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Saturday, 18 May 2019

Kolkata Knight Riders Roster: Performance in 2019


Kolkata Knight Riders are known for their consistency and persistent efforts. Although the team couldn’t win in 2019, they began this season pretty well. KKR had won the coveted IPL trophy in 2012 and 2014, acquiring loyal fans. The Baadshah of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan is the proud owner of Kolkata Knight Riders. There are great talents on the Kolkata Knight Riders roster such as Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, and Piyush Chawla.
In 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, and Sunrisers Hyderabad had a great start. They were consistent in their performances. The players in purple and gold showed an impressive performance in the beginning by winning 4 matches comfortably. Although KKR began so well, they lost 6 matches back to back which made them struggle to get into the playoffs. They secured the 5th position this year. Let us take a look at the strength and weakness of the team.
Strength of KKR
There are some good power hitters on the Kolkata Knight Riders Roster such as Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, and Andre Russell. Apart from the power hitters, the team has technically strong batters such as Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, and Shubman Gill.
Due to such an impressive list of players on the Kolkata Knight Riders roster, the team could successfully chase down a big total of 206 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 2019, Andre Russell grabbed all the limelight in KKR batting by hitting the ball straight out of the pavilion and rescuing KKR from hopeless situations. Andre Russell had an outstanding strike rate of 268.83 in the initial 5 matches.
Weakness of KKR
Kolkata Knight Riders had a strong bowling unit in the last years. However, this year, the bowling of the team lacked the spark. The trio of Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, and Piyush Chawla have not been at their best. They have leaked a few runs that have hampered the team.
KKR suffered the worst against Mumbai Indians when they lost the match by 9 wickets. In an earlier match at Eden Gardens, they have beaten MI by a whopping margin.
Thoughts on Captaincy
Dinesh Karthik’s team selection and leadership are questionable. Some crucial questions that disturb the fans of KKR are as follows:
Why was Andre Russell not batted higher?
Why it took so long for Shubman Gill to get the opening role?
During a press conference after the match, Andre Russell spoke of “bad decisions” that have hurt KKR. It is easy to gauge what exactly Russell was hinting at. Despite such promising players on the Kolkata Knight Riders roster, the team had to endure the poorest game of the season against Mumbai Indians.
The best player
There is no debate about the fact that Andre Russell is the best and valuable player on Kolkata Knight Riders roster in 2019. The West Indian All-rounder gave a stunning performance this year with an impressive strike rate. As 75% of 510 runs came between the overs 16 and 20, we can easily say that Russell was the most dangerous striker. Every time, Andre Russell came to bat, he was feared by the opposition team. He was also the leading wicket-taker of KKR with 11 wickets.
Disappointment
Kuldeep Yadav’s performance was disappointing. He played 9 matches and took 4 wickets. His bowling average of 71.50 per wicket is his worst performance in the history of IPL.
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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

My 5th book, "Letters from the Soul" launched in Blogchatter eBook Carnival


It's a very special day because my 5th book "Letters from the Soul" is launched today in the coveted #BlogchatterEbook Carnival Season 4 along with other wonderful eBooks. 

"Letters from the Soul" is a collection of 55 poems on soul healing, soul searching, and soul companions. I started working on it last year when I participated in the A-Z blogging challenge. I wanted more than 26 poems in this book and therefore I didn't publish it last year after the blogging challenge. I have experimented with more than 24 poetry forms in the book apart from writing in free verse. That was creatively so satiating.


I have divided the book into 4 seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer to show that life is just like a seasonal cycle. The way autumn gives way to spring, emptiness gives way to abundance. I got this idea after reading Toni Morrison's novel "The Bluest Eye".

If you enjoy reading my poetry, please go to the link mentioned below and download a free promotional copy of the eBook. 


The eBook will be free for a limited time. So grab your copy and let me know your feedback. I can assure you that the poems in the book will give solace to your heart and soul. 

After the eBook carnival ends in June, I plan to launch the book on Amazon Kindle and then hopefully, release the paperback edition of the book by end of the year. 

The book is dedicated to all the believers, fighters, dreamers, and go-getters. I will need your support and reviews on this journey. Written with a lot of love, "Letters from the Soul" is now all yours. I welcome you on this soulful journey!


