Is Greek Hero Achilles connected to Indian Mythology?

Greek warriors have always been idolized in historical epic movies, novels and documentaries. Among several Greek heroes, Achilles was one such warrior whom even Alexander the Great considered as a role model. A warrior born with divine powers, unconquerable, ambitious, romantic and courageous, Achilles was no less than God. For those who are unfamiliar with…

Morning show: adventures of youthful days

Today when I look behind the time, I regret for not trying the youthful adventures every youngster craved for – Morning shows. In late 80’s and early 90’s there were no multiplex theatres. Single screen theatres had their dominance. Apart from mainstream cinema (Bollywood), Single screen cinemas had a special morning slot for hot adult…

Troy – An epic movie on Homer’s Illiad

One love, One war, Many legends It was Wolfgang Petersen’s epic movie – Troy that introduced me to Homer’s acclaimed work – Illiad. Homer’s Illiad is epic in itself, giving us a glimpse at the saga of fallen heroes like Achilles and Hector. Illiad and Mahabharata are two such epic writings that are been adapted…

Bihar Diaries – A hard hitting cop story

Book title – Bihar Diaries Author – IPS officer Amit Lodha Genre – Thriller/Memoir/Non-fiction Publishers – Penguin India Bihar Diaries, a thrilling non-fictional book written by IPS officer Amit Lodha is a realistic look on lives of cops. Unlike the cops portrayed in movies, the real life cops are not super heroes who can beat…

How to make reading sessions a thrilling experience?

‘Time is a river and books are boat’ – Dan Brown What an extra-ordinary philosophical thought on reading! To flow with waves of time, books are like boats that help us reach the shores. Whether you are at airport, traveling in a bus or lounging in a hotel room, books are the best companions to…

Shaniwarwada – A haunted fort or a cursed architecture

For tourists, Shaniwarwada is a historical spot, but in reality it is a house of screams, ghostly screams of the young Peshwa Narayan Rao who was got brutally killed on orders of his own uncle Raghunath Rao infamously known as Raghoba. It was Raghoba’s wife Anandibai who cunningly manipulated the letter by writing ‘Narayan rao…

Wilson’s Bridge – A classic ghost story by Ruskin Bond

Do paranormal beings exist? Are apparitions and ghost figures a product of imagination? Is there any after-life element? Ruskin Bond has explored the topic of super natural elements in his short story collection – A face in the dark and other hauntings where readers get acquainted with abandoned cemeteries, haunted bridge, isolated garden and phantom…

Remembering Dr Kashinath Ghanekar (14 September 1930 – 2 March 1986)

The real potential of an aspiring actor is tested when he gives his best performance to a large audience seated in a theatre. Stage is stepping stone for every actor. In late 1960’s when superstar Rajesh Khanna took Hindi cinema by storm, his stardom catapulting to new heights, theatre had just empty seats. Especially Marathi…

An interview with Hannibal Lecter

Hannibal Lecter was just a supporting character in director Michael Mann’s 80’s movie – The Manhunter, a chilling psychological thriller based on Thomas Harris’ best-selling novel – Red Dragon. It was 90’s Hollywood blockbuster – The Silence of the lambs that made Hannibal Lecter an iconic character. Sinister, creepy, genius yet cannibalistic by nature, Hannibal…