Open Book By Kubbra Sait – Book Review

I rarely pick up and read books written by celebrities from India. Because you read so much about them in the media.That you feel you know them.

But, the open book was something that I was inclined toward because it’s written by an entertainer who became an overnight success post the release of India’s First global series Sacred Games and played a challenging character for her first performance. Yes! Cuckoo! From Sacred Games has written a book.

It’s about the obstacles she faced growing up as an individual, introvert and a girl who was mostly a misfit until she found herself.

Kubbra Sait is completely unfiltered and honest in this open Book.

The Book has twenty-odd chapters each describing a phase of her growing years.

Thank You! For handing over a signed copy of the open book

Sharing here the book in brief chapter wise.

Chapter 1: A brief introduction to Kubbra Sait.

Chapter 2: The Change in her Personality The self-doubt one goes through during the schooling years

Chapter 3: Being open and comfortable With who you are as an individual by speaking about your inner feeling without being hesitant and shy about being honest about visiting a therapist

Chapter 4: I Don’t have daddy issue.

This is about her relationship with her father. And how she has learnt to let go.

Chapter 5: I called him my Uncle.

A chapter where she shares one of her darkest secrets. Sexual abuse by her uncle when she was in her late teens and why she kept quiet until she thought to escape…

Chapter 6:living Many lives in a lifetime.

Changing colleges, Jobs and accident-prone Sait! Microsoft, RJ and Emcee

Chapter 7: Paid To Talk

An interesting way of positioning herself as an emcee #PaidtoTalk

Chapter 8: It’s cool to not look the same.

The opportunities and making the most of everything that was coming her way!

Chapter 9: Love Actually

Relationships & Breakups and challenges that she fell in love with.

Chapter 10: I have dated Many Many Nice Men

And shares some encounters with men who became lifelong friends.

Chapter 11: City Of Dreams.

Was I even “ready” for it?

Landing the gig of her first Bollywood film and too as an actor in a Salman Khan movie Ready playing the role of a Maid.

And sharing anecdotes of her experience.

Chapter 12: In With the In-Crowd

Conversations and being part of a group and slowly finding an identity

Chapter 13: This is Hard Business

Chances and the game changer

Chapter 14: You gave us Gold

First day on the sets of Scared Games and how Cuckoo was born.

Chapter 15: When Exactly have you truly arrived?

A chapter on the success of Scared Games and how things can shift suddenly in your life.

Chapter 16: Dear Mem, Are you Youself Male, Female or Both?

The Trolling behind Cuckoo!

Chapter 17: Sibling Rivalry

A fun chapter on the relationship between Danish and her brother who is in the same profession.

Chapter 18: Cat Person

How the relationship between her Cat & her we and the celebrations of one of her Cat’s Birthday.

Chapter 19: Not Ready to be Mother Yet!

A chapter on her Diving experience and how and when he realised she was pregnant but not ready.

Chapter 20: Heaven & Hell

A chapter on her mother’s past that set Kubra’s future.

Chapter 21:I Was born to play Phara

The international debut for Apple TV series the Foundation was based on a science fiction novel by writer Isaac Asimov.

Chapter 22: Faith Takes You that Extra Mile

An experience in search of and finding oneself.

Chapter 23: searching for a Rainbow inside my Heart

The pandemic and how things weren’t the same as earlier.

Chapter 24: Why Write a Book?

Share a journey and revisit how far you have come.

The Modern Jaipur!

Rajasthan! A side of India! That makes you feel Royal and Rich! A state that has the best Indian food and every hotel is a palace in its on way having an Modern or an old-world charm. This was a trip to Jaipur after a decade. And while the city did not seem to have changed much. The City surprising had quite a few cafes and restaurants opened up. The Patrika Gate, The Palace and the Hawa Mahal we’re so royal. The hotels we stayed at Raas Rajmahal were a modern luxury palace with interiors and architecture just like a palace.
While on our Visit we visited some of the cafes & restaurants that had their specialities.
Spice Court was our only stop for Laal Maas. Steam at Rambagh was an experience. Seated on a first-class coach in a train-shaped restaurant. The Indian platter were very good. They are also known for their pizzas.
We visited The Johri at the Johri Bazaar. They are a pure Veg restaurant with amazing food and interiors. They are also a boutique hotel with about five Suites rooms each named after a gem stone.

Manak (ruby) is hues of pink, Moti (pearl) is white, Sona (gold) is yellow, Neelam (sapphire) is light blue, and Panna (emerald) is pale greenThe Johri is managed by Honawar Hospitality group that has cafes like Pantry & woodside inn that are popular in Mumbai.
We also visited Bar Palladio & Shikaar Bagh restaurant & Bar that’s part of Naraian Niwas Palace an Instagramable destination and in recent times has gained popularity through web series. The interiors have been done up by Dutch designer Marie-Anne Oudejans has kept the essence of Rajasthan and Jaipur in the interiors. The space also has a few interesting designer stores in them that have a lot of Rajasthani elements to it.

