Into The Water- Review

Sorry for not being around for so long, but I always creat a new post when I feel I can do full justice to it, and the crazy schedule I was having made it impossible to write one. But all said and done am back here sharing my thoughts about one of my holiday reads.

An integrated part of my holiday ritual is sorting the to be read pile, and thank god for kindle, that I can travel with 50 books. Last week when we landed in Landour without much planning, I had the leisure to read four books simultaneously and could finish only two of them. Let me tell you how I have felt about the most hyped one.

Into The Water: Paula Hawkins

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A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

My thoughts about the book

  • It is better than Girl on the train, which was nothing less than a disaster.
  • The book has a really interesting background, sleepy British village, history of witch trial, dysfunctional families.
  • The multidimensional relationships between friends, lovers, siblings were potryed very efficiently.
  • But this book was told from 10 different point of views, yes, ten and I am sure you will not be able to differentite between most of them.
  • There was not much of mystery, the ending really really drove me mad.
  • This book tries to prove that one can be a complete idiot and still can be a detective.
  • Also atleast 100 pages of this book are sheer wastage of your time.

My Goodreads Rating 2/5, don’t say that I did not warn you.

Santiniketan Diary: Story of Three Hoots, Two Boutiques & A Cafe

When life throws me lemons I make the lemonade in Santiniketan. I mean seriously, there is no second place which has great food, fresh air, great art and great shopping together. Also we stayed in a quaint home-stay which served great breakfast and dinner. And every time I visit the place I discover something new .. this is a story of such discoveries..

  • Dokra

I can almost hear the “duh” when I say Santiniketan and dokra and claim it is new. It is almost like saying “I went to Kolkata and was surprised to find sweets there”. But wait, there is more to the story..I have dozen of traditional dokra jewellery , if you throw a stone in gariahat it will hit a shop selling dokra three out of five times. But this time I met two gentlemen who were experimenting with the art, both from the local tribal community and both so helpful and talented.

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Stole My Heart in a Second

 

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Puppet aren’t we

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Not strictly dokra, but has ghungroo and rudraksha..what not to love

  • The Tale of Two Boutiques

Everytime I visit Santiniketan I go to Alcha, the two storied bunglow turned into a boutique..and every time due to the sheer fact I get bankrupt in the Haat I return empty handed.. but not this time, I got bags and a owl..also this will be most peaceful shop you will ever visit.

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Alcha Means Leasure..There is Loads in a Name

The Block, The Shibori, The Kantha …

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Fabric Owl from Alcha..Wooden from the stall of a small boy

The second boutique is Tanzil, which I did visit, The shop is gorgeous but their things were slightly out of our budget ..may be someday. Also had two awesome experience, while browsing one lady pointed at my dress and asked the SA if it is from them and if she can buy the same..my narcissist soul did a happy dance and second , after me and my my friend left the shop without buying a single thing , we were stuck in front of the shop due to rain, the lady called us in and asked us to sit till the rain stops… this is why I will go back there a hundred times..

 

The cafe

The best new place we visited is of course a food joint…..A cafe called Chayaghor, almost nextdoor to Alcha, they had a rooftop seating, sweet coffees, awesome chicken satay and a naughty cat. Please visit the place if you can, you will thank me 🙂

 

So till the next time… take care.

Exploring Heritage & History : Itachuna Rajbari

Itachuna Rajbari is just around 2.5 hours drive away from Kolkata , but it is nothing like the busy, crowded. polluted city.It is a restored Rajbari (palace) of the old landlord. I went there to spend a quiet weekend with the husband’s colleague. And they are the finest gang I have seen in a long time ( I mean it, I am pathologically unsocial). I will let you see the beauty of the place and will encourage you to take the trip…

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The first glance was Majestic

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Natmondir- The family Deity Temple

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The “hut” with every modern facility

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Our hut had a fancy name too

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The “Royal” Traditional Bengali Food

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Ron Weasley would have approved

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It Was Time for Evening Prayer

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The most peaceful day coming to an end….

As a part of the Bollywood maniac nation I feel obliged to sign off saying that Lootera was shot here..Manmarziya…..

The Onset of Spring…Life Lately

Spring is short-lived in Kolkata, like a glimpse of a loved one , like a breezy holiday it is gone before you stop and stare. But we are lucky enough to enjoy the weather for a month or so, and life is not too badly…

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The colour…the riot of colour

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February Means Kolkata Bookfair ( The haul post is coming up)

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This is the first Ruskin Bond Book I have Read ( ya I am terribly ashamed) and I LOVED everything about it

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A Random Outfit I wore and Love … Indigo+ handmade + bag with mirrors + hand-loom .. what not to love

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This chicken tex mex rice bowl at Chillis is to die for

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Cupcakes from Mrs Magpie….pure awesomeness