Stay at Home Series – Episode 3: Feminist Fashion

I don’t know how it was for the rest of you, but I realized that I paid a whopping lot of rent to live in a house which I mostly used to have dinner and sleep in. Yes, I did have the occasional work from home days, before it all got official. But on those days, I used to alternate between sitting at the dining table attending calls on my laptop or lounging on the sofa, reading (don’t tell anyone) πŸ˜€

Now, I’ve been utilizing the WHOLE of my house to feel the return on rent investment. I spend time in the kitchen, in the bathroom, in ALL the rooms either cleaning, or playing, ‘chase the corono-virus monster away’ with my 4 year old. But during the week, I spent the majority of my time sitting on my dining table, trying to work. My work-desk view has now changed from claustrophobic green walled cubicles with no windows to claustrophobic white walled room with a view of the rooms and balconies of the building in front.

Yep, I live in a flat in a sort of posh society in India. That gives me close-up access to other people’s homes from my first floor balcony and like wise, zero privacy. We use the curtains a lot.

Photo by Wendy Wei on Pexels.com

Now that we have the scene set, on the first week of the lockdown, I announced to my husband, that I will be embarking on my feminist mission during this lockdown and will forego wearing bras. And normal clothes. I will ONLY wear my old t shirts which accentuate my paunch and my pajamas which hide my now hairy legs. My husband just shrugged (which was his way of saying, I couldn’t care less. I’ve seen all of you in all your glory in the last 10 years)..

I thought to myself, the virus has taken away my freedom, but I will turn this situation around and free my boobies!! Enter, my own version of stay at home feminist fashion. It was another way of turning into an ugly duckling, but who cares, not like anyone is going to be visiting me soon, eh?

One morning, I was reveling in my new found bra-freedom, I looked out and was jolted out of my revelry at the sight of a neighbor, standing in his balcony, flaunting his paunch in this vest/ganji and his very tight underpants. My shock quotient started reducing when I was graced by more men, of different size and shapes, of different ages, sporting their vests and lungis/dhotis/boxers/shorts/tight underpants/joggers.

Once the shock quotient died out, I felt proud of my fellow men, practicing their own version of feminist fashion during these lockdown days. Gone are the days when the boys had to feel the heat and suffocate themselves and their paunches or hairy chests with full sleeve shirts and ties. Now, in the new age of not giving a damn, because who’s watching anyway, the men arise, feeling free in their vests. Feeling ‘in-vested’ in fashion after ages! (Pun intended ;D)

So here’s to gender equality and feminist fashion! One good thing that came out of the lockdown! We are finally free! Free to un-dress and free our paunches, our hairy legs and our boobies!! πŸ˜€

Now for the real fun part – the discussion!!

Tell me, how many people did I offend? I hope none, this was a post written in humor. I hope that’s ok πŸ˜€

Now, tell me, what’s your stay at home fashion these days? πŸ˜‰

Stay at Home Series – Episode 2: Dalgona Coffee and MasterChef Fails

Did you guys see that clickbait title?!!! Eh eh eh πŸ˜‰ Dalgona Coffee seems to be all the rage lately. I don’t blame people. Apparently, you need one of those mechanic mixers or use ALL of your day time and energy in whipping up that 1:1:1 ratio of coffee, sugar and water, into a thick, sticky, frothy looking mix. Then you add it as a topping on iced milk, and then, take the following steps:

  • Take an Instagram worthy picture – because, it does look delicious doesn’t it??
  • Mix the whole goddamn thing and drink it like a normal cold coffee!! Say What?!!

