TV show: Kara Para Aşk

Kara Para Ask (Black Money & Love) is a  Turkish TV show. The lives of Omer Demir & Elif Denizer get entangled when his fiancee & her father are found together murdered in a car. The two join hands to find the killer & the reason behind the deaths.

Director: Ahmet Katiksiz

Actors: Engin Akyurek, Tuba Buyukustun, Erkan Can, Burak Tamdogan, Saygin Soysal, Bestemsu Ozdemir, Hazal Turesan & others

Written by: Eylem Canbolat, Sema Ergenekon

Language: Turkish



After watching Engin Akyurek in Fatmagul I decided to try the drama which had managed to get him an Emmy nomination, Kara Para Ask. I loved Engin as Omer. Tuba looked a complete diva as Elif but the show as a whole was utter & complete BS.


What I liked:

  • Elmer: Elif & Omer (ElMer) sizzle whenever they are together. I loved most of their scenes together, be it them arguing with one another, crying together, playing detective or romancing one another. There is not a single boring moment when they are onscreen.
  • The music: I loved the music of this show. The title track is racy, the music played on the ElMer scenes has that perfect mix of romance & naughtiness.

What I did not like:

  • The plot: The show started off great. It kept me hooked till episode 35 after which things started going downhill pretty quickly. After all there is only so much nonsense that a person can watch. The plot gets repetitive with the police always getting fooled, the legendary Komissar Omer Demir being either helpless or angry or stupid, the villains always winning, there always being a spy between the good guys, every new person entering turning into a villain so much so that by the end except for Elif, Omer, Arda, Pelin & Elvan all have harmed the “good guys” at least once, either directly or indirectly.
  • Zero growth in characters: What a complete & utter waste were Metin/ Fatih & Nilufer! Most of the times my eyes went just as large as saucers in my face whenever these two were together. It was just disgusting to see Nilufer mooning over Fatih after all that he did to her & it didnt end till the end what with her begging Arda to let him go. I had hoped for a scene where Omer would blow his brains out for what he did to Elif but I guess a vapid love story is more important than showing a cop being able of doing at least something in the entire show.
  • Super idiotic police & superhero villains: How stupid were Omer, Arda & Pelin? Wasn’t Omer supposed to be this genius who makes criminals shake in their boots? I have never seen a more stupid police team than theirs. Every time the villains escape in the same fixed way & every time these three stand with their mouths wide open wondering how did this happen. Ya, well like last time you fools! Also it was a bit frustrating to see everyone working for Tayyar. I think by the end of the show except for Elif, Omer, Pelin & Arda everyone was TEAM TAYYAR! Some variety please!
  • The ending: This has to be the most frustrating part of the whole show. How pointless was it all? I think in the end Omer forcing Tayyar to commit suicide is an indirect victory of evil over good. Its a clear indication that Omer believes that justice wont prevail, that Tayyar will win once again. Such a sad message to give in a show which was largely based on the police force. And as if that wasn’t enough super cop Omer Demir quits the police force to be with Elif. Why?! The reason given was so lame I felt like getting into the screen & killing Omer myself. Elif thought that Omer was changed after what happened with Tayyar. Yes he was! But give the guy some time instead of running away because of his altered behaviour. Its not as if she had spent years waiting for her old Omer to be back & it wasn’t working out. And of course they made a complete mockery of even this by ending the show showing Elif & Omer chasing after new goons. In short all Elif wanted was to be the one to decide whom Omer should go after. It wasn’t about love, it was about control. Sad really. Sami was 100% correct about Elif, she wasn’t cut out to be a policeman’s wife. It was also frustrating to see Fatih escape justice so easily. That man was no better than Tayyar & deserved to rot in jail. So in short the three main villains around whom the story was built all managed to escape prison life: Husseyin ended up being a liability to the wife on whom he was shamelessly cheating, Tayyar committed suicide & Metin was just unemployed…though if we know the guy he would soon find some criminal activity to indulge in & fool Nilufer since she is so willing to play the fool.


Overall a thoroughly irritating show. Just watch it for the Elif – Omer scenes. The rest of it is crap!


TV show: Fatmagul


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“Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?” (what is Fatmagul’s fault) is a Turkish TV show which is currently airing on Zindagi channel in India as Fatmagul. Thanks to a dear friend I was able to watch this show online. Once started, it is difficult to stop after just watching one episode. The show is that addictive.

