Review of the Teaser “Ondu Sathyavaada Maathu”

Review of the teaser “Ondu Sathyavaadha Maathu”

  • Written and directed by : Shalom Florence.
  • Story : Shalom Florence.
  • Co-Director : Aakash Nair.
  • Actors : Jeevan, Supriya, Christopher, Shashank, Amartya & Anvith.
  • Cinematography : Hitesh, Chandan & Sharan.
  • Editor : Harish.

The teaser of the film “Ondu Sathyavaada Maathu” left me with many thoughts. The simple “turning on the light” and “not turning it off” quietly sneaked into climate change reminding me of the grim situation at Delhi, the mobile vibrating, the game played on it, stressing its influence in today’s global environment, the water crisis after listening to the water droplet in the dark, and the nagging reality that one tries to run away from by being engrossed in the phone.

Now for what I see and hear, the scene where we see people running intrigues me, it adds a thrilling element to the story. The use of the phone in the teaser is portrayed as a reminder for something that we are aware of and it troubles us, along with a dual side of it being irreplaceable. The actors seem comfortable in their space. The writer’s desire to express the truth is the catalyst to the making of the film.

The teaser begins with the first person plural which instantly builds a rapport with the audience . The background voice keeps one entertained and defines the 1.08 minute teaser well.

This is the first short film’s teaser by Brilliant Good movies. The movie would be uploaded tentatively on 22 November 2019. Let’s wait and look forward to “Ondu Sathyavaadha Maathu.”

E-Book Review. Thoughts and Conversations by Geethica Mehra

coffeehousecoffee shop, or café is an establishment that primarily serves coffee, related coffee drinks (latte, cappuccino, espresso). A coffeehouse may also serve some type of food, such as light snacks, Sandwiches, Muffins or other pastries.

From a cultural standpoint, coffeehouses largely serve as centers of social interaction: the coffeehouse provides patrons with a place to congregate, talk, read, write, entertain one another, or pass the time, whether individually or in small groups. Since the development of Wi-Fi, coffeehouses with this capability have also become places for patrons to access the Internet on their laptops, Tablets or I-Pads.

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffeehouse

Now that we know the purpose of a café, let me tell you this E- book, Thoughts and Conversations, provides complete information on the cafés in and around Delhi. It provides details about the decor, the ambiance, the platter of dishes, the approximate budget for a certain number of people, the closest metro station, Live Music details, whether it is kids-friendly or not and whether books are available for reading or for sale. Of course, the last one is vital information. Books, coffee and music are heavenly. International Coffee Day just went by, Perfect time to release the book!

Each café review is entirely different from the other, some have the journey of the café till date, some have the origin of the name, one also providing information on methods of payment. However one aspect that binds them all together is the personal touch to the narrative and the beautiful pictures.

“An experience remains fresh in our minds when we like the
ambiance of the cafe, quality of the food, the route to the
destination and of course the bill.” True that!

This book had me thinking about all the cafés I had visited and whether I had ever thought of cafés in this unique way. Kudos to Geethica to pick this content.

The writing is simple with tone to provide every tiny observation with adequate details. The words yummy and luscious had me craving for food while reading and writing this review. Google maps is an extensions of Technology in the book… E-book. Glad that it is an E-book.

The E-book is strikingly different in its approach, it provides basic information in an interesting way. The ticket-booking websites, be it airlines, railways or buses should keep it available for its Delhi-travelling clients. Every college going student in Delhi must have an e-copy. Women, who love shopping in Delhi (who doesn’t) should get their copy right away, having a good bite in between shopping encourages more shopping. And anyone who loves café must own a copy.

Does the word “Qahwa” intrigue you? It sure had me mesmerised when I read it. Ah Ha…. Don’t trouble Google, just read the E- book. Another café took me back to my Asterix reading days… which café is it? That’s for you to discover.

Mt favourite is the Tipsy Elephant café . Would love to visit the cafe after reading that the interiors are inspired by Elephants and designed creatively in a modern way. And how could I forget Peach Tea. Order your copy to find out how many cafés in Delhi offers this refreshing boisson.

Book Review. Naked Beneath the Midnight Sun – by Kamalini Natesan.

Naked Beneath the Midnight Sun (Olympia, UK)

Author: Kamalini Natesan

Released on: 26 September, 2019

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Naked Beneath the Midnight Sun is a picturesque novel. It narrates the journey of Suchu, a young girl who grows into an adult during her stay in Norway, beautifully-written with vivid descriptions of the people, the places and emotions. The beauty of the book is in the comparison Suchu constantly makes, between India and Norway, be it the roads, the mornings and the way young people think and act. It takes us to Snow-filled pathways in Norway and also to simple noisy, chirpy mornings of an Indian household.

