Personal Book Review – Becoming & Charles Chaplin !!

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I Wouldn’t have really read this book. But, The moment you read It’s written by the former first lady, You know it’s going to be a great read. As it’s going to have things you wouldn’t know about their lives and you also get the chance to know the White House from an insider, The whole architecture, The protocols and the life behind the camera as a president and more importantly Michelle Obama’s journey in life.

Charles Chaplin – Autobiography

I really don’t like reading artist biographies or autobiography’s who have been part of the entertainment industry. For one they could be totally biased, one-sided and slightly boring to read. But Charles Chaplin I have been wanting to read for a long time, a couple of days before we went on national lockdown (25th march ’20’ ) I was about to place an order from the e-commerce website, But did not. Also, having read most of the books that I had already ordered and now worried I had no books to read, First I began scrolling from my contacts and messaged a couple of my “friends” if they could lend me some books. After having waited for too long for them to reply, I browsed through my library at home once again! Maybe there is a book I haven’t read and guess what! I found one of the first editions of Charles Chaplin which was tearing apart and I began reading the book, It was one of the best books I must have read on cinema and actor as it teaches you so much about what goes behind an actor during his preparation and how much effort is it to “Act” and being a superstar of the “silent Era” This fascinated me and within five days I had finished reading the book. Right from his childhood to him coming back from Hollywood and visiting his roots in The UK to him finally settling down in Switzerland to have been married numerous time. About five times and having eleven kids to getting the longest standing ovation in the (Twelve Minutes long ) history of academy awards Charles was one hell of a “Charlie.” It’s a must-read for all and besides Charlie, if you want to read another book on an actor you must! And must read Naseeruddin Shah Memoir – Then one day!

Filmmaking series on Netflix!!

•The Kominsky Method 

A Comedy series based on two main characters in the seventies, one is an acting coach and the other one was his agent but have since been best friends. 

The series revolves around the relationship of senior citizen friends, Family and how everything we experience could be applied in acting. It’s a show if you want to have fun and go On a little emotional journey. 

  • Hollywood 

A New Series on The OTT Platform on The business of Hollywood industry and how does one really make it in this industry. 

Darren Criss who plays the role of the filmmaker Raymond Ainsley is also the producer of the series  & David Corenswet, Who plays jack Castellao one of the leads in the series. 

The Series establishes the Hollywood industry of the late forties and gives us an insight into what Hollywood could be if all the decisions that were taken in this fiction series were taken then based on true events.

The series is a limited series and very interestingly done as it shows the discriminations against being coloured and Preference of being white and how the things change. 

Laura Harrier essays the role of  Camille Washington, an up-and-coming black actress. (Who was last seen in BlacKkKlansman David Corenswet who essays the role of an aspiring actor named Jack Castellao. 

Hattie Mcdaniel the first black lady who won the first Oscar as a black lady is played by Queen Latifah. 

Jake Picking who plays the role of Rock Hudson a popular actor of the 1950s. He hadn’t come out in public that he was homosexual until his last days.

Ace pictures in the series based on Paramount Pictures.

Sherry Lansing, The First women  American executive of Paramount pictures.  might be the inspiration behind as she was the first women to head a Hollywood Movie Studio.

Micheal Krusiec – Who was seen in invitation plays the character of Anna May Wong the first Chinese actress to gain international recognition. 

Dylan Mcdermott who plays the character of Ernie the owner of the Gas station and someone who is a pimp. Is based on Scotty Bowers a Hollywood Pimp. 

Jeremy Pope who is an established theatre actor plays the role, Archie Coleman, a black screenwriter.

