9 April 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: The Big Bull: The deleted scenes of "Scam 1992" seems to have got place here! **½

 1917th BLOG POST

Yesterday, Abhishek Bachchan starrer – The Big Bull got premiered on Hotstar and I ensured I watch it as soon as possible. Watching Scam 1992 on Sony Liv was a great experience and I believe any show will require too much effort and precision to catch up with the perfection of that show. And something like “The Big Bull” which, unfortunately, is based on the same topic needed more than perfection to stand along with it. Now that I am done watching this movie, I believe Ajay Devgn and other producers should have tried releasing this before Scam 1992. There are many flaws in this movie and when compared with Scam 1992, this doesn’t even look like a good highlight of it. It seems all the deleted scenes of Scam 1992 has been included in this movie which were better in the “Deleted Folder” itself.


Because the timeline of Harshad Mehta is quite long as a journey, including it in a movie of 2-2.5 hours is very difficult. You need to be very artistic in deciding which part of his life needs to be excluded so that the story doesn’t look rushed or incomplete. And this has been the biggest mistake of the movie makers here. The way Harshad Mehta’s life is depicted here seems to be that he was just a broker who visited industrialists and bankers and gave them promises and guarantees on returns and did nothing else. How he thinks and plans is completely kept out of scope. On top of that, he is made to laugh out loudly like a villain in few of the scenes which makes the depiction look more fake and fictional.


As The Big Bull team has not even used the real name of the characters, they had more liberty to twist the story and make it more interesting and thrilling but they couldn’t benefit from this. The best part about such movies in Hindi film industries are its dialogues but here, you will not find any which shall stay with you. Like the Scam 1992, where the dialogue “Risk hai toh Ishq hai” has stayed with us, you will not find any here. The script has been very weak that in spite of the timeline of 150 minutes, they couldn’t portray the whole life story of Harshad Mehta swiftly.


Talking about the performances, actors have tried well to play their part as good as they could have but the script and their role duration fails them to leave any impact. Any one actor whom you will remember after this movie is just Ileana D’Cruz who played her part well of a journalist trying to bust the scam of Harshad Mehta all alone by herself. Abhishek Bachchan has also done well and played the best he could but this can’t be called as a revolutionary or memorable performance at all. Sohum Shah, Nikita Dutta and all other actors have also done equally well. Saurabh Shukla and Mahesh Manjrekar, in their cameo like roles, are able to leave mark what other actors couldn’t even in their longer role durations.


Overall, The Big Bull can be watched if you don’t have patience to watch a complete series of around 10 hours on Sony Liv. But in any case, if you have subscription of Sony Liv and enough time to watch Pratik Gandhi as Harshad Mehta, go for it and skip this one. I give this attempt just 2.5 stars out of 5; 0.5 extra for the actors who did well in spite of poor script and direction.

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6 April 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

HINDUISM: Spirituality For Leadership & Success by Pranay (Book Review: 3.5*/5) !!!

1916th BLOG POST

11th Book of 2021


There are several books releasing since past few years on Hinduism and texts related to Sanatan Dharm and I try to find time to read most of them. In majority of Hindu families, we aren’t taught our religion at all. Even when we are told some rituals and we ask why it is done so, our parents don’t have the answer. We are told “Just do the way you are told to”. Haha! This made someone like me very restless and curious about what my religion actually is and why is it called the oldest religion giving infinite knowledge with which we can live our life happily and blissfully. The quest towards this made me pick up the book called “Hinduism: Spirituality for Leadership & Success” written by the author, Pranay, in around 140 pages. The book is published by Fingerprint publisher – one of the publishers who gave us another spiritual author, Shubha Vilas, who makes difficult spiritual concepts easier for us.


TO start with, the cover page of the book is very beautiful: In the white background, the rushes of colors in between which has the image of Lord Ganesh – again in white colour which really gives you a very peaceful feeling on holding this book. The book is divided in 21 different chapters where each of them talks about a concept and how Hinduism teaches us a perspective towards that. This is one of the very simple book for beginners who really want to understand our religion and culture and the lessons we get from it.


Author Pranay has not complicated anything. He keeps things very basic for us to understand. He doesn’t go on displaying his command over language and concepts. His intent towards writing is evident in every sentence as it is framed only from the point of view to make his readers aware about – Ramayan and Mahabharat and what it teaches through its events and dialogues. Over this, author has tried to further focus the book towards the lessons that these spiritual texts give us in reference to Leadership, Entrepreneurship and how to successful as a leader or influencer. The italic text in beginning of each chapters is the crux of the whole section reading which you’ll get enough motivation to understand what you need to change in your life.


The 1st chapter itself talks about how leadership needs to be egoless and selfless by giving references of Shri Ram and other religion’s references too. Then, in another chapter, author very beautifully compares both- Eastern and Western approach towards spirituality and life and explains how we can learn from both and implement in our life. Author does it so wittily that he doesn’t give any approach more weightage than other but extracts the key lessons from both. A chapter on “Adaptability and Flexibility” gives reference of river and lake in terms of what Hinduism is which is so meaningful that you’ll understand why we need to be like a river which finally finds it higher purpose. The same chapter has references of resurrection, Indian Vedanta, Sankhya philosophy where author let us know the different perspectives such as purusha and prakriti, yin and yang etc.


A chapter on “Self-belief” is one of the most powerful chapter which speaks about how life can be seen with eyes of hope and self-belief in whatever we do. That chapter certainly brought some change in how I perceive myself. Further, in another chapter, author tells us how to develop integrity as a leader through our conduct and communication. There are many such chapters that teaches you a lot. Some of them are-

-          The Power of Acceptance: It tells us how after accepting our situation and present, we move further towards bettering our future rather than spending time in self-pity and getting affected by it.

