My Review on John Grisham’s ‘The Client’

downloadHi friends! Its yet another Thursday. After giving it a deep thought, I decided to come up with a review this week. I love reading, you guys would’ve realised that by now. If I love some book, then I have a tendency to read the same author’s books until I get a little bored and decide to take a break. I was continuously reading Danielle Steel’s books when my hubby suggested that I read John Grisham’s Partner or Firm in the break. That is when I laid my hands on ‘The Client’ based on the suggestion by the librarian. I had a lot of disturbances in the middle of me reading this book as I was running from one place to the other. Yet, I just couldn’t stop thinking about the book. It was something which I wanted to just go on reading….

The Client is the story of a young eleven-year-old boy Mark Sway. He is too smart and intelligent for his age. He lives with his mom and younger brother after his parents’ divorce. One night he drags his brother along into the woods. When they are hiding behind the tree, they see one car enter the woods. In the woods, it’s not normal to see any car, so Mark is all curious about it and forces his brother to stay along. They see a guy trying to commit suicide. They try and stop him without his knowledge. He, then, suddenly sees Mark, catches hold of him, bashes him and blabbers something. Mark becomes aware of one the most guarded and most wanted secrets from the guy, who happens to be the lawyer for the Mafia kingpin who has hidden the dead body of the Senator. Apart from the lawyer, Mark is now aware of the secret. The lawyer pulls out a gun and kills himself right in front of Mark and his brother. The two boys are completely traumatised. Mark is scared to tell anything to anybody. So, he makes an anonymous call to 911 and informs them about a gun shot.

The police realise that Mark has seen much more than just hearing the gun shot. Despite, questioning him a number of times, they do not get a thing out of him except that he heard the gun shot. In the meanwhile, his brother is completely traumatised and is in a comatose state in the hospital. On one hand, the police is questioning and re questioning Mark and troubling him and on the other hand, a gangster threatens Mark with dire consequences, if at all he reveals to anyone whatever the lawyer told him, before killing himself.

Mark is now in a fix. He is aware of something which he shouldn’t have been and because of that he along with his family is in grave danger. If he reveals anything to the police he is sure that he along with his mom and brother will be killed. He is not sure of what he has to do. He decides to appoint a lawyer. He goes in search of one and lands in lawyer, Reggie Love’s office.

From then on, it is a gripping story of how he overcomes a series of hurdles that come in front of him in the form of police sometimes and that of the Mafia kingpin the rest of the time. How he comes out of this mess with his super intelligent brain and with the continuous help, support and advice of his lawyer Reggie is what makes ‘The Client’ a very gripping novel.

Any mystery novel lover should not miss this one. I suggest you should grab this one immediately and go on without stopping.

While you keep yourself busy with this book, let me go in search of some other book and start off, so that I can come up with more reviews.

Cheers!!!

Our Favourite Holiday Destination Goa

IMG_0728Hello!! I am back. . . Instead of giving a detailed description of our travel, I will break up the places we’ve visited and give individual place reviews. It makes more sense and it is easier for you guys to read as well. Goa is our favourite hangout place. Who doesn’t like Goa! Goa is everyone’s favourite destination to just chill and enjoy. We’ve been there now a couple of times. We have a few favourite places there. We do not mind going there again and again.

One of the few places which features in the list of our favourites is the Cola Beach. We found out about this beach on the internet. It was in the list of the secret beaches of Goa. The first time we went to Cola Beach, we had hire a two-wheeler from the hotel (situated in the South of Goa). The beach was about two hours away from the hotel. We kept following the google maps. We were about ten minutes away from the beach and google was insisting that we take a right turn. The turn seemed very unlikely because we couldn’t see any road. It was a mud road which was super narrow and it was very uneven. We did not know how we will cross that. We found it really unlikely for any beach to be locate there. I, in fact, told my husband that we should turn back. He did not want to give up. He told we will go a little ahead and see. The path was very interesting. It was a mud road, filled with stones and completely uneven. We are still not sure how we managed to cross that. We rode for about ten minutes and found a widespread land. We went a little further and then we were shocked to see what was there in front of us. We could see water below the cliff. We were mesmerised to see that. We have never seen blue coloured water anywhere in India and the beach was situated below the cliff.

This was really a wow moment for us. We were then trying to figure out how to get down the cliff to reach the beach. The path was really a difficult one. You had to climb down a few rocks and then, get down the steep stairs. We somehow managed to do it. The beach was really mesmerising. We went around the entire place and found it to be very silent and clean. We did not see many people on the beach except for a few foreigners. We went around the place and took a lot of pictures. We, then, sat own on the beach quietly to enjoy the waves. We spent about an hour or so of calm and serene nature.

