The Masked Killer - Part 1

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7:25 PM

The Masked Killer - Part 1



It was Valentine's eve and she was driving in an isolated road. She found it odd to see an abandoned car parked there with doors open. A distant cry triggered her to stop her car to check if things are alright. She peeked into the car's back door and found fresh blood spots at the back seats. That's when she witnessed a masked man approaching the abandoned car. She tried to hide herself but it was all in vain he noticed her car and knew that someone was intruding his privacy to complete his task of killing. Her futile running ended when he gripped her wrist and turned her to face him. A long blood dripping knife in his hand was enough to tell her his motive. She fainted when he brought the knife closer to her neck.

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Sangita was not happy with Aarav sudden departure to nearby city for some work when Valentine's Day was knocking at the door which would also be their first wedding anniversary. " Can't you postpone this trip? I was waiting for that day from a long time and it was our first anniversary." She said dejectedly. " I know baby I have also planned for that day but I have to go this is urgent." He said to coax her. She packed his bags and accompanied him to the car. They hugged each other and he drove away to his destination.

Sangita and Aarav were married for almost a year. There love story was not lesser than a roller coaster ride. They were good friends in college and loved each other but both of them never expressed their feelings. They parted their ways after completing college and met in a college reunion after four years. Aarav thought it was some heavenly sign that they both were single even after these years and a right opportunity to confess his love to her. He proposed her to marry him which she readily accepted and they tied knots on Valentine's day.

She was in her thoughts when door bell rang. " Hi ! I am Vandana your neighbor. Is Aarav home? " A young girl in her late twenties dressed in modern attire surprised Sangita since there was only one vacant home adjacent to their. " I guess you are Aarav's wife." Sangita was still puzzled." Oh ! Actually this is my home but I lived in America. I am back in India for some unfinished work and am just arrived. Aarav is my only friend here so I thought to meet him first." Sangita welcomed her inside and told her about Aarav's absence. " You wait here I bring something for you." " No it's OK, I need some rest now catch you later, bye." Sangita was happy that she was not alone in this locality.

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"Hi ! I am inspector Girish from the crime branch and he is Victor Bannerjee senior crime reporter from famous fortnightly magazine The Arbitrator and also my good friend."

"Am I alive?" Girish smiled at this question , "Yes madam you are alive and I think you are now fine enough to answer our questions. Did you see who robbed your house?"

" My house robbed ? Who robbed my house? She didn't understand what Inspector said to her as she was at the roadside of a deserted road.

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This post is part of The Ultimate Story Writing Competition s organised by  - My World... My Words by Ashwin Kumar and A Rat's Nibble by Meera. 
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Book Review : Project S.A.I

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Book Review : Project S.A.I

Project S.A.I is written by Srinivas Gopal is a small book of 86 pages which is published by Frog Books of Leadstart Publishing Pvt.LtdSrinivasa Gopal completed his B.Tech from IIT-Madras & then went on to do his M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Regina, Canada, for which he even received the prestigious Governor General of Canada’s academic medal in 1992. Since then, he has worked for several leading multinational firms in India and in the U.A.E. I have received this book as part of Readers Cosmos Book Review program



Cover : The faded image gives an impression of spirit or something supernatural which looks good. The small teddy bear at right hand corner somehow implies that this supernatural experience is related to this toy which seems different when we explore the book.

Plot : Sarangan and Lakshman lived with their wives in Namakkal. Lakshman left their village to study and work in the city leaving the family tradition behind. After years when his children grew up he realized that how he forget his rituals and traditions in the city life and even after successful life he couldn't rest as his duties for his children were not fulfilled. When he met his brother again after years they decided to repeat their family's Dipawali pilgrimage tradition which they haven't performed in years, Lakshman and his wife were unable to visit so they send their sons instead. Something happens on this journey which made Ananth the elder son of Lakshman to suggest Inspector Muthu to use the Ghost Machine he had developed with Raghav , this leads to Project S.A.I.

Thriller : The book is not lengthy and uses easy language which make it a quick read. Comparison between Sarangan and his family's village life to Lakshman and his family's city life is nicely gives the contrast between both the places and people. 

Spoiler : Their are more bad things about this book than the good ones. The story lacks any motive except to fit his fantasy of Ghost Machine in the narrative without any solid purpose for it. The beginning of the story gives a different conception about the story than what it would end. The Project S.A.I which is the title of the story is not thoroughly explored. The story would be interesting and appealing if it would have started with discussions of Project S.A.I in the beginning and then revealing why it was discussed. I have also found many grammatical errors in the book.

