Sunday, 30 December 2007

Perfume: The story of a murderer

Movie: 'Perfume: The story of a murderer'(2006)
Director: Tom Tykwer
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Jessica Schwarz
Based on the novel by : Patrick Süskind
Genre: Thriller/Horror

Overview
It is not a pleasant movie I warn you, but indeed very different from the usual storylines. The story is set in 18th century Paris. As you could decipher from the name of the movie it is the story of a murderer. There are no heroes in this story only the villain Jean Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Wishaw) who has an extraordinary sense of smell.
Before watching the movie I had heard that it was good and a must see. I had read a synopsis as well and I wondered what sort of a story could be developed using such a theme. Perhaps you think so too? Well, read on…

The best nose in Paris
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is poor. An orphan. His existence is in the worst form- as a slave. Nobody teaches him the importance of moral values. He does not know the difference between good and evil. The only thing that he does know is that he has an extraordinary sense of smell- such strong sense that he could almost see what is happening around him even with closed eyes! He could smell just anything in the world and differentiate each and every one of them. (The cinematography is truly magnificent since we get an idea of how he smells, which I think must have been really difficult.)

The first victim


Once while in town he sees, or rather, smells a woman which attracts him like anything he had smelled yet. (The way he follows her is totally creepy!) He is not interested in the woman as such but only her scent. He accidentally kills her but he does not worry about that. His only worry is that he could not preserve her smell (!) This becomes the driving force behind all his deeds later.

Apprentice
One day he meets the once renowned perfume maker Baldini (Dustin Hoffman). Baldini is immediately convinced of Grenouille's genius by the way he easily finds the ingredients (and in the right quantities) of a perfume that he had been trying to work out for hours together! He wastes no time in buying Grenouille from his owner and making him his apprentice.

Four essences
Grenouille soon learns that there are four essences in a perfume- the head chord, the heart chord and the base chord. Each of these three chords have four notes each making the total notes twelve. Now there is a last mysterious essence, the thirteenth, which will make the perfume unique in every way. To Grenouille, making this unique perfume becomes the biggest obsession and the only aim in his life.

Enfleurage
With the aim of learning the procedure of enfleurage (the process of preserving scents with the help of odorless fats) he goes to the city of Grasse. On his way he discovers for the first time that he does not have a scent of his own! He realises that he had been a nobody all his life. This convinces him even more distinctly that making the perfect perfume is the only way to prove to the world how 'exceptional' he is.
So once he reaches Grasse he starts experimenting…killing women and applying the laws of enfleurage to preserve their scents...
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View point
The story is that of a very sick person; talented, but greedy, over-confident, insolent and absolutely crazy. I could not help but think that if he had not misused his talent he would have settled down as the most successful perfume maker in the world. But then, there would not have been a story!

As you could imagine,the movie was quite creepy but it held my attention till the end. Maybe it was because of the excellent cinematography. The ending was not at all like I had expected which made me a little annoyed. I can't say anymore without spoiling it for you. Anyway I have to say it was a good movie (in an eerie sort of way). Watch it and decide for yourself...

Related links:

Official website


http://www.perfumemovie.com/


Buy the DVD from Amazon





Buy the book 'Perfume' by Patrick Suskind



Saturday, 29 December 2007

A wonderful song..

A romantic song from the movie 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom'. I absolutely love it..Watch it and listen to it..I am sure you will like it too even if you do not know Hindi..
Starring Abhishek Bachan and Preity Zinta..



Sing Along..

(Dhaage tod laao chaandini se noor ke
Ghoonghat hi bana lo roshani se noor ke) - 2
Sharm aa gayi toh aaghosh mein lo
Ho saanson se uljhi rahein meri saansein
(Bol na halke halke, bol na halke halke
hont se halke halke, bol na halke) - 2

Aa nind ka sauda karein, ek khwaab de, ek khwaab le
Ek khwaab toh aankhon mein hai, ek chaand ke takiye talein
Kitane dino se yeh aasamaan bhi soya nahi hai, isko sula de
(Bol na halke halke, bol na halke halke
hont se halke halke, bol na halke) - 2

Umarein lagi kehte huve, do labz the ek baat thi
Woh ek din sau saal ka, sau saal ki woh raat thi
Kaisa lage jo chup chaap rolo, ho pal pal mein puri sadiyaan bitadein

Bol na halke halke, bol na halke halke
Hont se halke halke
o dhaage tod laao chaandini se noor ke
o ghoonghat hi bana lo roshani se noor ke
Sharm aa gayi toh aaghosh mein lo
ho saanson se uljhi rahein meri saansein

(Bol na halke halke, bol na halke halke
hont se halke halke, bol na halke) - 2
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What do you say? Liked it??

