The Book Corner Vol. 7 – Which Agatha Christie books I enjoyed?

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My Agatha Christie Collection

After finishing two books in the very first week of the year, my entire month was spent in considerable reading pleasure. Most of them were Agatha Christie books.

I had binged shopped around 25-30 books at Crossword earlier in January so I was chewing up on those very books. I got a few for my Agatha Christie book collection though the best of the books were missing in the book store.

Anyways, let us checkout what all I enjoyed this month.

Crooked House

‘Goodbye, dear,’ she said. ‘Don’t worry too much. Certain things have to be faced and endured.

This is the best of Agatha Chrstie books. Not withstanding her own masterpiece The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Beautiful characters and amazing plot. Subtle and simple.

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My favourite – Crooked House

Dead Man’s Folly

‘Thank you, M. Poirot,’ she said, ‘for coming to tell me yourself of this. Will you leave me now? There are some things that one has to face quite alone . . .’

I love Ariadne Oliver and almost all of her plots.

My professor had once asked me whom I liked better – Poirot or Miss Marple. At that time, around 4-5 years back, I was enamoured by Miss Marple and I think my prof was disappointed by my choice. Since then, interestingly, I have come to love Poirot more and more. In fact, I have no idea why people hate him because what he teaches us is so valuable in life. More about it in some other post.

Lord Edgware Dies

‘Well, I suppose it takes all kinds of honour to make a world.’

One of the most intricate plots which managed to baffle the grey cells of M. Poirot as well. Again one of the best Agatha Christie books.

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Poirot’s Cases

Poirot Investigates

A collection of short cases solved by Poirot.

Sleeping Murder

‘No,’ said Miss Marple. ‘You believed what he said. It really is very dangerous to believe people. I never have for years.’

Last case of Miss Marple. A recollection of murder and a successful hunt for the murderer after 20 years!

The Man in the Brown Suit

‘I had the firm conviction that, if I went about looking for adventure, adventure would meet me halfway. It is a theory of mine that one always gets what one wants.’

From the Agatha Christie books in which no detective appears. The heroine craves adventure and lands into one when she witnesses an accidental death in the tube station.

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Detective-less Agatha Christie Books. While The Light Lasts is a MUST read.

Ordeal by Innocence

‘What was the matter with him? Was it – that he couldn’t hate her any more because she was dead? So that was Death . . . He felt lost without his hatred – lost and afraid.’

Something which you can pass up. Very few of Agatha Christie books which is not exciting enough to have on your shelf!

While the Light Lasts

‘The wall was growing up all around him now – ‘the curtain soft as silk’, the curtain wrapping him round, stifling him a little, but so soft, so sweet! . . . The wall was very high now, shutting out all those other things – those dangerous, disturbing things that hurt – that always hurt.’

Collection of stories, ironic and beautiful. These are not detective cases but short stories published in magazines and newspapers over the years. Must Read. The best was The Edge and Within a Wall.

Have you read any of the above? Are you a fan of Agatha Christie? Which one is your favourite?

Yogurt and Egg to grow long hair

Updated On 3rd February, 2016. 

egg for hair growth

Egg is one of the best conditioners for our hair. And, massaging hair with egg is one of the best things one can do to grow hair. Egg has lot of protein content which is very useful for the health of our hair.

Start massaging egg into your hair for 45 minutes. And, you would see results in as less as a month. But, 45 minutes might be too much so make it 15!

And, yes, the smell. Try adding essential oil, may be! Rosemary, peppermint, thyme are all great hair growth promoters.

But, many people are averse to the smell of egg and the mess created by using egg. There is an alternative. But, it is no less messy. But, it gives you freedom from the egg odor.

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Fitness Diaries : How to Start?

drinking herbal tea helps lose a lot of flab fitness

Whew! Turning 30 is not really exciting at the level of your body and if you are unfit, this is probably going to be really hard. When your body feels tired and lazy all the time, it is time for you to wake up and realize lying around is not going to help you. And, the first step towards a healthy life is to self-motivate.

How do you really convince yourself to be fit and follow a healthy regimen including daily exercise and a balanced diet? Note that I say balanced and not strict diet. And, daily exercise can be anything from simple breathing exercises to high intensity workouts. But, anything would start with a first simple step.

For me, the biggest problem is self-motivation. I think most of the populace suffers from the same. So, let me put down a few things which I have been following for the last month. Starting off!

Do NOT Stock Your House with Junk

Like butter, chips, cheese, biscuits and all other junk foods which you are most likely to pick up when you are feeling hungry. I have stopped buying tea and coffee as well. Remember, I am off the caffeine right now?

