November 14, 2016

The Calling by Priya Kumar - A book review

There are many self help books or books dealing with discovery of the self but what's different about 'The Calling' by Priya Kumar, is that it's a work of fiction and yet it leads you on to the route of self discovery. The book promises doses of gyan that are bound to have an impact on your life but these doses come to you in a pretty engaging and straightforward manner. If you are like me and prefer fiction over non-fiction, and yet want to discover ways to understand yourself and your purpose, then 'The Calling' might just be the book for you.

'The Calling' is a spiritual adventure, an encounter with the truth, the wisdom and the force that is innate to us all. The book introduces us to the protagonist, Arjun, who is at the brink of a divorce and a personal breakdown. His life is in shambles, be it his personal or professional life. An accident leads him to a Sadhu who tells him that his life can change and he can understand his true purpose if he heads to Hemkund Sahib. Arjun is intrigued and somewhere feels that a trip will help him unwind and escape his reality. On his way to Hemkund Sahib, Arjun has several existential episodes that finally help him understand himself, his mistakes and his way ahead in the journey of life.

My rating for this book is 3.5/5

What I really like about this book is that for one it has a really interesting story. I actually have been thinking of going to Hemkund Sahib myself ever since I started reading it. There is mysticism and answers to the existential questions that keep cropping in our lives from time to time. During the course of our daily lives, somewhere we forget who we are or get so caught-up that we start neglecting things and people around us. This book teaches you how such situations lead to conflicts and long lasting consequences in our life later on. Another great learning from this book is to treat everyone with love and kindness, whether they are below us in status or age or those that are an integral part of  our lives. Everyone we meet in our lives has a role to play and have their own qualities, that, if, utilized properly can lead to bigger and better outcomes than those achieved by working alone. I recommend that you read this book to discover yourself and these and many such learnings that the book offers, that you may have forgotten on your journey so far. 

Additional Details:-
  • Price: 299 INR
  • Pages: 150
  • Publisher: Books That Inspire
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-9352589708
  • Author's Website:

July 25, 2016

6 Degrees - Game of Blogs Book Review​

Hi, here's my review of a wonderful book that I recently read, 6 Degrees - Game of Blogs by Blogadda. The book is one of its kind and celebrates blogging like no other book can.

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July 6, 2016

My First Attempt #WordlessWednesday

Hi! It's been ages since I blogged and well I am too excited about this. I tried making blueberry cheesecake for the first time and it turned out really well. So here goes my #WordlessWednesday post - blueberry cheesecake :)

Blueberry Cheesecake

January 20, 2016

Journey under the Midnight Sun - A Book Review

When a man is found murdered in an abandoned building in Osaka in 1973, unflappable detective Sasagaki is assigned to the case. He begins to piece together the connection of two young people who are inextricably linked to the crime; the dark, taciturn son of the victim and the unexpectedly captivating daughter of the main suspect. Over the next twenty years we follow their lives as Sasagaki pursues the case - which remains unsolved - to the point of obsession.

My review - I rate this book 4/5

Journey under the Midnight Sun is Keigo Higashino's biggest bestseller and I am not surprised. The book traces the 20 year journey of Sasagaki and the kids - Ryo and Yukiho. The reader is introduced to several new characters in the course of reading and each time a new piece of the puzzle falls in place. I first read The Devotion of Suspect X, followed by Salvation of a Saint and Malice. Those who have read these novels would know that Higashino typically starts the novel with the murder and the murderer and then shows how the detective solves it. In Journey under the Midnight Sun, the treatment is quite different. The novel does start with the murder but who is the murderer, doesn't become clear till quite some time. Perhaps, this is one of Higashino's earlier works hence the difference in flow, this however does not make this novel any less enjoyable than his other works.

The book introduces us to several characters, each with a role to play. Yukiho is a pretty little girl whose poor mother is suspected of being involved in Ryo's father's murder. Yukiho is blessed with a degree of grace and elegance that is difficult to comprehend in a child her age, and especially more difficult to understand in a child who comes with her upbringing and surroundings. Ryo is a quite and gloomy boy with exceptional paper cutting skills. At some point, Yukiho is described as having thorns in her eyes and Ryo's eyes have a darkness and hollowness that startles most people that meet him. What is it that caused these kids to be engulfed in perpetual darkness? What causes them to lead a life devoid of the sun? These are questions that strike you from time to time and which finally get answered towards the end of the book.

Ryo and Yukiho are ofcourse not the only characters, there is Yuichi, an opportunist, who is ready to photograph the girls at Seika for a little money, Fumihiko, who is poor and finds luck shining on him when movie tickets come to his mother as a giveaway, Erico and Miyako who face the same strange fate, Tomihoko who works for Ryo and is indebted to him for life, Kazunari, the rich, intelligent and extremely good looking guy who somehow succeeds is desisting Yukiho's charm and Makoto, who loses love and finds it again. All these characters and their tales add new layers to the journey that this book sets the reader on.

I definitely recommend reading this book, you wouldn't be disappointed!


  • Price: Rs. 399
  • Pages: 539
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (8 October 2015)
  • Language: English