Archive for November, 2012

Hop and Grab, Sing and Dance

Posted: November 22, 2012 in Wishlist
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“Give me wings, give me wheels,

for I shall fly or drive or ride myself

to everyone that matters, hug them and give them a box of chocolate and bouquet of flowers,

for that special reason they create for me, to live each day with a wide smile, with a warm heart”

Source: Google Images

I so feel like running right now, take a cycle, or a motorbike, car or a truck, but go to everyone that matters to me and hug them tightly, and tell them how important they are. How I wish if I could organize a huge party, something to the lines of Project X movie and call everyone. How I wish to go with each and everyone alone, at a nice place, where you may get nice food, or a nice scenario.

Even now, someone of you must be wondering as to why is the need for all this? If it is that important, then BBM-Whatsapp-Message or call them right? BUT NO !! HELL NO !! .. I hate electronic communication now. ALL I NEED IS WINGS or WHEELS, I NEED TO GO, I NEED TO MEET, I NEED TO, I NEED TO, I NEED TO !!

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“Meet the John Grisham of Banking” – The Wall Street Journal

I have no clue, why has he been compared with John Grisham? However, this is my first Ravi Subramanian’s novel and I am fairly disappointed. The plot of the story revolves around three situations:

1) At Angola – A Covert CIA agent is about to exchange weapons for Blood Diamonds.

2) At Kerala – An elderly man will do whatever it takes to fulfil a promise made to a dying son.

3) At Mumbai – An International bank is stunned by the mysterious deaths of its key employees.

The Synopsis goes like — Bankers build their careers on trust, or so everyone thinks, till a series of murders threaten to destroy the reputation that the Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) has built over the years. Who is behind these killings, and what is their motive? When Karan Panjabi, press reporter and ex-banker, digs deeper, he realizes that he has stumbled upon a global conspiracy with far reaching ramifications a secret that could not only destroy the bank but also cast a shadow on the entire nation. With only thirty-six hours at his disposal, he must fight the clock and trust no one if he is to stay alive and uncover the truth.

If I am to not write a review and just rate in the scale of 1-10, I shall rate it 4/10.

The book keeps hopping between three stories, however, not giving much of description to the one of Angola and giving extra emphasis on Mumbai Story. The Story about Kerala, where an elderly man named Krishna Menon, goes on with his Gandhian Principles fighting like Anna Hazare to prevent Nuclear Power Plant coming to life in his area, majorly for the benefit of people as the world had since then, witnessed the dangerous disaster that happened in Fukushima, Japan.

Besides, the major plot, about The Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2), is stuffed with so many characters that if one picks up the book after half a day, he will get confused as to who is who. All the characters, though stuffed in one story as the story will need it, are not explained or properly described. The Story becomes a dragger and bore you to death in the middle until two murders happen in quick succession and the suspense picks up.

The Start, however will attract you and so will the cover page and soon you will find yourself yawning unless the protagonist Karan Panjabi, the ex-banker at GB2 and presently an employee at Times Of India takes the role. The solving of the case will keep you with the book as all suspense stories do and may be you will end up liking the book.

If I am to write about the language, I’d prefer Anirban Bose of “Bombay Rains Bombay Girls” fame or Chetan Bhagat or even Tushar Raheja of “Anything for you ma’am” to be more appropriate when using Hindi Lingos and slangs. If I am to talk about a specific character, I won’t say much, thus keeping in line with the book’s agenda of not describing any character above a certain minimal limit. However, the character of Zinaida Gomes will let many wonder as to how she must be.

As far as recommendation is concerned, I had received this book as a part of Book Review Program by http://www.blogadda.com. But if you are to read this book, I’d suggest a try as the reviews on Internet about this book is quiet appreciated. As far as my personal opinion is considered, you shouldn’t go for this book unless you are a beginner in this hobby of reading.

I would also like to share with you a picture on Money Laundering which will help you understand the concept too:

One thing which I did like about the book is, the character of Raymond Saldanah and Karan Panjabi. When Raymond was summoned for the adverse Audit Report of Bandra Cluster of GB2, and was asked to withdraw, it did match up with the real life happenings.

I won’t demean this book and say one should just not go for it, however, I am sure, if you are a regular at it, don’t need to go for it.

All the best.

Thank You 😀

 

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Whether I talk about love marriages or arranged, it’s a question to think if all those factors are present in that relation which will be a driving force to make that relation work.  By driving force, I mean to say if there is a chemistry and compatibility between them, if there is respect, trust and commitment in the relationship, if both the partners are willing to shoulder post-marriage responsibilities and above all if there is ‘love’ that’s binding the two together and not ‘an external force’ or ‘lust’!
Marriages are made in heaven but they aren’t as beautiful as heaven. Things do fall apart and turn bitter and marriages do break, be it love or arrange! But who is to be blamed for this? The marriage? No, not at all! It’s the absence of the ‘Driving force’ that I call.
When I compare the two types of marriage, I would firmly declare that arranged marriages, in our country usually happen within a short span of time and thus leaving very little time for the couple to know and understand each other. And unfortunately, by the time they really begin to know each other, understand each other’s pros and cons, good and bad habits and strength and weaknesses, they have already tied the knot! Such is the case where everything in a marriage gets messed up as before they could understand what they could expect from their soul mates, they blindly took a vow to be with each other for life.
On the other hand, a plus point that I see in a love marriage is that, in today’s fragmented India, one of the remedies to unite it is ‘National Integration’ at home! As arranged marriages are fixed by our elders, they tend to find a mate within their own religion, caste or sub-caste.  While love being blind, not being able to see the barriers of religion, caste or creed, binds not only two people but also their culture, their religion and their traditions. Not only does the couple have respect and tolerance for each other’s religion but also their kids would develop tolerance, faith and respect for both. Their infants would benefit of being bi-lingual and twin-cultured. These kind of marriages are one of the strongest hopes to make our country one and besides love marriage brings cohesion in the family and provides better environment for the growth of children.
In a country like India, where freedom exists just for namesake, love marriages would give the youth to exercise their right of ‘freedom of choice’ and I believe one knows their wants and desires the best. I also feel that love marriage helps the parents from escaping the guilt if they fail to choose a right mate for their children.
For all these reasons, I side love marriages more than arranged, but at the same time, I also believe that marriage is a decision that changes your entire life and therefore one needs to put in serious thinking and make a sane decision while choosing their mate.
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This post has been copied from my old blog for I wanted to share this article to all of you, an article which also fetched me runner up prize in the above mentioned contest. 😀