Tuesday, 13 November 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: Sui Dhaaga: Innocent and One-Time Watch! ***

1725th BLOG POST -->>

Varun Dhawan is one actor I find in this generation who ensures atleast an average entertainment if not something great. I became his fan as a complete desi viewer since Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is the reason which compelled me into watching “Sui Dhaaga” the latest release of Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma. The first surprising and satisfactory take-away of the movie is that both the actors who are actually glamorous have been able to play this role to almost perfection where both of them looks genuine and no one can tell about their real-life handsomeness and beauty.

As a movie, Sui Dhaaga’s first half is very strong showing the characters and their inter-relationship beautifully where Mauji’s helplessness at job and joblessness speaks very well through his body language and desperate reactions – Mamta’s sincerity and commitment as a wife and daughter-in-law is commendably shown where she is able to emote her weak life condition in every scene – Mauji’s father played by Raghubir Yadav is regularly shown in irritation and frustration seeing his son taking risky decisions of entrepreneurship – Mauji’s mother role played by Yamini Dass is one of the interesting characters who doesn’t speak much but is able to display her charm in every scene she is a part of .

The second half is mostly about Mauji and Mamta’s struggle with job and their decision of setting something of their own. The movie becomes predictable and slow in this latter half but still is able to be with it without getting bored because of great performances of each and every one. The dialogues are beautiful and captures the emotions of the moments perfectly. The songs by Anu Malik are fine and suits with the essence of the movie. Talking about the drawbacks, as mentioned above, 2nd half’s predictability is a concern. Also, the way Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma’s creative side is shown without any skillset mentioned in backdrop which is a complete logic defying element. Overall, Sui Dhaaga is a movie which can be watched once for its innocence. I give the movie 3 stars out of 5.



Monday, 12 November 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

Swami in a Strange Land by Joshua M. Greene (Book Review:- 2.5*/5) !!!

1724th BLOG POST -->>

It is quite evident to all of you who have been following my book reviews and personal blog that I am quite attracted towards spiritual concepts and the first thing that attracted me towards mythology and spirituality was when I picked up a copy of Bhagavad Gita: As It Is being sold by Iskcon volunteers on a Mumbai local railway station. This version of Gita is written by Iskcon founder, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. And who would not want to read about the personality which introduced you towards a new concept in life. Jaico Publication published the biography of Swami Prabhupada written by Joshua M. Greene recently which has become the 52nd book I read this year thus completing my annual target of 2018.

The book covers the spiritual life of Prabhupada on his devotion towards his Guru and how he ends up reaching overseas just to fulfil his Guru’s wish of spreading the Krishna consciousness all over the world. The book is divided in three parts- Prabhupada’s life in India, America and the World. The most interesting one that I personally liked is the one in America which discusses his struggle in gaining the followers and popularizing the Krishna consciousness and the Hare Rama Hare Krishna chant. The impact of these two sentences is nicely discussed throughout the book. The biographer’s research on the life of Swami Prabhupada is commendable and covers many such personal events which is nearly impossible to bring out in public or say, even know about it. Kudos to author for the same.

Talking about the drawbacks of the book, I must say that author should have divided the book in small chapters rather than three vast sections. This made the reading experience quite hectic where author just kept speaking continuously which becomes boring after a point of time and remains just a drag. Also, regarding the spiritual concept and belief or the meditation techniques that Prabhupada himself followed is nowhere discussed which is a very big setback for a spiritual reader who went through these 300+ pages to know new ways of meditation and spirituality. Even regarding the struggles in opening the first few centres is hardly discussed. The book just keeps on speaking the same thing for most of the middle section of the book which took me 10 days to complete this book. One of the struggling reads ever. I give this attempt 2.5 stars out of 5.



Movie Review: Soorma: A biopic made without slow-motion tricks! ***

1723rd BLOG POST -->>

The only thing that attracted me towards Soorma’s trailer was Diljit Dosanjh’s expressions which said a lot. And that’s the only reason I even ended up watching this 130 minutes movie based on the life of Hockey player, Sandeep Singh, who made a glorious comeback after an unfortunate accident in his life which paralyzed his lower half of the body. Frankly speaking, I have never followed Hockey in my life and only read this name in the headlines couple of times. Again, frankly speaking, I do not even remember why he was mentioned in the news. And that is why I am very thankful to this movie for introducing such sport stars to us.

Talking about the movie, generally, it is seen in the Bollywood biopics that the scenes are turned overdramatic, over-emotional and over-enthusiastic with slow motions etc. for making the audience feel a larger-than-life event being displayed infront of them. The best part in the direction of the movie is that Shaad Ali does not resort to these tactics and try to keep the scenes as realistic and true as possible. I had read somewhere that the legend, Sandeep Singh, himself was involved in the shoot of the game scenes and it shows why each and every shot or commentary looks and sounds true, real and pure. I liked how they do not show the sportsman as someone who was born as a legend but spend most of the times showing him being as much vulnerable human being as us.

