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[Book Review]~Another Chance! :)

Two things to remember: One, I’m not a voracious reader and two; I do not read books by foreign authors. One, as I cannot concentrate too much on a particular thing and two; I tend to forget the character names as I read along.
To tighten these loose nuts, I tend to go in search of books written by Indian writers. I tend to remember the storyline as well as Indian names!

Last weekend I was all alone and bored, so decided to go watch a movie. An evening show at Escape Cinemas in Express Avenue (EA) mall meant I could go a little early and laze around Odyssey, the book store. And that’s exactly what I did, by reaching EA a good two hours in advance. Haunting the section with Indian Writings neatly arranged, I managed to pick “Another Chance” by Ahmed Faiyaz, solely based on reading the gist of what to expect on its back cover.
Now it’s a big risk to pick books based on what you read on their back cover. Most of the time, I’ve been disappointed. It may all look good from behind, but …you know! 😉

Well I started this post thinking of writing a review, but then started ranting what not.
So coming to the book, it felt like I was reading something afresh, something so different from the usual gal meets boy in college story. This one was a much matured, much painful, much realistic, much more. Ruheen Oberoi, the protagonist in the plot is a much sought after lady – cute, lovely, charming, beautiful, sexy, hot, et al – who is admired, stalked, loved, and desired at various stages of her life and sometimes, all at the same time. Having lost her parents at a young age, she’s brought up by her Nana (grandpa) who happens to be her only family. Vishal, Aditya, Rohan, Varun happen to be the men in her life…stalker, lover, husband (separated) and friend respectively. The story shuffles between Shimla, Mumbai and Amsterdam where it mainly revolves around her (live-in) relationship with Aditya, a successful Brand Manager who finds it very difficult to achieve what they call – the work-life balance.
As one reads along, what needs to be seen is: Whether Aditya is successful in balancing out his life leisure along with work pressures? Whether Ruheen has the patience to stick around as Aditya juggles during his balancing-act? Whether Varun ends up being the rebound guy? What happens to Vishal?
And the best of all, where by the grace of hell does the seductress Malika fit in, into this plot?

Ahmed has done a great job in describing places and scenes which helps us imagine the set up as we read on. He’s handled the relationships and the innumerous hardships in a very realistic manner. A good read if you are ready to believe that there could be a possibility of a character, such as Ruheen’s, in the society that we all live in.

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in books, Reviews

 

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[A watcher’s take]~Inception!! :)

Update<19th July’10>: I watched this movie too this evening…amazing…now will have dreams like never before! 😉 A must watch! 🙂

Inception means two things according to the English dictionary:
1. Taking in or Reception
2. A first part or stage of subsequent events

Inception, the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb uses both these meanings to present a visual treat which challenges the viewer to differentiate between dreams and the real world. It explores the concept of sharing a dream, wherein you allow another person to access your subconscious mind. But, what if, another person accesses your subconscious without your knowledge or permission, wreaking havoc in your mind and life? That is exactly Dom’s job – to extract sensitive information from unsuspecting people such as the combination of their safe, their secrets etc.

Only problem being Dom himself is in trouble, being chased by various agencies who are out to get him for a failed mission and his own personal demons where his subconscious is filled with his projection of his dead wife Mal (played by Marion Cotillard) and the guilt of having to stay away from his 2 young children.

The only way he can get out of his troubles and return to his children is by completing one last mission. The heir to a top multinational conglomerate must be persuaded to break down the empire built by his dying father and if successful, all charges against Dom will be dropped. Dom accepts the task and assembles a team of 6 to perform an inception on the heir. The result is a tumultous rollercoaster of dreams, dreams within those dreams and frequent alteration of the subconscious minds of all those involved such that all are stuck in worlds that they forget to distinguish reality from.

A must watch, do not miss – Inception. 🙂

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This is a review, written by my sister – Srilakshmi.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2010 in Movies

 

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[Crazy-Poetry]~ Sakhu Bai…in LoVe! ;)

I know you would say, long time no see…
Kya bolu – I am fulltu busy, not at all free…
So what’s up, I know you would ask the poor me…
IT job, not as easy like monkeys climbing a tree… :mrgreen:

Anyways, I’ve something in secret to tell you all…
Thought of writing down here, as I feel very shy on the call…
Never thought this would happen, but chalo gimme a haaii-faaii…
How to say, hmm…ya…deeply fallen in love is your Sakhu Bai!! 😉

Sitting in the next cubicle, he used to gimme weird looks…
Initially I felt like hitting him hard with piles of books…
Then what to say, uff…he happened to seem nice and cute…
Love was in the air with music in the background, violins and flute… 😛

Feels nice to say, ki your Sakhu Bai is now no more single…
Too much time spent coochie-cooing free on phone, no time to mingle…
Planning is fulltu on, for our marriage which is now love cum arranged…
And oh yes, to ‘committed’ – my Orkut-n-Facebook status, I’ve changed… 😉

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Note: The English language is deliberately twisted at a few places in this poem…so my dearest English pundits, pls echoos me…this is purely a desi-flavored masala!! 😀

With permission from dearest Sakhu Bai, I tend to dedicate this poem(??) to all those who have recently been married, engaged, fixed or found love! – The theme of this poem was based on all your stories!! 🙂

As for the title of the poem – well…when Shaky (Shakespeare) can fall in love, why can’t our Sakhu-bai! 😉

Translations (for the few hindi words that I’ve used):
1) Kya bolu – what can I say?
2) Fulltu – is a slang word for ‘wholesale’ or ‘full time’
3) Ki – that
4) Coochie-cooing – its an art of whispering loud between couples (don’t ask me, anything more 😉 )

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2010 in Imaginative Bakwaas, poetry

 

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