The Bestseller She Wrote – Ravi Subramanian & the casting ouch!


My Short Review:-

392 pages.

If you write any story with the protagonist as a Banker, extra marital affair with colleague & reference to some recent incident based on real life (Ebola in this case), it will be a Ravi Subramanian book.

Aditya’s character’s heavy influence of Chetan Bhagat, Anurag Kashyap’s casual mention, Police commissioner’s role, & functionality of iPhone (last time it was iCloud) are disappointing.

Book is fast paced, as always.

A glimpse into the book:-

Paperback King, Aditya Kapoor, seems to have it all. Not only is he India s hottest and bestselling author, his enormous stardom is perfectly balanced by a lovely home, a loving wife and a stable career in banking. With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a winning streak. Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of big dreams. Young, beautiful, and ambitious, Shreya speaks her mind and knows what she wants.

What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can ambition come in the way of passion?

The Bestseller… She Wrote is a story of illicit love, destructive jealousy and overriding ambition. As master story-teller Ravi Subramanian delves into the world of publishing and explores an unlikely romance between a bestselling author and his nubile protégé, faces will be unmasked and truths will be revealed. Sit tight and read on… (-Amazon)

The Casting Ouch:-

Farhan Akhtar as Aditya Kapoor


  • I have changed it from Irrfan to Farhan at the last moment due to the background of the character. I think Farhan can do justice to this, as he is the perfect blend of urban, creative & commercial personality.

Alia Bhatt as Shreya Kaushik


  • It has to be Alia, for the first time in a negative role.
  • IIM history

Nimrat Kaur as Maya Kapoor


  • If not her, then this character wont be a memorable one.
  • It this movie was made 10 years back, it would have been Tabu.
  • I also suggest to have a flash back to emphasize on the passionate love story

Rajat Kapoor as Sanjay


  • This guy looks like an HR from top to bottom
  • Polished, and would play the character well.

Rashmi Bansal as Vaishali (Debut)


  • This is completely out of the box, but could be a game changer.

Anurag Kashyap as Anurag Kashyap


Director: Madhur Bhandarkar


  • Who will do it better when it comes down to exposing a particular industry?


I understand that Mr. Siddharth Malhotra is already working on this project.



Confess by Colleen Hoover & The Casting Ouch

Colleen Hoover

My Short Review:-

306 Pages.

This book is ‘Goodreads Choice 2015 Winner’

I found this book very annoying. Owen’s character is well developed (with the concept of confession artist), but completely wasted. Auburn is average. There is lack of chemistry between the two. Loved the artwork (Owen’s paintings)

A glimpse into the book:-

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin – (From Goodreads)

Bollywood Casting Ouch:-

Yami Gautam as Auburn Reed


  • She would definitely be available.
  • Link up with Ranveer Singh would give a boost to the promotion of the film.
  • She is obsessed with fairness & colours.

Ranveer Singh as Owen Gentry


  • He as experience in playing an artist in ‘Lootera’. The last leaf got this for him.
  • Assuming if the movie is released in 2018, that would be the perfect timing for the rumours of break up with Deepika Padukone

Boman Irani as Owen’s Father


  • I was considering ‘Padma Shree’ Anupam Kher first (assuming he would be cheap). He made the following demands when I approached him:-
    • Showcase the works of ‘Modi’, as the film would be releasing in 2018, just before the Elections
    • Owen’s paintings should be on Indian culture with no freedom of expression. Confessions would be censored.
    • Auburn’s character should be a Kashmiri Pandit.
  • Boman Irani laughed hysterically when he came to know about the reason why Anupam Kher was not considered. He is doing the film for free.

Shahid Kapoor as Adam (Special Appearance)


  • I want to see him dead in more films. Fair enough ?

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane


  • This film has no story, and only he can make it interesting
  • It would be easy to get Ranveer on board

Open Letter to NDTV for Movie Review of ‘Baby’

Dear NDTV Movie Review Team,

This is with reference to your movie review of Baby (2015) http://movies.ndtv.com/movie-reviews/baby-movie-review-1081

The movie has attracted 2 stars out of 5.

If we want to consider religion in reviewing the movie and If we assume you are the most secular (and hence unpaid) media of the lot, then also it does not make any sense because of the following reasons:-

1. Baby is not an anti-Muslim movie or even anti-Pakistan movie. It is shown that the terrorists are there on both the sides.

