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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‘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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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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‘The Wind-up Bird Chronicle’ by Haruki Murakami

Language: English
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780099448792
Pages: 607
Price: Rs 450

Last year, when I decided to give Murakami a try, the curiousness was to find out why Murakami is what Murakami is. I have read a lot of writers’ works, but never did anyone create as much positive hype and adulation as Haruki managed to do over time. His readers are timeless and ageless – 8 to 80.

The next day morning, before going to office, I opened Flipkart in a tab in my browser, and before I could sulk upon the dent the pricing could cause to my otherwise shallow pocket, I had already ordered three Murakami pieces – Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the shore and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.

While Norwegian Wood made Murakami what he is what he is now, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle cemented his position up among the legends. Ask any voracious reader, and chances are that Kafka on the shore will be among his top three reads of all times.

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‘Anatomy of Life’ by Devdan Chaudhuri

Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
Language: English
ISBN: 9789382616306
Price: INR 350
Pages: 276

Narratives are rare. Rarer are good narratives. ‘Anatomy of life’, the debut novel of Devdan Chaudhuri, was nominated for Tibor Jones South Asia Prize 2013. That certainly speaks a lot about it. Apprehensive as always, this book made my decision to take it up look worthy. It turned out to be a good read.

The novel is about a poet – yes, you read it right – the author created a character that can be anyone – an allegory. There is this allegorical approach to creating characters, as visible in few cases. The strong narratives with superlative descriptions of emotions like happiness, depression, confusion – all are mixed up effortlessly into a smooth concoction throughout the book.

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‘Don’t Let Him Know’ by Sandip Roy

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Language: English
ISBN: 9789384052416
Price: INR 499
Pages: 244

No, not ‘Ray’ – if you are Bengali enough to be inquisitive and have visited the link to this review just because of the surname, let me give you a gentle reminder – as you should not judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t decide to read or not read a book by its author.

“The text of this book is set in Berlin roman, a modern face designed by K. E. Forsberg between 1951 and 1958. In spite of its youth it does carry the characteristics of an old face. The serifs are inclined, and the g has a straight ear.”

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