2021 Goals – Reading and Life – Keeping it Simple

I was talking to my sister and best friend two days back and telling them all about my goals or to-do lists and my best friend said, “Prachi di, have you added some chill time in your goals too? Your goals sound too much, even to hear about!

We laughed it off that day, but a day later, I realised I was again setting myself up for failure by slotting in too much. So, I went back to my original 2021 goals draft and edited it to make it simpler πŸ™‚

The key words for me this year will be : Simple, Share and Soothe.

That is, I want to keep my work, life, goals – simple. I want to try and share my writing and thoughts more, and I want to do things that will soothe my body and soul this year πŸ™‚

What are your key words this year?

So, here are my revised goals for 2021:

  • Reading : I’ve set up the same 72 books to read goal on Goodreads, but its not going to be a hard and fast rule. I want to read for joy and to widen my horizon and thought process. So I want to try and include more of the following in my reading:
    • Non fiction reads
    • New releases
    • Books from my existing TBR shelf
    • Finish the below series:
      • Deathnote series
      • Throne of Glass series
      • Curse-breaker series
    • Read as many books as possible by the authors below:
      • John Boyne
      • Kurt Vonnegut
      • Neil Gaiman
      • RF Kuang
      • V.E. Schwab
      • Rin Chupeco
      • Fredrik Backman
      • Others, if discovered, will be added
    • Track my reading better – via graphs if possible

  • Writing : I still feel like I’m not where I want to be with respect to my writing life. I’m definitely improving my writing practise and hours each year and I’m happy with that. I feel like I’m still quite far from publishing a novel, but one has to write a book first πŸ™‚ So here are my writing goals this year:
    • Write 500 words daily – This could be as part of journaling, or blogging or writing a short story, or a chapter of my novel WIP. I can take 1 day break in a week, but that should be it. This was inspired by Stephen King’s memoir on writing
    • Track my writing practise using the tracking mechanism that V.E. Schwab uses, which she kindly shared with her followers on IG. I found it simple and easy to follow πŸ™‚

  • Other life goals for this year : As with each year, I like to add something that will help me grow as a person and some self care routines. I also remove some goals that aren’t working out or don’t look feasible. So for 2021, I want to try and stick to the following goals for my life:
    • Run or walk daily (with 1 cheat day a month) for 30 minutes – so that’s a total of 353 days and I’m on track so far for this month πŸ˜€
    • Try and do more charity to help children in need, wherever and however I can
    • Try and learn a new skill or practise an old one (maybe something from the ones listed below):
      • Learning a new language on Duolingo
      • Gardening
      • Rekindle playing the keyboard or drums

And that’s it! Those are my goals or things I want to try and attempt and achieve in 2021 πŸ™‚ You’ll notice I haven’t included driving a car or traveling in this year’s goals, since I cant plan for them with the current situation. Wish me all the best!! πŸ™‚

How about your goals? What have you decided to do in 2021? Do leave me a comment or a link to your blog in the comments, so I can stop by and cheer you on too πŸ™‚

2020 Reading Wrap Up

In the beginning of 2020, I wrote a post about my reading goals for the year. You can check out the detailed post here.

Here is a snapshot of how my year of reading was in 2020 πŸ™‚

  • Goodreads Reading Challenge 2020 – I had targeted to read 72 books in 2020, and I’m glad I achieved this one goal. To see which books I read in 2020, you can head out here.

  • Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2020 – 12 books under each of the categories. You can check out her blog and the reading challengeΒ here. And here is a snapshot of the books I read for the MMD Reading Challenge 2020:

  • My Goodreads Book Club – Kick Up Your Heels’ Book of the MonthΒ selections – 12 books. I don’t think I read any of the chosen books for this year other than the book in Jan – The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.
  • South Asian Reading Challenge 2020, that was hosted by Fanna @Β FannatalityΒ and Nandini @ Novels and Nebulas. I tried to keep up with the selections from this challenge, but I think I wasn’t able to read most of the selections. That’s a loss for me because there were some really good books that were a part of this reading challenge. Maybe, if they’re doing a repeat this year, I can participate again πŸ™‚

  • The Unread Shelf Project 2020 – I read 12 books from my owned books unread shelf this year, from Whitney’s blog. You can check out her challenge on her blogΒ here, if you’re interested. I did read a lot of books from my existing physical TBR shelf, but I lost track of the prompts and the books under it, so it would be hard for me to update that here.

