The first impression

He was an intelligent guy. He was admired by his friends and the girls at the college had crush on him. 
She was a beautiful and a shy girl. She was so shy but studious that she would never bunk the class or even gossip with her friends. Her daily routine was coming to college, attend the lectures and back home.

He would look at her admiring her charming face without her notice and she would look at him before he noticed. It was during the Chemistry class, their eyes caught each other and saw the expression of embarrassment. Days passed and they would look at each other. When he was absent, she would panic thinking what had happened to him. When he was back recovering from illness after few days, she would be happy to see him. A smart good looking boy he was, well-dressed and clean shaven. The shy girl who never spoke to guys, deeply in love with him. 

When he proposed, she blushed and he smiled. They met at a coffee club on their first date. When he asked her what was it, that impressed her the most about him. She blushed looking at him without an answer. 

My clean shaven look bowled her over, he thought. 

Watch me on Kannada Suvarna

Last year, this time, the owner of parlour I used to visit regularly was happy to see my long black thick hair that made her happier that I hadn't chopped them at all! She was invited by Kannada Suvarna TV Channel to host styling for long and short hair on Suhasini program. She wanted someone with a long hair and there I was! Call it a boon or a curse, maintaining a hip long hair is a tough task which requires baby care while others eye and compliment that its hard to find girls with such long hair these days. 

I sat on the chair while the hair dresser styled and set my hair which took around an hour and half. I am sure her hands and fingers would've ached but the efforts were worth it. I can never imagine myself doing such a lovely hairstyle. 

The episode was telecast-ed during the noon in Jan 2013 and I missed watching myself on the TV. Here is the Youtube version in 3 parts. 

Do you have long or short hair and what styling you prefer?

Gifting L.O.V.E.

Every parent plays a role of Santa, fulfilling their kids need, be it, a toddler, teenager or an adult. No matter how old the children grow, to parents we are "still" kids even at 20 or 60. Money comes and goes, but it is the unconditional parental love that they try to provide their best to their offsprings in terms of education, good health, courage-respect-values, follow your ambitions.

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." ~Aristotle

Education not only teaches English, History, Science, Mathematics, it also teaches discipline. The best gift any parent could give their child would be education: the path to lead the life. When they grow as an adult, they contribute to the society as better citizens. 

"The first wealth is health." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A healthy child who is fed well and active sportsman remains fit and great immunity from diseases. Without good health, a billion dollar would make no sense.

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." ~Winston Churchill
"There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good." ~Mahatma Gandhi
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high... _ Tagore
Any who is able to commute the needs without fear and respect others irrespective of caste, gender...  We often come across the situate where a child is afraid of speaking up uncomfortable things bothering him/her. It is the values, their principle that build a man which in turn earns respect from family, friends and the society.

"Big results require big ambitions." ~Heraclitus
Like a bird set free out of the cage, let the children follow their dreams. 

Last but not the least, the habit of saving for future. All days are not same. Save for a rainy day. When you don't work, savings will work for you. 
"A penny saved is a penny earned." - Benjamin Franklin 

 This post is a part of the 1001 Gifts Activity by HDFC Life in association with BlogAdda

Vegetarian food during international travel

I am a vegetarian and have often found that it hard to find a pure vegetarian food while traveling overseas, this includes the food offered on the air-flight as well. A couple of years ago, I was reluctant to eat the veg food served at the non-veg restaurants. Though I cook and eat home made food, it is unavoidable to eat out while travel, and now I have adapted to the veg Chinese or Thai food though the taste buds miss the Karnataka taste.

Here is a compiled list of options you may consider while traveling abroad or even long distances and miss the South Indian veg food.
  • Every hotel has a microwave oven and a refrigerator. Most of the hotel floors have a common kitchen for cooking.
  • For breakfast, I generally buy milk, yoghurt, bread and jam, fruits and corn flakes; store it in the refrigerator .
  • For lunch and dinner, carry a small rice cooker. Every hotel has a charging point and it wouldn't be a problem to cook rice. 
  • You may buy Ready to Eat MTR food products from India. (Check if grains are allowed in the country you travel).
  • Check for the nearest Indian store where you stay so that you can buy the rice or even the required "Ready to Eat" MTR food products or Haldiram are available. 
  • Buy Ice cream and relish it as a dessert. 
Though it might be bulky to take a rice cooker, your tummy is still happy eating the food of your taste and save expenditure eating at restaurants. 