2018 Dairies !!

2018 has been a Journey filled with lots of travel Stories. Right From Jaipur to Jodhpur in India to Monoco and Morocco for Work. And not to forget the highlight –  Japan for Family Holiday. 
Culture
Experiencing the Rajasthan culture in India to experiencing the Japanese culture and living the  Moroccan life. 
All these places either had Food, lifestyle or architecture. And these  Culture  became another Journey in itself.
Books worth the Read In 2018. 
Journeys through the books. 
Starting from Exiting West to Landing at the port of Mokha and Many reads in between from open by Andre Agassi to “Killing Commendatore by Murakami  below are the top 5 reads of 2018.
1.Exit West – by Mohsin Hamid  stories of immigrants. 
2.Homo Deus – by Yuval Harari  How the Technology  is collecting data and using it. 
3.Born a Crime – by Trevor Noah A true story of a comedian born in South Africa with a mother being a black and father a white. 
4.Monk of Mokha –  by Dave  Eggers – Story of how The port of Mocha coffee travelled across the international waters.
5.Killing Commendatore – by Murakami
Noteworthy Movies of 2018 
1.Puzzle -How a simple gift of a puzzle changes the perspective of one individual 
2.Crazy Rich Asians – The Big fat Indian wedding going global 
3.Searching – How technology helps track down a father daughter and her murderer. 
4.Ben is Back – A  young drug addict and his mother’s story to come in terms with reality. 
And the Hindi film industry had many movies to choose to watch this year! 
But there a few out there you couldn’t miss at all . 
1.Pad Man by R.Balki was one of the great stories the year began with and continued till Raid, The income tax issue can sometime come as a surprise-Ajay Devgn needs to experiment.
2.Hichki -Though a inspiration from the west.Brought Rani Mukherji Back as a actor and the production house for their content. 
3.Missing the only missing from this psychology thriller was the audience who missed one of the best thrillers of the year.
4.October – Simple stories are the most difficult to tell.And October by Shoojit Sircar was one such story.
5.Beyond the cloud by Majid Majidi -Had the world  take notice of Ishan Khattar as an actor & performer 
Raazi,Soorma,Parmanu,Andhadhun,Badhaai Ho ! And Manmarziyaan were a few movies to watch out. 

Uncommon Types-Some stories by Tom Hanks!

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#UncommonTypes- Some Stories by Tom Hanks.

 

How fascinating and curious one behaves, 

When one Reads the title of  the book. 

Oh! This sounds interesting,The cover is creative and then the last thing you notice is the writer/Author. Unless You already know which book you are looking for .

Uncommon Types-Some stories, Inspected the book  carefully,Going through the cover,The blurb and pausing to wonder what might this book be about ? As they rightly say “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover “ The title could be something and the the story could be altogether something else. 

After  a month,Thinking it over,Do I really want to read this book? For who do I want to read the book? for the author who has written it ? or for the story.

Started reading the book.And Was interested in reading it only because it was about typewriters and written by some one  who is interested and passionate about the tool.

And I was fairly disappointed with the book.Not,Because it was Bad or because it was too much to grasp.But,May be because my expectations were set high on this Read,as its written by  A very well established and known Hollywood celebrity “TomHanks” On a tool which he is passionate about.Being  a writer too,The typewriter font (American Typewriter/Courier)being my favourite,I felt this book would be more driven by the central subject,But most of the stories,Had the very small part played by the main subject “Typewriter” a total anti-climax to a wonderful thought on the subject.

The writing styles through the book was innovate,With having all different types mentioned and  Photo for reference,The sound of typewriter being emphasised on most of the stories, was written well.And I could relate to it as a couple of years ago,Had the privilege of writing and experiencing the typewriter. .

The Newspaper Layout for the journalist story was done well.All in All there was great value and emphasis on  the designing  and very little seen into the “content” it provided.

May be,The publishers too were so drawn to the name who was writing the book “TomHanks” must have felt restricted to criticise the written matter.

it’s for the same reason why one feels not to read books on specialised subjects written by the experts ,we believe they are who could give us the right insight in the particular subjects.  

Pancakes in Paris!!!

Pancake in Paris- A journey of an American,Craig who fell in love with Paris.

Craig  Carlson  was a screenwriter in the past in Hollywood.

Books on Food,Chefs or lifestyle can hardly be read or imagined by one why? You couldn’t find something Better!! To read!!

But,Trust me This one book “pancake in Paris” was on my reading list for the last year and thank God !! I read it !! It’s a pleasant read to know the nuisance of the hospitality industry and how much ones goes through when one is living abroad and missing his food …It’s full of pain…But worth all the gains,The satisfaction one gets from living their Dream.

Pancake in Paris…Breakfast in America is about Craig’s journey of falling in love with Paris during his teens on an exchange programs and years later opening his diner ‘Breakfast in America.’Living the American dream in Paris is  the Yummiest read for me this year so far.

The book written in parts titled starters, Main Course and Desserts ,making the read an appetizing one .