Thursday, July 06, 2017

In the name of God- Ravi Subramanian My review

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 Synopsis:

The Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram safeguards within its sacrosanct walls centuries of customs and rituals, unimaginable wealth and an unwavering calm. Until a dead body turns up in its holy pond. And then another. The murders threaten to shake the temple’s very foundation, and when fingers point to its sealed vaults and its custodian, Aswathi Thirunal Dharmaraja Varma, the titular king of Travancore, all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, a high-profile heist in a jewelry store at the Wafi Mall in Dubai leads investigators to a massive smuggling racket and brings Kabir Khan, additional director of the CBI, into the heart of south India. In Mumbai, a series of high-intensity explosions kills many, threatening to dismantle the country’s most coveted diamond trade. Could these incidents be related? Racing against time, Kabir tries to unravel the puzzle, separating fact from fiction, history from religion, and put a stop to the killing spree. Slick, riveting and fast-paced, In the Name of God is Ravi Subramanian’s most gripping novel yet.

My Take:

The synopsis had me intrigued.  The moment I read it I was sure I couldn’t wait to lay my hands on this. I started reading in morning and finished in 4 hours. That was the power of the story. You cannot just put it down once you start reading. The story moves at a gripping pace, with detailed development of characters some even bordering shades of grey.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Danielle Steel: The Mistress: My Review

Blurb:


Natasha Leonova’s beauty saved her life. Discovered starving on a freezing Moscow street by a Russian billionaire, she has lived for seven years under his protection, immersed in rarefied luxury, while he pursues his activities in a dark world that she guesses at but never sees. Her home is the world, often on one of Vladimir Stanislas’s spectacular yachts manned by scores of heavily armed crew members. Natasha’s job is to keep Vladimir happy, ask no questions, and be discreet. She knows her place, and the rules. She feels fortunate to be spoiled and protected, and is careful not to dwell on Vladimir’s ruthlessness or the deadly circles he moves in. She experiences only his kindness and generosity and believes he will always keep her safe. She is unfailingly loyal to him in exchange.

Theo Luca is the son of a brilliant, world famous, and difficult artist, Lorenzo Luca, who left his wife and son with a fortune in artwork they refuse to sell. Lorenzo’s widow, Maylis, has transformed their home in St. Paul de Vence into a celebrated restaurant decorated with her late husband’s paintings, and treats it as a museum. There, on a warm June evening, Theo first encounters Natasha, the most exquisite woman he has ever seen. And there, Vladimir lays eyes on Luca’s artwork. Two dangerous obsessions begin.



Monday, July 03, 2017

Gits Brown Rice Dhokla My Review

The other day tried and I must say it was just yummy. J Loved the sour flavor. Much healthier than the regular besan one. Also filling and the quantity enough for a family of 3. Also the flax seeds give a nice crunch.

This ready to eat packs are a boon when you get up blank in the morning but still want to fix a healthy breakfast, when you run out of batter and bored of making upma. I loved this Dhokla and since kiddo too loved this it’s going to be a regular at home.
PS: I mixed the contents, added curd and little water for adjusting consistency. Garnished with curry leaves and a good mustard seeds tadka. Served with coriander chutney.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Every time it Rains- Nikita Singh My Review

Nikita Singh, I read her love@facebook and found it not bad for a new author. Since then she has been doing great with her story telling abilities. I like the emotional quotient in her books.

Synopsis: 

A haunting love story that does grip, the theme of the book is revealed in its title itself. The book has been widely read by youngsters in India, especially girls.
'Like a Love Song' has a young woman Maahi come to terms in seeking true love, something that remains elusive for many and most dreams often die before they could ever be lived.
A four year old traumatizing heartbreak is something that the young woman finds hard to overcome. Time does heal and so it was for Maahi.
Just when she has nearly buried the past and is out exploring new relationships, having become confident of being in a true love bond, the past comes around to haunt Maahi.
As the blurb of the book puts it, 'Love is a many-flavoured thing' the authoress portrays that all aspirations about love can vanish 'in the blink of an eye'. A constant struggle between the heart and the head, strong emotions in conflict with plain reason, the story is an emotional saga about self-destructive love contrasted with the healing powers of true passion.
Written in plain, simple but good English, the book has been well received by a growing fan following of Nikita Singh’s novel readers.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

DesiVdesi Chikoo Chips

Got to hear about this new version of crispy but not fried or baked and I was very curious to try that.  Got the products from DesiVdesi a food brand that is using natural techniques in keeping the snacks retain the nutrition. You can know more about them here







Tried their Chikoo Chips which are crispy, without any preservatives or added color. . Not very sweet which means no much sugar added. Makes a good option for kids who are fussy eaters. Maybe this version would tempt them to try this fruit.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Rise of Sivagami: My Review

Anand  Neelakantan, has authored few books in that Asura being a personal favorite. I had loved the way he had put across an entirely un imagined version of the already known story. Loved the way the author narrated that story.

Synopsis:

Blessed by the sacred Gauriparvat, Mahishmathi is an empire of abundance. The powerful kingdom is flourishing under its king, who enjoys the support and loyalty of his subjects, down to his lowly slaves. But is everything really as it appears, or is the empire hiding its own dirty secret?

Orphaned at a young age and wrenched away from her foster family, Sivagami is waiting for the day she can avenge the death of her beloved father, cruelly branded a traitor. Her enemy? None other than the king of Mahishmathi. With unflinching belief in her father’s innocence, the fiery young orphan is driven to clear his name and destroy the empire of Mahishmathi against all odds. How far can she go in her audacious journey?

From the pen of masterful storyteller and bestselling author Anand Neelakantan, comes The Rise of Sivagami, the first book in the series Baahubali: Before the Beginning. A tale of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal, the revelations in The Rise of Sivagami will grip the reader and not let go.



Thursday, June 08, 2017

Sachin the Billion Dreams my review

The other day watched Sachin the Billion dreams and nostalgia would be an understatement. It’s not a movie, this one is more like a documentary and a collection of the best moments of his life, career.

It takes you back through the journey of his life, ups and downs and his illustrious cricketing career. Loved the movie as it revisited almost all the milestone moments of his life. Was fun to watch it on big screen. Relive those matches, innings.

For fans it’s a visual treat to know more about the genius that he is who’s loved by people from all walks of life. I am happy that it’s a documentary kind as had it been a movie kind would have become very commercial.


This one is simple, straight from heart.     

PC: Wikipedia.      

In the name of God- Ravi Subramanian My review

x  Synopsis: The Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram safeguards within its sacrosanct walls centuries of customs a...