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Borrowed Memories

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Rain, thunder,
Clouds and saying goodbye.
Throughout the times, the days
I know now, they were all
borrowed memories.

Someone else's
life,
I lived through their
time and I
borrowed memories.

Fade, away,
Distant, distance,
Disappear without me,
Forget me forever.

I was nothing but a borrowed memory.

This is what Hell feels like....

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Five more days to go,
And we'll be even. Two weeks in Hell.
I never thought it would hurt this bad,
Never in my wildest dreams,
Have I imagined to be this sad.
How can you move on,
After throwing my world to the whirlwinds?
How could you go
Breaking my heart, like that?
No matter how many times
The words come tumbling out,
And how many times I squeeze
Out the hate, and loathe from within
How can I deny, there was a time
I'd fallen in love.
The joke, the blame everything
Is finally on me now.
And still somehow,
Despite everything and everyone
Saying otherwise,
Stupid heart refuses to listen.
I was fine, I was doing fine.
Till you came back to say goodbye.
Everything buried, everything I thought
Wouldn't haunt me again,
Came back in an avalanche of memories...
How I wish I could turn back time,
And how you'd never would've stopped being mine.
I wonder why you did come back,
To put me through hell? Really?
I'm getting very comfortable here.
Fading away from life.

Time Stamp

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Take a good look at the quote,  Can you understand what it says? It is quite simple at the first look - But deep down inside, is another story. They never told you the catch in the quote, The loophole in the prayer; The unspoken 'time stamp' is always there.
The quote makes me laugh now, Because the tears simply refuse to come. And I cackle with the laughter of the maniac  As my mind swims in the kaleidoscope of memories Which, surprisingly, never haunted me before. Because I'd felt too sure, This would never really end.  I never thought there would be a 'time stamp'  When it came to us.
Guess I was wrong. Even Johnny Depp can be at times. That's why it is so wrong to pick the second person, Because they'll only repeat what they do to you now. The joke would always be on you, So be cautious and love the person you already have. Never try to second guess your decisions. Act on your impulse. You never know when the 'time stamp'  Would come to haunt y…

Poem: I Hate You

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I hate you with the passion of a thousand burning suns,
And I hate you like I would if I found a vermin under my heels.
You with your little "oh I'm sorry, didn't mean to hurt you" gets me so sad.
It's amazing how one little sentence can get me so mad!
I hate you like the world hates the terrorists,
And I hate you like my cat hates the food we put before him.

Enough with the love poems,
The love songs and the stupid things which we believed
Once upon a time made life so beautiful.
Now we know,
That's just the temporary lapse of sanity.

I hate you now because I used to love you once,
I could see it in your eyes...
"I don't have a girlfriend."
Oh yeah? Shut up, jackass. Don't lie.

I led myself into believing I was a vindictive, horrible person...
And then out of the blue,
I found the courage to tell you the truth.
And now the blame's on you.

So go run and hold your new girlfriend's hand,
While sort through all the things you gave me,

The Last Poem for You

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Pages torn from the notebook,
Pages blotted, and pages with faded writing.
The pages of my old book,
So very inviting.

Do you remember when we shared our thoughts?
When our verses came out as replies?
Do you remember, that day, so long ago, when we realized time flies?

Words might have faded, but you remained behind.
Etched deep in my memory.

You left a part of you, when you left in a hurry.
I know, I know.
It was a passing phase and you passed right through.
For I was the fool, who waited awhile for you.

This is the last poem, the last words from me to you.
Smile, for I still remember, long ago, I had loved you.

Thorns with every Rose

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I was told to give everything time,
Things have a way of sorting itself out.
I was told to wait and eventually you would fade
From my memory.
But not a day passed when your face
Didn't haunt me.
Not a single one when I remembered
Our days together.
Tell me why, you still like to torture me
By strolling around my head?
We left a lot of things unsaid...
But you should go now.
As far away as possible from me,
Because I need to find myself
New memories.
Time said I would be fine.
Time lied.
I hoped someday you would be mine.
I hoped in vain.
I was told lies and I believed those...
But I remember now,
There are thorns with every rose.

