Thursday, 21 September 2017

Book Haul/// Books of September 2017.

Hello! 

Time to share my monthly book haul. I got these five books from Kitab Khana on a recent visit. 
I don't see myself getting any more books in the rest of the month. 
I did get a few ebooks as well which I will share soon. 

Now for these beauties. 


Books Bought/// 

Death Knocks Twice by Robert Thorogood 
The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss 
The Underground Railway by Colson Whithead 
Midnight in the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan 
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie 







I am so happy with my book haul, I found some books I am so excited to read. 
And I am so glad I found some books that were on my radar for a while- The Tidal Zone and The Underground Railroad. 

So much happy reading in my future! 


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Pujo Prep: Haul+ Review/// Lil Sister Backpack & Modified Tote from The Burlap People

Hello! 
Next in my Pujo Prep series is the cutest little mini-backpack in all of the land! 
I have had my beady eye on The Burlap People since the beginning of the year. I've been low-key stalking and mooning over their designs on their Instagram page since January and considered getting  a bag from them. 
I had my heart set on the Lil Sister backpack from the very beginning. First up the size is simply delightful. The name too is something close to my heart, since I am a lil sister myself. 
:)
And they come is so many colours and a few prints too! 
My sister is in love with all things tote and wanted a tote for herself too and after nearly 9 months of thinking and stalking and ruminating we decided to get some Burlap lovin' for Pujo. 
I mean why not?!
Pujo is the best time to splurge and get yourself something you really, really want! 

So I went with my original love- The Lil Sister Backpack in Lavender. 
&
My sister got the Modified Tote in their new Tulsi print...which is so beautiful, it blows my mind. 


My gorgeous little lavender beauty. 
The pictures don't do it justice, honestly, the pictures kinda suck thanks to the constant rain in these parts. 
I will take better pictures soon and share them as well. 

But first, some first impressions...

1. These are super-duper soft. Like amazingly soft to the touch. It feels almost like velvet or like very expensive linen. 
2. They are incredibly well-made.
3. Even though she be tiny, she is spacious enough for all of odds and ends. 
4. The zippers buttery soft. 
5. The leather trimmings are perfectly made. 


I'll be honest, I was a little skeptical getting a jute bag because I am kinda a little bit allergic to the fibres in jute. I had a jute bag eons ago and my eyes and skin were not happy with it. This was the reason it took me so long to get one of these. I wanted to be sure this wasn't rough or very fibre-y. 
I am happy to report that it isn't! 
It is super smooth all over and like I've said it soft and nearly cuddly to the touch. 




And this beauty is the Modified Tote in the Tulsi Print. 

First Impressions; 

1. Very roomy. This tote will seriously fit everything you need and then some. It could just as easily double up as a weekend bag or a perfect tote to travel with. 
2. The print is gorgeous and I love how the print is all over the bag. They've not been stingy with the print. 
3. The handle is adjustable, which is always a good thing be. 
4. The bag comes with a matching pouch inside- something we weren't expecting but is always, always a good surprise. 
4. White and tan leather are such a match made in heaven. 
5. It has a zip...which is always welcome. 

I am seriously so in love with these bags! 
They have exceeded every expectation I had. 
So good! 

I will let you know how they fare once we use them, which will be once the rains let up. 

I am so happy I got these for Pujo.  

You can find The Burlap People on their Facebook Page HERE. 

Or 


Write to them at whatup@theburlappeople.com to request a catalogue and get yourself a little treat. 


General Whimsy/// Wandering Around my Favourite Bookshop- Kitab Khana + Subho Mahalaya.


Hello! 

A very Subho Mahalaya to my fellow Bengali readers. 
Today marks the beginning of Debi Pokkho and the beginning of the Durga Pujo. 
Ah! 
How I wish I were in Calcutta or at least in West Bengal today, where the festivity is at a whole other level. 


From one happy thing to another..my favourite bookshop- Kitab Khana. 
I recently spend sometime here and came back with some books (haul coming super soon) but for now some sneak peaks at the books I got home and some others I considered getting but restrained myself! 


Let's hop straight into one of my favourite places in Bombay. 


Such gorgeous little books! 
I fell pretty hard for the covers! 
But I resisted. 
So pretty though! 



This collection of short stories sounded really interesting too. 


My sister's gorgeous tote bag and a stack of books under consideration. 


Shopping done it was time to grab a bite at their Cafe- Food for Thought. 



So true! 


