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My Movie Review of Spiderman- The homecoming





Hey Dudes,

You indeed do not follow me on Facebook? If you follow me you would have known what I have written and yet not revealed post my special screening of the movie. Now since this movie is officially launched, I can talk with more ease, telling you lot more yet not spoiling it for you.

I am not a huge superhero fan but Spiderman is an exception. So what, If I watched his animations on Doordarshan's Sunday evening treats for kids. I remember nothing of it including the name of the villains except two. Oh yes, I remotely remember two villains that are Dr. Octopus and Venom. After watching this film- its vulture. Well, that is not the point here. The point here is my un-review of the newly released Spiderman the homecoming movie.

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Talking about the film, it is a light-hearted, sweet and well-executed movie film. This movie is not about the Spiderman fighting to save the world from the power hungry villain but more about stitching the high school drama, Avengers story and "do not kid me up" spiderman's story.

This movie is not the story of spiderman's origin but Peter Parker is already a Spiderman in this movie having a Tony Stark Scholarship.

Peter Parker is our 14 err 15-year-old student who is not as fast as his bully school mate Flash Thomson but way too accurate as a meritorious student who disappears from crucial scenes to play Spiderman. He stays with his Hot Italian Aunt Mrs. Parker and crawls at his apartment late in the night only to find an alibi in his high school classmate, a nerdy Ned. Ned is another sweet little character and grows on you once the track progresses.

Now Peter is just a student and that too an American high school student so it is very natural for him to fall in love with his high school class fellow- Liz, a very high school sexy hottie girl.

Peter is a student, spider-man and a wannabe avenger, He is often not taken seriously by our mighty Ironmen and his man Friday- Happy Hogan, until the climax approaches which is how so but obvious.

The movie has some cool VFX and almost incorrigible action sequences defying the law of Sciences, gravity, and logic too. Maybe visualized by an artist who probably got hit with a pineapple than an apple on his head. think big and majestic and voila VFX. Watch out for the ATM robbery scene. The pre-climax fight scene between Toomes and Spiderman gets way too dramatic and superheroic that you start looking for a coffee. 

Nevertheless,The movie has a good deal of engaging hilarious moment including- Peter's rendezvous with stark in the latter's car, how Spiderman spends his time helping people on street to rescue the lost bicycle, catching a probable car thief and helping a lady with directions who buys him churros and all those sweet goofy acts.

The cinematography is beautiful and 3d experience is good except for places where you can make out they are model units and not the landscape.

Some of my favorite scenes include- Peter's discovery of the Tommes gang and the chase scene that followed. He gets rescued by the Ironman suit controlled by Ironmen over wifi. wherein the Ironman was holidaying away at an Indian wedding. Forget Spiderman, the wifi is such a superhero here.

Another favorite scene included spiderman's attempt to save the robbery from the masked avengers, his tete a tete with his special suit who will give Siri a run for intelligence and clarity. If you are wondering who is the voice behind the suit lady Karen, it is Jennifer Connelly wife of Paul Bettany who has given voiceover for Ironmen's suit. Quite a trivia that is! Talking about Trivia, it is the 8th time when Robert Downey Jr is playing the Ironmen.

Talking about performances- Tom Holland nails it as Peter Parker. And there is a very generous Birdman Michael Keaton playing the Vulture, the very suave Robert Downey Jr, a just right John Favreau [Dude, they are making Chef in Hindi starring Saif Ali Khan and  I want to watch that], a well-supporting cameo in Ned, a funny bully Flash Thomson played by and a "I give a fuck but still care" MJ [hinting towards Mary Jane].

Ah! there is a bonus appearance by Stan Lee in a "pop a corn and you may miss it" role. but it is still heartwarming to see him on screen.


Spider-Man
 #TheHomecoming is indeed a fun watch. The movie may be is filled with American cliches but the overall execution, the pulsating action makes it a great watch.

If you have watched Captain America- Civil wars, then you can pick the few references from there wherein Spiderman supported Tony stark's team to stop the other Avengers and stitch the story.


