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Book review: The Crossing, by Samar Yazbek

Published July 2015 | Genre: Autobiography, Literary non-fiction I purchased this book while ambling through a book fair sometime towards the end of 2018. But I didn’t get around to reading it until I pulled it out recently to give to my father in law. He didn’t read it. But I started it. It took me a long time to…

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Book Review: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

Published 1943 | Genre: Semi-Autobiographical, Fiction I picked this one up because a. I had heard a lot about it. It is heralded as a modern American classic (and it deserves to be) b. The edition was remarkably pretty. I have a weakness for beautiful looking books. This one was a Reader’s Digest Special Edition, hard bound with the title…

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Book Review: Summit, by Harry Farthing

Published January 2014 | Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery A gripping tale, told tightly from beginning to end, without any relief or deviation. The author’s writing style is grim, almost martial in its speed. I’ve always been fascinated by the upper reaches of the Himalayas. To me, they are placed on Earth to remind us that we are nowhere close to…

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Drama Review: Midnight Diner (Tokyo Series)

2009-19 | Japanese | Food, Slice of life | Netflix Tucked away in a lane, far from the bustling noise of Tokyo, lies Meshiya – an izakaya, a type of informal Japanese bar. The Master opens the doors at the stroke of midnight, every night, to a variety of people – some regulars, some not – all from different walks…

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Drama Review: Hospital Playlist

2020 | Season 1 | S Korea | Medical, romance, life, comedy | Netflix India I’ve apparently been watching a lot of drama involving the medical fraternity. Descendants of the Sun, Doctor John, Hospital Playlist, It’s Okay Not To Be Okay – four of the dramas I watched recently revolve around doctors, psychiatrists and men in the military. And the…

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Drama review: Cinderella with Four Knights

2016 | S Korea | Romantic Comedy | Netflix India & Viki Rakuten Guilty pleasures thy names are Korean romance dramas! And Cinderella with Four Knights is among the cream of this category! A stellar cast and sparkling chemistry make this girl-meets-3-boys-finds-true-love drama a great watch on days when you want a break from the dismal world. Cinderella with Four…

The Lockdown Era: Part 10-18

So much love! I’m floored with the kind of appreciation that my Instagram family has shown to my first ever photo series ‘The Lockdown Era’. That people have been able to connect with these photographs and opened doors to conversations is an added bonus. There has been, however, an interesting question that has repeated itself in the messages I’ve received…

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The Lockdown Era: Part 1-9

By the time this post is published, India is well into what is dubbed Lockdown 4.0 – with a new set of rules, dos-and-don’ts, all of us are struggling through a new range of emotions. There’s the delight that life is slowly limping back to normal, stores and services are now available (in non-containment areas at least) and businesses will…

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Use a gratitude jar to ease lockdown anxiety

These are unique times in our lives and we are all making history – albeit not of a pleasant kind. Uncertainty and confusion, the constant bombardment of information and claustrophobia are just a few of the things that a lot of us are grappling with. The past week has been chaotic and stressful – I’ve had to step out of…