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Audiobook Review : Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility (by Jane Austen)

Although my foray into audio-books started as an attempt to make my walks more interesting and to tempt me to go walking even, I have to say that I am hooked. And for that I credit the narrators. I’ve been lucky enough to listen to three of the best, Frederick Davidson in my first book, […]

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50-50 Challenge : Completion (sort-of)

So, I signed up for this sometime this year. It is hosted by these good folks and the rules are simple: Commit to reading 50 books and watching 50 movies in the next year, 2012. The year is ending shortly, so how did I do ? MOVIES I’ve seen 50 for sure, and just for […]

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Sunday Salon : The Fifty-Fifty Challenge

Hello everyone and Happy Sunday! Am checking in today to announce that I am joining (yet) another Challenge. Thanks to fellow blogger maxqnz on whose blog/twitterfeed I first heard about this challenge, am now signed up todo the 50/50 Challenge, i.e.; read 50 books and see 50 films in 2012. Yes, 50. Now 50 films […]

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“The Help” movie

Kathryn Stockett’s best-seller “The Help” is being made into a movie. It will be in theatres this August. It was such a lovely book,that I look forward to the film – hopefully it will be as good or better. Here’s a first look :

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Music to my ears

I reviewed the film “Dil to baccha hai ji” here. And made a mention of the wonderful music in it. Here’s a sample :

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500 days of summer

Yes, the movie isn’t all that, but oh, this song ! Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a young non-practicing architect in love with the girl of his dreams dancing to this classic Hall & Oates number, on what looks like a wonderful summer’s day – here’s the song :

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The poems of Udaan – II

Here’s another poem from Udaan (here’s the first), besides this other one which I liked very much. The Hindi lyrics are courtesy Happy Garg’s blog post, and my translation follows : Jo lehron se aage nazar dekh paati toh tum jaan lete main kya sochta hoon, Wo aawaz tumko bhi jo bhed jaati toh tum jaan lete […]

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The poems of Udaan

I recently reviewed the film Udaan at my Movie Review Blog. And one of the lovely things about the movie (among the other lovely things) was it’s heartfelt poetry. Here is one poem (and here is another) by Amitabh Bhattacharya that I’ve managed to find on the internet (courtesy Abhijit Bhaduri’s blog). My rough translation follows : […]

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Horror : Cinema’s step-child

A lot can pass for horror – in some hindi films that is. And I don’t mean the acting or the direction or the just plain bad script/story/dialogue. Yes, they scar the soul and probably traumatize you for life ; I write this from my shrink’s office waiting for my next appointment where she (the […]

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Bollywoodian evil and all that good stuff

Filmi yore has it that when recalcitrant children wouldn’t sleep, Mothers would coax their children to bed with the warning “Beta, so ja varna Gabbar Singh aa jayega” (Sleep child or else Gabbar will come) ! Gabbar Singh of Sholay, that much remembered villain, with his maniacal laugh and gleaming eyes, asking that question “Kitne […]

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