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A shout goes out to A mouthful of sky for nominating me for the Liebster Award. She is another kind spirit in the world of blogs and we are connected because of WordPress and love of books.. and probably, a lot of things too.

For all you people wondering what Liebster means, here’s what it is.

 

Liebster Award –

” It’s a blogger-to-blogger award that tells a fellow newbie blogger that they are making the world a more interesting /intellectual /funny /better place. For a lot of us, it comes just when we’re facing that first blogger’s block or wondering if it’s all worth it. For the rest, it’s a shower of accolades. Either way, it’s a great thing. There are no certificates or trophies, but hey, appreciation from a fellow blogger is always valued. It is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.”
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 To be allowed to state that we won this award, we do need to put in some effort. It is kind of a blog chainletter award but obviously the primary motive is to recognize bloggers around the world and network. The rules are pretty darn simple –
  1. List 11 random facts about myself
  2. Answer 11 questions that Neelima has set
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers for the award
  4. Go back to their pages and tell these bloggers about the award

 

So here are 11 random facts about myself –

  1. Love blue skies sans the sun.
  2. Rains can be pretty depressing but somehow, I love London (a mystery for me as well).
  3. Love writing fiction even if I fail sometimes.
  4. Think toilet rolls are the best ever thing that were invented.
  5. Passionate about watching sports – football, tennis and cricket.
  6. Thomas Hardy is one of the favourite writers ever!
  7. Writing happens best with coffee and some background noise.
  8. Blogging takes me into a whole different realm of reality and dreams.
  9. If there would be something called a closet fashionista, I would be one.
  10. Huge fan of Christopher Nolan esp when his movies have Hans Zimmer as the music director.
  11. Wish to be a bestselling writer someday.

 

Now for the answers to Neelima’s questions –

  1. Favourite role model – ahh, thats a toughie. In few things, my Dad and in some, my brother.
  2. Favourite fictional character from books and movies – Howard Roark and the Djoker.
  3. Have you ever come across writer’s block? Suggest some ways to overcome it. – Just keep writing and when you look back, even though you may have written a lot that you dont like, there will still be some that you really love. So keep writing!
  4. What would be your next blog about? – A review of a movie I saw recently.
  5. If you get an opportunity to interview a person who is now dead, who would you interview and why? – Shakespeare, to ask him where did he derive all the inspiration to write such masterpieces from.
  6. Describe “fun” in your own words – Being there with the loved ones – travelling, hanging out et al.
  7. Describe the most memorable incident of your life – None that I can remember now.
  8. If you are chosen to play the lead role in a movie:
    • Who would you like to be directed by? – Woody Allen
    • Who would play the lead opposite you and why? – Woody Allen himself – would love to be comic friends with him in the movie
    • Give the title of your film – Of coffee and musings
  9. Imagine you have come to know from you trusted doctor that you have 24 hours to live, enlist the things that you would want to do – Just fly down to the “Theatre of Dreams – Old Trafford.”
  10. What is the one thing that really gets you angry – Lack of empathy
  11. What is the difference between being alive and truly living – Being alive is when you do all the things that are probably expected out of you yet, not contended. Truly living is when you may not be the richest person in the world yet have happiness and satisfaction from doing whatsoever that you want. Could be something as seemingly trivial as blogging maybe!

 

And now, my nominations for The Liebster Award

  1. http://vincentvarney.com/ – Vincent Varney
  2. http://meloniekydd.wordpress.com/ – Melonie Ann
  3. http://thejourneyoftwo.wordpress.com/– Jessica
  4. http://thecatthatwalksbyherself.wordpress.com/
  5. http://randommuzings.wordpress.com/ – Richa Kedia
  6. http://everyrosehasathorn.com/
  7. http://childeofthenight.com/– Sam
  8. http://championchallenge2013.wordpress.com/– Emily
  9. http://oflifeandlies.wordpress.com/
  10. http://thinkinginkblog.com/
  11. http://handstalktoo.wordpress.com/

 

Finally, my set of questions. Here they come!

  1. What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?
  2. Your favourite character from books and movies?
  3. What would you do if no one’s watching?
  4. What in your opinion, is the best subject to blog about?
  5. Name a chocolate you would rather be and why.
  6. What got you to blogging?
  7. Who is favourite author and why?
  8. What is your favourite guilty pleasure song?
  9. What is your idea of a perfect blog?
  10. What are your perfect conditions to blog in?
  11. If you had to choose one blog you love reading the most, which one would it be and why?

