Tuesday, September 30, 2014


While I love fried snacks, I am not very good at making them. I keep learning recipes, try them and when the result is not too successful, I just lose interest. It was a lucky day for me when my sister Jayashree who had come here to Mumbai, went to meet her friend Vinaya living in the same city. Vinaya had made melt-in-the-mouth ‘thattais’ and had send a box full along with Jayu for us to taste. I fell in love with them and Jayu called her to get the recipe. So, it is thanks to Jayu and Vinaya that this recipe got tried and tested at my home and is being put up on my blog.


Idli Rice – 1 cup (soaked for about 4 hours or longer)
Chutney Dal – ½ cup 
Urad Dal – ¼ cup 
Channa Dal – 2 tsp
Black Til – 1 tsp
Green Chillies – 3-4 
Curry leaves – 10 (torn to small pieces)
Asafoetida powder – 1 large pinch
Salt to taste
Oil for frying


1. Soak channa dal and black til together in a cup of water.
2. Roast Urad dal till golden brown and allow it to cool down.
3. Grind Chutney Dal & Urad dal together to a smooth powder.
4. Wet grind the soaked rice along with green chillies and salt to a smooth paste – at least as smooth as possible.
5. Pour the ground rice paste in a vessel and add the dal powder to it. Add curry leaves; asafoetida and the soaked channa dal and black til. Mix well to make a tight dough. Make balls of the dough, the size of small lemons. 
6. Heat oil in a saucepan and keep the flame on medium once the oil it hot.
7. Flatten the dough balls into small thattais and fry them till golden brown. 

You can store the thattais in an air-tight container and they remain fresh for at least a week. They taste simply yummy, I promise you. They also make for a healthy snack with so many dals and black til too. 

*Don’t fry thattais in very hot oil as they turn limp after a few hours. They don’t remain crisp if you do it in a rush. 
**Chutney dal is different from Channa dal.

More recipes you will find useful this festive season

Click Here to find out how to make Karanji...

Click Here to learn how to make Sweet Appam...

Click Here to learn how to make Thengaai Boli (Puran Poli Tamil Nadu style)...

Click Here to find out how to make Gajar Halwa...

Click Here to learn how to make Rava Ladoo...

Click Here to find out how to make Ribbon Pakoda...

Click Here to learn how to make Godhumai Halwa (Wheat Halwa)...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Film Review: KHOOBSURAT (2014)

Sonam Kapoor suffers from OTT Syndrome 

Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Ratna Pathak Shah, Kirron Kher, Aamir Raza Hussain, Aditi Rao Hydari, Ashok Banthia, Cyrus Sahukar
Director: Shashanka Ghosh

I liked the promos and realising that it’s a romance, so wanted to see the film. No one in my family was keen and my friend Pooja was too busy. That’s when I decided to catch the 4.45 pm show yesterday all by myself at Cinemax Sion.


It’s loosely based on Rekha’s Khoobsurat in that it’s about a lively chatterbox landing amidst a serious family. The resemblance ends there.

Dr. Mrinalini aka Mili (Sonam Kapoor) is a physiotherapist for the IPL team. She comes highly recommended and is employed by Rani Nirmala Devi Rathore (Ratna Pathak Shah) to help her husband Raja Shekhar Singh Rathore (Aamir Raza Hussain) who’s been tied to his wheelchair for the last ten years. 

While the Raja’s household is stiff with formality, Mili is as informal as they come. She’s from a fun-loving household of a Punjabi mother Manju (Kirron Kher) and a Bengali father. From the second she steps into the royal palace, it’s like an elephant let into a China shop, literally. 

Prince Vikram Singh Rathore (Fawad Khan) is engaged to Kiara (Aditi Rao Hydari) in an arranged match. Then there is young Princess Divya (Simran Jehani) who wants to become a Bollywood actress. 

