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Random Acts of Opinion – Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

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Turning and burning By M.Schinke

Tom Cruise may be getting close to hanging it up; but not today, OpinionNerds.

One of the most satisfying aspects about movies is how they are able to operate on so many levels at once. They can entertain and inform, move and inspire, comfort and challenge. Any filmmaker can pull from any or all of these elements, layering them together into a sumptuous, sensual ambrosia of storytelling that will impact different people in different ways. But all of that relies on choices made by people about what they want to emphasize and what they want the audience to come away with. Given the choice, some filmmakers will defer to a certain kind of entertainment value over other storytelling considerations. There is certainly nothing wrong with this approach, but it is worth questioning at what point the desire to please the audience and have them leaving…

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[Valentine’s Special] HER.

[A little something I'd written a couple months ago to see how my #nonfictionalfiction writing had come along; partly inspired by "BTS – Outro: Her" (from "Love Yourself: Her (2017)"] {image: Pinterest} HER Long before any of them, there was you. There was you, and how. Your song choices, your ‘sexy and I know it’… Continue reading [Valentine’s Special] HER.

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That Girl, Three Miles from Home — a short story by Devansh M. Desai

[3.8K words, unedited] Note from the writer: Because this short story was posted on Facebook first on May 18, the tone of the story was lightened considerably in order to reach a wider audience. The original story has a brief mention at the end. Her car sputtered to a stop just as they were crossing… Continue reading That Girl, Three Miles from Home — a short story by Devansh M. Desai

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Book Review #52: When Opposites Meet, by Sachin Garg

Book name: When Opposites Meet Author: Sachin Garg Published by: Harlequin (an imprint of HarperCollins) Pages: 196 Genre: Fiction, Romance MRP: ₹199/- -- WHAT HAPPENS WHEN OPPOSITES MEET? When two completely different people find themselves drawn to each other? Can they really find happiness together? Can wheelchair-bound Ritwika find a chord that connects her to… Continue reading Book Review #52: When Opposites Meet, by Sachin Garg

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Book Review #49: Kansa (Killer Trilogy #1), by Prassant Kevin

Book name: Kansa (Professor Black, Killer Trilogy #1) Author: Prassant Kevin Published by: Inked Company Pages: 398 Genre: Fiction, Thriller MRP: Rs 244/- -- NOTE: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review and I promise to be completely honest (blunt, if required) in my review of… Continue reading Book Review #49: Kansa (Killer Trilogy #1), by Prassant Kevin

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Book Review #48: The Wrong Turn, by Sanjay Chopra and Namita Roy Ghose

Book name: The Wrong Turn Author(s): Sanjay Chopra, Namita Roy Ghose Published by: Om Books International Pages: 480 Genre: Fiction, Historical War Thriller MRP: Rs. 295 /- -- Blurb: 1944, Kohima – a small, sleepy town in northeast India. Subhash Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army (INA) along with the Japanese, are on the… Continue reading Book Review #48: The Wrong Turn, by Sanjay Chopra and Namita Roy Ghose

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Book Review #47: Dying to Live, by Monisha K. Gumber

Book name: Dying to Live Author: Monisha K. Gumber Published by: Frog Books (an imprint of Leadstart Corp.) Pages: 227 Genre: Fiction, Motivational Teen Fiction MRP: ₹245 -- Blurb: When nothing matters anymore… Megha, a young super-achiever with a perfect life has all that is needed to be happy. After all why wouldn’t she? A… Continue reading Book Review #47: Dying to Live, by Monisha K. Gumber

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Book Review #46: Majid’s Diary, by Ghazala Rizvi

Book name: Majid’s Diary Author: Ghazala Rizvi Published by: Notionpress, Inc Pages: 246 Genre: Fiction, Thriller MRP: ₹245 -- Blurb: A death leads Jamal and Dev on a quest for truth and unravels a mystery connecting the by-lanes of Hyderabad to the Gomal Valley in the Pak-Afghan border. In its wake, Jamal and Dev leave… Continue reading Book Review #46: Majid’s Diary, by Ghazala Rizvi

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Book Review #45: A Symphony of Chance Encounters, by Sayujya Shankar

Book name: A Symphony of Chance Encounters Author: Sayujya Shankar Published by: Notionpress, Inc Pages: 133 Genre: Fiction, Short stories MRP: ₹210 -- Blurb: The world sways to an invisible music. We are the orchestra and our stories its symphony. And our loneliness is a song, which leads us through pasts and presents, towards new… Continue reading Book Review #45: A Symphony of Chance Encounters, by Sayujya Shankar

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Book Review #40: Key to My Soul, by Probal Mazumdar

Book name: Key to My Soul Author: Probal Mazumdar Published by: pblishing-dot-com Pages: 288 Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary MRP: ₹195 -- Blurb: "When Siddharth, a lonely young man with a failed marriage gets a sudden phone-call from a mysterious person about his childhood lover, Hazel, and learns that she is battling for life, he is… Continue reading Book Review #40: Key to My Soul, by Probal Mazumdar

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Book Blitz: Ponni’s Beloved, by Sumeetha Manikandan

Blurb Kalki Krishnamurthy’s Ponniyin Selvan is a masterpiece that has enthralled generations of Tamil readers. Many authors have written phenomenal books in Tamil literature after Kalki Krishnamurthy, but Ponniyin Selvan remains the most popular, widely-read novel. It has just the right mixture of all things that makes an epic – political intrigue, conspiracy, betrayal, huge… Continue reading Book Blitz: Ponni’s Beloved, by Sumeetha Manikandan