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Cricket and Books!

I’m literally chewing my fingernails right now. IPL’s playoffs began today and the match is between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions. I really want RCB to win this year because Virat Kohli has been in an AMAZING form. Scoring 50 off 28 balls and 113 off 50 balls that too with a STITCHED hand is quite an impossible achievement.

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Kohli after his 100 with his stitched hand

They have been one of the most consistent teams throughout all the nine seasons of IPL but it is a tragedy in itself that they have never managed to win the cup. But I still support KKR (after all, it is my city’s team!) more. As I’m writing this, A.B. de Villiers has started hitting the balls like an adrenaline junkie and I’m pretty sure that RCB is going to win. Easy peasy.

On another note, I finished reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and I have to say this – I’m disappointed. I was expecting so much more because it is a really hyped up book… with the movie and everything. But alas! I’ll be reviewing it later on my blog. I also finished reading Body Double by Tess Gerritsen. It is the fourth book in the Rizzoli and Isles series. I’m an absolute sucker for crime/thriller/mystery books and I’m finding this series really addicting. Meanwhile I’m planning to start with Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn tonight. It is a YA retelling of the ever popular – The Arabian Nights. I remember my grandpa narrating me these stories when I was a little kid and I used to listen to them so attentively. He must have narrated me Ali Baba and Alladin a gazillion times. I also read the stories when I grew up so I’m really excited to read this book. There is a LOT of hype surrounding this book and I seriously hope that this book, at least, lives up to my expectations.

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The Wrath and the Dawn

Meanwhile, RCB has won tonight’s match (Woop woop!) and they are through to Sunday’s final. ABD – I bow to thee! What an innings! Now, I just hope KKR wins the Eliminator and the second Qualifier and they too go through to the final. J

( Watching the post match Extra Innings and Sunil Gavaskar quite aptly described ABD as ABCDE – AB can do EVERYTHING!)

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ABD

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The Voice Of The Unnoticed

India recently topped the World Hunger List with a whopping and a heart wrenching 194 million hungry people. There are so many of us who waste food on a daily basis. Kilos of food goes out the accumulated dustbins across the length and breadth of India as millions sleep with an empty stomach. Free food is given in government sponsored schools but that hardly helps much. Tons of grains and vegetables rot whilst the poor farmer fights with the miser of a distributor for the right market price. The Government should need to look more into this matter and make sure that not even a single grain goes to waste because of under payment of the farmer. Incidentally I also discovered that by paying a meagre amount of 750 rupees only, we can sponsor the food of a child living in a village (my source was a “Chings” advertisement in which a popular icon asks us to donate money). If there is any Indian reading this, I implore you to ask your parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents everyone to donate the sum. It isn’t much. Their wallets will still be heavy. They’ll still be able to buy their favourite clothes.. will be still able to go and enjoy a weekend movie at the multiples.. will be able to dine at their favourite restaurant. The only difference that it will make is that they’ll be sleep with a lighter heart. So go ahead.. ask them to donate for the cause. The worst that can happen is that they will scold you. Just remember that the scolding would be for a good cause. If you have the money, then go ahead. You can donate too.You’ll feel good.. I promise. 🙂

Another thing that has been haunting me lately is the over-permissible levels of lead and MSG that has been found in Maggi. It is, without any doubt, the most popular noodle in our country. Childhood here is synonymous with this brand of instant noodle. So this discovery is frightening. I wish the food controlling and securing authorities would actually do their work instead of simply taking banking their fat pay cheques all for having done nothing.

Apart from these two thoughts haunting me for the past couple of days, I have been happy lately. I have been positive and I have been studying more. Because it is the knowledge of these very books that have made me the person I am today. Not studying wholeheartedly would be disrespecting my very roots. I have been listening to some great music and I am in a balanced position, I think. Also, I came across a few interviews of Anupam Roy lately (for those of you don’t know, his songs are kind of my jam now) and he always gushes about Sting. So I decided that I need to give Sting a listen too. I heard his “Fields Of Gold” and I definitely get where Roy gets his inspiration from. FOG is a pretty darn good soulful song so go ahead and check it out if you haven’t already. It is nice to know where your favourite people draw their inspiration from. 🙂

P.S. I found a REALLY cute picture of Anupam and his girlfriend, Piya. I have never said this for anyone.. but here goes. This is the cutest couple that I have ever seen. Hands down. Looking so happy and beautiful. 😀 I wish them all the happiness in the world! 😀

Here’s the link to the picture :

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Survival

The Modi government completes one year and I have got only one humble request to them : I want to feel safe as I walk down the streets. So please make sure that the female population of our country is not robbed off of this basic human right.

