Monday, December 11, 2017

Dear Deepika Padukone,

Your demand that we all Indians be offended coz foreign media mistook you for Priyanka Chopra got me thinking.

Of exactly how many Chinese I know. Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan. Thats all. Out of 2 billion peeps I can recognise only three. And if you put them in a line up then it will confuse me no end.

But girl, rather than be offended you should take it as a compliment. PC, as she wants to be called, is someone you can look up too. Despite a Miss Something she had to knock at producer’s doors and all that. Secondly you are not that fair. Yes yes you are fair by south-Indian standards, but you are not Priyanka fair.

Her body of work is far more exciting. Diverse roles. So next time someone mistakes you for a Vidya Balan or a Kangana Ranaut, please don’t get offended. If they mistake you for Rakhi Sawant, draw out all the dagger. But till then spare us Indians and fight you own battles.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

A thriller like never before

Why does a man set out to kill another man? Is it just for the money? Na, it should be more. The thrill of doing something dangerous. Doing a job you know no one else in the world can.

Well, that’s what you get in Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal.

The novel opens with tense action scene, setting the mood for the rest of the book. The book follows two main characters. So much like the cat and the mouse. The morose detective trying his best but to produce results he will have to pull a needle from the haystack.

Then we have the Jackal itself. Cool as a cucumber. Whether it is killing a blackmailer or seducing an heiress. With every step the Jackal is moving closer to his target - the best-protected man in the world.

The novel travels across Europe. But what stands out is the beautiful countryside France. To readers who have had a dose of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. This is a welcome change.

The plot itself is simple but ingenious. It’s the execution that shows the writer’s brilliance.

And the nerve-racking climax.

Read the thriller. It has, as they always do, much more than the movie. People are not sure if this was something that really happened or is it fiction. Even after decade of it being published.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Anne of the thousand days...

Why do I get so worked up about a movie made in the 60’s about something that happened five hundred years ago.

Peeps, it was a powerful movie. I am talking about ‘Anne of the thousand days. This was on my list for decades. I only managed to download it now.

Firstly, the heroine. The role itself was mega. But it needed the perfect fit. And got it. I have never seen the actress in any other movie. It looks like she acted in this one and never cared to do another role. This was so fulfilling.

Then there is Richard Burton. I heard this and that about him. And saw him many a times in repeat viewing of‘Where eagles dare. But this movie actually tells us why he is considered one of the all time great actor.

And a dozen other character.

Anne was Queen only for a 1000 day. But left her mark. It was her daughter who went on to become one of the greatest monarch of the realm.

But that’s not the point

The movie clearly shows why the English so very wanted to end monarchy. There is one scene that explains it. He says he has lost so many of his friends. Fact is he ordered most of the killing.

But if you are over 40 and not seen this movie, then waste…


Thursday, November 23, 2017

The gist of Gita...

Father: oye. I gave you the Bhagvat Gita to read. Did you understand any of it?

Son: Yes father. I did. And u now get ready to die.

And pointed his gun at his father.

Father: Son son what is this? I am your father.
Son: dad, no one is anyone father and no one is anyones son. Thats what is written in the gita.

Father : But son,I will die.

Son 😚: dad, only the body dies. The soul never dies. It is immortal.

Father: Don’t joke son. If the bullet goes off, it will hurt and kill me.

Son: don’t worry father. You need not fear anyone. Its written in the gita..

नैनं छिन्दन्ति शस्त्राणि,

नैनं दहति पावकः

Nothing will kill the soul. Not a sword nor fire. So why worry.

Father : Think of your brothers and sisters. Think of your mother.

Son: In this world there is no one for you. You come alone and go alone. The rest is all maya. That’s whats written in the gita.

Father: By killing me what will you get.

Son: in this holy war, if you die, you will attain heaven. And I will get all your wealth.

Father: don’t do this mistake, son

Son: Dad, you will leave this foolish body and take on another, hopefully better body.

Good bye


Teaching ancient scripts to the people of Kalyug is of no use. Let them be busy on Whatsapp and FB or else they will mess up true knowledge.

Dear Deepika Padukone,

Your demand that we all Indians be offended coz foreign media mistook you for Priyanka Chopra got me thinking. Of exactly how many Chines...