Life Is What You Make It – Agree and Disagree

At first glance, it seems like a teen romance – something that gives them the impetus to plod on through the challenging years. But it is not. Sure, the encouragement is there, but not in the way we envisioned it to be. The phrase “appearances are deceptive” quickly jumped to mind as I was halfway through the story.

Dunkirk – What’s A Little Nolan Without Confusion?

Dunkirk is Nolan’s attempt to impress the story upon audiences through visuals and music for most part of the movie. It’s the story of English forces stranded in Dunkirk while being gunned down upon by Allied Forces, and their evacuation.

House Rules – Heartbreaking and Heartwarming At The Same Time

I am part of an awesome group on Facebook that has 10k other readers like me (10k as of this instant). Every day, there are scores of discussions on books and reading, not to forget the long list of book recommendations that the members dole out. Thanks to this group, I built up a TBR…

Bask Under Ruskin Bond’s ‘The Blue Umbrella’

Like I’d done with The Cherry Tree, I bought The Blue Umbrella when it was on sale. And just like The Cherry Tree, I fell in love with this book, too. Ruskin Bond is pure genius in his simplicity. His stories are simple, yet carry a message that resonates with every reader in some form…

Naam Shabana – A Story Of Gritty, Sometimes Witty Shabana

If you have watched Neeraj Pandey’s 2015 action thriller, Baby, you’ll know Shabana. Played by Taapsee Pannu, Shabana is a character who oozes grit and determination. Patriotic to the hilt and righteous in the most positive sense of the word, Shabana knows no limit when it comes to serving her country.

‘Think With Me’ – Annoys With Its Preposterous Ideas

Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara – I knew that this man, a brilliant businessman, was arrested in 2014. But I didn’t know why. It doesn’t matter early in this review, but it somewhat dented my opinion of him when I read the book with his arrest in mind. I agreed to review Think With Me, the…

Fight Club – I’m Breaking Rule Number 1!

I did come around to finally, finally watching Fight Club. And now that I have, I understand the years and years of people staring at me like I was mad for not having watched this classic. I did question my sanity for not having watched it earlier.

King Lear – Strenuous To Read But Heartbreaking

The only book I’d read of William Shakespeare was Timon of Athens. As time passed, I thought, maybe I should be reading his more popular works like Romeo and Juliet, and As You Like It. But then my book list kept expanding (and still does) to the point where I did not want to concentrate…

Stanley ka Dabba – A Generous Serving of Silent Retrospection

I’ve been waiting a long time to find the perfect movie that will make me write a review and kick off the movie reviews section of The Review Lounge. Until a few days ago, even the thought of starting this barren section did not cross my mind. And then I watched Stanley ka Dabba.  The…

The Fault in Our Stars – A Poem

About The Fault in Our Stars, I was so touched and influenced, that I rustled up a poem on this absolutely wonderful story. Though I might not be a pro at recreating beautifully told prose into poetry, please know that the poem is heartfelt.

Two by Two – Nicholas Sparks Needs To Calm Down A Little

There is no particular reason I picked up this book, other than that the Kindle version was available for a dirt cheap price. But reading this book sort of put me in a position where I was almost ready to chuck my device at the wall in absolute fury. I hate the book, but deep down, I know that it’s not the book I hate, but a certain character.

War Poems – A Poignant Account by Christopher Pascale

The style of writing is simple, almost like a narration, but there is music in this style of poetry. It’s the simplicity that hits you with the force of a battering ram. There isn’t any explanation as to why you feel the load crushing your chest as you read the poems, aside from the fact that they are as beautifully realistic as a poem could possibly be.