Got to keep the ball rolling, right to the end.

 

Another addition to my #TBR

 

Another rather quiet week in this section. But I did find one book that caught my eye…

I Know What I'm Doing -- and Other Lies I Tell Myself by Jen Kirkman
I Know What I’m Doing — and Other Lies I Tell Myself by Jen Kirkman
(All the books #49)

A memoir of her life, Jen shares her stories and talks about a myriad bunch of things. But what struck me when i heard of the book on the All The Books podcast was that she talks about having children, the choice of having or not having them and the dealing with people bit if you choose not to.
I’m also considering the book as an audio book as it is narrated by Jen Kirkman herself and she’s a stand-up comedian. It would be fun.

That’s about it from me here this Sunday. What have you been unto this week? How has it been – good, bad, ugly? What are you looking forward to next week?

April 24, 2016   No Comments

Once Upon A Time, An Empty #TBR This Week

Once Upon A Time

This week has been a rather quiet week. Elu seems to be recovering well after her foreign body adventure last week, she’s back to being her rascally self. I on the other hand have been lazing a bit, relaxing after all the excitement of last week.

I didn’t get much reading done this week but I’ve been binge watching Once Upon A Time (TV series) and have finished 3 seasons, just one more left to catch up with the current airing of Season 5. 😉

This is a TV series I absolutely love and I’m hooked. Once Upon A Time is all about those fairy tales we grew up to but with a twist or rather many twists. The Evil Queen curses all of the land and sends all the people to our world in Storybrooke, Maine.

Caption Hook in Once Upon A TimeThat’s Colin O’Donoghue/Captain Hook, and isn’t he just gorgeous xxx 😉

The curse is supposed to last 28 years before Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter arrives to break the curse. That’s where the series begins, and as it progresses tales get woven in, Peter Pan, Mad Hatter, Elsa (of Frozen fame), The Wicked Witch of the West, Mulan, Jack and the Beanstalk are some of them. But all of them have a twist.

I love fairy tales, folklore and mythological stories so this one has me completely addicted. I can’t stop watching but as I’m getting closer to the end of Season 4 and I’m also wishing it’d never end.

And that makes for an excellent segue to two blogs I’ve been enjoying reading in the #AtoZChallenge. Csenge’s (The Multicoloured Diary) theme is Representation and Diversity in Traditional Stories. She’s tackling questions like –

“Why are stepmothers always evil? Are there any kind ones out there?
Can you name any folktales that feature female friendships?
Why are there so few traditional tales with LGBT+ representation?
Are there any stories where a male and a female hero fights side by side?
What about legends where heroes of different religions coexist?”

and I am so enjoying reading the stories she shares. They come from all over the world and there are even some from India. :)

Erica’s doing a Greek Mythology series on Modhukori, most of these characters I know about but she is still surprising me with some I don’t know or somethings I don’t know about them.

As with my last two years, my challenge even this year is keeping up with other blogs daily, reading and commenting on them. I’ve been missing a lot of days and have a large backlog to read but with themes like Csenge’s and Erica’s, this year it might be easier. Once I’m done with Once Upon A Time, that is. 😀

My #ForeverTBR

 
For the first time there are no books to be added to my #ForeverTBR this week. And it isn’t completely Once Upon A Time’s fault, surprisingly I haven’t come across anything on podcasts or through friends either.

It feels odd, but considering my teetering TBR pile, maybe it’s a good thing.

What have you been up to? Do you have a favourite TV series you are addicted to?

April 17, 2016   No Comments

Elu and The Foreign Body Adventure, and Other Books

Elu happy before surgery

This week was a week of adventure, not the fun kind, but adventure still. And I can say that, now that it’s over.

Two days ago Elu started throwing up in the early morning. Throwing up is fine, the dogs do that once in a way but Elu continued doing so at regular intervals. She was drinking lots of water but throwing it all up; in three rounds she must have thrown up about a litre. That’s a lot!

A vet visit late in the evening and an x-ray revealed a blockage in her intestines. I admitted her as she needed to be kept under observation and surgery was scheduled for the next day. I returned home to a quieter house and a restless me.

Elu's first x-ray

Come time for surgery the next day Elu looked frisky and happy; she looked too happy to be going into surgery. Another x-ray revealed the obstruction had moved from the intestines to the rectum. That’s a simple statement but there’s nothing simple about it, it’s a big deal. It’s super good news!

Elu's second x-ray

Foreign body surgery is a big deal. One – it’s a delicate surgery, two – recovery from it takes long and three – it’s expensive. A Gastrointestinal Foreign Body surgery involves opening up and re-closing the intestine. Any leaks left behind would cause a toxic leak. The surgery leaves the intestine weakened and it’s takes time to strengthen it. This is a surgery best avoided, if it’s possible.

