Monthly Archives: July 2015

Review: Aplava

The first time I heard the word Aplava was when Shristi from Sheroes called me for a review. Later, I found that Aplava is a Sanskrit word, which means taking a bath to purify oneself – an ablution process of cleansing oneself. And I thought, what an apt name for a beauty website!

I was intrigued, and suspicious.

For me, the first factor in buying any cosmetic product is trust. There is no way I’d risk using any duplicate stuff. When I saw that Aplava deals directly with manufacturers/authorized dealers, I was relieved. Continue reading Review: Aplava

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The leaf

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Cherished

My Nikon DSLR reminds me of the worst time, and the best people in my life.

16 October 2011, my best friend’s birthday. We visited butterfly park that day. The sun was still mellow when we started, and the butterflies restless. Then followed, chasing butterflies around the lush gardens, fabulous lunch, a movie, and catching up on old times.

The next two days, I bugged my family with pictures of lovely butterflies captured with my Nikon coolpix.

They were happy times.

Then, they weren’t. Continue reading Cherished

Book Review: A Minute to Death

Book:  A Minute to Death

Author: Ganga Bharani

Publisher: Half Baked Beans  (July 2015)

Paperback: 140 pages

Rating: 4.2/5

Book Review: A minute to death

I was eagerly waiting for the thriller, “A minute to death”. Not only because the author Ganga Bharani is a co-blogger and a friend, but because I’ve read her debut novel, “Just you, me, and a secret”. After reading this novel, I’m glad to say it lives up to my expectation. A minute to death is a riveting thriller leading to an unanticipated ending.

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The novel begins at the Raghavan colony where a young girl, Avanthika is found hanging in her room. An aspiring writer Riya also arrives there. She has persuaded her boyfriend Inspector Rohan to let her study the crime scene. How else can she write a realistic description of a crime scene in her novel?

Rohan has chosen this case as it looks like an open-and-shut suicide case. As he unravels the mystery that is Avanthika’s life, some things don’t add up. The mystery deepens as one more victim is found in similar circumstances. Have the girls really committed suicide or is there a serial killer on the loose? The plot keeps you guessing, and leads up to the unexpected climax, and a beautifully written epilogue. Continue reading Book Review: A Minute to Death

Book Review: Death by Dangerous

Book: Death by Dangerous

Author: Olly Jarvis

Publisher:Matador (24 Jun. 2015)

Paperback: 368 pages

Rating: 4.2/5

Book Review: Death by Dangerous

Death by Dangerous is a legal thriller, which explores deep underneath the superficial facade of the society. We live with preconceived ideas about everyone else. Then, all our misconceptions are dashed. Is there a second chance or the end of life as you know it?

John Anderson is a successful lawyer with a perfect life, family, his elite group of friends. Though he has a narrow-minded attitude towards people he considers his inferior, he is essentially a good man. He fights for what he believes, persecuting criminals so that the society remains safe. He is a workaholic who puts work before his family.

Everything changes after the accident. He is accused of being responsible for the death of two females, one of them a five-year old child. John Anderson is a law-abiding man, who never drinks and drives, never breaks any traffic rules. He has no recollection of the accident. How can be accused of causing death by dangerous driving? Continue reading Book Review: Death by Dangerous

Book Review: Voice of nature

I had a fable book “When animals could talk” with lovely short stories. After reading it, I wished animals could still talk. The squirrel in the garden would tell me where it was always hurrying, the birds would narrate stories about the faraway clouds, and the roadside puppy would confide if it wants to visit my home. But none of them ever answered though I never gave up trying to talk to them. Oh, the dreams of childhood!

Nihar Pradhan’s novel Voice of nature reminded me of those days. However, then I had never thought that animals or plants might be unhappy. I wasn’t old enough to understand the trauma, we humans have dealt to nature. In this novel, a little kid named Haiku can communicate with the trees, the animals. He is a little bewildered at first. Later, he realises it’s a responsibility. Would plants, animals, and humans live in harmony if they understood each other? Is communication the key? Continue reading Book Review: Voice of nature

Skywatch

Skywatch
Floating clouds from last week

After the thundering visit of the rains, now we are back to the clear skies. Oh, how I miss the clouds!

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Book Review: The Bones of You

Book: The Bones of You

Author: Debbie Howells

Publisher: Kensington Books (June 30, 2015)

Hardcover: 320 pages

Rating: 4.2/5

Book cover: The Bones of You

The Bones of You is a gripping psychological thriller. It makes you wonder about the things we take for granted. How much do we really know about people around us? We see everyone according to our own perceptions. But maybe, just maybe underneath the superficial charm, someone might be a sociopath. Continue reading Book Review: The Bones of You