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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…