Confirmations for Weekly Schedule!

Hello All,

This post is to confirm schedule of weekly features March 1 to March 31.

1. Thursdays: Grammar & Punctuation:  

Please confirm for the dates Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.  

Pam @pamkirst2014 Meg @drmegsorick Debbie @dalees107 Oneta @onetarhayes

 2. Fridays: TV Review, Book Review, 3 Quotes and 100 Word Story

 Mar 4th: This week Friday is 100 Words Story. I will post the prompt word separately, everyone interested is encouraged to participate!

Mar 11th: Anyone interested in doing a TV Show/Film Review @drmegsorick @piyushavir @joseelavallee @beckyaluoch  @feelings161 @cluelessbirdie

Mar 18th: Need volunteers for Book Review. @dawnmarie823 @myusername432 @adriennea3 @notionlux @iamabloggertoo @iamdonovan @jahnavichintakunta

Mar 25th: Need volunteers for 3 Quotes with Author Bio. @thegeneviever @xaranahara @whatsandrathinks @jahnavichintakunta @vikrambishla

For more information: please check Friday Feature Plan 

3. Saturdays: Creative Writing and Style:

Pam @pamkirst2014 and Meg @drmegsorick are doing it alternatively. Pam has confirmed for Mar 12th and 26th.

Meg – Please confirm for Mar 5th and Mar 19th. @drmegsorick

Anyone else willing to do them are welcome, please nominate in advance for next month. 

4. Sunday: 13 Words Story:

I will share a theme on Saturdays and anyone willing to participate can participate. You can post here or on your blog and ping-back or both.

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Movie review-Neerja

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Before going to the movie, I read the reviews and all of them said that the movie was brilliant. Some reviews even advised us to carry our tissues, I did carry mine but I did not get a chance to use them.

Personally, I found the movie over hyped. The movie itself was not great but the story of the girl on whom it is based is great.Neerja_Bhanot_(1963_–_1986)

Neerja Bhanot was a purser for Pan Am, based in Mumbai, India, who was shot while saving passengers from terrorists on board a hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on 5 September 1986, just 2 days before her 23rd birthday. Awarded the Ashok Chakra posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime military award for bravery.

The movie is based on her but it failed to leave an impact on me.  I do not criticize the movie as a whole as there were a few weak and a few positive points about the movie.

One of the weak points was Sonam Kapoor. Her acting is over rated. She was good, and this was the best acting she has ever done in a movie but she was not brilliant. She tried her best, but somewhere, has failed to portray Neerja well.

I was not able to connect with the suffering of the passengers as well. What the passengers would have gone through in reality is beyond imagination, but in the movie the portrayal of their distress was nowhere close.

Though the script was good, the way the movie effortlessly took us to Neerja’s past was one of the best things about the movie. Yet it only surrounded Sonam (which would have been a good idea had she been a brilliant actor); and the rest of the crew and most of the time the passengers too, are ignored.

The actors who played the terrorists acted better than Sonam herself but at the end of the movie one felt sorry for the terrorists even.

The only thing that was flawless about the movie was Shabana Azmi. She is a brilliant actor. Her portrayal of Neerja’s mother and her plight, is as good and as real as it can be. Her acting nearly brought me to tears.

In the present trend of degrading quality of Indian cinema, Neerja is a good movie and one can surely watch it once. Everybody needs to know how a brave girl of just 23 years of age sacrificed her life and saved her passengers. Don’t wait to get your mind blown by the movie because that might not happen but you would surely marvel at the story of Neerja who was an epitome of bravery.

“Her loyalties to the passengers of the aircraft in distress will forever be a lasting tribute to the finest qualities of the human spirit”.

Ashok Chakra citation

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Hello fellow bloggers. My newest…

Hello fellow bloggers. My newest post covers a few features #guestfeature, #trivia about life in Mexico. Your #feedback is always appreciated. Here’s the link: https://onrvingtime.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/on-mexico-time-snippets-of-life-in-mazatlan-1/

Guest Post: 3 Mid-Season Shows You Need To Watch

Sit your butts down and grab your remotes because I’m here to tell you about three very different shows that are fresh to the TV scene but worth a watch!

The first is called Superstore. If you follow me on Twitter (which you should) then you would have seen me tweet a few times about this show. It’s great. It’s a comedy about a bunch of employees who work at a Walmart-like store called Cloud 9. It stars Ugly Betty‘s America Ferrera, Ben Feldman (who is easy on the eyes if ya know what I mean), and an array of other awesome characters.

