Ever since Kareena-Shahid starrer ‘Jab We Met’ released and Kareena’s Size Zero became the talk of the town, Rujuta Diwekar and her too good to be tru...moreEver since Kareena-Shahid starrer ‘Jab We Met’ released and Kareena’s Size Zero became the talk of the town, Rujuta Diwekar and her too good to be true diet technique became popular overnight. Rujuta’s diet and the best example which is Kareena’s Size Zero was there for everybody to see and believe. And believe they did.
Rujuta quickly caught on the pulse and published a book which explains her diet techniques. Her thoughts on how our lifestyle and food habits have evolved from the days of our uncivilized days to the modern human beings that we are today. The first few chapters on why and how we eat was an eye-opener. There are so many things which we do wrongly, knowingly or unknowingly, but it hits you like lightning when it is laid out in black and white.
Rujuta goes on to tell us what her ‘perfect diet is’ 1. Eat your first meal within 30 minutes of waking up. It should be ideally 10 minutes, but 30 minutes it acceptable too.
2. Place your meails 2 hours apart.
3. Do not eat to the extent that your stomach feels full. Rather, reduce your serving to half or 3/4th to what you are used to.
4. Eat slowly without any distractions. Chew slowly, savoring the taste and texture. Sit cross-legged while eating, if you can.
5. Exercise atleast 3 days a week.
6. Eat local, think global. I loved her theory here.
7. If you want to eat sweets, eat it as a meal in itself, preferably in the morning.
8. If you want to eat deep fried food, prepare it at home, instead of buying. Eat it as a meal in itself.
9. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Eat fruits rather than drinking juice. Don’t cut vegetables in advance. Eat vegetables and fruits as whole, when possible.
I have been trying to follow this diet since two weeks. I already see a visible difference, in terms of inches and kilos. There is no surprise there. Rujuta’s diet is exactly what our ancestors have been telling us. Early to bed and early to rise. Stop eating after the sun sets. Don’t read or watch TV while eating and so on. It is a shame it takes a Kareena Kapoor in her Size Zero avatar to make us realize how valuable our ancestor’s wisdom is.
Rujuta harps on about her connection with the elite world, be it Kareena or Ambani. She has dedicated a full chapter/appendix on how she transformed Kareena. I understand she is gloating over her clientele, but this was something the reader doesn’t care about. I mean, they are reading the book because they already know how Rujuta changed Kareena, isn’t it? Bebo’s name must have been mentioned a few dozen times atleast, which gets a bit too much. I wish Rujuta depends on her knowledge and capability more than her client’s popularity.
Out of curiosity, I visited Rujuta’s website to get more information on her services. The rates, oh my god, the rates are exorbitant. Forget affording Rujuta herself, I can’t afford her so called team. It is very clear she is least interested in working with the middle class people. I am sure she is looking forward to adding a few more big names to her clientele list. Nothing wrong with it, by the way.
I know Rujuta has another book out for us women and I am looking forward to read it to see what is new in that book which Rujuta has not already covered in this one.(less)
The Lowland refers to the stretch of marshy land between two ponds. The story is set in West Bengal, around Calcultta and is...more Complete review on my blog
The Lowland refers to the stretch of marshy land between two ponds. The story is set in West Bengal, around Calcultta and is about two brothers, Subhash and Udayan. Subhash, the elder one, is the responsible and more careful one while Udayan is more of a rebel. They both grow up under the same roof and notice their drastically different nature and reaction to events. Subhash moves to the US to pursue his studies, much to the chagrin of his younger brother who is a communist in the making and hates anything to do with America. Subhash is leading his freedom-filled life, while Udayan goes on to marry his love Gauri against his parents’ wishes. One thing leads to another and Udayan is shot down by the police force due to his involvement with the Naxalites.
