Month: August 2017

Review: The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic AdventureThe Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure by Caroline Paul

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Probably I am the least qualified person to read this book of adventures. Mostly I read about adventures on books and live it vicariously. Well, for me that’s adventurous enough. But this is one book which I recommend for my daughter to read right away after she turns teen. I would like her to be an adventurous one. The author of the book has given an impressive ted talk and if you hear it along with it, it would be an add on. Loved the book and needless to say I scored a zero on the Gutsy meter.

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When I watched Charlie for the first time in 2015, I was impressed with the movie for the wrong reasons. The usual charming DQ, the ever effervescent Parvathy and a subject that connects with almost every one, I liked the movie for these reasons. Never thought I would be writing a review for the movie almost two years later. Better late than never.

After watching the movie again the other day, the first thing I did was to read about the story writer Unni R, the master craftsman. The essence of Charlie lies in the script. Very rarely I loved a movie so much that I even dug into the script writer’s Wikipedia. The uniqueness of Charlie is its superb superimposing with Jesus Christ’s life. When Tessa searches for Charlie, she gets to hear stories of him and his almost godlike character from his apostles. Queen Mary, Fisher man, the shepherd, Wine, the ‘unceremonious’ death of Charlie at the age 33, the blind person Das, associations list is endless.

At the same time, the movie has all the masala of a new generation movie. Light and insidious comedy, the larger-than-life righteousness of the hero and off-the-wall heroine , mixed with a play of colors make it a delight to watch. To top it all, it has stroked the inane wanderlust enshrouded in everyone. Thats the master stroke and with that I have utterly fallen for this flick.

Review: From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness

From Science to God: A Physicist's Journey into the Mystery of ConsciousnessFrom Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness by Peter Russell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s a path-breaking book for me. The initial chapters are a pure gem and it gave me a completely new perspective towards everything. When we say ‘life as we see it’, you never know how limited that ‘seeing’ is. Linking science to God is not easy, especially when those are considered as opposite poles by current world view. Peter Russell’s transition is almost seamless. I would stress on the word ‘almost’ because the chapters on consciousness to God were mainly based on Author’s own experiences with meditation and his journey to east. There weren’t enough on those topics to convince me to go along with the author’s views. I will go with a four for this one. This may not be a go-to book for those who seek the ultimate meaning of life and everything, but the book can point towards the right direction.

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