Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A day in the life - Short Stories by Anjum Hasan

My commitment to reading is on it's lowest this year - specially with all my free time going on binging sitcoms (guilty as charged) and work. But when I got my hands on Anjum Hasan's A day in the life - short stories - I was totally up for it. I feel short stories are less of a commitment, you can read one and then come back to the book whenever you want.

The book comes in a lovely rich hardcover with 230 pages of decent sized font telling different stories. The cover design is well done too - giving hints on the different characters/stories. I have not read any previous book by the author so I did not know what to be expecting. In-fact I did not even know its a lady!

The author has a great choice of words, has written the stories really well. It's not a quick read, you need to be slow with the pages. I thought some of the phrases used were quiet interesting, for instance - "a whole rain-fed lushness trying to break out of the earth and swallow the town." I could almost imagine and visualise this. Or - "Four months straight it rained with pounding emergency, bookended by two of drizzle."

I won't reveal the stories or plots - you have to read for yourself to know. Love the old world charm yet modern reality in the stories.

Book Overview:
Quixotic nonconformists in small towns and young newly-weds trying to keep up with the times; a forlorn retiree helpless in the face of contemporary anger and a middle-class woman's bond with her maid. Fourteen well-crafted stories give us a sense of the daily life of a wide cast of characters. Hasan's protagonists are, as always, inward-looking, and whimsical and vulnerable outliers. Where is their place in the new order, where have they come from and where are they going? 
Quietly devastating, subtly subversive and wonderfully wry, Hasan is a home-grown talent whose stories are increasingly the good address for authentic Indian fiction.
Anjum Hasan :
Anjum Hasan is the author of two novels, Lunatic in my Head (shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award) and Neti Neti (shortlisted for the Hindu Best Fiction Award), and a book of poems, Street on the Hill. She lives in Bangalore.

Friday, April 13, 2018

XL Fun this summer with Himalaya Gentle Baby Wipes XL

Summer is officially here and in it’s full glory. But that doesn’t stop the kids from playing, in-fact it’s probably their favourite season because – summer vacations! I was glad to have received the new Himalaya Gentle Baby Wipes  - extra large size. Himalaya Babycare is the safest and most gentle product range for babies, and I have been happy with all their products so far.

The gentle baby wipes itself is not new, I had reviewed those back in 2015 but they have now come out with extra large sized wipes which are atleast 3x larger than standard baby wipes. Himalaya’s XL gentle baby wipes has moisturizing, skin conditioning, wound healing and soothing actions which protects the baby’s nappy area from infections.

Whenever using baby wipes, I always am pulling out 2-3 wipes because one is never enough. If you’re a mother to a baby, I am sure you will agree with me too. So I found it quite ingenious of them coming up with larger wipes.

Not only does one wipe do the job, when you open and close the pack again and again, it affects the wipes inside, they start going dry sooner – so that issue is taken care of. And these XL sized tissues are large enough to literally give a “sponge bath” feel in one go.

When the kiddo comes back from school in this heat (since his schools are still on), or after playing in the evening – he is drenched in sweat. It is ideal and recommended to make them have a quick shower/bath – but not always is there time and in my case the issue is that my toddler if he enters the bathroom to take a bath, there is no chance he’s coming out for half an hour, he loves it so much.

And I don’t want him to spend so much time in water twice a day – because he is already very prone to cold and cough – catches it in a jiffy. So I found these XL wipes great to do the job of cleaning the toddler after he’s come home from the heat.

Pack of 12 is priced at Rs.66 and pack of 24 at Rs.120 which is basically Rs.5-6 per wipe and I think that’s quite decent for the size – as you would only use one. Not only are they affordable, they’re recommended by doctors as well.

Himalaya Baby Gentle Baby Wipes on the left, ordinary wipes on the right.

About the product:

Himalaya introduces India’s first Extra Large Gentle Baby Wipe, which is twice the size of our regular wipe. It offers the convenience of cleansing your baby from head-to-heel using just one wipe. 
Infused with the goodness of Aloe Vera and Indian Lotus, Himalaya Extra Large Gentle Baby Wipes gently cleanse and refresh your baby’s delicate skin, keeping it soft and supple.
  • Head-to-heel cleansing with just one wipe
  • Alcohol-free superior wipes to gently cleanse baby's skin
  • Enriched with the goodness of Himalaya Baby Lotion
  • Free from Alcohol, Silicones, and Lanolin