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Top 10 Best Series To Twist Your Mind

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It’s a tiring life and we all need some relaxation in it. So here we are with the top 10 series to twist your mind. This series will force you to keep thinking about it unless you finish them. Some of them are my personal favorite, so grab that pack of popcorns and get ready to witness something out of this world.

The Umbrella Academy

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On the same day in October 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world.

Riverdale

Riverdale

After the death of one of the rich and popular Blossom twins on the 4th of July, the small town of Riverdale investigates the murder. The series starts in September, the beginning of a new school year, that brings with it new students, relationships, and reveals the mysteries of the past 4th of July.

Locke and key

Locke and key

After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens – and will stop at nothing to steal them.

Lost in space

Lost in space

Colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off-course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, light-years from their original destination. Stranded along with the Robinsons are two outsiders who find themselves thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception. The charismatic Dr. Smith is a master manipulator with an inscrutable end game.

The boys

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e Boys is set in a universe in which superpowered people are recognized as heroes by the general public and owned by a powerful corporation, Vought International, which ensures that they are aggressively marketed and monetized. Outside of their heroic personas, most are arrogant and corrupt. The series primarily focuses on two groups: the titular Boys, vigilantes looking to keep the corrupted heroes under control, and the Seven, Vought International’s premier superhero team. The Boys are led by Billy Butcher, who despises all superpowered people, and the Seven are led by the egotistical and unstable Homelander.

The vampire diaries

The vampire diaries

After centuries of quarreling, Stefan and Damon Salvatore return to their original town of Mystic Fall Virginia. Stefan, the selfless, brave, guilt-ridden brothers meets a high school girl named Elena Gilbert who he instantly falls in love with. While Damon the gorgeous, dangerous, and selfish vampire is after his brother’s girl to pay him back for making him turn into a vampire in 1864.

The Mandalorian

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After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

13 Reasons why

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Thirteen Reasons Why based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers a group of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) -his classmate and crush-who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah unfolds an emotional audio diary, detailing the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life.

The witcher

The witcher

he Witcher is an American fantasy drama web television series created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich for Netflix. It is based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The Witcher follows the story of Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than monsters and beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a special gift, the three must learn to navigate independently the increasingly volatile Continent.

Dark

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The first German production from the world’s leading Internet TV Network is set in a German town in the present-day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In ten hour-long episodes, the story takes on a surprising twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.

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Top 10 Best Authors Of All Time

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It’s said that a room without a book is a body without a soul. Books are one of the most precious things in this world and just because of those great authors we could witness such amazing works and literature. So here is the list of the top 10 Best and famous authors of all time. So let’s take a moment to appreciate all these amazing people for the works they did.

William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon” (or simply “the Bard”). His extant works, including collaborations, consist of some 39 plays, 154 sonnets, three long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of the uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. They also continue to be studied and reinterpreted.

Agatha Christie

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Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, was an English writer known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap, which was performed in the West End from 1952 to 2020, as well as six novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott.

Louisa May Alcott

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Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886). Raised in New England by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Emily Bronte

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Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist and poet who is best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature. She also published a book of poetry with her sisters Charlotte and Anne titled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell with her own poems finding regard as a poetic genius. Emily was the second youngest of the four surviving Brontë siblings, between the youngest Anne and her brother Branwell. She published under the pen name Ellis Bell. 

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique, and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen’s plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security. Her use of biting irony, along with her realism, humor, and social commentary, have long earned her acclaim among critics, scholars, and popular audiences alike.

George Orwell

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Eric Arthur Blair known by his pen name George Orwell was an English, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is characterized by lucid prose, biting social criticism, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, the early 1890s saw him become one of the most popular playwrights in London. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for gross indecency for consensual homosexual acts in “one of the first celebrity trials”, imprisonment, and early death from meningitis at age 46.

Jack London

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John Griffith London was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer of commercial fiction and American magazines, he was one of the first American authors to become an international celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story. He is also generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.

Arthur Conon Doyle

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Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ DL was a British writer and physician. He created the character Sherlock Holmes in 1887 for A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and fifty-six short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes stories are considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

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Top 10 Books About Living With Mental Illness

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Mental illness is no longer a controversial subject, and books for children and teenagers now cover a wide range of topics. Stories about young people and their peers, siblings, or parents who suffer from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, hypochondria, and other illnesses are engrossing and informative to read, and they can help create empathy and understanding.

