Logan

There are many reasons, Logan, from the X men oeuvre, is more like a Hollywood Western rather than a CGI graphics filled super hero action movie. Shooting with two guns and putting them back into the holsters with swash-buckling swagger, ain’t this one, though. Transforming the genre is Director Mangold, who brings you the humane…

Silicon Valley now at Capitol Hill

The cat is out of the bag for social media engines. Revelations made earlier this week by Facebook and then Google, talked about Russia’s RT TV channel, said to be the Kremlin’s international propaganda machine,  infiltrating both social media networks and sowing divisive views related to the American elections in 2016. RT uses social media…

Mornings

Fingers hover. Eyes blink. Pages, Apple calls this. Memories fade as fast as the next breath. The hands get used to typing on the touch keypad, beginning with some discomfort. And, then the thoughts let loose. The raging fear of time not being enough. And, the blank page. So much to put down, but how? …

Recovery. A story.

  For the first time she realized that nothing was permanent in life – friends, circumstances, riches or parental love. She walked into her home and switched on the lights. Her friends were unavailable for various reasons and her parents temporarily engaged with sorting out their fears. All she had was the suitcase she had…

Sea of Poppies – A historical and moving tale with a vibrant cast

    The first three chapters of “Sea of Poppies” I made my way to Sea of Poppies after listening to its author, Amitav Ghosh being interviewed by the BBC, the Chicago Humanties Festival, and few more book clubs. I received my copy from Amazon on Sunday last and began reading the book, promptly discarding…

Logan

There are many reasons, Logan, from the X men oeuvre, is more like a Hollywood Western rather than a CGI graphics filled super hero action movie. Shooting with two guns and putting them back into the holsters with swash-buckling swagger, ain’t this one, though.  Transforming the genre is Director Mangold, who brings you the humane…

Travesty. Hyperbole. Johnny Depp is all that in this movie, with traces of the Mad Hatter showing up in his expressions. He begins with a bang and some artifice. I can’t write about his swindling without developing a swagger myself. Which movie am I talking about? Moretdecai, it is. As I watched it with amusement…

Chaplin, the genius who lived ahead of his times

Chaplin, the movie, I watched reluctantly, began to mesmerize as the story unfolded. Anthony Hopkins as the interviewer to Chaplin, piqued my interest. From how Chaplin left U.K. and a woolly mother in a sanitarium, carrying fond hopes about his first love, as he moved towards fame in the USA. His movies were a roaring…

How John Le’ Carre’s writing stays with you

“When Schulmann talked, he fired off conflicting ideas like a spread of bullets, then waited to see which ones went home and which came back at him. The sidekick’s voice followed like a stretcher-party, softly collecting up the dead.” – The Little Drummer Girl

Neil Gaiman on the power of stories

Courtesy  – Brainpickings.org Quoted: “Gaiman illustrates this with the most breath-stopping testament to what we endure for stories as they in turn help us endure, by way of his 97-year-old cousin Helen, a Polish Holocaust survivor: A few years ago, she started telling me this story of how, in the ghetto, they were not allowed…

David Copperfield – By Charles Dickens

This is the first time I had the patience to listen to an entire novel, word by word. Relishing the beautiful music in the words and the sentences that they came together in made my hair stand on end. And, so I began my love affair with Charles Dickens. He wasn’t a part of that…