Tuesday, 25 June 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Is Darkness & Unclarity really bad for your Life?

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People believe in keeping the darkness away from their life. Everyone talks about keeping the negatives away. No one wishes to have tragedy around them. I have always experienced the best learning curves only in the moments when I am headed towards darkness and unclarity. When we are in light, we don’t tend to see the brightness that is making us feel comfortable and confident. We feel that is our state of mind. We feel nothing great is happening to us even if we get some of the great superior experiences or opportunity. The reason is that we have all shiny white around us. How would one feel the presence of that one light which has just created magic suddenly in the extensive brightness?

But when you have darkness all around and you can see nothing except black and there suddenly you find a ray of light coming in towards you, every dimension of your body accepts that light and gives credit for whatever light there is in your life and moment. When my mobile shall always have above 80% battery and someone would give me charger I will never get to understand the importance of a charger. It is only when my battery percentage is below 5% and I won’t be having any charger around me and somehow someone lends me the charger for 15 minutes will I understand what a charger meant to me all my life.

Hence, I believe though our trials and efforts should always be to ensure that we have light and positivity around us but if there isn’t any, we should feel more positive and curious as we know we are in a better state to realize the important things that makes our life rather than concentrating upon wrong factors and thinking them to be our reason of happiness. Your mobile is nothing without a charged battery or charger. Your home is nothing without electricity. Your car is nothing without fuel. Your lifestyle is nothing without money and credit card. Your expensive clothes are nothing without an Iron. You need little challenging moments to understand the above relatability otherwise you shall keep believing in illusions and the day you lose your charger, electricity, fuel, money or an Iron shall you acknowledge their importance and presence in your life by when you shall be in a forever darkness which shall never let you enjoy the moment of light again.

Hence, every time, you see hurdles, obstacles and nothingness in your life understand that it is going to make you learn where the source of light is and how it gets transformed in such a manner that it starts benefiting you who didn’t even know the answer till date. Few people teach us to always walk on the roads which are safe. Never have this attitude if you want to understand and learn why a road is safe or unsafe and then try making the unsafe one safe with your findings on what is lacking for it to become a safe road. There is always an individual who changes the mindset, trend, village and even the world. But that individual needs to be not just an individual but also an enlightened and powered one. And we have already discussed above how the enlightenment can be achieved in day-to-day tough situations from which we wish to run away from. So now is the time to get in to the darkness and learn things rather than celebrating the ever-bright moments of your life and being in your very own cocoon of righteousness which is actually foolishness. Hope this post shall make you understand where I am coming from.



Wednesday, 19 June 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

The Patomskiy Crater by Khemkarann (Book Review: 4*/5) !!!

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Well, when you chose a 400-pages book to read, you just pray before starting that it turns out to be good. And more so when you understand nothing by its title, it’s scarier. And when you are also reading the author for the first time, it’s all God’s play now how your long reading session shall end like. Thankfully, I can say that I didn’t have bad experience reading the book titled “The Patomskiy Crater” by the author, Khemkarann. The book is published by The Write Place publication house. The book is all and out a complete thriller and makes it clear within the first few pages itself.

The author must be appreciated for the fact that he had enough guts to give a title to his book which is tough even to pronounce the same but the confidence is quite evident which reflects in the way the story is been written. Right from the 1st page, author has come directly on the point where you realize that the story is going to be a tough read due to the kind of suspense it is going to hold and it does that. I liked how author has chosen to keep the narration for specific group of characters in parallel through different chapters that you feel like you are watching a movie which doesn’t have background music where everyone is walking and chasing and running from someone and is yet scary being noiseless. I liked how author didn’t narrate the whole story in a continuous timeline but chose to bring all the characters together by treating everyone as protagonist in their own timeline of events.

The book is divided into 80 different chapters. Yes, you heard it right. 80 DIFFERENT CHAPTERS and each chapter describes a scene about specific group of characters which makes you know more about what happened with them but in the next chapter you have similar excitement for different group of characters which are discussed and at the end of the chapter, now you want to know what happened with this set of people. This is what makes this book amazing and I would call it the USP of the story-telling of the author.

The way each character is introduced in the first half of the book is amazing. It becomes little difficult to remember each of them as names used are not Indian whereas I am used to reading books with Indian characters but post that, there are no unwanted characters inserted in the book which makes it easier to connect with the characters. Author plays with only those characters who are meant to enrich the story. The good thing which helped in the way the background of the story is developed is author’s background- as the Author is a Mumbaikar but has been staying in UK since last 16 years, the book had flavour of both- though the characters were based in foreign but their emotions were very much Indian.