Oh yes, do not miss the closing credits that give you a hint of the upcoming #TheSinisterSix wherein Toomes talk to Gargan and still not giving away about Spiderman.

Overall, it is a long review but the movie is a good watch! Go for it.

If I have to give it stars, I will generously give it 4.5 out of 5.

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Prisoners of War

Saturday, July 01, 2017 , 4 Comments

Flight Of Freedom



He holds all gut
and ran with all his might. 
Talking to the winds
propelling upright.

Into the crimson sun
fading from the sight.
Over the blues of water
turning dark from light.

The bruised Indian soldier
took his big flight,
flight of freedom
from the prison of plight.

where he held captivated
away from his army's sight.
tortured and mutilated every day
and every night.

Prisoners of war
captured by the enemy's site
undergoes an inhuman treatment
that will chill you with fright.

This is for all the soldiers 
who lay their life
fighting for their motherland,
holding the tricolor up and tight.

War is not a justice
but a blot on humanity.
a sad revelation of mankind
that leaves peace for false vanity

The land that you spit on,
is the land that we die for.
You call it soil, I call it Nation
Murmured the mutilated soldier
who was killed
while attempting,
A Flight of Freedom!

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Among the many vices of the war, the treatment meted to the prisoners of war is one of the ugliest. There are many Indian soldiers, captivated by the cruel Pakistani forces are forced to live a brutal, painful life every day. It is not about the country or even your reason for unrest and war. It is about humanity and human dignity. Practice humanity and everything will be sorted on its own!

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Do Not Bully

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9 Comments


You do not like the stroke of my spoolie
ah! well that's no reason to turn unruly

I know you speak harshly
only to send that message.
loud and clear,
as bitter as it can get

That may be the way
of how you express

hey hold that emotion
do not offend
avoid that threat.

Tell it politely
and I will follow it duly
But get no offensive,
mean or silly

communication is a two-way street
speak cohesive and clear
time to get objective
oh dear,
DO NOT BULLY!

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Plant A Tree on World Environment Day

Monday, June 05, 2017 0 Comments

Today is "World Environment Day"!

I would suggest to stop by and smell some flowers and appreciate the beauty of nature even if you are already doing so.


The theme for this year is "connecting people to nature".

Here is how you can connect with nature, on perpetuity-

1) Tree Plantation: Needless to say, plant more trees

2) "Say No litter" policy: Take a conscious call to avoid littering the streets and educate others too. Organise a litter picking community and help cleaning the public places.

3) Reduce, Reuse and Optimise: Natural resources are sparse. learn to reduce wastage, encourage recycle and optimise the usage of resources like paper, electricity, water among others.

Remember, one small step is a giant leap of mankind. Do not hesitate to take small steps before you take environment as a bigger cause.



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Begum Jaan or Raaj Kahini in Hindi? Film Unreview

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 , , 0 Comments


I just finished watching the Hindi version of Rajkahini. Yes, that is how I would rather address the film Begum Jaan as given the core duplication of the project, notwithstanding additional grandeur of Bollywood budget as compared to it's poorer cousin- Kolkata Film Industry. Coming back to Begum Jaan, the movie indeed left me to tear eyed, angry as ever and pushing me back in melancholy, reminding the atrocities of 1947 and 1984.

It is important that filmmakers need to keep telling, keep reminding us the atrocities of those dreadful ages. It is crucial for humanity to remember such bruises only to ensure that they do not repeat it again. For that, I applaud the movie and all its minute efforts to do so.

I even appreciated the opening scene wherein an old woman disrobed herself to protect a young girl from 3 rapists in almost a Nirbhaya like sequence. It was quite impactful and had the ability to shake anyone in their gut.

The Story of Begum Jaan
The film is about a brothel, its matriarch owner and her unwillingness to relocate to another location in view of geographical redistribution owing to a painful partition between India & Pakistan.

No tongue twister intended but the story is very simple. When India and Pakistan got separated, in the tug of "me before nation and countrymen" war between two legendary leaders, Radcliff was summoned to design the borders. Unfortunately, the line that was drawn sitting in an ivory tower, passed through the Begum Jaan's brothel and required her to shift from the location to another safer place, lock stock and one hookah barrel.