My personal assistant

I have been blogging and traveling a lot this year...and I have become "more" organized. I would call it a boon that I was able to do both with the help of my sincere "personal assistant" whom I do not pay any fees or salary except feed some food everyday. 

My tablet has been my personal assistant (PA) or call an all time companion, which I take along with me during the daily commute to office,, during long flights, waiting at the airport lounge or even for bus or train. I even use it at home than switching on my laptop. I would say that it is the wonderful invention post smart phones. My everyday routine has been a way simpler and have been able to complete tasks and relax.

I wake up as the Alarm clock ticks in the morning playing aloud the Suprabhata. As I open my eyes slowly, I check the Daily Weather forecast for the day. I brush my teeth and exercise, sometimes referring to the youtube videos on tablet, placed on the chair with pillows. I bath and get ready and offer prayers to the almighty reciting the hymns and mantras like Hanuman Chalisa and Vishnu Sahasranama apps. 
Resting the tablet on lap and reading the e-newspaper on Flipboard, check the stock market, as I sip the coffee. In the kitchen, I take my tablet and place it against the wall, worrying it might fall, and browse recipes for lunch. Having prepared the lunch, I click the pictures of the food and make the notes of the recipe using Evernote app. 

When I am bored, I turn on the music on my tablet and listen to it while I can still multitask: reading ebooks, click,edit and browse pictures, browse internet, draw doodles, even watch movies and TV serials. I also download and play games like Angry Birds and Temple Run. Enroll to a Mass Open Online Course from the top universities and watch the lectures.      

When I have to commute within the city, I look up the Google maps for directions and the bus timings and transit. And when I have to catch up for coffee , lunch or dinner, I check on Foursquare for nearby restaurants and malls.

My 50th postcard reached officially..!

Little I knew about this wonderful website, Postcrossing, when I signed up early this year on 8th of January seeing someone tweet the postcard they received regularly. I signed up this website with no expectation and sent 5 postcards to people around the globe whom I never knew writing and intro about myself. Along with the addresses this website popped up, I thought it was a great idea to print few photographs at Printo, that I clicked during my travels to near and dear ones. I was unhappy with the print quality and the thickness of the postcards and bought the postcards at Sapna Book House.

I own a huge collection of stamps, the habit and a hobby that I inherit from from father. I had signed up the Philately club in 2010 but the credit was over. I couldn’t find the philately collection at JP Nagar post office and went to the Jayanagar head office and bought stamps worth Rs 750. I also bought colour glitter pens, star stickers and Chotta Bheem, Micki Mouse, Winnie the Pooh stickers to decorate the postcard.
On a rainy Saturday, I sat sticking the stamps, sticker and writing down. It definitely brought out the school kid in me when I held the glitter pen.
Postcards with stamps-blog post
Postcards with stamps
The postcards I received from various countries were amazing. Some would send the old tickets, coins, stamps in an envelope. Everyday, I long to receive a postcard and many times, I call up home to enquire how many I did receive today?

Few weeks ago, the postman asked my father, how do I receive so many postcards. I would not be surprised if he signs up, too.

My “official” 50th Postcard was registered on 15th Dec 2013, though I have sent many postcards, some of them, which the users never registered. On a whole, I am reliving my scholastic hobby of collecting stamps, now the beautiful postcards also.

Beautiful view from my window

It's a Melbourne summer-lassi time at my hotel room. Bought a 500 gram Tasmanian yoghurt, added sugar, milk. Stirred it with loads of love. ;)

All set to travel

iPad is my travel companion that kills times waiting for the flights and avoids  the heck of carrying the many books, in case you are a fast reader.

Bon Voyage

“i”th Phone

In the year 2001, one of the Chemistry faculty was appreciating the wonders of a cell phone. During early advent of the cellular phone, Motorola had dominated among the other handset manufacturers like Siemens, Alcatel or even Nokia. Those who owned cell phones would pay hefty amount for both incoming and outgoing calls. These cell phones had an antenna, type and send the SMS, make and receive calls. The introduction of these phones had made the pagers obsolete.             
Motorola phone

In 2005,  I never imagined that I would own a cell phone which had a 1.3 mega pixel camera, the brand new Nokia 3220, on 25th November. It had lights on either sides that would flash during the incoming calls and SMS. My friends at college would tease saying that it looked too childish comparing it to a kid’s shoe with would generate a sound or flash lights.