Director: Hilal Saral

Actors: Beren Saat, Engin Akyurek, Firat Celik, Musa Uzunlar, Murat Daltaban, Bugra Gulsoy, Engin Ozturk, Kaan Tasaner, Sumru Yavrucuk & others.

Written by: Ece Yorenc, Melek Genecoglu

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After the debacle that was Feriha & knowing that Fatmagul was a show based on rape I wasn’t keen to watch it when the promos first aired. Everywhere I went I only read good things about this show but still decided to keep away. But as happens most of the time you are flipping through channels, you see a scene & you are hooked. The first scene I saw of this show was Fatmagul (FG) glaring at Kerim with utter & complete loathing as they sat at a restaurant with their family while the poor guy literally shriveled under her gaze. The next thing was the promo in which she is trying to stab him. After a long break I caught up another promo where in one scene the girl is weeping about wanting to move on, wanting to be able to love again…cut to a few happy moments…and back to her shouting & screaming at Kerim. I could no longer hold my curiosity & had to know why this petite girl was yelling at this cute puppy eyed guy so much! And so it began…


What I loved:

  • The casting: Every single person was perfect for his or her role. Beren & Engin are definitely marvelous as FG & Kerim but even the rest of the cast does a fabulous job. After Engin & Beren my favorites were Sumru (Meryem) & Esra (Muqaddes). Bugra (Vural), Alper (Omer) are completely droolworthy while Sevtap (Hacer) & Seda (Meltem) were so effortlessly stylish. Esra as an actor got to showcase the maximum range of emotions after the leads, what with starting off as a complete bitch to moving on to be a meddlesome & lazy family member, then a shameless cheater. But I loved her best when she was teasing Meryem mercilessly about Kader. I have started using her “romantik romantik” in the same accent while teasing my friends now.
  • FG & Kerim’s journey into love: It is very rare for me to like both the halves of a couple. Rarely have I understood both their POVs & even rare is me empathizing with both. Hence FaRim as they are lovingly called by their fans are special to me. Barring a few times when I felt FG went a bit overboard or Kerim was being too much of a doormat I loved each & every scene when they were together.  They have that rare brand of chemistry which can turn even their grocery shopping into something exciting to watch. I could understand FG’s initial hate, I could feel Kerim’s pain, FG’s indecision about Kerim was so palpable, her jealousy, her show of indifference, her small smiles at his huge efforts all were a treat to watch. As for Kerim even I started off with disgust for this man. What sort of a man just stands there & does nothing. Even being drugged doesn’t excuse his behaviour. But it cannot be denied that without his & his Abla’s support FG would have died a long time ago. She became confident later, but it were these two who with just by being present pulled her out of the jaws of misery which the Yasaran’s, Muqaddes & Mustafa had pushed her into.
  • The writing: I loved how this show concentrated on all aspects of rape. They showed the event & its implications on the victim as well as the culprits. I was surprised to see a psychiatrist involved for mostly all movies & TV shows skip this part. I love FG wanting to heal…for herself. I looked forward to each & every session of her’s for it gave us a little insight into the workings of her mind. Her thoughts about standing on her own two feet, having something of her own for the first time in her life & then much later about wanting to be physically intimate with Kerim warmed my heart. The writing was all inclusive in that they covered the societal, medical, emotional, family & personal angles.
  • Some hard hitting realities: The show had some hard hitting realities woven into its story line. The one which struck me most as a woman was how many women shunned FG or chose to believe she was a liar or chose to protect the rapists for various reasons. Starting with Halide whose first words after hearing about FG’s rape were: my son’s life is ruined. My jaw literally hit the floor at her callousness. Muqaddes betrayed FG in the worst manner ruining any chances of her ever getting any justice. Hilmiye, from start to finish, was indifferent. Then there were the minor characters like Yadigar, Dr. Nil for some time, Erdogan’s friend who was spying on Meltem’s mother for him, the girl who smuggled Selim & Erdogan to Malta, the neighbours who constantly shunned FG…the list is endless & an unfortunate reality of this world. But it pleased me a great deal to see Selim & Erdogan too being shunned in jail for their heinous crimes.