When summoned by the executors, our lady with her borrowed unibrow not just refuse to vacate her baadi but insults the two bureaucrats- Ilyas and his friend before partition- Shrivastava.

NO hell hath fury like two insulted bureaucrats. In a bid to get their order executed, they take help of a ruthless local goon, only to mourn their decision in the end.

Numerounity Reviews
The subject is sensitive and heart touching. What I did not like is the treatment of the core story, the screenplay or the direction. The movie had a powerful subject, filled with all required amount of angst, trauma and suppression. However, it could not justify the storyline or the way screenplay moved. Even the reference to powerful historical women characters wrt to its leading lady [Vidya Balan in amusing disguises] and her justification to not shift a house made of brick and mortar, instead, letting go the lives of its dwellers, whose lives she restored, maintained and perpetuated.


The movie had emotions and practicality at convenient points but narrative lacked resonance.  It is my perspective and I may be wrong. However, there were many loose ends in the film that do not connect. I already mentioned the first one. 

The second one is the cold-heartedness of the two crucial characters of Ilyas and Shrivastava who have gone through similar life-wrenching experiences. They have also seen their innocent women bearing the brunt of this sadistic society that finds consolation by ill-treating its women. Yet they select a way to deal with the problem in hand and in spite of demonstrated atrocities, sticks with it till the end. Job pressures eh? Even the storyline was poor, the characters played by Rajit Kapoor and Ashish Vidyarthi were as flawless as ever. Ashish Vidyarthi is my all time favourite but if I have to compare between him and Rajat Kapoor, the latter stole the thunder in this film.

The Performances
Talking about the performances, in the entire film, there were only a few characters that remained to their true sketch. Vidya Balan did her Begum Jaan act well, even though she was reduced to lot stereotypes. However, it was the other actors that left a bigger impact. They were - the ruthless Kabir well-played by Chunky Pandey, Gauhar Khan as Rubina, Ila Arun [she is a delight to watch as always] Pritobash Tripathy, Rajesh Sharma and surprisingly, the lovelorn Pallavi Sharda.


"Vidya Balan makes even stereotypes look good" - Numerounity!

Talking about the probable jaan of this film- Vidya Balan. Vidya Balan had many armours to carry her character. She had Rajkahini to fall back too, which she did. She sailed well in her soprano, standing as tall as the amazing Rituparna in Raajkahini. Blame it to the script or poor narrative that shifted her character as a pendulum. At one moment, she was ok to live through the fancies of the king [a small role essayed by Naseeruddin Shah] to ensure the upkeep of her brothel. At another moment, she reprimands him off when he expressed his failure to convince the government to not get her brothel demolished. At one point, she is shown absolute practical with situations, handling people the way they should be. At another moment, she is shown unmoved by the loss of her pet, her home-keeper and probable threat to all people inside her house only to continue living in a house that she was not born in.

I am not denying the emotions attached with a house but what suffices lives of human/pets over brick and mortar. Like I said, the movie is conveniently practical, lazily photostat at places. Overall, the build up except at the climax was sorely missing.

The fact that this movie, its characters and even their dresses, dialogues extra were so loosely copied from the original, stole away all the probable merit. Come on, you have a fierce subject, pre-defined characters, premises. Yet you cannot deliver a film on your own?

Do not know what I am saying? Well, watch this clip from Rajkahini-



I have seen both the movie- frame to frame and appalled by the resemblance. I would have been a better idea if they dubbed Raajkahini in Hindi and released the original. But Hell, it is a Bhatt's production and apparently, they have run out of sleazy B grade Hollywood movies to get the inspiration from. Given the fact that it was Bhatt production- the nawab converts in Raja in Hindi, while everything else including historical references is copied [used] shamelessly. Chalo, in a way it is good if the message reaches wider, non-bangla audience as well. Amaar sonaar Bollywood! [I guess I should be reviewing Raajkahini instead :P]

Nevertheless, I really want people to watch this movie. If not for technical/creative aspect, watch it for academic purposes. While, I do not know a lot about movie making, nor am I an appointed torch bearer of humanity, as many of you may like to troll. However, I have one basic question- Who/what gives the right to one human to kill/ act brutally with other humans? What do you want to justify by using rape as a tool?