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Trailer Breakdown - The Lovely Mrs Mookherjee, an intriguing ZEE5 Bengali Original


When I watched the trailer of ZEE5 Bengali Original, The Lovely Mrs Mookherjee yesterday, I was baffled and surprised. Is it a woman’s fantasy movie? Is it science fiction? Is Mrs Mookherjee a robot? These were a few questions that popped in my mind immediately after watching the trailer. And if a trailer can keep a person wondering for hours, then that’s a victory for the filmmaker. Watch The Lovely Mrs. Mookherjee online now to crack the mystery.
She is beautiful. She is mysterious. She is extraordinary. She is the Lovely Mrs Mookherjee.
Directed by Indranil Roy Chowdhury, the movie looks promising with its innovative concept and amazing star cast. The titular role is played by one of the famous names in Bengali cinema, Swastika Mukherjee and her husband’s role is essayed by acclaimed actor, Bratya Basu.
Trailer Breakdown
The trailer of The Lovely Mrs Mookherjee starts with a girl’s voice, eager to tell a story that we might find interesting. We are shown a laboratory where a person is gearing up to perform a scientific experiment. We can see an injection and a helmet-like instrument that is placed on a man’s (Bratya Basu) head. There is a mention of millions of electrochemical impulses. We are told that all our thoughts and feelings, sadness and joy are electrochemical impulses.
Now, the trailer takes us from the laboratory to a typical middle-class Bengali household. We can see a demure and homely married Bengali woman (Swastika Mukherjee - click here to know more about her) who is referred to as Minu Mashi by the speaker. Although the narrator tells with a conviction that Minu Mashi is an extraordinary woman, we can find nothing extraordinary or even borderline interesting about her.
She is living a dull and mundane married life. Her husband does not care to look at her even once. She is often ignored and ridiculed by her husband. We can see the pain and dejection in her eyes that makes us feel pity for her.
The Twist
At this moment, the narrator is interrupted by the attentive listener who wonders why she is telling a tragic story. With twinkling eyes, the narrator reveals that the story is now going to take an unexpected twist.
The trailer takes us back to the laboratory again. We can see the face of Mrs Mookherjee’s husband on a big screen. There is a drastic change in the dynamics of the husband and wife. Mrs Mookherjee sits in front of a computer screen and orders her husband to entertain her. The husband from inside the screen obeys the orders of his wife. He also finds his wife interesting and alluring.
The homely wife now gets to live the life of her dreams in front of a computer screen where all her fantasies can come true.
Unveil the mystery
The trailer ends with such a cliff hanger that only after watching the movie, one can understand the plot and the mystery. From the trailer, it is evident that we can expect great performances and an innovative story. If you are wondering whether The Lovely Mrs Mookherjee is a woman’s fantasy tale or a sci-fi movie, you need to watch this ZEE5 Original today to unveil the mystery.



Thursday, 28 February 2019

Between Yesterday and Tomorrow



Between the tempest of yesterday
And the amber sun of tomorrow,
I marvel at the rainbow
In my azure sky today. 

Between the catastrophic past
And the glorious future
Is the wisdom of the present-
The truest of all wealth in the world.
I have earned my sagacity
Walking in the labyrinth of heartache.

Between the tears of yesterday
And the laughter of tomorrow
Is the enlightenment of today;
Success and Failure are like Day and Night
One is followed by the other
Two feet stepping forward on the path of life.

Between the bruises of yesterday
And the radiance of tomorrow
Is the strength blossoming in me today;
Each scar has left behind
A note of wisdom
With which I gather my broken pieces
And construct a new monument
That cannot be shaken by an earthquake. 
I am the architecture of my dreams
I am the creator of my future. 


-Purba Chakraborty
28.02.19'

