Friday, February 12, 2016

Writing Is Adventure

Writing Is Adventure




Adventure dictionary says is an unusual and exciting experience. Any risky activity with exciting outcomes is adventure. The excitement to discover the unknown region, territory or activity which enthralled all your senses also comes in this bracket. It is the emotion you feel in doing a task which otherwise seems impossible. In short adventure is daring to dare and imagine something extraordinary and the contentment you feel after it. It is the process through which you let yourself free from all the attachments of the world in a way to discover yourself. 

Writing is that exciting thing for me which sets me free to roam in the pool of imagination from which I can pick anything I want without any pressure from anybody. A writer feels all the excitement through his/her characters. These characters who risks their life while trekking in difficult mountain terrains of the Himalayas or camping in the wilderness of Amazon forest or with the acts of bungee jumping, river rafting or by traveling in the harsh desert conditions brings that contentment in the writer’s life which he would experience by doping such things himself. A small room, notepad/computer screen, pen/keyboard helps writer to create a world of his own where he is the master, the creator and also the destroyer much like a adventurer. 

Story writing in itself is a roller coaster ride with ups and downs of emotions, situations, twists and turns. Writing make you experience all these turmoil of a protagonist. The situations which one never faces in his entire lifetime or those impossible things which are not practically possible could also be experience through writing. An ordinary life becomes extraordinary and a common man become super human thanks to the power of imagination which is adventures enough like living another life inside one’s own life. Writing not only creates the risk taking ability but also creates suitable environment for taking these risks and testing your abilities.

A person who is unable to walk and stand up due to his/her physical inefficiency if writes could experience all things through adventures journey of someone in his/her writing. Writings liberate and sets free a person bound in social obligations, help do things not attached to social norms by breaking all barriers of the society. It challenges establishments, rotten cultural practices, old traditional set up, becomes voices of those who were pushed towards the end of social strata and thus helps in giving rise to revolution. Writing gives self satisfaction to writer like adventure to adventurer. A writer discovers unknown territories through his writing and in this process he becomes a more adventurer.






“This post is a part of #AdventureNme activity at adventuren.com.”

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Book Review : And Then There Were None

Book Review : And Then There Were None


And Then There Were None is the best thriller novel of all time. It was written by none other than the queen of thriller Agatha Christie. This Harper Collins published book is a suspense novel in which you remain puzzled till the end about identity of the killer.


Cover : The cover of the paperback which I have read was ordinary and didn't excite me at all but I have also seen some other edition's cover which were more interesting and intriguing. 

Content : Ten people from different places belonging to different backgrounds and who were totally strangers to each other were lured to come on Soldiers Island on invitation from Mrs and Mr U.N.Owen. Each one ranging from a judge to a doctor from a police constable to a military general, a governess and others were tempted on island on promise of either summer holidays or meeting old friends, a job and things like that. These eight people along with two servants were unaware of whereabouts of their hosts Mrs. and Mr. Owen. On reaching this island they received a message through a gramophone player about some crimes related to their pasts. Each one of them was accused with murders of someone and the voice in the gramophone warned them of dire consequences. They all get frightened to hear this gramophone record and it was a then first death happened. As the time passed each one of them died according to an old nursery rhyme 'Ten Little Soldiers'. After four deaths when they found that they were the only inhabitant of this island they realized that one of them was a killer, they started doubting each other but killings didn't stop and one by one they all died till there were none. 

Comment : First of all I must stand up and clap for conceptualize this story. It was difficult to write such a book and Agatha Christie herself regarded this book as her difficult book ever. The suspense starts right from the first page with the mention of story about the ownership of the Soldiers Island later the plot thickens and tightly took you into its grip and then you left with only one option to finish it quickly. There was no single dull moment in this book. Some may find it difficult to understand for interwoven plots but with the flow of the narration all things seems clear and understandable. I finished reading it in two nights (3 hours each night). The killer is not guessable till the last page. A letter in the epilogue open the lid of suspense from the plot which bold over your imagination. A superb thriller with suspense story, gripping narration and an out of the box revelation. 

Verdict : If you loves thriller then what are you waiting for? Go grab your copy today. 

Rating : I would give it 5/5. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Diary Confessions - 10 : Hidden Love

Diary Confessions - 10 : Hidden Love




You could see me everywhere today as if it was my daughter's wedding. All arrangements from decoration to food and from band to beauty parlor bookings were in my control because I knew best what she like the most. Today was the wedding of my best friend Shruti. It all happened so quickly that we didn't get a day to celebrate our friendship by remembering childhood days but then I always believe that anything that happens is for our good. Kushal is a nice guy, Shruti's parents approved him in first meeting but they only informed Kushal parents only after my approval. Seeing them happy and Shruti satisfied with all that was happening I have least reason to say no to such a brilliant match. I am proud of myself for two reasons today, first that all functions from sangeet to vidai were liked by all and secondly nobody knows that I was hiding my tears behind a veil of smiling face. My first love, my only love, my childhood love remained incomplete. 