-          Karma Yoga: It tells us how we have to be dedicated and submerged in our work without expecting any result out of it because then our conduct towards the work we are performing gets corrupted.

-          Leela: The Art of Playfulness: This chapters helps us understand that in order to be a good leader we don’t have to become very strict and boring. We can be humorous and keep the mood light so that people get positivity by our presence.


Specially mentioning the last chapter of the book which I also believe is the longest one named “Vedas, Upanishads, and Sri Ram for Leaders”. Author gets little deeper into this one and hence I could find it touching my core with every sentence. We are made to understand how we are same as the divine and how we can experience the same. How all our religion and texts explain the same is nicely conveyed in this section which will open your spiritual side to you. Anyone who has not been in spirituality or its concepts will get curious and mind-blown after reading this last chapter. The chapter mentions few concepts which Shri Ram had said which I was completely unaware of – I always thought that we are learning only through the way he lived his life but this was an eye-opener for me that like, Shri Krishna, Shri Ram also gave us lessons on concepts of spirituality and getting in touch with our divine reality.


Now, talking about few drawbacks – I felt that author has taken too simple approach to tell the concept in order to get the beginners understand the concepts. I think he should have gone little deeper in each chapter as it is mostly for leaders who are already quite matured to know what they need to do. Secondly, I felt few chapters are written more from an MBA approach than religious approach. I found many chapters not having much reference of Hinduism which disappointed me.


Overall, this is a good book for people who are new into non-fiction, spirituality and religion. Please do get this one. I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5.


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2 April 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Douglas Misquita: "As an author you have to take bold steps..." (Interview)

1915th BLOG POST

I recently read a very amazing book named “Trigger Point” written by a very amazing author, Douglas Misquita. I was amazed reading the kind of information and knowledge the book had along with the story that the author was telling. It was a long book but kept me really intrigued into it. After finishing the book, when I searched about the author, I got to know that he has written many other books too. When I read about all of them, I made my mind that I need to interview and cover him on this space. Hence, the interview is posted below for all of you to read and know about him and his books.


Hi Douglas, can you please clarify if this is your real name or pen name as I got many questions from my Blog readers. :-)

It is my real name. Another surprise: I'm Indian. I was once asked to pay the 'foreigner' fee at the Kutb Minar until I convinced the guard I'm Indian by producing my driver's license :)

Tell us something about what you do when you are not writing.

Um. When I'm not writing, I'm a software product owner with a telecom company. And then, occasionally, I pick up my guitar, get on stage and jam to some ole rock n' roll tunes.

When was the 1st time that you felt you wish to be a Writer and when did you publish your 1st book?

Diwali, 1993. I'd just read Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. And I thought: Man, that's power - to transport readers, even if for a few hours, into a world of your imagination. I wrote my first book on a 100-page school exercise book. I published in 2010 with Haunted - a Kirk Ingram action thriller.

Tell us something about your latest book - Trigger Point

Trigger Point is the culmination (for now) of Luc Fortesque's adventures. It brings things to a head. It sees the transformation of the 'bad-guy' Luc Fortesque and it's wildly explosive. It deals with religious terrorism and yet it isn't your usual terrorism book. There's a big twist and it has one of my favourite-ever action sequences - imagine a pair of black-clad priests racing superbikes through the twisting streets of Rome! It also allowed me to bring to page my 'biohazard' scenario and no, this isn't fantasy. This is real. It's as real as zombies can get! 

How long did it take you to write this book? 

4 months. Another 2 to edit.

From where did you drive inspiration to write this book as it has multiple things going all around right from the 1st page to the last?

the inspiration came one morning as I was driving to work. By the end of The Immortality Trigger (book #2 in the series), I'd left Luc Fortesque with unfinished business. I imagined he'd have to travel all the way to Germany to fulfil the promise he made to Sabina Wytchoff. And then I thought: but hey, he's got the secret of the Apocalypse and Immortality. You think the world's just gonna let him go wherever he wants? And then I visualised Fortesque on a desolate landscape with several special forces teams coming for him. And that, really was the crux. I wanted this one BIG action scene and everything just fell around it, into place. 

How hard it was to research on this book as it covers multiple countries and their respective socio-economics and other factors?

As you've read the Author's Notes, you know I did read/ research a lot. It wasn't hard; I found it exciting that there was so much happening in the world that I could easily pull into my book. Research is part of an author's job and I ensure my readers are educated and entertained. If that resonated with you, then it's mission accomplished.

How difficult was it to put your words when you were writing about religions such as Islam or Christianity as we know people get hurt very easily these days?

I told one of my beta readers: this is the most nervous I have been. I read and re-read those chapters and tempered my language best as I could. There's even a disclaimer. Eventually, there's just so much I can water down beyond which I've lost the crux of the story. A reader can spot if the author is holding back his / her punches. As an author you have to take bold steps, you have to mature, and you have to balance all of that with your readers' perceptions. I think I've managed it, don't you? In fact, don't you feel that the twist in the plot informs readers that I mean no offense? What's in the book is a reflection of real world religion-politics.

How soon are we going to read the next book in the "A Luc FortesqueAdventure"?

Not for a while. I've got a Escape Book#2 due out end 2021/ start 2022. Then there's my long anticipated 'Indian hero' series which I'm very excited about.

Any words for your readers who have been inspiring you to write since your 1st book.

Thank you, really, for sticking around and giving me the opportunity to entertain you again and again. Your loyalty is something I don't take lightly and you can trust that I'm always striving to outbeat the previous book. Thank you. Again!



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