February 2nd, 2020


53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #3

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

On this palindromic day (02/02/2020) that, I am told, occurs once in almost 900 years, I pick this that I wore for the recent festival. Mind you, today is also the 33rd day of the year and 333 more days to go. Seems to be a very special day, if I may say so. May be SuperBowl will see making of history as well. Anyways, back to my post.

Week 3: Happy Sankranthi!!

Makar Sankranthi is the oldest Hindu festival that is observed according to the Solar Cycles, celebrated in the lunar month of Magha, corresponding to January in Gregorian calendar. It is a festival to celebrate the sun god, Surya. This is one of the festivals in India that is celebrated by every region and cultures with few variations, except for the common thread of flying kites. 

Back home, I loved this festival for many reasons: Get to draw various colorful Rangolis; wear beautiful clothes; cook delicious varieties of dishes; parade of traditionally decorated bulls; performing puja and then sharing with community; and above all the competition of flying kites and the sheer energy surrounding it all. I do miss a whole lot of those here in US. However, when weather permits, I do manage to make rangoli in front of my house and of course decking myself in colorful drapes.

For this year I wore this magenta pink georgette saree filled with thread and mirror work. I paired it with a magenta pink blouse (yes, the same one you saw in the past two posts. :)). The border and pallu of the saree is patched on to the saree, though it is again filled with thread and mirror work. Accompanying the saree are gold and glass bangles in same magenta color, with a chain studded with multi-colored stones and long gold earrings. 

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Book Critique - Beyond Reach (Grant County Series #6)

For review of all books in the anthology: Go here.

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Karin's plot truly gets under your skin, keeping you breathless all the time, gluing you to the edge of the seats, while each turn of the page gives you new suspense and unexpected turns.

Beyond Reach is the final book in the Grant County Series by Karin Slaughter published in July of 2007. This book was titled as Skin Privilege for the European Market.

The series is set in the fictional Grant County in Georgia. The plots revolve around three main characters - Dr. Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and part-time coroner; Chief of Police Jeffrey Tolliver, Linton's ex-husband; and his subordinate, Detective Lena Adams. 

Dr. Sara Linton, now married to Chief of Police, Jeffrey Tolliver, is hit with a malpractice suit. While she and Jeffrey are facing the daily drama in Grant County around this suit, Jeffrey's subordinate, Detective Lena Adams, is arrested in her home town, Reese. Now it's upto Jeffrey and Sara to find out what happened in Reese three days ago that lead to Lena's arrest; and get her free out of jail.

The narration of the plot goes back and forth between the current events and events that took place three days ago. Along the way we get to meet some really seriously bad people and some who have just accepted the way of life as it is; while others who strive to do the right thing.

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