Cynics, take a chill pill!

Posted by Tina on Friday Jan 3, 2014 Under Current Affairs

As the Aam Aadmi Party won the trust vote in the Delhi Assembly, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it was a people’s victory. I agree with him. It was. And I’m not some naïve babe in the woods. But neither am I a cynic. And I think that’s where most of us fit in – somewhere in the middle. Of course we’re taking his lofty proclamations with a pinch of salt and there’s not denying the heavy posturing as Kejriwal constantly chants “hamari koi aukaat nahi hai“. We can see through it. We’re not stupid.

But that doesn’t mean that he’s a total farce either. Like everything in life, there is no black and white; reality exists in shades of grey (not that 50 shades kind though… yikes). Give him the benefit of doubt, I say. For God’s sake, at least give him some time. For those of you who were ever appointed class monitor or school prefect or team leader at work, didn’t you take a few days to settle into the role? So why not accord him the same leeway? Has any government been judged within a week? Others don’t get scrutinized for decades so can we all just calm down and stop the dissections? For now.

The man has been voted into power for one reason only – people are fed up of existing political systems. And it is only because he is new and inexperienced that we can hope to see some genuine change. Not despite it. So let’s try to believe him when he says corruption will be weeded out. Let’s wait to see the audits of power companies. I know enough critics who believe that Kejriwal’s water and electricity subsidies are taking us along a dangerous path of socialism and communalism – two failed systems of governance. Perhaps they are right. But maybe, just maybe the audits will reveal the extent of corruption and graft all these years and those revelations will do away with the need for subsidies. Let’s see. Let’s not be so hasty to pass a verdict.

Among the 17 issues that the AAP government has listed as priority is a legislation that will give rights to the people to decide on development in their areas, instead of officials and MLAs. It is a small but telling issue on their agenda. To me, that is what democracy should be about. Unlike many of my friends, I don’t think the AAP is power hungry. I think they had no choice. Anna Hazare, for all his sincerity couldn’t have done a thing to change the system. You have to play the game to change the rules. You can’t sit on the sidelines and preach to others how they should play. Jump in the fray and beat the stalwarts at their own game. That’s what the Aam Aadmi Party did and I’m glad for it. For they have inspired hope.

It remains to be seen how successful this government will be. But in my mind, let’s give the new kids on the block a chance. Who says the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t? Not me.

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Manish Tewari, Jest in Time!

Posted by Tina on Monday Aug 26, 2013 Under Art & culture, Books, Current Affairs

“I want to be a stand-up comic, next”. Yes, that’s what the Minister of Information & Broadcasting said this bright and shiny Monday morning as a host of eminent personalities got together to celebrate something quite out of the ordinary. It was the launch of a collector’s item coffee table book commemorating 175 years of cartoons in the Times of India. Renowned cartoonists from across publications came together and collaborated on an iconic artwork right before our eyes. Neelabh and Ajit Ninan from the TOI, Sudhir Tailang (now with Deccan Chronicle), Manjul from DNA, Keshav from the Hindu, R Prasad of Mail Today and Jayanto from Hindustan Times. What was truly amazing was the fact that all these men, from rival publications came together for this event and put together a priceless canvas depicting the common man bearing the burden of the Indian parliament and its colourful members.

The book itself ‘Jest in Time’ largely celebrates RK Laxman’s Common Man and is a true delight! The mood at the event was lighthearted and the I & B minister chipped in with a few gags of his own! This despite the fact that all the satire on the canvas was directed at his government. Full marks for sense of humour, Mr Tewari.  And yours truly had the honours of hosting the event.  Yippee! It’s not every day that you get to see renowned artists from across spectrums collaborate on a work of art, live in front of you. SUPER FUN!

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No Country For Women

Posted by Tina on Friday Aug 23, 2013 Under Current Affairs, Society

“Living in this country, I’d feel terrified if I had daughters”. This is what I found myself saying to my husband this morning. And I cannot even begin to explain how much it broke my heart to say something like that. I’m the one who broke down and wept when I was told that my second-born was also a boy. I’m the one who gave a dressing down to people who expressed their preference for a son. I’m the one who always believed that women can do everything men can and do it better. But I feel utterly defeated. The horrific gang rape of the 22-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai has once again made me question if there is any hope at all. Will women in this country ever be treated as anything but sex objects? It’s been 8 months since the Nirbhaya gang rape case in Delhi which shook the conscience of the nation. At that time we thought the collective outrage would bring about change. But 8 months on and not only has justice not been delivered (never mind the supposed ‘fast track’ courts) but such incidents are only on the rise. You hear of one almost every other day. If it’s not Delhi or Mumbai, it’s Bangalore. Or Jodhpur or Cochin. It doesn’t matter. Its not about which city is safe. This COUNTRY is not safe for women.

