A Short Update: A Non-Linear Trajectory for my Blog

Hello, My dear blogger friends and readers! I hope all of you are well in this unprecedented time of crisis. I have a short update to share.

You might have noticed I have not been active in blogosphere lately. I registered my blog on WordPress seven years ago, but it was only from November 2018 that I started writing in my blog regularly.

2018-2020 was a particularly tough period for me. I had left my job to prepare for a grueling and extremely competitive Masters entrance examination. It took me two years to realize my dream. While I was struggling professionally, my blog was a means of escape for me. And books too! Where will I be if not for the books.

And Turkish series. Yup, they helped me survive too! If you have not watched a Turkish series yet, I request you to read my articles on them. There are some great Turkish series out there. Although the English translations sound cheesy, I promise you will be hooked.

After this small detour from the world of books, let us go back into it again.

By God’s grace, I am now admitted into a STEM Masters program of a prestigious university in India. However, Masters course is demanding. Very demanding! I hardly have time to breathe some days.

This, naturally, affected my blogging schedule. I used to post on Wednesdays and Saturdays. But, that was no longer possible. My blog is mostly about books. But, I have not been able to read as many books as I want. Hence, now I post once a week. Sometimes, even that is not possible.

Other than paucity of time, another factor has affected my blogging. I no longer feel that same happiness in blogging. Why? Well, growing stats is a major factor in motivating any blogger (no matter what they claim). Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, book reviews do not work well. In fact, it is my posts on Turkish series that garner most of the views on my blog. I have no shame in admitting in this.

I tried a lot of tricks in the bag to improve my stats. Joining blog tours was one of them. While I enjoyed them initially, the joy has now tapered down for me. Blog tours have not resulted in any significant improvement in my stats. As a result, reading a book and writing a review within a stipulated period of time is taking away the bliss of reading for me. So, I have decided to participate in only those book tours which will absolutely rivet my attention. I have already started doing so.

Then, there is a beast called Netgalley. A very attractive beast. But a beast it is! Once it lures you into its portal, only an extremely strong willpower can get you out of it. Though I have stopped requesting books from Netgalley (Yay, willpower!), my ratio stands at 60%. So, more ARCs to read … in time!

Moreover, as any book blogger knows, blogging is not just writing. It is also about presenting. You need to create graphics that enhance the attractiveness of your post. Writing the review itself is not easy. All of these take time. A precious commodity which, now, I do not have.

Hence, I have decided to go completely wild with my blog. I am no longer going to bind myself with compulsions of posting according to a schedule or finish reading a book within a certain date. I am going to pickup any book that fancies my mood at that time. It might be a classic or an ARC or a backlist title. My blog is not going to have a schedule, at least not for the immediate future. I may post more series or film reviews than reviews of books.

I have never written a discussion post before. This is more of a revelation-of-self post. So, I may write discussion posts in the future too.

The schedules for the book tours I have signed up for will definitely go up on time. I will try to read all the ARCs I have requested and have been approved for in the next 3-4 months. However, that’s it!

I require time to get back my joy of blogging. Till then, I request my readers to be patient with me.

Meanwhile, you can let me know in the comments below if you also experienced a similar situation. If yes, how did you overcome it?

Bay Yanlış – Turkish Dizi Review | Episodes 13 – 14

Let’s dive into another spoiler-free review for episodes 13-14 of Bay Yanlış (Mr. Wrong), starring Can Yaman and Özge Gürel, in this post. They had previously worked together on Dolunay.

To date, fourteen episodes have been aired. Spoiler-free review for episodes 1-5 are available here.

Spoiler-free review for episodes 6-12 are available here.

Bay Yanlış is a romantic, fun, and light-hearted drama. It features a great lead pair, a strong supporting cast, and a good script as well.

Bay Yanlış Turkish dizi poster
Bay Yanlış Turkish dizi poster
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Bay Yanlış – Turkish Dizi Review | Episodes 6 – 12

Can Yaman and Özge Gürel are back with a new series, Bay Yanlış (Mr. Wrong), that airs on Fox Turkey every Friday 8.00 P.M. They had previously worked together on Dolunay.

Being a huge fan of Yaman, I could not afford to miss this one. To date, thirteen episodes have been aired. Spoiler-free review for episodes 1-5 are available here.

Spoiler-free review of episodes 13-14 can be found here.

Let’s dive into another spoiler-free review for episodes 6-12 in this post.

Bay Yanlış is a romantic, fun, and light-hearted drama. It features a great lead pair, a strong supporting cast, and a good script as well.

Bay Yanlış Turkish dizi poster
Bay Yanlış Turkish dizi poster
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Bay Yanlış – Turkish Dizi Review | Episodes 1 – 5

Can Yaman and Özge Gürel are back with a new series, Bay Yanlış (Mr. Wrong), that airs on Fox Turkey every Friday 8.00 P.M. They had previously worked together on Dolunay. Being a huge fan of Yaman, I could not afford to miss this one. To date, fourteen episodes have been aired. Episode 14 is the last in this series. This post features reviews of the first five episodes.

Let’s just say this is going to be another great series, which is going to take the world by storm again.

Bay Yanlış is a romantic, fun, and light-hearted drama. It features a great lead pair and a strong supporting cast. Hopefully, with enough help from the scriptwriters, it will be another magical series, even better than Yaman’s previous works.

Bay Yanlış Turkish dizi poster
Bay Yanlış Turkish dizi poster

Now, let’s have a brief look at episodes 1-5.

Spoiler-free review of episodes 6-12 can be found here.

Spoiler-free review of episodes 13-14 can be found here.

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İnadına Aşk – Turkish Dizi Review

İnadina Aşk
İnadina Aşk

Rating – 4/5

A Turkish romantic comedy starring Can Yaman and Açelya Topaloğlu in the lead roles of Yalın and Defne (respectively), İnadına Aşk (meaning Love out of Spite) catapulted Yaman to fame in 2015. There is a reason why Yaman became famous after this show.

Though the English title of the show is Love out of Spite, as far as I could understand the Turkish language, here İnadına means stubbornness.

WHAT’S THE STORY?

The story follows Defne and Yalın as they gradually fall in love after disliking each other initially. Defne, after graduating from a renowned university in Tukey, is going to start working for Arass Technology. But, she is late on the first day because her brother finds her dress too revealing. Forced to wear a dress according to her brother’s tastes, she brings along her other dress and changes secretly in the parking lot of the company. There she chances upon Yalın who she assumes to be one of the company staff. Yalın is in fact the CEO of Arass Technology but he does not disclose it. He makes fun of Defne. Why? I won’t tell you. Watch the first episode. You will know yourself. FYI, the sizzling chemistry between Can and Açelya starts from the first episode itself. Watch the show to share their journey of love.

It’s a light-hearted show (which romantic comedy isn’t?) with dollops of rib-tickling humor and (no guesses!) sweet romance. Yaman, as the stubborn, spoilt, rich guy with a heart of gold and Topaloğlu, as the sweet, sassy, smart, honest and rich girl who chatters incessantly, do full justice to their roles.

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