Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The MAN - Irving Wallace

The MAN - is a book written by best selling author Irving Wallace. I was suggested to read this book by many of my acquaintances including my father and brother and a well wisher.

About a month ago, I started with the painstakingly long book(again on Kindle) and could finish only now. Its about a Negro man who gets to become the president of America accidentally.

It so happens that the old president and the vice president would be dead in a building collapse in Germany.  Back in America, there is a senator negro man selected as the new president as he is the pro tempore of the president.

The book is the journey of this new guy as the president in the White House. There are aspects as to how he deals with the racism against him and the racism that he is inflicting the people of America, how unbiased he is, how wise he is when he tackles issues related to his children etc.

He is challenged by the white racists and the black men seeking freedom from racism. He is impeached with false charges of dismissing one of his board members, harassment and others. His fights the impeachment trail with the help of his friend lawyer and wins over. At the same time, the Russians who are trying to capture a small piece of land backed by America - called Amboko also suspend their operations by which the Negro man wins popularity back and there is no re-election held due to these reasons.

As said by all else, I was expecting the book to give me some lines of definition of THE MAN, probably all MEN on earth. But it failed to keep up my expectation as I knew better MEN than this Negro Douglass Dilman - Men who are wiser, more intelligent and courageous.

Piece of advice: Do not set expectations before picking it up. A big book indeed with a lot of pages of repetitive text(like the charges of impeachment, I almost knew those lines by heart when it was over). Douglass Dilman was the MAN of 1960s and does not hold good for current society. He may prove to be inspirational in terms of beings unbiased. But everything else, I expect him to be updated. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Nikola Tesla - Biography

My husband introduced me to the whole new series of biographies of which the story of Nikola Tesla was also one. I read this biography on Kindle which was a new experience.

The man Tesla is a creator of 20th century. His inventions have shaped our lives and continue to do so even after centuries.

He was born in Croatia in 1856 and later migrated to the United States of America. He dreamt of working with Edison and briefly did so before realizing that Edison is no friend.

Edison hired Tesla to fix problems he was having in DC generators and motors and promised Tesla a very huge amount. But when the job was done, Edison laughed away on the promise he made to Tesla on the monetary part. 

Tesla could not stand the argument with Edison that the direct current is the one world class solution for the electrical supply concept against his own alternating current. 

Thomas Edison - already established as an inventor and the business mogul in electrical science and technology could not stand the idea of alternating current and hence dismissed the idea and went on to speak negative about it in the scientific forums.  Tesla in one of the forums wore the alternating current carrying wires to prove that its not dangerous. He also organised the forum to run completely on the alternating current concept so that people find its merit. 

Tesla was met with numerous failures in his journey of innovation. He was rejected in various stages by the sponsors, fund providers and general public. He kept his attitude to invent no matter what came his way. One of his important inventions - Radio was stolen and a year later Marconi was awarded the Nobel prize for the same invention. It does not end here. Some other examples are - X-Rays, Radar, Hydro Electric Plant, Transistors. 

He died in his room on 7th Jan 1943. He was found by his maid. Tesla obtained around 300 patents worldwide for his inventions through out. Any gratitude to this man I harbor is simply not enough.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Julius Caesar - play by William Shakespeare

Last week, I happen to watch the Julius Caesar play by Abhinaya Taranga at Ranga Shankara.

This was the first play I watched without reading the book. It was a total chaos for me as I did not understand any point in the whole play though I had read the life story of Julius Caesar many many times.

The play is about ambitious Julius Caesar who wants to come to throne and rule Rome. To his dismay, he is encountered with Marcus Brutus a respected Roman senator. Brutus is contacted by Julius's lesser known enemies in pretext that Julius is going to cause devastation of Rome to fulfill his personal ambitions. Consequently Julius is assassinated by Brutus.

Mark Anthony - Julius's friend on his death gives a funeral oration that leads to civil war and Brutus and Cassius meet their death at the end of it.

It is originally written by William Shakespeare and translated to Kannada by OL Nagabhushan. The original version of the play may be full of kick, but the play was very dull and banal. The team lacked skills to narrate the dialogues in an effective way.

Total time waste for 2 hrs. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Street Lawyer - John Grisham

This fictional story is about Michael Brock is a lawyer at Drake and Sweeney - one of the acclaimed law organisations in America.

One fortunate day, a street dweller enters Michael's office and holds hostage of 8 lawyers in his firm. The firm does everything to save the lawyers and kills the street dweller. Michael is curious to find why the homeless man tried the drama of the hostage when he did not want to kill anyone neither wanted any money. He goes in search of this homeless man and discovers that he was one of the tenants who were evicted from an old building in the city. Michael quits his job at Drake and Sweeney and joins a law clinic for the homeless.

