Category Archives: Review

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 60 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

I just completed reading this wonderful book.

The Immortals of  Meluha is a fiction by Amish Tripathi. This book is first of the Trilogy on Lord Shiva, a fierce warrior, a passionate lover, an accomplished dancer and a wise philosopher. This is an interesting adaptation of great Indian mythology from human perspective i.e. The simple man whose karma recast him as our Mahadev, the God of Gods.

Though it’s a fiction, you might believe in it, the way author explains the concept behind Somras, origin of ‘OM’, invention of ‘Trishul’, ‘Har Har Mahadev’ and so on. Also it will impart you some knowledge on Indus valley civilisation, Sapt Sindhu, Suryavanshis, Chandravanshis, ancient caste system and so on.

A web presence for this trilogy can be found here.

Check out a wonderful video teaser here:

It’s a believable realistic approach, An intelligent approach to serve mythology which is digestible. A wonderful read. And yeah I must say, Don’t read it for mythology, read it for entertainment and you will love mythology.

Now I am eagerly awaiting for second installment of this trilogy to meet Nagas and to learn their secrets 😉

The Smarter Matrimonial Portal – Youpid

YoupidYoupid is a way different matrimonial portal then a set of conventional shaadi portals. It utilizes the powerful web social network to get to your soul mate. It was founded in 2008 by Ruchika Abbi and Akash Saxena.

A user can join Youpid as a single to get mingle or as a helping friend to play cupid among his/her contacts. Its services are free right now (beta phase) and a user can also log in using Facebook connect service.

Its an innovative way of finding a person and getting married with the use of social networks and help of trusted cupid friends in a safe forum and that’s the USP.

LSD: Love Sex aur Dhokha

Here I am not talking about the infamous non-addictive, non-toxic drug well known for its psychological effects which can include altered thinking processes , instead talking about the latest Hindi movie Love Sex aur Dhokha which might give you same effect as LSD.

Directed by Dibakar Banerjee who already shown his mettle with National Film Award winning Khosla Ka Ghosla and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!.

LSD is a fantastic implementation of voyeurism photography experiment without losing any grip on three different sets of realistic story which includes excellent performances by newcomers. As one of the character says in this movie “Director kabhi dikhna nahin chahiye… Uska kaam dikhna chahiye”, Dibakar Banerjee made this to speak for itself.

A movie without any logical end leaves its on impression and make one think about it … so is this.

Though censor board have run the scissor at many places which impacted little bit of theme, still this is “a must watch” if you like jara hatke type movie.

Rocking All the Way

Last time I featured Taare Zameen Par in this blog as I liked it very much and this time its Rock On!!. Written and Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. In first thought lyrics are undigestible but then it flows very well with the movie and strengthens the grip. And yeah these lyrics are unbelievably written by Javed Akhtar and mostly sung by Farhan Akhtar.

Rock On!!

Rock On!!

Its a story of college friends, flashing between 10 yrs back where they wanted to make it big with their musical band ‘Magik’ and current situation where they all are somewhat settled with pseudo careers due to after effects of 10 yrs back with concealed desire and eventual fate of making it again.

It was always an experience to watch Farhan Akhtar’s movie like Dil Chahta Hain and Lakshya. This time also Farhan as Adi makes an acting impact in his debut movie along with well known TV actress Prachi Desai(Sakshi). Arjun Rampal(Joe) is quite good in performing a helpless guy stuck with 360 degree situational problems. Koel Pourie(Devika) and Luke Kenny(Rob) are balancing good with their part. Purab Kohli(KD) is too good with young at heart performance. Shahana Goswami(Joe’s wife) comes out with an outstanding performance throughout the movie.

The story is very predictable at each moment but still keeps an anticipating grip altogether with good performances and direction. Aashiqui’s song on Garba night to collect money for instruments and Purab Kohli’s jolly dance creates hilarious waves. The good things are no unwanted scenes, no dumb incidents, no exotic locales, no cleavages, no grand affairs or flamboyance which keeps it down to earth and realistic.

Beginning to end, its a Rocking movie.

P.S.: Best Part: “Do not download the music” Buy the CD.

Taare Zameen Par

After a long time I just watched a very good Hindi movie and that also on first day itself. Normally I don’t give movie review but this time I am recommending all to watch Taare Zameen Par for following reason:
  • For child actor Darsheel Safary’s performance
  • For a meaningful direction by débutante director Aamir Khan
  • For presenting a complex misunderstood issue in a simplistic way
  • For overall good movie with adorable songs flowing throughout the movie
Now I am waiting to watch Welcome as soon as I can ;-).