In the moments of deep thought but lack of words ( an oxymoron, I guess), I pick up my camera and walk the usual trail, by my home. It is the same trail, each time I walk, I see it different - the flowers, the grass, the colors, the light...it is never the same. Here are a few images from my contemplative walk...
Read on I have exciting news !!
This week was special, Monica Bhide launched her debut novel : Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken. Shooting the cover was a fascinating experience.., it was a fulfilling and memorable.
When Monica told me I was going to be shooting the cover..I asked her for a brief and the brief was, " read the book." I'm not a reader and very very slow...I asked her to send me a synopsis - no response. Oh well, I might survive skimming through the pages.So on a Sunday night after I had finished all my chores, I sat down to read the book...it must have been 9pm ....I JUST COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN. My eyes were like lead...it must have been 3 am when I slept..
I am so glad I'm not a fast reader, chewing it slowly and relishing every nuance... when finally the book was over, I called Monica and I was upset with her..." The book is over, what am I supposed to do? What happens to Eshaan ? Have you started writing the sequel ? Can I read it ? " I can see Monica smiling as she read this, because after I chewed the book, I chewed her brains..."
I love the story, and this is not because I shot the cover...it is because it has love, vulnerability, failure, hope, dreams, courage, struggle and more.. The vulnerability of the leading characters touches your heart and some where in their vulnerable moments you make a connection. You want to shake them and tell them to make the right choices, but just like life you cannot and you have to let go. Set in India the book has a rawness to it, for those who are from India you can relate to it and for those who are not, it is probably a notch more mystical and intriguing.
I asked Monica if I could do a giveaway for my friends and she was generous to offer one copy to one of the readers of TNS, with a note from her. So, we have 2 books for the giveaway, one a signed copy from Monica and the other from yours truly. Leave me a comment here to participate and I will have Monica pick the winner. Here is a link to amazon if you want to order it - Link
About those mystical hands on the cover...so many of you have asked me about...ummm! well, it could be George Clooney ;) lol!
I bought a watermelon and had no idea it was yellow inside, you should have seen my excitement when I saw the deep yellow color. I was ecstatic! The taste: it's really sweet, I felt it was a tiny bit like a cantaloupe..a very tiny bit. Well it's the same melon family. My family was skeptical with the color and almost thought it had food color injected (roll my eyes here). When I saw them making faces...I knew they would enjoy a slushy. (I know my family can be very weird) The same watermelon from a gourmet restaurant would have invited a ...ohhhh and ahhh! Served in my kitchen, "what is this, this color looks artificial"
I paired it with pineapple, fresh dates, ginger - a slurrrrrpy slushy !!Did I mention there is chaat masala in it ??
Watermelon ginger slushy
- 1/2 medium yellow or red watermelon scooped
- 4 cups pineapple chopped
- 6-8 fresh pitted dates or 6 tbsp of honey
- 5 tbsp of ginger juice
- 1 tbsp of chaat masala
- 1 tbsp of dried mint leaves powder or juice of fresh mint leaves
- pinch or two of salt
serves 10-12 depending on size of melon
- Scoop the melon - it should be around 8 cups.
- Freeze the melon and pineapple for about 2 hours and not more than 4-5. Just so that it is easy on your blender.
- Add all the ingredients in the blender - add little water only if the blender is struggling to slush it. If you are not working with a powerful blender, do small loads.
- If you don't have fresh dates, use honey.
Don't forget to leave a comment for the give away !! Love you guys