The beach became so dear to us, that we went back to the same place when we went this 16195622_10154139979296440_4609146041898506694_ntime. We had taken the car this time. So, reaching the beach was a little more difficult. We somehow managed to reach. This time the path to get down the cliff had changed. There were a lot of changes that were made. They had a man-made pool where we found a lot of people and kids playing. This time when we went the beach was very noisy. There were a lot of people. It was not as calm as it was during our previous visit. We were to some extent disappointed, but we were happy that we went. We also found an over friendly doggie who posed with us for something which turned out to be an epic selfie.

When you go on your next visit to Goa, I suggest you should go to this beach.

Cheers!!!

My Bitter Sweet Experience with Uber

New-Logo-Vertical-DarkHi friends!!! I am two days late this week. It’s been a long time since I blogged generally. It has always been either some recipe or some book review. I hope you guys are enjoying what I am coming up with. I will slowly improve and do a lot more things in the coming days. Life has become so easy for everybody with Uber and Ola these days. I remember the days when one would struggle finding a cab. Uber and Ola have surely been a boon to metro cities where commuting from one place to another in normal cabs would not only be strenuous but also super expensive due to heavy traffic. It has, surely, been more than a year now since I have started using Uber for my commute to places little far off in Mumbai. Before Uber I used to rely on Ola and Meru. They were pretty good too, but not as efficient and fast as Uber at least in Mumbai.

Mumbai is a really huge city. The transportation here is the best we can find in any of the Indian cities. You can hop into a cab or a rickshaw (excepting for people living in South Mumbai) or a train or bus or even metro (only in the suburbs). The Kaali Peeli cabs and the trains being the famous out of the lot. You can confidently step out of your place and hop into a kaali peeli and get to your destination at ease, but there have been times when your kaali peeli drivers refuse to come to certain locations (the farther the destination the better for them). It causes a lot of inconvenience because at times when you’re in a hurry, you end up being in a fix. There have been times when I have stepped out of the house after 6 pm and none of the cabs which passed by me have accommodated me. That is when your Uber comes to your rescue. I started using Uber for this reason.

The first time I took an Uber to my husband’s office which is about an hour’s drive from home (sometimes more than that during peak hours), I was astonished. The price was really reasonable. We started using Uber often after that. The discount we were being given was like an icing on the cake. Everything went well up to a certain time. After that I started facing a few problems. Once when I was to be picked up from Chembur at 10.30 am, I booked an Uber. While I was waiting for him to pick us up, on the App I saw that guy had taken the wrong route. I immediately called him up and told him that he was going the wrong way. He then told that since he has already gone the wrong way, he cannot come back. I had to cancel my ride. I booked another one. The second guy was almost near my location, but for some reason he wasn’t able to figure out where to head. I gave him the directions on the phone, but he somehow couldn’t get it. I cancelled the ride and booked another one. The third time it got a little ridiculous because the guy picked us up from our location but he wasn’t able to start the trip as the location was not matching. We had to get out of the cab and cancel it. I booked the fourth one. Finally, the guy came to the location and picked us up.

After heading home, the first thing I did was try to give a complaint. I put up a complaint on the app, but there was no point doing it. They did not respond. I tried to search for a Customer Care number for Uber India where I could call up and personally give my complaint, but I did not find any. Since I faced the problem for the first time, I ignored it. The inconvenience I faced that day was something which cannot be explained.

The second time I had a problem with Uber was at Chennai. We wanted an Uber to drop us off at the airport. I booked one and our relative helped us with the directions. The driver told he understood and in the next five minutes, he cancelled the ride. I booked another one. The guy told he will make it, but did not for about fifteen minutes. We were to reach the airport. So, we cancelled the ride and we were charged for the same. I placed a complaint on the app but in vain.

The third time I had an issue was recently. We were five of us and we were to return home after dinner at 11.30 pm. So, while returning we had to book an Uber XL and we booked one. I could see that the guy was completing his previous trip. It showed on the app that he would take fifteen minutes. We waited for like more than twenty minutes but there was no sign. I tried calling him up like a billion times but his phone was not reachable. I, then, cancelled the ride and booked another one. The guy was about five minutes away from our location. I called up to direct him. He told me at 12 in the night that he can’t pick us up. I was really angry this time. I fired him. I asked him why he accepted my ride if he wasn’t interested in picking us up. He didn’t have an answer. He was very rude. I did not want to waste my time at that time of the night arguing with him. I wanted to just get out of the place at the earliest. So, we looked for two normal cabs.

