Sunday, 26 January 2020

The importance of being earneast by oscar wilde

This victorian era story is a British comedy. The setting is London and the countryside. Urban London is full of fashion and full of business.

In the beginning, we are introduced to Algernon and Ernest. Ernest real name is Jack. Jack is bored with his life and creates a smaller brother called Ernest. This jack is in love with Gwendolen.

Thus there is an element of mistaken identities. I fell there are a lot of adjectives that are used. Miss Prism as a" female of repellent aspect, remotely connected with educations"  This might sound good but some readers might not prefer that langue.


Characters in this novel are lack insight. Lady Bracknell is preoccupied with her own parties. she is not sympathy towards invalids. Her manner is cold. 


The writing has touches of humour. Oscar humours the upper class of the victorian era. Only Oscar can get away with jabs that he makes at the society . In this novel Algernon and Ernest argue over a lady that both love. Jack says how can you eat muffins when we are in this horrible trouble.

To this Algernon replies that he can't eat muffins in an agitated manner and that the butter can probably get on my cuffs. Jack replies back it is perfectly heartless you eating muffins under these circumstances.

Oscar includes both satire and irony. The irony is the favorture tool of Oscar. He also includes fantasy and realism in his works. He describes the situation and people with  literary usage. The story is based on relationships.

l loved the style of humour writing.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

khana khazana by Sanjeev kapoor Also some unknown facts about sanjeev kapoor

Sanjeev Kapoor is an Indian Chef and entrepreneur. He is the host of tv show Khana Khazana.

 Born in Punjab he has a Diploma in hotel management. Before I get to the book there are lesser-known facts about Sanjeev.

 Indian cooking is best done over a slow flame. I would agree with that having done cooking.
He also plays the drums. Vikas Khanna also a chef has jamming sessions with him.

 Padma Sri award was conferred on him. Would you believe if I told you he almost took up architecture and planning. Good thing he did not.

The only time Sanjeev cooks is when there are guests. Then also he does not cook the same dish twice.

The book is available only in hardcover. At the outset, the measurements of the various ingredients  are given.
 It is divided into six parts. The first is snacks starters and soups. The dahi shorba is just mouth-watering to read. Imagine how tasty they will be on your tongue.Then there is the Pistewala murg. This is in pistachio curry. If you are sea food foodie there are lobsters and crab recipes. The prawns used are shelled. So one has to look for shelled prawns.

The chicken recipes follow next .Some of the recipes have has cinnamon green cardamons and cloves. Mustard seeds and coriander powder is also put in it.

The 4th and 5th section is mutton and vegetable section. Next  comes the accompanments section.In case you like pickle.they are in this section. The mango pickle has fenugreek in it. There is also the spicy mango pickle . This pickle will last for one year if kept well .

If you have a sweet tooth the last section has sweet recipes. Does strawberry phirni sound ?   Mysore Pak is an Indian delicacy . This recipe is given here.

For non Indians the names of Hindi ingredients are given in English.

Overall the recipes are easy to understand.

Monday, 6 January 2020

The House On Maple Street. by Heidi Solwinski







This is Solwinsk's debut book. Her short story can be found on reedsy Prompts. One is called Room 306.

At the beginning of the story, we see Hillary who is looking around for housing. She is doing an MA in fine arts and wants to become an author. While looking around she comes across a sign Maple Street boarding house. The house is Victorian in nature. There is a maple tree.

This is a mystery book. Considering the fact that this is her debut novel it is amazing how well she has written. She does not reveal the actual mystery until the last chapter.

As Hillary meets the other boarders she finds Keith the person in charge of the boarding creepy. The story is creepy but not horror. Solanki gives hints about the mystery so that you can try and solve it.

 Dr Immerman who works at JC where Hillary is enrolled is also a boarder in the same house. Evelyn another boarder is looking into the mystery of the maple house. There is a tragic event in the form of an accident or so it would seem.

There are multiple plots in this book. Thus at times, it is confusing. It is written in simple Lan

There are multiple plots in this book. Thus at times, it is confusing. Then there is a young boarder called Robert whom Hillary. He is also a mystery since no one has really met him.

The book is fast-paced and I could not put it down. This book is a must-read for all mystery readers