25 January 2015 | By: Writing Buddha

Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora (Book Review-3.75*/5) !!!

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   It's 25th day of the new year and I have finished reading the first book this year now. It's not that I picked it just today and did it in first sitting but I was struggling to complete it since last week of December. I went into the state of reading and Writing block because of extreme stress of academics. I am finally done reading LEMON GIRL written by Jyoti Arora. This is her 2nd book and as far as I can remember, I didn't find her first book quite perfect. Talking about Lemon Girl, I am happy that though the authoress took many years to write it but the way she has grown with her writing has really impressed me. Right from the starting, book holds you and makes you a part of the feelings that Nirvi and Arsh keeps on expressing as first person in chapter after chapter. In some cases, you find Nirvi's point of view correct while in other, Arsh's. That's the magic of this book.

         Though the book starts as if it's just another love story but keeping the pace in synchronization, Lemon Girl becomes more than a love story and you find many such topics discussed that makes you think again and again about who's right and who's wrong. The personal trauma of Nirvi is so perfectly scripted that your sympathy with her character remains until the climax of the book. The passion of Arsh towards Nirvi in few scenes initially and then, mainly in climax tells you how beautifully even a male character is portrayed. The character of Tiya tells you how a girl bears a break-up or an unsuccessful relation because of a friend but still remains positive about her. Nirvi's life with Sam is also nicely shown through words and you can easily understand the plight of Nirvi's whole persona that she adopts because Sam does not like her doing certain things. 

          Lemon Girl also discussed about rape and its after-effect in a girl's life. I liked the way authoress has written the chapter where rape is executed. The climax is also well crafted and does not let you feel that just because the story had to be completed somehow, author took some step foolishly the way Chetan Bhagat did with Half Girlfriend's climax. Last time I had a complain that Jyoti made the story sound bore by over describing things but this time, she kept it short and still effective. Still I would like to compliment the way she discusses few sensitive topics and love in few chapters. After reading the whole book when you will see its cover page again, you will be lost in thoughts and it would become hard to forget about Nirvi's struggle once she leaves her current world and goes to work in Rishikesh. Overall, a good attempt which can be surely read. I give it 3.75 stars out of 5. The only problem is the price of this book- Rs. 255. :-(



Review: BABY: Thrilling, Entertaining, Captivating, Impressive!!! ****½

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BABY: 4.5/5

      I am not into Hollywood movies hence I do not know at what level do they make movies and impress audience but as a Bollywood viewer, I know that not many good films release in our nation which you can really recommend. After watching BABY which has released just yesterday, I am very proud of being a Bollywood fan and I can always mention this movie whenever question about what Bollywood makes arises. I am still in hangover of the thriller Neeraj Pandey has created with such passion and hard-work. After A Wednesday and Special 26, it was hard to believe that he could ever surpass standards he created for himself but he does it with a huge margin. I am surely interested in watching all his movies that he directs and writes in future. I am a complete fan now. Well, a devotee indeed.

         BABY can be easily rated as one of the best movies made on terrorism. Last month, PK was accused for hurting the feelings of Hindu and Baby can be targeted by Muslims as it has openly discussed how people following Islam gets easily indulged in terrorism. Well, let's leave this topic. Movie starts showing how Akshay Kumar is always on a mission for his country under a secret group named BABY which works for its nation and saves it from terrorists. If anyone from this group ever gets caught, country directly rejects to accept that the person belongs to India. The group is headed by Danny Denzongpa and it comprises of Rana Dugabatti, Taapsee, Anupam Kher along with Akshay Kumar. The role of terrorists are played by KK Menon, Sushant Singh, Rasheed Naz etc. 

          Though the first scene of the movie confuses you and for a moment you feel if on the name of thriller Neeraj Pandey is going to make fool of the audience and of course of himself but he proves our suspicion wrong with all the scenes that follows thereafter. He does not let you blink even once. A movie is successful when its second half turns out to be better than its solid first half. And Baby is exactly the same. The last 30 minutes are an absolute stunner for which I wish I can personally meet and tell Neeraj Pandey how incredible he is. I give him full marks for direction and I thank him wholeheartedly for giving us BABY. 

