FREE PRINTABLES: Harry Potter Bookmarks!

Some great bookmarks, help enhance the reading experience!

So, if you want four free harry potter bookmarks, just click on the download link below. You could have it colour printed on A4 Size paper, I would recommend this to be printed on an Artcard, but simple paper would also do.

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Send a request with your Name and email id with the subject line “Need free Harry Potter Bookmark: 1″ to dhwani@koffeekreations.

Enjoy!

Sea Glass: Book Review

Author: Anita Shreve

Sea Glass: A Novel

Book Blurb:

In the textile-manufacturing region of New Hampshire in 1929, newlyweds Honora and Sexton Beecher wrestle with all the wonders and challenges that young couples have always faced. They’ve just purchased a house near the ocean that needs a lot of work, but the couple is dedicated to making it a home. When the economy fails and a single unscrupulous act perpetrated by Sexton is revealed, more than love will be required to keep the marriage from collapsing under the weight of this betrayal. Sexton — formerly a traveling salesman — is forced to take a job at the local mill alongside other men, women, and children whose very survival is being threatened by the harsh burden of their daily toil. Repeated pay cuts and inhumane conditions propel the workers closer to a potentially violent clash with management and union breakers. Alliances are formed, honor is challenged, and character flaws become fatal as the tinderbox explodes, leaving old bonds broken and new ones bolstered.

Review:

Let me start this review by admitting that I have Absolutely NO self control when it comes to books. I still remember the day I got this book. It was early morning when I proudly told mom: NO MORE BUYING BOOKS..at least till I read some part of the ever-so-high pile of to be read books.

And then, satisfied with myself, I opened the newspaper to see an ad that proclaimed “BOOKS RS 10/-“. Long story short, I got 20 books:/

Coming to the review, I got this is a book that one can carry with oneself on a beach vacation.

It is a light, breezy novel, and after the book was completed, I kind of missed the characters.

Although this is supposed to be a light book, it was quite interesting to read about the union strikes and its effect on people’s lives.It was quite a contrasting background to the story which gave it a wonderful depth.

I quite enjoyed the writing style, it would be an ideal book to read after one has finished a heavy work. But then again, there was nothing too great or thought provoking. Pick up this book when you want to pass the time pleasantly without too much exertion to the mind.

Dear John: Book Review

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Dear John

Book Review:

An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life–until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. “Dear John,” the letter read…and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love—and face the hardest decision of his life.

Review:

The interesting thing about this book was that it is from a male perspective. We do not see many romantic love stories from this perspective. It was such a refreshing take.

More than “just a romantic” story, this book does a great job to show John’s growth as a person, how he deals with life to how he deals with his father’s illness.

Just like any other Nicholas Sparks book, this is a story that is extremely believable. The things that happen are so normal, and we hear about them happening around us so often.

I especially liked the ending, I know too many people have given this book lower rating because of the ending, but for me, it was the ending that gave it that extra edge of reality.

Check out the movie trailer for this book here:

Tedx Talk: Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

We all live in a world where “WE” are the best people of Earth, and “THEM”..well..they are not as good as us. Strangely enough, this set of belief is for every class/race/country/religion on earth.

All we want is to prove why we are the best, and more importantly why others are not as good as us. In order to do this, we stereotype others.

Them? Oh.. they are too stingy with money.

Them.No ways..I hear they are very unhygienic

Most definitely not them!! They are too full of themselves.

And the list goes on..

In this talk, Chimamanda Adichie tells us why it is important to know the people, and not base our views on what we hear about them in general. In this day of internet, almost everyone is exposed to virtually the same thing. Why then this idiotic race to prove that we are the best? Also, who are we proving it too?

Things You Understand When You Live with A Dog..aka HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCOOBY!!!!!

So Scooby, who is also known as the most wonderful dog in the world in the world..and who has currently placed his head on my lap and is “singing” along with Brian Adams, turns THREE!!

