Posted in Tv Shows

Fresh Netflix: Spinning Out (2020)

Netflix’s Spinning Out follows the story of Kat Baker, a twenty one-year old ice skater who has a tough time getting back to her best after a really scary fall. It has ten episodes and battles themes like mental illness, family pressure, and a very weirdly surprising competitiveness in ice skating. (I always thought ice skating was just fun and games, but nope.)

I didn’t actually like the first few episodes because there were a few things that freaked me out. But overall, the show is actually quite good. It does seem like a drag in the middle but the last four episodes are really good and I was very satisfied with the ending (though there were a few things I would’ve done differently).

It isn’t the best Netflix has given, but it isn’t the worst either and the various storylines of the characters are quite engaging. Even though Kat Baker is the protagonist of the show, it is not just about her. (She will frustrate you at various different points though).

Rating: 7.5/10. 

Posted in music

Top 5 songs I’ve been listening to in January, 2020.

Like always, I’ve found five songs that I’ve been really obsessed with this whole month:

  1. Quite Miss Home by James Arthur.
  2. Lover by Taylor Swift feat. Shawn Mendes.
  3. Changes by Lauv.
  4. Smithereens by 21 Pilots.
  5. Lose You to Love Me by Selena Gomez.
Posted in books

December 2019 Book List

The whole month of December that I’ve been home, I’ve read a ton of new books almost to make up for the massive amount of books I did not read in the months before – these are the books I ended my year with:

1) From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon : I really liked parts of this book and really disliked parts of this book. The story follows Twinkle Mehra, a high school student who aspires to become a movie director and then gets chance to direct a movie for an upcoming festival along with another student who’s the twin brother of her longtime crush. Various parts of the book are really high school-ish and various choices that Twinkle made really infuriated me. Despite all that, the book is a fresh read.

2) Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy : I had been so excited to read this book for so long and it really lived up to everything I’d heard about it. Dumplin’ is the story of Willowdean who’s the teenage daughter of a former beauty queen in a small town. Will decides to run for the beauty pageant as a protest against everything she’s felt since her aunt passed away. The book tests Willowdean’s friendships, and relationships, and her mother and is really, really engaging. The ending of the book disappointed me a bit and I felt like it ended really abruptly.

3) The Chosen One by Sam Bourne : This was the second book that I read by Sam Bourne and it was as good and as crazy as the first one was. The book follows the story of Maggie Castello, the political advisor for the President of the United States who’s presidency is threatened by an anonymous source revealing secrets that would lead to impeachment. The book follows Maggie across the country as she tries to protect the man she ran a successful campaign for, and the ending will shock you.
5/5 for this book!

4) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas : This was another book that I was really exited for but really disappointed by the ending. The book starts with Starr Carter, a high school student watching from the passenger side seat as her friend is shot dead by a white policeman. Starr then goes from staying far away from the shooting to standing up for her community. The book is a really easy read, but it felt like it ended way too soon.
[Side Note: Both Dumplin’ and THUG are now movies!].

5) Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman : Eleanor is a middle aged woman who lives alone, works as an accountant, talks to her mom every Wednesday and has an extremely routine life. The book follows her story as various things end up disturbing her routine and making Eleanor step out of her comfort zone. The book is really good. It keeps you engaged throughout because you really want to unravel Eleanor’s history, and in other parts you can’t help but feel for Eleanor and everything she has gone through. I was also really satisfied by the ending.

6) Fool me Once by Harlan Coben : I’ve wanted to read Harlan Coben books since a real long time, and if you’ve ever thought about reading them too – this is a GREAT book to start with! The book is essentially a murder mystery where the protagonist tries to find out who killed her husband. The ending of the book is quite mind-blowing and the whole storyline is so engaging that you’ll always be surprised.

7) Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan : Counting by 7’s is the story of a twelve year old girl who loses her parents and her life is turned upside down when she suddenly finds herself surrounded by people who cannot understand her at all. Slowly, she makes a new family and the ending of the book is this small hurrah you know she deserves.

Posted in music

Harry Styles – Fine Line

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Harry Styles released his second studio album on 13th December, so obviously I’ve heard it over a million times by now!

