Monday, September 30, 2013

#GoodbyeBreakingBad


I still can't bring myself to accept that Breaking Bad is over. No more Walter White. No more Jesse Pinkman. No more meth cooking. No more drug deals. No more barrels full of millions of cash. No more manipulations. No more master minded murders.

I'm not going to go in detail why one should watch this show. It's just one of those shows which shouldn't be missed, period. Just a regular mindbogglingly clever, leaving-audience-by-the-thread fabulousness!



It was a tight 75 minutes yesterday. I could barely breathe and I welled up at the last scene. No spoilers, don't worry. Damn, that was an epic finale! I'm sure a huge percent of the 6 million viewers yesterday had an idea what was going to happen. But, man the way the whole episode was directed. Well, the whole series was top notch job!

Some random awesome gifs!

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Walter White, all calm and composed. The events that unfolded resembled a sort of domino effect ending in the major catastrophe with absolutely no loose ends. Thinking about the last episode, it was perfection. Everything was taken into account. Anybody that dared crossed Walter White's path had to pay the price.

In the last scene, I tried not to bawl my eyes out. My heart must have weighed a ton! Yes, I am talking about a TV show. The icing being the soundtrack at the last scene. It couldn't get better than that. Now I don't know what to do with my life :(


R.I.P Breaking Bad.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Snippets




TheBestie: We deserve some credit.
                    Blah blah blah.. Somebody is  getting admitted somewhere.
                    As much as I hate using the cliche, time fliea
                    Fliea 
                   *Flies


Me: Yes, cliched as it is..time flies.
         Um, who deserves credit for what? :o


TheBestie: We deserve credit for taking all the shit that life throws at us with our chins up!

Me: Yes, that we do :)

~~~~

Me: I have to buy me some heels.
        Its been ages since I wore anything resembling pumps or stilettos or anything of that sort.
        All I have is an ankle boots which has a heel of some sort! :(


TheBestie: #firstworldfashionwoes
                     Lolooo :P

Me: :/

TheBestie: My pain right now is the dot size stain on my suede bag.

Me: #eyeroll. 
~~~~


