Friday, June 15, 2012

Bland to brilliant ?!

So..I have been doing a lot of research for T-shirt Upcycling.Me not having a sewing machine turns out to be a major disadvantage. :||Hence a brand new sewing machine is on my 'to buy as soon as possible' list!But this shortcoming didn't dampen my new found enthusiasm to revamp old bland T-shirts.
My recent 'conquest'
This was R's T-shirt but the neck tuned out to be a little too deep for R's taste,so now it's mine :O


Stuff you need to spice things up:
 Pair of Scissors.
Ball of Yarn of your choice.
Yarn needle.
Pencil/Marker to draw your design.
Loads of Patience.

Step 1 : Lay the T-shirt on a plain surface and chop off the sleeve seams and the bottom hems of the T-shirt.

Step 2:Take the T-shirt inside out and draw a pattern of your choice with the marker/ pencil.This is what I drew.

Step 3: Stitch away.Stitch away.I did a running stitch the entire pattern and tried blanket stitches on the sleeves and the bottom part.

Bland???Nayy!!! 8)
Photos courtesy :Me

Until next time..Peace! ✌ 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Book Review - Sister Of My Heart

Title: Sister Of My Heart.
Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
Publisher: Anchor.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 322.
Genre: Fiction, Women Centered.
Blurb: Here.

'Sister Of My Heart' is the third book that I've read by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni . The first one was 'The Mistress Of Spices' & the second  'The Palace Of Illusions'. There is something about her books which leaves the readers craving for more!

My Thoughts:
 'The Mistress of Spices' and 'The Palace of Illusions' both were uniquely magical. The former being a tale of love and spices and the latter picked from the pages of Hindu mythology. Unlike both the books 'Sister Of My Heart' is an enchanting tale(less dependent on magic) of two cousins who were born on the same day;prematurely born as a result of their mothers going into early labor after hearing the unexpected news-the demise of both fathers.
Anju, the smart, ambitious one and Sudha, the docile beauty; yet the bond which the sisters share seemed unbreakable. When a crisis hits the family, it is decided to get the girls married off and that's when each of the girls learn a dark secret which they are bound to carry with themselves for the rest of their lives. The relationship is not the same anymore. Anju is married to Sunil, who works in America. Sudha is married to Ramesh,a railway employee.
English: A photograph of Indian-American novel...
English: A photograph of Indian-American novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The first half of the book is about how the sisters grew up together and their relationship with the ladies in the house,both their mothers and aunt. Their strict upbringing so that they would grow up as ladies 'acceptable' to the society. A young love blooming between Sudha and Ashok which or so we think gets nipped in the bud leaving Sudha heartbroken.

The second half of the book reveals the now married sisters coping with the demons of their lives. Distance being a factor here, the sisters drift farther from each other. Crisis hits them again and how they find solace in each other. The till now submissive Sudha, lets go of her inhibitions and takes a stand for herself and Anju on the other hand sick with agony retreats into a shell.
I understand it is a female empowerment plot however the male characters were portrayed as complete losers. The only exception was Singhji, their driver, disfigured beyond recognition in a fire- punished for the follies he committed. At first I didn't quite apprehend the relevance of the character, only to be surprised at the end of the book! So, about the male characters, no father figures for the girls, Anju gets married to Sunil who is already enthralled by Sudha's beauty. Sudha who gets married to Ramesh, who cannot stand up for himself or his wife in front of his mother, making him a mamma's boy. Another male character was Ashok, Sudha's love interest. You cannot really blame that guy for sometimes acting like a jerk. Poor soul is in love. You rarely get that nowadays! :|
The chapters alternate between the two sister's point of view. The language is simple and the relationship between the sisters were so intimate and pure that it strikes a chord in the hearts of the readers. I welled up a couple of times.
The bond between the sisters is not the same anymore, the bond is more of a sense of duty than love. Even though Anju is initially represented as the brave and rebellious among the two, it is Sudha who is brave in many life altering situations.
The story does not end here. The story continues in the sequel 'The Vine of Desire'. Will the sisters unravel the secrets they have been hiding from the other? Will they still stick with each other when tragedy strikes yet again? Will selfish love come in between the two sisters? Or will love bring them closer than ever before?
I have no ideaI'm in the process of reading 'The Vine of Desire' so hopefully, will soon know.

In short- 'Sister Of My Heart' is a painful,emotional& a beautiful book!

My rating:

Enhanced by Zemanta

Friday, June 1, 2012

Book Review - The Lincoln Lawyer

Title: The Lincoln Lawyer.
Author: Michael Connelly.
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 432.
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Court-room Drama.
Blurb: Here.

I had never heard of the author Michael Connelly, for that matter there are so many great authors whose works are still alien to me. :|| until one day one of my school friends suggested another book by the same author 'The Poet' (which by the way is in 'to-read' list). So I did a little digging around and found that this book was  made into a major motion picture starring none other than the  unbelievably gorgeous & stunning Matthew Mcconaughey. :L

My Thoughts:

'There is no client as scary as an innocent man'

I had seen the trailor of the movie version and I kinda got the idea. The plot in a nut shell would be sleazy/anti hero lawyer, an assault/rape, a victim-Reggie Campo, a suspect-Louis Roulet. The twist- the readers are unsure who is the victim and who is the suspect.
The protagonist, Mickey Haller, defense attorney is juggling with his professional life and personal life when he hits the jackpot, a franchise client Louis Roulet.Initially the case looks like a clear win for Mickey until he starts noticing glitches in the stories of both Louis Roulet and Reggie Campo. Add to the current mess,Mickey is haunted by an old case-similar in many grounds, in which he made his client(Jesus Menendez) plead guilty in order to avoid death sentence. Now he feels he is face to face with his biggest fear-not recognizing an innocent client about which his father had written in many of his books. From there its a roller coaster ride. By the middle of the book the readers would know who did what but the question remains how will Mickey escape from the trap which he himself set.
Even though Mickey is portrayed as a corrupt lawyer who defends just about anybody who is willing to pay him, the readers would more likely be drawn to him. His charm and his quick tongue is  almost irresistible! The fact that he buys 4 Lincoln cars with the money he got from winning some old case and thinking about using it as limo service, he still being cordial with both of his ex wives and finding time to mend ways with his daughter is quite endearing.
What particularly marveled me was the vast knowledge about legal affairs by the author(which obviously shows how good a researcher he is). Not just the rules and regulations but the shady deals too which makes the plot more realistic. Loads of twists and turns leaving the readers almost breathless. The book was aptly paced, suspense increasing by each page leaving me tempted to flip pages and read the ending.
I was a tad bit disappointed with the climax, it seemed a little filmy. Other than that, an impressive read.
As per R the movie is just okay. I am looking forward to watch the movie though!

My rating: