Book Review: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

Book: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

Author: Max Wirestone

Publisher: Redhook Books

Paperback: 320 pages

Rating: 5/5

Book Cover: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

Book Description:

The odds of Dahlia successfully navigating adulthood are 3,720 to 1. But never tell her the odds.

Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. Unemployed broke, and on her last bowl of ramen, she’s not living her best life. But that’s all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she’s offered a job. A job that she’s woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

Turns out unfortunate decisions abound, and she’s just the girl to deal with them.


As the queen of making unfortunate decisions, the title “The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss” caught my interest. The novel lives up to the expectations raised by the title. It had me laughing so loudly that my family darted suspicious glances at me. Requesting the book on NetGalley is one of the best decisions I made. Continue reading Book Review: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

The most disruptive blogging conference

June 1, 2015: I received a mail from Indiblogger announcing Season 1 of “Blog Now, Live Forever” – The Pioneers of Blogging. To say I was excited would be an exaggeration, but I was intrigued. I applied right away. Why? Because, Indiblogger. Indiblogger was the first blogging community I joined after I started blogging. Besides, they have a great 404 Page. Seriously, you can check yourself if you don’t believe me.

Two months later, came the official announcement of BNLF Mumbai, and the buzz started. Amidst the excitement, one thing was clear. Whatever BNLF might be, it wasn’t going to be just another conference. I was all pumped up. I even joined the crew.

Up till 11 days to go, I was still excited.

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The Transformation

Perfection might be an illusion; it doesn’t stop us from wanting to transform ourselves into something/someone we perceive as an ideal. So, when I heard about the web series The Transformation, I was intrigued. Here, transformation is not a hopeless dream, but something that can be achieved .

Tetley Green Tea in association with have developed a one of a kind series which brings reality TV on the web. This 12 episode series will follow 19 contestants as they go from fat to fighting fit, changing their lives to achieve their coveted goal.

This is not the kind of weight lose regime, where people lose their health along with their weight. This unique project aims towards holistic change transforming body and life, where the contestants become fit for fighting. The contestants would learn how to eat, exercise, and incorporate comprehensive lifestyle changes resulting in a long-term success. “Eat right, train hard”–one of the maxims of the show says it all.

Do you know what it takes to train like a Thai boxer,Jiu jitsu fighter, and an athlete? Yeah, it’s going to be tough, and totally worth it. Every ounce of their will-power will be tested. Transformation doesn’t come easy; it has to be earned.

The show will feature 12 episodes and take place over 12 weeks at Bangalore’s state of the art Fitness Fight Club and Circuit Force, under expert trainers, and the chief instructor—an ex-boxer and army man—Austin Prakesh. The contestants of the show range from varied backgrounds: a musician, entrepreneur, make-up artist, RJ, an event manager, a food blogger, and many others.

The stakes are much higher than mere fitness. After 12 weeks, two winners are going to walk away with one lakh cash prize. Yup, someone will emerge not only healthier, but richer too. This is where lives change for the better.

The Transformation offers you a ringside seats to view the life-changing journey of these contestants as they fight through the vigorous obstacles, and the competition. You’ll be privy to their first attempt at boxing, their joys of surviving hardships, and their sorrows at elimination.

Why should you watch The Transformation:

Imagine 19 people turning their life inside out to achieve what they want. This kind of motivation is bound to rub on you.

Now, you don’t have to wonder what kind of food helps to stay fit. You can see for yourselves.

Contests bring out hidden traits in people—the good, the bad, and the ugly. So, a definite entertainment.

Reality web series means you get to watch the true stories in real time instead of scripted versions.

Need I say more? The show went live on 14th October 2015. Tune in to watch the live series on The Transformation, and for great tips on healthy eating, and exercise.

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My stint at learning Italian cuisine

“If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.”

It was Jeff Bullas who quoted the famous quote(during BNLF day 1), and fired my enthusiasm. Of course, I want many things, all of which I’ve never had, so my to do list for this is huge.

But as Indiblogger had packed BNLF with many activities, I decided to search nearby. First was Segway, though scary (I get scared riding a bike; don’t judge) at first, but too easy. Mini golf—too easy.

I decided to venture into deep waters. I signed up for something which I would’ve never done in normal circumstances. BNLF wasn’t normal; it was the cumulative creative energy of around 500 bloggers.

I signed up for a master class to learn a recipe. And not just any recipe. Ricotta Spinach filled Tortellini on the Bed of Mushrooms. Sounds yummy? Tastes delicious too. I know thanks to Maniparna, my dear friend from Scattered thoughts.

Learning To cook Italian
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Executive Sous Chef Ravish Mishra, and Chef Rajiv Kumar taught us the yummy Italian dish at lovely Trendz restaurant in The Lalit. Yeah, I learn in style. ;)

I learnt cooking is fun, especially when someone else cooks, and you get to click photos, and ask annoying questions. :P

Now without further ado, I’ll present you with the recipe. Continue reading My stint at learning Italian cuisine

Book Review: Losers Take All

Book: Losers Take All

Author: David Klass

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Paperback: 320 pages

Rating: 4.2/5

Book Review: Losers Take All

The tagline of the book—who says winning is everything—says it all. In Losers Take all, everyone cheers for their favourite team “Losers” not for winning, but for losing. This hilarious book had me laughing all through the story. Continue reading Book Review: Losers Take All

Book Review: Winell Road

Book: Winell Road

Author: Kate Foster

Publisher:  Jet Black Publishing

Paperback: 146 pages

Rating: 4.2/5

Winell Road: review


Winell Road: Beneath the surface is a riveting tale with a big dose of humour.

Jack thinks Winell road is the most boring locality, and his life is boring with a Capital B. This changes when he spots an alien spaceship spying on him, and no one else sees it. Then, Jack receives a visit which convinces him that Winell Road has been harbouring a huge secret. He receives the warning “Trust No one” which leads him to doubt his freakish neighbours. His adventures begin when he, and Roxy, his remarkably tall new neighbour, embark on the mission to save our galaxy.

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