  • Here are some of the series I started and finished in 2020 πŸ™‚
    1. The Grishaverse Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
    2. The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
    3. The Hazel Wood duology by Melissa Albert
    4. The Bone Witch Trilogy by Rin Chupeco
    5. Roxanne Fosch Files by Jina S. Bazzar
    6. The Blood of Stars Duology by Elizabeth Lim

  • Here are the new releases that I read in 2020:
    1. Children of Virtue & Vengeance by Toni Adeyemi
    2. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
    3. The Night Country by Melissa Albert
    4. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara (one of my favourites in 2020)
    5. Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell and Katie Kotugno
    6. Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
    7. Crescent City by Sarah J Maas
    8. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune (I absolutely adored this book)
    9. Exhalation by Ted Chiang (Another favorite read of 2020)
    10. A Burning by Megha Majumdar
    11. Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu
    12. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam Ju (One of my favorite books in translation)
    13. The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
    14. These, Our Bodies Possessed by Light by Dharini Bhaskar
    15. Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno – Garcia
    16. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (Another favorite of 2020 and also a first read by the author)
    17. Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (My favorite romance of 2020)
    18. Azadi by Arundhati Roy
    19. Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
    20. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (A book that left me thinking for few days)

I wanted to write about the longest book I read and my favourite books, or the books that impacted me the most, but maybe I’ll leave that for another post πŸ™‚

Have you read any of these books in 2020? What were your thoughts or your favourites from this list? πŸ™‚

2020 – A Year of Mostly Failed Goals

I know it is quite pessimistic to start your first blog with a post titled – 2020: A Year of Mostly Failed Goals.

But, this blog is sacred to me and I’ve got to be honest here. I had lofty goals for 2020, and then the world went into a lockdown and I failed most of my lofty goals. That’s normal right? I’m proud to say however, that I used the word ‘mostly’. That means, I didn’t completely fail. Thats a big win for me πŸ™‚

Here was my post about my 2020 Goals : Click Here, if you want to read the entire post πŸ™‚

And here is a snapshot of what I did and didn’t achieve in 2020, if you don’t want to read my original post:

  • Buy an automatic car and learn to drive it : EPIC FAIL
  • Blog More : Hmm, If you see the detailed post, I didn’t do half of what I had planned to do with regards to blogging. But in December, I did create and add a header image for my blog and I’m really happy with it. I just wish it was better formatted. But for that, I might have to move to a self hosted site?
  • Write Daily : I didn’t. I wrote on some days, but I should’ve kept a track of how many days I actually wrote. That is going to be one of my goals in 2021
  • Get fitter and exercise more : I had a long list of activities for this goal, but again, this was a half – half kind of win. I did manage to keep up with an almost regular exercising schedule throughout the year, but I didn’t run or swim or dance as much as I had planned to
  • Read 6 books per month, aka read 72 books as part of the GoodRead’s challenge : I TOTALLY NAILED THIS ONE!!!! Woo Hooo!!
  • Other reading goals : I’ll do a separate wrap up post for this one, because reading is my soul and it needs a special blog dedicated to the wrap up πŸ™‚
  • Run a half marathon : Nope, didn’t happen
  • Visit my mom and visit my sister in the US : The lockdown actually gave me the option to live almost an entire year with mom, which wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. For this, I am utterly grateful. However, the flip side was that I wasn’t able to meet my sister last year 😦 I hope that will be remedied this year
  • Go for another long trek : FAIL
  • Do more charity for kids : I wasn’t able to help children with respect to their learning journey as I had planned earlier in 2020, but I was able to make a few donations and I’m happy with that for now. I want to continue this into 2021 as well. I hope I’m able to bring some smiles in whatever way I can
  • Travel : I couldn’t travel like I had planned to, in 2020. But I did travel to my mom’s place in Odisha, I went to the Konark beach twice, and I wrapped up the year with a visit to Fratelli Vineyard in Maharashtra. I’ll write a blog about this soon too. So, it wasn’t so bad after all πŸ™‚

That’s it folks! Some wins and a lot of misses. In hindsight, a lot of things that mattered, were done. And that’s what counts right?

