• Books & Stuff,  Reviews

    My Favourite Podcasts during this Pandemic

    Ever so occasionally I get bored of my music playlist or even Spotify (although I’ve come across a great find for music – Radio garden where you can stream any radio station across the world!), so I love tuning into podcasts especially during this long and difficult pandemic. What is great about podcasts is that you can practically listen to them anywhere – I usually put one on during a run or while I am cooking. And ever since I acquired a new pair of absolutely yummy white and rose gold Bose 700 noise cancelling headphones, I can’t wait to pop ’em on and get on the podcast train (NB:…

  • Books & Stuff

    Five Crime Novels to Read this Summer

    There is nothing quite like diving into the pages of a great crime story especially after a gruelling first year of masters. This season I have resolved to move away from binge-Netflixing to binge-reading so here are some of my favourite crime novels to read this summer:   1. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie There is a reason why this Poirot brain-scratcher has been voted the best crime novel of all time. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is lauded not just for its literary style but its startling ending. Like other Christie mysteries, the clues are hidden in plain sight but my guess is you won’t be able to…

  • Books & Stuff,  India,  Travel

    Gurgaon’s Secret Paradisiacal Bookstore

    It was a typical Sunday. We had finished a hearty breakfast – sandwiches, chocolate cake, vanilla latte, et al –  at Sibang Bakery (it’s Korean) at Gurgaon’s South Point Mall – I tell you this understated mall has THE BEST treasures tucked away. (Try Izu, if you love Japanese. The portions are larger than most Jap restaurants in Delhi-NCR). Anyway, so instead of going back home, we decided to walk around the mall in the hope that we stumble across another hidden egg. And lo and behold, there it was: the best bookstore ever!   Hidden in plain sight, Chapter 101 seems like a pretty nondescript shop from the outside. In…