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The James Joyce Murder

James Joyce Murder Book Review

The James Joyce Murder (A Kate Fansler Mystery) by Amanda Cross is unabashedly literary. Imagine an Agatha Christie bucolic setting complete with the aristocratic rich, the scandalous young and evil lurking close. Add to it, P. G. Wodehouse like whimsical sentence construction and a wholesome disregard to practicality. Most important to the novel, is a Jasper Fforde confident love for literature. I personally, have not read James Joyce, I blame that on my literary ignorance and not the high-handedness of Amanda Cross. If…

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Television

13 Reasons Why

13 reasons why review

13 Reasons Why is a new hit original series on Netflix. Based on the Young Adult Novel of the same name by Jay Asher, this series has an 8.6 rating on IMDB. If you thought YA was about fantasy and dystopian worlds then this will shake your belief. Wondering what the fuss is about and whether you should watch the show? Then read on.. The story is about a teenage girl who commits suicide. But before she takes her own life…

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Film

Grand is the word – Bahubali 2 – The Conclusion

Before you start reading this, I would like to alert you that if you haven’t seen the movie yet and you plan to watch it, then please avoid reading this. I just might reveal the plot … or maybe not. ‘This is so grand!” That was what I kept thinking, as I watched the movie ‘Bahubali 2 – The Conclusion’, on the huge celluloid. But before I write on the second part of the Bahubali series, let me say something…

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Literature

The Broken Empire

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Mark Lawrence has become one of my favourite fantasy novelists thanks to his riveting revenge fantasy series The Broken Empire. I picked up the first book in the series, Prince of Thorns, based on its cover and its prominent place on the fantasy novels shelf in the Amazon bookstore. Judging a book by its cover could have never been so absolutely right. Mark’s writing flows like beautiful poetry. Gripping. Dark and defying prediction.  The pace of the first book, Prince…

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Film

Neerja

neerja review

Zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahin!   A woman of substance, a symbol of bravery and an icon to look upto, Neerja was all this and much more. Director Ram Madhvani recreates the last day of this 23 year old wonderful soul, who was killed brutally by three hijackers who boarded the flight in Karachi, back in 1986. Neerja Bhanot was the head purser, who kept her cool, followed her duties diligently and saved the lives of over 300 passengers,…

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Literature

The Vesuvius Club

vesuvius club review

I selected Vesuvius Club as my next read based on the recommendation that readers who like P. G. Wodehouse (an author I absolutely adore) would enjoy this novel by Mark Gatiss. The recommendation promised a whimsical spy novel with dry wit. While settings in P. G. Wodehouse’s make believe British universe remain chaste and refined, Mark Gatiss delights in the crass and grotesque. Vesuvius Club wastes no time in setting the stage for hero Lucifer Box. Painter by day and British secret…

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Television

Sailaab – A 1995 Zee TV Classic

A beautiful ghazal sung by a ghazal maestro for the title song, stellar performances by the main and second leads, superb direction and brilliant script writing are some of the highlights that make Sailaab a popular and unforgettable show. This 1995 classic, that was first shown on Zee TV remains one of my top few favourite shows among all times. Sailaab can be called as TV’s own Silsila because the story is about two ex-lovers who meet again while they…

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Literature

Gift of the Phoenix

gift of the phoenix book review

Gift of the Phoenix is 574 pages of fantasy, magic, valour and love. It is a splendid read, specially if you like the epic genre. The prologue starts off in a faraway place and time where a magical phoenix is about to regenerate. The wizards of the land have a ceremony for the regeneration which takes an unexpected turn because the dying phoenix brings 3 magical stones instead of its usual offering of ash with magical properties. Hundreds of years later, an…

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Literature

Clockwise

clockwise book review

Clockwise is different. In an enjoyable unforeseen way. A young adult novel that is not about a dystopic world that needs shaking and saving is novel in the young adult genre. Clockwise steers clear of futuristic societies instead, bringing along some baggage from the past. Time travel back into the 1800s! Casey Donovan is not considered cool in school. Which suits her fine since she has other things that need her attention. For example, her tendency to jump back into time…

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Literature

My Best Loved Stories from The Wind in the Willows

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I have hazy recollection of onscreen adaptations of The Wind in the Willows where furry rodents in warm fuzzy coats sat on wicker chairs in open grassy river banks. Kenneth Grahame’s book featuring talking animals, their friendships and a cozy natural habitat is a children’s classic. I read and found out why this straightforward story continues to remain a favourite. The simple storytelling, pristine wilderness and beautifully thought out characters prepare us for what’s to come in life. Here are my favourite stories…

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