Master of None Season 2 with Aziz Ansari

Originally posted on Medium.

There were lots to expect from Master of None Season 2 after the way the first season ended. The premises were not entirely new to the audience. Nor was the treatment to the story innovative or something that was never done before. But Master of None stands out due to its presence of mind and Aziz Ansari’s take on the current urban society.

Master of None is not for you if you are looking for regular drama in the form of complex relationships mixed and matched with the expected turn of events. Instead, MoN gives you a fresh script, very ingenious outlook to the current society as and how it happens. It’s not about the generation you belong to – MoN gently makes you feel you’re the generation it’s talking about.

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Mini-series – Lookback Kashmir in Monochrome

Having been quite regular with Instagram for some time now, the urge to keep on experimenting with different forms of photography has always been inspiring. As a result, even if am yet to recognize the signature mark or style for myself, experimenting with different types, genres, variations has helped me understand various aspects of photography.

The latest interest is in running mini-series of photographs with similar themes. Frequent travelling helps. This post is about the mini-series titled ‘Lookback Kashmir in Monochrome’ that I ran in Instagram over the span of two weeks starting from May 10th.

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Thoughts on switching to Xiaomi as primary phone

Originally posted on Medium.

I have been thinking for quite some time to upgrade my primary phone which was a MotoG 3rd Generation. I bought it last year – a humble device with 1GB RAM, 16GM memory and a decent camera. Before that, I was already using a First Generation MotoG. During that upgrade it was quite natural that I would go for the then latest third generation model.

Motorola phones have been a go-to choice for one primary reason – the stock android experience. Since a Nexus was out of budget, the MotoG was a natural choice.

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‘The Temple Tiger and more man-eaters of Kumaon’ by Jim Corbett

Publisher: Rupa Publications
Language: English
ISBN: 9788129141859
Price: 140 INR
Pages: 128

Where ‘Man-eaters of Kumaon‘ ended, started the journey of ‘The Temple Tiger and more man-eaters of Kumaon’ by Jim Corbett. If ‘Man-eaters of Kumaon‘ made Jim Corbett the most well-known wildlife specialist, naturalist and author in the country, ‘The Temple Tiger and more man-eaters of Kumaon’ cemented his place in the heart of the readers and enthusiasts.

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‘Man-eaters of Kumaon’ by Jim Corbett

Publisher: Rupa Publications
Language: English
ISBN: 9788129140364
Price: 140 INR
Pages: 170

Man-eaters of Kumaon‘ is undoubtedly the best book written by the revered tracker-turned-environmentalist, author and naturalist Jim Corbett. Jim Corbett is famous for his hunting of man-eating tigers and leopards in different places in the mountainous terrains of North India. In 1957, the most famous national park at Uttarakhand has been renamed as Jim Corbett National Park, in his respect.

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‘Subhas and Sarat’ by Sisir Kumar Bose

Publisher: Aleph
Language: English
ISBN: 9789383064144
Price: 599 INR
Pages: 278

“Uncle Subhas’s habit of working till very late was known to all, including the police. We incorporated this into our plan for his escape from Calcutta (and India) in January, 1941. He instructed by cousin Ila that the lights in his first-floor bedroom in the 38/2 Elgin Road house should stay on for at least an hour after I drove him out of the house on 17th January, 1941. The bedroom has windows looking out on to Elgin Road and any onlookers would assume that he was as usual working through the night.”

Subhas and Sarat – an intimate memoir of the Bose brothers‘ is indeed an intimate account of the life and times of the famous Indian revolutionaries Subhas Chandra Bose (Netaji) and his elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose, from the eyes of Dr. Sisir Kumar Bose, the son of Sarat and nephew of Subhas Bose. Sisir Kumar Bose was close to his uncle Subhas and helped him escape his home internment in India. Subhas Chandra Bose later visited many European countries and made vital contacts with the political honchos of various countries to spread his political ideology. He formed the Indian National Army (INA) and announced armed revolution in the 1940s in bid to Indian independence.

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‘The Company of Women’ by Khushwant Singh

Publisher: Penguin India
Language: English
ISBN: 9780140290479
Price: 399 INR
Pages: 232

The Company of Women’ by Khushwant Singh might be one of the reasons the critics used to mockingly call him the ‘dirty old man’ of Indian journalism. The other novel which might help the naysayers to stay firm on their logic is his other novel ‘Delhi’, whose brilliance can never be disregarded.

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Things in mind – July, 2016

It’s been a long time that I have actually blogged – for the love of it – apart from working on reviews and interviews for Between The Lines. Whenever I sit to write these days, nothing flows out and I end up feeling nostalgic about and envious of the good old blogging days from college.

In the midst of this apocalypse (when words don’t tumble out as they are supposed to), I have decided to give ‘writing’ a push – one day at a time, one small (relevant / irrelevant) post at a time – till I get back the groove. My writing abilities now is infinitely worse than those good old days, and it’s high time I need to get back the mojo!

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The best Mughlai cuisine in Kolkata – Nizam’s

This review of Nizam’s was written for Zomato around August, 2011, almost five years back. This post is an effort to pull this review from Zomato.

Nizam's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

My rating: 4 / 5

“Really, no AC? Yeah.
No free Wifi zone? Yeah.
No live music, no outdoor seating? Yeah.”

That was the conversation between a friend of mine from Bangalore and me, he being all curious about the place he has so much heard about, and got surprised when I informed him how 1947ish the place may seem to him and etc.

That’s Nizam’s for all of us.

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The best biryani in Hyderabad – Hotel Shadab

This review of Hotel Shadab was written for Zomato around August, 2012, almost four years back. During all these four years of my stay in Hyderabad, this might be the place I have always been the most excited about while recommending to people.

This post is an effort to pull this review from Zomato.

I have been to Hotel Shadab numerous times – alone, with friends, with family, you name it – but have never been disappointed. And am sure you won’t be too!

My rating: 5 / 5

Hotel Shadab Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

While everyone’s reply to my ‘Where can I have the best Hyderabadi Biryani in the city?‘ on my first meet was ‘Paradise‘, I remember only a single person replying with ‘Hotel Shadab‘. So, giving it a try was not among the priorities. But, since it was among the options, giving it a try was an option as well. I pat my luck at its back for letting me to try Shadaab.

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