Why is it so difficult to re-module a geographical border that never existed but it is ok to let go of human lives as if they were the muted trees in the busy meadows? Is modification such a herculean task?

It is not about the film but the underlying idea. I know a lot of us including me questioned the logic behind the stubbornness of the lead character that loved a house above the multiple lives that dwelled in it. Like I said, it was the flawed narration that could not place the logic.

The movie could have been powerful and more impactful but the unbinding narrative lost its plot, its purpose somewhere to portray the drama. Sometimes a little too loud, sometimes a little too manipulative. Yet kudos to the characters- young, old, leading, loading or the indirect reference to agony caused by partition, the movie is indeed worth a watch.

My rating: 3/5 [Only for the performances]



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#ManagementGyan : Fighting With Pigs

Thursday, May 11, 2017 2 Comments



"Lord Bernard Shaw, how much I love you"!
Holla,
I know it has been quite some time but I am back with my #ManagementGyan of the Day! It is called- Fighting with Pigs.
Err I mean you should not get in a fight with pig/s. I will tell you why. Before that take a deep breath, release and read on.

Fighting with Pigs
Do not get in fights with pigs. Why?
1) They have no business/productivity.

2) They love throwing mud/poop/dirt on self and others
3) Mud Slinging comforts their inferiority complex
4) Lack competency to prove a point via merit
5) Waste of precious productive time
6) Pigs are not loyal or Royals
7) It aims to be Destructive & not Constructive


What should you do when a pig deliberately drags you in a fight?
Firstly, do not react but calmly respond. If that does not help and you see the pig[s] continued machination towards mud slinging, drop the pig there in its own shit and move on. Remember, if you have worked towards achieving your goal meticulously and sincerely, you cannot let a pig ruin it for you. Let them try. For pigs will always try to induce you in mud slinging. After all, that is all they know - eating shit and giving the shit. They are the losers who instead of taking their failure as learning opportunity and work with tenacity to succeed, indulge in pulling others down. Take a "me" moment, interrogate yourself. If you are at equal faults, respond calmly towards a resolution. If you are not and it is clear that the pig is more of type 3 [bullets above], do not bother to react. You see, not all mud baths are therapeutic :)

There is a thing about achievers. They do not pull down others to go up. They rather work harder & set new records. Remember success through merit is the biggest revenge.

So, next time, when a pig or herd of pigs invite/entice/bully you for a mud slinging, simply smile and ignore. Remember that big, constructive goal that you may want to achieve. Pull your focus towards that and work to hone your skills.


Let the pigs be. Instead, adopt a dog or a goldfish or a bird that is a joy to see, and a joy to be with!
#KarmaIsABitch so sharpen your tooth accordingly :)

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Breakfast Time!

Saturday, May 06, 2017 , 3 Comments






Bring a little dew, 
A dash of green meadow 
And a kiss of the pearly sunshine.

Lay a spread
Chocolates, oranges and
Rum bread
Bon appetite and dine.

Shun the heat
take a retreat
to mountains with snow

Let's get the brunch outdoor 
Man, it is a #chowtime!





I have written this poem for the picture that I, myself clicked above. Posted the same on my Instagram as well. Do check my Instagram page and follow me!
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Celebrate Cricket, celebrate IPL with VIVO limited edition V5 plus

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 0 Comments

My friend Jia is an absolute cricket freak. She lives and breathes cricket like no other. Her favourite series is IPL. She is so hooked on it that she misses no match, no update ever since IPL began 10 years back.

10 years back? Oh My God, such a long time. No wonder, she is so excited about this IPL season that she dropped all other plans and is completely hooked to her TV screen. It is not just the match but also the ad breaks between the matches that keep her excited. IPL is indeed thriving but also hindering her daily life. She has become a couch potato and glued to her TV.

Did someone not told her that she can stream cricket on her as well? Live!

