What the wind knows by Amy Harmon

“If you can’t say them, write them. They last longer that way. Write all your words, Annie. Write them and give them somewhere to go.”

I loved this book, it started slow and I could figure out what was happening from the first chapter itself, it took a while for me to fall for the characters but I did, I fell hard. its a beautiful book, full of history, romance, love, family, and feelings.

“‘There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away,’” I quoted.

I did not wanna put it down once I had started it, it gave me goosebumps, made me cry and smile, made me feel patriotism and respect for freedom fighters not just from my country but all of them. Ireland bloody history and struggle is so similar to that of India, it is a marvel, this book is a true gem.

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it blew me away, I wish it did not end but it did and oh so perfectly. Amy is so so talented, this was my first book by her and I can’t wait to read more.

The writing is beautiful and perfect, these kinda stories can sometimes get confusing but not here, this one made perfect sense. I loved Anne’s character and that of Thomas and Eoin and Michael and almost a lot of them. the way they forgave the not so good characters was beyond me but they are better people than I am.

this book brings you knowledge along with a beautiful story on family foremost and then romance and the love of your country. Love is the theme, different shades of it beautifully portrayed.

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Four more Shots Please

6.5/10.

Four More Shots Please Is Fresh in the Streets, a Mess in the Sheets

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(L-R): Sayani Gupta, Maanvi Gagroo, Kirti Kulhari, and Bani J in ‘Four More Shots Please!’

I liked the show until the last hour of it, got too dramatic and predictable for me but the first 8 episodes are amazing fun. I did like the show, characters, soundtrack, it is realistic and fun. It feels like Amazon is running on the high of veere di wedding yet it is a little different, the characters and their personal stories are different. the casting feels perfect. everyone involved has acted well and suited their characters.

 

There is an ode to Pyaar ke side effects in the series which of course is a movie of the creator rangita Nandy. I love the message that this show sends in a lot of aspects, the chubby girl being fat-shamed by her mother and then standing up for herself, the proud to of her own sexuality small town girl, trolling and abusive online threats, and being a single parent with an asshole for a father’s child.

 

there is too much sex in the series for 5 hours, although I guess the characters are shown to be quite active I guess. Anjana Menon played by Kirti kulhari is amazing, Kirti has acted her part to the T, it is a delight to watch her, she brings out so much rage in me on behalf of her. Amrita Puri was visible after a long time and she was perfect for her part. maanvi gagroo was, of course, one of my favorite characters here, her characters had so many layers. simone Singh was awesome as the mother. Pratiek Babbar and Milind Soman are total eye candies to watch but have done a good job with their characters as well. four more shots please episode 1 Four More Shots Please

Kirti Kulhari as Anjana Menon in ‘Four More Shots Please!’Photo Credit: Amazon

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(L-R): Sayani Gupta, Maanvi Gagroo, Kirti Kulhari, and Paras Tomar in ‘Four More Shots Please!’Photo Credit: Amazon

The goa scenes were too unrealistic yet fun to watch.

I like the way the episodes begin with a narration. the season leaves us on cliffhangers for each one’s story and hence I am looking forward to furthering episodes. i would not call this series a comedy, it is a drama series focussing on women.

there are many scenes that are absurd in the series, too unrealistic but there are some that are so well written and real, some scenes that are fun and beautiful to watch, overall for a binge watch it isn’t so bad, especially with a beer with your girlfriends.

 

 

Five Fun Things

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Over the past few years, I have learned the secret to a fun road trip. you will be tired, you will be bored at some point and you will be hungry so always carry a pack of nuts. I carry chocolate with me even if its a two-hour trip. whenever I feel hungry and we can’t stop, it comes to the rescue of me and my fellow passengers.

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Sweater weather. be it cardigans, jackets, knits, pullovers, turtlenecks, sweater love is all around me. it is so much fun wearing one over tops, camis, dresses, and pjs. I had forgotten the joy of wearing sweaters, living in a city that barely sees winter, although this season brought along chilly breeze and I found my love for sweaters.

 

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Oh man! Andhadhun. it is one of the best movies ever made. I watched it a few weeks ago and still can’t stop raving about it, the twists and turns, the unexpected direction, the amazing acting, and some groundbreaking scenes. it has comedy, suspense, music, love just about everything you can want in a movie.