The dialogues in the movie are fantastic and I liked most of them from almost all the characters. The background music lacks in most of the important scenes which I feel could have made the experience of watching this one a bit better. The songs are nice and plays a big part in the movement of the story.

Talknig about the performances, Diljit Dosanjh has proved his mettle in Bollywood once again after his superlative performance in Udta Punjab. The way he emotes through his face, eyes, body language speaks of how much he got into the skin of the character. Taapsee Pannu is charming and does a good job in keeping the romance and love quotient in the movie intact. In terms of script, I felt more coverage should have been given to her role as a player too. Vijay Raaz has given one of the best performances and it is good to see him in both- comic and emotional role in the movie. Angad Bedi is a surprise package and gives a super performance that you will always remember him for.

Overall, Soorma is a movie made with pure heart. Yes, it is neither as good as Chak De India or Bhaag Milkha Bhaag but still keeps you intriguing. I give the movie 3 stars out of 5.



Beyond What Meets The Eye by Sameera Kotta (Book Review: 3*/5) !!!

1722nd BLOG POST -->>

As you guys are aware that I do not often fall for e-books considering the strain it causes to my eyes but still I keep trying some of them because for books, I can give away my eyes too. Haha! Well, sorry for the bad joke. Today, the e-book which we are about to talk is Sameera Kotta’s “Beyond what meets the eye”. Considering that the authoress is a debutante, this 165-pages book is very well edited and kept up to the mark without dragging it to the boring level which many debutante end up doing in the passion of writing as much as possible in their first book itself. The two things which attracted me towards this book were the cover page and the title of the book. It is very necessary for the debutante to come up with a little different perspective when they write their first book and I am impressed that Sameera has been able to qualify in this aspect as her story is not the regular stuff which people are writing these days.

Sameera’s writing style is simple which makes it easy for new readers who are just starting with books to complete the book within a sitting or two. Sameera has kept her book so well-edited as I have already mentioned above that it doesn’t make you want to skip any sentence or paragraph. Every word in the book takes the story ahead. The best part about Sameera’s writing is her characterization. Right from the protagonist, Majnu’s character to Varsha’s character including Soumya’s cameo, all of which is covered so nicely that you are able to connect with each one of them. The struggle of people living without parents, the students studying tough subjects like medicals etc, the pain they go through because of the tough past they have been subscribed to, the revenge that they want to take going out of their way etc. is very well handled through characters.

Talking about the drawbacks of the story, I would say that author could have worked little more on developing the twists and turns in the book. Though the book is written in a manner where certain suspense’s are held up and revealed at some certain point trying to maintain the thrilling aspect of the story, but still, they are unable to make the reader jump off their seat or stagnancy of mind. If the book is supposed to be a thriller involving murders, death, goof-ups etc, it should be chilling and frightening. Overall, I would rate this book 3 star out of 5. Having good expectations from the authoress in the future.



Sunday, 11 November 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: Thugs Of Hindostan: An incredible set-up wasted! **

1721st BLOG POST -->>

If there is any movie that people wait for years is the one in which Aamir Khan is involved as an actor or maker. One such movie which was regularly been talked of post-Dangal was “Thugs of Hindostan”. More because it was bringing Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan together for the first time and that too under the banner of Yash Raj films. Over this, it involved Katrina Kaif and the Dangal-fame, Fatima Sana Shaikh too. What more is needed by the Bollywood movie lovers than such assembles of great star-casts and a big banner.

After watching the movie, every curious movie lover like me has been disappointed seeing such an extravagant and over-hyped film being treated so badly that the screenplay and writing had no potential at all. Even the dialogues are such that not a single one of them stays with you after you move out of your seat. Not only dialogues, even the music and songs are such that despite the movie having 2 item songs and couple of motivational songs used during fighting scenes, none of them impresses your ears enough to become a part of your playlist. Talking about the locations, yes, they are mind-blowing and only thing which matched with the film’s outset. Talking about the action scenes, there are few good minute fighting details captured during the fight segments on yacht but the ones including Fatima Shaikh are silly and laughable.

Talking about the performances, Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan has at least acted their part well which was bearable but nowhere it seems that they have put an extra effort in making their characters look extra special. It is like just another good performance out of many whereas it is expected from such a big banner and actors to bring out their best ever in such collaborations. Katrina Kaif has disappointed with her role selection in this movie. After working for more than 15 years and being part of many big movies, how can she sign a movie where she has just 2 item songs and nothing else to do? Embarrassing! Talking about Fatima, she is nowhere close to her performance in Dangal. She has tried a lot to be different but ended up being nothing. No role from any supporting actor is worth mentioning at all.

This movie should have been made as a thriller but the problem here is that everything is so straight that you will end up predicting right every next scene. Even when death of one character is shown, you know within that he will come back later on. With such baseless and weak plot, there is not much that can be talked about. It is very strictly a one-time watch which can also be skipped. I give this movie 2 stars out of 5.



