In Evil Hour ā€“ The beginning of the end

I am insanely behind on my reading schedule this year. Iā€™m taking part in @blogchatter’s #TBRChallenge and I set myself up with a comfortable 25-book target. However, currently, I don’t think I will be able to make it and I don’t want to psych myself into reading faster or reading just for the heck of it.

This is precisely why when I took a little over two weeks to complete this rather short novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I was a bit upset with myself. I picked this up because I thought it would be the perfect little nugget between two possible substantial reads.

Ah. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Loss – Surviving grief and its facets

Loss by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi came into my life earlier this year as a birthday gift from a friend. I lost my brother almost a decade ago, and it is one loss that has really weighed on my mind. My brother brought me up just as much as my parents have, and his death has also shaped my adulthood in ways I cannot explain. The loss of a sibling has been soul crushing for me, and few know how much I love and cherish my Dada. But who knew this gift would also be a portend of sorts, a premonition, since I lost my father quite cruelly a few weeks later.

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The Joy of FARMERS’ Markets

I don’t know when, where or how the concept of farmers’ market arose, and when I think about it, I wonder if it’s a purely western concept. While all across India, there are weekly and daily markets/ stalls, farmers’ markets are generally more associated with organic products, products which are toxic-free and have relatively less pesticides, etc. Beyond fresh produce, there are also different kinds of flours such as amaranth. I recently visited a farmers’ market that was organised in my society, and I must say, I was quite blown away by the quality of the produce offered. Plump red tomatoes, solid looking potatoes, shiny onions, dried oyster mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, and a whole plethora of sauces, honey, relishes, ghee, unprocessed oils, flours, rice. Ah! It was such a trip.

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My Top 3 EXOTIC Pantry Additions

Ever since the first lockdown a little over a year ago, my interest in cooking has increased manifold. This may have spearheaded my love for building a well-stocked pantry, but the constant urge to keep adding some exotic condiments, sauces, and other items stemmed from a passion that took root when I was in school.

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DRIVING – An extreme sport in India

Almost five years ago, I published my last post for my first A to Z Challenge. I was grateful for having completed the challenge successfully, but also for the post I put up. Here’s the link, go read it. Today, I must say, I have even more gratitude in my heart as I sit to pen down my deeper experiences on the topic. Driving. Here are a few of my takeaways.

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