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100WordsonSaturday 29 August 2015


This post is written as part of #100WordsonSaturday 29 August 2015 ‘Writing his heart out’ hosted on Write Tribe

‘Writing his heart out’

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He drenched the pen in the pot of ink and wrote his first words, I am!! Taking a deep breath and he pushed his head towards the ceiling fan, repeated the sentence, ‘I am’. Little Davis was having fun, pouring ink in the pen and scribbling on white sheet of paper. This time, he wrote, ‘ME.’ His mother walked past him and smiled, “Keep writing. It’s good.” Davis grinned and felt shy. His mother ruffled his hair, “It’s called writing. Pouring your heart out and is an extension of who you are. Stay blessed always son. Be Yourself. I am.”

 
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Wordless Wednesday #96


This post is written as part of Wordless Wednesday #96 hosted by Ruchira Khanna. The pictures were taken at Oberoi Hotel, in Mauritius.

Swayed by the beauty and magnificent of nature,

a touch of aesthetics added by its makers.

Soulful and captivating emotions.

India exported and spreading its brand of excellence.

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Spotlight: Trouble Has a New Name by Adite Banerjie


Hey folks,

Todays’s Spotlight and Tornado Giveway is ‘Trouble Has a New Name’ by Adite Banerjie. It’s not a review but Spotlight for authors as part of the Giveaway fest hosted by The Book Club, who provided me all the details. Do buy the book and enjoy. Best to Adite

Name of the Book: TROUBLE HAS A NEW NAME
Author: Adite Banerjie

Read some reviews:

1. Rubina Ramesh 
2. Inderpreet Uppal
3. Dola Basu Singh

The Story:

“Will you pretend to be my fiancé for the next few days?”
Recently-single model Rayna Dutt does not feel like flying to her friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But she does – and when a mix up with room allocations forces her to share a luxury villa on Emerald Isle with the gorgeous owner of the hotel – Neel Arora – and best man at the wedding, things begin to look up.
Until Rayna’s ex turns up with a new girl on his arm!
Hitting the panic button, Rayna searches for a solution. Surely Neel wouldn’t mind being her fake fiancé…? In an instant the attraction they share is fever pitch, but when scandal comes calling, Rayna soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle!
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About The Author 


Adite Banerjie 

Adite Banerjie discovered Mills & Boon romances and their amazing assortment of drool-worthy TDH heroes in her teens. Around the same time she fell in love with song-and-dance Bollywood romances. Growing up in a home with a filmmaker dad who worked in the world’s largest film industry (yes, Bollywood!) and a voracious reader for a mom, it was inevitable that she would come to love both films and books.

During her exciting and fulfilling career as a business journalist, she found the time to indulge her passion for both Bollywood romances and M&Bs. But after years of reporting and writing about the real world, she chose to return to her love for fiction and turned screenwriter. She turned Harlequin author after winning the 2012 Passions Aspiring Authors Contest.

The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal, based on the winning short story for the Harlequin contest, was released in December 2013 in India. Trouble Has a New Name was released in 2014. Both are available in paperback (India) and in the e-book format globally. Her third title (romantic-suspense), No Safe Zone, will be released in May 2016.

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#100WordsonSaturday: Sparkling eyes


Hey folks,

This post, a picture prompt, is written as part of #100WordsonSaturday hosted on Write Tribe.

Sparkling eyes

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She eyes the jar and wanted to grab the shining star inside. Her tiny hands tried reaching out for them while she stared at it for hours, furiously tapping her small feet on the floor. She was distracted for a while by the other toddler walking past her. The jar suddenly shook, rolled on the floor and the lid loosened, pushing the miniature objects scattered on the floor. She cramped on the knees holding the stars, heart shaped decorations and vintage coins close to her heart. The jar didn’t crash and her face sparkled with delight. It now belongs to her.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2015 in uncategorized

 

Celebrating 40 years of Sholay: High voltage entertainment


A tribute to Sholay that celebrated 40 years and wrote on my other blog. Hence, sharing with you. Timeless and still relevant today, a high octane of entertainment.

