Book reviews: We Were Liars and A Man Called Ove

Have you ever wondered about reading challenges? Goodreads, for one, has been something I have followed for the last 5 years. And mostly, I stick to the challenge target. I started with 12 books a year and read 15, went to 25 books and read 30 etc. I gave a conservative estimate of 25 books…

Book review: A Little Life

I am mortally afraid of fat books. 300-400 pages is okay, but when the number crosses 600 and the font size is small enough to make you squint, I know I am in trouble. My friend from Bangalore (let’s call her Madam Book Dragon or MBD) on the other hand does not read short pieces…

A storytelling vending machine

The gloomiest day comes and you have nothing to do to cheer yourself up between your meetings, shopping trips and dates that you must keep with your friends and family. You long for the simplicity of childhood, when on a bad day, your grandmother would sit you down on a couch, give you a cup…

Are you fit for these workouts?

Beginners too can join a fitness activity group, but they need to build strength and flexibility first After much deliberation, Kelsey Erin, 28, a jewellery buyer with an Indian firm, decided to join CrossFit classes. Erin, an American citizen, had just settled into her Gurgaon house after taking up a job in India and wanted…

RIO 2016: Things I have loved so far

I have never been a fan of any kind of sports while growing up. But then I started running and met people who run much faster. And slower. And everything in between. And I slowly fell in love with sports, because anyone who has the determination to actually carry on something like this, needs to…

Five things I hated about the Cursed Child

Everyone i  know is a Potterhead. Which is great. I love thinking that tons of us grew up wishing to be in the same make-believe world. And that after a long break, suddenly someone decided to hand us an early birthday gift.  Which is great of course. Except when it is not. I waited to read Harry…

Coorg, Taj and the view to keep going back for

I have just been handed an earthen cup filled with sweet smelling coffee. I gingerly take the first sip, eyeing my companion suspiciously. To my surprise, the coffee, though it has the hint of strong beans, taste like sherbet, warm and soothing against my throat. Refreshed, I thank my host, and look around. The hills…

Book Review: Go Set a Watchman

I remember the first time I read Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. I must have been around 11 and full of idealistic ideas about life, about the world and the future. The book took me by surprise, allowing me to question practices as well as shout at what I thought was wrong. Probably, sitting…

The T-Rex syndrome

For anyone who has followed my Instagram or Facebook feed, they probably know by now that The Old Monks won the 50 km Oxfam Trailwalker. It was fabulous and fun. We were not exceptionally fast or strategically strong. We were, however, committed and not ready to give up. At the 23 km mark, when we…

Isn’t It Lovely: Understanding Blog Awards

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
As you explore the blogging community, you’ve probably seen bloggers whose sidebars are filled with awards. Maybe you’ve even gotten one of these yourself: There are dozens of awards circulating in the blogosphere. Where do they come from? How do you get one? What’s the point? Today, we demystify…