Having used Nokia 3220 for 2 years 6 months, I switched to Nokia E51 Business series phone in 2008. It was a hard luck that the phone fell into the water after 7 months and I had to buy a new one again in 2009.

Nokia E51

This time I chose to buy a Nokia again. Yes, I was a Nokia fan and would buy only Nokia and never even look at its competition Sony Ericsson which was the competition then. Express  Music Edition 5130, an attractive red, with buttons on its side to stop and start the music. It is a simple to use and a great phone which I still own. This phone has travelled overseas with me and I have used it as a backup phone. My father, too, likes this phone.


In Jan 2011, the mobile phones were blooming with Samsung and LG touch screens which would run on Android 2.1 version. Having used a basic phone, I decided to upgrade the phone to an Android and bought an LG Optimus One.


Unfortunately, this phone’s mic and speaker conked off after 2 months I arrived in Melbourne. The cost of repair would be the same as buying a new phone. I had no other choice than buying another phone and I chose an iPhone 4.


It has been more than 2 years that I have been using it and have never thought of upgrading yet. iPhone magic you say? How many phones have you upgraded so far?

Magnet from TripAdvisor

Received this goodie from TripAdvisor that I can now flaunt off during travel.
TripAdvisor Magnet

Tutti Frutti

I love yoghurt and my lunch or dinner is incomplete without it, the perfect trait of being a South Indian. When I first bought a pack of yoghurt as thick as an ice cream, I just loved the quality when compared to what we get here in India. Eventually, I gained several kilos!
It was the first time I tasted a Tutti Frutti frozen yoghurt in Melbourne during the fall of 2011.  From then onwards, I can’t stop myself from grabbing a scoop of frozen yoghurt alone. It would cost AUD 4.5o and the toppings would cost few cents extra. I have enjoyed eating is as much as a Macadamia ice cream.
If you live in Melbourne and haven’t tried frozen yoghurt, then you’re really missing something.

Gently Falls the Bakula :: Book Review

Title: Gently Falls the Bakula

Author: Sudha Murty

Publisher: Penguin Books India

Pages: 169

Price: Rs 250

I picked this book from the library and completed reading in few hours. I have read many books by Sudha Murty and each of her book is based on real life experience. One can imagine being in her shoes, the woman behind the success of the man she loved and who helped her husband to achieve his dreams.

The story is of intellectual Shrimati who marries Shrikant, her classmate in school and also her neighbour. Though both families do not get along well, both marry and start a new life in Mumbai. Shrikant, being an ambitious man starts climbing up the corporate ladder at the cost of sacrificing his love. He was so much focused on career that he did not have time to speak to his wife about her likes and dislikes. Slowly, Shrimati realizes that her marriage had turned soar and Shrikant was not the same person whom she had loved in Hubli. His ambitions had changed him. 

In today's world, we see both husband and wife make careers and climb up the ladder but we also see that people have no time to share each other's emotions. The "love" that blossoms before the legal bonding soon disappears after the wedlock. When the couple speak, it's the finance and repaying loans. 

It is true, one can't get wealth, success, happiness and money at the same time. Though, Sudha had written this book three decades ago, this book is a perfect example of how most of us lead our lives.


L.O.V.E. is in the air

I was looking at the photograph of the US stamp sealed in 1989, that I had clicked a couple of years ago. This stamp is one of my favorite and I have still preserved it with care and pride. Whenever, I look at this stamp, it catches my attention among the other colorful ones, though its a simple yellow and red rose!
It makes me wonder what is the power of love?


The day I feel connected right from my heart will be the Platinum Day of Love. Having heard so many stories from near and dear ones, it feels good to be loved and cared, unlike the parental or the sibling love. Finding a soul mate is not only a hard thing, but expressing to the loved ones how much we care and are ready to support each other in all walks of life. Sometimes, silent speaks than words and you feel connected lifetime! The other person's shortcomings doesn't matter and one thinks of the good qualities.

red rose, a box full of chocolates and platinum diamond ring in a glass of wine,  I would chose on this day to the most precious person in my life. Platinum is rare and most expensive lustrous metal. What else could be the perfect gift to the person who brings sparkle like platinum in everyday life.