Back, After the Break

Back, After the Break

Back, After the Break

I purchased this book on the spur of the moment because I wanted something light to read. The decision turned out to be such a wonderful gift! I was shocked, surprised, and couldn’t put it down instead of a light read. Osher takes you on a trip that will make you think. Osher is an extraordinary person, and I believe his courage in sharing his storey can inspire many others. This book has completely changed the way I think about and handle my own anxiety, as well as my daughter’s. It’s extremely accessible and frank, and it delves into such a personal and in-depth subject that you can’t help but feel like you’ve seen some of it yourself. I can’t say enough good things about this novel.

Everything Here Is Beautiful 

Everything Here Is Beautiful 

Everything Here Is Beautiful

This is a substantial book that covers a wide range of topics. Miranda and Lucia (Jie and Mei) are Chinese sisters who were raised in the United States by their single mother. The two girls are inseparable. Lucia marries an older Israeli with one arm who owns an organic deli in New York. It works despite their differences. Lucia’s mental disorder is the problem in Paradise that changes everything. It has a major impact on many people’s lives. Lucia, desiring a boy, leaves Yonah, hooks up with an illegal immigrant from Ecuador, has a baby girl Esperanza, has breakdowns, recovers, argues with her sister and husband overtaking her medication, returns to Ecuador to live in a typical campo, doesn’t quite fit in, plots to take Essie and return to the United States to live with Yonah.

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety 

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety

This was an informative and moving account of anxiety by a woman who fights for her mental health every day. Sarah Wilson’s life-affirming journey and candid depiction of what it’s like to live with a variety of illnesses have me in awe. Despite the fact that her anxiety will always be there – a beast made beautiful thanks to her courage – the author’s open-minded and enthusiastic account of her quest for one has opened my eyes to what it is like to be courageous as well as make use of whatever opportunities there are to make the most of life despite the fact that her anxiety will always be there

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

This was my first John Green book. Despite the fact that I’ve seen the movies and screamed like a baby. So, in order to spare me any tears, I stopped reading the books. This book had everything you might want: romance, intrigue, friendship, and, most importantly, sane words from the psychiatrist. And there have been some strange occurrences. I didn’t cry ugly tears when reading this novel, but I did sob. And I’m sure Aza, Davis, and Daisy will be trapped within my spiral of thoughts for a long time The explanation of Aza’s thoughts was my favourite part of the novel. And she has her own peculiar habits, which can be self-destructive at times.

I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way is a novel about three young people who feel like they have nothing left in life after experiencing a major loss in their personal lives. We may lose anything not because someone dies, but because of circumstances, and this is an issue that many people face around the world. This author has taken the time to write this book, and I believe it was a blessing to me to read it, and it can be a gift to others as well, regardless of age. While this book is marketed as a young adult novel, I believe it has something to say to everyone; no one has lived a life without experiencing losses and the consequences of those losses.

History Is All You Left Me

History Is All You Left Me

History Is All You Left Me

This is without a doubt one of the most incredible books I’ve ever read. It’s stunning and so much more. I adored the characters, and their trials seemed to be very real to me. I could sense Theo’s loss. Griffin’s pain was palpable to me. Just a few books have had such an impact on me as this one. I would recommend it to everyone! It also gets bonus points for being environmentally friendly. The subject matter is obviously painful and emotional, but I considered Griffin to be a reliably negative force until the very end. I liked the ride he took, but not him. Having said that, anyone who enjoys contemporary YA should pick up this sensitive and well-written novel. Just know that you’re in for a roller coaster ride! I’d read another book by this author in the future.

How It Feels to Float

How It Feels to Float

How It Feels to Float

This book was recommended to me, and its wonderful storey pulled me in from the first page. The characters are intriguing and believable. The storey deals with sadness and loss, as well as growing up in difficult situations, but it unfolds so beautifully that it feels like a privilege to peek into Biz’s inner world and share her life as it unfolds. This book’s writing is mystical, lyrical, and delightful. I found myself highlighting some descriptive phrases because they were so lovely that I knew I would want to read them again and again. A beautifully written book that forces you to reconsider your assumptions about other people’s inner lives.

