SSR: “The job a million girls would die for.”

This weekend, I finally finished The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. I would say that I absolutely loved it, but I think that I kept comparing it to the movie, so I just enjoyed it. (That’s a notch down from loved it.) The fact that I was in Andie’s head rather than seeing everything from the camera’s point of view was different and I thought it was interesting how Andie just couldn’t vocalize WHY she kept working but she knew why. I hated her best friend and how she kept doing crazy things because she was doing well in school. Her best friend in the movie was a little more…there and not drunk. In the book, there was also a lot more of Andie’s daily life, rather than a montage of what she did. I liked the book in that it explained the fashion world a little more and Andie was seen in a different light. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the fashion industry, anyone who liked the movie, and anyone in the mood for an entertaining read.

three happy smiling stars!

three happy smiling stars!

I’m only giving it three stars since it wasn’t my favorite, but it is definitely something I would recommend to others.

the original cover for the novel

the original cover for the novel

I thought I would add the original cover since everyone has seen the revised cover! (It’s the one that is the cover of the DVD.) SO here it us. (Up there.)

Challenge 10: “The End” or “Happily Ever After”

The last challenge! So sad! 🙁

I loved the challenge as it was something a little different to look forward to every week. I didn’t find out about the challenge until a few days before, and even that was plenty of time to get right into it. I didn’t realize I could subscribe to get the posts until recently, but if I had known, I would have been using that throughout. I thought having the headers were so great becasue it allowed me to get right to the student list. I had to visit the blog every week since it was an option one could choose to take in our class. I think the challenge with the links and the challenge with the tags were the most useful ones out of the entire challenge. The wordle challenge and the story challenge were my favorites and definitely the most interesting. I definitely would have liked better tutorial posts since I had to reread them multiple times to even understand what I had to do! A few of the “visit these” were helpful, but a tutorial post would have been a ton better. When we got to embed things on the blog, that was such fun and definitely something different and nothing I could have figured out by myself. I did visit some overseas ones but I never really got that into their blog, which is a tad disappointing. I think that if there were more challenges in the year, I would definitely like that.

So challenges, here is where we part. Good night and good luck. 🙂

Of Interest To Me: professional burglars…

A show that recently started that I love is “Breaking In” which is absolutely hilarious. The show revolves around Cam, who had hacked his way into college and stayed there for seven years. He is hired by Oz, who runs a company called Contra Security. They are hired by companies so that they can secure their car/painting/recipe/secret flash drive. Oz’s main goal is to always show that the system is weak. Cam is forced to join the company and makes friends with Cash, the gadget guy who makes awesome film references, and falls head over heels in love with Melanie, who is a lock-picker and is “street smart”. She has a boyfriend named Dutch who Cam HATES and is somewhat of a smothering boyfriend. Another co-worker is Josh, who is the master of disguise and hates Cam, for whatever reason he has. The team is probably scared of their boss as he is somewhat eccentric and has weird things going on. I love the concept because instead of thieves getting caught, it’s legitimate thieves trying to help other people from their stuff from being taken. I would tell you to watch this show, except I just found out that it is being canceled and will not be airing anymore. But watch the season/series finale on Wednesday 9:30 on FOX if this intrigued you!

(from l-r) Cam, Melanie. Cash, Oz, Dutch

(from l-r) Cam, Melanie. Cash, Oz, Dutch

I liked another picture, so I am going to insert it in for you to see.

(from l-r) Melanie, Oz, Cam, Cash

(from l-r) Melanie, Oz, Cam, Cash

Challenge Nine: rounding it all up…

Woot woot, let’s be challenged!