Pujo Special: Kate Beckett v/s Riya Mukherjee

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I am bored out of my mind. Rather, I was bored out of my mind yesterday, when I was waiting for my sister to finish with her beauty regime at the parlor, I couldn't help thinking about Castle and Arjun - especially about their leading ladies - Kate Beckett and Riya Mukherjee. The more I thought about these two women, the more I realized how different they are from each other. And then I came up with a bullet list:
Kate heads her NYPD unit, Riya is a newbie to field work. Kate is a trigger happy woman, driven by the mystery of her mother's death. Riya is afraid of shooting people, as she is against violence n taking lives. Riya is more about the talk, with all her research knowledge. Kate makes ppl do all the research for her. Riya is part of the team.The real parallel would actually be between Arjun and Kate, and not Riya. As Riya is portrayed as the stereotypical female placed between males *cough*Arjun*cough* with inflated egos. She is an asset to the team, yet no one realize…

TV Serial Review: Har Yug Mein Ayega Ek Arjun

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I have almost no time and patience for Hindi serials but I have to admit the promos for Arjun had my expectations riding high. How did I come across this serial you ask? Well it was during a time I used to watch Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hain, at a regular basis. I'd dismissed Arjun to be much like CID, but I was interested when my mother (who likes a crime thriller or two), made me sit with her watch the episode.

It was well into the series, the first episode that I saw, but with a lot of questioning and a few guesswork, I managed to understand that Arjun is about the E.T.F (Emergency Task Force) who work in highly complex cases, which is headed by Sameer Rathore (Behzaad Khan), and consists of Riya Mukherjee (Sana Khan) who is a research expert, Shreekhant "Shree" Sen (Siddhart Sen) the techie, Chandrakant "Chhotu" Patil (Ketan Karande) the commando, and is joined by Arjun Suryakant Raute (Shaleen Malhotra) the team's second-in-command.

Arjun's past i…

Movie Review: Easy A

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Movie Synopsis:Easy A (stylized as easy A) is a 2010 American teen comedy film directed by Will Gluck, written by Bert V. Royal and starring Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Thomas Haden Church, Dan Byrd, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, and Aly Michalka. The screenplay was partially inspired by the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Review:  2010 definitely had brought in a lot of good movies...I can't believe I was actually one year late to finally see a movie as good as Easy A. I'd watched it last year, and I have no idea how I came across this movie in the first place. Easy A is the only movie till date, that I've kept on repeat, without skipping a single scene. It was that good in my opinion. In fact, I decided to pay my own tribute to the movie by making my protagonist, Jasmine, have the very same song as the ring tone, which was a huge part of Easy A: 

I've got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine
I've got…

Book Review: All American Girl - Ready or Not!

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Meg Cabot sometimes just doesn't seem to be able to hold her ground. I've loved most of her work, and I've seriously loved all the books (save Underworld) I reviewed the other day. But reading All American Girl 2# Ready or Not, left me a little bewildered.

Samantha Madison had shot to fame when she'd save the President from an assassin. Somehow, in the first book, she lands herself in the White House and falls in love with the First Son, David. But all that is the past. The Sam we get to see in the 2nd book, has dyed her red hair black and is confused because everyone seems to be pressurizing her for something or another.

The President wants her to come to a live MTV chat, to support his cause. His son wants them to Do It. Her art teacher, Susan Boone, seems to think she's ready to take life painting classes. And Sam doesn't seem to be able to cope with half of what is happening in her life.

While I like the awkward Sam, her sister Lucy and the slew of characters …

Flash Fiction: Sparks Fly

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All the wrong things, for all the right reasons - Soumma Roy Chowdhury 
I couldn't take my eyes off him. No, I really couldn't. A part of me knew I should not be gaping at him, but the other part urged me to let myself go, for once in my life. While I was struggling with my feelings, he looked around and caught me staring at him. He was confused but only for a minute.
"Come join us," he offered. Us. He has said us, not me. I was more depressed than ever now. The truth was sinking in. He was taken. The object of my desire was taken. 
Tahir laughed again, and beckoned me to go join them. I smiled politely back at him, and shook my head. It was Saturday afternoon. One of the rare afternoons I get off from work. And I'd somehow found myself invited to a party my college best friend, Ira, made me come to. Though why I should be there in the first place was beyond me, seeing the host of the party was Ira's childhood friend, Lily. To mock my misery, the whole circle …

Book v/s Movie Review 1: Beastly

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I've read so many versions of Cinderella, and encountered such a lot of Modern Day retelling - that I was actually quite pleased to come across Alex Flynn's Beastly. As can be understood by the title itself, Beastly borrows its storyline from the children's fairytale, The Beauty and The Beast. Only this time, the settings are modern and our protagonists are high school students.

