Why You Should Read Weird Things Customers say in Bookshops..

Why you should read Jen Campbell’s Weird Things Customers say in Bookshops?

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Because it’s fun and easy to read.

Because you need to read something light after that heavy and long book you finished!

Because the year is about to end, and your reading challenge still needs to be completed and this book can be finished in an hour!

Because you have asked weird questions in bookshops or even heard them being asked and would like to know if they are listed in the book.

Because you have been subjected to such questions being a book lover and ready with book recs.

Because you just need to know what the book has to say!

Because the anecdotes are funny and so heartbreakingly ridiculous !!

Because what bookworm doesn’t like books about bookshops?

Because there’s a sequel too..

Because there are funny illustrations across the book.

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Do you still need more reasons? Go get the book now!! (Amazon.in)

I got a used copy from Amazon which was surprisingly new and its hardcover so all the bonus points to the seller!!.

Recommended for all bookworms 🙂

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Almost in love with Almost Single

I must share this.. OMG.. I’ve been laughing so loud, that i guess i’m scaring the only other occupant in my bay.. I’m reading this book, ‘Almost Single’ by Advaita Kala, and mannn she is awesummm… I remember the days I’ve laughed this much since my Confessions of Georgia Nicolson phase…

Its the same ol’ same ol’ story – single girl -out in the big city – bordering thirty-enter Mr.Handsome – and its all lovey-dovey from there.. So i’m not going too much into the plot now. But the ‘wickedly irreverant & laugh-out funny’ on the covers do not lie.. No, its not entirely based on love. Actually, the only part I find disappointing was, the rushed up romance.. The entire plot is on Aisha’s funny encounters..

In all fairness, life has not been particularly fair to my mum. First there is me, and then there is my dog. My mother hates dogs, but bowing to familial pressure, she ended up housing one. Julian is a St.Bernard, huge, furry very cute. My mum agreed to keep him with the aim of mating him for puppies. One St.bernard pup can go for as much as twenty-five thousand rupees. Only it turns out that Julian can’t get it up, so there is no way he is going to earn his keep and spawn his own lil cottage industry. Between impotent dog and unmarried daughter, Mamma Bhatia’s social future is sealed.

      If she is not dodging the ‘when is your daughter getting married’ question, its ‘why don’t you mate your dog, he’d have such cute puppies?’. As though this round of questioning isnt enough, in a cruel twist of irony, the dog gets more proposals than i do”

Hahaha… i found it funny.. Aisha is your typical silly-mistakes-prone-Sophie-Kinsella-heroine type..

And here’s another one..

“Here is a break up of the congregation. There are the first time Karva Chauth-ers, you know the ones who have been married for a year or less, and have a streak of vermilion parting their hair to prove it; and ofcourse a doting husband lurking in the background, who keeps the fast with them. Its really cute. Then, there are the single girls. You cant tell them apart in their color coordinated Bollywood-inspired outfits, replete with bangles and makeup. Someone show them a clock!!. Its four in the morning and they will have to take off all that finery in order to nap later. They have the annoyingly giggly enthusiasm of girls below the age of 25. Then, theres us, with the ‘been there, done that, but nothing worked, so might as well turn to religion’ kind of desperate charm. There are also the ‘enthu-aunties’ a little mismatched in appearance bcos their daughters clearly got first bids on the good stuff…. Point to note: only the young hubbies are hanging around at this unearthly hour in the morning.” 

I can’t resist…Just one more…

“I take a surreptitious look at her hand and note the absence of wedding band twinned with a solitaire. This is getting worse. Not only is she desirable, but also available. And Karan seems more than happy to indulge her, laughing at her jokes and inane comments. They are completely into each other. I could lift up my skirt and shout “Look, no underwear!!” and I don’t think he would even look.”

**P.S. I wrote this on Saturday, when i was sitting in office. I’m done with the book now. It was completely fun and hilarious till the last few pages..

***P.P.S. This book came like years back… So I might be a little late in reading it, but I’m happy that i read it finally. If you’re looking for  a fun-to-read, laugh-out-loud book.. this is definitely for you.. And I’m serious on the laugh-out-loud part

Two Fates: The story of my divorce- Review

Okay, so what happens after they get married? Happily ever after???

There aren’t much movies or books about life after marriage, how the couples cope up with every day problems. And me, especially like these sort of books or movies. Like Alaipayuthey( Saathiya in hindi), What happens in Vegas and Parthiban Kanavu. (cheesy??!!). When Chetan Bhagat’s “Two States” came out, it was on every body’s “to-read” list and after reading they couldn’t stop wondering how cute the pair was, and how hard they struggled to have a love-cum-arranged marriage. How long could a Punjabi boy and a Tamil girl stay happily married? Well, since no one thought to explore about it, Judy Balan came up with Two Fates: the Story of my Divorce in 2011 (hehehe, pretty late in reviewing, i know. It was in my drafts a long time:P)

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Synopsis:

It’s the classic tale of Punjabi boy-meets-Tamilian girl, they fall in love, the families oppose it, but love conquers all and they get married to live happily ever after. Or do they? There’s a twist in this hilarious tale by Judy Balan when, four years down the line, Rishab and Deepika fall out of love. But if getting married was hard, getting divorced is much, much harder because, by now, their families have fallen in love – with each other. And will leave no stone unturned to make sure that what the Fates have joined together, no couple shall put asunder, even if it means staying together themselves as one big, inter-community family.

I’ve been following Judy Balan’s blog for sometime, and she is definitely FUN!! She has two books to her credit, and this is her debut novel. I loved her writing style – simple, funny, sarcastic and relatable. The D-word is still considered to be taboo in Indian society and neighbors and nosy aunties make the painful journey even more wretched.. But Two fates has a different take on divorce and how the lead pair together plots it in an amusing way.

Rishab and Deepika are your average marital-bliss-long-gone couple, who constantly bicker and never make up. Tired of their passionless life and different dreams, they opt for a divorce, but one that doesn’t affect their families. Unfortunately for them, the families which were stubborn against their marriage, are now in love with each other and are determined in their motive to have a grandchild. The pair tries all sorts of ways in making the divorce happen and their families go overboard in their mission by sending them for a second honeymoon(!!!??!!!) to Edinburgh. To make matters worse, Deepika’s brother and Rishab’s sister fall in love, which is happily welcomed by the Tamil and Punjabi khandaan. 

All along you hope they stay in their relationship together, coz they are kinda cute while fighting. Indifference arises after living together with the person and the author has humorously related them. The only drag i found was, the London holidaying. It was a bit over imaginative, i guess. Well, the ending is what one could hope for, but told in a better and filmy way. Do read the book, if you haven’t yet. It could be found online as well.. 🙂 Happy reading…