Fate throws together three young men travelling on a train from Jamshedpur to Kolkata. Sunil is a graduate from FTII who wants to make a mark in Tollywood by directing his first feature film. Sameer aka Sam, is a software professional working in Silicon Valley. Dipankar aka Dipsy, decides to focus on music after being expelled from IIT on a false charge of peddling drugs.DFate throws together three young men travelling on a train from Jamshedpur to Kolkata. Sunil is a graduate from FTII who wants to make a mark in Tollywood by directing his first feature film. Sameer aka Sam, is a software professional working in Silicon Valley. Dipankar aka Dipsy, decides to focus on music after being expelled from IIT on a false charge of peddling drugs.Dilemmas, disillusionments and desires blend to tell their tales in this delightful novel,which although reflective of the carefree ways and the fun loving spirit of the younger generation also attempts to encourage them to incorporate the sense of values which are synonymous with our Indian culture.And they bind one and all through Love, Films and Rock n Roll!...
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Love,Films and Rock n Roll Reviews
The book has a cliche of a storyline but what makes it different is the way it was written. The language is lucid and edited pristine. There was never a dull moment while reading this. It is interesting how three very different people come together and work things out is very sensitively portrayed with a dash of hour which makes for such a wonderful read, Unlike other 100 rupee book this book was a like a breath of fresh air.Pick this book up for a breezy read on a train journey.http://esotericphoenix.wordpress.com/...
In India, train journeys are considered to be fun because of the way strangers become friends for those few hours and most of them never meet or keep in touch later on. Such a train journey brings together Sunil, Sameer and Dipankar together and they bond over food, music and movies. Their connection is sort of instant and they exchange numbers to stay in touch. And that they do. The storyline then covers their journey with all the ups & downs and twist & turns that their lives have to offer them.Sunil is a recent graduate from FTII who wants to direct quality films in Tollywood. He is smart and witty. He turns out to be a hardworking – whether to get a foot hold in the film industry or to maintain his relationship with Tanya. He is a truly lovable guy. Sameer is an NRI who is back home for a trip with a mission to find a nice Indian wife for himself. It’s a twist of fate when he falls in love with the matchmaker herself! Dipankar gets kicked out off IIT on drug dealing charges and come back to Kolkata to pursue his long time dream and passion in music. Three very different people come together to give life to this story. The only common thread between them would be their awesome sense of humour. There are side-characters that are all equally well-developed and not one of them can be pointed out as unnecessary to the storyline. The plot has uniqueness in the sense that it depicts the mentality, the aspirations and the struggles of the modern generation. The author has fictionalised true tales from the lives of very common people and has kept things believable.I have to say this… I accepted the review copy without any expectations other than taking a pleasant trip down the lanes of my hometown Kolkata. But I was hooked with the reference of Satyajit Ray (Yes, I am typical Bengali, who swears everything literature and movies by the name of Satyajit Ray) in the very first line of the book. Then Sunil’s explanation of ‘Goopy Gyne, Bagha Byne’ had me in splits… And well then onward I was a goner. But the very reason of my liking this book is also the reason for my questioning its reception to the general mass. As a Bengali, I understood every reference and every joke in this book. But I doubt if they will be as funny to the non-bengalis who have never stepped in and experienced this culture. Even with the translations provided to the baul song, I don’t think it will mean as much to others like it would mean to a Bengali.For me though Swayam Ganguly has made me laugh me like a maniac, be tensed and praying for the characters and in the end celebrate the lives of these characters as if I was one of them!
