The Ballerina

Taken from Google Images

Taken from Google Images

In the dark, his voice called out to her compelling her to follow the sound. She tiptoed into the room. The darkness behind her eyes had not lifted, but a light had been lit in her mind.

His music beckoned her to let go of her inhibitions. It forced her feet to move; at first in shy circular motion and later in bold leaps. She danced on the ground and in air. She jumped and pranced, twisted and twirled her way around the room. The way her hand, hips and feet moved would have hypnotized anyone looking. Her dance was making love to his music. Within seconds they were the only occupants in her world.

The few lingering butterflies in her stomach flew away as she did the butterfly move. The music too slowly faded into silence and finally transformed into the thundering applause that echoed across the hall.

An open letter to Tamil Cinema.

Dear movie-makers of Kollywood,

This might come as a shock, but your audiences aren’t as dumb as you seem to think. You try to fool us with scene and plots almost completely ripped from Hollywood. Do not forget, most of us have watched those films before. Anyways, why copy Hollywood when there is no dearth of great stories amidst us.

Also, at least make an effort in not being sexist. Again this may be shocking and controversial, but women also are sexual beings and that isn’t a crime. We too can be attracted to a male (or female in some cases). Falling in love isn’t a guy’s prerogative and neither is expressing it. Stop portraying that only timid women are worthy of love and women who openly accept their attraction to a male deserve to be scorned. The right to love and be loved is universal isn’t it?

Make an effort in not being racist too. Dusky completion is also beautiful. Do you realize how many women suffer from insecurity because of this ‘fair and lovely’ attitude? Dark is also lovely and it’s high time we accept that considering most women in India are dark skinned. But if you are going to continue with skinny white girls, I’d also want to see the same treatment dished out to men too. There can only fair complexioned fella’s as the lead henceforth.

Next comes a few things about women. I think you should know that women are more likely to report the guys who follow them around everywhere, than fall in love with them. Stalkers are not attractive. Neither is blackmailing women with suicide threats. Men who do that need serious medical treatments. Women certainly do not exchange phone numbers at the first meeting. (Priya Anand, I’m looking at you). Even if some of us do believe in love at first sight, we’d do our background check on the guy before accepting a proposal. Also, sometimes it’s the guy’s fault for a breakup, not always, but sometimes. It is also not the girls fault for having a boyfriend when the hero decides to fall in love with the heroine. Stop whining! (Can’t you seriously find some single women? It’s a huge world after all) Most importantly, it’s not okay to hit a woman just because she doesn’t confer to the hero’s wishes no matter how angry he gets. Nor is it okay for the women to remain silent after being hit. We have enough cases of domestic violence without movies making such propaganda implying such behaviors are acceptable, in anger or otherwise.

Finally, true love can happen more than once. Yes that’s right! You can fall completely head over heels over a person more than once in your lifetime. Incredible isn’t it! (Thank you Director Atlee, for finally showing that in ‘Raja Rani’)

That’s the end of my rant for now.

Yours sincerely,
A proud yet slightly disgruntled Tamilian.

The Sword of the Templars Book Review

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Paul Christopher’s a quick paced, mythological thriller, The Sword of the Templars is an first book in the series by him on the Templar myth. The story begins with the death of, John Holliday’s, uncle Henry Granger and him inheriting a sword, along with his niece, Peggy Blackstock. The sword is found to be one of the most coveted artifact of Templar history and contains a ancient coded message that could possibly lead to long lost Templar treasures.

Soon it comes to their attention that the sword’s existence isn’t a secret as they thought it would be. In fact not only does someone desperately want the sword, they are willing to kill for it. Peggy and Holliday have to now try and uncover the truths about the sword and their uncle’s past.

For most parts, the book lived up to my expectation, blending myths and legends into the modern world. The description was beautiful and rich with good vocabulary. The plot itself was fast and highly engaging, but similar to other books in this genre.

Albeit being a good read, somethings in the story baffled me like; in a history class taught by Holliday, many student characters were introduced, only to never mention them again. One can just presume the entire scene was just to iterate Holliday’s opinion on Templar and how they change by the end of the book.

Another thing that irritated me, was the fact that both of them had no inhibitions in talking about the sword or its history to others. Surely when you know that someone is after the sword and you don’t know who they are or how they even found out about it in the first place, you would be a bit more reserved and treat people with a bit of suspicion?

On the whole, I think the book is good, just not great. I’d suggest it to everyone looking for nothing more than a light read and rate it a 3 out of 5 stars.

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