What I did not like:

  • Mustafa: First I hated him, then he irritated me, then I began to ignore him & finally I started rolling my eyes every time he came on screen. IMO, Mustafa Nalcali as a character was the writer’s biggest mistake in this show. Mustafa became the classic case of a writer falling too much in love with one of his own characters & giving him too much screen space, so much so, that he sculpts him into a demigod. Mustafa was undefeatable, always at the right place, always with the right bait, always with the best of luck on his side, always fooling people he needed to use, always having that one friend available who would bail him out of trouble. He went on to become the most ridiculous character in this show. Even at the end, I felt it was more the writer than Omer who was saying that Mustafa committed suicide. It didn’t look like suicide to me. Had he not been shot he would have gone on to kill Kerim. The writers did a great disservice to the show by giving this man so much of importance. As the show races to its end it becomes more about Mustafa’s obsessions for FG. There comes a time when you even forget that you are supposed to hate Erdogan & Selim more than Mustafa. Instead Selim & Erdogan are reduced to mere props brought out for comic relief while Mustafa goes from strength to strength. A story about rape should focus more on the rapists than on the victim’s fiance. Mustafa should have been killed or phased out a lot earlier.
  • Turkey’s legal system: What exactly did the police do? Every time I see Omer & Kader running from one place to another searching for proofs, so what does the police do? Other than the initial CSI after rape I didn’t see them much in action. Also why is there no cross questioning in Turkey’s courts? The court proceedings were dull. Now of course it is quite possible that the show wasn’t true to life but all the court scenes were just boring.
  • The execution of the end: Why did they give us the final hearing as a flashback? It took out all the excitement of the verdict. Rather than wasting so much time on macho man Mustafa they could have nicely concluded the show by giving a proper detailed court case hearing but well…


Zindagi’s translation & dubbing: Terrible! That is all I can say. They have messed up the translation & dubbing a great deal. The girl who dubs FG sounds like a shrill harpy & I just cannot enjoy FG’s scenes because of her. What a pity because Beren has such a beautiful voice which enriches FG. They did a lot better job at dubbing Feriha than they are doing with FG. I even spotted them repeating voice artists for characters, like the nurse when Mustafa was hospitalized after being stabbed was dubbed by the same person who dubs for Asu!

This show is a must watch. Try to catch the Turkish version of the show because their original voices add a different kind of magic to the show.

A definite 5/5 from my side.

Book: Devlok by DevduttPattanaik


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I used to watch Devlok on EPIC channel but due to its odd timing was never able to watch all the episodes & hence  I was super excited seeing this on Amazon the other day & bought it right away.

Journey into the amazing world of Hindu mythology with Devdutt Pattanaik
• Why are most temples dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva or the goddess, but not to Brahma or Indra?
• How are an asura, rakshasa, yaksha and pishacha different from each other?
• Why did the Pandavas find themselves in naraka rather than swarga?

Over several months, EPIC Channel’s ground-breaking show Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik has enthralled countless viewers. Here, finally, is the book based on the first series of the ever-popular show, which will take you on a scintillating tour through the myriad stories, symbols and rituals that form the basis of Hindu culture.

Prepare to be surprised and thrilled as Devdutt narrates magical tales about larger-than-life figures—gods, goddesses, demi-gods and demons who you thought you knew well but didn’t. Learn about the intricacies of Hindu thought as he explains the origin and meaning of different creation myths and throws light on why we believe in a cyclical—not linear—concept of time.

This book is your perfect introduction to the endlessly fascinating world of Hindu mythology.


What I liked:

  • The book is easy to understand & without getting into too many details or without giving lengthy passages the author manages to put forward a lot of information. The Q & A format of the book helps in this & hence there is never a boring moment.
  • It provides a sneak peek into Hinduism & can be used even as an introduction to Hinduism sort of. The narration is basic enough that even someone who has no prior information about Hinduism, India, Vedic culture, etc will still be able to understand the book.
  • I noticed that the book was pretty much a transcript of the show & hence anyone who has watched the show & bought this thinking there might be more details or extra information would be disappointed.
  • The author manages to maintain neutrality while answering all questions. He doesn’t seem to be forcing his opinions on the readers which is a welcome change from religious fanatics who are always so cock sure about their theories & knowledge

What I did not like:

There is actually nothing to not like in this book, but all its positives are in a way its negatives too.

  • The language of the book is too very simple & the author provides translations of many Hindi/ Sanskrit words. However due to shoddy formatting many a times it is confusing to understand if the usage is Hindi or English. e.g: I pronounced the word “tap” as that in English when it was in Hindi many a times😛
  • People who are well versed in Hinduism, Indian Mythology, Vedic religion, etc will not benefit much from reading this book. It is very very basic in terms of information provided & most of these stories & facts will be well known to people who read extensively on those subjects.