Movie Review: Satyameva Jayate: A Family Entertainer with 70's flavor! ***

1720th BLOG POST -->>

Like Akshay Kumar, John Abraham has also chosen a path of patriotism to survive in the industry. And as a producer, if you will notice all his recent movies has been based on the topics which are related to country- either presenting a historical event of our country or the prevalent conditions of corruption and system like his latest production- Satyameva Jayate about which we are talking about. Satyameva Jayate had released on this Independence Day alongwith Akshay Kumar’s Gold but yet survived and managed to earn 80 crores which is a remarkable feat with no major starcast.

Satyameva Jayate is a story of revenge where the son kills biggest corrupt policemen across Mumbai City because he wants to give justice to his father. Manoj Bajyapee enters the movie in its first 30 minutes and since then, he is on the run behind this man who is killing his colleagues but the chase goes on till the climax making this the basic plot on which the movie runs. Reading this plot, you must be remembering the era of Bachchan’s 70s and 80s when such story was the base of almost every story. This is where the Satyameva Jayate as a movie gets stuck. It is talking about the same thing in the same manner with new actors. That’s it. It is not even conveyed in some more intellectual or thrilling manner. It is done just as it has always been done since all these decades in the Hindi film industry.  

Milap Zaveri has been someone who is known for his sex comedies but it’s great to see him direct something very different from his regular stuff. He has done a great job considering the script that he had with him. The dialogues are superb. Disclaimer: They are too-much even when a normal conversation is going on. The background score with Sanskrit shlokas etc. gives boost to the violent and hero-winning scenes. Disclaimer: They are so regularly used that in some scenes, you await when will this music start and as per your expectation, it starts just right then. There are many overdramatic scenes which could have been portrayed little realistically. The flashback of protagonists’ childhood becomes irritating after some time.

Saying all of this, the performances are what makes this movie special- specially by John Abraham who still carries very limited expressions throughout the movie yet impresses with his body language and dialogue deliveries. Manoj Bajpai has given one of the strong performances of his lifetime. He has given life in each and every scene of his screen duration. He could have been explored more if writers could have done magic with the twist they bring after the half-time of the movie but they just let it go just like that. Overall, Satyameva Jayate is a family entertainer with lack of logics in many scenes but would force you to whistle in some scenes. I give this movie 3 stars.



Movie Review: Mitron: A good concept wasted! **½

1719th BLOG POST -->>

Mitron released recently on the digital medium and got quite good feedbacks on the social media which made me watch it last night from midnight hour to 2 AM. This movie runs for less than 2 hours and speaks about certain prevalent issues. The movie stars Jacky Bhagnani and introduced Kritika Kamra. Jacky is known for doing less movies but the ones which are little different from the mainstream stuff which makes the audience go to the theatre and watch his work. Though personally for me, none of his movies has been able to pose a very big impact. Regarding Kritika Kamra, she was one of my biggest crush a decade ago when she used to be one of the big names in TV industry. I would die to watch her deep eyes and long face with those beautiful curves of smile and thankfully, as per my expectations, she had each of those beautiful traits even in this movie. But what surprised me the most was her performance which was unexpectedly above par and failed even the experienced actor like Jacky when compared to her.

Talking about the content of the movie, the first half of the movie is directed very wonderfully where each scene seems to be candid yet so prepared. The flashback is so very well organized in a conversation between a boy and girl who are chatting face-to-face for the first time for the rishta their parents expect them to get tied into. This whole segment is amazing even with subplots where both of them get interconnected even in the flashback. And how they both come together as business partners post this meeting is also done with maturity rather than SRK type stuff where the girl directly falls in the boy’s charm and ends up living and dying just like the opposite person. The movie gets dull in the 2nd half where the plot gets weakened due to its stagnant script which does not take the story ahead in fast-pace mode the way it was expected to be considering the script’s speed of screenplay in the 1st half.

The writers and directors did a major mistake in keeping the character of Jacky’s portrayal of an easy-to-go and worthy-for-nothing guy till the climax of the movie. Every time, Jacky came on the screen, audience in you gets mad seeing him talk like a stupid dull person irrespective of having great offers and opportunities around him. They should have treated his character similar to Kritika’s who kept getting stronger with each scene and by the time it is climax, you wish her to move on from this shit she had fallen herself in. Talking about the dialogues, they are what makes this movie watchable throughout. Music is forgettable except the Sawarne Lage song. Climax is predictable just as the whole 2nd half. Talking about the supporting cast, both the friends of Jacky plays a good part along with the parents’ roles of Jacky and Kritika. Special mention to Prateik Babber who looks great on the screen in his role. I give the movie 2.5 stars.



Wednesday, 31 October 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

My Mind is My Mind.. None of Mind's Mind! Mind You!

