Book Review. ‘Love.Exe’ by Manju Nambiar.

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My Bucket List had a book in it and I was not sure as to what and how I should be writing one. Some well-wishers suggested to write a travelogue as I used to travel for work or otherwise.

I was also lucky that I am a member of this blog group and help came up instantaneously. The sum total was the realization that I should be writing from the heart.

Encouraged by the support I decided to start writing and brought up an idea of forming the ‘Book Writers’ Club’ which was joined by a few friends. And I wanted my first few pages to be seen and reviewed by the club members.

I got a real review, ably correcting the plenty of mistakes and telling what should be taken care of from one of the members. She had one book published and here I am talking about her second and lovely book ‘Love.Exe’

If you have downloaded a complicatd software on an unreliable computer with moody internet, you get a picture of how the author unfurls the story. The story progresses like the exact stages in the software download, with the several yes/no, true/false confirmations concluding with the finish button.

That alone would make the book a hit among the tech savvy new generation. Particularly since the background is set on the dream destination for Indians for study and work – the U S A and Ivy League colleges, full scholarships and dream jobs with new gen tech and online companies.

About the Author

Manju Nambiar, originally from Kerala in India, after higher education in USA, now works in a leading frim in San Jose California and lives there with husband and daughter. Her first book ‘The Money Lender’ has been a hit.

The book is available on Amazon

382 pages

My review

The main character is a bright and beautiful girl from an orthodox South Indian family with ambition set on the typical Indian youngster intention of living the American Dream.

Marriage is what the parents think of daughters and that is what the compromise for any dream.

There is a transition from an attempted arranged marriage to love led marriage. Imagine the situation when the parties involved are the same in both the scenarios.

As a reader, I have a weakness of getting attached to the lead character. That is not the problem. The problem is that whoever is a villain to the good character (mostly heroine) has a red mark on him from me. And when the author cleverly brings the two close to where they work, I am not happy to see the villain making any gains on the heroine.

But I am unique. Almost all the others love the twist and are fascinated by the details of a real Indian experience in the campus and workplace in USA, especially when the love dominates the details. The book is a complete success in meticulously detailing every steps in the life of Indian Americans living the American Dream in the University and work office.

That’s when, though I wouldn’t like the villain coming anywhere near my heroine, all except me will be thrilled at the way the two get closer and closer and closer.

That makes a reader to get hooked on the book. That is everybody, young, old and even me.

Great romantic book and highly recommended.


Book Review. ‘Love.Exe’ by Manju Nambiar.

Standing is an Exercise!

Friend Sreepriya Menon sent me an article describing how standing can be a good exercise.

That’s great, as I stand a lot. Not because of my job or profession, but it’s due to my perception that when you want to conquer the stage, you should be standing.

So I stand at a prominent location in a gathering, where everyone has to see me. In fact it evinced some comments in a recent occasion.

No, not a negative comment. My sister asked me that by standing like that, won’t my legs pain!

Perhaps a little bit, but that’s a good price to pay when you’re seeking attention.

And now the good news, that I am actually doing some exercises.

Here’s the link:

Standing is an Exercise!

It’s Big, It’s Natural, It’s Organic

After a family function my brother put a packet in my car boot saying it was grown on his land in our hometown.

They are really huge Kerala bananas which makes the famous banana chips (when raw).

The steamed ripe ones are ideal accompaniment for the Kerala special breakfast item ‘poott’

Banana fritters made out of these variety, well I would like to boast a little, are the best in the world.

One unique way of consuming is to steam the banana and with a surgeon’s precision operate through the middle lengthwise and remove the four strings of seeds.

Pour natural and homemade melted ghee, add some sugar and top with liberal pouring of the unique ‘paani’ which is of honey composition when fresh toddy is boiled to yield 10 to 1.

Add some grated fresh coconut and you get a most desired delicacy.

Well now some self motivation. ‘Go and grow some in the land’.

I have been talking about this for sometime now. Time for action 👍

It’s Big, It’s Natural, It’s Organic

Didn’t Wait For Me!

I was to visit my ailing relations, my mother’s brother and sister, but had to delay it as the heavy rains and floods had started.

After the floods I was busy on other things but finally decided to visit both of them yesterday, the Saturday, September 15.

But on 14, my uncle passed away. He was 91. I always knew that I was his favourite and he enjoyed my last visit and was laughing a lot on my unusual gift of the garb, narrating many old time episodes.

And yesterday, the 15, early morning we got the message that my mother’s sister also passed away, dying in her sleep. She was 88.

Both the brother and sister died at their respective homes.

I did make the visits, but was a bit too late.

A clear lesson. ‘Don’t delay, do what you have to do at the right time’.

The fond memories remain. RIP

Didn’t Wait For Me!

Biriyani Chai / The Dancing Tea 💃☕️

I have been trying without success to make biriyani chai, the popular tea available in Kerala’s leading restaurant ‘Calicut Paragon’.

That’s when blog friend ‘LIBARAH’ published here, the method of making the tea.

And I followed the recipe to make my first ever quality biriyani chai.

Here the tea and the milk come separated in the glass and mixed together at the time of drinking.

I have this success published in my whatsapp broadcast group as below.

“Broadcast on Cooking Exotica & Fitness: Calicut Paragon Biriyani Chai/ Dancing Tea. Courtesy blogger friend in blog site ‘Libarah’. Finally it’s done. A good quality biriyani tea with apt separation between tea and milk. Tasty too.”

Thank you Libarah for the method to make this wonderful tea.

Please visit her blog for the details

Biriyani Chai / The Dancing Tea 💃☕️