Overall it is a good book & a must read for anyone who is looking forward to a light reading in an intensive subject like Mythology. I enjoyed reading it & finished it off in a day. 

A 3/5 for Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik. 

Movie: Rustom


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In 1959, a decorated naval officer is accused of murdering his wife’s lover. (-IMDb)

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Cast: Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Arjan Bajwa, Pawan Malhotra

Director: Tinu Suresh Desai

Language: Hindi

Year: 2016

One of the rare times I go to a movie so soon after its release I went to see this movie with my Mom. Her recommendation. She loves men in uniform. Who doesn’t?😉 And Akshay does look handsome as a Navy Officer.


What I liked:

  • The actors: Akshay Kumar & Ileana D’Cruz are perfect as Commander Rustom Parvi & the breaktakingly beautiful Cynthia. Pawan Malhotra is brilliant as Vincent Lobo, a police officer. Parmeet Sethi,  Arjan Bajwa are convincing in their roles.
  • Akshay’s screen presence: He hasn’t got much lines in this movie but he makes great impact with what little lines he has been given, especially in the court scenes when he is cross examining the witnesses. Akshay single handedly manages to carry the movie on his shoulders.

What I did not like:

  • The story: Initially I had felt that the patriotic angle was unnecessary but after watching the movie it proved to be the saving grace of the movie. They could have easily kept the original story of Nanavati as is & made a romance + drama movie filled with deep intense emotions & angst. But as the aircraft carrier angle had to be addressed you end up feeling disconnected with Rustom & his emotions on being betrayed by his wife. People who would have gone expecting some nice romantic scenes before the action begins would be left sorely disappointed.
  • Courtroom drama: Who inserts comedy into courtroom dramas?! The sass of the judge, comic music playing out in between, the public prosecutor making a fool of himself, repeatedly sending the newspaper guy to jail, etc take away from the thrill of the court case.
  • Cynthia: The beginning of her affair with Vikram was as lacking in impact & story as was her falling for Akshay. The audience never gets to “feel” her emotions. They could have explained the whole thing with subtitles. It was that dull. A complete waste of time.
  • The two ladies: Ileana D’Cruz & Esha Gupta do not have much to do in the movie. Ileana is left to look pretty & cry even more prettily. Esha smokes one cigarette after another constantly making a stinky face.

The movie is definitely a one time watch for Akshay & Pawan alone. They have some great scenes in jail.

The movie as a whole could have been much much better though.

3/5 from me.

Movie: Katyar Kaljat Ghusali


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A Marathi movie based on a play by the same name, Katyar Kaljat Ghusali is a journey of two maestros Pandit Shastri & Khansaheb as they experience fame, failure & betrayal. The movie is being considered for the UNESCO’s Fellini medal.

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Cast: Sachin Pilgaonkar, Shankar Mahadevan, Subodh Bhave, Amruta Khanvilkar, Mrunmayee Deshpande

Director: Subodh Bhave

Language: Marathi

Year: 2015

My mother had watched the original play when it was running in theaters in the 1960s & hence was eager to watch this movie. Unfortunately we could not make it as she fell ill on the day we were supposed to go. Finally I had the chance to watch it when it was telecast on ZEE Marathi a few weeks ago.


What I like:

  • Casting: The casting is perfect. Every single person, be it the main heroes like Khansaheb or Panditji or even side characters like the two stooges of Khansaheb, has been perfectly cast. The voice of Reema Lagoo as the ‘katyar’ is mesmerizing.
  • Khansaheb: The character of Khansaheb is very well written. The man remains true to his character from start to finish. His daughter is the only one who recognized him for the opportunist he truly was even as he kept fooling the entire world by hiding behind his true self behind his talent. In the last scene as well the opportunistic nature is what saves him from punishment even as he hides behind the token of ‘connoisseur’ which Sadashiv & Panditji are so keen to bestow on him.
  • The music & songs: Shankar Mahadevan & Rahul Deshpande are outstanding in all their songs. Though as in most musicals it does get a little boring when every person breaks out into a song in every five minute but even then you can sit through all of it & even enjoy the songs even when you have no knowledge of the sur taal.
  • Zareena: I loved this character as well. A strong woman who will speak the truth even if it means going against her father. It would have been great to see Sadashiv or even Uma do half the things this brave girl did in order to secure justice for Panditji.

