Friday, 9 October 2015

Review of Mrs Funnybones: She's just like You and a lot like Me

Mrs Funnybones: She's just like You and a lot like MeMrs Funnybones: She's just like You and a lot like Me by Twinkle Khanna
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don't understand why readers find 'Mrs Funnybones' funny. It wasn't really funny. Though it can be termed as a good satirical laugh but I won't say that my stomach rolled into fits of laughter and my eyes burst with tears while reading this one.
Despite not being into non-fiction, I pre-ordered this book. (Thanks to liberty Books in Pakistan, otherwise I wouldn't get my hands on this one quite soon and I don't know for how long I had to wait.)
Obviously, the curiosity to read a book from a celebrity turned interior designer turned author - Twinkle Khanna (daughter of celebrities Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia and wife of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar) was always there.
Getting published from Penguin is unchallenging and effortless for a celebrity. They'd soon acknowledge work coming from a celebrity and turn the author into a bestseller overnight. Whoah! Writers like us have to work hard to achieve this title.
Coming back to the book, like I earlier said, it was a good satirical laugh. Twinkle has written the book from her own perspective. She describes the way her life revolves around man of the house, prodigal son, little one and her mothers.
Though I felt bad when Akki kept calling by Man of the house. I mean she could use his name instead.
At first I thought the basic idea behind this novel somewhat resembled to Moni Mohsin's Butterfly but I was hence proved wrong when I read it. The writing style is highly different and of course I would proudly say our Moni writes even better. Her writing style really made me laugh like riot!
There were a few chapters which I genuinely liked from Mrs. Funnybones; especially the ones that ended up giving a strong message.
Twinkle hasn't been new to the writing world; she has been writing columns for quite a time which now has compiled in a form of a book.
Nonetheless, there's no denying to the fact that Twinkle herself is sassy, sarcastic and downright funny - it reflects highly from her writing. She has a great sense of humor which clearly shows in her book and blogs.
I'd like to finish with a note that she is definitely a better author than an actor. Read it for a refreshing change and relax your brain muscles. ;)

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Book Review of "Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl - A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship"

Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl - A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a RelationshipWhy Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl - A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship by Sherry Argov
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Before reading this book, I had developed a taste for the self-help books because they're really informative and end up giving so many lessons. 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus' was one book I'd read earlier about relationships. This is the second self-help book that I've read after a long time.
I must say the book was enticing in so many ways. Being a "bitch" as the author says is always better than being a "nice girl."
This book will be really helpful for those women who're about to pursue relationship. In fact it serves as a perfect guide for all the women. This book will make them realize why men really get turned on by independent, fiery and confident women.
If you think being nice will make you win a ticket to your man's heart, then you're presumably wrong. Women who tend to offer superfluous attention to men always get hurt when they don't get the same in return. Read this book and realize where you went wrong in a relationship.
Be strong, confident and independent. Put your priorities first and then give a notice to his priorities. Always keep yourself first. Regard your own opinions. Decide for yourself. Stop depending and relying on others. Move over. Be yourself!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I must say it has been helpful to me in so many ways.
I came to know that the author has also written a book titled 'Why Men Marry Bitches.' I hope this book is available in my region. I'm sure it will be as exciting as this one!
Dear women, you gotta check this book out!

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Review on "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Honestly, the book didn't live up to my expectations. When I read its synopsis, it sort of excited me and took me no time to order this book.
'Me Before You' is the first novel I have read of Jojo Moyes.
The story is about two individuals who fall into each other lives and then rest is history.
Will Traynor is a quadriplegic who has lost his legs in a bike accident whereas Louisia Clark is an independent 27 year old who has just lost her job. She gets a job of being a care taker to Will and that's where their bond starts. Louisia has been appointed to change Will's mind as he wants to kill himself and get out of the misery.
The story unfolds further and we see how Lou affects Will's life and make him does adventurous stuff which he hasn't done in a long while.
Apparently, both of them fall for each other but Lou fails to change his mind. All the time while reading this book I kept thinking when will Will really be treated and stand on his own legs. Unfortunately that time never comes.
Without adding any more spoilers, I'd want readers to read the book and judge with their own perspective.
The movie adaptation of this novel is under process and it goes without saying that I'd watch it for sure.
Jojo Moyes is also working on its sequel namely "After You".
Definitely looking forward to it.