I'd once gone to a bookstore which proudly bore the legend, "Never judge a book by its movie". And I couldn't agree more. I'd ordered this book from flipkart (though I don't even remember how I'd come across it in the first place...must be thanks to the amount of window shopping I do online), and waited impatiently for the book to arrive.

When the book did arrive, I finished it off within two-days. (Yes, I have been able to finish really fat books, really fast thanks to this wonderful talent of speed reading that I have). And I have to say, I was extremely impressed with…

Movie Review: The Art of Getting By

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Movie SynopsisGeorge, a lonely artist, doesn't believe in school life and refrains from going there. He meets Sally, a popular girl and now has a reason to attend school.
The Review Remember the cute kid from Finding Neverland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Yes, we're talking about the very one who stole your hearts in August Rush. Freddie Highmore is no longer the little kid he had portrayed in those movies...instead he has grown up to star in a high school drama named, The Art of Getting By (2011). The movie had been named Homework initially. At least, that's the name the trailer in youtube is listed under.

The Art of Getting By is the story of a young boy, George (Highmore) who once heard the quote, "We live alone, we die alone. Everything else is just an illusion" and becomes depressed when he realizes he is going to die one day. It makes him draw into his own shell and get labelled as the kid who never does his homework.

The Principal Bill Martin (Bla…

Movie Review: Beauty and The Briefcase

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This was a 2010 Hilary Duff movie. Given I'm a fan of hers and I watch almost everything she's a part of, it came to me as quite a shock when I realized I'd missed out on Beauty and the Briefcase. Rest assured, this movie isn't a modern day rendering of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. No, this movie takes you through the journey of a young woman who finds her calling for writing through the business world. How, you ask?

  Well, Lane Daniels (Hilary Duff) has always dreamed of writing for Cosmo. "The greatest magazine of all times," as she and her friend Joanne (Amanda Walsh) put it. But the assignment Cosmo has in story of Lane isn't all that simple. She has to join the business world in order to find love...and what had started out as a simple article, soon becomes the cover story for Cosmo.

Lane has always been looking for her "magic man", the one who would have all the ten qualities on her checklist. A checklist, Joanne keeps reminding h…

Author Review: Meg Cabot

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Rather than my usual way of writing a book review, today I'm going to try something different. I'm going to attempt an author's review. And today I'm going to talk to you about one of my favorite writers: Meg Cabot.

She's universally popular as the author of the Princess Diaries series. But what makes me really love her, is the fact she writes for all ages. Young readers, young adults and even the adults. Meg Cabot has something for absolutely everybody. Initially I thought I'd write a review for every single book of hers that I read, but I decided to combine all those reviews into one post. So, here goes:

1. The Princess Diaries Collection: I'd seen the Disney movie, and let me just say that they'd gone too far sugar coating it. Mia Thermopolis on her fourteenth birthday discovers that she is actually the heir to the throne of Genovia. Her father is very much alive but he is unable to have more children, and that is the reason for him suddenly recogniz…

Book Review: ToGetHer: Forever & Always With Best Friends

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This review, I'd meant to write it a lot earlier. I remember going to Oxford bookstore in March and picking out this particular copy...and I'd finished it in one go. Somehow I couldn't stop reading till I'd closed the book for good.

Forgive me, if I get the names mixed up, because it was months ago that I'd read the story. But the essence of what, writer Ishita Bhown has tried to convey remained with me.

Firstly, it was refreshing break to see that there are girls in the engineering world. The one who are termed, 'beauty with brains'. (Though they like labeling themselves as geeks. But geeks have undergone a whole new revolution thanks to the likes of Seth Cohen and Sheldon Cooper.) Back to the book now, though.

Ayesha comes into the world of engineering, where very predictably, she feels lost and confused. As time goes by, she settles down, makes friends and even gets a goon on her tail. Personally, I would've enjoyed a bit more fights and trouble between…

Flash Fiction: Valentines Day

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The taxi went speeding past.

Nearly everyone on the street had to jump out of the way. The taxi driver didn't even bother to look back and see if he'd hurt anyone. If had turned back, he would've seen people shaking their fists at him, using words they'd normally avoid using. He was clinging to the wheel for dear life for he was convinced he'd boarded a crazy woman around ten minutes ago.

His passenger, the woman, was egging him on to go faster for she really need to catch a blue maruti speeding through the crowd, two cars ahead of them.

