2015 was the year when people didn't know when to stop. And it was true the most with (some) words. These are the words that has been done to death and that everyone needs to stop using in 2016. Please?
I confess I am an obsessive compulsive googler. Like, I don't even trust my husband on some facts and I have resorted to google for the "right" answer. "Google before husband"..That should go on a T-shirt, right?! So, when I write about "Things I don't bother googling", it's HUGE, you guys! Hopefully, you'll listen to me and use that time to google about other important things like "Why does Santa live in the North Pole?"..I mean seriously, couldn't he have picked a warm place like Florida or something. Back to my list..Here goes..
With the holiday season about to hit us in its full glory and calories(!), the next month or so is going to have you play either the role of a host or a guest. And with all the planning and the shopping that goes into the season, I have put together a curated list of hostess gifts that are not your run-of-the-mill-same-old-wine bottle, because admit it, you are better than that!
Not bad huh? :) It's officially the season of pumpkins. It's pumpkins everywhere. In coffees, on patios, in candles and even in beers, you get the drift, right? So, last weekend when a friend invited us over for pumpkin carving, I thought I'll make something pumpkin-y for the hostess, you know, to get into the spirit of it. I also loaded my Spotify with Fall/pumpkin playlists, but that story is for another day. Back to pumpkin flavors, I am not a huge fan, but guys, this had the right amount of pumpkin that this recipe is non-pumkin-person-approved. So, this could be your go-to fall recipe. This recipe is taken from www.thepioneerwoman.com, btw, LOVE her.
I am pretty sure we have all read and over-read or seen and over-seen articles on Jennifer Lawrence's essay on pay inequality in Hollywood. My initial reaction even before reading the essay was "Oh god..not another Hollywood celebrity writing about inequality and feminism with the help of a ghost writer" ( I am looking at you Emma Watson).
This podcast has me talking about Mindy Kaling's second book, Why Not Me. I talk about the six things that I really loved about the book and I sort of recommend if you should go ahead and read it or maybe wait a bit!
A longtime blog-friend (Did I just create a new word?) of mine Tanvi from www.tanvii.com was sweet enough to join me on this podcast. We talk about all things style, especially our my obsession with french style and try to break the french women's Je ne sais quoi code.
This episode has Resh joining me in to discuss all things pop culture. It's been a month since I have uploaded any episode, simply because I could not come up with any interesting topic. It's been one of those months! And please do excuse the crackly, statistic-y noise that comes up once in a while. We realized there was this weird sound (in a couple of places) only after we had recorded the entire podcast. And as you know, all episodes are made without any script and decided against re-recording the entire podcast because we know we can never re-create the spontaneity :)
I don't like calling anything a review because it sounds so formal and standoff-ish and plus there are tons of people on social media giving away 140-worded "reviews" for free. Let's call it me-telling-what-I-liked-or-not-liked-about-the-book.
I have been reading Mrs Funnybones a.k.a. Twinkle Khanna's columns for a while and I find them refreshing. And she has her tweets to match up to her wit too.
When I moved to the US, the first thing I told my husby and friends was that I will never become THAT outdated NRI. You know who I am talking about. The one with no clue about things happening in India in terms of pop culture or fashion. Especially the fashion.
Last week saw Jon Stewart saying goodbye to the Daily Show. I am not a huge fan of his but I sat down to watch his very last show, I am always curious/interested in seeing how people/tv shows say goodbye. I mean goodbyes can be awkward, too long, too short, too sappy etc. You rarely see a perfect goodbye.
I am back with a solo podcast and in this episode you can hear me talk about how to give an honest opinion without being brutally blunt. I give some real life examples ;) Let me know how you like it. Your feedback as always is much appreciated :)
Remember when I mentioned that this was one of the hottest books of this summer and everyone and their neighbour is reading it? Well, I finally finished the book and here's my take.
For most people, five days of the week are spent on commute to and fro from work, with the most familiar/predictable route. We remember the houses we pass by and know the curves and bumps of the familiar road. This story is about Rachel, who sees this particular couple through the window of the train she takes on her commute to and fro to London.
This episode of The Yacker's Chick Chat has me and a good friend of mine Resh tackling the hot topics of the week. And selfie sticks make an appearance too. Hope you enjoy the podcast as much as we enjoyed recording it :) Please do leave a feedback. It's always appreciated:)
I love watching movies and reading books especially when I have a writer's block. Because you never know when you come across an interesting line or a scene. The book might be bad or the movie might be a bad one, but sometimes certain lines just stand out and make you think.
The firsts in our lives hold such a special place in our hearts and in this podcast, we revisit them. Join us on this little trip of ours, and see if you can spot your own firsts in some of our experiences! Would love to know your firsts, do leave us a comment :)
While watching Dil Chahta Hai in a theater in Delhi with friends, I remember very clearly the entire audience in the theater. The reason I remember them is because they laughed at the right jokes, went silent at the right emotional scenes, snickered at the right moment. These reactions add to the experience of a movie. Dil Chahta Hai stood out from the other typical Hindi movies because the humour and emotions were subtle and relatable. It wasn't the over-the-top reactions that bollywood movies were known for. So, when I saw that the audience were reacting and responding to it in the right way, I knew that we as Indians, were ready for this kinda cinema.
I read Amy Poehler's book Yes Please a couple of months back. I love her humour and was only too excited to read it. While I expected her book to be funny, I never thought it'll leave me with a life lesson.
