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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Book Review -A Place Called Here -Cecelia Ahern

I always had a desire to start reading books and would normally envy every one who could pursue this habbit.Lately, have staretd reading books and so thought of posting reviews .I hope that I will be get better by time in posting reviews since this is just the start.

From the summary at back of the book I could infer that it would be some detective story which will unfold into an unpredictable ending.Somehow the ending did not meet my expectations. .Sandy Short is a girl who has just one goal in life i.e. to find  anything to every thing .I could relate to Sandy in one aspect ,since childhood I have also been very desperate in finding things if they get lost eihter it be socks ,pencils ,tooth brush to  school diary .I am unable to rest peacefully untill I do not trace the  missing things.Fortunately, I am not  haunted by this habbit  and so did not end up in starting a missing person agency as Sandy did .It all started with Sandy when her class mate Jenny-May Butler vanished.As a part of her professional assignment she gets in touch with Jack Ruttle  to find his missing brother Donal .When Sandy did not turn up for a scheduled meeting with Jack ,he desperately starts searching  for Sandy .To his surprise no body belieives him that Sandy has gone missing since this has been her usual behaviour   .Where did Sandy go ? What is the place like ?Could she find Jenny-May? Could Jack find Donal?How did Sandy get back home ? Answers to all this question lies in the book . The writing style of the author is good and simple for understanding but the story did not appeal to me a lot becuase of its predictable ending .The imagination is very good .The start of the story is good but in between the content could not keep me glued and inquisitive .I could very well predict the ending .For me it was an average read. I will rate it as 2.5/5 .

Next in queue is Review for Bad Behaviour By Sheila O'Flanagan

Monday, December 6, 2010

I hereby declare to be the part of S. Krishna's South Asian Challenge 2011

I have always wished to indulge into reading spree but somehow have manged to find excuses for not doing so .One thing that can give me a kick is a Challenge .Voila!! Here comes S. Krishna’s South Asian Challenge for reviving my hopes.The challange has been hosted at this address .I am delighted to be the part of this with a hope to fulfill my wish .Address to your queries for S. Krishna’s South Asian Challenge is at Q&A .Are you ready for it?Its just a click away Sign Up . My reading list is under construction and I hope to publish it soon.Happy Reading!!

I was able to read 25 books this year  .This makes me South Asian Guru :-)
Book List

Monday, November 29, 2010

Aaaaah !!! I am back.

[This post was supposed to be posted long back but Blogger servcie was down since last few days so it could not make on time .]

Thanks to everyone for constantly asking about my dead blog every now and then.Either people like my post or they were reminding me that, what was the use of starting a blog when i could not do justice to it .Life has been too dull in recent past to write about anything .I have been struggling to come out of this bloggers block since long time.
Don't even have the zeal to watch television also these days .I wonder what makes aaj tak a news channel .Few of the UTV bloomberg programmes are worth watching.After a long time was thrilled to watch an interview of Shiv Nadar.I hold a special respect for him, one reason being HCL was my first company :-) and other being i respect few of his ideologies .
I have been regular with Big Boss to get a taste of how bitchy people around you can be .Dolly Bindra is one of the her kind who can go to any extent to get the footage .She was horrible and very bad but since the time she has gone Big boss has lost its charm.The best part was her crying sequence after her eviction .C'mon mam, are we fools ? There are many things you get to know when you watch this show .Firstly, people on this earth can go to any extent to earn money .People around you are actually not as good as they pretend to be .Adversity brings out the actual you .How to be calm and composed when you are placed in the ugliest of situation .No matter who you are behaviour is inbuilt .A dacoit from chambal seema parihar has her manners intact amongst all of these civilized people and yes you can find the difference in behaviour that eductaion impart from Sameer Soni who was a high profile Investmenet banker before coming into acting business.The great khali has a misconception that public not vote him out ever .He forgets that people of india dont forgive the god of cricket also if he unfortunately scores a duck someday .Sara khan ,when i see her I think if one serial old person can be so famous then may be i made a wrong carrer choice.I doubt is she so immature that she dosent undersatnd how to maintain her dignity on national television . The best part is why does veena mallik think that we need a pakistani unknown actress to seduce our indian viewers .we have many desi actreess who can do that so please excuse us. Mr.Patel why you have to fall in love with every other women at first sight and then cry on national televison for your innocence because what he is doing now is no less and yes no doubt i guess he will prefer to marry a masseur . Hrisahnt Goswami not much of a trouble maker, just a soft target for our veena ji to maintain the curiosity among viewers as if it makes any diffrence to us.Last not the least the tiwari duo ,Shewta I some how like her becuase of her stand in most of the things. Manoj, netiher I like nor dislike this bhojouri star .He is playing game but what is the big deal he is there inside the house for playing game .So untill and unless he is following the rule there is no harm in playing.BTW, why Big boss had to spend so much money on pamela they could have acheived the same thing by roping in mallika sherawat for less ;-) .
I am happy that first cororepati on KBC is a women .Apart from this there is nothing exciting to catch on televsion .It has been quite long waiting for a good movie .Golmaal 3 -Bad slangs and nonsense dialouges dont make a commedy .Guzarish -good performance but dont know how good the topic was.I doubt ,in a country where majority will not know how to even pronounce euthanasia how far the message will spread .I was not bound to think anything after coming out of movie hall excpet that the movie was not worth Gold class :-( .Something was missing in the movie not able to figure out what.This is my personal opinion .Many have liked the movie so please dont base your prospects of watching it on my opinion.
I am hoping that life gets better with time and I get to watch good movies and good shows .BTW ,I am happy with Bihar poll so hope continues....for a better tommorrow
So guys and gals share your opinion on the current reality show.what you people have been upto ?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Story Contd...3 Days to Name and Fame

