Monday, December 31, 2012

The end and the beginning.

Hello there, 

Just when I said I'm back something had to go wrong right? Yes, my lens broke and I've given it for repair. It has been more than a week and they better return it soon before I lose my cool and head and begin running like a mad dog. In other news it is December 31 again. For me the day is more about my brother's birthday rather than New Years Eve! However I have so much to be thankful for this year and hence I thought it only made sense if I actually went out and said what I feel. 

Thank you for sticking with me all along. Thank you for making me smile with all your comments and mails. Thank you for all your honest words and opinions. Thank you for listening to me. Thank you for being here every single day and making my day. Thank you for being such amazing friends. Thank you for being such brilliant readers. Thank you for being there for me when I needed it. Thank you for everything I could be thankful for. 



This year has given me so much to think about, so much to learn from and for that I can't be thankful enough. I've been through so much this year, the ups and the downs but looking at it now and retrospecting makes me feel that everything was a learning process, a stepping stone in life and I'm going to take so many memories and experiences with me to the future. 

A huge thanks to my family for supporting me every step of the way, to all my friends for making me laugh and bearing with my hysteria, to my readers for just being so awesome, to all the companies I've worked with because it truly has been a ball of a time and to everyone else who made 2012 the AMAZING YEAR THAT IT WAS! Most of all thank you God for being there all along. I can't wait for 2013 but I know that in my heart 2012 will always be special because it is the year that was. 

Thank you once again,
See you on the other side.
LOVE ALWAYS,
Sonshu

P.S: Of course I can't not mention the gang rape case that happened recently and took all of us by shock. It is indeed shameful. I've written this article for Bangalore Mirror expressing my views on the same: HERE

In honour of the 23 year old, I'm not celebrating anything this New Year, just going to spend time with Friends and Family as usual however I'm going to be dressed in night clothes because I'm extremely hurt by what has happened and am ashamed that nothing was done. 

Honestly all I can hope for is a better 2013 in terms of the country and safety of women. 

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Happy times don't need titles.

I know I've been gone for a really long time, almost like my mini blog vacation. But I also believe that it is necessary to take a break even when you are doing things you love. Hence I went on like this undeclared vacation because I wanted to come back when my heart felt like it. And now I'm back, fresh and kickin'! 

You won't believe how much I've missed catching up on my favourite blogs; I'm finishing up this post soon because I want to go catch up with all that I've missed you know? I've spent the last few days taking time to enjoy little things and occasions and I think I have indeed enjoyed it! Coming back to the point it is December. I love the last few months of the year because it's winter and I love winter :) So I've been enjoying this month with singing Christmas carols in class with 'S' when the teacher is late to gossiping with 'K'. 

I recently wore this outfit to a book fair and hence the shoes, comfy walking and all? Also they went really well with the outfit. Btw, you should notice how much I love the red, black, white combination? Yoohooo. 

For now, let's jump into the outfit?






Outfit Details: 

Black printed top: Zovi.com (HERE)
Vest with lace details: Vero Moda
Denim: Local jean boutique 
Shoes: Vintage (Grandmom's sister's)
Earring: Lifestyle 

This isn't the end. It's just the beginning. I'm planning to write more this month and that means blogging more and posting more and blog hopping more. Are you as kicked about this as I am? Hell yeah!

What did you think of this outfit and what are you looking forward to from 'The Sonshu'?

Love,
Sonshu

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I'm A Bow Like That

Hello peeeeeee-pals, 

While my next semester just began after a long break, the first week in has already been filled with tons of work and is so hectic. Hence you must definitely have guessed why I have been missing for a long period on the blog. In fact I get so absorbed in my work that I don't even log on to blogger, so I'm going to make it a point to do it every weekend from now on so you will at least see me once a week and if time and life permits then even more. 

However cool part is that we've been having fests and I've been drinking so much bubble tea and milkshakes that I'm going to turn into a bubble someday soon. (Worst joke ever or what?)