Also Read : Why You are Not able to Get Rid of Tea or Coffee Addiction?

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Just Gossip Vol. 45 – Turning 30!

30th birthday

It has been thirty winters since I came in this world. Wow. Turning 30 is a milestone. Though not as desirable as turning 20 was. I still can not believe I have lived so long.

Life was so different when in school and college. There is just so much that has happened since 2007 when I passed out of college. Life since then has been a measure of milestones and still there is so much to do!

It is always the same with birthdays.

The excitement of the wait, the craziness when the day dawns, the gifts and the wishes and what not and then the day dulls into a monotone and ends. I am always sad by the end of day because of the wait till next year. Any ways, let me just pen down a few thoughts.

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Ginger infused Vinegar for Hair Growth, Dandruff and Clarifying Hair {DIY}

Updated On : 29th January, 2016

Ginger infused Vinegar for Hair Growth, Dandruff and Clarifying Hair DIY

It has been soooooo long since I have done ANY DIY. This particular recipe was supposed to be published some time in last August but then I totally forgot about it. Now, if you would remember the elaborate hair ritual of Kamini aunty which I had followed. One of her products were ginger tonic supposed to promote hair growth and removing dandruff.

I do not claim to know the exact recipe or anything. This was crafted by me and mum after trying to make out what the ginger tonic consisted of. We could only guess at the ingredients. So, proceeding ahead with the DIY, let me first state the ingredients and then explain why it is necessary.

Ginger infused Vinegar for Hair Growth, Dandruff and Clarifying Hair

Ingredients

  • Ginger Powder (made at home or from market)
  • Vinegar (preferably Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • Distilled Water

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DIY Oats and Almonds Cleanser for Sensitive and Dry Skin

Update: This post is chosen as one of the 10 Must Try DIY’s by Blogadda. Congratulations Nayantara and thanks for such a wonderful DIY :)

DIY Oats and Almonds Cleanser for Sensitive and Dry Skin

My skin was totally acting up a couple of months back. I don’t really suffer from acne though I do have combination skin. I was getting dry red patches, itchiness and irritation especially around my mouth. All the usual face washes and cleansers were only aggravating the problem and no amount of moisturizers or facial oils were helping.

I figured the problem was sulphates which I’ve eliminated from my shampoos but it’s real hard to find face washes without them. Usually the Aroma Magic ones work well for me as they are sulphate-free and mild but I needed more this time. I know that oats are the bomb for sensitive skin and redness so I pottered around to find a good concoction of stuff that would work for me.

Oats are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, thiamine and iron. They are known to have anti-inflammatory properties and suit all skin-types, even the most sensitive. These properties make it great for treating acne and redness, sunburn & itchy skin. They also contain natural mild cleansing agents and gently moisturise and exfoliate skin.

Next up is green tea, a favourite of mine for all things skin & hair, loaded with anti-oxidants, helps in skin-renewal and hence anti-aging. Another benefit here is its anti-inflammatory properties, again great to treat redness, rosacea and acne as well.

Almonds are known the world over to be great for skin. They also contain anti-oxidants which help to protect skin, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E which is an additional anti-oxidant, magnesium and calcium which counter the effects of stress hormones and help cells absorb nutrients. They are great for glowing skin and to combat dryness. When ground to powder they also, like oats, make a very mild exfoliant.

So I thought of using these awesome ingredients to concoct a face cleanser-mask for myself judging by the way cleansing grains have become so popular over the conventional face washes. But I wanted to make it a bit more special, so read on to see what else I added to it.

DIY Oats and Almonds Cleanser for Sensitive and Dry Skin

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H20 plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment Product Review

H20 plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment Product Review

H20 plus Face Oasis reminds me of the crystal clear waters of the Kilim Geoforest Park in Langkawi. The marine smell and the appealing aquamarine blue of the product with its watery texture serves up to its claims. I had spotted this product for the first time on My Women Stuff and was obsessed with getting it.

H20 plus is easily available in India and you can get it at any counter in Shopper’s Stop so let that not deter you if you are satisfied with the review. Why did I get this?

For a very long time, I have been looking around for a light and hydrating moisturiser. Ever since I have come to recognize that most of the dry skin is because of dehydration, I have become even more particular about my products.

Now, that I am touching 30 in a few days, I have felt the difference in my skin as well. Whether it is due to the dryness of winters or hormonal changes inside my body, I want to do everything right for my skin. And, hydration is on top of my list followed by moisturization.

H20 plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment Product Review

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