Some Calvin Wisdom πŸ˜€

So even if you feel like you failed all your goals in 2020, or missed out on all the things you had planned, write a post like me, go back down the year and see for yourself, if there were some surprise joys and wins in 2020 after all πŸ™‚

Happy New Year!! Now its time for 2021 life and reading goals. But, that’ll be another post. So stay tuned πŸ˜‰

How was your 2020? Do drop me a link to your year of reflections post, if you write one. I’ll love to read it.

Stay At Home Series – Episode 10 : How I achieved my Goodreads Challenge and read 72 books in 2020 :)

I was actually going to write about something else on my blog today, but if I’ve learned one thing this year, it is this: Nothing goes as planned. So always be ready to improvise..LOL

I can’t believe I actually managed to read 72 books this year!! I am so proud of myself for achieving at least ONE goal this year! LOL

When the year started and then lock down started, I honestly started to worry about my Goodreads challenge, because as a working mother, there were suddenly too many additional chores that were added to my day, which used to be outsourced earlier. I used to read a lot while a work, or when I travelled to work, but now it was all work from home and no travel time. However, my partner and I worked out our me time and with some sacrifices (aka reducing screen time drastically), I was able to manage πŸ™‚

I looked at my Goodreads books read count over the years and here’s a snapshot of how my reading has grown with each year.

I thought I wouldn’t have been able to read more than 62 books I read in 2019, but its always good to challenge yourself and see if you can make it.

A lot of my friends asked me, how I did it. The one common question every reader gets is, “How do you manage to read so much?” You won’t believe me if I told you, that I’ve asked the same question to other reader friends who have read 100 or even 300 books in a year! And no, reading isn’t their profession either! They have a day job or are students like most of us. Reading is for fun and for companionship πŸ™‚

I thought I’d write a blog titled ‘How to read more’, but I felt that was too pretentious for me, since I am learning too. So I decided I’d write about how I managed to achieve my GR’s challenge of reading 72 books this year πŸ™‚

  • One thing I’ve learned over the years of reading, is that reading can also be a skill. So like every other skill, the more you practise it, the better you get at it. I realised, that the more I read, the faster my reading speed became! So now, I can finish a 300 page fiction book in about 3-4 days – of reading an hour and half per day
  • I literally don’t do anything else. I’m active only on my Instagram account on social media, and I just scroll there when I post, which is once a day, for maybe 15 mins. I don’t watch any series or movies on screen or even if I do, they are very rare. So in a day, after I finish all my usual home, parenting, personal and work chores, I get about two hours of free time, or you can say me time, which I use to read
  • I have a book at all times with me. If I’m walking, I have my audiobook. If I’m at the playground with my daughter in the morning, I carry my physical copy of a book, if I’m in the playground in the evening, I have a kindle app on my phone or I carry my kindle. It can be the same book or different books, but I read every time I get some free time in between πŸ™‚
  • I find it easier and faster to read physical copies of books. So I have ended up buying a lot of books this year, which has turned into another hobby of book collection now. But it keeps my excitement alive and I’m thankful that I’m privileged enough to be able to afford to buy physical books
  • If I’ve read a heavy or sad book, I try to mix it up with some fantasy or light fiction
  • I don’t read a lot of non-fiction since those take longer to finish. However, this year I read more non fiction that any of the years before that and I’ll write a post on my non fiction reads in 2020 soon πŸ™‚
  • I also found that buddy reads, virtual book clubs, book discussion groups on discord and having your own little book community definitely helped in reading more and wanting to read more and keeping the fun of reading alive

I think those are some of the things I thought about at the top of my head on how I achieved my GR reading challenge goal this year. I hope I’m able to continue the streak or read even more next year πŸ™‚

If only I was a genius like Matilda πŸ™‚

So let me ask you now, how do you read so much? πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

2020 Holiday Cheer(s)!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!! This message goes to posterity πŸ˜‰

Photo by Taryn Elliott on Pexels.com

(A shoutout to Tenet and Dark because I’m obsessed with time travel and philosophy apparently LOL)