I have been reading Life of Pi Lately. the writing is really awesome and I can see why the world had gone crazy for it years ago. it is bringing me so much knowledge, understanding, and entertainment.

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I have always loved printing stuff. I recently started scrapbooking. this past couple of months, printing happy moments, seeing them for real, writing about them, I have loved it, I am looking forward to printing more of my happy days to scrapbook them.

 

 

 

 

 

Do you feel lucky?

We are a blessed and special species that is alive right now right here. We can walk to the grocery store and buy fruits from another state, flowers from another continent and technology developed in another country. We live in times where publishing a book is so easy and getting reading material easier, a world where beds are soft and traveling easy. The world was so different when few people knew more than their mother tongue, only scholars could read, a world before we could talk, walk, before you and I were born.

Before you were human, you were a sperm, living happily playing with fellow sperms, one lucky day you raced and won and met an egg and nine months later, voila, you were born. So many people had to meet, make love and survive for you to be alive right now, for you to exist.

We are lucky to have a life where we can choose to love and believe in magic, where we can grow our own food and build marvelous structures, where we can style ourselves and our homes, where we can read books and magazines, read horoscopes and throw parties, watch horror flicks and attend concerts. We have buffets and radio, weddings and roller coasters, boats and movies, cakes and pools, Nutella and nail paints.

We live in a universe which has stars that are billions of years old, and we only get a 100 years to live. Every single person you know might not be alive in 2118, your family, friends, colleagues, your watchman, mailman, teachers, the politicians and actors that you know now will all have been replaced by a new generation.

We get to enjoy life in a fleeting moment. You are at your youngest right this second. We should be grateful to be alive right now, so think of your ancestors and marvel at the world, rejoice in life and go on adventures. Find joy in the simple things, be an optimist, smile when you walk and dance when you want.

Live a Life of wild thoughts, crazy dreams, and unlimited laughter.

Who is a National Hero?

Who do you consider a National Hero?

How many soldiers have you met and immediately respected them? How many elders have you met who fought for India independence?

We all are aware of a handful of freedom fighters, but what about the rest? India’s independence was a collective effort by the public under the guidance of spectacular leaders, we worship the leaders but aren’t the followers who fought worthy of some respect and recognition as well? After all, all these people fought together, above all propaganda for their love for India trumped everything.

Sure, Many who are alive now have received accolades from the President, but how many have received anything from the society they helped create?

News channels spend hours on showcasing insubstantial news with regards to Cinema rumors and mythological theories but why aren’t the plights of forgotten freedom fighters aired? Why don’t people know about the freedom fighters and their families that were brought in from Myanmar to India but had to live lives of destitute here, how they still after decades are not welcome and accepted in the society in Tamil Nadu where most of them settled, how some, when tried to go back to Myanmar, was imprisoned there for over a year and then brought back to India and jailed here for over 6 years along with kids and women.

The government provides quite some facilities and provisions for ex-freedom fighters and their families, there is a quota in the education system, there is pension, but the freedom fighters that came from parts that are now different countries like Pakistan and Burma had to flee for their lives and could not carry any documents with them, so their families are not recognised by the government. The BJP in its earlier reign had even stopped the pension of some senior citizens and Congress under Manmohan Singh had reissued it after years.

Our country was formed on the backs of individuals who were commoners turned into soldiers, they deserve to be taken care of by the government they helped bring to power.

 

 

Love..

Is true love difficult? do you love anyone selflessly enough to forgive, forget and sacrifice everything and anything for them?

In today’s world Love, pure unadulterated love is rare, maybe something somewhere a mother feels for her child or someone loves themselves with that extent, but to love another human being with so much purity and expanse is rare.

There is so much we sacrifice for the people we love, sometimes our integrity, sometimes our self-respect, sometimes we tolerate things we never thought we would, we accommodate negative feelings because we care, but shouldn’t love uplift us? shouldn’t we feel joy when we love and not resentment ever? why climb a mountain to see a dump right?

climb a mountain to see the vastness of beauty, to elevate yourself.

Love, spread it all around you, give love even when you don’t receive it, as you may not get it from the same person, but I do believe the universe brings back more of what you give out.

christmas princess – UP Movie

I would give it an 8.5/10.

The movie was slow in the beginning and felt like a documentary, it is based on true events, it is extremely realistic.  the movie shows a simple life, usual stories but it is well executed. it feels so real. all the actors have done a remarkable job. there are some extremely joyful moments and some quite sad. this movie is worth watching this christmas, it is something unique. it makes you think and feel grateful for your family and blessed life.

