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The Weed Debate: why marijuana should be legalised.

Marijuana, Charas, Ganja, Bhang, Cannabis, it goes by many names and many compositions, but in the recent years it has been at the centre of a growing debate: should it be made legal or not. In this blog we will delve deeper into why legalising cannabis is actually worth a shot.

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Lolita- is it a love story?

Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is a rollercoaster ride of a book. I happened to be maintaining a note on my phone about how I felt about the characters and about the situations in the book, at different points. I was aware of the content and therefore wanted to keep a record of the array of opinions… Continue reading Lolita- is it a love story?

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Why Ratatouille is the Best Pixar Movie

I have seen the movie Ratatouille maybe more than a hundred times since its release eleven years ago. So, from 9 year old to 20 year old self, I have seen the movie from various perspectives and every time I see it, I discover something new.

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The Inauspicious Indian Education System: A view from within

After 10th grade CBSE exam results came out, we were too distracted by all the toppers and all the above 95 percents to notice the ones who were getting smothered by the pressures of the Indian Educational “Rat Race”. Three students in Delhi have committed suicide. When I first saw the news, I was surprised to realise that I wasn’t surprised at all. Student suicides are so common place in India that it has been normalised to the extent where nothing tangible is being done to prevent them. Even when preventive measures are being taken they are so ill-executed that it is redundant. Or maybe the problem has such deep roots in our society that we cannot uproot it without a social awakening.

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History Behind Assassin’s Creed: The Assassins.

Assassin’s Creed is one of the best open world games to exist. The charm of Assassin’s Creed, especially for its fans, lies in the intricate and well written story line and a masterful inter-weaving of fiction into the tapestry of historical reality.

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Midnight’s Children: the magic of truth

Salman Rushdie’s magnum opus, Midnight’s Children is a singularly unique literary masterpiece. The book is an exemplary inter-weaving of reality and fantasy; the work is a benchmark for magic realism.

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Coraline (Book Review)

Coraline is our every day 21st century kid. Wants to live her life to the fullest and have fun but are doomed to have parents who have absolutely no time for her. So she is fighting every day till the day she gets sucked into the same lifestyle or maybe not. But while she is neglected by her parents she goes about discovering the Pink Place, where she lives. She finds a small trap door

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The Great Indian Novel (Review)

The Great Indian Novel, Shashi Tharoor’s debut into the writing world, (the title being a direct translation of Mahabharata, Maha-Great and Bharat-India), is a political satire which is also a retelling of the Indian epic Mahabharata. The author chronicles the twentieth century Indian history by drawing fitting analogies from the epic.

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IT (Book): Review and Analysis

I recently finished reading Stephen King’s voluminous thriller: It. It is an exploration of the power of belief and childhood innocence over the banality of adult rationality and incredulity. Stephen King, in my opinion, has mastered the way a child thinks and how venomous adults can get. As always the real villains in the story seemed to be the adults, as one character, Eddie, explicitly mentions that, “adults are the real monsters”. And looking around the world I completely second that thought.

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Decoding Childish Gambino’s This is America

Donald Glover also known by his stage name Childish Gambino has come out with the latest video of his song This is America and it has taken the world by a storm! This is America’s central theme is gun violence but boy, there is so much going on in this one video that it isn’t enough to just watch it a few times; you got to watch it a million times and it’s still going to leave you amazed. So let us begin with the decoding.

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Defending Hannah

The first trailer of 13 Reasons Why season 2 is out and it looks thrilling. It seems like this season will be bigger and better than the last. After watching the trailer I started to remember the old point of contention that arose during the airing of the last season. Most people disliked Hannah for her actions and as the title suggests I am here to defend her. I am not a particular fan of Hannah’s characterisation but nevertheless I felt that the flak she received for being a victim was a tad bit too harsh.  

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Wuthering Heights: A Case Study of Obsession

The story chronicles the lives of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff who had spent their entire childhoods together, in joy and in despair. Their bond was unquestionable but things took an awful turn

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The Palace of Illusions

Vyasa’s Mahabharata was written from a generic male point of view despite constituting some very powerful and complex female characters. Divakaruni’s retelling flips the table and chronicles  Panchali’s journey from a naïve yet rebellious princess destined to change the course of history to the survivor of humiliation and hate to the queen fighting for vindication to the queen Hastinapur deserved; the metamorphosis of Draupadi, king Drupad’s daughter to Panchali, a woman who changed the course of history.