I can’t help but question our collective psyche – what is wrong with us? Not just our men, although certainly a large proportion of them, but also us women. For these monsters have mothers too. Did they teach them nothing? What kind of family environment breeds such a sadistic, criminal mind? Why are we so perverted as a people? Why? What is wrong with our country? I know there are people who would say that rape and sexual crimes exist in every single nation in the world. True. But I doubt there would be a front page, headline-grabbing rape every other day in any other civilized country. And honestly, I don’t think the word civilized can be used for India anymore, not with this kind of barbaric savagery becoming an increasingly frequent phenomenon.

We’ve known it all along though, haven’t we? Us women. When has it been civilized? As we were growing up, taking public transport, walking on the road, jumping into an auto late at night: weren’t we always terrified? Is there a SINGLE woman in this entire country who has never been groped in public? Any girl who has not been at the receiving end of lewd or lascivious comments? No, there isn’t. And I don’t need to double check that; that is the tragic truth.

How vile we must seem to the rest of the world. It just so happens that a few days ago an American student named Michaela Cross wrote a scathing report on her study trip to India last year, describing relentless sexual harassment, groping and objectification. The poor girl was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder upon her return from India and is now on a leave of absence from her college due to a breakdown. Doesn’t that make you want to hang your head in shame?

We have wonderful, loving, respectful men in this country too – will one of them please tell us why this is happening?

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Imran Khan and Pakistan

Posted by Tina on Saturday May 11, 2013 Under Current Affairs

A couple of days ago, a very senior and very successful female colleague of mine loudly proclaimed “If I were Pakistani, I’d vote for Imran Khan… I’m Punjabi after all, shakal dekh ke vote dete hain!”  I laughed because she’s normally a pragmatist, not to mention a very sharp political analyst. And none of the Pakistani political pundits are willing to give Imran Khan a chance. Not for a majority, and certainly not for the top post. All they are willing to concede to him is that he may be a ‘game-changer’.

I write this as Pakistan votes today. General elections that are being fought under a dark cloud of death threats, assassinations and terror. Elections that are historic; for they mark the first transfer from one civilian government to another, in the history of Pakistan. But I’m not about to dwell on the political minutiae here… I’d rather leave that to experts. But what I do want to say is that sometimes things happen that defy logic and calculations. And little as I know about Pakistan and its turbulent politics, I do feel that this time, it will be different for the charismatic cricket legend-turned-politician. And I’m not just saying that because I’m basically yet another sports journalist who’s spent their entire lives idolising this man.

There IS something different this time, don’t you think? There is a restlessness in Pakistan, an angry youth that is fed up of the current crop of politicians and wants a better future. In the run up to these elections Imran has said on more than one occasion that the youth voters will make all the difference. It remains to be seen if indeed that will be so, but the fact is – in all the years that Imran Khan and his Tehreek-e-Insaaf have been around, they’ve been laughed off as political lightweights. No one’s laughing this time.

Interestingly, he’s the only major player unscathed by the Taliban threat – while other political parties have had to virtually cancel all election campaigning under the shadow of the gun, Imran’s rallies have been given a free run. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was scared all the way back to the UK, robbing the PPP of its star campaigner and even the tiger of Punjab, Nawaz Sharif (the man tipped to win these polls) was forced to significantly lower the tenor of his roar in the run up to the elections. Add to that the sympathy waves that flooded in when Imran had that near fatal 15-foot-fall (the kind of sympathy that elicited the above comment from my colleague) and you have a situation where suddenly the wind seems to be blowing in one direction. Towards Imran Khan.

He may not win a majority; yes I accept that, because I really know nothing about Pakistan’s politics. But I’m sure he will be a key player, a king maker perhaps, winning enough votes to decide who gets to sit on the throne. Whether he forms part of the government or takes up a position in the opposition, his days in political wilderness seem to be over.

