Book Review of ‘Sugar & Ice & All That’s Nice’ by Harjeet Kaur

Book Title: Sugar & Ice & All That’s Nice Genre: Non-Fiction; Recipes Author: Harjeet Kaur  Number of Pages: 59 Available: Blog Chatter Library I’ll begin with a confession; I ain’t a great cook. I cook for survival. I never learnt how to cook formally so never ask me a recipe. You will end up with a pinch of this and a pinch of that. Besides I can never make the effort of getting all the ingredients in one place. I make do with what is available so that puts me in a spot when it comes to cook books. So, what do I…

Book Review of ‘My A to Z of Chennai: The City Viewed Through An Outsider’s Eye’ by Mayuri Nidigallu

Book Title: My A to Z of Chennai: The City Viewed Through An Outsider’s Eye Genre: Non-Fiction; Travelogue Author: Mayuri Nidigallu  Number of Pages: 36 Available: Blog Chatter Library This is another e-book that I came across as part of the E book carnival hosted by Blogchatter. Written by Mayuri Nidigallu, whose blogs I find very refreshing. The author Mayuri Nidigallu is a seasoned blogger at Sirimiri- The Lifestyle Blogazine. She’s a Tarot Card Reader (wait whaa…tt?!) and calls herself a reluctant Agony Aunt. Chennai, in her words is her City-in-law that she’s trying to call home. This book could be a step ahead…

‘Bhumi’- A Book Review

Book Title: Bhumi Author: Tina Sequeira Genre: Anthology Price on Kindle: Rs 49 (Also available on Kindle Unlimited) I have been reading Tina Sequeira’s writings on her blog, ‘The Tina Edit’, so naturally when she comes with an anthology, my interest is piqued. Titled ‘Bhumi’, which literally means ‘Earth’ is a collection of 21 short stories. The common thread that binds them together is their protagonist, a woman. What is refreshing here is, that this woman is as real as you and I… not the ‘holier than thou ones’ or the ‘Nirupa Roys’ or ‘Mother Indias’, that our film industry…

My Land Across The Border

Book Title: My Land across the Border Genre: Fiction Author: Sayan Bhattacharya Number of Pages: 126 Available: PDF, Blog Chatter Library I discovered this gem as part of the E book carnival hosted by Blogchatter. Born in Kolkata, Sayan Bhattacharya is a Post-graduate in English Literature who’s worked in the banking and financial services and is presently in the FinTech industry. My own obsession with the 1947 partition was the reason I picked this one up and I must say I didn’t regret it at all. The book is about the protagonist Siraj whose quest for his roots leads him to his motherland where he…

Travel My Way- Book Review

Book Title: Travel My Way Genre: Non Fiction; Travelogue Author: Vartika Mehrotra Gakhar Number of Pages: 88 Available: PDF, Blog Chatter Library Vartika wears many hats being an ex-HR professional, a painter, a blogger and a self-proclaimed travel enthusiast. She makes her debut with this e book which is a part of the e book carnival hosted by Blogchatter. Though the genre that its slotted in, is ‘Travelogue’, I feel it goes beyond that. As the title suggests, she invites you to visit the places through her eyes. The tone of the entire book seems conversational. It feels like you are hearing a friend relate…

Period. End of Sentence- Why Watch It With Your Children

Oscars brought a reason for cheer as little documentary from India made it big. The UP-based documentary film Period. End of Sentence emerged winner in the Best Documentary short category. It’s a reason to cheer on many levels. The fact that it’s a crowd funded project, or that it is produced and directed by women and above all it talks about menstruation…. In India… where its not just the taboos but the squeamishness surrounding it that makes it a hush hush affair. To bring this subject out in the open is a great step towards initiating discussion. It gives hope that we…

Uri- Strikes The Right Chord

Disclaimer: I am a die-hard fan of Vicky Kaushal so if he is a part of any project, I have to watch it and I have to love it, right from Masaan through Manmarziyan to Uri. With that confession out of the way, Uri is based on the 2016 surgical strike that was carried out by the Indian army in retaliation to the attack on Army headquarters at Uri, killing and injuring many Indian soldiers. It portrays the army men in as realistic manner as is possible trying its best to steer clear of any jingoism. I have always been…

Sanju- Is He The Enfant Terriblé Or A Lost Boy?

Sanju has been made by people who have a soft spot for Sanjay Dutt and that tender approach shows through. They’ve tried their best to remain objective and not glorify him, but have succeeded only partially. The movie however belongs to Ranbir Kapoor who has imbibed the nuances just enough to make it real and not end up as a caricature. I’ve NEVER been a Sanjay Dutt fan, but Ranbir’s performance almost had me converted. Whether or not it does anything to improve Sanjay Dutt’s enfant terriblé image, it gives Ranbir a reason to smile and we should be happy…

#PADMAN – A good excuse to initiate the ‘Birds & Bees’ talk with your kids

#PADMAN was a much anticipated movie for me because I had read the story of the real padman , Mr. Arunachalam Muruganantham and had been truly impressed with his conviction. For someone with no degree, he went on to become a social entrepreneur inspired solely by the love for his wife earning him the status of a modern day Shah Jahan.  I have never understood why every generation of women passes on the legacy of shame and embarrassment to their daughters. Why a biological phenomenon gets tagged with blind superstitions which can have dangerous implications? As a doctor and a…