Well, I did. Only to found her now completely glued to her mobile screen. She is completely hooked to her new handset and now I wonder why. Earlier this day, I got to see her phone- a matt black beauty with 5-inch screen. What’s so special about it, I ask.

This, she said while showing the back of her phone that is engraved with an IPLVIVO emblem. Apparently is a special edition phone that she has recently gifted her cricket-loving self. Oh! it was a beauty to hold. Not just that, the phone camera features made me go weak on my knees and want one for self. The phone has a 16 MP rear camera and all you selfie crazy people, hold your horses, a 20MP dual front camera. The Vlogger in me just jumped with joy. I have shot a couple of videos with VIVO camera in February and really liked the flawless camera and its beauty feature.



I could not help but asked her which phone that is. She gladly told me that it is the newly launched VIVO V5 Limited edition phone. It is a special launch by VIVO to commemorate the 10 years of IPL.

The phone features involve 4GB RAM with 64 GB Roam. The photo fanatic blogger in me was curious to know more. Apparently, it has a QUALCOMM Snapdragon 625 Octa-core CPU and 3055 mAh battery.

VIVO is one of the fastest growing companies in India and one of top 10 smartphone brands in the world. No wonder, it caught and clean bowled Jia’s heart, who could not resist the temptation to go ahead order it from Flipkart.

Right now Jia is living her IPL fangirl moment and enjoying watching cricket/ replay etc on her Vivo V5. How about you?


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Of National Award, Akshay Kumar & Other Deserving Actors

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 , 0 Comments

National Award is the new Filmfare

I, like half of the nation, laughed on it Misconstruing it as an April Fools' Joke. It was not an April Fool Joke but actually making an April Fool of National awards.


Now before you list me as a Non-Akshay Kumar fan or some fancy hater words, let me tell you, I like the actor a lot. But Rustom? 

The jury apparently was great, cheerful [read prank] mood that before you could digest this news, another merit hits your ears like a sizzling lava- Sonam Kapoor winning the Best Actress National Award for Neerja. A film with such a sensitive topic, a strong storyline was already taken quite some notches low by Sonam Kapoor's "I am a Fashion Diva who Giggles and oomph Vogue" portrayal. No, I am not meaning to say that she is a bad actor or acted badly in the film but the role was a far cry for an honour like this.

Priyadarshan and the other jury members, you gave me a very Filmfare wali feeling where the awards and nominations as obvious as Bun-Maska in Mumbai. Besides, it wasn't a Friendship or Redemption Day, Mr Priyadarshan that you tried to offset Mr Kumar's contribution for acting in your senseless films like- Garam Masala.

Why I Don't See Rustom as an Award winning Performance by Akshay Kumar
I have seen Rustom, almost twice. In spite of my fondness for the actor, I beg to differ that although, he had a serious role in the film but not as meritorious as his previous performances like- Special 26 or Baby or even Gabbar. 

I do not know the real story of Rustom Pavri on whom this film was made. However, the film Rustom was Bollywood's usual "larger than life" heroic story where all that the actor had to do was to be Poker-faced and muggle serious dialogues and look strong [read heroic]. 

He indeed did well. However, there were many other better deserving contenders including Irrfan Khan in Madaari and Aamir Khan in Dangal.

Why Irrfan Khan deserved it For Madaari
A few days back, while I was travelling in Sikkim, I took a brief halt to freshen up and rush to my next destination. Madaari was playing on TV and I happened to glance a scene where Irrfan Khan was handling a bottle of water to a child in a Railway cabin. The movie and the performance were so gripping that I let go of all my plans and stay glued to the television until the end of the film. The film, the actors [including Jimmy Shergill] and their performances were so gripping, realistic and noteworthy.


Talking about the best actress award, it takes gut for a young, highly popular and sought after actress like Alia Bhatt to take the road less trodden, go de-glam and act her role in a film like Udta Punjab. and then there was a gem of a performance by Radhika Apte in Parched.



I was further amused when I read a statement of Priyadarshan alleging that why people are questioning him, when no one questioned Ramesh Sippy when Amitabh Bachchan got Best Actor for Piku.

Tsch, if only India could rise above Cliches, Monotony and Red Tapism.

