Book Review|NRI, Now Returned to India

NRI : Now, Returned to India by Amar Vyas The story of riches to rags. Summary A fast paced and gripping story about Amol Dixit who returns to India after almost a decade to spend some time with his aging parents. Things however unfolds in an entirely different manner for this carefree young chap. The connect to the book is pretty quick and commendable. Narration The narration of this book is pretty gluing. One would  love the way Amar Vyas has written the conversations and one can actually imagine that taking place in the head. Narratives like these are pretty rare. And it is very easy to relate to what has been written because he portrayed the two things really well – India, as we know it and Indians, as we know them. Theme and Setting Amol, the main protagonist of the

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First Look- Tamasha- a film by Imtiaz Ali

Movie- Tamasha Director- Imtiaz Ali Main leads- Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone Music- A R Rahman Expected release date- November, 2015 Directed and written by Imtiaz Ali the upcoming movie Tamasha seems to be a romantic flick by the first look. But what is unique in the trailer is the new concept of romance with the tag line itself stating -Why always the same story? The trailer does not reveal much about the plot except the two protagonist -the hero and the heroine fall in love while hiding their actual identity, their real life their authentic personality from each other. The narration begins with a flashback where in Ranbir Kapoor an engineer by profession moves out of India to Corsica, France and meets a girl, the heroine- Deepika Padukone. Deepika is shown in a bubbly, bold, confident avatar. The kind

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The Great Debaters Movie Review

Director: Denzel Washington Actors: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker The Great Debaters is about an underdog debate team which through perseverance and grit finally end up being national champions. Set up on the backdrop of a period when the atmosphere in America was fraught with racial tension, a Professor from Wiley College (Denzel Washington) sets forward to create a debate team which eventually goes forward and beats the prestigious Ivy League college Harvard to become the national champions. The movie draws analogy from sports movies but is able to differentiate itself because of the theme where a black debate team stands up against an elitist white school with the undercurrent of white supremacy and the resistance of blacks against it. The movie depicts the sojourn of Professor Melvin Tolson, a radical, a believer and an exceptionally glib person who

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Oneplus phones Honest review

Oneplus phones have been a hit among smartphone lovers. They have taken the smartphone industry by a storm and have been successful in getting their roots intact in the competitive market. Oneplus is known its 2 unique marketing strategy. 1. Purchase by invite. 2. Online flash sell of phones and other products on portals,like MI who is one of their biggest competitive. Getting an invite was a big thing in the initial days but know everyone can get one by hook or crook.   I have used both Oneplus mobiles, Oneplus one and Oneplus two. Oneplus one imp specs 5.5 inch screen. 13 m.p rear camera, duel led flash, 5 m.p front camera Corning Gorilla Glass 3 3 GB Ram, 16/64 GB internal memory Memory card slot – no OS – Android Kitkat. Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 3100 mAh battery. Price

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Raja Guest House : A Review

It was an all boys trip, also my first true hiking trip in Himalayas. Plan was to go Aut by bus and then this small place called Shoja by anything we get and hike to Jalori Pass and then depending of situation hike upto either the Raghupur fort or Serolsar lake. We were excited about the whole trip and making sure to make every arrangement in advance. After some R & D, it was decided that Shoja will be the best place for night’s stay. There are few options there to stay likely, Raja Guest House and Banjara Retreat. As we were tight on budget, Banjara Retreat was not an option, so Raja Guest House was contacted. June is sort of off season, so we got room easily and reasonably priced too. The Shoja village and Raja Guest House Let

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Book Review: My Little Epiphanies

My Little Epiphanies depicts the essence of hope in despair. Paperback The Blurb:    ‘Aisha’s body may be failing her but she has a continent -sized spirit and it’s impossible not to be touched by her bravery, her grace and her wisdom’  -Danny Boyle, English filmmaker ‘Aisha, your each breath is worth a thousand of ours, your each moment expands into million of ours, your love for, and deep understanding of what life is, open a door for us to peek into our own, in a roomful of mirrors where your each word reflect our lives, thank you for opening our eyes, and for the love.’ – Shekhar Kapoor, Indian Filmmaker ‘This book is written by a 18 year old who has seen and understood life much better than most of us. Aisha gives us a masterclass of life through her

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Mi Redmi Note 4 G Experience

I am using the MI Redmi Note 4 G from last one month and here is what I made me said “WOW and “DAMN” Wow Features The front camera is awesome. I love the sharpness and quality of the selfies. Touch is really smooth, best I have seen at this price range. Charges at a lightening speed. Battery is good, once fully charged can easily stay for a day and half. The navigation is user friendly. Impressive looks Damn Defects The back cover of the phone takes a hell lot of effort to open up. Also the plastic material used in it making is not good. Whatsapp and other apps used to hang at times. The rear camera quality is not at par with 13 m.p.as claimed by the company Sound quality is not that good   Great (Front camera,

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Book Review: Hooked, Lined & Single

This book is an insight of India’s custom regarding ‘Marriage’ and ‘Women’ Paperback The Blurb:  Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask God, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me,  ‘This is going to take more than one night…’ So you’re a woman, you’re 30-something and living in India? So what’s the big deal about it? Well, if you’re all of the above and still unmarried or married previously and you just don’t seem to find the ”right” man, you suddenly acquire a tragically special status as being cynical, demanding, impractical and chronically single or ambitious. In Hooked, Lined & Single, Alafia Singh meets a similar fate on her journey to find a husband using somewhat more traditional methods. Excerpt:  Before leaving the room, Ram did something unexpected. He clicked a quick picture of

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Book Review: Frozen Summer & Columbina

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Publisher: HALF BAKED BEANS; First Edition (2015) Paperback: 170 pages   Frozen Summer & Columbina  is India’s first ever double header book – two thrillers in the cost of one written by two young, aspiring authors. The cover is uniquely styled. My thoughts on “FROZEN SUMMER” by Geetha Madhuri: Frozen summer is a wonderful journey that takes the reader on a thrilling emotional ride. It made me smile, excited, sad, gives you goose bumps! It has a pacy narrative and that helps you get into the story quickly.  A simple yet powerful story with not many characters to remember. A terrific read with powerful vocabulary. I just couldn’t place the book down. Frozen summer leaves you speechless and disturbed at the end. The thrill factor is maintained from beginning till end. You feel the pain of the characters. Frozen Summer: 4.5/5 My

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Book Review: Soulmates Love Without Ownership

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Author: Vinit K. Bansal Genre: Fiction/Romance Publisher: Red Ink Publishers Pages: 248 Year of Publication: 2014 Price: 175 Rs We all know that Love is the most beautiful feeling in this world. But what if it becomes an obsession? It can be fatal. This is a story of love, friendship, passion, obsession and sacrifice. A story that seeks to find out the real meaning of love. A story describing the purest form of love. ********************* This beautiful book has a nice cover design which is apt for the story. I had a lot of expectations from the book and it didn’t disappoint me. ‘Soulmates’ outcasts all of Vinit’s previous love stories, I assure you. Love story of Neel and Aditi is an epitome of LOVE. Soulmates defines to you how intense and pure, love should be. This book takes you in

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