2. The head of the Indian secret agency is played by Danny Denzongpa as Feroze Ali Khan.

3. There is also a mention of Hindu extremism in Gujarat riots.

So lets take religion out from the review (and hence lets also ignore your generous 5 star rating to PK)

The movie is entertaining & has no songs. All the actors have done a good(if not the best) job. Script is not exceptionally brilliant as ‘A Wednesday’ but manages to keep the audience curious.

You may have your own evaluation of movies and you have all rights to express it. I am not a fan of Akshay Kumar to justify this. Let us assume that your rating is justified.

However, I really wonder what made you give 2.5 stars to Kick (Salman Khan) or 3 stars to Players (Abhishek Bacchan, Boby Deol, Sonam Kapoor etc). How were they successful in earning your 0.5 or 1 star?

There are many such examples listed below.

1. Kick (Salman Khan) -> 2.5 Stars

2. Main Tera Heo -> 2.5 Stars

3. Dhoom 3 -> 3 Stars (Aamir Khan fans can ignore this)

4. Bullet Raja -> 4 Stars (Though the Director has made good movies, but 4 stars for this? )

5. Besharam -> 2.5 Stars (Really? )

6. Rabba Mein Kya Karu -> 3 Stars (Why ?)

7. Shortcut Romeo -> 3 Stars

8. Nautanki Sala -> 3 Stars

9. Jayantabhai ki Luv Story -> 2.5 Stars

10. Rush (Emran Hashmi) -> 3 Stars

11. Ek Tha Tiger -> 3.5 Stars (Similar story line. What made you give this? )

12. Tezz (Anil Kapoor) -> 3 Stars

13. Bitto Boss -> 3 Stars

14. Houseful 2 -> 3 Stars

15. Agent Vinod -> 3.5 Stars (This is a joke right? )

16. Players (Abhishek Bacchan, Bobby Deol) -> 3 Stars

17. Ra.One -> 3 Stars (SRK fans can ignore this)

18. Yamla Pagla Deewana -> 2.5 Stars (Some may not agree on this)

Eagerly waiting for your reply

Warm Regards,



Unheard songs by unsung hero of Congress

Dear Congress and my Voters,

First I will sing in Hindi for my Hindi audience and then mein angrezi mein gaunga. My first attempt at singing after ‘Machli Jal ki Rani hai’ song performance at ‘Chota Bhim under 40 kids association’ event

Hindi Song:-

I know you think that I shouldn’t have joined you,
Or tell you that.
But if I didn’t say it, well I’d still have felt it
Rahul says where’s the sense in that?

I promise I’m not trying to make you lose everywhere
Or return to where we were

I will go down with this ship
And I won’t put my hands up and surrender
There will be no congress flag above my door (or anywhere)
I’m a Pappu and always will be

I know I left too much mess and
destruction to come back again
And I caused nothing but trouble
I understand if you can’t talk to me again
And if you live by the rules of “it’s over”
then I’m sure that that makes sense

English Song:-

Karte hain hum aaj qabool kya keeje
Ho gayi thi jo humse bhool kya keeje
Rahul keh raha Arnabse mayassar kar bhi aao
Wo jo dabi si aas baaki hai
Wo jo dabi si aanch baaki hai
Wo jo dabi si aanch baaki hai
Wo jo dabi si… aanch baaki hai

Kismat ko hai yeh manzoor kya keeje
Haarte rahe hum badastoor kya keeje
Rahul keh raha hai Modise musalsal kar bhi aao
Wo jo ruki si raah baaki hai
Wo jo ruki si chaah baaki hai
Wo jo ruki si chaah baaki hai
Wo jo ruki si chaah baaki hai..

Yours Undeserving Dynamic Leader,

Pappu Gandhi

(S/O some Gandhi)

No Wave:-

I’m in love and always will be


Teasing Agnosticism

What is the one thing that you depend on to stay connected with your loved ones when you have gone far away from them? Is it mobile connectivity? internet? or something more advance, ancient and dependent?

When you move to some other village in search of water, some other city in search of a better job, some other state to run away from the current job or some other country to live a better materialistic life, everything is new and everybody is a stranger. You may not be having enough prepaid balance in your phone when you have shifted to a new state. You may not know where the public telephone booth is when you have moved to a new village. You may not have a SIM card with data connectivity when you have migrated to a new country. What makes you stay connected even in an alien environment? It is more than just changing your comfort zone. Can you empathize? No? May be the availability of the technology has blinded you to imagine the adversity.

However, we still have Star Wars concept to tickle your imagination. Imagine the days when civilians have just started to migrate to different planets. Everyone is looking for a chance to move to some other planet. Expenses are huge, but life is good and hence your family has decided to support you to make this journey feasible with an expectation that you would eventually call them, send money for survival, come back with lot of knowledge to trade etc,. Somehow, you manage to overcome the criteria and take this journey to the most known and popular planet around. You reach there. It is a developed world, with everything better and everybody wise, with everything new and strangers around.

