The Beautiful and the Not-so-beautiful

Debjani's Thoughts

Recently, I watched two films, August Rush and Leap Year, and read a book, A Thousand Splendid Suns. While the films were good overall, the book was wonderful.

In A Thousand Splendid Suns, penned by Khaled Hosseini, the narrative seamlessly blends the stories of the two women protagonists, Mariam and Laila, against the backdrop of the Taliban invasion in Afghanistan.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - Review
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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A Thousand Splendid Suns is as much “a story about a woman’s freedom from brutal and systematic oppression as it is about human endurance and courage to move on and start afresh.” It’s a story of hope.

As far as the films are concerned, I liked both of them, although when I checked the Internet, none of the films were appreciated by the critics. Carping is the profession of critics…

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Much Hyped

Debjani's Thoughts

16th June 2014

I watched two movies, The American Hustle and Seven Years in Tibet, and decided to pen down my thoughts about it. To begin with, none of the movies left any deep impression on me but both were good.

The first movie that I watched was The American Hustleboasting of a star cast of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence. It’s an entertaining movie about two con men—Irving Rosenfield (Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Adams)—who play it small but are trapped by a FBI official, Richard DiMaso (Cooper), who wants to climb up the corporate ladder by entrapping some big fish (read Congressmen) into a scam.


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House of the Shrieking Woman by Steven Ramirez – Review

House of the Shrieking Woman by Steven Ramirez

Rating – 4/5

Sarah Greene is a psychic. She can communicate with ghosts and has been doing so since she was fifteen, after her best friend’s demise. Although she doesn’t comprehend why she was chosen for this “gift”, she can’t turn her back on it. Putting her abilities to good use, she investigates paranormal mysteries.

One such mystery or let’s say, a series of disturbing events occur at a women’s shelter. Despite barely surviving her previous encounter with a deadly dark force, Sarah agrees to investigate these events. The arrival of Ana, a domestic abuse survivor from Guatemala, apparently started these unsettling events. However, Sarah soon realizes these to be the handicraft of a demonic force that has its evil roots settled deep into the town of Don Santos. Will Sarah be able to save Ana? Most importantly, will she herself survive another encounter with a demon? Read House of the Shrieking Woman by Steven Ramirez to find out.

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Reading the Knots by Susan Garzon

Reading the Knots by Susan Garzon

Rating – 5/5

Three women in Guatemala, 1954. An archaeological dig. An astonishing discovery that establishes a significant connection between Andes and Mesoamerica, but which also triggers a chain of events that forever changes the lives of these women.

Meg Fuente, the archaeologist’s American wife, hobnobs with a left-leaning political group, but soon realizes this could put her and her family in danger if the current progressive government falls. Patricia Baldt, the stubborn daughter of a wealthy coffee planter (a German immigrant to Guatemala), is determined to excavate at the dig, but she must keep her activities hidden from her savage, right-wing, orthodox father. Finally, there is Noemi, a girl from an impoverished Mayan town, whose family survives on her brother’s salary as a foreman at the dig.

In a country where tension has been brewing between the Spaniards and the indigenous population for years, the situation has turned gloomier due to a looming civil war supported by outside forces. In this hatred-filled atmosphere, the discovery at the dig spells doom for the three women who must show extraordinary fortitude to survive.

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My Top 7 Reads of 2019

Another year is going to end in two days. Another year in which I have spectacularly failed to reach my reading goals. Yet, among the few books that I read, these are the books that stand out for me. Have a look:

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Beneath London’s Fog by Iona Caldwell – Cover Reveal

Blurb: 

“I want it known before this tale begins, I am not the hero but the villain.”

Jonathan is the immortal master of Raven Hollow Manor – a decrepit mansion riddled with superstition, murder and restless ghosts. Beneath it lies a restless malice.

Its previous owner driven mad, violently kills his guests with a rusted ax, creating the perfect venue for Jonathan to seclude himself in a prison of his own device.

When the streets of London begin to run red with blood; the bodies exhibiting disturbing signs and baffling wounds, the identity of the killer remains elusive to police.

The bodies are just the beginning of Jonathan’s troubles. A mysterious letter accusing Jonathan of committing the murders appear, raising suspicion in the police. Hidden beneath the mangled bodies, Jonathan soon realizes he is being forced to face demons he thought died in a forlorn past he attempted to escape. 

One thing Jonathan knows for certain: He must deal with the demons of his past if he is to survive his future. Not only him but those he has come to love as well.

Now hold your breath for the cover.

Cover of Beneath London's Fog by Iona Caldwell
Cover of Beneath London’s Fog by Iona Caldwell

Isn’t it gorgeously spooky?

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