Here’s a list of Academy Award Winning Movies for Best Picture from the year 1961 to 1990 which were adapted from famous novels, books and non-fictions.
Sunday, 24 September 2017
Monday, 4 September 2017
Teachers' Day is celebrated in India on the 5-Sept. This is a day marked to thank all the wonderful teachers in our lives. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan a renowned scholar from India who was India's first vice president and second president had once said "Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers' Day."
Monday, 12 June 2017
Andrew Carnegie is one of those names who are considered to be the pioneers of the modern world. He is often recognised as the richest American ever. He started his career as a telegrapher and went on to build the Carnegie Steel Industries. His philanthropic activities are recognised still date through Carnegie library, Carnegie Mellon University and other such institutions set up by him. He also wrote a large number of periodicals and articles. “The Gospel of Wealth” written by him in 1889 is still cited as a revolutionary article that called upon industrialists to use their wealth for the betterment of the society. What better to motivate an individual than some of the best inspirational quotes by Andrew Carnegie?
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
This time I thought of consolidating a set of entirely different type of quotes. The thought of statistics came into my mind. It has become very common nowadays for people to site some random statistical figure in conversations and articles to put weight into their version of the argument without mentioning any source. This made me feel that ‘Statistics’ does deserve some attention and I thought of searching what great minds had to say about them. So, here is a list of funny quotes on statistics.
Saturday, 3 June 2017
Aptly subtitled “How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future”; Elon Musk’s biography by Ashlee Vance is perhaps the most balanced biography that I have read in a long time. The reason I chose the word “balanced” to describe this biography is because it not only puts forward to the reader Elon Musk’s point of view but also those of his co-workers, friends, family and competitors.
Friday, 2 June 2017
Best known for his novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”; Douglas Adams was not just an author but also a scriptwriter, dramatist and satirist. He had authored some of the most interesting novels and the way he embelled satire and humour into his stories made them widely popular. Here is a list of some of the most humorous and funny quotes by Douglas Adams.
Friday, 26 May 2017
Author of famous novels like ‘Three Men in a Boat’, Jerome K. Jerome was known for his witty writing. In his lifetime he has written numerous novels, short stories and plays. In continuation to the humorous quotes from P. G. Wodehouse and George Carlin, I decided to list down ten of the most funny quotes by Jerome K. Jerome.
Thursday, 25 May 2017
George Carlin is often considered as the greatest stand-up comedian of all times. A man of many talents, he was not only a stand-up comedian but also an actor, a singer nominated for the Grammys and an author of multiple books like ‘Brain Droppings’, ‘Napalm and Silly Putty’ and ‘When will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?’. Who wouldn’t want to read some of his most funny and humorous quotes?
Read on for some of the most funny quotes by George Carlin.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
There is some sort of warmth that comes from reading classic fictions. Treasure Island, David Copperfield, Around the World in 80 days and the plethora of English humour from P. G. Wodehouse are just a few of them. Sherlock Holmes has always been my favourite in the mystery genre. Many readers debate that there have been mystery novels with better twists than Sherlock Holmes. I would not disagree with them.
Saturday, 20 May 2017
It has been a general trend in Hollywood to adapt novels into movies. While various books are adapted into movies, I believe that it is a safer bet for movie makers to target a novel which is already highly acclaimed. A best selling book which has won the Pulitzer prize thus becomes an ideal candidate. While various Pulitzer prize winning novels are adapted into movies, here I have listed down some of the best novels which when made into movies were also recipients of the Academy Awards. This is not a complete list of all such books but just a few which I intended to mention. So, here is a list of Pulitzer Prize Winning novels to Academy Award Winning Movies.
Monday, 8 May 2017
This is the second part of the series of articles that I am writing on the movies that have been made into Academy Award winning movies for Best Picture. In continuation with the common trend in Hollywood you shall figure that most of the award winning movies from 1950 to 1960 were adapted from brilliant books. Listed below are some of the novels which in the true sense are Oscar winning novels and can be added up to the list of books you got to read.
Friday, 5 May 2017
There are various works by authors in fiction and non-fiction which result in award winning novels. But the magic of books and the strength of the content can be realized even better when they are adapted into movies. Many such books were adapted into Hollywood Oscar winning movies. Prize winning books or not, when their stories are adapted by brilliant movie makers many of such stories in a sense become Oscar winning novels. Here is a brief summary of the many novels and books which went into becoming Academy Award winning movies for Best Picture from 1927 to 1950. You will not only create a list of nice movies to watch but also a list of books you got to read.
