Ghazi to Raazi: Several Questions answered

In 2017 I watched The Ghazi Attack that narrates a situation of an Indian Naval submarine and Pakistani submarine with an intention of later to destroy INS Vikrant. I was left with several questions of who were people giving these information on both sides? How one leads another for such mission? and so on. Raazi movie by Meghna Gulzar set during 1971 Indo-Pak back drop where an Indian girl marries a Pakistani Army officer to spy for her country.

As claimed by the film makers that is based on a true story and a book written by Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikka a story of a girl names Sehmat, played by Alia Bhatt whose life changes after knowing her father (played by Rajit Kapoor) who is nearing call from God steps her to become as an Indian spy. Khalid Mir (played by Jaideep Ahlawat) who is an Indian intelligence agent takes Sehmat into a rigorous trainings. I although tempted to write the complete story but I feel People who haven’t watched must watch to rest journey of Sehmat. The journey of her underlying bond between her and husband Iqbal (played by Vicky Kaushal) where both tries to balance their attraction towards each other and love of their nation.

Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s, Gulzar lyrics and several other areas like costume makes it memorable. Meghna Gulzar’s take on the repercussions of any war that leaves on human mind is something a thought provoking!

Last House (Kademane)

Horror/Thriller movies gives goosebumps inspite people seated around you. This journey of fear is seem fascinating! No wonder movies like The Conjuring 2, Lights Out, Phobia, Devi, Raaz Reboot and others have continued to succeed in box office and win viewers heart.


On June 7, Kademane (Last House) a Kannada movie had its first clapboard. Story, Screenplay and Direction is from a passionate newbie Mr. Vinay. The hero who seem to have a playful role is Mr. Yuvaraj. The creative team consists of Madhusudhan, Shivaraju, Naveen N G, Arun, Gopi Ukkar, Sampath, Ravishankar, Naveenraj Mysore, P. R.O Nagendra, Thriller Manju, Dhanajaya and others. The film is produced under Keerthana Creations by Sri. Mrs. Sujatha Nandan, Tumkur.

Watch out for the space to know more about the movie. Till then support the team by liking and sharing the news and FB page: enter the last house!


– by Santosh Avvannavar, Author of She: Ekla Cholo Re

Hey Hero

“Mankind would like to live and die a life of a Hero”

The way feet runs holding breathe to see the movie without missing titles from beginning. Why don’t we see students run to attend the classes? The same student run to watch the movie without a blink. Can we relate time to entertainment? Why one needs to get entertained? Perhaps changing paradigm shift call for newer approaches. If one want to live and die a life of Hero, one must become a hero! What does our Hero(ine) do in movies? They act, sing, dance, cry, laugh and so on. Can teachers be like hero(ine)?

What could possibly make one Hero(ine) of a class?

  1. Subject Knowledge
  2. Approach towards students
  3. Good heart
  4. Achievements (success of past to inspire students)
  5. Delivery (techniques)
  6. Mark (a magic wand?! nah!)

Let’s now look into components of a movie:

A movie consists of –

Characters, Story, Songs, Dance, Theme, Music and so on.

A class consists of – 

Interaction, Group Discussion, Puzzles, Role Plays, Cases, ICT, Humor, Application, Purpose, MCQ, Demo and so on.

A good movie consists of several things, can similar analogy true for a class? I feel possible true! Because the primary objective of a movie is entertain, similarly primary objective of a class is participation (from teachers perspective). In order to see a good participation a structure is vital-

  1. Introduction/Recap
  2. Content
  3. Break (?!)
  4. Content 2
  5. Summary/Assessment/ Reflection

The point 3 might seem out of context but lets not forget Indian movies demand a break too. It’s just about the interval break that leaves the viewers with a suspense/curiosity to return to their chair. It’s als
o break from a prologue. Break To Banta Hai Boss! But, why one does need a break?

‘Words are creation of man but God created sounds and visuals (nature).’ 

(Writer to the piece of article is author of She: Ekla Cholo Re & BUGman based on the presentation from Dr Nalin Vimalkumar) 

More Review of ‘She: Ekla Cholo Re’

She: Ekla Cholo Re has opened to good rave reviews so far. We thank the reviewers and have tried to compile the reviews for our readers to know about the book.

