7 September 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

The Year That Wasn’t: The Diary of a 14-year old by Brisha Jain (Book Review: 4*/5) !!!

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There are so many lockdown and pandemic related books releasing these days that I doubt even picking them. Still, I went ahead and ordered Brisha Jain’s book named “The Year That Wasn’t” which also has the tagline of “The Diary of a 14-year old”. Imagine, the author is just 14 years old and she has managed to write a 230 pages full-fledged novel which is almost a non-fictional piece of work. I remember reading Anne Frank’s book a long time ago which was also written in a diary format when she was trapped as a Jewish victim of the Holocaust. This book is almost similar in its execution where the 14-year-old girl is speaking of her life during the times when Coronavirus was a virus spreading in a country away from her home and gradually, it travels all the way to her country as well as home too.


The book is based upon the Year 2020 hence the diary entry starts from 1st January 2020 and ends on 31st December 2020. I liked how authoress had a positive tone throughout the book while talking about many things that happened during the pandemic. She has maintained the dignity of a good national citizen while speaking of critical subjects without trying to be too opinionated. I had presumed that the book would be kind of a woke-attempt but no, it is so pure that you can understand the author as a person too. Through her writing, I feel that Brisha stays just next door and I know her well. And the way she has written things precisely and beautifully, I would want to keep talking to her about what’s happening around and what she thinks of them. I am speaking of all such personal emotions because of her maturity and knowledge which are evident in every word and sentence.


I liked how she added the Covid statistics in the end of every entry because she understands that readers might not relate with the exact phase she is trying to describe. That’s a good inclusion. Every time she talks about Indian Prime Minister and his speeches during pandemic, the respect with which she refers him is something the adults should learn as we see people on Twitter and Facebook abusing the National Leader. She talks about every point that he had made during that phase right from announcing Janta Curfew to extension of lockdown to making India aatmanirbhar etc. Brisha also gives Book Recommendations regularly in her entries and all the books she mentions are not fairy tales but the ones which can make teenage children grow sensibly. It tells from where she has got the intellectual dimension from – GOOD BOOKS!


The author also talks about many other events and concerns which happened during this period such as Galwan valley attacks, migrant workers case, vaccination progress, online classes, Tablighi Jamat incident etc. The way she has ensured that she covers every aspect that she went through and experienced during this tough phase makes it a wonderful reading experience as you relate with most of them as everyone has gone through the same. Nowhere does she try to go over the top to explain things as the author knows that everyone has been through the same pain hence doing anything not required will make the attempt sound fake. This is another skill that she possesses at the age of 14 which will help her write and communicate better in her life later.


Overall, this book is a very good narration of the period all of us don’t want to remember but the way this book has been represented makes you go down the memory lane with a hope that everything will get better as you turn every page. I liked how author has closed the book speaking of arrival of 2nd wave by when she had accepted life to be improving. That chapter really made me feel for her and all of us. I would suggest all of you to gift this to your children as they are really going to get a perspective on life – how to see things positively even when everything around you are collapsing horribly. I give this book 4 stars out of 5. I wish Brisha Jain a very good future as a writer.






24 August 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

The Stranger in the Mirror by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Book Review: 4.25*/5) !!!

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29th Book of 2021


There are many Bollywood personalities who are quite open about themselves, and you understand them a lot. There are many Movie directors and producers who are generally behind the scenes when it comes to moviemaking, but they assure they are close to their audiences by being Reality-show judges or Interview Host or being a pro at handling their social media handles. Similarly, there are few who are interested in creating movies only and doesn’t expose themselves at all and hence you always have a sense of curiosity in knowing about them. One such personalities is Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who is the proud director of movies like Rang De Basanti, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and recently released, Toofaan.


It was a complete surprise when I learnt that his autobiography has been released which has been co-written with Reeta Ramamurthy Gupta, who is herself a very sound author and popular personality. The book is named “The Stranger in the Mirror” which is published by Rupa Publications in around 320 pages. This is one of the rare books where I have completed it by reading only 20-30 pages daily because I wanted to consume it in a way where I can imbibe much of its qualities in my working lifestyle. Now that I have finished reading it, I can very easily say that I have learnt a lot from it and how to be a constant personality throughout your career so that everyone you meet has the same thing to say about you.


This book is written in a style that you’ll feel you are watching a movie which is shifting its timeline back-to-back to keep you interested in the story. Mostly when I have read any autobiography, it always starts from the author’s birth/childhood and ends up with the chapter which discusses his/her most recent life-event. This is completely different from all such attempts. Here, you’ll be surprised reading the next chapter after completing one as it will be completely different than the one you read just now. This makes you excited to know the other side of Rakeysh’s personality.