There will be times when we are happy, laugh at the silliest things, angry at each other. Whenever, we look at platinum, it would remind us the day when we decided to be co-travelers in journey of life.
To the world, you may be someone, to someone you're the world. Given a chance, I would place U & I together among the alphabets....on the Platinum Day of Love

PS: I wish he would read this when I find that special someone. ;)

This post is a part of Indiblogger Platinum Day of Love


Why this Kolaveri @MCG di?

One Day International India Vs Australia, in January 2012 was a memorable one at Melbourne Cricket Ground. I was totally excited to be in MCG and watch the match, cheer for India in Australia, waving hands in the Mexican wave. I never expected that there would be such a turn over of Indians. The stadium was colorful with Indian flags everywhere and Swamy Army performed Why this Kolaver di?

                                                                       Kolaveri @ Melbourne Cricket Grounds

Oriflame Beauty Matte Control Foundation :: Review

Today I will be reviewing Oriflame Beauty Matte Control Foundation. It is available in two colors:
1. Porcelain (Product Code: 12809)
2. Ivory (Natural Ivory: 12810)

Quantity: 30 ml

Price: Rs 449.
About the product:
Lightweight, silky-smooth foundation that provides you with an impeccable matte finish that lasts. Contains micro silica shells, which continuously absorb excess oil providing you with a shine-free base. Water-based formula, perfect for combination/oily skin. 
Oriflame Beauty Matte Control Foundation

Oriflame Beauty Matte Control Foundation

Oriflame Beauty Matte Control Foundation

Oriflame Beauty Matte Control Foundation

My take on the product:

Pros:The color suits my skin tone and is light. I would highly recommend it for oily and combination skin.
The foundation is a long stay. For an oily skin, it definitely stays longer without any touch ups.
Gives a fresh and bright look.
The bottle is small and handy, can be carried easily.
Cons:I felt it is quiet pricey for 30 ml and the bottle gets empty soon.

I have been using it for a month now, and loved it.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Melbourne, I miss you!

It has been an year that I left the city which I loved more than my hometown. As I boarded the flight from Melbourne to Singapore, tears came automatically as the flight took off. I never felt so bad in life as much leaving Melbourne.

I have loads of Australia travelogues coming up in November and December. Watch out this space!

The beginning of Ninth year of blogging!

Time flies so quickly and this blog has also grown along with me. Silver Lining has completed eight glorious years and now entering ninth. Happy Birthday to my baby!

The Smart App

It scares most young women to commute alone during the late hours, reading the shocking and scary news of how women are raped or eve teased, be it the lonely places and the crowded areas when people keep watching the tamasha don't bother to come for help. 

Nisha got down the company bus at 8 PM and headed towards a mall. It was a Friday and the mall was few distance away from the bus stop. As she walked on the crowded foot path looking around the street, a biker hit her hard with the helmet on her head behind and snatched away her handbag. She fell there unconscious until a colleague who was walking the same path saw her a few hours later and took her to a hospital. Unfortunately, the mobile phone which she had in her palm, was stolen when she fell on the ground. It was indeed sad note that none of the un/educated even bothered to help her. Nisha was shocked by that incident and dared not to walk alone even in the crowded places. She wished she had Smart Suraksha with her.

The above is a true incident of my colleague who wished someone could have come to her rescue immediately.

Dark Matter India has introduced an Android app Smart Suraksha that sends the alert to the 5 pre-listed contacts and the police, at the press of a button.

What the app claims?

Install Smart Suraksha, a mobile application, that can track your whereabouts and at a single touch will send an sms to the pre-listed 5 simultaneously and also the police. An additional feature of this app, is that if you are in a situation where you are able to give details of the would-be offender, you can even record info like model of the car or clothes he is wearing, in your sms.

Yes, use this app as a weapon that can prevent you from becoming an unfortunate victim. Stay safe with Smart Suraksha.

Smart Suraksha will be the rescue angel providing safety to women and protect when the need arises.

I am participating in the Seeking Smart Suraksha contest at in association with Smart Suraksha App

The Homing Pigeons :: Book Review

Drafted 26-Jul-2013
The Homing Pigeons
Author: Sid Bahri

Title: The Homing Pigeons
Author: Sid Bahri
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Pages: 328
Price: 150/-


In the middle of the catastrophic 2008 recession, Aditya, a jobless, penniless man meets an attractive stranger in a bar, little does he know that his life will change forever…..

