Friday, November 9, 2012


This is the first time that I have read any book by Ravi Subramanian and I must say I loved it. I had read John Grisham's Rainmaker a few years ago. It was intriguing and was interesting after the first half....but boring at times... Ya ya.... I know... People admire Grisham... But this is my opinion.... Anyway, when I read the cover "meet the John Grisham of banking" I thought it to be a similar thing. But I must say all the characters in this book were interesting.... Never did I feel bored or uninterested. I thought that a bankers life is very mundane and I have to read through the boring financial aspects about banking....but I was wrong. And there are so many Indian characters ,their habits, the places they live and other daily stuff ..... You feel more interested as you read on...

The way Ravi has taken characters from different places, put them through different situations and intervened their lives, their stories.... it is soo interesing book. Being a banker's daughter, it was difficult for me to think that banking , especially corporate banking was so complicated and filled with crimes and stuff.  Like the book says , banking is based on mutual trust , and murders in the bank ... Whoa!

Also the other fact I liked about this book is the little little details thrown here and there...... Like this one character who owns an I-Pad but have no idea about I-Cloud and its uses. The character uses the IPad  just for reading books and taking pics.... Humour is thrown just here and there and not in your face.

You got to read this book.... You don't get to read about guys like Vikram, nor the reporter cum ex-banker Karan nor Tanuja nor Krishna Menon nor Indrani in all the books....... Ravi Subramanian is a master story teller of financial crime. He has received Golden Quill Readers'Choice Award for his book If God was a Banker. His other books are Devil in Pinstripes and The Incredible Banker and I bought the Monk's Ferrari. I am planning to read all these books as soon as possible.

This is the first time I am writing a review... All opinions are my own and please feel free to write your comments back to me.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012


Can you make out the spider in the photo?
It is really difficult to focus and soot a spider and its web

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012


These are a variety of Bee called Kanaja in Kannada. They are usually in a group of 20 to 30 bees. And their bite is .... very ...very painful, and their honey is very tasty it seems and some say that it is very good for health too.....
These bees usually build their hive in a plant..... and this one was also in a plant in my in-laws' garden......

Melbourne and Malgudi

Have you ever felt like going to place after you read a book about that place? Its happened to me a lot of times :) I have read a lot about  Ireland in Nora Roberts's Books and I have a fascination about Ireland...Would love to visit it at least once ....*sigh*

The other country that has fascinated me is Australia!!! Yep!! Australia.... specifically, Melbourne!!!

Whenever we speak of Australia, the first thing that comes into my mind is Cricket..... Nope!! I am not a huge cricket fan.... But we had this lesson in my collage ,by R.K. Narayan , the Malgudi Days, in which the legendary Swamy and his cricket loving friends form a team called Malgudi Cricket Club aka MCC.
For those of you who have not read Malgudi days, the book is set in a place called Malgudi, a sleepy and picturesque South Indian town. The stories revolve around Swamy and his friends and other characters.
Swamy is a busy bee(boy)creating some mischief in the classroom, or playing some mischief on anybody specifically his grandmother ;) and doing many more such things that you will relate your childhood days to. But the lesson that we had, mainly concentrated about the 'MCC'  , where Swamy and his friends challenge their neighboring Young Men's Union to a match. And just before the match, there is a twist in the story, where things go terribly wrong and Swamy tries to run away from his house and never return back to Malgudi.....

OK.... so if you are thinking where the hell is the link between Malgudi and Melbourne..... This is what happened during our lesson, our Professor who was a huge fan of Cricket, went  a bit out of context and started telling about Melbourne Cricket Club and about Melbourne too. 
He told many things about Melbourne, about how beautiful it is and how Australians are passionate about cricket, their love for beer and beef, the beautiful beaches, the kangaroos and ostriches, the gold rush etc. That is when my fascination about Australia started....

I even love the book, 'Shantharam', where an Australian, runs away from Australia and land up in Mumbai, India. You get a glance of  Australia every now and then throughout the book.... though I can't say that the book has any beautiful things to say about Australia, but it make one feel intrigued about it... 

 I would love to go there, explore those cricket stadiums, the beaches, the famous gardens, the kangaroos, ostriches, in fact everything :)
Would you love to explore Melbourne? If so,its your time to visit Melbourne now ..... 

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Garuda on Chariot

I had never seen Garuda taken on a chariot.... In fact I hadn't even known that Garuda was worshipped anywhere.... There was this Jaatra / local Fair happening in Shrirangapattana( near Mysore).
The procession was nearing its end, when we saw it.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Belur Garuda

In the temple premises of Belur, in front of the main door/ Mahadwara, one can see this beautiful statue of Lord Garuda....