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An Era of Darkness & Why I Am A Hindu: A Discourse

This book is a must read for those who would want to make themselves politically educated of their present and past. In fact I think everyone should read it irrespective of religion and political beliefs. And it might also help people decide whether they want to be a part of a multifarious pluralist India or one blinkered by a certain notion of the religion which is quick to take offence.  

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a tale that follows Mildred Hayes’ (Frances McDormand) struggle to fight apathy towards her daughter’s rape and murder. In an attempt to draw the authorities’ attention to the case, she puts up a message for the police chief, on three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. The seemingly harmless billboards have extraordinary ramifications in this masterfully done dark comedy.

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Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name is one of the most creatively beautiful, emotionally and self-reflectively stirring movies out there. Simply put, it is one of the most heart breakingly beautiful love story.

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Lady Bird

This year’s Oscar front runner Lady Bird is a coming of age tale, which tells the story of a 17 year old named Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan). We see life through the eyes of a teenager with a mother whose love for her daughter borders on compulsive control of her decisions and choices. The story also serves as a reminder to appreciate our roots as Greta Gerwig does in her directorial debut, discovering Sacramento in all its charm and modesty.

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Get Out (2017)

Get Out, this year's Oscar front runner is a “social thriller”, the term being used by the movie’s director Jordan Peele. And what a well fitted term it is!

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The Shape of Water (2017)

Guillermo del Toro’s romantic fantasy The Shape of Water is a commentary on love without the established bounds of society. This beautifully crafted movie goes in deeper with its exploration of love than any other movie of its kind had done before.

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Chapter 2: The Sheriff’s Deputy

Synopsis: A day at work goes wrong for Rick Grimes of the King County Sheriff's Dept. Things go worse when he wakes into the worst nightmare.

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The Magic of Binge Watching

Binge watching television is a fairly newer trend. Ten or so years ago there wasn’t such a practice and even if there was it was often treated as obsession and requiring psychiatric therapy. But what was once applicable to crazed fanatics of motion picture has now become a brand in itself. It’s cool to binge watch now. But how does this help the television market?

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Chapter 1: The Broken Son

A point of view based fanfiction of The Walking Dead. There are four povs from the story: Rick Grimes, Michonne, Carl and Negan and an OC pov Asha Jenkins. It is how I think The Walking Dead should be; including elements of the show and the comic book as well as my own imagination. The five lives intertwine as they struggle to survive their worst nightmare. Their paths cross and sometimes clash. Chapter 1: The Broken Son Carl finds himself in a swallowing darkness when the shuffling of feet sends a chill down his spine as he awaits what's impending.

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Love Actually is….

Christmas time means Love Actually to me. So it is only befitting that I dedicate a blog to this beautiful movie. Love Actually is the only successful movie of its kind with a huge ensemble cast containing already famous names and some who would make it big in the later years. I have never seen a movie of its scale that was so well executed.

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The Walking Dead: What Went Wrong!

I binged The Walking Dead this November and caught up to the current season and episode. It has been one hell of a roller coaster ride and like all such rides it always ends by going downhill. Unfortunately, The Walking Dead has added its name to the list of all such great shows which, after seasons 4 or 5, were beyond recognition due to its bad writing. Such shows include Game of Thrones.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Halloween Binge

I really liked this movie. It is a powerhouse of entertainment and it has converted me into a Tim Curry fan.

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Coraline (2009): Halloween Binge

Coraline is not only a creative masterpiece but also a wonderful movie in the entirety. Coraline takes our imagination and fear for a roller coaster ride.

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Split (2016): Halloween Binge

This M. Night Shyamalam movie starring James McAvoy will send a chill down your spine but will fail to hit the right parts of our scary bones.

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Shawshank Redemption (1994): My Favourite Movie #4

Based on the novella by Stephen King, Shawshank Redemption tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) who is convicted for the alleged murder of his wife who was cheating on him. Although he is innocent, he is sentenced for life in Shawshank.

fandomverse · history

The Best Assassin’s Creed Game: A Countdown.

