Thursday, 18 January 2018

Haul: Embroidered Pouches from The Color Life.


My birthday is exactly one month away! 
And like my childhood self I like to get a little bit excited and do a little countdown of sorts. Nothing nearly as major as my childhood where I just couldn't wait for my birthday to arrive. Now, I am a whole lot chiller. 

To kick off my birthday countdown, I want to share some seriously beautiful customised pouches from The Color Life by Krishna Patel. I spotted her shop on Instagram and was blown away by her talent. She makes these generously sized pouches with darling designs and even names embroidered on it. Plus, it is entirely customisable. You get to choose the colours of our own pouch as well as the colours of the embroidery. The pouches are silk-ish and the design is a mix of fabric paint and embroidery. 

We got two. 
The one with Llamas for my sister, she is using it to hold her Personal Sized Midori Traveler's Notebook and a Hobonichi- that she uses for daily journaling. It holds both comfortably. 

The one with Pooja embroidered on it, is obviously mine. 
I am possibly going to store some stationery bits and bobs in it. 

Aren't these just gorgeous?! 
All of her pouches come with amble charms and tassels and bits. They add a certain whimsy to the pouches. 

We are big fans of any kind of bird charm. 

I am so in love with this pouch. 
The colours pop so beautifully against the white and the little embellishments are perfectly in sync with the design. 
This is the second item that I own that has my name on it. I also had a handmade wooden key chain with my name carved on it that I picked up from Mussoorie in 2007. 
This one is so much more special. 

I highly, highly recommend these beauties.  
They gorgeous. 
So whimsy! 


Get one now! 


I already have my eye on an elephant pouch and maybe ones with camels on them. 


Vignettes: Postcards from Winter + Darjeeling Travel Diary.

Farewell Winter. 
If you know me at all, you know that winter leaving is one of the saddest times in my life. Admittedly, here in Bombay, we don't really get a full fledged winter but it's brief visit warms my heart like no other. 
And this week, winter is most certainly ducking out! 
Boo Hoo! 
So sharing some postcards from Winter and some snippets of my Dad's latest trip to Darjeeling. 

My father and some of his closest friends were in Darjeeling for Christmas. 
They stayed at this place called Little Tibet (below) and had 4 wonderful days. 
Well, my Dad sadly fell quite sick- a rare flare up of his asthma- and was stuck in his hotel for most the trip. But he did manage to go out and about and snapped some pictures. 

I haven't been to Darjeeling since 2012. 
I really hope I can go back soon but my Dad insists it's not as it used to be. Sadly, most of last year was rough for the hill station. And it hasn't fully recovered from the unrest. The ATMs aren't all functioning and even card machines at stores weren't working, which made shopping and eating out slightly tricky.

I can only hope the place and it's people get back on their feet and make Darjeeling the magical place it has always been! 

I also miss the foggy, wintery mornings of my hometown! 
Slow and deliciously cold. 
I can't wait to go back! 

I am going to miss winter so much! 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Book Review: One by Sarah Crossan.

Book: One

Author: Sarah Crossan

Pages: 426

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Read On: Paperback

How Long it Took Me To Read: 1 day

Plot Summary: Grace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.

But something is happening to them. Something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi.

How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?

General Thoughts: This book has been on my wish-list and radar since it first came out back in 2015..or so. But I couldn't get my hands on it. Then later, I realised that it's sort of written in prose and I don't really read books written in that style. But when I spotted this book on Book Chor for quite cheap, I decided to get it and I read it in one sitting!

Things I Liked:

1. The style I will admit is not one I usually favour. I like my stories told simply and in regular sentence. Verse is not my go to story telling style. But this book and Sarah Crossan's writing was a delight to read. Beautiful, lyrical and amply easy to follow and it makes for a super quick read.

2. The premise was very unique, I mean, how many books have you read about conjoined twins? It was fascinating to see the world from this very unique perspective. To see these twins navigate life and simply live life made for a interesting read.

3. The book is told from Grace's viewpoint and therefore we get to know her and her thoughts, wants, desires and how she views being a conjoined twin. We see her family struggling, disintegrating, trying to cope with unemployment, the expenses surrounding her and Tippi's on-going physical and mental well being. It's a lovely point-of-view and it gives us readers a very 'real' sense of what it is like to walk in Grace and Tippi's shoes.

4. I also liked reading about Grace and Tippi's everyday life- their adjustment process in their new, private school, their new friends, the way strangers stared at them, their therapy sessions, their lives together as a sibling unit. All of this is so nicely done, especially, with such few words.

5. As mentioned earlier, Grace and Tippi's family is falling apart through the course of this book. Their father has been laid off and spends most of his time getting drunk, their mother is struggling to hold on to her job and sanity and their little sister- Dragon- has gone all her life trying not to attract any attention- good or bad- or cause any trouble. It was heartbreaking to read about this family's struggles and how indecently high medical bills can drive a family to breaking point.

6. Ultimately, I think the book makes a very interesting point about this need that everyone has to separate conjoined twins. Grace and Tippi shared a leg and other internal organs and between the two of them they were able to walk on their own and got around quite independently. A surgery to separate them, if successful, would, basically, leave them wheelchair bound for life- something which the twins were not particularly keen on. Conjoined twins, sometimes, need to be separated for medical reasons, but not always. The book makes a good point about letting them be if their quality of life is not impacted by their condition.

Rating: 4.5/5 
This is a wonderful little book! Highly recommend!