September Vellvette Bag

Vellvette sent the contents in the cute Red and white polka bag marking their first anniversary.




The eye shadow has 10 shades from beautyuk. Actual cost Rs 513




Lord & Berry Ultimate Gloss Clear. The shade is too light but gives a great shine. When you pull out the brush, the quantity that cones out along the brush is minimal which makes you pull out the brush many times.
Actual cost: Rs 890 for 2.9ml

Organic Surge Shine Boost Shampoo.
Actual cost: Rs 595 for 250ml. In the box, 100ml.

The most surprising one was the mirror cum comb which is most suitable for frequent travelers. Actual cost: Rs 300. 

The best thing about this month subscription is the anniversary special bag. I loved it!


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]



Blurb:

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
ASIN:  B00A280VUO

Number of pages:  320 pages

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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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And before I knew it, I had hit ‘Send’

And before I knew it, I had hit ‘Send’. I know it is foolishness to write down such feelings in email and draft it. I try to yank it but he has already read it. 

All the hatred penned down over a period, was now in my boss inbox. 

Scared about the appraisal. I quit. 


This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda
XOXO
~manasa~

August Empties

Here are my August '13 empties

1. Tresemme Shampoo & Conditioner. Rating 4/5
2. Silk Beauty White Glow Body Wash 200ml. Rating 4/5




Would I recommend these products again? 
Yes. I loved both these products and will buy them again. 

The House :: Book Review


Book Title: The House

AuthorSebastiana Randone 

Genre: Adult fairy tale, regency romance, past-life romance, paranormal/fantasy, time-travel


ISBN:   978-1-4836-1371-0
ASIN:  B00DAMPQ8Q

Number of pages: 148
Word Count: 50,000

The House is the tale of a woman, who is so absorbed with historical novels   that her own reality ceases to offer any hope of romance and beauty.

One day this dreamy idealist finds herself in a mysterious forest. How she arrived there is unknown. She encounters a ramshackle house, wherein magical rooms that transport to parallel worlds lay in wait.  She is transported to historical England, where she interacts with a collection of character's whose dysfunctional lives become apparent immediately.

The first tribulation involves a nefarious lord, an archetypal embodiment of the monstrous creatures that often haunt fairy tales. The ramification of this confrontation sets the tone for the narrative.   

Before long, the folly of disdaining her mundane reality is realized, and she desires desperately to return to her former predictable life.

A hidden portal finally enables escape from the austere Georgian dwelling. She is spirited back to the enigmatic house, where a journey to Regency London ensues. A large cast of eccentric identities present themselves.

One day a handsome, despondent poet arrives, following a period in Florence. His introduction to the time traveler offers promise of restoration and love. But upon the face of it, and much to his chagrin, this union cannot be consummated. There are a few more obstacles ahead before her destiny in this strange adventure is made apparent. In the end a past life connection starts to reveal itself.  And like all good fairy tales, the ending is pleasing, even though the means of getting there are dark and at times, sinister.      

About the Author:


Sebastiana Randone lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is from a dance background.

From an early age, Sebastiana developed a passion for reading, and from that moment has never been without a book.

The desire to write ‘one day’ had been pursuing for a long while. Finally that goal was realized with the debut release of “The House”; an adult fairy tale set in the Regency era.

Sebastiana is presently writing her second book; a paranormal romance novel based in New York late 1980’s. 





Room of Tears :: Book Review


Title: Room of Tears

Author: Linda Merlino

Pages: 160 


 The author narrates the story of Diane O'Connor in the year 2041, forty years after 9/11 attack, in conversation with Father Antonio Ortiz. When I started reading the chapter 1 of the book, I thought it has something to do with the supernatural or paranormal activities. Diane invites the Father home and hands over her diary written with pain and requests him to read. The Father remembers his journey of becoming a priest and his granny who motivated him. I liked the flow of the story and the theme on which Linda has written. 
To the world, it appears that thousands of people lost their lives on 9/11 but this one incident changed Diane's life and her family.



Author Bio:

Linda Merlino is the author of  Room of Tears (July 23 2013), Hudson Catalina (2008-Belly of the Whale & re-release 9/14/12), Swan Boat Souvenir (self-published 2003) she began writing fiction as a young mother on the sidelines of endless soccer practices.  Linda wrote anytime any place.  A manuscript filled a carton in the back seat of her car.  Many years have passed since those early beginnings, but her work continues to be inspired by her children.