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Domestic Violence

Thursday, April 06, 2017 2 Comments


His words squiggled in her memory
his abuses, could not let her sleep
She was ashamed of herself.
Nothing can treat him.

She was haunted by his actions
Harsh, Gloomy and Intense
laden with the physical threat.

"It is your fault" he told her.
He told her repeatedly.
she cried in desolation
even that did not console him.

Domestic Violence is not just
about the physical pain.
It can tear the most able-bodied,
in spirit, social and Mentally!

Violence is not a righteous behaviour. Do not let it enter your household, your thoughts, your life.



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Domestic Violence is as prevalent in our society as prevalent is our tradition. It is an age-old tradition that our society does not want to impart away with. Why? I ask why? Why a man or a woman needs to overpower an argument or a conflict with violence? What gives us a right to consider the another person wrong and worthy enough to get abused? Why can't love, compassion or empathy be a tool to all our problems? Why a woman needs to be told that she is dependent on someone? Why a woman need to get dependant on someone, financially, physically or emotionally?

Stop the Abuse. 
cause it leaves the scars that never heals.


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Written for Three Word Wednesday. Prompt words included- Intense, Haunt and Gloomy!

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Scent Like A Woman

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 8 Comments

Picture: The New Perfume ~ John William Godward

To the woman I love,
You are like the rose
fragrancing the hands that touch it.

Mild, soft, clandestine
You are the love
that surrounds my aura.
A fragrance so chaste,
so pure, much pristine.

Like a whiff of bright dusk,
you musk my senses.
like fantasies I never had.
Ah! your Attar
incense my breath
like an ambrosian dream

I wear you
like the warm amber
or the luscious lavender dusted.
on my parched soul
you smell so divine!

Wrap me around you
like lilies on the vine
floating on misty water
surrendering to the sunshine.
Hold me in your hands
rubbing on your palm
like a prayer sent to the heaven.

Allow me to wrap,
and fold in your silhouette
like a trail on heart note
fruity, flirty, aromatic
sachet of bouquets


calm my ecstasy
embalm my senses
like myrrh of essential oil.
in the gist of my existence,
let your sillage last forever,
the silk of your skin
kissing, caressing, unfolding
the satin
every inch by inch.




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What Inspired me to write this piece of poem-

With Real Toads [Perfume]

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The Last Ferry

Thursday, February 16, 2017 10 Comments




The prisoners of Caca Island

"Ah! I can see the land
and smell the fragrant soil.
seems we will back to home, soon."

Remarked the petite Bhuvan, pointing his fingers to the coast. Bhuvan was among the many other immigrant labours returning that day from the faraway Caca island. years back they have left their homeland to find a good livelihood to sustain their poor families at the famine-stricken part of India. 

Kaali Handi, as they called it in Orissa. It is 68+ years post Independence, yet the country was still struggling to find independence from poverty, hunger and many such social evils. Today was no different.

Bhuvan, along with other workers who went around the globe and Saudi Arab were returning back to the country today. The life looked rosy outside but the reality was nothing like it. They struggled not just for wages or food in that foreign land but they also struggled for their identity. They lived like rats in dirty, decaying human godowns and were tortured by their masters. They would work 20 hours a day, yet could manage a very meagre salary. 

He often wondered that when he is not differentiating the land that is giving him his sustenance, why would the citizens differentiate? He could never understand the point of difference or the rift. He worked there for thus long until one day he could not take any more. He was beaten black and blue at the work. Fault? Not worth mentioning. He went to the beach to drown his pain and cry his heart out. 

He heard the announcement of a ferry leaving the coast. It was the last ferry for his homeland. He wasted no breath and ran to board it. I will be home soon, he told himself. But whether it will be his home too? He asked himself. Unsure about the answer, he sailed.

"A human is not a trademark of a land
he is an inhabitant, a co-habitant.
The land is the deity,
mother nature that he worships
irrespective of the boundaries.

Brothers do not divide their parents,
you keep the ear portion,
the hand portion is mine.

So then why do we differentiate
Mother Earth?
for its Ember always smells divine".


