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983) Anari by Ahmed Iqbal (Part 8 of 9)

Pages: 288

Date read: Feb 2017

Date published: 2013

Part 8 is here and I read it. Sad to say this but the story declines. This part had a lot of action and that’s about it. The story does not progress at all. It is mainly about Rafeeq’s cousin Rabia. And it is full of action, if you’re a fan of action. Rafeeq has made enemies and they are attacking from left, right and centre and the whole part is spent them running around dealing with this attacks. Something tells me the next part, which will also be the last part, will be the same. There’s nothing much to be added on. Well, there is. Rafeeq could go in the politics and really make an impact on the society. We know in Pakistan if you want to do some good for the community, you get harassed. We get that. Now let’s just see if a person with so much money and power can actually do it. 

I’m gonna leave the next part till some time. I’m not abandoning it. I’m going to hopefully start ready Shikari by the same author. I did start it before but couldn’t get into it as it was a slow start but hey, I paid money for it and I’m gonna read it. 

981) Anari Part 7 of 9

Author: Ahmed Iqbal

Pages: 270 pages (digest) 

Date read: July 2016

There comes a moment when you are writing a long story when the writer wants to take a break. So what he does is he gives the characters in the story a break. He separates his main character from other usual supporting characters and takes him on a different journey in a different location. It happened in Sarkash when Mehmood Ahmed Moodi took Afzal to Sindh in Part 6. It was amazing. Of course you have to write it good, otherwise the reader will lose interest. 

Like I lost interest reading this. It was too much for Rafeeq. He was getting attacked by Rana (directly or indirectly) from left right and centre so he had to escape to London with Noor. About half of the pages of this part, he spent in London when Elisha kidnaps Noor and then attacks Rafeeq and goes mental. Finally Lord Ernest ended up giving Rafeeq his estate and business. 

All that is fine. The story was irrelevant and the author just kept dragging the story line on and on. The pacing was slow. He just made a mess. And another thing he was trying to give the impression that everyone is desperate to earn some pounds legally or illegally. He would make the characters go to random people and asking them if they wanna do something for five or ten pounds. The dialogues were robotic and repetitive. 

I just can’t wait to finish this story and start Shikari. 

980) Anari Part 6 of 9

Author: Ahmed Iqbal

Read: June/July 2016

Length: 267 pages
The cold war between Rafeeq and Rana continues. A lot of character development in this part. Rafeeq’s parents have been passed away. Sultan is targeting Faryal (she is back in the scene). Noor Jahan’s baby is lost during her accident and she is forced to withdraw from Rafeeq (they are still together but she lives elsewhere) and she has changed her look. She got plastic surgery done because she is a wanted criminal for murdering her husband, Akbar Khan. 

The new lawyer Shahzad betrayed Rabia because they found out he had a wife and a kid. The wife and the kid started living in Sat Badhai while he disappears. Then Rana’s son Zohaib started chatting Rabia up. Then he got captured in Sat Badhai and Rana had to come and release him. 

Chief Minister paid a visit to Sat Badhai for the official opening ceremony of the school and the hospital but the real purpose was to forgive Shami and his gang (the daku in the area) who was going to put his weapons and give in for a peaceful life. But something happens and allegedly the police killed them all but Shamis wife escaped and she says Shami is still alive. 
The story is going down. As I said I have already read this when it was coming out in 2010. Another three or four episodes then new stuff will come. 


So two veteran and versatile actors go head to head in this movie. Yes, I mean the amazing Tabu and my childhood hero Ajay Devgan (oh I remember fighting like him after watching ‘Jaan’ and ‘Jung’, even my grandmother caught me acting like him haha). This film is just amazing. There are a couple of faults in it but acting wise, Ajay nailed it. I just love him in a serious role. All those comedies are useless and Singham, just please don’t embarrass me.

This movie is about family and what’s right and what’s wrong. Drishyam basically means visuals and it is, I believe, used in a deceptive way. I don’t know much hindi.

The whole movie Ajay and his family put a mask of innocence on from the police and they get away with. I won’t spoil much for you but let’s say they had to do acting in an acting role. That’s hard.

There wasn’t much music to it but one song particularly stick with me. Ajay had a beautiful wife and two daughters and they were all amazing. The actress who plays his wife is from south so her hindi was a bit out of place and I think the whole her was out of place. She was two beautiful to be his wife (he is a fourth fail and some cable guy and they have a huge house and throughout the movie they show the struggle with the money. Doesn’t make sense).

Tabu handled her role really well being a police officer and an emotional distressed mother too. She played with her character really well.

Overall, I loved this movie. Kept me glued for 2 and a half hours. I’m sure it will keep you glued too. There were things in it which were pretty much predictable but one thing in particular will blow your mind and you have to praise the story writer for it. I’ll leave that thing to your imagination. Peace.


440) The Wheel of Time book 12: The Gathering Storm

Author : Robert Jordan

Date (I read) : 25.5.13 to 5.6.13

Length : 825 paperback pages

Duration: read in 35 hours 28 minutes over 11 sessions.


I finished this marvellous novel pretty quick. Why? Because it was so damn good. Every page of it. I mean it and it will be fun reviewing. And this is going to be a spoiler free review.

Well first of all nice red colour. I loved it. I wish there was some art in it as those American ones have but I like the red colour. The start was a bit slow for me. Mostly the prologue. You know how it drags. Yes. Rodel does his work and all that.

But chapter 1, it goes interesting as we take a tour of the world travelling with the wind. Some people say the events roll out too fast. Well in my opinion, it wasn’t fast because Brandon had focused on two major characters and those are Rand and Egwene. And boy did he work on them. I say Brandon has put his heart writing this. I so much enjoyed it. Even more than Jordan. I know I shouldn’t say this because it is Jordan’s creation but Brandon did a wonderful job. I’m so glad it got in the right hands. I’ll talk about it shortly.