I'm literally squeezing in this post in the fifteen minutes that I squeezed in because I missed blogging too much. This outfit was something I wore at the beginning of the week and it's so winter, so me because I love heavy eyes and crop pants. Of course the muffler is a favourite and the shoes are my love. Not to forget my denim jacket obsession. I'm also on the look out for owl things, because I love the hoot you know? So let me know if you see some owly things. Also can't wait for Christmas and the prettiness around. 

Also, I have a problem with people using vintage too casually. Vintage typically means something hand me down that's really old or something from like your grandma or mom. Or you could get it from like some thrift/vintage stores around. But wearing something from Zara or Mango and calling it vintage is hardly true. 

When I say vintage I mean vintage. Just saying. 

Outfit details: Pleated sleeve top: Westside, Crop Pants: Vintage, Denim Jacket: c/o American Apparel (Here), Bow clip: American Apparel (Here), Necklace: (Gifted c/o) Zovi.com, Muffler: Vintage, Shoes: Local boutique, Metallic Cuff with Stone: Flea Market, Ring: Random








Yes, I like to wear big bows in my head and skip around with my my hair flying in all directions. Oh, I dont care about the people who look at me like I'm mad. Also, notice the winged eye liner? I just thickened the lines. I'm totally a winged liner person all the time. Hooorah. 

If I'd shown you some of the pictures that came from this shoot, you'd laugh your stomach off. Want to see? Nah? Okay.

Till next time,
Oodles of love
Sonshu

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Festive season calls for festivities.

I've already mentioned how much I love the last few months of the year. Apart from Winter being a primary reason, another will obviously be the festive season. Diwali to Christmas; festive season for me is a chance to dress up and get some gifts. While you can choose to go the ethnic way or the western way, I'm going to show you some amazing 'Festive looks'. 

If you have been following me for a while now, you'd know that Shoppers Stop is truly one of my favourite places to score some great finds not only for the affordability, but also for the amazing variety of brands all at one place. And what better than an online store? Shoppers Stop even has a shoppersstop.com website where you can shop online as we all love to do. 

I've created some style boards for you to see and seek inspiration from for your festive outfits and you can choose what avatar you want to don this shiny festive season because the choice is yours. 

1. The College Girl

College is a place where you want to dress up yet not do something over the top and with festivals that is quite a chance so for the ultimate college girl I have put together two looks which you can definitely look at. 

Look 1 is extremely ethnic with a Kurti and Chudhidhar set of course but I have put together two ways of accessorizing this simple yet pretty set. The first is a gold themed one and the latter is silver themed. While dangly earrings and bejeweled flats are the focus of the gold themed one, drop earrings and sequinned flats are the focus of the latter. You can choose to head whichever way you want and complete the look with a braid. This of course is not too dressy yet exactly perfect for the college girl who wants to go ethnic on festive days. 


Look 2 is something very simple yet has ethnic elements here and there. If kurta and chudhidhar is not your cup of tea you can still achieve a festive look with this one. All you have to do is pair a tribal print short kurta top like this one with a long skirt which is very Indian because of the prints and embroidery. Shoppers Stop has many such options for you to choose from. To finish the look accessorize with a stack of chunky bangles, colourful flats and a pendant like this heart one. Of course you need some more colour so I would suggest going in for a hair tie or clip like this flowered one and tie your hair to the side or pin it up and you are ready to go! 


2. The Elegant Woman

While this look took me a while to put together because of the extreme variety of options on the website, I finally finished it up with metallic hues and one of my favourite colours. The Elegant Woman loves to go the traditional saree way this festive season. Shoppers stop has an extensive range of sarees ranging from net to silk and you will definitely be awestruck. I chose to go for this green one which is simple yet has a grandeur touch because of the gold floral pattern. Now silver and gold is a great combination so you can choose to accessorize with silver jewelry like these heels and the earrings with green stones. Of course you can keep with the tone and go gold with diamond bangles and maybe a kada? Also you must add studded heels to complete the look. 


3. The Eternal Man

I put together this ethnic look for the Eternal Man simply because I'm bored of seeing them in blazers and pants. This festive season, go ethnic with a kurta pajama set from Shoppers in royal hues and the easiest way to pair it is with contrasting colours just like I've done here. The maroon set has been paired with a whitish, off whiteish stole and jutti with maroon hues. And the whiteish kurta set has been paired with maroon juttis and a stole. So that is definitely some royalty and you'll call for a smile from your loved ones. 