A World Without You

A World Without You

A World Without You

You guys, this book was amazing! I feel compelled to recommend it. It was an unsettling read for me because the mental disorder it discusses is not something I’ve seen, and it opened my eyes in unexpected ways. However, it is lovely and sweet, and it is as much about family and healing as it is about young love and mental illness. It irritates you, but you can’t help but fall in love with the character.

Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being Human

This is a fantastic novel that is both diverse and representative. In reality, this is one of the first books I’ve read in 2016 that has made me reconsider what I had thought to be true and recognize that everyone has multiple layers. Riley is a high school student and a genderfluid writer, and SOBH is told from her viewpoint. Riley hasn’t told her parents or anybody else except her psychiatrist yet. As a means of speech, a hidden blog is started, which is a huge hit among the LGBTQ+ community. Riley is a dynamic character who kept me involved in her life affairs throughout the book.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

It’s not one of those books where you realize how great it is halfway through. It gradually overtakes you. Or, at the very least, it has crept up on me gradually. And the more I read about it, the more I fell in love with it. And now that I’ve finished reading it, I can confidently state that this is one of my favorite books of all time.I should also note that I’ve been putting off reading this book for quite some time. One of the reasons was that I believed it had been over-hyped (silly me). But then, for University, we had to read this novel, and I’m so glad the professor chose this one. It was the first book I had to read, and it was one of my favorites.

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Top 10 Most Famous Bollywood Actors

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Bollywood has been influencing cinema from all over the world. It has some of the best actors, those gems which cannot be replaced. Some of them are spreading their love and some of them have passed away but we will always remember them in our soul. So here is the list of the top 10 most famous Bollywood actors of all time.

Aamir Khan

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Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan is an Indian actor, director, filmmaker, and television talk show host. Through his career spanning over 30 years in Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian cinema. He has a large global following, especially in India and China, and has been described by Newsweek as “the biggest movie star” in the world.

Ranbir Kapoor

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Ranbir Kapoor is an Indian film actor. He is one of the highest-paid actors of Hindi cinema and has featured in Forbes Indias Celebrity 100 list since 2012. Kapoor is the recipient of several awards, including six Filmfare Awards.

Amitabh Bachchan

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Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian film actor, film producer, television host, occasional playback singer, and former politician. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. During the 1970s–1980s, he was the most dominant actor in the Indian movie scene; the French director François Truffaut called him a “one-man industry”.

Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan is an Indian actor who works in Hindi films. One of the country’s highest-paid celebrities, he has featured in Forbes India‘s Celebrity 100 list since 2014. Born to the film director David Dhawan, he studied business management from the Nottingham Trent University, after which he worked as an assistant director to Karan Johar on the 2010 drama My Name Is Khan.

Shahid Kapoor

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Shahid Kapoor is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi films. Initially recognized for portraying romantic roles, he has since taken on parts in action films and thrillers and is the recipient of several awards, including three Filmfare Awards.

Irfan Khan

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Irrfan Khan was also known simply as Irrfan, was an Indian actor who worked in Hindi cinema as well as British and American films. Cited in the media as one of the finest actors in Indian cinema, Khan’s career spanned over 30 years and earned him numerous accolades, including a National Film Award, an Asian Film Award, and six Filmfare Awards. In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor. In 2021, he was posthumously awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Balraj Dutt is an Indian actor who works in Hindi films. He is the recipient of several awards, including two Filmfare Awards and three Screen Awards. Dutt acted in 187 films, ranging from romance to comedy genres, but is usually typecast in action genres, and established himself as one of the most popular Hindi film actors of the later 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.

Ranveer Singh

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Ranveer Singh Bhavnani is an Indian actor who is known for his work in Hindi films. A recipient of several awards, including four Filmfare Awards, he is among the highest-paid Indian actors and has been featured in Forbes Indias Celebrity 100 list since 2012.

Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan is an Indian film actor, producer, singer, painter, and television personality who works in Hindi films. In a film career spanning over thirty years, Khan has received numerous awards, including two National Film Awards as a film producer, and two Filmfare Awards for acting. He is cited in the media as one of the most commercially successful actors of Indian cinema. Forbes included him in their 2015 list of Top-Paid 100 Celebrity Entertainers in the world.

Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan is also known by the initialism SRK, is an Indian actor, film producer, and television personality. Referred to in the media as the “Baadshah of Bollywood”, “King of Bollywood” and “King Khan”, he has appeared in more than 80 Hindi films and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide.

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Top 9 Books About Love

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Tonight I’m Someone Else by Chelsea Hodson

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The book is an anthology of essays. In the broadest sense, she belongs to the new generation of contemporary female authors, such as Melissa Broder and Darcie Wilder. and I mean it in a good way. This elevated version of Twitter and blog posting, for example. It’s all middle-class specificity and aspiration for something more in this more complex, poetic, and long-form approach to self-deprecation, narcissism, depression, pop culture, and fascination with brief love and young men who are both attractive and ‘problematic.’ But it’s written in such a lovely way. This book reads like a poem in every paragraph.

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

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Miranda July has an unusual way of writing about odd people. Her comic-tragic tales are engrossing. There is a lot of dark humour, and I was initially fascinated and moved by her people’s quirks, neuroses, and peculiarities. However, about two-thirds of the way through, I began to notice that, despite the fact that the characters shifted, some male, some female, Miranda July’s voice dominated. The joyous diversions (in the sense of randomness and original thought, an escape from the stale systems of normalised communication) of innocence are small and corrupted, and the grains of hope they contain are often shattered, but there is the shadow of a feeling, maybe even an angry whisper, that things don’t have to be this way.

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

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Diaz is a fantastic storyteller, and his writing only gets better with time. The protagonist Yunior is central to all of the stories in this collection. Diaz’s fiction is laced with personal memoir in such a way that it feels personal to the reader right away. There are experiences that you can’t say you didn’t borrow, even though it was reluctantly. He tangles immigrant outcaste-ness with the irreversible character of becoming a dishonest man, a man guilty of any other shame and sorrow, despite the fact that the Dominican Republic’s past is heavily visible and inseparable. All of the Junior appealed to me. Diaz’s writing is almost hypnotic, and I had to fight the urge to assume that these were my own personal experiences to profit from.

Zipper Mouth by Laurie Weeks

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It reminded me of coming home with my best friend after a long night of drinking and running around and listening to them ramble on about their lives and scary and funny encounters we’d shared. The narrator of Zippermouth addresses you as though you were a best friend, and Weeks’ writing is so intense that you can’t help but feel the bond. Some portions of this book brought tears to my eyes, while others made me laugh out loud (twice on public transportation, unfortunately). It’s published in an adventurous style that includes everything from stream-of-consciousness to poor adolescent poetry. I like how it depicts the long-term consequences of drug abuse in families while also pointing out flaws in the US mental health system.

After You

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For those who don’t remember, this is the second instalment of Jojo Moyes’ me before you trilogy. As we all know, Louisa Clark loses the love of her life in Me Before You, and this book is about how she deals with it. She is no longer the brouhaha-filled girl from the first book; she is a completely different individual. There are a few new characters introduced (spoiler alert), but it’s probably best if you don’t know who they are. Another piece of advice is to go out and buy a box of tissues because you can cry a lot and fall in love with LOUISA CLARK.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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It’s ironic, though, that a book like this is now considered women’s fiction and written by women, since, as everyone who knows their social background knows, men were the primary buyers and readers of books during the time Miss Austen wrote. The explanation for this was because it was thought that women couldn’t handle fiction well because their weak little minds couldn’t normally distinguish between fact and fiction. With this in mind, and if you, like me, are a man who has resisted reading this book so far, I urge you to do so because there is so much to appreciate and consider here.

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

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From the beginning, I was completely engrossed! I adored the author’s writing style and the way she developed the plot. The “gossip” society papers added a pleasant touch to this novel. It was absolutely funny. I really enjoyed the chemistry, romance, and sweet banter between Kate and Anthony. This book has it all, including a witty heroine and hero, as well as hilarious moments that made me laugh out loud. I didn’t stop reading until the wee hours of the morning. This book is excellent and a must-read for all historical romance lovers.

