A Gentleman In Moscow

I have always averted from reading Russian novels. They have this gloomy story, sombre shades and often filled with melancholy. This is what I had heard about the Russian books. When I finished reading this book, I found the description to be quite accurate.
This story might be relatable to some because of current lockdown situation in many places over the world. The protagonist, Count Alexander Rustov, is sentenced to house arrest for life in a hotel right in the heart of Moscow city. We cannot stay inside the comforts of our home for a couple of days and he has to live for life. So the premise was interesting. I was curious to know how he will live his whole life when within few pages he was standing on the edge of parapet, trying to end his life. But the story unfolds beautifully from there on. 
This book takes you down the memory lane, into a restaurant which serves you nostalgia as aperitif, shaken and stirred, along with three course nostalgia, which brings forth a bouquet of memories which remind you of some fragrances which you might have forgotten by passage of time. 
I loved almost everything about this book. The characters, especially Count and Sofia, they will be difficult to forget. I will remember them as real people. I cannot complain anything about story, characters, writing. There isn’t much room for that. What I can complain is the fact that it bombards too many unfamiliar words which I have to look often into dictionary. Then there is usage of Russian and French which I have guessed. Didn’t have the patience to translate it online. Also, a few more pages of romance between Count and Anna would have been like cherry on cake. 
All in all, it’s a fantastic read. One which might help you change your perspective about life in current situation. Or maybe even in future when everything is normal. Full marks from me. 
P. S: I wouldn’t have thought of reading this one if it wasn’t for Geetika who gifted me this one my birthday. Thanks so much ❤️

Some Relief

At least Some relief yesterday on UEFA. Matches went as I predicted. The match between Greece and Sweden was a tough match. Though Sweden won by 2-0 margin the match was leading nowhere till 67 minutes. The goal scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Very difficult name to remember) was superb. I haven’t seen a beautiful goal like this recently. The second goal I call a mere fluke. Although at this level the goal should have been avoided by the goalkeeper. Greece defense is not good. They need to improve. They somehow manage to save some goals in first half. Swedish team played well. Watching them for the next match now..

The other match I expected that Spain will win and that happened. Though the margin of goal was large. i thought may be 2-0 will be the winning margin. The goal scored by Russia was a bonus. But it was executed well. Will Russia play well in coming matches?? Difficult to predict. But they should and give some tough competition. This will really spice up the tournament. One sided wins are not enjoyable.

Now in couple of minutes I’m expecting good matches. Winner prediction cannot be made here. Though in first match Portugal has a higher side due to last match win and the sensation Ronaldo.

Enjoy the games…