The author has a fascination with heroes and writes her fiction to honor ordinary men and women who react unselfishly in extraordinary circumstances.  She extends her gratitude to all who keep us safe and free.

Her hometown is outside of Boston.  She lived for many years in New York City and more recently calls Connecticut her home.


Hudson Catalina

My Rating: 4/5



Two commenters will receive a $25 Amazon or BN.com Gift Certificate each. 
XOXO
~manasa~

Happy Feet

As a child at school, I was in love with geography. Not that I liked memorizing the latitudes and longitudes, I would dream of landing into the plane while the teacher taught the lesson. Given a chance to visit Himalayas or Antarctica, I would chose the latter to travel along with my family as you need a human company, somebody I can share my excitement, in the lonely continent. I would come home and see this place, full of "white", in my Atlas. When I asked my father why it was all white and no green like Amazon or brown like deserts, he would reply, "Its all snow, there is no human vegetation, only penguins live there. Its dead cold." This would cheer me to dream of visiting Antarctica and see the home for penguins.

Antarctica

One can travel to Antarctica by flight or cruise. I would chose the cruise one way as in the titanic hoping that it wouldn't sink midway and flight the other way or vis-a-vis.

On reaching the shores of Antarctica, it is bliss to watch the sunrise and later walk on the glacier hand in hand with the loved ones, until my legs ache. It would be hard to tolerate the shrill weather and eyes getting adjusted but it is a lifetime experience seeing all "white" and playing with the snowballs with no humans around. I shall be without words to appreciate the serene beauty of it which god has created.




I would wait till the evening to see the penguin parade slowly from the shore to their borrows, flapping their feathers(?) or hands(?) and holding the fish in their beak. What a lovely sight that is, If only penguins would "shake hand" with me! Anyone would be as merry as watching the movie "Happy Feet".
Penguin parade at Antarctica
When the sun is up in the sky, we shall ski down the snow. The only adventure which we can try out. ;)


When it is the time to get back home, I would miss bringing back souvenirs, key chains or postcards like I do every time I trip. This will be the only trip filled with memories and photographs.

I wish I could bring a penguin home as a Souvenir ;)

I would be happy if you can fund a little for this trip. :)

This post is part of Indiblogger’s Creating Happy Traveller’s Contest sponsored byYatra.com.

XOXO
~manasa~

Salaam Namaste

Salaam sir, he saluted reluctantly as his boss's car entered the huge gate at the first day of his job.

He remembered the days of glory when he drove big cars and others welcomed him with a Namaste. A signature, the bond of surety he made, trusting a friend was the lesson of his lifetime.


This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda
XOXO
~manasa~

Nature's Co. Spearmint Body Wash

I received The Nature's Co. Spearmint Body Wash as a part of Vellvette Box.

The body wash has a spearmint effect as it claims and little solution gives a lot of lather. It gives a nice fragrance and I would recommend this to anyone who have a sensitive skin.








Rating: 4/5

iTouch

The day I touched and held you, you have shown the world. In love with your beauty, I bow to the one who made you!

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Thankfully, those who created me gave less strength, I can rest when I want to. Hope they never find a medicine for this and I can enjoy my sweet nap.

Edit 2nd Sep 13

This post was featured in Write over weekend Theme.


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XOXO
~manasa~


Vellvette August Bag

I received the August 2013 Vellvette Bag on the last day of the month. The bag is the same as the pink colored one in one of the previous subscriptions. I like the June's pink bag than the black.

The Contents in the bag:
  1. H20+ Sea Results Deep Sleep Recovery Cream. (In the bag, sample not to be sold. Full size Rs 3,200 for 50g) 
  2. Sally Hansen Lip Plumper - Sheer Bare (in the box --> Full size Rs 775 for 6 ml)
  3. I Love... Coconut and Cream (in the box 100ml. Full size Rs 795 for 500 ml, Rs 250 for 100 ml)







I have used only the lip gloss which is nude. I would prefer a colored one instead.

Overall, I am quiet unhappy with the lip gloss and the cream. The products would have been carefully chosen.