Book Review: Clear. Hold. Build by Sudeep Chakravarti


CHB_Sudeep_ChakravartiFor majority of educated Indians, the Corporate social responsibility stands for organizing activities like blood donation camps, funding local NGOs and organizing marathons for building a rapport with the local communities. For urban locations, such activities are enough but things change when corporate organizations go on working in the Maoist affected areas. In such areas, Corporate Social Responsibility stands for active integration with project affected communities. Such integration requires consistent positive dialog with the project affected communities with intentions of benefiting their lives. But things go completely wrong. The companies directly deals with local governments by signing MoUs. In return, governments acts as the corporate will while distancing themselves from the project affected communities. On the other hand, the project affected communities should be convinced with the unavoidable needs of uprooting them from their needs.

In this book, the author Sudeep Chakravarti has narrated the polices that are growing the discontent of communities. Along with this, he has also highlighted the avoidable conflicts. With the groundbreaking detailed research of the author, this book is capable in guiding a company before kick starting a project in the conflict zones.

The language of the book is quite simple. If you are a reader of Sudeep Chakravarti then this book will be a treat to you. But if not then you must have the guts to digest an ocean of information.

My Experience as an Avid Reader: I liked the book for three reasons: one it pragmatically talks about the most serious internal security risk to the nation, second it makes the reader aware with all aspects of a problem, third it was my fourth book on the same subject but with different perspective.

50 Words Verdict: Clear. Hold. Build. is a perfect narrative of events that are making the matters worse. It highlights the ways of diffusing the rising tension between corporate organizations and tribal groups.

Book Review: Vishal Bhardwaj Omkara Maqbool and Haider Screen Plays trilogy


Dialogs are the first and foremost reason to read and preorder from any e-commerce site of your choice. I have always been a fan of Vishal Bhardwaj’s movies. He has portrayed what actually happens in the backdrops of his stories instead of what should happen. And, it reflects from the excellent dialogs of his films. If we talk about the most recent Haider then it has got the real kashmiri tongue. So while reading the dialogs printed in this book, you will be actually pronouncing them in the way kashmiri pronounce them. For example, the word ‘loved’ should be pronounced as luv-ěd with less pressure on E in its real sense while kashmiris pronounce loved as lovve-d. So when you will be speaking the word in your mind while reading, it will be lovve-d. So you actually ends up being the characters of these wonderful stories. And, if you are a fan of the great actors like Shahid Kapoor, irrfan Khan, Pankaj Kapoor, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Piyush Mishra and know how they say a certain word then you can not imagine how much fun you are going to draw from these books.  It gives you the freedom to savour the taste of few dialogs at once instead of swallowing the whole movie. It’s like son papdi from HaldiRam shop.

Now, I should come to the other aspects of the screenplay. The scenes of the movies are well introduced. Description are available in English. Moreover, the dialogs are also translated in English so if you don’t understand few words then their translations can be referred.

This book set also holds some more reasons like the real stories related to origin of these films. Vishal Bhardwaj has written the preface for all three books talking about the intense pain and joy he took in making of these films.

Pictures…yes some really symbolical pictures have been selected from the respective movies and embedded in the books. So, you kinda feel watching the movie while reading these pages.

Why I loved the book: Well, I loved reading the local lingua of Kashmir, Meerut and Mumbai. While reading Maqbool dialogs, I got the glimpse of Surendra Mohan Pathak for once but then it has been quite balanced so that non marathi audience can also enjoy the dialogs and feel the intensity of Maqbool characters. I think this is the excellence of Vishal Bhardwaj Sir. You can take any movie from his basket and be rational with their contradictory actions. You can even be rational with the needs of Madaam of Saat Khoon Maaf and Ghazala of Haider or Nimmi of Maqbool.

50 Words Verdict: The book set carrying original screenplays of Omkara, Maqbool and Haider is a must have book for art lover. If you have any interest in real life stories then go on buying this book set. It’s precious.

Book Review: Vishal Bhardwaj Omkara Maqbool and Haider Screen Plays trilogy


Dialogs are the first and foremost reason to read and preorder from any e-commerce site of your choice. I have always been a fan of Vishal Bhardwaj’s movies. He has portrayed what actually happens in the backdrops of his stories instead of what should happen. And, it reflects from the excellent dialogs of his films. If we talk about the most recent Haider then it has got the real kashmiri tongue. So while reading the dialogs printed in this book, you will be actually pronouncing them in the way kashmiri pronounce them. For example, the word ‘loved’ should be pronounced as luv-ěd with less pressure on E in its real sense while kashmiris pronounce loved as lovve-d. So when you will be speaking the word in your mind while reading, it will be lovve-d. So you actually ends up being the characters of these wonderful stories. And, if you are a fan of the great actors like Shahid Kapoor, irrfan Khan, Pankaj Kapoor, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Piyush Mishra and know how they say a certain word then you can not imagine how much fun you are going to draw from these books.  It gives you the freedom to savour the taste of few dialogs at once instead of swallowing the whole movie. It’s like son papdi from HaldiRam shop.

