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30 pieces of silver by Carolyn McCray

30 Pieces of Silver30 Pieces of Silver by Carolyn McCray

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really love reading history and travel based fiction, so when I first heard about this book, I naturally grabbed it. I have been a huge fan of the Da Vinci series and this book promised to be more – and I must admit I was not disappointed.

The book is a surprise and gets you thinking of the possibilities. i am sure it must have shaken up a number of religious beliefs. While I realize the story is fictional, it does leave a lingering doubt in your mind, that makes you think all that you have learned about the bible might not be as it seems.

The story weaves brilliant historical facts, which leave you a bit confused and at the same time asking for more. Just when I thought I had understood something, I was lost again. I felt I was almost moving with Brandt and Rebecca in their adventures. The detailed and picturesque description of the different places and monuments almost made me book the next flight to see it for my self. This is truly a travelers delight.

I did feel that the action got too descriptive and long and some time unfocussed from the actual story, but then I guess that is my opinion and am sure many of my fellow readers might disagree with me on this one.

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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Books

 

Power and Politics

I just got back from a brilliant talk by Sudhir Kakar, Zareer Masani and Fatima Bhutto. What really got my attention was Fatima Bhutto’s candid confession “Politics didn’t tear my family. Power did. Power is more destructive than politics.”

In recent times, with the ongoing circus Indian politics have become…politics is referred to as a cesspool. Fatima’s words led me to rethink this belief. Is it POLITICS which is the cesspool, or the POWER which people in politics crave which is the cause of our downfall. Most youngsters most likely enter politics with the idealistic view of “changing the world”, “making the world a better place” or “doing something for my country”. This ideology gets distorted as one starts experiencing success, and start realizing that the by-product of this success is probably POWER. Awareness hits, that they have the ability and power to do anything they want, and thereby get away with anything they want.

But WHO gives them this power. It is not just the simple act of being in politics which is responsible for it. It is WE THE PEOPLE who are responsible for giving it to them. We appoint them to an office, and then give them duties, responsibilities and tools which enable them to perform their duties. Slowly our so called leaders use these tools to give them power, and the people who gave them the tools, forget about making them accountable for their duties…which was the primary objective.

Power and politics is not a phenomenon reserved for politics or government alone. It is there in every sphere of our lives. In our homes people who have the most responsibility, probably wield the most power. For business men or industrialist, making money beyond a point ceases to be the driving force. It is the POWER associated with an office, which becomes the intoxicant.

As humans is it truly possible for a person to detach the power from the office? Would love to hear what you think.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Books, Uncategorized

 

Tintin – Back to Childhood

Adventures of Tintin I finally managed to catch the 3d version of Adventures of Tintin, and I must say “What an experience!!” As one of the million who belong to a generation who have grown up on Tintin, this movie was the best thing that ever happened.¬†Spielberg is certainly a master of his trade. The pages of the comics suddenly came alive. The histrionics of snowy was extremely amusing.¬†Haddock simply, took the cake with his droopy eyes and the screaming insults (who does not remember “Blistering Barnacles“), and it came rushing back as to why I loved him so much.

The chase to recover the scrolls was so well executed that it left you on the edge of the seat, madly clutching your stomach, eyes popping open in wonder. I think I must have looked as much a comic site watching the movie as the film itself.

As a professional graphic artist, I could not ignore the humongous scale and the technical perfection which went in creating the movie. You could see the hair on the arms of Tintin, and the sand storm turning to a water storm was something which needs to be see to be believed.

Though the movie was interrupted 4 time because of a technical error at PVR Cinemas, and we as the audience were screaming in frustration, I could not find it in my heart to remain mad at them, as the experience itself was so brilliant.

As a kid I have devoured ALL the Tintin comics, and now I am sure I am going to do the same with every movie which is released.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Books, Movies

 

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Review: Indigo

Indigo
Indigo by Satyajit Ray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Satyajit Ray has always intrigued me and I have been wanting to read some of his books for a long time now (Specially Feluda, which i have heard is his most popular book). While this remains on my wish list I managed to get my hands on Indigo which is a compilation of his short stories.

Indigo explores the world of the super natural, magic and occult through its stories…truly a brilliant color in the rainbow of generes. The stories are written in a simple natural flow, which is amazing. It is brilliant how Satyajit Ray uses ordinary men, whom you would overlook i your day to day life, as his protagonists. The hidden characters of these people have made me aware that the most ordinary, mundane person around me, probably has a deeper, secondary life that I am unaware of. Since reading the book, I am looking at each person I meet in a new light, trying to understand the hidden not so obvious persona.

The brilliance of Satyajit Ray as a film maker can be felt even through his literary works. There is very little descriptive text in the book, but while reading a story, you can actually visualise the entire scene and it seems surreal. It is an enigma as to how Ray almost makes a reader feel that they are part of the story…lurking in the background…watching the events unfold in front of them. I felt goosebumps at the site of dead animals suddenly alive in the room, and almost shouted out hallelujah, at small victories of the children in school.

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Books

 

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