Revisiting Malayalam Movies

#1 Hitler (1996)

Today I want to talk about a Malayalam movie. Not a review, not a synopsis. It’s just a revisit. Let’s go, shall we?


Hitler is one of the biggest hit in the career of megastar Mammootty. He is considered to be the epitome of masculinity among Malayali audience. In this movie as well he represents the men of Kerala.The title Hitler refers to the character played by Mammootty. He is locally known as Hitler due to his rough and tough character. He has a dominating personality with a rage towards the youngsters of the area for eve teasing and stalking his 5 younger sisters. Madhavankutty is the guardian of his sisters. He has already confirmed that women needs to be protected. Madhavankutty leading his sisters on the road is a symbol. Man who have the power, walks in front and submissive women obediently follows him. This representation of social reality was well received by the all time audience.

The ability to take one’s own decision is the strength of independence and basis of feminism. In this movie Madhavankutty never allows his sisters to express their opinions. He had been looking after the family since the death of their mother. Their father  is married again with two daughters and his children from the first marriage do not even speak to him. 


Throughout the movie we see Madhavankutty telling his sister what to do and what not to do. In the beginning, he even raises his voice and scolds his sisters for confessing that she ‘knows’ a boy. He accompanies or rather leads his sisters to and from their college. When he is busy with his work, he appoints a body guard for his sisters to do the same. He is an over possessive and over protective brother. All the more they are not allowed to go or stand outside of the gate without him.
Madhavankutty is portrayed as a rough man to others but for his sisters he is a dotting brother who provides everything for his sisters. Madhavankutty brings lots of clothes for his sisters.  Madhavankutty is the one who go shopping and brings clothes. The girls wear whatever they are given. Clearly the brother chooses for his sisters.


Madhavankutty is the protective patriarchal brother who can’t  understand that these girls know better to take care of themselves. He has taken it on his shoulders to marry off his sisters and he is adamant that he will find partners for them. As he leaves the home to find a suitable guy for the eldest of his sisters, the girls are seen way too much excited indicating how frustrated or subdued they felt . They literally fist pump and jump. They sneak out with their cousin Gouri and go outing. (A song of happiness is followed, obviously)


In the absence of Madhavankutty Balachandran gets into his house to be with Ammu his prospected bride, and gets caught. This results in the hostility between the two families and Madhavankutty opposes any of the decided marriages to happen between families. Balachandran on the other hand wants to make them happen.


Things change when the eldest sister Seetha goes through an unfortunate incident where her unmarried professor under the influence sexually abuse her. Coming back to senses, the professor confesses his act to Madhavankutty. At first he becomes angry and beats him. But then professor says that he was drunk and Seetha didn’t try to protest either. Devastated on hearing this and how this incident could affect the lives of his sisters he goes with the solution that to marry off Seetha to the Professor. The confession of Professor who exploited his sister is well received by Madhavankutty. He later says that he will blame neither Professor nor Seetha. But he was upset that his sister lost something that made her herself. For him she was not the same anymore. He in order to escape from the possible ‘defamation’ for his sister was raped, he marries off her to the old Professor who is somewhat thirty years older than her. He didn’t bother to listens to what his sister has to say. He confronts Seetha and tells her that whether she likes it or not she has to marry the same professor. Because marrying someone else will be cheating in the brother’s opinion. Also he tells her that consider it as her destiny. (A destiny chosen by the brother ).
The sisters become shocked to know that their elder sister is being married off to an older professor and they questions their brother. Their bodyguard Sathyapalan brings clothes for the wedding. Ammu becomes furious and throws away the clothes Madhavankutty has brought for them. She asks whether the groom hunting was a drama. She further says that the sisters wont let him to marry off  their elder sister to an old man. Madhavankutty answered her question by slapping Ammu hard across her face and shouts that if he wills, he will marry off everyone as he wishes and no one will be able to stop him. (God, I hate that character)


