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March 2014 Magazine Mayhem

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 in Beauty, Books, Fashion

March 2014 Magazine Mayhem

It’s March already! And there are some amazing covers this month! On a different note, I’ve decided what the Giveaway prize will be! It’ll be announced on 2nd April and I think it’ll keep it open for the month. Now I just need to figure out how to set it up.       I am not a Kardashian fan, that Vogue cover sent me in shock. But, the Jenner sisters look amazing in their Marie Claire Mexico cover. I’ve never noticed Elle Oriental before, which is for Lebanon I believe. But I love the model and its just so glam. I’m going to keep an eye out for it from next time. The Lorde V magazine cover is so now and iconic, it’s nice to see her...

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Book Review : The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 in Books

Book Review : The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher

I was lucky enough to sit for one of Philip Hensher’s sessions at JLF otherwise I would have completely missed out on this writing. It’s full of flavour, details and you really feel part of the story. Review The Northern Clemency chronicles the lives of a few families in a Sheffield neighbourhood through 20 years. It’s a testament to just how much economic, cultural changes bring about startling changes of it’s own within a community. There’s initially a lot of mystery about the Grover family which resolves quickly and it’s really the people involved and their reactions that sucks you in. In a way, it you can get a real sense of the cultural societal...

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February 2014 List Love

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 in Beauty, Books, Tech

February 2014 List Love

I haven’t done one of these posts for a long time, my first one for the new year! 2014 has been incredible so far! I’ve already travelled so much and there’s more to look forward to! Here I have the pretty umbrellas from the Jaipur Literaure Festival! I post more stuff like this on Instagram.     Link Love – Books 01. The Northern Clemency by Philip Henser – He’s such a well spoken and hilarious author. The book is exactly that! I’m still reading it but I really like it so far. 02. Justice : What’s the Right Thing To Do? by Michael J. Sandel – He’s a Harvard faculty member. It’s a non fiction book about economics...

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Book Review : The Mysterious Mr Jacob by John Zubrzycki

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 in Books

Book Review : The Mysterious Mr Jacob by John Zubrzycki

I initially bought this book after attending a session by the author at Jaipur Literature Festival last year. I was very intrigued about the main character in this book. It’s a non fiction account trying to demystify this Mr. Jacob who was mainly a diamond merchant in the pre Independence period. Review The book has a very distinct storytelling method from what I’m (usually) used to. It has its moments of facts and it’s moments of narration. Mr. Jacob himself is very interesting mainly because of his connections and the things he was involved in. Everyone likes a spy story, right? His connections with the Nizams and heads of other princely states also gives you insight...

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Book Review : The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 in Books

Book Review : The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck

I first read The Moon is Down over a year ago and something about it’s simplicity in tackling such a profound subject was very moving. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck tells the story of village being invaded and it’s effects on the everyday lives of the people. Put in such plain terms, it almost feels like a text-book but it is much more faceted and colourful. It has humour, it has personalities and above all it shows human frailty and integrity.   Review The book starts of with amusing seemingly ordinary  lives of people in the village. It’s almost like a close knit family loving and bickering at the same time. When the invasion first occurs, chaos ensues as one...

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November 2013 List Love

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 in Beauty, Books, Gadgets, Tech

November 2013 List Love

Winter is here! I cannot be happier! Last week also rained quite a bit in my city which made it cooler, cloudy and indirectly, made me more sleepy as well. The end of November signals the start of my favourite time with New Year, my birthday, anniversary and Valentine’s Day to look forward to! I mean I get gifts and I like it.       Link Love – Books 1. The Mysterious Mr. Jacob by John Zubrzycki - It’s more of a historical book than a story as such but fascinating nonetheless. Mr. Jacob is a mysterious figure in our British past where he had many roles; mainly, a diamond merchant, a spy and a magician.   Link Love – Beauty & Fashion 1....

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October 2013 List Love

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 in Beauty, Books, Gadgets, Make Up, Tech

October 2013 List Love

                          Link Love – Books 1. Killer Puzzles – Does anyone have these puzzle books by Kjartan Poskitt? They are so freaking difficult! But so much fun and I love the twisted insane sense of humour. I never managed to finish them mainly because I was never sure of the answers. Anyway, a while back I found the answers page by the author himself! And guess what, I managed to see the Phantom of Ghastly Castle! Seriously though, couldn’t have done it without the help.     Link Love – Beauty & Fashion 1. Chloe Morello - I think she’s the first Australian You Tuber I’ve...

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Book Review : Time Reborn by Lee Smolin

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 in Books

Book Review : Time Reborn by Lee Smolin

This book was a very odd purchase for me and first of it’s kind! Time Reborn by Lee Smolin is a non fiction book explaining time as an important part of physics and how it’s the key to unravelling many questions. It was more of an academic read for me, but I enjoyed it! I love learning new things!   Review The author explains concepts and theories in detail but in a simple manner.  It’s also helped by illustrations made by the MinutePhysics guy. We start right at the beginning with the initial concepts of time onto more contemporary and popular theories all the way explaining them really well. I think if you are someone who is genuinely interested in learning more...

