May 5 2014

Book Review: It’s Never Too Late- Shilpa Choudapurkar


It's Never too late- Shilpa ChoudapurkarSynopsis– Avantika Mahajan is a fiction editor who loves her job and looks up to fictional characters. She falls in love with and marries Rahul Kalyankar who eventually asks her for a divorce. Just when life is beginning to feel normal, Alex Logan, the dashing CEO of an American multinational comes her way. Will she be able to get over her insecurities and accept the love he offers? Only time will tell.

Review– I’ve read books by many Indian authors. While some are descriptive in every sense and don’t leave even the minutest detail for the reader, there are some who dress their ‘relatable’ characters heavily with emotions that sometimes are too dramatic for words (like you see in Bollywood films). ‘It’s Never too Late’ by Shilpa Choudapurkar clearly falls in the second category.

What I liked– The characters seem quite relatable so people staying in India will relate. I like that the language is simple for anyone to read and it doesn’t take too long to complete the book. I read it in a couple of hours.

What I didn’t like– The story is very predictable. There are no turning points or surprise elements that can make this book memorable or a keepsake. While the language is simple, there are far too many grammatical and language errors and that is a major setback. I did not find myself glued to the book at all, to be honest.

Verdict– I’ve watched far too many Bollywood films and read several books by Indian authors and this was a below average read for me. Avoidable!

Rating– 1.5/5

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Nov 23 2012

Life of Pi- Movie Review


I haven’t read the book…yet. The movie has inspired me to. Here’s why.

Pi’s father decides to move from Pondicherry to Canada for a better life. He owns a zoo and supports a family of 4 including Pi. They decide to go by sea and encounter a deadly storm. The only survivors- Pi, an orangutan, a zebra, a hyena and a tiger find themselves in a lifeboat. In barely any time, the tiger eats up all the animals except for Pi who strives to save himself from being eaten. As the food and water supplies on the lifeboat get over, Pi thinks of various ways to keep himself and the tiger alive in a beautiful adventurous journey.

Ang Lee is pure genius! The way he’s woven the entire story into a blanket of beautiful visuals and storytelling makes it a film that everyone will love. Yes it is slightly slow, especially in the first half but then you forget all about the pace as you’re busy taking in the beauty of imagination and Pi’ journey with Richard Parker- the tiger. I’ve seen the movie Cast Away starring Tom Hanks which was fantastic! I think this one’s pretty similar but goes up by several notches for sure. What makes it even better are the breathtaking 3D effects and the cinematography which play a major role in making the journey worth it.

Coming to the performances… Suraj Sharma who plays Pi for most of the film speaks the unspoken. His performance makes you feel what he feels. I think that’s the biggest compliment I can give him. Irrfan Khan and Tabu don’t have big roles in the film but still deliver beautifully as usual. All the other actors, including the animals, especially the tiger contribute largely to make the film what it is.

On the whole, Life of Pi is an inspiring film that must be watched by everyone! Do not watch it at home! Thank you Yann Martel for writing such an amazing story, a masterpiece and Ang Lee for making it come to life.

Rating– 4/5


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