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Book Review | The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K.Rowling aka Robert Galbraith

It is a compelling crime fiction that will keep you glued till the last page. I was able to finish this 500-page book within a week. The death of a model, named Lula Landry, falling to her death from her apartment building was proved to be a suicide after a thorough investigation; her brother, John Bristow had his doubts. He, later on, hires a private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

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Strike with the help of his temporary secretary Robin unfolds interesting aspects related to the crime scene and people known to the model. Strike is a war veteran whose struggles are shown realistic and painful at times. Yet, nothing deviates him from the objective of finding the cues to the case and servicing his client with utmost honesty, despite having no hope in the case initially while accepting it. His financial crisis urges him to accept the case which he thought to be an open and shut case. The more he digs into the model’s life and set of complexities related to it, the grimmer it looked to him with a hint of danger hovering on him and a few others related to this case.

A clean and gripping read and a remarkable book. This book becomes one of my favourites in the crime fiction genre and I’m motivated to read more of such books. The life of the protagonist, a war veteran turned private detective, is so well portrayed, you can’t stop falling in love with the character. The story scenes in and around London and is sure to fascinate you.

You will have to read the book to know if it was a suicide or murder and if anyone was involved in building a situation for Lula to jump off her apartment. All I can say is, you would love the book more with each passing chapter and to learn how excellently the plot ripens and concludes.

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Bhootnath Market in Lucknow Has Something for Everyone

Ever heard of Bhootnath Market? If not then please read on. 😌

This bright and bustling Bhootnath Market is in the heart of the city of Nawabs. It’s one of the most famous and oldest markets in Indira Nagar, Lucknow yet maintains a low profile among tourists. People flock from all corners of the city for their various needs. It has some most vibrant shops for apparel, crockery, groceries and other utility items. Additionally, it’s known for some interesting food joints offering speciality cuisines and bakeries; popular hangout spots among youngsters. It is the most convenient and happening market in Lucknow after Hazratganj. It also has a famous Bhootnath Temple, centrally located, mainly dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is one of the ancient temples in Lucknow and thus the market derives its name. You’ll find beautiful flower shops in a row opposite the temple which have not only flowers for temple offering but the most exquisite bouquets.

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Nostalgia~Walking down the memory lanes at Bhootnath Market, Lucknow

To sum up, I walked around the lanes of this market today after many years. These lanes brought back some finest childhood memories. The rains added a hint of nostalgia and I couldn’t stop soaking myself in it and reminiscing the bygone days.

The place is easily accessible by metro, local transport or by personal vehicle if you are in Lucknow. It’s quite convenient to explore this market as it’s neither vast nor crowded like Chowk and Aminabad. If you want to indulge in some mindful shopping and eating, Bhootnath is the place to be.

📍- Bhootnath Market, Lucknow

Address:
Bhootnath Market, Sector 5, Indira Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226016

Timings:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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Ps: Do not forget to wear a mask in public places and maintain social distancing.

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Top Favourite Street Food Places in Lucknow

This blog was much awaited! Among several other reasons for its great popularity and charm, Lucknow is also known for its mouthwatering food. From delectable kebabs to tangy chaats, from flavoursome kachoris to inviting kulfis and makhhan malai, Lucknow has endless tastes to offer. So, here are some of the best and my favourite street food destinations in Lucknow. You can save this post for future so that you do not miss to try any of these, next time you are here.