As if the tagline hasn’t sold you already…

This show was created by Justin Spitzer who was also a writer on The Office, and you can tell as it has a very similar feel. Workplace comedies are great, and I think Superstore can do what The Office couldn’t in terms of relatability. Not everyone can relate to working in an office setting, never mind at a paper company, but so many people have worked in retail at some point, and we’ve all been shopping at the big department stores. Though there are other parallels to the Office, like Dina being essentially a female Dwight, but the show is still hilarious and I’m just glad there is still good humor out there.

This show has a lot potential. The characters are very likable and the humor is top-notch. I made my mother watch an episode with me and she was in tears from laughing so hard. Like I said, I think the department store setting is genius, and I can’t wait to see more customer interactions. I mean, PeopleOfWalmart.com exists for a reason! I also hope we get to know the other employees (not just the ones pictured above).

 

If you’re looking for a good comedy and enjoyed The Office, then Superstore is the show for you! It airs at 8 on Mondays on NBC (conflicting with Supergirl for me, weirdly enough), so give it a shot!


The second show is called The Magicians, and if you’re a Harry Potter fan then listen up. This show is based of a book series by Lev Grossman and its known for being a Harry Potter and Narnia knock off, and that is definitely translated in the show, but it’s still good. This show is about a nerdy, quiet boy named Quinten who finds his way to a secret magic school called Brakebills in a fantastical world with some real dangers. While this sounds really Potter-esque, the twist is that the students are adults doing their masters, so there’s an adult feel that is appreciated, especially since the Potter generation are all probably adults now.

I didn’t read the books, but I think I might, even though people don’t seem to adore them.

Considering that fantasy is such a popular book genre and Harry Potter has been such a success, I’m surprised that there aren’t more magic TV shows out there. That’s why I was drawn to The Magicians. I love the feel and the grittiness of it, and the magic world.

There’s an interesting parallel between the structured magic that Quinten and Alice are learning and the shady stuff that Quinten’s best friend Julia, who doesn’t get into the school, is doing. And this show has set up some very neat plot twists. That being said, I do think there needs to be more of an explanation as to how this magical world exists and what its limits are and how it works. Perhaps that’s made more clear in the books…

And speaking of the books, apparently there are some significant differences. For one, they’re going from high school to post-grad and Julia is barely a character until later on in the books. Also, Quinten is supposedly really unlikeable in the books, and while I can’t say I love him so far, he’s not that bad. I hope he doesn’t become intolerable because he’s the main character.

The Magicians is the Harry Potter/Narnia adult series you didn’t know you needed in your life, and I’m excited to see where it goes. If sci-fi and magic is up your alley then watch this show!


The last show I’mma mention is not as overlooked as the others. It’s called Legends Of Tomorrow and if you’re a fan of The Flash and Arrow, both DC shows, then you know what this is. But if you don’t, it’s the crossover between the two shows. Side characters from both are taken and are put on a time-travelling team that aims to kill Vandal Savage, an immortal Arrow villain.

At first, I wasn’t going to watch. I don’t watch Arrow, and didn’t really care for any of these characters, even the ones from The Flash. But I read some reviews and decided that I was probably inevitably going to watch it, so I gave it a go, and was pleasantly surprised. The large ensemble cast with a mix of heroes and villains makes for a dynamic team, and I do like teams.

The very interesting characters interacting is very amusing, and look forward to seeing mini-teams form within the main team. I also am excited to watch these guys go about on their hunt across time, as time is such a complicated thing. This show also seems to be a good mix of Arrow‘s darker tones and The Flash‘s lighter ones, which I appreciate.

 

I do worry about how long this show can go on just chasing the one guy, but I have faith in DC TV.


Ideally I’d love you y’all to try all these shows. They vary in genre so much that I’m sure at least one of them appeals to you a bit, so give it a go! And since they just started last month, there’s not a lot to catch up on!

What other mid-season shows are you enjoying?

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Authors Who Made History: Helen Keller

Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an incredible author – she became blind and deaf following an infection aged just 19months old and thus was also mute – until she developed some limited ability to speak, by lip-reading via touch and sensing the vibrations of a speakers voice. Until she was around seven years old, she lived captive to a world of silence and darkness, with no understanding of words or their meanings. She was a frustrated, angry child, with behavioural problems resulting from her inability to communicate and her family spoiling her. Her life was transformed by the teaching methods and devotion of her governess, Annie Sullivan, herself previously blind but her sight partially restored by an operation. Anne Sullivan remained Helen’s companion, teacher and aide until she died in 1936, after which Helen was assisted for the remainder of her lifetime by companion Polly Thompson. Helen Keller lived an active and inspiring life until she was very almost 88 years old.

