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In the small town of Jalpaiguri, with only four theatres, movies more often than not hit the screens weeks after release. English movies were a rarity, mainly organised by some organisation as charity shows on Sunday mornings. That was early nineties. It was one such charity show when I had my first tryst with dinosaurs, more than two decades ago. And with Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, I was transported back in time. And I must confess the journey was as memorable as the first one.
Jurassic World has every ingredient needed for a classic dinosaur movie – grandeur, new avatars of extinct reptiles of all possible species, a large theme park that hosts over twenty thousand tourists daily, a rich owner for whom morality and ethics matter over profits, two kids who are lost in the park, a crafty and sexy hero who has built the emotional bridge between man and beast, aaaaaand, a big, bad dinosaur that goes rogue.
I don’t think it would be a spoiler if I told you that Jurassic World introduces InDominus Rex, the new bad guy of the reptilian world. Raised in containment, this genetically modified organism is not a dinosaur, strictly speaking. Due to the turn of events, it escapes from its paddock and thus begins the mayhem.
Without spoiling your fun anymore, I would just mention, this tour of the Jurassic World will be worth the 130-odd minutes you spend in the theatre. Right from the Jurassic theme music, which will make you nostalgic, to the cheeky one liners in times of crisis, the film is high on entertainment quotient. And what else would I be expecting, right?
As you exit the theatre at the end, soaking in all the fun, you would surely crave for a REAL Isla Nublar theme park where you could dance with the dinos, literally.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
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Mandate: Will of the People is a simple book that tells the story of Indian politics in a gripping style that will surely appeal to people who love light-reading. Let’s be frank. This book carries no out-of-the-box, never-told-before factoid that will take the country by storm. Any fan of Indian non-fiction and political writing would already know of the events chronicled here. Yet, the nuanced ‘story-telling’ adds to the charm of revisiting the history of modern India.
Vir Sanghvi, a well-known columnist, has relied on his own experiences and memories to pen down the last few decades in Indian political spectrum. He has also relied on the various interviews to chronicle a candid account of the back room power games and the political action that hardly met the public eye. This book tells brings alive the men and women behind the headlines.
Mandate weaves together several important landmarks in post-modern India history from the declaration of the Emergency to the rise and fall of Sanjay Gandhi. It takes you through the Punjab insurgencies, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the bloody riots that followed. The book also deals with Rajiv Gandhi’s legacy as PM and the cacophony of alliance-politics thereafter. From the prime ministership of PV Narsimha Rao to the Ram Janmabhoomi agitation to the very recent denouncement of PM-ship by Sonia Gandhi – it all finds place between the covers.
Mandate is not the best book on Indian politics. Vir Sanghvi’s lucid style of writing and personal touch works positively for the book. It would be a good medium of initiating the uninterested, 2-minutes noodles crazy Generation Y to the tales of our country that do not find a place in history text books yet. It is essential for the future generations to know the history of modern India, specially after the emergency, Sanghvi does justice to the cause.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
P.S. – Thank you Writers Melon for the review copy of the book.
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