Yeah, you do all of that, so that you can take that picture and drink that cold coffee. Can’t complain though. It guarantees Instagram fandom and likes, and you also get to use your pent up energy and free time, whipping that thing up!! (What’s that song – I whip my hair round and round..something like that right? Play that in the background for extra points πŸ˜€)

However, friends, despite all the wise ass comments above, and the recipe of making said Dalgona coffee (which I lifted from YouTube by the way), I did not make the coffee. Because, I, am one of those people, who now has quadruple the work she used to have before the lockdown (I’m sure, many of you can relate to this), and don’t even have time to watch my favorite shows on Netflix! I actually stay up later than usual, just so I can catch up on my reading..LOL right? πŸ˜€

So yeah, I didn’t have the time to whip that thing up. Sorry to disappoint :/

Now, we come to the next part – Lockdown MasterChef experiences. Have you been on Instagram lately? If yes, have you seen the rush of innovative stay at home cooking pictures from your friends?!! Yep, I’ve seen everything from lauki kebabs (lauki is bottlegourd by the way), to beans on toast, to eggs on yogurt, to a detox diet consisting of chia seeds in water, on my Instagram feed since the last week or so.

I don’t have a problem or issue with these posts, don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of friends who are exceptional cooks and own their cafes. The problem is, I’m a terrible cook. A TERRIBLE COOK. And I’m always hungry. I have a strange relationship with food. I live to eat. So I’m one of those exceptions of a foodie who loves food but cant cook like the MasterChefs, or like any chef to be honest. I can just about cook to survive.

So before the lockdown, I would look at these drool worthy creations from my talented friends, and straight away like the picture and promptly invite myself over to their place, on the promise of being fed said delicious food. Or I would order in. Or, we would go out to one of those fancy restaurants for dinner, or lunch. Now you can just imagine, the ordeal I must be going through. Failing at all my masterchef attempts (ok no, I don’t even try, since I don’t want to waste the limited grocery I have, creating something inedible πŸ˜€), and having my tummy rumble every time my friends post a yummy picture of food they created at home!!! SOB! 😦

Now, where is that packet of banana chips I bought…hmmm….All this talk about food has made me hungry again. So, until next time, happy cooking and eating!

Now to the fun part,

Tell me what are you guys doing? Are you terrible cooks like me and feeling forever hungry during this lockdown, or are your a master chef , who was just waiting for his/her chance to shine? πŸ˜€

Also, don’t send me any recipes. I wont cook. You could come over with some food though..I wont mind and will definitely treat you with normal coffee..no Dalgonas please πŸ˜€

We Set the Dark on Fire Book Tag

I haven’t read We Set the Dark on Fire or the second book yet, but I whole heartedly trust my friend Sahi @MyWorldofBooks, in her recommendations. So if she says this was awesome, then I say so too πŸ˜‰ Also, thanks for tagging me to do this fun tag, Sahi! πŸ™‚

This tag was originally created by Leelyn @ Sometimes leelynn reads, so a big shout out to her too πŸ™‚

Rules:

  • Link back to the tag’s creater (Leelynn @ Sometimes Lelynn Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you (Thanks a ton Sahi @ My World of Books!!)
  • Feel free to use her graphics or create your own
  • Answer the questions as best as you can. No answer is incorrect πŸ™‚
  • Tag some people
  • Spread. The. Love πŸ™‚
  • Fangirl with Leelynn on what you thought about this book *bonus instructions*

Now, let the games begin!! πŸ˜€


I’d like to pick Anabelle from Bringing Down the Duke – a historic romance, for my pick of a strategic character. Anabelle knows what she wants to do with her life. But she also knows that in 18th Century England, there is a way to get the men agree to her ambitions. I loved her strategizing in this fun filled romance πŸ™‚


I think I’ll pick Princess Jaya Rao from the cute romance, Of Curses and Kisses. Jaya is beautiful and intelligent as well. And also her values and heart in the right place. Loved reading her in the books πŸ™‚


Oooh!! I just know who to pick for this one. Hands down, its Maurice Swift from A Ladder to the Sky, written by one of my favorite authors – John Boyne. Maurice is a character who is so hateful, and yet he feels absolutely within his rights to destroy other people’s lives in order to become a famous writer, even though he has little skill.


I’ve read quite a few thought provoking books, but I’d like to nominate Jasmine Days by Benyamin for this, for its story on how riots can start anywhere, and how it can turn our life around just like that.


I haven’t read a book that made me nostalgic or homesick recently, but a book I read and gave me all the familial feels was Little Women πŸ™‚ I just love to read this book and the movie was so good too!


