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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Challenging myself - 2016

Hello! I know it's time for another Saturday Snapshot,but I had a little trouble with my images. So, I'm going to substitute the post for a book-related post. As you know, this year, I took part in two book challenges. I participated in the Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge, and in Bookbybook's Big Book Summer Challenge.
 I read 8 big books this summer, and have surpassed my goal of reading 50 books for my Goodreads reading challenge.I am currently reading my 82nd book. Next year, I hope to set a goal of reading 100 books. I also hope to participate in the Big Book Summer Challenge again.
  I hope to read a few more classics next year. I haven't read many this year, and hope to improve that. I haven't found good 2016 challenges revolving around classics, so I'm simply setting my own goal. This year, I had a dismal record of reading only one classic- Anne of Green Gables. I am targeting to read between 5-10 Classics in 2016.
 I'm also not that good with reading memoirs, autobiographies, biographies- namely non-fiction books. This year, I read only two I read " Popular" by Maya Van- Wagenen, "The Diary of A Young Girl- Anne Frank". I am currently reading "Dressed to Kill" by Charlotte Madisson, which is also a memoir. I'm aiming for 5 next year.
 I'm also aiming to read young adult books. I've read quite a few this year, way too many for me to list here. I'm aiming for 25 Young adult books. All of these books will count for my Goodreads Challenge. If I meet all my goals, then I'll have around 40 books, and will have enough time to read some more good books.
  Let me know in the comments if you'd like me to update you on these challenges. Hope that you'll challenge yourself next year, and try and read some more books than usual. If you don't want to specify the types of books you read, I suggest you try the Goodreads challenge. You can set your own target, and any book of any genre counts. All you need to do is update your account every time you finish a book!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


This is inspired by one of the picture's you will see in this week's Saturday Snapshot. Here's a hint- it's to do with a sunset! Enjoy.

A streak of red
A streak of blue
And a streak of orange
Stare out at you

A white sun
Sometimes an orange one
With a blob of pink
Or a cloud of light
What a beautiful sight

Pretty to look at,
Surreal to the eye,
To capture it you can try,
But you shoud
Remember the sunset sky

Poem Fanatic

Monday, November 23, 2015

Coromandel Fishers by Sarojini Naidu

Hello! For this post I will be exploring another poem written by Sarojini Naidu, called "Coromandel Fishers". This poem can be taken as an allegory, for although it speaks to fishermen, it's metaphoric value speaks to the nation, and can be considered a wakening call for the people of our country. When I wrote about "In the Bazaars of Hyderabad", I mentioned that Sarojini Naidu was one of our freedom fighters, and believed greatly in the Swadeshi movement. Naidu reflects her passion for India in this poem.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saturday Snapshot- 21/11/15

Hello everyone! I've started participating in "Saturday Snapshot", which is hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads. It challenges bloggers to put up a few pictures they (or their family/friends) have clicked every Saturday. This is my first post.... looking forward to continuing to share my experiences.
Batter in the muffin tins
This week, I baked delicious apple and cinnamon cupcakes from a recipe in Lisa Papademetriou's book, "Confectionately yours, Save the cupcake". I've outgrown the book,although it can be classified as Middle Grade The recipes, however.... are AMAZING! We baked 11 cupcakes, and they were all gone within 2 days. We gave three away, the rest were gobbled up by my family. Here are some pictures of the cupcakes and the baking process.

Cutting up some apples
Mixing the batter
Finished cupcakes

Enjoy your evening. Let me know if you've had any sweet treats this week in the comments section below.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A chameleon by Anton Cekhov

Hello everyone! Today I'm introducing a new series to my blog, called World Wednesday. I am not planning on posting these every week, but when I do, I will post about any piece of literature I’ve read that is set in a different culture, religion, country, state, continent, etc. It will be a window for people to share their opinions on literature that is outside of their comfort zones, and hopefully inspire them to read and learn more about other cultures. In a world that is so interconnected, it is important for us to know about other people's lives.
  For this first post, I will be writing about "A Chameleon" by Anton Chekhov, a short satire set in Russia.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Should I stay, or should I go?

Should I stay, or should I go?
Would I rather be her?
Would I rather be me?
Should I go dress like them?
Should I stay dressed as me?
Will I be like them?
Will I be like myself?
Could I walk like her?
Could I walk like them?
Should I stay right here?
Should I go to them?

If I was you and you were me,
Would we survive?
Where would we be?
Would we pass?
Would we fail?
Should I ask?
Should I stay?
Should I stay right here?
Should I go to them?
Should I leave my friends?
Should I stay with them?
So many questions...
Some don't apply,
Others do,
the main one being,
Should I stay right here?
Should I go to them?

Poem Fanatic

Friday, November 13, 2015

Seasonal Delight

Hello! I hope you enjoy the poem. It's inspired by the style of poetry used in Anne-Marie Conway's " Forbidden Friends".
Seasonal Delight
White face,
Odd shape,
Cold taste,
Red leaf,
Brown teeth,
Yellow seed
Fall leaf
Calm slumber
Shining layer,
Water stairs,
Sea of summer
Bright things,
Fluttering wing,
Birds sing,
Flower of spring

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

I recently finished the book, Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. I don't usually do book reviews or recommendations, but this book was begging for one. The story is so sweet and unusual, and the characters are so vivid that I couldn't help myself.

Publication Date: June 12th 2007
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Own Copy

  Sarah's Key consists of the stories of two characters. It moves between the narration of both characters until eventually one of the stories ends, and blends into the other. I found this quite unique. Although there are many writers who allow more than one character to be first person in a book, not a lot of them switch between milieus. 
  Tatiana de Rosnay switches between the story of a young Jew in occupied France and an American Journalist in modern day Paris. Although the Jew was born much before the American, the story allows them to share a bond.

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