Stri @ Sri City – Camping Tales – ft. Exoticamp

Vanakkam,

Recently, as a human book on travel, I was conversing with a bunch of corporate employees. The first question they asked me was, “Suggest a weekend getaway from Chennai other than Pondicherry.”

I gave them few options, including Tranquebar, Tada, Yelagiri, etc. However, none of the options seemed to be as enticing as Pondicherry for them. After a week or two, I happened to know about a camping by Exoticamp at Sri City, Tada. As I had a great experience previously with Exoticamp at Vagamon Camping, I was all the more interested to try this camping out.

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Waterboarding: Not Your Typical Book Review

Vanakkam!

So, it’s been two months and 17 days since I wrote a blog post on my blog. Damn it! 13 more days and I might have probably lost my membership with The Chennai Bloggers Club.

Speaking of CBC, when I joined CBC a few years back, I got acquainted with a blogger named Bragadeesh Prasanna. He used to (and still does) read all my blog posts and give me feedbacks – sometimes personal and other times as comments on my blog. Every single time I write a story and leave it at “to be continued…” he makes sure to remind me about writing it. And thus started our friendship.

Now, cut this scene and couple of years later, he published his first book, 300 Days. I was one of the few people who read the first and second drafts. When the book released, I told him about how I would like to hold his book as a paperback and read it, so I can close the book and smell it as I cherish a well-written line. Continue reading

About The Man of My Life

Hi, Folks,

The man of my life – how can I tell you about him in just one blog post?!

I have been with him for the past 7 years and never once cheated on him – that’s such a big deal in the current world where you get a lot of options by a click or swipe on your smart phone.

It was sheer luck that I ran into him one fine morning seven years back. Instantly, we hit it off. Without getting into the actual stories, here are the qualities that make him the guy that any girl wants. Continue reading

Notes d’amour – #1

Thanks to the French classes and amazing love stories around me, I am back to writing happy romantic tales ❤

Love is a music that makes you dance, relax, contemplate, and relish. Here’s the first post in the “Notes d’amour – Notes of Love” series. Each story/episode will be named after a romantic song, I adore.

#1: Love Me Like You Do

Stretching her hands upwards, she yawned out loud. The aroma of Earl Grey Tea coupled with that of petrichor was pleasant. Sipping the tea slowly, she grabbed the newspaper to read about yesterday’s match. Even in the world of smartphones that gives her live updates, she preferred to read the sports page of The Hindu, whenever there was a cricket match, irrespective of she watched it or not. Continue reading

You’re my sunshine: A Short Story

I was lost in thoughts, when he gently gave me a nudge with a mug filled with hot green tea.

“Ouch,” I yelp.

“Where are you?” he asks.

I smile looking into his eyes.

I had already told him it was too early for me to go on a date with anyone.

“It’s been 5 months,” my best friend told me when I texted her or rather sent her a screenshot of him asking me out.

“He is a nice guy,” she said.

“I don’t need nice guys. I don’t need anyone. The last time I thought someone was nice I got hurt,” I replied.

“You are scared to do what you do the best,” she replied immediately.

“And what would that be? Getting my heart broken?” I asked.

“Taking risks, giving things a second chance, and loving people,” I read her reply thrice before replying, “I am not the same girl anymore.” Continue reading

10 Mani Ratnam Female Characters That Need More Spotlight (Part 1/2)

Hi, folks,

Even if you know me for a week, you know how obsessed I am about Harry Potter Book Series, Jane Austen Books, and Mani Ratnam Movies – Yes, I breathe these three like oxygen. Most of my jokes will have references from one of these three. There are a plenty of articles on the web about how strong Mani Ratnam movie female leads are – from Divya to Sakthi, from Meera to Tara, most of the leads were adored, but when someone asked me who my favorite Mani Ratnam female character was, none of these women made it to my top 3. Despite being able to relate to Meera, Tara, and Jiji – I couldn’t call them my favorite. That’s when I wondered why not write about 10 women from Mani Ratnam movies who deserved more spotlight – yes, most of these women were not raved about as much as the rest – let’s not dwell on the why. Instead, let’s just cherish these 10 Mani Ratnam Characters.

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Perfect Prescription for Broken Hearts By Aparajitha Nagesh: Book Review

Hi, Folks,

Around three years back, I met Aparajitha in the book launch of the book, The One You Cannot Have by Preeti Shenoy. It was an interesting event. Aparajitha told me that she was writing a novel, and some time later, she did publish her novel.

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I was pleasantly surprised when she sent me a copy of this novel for review and reading. Well, here are my unbiased thoughts. Before that here’s a brief about the book! Continue reading