It’s Sholay, the Indian western that continue to define the glorious history of Hindi cinema. After all, how can a movie hit the right nail like that!! I must have watched Sholay more than 50 times, no I ain’t kidding! A movie that stays with me forever and still gives me goosebumps even today. A pure tale of masala entertainment with all the right ingredients concocted, Jai-Veeru ki dosti, Basanti and her Tangewali, Thakur and, of Course, Gabbar.

As Sholay celebrates 40 years in cinema, transporting us to the world of Ramgarh, Kitne Admi the aur Maasi being Kabab mein Haddi and Jai spoiling the fun of Veeru, I attempt a tribute to a movie that brought a nation together, relishing the pure magic of cinema and serves as a timeless, great reference point to students of cinema.

Timeless and fresh offering high voltage of entertainment, Sholay remains Hindi cinema’s own unique Western adventure on celluloid. Belonging to a generation that missed the frenzy of the cult movie, I watched it on TV and DVDs on countless occasions and the background music still runs at the back of my mind. It’s still playing havoc right now as I am writing this tribute to the movie that I can watch forever and still not sense a loopholes or dull moment.. It’s cinema extravaganza at its best. Ramesh Sippy got it so perfect and one wouldn’t be wrong to say that the film maker was ahead of its time. It’s the best one can get in terms of entertainment, action, romance, a dreaded villain, talkative village bumpkin aka Basanti and her Tangewali, friendship immortalized by Jai-Veeru-they could have been lovers, silent lovers-Jai and Radha, comedy and romance cum awesome songs.

The movie rolls with Thakur, an upright man but obsessed with revenge for avenging the death of his family by Gabbar, the hunt for Jai-Veeru and of course our own Gabbar, Kitne Aadmi The. Sholay belongs to the masses but also to the classes and what a sacrilege to hear a cinema student tells that he or she never watched Sholay in its entire life. Dharmendra as Veeru defines flamboyance with aplomb as the happy-go-lucky guy, Jai played by Amitabh Bachchan gave the characters unique shades of broodiness and restrained act, making it an impossible task for anyone to emulate him even if they did, they failed miserably albeit to a mediocre level. Hema Malini as Basanti was one character that tickled the heart and one wouldn’t miss watching her antics. She was everything that defines cuteness and endearing, Yoon toh Basanti!!!! Chal Dhano!

Jaya Bhaduri as Radha was the perfect anti-dote to Bachchan’s brooding and angry young man character, silent and yet both of them united by a cursed destiny. The real hero remains Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh, whom everyone love to hate with equal fervor yet wouldn’t shy to emulate. The grave menace, scary eyes and maniac laugh that would make one craves to be in  his place. Of course, off screen. This is cinema to me, powerful act, superb script by Salim-Javed, amazing songs, ‘Yeh Dosti’, Holi Ke Din, ‘Mehbooba’. Master piece par excellence, scorching on screen and a real cinema experience and gem that needs no polishing. It’s a treasure hunt and better let it be buried in Ramgarh.

The drama packed with dialogues that stays with us forever and we would never let it end. Whether it’s Veeru suicide and finally telling, ‘Mausi se kaun shaadi karega Saale or Jai mouthing ‘Tera Naam Kya Hai Basanti, Haan yeh James Bond ka pota or Gabbar’s famous, ‘Yeh Haath mujhe dede Thakur.’ Or, Sanjeev Kumar as Thakur Baldev Singh getting the last word in the climax after standing stoic throughout the film.
A tale of silent romance beautifully portrayed on screen between Jai and Radha, making eye contact and after Jai death, she closes the window. It tears the heart the parting scene powerful captured, something we could only read in literature, gently touching the core of the life of a widow and woman sexuality in a subdued manner. Of course, it is open to interpretation. Jai and Veeru could have been gay lovers in another era and bromance came with Sholay first and later with Karan Johar’s Dostana. Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin Todenge is an antidote to the romance that was brewing somewhere between the male protagonists.
Being a die-hard Bachchan’s fan, I feel that RGV ki Aag was the biggest mistake he made in his entire career. Call me conservative or not, I believe that classics and cult movies should not be touched and soiled, be it a master stroke like Sholay, Deewar, Don,Agneepath, Ganga Jamuna, Mother India or Umrao Jaan. Sholay is such a powerful cracker that Ramu was not spared and almost died like Gabbar. Only thing is RGV could have been a pale version of Gabbar.
A celebration of cinema that goes beyond 40 years that makes our life King Size as taalis and seethis thrown on the screen, defining and giving an identity to Indians. If reel could be imitated, Sholay would have been the obvious choice. How I wish I could watch Sholay on 70 mm screen and I mean the black-and-white version in the theater and not multiplexes. It would have been the perfect Sholay experience to taste every moment of its greatness like munching every sip of Falooda and swirling it on the tongue.
 
