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Movie Review: Mission Mangal!

Joined the party a bit late but finally got to watch Mission Mangal and thoroughly enjoyed it! This film revolves around the scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation who led the Mangalyaan expedition to Mars, which was launched in November 2013.

Although the story is fictionalized, the scientific details have been preserved and shown in a humorous and straightforward way. I did find some dialogues a bit overdone, but overall it is a well-made movie. Actors chosen to play all the characters are pretty apt, and I was quite impressed by Vidya Balan. She has always been a good actor, and she delivers convincingly in this film. Akshay Kumar and other actors have performed well too.

Music of the film is reasonably good. There are only a couple of songs which may not impress on their own but flow well in the context of the movie and take the story forward!

You will certainly learn a few things and feel proud of Indian space achievement. Definitely, a film that you should show to your kids!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Simple Editing Tips!

I enjoy editing as much as writing. Writing is more creative, but editing gives you the pleasure of making a piece more effective.

Here are some simple tips for editing:

  • You can always make a post more effective by using sub-headings or bullet points. Quite often, I see multiple paragraphs with no sub-headings or bullets, and I get lost. Sub-headings make a post more readable.
  • Don’t forget to run your written post through spell-checker and/or Grammarly.
  • Avoid using passive voice and run-on sentences. Some people have the tendency to write run-on sentences which makes reading quite tedious.
  • It is as essential to use a catchy title for your post as it is to write a compelling piece. Good titles are eye-catching and adequately describe the article.
  • It is also a good idea to read your post out loud to catch any errors that your eyes skimmed over while reading.

Hope these simple tips will help your writing and editing.


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Tips for writing College Essays

Essays are an integral part of undergraduate college admissions here in the U.S. Essays define who you are and provide further insight into your personality to the college admission staff.

Here are a few pointers to consider:

  • Find your unique voice while writing your college essay. You don’t have to use flowery language but you should definitely make an effort to write it in a unique way so that your essay stands out.
  • Write, review, revise and get your essay proofread before submitting.
  • Most of the essays have a word limit. Be aware of the word limit and try to construct your essay within the limits and still get your point across.
  • Ensure that you are actually answering the question asked in the essay prompt. Many times, you may revise your essay several times and may lose the main point while doing so.
  • Space out your essays so you are not writing all of them one after the other. You don’t want to compromise on the quality.

Essay writing is the creative part of college admission process. Enjoy it!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Cheese Fondue!

After having eaten at Melting Pot, I fell in love with fondue especially cheese fondue. Of course I had to order my own fondue set so that I can enjoy this savory treat any time I want!

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Although the fondue set comes with its own recipes, I wanted something close to what we ate at the restaurant.  Apparently someone had already experimented and perfected this recipe .

 

 

fondueTried it today and it turned out simply delicious…almost as good the one we had at Melting Pot. We enjoyed it with french bread, carrots and cherry tomatoes. The only change I made to the recipe was I used provolone and gouda cheese as these are easier to find.

Next time, I have got to get wine with the fondue and it will taste even better!

 

 


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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5 Tips on writing nonfiction!

IMG_1070Nonfiction writing can seem daunting at times. Here are certain tips that you might find useful:

  • First and foremost, ensure that you have a definite purpose for your book. There may be several books on the topic, therefore you need to make sure yours is unique and has something definite to offer to the readers. Spell the uniqueness out!
  • Organize your chapters in a logical fashion to attract readers. When I browse through a nonfiction book, first thing I look for is the chapter list to determine if the book is useful for me or not.
  • Include examples, anecdotes and practical ideas in your book. Textual books are good for school/college curriculum. However, practical books attract all kinds of readers.
  • Choose an apt, yet attractive title for your book. Title is the first thing that attracts a reader!
  • And of course, just like any other book, proofread, beta test and edit your book before publishing.


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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From Non-Fiction to Fiction Writing!

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The journey from a non-fiction writer to a fiction writer is not easy. For one, it doesn’t come naturally and there is a lot of hard work involved. Some of the books that I have found useful in the process are:

I have also documented my practical experience of writing fiction in my guide, Practical Guide to Writing Fiction.


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Movie Review: Kabir Singh!

