Showing posts from September, 2013

Jobs (2013)

Genre: Biography/Drama

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, J.K. Simmons, Ron Eldard

Steve Jobs was an inspiring figure, not only for the technology industry but also for all of humanity. His thoughts and ideas may not have agreed with everyone but it pushed us all to take that one more step to raise the bar and help technology develop. If it wasn't for him, we might be living a life ten years behind what we currently have. Steve Jobs (Kutcher) grew up with a simple life at Reeds College where he was adopted by the Jobs family who raised him as their own. Whilst working for Atari, he kept insisting on doing something different but the people around him were limiting his thoughts and ideas. When Atari offered him a project on his own, he took it up but hit a stumbling block with the computer board of which Jobs had very little knowledge. It was then that his good friend, Steve Wozniak (Gad) came to his rescue and helped him develop a path-b…

Ten by Andrej Longo

Title: Ten
Author: Andrej Longo
Translator: Howard Curtis
Publisher: Harvill Secker, Random House UK
ISBN: 978-1846556173
Genre: Crime, Short Stories
Pages: 160
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5
Now to talk about a very unusual book which I finished reading a couple of days ago. It was full of impact, full of horror, and anticipation and at the same time, struck the right chords. It is also quite hard hitting in most bits and pieces. After all, “Ten” by Andrej Longo is a mix of the Ten Commandments and the Mafia. The action takes place in Naples, where the ten stories are centered.

Each story is based on one commandment and of course the Mafia is a part of each of them, which is the basis of this book. The stories are interlinked which again is what happens in most books of this nature. Naples is central to every story, which only helps the reader in understanding the landscape of the place and its nuances and culture. The stories are about regular people who are just caught in their lives and want…

Dahi Handi: Mumbai

As the story goes, Lord Krishna was one of the naughtiest kid in Mathura (a small city in India) – breaking the clay water pots carried by the womenfolk, stealing their clothes from bating ponds and play pranks. But he had a heart of gold and the villagers loved him as their own child. He was very fond of butter and the villagers had a tough time keeping their handis (clay pots) safe as he would enter their houses and eat all the butter. To safeguard the butter from the little Krishna, they would hang it high from the ceiling in their house – thinking that the small kid won’t be able to get his hands on the same. But that was not enough to keep Krishna away … was it. He and his friends would go to these houses and form a human pyramid and break the handi’s … and eat up the butter dripping from the broken pot. So started the tradition in India to celebrate Krishna’s birthday by playing ‘Dahi Handi’ – an absolutely wonderful way to enjoy the day.
The festival is celebrated in Mumbai with…