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Book Review: I’d rather be reading, by Anne Bogel

Published July 2018 | Genre: Non-fiction, humour Recently, a book walked into my life. It felt like the writer had taken a peek at my thoughts, seen the way I think and read books, and then written a book about that! I’ve seen very few books that talk about reading as a habit or practice. I highlighted (virtually, of course)…

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Master the art of eating alone as a solo traveller

Back in the days when I first started travelling solo, the thought of eating out alone gave me the jitters. There’s no point in denying that it was a trigger that set off severe anxiety. The most horrifying thoughts would run through my mind, and that blessing of a vivid imagination would seem unwanted then. From falling flat on my…

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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…

Chicken Dalia Khichdi | Broken Wheat & Chicken Kedgeree

The thought of ‘healthy foods’ fills my heart with trepidation. For all the love I have for food, I am particular about the taste, texture, sight of food, and there have been instances where I’ve refused to eat or been unable to finish food placed in front of me because I’ve –     Disliked the look of the food–     Been unable…

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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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Understanding the basics of mindfulness

What is mindfulness? If you look up the word ‘mindfulness’ in the dictionary, you’ll find it defined as the state or quality of being mindful or aware of something. And under the subtext Psychology, it is defined as a technique in which one focuses one’s full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them;…

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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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Oats Vermicelli Pudding

Do you know those times when you set out to make something, stumble and screw up, work around it and then come out with something nicer? Yup! That’s how this Oats Vermicelli Pudding came about. The story of this pudding is similar to that of a movie that lost its plot but manages to end on a decent note. In…