Sunday, September 11, 2011

Synopsis 9: The Winner Stands Alone

    ‘The Winner Stands Alone’ by Paulho Cohelo describes a story which basically revolves around three main characters namely-Igor who is a Russian business tycoon, Ewa who is Igor’s wife and Hamid Hussein who is a fashion designer from Middle East.

    Igor is into Telecom business and he is quite engrossed in it. He loves his wife Ewa very much but could not spend time with her because of his busy schedule and business commitments. As time goes Ewa’s discontent grows and finally decides to give Igor divorce. At the same time Ewa comes in contact with Hamid Hussein who is a big name in fashion industry and they get married.

    However, Igor still loves his wife and desperately wants her back in his life. To win her back he makes a journey to Cannes where his former wife and Hamid Hussein are also there. He is even prepared to kill people to win back his love. He thinks that killing for love is justified. There are other characters in the story like Gabriella, Jasmine,Maureen,etc.who come in the scene as the story progresses. All these characters are directly involved in fashion or film industry.

    On his way of winning back his ex-wife he goes on killing one person after the other. Gradually he develops a feeling of hatred towards his ex-wife and at the end kills Ewa and Hamid Hussein. Quite a depressing end,isn’t it?

   The story lacks thrill which can keep a reader from getting bored. There are a lot of unnecessary details given in this book about the Cannes film festival and the film and fashion industry which is quite boring. Still a good book to read on a weekend.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Synopsis 8: The Monk who sold his Ferrari

          ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’ by Robin Sharma is one of the most inspiring books that I have come across. This book speaks about changing your lifestyle in order to attain your goals and objectives in life. The author has presented his ideas about leading a simple and balanced life in the form of a fable. The presentation of the fable is immaculate and it had a mesmerizing effect on me when I was reading this book.

          This book presents a story about a highly successful lawyer Julian Mantle who visits India in search of spirituality. In the process he gives up his legal profession. On his odyssey to India he comes across Monks residing in a village named Sivana in the foothills of Himalayas.  From the Monks he learns time tested method regarding time management, discipline, developing a strong will power, personal introspection and overcoming fear. The Monks teach all this ageless principles and in return expect Julian to return back to his native country and teach the same principles to all the ones who require it the most. Julian Mantle then returns to his native place and meets his friend and fellow lawyer John and teaches him all the ageless principles and this is how the story goes.

             I liked the manner in which the various ideas are presented in this book. This book has left a permanent impression on my mind.

Following are some of my favourite lines from the book:

“I am more than I appear to be , all the world’s strength and power rests inside me.”

“We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of the past. Become a architect of the future.”

Sunday, April 3, 2011

India's way to World Cup glory !

Wining the World Cup Trophy is what every Indian Cricket fan dreams about. Finally, the dream of a billion people came true when India trounced Sri Lanka in the World Cup final to lift the coveted trophy after 28 years of long wait. The glorious moment will be cherished by all the fans of Indian Cricket team for a long time to come. This World Cup win is also significant as it has ended 12 years of domination by the Australian Cricket team over World Cricket.

Indian Cricket team went through various ups and downs throughout the World Cup and has emerged victorious on most of the occasions. Team India was dubbed as a weak bowling and fielding unit before and during the tournament, but the team has proved its detractors wrong. Indian team lifted it's bowling and fielding remarkably during the knockout stage of the tournament and looked a formidable side with their lethal batting line up.

India's victory over the defending champions Australia and arch rivals Pakistan were the highlights of the tournament. India also did well against the West Indies, Netherlands, Ireland and Bangladesh in the league stage to book a place in the knockout stage. India's only defeat in the World Cup came in the hands of South Africa (who later chocked out in the knockout stage). Most importantly Indian team learnt the important lessons from the defeat and lifted their game remarkably well.

This was the last World Cup for legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Muttiah Muralitharan. Sachin played last World Cup of his career and couldn't have asked for a better farewell than winning the Cup for the nation.

At the end of the day Indian Cricket team is now the new guardian of the World Cup trophy. Bleed Blue !!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

India as Republic in present context

      India celebrated its 62nd Republic Day with great pomp and show and displayed its military might to the world. And I take this occasion to to raise several unanswered questions with which my fellow countrymen are grappling. There are questions related to corruption, price rise, terrorism , accountability and good governance which the so called popularly elected government needs to answer. I have used the words 'so called popularly elected government' , because this is the government which has been elected by less than half the population of the country.

      On Economic front, the government needs to answer when and how price rise and inflation be brought under control. What steps have been taken by the government to ensure food security.We Indians demand answers from the government whether the black money stashed in foreign banks be ever brought back to the country.

       The government also needs to answer questions about the widespread corruption on social front. On billion Indians are still baffling with the question whether the government officials and the ministers involved in 2G scam, CWG scam, food scam and Adarsh scam escape unpunished?

       Another important question that needs to be answered on Political front is whether patriotism is prohibited in our country. Whether we Indian have the right to hoist our National Flag or not? If yes, then why have the Jammu ans Kashmir government and the Central government prohibited members and leaders of the main opposition party from hoisting the National Flag in Srinagar. Is the government afraid of the separatists and the hostile neighbors?

        Coming back to good governance which I have mentioned in the first paragraph. What steps have the government taken to curb Naxalism? What steps have the government taken to eliminate poverty and backwardness in tribal regions which is the root cause of naxalism?

       It should be noted that I am not against the government or any particular individual. But I am definitely against the policies of the government.

जय हिंद !! 
वन्दे मातरम !!