Monday, 14 January 2019

Richa Chadha shines in ZEE5 Original Film, Cabaret


Yesterday, I watched a captivating movie, Cabaret on ZEE5. The movie, starring Richa Chadha, Gulshan Devaiah, S.Sreesanth and Gulshan Grover in pivotal roles has been directed by Kaustav Narayan Niyogi and produced by Pooja Bhatt. The movie revolves around the life of a successful dancer whose journey begins from a small village called Gumla in Jharkhand.
Plot
The movie begins with a book launch. The author narrates the story of the protagonist who wanted nothing more than love in her life. The flashback takes us to Jharkhand where we see police ruthlessly killing a man, rendering his wife helpless. As the policeman tries to molest the woman (Richa Chadha), she kills him brutally.
6 years later, the woman has become Rosa, a successful dancer. Gaurav (Gulshan Devaiah), an investigative journalist who has lately become an alcoholic due to some unfortunate events is given the task of taking an in-depth interview of Rosa.
It’s through this interview that we learn Rosa’s painful and shocking story. From her escape to Mumbai, her career as a dancer and the dark twists that eventually follow, the narrative leaves the audience gasping for breath.
As time passes, Gaurav and Rosa fall deeply in love with each other. The responsibility of protecting Rosa from constant death threats from the underworld gives a purpose to Gaurav’s life. However, will he be able to save her life? Will he be able to tell the story of her life to everyone? To know that, you have to watch the movie.
Performances
Few minutes into the movie and Richa Chadha’s acting left me speechless. She effortlessly changes from a helpless woman to a confident dancer in the movie. Her dance performance especially in the song “Ghoongroo toot Gaye” is praiseworthy. Her moves are graceful, yet her eyes depict a profound pain.
Gulshan Devaiah’s acting is brilliant. I loved the scenes where he quietly observes Rosa with clammy eyes. He is equally good in the scenes where he is dealing with the villain.
S.Sreesanth who played one of the most interesting characters in the movie did complete justice to his role. It was a treat watching him perform with such panache. Gulshan Grover was impressive in a villainous role with a menacing performance.
Dialogues and Direction
There are some beautiful dialogues in the movie between Rosa and Gaurav. I loved the scene where Rosa, after narrating her life story tells Gaurav: “Dil kyu kisi par aitbaar karta hai ye bas dil hi janta hai.”
The scene where Gaurav takes her interview and asks some general questions was also amazing.
Gaurav: Bhagwan mein yakeen karti hai?
Rosa: Haan. Kyuki mujhe pyar mein yakeen hai.
The direction is clever and good. I loved the way the director chose to oscillate between the past and present to keep the audience engaged. As the editing is crisp, the movie is fast-paced. Once you start watching the movie, you won’t be able to leave it in between. I also enjoyed the way the director pushed the audience towards the climax. The mystery was intact and I could not guess the ending.
Soundtrack
Songs form an integral part of the movie. They are not a mere embellishment and take the story forward. I liked the songs “Do jaane anjaan”, “Tum ko jo paya ab”, and “Ghunghroo toot gaye”. The haunting and sombre background score added to the mood of the movie.
Final words
If you are a movie buff looking for an intriguing thriller, you should watch Cabaret on ZEE5. The acting, direction, and soundtrack will surely impress you. The movie is about 90 minutes long, so you can easily finish it at one sitting. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a bowl of popcorn and enjoy the movie this weekend.



Saturday, 5 January 2019

Let It Fall Away!


Let it fall away so that better things can arrive in your life. The best thing about a brand new year is the hope that gets planted in everyone's heart. The hope to start afresh and being successful in every aspect of life. 

Charles Lamb had rightly said, "New Year's Day is every man's birthday."

My resolution for the new year is to do one thing every day that makes me happy. 

"Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin" ~ Sir John Lubbock

Apart from that, I have a couple of goals that I want to accomplish this year. I hope all of you drop the baggage of failures and heartbreaks that you faced last year. Make every day of this year count. Write a wonderful story in the new 365 page-book that you would feel proud of. 


Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year. 

What is your New Year Resolution? How do you want your 2019 to look like? I would love to know in the comment section.


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Wednesday, 26 December 2018

10 Hindi Movies from 2018 you must watch on ZEE5


The year 2018 has been a golden year for Bollywood. There have been many movies that have done great not only critically but also commercially. Surprisingly, the high-budget Khan movies have not been able to perform and win the hearts of the audience. If you enjoy watching Hindi movies online, you can watch or rewatch some of the best Hindi movies from 2018 on ZEE5.
  1. Mulk
Mulk is one of the best movies of this year. The captivating social drama film, starring Rishi Kapoor and Tapsee Pannu gives out the message that there is no religion for terrorism. The powerful performances, flawless direction, and hard-hitting dialogues make it a compelling watch.


  1. Parmanu
Next on the list is Parmanu, the story of Pokhran. The patriotic movie starring John Abraham and Diana Penty is based on the 1998 Pokhran Nuclear Test conducted with the joint collaboration of BARC, DRDO, ISRO and the Indian Army. The way director Abhishek Sharma has presented the real incidents in a thrilling way make the movie a must watch.

  1. Padman
Padman is a social drama film that has high rewatch value for the message it conveys and for the brilliant performance of Akshay Kumar. It tells the story of a courageous man who faces social stigma and other challenges in his well-intentioned pursuit to develop affordable sanitary pads.

  1. Veere Di Wedding
Veere Di Wedding celebrates female friendship in a way that few Bollywood movies have done. The movie is filled with fun-filled and heart-touching moments that you would love to relive with your girl gang. With spectacular performances from Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, and Shikha Talsania, the movie shines as a movie that showcases a more realistic yet fun side of friendship.



  1. Laila Majnu
Laila Majnu is a beautiful romantic drama movie directed by Sajid Ali. Written by Imtiaz Ali, the Sufi poetic aura of his style of romance is evident in the movie. While there have been past adaptations of the Laila-Majnu tale, this version provides a fresh perspective by setting the story in present-day Kashmir.

  1. Batti Gul Meter Chalu
Batti Gul Meter Chalu highlights the problems that people face due to power cuts. Set in Tehri, Uttarakhand, the local dialect, locations and characterizations feel incredibly fresh to watch on-screen. But the biggest highlight is how all the previously mentioned elements come together to address a relevant social issue. Among performances, watch out for Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Divyendu Sharma.

  1. Paltan
If you enjoy war movies, you should definitely watch Paltan on ZEE5. The movie starring Arjun Rampal and Sonu Sood is based on the clashes between the Indian and Chinese Military (Nathu La and Cho La) on 1967. Many are not aware of this battle and that is exactly what makes the movie an insightful watch.

  1. Genius
Genius is an action thriller movie starring Mithun Chakraborty, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Utkarsh Sharma. Directed by Anil Sharma (known for directing Gadar), the movie features some spectacular action sequences and a thrilling plot that you shall definitely enjoy.

  1. Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se
After tickling our funny bone with the previous two instalments of Yamla Pagla Deewana 1 and 2, the Deol trio is back with Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se. It has always been a fun, emotional-filled experience watching Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol act on-screen together and YPD Phir Se is no exception.

  1. Tigers
Tigers starring Emraan Hashmi is a ZEE5 Original Film released in 2018 that you cannot afford to miss. Directed by Oscar-winner Danis Tanovic, The drama is inspired by true events in Pakistan. Watch it for the engaging storyline, great direction, and pitch-perfect performance by Emraan Hashmi.

In short, 2018 was the year of content-driven Hindi movies that had unique stories and fabulous performances. Grab a bucket of popcorn and binge-watch the amazing Hindi movies online on ZEE5.

Monday, 24 December 2018

Shop for Fashionable and Trendy Nighty on Zivame



Wearing loose shorts and old T-shirts at bed-time is outdated. Women want to feel and look good always. Just like any other women clothing, sleepwear is also available in various styles, fabrics, colours, and designs. Women must pay a lot of attention when they are shopping for sleepwear. When you choose the right nightdress, you not only get a good night’s sleep but also feel happy about the way you look. If you are looking for cute and stylish nighty, buy now at Zivame.

Types of nightdresses
The nightdresses of Zivame are loaded with style and cuteness. The short nightdresses are ideal for hot and humid weather. The knee-length dresses will make you feel relaxed and comfortable. You can also choose silk nightgowns that will make you look sensuous and appealing. If you want to make your night special, wear a sexy nightgown to make a great impression.
Choosing the right sleepwear
Comfort should be your first priority when you are buying a nightdress. Let’s take a look at the factors that women must keep in mind when they are shopping for sleepwear:
1.Fabric
The most important factor in choosing the right sleepwear is fabric. You should choose the fabric, according to your preference and comfort. You can choose a satin chic nightgown for looking stylish and sensuous. Check out the navy or maroon satin gown on Zivame that will surely raise the temperature in the bedroom.
If you do not enjoy the slippery feeling of wearing satin clothes, you will not get a good night’s sleep wearing satin sleepwear. In that case, you can opt for a cool cotton nightdress in white or pastel colours. As cotton is a breathable fabric, it is ideal for summer. It is soft to wear and touch. There is a wide range of printed white cotton nightgowns on Zivame. If you are fond of cute designs, you would love the Disney range of night dresses.
2.Details
When you are shopping for sleepwear, you must pay attention to the details. Choose nightdress that has minimal detailing so that you can feel comfortable. If you are opting for a nightdress with buttons, choose the ones that have small buttons. Avoid sleepwear that has fancy frills and lace. They can irritate your skin and disturb your sleep.
3.Silhouette
The silhouette and cut of your sleepwear are extremely important for your comfort. Choose anti-fit cuts that do not make you feel suffocated. You can find nightdresses in classic styles on Zivame that are loose and comfortable. If you wear a tightly fitted sleepwear, it will make you toss and turn at night. A loose fit night dress that falls straight to your knee will make you feel comfortable throughout the night.
4.Colour and Design
You can find nightdresses in various colours and designs on Zivame. You can choose between floral, Disney or geometric prints. Checks and slogans look uber cool. White and pastel colours are ideal for the summer season, whereas bright colours are perfect for cooler nights.
Women today are fashionable, confident and expressive. They like to express their personality through what they wear, whether it is for a party or while relaxing on the bed. Every woman likes stylish and comfortable sleepwear that will make her feel great about herself. Zivame has the perfect nighty for every woman.