A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole 

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This is the first book in the incredibly popular paranormal romance series by Kresley Cole, featuring alpha heroes, kick-ass heroines, wacky humour, hot sexytimes and just general mayhem and awesomeness. Characters are one of my favourite aspects of this film. They, too, are always extreme in their personalities—no wishy-washy, cardboard cutout supporting characters here. They’re all lively, sometimes funny or outrageously wicked, and they practically leap off the screen. It’s a series with a lot of quotes and amusing lines.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman.

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I saw the film, read the book, saw the film again, and then read the book once more. The storey has a lot to say about human intimacy. The intimacy that allows you to comprehend every detail about another human being, the intimacy that allows you to bond with others to the point where you consider them a part of your very identity. Such a relation happens infrequently, and even when it does, it is a once-in-a-lifetime event. But it’s the most special thing that can happen to you, even though you’re a million miles apart and all you have is nostalgia and a bittersweet feeling that you were a part of something magical to keep you going.

 

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Top 10 Indian Webseries of 2020-21

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The web space in India was enjoying a decent growth, but 2020 changed the game for OTT platforms in a massive way. While the production of content was relatively less because of the shooting restrictions, the audience lapped up OTT content from the safety of their homes during the pandemic.

Much like the last couple of years, crime-drama was the flavour of the season, but this time around, we also saw different genres being explored in the OTT space. A show about the share market and a show about musical rivalry in a family gained success, further proving that the OTT space has grown out of its nascent stages and is starting to find its own feet. A show shot during the lockdown also became a shining example of the kinds of experiments that can be done on the platform.

Asur (Voot) –

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Asur is streaming on Voot.

Asur is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language crime thriller web series, produced by Tanveer Bookwala of Ding Entertainment for the video on demand platform Voot. The series stars Arshad Warsi, Barun Sobti and Amey Wagh. The series is set in the context of a mordern day serial killer having religious ties.

Asur, which combined the genres of mythological fiction and thriller, revelled in its larger-than-life theories, but its grandness wasn’t communicated well enough. Asur also faltered when it came to tying up loose ends by the end of the season

The Gone Game (Voot)-

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The Gone Game is streaming on Voot.

The Gone Game was filmed during the lockdown and was a unique effort by the creators and actors. The show’s usage of technology, in terms of Zoom calls, text messages, was exemplary and in my opinion, better than many shows that are made with all the resources at hand. While Gone Game wasn’t extraordinary in the story department, it more than made up for it by effectively translating to the screen the paranoia that had consumed us during the corona virus-induced lockdown.

The Gone Game on Voot Select is an interesting experiment, a four-part series which cleverly utilises the onset and impact of the virus as a crucial plot point, leaving us staring at a puzzling scenario: what happens to a seriously ill Covid patient (Arjun Mathur) when he is taken to hospital? Is his wife, a social media addict (Shriya Pilgaonkar) as worried as she appears? Will there be an end to the dodgy ways of his businessman father (Sanjay Kapoor)? What hold does a scruffy fellow (Dibyendu Chatterjee) have on the dad? Will his loving sister (Shweta Tripathi) and her ex discover the truth?

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Panchayat is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

This TVF series starring Jeetendra Kumar had a simple premise, and as we have often seen in the world of web content, it is usually simplicity that wins the day. The show’s uncomplicated nature introduced us to characters who were extremely likeable. The best part about Panchayat was its strong casting supported by Raghubir Yadav, Neena Gupta and Chandan Roy. The show released during the lockdown and its content left the audience feeling a little warm and fuzzy.

A gram-pradhan-pati whose ringtone is “Rinkiya ke papa”; an actual gram-pradhan who is illiterate but her sass could give the ‘South-Delhi Girls’ a good run for their money; and the panchayat sachiv, who has a permanent bewildered expression on his face — all this quirk and more awaits you in Panchayat, the latest offering by Amazon Prime Video presented by TVF. The show could easily have been bifurcated into two — 1) why can’t the panchayat sachiv ever catch a break 2) How the panchayat sachiv got his groove back.

Flesh (Eros Now)-

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Flesh is streaming on Eros Now.

Another crime drama series, this one was quite traditional in its approach towards good vs evil where, for a change, the protagonist was a good cop fighting hard against crime. Led by an impressive Swara Bhasker, Flesh was quite graphic and gory in its representation of human trade, but with its use of repulsive visuals, the show drove the point home.