Subhash decides to take up Gauri and her unborn baby’s responsibility and decides to marry her. Gauri is delighted by the offer as she can get away from her hateful in-laws and a chance to study further in the US. The relationship between the baby and Subhash is one of the highlights of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed and could relate to the father-daughter relationship and somewhat with Gauri too. As the story progressed, I developed a kind of contempt towards Gauri for being the way she was. The rest of the book sees the characters aging further and several tracks and characters are introduced. I can’t reveal much without labeling this review as a spoiler.(less)
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy is set in the World War 2 era, where the Germans are plotting the King’s assassination. Suspicions are rife that Germans are...morePrincess Elizabeth’s Spy is set in the World War 2 era, where the Germans are plotting the King’s assassination. Suspicions are rife that Germans are even planning to kidnap Princess Elizabeth so as to deprive England of an heir and then plant the friendly Duke in the King’s place. With this information in hand, the MI-5 plans to install Maggie Hope, a mathematician and a close aide of Churchill, at the castle to safeguard the Princess.
Unlike the usual war novels, where the lead is a typical strong and independent male, Maggie Hope comes across as a breath of fresh air. With her strengths and limitations, she feels more human as an MI-5 agent. The story moves quickly and there are a lot of twists and turns in the tale. Some incidents do make you wonder what are the odds of that happening, if not for giving our Maggie an upper hand in solving the crime, but fortunately such incidents are not too many. The climax especially was so silly, that it is very clear it was written for the sole reason to have our heroine in the scene to take the credit. I wish the author had come up with plausible reasons. And also not to offer the case on a platter and make it atleast a tiny bit harder for Maggie to solve the crime. This was not a typical ‘sit on your edge and wonder who the killer is’ mystery novel. The plot is fabulous, so the author could have done a better job keeping up the anticipation and mystery.
Even though this is not the first Maggie Hope book, this can still be read independently. There are references to some names and incidents of the first book, but those in no way diminish the reading experience.
I read this on my tiny Samsung Galaxy S3 and was pleasantly surprised with the experience. It was easier to hold the phone and read in bed. Moon+ Reader is a great ebook reading app for Android and I am even thinking of investing in the Pro version.(less)
This book is set in the Victorian era with its beautifully dressed ladies with their lovely hats and their afternoon teas. Princess Alexandria, aka Mi...moreThis book is set in the Victorian era with its beautifully dressed ladies with their lovely hats and their afternoon teas. Princess Alexandria, aka Mink, is left orphaned and penniless when her father passes away suddenly under controversial conditions. She is forced to move out of the Maharajah’s palace and move into a less royal Court Palace where she has to share the space with others. Her loyal servant Pooki stays loyal and moves in with her at the Hampton Court Palace.
One of the residents is murdered and the primary suspect happens to be Pooki. Mink is confident her servant is innocent, so she sets out to solve the mystery herself. She analyses the incidents as a detective would do and finds the culprit using her intellect. Along with the murder mystery plot, we also see a love story on the sides and other sub-plots which keep the reader interested. The mystery itself is quite silly. The way things fall on Mink’s feet to be solved and how easily she is able to get a confession from others is a bit hard to believe.
I have read quite a few murder mysteries and this one doesn’t really do justice to the mystery or the solving part of it. I like this book not for its page-turning qualities, but for its simple charm. The characters, the way they dress, the way they talk, their little rituals of calling on your neighbors and having afternoon teas and going around with the flowing dresses and hats. Yeah, I like the Victorian England, why do you ask?
Mink is one of the strongest female leads I have read. She is confident, strong and so sure of herself. She sets out to solve the mystery and so she does. Pooki, with her quirky temper and child like tantrums is adorable. Mink-Pooki are more of like friends than master-servant which makes them all the more adorable. There are other characters which stand out (American visitor) and become memorable.
Julia Start paints a beautiful picture of the old England. I love the bookcover. Oh yes, it is a maze and it has some significance in the story, but the reason it is on the bookcover is because this is the view Mink and Pooki get from their window.
A nice, little, charming book. Read it for the writing and characters and not for the mystery.(less)