4. Western Chic

While some of us turn ethnic during the festive times, many go western too. Especially during Christmas when the entire feel is so dress like. With New Year around the corner you must start preparing for all the parties and family dinners so here's some Western Chic looks for the woman/girl who wants to be the Western Chic. 

Look 1: The first look centered around this chevron knit dress is not only simple and comfortable, but super stylish and yet so festive. The knit dress will not only be a stunner but also keep you warm. Pair it with this bow heels and your look will be instantly glam-ified. The bejeweled silver coloured accessories maintain the metallic hues and will accessorize the outfit perfectly. Finish it with this purple beauty of a handbag and you are good to go! If you aren't a heels person you can turn to the amazing variety of flats as well. While I chose to keep the accessories understated and have the rest of the look steal the show you can switch around too with heavier earrings and maybe even a bib necklace. 


Look 2: The central theme and constant is the LBD and the gorgeous pumps. With that in mind I've put together two entirely different looks depending on what colour tone you wish to go for. Also, a great way of wearing one dress for two different occasions and making them look so different. The first one plays with pearls and stones so this pear bracelet was perfect to add the class, and the rhinestone studded purse is not only a great way to shine but will top the look brilliantly. Add burgundy or darker shades of lip colour and finish this look. You could also go the classical red and black way. This look is simple. The velvety clutch and the jeweled red heart necklace are already show stealers themselves. Add the red lips to get your perfect festive pout and be the star of your party! 


Everything listed above is available in Shoppers Stop at shoppersstop.com, go get your festive look today. Thanks to Shoppers Stop and Indiblogger for this amazing fashion contest finally after what seems like a long time, I had tons of fun making these collages. :) 

Love,
Sonshu

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Girl in the Green Parka

When I knew I was getting these vacations, I''d planned my days so carefully. Spending time with family and friends, working out, reading, blogging a lot more, and what not. But I think I ended up on the net a little too much watching youtube videos, however I read a lot and blogged too. I spent some time with friends and family but not as much as I'd wanted to. This is the last weekend of my vacations and I've not blogged for a week now. That's all because I suddenly realized I'd be super busy from next week so I spent as much time as I could doing things with humans in my life. You get it right? 

Anyway, I'm super happy as you should guess because Bangalore is just getting colder by the day. Yesterday we went out for a friend's birthday lunch and it randomly started raining like no one's business and  we were literally freezing our heads off in this open cafe thingy, but we had the yummiest burgers ever and they were so huge. So thanks to the cold weather I've started wearing winter clothes more now. 

Ever since I received this parka, I've been obsessed with it. For one it's green and then it is indeed so comfortable that I could sleep in it. I wore it to college one day and everyone sort of was amazed because it just has that stands-out-in-the-crowd-quality. What I did here is simple, I just did a black-white theme and added the green parka for a pop of colour just how I like it! 

Also, Thanksgiving just went by. I don't need a day to thank you'll. I'm thankful for all of you, all of this and everything I have every single day of my life. :)

Outfit details: c/o American Apparel Parka, Zara t-shirt, Sweatpants, Chunky bracelet from flea market, Rings from Pieces (Vero Moda) and random flea market, c/o American Apparel cut out sandal 








What are your favourite Winter clothes? 

Love,
Sonshu

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jacketed Strut


I guess one of the toughest tasks of being a style blogger and trying to click pictures in our country would be the onlookers. I mean I know I don't give a damn about what they think, nor do you but it is just so annoying when they stop and stare and by that I mean literally wait till you're done sort of thing. Honestly mom's just sort of vehemently not waiting for the day I yell and hurl abuses at them. Gosh, can't I do what I want? Democracy man. Brrr. 

So how am I supposed to shoot in exotic locations when I can't find a single spot which is empty? Over-populated country I tell you. Not that I have a problem with it otherwise, but I just get annoyed when I can't stand in front of an amazing graffiti-ed wall and click pictures without being looked at like an alien. 