While doing her utmost to persuade the depressed Raja to walk, Mili falls in love with Vikram. It’s a hopeless scenario as he is as stiff-necked as his mother and wouldn’t dream of breaking his engagement despite being attracted to Mili. Will Mili ever find happiness?


The film is an out and out romance. Set in the heart of Rajasthan, the palaces shown in the film are Amber Palace and the Queens’ Winter Palace at Jaipur - places that I had recently visited. I was quite excited with the setting, although this has no reflection on the star rating that I have given the film. 

Newcomer Fawad Khan from Pakistan looks handsome and can act too. He has expressive eyes and fits the part of the stiff-necked Prince perfectly. He has done a very good job of changing slowly into a man in love. One of the scenes I liked best was when he goes to meet his father. Both have moved too far apart and have never had a normal father-son conversation. He’s so stiff and formal with his father and utters a few words in the sense of duty. Superbly done! The smooching scene between Fawad Khan and Sonam Kapoor is super-hot and fits well into the film. Applause!

Ratna Pathak Shah as Rani Nirmala Devi is royalty personified. But then, the role is not much different from her role in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai. She has, of course, performed very well. 

Aamir Raza Hussain as Raja Shekhar Singh has also done a good job in his role as the bitter king who has let go of everything since his elder son’s death by accident. Aditi Rao Hydari appears in just two scenes and simply looks gorgeous. 

Kirron Kher as Punjabi mother Manju has come in similar roles. She fits the role perfectly and is very good.

Now for the heroine! Sonam Kapoor is young, tall, slim and good-looking. She can act too. Then what is it that puts one off while watching her films? My son and daughter refused to come with me to the film because she was starring in it. I felt quite bad. But then, after watching the movie and recalling a few other films that I have seen of hers, I could understand their point of view.

I have seen Sonam Kapoor paying a lot of attention (way too much) to her clothes and accessories in her films, many-a-time to the point of idiocy. There are films in which she is an ordinary working woman wearing high-end brands. Quite difficult to swallow! Well, in this film, she has gone to the other extreme or maybe I don’t know much about fashion. She has fallen over backwards to appear modern or informal or what the hell I don’t quite know. What I could see was that she looked like a buffoon. For crying out loud, she’s a doctor in the film. I am not suggesting that a doctor should be formal. But there is a certain kind of dress sense one expects from a woman who must be at least in her late 20s. Sonam dresses like a girl in her teens. Some of those clothes were such that many youngsters I know wouldn’t want to be seen dead in. Why? 

My dear Sonam Kapoor,

With a little bit of sensitivity and commitment, you surely can get over the Over The Top (OTT) Syndrome that you have been portraying in your films. That will go a long way in making you and your films a greater success. 

All the best!

Yours truly. 

VERDICT: It’s a fun romance in a colourful setting. Yes, Sonam Kapoor is at her OTT best, but the others are very good. Watch at your own risk!


Thursday, September 25, 2014


Hiccup riding on Toothless in How To Train Your Dragon
The best animated film that I have seen!

Genre: Animation
Voices: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller, Kristen Wiig
Director: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois

Viggy and I have watched this animated film many times on TV and it has always left me completely happy. I was super-thrilled when Viggy downloaded How To Train Your Dragon on our PC and that too an awesome print. We watched it yet again last week. 


All the people from the many Viking villages have left for good unable to put up with the dragon menace. But the tenacious Vikings of Berk Island refuse to leave. They decide to fight the dragons and eke out a tough living. Young Hiccup is the village Chieftain’s son. While kids from other families train to slay dragons at a very young age, Hiccup is too timid to face the fire-breathers. 

It is quite by chance Hiccup brings down the Night Fury, one of the fiercest dragons, breaking a part of its tail wing. This heart-warming tale goes on to show how Hiccup and Night Fury, named Toothless, become the best of friends as Hiccup learns to conquer his fear and goes on to become a hero. 