I wanted to write a ‘What I did on Christmas in strange 2020‘, but I would’ve had to wait until tomorrow for that, and I wanted to wish everyone on my blog today. So change of plans…hehe

Christmas here started on a super note! It’s even better because its Friday! πŸ™‚ My daughter woke up and ran straight to check if Santa had left her a present, and well he had πŸ˜‰

Mom and I added our own cheer to Christmas morning, by making some hot chocolate and laughing for 20 minutes because I wanted to take Instagram pictures and Boomerang videos of us with our mugs and she kept saying, “why is my head nodding like this in the picture?” or “My hot chocolate will get cold!“. This was the final outcome which went on IG πŸ˜€

Moms are such munchkins!! πŸ™‚

We have a small Christmas get together planned in the evening, and I’m looking forward to some good food and cocktails. At first I was worried that it would be a bigger gathering, but the hosts culled the head count, so now its just three close families, which I’m more comfortable with πŸ™‚ I’m not sure how I feel about the alcohol these days. I have fond memories of partying and getting drunk, but age is catching up and well, alcohol doesn’t want to be my friend anymore it seems..sigh..

The best part of Christmas this year was that I got Secret Santa presents after ages!!! And I got books as presents! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ A huge THANK YOU to my secret Santas for sending me these beautiful books. I truly feel blessed πŸ™‚

I’m currently reading Stephen King’s memoir ‘On Writing‘ and learning some very useful tips on writing. I hope as the year rolls to an end, I can implement his advice and write more next year.

I’ve got many books on my Wishlist, but since I buy and collect books almost every month, I don’t think posting a list of my Christmas Wishlist for books will make any sense here..hehe πŸ˜€

So, on that note, have fun, eat, drink, hug your family and laugh with your friends this season! πŸ™‚ See you in the next post then! πŸ™‚

Blood of Stars Duology by Elizabeth Lim – Book Thoughts

Bookish Discussions:

What are some series that you felt started with a bang and had a lot of promise, but didn’t manage to live up to expectations?

Thoughts on Blood of Stars Duology:

When I read Spin the Dawn last year, I was bowled over. Many reviewers called it ‘Mulan meets Runway’, and rightly so. I loved the chemistry between the lead pair Maia and Edan, I loved the fact that it was Maia’s story and journey, I loved the journey she has to go through to make the dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars, amidst the backdrop of political intrigue and magic. I loved the simple and dreamy narration style from the author and I loved the family dynamics between Maia, her father and her three brothers.

So, as expected from every reader, who is mesmerised by the first book of a series, the author had set the bar really high for herself with Spin the Dawn.

I had to wait a year and more to get a copy of the finale – Unravel the Dusk and finally read it and learned about the ending of Maia’s story. So many questions were unanswered from the first book and I definitely wanted to see Edan and Maia again. It didn’t help that the book distribution was delayed due to the Covid restrictions. But I finally finished reading the second book last week. And well, I was a little disappointed with the second book.

I feel terrible saying this, because in the author’s own words in the acknowledgements, I think she struggled in writing the second book too. I think when the hype becomes so high, it creates an unnecessary pressure on writers and as an aspiring writer, I can very well empathise with the pressure of following up to a hugely successful first novel. But as a reader, I can’t say that I wasn’t disappointed.

In hindsight, I think this duology could’ve very well be a single book, maybe slightly longer – 700 pages maybe?

The story is continued and we see more war and action scenes between the two warring emperors and also Maia’s constant battle raging within her good self vs the demon who is trying to consume her soul. I liked that Ammi gets a lot of presence in the second story and I really appreciated the focus on the platonic relationship between Ammi and Maia. But I felt like Maia wasn’t as invested in their friendship as Ammi was.

I was looking for more scenes with Lady Sarnai and Edan. Somehow I thought Lady Sarnai will have a pivotal role and while she does have an important role, it came too late in the story and didn’t feel enough πŸ™‚ I also missed Edan and Maia’s chemistry somehow, in the second book. Edan felt almost like an afterthought in most of the scenes.