Assassin’s Creed has been an important part of my childhood. It is my favourite game since it feeds my curiosity regarding history. The key feature of this open world game is the accurate depiction of art, architecture and places during the time period in which it is set. It is a highly interactive game, letting the players to live in history itself. With the help of a contraption called the Animus the subjects could explore the memories of their ancestors, which is embedded in their DNA. It enables us to explore in great details, the world centuries ago. Not many people can boast about being enemies with the Borgia or being buddies with Lorenzo Medici.

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Top 20 Stranger Things Moments

This 27th of October we will take our annual trip to Hawkins, Indiana and fight the Demogorgon with the boys and El. Also we will slip in and out of the upside down. But before we embark on this journey, we need a quick recap of the past events. So here are my picks for the top 20 Stranger Things moments.

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Pitch Perfect: Review

Pitch Perfect. Aaaaand.....I wasn’t disappointed. I am glad I listened to her because this Anna Kendrick starrer got me grooving and singing along with Barden Bellas. And any movie getting you that involved got to be good.

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Halloween Binge: The Babadook (2014)

I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to the genre of horror. Horror, in my opinion, is a very subjective concept and the extent to which a movie horrifies or scandalises a person is completely up to what scares them. There are only a few movies that gave me the serious creeps, so that means… Continue reading Halloween Binge: The Babadook (2014)

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The Plot that was Promised: Varys

This blog focuses on the most mysterious character of ASOIAF. While by now we have understood the working of all the players we love or love to hate, Varys remains a mystery. Who is he? Who does he support? What does he plan? What will he do? Much like Martin's other mysteries, we can only guess. But then, the show came along and ruined him forever. Now, Varys is a shadow of his former self, and here's a blog both mourning his loss and ranting about the ruin.

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October Horror Movie Haul: Carrie (1976)

The beginning of Stephen King’s incomparable contribution to Hollywood and Brian De Palma’s direction, Carrie is a movie worth its fame. The story revolves around a heavily bullied high schooler named Carrie White. She is taunted and teased by other girls and has no peace at home where she has to face an obnoxiously fanatic mother. She gets her first period and having heard nothing of that from her mother, she freaks out in her school shower room and has to face humiliation before getting saved by her kind gym teacher. This is how hard life is for Carrie.

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October Horror Movie Haul: The Thing (1982)

Released in the same year as Poltergeist, John Carpenter’s The Thing is a really good alien flick. A group of researchers are in the middle of nowhere in Antarctica when they are apparently attacked by two Norwegian researchers. After eliminating the two who were hunting a dog, three American researchers went to explore the Norwegian base. There they found a grotesque and twisted thing which they bring in for research.

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October Horror Movie Haul: Poltergeist (1982)

I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to the genre of horror. Horror, in my opinion, is a very subjective concept and the extent to which a movie horrifies or scandalises a person is completely up to what scares them. There are only a few movies that gave me the serious creeps, so that means that I have encountered massive disappointments in this genre. The problem with horror is that most movies aim to terrify the audience as much as possible; so much so that it fails to focus on the storyline. The weak plotline is often a downer especially if the scare factor is lame as well. Recently, watching IT rekindled my urge to find such good examples of horror movies. So I decided to binge on some horror/thriller/ Halloween themed movies; and what better time to do it in than in October? Today we will discuss Poltergeist (1982).

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October Horror Movie Haul: Get Out (2017)

I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to the genre of horror. Horror, in my opinion, is a very subjective concept and the extent to which a movie horrifies or scandalises a person is completely up to what scares them. There are only a few movies that gave me the serious creeps, so that means that I have encountered massive disappointments in this genre. The problem with horror is that most movies aim to terrify the audience as much as possible; so much so that it fails to focus on the storyline. The weak plotline is often a downer especially if the scare factor is lame as well. Recently, watching IT rekindled my urge to find such good examples of horror movies. So I decided to binge on some horror/thriller/ Halloween themed movies; and what better time to do it in than in October? Today's movie is Get Out (2017).

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October Horror Movie Haul: Donnie Darko

I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to the genre of horror. Horror, in my opinion, is a very subjective concept and the extent to which a movie horrifies or scandalises a person is completely up to what scares them. There are only a few movies that gave me the serious creeps, so that means that I have encountered massive disappointments in this genre. The problem with horror is that most movies aim to terrify the audience as much as possible; so much so that it fails to focus on the storyline. The weak plotline is often a downer especially if the scare factor is lame as well. Recently, watching IT rekindled my urge to find such good examples of horror movies. So I decided to binge on some horror/thriller/ Halloween themed movies; and what better time to do it in than in October?

