25 Aug 2014

Leopard Print, Red Lipstick and My Khoobsurat Moment - OOTD, LOTD

There are some things that I, personally feel, are timeless. They never go out of fashion and can be worn summer or winter, day or night. Leopard print and red lipstick are two such things. Wavy hair can be added to this list because poker straight hair and tight curls may come and go, but waves are timeless (my opinion, you are welcome to disagree). Recently, I went for a makeup masterclass (don't ask) and this combination of leopard print, red lips and beautiful waves made me have my Khoobsurat Moment...

Khoobsurat Moment with leopard print, red lips and wavy hair.

Shirt: Zara
Jeans: Levis
Belt: Promod (part of another dress)
Bag: Aldo
Heels: Rockport

24 Aug 2014

Memebox Special #21 Hair & Body 3: Unboxing And Review

Son: Mama, you got new sweets? For me or for Bhai?
Me: No beta. These aren't sweets. These are little balls that can be used as soap.
Son: For a bath?
Me: Yes
Son: I want the blue and the green one for my bath...

That's the conversation that I had with my four year old while I was taking pictures for this review. Which product were we talking about? Read on....

I had ordered a value set of two Memeboxes, the Brightening Skincare box (reviewed here) and the Special #21 Hair & Body 3. I've probably bought the least number of Memeboxes, five to be exact, but I'm glad with my selection because all of them so far have got wonderful products. The reason why I bought the Hair & Body 3 was because it was described as containing products to give a head-to-toe Korean Spa experience!!!

Memebox Special #21 Hair & Body 3

Did the box contain all that it promised? Well, here's what was in my Memebox Special #21 Hair & Body 3:

22 Aug 2014

"My Khoobsurat Moment" Contest

There are so many moments in our lives when we look and feel pretty, special and absolutely Khoobsurat. And there's no denying that your crowning glory adds to that beauty, whether it's the feel of the wind in your open hair or an amazing blow dry, or a chic new hair colour.  If your hair's looking fab, you feel even more wonderful.

I've shared some of my Khoobsurat Moments with you here and here. Now, it's your turn to share yours for a chance to win a hamper from L'Oréal Paris.

         Indian Shringar Khoobsurat Moment Contest

Book Review: Private India by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson

I came back from a weekend trip to find Ashwin Sanghi's newest offering waiting for me. PRIVATE INDIA is a collaboration between this Indian author who loves to bring in mythological twists into his thrillers and James Patterson, an American author who also, is famous for his thrillers (though I haven't read any of James Patterson's books...as yet).


In Mumbai, seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses. 

For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world's finest investigation agency, it's a race against time to stop the killer striking again. 

In a city of over thirteen million, he'd have his work cut out at the best of times, but this case has him battling Mumbai's biggest gang lord and a godman who isn't all he seems. 

And then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation - along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens. 

If I had to describe this book in one word, I'd call it "UNPUTDOWNABLE". Yes, I know that's not a real word but it is very fitting for this book. I stayed reading it on Tuesday afternoon and was done with it by Wednesday evening.  Like I said,  unputdownable. Of course,  that also meant that I was up reading it till 2am while hubby grumbled and kept telling me to switch off the lights.

Previously,  I have been a bit disappointed with the way Sanghi's books have ended.  Mainly Krishna Key and Rozabal Line. The climax of those two books was ironically, anti-climatic. PRIVATE INDIA,  however,  keeps the pace throughout, it doesn't slack anywhere and doesn't let your attention waver.  Just when you feel that you can guess who the murderer is,  there comes a twist in the tale and you're back in the guessing game. But,  while it is a page turner for sure,  the characterisation and language are a let down.  They aren't truly in sync with Sanghi's usual style. Are they Patterson's? I wouldn't know since I haven't read any of his books.  

The main characters here are Santosh Wagh, the chief detective of Private India (which is a private detective agency) with a tragic past,  who is assisted by Nisha (very attractive),  Hari (a tech genius)  and Mubeen (forensic expert,  again with a tragic past).  There's also Inspector Rupesh who once was Santosh's best friend but now can't stand him.  

There are times when this book feels like a literary version of Murder 2 in which its misogynist villain murders women because he feels they are to be blamed for his hyperactive s*xuality. Though,  as you find out at the end,  that is not the case,  Sanghi could probably try his luck and approach the Bhatts to make Murder 4 based on Private India. I can imagine Arijit Singh singing a soulful song for Emraan Hashmi as he remembers his tragic past...

But it's not just about murders.  There's the Indian Mujahideen, a corrupt politician,  a godman named "Nimboo Baba", an underworld ganglord, to add masala to the tale. The parallel plot involving the Indian Mujahideen was a disappointment though. I felt it was a bit flimsy and not really required at all. They should have just stuck to solving the murders.  Also, I wonder,  would the Mumbai Police really hand over murder cases to a private detective agency?  Especially when they aren't just random killings but serial murders? These and a couple of other "loopholes" do feel annoying but then the intriguing murder mystery quite makes up for it.  

As with several bollywood blockbusters, Private India also delivers fast paced entertainment. Just don't try and find too much logic. Sit back and enjoy the read.  

19 Aug 2014

Travel Always Gives Me Some Lovely Khoobsurat Moments.

I love travelling. I mean, seriously, L-O-V-E it. Which is surprising because Capricorns aren't really known for their wanderlust. They are the ones who are content staying in the warmth of the home and hearth, whereas I'm just the opposite. I could spend all my life travelling. You know. In theory.

If you've seen any of my travel pictures, you would have realised that I don't wear makeup when on a holiday. Not that I wear much makeup anyway, but on a holiday, it's just sunscreen (or rarely, a BB cream), with kohl and a lip balm. Or, if the mood strikes, a bright lipstick. But that's the extent of my holiday makeup. And yet, that almost-barefaced look makes me feel pretty. Perhaps it's just the fun and excitement of travel that reflects on my face, but if feel that travelling gives me plenty of Khoobsurat moments....

                               Indian Shringar Khoobsurat Moment

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen this pic that I posted on Friday when I was on my way to the Radisson Blu Resort, Alibaug for the long weekend. There's absolutely no makeup on my face and but somehow, the acne scars are barely visible. Guess the early morning lighting has something to do with it??