Mumbai Meri Jaan

Very recently, I finally got the opportunity to pay a short visit to Mumbai.

The city of dreams, a popular name for this city has been one of my dream cities to visit, thanks to all the romcom books that I devour on and of course not to forget our famous Bollywood.

So, when I am landing in the city the first thing I notice is how accurately the buildings are visible from the top view. I have never experienced this in the other metropolitan cities.

I was put up at a comfortable stay near Coloba, the southern part of Mumbai. Staying here, I didn’t miss the chance to visit the famous Marine Drive. It is definitely one of the most happening places because I couldn’t find a single place for more than two minutes where no population was not seen. You see, I don’t like random people coming in my picture hence the wait was long. But yeah I was rewarded with good pictures.

There is a hotel called Kailash Parbat in the Colaba market area, after a good shopping you must go there. It feels like heaven. I loved the Dal Khicidi there which they serve with Boondhi Raita and it is heaven. In fact I went there twice on the same day just to have that. Their Sweet Lassi and Jal Jeera are also a must haves.

And then on one of the evenings, I visited the Gateway of India. It must have been around seven when I went there but it still was crowded like the rest of the Mumbai. But it is a definite beauty. The lighting was amazing and the entire structure was glowing. I must have been there till night eight and even when I left the crowd had not withered, in fact more people were coming in. I guess people come here for a nice walk and breeze after a good day of work.

I guess this city never sleeps. I actually felt really sad when I had to return back. From the T2 terminal to the fancy shops and restaurants in Bandra this city didn’t disappoint me.

Before I forget I have to mention how the city especially in the Southern part has retained it’s old buildings which gives it a regal look. And for the first time I saw so many of those cute black and yellow taxis and much less of autos.

While returning back, I had taken a flight and during the take off I could see the amazing Marine green color of the ocean. It was a beautiful surreal view.

Bombay would definitely be missed and I can’t wait to get back here and explore more.

NAVIGATING THROUGH BOOKSHELVES AND MORE

Since my childhood I have had the constant love for books. I had started off with Tinkle and it’s likes. Slowly I moved to the evergreen amar chithra katha series. My father used to love buying those books for me as he found it instrumental for my understanding of the Hindu mythology.

I had grown up in Chennai and every month my parents used to religiously take me to a bookstore called Landmark. I had persuaded my mom to take me to Landmark at night 8:30 on the day Harry Potter and the deathly hallows had released and being a wonderful mom she had taken me.

All my Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys collection was collected from there. I used to love buying the hard bound copies.

Slowly I moved to the concept of borrowing books from libraries. During my college days, I was a diligent member at the local library.

After moving to Bengaluru, I have found some amazing bookstores and my need to collect books has resurfaced.

So, today my main agenda will be about enlightening you guys about my cherished bookstores in this start-up city.

  1. Sapna Book House: It was my father who had introduced me to this bookstore. They have a really good collection of books. They have an excellent collection of Non-fiction, Engineering Text Books, Languages and books based on one’s hobbies like sketching, photography music and so on. With each book you get really good discounts, especially with your college books.They have a lot of branches in the city but  I would strongly recommend the branches in Residency road, Indra nagar and Sadhashiva nagar. Along with books, these branches have an excellent collection of stationary, gadgets, gift articles, media and games. This shop has it’s branches in Mysore and Mangalore. They are equally amazing.
  2. Gangarams Book Bureau: This is located on Church street. These guys specialize only in books and they do have a stupendous collection. They have a good collection of thesaurus, dictonaries and engineering books with practical projects. Their Coffee table books are something you shouldn’t miss.
  3. Bookworm: This book house too, is located on Church street. Here they sell second hand books as well and the good thing is that you can exchange a book with a book with half the price you had spent initially. I had got my collection of poems by John Keats over here.
  4. Blossoms Book House: This is my most favourite book shop. This is probably one of the reasons why I wouldn’t mind this traffic indulging city. On most weekends you can catch me here. And whenever a friend comes to town, I dutifully take them to this place. I found some amazing authors like Lang Leav, Anuja Chauhan, Murakami and etc in their book store. They have too branches and both are located on church street. I personally prefer the old one. It gives me a very archaic feeling. They have an amazing collection of DC and Marvel Comic books. Also, they have started bringing in the old copies of Indian Comic strips like Indrajal. Here again, you can exchange the books with books for half it’s original price. This place is a real treasure for book lovers and I would strongly recommend this place.

