While speaking to me over a hot cup of desi adrak chai, Saurabh shared, “Many years back I took a journey to lead a fantastic life by backpacking in remote villages of India. It made me rediscover myself and transformed me into a community developer & today I only work towards adding value to society in the purest ways possible. Our vision is to lead people to the most simple & healthy ways of life.”
Gripping narrative, powerful performances and immersive background score and superlative choreography make Cartel a binge-worthy watch that make you thirst for Season 2. Prashant Bhagia’s direction is a refreshing, I have fallen in love with his amazing narrative style. Prashant has sculpted each scene carefully and background score lends an immersive experience. Murder, sex, violence, drugs and abusive language Cartel has it all, but it seamlessly fits in to the narrative. The climax is gripping and leaves the audience hungry for a second season where hope & order will be restored.
The subject or rapes and murders that Thaver has chosen is a sensitive one, and yet he handles it with dignity and sensitivity, the same way that he has while covering countless such unfortunate incidents while on the job. It is very easy to cross the line with such subjects and describe scenes of sexual assault or murder in gory detail simply to keep the reader hooked, but Thaver steers clear of it. Instead, he chooses to focus on the nitty gritties of crime detection and investigation, which do an equally effective job of retaining the reader’s attention till the very end.
“What I found particularly likeable was how Dixit has recreated the world of Bombay 3, a part of south Mumbai where he has grown up and observed with the detail of a journalist’s eye.The bit about the three friends who form the central characters of the book looking at trains, debating which one is the best and making plans to go out someday are also endearing.” – says Mohamed Thaver, senior journalist
Don’t be surprised if you hear huffing-chuffing & rattling sounds while reading this book named, ‘Halt Station India’. This book would fully enthral you in the world of wheels that transformed India. I had picked up this book two years ago at Delhi airport but it was just recently that I finished reading it.
The Colony Kid by Meena Chatty is a brilliant choice for oldies like me to reminisce on our childhood. The writing is vivid, conversational and fun. It truly felt refreshing to read such a positive book, and positivity is ultimately paramount in these trying times. It shows how as kids adapted to change and found happiness in everything, and encourages us to do the same today.