So in love with my bag of the moment- Scottie from Chiaroscuro Bags.
I am a total sucker for satchels and Scottie had me at hello! 
She is perfect little daily companion.
Big enough to fit my essentials, though I need to stuff her a bit more to let the leather stretch out a bit. She has loads and loads of compartments and is so well-made. 
Totally and highly recommend if you are looking to invest a good quality leather handbag. 


Monday, 18 September 2017

Book Review: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware




Book: The Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware

Pages: 372

Read on: Kindle 

Read in: 4-5 hours

Publisher: Vintage

Plot Summary: The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It’s just three words: I need youIsa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her.

At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn't seen for years, but has never forgotten. 

Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn't a safe place for them, not after what they did. It’s time for the women to get their story straight. 

Things I Liked: 
  • The premise seemed interesting. There is just something about school best friends and secrets that, I am pretty sure, all of us can relate to! Best friends, who made a sport out of fibbing to people around them, harbouring a secret that was on the verge of being exposed just seemed so interesting. 
  • The characters are interesting and fairly well developed. Isa and Fatima- the new girls, who befriended Kate and Thea on the first day of school, thereby joining the 'lying game'. The two new girls, who somehow still stay on the outside and are somewhat objective about the whole 'incident' that happened 17 years ago. Thea is still a wreck and, clearly, has issues that have not been discussed in the book. Kate is difficult to fathom or read up until the last few chapters. I liked how the author has kept her motivations secret till pretty much the end. 
  • The friendship between the four girls- their fifteenth year in school together, rules broken, secrets shared, lies told- is fairly well depicted. You get pulled into their world of being in "semi-posh" school in a costal village in England, running wild and free, telling little and big lies, first loves and so on. The author has done a good job of world building. 
  • Isa is the narrator of the book and we see the story unfold from her perspective. She and Fatima have the clearest heads in the book and they are the only ones who, finally, figure out what happened all those years ago. I liked both these characters, but I wish there was a little bit more about each girl. 
Things I Didn't Like:
  • This book is based on the friendship of four girls and we don't get to learn much about three of them. For instance, I would've loved to learn a little bit more about Thea. The author has teased about her having some kind of an eating disorder, plus she also seems to be a cutter, but we get to know next to nothing about her or why she cuts or what her backstory is, which is such a missed opportunity! 
  • There is also next to nothing about their school. The school is supposed to be where the girls met and where their "lying game" played out, but you hardly get to see their school life! 
  • Also, for a book titled The Lying Game, there is not much of the game that we get to see as readers at all. They explain the rules of the game but there aren't enough instances shown of the game and its impact. The actual game or the lies that the girls told in that one year in Salten was not shown at all. And oh, btw, the "crime" has nothing to do with their lying game at all! 
  • It is pretty easy to guess which "event" the girls are alluding to in the book. And because you can guess what must have happened all those years ago, it also narrows down the playing field quite a bit when it comes to who the killer could've been. This ruins the fun of the book quite a bit. I would've preferred if there were less obvious suspects of the "crime" and a few red herrings thrown in for good measure. 
  • The book is missing on the menace factor. The blurb makes it seem like the villagers have it for the girls and there is something sinister at play, but there is nothing remotely of the sort. The only incident that the girls get into trouble with the villagers over their lies is just lame! I felt like there are so many lost opportunities in this book! Ugh! 
Rating: 3/5 
This is not a bad book but I just wish there was a bit more in terms of character development and just a better mystery overall. 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Stationery Love: Totoro Pencil Bag!


Hello! 
Today I want to share a little glimpse into my current pencil bag- which is the cutest thing ever! 
EVER! 
I promise I am an adult but how can you resist something so cute? 
This pencil bag is so super soft, it's a hybrid between a cuddly soft toy and a pencil bag! 
Gah! 
So cute! 
Plus it's wide enough to fit a host of my most used pens.


Look at that face?! 


 I had this bag charm from Accessorize for ages and I finally used it now. It makes opening and closing the pencil bag so much easier. Plus I think the Kitty makes this whole set-up even cuter! 


A look inside in my pencil bag. 


The pencil bag is from Ali Express. 
The bag charm is from Accessorize. 
The pens seen in the pictures are from Kikkik, Zebra Sarasa, The Planner Society Kit and Pilot. 

Friday, 15 September 2017

To-Be-Read List: TBR for September 2017.

Hello! 
I am well aware that we are half way through the month and my TBR is a way beyond a little late. 
But I thought I might as well share what I intend on reading this month. 
I have already read 5-6 books already and I am hoping I manage to make my way through at least most of this pile. 
I love what I have lined up, if not this month I am thrilled to make them a part of my TBR next month. 