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Backgrounds for Greeting cards

As I have not posted anything on crafts till now, I thought I would begin with some backgrounds/backing papers for greeting cards.
So here they are. Download all of them FREE. Yea all these backgrounds are FREE to use- personal or commercial. If you are using it in your website please add a link back.

Click on the image to view larger image. Save it to your computer, take printouts and let your imagination go wild!! Oh and by the way I would be delighted to see the greeting cards (or whatever it is) that you made. Don't forget to leave a comment if you liked the designs.

Roses in blue background



Lava background



Leafy background



Pink dots in blue background



Weaved


Circles


I might perhaps do some crafting projects as well..So check back later..

Sunday, 23 December 2007

Another Christmas..

Another year. Another Christmas. I never actually celebrated Christmas (except for sending Christmas cards to all my friends and relatives and enjoying the holidays), so my memories of Christmas are few. Well, I do have these three memories- a silly one, a simply adorable one and a really bad one...


The silly one
When I was small, after watching a number of animated movies on Christmas day, I finally came to believe in Santa Claus. The picture of Santa Claus climbing down the chimney and placing gifts under the Christmas tree somehow became believable to me (eventhough we did not have a Christmas tree or a chimney). So when I woke up the next day I searched the whole house for my gift! Well, of course there were no gifts waiting for me! Now it feels so funny thinking about it:-))


The adorable one
The last Christmas my husband and I were in Switzerland. It was part of a European trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it. That was the first time I ever saw snow! I will never forget that..






Isn't it beautiful??








The bad one
Christmas 2004- I was with my parents and my cousins had come to our house and we had a nice time. The next day all of us set off to Kanyakumari (the southernmost part of India) in two cars. On the way we met with an accident. Thankfully it was nothing serious but the car had to be repaired. We had to wait for hours before we could continue with the journey. Soon we stopped at a restaurant to have our lunch. It was then that my father received a phone call warning that there had been an earthquake in Indonesia and that it was not safe to proceed further! But we could not imagine what danger could be caused in Kanyakumari because of an earthquake in Indonesia. We moved on. But we soon found out that there was something terribly wrong. There were groups of people gathered here and there. Shops were closed. There were huge traffic jams. Finally we returned home. It was only after reaching home that we undestood the enormity of the situation. A tsunami had been triggered by the 9.1 magnitude earthquake which affected several countries- Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Somalia and many more.. The place that we had planned to visit, Kanyakumari, was among the worst affected places...

I could not sleep for days. It was very disturbing..
Have any Christmas stories? Tell me..

Friday, 21 December 2007

Wish you a Merry Christmas!!



Wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

I have been tagged!

I have been tagged by Rampantheart! So I am supposed to answer these 38 questions and tag five people..

Ok then, here goes!

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night?
My husband
2. What were you doing at 0800?
A that time I was half awake and half sleeping:-D
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Having my lunch..
4. What happened to you in 2006?
I got married!!! :-)
5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
'Ente Daivame' (Oh my God!) after seeing such a huge list of questions!
6. How many beverages did you have today?
Two cups of tea
7. What color is your hairbrush?
Black
8. What was the last thing you paid for?
A Christmas card
9.Where were you last night?
At home hopping channels
10.What color is your front door?
Pale yellow
11.Where do you keep your change?
In my purse
12.What’s the weather like today?
Cold! So dull..I like summer..
13.What’s the best ice-cream flavor?
Butterscotch
14. What excites you?
Many things.. For instance getting a nice book to read:-)
15. Do you want to cut your hair?
Yes, but I probably won't
16. Are you over the age of 25?
Yes
17. Do you talk a lot?
Only to people I know well. Otherwise I am quite quiet :-)
18. Do you watch the O.C.?
No.
19.Do you know anyone named Steven?
No, who is that??
20.Do you make up your own words?
Yes. I suppose everyone does that!
21. Are you a jealous person?
No. I don’t think so.
22.Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’.
Anita
23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’.
Kannan
24.Who’s the first person on your received call list?
My mother
25.What does the last text message you received say?
'Take care'
26. Do you chew on your straw?
No
27.Do you have curly hair?
Slightly curly
28.Where’s the next place you’re going to?
Probably back to my own country:-)
29.Who’s the rudest person in your life?
Hmm I don’t think anyone has been that rude to me..
30.What was the last thing you ate?
Lunch
31.Will you get married in the future?
No, not a chance!!
32.What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?
Ratatouille. That was a really good one..
33.Is there anyone you like right now?
Of course- My husband, my parents, my friends
34.When was the last time you did the dishes?
Just now
35.Are you currently depressed?
No. I am feeling great
36.Did you cry today?
No
37.Why did you answer and post this?
It was not so difficult to answer them:-) And posting was just one click away..
38. Five people you tag next?
OK I am tagging