"Go, go, go!" the woman screamed, "Come on, I'll pay for your damages!"

The taxi driver chose not to point out that the only damage would be if he accidentally hit other cars or worse people. The woman was almost ready to strangle him. She couldn't make him understand how important it was for her to catch that damn blue car!

It was Valentine's Day and Sanchita was determined to profess her love for…

Flash Fiction: The Ring

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He pocketed the ring carefully, with a wry smile. It would be a long time before he reached into his pocket to bring out that ring again. He wondered whether waiting all these years for the right moment, he'd simply missed the bus. 
As he walked away, his childhood sweetheart looked at his back, with tears in her eyes. She had grown tired of waiting for him and had got engaged last week. Her sense of responsibility refused to let her runaway with her childhood sweetheart into the sunset. 
He recalled with much pain, that it had been quite a harassment to get the right ring for her. He laughed as he remembered his own discomfort at having to describe to the shop assistant exactly what kind of a ring he was looking for. He'd finally said, "The kind that professes love."
It had embarrassed him, and now the ring in his pocket seemed to make fun of him. He wished very much he could just throw away the damn thing. But it had cost him a fortune. It deserved a better burial…

Flash Fiction: Discovery

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Everyone knew that the Babu was hiding something, but Rama didn't think she would stumble into his secret on a quiet Monday morning when the family had gone to visit the temple. She would swear to her friends in the evening that she had found it by accident. But in her heart of hearts, Rama knew she'd been snooping around her employer's house. She had taken full advantage of the fact no one was home that morning. 

She had often wondered what lay beneath the thick mattress of Mr. Chowdhury's bed. Today, she finally discovered it. Upon lifting the mattress, she found herself staring at a photograph. She had wanted to let out a scream, but the muscles in her voice seemed to have contracted. Her eyes had widened with fear yet she couldn't move from her spot, staring at the photograph. It would've been anyone else's instinct to drop the mattress and runaway. But Rama had never been like anyone else. 

With quivering fingers, she picked up the photograph and held it…

Movie Review: Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya

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I might be a little late in reviewing this colorful little story, but it was only yesterday that I managed to wrench out a few hours for myself :)

Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya is an unconventional romantic tale, where an unwilling bridesmaid (Genelia D'Souza), forces a wronged rickshaw driver (Ritiesh Deshmukh) to kidnap her! She gives him the idea to demand ransom money from her father. With that money, they would split it and go their separate ways...

Like any other Bollywood story, our hero and heroine begin to fall in love. The day arrives when the ransom money has to deposited...and there comes the new twist in the tale!

Another man comes and kidnaps them both!!!

What follows after this is a hilarious stay at the kidnapper's place, where Mini (D'Souza) is thoroughly enjoying herself and Viren (Deshmukh) is trying his best to escape.

So what happens in the end? Do watch the movie to find out... :))

Movie Review: He's Just Not That Into You...Is He?

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Yesterday night, tired with studies, tired with book promotion and mostly tired with the mundane college life, I decided to finally watch the movies rotting in my computer for over two months now. I will admit that when I first began watching the movie, I was less than enthusiastic. My best friend had recommended the movie - but our tastes have always been miles apart. Still, while I munched on dinner, I gave this movie a shot.

He's Just Not That Into You, boasts of an ensemble cast with the likes of Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johannson, and Justin Long...all of whom contributed with above average performances. The movie was more character driven than plot driven, and all the characters are connected to each other in a full circle.

At the heart of all the melodrama is Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), who dissects every single action of every single man she dates, and harbors on almost stalker like attitude.…

Book Review: A Lot Can Happen In Just TEN DAYS...

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Azharuddin's Ten Days arrived at my door when I had actually not expected it. I saw the ads on facebook and flipkart, and I even remembered catching glimpses of the book here and there. But I had passed on the book, thinking it would definitely not be my cup of tea, since I am sucker for romance novels. Yet being a complete bookworm I couldn't let the opportunity to read Ten Days pass.

Quite frankly, it is the back cover writing of the book which got me interested to know more about Zeeshan (the protagonist). He's not unlike any other angst wrought guy who feels he has been severely wronged. A lot of us dream of going abroad for further studies, Zeeshan was no exception. He leaves behind his family, his love and his life in order to pursue higher studies...what he hadn't bargained for in the process was the horrific experiences lurking in the shadows of his happy dreams.