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Book Review: The Madras Affair is a gem and mesmerizing tale


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The Madras Affair
Author: Sundari Venkatraman
Publisher: Readomania
Rating: Four stars

The book can be bought on this link and the author can be contacted on her blog as well as Facebook Do log on her website for more..

Intro:

You are in for a surprise for Sundari Venkatraman’s, ‘The Madras Affair’  releases today.The author who displays effortless finesse in narrating romance stories pushes up the bar higher this time and successfully experiments with a new genre. Yes! It is romance but successfully explore the condition of a woman, a divorcee, her sexuality, struggle from an unsuccessful marriage, in a ultra conservative family firmed in stone aged values around which her whose life revolves and her destiny, meeting the man of her life and her success as head of an NGO. The result is bang on. The author should be credited for exploring the dark side of life, not overdoing it and toning down with the flow ensuring that it’s not heavy. It’s simply a superb read, crafted with lyrical words and perfect take on social conditions of woman, sexuality and romance enmeshed in sync each other with the right dose. The Madras Affair is one book that will touch your heart and soul. Mesmerizing, enticing and simply superb. It belongs to all the women struggling and leading a successful life.

Blurb:

Sangita, head of Penn Urimai – an NGO for downtrodden, homeless and abused women – was not always this successful and confident… Born and brought up in the city of Madras and widowed at just twenty, Sangita builds an iron wall around herself till she meets Gautam who makes her aware of her sensuousness and charms. But Sangita not only has to fight her family’s orthodox and outdated rules, but also her own inhibitions and hesitations before she can walk into the future with her blue-eyed lover. Will Gautam be able to solve Sangita’s dilemma or will she be forever trapped in her past?

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Narration:

Sundari Venkatrman has a natural ability to connect with her readers and the chemistry she shares with them is palatable. It’s a mirror in the world of Sangeeta, her pain, angst as she injects in the character, a degree of complexity that is very well-defined. Sangeeta’s misery never ends when she thinks she earned respite. It’s touching when the cop knocks on the door of Sangeeta to inform about the ‘bad news’ and she feels liberated looking at her only son, Sandeep. The latter is a character that will melt your heart, the innocence of a child wanting a Daddy. It’s scripted in a sensitive manner and gently touches the heart of a child and its imagination. The author makes Sandeep one of the pivotal character in the book, adding charm and spark to ignite the romance between Sangeeta and Gautam.

What I like with Sundari Venkatraman is that she always introduces charming and endearing characters, be it the young child Sandeep and the pet Butter Scotch as well as Sandeep’s lovable grand parents. It’s the clash of ideologies in a civilized society with good grand parents and Sangeeta’s evil parents.

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Book Cover/Sundari Venkatraman

She paints her characters with a human streak be it Gautam’s who is depicted with anger and Sangeeta’s, bottled emotions that is unleashed from time to time. The Madras Affair delves into the conditions of a woman whose soul is insulted and as the character develops, she is expected to bear the mental agony showcasing her difficult sexuality. A woman unsure of herself where her confidence has gone for a toss. She discovers herself in this journey where Sundari Venkatraman touches the sexual tension in a powerful yet sensitive manner. What grip she has on her subject. Simply mesmerizing!