Jamie
Anuradha Malik
SheR
Herbert Rudner
Arv



Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Have you read Archie, Betty and Veronica's blogs??


Yesterday I visited the Archie comics website. Guess who were blogging there? Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie! It was interesting to read -each of the blog bringing forth their own personality.

Betty's blog cute and sweet with a number of recipes

Veronica's blog with a lot about shopping and '(((Silver&GoldHugs)))'

Archie's blog about the ladies in his life

Jughead's blog about food, his friends and his life &

Reggie's blog about, yea you got it right, HIMSELF

Of course you know the gang right? Archie, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Jughead, Dilton, Ethel, Chuck, Moose, Midge have been hanging around for more than 65 years now!(but still teenagers!) I enjoyed reading the comics when I was young and wouldn't mind reading them even now.

If you feel like reading it now there are a number of comics posted in the website. Check out this link:


This website is mainly intended for young readers. So kids are sure to love it. Other stuff include colouring pages, simple recipes, wallpapers to download, games, fan art, stories and lots more.


Monday, 17 December 2007

First Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince image!


The first image of the movie Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince has been released! I came across it just now as I was searching for some Harry Potter news. The movie is scheduled to be released on November 21st, 2008.. Such a long wait..I have read all the seven books, all of which I liked very much. It is a pity that J.K.Rowling is not going to write another Harry Potter book :-( Now all that is left to do is wait for the next movie..



Sunday, 16 December 2007

Agatha Christie's 4.50 from Paddington


The Book: 4.50 from Paddington

The author: Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Who dunnit

Published in: 1957 by William Collins Sons & Co. in London, 'What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!' by Dodd, Mead & Co. in New York.

The Detective: Jane Marple

Sidekick: Lucy Eyelesbarrow

Location: A country house

Price: RRP £6.99. (You can of course get it at a much lower price or read it here...)

The Plot:
It all starts when Mrs. Elspeth McGillicuddy, a short and stout elderly woman, after a day’s Christmas shopping takes the 4.50 train from Paddington. She is so tired that she soon dozes off. After sometime she wakes up and finds another train running side by side. As she shifts her gaze towards the train a blind in one of the carriages goes up. What she sees inside shocks her beyond measure... A man is strangling a woman!
The train passes by. As she stands there wondering what to do the ticket collector comes in. She at once tells him what she saw. But he does not believe her and thinks she had only imagined it. However upon her insistence, he promises to report it as soon as they reach next station.

Mrs. McGillicuddy alights at Brackhampton. Having done her duty of reporting it to the Station Master she proceeds to her destination, St. Mary Mead where her dear old friend Miss Jane Marple lives.

Miss Marple is a fluffy, sweet elderly lady with a sharp and shrewd mind. When she hears Mrs. McGillicuddy’s extraordinary tale she does not hestitate to believe her. She delicately asks all the details. Mrs. McGillicuddy tells her that she could not see the man’s face since he was facing the other way. The woman was young, blond and wearing a fur coat.

Miss Marple reflects that if such a murder has happened, then surely it would be splashed all over the morning papers. But nothing of that sort appears…

They report it to the police. But then no dead body is found and nobody ever reports anyone missing.
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Well, after reading this much you should be eager to read more, right? I was! I found this novel very interesting. Most Agatha Christie fans prefer Hercule Poirot but I love Marple's stories as well. Miss Marple is an old lady and does not do much running about but I adore her. In the novel she has an accomplice- an efficient young lady named Lucy Eyelesbarrow. Eventhough Miss Eyelesbarrow became a loved sidekick after this novel she does not appear in any other Agatha Christie novels.
The plot is extraordinary and almost unbelievable. But Agatha Christie has shown her skill in making it acceptable and believable. Even the most complex cases have such a simple solution that after reading it you will feel like kicking yourself!
My rating: 4 stars!! Loved it...

