Thursday, July 23, 2009

Of Birthday, Books and the time went by:

Last week was such a glorious one for the mighty me had her birthday on the 14th and since it was a weekday, the better half went all that way to ensure that festivities weren’t any less.

He started bestowing me with gifts much in advance. Shopping for Books and Footwear followed. Sunday breakfast at Koshy’s. Another round of shopping at Fab India. Mid night cake cutting in a candle lit balcony. Another round of cake cutting in office, followed by a sumptuous lunch treat in La Casa. Evening was spent partying at home. A small group of good friends, music, food, bubbly - you know the essentials. Aman took an off while I had to slog it out at work. His premise – “it’s my wife’s birthday and I want to have fun”. Although most part of his day too was spent in preparations for evening.
And life did look quite rosy. The week was made even more beautiful with some added shopping escapades with some fabulous dinners. Thanks Aman for making it so lovely.

I have been procrastinating about writing for way to long now. And thanks to this new addiction called twitter, blog has taken a back seat. So for all those who have been missing me, follow me here on twitter.

Coming to Books:
Among finishing other books I also managed to read Bringing up Vasu, by Parul Sharma. I usually don’t do reviews but this one time I do want to write a bit about this one solely because Parul is the first person I know who has a book to her name :). I have been reading her blog for a few months now and I feel I owe this to her.

Bringing up Vasu is a very good first time effort. The blurb of the book does full justice in telling the reader what to expect.
Let’s first talk about what I didn’t like and then move to what I loved about the book. It’s nice to end at positive note you see.
Firstly for a non mum like me there is just too much poop in the first half of the book. While I am sure that, the poop is the reality of life and sooner or later even I will have to face it, somehow reading about it didn’t excite me all that much.
Secondly, at some and I insist only at some instances the humor was a tad bit forced.

Leaving these 2 things aside the book is a very nice light read, for mums as well as non mums who might some day decide to become one. The book is funny and energetic. It has its share of moments that tug at your heart, like when the protagonist decides to take up a assignment and leave her new born in the hands of maid. Her dilemma, her confusion and her paranoia, I am quite sure all working mothers go through it. The book is about her aspirations to be this cool super mom which again, I think, a lot of women would want to be. The book is about how she wants the best and only the best for her son.
This book is also a must read for men who have these splendid notions that children are all hunky dorky and fun to be with. I do plan to force Aman to read it as well.

There are these letters that the mum has written to her son on completion of each quarter and they are an absolute delight to read. Parul ends the book in a manner which tells me that a sequel is in the offering. This genre of Indian writing is new, as I haven’t come across a book on similar lines.
Parul – kudos to you for pulling this off. I am sure we can wait for more.

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33 comments:

Hopeless Romantic said...

belated happy bday...i am sure u enjoyed it a lot....i did read abt that book in the blog...but since i am now in brisbane..may not get access to it...but hearing good things abt it!

Amit

Passionate Goof said...

A week long celebration? You lucky lucky girl! I so envy you. But that means an equally amazing year lies ahead of you right?

About the book, my luck is against me, I doubt if I will lay hands on it in the near future!

Rush said...

hey u are married? i thought that was ur boyfriend..dumbme!!!

coming to the book, sounds pretty fascinating, not sure if i can grab a copy at the library, but given a chance would love to read.
liked ur review..

Rush said...

Sorry..i forgot to wish...BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
looks like u have the best days of the year, have fun and keep sharing :)
its fun reading ur posts :)

Monika said...

an all new look to the blog too on birthday :D

a week long celebration sound good :)

and i know what u mean by poop in parul's blog i would have thought exactly like that pre-ojas

vidya said...

Belated B'day wishes to you! Wish u a many more wonderful birthdays...

indianhomemaker said...

Belated Happy Birthday Iya!!! Cancerian? :) Week long celebrations and all these gifts.... many, many happy returns dear Iya :)

mindspace said...

hi lady... i knew its twitter that is keeping most bloggers glued to it nowadays so glad to see an update here :) i like this new template, i guess it makes the posts look shorter. had u written this much in the older template, it would have run much longer..
belated birthday wishes and wishing u loads of happiness. cake cutting in the candle lit balcony sounds interesting..

Piper .. said...

Happy Bday Iya, albeit a lil late :):) Sounds like you had a blast!

Indyeah said...

Happy Birthday once again darl:))
((hugs)))

that sounds like a lovely lovely way to celebrate it:)
May you have such amazing moments always!:))

Serendipity said...

Happy beeelated Iya!!!! :)

Hope u had a good one!

Meira said...

Belated Happy Birthday :)
Hope the celebrations continue :)

And Aman took an off on your birthday!! Wait, I'l fetch the spouse to read his post of yours:D

Iya said...

@ Hopeless Romantic – Thanks so much, it was indeed very good

@ GM – Hehe, yes a week long.. so loved it

@ Rush – now I will take that as a compliment. Well I have been married for 3 and half years, now don’t faint..

@ Monika – u mean even I’ll have to face all that, sigh

Monika,Ansh said...

Happy Belated birthday to you. Sounds like a wonderful celebration. Can I borrow your husband to give lessons to mine for a while?

Iya said...

@Vidya – Thanks

@ IHM – yup a cancerian, although some traits don’t match

@ Tara – yes, twitter is keeping some of us away. Why aren’t u there too?

@ Piper – thanks J

Iya said...

@ Indyeah – thanks, it was awesome

@ Serendipity – Thanks

@ Meira – thanks lady. Yes my sweetheart did take an off to celebrate my birthday, while I was in office. My friends had a different theory but let me not disclose it..

Iya said...

@ Monika,Ansh - LOL, u r most welcome. le jao..

Kanupriya said...

For the new layout - White is looking good, my suggestions wud be to just add one of the cute pics of u & aman as header yet again :).Will bring some more vibrancy to the overall page.
And for the book, haven't read it yet, will catch up on it soon...

Imp's Mom said...

luv ur new look! :)

nice to knw u had a great tie on ur b'day..!

May u have such wonderful amazing moments always!

Masood said...

Belated birthday wishes! :)

And love the new look...

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

Came here from Parul's blog. Belated birthday wishes! Sounds like you had a fabulous day!

And sigh...you've got me missing Koshy's and Casa's now!! :(

I like your review of Parul's book too, pretty similar to mine. Except that I didn't mind the poop too much, having waded through the stuff twice over! :)

Mama - Mia said...

:)

belated happy birthday!

amy each day of this year be as wonderful!

hugs!

numerounity said...

Belated happy Birthday! Nice blog...

Solilo said...

Did I wish you happy birthday? Sorry if I didn't.

Belated Birthday wishes. You had loads of fun. Didn't you? That profile picture is good.

Rohini said...

Happy belated birthday!

Rush said...

so finally a renovation?
love the profile pic!!

Meira said...

Nice pic.
And I've moved from blogger to happyhoursbeginhere.wordpress.com.
Pls toh update :)

Deeps said...

hey,belated b'day wishes,Iya! You too bitten by the twitterbug??Baba,re!!

The layout looks really nice and your profile too.

Best wishes to you :)

Ekta said...

thats wonderful Iya!What a celebration. Aman leaves no stone unturned to pamper you... You indeed are very lucky!

indianhomemaker said...

Wow that's some birthday celebration :) Happy (belated) birthday from me too :) I have been away a while, and look forward to loads of catching up here....

Mampi said...

Belated happy birthday to you.

Mumbai Diva said...

I actually came back to read this again. Had barely scanned it the first time. had been a bit out of action in the blogging world.

i see a change of background has happened too :)

Swati said...

WOW ..WHAT A BIRTHDAY ! Happy Birthday !