• Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies,  Popcorn Zone

    Doggy Devotion and Finding Gobi

    It was sometime around 2008 that I first got to know of Rani -a pitch black stray dog that had wandered into our colony. No one knew where she came from, or rather, no one really bothered to find out. Soon, Rani found a place in the heart and home of a lonely widow in the colony, who lived by herself in a sprawling bungalow, protected by Dolly- a watch…

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    When I Reduced my TBR from Hundred to Ten

    “I flaunted my de-clutter achievement to the husband at home. His eyes opened wide as he glared at the screen that had just been thrust into his hand…” With a substantial number of people in my circle-both online and offline- advocating #konmari and her de-cluttering ways, along with the importance of minimalism, it was, but natural, for me to be strongly influenced by it all. Now, I must mention an…

  • Parenting,  Popcorn Zone

    Recreating Blyton’s Picnics

    Like most children of the eighties, I was fascinated by Enid Blyton books- specifically the Famous Five series.  Looking back, her descriptions of picnics that comprised of food such as ginger buns, jam bread, baked potatoes, cakes, biscuits and tarts of various sorts, which were washed down with a glass of lemonade, just seemed to excite me. Therefore, it is quite likely that I would push this fondness on to…

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    The Day Grandmother Died

    Paati* died on a Friday. In the wee hours of a cold December morning in Bangalore, she breathed her last at the age of 97. As the first rays of the sun brought in the much needed warmth, we heaved a sigh of relief amidst the coldness of death. Now, don’t get me wrong here. I loved Paati, in fact all of us did. She was the back bone of the family.…

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    My Bookstagram Project- The Way Ahead

    Let’s face it Social Media is here to stay, and Instagram isn’t just a latest fad. With an enormous corpus of content being created and floated around across the various channels; and with dwindling attention spans, the best way to seek an audience today is visual content. For book bloggers, “Bookstagram” (a word coined linking books and Instagram) is a lovely medium to bring forth reviews, communicate bookish thoughts as…

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    What A Blind Date With The World Taught Me

    It was the hour prior to bed. As I sat exhausted on the couch after the day’s chores, I noticed the mail alert in the notification area of my mobile. Impulsively, I opened it to see the most unusual invitation in my inbox. It was an offer to go on a blind date with “The World”, to a place I knew very little about- The English Countryside. “You are invited…

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    How Do You Like Your Newspaper?

    I confess. I have nothing less than an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), when it comes to the morning newspaper. Now before you arrive at the conclusion that I am one of those individuals who fret over sipping that morning cup of coffee while skimming through the pages of the daily news, I must clarify that the OCD is of a truly different nature. I dislike, or seldom read, newspapers that are…

  • Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies,  Popcorn Zone

    The Shooting Star By Travel Blogger Shivya Nath

    She isn’t a new name in the world of travel blogging. In fact, Shivya is already an inspiration to all those who love to dream, travel and write.  Her blog https://the-shooting-star.com documents her globetrotting experiences, and has garnered a huge fan following. Today it is considered to be one of India’s leading travel blogs. Shivya has made her appearance on the cover of the National Geographic Traveller India, BBC travel,…