TheBestie: My happiest day will be when I see you on watsapp

Me: I wont. :|

TheBestie: #getlost

   ~~~~

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Be my wonderwall


Its a weary place out there. Every nook, every corner: occupied, yet loneliness and desperation hangs thick in the brightly lit night. The next person doesn't know what you have been through. Heck, you are not sure whether you can make it through the day. You have absolutely no clue as to the demons he has to fight everyday. A smile here, a nod there and yet you have never felt more isolated. An emptiness prevails.


And every now and then, you let someone in. To fill your void with their aura. Even though they leave your side way sooner than you like it to be, the few hours you have with them fills you up. It unburdens you, sets you free, warms you up on those lingering, lonely, bone numbing cold nights.
You feel alive and shed a million happy tears. Every hour feels less than a second. You wonder whether they feel the same way. To feel the connection and letting yourself drop your guard. There is no way to know, in this haze of emptiness around you. This scares you and still you hang on, clawing on to the last shreds of warmth they left behind.
That  fleeting sense of belonging brings a sort of inexplicable pleasure. It may or may not slip through your fingers but that moment is all yours to hold on to!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

TV Shows : Categorized

While I got bored writing about one show per post, I thought I could just rave and rant about a bunch of shows in a single post. Let's admit I love talking about TV Shows. One of the reasons why I love Fall is almost all shows come back in Fall. Yeay for that!

Watch Again and again & again

1. Watching the entire series of F.R.I.E.N.D.S  again is one of my happy places. Its surprising how the jokes are still so funny for me. #fanforlife

2. I have been thinking a lot about Scrubs lately. That was one of the first TV shows which I had sat down and watched in Netflix. I was new to Netflix and a TV series marathon was still unheard of. The hours passed way too quickly and so did the episodes until it came to an end and I was an addict. I needed a new hit. Thus began my love for TV series. :D One of these days I will watch it again.

3. A show which left me aching for more chic lit TV shows and never found one remotely close is Sex and the City. 4 friends cruising through NewYork, juggling life, love, career and ofcourse sex. I loved the girls. I loved Carrie's clothes. I loved her apartment. I loved everything about the show.


Oh Please Don't End

1. The week seems long and each day is a drag when you have to wait for every Sunday to watch what happens now in Breaking Bad. What would happen to Jesse the junkie and Walt aka Heisenberg at the end? This show has been so epic that the ending should be as mindblowing as all the episodes. BrBa would be missed.

2. I haven't watch the last season of Dexter and this weekend is the epic finale. I can take my own time and watch the entire last season at my pace. Savor every moment. I am almost too scared to watch, what would happen to the most loved serial killer.


Cautiously Enjoying

1. The Netflix series Orange Is The New Black is a pretty good show, even though I did hear mixed reviews about the book. I watched the entire season in 2-3 days. Even though its a prison series, its more on the funnier side. Let's see what happens in season 2. Wonder how long the series continues. I don't think too long, since the author of the book spends only 15 months in prison.

2. Fan of Norman Bates aka The Psycho? There is a newish  show called Bates Motel, portraying Normal Bates before he became a..you know cross dressing cold blooded murderer. Sounds morbid, right. It is. The first season is over and it would be returning for a second season. I just coupla episodes. It sure is dark. Me like some dark.

3. The New Girl is back for Season 3. Things ended on a fairly dramatic note in season 2. I love all the characters. So I'm still watching this one.

4. Read or watched the Hannibal books/movies? Weren't you absolutely horrified and yet loved every minute of it? So imagine a weekly dosage of Hannibal. The show is classy, clever and oh-so-goosebump-worthy. I missed the last coupla episodes. I need to do a lotta watching!


Yet To Be Blown Away

1. Haven has not yet taken my breath away. I'm still giving it a chance though. Maybe a few episodes more.

2. I wonder what's so great about It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I watched the first coupla episodes. Funny? Yea, sure. Hilarious ? Um..meh.. I guess I need to give it another go, especially since the show is in its 9th season. Something must surely be good.


Bites The Dust

1. Rules Of Engagement came to an end. I wasn't particularly relieved or sad. I guess the show just had nothing more to offer and had to just go bye bye.

2. On the other hand Happy Endings was cancelled. I mean why? Sure, the show is not for everyone. People might not find them funny, but they are to some people. Like me. :( Anyway when one goes a few others do pop up.


Time To Pack & Leave?!

1. Grey's Anatomy's 10th season is coming up! Season 10!! I hope it ends this season. Don't get me wrong. I mean I heart Grey's Anatomy, but with Sandra Oh (Christina Yang) leaving and few other stars following soon , I think it would be a wise decision for Shonda Rhimes to wrap up the show with dignity before it becomes a drag. I would still watch it. I am a too much of a devotee not to watch.

2. Eight seasons of waiting patiently. Watching the lives of 5 youngster evolve as time passes. All this to find who the mother is. This show was good for most parts of it. Ted  seemed to have dated everybody in Manhattan and much to everyone's relief/horror the last season's finale did reveal the mother. How I Met Your Mother was a fun ride and my expectations of the mother fell flat. I didn't quite like her nor did I hate her. I hope she is funny like the rest of the cast. You know 8 seasons of building up the hype. Sometimes expectations may not be met. Lets' see how she plays out in the coming season.


I Honestly Don't Care Anymore

1. The Winchester brothers. Funny, good looking and hunters. They were a package. I followed all the episodes of Supernatural like an ardent fan. I watched it when Lucifer arose from hell. I was even intrigued. My interest peaked when Castiel showed up. Everything was going good. Some humor here and there. A lotta bad guys being hunted down. Then the decline happened. A devil's tablet? I managed to still watch. However, an angel's tablet?! It's cringe worthy. I didn't continue to watch. I couldn't take it anymore. It's gots to goes. :|

