Ghalib Danger- A Book Review

Ghalib Danger

After a long time I laid my hands on this one. Written by Neeraj Pandey- the much appreciated director of A Wednesday and Special 26, Ghalib Danger is a book about an underworld don Kamaran Khan- alias Ghalib Danger. Its a fictitious story, and it seems that soon Neeraj Pandey is going to make a movie on it. He has released the story in advance for his audience.

The story starts from France where the Mumbai Police, Interpol, CBI and few other police departments catch Kamaran Ali Khan in a mall and he is deported to India after serving in French jail for about two years. He spends four more years in an Indian jail and the present day is when he is being taken to the court for his final judgement. Chances are that he will get a bail.

In his journey between jail and court, the author takes us to his past which is nothing short of watching a bollywood movie. A hardworking man from Quasimgarh UP moves to Mumbai in search of work and how fate plays the masterstroke and changes his life for ever when on an important day of his life, he makes a choice as trivial as dropping a fare from Haji Ali to Mohammed Ali Road in Mumbai. His story starts from there and is nothing short of a roller coaster ride from the word go.

While there is nothing dramatically new or different in the book, its the way the author has written the story that makes the whole difference. The book in one word is pacey. It has not even a single line which you would want to miss. Its just written very smartly taking care of each and every event to the last most detail. The build up to the climax is so cleverly done, that when you reach the end you just feel total paisa vasool!! Coupled with a taught writing is Ghalib’s poetry which dots the story, as the main characters are shown to be huge believers in Ghalib’s words and his philosophy. I am hoping that when this translates into a movie, the director will take good care of the poetry part.

The characterization of all characters in the book is good, but the way Kamaran’s character unfolds, its difficult not to develop a huge liking for the gangster as the story progresses. I had loved his first movie- A Wednesday and liked Special 26. Needless to say the director has lived upto the expectations in his first book.

As I said earlier, it seems as if Neeraj has just released the story of his next movie. Husband and I are so convinced about the movie part that we even went to the extent of discussing who should play what part..:)

Overall, I loved the book. Highly recommended for those looking for something hooking and fast paced.

Author- Neeraj Pandey

Price- INR 250

Rating- 4/5


At a Book Launch

Ha… so i managed to come up with only three posts since 1st Feb. Now I can understand why they say that its actually very difficult to find time when you have a baby to take care of. K just does not allows me any time for myself. Now that she has learnt to walk, someone has to be there around her ALL the time. And that is what takes up most of my waking hours every day.

Anyway- this is not the subject of this post today. Subject is something else. Today I went to book launch session of- “The One You Cannot Have” which was organized in Gurgaon at Canvas and Quills- at Southpoint Mall. The author of the book Preety Shenoy and Anuja Chauhan (Author of The Zoya Factor, The Battle of Bittora and Those Pricey Thakur Girls) were there and a discussion on – Love in the times of Google- was planned at the event. It was great seeing the authors you have read a lot in person. However, since I had gone their with K, who started making all kind of noises the moment the discussion started, I had to leave without even meeting the two authors. My bad luck! However, the visit today did had a positive affect on me. Just seeing the two females filled me with inspiration to write..write and write more. It was such a fresh and nice feeling to be among people who work hard to produce wonderful books which I love to read. It was a much needed change for me also. Off late I have been so busy with K, that there has been no time to either read any books or post something worthwhile on this blog. I hopped on the blogging marathon to give some oxygen to this space, but as is evident from the few posts in the first week, I have not been able to keep up.

Also, these days I am socializing with people whom I would not have been in touch with otherwise, had it not been for K. Yes, to have play dates for my baby, I hang out with mommies who operate on a totally different wavelength. One such female is husband’s friend’s wife. Her daughter is one month younger to K. the female only talks about maids, cleaning her home, maintaining it, her daughter’s stories, maids, cleanliness….you get the idea. It gets so boring and suffocating after a point in time. Today after visiting the launch, i felt a fresh breeze of air. Its so good to be involved in activities like reading and writing, than being entangled in mundane discussions about maids and the likes.

So this visit to see two people who have produced wonderful books was really welcome. I really want to write more frequently and regularly on this blog. I hope that this year will see increased blogging activity from my end.

By the way- Both Preeti and Anuja are so fit!! They do not look a day older than 30!! and both are mommies to teenagers. About Preeti, i read on her blog about how disciplined and regular she is with her eating and exercise; but I guess, all successful people are disciplined on all fronts of their lives. If they work hard, they also take good care of their health, to enable them to run faster and farther in their lives.


