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Small is Big : Volume 1 & 2 by Rafaa Dalvi


The title suggests it all. I believe this trend of Micro tales should have started based on the Twitter’s formula of conveying information in 140 characters. Nope, I am not saying the micro tales in these two books contain just 140 characters but more. The idea seemed interesting and the tales presented in these books convey more than what you see.

Title: Small is Big Volume 1 and 2
Author: Rafaa Dalvi
Language: English
No. of Pages: 100 each
Format: eBook (Book 1), Paperback (Book 2)

Note: I received this book free of cost from the Author and this will no way impact my honest review of this work.

I loved the idea of Micro tales and I have come across such thing in tamil weekly magazines called “One page stories”. They are fascinating. I am a sucker for telling information with few words. What attracted me more was the different genres the author tried to write and each of them have their own tone and each tale is written in the Alphabetical order of the title. Few of those micro tales for you.

Abandon: The wish monster feasted on the last remaining well, wondering why people had abandoned their wishes into the well and never pursued them.

Gift: “Closer.” The Old man said.
She sat beside him and let him touch her.
He had promised to gift her the doll that Mummy and Daddy had refused.

Hit: She hesitated at the last moment wondering if she could live with domestic abuse.
Doubt, anguish, reality and the bus hit her simultaneously.

Sorry: He came home to find a note written in Colour pencil-
“to
daddy
im sorry, lets not fight. lets love each other.
from
mummy”
He broke down.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the fact that each micro tale took a page and the cost was too high for this short read. Dear Author, please see yourself in the readers shoes. Will you be ready to pay this much amount for the book which is so short? Instead of this big book you could have made it as a Pocket book which would have made more sense. Otherwise, the content of this book is really good.

Have you read any micro tales or written one? Please do share and let’s talk more.

Happy Reading 🙂

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லாக்கப் – நாவல் விமர்சனம்


இந்தப் புத்தகத்தைப் பற்றி விமர்சனம் எழுதும் பொழுது இதையே மையமாக வைத்து எடுக்கப்பட்ட திரைப்படத்தை புறந்தள்ளுவது சிரமமே. இருந்தாலும் லாக்கப் நாவலும் விசாரணை திரைப்படமும் கையாண்ட விஷயங்கள் வேறு வேறு. இது லாக்கப் நாவல் பற்றிய விமர்சனம் ஆகையால் அதைப்பற்றி மட்டும் இங்கு எழுதுகிறேன்.

எழுத்தாளர்: மு. சந்திரகுமார்
பக்கங்கள்: 144

நாம் நமது அன்றாட வாழ்வில் நிறைய போலீஸ்காரர்களை சந்தித்திருப்போம் அல்லது கடந்து வந்திருப்போம். நீங்கள் சரியாக கவனித்தீர்களேயானால் போலீஸ்காரர்களின் நடத்தை ஒரு சாமானியனுக்கும் ஒரு பணக்காரனுக்கும் இடையில் வேறுபடும். எடுத்துக்காட்டாக சொல்கிறேன் போலீஸ்காரர்கள் லாரி ஓட்டுனரை நடத்துவதும் ஒரு காருக்கு சொந்தக்காரரை நடத்துவதும் வித்தியாசப்படும். இப்புத்தகம் இதைத்தான் வலிமையாக பேசுகிறது. சாமானியர்கள் இவர்கள் கையில் கிடைத்தால் எப்படியெல்லாம் இரக்கமின்றி அவர்களை நடத்துவார்கள் என்பதே இப்புத்தகத்தின் அடிநாதம்.

நல்லவர்கள் அல்லாதவர், மக்கள் பண்பை இழந்து போனவர்கள், மனிதனை மனிதனாய் மதிக்கத் தெரியாதவர்கள் ஒருக்காலும் மனித குலத்தை அல்ல, ஒரு சில மனிதர்களை கூட திருத்த முடியாது காப்பாற்றவும் முடியாது.