This is Hitler. He doesn’t think of himself as answerable to anyone. Second, he silences everyone with violence. He overpower his sisters with the masculine authority that society and he himself bestowed upon him.
Ammu who couldn’t agree with her brother’s decision, leaves the house and marries Balachandran. This infuriates Madhavankutty and breaks every ties with her too. His sister disobeying him was unacceptable to him. Also Ammu choosing Balachandran over Madhavankutty makes him despise Balan as well. Soon Madhavankutty’s father is killed by an enemy family leaving his two daughters orphan. Madhavankutty brings the two step sisters under his roof. But his other sisters are against this and they leave the house to stay with Balachandran and Ammu in the nearby house. He goes till the gate, apologizes for whatever he has done and asks his sisters to come out. Ammu comes out alone and tells that the sisters don’t want to live with him anymore. Madhavankutty become aggressive and shouts at Ammu that who is she to say that his sisters don’t want to come with him. She coolly replies that she is their elder sister who has the same rights and responsibility to sisters as much as he has. He shuts her up and ask how dare she could speak of her right over the girls. Madhavankutty is raged to hear that Ammu too have right over the sisters and they are not his ‘property’ only. His ego is hurt and authority is questioned. He believes his authority and rights over his sisters are limitless and unquestionable. The mere fact that the elder sister is speaking for the younger ones infuriates the brother. He becomes angry when he feels that Ammu is making decision for the sisters. The irony is, this is exactly what he has been doing all these time. He has been taking decisions for and over protecting them. But when Ammu started to do the same or he thought she was doing so he couldn’t handle it nor he could accept it.
Madhavankutty keeps on shouting and raising voice at Ammu while the other people in the scene are talking rather peacefully and matter of factly.


Yelling is one of the most reprehensible acts of abuse. It is demeaning hostile and threatening with the intend of chastising. He yelled because his sisters denied to go with him and Ammu stood by them as a sister. He was disobeyed and his authority was questioned.

Gouri is portrayed as an extremely impulsive and opinionated woman. She enjoys her life and freedom unlike Madhavakutty’s sisters. She loves Madhavankutty who never shows love or affection to her. He even hates it when she comes to his home and talks to his sisters. He believes she is a bad influence on them. Madhavankutty behaves like a master or leader always. He carries himself as a saviour of women. First of his own sisters and then of his step sisters. It resembles the White knight syndrome. It is a personality characteristic found in most males that lead them to ;
1. Rush to the aid of any female they see who appears in any form of distress.
2. Become attracted to said ‘damsel in distress’
3. Follow the dying code of chivalry and generally act like a nice guy.
Men affected by the White Knight Syndrome are men who feel the need to protect, provide attention and affection, be viewed as ‘heroic’, boost their ego and generally feel good about themselves. (Not my words)

In this movie Madhavankutty chases Hrudhayabhanu, his regular victim, and beats him furiously because he saw him gesturing and talking to his sisters. The fact that his sister Thulasi likes him back and enjoys his presence doesn’t matter to him. Believing that she needs help Madhavankutty abuses Hrudhayabhanu.
When Madhavankutty confirms that he won’t marry Gouri she tries to persuade him through a song sequence. He ignores her throughout but at the end he runs towards her thinking that she has fallen from some height. But that was a prank and she says she will wait for him to marry her. He who wants to protect his good boy image warns the workers who saw everything, not to tell any of what happened, otherwise he will beat them too. He gives them some money too. (What an unusual way of charity, right?🤪)
Gouri surprisingly enjoys the verbal abuse her supposed to be fiancé gives her. According to Madhavankutty, she is a spoiled girl who he fears might spoil his sisters too. Gouri go to Madhavankutty’s house only in his absence. If she happens to be seen by him, he scolds her and insults her for not being a ‘good girl’. Obviously she doesn’t meet the criteria of a good girl made by him. Being bold and having opinions is bad in his book. Hence she is insulted, scolded and humiliated whenever they are face to face. Surprisingly or not so surprisingly Gouri enjoys this and considers this as a gesture of love. She is head over heels for a guy who never shows at least a glimpse of love for her.


His sisters also loves him so much even after so much tyranny and domination. The sisters can’t think of a life without their brother. Stockholm syndrome is a psychological condition in which a hostage emotionally bonds to his/her captor. The sisters are so used to be in under control of their brother that a life where they should take a decision by themselves must be terrifying for them. They are so familiar with Madhavankutty’s violence towards people. Hence when they here Balachandran has been beaten up by their brother, they immediately believe it. All through their life they have seen Madhavankutty chasing people, verbally abusing and beating them severely. This is the reason why people call him Hitler and the sisters believed that he could beat his Brother- in law also.

