A Book Review of Dr. Kanaklata Tiwari’s Pintoo’s First Bite


 

Title –  Pintoo’s First Bite

Author – Dr. Kanaklata Tiwari

Format: Kindle Edition

Print Length: 38 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Language: English

ASIN: B077BQWKMY

 

Review

Pintoo’s First Bite is a collection of tiny tales authored by Dr. Kanaklata Tiwari. The author revisits the folk tales and pop culture of the children and narrates the century old stories with a pinch of modern storytelling of her own. The age old tradition of  grandparents reading out stories for the toddlers is back with a boom in this collection.

The narrative is simple and endearing without any complexities of the adult mind . Dr. Tiwari has voraciously used the literary device of personification , where the animals have got voices and they speak out in almost every short story of this collection . The human beings have received a mixed treatment in this collection ; some being kind while others are bit greyish. The storytelling is linear in structure and sometimes end with a morale. The influence of Aesop’s fable is visible throughout the book  but the author creates her own little word where the human kingdom lives happily ever after with the animals.The author provides some funny and relate able nomenclature for the characters like Pintoo , Chunchu , Gabru , Aalo , Bhalo , Thumb Singh etc.My personal favourite is Thumb Singh became the king. The editing could have been much better and it acts as a bit of roadblock in the smooth ride of the book. No doubt the author comes up with a good package….

Hurry up buy the book for the kids in the house and for you to revisit the childhood.

Buying Link :  https://www.amazon.in/Pintoos-first-bite-Kanak-Tiwari-ebook/dp/B077BQWKMY

 

Pros

Lovable characterization

Simple plot structures

Adorable usage of personifications

Honest story telling

Cons

Choppy editing

Excessive usage of watermarked images

Know the Author :

Dr. Kanak Lata Tiwari

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Contact no 9819220411,

E mail :kanaklatatiwari@yahoo.co.in

Asst professor in KJSCE, Ph D in English Literature, Weekly Columnist In THE NEWSBAND, presented many papers in international conferences in Dubai,Athens<Bangkok etc. Pubblished many research papers in reputed journals.

ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS

Recipient of Unnao Garav Award From U P Government

 Recipient of Rishi Shankar Dixit Award for her book “Mere Maun Ka Mukhar” from Kolkata Kanya Kubj Sabha

 Recipient of Kahani Pratiyogita award from Delhi Press

 Recipient of Women of The Year ASHMITA Award 2014

 A prolific writer in Hindi& English, many articles and stories published in various reputed magazines and dailies like Hindi Femina ,Vama,Sakhi Jagran etc.  Compilation of poetry “ Mere Maun Ka Mukhar” “Atm katha jo Atm Katha nahi hai and “The Novels Of Thomas Hardy and R.K.Narayan ” “ Alice walker ,a compilation” have been published.

 A collection of stories (in Hindi UNSULAJHE PRASHN) Published .It is her sixth book.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ending/New Beginning on the way


 

This lousy blogger is going to be a part of an anthology entitled Ending/New Beginning.  The anthology has been edited by the talented persona Ravina Kaniyawala and it boasts an impressive (I’m not counting mine, though ) collection of short stories and poems. The entries were chosen through a nationwide competition organised by the same publishing agency, InkQuills Publishing House.

This Pune based publishing house comprises a team of passionate youngsters like Abhisar Garg, Ravina Kaniyawala, Aditi Shrivastava and few more. Do check out the varieties of short stories and poems in the anthology which speaks about an ending to a new beginning and the other way round. The book is going to be released soon …..

Vraj Kaniyawala has been credited with a simple yet outstanding cover design of Ending/New Beginning. Check this out :

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You will come across some write-ups with optimistic point of views and some pessimistic views about life.One of the best thing about the anthology is that the theme is intriguing and doesn’t stick to the same ghisapita romance of other Indie anthologies. The contributing authors and poets are as follows :

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Stay tuned for updates and the pre-order is going to start very soon. Will provide the buying link on my blog , facebook , twitter and other social media. You are free to criticise my writing . 😀

Now the people who made this one possible. Keep it up guys…Loved the interview Aditi.

