Tips to become a succesful book blogger

No one has become a superstar blogger overnight.Recognition in blogosphere takes time and there are no short cuts for achieving instant success as a blogger.Read like there is no tomorrow and pen down your sincere thoughts in a lucid, organised and unpretentious manner.Your work will definitely get its due.

Blogadda-Quikr Shopping Fiesta: My Experience

It was like a slap on my face.Thankfully Arun was not there with me to witness by embarassement. I was all set to call him when some random piece of paper with a phone number written on it from my pocket caught my attention.

Book Review:Salvation Of a Saint

On the whole,’The Salvation Of Saint’ is a decent thriller.It may not be as racy as ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’,but still it’s a pretty good one.

Interview with Doctor-turned- Writer Deepal Kripal

Earlier this week,we chatted with Doctor-turned-Author,Deepak Kripal.He has authored 'The Devil's Tale:An impossible journey',published by Leadstart Publishers.In this candid interview,he tells us about his debut work,future plans,his journey as a writer and his other interests in life.

Private India: Book Review

On the whole,'Private India' by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi is a strictly average work.

January 12, 2018

Notes on 'The Luckiest Girl Alive' by Jessica Knoll

                'The Luckiest Girl Alive' is apparently the debut work of model-turned- writer Jessica Knoll.The book tries to tell the story of Ani Fanelli,who had a troubled life as a teenager.

              The cover screams loud that it is the next 'Gone Girl'(and it even has a 'Girl' in it's title,incase you have missed it's 'aspiration'). After having finished about fifty percent of this mammoth 400+pages book (I am trying hard to finish the rest), I can confidently say that it's no where close to the Gillian Flynn masterpiece.Jessica struggles to maintain the tone of the book which remains inconsistent through out.The reader never gets to know whether it's a satire(on wedding planning and the 'weight loss exercise')or a dark psychological thriller.There is a graphic description of rape and torture and a supposedly shocking revelation about violence at school,but when the writing is inefficient,all the efforts generate mixed results.The writing is not at all fast paced and the constant back and forth narrative just manages to confuse the reader.On the whole,I am giving it a 2 out of 5. If you loved this book,kindly let us know!


January 9, 2018

Mini Book Review: Shari Lapena's 'The Couple Next Door'

          Shari Lapena's 'The Couple Next Door' was one book which I had wanted to read for quite long. It took me almost a year to get hold of this book, but then, once I had it with me, it took me only a couple of hours to finish reading it! Though it had shades of 'The Girl On the Train' and 'Little Face' , it turned out to be a true page-turner and totally worth the money spent on it.

        Anne is a new-mom and she lives with her husband Marco who is quite supportive of her and her child.They get invited for a dinner by their next-door neighbours and in the process leave their baby at home alone only to realize later that she has gone missing.This suspense filled novel is all about their efforts to get Cora (the baby) back.

       The writing is crisp and fast paced and we get to know many intricate details of Anne and Marco as a couple. There are plenty of twists and turns and at no point of time the reader gets bored. Although the build up was quite good, the climax was pretty lame, I felt.

       On the whole,'The Couple Next Door' is an interesting read.It doesn't have much depth but is definitely a paisa- vasool time pass read! I am giving it a 3 out of 5.


January 8, 2018

'My Story' Song and the 'Controversy'!

Prithvi is no Ranbir and Parvathy is no Deepika. I genuinely dislike this song video.The atrocious choreography ,fake expressions and the song itself is quite irritating!


November 5, 2017

Hyde Park

                                Hyde Park is the largest of the Royal Parks. It's one of the important tourist destinations right in the heart of the City. Spread over about 400 acres,the park is indeed a really beautiful place and is also the habitat of many species of birds.You have to either get down in Hyde Park corner to reach here or take a bus from Victoria.Diana Memorial fountain,The Serpentine,Peter Pan are a few of the attractions in the Hyde Park.A few pictures are being shared here.


