July 10th, 2020


Television Critique - India on Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! is by far my favorite quiz show hosted by Alex Trebek since it's revival in 1984. Created by Merv Griffin, it is a basic quiz competition with general knowledge clues presented in the form of answers, while the participants must phrase the their responses in the form of a question.

Originally debuted in 1964 on NBC as a daytime version, it went till 1975, before it became a syndicated nighttime show on NBC. The syndicated version aired from 1974 to 1975, followed by The All-New Jeopardy! Between 1978 and 1979. Originally hosted by Art Fleming and announced by Don Pardo and later by John Harlan, when the show was revived in 1984, Alex Trebek became the show's host with Johnny Gilbert as the announcer. They have both been part of the show since then.

I have been watching the show since 2001 and had been observing that there are clues related to India, my birth country on the show, almost every week, sometimes all five days of the week when the show airs. A show that runs that long on general knowledge is bound to focus on one topic at least once, but hadnt seen any category for India until 2018, unless I missed some of the episodes in the interim or if they were prior to 2001.

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Movie Critique – Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: Quick mysteries that charm you as much as the books have, keep you intrigued, with a layer of humor all through, making them a little less serious than the books. 

The character Miss Marple was first introduced by Dame Agatha Christie in a short story, The Tuesday Night Club, published in The Royal Magazine in December of 1927. But her first appearance in a full-length novel was in The Murder at the Vicarage in 1930. Her last appearance was in Sleeping Murder in 1976.

Jane Marple lived in the fictional village of St. Mary Mead and acts as an amateur consulting detective much to the frustration of the police. Christie mentioned that the character is based on friends of her step-grandmother/aunt, Margaret Miller, nee West.

Christie's Miss Marple novels have been adapted to radio, theater, TV and films over the years. Her first big screen appearance was in the 1961 film Murder, She Said based on the 1957 novel 4:40 from Paddington. A good 30 years after her first appearance in the books, Dame Margaret Rutherford brought her to life on the big screen with this film and three more followed by British MGM productions.

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Book Critique – The Capture (Prey #2)

For review of all books in the series: Go here.

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Hope & Despair; Friendships & Betrayals; Love & Hatred; Cruelty & Revenge; Rulers & Subjects; Captures & Escapes; every page gives you a variety in characters, emotions, plans, mishaps and terrors. A recipe for a dystopian novel successfully executed.

The Capture is the second book in The Prey trilogy by Tom Isbell published in January of 2016. The plot begins where it ended in the first book The Prey, with a group of Less Thans and Sisters heading back to rescue the rest.

The series is set in post-apocalyptic United States after the world was destroyed by nations who go on nuclear war against each other - an event called Omega. One enormous burst of electromagnetic radiation and everything electronic gets destroyed - no modern amenities left for common man to use. The US becomes the Republic Of The True America and divided into different Resettlement Camps and Territories. The Camps are handled by Military Sergeants, Colonels and Majors and myriads of Soldiers called Brown Shirts. The specific territory that this plot takes place in is the Western Federation Territory.

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