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ancient cottage - tan renga

The plum blossoms gone,  They look older than they are,
Ancient cottage eaves.
© Ryokan Taigu (1758-1831)


Backpack rests in a corner
Voyager's restful shade© Nimi Arora


Prompt by and Shared with- Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #102 "the plum blossoms gone" by Ryokan Taigu



the little mermaid - haiku

My home -  Sea or your loving eyes? ...my long wait

©Nimi Arora
Prompt by and Shared with- Carpe Diem #975 Denmark

Written in the Stars... (Book Review - Falguni Kothari's My Last Love Story)

Title: My Last Love Story Author: Falguni Kothari

My Last Love Story starts as a tragic tale of romance. 
Nirvaan, Simeen's husband is dying of cancer. As the book starts, she is trying to conceive through IVF. 
Not something, she wants to do, but Nirvaan has agreed to another round of cancer treatment if she agrees to try to have a baby.
"He'd bartered for immortality through our child."

Nirvaan's gregarious attitude is heartening, and at times, exasperating.
"...when one was about to lose his life, he had to choose whether to laugh or cry about it."

As the 'third Musketeer' of their group, Zayaan is introduced soon after, there are intense, disconcerting undertones.

My Last Love Story is a story of complex, moving, unconventional relationships. Relationships that are honest, but circumstances have added layers of mystery to them.

We discover the truth of the shared past of the three friends through the course of the book. 
Falguni Kothari's words con…

Very well-written and entertaining... (Book Review - Pamela Fagan Hutchins' Hell to Pay)

Title: Hell to Pay (What Doesn't Kill You, #7, An Emily Romantic Mystery) Author: Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Hell to Pay starts with a party to celebrate the engagement of Phil and Nadine. The two are friends of Emily and her boss/fiancé Jack.

This is the second book of this series that I read. The first one was Heaven to Betsy. Heaven to Betsy is when Jack and Emily meet. The chemistry between the two was great, and there was hope of a relationship. I miss a couple of books and the two are engaged to be married.
I really have to read the ones I missed.
Anyway, back to the party that Hell to Pay starts with. Interestingly, Heaven to Betsy starts with a party too. But that party was of a very different flavour.

The party of Hell to Pay has Emily happy, relaxed and 'at home', or so it seems when the book begins.

Jack is a criminal attorney, Emily works in his office, and Hell to Pay is a Romantic Thriller.
So, the thrill begins when Phil's friend, Denis is murdered and Phil is the pri…

Beautiful and moving stories (Book Review - Sujit Banerjee's Rukhsat The Departure)

Title: Rukhsat The Departure Author: Sujit Banerjee Genre: Short Story Collection
The stories of Sujit Banerjee's Rukhsat have a chord of melancholy running through them. The kind that pulls your heartstrings and keeps you engrossed even as you feel the pain of the characters.
This feeling is aptly conveyed by the title 'Rukhsat' and the cover of this book.

The language of Rukhsat is such that there are details and yet there doesn't seem to be one unnecessary word. 
There are times when one reads descriptions which are vivid, yet they don't gel well with the story. Not in these stories though.
In case of Rukhsat, the details are written in a manner that they keep you hooked. 
The words flow smoothly. They tell the story, but they don't stand out. And that is the way it should be.

"The wind howled and a door slammed somewhere. The candle flickered and died out. I cursed and turned to fumble for the match box overturning the glass of drink. In the dark I groped for t…

Eiffel Tower - Haiku

his eyes travel all the way up metallic beauty
Beauty forged from metal Is this new age?
New age Travel with the times She whispered
©Nimi Arora


Prompt by and Shared with -
Carpe Diem#969 France

Manneken Pis - Haiku

forever I make you smile my relief!
©Nimi Arora

Prompt by and Shared with-
Carpe Diem #967 Belgium

Desire that overcomes pain of the past (Book Review - Summerita Rhayne's More Than Just Desire)

Title: More Than Just Desire Author: Summerita Rhayne Genre: Contemporary Romance
Summerita Rhayne's More Than Just Desire is an emotionally charged story of Arfaaz, a director in Film Industry, and Piya, a famous actress. So, obviously, the story is in the backdrop of Bollywood.

Arfaaz and Piya are kindred soul, with heart rendering experiences in their past. Although they have been married for years and lived together for the first six months of their married life, they don’t know each other.
They both have their secrets that they could never share with each other.
As More Than Just Desire starts, Piya is returning to Mumbai after having spent three years in Boston. She’s returning to the limelight of the life of Bollywood. She’s returning to the city where Arfaaz lives. She believes she can get back to the limelight, and severe her ties with Arfaaz.

Piya is back to come to terms with herself. With so many things that she loved and hated. The author has described her turmoil nicely.
Wha…