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This 1888 photo released by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston shows Helen Keller when she was eight years old, left, holding hands with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, during a summer vacation to Brewster, Mass., on Cape Cod. A staff member at the society discovered the photograph in a large photography collection recently donated to the society. When Sullivan arrived at the Keller household to teach Helen, she gave her a doll as a present. Although Keller had many dolls throughout her childhood, this is believed to be the first known photograph of Helen Keller with one of her dolls. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Thaxter P. Spencer Collection, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society-Boston)

[Image above is in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons, caption as provided]

I decided to share some of Helen Keller’s writing with you, by way of recording my readings of extracts. The links here will direct to my transcripts of these readings (transcripts hosted at my blog, link will open in a new window). Part 1 is extracts from her 1903 essay ‘Optimism’:

 

Part 2 is extracts from her 1910 poem ‘Songs of the Stone Wall’:

(it’s my first reading of Keller’s work and my first public reading in a very long while, so I hope you forgive my shaky amateur performance!)

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A ‘COLD’ lie!

She does not deny,

that she is no more in love,

with the same things and people,

with the same feelings and expressions,

to her own self!

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She’s broken hard,

but,

She has become harder,

as a seemingness,

as a fake laugh to see!

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She does not deny,

her innocence,

her beauty,

her piousness,

for the world to see!

 

She cares enough,

to not care anymore,

She cries enough,

to not shed her tears anymore,

She smiles!

 

She discusses her disgust,

with her own gust,

the desert like heart,

swollen with complaints,

about anything and everything!

 

Her love is on the pyre,

Shambles of her wry,

moving higher,

towards a ‘COLD’ Lie!

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5 Must Visit Places in this Lifetime

Yup! this is exactly one of those To-Do lists that encourage you to visit obscure places before you die as if the world is coming to an end tomorrow and you’d have missed something if don’t rush out there now.

Well, the truth is the world didn’t end on December 12th, 2012 and neither is it expected to any time soon. However, be sure to put these 5 destinations on your travel bucket list. This list is different from the usual because these places have not been chosen because of the usual touristy attractions but because, in some way or the other, they changed the way we live in today. And, what better excuse to travel than to learn about the world we presently inhabit. A live history lesson is far more interesting than a classroom one, isn’t it?

So, here’s presenting 5 Must Visit Destinations –  Continue reading

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Stellar Book Review – Run For It by Margaret Sorick

Read the stellar review of Dr. Meg Soricks’s book ‘Run For It’ by Nicola Auckland!

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Snapshots of Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

This year I was fortunate enough to attend the internationally acclaimed Jaipur Literature Festival. I had been able to attend only 2 days of the 5-day festival but the take-away in those 2 days has been immense.

In this photo only post, I share with you glimpses of the event. Hope I am able to do justice to the event and the immense learning and growth it provided. Hope to be able to inspire you to visit it next year. 🙂


 

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Confirmations for Weekly Schedule!

Hello All,

This post is to confirm schedule of weekly features February 2 to February 29.

1. Thursdays: Grammar & Punctuation:  

Please confirm for the dates Feb 4, 11, 18 and 25.  

Pam @pamkirst2014 Meg @drmegsorick Debbie @dalees107 Oneta @onetarhayes

 2. Fridays: TV Review, Book Review, 3 Quotes and 100 Word Story

 Feb 5th: This week Friday is 100 Words Story. I will post the prompt word separately, everyone interested is encouraged to participate!

Feb 12th: Anyone interested in doing a TV Show/Film Review @drmegsorick @piyushavir @joseelavallee @beckyaluoch

Feb 19th: Need volunteers for Book Review. @xaranahara @dawnmarie823 @myusername432 @adriennea3 @notionlux @iamabloggertoo @iamdonovan @jahnavichintakunta

Feb 26th: Need volunteers for 3 Quotes with Author Bio. @thegeneviever @vellissima @whatsandrathinks @jahnavichintakunta

For more information: please check Friday Feature Plan 

3. Saturdays: Creative Writing and Style:

Pam @pamkirst2014 and Meg @drmegsorick are doing it alternatively. Please confirm your dates Pam and Meg.

Anyone else willing to do them are welcome, please nominate in advance for next month. 

4. Sunday: 13 Words Story:

I will share a theme on Saturdays and anyone willing to participate can participate. You can post here or on your blog and ping-back or both.

Continue reading

#guestfeature, #schedule, #weekly