So, I’ll be doing an amalgamation of all the activities that are to be offered this week. Since the beginning of March, I have written 18 posts, some for school and some for the challenge. None have been me blogging because I could blog, which I feel isn’t a proper representation of me, but then I think about it and I realize I get to blog about what I enjoy anyway. I have gotten 40 plus comments since then and it makes me realize that people actually like my blog. That’s really exciting for me. One post that got a ton of comments was the one on “Covert Affairs” since my friend commented like crazy on it since she loves the show. (I love your obsession Abby!) I really liked writing the story with the picture for the challenge as it allowed me to think a little differently than what we have to do in school. I didn’t change themes since I really liked the one I had in the beginning. I asked my brother to take a look at my blog and he thought I was going a little overboard with all of the pictures I have, but he understood after I told him that I wanted everyone to see what I write about from my own point, and I feel pictures are very important. My parents love the city header I have, since they know how living in a big city is my dream. I think that I will probably continue blogging even though I won’t have to for a class. Ever since we started blogging for school, I have had it in the back of my mind to actually start my own since I love doing it. I will most definitely have to finish blogging all my T.V. shows since everyone wants more, right? If I were to nominate a blog, it would be Emma since she has some great posts and I love reading her challenges and even her classroom blogging.

Vote in my poll on the right side if you scroll down a little bit. You an choose more than one if you want to! 🙂

Challenge Eight: favorites!

Bloggy, it’s challenge time!

For those who don’t personally know me, or even if you do know me, but aren’t that close of a friend, I absolutely love/adore “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service”. Don’t ask me how it even started, but one could say my life revolves around it. I think the plot line is great and the characters have such great backgrounds and it always makes me so happy when I watch it. It airs on CBS in America and is on Tuesdays at 8/7 c. I know for a fact that they have started airing it in India, since it was my only English show that I was able to watch when I was there this past January. The main characters (that show up in the main credits) are Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo, Ziva David, Timothy McGee, Abby Scuito, Leon Vance, and Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard. I personally think the BEST character in Tony who is played by Michael Weatherly. He is so charismatic and has the funniest jokes and makes non sequitur movie references that have advanced my classic movie world. Oh, and I forgot to mention that he isn’t bad to look at either. The one thing that I am very upset with right now is that he has a girlfriend on the show and he is breaking Rule Number Twelve (never date a co-worker) and Gibbs is not a happy camper about that. (Just for your information, we don’t like this girlfriend becasue Tony has to be with Ziva, even though she is a co-worker…) Another great character is Ziva who is played by Cote de Pablo. As she joined the cast in season three, she isn’t in the original gang, but I still love her. She is an ex-Mossad officer and often makes the funniest mess-ups on common idioms. She is often shown as being able to handle more complex situations than the rest of the team since she has training that is a little rougher than the rest. There are other characters who are pretty awesome, but you’ll just have to see for yourself how awesome these guys are, and then maybe I’ll think about saying more on the others. If you want to watch all the episodes, USA shows them here in America all the time (and I mean ALL the time!) and once summer starts, CBS.com will air the current season’s episodes for people to catch up. I would definitely suggest this show to anyone and I have even made little “NCIS” lovers with me.

TONY! 3

TONY! <3

This is Tony, who is awesome as I have mentioned.

ZIVA!

ZIVA!

Because you know you wanted to see her, this is Ziva.

The wonderous cast: (from l-r) Ziva, Palmer, McGee, Ducky, Gibbs, Abby, Tony, Vance.

The wonderous cast: (from l-r) Ziva, Palmer, McGee, Ducky, Gibbs, Abby, Tony, Vance.

SSR: Modern day representations of fairy tales? Sign me up!

This past weekend, I read Geek Charming by Robin Palmer. I really liked her other book, Cindy Ella, so I thought that since it’s similar in topic that this one would be entertaining as well. Looks like I was wrong. I didn’t enjoy the split point of view chapters and I couldn’t relate to the characters AT ALL! Maybe if I hadn’t had as high of hopes for it, I might have enjoyed it little more, but I was extremely disappointed in it. I would not recommend this, even though it is a “typical Sahiba book” as some people have said. (Cough cough Abby cough cough.) Because I didn’t like it, I am only giving it one star. (I have been quite a critic lately, no?)

one star

one star

I really liked the cover of it, even though I didn’t like the book, so here it is for you.