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Monday, 22 June 2015

Review on "The Girl on the Train"

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"The Girl On The Train" is Paula Hawkins debut novel which makes it really hard to believe because she has written it so well. Nobody can write a thriller novel so brilliantly.

We all know it's really hard to engross readers in a book these days and when you're writing a thriller novel, you need to make the plot enthralling with every page turn.

"The Girl On The Train" typically revolves around Rachel Watson who is a devastated, divorced and a filthy drunk woman. She has been left by her husband Tom who went ahead to marry Anna. Rachel has no aim in life after Tom left her. She's been travelling from Ashbury to London on a commuter train on daily basis. Everyday on her way to London, she sees houses through the window and becomes familiar with the people living in those houses. There's one couple she gets seeing accustomed to. Scott and Megan Hipwell. She calls them "Jess and Jason."
Their blissful married life inspires her and makes her remember her own time with Tom. She becomes familiar with Scott and Megan and starts to fantasize their happy lives.
However, one Saturday night a horrific accident takes place and Megan Hipwell goes missing. Rachel had not realized that the same night would cause her to become a permanent part of their mysterious lives. The people she'd been seeing through the commuter train window would be thrown into her life.
As events unfold and time moves on, she becomes deeply involved in that case.

This book is highly engrossing, sustainably enthralling and definitely a compulsive read. Definitely a top notch suspense book I've read after a long time!

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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Book Review: If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

If He Had Been with MeIf He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A heart-melting story that could bring tears in your eyes once you move toward its climax. That's how I felt after reading "If He Had Been With Me" albeit I didn't cry literally.
Autumn and Finny are best friends since childhood because they've grown up together. Their mothers are neighbors and best friends for life. Evidently, Autumn and Finny had to be close. However, destiny had some other plans for them when they reached high school. Things drastically change and an unusual incident grows them apart. They move on to make friends with new people.
However, what Autumn feels for Finny and vice versa remains unperturbed. The feelings they hold for each other are real, natural and beautiful.
The story about their lives keeps you hooked to the book. I found hard not to stay glued to it because the eagerness to know what brought major change in their friendship was unnerving.
I wish to read Laura's second book which is expected to arrive by the mid of next year.
A complete heart-touching and emotional story that leave your jaws drop and make you feel empty from inside.
I would recommended YA readers to give it a read once.
Laurin, I am awaiting your next novel. Good luck! :)

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Book Review > Discontent and its Civilisations by Mohsin Hamid

Discontent and its CivilisationsDiscontent and its Civilisations by Mohsin Hamid
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first non-fiction book I've read.
I've read Mohsin Hamid's debut fiction novel 'Moth Smoke' previously.
Honestly speaking, I couldn't really get into the story back then. There were only a few elements that I enjoyed.
'Discontent and its Civilizations' explains Hamid's real life encounters. He has described how his life has changed while travelling from Lahore to NY, London and then back to Lahore. During this journey, Hamid has seen immense changes in his own perspective and personality.
He has pin pointed real life incidents in this book and have told how Islam has changed post 9/11. He has portrayed the real elements of Islamization in the Western side of the world. More or less, he has tried to present the real image of Islam. Politics, Pakistan-India relationship, U.S Drone Attacks have been thoughtfully explained in this book.
He has openly said that Islam is not a monolith.
Hamid also shares his stories regarding fiction, books, movies and titbits of his marriage life and also discussed some of the phases of fatherhood.
Certainly, Hamid's writing style is quite sophisticated, knowledgeable and mature.

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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Filmfare and Fawad Khan – A night to remember!

The journey from Jutt and Bond to Khoobsurat has been remarkable for our Pakistani superstar, Fawad Khan.

He came, he conquered.

Who would have thought the young chirpy boy from Jutt and Bond will stand tall with a Filmfare trophy one day! Once again, he proved that he’s here to stay till one can’t even imagine.