There is no other way to say this: Flesh, the eight-part Eros Now web series, which reveals the bare flesh of its trafficked humans in disturbingly violent ways, is a flinch-fest. I often had to close my eyes. But this also has to be said: I was compelled to keep returning to the proceedings because I wanted to know how things would pan out. Flesh smartly manages to maintain that very tough balance, between showing us repulsive, depraved people doing repulsive, depraved things, and keeping us watching, despite ourselves.

Pretty teenager Zoya (Mahima Makwana), the daughter of a permanently bickering NRI couple Shekhar and Reba (Yudhishtir Urs and Vidya Malvade), goes missing. As her distraught parents start doing the pillar-to-post thing with the Mumbai police, a parallel track shows the working of a vicious gang which runs a profitable prostitution racket. Once a girl is sucked into these bowels, it’s hard to uncover any trace: the path is well-oiled with bribes and threats.

A Simple Murder (SonyLIV)-

A Simple Murder is streaming on Sony LIV.

A Simple Murder is streaming on Sony LIV.

This deliciously dark comedy came as a breath of fresh air. Starring Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Sushant Singh, Amit Sial, Priya Anand among others, the series took an absurdist approach to its sometimes serious content. For the most part, A Simple Murder was so well done that you couldn’t help but marvel at its writing and performances.

The characters fit right in, in this seven-part web series, directed by Sachin Pathak. Manish (Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub) is the kind of guy who thinks his start-up success is always around the corner; his impatient wife (Priya Anand) wants a quick buck, or million, and doesn’t care what she has to do to that end. A young couple (Ankur Pandey and Tejasvi Singh Ahlawat) is on the run, fearing for their life: she, the daughter of a furious Jat neta, him a Muslim. Whoa. A pundit (Yashpal Sharma) with a nifty ‘supari’ side-business has a string of contract killers on call: a madly-in-love-with-his-‘mashooka’ Amit Sial, and a bearded, leather-jacketed Sushant Singh, stir things up, and it’s all very enjoyable.

Bandish Bandits (Amazon Prime Video)-

Bandish Bandits is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Bandish Bandits is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

In the era of crime-drama web series, Bandish Bandits took the audience by complete surprise. It only took a couple of episodes to get enthralled by the world of classical music that this series created. While the music was a significant pillar of this show, Bandish Bandits stood strong on the shoulders of its story. Sheeba Chadha, Rajesh Tailang, Atul Kulkarni and Naseeruddin Shaha were a treat to watch in this Amritpal Singh Bindra and Anand Tiwari series. Special props to Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s music as well.

Shot on location in Rajasthan and Mumbai, the series opens in Jodhpur, in the ‘aangan’ of a big haveli, where Sangeet Samrat Rathod (Shah) is holding a class. He’s the crusty custodian of his ‘gharana’, and one of those formidable teachers of Hindustani classical who demand, and receive, absolute discipline. Despite failing hearing, inevitable with ageing, his word is law: even his family, including his grandson Radhe Mohan (Bhowmik), also one of his most able ‘shishyas’, addresses him as Panditji.

Paatal Lok (Amazon Prime Video)-

Paatal Lok is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Paatal Lok is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

This Jaideep Ahlawat-led series is another crime drama on the list, but Paatal Lok deserves a spot here. The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote in her review, “Paatal Lok is fashioned as a crime thriller-cum-police procedural set mainly in Delhi, spinning off into several threads, some really solid, a few comparatively weak, but managing to keep its hold on us. Weaving in an awareness and recognition of contemporary India makes it political, and elevates it: Paatal Lok is intelligently written, fast-paced, and engrossing, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Paatal Lok is an old-fashioned, evocative word which means hell or the nether-world, the exact opposite of swarg-lok aka heaven. And in this tale written by Sudip Sharma, produced by Anushka Sharma, we are led inexorably into darkness, which gets darker at each step: there are some parts here, doused in blood and bone and gristle, making even the most hardened fans of gore wince. I confess to closing my eyes in a couple of scenes, but the violence isn’t gratuitous because it has history: we know there will be blood.

Special Ops (Disney+ Hotstar) –

  Special Ops is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

Special Ops is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

Created by Neeraj Pandey, Special Ops started in a promising manner and largely stuck to the promise. Kay Kay Menon fit right into Himmat’s part and was easily the show-stealer here. The only con here, in my opinion, was the fact that the stakes were never just high enough for us to be concerned about the good guys in the finale.