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Top Left – Abhisar , Ravina Aditi  and Vraj 

Do check out the novel by Nikita Tak published by InkQuills

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Subhas Chandra Bose on Screen


The style
The enigma
The attitude
The man who literally screwed the Britishers
Rajkummar Rao is unaplogetically the Dark Knight of Indian History , SubhasChandra Bose.
Rao’s act is comparable to the soft spoken portrayal of Kingsley’s Gandhi and I’m not exaggerating…
Because the portrayal is one hell of a ride
#Subhaskebojhashokto #BoseDeadAlive #ALTBalaji
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He has infused the brawny with the brainy through his body language.

RDB-5-750x500Aamir Khan displayed such versatility while essaying the role of  the gallant Indian freedom fighter Chandrasekhar Azad in Rakesh Omprakash Mishra’s cult classic Rang De Basanti (2006) ; however Rajkummar Rao (Bose:DeadorAlive , a web series) provides the intellect of an international strategist in his portrayal of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose , clearly one of the best acting in recent times .

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Benegal’s Bose-The Forgotten Hero (2004) was one of the most historically accurate movie of all time . It boasted superb cast , praiseworthy production values, soulful score and excellent acting but  the narration couldn’t match up with the dynamism of Bose’s personality.It is still an excellent watch.

Shyam Benegal’s hero Sachin Khedekar looked every bit of the revolutionary leader and no doubt he played it brilliantly on the 70mm but Rao’s act is way ahead , since it inspires and makes you feel about the character….coz it is not easy to understand  Subhas and essay it with so much conviction..

#Subhaskebojhashokto…

For your kind information there was a Bangla full length feature film titled Subhas Chandra in the year 1966 , directed by Piyush Bose . Samar Chatterjee essayed the role of the grown up leader. Three actors played the part and it focused upon the spiritual and philosophical growth of the character. Lata Mangeshkar lend her voice for the one of the most beautifully written elegiac song of all time: Ekbar Biday De Ma (composed on the martyrdom of the daring  revolutionary Khudiram Bose).

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Honourable mention :

Kenu Basumatary as Subhas Bose in the 2017 film Raag Desh.

Bose : Dead / Alive ; Review


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Director -Pulkit

Writer – Reshu Nath

Based on Anuj Dhar’s India’s Biggest Cover-Up

Genre – Biopic , Historical Drama

Creator – Ekta Kapoor

Players -Rajkummar Rao, Naveen Kasturia

Country of Origin-   India

Languages – Hindi , English

 

No. of Seasons -1

No. of Episodes-9

It is challenging to understand Subhas Chandra Bose because he carries a certain depth in his personality, thinking and execution of his ideologies.(Subhas Ke bojha shokto)

Ok, this review is exclusively excluded for Leftist fuckers (except the admirer of M.N Roy, respect to him) and Congress suckers (no no I’m not a bhakt).Sorry for using the cuss words…you will know the reason….

Rajkummar Rao, Surendra Rajan, and Sanjay Gurbaxani as Nehru, Gandhi and Bose-k himaanshu shuklaa

To all the Indians and rest of the viewers from other parts of the world, you can pick up any Indian text book and you will discover half page of description about this particular man. Gandhi has been credited to be the forerunner of Indian Independence, no never..it was the action of Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army and the subsequent ripples across the docks of Royal Indian Navy(1946) in Bombay which gave us freedom. No need to believe the words of a lousy blogger like me. Please go through Anuj Dhar’s India’s Biggest Cover-Up and Shailesh Dey’s Ami Subhash Bolchi, you will get back up evidence for all the statements that have been stated above.

Ekta Kapoor’s Bose: Dead/Alive is an Indian Web series based on Anuj Dhar’s  controversial and bestselling book India’s Biggest Cover-Up which claimed that Subhas Chandra Bose did not die in a fabricated air crash on 18th August 1945, Taiwan. Mukherjee Commission which was investigating the case of Netaji’s disappearance also supported the view of Anuj Dhar’s theory.

The series traces the life, struggle and so called afterlife of one of the most charismatic heroes of the nation, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.On one hand, we see the rise of this enigmatic personality while on the other hand the web series feeds the audience with the sensational story of Netaji’s disappearance from Taiwan.

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Rajkumar Rao with almost zero resemblance to the physicality of the great leader essays the titular role and amazes you in every frame. This is called the power of acting which makes you believe that the character is actually alive on your screen. He doesn’t try hard to play Bose, he is Bose over here. He is magnetic, he is witty and most importantly he is determined to reach his destiny, Rao is so natural as Bose. Subhas Bose never cared about the diplomacy of politics, Rajkumar Rao’s showcases such daring attitudes with every dialogue and action throughout each and every episode and yes he gets the bong diction perfectly.

