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Twisted by Laurie Halse Andersen

Posted in Uncategorized on June 24, 2011 by Ishrath Farhana

It starts with a note : this is not a book for children.

What’s this, some sort of Lemony Snickett gimmick, considering it’s very much a high school story. That’s before the progress in the sex, violence and language issues.

Nerdy Tyler Miller, “the pimple on the bottom” of the popular crowd spray-paints his high school at the end of his junior year and gets caught. Mandatory community service for defacing public property means hard manual labor with the janitors. Muscles, suntan and a growth spurt later, Tyler starts senior year and catches the eye of  “alpha female”  Bethany Millbury. When naked photos of Bethany are posted after a big party, the police head straight for Tyler, and life spirals rapidly downward.

I highly recommend this book for the parents to take note of the cyberbullying issues.



Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2007 by Ishrath Farhana

Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

Spelling with Flickr

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2007 by Ishrath Farhana

Thanks for the link, Lotus.


And so it goes

Posted in Uncategorized on April 12, 2007 by Ishrath Farhana

“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’ ”

Kurt Vonnegut passed away last night at 84.

The Traveller

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21, 2007 by Ishrath Farhana

It is set in the present and takes a lot of material from today’s headlines to create a world that could conceivably exist, a world where “big brother” is a reality, where everyone lives in a virtual prison of being watched by someone else. In the tech community there have been discussions of this at length that say that in truth, privacy is an illusion.

The Traveler functions mainly as an Orwellian cautionary tale with some Matrix fight scenes and metaphysical speculation thrown in. An Illuminati-like shadowy organization known only as the Tabula controls modern society through technology. They’re influenced by Bentham’s idea of the Panopticon—a prison in which the prisoners couldn’t see their captors, and thus had to assume they were always being watched. Their methods are fairly plausible, which I’ll admit is quite scary.

Harlequins represent the other group, they are the protectors of the Travelers, or rather, people who can have outer body experiences and travel to other realms, which is totally Lobsang Rampa. When we catch up to the story, it surrounds mainly two brothers who are the sons of a traveler, and as such, could have the same power their father has, and a Harlequin who tried unsuccessfully to blend into the “vast machine” of mundane culture. Unfortunately for her the Tabula, still want her dead. After her father is killed, the Harlequin, Maya, flees Europe and goes to the only place she can go to, to see if the rumors of a Traveler are real and if so she will do as all Harlequins have done in the past, that is protect the Traveler.

Michael and Gabriel Corrigan are the two brothers. Gabriel has taken great pains to be off the grid in his life. He is a courier, rides a motorcycle, and when he is not delivering packages around Los Angeles, he skydives. Michael on the other hand is the older brother and sees himself as the more responsible one. He is in real estate, and is firmly plugged into the vast machine. The vast machine, as a result, knows exactly where he is and they capture him.

Nathan Boone and a General Nash are the faces we see of the Brethren, and the legitimate front corporation they represent, the Evergreen foundation. They convince Michael to help them by becoming a traveler. It turns out that they need Travelers now because they will help the Evergreen foundation to map the entrances and exits to the different realms. On the other side of the that is an alien civilization that will trade them designs for a quantum computer for this road map of different dimensions.

All set for a trilogy, folks.

Jai Google Ki

Posted in Uncategorized on January 13, 2007 by Ishrath Farhana

I thought that this blog had reached the nadir of its existence when Google turned it up for the query, “Do Bollywood actresses have hair in their armpits?” but I was optimistic. A look at the stats this bright Saturday morning reveals that apparently someone has accessed this page for the question “Why do old men’s balls hang?” *sob* Oh G-! Why me??? Seriously, my gentle readers – and other perverts – what in this innocuous little book log is there that suggests it is remotely connected to the physiognomy of geriatric males?


Posted in Uncategorized on January 7, 2007 by Ishrath Farhana

Niranjan did this quiz, and I thought it would be good idea to tag someone like me who still gets excited about Marvel and DC, and secretly hankers to rip off the baniyain and reveal a superhero logo underneath. I tag you Parth, Extempore, Lotus. I also tag you Sitara, and Amar Akbar Anthony get tagged because they are super.

You are The Flash

The Flash
Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
Iron Man
Fast, athletic and flirtatious.

Which Superhero are you?