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Archive | December 2, 2018

Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman” — You Have No Choice But To Read It.

by Anura Guruge



It is certainly NOT “Mockingbird“, but it is ‘OK’! And I guess just saying that says it all: ‘OK’. Has a discerning reader ever described “To Kill A Mockingbird” as just ‘OK’?

It is not as taught and dramatic as “Mockingbird”. More dense. Lot more dialogue and much less amusing description of events, by ‘Scout’, compared to her incomparable masterpiece. Essentially there are only three bits of memorable, descriptive narrative: ‘them going swimming’, ‘the incident with the falsies’ & ‘her going to the “meeting”. Each of those were on a par with what we had got used to in “Mockingbird”.

I actually had the fortune to read “Watchman” while having “Mockingbird” read to me — though, of course, not at the same time. I had made Teischan (12) read the “Bird”. To make sure she did it properly, it became a nightly ritual that she would read a few pages, out loud to I — and this took a long time. I started reading “Watchman” during this time. So, a few hours apart, nightly I got to sample both.

The “Bird”, obviously, is a classic. It was inside Haper Lee and she had to get it out. It was not forced. It was all natural. A story she had to tell, in her own words, the way it was. And what a story.

The “Watchman” doesn’t flow as well. Not sure whether she felt as compelled to tell this story. It seemed a bit forced and that is why I think she didn’t get it 100% ‘right’.

Still NOT a bad book. Definitely worth reading. I am glad I did. In this case, for once, the movie might be better than the book because they could edit and expedite the screeds of dialog.


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Turkey Tracks On Fresh Snow — New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge



We have a lot of turkeys around here — the feathered variety and the not-so. These tracks, obviously, from a feathered one. This morning. We had a light coating of snow, perfect for tracks. This was right on our drive. Had both turkey and deer tracks. I knew about the deer. We have had deer in the yard the last few mornings. That is neat. Just wanted to share with those that might not get to see fresk turkey tracks in virgin snow.


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Happy Chanukah (or Hanukkah) 2018 — December 2 — 10.

by Anura Guruge


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I am never sure as to what the right greeting should be for many of the Jewish holidays, BUT I know that when it comes to Chanukah “happy” is the right word.

So, Happy Chanukah/Happy Hanukkah. Enjoy.


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“Crazy Rich Asians” Movie (2018) — Vulgar, Slightly Boring & Christian Propaganda!

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I was not impressed. If anything I was kind of bored for much of the time. It might WOW the young and the impressionable, but I found its constant attempts to shock us with over-the-top ostentatious plain vulgar and rude.

I, as an Asian, found the in-your-face Christian angle insulting. Only 19% of Singaporeans are Christians. Only 3% of Chinese are Christians. I have met a highly educated native-born Chinese, who had spent many years living in the U.S., who had never heard of the pope! But, in this movie all the rich Chinese are Christians. Our first introduction to Singapore involves a Bible reading group. The whole wedding is centered on a church. Come on! Give me a break. Plus, ALL the main characters have English names! Give me a break.

I expected it to be along the lines of a fast-paced, light-hearted Bollywood movie with lots of music, dance and fun. It wasn’t. Did I say that it was boring.

Yes, it gloried wealth and a mindless pursuit of happiness. It did not impress. Shame. It could have been a lot of fun.

We paid $5.00 to watch it on Prime Video. That was $4.99 too much. So, no, I will not recommend it.


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