Spectacular yet Tiresome *Bunker 13*

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Bunker 13 by author and journalist Aniruddha Bahal is remarkably insightful and surprisingly annoying. The novel offers unusual information on an astounding plethora of subjects, including the Indian army, weaponry, paratrooping, flying, drugs and their comparative upshots and downshots, double-dealing, drug trafficking, seduction, antiques, furniture business, terrorism, and corruption. The rhetoric is Americanized with a  fair amount of four-letter words liberally bestrewed throughout the book. This is alright, because the authority and wry humour of Bahal’s language seem to require a worldliness and sophistication that only Western slang can provide.

The second person narrative style, however, destroys your composure and fills you with a deep longing to get out of your skin or better still to get through the book as fast as you can. You feel misrepresented and victimized, forced to watch an imposter Continue reading

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Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting: Responses

(Spoiler Alert!)

trainspottingIt came as a surprise to me that the film was an adaptation. Everything in it is so complete the notion of all of these to have been written, have existed as mere words (slight intended) seems to me both amazing and disappointing. In hindsight, I guess the narrator should have been my first clue (like The Book Thief, the Twilight series, …) that there was a ‘living’ book—in flesh and blood—behind the making of the film. Anyway, my tragic oversight aside, I need to read Irvine Walsh first before I can venture to express a judgement in either’s favour. However, since the film is excellent as it is, I allow myself a scaling down of principles (or ‘reviewing’ etiquette) and ignore the looming aspect of the book, poised challengingly in the credit roll.

I had watched Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire first, Continue reading