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26 Favourite Foods & a Little Bit Of Me by Mayuri Nidigallu – Book Review

posted by Anupriya 6 Comments

One of the earliest lessons I learnt as an aspiring blogger were about the significance of being active on social media. As I began to follow various blogging communities on twitter, a couple of bloggers came across to me as extremely level headed and straight forth in their opinion. Mayuri Nidigallu was one amongst them. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration if I said that I was totally in awe of her blog posts that were full of practical wisdom and her opinions that she shared via her twitters. Given that I have been carrying a tarot deck with me for almost 12 years now, in hope of learning it someday and the fact that Mayuri Nidigallu is a Tarot Reader created an additional pull towards her. So I was not surprised at myself, when I pounced on the opportunity to review her book that was published with the #BlogchatterEbookCarnival this year.

Book Blurb

Food and Memories – that is what her book is all about. Food has the power to keep you connected to your past, even as it evolves to fit the future. Come walk down memory lane with her as she shares with you her favourite foods, and memories.

My Review

Twenty six delicacies packed into one book is every cooking enthusiasts dream come true. It was the same for me. The regional recipes discussed by Mayuri are sure shot hits in many households. Their description along with tales of Mayuri’s fond memories about these foods was successful in piquing my interest in quite a couple of them. And oh! How I love the Bengali sweets that found way to her list of ‘must savor’ foods.

But I have to admit, that more than the food stories, it was the little stories that Mayuri shared about her personal life that clinched the deal for me. The best thing I like about Mayuri’s writings is her sense of humor. Her chucklesome description of big and small snippets of her life made me fall in love with her – the person a little more.

The short snippets not only give a peek-a-boo into the life of an extremely sorted person but also emphasize on some primitive values that one should follow in life. These attitudes and values are the key to living a simple yet fulfilling life.

Trivia – The author claims that her Rajasthani mother and Punjabi father had an arranged marriage. And that she herself tied the knot with a Telegu guy which again was an arranged match. I wish there were more such families that I could boast about and feel hopeful about mankind rising above the shallow shackles of caste, color and creed.

P.S. – I would still insist that you write a story about how your parents came to marry each other and ditto for you and your husband. Am I being obtrusively pushy ?

This book review has been written as a part of the Blogchatter Ebook Carnival.

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Mayuri Nidigallu August 2, 2018 at 2:03 pm

It takes a lot to shock me into silence , Anupriya, and your wonderful review has managed to make me do just that! Truly!

I am touched by the warmth your words hold, and I am so glad you enjoyed reading the book, as much as I enjoyed writing it.

As for how my parents met, I wrote that story for the debut book and entry of The Chicken Soup series in India. That book was titled Chicken Soup for the Romantic Indian Soul. Let me see if I could blog their story now.

A heartfelt thank you to you.

Sanch @ Sanch Writes August 27, 2018 at 2:47 pm

I remember reading Mayuri’s posts during A to Z. Nice to see it’s been created into an ebook

Rachna Parmar August 27, 2018 at 6:19 pm

This was a lovely reveiw, Anupriya. I have been reading Mayuri for a while now and do enjoy her posts both on her blog as well as social media. She is an equally effervescent and likeable person in real life. Let’s just say that I am really fond of her. I am sure the ebook is everything you say and more. I caught a few recipes that she had shared on the blog during A to Z. Time to read more.

Aditi August 28, 2018 at 12:43 am

I love Mayuri’s writing! And yes, I vote fr sharing more abut both these fantastic arranged-love marriages too! 🙂

Sonia Chatterjee August 29, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Mayuri is an incredible writer and you are one of the best book reviewers I’ve read. You should do more of book reviews Anu. You really bring a fresh perspective.

Anupriya August 30, 2018 at 11:23 pm

Thanks Sonia!


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