The fictional character Darbari Lal essayed by the famed Pitcher’s actor Naveen Kasturia deserves a thumbs up for being a neutral narrator and an intelligent persona across all the episodes. He is an Indian serving in British Calcutta Police and almost untouched by a passion for India’s freedom. Patrelekha did her job perfectly as a colonially educated turned  revolutionary spirit. Anna Ador as Emile could have been much better in few of the scenes. Edward Sonnenblick as the IG of British Calcutta Police leaves a mark with his natural acting in the show. I am hoping to see more of his acting capabilities. The show boasts multilingual and multicultural cast and this mixed bunch of actors provides certain weight to the show.

The production design is the best till date in Indian television and Indian cinema , I am not joking..pause your screen go to Youtube video of any World War 2 movies ..you will have a quick idea about the hard work involved in the furniture, dress , fabrics, cigarettes lighter, guns, curtains and many more.

The plot is based on the book by Anuj Dhar but it has taken certain dramatic liberties for the sake of it.The racy camera angles and unconventional jump cuts are praiseworthy and highly energizing to the core. If you miss something ; you might get tossed as the show demands your attention. The screenplay builds up Netaji’s larger than life personality filled with unbiased love for motherland , zero tolerance for dishonesty , hypocrisy , procrastination and lastly the passion of getting things done at any cost. Neo-noir cinema at it’s best, believe me, the slick editing is damn addictive.

Dr. G and Neel Adhikary’s penchant for rap music and fiery background score is just wow, you people deserve applause for creating such adrenalin pumping score throughout all the episodes. Subhas Bose is a rock star over here and 72 years after his disappearance he is still young, the music will make you feel that Bose is a rockstar.

The series will expose the hypocrisy of All India Congress and its futile attempt to gain independence. The viewers will witness the hypocrisy of Gandhism because Subhas Bose questions his ideology of nonviolence …if nonviolence was the motto, then why did Gandhi send so many Indian soldiers to fight a violent war for the British in World War 2? Does it pinch? Yeah in Dunkirk there were Indian soldiers also. That is Rajkumar Rao , that was Subhas Bose logical and hard hitting to the core. You might think Subhas took the aid of Hitler, it was a wrong step ..no my dear friend, he had to choose between bad and worse…he chose the bad and British killed more people than Hitler. He played it like a game of chess, the only aim was to drive British away.

Check out the dialogues…

 “If he is alive and he does return ..who would be the Prime Minister of India ?”

(do check the reaction of Chacha Nehru)

“Congress ko sirf sarkar bananey mein interest hain , azadi mein nahin.”

In the end, the series will keep you lingering for more and more……..you might start revisiting Indian history again …

Between fact and fiction…Netaji stays.

Don’t you dare miss the action and life of the most dangerous enemy of British Raj….

Download the app..watch it

 

Pros

Rajkumar Rao in every aspect

Fast-paced motion of the screenplay and hard-hitting plot by Keshu Nath

Excellent production design

Revealing some hard-hitting facts about Indian history

Detailed direction by Pulkit

Rocking music by Dr. G and Neel Adhikary

Real Life shooting locations.

Cons

Supporting cast could have been better

Bengal’s Bose – The Forgotten Hero was much more detailed ..this show overlooks some of the most daring voyages by Subhas Bose.

Chittaranjan Das, the mentor of Subhas was nowhere in the scene

I was looking for Rashbehari Bose and the hypocrisy of Indian Govt post Independence regarding Shawnawaz Commission and other stuff.

Netaji fled at the dead of night from his Calcutta home not in daylight in disguise of a Pathan Ziauddin Haque , not in western suit.

Subhas Bose seemed to be bit arrogant but it’s ok.

Ratings- 9.5/10

Trivia – The actress who essayed the role of Netaji’s sister-in-law also appeared in Benegal’s Bose-The Forgotten Hero.

Check out the trailer

Images – Images have been taken from the internet.

