Archive for ‘Fiction’

April 7, 2013

Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

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I picked this one up on an impulse when I was browsing a fancifully famous book store in Hauz Khas, Delhi. While leaving I started feeling guilty for not purchasing anything, and saw this book. I had already seen the movie on the other more famous book by the same author, Persepolis. This book is to Persepolis, what Godfather 3 was to Godfather 2, a really lame follow up. However the book does make one good point.

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April 4, 2013

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

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I am cheating here. I have not actually read the book. I just watched the first installment of Hollywood’s interpretation of the book. However I could easily connect to some of the standard themes from Lord of the Rings. Both books have similar morals to teach – how the most primitive creatures can play as crucial a role, as the mighty ones (thou shall not be arrogant), how the wise are tolerant and the evil ones are not, how the management style of the evil tyrant is to keep their subordinates scared and demoralized (sounds familiar?). However many scenes also made me wonder about the reasons for the works of Tolkien being considered sacred texts by the hippies.

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March 13, 2012

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Sherlock Holmes is hip once again. A latest series produced by the BBC (god bless them) called “Sherlock” has become a blockbuster hit in the Caucasian world, and a blockbuster hit in the engineering and MBA colleges of our country (at least that is what I have been told). The series brings Sherlock back to life in the modern day London, armed with blackberry, google and Macbook Pro.

That the series is winning new fans for Sherlock Holmes is evident from the increase in sales of his books. But the series has some charm for old timers as well. What really appeals to a Sherlock Holmes fan is that series has really managed to stay true to the vision of Arthur Conan Doyle (and even surpass him at times). This is a much bigger accomplishment that it sounds.

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