January Reading Round Up- part 1

January has been a good good month reading wise. I have read eight books… cheers to myself. Here goes part one of a mini round-up of what I have read so far in 2017

Aghorganjer Ghoralo Byapar- Shirshendu Mukhopadhayay

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A typical Shirshendu, with nice ghosts, wicked villain, small town and loveliness all around. Where bad people never wins. I was really sad on January beginning, this book cheered me up.

The Trespasser- Tana French

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A female detective whom his fellow detectives are giving tough time, a murdered girl, an obvious suspect, a desperate cover-up…this book was not a thriller like Gone Girl or behind closed door, it wont keep you awake till five in the morning, but it is so much more, it will make you question relationships, perceptions and will absorb you slowly but surely. The detailed proceeding of the case would have been tedious, had it not been the magical writing of Ms French. A detailed review is coming up.

Rabindranath Ekhane Kakhono Khete Ase Ni-  Mohammad Nazim Uddin

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A restaurant in a remote town which serves food -to-die for, missing people, rumor of witchcraft and an enigmatic woman who owns the restaurant. This book is often called as one of the best thrillers in Bengali literature. I beg to differ. This is seriously cheap thriller with weak plot, terrible writing…not recommended.

Bishkanya- Debotosh Das

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She can kill with her smile, she can wound with her eyes…and literally so. Story of a dangerous psychopath girl, something which will send a shiver through your spine. Stayed up all night to finish it. Now this is how Bengali thrillers should be written, if you can read Bengali, grab a copy ASAP.

Bindubisarga– Debotosh Das

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A historian has re-evaluated the whole five thousand years of Indian history and has found something which will change the way we look at history, mythology and Hindu religion on a whole, and a secret society will do anything to stop him publicize it. Sounds interesting? yes, are you intrigued? I was.But this book disappointed me, badly. It was an ambitious project, but not a good thriller, on the other hand I will not even call it a thriller. Too heavy with theories, I would not care because I am a history obsessed creature. But the theory was so over simplified, the theory was so shallow, and loopholes so evident that at the end neither the means or the end was justified. The writer is gifted , and I hope we will get a load more good books from him in future.

Kolkata Handicraft Fair & A Lost Blogger

2016 was not a good year for the blogger me. I was absent for too long, too frequently. My only new year resolution is to change that, may be after wrapping up my Phd.

But for now I bring you some beauties I have collected from Kolkata Handicraft Fair 2016. This year between lack of liquid money and sister getting married the next day, I only managed to visit it for couple of hours . But I still managed to collect some hand made products and some untold stories.

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This madhubani neck-piece was customized by the sweet artist with gurngroo, because I wanted to buy something with ghungroo. Sweetest guy ever. I am happy I got his card.

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A bunch of colorful wooden bangles.

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Another sweet lady was selling hand painted jewelry on woods and mats. Adorable are not they!!!

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These incredibly cute coin pouches are for 30 bucks each, though the seller was grumpy but that did not deter me from buying those 🙂

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Another incredibly sweet lady had this beautiful thing. She has a FB page (https://www.facebook.com/upahar.in/). Beside being very reasonable and super nice she will customize for you as well.

And the best one is this hand-painted tribal dupatta.

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I will come back soon with my recap of 2016, and I am planning to do project 365 for 2017. Lets see 🙂

 

 

Books that are keeping me excited, Shopping that keeps me broke

Have you read the cursed child ? have you? Do you also think that blasphemy and abomination should not have seen the light of the day? if yes then we are on the same boat. I managed to read 20 pages and almost puked, the husband is still struggling to finish it and he is one unhappy soul right now, Panju Weasley ???????? really ???.

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August was a terrible month, work was maddening and I was too depressed by the new potter book. Reading is at al time low. But September promises to be better. Whenever I am in a reading slump i read two things

  • Something by Mary Higgins Clark
  • A graphic novel

You can take my advice, they work like a charm.

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This time around I read Remember me, a thriller with slight supernatural twist, and such heart warming characters. It is not a great thriller by even a long shot, the plot twists were obvious, charecters were predictable but it was such a fast read and oddly very satisfactory.

And the second book am reading is a graphic novel called Monstress, it is a combined volume of first 6 issues, and it is soooo good. I will be making a separate post once am through with this awesome book.

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Now the troubling part of today’s story. The shopping maniac me is out of control. It is Durga puja time and I am now addicted to buy sarees. I have discovered small boutiques, rediscovered big shops but I need to stop shopping. Tomorrow will be going to my favourite place and after that till december no shopping. Pray for me. But I thought I will take you through few lesser known shopping places of Kolkata and also few newly discovered Facebook shops.

Coming to Facebook shops they range from downright scums to amazing talented and warm people. But let us concentrate on the good people here. And I seriously hope my experience helps people out there.

I should start with “Sarees – Mukta’s Exclusive Styles” (https://www.facebook.com/muktasarees/?fref=ts). I have bought from them once but they are the nicest people I have met online. I liked a saree which was long sold out and I literally nagged, next time when they restocked it, they told me first before they made it available for others. And considering I was a new customer with no shopping history with them I was touched. And the saree was of amazing quality. A traditional lal-pad saree with tassel borders and the cotton is almost like linen. It is already much-loved , the creases show testimony to that. Give them a try if you want.

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