At the end when  Madhavankutty leaves everyone and decides to wander places to understand the meaning of life Gouri and the sisters stand outside the gate and Gouri wolf whistles at a boy who was passing by them. He stops the bycycles and whistles back. Seeing this, Madhavankutty who with his anti Romeo attitude shouts at the boy and takes a u turn towards them. The movie ends where girls jump in delight to see their brother back. On the screen it is written that he can neither change his habits nor can he leave everything and go. Evidently everyone accepts the fact that he is never going to change his dominating and controlling personality.

The movie used a number of comic elements and a few comic characters to evoke laughter among audience. This movie focused mainly on brother sister relationship and few other things surrounded to it.  The funniest thing is this film is considered as an epitome of a brother’s love for his sister(s).

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Flawed

Flawed is one of the perfect books Cecelia Ahern has ever written. It’s her first YA (Young Adult ) . Those who don’t know what YA stands for no need to worry. Young Adult is genre of fiction for readers from 12-18. It mainly deals with  friendship, first love, relationships, and identity.  And Flawed is a combination of all the four. First of all I  would like to appreciate Cecelia Ahern for getting out of her comfort  zone.


I am a girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white. Remember this.

That is all the first chapter says. The novel goes through the perspective of Celestine North and the lines said earlier is by her. That’s enough to deduce her character. She is a model daughter and model student. Her life is picture perfect. She is dating Art Crevan, the son of Judge Crevan. Bosco Crevan is the head judge of a committee named the Guild. Now let me explain you the system of guild. It is a system to inquire and punish people who are accused of being Flawed. The flawed are common citizens who have made moral or ethical mistakes. It’s like a different version of common judicial system. The crimes are different and so are the punishments.

Wanna feel chills on your spine, listen to this.
On the first day of trial which is called the naming day, the judges decide whether the accused is flawed or not. If yes, the crimes he/she did is named in public and a brand F is seared on one of the five parts of the person’s body. The branding location depends on the crime.


1. Bad decision – The temple
2. Lying – The tongue
3.  Stealing – The right palm
4.  Disloyalty towards the Guild – The chest over the heart
5. Stepping  out of line with society – The sole of their right foot.


They sear this brand to the body of the people.
Don’t think the punishment ends here. Nope. It’s just the beginning. The branding is how it begins. Lives of the flawed people are restricted, controlled and strictly monitored. They lose all their privileges. Whistleblowers are police like figures of Guild, who arrest and control the flawed people. They are authoritarian. Some people are appointed like supervisors to the flawed to do surprise visits and inspection. They make sure the flawed are not wearing their favourite clothes or not eating tasty food. Or they are not outside of the house past curfew time. Basically those monitors make sure that the flawed are not leading a normal or happy life.

Remember Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Just like that in here the flawed are asked to wear an arm band with a red letter F on their sleeve so as to identify them in a crowd. No more than two flawed can stand, sit or talk together. They are not allowed to eat what they like or wear their favourite colours. They are not allowed to stay out of the house after 10 pm.

Our girl, Celestine is in full favour of this system, because she believes it is necessary for a flawless future generation. Her mother is a model in high demand and her father is the head of a news channel. She has one younger sister and brother. The perfect family. Her life takes a turn for the worse when she helps an old flawed man on a bus. After that all of a sudden she is the centre of attraction. ‘Judge Crevan’s son’s girlfriend is on trial for a flaw’. The flaw being aiding a flawed person. That’s right, she is on trial for helping an old sick man who happened to be a flawed.  She hasn’t done a crime. So she won’t be going to prison. She is just ethically flawed and hence official police and judiciary have nothing to do with her. Here begins the trial of Celestine North and her own conscience. I will narrate the story till this only. Now you should read the book to know what is the punishment for helping a flawed person.

What happens with Celestine changes the life of not just her or her family. But the whole of the flawed community. The peace and order the society had till then is starts break down. Celestine was a person who always followed logic and what happend in her life was illogical to her. (To us, also ). The plot takes place in an unmentioned dystopian society where being flawless is the ultimate goal. The girl who lived her whole life according to definitions is suddenly put in the opposite side of the society.


