You want a girlfriend but you have a girl as your friend — a half girlfriend maybe? When it comes to Chetan Bhagat’s novels, it’s always about reflecting on society in a fun, non-serious way. Half Girlfriend is a pretty simple and straightforward love story. The story is about Madhav and Riya.
Two individuals with completely different statuses in society. Madhav is a simple boy from Bihar while Riya is a rich girl based in Dehli. They met at St.Stephen’s college and instantly became close friends.
Madhav has a soft spot for Riya but Riya, friend zone him. Madhav wanted Riya to be his girlfriend. He questions her about the nature of their relationship. Feeling uncomfortable Riya says that she is not his girlfriend, but they can maybe reach a compromise since they have reached halfway, and she offers to be his “Half Girlfriend.”
In one scene, Madhav hopes for a physical relationship with Riya but she got upset and left. A few days later, Riya got married to her childhood best friend, Rohan, and settled down in London. Delhi wasn’t the ideal place for Madhav ever since Riya left. Hence, he went back to his hometown where he helped his mother run the local school, Dumraon Royal School.
Over the course of the story, the author takes the readers through the ups and downs of their on and off relationship experience. At one point, Madhav came across Riya who was now a divorcee. Riya then helps him prepare a speech for some fundraising events. However, after the event, Riya wrote a letter saying she has lung cancer. She also confesses her love for Madhav but mentioned she had only three months to live. With that, she left. Madhav tried so hard searching for Riya but it was in vain because she had cut ties with India and vanished.
Three years late, through Riya’s journal he discovered she was still alive and she lied about having cancer. The part that excites me is when Madhav travels to New York after knowing Riya isn’t actually dead. Actually, Madhav remembered that Riya wanted to become a singer at a bar in New York. After three months, he finally found her performing at a jazz event and they reunite.
The book ended with the author visiting the school in Dumraon three and a half years later, seeing Madhav and Riya running the school successfully.
This novel is heartwarming and there’s plenty of twists compared to a regular love story. And I totally agree with the author who said Half Girlfriend is a uniquely Indian phenomenon, where boys and girls aren’t clear about their relationship status. I felt this was true because, in this novel, Riya is a character that is ready to expand herself while Madhav, just wants to cling to Riya. Also, in real life, some guys tend to think they have a deeper connection than just being friends with a girl but that doesn’t mean the girl is his girlfriend. Hence the term ‘half girlfriend’ to me, is a clever one.
Besides, in the book, you can actually tell that they belong together but they just kept drifting apart. During the climax, I actually thought they had split for good and Riya would be a mere memory to Madhav. However, towards the end, it kept me glued to my seat. Like finally, they actually reunited and this time, Riya decided to stay.
Overall, it is a good novel. The words use were simple, keeping it easy for readers. I did enjoy this novel pretty much! Not only that, there’s a movie based on this very novel titled ‘Half Girlfriend’, acted by Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.
Food Review: Other Than Coffee, These Are Recipes That Can Be Done With ‘Dalgona’
The name ‘Dalgona’ has recently become famous all over the world. The word is actually under which it is most popularly known, comes from Korean. It usually translates roughly to “it’s sweet” and is also the name used for a honeycomb toffee snack sold by street vendors in Korea, which the sweet foam of the drink is said to recall.
There are actually a lot more recipes that can be done by using these ‘Dalgona’ ingredients. Many people in this whole wide world would definitely think of Dalgona Coffee right away when they are talking about Dalgona. Little did many people know, many things could really taste delicious by using ‘Dalgona’, and the recipes to make them are simple.
1) Dalgona Coffee
Because Dalgona Coffee is made up of equal parts water, coffee, and also sugar, Dalgona Coffee tastes like a really sweet cup of coffee. The particular whip has a very smooth texture, almost like a meringue.
2) Dalgona Candy
Dalgona Candy is actually sugar melted and also whipped with a little bit of baking soda so it puffs up, and you can eat it by itself. It doesn’t taste like coffee at all, which makes sense because there is no coffee in it.
3) Dalgona Cake
The cake itself is a dense, yet still fluffy texture with a buttery, vanilla flavor. The whole cake has a thick layer of cinnamon sugar filling baked in the middle, which, with the addition of flour, stays thick and doesn’t melt into the cake, which is amazing.
4) Dalgona Ice Cream
It is called Dalgona ice cream because that is what it is. This is one of the easiest coffee desserts to make. Coffee flavored desserts are one of many people favorite ways to indulge.
5) Dalgona Matcha
Dalgona matcha tastes like matcha milk but with a thick and creamy airy texture that’s velvety and rich. It’s sweet and has a nice hit of matcha
Food Review: Crispy And Creamy, Try These Local ‘Aiskrim Goreng’ In Ampang!
