“Invisible People” by Harsh Mandar

​Harsh Mandar, a well-known activist, has today come across to me as an accomplished writer. His book Invisible People: Stories of Courage and Hope is a compendium of 12 stories of unknown faces who have struggled to exist, but their existence was so determined that it turned them into heroes. Here I am assuming their acknowledgement as …

“Hind Swaraj” by Gandhi

I accidentally happened to read Hind Swaraj by M. K. Gandhi yesterday. To be very frank, I am appalled with his thinking.  At times, it touches insanity: Railways are bad because it spreads famines; doctors are bad because they do vivisection; there is no real service to humanity in medical profession; lawyers are bad because …

“Sex, Drugs and Chocolate” by Paul Martin

​Let me start with a spoiler. If you are expecting a soft porn, ateast in the one-third of the book, you are in for a big disappointment. Rather, if you are already enjoying your life well enough, don’t even look at this book because after reading this book you may realize that what you were …

Buddha in a Traffic Jam

The controversies preceding the release of this movie had ensured that the suspense turned into obvious; so, let me state at the very outset that it is an anti-Naxal movie. But unlike other poor attempts at Naxalite bashing, this movie is pretty well made: the message has been passed on in a far better synchronized …

On Laptabs, In Re: Microsoft v. Google

I bought Nook HD Tablet last year. It is a fabulous Tablet for reading books, watching videos and surfing internet — I have been writing my blogs as well from the same Tablet, but not that comfortably; keyboards are important. I have actually forgotten the last time I seriously surfed internet on the Desktop. At …

“Aarushi” by Avirook Sen

This is an unusual book because of the extra-ordinary courage with which it has been written. Indeed, the book exposes the corruption in the judiciary, the police and the society at large. Journalists and politicians have an advantage of knowing too much about too many things; some exploit this advantage for power, some for money, …

Manjhi, the Mountain Man

#Manjhi #theMountainMan This movie gives you the courage to be alone. There are many insipirational stories of lone fighters, but this story is magnificient because of the sheer challenge countered by an even bigger insanity. The power of insanity is so deceptive that it attacks without a warning, and that’s what the arrogance deserves. By …