What I did not like:

  • Panditji & Sadashiv: I think the story is too much tilted in favour of Khansaheb, so much so that it ignores these two characters to a great extent. Panditji’s character holds interest till he is cheated by Khansaheb. Sadashiv’s character holds interest till he accepts to be the slave of Khansaheb. The age old bug of stupidity disguised as greatness bites these two potential heroes & then there is no turning back. It all becomes very one dimensional after that & even in the end Sadashiv wins because Khansaheb decides to save face & accept defeat than risk the chance of his true colours being revealed. The movie would have been much better if at least Sadashiv actually fought for his Guru’s rights rather than turning it all into an educational experience.

The total inaction on Sadashiv’s & Panditji’s part made it a one time watch for me. Before ending this post I must mention that the idea of summoning glow worms with your singing is divine. Do that in front of a girl & she is going to be very very impressed!😉


Food: Mozzarella Stick Onion Rings


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I have been watching this on repeat since it first popped up on my timeline yesterday. I am in gastronomic heaven since then!

Recipe taken from here

Mozzarella Stick Onion Rings

Serve with marinara, then feast!

2 large white onions
3–4 slices mozzarella cheese
2 cups flour
5 eggs
2 cups bread crumbs
Oil, for frying
Marinara sauce

Peel and cut onions into 1-centimeter rings, then separate the rings.

Slice the mozzarella into 4 even strips, and place a smaller onion ring in the center of a larger one. Fill the gap between the rings with strips of mozzarella. Repeat with remaining onion rings and freeze them for 1 hour.

Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs into three separate bowls. Dip each prepared ring into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs, then back into the egg, and one last time into the bread crumbs. Repeat with the remaining onion rings.

Heat the oil in a pot over high heat. Fry the rings until golden brown, being careful not to fry them for too long as the cheese may ooze out completely.

Drain on a paper towel, then serve with marinara!


Movie:The Jungle Book


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An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.


Cast: Neel Sethi & voices by Nana Patekar, Irrfan Khan, Om Puri, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah

Director: Jon Favreau

Language: Hindi


“How old are you?” asked my Mom when I told her I was going to watch The Jungle Book.😛

Every 90’s kid knows why we went to watch this movie. Nostalgia! We relived our childhood in that hour & a half when we were in the theater with our favourite childhood besties, Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan, etc. My Sundays used to start with Mowgli. The one reason I used to wake up early, wash my hair & sit with my breakfast in front of the TV. Even today the “jungle jungle baat chali hai” jingle makes me tear up as I am transported to that wonderful childhood.

What I liked:

  • Mowgli, Baloo & Bagheera: No movie on The Jungle Book can be perfect till you have got these three characters right! Neel Sethi is perfect as Mowgli. Baloo as the Punjabi munda with his dry humour is different from the one we know from our Doordarshan days but still equally endearing & cute. Bagheera as the reticent guardian completes the trio.
  • Kaa: How fabulous was Priyanka Chopra as Kaa?! Her voice was mesmerizing as she hissed & slithered & trapped Mowgli in her seductive voice.
  • CGI: The CGI was so good that the movie has been given a U/A certificate (parental supervision necessary). The animals seem to leap out of the screen at the audience & make for a thrilling watch.
  • The climax: The climax was brilliantly shot. Inspite of knowing how it all ends one cannot help but feel a little apprehensive, so terrifying was Shere Khan in the last scene.
  • Perfect Voice over artist selection: Many a times when English movies are dubbed in Hindi the effect is lost due to bad voice overs. Fortunately that wasn’t the case here & the voices were so good that I never missed the originals. Priyanka Chopra deserves a special mention here as she was outstanding in her role as Kaa. How I wish she had more screen time.

What I did not like:

  • Shere Khan: I won’t say I disliked Nana Patekar’s voice for Shere Khan completely but sometimes in some scenes I felt he could have done much better. Like in the introduction scene Shere Khan just lacked the punch which was so much needed. He more than makes up for it in his final confrontation with Mowgli but I had gone in expecting a voice over with the rich baritone of Amitabh Bacchan or Amrish Puri (yes I know he is dead) & then Nana Patekar…it just fell short of my expectations.
  • King Louie: What was that? Why was he even there? It was the only boring part in the whole movie.
  • The songs: Not a single song was worth remembering, let alone humming after leaving the theater.