Let's jump into my Reading List for September...or rather what's left of September! 


First up this book- Empire by Devi Yesodharan, a new release from Juggernaut. A book set in 11th century India and about the Cholas. I am so excited to read this, history has always been an area of interest of mine and when written well, historical fiction is always a pleasure to read. 
The kind peopleat Juggernaut sent this copy to review and I can't wait to get to it. 


I just finished this little novella yesterday and I really, really enjoyed it. Simple yet profound and well ahead of it's time. 


I haven't read a Toni Morrison in ages and this book- Jazz even has a murder mystery (of sorts) in it! Can't believe I haven't gotten to it yet! 


I've had this book for ages but haven't gotten to it yet (story of my life) but it sounds interesting. An English summer, some friends and changing equations between them. All good things! 


Finally time to read some Proust! 


A roll-over from my last month's TBR. 


I haven't read any Virginia Woolf ever! 
*GASP*
Time to amend that immediately! 


Another writer I've been meaning to read for absolute ages. 


This - The Wife and The Beloved and Other Stories by Ashapurna Devi is going to be my Durga Pujo read. 
I am excited. 


This is going to be my third book by Meg Rosoff. 

Short stories by D.H. Lawrence. 


Whoa! That's a whole lot of reading to do. 
Honestly, I don't think I'll get to all of these book this month. What with Durga Pujo and my parents arriving next week, the rest of this month is bound to be busy. 

But what I don't read this month I will read in October. 

Books to Read in September: 

Empire by Devi Yesodharan
Up at the Villa by W. Somerset Maugham 
Selected Stories by D.H. Lawrence 
What I Was by Meg Rosoff 
The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst 
Jazz by Toni Morisson 
The Wife and The Beloved by Ashapurna Devi 
Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje 
In Other Rooms and Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Jealously by Marcel Proust 


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Pujo Prep 2017: Nykaa Haul- Nail Polish + Lipsticks + Lip Crayons.

Hello!!! 

Today I want to kick off a new series on the blog. 
A series dedicated entirely to Durga Pujo and all the prep that goes preparing for Durga Pujo. 
My prep like always begins with buying things big and small. 
This year I wanted very few things. 
I am honestly set on the clothes front. 
I have a whole lot of new clothes waiting for me. 
So I just need to mix and match and decide when to wear what. 

I did want some make-up bits and I started with this haul of a ton of gorgeous nail polishes and some lip products.
I got all of this from Nykaa. 


To start with this pouch is simply darling! 
I got it from Ali Express. 
It is so charming.


First up, we got some things from Nykaa Beauty. 
My sister was in need of a new foundation for everyday wear and I have heard so many good things about this foundation, which is a relatively new launch from Nykaa. 
My sister is pretty happy with this foundation, it gives a decent amount of coverage and it feels good on the skin and lasts for upto 8-9 hours. 
4/5 for the foundation. 

We also got this Kajal..because we needed one and I love trying new Kajals! My look is never done until I have some kajal on! 
This one is smooth and a nice jet black. 
4/5 


Now on to some nail polishes! 
I wanted some of these Mirror Chrome nail paints for agessss! 
I picked these four colours that I think came in a combo-type offer. 
I love all of these colours, though I already own some similar purple nail paints. 
These go on smoothly and takes only 1-2 coats to give an opaque colour and they last for nearly a week. 
I am pretty happy with them! 
4/5 


I also got Nutcracker Dreams and Milk Chocolate (this was a free gift). 
I love matte nail polishes, they are perfect for when you don't have a lot of time on your hands.
I already have quite a few of Nykaa's matte nail paints and I a big, big fan. 



Now on to Lip Colours.
I had been meaning to try these Lip Crayons for ages. They are super affordable at only ₹185. 
I am happy to report that I quite like these. I have only tried the orange one so far and I like the colour--it does take a few times to get a good wash of colour, but for the price I paid for it I don't mind at all. 
These also last for a good while. Pretty much till you eat a big meal.
Good stuff! 
3.5/5 


I also got 2 of the Maybelline Matte Lipsticks. 
A Touch of Nude.
A Touch of Spice. 
These lipsticks are pretty fantastic. Good colour pay-off, smooth and not too dry. 
Sadly one of my lipsticks came a little damaged in the package. I don't even know how that happened since the lipstick was sealed and everything! 
But it's ok, I can make it work. 




Make-up makes me so happy!