Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Photograph by author/blogger. Spot the MINI.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
In a nutshell, the book was based on the moral that even honest and courageous men can resort to a life of crime if forced against the wall. This is what happens to the hero, Harry Morgan. Fate plays some dirty tricks on him leaving him with no other option but to fool some one else and thus, earn some quick bucks.
There is also a movie on this book which stars Humphrey Bogart in the main role (which might be the only reason I might check this movie out). Ernest Hemingway was not too happy with this book also and legend has it that he considered it his worst work. If only I had gone through wikipedia before selecting the book for this project!
Movie Image: Google Images
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Thérése Raquin is a woman who finds herself in a distasteful and unhappy marriage to her cousin. She succumbs to the advances of her husband's colleague and friend, Laurent, and they end up having a steaming affair. Not satisfied with the few hours they are able to snatch from the world, they decide to rid themselves of all the hurdles in their way. Thus they scheme and execute murder and then live their remaining days in abject terror.
Zola has described this terror so well that it left me feeling uncomfortable and slightly twisted when I finished the book late last night. Read at your own risk!
Photograph: Google Images
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Steinbeck is a smooth operator. He slowly sucks you into his book and with every page you turn, you get immersed into the fictional world created by him. You make images of the characters in your mind. You start rooting for some characters while disliking others. His writings are not just words, they are actual sketches and it feels like one is watching a motion picture and not reading a book. I experienced the same feeling when I read 'East of Eden' and this book didn't disappoint me either.
'The Wayward Bus' is a story revolving around a group of tourists on their way from San Ysidro (California) to Los Angeles. There journey is full of great drama from the start when their bus breaks down on day one and they have to spend the night at the bus driver's place. The bus driver, Juan Chicoy, is a Mexican American who not only drives the bus but also has a gas station and a small restaurant which he runs with his wife Alice.
The most interesting thing about this bus ride is the assortment of the travelers. It is said that traveling brings out the true personality of people. This book is proof of that. Whether it is the old man who creates a fuss and declares that the bus will not reach its destination because of the rain or the young girl who ends up sleeping with Juan Chicoy, or the tramp who hides her true identity or the waitress who quits her job at Chicoy's restaurant and decides to take the bus also; everyone is on an edge, collectively and personally. And it is this edginess which Steinbeck captures beautifully and shows the real personality of each character in a span of only one day's journey.
This book was a crash course in understanding jealousy, vanity, insecurity, greed, power, sex and marriage. My favorite book in this project so far.
Photograph by the author (which of course does not mean Steinbeck). And yes, that is a MINI.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
The book, 'In the City by the Sea', is based on the events in the country under dictatorial military rule. The reader gets an idea of the situation in the city through the eyes of the 11 year old protagonist Hasan whose maternal uncle, Salman Haq, is a politician. Haq is a threat to the military regime and is under house arrest when the author introduces him to the reader.
Hasan is the only son of an artist mother (who owns an art gallery) and a lawyer father (obsessed with etymology). The plot revolves around the ordeal the family goes through, especially young Hasan, when Salman Haq is imprisoned by the military government and stands trial. Hasan wants to rescue his uncle and is willing to go to any length yet he also understands his incapacity to actually put any of his plans into action.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
It was an experience like no other. Of course what made it very special was the fact that both of us played the role of King and Queen (Theseus and Hippolyta) and being together on the stage as a couple was as amazing as it is in real life!
It was hubby dear's first public performance and he did an impressive job as Duke Theseus or Tabrez. A huge thanks to all our friends and family members who came to watch the play - it meant a lot to both of us!
I thought that acting was a simple profession but now, after this stint, I have realized what hard work and patience is required to perform and put on a great show everyday (the play was for a duration of ten days at The Arts Council Karachi). Kudos to all the people at NAPA (actors, director, assistant director, stagehands, set designers) who make it all look so simple and effortless!
I was transported into a different world in these ten days. I met all sorts of people from different backgrounds who had come together for the same purpose, to do their best in order to make the play a success. These people shed their own self for a few hours and assumed the identities of fictional characters. Actors are such multifaceted people. You never know their stories, their dreams, or their real self but they remain alive in your memory as a particular character which made you laugh, or brought tears in your eyes or left you in awe and wonder. All they want is your appreciation and love. All they want is applause.
We got a lot of applause from our audience each day. Three cheers for the entire team of the play!
[Photographs courtesy my dear friends Atif Asad Jan and Sabrina. Thanks guys! Also courtesy Mohammad Talha Ghouri]
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