​I Heart Series, xoxo

Good books always manage to find you when you are not looking out to read anything. And then when you come to know that that particular book is part of a series, would you not hunt them all down?

Author Lindsey Kelk was inspired to write her first book of this series after returning from a holiday to New York City to her home in London and being unable to get over post-vacation blues. She immediately decided that it would be a series of books, each taking in different cities.

Angela is a fun character – she’s flawed in so many ways yet hilarious all the way. And the easy breezy writing of Kelk makes Angela’s journey sound really like The Adventures of Angela that they are meant to be.

I love how she brings about the essence of each city; almost like the city is a person in itself ( Although strictly speaking, the last two books focus only on Angela).

I heart New York

Angela Clark busts her fiancée cheating on her at her best friend’s wedding. Wanting to put as much space as possible between her and the pain, she boards a plane and takes off to the first destination that comes in her mind – NYC. Here, she befriends Jenny Lopez (not the movie one).

A makeover and a Marc Jacobs satchel later –  Angela moves in with Jenny , is dating two incredibly hot men at the same time and is blogging about her life for a living on the website of TheLook.com. But is New York really her home or is she just running away from her real home?

It’s impossible not to fall in love with New York when it is described through Angela’s eyes. New York is a city where people come to become something new. While reading the book you feel the highs and lows that Angela is going through. If you ever felt like you needed a new beginning sometimes, you will heart this book!!

I heart Hollywood

The glitz of LA is well captured in this one. And if you thought looking good and hanging out with a celeb on a Hollywood weekend was glam, Angela is here to tell you otherwise.

Angela’s magazine is sending her to Hollywood to interview the British heartthrob James Jacobs. But this adventure sparks off new heartaches and headaches for Angela. Can she convince her editor and her boyfriend , Alex,  that all that is printed on newspapers is not as it appears?

I heart Paris

The City of Love is calling… Alex has offered Angela a romantic getaway and Belle magazine has offered an article. But right upon landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Angela has a bunch of problems up her sleeve. With her old life in London just a train away, fate is tempting Angela…

All those who have lived away from home and feel that need for a quick home visit just to feel better again will relate to this. Adulting is not the most comfortable ride and Angela’s Parisian adventures tell us just that.

I heart Vegas

 

Angela is out of savings, out of work and in danger of potentially being thrown out of the country. And La Lopez’s solution to all of this is – a weekend getaway in Vegas. And what happens in Vegas……

I liked how the author points out that people have been just using this city as an excuse to explain away their behavior. Vegas toh ainvayi badnaam hai. 

 

 

I heart London

 

The time has come to return home and face all the music. Albeit reluctantly, Angela comes home to her besides-their-minds-with-worry parents, a confused ex, a battle of besties and an impending marriage.

 

 

 

I heart Christmas

 

Christmas is Angela’s most favorite season. And it is all set to be ruined!!! Can Angela bring back her festive spirit?

 

 

 

 

I heart Forever

 

With this book, we reach to the end of the series. Read to find how Angela’s story settles down in the Big Apple.

 

 

 

There are two more supplementary short stories in this series, which need to be read to catch up with Jenny’s life.

Jenny Lopez has a Bad Week(read after I heart Paris)

Jenny Lopez saves Christmas (read after I heart Christmas)

I absolutely ❤️ this series!!!

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Travel Weekends in June 

I have been wanting to do this post from quite some time now but I didn’t know how to go about it. Then the inspiration of Journaling struck me and I decided to start a journal of my own! 

It’s a journal cum scarpbook cum bullet list cum photo album cum a-bit-of-everything 😁

Rule of Journaling : There is no right or wrong way, there is just your way. So even though the doodles are a bit clumsy and the layout has minute faults everywhere, it’s just a reflection of me in it. i.e. A person who thinks she is organized in her mind but is an actual mayhem at everything 😜

So here it goes. My first ever journal entry. 🙃

In June, I had coincidentally three back to back trips happening, so I thought of commemorating June with a Travel weekend theme. 

This is my June calendar. Man, I swear the neon wasn’t so popping out when I applied the first coat, so I kept applying and then 💥 my eyes were watering 😂

Because the pre requisite to travel is packing and the outcome of travel is shopping. 

It was a quick day trip to Mumbai. Despite that, I think we did pretty well. Hi-five✋ Flygirl and Ani. 

And that is it for my first journal entry. 😊

Not Exactly A Review – Sanju

The fact that a person’s life itself can be told on the silver screen says something about their individual journey. I went to see this movie not to know about Sanjay Dutt, the public figure. But for Raj Kumar Hirani’s character Sanju.

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I’m not going to judge this movie on any grounds. As a film, it is a wonderful one. And that’s what I want to focus on.

This is a story of a flawed man. A man who made bad choices. A man who let circumstances get the better of him. Somehow this portrayal is what makes Sanju relatable. And Hirani has managed to balance delicately the dark aspects of Sanju’s life with sprinkled corners of humor and prevent the movie from being a gloomy one.

In fact, some of the scenes of the drug induced Sanju were plain sad to me, while the rest of the audience laughed at the crazed drugged guy , I felt somewhere a tug of sadness for his loss of empathy.

The pressure of living up to the family expectations, the pain of losing a parent, of hurting a friend, the loneliness, the tarnish of reputation – it’s all there conveyed by Ranbir Kapoor’s phenomenal performance.

Another prime character in the story is Sunil Dutt. This Sunil Dutt ( played by Paresh Rawal ) being the father struggling to get his child back before he self destructs. We often take for granted what our parents go through to keep us comfortable, this movie shows us the emotional turmoil of a father.

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Vicky Kaushal as Sanjay Dutt’s  best friend through all the highs and lows is remarkable too. He is that friend who is the voice in the back of Sanju’s mind and the only hope that saves him from his disasters.

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Manisha Koirala is endearing as Nargis. It’s hard not to fall for her innocence.

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Sonam Kapoor is quite genuine too.

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One thing to think upon after seeing this movie is whether the world as we know it can be trusted or not. Someone tells us something, we hear something and immediately we form the same opinion. Without analyzing it for ourselves. We are becoming the society with herd mentality. Jump the bandwagon and scream the loudest – does NOT make you right!

And who are we to judge anyways? We don’t like it when others judge us but we are quick to form assumptions about others. These may be casual comments of no importance to you and me but you never know how that affects the person they are targeted towards.

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Finally, the movie says you have to fight your own battles. Your family and friends can help you only so much. The longer part of the journey is a solo one. And if you intend on making it to the destination, you need to find your willpower and courage.