Movies Review

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The Edge of Heaven (2007)

The Edge of Heaven (original title German: Auf der anderen Seite) is a 2007 Turkish-German drama written and directed by Fatih Akın. The film won the Prix du scénario (Best Screenplay) at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. It was Germany’s entry in the category Best Foreign Language Film at the 2007 Oscars but was not … Continue reading

A Movie Review : Shinjuku Incident (2009)

I have lost my reading mojo for the whole of June and I have read only three books this month. I’m not wondering if this will pick up or not as I have too much in my mind to do any intense reading. Watching movie, however, takes less brain work for now! Before you think … Continue reading

When Pigs Have Wings (Le Cochon de Gaza) (2011)

There is another hobby of mine besides reading books that is to watch world cinema movie. It didn’t occur to me that I would be writing movie reviews which are not adapted from a book on my blog but Caroline@Beauty is a sleeping cat is running a World Cinema series 2013 and so I thought why can’t … Continue reading

Lust, Caution by Eileen Chang (A book and movie review)

It’s been a wish to read something by Eileen Chang for a long time and the impetus to read Lust, Caution was heightened by the prize winning movie directed by Ang Lee. I read the book, then watched the movie. Eileen Chang’s novels write about the tensions set between men and women in love. Although … Continue reading

The Flowers of War by Geling Yan

December 1937. The Japanese have taken Nanking. A group of terrified convent school girls hide in the compound of an American church, the priest is Father John Engelmann. Among the girls, is Shujuan, through whose 13-year-old eyes we witness the calamity that is to befall the church and its refugees. The church is a neutral … Continue reading

The Legacy of Stephen Covey

From late 90’s to early 2000’s, I have read 6 books written by Stephen Covey. This is the first time I am counting and I can’t believe it was this many. Out of the 6, I own 5 of them. All 5 of them are packed away at my father’s home now. During my fascination … Continue reading

The Reader : A Movie Review

Last night I watched “The Reader” on DVD. The movie is very atmospheric, and I was brought back in time to the late 1950’s. Women with long dresses, coiffeured hairs, the trams that are all quintessential 1950’s. The character of young Michael Berg is played by young David Kross (ahhh.. that lucky young boy!) and … Continue reading


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)