And then I just go to this phase where I'm so done with those maniacs and again get into my dont-give-a-shit-about-what-they-think jacket. 

I discovered this amazing spot recently. Has pretty decent lighting, no onlookers and is rather convenient. Hello there spot! 

Bangalore has been freezing a little more over the past few days and that just makes me happy because I get to take my winter jackets and sweaters for a walk. So hell yeah I did! 




Please don't ask me why I would upload the same picture two times with editing variations? Well, I'll answer you anyway. I think it pretty much defines who you'll see when you're just like walking on the road and I'm there too. I'm not like the person who smiles as they walks or whatever. I'm not that snobby person either. I'm just the lost in her own world dreaming sort of person. So I'll always have music or my phone with me, sometimes even a book to keep me company. Now do you see why I fall down or hurt my leg often? Well yeah. 






c/o American Apparel Winter Jacket, Topshop asymmetrical top (Gifted), Black comfy pants from local boutique, Rings from childhood (No idea where I got them), Owl chain thrifted and Tibetean Plaza Yellow Wedges 

The title arises from the fact that people believe I tend to strut when I walk so just giving them a little satisfaction and all you know?

Love,
Sonshu

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ramble, ramble; blizzard gamble.

People often ask me whether I have a bucket full of make up considering I'm a fashion person and what not; but honestly if you've been seeing my blog I hardly ever use make up. While make up artists use layers of extra powder and magical tricks to achieve the nude make up look, I just am like that without those extra layers. I don't walk out of the door with ounces of powder on my face (Not that it's wrong), because I personally don't feel comfortable in that. I'm moreover a feel natural in your own skin person. But once in a while, I like to go all out and get some make up done so that's just about my choices. 

Winter and vacations put together have been giving me a lot of endless hours of nothingness, however this is soon coming to an end. Weep Weep. Making use of the last few days of these vacations to relax and get ready for college. I'm not complaining much now, since it is winter and I get to layer up for college. :P 

I put together this look with some of my current favourites and a little bit of make up. [Do not laugh at me okay?] Don't miss the bedhead hair, why is my hair looking like this here? Huuun? *threatening look* Okay I'm going to shut up.

Tank Top: Vero Moda, Denims: Mustard , Necklace: Street find, Earrings: Fashion Street, Zip Hoodie: c/o American Apparel (here)




Blooper. Oops. 




The zip hoodie has become a favourite over the past month or so. Ask my friends or look at some pictures from college and I've been living in this hoodie forever, phew. It just feels so soft and nice that I can't help it! Not to forget tank tops, my instant go to things because they give me a blank canvas to work on and that's something I love. Also, can you see that necklace there? One of my proud street find for like such a cheap bargain. Hahah. 
Life is good you know?

Also, self timer + remote = happy Sonshu. They save my holyfreakinglife you know?

Till next time, I'm going to run and watch Letters to Juliet once again because it is such an adorable movie ye?

Love,
Sonshu

P.S: Ramble, Ramble; blizzard gamble? Results of my overly lazy and imaginative brain. Yep. KThanksBye. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Zombiestan by Mainak Dhar

Zombiestan by Mainak Dhar

ISBN: 978-93-81626-92-4
Pages: 248
Price: Rs 199
Publisher: Duckbill books
Genre: Fiction

About the author: 
Mainak Dhar has eleven books to his credit including the Amazon.com bestseller, Alice in Deadland. Learn more about him and contact him at MainakDhar.com and tweet him: @mainakdhar 

Found this little quote which touched me, on his blog as I was doing a little stalker-ing as I do when I read a book. 

So if you're one of the YA readers who happens to pick up Zombiestan, never underestimate where a bit of inspiration can take you. Never underestimate how powerful books and words can be in shaping what you become. 

Blurb excerpt: 

It began with undead Taliban in Afghan villages and faster than anyone could have anticipated, the darkness spread through the world. 

.....When they discover that the child may hold the key to ending the pestilence that threatens to destroy their world they begin an epic journey to a rumoured safe zone high in the Himalayas. 