Thank you for reading. Keep visiting for more..

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Have you read this book before?

Did you like it? Are you a fan of Agatha Christie or haven't you heard of her at all?

Have this review helped you in any way?
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Thursday, 13 December 2007

Avatar is...what??

I like watching the TV show 'Charmed' and never miss it. In today's episode there was this group called Avatars who are depicted as beyond good and evil- those with immense power and who wants a world without the unnecessary fight between good and evil.

After the show when I switched on my computer and started browsing, there were another set of Avatars waiting.

In chat rooms, forums, discussions, computer games; even Animated Avatars and talking Avatars...

In the Internet, Avatar is a visual representation of a person . It is these cute images that give or tries to give an impression about the person. It could be a picture of their own or anything which they think would represent them well in the world of Internet.

So we all know what it is , right?

But how did the word Avatar originate?

Avatar has its origin from Sanskrit. It means incarnation. In Hindu mythology Lord Vishnu, who is the protector and sustainor of life, took ten Avataras (called Dasavatara). These incarnations made at various points of time were meant to destroy evil.

  1. Matsya- Fish
  2. Koorma- Tortoise
  3. Varaha-Boar
  4. Narasimha-Half human, Half lion
  5. Vamana-The dwarf incarnation
  6. Parashurama
  7. Rama
  8. Budha (some believe it is Balarama)
  9. Krishna
  10. Kalki

The tenth incarnation, Kalki is yet to appear. It is believed that when he appears all the miseries and evil in this world will end.

Now how did the word come to be used so popularly in the Internet? I read in Wikipedia that in a book by Neal Stephenson called Snow Crash, Avatar was used to describe a human being in the virtual world. It seems that he adapted this word from a video game called Habitat. Since the book was a bestseller, Avatar became popular and soon took its present form.

If you are interested in knowing more about the stories behind the ten Avataras check this out:

http://www.punditravi.com/dasavtar__the_10_incarnations_of.htm

(In this link there is some interesting explanation of how the Dasavatara concept runs parallel to the theory of evolution)

Please do leave ur comment..Thanks:-)

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Addicted to Blog Catalog!

It was yesterday that I got my blog approved by Blog Catalog. Soon I was browsing through the enormous number of blogs enlisted. I never thought there were so many bloggers in the world! Yes, I know, my mistake. I have to tell you that I was really impressed! So much creativity and thoughts! So much for thinking that my blog was pretty Okay!

And the best thing was that I could meet the creators of these wonderful blogs and make friends with them. I have already made a few friends now. I am still getting to know my way about, but I am sure this is going to be a good learning experience as well!

If you don't know what this Blog Catalog is, here goes:

Blog Catalog is a meeting place of bloggers from all over the world. Most people come here in the hope of getting a boost in the number of visitors to their blogs. I think it is a pretty good way too(I hope this entry gets read by people other than me!) All you have to do is make an account and submit your blog(of course you should have a blog first!). Once it is approved you are ready to go. It is similar to Orkut in some ways- you can add friends, join communities, start communities, join a discussion, comment on others' blogs and moreover improve your writing skills and get inspired.

I have become addicted to it and have almost forgotten a much more important thing- updating my blog regularly! :-D

Hoping someone would comment on this entry!!:-)

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Eragon- A story of a boy and his dragon

Eragon is an exciting novel which narrates the adventures of a boy and his dragon. Christopher Paolini started writing this novel when he was only fifteen years old.



This is a little something about this interesting novel.

Eragon is an ordinary farm boy. He lives with his cousin Roran and uncle Garrow in a small house ten miles from the village of Carvahall, in the land of Alagaesia. In this land is a range of untamed mountains called the Spine. Everyone dreads to tread in its midst but not Eragon. He knows that strange things happen in the Spine mostly of magical nature but he is not scared. He is familiar with the paths through the woods and went for hunting often. In one such rendezvous he finds something that changes his life forever. It is a beautiful blue stone polished smooth with thin white veins all over. Even though his first instinct is to sell it, circumstances does not allow that to happen. He keeps it safe with him. And one day the stone hatches! Yes, it was not a stone at all! It was a dragon’s egg!