There are people from different planets eating unseen food, having conversation in unheard language, making all their activities very intimidating. The whole universe is different, with 12 moons and 2 suns, with colored air and transparent objects. You see that the gravitational force acts in different dimensions, cloud formation is at the knee level, flowers are red and leaves are blue. There are inverted mountains, floating rocks & endless valleys.

Things are different there. You don’t know what to eat, what to breath, how to live. What would you do if you can’t see your family, can’t talk to them and have no one to talk to? How would you survive when you are a lonely stranger in the crowd of strangers?

That’s the time when you see Him. When you seek and then feel the source of positive energy. When you try to connect with the common things that you see around. That’s when you feel the connection that no technology can offer. That’s when you see your God. And if you are not able to see Him, you make One. The only power that enables your connections with your loved ones & supports you to survive in any condition, is your God. It is the day when agnosticism is brutally teased & successfully compelled to be biased towards believing Him & His powers.


When Aliens visited my blog!

Dear All,

Thank you for your encouraging response.

Confused? Generally, my blog was ignored by all since last 1-2 years. In fact, I had never visited it even as a visitor in the past 1 year. The blog posts 1 year before were not that interesting or thought provoking. There was nothing worth noticing about this blog, not even it’s existence.

People ignore your blog or anything for that matter, when you start ignoring it yourself, that’s life.

On 28th September 2014, something strange happened and 435 people visited my blog generating 530 views.


Surprisingly, they were not paid by me to do so. Isn’t that strange and illogical? Aliens? When I was promoting (read: spamming Orkut’s Scrapbooks & Communities, Facebook’s Walls & Groups, Twitter’s TL, LinkedIn’s feed) my blog few years back, I could generate hardly any visitors. The only one who visited were my friends who were forced/bribed by me to do what no one did i.e visit my blog.

Hence, I would like to thank each one of you who visited my blog.

Thanks for making me visit my blog as a blogger.

BTW, WordPress has changed a lot. I don’t know where I am writing this, whether it will be published or not, uploading images have become more difficult etc. Need a lot of catching up to do.


Read the following books in Sept 13 & Oct 13

Sep 2013

1. Raiders from the North by Alex Rutherford. 4/5: Story of Babur, very interesting read if you are fond of history
2. Dork by Sidin Vadukut. 3/5: Good Humor, No story. Good read.
3. My Reminiscences by Rabindranath Tagore. 5/5: Poetic, Perfect Read, every chapter is brilliant
4. Brothers at War by Alex Rutherford. 3.5/5: Story of Humayun and his addictions. Interesting at times, battles become repetitive
5. Ruler of the World by Alex Rutherford. 3.5/5: Story of Akbar, all characters of Jodha-Akbar except Jodha are there in this. Includes story of Salim and Anarkali. loved reading it
6. The Tainted Throne by Alex Rutherford. 3.5/5: Story of Jehangir. Might get repetitive and boring. Interesting character of Mehrunissa. 

Oct 2013

1. God Save The Dork by Sidin Vadukut 2/5: Not worth reading if you have read the first book.(Available at BookHook)
2. The Broker by John Grisham 3/5: Loved the plot and enjoyed the book thoroughly. Climax is a bit disappointing. Loved the character of Joel Backman (Available at BookHook)
3. Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson 3.5/5: Love Story which reminds you of PS I Love You. These are the letters written by Sam to Jennifer about her secret love affair. Meanwhile Jennifer falls in love with Brenden.(Available at BookHook)
4. Blood Memory by Greg Iles 4/5 – Just loved reading this. Dark, Disturbing, Thrilling story about sexual abuse & murders! Enjoyed it thoroughly! (Available at BookHook)
5. The Murder Artist by John Case 4/5 – A Father investigates the case of his missing twins. If you are into reading the suspense stories, this one is a must for you.(Available at BookHook)
6. The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith 4/5 – Precious Ramotswe starts a Detective Agency and comes across many interesting cases. Fun read.(Available at BookHook)
7. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin 6/5 – Rating is enough to recommend. 
8. The King of Good Times by Harish Maiya 1/5 – Pathetic book about the life of Dr. Mallya
9. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan 3/5 – A book for teenagers! I read it because I wanted to read about the Greek Gods without getting bored.
10. Anthem by Ayn Rand 3/5 – The book about Collectivism, Equality, Human Identity and Freedom.


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