The book talks mainly about the world of cinema which has consumed Rakeysh in a way that his life revolves around it. Right from how he began from the world of advertising and then slowly moved to direction tells you about the amount of effort and commitment he has put in his work and craft. How certain good practices and relationships helped him with the opportunities or the help at the right time displays the importance of having good people around you. Rakeysh has been very vocal about the people who supported him in the life and career in several chapters throughout the book which tells you about the power of gratitude and how it keeps compounding to give you great results when you expect the least.


He tells it all- his days of success as well as failure. He hasn’t hidden anything which helps the reader in you to connect the dots with your life and see how you reacted in the similar conditions. He also talks about how he had to regularly consider keeping his only house on mortgage because every time he wanted funds, people didn’t agree, and he was all by himself to make that movie he wanted to. He also describes how small experiences or incidents made him think about the certain topic and then finally decide of creating a movie on it. He states how difficult it became for him when he took his scripts to the actors who kept refusing the movie continuously making it difficult for him to proceed ahead with his dreams.


When he is not speaking, his favourite people are talking about him or their experiences of collaborating with Rakeysh in their own words. I would like to mention some of these people such as Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Ronnie Screwvala, Madhavan, Prahlad Kakkar, Manoj Bajpayee, Narayana Murthy, Farhan Akhtar, Atul Kulkarni etc. Even his family has spoken about him in depth such as his sister, his wife, and children. All these pieces will make you understand the character of Rakeysh more and what makes him one of the rare personalities in Bollywood. His craft of making cinema without thinking of its success or failure tells you about the passion for movies that he has. 


Overall, the book is surely interesting, and it will help you know the process of moviemaking more than what you already know. Next time when you would be watching ROMP’s movie, you’ll watch every scene deeply as you know it has been picturized keeping certain aspects in mind. I really loved his emotional feelings for Amitabh Bachchan and I could connect a lot with it being Big B’s fan myself. Reeta has played the major part in bringing everything together and scripting it in a way that makes you feel that you are directly talking with the director. I will not say that this is the most inspirational or motivational autobiography, but you would just love knowing this person who is fighting all the odds to continue his passion of making movies. I give this book 4.25 stars out of 5. Last but not the least, I loved the last chapter where it is described on how the title of the book got decided. Kudos to Reeta for giving the book a very beautiful end.







17 August 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Beeja ka Jaadu by Rida Chauhan (Book Review: 5*/5) !!!

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28th Book of 2021


I remember reading the book named “Wadiya Singh visits Planet Sparkle” published by Sonalika Publication and I was so impressed because I had purchased it for a 6-year-old niece; and the content of the book made me feel so bliss about how beautifully the social messages are imbibed in the children through lovely stories right from their developing years itself. I wished if similar books could get published so that children can benefit most out of them which will also help parents provide values to their kids in the form of stories. As all of you know that I assure that there is equal amount of content in Hindi as our non-English population is huge which are left out whenever we try to convey something in English. Hence, when I got to know about the new book from Sonalika Publication named “Beeja Ka Jaadu”, I really got delighted and picked it up for the same niece and before gifting her, read it myself. Haha! The book is written by Rida Chauhan.


This time the book is about the boy named Arjun who lives in a village. His father is a farmer. The issue here is that his father is idler and doesn’t work at all. Arjun himself tries to work as much as possible along with his studies and household activities. He is a workaholic and a very good boy. One day, he meets a man who gifts him a seed which turns out to be magical. When he goes next day in the field to sow it, suddenly, the seed starts talking to him and asks him to tell any three wishes which can be easily granted by the seed. This makes Arjun very happy. Now these three wishes are where Rida has tried to provide the message to the children through which they can learn great lessons to be a good person in life.


Like the previous book, Sonalika Publication and Rida again focuses on providing good messaging on nature and how it needs to be prevented for the betterment of the society in long run. This is a value which needs to be inculcated in kids as we, the previous and current generation, have already ruined enough on this Planet. It’s time that the next generation is aware about the benefits of nature and preserve it as much as possible.


The story also delivers a good morale value of how a person needs to wish well and best for others which ends up helping them achieve well in life. How we can find happiness in our own life by sharing and providing happiness with others is nicely portrayed through the story. I liked how in the end the Chauhan has also focused on the message knowing that kids might not grasp the purpose the story is providing.


The book also has meanings etc. in the end of the book for few Hindi words in case someone is unable to understand. I believe authors can keep it on the same page itself where the word is mentioned so that children can refer them then and there as some might not know that the meanings are present at the end of the book. There are fun exercises in the end which allows children to paint Arjun and his world as per their imagination while reading the story as well as they get a chance to find 10 differences from the two images. This book again has illustrations and images which makes the reader travel to the world the story is talking about. I feel this is one of the best practices to be followed by the publication house.


