Rudyard Kipling: The underrated spooky storyteller

The literary world hailed Kipling as a great writer for his works: Kim, Captains Courageous and the popular ‘The Jungle Book’. Unfortunately, or ironically Kipling’s short stories on supernatural/horror genre got overshadowed or ignored. He never got the due as a writer of horror stories. Who can ever forget his classic short story – The…

The untold story of Harilal Gandhi

On 18th June, 1948, an alcoholic was hospitalized in Bombay’s municipal hospital. His disheveled state made him appear more like a beggar. There was no clue about his whereabouts. The alcoholic man died unsung on the day of his hospitalization. The hospital staff was unable to find about his identity. It was revealed later that…

A Fractured Comeback

My dreams came crashing down. So did my life. I will never forget the doomed day – 3rd November 2020. In a trance of depressive memories, hurt by resentful situations, unknowingly I met with a fatal injury that left me bleeding on both hands and legs. Most importantly, it left my right hand numb with…

The swashbuckling legend of Zorro: A Mexican Vigilante

There is a hero in everyone. It all takes courage to discover the hero in you. From Batman, Captain America, Iron Man to Spiderman, every comic hero wasn’t a hero till he realized the abilities in him. Before the advent of all these heroes, there was a masked vigilante named Zorro who had a great…

Tom Lefroy: The mysterious muse of Jane Austen

Who was the inspiration behind the creation of Darcy, the protagonist of Pride and Prejudice? Was he modelled on some real-life person? Perhaps, Jane Austen’s semi-biography book: Becoming Jane Austen can unsolve the mystery behind the man who inspired Jane Austen to write ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Though Jane’s personal life has been kept in wraps,…

Is legend of King Arthur inspired by Indian mythology?

Before Jon Snow (The Game of Thrones), Baahubali, Leonidas (300), there was king Arthur. The recent Hollywood movie (2017) – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was based on the great knight and king of England. The 2017 movie had lots of fantasy elements. Some historians agree that King Arthur existed while some debate that…

I know what you did last summer (2021) : Be ready to get hooked

Recently a Marathi TV series: Ti Parat Aaliye (She has returned) premiered on Zee Marathi. Initially I thought it might be inspired by movie ‘Stree’ or some urban legends from India. As I started watching the series, I realized that the plot is lifted from 90’s cult Hollywood thriller/slasher movie – I know what you…