The verdict:
Set in Afghanistan, the central plot of the story is based on the terrorists and attacks in the locality. However, there is a slight overly imaginative twist to the plot. That is what, for me added spice to the book. While a traditional author would have gone the plain old way to convey a message about terrorism, trust Mainak Dhar to add supernatural elements and weave an entirely imaginative plot to make your head woozy with curiousity. 

As if terrorists weren't horrifying enough a concept to spread terror in the society, terrorists bite other people to spread the evil and soon this becomes sort of like an epidemic and everyone is zombiefied. Using chemicals and bites to spread their cult, they soon reach India where they continue their bite-spree with more than imagined people to bite. 

'Dude, what do you want to play-Medal of Honour or Dead Rising?' 

Along with a supernatural element, the author adds a touch of family bonding, friendships and love; however is very poignant not to let it take over the entire story line in itself. A group of strangers: a US Navy SEAL, a three-year-old boy, two teenagers and an elderly history professor find themselves stuck with each other and eventually united in one cause against the zombie terrorists. I personally enjoyed the bond and the interaction between these characters which definitely added a human touch to the supernatural element in the entire story. Not to forget the important role that the little child plays in the entire novel. 

Terrorism and Zombiesm are actually two concepts that seemingly meet at a similar note if you look at it from the author's perspective, and he has indeed done a fabulous job of combining the two to produce this innovative concept of Zombie terrorists. Also notable is the display of human emotions are reactions when presented with life-threatening situations such as these. Not to forget the blood and gory details that you tend to picture in your head if you are a image-in-your-head-when-you-read sort of a person like I am. 

'Welcome to Zilmil Restaurant. We offer five-star food at one-star prices' 

Coming to the style of writing and the author's thought process, I think it is safe to say that the language is pretty simple and easy to understand; nothing too complicated or over the top. If you are thinking 'this' is going to happen, the author completely does the opposite, that is another plus point of the story. Mainak Dhar's thought process is completely unique and unlike ours. Relating terrorists to zombies and bringing out a social message and story of utmost reality through supernatural isn't something everyone can do and that is what connects to you at the end of the book. 

While the novel was particularly targeted at YA audience, I think anyone who is a fan of Zombies, supernatural, and twists to normal thoughts will be a fan of this novel. So if you are, you should go ahead and grab it! Makes for a fun light read with some hidden messages.

You can buy this: 
HomeShop18 (Rs 199 Rs 133) 
Amazon (different edition and publisher) ($9.99) 

Update: HERE
Mainak Dhar replied to a tweet on twitter: Glad you enjoyed Zombiestan..and love that you picked up the quote on Zilmil restaurant... Little touches like that make writing fun
:)

<3
Love,
Sonshu

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Diwali-ness.

I don't remember if I've told you people this before but I'm pretty comfortable in my ethnic wear as well. For two years in college we had to restrict ourselves to the kurtas and patialas, so I think it grew on me in a good way. I often wear them from time to time, adding my own touch of funky and having some indo-western fusions etc. But Diwali is a time when everyone loves to adorn themselves in grand clothes etc. But I honestly don't see myself in this huge shiny anarkali type of thing, the only time I wore it was for a cousin's wedding. I usually stick to simpler clothes but go jazzy with the accessories and eye makeup. 

This Diwali as well, I just kept it low tone and went for a subtle kurta and paired it with my favourite colour as a contrast. Also went for shiny bangles and wedges. I must say that amidst all the crackers that cousins and family bursted, I kept it just to light my favourite diyas and decorate the house. So that was fun! 







Kurta and leggings: Local boutique
Wedge sandals: Lifestyle 
Bangles: gifted by Zovi.com (here
Necklace: M&S
Earrings: Gifted (Israel)
On my lips: Maybelline's My Mahogany 
Camisole (not visible in pictures) M&S

How do you celebrate festivals? Did you celebrate Diwali? If so, how?

Love,
Sonshu

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jab Tak Hai Jaan this Diwali!


