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Movies Meri Jaan

Movies Meri Jaan
I am a die hard Hindi movie fan. I have watched almost every film released in the last two decades of my birth. The films of 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and early 90's I have watched on television or Internet. When I revisit my film watching journey I have realized that I have learnt a lot from them. It was not only entertainment but good behavior, respecting woman, became more law abiding and a positive message that how bad things may become the end would be pleasant. 
The simplicity and innocence of 50's, 60's Raju/Birju/Suraj ( Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Rajinder Kumar),  the restlessness and urge to get something of 70's and 80's Vijay, Ravi (Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna) and coolness of 90's 2K's Rahul, Raj, Prem, (Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir) or the realism of today's movies all are imbibed in me, they all have taught something to me. I remember giving examples to teachers from movies to explain certain …

Bitter Bread

Bitter Bread
Bread,doubleroti,pao,bun or we call it with any other name; it is the part of our breakfast which completes our daily routine. This ready to eat item is popular with egg and butter but the recent study by Centre For Science and Environment (CSE) have turned this must breakfast eatable bitter. 
CSE conducted test on various samples collected from different part of the capital belonging to different brands. They found 84% samples test positive for potassium bromate and potassium iodate after tests on 38 varieties which include Britannia,Harvest Gold,KFC, McDonalds, Domino's Pizza and Subway. These revelations are shocking and disturbing as all of us have eaten from one of these brands. It should also be noted that these two substances which are used to soften breads and enhance their color and texture namely potassium bromate and potassium iodate are banned in many countries of the world after a study conducted in the 90's. These substances however are not harmful a…

Book Review : Shades of Life - Colors

Book Review : Shades of Life - ColorsShades of Life - Colors is an anthology edited by Saravana Kumar Murugan and published by Shades Publication. It has total of 38 poems and stories by 38 writers and poets depicting different shades of life. My story 'The Unanswered Letters' (page no.141) is also part of the book but my involvement with the book will not in anyway influence my work as the reviewer of this book.


Cover: Colorful cover suits the title of the book. Presence of butterflies reminds you of life cycle associated with it from larvae to cocoon to butterfly thus implies shades of life. Full marks to the cover, it ignite your interest for the book.

Content: The book contains stories and poems from different writers and poets which are not arranged in any particular manner. Compiler has tried to put as many shades of life as possible through these collections of poems and stories. You can experience many shades of life in the pages of this book from dark shades to light s…

Book Review : The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Book Review : The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is written by the queen of thriller Agatha Christie. This Harper Collins published book is a murder mystery. This one of a kind thriller suspense saga has a jaw-dropping effect once you know the identity of the killer. It is voted as the best case of detective Hercule Poirot.


Cover : The cover of the edition which I have read has an image of an old style telephone which indicates to an important clue of the case which you will know while reading the book. The cover could be better with some more images but for suspense the less is better on the cover.
Content :Dr Sheppard who was also the narrator of the book called by Mr Roger Ackroyd a rich and influential man of King's Abbott to discuss something with him a day after the suicide of Mrs Ferrars with whom Ackroyd wanted to marry. He in his study after the dinner told Dr Sheppard that Mrs Ferrars had poisoned her husband one year ago and someone who knew her secre…

New Opposition

New Opposition 
I am confused with the way current government is behaving in most of the cases the recent being the Augusta Westland Scam related to some army chopper deal with Italy in UPA regime. The government seems keen to target Gandhi Family i.e Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for their involvement in accepting bribe in this deal from the company. In no way I am giving clean chit to them or defending them in this case but the power of investigation, inquiry, arrest and punish rests with the government in power and the courts and not with the Congress party. Why government is behaving like opposition and targeting Congress and its two main leaders instead of investigating their roles and arrests them if they are guilty?
It is also interesting to note that Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar in his address to the parliament on this issue didn't mention Gandhi family name neither indicated their roles. He talked about some invisible hands which he was and CBI unable to investigate…

Forest Fire

Forest Fire
Wildfire is a natural phenomenon in many forests during summer. It helps in faster decomposition by heating soil and increasing microbial action. It also helps in clearing forest area for fresh growth and thus replenishes forests. I am not conducting a science class on the subject forest fire, this information is necessary to understand the things I am going to tell ahead in this article. 
As I have mentioned wildfire is a natural phenomenon, it also happens in the forests of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh the two Indian states having most of the forest cover in the northern India. It usually started in February and ends with the monsoon. They are not of high scale and damage if occurred is controllable naturally but 95% forest fire in India is due to man maid reasons like burning dry leaves by villagers, honey collectors using fire to send away bees, falling or touching of high tension wires with trees, drug traffickers using it to clear their ways,etc. It was happenin…