Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Liebster Award Post

Okay.Every blogger simply awaits the day when the get the Liebster.Finally, I have knocked off another one of my dreams and won this prestigious award.A huge hug and thank you for Snehal Tripathi(my nominator)( for considering me worthy of this award.

To the uninitiated, the Liebster works this way:

A Blogger is nominated by another winner.
He/She has to post 11 facts about themselves
Answer 11 questions posed by the nominator
Create 11 questions for their nominees
Finally,nominate 11 bloggers

So here it goes,

  • 11 Things About Me:

1. I'm thinner than half of USA's population and fatter than half of Somalia's population.
2. A Bibliophile for life( PS: Potterhead and Twillight hater)
3. Aspire to be a diplomat one day.
4. Love anything that's a video and a huge Bollywood fan
5. Huge social networking junkie
6. I kinda have incognito entrepreneur wishes
7. Fierce debater and MUNner
8. Studying to become a lawyer
9. Deist by religious preference and believer of a Socialist Democracy
10. I often sit on the bench of an empty railway platform to just think
11. I've this weird tendency to overdraw from any event that happens in my life.

  • Answer to Snehal's questions:

1. Given a chance to visit any other country, where would you go and why.
>>France.Don't know why, but all my childhood, and all my life, I have had a fascination for that country,especially Paris and Nice.

2. The thing you hate the most about yourself.
>>I'm very thin and essentially,not that strong. That and the fact that I'm not Harry Potter. Hate both these things about myself.

3. A unforgettable train/plane/vehicle journey describe
>>When I was a kid, I was travelling to Kanpur with my mom.My father was to come a week later.Now, I really wasn't familiar with the travelling time continuum, so I ended up crying because I thought that my Dad will forget me. #TrueStory

4. Your favorite Bollywood movie 
>>I'll name 5. Andaaz Apna Apna,DDLJ,Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,Mohbatein,Ek Main Aur Ek Tu,Dil Toh Pagal Hai,Aisha,Udaan,Gangs of Wasseypur, The list goes on, I'm in love with Bollywood.

5. Given a chance to act as a leading role in a movie, who would you like to be paired opposite you.
>>If it's a Bollywood movie, either Katrina Kaif or Sonali Bendre. If it's a foreign film, any day Emma Watson.

6. What you don't like about the Indian Cricket team.
>>We simply lack a good pace attack.

7. Your favorite news channel/newspaper and news anchor/journalist.
>>Arnab Goswami,Tim Sebastian

8. Your greatest support in life.
>>My closest friends.They are there 25/7

9. What would you do if the world is going to end tomorrow.
>>Go on a date,Get arrested,Tell all snotty and irritating people that they are snotty and irritating.Most importantly, I will read Paulo Cohelo and then watch the movie 2012.

10. Which aspect of India would you like to change.
>>The "chalta hai" attitude

11. What you like/hate about my blog.
>>Like- Neatly designed,Well written
Hate-The pink background(Sorry, I don't like pink)

  • 11 Questions for my nominees:

1. Something you love about yourself
2.Your favorite cartoon and why
3.Your preferred Social Network and why
4.Your favorite Bollywood movie
5.If you were to be a citizen of any other country except the current one, which one will it be?
6.20-20 or Test cricket and why?
7.Poetry or songs,why?
8.F.R.I.E.N.D.S, HIMYM,Big Bang Theory or Modern Family?
9.Your religious prefrence and why?
10.Your political views and their basis
11.What you like/hate about my blog/my writing Javascript Disabled

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Sunset Of Daybreak

A poem about how life has its own oddities,twists and turns. It's rare to observe and feel these nooks and crannies.

The crack of light reflects,
In a mirror of fine make
Perhaps it's a play,
Or something my thoughts deflect
Because all I see is the Sunset Of Daybreak

The moon shines red
Or is it an illusion fake?
Perhaps it's the time of the dead,
Because all I see is the Sunset of Daybreak

Drowsy as fresh dew,
Time is all I take.
Moments such as these happen few,
But, with thoughts new in life sinew,
All I see is the Sunset of Daybreak Javascript Disabled

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Heartless Heart

He stared. He stared hard. Those mystic blue eyes shown through the photograph as if she actually wanted him to look at her. He sat by the window with an open mouth. Not by shock, but by being astounded. Tearing his eyes away from her angelic face, he looked out of the window, straight into the night. In his dreams, this moment would be complimented by some deeply romantic and slightly sensual music with lovey-dovey lyrics as he stared into the stars, tracing out her name with his fingers, in an outlandish attempt to reach something far away. But in the mediocre reality of today, all he heard when he stared into a black, starless sky was the barking of the stray hounds and the religious tune which was now every other car's reverse warning tone. Still, one thing remained. His heart pounded just the way he imagined it would.