This is the most awesome animated film that I have ever seen. Hiccup is very endearing and Toothless more so. While the fierce Vikings fight their way through life, Hiccup teaches them how to befriend dragons and make use of them to help in their lives. 

The scenes are presented beautifully – at the chief’s home; the blacksmith’s workshop; the ships at sea; the youngsters learning to fight different types of dragons; Hiccup bungling his way through the training sessions but turning up Aces every time – you name it and the scene touches your heart. 

The finale is quite nail-biting and keeps one screaming for more. 

VERDICT: I loved this one. If you like animation and stories of love and valour, then this one is definitely for you. 


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blog Tour: “MEGHNA” REVIEWS from The Book Club members

This "THANK YOU" blog has been long overdue. I would like to thank each and every person who has come forward to read and review my novel Meghna on their blogs. 


Sumeetha Manikandan
I met Sumeetha through Indireads, the publishers of both our novels. Sumeetha is also a member of The Book Club and is a regular reader of my novels. Thank you Sumeetha for the wonderful review of my book Meghna!

About Sumeetha Manikandan:

"Sumeetha Manikandan, a freelance content writer is an English literature graduate with a journalism and mass communication diploma. She lives in Chennai with her husband and daughter. After a decade long career in dotcom industry, she started working as a content writer from home. She wrote her debut novel, ‘The Perfect Groom’ as a script for a serial, which she converted into a novella for Indireads."

Sumeetha reviews Meghna:

Sundari Venkatraman is an anomaly among today’s self publishing authors. In my experience, most of the self-published books are badly edited with a shoddy plot line and not to mention bad language but Sundari’s books stand out brilliant amidst huge slush pile of bad books. Meghna is a hot romance and as the author herself mentioned, it is meant for complete entertainment. Needless to say, it delivers its promise.

Click Here to read the complete review...


Meghan Duce
It was a lucky day when I contacted Meghan Duce and requested her to review Meghna. What struck the lady was the name of my book as it sounded so similar to her own. Not very fond of romances, Meghan still showed a lot of enthusiasm for reading and reviewing my book. Thank you so much Meghan Duce for that awesome and detailed review! 

About Meghan Duce in her own words:

“I am a woman of many passions and goals! I am a mother and I am a survivor! I have been through a lot in my life, and my goal is to give what I have learned to other women who have walked the same path. I pray that we all be free from suffering, and if I can ease it for anyone, then it’s a job well done.”

Meghan’s review of Meghna:

I liked the suspense and drama between Meghna and Rahul because you never quite know till the end whether they are gonna make it or not.  Plus their love is so innocent and naive, because in life they both only wanted each other...never anyone else. They also make some pretty hilarious comments towards each other!!

Click Here to read the complete review...


Ahana Mukherjee
I met Ahana Mukherjee through The Book Club. I felt very happy when she showed interest in reading and reviewing my book. Thank you Ahana for thE positive and encouraging review!

About Ahana Mukherjee in her own words:

“An avid reader, can read whatever I lay my hands on but I think as I am growing old I am gravitating towards lighter reading. I also like travelling. I have been to a few places but the the world is so huge and with so many many beautiful places to visit and new things to see and experience, this life time will be not be enough to explore all. And last but not the least I am a movie fanatic. I am not just interested in movies made in Bollywood and Hollywood but everywhere around the world and in any language. After watching so many of them I do think Hollywood movies are over rated, there are so many other world movies to catch up with.”

Ahana’s review of Meghna:

Meghna is an out and out entertaining book. A Bollywood style rom com with a cute, innocent heroine; suave and wealthy hero; a scheming mother; lusty colleague and a sexy trying hard to be wife, vamp. Sundari Venkatraman has cooked up a masala story with a flavor for all palates with her latest book Meghna.

Click Here to read the complete review...