Sunday, 30 April 2017
When a book is adapted to make a movie, it at least lays the foundation of a strong script. Novels have been adapted into movies right from the advent of the movie industry. Some of the movies based on books become the most acclaimed movies of all time. Here, I have listed down 39 of the novels made into movies which went on to become the biggest successes the movie industry. This list is not in any particular order.
Saturday, 29 April 2017
Enid Blyton is one of those names which appears in our minds whenever we think of mystery novels and stories which we had read as kids during our school days. One characteristic of the writing that I always loved in Enid Blyton’s books is the elaborate description of food. Well that is not why I thought of compiling some of the best quotes by Enid Blyton.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
There are a number of books that launch everyday. Some go on to become best selling novels, while some reside on the author’s desk. However, one thing common is that the authors were inspired by same great literary novels at some point of their lives. This brings me to the topic of the greatest books you got to read. Books that introduce you to different worlds, genres, story telling, characters you love, characters you despise, truth and fiction. Here is my list of 10 of the greatest books you got to read, which suffices all these aspects. This list is not in any particular order.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
While I have compiled quotes by various authors - Ayn Rand, Mario Puzo, Rabindranath Tagore and many others, I realized that I should also list some of the best quotes on reading and books. Through reading books you are introduced to thoughts, knowledge and an entirely different world crafted by the author.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Charles John Huffam Dickens is often considered as the greatest novelist from the Victorian era. Known for his novels like David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities, his works are widely studied in academics. He has crafted some of the most beautiful stories that touch any soul. Here, I have listed down some of his most popular quotes.
Monday, 17 April 2017
The first story that I had read of Munshi Premchand was Idgah. The story was a heartwarming one of a kid who goes to the Eid fairs with some money from his grandmother to spend on himself. However, the boy does not buy anything for himself and gets a pair of tongs for his grandmother to help her in preparing rotis (bread). The simple nature of the story would touch any reader.
Sunday, 16 April 2017
Though many of us would be aware of this, I feel a responsibility to iterate the fact that the courtroom melodrama showcased in movies is just not real. If you want a realistic and holistic view on what goes in the entire course of legal proceedings then “The Fraud Friends” by Dhruva Malhotra would be an eye opener.
Saturday, 15 April 2017
“I sat thinking how terribly sad it was that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as incredible as living. One day we suddenly take the fact that we exist for granted - and then, yes, then we don’t think about it anymore until we are about
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
There are some authors whose books are just eye openers. They change your perspective of the world. Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead and Anthem are just a few such works by Ayn Rand. I don’t say that each and every person reading these books will agree to the author’s philosophies and theory. But she cannot be ignored.
If you are wondering how to cultivate a reading habit in your child, there are a lot of books that you can choose from, but I personally would recommend the classics. Books that would not only improve their language, vocabulary and overall grammar, but also give your ward a perspective. Charles Caleb Colton had said that books like friends should be few and well chosen.
Monday, 10 April 2017
“I will make him an offer he cannot refuse.” - Once you read this you cannot help hearing the line in your head in Marlon Brando’s voice. Such was the genius of the actor and there is no denying that. But then, consider the genius of the author Mario Puzo who aptly fit this line in his book. The Godfather series is definitely one of the best literary works of all time. Wouldn’t you want to go through a few of Mario Puzo's quotes? This is my compilation of the best Mario Puzo quotes.
Saturday, 8 April 2017
I just couldn’t stop myself on this one. I have always been sharing and quoting P. G. Wodehouse whenever possible, even in random conversations, often to realize that the person I am speaking to does not understand this sort of humour. However, for P. G. Wodehouse fans and people who appreciate English humour, this is my compilation of fourteen of the best P. G. Wodehouse’s humorous quotes of all time.
It would have been so much better if “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2” movie would have sticked to the books at least for the Battle of Hogwarts. Right from the point when Professor Minerva McGonagall summons the men in armour to protect Hogwarts and Mrs. Weasly gives a confused look to the ending when Harry and Voldermort were dueling in some other corner of Hogwarts away from the battle.
Of all the authors I have read, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore probably has the most relatable type of stories. A Nobel Laureate, known mostly by the western countries for his collection of poems in Gitanjali; he has written some of the most beautiful prose and stories ever. Here, I have listed down some of Rabindranath Tagore’s most observant quotes on life.