Jul 21

KABALI – OVERCOOKED YET UNDERDONE

First it is time for a confession. I am not a Rajini fan; I am a THALAIVAR FANATIC! So much so that when the legend was in Malaysia for shooting the very movie which I would be reviewing below, I hunted him down like a bloodhound for 3 days playing Russian Roulette with fate before …

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Jul 17

World Gone By (Coughlin #3) – Dennis Lehane

In a thrilling finale to the Coughlin saga, Dennis Lehane presents to us a world torn apart by cause, contradictions, and consequences. It has been a decade since the universally feared Coughlin has left behind the more gruesome and explicit sins of his past. But he has not completely abdicated the call of his profession. …

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Jul 17

Inside an Elusive Mind: Prabhakaran: The First Profile of the World’s Most Ruthless Guerrilla Leader – M.R. Narayan Swamy

On the 19th of May, 1982, the Tamil Nadu police arrested two Sri Lankan youth who had unsuccessfully made an attempt on each other’s lives outside a cinema theatre in the bustling setting of Pondy Bazaar in the Metropolis of Chennai (then known as Madras). The arrest created immense flutters in both the nations of …

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Jul 17

The Elements of Style (Elements of Composition Series) – William Strunk Jr., E.B. White

“The Elements of Style” is a timeless classic. The first edition of this enduring epic was published in 1919. The author William Strunk Jr. used the book as a reference for teaching the nuances of English to his students at Cornell University. Since the passing of Professor Strunk, the task of revising and updating the …

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Jul 17

Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges Trilogy #2) – Stephen King

In the second installment of the Bill Hodges trilogy, Stephen King pits a vengeful maniac obsessed with the works of America’s iconic author John Rothstein against a young seventeen year old literature buff, who ironically is also an avid fan of Rothstein. Morris Bellamy, disenchanted with the portrayal of Jimmy Gold, Rothstein’s fictional hero, confronts …

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Jul 17

Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep – Michael Schulman

If Hollywood is an Empire, then Meryl Streep is its unquestioned and highly decorated empress. A very institution of acting, this legendary actress has a record breaking 19 Oscar nominations, in addition to bagging the statuette three times. Capable of seamlessly transforming herself into any character, Meryl Streep is versatility unbound. In this short Biography, …

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Jul 17

A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke – Ronald Reng

On the 10th of November, 2009, thirty two year old Robert Enke positioned himself in front of a regional express train at a level crossing in Eilvese, Neustadt am Rubenberge. He was at the prime of his career as a seasoned goalkeeper and was the forerunner to represent Germany in the ensuing 2010 World Cup, …

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Jul 17

Robert Plant: A Life: The Biography – Paul Rees

During their time, Led Zeppelin strode the Earth like the very Gods of Rock. Comprising four power chords they formed a coalesced Colossus who took the World of Rock and Roll by storm. While the brain behind the band was Jimmy Page, who redefined the art of strumming a Guitar, the heart of the quartet …

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Jul 17

And The Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability – Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis was the Finance Minister of Greece for all of 5 months in the year 2015 before his Government was ousted from power under the cabalistic influence of the European Commission and the European Central Bank. Rocked by the severe financial recession of 2008, Greece tottered on the brink of bankruptcy, having become insolvent …

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Jul 17

Chronicles: On Our Political and Economic Crisis – Thomas Piketty

Along with Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Picketty is part of a Troika that has its guns firmly trained on policies that preach austerity, deficit-reigning and stimulus inhibition. Following the massive success of his seminal tome “Capital In The 21st Century”, Picketty is back again with a new offering. Not exactly ‘new’ as “Chronicles” …

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