Friday, March 21, 2014

Book Review: The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

Good day PPL !

I can't remember how I came upon this book. Guess reading something and got a copy of it. It remained unnoticed until 2 weeks ago. From the name, was expecting it to be similar to The  Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho.
It turned out to be totally different.

Food, Travel, Culture, Cuisines, Different Characters, Funny incidents,... all rolled into one.

I am a Foodie, though a strict Eggetarian, love trying/knowing different delicacies with people who know the cuisine or dish. The last time I was soo tempted to COOK was after watching Ratatouille with its slogan-Anybody can cook. This book actually makes you go to kitchen and stir up something. I have been everyday describing scenes from this book to my family, it is so vividly written.

Hassan Haji, is the grandson of a muslim family, whose grandfather is an immigrant struggling to start a life in Mumbai. He starts with delivering dabbas & ends with a Hotel on Napean Sea Road and a respected reputation. Hassan is always around the kitchen with his grandma and the cooks. His childhood are memories with smell of curries, bay leaf, cardamom, fish soup, machli ka salan, ... going around Crawford Market to buy fresh produce for the Hotels his boisterous father expanded the business into. An unfortunate accident made the entire family fled out of Mumbai to London and then to Lumière. In Lumière, his father coming out of his loong depression, decides to start a Mumbai Hotel there. They are not aware they are competing against the best chef of France who is right opposite their street, Madam Mallory. Madam Mallory has become a snout after years of having her own way. She is religiously and diligently working so that she becomes an honoured Three-star Chef. She discovers much to her chagrin and as she describes later:
"That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that comes along once a generation. He is one of those rare chefs who is simply born. He is an artist." 

So she decides to train him to be a top-notch Chef in French cuisine.  From there on Hassan works and works hard to go from Lumière to Paris and become a Three-star Parisian Chef in Paris and that too one from exotic backgrounds ;)

What I liked:
Flavours ! Flavours not just of food, characters, incidents, people, places,.... It felt you were sitting on Hassan's shoulder as he went through his entire life, feeling, engaging, responding to each moment. Beautifully written. I kept thinking it is a real life story but strangely and hard to believe it is a Fiction :(.

What I want more:
The story ends after Hassan receives his long-awaited 3rd star. What after that? I want to know more about Hassan.

So like at the end of Acknowledgments, Richard writes, I too wish for all of you that:
"May you, when times are hard, always find a moment for a restorative meal in the company of true friends and a loving family."
And May you start your own 100foot journey soon,
“A hundred-foot journey begins in that moment when you bravely drop what is familiar and cross over into a new realm that is far out of your comfort zone. It is a profound journey, however small in physical distance, that materially changes the course of your life for the better.”

Read the book soon for a varied style of writing.

So loong everyone. Have a great weekend ahead !
Bye. Take care. Enjoy !

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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Good day ppl !
 Ya, as Sundari says I might have got an eye to spot such quirky things around me.

Check the below image to see what I mean.
Today morning while my hubby gave me a drop till office, saw this truck in front of our car.

The Hindi slogans translate to: Bijli goes to her inlaws place. Think of thinking,why will accompany me?
In Hindi it says:
  Bijli Chali Sasural
Soch kar Socho, Sath kya Nibhaoge

My rough translation in English:
Bijli goes to her inlaws place. Think of thinking,why will accompany me?

Go figure now, what to make of it :p

Some more quirky posts coming up. Stay tuned.

Other head scratching slogans:
Truck drivers curse/blessing
Driver pleads
Touch me not
License plate of Love
Whatsapp is closed
New year

Stay tuned ppl !
Have a great week ahead !
Bye .Tc

Monday, March 3, 2014

Book Review: Done with Men by Shuchi Singh Kalra

Good day ppl !
Read another Book, Kindle Edition-Done with Men, Shuchi Singh Kalra. The name was intriguing also this book was available for free for that day on Amazon. So downloaded on my Kindle, read it on my phone in 3-4days.

Kay aka Kairavi Krishna is a travel journalist (wow, what a job). Also a love fool, like her flat mate Bani keeps pointing it. Kay loves the idea of being in Love which makes her have a series of bad boyfriends and heartbreaks (along with money losses). I could relate to Bani being the elder sister types. Kay in real life would have got a tapli from me each time she started to mess up her own life again and again. So Kay is fresh from a bad heartbreak, sworn off men for life, remedy for which Baani suggests is to go to Goa & chill. Also her travel assignment is to cover the Sunburn festival happening there. Kay in a drunken daze has a series of accidents including getting a tattoo on wrist saying-Done with men, going the non straight way and least of all falling from a balcony and breaking her arm. Not a rosy picture so far. I was beginning to go angry and shove the book away at this point. Then In comes, Dr.Vivian the hot doctor who is trying to disguise his attraction for Kay. Also you can trust Kay for going from a crush to full fledged love bond between them.
So does Dr.Vivian portray the Real-Love picture and mean it? With a lot of twists and turns in this part of the book, I finished the book and was smiling and smacking my forehead for Kay !

What I liked:
Characters. Scenes. Research of the Goa culture (envy & have to go there soon). Good story.

What I want more:
The story could do with more of tightening. Some points you feel like hurrying it up a bit :D

The Book is available on Amazon Kindle edition, but its no longer free. Please do read it and let us know your likes, dislikes about this one.

Till then have a great week people ahead. I know reading about Goa, summer coming up... its difficult to concentrate on work.. All the best ;)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Good day ppl !
They say Facebook is no longer the In thing now. Its Whatsapp now. That too its bought over by FB.
There are jokes going around saying FB bought Whatsapp and it shut down for a day.

Imagine my surprise when saw this slogan on St.Michael's Church in Mahim. Its the month of February. Perfect Timing I would say :D

Cheecky I would say. Come Pray dear followers :)

:D Other St.Michael Church slogans:
Merry Chrismas 2013
Happy New Year 2014

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Bye. Have a great week ahead !