Friday, August 21, 2015

Cosmic bowling, Clifton Steamboat Museum and Indian romance

Dress up and bowl.
I had a memorable time judging this past year’s Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce Cosmic Costumed bowling tournament and now’s my chance to gather up a team and have your own blast. Companies worked together for themes that blew me away, like the Beverly Hillbillies. It’s a fundraiser that will bowl you over and the silent auction will be fabulous. To register your team for this event, Oct. 27 at MaxBowl, call Paige Snyder at 409-963-1107.

The Clifton Steamboat Museum (8727 Fannett Road, Beaumont, TX 77705) is hosting book reading and signing of Evangeline and the Mysterious Strangers, a new book by Phoebe Hambright Dishman, on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6-8 p.m., in the Audubon Gallery of the Clifton Steamboat Museum. Evangeline and the Mysterious Strangers will be available for purchase at this event.

About the Author
Phoebe Hambright Dishman of Beaumont, Texas, is an avid birder and observer of natural life. She is also an essayist, poet, and certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church. The cover of the book features a red-shouldered hawk, a photograph she took on Christmas Day, 2009.

About the Book
Who are the mysterious strangers that regularly visit this quiet and unassuming street in Southeast Texas? Careful now. Things may not be as they appear. And the world you live in may be more mysterious than you think. In this collection of essays, the author expresses her amusement and enchantment with the enigmatic creatures in her own back yard on Evangeline Lane. For more information contact: or (409) 842-3162.

Contact: Sarah Wells at or (409) 842-3162.

 “The Accidental Wife”
Dal, kheer and paneer are words I already knew from “The Accidental Wife,” an Indian romance novel from Simi K. Rao. It’s no wonder, these words have to do with food: dal is a lentil I like made into a stew; kheer is a sweet rice pudding; and paneer is a cheese that melts in your mouth to calm fiery spices.
In this book a handsome, skilled and rich doctor feels family pressure to marry and arranges a wedding, but not the surprise he finds after nuptials. This book is so desi. That means means Indian, I learn from the glossary. This wife is chaloo, or very sly.
Action takes place in New York City, India and the suburban home of the doctor’s very involved family. It’s funny and very romantic. Here’s part of the promotional blurb:
“According to him wives and girlfriends are annoying accessories that one can do without. But when his mother dangles the sword over his head in classic Bollywood style, he succumbs, and sets out in search of a bride who would fit his ‘requirements’. But can Rihaan deal with what he gets instead?”

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