Overall, this is a very good initiative and every parent and grown up should ensure that the children in their vicinity are reading such books and stories to learn big messages of life through short stories. How can you rate this book at all – I give it 5 out of 5. Kudos to Rida Chauhan for the amazing short story.






14 August 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: Bhuj - The Pride of India: Typical Bollywood-ish execution! ***

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There are ample of Hindi movies based on Indian Army, Air Force and some even on Navy. Everyone does it in their own way on how they want to portray life of some great people who see nation and its pride above their life. It is very necessary to know about them even if movie is little bit here and there in terms of execution. I had seen the trailer of the movie “Bhuj: The Pride of India” which released on Hotstar just yesterday – again on Independence Day like Shershaah. Seeing it itself I didn’t get the good vibes about it. Shershaah has been a beautiful experience and it released a day before Bhuj came so the comparison is obvious. But leave comparison, even as an individual movie, it doesn’t stand any tall. This movie has bigger star cast such as Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, Sharad Kelkar, Sonakshi Sinha, Nora Fatehi, Pranitha Subhash etc.; hence the expectations are supposed to be high.


The movie is based on 1971 War and how India fought with Pakistan to save their Western province which made us sacrifice lives of many soldiers. Right from the first scene itself, movie shows how their Air Force attacks our Airbase so that we lose all our runways and can’t compete with their fighter planes. You start liking the whole atmosphere, but the way Ajay Devgan is introduced where he is almost lying as if he is dead and then wakes up suddenly and starts walking like a typical movie hero, you start complaining. Another thing that kept disturbing me was the regular pause in between to introduce us with some characters. It just kept breaking your flow and patience because it happens too often.


The first half is too slow to enjoy it at all. The only above average scene is an action sequence involving Nora Fatehi but even that’s not very superb. The whole excitement begins in the 2nd half when the preparation for the War begins. It is then that you start getting involved with the story but it’s too late by then. Anyway, that whole sequence is nicely directed and portrayed. The same Bollywood problem lies as you see one soldier continuously fighting against multiple opponents without getting affected at all which looks completely unbelievable.


Also, there’s another complain I have. It’s 2021 now. The audiences have got very matured with great content on OTT platforms – the same place where your movies are releasing. It’s high time we see Army officers dancing and singing with their partner in multiple songs. We can expect some sensibility now. I understand that music is so imbibed in our culture and movies that it’s hard to separate it, but few movies and subjects don’t need them at all. In case you are putting them forcibly, at least try to have such songs that are melodious that even when you are irritated with its inclusion, you end up enjoying the same – the way it’s done in Shershaah.


The dialogues are just okay and doesn’t have any greatness about them. The movie is fine to watch to know the sacrifice our soldiers and brave people went through in the 1971 War but it’s not a great piece of cinema. The climax is good which ends the movie on a great note as you feel proud to see your nation winning. Also, to see how one officer can make big difference is nicely portrayed. Other than that, I remember nothing from the movie which will excite you as a viewer. I give the movie 3 stars. 1 star etc. just for the subject it’s based upon. Even if you miss watching this, you don’t miss something very great.




13 August 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: Shershaah: A grounded portrayal of a Soldier! ***½

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Unfortunately, I have not liked Siddharth Malhotra as an actor ever. I have never understood why girls are crazy about him but whenever I have watched his film, I have always found him less than what he could have done. Therefore, when the movie, Shershaah, was announced which is based on the life and death of Captain Vikram Batra who helped us get back one of the toughest mountain peaks back from Pakistan’s claws in the Kargil War of 1999. He is a superhero since then and I don’t think anyone doesn’t know about him. There are already two Hindi movies based on him such as Lakshya and LOC Kargil so I was very sceptic as to what new Shershaah will offer and will Siddharth be able to take-off such an important character.


Yesterday, I watched it on the very first day on Amazon Prime of which I am pretty sure that if the movie must have been released in theatres, the impact of it would have been more than what it is on the OTT platform. The best part about the writing and script has been the humanization of the character of a soldier as much as possible rather than showing as someone who are meant to sacrifice and leave everything behind as they have chosen this for themselves. We are shown Vikram as someone who likes enjoying with friends, dating a girl, fighting with her family for their relationship, smoking cigarette, being a charmer and everything that your next-door-boy must be like.