Aditi Saha
Aditi Saha won my book The Malhotra Bride during the Tornado Giveaway conducted by The Book Club and gave it an awesome review. That’s when I requested this #1 Goodreads Indian reviewer to read and review Meghna too. I was thrilled when she agreed immediately. Thank you so much Aditi for the awesome review of Meghna!

About Aditi Saha in her own words:

“I am a software-engineer by profession and a book-lover by passion! Why I love fiction? In a recent interview, Ruskin Bond, my favorite author, has been asked the same question, he replied: "It makes one understand life better, be philosophical about it. Take the ups and downs of life more easily because if you are reading good books—I am talking about fiction—you learn so much about human nature and the difficulties that people might encounter. It helps you to be more sensitive to others." I'm a reader..end of story!!..I read as much as possible and review as much as I like. All credit goes to Good reads for turning my passion for books into an obsession. I'm an online shopaholic, animal-lover, in-love with the weekends, and sucker for all kinds of stupid TV Series. In short, living my life as much as possible.”

Aditi’s review of Meghna:

MEGHNA by Sundari Venkatraman, is another coming-age Bollywood-style love-story, which will leave you happy, amused and totally full-on "ENTERTAINED"!

Click Here to read the complete review...


Pooja Abhay
I met Pooja Abhay through The Book Club and was quite thrilled when she showed interest in reading and reviewing Meghna. Thank you so much Pooja for the lovely review of my book! 

About Pooja Abhay:

“I am Pooja. I was born in Sirsi (a small yet beautiful town in the Western Ghat region in Karnataka) and was brought up in Bangalore. Currently, I reside in Oceanside, California with my husband, Abhay.

Back in Bangalore, having completed my masters in Biochemistry, I worked as a Scientific Analyst in an Insilico Discovery based company. Currently, I am a full time blogger.

“Thoughtless Ramifications…” was started around 4 years ago as a personal blog on blogspot. However, I decided to take it a notch higher and bought my own domain “poojaabhay.com”. Most of the posts that are published here are my own life’s anecdotes. However, I also do book reviews on a regular basis. You can also find that I have pages called “Pooja’s Café” and “Being Silly”, one being my food blog and the other being a cartoon page that I have on Facebook, where I make husband-wife cartoons using Bitstrips.”

Pooja reviews Meghna:

There comes a time when nostalgia knocks on the door and sometimes, it knocks very hard. Well, this is what happened when I finished reading Sundari’s book Meghna. It took me back to my school and college days where I was a sucker for “happily ever-afters”. The equation hasn’t changed much, but now that I read more and more genres, this book was like a flash back into the good old times.

Click Here to read the complete review...


Ruchira Khanna
I met Ruchira Khanna via The Book Club and was very happy when she came forward to read and review my book. Thank you so much for the lovely review Ruchira!

About Ruchira Khanna:

Ruchira says, “Just another soul trying to make a difference in this lifetime by juggling between my passion and responsibilities.”

A Biochemist turned Writer who draws inspiration from various sources and tries to pen them down to create awareness within her and the society. Recently published a novel, which peeps into every one's daily life named, "Choices" She is working on a children's book, which should be out this year.

A Reiki Master in her spare time where she passes out information about channelling universal energy and conducts sessions.

Ruchira reviews Meghna:

The author does a good job in delivering the characters’ deep sentiments with regards to their thoughts, reflections, and understanding from what they each want from a relationship.

Click Here to read the complete review...


Shilpa Garg
I met Shilpa Garg via Write Tribe when she offered to read and review Double Jeopardy. I am glad that she showed interest in reading and reviewing Meghna too. Thank you Shilpa for the awesome review!

About Shilpa Garg:

"Shilpa Garg is a blogger from the Pink City of India who is passionate about the written words, sweets and beautiful conversations that happen over a mug of tea. She loves writing micro fiction, book reviews and general observations of life, things and circumstances on her blog, A rose is a rose is a rose! Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+."