குமாரும் அவனுடைய நண்பர்களும் தன் சொந்த ஊரை விட்டு குண்டூருக்கு வருகிறார்கள் காரணங்கள் சொல்லப்படவில்லை. இவர்கள் அன்றாடம் காட்சிகள் சிறு சிறு வேலைகள் செய்து வாழ்க்கை நடத்துகிறார்கள். ஒரு நாள் இந்த நண்பர்களில் ஒருவன் இரவு காட்சி சினிமா பார்த்துவிட்டு வரும்பொழுது போலீஸ்காரர்களிடம் மாட்டுகிறான். அப்பொழுது என்ன செய்வது என்று தெரியாமல் ஏதேதோ உளறுகிறான் அப்படி உளறும் பொழுது அவனுடைய மற்ற நண்பர்களையும் தேவையில்லாமல் கோர்த்துவிடுகிறான். போலீஸ் அவர்களை கொண்டு வந்து சிறையில் அடைக்கிறது. இந்த புத்தகம் முழுவதும் அவர்கள் எப்படி எல்லாம் சித்திரவதை அனுபவித்தார்கள், போலீஸ்காரர்கள் தங்களுடைய அதிகாரத்தை எப்படியெல்லாம் துஷ்பிரயோகம் செய்கிறார்கள், ஒரு சாமானியன் கிடைத்தால் எப்படி எல்லாம் அவன் மீது தங்களுடைய எதேச்சதிகாரத்தை பயன்படுத்துகிறார்கள் என்பதைப் பற்றியது. கடைசியில் அவர்கள் தப்பித்தார்களா அல்லது நீதிமன்றத்திற்கு கொண்டு செல்லப் பட்டார்கள் என்பதை நீங்கள் புத்தகம் படித்து தெரிந்து கொள்ளவும்.

இம்மாதிரியான நாவல்களை நான் இதுவரை படித்ததில்லை. முதல் முறை சில விஷயங்களை எழுத்தின் மூலமாக தெரிந்து கொள்ளும் பொழுது மிகவும் மனது சஞ்சலப்படுகிறது. நான் போலீஸ்காரர்கள் எப்படியெல்லாம் ஒருவரை நடத்துவார்கள் என கேள்விப்பட்டிருக்கிறேன். ஏன் ஒரு சில முறை அவர்களுடைய அதிகார பலத்தை பயன்படுத்தி என்னை மிரட்டியும் இருக்கிறார்கள் ஆனால் இந்தப் புத்தகத்தை படிக்கும் பொழுது தான் அவர்களுடைய உண்மை முகம் வெளிப்படுகிறது.

என்னதான் நாவலின் எழுத்தாளர் பட்ட கஷ்டங்களை இப்புத்தகத்தில் எழுதி இருந்தாலும் என்னால் ஒரு சில விஷயங்களை ஏற்றுக் கொள்ள முடியவில்லை. அதனால்தானோ என்னமோ அந்த நம்பகத்தன்மை எனக்கு வரவில்லை. இருந்தாலும் அவன் பட்ட கஷ்டம் அவனுக்கு தான் தெரியும். இன்னொரு முக்கியமான விஷயம் எனக்கு இந்நாவலில் பிடிக்கவில்லை என்றால் எழுத்து நடை. தெளிவாக சொல்ல வேண்டுமென்றால் எழுத்துநடை ஒவ்வொரு இடத்தில் ஒவ்வொரு மாதிரி மாறுகிறது. ஒரு சில இடத்தில் எழுத்துத் தமிழிலும் ஒரு சில இடத்தில் பேசும் தமிழிலும் எழுதப்பட்டு இருந்தமையால் படிக்கும் பொழுது சில தடுமாற்றங்கள் ஏற்பட்டது.

எனினும் இப்புத்தகம் காவல்துறையினரின் மனநிலைகளும் ஒரு சாமானியனை இவர்கள் எப்படியெல்லாம் நடத்துவார்கள் என்பதை தெரிந்துகொள்ள ஒரு திறவுகோலாக பார்க்கிறேன்.