##########

Somewhere Shruti was also writing his diary entry: 

Even today when I was leaving my home I didn't notice slight remorse in Karan's eyes for not having me in his life. He was in his usual energy managing all my marriage arrangements. Bhaiya and Papa wouldn't do such arrangements of my choice. He is like that always ready to help. Nobody knows that I loved him from my childhood and always thought he also loved me but he never said anything not even when my parents asked for his approval regarding Kushal. I have found a good life partner in Kushal but I knew and I would lament that my first love, my childhood love remained incomplete. 

##########

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Goro Ki Na Kalo Ki Ye Duniya Hai Dilwalon Ki

Goro Ki Na Kalo Ki Ye Duniya Hai Dilwalon Ki




Silicon Valley of India has a big wallet but a small heart as came out from an incident happened last week where a 24 year old Tanzanian woman was stripped and beaten by a mob. She received this treatment because a Sudanese woman killed a local in car accident. Since both were black in color due to their African origin mob stopped car of Tanzanian woman and misbehaved with her. After her car was set on fire she tried to board a bus but people in the bus also became the part of that mob and paraded her without a top. Shockingly this scene was happening in front of a police constable who was deployed at the spot by Bengaluru police after they received the report of the incident.

But why blame only Bangaluru for this treatment of African nationals. We all called them Blacky, Habshi, Kalu and names like that when we encountered them. Similarly Northeast Indian receives racial treatments in form of words like Chinky, Gorkha, Nepali , etc. We are intolerant in accepting people who look different to us, who behave differently, who follow a religion different to us, who belongs to a different place and intentionally or unintentionally we all part of this racism. Many other things which don't harm others are projected as against our culture and a threat to our traditional values but in reality racism is against Indian values and culture.

It is ironical that this is happening in India where we have fought a two hundred year long battle to achieve independence from Britishers because they considered us different and inferior to them. We were second class citizens for them who didn't have rights similar to the whites Europeans and now we are doing same with others. Interestingly we all raise our voices when such incidents happens with people of Indian origin in America, Europe or Australia.

Racism arise from the urge of superiority. Superiority of one race over other, of one colored person over other colored individual. But superior is one who has a big humane heart. Goro Ki Na Kalo Ki Ye Duniya Hai Dilwalo Ki (Neither of whites nor of blacks this world is for those who have hearts i.e those who are human) so try to be Dilwale those humans who are against racism and who have the tendency to accept everybody. It is difficult as Shah Rukh Khan says,' Dil To Sabhi Ke Paas Hota Hai Par Har Koi Dilwala Nahi Hota' but it is not impossible. So Say No To Racism. God Bless India. 

I am leaving you with this song from Mithun Chakravarty starer Disco Dancer (1982) picturized on Rajesh Khanna sung by Suresh Wadkar and Music by Bappi Lahiri.



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Policewale Gunde

Policewale Gunde




"What do you expect from Delhi police that they will worship them?" It was the answer when I discussed the students' lathi charge incident with someone. "Jiski Lathi Usi Ki Bhains", he added which translates as power lies with one with the stick. This is the image of Delhi police and Modi government in people's view. It's not that I think Delhi police officers as saint but regularly watching Crime Patrol on Sony TV made me think differently.

Delhi police lathi charged students of Jawahar Lal Nehru University and other student unions during their protest in front of RSS headquarters in Jhandewalan, Delhi over suicide of Hyderabad student Rohith Vemula. What is more shocking was that some other people who were not from students' union and Delhi police were beating these protesters. The beating was same for both girls and boys and in video you can hear voices from students asking what was the reason of such police atrocities. It is not a rocket science to guess that civilians who were brutally beating students along with police were RSS workers. Is RSS above law and democratic values of protest?

Prime Minister Narender Modi who when on tours abroad boost about youth power of India and the potential lies in the youth of the country must bring out his Mann Ki Baat to his lips about this police atrocity. This is not the way to treat protesters. Are they trying to imply through such violence that nobody dare to protest against this supreme unconstitutional authority? Are we still under British rule? Here I will not blame only Delhi police and Narender Modi government because in every state of India student protesters receives such kind of police treatment. The political parties which crave for votes from them don't bother to listen to their needs and demands. 

I demand strong actions against all those police officers who were responsible for this incident and I also wants to know who ordered them to do so. Was Home Ministry aware of this lathi charge orders? It is sad the police system is corrupt and thrives on sycophancy. If you don't appease your masters you were not going to get promotion or some creamy post after retirement and the common man bears the burden of this police behaviors. Below is the video of policewale gunde beating the students. 


