• Movie Review

    Settlers (2021)

    Settlers (2021) feels like a thought experiment. What if you are living in a dystopian world, where you and your family are (likely to be) alone on an entire planet – with everything else outside destroyed. Director Wyatt Rockefeller has succeeded in making us think, the what-if scenario. I liked the film, but only for a Raw rating, the tiny farm, the house and the martian sunset will stay in my mind for a long time. But, as a film it has faults, is slow, has logic gaps, features only four (plus one) characters in total, and will not appeal to a wider audience. The British science fiction is about…

  • Movie Review

    Cashback (2006)

    Cashback (2006) is a British comedy about an art student suffering from insomnia after a painful breakup. To handle his condition, he imagines he can pause time for everyone around him. What happens next, did he find his true love is the story. The film available on Kanopy gets a Raw rating. Director Sean Ellis narrative style was different and engaging, but the screenplay was weak in most places. Sean Biggerstaff has done nicely the role of the young protagonist Ben Willis, so as Emilia Fox as Ben’s love interest Sharon. Jared Harris (who came in Mad Men and Apple TV+ Foundation), the ex-husband of Emilia Fox has a guest…

  • Flashback,  Lifestyle

    A cardboard box being used by mom for over half-a-century

    I noticed this small cardboard box being used by my mom, an octogenarian, to preserve a valuable memory of hers from a long time ago. The box is of W & R Balston Ltd’s Whatman Filter Paper No.1, Made in England. Searching online I learned that: the design of the box was from the 1950s or earlier; the filter papers were mostly used in chemical processes (maybe we used it when my family #LIFCOBOOKS owned a book printing press in North Arcot District in the 1950s); there are many grades of the filter paper each with a unique number to identify the Particle retention capabilities and the thickness.

  • Movie Review

    What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)

    I didn’t expect to like this film, but I did! Let me explain, What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) is a British film, a clean comedy, about a dysfunctional family and three kids. The first hour of the film was dull & makes you question your choice – if you are able to plough through, you see the kids’ takeover and it becomes enjoyable. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video and manages a ‘Ripe’ rating because of the last half-an-hour. Please don’t look for much logic here, just go with the flow and you will like it too. Doug and Abi, a couple in London with three…

  • Book Review,  Homepage

    The Fall of the Kingdom of the Punjab by Khushwant Singh

    We are familiar with the Koh-i-Noor diamond coming to the possession of the British Crown under the Last Treaty of Lahore (29th March 1849) after the fall of the Kingdom of Punjab. But we may not have read much about the events that led to the fall of the powerful Sikh Empire. The famous writer and Padma Vibhushan awardee Mr Khushwant Singh in his book titled “The Fall of the Kingdom of the Punjab” addresses this gap by taking us on a whirlwind tour of the turbulent period in India’s history preceding the East India Company’s usurpation of the Kingdom. The book starts with the events following the death of…