Now, I should come to the other aspects of the screenplay. The scenes of the movies are well introduced. Description are available in English. Moreover, the dialogs are also translated in English so if you don’t understand few words then their translations can be referred.

This book set also holds some more reasons like the real stories related to origin of these films. Vishal Bhardwaj has written the preface for all three books talking about the intense pain and joy he took in making of these films.

Pictures…yes some really symbolical pictures have been selected from the respective movies and embedded in the books. So, you kinda feel watching the movie while reading these pages.

Why I loved the book: Well, I loved reading the local lingua of Kashmir, Meerut and Mumbai. While reading Maqbool dialogs, I got the glimpse of Surendra Mohan Pathak for once but then it has been quite balanced so that non marathi audience can also enjoy the dialogs and feel the intensity of Maqbool characters. I think this is the excellence of Vishal Bhardwaj Sir. You can take any movie from his basket and be rational with their contradictory actions. You can even be rational with the needs of Madaam of Saat Khoon Maaf and Ghazala of Haider or Nimmi of Maqbool.

50 Words Verdict: The book set carrying original screenplays of Omkara, Maqbool and Haider is a must have book for art lover. If you have any interest in real life stories then go on buying this book set. It’s precious.

I Traveled Kingslanding


game-of-thronesI traveled a land, where young princes are seeing man dying for deserting his ranks,
wolf cubs are being shoved from heights for secret love in kins,
little ladies are wearing Valerian steel blades as fins,
Vile lords are defying their forefathers noble genes,
I traveled kingslanding…

I traveled a land where ancient beasts are taking rebirth for new wars,
armies are marching to the stars,
Old warriors are seeing coming new wars,
Kids fights are leaving lasting scars,
I traveled Kingslanding…

I traveled a land where imps are outwitting old masters,
protector of realm is being beheaded as a traitor,
little ladies are seeing her father falling as feathers,
Ice like edges of valerian steel are setting new wars,
I traveled to kingslanding…

I travelled where a young wolf is sharpening his claws,
halfman is leading armies of great warriors in great wars,
Sisters are sending death to their brothers,
Black powers are assassinating a young ruler,

I traveled a land where kings are dying like flies,
Mother is seeing her son dying like a sheep,
Little ladies are stabbing king Slayers,
Highborn lady’s flower is blossoming,
I traveled Kingslanding…

Why Can’t We Write Our Own Game of Thrones


GAME-OF-THRONESWell Game of Thrones doesn’t require introduction but a large share of Indian Hollywood movie goers haven’t seen this spectacular HBO TV miniseries. It is a beautiful adaptation of the epic fantasy book the song of Ice and fire written by R R Martin. The game of thrones literally takes you in the world of sword fighting, scheming, back stabbing and man to man wars. When you reach in the Kingslanding, you actually become a part of that world. There are seven kingdoms to rule so everyone is fighting eachother. Enough has been said about Game of Thrones. You can just Google and some dedicated blogs will pop up. So I am going ahead to convey what I felt after watching the series.

It’s an epic. It’s spectacular. It’s great but I questioned myself after finishing the series that our Indian society also holds such historical backdrops, where we can give something better to this world. But at large we have not given any such thing to the world.

The God Connection
If I try to remember than I think Amish Tripathi has done something in this genre but than he linked it to lord shiva. The moment we link anything to god. The book become sacred and went out of practice. Literally, we have Ramayana, Mahabharat, and many other great books but they all are sacred. None can question them. So when I come to know that Amish Tripathi’s book is going to be adapted by Karan Johar in the film Shuddi, I was like happy but common movie goers told me about the film as bhagwan shiv k upar Ek novel hai us par film ban rahi hai jisme Ranbeer Singh Kaam kar rha hai. The perception about the film shocked me.

The Market Issue
It’s very important for the authors to sell books. And Indian audience love reading about love and give little thought to genres like thriller and fantasy. If you visit a bookstore the large majority of books will belong to college romance and office romance. So, it requires a great amount of courage to work on any such project.

Peace of Mind and Patience
Finally, I think the creation of such an epic requires peace of mind and patience and our generation lacks both. So, it becomes impossible to do such things. Still I am earnestly looking for the epic fantasy novels written by Indian writers…

Happy blogging friends…

The Demon Called Confusion


Confusion is the most dreadful demon I have ever met in my life. It’s like a black magic that keep on killing your time and trouble your head by forcing to make the best decisions. It makes you think, think and think about the right election of available choices. In contrary to this, there are no right or wrong choices available on the face of the earth. They are simply the roads which let’s mark our presence. But we keep on stressing our mind to make right choices.

