Thursday, 31 December 2015

Goodbye, 2015. Hello, 2016!

Is it normal to have close to zero memories of an entire year? 2015 has come and (almost) gone, and I can't seem to remember anything. The year has been a blur, and not in a good way.
But traditions are traditions. So here I am today, on New Year's Eve, 2015, racking my brain to assess how my year went: the good, the bad, and the silver lining.

My Best Memories

1) My Room + My Roommate = Perfect

Geeks, you might have seen photos of my apartment bedroom on Instagram. Thanks to my lovely, artistic roommate, walking into our bedroom always puts a smile on my face. Sea-green curtains, a neat little bookshelf, glow-in-the-dark stars, fairy lights along the mirror, beautiful wall stickers... for a kid who never had a decorated room in her entire life, this bedroom is everything to me.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Best Books I Read This Year // 2015

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. 
That's probably a good way to tell you how 2015 went. As far as life goes, it was... difficult and confusing and downright depressing. But as far as books go? It was brilliant and heartbreaking and so, so rewarding.

According to Goodreads, I've read a total of 67 books this year. Those 67 books spanned a variety of authors, genres and ratings. Some were books I'd read and loved before. Some were books I couldn't even finish. And some were books that will stand the test of time - books that I'm sure I will read again and again in the years to come. 

This is a list of those books.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

'Anything For You (Blue Heron #5)' by Kristan Higgins: A Book Review

Before you get down on bended knee…
…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O'Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she's got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it's the perfect time to get married.
When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who's now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she's positive married life isn't for her.
But this time, Connor says it's all or nothing. If she doesn't want to marry him, he'll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he's never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn't quite as sure as she thinks…

Sunday, 20 December 2015

How to Avoid Death During Holiday Travels (Or Something Less Dramatic)

The chilly breeze, the snugness of wool, the warmth of December sunlight... The holidays are upon us, Geeks! And like most of you, I'll be packing my bags and heading home soon.

But whether you're going home or taking a trip with your loved ones, the one thing that could put a damper on your travels is your health.
Let's face it: travelling can take a toll on you, and if you have a sucky immune system as it is (I know I do, since I'm ill without having left my house at all), it's best to be safe rather than sorry.

So behold my five tips to avoid death and despair and have yourself a Merry little Christmas - I mean, holiday. Whatever you celebrate. Or don't. It's all cool.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Yelow Travel Kit + Website Review

Travelling is bliss. It's a way to lose yourself, to find yourself, to know yourself. Travelling is something that helps make us who we are, and reminds us to live a life of happiness.
But you know what's not bliss? Travelling without a toothbrush. Or conditioner. Or... *gasp* a shaving razor!

Because not all those who wander can survive long train journeys or road trips with bad breath and hairy legs.

And that's where Yelow comes in! Yelow is a startup based in Mumbai that calls itself your 'personal care concierge'. You can buy the hygiene and beauty products you need without fear of running out, thanks to their tracking and reminding system (more on that later). They've recently come up with a handy dandy travel kit for both men and women.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

'When Our Worlds Collide' by Aniesha Brahma: A Book Review

Akriti has led a pretty much sheltered life. Zayn has been shuttled from city to city when he was growing up. She is comfortable watching her life from the sidelines. He wants to feel rooted to a place he can call ‘home’.
They meet each other quite by chance. And both seize the chance to be someone they both need in their lives: for Zayn, it’s a 'Partner-In-Crime'. For Akriti, someone who just knows how to be there for her…
When their worlds collide, it is not what either of them expected it to be. Zayn has a steady girlfriend. And Akriti has a crush on him.
What happens when these two become friends? The biggest adventure of their lives? Or the road to heartbreak? What happens when two completely different people collide? Do they become friends? Or is their friendship doomed from the start?
'When Our Worlds Collide' is the story of two twenty-three-year olds who are finally growing up and finding their feet in the world. A tale of friendship and love, crushes and betrayals, messes and second chances, marriage and divorce… and the elusive happily ever after!

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

'Soul Warrior: The Age of Kali' by Falguni Kothari: A Book Review

Fight fate, or succumb to destiny?
In the dark Age of Kali, the Soul Warrior alone stands guard over the Human Realm, protecting its denizens from evil-willed asuras or demons. When a trick of fate appoints him guru to a motley crew of godlings, he agrees to train them as demon hunters against his better judgment. Suddenly, Lord Karna is not only battling the usual asuras with sinister agendas, but also rebellious students and a fault-ridden past.

Spanning the cosmic realms of mythic India, here is a tale of a band of supernatural warriors who come together over a singular purpose: the salvation of Karna’s secret child.

Friday, 4 December 2015

How to Choose the Right College (Ft. CollegeDunia)

They say that life is the greatest teacher. After all, what are tests and projects in comparison to experience, hardship and turmoil?
That being said, we can't live off experience and the wise words of our own mind. Learning and education ought to go hand in hand, and a great place for that to happen is college.