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The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future. A story of famines and trade, science and cupidity, by the Economist This is a wonderful article in the Economist magazine (sorry, you may need a subscription to read it in full) giving an introduction to monsoons in India and a historical overview of the water crisis in India. I understood more about the North East (Summer) and the South West (Winter) monsoons than whatever I have read in my school textbooks. The report also gives explains in simple terms how Jet Streams works, what is El Nino, and why cyclones are…

If you want to feel sick, watch the Netflix TV Series “Sick Note”. The characters are pathetic, the storyline has been poorly thought of, the screenplay was illogical – overall sickening. Yet, I finished watching the full Season 1 and can’t resist going to Season 2. Yes I know, I am a sucker for British Comedy and all things in Netflix. Daniel Glass (played by Rupert Grint) is a disgruntled employee of an insurance company in London, a girlfriend who throws him out and his whole life was falling apart when suddenly he was (mis)diagnosed with cancer. His life takes a…

The World’s End (2013) is the last of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy from Edgar Wright. The first in the series, the zombie comedy thriller Shaun of the Dead (2004) set the trend and was by far the best in the trilogy, the second Hot Fuzz (2007) was about an overachieving cop discovering the dark secret of a model village in the UK. If the first two films in the series, takes place inside “a” pub – The World’s End (2013) is about five childhood friends getting together after like 25 years for a drinking spree at 12 “different” pubs in their sleepy…

I like British dark comedies like in the TV Series “The IT Crowd” or “Come Fly with me”, they are the antidote to the cliche comedy that Hollywood churns out nonstop. Today on a friend’s recommendation, I watched the British film Shaun of the Dead (2004), that has become a cult classic – it is a perfect example of the genre that in recent years became famous in Tamil Cinema too, the Horror Comedy – this film seems to be the pioneer and has set a gold standard on how to do it right. The story is a simple one, on…

Darkest Hour (2017) – is a fine cinema, that has captured one of the most important appointments of the last century – the appointment of Sir Winston Churchill as Prime Minister just before the war reached the shores of Britain. It shows the hours leading to his appointment, King’s reluctance to invite him to form the Government, the resistance he faces within his own war cabinet, winning King’s approval and finally to turning down a peace negotiation with Germany through Italy and declaring war. The film starts with the scene of a young girl, a typist coming in for her first assignment…