Books to read (and re-read)

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

I came across this at Barnes and Nobles while waiting for my tutoree. It seems magical and an interesting read. I can’t wait to devour this one.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

I know, I know. I’ve been hanging on to this one for quite a while. I can’t just seem to get a good grip on this book. I start reading it, and then something just happens to distract me. Maybe there is too much going on in my mind.

The Zoo Keeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

And don’t even get me started on this one. I’m really into Holocaust stories but i just never got the chance to sink my teeth into this one.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

This is one of those books that you get introduced to in school. My 6th grade teacher read this out loud for us and I had fallen in love with it ever since.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

One of my most favorite books of all time. I had a blast ripping it apart when I used it for my undergraduate thesis paper. And to those of you who don’t know, Frankenstein is the scientist that made the creature, not the creature itself.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Another favorite. Out of all the books we were required to read in 11th grade, this was the best one. I hung onto each word as I read though every page of this book. I loved it.

Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill

You carry both lightning and thunder in that space between your bones and soul. Become the storm you are hiding from, a hurricane does not run from the rain.
– The Space Between

Dadi’s Garden

I wanna go back 😭. I spent the first six years of my life here. This specific window led to my grandmother’s tiny garden. Every once in a while she would have it opened to tend to the plants. We both would stand on this side of the window watching the plants being watered or the guavas being picked from the guava tree. Thank you ammu for opening this gate for me that day. The rain, the atmosphere, and the vehicles on the street both heightened my emotions and brought back many beautiful memories. I am going to cherish this moment forever. And thank you for keeping dadi’s garden flourishing all throughout the years ❤️❤️, even though it has changed quite a bit…. the jackfruit tree has gotten smaller and the guava tree is no more. Even in dadi’s absence, I feel her presence every time I’m here 😌.


My New Favorite Dessert Shop 

Passion Fruit Tea with Popping Boba

This place is my new favorite dessert shop. When I left work in Chinatown, Philadelphia this month, I was disappointed that I won’t be able to visit some of my favorite places anymore. Because I got out of work late, I never got the chance to try T-Swirl Crepe or Frozen, the rolled ice cream shop. But after coming to Cafe Cabana, it seems like I’m back in Chinatown. There’s crepes, rolled ice cream, Bubble and fruit teas, and best of all Shaved Milk Snow 😍😍😍