Sunday, 27 September 2015

'If You Only Knew' by Kristan Higgins: A Book Review

Wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily-ever-after business, yet somehow she's still involved in her ex-husband's life. In fact, Owen's new wife may—inexplicably—be Jenny's new best friend. Sensing this, well, relationship isn't helping her move on, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she'll be able to bask in her sister Rachel's picture-perfect family life…and hopefully make one of her own.

Her timing couldn't be more perfect, since Rachel will need her younger sister. Her idyllic marriage has just fallen to pieces in spectacular fashion after she discovers her husband sexting with one of his colleagues. Second chances aren't in Rachel's nature, but the desire for an intact family has her rethinking her stance on adultery, much to Jenny's surprise. Rachel points to their parents' "perfect" marriage as a shining example, but to protect her sister Jenny may have to tarnish that memory—and their relationship­—and reveal a secret about their family she's been keeping since childhood.

During this summer of secrets and lies, temptation and revelation, Jenny and Rachel will rely on each other to find the humor in their personal catastrophes, the joy in their triumphs…and the strength to keep hanging on.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

'Déjà Karma' by Vish Dhamija: A Book Review

Jay Singh is the best defence lawyer in New Delhi that money can buy. But Jay Singh is a closet alcoholic; he has a dark and ominous past. His mother has been accused and convicted of killing his father.. .something he doesn't accept even after twenty years.
Flamboyant, wicked, lethal, Jay Singh never loses a case, though his methods might not always be within the law. If the law is after you - guilty or not - there is only one man who can save you. If Jay Singh takes your case, witnesses for the prosecution disappear or turn hostile, evidence evaporates, technology and science fail to provide any cogent support. What's more - Jay Singh can even provide you with an ironclad alibi.
And then he gets a case that can completely destroy him.
If he loses the high-profile case, he can kiss his career goodbye; if he wins the case he better keep his obituary ready. 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

What I Wore Last Week // OOTD #8

I couldn't do this post last Sunday because I had exams, so sorry about that.
However, I do feel like these posts are getting a tad repetitive - I'm not very fond of fashion, after all - so from now on, you can take a look at What I Wore every other week.

1) Hoops and Roses
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I like the way my hair looks in this one - I ought to try this look more often, eh? Anyway, the floral crop top is from Koovs, I think, the jeans are Forever 21, and the lovely orange-green hoop earrings are an impulse purchase from an airport Accessorize store.

2) To Infinity and Beyond
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So much colour! I don't usually wear scarves, but this trendy pink infinity scarf from Forever 21 is a beauty. I paired it with my deep pink Jockey tank top. I should buy more of these. They go well with everything. 

3) Fifty Shades of Blue
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Pink might be the colour I wear most often, but blue is closest to my heart. Blue is calm. Blue is honest. Blue is beautiful.
The jeans are from Esprit, my tank top is Jockey, and the lovely sparkly scarf was my sister's when she was in college. Oh, how time flies.

4) Bow to the Crochet

This white lace bow from Claire's is easily my favourite headband of all time. Look how pretty! I styled it with my pink crochet shirt from Stalk Buy Love - and a positive attitude, of course!

5) Bonjour, Mes Geeks
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Okay, this is a fairly recent outfit. My sister gifted this adorable pink Bonjour top to me - I love my arms in this one - and I wore it to college a few days ago along with my Esprit jeans.
Wait, is that a spoon on the floor next to the beanbag?

What did you wear to college or anywhere out this week? Which of these outfits would you wear? Which ones are completely different from your style? Let me know in the comments below.
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Bye! :)

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

It's Not About Time, It's About Priority

The most commonly used excuse for getting away with not accomplishing your goals is: "I just don't have time for it." You say it to skip that workout, to put off your homework until the deadline, or because you genuinely have other commitments.

But it's not true in the end, is it? After all, everyone gets 24 hours a day to go about their lives, and yet I'm sure you know at least one person who's always on top of their to-do list without cutting down on sleep and relaxation.

And that brings me to the topic of today's blog post.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

'The Thing About Jellyfish' by Ali Benjamin: A Book Review

A stunning debut about how grief can open the world in magical ways.
After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Things I Love #1: The Nibble Box

I'm a geek fangirl, so by that definition, there are thousands of things I'm obsessed with... and somehow, the list keeps growing bigger and bigger.
Here's a new series I'm starting on the blog, so you can fall in love with these things too!

Today, let's talk about The Nibble Box.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

What's On My Playlist (August 2015)

My August playlist has been long overdue, I know. But better late than never, so here I am with my ten favourite songs of the month. Many of these are songs I have known and loved for years, and some are ones I've discovered only recently.

1) It's On Again | Alicia Keys ft. Kendrick Lamar

This song is a perfect metaphor for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but it's also very apt for life in general. When tough times take over, all you need to say is, "It's on again!" and keep marching. That is how you win at life, Geeks - superhero or not.

Favourite lyric:
// I am a lonely hero, tryin' to fight my battles
Life likes to blow the cold wind, sometimes it freezes my shadow
In the midst of all this darkness, I sacrifice my ego
There ain't no room for selfish, we do it for the people //

2) I Will Let You Go | Daniel Ahearn

This heartbreaking song about letting go and moving on is from the No Strings Attached movie, which I haven't seen. I first heard it on an episode of Pretty Little Liars - season two, I think? - and I loved it almost immediately. I especially love the piano in the background and the female vocals that pop up towards the end.