Even when he gets into the Army, he doesn’t get transformed immediately into a very serious guy but remains to be very cool but focused on his responsibility of fighting for his country without fearing about death. You will not find many melodramatic scenes here unlike the kind of Soldier movies that we see. Though the romantic songs in the movie are something you don’t intend to watch but still they are a nice inclusion as it makes the portrayal of a patriotic movie little different than others where you only see the partner crying in song while leaving their better half for the Battle or War.


The dialogues are powerful in the movie as they convey the agenda behind it clearly. The songs are soulful, and they will find place in your playlist. The locations and shots are cinematic as you feel you are at the location, or you would wish to backpack and leave for mountains. Every scene is so aesthetically beautiful that you would want to frame each of them. The casting is great as everyone in their role looked perfect and not a single actor is out of sync with their character. I liked the background music but sometimes they make it little tough for you to hear what the characters are speaking among themselves in whispering tone. Also, I felt that the dubbing of the voice is not nicely synched with the video in few scenes as you can identify the gap between the movement of lips and the words spoken by the actors.


Talking about the lead performances, Siddharth Malhotra does well. As far as my belief goes – this is his career-best performance and touching something like this again is going to be tough for him. He makes you completely believe in the charming personality of the character who turns from a die-hard romantic boy to a Lieutenant and finally ends up being Captain in the Indian Army. Kiara Advani, as always, makes her screen presence felt and you would want to keep watching her whenever she is performing. There is something about her that makes her acceptable in every role she performs – either major or minor.


Overall, this is not a very machoism kind of a movie where you would want to become the lead character yourself and do the task. This is written and directed in a way that makes everything look and sound grounded. So, you’ll not find that Josh of URI or emotional quotient like Border but a very different portrayal of Indian Army’s efforts to win a War. Also, what kind of effort Batra made to get into the Army is completely missing from the script. I give this movie 3.5 stars out of 5. It is a one-time watch for sure.  




10 August 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Podcast 4 | Akash Verma on love, relationship, heartbreaks, Extra-marital, divorce | Part 2 (Video)

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Hi Friends,


Hope all of you took out time from your busy schedule and watched the Part 1 of my Podcast with Akash Verma. In case, you haven't, the link for the same is again re-shared in the end of the post.


In this Part 2 of the Podcast, Akash Verma, the founder of Chokore & National-Bestselling Author discuss a lot many things from which youth and even the grown-up can learn and take the lesson from.


We discussed everything from Love, Relationships, Heartbreaks, Extra-marital affairs , Divorce etc.


Please watch & leave your comments on the Youtube video.



Akash Verma is the co-founder of a fashion startup centered around

Indian designs - www.chokore.com, and a national bestselling

author. Akash has 24+ years of experience in FMCG and Media at

senior levels with Coca-Cola, Red FM, Big FM, and TOI. Akash’s

work has taken him across the world, and he finds this experience

very relevant while giving shape to his stories. Akash practices

Buddhism as a life philosophy and loves Travel, History, Cinema,

and Music.

Akash Verma is a renowned thriller author and has authored six

books till now. National media have covered him in publications

such as The Pioneer, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times,

Financial World, The New Indian Express, The Hindu, and The Week

to name a few. He has also appeared at renowned literature fests

and interviews. His publisher is Penguin Random House, India.


Akash is a Science Graduate and holds a PGDBM degree. He is based

out of Gurgaon. Akash’s parents are eminent and awarded Hindi



Website : www.akash-verma.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Akash-Verma-...

Twitter: https://twitter.com/akashvermanow

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/akash_verma...




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6 August 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Podcast 4 | Akash Verma on his creative side, relationships & multitasking | Part 1 (Video)

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Hi Friends, it has been my dream to talk with great personalities and learn from it since last decade. I had many personal interactions with authors and other such personalities. But recently after knowing that something which was in mind has already taken shape in the digital world called as Podcast, I thought of starting the same with some great people whom I can bring on my platform and learn something from them and make it accessible with all of you, so that along with me, all of us can learn together.


In this Podcast, Akash Verma speaks on his books, his view on relationships, multi-tasking and his opinion on being too workaholic…



Akash Verma is the co-founder of a fashion startup centered around Indian designs - www.chokore.com, and a national bestselling author. Akash has 24+ years of experience in FMCG and Media at senior levels with Coca-Cola, Red FM, Big FM, and TOI. Akash’s work has taken him across the world, and he finds this experience very relevant while giving shape to his stories. Akash practices Buddhism as a life philosophy and loves Travel, History, Cinema, and Music.

Akash Verma is a renowned thriller author and has authored six books till now. National media have covered him in publications such as The Pioneer, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, Financial World, The New Indian Express, The Hindu, and The Week to name a few. He has also appeared at renowned literature fests and interviews. His publisher is Penguin Random House, India.


