Book review – More Things In Heaven And Earth

So I am back after a long break from blogging and back with another book review, the book is More Things in Heaven and Earth by Kiran Manral.This book deals with life,death and everything in between.Also with love,hate and everything in between.

Kiran Manral is a seasoned writer who has published books in both fiction and non fiction genres. She published her first novel back in 2011. The experience is seen clearly in her confident language and vocabulary throughout this book.I particularly love the writer’s penchant for describing the surroundings and streets of the cities in great detail. We can almost imagine the picture she tries to create in our mind for every geographical instance.Her simple language yet complex narrative makes the book a very compelling read.

The story is split between the current timeline and a flashback to the protagonist, Kamla’s, childhood. Kamla is a widower trying to get on with her life but her husband, Nihar’s memories almost engulf her life making it impossible to live. He used to call her Lotusface, which adds quite a spooky touch throughout the story. There starts her journey to different cities in the hope of finding closure and peace before finally ending up in Goa where her ailing maternal aunt Kamini decides to leave her a fortune however with a strange conditional clause. However Goa is also the place where Nihar passed away and this place holds many secrets. The story also talks about her chemistry with the handsome Victor who is her aunt’s step son.The story also touches on the innocence of the relationship between her and her sister Roop during her childhood days.

The story is gripping, the climax is good (I bet I never predicted that twist) .I did feel the storyline was slightly dragging in the middle but it gained momentum towards the end. The writer’s description of Goa and the palatial villa which Kamla inherits is beautiful and descriptive.There is a constant hint of the unknown, afterlife and hallucinations throughout the story which all starts to make sense towards the end.The ending is sinister and left to each to decipher.The dash of noir added in the story is good and just enough.

To summarise,this is a good read to someone who is curious of life,death and the grey matter associated to them.

You can purchase this book using the below link- Buy from Amazon

This review is powered by Blogchatter Book Review Program

Tweet to me @NewGirlNewCity

Grief

Sometimes even all the words in the world cant describe your feeling,
The stab you feel in your insides when you lose your loved one,
The feeling of your body being suddenly pulled and swallowed underground,
The helplessness of your tongue,
The blankness in your mind which blocks you from processing,
The cluelessness of the next steps,
The reminder of it all each and every day,
Days have passed, months and years will too,
They say time heals, will need to wait to validate that,
For now the grief is like the ocean,
Endless….

Book review- Zoravar:Book One in the Bollywood Saga

This is a book written by first time author Maharsh Shah and its based on the life of fictional bollywood hero Zoravar.This is part 1 of the Bollywood Saga. It follows Zoravar’s adventures right from his adolescence to his middle age. His journey from utter poverty to a rich affluent life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, could not keep this book down for a minute after I started reading.The beauty of it is that although its about a fictional character, the timeline and events mentioned in the book are all real events that have taken place right from Partition era to the Indira Gandhi era. Also the fine subtle details and personality traits of all the Hindi film industry stars are so interesting and intriguing. I totally appreciate the effort put in by the author to research on each real artist mentioned in this book, be it directors, producers, writers or actors.

Bombay,the city of dreams, is the heart and soul of this story. The different studios referenced too in this book are such a crucial part of the storyline.

Coming to the writing, its incredibly simple yet keeps you totally engrossed to the storyline. I did find some miniscule editorial mistakes but thats trivial. I especially love some of the references made to objects and events of those years…be it the different cigarette brands or the Osho community reference. I almost believed till the end that this has to be based on a real person’s life as it was that convincing.The story also addresses the ill effects of the ‘Page3’ life of celebrities like alcoholism, drugs, infidelity, casting couch and competitive rivalry.

I am super excited for the second part and cant wait to see what happens next in the story. Maybe this can be a web series, what say Netflix?!

This is a must read especially for those who love the glitz and glamour of the world of cinema.

Buy from Amazon- Zoravar

This review is powered by Blogchatter Book Review Program

Tweet to me @NewGirlNewCity

A R Rahman- My top 15 gems

You know how difficult it is for me to do this?! To zero down to my favourite 15 among all of ARR music across all languages?! I mean you can’t possibly understand how difficult it is for me…..coz I am an ARR bhakt (across all languages). His songs are like meditation to me,his music has the power to completely uplift my mood no matter what kind of a day I am having. His songs teleport me to various places. His music is magic to me!

But still….I have made that tedious choices and here I present (drumroll………..)

………..

………..

……..

My top 15 fav ARR songs! (In no specific order) Mind you, there may be some gems in here which you may not even have heard.

1.Hello Mr.Ethirkatchi-
Gosh this one does not age,this song was released 24 years ago,but is still as good as new! Iruvar has to be one of my most favourite tamil movies and it also was Aishwarya Rai’s debut movie.This song is picturized on her and she is so damn flawless in it,I think she was fabulous in the whole movie. This song has a very Jazz feel to it ,something so different to the tamil industry specially in those days.

Here’s the link to this timeless beauty- https://youtu.be/JqgwTxDeOa8

2.Agar Tum Saath Ho-
Aah now who does not love this song?! It is a classic and Alka Yagnik and Arijit do more than justice to it. The beauty of this song is the pain and misery associated to it,its depicted so beautifully, the lyrics by Irshad Kamil just touches your soul deep within.