It was a lot of fun to write this post. Do check out these places and let me know on how you feel about it. Also, if there are any nice book stores in the city, please let me know about them. I would love to go and explore those stores. 

I hope these guys give me some discount if they happen to chance on this post :P.

HAPPY READING !!

Sneha

 

 

The Millions Of Scattered Thoughts

It is vacation time for me and my father. Hence, like all close knit families, we come to the conclusion that, we need to travel to a different city and do justification for the holidays that got extended from the weekend to weekdays. Since, I am the techie geek in the family, my parents entrust me with the responsibility of browsing for the getaway destination. So, I start looking into the fancy and colorful websites. And hurray, I found one as well. But my happiness is short lived. Do you want to know why?

So, my father shouts from the hall, saying that we need to visit a few famous temples over this weekend. So, my idea of taking a vacation in shorts and denims has gone into the drain. Being the chill and ever obedient daughter, I pack the silk sarees and churidhars with long, flowing dupattas which my mother insists upon.

So, our beautiful car journey starts and as I belonged to ‘this’ generation, I would have preferred to listen to chaar bottle vodka or if not at least a mahi ve. But our driver recommends his wonderful songs collection. So, needless to say, I am super cool with this as well. So, the stereos resonate with the music and they transport me to another world.

I am sure by now all of you would be irked up with the ‘which world’ part. Once upon a time I was a Bharatanatyam dancer and  now you have the answer  I assume.

So, we reach the first of the temples in this vacation series. We go and get the almighty’s darshan. My mom’s face is glowing with joy after seeing the deity. I meanwhile, recover from the suffocation of getting crushed by swarms of people. Perks of visiting a famous temple, is how I would defend it.

So, we come out, me and mom wait for my dad to go fetch the ever enthusiastic driver. This is where the interesting incidents start  unfolding. A lady comes in front of us out of nowhere and says that this is real Lakshmee’s kumkum and my mom looks at me to wade her off as she doesn’t want to do that act you know. So, I politely refuse while my mom looks ahead with a steely glance. But the kumkum lady lives in the free country just as us and she didn’t seem to be in the mind to find an alternate buyer for her fancy stuff. So we decide to walk off to a general store close by. Here, we sit down on the rickety stools.While we wait here, a little impatiently a middle aged man comes to the store and requests a Fanta  bottle. I can see the cold bottle travelling from the refrigerator  to the counter. The poor man, he opens it and drinks a mouthful and then needlessly checks for the expiry date. And Bingo, the next interesting event unfolds. He sees that the expiry date is in January 2017 which is clearly not August 2017. He tells the shopkeeper the same and you know what he says? That it s okay. Clearly, the middle aged man is flabbergasted as all sane people. So, he pays the money for the bottle and says that he doesn’t want to expire anytime soon.

Ladies and gentlemen, why do we need to have a label indicating an expiry date, is it not a waste of paper and ink? And they would have made fancy fonts for these labels right? I wonder why no one pays heed to these points or is it just overthinking? And then I think, where is the press to record these incidents. Then, I mentally note that I should always check for the expiry date.Simultaneously  I wait for my dad to come and rescue us. Also, I wonder about the next set of songs that I would be hearing in the car.

And many more thoughts run in my ever curious mind.

Sneha

 

Hi guys, this is the first time I am narrating something in the form of a story. This is the first in the series of short stories that would follow. So please read it and let me know about your thoughts and also, this is my seventh blog post. Happy reading !!.

FOREVER ANONYMOUS

 I feel recognized,

I feel admired,

I feel proud,

when I am showered 

with accolades,

across the globe.

Strange isn’t it?

That I am still

not content,

not at peace?

Do you ever,

wonder why?

Even I wonder,

even I search,

for the answers.

And I think,

I know.

Even to my

own ears,

it sounds sad.

But sadly, I 

can’t escape from it.

It is you.

It is for,

your attention,

your love,

your praises

and 

your acknowledgement 

that I crave for.