Geek Charming

Geek Charming

Of Interest to Me: the city is a great setting for an awesome show

I recently started to watch CBS’s new show “Mad Love”. It is really an interesting show, since it’s on right after “How I Met Your Mother” and you can just see the similarities between the two shows. Even though every episode I can find at least two things that compare, it is still an exciting concept. Kate (Sarah Chalke) meets Ben (Jason Biggs) and it’s love at first sight. But then there are their respective best friends, Connie (Judy Greer) and Larry (Tyler Labine). For the best friends, it is anything BUT love at first sight. They hate each other and fight all the time. But even though Kate and Ben are so in love, they still have their issues, which is usually what the show revolves around. Even though the show has some VERY stupid times, generally it is a good show just to sit down and watch. I love, love, LOVE the cast, who are some very famous people and are great all together. I really hope they keep the show on though, since it was a mid-season replacement and it hasn’t been getting all that many views. But either way, it has a great storyline and it even takes place in one of my favorite places: New York City! The characters even work in the Empire State Building and I just love the area. So if you are just chilling out on Monday, tune into CBS at 8:30 to watch “Mad Love”.

(from l-r) Ben, Connie, Larry, Kate

(from l-r) Ben, Connie, Larry, Kate

Challenge Seven: We are family!

Challenge it up!

My family is very big, but not all of them are my relatives. As my parents moved to America after they got married, my extended family is all in India. We have my fathers side and my mothers side, who are both very entertaining to be around. With my fathers side of the family, they live in a big city (you might have heard of it: it’s called Mumbai/Bombay) and it is so much fun to hang out with them since we get to see celebrities and go shopping and it’s just a ton of fun. Now my mother grew up in a small town, and my grandmother still lives there. In India, it is common to have a joint family and never have the sons move out. (My dad did though, so he’s an exception.) All four of my uncles still live in the house they grew up in. I always hear funny stories of how my mom had to fight her way to be heard since she was the only girl of five children. (I think one brother is bad enough!) Since I travel to India with my mom, we usually spend most of the time with my mom’s family.  They are loads of fun, especially my four year old cousin who doesn’t speak a word of English. (It’s quite a challenge for us to communicate, but we get our point across.) My other family, however, is right here in the good old state of New York. These are all of the Indian families who live close to us and have basically seen all of us kids grow up and want us to be settled in a great place when we grow up. Although my family in India is my blood, these friends have grown closer to us than any other friends would as they see the same things we do and they face the same issues we do. Two of my best friends are basically family since I’ve grown up with them and they don’t go to school with me, but we all know what it’s like to have our families so far away from us, so we make it up by hanging out together. All of these memories and the huge “family” I have is definitely one of the best things to have.

SSR: Really? Werewolves?

Unfortunately, I was drawn towards the “make-believe” things again, and I read Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. This novel is a sequel to Shiver. The major plot line is that there is a werewolf and a human and how they are drawn to each other. I read Shiver last summer and I really enjoyed it and I think I expected way to much to come from the sequel. I didn’t really enjoy it as the story kept dragging along on really trivial matters and towards the last one hundred pages, I started to skim through it. I also think another reason why I didn’t like it so much was that, with four narrators, it got confusing who was narrating. Now I have absolutely no expectations for the last book in the series, Forever which is coming out this summer. For those of you out there who really like werewolves, you probably have already read this series, but if you haven’t, it would be your kind of book. For those people who tend to like the same books I do, not something I would recommend-at least until I decide that they should be redeemed.

star

star

I am only giving it one star becasue I didn’t enjoy it and I just wanted it to get done.

Here is the cover. It is interesting becasue the “i” is dotted with a red dot.

the covers are kind of cool

the covers are kind of cool

Challenge Six: words are fun!

For this weeks challenge, I decided to make a wordle. There are two reasons I wanted to make a wordle: a) we are reading History of Love right now and one major motif throughout the book is words. I thought it would be interesting to see my words on something a little different than paper or on the blog. That is part of reason b) as well as the concept looked really cool. I mean, look at them! I have to say, I didn’t expect all of the words from my previous challenge post to be some of the most common words I used. I do understand why “becasue” was so big: I tend to explain every little thing for no particular reason. But I couldn’t figure out “one”. I think it might be for when I start t describe things. “Know” is also big. (I hope I don’t sound like a know-it-all when I post!) The one that made me happy was how “love” was big becasue I know that I tend to explain things while saying how much I love them. Most if the words are what I use to explain things, but some of the smaller ones are random without the sentences it is usually in.

My wordle!

My wordle!

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