The dragon Saphira becomes his best friend and mentor. Eragon hides her from the rest of the world and looks after her with much care and affection. That was the beginning of a bond which was meant to be forever. Her growth is tremendous. He could no longer hide her. Soon he realises with great amazement that he could read her mind and vice versa. Everything about Saphira scares him. His mind is muddled with a lot of questions that desperately needs answers.

Only one person could help him. It is Brom, the storyteller of Carvahall who knows all about the dragon folklores. Brom enlightens him that the dragons were indeed magical creatures. The dragon riders, he explained, came into existence thousands of years ago as a result of a peace treatise between the elves and the dragons. The dragon riders were gifted with a number of amazing powers as well, such as a long life span and keen senses. The dragons, along with their dragon riders were destined to protect and help the people of the Empire using these extraordinary powers. But soon their glorious days were put to an end by an evil dragon rider named Galbatorix who still ruled the Empire.

Soon after this conversation with Brom, trouble crosses Eragon’s path. The spies of the Empire kills his uncle Garrow. Eragon and Saphira leave their homeland to hunt for his uncle’s killers. Brom accompanies them in their adventurous and dangerous journey.

How does Brom know such a lot about dragons? Had he an adventurous past? Will Eragon too have mystic powers like the dragon riders? What all dangers awaited him in his journey? With more questions than answers Eragon, along with Saphira and Brom, proceeds into lands never seen before and thereby moving closer to his destiny.

For those who liked Harry Potter, Eragon would be a welcome read. If you itch for more Eragon adventures after reading this book, then there is indeed more! ‘Eragon’ is in fact the first book of the Inheritance trilogy. You may grab the second book ‘Eldest’ from your nearest bookstore. The third which has not yet been named is much eagerly awaited.

I saw Eragon the movie which was quite disappointing:-( Well, you can't have the same satisfaction of reading a book by watching an adaptation right?:-)

The official website:

Anne Frank and her diary

Such an innocent and happy looking girl.. Can you imagine that she became a victim of the worst and horrific holocaust that happened in the world? Read on..

Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929 at Frankfurt am Main, Germany to Otto Frank and Edith Frank-Holländer. She was their second child, the elder being Margot who was three years old at that time.

As you all know it was the time of Adolf Hitler's rise. He had formed the National Socialist German Workers Party. Hitler was a passionate racist. He believed that the Jews were an "infection" to the otherwise "pure"Aryan race. His aim was to exterminate them. With the death of the President in 1934, Hitler became the President of Germany and the real troubles of the Jews began.

Several rules were imposed which affected the freedom of the Jews. They were dismissed from public office. Even private employment was denied to them. Thousands became jobless and lost all source of income. They were made to wear a six-pointed yellow star at all times so as to distinguish them from others. Jewish children were not allowed to go to schools with the Aryans. Any sort of entertainment, visit to public places or even riding bicycles was denied to them. Concentration camps were set up, where the only escape was death.

Due to the increasing threat against the Jews, Anne's family moved to Amsterdam, where Otto Frank set up the Opekta company. In 1942, on her thirteenth birthday, Anne was presented with a diary. It became her beloved "Kitty". She started writing all her experiences in it from then on.

Holland was being occupied by Germany at that time. Margot got a call-up notice, which meant that she should go to a work camp in Germany. The four of them fled from their house with the help of some loyal friends. Their hiding place was Otto Frank's office. The entry to the "Secret Annex", as Anne called it, was concealed by a bookcase which opened outward. Soon another family, the Van Daans, joined them. In her diary, Anne describes in detail all the difficulties that they had to face during those times. A doctor also joined them making them eight.

For two long years they lived in the secret annex. Provisions and other supplies were brought to them by friends who took immense risks to do so. Meanwhile lots of their Jewish friends were taken to German camps and were subjected to terrible circumstances.

In 1944, some unknown people betrayed them to the Gestapo, the much dreaded secret police of Hitler. They were caught and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz in Poland. There, Otto Frank was separated from his family and it was the last that they saw of each other. Anne Frank, Margot and their mother, were later sent to Bergen Belsen camp, one of the worst concentration camps in history. Edith and Margot soon died of starvation and disease. Anne Frank finally succumbed to her fate. She was not even 16 then.

Otto Frank was the only person out of the eight in the annex who survived the holocaust. His friends had managed to keep Anne's diary securely. Her accounts were so touching that everyone who read it persuaded him to publish it. It got worldwide acclaim because of its honest and straightforward commentary. The secret annex was made into a museum in her memory. Thousands of people visit this museum every year even now. Even though she died in such a young age, she continues to live through her memoirs.

