Archive for June 2016

The new vegetable growing in my garden this month is Spinach. This is what it looks like now after 3 weeks.



How did I do it ? Here’s the video….


And what will that make me ? The female version of Popeye … Eh … I mean … Strong like Popeye !!



the girl on the train

The Girl on the Train is Paula Hawkins’ first suspense thriller and a pretty good one that reminds you of Alfred Hitchcock. It debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list and remained in the top position for 13 consecutive weeks, until April 2015.

When I picked up the book, I couldn’t really put it down until I had finished it. It took me a couple of days to actually stop imagining it’s characters as real people.

The story begins with Rachel, an alcoholic, who often blacks out and does not remember anything after her binge sessions. She hasΒ  absolutely no control over her addiction which has cost her her marriage, her job,Β  and to some extent – her sanity. People find her unreliable.

She takes the same train to commute to London and back everyday, in spite of being fired from her job, to hide it from her flat mate Cathy. The only thing she finds solace in during her journeys is watching a couple who she believes are perfect in every sense. She looks forward to watching them each day as the train passes their house. She has already named them as Jess and Jason in her head. Jess is actually Megan, an unhappily married woman who has a haunting past and a troubled marriage. Scott is Megan’s husband, who loves her, but somehow, does not trust her.

On one such journey, Rachel sees Megan kissing another man and gets upset with her for cheating on Scott. Megan goes missing the next night and her husband, Scott, is the prime suspect.

The following morning, Rachel wakes up and finds herself badly hurt, head soaked in blood, her mouth tastes of blood and its insides hurt too. She has no memory of where and how this happened. What she knows of is that something terrible has happened. She struggles with her memory and eventually she decides to take psychiatric help from Dr. Abdic to cure her condition. Dr. Abdic is the same man Rachel had seen Megan kissing the day before she went missing.

The detectives do not take Rachel’s story about another man seriously and the case remains unsolved for a long time. Rachel decides to investigate the case to prove Scott’s innocence.

Does she succeed in finding Megan ? Is Scott really innocent? What had happened to Rachel? Did she have any role to play with Megan’s disappearance ? You will have to read the book to know πŸ™‚

If you love thrillers, this is something that you must read.

Until next time, Stay Calm and Read.

Udta Punjab

Crime-thrillers seem to be the flavor the season, and Udta Punjab gives you enough shots of shock, horror and hope.

The narrative is slick, fast paced, intriguing and smart.

For people who do not have an appetite for profanity, its best to watch the movie for the plot instead of shifting your focus elsewhere.

Shahid Kapoor is brilliant in his portrayal as Tommy Singh, a crazy wild rock star and a drug addict. His life takes a U-turn when he is arrested for possessing drugs at a rave party at his house. In jail, he comes across two teenagers, also drug addicts and Tommy’s ardent fans. They rant about how Tommy Singh has influenced their lives. The boys were arrested for killing their mother for refusing to give them money for drugs. Seeing this he decides to kick his drug habit and make changes to his life.The plan backfires, what happens next isΒ  part of the plot.

Alia Bhatt outshines everyone in this film. She plays the role of a Bihari migrant farm labourer who accidentally finds a pack of heroin in a farm. What she decides to do with it changes her life forever. She is drugged, raped, kept captive and forced into prostitution. She is brilliant as the antagonist fighting to free herself from the local drug lords who have held her captive.

Diljit Dosanjh plays a corrupt police officer, Sartaj Singh, who changes his ways after seeing his young teenage brother suffer from drug addiction and overdose. He along with Dr. Preet Sahani (Kareena Kapoor) plan to work on exposing the illegal import of drugs into Punjab and curbing the drug menace to some extent.

Things go awry here as well, and Sartaj Singh must find a way out to save himself from the drug mafia and cop nexus.

Some scenes give you chills. If you like thrillers, this is definitely worth a watch.

Their chemistry between Diljit Dosanjh and Kareena Kapoor is heartwarming and refreshing.

My Rating: 3.5/5



This may be Sheldon Cooper’s favourite…


But then, this is my very own Soft Kitty… πŸ˜ƒ



(Disclaimer: This information may only be useful for people currently living in Boise)


For people in Boise who love reading, here is something you may find extremely useful …

The Boise Public Library’s Summer Reading Program was kicked off on 1-Jun-16 and this will end on 30-Jul-16.

All you need to do is log your reading minutes by registering yourself at:


You can add your children to your profile as well to get them kick started too.

(Note: You need to be a member of the Boise Public Library and need to have a membership card)

The perks:

  1. Upon registering for the Reading program, you get a free copy of a short story by the Short Story Contest Winner. (This is what I got)…


2. If you register your child, he or she gets to pick a book of their choice from the Boise Public Library. (This was what Riya picked up for herself)



3. If you consistently read for 30 days, you get to pick another free book πŸ˜‰

4. If you complete 60 days of reading, you get to pick another free book πŸ˜€

Some indulgences bring you so much joy, reading definitely tops my list.

Am currently on a self imposed reading marathon spree.

Until next time..

Keep the Faith,

Read anything and everything that crosses your path,

Adios !



Who doesn’t like butterflies ? I don’t know, but what I do know is that Riya and I simply love them.

Earlier this year I learnt how to make paper butterflies from this video to be able to teach my 2nd Graders during our Art lesson.


Riya’s best friend Nana gifted her some craft paper yesterday and this is what she made …


I now have Butterflies on my Wall πŸ™‚

It all started with Riya’s obsession for Mastani after watching Bajirao-Mastani .. She loves Deepika Padukone and tries to copy her fight and dance moves from the movie. Earlier this year, she made a sword out of cardboard waste and it looked pretty much like cardboard..

Its her first day of Summer vacations today and she decided to take it out …

She covered it with Silver foil, added a few more things to make it look real …

and Tha – Da … this is what it looks like now …


That’s Ninja … Fighter-Riya for now πŸ™‚