Sunday, 25 November 2018

Kaali: A nail-biting thrilling original web series on ZEE5


When was the last time you had watched a nail-biting thriller that didn’t let you blink your eyes? Kaali is a ZEE5 Bengali Original starring popular Bengali stars like Paoli Dam, Rahul Banerjee, and Shantilal Mukherjee. It is directed by Korok Murmu and produced by Parambrata Chattopadhyay. It released on 13th November 2018. The plot revolves around a helpless mother who has to deposit 6lakhs at the hospital for her son’s operation within 12 hours. She is ready to go to any extent to save her son. The action-packed thriller shows the strength of a woman and celebrates her power.
Plot and Characterization

In the first episode, we are introduced to all the main characters. The titular character (Paoli Dam) works as a beautician and lives with her son, Sunny. She has separated from her husband because the latter is involved in illegal activities. Two things happen simultaneously in a day which change the course of the protagonist’s life. One is the accident of her son and another is her husband getting involved in a murder case.
The doctor informs her that her son’s condition is serious and he needs an artificial lung to survive. The surgery will cost 6 lakhs and she has only 12 hours to deposit the money, else her son won’t survive. There are two inspectors who investigate the murder case and the drug trafficking racket. Inspector Aniket Bose (Rahul Banerjee) wants to help the protagonist as he has had feelings for her, whereas the intentions of OC Mitra (Shantilal Mukherjee) seem dubious.
She gets involved with dangerous people as she tries to accumulate money for her son’s operation. As each episode progresses, she gets pulled into the world of drug trafficking. The more the danger increases, the more she becomes dangerous.
How far can a mother go to save her only child?
Acting and Direction

The acting of Paoli Dam who played the titular character is so good that you will root for her with all your heart. There is a scene in Episode 6 when she yells out her son’s name and breaks down in the middle of the street. Her helplessness of not able to get the money for her son’s operation will pierce your heart. She portrayed a mother’s love with complete honesty.
At the same time, the fire and determination in her eyes when she was fighting the goons were worth watching. Rahul Banerjee was apt for the role of Inspector Aniket Bose. I also liked the chemistry between Paoli Dam and Rahul Banerjee.
Overall, the series is pretty fast-paced. There is not a single unwanted scene in the series. The direction is praise-worthy as the director keeps you on your toes constantly. There are various twists and turns thrown into the plot that makes it a perfect thriller. The haunting background score adds to the thrill quotient.
Final Thoughts
The best thing that I liked about the web series is its title. The Hindu Goddess Kali is the goddess of destruction, power, and time. She is worshipped for destroying evil forces. Although she has a fearful appearance, she is the Divine mother who cares for her devotee.
The first season of the web series has 8 episodes, each one of which is named after the 10 Mahavidyas: Kali, Pitambari, Tara, Kamala, Bhuvaneshwari, Matangi, Dhumavati, and Bhairavi. Just like the Hindu Goddess, the protagonist of the web series symbolizes power, death, and destruction when she embarks on her journey to collect 6 lakhs. She is presented as violent and dark when she meets the goons involved in drug trafficking.
The series establishes the truth that there is the power of Goddess Kali in every woman. Enjoy watching a woman unleash her power when her child’s life is in danger. If you want to watch a nail-biting thriller that celebrates woman power, watch Kaali on ZEE5 for an unforgettable experience. Check out the trailer of the web series on YouTube.