IPL – Midseason Review

Now that IPL 3.0 is more than half way through and is entering its most important phase, the race for semi final spot hots up. Few teams have leap-frogged over others and some have fallen behind badly.

To begin with Mumbai Indians led by the maestro Sachin Tendulkar is leading from the front and is as good as qualified for one of the semi final spots unless some real bad catastrophical mathematical combination occurs. Delhi Daredevils and Bangalore Royal Challengers look to grab the 2 spots in semi final. The battle for the 4th spot is tough and is a close call between Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Superkings and surprise surprise Kolkata Knightriders.

The other 2 teams Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers though still have a theoretical chance of qualifying , but I assume their IPL battle is over for the year and they have another race to fight, to avoid the bottom place.

So my earlier prediction made before the start of IPL, of semi final spots almost seems to be correct. MI, DD, RCB and CSK or RR would make it and KKR I dont think will.

Books I Read: Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane

Few months back browsing on some Movie site and reading the upcoming movies one of the names I saw was ‘Shutter Island’ starring Leonardo Dicaprio and directed by Martinc Scorcese. I then realised that it must have been based on the book I owned but hadnt yet had chance to read it. My hunch was right, the movie is based on the thriller by Dennis Lehane. Dennis Lehane has written quite a few decent books including Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone etc. Even the movie based on the above books were brilliant, atleast ‘Mystic River’ was. Now, I had to read Shutter Island before watching the movie.

Shutter Island – Paperback Cover

The story is set in 1954 in North Eastern America, mainly Boston and an island near it namely Shutter Island which houses a federal institution for the criminally insane. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, are called in to investigate an escape of a female patient. The facility is run by suspicious Dr. Cawly. You soon realize that there is more to this institution then we think. Teddy believes that an arsonist is hiding in the facility and Chuck suspects that patients are used as guinea pigs in trying out mental treatment. Soon the hunter becomes the hunted.

The books keeps you hooked to it and the case of missing prisoner and various codes leading to her makes you read it at a stretch. But there are more twists and turns in the story, some of which are expected and some of which are ‘out of the blue’. All of these keep the readers guessing right till the end. Of course in the end when everything is explained, you do realize that not everything was what it seemed while reading.

Quite a fun read and would recommend to anyone who loves thrillers. My Ratings  – 7/10

Now, to the movie. The movie has released in USA and has got quite varied reviews. Waiting for its release here in India. Hopefully the team of  Scorcese and Leo wouldnt disappoint me and film would live up to the book.