Anne Frank's diary is a touching memoir of a teenage girl whose dreams and expectations were cut short by the holocaust. It stands as a monument to the six million Jews who were killed in the holocaust with the least dignity imaginable.
Read it..It will surely touch your heart. The sad thing is that it is not fiction..

Mmmmmmm





My husband made this. Looking yummy or what?? What do you say??


A lot of people are asking exactly WHAT it is.. I asked him and he isn't sure either.. So you call whatever you like..It is my hubby's special recipe(which even he does not remember!) Anyway it tasted really good:-)
I would call it 'An attempt on Chicken Tandoori:-)

'Lord Edgware dies' by Agatha Christie

Penned by the queen of crimes Agatha Christie, ‘Lord Edgware Dies’ poses as an excellent example of her skill to keep the reader guessing till the very end. Most of Agatha Christie fans will agree with me that this is one among her masterpieces. This superb detective novel features Hercule Poirot, the brilliant Belgian detective and his much loved sidekick Captain Hastings. The story unfolds thus:

Jane Wilkinson, the famous actress married to Lord Edgware, had started acting again. Rumour was that she had left her husband soon after their marriage. Poirot and Hastings first saw the husky voiced, self-centred Jane Wilkinson, while enjoying a show in which several well-known were imitated by an American girl named Carlotta Adams. At the particular moment that Hastings spotted Jane among the audience, Carlotta was imitating Jane herself. Hastings had thought that the people whom Carlotta imitated so cleverly would have felt extremely annoyed if they ever saw her perform. Quite on the contrary, Jane was thoroughly enjoying Carlotta’s imitation. Soon after the theatre, Poirot and Hastings had the chance to get acquainted with Jane Wilkinson. During their conversation she made a very astonishing statement- that she wanted to get rid of her husband somehow or the other. She desperately wanted to get divorce since he wanted to marry someone else. As he was not willing to do so, she was thinking whether she should go and bump him off! She had blurted out all these quite openly in the presence of Bryan Martin- an actor, Carlotta Adams and her escort (who had come on Jane’s special invitation) and Mr & Mrs Widburn (friends of Jane).

A few days later, on Jane’s request, Poirot and Hastings visited Lord Edgware and asked him whether he was ready to give divorce to his wife. His answer was yes which surprised them since Jane had told them that he was quite averse to giving her divorce. Lord Edgware told them that he had even sent a letter giving his consent to the divorce. When Poirot questioned Jane about this, she told him that she never received such a letter!

The next day Poirot and Hastings heard the shocking news- that Lord Edgware was stabbed to death in his library! The first suspect was of course Jane Wilkinson. Lord Edgware’s butler and his secretary swore that Jane had visited the house in the evening of the murder. But Jane presented a strong alibi- at the time of the murder she was in a party which was attended by twelve other well-known people. While Poirot and the police are equally baffled by the case, there is a second death. Carlotta Adams, the American actress is found dead in her house. She had died in her sleep. There was no evidence of murder. But Poirot was not convinced. Two things that were in Carlotta's handbag disturbed him- a small gold box with an inscription and a pair of pince-nez. The pince-nez were not hers.

The murderer was clever. So Poirot needed to be cleverer. Had Carlotta killed Lord Edgware posing as Lady Edgware and then later killed herself? Or was there a third person? Will Hercule Poirot’s little grey cells betray him this time? Will Carlotta speak to him from the grave and show him the murderer? Read the book to find out!
I would highly recommend this book as I believe this is one of Agatha Christie’s masterpieces. If you have never read any of her books, I would ask you to start with this. I am sure you will be hooked. Happy reading!

Monday, 10 December 2007

Abstract: The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

The Inimitable Jeeves


P.G. Wodehouse has more than 100 books to his credit. The most loved characters of Wodehouse are of course Bertie Wooster and Jeeves.

Bertie belongs to the category of the ‘idle rich’and Jeeves is his highly sophisticated and proper butler. The novel ‘The Inimitable Jeeves’ explains in detail exactly why Jeeves is inimitable. Bertie is a character who is, well, a little dumb and who could be made to do anything with a little pursuing. Therefore he gets into tight spots too often. Another interesting character in the novel is Bingo, a close friend of Bertie (he reminds Bertie of this whenever he wants him to do something for him).

