Ease: A Poetic Journey Within : Book Review


โคA compilation of numerous poems by the author or written in collaboration with others.

โคThe poems focus on:
๐ŸŒŸLearning to be at ease with self
๐ŸŒŸBeing comfortable in one’s own skin,self acceptance.
๐ŸŒŸSelf healing
๐ŸŒŸBeing in love with self

๐Ÿ’•A beautiful book worth falling in love with…has artistic doodles and perfect formatting.
๐Ÿ’•Cover has a serene look,apt with the theme of the book.
๐Ÿ’•Name an emotion and you find it in the book…making it relatable.
๐Ÿ’•Most of the poems are short and seem like voicing different emotions and mindsets one goes through.
๐Ÿ’•The beauty of these poems is no matter whichever emotion they express,they end up with positivity.
๐Ÿ’•I loved all the poems but Starters,My Way, Decorations, A Lost Key, Of The Sun, Formalities, Colors of Forgiveness, Sometimes and Worthwhile are my favourite.
๐Ÿ’•The book is perfect for everyone,but specially for those who are searching for and in need of tranquility and a peaceful mind.
๐Ÿ’• Reading the book gives a therauptic feel to calm down a stressed,frustrated mind.
๐Ÿ’•The book will make you love yourself and your life…something each one of us needs badly.
๐Ÿ’•A Must Read.

RATING: โญโญโญโญโญ

Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar: Book Review


Men and Dreams in The Dhauladhar by Kochery C. Shibu

๐Ÿ“ŒStory of Nanda,Khusru and Rekha.
๐Ÿ“ŒNanda,an engineer with a dark past,belongs to Kerala and is working at a dam construction project.
๐Ÿ“ŒKhusru who hails from a village in Kashmir and had been a gambit in a plot by terrorists,is now working as a labourer at dam site.
๐Ÿ“ŒRekha,a doctor and a passionate Kathak dancer,is Khusru’s consort.
๐Ÿ“ŒAll three have a story and dreams and aspirations to pursue.
๐Ÿ“ŒThe story is about their struggle,man’s merciless attempt and strive for growth and development at the cost of nature and even human life.

๐ŸŒŸA bit lengthy to read.
๐ŸŒŸThe contextual similarities of fear,escaping from dark past,no value of a human’s life ,merciless practices between Nanda’s and Khusru’s life are striking.

๐ŸŒŸThe narration of inhuman practices is emotionally stirring.
๐ŸŒŸOccasional use of regional languages in conversations.
๐ŸŒŸToo many supporting characters have been portrayed in detail,making it difficult to track who’s who.
๐ŸŒŸNarration gets slow paced at some places.

๐ŸŒŸTBH,I found the title quite intriguing but the book couldn’t match the expectations built by the title because of the narration losing hold at times.

๐ŸŒŸIt took me time to finish reading this book because of its length and slow pace in between.

RATING: โญโญโญ

That Thing About You: Book Review

This is a story of a 27 year old IT Engineer Subodh,who is a professional in Mumbai.

Though being professional, Subodh lacks maturity, discipline and sense of responsibility unlike his flat mate and colleague,Ishaan who is very systematic.

Life goes on mechanically and monotonously till one day Subodh buys a beautiful antique looking key…what’s the big deal about it?

Well,it doesn’t have a lock. And then one day Subodh hears a mysterious female voice…why mysterious? Because she is invisible!

โ“Who is she?
โ“Whay does she have to say to Subodh?
โ“Is all this because of the key without lock?
โ“Does any of this change Subodh?
โ“Does Subodh ever meet her?
โ“Does he find the matching lock of the key?

๐Ÿ”‘The character of a clumsy,undisciplined young professional has been caricatured very well.
๐Ÿ”‘The story proceeds very well till the introduction of the mysterious voice.
๐Ÿ”‘Later, the pace of story slows down and the narration seems stretched infact dragged TBH,monotonous and almost boring.
๐Ÿ”‘The climax seems abrupt.
๐Ÿ”‘The mysterious voice part had built up my expectations most of which weren’t met.
๐Ÿ”‘Overall,I found it average to be read once.

RATING: โญโญโญ

#WebSeries #Review #2: THE TEST CASE

Cast: Nimrat Kaur,Juhi Chawla (guest appearance), Atul Kulkarni,Rahul Dev,Anoop Soni.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor and Vinay Waikul

Episodes: 10

Season: 1

Aired in: April 2017-January 2018

Channel: Alt Balaji

Series Plot:

Shikha Sharma(Nimrat) volunteers to pursue training course for Special Force in Indian Army. Even the Defence Minister(Juhi Chawla) proposes to induct women in combat operations and to consider Shikha as a test case for the same.

In a batch of 24 trainees,Shikha is the only female trainee and goes through lot of reluctance and passive behavior from her co trainees and initially her senior officers too. Other than the hardships of the intense,rigorous training, Shikha has to struggle a lot to break the myth and stereotype that women are unfit for combat operations. In order to do so, she denies privilege of a separate accommodation provided to her for being a female trainee and prefers to stay with other male co trainees in the dorm, However, this isn’t simple at all, but she faces it boldly, standing for herself.

Shikha manages to clear the various level of the training course,the final course being the toughest. During the final level, she has to go through traumatizing situation because of her co trainees. Denying all the help and support to sort out things, Shikha fights back on her own. Going through the hell like worst, finally she not just breaks the stereotype but also becomes the topper of her batch.

Why I chose to talk about The Test Case?

1. The story plot is about Indian Army and movies/serials/web series about Indian Army have always attracted me.

2. The story plot being woman oriented where the protagonist breaks stereotypes and myth about suitability of women in combat roles.

3. One of the directors of the series is Nagesh Kukunoor who is well known for his direction in movies like Iqbal and Dor, Iqbal being an awesome movie about self motivation and determination is one of my all time favorites too...Those who haven’t watched it yet, must definitely go for it.

4.The star cast is promising.

My Watching Experience:

Nimrat Kaur as the lead protagonist steals the show with her rock solid performance. All the artists in role of her co trainees gave a good performance too.

Atul Kulkarni in the role of Lieutenant Colonel as well as the head of training centre was perfect choice. He suits in such roles,the last I saw him doing one was in The Ghazi Attack,which was based on Indian Navy.

Rahul Dev fits well in the role of the Training Supervisor. Anoop Soni has done well too as the Investigating Officer.

The background music is in sync with the story line to add to the excitement of the viewer. The song played in parts,voicing Shikha’s determination and “never giving up” attitude is quite effective.

Rating : 8.5/10

NOTE: Being a web series,the language and some scenes are uncensored,meant for 18+ age group audience only. Parental control and discretion advised.