I think overall the duology is good, and everyone should definitely read the first book – Spin the Dawn. I just wish, there was more to Unravel the Dusk, or maybe I’m being too harsh? I’d like to know your thoughts too, whether you felt the same, or if Im being overly critical of the follow up book? πŸ™‚

Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction by Arundhati Roy – Book Thoughts

Bookish Discussion:

Have you read a non fiction book that was about a subject that was extremely divisive? Where you feared the repercussions of your review?

My short summary on the book:

The first book I’d read by Arundhati Roy, was many many years ago – the book that won her the Booker Prize and the book that made her popular – God of Small Things. I was so young and pretentious then, so I picked up the book and understood nothing. I hadn’t followed Ms Roy’s writing after that. And probably missed a lot in the run.

Now, before I write anything about this book, two things that need to be mentioned upfront – 1) This is a non fiction work and collection of lectures turned into essays and 2) It’s political.

What lies ahead?

Reimagining the world. Only That.

From Azadi by Arundhati Roy

A friend I was chatting with, rightly said, politics is a slippery slope. Everyone’s politics is different. So I also need to add a disclaimer here saying, please dont troll me. Read this review and the author’s book at your own discretion. And if you’re not happy with it, then ignore the post πŸ™‚

I for one, have been having my own political viewpoint journey – starting from being ignorant, to being a liberal, and now leaning towards the progressive left.Β 

So Ms Roy’s essays are all about the current political structure of India. She touches upon many of the burning issues plaguing the country supporting each argument she makes with facts. I guess for a leftist like me, they will be facts and the grim reality we need to acknowledge. For a liberal, something to read and for a rightist – fiction or propaganda. The writing is simple, easy to understand and the essays are not too long, for a non fiction political subject.

Ms Roy touches upon a lot of subjects such as casteism, nationalism, right wing fascism, the rise of capitalism, the effect of Covid, Indian and global politics, and the importance of writing in these times.

Few things that I didnt enjoy in this collection were that some of the points and references are repeated over the essays, which could have been avoided. Also, there is a lot of reference and actual passages added in from the author’s latest fiction novel – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which act as spoilers for someone like me who hasn’t read the book and wanted to read it πŸ™‚

Have you read this book or any other books by Arundhati Roy?

Stay At Home Series – Episode 9 : Nirvana has been attained

Nirvana (Noun) : Defined as a state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self and the subject is released from the effects of karma..etc etc.

Oxford Languages

We will, for the sake of this post, ignore the complete definition of Nirvana as stated by Oxford on Google (that sounds quite strange in itself), and just focus on the parts where it means freedom from suffering and desire and having no sense of self.

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The lockdown in India started on 16th March 2020. So, it has been nearly 9 months of staying mostly indoors, practising social distancing, eating home cooked food, reading like an addict and failing at Yoga and DIY.

To add to this, I’ve been bombarded with news of illnesses and deaths of loved ones all year round. Shit year. Absolute Shit Year. But there’s also no guarantee that IF we make it out sane from 2020, that 2021 will be any different. (Yes, spoken like a true cynic). So, the daily, weekly and monthly dose of sad and bad news has had the effect of turning my emotional bandwidth into that of a machine. Even machines have more emotions maybe. I just feel numb. End of suffering then? I mean, if you don’t feel sad or heartbroken anymore, does that mean it is the end of suffering for you? Maybe. So, Nirvana definition part 1 – CHECK.

Before we went into lockdown, I had the life of a sinner. Well, that’s the religious definition, but for me, it just meant, I had a life. A life full of desires that I tried to fulfil in every chance I got. Eating at the best restaurants, drinking, dancing beyond midnight, laughing like a madwoman with my friends, trying to flirt with men and failing and not minding it a bit, traveling and seeing new places, experiencing different cultures. I desired so many things that I used to curse the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. I needed more and desired more and wanted to do more and I was hecka happy. Now, 9 months into the lockdown, of not being able to meet friends and family physically, not being able to eat a meal outside, not being able to travel, has made me forget my desires. It was just easier this way. To pretend I had no desire. The alternative was going into depression. And I already was in depression. Can’t go deeper into that hole now can I? So, Nirvana definition part 2 – CHECK.