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Book Review : Story of Tublu

Book Review : Story of Tublu

Story of Tublu is written by Jahid Akhtar and it is his first book. It is published by Lifi Publications and I have received this author signed copy from the author. In his words this book is an amazing journey called life. 


Cover : Cover is simple and nice. A boy and a girl in first half of the cover page depicts a childhood love kind of thing which is true for the story and the city landscape in the lower half looks like Berlin where story ends. Thus cover shows the start and end and their life is inside the book. Full marks for the cover.



Plot: Tanmay aka Tublu a three year old boy left his village with his father Bipin after the Brahmaputra river floods. They went to a faraway land to meet Mr Sharma for some job and shelter after learning about him from an acquaintance. Mr Sharma ran the biggest public school in that area and was a helpful person. He appointed Bipin as his driver and gave them place to live in their backyard. Here Tublu meet Sujata aka Maina Sharma who was Mr Sharma's daughter. With age his likeness for Maina grew strong but he never expressed his feelings. On Paplu's suggestion (son of Mr Sharma) Tublu was admitted in Mr Sharma's school for better future where he joined in Maina's class. Days passed and they came in college. They needed to be apart for their career choices and it was there in the college where Maina met Ikram her senior. They started loving each other. Tublu was shattered after hearing this news but he was happy for Maina's happiness. Story takes curious turns with Mr Sharma's sudden death, Maina's unwanted separation from Ikram and her forceful marriage with Suraj. The journey of Tublu's life moves on in different directions with different people coming and going out from his life and after a rough phase comes a sweet ending. 

Highs : This is a simple story as if we are reading about some real happenings of some real characters. Characters are believable which we can easily see in real life.

Lows : The story is clumsy. Author have jumped from one scene to another without finishing the previous act in the story. He looked lost in language also, it seems he was thinking in some other language and writing it down in English. Repeated use of words like 'earlier', apprehensive','mesmerizing', 'also','very', 'even', lately etcetera ruined reading experience. Some characters and scenes were inserted unnecessarily without there proper role in enhancing the story or in impacting the protagonist's life. I am sorry if I am too harsh but I have to be honest with my work. The story failed in leaving a positive impact on readers.

Verdict : If you wish to read a simple, uninteresting life story than you can pick this book. A story which was going here and there without reaching anywhere.

Rating : I would give it 1.5/5. 

Author wrote interesting memoirs in his blog Flashbacks. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Movie Review : Saala Khadoos

Movie Review : Saala Khadoos


Saala Khadoos for me is the Movie of the month January 2016. This month saw some big Bollywood releases like Wazir (two stalwarts wasted in bad storytelling), Chalk N Duster ( a nice movie to claim the place of teachers in our society and a comment on today's education system), Kya Kool Hain Hum 3(vulgarity personified), Mastizaade (another Sunny Leone disaster) and Airlift (impressed with Akshay's performance but story not connectable) along with some other movies. Saala Khadoos stood victorious both in story and performances.


Cast: R. Madhavan as a boxing coach is the male lead of the film and new comer Ritika Singh is the female lead in it supported by Mumtaz Sorcar, Zakir Hussain, Nassar and others. The film is directed by Sudha Kongara and produced by Raj Kumar Hirani, UTV and R. Madhavan.

Marketing: Week marketing as far as reality show promotions are concerned but trailers of the movie were present on every channel at different time slots. Many people knew its release date which is a sign that marketing was up to the mark but not aggressive.

Story : Adi Tomar (R. Madhavan) had a dream to win the boxing gold for India. But his dream was cut short by politics in sports. He lost a decade recovering from the problem during which his sporting career ended. He remain frustrated after his loss and became cynical. He was appointed as women boxing coach but here also due to his rivalry with head of federation played by Zakir Husain,  he was charged with sexual harassment case and send to Chennai to select boxing players a city which was least known for boxing players. It was a move to kill his coaching career as well. Here he met a fiery young woman Madi (Ritika Singh). Adi discovered in her passion and hunger to win similar to him. He became keen to train her for national championship. In spite of her refusal he was adamant to coach her and even pay her to attained training sessions. So begins a partnership between a man who loves his sport and a girl who loves her freedom. It is the beginning of a beautiful friendship and a journey towards an impossible dream.

Hit : Outstanding performances by R. Madhavan and Ritika Singh. Superb story and screenplay which never let down your interest from the movies. Film succeeded in conveying the message that politics and favoritism have ruined our sports organisation. I liked it more than Mary Kom which failed to bring out the political part of the games common in India.

Miss : You will definitely miss some good songs in the movie. Although songs are apt for the movie they don't impress the audiences. 

Verdict : Go and watch it this weekend.

Rating : I will give it 4/5.