Cafes that we enjoyed on our visit were The Curious Life Roasters, Half light Coffee Roaster and Town Coffee. Town Coffee also had a nice gourmet store to satisfy and to experience your home chefs skills.

Curious breakfast and coffee experience was something totally unexpected for Jaipur. Over the next two days we realised Coffee & cafe culture

Is huge here! Something that isn’t read or spoken about so much when you think about Jaipur! 

Another thing that was good to observe was the cafes & restaurants had plenty of books on their shelves to read Curious life Roaster by the owner has an interesting story Neeraj Sheoran the owner & roster While working in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was introduced to coffee roasting and in 2015 began the Curious life Roaster in Jaipur. Half light by is a family-run neighbourhood coffee shop in Jaipur that has been there for the last couple of years..

Some more of my Writing #6

The Bernina express & moving around Europe.

Bernina Express:

A journey that we had to experience once in our lifetime at least. Should we go to Zurich or should we go from Zurich and with not enough time. We planned out our exit from Zurich and so we did it through from Milan- Tirano to Chur. A four-hour journey going through the shades of greens and blues and tunnels with Lindt chocolates and Cherry liqueur for some company. The journey was lovely with the rains, the views and the comfortable space. A long time ago we had done the Glacier express Zermatt to St. Moritz and while that was covered with snow this journey was more greens, mountains, and waters through the journey. Maybe because more into the Italian region and little of Swiss. The train climbs up to the 2253 m high.

Planning to Travel:

Buy a Eurarail mobile pass: Depending on the days and countries you are travelling buy the pass. If it’s more than one country buy the Global pass.

Next, log in to the app.

And make the entry of all the passengers who would travel along with you.

Passport details and other basic information.

Make one Trip on the app:

Create a trip and add all the passengers.

Choose your preferred train time and soon one QR Ticket would be displayed on the app.

Now keep adding the journeys ( Intercountry, or outer country you would like to take)

And with the preferred time, you will soon have multiple QR Ticket under the first group you made for all your trips.

Now, whenever the Ticket collector comes to view your ticket it’s all there.

Do not buy a swiss pass it’s more expensive.

In case you are travelling with Zurich Via trams, Trains or public transport buy a Zurich card.

For Italy Milan :

Buy the ATM card – This can be used for Trams, Buses and Metro. A convenient fast way of travelling around Milan.

We always use public transport as much as possible to explore the city like a local.

Europe 2022!

Already been a week!
The trip was in many ways a Deja Vu experience.
Right from the moment, we landed in the city of Zurich! Seemed like time had stopped moving since we were last here seven years ago.
The roads, the streets, and the stores they seemed like nothing had changed.
We moved around here without google maps.
And since it was Sunday as we walked down the streets, we were predicting the stores that will be coming and just next to that is where we should meet in case we get lost.
As we continued our journey to explore the other side of Switzerland.

Thank God things were different. Else it would have been a crazy holiday experience.
We explored the Italian- Mediterranean side of Switzerland Lugano and Lausanne & Montreux.
Lausanne was known for the Olympic Museum, and Montreux was very much like Como and Lugano was like the typical European small-town charm.
These towns were in their way beautiful and as we travelled to each of them. We could notice many shades of blue water. The narrow streets with colourful structures were some of the things we missed about Europe and travelling in the last couple of years…
Italy – Milan Centrale station seemed to have changed a little. But the structure remained the same. Dumao the cathedral and the shopping centre both were nostalgic experiences. As it was a decade ago or the 1st European trip ever from India was to Italy. The Cafes, the tourist buzz and the stores in this hundred of years old architecture and space were worth revisiting too.
Venice: The Land of Espresso! And coffee for Italy. The San Marco square, the faint memory of remembering the Florian Cafe being a little around that particular column, the walk past the bridges and the boat experience that we did this time from the station that had gone through a complete makeover from the last time we were in Venice in 2012.
We did not do the gondola ride this time as we just had a day in Venice.
Quite a few new stores opened and many remained where they were!
I remember this particular store that would have Ferrari & F1 merchandise and this was the time I was more interested and related Italy with Cars like Ferrari that I wanted to just go and visit this store!
There were too many stories that I relived on this trip to Italy & Switzerland.

Planning to travel around Switzerland. Some of the cities around Zurich & Geneva are mentioned below.

Train Travel from Zurich:

  • Lausanne – 2 Hr 15 Min.
  • Montreux – 15 from Lausanne( 2 Hr 30 Min from Zurich)
  • Lugano – 2 Hr
  • Fribourg  – 1 Hr 30 Min.
  • Lucerne –  45 Min.
  • Bern – 1 Hr.
  • Basel – 1 Hr 10 Min
  • Zermatt – 3 Hr 12 Min
  • St. Moritz – 3 Hr 22 Min

Train Travel from Geneva:

  • Interlaken – 2 Hr 15 min
  • Montreux – 1 Hr 10 Min
  • Lausanne – 45 Min

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