Tuesday, July 25, 2017

#NanoDiaries - Bengaluru - Gandikota - Belum - Bengaluru

Trip from Bengaluru to Gandikota and Belum

This one was long pending. Pending since one of our friends shared an article about Belum Caves on FB and it was love at first sight. 

Now, some very close friends were coming down from Kerala for a visit and they too agreed that instead of the usual pub-hopping, we had to do something different this time!

And that's how, we visited two of the most beautiful places that we have ever been to.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Of Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels!

I have always been into comics. 
Who hasn't! 
Tinkle Digest and Amar Chitra Katha were my go to books on those long train journeys to and from Madras and Trivandrum during Summer Holidays. And during those vacations, my little cousin would read me stories from the amazing Balarama magazine.
And then, teenage happened, and I spent more time with Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica. But still, comics were a major part of my daily life.
And then, it all stopped. 
It was not until April 2011, that I was reintroduced to comics (now in the form of Graphic Novels) through Hush! That was a completely new experience. But, all that excitement died down soon enough too.
We are a generation spoiled by too much of TV Shows! Don't get me wrong - they are awesome! But they take up too much of our time! One such show I was watching was The Walking Dead. I was hooked to it. And just so that I could find out what happened next on the show before it aired, I picked up Volume 1 of the comics. I blame Robert Kirkman for everything that happened after...

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Book Review: The Rise of Sivagami by Anand Neelakantan

Book: The Rise of Sivagami (Baahubali: Before the Beginning #1)
Author: Anand Neelakantan 
Genre: Fantasy Mythology
No. of Pages: ~500 

Introduction: Chances are that if you are living in 2017 (even if you have been living under a rock!) that you have heard of S. S. Rajamouli's Baahubali. The movie made more than a ton of money and has now grown into a huge franchise with 2 Movies, 3 Novels, Graphic Novel, Animated Series, Mobile Games, and Merchandise. You've got to take a look at its website to get an idea on how big it has become.

I did enjoy both the movies (the Conclusion more than the Beginning) and the Graphic Novel - So I jumped at the opportunity when Westland Publishers got in touch with me. And, am I glad I did!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Book Review: White Collar Blackmail by Peter Ralph

Book: White Collar Blackmail
Author: Peter Ralph
Genre: Thriller
No. of Pages: ~300

Introduction:
Peter Ralph is a Chartered Accountant and a Share Trader and has specialised in Corporate Recoveries and Business Litigation. And therefore, much like how John Grisham's stories are about the Law and Ravi Subramaniam's are about Banking, Peter's are mostly around Business Law.

And they are also more than just that! There are a mixed bag of Fraud, Violence, Corruption, Blackmail, and even the Mafia - of the right doses to keep the story fast-paced and gripping.

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