Book Review: Tin Man - Sarah Winman

Title: Tin Man
Author: Sarah Winman
Publisher: Tinder Press (9 August 2017)
Genre: Classic Fiction
Price: Rs. 267 on Amazon
Pages: 208

You know those books that you solely buy for their covers, well, this was one of them. The book had a gorgeous yellow cover and came highly recommended from my friends. I sat down to read it one fine day and finished it in a couple of sessions.

How To Recognize & Deal With Toxic People

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Over the years, I have constantly worked on being a calmer and better person by improving my mental state of mind. One of the first things that I had to do in order to achieve this was to take a closer look at the people I surround myself with. As someone who immensely believes in the vibes that people give out, this was more than necessary. We might not realize this often, but the kind of people we become is usually influenced by the people around us. Habits, frame of mind, reactions and thoughts usually get rubbed off people. This is a dangerous predicament, but not something that one can't handle. Once you put yourself first, you will start seeing the true colors of people and my oh my, what a color palette that is! I'm no expert on the human mind or even people for that matter, but, with time I have come to recognize the ones who are good for me and the ones who are toxic and need to be cut off at the earliest.

Music | #WordlessWednesday - 14

Rajan's Cafe, Bangalore - January 2020

Where words leave off, music begins.

~ Heinrich Heine

Caught In A Mad Romance

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You are the drama to my queen
Life is never dull with you around
You are one of my greatest treasures
In you, everything I found

You add the music to my lyrics
Every note different and yet so same
When I hear the word love
I replace it with your name

Khloe | #ThursdayTreeLove - 11

Bangalore - February 2020
Nothing like being stuck in traffic to make you notice things that you otherwise wouldn't. This tree stood on a busy road that was chock-a-block with traffic, but she didn't seem to mind. Her branches were gorgeous and her leaves were a ripe shade of green. Oblivious to her surroundings, she just did what she had to do. Bloom.

**Khloe: Blooming.

Book Review: The Catcher In The Rye - J. D. Salinger

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Title: The Catcher In The Rye
Author: J. D. Salinger
Publisher: Penguin (1 November 2018)
Genre: Classic Fiction
Price: Rs. 539 on Amazon
Pages: 240

I had heard about this book since decades, but somehow never got to reading it. I knew it was controversial and even banned in many states of the US. When it was allowed in high schools, it was the most censored book. The novel was included on Time Magazine's 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923, and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. When my husband brought home a hard-cover copy of this book, I decided that it was finally time to read it. With less than 300 pages, I finished this one in a single session.

Darkness & Light | #WordlessWednesday - 13

Chungs Pavilion, Bangalore - January 2020

Life isn't just about darkness or light, rather it's about finding light within the darkness.

~ Landon Parham

Action Replay + Gratitude List: January 2020

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I thought 2019 would be the fastest year of my life but now that we are already into February, I know that 2020 will be giving 2019 a serious run for its money. January was a mixed month with its share of highs and lows. I continued to be busy with work till the 3rd week of the month and it kept me on my toes, the deadline that came with it, that is. I completed the work a week ahead and it did give me a nice boost to my confidence. The next set of work started soon enough and it was business as usual. Apart from the actual new year, that is January 1st, it did not feel like a new year at all. Everything seemed to go on as usual almost sneering at the saying 'time and tide waits for none'. It was an interesting month for sure and by the end of it, I'm feeling content and that is all that matters.

Time | #WordlessWednesday - 12

Home, Bangalore - January 2020

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

~ J. R. R. Tolkien

Sixty Thoughts That Crossed My Mind While Watching The Zoya Factor #NotAMovieReview

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I am a huge fan of Dulquer Salmaan (DQ) and I genuinely feel that he's not choosing the right movies in Bollywood. While, 'Karwaan' was still good and he was splendid in his understated role, I was heart broken when they announced him as the male lead for 'The Zoya Factor'. These are not the kind of movies he should be doing and definitely not one opposite Sonam Kapoor. Watch him in the Malayalam movie 'Ustad Hotel' or 'Charlie' and in the Tamil movie 'O.K. Kanmani' to understand what I'm saying. He's looks like a dream and is a brilliant actor and can make waves in Bollywood if he chooses the right scripts. Stuff that Vicky Kaushal does comes to mind.

Jenna | #ThursdayTreeLove - 10

Bangalore - January 2020

Every year in January, just before my father-in-law leaves to Sabarimala, our family organizes a puja and donates lunch for the underprivileged. This year it was at an orphanage for the deaf and dumb. I don't want to get into the specifics of it, because this is something very personal to us.

Book Review: The Dutch House - Ann Patchett

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Title: The Dutch House
Author: Ann Patchett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (24 September 2019)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Price: Rs. 385 on Amazon
Pages: 352

For a brief while on Social Media, this is the only book I saw and heard about. Everyone was praising this book and it even made to the shortlist of the best books of 2019 on Goodreads under the Historical Fiction genre. I was obviously intrigued, but wary too. I usually don't like over-hyped books and I prefer to make my own decision about it. Then, Nabanita included this book in her top 15 reads of the year and I was sold. Along with Shalini, she is another blogger whose reviews I would trust blindly. I have a penchant for historical fiction and I just had to cave in. I bought this book in November last year, but did not read it immediately. This was the first book that I read in 2020.

Color | #WordlessWednesday - 11

Home, Bangalore - January 2020

The whole point is to live life and be - to use all the colors in the crayon box.

~ RuPaul

Balance #WOTY2020

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We're almost a fortnight into 2020 and life is total chaos for me. Work has been squeezing every ounce of energy out of me and my sleep cycle is all over the place. Due to this, my cooking and working out plans are all tossed out of the window. If you know me, you'd know how much this would be bothering me and how much self-doubt I'll be dwelling in. Not a good feeling at all. When I look closely, I see that some of the most important stuff is getting left out. Stuff that you cannot ignore. This only added on to the guilt I was already feeling. I've finally got a grip on my anxiety over the last year, but I could see it returning thanks to all this current chaos.

Action Replay + Gratitude List: 2019

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2019 has been the fastest year of my life, so far. It hasn't been a easy year, but it has been a good one for sure. 2019 was clearly split into two for me. Till June, my life was consumed with work. Day and night, it was work all the way. I was working on a complex project that needed all my time and effort since June 2018. Yes, it took me a year but I was finally done with it and I couldn't be more happier. It was successful and I received more than enough appreciations for it. In May, we moved into a place of our own. Once I was done with the critical project, I turned my attention towards our home. We did not want to rush into setting everything up at the same time, so we took our time we it. Every piece of furniture, every decor item, every tiny thing that was added to the house was chosen carefully and for a reason and purpose. It still is an on-going process, but, today we have a place that is a reflection of us in true sense.