1718th BLOG POST -->>

Clutter... That is what our mind is if we have not unlocked the limitlessness of the human potential, right? Most of our time goes just like that where we are not aware of what we were thinking and for how long. There might be 100 things going in front of you or your hands must be itself moving and doing some task but once you break out of your random thoughts do you realize that you were not with yourself. What a disability this is, isn’t it? We are the best made living being on this planet and still we find ourselves lost almost once in every hour that we pass through the day. And this I am talking when we are not in stressful condition but in the state of calmness. You and I are aware of what happens to us when a stressful situation arrives. We lose our patience and mind for arriving at a conclusion in the time which is far more than what it could have actually taken. But we never realize because we always live in a false assumption that whatever we are doing as per our mind’s capability is the best. We never think that our mind is capable of better things, but we are not unleashing it fully.

Everyone should try to come out of the shackles that keeps us in bondage for years. And most of this sits in our mind as that’s the only part of the body which we do not keep in our control but unfortunately, stay comfortably in its control. I am not saying that mind always works against our potentials, but it is the most casual guy in this world which does not put any effort until and unless you push it to work for you. Have you seen yourself concentrating fully when someone asks you something which you know you would be able to answer by extracting the answer from your database by closing your eyes, pressing your forehead with your thumb and index finger? Yes? Yes! That means somewhere you know that you can achieve the power over mind and make it work fully by applying your whole concentration over it and pressurize it to give you the results within specified time as needed by you.

It is just this realization that mind has all the answers and I do not know the language that is needed to impress mind and bring it in my control that can bring the whole change. We always underestimate ourselves and never get into a task or goal considering that it is not of our type or claiming that it is out of our reach. It is only when we decide completely that by hook or by crook, I have to learn the art and deliver results through my performances using the science of that art that we start achieving the so-called impossibilities of our life. That’s the reason why many overweight people get a perfect athletic body, few dumb students end up creating something unique, many non-performers in the job end up winning star-performer awards etc.

It is always our mind that speaks to us and proves that we are not capable of some activities. Only when we control our mind and tell it that this is in my reach that we can achieve it. When you see a difficult subject as a student, the first impression that your mind gives you is that you will fail in it. But the moment you conquer it with full dedication and perseverance that I’ll pass this subject that you even end up scoring 1st class marks in that subject. Similarly, in job, when you see new tools used by someone else in a new workplace that your mind starts telling you that your days are very less in this organization as you are not capable of all this happening around you. It is only after some days when you have seen the process around you that you tell your mind this is in my reach and has nothing tough that cannot be learned.

This is how the creation of aeroplanes, computers, electronic inventions, medical sciences etc. has been possible in this world where a person conquered his mind and told it to stop figuring things for him and hear what he is telling about his potential. But to do this, you do not have to work against mind but work with it, for it and on it. You have to not challenge your mind and kill it but very politely, rub it with your hands, pamper it and convey that you are special for me and I need you in my mission so please be and stay with me in the thoughtful times and think whatever I want to think with you rather than thinking something which is extremely not related to our priorities. And this companionship with mind comes after you start observing how your mind thinks and when and what it thinks. When you are able to figure out its behaviour is when you are also able to figure out how to control your mind and make it your partner in crime rather than allowing it to do criminal stuffs with you.

Breathing slowly and deeply with concentration on the breathing process brings you closer to your mind. Talking less and saving energy and then utilizing the same on the work that brings you closer in achieving your mission is when you empower the mind. Keeping your eyes closed and looking within you without letting your focus go on what is happening outside of your body is what makes mind understand that you are able to have conversation with it rather than always getting distracted with external factors. Hence, start winning freedom from the bonds of existence by perseverance, self-exertion and insight with silence and concentration. Your mind can be your best friend and biggest enemy- both. It’s upon you how you want it to work for you.

So, what have you decided about how are you going to work with your mind? Please do let me know..



Monday, 29 October 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

Soundless Celebration & Silent Joy!!!

1717th BLOG POST -->>

Disclaimer: This post is only for introverts. Extroverts might find this post as a different planet altogether.

Since childhood I have seen people shouting and screaming in celebrations or at least being very expressive when it came to letting people know about how happy they are with the small or big achievement that they just witnessed and experienced. I am not saying that it’s bad to express your happiness and excitement, but I have never been able to. It maybe the fear of losing in the very next moment. The way we see in a Cricket match where the team almost celebrates a wicket and later comes to know after third umpire’s decision that the batsman is safe. What meaning does such short-lived celebrations have? Simply nothing. It’s void. It becomes a sinking and embarrassing feeling later. I have known people not coming out in public because of the situations where they had already celebrated something which later turned into failure and now they just do not want to meet people as they don’t know how to handle the reality in public now. Therefore, I have always preferred soundless celebrations and silent joy.

