Friday, 28 July 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Review: Hindi Medium: Wonderfully executed movie! ***½

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There are very few movies in Hindi film industry which can deal with a serious subject by making a commercial movie that also entertains the audience. Raju Hirani has been able to create such movies regularly which speak about one or the other social issues of our contemporary society along with multiple laughter moments that are better than the so-called comedy movies. On the similar lines, recently a movie got released called Hindi Medium. Though it was released with Half Girlfriend, it did better than it even after not having elite casting. The film starring Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar is a treat to watch indeed.

Hindi Medium speaks about the current mindset of people where the ones speaking English are considered to be respectable and dignified while the Hindi-speaking class is considered to be low grade and still under-developed. In the quest of getting their daughter admitted in the most elite school of the area, the parents go to any level to make it possible even leaving their home and living with the poor people in slums of Delhi. The wife is always embarrassed by her husband as he is not from English background and keeps on making mistakes my talking in his unsophisticated and simple manner which is not what this English-speaking society likes. While wife is always in continuous efforts to reach the lifestyle and standard of these people so that her family can stand in equals with them.

The second half of the movie moves ahead from this and starts talking about how the exploitation really takes place and the climax is all about self-realization. The story is very well written by the writers and does not make you feel bored at any moment. The editing is perfectly done which makes you sit throughout the movie with the same excitement and chill. The dialogues and one-liners are spot-on and when you have Irrfan Khan in a movie, you can already claim about this. The performances are great by both, Irrfan and Saba along with all the supporting actors. Deepak Dobriyal, once again, makes people feel his emotions and few of his scenes will keep you teary-eyed and think about him for a long time. The subject that the makers wanted to make the people aware of is perfectly done with this movie. I rate it 3.5 stars out of 5. The film is out on DVD. Do get it soon.


Wednesday, 26 July 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Himalayan Lust by Sadhguru (Book Review-3.5*/5) !!!

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In the books and authors that speak only about spirituality, I have gone through many books but finally found my home and solace in the books and words of Sadhguru. I can identify with every word that he speaks. Even if something that I am not able to understand, following some advises of his makes it possible for me to decipher the meaning of what he wanted to speak in that particular chapter or paragraph. I am just done reading his “Himalayan Lust” written in the year 2010. It has become my task these days to read all the books of Sadhguru one by one and follow the path of meditation. Because they he describes meditation and concentration, no one else does.

Himalayan Lust is about the conversation of Sadhguru with the seekers who joined his adventure of trekking over Himalayas. As everyone could not be with Sadhguru in this great experience of being at Himalaya, this book helps the reader to understand the thought process of each peak and mountain with significance as Sadhguru talks about specific topics only at respective peaks. The dialogues between the Seekers and the Sadhguru is nicely edited and presented which helps the reader to understand the topic in flow. Otherwise it would have been very messy for the reader to understand what exactly is being talked about.

Sadhguru answers many difficult questions like why saints chose only mountains for meditation, how does one know that which Guru is real, how does one understands that one is in need of meditation, how much is several myth related with a normal person who has never been in touch with meditation etc. The best thing about the book is that even after the book is based in Himalayas, Sadhguru presents his ideas and tools in such a way that it does not sound religious from any point of view. Any person of any religion will find his talks relevant and customized for himself. The only drawback of the book is that I found Sadhguru talking too much about his greatness in this book unlike many of his books and speeches. I was surprised to notice this again and again. Another problem is that the book is not much about Himalayas as the title goes. This is just another book on spirituality by Sadhguru but has nothing to do specifically with Himalayas or mountains. I give this book of Sadhguru 3.5 star out of 5.


Monday, 24 July 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

A Sister To Honour by Lucy Ferriss (Book Review- 4*/5) !!!

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I have never read any book by Lucy Ferriss before but while browsing through the books published by Fingerprint publishers, one of my favorite publication houses in India, I got to read the title of the book “A Sister To Honour” which made me pick up the book and read it this weekend. The cover page of the book says a lot but its only after you end up reading this almost 400-pages book that you are able to comprehend what this book wanted to let us know. The way author has discussed some contemporary issues through this story is worth-praising. We only hear in news about honour killing etc. but after reading this book, the mentality that few regions, religions, sect etc. has will open your eyes as an individual.

This book is about a Pakistani girl who goes to USA following her brother who is already settled there as a star athlete. She never knew what future had for her. She just wanted to finish her medical studies in this part of the world. But one photograph of her holding hand of an American man that gets posted on Internet changes her life. Even her brother, Shahid, who is expected to save the honour of his sister, is considered a crime-in-partner for not being able to save his sister from getting into such acts. This would have been a normal case for any American girl to do but for a girl belonging from Pakistan primarily, this case leads to investigations and what not.

The way author lets us know the point of view of each character by speaking the story in the first-person voice makes it easy for us, as a reader, to understand the different mindset of people. At some moments, we feel like hitting some character speaking their mind for being so miserable in their thinking and close-mindedness that it becomes hard to accept some truths in the form of this fictional story. The book is nicely written which makes us read every page with details to capture every minute details about the people’s reactions, mindset and thinking.

The first half of the book sets the plot of the book while the second half of the book actually plays the purpose behind writing this novel. The good thing about this attempt is that author has based the whole thing in USA to make the reader understand about how two totally different cultures resides on this same planet itself where something is very casual at one end of the world while it is a crime in the opposite end of it. Such a bold topic is very greatly handled by the author and I give this 4 star out of 5. I would ask everyone to read this book and also ask everyone to read this book in your circle that belongs to such close-minded society. Kudos to the author for attempting something like this. Recommended!