Friday, October 11, 2019

Read at

You can reach this site at

Technically there should have been a redirect but then I am technologically challenged. So I simply migrated and just like the olden days, I am leaving behind a signboard for you to reach me at the new address.

Thanks and see you!!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

A Note to MyFriendAlexa

Well, I had to write this. There aren’t many times when I let my feelings out. But, this time, I let it out!

Links to my 8 blog posts under #MyFriendAlexa 2019
What is Alexa Ranking?
It is a measure of website popularity (source: Wikipedia). As you go down the numbers in your ranking, you become more and more popular. Or, because you are in vogue, Alexa decides to tumble down the slope.

Friday, May 10, 2019

#BlogchatterA2Z Challenge 2019: My Reflection

This post should have been up on 6th May 2019. The last message on my Facebook was about the post sharing the thoughts and experience on the journey through A2Z challenge. And, here I am drafting this post sitting in a dark room with the little battery left in my laptop after three days of electricity blackout post #Cyclone Fani hit Bhubaneswar on 3rd May 2019. I know this post will not go up today. There is no electricity or internet or phone reception and it may be a few more days before I get it live on my blog. But, I wanted to be true to the day so I pour out my feelings on completing the BlogchatterA2Z challenge 2019.

#Blogchatter A2Z challenge has been my first participation in any Blogging challenge. I started somewhere in 2014 with random posts. This randomness and a non-serious approach changed in 2018. I found happiness in writing about books and short stories I was reading. In addition, I continued to write about movies that were based on books or had some novelty about them. Yet, I could never strike upon an optimal promotional scale whereby I could garner followers or huge number of page views. I sincerely hoped to make a difference to those statistics through A2Z challenge.

Monday, March 18, 2019

#Blogchatter AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal - Books and Short Stories to Explore

A couple of weeks back, I stumbled upon the Blogchatter AtoZ 2019 challenge and thought about my plunge. Well, I guess, I would take this deep dive into the Blogging Ocean. It is a challenge when I think of 26 Blogposts based on 26 Alphabets threaded together by a theme and then writing every single day in the month of April (except for Sundays).

My theme for #AtoZ Challenge will be ‘Books and Short Stories to Explore’.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

My Favourite Movies of all Time

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My favourite movies have mostly been book adaptations. To me, for being a favourite, the movie has to stick around in my mind for long. And, I should be able to question different scenes and sequences and even re-watch to understand a particular character. To the movies mentioned below, I can close my eyes and feel myself inside each frame. 

(1)                 In the Time of The Butterflies
This movie is based on the historical fiction written by Julia Alvarez, and is titled by the same name, released in 2001. I had watched this movie almost a decade back but the story has stayed with me for so long. The movie traces the revolution against the dictatorial regime of Rafael Trujillo through the lives of Mirabel sisters in Dominican Republic.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Recycle a Post - Front of the Class and Hichki; Movie Reviews #WOW

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’ 

Link to the original post - Front of the Class: Movie Review

Last year, I had watched ‘Front of the Class’ movie and was impressed by this autobiographical journey of Brad Cohen. The movie was a revelation on people suffering from ‘Tourette’s Syndrome’, a nervous system disorder involving repetitive movements or unwanted sounds. And, then I heard about the Bollywood remake of the same starring Rani Mukherji titled ‘Hichki’. I wanted to write about my views of ‘Hichki’ against the adaptation of the original, so rewriting the old post, recycling it with this additional part on the Hindi version of ‘Front of the Class’.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Rajdhani Book Fair at Bhubaneswar, 2019

The 19th Rajdhani Book Fair started today at the exhibition ground. December onwards, Bhubaneswar spurts into hosting numerous fairs and exhibitions. The same ground is bifurcated into ‘Sisir Saras’ that showcases handicrafts, handloom and other artisan products.
The timing for the book fair is from 2pm to 9pm, through 5th to 14th January 2019. Today, on the inaugural day, the fair was still taking shape as trucks were arriving and unloading the stock. Many stalls were still arranging the books, opening their boxes as people came trickling in.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Bookchor Lock-the-Box sale, Bhubaneswar

