The Very Best of R.K. Narayan (Timeless Malgudi)

Two decades ago, as a little girl, I was mesmerized by Malgudi days. The program was telecast on Doordarshan with a new RK Narayan story every episode. I loved RK Narayan then, and I still love his stories. There can be no better author who can describe the magic of everyday life, the common man, his pains, joys, and his zest in life.   RK Narayan may not be amidst us today, but his writing career that spanned over seven decades still speaks volumes. His fictitious town Malgudi, and its host of unforgettable characters sure do win over hearts even

The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk-Sudha Murty

Reading real life stories are often so much more enjoyable than fiction. Sudha Murty’s “The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk” is one such book. The pages bring out Sudha Murty’s experiences as she lays down her learning on humanity and life. It may seem to be no great literary work; yet, this book will surely win your heart over. There is absolutely no use of complex words; with the most simplistic form of narration. The book is a collection of 23 short stories and each one of them would leave you taking a peek into your inner self. The Day

Book Review- The Spy By Paulo Coelho

The Spy is Coelho’s account of the accused World War 1 double Spy – Mata Hari. He places his story close to the real facts; well of course in his own style. For those who aren’t familiar with who Mata Hari is, this book could be an eye opener on who she was.  I wouldn’t call it a spy thriller, but a historical drama pre-World War 1, written in an autobiographical style. Not a very bulky book, I managed to complete it in a single reading. The Spy- Story of Mata Hari  Mata Hari was executed by a firing squad

The Magic of Warmth!

“A soldier doesn’t fight because he hates what is in front of him. A soldier fights because he loves what he left behind.” – Unknown It was for the third time that we had to cancel our planned vacation. The bags lay half packed on the bed, as I looked up at his stoic face. His eyes said it all; the vacation was not going to happen for some time to come. I didn’t utter a word the entire day. It’s overwhelming indeed! From the time of the Great World Wars, there have been abundant discussions and dialogues’ describing what life

The Road is My Therapist!

I found the road by mistake. I decided to go out for a brief drive on Sunday morning and suddenly found myself itching for some more alone time, driving on NH-66. I had intended to explore a spice garden I had heard good things about. Terrain less explored I sure am lucky to be living in a small town on the Konkan coast of India. A terrain less explored, the district of Uttar Karnataka is lush green, with hills and valleys on one side and the lashing waves of the Arabian Sea on the other. I live inside a beautiful Cantonment,

REVIEW OF Movie LOVE & LOVE ONLY

What happens when a rich Indian student in Australia, falls in love with an Australian girl, who is also crazily in love with him? Would the difference in culture bother him? Would he go against his parents’ wishes, or succumb to what they want for him? This weekend I watched a light romantic film titled Love & only Love. The movie beautifully portrayed a cross cultural romance between an Indian and an Australian. Light Romantic Movie with Brilliant Music Love & Love only is an English Language Australian film, directed by Indian-born Australian filmmaker Julian Karikalan. The movie stars Rohit

A Page from Chennai And its Mega Stores

It sure does take a great deal of research to make a movie with a realistic story. I recently watched one such Tamil movie called Angadi Theru (Eng: Market Street). This heart wrenching movie revolves around life in a mega-sized store on one of Chennai’s busiest streets-one which is literally home to countless men, women, shops, and businesses. Life on Ranganathan Street If you have ever been to Chennai’s Ranganathan Street and shopped at the all famous Saravana Stores, you would understand exactly what I am talking about. Not only in Chennai, but cities across the state of Tamil Nadu

Road From Delhi to Wagah-Attari Border

The Wagah Border gate may seem just like any other gate. Situated on NH1, it is partly built on the Grand Trunk Road which is one of the longest and oldest highways of India. The road extends up to Kabul in Afghanistan and still remains as a major trade route between both the countries. Interestingly, Wagah is a village in Pakistan, which shares the boundary with our border village Attari. The Wagah-Attari Border Gate is strategically the most important point on the Indo-Pak Radcliffe Line.  An exodus mix of Patriotism I took the road from Delhi to Attari( 32 kms from

Serein- The New Malabar Hill of Thane

Mumbai – the city that was formerly called Bombay is the financial and the entertainment capital of India. With a population of over 20 million, this city has the energy that no other city in the country has. There are activities and events happening at every place, making it truly a city worth living in. One such destination to experience the best of the city is the new “Malabar Hill of Thane”. The Emerging Destination- Pokhran Road Amidst the immaculate greenery giving you the much-required peace of mind is this destination of Pokhran Road 2. In recent times, Thane has

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