Akash is a Science Graduate and holds a PGDBM degree. He is based out of Gurgaon. Akash’s parents are eminent and awarded Hindi writers.


Website : www.akash-verma.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Akash-Verma-...

Twitter: https://twitter.com/akashvermanow

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/akash_verma...




Purchase Akash Verma's books from Amazon: https://amzn.to/3CwkeJp




Follow me on:-


My Blog:- http://www.writingbuddha.com/


Instagram:- https://www.instagram.com/writingbuddha/


Twitter:- https://twitter.com/WritingBuddha


Facebook:- https://www.facebook.com/WritingBuddha/


Youtube:- https://www.youtube.com/WritingBuddha/

5 August 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Mapping Love by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (Book Review: 3.25*/5) !!!

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27th Book of 2021


Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari has already won our heart by creating great movies such as Nil Battey Sannata, Bareilly ki Barfi and Panga. I adore for the way she has created her own identity in the Hindi film industry through her work. It was a surprise when I got to know that she is releasing a book written by herself because generally, filmmakers take some time entering the world of literature as writing and working on a movie itself takes most of their energy. Her very first book named “Mapping Love” is published by Rupa Publications in around 187 pages.


You can surely finish this book in one or two sittings as it’s not a very long story but the way it moves insist on making you pause for some time before proceeding ahead. It has not happened for long with me with a book but this one really made me think a lot about my past decisions. The protagonist Oorja’s character is framed so deeply that you understand the kind of dilemma and trauma she is in. She is returning to India with lots of angst because her mother has died due to a mistake committed by her father. And over that, now her father is also no more – as he lost his life almost in the similar scenario. She is back in her grandfather’s home where she meets a boy named Anang who has taken care of everyone in her absence.


The emotions of a girl knowing that someone else has better tuning in her family than herself because of her absence can be felt throughout the story post-entry of Anang. The way she deals with him tells you how difficult it can get when you have failed multiple times in past relationships, but you must again decide if this one is okay to commit yourself in. Also, the way she thinks about Anang even after leaving the place makes you feel for her – a girl who is already in stress and confusion has only one hope of love – and she is surviving only on it. The way pre-climax makes us acquainted with a fact we were not expecting at all gives us a chair-jump as suddenly, it seems the book has shifted the gear and become one from thriller genre. Another such moment is when Police calls her for verifying a body. That scene is totally chilling and horrifying.


The poems as filler in between the story are so moving that you end up reading them 10 times before proceeding ahead. It gave me a little ZNMD movie kind of a feel but generally, I don’t like English poems, but some of the poems mentioned in this book makes your heart weep in love and hope. I also liked the philosophical take by the authoress throughout the story in almost every important section. Even when something is said which is quite general and common, her philosophical part uplifts the paragraph or chapter. Without the inclusion of it, this book must have lost 50% of its effectiveness.


Talking about the drawbacks now, I felt that author didn’t work much on characterizations. I couldn’t relate too much with anyone else other than Oorja. Even with her, you don’t get to know much about the important happenings in her past which can make us understand her completely. Secondly, the language used in the book is not very easy and you’ll find it very hard initially and if you are reading it with lot of gaps, it is going to trouble you each time while re-starting. Thirdly, the whole angle of Anang’s medical condition seems like a forced drafting as it doesn’t sound genuine at all. Even the whole thing is just informed to us rather than driving story on it for little longer.


Overall, this book is a fine read and it can gather mixed reviews based on everyone’s experiences in their own life and how they relate it with Oorja’s life. I give this book 3.25* out of 5. Please read to understand if it connects with you or not.






3 August 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

5 Things I learnt from my Previous Boss/Entrepreneur | Completed 6th Work Anniversary today (Video)

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I started working on 3rd August, 2015 and I complete my 6 years of work experience today. I am glad that somehow, I have managed to be securing job till now considering the kind of challenges I faced after I made the 1st switch of my career last year during the lockdown period.


But as I complete 6 years today, rather than remembering anything else, I was just reminiscing the accomplishments and failures in my first job which made me go through all the great conversations I had with my Boss who was also the founder of the company.


I am telling you that working under the Founder is an altogether different experience than working under a Manager. An Entrepreneur wants you to excel and become the best in the field because he behaves like a Leader whereas some Managers disappoint you with the Organizational politics, ego issue, competition, toxicity etc.


I have mentioned the 5 best lessons I learnt from my previous boss which I believe will benefit every new joinee or employee in their working lifestyle.


Please watch and let me know if you also find these 5 points beneficial or not.

30 July 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Completed 12 Years of Blogging | Writing Buddha | How Blogging changed my LIFE and WORLD?

