Sunday, October 5, 2014

Quirky Ways of Mumbai

Idea has been playing in my mind for quite a while...

1. I walk past by neatly lined up people of different ages and professions at sweaty and small BEST bus stops. The youngest member of the Bus hopping clan is at the top of the line if he is the first passenger and eager to depart to his destination.The oldest member might be the last one to be trodden in the line if he is too late.  I arrive at the local stations with bustling energies of people from all walks of life. Before the train comes to a screeching halt, humans are divided into 2 sects. The one waiting to get out and the ones trying to get in ! And this battle of life every local has the fortune to witness. Usually the to be departed crowd outperform the to be arrived human race.  People push, swear, tear clothes and shout almost patriotic slogans to encourage their side of people who are in the front! Such discord can exists only in Mumbai in perfect harmony.

2. I stroll on the pathways of shopping alleys in Mumbai, hill road, fashion streets or anywhere near any station, I hear "puch,pch,pch.." lucid sounds on and off. I look back and discover that's how mumbai Janta are called by Mumbai Janta on the streets and among the public. Fascinating!

3. I stand on the alley between the seats inside the local where 80 % of the population stand while travelling. A very beautiful, suave and modern looking young girl , eyes peeping behind the expensive Rayban and the right hand holding the elegant looking purse with posh. Another girl standing in front of me , at the other side of the alley, in brightly clad salwar kameez and face hidden by a scarf embossing prints most commonly available on fashion street. Both these exotic lasses shopping for various girly items like hair bands, earrings etc with the local vendor. Another one from the inside of the locals!

4. I see young/middle aged couples on the smelly and black slimy rocks at Bandstand establishing their cocoons over the expanse of the sea view must be best seen from the walled courtyards and balcony of the famous Bollywood actor. Each one imitating the young and vivacious "Khullam Khulla pyaar karenge" epic act by Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. Marine drive, Worli Sea face and new developed sea view before the worli sea link are also getting popular among the love bugged ppl desperate for intimate scenes in wide public view. Reliving the Bollywood romance on the streets of Mumbai!

I m still exploring the city and I assure myself to be adjusted to these antiques with ease and little time. :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Book Review -Ramayana - The Game of Life: Rise of the Sun Prince!

Its after long I'm reviewing a book ...... hectic work schedules, change in lifestyle after wedding and city and having not read a book in a WHILE might be one of the main reasons :D.

Today I read new novel "Rise of the Sun Prince" by Shubha Vilas. A personal note from the author on the front page of the book is so welcoming ! This book is refreshing and revisited version of our Hindu mythological epic Ramayana.  As an Indian, I've read Ramayana several times since childhood and thanks to our television channels Ramayana has been aired so many times in so many different modernized versions that I know the stories well. Also, our grandmothers and mothers have never failed to bring out and highlight some or the other story from there as per the situation or as childhood bedtime stories !
What is different in this book then? This book extensively covers minute teaching and moral background of every emotion or action or event following every emotion/action/event. And a good part is that the moral and self provoking thoughts are shared as part of foot notes so as not to interrupt the flow of the story (as there are so many). The reader can also enjoy a separate chain of thoughts inspired by the moral/emotional interpretation. This was the most impressive and clever form of writing . The writer has thus ensured that people revisit the epic story and touch base the Indian roots and also learn something out of it (which was the prime cause of writing these epics in the first place). The story is written in a very basic rustic tone adding simplicity and pleasure to reading! The narration is also well elaborated hardly missing out any detail of the event or character which makes it easier to visualize and relate to it .

All in all, I would recommend this book to all the young generations who haven't had a chance to know about the legendary Ramayana to read this book and get mesmerized by Mythology again ! I would give it a 3.5 stars. :)

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Love vs You know what !

One of the unusual days when my mind was a little uncluttered…I was wondering about some most lamest discussions of all times, one which has been on the top list of the girls while filtering out from the prospective bf list.
I was thrilled to pour in some of my own for the cause.
You know what !
1. You can feel butterflies in your stomach when you are about to meet
Not butterflies but yes some sort of chemicals running down from your brain to the exclusive parts of your body which would give you an equal amount of you know what
1. You can whisper sweet nothings and go back to sleep hugging a teddy bear
These type would be the most sound sleepers as they have a lot to dream about
2. Its enjoyable planning surprises and buying gifts for him/her
 Yeah ! too much brain work to plan  surprises when u can be alone
3. You can smile sheepishly , loose yourself in thoughts and even chuckle alone in Office. People would just waive off saying “how sweet ! silly is in love”.
 You can still loose in “ thoughts” only if you  practice to smile sheepishly at Office.  They would still say “ohhhh !! silly in love!”
4. You can call at wee hours and demand emotional support.
 Hey man! What emotional support ?   you  are a happy person anyways
5. You can avail the free facility of eye-cleansing by wailing out tears fighting on absurd topics “Ab tum pehle jaise nahi rahe!” “you don’t love me” “wo ladki kaun thi” (sorry for being gender biased but even sensitive males can enjoy this)
 You have other systems of excercising by  eyes popping (various lengths) and ahhh  there’s lots of stuff.
6. You can blabber for hours and he’ll listen to you without batting an eyelid .(rem pt 4….”silly is in love”)
 You can blabber for hours and he’ll listen  to you without batting an eyelid .(rem pt  4….practised sheepish smiler)
P.S. : this is just for fun...please don't take it offensively

Well I guess its time you pick one !

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Book Review - Tantra By Adi

The first impression of the book gives you a feel of a cheap story book - probably a translation of a Hindi horror thriller "Sahitya". The cover design backs up your thought even more - the ghostly imprint in the cloud, a mysterious female killer overlooking a mediocre town in the night....and the title of the book in Tomato Red colour.....overall this does not look like a book that one would pick up for an interesting literary read....
The "About Author" disappoints me further....the reading of hiding under the cover hardly throws a light about him. The "By Line" of the book is oldest cliché which is unnecessary and dismounting. I was dismayed when the book arrived. Finally I gathered courage to open up the pages.

The storyline of the book didn't impress me much either ... bits and pieces put together it appears a combination of the protagonist “Lisbeth Salander” in  Millennium trilogy by Steig Larsson  and vampire hunting concept in  twilight series By Stephenie Meyer !!! It seems the author has a woven a story combining all his undercover fiction reads about which he has so proudly confessed.

The protagonist is an earnest vampire killing female looking for her lover's murderer. Anu is a New Yorker who moves to Delhi in search of the killer but is met by far more devastating and horrifying Indian folklore creatures than vampires to deal with. She discovers new ways to adapt to the ancient scenarios.
 The characters are believable and the story build around them gives credibility to them. The concept of vampirism is well encashed with its new age popularity among fiction lovers and television soap watching (refer Ekta kapoor serials and vampire style movies). The element of humour has also been pinched here and there with American and Indian culture references which lightens the mood of the reader now and then. The tantric concept has also been well explored and merged beautifully.

Though the book is an interesting read for mystery fiction loving readers, the book fails to inspire or elevate in terms of the content or story line or characterization ...everything in the book has been written and said in some or the other part of many regional books maybe even in other languages. The newness of the content is missing even though it has been tightly scripted with very few glitches and slacks here and there but entertaining nevertheless.
If you are looking for a time pass book with a taut storyline and want to engross yourself in masala type can pick up this one without much thought. However, much more could be expected from our young emerging Indian authors who somehow are stuck with clichéd love stories (sometimes their own) or slapstick thrillers type. Time has arrived for us to over past these topics and come up with something more suave and likeable and less glossy.

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