Author: Sumeet Singh

‘Black Water Lilies’ by Michel Bussi | Book Review

Claude Monet’s celebrated art of water lilies in his home-garden at Giverny has attracted many a visitors to this little French community, but unlike the painting not everything is as bright and lively in this place. This piece of art forms the heart of Michel Bussi’s terrifying new page-turner, where the story reveals itself in a span of 13 days and starts with one murder and finish with another. A man is found dead on the famous garden, and we’re introduced to our detective Serenac who quickly establishes the identity of the corpse as that of a rich doctor Jérôme Morval. Another major twist that...

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The Jim Corbett Omnibus | Book Review

The Jim Corbett Omnibus recounts three of the author’s most memorable of books, and it is such a refreshing change of setting from the modern day thrillers I’m more accustomed to. I was pretty reluctant to have picked up this book, as neither I am into wildlife, nor had I read any of Jim’s other works, but had an idea that he’s a wonderful storyteller, a rumor that has very much been attested by yours truly. A review debrief of the three books in the omnibus- Man Eaters of Kumaon The author, also a master of hunting, tells us how he out-chased and killed a few man-eating tigers. Here he mentions how man is not the animal’s first choice of food, and that tigers seek human flesh only when they are physically incapable of hunting the more active kinds. Corbett gives a beautiful imagery of a small Indian village set in Himalaya of the 1920s, where people and nature work as one. The author’s humility and reason on hunting makes it furthermore impressive. In The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag This is a story where the beast was able to outsmart our beloved hunter on several occasions. So much does this leopard held terror among the locals, that Corbett had to request people and government for their assistance in taking the beast down. This story also has a very interesting detail about an efficient...

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Watch: ‘Vanvaas’ Short Film Starring Piyush Mishra, Prabal Panjabi and Ayesha Raza Mishra

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’re sitting audience to some of the best short films on this special bond. Just recently we had shared an advertisement by Google India titled The Hero, which showed a father and son bonding over Bollywood. Today we have the beautiful short called Vanvaas, which highlights a strained relationship between a short-tempered father (Piyush Mishra) and a likewise son (Prabal Panjabi), and how they bond over the game of cricket. The father’s pretty pissed at the son for not doing a job, while the son is more business-inclined and doesn’t care enough for a job. Ayesha Raza Mishra takes here...

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Google India’s New Bollywood-Style Ad ‘The Hero’ Has Father and Son Bonding Over Cinema

With the entire subject centred around Bollywood and father-son bonding, Google Search could have included a Papa Kehte Hai track as well in their latest heart-tugging ad. Just in time for Father’s Day, the new ad honours the dreams a father must have nurtured in his youth, the sacrifice he made to raise their families, and how a son sets out to fulfil that dream for his own ‘selfish’ interests. Starring Vicky Kaushal (Masaan), the ad is an emotional tear-jerk that makes you see your old man in an entirely new light. I understand one can never thank one’s parents for everything they endure for...

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Women Workers In Urban India | Edited By Saraswati Raju and Santosh Jatrana

The last two decades have witnessed a major transformation in many Indian cities, creating enormous pools of work opportunities in both the modern and traditional realms. This monograph by multiple contributors studies the work participation of female workers joining the workforce in urban India. Made informative with figures, charts and graphs, the authors investigate a woman’s role in India’s ever-growing employment avenues in two major sectors – high end professional occupations and domestic workers. The categories are then further broken down and studied job-wise, position-wise, and even earning-wise, listing out the difficulties and hindrances that the women face to scale in their respective work....

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