The thing about this novel is that the language is simple and plain with no embellishments. Such a page turner it is that you can finish it within two days. Also the story is with lots of cliffhanger and exciting events that you’ll find it hard to put down. It begins like any other Cecelia’s novels. But when we meet the Guild, it becomes difficult to not acknowledge the author’s brilliance in coming up with such ideas.
Though it is Young adult for teens, I can promise you that adults also will love it. I really feel like telling you what happens next but that’ll be unfair to you. The struggle Celestine faces is the rest of the story. Not just struggles but also threats. It’s kind of obvious what will happen to the guild system. Too many cooks spoil the broth, right?


There is an incident that made me feel anger pulsating through my veins. The woman incharge of Celestine goes through the her diary without her permission. Because apparently a flawed is not allowed to have privacy. Again they are less than humans. God I wanted to punch that sneaky bi***.

(Nope.. Nope.. No violence.. Breath in Breath out…) The one thing I hate to the core is reading someone else’s personal diary. It’s one of the most heinous non-crime crime.
Celestine’s life doesn’t end there. Yes her life is changed. She is thrown far away from being perfect. (Read it) There is a limit for her family in helping her. Art (boyfriend) or Juniper (sister) can’t do much. But there are people who can help her. The Flawed.

The novel ends in middle of a crucial situation. The novel became a huge hit within a few days because the plot is such gripping. It’s one of the books which I want to see as a movie. It would be amazing. Let me draw a picture for you. The trailer begins with Celestine celebrating earth day with her family and Judge Crevan. Art and her holding hands and sneaking a kiss. Suddenly sirens and whistleblowers in the background. They drag a woman out of her house infront of everyone. Celestine and family become worried and scared. Art tries to hold her hand to comfort, but she rids the hand and hugs herself nervously. Next scene should be the old man on the bus coughing and collapsing, Celestine carries and supports him. A serious looking Judge Bosco Crevan is zoomed in. People booing and protesting against Celestine, close up of the branding tool. A scared Celestine is looking around. A reporter animatedly talking infront of a crowd. Close up of her family crying, She is running frantically through the jungle, the back shot of a boy talking to Celestine. Again so much running and finally a puzzled Celestine is in the middle of the road at night, with a car stopped right infront of her, the lights blinding her vision and an outline of a woman can be seen.


Alright. may be my version of trailer is so cliche. But then again I am 100% sure this novel would make a superb movie. I could feel what she was going through. I could empathize with her. The book has a sequel titled Perfect which was again such an eventful one. To know the story completely you need to read both. I liked Cecelia even before I read Flawed. But after reading it and Perfect, I am head over heels for her. Read it guys. It’s a simple and plain YA thriller.

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You Know What….

I like reading books from a young age. Like when I was a preteen and all. But then somehow I lost the habit and had a dry life till my 16. That’s when I found a novel named I Too had a Love Story by Ravinder Singh. It’s a romantic tragedy in which the girlfriend dies at the end. There, I told you the story now you don’t have to read it and get your hopes up on Ravinder Singh. Because I was so overwhelmed by the novel and it’s climax that I cried inconsolably leading to a not so bad headache. God my eyes were sore that day. I have decided that ‘It’s fixed, from now on Ravinder Singh is my official favourite author’. The second novel came out and I bought that also and read. That time I was like ‘hmm, okay , Maybe not as good as the first one’ Then the third one came out and I scratched off his name from my favourite author and read Chetan Bhagat. There also I was impressed by only one of his works and then I got bored . During my Degree time I was sitting idly in my room and never bothered to hit the college library even for once. I saw a book on my room mate’s table. It had a picture of woman and a man lying on it’s cover and the title said, ‘P. S I Love You‘. (Drum rolls)

Was the book Good? Yeah!
Did I love it? Yeah!
Did I cry? A lot!
Did I find my lost passion of reading? Hell yeah !!


Cecelia Ahern’s writing career began with the publication of P. S I Love You. So did my reading habit. I loved her every single work and I collected and read them twice or even thrice sometime. Her writing makes me feel that a friend is talking to me. I read all her novels and all of them are my favourites. But then again if I have to choose a top five ( there is no way I can shortlist them to two or three) I will put them like this. I won’t  rank them, still.
💎 The Time of My Life
💎 The Book of Tomorrow
💎 Flawed & Perfect
💎 How to fall in Love
💎 If You Could See Me Now

I didn’t add P. S I Love You on the list because I thought it was obvious. After finishing Cecelia’s works I read some in Malayalam, my mother tongue. After that I read some of Jodi Picoult’s and John Green’s. Of Course I followed Nicholas Sparks also but soon I lost interest because it’s always the same thread. Boy meets girl, love happens, someone has a fatal disease, conflicts happens, someone with the disease dies. End of story. My favourite work of his is The Guardian. (Ooh Goosebumps ).


Then I switched my interest into Crime/Mystery/psychological thrillers. But it was limited you know. I meant my reading. I chose Lars Kepler mainly to be blown away by crime thrillers. Among her The Stalker became  my favourite.
I read the Princess Trilogy by Jean Sasson Still Alice by Lisa Genova. The latter is such an amazing work of which I had written a review already.

I don’t know why I am telling you people all these. But now and then I am like Archimedes when he found his Principle. I am stricken with a sudden thought of book or movie and pour myself out on this page. If you are following me you can expect my doodlings. Most often they won’t be typical reviews or anything. Because who am I to judge an art. It’s more like how I felt about it. So if that’s what you want please do follow my page. If you want me to talk about any of the book just comment, if I have read it already then I will tell you. If I haven’t, I apologize in advance .

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Life of the Party

Melissa McCarthy has the cutest and most innocent face ever. Undoubtedly she was born for the role of Deanna. I am just gonna talk about the movie Life of the Party and how it made me fee. I will be leaving the technical sides out.

I just happened to see the thumbnail of LOTP on Netflix and saw my favourite lady’s face there. I checked the synopsis. A divorced woman is going back to her school to complete her graduation. ‘Huh, interesting ‘. So I watched it. God, that was one of the best 1 hr and 47 minutes of my life. It begins with a happy chirpy mother dropping her daughter off to her hostel in the beginning of her senior year. Her happy sweet life comes to stand still when her husband asks for a divorce. At first she don’t know what to do. The only thing she regret every single day is dropping out of college with only one year left for graduation. So she decides to rectify it. Deanna once again comes back to the school, this time to complete her senior year and graduate. The struggle and fun begins there. She’s excited like a new kid on her first day of school. She is excited about every little things that contribute to her school life.

Oh how I wish if I had a friend or roommate like her during my hostel days. My school life would have definitely been a better one. Words are not enough to express the joy I had when I was watching this movie. Just not Deanna, even her bestfriend Christine (Maya Rudolf ) is also a gem.

Deanna Miles is, without any doubt, the sweetest, coolest and funniest person I have seen on movies. She is such a beauty too. How she totally came in to the spirit of a highschool without losing her earned wisdom and world view is actually inspiring. She is older than every other students in the school. Her teacher is her ex- classmate. But she was excited about it too. The only thing that bothered her was her daughter’s comfort. Luckily she had the sweetest daughter . Let’s say Maddie got her mother’s nature. The gang she first meets, oh such horrible people so selfish and arrogant that they harass Deanna whenever they meet. Just Kidding. The gand is also a bunch of sweetie pies. Why would I attempt such a terrible jock on harassment, is a question to me also. But you can watch the movie if you haven’t already.

All in all the movie was just what I needed. It cheered me up like no other movie ever did. Just seeing Deanna smiling made me feel like “Everything is fine”. I had a smile on my face just seeing Deanna talking and talking. I have to say my sincere gratitude to the script writer, casting guy and the director for such a treat. Bless the soul who chose Melissa McCarthy for this role. It is such a feel good movie that says ‘Have fun people’. It tells us how we can enjoy even the smallest things in our life. I am going to say that my best decision so far in 2021 was to watch this movie. I will probably put this movie on the “Movies to watch if you are upset’ list. I would say drop everything now and watch this movie.

I would really like to know if there is any other movies which have similar themes or effects on people. You can suggest me such good movies. Also which is your favourite movie that made you so cheerful?

Isn’t she the cutest, people?

Change of Heart

‘Your daughter needs a new heart. The only match comes from a murderer. What would you do?’

This is the caption I found on my copy of Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. I read the caption. Pretty interesting situation. Then I started to read the novel. Man, if only the situation was as simple and straight as the way caption puts it.

June’s husband dies in a car accident from which she and their daughter escapes. She is remarried to a police officer who helped her through the trauma. Five years later she is expecting her and Kurt’s child when he and Elizabeth (her daughter from the first marriage) is shot dead by a carpenter (Shay Bourne) who worked for them.

The child is born with a severe heart condition that affects her life(gee give June a break, right? ). At the age of eleven, Claire is going through a hard phase in dire need of a heart. Let’s just pause there.