Verdict : If you don't have something interesting to read or wants to finish a book in a day it is a good book. Otherwise it lacks directions and a proper story. 

Rating : I would give it 1.5/5.

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Van Huesen : My Fit Is The Right Fit

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Van Huesen : My Fit Is The Right Fit




All of us dreams about a perfect toned body shape but we hardly gets it due to our routines. We even forgets about our body shape until the day we need to find new clothes, it was then we realize how much shapeless is our body and in order to avoid the situations of trying clothes which not fits us we usually drop the idea to buy them or ended with non-fitting garments which are either too loose or too tight for us.



The same thing happens to me also owing to my body shape. I am in a business which requires very less physical labor as a result my belly protruded making me vulnerable to unfit garments. Although now I am trying hard to get back in shape but shopping for clothes is a tough task until the time this fat pouch on my stomach would vanish. All garment manufacturing brands make standard sizes for shirts as S,M,L,XL or in numbers like 38,40,42,44 and in pants as 32,34,36 ,etc without caring and catering for the needs of those who falls in between these sizes or for those who have different body sizes (usually refers to the size of chest) but having different body type. They have standard patterns set for lifeless mannequins which mostly not suits the body types of real people specially among Indians. I never found that perfect fit due to that reason since my body size is 40 but that size is tight on my stomach due to my belly fat this kept me away from the ready made garments many times.




Van Huesen has launched the solution of this problem in the form of My Fit. My fit is an innovative solution that helps to find correct size for your body type. It offers clothing for 6 different body types in 9 sizes for shirts and 5 body types in 18 sizes for trousers in different colors and fabrics with choices in collars types, cuff types, sleeve length, pleats, etc. so that you don't need to compromise with your fitting and style. The range of sizes and body types are enough to tell you to where to buy your right size next time you need clothes. You can visit the Van Huesen my fit site here and experience this revolution in clothing.


Like me you can also order online and try your fit at the convenience of your home when it gets delivered in 10 to 14 days or you can go to your nearest Van Huesen My Fit store to try it personally before buying and I am sure that you are going to like this concept. The list of stores can be searched at http://vanheusenindia.com/store-locator .



Looking at the fit,colors and style I can say that Van Huesen My Fit is the Right fit for every body type whether it is tall,healthy, plus size, slim or athletic. It is not a customization or made to measure solution but not less than it in providing you all options for a better fit.  
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Book Review : Hifi In Bollywood

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4:27 PM

Book Review : Hifi In Bollywood



HiFi In Bollywood is written by Rishi Vohra who writes for delWine and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW). I have received this book published by Jaico Publishing House from the author who can be visited at www.rishivohra.com . His debut novel Once Upon The Tracks of Mumbai was a bestseller and awarded a special mention at the Hollywood Book Festival. Hifi In Bollywood is a story which gives you an inside into the Hindi Film Industry or HiFi.




Cover : A boy in front of Mumbai background who looks like a wannabe actor very much give the hint what is waiting inside this book. A slight glimpse of girl at one side of cover points to some love angle. Overall it's a nice cover according to the story.

Plot : Reyhan Arora who wanted to be a filmmaker in Hindi Film Industry found hard to cop with his finance degree and search for a job in California,USA. He was doing it in pressure of his stubborn father who had also planned his marriage to his friend's daughter living in America. He wanted to settle his son in America but Reyhan had some different dreams and in order to pursue them he came to Mumbai without telling his father and rejecting that girl Vanita  for a try in HiFi. On his journey in Hindi Film Industry he encountered with different people and fell in love with a girl named Viola working with him in the same movie as assistant directer like him. Would he get success in Hindi Film Industry? Would his father ever discover him in Mumbai? Did Viola also love him ? The story answers these questions with an unexpected ending.

Boiler : The simplicity in narration is the plus point of the story. Interchanging from first person to third person also looks appropriate with the flow of the story. It gives realistic view of the working of Hindi Film Industry. The characters are real and we can connect to them from the people in the film industry. I also liked the simplicity of language and the flow of the narrative. Its a total recipe for a masala entertainer.

Spoiler : The flow of the narrative is good but slow. The story lacks the high points and the twist barring the ultimate twist in the end. At times it becomes boring with some repetitive scenes. Their are missed instances of humorous situations which would if take care of definitely add to the flavors of the story.

Verdict : It tells us to follow our dreams and work hard for their success. You must read it if you are a Bollywood fan and wants to have a glimpse of working of Hindi Film Industry or HiFi as they called it.

Rating : I would give it 3.5/5.
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