2. True Blood  was of one of those vampire shows I absolutely loved, especially since it didn't happen in and around a high school! I had enjoyed every episode until the season 5. Since I like to watch episodes on my pace without any disturbances in between, I thought I will watch it later. However, the amount of crap which is happening in the episodes. It's #facepalm all over again! I wish I could continue watching, but I don't want to. :/

3. Another vampire show I vaguely watched was The Vampire Diaries. The main reason being Damon Salvatore. Even he couldn't manage to make me sit through an episode. These vampires/werewolves aka students seem to have one problem following the other. I think I am getting old :| I don't know, it just slipped away from my interest list.


Yet to watch

Truckloads of them. There are a gazillion TV shows and I don't have time. :(


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Indiana

A little bit of patience, an itty bitty smile can soon escalate things. From a queen  room to a king suite!! Too bad I didn't take any photographs.

Note to self : Always always carry your camera with you and not buried under your clothes and when you do have it with you.. Remember :|

TheBetterHalf had a meeting in Indianapolis some time back and initially I was not planning to join him. I guess we haven't reached that stage in our relationship where we are okay with spending nights apart. Or I am just plain scared to sleep alone in. Your pick.
Anyhoo, we got a rental car and off we went. I was still in the 'just back from Wisconsin' phase. So I wasn't in my usual yeayy we are going to a new place mode. The drive was kinda event less. The scene really didn't change much. It was just an endless sea of trucks following other trucks.
 However, it was a gloriously beautiful day.  I got to see rows and rows of windmills stretching for miles. So that was a pretty cool thing to see. Maybe because it was my first.

All the pics were taken either in my crappy phone of his Iphone. You will know which is which. :/


I'm pretty sure you can figure out those. You can right? 




 P.S : As you may have noticed, I am a sucker for white fluffy clouds :D

After around 3 hours of driving, we reach our hotel. The front desk gives our key. We reach our room, eager to crash and what do we see. The room is locked from inside and it seems there is some cleaning happening and it would take another 2 hours!
Long story short, the manager as an apology for making us wait, gives us the king suite. Well that was unexpected :D No big deal, just a huge ass awesome room with a great view. Thinking about it, I feel like a real dunce. Why didn't I think of clicking away?! I guess the logical answer is, I was just way happier jumping up and down on the fluffy king size bed than taking pictures :D

The hotel was located in Downtown Indianapolis. It was pretty nice there. We didn't get to see lotta places.  Some decent restaurants. Good food makes me happy.


I found this outside a restaurant called Bru Burgers. Out of the world burgers btw :D

Monument Circle

Indiana State Capitol Building

Monument Circle again.

The Post Office & Court wrapped in one!




Friday, September 6, 2013

Atlas

It's here.


The soundtrack is here!


| Coldplay | The Hunger Games | Catching Fire | Soundtrack | Goosebumps | Fangirling |

 
The more I listen, the more I am addicted and I can't stop!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Advice from Hemingway


That's actually a pretty cool thing to say. I might frame this!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Book Review - The Almond Tree


Title: The Almond Tree.
Author: Michelle Cohen Corasanti.
Publisher: Garnet Publishing.
Year of Publication: 2013.
  Format: E-book.
Pages: 352.
Genre: Historical Fiction, War, Contemporary.
Blurb: Here.

I had received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an unbiased opinion.





My Thoughts:
I am not sure whether I am a fan of war books, but this genre highly ignites my curiosity. I'm not saying that by reading a war genre book, I understand the trauma the people are subjected to. What it does is, it gives me a peek, the tip of an iceberg. It makes me feel humbled and thankful. Once in a while we come across a book so profound and riveting that it makes you stop dead in your tracks! The Almond Tree is a perfect example. The author weaves a heart- rending tale set on a pragmatic premise. The story does not waste time making the readers to get comfortable. The story is uncomfortable and tragic. It begins with a catastrophic event and had me shell-shocked and fully attentive.
The plot unfolds from Ichmad Hamid's point of view. The eldest son in a large Palestinian family caught up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With no land or a decent roof above their heads, the family still manages to remain happy with whatever meagre means they have, until Ichmad's father is wrongfully arrested. 
Ichmad is a mathematical genius. Forced to take on the sole responsibility for his family to survive, he has to discontinue his studies.  After toiling all day and studying at nights, Ichamd is offered a once in a life time offer where he gets a scholarship to study in a Hebrew University and later move to America.


 
 His mother wants him to keep working so that the family can be taken care of and younger brother Abbas, is enraged at the idea of  Ichmad having any associations with the Israelis. His imprisoned father encourages him to go pursue his dreams. Even though he does go after his dreams, there are repercussions; a price to pay. The story did remind me of The Kite Runner. It is similar yet so much different. 
The author has done a commendable job accentuating the unrest between Israel and Palestine. The general attitude among the people is portrayed wonderfully. She handled the trauma faced by the people to a deeply intimate level. The characters were well developed, their point of views and opinions were well described. 
The story spans over 50 years. To contain the 50 years in a book without boring the readers, there would be a few bumps regarding the smoothness in the transition of the story. There are few abrupt turns in the story line. However these shortcomings can be easily overlooked by the sheer magnitude of the story.
It’s not just the life of Ichmad but also the story of his brother, Abbas who worked as hard as Ichmad for the family. One grew up to be more broad minded and the other nursing a fierce hatred. There is more to the story than this, but I don't want to give out any details. The Almond Tree is one of the most fascinating and powerful books I have ever read. A book which would make you think, a plot which would make you cry, endure heartache, laugh and rejoice at the goodness in humanity. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.



My rating: