Flight of the Flamingo by Sangeeta Mall
To put it simply, this is chick-lit with brains. In that, it’s fairly easy to read through but has enough substance and poignancy packed in. This novel is first in the ‘Beyond Pink’ series by Westland publishing. And if the first is this good, I look forward their upcoming titles. The attempt here is to tell stories about the contemporary urban Indian women-their dilemma, choices, aspirations, et al. And the author here definitely succeeds.
The novel follows the life of Preeta Dhingra, a short, plump woman in her early thirties. Preeta works in a publishing house in Mumbai and is tired of editing brainless romance novels that her company so loves to churn out, The story begins when an extraordinary manuscript lands on Preeta’s desk. The submission is by a high-profile celebrity banker. Preeta’s boss shoots down the idea as ridiculous and risky. In flat defiance against her boss’s wish, Preeta decides to go ahead with it, and in doing so, risks her job. Along the way, many things happen. There is also a love angle in the novel. But that is hardly the focus of the novel. If, like me, you are tired of reading women-centric novels that deal only with love and relationships, you’ll appreciate The Flight of the Pink Flamingo for going way beyond that.
Preeta leads a tough life. But there is none of that wallowing in self-pity or lengthy ruminations about how tough life is. You tend to understand and also admire the way Preeta deals with life. The character feels real. It could be someone you know. The novel scores on plot, narrative and characters. What more does one want, really!
A long overdue post. Sharing some pics from my trip to Goa. Went there a few months ago when my sister was living in the beach state. So she took me around. Zooming around on her two-wheeler, we went to beaches, a funky French Bakery, met her friends, discovered a small Tibetan restaurant, drank wine instead of water at her house, went club-hopping in the middle of the night, missed a silent night party, shopped some, sent a postcard to my friend in Thailand, and lazed around a lot. Think that sums it up.
Unfortunately, our digital camera was acting up, so had to click everything from my cellphone..
And since I don’t have too many pics from Goa, thought I’d upload a few pics taken over the months.
Just so pretty!
My friend Partho is a chef turned demo lecturer at a hospitality college. He invited me to his place for lunch one weekend and made amazing pasta, completely customised. Big thank you to him and his lovely wife Medha for having me over.
This is from my recent press trip to Della Luxury Resorts and Adventure Park, Lonavala. Quad biking on a dirt track in the rains. I’m sure I must have looked hilarious but I had a great time.
Walking into the Mulund outlet of Reliance Digital, one would be surprised at how big the store actually is. I’m assuming the store was launched very recently, as the celebratory balloons were still around. Shiny gadgets surround you and the latest technology is on display. Reliance Digital offers everything from batteries for a remote to air conditioners to gaming consoles.
I was quite impressed by the sheer variety of electronics out there. So they had cell phones right from iPhone to Nokia Asha to phones by Lenovo. They had ovens, coffee makers, induction stoves and cameras. And I swear, Philips has the cutest range of irons and hair styling appliances. They had irons, curling irons and straighteners in neon colours of pink, blue, red, etc. I must say, fridges come really huge these days! I have never been such gigantic, fancy fridges in any other store. Like they had some really nice technology on the front doors, where you can water, ice cubes, child-lock it, adjust the temperature, etc. I felt like sitting inside a few of them- I’m sure they would have easily accommodated someone of my frame. Then they had PS3, Xbox, video games, some movie DVDs, sleek speakers, tablets and laptops, of course.
One of the coolest things were the 3D enabled television sets. I mean, I was simply blown away by the superior picture quality where you could see the images right down to the last detail. The best part is, wearing the 3D glasses, you can move to the left or right, and the image will move with you! I was infinitely fascinated by how that could be. Also, the home theater systems were pretty cool.
The staff was adequately polite and well-informed. They also didn’t hover around you while you checked out things but were always somehow around when you needed them. The place was squeaky clean and everything was shining in a typical electronics store kind of way. All in all, I would feel comfortable visit and making a purchase here.
Note: My visit to Reliance Digital, Mulund, Mumbai was as part of IndiBlogger’s The Reliance Digital Experience.