 

Phew! Finally done! So winners, please note –

  • On receiving the Liebster award, you need to post 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Choose 11 new bloggers with less than 200 followers to pass the award to and link them in your post.
  • Answer the questions that I have set for you. Then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you  pass the award to.
  • Go to their page and tell them about the award.

Happy blogging!

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Gerry Lane vs The Zombies

World War Z Poster

World War Z turns out to be much more of a movie that initial expectations. To be honest, any movie which comes out of the Hollywood bandwagon that is even remotely not based on some true story or therein, seems to be based on the single formula, “Bigger, Louder and well, more time spent at the VFX table.” But surprisingly, World War Z gives us more than that though being a zombie movie.

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So a fellow blogger of “The cat that walks by herself” fame has nominated this very blog for the Shine On Award! Its an awesome feeling 🙂 Thank you for nominating for this award. 

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There are obviously, a few award rules which go something like this –

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link back to them.

So here are few things about myself then –

  1. I am a huge procrastinator. I could like delay everything to the last minute but somehow, that works out for me.
  2. I spend a lot of time entertaining myself with thoughts of “how to combat a zombie apocalypse.”
  3. I can manage to click some of the worst photographs ever! 
  4. I love everything black – rooms, photography, clothes, make-up et al.
  5. I still dont know what makes me love London as much as I do especially since I hate rains.
  6. I have tried learning new languages especially Spanish like a million times and failed miserably each time.
  7. I am an eternal optimist – somehow feel that things are going to be fine at the end of it all.

And now comes the difficult bit. Tagging 15 blogs I really like. There are so many of them you know! Here’s the list anyway.

  1. The Book Stop
  2. All things Booker
  3. Tassled Book Blog
  4. Savidge Reads
  5. Book Monkey Scribbles
  6. The Solitary Writer
  7. A little bit of books
  8. Compulsive Confessions
  9. Random Muzings 
  10. Aditya’s Movie Review Blogs
  11. Movie Reviews by Tom Clift
  12. Tassoula’s Movie Review Blog
  13. Film Babble
  14. Dave on Film
  15. Brian’s Film Review Blog

Phew! Some list it was..enjoy reading! And enjoy blogging about it 🙂

 

We love classics. And we love to share.

Isn’t that enough reason for this “Classics” giveaway? Well, we are giving away three classics this summer.

Included in the box are:

  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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This Giveaway is open to all the blog readers and a winner will be selected randomly by rafflecopter and announced on 26th June 2013. The rules to participate are very simple.

  1. Fill in the rafflecopter form below and leave your name in the Comments.
  2. Giveaway open to anyone above the age of 18.
  3. Giveaway ends on 25th June.
  4. The winner will be intimated by email and have to respond within 48 hrs. If not, a new winner will be selected.

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If you have any questions or face any issue with the widget, write to us at bookandmoviereviewra@gmail.com.

Good luck and keep blogging.

Carrie

Carrie is Stephen King’s first published novel. It was actually his fourth novel which he had submitted to the publishers. It is interesting to know that the first three books found their publishers eventually though. This book is about a school girl named Carrie White. She is shown as a plain-Jane who is dealing with bullying at school and also with a fanatically religious mother. She is naïve and wears really strange clothes, upon her mother’s orders of course. And that is the primary reason why she is perceived as a weirdo at school and bullied to death all the time. There is another marked thing about Carrie – she possesses telekinetic powers. She can move things around by thinking about it. The writer makes it very believable by making references to Carrie’s condition through doctors, at a much later time as an object of research. So there is clearly a good and seamless blend of fiction and non-fiction. The story majorly focuses on how Carrie seeks revenge from all those who humiliated her at the school prom. Using her telekinetic powers, she brings everything to a gruesome end. And that is what the plot builds upto throughout the novel.

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the-bad-girl

Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel “The Bad Girl” is a masterpiece. Period. It is not only a book on unfulfilled love but much more than that. He tells us of the third world diaspora where people have lost their identity to a great extent. They move around the world in search of a better life than what is afforded to them in their own countries but are unable to find it. They lay in the comfort of a better salary, no doubt, but are nameless figures that belong to no country in particular. And this is where the novel triumphs, scoring well above its primary theme of unrequited love.

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