Shilpa reviews Meghna

The overall story is good, the sizzle is nicely done and the climax is delightful. A vivid, rich, descriptive style with not a single dull moment in the story, the author manages to keeps you engrossed in either sweet romance or high emotional drama.

Click Here to read the complete review...


Nilima Mohite
I have known Nilima Kadam Mohite for a few years now since I met her at Web18 where we both worked together. Thank you so much Nilima for taking the time out from your extra busy schedule to read and review my book. 

About Nilima Mohite:

Nilima is a software engineer who was holding a full time job with www.rediff.com when she reviewed Meghna. As on today, she’s taking a break. Nilima is married and lives in a joint family and is mother to little Pranav. 

Nilima reviews Meghna

Rahul is the fast, nimble minded young member of the board for a bank. He is quick, intelligent, has a knack for making people agree to his ideas, generous, caring, gentleman-types, added to this, he is drool worthy, an eligible bachelor, millionaire... but still single.
Reason: Meghna, the grey-lightning eyed sister of his best friend Sanjay whose mother embraced Rahul as her own son.

Click Here to read the complete review...


Jaibala Rao
I got introduced to Jaibala Rao via The Book Club. Thank you Jaibala for taking the time to read and review my book!

About Jaibala Rao in her own words:

"Although new to professional writing and reviewing, Jaibala has lived in a world of books ever since she could read. Outside that Utopia of books, she is academically a Microbiologist and professionally has been an Event Manger and Content Writer. Just like her colourful professional background her interest in books is also spread across various genres. “There is something good in every book,” is a belief she carries while reading."

Jaibala’s review of Meghna:

True to its genre, and full of all possible problems that the lovers have to face before realizing their love for each other and it ends in a happily ever after. True to her word, the language of the story is simple and perfect and the book is well edited and proof read.

Click Here to read the complete review...


Yamini Vijendran
I met Yamini Vijendran via Indireads as we both published our debut novellas through the publisher. Thank you Yamini for your constructive review of Meghna!

About Yamini Vijendran:

"Yamini Vijendran is the author of ‘Full Circle’, a romance novella published by Indireads. After being a Software Professional for 7 years, Yamini has been freelancing from home for the past 3 years. She loves to dabble in fiction and romance and drama are her favorite genres. Her short stories have been published in ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’, an Anthology published by Penguin India, New Asian Writing and Six Sentences. Yamini also likes to pen poems when inspiration strikes, and her poetry has been published in The Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India and ‘A World Rediscovered’ a poetry Anthology by Cyberwit Publications. Yamini draws material for her stories and poems from the world around her. When she is not converting her experiences to stories or poems, Yamini reads, plays with her toddler, and fools around her laboratory, that is, the kitchen."

Yamini reviews Meghna:

Sundari is one of the most talented writers I have had the privilege of interacting with through my writers’ network. I read her Double Jeopardy, published by Indireads, and enjoyed it. What stands out in her writing in the crackling style. There is never a dull moment, and the words bring out rich flavors and vibrant hues of romance and drama. It is, to let the foodie in me get the better of me, like an authentic spicy Hyderabadi Biryani, which makes your eyes water but you just can’t stop eating. Meghna is no different. Right from the first page till the last, the book is packed with all the flavors of romance. Sizzling – if I were to describe it in one word. 

Click Here for the complete review...


Archana KB
Archana offered to read and review my book on behalf of The Book Club. Thank you so much Archana for the lovely review of Meghna!

About Archana KB in her own words:

“My name is Archana K B residing in Bangalore with husband, RK and daughter Nayana. I did work in Software Testing in Chennai before resigning after marriage. At present, I am on the path of rediscovering my identity and career through photography, writing and other interests and dreams of being popular, creative, productive superwoman one day…”

Archana reviews Meghna:

The dialogues, full of tongue-in-cheek comebacks were quite different from the romantic clichéd ones. The writing style of the author is somewhat old-fashioned and laced with heavy influence of the Bollywood movies, but that’s what I loved in the book!