He comes in contact with a homeless family of Lontae Burton and her four children while serving food at a shelter for the homeless. Later he learns that they all died in an unfortunate incident in a car that they were sleeping in to keep themselves warm in the mid winter. He finds that the homeless man who tried to kill him at his office and Lontae Burton were all evicted from the same building where they were not squatting but living on rent.

The eviction was a result of a greedy lawyer from Drake and Sweeny who put the client RiverOaks also at risk to liberate the building to accommodate a postal office.

Michael succeeds in proving Drake and Sweeney guilty. He also influence the director of Drake and Sweeney - Arthur to spend time helping the homeless.

The book is a slow pace read and almost drags in the middle though it picks speed in the last 20 pages. Do not expect a bone chilling high drama experience.

A good choice of book if you have fixed a time of the day to read ANY book - just to keep the good habit - meaning to say it does not make you come back to it unless you are disciplined to read anything. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Gold Mine - Wilbur Smith

Sonder Ditch - remember that because that is where the next full month's of action is going to happen to you if you decide to read Gold Mine by Wilbur Smith.

The story is of two men -Rod and Manfred. Rod is promoted to be General manager of the mine when there is huge collapse of one of the floors in the mine. Manfred has a personal motive to acquire political advancement in the mining industry by conspiring with a bunch of wealthy men on destroying a couple of gold mines to hike the gold rate overall.

Manfred is told by these wealthy men that there is a big treasure of gold beneath the "Big Dipper" in the mine for which Rod is the manager. By this time, Rod has fallen in love with Manfred's wife Teresa who happen to inherit the power and wealth of Hurry Hirchsfeld - a very wealthy man in Africa.

A man of mining passion that is Rod - reluctantly digs deeper behind the big shaft to find a catastrophe waiting. He finds out a river flowing meddling with which, it would destroy all of the gold mines in the entire vicinity. He also finds that Manfred is up for killing all of his drilling employees by posting them in this region.

In a story that has all the elements of greed. lust, power, adultery, violence and love - the reader is never left without excitement.

Sphinx - TS Learner

Here is a book on olden day Egyptology that revolves around Nectanebo || and other renowned Pharaohs whose fate has been decided by mysterious electromagnetic device astrarium.

An archaeologist Isabella comes in contact with an artifact that she believes decided her date of death and many others of her predecessors from an astrologist in Goa, India. She goes on to believe that the artifact has a power of its own and guides the possessor of it towards the good will of the world.

She dies discovering this artifact in an ocean expedition that meets an unfortunate land slide inside the ocean. Her husband Oliver comes in possession of the artifact and do not know what to do with it. He meets numerous people both trying to safeguard it and destroy it. He puts his life on risk on a trail of incidents wanting to rest the device in the place where it belonged.

He learns that the device has a mind of its own and influences incidents around him. He tries to overcome those influences surrendering to more danger. He finds out about the secrete practices that Isabella's family were following in connection with the mysterious incidents that took place in Nectanebo, Cleopatra and other kings lives. He ventures in to the pyramids and finds out about the soul leaving the human body when death occurs. He is taken by shock at these moments but wants to explore more to understand the truth about the astrarium's real abode.

Oliver comes across a wealthy business man who is ready to buy the oil field just discovered by his team. Oliver later realizes that he is the man identified long ago as Nectanebo and rests the astrarium in his grave.

Though the book is a little draggy in the beginning, the plot picks up pace later on to an ever enthralling experience. TS Learner makes an outstanding writer to keep his readers jelled to the book. Many a times, I googled to figure out what each of his concepts mean by which I was able to contemplate the fine line explanations.

Great read if you are able to be patient with the initial 100 pages. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Linga - A Rajanikant Movie

Its been a long time that I have not blogged. Reasons vary from busy office schedule to investing time on health and etc.

When I returned to blogging, I wanted to start with an auspicious post. So I chose the movie I watched long time, Linga - A Rajinikanth starrer with Anushka and Sonakshi Sinha.

The movie is directed by KS Ravi who is Rajinikanth's long time director. We have seen the two hit success with Muthu and Padayappa, With that in mind I started to watch this movie.

The plot of the movie is about an  engineer who builds a dam and strives to retain it that is in the verge of demolition to be used for industrial purposes by the villain(Jagapati Babu). The dam would have been constructed by the older Rajini in the times of British. He sells his property to British construct the dam on his own as British officers reject the proposal.

Somehow the British officer involved defames older Rajini and makes him leave the village. Rajini marries Sonakshi Sinha and gives birth to Linga (also Rajini). Anushka approaches Linga and seeks to help her grand father who is looking for Linga to open a closed Temple in her village

Linga opens the temple and finds a pendrive that contains the dam information. He managers to expose Jagapathi babu, now an MP, blasts a bomb mid air, saves the village and the dam.