I like watching others celebrate their success emotionally high but when it comes to me I prefer being silent and yet being celebratory and ecstatic all within me. I have always tried watching the moment when the batsman reaches their century in expectation of watching some high-blood celebrations on the field. I love such people because I just can’t jump and show the excitement myself. Even if you will come tomorrow and tell me that I have become the most intellectual, famous and richest person of the world, I might not shout and scream in joy and go nuts. I would silently grasp the truth and dance in my mind. For me, the imaginations would be the only thing that would be running in my head and in front of my eyes where I would be hanging on the clouds and watching the world below me move slowly. My whole celebration happens in such an order that only I would know that I have achieved another milestone whereas people around me might keep thinking if I have lost a game. People are unable to understand why Dhoni never celebrates, I think I know the reason as I believe we are made of the same ingredients when it comes to celebrating success and achievements.

When we mature and find ourselves among people who are just wanting to kill us as soon as we achieve something against them, we automatically become little conservative in our expressions. I see it in my office the soundless celebrations whenever a developer gives a bugless release, whenever a QA finds an issue which no one has been able to, whenever a team member is able to bring onto the table something which benefits all and everyone appreciates the contribution. Here, people are doubtful if others would join their celebration and hence they silently celebrate it on their desk, but their shining face, sparkling eyes and passionate body language says it all. Whenever as an Analyst, I solve a team’s query by myself or handle client in a manner that even I wasn’t sure about, it’s a small success but there’s a celebration. In these cases, everyone knows that it is a miniscule thing to even think twice about for others but in their mind and soul, they know that this small achievement is what is going to accumulate with other such achievements and provide them success after years. Hence, such small achievements become considerable for that soul if not for others, but a silent celebration is all this life deserves in such moment.

Hence, I would ask all of you in case you do not like expressing much, celebrate, but celebrate within the limitations of your body without jumping and crushing others around. I am a fearful guy who fears next moment hence I do not get carried away in the moment but still, I am aware about the importance of celebrating small upgradations in my life. I am a person who regularly writes personal journals and diary hence every small achievement of mine gets noted in it which is then referenced in another late entry where because of that small step, I landed up having something better and worthy which would not have been possible without that tiny step. Hence, soundless celebrations and silent joy will always remain to be one of the most important aspects of my life and personality.

Please do let me know what your idea of celebration is. 



Sunday, 28 October 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: Fanney Khan: One of the weakest scripts ever! **

1716th BLOG POST -->>

When I had seen the trailer of Fanney Khan for the first time after knowing since months about its extremely good star cast line-up, I still had believed that the movie shall atleast end up being above average if not good or excellent. I am shocked after watching that an actress like Aishwarya Rai who have worked in Hollywood, Anil Kapoor who has been on stage of Oscars for a movie in which he was almost a lead actor, Rajkumar Rao who is the most critically acclaimed actor of our times and Divya Dutta who comes with so much of experience behind her could not give a movie a life it deserves and viewers an experience that they crave for.

Fanney Khan is a movie about a father who had been unable to fulfill his own dream of becoming a famous singer but wants to do everything for his teenage daughter to ensure she becomes a singing superstar. This daughter is always irritated with the intervention of her father in her life and never considers him and his efforts commendable enough to give him even a minute of her life to share few good words and conversation with him. The mother in the story is a typical mother who loves her daughter and gets the same love back. The daughter is fan of the singing heartthrob of the nation, Baby Singh, who is incidentally kidnapped by her father and in ransom, he asks for his daughter’s recording. And from here, starts the main plot of the movie after which the movie starts falling and ends on a weaker note compared to its first half.

The dialogues in the movie are very weak and there is none which gets into your mood or mind which is unforgettable and stays with you for lifetime. A movie that talks about music has not even a single song which is enough melodious to become part of your playlist or gives the movie a level up. The plot is synonymous to a daily-soaps’ screenplay which speaks of nothing great and only ends up showing silly incidents and revelations back to back. I was disappointed seeing the pre-climax and climax. It is so weak and childish that I do not know if writer even thought about something while writing or just scribbled whatever came into their mind in the first thought while writing. Overall, Fanney Khan is irritating even though it tries talking about topics such as fat-shaming, teenagers’ attitude towards middle-class parents, perception of people towards glamorous and famous women etc. I give this one just 2 stars out of 5.



Friday, 26 October 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

VOYAGES Volume I : A Collection of Poetry by Debjeet Mukherjee (Book Review: 3*/5) !!!

1715th BLOG POST -->>

I had never thought that my 50th book of the year would be an e-book or a collection of poetries. And surprisingly, it was the combination of both written by Debjeet Mukherjee named “Voyages: Volume 1” with a tagline “A Collection of Poetry”. The cover page justifies the title of the book and looks excellent which makes you pick this book from your digital shelf out of all the books. This collection of poetry is of 91 pages with different poems which can be completed in a single sitting of 1 to 1.5 hours.

This book comprises of poet’s work from the year 2011 when he was just 14 years old to 2018 when he reached into his 21 years of age. The good thing is that author has started book from the poems he had written recently and ended up with what he wrote at the age of 14 and yet in my opinion, the quality of poems only kept getting better. The author talks about his emotions very vividly and beautifully in these small poems and ensure that you are able to live with them while reading the same. In such a small age, the way poet has been able to scribble such deep and emotional words is commendable.