To make up for the bad songs, here is the one true Jungle Book song🙂 No post on the Jungle Book can be complete without listening to this gem



Show: Mere Humdum Mere Dost


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Mere Humdum Mere Dost (MHMD) is a Pakistani romantic drama which is based on a novel by Farhat Ishtiaq’s novel of the same name.

Actors: Adnan Siddiqui, Sanam Jung, Hareem Farooq, Farhan Ali Agha, Zainab Qayyum, Junaid Khan, Shamim Hilaly

Country: Pakistan

Language: Urdu


I was on  a break from Pakistani dramas but caught a few episodes of this one while changing channels & it caught my interest.


What I liked:

  • Adnan Siddiqui: I have loved this man ever since I saw him in Mere Qatil Mere Dildaar. He is a subtle & versatile actor & is brilliant as Haider Masood, Aimen’s friend & guide. He once again shows his versatility when playing the energetic & lively boyfriend & husband of Sajeela & then later on the reticent friend of Aimen. The passage of five years & the signs of all that he underwent five years ago is masterfully portrayed by Adnan.
  • Sanam Jung: I am not much of a fan of hers but she is too good as Aimen. The initially reserved & quite girl who literally blossoms into this confident budding businesswoman under Haider’s care & attention is nicely brought out by Sanam. The director too has been careful in not making her those typical loud, irritating & almost foolishly innocent village belles. Her innocence is believable & doesn’t border on stupidity & hence is all the more appealing.
  • Hareem Farooq: The typical “love to hate” character, she has played Sajeela perfectly. You do feel sorry for Sajeela when she is betrayed by Mazhar for she did love him with all her heart but then you are reminded of how horrible she has been with Haider & her behaviour with Aimen when she returns to Pakistan & all the sympathy you feel for her is lost.
  • Taufeeq Kamaal: This character proved to be a surprise package. While in the initial episodes I dismissed him as the usual uncaring husband & father who ditched the poor wife for the more accomplished & sophisticated Almas, it is later revealed that Taufeeq wasn’t entirely to be blamed.
  • The supporting characters: I loved the supporting characters in this drama, especially Bibi & Sahir. Bibi was a no nonsense woman & the only one who called out Sajeela on her bullshit & gave her a fitting reply. I wouldn’t say she was the only one who understood Sajeela’s true intentions, but where Haider was all ice, she was all fire. Sahir was cute as Aimen’s younger brother. I liked how the story did not take the usual route of step brother/ mother hating the step sister/ daughter. I had even loved Aimen till she fell prey to Sajeela’s crocodile tears & hurt Haider & Haider – Aimen’s relationship in the process.
  • The OST: Like all Pakistani shows the OST of this show is melodious & has been playing on repeat on my cellphone. The lyrics too deserve a special mention, especially the male part which bring out Haider’s POV so succinctly.

Dil ki jalti huyi veeran si tanhaaye mein

Tu kisi narm se jhoke ki tarah aayi hai

Do ghadi ki hai mulaqat magar na jaane kyun

Aisa lagta hai ke barso ki shanasaai hai

Meri beraft ummeedo ko sajanewali

Dil ki hasrat ka main izhaar bhala kaise karu

Mana mushkil hai iqrar – e – mohabbat lekin

Apni chahat ka inkaar, bata kaise karu

What I did not like:

  • The background music was too loud at some places. Also it doesn’t help that Adnan speaks very softly & a few times I had a hard time understanding what he said with the background score often being louder than him.

Movie: Kapoor and Sons


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A story revolving around a dysfunctional family of 2 brothers who visit their family and discover that their parents marriage is on the verge of collapse,the family is undergoing a financial crunch and much more as the drama unfolds.



Cast: Fawad Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Ratna Pathak, Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor

Director: Shakun Batra

Language: Hinglish (Hindi + English)

Year: 2016

After reading & hearing some real good reviews about Kapoor & Sons I booked my tickets for this movie. I tried a new theater this time, Maxus Cinemas. The theater is good, though the seating capacity is lesser than the other multiplexes. The seats could have been better & the first few rows are almost in the screen. I wonder how those poor people watched the movie from there.