Suchu goes to study at Folmo Folk High School, Vestby, Norway. The relationship with her parents and housekeeper/confidante, Beenu is narrated to us through strong-emotional letters, which is something I loved about the book. The truthful letters I call them.

In Norway, she makes friends who become her family. The description of the students, their introduction gives us an insight about the heterogeneous crowd at an educational institution. The questions they ask her give her an insight about herself. Talking to them, sharing her stories with them, forces Suchu to discover herself. The decisions she takes are all hers, she is all grown up, but vulnerable. Sometimes she takes the wrong decisions, but has the confidence to face it. Her alter ego is something I enjoyed reading about and you must grab a copy immediately to discover yours.

The writing is woven into images, each character is deep, be it Christine, Suchu’s room-mate, Sam, Christine’s boyfriend, who Suchu felt drawn towards initially.  Her friends, the Indians at Norway, are well-described. I particularly liked the visit Suchu made to the Indian family in the end. “After all, back in India, with all the help in the world, would they have been content?” Suchu had grown up and “she asked herself, what choices would be the right ones for her? There was no way she could foretell where it might lead.” The language is simple and it flows right from the author’s heart, it is real, this could be anybody’s thoughts. 

This book is a must-read for all parents, students especially the ones wanting to study away from home. I suggest the book be discussed at the various literature and book-clubs at the educational institutions to help students understand themselves better. It acts a guide to parents who are caught up in the daily grind. Counsellors too must read this book; it offers a myriad of emotions.

I read Naked beneath the Midnight Sun twice and will go for another read soon. There is enough in the novel that talks about the kind of life one leads, and the choices one makes, inadvertently or consciously.  I was thrilled that it ended well.

You can buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Naked-Beneath-Midnight-Kamalini-Natesan/dp/1788303725

You can buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Naked-Beneath-Midnight-Kamalini-Natesan-ebook/dp/B07XYF4T5N

Dasara Doll Festival

Dolls during the Dasara festival at Mysore (Nada Habba as we call it in Mysore). Srishti Rajeev

Dolls during the Dusshera festival (dasara/Nada Habba as we call it in Mysore).

In the southern part of India, the festival of Navaratri is celebrated with a very interesting and unique tradition called Bombe Habba or Golu or Kolu (Kannada) or Bommala Koluvu (Telugu) or Bommai Kolu (Tamil) or simply Dasara dolls.

Legend has it that Goddess Durga waged war against the demon Mahishasura. In order to help her all the Gods and Goddesses gave her all their powers. As the Gods and Goddesses became powerless, they stood as statues. Durga triumphed over Mahishasura on the 10th day of the war, which is celebrated as Dasara/Dusshera. To pay respect to the self-sacrifice of those dieties the doll festival is observed by worshiping the Gods and Goddesses in the form of dolls. This custom is believed to be prevalent since the existence of the Vijayanagar kingdom.

The Doll festival keeps the tradition alive with active participation from children. The festival encourages keeping the craft of wooden and clay doll-making alive.

Dasara comes every year and the city is all lit up with postivity and festivities. The conversations around the dolls, where it was bought or who presented it on what occasion or what does it signify is never-ending.

References: https://www.karnataka.com/festivals/dasara-doll-festival/

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The Mandatory post: Takeaways from #MyFriendAlexa Season 4



Learning from #MyFriendAlexa is the best thing that happens all the month of September. I learnt to stick to a routine. I completed my long pending task of pursuing research on French authors which it is going to help me in my work.

The comments on each blog post were pretty encouraging and it sure supported my research. Appreciation was at its best. I felt that someone there got the real message of publishing the post.

The idea of self-hosting came more than twice and I spoke to people about it. If WordPress is listening, hopefully I should upgrade soon!

Twitter as a medium of sharing is easy and eventful, I would get notifications early morning and my day was made.

Reading Lists were ideally a mixture of parenting, education, entertainment, blogging and much more. I fell in love with the cover photo of a blog, was amazed by the font of a blog, was impressed by the variety a blog could offer, read comments to understand the multiple takeaways from one post. Some blogs addressed social concerns, some talked about festivals, happiness, tips on this and tips on that. The picture/photo/image blogs and the six-word story too were very informative. As some say, a picture can speak a 1000 words, and short sentences are more brief.

What more! The Blogchatter team, tracking our reading list completion, (I actually did that after a mail was sent to catch up on my reading, wrote the names on the list, tracked it on twitter with a tick mark, and only then rested) they sending us mails regularly, updating us on watsapp. Isn’t that for our blog, sure they do benefit, but we become a better person, writer, reader and blogger.