With a caption like that, we think the main character is the mother. Well, nope. Draw a word web of sun and she will be one of the many rays that surrounds the circle. And in the circle stands Shay Bourne, the murderer. Exactly. He is the centre of everything (no pun intended). He is the first person in the last 58 years of New Hampshire to receive a death sentence. At the early 20s he is put in the jail to be executed. Somehow it gets delayed, for 11 years.
Now strange things start to happen in the jail. The pipe water suddenly turns into wine. A dead bird comes back to life when Shay touches it. He shares a small piece of gum with 7 other inmates and still some it is left. Most importantly, Lucius, the guy in the neighbouring cell gets cured of AIDS leaving no symptom to indicate that he was a severe patient till yesterday. So is officer Smythe’s son.
Ring any bells? Turning water into wine, giving life to dead, curing the sick! Quite familiar scenarios, right? Well, what happens in jail never stays in jail. People around came to know about it and they declared Shay Bourne, a convict for double murder, the messiah. But Shay Bourne wants nothing but to be able to donate his heart to Claire Nealon after his execution. Which by the way is not possible if he is executed by lethal injection. Here comes Father Michael as spiritual advisor and Maggie Blooms as his self appointed attorney. They tries to help Shay inorder to help themselves. Another example for there is no selfless good deed. (Again F.R.I.E.N.D.S reference) Father Michael wants to make up for what happened in the past (read the novel, if you want to know what it is. I can’t tell you everything). Maggie wants to remove execution from the penal system.

The novel is not entirely focused on a mother’s dilemma of whether to accept the heart of the perpetrator. It’s much more than that. From the beginning itself we get the feeling that the culprit is given more importance than the victims. Towards the middle we find ourselves on the side of Shay. At one point I was so excited for this Shay guy that I had to smack my own back of the head and say stop cheering for a criminal. As pages turned I was literally confused about Shay. People called him Messiah and Jesus incarnated. We are given so many parallels between the both. But, no. Shay is not Jesus. He is just a man who followed the path of Jesus and worked for the greater good.


About this novel, it gives you a new perspective on religion. TBH this novel was equally informative and entertaining. God, this is why I love reading novels. I don’t know how Judi Picoult come up with such brilliant plots. I would suggest everyone to read this novel Change of Heart. You don’t have to be religious to read and enjoy this book. Coz this one is not about religion but about human and humanity. Then again, we can easily call GOod Deeds GOD.
The plot is full of crucial events. Loads of miracles to pull us more into the world of characters . The journey through this novel is more like unravelling the character of Shay Bourne. His character remains mysterious even at the end of the novel. I’ll tell you why.

Claire walks back to life with Shay’s heart beating inside her. She finds that her dog lying motionless. She checks for heartbeat which has already left the body. She calls out for her mother and hugs the dog’s dead body. Now it’s time for the final miracle. When she keeps the dog close to her heart, Dudley’s heart starts to beat again. Dudley is alive again. Okay so may be it’s not a final miracle, it could be the beginning of some new miracles.

Like Kurt Nealon says, people are never who you think they are. Read it guys. It’s really good.

The Woman in the Window

Let me tell you about Dr. Anna Fox. She is living alone in her home separated from her husband Edward or Ed who got the custody of their daughter Olivia. Or we come to know about it from her musings and conversations. Anna never leaves her home. She sit there all day, her groceries are brought by her tenant who lives in the basement. She never leaves her home because she is Agoraphobic. As a routine Anna’s therapist comes and talk to her. Anna spends all her time sitting by the window and watch the world and life pass on without her.