I’d definitely go for Circe, who was my most favorite rebel character last year πŸ™‚ A Goddess who makes her own way in the world of Greek mythology surely deserves love and respect πŸ™‚


I recently finished reading The Handmaid’s Tale and it was a really difficult book to read. I had been keeping off reading this book since ages, because of its content on my biggest fears coming true. I really hope it only remains fiction.


I’ve been trying to get into writing more seriously in the last two years and improving bit by bit. And so, this collection of essays by budding authors called I Wrote It Anyway, about the author’s reasons for why they write, made for a really inspiring read πŸ™‚


I’ll nominate a series for this one – The Shades of Magic trilogy. These books have everything I love and need in a book or series – action, adventure, magic, fantastical worlds, a great plot, even more amazing characters, quotes to help you get through life. All this written simply!! One of my favorite series last year πŸ™‚


I had recently read an ARC from Netgalley that I had expectations from but was disappointed – The Group. The premise of the book was something that I was really interested in, considering Im always reading about YA characters or adult characters in their 20s, it would’ve been great to read about women in their 40s. But the story and the narration felt really boring.


I had read Dark Things last year – an Indian fantasy which I had really enjoyed. The lead character in the book – ArdraΒ isn’t a deity. She’s a demon, a Yakshi. However, she could’ve as easily been a deity in my eyes πŸ™‚


I finished Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line last month and loved it so much. This book had all the feels for me. The characters made me laugh and became dear to me. But the story made me cry. Such an emotional rollercoaster, this book was.

I TAG:

Flipping Through Pages | Anticipation Book Blog | Bonjour Book

I hope you guys had fun reading this tag!!! πŸ™‚

Stay at Home Series – Episode 1: The Working Mom

I’m basically starting these series to bore you guys senseless or make you guys laugh out loud. Also, to practice writing and continue writing on my blog, considering, I’m not going to be traveling much or getting my reading done in the speed with which I usually do πŸ˜‰

These are stories from my own experiences of trying to deal with the lockdown – in India. Today, we’re entering the start of week 3 of being indoors. The lockdown started a week back, but we had traveled back from Delhi on 15th of March, so had self quarantined ourselves from 16th of the month itself. My daughter’s day care had shut down from 16th March too, and we started working from home as well. So, 2 weeks has made me an expert mad-woman. Hence, the rambling posts. Enjoy, or ignore, totally your call guys πŸ˜€

Episode 1: The working mom, who is now the stay at home mom

I’d always wondered how some of my friends could do it all. I’d envied women who happily stayed at home looking after their families and cooking up exotic dishes. I even more envied the women who worked, cooked, played with their children, looked after their parents and in laws, had successful hobbies and were happy doing all this. Because, I, couldn’t figure out how to do it all without losing my mind. That’s why, I never even attempted it.

On the first day of the first week, I tried not to panic. I woke up really late and then rushed my 4 year old to brush her teeth. We managed to finish breakfast and I had logged in ON TIME. Yay!! I had positioned myself on the dining table and I made my daughter watch a lot of ipad, while I took my morning calls.

Mommy, I don’t want to watch anymore“, she whined, an hour later.

WTF?!! I thought to myself. Out loud, I said, “but sweetheart, you can watch as much as you want today :)” I tried un muting my call to contribute something worthwhile on that irrelevant meeting in parallel.

An hour later, we were playing. My partner was in his own version of a lockdown, having stolen the kid’s table as a makeshift table in the guest room and locking the door in. Lots of privacy. Argh. While I get free access to no privacy and a big table. We should have bought that study table ages ago. Darn.

I had zero idea how to manage cleaning and cooking, in addition to focusing on work and listening to my daughter. I really missed child care. I will give the child care teachers extra love when all this is over, I thought to myself.

So the first day, I split all my time between trying to occupy my toddler and trying to get some work done. That’s how it went in fact, for the first three days. By Wednesday, we realized, we were walking in a house muddier than the streets outside. We had run out of clean bowls and spoons, my daughter had lost all interest in watching ipad, or any screen (Osho was right it seems. Too much of something does saturate one out of it. If only that worked with alcohol). My partner, being Mr. know it all and Mr Do it all, and Mr. take all the praise and compliments from the moms, decide to take charge of the situation and multitask, become an efficient home maker too. We should really give men a chance to prove themselves you know? We really discriminate a lot against them πŸ˜‰

Obviously, my luck ran out, when my partner realized I was taking undue advantage of his will to work and contribute and demanded equal rights.

So, as we enter week 3 of the lockdown, here is how I’m managing being a stay at home mom and a working mom. Also, a little advice, don’t follow the below, if you’re one of the superwomen I was talking about at the start. These steps will make you question your capability πŸ˜€

  • I work 5 hours a day – don’t tell anyone. After many interruptions by the child during important and useless calls, my manager agreed it would be better if I could hand over child-minding duties to my enthusiastic partner for a few hours, to work. The Swedes are right. You can actually get all or most of your work done in 5-6 hours in a day, huh! Also, Im trying not to think about the fact that others in my team are working a lot more and that I might be the first one to get fired when all this is over. Shiites!!
  • My daughter watches a lot of screen now. We have thrown away the ‘no screen time monitoring’ parenting ideologies to working peacefully. The child is happy, the boss is happy. Win-win?
  • My managers and clients have made peace with the fact that we will listen to Peppa Pig or nursery rhymes or get introduced to each other’s children during conference calls. its quite entertaining actually πŸ˜€
  • We cook one huge bowl of daal/lentil soup to last us the whole day. Its got carbs, proteins, minerals from the veggies. We don’t need variety now because I hate cooking, and I said so. Also, my daughter loves daal so that’s all that matters πŸ˜€
  • I have swapped running with yoga and jhaadu-pocha (Hindi for sweeping and mopping). Yes, I was a privileged Indian who had help for these chores, until two weeks back. I’m not complaining. In fact I have a new found respect for the people working for me πŸ™‚ I’m going to double their salaries, I’ve decided..

And with all that flair of failed parenting, not creating exotic dishes at home, and yelling at your child in the middle of a client meeting, we end the first episode of the episode of the Stay At Home series.

Tune in next week for another useless ramble in the series!!

Now to the actual fun part – Hearing about your experiences!!

I’d love to know if you absolutely hated this post, or enjoyed reading it?

How are all of you managing work and home expectations? Any disaster stories recently? πŸ˜€

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal – Thoughts

It is a universally acknowledged fact that Jane Austen has changed the lives of many readers and authors and her book adaptations are almost always a treat! πŸ˜‰

Finally read this Pakistani adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic – Pride and Prejudice and quite enjoyed it!

Here is what I loved in this re-telling:

1. All the details about Pakistani culture, their way of living, the marriage ceremonies, the description of the clothes and oh gosh, to-die-for-mouthwatering dishes! That was also a major source of torment during this quarantine period, since I really wanted to go and order some seekh kababs or Haleem..sigh! I learned so much about their society and cultural values and realized that its similar to the Indian social values in so many aspects!

2. The fact that Jena and Alys are shown to be 30 year old, working and educated women, who are unmarried. Nice touch πŸ™‚

3. Some of the character names tickled my funny bone so much! Like Looclus, Hammy , Sammy and Gin and Rum..rofl πŸ˜€

4. My favorite part of the book was reading a fiction-book that could almost be used as an English Literature reference book! I loved Aly’s style of teaching (hence my take on Jane Austen’s P&P’s opening sentence as a homework from her class ;)). I wish I had an English teacher like her who made me question all the social nuances from the book. I also loved all the book pairings that she and Darsee talk about, and all the book recommendations! Love books with book pairing options and book recommendations πŸ™‚ Thanks Soniah Kamal for all that!

5. I enjoyed all the feminist arguments put forth by Alys regarding a woman’s choice on love, marriage, sex, having children and having a career.