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August 2013 List Love

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 in Beauty, Books, Fashion, Tech

August 2013 List Love

        Link Love – To Be Read 1. Time Reborn by Lee Smolin  - I mentioned this last month but I’m still reading it. 2. The Moon is Down by  John Steinbeck – It’s an incredible book about the German occupation of a small town during WWII but it’s told with such emotion, simplicity and humour, makes it a very unique experience. I love this book.   Link Love – Beauty & Fashion 1. Makeup Marlin - Marlin is a 25 yr old Japanese and has a no-nonsense make up blog. I love her clear swatches and concise writing. She has good YouTube videos as well. 2. Liana Beauty –  I actually found her blog through her You Tube channel (Amelia...

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August 2013 Magazine Mayhem

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 in Beauty, Books, Clothing, Fashion

August 2013 Magazine Mayhem

I’m anxious about the September covers but for now, you’ll have to make do with the August ones!         I feel like pale blues and greys are a big thing this fall. Amanda Seyfried also looks amazing and sensual in her covers. I love Michelle Dockery in her Harper’s Bazaar cover! Cosmopolitan India’s cover with Anushka Sharma was a nice step up from their usual tacky covers. Freja Beha and Milla are flawless in their respective Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar covers. Deepika Padukone just looks much older in her cover. In contrast, the other Elle cover with the same dress is so much more youthful and edgy. I liked Alia Bhatt’s cover with...

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July 2013 Link Love

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 in Books, Tech

July 2013 Link Love

I hope everyone’s enjoying the monsoons! (or not…) I do feel very gloomy the minute I wake up, but if I compare it to the hot summer we had, this is waaaay better! I’d rather be groggy all day than uncomfortably hot and grumpy!     Link Love – To Be Read 1. Time Reborn by Lee Smolin – It’s an incredible book about time and how we still haven’t discovered how it functions, how knowing that would unravel so many things in physics. If you love sci-fi and want non-fiction, this is a great book to read!   Link Love – Beauty & Fashion 1. Wearabout - I don’t know why I haven’t mentioned this blog before. It’s a good...

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July 2013 Magazine Mayhem

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 in Beauty, Books, Fashion

July 2013 Magazine Mayhem

It’s that time of the month to gaze at glossy covers and marvel! Compiled with love, there are a lot of favourites among these this month. Enjoy the visual wall!         Amanda Seyfried’s Harper’s Bazaar cover stood out the most for me. It’s just so beautiful. Also glad to see Christy Turlington on the covers! I didn’t like Olivia Munn in Flare. I usually love their covers to pieces but this one just seems too posed. Olga Kurylenko in Marie Claire in that lovely pastel dress is just so different from all the covers this month. Shakira and Shay Mitchell in their respective Elle covers are so adorable. Shay’s is very edgy and I love...

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May 2013 List Love

Posted on Jun 1, 2013 in Beauty, Books, Fashion

May 2013 List Love

Hello people! When you see this post, I’ll me at Mumbai airport catching my flight to Denmark. I’m off on my vacation, travelling to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and finally, Russia. I have a lot of posts scheduled, so the blog won’t be dead. I won’t be able to reply to comments or emails but I’ll get back to that as soon as I’m back from my trip! Love you all! xx       Link Love – To Be Read 1. The New Yorker – I recently bought a subscription for this on my iPad and I’ve been loving reading it every week.   Link Love – Beauty & Fashion 1. Sara Hassan’s Blog – I’d call it Pakistan’s...

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May 2013 Magazine Mayhem

Posted on May 31, 2013 in Beauty, Books, Fashion

May 2013 Magazine Mayhem

May comes to an end and I’m so looking forward to June as I’ll mostly be travelling then! ^_^ This month a lot of the covers had taken inspiration from the Great Gatsby and the 20′s. Btw, I loved the movie and the art direction. It was just brilliant and heart breaking.       Harper’s Bazaar India really did well this time with Sana Khan on the cover in a pretty pastel blue. Miley Cyrus in her V cover looks very unlike her usual self but still asserts well. Watching Emma Watson grow feels incredibly weird because I’m so used to Hermoine Granger. But she’s amazing in Bling Ring and her GQ is just that. Jennifer Lawrence is so adorable in...

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April 2013 List Love

Posted on May 3, 2013 in Beauty, Books, Fashion, Tech

April 2013 List Love

April was a very hectic month for me! I quit my old job, fixed up the new one! Towards the last week of April I had more free time though, which was like a mini vacation. I have to say, I didn’t explore much this month but nevertheless there are things I wish to share.       Link Love – Books To Be Read 1. Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – I had bought this a long time ago and finally picked it up to read. Harry Potter is at a pedestal for me and although it’s still too early to review this, I’m not entirely engrossed by the book. But I will give it time and we will see!   Link Love – Beauty & Fashion 1. I Simply Love Makeup –...

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