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12 years back, I wrote my very first Blog Post on 31st July, 2009 and I never knew I will come so far with it. It all started as an open Personal diary which later got converted into a platform where I discussed about the books I read which I still do. I also started bringing ahead my viewpoints on topics related to youth and current affairs. Later, I switched a bit and started talking about movies too considering that most people of my age were interested in knowing about both – new and old movies. I continue reviewing and talking about very few movies I watch which I strongly feel I should talk about. Since last few years, the Blog has taken turn towards Spiritual content as well.


When I started writing, I never knew that the form of Blogging or connecting with people will change over the time, but I did my best to adapt though I always lack in it. I am still behind, and this is something I am still learning on how to adapt immediately as soon as the world of media progresses. I started clicking book photos with every kind of aesthetic value in it with my limited photography skills. Later, people told me that people love to watch videos more than reading so it would be better if you can start a Youtube channel. Somehow, I managed that. Now the articles and new algorithm say that the social media platforms are supporting short portrait videos of 15 to 30 seconds. This is the new adaptation I am working upon.


These twelve years has been such a growth as a reader, writer, thinker, content creator but mainly it has made me a completely changed person altogether. Now I think differently and my view of seeing the world is very distinct than how it was previously. This platform also allowed me to meet so many celebrities I adored which was an experience I would have never had otherwise. I also know many of you in such cities where I haven’t visited ever or maybe I shall never visit too. But the kind of bond I have with people is amazing.

I owe my life to Writing Buddha – the name I have chosen for my online presence, and I have spoken about this in brief in the video. Please do watch and keep supporting as you have always done.


Thanks a lot.



28 July 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: Mimi: Very entertaining, funny & emotional! ****

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So Mimi released 4 days before its official release date because the movie already got pirated on some online platform. Luckily, its also Kriti Sanon’s birthday today hence it has become double treat for her. To start with, let me tell you, this is the best acting performance from Kriti Sanon in her career and this time, rather than only liking her for the looks and charm, you are going to love and adore her for acting. I already liked her a lot but now she has made me believe in her as a good and terrific actor too. May God bless her with better opportunities in the future. Let’s talk about her towards the end of the review again.


Mimi is a feel-good movie. Initially, you will feel that it’s just going to be an okay-okay stuff but the way it starts changing its colour with every scene, you start diving into it and after a time, you and movie becomes one. Well, this became quite spiritual but yes, the movie has that power which makes you believe in whatever happens with all the characters in every scene. I liked how the makers have used the concept of surrogacy and displayed it very beautifully which will make unaware people understand about it while enjoying the movie. The sensitivity of the topic has been respected and you’ll not find any disrespectful or demeaning words either for the surrogate mother or the parents who are wanting to have one.


The locale and dialect are used very wonderfully which works in favour of the movie completely. The dialogues are powerful which makes you laugh and cry whenever the makers want you to. And isn’t this an incredible thing when audience starts dancing on your tunes? Talking about the music, yes, its joyful and soulful, too, as per the situations. The movie never loses its grip and keeps you entertained throughout – either through its comedy or drama or emotional scenes. The makers haven’t overdone anything. The movie has everything in its right quantity. What I liked about the movie is that it keeps changing its tone every 10 minute and keep it balanced for us.


Talking about the performances, lets first talk about Pankaj Tripathi – well, he is again the winner here. From Kaleen bhaiyya, the kind of transformation he makes here is so powerful that you can’t fail to notice it. He is back to the kind of characters we have always enjoyed him play where he is little funny, little mad, little crazy, little screwed yet has heart at the right place which makes him so lovable on the screen. The way he makes those small little gestures at the right moment in the right scene is commendable. The other performances by Sai Tamhankar, Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa are equally good in their own parts. They play small parts but very essential ones. Even the roles played by the two foreign characters are emotional and powerful – you love watching them on the screen unlike other movies.


And now, finally talking about Kriti Sanon- Let’s take her seriously now. She has just upped her game. She is no more the Kriti Sanon we know. Now when you hear that she is part of some big projects like Adipurush, wait to watch her rather than not thinking twice while reading her name. Every time she smiles, you smile with her. Every time, she is confused, you find the confusion within you. Every time, she is crying, you find lump in your throat. She just keeps you with her throughout and makes you miss her every time she is not shown on the screen. Even when Pankaj Tripathi is doing his job, you still want her to be there. I don’t think there could be anything better to be said about her than this. She has portrayed a mother very nicely on the screen and convinces you with every expression she makes. This movie, MIMI, can be said as career-defining role for her and the movie shall always be remembered for the emotional ride she takes you along with her.


