Tuesday, June 12, 2018

STRESS BUSTER

WHAT TO WATCH


THE BIG SICK:


Kumail is a Pakistani origin Stand-up Comedian living in Chicago. At one of his shows, he meets Beth and they hit off right away. Soon, they start dating but meanwhile, Kumail’s parents led by his father (Anumpam Kher) keep introducing him to Pakistani girls, with the aim to get him married in accordance with their tradition of “arranged marriage”, which Kumail is strictly opposed to. He hesitates to tell his family about Beth because his cousin was kicked out of the family for marrying a “white” girl. On learning this, Beth decides to leave Kumail.

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Things turn upside down as Beth falls sick and is medically induced into a coma. Kumail, now finds himself trying to form a bond with Beth’s parents as Beth fights for her life, while also dealing with his parent’s whims and trying to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.

The movie takes rom-coms to another dimension. It is witty, humorous and strikes a chord or two with the viewer as Kumail tries to fight battles on multiple fronts at the same time.

Will he succeed?



WHAT TO READ


THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE:



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Do not judge the book by its name! If you think we are talking science fiction, you could not have been more mistaken. A graphic novel of the highest quality, it is a book not meant to be read, but to be reread.

The book presents an alternate universe in which Lovelace and Babbage successfully build a Difference Engine and use it to solve real-world problems.

This graphic novel allows the reader to escape by going back in time into an alternate future that's captivating and engrossing. Sydney Padua captures one of the most compelling scientific collaborations in a series of hilarious adventures.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Der f├╝nfte Sommereimer

WHAT TO WATCH:

Bioscopewala (2017) Proceed with caution, major SPOILERS ahead.


Based on the heart-rending “Kabuliwala” by Rabindranath Tagore, this modern take on the classic is a gripping take that will keep you guess to your seat. Danny Denzongpa is phenomenal as Rehmat Khan, the bioscopewala. Cast out by the Taliban for corrupting minds with immoral cinema, Khan travels to Calcutta with a bioscopewala of his own design. The reels he managed to save(from his hometown) he showed children for “ek paiya”. One child amongst those was little Minnie Basu, the daughter of a fashion photographer. Khan is accused of murder, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Minnie’s father, Robi Basu, dies tragically on a flight to Kabul. Grown-up Minnie now studies film-making in Paris. Her father's death makes her evaluate their relationship, and the conviction of Rehmat Khan, who now has Alzheimer's. She follows her father's research, and his goal of getting Khan back to his hometown to meet his daughter. On getting there, however, she realizes there isn't anything worth going back to. Not wanting to disappoint the old man, she assures him his daughter is alive and well in an emotional scene Denzongpa nailed to perfection. All in all, a must watch.

WHAT TO READ:

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time By Mark Haddon

Wellington has been killed, and Christopher Boone is determined to find the killer. The only catch is that Wellington is a dog, whose owner does not share Christopher’s enthusiasm, and Christopher is a fifteen year old with “behavioral issues”. In the process of solving the murder mystery, Christopher discovers secrets about his own past, which will change his life forever.
While this synopsis may sound cliched, Haddon’s writing style is a breath of fresh air. The story is told from Christopher’s perspective, a boy who is on the autistic spectrum. His various idiosyncrasies make the narrative charming, while his self-aware commentary on literature are a breath of fresh air. The most striking thing about the narrative is Haddon’s depiction of the protagonist’s attention deficit disorder, something seen in his description of the railway station at London. The character of Christopher may come off as unlikable, but the story is nonetheless gripping.

WHAT TO TINKER WITH:

Ike

"What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important." - Dwight 'Ike' Eisenhower

Though I fully don’t understand former US President Eisenhower’s priority matrix, Ike, which is based on it, is a fun to-do list app. You can rate your tasks on two parameters - importance and urgency. This divides your tasks into four lists namely, Focus, Goals,Fit In and Backburner. Using Eisenhower’s matrix, the app prioritizes your tasks. This ends your dilemma of what needs to be done first. You can add due dates and location reminders to the tasks. Ike has a playful and user-friendly interface with great visuals and incredibly smooth animations.
There is no backup system, that is, you can’t transfer tasks from one device to another or have the same tasks on multiple devices at once. You can’t move tasks between lists when their importance or urgency changes. You need to delete and rewrite them. On a personal note, I would love if I could create my own theme by choosing the colors I like for the lists.
Despite these small bugs, Ike is a great app if you feel unorganized, can’t maintain a physical to-do list, or forget important things.It is an Editor’s Choice App on Play Store with an awesome rating of 4.6/5.
Ike is free to download and use. You can go Pro through a one-time purchase to unlock many interesting features like adding images and audio recordings.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SUMMER BUCKET 4.0

WHAT TO WATCH

INSIDE OUT:

Simply put, a dazzlingly imaginative adventure set inside the mind of an 11 year old girl. Inside Out is a formidably ingenious film set which hits an elusive sweet spot in appealing to adults and children alike. It's in the way that the story depicts the fading of childhood's mental furniture, and explores the mechanics of forgetting, that Inside Out achieves a universal significance. The running gags are delicious and the movie expertly tugs the heartstrings. Don't be afraid to wipe a tear from your eye at the end of it.

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WHAT TO READ


Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions:


It would be very difficult not to like this little book which shines with warmth and forthrightness. The author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's friend Ijeawele wrote to ask how she should bring her baby daughter up as a feminist, and in response, Adichie made a list of fifteen suggestions. Some of the suggestions are mountains of difficulty made simple which burrow down into the heart of the matter. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be woman today.

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