And our baby is walking now

K has crossed the most awaited milestone. Yes, she has started walking. And I am a delighted mommy. She started trying to stand without support in November only. Then December onwards her agenda was to master the art of standing without support. Towards beginning of January she was able to stand without support for considerable amount of time like- few minutes altogether. She also started taking her first steps somewhere around January beginning only. However, since it was very cold here, we were not leaving her on the floor for long duration. She was either in the bed or in her crib. Once the cold wave started withering, i started placing her on a mat for like an hour or two in a day. Slowly the steps increased to two- three and now since Feb beginning, she has started walking quite properly. She follows me from the living room to the kitchen, to other rooms and looks very pretty while walking. of all the milestones she crossed till now, this one has been the most amazing. It feels so good to see her take those baby steps…i feel blessed…:)

I noticed that actually she did not crawl at all. Since the time she started moving, she would crawl only if very necessary. Else, she would just try practicing to stand firmly on her legs without support. Infact she did not even move much with support. After sitting, she learnt the art of crawling, this was somewhere in November beginning,  and since mid November the practice to stand independently started.

However, with the moving bit, the job to ensure that she is safe and not venturing into unsafe territory has become even more difficult. I have to keep a constant eye on her activities all throughout the day….so yes, all my time is going there and hence no posts here…you see…:)

We have taken a lot of videos of her and that reminds me that I have to save all of them in the hard disk as well.

Thanks for reading and do comment if you happen to pass by..


WP on my phone now

I wrote two posts yesterday, both are right now in my drafts folder. I just could not concentrate given the continuous disturbance by K and hence they turned out to be quite incoherent posts. I had no choice but to not post them. Then I just did not get time to write and hence could not post anything yesterday.  However, while reading a blog on my phone before sleeping I gathered that there is a wordpress app on which I can post using my mobile also. Aha…I was so delighted. I downloaded the app yesterday. ..and yes you guessed it right…am typing this on WP on my mobile. Yay!!! To technology…:) I am so glad to have discovered this app. I am sure I am going to use it big time from now on. Thankyou Shilpa Garg…for introducing me to this wonderful app. Good night for now..cheers…

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We want to be Happy

I have been thinking offlate- whats the definition of happiness? How many people are really happy? Specially in today’s times. I will tell you the source of my thoughts also. We (both husband and I) are always under stress. Always means ALWAYS! For him, the source of tension is only one- his job. Sometimes its the boss, other times his profile, sometimes his band, and at others he is just not being able to emotionally connect with his work; which according to him is of utmost importance to him. Last time when I saw him happy in his job was before we got married, that is sometime around 2010. Then, circumstances changed and we had to move cities, his role changed and hence problems started.

Now lets come to me- on the outside I am a humorous and funny person. I laugh, i joke and am generally in an upbeat mood. However, from inside I am no different from husband. My source of tension keeps changing. So it is job, then its trying to get pregnant, in between its inlaws, then some domestic problem, again job…and the cycle continues.

If we look at the broader picture- we both earn well, we have a baby now, we have parents who are healthy, we have also bought a property last year…so the key parameters are in place. Still- if you spend a day at our home, you will realize that we are far from enjoying life. We mostly have serious topics to discuss. like how can we go abroad, what kind of job should husband look for, how are we going to manage baby K once i join back work etc etc. The thing is that matters of tension never end, and we sorely lack the art of focusing on good things around. We hardly go on vacations. One of us is perennially in front of the laptop cursing his/ her work and screwing our weekend. Basically we are not enjoying life. I am worried now as both of us have already hit our thirties which means a large part of life is gone..this decade more and given our lifestyles we may soon be facing health issues…children will grow up and their needs too…work is definitely never going become overall things are either going to stay same or become more complicated in the years to come….so when are we going to be Happy? When are we going to feel light headed and relaxed?

Pls share your thoughts on this. I guess we need some therapy on attitude changing.

Blogathon Feb 2014

I have been reading a lot of blogs off late and came to know that some blogathon was going on in January. Great! I have participated in one a couple of times. Its a tough job. leave apart content, just the discipline of sitting and writing something every single day for a month is definitely not easy. Both the times i tried doing it, i could only post like some 15- 20 days. However, after seeing people participate in blogathon, i am kinda tempted to do one here. Many thoughts are stopping me, K hardly gives me any time, and even if i am able to open my blog, to come up with a decent post becomes difficult.

But, right now i am tempted, to do a post every day of February…:) and i have decided to give into this temptation…:)

Let us see how i fare this time. All the best to me!! I will write one post each day till 28th Feb.