July 7th, 2020


Book Critique – Visions of Sugar Plums (Stephanie Plum #8.5)

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

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A doggedly persistent gumshoe even with her ineptness, unprofessionalism and above all not having an incline to use a weapon, it is a miracle that Stephanie has strong instincts to chase the case and bring it to a closure.

Visions of Sugar Plums is the first novella in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, first published in November of 2002. This was released as a Christmas special, and appropriately her case deals with finding a little old toy maker who skipped out on his bail before Christmas.

Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter living in Trenton, New Jersey.  When she goes out of work and out of money, she blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, to giver her a job of an apprehensive agent in his company. That begins the series with every book an adventure into Stephanie's trail onto fugitives and recovering them. And in the process she solves mysteries enabling her to hone her skills. And readers have been entertained with so far 27 books in the series with more to come, beginning with One for the Money in 1994 leading up to the 27th book Fortune and Glory to be released later this year.

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Movie Critique – Father of the Bride

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A fun wedding the viewers are taken to where they get to see the preparation of wedding and leading upto it through the myriad emotions of the father who is paying for it, enduring every whim of the mother and the daughter, all the time struggling with his mixed emotions.

Father of the Bride is a 1950 American comedy family drama adapted from the 1949 novel by Edward Streeter. Spencer Tracy played the titular role in the film which was directed by Vincente Minnelli. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Picture and Best Writing (Screenplay).

The central plot revolves around Stanley T. Banks (portrayed by Spencer Tracy), suburban lawyer who deals with the preparations of his daughter's wedding. And his calm life is suddenly thrown into a spin at the end of which he would have to give his little girl away that he had not been prepared to do so. The movie is made in a flash-back mode with the timeline shifting to three months prior to when the film opens.

I had seen the remake of this film starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton which was released in 1991. Thoroughly had enjoyed it, but the numbered sequel that followed the remake released in 1995 was not a favorite of mine. However when I first watched these movies, I did not know that the original movie was decades ago and also made on a book.

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53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #20

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

Happy Birthday, U. S. of A.!

Fourth of July celebrates the Independence Day by my adopted country, U.S. of A. Typically it would have been a fun-filled weekend, with either out of town trips or visiting local hangout spots, spending time with friends for a cookout, ending with watching fireworks in the night and also lighting a few in our own homes. This year it had been a weekend filled with hiking, staying indoors and watching movies on Hallmark for me. 

I still wanted to create the spirit of Independence Day in my home itself, even if I was the only one bringing in the cheer. Inspired by one of cousin, Vinni, I tried to create a backdrop with stuff I had at home. Only thing I bought were the fireworks. Oh! Well, I will use them for Diwali if this pandemic ends by then. :)

I wore a Red Georgette Saree with beads, thread and zari work hand-made; paired with a silver colored ready to wear blouse. Accessorized with read and blue beads and metal long chain and earrings, and blue and gold bracelets on my wrists.

This is again a 12 year old saree that my friend gifted me when I had been visiting India then. All the work on the saree is done by her hand. Unfortunately the blouse doesn’t fit me anymore, else you would have seen beautiful work on all over the blouse too. This is the same friend who gave me the Robin Blue saree that I wore for Father's Day special.

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