நீங்கள் இப்புத்தகத்தைப் படித்து இருக்கிறீர்களா? அப்படி படித்திருந்தால் தங்களுடைய அனுபவங்களை பகிர்ந்து கொள்ளுங்கள் படிக்க ஆவலாக இருக்கிறேன்.

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A Flight of Broken Wings – Book Review


A Flight of Broken wings is the kind of book which is a mix of Fantasy and Investigative thriller. We usually don’t see this kind of World building books from Indian Authors, we are obsessed with our existing mythological world and exploring them hence many Authors stick to that and try exploring them or creating new stories around them. This book came out a breath of fresh air with a new world their own culture and history.

Title: A Flight of Broken Wings
Author: Nupur Chowdhury
Language: English
No. of Pages: 434
Format: eBook
Genre: Fantasy

Note: I received this book free of cost from the Author and this will no way impact my honest review of this work.

The Author has weaved a brilliant story with new Mythical creatures called Aerials who are the solar beings (Sun is their main energy source) with immortality and superhuman powers (Super alien powers doesn’t sound cool you see). They were the beings once ruled Earth but due to the rebellion 600 years ago, the human race out threw them to their native land Vaan. Some of the Ariels stayed behind on Earth and why did they stay? What do they want?

Now, we have our Protagonist Ruban Kinoh who is the lead Hunter (More like a CBI Officer) who is specialised in killing the Ariels with Sif-blade (Super weapon which has the power to kill these Ariels) who gives trouble to humans. His home was destroyed 8 years ago by an Ariel with his Father and his best friend in it. We are also introduced to another character Ashwin Kwan from Zaini (A Nearby country of Vandram) who is on Vandram to know about the improved Sif formula which the country is trying to create. So, the Ariels have been lurking around and creating ruckus at various Sif mines across the country where Ruban and Ashwin are investigating. Now, you can connect the first paragraph and this. Who is Ashwin and why is he at Raagha? Did Ruban solve the case about Ariels? Is it just an individual incident or just a start of grand scheme of things? Read the book to know more.

Oof! That’s a very long summary of a book I have ever given. Interestingly this book does two things, one the complicated names which sounds like the Indian and Zimbabwean cross breed and it takes some time for us to get used to those names. Secondly, there are different worlds and the names of those Mythical characters sometimes sound the same but are different. They aren’t the problems but just a simple things I’ve noticed. Obviously, the Author has put so much effort in creating the World and we must definitely appreciate this which are some of the positives (Surprise! Surprise!)

One of the major issues I had with the book was at times the narrative is so great that pages go by fast and on other times it was major turn of because of the slow pacing and few unnecessary descriptions. A re-reading and more editing would have made the book few 100 pages less and even more interesting.

Some important notes to the Author:

  • It is totally okay if the book is small but still you managed to build the World which you had in mind. Yes, I mean some descriptions could have been avoided and are unnecessary.
  • There is one particular character who has two names and while reading it, I got confused. Because, the Earth name could have been used in Earth and the Vaan name should have been used there. It would be easy for the readers to understand. This sudden jump in names could be avoided. Especially, when the name is not revealed to out Protagonist yet the usage of Earth name in those scenarios would help the readers get hooked to the character better.
  • The same with Abbas and Baba. This thing happens when the book is started. The readers would get confused who is Baba and Abbas. Baba might be referring to father in India or few states of India but Baba is also a name. So, please make that correction as well, if possible.

On a whole the book is super interesting to read and definitely a good try in attempting something new. Yes, the book do have some grammatical errors and pacing issues which wouldn’t be a major problem while reading. Do give this book a try and I am sure you will enjoy it.

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Alita: Battle Angel - Movie Review


Alita: Battle Angel movie got its attention due to the most ambitious James Cameron. Many in India know and love him for the kind of visual Spectacle he brings on the silver screen. For me, it was also Robert Rodriguez’s name which compelled me to watch the movie. The trailer of this movie has set an expectation for an amazing cyborg action movie and it was fulfilled.  To read the complete review visit https://medium.com/chennaikaaran/alita-battle-angel-movie-review-1197c4cd99e7

 

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Kartikeya: The Destroyer’s Son – Book Review


Note: I received a review copy of the book from the Author in return for an honest review.