When Radhika, a young, rich widow, marries off her stepdaughter, little does she know that the freedom that she has yearned for is not exactly how she had envisioned it…..

They say Homing Pigeons always come back to their mate, no matter where you leave them on the face of this earth. Homing Pigeons is the story of love between these two unsuspecting characters as it is of lust, greed, separations, prejudices and crumbling spines.

My review:

When I flipped through the pages of the book, I noticed that the book is about the two characters, Aditya and Radhika. When I began to read the book, I felt that there are two different stories, of Aditya and Radhika.

The story starts with Aditya Sharma, banker from Citibank, losing his job due to the recession and how much he relies on his wife's income. Though legally married, love has vanished between the couple. He meets a young lady at a bar that twists his life forever. Who could imagine, he would take up a profession of a gigolo and become famous among the young women.

Radhika is a young widow, earlier a divorcee who is bored in life after the death of her rich husband and marrying off her step daughter.

As the story proceeds, Sid explains how Aditya and Radhika met during the school days, how love blossomed, how they were separated due to the misunderstandings that forced them to make wrong decisions and both their families opposing their wedding. It makes an interesting juicy read and Sid has well woven the two stories together, as a climax. I know most readers might dislike this.

I liked the punch line printed on the cover page of the book:

Not all love stories are perfect, but then, neither are people. 

Rating: 4/5

About the Author

A hotelier by education, an ex-banker and a senior executive in the outsourcing industry, Sid gave up a plush career in the outsourcing industry to follow his passions. Based out of Ranikhet, he is now a struggling entrepreneur and a happy writer. A self- proclaimed eccentric, he is an avid blogger who loves to read and cook. Cooking stories, however, is his passion. The Homing Pigeons is his debut novel.

He can be reached at

This book review is a part of "The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program". To get free books log on to


The Guardian Angels :: Book Review

Title: The Guardian Angels
Author: Rohit Gore
Publisher: Grapevine India Publishers Pvt Ltd
Pages: 328
Price: INR 125

The Guardian Angels cover page

The Guardian Angels is the epic and tumultuous story of two star-crossed lovers who werent just soul-mates but were also each others protectors.

The fates of Adi Mehta and Radha Deodhar are deeply entwined when within days of their first rendezvous they save each others lives.

Despite their vast sociopolitical differences, they are drawn to an uncertain future fraught with contrasting ambitions, personas and ideologies.

he is the son of a billionaire, she is the daughter of a socialist.
he is quiet and unassuming, she is a firebrand and spirited.

However, the unexplained phenomena ties them forever whenever they are in peril, they are each others only saviors.

Over the following two decades Adi and Radha live through hope and despair, joy and sadness, and try to decipher their relationship. As the truth of their bond is revealed, they must confront the true nature of love, and ultimately, their destinies.

My Review:

The story dates back to early 1990s from Radha's daily journal. The story has been narrated with third person (author) and from Radha's. Adi hails from an affluent family of four who lives in a twenty storeyed house. Radha comes from a simple middle class family with high moral values. Radha saves Adi from getting beaten up at school and friendship turns into love.

I liked the flow at which the author narrates the lives of Adi and Radha, how they communicate via emails, long to see each others reply. There is lot of emotions expressed though both are hundreds and thousands miles apart.

The language is simple and easy to understand, but the vocabulary is bland and could have been much better. I felt the narration of the book is very similar to The Homing Pigeons, written on the similar lines.

Rohit Gore, the author of this book has written bestselling novels, Circle of Three, A Darker Dawn and Focus, Sam. I haven't read any of these and plan to pick them.

Verdict: 3/5

About the Author

Rohit Gore grew up in a number of towns in India. At various times in his childhood, he wanted to be a theatre actor, an architect and a bookshop owner.

After his engineering degree, he was based in Mumbai. An MBA from S P Jain Institute followed and since then he is in the IT industry.

He loves sports, specifically the discussing and watching part of it, since the playing days are long gone. He has travelled a lot a consequence of living in Mumbai and London. His greatest passion is reading and it inspired him to write. He is a frequent contributor to many online writing forums and wishes there were more writing groups.

He has a keen interest in history, especially the history of music and arts. One of the things he would like to get better at is photography.

He currently lives in Pune, a wonderfully vibrant city with his wife Pranita and son Sahil.