October 29, 2017

Random thoughts on two Harlan Coben novels


                                            I am slowly, but surely becoming a huge fan of Coben. Last week, I finished reading two of his domestic thrillers.Caught (2010) and Hold Tight (2008). I must say that that both the books were gripping, fast paced and truly entertaining. While the former is about a 17 year old girl (who has suddenly gone missing) and a TV sting that has gone horribly wrong , the latter is about the sinister secrets harboured by a teenage boy and also deals with themes like abuse of prescription drugs, teenage suicide topically. While the plotting of Caught is quite similar to Coben's previous works, Hold Tight is a marked departure from his usual style.What make both these works quite different from the usual thrillers is the fact that they both deal with quite relevant issues and that too in a fast paced and quite entertaining manner.
                             'Caught' starts off with an innocent man getting falsely implicated in a crime which he never did ,but the book is a lot more than that.Infact a lot of things happen in this 300+ page tale. A girl mysteriously disappears , a T.V reporter is on the run trying hard to prove a point, and there is also a group of men caught in a very tricky situation.The narrative is fast paced and there is never a dull moment but towards the end ,we get a feeling that the writer tried to pack in a whole lot of things in quick succession.There are twists galore in the end and before the reader can fully assimilate the first one, there comes the second one, the next and so on. On the whole, the work is a pretty good, entertaining read!
                         'Hold tight' follows the pattern of the typical Coben domestic thrillers.There is this family who are happily living the American dream and then suddenly they discover that their son (Adam) is harbouring a sinister secret. He starts behaving in a weird way and the panicked parents (Mike and Tiya) install a spyware in his computer.Soon the boy disappears and 'Hold Tight' is all about their race against time to get their son back.The book also deals with the many unethical practices existing in the field of health care and drug trade. On the whole,a truly gripping thriller!


October 12, 2017

Oxford Street/Oxford Circus

Oxford Street is one of the richest streets in London.Please note that this is different from the city of Oxford University of Oxford.The toy store,Hamley's is located here.

The Tube Station

- nikhimenon

October 9, 2017

Green Park!

Green Park is one of the eight Royal Parks in London. It's indeed situated in the heart of London and is a habitat for many species of birds.This is more of a picture blog on Green Park.There are many ways to reach the Park,the easiest is to take a tube to Green Park station which is in the Victoria Tube Line.Spread across 40 acres,this is also the smallest/shortest park among the royal parks.
The Tube Station
Welcome to Green Park!
The Walk
The Park!

The place was filled with tourists,it's a beautiful place indeed!


October 2, 2017

The London Bridge!

Well,this is mostly going to be a photo blog post(which basically means that you will have to bear with my non existent photographic skills !).London is quite full of places of historic importance and  beautiful tourist attractions.People from all over the world come here to have a glance of the most iconic tourist spots.
1.The Tower Bridge(London Bridge)- The bridge opens up to make way for the big ships/boats which are trying to cross the river,which indeed is a beautiful sight!
2.The London Eye-This is something like a giant wheel which give the full view of London.Situated just beside the river,gives a beautiful view of the city indeed.
3.The Parliament-Well,I don't have a picture of the parliament yet,but this is where it's situated and there are some beautiful statues of the world leaders here.
4.The Palace-I'm sure that many of you might have seen this image somewhere else,but I believe no post about London is complete without these pictures.
5.The Gardens-I forgot the name of this garden ,but that doesn't matter,right.There is a nice kid's play area also inside and I bet your kids are going to love this place.
6.Thames-Do I need to say more?
7.The Streets on a Sunday Morning-It's actually full of tourists from different parts of the world(they aren't there in this picture though!)
8.Victoria Station-The national rail trains to various parts converge here.
9.The Roads-They aren't very crowded, right?
10.The Heron-This one is so used to humans ,I believe!Doesn't mind posing for a snap or two!

11.The Big Ben-They are renovating it.But that hasn't reduced it's charm in any ways!


September 30, 2017


(This is going to be a pretty long post.If you are a native of London or/has been staying here in London for a while,this post is probably not going to interest you much.If you are new to the city or happen to be one who has been thinking about visiting this city, I strongly recommend that you read on).

                                It's been a week here in London.The weather is pretty okay, not very cold or very warm. Getting used to the transport system was the first and the most important thing which I had to sort out in the initial days. I will be penning down a few things which I noticed during the first week of my stay here. Hoping that these gyaans might come handy for those of you who plan to visit or stay in London in the near future.
1.Get used to the transport system as early as possible-Unlike in India, here, there is a very good public transport system and almost everyone uses it. They have this thing called the 'Oyster card', which basically is something like a 'season ticket' and looks like a 'credit/debit card' (obviously without the Visa/MasterCard logo in it!). You can either use it on a pay as you go basis or as a season ticket. The card works in tubes,trams,buses and even in the overhead national trains.You just have to show/swipe the card in a yellow automated card reader which is there in the entrance of the tube station or in the entry door of the public transport bus which you get into. The fare for your each journey will be automatically deducted from the card.Always rember to show the card at the entry and exit points of the tube station, else you will either be charged a penalty of 80£ or will have to face prosecution.

