October - An Investigation of Melancholy

A Movie Review

Is life inherently melancholic, with happiness being an anomaly that tends to appear in short, unexpected bursts? October starts off with this exact premise, showing mundane, unattractive instances in the life of its protagonists. Dan (Varun Dhawan) and Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) are both interns at a five-star hotel in Delhi along with some of their friends. While Dan is perpetually unhappy and on the verge of getting kicked out, Shiuli is sincere and hardworking with a spotless record. [Read More]

Primal

Written on the theme 'Being Kafkaesque' at Write Club Bangalore. Written in about an hour.

“Mr. Vinay! How are you doing? I hope thatha is taking good care of you. You know, he is professionally trained. Yeah, professionally trained! And PETA certified! Yes Mr. Vinay, certified by the rigorous requirements put forth by you in the ‘Animal Safety Standards Committee’. Surely, there’s no glimpse of a problem at hand?” [Read More]

Mukkabaaz - Order in Chaos

PS - Watch it in Theatres

In one of the early scenes in Mukkabaaz, we see the protagonist Shravan Kumar (Vineet Singh) complaining to his friend how being an athlete in his home state of Uttar Pradesh is a joke. But there is a sense of acceptance in his voice and demeanour; a sense that nothing can possibly happen that could change his fortunes. Minutes later, he finds a purpose to change his fortunes; or rather, the purpose finds him. Talk about masala tropes. [Read More]

Nonfiction November Book Tag

Some Book Recommendations Too!

A few BookTubers I follow made videos on the Nonfiction November Tag, which was started by Maria, BookTuber I do not follow. It seemed to be interesting as over the years, my reading habits have increasingly veered towards non-fiction. Maria asks people to answer 15 questions to complete the challenge, and make a video about it. I am only going to write down my answers in this blog. [Read More]
Tags: Writings Books

Blast from the Past

And Some Lessons

Oasis, for those readers who don’t know, is the cultural festival organized by the student community at BITS, Pilani, held in the month of October or November. Oasis 2017 was held this week at Pilani, and I have never missed Pilani and its people more than I did this week. This came as weird shock to me, considering I have never liked Oasis, and have even critiqued it quite vocally for its many faults. I think these periodic shocks are pretty amazing ways to identify what matters to you the most. True, I hated Oasis, but I realized I was... [Read More]

The Bangalore LitFest Journal

Two Days Well Spent

Literary festivals have intrigued me right from when I attended my first Jaipur Literature Festival in 2014. Since then, I have kept track of every major litfest in the country, and also founded a litfest in Pilani (cutely named Papyrus Trails). How could I then resist attending the Bangalore Literature Festival on 28th and 29th October? [Read More]
Tags: Writings Books

A Tale of Two Diaries

Bangalore and Angamaly

Hi! People! It has been a long time since I figured out how to use GitHub Pages and consequently built this site. It does look very similar to Gyani’s site; I liked the way his site looked. That, and the fact that I was too lazy to go looking for another theme. So, thanks a lot, Gyanendra ‘soon-to-be-Londoner’ Mishra! I had delayed posting to the site because I hadn’t figured out how to integrate MathJax and Latex, but now I have! What that basically means is this - I can insert equations like in beautiful typeface. Just for this. [Read More]

The Road Oft Travelled

The Road oft travelled, yes, the one I’m on I look around, puzzled, what’s going on? These ones around, murky, in puddles of sin Writhing and rolling, loud, in endless din [Read More]