Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cake Designing.............Part 1

Believe it or not, these all are cakes. Enjoy the craft of Cake-makers..........

1. Suitcase full of Money

2. Suitcase

3. Maps

4. Map of India

5. Scorpio King

6. Casino Wheel

7. Playing Cards


9. Laptop Shape Cake

10. Treasure

Must Watch Movies Before You Die......Part 5

41. Saving Private Ryan – English (1998)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Robert Rodat

Genre: Action | Drama | War

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Matt Damon

Amazing work of Steven Spielberg, showcasing insights of World War 2….

42. Sinhasan – Marathi (1979)

Director: Jabbar Patel

Producer: DV Rao, Jabbar Patel

Genre: Drama

Cast: Nilu Phule, Arun Sarnaik, Shiram Lagoo and others

Sinhasan means "throne". This movie is the story of a political struggle for Chief Minister’s post. And this one is absolute must watch by any movie lover.

43. Gladiator – English (2000)

Director: Ridley Scott

Writers: David Franzoni

Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama | History

Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou and others

Movie placed in Roman time; watch out for amazing action…

44. Chak De India – Hindi (2007)

Director: Shimit Amin

Writer: Jaideep Sahni

Genre: Drama, Family, Sports

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Tanya Abrol, Chitrashi Rawat, Arya Menon, Seema Azmi, Nisha Nair, Sandia Furtado, Masochon V. Zimik, Kimi Laldwala, Shilpa Shukla, Shubhi Mehta, Anitha Nair, Sagrika Ghatge, Kimberly Miranda and others……….

Very inspiring and patriotic film…..

45. Bluffmaster – Hindi (2005)

Director: Rohan Sippy

Writers: Rajat Arora, Shridhar Raghavan

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Thriller

Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Ritesh Deshmukh, Nana Patekar, Tinu Anand, Boman Irani, Supriya Pilgaonkar and others

Watch Conman being conned…..

46. National Treasure: Book of Secrets – English (2008)

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Writers: Marianne Wibberely, Cormac Wibbereley

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, Harvey Keitel, Bruce Greenwood, and others

Second dose of treasure hunting

47. The Lost World – Jurassic Park – English (1997)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Michael Crichton, David Koepp

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriler

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard Attenborough, Vince Vaughn, Arliss Howard, Vanessa Lee Chester, and others

Discover the lost word of Dinosaurs with Steven Spielberg

48. Swades – Hindi (2004)

Director - Writer: Ashutosh Gowarikar

Genre: Drama

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Raja Awasthi, Vishwa S. Badola, Kishori Balal, Rajesh Balwani, Makrand Deshpande, Vishnudatt Gaur, and others

Another inspiring and patriotic movie……

49. Kabul Express – Hindi (2006)

Director: Kabir Khan

Writers: Kabir Khan, Sandeep Srivastava

Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Cast: John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Salman Shahid, Hanif Hum Ghum, Linda Arsenio, and others..

Journey in the heart of troubled Afghanistan…..

50. Khuda Kay Liye – Urdu (2008)

Writer/Director: Shoaib Mansoor

Genre: Crime, Drama, War

Cast: Shaan, Fawad Khan, Iman Ali, Alex Edwards, Rasheed Naz, Angela Williams, Lary Newman and others

The film is about difficulties Muslims facing since 9/11, makes you think for sure.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Missed Solar Eclipse

Ahhh missed the Solar Eclipse altogether. We were waiting for it from 4 o’clock in the morning with our telescopes but cloudy sky does not allow us most beautiful and miraculous site ever. This full solar eclipse was supposedly longest in the century and not going to happen at this side of earth again in centuries ahead. So I am really disappointed that I missed it. I might have to travel other side of the world to watch it happen next time. Or for now I have to wait till someone uploads the video of solar eclipse on You Tube…..

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Funny Animals ........... Part 2

Frog Ready to Jump

Horses getting cosy

Cock taking his wives out

A Puppy enjoying a good nap

Penguins going out for Vacation

Momma Monkey teaching some tricks of trade

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Book Review: “Turknama”

Author: Meena Prabhu

Language: Marathi

Genre: Travel Diary

Pages: 278

Cost: 250/-

Publisher: Mauj Prakashan

First Published in India: 27 August 2006.

Traveling has been my passion over the years along with reading, but strangely I never read any books on traveling. May be because I don’t want to miss the adventure of experiencing it myself while traveling. But there are very minute chances of me traveling to ‘Turkey’ in near future and my friend highly regards this book so I decided to read this book. And now I am fan of Meena Prabhu’s writing. I am going to read all the books written by her.

As the book’s name suggests the book is about ‘Turkey’. Author Meena Prabhu actually travel to Greece and Turkey and wrote her experience as one book. But publisher made it into two different books ‘Greekanjali’ and ‘Turknama’. Meena Prabhu did tremendous job by describing almost every part of Turkey in the book. And I feel like I traveled with her all along. She not only describe the famous places in Turkey she included history, geography, culture in her book. She enlightened the beauty of the country historically, geographically and culturally. She described nature, beaches, sunsets such a way I felt I actually witnessing it. She talked about the rich history of Turkey right from Romans, Greeks days to current government. Turkey is blessed with very rich history. Many dynasties ruled the country and their history is fascinating. But most fascinating personality of Turkey was their national hero Kemal Pasha who literally created new country out of Turkey. Anybody who is interested in international history must learn life of Kemal Pasha.

Meena Prabhu is very much successful in portraying culture and lifestyle of Turkey nationals. But what I like most is how she compared their culture and lifestyle with Indian. She surprisingly found many similarities. I believe reason behind traveling not only discovering unseen world or people but also you want to compare your world with the people of other part of the work. And when you find some similarities you feel closer to that place irrespective of distance or language. But what Meena Prabhu did best through this book is showed way to travel and explore the unseen world.

After reading this book I decided two things. One whenever I’ll get chance I am going to Turkey. And second thing is I am going read all the books written by Meena Prabhu. I say this is ‘Must Read Book’ for everyone. If I have to rate this book I will give it 10 out of 10.

Books by Meena Prabhu,

1. Maza London

2. Sukhanidhi Tuza Maza

3. Mukhvatyanmagche Chehare, Diana Aani Charles

4. Dakshinrang

5. Mexicoparv

6. Chinimati

7. Ejiptaian

8. Greekanjali

9. Turknama


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