Hmm, and what was that last part of the definition? Losing or having no sense of self? Well, I for one have forgotten what it feels like to feel. I have forgotten what I liked and disliked, because I’ve been caged indoors and living in fear of a bloody virus for the best of this year. I have forgotten how to talk to my best friends and my soulmates. I feel like I have forgotten myself. So, losing all sense of self – CHECK.

Now that I’ve written all this, and found that I’ve almost attained Nirvana on Earth, I realise that I don’t like it one bit. How about you? Are you enjoying your Nirvana? πŸ™‚

In hindsight though, I think I’m still in a better place than the millions of people who have lost lives, health and livelihoods to this pandemic and all the other shit that came along with this. For that, I am grateful and thankful. I am also thankful for my family and friends. For my sister, mother and daughter. For the fact that I have internet and money to feed myself and have the privilege to crib and complain about my feelings or lack thereof.

So maybe, I haven’t attained Nirvana after all? Oh well, thank goodness for that then. I don’t need to be disappointed πŸ˜‰ I just pray to the Universe and whatever positive energies are out there, please, please make the virus go away and let us travel and hug our friends and loved ones again πŸ™‚

I’d like to end this post with a Katy Perry song that my daughter and I love – here’s to the few rainbows in a year of storms…

Reviewing Romances – Take a Hint Dani Brown and Call Me By Your Name

Bookish Discussion:

Do you read romance novels? If yes, what kind of romances do you prefer reading? Contemporary, regency, funny, quirky, new age, rom com?

Thoughts on Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Oh I so love Talia Hibbert’s romances! I mean I’m a newbie to her books and before this I have only read, Get a Life Chloe Brown, but I loved both the books so much!

In the second book about the love life of the Brown sisters, we see the nerdy, aromantic, bisexual, plus sized heroine Danika Brown struggle with her feelings for rugby player Zaphir Ansari, who in many ways is her opposite because he loves romance and romance novels but also has his own battles with anxiety and depression.

The banter between the lead pair, between both the protagonist’s families and best friends is as funny and entertaining as the first book and the romance itself. I really loved the second book and highly recommend it if you’re looking for an easy and feel good romance novel that isn’t sappy at all and breaks a lot of stereotypes πŸ™‚

Thoughts on Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

What? Two romances back to back? heheh

In hindsight, maybe I shouldve read this before I read the fast paced dialogue heavy Dani Brown romance because it took me a while to get a hang of the narrative style in this book. There’s very little dialogue and sometimes the scenes and the narrator’s thoughts, although beautiful and romantic and melancholic, felt repetitive.

All that said, once you overcome these hiccups, its really a lovely and heartbreaking love story of Elio and Oliver. The description of the summer days in Italy and Rome, where the story is set is simply breath taking! I wish I can be part of such gatherings, lazy summer days of biking and swimming, summer evenings of discussing books, long dinners, conversations, music and love, one day too πŸ™‚

The famous peach scene was not of my taste, but if you like explicit descriptions in your romance, this is definitely one to read.

I picked up this book to read after I saw the trailer of the movie with Sam Smith’s Fire on Fire playing in the background and I love Armie and Timothee so much that I had to read the book πŸ™‚ Now I cant wait to watch the movie..

So have you read any of these books? Which one would you pick if you had to choose one? πŸ™‚

Four Years of Blogging on WordPress!!

I just wanted to write this post to acknowledge my four year blogging anniversary with WordPress. I have been blogging since long before, almost ten years now. I was on blogspot earlier, before moving to WordPress. But I feel like the journey of blogging has been a really big and important part of my life all of these years. Yes, the platform has changed, yes my content has diversified, yes the technology has become fancier, but the way I feel when I write about something and the way I feel when some stranger reads my thoughts and tells me that they hear me, hasn’t changed a bit πŸ™‚

So a big thank you for all the friends I’ve made so far via the blogging platform on WordPress. You can’t imagine how much some of your comments mean to me. A big thanks to all the people who take time to read about my random ramblings about travel, life and books πŸ™‚ And a big thanks to WordPress for giving me a platform to write and share my thoughts πŸ™‚ I hope to keep writing for many more years to come and I hope to make many new friendships via this writing journey.

My Posts four years back

My first post : Trip to Diveagarh

My first book review post: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi