Book review: The White Tiger

The White Tiger

The White Tiger

by Aravind Adiga
Published by Free Press in 2008
Genres: Fiction, Cultural, India
Pages: 276

As I explained in my video announcing the titles I was going to read in November 2017, my awesome public library has been organizing something great this year: a winter challenge, where the staff picks a title for you!
I was totally excited like a kid under the Christmas tree when I went to pick up my mystery title. It ended up being The White Tiger, by an author I had never heard of – though I realized later his latest book is featured among the 100 best books of 2017 according to the New York Times review of Books.
To be honest with you, this is definitely a book I would never have chosen by myself: the few times I have tried to read books about India, I found them good, but rather depressing, so I try to stay away from them now.
But isn’t a reading challenge supposed to invite you away from your comfort zone? So, well done and thanks to the staff member who picked it up for me!

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Frenglish gleanings week 9


Frenglish gleanings
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Gleanings? Anything I found personally interesting and worthy of being shared with all my readers



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The Anti-Ageing Food and Fitness Plan: giveaway winner

We have a winner!

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won an e copy of

The Anti-Ageing Food & Fitness Plan


Rick Hay


Published in January 2016
162 pages

Tune up, tone up and rev up with an inspired but easy-to-follow twelve-week healthy eating plan that unlocks the remarkable power of superfoods, and high-intensity exercises, for all fitness levels. Bewildered by Açai berries and confused by kefir? The growing trend for embracing the nutritional force of so-called superfoods has left many of us unsure where to start -and what to eat. Whether you’re looking to lose weight or embrace a healthier lifestyle, smart nutrition and increased levels of activity are essential to reach long-term goals and experience the greatest health benefits.

Blending the very latest scientific and nutritional research with delicious eating and work out plans and sumptuous photography, The Anti Ageing Food and Fitness Plan by Ideal World TV’s resident Health and Fitness expert, Rick Hay, targets ageing and fitness at a cellular level to promote a sustainable diet and general wellbeing that will help anyone to change their lives for the better. Rick’s twelve-week plan recommends mouth-watering, easy-to-prepare and nutrient-dense meals and snacks that deliver the required vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients to optimise digestive function, and pairs these recipes perfectly with a work out routine consisting of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to burn calories and gentler stretching practices to help relax muscles.

The first four weeks have been designed to recalibrate the body using a diet primarily consisting of plant-based proteins. This Tune Up phase is followed by Rev Up, which takes readers up to week eight, introducing thermogenic spices to boost metabolism. The final four Tone Up weeks primarily focus on weight management and increasing strength by ramping up exercise. Also included are Hay’s tips and tricks for the best superfood and nutrient combinations to help maintain results once the programme has been completed.

The Anti Ageing Food and Fitness Plan is not purely about nutrient density, losing weight and getting ripped; it’s a sustainable philosophy which allows readers to revitalise their minds and bodies, with a food and fitness plan designed to maximise health and wellbeing. This accessible and effective programme helps to demystify the superfood arena, enabling us all to eat and live well by making every delicious and nutritious mouthful count.

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About Rick Hay

Rick Hay is a renowned fitness and food expert with over twenty years experience as a nutritionist. Since relocating to the UK from his native Australia in 2010, Rick has successfully made a name for himself on television where he is currently the resident Health and Fitness Expert for Ideal World TV. He has previously written for Natural Health and Your Fitness magazines and is the author of Nutritional Blast (published February 2016 by Ideal World TV).

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