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Russia's Most Famous Woman Soldier who later becomes an American Spy

A Book Review: The Beautiful Assassin by Michael White 
For the Soviets, Tat’yana is a symbol of a near perfect dream that they want to lure the Americans with – a stunning woman solider who fought and killed over 300 German soliders in the most difficult and terrifying conditions.
Russia’s Clandestine Plans to Spy on the White House The Russian political hawks see her as an instrument to be used to lure the Americans to join the war against Hitler. That Tat’yana craves for no such fame or name other than to continue fighting as a solider for her country is of no consequence to the Soviets. They present her as their cultural ambassador to Eleanor Roosevelt but in reality they attempt to use her as their spy to findout everything about President Roosevelt’s future plans. Thrust into a political battlefield where the enemies play hidden games and make dangerous moves, Tat’yana is cornered by all sides, torn by her friendship and respect for Eleanor and the desire to serve and be true to h…

When Bookshelves become the Object of your Affections

While reading on the web, I read  this quote and I felt it resonated with my own thoughts about book shelves. So I am sharing the quote here.
"If I step up to a shelf and look at the books one by one, I can remember something about each. As a historian once said, some stare at me reproachfully, grumbling that I have never read them. One may remind me vaguely of a time when I was interested in romantic novels. An old college text will elicit a pang of unhappiness about studying. Each book has its character, and even books I know very well also have this kind of wordless flavor. Now if I step back from the shelf and look quickly across both bookcases I speed up that same process a hundredfold. Impressions wash across my awareness. But each book still looks back in its own way, answering the rude brevity of my gaze, calling faintly to me out of the corner of my eye. At that speed many booksremain wrapped in the shadows of my awareness--I know I have looked past them and I know they a…

Mankles in the Men's Fashion World: Jyotiraditya is an Early Adopter

Mankles? It's the word that fascinated me. New words entice me because they bring up possibilities in writing. So I read about Mankles. Simply put, these are cropped pants that allow men to expose their ankles. Before you laugh, let me also tell you that mankles have taken the men's fashion world by storm across the world. Celebrities and film stars are loving it too.  The glitch is that this trend has made socks suffer and therefore in countries like Britain, sales of socks have drastically come down. But this new trend has sparked off another trend- short loader socks that have gained tremendous popularity. Apparently, this trend is catching up fast in India. Personally, I cannot imagine my  husband or brother or cousins wearing Mankles. But the funny thing is that Adi had adopted the Mankles style nearly three years ago and he called it his new style because he wanted to show off his ankles.

Malayalam Movie Review: Run Baby Run cashes in on "Reuters Venu"

The PVR Mahagun Mall was packed with a crowd of Malayalis who had gathered to watch Director Joshiy’sRun Baby Run, starring Mohanlal and Amala Paul. The excitement and anticipation was almost electric. Right from the beginning, this film takes you through a gripping portrayal of how warring TV news channels stoop to new lows so that they can 'break news.'  It also reveals the media gimmicks involved, the conflicts and the greed for name, fame and money among other things.
Reuters Venu: A Lovable, Irreverent Professional Cameraman

Mohanlal plays the role of “Reuters Venu” who is a high profile news camera man who is wooed by all big TV channel during his short visits to Kochi. He  He is irreverent, funny and emotional at the same time. The leading lady Amala Paul plays the role of a bold, aggressive and ambitios executive editor of ‘Bharath Vision.’ 
For a change, the leading lady’s make up and clothes are smartly done and not looking like they have been rented out from some dinghy…

Introducing Friends and Footprints: A Tribute to Special Friends

This is my first post in the series that I am introducing on this blog  and this series is titled 'Friends and Footprints.' At every phase in my life, I believe that my friends have helped me to evolve into a better human being. The lessons I have learned from them cannot be fully captured by writing blog posts but I want to at least try and express my gratitude to friends who have inspired and helped me. I will not bring in any family members into this series because that's a completely different space, that I am not ready to do as of now.  
After a series of interactive discussions I had with Sanand and Juhi Mohan who is a very close and dear friend to us, I decided to pay tribute to all the friends who have been 'special' in my life. When I discussed this with Juhi, she suggested the title for this series and I am grateful to her for this because it sounds perfect and matches the purpose and context of this series perfectly. Sanand loved the sound of this title s…