September 7th, 2020


Movie Critique: Bomba, the Jungle Boy (#1); Bomba on Panther Island(#2); Elephant Stampede(#6)

Stars: 2 / 5

Recommendation: Poor imitation to the likes of Tarzan or Mowgli, the movies were rather slow with subtle racial discrimination, that took the charm out of the films. 

Bomba the Jungle Boy is a series of 12 American boy's adventure movies released between 1949 starting with "Bomba, the Jungle Boy" and ending with "Lord of the Jungle" in 1955. The movies were based on the book series created by Roy Rockwood, that were published between 1926 and 1938.

Just as Mowgli was Rudyard Kipling's jungle kid and Tarzan was Edgar Rice Burroughs' so was Bomba created by the Stratemeyer Syndicate under the pseudonym of Roy Rockwood. One cannot help compare Bomba with Mowgli or Tarzan. 

Johnny Sheffield starred in the titular role. Sheffield was a natural choice for producer Walter Mirisch since Sheffield had already acted as the "Boy", the teenaged adopted son of Tarzan, in several Tarzan films by then. Sadly when the last of Bomba's films were finished, it ended Sheffield's career too.

Walter Mirisch was a young producer when the first movie in this series was made, but by the time the last movie was finished, he settled himself as a successful producer in Hollywood walking towards an Academy Award winning movie in 1967 for In the Heat of the Night.

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Book Critique - Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: An anecdotal list of her life activities and the impact they had on her, Sudha Murthy takes the reader on a spiritual and thought provoking journey that makes them reflect on their own lives as well. It is more than what it seems, certainly thousand stitches in one's life. 

Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives is a collection of true short stories by Sudha Murthy first published in January of 2015. The author gives us tales of simple people that either touch her life or she had touched to make a difference.

I have no idea how this book entered into my library. It wouldn’t be in my library unless I bought it, or someone gifted it to me (there was no inscription inside), or someone must have loaned it to me. I hope to god it isn't the last option cause it would be really embarrassing to have kept someone's book for so long and haven't returned it. In any case, I couldn’t figure out who recommended the book to me or how it has come to be in my possession. I did find it a very thought provoking book though.

There are elven short stories in the book, every single one of them from Mrs. Murthy's personal life. Each story reveals something that makes you want to pause and think twice before going further. Also we see first hand how each of the stories shaped or changed her own life as well.

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