Thursday, 15 April 2021

Subho Nobo Borsho + What We Are Reading Today!

 Hello Loves! 

&

A Shubho Nobo Borsho to You. 

Also a Happy Vishu, Ugadi and Gudi Padwa and Baisakhi to everyone. (Albeit belated!)

I love this time of year. 

All of us have something or the other to celebrate. 

New Year. 

New Beginnings. 

Ramzan. 

And we could all do with some joy right about now! 


New Year plans are quite sedate this year, which is no surprise. 

I mean given how things are...there is no going out or celebrating with people. 

I am grateful to be home with the family. 

Maa has cooked some delicious food and I'll be making us some dinner. 

:) 

Now on to what we are reading today. 

Well, I have been celebrating Nobo Borsho all month long through my books. 

Reading only Bengali Books in April. 

Currently I am somehow reading 3 books at once! 

Something I never ever do! 

Ever! 

Here's what I'm Currently Reading: 




The Restless Waters of the Icchamati by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay: I am a little over 70 pages into this book. 
I have had this book since 2018 and have been meaning to read it ever since. 
Finally started it early this week and have been slowly chipping away at it. 
Set in Bengal in 1860-ish, this is set in cruel and conniving world of Indigo plantations and the many kind of manipulations and exploitation that runs amok. 
Descriptive, moving and full of characters real and flawed and powerless. This is a book I am enjoying quite a bit. I am glad I am taking my time with it and not rushing through. This book's pace is fairly languid and slow and it requires a slower reading time. 



First Light by Sunil Gangopadhyay: The sequel to the wonderful and wondrous Those Days, this book I have meant to read since 2018 when I read Those Days during Pujo. My father finally got me this little tome this month and I have been saving it to read for Poila Boisakh. 
I started reading it this morning and I am just barely 3 pages in, and already I can tell this is going to be a good read. 
A very good read. 
Set at the turn of the 20th century, this book features some of the best that Bengal has produced: Rabindranath Tagore and the members of his household and Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna and several others who were turning to Nationalism and fighting for our freedom. 
It sounds amazing and I am so ready to dive into this world. 



The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh: I didn't even mean to start this one but one night, I couldn't sleep and got this on my Kindle and started reading a little bit...and then a lot! Like how do you stop? 
This is my third time reading this incredible book and man...Amitav Ghosh's words just...he is so brilliant. 
This was my first exposure to his work and I read agesss ago, when I was a teenager and then again in my early 20s and each reading made me appreciate this book and it's world. 
I am 50% through reading it and I love it so much. I have missed Tridib. Really missed him. 
If you've been meaning to get into Ghosh, this book right here is a great place to start. 

The pouch is from Tanuka Draws and is a great accompaniment to the book. 


Now for what my sister is reading today. 

My sister has been sick for the last two days, running a high fever and feeling very down and out. She wanted some time off from her Kindle, which is full of thrillers and perfect for when you're feeling poorly. 

So I set her with this. 

Those Days. 

She has been meaning to read this for a while and no time like the present to get her reading on. 

I am sure she'll love it as much as I did. 


So there you have it, on this auspicious day, the first day of 1428 I am reading not one but three incredible books and I hope this streak of good reading continues through this year. 

Have a good one you guys. 

Happy Reading! 

:) 


Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Haul: Brooches from Kai Studio + A Mini-Review.

 Hello Loves! 

Want to share some very unique brooches with you today. 

I fell in love with Kai Studio's creations at first sight. The colour palette and the wonderful mix of clay and embroidery. 

It's too beautiful for words. 

They also make keychains, earrings and necklaces,  some of which I am going to get next. 

:) 

This time we got two little fishy beauties. 

A Bengali getting Maach, of course! 

Look how pretty! 



Siting pretty with my current read. 
Matching quite well! 


A chunky fishy. 
Look at her sweet face! 



So pretty! 


Mini- Review: 

1. These brooches are light weight and perfect to wear and not have the fabric of your clothes pulled down  or snagged. 

2. The quality is great. 

3. They are so freaking cute, I cannot even! I honestly want to get them all. 

4. They have a lot of options to choose from. You can get the same design as a brooch, pendant or even earrings. 

5. The delivery was swift too. 


So beautiful! 

Go check out Kai Studio and get yourself something unique and oh-so-pretty. 

I highly recommend. 

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

I Miss Home! Books + Toys + Home Decor + Backpack

Things I Miss. 

Home! 

 

Two happy girls. 


My books. 

My precious books. 



Sweet faces. 


My corner full of books. 

Can you tell how much I miss my books!? 


Backpack. 

Stationery bits. 

A sloth. 

Kindle. 



More books. 

All red spines. 



My cost bed. 

Cushions and plushies galore.



The view out my bedroom window on a rainy day from last year. 


Hello Loves! 

I've been away from home, Bombay, for six months now. 

Six months. 

I miss home. 

I miss my books. 

My bed. 

My plushies. 

My old life. 

Don't get me wrong, I love being here too. 

I do. 

And I am so grateful that we have a place to be and stay safe when things back home seem to be on fire. 

But ghar to ghar hai na. 

I don't even know when I'll be able to head back.

Not any time soon, not when things are so bleak. 

I will be here and find joy in life here. 

:)