The author explores the hypocrisy in our society, showcasing the double-standard of Sangeeta’s brother Rakesh, remote controlled by the parents. The metaphor used in the narrative in lyrical pose adds nectar to the sensitive subject when Gautam tells his would-be-bride, ‘You look beautiful,like a fresh, dewy rose bud in the early morning sunlight.’ Or, when Gautam’s thoughts perfectly summarize Sangeeta’ character and the woes that left some scars, ‘The beautiful woman didn’t understand her own body.’

The Madras Affair is a novel set against the backdrop of a woman, brutalized by society which almost made her like an abandoned stone with tears stopped in its track. The character is unsure of her self and lives an asexual life, if I have the liberty to say so. It’s a stupendous effort by Sundari Venkatraman in sending a strong message to open our eyes to a hypocrite society, blinded by obsolete beliefs. Having said that, The Madras Affair is not a dark novel but a light, engaging read, crisply narrated with the refreshing and light moments. One particular line is, “Gautam, please. What are you doing on my road?….”Your road? I thought it belonged to the Corporation of Madras.” Simply mesmerizing lines.

The nuances in the characters, Gautam and Sangeeta is visible through the impact made, in particular the tension built in instances of name calling and trust where streak of anger is expressed. Very well built tension that hooks the readers. Sundari Venkatraman has set a new standard in story-telling.

What’s Not!

No! The Madras Affair doesn’t lose steam but engages the readers from start to finish. However, I feel that the book could have ended after Gautam and Sangeeta got married and may be, after the honeymoon as Sandeep gets a complete and ideal family. The book enters a lot of detailing into family life, adding an angle of jealousy. Also, the jealousy part with a blink-and-eye appearance of Shobhita should have come earlier with more space before the couple is united. Having said that, the minuses doesn’t take away the charm of The Madras Affair, which is one of the most brilliant books of Sundari Venkatraman.

Final Words:

The Madras Affair couldn’t come at a more perfect time: It’s released on Women’s Equality Day, August 26. It’s a book that will touch your heart for sure, tapping the plight of a woman,combining her emotions, angst, pain and sexuality in her path of self-discovery. The best thing is that Sundari Venkatraman makes Sangeeta and her world an important part of your life. Brilliant, mesmerizing and simply superb. It’s a gem and sure-shot winner.

 
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Tornado Giveaway: The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan


Name of the Book: THE MANY LIVES OF RUBY IYER
Author: Laxmi Hariharan

Read some reviews:

1. Privy Trifles 
2. Mukti Jain 
3. Biswanath Banerjee 

The Story:

A YA action-thriller, with strong dystopian undertones and a kickass protagonist, taking you on a white knuckle ride through a disintegrating Bombay City.
A terrifying encounter propels Ruby Iyer from her everyday commute into a battle for her own survival. Trusting her instincts, she fights for the things she believes in, led on a mysterious path between life and death on the crowded roads of Bombay; and when her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the sexy Vikram Roy, a cop-turned-rogue, on a mission to save Bombay. The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between its total destruction by Dr Braganza’s teen army. As Bombay falls apart, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?
The Origins of Ruby Iyer
Growing up in Bombay I was weighed down by the expectations of traditional Indian society. Yet, I wanted to be economically independent. So, daily I would leave the relative safety of home, knowing that my commute to work was going to be nightmarish. It’s just how public transport is in this city. When you get on a crowded local train platform, you accept that you are probably going to be felt up. Every time this happened to me, I would get really angry. But, I would deal with it and get on. When a young photojournalist was raped in the centre of Bombay in broad daylight, I was furious. It was as if nothing had changed in all the years I had been away. I had a vision of this young girl who would not back down anymore; who would stand up for herself regardless of the consequences. Who would follow her heart … Thus Ruby Iyer was born. Ruby is her own person. She leads I follow.

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About The Author 


Laxmi Hariharan 

A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write…She never stopped. Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer and the Bombay Chronicles (The Destiny of Shaitan). London is where she writes. Bombay is what fuels her imagination.

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Posted by on August 26, 2015 in uncategorized

 
 
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