On another note, I got my maths test paper back and I have done well. So super happy about it. I wish that this momentum continues. I had a physics test today and I think I have definitely done above average. I have to work on the bone-breaking projects again and maybe I will do an all nighter today. I will do all the graphs and the stupid diagrams as long as my headphones are on to help me survive through all this torture. Because music helps. Period.

Be You. Because you are one in a gazillion. 🙂

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PIKU (With a Bindi)

                                                                                              “Bezubaan” 😀

                                                                                                      PIKU

A story about an annoying yet endearing father and his sassy yet impressive daughter. The father-daughter relationship between Bhaskor and Piku form the core of the story. But strangely and quite humorously it is constipation that is the hero as well as the villain of the story.

Bhaskor Banerjee is a witty man with an insufferable case of chronic constipation. He is a man who lives on his own terms. And he expects everyone around to do so too. He is a strange man who believes that the women who get married have a “low IQ” and he puts his dead wife in that category too. Women need to be independent and to this end, he doesn’t want his daughter to get married. He has sudden whims and he always makes sure that they are taken care of.

Piku is a strong independent character who faces life head on. She is a person who has devoted her life to her work and taking care of her father. She is sassy and arrogant at times. She is sweet and endearing. She has arguments with her father, gets tired of facing his whims but she is a rarity. Not many people, if left in her shoes, would be ready to take care of their father with so much of dedication and love. She even agrees to her father’s whims to take him to Kolkata from Delhi via road.

Enter Rana Chowdhury. He is a “Chowdury” but not a Bengali as it has been pointed so many times so by Bhaskor diligently. He will impress you with his patience and his calm and straight mind. Through the lengthy journey, he acts as a buffer between the father-daughter duo pointing out that Bhaskor is a selfish man at times who doesn’t quite appreciate all the trouble that Piku goes to, at length, only for him. He is a man of sound intelligence who is a wonderful addition to the set of characters.

The film has its humour. It is not rib-tickling but it is genuine. The story is simple. And in my opinion, it is the simplicity of the story that takes the piece of cake. It is simple and sweet with no twists and turns. It is conclusive in its own way. Amitabh Bachchan as Bhaskor is simply adorable. Deepika Padukone as Piku is enthrallingly perfect for the character. Irrfan Khan as Rana is quite frankly, a one hundred percent best choice. The acting is natural – not only the three main characters. The supporting cast has done an amazing job as well.

Shoojit Sircar’s direction is brilliant. He deserves laurels for coming up with such an unconventional idea. He has not side tracked the story for even a minute and has managed to come up with an incredible story in which the “bengaliness” has been retained.

Anupam Roy as the music director has managed to do an incredible job. The soft background music compliments the movie at each and every turn. The songs are soothing and melodious with really beautiful and meaningful lyrics. “Journey Song” sung by Anupam Roy and Shreya Goshal is a perfect melody in which the “bengaliness” is at its highest. The title song sung by Sunidhi Chauhan is a quirky blend which is successfully in encapsulating the character of Piku. But, in my opinion, it is the song “Bezubaan” sung by Anupam Roy which is the best out of all. The other songs “Lamhe Guzar Gaye” and “Teri Meri Baatein” (both sung by Anupam Roy – I know AGAIN him but, quite frankly, who is complaining?!) have to be mentioned too simply because they are captivating. The album is a perfect debut for the uber popular Bengali music director/ singer/ lyricist and this one is definitely going to open many doors for him in Bollywood. He has managed to retain the “bangaliyaana” throughout.

The movie is a must watch for everyone as it showcases where we go wrong in treating our elders. It is a commendable movie which deserves to be applauded by all. It should definitely be on the “must watch list”. It will make you laugh and cry and is going to make sure that it resides in your brain for a long time to come. Everything about the movie is natural and simple and Mr. Sircar – take a bow! There is only one complaint that I have though. The songs have been made so diligently and perfectly but they have not been given enough screen time. Not even one song has been played completely other than “Lamhe Guzar Gaye” (that too during credits). Other than this, it is an incredible movie with a quirky life of its own.

What are you waiting for? Go book your ticket right NOW!