Favourite lyric:
// I’m standing in water with the
Light on my shoulder
The weight of the doubt
Turned me to glass
I’m through living in question
Dreaming the answers //

3) You Sound Good to Me | Lucy Hale

I'm not a major country music fan - not counting my girl, Taylor Swift - but Lucy's catchy, romantic song is the perfect song to sing as I'm making eggs in the morning. How can your day go bad when it starts with fun melodies, after all?

Favourite lyric:
// The full moon
Is shining like a spotlight
I could just sit and listen to you talkin' all night
When you whisper
Yeah, baby, when you lean in
I get a crazy, crazy good kind of feelin' //

4) If It Isn't Love | 2AM Club

2AM Club is a band I was introduced to by Pretty Little Liars - they were the band playing at Homecoming, season one - and now I really like a lot of their songs. This one is actually a cover of the 1988 song by New Edition. I love the Audrey Hepburn quote at the beginning!

Favourite lyric:
// If it isn't love
Why do I feel this way
Why does she stay on my mind
If it isn't love
Why does it hurt so bad
Make me feel so sad inside
If it isn't love //

5) Love | Matt White

Matt White's songs are always so simple. No frills or fancy music, no, sir. This song is from one of my favourite movies, Little Manhattan, and it's all about the silly, goofy things that you do when you're in love. The video is adorable, too: a writer on a bus creating a love story.

Favourite lyric:
// And love...
Such a silly game we play,
Like a summer's day in May.
What is love, what is love?
I just want it to be love //

6) Masterpiece | Jessie J

This song was recommended to me by my lovely sister, who knows my taste in music a little too well. Masterpiece is all about owning your flaws and learning from failure. As Jessie rightly says, we're all perfectly incomplete. And that's okay. This song is great for days when you need a pick-me-up or a self-esteem boost.

Favourite lyric:
// Uphill battle
I look good when I climb
I'm ferocious, precocious
I get braggadocios
I'm not gonna stop
I like the view from the top //

7) Simple Song | The Shins

I've been re-watching all HIMYM scenes involving the Mother, because she's obviously the greatest character on the show (yes, even better than Barney), and this 'simple song' played during the last scene of Season 8 when the Mother was finally revealed! I still remember where I was when I first saw that episode: on a flight from London to home. I doubt I'll ever forget that moment.
When did you first watch the Mother's reveal? Comment down below!

Favourite lyric:
// I know that things can really get rough when you go it alone
Don’t go thinking you gotta be tough, to play like a stone
Could be there’s nothing else in our lives so critical
As this little home //

8) Downtown Train | Everything But the Girl

This song played during the iconic Farhamptom train station scene when Ted finally meets the Mother - how could I not fall in love with it? It's a beautiful song about two lovers meeting on a train. So fitting for the HIMYM finale.

Favourite lyric:
// Will I see you tonight on a downtown train
Where every night, it's just the same,
you leave me lonely
Will I see you tonight on a downtown train
All of my tears just fall like rain, all upon the downtown train //

9) Yellow | Coldplay

Coldplay is one of my favourite bands, but I haven't heard all their songs. I first heard this one during the movie Boyhood, and I don't know how, but it popped into my head recently. A few minutes later, I almost broke the YouTube replay button.
I'm not too sure what 'yellow' signifies - but to me, yellow is one of the happiest and brightest colours... so yes, I would love for everything to be yellow.

Favourite lyric:
// Your skin,
Oh yeah your skin and bones,
Turn into
Something beautiful,
Do you know,
You know I love you so,
You know I love you so //

10) Beating Heart | Ellie Goulding

Although I didn't particularly enjoy the first Divergent movie, Beating Heart makes for a good song when you're thinking of dramatic plot twists for your next book or having a cardio workout session.

Favourite lyric:
// And the canyon underneath the trees
Behind the dark sky, you looked at me
I fell for you like autumn leaves
And never faded, evergreen //
Which songs are you in love with lately? Got any recommendations for me? List 'em down below.
I'll see you next month, Geeks!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

What I Wore These Days // OOTD #7

This has been a good week. Busy, I'll give you that, but productive too. I've also been having a lot of great hair days. Does being sleep-deprived in spite of frequent naps make my hair shine? Hmm.

Friday, 4 September 2015

'The Power of Positive Thinking' by Norman Vincent Peale: A Book Review

The phenomenal and inspiring bestseller by the father of positive thinking. THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING is a practical, direct-action application of spiritual techniques to overcome defeat and win confidence, success and joy. Norman Vincent Peale, the father of positive thinking and one of the most widely read inspirational writers of all time, shares his famous formula of faith and optimism which millions of people have taken as their own simple and effective philosophy of living. His gentle guidance helps to eliminate defeatist attitudes, to know the power you possess and to make the best of your life.

I am obsessed with the non-fiction and self-help genre. When I walk into a bookstore, that's the first shelf I'll hit. And since I'm on a journey of self-discovery and positivity, I knew I had to give this one a try. After all, it's one of the most well-known books on positive thinking.

Well, I've learnt my lesson now. Never judge a book by its popularity.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

'The Bollywood Bride' by Sonali Dev: A Book Review

Ria Parkar is Bollywood's favorite Ice Princess--beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof--until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin's wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar.
Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria's exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love--until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom and it's taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged. And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she's been guarding for everyone else's benefit--and a chance to stop acting and start living.
Rich with details of modern Indian-American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.