This book review is a part of "The Tales Pensive Review Program". 


A Maverick Heart: Between love and life :: Book Review

Drafted 26th Jul 2013

Title : A Maverick Heart : Between Love and LifeA Maverick Heart

Author : Ravindra Shukla

Publisher : Frog Books

Pages : 383

Price : Rs 195

Genre: Fiction/Drama


Resonance – We often use the term, “frequency matching” in our daily life to define compatibility. Our frequency does not match, we do not get along? We are not in sync? We are not on the same page etc.?

When people of similar frequencies (wavelengths or within the same range) come together – output is not a simple sum of individual work, but exponential. In science we term this phenomenon as resonance. Output at this stage is beyond any logical limit.

Three young kids, with different family backgrounds and outlook meet during their graduation days at IIT-Bombay campus and become close friends. Although, individually they are in sync, but the same is not true for their interaction with the world.

How will their relation withstand the conflict of family and society pressure?

How do their characters shape out, as they traverse from an educational environment through the corporate world to the realm of the socio-political world?

Inspired by the real events across the globe from the last decade, Ravindra Shukla brings you the characters based story – struggle and triumphs of a young generation and their relevance in the current socio-eco-political era.

My Review:

The story is about three friends Rahul, Richita and Neerav which revolves at IIT and IIM. Richita hails from an affluent family but values the Indian values who has been brought up listening to the brave stories of Shivaji and other great warriors. Rahul wants to do something for the society and is ready to sacrifice his love, Richita. Neerav is Rahul's good friend who also hails from a rich family.

I found the stories is much beyond the their lives at IIT and IIM. The author has included incidents about recession, corruption. The vocabulary is simple, would've been much better. If you are a first time reader, it is extremely easy to follow without looking up the dictionary. I felt the book lacked editing and has too many long dialogues which is unnecessarily. The author should have focused on the editing.

Follow what your heart says and not what mind wants, is the message, thus A Maverick Heart

Verdict: 3/5.

About the Author

Ravindra Shukla is an engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He has been working in emerging technology and business analytics in IT software technology. His professional experience includes working with consulting firms – PWC and IBM in USA for 15+ years. He is a member of the Film Writers Association, Mumbai. His interest includes – writing fiction, literature and movie scripts apart from sports, movie and travelling across the globe.

Author can be contacted at or

This book review is a part of "The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program". 


During Dasara, on Saraswati Puja, I worshiped my divine Veena with the roses and Parijata. All reading materials, including books, pens and musical instruments are worshiped this day seeking the Goddess blessings for studies and learning.

Tanjavur Veena


The Two Souvenir Dasara

Dasara begins today and most of us celebrate by arranging the dolls till the last day of Dasara, which is Vijaya Dashami (Vijaya means Success and Dashami is tenth day). I was looking at the photos of the past two years. I did not want to the miss the grand festival and celebrated, by arranging the souvenirs I bought in Melbourne's Victoria Market.

Melbourne Dasara 2011
The article on Souvenir Dasara was published on Club Mahindra website here:
Melbourne Dasara 2012
In the traditional Dasara dolls arrangement, the wooden couple doll is placed at the top, above all the other dolls. I bought an aboriginal wooden couple and placed it above all the other dolls. The painted masks, the peacock, turtle, elephants, fishes made out of glass, Holland's kissing couple and bell formed my Dasara 2012 dolls collection. They now are in my showcase at home in Bangalore.

Coming to Dasara 2013, another item added to my collection during my visit to Mysore in July this year. Watch my blog for updates. ;)


Romancing His English Rose :: Book Review

Romancing His English Rose
Lady Lancaster Garden Society
Book Two
Catherine Hemmerling

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing.
Date of Publication:  9-9-13

Number of pages: 174

Book Description:

Rose Warren and Simon Trumbull may have been betrothed since birth, but that doesn't mean they have to like each other. Rose is sure the notorious playboy Simon will never willingly settle down, and Simon, well... he agrees. Never one to be forced into anything, he'd rather drink and gamble with his mates than spend time with the bookish, bespectacled Rose.

When the two are thrown together to investigate a potential poisoning mystery, neither expects the sparks that fly. Simon discovers that Rose is, in face, a brilliant sleuth and - even better - hides a delectable body beneath her flowing skirts. Suddenly, falling into bed may be the best idea either has heard, but can Simon convince Rose his romancing is forever?