I read about Bookchor Lock-the-Box sale about a month ago; it was happening in Delhi at that time. I really wished it to happen in my city and before I knew Facebook popped up with an event in Bhubaneswar from 23rd November to 25th November. It was indeed Bookchor Lock the Box sale.
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So on Friday, Day 1 of the sale, I was there for my loot. I reached at around 11 am and still, the hall was fluttering with people, from youngsters to parents running with their children.

The place for sale is book lovers’ paradise, walking through books, and books and turning around to find more books, all neatly arranged in endless rows for your take.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Karwaan 2018: Movie Review

Sometimes you just feel glad about watching a certain movie that left a smile on your face; ‘Karwaan’ is just that.

Karwaan is a simple story of three people who share the common thread of unhappy relationship with their respective fathers. Three completely different characters on a road journey from Bangalore to Kochi, with unexpected spot overs at Ooty and Kottayam. Yes, finally, somebody in Bollywood understood that Indian cinema is supposed to be inclusive of South India and not just essaying it in a pun. And, you can keep your eyes off from Irfan Khan and concentrate on the brooding Dulquer Salman and a bubbly rebellious Mithila Palkar.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

October: Movie Review

October is a movie for the soul. This one is definitely the rarest emotional journey that Bollywood has ever delved into. Perhaps the enthusiasm for the movie lacked momentum owing to the lead actor Varun Dhawan. His past trail of slapstick comedies have been such a led down that I felt 'October' is his redemption. Yet the finesse of a Rajkummar Rao would have been much more refreshing. 

It is the story of love between two people in a peculiar circumstance. The man who has never noticed the love till the woman fell into a state of coma. And, yet the audience wonder whether there was love or not. Nothing is said and still you are left with tears in your eyes. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom: Movie Review

‘Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom’ reminds you that it has been 25 years, since the first movie under the Jurassic franchise arrived and there is only so much that can be unique this time.  

It was bliss to watch Jeff Goldblum after the gap, and I had really wanted him to lead the expedition. However, the movie makers stuck with the Chris Pratt-Bryce Dallas Howard duo to scream and do the heroic acts. Though for me, the star of the movie was the cute little girl who happens to be the genetically engineered granddaughter of Lockwood.
Last time, the USP was the white-proficient- in- camouflage dinosaur, so this time again there is a special more dangerous dinosaur. Though, I guess by there is nothing that can take us by surprise now, we have been on an overdose of dinosaurs and other giant creatures, mutants and aliens!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Poorna: Courage has no limits: Movie Review

Poorna: Courage has no limits’ was released in 2017, directed by Rahul Bose.

The movie is based on the true story of Malavath Poorna, the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. It could easily fit into the genre of biopics depicting female sportspersons like Dangal and Mary Kom, but ofcourse, Poorna lacked the PR machinery. Else, it is an as inspiring story or even more, considering a girl from such deprived conditions to have trekked such great heights.

Poorna belongs to one of the poorest tribal families in Telangana. The village scenes are shot in Palaka, the actual village where Poorna grew up. Thatched roofs, mud walls with empty tiny spaces inside add to the rustic, deprived feel of Poorna’s surroundings. The title role is played by Aditi Inamdar, and she does a perfect job in portraying innocence, courage and the fire to beat all odds in life.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Newton: Movie Review

Newton, the movie is a political satire on democracy and its functioning, especially in the backward areas of the country which was released in 2017. The movie made a buzz for the actor Rajkummar Rao, backing on his earlier strong choices of Shahid and Citylights (amongst other great movies). Apart from Rajkummar Rao, who plays the title role of Newton, there are Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, and Raghuvir Yadav. The cast is just perfect, delivering their best.