New Phase| Monday Mumbles 19

Monday Mumbles

Hello There!

Are you still reading my posts somehow? As it goes, I have become extremely lazy about posting. I cannot say that I don’t get enough time because I really do believe that it is all about making time & putting effort into things you want to do. So, no lies there.

I have a lot of things (especially trips) that I wanted to share here in this space & now it feels like it was ages ago that I visited those places.

I formally wanted to write a Monday Mumbles post to introduce how the new phase of my life is going. Some of you who check my Instagram know that I moved to Bangalore for my job after my post grad. A little background here – I was working for 2 years before I did my post grad, so this isn’t my first job but at that time I was working in NCR only where my parents live so it didn’t feel so much like a change in life other than, of course, the professional part of it. After all, it was my first job!

Now, however, moving to a new city and doing everything on your own is just what I always wanted. I am loving being in a new city and, as many would agree, it only helps that that city is Bangalore. Oh my God! Let’s not even get started on Bangalore, and how lovely a city it is!! Even other than this awesome city, I am loving everything about being completely on your own & the empowerment that comes with it. Even if most of the times, it just means calling the plumber, paying through your nose only to realize that what wasn’t working still isn’t properly fixed. Still, it feels so good, at least for now. Being independent in terms of finding a place for yourself, making it your home on your own is one of the best feelings ever & I am lucky to live it. It has its share of ups & downs, sometimes more downs than ups, but then there are days with many, many ups too. It is really such a good, happy feeling.

Tell me what’s up at your end? I would love to hear what everyone is upto & that will probably push me to write more often too. 🙂

 

 

 

All The Books in 2016

Hello guys! 🙂

I hope you are all doing super good, and, if not, I am praying that 2017 brings tons of happiness for all of us.

I went through a huge uninspired phase where I just did not feel like writing here. I visited so many places in the last few months before coming back to India, but I was in such a trance of missing India that I did not feel like blogging it all. I will get to it pretty soon and hopefully we will have a fun ride in bringing back all the memories!

Now coming to a book roundup of 2016, I read very less this year for reason mentioned above. It’s funny because the circumstances were so conducive for reading. Anyway, I read less but I wanted to share it all. So, here are all the 6 books that I read in 2016, irrespective of whether I liked them or not. I am talking below how I found them to be:

  1. East of Love, West of Desire by Dinesh Prasad: I have written a whole blog post (which is one of my favorites on this blog) about this book. I loved it to the core, it was a pretty book to hold first of all. Secondly, it was one of my favorite themes – India Pakistan partition. Thirdly, I love reading short stories, these were stories woven around partition. Naturally, I loved it. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who likes partition tales of love and emotions.  IMG_1149_Fotor
  2. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern: Okay, it was a positive book and a light read, so all was good with the world. I quite enjoyed reading it but it is definitely not a must read.
  3. Premchand ki Shreshtha Kahaniyan (Hindi): You know how much I love his stories, it’s a surprising thing even for myself that I have not read any of his novels so far. This year I am definitely going to change that. I am going to start reading his novels finally. As always, I thoroughly loved this collection of short stories.
  4. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Oh my God! Where do I even start? Can someone please take a moment to tell me why exactly is this book so famous? It was so painful to finish this book. There came a point when I started liking it and it had its share of good moments but, overall, it was just about okay. Its a love story, so to say, but as far as I am concerned, I found it so difficult to feel connected to the protagonists or feel their pain or whatever.
  5. The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh: I finally read something by him, can I now qualify for the serious readers tag? 😛 Kidding, okay! It is a good book and if you are reading it away from your home (whatever it is that you consider home 🙂 ), this will strike a chord at so many levels.
  6. The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh: Here’s to my favorite book of 2016 which I happened to read right before the year ended. It is only a coincidence that my 2 books were back to back Amitav Ghosh’s. The first one I picked in a lovely bookshop in Berlin and the second one is from MDI’s library. This one is a medical thriller, building fiction around the fact that Dr Ronald Ross discovered the malaria parasite in India. It is an excruciatingly confusing read but, for me, it all paid off well in the end because I loved it thoroughly. Such an amazing read!

And with this,  I wrap up 2016 in this space. I cannot wait to talk to you again in 2017! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!