Pfb link just so that you can revisit this gem- https://youtu.be/xRb8hxwN5zc

3. Aye Mr.Minor-
This one is another beautiful song,with a very Jazz feel to it. The supremely talented Shasha Tirupati takes the song to a different level.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/gUcSm8A-bgE

4.Mannipaaya-
This list would be incomplete without a VTV song.Actually I wish to add all songs of VTV to this list,but then it wouldn’t be fair to the rest. Shreya Ghoshal is amazing, and the choir used in this song is just mind-blowing, I dont know how ARR does it,but its magic. Also Jessie-Karthik chemistry is vere level.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/EjUP08N89mI

5.Maahi Ve-
Aren’t all songs of Highway amazing,i mean how does one choose 😭, but still from among the lot this one is my favourite, it has a very light hilly (pahadi) feel good vibe to it.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/xHLnZMjJ8bY

6.Kalvare-

Another one of my favourite slow numbers, it is so soothing and Aishwarya’s graceful dancing is eye candy (thanks to the legendary Shobhana ma’am who was the choreographer)

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/rpc43hOKy0A

7.Ay Hairathe-
Hariharan and Alka Yagnik duet, the unusual stanza and the familiar chorus of ‘Tere bina’ song in the background just adds to the magic.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/038jmlSH3iM

8.Thalli pogathey-
The catchy beats,stunning visuals and amazing lyrics are the highlights of this song. The wait to reach the chorus is tiresome but so so rewarding.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/PiL5UTTTrxk

9.Malargaley-

This is from a 1996 tamil movie Lovebirds and its a beautiful song.This K S Chithra and Hariharan duet is so romantic ❤️

Pfb link – https://youtu.be/UnccY-qroSk

10.Kannodu kaanbadhellam-
This classical song has been my favourite for dance especially during school and college days. Although classical ,its definitely very catchy and trendy.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/HnW2737FkW8

11.Saathiya-
Extremely popular and a favourite to millions. Whether its Saathiya or Pachai Nirame,this is one song that I love in both Hindi and Tamil. Oh but brownie points go to my forever crush R Madhavan♥️

Pfb link-
https://youtu.be/eMA6GHTQ4WA

12.Kannalane-

Another K S Chithra genius, she owns this song…Also Manisha is so pretty and emotes so well in this song.Almost all other songs from Bombay are also excellent but I will stick to my rule of just 1 from a movie.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/T4i_7_cXj9E

13. New York Nagaram-
One of my all time favourites, its still my ringtone😂 Sung by the Mozart himself!

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/OjU54VhRFbU

14. Ennavale Adi Ennavale-
This is the ultimate romantic song, so melodious! Also this song came out in 1994, let that sink in!

Pfb link-
https://youtu.be/vvfW92cmAbs

15.Naan Yen-
I heard this in the Coke studio and since then it is my favourite.The wordings are actually from a poem by poet Vaali, his words truly come to life in this composition.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/e2rGhnGuCy0

Honorary mention (this is because I am from Kerala and this is the only malayalam song in this post)

Kunukune from movie Yoddha- https://youtu.be/zc4G93Tmjyc

The list is endless, I realized I havent even touched movies like Roja, Taal, Dil Hi Dil Main, Gentleman, Sapnay, Rang De Basanti, Lagaan, Slumdog Millionaire, Delhi 6,Ok Kanmani, Rockstar,Raanjhanaa etc…which have all brilliant songs in them.

Like I said,it was a close to impossible feat for me, but I am super proud of my above selection ❤️

Go on and post your favourite ARR songs in the comments below!

Tweet to me @NewGirlNewCity

English Manglish

This post is dedicated to those English words which we malayalees have hijacked and completely modified such that they mean something entirely different/comical/dramatic!

1.Best!!- No not just the word,there is a special way of saying this too…in the proper sarcastic slang and you have to stretch the word for more impact. Bessssttttt!!! This is used as a reaction especially when something unexpected happens.

2.Scene – This is usually to denote some really messed up situation. Mostly accompanied with ‘Katta scene!’, ‘Scene contra’!

3.Post – This is to explain someone’s plight who has been held up in a situation or has been waiting for long ( mostly an unexpected delay)

4.Dark – This is close to the actual meaning,but this word alone means stuck in a hopeless or tricky situation

5.Freak – This still means somewhat close to original meaning . However this is considered a positive adjective mostly here while original is more in a negative sense.

6.Chunk- Denotes a very close friend ,often accompanied by ‘bro’.

7.Fit – if someone in kerala says he is fit (again stretched as ‘fittt’), then it doesn’t mean he is fit health-wise,it means he is completely drunk!

8.Line – if someone has a ‘line’, it means the person is in a relationship and has a bf/gf

9.Wit – this refers to a comedy or funny incident that one witnessed or experienced

10.Headweight – Someone who is too proud,this is used in tamil too.

I am sure there are so many more English words used in colloquial malayalam slangs, do add them to comments section!

Tweet to me  @NewGirlNewCity

Foodie! (Diaries of ‘gelf’ life)

The insane,craving foodie in me made me reblog my own post! I miss you Kuwait life!❤️❤️

Adventures of Farji Farishta!

Its true that we associate a memory of a place to the food we have tasted there, be it ages ago!

I was born in Kuwait and I lived there till the age of 10. So I dont remember much but whatever faint lil food memories (call it aftertaste) I hav clung onto all thru the years, here they are-

  • Shawarma/dajaj/filafel in that order!(There was an old outlet of Sultan Centre which had a playout area where the kids cud play while the parents ordered, some good old memories! I found the below pic of that park from the internet with great difficulty)

  • Kitco (personal favourite- Funny faces)

  • KDD (personal favourite- Banana milk)

  • Hardees and BurgerKing anyday over KFC and MacD !(esp Hamour sandwich)

  • Zattar (oregano) and Irani khubz

  • Aero chocolates (those tiny melting air bubbles inside 😊)

  • Pringles(a very rare thing as mom never allowed it much)

I know…

View original post 20 more words

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