Thursday, December 27, 2012

Older, Better And Umm..Wiser?

By Sunaina Patnaik at Thursday, December 27, 2012 10 comments

"I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."
-Abraham Lincoln

27/12/2011, Bangalore

I was a careless student spending my pocket money on the streets of Bangalore shopping all odd things. It was fun. I had so much time to kill. 

27/12/2012, Hyderabad

I am no more a student. I have joined the working class now. But the 'careless' part remains the same. I do not get pocket money now. I have a useless Visa card (in a crappy colour) now that serves no purpose. No, really!

And it sort of makes me feel like, OMG! A year has passed already? And my blog is a year old now. Yay! :-D

To start with, 2012 has been an awful mixture of emotions and things. Few really sensational things have happened, few horrid things, few strange things, lost few friends, made even better friends, had my best birthday ever, patched up with few good friends, started working and ignored writing and photography, started buying things with my money. Too many ups and downs, too many twists.

Thank you, 2012 for you have been crappy. Crappy enough to knock some sense into my head and hell yes, you have made me a better person. Or let me just rephrase it like this: You have been harsh enough to make me older, better and umm...wiser?

I've learnt that it is easy to get rid of relationships but it is difficult to hold on to them in terrible times. I am glad I got back those 'few' people who really matter to me. 

It is a known fact that people under twenty have loads of friends, people over twenty have real time friends. Now, I know that I don't need a bunch of people hanging around me. I know that I have friends who, no matter where they are, love me a lot and will always be there when I need them.

Six months ago, I had this creepy perception about working in a corporate office. I never wanted to work. But the perception has slightly changed now. 'Slightly' is an under-statement. I like working now. It can be fun.

And of all things, I am glad. I am glad that this crappy year has come to an end for it holds nothing but the most horrid incidents of my life. But I am glad for it has made me older, better, stronger and let us just say wiser in many ways. 

P.S. This is the last post of this year. :-D

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Untruly Yours: Book Review

By Sunaina Patnaik at Wednesday, December 12, 2012 5 comments

Format: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 9789381836293
Pages: 146
Price: 125 INR

To start with, this book’s climax made me grin quite widely. I am a sucker for happy endings and this book sure has one. Initially, I was quite hesitant to spend my weekend on this book instead of Jane Austen’s book.

When Smita Shetty e-mailed me a couple of days ago asking if I’d like to review the book, I was glad for it was grabbing quite a limelight in the Indian chic-lit arena. This book of mere 146 pages is a quick read and it could have been much better if it was written more elaborately. Seriously! Fifty pages into the book and I was glad to read stuff that was so different from the much cliched college romances.


Untruly yours is a story of Natasha Iyer and her interesting world. This story of a Bengali woman marrying a Tam Brahm makes you chuckle at many places and two-three instances strongly reminds you of 'Two States'...majorly because of Natasha's mother-in-law. Twelve years down the lane, people find her much coveted 'NRI' life a bliss. On the contrary, she finds her life boring and seeks excitement. Her relationship with her husband is heading nowhere, her life is monotonic, her 'Godzilla' mother-in-law is visiting them, and amidst all these disasters, she receives a call from her oh-so-famous-and-pretty sister. The unpredictable turn of events lead her to India along with her son and a Steve, colleague (and oh, a friend). 

Like a blast from the past, she comes across her college mate, Veer Shroff. A single woman  taking a break from her husband, two hot men and loads of complications. The female protagonist has few dark sides, and gets stuck in mess of seduction and flirtation. Well, now, that pretty much sums up the story. This story about love, relationships and its complexities hooks you right from the beginning to the end.

Smita's writing style is simple and humourous. The narration was interesting and this book is a must read for all the ladies who love chic-lits. Hey non chic-lit lovers must read it too. 

And oh, did I mention that the cover is so English and Sophie-Kinsellish? :-D


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