Overall, MIMI is one of the best movies made this year. Even though its predictable but it keeps you involved and entertained. I give this movie 4 stars out of 5. You will understand the pain of a mother – while she is pregnant or giving the birth or taking care of the child in his infant days through Kriti’s acting and the storyline. Don’t miss it.





27 July 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: Hungama 2: One of the worst movies!!! 0 Stars

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I still remember watching Priyadarshan’s Hungama more than a decade back when his movies used to be as awaited as Hirani’s movies these days. Almost every movie of his had so many confusions within the plot that made audiences die from laughter. It has been a very long time since he created any movie and most of us remembered whenever any makers ruined a movie in the name of humour and comedy. Finally, we got to know about the return of Hungama as Hungama 2 but with new characters having only Paresh Rawal and Manoj Joshi as a continuity from the old one. The cast looked boring with people like Meezaan Jaffrey, Shilpa Shetty, Pranitha Subhash in the lead roles.


I was still expecting something from the movie just because of one name – Priyadarshan. Unfortunately, there’s some issue with some of the old directors who are stuck where they were two decades back even now. They haven’t moved a bit in terms of both – content as well as thought process. They feel that they can still sell the same stuff to the new set of audience. Even the same old audience have grown up now who have begun rejecting even Khans so it is an example of over-confidence when you, as a maker, believe that mentioning the names of your previous hit movies in the trailer will make audience love the new one too. This is an outdated strategy which doesn’t work anymore.


Hungama 2 script also has many twists and turns and confusions and lunacy but this time, it doesn’t have comedy in it at all. In fact, even these turns of events are predicted by us right in the first segment itself knowing how Priyadarshan’s mind functions. You want things to happen beyond your predictions, but it doesn’t – not even once. The whole movie is generally shot in a big bungalow which restricts even more possibilities that could have happened with this story. I only felt laughter once when Tiku Talsania tries to tell the DNA report results to Ashutosh Rana otherwise other than that, the whole movie only makes you want to skip it as soon as possible.


When you know that there’s an actress like Shilpa in the movie, you expect her to have most screen presence whereas you’ll realize that she’s just having a minor role which doesn’t do much other than advising Meezaan or else, dancing in the useless and unwanted recreated version of Chura Ke Dil Mera. Leave this song, not a single song of this movie is good – I don’t know what Anu Malik was smoking while creating songs this time. Never heard such a hopeless album in recent times. The dialogues are just disappointing as they are unable to generate laughter in you at all. In fact, it makes you angrier.


Nevertheless, I also found this movie to be Hinduphobic. Yes, not at the level of Akshay Kumar’s Laxmi but it is. I will give you few instances. The actor keeps hand directly on God’s head while making any promise – says something as demeaning and insulting to the idol of Lord Krishna as “Tu murli baja raha hai ya meri baja raha hai” – When asked to keep hand on Bhagavad Gita and take the oath, the character says “jahaan haath pair rakhwana hai rakhwa lo” – while giving reference of pregnating someone else’s wife, the character refers to Ramayan etc. This is very upsetting and insulting to someone like me who believes in God and Dharm.


Lastly, the movie is such a bad example to set for the new generation. I have just started disrespecting Meezaan Jaffrey for accepting this role in the first place. You’ll find him disrespecting the kids in the house and calling them names which we shouldn’t at all – we know how sensitive children are. The same goes with Ashutosh Rana as well. Then, Jaffrey also talks badly with all the elders around him as if they are meant to be ill-treated by him every now and then. And not only this, but he also even goes a step ahead in disrespecting the women characters in the movie. He calls and talks with the lead Pranitha’s character so badly that you want to just stop watching the movie at that point of time. In one scene, he tells at her face that he is about to rape her and he even starts doing that. And he justifies it by saying that I can do this as I am father of your children. All of this is too difficult to accept.


Overall, let’s not talk about it more, Hungama 2 is one of the worst movies. I give it 0 stars.





Web-series Review: Hostel Daze Season 1 & 2: Full of Nostalgia & Friendship! ****

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Somehow, I had not watched Hostel Daze until now even when it has been almost 2 years since its release but the recent streaming notifications for Hostel Daze Season 2 made me watch both the seasons together last evening with my friend. And I must say this is a show which is double fun when watched with a friend who’s your age as you keep on sharing your experiences along with the show. Hostel Daze is basically about how boys lead their life in hostel after getting admission into Engineering college. How all kind of perfect, imperfect, careless, ambitious, romantic, studious boys come together to stay in the same building for next 4 years is what makes this show funny and a treat to watch.


