My favorites of 2011


Happy New Year! As 2011 draws to a close and 2012 beckons, I was thinking about stuff that changed my life, inspired and entertained me! I picked my favorites from the ones I have seen, heard or read in 2011 in my beloved fields-music, movies, books and travel destinations. Do you agree?

Favorite singer:

Adele– Her voice is such a revelation, she has such raw talent. I am in love with all her tracks including Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, and Set Fire to The Rain.


Favorite Book:

Little Bee by Chris Cleave. I have been catching up with books during the second half of this year and the one book that really got my attention was Little Bee. I wrote a review about the book earlier this year, and it still is one of the best books I have read in a long long time.














Favorite Hindi Movie:

Dhobi Ghat– Not the most conventional Bollywood, it is not for drama lovers. It is an art movie, that is based in my favorite city in the planet! Dhobi Ghat has some really stellar performances, the movie really touches your heart!











Favorite English Movie:

The Adventures of Tintin– Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson converted my favorite childhood book into a fascinating adventure movie. A must watch for the child in you!

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Favorite Holiday Destination:

Istanbul, Turkey– I was fortunate to make quite a few trips this year, and although Puerto Rico was a close second, Istanbul is nothing short of magic. There are so many wonderful places to see: Blue Mosque, Beyzit Mosque, Suleiman Mosque, Aya Sofya, and Basilica Cistern.

Blue Mosque at night










Have a great year ahead! 🙂

My review: Little Bee

I finally got out of my books drought, and picked a book to read on my flight to Colorado. And by all the luck in the world, the book was a great one.

The book touches a topic that you rarely read about–refugees.Without giving too much away, the book is a heartwarming and brutal story of a Nigerian refugee Little Bee, in her early teens, who is now in United Kingdom and just out of deplorable detention center where the women have to go so far as to complete a series of paperwork to obtain a sanitary napkin.

She reaches the door of Sarah O’Rourke and her husband, whom she met on a beach in Nigeria on a fateful night that changed all their lives. Little Bee reaches Sarah’s door at the most tragic time, the day of her husband’s funeral. As Sarah deals with tragedy in her own life, her only hope is Little Bee. Each of them find the will to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward.

What is truly amazing about this book is how it captures both Little Bee’s view point and Sarah’s by writing one chapter in Little Bee’s voice, followed by the next one in Sarah’s voice. Little Bee, who has seen horrific atrocities in her young life, still had a girlish innocence describing how her life would be better as a British pound coin.  She tries to find solace in the only person who showed her some kindness.

Sarah, who was unfaithful and neglected her husband’s depression, was selfless in trying to protect Little Bee and her sister.

Sarah’s son Charlie, always dressed up as Batman, is touching, as a child who always wants to find out if you are a baddie or a goodie and is the ray of hope Little Bee needs to move forward.

A must read book, although the book reminds us of an unfortunate reality–there is no refuge for refugees.