Hello there amazing people, 



He taught us what love is, he told us to believe in life and to respect the phenomenon that love is, to give people another chance, to accept miracles, to take life as it comes, to be fearless and to learn to love one step at a time. He was the epitome of romantic movies, and there never will be another like him. However, he lives on forever through his movies. Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a unison of many great people: Yash ji, the man of a lifetime, Shah Rukh Khan, the undisputed king of romance, AR Rehman, a musical maestro and of course Gulzar a magical lyricist along with the likes of Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Nitu and Rishi Kapoor. 

The primary focus of Jab Tak Hai Jaan is definitely Samar Anand (Shah Rukh Khan) and his journey through life; but what's amazing about Yash Chopra is how the two beauties in his life play just as much as a role in the film as him. While the cinema hall exploded with screams when Shah Rukh Khan aka Major Sameer Anand walked on screen; I died a thousand deaths inside. 

Major Samar Anand, looks at death in the face every single day as he is at the Bomb Defusing Squad of the Indian Army, unafraid and unhindered by emotions he seems like he has indeed left his soul at another place, till Akira Rai (Anushka Sharma) an overly talkative Discovery Channel intern comes along hopping to make a movie out of his successful story. They'd first met by the freezing river when he saved her life and left his coat with him typically. She discovers his diary and reads his story, and we are taken to a flashback. 



Samar Anand, falls in love with Meera (Katrina Kaif); shot in London, the first half of the movie tells us his story, how he falls in love with Meera and all about their undying love. While it starts off typically with a rich girl portrayed by Meera here, and the roadside romeo with a guitar singing his heart out, shuffling jobs for a living portrayed by Samar; it eventually progresses to a Yash Chopra-esque romance with 'love' being the true protagonist of the movie. 

A series of events leads to Samar Anand's return to India as he joins the Indian Army, something his mother had always wanted for him. However, every day as he lives; he wishes death will invite him over to the other side soon, but we are shown that with diffusing a hundred something bombs without a life jacket, Samar is truly 'The Man Who Cannot Die'. 

Akira eventually falls with Samar as she uncovers his story, and one cannot help but feel sorry for her as Samar cannot look at anyone that way except Meera. The climax of the movie indeed turns out to be extremely unpredictable, and by the end of the movie I definitely thought something was going to happen, but just the opposite happened. One of the more touching moments for me was when Meera went back to meet her mother Pooja (Neetu Kapoor) and they shared a moment along with Imran (Rishi Kapoor) and Samar's craziness in the background. 


Must say that Yash Chopra does not disappoint us once again, and Shah Rukh Khan's flawless acting hit me right in the heart. 

teri aankhon ki namkeen mastiyaan
teri hansi ki beparwaah gustakhiyaan
teri zulfon ki lehrati angdaiyaan
nahi bhoolunga main
jab tak hai jaan, jab tak hai jaan

The music is touching with the magical lyrics and wonderful tunes of the Gulzar-Rahman duo, but definitely not Rahman's best. However the songs are not only sweet, but are filled with deep meanings and philosophies of life. The dialogues definitely deserve a kudos as they've been well scripted and beautifully voiced by the actors as well. You can't help but laugh at some hilarious moments and dialogues of Samar and Akira, and eye Meera's gorgeous costumes. While Akira and Mira as absolute dramatic foils, Akira is seen in tank tops and baggy jeans/pants with a scarf, Meera is the reformed version with trench coats, flowy gowns and dresses. Of course no one can look as dashing as Shah Rukh Khan aka Samar Anand who wears everything effortlessly, be it baby pink shirts, white suits, leather jackets or camouflage uniforms. 



Ironically Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Till there is life) is indeed Yash Chopra's last movie, and he will truly be missed. 

A definite must watch for you will fall in love all over again, truly magical and carries a Yash Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan duo stamp on it with the wonderfully sweet taste to it. I'm definitely glad I got to watch it on the first day and that too the first show, was a great way to kick start my Diwali and the screams and full cinema hall only tells you how much more you should watch it! 

This isn't a story of courage, isn't a story of miracles. It is simply a story of love. 

Go catch this sweet romantic flick this week and you'll be pleasantly touched by the innocence and buckets of romance that the movie carries! Not to forget the exotic and scenic locations that it has been shot at! Truly a winner of a movie!  