Click Here to read the complete review...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Blog Tour: HELPLINE By Uday Mane


by Uday Mane

My Review

The story is about Samir, the son of a rich politician father. Samir learns his values from his Nana and appears to have a lovely life until he turns fifteen and Nana passes away. But his luck continues to hold till his meeting with Neha at college. She’s a wonderful friend who stands by him through rain or shine. And then there is lovely Riya and her brother Siddartha, who suffers from Down’s Syndrome. One can say Samir is lucky to be surrounded by lovely people, but then the carpet is pulled from under his feet and he turns suicidal. How much ever Neha tries to help him, Samir refuses to help himself. Read the story to find out what happens to Samir when he contacts a suicide Helpline.

The story has its heart in the right place. It talks of a young man who is forced to study Engineering while he hates it. He wants to become a writer but that’s completely unacceptable to his father. But Nana had told him he could be anything he wanted to. Torn in different directions, Samir has a tough time until Riya comes back into his life only to tell him after a few months that she’s going abroad for a couple of years. Samir is shattered. 

I liked the two short stories that Samir writes - The Joker & The Prince of Aramadia. Surprisingly, both these stories are perfectly written and make complete sense. They portray the talent of a budding writer perfectly. 

Siddartha’s character with Down’s Syndrome has been sketched extremely well and the scenes surrounding the home for disabled children run by Nana has been presented with great care. 

This is Uday Mane’s first book and I realise that the author probably wanted to say a lot. A strong editing hand would have put paid to one-third of the pages in the book and made the plot much tighter and a way more interesting read. 

Then there are the spelling mistakes and grammatical errors that have not been taken care of. I suppose one can’t blame the author for the same and it’s up to the publishing house to ensure that the book is perfectly presented. 

I was impressed by the following paragraph in the book:

“I wish for a house by the sea,” she answered almost immediately. “Far away from the city honks and horns; where the only sound is that of curtains dancing to the tunes of a strong breeze; where I can stroll on the beach after a delightful meal, not worrying about returning to unworldly demands; where I can walk bare feet, feel the sand grains between my fingers and the cold water kiss my feet, where there is wind, water and the sound of it for miles to come. I wish to be in that moment.” 

Helpline by Uday Mane is a story that touches your heart. 

Disclaimer: I received a hard copy (paperback) of Helpline from the author in return for my honest review as part of the Blog Tour conducted by The Book Club 

The Blurb

Samir is suicidal. Rachael works for a suicide helpline. Fate connects them through a phone call. And so begins Samir’s story of love, longing, errors, regret and a girl who changed his life. As his story reaches its conclusion, Rachael will know the true reason behind his suicidal tendencies. But this suicide helpline is not any ordinary service. There is more to the mysterious and yet so convincing voice of Rachael. As this new mystery begins to unfold, Samir is going to discover three things: 

What is The Helpline? 
Who is Rachael? 
What is Samir’s own identity? 

Every year, several teenagers in India attempt suicide because of failing relationships, dwindling careers, parental pressure or the competitive world. This story is about one such teenager, his early problems and the hurdles to cope with them. This story is about finding hope in the struggle. This story is about fighting for what you believe in and discovering your true identity. This is not a story about falling in love. This is a story of rising from a failed love story.

Buy @

Watch It 

Meet the Author

Uday Mane was born in Pune and raised in Mumbai. He works as a marketing professional during the day and a storyteller during the night. He is an avid reader, and loves to collect classic books. 

The Helpline is his debut novel that was launched in March 2014 at the hands of Padma Shri Paresh Rawal

You can stalk him @

Check out The Book Club Tour Schedule 

This Tour is Hosted by 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Film Review: DAAWAT-E-ISHQ

It’s worth a see if you like romances

Cast: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Anupam Kher, Karan Wahi
Director: Habib Faisal

I had been quite impressed by the promos of Daawat-e-Ishq and was keen to watch the film. Then there is the hero Aditya Roy Kapoor who is too hot for words. So Vinny and I decided to catch it on Saturday at Big Cinemas in R-City Mall, Ghatkopar as the rest of the family weren’t too keen.


Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra) lives with her father (Anupam Kher) in Hyderabad. She has completed her 12th standard topping her class. Unable to pursue her dreams of becoming a shoe designer, Gullu settles for working in a shoe outlet at a shopping mall. Her court clerk father has saved some gold and cash to be given as dowry for his only child. Many guys come to ‘see’ Gullu as a prospective bride along with their families but reject her because they find a dowry of cash and kind worth Rs. 15 lakh too less.

The final straw is when Gullu begins to date Amjad (Karan Wahi) and is confident that he loves her. When his parents meet her father, they insist that they need only Rs. 80 lakh to fund his education in the USA and nothing personal.

That’s when Gullu decides to take things into her own hands. She persuades her father to go with her to Lucknow. They stay at a 5-star hotel pretending to be millionaires from Dubai. They have a plan to find a ‘bakra’ for a groom. Watch the film to find out more.


The film has a good storyline and is quite interesting as it runs for just a couple of hours. Parineeti Chopra looks good and acts very well. It was very satisfying the way her character deals with the greedy prospective grooms and their parents, especially Amjad (Karan Wahi).

Anupam Kher as her father is just excellent. The widower loves his child but is too steeped in tradition to quite understand her behaviour. Despite all that, he is open to listening to her. Good one!

Aditya Roy Kapoor is too hot and does complete justice to his role as Tariq aka Taru. After seeing him in two different drunken roles (one was good while the other was very so-so) in Aashiqui 2 & Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani, I didn’t know quite what to expect. But he was simply awesome in this film. Kudos! My only peeve is that there was too less of ARK.

The promos were pretty misleading. I had had the impression that the film was about two foodies from Hyderabad and Lucknow. It’s nothing like that. While Tariq runs a restaurant and is a great cook, there was nothing else to it.

While the story was good, I wish it had been handled better. There was very good detailing with Gullu’s prospective grooms. But later, when Gullu and Taru get to know each other, the sequence flashes by too briefly via a song. That could have been explored more, I feel.

VERDICT: It’s worth a see if you like romances; nothing to feel upset about if you miss it either.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Blog Tour: SPOTLIGHT for RAPID FALL by Adiana Ray

Rapid Fall

by Adiana Ray

The Blurb
  Sonia and JD’s tempestuous attraction is as stormy as the rapids at Rishikesh. Not even a dip in icy waters can douse the sparks that fly when they are around each other.

JD’s recent divorce, however, has left him commitment phobic and bitter, and he doesn’t seem to want more than a physical relationship. At heart, Sonia is conservative; can she bring herself to accept a modern ‘live-in’ relationship, or will she push him away with her demands for a commitment?

Buy @

Watch It 

Meet the Author

The Author's Thoughts

'Sixteen and counting' are the number of cities that I have lived in so far. I like to think of myself as a 'Metronaut'. The myriad city cultures, the food, the hustle and bustle, the people are all elements of life that I thrive on and if you can have an 'Astronaut' why not a 'Metronaut' after all there are so many more of us out there?
I believe in the Zen tenet that every situation has a 1000 truths. It helps me write and it definitely helps when I am dealing with my two children. I like reading, I like cooking, I like travelling and I love sitting like a mindless zombie in front of the TV and if anybody says anything to that....Aha! a 1000 truths come in very handy.
I also write under a pen name M.X Steele. Why? My daughter thought Adiana Ray was too boring a name.
I do hope you enjoy reading all my work because I believe passionately that though we writers love pontificating and are totally in love with whatever we write; at the end of it all it is the readers that matter and above all what we write has to be 'entertaining'.

You can stalk her @

Check out The Book Club Tour Schedule 

This Tour is Hosted by