Thor:Ragnarok Movie Review


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Director – Taika Waititi

Players -Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Mark Ruffalo

The Comic Feel

Do you know the meaning of sheer delight? Have you ever experienced a cinematic deja-vu in a while, well the third instalment of Thor is that crazy ride of comic book characters. Let me tell you something, Marvel Cinematic Universe is based upon its legendary comic books and one of the most important ingredients of comics is humour (read comic – fun). So yes …

I was jumping with joy when I watched the first part of Avengers in Calcutta and few years down the lane I felt the same dose of excitement. Yes , yes I am not trying to glorify the movie, this is indeed the best Marvel Superhero movie ever. It has got the scale of Avengers , it has got the ego of Civil War and cockiness of DeadPool … dam it..this is the bloody best of all time. Lastly it never gets hung up….

Oh yeah this is not Nolan’s The Dark Knight- it is a grim and gritty genre, altogether a different league.

The Plot

Fans of Vikings and Norse Mythology are well equipped with the notion of Ragnarok which means catastrophic destruction of Odin’s Asgard. There is a common theme in the super-hero movies i.e. the end of the world and believe me Ragnarok is not an exception but the movie explains that the world is not a place but the people which makes it beautiful and that’s where the movie wins.

Taika Watiti , you are a master director who handles the myriad of characters and fixes them upon the plot line and it never becomes too heavy to handle.

Acting and the Craft of Thor Ragnarok

Chris Hemsworth’s physique and comic timings are endearing and this movie shows that Thor is actually the God of Thunder, not hammer you hoomans. Check out the conversation between Thor and Odin (Mother of sarcasm).

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Thor: She’s too powerful, I have no hammer.

Odin: What are you, Thor, god of hammers?

 

Hiddleston’s Loki is delightful and cunning at the same time, no doubt one of the most well sketched character of the Marvel Universe. You will be satisfied with him as usual.

Mark Ruffalo as the endearing Dr. Bruce Banner (with 7 Phds) gets side-lined this time by his own alter ego; the ever smashing HULK. If you have noticed carefully, Hulk only emotes and destructs in the previous movies, here he talks, he emotes, he smashes and does lovely Bhai Chara( read Bromance) with Thor. I felt like Yaba Yaba do when Hulk and Thor enjoyed their “YO-BRO” moment in the film. Thor wants Hulk to help him in his mission of saving Asgard and check out the cocky exchange of words.

Thor: Hela, the goddess of death, has invaded Asgard! And you and I had a fight.

Bruce Banner: Did I win?

Thor: No, I won! Easily!

Bruce Banner: That doesn’t sound right…

Thor: Well, it’s true!

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Goldblum from Jurassic Park is flamboyant and greedy Grandmaster in the film, loved him. Cumberbatch’s  cameo as Dr.  Strange was again eccentric and funny. Anthony Hopkins as the decayed Odin tried to bring his sons together and whether he was successful or not….well wait and watch. How can I forget the Stoneman “Korg” ? Who wants to bring a revolution but invokes laughter with his peculiar dialogue delivery and childish actions. Tessa Thompson as the drunken bounty hunter is a stellar and the last catwalk entry during the final fight- WOW.

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Cate Blanchett as the main antagonist Hela , the Godess of Death ravaged across the screen like a highly spirited lioness. Her screen presence , arrogance, the curvy body (oh yeah) and the antelope styled head gear proved she is an actress class apart .

Quoting one dialogue for her sake

Hela: [to Thor] I’m not a queen, or a monster… I’m the god of death! What were you the god of, again?

 

CGI is as usual class apart specially the scene where the army of Hela destroys the group of Valkyries….you will wonder with terror and beauty of the scene.

Led Zeppelin’s classic rong song “Immigrant” ( which is about the heroes of Norse Mythology on their way to Valhalla , the hall of Odin) deserves a special mention(one of my favourite) which adds a rocking tone to the magnificently shot epic adventure named Thor Ragnarok. The music director Mark Mothersbaugh deserves my hugs and kissed for composing such electrifying musical pieces for this one. It was a ride back to the disco tunes of 80’s. Maazza aa gaya….

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Pros

The simple and comical treatment of the film by Taika Watiti

Acting by all the lead cast

Don’t miss the actors in a play within the film ..ah Matt Dammon played Loki

Loki’s mischief and Thor’s comic timing

The bromance between Hulk and Thor ..(oh yeah Tony’s tight pants also)

The background score

Visual delight of CGI

Cons

None, according to me.

If you have…please go and die.

Catch the trailer

Disclaimer – images taken from internet.