A Rising Man – Sam Wyndham Series by Abhir Mukherjee. Mr M read this some time ago and recently before our trip to India, he found out that the second book’s paperback edition was out so we went book hunting and he was lucky the second time. Foyles usually is our go-to bookstore. At least it is his. When he had finished almost 3/4th of the book, he turned to me and said that this series was TV series material and it would be good to see it in a TV series. I haven’t heard that from him for other books (maybe because most of them are non-fiction) so I told him that I will give it a try after we come back from our vacation to India.
I started the first book, A Rising Man on a Saturday and completed it by Tuesday. It was a detective series but set in a very different background. A background I have had the opportunity to read at length but from a different perspective and a different angle. The story is set in Kolkotta (earlier known as Calcutta) during the British regime. That in itself is a tricky thing because you don’t have a choice but to add the history that took place during that time and it involved a lot especially in a place like Kolkatta which was the hotspot at that time. The story ends when the Jalianwala Bagh incident happened in Amritsar. The turning point of Indian Independence history, as we have read about it.
A murder takes place and the victim is a British officer. The newly transferred Sam Wyndham is appointed to investigate. Surrender-not (actual name: Surendranath, but simplified for easy pronunciation) is the Watson to Sam’s Sherlock. To be honest, I kind of guessed who it might have been halfway through, but I couldn’t figure out the why or the how. It was just pure guesswork and I got lucky. Mr M was trying to put me off the scent but I knew it in my heart that I was kind of right in my guess (and maybe the small bits of information that weren’t there also helped)
There is no Sherlock-ism in here. Lot of legwork, travelling around gathering information battling against the humidity of the country and the city, not less the antagonism against the British empire. It is very interesting to read and brings forth a lot of the cultural elements of the City (and the Country). It was a good choice by Mr M to recommend it to me (and I wonder how he got to know of this in the first place). Thank you, Sir and I will definitely get on the second book shortly.
I would definitely give it 4 stars (as I did in my Goodreads) and it will be very very interesting to see if it was made into a TV Series. It is historical and so it would need a lot of work in the Arts department to recreate the atmosphere. Good luck, if anyone wants to try.
Writing this post, because I didn’t find a reblog button on the original post.
Do you like Meg Ryan or Michelle Pfeiffer? Are you crazy about them or their films? Do you want to see what other’s say about them, their characters and their movies? Paul at ‘Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg Movies‘ is running a Blogathon this month which features reviews of their movies from a lot of other bloggers. Sadly, Paul’s domain is expiring this April (as I gather from his post) so he is planning to get this Blogathon done by this month. If you have any post which you want to feature there, do let Paul know. I have enjoyed reading the posts and while you are there, do make sure to check out Paul’s other posts on these two main ladies.
Seeing other people’s reviews, I was a bit curious to see what my yearly review was according to wordpress.com. So here it is 🙂
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
I finished reading this book ‘If You Dare’ by A R Torre yesterday. It is one of the 3 part series book, but I didn’t know that. I don’t even remember when or how it got into my Kindle. So I picked it up because the prologue told me that it might be a thriller. I usually check the synopsis or the blurb of any book I read, but for this one, I just didnt. I went with my intuition. I didn’t even know how big the book was. I sort of liked the writing. It was intense. It was gripping. It felt real. The pain, the confusions, the thoughts, the fear… you could easily feel Deanna. She is psychotic. Since I hadn’t read the other two books I don’t know her back story fully well , but then it does come in bits and pieces and that is more than enough to carry this story forward. I am not going into the story and spoil it for you, if in case you happen to read it. I felt that my patience was tried a little bit, could have cut a few chapters I guess. But then I am not sure how that would have impacted the whole story. Because with every chapter there is a small piece that gets revealed. It does get a little bit dramatic what with the escape and all, very hollywood-ish I should say and given the way the story was going, I didn’t expect that. That is my only disappointment. Otherwise, it was a very gripping tale of a woman who has a dark side to her and is trying to figure out that it is not all she has. I liked the ending too. It would have been a real disappointment if it had ended otherwise. This one seems more logical and practical to some extent.
When I finished the book, the song that came to my mind (that is one quirk of mine…) was Kelly Clarkson’s Dark Side. I love that song. So apart posting my views of this book, I thought, why not post that song too as part of the Helen’s Sunday Song Lyric prompt I take part.
So here is the song and its lyrics.
Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing – What is not there to watch ? So yes, obviously I went for that movie ‘The Imitation Game‘ as this week’s Saturday entertainment. When the movie started, and Benedict is shown sitting in that chair, I became a little bit too enthusiastic and clapped and whooped, much to the embarrassment of my friend and eventually myself, because I was the only one who did that 😳 But then that was just for a sec. Dumb audience I say. It is based on a true story, story about Alan Turing and how he and his fellow mathematicians helped during the World War by breaking the code for Enigma and later the same nation punished him for being gay, which they say eventually led to his death (either by suicide or the impact of the treatments they gave him according to the credits). The movie’s greatest plus according to me was the dialogues. They were so humorous and fun and also very deep in most places. All the actors have done an amazing job, but Benedict truly makes you feel, makes you laugh with his one-liners, makes your heart beat a little faster when he is almost close to the solution, almost makes you cry when he suffering the after effects of his medication to cure his homosexuality etc. But I think the kid who played the young Alan Turing also did a wonderful job, especially in the scene where the headmaster talks to him about Christopher. That kid with the stoic face was amazing. The movie isn’t linear. It goes back and forth between his childhood, his time during the war and his current state where he is arrested for his sexuality. I just loved the movie. If not for anything or anyone, watch it for the amazing performance by Benedict and the wonderful dialogues.