In your eyes I am 

forever the lost soul,

whose mind wanders

and

whose heart just 

flutters.

You would never

be able to see the 

real me. 

But it is fine,

I forgive your 

callousness.

I shall remain,

anonymous 

forever and 

ever,

for you.

To all the people out there who are discouraged and disheartened when their efforts go unrecognized, or even worse mocked by their own people, by their friends or loved ones.

IT IS OKAY.

You are not here to please anyone and no one’s goal in life is to please you. So you be your own knight in the shining armour.

BE POSITIVE!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE-A REVIEW

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MY

NOT SO^ PERFECT LIFE

The title itself is so catchy right? This is what had caught my attention while  I was surfing for prospective books that would preoccupy my thoughts. 

So to give you an insight,  I really liked the book. It is suitable for young adults. It is a romcom but not cheesy, so it suited me fine. It can be considered as a motivational book especially for all the women out there.

Coming to the gist of the story, it revolves around two women Katie and Demeter. Katie a simple middle class girl comes to London with the dream of living the London life. The adorable thing about Katie is that, she loves to go to expensive cafes and bakeries to just fill the instagram feed with a hope that, one fine day  she would be eating all those dishes. At least I post real life scenarios on my insta :P.  Never mind, now coming back to Katie’s life, she works in a branding company and her boss is the other protagonist, Demeter a sassy, successful and elegant lady. Our Katie here is in clear awe of this lady, she is her inspiration and her role model. But one fine day her beloved boss let’s her down by sacking her.

So Katie goes back to her parent’s to help them in setting up their business and as luck would have it the sassy boss ends up at Katie’s with her family. That’s when Katie realizes the meaning of the famous saying, ” NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER”. After all, Demeter’s life is a sad little mess. The rest of the story revolves around how the two ladies stand by each other and sort their lives. Oh, and the book does give a comic outlook into the office politics as well!!. And there is a Mr. Handsome in the book who doesn’t disappoint us at all. His character has been interlinked to the story in a nice manner without deviating from the main theme. 

The conviction of the two women is priceless, and the conversations between them are written very well and it would make the reader pause and think. The story was predictable to some extent, but the plot was really good. The book does leave you in good spirits, so for people who don’t like sad endings, this one is definitely for you!! 

I would give this book a 4 star :).

HAPPY READING !!

 

WITH LOVE, FROM A MUGGLE

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It was the year of April 2006 when I was introduced to the world of Harry Potter by my cousin. So my mission for that summer vacation was to gobble up all the six of the books in the HP series and yeah I was pretty successful at that. Even now I can recall the excitement with which I had assimilated the pages.

For me, Harry Potter was not just a book belonging  to the fantasy genre but more than that. The characters created by Rowling were the epitome of strength, compassion and integrity who teach us that, everyone can make a difference in creating a beautiful world. I am sure, all of you out there would agree with me!!.

So here is some extra love to few of the iconic people in the HP series, who faced the society in their own little brave ways and tried their best to make it into a better place.

Hagrid

You could have easily cursed the people around you and held it against them for the unknown injustice, committed to you but you still chose to spread happiness to everyone around you. You trusted and believed in Dumbledore that he would take care of you. After all that you had gone through, you still had your child like innocence intact and your love for Grawp was too adorable !!.

Kreacher

You are that example for the society, which teaches that even a stone can be melted when heated appropriately. You were ready to change into a new leaf and put the past behind you when your master and his friends showered you with genuine affection. I still remember with joy, when you came to the great hall with your elf friends to defeat the dark forces.

Lupin

I think you are my one true love in the entire series. Life and the society was unfair to you at almost all the stages but you chose to spread love. You could have easily shifted to the dark side and you had a good reason as well, that the regal society doesn’t accept a werewolf. But you stuck to righteousness till your last. You are a real inspiration and an hero to me.

Fleur 

You were a hero to me in the sixth book. Your maturity in the way you had handled Bill’s accident was really beautiful. You are that example which shows that the strongest minds can emerge out of nowhere and in any situation. You set the example that true love can transcend anytime over pretty faces.

