Diary Of a Wimpy Kid – Review

Diary Of a Wimpy Kid By Jeff Kinney, Finished reading on 26th November 2009

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Synopsis

“Let me get something straight: this is a JOURNAL, not a dairy. This was Mom’s idea, not mine. But if she thinks I’m going to write down my “feelings” in here or whatever, she’s crazy.

The Only reason I agreed to do this at all is because I figure later on when I’m rich and famous, this book is gonna come in handy. But for now I’m stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons.

Today is the first day of school so I figured I might as well write in this book to pass the time. Just don’t expect me to be all “Dear Diary” this and “Dear Diary” that.”

I got this book from the Children’s section of the bookstore. But never mind that one, because no matter what’s your age is, you are going to love this book.  Those who want more of Calvin and Hobbes stuff, It is a scrumptious treat for them. It is the story of a middle school kid. The story is written in a very funny and crisp manner and there are only few hundred pages which can be devoured in one night. Story is told with the aid of small cartoons, which I think is an awesome idea to convey the idea of a 5th grade student. It is in fact a small peep into their world.

The book is a gripping page-turner and off course silly at times but an easy read. But that’s the things that matters to a 9 year old I guess. Loved the book.  I love a good laugh so I am going with a 4 for this. Those who are in search of a soul penetrating stuff, you can give it a miss. It is a simple read, probably a mood-lifting kind of book.

Rating 4/5

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Oh Shit, Not Again – Review

Oh Shit, Not Again by Mandar Kokate, Finished reading on 24th November 2009

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Synopsis

“Have you ever experienced what happens when a porn movie is mistakenly played in front of your grandma and the CD player refuses to stop?

OR

Have you ever experienced what happens when mixture of vodka and soft drink is served to hundreds of people gathered for a party?

OR

Have you ever experienced what happens when a boy is kicked in the groin by a girl when he attempt to kiss her?

OR

Have you ever experienced what happens when a college-going student has an affair with a married woman whose husband carts a gun?

OR

Have you ever experienced what happens when you are conspired into a murder that you had merely witnessed?

Welcome to hilarious story of five friends named Raj (the flirt chap), Arti (the sweet female lead), Andy (the creepy leader), Seema (Andy’s nightmare), and Sam (the biggest problem of raj’s messed up life). these people can answer all the above questions in this fun tickling novel.”

‘Oh Shit, not Again’. Oh yes!!! This was exactly my feeling when I finished reading this novel. I felt like I was reading the script of a B-grade masala movie. WTF!!!. How come, this novel is on the bestsellers shelf in landmark? How come it is a national bestseller? Anyway, Despite author’s attempts to make the entire plot funny, It stuck me as a teenager author’s story with unrealistic imaginations. 

The story is good I guess, If you know how to tell stories. The author fails miserably at it. An Advice to the author from a novice reviewer – ‘The way to write good novels is definitely not adding words whose meaning even you don’t know’. If the author has abridged the ‘extra’ influence of his  sexual fantasies, at least I would have thought about giving this book a 2 ratting. A sincere request to the author, please don’t write such craps. I don’t have anything more to say. I am giving a 0.5 to this book, not because it worth it, just to fulfil my charity quota this week. Please don’t read this book, if you have any other option.

Rating 0.5/5

Lucky day 23rd November. Date with Ram Charan Teja

As usual, I was out invading my turf ‘Landmark’ for unseen, unheard books. Ha!!! Look who is this…. Ram Charan Teja, giving a speech at Landmark. WOW. I could not believe my luck for a sec.

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I got a clear view of him from where I was standing. God only knows how obsessed I was with his film Magadheera, which I have already watched 11 times. (no exaggeration, I did not understand Telugu in the initial 5 run).

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“Only Chocolate can lift my mood from abysmal bottoms”.

Now my tagline changes to ‘only my favorite heroes and chocolate can lift my mood’.

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He was in Landmark because he is the ‘star’ in new People magazine edition this month. He managed to sideline the Saifeena Couple. kudos. No wonder he is in fav list.

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I loved his shirt. Will gift the same kind to my chakku. He will definitely look cool in that one.

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End of speech. I could not outrun the greedy presswala’s :(. Ideally he should have flown me a kiss at least… hmmmmm No worries, I will manage one from my hero…

Sorry guys…. The mobile cam is 2MP. There is no way I could have got a clearer pics… bear with me once again 🙂

Hyderabad 10k Half Marathon. Every step counts

 

Ran a Half Marathon on 22nd November 2009. Cause – Stop Child Labour. Send every child to school

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Glimpses of the run…. We had a good time… 🙂

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Before the start…. 

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“What goes up must come down! Balloons return to the land and sea where they can be mistaken for prey and eaten by animals. Balloons are hazards when they enter the aquatic environment because they can look a great deal like jellyfish—a major source of food for many animals. Sea turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, and seabirds have been reported with balloons in their stomachs. It is believed that they mistake balloons for jellyfish which are their natural prey…..” so bottom line I don’t like it

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Start Point…. The enthu levels were at max

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Milind soman…. muahhhh. My run was definitely not a waste…

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Allu Arjun… Arya fame… He dropped off after 4 km.. !!!

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Milind Soman.. a closer look. He ran the entire 10k…. !!! PB220218

Buddha statue in Hussain Sagar…..

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They had rock bands performing on every corner… Except for this kids.. nobody seemed to pay any heed to them.

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6….7…… 3 more to go… By the time i reach here… my battery levels were indicating red….

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I don’t know who is performing …might be some celebrity.. we were damn tired even to look.

The Atlantis Code – Review

The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw, Finished reading on 14th November 2009

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Synopsis

“An ancient artefact is discovered in a dusty antiquities shop in Alexandria, Egypt – The Long-Forgotten trinket soon becomes the centre of the most deadly race against time in history.

