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Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Current Book Wishlist: 2015

I have barely any more space left in my house for books now...I always have space for as many books as I can bring back home.

My work desk and my side desk and my wall shelves by the bedside are spilling over with books. I can always make more space.

My birthday went away this year, so if you feel guilty of not getting me a gift, you can more than make up for it and get me as many books as you wish from my book wish list below ;) And the best part is, you don't even have to wait for my birthday to turn up. Coz the day you get me the books and the faster you get them, the better you will feel ;)

If you know me and are my friend, you know I update my book wish list all the time, and I also unabashedly 'offer' my friends the chance to cut out on the stress of wondering what they should give me...See...I make it so easy for you all....no diamonds, no jewelry, perfume, handbags, shoes, clothes, makeup...nothing...just get me good books (please only stick to the list below unless you have some amazing recommendations yourself, in which case, PLEASE leave them in the comments below for me to add!!) and you are sorted :D

I know when it comes to books I can go on and on and on and......(keep repeating as long as you wish to)...so let's cut it out now and get to the book wish list ;)

here goes.....

  1. balzec and the little chinese seamstress
  2. not a drop to drink
  3. world war z
  4. game of throne series (starting from the 2nd book)
  5. twelve years a slave
  6. marcus zusak books
  7. the secret history by donna tart
  8. ask the passengers
  9. everybody sees the ants
  10. the spectacular now
  11. a tale for the time being by ruth ozaki
  12. milkweed
  13. an irish country wedding by patrick
  14. the glass castle by jeanette walls
  15. the white hotel by d m thomas
  16. then we came to the end by joshua ferris
  17. their eyes were watching god by zora neale hurston
  18. fight club by chuck palahnuik
  19. state of fear by michael crighton
  20. go ask alice
  21. looking for alaska by john greene
  22. bridge to tabitha by katherine patterson
  23. paper scissors death by giliana campbell
  24. the girl on the train
  25. lullabies for little criminals by heather o neil
  26. a child called a by david pelzer
  27. the tale of the time being
  28. the knife of never letting go
  29. mr penumbra's 24 hour bookstore by robin sloane
  30. i'll be seeing you
  31. cinder and series
  32. changing the world
  33. some monday for sure by nadine gordimer
  34. fangirl by rainbow rowell
  35. the silver star by jeanette walls
  36. percy jackson series
  37. intensity by dean koontz
  38. the giving tree
  39. the program
  40. the god delusion
  41. under the egg
  42. fire and blood by victoria scott
  43. we were liars
  44. the virgin suicides
  45. silver lining notebook
  46. one ready player
  47. warm bodies
  48. city adrift
  49. one day in the life of ivan denisovich by aleksandr solzhenitsyn
  50. dante and aristotle discover the universe
  51. perks of being a wallflower
  52. golden compass
  53. beautiful creatures
  54. 1984 by george orwell
  55. a streetcar named desire
  56. train man

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, July 20, 2015

Powder Room By Shefalee Vasudev: First Page Mondays

I picked this book up on a lark, because I always love reading about behind-the-scenes events and happening. And come on, being a woman, I absolutely love fashion, style, marketing tactics and also the very interesting mind games that are targeted around launch and promotions...It makes for some great insights into the human mind and how big names know just where to target their strengths...

I have only been able to read a bit of it, but whatever I have seen of it seems quite interesting...for now, here's the #FirstPageMonday look at the book titled Powder Room by Shefalee Vasudev


"I'd wear any of my private attire for the world to see. But I'd rather have an open flesh wound than ever wear a band aid in public." - Lady Gaga

Raakesh Agarvwal walked into the coffee shop at Radisson MBD in Noida, wearing shorts and a worn-out T-shirt and gave me a big hug. Raakesh was freshly shaven, and a strong perfume wafted around him, but he looked gaunt and tired as always. "If you see my call list, you'd think I'm friends with Lara Dutta, Sonakshi Sinha, Anushka Sharma, Jacqueline Fernandes, Genelia D'Souza...." said Raakesh, showing me his Blackberry. "But how can I forget that there are no real friends in fashion," he added, trying to diminish the effect of cheesy name dropping.

