When to find time to read?

Read in metro queues

Read in passport renewal lines

Read on your way to work (if you aren’t driving or else listen to an audio book 😀)

Read while on solo dates in cozy cafes

Read while waiting for someone

Read when you are out on a lunch date with self

Read in book fairs in stalls that have chairs

Read before napping in afternoons

Read right after napping

Read before sleeping

Read in parks sitting on cute benches

Read on weekends

Read when soaking sun on the weekends

Read when you can, as that is what matters. Not how much or what you read.

Short Stories: Premchand

 Before I begin with this post, I would like to talk about this blog that I recently started following: The Lit Room, for their awesome pictures of books. Every time I am clicking books, I think I am unknowingly taking inspiration from their shots of books. Those shots are so nice with vintage objects dropped in here and there. 😀 Cool, right?

Coming back :), this is the third book that I read as part of the Brunch Book Challenge and as I said, I’ll be logging my opinion about every book that I read as part of this challenge. In case you want to participate in this challenge too, read up about it here.


This is a Hindi book and I am not sure how many of you reading this space read Hindi, or even understand Hindi. However, since its one of the best writers of all times and one of my most favorites, Munshi Premchand, I cannot not let you guys know how much I love reading his books!

I have read numerous of his short stories collections and obviously, ended up with reading the same stories again in different short stories collections. When I discovered this collection at the book fair, I saw the names of the stories on the cover and thought that I recall only two or three. So, I assumed that I must not have read many of these and bought it immediately. Of course, while I was reading it, I realized I have read many at some point of time. I loved, loved, loved reading them anyway and there were many that I was reading for the first time, which is a huge deal for the case in point. 😀


I cannot get enough of his heart wrenching emotional stories which have so much of character in them. His literature is all about realistic stories of things happening around during his times, with the emotions of the characters carved and depicted beautifully. Even if the times are so different now from the times in the stories, one can easily feel the pains and the dilemmas of the characters. If you are good at understanding written Hindi (quite a rarity these days), there is no way that you are not going to fall in love with these stories. As far as I am concerned, I am a complete fan but unfortunately, I haven’t read any of his novels and I hope I read them soon. 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Keep Smiling

Srishty 🙂

Life Instagrammed! #5


I am back with the most regular posts on this blog. 😀 (Hope it doesn’t get jinxed :O)

Coming back to the snapshots from my life, here you go:


1. A visit to the New Delhi World Book Fair 2014 organized by National Book Trust


2. A new washing machine by IFB, it is a Wedding Anniversary gift to my parents 😀


3. Ok, it might be weird for others that I am excited about this key chain holder inside my bag, but I love this holder! 😀 It lets me hang this key chain which is a gift! 😀 The blue thing is my lens solution!


4. Here’s a close up of the classic vintage beauty of a calendar key chain! What makes it extra beautiful? The fact that its a gift from Luck. 🙂


5. A shot from my building’s terrace. I go sit there on weekends to enjoy the winter sun.


6. Costa Coffee’s cookie. It was nice, but overtly sweet.


7. It is this restaurant called ‘Made In Punjab’ in Cyber Hub, Gurgaon. Cyber Hub is a cool hangout place with loads of fine dining places and my office is situated in Cyber Hub. 🙂


8. Cute socks 🙂


9. Would you believe if I tell you that I got those sandals for 250 Rs (roughly 4 dollars)? 😀 They are not comfortable though.


10. Another restaurant in Cyber Hub, Gurgaon. California Pizza Kitchen this is! I found the pizza just fine, but maybe if I try another set of toppings, I’ll say these are good pizzas, better than many. I think I like Indian-ized spicy pizzas like from Dominos. By the way, I am hearing rave reviews of the pizzas of this chain in Gurgaon called Fat Lulu’s. I’ll totally check it out sometime soon.


11. Reading Premchand. Blissful is all I can say!

Thanks for reading!

Stay happy 🙂

New Delhi World Book Fair 2014 #Visited!

Finally, after so many years :’), I visited the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF). I cannot even begin to describe how good I felt. I went all alone so I also had the pleasure to browse at my own pace, leisurely, which is so relaxing and therapeutic always, I am sure you would all agree?


One thing I realized today is that Children books always attract us, or is it just me? (This is something I would really want to know) I feel extremely attracted towards them, and still want to buy them and read them. I just let “better sense” prevail. Anyhow, here are some random pictures from the book fair, did not click a lot. Oh, by the way, the kids toys were really nice. Loved them! 😛

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Take care and keep smiling! 🙂