Enough of this boring, repeating life. One day, comes the new family to the vacant house opposite to her. Now she was interested in the family including a father, mother and a son. She keep on looking through the window to know more about them. Now now, we all know staring is a bad manners and spying on someone for our own time pass is an even worse habit. But now that our protagonist is agoraphobic and she don’t have the choice of going out and meet new people and have a proper social life she is stuck with this window plan. So let’s just forgive and support her and move on.
She sees the mother in that house and later she comes to Anna and identifies herself as Jane Russel, mother of teenager Ethan. They grow a bond really fast and Anna comes to know that the father of the house wouldn’t appreciate this friendly meeting. Later she meets Ethan who seems really sweet and shy and they also starts a friendship. Ethan tells that his father, Alistair is a very strict and controlling man and both Jane and Ethan are really afraid of him. Very bad Alistair, very bad. One day as Anna was doing her usual spying and staring she sees a terrible thing. Jane is stabbed by someone. Terrified she calls Police and reports it. The police goes to crime scene and finds that the mother is in fact healthy and alive. Anna sees that the woman is different and says that she is not Jane. But police gets evidence that proves the woman in the house is indeed Jane Russel. Anna’s words are ignored. Later Alistair comes to her house and asks her to stay out of their matters and stop spying. Anna is now convinced that there is something suspicious. One day she receives a picture of herself sleeping at night through an anonymous email. Creepy, right? She calls the police to inform this weird incident and she is thrown back to a place where she never wanted to go. Here comes the first twist…. Nah I am not gonna tell you that. Anyway, the police proves that Anna is prone to have hallucinations and this photo incident is just one of them. Like, she could have took the picture and sent it to herself. I mean selfie is not a rocket science.
Later she finds that pic in her own phone and remembers the photo she had taken when Jane came to visit. In that picture she got the glimpse of Jane. She confronts Ethan and he reveals that Katie who identified herself as Jane was actually his biological mother and Alistair and Jane are adoptive parents. Katie’s frequent visit infuriated Alistair and he stabbed her to death. Scary Alistair. Ethan promises Anna that he will talk to his parents and then to police.
But then something happens at night when she was about to sleep and there comes the second twist. Not so much of a twist. She remembers the conversation with Ethan and realizes that he said something which there was no way he would have known it. Now a shiver is running through your spine. For a second you just can’t focus. Loads of thoughts are running into you like the sharp little drops of monsoon rain. Blurring your vision and pricking you all over your body. It’s not that I hate rain or something but dude, sometimes they do hurt. She freezes when she feels the presence of Ethan in her room. To know the rest of the events just read The Woman in the Window by A. J Finn. But I would like to apologize to Alistair Russel first. Sorry man.

I read this book last year. The first half of it was cliché, you know. You could easily predict the events and read what is told a million time by others. You fall into the familiar flow of the peaceful stream only to be thrown off the cliff. Not just that, you try to come up to the surface of water with theories, predictions and conclusions only to be push down by another wave of plot twist. As a reader I always try to predict the climax. In this case I had to come up with a number of them because I had to change it whenever the plot twist tore my conclusions into shreds.
This is the debut novel by Dan Mallory who wrote under the pen name A. J Finn. When asked about this mundane beginning, he said it was intentional. This feeling of familiarity made the twists more powerful than we expect.

Now I should add one more thing. Those who have read Saving April by Sarah A Denzil need not to read The Woman in the Window. Because the plots are strikingly similar. I am no one to judge or say who stole whose plot. I have read this one and haven’t read Saving April yet. But then I checked and I was like, ‘yep, both plots are just twins. One girl and the other boy’. Then again if you haven’t read neither of the books, I would say read The Woman in the Window. It’s not like I am promoting this one or anything, it’s just I haven’t read Saving April and don’t know anything about it’s language or flow of events or feel. But I have read this one and it is really good. It’s thrilling. It gives you goose bumps and surprises (or shocks). I mean a novel is at it’s best when it proves you wrong about the conclusion, right? I like to be proven wrong by the authors when it comes to thrillers, cause if they prove you right, then they are not thrillers anymore, just plain ordinary novels.

I would have read the other one also if the plots weren’t so much similar. It’s like ‘potato – potato’ (in Phoebe Buffay’s voice).