Nicole Munoz plays Donaly and Donaly’s character is shown to have had such a hard life, it makes me feel so grateful for mine. She does a remarkable job. Jaiden Siewert is sweet playing Abraham the little brother. lina Renna is adorable playing the younger donaly, she is extremely talented. paloma Kwiatkowski plays Chloe and is the ever supporting best friend. The casting is pretty fresh and open-minded.

“just because you share DNA with someone, does not mean you shall make the same choices as them.”

“you are the architect of your own future.”

the movie is very well edited. direction by Allan Harman is impressive. this movie depicts family, strength, and situations we don’t usually fathom. it is beautifully made and a breath of fresh air to watch something other than the usual.

Christmas in evergreen – hallmark movie

I give it a 4.5/10.

A small town Christmas💖 it is so hallmarked and christmasy. Small town myths and traditions are so cute. It always makes me wonder if small towns are really like that. There is something about hallmark movies that makes you feel like Christmas, they just get it right. Their movies are family friendly and the ambiance is perfect.

The location is amazing.the town of evergreen itself feels like Christmas. The movie is not as good as the previous hallmark movies but its good to play in the background. This movie basically brings you Christmas, it has the vibe, the production, and the activities. It is all about Christmas magic and hence the lack of depth isnt very disappointing.

It is nice to see Lynda Boyd who plays Barbara. Jaeda lily miller plays Zoe and is a talented young actress. She is extremely adorable. Good direction by Alex zamm. Ashley Williams plays Allie and teddy sears plays Ryan. They are cute together but their romance seems forced. All of the cast plays their parts pleasantly.Rick has written a story that is slightly unpredictable which is refreshing.

Watch this trailer for Christmas in Evergreen movie and tell us if you like this ‘snowed-in’ story of Allie and Ryan.

Four christmases and a wedding – lifetime movie

I give it a 1.5/10.

Lifetime has gorgeous productions. But it lacks a certain Christmas flamboyance. The movie has every Christmas decor imaginable but from the beginning, the Christmas excitement lacks.

Arielle Kebbell plays Chloe and is a delight although she overacts and results in her character not being charming. Madison Smith plays Ted and he is sweet and handsome. Madison and Arielle have a sweet chemistry in the beginning but it fades eventually. Courtney Richter plays Kate and is beautiful. A movie with her in the lead would be amazing.

The soundtrack is fun.Lifetime movies are a tad bit too long. They really should make them shorter.the movie is quite boring and I had to force myself to watch it. The end is really nice. The movie does take some inspiration from Four Weddings and a funeral and not just with the name.

The movie really is not worth sitting and watching, you could easily find a better Christmas movie.

“These are my walking shoes, I’ll be fine – Rachelle”

Hooking up by Helena Hunting

I enjoyed the book. This is my first Helena Hunting book and i must say i am going to be reading more from her.

A lot of the characters felt real and likeable, characteristics, situations seemed realistic. Everything added up and the timeline felt realistic. There is super hotness in this book along with sweet moments. I must say this book is not what i expected but it was a welcome surprise. Armstrong truly is a horrible incorrigible human being. Amie was sweet, Lex was a complex character, he came across as different in Amie’s narrations and different when the narration was from his POV. I loved ruby and bane and will be reading Shacking up that came before this book and revolves around their story. The scenes between Lex and Amie are consuming and tender. I understand how sometimes we do not listen to our intuition and end up with the wrong person, only to realize our mistake and end up with a scar that remains for life.

“We have a couple of options.”
“Whatever is easiest and quickest. I want this over with as soon as possible.”
“Divorce could be quick.”
I flinch — divorce is such an ugly word in our world. “He cheated on me less than twelve hours into our marriage. It hasn’t and won’t ever be consummated.”
He clears his throat and taps his pen on the table. “Right. Okay. So we’ll proceed with the annulment, which is option two. We’ll cite it as fraudulent, since he entered the marriage without the intention of upholding fidelity.”
I snort. “That’s a nice way of putting it. Is there an option three?”
“Hire a hitman and dump the body in the river, but there’s a lot of loose ends there and it’s sort of a legal nightmare.”
I smile at his horrible attempt at legal humor.
“Let’s go with option two, shall we?”

I really liked Lex’s tattoo.