First in Firsts - Rajini is too old for a Linga character. Though Rajini is like a demigod to me, I could not watch him in this movie.
The plot is not very catchy, there are some sequences too long that will let audience off the track
The older Rajini's train fight is worth a watch

The movie is a hit only because of Rajini, except which there is nothing to watch out here for.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Parsifal Mosaic - Robert Ludlum

Oh! This book is a bundle of surprises. 
The story is so well spun, that it surprises you at each and every page. 

One man by name Michael Havelock is an intelligence officer at the state department of US. He witnesses his partner and love interest Jenna Karas being executed at Costa Brava because she is believed to be a KGB double agent. He meets a man by name Pyotr Rostav who confirms that Jenna was not a KGB agent. Michael later sees Jenna alive in a train station in Rome. She flees upon seeing him and Michael pursues her. 

He meets Colonel Baylor a former source at the US consulate and begins a search for Jenna throughout Europe. In the mean time, Michael is proved to be schizophrenic and terminated. 

One Anton Matthias, Secretary of State acknowledged by the entire world as a genius and trusted with powers far beyond those his office allow him, has gone completely insane. Before anybody realized that he was insane, he negotiated treaties with parties he believed to be representing the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the People's Republic of China, each agreeing to a nuclear strike against the third party, but in fact with a man who identified himself as Parsifal. Parsifal demands a huge ransom to keep the documents from being released, thereby triggering a nuclear war. Once the ransom is paid, however, he does not touch it, having confirmed how desperate Washington is. Havelock, who as a child had been one of the few survivors of the massacre at Lidice, has a special bond with Matthias, a fellow Czech who had advised him in graduate school. Somehow Matthias's insanity is linked to the order to terminate Jenna Karas.

For her part, Karas has been told that Michael is a Russian spy and that he is trying to kill her. Consequently, she is not especially eager to meet him.

When Michael finally traces Jenna to an isolated farm in Pennsylvania, they realize that they were both deceived and that each had been told that the other was an enemy. They then work together with the President of the United States, Charles Berquist, and several trusted advisory to find Parsifal and stop him.

They are opposed by Arthur Pierce, a brilliant and murderous Soviet mole highly placed in the State Department. Pierce has ordered the murders of the strategists of Consular Operations ( two of them are crushed by a bulldozer in their car and driven off a cliff and another is shot), and then a string of successive killings - all in his own quest to gain evidence of Matthias's insanity. Pierce is working not for the regular KGB, but the VKR (Voennaya Kontra Razvedka), a fanatical branch of Russian intelligence identified as an offshoot of the OGPU. He is also, for that matter, a paminyatchik - an agent under deep cover, who has lived in the United States since infancy. For much of the novel, Pierce's true loyalties lie undiscovered. One of Havelock's allies, Undersecretary of State Emory Bradford, realizes that Pierce works for the VKR, but he is murdered by the ever-alert Pierce before he can warn anyone else. Pierce also solicits the murder of Rostov, who loathes the VKR and has tried to help Havelock.

When Michael finally finds Parsifal, a friend of Anton and a Paminyatchik who is less fanatical than Arthur Pierce, he finds out that the documents were not produced to provoke nuclear war, but rather to demonstrate that no one man could be trusted with vast amounts of power. Pierce, however, has had his operatives murder Michael's bodyguards and breaks into Parsifal's house just as he agree's to burn the documents. However hearing that Rostov has been murdered, Parsifal decides to sacrifice himself by using his body to block Pierce's gun allowing Michael and Jenna time to get out. Michael and Jenna then kill Pierce's operatives by stabbing them and Michael then flanks Pierce and guns him down. They conclude that the documentary evidence of Matthias's insanity is best destroyed. Havelock tells Berquist of this; he is informed, in turn, that Matthias has just died. Finally safe, he and Jenna move to New England, where Havelock accepts an academic position.

Great read as it gives insights on the Cold War. Robert Ludlum as always amaze me with his elegant style and theme. 

ಕಾಡು ಮತ್ತು ಕ್ರೌರ್ಯ : ಪೂರ್ಣ ಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ

ಇದು ಪೂರ್ಣ ಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಯವರ ಮೊಟ್ಟ ಮೊದಲನೆಯ ಕಾದಂಬರಿ. 

ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಯವರ ಮೊದಲ ಕಾದಂಬರಿಯಾದ್ದರಿಂದ, ಅವರ ಬೇರೆ ಕಾದಂಬರಿ ಅಷ್ಟು maturity ಇಲ್ಲ. ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಓದಿ ಪಳಗಿದವರಿಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಅರ್ಥಪುರ್ನವಾಗಿದೆ. 

