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Drink Scotch. Smoke Cuban. Wear Handloom.

Thank you for stopping by. Here I write to express my crazy obsession with sarees, books, liquors, cigars and solo adventures. If you are offended by my writings, do yourself a favour by leaving my page.Do not steal my work, photographs, writings, or ideas and pass them off as your own without citing my name, because …

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Handloom Chhattisgarh Kosa Silk Saree with Kotpad Inspired Tribal Motifs

First of my Kosa silk sarees. Certainly wouldn't be my last. Stark contrast to the Kanchipuram's mulberry silk handlooms. I am fascinated with the tissue texture of the woven Kosa saree. I think I have become a fan of Kosa and one saree is testimony to the versatility of design interventions this one weave can …

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Yellow Is The Colour Of Longing by K.R.Meera. Translated by J.Devika

Stories from the Malayala divya desam are always close to my heart. I'd read anything written by the firebrand, K.R Meera. An ardent fan of her work. She writes stories of absolute humanness in an unbridled and unfiltered manner. Her ability to unearth layers of emotions in her characters is so astute. She has an …

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Murder On The Menu by Nirupama Subramanian

Gobsmacked. Wow, this was one staggering story. I haven't processed the enormity of the crime. Still reeling from the shock-horror that this man Rajagopal - the founder of the multimillion vegetarian restaurant racket had the unthinkable monstrosity in him. #SaravanaBhavan vegetarian restaurant chains are all over the world, including Singapore. It is almost a cult …

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The Cane-Cutter’s Song by Raphaël Confiant. Translated by Vidya Vencatesan

The Cane-Cutter's Song - Raphaël Confiant. Translated by Vidya Vencatesan. 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 "கரும்புத் தோட்டத்திலே - ஆ!கரும்புத் தோட்டத்திலே நெஞ்சம் குமுறுகிறார் - கற்புநீங்கிடச் செய்யுங் கொடுமையிலே யந்தப்பஞ்சை மகளிரெல்லாம் - துன்பப்பட்டு மடிந்து மடிந்து மடிந்தொருதஞ்சமு மில்லாதே - அவர்சாகும் வழக்கத்தை இந்தக் கணத்தினில்மிஞ்ச விடலாமோ? - ஹேவீரமா காளி சாமுண்டி காளி கரும்புத் தோட்டத்திலே - ஆ!கரும்புத் தோட்டத்திலே" - மகாகவி சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதியார். I'm fascinated by …

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Le Thinnai / The Thinnai by Ari Gautier. Translated by Blake Smith

The Thinnai by Ari Gautier. Translated from French to English by Blake Smith. A million stars and more for this book please!✨✨✨✨✨ Reading The Thinnai brought back fond memories of my gallivanting about in Madagascar, Mauritius and the Reunion 2 years ago. I am a lover of island life. The islanders sense of music and …

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The Book Collectors of Daraya by Delphine Minoui. Translated by Lara Vergnaud.

How does one tell war victims to look for the silver lining in the middle of a horrifying war? The resilience to survive has to come from within. A journalist, Delphine Minoui, leads us into the war torn Daraya, a suburb of Damascus in Syria through her virtual live interactions with the rebels resisting the …

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A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam

What a gifted writer Anuk Arudpragasam is. @sirukavi .A moving story so rich in pathos that tugs at the heart's strings. A poignant masterpiece. Pathos. Moved me to tears. 🕊 I'd be happy to see this book winning the #2021BookerPrize. 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 So here's Krishan in 'A Passage North', who anatomized the depths of …

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An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good by Helene Tursten

"An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good" by Helene Tursten.Translated from Swedish to English by Marlaine Delargy Not your regular 88-years old frail, senile, aged elderly lady. This one's a through and through pure unadulterated criminal mastermind. She's a riot! 😂😂😂😂 Maud murders 3 morons in 3 different circumstances. First moron was a con …

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Balaramapuram Kaithari Kasavu Pudava

Ente hridaya niranju thiruvonashamsakal. My onakkodi for this Thiruvonam is the much coveted treasure from Malayala desam, the prestigious Balaramapuram kaithari kasavu pudava. Balaramapuram kaithari prides itself on its 200 over years of historical legacy. Founded during the zenith of the erstwhile princely state of Travancore, it prevailed to become the centrifugal force for Kerala's …

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