Anyone who has ever stayed in hostel is going to enjoy this a lot due to ample amount of nostalgia embedded into it. Even if you haven’t been part of the hostel but of a college which had all kinds of weird personalities in your batch, this show is going to make you call all your friends and talk to them once. Though the show is made as a comedy piece, but you will keep on relating it with yourself and your group of friends. There is plethora of abuses in almost every minute of the show, but this is purposely created for a section of audience hence anyone else watching it might get irritated with it, but the young crowd is going to like it for sure. The students who are studying from home are really going to miss their college life as the show displays everything that happens among friend – abuses, ragging, friendship, politics, revelation of secrets, affairs etc.


The 1st season is about the 1st year of Engineering where everyone is worried about their popularity as they want to create their own identity and get respect from the seniors. Then there is another character who is dying for a girl’s attention. There’s another who has built an image where everyone has to agree to him otherwise, he can wreak havoc in your life.  You also see how everyone gets to someone for cigarette, another for information on girls and another for collection of porn. All this is something that happens in Hostel and is very much true even if it might look impossible for someone who has never seen this side of life.


The first season is all fun whereas the second one takes you on little Bollywood-ish side where you can see two guys trying for the same girl. The only TVF thing about this angle is that both are undeserving and incapable of getting the girl. Haha! Season 2 is of about 4 episodes only of 30-odd minutes each which is like a movie only. You can call it a mini-series. The last episode is something that surprises everyone as you find it very emotional and relatable. Every time when we are with friends, we feel as if time at home is going to be wonderful but just after a week, you start remembering the good time spent with friends and you start preferring them more than your family members. This fact is so unwilling, yet everyone goes through this, and it has been shown so realistically that you can feel it with a drop of tear in your eyes.


I liked the little glimpses of songs added in between of the story which gives you a very serene feeling. The dialogues are powerful where many of them just makes you fall off from your seat laughing. Think twice while drinking water while watching this series as you might throw all out because of unplanned laughter. Haha! Few characters talk directly with us through the camera such as the watchman, warden, Photocopy shop owner, Laundry-boy, Housekeeping staff etc. which is a complete TVF thing. You can feel the power of the monologues spoken by every character. It is something which keeps the series interactive as well which is very unique thing to do.


Overall, I would say that Season 1 is better than Season 2 but collectively, Hostel Daze is a show not to be missed. And yes, if you have been out of touch with your college friends, this is going to be hard for you as you’ll feel lump in your throat with every other scene, and you would want to call them which you’ll not be able to. Overall, I give collective rating to both the season as 4 stars out of 5 where 4.5 stars go to Season 1 whereas 3.5 stars go to Season 2.





24 July 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

जानिए क्यों मनाई जाती है गुरु पूर्णिमा और क्या है इसका धार्मिक महत्व | What is Guru Purnima? | Hindi (Video)

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आदिकाल से ही सनातन धर्म में आषाढ़  माह की पूर्णिमा को गुरु पूर्णिमा पर्व के रूप में मनाया जाता है। शिवपुराण के अनुसार अठ्ठाईसवें द्वापर में इसी दिन भगवान विष्णु के अंशावतार वेदव्यास जी का जन्म हुआ। चारों वेदों का बृहद वर्णन करने और वेदों का सार 'ब्रह्मसूत्र' की रचना करने के फलस्वरूप ही ये 'महर्षि व्यास' नाम से विख्यात हुए। इन्होंने महाभारत सहित अट्ठारह पुराणों एवं अन्य ग्रन्थों की भी रचना की, जिनमें श्रीमदभागवतमहापुराण जैसा अतुलनीय ग्रंथ भी है। इस दिन जगतगुरु वेदव्यास सहित अन्य गुरुओं की भी पूजा की जाती है। शैक्षिक ज्ञान, आध्यात्म एवं साधना का विस्तार करने और इसे प्रत्येक प्राणी तक पहुंचाने के उद्देश्य से सृष्टि के आरम्भ से ही गुरु-शिष्य परंपरा का जन्म हुआ।


शास्त्रों में 'गु' का अर्थ अंधकार या मूल अज्ञान, और 'रु' का अर्थ उसका निरोधक, अर्थात 'प्रकाश' बतलाया गया है। गुरु को गुरु इसलिए कहा जाता है कि वह अज्ञान तिमिर का ज्ञानांजन से निवारण कर देता है, अर्थात अंधकार से हटाकर प्रकाश की ओर ले जाने वाला 'गुरु' ही है। गुरु तथा देवता में समानता के लिए कहा गया है कि जैसी भक्ति की आवश्यकता देवता के लिए है वैसी ही गुरु के लिए भी, क्योंकि यह सम्बन्ध आध्यात्मिक उन्नति एवं परमात्मा की प्राप्ति के लिए ही होता है।

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