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Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. The weather is beautiful and sometimes we get a nice sprinkle of rain. What a time is it to travel! Anyway, here is a pick from the umpteen queries we received during the course of the week:   I love listening to Hindi film songs and especially like the lyrics of Gulzar. There is so much poetry in them. Is there a compilation of Gulzar’s film songs? – Jasmeet Kaur, Mumbai Thanks for a...
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Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Albania, Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910. Fascinated by the stories of the services rendered by missionaries in Bengal, Anjeze had decided by the age of 12. At the age of 18 she left home to join the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland. She was never to see her widowed mother and sister again.   At Loreto Abbey, Teresa learnt English and in 1929 she came to Darjeeling, India and also learnt Bengali at the St. Teresa's Schoo...
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My Best Father’s Day Story By Anne Hendricks   I knew when I began having contractions, I was in trouble. At 24 weeks gestation, my son, Ian, would be too little to survive. What began with picking up a school overhead ended up with a high risk pregnancy. This was my fourth pregnancy attempt and I knew that I would obey to the letter what the doctor ordered me to do. And the person who made sure I carried that child to term was not my husband, but my dadd...
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It was a bright Sunday morning and Niah was up early. She had a lot of plans today. Really big plans for her tiny hands. Only yesterday, Niah and her mother had been out shopping for that perfect gift for Daddy. They had bought him a tool box, because Mommy knew how much Daddy loved to build things. Niah also liked the gift; Daddy had promised her to build a tree house when he had all the tools. Now she would soon get her tree house. Daddy always kept his promises. ...
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scandal skan-d(u)l 1. Disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people 2. A disgraceful event   Gossip has its roots as one of human beings’ favourite pastimes, and it still persists and flourishes. While gossip has long been considered a female trait, changing social systems have deemed us to say that it is no longer be attributed to a gender. With the coming of technological advancements and new tools of communication, the latest gossip can...
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Harold Robbins was never a great writer, but he had the knack of attracting the audience through sexually graphic content that was embedded in the main storyline like a gift offering. Ironically, he was one of the largest selling writers of his generation – 750 million copies of his books have been sold in 32 languages.   Robbins invited both controversy and fame through his debut 1948 novel – Never Love a Stranger. Though there is a blend of crime...
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He is a thinker, a film director, for that an intelligent one, and it comes as no surprise that most of Nolan’s films deal with the psychological. Most of you must have watched the Batman trilogy, right from Batman Begins (2005) to the searing The Dark Knight (2008) and the disappointing The Dark Knight Rises (2012). But if wanted to see just how much Nolan thinks then there is the mind-boggling Inception (2010) – A film that impresses so many film-goers be...
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Manoj Night Shyamalan’s first movie is still the one that he still is remembered for. Comparisons to Steven Speilberg did the rounds for a bit and faded away, but the sheen of the movie  still stays.   As was to follow with the later films Shyamalan made, The Sixth Sense (2000) deals with the supernatural. Cole, a young boy, played hauntingly by Haley Joel Osment is not like other kids of his age. He sees and talks to the dead and with no one but his ...
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The Dark Knight (2008) is easily one of the best superhero films ever made. It is all nicely set up in the second part of this Christopher Nolan trilogy. Batman / Bruce Wayne needs no introduction here, and we are swept right into the story with the heinous Joker (Heath Ledger’s last memorable role) stating with appropriate chill, “What doesn’t kill you…makes you stranger.” Then there is Harvey Dent, a sincere politician who wants to hit ...
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It is very likely that Hollywood director Frank Darabont (Very much alive at the time of writing) will be remembered in his obituary for one particular film for sure, the one that goes by the name of The Shawshank Redemption (1994). The film is based on a Stephen King short story ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’. Back then when it was released, The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Oscars and won…none. Neither did the film do well ...
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