Monday, December 28, 2015

Looking Back: 7 Most Popular Posts of 2015

Yet another year comes to an end.

2015 has been a great year for the blog with over 70,000 hits which is close to 200 hits a day. The blog got mentioned as a popular offbeat travel blog on holidify and my travelogue got featured in Outlook Traveller. The year also saw me attending the largest bloggers' conference at BNLF and connecting with bloggers from across the country.

Here I bring to you the top 7 most popular and most talked about posts of the year. Chances are that you have read some or most of them. If not, here’s the chance of not missing out on them. Take a look:

1. Nainital: The Arduous Trek to China Peak

This travelogue got featured in Outlook Traveller, India's leading travel magazine.

“There are some things in life which we know we want to do, the ones on our bucket list, and there are some which we discover on the way. Reaching the summit of China Peak, would be one of the second types.”

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Book Review: 'The Bestseller She Wrote' by Ravi Subramanian

Title: The Bestseller She Wrote
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Publisher: Westland Books
Pages: 391
Genre: Romance Thriller

Price: 295

Having read ‘God is a Gamer’ last year and finding it one of the best suspense thrillers I have read (Check the review here), seeing Ravi Subramanian’s name was enough for me to apply for his new book. Soon enough, I received ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ from Blogadda’s Book Review Programme. My first impression was that the author has changed his genre from thriller to romance, and I am not very fond of the latter, especially from Indian authors. But I thought I would give it a shot since it came from the writer of God is a Gamer. It can’t be bad, I thought.

The Story:

Set in the present day corporate and publishing world, The Bestseller She Wrote is the story of an established and famous writer-banker Aditya Kapoor and how he meets Shreya Kaushik, a final year IIM student. The story is about the love story that flourishes between the two leading to a crash of Aditya’s personal and professional relations, Shreya’s ambitious motives, and a lot of commotion. All this happens in the backdrop of the debudant writer (Shreya) getting published under the guidance of India’s most successful fiction writer Aditya.

The story of a banker-cum-author written by a banker-cum-author gives authenticity to the background details in the plot. It starts as a pure romantic story but slowly reveals to be a good suspense novel by the end of it.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Flipkart launches India's Biggest Online Kids' Store

A few years ago, my 7 year old cousin was insistent on buying a particular Rubic's cube which wasn't easily available in stores. All by himself, he checked for the cube's availability on online shopping sites and found it. Had there been cash on delivery option, he probably would have gone forward and ordered the item then and there. My uncle promised he would place the order. The next morning before heading to school, my cousin made sure that his father puts the item 'in the cart' and places the order in front of his eyes else he won't be going to school. And this was when we hadn't started relying on online shopping sites for almost all our needs. The Hamleys toy store hadn't arrived in India yet.

That's how advanced the present generation of kids is. They need the same toys, and they would look up sellers from across the world who deliver at the cheapest rates. Still, until recently, shopping for games and toys online didn't have much scope in India, nor were parents as inclined towards it.

Flipkart recently introduced its 'kids' range of toys and games. It is like an online treasure house of all kinds of toys possibly imagined. Even I, as a 24 year old, feel attracted towards the variety of games available and am eager to go ahead and order some of them. (Yes, I am one of those who still goes for the Happy Meal at McDonalds!)

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Bas kuch ‘aura’ ki baat (Just some things about ‘aura')

Last weekend I was walking from Gateway of India to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus with a few friends from Delhi. We were engulfed in discussions having left the Regal Cinema just minutes ago after watching Tamasha. The idea of a walk to cover the little over 2 kilometres distance wasn’t well-appreciated by my friends, but eventually amidst talks, we did the walk never realising the distance- From Gateway via the Bombay Stock Exchange building and the Elphinstone Circle to CST.

Picture this: It is the last week of November, a pleasant Saturday evening sans the usual humidity, art-deco architecture on the illuminated buildings in the Fort area- a blissful experience? For me, it captured the essence of the real Mumbai. The ‘aura’ as we called it, thanks to Walter Benjamin’s 1936 essay from our Cultural Studies classes.

I still think the photo does no justice to how beautiful and magnificent CST looked that evening

I tried initiating a conversation about it with my friends- about experiencing these little things, about remembering these moments as being an integral part of our Mumbai experience. Surprisingly, all I was met with was indifference. I was amazed and realised it at that moment that probably not everyone can appreciate the art & culture that makes a place different from another and probably that’s what differentiates personalities of people. Or perhaps they simply were not interested at that particular moment-thank hunger.
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