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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Life is comprised of things, big and small. It is the small ones that get us.

Just like how I chanced this book. Miraculously one day, the book was lying on the sofa, my favorite sofa in the house. If it had been on another sofa, chances are that it would have been put away before I laid my eyes on it. How did it land on the sofa? It turned out a friend of my husband's had visited. He had stored a few boxes of things in our basement, with this book in one of them. He had come to pick up a few things. He took the book out with the intention of taking it with him. But he forgot to.

One small thing after another. I was lead to this book, God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

As soon as I started reading it, I was completely enthralled. I couldn't put it away. It is a story situated so far far away, yet it arouses unlikely familiarity. Childhood. Motherhood. Womanhood. There is something about the language, too. It was unconventional. Yet completely natural. It is true that Roy h…
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Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood by Michael Lewis

I don't like parenting books, especially the ones that are written that take themselves too seriously. Don't take me wrong. When I knew I'd become a parent, I panicked and became the prey of so many parenting books. However, what I found out was so often they contradict each other. It was confusing!

That's why what I am recommending today isn't a parenting book. It's more of a how-my-life-was-turned-totally-upside-down-by-my-children kind of book, with a lot of humor! You would be laughing all the time, but also come away with a better understanding of aspects of children and parenthood.

Home Game isn't a typical Michael Lewis book. It is deeply personal and uncontainably funny. I discovered it long before I became a parent. In the hormonal days of early parenthood, when I was ridden with both unparalleled ecstasy and deepest fear of loss and couldn't sleep at night, I'd put on my headphones and listen to the audio version of this book and it put me …

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

This one was an old read and I never thought of sharing until recently. It was framed in the period where I read a lot about the court, lawyers and law school. That period had been frozen and put away, together with the books associated with it.

I loved this book because it made Ruth Bader Ginsburg, such a formidable force in our highest court, human. And don't we all love the human side of unfamiliar people? Oh, and don't be fooled by the title, there is nothing notorious about RBG in this book. The title was meant to be satirical. It actually originated from this namesake tumblr feed.

The details of the book had been buried in memory but now that I am writing about it, they start to come back to me. It was such an enticing read that I couldn't put it down. I remembered how she planned her pregnancy so that she had her baby during summer vacation. I remembered her love story - she had a great love, until the very end. I remembered the last letter her husband wrote her bef…

What Is Your Color World?

We've been doing a little home renovation project which involves painting the walls and ceilings. Anyone that has done such project knows the drill: what color should I pick? I didn't know before we started that selecting a colors could be such an ordeal. The problem is there are so many possibilities!

I started out thinking about some greyish color, because, well, it's supposed to be more modern. And then I realize there are literally more than fifty shades of grey. When my husband joined the conversation, the palette was shifted towards yellow because he loved a warm color. Then we read some articles about color theory for sleeping, which lead us to think about a much darker color, like Navy or Teal, which is neither grey nor yellow. You get the idea.

All of that was just for our master bedroom. We have five rooms to pick color for, plus four closets!

The agony came to an end when I came upon this quiz about color inclinations. I was pleasantly surprised. I came to peace…

Little Known (to me) Facts About Bra

Breast cancer awareness month is upon us. I've being researching about bras. Not that the two are necessarily related. I'm sharing some surprising facts I have just learned about bras.

1. Underwired bras don't increase your risk of breast cancer. Dailymail is hardly the source for scientific truth, but my doctor confirmed that no research has proved underwired bras do so one myth dispelled.

2. Bras last between six to nine months. Signs that they are no longer good. Oh wow, I didn't know this one. I need to throw away a lot of my inventory. Right now!

3. You aren't supposed to just throw them in the washing machine. Bummer! Good news is you can reduce the damage by putting them in lingerie wash bags. I've got to try that.

4. A lot of women are wearing the wrong size. This is partly due to you could be one size with this brand, and a different size with another. Also, the size of the breast fluctuates. Ok, go get a fitting right now.

5. The perfect strapless pu…

Love, Loss and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman

Today I am sharing Love, Loss and What I wore by Ilene Beckerman. An old one but a good one.

It is such a simple book, no more than 140 pages, with an illustration on the right of each turn and a story of each illustration on the left. She illustrated the clothes her mom made for her, the dress she wore to a date with her crush, the "going-out" shoe, the drug store make-up, her wedding dress, and clothes she borrowed from her best friends. Through the illustrations of the clothes she wore, she told the stories of her life, elegantly, touchingly and succinctly.

The illustrations in the book are beautiful. Ilene might not be the most skilled illustrator, but each illustration is so vivid, full-of-details and touching. It reminds me of why I started illustrating - discovering little things that touches me everyday, remembering moments that passes by so fast, and telling stories that reminds me of the beauty of life.

Honey from a Weed by Patience Gray

Where should I start about this little treasure of a book? For someone who loves both sketching and reading, and good food, and fantasizing about living in the country, this is just the perfect book! 
The drawings are rustic with raw edges, which goes perfectly with the atmosphere where the recipes are developed. Yet, there is a delicate beauty in the lines and words. I could just keep flipping through the pages for the drawings. 
It is a recipe book, but so much more than just that. It is about a way of life that was fast disappearing. It is about deep passion for a life that was discovered, work that was satisfying and people that were grounded by the earth. 
Patience Gray was a pioneer in so many ways. Born in England, lived and worked in London, first editor of The Observer's women's page, life took a turn for her when she fell in love with a sculptor. They began a journey in search of marble, which took them to the most remote villages around the mediterranean sea. They …