I believe some people face the wrath of this demon so badly that they don’t even reach office on time. Ha ha yes it’s true. I would like to share a story with you all about this. Once I was on my way to office and suddenly I noticed an old man, sitting in his car, looking here and there at three different roads with blank eyes for 10 long minutes. I could observe him for this long due to Monday morning jam.  As the jam cleared, I reached to the guy and asked what happened Sir? Have you lost something or a new in this city? The answer was quite surprising. He said, “I have lost a choice, was going to office and all three roads will take me to my office. But I am not able to decide which road I should take. The first road will get me a speedy ride, second one will get me stumbling ride and third one is bit longer but full of fun and interesting people. Now I am not able to decide which one I should choose”. This answers stunned me and made me think that this guy has nothing to do than choosing the right road to reach office. I questioned back,”are you going to your new workplace” No, I am going there for about ten years but today just while being struck in jam, this thought of taking the best way came to me and I am still trying to figure out which one is best.” he replied. I saw his face while saying this and pain of being confused was so visible.
So I said, would you like to get out of this dilemma and reach your workplace?” yes! Yes! He said. Then I said, “Take the first one to reach office because if I am not wrong reaching office is your target not touring the city. “yes”, he said and took the first road. It freed his mind from the trouble of making choices.

I say we all must be very quick in taking the decisions because we can’t get all at once. The old man was right that each road was offering something different to him and it’s quite a treat to get the nice ride to office. But the old man can’t get all at once. So one should always be ready to loose something in place of something as I missed my morning coffee while writing this post.

Happy blogging friends…

I have a problem with Chutzpah


Haider_Shahid_KapoorYes! I have a problem with the usage of the word ‘Chutzpah’ in this film, especially in the context of Indian army. It is appreciable to spread the word about the intense pain of residents of Kashmir valley. And why just Kashmir Valley, I would say the films should be made on the issue of farmers’ suicide. With power packed performances of Shahid Kapoor, Shradhha Kapoor, Tabu and many other supporting actors, the film turns out to be a reality. You seriously can’t sleep after watching the movie. The dialogs, command of actors in local lingua and different shades of acting of Haider is impeccable. So this is a must watch movie. For a student of cinema, it’s an important book that I will keep on reading. But let me tell you why I disliked the use of word Chutzpah.

What’s chutzpah – Why I hated It
Chutzpah is a word of Hebrew language, which means to do something audaciously and insolently. It is like being an aasteen ka saanp. But when it is being used in context of Indian establishment then I would like to ask from Vishal Sir that if AFPSA forces are doing Chutzpah then what happened with kashmiri pandits was not an act of chutzpah. When Kashmiri Muslims cheer and support Pakistani team during cricket matches with India isn’t an act of Chutzpah. When Kashmiri Muslims hoist Pakistani flag in lal Chauk isn’t an act of Chutzpah. Fair enough. All these things can be the means of keeping your morals high in a war torn state like Kashmir. I am also agree with what you show about Indian army. Kashmir is not New Delhi where everything will go in compliance with human rights. It’s a conflict zone. Things will certainly go wrong here or there. At times, the Jawans will get killed mercilessly and at times innocent lives will go in vain. The most important thing about Kashmir of Vishal Bharadwaj is the characters of Kashmir. There’s neither a villain nor a hero.  Everybody was playing one’s game to sustain and live in Kashmir. In Kashmir, the lifeline is treachery and shrewdness. So Chacha is right, Ghazala is right, Arshia is right, Doctor Sahib was right, Indian army is right and even militants are right.

Hidden Messages- I Thought They Are
In the scene of press conference, Ashish Vidhyarthi asks “jo Kashmiri refugee camps main rah rahe hain kya vo disappear kashmiri nahi hain.” For me, yes they also fall in the same line of 8000 disappeared residents of Kashmir valley. It stately defines the mindset of army working in adverse conditions. In another scene, the commanding officer says that the life of a Jawan worth more to him than a life of militant. It shows the frustration of army due to sudden departure of their comrades in conflicts. The final thing that I liked was the wise advice from the Old man “Intkaam sirf intkaam paida karta hai bête, jab tak hum apne intkaam se aajad nai hote, hum aajad hokar bhi gulam rahenge (vengeance only produces another vengeance and freeing from vengeance is the real freedom.)

Things I loved – I Surely Does
I loved the flawless acting of Shahid Kapoor in this movie. I admired him in the scene where he tells his mother about the death of Doctor Sahib. The funniest part of the movie was mimicry of Salman Khan. The two Salman Khans were really funny. Apart from this, I got the chance to see kids playing cricket in front of their homes and big houses of Kashmiri’s with heavy woodwork. I have read about this in my Our Moon has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita. Lot of things were known to me but it was a nice them in the movie.

In the last, I would like to confess that the movie is good and one should watch it for the food to mind.