Title: Kartikeya: The Destroyer’s Son
Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Language: English
No. of Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Genre: Mythological Fiction

Phew! I finally finished reading this book. It nearly took 5 months for me to complete it. No, the book is not Stephen King-esq big, but I personally had a hard time navigating through the book which took time. Well, let me not start with a bad note because the book is not really bad. In fact, the book is decently good and the Author has done enough research to weave the story based on the legend we heard about Lord Muruga or Kartikeya or Skanda or whichever name you prefer.

Oh! before going forward, I would like to confess that I know the whole legend of Lord Kartikeya. Thanks for being born and bought up in Pazhani one of the major destinations in South Tamilnadu, which is considered to be one of the 6 temples of Lord Kartikeya which are together called Aru Padai Veedu. Also, Unlike many in other parts of the Country, We Tamilians know the legend very well. Thus, I mentioned that the Author has done enough research about the legend to weave the novel as true to the actual legend as possible.

Being read many re-telling of gods from Hindu mythology, I grabbed this opportunity hoping to read the humanised version of Kartikeya, but I was taken by surprise because this book holds on to the core of the Mythology where magic and other elements were present. As the plot goes, Soorapadhuman and his brothers (Asuras) took over the three worlds from Indira (The Lord of Lightning, Thunder and Rains) also they imprisoned his son Jayanta. In order to get back his throne and his son, the Devas are assured of a Destroyer from Lord Shiva.

Surprisingly, unlike the Mythology the Asuras are not shown in the bad light but they are good at heart but the circumstances are what made, what they are today? and unlike many others, Lord Indira is “The Villian” of this story, which we don’t get to see often. Indian Mythology has romanticised his perversions and scheming in the name of him being a god.

On the contrary, the book keeps jumping to different stories in a hurry, for example, the incarnation of Lord Vinayaka. Lord Muruga’s decision to go down South of India or his wedding with Valli. This part of the book was completed in a hurry and maybe the Author should have put some cliffhangers and written a Part-2 of this book which would have been even more interesting to read. Of all these things, One major issue I had with the book was the usage of Words, I understand the Author has a good proficiency over the language but at times I felt she went too overboard to showcase that and another major grudge for me would be not including Veerabaahu, who was the Commander-in-chief during the war with Asuras but he was completely ignored in this book.

In a Nutshell, I have few issues with the book and the topmost of that is the usage of Language otherwise,, this is really a great book to know about Kartikeya, who’s story is less told in the Northern part of India. I’m not sure if, I should recommend this book and I am really not sure if I will read any of this Author’s book in the near future but I see many have actually liked the book. So, the choice is yours to take.

Happy Reading 🙂

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A movie by a fan for the fans? — Petta Review


One thing I loved the most about this year’s Pongal releases was both the Stars Rajini and Ajith were having so much fun onscreen. We got to see both the actors charm which we missed for a long time on screen that alone is enough for us to celebrate the success of both the movies. Now, jumping to KaSu’s (Karthi Subbaraj) Petta. The last time we got to see Rajini in a charming Robo avatar in Enthiran (2010) then there were few misfires and one relatively content heavy movie. People like me who loved the actor Rajini somewhere deep down we were looking for the Rajini who is charming and sets the screen on fire with his stunt scenes and comedy tracks, to an extent Petta brought this Rajini back to us with numerous other things to the plate. I actually watched the movie twice because I couldn’t come to a conclusion did I love the movie or not, hence, this review comes out after the second viewing. For further reading please go here.

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The World of FlashPoint Crossover Series – Part 2


Remember, in my previous post, I have mentioned that, there are 6 TBP’s (Trade Paper Back’s) which comprises this Mini-series to complete a full circle, Now is the time. I have finally completed reading the balance 3 “The World of Flashpoint” mini-series which ultimately connects to the major Flashpoint Storyline.