When I look back to the person that I was three years back, and who I am now..there is a HUGE difference…so here’s what three years of living with a dog has taught me:

Responsibility:

I have become a much more responsible person. Now, I think of how my actions or my decisions will effect another soul. Earlier, since I had no one who depended solely on me, I was quite selfish in my decisions. And by way of thinking about my actions in terms of how it would affect Scooby, I have started thinking of my actions..and how it would affect the people I care about..And that has made all the difference!

Love:

My very core idea of the word love has changed. I know now that love is never taking the other person for granted. Making them feel happy, when they are down. Making time for them in your busy schedule. Love is not costly gifts and show off. Love is being there. That’s all.

Happiness:

In these three years, I have never had an “extremely bad day”. How can I? When I felt like crying, all my tears were liked and a ball was offered…When I came home exhausted from work…I was welcomed with a joyful bark and the highest jumps and the mad dance..just because I came home! How could I not appreciate all that I have, when this guy here danced like there is no tomorrow simply because he saw me come home!

Possessions:

My things do not really matter much to me know…not as much as before. Scooby is a Lab, after all. Anyone knows that new things and lab pups.. don’t really match ;)

Now he does not really tear or crash around,,but then, as all labs, he is clumsy…a big clumsy clown…and plus..what’s that one flower vase compared to the shine in his eyes?

Health:

The only time I would have ran was on the time of apocalypse. Waking me early, meant world war three.

But now, he’s made me not only run…but actually enjoy running, playing, walking and exercising!

So, here’s to all the Dogs in the world! May we all know them, and may we bring as much happiness to their lives, as they bring to ours!

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story: Book Review

Author: Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story

Book Blurb:

In this hilarious and ultimately moving memoir, comedians and real-life married couple Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn prove that in marriage, all you need is love—and a healthy dose of complaining, codependence, and pinot noir.

After thirteen years of being married, Annabelle and Jeff have found “We’re just not that into us.” Instead of giving up, they’ve held their relationship together by ignoring conventional wisdom and fostering a lack of intimacy, by using parenting as a competitive sport, and by dropping out of couples therapy. The he-said/she-said chronicle of their intense but loving marriage includes an unsentimental account of the medical odyssey that their family embarked upon after their infant son was diagnosed with VACTERL, a very rare series of birth defects. Annabelle and Jeff’s unforgivingly raw, uproariously funny story is sure to strike both laughter and terror in the hearts of all couples (not to mention every single man or woman who is contemplating the connubial state).

Serving up equal parts sincerity and cynicism, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up is a laugh-out-loud must-read for everyone who has come to realize that being “in love” can only get you so far.
 
On Cohabitation
He says: “Within days of Annabelle’s arrival, I became very aware that she demanded solitude and had the housekeeping habits of a feral animal.”

She says:
“The guy had some sort of nudity radar. When I would take my clothes off for even a second, Jeff would be in front of me cheering as if he’d scored box seats at Fenway Park.”
 
On Sex
He says: “I want to have sex every day, but Annabelle only wants to do it once a week. So we compromise: we have sex once a week.”

She says:
“Jeff says talking about money before you have sex is a turnoff, but it’s only a turnoff if you’re talking about not having money. Talking about money before you have sex when you have money is actually a turn-on.”

On Pregnancy
He says: “For God’s sake, all I wanted to do was have sex without a condom for a little while; now we were moments from bringing a new life into the world!”

She says:
“My ass was expanding so fast it was like a Starbucks franchise. On every corner of my ass there was a new branch of ass opening up.”

Review:

The blurb calls this a “hilarious” love story, but except a few good sentences, this book was pretty dull.

I honestly picked it up because of the originality of the title. I was quite intrigued by it, expectations rose and then crashed.

The first chapter is interesting, but the rest is just blah..Both the authors are apparently well known in Hollywood, and so they kept on naming one “famous” personality after other. I must confess I had never heard of any of these people that they mentioned.

Personally, I did not enjoy this book.