  • Tunday Kababi – Come to Lucknow and you are not asked to bring back some kebabs with you; not happening! The legendry Tunday kebabs here are popular across India leave alone Uttar Pradesh. They are exceptionally tasteful and melt-in-your mouth. They have a variety of kebabs—the Shami Kebabs, Boti Kebabs, Kakori Kebabs, Gelawati Kebabs, Seekh Kebabs. A word of caution is to ask beforehand what kebabs are you are going to have as they have varieties in Beef (Bade ka Kabab) and Mutton (Chote ka Kabab), Ask anyone, and you would easily reach the destination. Now they have various franchisees but the oldest one remains in Chowk.
  • Royal Café – This is my personal favourite. Known for its rich Basket Chaat and other variety of lip-smacking tangy chaats. You name it and they have it. Dahi Bhalla, Papdi Chaat, Pani Puri, Bhelpuri, Samosa Chaat they have it all to satiate your chaat cravings. What also makes it unique is Hardayal Maurya ji, the senior most chef here who personally takes care of his guests and makes customized chaats for them and garnishes with his interesting conversation along with other ingredients. This shop is the heart of famous Hazratganj market.
  • Shukla Chaat House – This is the oldest and one of the most popular chaat shops in Hazratganj. Over 50 years old shop, this attracts people who want to try authentic streetfood flavour of chaats. Prices are extremely reasonable starting from Rs 45/- per plate. This shop is old-fashioned made of wood but you would savour the taste for long. A word of caution here is not to get confused with other Sharma Chaats in and around the main shop. and painted in blue as shown in the clip.
  • Bajpayee Kachori Bhandar – This vegetarian eatery is again one of the oldest and the most popular one in Lucknow known for it’s famous Kachoris served with chole (gram), pickle and onion. The shop witness long queues early morning. Right opposite Ram Asrey (A famous sweet shop) in Hazratganj, this petite shop is a prime spot for food lovers and bloggers/ vloggers as well.
  • Sharma Tea Corner – Lucknow aayein aur chai pe charcha na ho aisa to ho hi nahi sakta. 😊 This tea corner is the main fascination of Lucknowites. The famous Bun Maska, Gol Samosa and Kulhad Chai is the classic combination the shop offers at prices as reasonable as Rs 15 per Samosa and Rs 30 per Kulhad Tea.  The shop is again more than 40 years old. You will find people of all age groups gathering and discussing matters on various subjects here, anytime of the day.   
  • Dastarkhwan – Known for its Mughlai cuisines, Dastarkhwan is a mecca for non-vegetarians. It has three branches. However, the main one is in Hazratganj where you can visit with your friends and family and sufficiently enjoy the authentic Mughlai taste within Rs 500.
  • Raheem ki Nihari – This shop exists for over a century and is another famous shop for non-vegetarian lovers who can dive into the aromatic and flavoursome motton and chiken curries with Raheem’s famous Nihari Kulcha. A half plate of Nihari costs just Rs 50. Located in a narrow old lane of Chowk, the place witnesses extreme crowd during Ramzan.
  • Sardar Ji Ke Mashhoor Cholle Bhature – The famous Cholle Bhature of Sardar ji in Lalbagh, brings the authentic taste of Punjab and are highly in demand. They also serve Aloo, Paneer Kulcha and Sooji Halwa made in Pure Ghee. Pure vegetarian shop is a delight to majority of Lucknowites.
  • Prakash Kulfi – A meal is incomplete without a good dessert and the famed Prakash kulfi falooda is unbeatable be it summers or winters. This is a must try whenever you visit Chowk. The delicious Kulfis come in different flavours loaded with dry fruits and flavours that make it rich and creamy.

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Five Things I Learnt From ‘Inner Engineering’ By Sadhguru

Book Review Inner Engineering by Sadhguru | AppyTales by Anupriya Mishra

Throughout while reading this book, Inner Engineering—A yogi’s guide to joy by @sadhguru , I was in a different zone. I was floating in a world of endless possibilities.

Sadhguru I feel has a very practical and logical approach towards life. He refrains from extreme drama and unnecessary emphasis on being overtly docile. We are humans and must be guided accordingly. Instead of expecting us to be all-forgiving and kind all the time which most life coaches suggest, he focuses on self-acceptance over denial. Transformations should happen by accepting the vulnerabilities one possess.

Here are the 5 things I learnt from the book:
✨Find joy within – Which means when you are in a pleasant inner state, you are naturally pleasant to everyone around you.
✨Do not blame your destiny – It’s a way to deal with failure. Instead, mould situations the way you want them.
✨Take responsibility- Realise that you are responsible for all that you are and all that you are not, all that may happen or may not happen to you.
✨Love is all about you – It has nothing to do with someone else. It is a way of being which essentially means you have brought sweetness into your emotion.
✨Yoga is the answer to all your questions – It is the science of being in perfect harmony and in complete sync with existence. It is not about being superhuman but realising that being human is super.

There is much more to the book than this and everyone who’s into meditation, self-transformation and introspection journey must read the book. The book also is a guiding light for those who seek the answer to questions related to life. It focuses on attaining limitlessness and how once you have attained that your journey towards transformation begins.

Another good part about Sadhguru is he keeps the audience (readers in this case) glued by giving real-life incidents and short stories inspired by life. It is extremely intriguing and relatable.

I am going to read more of Sadhguru. Let me know in the comments if you have read this book or recommend any other book by him. Leaving the Amazon link in bio in case you wish to buy this read.

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