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Photography: Inspiration

Photography: Inspiration

Somewhere over Europe

While things have changed rapidly this year as far as air travel is concerned, I still am truly inspired as far as air travel is concerned. Other than being simply able to go from point A to point B, air travel helps to fulfill dreams of travel to far off places.

Photography: Inspiration

At a restaurant in New York

I have always loved and been inspired to try different cuisines. And this is what I did when I went last year to New York.

Photography: Inspiration

Somewhere along the US East Coast

Road trips have always been my idea of exploring a country and definitely inspirational. And when I got a chance to do the same during my trip to the US East Coast, it was definitely fun unlimited.

Photography: Inspiration


I have always loved sitting by the sea and hearing the sound of the waves hitting the shore. It’s definitely up there as among the most peaceful things to do. It inspires you to think so many things and dream so many dreams.

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Photography: Day and Night

Photography: Day and Night

New York has so much to offer to anyone and everyone whether the individual is a leisure tourist or a business traveler. The city changes its colours across seasons and from day into night and vice versa.

Photography: Day and Night

Linking to Wordless Wednesday, Water Water Everywhere #34, Skywatch Friday

Photography: New York

Photography: New York

New York in shades of black and white

Linking to Ragtag Daily Prompt: Abstract in Black

Linking to Wordless WednesdaySkywatch Friday & Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Guest Post: From Cape Town to Havana – Exciting nightlife

Most people travel because they want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. However, there’s a small percentage – mostly youngsters in their 30s – that are actually chasing the hustle and bustle. They enjoy the agglomeration, the noise, the music, and the fun part of night activities.

The world is packed by fascinating travel destinations with exciting night-life. Spectacular cabarets, clubs, pubs, pool parties and live shows abound in the following cities. Check them out and plan the trip of a lifetime.

Let the party begin..

Let the party begin..


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Movie Review – Neerja

Neerja Bhanot - India's braveheart..

Neerja Bhanot – India’s braveheart..


Directed by Ram Madhvani and starring Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Yogendra Tiku and Shekhar Ravijani (special appearance), Neerja is a biopic of Neerja Bhanot, the senior flight purser on the ill-fated Pan Am Flight 73.

Pan Am Flight 73 was to be a routine flight from Mumbai to New York via Karachi and Frankfurt. While the Mumbai – Karachi leg passed off without incident, four terrorists hijacked the plane as soon as it landed in Karachi and took everyone hostage. The rest of the flick deals with how Neerja and her fellow colleagues helped almost all the passengers escape.

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In conversation with Shobhan Bantwal

Shobhan Bantwal

Shobhan Bantwal is the author of six novels and co-author of two anthologies. Her books combine contemporary women’s issues with romantic elements. Her articles have appeared in The Writer, Romantic Times, India Abroad, Little India, New Woman and India Currents. Her short fiction has won her honours & awards in contests sponsored by Writer’s Digest and New York Stories. She won the First Place Award in New Woman magazine’s 2005 Short Fiction Competition for her story, Lingering Doubts. Her debut book, The Dowry Bride, won the 2008 Golden Leaf Award. The Unexpected Son won the 2012 National Indie Excellence Award. Shobhan lives in Arizona, USA.

And today, we have her here for a short tete-a-tete –

Aseem: What does writing mean to you?
Shobhan: Writing is almost a spiritual experience for me because I put my heart and soul into each story. The characters I create for each book temporarily come into my life like family, friends, or neighbours. Many of my characters also possess the traits of people I know, some of them intimately. The wonderful thing about fiction is that one can express just about anything via one’s characters that would not go over as well in non-fiction or speech.

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Book Review – Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister


‘Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister’ is Tabrik C’s first novel. He is a political enthusiast, entrepreneur and perfumer. His novel is a political thriller which deals with one man’s journey across countries to confront inner and outer demons out to wreck havoc on India.

The blurb goes like this –

“India is on the edge as a subversive internal revolt against the constitution, and the threat of jehadi terror of an unthinkable level, are looming on the horizon.

Ringing Shiva’s damaru in and out of the Parliament, a sudden turn of karma catapults outsider Siddhartha Tagore – a conflicted genius, music maestro and prodigal son, with forceful views on China and Pakistan into national prominence as the head of the Opposition Alliance and finally as the newly elected Prime Minister of a disturbed nation.

But buried secrets are being resurrected and threaten to expose the past. Twisted within the double helix of menacing politics and hidden lust, ‘Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister’ is a scorching account of Siddhartha Tagore’s fascinating journey from Harvard to 7 Race Course Road.