Some people are born with shining destinies and we already know he is one of the blessed few – World Cup winning captain and all. And you simply can’t deny the charisma (how could Jemima ever leave?!) And I know enough people here in India who’d love to see Imran Khan become the head of state of Pakistan. I think I would too, if I wasn’t so disconcerted with his closeness to the Taliban. The Taliban are no friends of ours, remember? And if indeed Pakistan shakal dekh ke vote dete hain, I wonder what that will mean for India. Interesting times.

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Blind, deaf, dumb and heartless system

Posted by Tina on Monday Jan 28, 2013 Under Current Affairs, Society

It makes me so livid, I want to scream. One of the barbarians who brutally raped and murdered that poor 23-year-old in Delhi on the night of December 16, 2012, is about to go virtually scot-free. Because our blind, deaf and dumb legal system is allowing that to happen. All because he is seventeen years and six months old and not quite eighteen. So he’s technically a minor. Who cares? Apparently the juvenile justice board does. So six measly months are going to make the difference between life and death (because the other five accused face the death penalty and rightly so), and more importantly between justice and absolute travesty. This man brutalized, tortured, raped and murdered along with the others, but he’s going to get away with three years in a correctional facility. Just the thought of this monumental injustice makes me seethe with rage.

What is it going to take to ensure this doesn’t happen? That he doesn’t just cool his heels in a juvenile remand home instead of paying for his heinous crime. Do we, the ordinary citizens of India once again need to throng to India Gate and Jantar Mantar, candles in hand, just to make the powers-that-be see the light? Are they that blind? That heartless? Can no one think beyond the prescribed doctrines of legal textbooks? Can the judiciary not make an exception? Isn’t our system hopelessly flawed if this monster is allowed to give justice the slip?

I hope my lawyer friends enlighten me on what can happen from here on. I hope someone tells me that yes, exceptions can and will be made. Because otherwise I am spiraling into despair, thinking about this impending miscarriage of justice. I am losing my mind wondering how that poor victim’s family must feel in this face of all this. They know what he did to their daughter as do we – and the police report makes it amply clear that this so-called ‘minor’ was perhaps the most brutal of the lot. This country is not worth living in; if all that happens to him is 3 years in a remand home. I mean it. We cannot let that happen. If it takes more protests, let’s do it. If it takes further outrage and demonstrations, let’s hit the streets again. Let us, in the media, go hoarse shouting about it yet again. For someone needs to do something.

But if he does get away with it, then I promise whoever is instrumental in allowing it that justice will be delivered, one way or another. Let him just step out of that remand home after three years. He will not make hundred yards. The hundreds of thousands who stood tirelessly at Safdarjung Hospital and India Gate and Jantar Mantar will be there. They will be waiting to pounce on him and rip him to shreds. And he will get his due at the hands of the public. He will be lynched and stoned to death. And he deserves no less.

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Olympic Disgrace

Posted by Tina on Wednesday Dec 5, 2012 Under Current Affairs, Sports

It’s really so pathetic. The Indian Olympic Association suspended by the International Olympic Committee. I mean, really, can we not get our act together enough to convince the world that we’re not a bunch of morons? But that exactly, is the problem: sports in our country are in fact, run by a bunch of power-hungry, greedy morons. Which sports official has ever actually been interested in sport?

Okay, there may be a few. Like I believe Abhay Singh Chautala has done some good work for Indian boxing. Perhaps like him, there are a handful of others who command respect from the athletes themselves. But they are the exception rather than the rule. Mostly you sense frustration and anger when you talk to sportspersons about administrators. (Cricket is an exception here, but then, that’s not a sport, it’s a religion).

Anyway, it’s been guys like Suresh Kalmadi and his long-term sidekick Lalit Bhanot who’ve been running the show since my grandmother was born. Can you picture Lalit Bhanot ever having run even 100 metres in his life? Or Suresh Kalmadi playing anything other than drinking games?

That’s where the IOC had a problem. The IOC announced the suspension after a meeting at its Swiss headquarters in Lausanne (lovely city, that), saying the IOA had ‘failed to comply with the Olympic charter’. So what is this charter and what exactly did they fail to comply with? The crux of the problem here is Mr Lalit Bhanot.