Year 2014 has been fortunate for Mr. Khan in so ways. Be it his successful debut in Bollywood with the movie Khoobsurat who won accolades for him and made him an overnight sensation in India. Prior to the release of Khoobsurat, Fawad had already gained immense popularity and become an eye candy among the Indian viewers with his impeccable performances in Pakistani drama serials Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai.

Audience has not only witnessed his charismatic looks but also seen a terrific potential in his acting skills as well. However, the former remains a larger reason for his fan following albeit.
Fawad managed to grab Fresh Face of the Year title at Hello! Hall of Fame Awards and Best Bollywood Debut honor at Masala Awards which were held last year. Nevertheless, the tempting moment that took us all by surprise was when he beat down his competitors in the B-town and was honored with the most coveted and prestigious award, Filmfare which is more or less considered as an Oscar in Bollywood.

By winning the Best Debut Award (Male), Fawad Khan became the first male Pakistani to win a Filmfare trophy in the actors’ category. Previously, Nazia Hassan, Salma Agha and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan were the fortunate ones.

There were a few breathtaking moments from the awards ceremony that I loved the most.

Suited in a Dior black suit, Fawad Khan managed to carry the similar royal look he’d essayed in Khoobsurat. Certainly, watching him in a formal look is always a delightful experience.

Fawad Khan walked the red carpet alongside wife Sadaf Fawad Khan. It was truly a sure shot delight to watch him posing for pictures and selfies with his true love.

The pictures that captured everyone’s attention were the ones where Fawad Khan was spotted with two beautiful ladies; Sadaf Fawad Khan and the black lady.


The rapport between Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan looks quite evident whenever the two of them are together. It was a brilliant idea by the Filmfare team to bring Sonam on stage and bestow the black lady in Fawad’s hands. None other than Sonam could have presented the prestigious award to him in a most endearing way. The paparrazi did not miss out the lifetime opportunity to capture the two beauties on the stage together.

Post the Filmfare event, Sonam and Rhea Kapoor were seen celebrating and posing candid pictures with Fawad at their residence in Mumbai. I couldn’t help but smile at these adorable pictures. There’s a peculiar grin on Fawad’s face that is rarely seen. Winning a Filmfare trophy is not an easy task. Leaving behind his contemporaries in Pakistan and India, Fawad has surely taken a prideful lead.

Everyone is impatiently waiting for 8th February 2015 because that’s when the most awaited Filmfare awards are slated to air on Sony Television. Though I’ve seen a glimpse of his award winning speech somewhere on Instagram, I’d want to watch the actual moment over and over again.
The entire Pakistani media industry sent showers of blessings and warm wishes for our hero. Nobody stayed behind to congratulate Fawad for his splendid victory.

I’m happy because I believe this time Filmfare have been the most unbiased and fair awards ceremony apart from the others. The critics have recognized the true talent and did not shy away from rewarding the deserved candidate. With Kangana Ranaut (Queen) and Shahid Kapoor (Haider) sweeping the awards in the Best Actor’s category, it has been proved that Filmfare awards were not bigoted.

Moving on to his future projects, the actor has been flooded with many film offers both from Pakistan and India but he hasn’t signed any till date other than Battle for Bittora which is another venture by  AKFC and stars Sonam Kapoor opposite him. Rumors were in the air about him doing Karan Johar’s much anticipated movie Ae Dil Hai Mushqil starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma. Earlier the actor was rumored to be paired opposite Kareena Kapoor in Udta Punjab but later on an Indian actor Diljit Dosanjh replaced him. Moreover, there was also news that Fawad has rejected to do a role opposite Kareena in the same movie. On the Filmfare night, Fawad cleared off these rumors by saying he'd love to do a movie opposite Kareena if offered in the future. According to him, he has many offers in his kitty but he hasn’t agreed on doing any project. He is yet to sign the dotted line.

We are profoundly thankful to the Kapoors for giving Fawad an opportunity to witness a different cinematic experience in Bollywood. The love and support given by Sonam, Rhea and Anil Kapoor is commendable and enduring.

Fawad Khan has made his fans and Pakistan proud with his spectacular triumph in the truest form. I wish him luck and success for his future endeavors. May many more awards and praises come in his way!

-          - Sara Naveed