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Movie Review – The Avengers

Scripted and directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The flick has been in the news for over two years for its action, special effects and the galaxy of stars like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel Jackson etc. Does it work?

Loki (Tom Hiddleston), an exiled Norse God takes the Tesseract, a source of high energy potential and uses his powers to control the minds of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard). He is on a mission to destory the Earth. Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson), director of the peacekeeping organization SHIELD recruits Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Captain America (Chris Evans) to form the Avengers and stop Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) brother, Loki from destroying the planet. They are ably supported by Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson). The rest of the movie deals with how they manage to save the Earth from Loki and his Chitauri Fleet.

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Movie Review – London Paris New York

This looks to be a season for rom-coms. Directed by a first timer – Anu Menon and starring Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari in lead roles, London Paris New York (LPNY) didn’t really sound attractive on paper. But its fresh trailers and fresh pairing coupled with the romantic feel of the three cities managed to capture the attention of the public. Does it live up to the expectations?

LPNY is the story of Nikhil Chopra (Ali Zafar) and Lalitha Krishnan (Aditi Rao Hydari) and their journey across three of the most beautiful cities on the planet across a time span of more than 5 years. Both of them meet by chance at London Heathrow and as luck would have had it, they spend an entire day together. The day is enough to let a few sparks fly between them. But then its another 2 years before they meet again this time in Paris and there the real truth comes out on what exactly happened in the interim. The meeting lasts again just for a day! The finale is played out in New York.

The plot isn’t really anything to talk about. Love happening over a period of 3 days across continents, across years is a bit too much to take! But then what makes this movie work is the characters. It’s not Ali Zafar or Aditi Rao you are seeing on screen. It’s Nikhil Chopra and Lalitha Krishnan. They are like any couple going around. The instances when they fight, patch up, laugh, smile, cry; all seem straight out of real life. Any couple would associate themselves with the sequences.

The narrative is a bit slow. But the energy and vivaciousness of both the characters keeps the interest alive throughout. The London and New York sequences are the best while the Paris one is a bit out of place.

The songs which are such a key component of a rom-com are very much in sync with the flavour of the movie. Ali Zafar, the composer, lyricist and the singer for almost all of the songs has created a pretty well rounded musical score. “Vo Dekhnay Mein” and the title track stand out.

He can act. He can sing. He can write the lyrics. He can compose songs. He can dance. What can he not do? Ali Zafar delivers an amazing performance. He looks good and manages to break the audience into guffaws with his witty one – liners. His outburst during the climax is another proof of his acting prowess. Aditi looks beautiful particularly in the London and New York sequences. She aptly complements Ali in comic, romantic and even intense sequences.

Go for it with your loved one. You will come out with a smile :).

Rating – 3/5

Movie Review – Anjaana Anjaani

Anjaana Anjaani is the new offering of Siddharth Anand (Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Bachna Ae Haseeno fame). The movie is entirely based on two characters. Now some of you may wonder what’s so great in this. Yeah it may not be anything special. But its another sign of the coming of age of Bollywood cinema. And interestingly there is one more thing which strikes me when I see the slogan of the film “The greatest love stories are between strangers.” What do they mean by it? Any double meaning thoughts huh :P?

Kiara (Priyanka Chopra) and Aakash (Ranbir Kapoor) meet each other on Manhattan Bridge while committing suicide. At that time itself you understand that the movie would end on the bridge too. Need I say more? Kiara has lost in love while Aakash has lost everything he had in the Wall Street Crash which happened in the US over two years ago. The two of them keep meeting each other in true filmy style and finally after trying many a time to commit suicide sometimes with scotch tape which gets over in between or fire when the gas goes etc. etc. decide to keep the suicide date as 31st December 2010, 20 days after they meet. In the ensuing time they sing all the songs and roam around Vegas and where all. Wondering how they have so much of money to go around and that too without working? No problem! Even I was wondering too.

Truthfully speaking neither Priyanka nor Ranbir are any great in their acting or shall I say the role didn’t demand any histrionics. The problem with Ranbir is that even though he is a good actor which was seen in Rajneeti, he is getting typecast in roles like the one in Anjaana Anjaani. Though there are certain sequences like the Atlantic Ocean one or the male stripper one which make you laugh or interested in the narrative, they are not enough to make the movie too great. The songs are truthfully the best thing about the movie. Though they keep coming fast, they are melodious and all the singers have done a fabulous job.

In the end, its a movie which can be a one time watch with your loved one. That’s it. Nothing more nothing less.

Rating – 2/5 (Below Average)

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