Book Review: Love Muffin and Chai Latte

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Title:  Love Muffin and Chai Latte

Author:  Anya Wylde

Pages: 300 pages

Plot: Clear your calendar, turn on your voicemail and get cozy on the sofa as Anya Wylde has decided to dip her toes into the world of contemporary romance …

Love Muffin and Chai Latte follows the journey of Tabitha Lee Timmons as she deals with financial stress, loony relatives, some crooks, an unhappy bride to be, a grumpy old man and two heartbreakingly handsome men.

Love Muffin and Chai Latte is a contemporary romance novel where West meets the East. Tabby our protagonist has migrated to England from America after one tragic happening in life. She has lost her job, her house and is on the street when her yearlong boyfriend, Chris proposes to her. She is confused at first but accepts the proposal.  She finds out later that day that his actual name is Chandramohan and she has to learn everything about the Indian culture before meeting Chris’s rich, orthodox, traditional family. Maya, Chris’s sister steps in to help them and the story picks up from there.  Tabby visits India and meets Chris’s extended family. She finds it difficult at first to cope up but pretty soon she adjusts to the culture and becomes a part of the family. She particularly becomes close to Maya and Dev, a cousin of Chris. I won’t say more about the story since I don’t want to leak any spoilers.

I would refrain from calling it a romance novel. I would rather categorize it in humor or drama. The narration was pretty good. The interactions though could have been woven in a comprehensible manner.   There were a lot of interesting plots. Diversity in cultures is well highlighted. There were moments in the book that made me laugh out loud but few of the jokes were really cheesy. I thought the book was too filmy, in a way inspired from a Bollywood movie. Few plots were too hard to believe. Haven said that if you leave logic at bay, this book was a quick fun read.

Ratings: 3/5

PS: – Thanks to the author for sending a copy of the book for an honest review.

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Why Not Me?:Book Review

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Title: Why Not Me?

Author: Mindy Kaling

Published by: Crown Archetype

Length: 240 pages

Plot: In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

Favorite Quote: “People talk about confidence without ever bringing up hard work. That’s a mistake. I know I sound like some dour older spinster chambermaid on Downton Abbey who has never felt a man’s touch and whose heart has turned to stone, but I don’t understand how you could have self-confidence if you don’t do the work. I work a lot. Like, a lot a lot … Hard work is such a weird thing. As children and teenagers you are told it’s a really good thing, but for adults it suddenly becomes the worst thing in the world. We do a thing in America, which is to label people ‘workaholics’ and tell them that work is ruining their lives … The truth is, I have never, ever, ever met a highly confident and successful person who is not what a movie would call a ‘workaholic.’ We can’t have it both ways, and children should know that. Because confidence is like respect; you have to earn it.”

After the success of the first book ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me’, ‘Why Not Me?” is the second book by the celebrity writer Mindy Kaling. Why Not Me is 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards for the Humor category. I haven’t read the first book yet but after reading the second book, I will surely read the first one.

The book is memoir of various essays written by Mindy Kaling. She has written about her school, career pressure, appearance, family & friends, one entire chapter is dedicated to her daily schedule. The book is a quick read with a lot of laugh out loud comments. Most of the women will relate to quite a few things Mindy has to say, especially about food. 😉 She has mentioned a lot of the incidence from her previous show ‘The office’ & here journey at bagging ‘The Mindy Project’. The voice in the book sounds so familiar. I wish I had opted for an audio book.

The book is humorous, witty, with lots of relatable moments. Mindy has been brave enough to let out her insecurities and when you read them you feel like you are not the only one to have such thoughts. It is kind of provides an insight to what most of the girls think.

Ratings: 2.5/5

 

Mrs FunnyBones- Book Review

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About the Book:

Title: Mrs FunnyBones

Author: Twinkle Khanna

Publisher: Penguin Books India

Genre: Humor

Length: 248 pages

Favourite Quote: “In my opinion, growing older is all about learning and passing it on, otherwise there is no reason for biological evolution to keep us alive after our reproductive years are over.”

Let me start by telling you that I am not a fan of Twinkle Khanna’s acting, but surely am fond of her writing skills. Twinkle Khanna is a regular columnist for the Times of India and surely has never hesitated in putting forth her take on things. Mrs FunnyBones is a peek into her life, much more entertaining than her columns. If you are a Bollywood junkie, you wouldn’t miss this opportunity to peek into a book written by an ex-star married to a super star. 😉

This book is an account of her daily life, with day-to-day incidences well described with a lot of sarcastic humor. She addresses her family members, which also happen to be her key characters in the book with catchy names like Man of the house, the prodigal son, etc. When you actually read the book and peer into her life, you will realize that her life is so much like the ordinary woman’s life, trying to make the best of both worlds, balancing work and personal life and in between trying to steal some self time.

The book is truly entertaining with a lot of incidences that will make you grin. The writing is very upfront, sarcastic, witty and funny. The former actress hasn’t hesitated in taking blows on herself. There are a few special mentions of how happy she is with her name. 😉 The book truly lives up to its name. It will not take you more than a couple of hours to finish this book. I read it on one fine afternoons and it was truly worth my time. What are your thoughts on the book? I will be happy to hear your reviews.

Rating: 3.5/5