House Rules by Jodi Picoult | Book Review

I am part of an awesome group on Facebook that has thousands of other readers like me. Every day, there are scores of discussions on books and reading, not to forget the long list of book recommendations that the members dole out. Thanks to this group, I built up a list of more than 500 books that I want to read. So a few months ago, I started acting on this list and bought a few books (to put it modestly) to add to my TBR. And author Jodi Picoult was one of them.

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The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond | Mini Book Gush

I’ll start off by saying this: Ruskin Bond is pure genius in his simplicity. His stories are simple, yet carry a message that resonates with every reader in some form or the other. While The Cherry Tree shows the positives that comes from patiently nurturing trees (or people close to you, if you’re thinking metaphorically), The Blue Umbrella shows the stark delineation between adult and children’s thinking.

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Naam Shabana | Movie Review

If you have watched Neeraj Pandey’s 2015 action thriller, Baby, you’ll know Shabana. Played by Taapsee Pannu, Shabana is a character who oozes grit and determination. Patriotic to the hilt and righteous in the most positive sense of the word, Shabana knows no limit when it comes to serving her country.

Obviously, Naam Shabana follows Shabana’s story from before her secret agent days. After her boyfriend is killed by some entitled sons of politicians, Shabana seeks revenge. And this is when the Indian Intelligence Agencies come in, revealing that she has been on their radar for a long time now. Taking this as a perfect opportunity, they pull her in after offering her a chance to get her revenge. She is then given the task of assassinating arms dealer, Mikhail (Prithviraj Sukumaran). Guided by her superiors at the Agency, Ranvir Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) and Ajay Singh Rajput (Akshay Kumar), Shabana sets out to complete the task.

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Think With Me by Subrata Roy Sahara | Book Review

In a nutshell: preposterous.

Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara – I knew that this man, a brilliant businessman, was arrested in 2014. But I didn’t know why. It doesn’t matter early in this review, but it somewhat dented my opinion of him when I read the book with his arrest in mind. I agreed to review Think With Me, the second instalment in his Thoughts from Tihar, because I hoped to see some level-headed arguments from this well-read man. But Think With Me is a resounding disappointment.

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Fight Club – I’m Breaking Rule Number 1 | Movie Review

It didn’t always come up in discussion, but whenever it did, a lot of people asked me if I had watched Fight Club. The first time I was clueless as I told them I hadn’t. This spurred a reaction that almost made me feel ashamed. But then, as years passed, I got used to it. I promised myself I’d watch it someday and tailored my reaction to people’s reactions accordingly. ‘What’s the big deal?’ I’d think to myself, inwardly perplexed.

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King Lear by William Shakespeare | Book Review

The only book I’d read of William Shakespeare was Timon of Athens. As time passed, I thought, maybe I should be reading his more popular works like Romeo and Juliet, and As You Like It. But then my book list kept expanding (and still does) to the point where I did not want to concentrate on one author at all times. There is another reason, but I’ll reveal it as I round off this review.

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Stanley ka Dabba | Movie Review

I’ve been waiting a long time to find the perfect movie that will make me write a review and kick off the movie reviews section of The Melodramatic Bookworm. Until a few days ago, even the thought of starting this barren section did not cross my mind. And then I watched Stanley ka Dabba.  The movie released in 2011, but it was only recently that I got a chance to watch it. Halfway into the movie, I was chiding myself for not having viewed this gem much earlier!

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War Poems by Christopher Pascale | Book Review

War Poems by Christopher Pascale is a poignant account of his time in the U.S. Marine Corps. Pascale starts off the book with a foreword that explains his motivations behind enlisting in the Corps. And when he so amazingly puts it forward like this, it is hard not to feel a burgeoning sense of patriotism, irrespective of which country you are from.

“I believe it is the responsibility of a man who appreciates the opportunities his country affords him to defend him if he wishes to continue taking advantage of those opportunities in the future.”

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | Book Review

I can’t even begin to express what I feel after reading Gone Girl. I’d watched the movie with friends and had been left feeling shocked and uneasy. For some reason, revisiting all that seemed like a good idea at the time I bought the book. Not such a good one now! It is said that most of the times, books are much better than the movies that are based on them. But in this case, I cannot decide which is better.

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson | Book Review

I had gifted this book to a brother who’s an Apple fanatic on his birthday a couple of years ago. He hasn’t read it yet but I managed to lay hands on a cheap Kindle edition and have finished reading it. And the feeling that engulfs me right now is indescribable. It’s a mix of so many emotions: vindication, longing, happiness, sorrow, and most importantly, understanding.

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