Bingo is a strong believer of love. The only problem is that he falls in love with every other girl who he gets acquainted with. As soon as the love bug infects him, he becomes her slave. But unfortunately every love affair meets with a tragedy. Now Bertie’s problem is that he is made to get involved in several of Bingo’s so called 'projects'. Usually it ends up in some sort of trouble or embarrassment for him which would naturally require the brains of Jeeves to find a solution.

Finally everything works out to be fine for everyone with the help of Jeeves of course (evidently a little bad name for Bertie could not be avoided). See why Jeeves is inimitable??

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Movie Review: Ratatouille


We just saw the movie and absolutely loved it. 'Ratatouille' (rat.a.too.ee) is the story of a Remy the rat with a high sense of smell and taste. Remy is very picky in his food and hates eating garbage. He is a great fan of the famous cook Gusteau. He even tries to cook his own food! Of course his clan does not understand his passion. After a series of accidents he gets separated from his clan and finds himself in the famous restaurant of Gusteau himself!

There he meets Linguini who is a garbage boy. Linguini does not have any talent in cooking. When he accidentally messes up a soup Remy could not stand it and adds his own ingredients to create something lipsmacking! The customers love it. Apparently nobody knows that it is the work of a rat and thinks that Linguini is the mastermind behind the new recipe. With that Linguini becomes the treasure of the restaurant. The story develops with Linguini climbing the ladder of his career entirely with the help of the 'little chef'.

The movie does not have any boring moments and it is interesting from beginning to end. It is definitely a treat. I really felt hungry after seeing all the food!!

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Greeting Cards

These are some of the greeting cards that I made. Tell me your opinion.
























































Such a cold day!

Today was a cold and dull day. The sky was dark and clouded all day. It was of course not a great day to go outdoors. Anyway we ventured out. It would have been alright if it was just the cold climate, but when it started to rain with the wind blowing on our already frozen faces, I longed to snuggle inside a warm blanket! Now where were we going you may ask. Call us crazy but we were going to watch the movie 'Ratatouille'! Both of were almost drenched when we reached the cinema. The movie was very good. Great animation. I can't imagine how they manage to make such perfect backgrounds and characters.
When we got out of the hall after the movie, it was still raining. But it wasn't that cold. There were Christmas trees and lights all along the streets. Lots of shops were still open reminding that Christmas was approaching fast.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

A visit to the market

It was a beautiful Saturday morning. The sun was shining happily in the clear blue sky. A perfect day for spending outdoors. My husband and I set off to the marketplace, which was at a walking distance from our home.

We were soon enjoying the cool refreshing air outside. Our footsteps echoed across the pavement as we walked slowly towards the market.
We soon reached our destination. I had thought that the market would be deserted but I was proved wrong. The place was actually buzzing with activity!

There were people of all age groups - sweet, fluffy haired elderly women with their shopping trolleys, mothers and their cute babies, naughty little toddlers making their parents’ day frantic and young people doing their bit of shopping.

We made our way through the crowd. The market sold all sorts of things at comparatively cheap prices. There were shops for furniture, electronic items, clothes, jewellery, meat, fish, vegetables etc. Our aim that day was to buy some fish and vegetables. In the fish store the fishmonger waited patiently as we debated as to which fish to buy. After finally making our purchase, we moved to the greengrocer’s shop. This shop was run by Asian people; in fact I noted that there were many Asian shops in the market. After the hustle over cabbages and tomatoes, I pulled my husband towards my favourite shop in the market- the bookshop.

The attractive element of the shop was the affordable price; of course they were second-hand. The elderly man, who owned the shop, was talking to his friend in the next shop and paid no heed to our arrival. I was not in search of any particular book. I browsed around for any book that might be of interest. It would have been difficult if I wanted a particular book because they were not organized properly. Finally I bought Agatha Christie’s ‘The Secret Adversary’.

Our next stop was at a costume jewellery shop. The dazzling earrings, sparkling necklaces, and the colourful bangles had become a magnet for a number of female admirers. The shop assistant, a girl in a blue churidar was busy helping her customers. I fooled around a bit.
We soon got out of the market. The weather was no longer bright and pleasant with the bright sun and clear skies. It had grown dark and the sky looked as though it was swallowed whole by elephantine clouds. Talk about unpredictable weather! We hurried home- feeling pleased with our bargains and refreshed by our day’s little ‘adventure’.