This post is a beginning for the end of my last post. Now my Grandpa was little scared to keep the mobile with him so it was in custody of my dad. Everyone was busy with their daily chores. It was evening time. All the male members of the family had gone to the neighbouring house for a feast (we call it Bhoj).Then suddenly the honourable mobile started ringing. Generally, I am very reluctant in picking up the phone calls but, somehow I picked this one. There was a person from customer care at the other end with an extra sweet (malai mar ke :-) ) tone .Bihari trying to become Umrican kind of accent.He started off with Good evening mam and asked me the mobile number which I was not knowing .I casually told him to give me 5 minutes of time to find the number because I was not the actual owner of the phone .Then all my younger sisters were running around to find a piece of paper where they had scribbled the number .Meantime the person at other end was constantly asking me where the actual owner was to which I responded saying the owner was in washroom (this is the general statement which I give over phone call when I want to buy time either to find the person or to convince the caller that once the person is back I will ensure that he gives a call back).After a lot of struggle somebody gave me the number written over the brown cover that is inside the outer cover of the Britannia biscuit pack a(the sugar coated one). What an idea madam ji .What a place to save the number .I should pat Anjani’s(youngest among us .daughter of my dad’s youngest brother) back for such an innovative idea to Go Green .So Now I was back to the person on the call I told him the number and by now he had started scolding me saying that madam aap hi fone chura li hai jab fone appka hai he nahi to aapke paas hai kyun .I was like what is this now?I told him that it is my grandpa's phone and he has gone to market you can give him a call in half an hour , by that time, he will be back .But the karamchand at other end was saying aap pehle soch lijiye owner washroom mein hai ya market mein .oh!! shucks I forgot that I had earlier told him owner is in wash room.He was elated finding a thief .I think, he was deciding which suit to wear for 2010 bravery award function.He was telling that madam ji hum to ye number band kar denge .I was shouting at my peak that dont you dare to do this other wise you will have to face the consequences. It is my grandpa's number and nothing should happen to this number. He banged the phone saying no one can save it from getting disconnected. From then to the time I was there at my house whoever passed by me, was giggling and asking me the same question ahi ke chor samajh leleak(Maithli Version )(He took you only as thief) ? and then the whole story was repeated to xyz whoever was standing nearby .Aaaaaaaah!!! what a name and fame I got in just 3 days .

Sunday, March 21, 2010

3 Days to Name and Fame

It has been era writing a new post .I don’t know somehow I was so much busy dealing with the complexities of life that I just couldn’t do justice to my blog.
Last month I had gone to my native, madhubani (for people who don’t know, madhubani is a district in Bihar famous for its unmatched madhubani painting.) after some 6 years since my granny wished to meet me .Last time I had seen her was during my marriage .I still find her the same as she was when we were kids. I get nostalgic whenever I visit my granny's place. Earlier, the trip from Patna to my village used to be so tiring because of road conditions .During the entire trip we used to hold our tummy so as to prevent our intestine and stomach from dislocation. The only thing which we could eat during the trip was lemon so as to avoid puking because of uninterrupted jerking .I would like to sincerely thank Mr.Nitish Kumar for bothering about the state and for taking care of the nominal necessity of the people of state. The road was so good that city like Bangalore will envy it.
All my uncles and my cousins had come for a family get together so all in all it was a good trip. The essence of mobile phone for the first time I realized during my this visit There were lot of people around and some renovation work was going on .My dad has gifted my grand pa a Nokia handset .Landlines in my village take almost a month to get fixed. To be in uninterrupted touch with my grandparents my dad thought of this idea. There was lot of rush and somehow the mobile got misplaced .After a lot of search it was found in Rohit's room(my cousin) everyone was relieved. Next day the history was repeated .The mobile got misplaced but this time everyone was sure that it must somewhere here and there .But to my surprise after almost 1 hour of searching there was no clue where the mobile was .Gradually the game of lost and found was at its peek .Lot of people were now searching for it .sometimes back we had tried calling up but we could not find where it was ringing. After few hours , I thought of calling again and this time it was switched off. Now I was clueless either the phone got discharged or someone has taken my grandpa's precious possession. Discharging ,could not be a possibility since for 1 full day it was plugged for charging and nokias's battery life is unquestionable . So where did it go was a question. Last evening, My didi(my father's sister, we call our bua as didi) was straightening her back after a long tiring day when she had seen a person changing the lights of the room where the cell was getting charged. Our detective didi had made a conclusion.I tell you never ever question women's sixth sense they are always right on that. The contractor who had sent his man for the job was called and he was threatened that if in 30 minutes he doesn’t come with his man the next step would be to lodge a complaint against him. Meanwhile my dad had called the customer care for blocking the number. As, expected the contractor and the man arrived in less than 30 minutes .My dad told them that his friend was SP in police and if they don’t accept the truth he will call the police (old ways of scaring people) .The best part was when my dad used to call my number my granny used to prompt "No don’t do this, don’t call police now .Give them some time they will tell the truth .They are nice guys.” Somehow since he was not a professional thief, was just a poor person who got lured by an unattended phone, accepted his fault. To everyone’s delight we got our mobile back. By that time since the news of lost mobile had travelled lot of houses man y people had come to inquire .Also the grandpa of the person who had taken the mobile came to apologize to my dad .He was so obliged when my dad replied to all inquisitive visitors that mobile was not stolen but was misplaced by kids of our house. Since it’s a village and his business runs from people around and if you loose trust you loose your business. It was a happy ending for every one since we got our mobile back .But there is a twist it was not as happy for me as for others. Wait until my next post to know what happens next. TO BE CONTD......

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