In the pre-climax and climax, the way the story unfolds when all the characters end up meeting and the game of run and chase ends, makes you jump and sit to know who would end up being the criminal of all. I am glad author ended the book with some facts revealed which actually excites you and makes you believe the story rather than shrugging it off the way it generally happens with Indian-based authors. I am also glad that even though the book was initially about friends, author didn’t waste time in the useless friendship tales and flashbacks.

Talking about the drawbacks of the book, I must say that the book could have been edited and shortened very well by almost 100 pages. Yes. The biggest problem is that the synopsis or blurb, whatever you call it, mentions too much which is then elaborated in book for too long which bores you at times. Also, in between, the run-and-chase becomes too monotonous with nothing much getting revealed but only the same cycle getting repeated. Similarly, I felt that Vin’s father’s role could have been used more to twist the story as he was a key character. Similarly, the mask men are hyped too much even having them on the cover page but they are also too under-utilized in the story. The title of the book gets mentioned in the final part of the book but it could have also been made the centre point of the story right from the beginning.

Saying it all, I would say this is one of the genuine thriller I read which is written with heart. I give this book 4* out of 5.



Monday, 10 June 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Master Your Money, Master Your Life by Abhishek Kumar (Book Review: 4*/5) !!!

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As far as my memory goes, I have read around 3-4 books related to how we can manage our money and finances with many tips out there. But the problem with those books was that it explained money and the methods to save it in the way that someone like me who has started earning since last 3-4 years itself shall never be able to comprehend the jargons and what to do exactly to understand whom to believe and whom not to believe. I have finally completed reading a book which has actually satisfied me in terms of suggestions provided. The book is “Master Your Money Master Your Life” by 2nd time author, Abhishek Kumar, and published by Wisdom Tree.

Reading a non-fiction book becomes great when authors try to keep language and narration simple and I must applaud Abhishek for managing to explain such complex terms and topics in as easy language as possible that reading this book has not only been informative but also entertaining and exciting. There are so many advertisements, financial advisors, family agents, family friends who have filled our minds with multiple concepts on how money can be multiplied and saved. Author had a difficult task of going against them and putting up his belief and make sure the reader agrees with it. I must say I agreed on most of things that Author explained in the book though there are few things on which I did disagree too.

Author has divided the book into different segments to take the things ahead gradually so that readers can grasp the same with the pace of the book. Author starts by explaining the concept of Goal-making which we generally find in Management books and with-it author tries to convince us to be serious for mastering our money and monitor it by creating a serious goal for the same. And then the author goes on explaining us how we are made to believe that our life has been simplified with loans that we can take even for our small purchases but derives the conclusion on how we are actually losing money with each loan. Post that, author goes on a long spree to dilute our passion for owning as many credit cards as possible. In fact, author suggests us to not have credit card at all. Well, here I disagreed as author tries giving suggestions that seems to be too over-protective. Anyway, the myths that author busts regularly up till this chapter is really an eye-opener.

The good thing till this chapter in this book is that in the 1st half, author has told us what not to do and what to completely avoid so that we spend less on things which are not necessary. But the problem here is that still, author has not begun speaking on what needs to be done to save and multiply money. Post this, author starts providing us concepts such as Five Funds Funda where he tells us how to distribute our money to assure we are able to secure all kind of requirements in our life which needs money to be fulfilled. Another unique thing that author has described in one of the chapters which is highly important is how you can effectively regulate and build your money if you and your spouse do it together rather than doing it individually. This is what many advisors miss to include while planning our money.

In the last quarter of the book, author concentrates upon the factors such as real estates, mutual funds, ULIP, Insurance etc. and shares his To-Do list and Not-To-Do list. Here also author has tried his best to keep the jargons away and explain as basic terms as possible so that people who know nothing about it can also enjoy the lessons given.

This book is actually a must-read book as the kind of myths that author has dismissed is really commendable and makes us understand a lot of things. I liked the Five Funds Funda concept and I am surely going to follow it as much as possible. The way author has tried explaining the concepts with the help of charts, fictional conversations and examples is effective and impacting. I am glad that author has not thrown much of calculations, percentages and numbers while explaining the same as it becomes highly irritating for the reader to understand the same and get stuck in a concept or on a page.

Now, talking about the drawbacks of the book, as I have already mentioned above, reader will have to wait for the complete 1st half of the book to actually know where the money needs to be kept. Secondly, as I said above for the chapter on Credit-cards, author has completely invalidated it whereas author should have also told us about how it can be used for benefits in control. Similarly, I believe there are many types of Pension Plans and Insurance Plans which author has not detailed the way I was expecting. If we should go towards LIC or other Insurance Companies and their differentiation and comparison isn’t provided. Similarly, author could have suggested some Mobile Apps which could help us in planning our money, buying stocks, investing in mutual funds etc. Similarly, I was expecting strategies from author on how to plan investment which can help us with Income tax. How to manage money even with having children and how to save for their education, marriage and future is not included.