2.Stick to your time-The British are very punctual , so when they say that they will meet you at nine,they do actually mean it. Don't turn up late for any of the important meetings or classes as far as possible.

3.There are a lot of Indian restaurants out here-If you are badly missing Indian food, you can always step into any of the Indian restaurants out there in your locality. There are many out there. If you are here on a budget, then you can get whatever you need from the local Indian store out there and prepare your own meal at home.

4.The British Chips and Fish- Almost all the places here serve the famous English 'Fish n Chips' on Fridays. If you are into fish, u can definitely give it a try.

5.The free 'Metro' and the 'Evening Standard'- Well,this is one thing which I liked a lot.If you are a commuter, everyday you will get free tabloids in the mornings and in the evenings along with weekly magazines.There are racks outside each tube station and inside each bus/tram from where you can pick your daily free copy of the tabloid/magazine.

6.The 'People'- The native British people are very polite, well mannered and cultured. But beware,like in any other country,not all people are good though.

7.There are 'strikes' in London-If you have been thinking that strikes and 'dharnas' are only seen in developing countries,you have got it terribly wrong.These things are there here too.

8.The traffic culture-One thing I think I should emphasize here is the way they treat the pedestrians.In every major crossings, you will see a system like this (above picture) which enables the pedestrians to cross the road in a safe and timely manner.If the signal for automobiles is green,you just have to press the button over there and wait till the green signal for the pedestrians shows up.And remember,if there are no signals in he lane which you are trying to cross,the cars and motor cycles will wait until you have crossed the road!

9.Tesco- They are a chain of hyper markets like our Reliance fresh and Lulu which stock almost all the daily essentials.

10.Lyca and Libera Sim-If you are from the Indian subcontinent,these are probably the best mobile sims which you can get hold of.They have got some really good plans which you can avail of and it really makes your calls to India quite cheap.


September 13, 2017

Thoughts on James Patterson's ' The Thomas Berryman Number'

               I am no fan of James Patterson.I have read a couple of his books before and  found them to be totally mediocre.Picked up this book as I was told that this had won him the Edgar award for the best debut (way back in the 70s). May be at that point of time, people might have enjoyed reading this work ,but for a reader like me who belongs to a different era , the book was not at all relatable.With a confusing and snail paced plot,this debut work about a hitman and his escapades is at best left untouched.


September 10, 2017

Malayalam Cinema 2017:The Most Disappointing Malayalam Movies Of the Year, So Far!

2017 has rather been a disappointing year for the Malayalam Movie Industry so far.One of it's leading men is behind bars for an alleged crime done against his own colleague,many of the much hyped movies got universally panned and bit the dust at the kerala box-office. There has been no big successes like a PuliMurugan/ Premam/Ennu Ninte Moidheen so far.With mediocre content,the Onam releases have also failed to really set the box-office on fire.Here,we have a look at those movies of the year which offered a lot prior to their release but turned out to be lacklustre affairs at the end.

10.Fukri(Siddique)- Hit maker Siddique's first outing with Jayasurya turned out to be a rehash of various yesteryear hits like 'Udayapuram Sulthan'.With silly jokes and over the top performances,Fukri was yet another case of bad writing spoiling the party!

9.Jomonte Suvisheshangal(Satyan Anthikkad)-Sathyettan's loyal family audience might have helped the movie to scrape through at the kerala boxoffice but there is no denying the fact that 'Jomonte..' was nothing other than a bargain basement version of last year's 'Jaobinte Swargarajyam'.The only silver lining in this otherwise mediocre affair was the sincere performance from the father son duo played by Dulquer Salman-Mukesh.

8.Honeybee 2(Lal Jr)-Well, the prequel was no great cinematic gem.But the sequel was widely expected to repeat the former movie's box-office success.Though replete with sexual innuendos and crass jokes,HB2 failed to please even the front benchers and turned out to be a turkey at the ticket windows!

