• Reviews,  Tech review

    Apple TV and tvOS 13 Review

    Apple TV has been a great addition to my bedroom. The tvOS 13 is really easy to use and provides some fantastic features to your TV viewing experience. Apple TV is a small box or like a mini-mini-mac that you connect to your TV through HDMI cable. It is a small box that fits in nicely in compact spaces too. The back portion of the box has space for power connection, HDMI connection to your TV and a network cable port but I think it is not used much due to Wifi easily available. Apple TV comes with Wifi and Bluetooth to connect to other devices. Remote It comes with…

  • Mobile Reviews,  Reviews

    Nokia 8.1 mobile phone – 4 months usage review

    I was searching now for an Android phone that had stock Android with it.  There are not many phones in the market though. Your best bet is to either buy Google Pixel or else select one of the Android One ranges that Google launched in 2014. Phones that are launched as Android One get minimum updates to Android OS  for 2 years. So if the phone is launched with Android Marshmallow, it will get Android Pie and Android X. Few manufacturers have launched phones under Android One but Nokia by HMD Mobile and Motorola have launched many phones under Android One as part of their strategy. Nokia 8.1 was launched…

  • Book Reviews

    Book Review of Being Hindu

    Being Hindu is a book written by Hindol Sengupta. The author has put forward his ideas properly with a solid research. He also expresses his personal life honestly which engages the reader from time to time. On a personal note, I agree to most or all of the views expressed by the author in the book. In fact, I had similar observations that Hindol has mentioned in one of his chapters. Example: I never understood why there would ever be a conflict between Hinduism and Science. I know that the Church did not like Galileo for his views but I don’t think that our temples would ever deny the statements…

  • Book Reviews

    Review of Book – Talks on The Gita by Acharya Vinoba Bhave

    Link for the book (HTML online): http://www.mkgandhi.org/talksongita/talk_gita.htmE-Book (PDF): http://www.mkgandhi.org/ebks/talks_on_the_gita.pdf ‘Talks on The Gita’ or ‘Gita Pravachane’ are a series of talks delivered by Acharya Vinoba Bhave in 1932 in Dhule jail where Vinoba had been incarcerated by the British for his participation in the freedom movement. In the note from the publisher of this book: Vinoba agreed to give a talk every Sunday and delivered 18 talks on the 18 Chapters. P.S. Sane alias Sane Guruji, a great writer and freedom-fighter, wrote them down in long hand. There was no question of their being taped and their publication was also not thought of. In fact, Vinoba had given talks on the Gita many…

  • Movie Reviews

    The Social Network – A small review

    I am watching The Social Network movie again on HBO. I watch this movie again and again and I feel  that the movie does  not portray Mark Zuckerberg as a negative character. I like movies when it is very difficult to judge a character and the movie leaves it to the audience to decide what is right and what is wrong. Moving on, David Fincher has captured the ambitions of young adults very properly. The screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and author Ben Mezrich is the best part of the movie. A personal observation: While watching the movie, I was thinking about the whole Mark and Eduardo thing. I think that…

  • Bollywood,  Movie Reviews

    Sarkar Raj : No Power At All

    Let me begin by saying that I loved the first movie Sarkar. I have seen it 4 times till now, which is good enough number according to my standards to term it as ” I love this movie ” ( Haven’t I mentioned that yet ?? ) . The other movie from Ram Gopal Verma which I adore is Satya. Brilliant. These 2 movies give RGV a different status altogether in Bollywood. And thats why I went to see Sarkar Raj with lot of anticipation ( mind you , not expectation ) . I ignored all the mixed reviews from critics and friends. I wanted to go to the theater…

  • Bollywood,  Movie Reviews

    Taare Zameen Par – Bollywood at its best

    It is for movies like Taare Zameen Par, that I still have trust in Bollywood. I went to watch this movie, with lots of expectations, and Aamir delivers again, and this time, brilliantly as a director. First, let me clear this : The movie is not about dyslexia. The movie is not for kids, but for parents ( the lyrics by Prasoon Joshi are evidence of this. I don’t think any kid below 15 will be able to understand most of the songs ) The movie is a must-watch for all, or would-be parents ( you might have heard this hundred times, but believe me, its true ) Now, the…

  • Movie Reviews

    Best Movie I Saw in 2007

    Well, there are many fantastic movies I saw this year. Its difficult to remember, but to name a few – City of Gods, Die Hard 4, No Smoking, The Sound of Music, Indiana Jones Trilogy etc. But the best one I saw is Pan’s Labyrinth or El Laberinto del Fauno ( 2006 ) . Its the most captivating, spell-binding movie you will get to see, after Lord of the Rings. Actually, it should be put in the leagues of LOTR. Guillermo Del Tero does a top-notch job in story-telling. This is a must-see for all the fantasy lovers. The enchanting background score does justice to the screenplay. The actors have…

  • Book Reviews

    Review of The Kite Runner ( the book , not the movie )

    My friends gave me The Kite Runner as a birthday gift ( after checking my ‘to-read’ list on Goodreads 🙂 ) . As this book was shorter than Shantaram, I decided to go with it first. The book was a refreshing change from the books I have been reading lately – Rich Dad Poor Dad , Cashflow Quadrant. The last book I read which made me forget my daily activities and stick to reading was Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, when it was released. And now, The Kite Runner. In one word, this book is – touching. Emotional. Not to mention a bit depressing in between.Actually, it is a…

  • Movie Reviews,  Movies

    Pune International Film Festival

    The Pune International Film Festival is finally over. I was a delegate ( for a price of 300 bucks) and after watching 15 movies in past 7 days, I think it was worth it. I got to see some very good movies , which otherwise I wouldn’t have got chance to do so . Of course, many movies were really really boring, Actually, boring is not the word.. I think Unbearable will be the appropriate word for those . But the whole experience was very different for me and I think in the end, I enjoyed the festival . Anyways, I will write a short review ( summary) of each…