The IOC Ethics Commission had actually written to the IOA in October this year, specifically warning them against allowing Bhanot to contest the IOA elections. Why? Because they actually HAVE ETHICS and we don’t. Lalit Bhanot happens to be one of the main accused in the multi-crore Commonwealth Games scam, went to jail for it and is currently out on bail. And yet, he has not just contested the election, but contested unopposed, mind you. So his taking over as General Secretary of the body is a foregone conclusion even as I write this. The IOC recognizes that such people shouldn’t be running sports. But we don’t.

For that reason, I’m actually glad the body has been de-recognized. And I’m not alone. Sportspersons around the country have welcomed the developments, hoping that Indian sports administration may finally get cleaned up as a result of this. Unfortunately I’m not too sure that’ll happen. Call it cynicism but I’ll believe it when I see it. Until then though, there’s always hope.

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Breath of fresh air

Posted by Tina on Tuesday Aug 28, 2012 Under Cricket, Current Affairs, Sports

There was something so utterly delightful about watching a bunch of teenaged kids getting wide-eyed with wonder as they registered the rather improbable fact that they have become nationwide celebrities. The sheer delight on the faces of some, absolute astonishment on others and heartwarming, genuine grins on all.

I was thrilled to have been anchoring the news when the World Cup winning Indian Under-19 cricket team touched down in Mumbai this afternoon, to a rapturous welcome – the kind normally reserved for the superstars of the senior team. The boys’ overwhelmed reactions literally made me laugh out loud.

This is a talented bunch, no doubt, as they only lost one game through the tournament – the opener to the West Indies. And although I didn’t watch that (only started watching from the humdinger quarterfinal against Pakistan) I saw enough in the semifinal and final to know for sure that at least a couple of these youngsters have serious talent and will make it to Team India eventually. Obviously, it’s not just me. Bona fide experts (read former cricketers) like Ian Chappell have gone on to say that the likes of wise-beyond-his-years captain Unmukt Chand (right) and left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh are ready to make the transition to international cricket. Of course, skeptics feel its way too early and that a premature push into the deep end will only lead to them sinking in the quicksand that is international cricket. Unmukt’s endearing father perhaps summed up the fears best when his first reaction to the media after his son’s World Cup-winning century was “hope these boys don’t go astray, hope they get the right guidance.”

Of course some of them might go astray. They’re going to be heroes in their schools and colleges now, not to mention recognized on the streets. They’ll have girls lining up for them and marketing men with pockets full of cash wooing them. And they’re just kids really, so of course it will go to their heads, at least some of them. And I say, let it! What the hell, let them have a ball, they’ve won the World Cup for Christ’s sake! And sooner rather than later, water will find its own level. Those who have to waste away will and the genuine talents will find a way to swim and thrive. After all, don’t we have perfect examples in Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli? Both of them came into the limelight after their respective U-19 World Cup wins (in 2000 and 2008), both made celebrated debuts into the senior side, both lost their way and their head somewhat before striking maturity and becoming mainstays of the Indian cricket team. So, I say, some of these boys are ready. Give them a go and see what they’re made of.

In any case, I’m tiring of some of the old faces. The decent, self-respecting ones have already called it a day, hanging up their boots themselves, but it’s about time some of the other superstars of yore realize that they’ve overstayed their welcome, that they’re past their sell-by date. Move over old fogies, make space for the newcomers. Let’s bring in a breath of fresh air.

I’m betting on Unmukt Chand making his senior debut within a season or two and Prashant Chopra and Harmeet Singh in perhaps a little longer than that. There are others too, like Baba Aparajith, Sandeep Sharma and Smit Patel who may also come into the reckoning in the years to come. What fun to wait and watch!

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Welcome back, Yuvi

Posted by Tina on Saturday Jul 7, 2012 Under Cricket, Current Affairs, Personal

It’s been a crazy few weeks for me (which is why I’ve pretty much been AWOL from social networking) but an emotional day yesterday as I interviewed Yuvraj Singh after a gap of many, many years has prompted me to write. No it’s not just because he’s won his battle against cancer. And certainly not because I’m star-struck. I’ve interviewed him multiple times through my career in print and television.

