​Book Reviews from My Pending Drafts – Book I

I just did a quick draft check and I found five book reviews that I had started writing but didn’t get around to posting. So this post is for those books 📚 😀
Book I – Getting Personal by Chris Manby

The book starts with a rowdy rugger bugger wedding of a loud mouthed bride and her bald patched groom where three single best friends are sitting together playing bingo.
Meet Lou, Martin and Ruby. They decide that time is really running out on their biological clocks & they need to find the right partners and settle down. But given that they are single at everyone’s wedding it isn’t probably working out as they thought.

Then suddenly Lou has an idea. Inspired by the loud mouthed bride’s success at finding her bald patched yet obviously rich hubby via a personal ad, she urges Ruby and Martin to try it out too. To make things fun she suggests that they write ads for each other.

And so, Lou meets this really nice guy Andrew, who is the ideal guy in all which ways – like the guy who will cook for u and carry your shopping bags, the one u’ll definitely take to meet the parents,the one who will be the perfect father to ur kids and the one who will be holding ur hand after u retire and are sipping tea in the back garden in peace. 

So Lou should be happy right? Only she isn’t! Bcoz it’s not perfect that she wants. She wants something different and exciting – like that stranger she glimpsed just once on the tube to work.

Martin meets a Cindy Daniels – all dreadlock hair and snorting Coke types, wild, really wild. However meeting Cindy and the unfortunate events that follow somehow tip fate into Martins lap and he is set to achieve literary stardom. But Cindy is not what he wants.

Meanwhile, Ruby gets real unlucky with her dates! First the loo roll nicking Robin and then the personal ad addict Robert. Ruby is convinced that she is doomed to be eternally single. Either that or flit from one miserable relationship to another. Will Ruby ever meet the Prince Charming she always dreamed of?

Well, this book is slightly predictable except for that one shocker that is pulled at the end. When I read that line, I read it, passed it, came back and read it again. Bcoz I did not see that coming.

Life can be so confusing at times.  Look at Lou. She gets the best of everything but what seems like the perfect thing to us may not be the what that person is searching for. 

Ruby is so innocent and gullible that men find it easy to cheat on her. Being kind all the while can be dangerous for our health only.

What I realised when I read this book is that in today’s world u cannot trust a person to be what they claim they are. 

What sounds good on paper and phone is not really the same when u see him/her in person. While on the other hand actually who you are looking for could have all the while been with you for so long and you hadn’t even realised it. 😊

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Weekend in Punee

Last weekend, Me and Flygirl, decided to goto Pune & meet up with our friends over there. 

It was a relief to just escape from everything & Pune is one of my favorite places to go. Ever since I stayed there for 5 months on deputation back in 2015, I have always loved this place & every year I make sure that I come back here atleast once. 

This time, we had planned a surprise for our friend Shub, in the sense that we didn’t tell her that Flygirl will be coming along too. And her expression at the surprise was worth it 😁😁

This is right outside her apartment 😁

I believe I captured the moment well😉

So over Saturday lunch @ Yana Sizzlers, we met up with all our friends in Pune. 

From right to left going anti clockwise: Shub, Ani, Flygirl, Poonam, Nik and me

FC Road!!! I love that street 😍😍😍

After lunch, we decided to just bike around to Khadakwasla dam. 

And then on the spot decided to goto Sinhagad fort for the sunset 😊

The bike rides were the most memorable part of this trip. Usually, we just roam around in Ola cabs, protected from the street buzz outside. But the bikes!! 

There is something liberating about being on a bike. Ani was a best partner for the long rides keeping me entertained by singing, talking, pointing out places and views.. In the evenings, I was like frozen behind him on the bike, fingers stiff over the G Maps, skin bitten by cold & lenses red but somehow a smile on the face always 🙂

Saturday night, we hit Hard Rock Cafe!! 

This place ( as Nik says) is sexy ❤️❤️❤️

We are definitely coming back again. The music was spot on, the ambience was amazing, the whole mood was lit!! 🔥 

Though the 🍻 rate is like 10 times Goa, still it is a price we were willing to pay just for this place ❤ ❤ ❤ 

Sunday morning we were off to Lonavala. Though monsoon season would have been ideal for a visit here still we took in all the views & spots that we could in the time that we had here. 

@ Bhushi Dam

One Kala Chashma wala selfie 😂

Lion’s point @ Lonavala

The thumbs up peak

Once again, the bike rides 😍❤️

On the road

I was so not ready to go back to Goa. But what other choice did I have? 🙁

This trip was GOOD!!! 

All Time Favorites 

This post is for my All Time Favorite Characters OnScreen

Kate Beckett from Castle


Beckett is someone I draw inspiration from. Her strong personality, her confidence, her no nonsense attitude at work and her caring nature are something I so admire. Back when I started watching Castle, I even practiced saying, “Detective Kate Beckett, NYPD” the way she says it 😁

 

Katherine Pierce from Vampire Diaries
A bunch of my favorite characters are from this series.  I have a special soft corners for the vamps.

From the day Katherine Pierce arrived in Mystic Falls in that sexy leather jacket, I knew this character would “compel” my heart. This doppelganger is smart, nifty, has a sharp tongue for the words and is much more entertaining than ‘America’ s Most Boring and Self-righteous Vampire Elena Gilbert’ 😈

 

Damon Salvatore from Vampire Diaries


My love for Damon Salvatore is for eternity! Here was a character I actually developed a crush on. I love how he is so good at heart but somehow situations get all messed up and he takes the tag of the bad guy on himself.

I love his looks, the faces he pulls, the smirks he gives, the way he  irritates his bestie Bon-Bon!! Under all these layers there is a certain warmth to this character inside him which I can connect to. Damon… muaaah😘

 

Caroline Forbes from Vampire Diaries


I could relate to Caroline Forbes on so many levels. Like the way how she talk talk talks a lot but that doesn’t mean she knows what she’s saying all the time,

Like how she believes in giving people second chances,
Like how she feels bad ending up second best always
She has misgivings but she is determined to see herself through
The way she cares for everyone around her
And yes, bonus point, organisational skills😁

 

Rachel Green from Friends 

Growing up I always wished I could be a sidekick to a glamorous friend like her. That was a superficial me. Now that I have much more sense in me, I see Rachel Green for a woman who started out all clueless in the “real world” and then ended up as a successful career oriented woman.

Of course she made a lot of mistakes along the way, but she learned from each of them. And when it comes to Ross, there’s a lot of back and forth there. But I appreciate the character for standing the test of the time.
And oh yes, I would love some fashion tips from her 😜

 

Barry Allen from The Flash 


I like Barry Allen when he is not being The Flash. That is I like Barry Allen for being himself. He is sweet, cute and cares a lot. He’s so hesitant when it comes to expressing himself that I feel like giving him a hug just for that. He has a wonderful smile. 😊

 

Danerys Targaeryn from Game of Thrones

From the meek and mild girl in Season 1 to the Queen coming back to reclaim her throne in Westros in Season 7, Danerys has had quite the transformation. I admire her for her determination and her belief in her self!!