By Swayam Ganguly. Grade: BSwayam Ganguly is a media professional and creative consultant. He has worked extensively in Bangalore and Mumbai and is currently based in Kolkata. Apart from writing fiction he has worked on abridged versions of novels and other content for different publishers.The story revolves around three men who chance upon meeting in a train bound to Kolkata and everything that follows.Dipsy, estranged from his father after the latter’s infidelity, is expelled from the prestigious IIT on charges of drug trafficking. He finds solace in music and thus comes back to his hometown Kolkata to follow his dream. Sameer, who works in the USA, comes back home to find the perfect Indian wife for himself due to the constant pestering of his family (like all Indian families), on the solo condition that he alone would chose his bride. Sunil, an aspiring young director, fresh out of FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) is nostalgic about making a contribution to Bengali Cinema and thus returns to Kolkata, leaving the love of his life and better career opportunities in Mumbai.The story revolves around these three young men, who are travelling back to Kolkata on their respective missions and meet on the train. They become friends instantly and promise to stay in touch. Dipsy forms a band and leads it to success amidst his passion for rock and roll and a fantasy to combine it with Baul music. He finds the love of his life among other things as well. Sameer finds the perfect girl for himself and after a few ups and downs manages to court her. As for Sunil, he works as an assistant director for a big director and manages to learn some very important life lessons.Let’s be blunt. The first half was torture. Perhaps the author was aiming his book towards the niche market of ardent fans of Baul music and Bengali Cinema. Because if he was not, the average reader is not going to be interested in the depth the writer takes us to. His love for both is evident in his words, but it should have kept in mind that not all readers would feel the same. I am a music and cinema junkie, and even I felt it was overstretched.Thankfully, things pick up in the second half. You get more invested in the characters and how their lives will turn out. There are some great one-liners. The youth of today are displayed as they are – snorting drugs, downing alcohol, but still somehow ambitious and serious about their futures. Other than the fact that the beginning was monotonous and had too much unnecessary information, and quite a few typos, it proved to be an ‘okay’ read.Originally reviewed at Vaultofbooks.com, a close-knit community of fanatical readers. We are looking for perceptive readers who can write well, and we are eager to provide lots of free books in exchange for reviews. Shoot us a mail at [email protected]
“I cannot rest from travel: I will drink Life to the lees:”Indeed, the three main characters of this thought provoking novel, “Love Films & Rock and Roll” did remind me of the above mentioned line from the famous poem “Ulysses” written by equally famous poet Lord Alfred Tennyson. This is a story of three contemporary, young and modern musketeers (as I would prefer to call them) who are not afraid to follow their hearts. They pursue their respective passion for something/someone with a lot of conviction and determination once they realize Love, Films & Rock n Roll have become an indispensable part of their individual lives. The escapades they go through help them to be more strong, sensitive and benevolent towards others.The author aptly selects a train journey to initiate the momentum of the plot in a slow & steady pace while introducing the reader to the three protagonists, Sunil, Sameer & Dipankar (Dipsy). The flashback moments have been depicted vividly in colloquial and lucid language thus creating a scenic imagery. This makes it convenient for the reader to grasp and visualize the intensity of the feelings the characters go through while experiencing love, happiness, despair and anxiety. The plot has been sensibly weaved with subtle use of humor and pun thus making the story damn hilarious and enjoyable. The character of Walrus deserves a special mention here as the reader would find it difficult to control his laughter while going through the nuisance he creates every now and then. Bhaskar could be termed as a messiah in disguise, who signifies the relevance of a true friend, philosopher and guide in one’s life. He emancipates Dipsy from the inner conflicts that have been eroding his peace of mind for long. The wisdom imparted by Bhaskar motivates Dipsy to learn how to forgive thus evolving him into a better human being.Another very interesting facet that has been neatly highlighted in this story is the stereotype prejudiced notions about the western world and its people, which are still prevalent even among the so called modern and urban Indians/Bengalis. However, the author has to be credited for making an honest and sincere effort as he derives at more positives from both the eastern and western culture rather than focusing on the negatives.The anti-climax incidents are well timed, unpredictable and structured, which helps to build up the suspense from time to time making the plot more intriguing.
Love, Films and Rock n Roll is the story of three young men who unexpectedly form a friendship while travelling together on a train from Jamshedpur to Kolkata. The story shows what's happening with each person and moves forward. I really enjoyed the book as it was different from what I usually read.Sunil is a graduate from FTII. He wants to direct quality films in Tollywood. We see his journey where he learns from his experience on the sets of a movie. I really liked Sunil. He was a nice, hardworking guy trying to work in the business. I loved his story with Tanya. The long distance relationship they have in no way deters them from being together in the end.Then there's Sam who's come back to get an arranged marriage. I think I liked his story the best of all. Sam was a fun guy with wit and sense of humor. It just so happens that he falls in love with Sonali, the matchmaker who's supposed to find him a bride. Sonali and Sam were great together and independently. I wish we'd gotten more of them.And last but not the least there's Dipsy. He's a musician trying to make big with his band. There is ton of stuff about the Baul culture in his story. Here is where I have a slight complaint. The author has gone very in depth where this is concerned. It was interesting but the too many details dragged his parts a bit for me. I wanted to know more about Dipsy himself and his issues.Love, Films and Rock n Roll is filled with abundance of all three. I loved how the author incorporated song lyrics in the way the guys thought and spoke. That was fun. The pace of the book is nice. The writing is easy and engaging. Though a little predictable, Love, Films and Rock n Roll made for an enjoyable read.*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Alchemy Publishers in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.Find more of my reviews at The Readdicts- http://thereaddicts.blogspot.in/
The book is an interesting narration of how a simple rendezvous on the train can transform into a lifelong relationship. The story brings together various facets of India, the struggles of rebellious musicians, the intricate web of success in Indian entertainment industry and the simple yet complicated task of finding true love in a country of billions. The book gives a flavor of eastern India, a culture so integrally Indian and yet distinctive in its own way. Very lively and engaging book, definitely a commendable read.
A very well researched book that captures the trials and tribulations of today’s ambitious youth. The characters in the book are drawn out from our daily lives and are easy to relate to, while funny anecdotes surrounding them makes the book worth the read. The medley of love, films and rock and roll has something to offer to every age group… so don’t miss out!!!I look forward to a second book by the same author …