Saturday, July 14, 2012

Remember Me: Book Review

By Sunaina Patnaik at Saturday, July 14, 2012 5 comments

Book: Remember Me?
Author: Sophie Kinsella
ISBN 978-0-552-77527-4
Price: 350/-

This is the first book of Sophie Kinsella that I have read and oh boy, did I love it or did I love it? I received this book as a gift from my best friend, and I have read it thrice. I know, I can be quite crazy at times but the book was so good! I love this book for its slick humour, quirkiness and a bit of romance here and there. Sophie Kinsella, the Queen of chic-lit has proved that she can go way beyond Shopaholic series with the other set of her books but of course, I have no qualms with the Shopaholic series.

Lexi Smart wakes up one morning in a hospital room to realize that she has been hit by partial amnesia and three years of her life have been wiped out. She cannot fathom the fact that he has transformed over-night, from a crooked snaggle-toothed woman to a well-groomed, smart woman with perfectly gleaming teeth. And well, the changes are not so good after all, for she loses her best friends and forgets the major parts of her life. For instance, her wedding and even worse, her own husband!

The moment she sees her husband, Eric, she cannot believe her luck. He looks like a drop dead gorgeous, Armani model and well, he is all soft-spoken, sweet and there again, she cannot understand how she lands up this guy. She believes that her marital life would be amazing once she gets to know her husband well, again. And hence, he makes her a marriage manual to help her to recollect everything and honestly, the manual is very dumb and consists of few gross things. I mean, a marriage manual? Seriously?

Just when she thinks that her life is perfectly awesome, she gets to know the reality.
Reality Check: Her best-friends hate her, people at her work-place call her a cobra, a rival at work is after her job, and an insanely mysterious guy called Jon (who happens to work for Eric) claims to be her lover. Perfect!

Every character in the movie is a specimen. Lexi's mother who is obsessed with her pet dogs in a weird, fanatic manner, her sister, Amy, who does all petty stuff, her idiotic ex-boyfriend, and honestly, you cannot stop adoring that Jon guy and hey, you start disliking Eric. Half way into the book and you find him creepy and irritating who cares only about his loft style apartments. Very gross! And then, there are few parts in the book where you cannot stop laughing. The book is humourous at many stages.

The remaining part of the book is how she figures out everything and comes out of the mess. A perfect plot for a Hollywood movie and I can already imagine Bradley Cooper as Eric, Meg Ryan, Ashton Kutcher as Jon, if it ever comes out. But how I wish it does.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Things We Realize When We Cross Twenty

By Sunaina Patnaik at Friday, July 13, 2012 10 comments

And there are just too many things, right?
But hey, we do have the best ones-yes, the miserable ones.

1) We love the job that pays us less. And we are scared of taking up that job. We have needs, and expenses, don't we? We all want a swanky iPhone, an even swankier car (A Beetle, in my case), an obscene amount of bank balance, and well, the list continues.
(But let me warn you, you find no happiness in spite of having all these days and you realize that when you are twenty-five.)

2) We do not give a damn to the rumours anymore. Likewise, we do not gossip anymore. Yeah yeah, we definitely do miss those days of gossip, but then, who cares? 
I realized this two days back. I had a sleepover with my best-friend. And we did not gossip. Not even a tiny bit. 

3) College is not so bad and college friends can be very smashing. It is just that you do not know that they are smashing when they are with you. I have realized it post-college and not bad, I am having fun. :-D

4) We start valuing things, we start appreciating all the little things. And few things can you make you nostalgic. Like, very nostalgic!
The songs on radio, the road-side kiosks, the dingy college canteens, a random picture.

5) We talk a lot when we were in grad school. But once you are done with college, you either join a job, or the few lucky ones get into IIMs and other ivy league colleges.
Either ways, you find it difficult to make conversations. Yes, it is cent percent true! (It happens with many people. Your best friends are the ones you make in schools and college and pull them life-long.)

6) We want to go back to the college. 

7) We realize that we need to pick out the weeds and live with the flowers. No more drama! We need peace, we need happiness. This, you learn from this song.

I love Kelly! :-)

8) We do not hate people. We always love to meet people from our teens, even those whom we hated back then in college. Hating seems so old school! 

9) The major thing that we realize is: Pictures are the most important part of our lives. They are the testament to everything you do. Time flies, people change, we change for better or for worse, but pictures remain to be same. Well, according to me, a life without pictures has such a big void and frankly, nothing can fill it up.

10) We realize that we have been stupid. And idiotic!

Monday, July 02, 2012

Vizaaaaaag!! :D

By Sunaina Patnaik at Monday, July 02, 2012 17 comments
It almost seems like ages since I logged into Blogger, and everything looks so new and different. You know,, I am exaggerating. I logged in just fifteen days ago.

Anyway, I wanted to update my blog for some very useless reasons today. And I could not think of anything better than a picture post. And this picture post is totally related to one city- Vizag or Visakhapatnam or 'The City of Destiny', depends on how you would like to call it. There are other names too but let me not bug you with those intricate details. Or not so intricate.

Vizag is a metropolitan city located on the port of Bay of Bengal and it is beautiful. Very recently, it has been named as the 'Goa of the East Coast'. Simple people and simple life, that is how I would define Vizag. A very addictive place. You stay there for a week, and it grows on you. 

And now, the pictures. All these pictures have been clicked in Summer 2011. :-)

The beach! :-D

Ignore the clarity, I had rookie editing skills back then. :-P

Tenneti Park

This is one abandoned park near the beach. *Sniff* I loved this place.

The following picture is at Tenneti Park, again. A pretty awesome place, especially in the mornings.

I feel like a total idiot for not taking pictures at other places too. :-|
Vizag is a place that always leaves me nostalgic. I had few best days of my life in this city. The days I spent with my cousins, and few friends are just priceless.
I love this city but not more than Hyderabad and Calcutta. And oh, Bangalore too! ;-)

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