Stuff that didn’t work for me as much:

1. Although I enjoyed the fact that this retelling was based in Pakistan, but I found the plot lacking in originality. The story was so similar to the original P&P (with the exception of the backstories of some supporting characters like Sherry Looclus and Nona), that I did skim read through some sections because I knew exactly what was going to happen, or what was happening. I had recently read another P&P adaptation written by another Muslim author – Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin, which I liked more, in terms of the plot originality with similar characters and settings from Jane Austen’s P&P

2. I couldn’t buy into Darsee and Aly’s romance. Darsee’s confession of love and his proposal seemed strangely abrupt to me πŸ™‚

What I’d like to know from other readers πŸ™‚

So, there you go..I had fun reading this re-telling. I did wonder though, if there are some Indian adaptations of the famous P&P in literature? I’ve only watched Bride and Prejudice. Any recommendations there? πŸ™‚

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara – Thoughts

Making the most of the global quarantine by trying to read as many books as possible πŸ™‚

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is Deepa Anappara’s debut novel and one of the books long listed for the Women’s Prize 2020 category, and I can see why.

Trying to get my reading in, between a million activities with the kid πŸ™‚

Where do I start? Umm, lets see. Have you guys heard of or even better, watched the Oscar winning movie – Parasite? Did you love the movie? its subtle humour, but the core shattering message hidden underneath the story. Think of this book, its narration and its story, as one such masterpiece.

The story is simple, if you read the blurb at the end of the book. Children start going missing from the the settlement where our protagonist, Jai lives. Jai is a 9 or 10 year old boy who sets out to solve the case of of the missing children with two of his best friends from school – Pari and Faiz.

The trio from this book reminded me so much of the early years of Harry, Hermoine and Ron. Pari is so much like Hermoine, and Jai like Harry, while Faiz like Ron. Even though Jai, Pari and Faiz don’t have magical powers or go to a school of magic to fight the evil Voldemort, they believe in magic, in djinns and ghosts and fairies. They have a child’s spirit, a child’s kindness, a child’s fervour, a child’s imagination, and a child’s hope that makes it utterly adorable to read.

The story is narrated from Jai’s perspective mostly, but sometimes in between, the author tells us three stories about ghosts, and djinns who can save your life. Another life line probably for the reader. And then there are the chapters from the PoVs of the missing children, right before they go missing. The author’s narration style is so riveting and light hearted, that you don’t want to stop reading and have many laugh out loud moments as a reader, despite all the horrible things happening in the background.

Although the story is about trying to solve the case of the missing children from the basti, its not just that. Very subtly, through her seamless narrative style, Deepa Anappara brings into light issues on the huge class divide that we live in – where the very poor and the very rich are literally separated just by a wall, and yet, the distance between their lives are so wide figuratively. We get glimpses of sexism, about political agendas and how politicians use any scenario to create a divide between the Hindus and the Muslims. We get a look at the solidarity of the people living in the basti, when all their children go missing together, irrespective of religion. You and I know a lot of these issues already, being an informed Indian, but still, reading about them, makes you squirm. Especially when you are the ‘hi-fi’ person living in the isolation of your society.

And finally, I have to talk about the ending – it shattered me. I was not expecting it. Maybe you will expect it as a reader, but I wasn’t. I can’t talk much about it without giving away spoilers, but that ending was apt, if not ideal for me.

I would highly recommend this book, but however, do look out for trigger warnings on child abuse, child kidnappings, alcoholism, sexual abuse, when you read it.

Questions to you guys:

Have you read the book? I really want to discuss the ending..what did you think?

What is a book that is full of hope but tears your heart at the end, that you read and loved?

The Group by Lara Feigel (ARC) – Thoughts

Blogging is going to take a back seat now, considering I’m working from home, and have my 4 year old to look after – a situation that many working parents across the globe will be living in and working out to the best of their abilities. I just pray that the Universe sorts this out for us soon. Until then, stay safe πŸ™‚

This was a book that I was excited to read and was glad to be auto approved, since it catered to characters of my age. I don’t find many books where all or most of the protagonists are of the age group in late 30s or in their 40s, and this one was about female friendships in the current world.

The story revolves around the friendships of five women – Stella, Kay, Polly, Priss and Helena. They were a tight knit group in college and they remain friends into their 40s as well. The story is narrated by Stella, but there are PoVs for each character, but narrated in third person I think. All the women think the other has a perfect life or has it all, whereas, underneath, each woman is struggling in their own way.

