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.
My recent interest in different forms of poetry and feminist literature has brought me to 'The Princess Saves Herself In This One'. This book of poems has been appreciated by many poetry lovers and book bloggers alike. Therefore I decided to give this one a shot. Also, the title drew me in at first sight. Who doesn't want to be her own knight in shining armor. This book turned out to be everything I had... continue reading→
Space crunch is a real problem for bibliophiles , but it isn't reason enough to not buy more books! So here I am , with my November book haul , though I have absolutely no room for more books! My first ever Comic Con visit was everything and more that I thought it would be , and I found these amazing Sufi Comics there!! The author was not just gracious enough to sign it but... continue reading→
It wouldn't be wrong to say that Robert Dugoni is one of my prized discoveries this year. I read the third book in the Tracy Crosswhite series and knew that I am going to read more by him!So here is what I think of the second book in the same series. Cover With a stark red background that is both a symbol of femininity and crime , it has a knotted rope on it. A... continue reading→
It is quite natural for joint families to pretend to love what is thrust upon them. It is not only natural it is inevitable. This can be seen as one of their strengths. Ghachar Ghochar is a story of one such joint family. The threads of the family are intertwined to form an ugly unbearable mess but they stick together to uphold the sanctity of joint families. Each of them, during the process, losing individual conscience... continue reading→
I’m sure most of you reading this can relate to the feeling of not having enough books to read which keep you company every other day, having become a vital part of your being and to go through a phase of the hoarder syndrome every now and then (guilty pleasures I say!) The month of November has been that way for me off lately. Finally got my hands on some interesting reads, some of which... continue reading→
The next set of books which I have wanted to read for a long time but haven’t been able to and therefore haven’t got myself to sit through the movies either are The Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. It has seriously taken me quite a lot of effort to keep myself from watching this particular thriller though. And talking about thrillers there’s In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Having gifted a copy of it to a friend of mine (thanks to her staying away from the city, I didn’t fall prey to the urge of keeping it to myself but ordered two copies instead), this story has always got me fascinated and I’m waiting to read it all.
Murakami’s The Wind up Bird Chronicle is the next one, and yes thanks to another friend of mine, an intense blogger and bibliophile, I was introduced to Murakami’s work with the Norwegian Wood after which it’s no stopping to get your hands on his novels. Albert Camus’ The Stranger, which I finally did add to my library after reading A Happy Death, had me thinking for a couple of days about his call of the meaning of life (This post is a little too late since the review of The Stranger is going to be up soon).
Then there’s my first travel novel On The Road by Jack Kerouac and lastly Mottled Dawn by Saadat Hasan Manto which is a collection of short stories revolving around the Partition. Gripping right? So that’s the deal for the next couple of months to come.