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Minisode 03 – Chetan Bhagat And The Fourth Idiot

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Gibraan reports on Indias $20 Billion FDI during Rona Times and Faroukh talks about the Chetan Bhagat – Anupama Chopra – Vidhu Vinod Chopra twitter Drama on Five Point Someone – 3 Idiots.
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Minisode 02 – #BakraLivesMatter

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Shefali Vaidya brings all Muslims of India together to have a good laugh, Thank You Madam 🙂

Gibraan and Faroukh discuss #BakraLivesMatter and Biryanis.

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Minisode 01 – Ye Podcast Community Spread Hogaya!!

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Gibraan and Faroukh talk about the very important news of Amitabh Bachchan making a succesful laterine ‘run’, Not being able too buy medicine in India and the 14,000 bottles of Sharaabs getting phorhood!

 

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Episode 06 – Magar Feminism Hai Kya?

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Neha Vyas of Anat Speaks joins Gibraan and Faroukh on Kal Ki Taaza Khabar to discuss Feminism, Womens Rights and Ekta Kapoor (Dhadang Dhadang Dhadang!!!)

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Minisode 00 – Aik Kuttay Ki Kahani

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Gibraan and Faroukh do their first Minisode and talk about AWCS who rescued a dog stuck in a borewell in Warangal – 150 Kms away from Hyderabad.

AWCS are known for carrying out some of the most technically challenging rescues, AWCS is a 14-year-old organisation working for animal welfare.

Animal Warriors Conservation Society – Instagram and Twitter

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Epidsode 05 – Magar Placement Hogi Ke Nahi?

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Gibraan and Faroukh are joined by Saad who is the Regional Representative of South Asia and Middle East for Asia Pacific University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Episode 03 – Hyderabadi Yaadein Aur 90s ki Baatein

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Gibraan and Faroukh talk with their first guest, Vivek Tejuja, Author of a Memoir: “So Now You Know” but he’s got more to talk about than just books! We talk about intellectual farts and life in Hyderabad!

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books, REVIEWS

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

I’ve had Colson’s Underground Railroad on my tbr for more than two years so when I found this book in my mail box, I started it immediately but had I known how much it would tire me, I would’ve waited a few days at-least. (Not that that would change the experience)

#theguywiththebookreview presents The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead sent to me by Little Brown (Thank you!)

Based and inspired by the history of Arthur G. Dozier School for reform of Boys (I recommend you read about it if you don’t know it’s history) The Nickel Boys was one of the best starts of any book I’ve read in recent times. Intrigued and almost invested in the story of Elwood Curtis, a black kid who dreamed of college education and a better future in a time when America was as divided as it has ever been, I had to stop and reflect at the injustice faced by so many in America’s history.

How a kid with so much promise ends up in a correctional facility which is infamous for abuse and violence against the kids, for no fault of his own, is worth more than what The Nickel Boys gave.

Filled with characters that have nothing to do with the plot and in no way move the book forward, it felt like Colson had included a plethora of them to make the books impact stronger, by giving names and introductions. Sadly it didn’t work for me, it just created more branches that were not needed. Character development was not something expected from any of these almost random characters but I felt that Elwood’s character should have been given more focus.

Somewhere I feel an all knowing narrative would’ve worked better, and by part two of the book it was slowly becoming a extremely tiresome to read.

Two instances of the book will catch your attention, the Encyclopedia in part one and the Lashes in part two. Both should have had a bigger emotional impact but somehow felt like they were trying too hard.

By the end of part three where the book takes a really big turn and jumps way ahead, we learn about the effects the school has had on the boys. This would’ve been my favorite part but it seemed like there was forced purpose behind the ending. Colson wanted to end the book a certain way and he wrote FOR the book and not the story.

There is a unexpected twist at the end which does change a lot of the experience but by then it was too late for me to like it.

An interesting book, a great conversation generator as well. I guess when we think about books with racism at its core, we expect to be moved a bit more, maybe that’s our fault as readers, maybe that’s just reality.

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And if you are looking for more book reviews, please find the links here:

It’s Not About The Burqa by Mariah Khan

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura

The Man-Eater Of Malgudi by R.K.Narayan

The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami

Anne Frank’s Diary (Graphic Adaptation)

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

A Long Wall To Water by Linda Sue Park

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

So Lucky by Nicola Griffith

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence