The Red Queen

by Philippa Gregory

Margaret Beaufort is an important figure when it comes to the history of Tudors. The weight of reinstalling the Lancaster crown in the king's seat comes into her small shoulders. A woman of a great resolve and sole vision to see her son as the king of England drives her slaying all the others on the way. This book by Philippa Gregory explores the queen mother as she might have been. A mix of history and... continue reading→

DNF: Colorful Notions (The Roadtrippers 1.0)

by Mohit Goyal

I tried to like this book, I really did! Reading the blurb I was really excited to pick this book up to read. It seemed to have everything I love about life. Travel and food! But sadly the first time I picked this one up I gave up on the 7th page and the second time at 42nd. I will be brief about why I DNFed this book and a short review. Colorful Notions was going to be... continue reading→

Confused Bastards

by Manav Vigg

Indian literature scenario has changed completely with the arrival of new age author's who want to write something personal in their own way. One such author is Manav Vigg. Juggling between his day job and a writing career, he has presented a fine work of fiction. This book is going to agitate the intellectual book lovers and entertain others. Cover page The cover page of any book plays a huge role in the presentation. It not only... continue reading→

Movie Adaptation: Arrival (2016)

Arrival is one of the movies I had been looking forward to this December. The concept seemed a lot different from other alien/space movies I have watched earlier. And I must say, it was worth the wait. Let me begin with the highlight of the entire movie, the plot. The plot is completely stunning. Unlike other alien movies this one does not portray the inconclusive war between humans and residents of other planets, thus preventing them... continue reading→

Arrival is one of the movies I had been looking forward to this December. The concept seemed a lot different from other alien/space movies I have watched earlier. And I must say, it was worth the wait. 
Let me begin with the highlight of the entire movie, the plot. The plot is completely stunning. Unlike other alien movies this one does not portray the inconclusive war between humans and residents of other planets, thus preventing them from being the bad guys. On the contrary the movie dwells on the possibility of them coming to earth seeking our help. 
Now this maybe a little hard to believe coming from a face which is far more advanced than us. But there is a possibility right? The entire movie concentrates on them helping the humans learn their language which might be instrumental in us learning about the future. Their communication evokes the idea of not seeing time as a linear entity but as multidimensional. The plot is mind boggling that way. 
The cinematography justifies the entire plot and the actors more so. The female lead especially is just stunningly convincing. It is a journey through her eyes. Towards be end she has to decide if she wants to do the things same way when she knows the future already. That's a tough one. The movie compels you to think the same. 
It takes one quite a while to understand what's happening in the story but when you do we cannot help but applaud the shear genius of the plot. 
Since the highlight of the movie is it's plot I would definitely want to read the short story it is inspired from. The first of short story collection from Ted Chiang's book called 'The Story of Your Life And Others' is exactly what you are looking for. 
I know how I want to spend my kindle credits now. 
Watch the movie. It's brilliant!