G2R: Extra- Denmark

For the Sweetest of Sweet Tooth's

In May I got the opportunity to visit Denmark (and also Berlin) as part of a student exchange program organized by my school with another school in Denmark. Our Danish counterparts had already visited us in December of last year so it was our turn to visit them. This post is a compilation of pictures that I took during my trip. Pictures were taken on a Nikon D5100 or an IPhone 5S. Continue reading

Doctor Who Season 5 Recap+Review: episodes 10&11

The 10th episode ‘Vincent and the Doctor’ was an episode I was really looking forward to. Some of my favorite Doctor Who episodes with David Tennant were the historical episodes. And after having been disappointed with this season’s 3rd episode ‘Victory of the Daleks’, I thought maybe two’s the charm. Continue reading

G2R Extra: Blog Awards 


Over the past month I seem to have accumulated a number of nominations so here they are!

One Lovely Blog Award
I would like to thank tinyobsessions and themusingsofamagpie for the nomination.


The Rules:

You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

You must list the rules and display the award.

You must add 7 facts about yourself.

You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

7 facts about myself

1. I’ve attended the same school since kindergarden. I’m graduating next year!

2. I’m a night owl. Waking up in the morning is probably one of the hardest parts of my day.

3. I’m an only child so my two dogs are the closest things I consider to having siblings.

4. I love traveling and I wish I could do it more! I’ve visited a total of 7 countries so far.

5. I’m a vegetarian and have been all my life. This may come as a surprise since a lot of people seem to associate Indians with vegetarianism but I’m the only other person in my group of friends to be one.

6. I find it really hard to read books after watching their movie/TV adaptations- one of the main reasons why I never ended up reading the Harry Potter books or ended up completing the GOT book.

7. I love cooking and I like to believe I’m fairly good at it even though my cooking skills are pretty limited. Hopefully I can expand them a bit next year during the couple of free months I will have before college!

BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD

I would like to thank bookmarkedreading for the nomination.

 

RULES:

Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.

Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).

Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.

Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

How did this blog originate?

I had actually first created my blog  about 2 years ago on blogspot. I’d been contemplating about making a blog for a while, to be able to share my love for books, tv shows, movies etc with others and also to find some likeminded people like me. I didn’t want to be like those people who start a blog and then just suddenly disappear after a few posts so I decided to write a couple of posts in advance for when I wouldn’t have the time to write a new one. However I never actually got down to posting anything for the fear of running out of content or just generally not having the time to write. After creating their own blogs on WordPress, my friends encouraged me to make one here too. So I deleted my blogspot blog and here we are…….

Advice for new bloggers-

I too am a relatively new blogger and only started my blog two months ago but an advice I would give is to make sure that you always keep posting content. It doesn’t even have to be anything long or comprehensively written. Something is better than nothing.

The Creative Blogger Award

I would like to thank gallifreyanramblings for the nomination.


Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

Share 5 facts about yourself.

Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.

Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

Some more facts about me-

1. I’m an introvert which some people to seem to mistake as me being antisocial. Here is a great Buzzfeed article on the various questions I’m asked being an introvert.

2. I’ve never gotten stitches or a fracture. (I hope I don’t jinx this)

3. I have an obsession with Pan Di Stelle La Merenda mini cakes (I think?). I had them for the first time at a B&B in Italy and have been obsessed ever since. Every time anyone I know travels to Italy, they HAVE to get them for me.

4. I’ve never ever seen snow in real.

5. And if you haven’t guessed till now,  I’m bilingual. Other than English of course I can speak Hindi fluently.

You can choose whichever tag you want to do. I nominate you for all.

https://heyitsvandana.wordpress.com/

https://storytellersociety.wordpress.com/

https://lifeissweetinbooks.wordpress.com/

https://reviewsofaselfproclaimedbibliophile.wordpress.com/

http://qjer.tv/

https://theglitteraficionado.wordpress.com/

https://dreamlandbookblog.wordpress.com/

http://intothebookcase.com/

https://auroralicity.wordpress.com/

https://writingbec.wordpress.com/

https://benjaminherman.wordpress.com/

https://vortex75.wordpress.com/

https://bookmarkedreading.wordpress.com/

https://lesliemdrake.wordpress.com/

https://thebooktypegal.wordpress.com/

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 “We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken”

Lockhart’s critically acclaimed young adult novel narrates the story of the Sinclair’s, a wealthy family who vacation on their private island every summer. The family consists of the protagonist- Cadence, her mother, two aunts, cousins and her rich maternal grandparents who own the island. The liars in question include Cadence, her cousins Johnny and Mirren and Gat Patil, the nephew of her Aunt Carrie’s longtime boyfriend. The book opens with an 18-year-old cadence trying to remember the memories and events leading up to her accident that occurred two summers ago on the island. All she knows is that she was found on the shore, dressed in her underwear, the sea washing over her. The catastrophic accident has left her with crippling headaches and a brain that feels “broken in countless medically diagnosed ways”. Her family won’t discloses the details of her accident and hence it is only up to her to figure out what exactly had happened.

The author’s writing is full of suspense and mystery. The unreliable narration and Cadence’s disjointed memories makes it very hard to predict the ending of the novel. The author also did a great job in describing this troubled aristocratic family. The Sinclairs are all beautiful, athletic and rich with blonde hair, receiving the best of education. Cadence’s mother and aunts had a privileged life but even then were never able to attain successful careers and hence still depend on the trust funds set up by their father to continue to live that lifestyle. Cadence’s Grandfather’s attempt at trying to make his daughters compete with each other for his inheritance does not help the situation, only making the relationship between the sisters bitter.

This cunning and cleverly written novel is full of surprises, which makes the reader go back to the first page and wonder what they had missed. Even though the author’s characters may not be very likeable, her writing is certainly impressive.

Movie Review: The Martian 

 

This is one movie I’d been really looking forward to for the past few months and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint. 

The film stars Matt Damon as Mark Watney, an astronaut. After a huge storm, his Mars mission goes awry. His mission commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) presumes him to be dead and hence decides to abort the mission and head back to Earth with the rest of the crew members. 

However Mark is injured but alive and performs a self surgery to fix his wound (a scene which can be compared to the pregnancy termination scene in Scotts’s previous movie Prometheus which still gives me nightmares!). 

Having only about a year’s worth of food, Mark decides to use his skills as a botanist to grow food in order to survive till the next manned mission to Mars (which is 4 years away) is able to rescue him.

The film, directed by Ridley Scott, has stunning visual effects and I would expect no less from a big budgeted space movie like this one.The plot is compelling and definitely keeps you at the edge of your seat with its many twists and turns.Even though it’s plot is very theoretical and hypothetical, the movie still manages to make it all look as realistic as possible with its easily understandable explanations.

Unlike previous years space related movies like Interstellar and Gravity, The Martian definitely has much more light moments which provide humor in the film. Hence instead of being a borderline depressing movie about a guy stuck alone on a planet, thousands of miles away from home, the movie manages to maintain a more optimistic storyline about a guy’s determination to get home. 

Matt Damon’s performance as the witty and buoyant Mark is commendable and probably one of his best. Other cast members including Jeff Daniels as Teddy Sanders, the director of NASA, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Vincent Kapoor, the director of Mars missions, Sean Bean as Mitch Henderson, the Hermes flight director, Kristen Wiig as Annie Montrose, a NASA spokesperson and other astronauts aboard the Ares III played by Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Michael Peña and Aksel Hennie also had good performances.


4/5

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Note- This is the first movie review I’ve ever written or posted on this blog! I’ve tried to write to to the best of my ability. I’m always open to critique so let me know what you think.