Fifty Shades of Grey Review

Fifty shades of grey by E L James, Finished reading on 22nd September 2012

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Synopsis

“When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.

Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And When he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view”.

Review

Let me confess. I was completely taken aback my the book initially. I expected romance passion and all the mushy things which normally happens in a M and B. But here I go, initial few pages itself got me pissed off royally. I am reading an erotic novel which kind of paints BDSM in blue? Unbelievable. But I could not escape Grey’s charm I guess..

First of all let me start with what I hated! The lead female character! Yes the book would have been a reading delight, if the female character sketch was edited a bit.  Common on yaar! A literature student who acts like a pudding head most of the time! I literally ‘endured’ her monologues in the book all the way. Yes her character is supposed to be immature. But not this unrealistic! Phew!

Next what I disapprove is in some scenes, some paragraphs I am not sure what author is trying to project about BDMS! Its portrayal of bdms and female leads stand on that leaves a bitter taste. Some scenes makes you mad and your palm will itch to throw the book in dustbin. Well I survived that urge! Considering the fact that I am a self proclaimed feminist, it was a real victory.

What I loved? – novelty of the subject! Yes. Hmm But the curves and bends of the story are directly taken from twilight. But still there is a uniqueness to the plot. Was sharp enough to take me by surprise. The boldness with which the author dives into the subject in hand is surprising.

I loved the dark knight as well. Christian Grey – Despite being grey, he makes an impression. A true hero, taken from an M and B directly and twisted to add the grey shades. You and your tie go into my fav characters list. The passion and intensity solely belongs to fifty shades fucked up Mr. Christian Grey.

There are some absolutely brilliant conversations in the book. Few which I loved.

“I want you in everyway. I want to possess every inch of you. You. Are. Mine.”

“Because I am fifty shades fucked up”

“Whats with these elevators” – This had me on splits forever.

“”Never trust a man who can dance”

Yes It is the deadly combination of Dark passion and Dark knight. I am going with a 3.5 for this. If they have a good female lead I would have given 1 more.

Rating 3.5\5

7 Secrets Of Shiva Review

7 Secrets of Shiva by Devdutt Pattanaik, Finished reading on 17th September 2012

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Synopsis

“Smeared with ash, draped in animal hide, he sits atop the snow-capped mountain, skull in hand, withdrawn, with dogs for company, destroying the world with his, indifference. He is God who the Goddess shall awaken. His name is Shiva. Locked in his stories, symbols and rituals are the secrets of our ancestors. This book attempts to unlock seven.”

Review

Well this is my first book of Devdutt Pattanaik. I thought it was going to be an in dept analysis of Shiv – a mythological god. But was pleasantly surprised with the content. It reminded me of my text books which patiently tells you what’s what in simple language. No brain haunter it is.

The author explains the secrets behind the stories, names and symbols of Shiva in an uncomplicated manner. At the same time the ideologies expressed in the book is definitely coming from a greater mind. We can clearly see author expressing complicated fundas in elementary words as if he is explaining it to a simpleton. Hmmmm May be the intended audience of this book is not just indians. So it makes sense for the author to be simple and crisp. What an awesome definitions for Maya and subjective reality. I loved it. Really informative.

I think I am bogged down by my own expectations so going with a 3/5 for the book. The pictures quality is not up to mark. Could have improved.

Rating 3/5

Hyderabad – Kerala Road Trip

Awww one of the awesome road trips ever. We started around 6AM from Hyderabad on 24th august 2012. It was drizzling slightly and so we had a lazy start.

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I simply could not resist putting my feet up :P.

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Hubby jaan was all enthu about driving. 🙂

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One of the random clicks by me. Ya, I did not have anything better to do.

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The highway was crowded man…….phew.

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And the huge traffic jam was endearing for a change.

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The never ending NH7. What a road it is. I fell in love with it.

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The clouds and the flowers on the sides of the NH were a treat to watch.

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Don’t believe me? here we go, one more …

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And here i go up again….

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We took a hosur cut road before reaching Bangalore. The road was nice but you need to know the exact route otherwise the cut road will slow you down.

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TamilNadu special masaladosa.

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And a gift from gods. We saw a rainbow and I could actually capture it in my phone. yappeee. Check it out.