In fact, I first met him a few months after he made his debut for India in Nairobi in 2000 in what was then called the ICC Knockout or the mini World Cup. Yes, we’ve known each other since wayyyy back then. Yuvi and I were actually kind of friends. I was seeing one of his friends at the time (shhh), so we would bump into each other often enough and I was terribly fond of him. Of course he was loud and obnoxious and pissed a lot of people off, but I like people who live life king-size and wear their heart on their sleeve. And that he did, with élan.

I saw him play the field in more ways than one and then observed amused, as he genuinely fell in love (with a certain Bollywood starlet, of course you guys know about that!). I reported on his exploits as he rose to the absolute heights of success and international fame. And through it all, I thought he was as delightful as ever. But then, somewhere along the way, something changed. The obnoxiousness turned into full fledged arrogance. The tomfoolery turned to insolence and indifference. And so I slowly pulled back. I’m not one of those reporters who can stick a mic in someone’s face even if stonewalled with coldness or reluctance. And moreover, over the years I stopped reporting altogether as I wanted to focus on my young, growing family. So I became an anchor and producer and after a while I lost nearly all contact with my earlier associates and friends from the cricket world.

I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even renew contact when I heard of his cancer diagnosis. Even though the news felt like a punch in the gut, I didn’t try to get back in touch. Maybe I was afraid he’d brush me off. I don’t know. I would follow his tweets and honestly even pray for him, but I wasn’t brave enough or maybe decent enough to send a message. And then, when he returned to India after successful chemotherapy earlier this year, I was anchoring the news and my voice was literally choking as I gave a running commentary over the live pictures of him interacting with his fans and looking as healthy as a man who’s just fought cancer can possibly look. I still didn’t get in touch. Not that it made a farthing of a difference to his life.

But that’s why I was totally overwhelmed and taken aback when he met me yesterday with a great big, bear hug. When he literally bounded out of the door of the boardroom he was in and yelled out in delight as he saw me. When he was warm and affectionate and curious about my life. He is a changed man; there is no doubt about that. And in the interview, he said as much. Yes, cancer has transformed him and his outlook on life. Just today, he has officially announced the launch of his cancer foundation ‘YouWeCan’, through which he hopes to raise awareness and funds for cancer patients. He is lending his voice to the “free Sarabjit Singh” campaign. He supports a book donation programme and probably half a dozen other charities. Much as I had adored the old Yuvraj Singh, such philanthropy is not what you would have associated with him. In many ways he is still the same – laughing and joking and oodles of fun. But today Yuvraj Singh is also compassionate, sincere and truly a wonderful human being. And he’s grown up. To me, that was a very emotional realization.

I wish him and his foundation all the best from the bottom of my heart and can’t wait to see him back in India colours!

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Absolute bloody shocker

Posted by Tina on Friday May 25, 2012 Under Cricket, Current Affairs, Sports, Television

Am SO angry about Delhi Daredevils’ loss to Chennai Super Kings last night, I could literally kill someone. And no, its not because I’m some rabid fan who cannot bear to see the local team lose. Nothing like that. I’m pissed off as hell because cricket and its establishment are making first class ch**ias of us all and we’re letting them. They give us one scripted match after another and we, the dumb, vapid, addicted audiences that we are, we lap it up while they laugh all the way to the bank.

We’ve known it all along of course. Who doesn’t know fixing exists? Even the most naïve of fans would be aware that every time these ‘sting operation’ type news items come to the fore, what we are seeing is only the tip of the iceberg. Aw c’mon, do we really believe that little nobodies like Mohnish Mishra and TP Sudhindran are ruining the game? Bullshit. The rot goes much deeper but the powers-that-be always find their scapegoat. We all know that. And yet, despite being fully aware that matches MAY be fixed we are happy to, more often than not, give benefit of the doubt to the game and assume that most matches are clean. Or unscripted, at the very least.

Which is why it causes my blood to boil when they don’t even bother to employ subtlety when it comes to fixing. It’s like they don’t even care that we’ll catch on. Just see how the IPL finals have turned out. First, Chennai gets three times lucky to qualify through the backdoor for the playoffs. Not one, but three random pieces of luck came together for that to happen (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google it, I can’t be bothered to explain that here). Then, Mumbai Indians die a whimpering death at their hands in the first eliminator. And finally, an absolute bloody shocker against Delhi Daredevils in the second qualifier.