The book touches upon some important subjects like gender equality, women having to manage career expectations with motherhood expectations, monogamy, sex, etc.

Unfortunately, I had to DNF this book after reaching half way through in the book. I tried my best to read further to see if my views on the story and writing changes, but that didn’t happen. I think my only issue with this was the writing style. The narration felt complex for me to follow and the lack of dialogues made it slightly boring for me, despite the interesting subject matter.

I’m sure this book will be enjoyed by many others and readers should give it a chance. However, it didn’t work for me πŸ™‚

****Thank you Netgalley for providing this ARC to read. All opinions are my own****

The Night Country (Hazel Wood #2) by Melissa Albert – Thoughts

I’ve not been very active on the blogging site this week, since I’m part on vacation and part on house arrest. So I’m spending time watching Netflix (just binge watched Locke and Key and loved it!!!) and trying to catch up with reading, along with socializing and spending time with the in laws πŸ™‚ So, anyway, here I am, with another ‘thoughts on the book I read‘ post πŸ™‚

Melissa Albert – one of my favorite discoveries in 2018, aptly writes in her acknowledgements – that second books are always hard to follow up to the novelty or excitement factor of the first book. And I kind of agreed with the author on this.

How beautiful is that cover!!! Maybe read it just for the cover..LOL πŸ˜€

When I read The Hazel Wood, I was in love with the book. I had not read something so spooky, so novel and so gothic ever! Maybe there are many books out there with similar themes, but I’m just saying that I hadn’t read any such book, until this one. I’m excluding Sherlock Holmes’ Hound of Baskervilles and many of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories and poems. I’m talking from new releases books perspective I guess.

I had fallen in love with the mystery of Alice’s story, and how she fit in Hinterland. All the darkness of the fairy tale. Of Althea. Of the tales. Of Ellery Finch and finally of her escape from The Hazel Wood and eventually the Hinterland.

There were a lot of questions I had from the first book, which I thought the author would answer in the second one. So although I didn’t get the answers to all of my previous questions, I did get some answers. Maybe some of them will be answered, like all the dark fairy tales in the next book – Tales from Hinterland.

In this story, we have re-visiting characters and we get to know one more story – a really important one. And oh my gosh, was it dark. I absolutely loved it when we reached that part of the book.

In terms of the characters introduced, while I had really liked Alice in the first book, I was a little frustrated with her -‘where do I belong’ dance, which is called out well by her friend Sophia in one of the scenes. In the first book, all she wanted to do was to find her mom Ella and keep her safe. But in the second, its like she is pushing Ella away from her life. Maybe its some kind of teenage angst or PTSD, but I was not able to digest the sudden change in affections or feelings.

I was glad with Ellery Finch’s scenes in the second book though. He doesn’t get enough credit in the first one but all that is nicely redeemed in the second book.

The romance felt absolutely flat for me though, in both books. So if youre looking for a dark gothic romance, I’m not sure this is the right pick.

But where the book was an absolute win for me, was with all the Hinterlanders – The story of Ilsa/Sophia and Death, The seven sisters/girls?, The trio, the story of the magician’s daughter…. I wanted to lose myself in their stories and I wanted more and more. That last scene was just epic – I don’t want to say more to avoid spoilers πŸ™‚

All in all, even though the sequel wasn’t a sure shot five star rating favorite like the first book (I gave it a 4 star rating, in case you’re curious ;)), I’d still recommend it to readers who enjoyed the first book, just so they can get their fill of the gore and the dark fairy tales again πŸ™‚

What I’d like to know from you guys

Have you read either of the books? What were your thoughts on The Night Country?

What is your favorite book in the fantasy/horror genre?

Women & The Weight Loss Tamasha by Rujuta Diwekar – Thoughts

I gave this book a 5-star for being a really entertaining, fact filled and motivating non-fiction read.

Women and weight loss have become like two sides of a coin. We just seem to always be stressing about it and almost never getting it right. I haven’t read Rujuta’s first popular book on this subject – Don’t lose your mind, lose our weight, but now that I’ve read this book, I’m surely going to read her first book too.