From classic vanilla to durian to sea salt, the flavours of ice creams are just endless. Who doesn’t love ice cream? Cold and creamy, it is enough to relish the heat and to satisfy our taste buds at any time. We are well versed with the cold version of ice cream but have you thought about fried ice cream?
Yes, you heard that right! Fried ice cream is a popular dessert served in Asian eateries. Despite this, some people attribute its origins to non-Asian cultures such as American, Mexican, and even Polynesian. Whoever invented it, kudos to them for making such a delicious treat. If you’ve never had fried ice cream before, it’s ice cream that’s been frozen solid under extremely cold conditions, then coated with bread crumbs, pastry, or a batter of some form, and fried briefly to cook the exterior to a golden brown. But what makes it so delicious and well-liked by the masses?
Speaking of fried ice cream, here’s one I tried after the lockdown and it brings me back to the good old times. The odd thing about this fried ice cream is the person does the business using only his car. With a mini stove and icebox to store the frozen delicacies, Mr Syafiq runs his business around the Ampang area.
There are about seven flavours sold. They are:
- Vanilla mixed with Chocolate
It only takes about 3 minutes to fry this frozen treat and once done, it is packed in a brown paper bag for you to enjoy it. Not only that, you can even purchase the frozen version and fry them by yourself at home. It is super simple.
My favourite would be the chocolate flavour because why not! I love how this fried ice cream looks like it’s something unique. Think about it. Ice cream and heat don’t get along but this fried ice cream says otherwise.
I’ve tried ice cream with cakes but I feel they become too soggy if left for too long. This fried ice cream, however, has a thick coating that becomes golden brown, crispy and crunchy after frying. And I just love how you get the best of both worlds in one bite. You get the crispy, hot coating followed by the creamy, cold ice cream. It’s just heaven! Also, the frozen cutlets look so adorable and easy to hold.
Mr Syafiq does not only sells them in his car but he also offers fried ice cream services for events. Booking fried ice cream for your function is gonna leave your guests awed for sure. You can find Mr Syafiq and his fried ice cream near Petronas Pandan Indah or near Tesco Ampang. If you can’t find him, no problem, you can directly call or Whatsapp him directly at number 017-3218040 to find his whereabouts.
Trust me, you definitely don’t wanna miss this amazing creation!
(Video) Japanese Troops Devoured By Crocodiles In ‘Ramree Island Massacre’
This particular incident of saltwater crocodiles devouring humans happened towards the Japanese troops occupying the Ramree Island in the Bay of Bengal during World War II in the early year of 1945. Those who had survived the battle reportedly did not fare well when they had to choose the doomed escape route across the crocodile-infested waters.
At the time, British forces needed an airbase in the area of Ramree Island in order to launch more attacks against the Japanese. However, thousands of the enemy troops held the island, causing an exhausting battle that went on for six weeks. The sides were stuck in a standoff until the British Royal Marines along with the 36th Indian Infantry Brigade outflanked a Japanese position. Maneuver split the enemy group in two and isolated about 1,000 Japanese soldiers.
The British then sent word that the smaller, isolated Japanese group should surrender. The unit was trapped and had no way to reach the safety of the larger battalion. But rather than accept surrender, the Japanese chose to make an eight-mile journey through a mangrove swamp. That is when things went from bad to worse. So horrendous. The mangrove swamp was thick with mud and it was slow-going. British troops monitored the situation from afar at the edge of the swamp. The British didn’t pursue the fleeing troops closely because the Allies knew what awaited the enemy inside this natural death trap that is saltwater crocodiles are the largest reptiles in the world. Typical male specimens reach 17 feet long and 1,000 pounds and the largest can reach 23 feet and 2,200 pounds. Swamps are their natural habitat, and also humans are definitely no match for the crocodiles’ speed, size, agility, and raw power.
The Japanese understood that saltwater crocodiles have a reputation for eating humans but they went into the mangrove swamp anyway. Soon after entering the slimy mudhole, Japanese soldiers began to succumb to diseases, dehydration, and starvation. Mosquitoes, spiders, poisonous snakes, and scorpions hid in the thick forest and picked off some troops one by one. Crocodiles appeared when the Japanese got deeper into the swamp. They are active at night.
Of the 1,000 troops who entered the swamp on Ramree Island, only a reported 480 survived. However, death toll estimates vary. What the British do know for sure is that 20 men came out of the swamp alive and were captured. These Japanese troops told their captors about the crocodiles. But exactly how many men died in the maws of the crocs remains unknown because no one knows how many troops succumbed to disease, dehydration, or starvation.
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