Umm! Okay, I know people who are not into comics might be scratching their heads. Don’t worry, let me explain things for you in a Flash (See What I did there :P). Alright, The World of Flashpoint Mini-series is all about various things happening across the universe, even in the outer space when the Scarlet Speedster The Flash decided to do something which he couldn’t do (This is the major plot point and I don’t want to ruin that for you). When he went back in time and did something, the entire timeline disrupted because of that one event and as a butterfly effect the World has completely changed. In the previous post, I gave you a glimpse of Barry Allen (The Flash) waking up without realising what he did and tries to understand this universe, The alternate and the darkest version of Batman and then we also saw the causes and the reasons which caused a rift between Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Now, allow me to delve you into other important characters and events which will help The Flash to fix the timestream.

Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint featuring Superman

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This alternate version of Superman is new except that I have seen him in various Animated Movies and TV shows. I love the way the story takes twists and portrays Superman and his origin differently. The, What if situation about the Superman’s Origin is beautifully handled is what I must say.

The World of Flashpoint part: I liked the way Traci 13’s character is written but the end was more dramatic and sounded like an Indianisation for me where they could have brainstormed more in order to give a more different and interesting ending to her story.

Booster Gold: My first encounter with him in Comics and he is kinda nice the way he is written. I’m also eagerly looking forward to what Booster and The Flash can do to bring things back to normal. On a whole, this TBP is not as bad as I expected but a very decent read.

Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint featuring Green Lantern

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The TBP starts off with Abin-Sur’s mini-series which gives us a brief on his existence and how he plays a major role in the grand scheme of things. They also deal with the Blackest night event with this mini-series but not on a grand scale.

I somehow liked the Frankenstein and the Creatures of the unknown. The narrative and the characters kept me hooked. Their story starts from World War 2 and how they end up in the current era. This mini-series was really interesting to read.

On the hindsight, we also get Hal Jordon (The Current Green Lantern) who in this world is a Piolet as any other previous worlds. He is as irresponsible as all his other story arcs but one good thing is he does an ultimate sacrifice to prove his worth.

We also get a glimpse of Green Arrow industries where they build a final weapon to end the great war between Atlantians and the Amazonians. This TBP was not great but not bad either.

Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint featuring The Flash

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The last TBP in the Flashpoint Series books. Think I read the series in the wrong order, nevertheless I was able to connect the dots and fill the gaps. In this TBP we are first introduced to the story of Reverse – Flash who is the greatest arch-enemy of The Flash and the story really holds good.

Then we are Introduced to Citizen Cold, not Captain Cold in this universe. Snort being Snort he tries to play a Hero, again Snort has a certain moral compass and he still holds that here, although he does some gruesome things still it is Snort whom we are talking about and that Story is interesting as well.

Legion of Doom comes into the picture and this story revolves majorly around the rift between Heatwave and Cyborg, we also see Plastic Man, Black Manta, Thinker and many others. This mini-series deals with how all of them take their revenge on Cyborg for putting them behind the bars.

Then we see the King Grood who is bored to death for not having anyone to fight or rip their skull out and this storyline doesn’t fit so much into the narrative I guess.

At last, we have Kid Flash who is struck in the 31st Century with Hot Pursuit where Brainiac has occupied the world. Then we see how they pursue to change the past, the usual Flash thing and I wouldn’t want to break your surprises there, Kid Flash reaches the Flash finally and gives his piece of advice, then the story ends here.

On the whole, this TBP is really good compared to the most and I would rate it next to the Batman TBP which I loved the most. For people who would like to read The Flashpoint event with the order of it happening please check this space.

Thus, I end this series with 2 parts and hope with these 2 parts I nudged you enough to start reading Comics. I also understand many wouldn’t know where to start reading comics. I haven’t read Marvel Comics and I cannot recommend you at that end but with regards to DC, they reboot as a whole often which will be a perfect vehicle for many to start with not getting stranded in the middle of nowhere.

With regards to DC, you can start with DC Rebirth which was started in 2016 and still continues. There some major events which took place in the last 2 years one being the Doomsday Clock one of the major events happening and the other one being DC Metal series. Think I am not confusing you with my over-enthusiastic writing here. Do comment if at all you have any questions and I would be glad to answer them. Be warned, I’m as new to this world of Comic books and I’m still learning. Hope, I piqued your interest.

