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Book Review: It ain't easy being Jazzy

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This review is written as a part of the  Crazy Bookworm 's book reviewing program. It is the hilarious story of Jazzy aka Jasmine T. Peacock, and the more hilarious people surrounding her. Starting from her best friend Serai who wants to avoid marrying to anyone on ‘Craigslist’, to Jazzy’s mother who goes spying about on her neighbors day in day out, to the neighbour who offers Jazzy some yucky looking cabbage soup every day, the book is full of funny characters. There’s Aunt Cleotha who clutches her pearls in every sentence of anxiety and hysteria, baby Jordan who is a hell to manage, and rival Mercedes who though on the revenge list, is no less comic. There’s comedy full on and laugh out loud moments in each page. One can’t help but burst into loud heehaws clutching the stomach at certain times- especially Jazzy’s advice blog posts and replies to the customer-problems. Those are uproarious to the core. And the best part is, it’s not just a jotting of e

Autumn In My Heart

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‘Autumn in my heart’ is a tragic love story. It has tears in almost every episode. It is one of the four ‘Endless love’ season themed dramas- Spring Waltz, Autumn Tale, Winter Sonata, and Summer Scent. Two babies are born on the same day- Eun suh and Shin ae. By mistake, they are exchanged by their families. While Eun suh’s childhood is a happy one spent with the parents and the brother Joon suh, Shin ae’s is a tiring one spent working in the restaurant and dealing with a thug of a brother. After 14 years due to an accident to Eun suh, the parents come to know that their blood types don’t match and that Eun suh is not their daughter.  After huge emotional turmoil and numerous heart breaks, the children are switched back again, disregarding what will become of Eun suh and Joon suh. Both are never used to living without each other, and miss the childhood days immensely. Joon suh’s family leaves for the US for 8 years. The separation is heart wrenching. After 8 years, Joon suh com

Follow your dreams

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Lucky are those who have their hobby as their profession. They live satisfactory and happy lives, without a single moment of boredom or stress. Work for them would never be drudgery. They wouldn't have to slog through each day; rather each day would be bliss. Oh how I wish I could read novels from around the world, watch movies from around the world- one every day and review them with a critical eye. I wish someone would teach me poetry and the epics from around the world, and languages and the nuances of culture from every nook and corner. I wish to learn a new skill, or art every month and a new language every year. Only if this figment of imagination came true- life would be a fairy tale. Just sitting in the library a few hours, just gazing at the books even without reading them, would fill my day with delight. Every edition of Graphitti (the supplementary magazine with the telegraph every Sunday) has a success story of people who followed their dream

A Doodle

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Doodling away my time..... :) :)

The Korean wave- Hallyu

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Some recurring themes in Korean dramas 1. Historical or period drama ‘The Moon that embraces the Sun’ and ‘The Princess’ Man’ are the best period dramas I have watched till date. ‘Faith’ and ‘Queen Inhyun’s Man’ are historical fiction with a touch of paranormal- magic and time travel, with very well written scripts and unique concepts. “Rooftop Prince” is the story of a crown prince who travels through time by mistake, reaches a parallel world in future and is unable to return back. He tries and adapts to the ways of the new world.  I love hanbok- the so-elaborate clothing; of so many vibrant colors- I totally love it. I can watch a Korean period drama just to see the women characters wearing these lovely dresses, having adorned braids, and travelling in palanquins; and the men wearing the similar long detailed uniform that flows in every direction artistically when they sword-fight, with decorative hats (different variety of hats according to one’s rank, status, a

55 words

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This is my first attempt at writing anything in just 55 words. Consider this, a piece of fan-fiction- a poem Ethan Wate of “Beautiful Creatures” would have written for the mysterious girl he always dreamt about, had it been a Japanese version. Love Caster Chronicles… I search for a face Which I know, not by name But through the walk and the grace With which she went, as she came. Try I do, to paint my memory of her Through the strokes of my brush- Color of her eyes- the glint and shimmer And finding this face remains my wish.

My favorite blogs: A review

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If you are up for some food-for-thought, or feel-good stuff,  Memoirs of Me  is the blog for you. Going by the name of 'privy-trifles', it has the right measures of short stories, inspirational quotes, random just-so thoughts, and basically write-ups on life, as it is... The short stories, written under the title of Metro Diaries, are really good. The author is intelligent. She posts the stories in episode, series format. Once you read the first part, you can't help but search and read the next part and the next part... And I love the titles of her posts--"Inspired Inscribes", "Splurge and Emotions", "55 Fiction", "Flash Fiction", "Wishful Thinking", "Painting Life"...and many more...she does write from the heart...and she is an eternal dreamer.. If you are an avid book reader, love to read books of myriad genres, and want to chose the right book out of a few, you can totally rely on  ALPHA reader - her book

Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

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  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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