• 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…

  • Contests & Sponsored

    The Smart Home Revolution For One And All

    It is 6.20 AM on a Monday morning as I kick myself out of bed. The alarm has failed once again, and I have exactly an hour to get my two children ready for school. The breakfast needs to be prepared and lunch boxes to be packed, just in time to catch the school bus. After an hour of high intensity motherly activity, I sit down to sip my morning…

  • Books-U Write I Say

    Reading Challenges for 2019

    I have never quite had an inclination to reading challenges, until the end of 2018. For, reading has always been a pleasure- a way to keep myself occupied in those hours I find for myself. But well it is 2019, and with all things around me generally taking a whole new turn, it seems just fine to bring in a bit of an excitement into my reading passion too. Signing…

  • History, Mythology+Fantasy

    Five Reasons Why I did not Enjoy Circe by Madeline Miller

    There were many reasons to pick up Circe by Madeline Miller. The book comes with an interesting cover, has garnered rave reviews in bookish circles and has won the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 for Fantasy Fiction. This also coupled with the fact that I have never read Greek Mythology till date, and was intrigued to know more about it. With all the excitement shrouding Circe, I embarked on my reading…

  • Literature+Fiction

    Poonachi by Perumal Murugan- A 2018 Best Read

    Poonachi is surely going to be ranked as my favourite read in the year 2018. It may seem to be a simple tale of a small black goat and of an old couple who adopt it, yet this book manages to communicate much more than just a story. It speaks of the society we are part of, the complexity of our times and how we are as individuals- selfish and…

  • Specific Recommendations

    Best Jeffrey Archer Books to Read

    It is pretty evident for regular readers of this blog that I am quite a Jeffrey Archer fan. So it does make sense to list out my favourite books of his. Do note, I do not dislike any of the others. Just that these four books have stayed with me for a long time after that last page was flipped over.  Tell Tale Tell Tale, is a fascinating collection of…

  • Popcorn Zone

    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.…