‘… And the twist at the end was a classic one.’- Nandhini (Rating ★★★★) Further reading visit – blog

‘For the first in my life, I have a read a book without putting it down and completed it on one go’ – Sr. Victoria (Rating ★★★★★)

‘She’ is a wow!
Something that takes you into the lines and scenes.Thoughts and connectivity of the conversation has conveyed clarity to the readers about the book.
A short-movie or a documentary in the form of paper that hits your back to remind you that it was a story so far yet sending a prompt message to think and feel.The setup of the story has to get an appreciation that truly provides a platform forinteresting climax. – Shilpa Patil (Rating ★★★★★)

“..the book is a bold step towards social awareness and discussing a few things which are still considered taboo in the society.” – Maniparna (Rating ★★★★1/2) Further reading visit – blog

“…As I keep saying about the author’s book, it is a quick read and hardly demanding any time of yours but this time around the book comes with a good story that will for sure keep you glued till the end” – Merril Anil (Rating ★★★★1/2) Further reading visit – blog

She is an attempt to search for one’s identity irrespective of all odds. What makes it unique are it’s two most important aspects – the protagonist (Kusum) and Tagore’s song, Ekla Cholo Re. The identity of the protagonist is often untitled and blurred; it does not belong anywhere, definitely not under the ‘he’ or ‘she’ bracket because of our social conditioning. We normally do not give ‘social sanction’ to ‘such’ people because we ‘pretend’ that they do not exist, albeit for our own convenience. So, when a person like Kusum decides to move on with her life despite all odds, it deserves a special mention, indeed. As the editor cum reader of this book, I grew with Kusum each day in complete awe as she drew inspiration from Tagore’s Ekla Cholo re song to be her true self each time she was struck with a heavy blow.  – Rajashree Ghosh, Editor of She (Rating ★★★★1/2)

Simple language, easy to read, subject is dealt that could connect any reader. Though seemed filmy at moment but story was unpredictable with an interesting end that made me feel ‘surprised’! I rate it 5 out of 5! -Parveen Shaikh, Research Scholar, Dept of Social Work, KSWUV (Rating ★★★★★)

‘She’ is amazing! – Jyothi Byahatti (Rating ★★★★★)


Blurb: Set in the backdrop of 1990 Calcutta, She is a story about finding one’s own identity in spite of all odds. The story spins around the life of Kusum, a brave heart whose identity is often untitled and blurred; it does not belong anywhere, definitely not under the ‘he’ or ‘she’ bracket, thanks to our social conditioning. Will she be successful in her mission? Find out in She, an utterly absorbing read that derives inspiration from Tagore’s “Ekla Cholo Re” song, which urges everyone to move on despite the fear of abandonment from others.


“She is one of the finest book to read” – Sujeeth Kumar, Project Manager, MNC Bengaluru 

“A story often untold. Appreciate the team for presenting She in the best possible harmonious way!” – N K Narasimhan, CEO and Co-Founder, Nascor Technologies, Bengaluru 

“Don’t miss the ending!” – Raghunath Babu Are, Employee at Microsoft, Bengaluru

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Umbilical Cord 4


First Review : Maniparna

Second Review : Sahil rated it 3 of 5 stars – Another great read! The book narrates 40 (very real) stories about different situations faced by people from different walks of life. Enjoyed reading the book – it is a very good quick read!

Third Review : Mounika Lakkakula rated it 5 of 5 stars – Firstly I’d like to thank Mr.Santhosh Avvannavar for sending the copy of this wonderful book.I found this book really interesting.40 cords(stories) which define some of the important feelings and instincts of man in his life are just amazing.It really lets people rethink their whole life.I’d refer this book to everyone of my friends.It’s a great read.Thank you once again
Fourth Review : Mutturaj rated it 5 of 5 stars – Indeed a thoughtful read, Umbilical cord explains us that, cords which are important to our lives after we detached from the umbilical cord and I would like to thank authors for sharing wisdom for growth in harmony.
Fifth Review : Merril Anil
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“Here comes a compilation of 40 short stories by Meena R Chandawarkar and Santosh Avvannavar that uses The Umbilical Cord as a metaphor to bring social awareness and intends to draw the reader’s attention towards the society. The stories in this book revolve around love, forgiveness, empathy etc. as society is a cobweb of relationships. There is something for everyone in this book. Read on to find out which ‘cord’ is closer to your heart, as the Umbilical Cord is an attachment that remains forever…the name says it all…”

PK is OK


I had to wait for several days before could make myself free to watch PK. I found three movies (there might be more) in Hindi that were clever business script – Madras Cafe, Haider, and PK. Abhijat Joshi and Hirani script had the visuals of alien neck wearing a thing (remote) as a central theme. This is perhaps the right thing otherwise their could have been more damage. Second central theme was incompetent behaviour of alien to understand the world, this was perhaps second right thing that writers have done. As we like to encourage and lend helping hand to our children knowing their innocence. Then the movie moves into confusion state (the third right thing) that mills around various elements that laughter over serious issue. This was needed to keep the things lighter and alien, innocence elements were put right into audience mind. The fourth thing (combination of right-wrong) was the conclusion (not just the climax) that was fragile that perhaps raised eyebrows of some. Overall PK’s wrong has got it right!

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