Happy Reading 🙂

 

Posted in Movie Reviews, Tamil

The title that doesn’t fit the narrative - Viswasam Review


An Ajith-Siva combo comes out with their fourth film together with Ajith fans going gaga about the movie as usual and the others are not so whelmed with the series of underwhelming movies this combo gave us. After the previous disaster in the name of Vivegam, I lost hope in this combo and am really hoping Ajith to stop making movies with Director Siva for just one reason, Man, we need a break and we definitely need an Ajith who is not constantly praised for his humility, good heart so on and so forth. Atleast both these individuals need a change from each other and we as the audience also need a breath of fresh air to see Ajith in various other avatars. Read the rest of the review here.

Posted in General, Yada yada's

New Year – New Resolutions


Hello Folks, how are you all? Yet another year has gone and here I stand with not so much of satisfaction with What I have not done in the previous year. I know to start a blog post with a negative tone but you know realising what you haven’t done in the past and finding ways to fix all those errors is a start of a New Beginning. Apart from a few happy things happened last year I have embraced lots of bad habits and attitudes in my personal and professional life (Here, I confessed).

So, I decided to start the new year with a New resolution. I’m a man who has never taken any resolutions because I know, I wouldn’t adhere to them anyways. Why false promise and start a new year? I always have goals and try to work towards achieving them that too I started doing this just a couple of years back but not long ago. So, Why resolution this year alone you might ask? Well, because my life is messed up or should I say I messed it up so much? That sounds better.

Last year, I had to become a responsible person owing to having a Life partner and to be true to these words she has become my partner in crime at most of the things I do which I love and this year we both are going to be even more responsible because we are bringing a life to this earth. She is trying her best to be more responsible and shouldn’t I do my part the least? So, this resolution is all about making my life more productive, organising my life and having to have more leisure time to spend time with my family also dedicating enough time to my other activities apart from work.

A good friend of mine introduced me to the term Bullet Journaling and I am sure many would have come across this practice. I myself was very much overwhelmed with the number of things we can do with this. I decided to really start doing this but again the lazy person in me didn’t quite exactly adhere to the process called “Writing regularly” thus the delay in this blog post which should have practically been written and released in the first week of January. I thought it is never too late and here is the post. This post is basically me informing the world that I am starting something new and please do shed some light on How many of you started Journaling or Bullet Journaling and How helpful was it or How organised your life turned? This post is also about a constant reminder for me that I should regularly Journal and adhere to the goals I set for myself. Here are some of the pictures I took while setting up my Bullet Journal. Hope, it is not as messier as I am thinking it is.

Hope, the narrative of this post is readable and Thank you once again for everyone who supported me through toughest of times, Thank you for the ones who really encouraged me to push my boundaries and Thank you to my Lovable wife who constantly encourages me to do the things I like instead of being a roadblock :P. Happy New year 2019 to all of you and have a wonderful year ahead.

P.S: Last year few might have seen one of my posts being re-directed to Medium websites and you will see this activity a lot this year. I have decided to segregate my blog posts, especially the Movie Reviews to be shared on Medium and other posts will be available here for people to read. Thank you.

Posted in General, Lists

Podcast Recommendations


Hello, How have you all been? Long time. I hope every one of you is gearing up to face the end of this year 2018 and planning to add something to your goals or Wishlist. All the best to all those things you are planning to do for the next year.

One thing I’m very proud of doing in 2018 was starting to listen to Podcast. Most of my daily work routine these days involves a lot of travelling. I used to listen to music but when one of the most famed YouTube Channel Film Riot announced their Podcast, I was very excited because I’ve been meaning to start listening to the Podcasts and explore that area of Infotainment for a long time. Well, now I have officially entered into the World of Podcast and I’ve even started my own (#Marketing). One of the major problems I found with Podcasts is that it is a Pandora box and for beginners like me it will really be hard to find a good Podcast where you can find yourselves connected.

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