Kabir Singh is a remake of Telugu film, Arjun Reddy. I haven’t watched the original, but I liked Kabir Singh quite a bit. For one, it is not your conventional love story, it has its own quirkiness and a very different take on love stories.

Shahid Kapoor is such a fantastic actor that you pretty much expect good acting from him and he has delivered a very compelling character with this film. He had a lot to show since he is the protagonist in the movie and even though you may not like everything his character is doing, you can’t deny the fact that his acting is simply superb. Kiara Advani had little to do in the movie, but she played her character very well and looks really adorable.

There are a few scenes which are supposed to be sad, but there is so much comedy going on that you can’t help but laugh at the tragic scenes also. Dark humor and unconventional love story are definitely the USP of this film. Watch it for Shahid Kapoor’s acting and you won’t be disappointed.


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Kalank is visually Stunning!

The movie Kalank has opened to mixed reviews and for what it’s worth here’s my take on it.

Let me start off by saying that the only way to watch Kalank is to immerse yourself into the fictitious world that Abhishek Varman has created. If you start questioning the character’s motives and start going into historical facts, you will not be able to enjoy it. Having said that, I found this movie to be visually stunning so much so that I want to be an actor myself just for the privilege of looking so deliciously pretty. Alia Bhatt has never looked this gorgeous in any of her films! The sets are lavish, dances are a visual treat and all the songs are supremely enjoyable!

As far as acting goes, all actors, and I mean all actors have done a brilliant job and the credit goes to the director for getting these performances out of them. Alia Bhatt is mesmerizing as usual and Varun Dhawan has matched her acting skills in a very complex character. Aditya Roy Kapur plays his part quite well and Madhuri Dixit has delivered all emotional scenes with a finesse!

I have to also give credit to the director for building a sense of mystery in this emotional drama and mixing some critical scenes with the songs to keep the flow going. My only complaint is that the climax scene is a bit long and could have been more tightly edited. Although I understand that the director was probably trying to create an epic moment with it and it somewhat worked except for the length.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie quite a bit and the only way to watch it on a big screen!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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‘Money Heist’ is a Gripping Netflix Show!

In the mood to watch a gripping and thrilling heist, watch Netflix’s Money Heist! It is a two-part show revolving around a long-drawn, multiple-day heist with hostages inside the Royal Mint of Spain.

It’s been a while since I saw a heist show this gripping, not just because of the thrill element and the careful planning but also the romantic element is worth watching. I found myself rooting for the thieves and the intelligent and sexy mastermind of the heist! Beautifully written and acted, this show will stay on your mind for quite some time!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Review: Made in Heaven – An Amazon Original

I recently made a trip to India and spotted the posters of new Amazon Prime Original drama show – Made in Heaven. There were so many posters that you couldn’t miss it…I obviously was curious to see it, being a Bollywood junkie…I have to say I really really liked it!

The show revolves around the characters of a wedding planning company and is quite nuanced and realistic. Each episode covers a different wedding and with it brings all behind the curtain issues very realistically and beautifully. There are also other social issues discussed in the show in a very delicate manner.

I have to say the show is cast very well and each actor has done a superb job of justifying the marvelous writing. It is so nice to see Indian television writing come into its own. What a leap from the typical saas-bahu serials of the 90s.


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Ranveer Singh is Rock Solid in Simmba!

With movies like Zero and TOH failing miserably at the box office, I, as a Bollywood fan, was getting disheartened. However, Rohit Shetty saves the year-end with a smashing hit in Simmba!

Respect for Rohit Shetty for choosing a relevant social issue for his story-line and delivering an out and out entertainer. If any actor can pull this movie off with so much conviction, it is Ranveer Singh for sure! Ranveer was simply perfect, not an ounce of over-acting for the genre that he is in. He was a delight to watch in comic scenes as well as in action and his dialogue delivery is to the point! For me, the favorite scene was the fan boy look on his face when Simmba sees Singham enter the scene. Even I couldn’t help but yell and scream for Ajay Devgn’s entry!!

Superb music and a professional ensemble have certainly provided the needed foundation for the protagonist to thrive. However, Ranveer Singh has shouldered this masala entertainer completely on his shoulder.

Watch Simmba and be entertained!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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