Wednesday, November 6, 2013

College Rants #6- Just a quick update.

It's crazy that I haven't ranted in such a long time. Durga Pujo went by, so did Diwali and yet there was no rant on my blog! Crazy right?

Actually, I was so busy being addicted to Facebook, that I didn't get quite get the 'time' to post something. Yeah, I just made a public statement that I am a hopeless FB addict. Sigh.
Thanks heavens for the college that I get to be online only on weekends. God knows what would have happened otherwise!

Exams are coming and I have studied nothing. NOTHING. I have spent this semester doing  God only knows what. I don't know any damn thing about any subject and it is terrifying the hell out of me. And what do I do about it? Nothing.


I remember the times before my 10th board exams when I at least used to SIT in one place with all my books. I don't even do that now. But that was the time when my History book used to be amazing and the English book was constantly at my bedside. There is a fat chance of me taking my McCabe Smith (A Fluid Mechanics text book) to bed with me.
*Shudders with horror at the thought of it* 

To think of it, I haven't even opened the book in the semester, Bhagwan only knows what I will do in my exams!

Holidays were good, just like they are all the time. An unexpected visit from my brother made things all the more merrier. And trust him to get me addicted to a new something. It was this amazing game called Don't Starve this time. I love the frickin game so much, I totally want to write a story on it!

Talking of me wanting to write stories, there is this One-act-play-cum-story plot on my mind since 3 months that I want to write very very badly. But the problems are:

1. I don't have the first idea about writing a play.
2. I want it to be a musical and I don't have the first idea about writing a musical either.

So, the story is pretty complex with two narratives going simultaneously. One I want to make a third person narrative which is the musical going on and one would be the first person narrative of the protagonist (a girl) who is a dancer. Now having a friend who is the most amazing dancer alive is a great help. I mean, the reason I want to write this is because I am so hugely inspired by Rimli when she talks about her passion.

The problem is with the other vital part which is concerned mostly with music and a musician (two to think of it). I am absolutely addicted to music, but I don't know how to WRITE about it. I have never been in a musician's place to think and feel that way. And I want to. I really want to because I want to do my story justice. I want to do the MUSICIAN in my story justice.

And for that, I need to get hold of someone and listen to them TALK. Just like I listen to Rimli talk. Then only I feel I will be able to write.

But I don't know that 'someone' :( 

Gosh, look at me rant! I don't make any sense do I? My apologies.

*Track change No.1*

I have become crazed about something else these days. Book merchandise. I stare and crave at Harry Potter charms and TFIOS charms and Perks of being a wallflower stuff so much that I am going mad with desire. So at the end, I ended up making this one-

I know I suck as a painter and all but what the hell, I totally love this! And it looks perfect on my bag :D

Now, I am after making a Harry Potter badge. But I don't have the colors or anything. Let's see though!

*Track change No.2*

Have you ever experienced a time when you see some person, say X, from a distance or through slight acquaintance and you start wondering stuff and end up making a character of your own thoughts around X? As in, just the wish to know more about X meddles up your mind into thinking weird things and doing stupid stuff? 

Please say yes so that I know I am not a lone figure battling with this :-|

Crushes can be so damn trying you know? 


I think I will get back to reading The Fault in our Stars again. Or maybe not, because that would make me cry buckets again :P

Bidding a farewell with mixed feelings,

Monday, November 4, 2013

Spying in High Heels- A book review

About the Book:

Name of the book: Spying in High Heels
Author: Gemma Halliday
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Price: INR 299
ISBN: 978-81-8495-493-7

About the author: After having a hard time to decide what she wants to be, Gemma Halliday has worked as a a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher before settling as a writer. 
Since then, Gemma has written several mystery novels and been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Reader's Choice award and three RITA nominations.

About the cover and back cover:

Done in blue, the cover has a picture of high heels with a gun propped in them which delivers the title pretty well. The preview on the back-cover is very interesting, depicting a circumstances in which our protagonist steps out of her stilettos and goes killer hunting. 


Maddie Springer is a L.A. children's shoe designer for Tot Trots. It wasn't Milan but as Maddie says, it paid the bills most of the time. A person who lives her life entirely governed for fashion, troubles begin for Maddie when her boyfriend goes missing one fine morning. Getting no help from the Barbie Doll Jasmine behind the reception desk (who had cosmetic procedures on various parts of the body every month), Maddie decides to spy around a bit and find the whereabouts of her boyfriend. What she stumbles upon is the work of a brutal killer along with a very hot Detective, LAPD's Jack Ramirez.

The possibility of her boyfriend being a major suspect in the case makes Maddie even more determined to get down to the truth. But with the looming wedding of her mom, her oversexed best friend and an overweight psychic, spying doesn't seem to be smooth exactly.

The question is, will Maddie be able to catch the killer before the killer catches up with her?

My views on the story:

Let me get down to the bare facts directly. Spying in High Heels is this combination of chick-lit and mystery which I found pretty interesting. 

I chose to review this book because I thought it would be a change to read about a total amateur stepping out of her 'high heels' and poking her nose in a crime investigation and I wasn't disappointed.

The best thing about the book are its characters. I totally loved Maddie- I loved her fashion sense (having none myself), I loved her humor, I loved her getting hyper over the possibility of her missing boyfriend being the father of the child she believes she is bearing, I loved her hyperventilated feelings on seeing Ramirez, I loved her chemistry with her mother and her best friend Dana. Maddie is a person who does 'yucky squirms' in her seat at the thought of something disgusting, is 'Happy Hooker Extraordinaire' and would go to any extents to get down to the bare facts of the mystery. The author has done a really good job with the narration.

But apart from the character of the protagonist herself, I like the way other characters show up in different colors as well. Ramirez is delightfully interesting with just the right amount of sexiness and mysterious edge to him. Dana, Maddie's mother, the shallow receptionist Jasmine, the helpful Athlea are also well sketched. 

The writing is funny (because well, our Maddie is funny :D) and interesting enough to keep you hooked till the end. 

The plot is pretty predictable but the narrative style makes up for that most of the time. Also, there are too many details about Maddie's activities so the focus on the crime itself felt narrow but for an amateur detective, I feel that is fine. 

The pregnancy jokes get redundant after a while but apart from that, the humor is pretty consistent throughout the story.

Spying in High Heels is a completely light read with fun characters. It is not exactly your gripping thriller but with the chick-lit factor, it makes a mark of its own. Overall, I rate it 7.5/10 while I skip from here and get started with the second installment of the series!