The 20,000-year-old relic is inscribed with what appears to be the long-lost language of Atlantis. Only one man would seem to be able to decode its meaning – the world’s foremost linguist, Dr Thomas Lourdes – but only if he can stay alive long enough…

Meanwhile an earthquake in Cadiz, Spain, uncovered a most unexpected site – one which the Vatican rush to be the first to explore… Perhaps the lost city of Atlantis is finally ready to be found?

But us the world ready for her secrets?”

Warning – May be spoilers ahead!!!

One long lost truth which could shake the foundations of church and its belief, a linguist profession, blood thirsty assassins behind him, and as usual a villain who is dressed in cassock. Sounds familiar? Yes dears! Same old wine, in ‘old’ bottle, inspired by the DVC success. Finally I am done with the book and now I know my patience levels are at a enviable position. The Initial and final verdict on this book is, apart from few nicely written characters and scenes, the book is entirely boring and dragging.

Let me start with the worst, the book is too long. I am not saying that every thriller should be only three hundred page long. But even if it is long, it should be interesting enough to keep up the readers interest. Humour at uninvited places, protagonist projected as a weak geek (to me the actual protagonist is Natashya, whose Tomb Rider Appearance, with braided hair will sweep you off the feet),  and off course, a dump female side kick with whom the hero trots the world in chase of the artefacts, and an end which does not make much sense, these are the few reasons why I wish I shouldn’t have bought the book.

Natashya, the ruthless Russian babe, was the only comfort for me in the novel. The action sequences of her is worth a read . Still at the end of the day, the author is loyal to the ‘all the babes are supposed to be in the hero’s bed one day or the other’ principle, which could have been avoided. I would go for a 2 for this novel, that too only for Natashya.

Rating 2/5

2 States – Review

2 States, The Story Of My Marriage by Chetan Bhagat, Finished reading on 8th November 2009

2states Synopsis

“Love marriages around the world are simple: Boy loves the girl , Girl loves the Boy. They get married. In India there are a few more steps:

Boy Loves Girl, Girl Loves Boy

Girl’s family has to love boy. Boy’s family has to love girl.

Girl’s family has to love boy’s family. Boy’s family has to love girl’s family.

Girl and boy still love each other. They get married.

Welcome to 2 states, a story about Krish and Ananya who are from two different states of India, deeply in love and want to get married. Of course, their parents don’t agree. To convert their love story into a love marriage, the couple have a tough battle in front of them. For it is easy to fight and rebel, but much harder to convince. Will they make it?”

What do you like Chetan Bhagat? Is it the uncomplicated language? Is it the way we could relate to the characters? Is it the unexpected twist that we all expect at the end? Is it the ‘dude language’ and ‘attitude’ of the protagonists? Or is it really the F word that is sprinkled across the ‘dish’ oh sorry, novel? Though it seems funny, starting with the cult novel ‘5pt som1’ , this style of writing has always hit the cord with the readers. Here is the same story again.

If you have read earlier novels of CB, you can see that, 2 states is on the same lines as of ‘5pt som1’.  For those who think that they did not get enough of IIM life from ‘5pt som1’,  this novel is a manna from heaven. The love blossoming part in college days is my favourite in this book. 2States keeps the reader on toe till the end. At times, I could not hold myself from laughing out loudly much to the annoyance of my roomies. It is a page turner, smooth read (With a ‘‘No Dictionary needed’ guarantee), witty and as expected, with a bit less of emotional drama flavour’.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would love to have more from the author. It is the kind of blueberry cheese cake, which melts in your mouth, gives you few self- indulgent moments and does not do much good to your health. Still you love it. I will go with a 4 for this book.

Rating 4/5

Eat Pray Love – Review

Eat Pray Love – One woman’s search for Everything by Elizabeth Gilbert, Finished reading on 7th November 2009

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“Elizabeth is in her thirties, settled in a large house with a husband who wants to start a family. But she doesn’t want any of it. A bitter divorce and a rebound fling later, Elizabeth emerges battered yet determined to find what she’s been missing.

So begins her quest. In Rome, she indulges herself and gains nearly two stone. In India, she finds enlightenment through scrubbing temple floors. Finally in Bali, a toothless medicine man reveals a new path to peace, leaving her ready to love again.”

Ha! Finally I have fell in love with a book after a long time. I like everything about the book. I like the carefully and diligently designed cover, Eat – designed to symbolize pasta, Pray – made from the beads of Japamala and Love – decorated by wild flowers of Bali. I liked how the author divided the book in 108 chapters to symbolize the number of beads in a Japamala. Amazing, I am out of words to praise the book. Now wonder the book is the talk of the town right now.

Starting from he first page, the Book is a smooth read. I could not hold my admiration, as I read those paragraphs which narrates the authors state of mind. Those paragraphs describes the exact feeling you have at times (mind you, the reviewer is a lady), which you can not put it in words most of the times unless you are an extra ordinary expressive writer. Each of the three sections are sewed together in a flawless manner. You can glide from one section to another. Don’t ask me which section is best, I can not help being biased. I will vouch for the ‘Pray’ one.

I must say that through out the journey of the book, the author is a lot self centred and whiny, describing the her each and every emotions in detail. I don’t have any scruples over it, as a ‘Search for Everything’ does include mulling over the feelings. I did not mind it a bit.  But this could be the only hazard that would slow down your reading at times.  It is a book that you should read when you are on a relaxed holiday and when you are ready for some soul searching by yourself.  Astounding book and as Julia Roberts suggested, a perfect gift to all my girl friends.

Rating 4.5/5