The poet has touched the topics such as friendship, nature, experiences, drama of life, desires, lonely thoughts etc. One of the very different implementation by the poet is that after every poem, he has mentioned a quote which is in relation with the poem but in some cases, I liked the quote more than the respective poem. Overall, reading this book is like going on a voyage just like its title. I give this collection of poetry 3 stars out of 5.



Thursday, 25 October 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

Fluid by Ashish Jaiswal (Book Review: 3*/5) !!!

1714th BLOG POST -->>

When I read about the book “Fluid” which has released in the Mid-October recently, I was very sceptic about what it is all about. The book has testimonials on its cover page from none other than personalities like Amish Tripathi and Sam Pitroda. The book is written by the author, Ashish Jaiswal, and now that I have completed reading the book, I can say that this is a very well researched and worked upon stuff. Author had certain perception in his mind about how people are blocked in thinking and doing stuffs related to their field and specialization only and they can perform brilliantly in other sectors too. Author has kept his agenda clear throughout the book to make his readers understand that despite what people tell you about what you are good in, you can always try in different areas and still excel in both the departments.

The book is very well-written in a simple English language whereas I had assumed that I will need dictionary in every paragraph judging the book from its cover page and title. This is the reason we are asked not to judge a book by its cover. The tag line of the book says, “Be more than what you are taught to be” and it clearly denotes this point in every chapter that it speaks with its audience. The book is divided in different sections such as Anti-fluid, the dangers of entering machine age with an Anti-fluid Mind. Specialization and the last section being, the bigger fluid questions. The title of the book was initially not clear to me about what it is about, but author has explained it well letting us know that it is kept so considering that our approach towards life should be fluid and we should not be adamant about sticking to one field and not exploring the other areas of this universe.

Author’s research and hard work behind this book is visible from the examples and case studies described under each section with perfect orientation of each of them. The examples based on the famous personalities are seriously a surprise for readers as we never knew about the other side of these legends and knowing about their extensive commitment and achievements even in those areas is an experience. Talking about the drawback of the book, there are various typos in the book. I observed that in whichever word, wherever “eh” and “ek” words came together, it got replaced with blank space. Also, I felt that the book is written in a very formal manner. It could have been little more interactive and fun. It also ends up explaining one concept for quite some time which becomes obvious and understandable in the mid-way and post that, it is just a drag to read and nothing else.

Otherwise, this is a book which speaks of this unique topic with great examples. I give this book 3 stars out of 5.



Tuesday, 23 October 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

Review: The Reunion: A very beautiful & nostalgic content! ****

1713th BLOG POST -->>

The problem with web series is that you get to know if it is good or bad only after it ends. There might be simplicity or suspense throughout the basic nature of the show but only the last episode justifies if the web series was worth-watching or not. You agree or don’t, this is the truth! The last series I watched was “Ready 2 Mingle” which was great in the beginning but ended up being the same old boring Bollywood stuff with nothing newness to take away with you. I was very doubtful about the series I am currently reviewing i.e. The Reunion as I had not watched work of even one of their artists previously but surprisingly, if web-series should be made, it should be made the way The Reunion is made. Surprisingly, both the series are made by the same production- The Zoom Studios.

The series starts introducing its characters very perfectly in its first episode itself where almost all the main characters are introduced without making the screenplay look to be in a hurry or incomplete. In the 2nd episode itself, the reunion begins, and it is rejoicing to see all the characters come together and the emotions that are displayed where there is excitement between few of them whereas awkwardness among others. The show begins with making viewers sit in suspense to know why the dynamics is such between few of the characters and what has happened between them in the past. In the later episodes, the emotions, scenes and fun is beautifully managed where the concept of reunion is kept afresh and still does not become cliché where you can only expect from an Indian concept to show opposite genders coming together and having unplanned smooches and sex and then getting confused in the pre-climax if it was really love or lust since all these years. Fortunately, there’s not a single steamy scene or kiss in this series which tells how focused the makers have been on the content. Here, the team of The Reunion has written a very simple yet very exciting screenplay which satisfies you at the end of every episode.

All the main characters played by Veer Rajwant Singh, Sapna Pabbi, Anuj Sachdeva and Shreya Dhanwanthary are excellent and boosted with respective good performances. My personal attention was fetched by all four of them. Only in the cases of Anuj Sachdeva did I feel that he was trying hard to act and sound like Hrithik Roshan. The supporting actors who played rest of the friends and teacher are also fine in their role and does not disappoint. The dialogues are superb. This is the first web-series I have found with such great top-notch dialogues. The background score and songs also suit the ambiance of the show. The writers have also been confident and mature enough to end the show with few relationships ending on good whereas few ending on bad note despite viewers expecting opposite to happen in couple of the cases. In the end of the last episode, the finale, I literally ended up having water in my eyes which speaks enough about my opinion about this series. I give this one an excellent 4 stars out of 5.



