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Sunday 26 July 2015

Book Review: There's Something About You

About the book:

Title: There's something about you
Published by: HarperCollins
Published on: July 15th, 2015
Pages: 268
Genre: Chick-lit
Rating: 4/5 
Blurb: This is not your typical boy-meets-girl story. Okay, they do meet, but there are some complications.

Trish is twenty-eight. She’s unemployed, overweight, single and snarky. She knows all that. And if one more person – just one more person – tries to fix her, she might explode. Sahil is thirty-five. He has superpowers. Well, kind of. He seems to think so, anyway. He’s also hot (okay, in a geeky kind of way, but still). And he plays the guitar, helps the underprivileged and talks about his feelings. Aren’t guys like that supposed to exist only in fantasies?

When Trish and Sahil meet, magic happens. Real magic, you know, like fireworks, electricity, that sort of thing. But here’s the problem. Trish doesn’t want anyone in her life. She has enough to deal with – dependent parents, flaky neighbours, bitchy editors, the works. And yet, Sahil is determined to be in her life.

From the bestselling author of Just Married, Please Excuse and Sorting Out Sid, here is another zinger of a book.

About the author

Yashodhara Lal's USP is in taking the ordinary and making it hilarious. She graduated from IIM-Bangalore in 2002 and has over 12 years of experience in the Marketing Domain across two large corporations in FMCG and media. She lives in Gurgaon with her husband Vijay, and the three small children they call Peanut, Pickle and Papad - all of whom never fail to provide her with material for her entertaining blog at

'Just Married, Please Excuse' is her first book. 'Sorting Out Sid' is second work of fiction.
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My Review:

This book is a pure joyride.
It is begins as the story of Trish (short for Trishna) whose life is a maze of the monotonous days. To aggravate the daily humdrum, are her real problems (not first-world problems, but REAL ones): she is overweight, she just lost her job, her mother's favourite pastime is to intrude in her life, her father is a patient of Alzheimer, and her neighbour always sides with her mother. She can be called a loner. Although one can't see why she doesn't make friends-oh wait- she is overweight, right. And our welcoming society sneers at her, pokes fun at her.

Well, the story takes many turns, and turns out that the other characters are just as important and crucial as our protagonist. She starts freelancing for the same company she was fired from. For a while it seems that things are taking a turn for the good, if and only if you can sell some sarcasm and a part of your conscience to write answers for the most ridiculous questions asked by people. As long as the questions pertained to relationships, her sarcasm tackled it fine. But there's only so much of conscience you can give up for a higher pay.
Enter Sahil- who knows her secrets and who ensures she knows his secrets too.
Fireworks. Magic. Humor.

The novel is such a refreshing one- a plot of chick-lit novel, a serious tangent to it towards the end, a methodically etched plot and perfectly worded sentences in this genre by an Indian author.
I just felt the suspense towards the end could have lingered longer- but that might be just my taste for the dramatic.

Funny, hilarious, heart-warming, positive and quirky- both in its plot and characters- this book is recommended as a sensible light-read!

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Saturday 25 July 2015

Why #brunchbookchallenge is awesome!

There's no denying it now. You know it, I know it. So many of us have started reading, thanks to the reading challenges, that surprisingly have a far longer life than the fragile resolutions we make at the beginning of the year.
Just when the publishing industry was at its performance peak, churning out one good book after another (also some really crappy ones), Hindustan Times did what every one was waiting for.
They brought in the #brunchbookchallenge last year.
Lo and behold, a revolution was in action.
Twitter became a book hangout, recommendations are now being exchanged faster than it is possible to keep track of, our to-be-read lists have grown humongous tails, and we have publicly and unabashedly been a fangirl for our favourite books. We have read them, reviewed them, recommended them, sent spoilers and whatnot.

Just a challenge to read 30 books in a  year (increased from 24 from the last year) and we saw a revolution:
Avid readers became disciplined readers.
Unorganised readers started keeping a track of how much and what they are reading.
Non-readers took a plunge.
The reading bug had bitten and the reading mania was, and continues to be infectious.

Without much ado, let's get straight to the point, and let me list out why #brunchbookchallenge is awesome. (As if it needs reasons!)

1. They have a massive reach

Sundays had become synonymous with the treat of HT Brunch. And twitter was never before made better use of. This is my definition of corporate social responsibility. Using your power to reach masses and getting them to read. CSR is for real!
This was like book club level: 21st Century

2. They give recommendations

The folks at Brunch don't shove books in your faces, but they do give recommendations drawing from what they have read recently and what your tastes sound like. This bunch of readers are awesome.

3. They conduct giveaways and contests

Yes- free books and bookish stuff. Who doesn't like to be the lucky owner of some swag?

4. They have brought bibliophiles together

They have used their media presence well- bringing scores of readers and non-readers turned readers together. Logging in to twitter/Instagram became a prospect of excitement about finding new bibliophiles and registering our progress with reading. And well, reading 30 books a year isn't that difficult.

5. They are our Sunday treat, duh!
Reading=Brunch= Reading list update

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Friday 24 July 2015

Book Review: Sweets the Witch and Her SweetSwitch

About the book:

Title: Sweets the Witch and Her SweetSwitch
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1078 KB
Print Length: 26 pages
Publisher: First Edition Design Publishing (15 July 2015)
Genre: Children's fiction
Rating: 4/5

Blurb: Sweets the Witch starts off like any other young witch, eating everything her parents give her. As she grows older she starts to only want to eat candy. Even having her teeth fall out doesn't deter her from her goal-to get as much candy as she can on Halloween night to last her all year.
She casts a spell to let children know that she will trade their candy for a toy or special wish of their choice (as long as it's a fair trade for their candy). They can trade it it all or just a bit, the more that they trade the more that they'll get! The children write down a wish or draw or cut out a picture of what they want and put it into Sweet's cauldron pot, then they put their candy next to it and when they wake up they will find their "SweetSwitch". Sweets is a kind young witch who enjoys trading and sharing with children.

About the authors

 Micah and Katie Smith are the co-creators of Sweets The Witch as well as their wonderful children Lucky and Haven Smith. 

This book was born out of their necessity and desire to lead a healthier lifestyle after Katie's battle with brain cancer in 2012. 

Sweets the Witch solves the problem of having too much candy consumed and leftover on Halloween. By asking children to trade their candy for a toy or surprise, Sweets gets the candy she craves and the children get their special wish granted while still enjoying the fun of trick or treating. 

Micah Smith is a Los Angeles based Director, Producer and Photographer. 

Katie Smith is a Child Development Specialist, Writer, Speaker and Parenting Coach. 
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My Review:

This is an adorable book about a young witch who has same problems as other kids- she likes to eat sweets more than the healthy food- but she her parents do not let her- in her best interests.
The graphics and pictorial representations are very apt, funny and engaging.

The hilarity is one constant factor throughout. And the moral is clear. It sends its message in a very innovative way. And the imagination is worth commendation. And it not only promotes healthy eating, but also glorifies the act of sharing.

I just thought there was more to it, the ending seemed abrupt.
This is going to be a treat for your kid though.

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