ಮೂರು ಜನ protagonists ಇಲ್ಲಿ. ಒಂದು ಸೋಮು - ಈಗತಾನೆ ಕಾಲೇಜ್ ಮುಗಿಸಿ ಪುಡಿ ಮೀಸೆ ಹೊತ್ತ ಕಮುನಿಸಮ್ ಪ್ರವಾದಿ. ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ನಳಿನಿ - ಹಳ್ಳಿ ವಾತಾವರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳೆದ ಹರೇ ವಯಸ್ಸಿನ ಬಾಲೆ, ಮತೊಂದು ಸುಬದ್ರ - ಸೋಮುವಿನ ಕ್ಲಾಸ್ ಮೇಟ್. 

ಇವರ ಮೂವರಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯುವ ಲೋಕೋಪ ವ್ಯವಹಾರಗಳು ಹಾಗು ಆಂತರಿಕ ಹುಚ್ಚು ಕನಸುಗಳು ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಮುಕ್ಯ ವಸ್ತು. ಮದ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ವೆಂಕು, ಮತ್ತು ನಳಿನಿಯ ತಂದೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದು ಹೋಗುವ ಪಾತ್ರಗಲು. 

"ಅಬ್ಬಾ ಆ ಹಕ್ಕಿಗಳ ಬಯಕೆ ಎಂಥದು. ಸಪ್ತ ಸಮುದ್ರಗಳನ್ನೇ, ದೆಶಾಂಥರಗಳನ್ನೇ ದಾಟಿ ಸಾಗುತ್ತವಲ್ಲ. ಬಯಕೆ ಪ್ರೇಮದ ಆರಂಭ! ತೃಪ್ತಿ ಪ್ರೇಮದ ಅಂತ್ಯವೇ? ಪ್ರೆಮಿಸೊದು ಅಂದರೆ ಚಲಿಸುವುದು. ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲೋ,  ದೇಶದಲ್ಲೊ, ಕಾಲದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ಮೀರಿದ ಅತೀತದಲ್ಲೊ ಚಲಿಸುವುದು. ಒಂದರಿಂದ ಇನ್ನೊಂದಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗುವುದು. ಪ್ರೇಮವೆಂದರೆ ಯಾವುದರಿಂದಲೋ ನಿರ್ಗಮಿಸುವ ನಿತ್ಯದುರಂತ. ಎಲ್ಲಿಗೋ ಆಕರ್ಷಿತರಾದೆವೆಂದೆರೆ ಇನ್ನೆಲ್ಲಿಂದಲೋ ವಿಕರ್ಷಿತರಾದೆವೆಂತಲೇ? ಎಲ್ಲವನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಸರ್ವ ಸಾಫಲ್ಯತೆ ಬಹುಶಃ ಈ ದೇಹದೊಂದಿರೋವರೆಗೆ ಅಸಾದ್ಯ."

ಹೀಗೆ ಸೋಮುವಿನ ಯೊಚನೆಗಲು. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ನಳಿನಿ ತಂದೆ ತೀರಿಕೊಂಡ ನೋವಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಬಲಲುತಿದ್ದರೆ, ಸೋಮನಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಣಯದಾಸೆ. ಅದರ ಮೇಲೆ ಗಿಲ್ಟಿ ಫೀಲಿಂಗ್ ಬೇರೆ.

ಟೈಮ್ ಪಾಸು ಪುಸ್ತಕವಾದರೂ ಆಗೀಗೋಮ್ಮೆ ಮನಸನ್ನು ಕಲಸುಮೇಲೋಗರ ಮಾಡುವ ಚಿಂತನಾತ್ಮಕ ಡೈಲಾಗ್ಸ್ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಕಾಣ ಸಿಕ್ತಾವೆ. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

"1" Nenokkadine

This is one movie that gives the "sitting on the edge of the seat and nail biting" experience. Directed by Sukumar, movie stars Mahesh Babu as Gautham - a pop singer in the same image as Ashique2 hero. He is suffering from a psychological disorder that fails him on his memory of his parents.

The plot begins with a boy(young Mahesh Babu) running for help after witnessing his parents murders. That boy is brought up in orphanage. Through his childhood, he visualizes three men killing his parents and also looking out for him to be killed. He wants to avenge them at any cost.

The movie is full of twists and twirls and makes you think every moment. There are no clues dropped in the story line. The team has made the best use of technology and editing is the next best thing.

I fans for Sukumar from the times of Arya2 and Arya and he's lived up the expectation. Mahesh Babu as always suits best for extra human roles and this one is a delight to a viewer. Débutante Sanoon has done a pretty role.

One thing in the movie is - there is no comedy and there are no comedians(Bramhanandam). That mostly is the reason why it is received with apprehensions. But for those fans of Mahesh Babu, this is a great watch.