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Movie Review: SING

Movie Synopsis:Sing is a 2016 American computer-animated musical comedy-drama film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It was directed and written by Garth Jennings, co-directed by Christophe Lourdele and starring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, and Tori Kelly. The film is about a group of anthropomorphic animals that enter a singing competition, hosted by a koala hoping to save his theater. Movie Review:
When the trailer for SING was released back in 2016, I had been amused. But I didn’t think much of it. Neither did I go out of my way to catch the movie in theatres. I wish now, however, that I had. For some reason I was listening to Elton John’s Still Standing Glee cover. I chanced upon a comment that said the SING cover by Taron Egerton was better. So I immediately had to check that out…and long story short, I ended up watching the whole movie this afternoon. (Yes - perks of working from hom…

Travel: Bakkhali Road Trip

Bakkhali Road TripThe last time Pradipta, Indrani and I had gone on a trip together was 2012 to Darjeeling. But we had gone with other friends too. The Bakkhali road trip was perhaps our very first trip together. Even though it was going to be a one-day trip the three of us were pretty excited. It was one of the most impromptu trips of our lives. We had met on Saturday to visit Princep Ghat and while talking about how much I love the water and how much it calms me down, we suddenly had plans to start early in the morning for Bakkhali and come back again at night!

Even though I have lived in Kolkata all my life and everyone I have ever met told me they have been on weekend getaway trips to Bakkhali, I was never one of those people. I remember going on family trips to Digha and Diamond Harbour when I was younger. It was the entire Brahma clan. (I say clan because I have lost count of how many relatives I have!) As we grew up, the trips stopped.
Now that all of us are working adults with…

Writer Wednesday: 10 Fun Facts About An Awfully BIG Adventure

Fairy Tales

Even since I was a little girl I loved fairy tales. It was one of the first books that I ever read by myself. Granted it was a book of fairy tale retellings, and the prints were in large. That’s when my obsession with fairy tales started. When I started coming across fairy tale retellings, I knew it was on my list of things to do for sure. An Awfully BIG Adventure therefore has always been at the back of my mind. EvernoteI wrote the novella entirely on the Evernote App. It was paired with my laptop and my phone. So every time I would finish writing a chapter, it would automatically get synced. It saved me the harassment of always backing up my newly written document all the time. Because I was working full time then and I used a different device at work and a different one at home. Evernote helped me keep track of my work without going completely insane. Metro Journeys

A lot of the chapters were written during the time I would commute to and from work on the metro. The other …

Travel: Chakrata Road Trip

The first thing you need to know about this trip is that it happened in April-May 2016. It had been a rather difficult start to the year and when I finally managed to get some time off I decided to visit Pradipta, who used to live in Delhi back then. Only she had other plans. We decided that once I would arrive at Delhi, two of her friends, she and I would go down to Chakrata. Now, before this trip I had never even heard of Chakrata let alone known of its existence. I knew about Mussorie of course. Because it’s where Ruskin Bond lives and he was one of the reasons I realized there was such a thing as Indian writing in English.

I started researching Chakrata and before long, I knew more less whatever Wikipedia had to tell me about the place: Chakrata is a cantonment town in Dehradun district[1] in the state of Uttarakhand, India.
It is between the Tons and Yamuna rivers, at an elevation of 7000–7250 feet, 98 km from state capital, Dehradun; it was originally a cantonment of the British I…

Movie Review: Hello, My Name is Doris

Movie Synopsis:
Hello, My Name Is Doris is a 2016 US romantic comedy-drama film directed by Michael Showalter from a screenplay by Showalter and Laura Terruso, about a woman in her 60s who tries to act on her attraction to a younger co-worker. It stars Sally Field in the title role, alongside Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Stephen Root, Elizabeth Reaser, Natasha Lyonne and Tyne Daly. The film had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 14, 2015, and was theatrically released on March 11, 2016, by Roadside Attractions and Stage 6 Films.
The Review I had doubted taking a membership for Amazon Prime but as more and more days go by, I begin to doubt myself less and less. True the collection isn’t at par with Netflix but the movies that I have come across simply browsing through the collection are pure magic.
Hello, My Name is Doris is one such movie that I came across quite by accident. It tells the story of a woman in her late sixties or early seventies, D…

Travel: 5 Road Trip Essentials

From the end of last year, I started learning how to drive. Because going on road trips have always been pretty high on my list of things to-do in life. I guess I have been on a number of road trips with my family. But they stopped as we started to grow up. But from 2016, I think I have been on plenty of road trips.
It started with the road trip I took with my friends from Delhi to Chakrata. Then road trips from Kolkata to Bakkhali, and Kolkata to Mandarmani in 2017. India-Wales project required us to travel around Wales. While initially the plan had been to take trains and buses, we toured around Wales in car. I didn't think about it so much then. Reflecting back on it, I realize that was perhaps the most elaborate road trip of my life. (And yes, I want to blog about that someday. But today is not that day.)
Instead, today I am going to tell you about the 5 Road Trip Essentials I figured out over the course of many road trips that you need in order to survive any and all road tr…

10 Disney Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head too Easily!

I remember owning a cassette that had most of the Disney Princess songs. Unlike most people, I did not grow up with Disney. Because Disney channel came to us when we were a lot older. It used to be Cartoon Network and sometimes Nickelodeon for us. But I started watching all the old Disney movies and I realized that most of the songs are catchy as hell. They really get stuck in your head. Here my picks for the 10 Disney Songs that get stuck in your head too easily! 
1. Friend Like Me - Aladdin 

2. Kiss the Girl - Little Mermaid 

3. Let It Go - Frozen 

4. How Far I'll Go - Moana 

5. Under the Sea - Little Mermaid 

6. Reflection - Mulan 

7. Just Can't Wait to be King - The Lion King 

8. That's How You Know - Enchanted 

9. Love Is An Open Door - Frozen 

10. When Will My Life Begin - Tangled 

I am sure that there are other songs from Disney that get easily stuck in your head. Tell me which songs from Disney get stuck in your head! 😊