The album has 12 songs and I’ve shortlisted my favourite ones for your perusal:
(a) Canyon Moon
(b) Fine Line
(c) Watermelon Sugar

I watched this interview where Harry spoke about how with the previous album he was very reserved and he didn’t want to experiment much, but with this one he just wanted to have fun and not be safe and you can clearly hear it in his music! [Side Note: I’m absolutely loving the fact that his nail paint is always matching his outfits – he also has been flaunting this really cute watermelon nail paint.]

I’ve yet to find a Harry Style song that I don’t love and the 12 tracks in this album are soon going to be among my most played. The best part about a new album (other than just the music), is the fact that for album promotions, Harry Styles is everywhere. He’s hosted SNL, James Corden and been on Ellen and every single show and given a ton of content to drool over!

I’m currently LOVING his cover of Juice in the live lounge ( GO WATCH ).
If you haven’t heard new Harry Styles music yet, its about time you did because it is heavenly!

Posted in Personal

Coorg: A 5-minute Review

Coorg, is this quite little town near Bangalore in India. Once you reach, you’re surrounded by a lot of green and if you’re vacationing in the winter months, then by this cold breeze that is really comforting. Reaching Coorg – if you loathe road travel – is a long drive from Bangalore airport. It took us 7.5 hours (and google maps shows you 5.5 hours so be prepared for traffic and road works). There are alternate ways to reach Coorg as well ( Check here! ).

We spent three full days in Coorg (at Club Mahindra’s Madikeri Resort) and went around to a lot of touristy places (plus, we tried local food!). Here’s a list of things we did and food we ate:

1) Madikeri Fort – The fort is barely a wall around some old buildings. If you’ve seen forts in other parts of the country, this really is a disappointment. There’s a government run museum inside the building of an old church.

2) Talacauvery – The origin of the river Cauvery is around 30 kms from the Club Mahindra Resort and 35 kms from the main town. The drive takes about 1.5 hours (remember that you’re driving on hilly roads!). The place is essentially a temple and thus has clothing restrictions. You have to be fully clothed but you can take clothing on rent as well.

3) Coorg Cuisine – Coorg Cuisine is this little place quite near to the Fort right in the center of the town. Its always full and you might have to wait a bit. They serve traditional coorg dishes: we tried the bamboo shoot curry, akki otto and rice dumplings. The food was quite good and filling, however fair warning: if your stomach isn’t accustomed to food like this, you will most probably end up with a stomachache.

4) Abbi Falls – The waterfalls is a one hour drive from the main town. Once your car reaches the main entrance, you have to walk down to the falls. The walk is just a long paved path that takes you about ten minutes. The falls themselves are huge and probably will have a lot more water during the monsoons season. The entrance has loads of little shops for you to get refreshments and junk food from.

5) Raja’s Seat – In the middle of Madikeri town is this park called Raja’s Seat (we crossed it atleast twice every single day). Its just a small town park with a fountain in the middle and a pathway around it, but the view from the edge of the park is beautiful. It takes you ten – fifteen minutes to walk around the whole park.

6) Dubare Elephant Camp – The Elephant camp is 35 kms from the main town and it only makes sense if you arrive there early in the morning: keep 9:30 AM as your target time and leave. Your car will leave you at the entrance on the boat and you’ve to take a five-minute boat ride to the entrance of the camp. Here you can pay a simple fee to bathe the elephants along with the camp residents, or alternatively watch the elephants being bathed. The camp also lets you watch elephants being fed and you can get a few pictures along the way. They shut at 11:00 AM and re-open again in the evening.

7) Raintree Restaurant – Raintree is located on one of the side roads from the main town. Its a small place on a bungalow’s property and the menu has both Indian and Chinese dishes. We tried kadhai paneer, dal fry and kerela paratha and everything was really yummy. We had coffee afterwards and I think if you’re visiting coorg, you should definitely try this place!

Posted in Harry Potter, Quote

My top 10 Harry Potter movie quotes of all time – Part 1.

Its true that a lot of content has been changed, or altered or shortened from making the books into a movie. However, the movies are pretty great. I’ve grown up watching them and I absolutely LOVE re-watching them. Here are my top 10 movie quotes spanning over the eight movies:

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:
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  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
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  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
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  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:
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