The story is set around the time of the attacks on Indian students in Australia, where Zeeshan is cau…

Book Review: Love Happens Only Once...Agreed :)

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I would spend a lot of time on flipkart, wondering which books to buy. Love Happens Only Once...rest is just life had caught my attention a lot of times, but somehow I never got around to ordering it. On the second day of my exams, I decided to get the book anyway. I thought in the days which would follow after the tiresome examination, I could always pass time by reading. ^_^ And it turned out be an added bonus that I loved every minute of the story.

It starts off from where most teenagers find their stories,the end of school and the beginning of college. That is always the threshold for us, isn't it? The time when we're busy discovering ourselves, when the first person who touches us deeply becomes our one and only love. The protagonist of this book, Rishi, is no exception. 
He knows that he is a flirt and that doesn't stop him from being a jerk. In fact, he is all set for challenges, and his wild ways in the initial pages of the book, had me in splits. Reality check comes…

Book Review: Six Acres And A Third

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Chha Mana Atha Guntha (Oriya) by Fakir Mohan Senapati

This book belongs to my reading list this year. I'd never thought that something tagged as a 'text book' would give me immense pleasure. I could connect with the characters, I felt their pain, I laughed at the ridiculousness of it all, I chuckled at the narrator's mischievous comments and most of all I finished the book in two days. Granted, I did that more out of obligation, but when you enjoy a book, you don't really care about the time. All you care about is finishing it off as soon as possible.

Six Acres has an unreliable narrator. Those of you who are familiar with Notes On A Scandal would know what is meant by that term. Just like the narrator there couldn't be entirely trusted, neither can you trust the narrator here. Written in the third person, the narrator's voice is going to have you in fits - fits of laughter, of disbelief, and fits of sighing at the fates of the characters.

The vivacious Champa…

Book Review: "Take One More Chance" ~ Really DO!!!

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Remember that I'd mentioned I'd be writing book reviews for whatever books took my fancy, some days back? Well, we found our first book :)

Take One More Chance is about man hunting and arranged marriages, challenging the age old societal norms of a girl having to get married as soon as she turns twenty six.

This book caught my fancy quite awhile back in flipkart. But I had placed an order for it just this past week. It finally arrived parceled yesterday, and I happily began reading the book, not expecting it to be what I can tag it as: a complete laugh riot.

From the beginning to the very end, I didn't put the book down till I knew the conclusion drawn by this extremely talented sixteen year old: Shirya Garg. I know this review is a little late in coming since her book came out in the markets, last March. And it's May 2012 already. I'm actually quite surprised that her book didn't catch my notice before!

The leading pair of Take One More Chance, Naina Kashyap and A…

Some Thoughts About Books

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Aristotle in his Poetics had said that a child learns by imitation. I guess that holds true for every aspect of our lives. We everyone around us seem to enjoy reading, we would be tempted to pick up a book every once in awhile. Quite frankly reading habits are encouraged. No child would take up a book on his own, if he doesn't see his parents reading him bed time stories or telling him tales. For my own part, Thakurmar Jhuli (collected Bengali folktales) was a great part of my life when I was younger. My grandmother would tell us the stories. Sadly, she passed away when I was five. I don't think she knew I wanted to be a writer someday, for I came to that decision when I was six years old.

The point of this blog post is not about my career wishes but about books and reading habits as a whole. Really good books are very hard to come by, and even when you do come by them, you are disappointed to learn it didn't do that well in the market. Or it never really gained the popular…

Just Another Love Story

Boy:

Yes!!!
Listen to the tears falling on the marble floor,
Listen to the sound (wham!) of the shutting door.
My love shall always cure
Your deceased heart!
My soul shall suffer for you
That poisonous dart!
Me sharing your pain is nothing new;
But only if you could understand how much I love you!

Girl:

But if only you could realize
The pain behind these eyes
This girl's heart knows not love except for her friends.
She tried to love someone before
But she found that was where happiness ends.
Try to read her heart, and not her mind
Only confusion and bitterness you will find
Though she loves you a lot and cares for you,
Her heart will never be true!

Boy:

I understand every bit of your soul
But I suffer from the pain!
Which is created by this black hole!
I want to live life
But it seems,
You're stabbing it with your problem's knife!
No matter how much I try,
You'll always make me cry!

Girl:

She doesn't want to see you cry
Or watch you die,
Tell her how she can help you
Real friends in this world ar…