Books and authors I adore Series

What are you reading now?

difficult daughters

Don’t we all just love cuddling up with a good read? The way the story builds up that compels us to stay up longer than we should is simply exhilarating. This is what I’m reading now. Again :) And I remember feeling the same way as I did the first time I read it. Intelligent and sensational is how I would describe it. The emotions this author invokes is unmistakable. Manju Roy is indeed a story-teller. Her first book, Difficult Daughters was the number one best seller in India. She is a writer of 4 novels, of which I have all! The subsequent books were ‘A Married Woman‘, ‘Home’ and ‘The Immigrant’. All were intriguing, I assure you.

What about you? Do you have a favourite author or book? I am looking forward to create a book club with some of you if you do have good reads to share. Please feel free to suggest your recommendations. It is well appreciated :)

personal Travels

Knock knock! Who’s there?

Shades of Vanille has been rather quiet. The last two-three months have been quite the ride for me. I know that I have been mentioning on the blog in my last few posts about the upcoming holiday we will take and that I will write about here, well THAT has come and gone too. Our try out for french-living that lasted for a whole month. My reason for not writing : un-motivation. Or so I thought because as it turned out, I was going through an emotional crisis; a first trimester that wasn’t meant to be :( i think i will leave it at that as there is nothing more to say. As for our break in France, I will try to compress the photos in one of my upcoming posts if you’d like to see them.

Moving forward, my 37th birthday a few days ago was all I hoped for it to be. Just good comforting company for the whole day and night ;) I realized that the older I grow, the lesser I need. And the more private I become. You start to want intangible things that make pleasurable memories for you. For now, it is good like that for me. And, as the clouds in my head begin to disperse, I see no reason not to continue as I meant to.

So post midweek, I just want to say Shades of Vanille is back in gear :) And for this occasion I’d like to mention a special shout out to the MY Monsieur for picking up the cue ever so subtly and his surprise for me. A one night stay at a boutique hotel downtown. No frills and no gimmicks, it was sublime! This little piece of haven right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city really made it a wonderful birthday treat.


How obscurely cute is the circular structure? I missed it a few times while just going round it !

Scene 2: IMG_3885How lush is this? Don’t know, we slept like babies :)

Scene 3:IMG_3888The best tiramisu I’ve ever tasted just because it’s my birthday ;)

Scene 4:rooftop barThe rooftop bar

Scene 5:


Hotel facade by night.

Final scene:


Oh well, we were happy although it’s not really clear here. Hmm…perhaps a new iphone is in order? <hint-hint>


20 reasons you should be drinking lemon water every morning

lemon water

Lemon with warm water in the morning before you eat, I believe, is the best thing you can do for your body for the rest of the day. Here are 20 reasons why we should be drinking it first thing in the morning;

  1. Water with lemon provides the body with electrolytes which hydrate your body. As lemons contain good amount of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.
  2. Water with lemon is good for the joints, reducing pain in the joints and muscles.
  3. Warm water with lemon helps digestion as lemon contains citric acid. It interacts with other enzymes and acids which easily stimulate the secretion of gastric juice and digestion.
  4. The liver produces more enzymes from water with lemon than from any other food.
  5. Water with lemon cleanses the liver. Lemon juice stimulates the liver to release toxins.
  6. Water with Lemon helps fight infections of the respiratory tract, sore throats and inflammation of the tonsils. This is due to the anti-inflammatory properties of lemon.
  7. Warm water with lemon helps regulate natural bowel movement.
  8. Water with lemon is indispensable for the normal work of metabolism. Since lemon is a powerful antioxidant, it protects the body from free radicals and strengthens the immune system.
  9. Water with lemon aids in proper functioning of the nervous system (as lemon  has a high content of potassium). Depression and anxiety are often the result of low levels of potassium in the blood. The nervous system needs a sufficient amount of potassium to ensure sustainable signals to the heart.
  10. Water with lemon cleanses blood, blood vessels and arteries.
  11. Water with lemon can help lower blood pressure.  A daily intake of one lemon can reduce high blood pressure by 10%.
  12. Water with lemon creates an alkalizing effect in the body. Even if you drink it immediately before a meal,  it can help your body maintain a higher level of pH. The higher the pH, the more your body is able to fight diseases.
  13. Water with lemon is good for the skin. Vitamin C in lemon, improves our skin by rejuvenating the body.  Drinking water with lemon regularly (every morning) will improve the condition of your skin.
  14. Water with lemon  helps to dilute uric acid, the built up of which leads to pain in the joints and gout.
  15. Water with lemon is beneficial for pregnant women. Since lemons are loaded with Vitamin C, it acts as an adaptogen helping the body cope with viruses such as colds.  Furthermore, vitamin C helps the formation of bone tissue of the unborn baby. At the same time, due to the high content of potassium, a mixture of water with lemon helps forming cells of the brain and nervous system of the baby.
  16. Water with lemon relieves heartburn. For this, mix a teaspoon of lemon juice in half a glass of water.
  17. Water with lemon helps dissolve gallstones,  kidney stones, pancreatic stones, and calcium deposits.
  18. Water with lemon helps with weight loss.  Lemons contain pectin fiber, which helps suppress hunger cravings. Studies have proven  people with a better alkaline diet have lost weight faster.
  19. Water with lemon helps with tooth pain and gingivitis.
  20. Water with lemon prevents cancer. This is due to the fact that lemons are a highly alkaline food. Multiple studies have found that cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.

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