          Akshay Kumar does one of the best acting in the recent times and proves that when given a serious film, he is still the same Akshay Kumar we started adoring in 1990s. I wish he does the same kind of cinema for all the years he has to portray as the lead in big movies. Danny Denzongpa is another great performer in this movie who makes the scene better whenever he is a part of it. Murali Sharma has few scenes but he makes you laugh. Anupam Kher is in a cameo but he does incredible well and will be remembered whenever Baby will be talked about. The background score is powerful. Screenplay is perfect. Climax is epic. Movie is PERIOD! 

        BABY is entertaining, thrilling, captivating and impressive. If you miss it, you are losing the right to ever blame Bollywood for not producing excellent stuffs. I give the movie 4.5 stars out of 5. 


2 January 2015 | By: Writing Buddha

What 2015 has in store for me?

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    And the year of 2014 leaves us and goes never to return back. It's always painful to know that few moments that we had will never come back to us. When it's about year, we feel very nostalgic and wish it stayed with us for little more longer. There are many targets, goals, objectives, missions and visions that we had with the year and it passes on just like that. We do celebrate 31st December but somewhere in the mind the whole year passes as a flashback and at one point of time, you want it to stop then and there so that you can start your life again from there. There are so many things that are left incomplete. There are so many moments that have gone unnoticed. There are so many people we have lost because of no reason at all. There are so many opportunities which we had not capitalized and lost a great success story of which we could have been a part. That's how we leave a year and move ahead to start with a new one.

         2014 has been one of the best years for me but definitely not the best. I started off well but somewhere lost myself around August-September. I started off well meeting various celebrities and talking with them as if they are my gym friends. The list included names like Raghu Ram, Tisca Chopra, Imtiaz Ali, Ketan Bhagat, Ravi Subramanian etc. I also hosted few events in my college. I was made Class Representative for the last academic year. I got a wonderful response from my classmates for that. I was also been called to my previous college as its well-stable alumni to deliver a speech to its new batch of BBA and BCA students. I also found 15-minutes happiness twice by getting selected in first round of selection procedure of IT companies for internship. I completed 1100th Blog posts. I purchased A/c and LED Smart TV from my hard-earned money which are still luxuries for me. In 2 of the results of my MCA course that got revealed this year, I was passed in the first attempt itself with satisfactory marks. 

        These are few of my highlights of 2014 because of which I shall always remember it. I also went on completing few of my many resolutions such as offering my prayers and gratitude at Shirdi etc. I also created a new website- Bollywoodism which was in my plans from a long time and got good response for it though its dying these days. I got a chance to be one of the administrators of biggest group of MCA on Facebook which provides online tutorial and help to MCA students. I read and reviewed 65 novels- 10 less than what I targeted upon. Similarly, there are many small achievements and opportunities that I banked upon. 

          Out of everything that kept happening with my life, I somewhere found myself lost in the last quarter. Suddenly I felt that it's time to chose a way and follow it without enjoying my life the way I have been doing. I found that I have always wanted to be little of everything but that's not how I will get internship, placement, job and bread in life. For that, I need to chose a proper field and get dedicated to the same. And since then I found myself clueless, jobless and hopeless. I felt as if I have wasted all these years in becoming something which has no value in market. And therefore I stopped blogging, reading novels, studying, finding internship and doing everything that I used to do. And this is how I will always remember 2014 for making me realize that I'm worthless, useless and directionless. 

          Now, as 2015 has begun, I have decided to keep my list of resolutions short. The only target as of now is gaining enough knowledge so that I end up getting a good job after completing MCA. I do not want 2015 to be a depressing and jobless year as it seems to be happening. I wish to change my life from here on wards. Already this year will see my education getting over and professional world welcoming me. I just want it to be delighting and memorable. The first half of 2015 will be all about my efforts, hard work, dedication, sleepless nights that I shall put to make myself a salable employee. The 2nd half will be about delivering what I would have done in these 6 months. Another resolution is to lose the fats that I have accumulated in 2014 like anything. It's becoming very embarrassing for me now. :| Let's see what 2015 has for store in me. I wish all of you do not have such a confusion about this year as me. A very HAPPY NEW YEAR to each one of you who have stayed by me since 5 and a half years. God Bless You!