Raakesh has not been keeping well for the last couple of years and the word got around in the industry. A few days before we met at Radisson, he had attended a party hosted by a fashion magazine. Some socialites, who are also his clients, had walked up to him, curious to find out what was wrong. "Where's your car, babe? Don't you drive a BMW now?" he drawled, mimicking what a lady had said to him. "No, I don't," Raakesh had snapped back. "I get distracted while driving and can't afford to keep a chauffeur driven car, so I take a Meru cab."

Another walked up to him, curious about his health. "Babes, we heard you were on your deathbed, how nice to see you, are you okay now, sweetheart?" Before Raakesh could reply, the lady turned to air kiss and chat with someone else. "This fake concern makes me sick. She asks me if I am on my deathbed, then doesn't even want to listen to my answer! Can you believe that?" Raakesh looked hurt. .....

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, July 13, 2015

The SuperMom CookBook By Madhuri Iyer: Get Your Free Copy Now! Giveaway

When it comes to books, there is no denying that I love reading books from different genres, and yes, being a mommy, a cookbook also makes it to the list! I know - ask any mom and she will tell you that a cookbook is probably one of the most important books she needs, whether or not she is a reader otherwise ;)

As a mommy, making my little one eat is one of the biggest and I literally mean BIGGEST challenges ever, especially because it is not like those new baby or toddler year challenges that I know shall pass off in a year or two..

Making your child eat healthy, ensuring she will eat healthy and coming up with new, healthy, delicious, interesting, easy, visually appealing, sneaked in un-favoured ingredients and ensuring the ingredients are actually available in your local area can be a daunting experience, one that can go on and on for years!!!

My older one is going to be 8 next month, but ask me about my struggles of making her eat...she DOES NOT !!!! And its something I know that almost all moms face.

So when the PR team of The SuperMom COOKBOOK by Madhuri Iyer approached me to know if I would be interested in checking out the book, the answer was a strong and excited YES! What mom would not want a cookbook that can actually be made use of at home with ingredients you can easily get in an Indian kitchen?

The team was sweet enough to send me FOUR extra copies for giveaway, so that means I will be sharing the yummy goodness with four other lovely mommies out there :)

About The Book

What I loved about the cookbook is that it introduces traditional recipes for kids from all over India. So, it has something from Maharashtra, as well as something from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Bengal, Rajasthan, the Parsi community and more...it is truly a unique mix of cuisines meant for kids that I have not found in other cookbooks for kids yet.

The book is divided into the following categories:

Monday, July 6, 2015

Personal By Lee Child: First Page Mondays

Of course I love Jack Reacher, and Lee Child of course...who doesn't!? So here I am, reading another of my favorite thriller called Personal by Lee Child.

So here goes the first page.....


eight days ago my life was an up and down affair. some of it good. some of it not so good. most of it uneventful. long slow periods of nothing much, with occasional bursts of something. like the army itself. which is how they found me. you can leave the army, but the army doesn't leave you. not always. not completely.

 they started looking two days after some guy took a shot at the president of france. i saw it in the paper. a long-range attempt with a rifle. in paris. nothing to do with me. i was six thousand miles away, in california, with a girl i met on the bus. she wanted to be an actor. i didn't. so after forty-eight hours in LA she went one way and i went the other. back on the bus, first to san fracisco for a couple of days, and then to portland, oregon, for three more, and then onward to seattle. which took me close to fort lewis, where two women in uniform got out of the bus. they left an Army Times behind, one day old, right there on the seat across the aisle.

 the Army Times is a strange old paper. it started up before world war two and is still going strong, .....

- Debolina Raja Gupta