Music: HereHereHereHereHere
Trailer: Here


xxx

Before I go,

Today is the day that everyone celebrates and waits for the entire year. It is indeed Diwali, the festival of lights and sweets, colour and splendour! 

The Sonshu wishes everyone; all my amazing readers, the PR companies and people I've worked with, the brands who've been so kind and kept me and you gaiiz smiling all through and everyone who has made this blog possible. Including mom and bro for clicking pictures for me, and the entire family for their support! 

I'd like to extend a hearty hug to you'll and here's wishing you lots of love, luck, joy and power! 

Be safe, don't burst crackers, light diyas and eat lots of sweets. 



Till next time, 
Lots of love
Sonshu

The writings in bold are dialogues/lyrics from the movie, none of the screen shots are mine. Source: Google images. 

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Monday, November 12, 2012

The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian

When I saw that this book was up on Blog Adda for a review I was instantly excited not for the name, not even for the story plot but for the cover. The cover was so super hero like that I knew this book would be pretty good, so I went ahead and applied for it even though I am not a 'bank' or a 'finance' book sort of a reader. I've heard about Ravi from quite a few people but never actually read his books so I was delighted to read this one. 

Book:The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian
Publisher: Rupa publications 
ISBN: 978-81-291-2048-9
Pages: 358
Price: Rs 250
Genre: Thriller




About the author: 
Ravi Subramanian an alumnus of IIM Bangalore is known for his book: If God was a Banker which won him a Golden Quill Readers Choice Award. His stories are set against the backdrop of the financial services industry because he has spent about two decades working his way up the ladder in the world of global banks in India. 

Talk to him: www.theravisubramanian.in or email him at info@ravisubramanian.in
Tweet him: @subramanianravi

Blurb excerpt:

In Angola: a covert CIA agent is about to exchange weapons for blood diamonds
In Kerala: an elderly man will do whatever it takes to fulfill a promise made to a dying son
In Mumbai: an international bank is stunned by the mysterious deaths of its key employees

The Verdict:

The book started off with a nice mysterious background and kept me hooked on to it: a CIA agent in Angola exchanging weapons for blood diamonds of Africa exactly as the blurb states, but soon this plot sort of faded for me. After which the plot heads to Kerala wherein a man is being accused of a murder he didn't commit, And then there's the story in Mumbai about the civil life issues and problems that arise in corporate atmospheres everywhere: jealousy, love, hatred, complications et all... Along with protests at a nuclear plant and a couple of deaths; this is how the novel takes off. Here it got a bit slow and morbid for me but the second half became supremely interesting and I just read at maniacal speed because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

The best part for me is how the mystery was unwrapped slowly through the book, like opening a gift package you just received. Also, the exotic locations that the book takes you through is another amazing thing! 

I literally couldn't put it down because the author's style of writing grips you and has you wanting to know more, definitely a thriller. Now there are multiple story lines happening at once and that's what made it interesting for me. Though the base line of the book was related to banking, I was glad to see that the author did not even give you a moment to think and realize that you are reading a book about banking, for me it was all about the suspense. 

Another thing about the style of writing is how it is pretty casual, which isn't necessarily a bad thing for me, so with hinglish references from time to time, the author actually reaches out the the 'Indian folk' even more. About the characters, I think all of them have been well plotted and thought out before he started writing, and there's a certain quality and image you tend to associate with them so that's again a good thing! 

Usually, the multi/parallel plotted books I've read turn out to be rather spaced out and vague from each other which makes it boring, but The Bankster had me gone when the suspense was revealed and you will be shocked just as I was as the Bankster is uncovered. The author deserves a kudos and a salute for weaving all the plots together and putting forth a brilliant master plan of a book to us. 

I'm not that much of a thriller person, but this book is one that you cannot put down as it progresses. I would definitely say it had some morbid points which I wanted to flip through but the majority portions are absolutely fantastic to read and the language makes it all the more simpler as he doesn't use 'technical bank terms' as I had expected. The book is fast paced yet so easy to grasp! Makes it easy for common (wo)man to read too. You must definitely catch this if you want a good thriller this week. 

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Sonshu