What I liked:

  • Fawad Khan: He was the reason I had gone to watch this movie & I was not disappointed. I have firmly come to believe that there is nothing that this man cannot do! Drama, romance, comedy he does it all with flair. What next? Some action maybe😉 He was magnificent in the movie, so subtle & so effective.
  • Sidharth Malhotra: Now, I have disliked this man since SOTY but he seems to have improved a lot since then. He was less of a muscular pillar in the movie & did very well with all his scenes with Fawad.
  • Rishi Kapoor was brilliant as the oldest member of the family. I read that his makeup was the costliest thing in this movie, and it shows. Throughout the movie Rishi Kapoor is talking about his death, how he wants to die, where he wants to be buried, when he wants to die. This made me think we surely get a scene where he dies & the family reunites for his funeral. What was heart rending was to see this old man have to attend his son’s funeral😦 Though sad to see, it was a good touch on the director’s part.

What I did not like:

  • The movie attempts to handle too many complex issues at the same time & hence fails to do justice to any of them. Homosexuality, adultery, jealousy, family issues & misunderstandings, insecurity…there are numerous issues with the Kapoors, each one worth an entire movie in itself. And then the director tries to make light of all this by inserting comedy to lighten the situations at many times.
  • The first half was really boring.
  • I am tired of stereotypes in Indian movies like Alia’s character was. The bubbly, effervescent girl who drinks & smokes with the hero while wearing the shorts shorter than her shirt & hitting bald men because she thinks its funny. Is that ALL being modern means?

Book: Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer


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I had completely missed the publication date of this book & chanced upon this book when I had gone to my local bookstore to buy a new book. I was overjoyed seeing that the next book of the Clifton Chronicles was out & bought it right away & started reading on my way back home. And it was all very underwhelming…


Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia.

Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?

Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy, and can see no way out of her financial problems, until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who’s in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot.

Sebastian Clifton is now the Chief Executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic, whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Priya, a beautiful Indian girl. But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry. Meanwhile, Sebastian’s rivals Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor are still plotting to bring him and his chairman Hakim Bishara down, so they can take over Farthings.

Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia, following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe. But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated.

Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels – which were all New York Times bestsellers – showcases Jeffrey Archer’s extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.


What I liked: 

  • Return of some old characters: It was great to read about Barry Hammond & Maisie Clifton & even Grace Barrington. Grace has so little space in all the books but it is always nice to read about her. Like her sister she is a magnificent woman.
  • Harry Clifton: He was once again impressive in this book. His speech at the Nobel awards ceremony was worth the applause it received. The gesture of raising the pen was touching as well as meaningful. Though I was expected some nasty twist when he went to Russia with Emma & Yelena, thankfully they were allowed to return back home in one piece.
  • Virginia Fenwick: It was fun to see Virginia get her just dues. Finally Virginia meets her match in Ellie May & her own father knows his daughter better than anyone.
  • Sloane & Mellor backstabbing one another was fun to read. Let them keep busy with one another so the Barringtons – Cliftons can live peacefully.

What I did not like:

  • Priya Ghuman: Being an Indian I had been looking forward to read about Priya Ghuman since I read her name on the back page of the book but was sorely disappointed with the treatment given to this character. Why was she even introduced? To show how fickle Seb is? Or to highlight honour killings (though this wasn’t exactly that even!) in India? For the first time I put away a Jeffrey Archer novel & didn’t pick it up for nearly a week after reading about Priya dying at the airport. I was surprised when Mr. Ghuman did nothing to avenge his daughter’s death though I am glad Archer didn’t make him buy Barrington shares as usual & bring the company to its knees.
  • Sebastian Clifton: What was he doing in the entire novel? Moping over Jessica & Sam- playing lover boy for Priya – moping over Priya going away – playing lover boy in India- moping over Priya’s death (I refuse to call whatever he was doing mourning no matter what Maisie, Harry & Emma say) – playing lover boy for Sam again & then running behind his daughter & courting Sam & then marrying her finally. Aim of life accomplished! And if the father wasn’t annoying enough we have the over smart daughter who all of a sudden is everywhere. By next book she might take over from Emma as chariman of Barrington’s. She is THAT bright after all.
  • The book really did not live up to the standards set by the previous novels in this series. The plots are getting repetitive & hence boring with the end results of trials & characters all being predictable.

The last book in The Clifton Chronicles series releases in November. Hope JA gives this series a suitable & satisfying ending & the book is in the league of the previous five novels & not like the sixth one.