Movie Review: Badhaai Ho:- A Movie meant to celebrate for its excellence! ****

1712th BLOG POST -->>

The trailer of Badhaai Ho is a short comedy movie in itself which makes you laugh and giggle in every second of its playback time and watching it itself had assured my tickets for the movie. I know certain people in my acquaintances where such cases have taken place that the mother of the house who should be marrying her children gets pregnant herself embarrassing the whole family. And because these children who feel embarrassed were my friends, I can relate very easily with the character of Ayushmann Khurrana and his brother where they are running away from their friends, girlfriend, colleagues, society giving looks which I am very much familiar with.

The movie is very well made on the topic which is unique and distinct yet speaks about the situation which many families in India suffer due to lack of sex education or feeling ashamed in asking for condom and using it. This movie very specifically speaks about such issues too without preaching anything yet speaking out loud the topics that needs to be spoken. The movie is damn funny and each of its situational comedy scenes works perfectly in making the audiences laugh. The one-liners make you laugh even after you leave the theatre. Such is a magic of writing in this movie. The 2nd half is as wonderful as 1st half in which the pregnancy news break. I was damn sure that 2nd half will not have much excitement, but it had its own moments which works a lot in the favour of this movie.

It is very necessary to talk about social stigmas and taboos through movies and I am glad that the director Amit Sharma have done the same so efficiently. Talking about the performances, full marks should go to everyone as after a long time, I have seen a movie where everyone seems to be playing the protagonist and also the supporting actor at the same time. Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta does a great job through their expressions and body language which makes the movie funny even in their silent moments. Ayushmann Khurrana does a phenomenal job with his expressions and his back to back performances in Andhadhun and then this speaks a lot about his skills. Sanya Malhotra though in very less frame time creates magic on the screen and proves that she is more than a Dangal girl when it comes to versatility as an actor. Surekha Sikri is another one who has given some scenes which moots the level of the movie due to her performance and dialogue delivery skills.

Overall, Badhaai Ho is the movie meant for celebration and I recommend you go and watch it with your family preferably and friends. I give this movie 4 stars out of 5 for sheer entertainment.



Sunday, 21 October 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

F?@K Knows: Dead or Alive by Shailendra Singh (Book Review:- 4.75*/5) !!!

1711th BLOG POST -->>

There are few books where the author chose to go the non-fiction way as they have many random things to talk about but they are unsure about how they are going to put all of them in the confinement of a book. Such books are like a personal diary stuff or a blog where the person talks about any random topic in each post but all of them contribute enough to make you know the person very well and also look at your life and think if whatever you have been doing till date is okay or do you need to make some steps to change yourself. It is very hard to make a reader think like this through a book which is written in such a manner that author is trying time and again that he is not a perfect person and should not be taken seriously. I have just ended up reading one of the best books I have ever read by Shailendra Singh named “F?@k Knows: Dead or Alive”.

This is the second book in the F?@k Knows series. Unfortunately, I haven’t read the first one but after reading this one, I am definitely going to have it soon to read it when I would be depressed sometime in future. After completing the book, I was confused as in which genre the book is in and I was confused between humor and self-help but betted on humor first but when I checked on the back-cover of the book, surprisingly, it is listed under self-help which I believe is correct. Because more than the laughs, giggles and smiles this book gives to the reader, it ensures that it gives lessons of life more than that to keep up the balance which ensures in the end that the reader has definitely received something very impacting which can change life along with light moments of laughter.

Author has opened his heart regarding many topics which are related to his personal life and the concepts that he believes in. The way he talks about his family; specifically, brother and mother are what many authors cannot dare to do in a book. The way he talks about his friends and how they faced ups and downs in their life which impacted even the author’s life tells about how transparent this person who is writing this post is. Similarly, the spiritual and concepts related to God, the way author has experienced himself is shared with us and I can tell you all those chapters are so apt that you will want to read them daily in the morning before starting your day.

Then author has talked on several topics on which he had his own opinion and made sure that he keeps it in front of all of us, either it is about demonetization, politics, country, sex, gender, social media, privacy, drugs, success, failure and what not. But rather than getting preachy about any of the topics, author choses to write it in a funny way which keeps on making you laugh and giggle and know about his perspectives too. None of the topic is just lightly handled but author has ensured that he gives some conclusive moral about each of them. His clarity in thoughts is evident in every sentence. And let me tell you, this is one of the most humorous books I have ever read. The funny chapters are all and out comedy and it can fail many popular stand-up comedians of India. And the way author ends the book with the chapters and basically the last chapter is how a book of this type should be ended. This book is an example on how the non-fiction books should be written. I give this book 4.75* out of 5. Recommended like f?@k as the book is f?@king hilarious.



Life's Amazing Secrets by Gaur Gopal Das (Book Review: 2*/5) !!!

