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The Man in the High Castle

What if the Allies lost the 2nd world war? What if at the end of the war America was under the joint occupation of the Germans and the Japanese? What if the Western part of America was under the Japanese rule, while the Eastern half was ruled by the Nazis? What if the Nazi flag flies high in Times Square? And, what if the Man In The High Castle created secret videos that had the power to ignite a revolution within the American…

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Manasseh: A Romance Of Transylvania

manasseh a romance of Transylvania

A veiled young woman, with her advocate and a chaperone, travels across Europe to get an annulment from her tyrannical husband; a puppet in the hands of his avaricious secretary and sly mistress. In comes a knowledgable, enigmatic and aloof stranger who scares the bad secretary away. “If the princess has a woman’s heart in her bosom,” he declares, “she will throw her million away in return for the love of a true man!” I was involved in the story right from their first…

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Epic Channel

Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik

Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik

For today’s generation, Hindu Mythology is a complex subject compromising of Gods and kings, stories and folklore and many aspects that often tend to seek clarifications. What are the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas? When was the Ramayana and Mahabharata written? Which Holy book followed which? Why are there so many Gods and Goddesses in Hindu Mythology? And so on the questions sprint in. A new show on the Epic Channel, ‘Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik’ tries to make these complex…

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Innocence lost – Stories by Rabindranath Tagore (6)

Innocence lost Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

The Stories of Rabindranath Tagore continued, some linked and some independent of the previous or the following stories. What remained constant is the way Tagore has woven the stories, with characters that are undeniably real and the turn of events that tug at the heart strings every time. And when the characters involved are young and innocent children, the pain only doubles. Moving on from The Broken Nest, the tale shifts to Mysore where Bhupati works. His trusted servant of many…

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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sword Princess

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sword Princess Review

While I have a new addition to my family (a puppy!), I still managed to steal away some time to complete the ebook I had already started. So, let me tell you what Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sword Princess is all about. By the way, don’t be too hard on yourself, wondering how a Sherlock mystery exists that you probably have not heard of before. This was an Amazon recommendation. A mix of classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery…

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Epic Channel

The Illustrious Forts – Ekaant Season 2

The Illustrious Forts - Ekaant Season 2

The episodes on the illustrious forts covered in the Epic Channel show ‘Ekaant Season 2’ are a treat to watch. The second season started with the Raigarh fort, which is synonym with the Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The fort was the capital of the Marathas and has been a witness to many major events of the Maratha empire.   Kumbhalgarh fort  This historical fort of the Mewar region is truly a wonder. It has a wall, about 36 kms.…

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How sad Tess of the d’Urbervilles makes me

How sad Tess of the dUrbervilles makes me

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy was one of the first ‘grown up’ novels I had read. Picked up from a dusty book case in my grandparents house, this was a book that did not have a murder mystery, nor was it a science fiction nor a Bildungsroman. Mayor of Casterbridge, another Hardy novel, follows in much the same vein. These stories had adults in tough situations, making even tougher choices and more often being unable to make any…

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Film

woman in gold… a reverie

the woman was beautiful. her bearing was regal, almost aloof, her facial features fine and strong. my eyes fell on the splendid yet jaunty diamond choker on her long stately neck and i almost sighed, but what was that quiet in her eyes and that longing for something afar? i’d gone to see woman in gold without knowing anything about it, without reading reviews or hearing friends discuss. i am glad i did for that way there were no preconceived…

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Television

House : Tv Series Review

House TV Series Review - Sarcasm and Brilliance of Dr House

The thing with shows revolving around the lives of doctors, is that there is an abundance of such shows. There are only so many times you can scare the viewer with near death escapes, bring him close to tears with unexpected deaths or infuse in him a fervent hope. So, to hold on to the audience each show has something special, or atleast tries hard to give us something special. In House, its the protagonist around whom the show revolves…

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Epic Channel

The Broken Nest (Nashtanirh) – Stories by Rabindranath Tagore (5)

The Broken Nest (Nashtanirh) – Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

A simple story with not too many drastic twists, but what happens during the course of time, changes the lives of a married couple forever. An unlikely love triangle that wasn’t intended to be, but still it was. The story of Broken Nest starts in the courtroom where Mini is being sentenced. Bhupati, a newspaper editor, is sitting in the audience noting down the happenings in the courtroom. He belongs to an affluent family, but his dreams of running a…

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