Here are the reasons I enjoyed this book and why I would recommend it:

1. I read the audible version, which is narrated by Rujuta herself, with a foreword by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Rujuta is an absolute delight to listen to. Her voice, her anecdotes, the way she speaks certain words in our Hinglish way, seems really endearing and doesn’t feel like a boring nutritionist giving you lecture. It feels like a friend giving you good advise. I liked her way of advising so much, that I look a page from her book and started advising my own mother and sister to pay more attention or at least equal attention to their health, as they give to other aspects of their lives! πŸ˜€

2. As an Indian woman, I found it hard to relate to or follow the advise provided in other diet or weight loss books. Since a lot of them are written by non Indian authors, and their diet recommendations specialize in local food available more readily abroad than in India. Actually, based on what Rujuta constantly stresses in her book, theyre not wrong either. It is all about eating local and what you’ve been eating most of your life growing up. So if you’re living and working in say UK or US, grab those salads, local fruits/berries, avocados. If you’re living in India, eat your chapati, chai, and vegetables cooked with spices.

3. This book doesn’t just talk about diet or weight loss. In this, she talks about a plethora of subjects that impacts a woman’s body, her weight and her well being in total, because as she rightly says, women are mysterious creatures and no two are the same. We can’t have a one diet fits all rule for us women. Women are strong and sensitive, creative and hard working. We need to eat a variety of food, based on the age we’re in life, based on our occupations, stress levels, hormonal levels, so many things!

In a nutshell, I felt like I was a better person after reading her book. I felt better about my eating habits and was motivated to include more fresh and home made local food in my diet. I was motivated to try out exercising daily. And since last week, I have been trying out her advise and although I haven’t lost weight, I have noticed a change in my moods and overall behavior and I’m loving it πŸ™‚

Note: Although the book is written and narrated mostly in English, I do feel that the target audience for this book would mostly be Indian women πŸ™‚

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – Thoughts

This is an illustrated novel that people should read. Just another of those books that simplifies something complex so that its easily digested by the common reader and doesn’t leave them feeling upset or with a stomach ache. But does leave them with slightly more information, understanding and knowledge about one misunderstood and highly judged country in the world – Iran.

Persepolis – the complete edition, is the author – Marjane Satrapi’s fictional account of her life and stay in Iran, based on actual facts and experiences. The book is split into two parts – Part 1 – A Childhood and Part 2 – The Return. She leaves Iran twice in her lifetime. Once, due to forced circumstances in an effort by her parents to give her a better life. And the second time, of her own volition.

Although people will think this book is about Iran, it isn’t really. It is a coming of age story about a little Iranian girl growing up in Iran, then about her short stay in Austria, coming back to Iran and then finally leaving for Paris. It is a story about the challenges an intelligent and outspoken girl and woman goes through in the world and in her lifetime.

So, here are the reasons I liked this book so much and recommend it to everyone to read πŸ™‚

1. Everyone knows just about the extreme Islamic rule of Iran. But do we know about Iran’s real history? About its King, its Prime Minister? How it came to be? No? Then a good book to start with for beginners

2. We think all Islamic states are all about subversion of its people, especially their women. They probably don’t have a life, we think. Actually, we’re wrong. The author herself states that Iranians led a sort of dual life and a lot of them fight to maintain their rights and freedom. Read the book to know more about what I’m talking about

3. The book touches upon the daily fight of a nation’s people against religious extremism and freedom of expression, while keeping their faith intact

4. This is a book for feminists, or one that touches upon gender inequality as well. Gender inequality and discrimination is global. If you have any doubts about it, read this book

5. It’s a coming of age story about a girl full of spirit and ideas. If you’ve ever felt beat down by others regarding your ideologies, read this book. It will give you a renewed sense of purpose to continue to speak up and speak out

All in all, I’m glad I read this book. I might check out it’s screen adaptation too, if I get my hands on itπŸ™‚

Have you guys read this book? What were your thoughts?

Whats your favourite illustrated book?