1710th BLOG POST -->>

There is so much about spirituality going on in timelines and feeds on our social media that almost everyone is aware of the concept even if they practice it or not. For a person like me who is regularly following and reading about the stuff, keeps knowing new things every day and also getting refreshed with all the previously learnt concepts. Every time, I pick up a spiritual book or a book by a spiritual personality, it is my basic expectation to learn and know something new which can surprise, shock, astonish and mind-boggle me. If nothing of that sort happens, the book is a failure for me which is written not to introduce new concepts to human beings but just for sake of writing a book to accomplish one of the personal goals and yearly resolutions.

Same has been the case after reading “Life’s Amazing Secrets” written by none other than one of the most popular spiritual personality on Youtube- Gaur Gopal Das. I have been following two personalities on Youtube when it comes to spiritual knowledge- No one can beat my following for Sadhguru and 2nd, this gentleman- Gaur Gopal Das. He has such a polite and well-speaking oratory skills that you can hear him for hours. Also, his concepts, examples and logics that he gives in his videos are so up to the mark that it teaches you something new each time you watch one of his new videos. Though I do not like the way ISKCON endorses spiritualism by circulating the knowledge only from the one dimension that they believe in but still, this man speaks individually by not bonding himself under the premise of the institution’s agenda. Unfortunately, everything that I have spoken about his powerful knowledge sharing capacity in his videos cannot be said for his debut book.

The book gives me a very basic knowledge of how to lead life which you have yourself kept hearing since childhood from your parents and colony’s uncles and aunts. Not a single chapter in the book is as impactful as such self-help and spiritual book are expected of. As Das has himself said in the start of the book that writing the book was not his original thought, but the publisher asked him to, this book also displays the same that author just completed it for the sake of at least start with writing books. Author has gone the Robin Sharma way where he has written the book in the conversational format still dividing it into different chapters but couldn’t deliver the same simple keys that can help us in changing our lifestyle and approach towards living.

The author has spoken about the four basic wheels of life in the book:- Balancing personal life, maintaining relationships, regulating work life and managing social contributions. The only section that I found little different than what I have regularly read is the one talking about managing work life. Except that, there is a section in which the author has described how should one sit in an asana and release the stress off which also sounded solution-proof. Otherwise, at the end of each chapter, author has summarized the whole chapter, and I am sorry to say, but if you only read those 4-5 bulleted points in the summary, you are done with the book as it has nothing more than that. This is a very confused book where author has also ended up giving examples or real-life scenarios which are not even completely relevant to the stuff he is talking about. Overall, I would say a very disappointing debut and I give this book only 2 stars out of 5.



Wednesday, 17 October 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

Review: Ready 2 Mingle:- The same old & obvious Bollywood stuff! **

1709th BLOG POST -->>

The final episode of yet another Indian web-series, Ready 2 Mingle, got release two days back. I have been watching the episodes regularly while walking towards my office on footpath since last one week and I have been the part of the series world since then. The main characters of the series are played by Amol Parashar and Aahana Kumra yet again after they got featured in yet another web-series named “It Happened in Hong Kong” recently. The best thing about both these actors is the chemistry they have between themselves. And another USP that they have which makes them so favorite for the viewers is their natural acting that you will be unable to believe that they are playing someone else and not themselves. For many-a-times, after the episodes would end, I used to feel that this show is an extension of “It Happened in Hong Kong”. And seriously speaking, IHIHK was of 4 episodes only and this, Ready 2 Mingle, looks like its extension in its 10 episodes.

The show is about how these two characters meet each other in a shared cab and with the charming attitude of Nirav, he is able to win over Myra who is otherwise very selective and choosy. They host a party which turns out to be successful which gives them an idea of starting a venture named “Ready 2 Mingle” where they would be hosting parties for city’s singles where they would be coming together and find their mate. Everything looks perfect from outside but in the pressure of work and expectations, this couple which is making everyone come close are themselves falling apart. The whole series is then the basis of this where they are fighting this challenge and gelling with other people to move on from the hell they are into in their living relationships. What happens in the end is obvious as per what we have seen in multiple Bollywood movies which is where I got disappointed seeing almost the same stuff again.

The series starts on a very good note where everything is different and seems to be going on a path which has not been taken by any content creator yet but as the series moves into its 2nd half, it becomes the typical stuff where the falling couple are in dilemma if they are better for each other or the people they are currently trying out with. And this is where the viewer in you gets bored. It is only about how each one of them is hiding their fleeing from each other and feeling guilty about it. They are also protective about their public image otherwise their venture will get affected which is like their baby and they can’t afford it emotionally. Despite great dialogues, nice cinematography and screenplay, this series is not able to excite you because of its obvious and weak writing. The songs are also forgettable and does not generate any kind of emotions in you. The climax is very Thanda. Overall, the series has suffered because of weak script and I give this one just 2 stars out of 5. This can be ignored.