Another book I read recently! #exitwest 

There are two reasons for today’s post. Two shout-outs! 

#1 my secret (blogger) santa sent me a book I wanted to read, it surprised me to no end that I was muted in my response in suprise and joy ☺️

#2 these set of comments ..

I love discussions on books and sharing reading experience. I’m happy a blogger bought a book I wrote about, happier still that they came back to share their reading experience. 🙂

Exit West has lovely lines, lines I fell in love with, and have read many times over since I finished the book

“I think it’s personal. Each of us has his own way. Or … Her own way. Nobody is perfect. And in any case -” she interrupted him. “I don’t pray,’ she said.

The plot is set in a war ridden, violent urban space, in fact, it is set in many war ridden violent urban spaces across the world .. war, refugees, migration, survival .. 

One’s relationship to windows now changed in the city. A window was the border through which death was possibly most likely to come. Windows could not stop even the most flagging round of ammunition; any spot indoors with a view of the outside was a spot potentially in the crossfire.

but the narration is intertwined with magic.

the effect doors has on people altered as well. Rumours had begun to circulate of doors that could take you elsewhere, often to places far away…Some people claimed to know people who knew people who had been through such doors. A normal door they said would become a special door, and it would happen without warning, to any door at all. Most people thought these rumours to be nonsense. But most people began to gaze at their own doors a little differently nonetheless…

I did gaze at my door to see if it led to another place, like 9 3/4 .. that said, the book drags a little here and there, I finished reading it is one sitting .. it kept me awake the whole night .. 

Ending the post with one of my fav images from this book .. 

…Saeed’s mother and father were both readers, and in different ways, debaters, and they were frequently to be seen in the early days of their romance meeting surreptitiously in the bookshops. Later after their marriage, they would while away their afternoons reading together in cafes and restaurants, or when the weather was suitable, on their balcony…

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Cupcakes & Candles 

I love celebrations, especially for that smile on somebody’s face when they know a few people have remembered their very personal and important days, like their birthdays.. they are some of the best moments I love to treasure, 

A few of us got together to surprise somebody over the weekend .. #cupcakes & #candles

An Omlette Pizza #flavoursometuesday

I have a pizza hangover from a few nights ago .. 

Therefore I made a thin crusted impromptu omlette for breakfast (homemade, one of those spur of the moment ideas that whizzes by when you are making something, and an ingredient is nearby 😋)

and when it is about omlettes I need to repeat my omlette spelling story! 😂

I always get the spelling wrong, especially after staying in a hostel with a set of mess people who spelt it as omlet. I even went ahead and wrote that spelling for an exam to the horror of my prof ….Turns out, every student in class who attempted that question, wrote omlet .

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because, omlets were our staple food, our saving grace in a hostel food menu for lunch 😂 my extra love for eggs begin with hostel life. Before that i could give it a pass. I never cared for eggs! 

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Those are chicken sausages! 😉 if you were wondering! 

Bellybytes & Shilpa are the brains behind #flavoursometuesday, where all of us who love food post pictures and write a little note about a food memory. You are welcome to share yummy updates ..

The Bollywood #chef 

The Bollywood adaptation of the the Hollywood film Chef has all the ingredients of a successful romcom! But it fails because it seems all plastic and lifeless in spite of the verdant
arial shots, Padma Priya in a modern makeover (she looked good :)) [She had stunned me once earlier in her item song, was it in Amal Neerad’s Bachelor Party? (Will look up & confirm)]

Everything about Chef, starting with the RoshanK’s (Saif Ali Khan) fight with the critical customer, his rage, frustration, his Skype hour with his son, the father- son bonding.. the sarcasm of the Malayalee househelps, the impromtu song and dance from lungi wearing singer Raghu Dixit to discovering the Rotizza, the final chase, the bus… seems scenes kept for the sake of it! 

Even our ever so hot Milind Soman in a white Mundu didn’t make an impact (the man doesn’t know how to carry a mundu elegantly, he looked like a dhothi wrapped around a stick) 

 .. the stacato dialogue… 

You get it, I hope? No wonder it never ran for long after a very promising trailer. I had to rewind it thrice over as I fell as sleep each time I tried to watch it .. but I was curious to know how the transformation occurred, so I did stay awake to …
Verdict: Can give it a miss! A better time well spent would be to re-watch Jon Favreau carving out that portion of meat, and making that cheesy overload sandwich .. oooooooo! Yum. 

No such drool worthy moments here with Saif! (Disappointed) 

Ice cream rolls :#flavoursometuesday 

I’ve been drooling over the videos of ice cream rolls for a while now, shot in the streets of Thailand especially, ive been planning to go on a food trip to those parts just for this one dish and yes the rest of the street food. 

But out of the blue, I see them on a menu at the restaurant I’m sitting and I go wow

The final product didn’t interest me much, though I had a sizeable share of it… 

I was fascinated by the making of these rolls. The plate there is -25°C 

Though it looks like a cake walk, doing that is tough. He took about 15 minutes to make the rolls, 2-3 minutes to garnish and present dish, 10 minutes to get that plate running to that freezing temperature. 

Bellybytes & Shilpa are the brains behind #flavoursometuesday, where all of us who love food post pictures and write a little note about a food memory. You are welcome to share yummy updates ..

#2 The Bread Upma/Poha #everydayproject 

There are certain things my sibling makes and certain things I do, we rarely interchange or encroach. For instance, he has been helping MJ make the garam masala since school, and now when I need the recipe I ask him when the mother is not around. Or, the Shahi Paneer he learnt from a friend, is his trademark dish ..  or the Bread Upma/Poha. 

But today as he wasn’t around and there were two loaves of old bread lying around MJ asked me if I wanted to do something with them. I stepped in to try out the bread as an upma/poha 

2018 then.. be good 

Spotted & Shot: Pins | edited wishes : the boy| Tasted: the girl

#deliciousdecember #flavoursometuesday 

There was fondue fountain, white chocolate on one side, and milk chocolate on the other, and marshmallows beside … 

But then, we ate one too many marshmallows, we had a lot of chocolate left.. what did we do. We found the Christmas Cake at the next table  …

We sliced those .. they were too heavy for the marshmallow sticks 

so we placed the plate of cake directly below the flowing chocolate fountains  .. viola .. 

Bellybytes & Shilpa are the brains behind #flavoursometuesday, where all of us who love food post pictures and write a little note about a food memory. You are welcome to share yummy updates ..

#deliciousdecember is something I started to get back to the blog, post a few pictures to revive it 

Happy new year then everyone, be more creative, and happy. 

Laughs & love, Pins 

Sending a piece of cake your way! #deliciousdecember 

What is Christmas without baking a cake! So here comes mine, a chocolate cake with organges, soaked in half bottle of brandy! With an icing of whipped cream. #flavoursometueaday! 

Merry Christmas again

 Bellybytes & Shilpa are the brains behind #flavoursometuesday, where all of us who love food post pictures and write a little note about a food memory. You are welcome to share yummy updates ..

Merry Christmas everyone