The show begins with Himmat Singh, a RAW intelligence officer, ‘whose reputation precedes him’, being audited by an internal committee for the expenses incurred by his team, which include business-class trips around the world among other things. Jokes are made about requisition slips by the auditors, which are juxtaposed by Menon’s tirade about these expenses incurred in the line of duty by those who protect the nation. It’s in the audit we get to know about Singh’s 19-year-long manhunt for an elusive terrorist, Ikhlaq Khan, the mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack. The cat-and-mouse game between this know-it-all terrorist and Menon’s team forms the core of the show.

Aarya (Disney+ Hotstar)-

Sushmita Sen is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

Sushmita Sen is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

This Sushmita Sen-led series just did not waste any time in building up to the premise. Soon after the first episode began, it was obvious that Aarya was going to be a binge-worthy ride and it proved to be so with every episode that rolled out after. The layered characterisation, Sushmita Sen’s screen presence and the smart use of old Hindi film music also helped Aarya’s cause.

Watching Aarya reminds you of how well it incorporates that classic phrase, ‘even in the best families’. From the outside, Aarya Sareen, a supremely fit, still-stunning mother of three, seems to have everything: loving husband, luxe life, no problems other than to choose the outfit of the day from a seriously classy wardrobe. Scratch a little, though, and out spill several cans of wriggly worms, which keep us busy watching through the nine episodes of the web series, co-created by Ram Madhvani and Sandeep Modi. Yes, there’s dirt and grime under all that glitter, and that happens in the best of families.

Scam 1992 (SonyLIV)-

Scam 1992 is streaming on SonyLIV.

Scam 1992 is streaming on SonyLIV.

This Hansal Mehta series raised the bar for Indian web content in 2020, and the impact of this Pratik Gandhi-led series will surely go a long way. In the space where violence and gore sell like hotcakes, Mehta’s show proved that good content does not require to be dumbed down to reach the masses. With just a couple of episodes, Scam 1992, based on Harshad Mehta’s securities scam, draws you completely into the world of share market. Everything from its theme music, to its simplification of technical jargon, to even its choice of filter worked in the show’s favour. The casting of the show has been praised in the last couple of months and deservedly so.

Money is what makes the world go round, they say. It certainly made Harshad Shantilal Mehta tick. Those who lived through the late 80s and early 90s will recall the meteoric rise and rise of the man who came to be known as The Big Bull, labelled thus because he began the bull run of the stock market in 1991, which ended in a massive crash. Thousands of people lost all their money. Many became bankrupt. Some prominent citizens lost their lives, and reputations. And Mehta became the most wanted man in India.

A prestigious business magazine cover at the height of Mehta’s seemingly unstoppable run of the market, called him ‘The Raging Bull’. The accompanying story sounded as dazzled by him as was the general ‘junta’. What everyone forgot that a rise always comes before a mighty fall. And finally, that’s what it was, a cautionary tale: greed is not always good.

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Top 10 Best Romantic Books To Read

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Romance is what we are looking for in our cheap and boring lives. We all crave that little excitement of love, so here is the list of the top 10 best romantic books to read. Cause let’s face it we all want that amazing and happy ending love story.

Red, white, and Royal blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince.

The fault in our stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Me before you By Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our StarsMe Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Proposal

When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends With Us

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

The time traveler’s wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Time Traveler's Wife

A funny, often poignant tale of boy meets girl with a twist: what if one of them couldn’t stop slipping in and out of time? Highly original and imaginative, this debut novel raises questions about life, love, and the effects of time on relationships.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Five feet apart by Rachael Lippincott

Five Feet Apart

In this moving story, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives.

Wuthering Heights by Emile Bronte

Wuthering Heights

This best-selling Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1847 first edition of the novel. For the Fourth Edition, the editor has collated the 1847 text with several modern editions and has corrected a number of variants, including accidentals. The text is accompanied by entirely new explanatory annotations.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice have remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work “her own darling child” and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen’s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.

So this was the list of the top 10 best romantic books to read. If you liked this list then also check various other lists by clicking here. 

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