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Fashion the Soul

Thursday, February 09, 2017 10 Comments

She was dressed in her bare essentials.
the asymmetrical layer of her body shape
peeping out, uninvited

she threw a hopeful glance
trying to gauge a glimpse
craving to be found
and loved.

all she gathered were unfriendly stare
try to scan her
upside down
judging her from the dress she wore
the label she flaunted
the faux style on display

Ah! such a pity
that she was dressed in a normal robe.
no flashy jewellery
no contouring, no strobe.

the frenzy pushed her aside the hall
to click pictures 
with fancy surround
and the celebs around.

This is the world we live in
real human are secondary
but the showcase is profound.

beauty is often found, in the smallest of details
start from eyes 
and
stop at the heart

your behaviour is your mirror,
mirror of your character
statement of your persona.
fashion it in right mound.

No jewellery can hide its flaw
no style can cover
the ugliness within.

It is your character that speaks
100 words, quite and loud!
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The Hangover

Sunday, February 05, 2017 3 Comments

She loved the tangy flavour,
that instant kick
 the alcohol embed in her
throwing cautions to the wind,
she drank unhinged,
uninhibited, upswing, bottoms up.
perfectly floating in ataraxia.
It was a perfect escapade!

The Juggernaut woke her up
vapid next morning
with a severe headache
and a fulminate hangover.
Girl! Such a short-lived fun.


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 I have written this 55-word poem for Real Toads' Flash 55 plus Challenge and For Three Words Wednesday [Tangy, Vapid, Unhinged].

It was a quick write up and fun. Hope you like reading it too!

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Bringing the Rainbow, by RK Somany [Book Review]

Friday, January 20, 2017 , 0 Comments

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A must read autobiography by a leading businessman from India

A Rainbow to metamorphosis


Circa 1959, A young Marwadi, entrepreneur from Kolkata was attending a family wedding at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi with his family. He has to suddenly live the wedding festivity and take a business tour to Bahadurgarh. Little did he realised that what he was starting to will become one of the greatest adventures of his life. He while driving his Morris Minor and braving the unruly roads of then Punjab, now Haryana, encountered a "rainbow".

It was a moment of epiphany and the rainbow became a guiding principle in his business, family and life to come.

What was so extraordinaire about that rainbow that changed his life?  What emotions did that one rainbow evoke in the businessperson that helped him deal with his own endeavour to Industrial Revolution and resolving a long-term disputed case?
Well, to answer these questions, you need to read this neatly penned book by legendary businessmen, R K Somany, Chairman and MD of HSIL [Hindware]
Bringing the Rainbow
Bringing the Rainbow is a personal and business autobiography by Mr. RK Somany that also includes his personal recount on his childhood, school life, college and how he built a leading Indian sanitaryware brand Hindware.
What: Autobiography
Publisher: Maven Rupa
Price: Rs. 595 [Hardcover]
Pages: 199

I have got this book last month and am still hooked to it. The chapters are sketched in chronological order and essays a large part of his personal life, how he overcome his fear and how he built his business.
Here’s a glimpse of the chapters inside this book-

My favourite chapters were indeed the first two where he recounts his formative years, education and family relations. His recollections shift seamlessly from the past to present and paints a panoramic view of his life. Being a Marwadi myself, I could relate well to his narration especially about his life at Kolkata, the living structures of those times, the notion of elder brother and his wife who often served as foster mother, and the life at St. Xavier's.
The beauty of the book is narration, its simplicity and the fact that author does not try to abridge his words. In the mellifluous flow of the narrative, he moves from his life to business, throwing a spotlight on the challenges he faced and the way forward.
“We have once-in-an-epoch opportunity to build the India of our dreamsEach of us has to play a small part in it. I have already defined what I have to do. When all that is done, future generations can enjoy their work-life balance” RK Somany
As a Marwadi and a business practitioner, I could so well relate to the book. Especially when talks about dealing with the channel partners, giving sole agencies, Bizzare laws, marketing vitreous China, beat storming to understand competition and more.
The book indeed makes a great read and I totally recommend it. Go grab your copy. [Amazon]
Ekta Khetan
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