So the story revolves around Rand trying to gather the forces of the world under a banner and kill any Forsaken if he meet them midway. His main mission is to unite the nations so his struggle continues. Then something happens in the middle and he changes completely. He becomes this icy cold man with no emotion. Even Nynaeve dare not speak to him. This particular part in the book was amazing.

But the most interesting was Egwene. Egwene, who I love the most. She is my favourite character out of the whole series. Her struggle and her passion to get the White Tower whole is so amazing. The character development is just superb. You just feel for her and then feel amazed at how much she is putting in it. A couple of specific moments will always stick in my head and in my imagination and I love that. That is Brandon’s trick. He gets the images in your head.

Now let us talk about Brandon Sanderson and his writing. I haven’t read any of his other books. I really loved his writing style. You just want to dive deep into it and it grabs you, make its way in your imagination and form these images which will stay forever. It is like you are watching a movie. I have to say that every chapter was epic in this book. Every single one of them. Even smallest events were written like very powerful and epic. Something Jordan lacked, I have to say.

Anyways this was a fun and quick read and I would rate this book 8 out of 10.

We were the first ones to enter the screen and when I saw it empty I was like check if it’s the right one. We even got free 3D glasses. Woo. The other cinema charges 3 quid for it. Pffft.

I had already booked the seats thinking it will be busy because we saw The Dark Knight Rises a month later and the cinema hall was jam packed. Not to forget the annoying girls at the front row of us checking their mobile phones every minute and whispering non sense.

We settled in and only less than half the hall was filled with people and that’s it. Quite disappointed for Sunday evening, you would think it would be really busy but anyway the film started.

And it blew me away. I had already listened to the book but this was something else. Of course it needed a little bit of tweaking to make it interesting. For example the White Council and that Orc villain. It was really good. The dwarves were funny except their leader and he was the best. He blended into the character and played it beautifully.

Overall this film does not have one dull moment unlike the Lord of the Rings movies and I really enjoyed sitting there for nearly 3 hours and enjoying it. In fact I even ate the whole of a big sweet pop corn. That’s a first.

I would rate it 8 out of 10. I couldn’t see a fault in this masterpiece.


My first proper review on my blog. I am a big fan of The Wheel of Time and this is book 9 of 14 so if you are new to this, you might want to go back and start from book 1. The last book is due release the start of next year so you have about four months left.

Well, first thing is first. Thank God for the winter. I was dreading to see Andor covered in snow and it happened. And what a lovely name to the book: Winter’s Heart.

Most people think the story drags a little bit. I am a bit different. The story does drag but not enough for you to put the book down. The sub plots have scattered all over the world. I think I am a little bit lost tracking where is everybody, which party of Aes Sedai is where. It is all a bit of shambles but you get to know. For example the storyline of Bethamine and Egeanin requires you have a good understanding of the plot in book 4 but luckily I am listening to Audio Books too so hopefully it will clear everything.

Perrin’s POV was fast paced and over in a blink. That’s it. A bit disappointed. Mat’s storyline was dull. I was not even interested in Tuon until she revealed she was the daughter. Then it got interesting. Near at the end his storyline accelerated and came to a kind of cliffhanger.

Elayne’s POV was boring of all but it was good too. I like Andor’s politics and how she manages it. Aviendha was awesome as always. What the hell is wrong with Birgitte? I am beginning to hate that woman.

Egwene was not even in this book and it was for better. Her story I am looking forward to, hopefully in the next book.

And lastly the best and dangerous. Rand. His POV was the best. It was medium paced but you get a feeling that something very epic is about to happen and it does happen with the Choedan Kal. Them last 60 or 70 pages were 10 out of 10. The pace breaks all the barriers resulting Jordan delivering a high class fantasy climax. The way everything connected and locked was amazing. I was amazed by the events that unfolded at the end. And just for that I would say this would be my most favourite novel of all out of the series. Everything was clear and simple yet amazing. This is my problem with Jordan. He makes things difficult so I have a hard time catching up what is happening or what has happened. Maybe it is just me.

This novel is like a pinball machine. You pull the bar, the events unfolding at a steady pace then you release and everything happens so quick and awesome. I think Jordan has written this novel very well and most of all it is executed beautifully. You are in for a rollercoaster.

Only one word to describe this one. Amazing. It was an epic. A masterpiece. It was Inception times 100. All I can say it was released at a very bad time. At the start of Ramadhan. Seriously, Christopher Nolan, out of all the dates you just have to pick that one. Anyway I did try to arrange but Ramadhan means you just dont have enough time so we waited a whole month.

And finally we saw it on Tuesday 21/8/12. Precisely after a month and I was full blown by it. Especially Bane I loved it. He was scary plus wise and intelligent at the same time, as my brother said. His everything was scary. At some points of the film, he enters surprisingly and he immediately starts to own the scene. Even with Batman’s presence, Bane dominates the scene. A very well and excellent portrayed by Tom Hardy. I fell in love with his coat.

Second thing was Cat Woman. Brilliantly portrayed. And how she fits in the film was very well.

And thirdly, Batman was amazing as ever but still I would, personally, think Bane was more amazing. But still Christian Bale is always awesome. Gordon was a good supporting character. The film was not as brutal as I expected. It was emotional at points and more action packed. Next if anyone is going to make Batman movies, I would like a gory, mysterious and kind of a gothic story. Something horror. Just like the comics are going these days.

I really enjoyed the movie. There is a twist in the film and there is a twist at the end which I would not tell you but all I can say is the end satisfies you to the core.

Rating: 9/10

So until next film, farewell.