19 April 2018

Review #705: My Old Faithful by Yang Huang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”

----Rick Riordan

Yang Huang, an award winning Chinese writer, has penned a handful of short stories about a family in China in her new book called, My Old Faithful. The stories explore the lives of each family member and their secrets, desires, dreams and passion beyond the facade of a society stirred up due to China's one-child policy. Each family member opens up their heart about certain events of their lives that either affect the lives of their close ones mostly in an emotional way. The every day life and the struggles attached to it for a very simply family of five consisting of a mother, father, and three children, against the backdrop of China and America.

13 April 2018

Review #704: Flamingo Boy by Michael Morpurgo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Close friends are truly life's treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.”

----Vincent van Gogh

Michael Morpurgo, a bestselling English writer, has penned a delightful children's historical fiction called, Flamingo Boy that revolves around a young teenage boy, who after finding the real artists behind the painting in his room, journeys to the north of France, where he stumbles upon a family of an old woman and a strange old man living in a farm, and gradually the old lady narrates the story of that strange old man, who was once known as the Flamingo Boy, a story that involves the German invasion, the playful song of a carousel, friendship, laughter, even grief, a boy with healing powers and lots and lots of flamingos.

11 April 2018

Review #703: Keepers of the Kalachakra by Ashwin Sanghi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.”

----Carl Sagan

Ashwin Sanghi, the country's bestselling mythological author, has penned a compelling part sci-fi and part mythological thriller called, Keepers of the Kalachakra that revolves around the murder mystery of the world's prominent leaders under strange circumstances while an Indian scientist along side with his colleague is trying to figure out the real purpose behind his research at his new employer's lab, located somewhere deep within the forests.

9 April 2018

Review #702: Conspirator by R.V. Raman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Newspapers are not made any longer by news or journalism. They are made by sheer weight of money expressed in free gift schemes. They serve not the interests of the many, but the vested interests of the few.”

----Oswald Mosley

R.V. Raman, an Indian author, has penned a gripping thriller called, Conspirator that sheds much light into the dark underbelly of new trend setting belief called fake news that are tailored as per the standards and requirements of the high-profile and elite class clients from politicians to shady business tycoons. This story surrounds around the murder of two influential journalists at a media tycoon's private party at a resort somewhere secluded in Coorg, and little did the assigned detective knew that the world of journalism would not only be cutthroat, but would also be unexpectedly dark with zero ethics and is owned by the filthy rich people of the society.

5 April 2018

Review #701: The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“If you don't take risks, you'll have a wasted soul.”

----Drew Barrymore

Nadia Hashimi, an internationally bestselling author, pens a heart wrenching and extremely intriguing tale about two kids' fearless adventures around the city of Big Apple to get to an address in her new book, The Sky at Our Feet. The story revolves around a young Afghan-American boy, goes on a quest to find his beloved aunt in New York City along with a friend whom he met at a hospital, when his mother is taken away by the police on the pretext of illegal immigration issue. But on their way the two kids face a lot of challenges and dangers, and how they overcome that has been brilliantly portrayed by the author.

4 April 2018

Food Diaries #1: Starbucks @Park Mansions, Kolkata


Starbucks maybe a most loved coffee shop around the world. But its hard to say how much loved it will be in the city of joy. Starbucks has finally opened its doors in Kolkata after much wait and speculation, last month. Sadly, Kolkata's Starbucks' experience is not that bucks worthy. Moreover, the service of the staffs of Starbucks needs a lot of improvement, before it is left forgotten and ignored by the city folks.

Almost 40 years ago, Starbucks opened its first flagship store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and within few years and gradually it grew so much, that currently there are over 28000 Starbucks stores all over the world. Yes unbelievable that a coffee shop can gain so much love from people of all communities, race and religion worldwide.

1 April 2018

Product Review #2: Health Sense Pure Skin Electric Facial Cleansing Brush

Pollution has become an everyday trouble, and we have already accepted its existence with no choice. From short life-span to skin related diseases to lung disorder to overall quality of life has degraded in general because of pollution. But to fight that, we need to live healthy and preach healthy and safe measures and habits. Because all you need is a good habit and encourage others to live healthy to beat any evil tactfully.

Let's talk about measures to keep our skin healthy and breathing that will solve all the skin related issues at one-go. Health Sense, a brand selling quality fitness products in India, has presented us with a really innovative, helpful and effective solution to all our everyday skin related drama with their Pure Skin Electric Facial Cleansing Brush.

26 March 2018

Travel Diaries #1: Authentic Flavors of Tiretta Bazaar

Every city in the world has a mini China Town beyond the facade of urban madness. Even the city of joy, Kolkata, too has its own China Town, established in the early 18th century when a Chinese business man moved a few kilometers away from the city to start his sugar mill industry. Later after his death, the Chinese settlers and those mill workers moved to the heart of the city in an area called, Tiretta Bazaar. Initially, the area was populated by over 20,000 ethnic Chinese families whose primary source of income was from working in the nearby tanning industry, shoe-making business and by selling Chinese cuisines.