If you are any kind of book lover, you must have heard/seen enough about the Shiva trilogy. With high expectations, I opened ‘The Immortals of Meluha‘. And the book lives to it’s expectations.
In a nutshell, the book assumes that Shiva was some rajnikanthish hero who lived ages ago and did enough deeds that he transcends the border between myths and legends into godly reverence. And I find no reason to think this to be impossible.
That is the main aspect which makes the book so enthralling – myths and stories about Lord Shiva with which you grew up suddenly fall together in one ultimate grand story of a great hero with all bollywood style masala added in. Amish has crafted a masterpiece with character drawn from our rich mythology to produce an engrossing epic.
I generally find it hard to believe in love. Fact is I’ve found very few things in this world that believe in. And I still can’t believe that a movie – a movie ! was the reason that has made me write after such a long time.
I was pleasantly hooked in to the movie – when it diverged from the cliched I’m the one – You’re the one run of the mill love story. The people are purportedly real, properly disillusioned individuals who are not holier-than-thou and make mistakes. It’s a romance for adults – rather than the usual ones aimed at teens, which is akin to finding a traffic-aware cyclist in Madurai.
It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down for the entirety of a movie. One – I’ve been quite busy. Two – I didn’t find any exceptionally good ones. ‘Inception’ being the single exception. So, I was quite delighted to find another movie which made me sit through it.
‘The Reign of Assassins’ is an action film – the Wuxia genre to be precise. They also try to make it humorous and romantic at the same time. There are too many cliches. The story is pretty predictable. The fights are not spectacular. But, I love the movie.
I like Rajini. I’m not a diehard fan, but I like him. I like his style, majesticsm, charisma, jokes, humility. So, Enthiran supposed to be ‘magnum opus’ of Shankar, the director and Superstaroo star Rajinikanth was supposed to be the ultimate entertainment gala. This was the film that would redefine Tamil cinema. Except, it didn’t.
I wouldn’t say outright that the movie sucks. But, it doesn’t do anything properly. Shankar could have either gone for
A true out and out Sci-fi movie – Bring in more of the iRobot and less of Kilimanjaro
An out and out Shankar Movie – Loads of Amazing scenes, saving the world plot
This is probably pathetically late but anyway I just wanted to let it out. The movie was shot brilliantly and the locales completely splendid and the music by the maestro was … masterful. Everyone must have seen the movie by now and either like it or disliked it, so here goes nothing.
If you remember back , back to the days when you first heard ‘Ramayan’ aka ‘Ramayanam’ ( from either your Granny or your teacher at first standard or from that awesome serial on Doordarshan like me :p ) you would remember an awesome story. Two princes are banished from their land. Evil demon kidnaps the prince’s wife. The two men muster an army of monkeys and squirrels. They fight against the ten-headed demon and all his giants. Heck, the prince even let the demon escape when he could have easily defeated him when the demon had no weapons. And you were even angered when the demon came back ( Urgh… His insolence ) and finally the prince defeats the demon and saves the world.
There aren’t many movies which you like from the start. And even if you do, there are very very and I mean … very few movies you like till the end. 500 days of Summer is one among those movies. Movies you treasure and remember.
Ok, the movie officially starts with this …
This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy grew up believing that he’ll never be happy until he met ‘the one’.
The girl did not share this belief.
Again, This is a story of boy meets girl. But you should know up front, that this is not a love story.
There are a lot of torrenting clients in Linux. Deluge, Transmission are especially quite good ones. However, none of them could ever touch my beloved utorrent – the king of torrenting clients. In fact, utorrent was a perfect piece of software – lightweight, great at what it does and absolutely intuitive ( Fact is you start hating other pieces of software once you start using it). My quest for the perfect torrenting client in Linux seemed doomed from the start – either it was too much or too little. And that was when I met this incredible piece of software.
Finally I got my hands on the only product ( Now, they’ve got Windows 7, that makes the count 2 ) that reveals Microsoft’s true genius – MS Office. I did try to take a look when it was at the technical preview state, but my Win-7 Beta somehow refused to go along. Now, with lots of expectations – especially after the trailer ( Yup, a full-blow HD trailer ) I downloaded it.
Gosh ! MS Guys after all have a sense of humor
The installation was a breeze. The app just asks whether you want to upgrade or do a fresh install. Everything else is taken out of your hands. Characteristic of the Win7 experience – something I hate and love.
‘ The Shawshank Redemption’ is one of the few movies that can make almost any person in any mood feel glad. The movie is a non-award winning (to this day, the biggest oscar snub ) tale of ever-inspiring hope and perseverance.
Andy Dufresne ( Tim Robbins ) is a hotshot banker. His wife cheats on him and drunk, he heads out to her lover’s home to put an end to everything. The next day, he doesn’t remember anything, but both his wife and her lover are found dead. Convicted, he ends up in jail with two consecutive life sentences. In there, he meets Red ( Morgan Freeman ) and they become friends. How he escapes from there is the rest of the tale. ( If you looking for Bond like action you’ll be severely disappointed There’s not even a chase ).