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Air India Experience and The Movie – “October”

Because of the sociopolitical issues and subsequent flying restrictions over certain countries, United Airlines stopped all services to India. Ever since United started it Newark – New Delhi Non-stop, it was my obvious choice and I was at loss thinking which airlines to choose for my yesterday’s travel. I hate hops, and the best possible option left was Air India. Non-Stop New York to Delhi in straight 15 Hours.

I was skeptical, for there were so many bad reviews about Air India on the worldwide web. But I was pleasantly surprised. The Staff was cordial, food decent, and the business class flatbed spacious and comfortable.

On my way to Delhi, I watched a couple of movies. And the one movie that stayed with me till this moment is “October”. An indifferent Hotel Management trainee, who was never happy one day found one of his colleague in a deep coma because of a freak accident.  The last word she said before meeting with her fate was his name. The girl was a mere acquaintance to him and the way he develops bonding with her while she was subconscious was absolutely mesmerizing. The girl eventually dies, but in the process changed the protagonist for good.

There is something I wanted more from the movie, and a tinge of restlessness still clouds my mind.

If abstract movies are not for you, I will not recommend. But if you are into parallel cinemas, this is one movie you should definitely watch.

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The Devil in the White City

I just finished reading the book, “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson.

This was my second book from Erik and I would be honest, before reading his work I was never interested in reading History. For the prime reason reading history was predictable and boring. I got my hands on “Dead Wake” from the same author a while back, a book on the last crossing of the Lusitania ocean liner before it got torpedoed by German U boat. I loved the way he told history. There was storytelling, drama and gripping read on the proceedings. After reading Dead Wake I was sure I was going to give all his book a read.

Coming back to the book, “The Devil in the White City”, I bought this book last year and somehow didn’t read beyond 50 pages. So, this time around I pledged to complete it and what a magical read it was.

The book is about the great Colombian exposition of 1893, which America planned to beat the earlier Paris exposition. The book goes through the bidding process to select Chicago as the city for the display, the pain it took to build the exposition. Introduction of some of the firsts such as Ferries Wheel, Shredded Wheat and visit by dignitaries such as Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, Susan B. Anthony and Daniel Burnham ( the famous architect who was behind the famous fair)

While at one side the exposition built up was in progress on the other side a disturbing story of a pretentious doctor, HH Holmes was building up. He was committing a multitude of crimes ranging from insurance fraud to debt evasion, to cheating in a suavest and polished way. But the worst of the crime was how he was wooing young women to fall in love with him and then brutally killing them for pleasure.

Erik Larson has the innate ability to tell history like a thriller tale. Do give it a try and let me know your thoughts

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