My website hits with a nominal 848 grew to 1,570 hits till date.

My Alexa Country Rank is under 25,000.

Merci Beaucoup!

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Alexandre Dumas

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Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie was born on 24 July 1802  also known as Alexandre Dumas, also known as Alexandre Dumas pere was a French writer.

His works have been translated into many languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors.  His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films. At age 14 Thomas-Alexandre was taken by his father to France, where he was educated in a military academy and entered the military for what became an illustrious career.

Some of his notable works were numerous stories and historical chronicles of high adventure, series of novels: d’Artagnan romances, The Valois romances, The Marie Antoinette Romances, The Saint – Hermine Trilogy. Drama was the area which earned him enormous success.

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The Three Muskeeters written in 1844 is a historic novel, Situated between 1625 and 1628, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan In genre, The Three Musketeers is primarily a historical and adventure novel. However, Dumas also frequently works into the plot various injustices, abuses, and absurdities of the old regime, giving the novel an additional political aspect at a time when the debate in France between republicans and monarchists. was still fierce.

The primary friendship featured in The Three Musketeers is between four young gentlemen devoted to the King. Their friendship allows them to combine forces and defeat evil powers that might otherwise prevail. Friendship is thus portrayed in an immensely positive light in The Three Musketeers – the friends never argue, and they are always there to share with each other and support each other.

D’Artagnan, who is a poor gentleman who is good with a sword and has a lifelong dream to become a musketeer. Over the coming-of-age story, he changes from a boy into a musketeer.

About the three musketeers. Aramis is a good fighter and an accomplished ladies’ man…but he vows he will give it all up soon and join the priesthood. Porthos is a loyal friend and a fierce fighter. He likes to brag about the women he has enjoyed over the years, but most of it is just talk. Athos, who is also the Comte de la Fère, is the oldest and most accomplished of the musketeers. His life was ruined by Milady, and he has had trust issues ever since.

Finally, there is Milady, who is a career criminal whose specialty is ruining the lives of the men she comes into contact with. Only D’Artagnan’s pure heart can finally defeat her, and only at great personal loss. Constance Bonacieux is a young, beautiful woman who dies because D’Artagnan loves her and her death mark the end of D’Artagnan’s boyhood.

I got this novel as a Prize and it is very close to my heart. I was introduced to it at a very young age and it is one of the best books on my reading list.

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Simone de Beauvoir

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Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir was a French writer, intellectual, political activist. She had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.

Born on 9 January 1908, she was known for her 1949 treatise, The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women’s oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism. De Beauvoir was intellectually precocious, fueled by her father’s encouragement; he reportedly would boast, “Simone thinks like a man!”

Writing of her youth in Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter she said: “…my father’s individualism and pagan ethical standards were in complete contrast to the rigidly moral conventionalism of my mother’s teaching. This disequilibrium, which made my life a kind of endless disputation, is the main reason why I became an intellectual.”

It is believed that in one of the interviews De Beauvoir said: “No woman should be authorised to stay at home to bring up her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one. It is a way of forcing women in a certain direction.”

First published in 1949 in French as Le Deuxième Sexe, turns the existentialist mantra that existence precedes essence into a feminist one: “One is not born but becomes a woman” (French: “On ne naît pas femme, on le devient”)

De Beauvoir defines women as the “second sex” because women are defined in relation to men. De Beauvoir asserted that women are as capable of choice as men, and thus can choose to elevate themselves.

De Beauvoir argued that men had made women the “Other” in society by application of a false aura of “mystery” around them. She argued that men used this as an excuse not to understand women or their problems and not to help them, and that this stereotyping was always done in societies by the group higher in the hierarchy to the group lower in the hierarchy.

She wrote that a similar kind of oppression by hierarchy also happened in other categories of identity, such as race, class, and religion, but she claimed that it was nowhere more true than with gender in which men stereotyped women and used it as an excuse to organize society into a patriarchy.

De Beauvoir also wrote a four-volume autobiography, consisting of: Memoirs of a Dutiful DaughterThe Prime of LifeForce of Circumstance (sometimes published in two volumes in English translation: After the War and Hard Times); and All Said and Done.

Some of her notable works are: She Came to Stay, her first philosophical essay, Pyrrhus et Cinéas, a discussion of an existentialist ethics, Les Temps modernes, The Mandarins that won her France’s highest literary prize, Le Prix Goncourt.

Studying De Beauvoir’s work during my Masters gave me an insight on how women subtly were dealing with Feminism in their days. It also highlights the fact that language is no barrier and translation works are widely read and taught.

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