What the F@#K was that match? Right from the start, it was dubious. The season’s leading wicket taker and purple cap holder Morne Morkel was ‘rested’. Why on earth would you do that?!! So that BCCI boss Srinivasan’s team wins easily? What else are we supposed to think? Post match, we were given lame excuses by the team management that they ‘had to fill the all-rounder’s slot due to the injury to Irfan Pathan… yadda, yadda, yadda… blah, blah, blah’. But why sacrifice Morkel? And moreover, replace him with – no, not someone like Shahbaz Nadeem or even Agarkar – but Sunny Gupta. Who? Yes, exactly. Even the commentators were wondering about that one.

One of the country’s top cricket writers, Ayaz Memon tweeted: “What is the compelling reason for omitting Morne Morkel, this season’s leading bowler. Anybody know?” Moreover, Delhi also chose not to open with Virender Sehwag. That simply defies logic. It even prompted cricketer Aakash Chopra, to ask “First Morkel was rested and now, Viru isn’t opening. We’ve seen it all in this IPL…or is there something else left??”

Well, there you go. I’m not the only one asking these questions, but why aren’t we making a big hullabaloo about it? If you want to fix, at least don’t be so blatant and insult our intelligence. Do they think we’re idiots? What a sorry state of affairs.

Bring on Roland Garros, somebody.

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The most awaited movie of 2012?

Posted by Tina on Sunday Jan 1, 2012 Under Books, Current Affairs, ShowBiz

It is not everyday that I become so obsessed with a work of fiction that I lie awake into the wee hours of the morning, trying to envision just how I would picturise it, had I been directing its movie adaptation. Alright, I’m weird, but put it down to a professional hazard where I’ve worked with multiple cameras and their infinite angles for over ten years now. And even then, I know what we have in television is child’s play compared to what is employed and can be achieved in movies. In TV the most complex camera set-up I have worked with is four cameras, five maybe including a Jimmy Jib. Sigh. The very thought of working with as many as twenty cameras for a single shot makes me quake with inspiration.

Which is why I just cannot let go of the imagery that The Hunger Games trilogy has embedded in my mind. Alright, go ahead and laugh. (Yeah, I know it’s meant to be young adult fiction but thankfully my favourite author of all time, Stephen King has quelled my inhibitions on that front, as he considers ‘young adult novel’ a dumbbell term that he puts right up there with ‘jumbo shrimp’ and ‘airline food’ in the oxymoron sweepstakes… Ha ha! Could anyone put it better?) Anyway, so young adult or not, thanks to my insatiable appetite for popular fiction, I do read whatever is taking the world by storm; be it the soppy, mushy Twilight series to the riveting and brilliant Millenium Trilogy to my latest obsession: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Some of you, family and friends, will groan because you’ve already heard me go on too much about this trilogy. So I’ll keep it short.

It is brilliant. It is evocative and it is thought-provoking in a way I never imagined ‘young adult fiction’ could be. Set several hundred years in the future, it is staged in the nightmarish country of Panem, where the annual highlight is a reality TV show called the Hunger Games, in which teenagers fight each other to the death. The concept might make your stomach turn, but believe me, the treatment won’t. Because author Suzanne Collins has woven the fabric of that world so intricately that one almost begins to view the Hunger Games as par for the course, just like the audience in Panem would. And the protagonists, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are so finely etched that one cannot help but feel emotionally engaged with them. And therein lies the secret to a great work of fiction, doesn’t it? Collins’ Katniss Everdeen is even more kick-ass than Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander – believe me – because she is simply more believable. And as for the baker’s son, Peeta Mellark, well I’d like him for breakfast any day.

The trilogy moves from the adrenaline-fuelled adventurous first novel, The Hunger Games, to the somewhat sluggish second one, Catching Fire, (which I must admit seems not much more than a means to bridge the first with the utterly brilliant third) to the concluding volume, Mockingjay. It is in this intelligent, complex and unsettling third book that one can truly appreciate the allegorical quality of the entire story; one that asks questions we are all too afraid to ask.

The likes of Entertainment Weekly and MTV have listed The Hunger Games – starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth – as the most anticipated movie of 2012. Gosh, I hope it does justice to Suzanne Collins’ book. Can’t wait for 23rd March.

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