Tonks

Who would have thought that this pesky, chirpy tom boy would fall in love? It was your strength and your belief in yourself and your love that made your man change his heart. I always wished that there would be a book on your love story, sigh !! I know, I can be hopelessly romantic at times.

And lastly,

JK Rowling

For being a pure genius and creating such a beautiful plethora of characters who have and will still continue to stay with us for the rest of our lives. Thank you !!.

 

INTO THE WATER- A REVIEW

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Last year, I had the opportunity to read The Girl On The Train, a novel by Paula Hawkins.

I was really impressed with the way she had handled the story. It was simply a beautiful psychological thriller. So, when I chanced upon another book by this same author, I picked it from the bookshelf with a lot of excitement and spent two weekends lost in it’s pages.

Into The Water, is a beautiful masterpiece work of Paula Hawkins which focuses on the aspects of psychology and adventure. The best part of this book is that the story doesn’t belong to one person. With every chapter dedicated to different characters woven in a pattern, it helps the reader to introspect the book in a myriad of ways. 

The story starts with the death of Nel Abbott and her sister Jules returning to their hometown after more than a decade to take care of the now orphaned kid Lena Abbott. When I give this introduction, it probably looks like the story only revolves around finding Nel’s killer. But here is the catch, the book slowly unfolds to span the characters of another two generations. With the idea of clairvoyance and the mystery of drowning pool thrown into a few pages it would give an insight to the reader that maybe the story is set in an horror theme. But it is not. Along with the plots of murders and suicides, Paula also touches on the importance of family bonding and communication which adds on to the beauty of the book.

On a personal note, I always rate a book on it’s plot. So from my side it would be a stupendous 5 just for it’s intriguing plot. Nowhere in the course of the story did I find it to be dragging or the grip being lost. The language and her writing style were as always commendable. I hope I would be able to write like that , someday. The book is not long, so you don’t have to spend days waiting to reach the conclusion.

I would definitely recommend it as a must read. I am pretty sure, that even this book would be made into a blockbuster movie!!.

 

 

 

 

HOPE

Hope for love.

Hope for peace of mind.

Hope for others to understand you.

Hope that you understand yourself.

Hope for a miracle.

Hope for a better tomorrow.

And,

Hope for a better you.

– Sneha

Hope is that feeling on which we plan our day and our entire life in the long run. I personally feel that it is always within us, or rather a part of us.

This was my first poem. When I had penned down my thoughts, not realizing that

I would be writing many more of these in the coming days. This journey of writing has indeed been a special one.

 

ILLUSIONS

A lazy day,
let’s say,
a Sunday,
spent on the, regal couch
with a smartphone.
Beep Beep,
Bro, I got another 
like. Not only that,
two of those guys,
have also,
loved my picture!!
And guess what?
That girl in our class
who hardly even smiles
when she passes by,
has put a comment on
my picture appreciating 
my dressing sense!!
People are so nice in 
this world. We shouldn’t
let them go out of our lives.
Liking is caring.
And so is sharing.
So here I come,
liking the posts and
sharing them 
and even attending 
their events.
See, I am here,
to encourage.
And wait,
don’t go offline
without reading this message,
I just posted a happy birthday 
wish on my Crush’s wall!!
Bingo, I definitely need a 
brownie point for this 
daring act!!

VIRTUAL CONNECTION

A lazy day,
let’s say,
a Sunday,
spent on the, regal couch
with a smartphone.
Beep Beep,
Bro, I got another
like. Not only that,
two of those guys,
have also,
loved my picture!!
And guess what?
That girl in our class
who hardly even smiles
when she passes by,
has put a comment on
my picture appreciating
my dressing sense!!
People are so nice in
this world. We shouldn’t
let them go out of our lives.
Liking is caring.
And so is sharing.
So here I come,
liking the posts and
sharing them
and even attending
their events.
See, I am here,
to encourage.
And wait,
don’t go offline
without reading this message,
I just posted a happy birthday
wish on my Crush’s wall!!
Bingo, I definitely need a
brownie point for this
daring act!!
-Sneha
I for one, love Facebook and Instagram.
Their creation is definitely justified.
They do connect people across the globe.
Thanks, to these guys we never are alone.
They give the necessary cacophony to
our lives.