Wednesday, June 7, 2017

MatrikaS Creative Women's Journal Review



      Before we humans became addicted and dependent on technology and digitalization, various forms of paper and ink were the only source of penning our thoughts or maintaining records.

Now-a-days kids learn to operate smartphones and computers even before they learn to say Ma and Pa.

          People born before 90’s know how one feels when you pick up some old diary of ours and reminisce those past days. But for me even though I love to read on kindle and type away reviews and blogs on my laptop but I still prefer the old way and I love my paperback books and scribbling on my writing pad because there is a saying “Old is Gold”.

          We women are always multitasking and have lots of things on our mind; be it a housewife or an entrepreneur or a working woman, we do have a habit of noting down things so as we can be reminded of events or memories. Be it someone’s birthday or anniversary or children’s school fees or maid’s pay or some traditional or new recipe or be it some client’s order or some important meeting or event we do make it a point to note down in our diary or journal.

          MatrikaS has always made products which has a personal feel. This year too, their Women’s Journal is one well thought product of theirs.

          Most of us have the habit of doodling absent mindedly when we catch hold of a pen unless we are writing an exam or filling up some form. Remember the last few pages of our school/college notebooks used to be full of such things. Be it a tic-tac game played during a boring lecture or some (senseless) match making calculations or some mehndi/dress design, our last pages used to be full of those scribbling.   

          MatrikaS women’s journal has thought of all of above. It has plain pages to scribble, ruled pages to pen/note down, some coloring sheets to let the artist inside you an outlet and some cute little stickers, which can be used while making your to-do list or just to depict your moods.

          This journal is really a well thought product for every woman’s personal use and also an ideal gift for the woman you love/care/admire.

          Out of the four types, I received the ‘To Fly-Dragonfly’ journal. Its soft silky brown cover with golden dragonfly embossed on it, is such a pretty piece of art. There is an envelope attached at the back cover from inside, just in case you have to keep something important to prevent losing it or some cash for emergency or some important note or letter.

          And lastly the elastic band to hold the journal from opening and spilling the contents are some of the positive features of the journal which I liked.

          So if you want to buy for yourself or gift it to someone as this is surely for keeps and to check out other products click on

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Book Review-Anand Suspi's Half Pants Full Pants

Anand Suspi


Half Pants Full Pants is a sort of childhood autobiography set in Shimoga of the 70s and 80s. Given the era and milieu that he grew up in, it carries a flavor similar to that of Malgudi Days. All the characters in the book are real and most of them are still in Shimoga, of course now in their mid-40s. Quite a few are from prominent families and are now active and important members of Shimoga. The book vividly captures the real childhood adventures of this generation of people in Shimoga. It’s a glorious reminiscence as well as a tribute to this wonderful town.

R. Balki says

“After Malgudi Days, I could never imagine that someone could create a childhood classic for adults to regain their innocence even for a few hours. Suspi’s tales would have made R K Narayan smile. Oh! That beautiful Kannadiga gene!”

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My Honest Review:

          When was the last time, after reading a story/book did you put the book down and went into flashback into your childhood, trying to remember or connect the story you have just read with an incident or memory of your childhood?

            Half Pants Full Pants takes you back to your childhood, makes you remember the pranks you pulled in school, on your unsuspecting cousins and friends or on your sibling.

            Hats off to the author Anand Suspi in helping the readers reminisce our childhood. Till now we had limited literature like R K Narayan’s Malgudi Days, which showcased villages in rural Karnataka, bringing out the simplicity and innocence of people and their day-to-day instances in 70’s and 80’s.

            But that now we have Half Pants Full Pants, which is definitely an interesting and addictive read. If you know Kannada language, then it's a plus point as you can instantly connect with the Kannada lingo used in the book.

            In 70’s and 80’s and even in 90’s when technology was not advanced and there were no smartphones, cable and other facilities, and where evenings were spent with neighboring kids and ladies sharing recipes or household tips, where children did have a childhood full of outdoor games and pranks, this book is flashback of life which only people born before the advent of advanced technology can connect to.

            Personally I enjoyed half pants tales more than full pants ones.

            Even the cover page brings back memories as in those days 5 and 10 paisa meant a great deal and we used to collect them in our small piggy banks (though in those days it was known as “Hundi”).

            Full points to the author for his writing style, simplicity in language, for front cover and thanks for reviving our inner child and childhood. 

About the author

An advertising writer for over 20 years, he started with Mudra, Mumbai in 1995 and subsequently spent a large part of his career in Lowe Lintas working under Balki. He was the Creative Head of Lowe Delhi between 2007 and 2010. Currently, he lives in Gurgaon and is the co-founder of an ad agency called AndAnd Brand Partners.

Half Pants Full Pants is his first book, a sort of childhood autobiography set in Shimoga of the 70s and 80s. Given the era and milieu that he grew up in, it carries a flavor similar to that of Malgudi Days. The notable difference would be that every story is real and the characters are all in their mid-40s now, often reminiscing about the gloriousness of their growing up years.

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