My review:

The book is a juicy one and you cannot keep it down until you finish it. I liked the pace which the author has written and the way the story starts off. Rose would call Simon "Mine" instead of addressing him by name. 
This is second book in series and I did not find any difficulty reading this book though I haven't read the first one. I would appreciate both mystery and romance put together in a book. 

Verdict: 4/5

About the Author:

Catherine Hemmerling has been a technical writer in the software industry for nearly twenty years and has published many user manuals and technical documentation in that time. She has always had a love of writing fiction but has never pursued publication in that genre until now.

Hopefully it is the beginning of a long new journey with Lady Lancaster and the Garden Society girls. Certainly historical romance (especially the scandalous kind) is more fun than writing technical documents!

This author happily resides in Tehachapi, California (near Bakersfield - home of her Alma-mater!) with her family.

Catherine writes for Entangled Publishing's Scandalous historical line and is thrilled to be part of their family of writers!

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Never Mind Yaar :: Book Review

Title: Never Mind Yaar

Author: K. Mathur

Publisher: Southpac Publishers Limited

Pages: 220

Price: Rs 350 [though no price mentioned on the book]


The title is an attitude - our tendency to feel defeated by the scale and nature of certain problems. Rather than meet them head on, we circumvent them with a sigh and a consoling “never mind, yaar”.

When long time friends Binaifer Desai and Louella D’Costa meet Shalini Dayal at Gyan Shakti College, a true friendship that transcends cultural and religious backgrounds is born. Louella is a Christian, Binaifer, a Parsi and Shalini, a Hindu.

The novel’s main plotline surrounds Shalini who has fallen for an impetuous student activist, Bhagu. Where does his desire to help the less fortunate lead him? The challenges are many - Shalini’s tradition bound family, the couple’s youth and inexperience and the travails of life in Mumbai, a city the girls love but know, is fraught with communal tension.

My review:

I received a copy of this book for review. The cover page of the book has a picture of Gyan Shakti College along with three girls seated at a table. The story is set around three friends, Louella, Binaifer and Shanlini who meet on the day one of the college and soon they become inseparable and share each and everything and is set in 1990s in Mumbai. How excited Lou becomes when her parents gift her a moped, just reminds of the college days. The girls also crib about the quality of food at canteen.

Shalini's grandmother whom she calls Mem seems to be a godmother to their family. No one would dare to cross her words or dare to speak against her. Shalini falls in love with Bhagu  is scared to tell her parents. Meanwhile, Mem searches for suitable proposal for Shalini. Would Shalini agree to marry Mem's choice or would she be brave enough to elope with Bhagu who has different background. Later on the story has the political and communal violence. But the author does not explain anything in the present condition.

I did not feel that the story of the book connects to title "Never Mind Yaar" anyway. The story seems to be boring and the reader would lose interest reading the first 100 pages. The narration could have been much better with the characters. I was struggling to complete the book after 100 pages. However, the snippets on Bandra, Zorastrians, Bhabhuti nayi are interesting read.

I feel the book is over pricey for what it provides to the readers.

About the author: 

K. Mathur writes at the heart of two of India’s most pressing problems—violence between communities and the environment. Her debut novel is about friendship and fun between three college students from different ethnic backgrounds in Mumbai – a city they love but know is fraught with communal or racial tensions. Born and brought up in Mumbai, K. Mathur lives in New Zealand with her family.

Verdict: 2/5
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Revealing Us :: Book Review

Title: Revealing Us. (Inside Out Series - Book Three)

Author: Lisa Renee Jones

Genre:  Adult Romance

Publisher: Gallery Books
Date of Publication:   September 10, 2013

ISBN:  1476727228

Number of pages:  320 pages

Amazon    BN  

Book Description:

You've discovered Rebecca's secrets. You've discovered Sara's secrets. Now Sara will discover "his" deepest, darkest secrets...but will those secrets bind them together--or tear them apart?

My take on the book:

I have not read the first two books of the Inside Out series but found this book to be very interesting and you cannot keep the book down until finishing it. The author has written the book in the first person narration i.e. the lady in the lead, Sara, narrates the story, how she is so attracted the Chris and is willing to do anything for me though at times she feels he does not love her. The author has maintained the pace and keeps the reader busy as the story progresses. 

My rating: 4/5

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her through her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

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