And that’s why the movement of the obstruction was a big deal. It meant the surgery got called off, and Elu got sent home, along with instructions to be constantly observed, to be given some more laxatives and lots of bananas. She’ll be back to normal within a week.

The foreign body inside Elu

She passed the obstruction out this morning. Turned out to be a bone, of a size that should never have gotten stuck. In my 5 years of feeding my dogs Model Prey RAW, this was the first time this had happened. Guess the freak weird odd thing can happen anytime!

Special thanks are due to Anitra and Preeti who stood by me as always through it all (couldn’t have done it without you guys xxx), the Cessna Lifeline Team with extra thanks to Dr. Pawan & Dr. Nitin and loving hugs to Akhil and Dr. Anusha for watching over my girl during her stay there.

And there ends the Elu adventure, but this week also had me falling sick with what looked like a simple eye infection turning out to be conjunctivitis. Between my sickness and Elu’s adventure, I missed out on my running and will have to buck up next week.

conjunctivitisYep, scarrry… 😀

I did finish Menaka’s Choice by Kavita Kané this week and have started with Mastani by Kusum Chopra.

Mastani by Kusum Chopra

We’ve also reached the letter ‘H’ in the #AtoZChallenge and I’m so proud of managing to write in spite of all that’s been happening. I’ve also found some interesting blog that I’m enjoying reading everyday through the challenge. I share the posts I enjoy on twitter so connect with me there – @freya3377 and I’ll also list them here on the blog sometime.

In other news, I had my first mangoes of the season and enjoyed attending the Decutter Flea Market held to help Roxanne Davur’s Probably Paradise Animal Shelter.

Declutter flea market

First mangoes of the season

 

This weeks additions to my #TBR

 

Happenstance by Carol Shields
Happenstance by Carol Shields
(The Readers #149)
Two Novels in One About a Marriage in Transition: one direction is the wife’s story and turn it upside down to read the husband’s story. Just that makes me want to read the book!

One Point Two Billion by Mahesh Rao
One Point Two Billion by Mahesh Rao
(The Readers #149)
13 stories from 13 different states of India, should make for uninteresting read.

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
(All The Books #47)
I’ve heard of those before and even then this book about cancer had piqued my interest. Maybe it’ll get picked this time.

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julie Quinn
Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julie Quinn
(All The Books #47)
The lastest from Julia Quinn in the Bridgerton series. I enjoy Historical Romance and I should pick up this series sometime, especially since I’ve read her before and liked her writing.

What news from you this week? Any adventures? 😉

April 10, 2016   No Comments

Menaka’s Choice, Association of Small Bombs: This Week in Books

Elu and a Book

It’s been another week with not much reading done but I did get started and I’m halfway through Kavita Kané’s Menaka’s Choice, which I’m enjoying so much, I’m unable to put it down and complete watching the last two episodes of House of Cards.

Kavita Kané’s Menaka’s Choice

I spent another week with my niece and family and here are some pictures from it.

Pani PuriI love Pani Puri, it’s my favourite chaat. (It’s a crisp fired ball, filled with boiled peas & potatoes and topped with sweet chutney and spicy water; sorry no description can do justice) Since my Ayurvedic medications do not allow for tamarind I haven’t eaten these in over a year but my Aunt and Mom made these for me with out tamarind! You should have seen me hog!

Garden ProduceThe harvest this week. We got some early brinjal surprises, lots of methi, some tomatoes and even some spinach. I’ve been trying to grow spinach for a while now and failing. This bunch had me so excited, I was doing a little jig.

Garden ProduceTwo ends of a family tree. My Granny and her Great grand daughter.

Garden ProduceMom’s been wanting to do this for a long time. Finally she got her chance!

This week also started off the #AtoZchallenge in which participants blogs a letter a day through the month, A to Z in order, except for Sunday. This year I’m sharing 26 Android Apps I use, so if you use an android phone, do stop by and see which ones I like and do tell me which ones you use. I’ve got A and B done until now.
A for Audio Books: Audible App
B for Books Books Books: Goodreads App
 

Adding to the #TBR This Week

 

Just one book this week! [And maybe that’s a good thing considering my overloaded TBR list 😀 ]

Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
(All The Books #46)
Small bombs explode almost all the time around the world and these bombs don’t get much of a mention in the news or don’t get noticed much by the world as the devastation they cause is just too small. But the destruction isn’t small to those who experience it.

That’s the story, the story of a survivor, his life and his guilt. The motivations of the bomb maker, what is it that lies behind these acts and those who help bring them fruition. It’s a story that’s calling me. :)

That’s it. Really. No more books this week. But tell me what have you been reading? What have you been upto this week?

April 3, 2016   2 Comments