A trip to Teesta Barrage, Siliguri

We had a splendid family picnic today. We hurriedly cooked the food, got everything ready and hit the road. The picnic spot we chose was the Teesta Barrage in Siliguri. And what a nice decision it was! The place is filled with greenery and is very peaceful. Here are some pictures I took while we were enjoying there.

Bathe in Blood


I’m excited to tell you that I have started writing my first crime fiction novel titled, ” Bathe in Blood”. I will be posting parts of my writing here as the story gradually progresses. Here’s a short blurb to give you an idea of the story behind it.

“It’s been days since I have stepped outside the house. I’ve been ignoring calls from friends and relatives because it feels like I no longer have the voice to talk to
them. I’d rather be alone, for at least I feel a lot safer here. These last few days have been very weird. What I have seen, I just cannot explain. Is it a dream or
is it reality? This is a question I’ve been asking myself a thousand times.”

Eva is a 21 year old daughter of a farmer who has recently moved to her aunt’s house in Athens County, Ohio. She has just gone through a hard time with the mysterious death of her mother. She is still recovering from the loss of her beloved mom, when she finds out that her aunt has been very ill since the last few days and decides to move to her aunt’s place for a while. She wants to get away from her home-town for a while and also take care of her aunt. Little does she know that her life is going to change forever.

Eva decides to find out the reason behind her mother’s death. She gathers bits and pieces of information, when mysterious deaths start taking place around her. With some hard work and determination she finally tracks the murderer behind the mayhem, only to surprise herself. Does Eva ¬†not know a part of herself?

Follow or subscribe to this blog in order to get the latest Bathe in Blood unraveling. Enjoy! ūüôā

The Book Was Better Than The Movie #1

Like most readers, I’m excited every time a book is adapted for the screen. You know, when you’re reading a book you form a sort of visual adaption in your mind. So, it’s always exciting to get to know how the film depicts that vision. But there are often times when I am disappointed because the movie just doesn’t live up to my expectations. I’m sure that you may have felt the same way for a movie that was adapted from a book you loved to read.

I have been privately researching book to screen adaptions for a considerable time, so I’ll be running a series of articles entitled, “The Book Was Better Than The Movie”. Throughout the series I’ll be listing books that were far better than the movies based on them and a very brief description alongside. Don’t be shy and feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions in the comments below.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. 
In Memoirs of a Geisha, novelist Arthur Golden enters into a remote and shimmeringly exotic world. For the protagonist of this flawless debut novel is Sayuri, one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey.
 
 

The House on the Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix
When Britt’s older brother, Bran, lands a summer job house-sitting for the Marquises, an elderly couple, it seems like a great opportunity. Britt and Bran have moved to Florida so their mother can finish college, and the house-sitting income will allow their mom to quit her job and take¬†classes full-time. Having never lived in a real house before, Britt is thrilled. There’s only one problem: Britt starts to suspect her family isn’t supposed to be there.

Jitter Joint: A Novel Of Suspense by Howard Swindle
In Jitter Joint, award-winning journalist Howard Swindle delivers Jeb Quinlin, a Dallas homicide detective combating crime-and his own personal demons.
 
 

The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
The Witch of Portobello is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well‚ÄĒor hardly at all. Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy, and sacrifice.

 

Resources: Parts of the descriptions taken from GoodReads

A visit to the zoo.

I had a great time during my trip to Darjeeling last month. The cold weather and dark days tend to keep me refreshed. I always travel to Darjeeling a few times a year to take a break from all the tiring days of work. And its a helluva treat for my cameras! ūüôā It’s just such a beautiful place that it’s hard not to click a few hundred photos every time I go there. So this time I went to the zoo and had a great time there. I didn’t even realize that I had spent over 4 hours in the zoo until I got out and had a look at my watch! ¬†Here are some of the pictures from the furry photo shoot.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I love reading books and I’ll have to admit that I’m addicted to it, to the point where each day feels incomplete without reading one. Well I have this desire to snatch every single book in the shelve, every time I visit a book store. It’s like I’m drooling on the inside. And every time I finish reading a book I always want to yap yap my thoughts on the it. So I thought, what better way than to share my thoughts and reviews on books here! If you’re like me, I guess I’ll take you one step closer to picking up that next book you’ll be devouring for the next few days. So let’s start with one of my all time favourites, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.

This wonderfully written debut novel by¬†Hosseini gives a glimpse of life in¬†Afghanistan prior to the Russian invasion and introduces two memorable characters, Amir and Hassan. Amir struggles to earn his father’s love and attention and finally succeeds by winning a kite-flying competition. Hassan offers to track down the opponent’s runaway kite as a prize for his friend, Amir. While finding it, the neighborhood bullies trap and rape him, as Amir hides too terrified to help. This changes their lives and friendship forever and the memory of his cowardly act haunts Amir as he grows older.

The two of them go their own separate ways with their fathers. Amir attends college, gets married and fulfills his dream of becoming a writer. When Amir receives word of ¬†Hassan’s death under the Taliban, he returns to Kabul to learn about the fate of Hassan’s son. The story hits a sad turn in between but its wonderful how it end’s in hope.

Rating: 5/5