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The Kaleidoscopic Writings of Bapsi Sidhwa

Two of her books have been a part of movie tie-ups – The Ice-Candy Man and Water. I have seen the movie based on the latter and the story of young widows was an eye-opener. I am sure the book will be a page-turner, which I am yet to read (it is currently not-available on Kindle). However, after reading The Ice-Candy Man, I can say for sure that the art of movies, exemplary in their own right, can never compensate for a priceless book. In fact, I wonder how many people did not go on to read these two books because of the revealed storyline in the movies. At the same time, there may be many who discovered this magnificent writer through the movies Continue reading

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Bapsi Sidhwa’s The Crow Eaters – Book Review

The characters – Freddie Junglewalla, his wife Putli, the boisterous mother-in-law and later in the novel, the son, Billy and his wife, Tanya – are true to their follies, prejudices, and predicaments, bringing to life the laughter, mirth, pathos, and drama so intricately laid out in the book. Continue reading

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Shashi Tharoor’s The Great Indian Novel

The book is filled with juicy tid-bits, some well-known, some only whispered in the political corridors all adding to the great melodrama of this book. One of the cornerstones of this work is the gleaning of fiction and hyperbole from fact and the mundane. Although, these come towards the fag-end, Tharoor’s thoughts on the Dharma of Yudhishtara and the Karma of Krishna make for great food for though and debate. I was pleasantly surprised to read his take on the role of Krishna in the Mahabharata but I will not divulge more, for fear of spoiling the experience those who are yet to read The Great Indian Novel. Continue reading

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Wadda Beparwah – The Great Uncaring One

Khushwant Singh observed, “Most men and women who deny God are to my knowledge more truthful, helpful, kinder and more considerate in their dealings with others that men of religion.” He was trying to probably say that lack of bigotry, fanaticism, and single-minded devotion to a God or a religion made people more open to accept the concepts of brotherhood and goodness of the human. His experiences showed that men of religion would commit sins – steal, lie, hurt others, even kill – in the name of religion and then go on a pilgrimage or ask forgiveness from their Almighty! Continue reading

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Preventing Perversion: A Review of The Bad Touch

Parents should read this book to see how such signs can manifest in the day-to-day life of their children and how these must be investigated. CSA can start with bullying, threatening, cajoling, and can cause young minds to be confused, scared and suspicious. Children like Amrita Purkayastha, may carry the scar in their soul and bear the pain in their chest but on the outside display a cheerful demeanor with A-grades in school. Even in such incidents, parents much always be on the lookout for tell-tale signs. Continue reading

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Prophet or Schizophrenic – The Truth in the Sci-Fi of Philip K Dick

In the dusk of his life, he seemed increasingly troubled by prophetic visions, and he wondered if he was insane. He tried expunging his troubled thoughts through journaling and produced his largest written work, the Exegesis. He observed that an insane man does not question his sanity, and so he must not be insane. Acquaintances also agreed that he was quirky, unorganized, and reticent, but sane. Dick used the concept of schizophrenia in his work and also wrote at length about it but whether he himself was afflicted, is a matter of psycho-medical investigation. Continue reading

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Reader’s Pot Pourri

The essence from various genres of books has been steadily filling my life but historical fiction seems to be the most cherished flavor of the season. I recently finished reading Julia Bell’s A Pearl Comb for a Lady and enjoyed … Continue reading

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Books for Thought and Life Lessons

I recently gulped down two books – The Maltese Dreamer  and The Books of Rachel, which gave me ample food for thought. Though the initial common point between these books was historical fiction, I was surprised how the two books … Continue reading

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The Malady of the Sequel

As a reader, the other complaint I have with preplanned/precommissioned sequels is that the writer usually leaves certain strings untied in the first book. It may work well if there is an immediate sequel to pick up from the bookshelves but if a wait for the sequel is involved, a reader like me is left with a feeling of being cheated, of being dissatisfied. And in the zip-zap-zoom world of modern publishing (and especially free e-publishing) you need a true fan to remain clinging to the cliff, where you leave the reader hanging, in anticipation of a sequel. Waiting, patience (and cliff-hanging) is hardly a virtue of modern men and women.

The latest entrant into the grand (and sometimes bland) world of prequels and sequels is our very own Bollywood. In fact, along with remakes this is the other malady that is hurting this multi-crores industry. Financial gains and banking on the popularity of existing characters and themes is the foundation stone of this latest trend in Bollywood, but this foundation is not without fault lines. We are yet to come across a sequel/prequel/remake in Bollywood that has done better than the original. Initially, the audiences were drawn by novelty but now they have become wary. Bollywood money-mongers need a new “hit-formula.” And so does Indian television which is aping the “Seaons” concept of the West, since quite some time. At least when it comes to television, the medium flowers and flourishes with the blessings of the Great Indian Middle Class and will continue to do so with or without the sequels and prequels! Continue reading

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Modern Parables – Two Books with Endearing Messages

Modern Parables – Two Books with Endearing Messages Continue reading

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