What I would like to bring out in this post of mine is that there should be some route for us to contact the Uber Customer Care to give complaints. The lodging of complaints on the App and waiting for their response has not worked out at least for me. These matters should be taken care of and sorted because if it continues this way, I’m sure Uber will lose its sheen very soon. I am pretty sure I am not the only one who has had this experience.

Though I have had an excellent experience with Uber, these incidents make me think twice before I book one at night or when I am in a hurry to get somewhere. What will be the difference between the kaali peeli cabs and Uber, if the Uber drivers start becoming arrogant?

With this bitter sweet experience, I leave this platform open for all of you to share your experiences with me.

Cheers!!!

Note: The logo has been borrowed from the Internet

 

Methi Rice or Methi Pulao – A Quick Lunch Box Recipe

IMG_1063Hey friends! It’s a Thursday again. I’m here again with a post. This time it’s a recipe. One post every Thursday has actually made me less lazy nowadays. Thanks to my husband for coming up with the idea for a lazy me. I feel so happy to blog every week. I’ve lot of things to blog about, but I will, for some time give more importance to recipes because there is a possibility that I will forget the procedure. Methi Rice (or pulao) is a very healthy recipe. This is another variation of the Methi Pulao, the recipe of which I have posted long ago. We all know methi (or fenugreek) is very good for diabetes. When it is so, why not include the same in your daily diet?

When you have a bunch of fresh methi leaves and you are wondering what to do, go for this tasty Methi Rice. It is very ideal for a quick lunch box recipe as well.

Ingredients

1 bunch Methi (Fenugreek) Leaves finely chopped

2 onions finely chopped

1 cup Corn

1 teaspoon Jeera

1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

1 teaspoon Turmeric

1 teaspoon Chili Powder

½ teaspoon Garam Masala

1 teaspoon Kasuri Methi

1 teaspoon Aamchur Powder

2 cups Cooked Rice

Salt as per requirement

Oil – 1 Tablespoon

Method

  • Wash 2 cups of rice and pressure cook it with salt. I normally add salt while cooking the rice as it mixes well
  • Take a big pan and heat oil. Add jeera to it. Wait until it splutters.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute
  • Add the finely chopped onions and add little salt and fry until transparent
  • Add the finely chopped methi leaves and fry well
  • Add the corn and close the lid and cook until the corn becomes tender
  • Add the turmeric powder, chili powder, kasuri methi, aamchur powder and garam masala and mix well
  • Add the cooked rice and mix well. Add salt, if required
  • Serve with mixed vegetable raita and moong papad

This serves as a quick lunch box recipe. If you’re in a hurry to make lunch in the morning, it is a very good option. Try this out!

Cheers!!!

I’m 4 years old!!!

big-cake1256Hey friends! No, no; I’m not four years old, it’s my blog!! After having given my blog a makeover, I’ve been blogging regularly, since. Four years ago, on 28th of February, I decided to give a plunge into this blogging world. Four years later, today, I’m glad I did it. I never thought I’ll come this long in the blogging world. I always loved writing; and I wanted to share my experiences and thoughts. Nothing was better than blogging. That is how I started off.

I did not expect that I would come this far as I did not expect readers waiting for my posts, but to my surprise during the period in between, when I got lazy and stopped blogging regularly I had people asking me why I stopped blogging. In fact, there were people who were waiting for my posts. That I when I decided, come what may, I have to respect my readers, who encourage and motivate me to do what I love.

During the time when I had literally stopped blogging and put up like one post per month or so, my husband kept insisting that I should follow my passion for writing and blog regularly if at all I dream to achieve big in the writing field. With this continuous motivation and encouragement, I somehow managed to shed my laziness and decided for myself, to put a blog post every Thursday. I am a day late this week, I know. Considering the fact that I’ve consistently put up posts every week this month, I’m proud of myself for having comeback with blogging.

Recently, I gave my blog a makeover and my husband brought out the creative side in him, by designing a cover for it. With the hope that I will receive the same kind of encouragement from all of you, I wish to make my blog a huge success in the coming days.

Thank you so much for reading and giving me the feedback. Most importantly, thank you for motivating and encouraging me to continue blogging.

Cheers!!!

Note: The image has been borrowed from the net.