7.1971:Beyond Borders(Major Ravi)-well, nothing more to be said about this one.This wannabe war movie couldn't even satisfy Lalettan's devoted fans.We wish Major sir comes up with a better script next time!

6.Georgettan's Pooram(Biju Arookkutty)-Expected to be the year's festival entertainer from Dileep,this pooram ended up as a celebration of mediocricity.Neither a critical nor a commercial success,this movie didn't generate the opening which Dileep movies used to take during a vacation season.

5.The Great Father(Haneef Adeni)-Mammookka looked uber cool as ever but this misguided family thriller suffered due to bad writing.Perhaps the most profitable venture in this list,The Great Father was a disappointment from an aesthetic point of view.

4.Pullikkaran S(t)aara(Syamdhar)-When a relatively new director tries to cash in on Mamooka's super cool looks overlooking the mamooth sized holes and the pointlessness in the script,we can confidently say that the megastar should be more careful in choosing his projects.

3.Tiyaan(Jeeyen Krishnakumar)-The promos were extra ordinary and the production values were top notch but when you cannot back it up with a solid script,all the efforts go in vain.Tiyaan was one of the most disppointing films of the year both critically and commercially.

2.Achayans(Kannan Thamarakkulam) and Puthenpanam(Ranjith)-A mindless comedy entertainer was what was widely expected out of this flick.But 'Achayans' failed to entertain!With a rather muddling script,in Puthenpanam Ranjith tried to take solace in the Kasargode slang,but the majority of the viewers found it confusing and mildly amusing!

1.Velipaadinte Pusthakam(Lal Jose)-Benny P Nayarambalam-Lal Jose-Mohanlal.The names were big,the expectations sky high,'Jimmikki Kammal' became Kerala's 'why this Kolaveri',but alas,the content was too weak to speak for itself!


Adam Joan and Njandukalude Naattil Oru Idavela-Mini Movie Reviews!

Hi all,

It's a long time since nikhimenon has spoken here! So many things happened in between, the 'MSG' made the drastic decision to continue saving the world from behind the bars, Vivek Oberoi once again made a 'grand re-entry to Bollywood' only to keep us guessing about the possible date of his next gala Bollywood re-launch, Ra-Ga went abroad yet again for his monthly dose of vipasana, nikhimenon's letter box got flooded with mails from depressed fans who threatened to kill themselves as they couldn't read nikhimenon's literary gems on a daily basis, to name a few. So nikhimenon has decided to take up that ardous task of enlightening this world once again with a new blogpost.

 In these times,when every homosapien with a pair of hands and atleast half a dozen fingers is a movie critic, writing a review about a feature film is no big deal.But since nikhimenon's creative genius has told him that the best way to set the RT blog stats on fire (the year long 'neglect' coupled with the nefarious design of the likes of KLQ et al seems to have reduced the 'once upon a time' 2000+hits/day strong stats to petty double digit figures!) is to post a couple of reviews, the same is being done here.

1.Adam Joan(Jinu Abraham, Prithviraj Sukumaran-Mishti Chakraborty, Bhavana et al)- The movie almost entirely shot in Scotland tells the story of a rich Planter 'Adam Joan' whose daughter suddenly gets kidnapped by a secret cult.The protagonist's efforts to save his daughter is what the movie is all about.Slow paced and laced with family sentiments,the movie has got beautiful visuals,decent performances from the lead cast and a somewhat novel core premise to boast off.The length,often repetitive super slo-mo sequences and the over the top climactic action sequences are put offs though.On the whole an above average flick. Rating-2.6/5

2.Njandukalude Nattil Oru Idavela(Althaf Salim,Nivin Pauly-Shanthi Krishna,Lal et al)- Kurian Chacko comes(Nivin Pauly) back from London as he suddenly gets a panic call from his mother(Shanthi Krishna).Pretty soon,he realizes that their family is in a major crisis and they have to deal with it somehow.The movie deals with a pretty serious subject but the director has conveniently chosen to tell it in a light hearted manner which incidentally becomes it's bane as well.The essence of the matter gets diluted at times because of this 'safe-fell good' style of film making. Nivin Pauly repeats his trade mark style,Shanthi Krishna delivers a competent performance ably supported by Lal,Saiju Kurup and co.On the whole,the movie turns out to be a family friendly light-hearted watchable flick though it had the potential to become much more!Rating-2.7/5