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Month: June 2016

Book Review: Mrs Funnybones

Mrs Funnybones

Mrs Funnybones

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Mrs Funnybones is Twinkle Khanna’s debut book after a spate of articles in Times of India (TOI) and Daily News Analysis (DNA). The book is an eclectic mix of some of her articles in the past along with stories from her household represented in a satirical and witty manner.

The blurb goes like this:

Full of wit and delicious observations, Mrs Funnybones captures the life of the modern Indian woman—a woman who organizes dinner each evening, even as she goes to work all day, who runs her own life but has to listen to her Mummyji, who worries about her weight and the state of the country. Based on Twinkle Khanna’s super-hit column, Mrs Funnybones marks the debut of one of our funniest, most original voices.

Twinkle seems to have quite a wacky and witty sense of humor and that reflects in her articles as well as the book. The book with its large font size and illustrations makes for a breezy read which can be completed in one sitting. Each of the illustrations and the notes before every chapter are perfectly done to keep the reader in the mood for more.

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Book Review: Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air: The story of the disaster of 1996

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Jon Krakauer is a mountaineer and writer of more than 5 books and a lot many magazine articles. While on an assignment for the Outside magazine in 1996, he wrote ‘Into Thin Air’ which went on to become one of his most famous books.

The blurb goes like this:

In May 1996, Jon Krakauer was on one of the three expeditions near the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm hit, and by the end of the day eight people were dead. Into Thin Air tells the story of that ill-fated adventure. In it Krakauer brilliantly evokes the majestic Everest landscape and places his own experiences within the history of man’s attempt to conquer the world’s highest mountain. Into Thin Air is a landmark of mountaineering literature, and a harrowing tale of human tragedy and endurance. 

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Microblog Mondays: My Twitter journey..

My Twitter Journey...

My Twitter Journey…

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In July, I complete 7 years on Twitter and I must say that the journey from my 1st tweet to my 45,410th tweet has been quite exciting. When I joined Twitter way back in 2009, it wasn’t half as famous in most parts of the world as is the case today.

Whenever I informed people that I was on Twitter, there was a common question on what can one actually tweet about. And even if one does, why would anyone listen? But Twitter has grown exponentially from being just another social network to a medium for news, advertisements, election campaigns, eCommerce businesses and more.

Seeing its growth, even the Twitter founders would have been left thanking their stars on the fact that they had uncovered a goldmine. On the flip side, trolls haven’t left Twitter alone and one always keeps encountering them day and night

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Add to DeliciousAdd to DiggAdd to FaceBookAdd to Google BookmarkAdd to RedditAdd to StumbleUponAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Twitter

Cheers to the times we had…

The father and son duo walked hand in hand on the beach..

The father and son duo walked hand in hand on the beach..

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Hey Buddy,

I have finally learnt a few words like ‘buddy’ and am on the way to be the so called ‘modern’ dad you wanted me to be. I hear you ask why do I call you buddy rather than my son. As you would have observed, in my style of parenting, the children should always feel that while interacting with their parents they are as comfortable as interacting with their friends. They should be able to tell anything and everything without having the fear to be judged.

There was a phase during my growing up years when I felt that my parents didn’t know anything. I felt that they didn’t understand me at all. As far as I was concerned, they were pretty much outcasts when it came to my thinking, my friends and my general way of life. I always feared for the fact that if I share my life’s stories with them, they would judge me rather than share meaningful advice.

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When she inflicted pain for love..

Love turned sour..

Love turned sour..

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While they were far apart in terms of distance with both of them engrossed in studies on different continents separated by thousands of kilometers, their love was the one common thing which made their world go round. From WhatsApp chats to Skype calls, they always kept each other updated on their lives and everything which came with it be it happiness or despair.

This went on for a few years until he popped the question silently smiling to himself expecting her to say yes almost immediately. Both of them were now working and making their way up the career ladder slowly but surely. She was shocked and blatantly refused exclaiming that this was the time when she wanted to concentrate on her career and couldn’t think of anything else. While he was devastated, he was half expecting it considering their conversations had dramatically reduced since quite a while.

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Microblog Mondays: The rising mercury..

The mercury touches 50 degrees

The mercury touches 50 degrees

The summer has slowly but surely set in many parts of the world. As the mercury touched a scorching 50 degree Celsius (122 degree Fahrenheit) for a while here in Kuwait today, I was left wondering on the trials and tribulations various people around the world undergo due to extreme weather events.

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Dubai Diaries: A day at Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai is another of a long list of prime locations in Dubai full of residential and commercial skyscrapers. Some of the most iconic buildings include the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest skyscraper which includes the Giorgio Armani Hotel, Dubai Mall – the world’s largest mall by area and the Address Downtown Dubai among others. The iconic Dubai Opera was under construction when I visited the place in January 2016.

Downtown Dubai

Burj Khalifa Boulevard

Downtown Dubai

The fountains are on at the Burj Khalifa Boulevard..

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Dubai Diaries: A visit to the JBR & Dubai Marina

Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is one of the prime localities in Dubai having a variety of residential blocks, hotels and restaurants. The ‘JBR Walk’ which runs across the stretch of the Jumeirah Beach has shopping and eating hotspots on one side and tourists sun – bathing on the other.

And as is the case with almost anything in Dubai, there was a lot of construction activity ongoing at the place when I went in January earlier this year.

Jumeirah Beach Residence

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach Residence

A plethora of restaurants at JBR

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