How had he reached this place? At 17 this poor chap was supposed to be ruing over how girls don't dress provocatively enough and then after a sad nod, return to his textbook. Instead he was sitting by a window like a love struck idiot. He pondered deeply over his life and believe you me, with genuine concern. You see, Rahul had always been one of those "good, sorted" people. Academically sound with a flair for his talents, he was a friendly guy with a regular life. He had a level head, but a delicate heart was what formed his Achilles' heel. Planning and scheduling was his forte, and somehow, he had forgotten to consider his heart in his life plan. Or maybe he had, like an over smart MBA graduate from a fancy college, allotted a future time for his romantic pursuits. But, since when has the human heart considered the brain's advice? Everyone knows that the heart is heartless itself.

He shifted uncomfortably as he considered doing what anyone might have done- "asking her out". He squirmed as different scenarios jogged his mind faster than the square root of energy divided by mass. The fear of rejection, ostracized reactions by parents, the inevitable break-up, the emotional impact, all of it struck him in one go. Just as he was about to cringe in prospective fear, a thought flashed through his mind. Sitting by the beach, watching the sunset with her, with her small delicate fingers in his long but delicate ones. The smile on their faces and her awe, love and a bit of annoyance struck laugh as he showed her the sunset twice just because of his textbook. Her eyes would light up when he spoke of...

"RAHUL! Dinner's ready, put the plates on the table, Ridhima will serve the food and I'll make the rotis!"

His mother's voice broke his chain of thoughts. He smiled, although the fake one with a tinge of sadness as he acknowledged the odd thoughts he just experienced. He quickly exited from the "View Display Picture" menu of his Blackberry and started towards the dining table. As he headed out of the room, his eyes were reflected in the mirror. To a bystander, they were the eyes of a geek, a social nobody, a love struck idiot who had no chance with any girl, let alone the girl of his dreams. But all I saw was conflict, grief and joy. All I saw was a seventeen year old boy, in a state, he didn't deserve to be. Javascript Disabled

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Bankster By Ravi Subramanian-A Review

Intricate detailing is what makes a thriller what it is. The Bankster is beyond the usual suspense thriller. Veering with multiple scenarios playing at our simultaneously, it makes for a fabulous read, especially in India’s emerging culture which is exponentially rising into the corporate lifestyle. The subtle, yet commonly gossiped about fact that powerful corporate houses run the nation is well weaved into the plot as Mr. Subramanian takes you on a simple, yet enthralling ride
This 358 paged novel is Ravi’s fifth novel with the banking world as its set (however, I confess to not having read the other four before). But, with all honesty, I regret not having read them as this book was simply wonderful. Dealing with three different parallels at the same time, Subramanian slowly unravels a web of mystery linking a covert CIA agent, an anti-nuclear power plant protest in India and a series of death of a certain bank’s employees. Most authors writing thrillers fail to clearly link these sets in a convincing manner, often disappointing readers. However, The Bankster pretty much clearly exhibits the links and demonstrates their entanglement.

The nucleus of this book is its radical, coherent yet brutally simple analogy to different current situations. Ravi brilliantly has drawn some of the world’s most familiar happenings into an elaborate piece of fiction to expound some thoughts which gets you thinking. The familiarity between the Kundankulam nuclear power plant protests and the fictitious protests in the book is point blank and obvious but does explore a delicate side of the world of International relations by sly hints. Also, by dumbing down complex banking strategies and terms, Ravi has eased the burden on a common reader. This is a problem rarely addressed by authors and often becomes a stigma. I quote one of my friends who supposedly read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code with one eye on the book and the other on the Google search results of the various terms thrown at her. At face value, The Bankster is both easy on your mind as well as Internet bills.

Moving on to the book’s Achilles’ heel, we arrive at something which is debatable Although the book slowly lays out the detailed plot and the mystery breaks free perfectly with logical arguments, the method, to me was a bit unrealistic. To me, a media personnel deciphering extravagant clues and connecting the dots, that too within a fixed time period of 48 hours is a bit tough to accept. Although Ravi seeks to augment this fact by detailing Karan (the media guy)’s character with investigative training and a natural flair for deciphering cases, it still remains tough to accept. Another counter to this can be Karan’s support team consisting of some trusted colleagues and his girlfriend, I would like to iterate that their contribution pales in comparison to Karan’s as he clearly steals the limelight.

Overall, this book is a masterpiece and simply un-putdown-able. Ravi draws you into the world of GB2 and controls your emotions like a puppet master. When I picked up the book, the first thing that leaped out was a line out of the Wall Street Journal saying “Meet the John Grisham of banking”. Suffice to say, I second it.

The Standing Coin Rating: 7.5/10

Like: Easy to read, Draws the reader’s attention into a detailed world, Radical new theories

Dislike: Single character essaying the role of a super intelligent hero comes across as unrealistic

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