Me and my friend Dimple were having one of those long phone calls and we got to talking about Maggi and Dimple suggested that I go ahead and talk about the Maggi Controversy. So here I am talking about how we just love our Maggi Noodles and can't get enough of it!
We talk about Cannes Festival and involves Mallika Sherawat too, remember her? Plus we discuss our celebrity guest list for our dinner party! Do take a listen and see if it includes your favourites too :)
Let's talk about Culottes today. It might sound like a fancy french pastry, but it's the "in" pants of spring/summer. I think it was around last year too, but I just hopes it would just go away. It's one of those things that I am scared to even look at, because unless you are a 6'2" model or french, you know you can't pull this trend off.
There's this saying that goes "Find a job that pays the bills and pursue your passions elsewhere". We have to be really lucky or really rich to find a job that is also our passion. And when we do see people who are truly passionate about their jobs, it just reflects. It oozes through the camera and television and you just feel it and you know they they would still do this job even if it didn't pay them millions. Or that's what I would like to believe about them ;)
I am back with another new trend with Tuesday Trends. The era of podcasts. Well, this is not really a new trend because it's been around since the iPod days, but they have sorta made a comeback just like how the flared jeans have made a comeback in Fashion. The only difference between them being the fact that I actually love the comeback of Podcasts.
This is the second series I'm planning to do every Thursday on my blog. I wanted to name it Three's a charm Thursday, but 1) It would be too long a name and 2) Too obvious, no? This is the last series, I promise. Indulge me, will you?
I'm going to talk about my top three go-to afternoon movies. Afternoon movies are the movies that you watch on those lazy summer afternoons when you are home alone. The movies that you know won't distract you from your chores and yet keeps you occupied, like a good friend.
My head is filled with information on pop culture and other information that I don't even want to know about like bulletproof coffee or how bone broth is the next big thing after Kale. That's my super power. Fear not, I will do all the research and googling on any subject that is on trend and will put it up here. So, you don't have to live in the fear of fomo. See, you wouldn't have known what FOMO is, but now you do ;)
In this podcast, me and nits take a nostalgic tour of the good ol' days of Doordarshan, when our entire nation was united by the shows that we saw. We take a look at the best and the worst shows doordarshan had. Do take a listen and take the nostalgic tour with us :)
If there was a "Are you a serial shopper?" cosmo quiz, I would probably get a 10/10. I shop or should I say I used to shop very single month. I would at least buy one new piece of clothing every month, it doesn't matter if I absolutely needed it or not. And then last Thanksgiving, on black friday, the day when even the non-shoppers shop, I shopped too, A LOT. And the guilt hit me the day after, and I vowed not to shop for at least a month. Guys, that's huge for someone like me. I went into shopping withdrawal, literally ;) It was brutal.
The best conversations happen on phone calls or over coffee with friends. The Yacker attempts to bottle them up and turn them into a podcast. You can expect a lot of chat on shopping, movies, bollywood and more as I tackle these topics with my assorted group of friends..long distance or in real life!
My iphone is filled with apps, so much so that I really think I need a phone that has unlimited storage. I need to spring clean my phone though because out of all those apps, there are only a handful that I use on a regular basis. And these 5 apps are my absolute favorites that I will bring to a stranded island (with a free wifi ofcourse;))
Any kind of silence is painful, but the kind that happens in a social situation gets awkwardly painful. I mean, I am totally ok with silence induced by anger or because a situation demands it like in a church or a funeral or while watching a movie. What I am uncomfortable with is the kind of silence that happens at a party.
The first time I heard about Groundhog Day was when I watched the movie, The Groundhog Day. If you haven't already seen this movie, I would definitely recommend it. It has all the right things that early 90's Hollywood movies had. The movie is about this bitter/jaded reporter who is sent to cover the Groundhog Day festivities in a small town. He's stuck in a loop where he re-lives Feb 2nd over and over again , kinda like Edge of Tomorrow , minus the guns and of course, Tom Cruise.
While travelling, everyone wants to believe they are not doing just touristy things. I am one of them. So I always google and do my research on the place I am going to well in advance. And I try to balance touristy things with road-less-traveled things to do. We went to New Orleans in December and it's definitely one of those places I really wouldn't mind going again to. Now, I know how travel blog posts can be really boring (sometimes I find them boring too), so I wouldn't judge you if you don't want to go any further! I am writing this post for those googlers like me who might stumble upon this while doing their research on NOLA and might find it helpful ;)
There are few things in life that annoy me much more than wet socks and shoes and frizzy hair. Sure, there are much bigger things in the world that should make me mad but don't you hate it when the guy in front of you can't decide what he wants to order?
Lately, I feel TV has absolutely nothing good to offer if you don't count the re-runs of some good ol' shows. What gives? So, while I am waiting for the new season of Game of Thrones to start, I stumbled upon this awesome little thing called web series. I am sure I am one of the last few to write about it, but hey, it's better late than never right?
Happy New Year! Time for some resolutions but considering it's almost a week into the New Year, it should be ideally time for losing-focus on the resolutions! I was never into making resolutions but I thought I will make a few and see how that goes this year. I wouldn't call them life-changing ones, but it's a start.
Hi! I am Flo, a Seinfeld-quoting, book-loving, self-proclaimed funny girl and a pop culture expert who lives in middle America. When I am not busy beating my husband in Jeopardy, I like to read, watch movies, blog and tweet...a LOT!
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