The Gift

The novel The Gift talks about Lou Suffern and his life during the time of Christmas season. The novel gives you a small pack of magic and a gift of insight.  Lou Suffern is busy.  He thrives when he work.  He is absolutely brilliant in his job. Evidently workaholic. He is reputed in his workplace.  He owns a big house and he earns a six figure salary.  He  is married to his girlfriend for 10 years and has a daughter of five and son of one. Everything seems perfect, right?  Well let’s see.  He is an adulterer.  He is not sure about his daughter’s age.  He takes everyone and everything for granted.  He never acknowledged the presence of his son ( not because he hates the baby but because he never thought it’s his responsibility too to take care of him). He  believes the kids are his wife’s duty.  He considers himself as a know it all/charming perfectionist and a well balanced juggler who can keep  his family, work and relationships safe in his hands. 
                He believed his only duty to the family was to provide financially. The aim of his life was to earn more,  reach more higher and reap more promotions.  Then comes Gabe,  short for Gabriel, a homeless man who was helped by Lou.  Lou gives him a job.  As a mail guy in the office.  I think Gabe acts more like  a conscience for him.   We see him asking question to Lou that makes him uncomfortable and seeing him in his office make Lou feel intimidated.  Gabe asks questions Lou doesn’t like to hear or want to answer at all. Gabe points out things that Lou doesn’t wanna see. Gabe knows what Lou thinks and speaks.  And then comes the magic.  We all wished for a little magic in our life that could make our day a little more better. Here Lou is given such a magic which help him double up and see himself through an objective perspective.  How he does things and how he should have done things etc.
              We believe we have all time in the world (sach mein,  bahut time hain na hamare paas : MS Dhoni movie).  We believe those who are around us do things because that’s their duty or responsibility and that’s how they should have done anyway.  We believe people around us our dear ones would stay forever even if we treat them like tissue or for our own benefit.  Well,  definitely that’s not how things are.  We don’t have all the time in this world nor will our beloved stay forever for us.  We may not always find a partner or friend like Ruth,  who always clean up after you mess up and then give another chance. We take people, time,  love and life for granted.  When we begin to do that we start to lose everything. People have feelings, they feel hurt and used and neglected or sidelined. It’s about priority.  Not about time or work or money.  We have prioritised things and we act accordingly.  We put someone third or fourth on our list and on their list we might be first or second.  Let’s just say if we don’t give as much respect and attention as you receive, we start to get inflated like  a big balloon. Remember what happens to Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? Yeah,  she floated towards sky.  We wouldn’t be blown away but at some point we will burst.  I mean we will suffer for our actions. Like the saying,  you reap what you sow.
          Oh – kay…  I got carried away and preached a bit too much. Sorry about that.  But the thing is that’s what happens to our main character Lou Suffern.  Just when he sorted out his actual priorities and decided to pick up the falling parts,  he got blown away.  Because,  let’s face it, time never waits for anyone. The Gift is written by Cecelia Ahern who shot into fame with the publication of P. S I Love You. This one indeed is must read.  Now that we are talking about life and time,  I would ask you to read The Time of My Life too..  that’s a pretty interesting one too.

The Storyteller – an experience

I read books for experience.  It takes me through different times, introduce me to different people and tells me different stories.  Yeah,  I know traveling is a better way for these experience,  but that’s not my point. Most of us know, books are sooo am-az-ing.
I came across such a book.  Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller. Recently I decided to be a fan of good books rather than any particular author. Definitely The Storyteller got into my good books’ list. The narrative is mesmerizing, brings you into plot,  making you a silent spectator throughout the novel. The novel has four different plots intertwind together. Ania, Sage, Minka and Josef. Four different characters and their stories go hand in hand, sometimes even mixed up. You wanna know a short story of vampire type thing,  read this novel. Wanna know a girl who is trapped inside of herself, unable to go forth because of her memories, read it. Wanna know the traumatic experience the Jew had to go through during the holocaust,  read this.  Wanna know how a German boy felt about all this,  read this.  Though it is purely fiction, it takes your breath away with the realistic narration and the flow of events.  The book makes you weep,  makes you angry,  makes you smile,  gives you hope and gives you a tiny little drop of satisfaction before it ends leaving you in uncertainty.  You’ll be like,  “Wait, what..  What..  !” “Oh crap!”
      You are given the choice of putting a label on the final action. Was it a forgiving?  Was it an avenging?  Was it an Upior taking birth?  Or was it a mistake which is gonna haunt Sage for the rest of her life?   Jodi Picoult once again proves that she indeed is a great Story Teller.

Oh by the way if there are any foodies like me are out there, you can expect a feast for your soul. Such long and elaborated detailing of cooking and baking give you the feeling that you are in the kitchen sitting on the table watching Sage knead and knead and twist and turn the dough.  You feel the comforting warmth of the kitchen and smell of freshly baked bread. You feel that eating good food is the closest you can feel to heaven.  I have to say this because, really, talking about this book without mentioning the bread and rolls would be such an injustice to the novel.  And I can’t do that.  I am a just person,  you know. (Head  held high and eyebrows so raised that it nearly touches my hairline)