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Flipped: My Favourite Movie #3

A Rob Reiner movie, Flipped is a sweet teenage love story set in the 1950s. I first saw this movie in 11th grade on a friend’s suggestion. Then, I was going through a very difficult period and was struggling with depression. This movie saved my life. I loved it so much that watching it became a part of my daily routine. Every night I would watch this movie before going to bed, readying myself for another day and drowning out that day. So I would take this opportunity to thank Mr. Reiner for making this movie.

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Top 5 Dan Brown Books

Dan Brown is one of my favourites and one of the most popular authors of the 21st century. Dan Brown is specifically talented in weaving fiction with real life events and organisations. For me Dan Brown is my go to author to learn a lot about history and symbology within a book. I loved Brown’s books so much that I once aspired to be a symbologist myself. This year Dan Brown will take us on a trip to Spain and explore the cities of the beautiful country and delve deep into its history as Robert Langdon solves yet another mystery.

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The Godfather: My Favourite Movie #2

Today we will talk about arguably the best movie ever made by Hollywood or any damn wood out there. The Godfather. This movie is one of a kind and ingenious. The Godfather is responsible in spinning a whole new generation of directors trying to make something as good as this. But no one has succeeded out topping The Godfather and no one will, at least in the near future. So today's pick is this timeless classic.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower: My Favourite Movie #1

The story is based on a book with the same title by Stephen Chbosky. This 2012 indie teen drama, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller is about a boy named Charlie (Lerman), who has just survived rehabilitation for clinical depression and is looking forward to going back to a normal life with the beginning of high school.

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My Top 10 Disney Pixar Movies

Pixar has given us tons of memorable movies. Some of us have grown with these movies. Today we will be counting down to my favourite Pixar movie.

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Moana Review

Moana is a gift from Disney, released in 2016. It was narrowly beaten by Zootopia for the Oscar but it took an equal place to Zootopia, in our heart. Moana is the story of a Polynesian girl named Moana, whose only dream is to sail the ocean. Her father, the chief of the village is anxiously protective of her daughter as he forebodes what lies across the reef. Moana is prohibited from going out into the ocean like the rest but she can’t help but sneak off.

fandomverse · history

Robert Baratheon Vs Henry VII & Henry VIII

George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is heavily inspired by medieval history and the history of ancient Roman Empire. Previously I had drawn analogies of Aerys II Targaryen with the Roman Emperor Caligula and Wildfire with the Byzantine Greek Fire. Today we will draw parallels of Robert Baratheon with the lives of the kings of England: Henry VII and Henry VIII.

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IT Review

This much awaited adaptation of the Stephen King novel was released on 8th of September, 2017. The trailer had hiked up our expectation and all awaited anxiously to see whether the movie can do justice to the story.

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The Common Link Between IT and Harry Potter.

Heavy Spoilers and a Scary Clown Ahead. Reader Discretion Advised. I recently saw the movie IT which is an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. Before I get on with the rest of the blog I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I am not a huge… Continue reading The Common Link Between IT and Harry Potter.

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Brave Enough to Die

Oft time when trying to assess our courage, one wonders, am I brave enough to die? We hear stories of those who gave their lives for what they believed in. The question isn’t whether you are brave enough to die, it is whether you are brave enough to rise above yourself?

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Captain Fantastic: Why everyone should watch it.

Captain Fantastic was this year’s favourite Oscar snub. Captain Fantastic is arguably my favourite 2016 movie for many reasons. This Viggo Mortensen starrer is about a father and his six kids, living off the grid but had to come in close contact with the world we live in, after his wife passes away. It is a sweet and subtle story with elements of a road trip movie and gives a very strong message about parenting and civilisation. I would highly recommend people to watch it; it will change your perspective on quite a certain things.

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Gentleman’s Agreement

Movies possess the power to sway us and change us. It can touch us at a very personal level and can resonate through our own life experiences. Cinema has and always will be a dominant part of our education, with or without our realisation. I had the privilege of seeing a marvellous example of such a movie when I saw Gentleman’s Agreement (1947). This Gregory Peck-Elia Kazan Oscar winner takes a stand on anti-Semitism at a time when the US was reeking of sectarianism (it still is and so is the whole world). The theme of the movie is consistent with the present issues concerning religion, race and basic intolerance.