But, overall, considering even these drawbacks, the book is still worthy enough to go through and follow the basic tips that author has suggested. I give this book 4 stars out of 5. Recommended for those who have just started earning and doesn’t know where to keep their money so that they can save it better.



Wednesday, 5 June 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: Bharat: A strict Okay-ish movie! ***

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I stay in Navi Mumbai hence even after having some doubt on Salman Khan’s movies I still go to watch them because of the experience I get in the theatre as everyone in the audience is Salman’s die-hard fan as he has a farmhouse nearby in Panvel. I saw the FDFS of Bharat today and it was again a spectacular event seeing small children and Muslim families coming out in new clothes to celebrate Eid by watching the nation’s favorite actor- Salman Khan on the big screen.

Bharat is a great story on paper which narrates a character’s story from 8 years of age to 70 i.e. 1947 to 2010. The other great part of the story is that the character’s name itself is Bharat which is kept on the name of the country. Salman Khan playing the same makes this story sound more powerful. But when the same has been adapted in the movie and projected on the screen, it doesn’t turn out to be as special as it sounds textually; though it is watchable. The 1st half is interesting where it has been shown how the character of Bharat struggles for his survival by working at several places and even risking his life at times as he needs to keep the promise his father had given him before getting separated at the time of partition to protect his family as he is the eldest among siblings.

His 1st meet with other characters such as his friend, Vilayati (Sunil Grover), his 1st love interest- Radha (Disha Patani), his 2nd love interest- Kumud (Katrina Kaif) etc. is interesting and enjoyable. There are small humorous pieces in between which also works fine. But when the story moves to the 2nd half, the repeated display of Bharat’s survival in different kind of jobs becomes boring and monotonous. Then comes the important portion of the movie where Bharat gets a hope of reuniting with his father and sister due to a media-channel’s initiative to unite families from across borders who got separated during partition. This is where it seems the Bajrangi Bhaijaan effect has been applied in the pre-climax which actually makes you weep and shed some tears. But I believe story could have been ended just there but the director and writer stretch it little more to show the current lifestyle of the character, Bharat, at the age of 70 which becomes little too hard to digest.

Talking about the good parts of the movie- the movie starts off well and first half is entertaining and hopeful. The pre-climax emotions are also very well handled and actually works with the audience. The chemistry and love-angle between Salman and Katrina’s character is very nicely projected even though Katrina plays Salman’s boss. The chemistry between Salman and Sunil Grover’s characters where they play childhood friends is also beautifully projected. The dialogues are fine; not much issue with them though none of them will stay with you. Also, the process of getting jobs are also interesting to watch when you are uneducated in our country but want to earn bucks.

The stand-out performance in the movie is delivered by Sunil Grover who has a good length of role and is able to deliver the same strongly and comfortably without any nervousness in spite of sharing the screen with superstars like Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Another good performance is delivered by Disha Patani who even in her short role impresses just like she did in Dhoni’s biopic. Salman Khan again plays himself in the movie like most of his movies in last decade hence if you are Bhai’s fan, he shall not disappoint you but if you aren’t, then it shall irritate to watch how he plays same kind of body language for all the age-group he is portraying. Even at 70, his make-up and body language are like that of 30 years old which irritates. Katrina Kaif is wonderful in this movie and I am very happy to say this once again after Zero. But same problem with her make-up when she is made to play aged part.

All the other characters are okay in their small roles.

Talking about the drawbacks of the movie:- The 1st thing that disappointed me throughout the movie is over-stretching most of the scenes such as the Circus part of Maut Ka Kuaa, the part in Middle-East when Salman and Grover’s characters start working under the ground in Middle-East and another boring part where some people come to loot their ship – makers have tried to make that segment funny giving references of Amitabh Bachchan but it is really irritating, the pre-climax though it clicks but even that is too long. There are many such scenes which starts eating the patience in the audience in you. The scene of separation between Salman and Jackie Shroff is played so many times that even though I loved that scene in the beginning, later on, I wanted to hit the screen with my shoes whenever it played. Another major setback in the movie is that the story of character is shown along with the development of the nation but there is nothing much that the makers are able to show about India or the character or the co-ordination between both of them. They only end up spoiling the same. Even the sets and ambience of the movie remains to be the same even though the year ranges from 1947 to 2010 which is really disappointing.

Overall, the movie is a one-time watch with all the irritating parts mentioned above. I would give this movie 2.75 starts out of 5 which rounds off to 3 stars which I believe I would still give because of the engaging sections too. But trust me, you can skip this movie from watching it in theatres and wait for it to come on television if you are not a Salman Khan fan.