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An Unsuitable Boy

This book is an autobiography of famous filmmaker Karan Johar, son of famous producer Yash Johar.

Being rich is a not key to happiness and money can’t buy everything. Karan’s started book with a very touching prologue.I like the chapters on his childhood very much. He mentioned how one incident changed his personality completely, from a introvert, less confident child to amiable popular student.

The chapters on his initial career as a filmmaker and on Dharma production are also very interesting. You will get to know some of inside film making facts.

I don’t like the comparison of Lagaan with K3G. Yes, they were released on the same year, may be K3G earned more than Lagaan but you can’t compare a magnificent movie like Lagaan with an average commercial movie like K3G.

I don’t like him as a person or as a filmmaker but after reading this book my views are neutral about him. Best thing about this book is his honesty.

If you are looking for any kind of gossip you will be disappointed, the image he has created for himself this sounds impossible but it is true. Overall it’s a nice and quick read.

Few excerpt from the book

“Actually, there was a lot conflict and consideration in kuch kuch hota hai.
Rani is writing eight letters to her daughter. What did she write in the first three letters? Gagagoogoo?
And how did she know Kajol was going to be free and available. I’m envious to conviction I had in 1997 when I wrote it because today that conviction got too logical.”


Khullam Khulla

This book is an autobiography of actor “Rishi kapoor” as title suggest the book is “khullam khulla” he made many open revelations about him and people related to his life. It is a nice attempt by actor. Initial chapters are really good specially on “Raj kapoor”. He discussed about his father’s affair with the leading actresses and his alcohol problem which was a bold step.

The book got me hooked except few chapters in the mid. He talked about everyone even all music director and singers also who gave his onscreen voice. To my surprise he talked more about Amitabh Bachchan” than his son. I agree that it would be difficult for him (a romantic hero) to survive in action era. He said, “Amitabh was an action hero in the era of action films. As such writers gave him the lion’s share and he had the author backed roles in almost all the films.”

In conclusion, the book is good for light read. You will get the chance to look inside a actor’s life, to witness his depression and his success.

Rating – 3.6

Price – ₹ 600 (quite high and not justified )

Writer – Rishi Kapoor along with Meena Iyer

Shun the Pseudo Liberalism

These days our Indian society (specially Indians on social media) can be divided into 3 groups

1. Liberals – Basic definition of a liberal is a open minded person who supports democracy, secularism, freedom of speech etc thoughts but in India this definition is now changed. A person who oppose all decision of BJP govt and use ill words against our PM are liberals.

2. Nationalist – A person who is loyal to one’s nation is called Nationalist. In India this definition is also changed to one who support Mr. Modi’s ideas, but I think few true nationalist still exist in our country.

3. Blind supporters – An example can define this category, few days ago when “Unnao case” was came into light. A BJP MLA was accused in this case. Few BJP supporters became so aggressive that they started using foul language and giving irrelevant examples. These people instead of forcing the govt to punish the accuse they are supporting him. These people are called blind supporters.

Recent comment of Sonam Kapoor on BBC created a buzz in social media. She was upset about Indian govt decision to boycott any kind of relationship with Pakistan. She said, “I want Neerja to be released in Pakistan”. The people like Sonam Kapoor are called “Psuedo Liberal” or “Anti- Nationalist” they always see one side of coin and never understand the ground reality. These kind of people are blaming current govt to divide the country but most religion oriented comments are coming from them. You will get the proof in subsequent picture.

What is the meaning of above picture. I am ashamed that you people belong to my country. You don’t deserve India and to be called Indian please leave this country.

It’s okay to disagree with govt decision as this is a democratic country and everyone has freedom of speech but supporting India’s enemy in the name of liberalism is wrong. Opposing the decision of govt when it is in favour of nation is wrong and supporting someone blindly is also wrong.

This post written for Indispire topic :

Time to revisit nationalism, patriotism, chauvinism, and anti-nationalism in the garb of freedom of speech

Interesting Facts

I am sharing few interesting facts learned from an app called “Psychological Facts” :

1. Hurt is often mistaken for anger 85% of the time, a person isn’t actually mad at you but instead,disappointed.

2. People tend to be more emotionally open and confess things during late night conversation via texts.

3. Never make a decision when you are angry, never make a promise when you are happy.

4. When people say “you’ve changed ” there’s a 95% chance that you just stopped acting the way they wanted you to.

5. Do you know that, facial symmetry is considered as a sign of beauty and attraction around the world?

6. To all the lefties like me – August 13th is “Left-Hander’s Day” Launched in 1996, this yearly event celebrates left-handedness and raises awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers experience every day in a world designed for right-handers.

7. Left-handedness runs in families. Lefties in the British royal family include the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William. ( I Agree)

8. You can’t read in a dream because reading and dreaming are functions of different sides of the brain, which don’t cooperate while dreams.

9. Most of Introverts hates phone calls as they lead to unnecessary conversation. Hence prefers to text as they are good at writing.

10. Learning new things changes your brain and increase your intelligence—even if you’re older.

11. Infatuation is when you find somebody who is absolutely perfect.Love is when you realize that they aren’t and it doesn’t matter.

Learning has no age limit

I often heard my mother saying, “Umar ho gayi hai beta ab kya sikhenge” or “is age mein aakar aadetein nahi badlti “. I used to think may be she is right, may be I will behave in a similar way at her age but this feeling always depresses me as I always love to learn new things, even I had made a new year resolution few years ago that I will learn one new thing or try to do something new everyday. I don’t know about everyday but most of the days I still follow this resolution. Life without new learnings seems very boring and dull.

Few weeks ago, I read Twinkle Khanna’s article in TOI mentioning 97 year old fashion icon “Iris Apfel” who has signed a modelling contract with IMG few months ago and Barbie doll was created with her image. I found her very inspiring, at the age 97 when most of the people would decide not to get up from the bed she is achieving new milestones.

Actually I proposed this topic to Indispire after watching an old episode of Satymev Jayate on old age. The stories shown in the episode was very inspiring. You will find one story in subsequent paragraph.

Chandra Tomar belongs to a very conservative family where women was not allowed to go out and persue the job. She spent her lifetime in taking care of family. Things got changed when one day she went to a shooting training centre with her grand daughter. She started learning shooting secretly. She was 60s when started learning shooting. Now she won several medals in shooting and opened the door for future generation girls of family to follow their dreams. Prakash Tomar her sister- in-law followed her footsteps and achieved the perfection in shooting.

Sometimes as age increases we lost curiosity and become complacent. Our fear of losing didn’t allow us to discover ourselves and this feeling will sure make anyone old even his physical age is 30.

Before you breathe

Overview – Before you breathe is a crime thriller book written by Tanushree Podder and published by Harper Collins. A small town called “Ramsar” which believed to be “free from crime” baffled after two consecutive break-ins, first in a doctor’s clinic and second one is at Shekhar Sharma’s residence but surprisingly nothing is stolen. Shekhar Sharma is a affluent inhabitant of Ramsar.

A retired Colonel Arjun H. Acharya along with a local inspector Timothy Thapa started the investigation of unusual crime but next day another tragedy was waiting for them, Shekhar Sharma died in a suspicious circumstances. Now they have to find out whether it is an accident or murder. As investigation proceeds Colonel discover new facts about Sharma family which involve Sharma’s wife Supriya, niece Naina and niece’s husband Alok Rajpal.

Review – The book is a part of a Colonel Acharya mystery books. It was a gripping read. I love the writing style, it is a bit descriptive. The Colonel Acharya seems like desi poirot. He himself confess in the book that “H” in his name stands for Hercule and is a big fan of Agatha Christie’s book (like me).

I like Naina’s character development, she is depicted as shy and introvert at first but gradually she became more confident. The background stories of three main characters are well written and not at a single point you feel confused. The Characters like Geeta, Laila, JJ, judge are not used that much in the plot line but discussion among them shows the possible things that can happen and guide the Colonel in investigation.

If I have to opt a favorite character, I will go for Timothy Thapa. He sounds reasonable and take a stand against his nagging and stupid boss whenever needed. The book keeps me guessing all the time but end is bit predictable.

About Author – Before you breathe is written by Tanushree Podder. This is her seventh novel. She was born in Delhi and worked for corporate sector few years. Then she quit the job and follow her passion of writing. When she is not writing, she loves to travel around the world.

The review is done as a part of blog chatter review program. More details are available here

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