The Invisible Guardian (Spanish : El guardián invisible (original title)

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The Invisible Guardian (Spanish : El guardián invisible (original title) is a 2017 Spanish thriller in which a serial killer is on the loose. The atmosphere of the movie is wonderful and even creepy at times. The inspector who has to confront the present, stop the killer and tame the devils of her past is well played by Marta Etura.Amaia Salazar (Marta Etura), a police inspector in Pamplona, is directed by her superior to investigate a murder. The case concerns a teenage girl whose naked body was found at the side of a river close to Elizondo, Amaia’s birth town, a rainy village surrounded by forests and mounts, full of local myths and ancient superstitions.

Soon, it is found out that a serial killer is behind this ritualistic killing. The movie goes forward holding one’s interest till the end. You feel for Amaia Salazar’s character who had a troublesome childhood. Infact, her mother had almost tried to kill her then. It was a miracle that she had survived. This one ends up as one best serial killer genre movies. The major plus points are the locations in which this movie has been shot, the main mystery of the plot and the past and the present of lead character have been done well. Warning : The movie has adult content, which includes nude bodies.The major minus point is that this one is a slow burner and it takes time to unfold. Those who are expecting a fast paced thriller would be disappointed.My rating is 7.5/10. It is worth watching!

 

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Roll No.13

Roll No.13
Two Sentence Story

Whenever the class teacher cried roll no.13 for marking attendance, two hands went up, one in the first bench and the other in last bench. The last bench boy had died in a road accident last year.

 

The Bus Conductor

The Bus Conductor
Two Sentence Story

‘Ticket! Ticket!’ The conductor came shouting towards him in almost empty bus filled with darkness. In the brief light from the vehicle passing from opposite direction, he saw the face of the conductor, and his heart skipped a beat as this conductor was killed along with every one when bus fell in to a deep gorge a few days back.

Cold Blood (Detective Erika Foster #5)

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Erika Foster is one of my fav characters and this series is my second best. I liked this one. The insight into Erika’s past was good. I felt happy that she had rejected her promotion so that she could keep doing what keeps her ticking in life, solving murders and putting bad people behind. Also the series might not have continued if she had gone for that promotion. You start feeling for her and her choices in her life. She is alone and lonely…with not a bright future. The best things about this series is that the books are fast pacing and you can’t put them down until you complete them. Robert Bryndza has become one of the best crime thriller writers mainly for his consistency in writing one better book after another. This is book#5 and I am eagerly waiting for the next one to come.

This time around, we have a suitcase containing a body, that has washed ashore on the river Thames. The body has been badly beaten and dismembered which makes ID particularly difficult to achieve. When a further body is discovered a few weeks later in exactly the same manner, the investigation begins.

As usual, I loved the investigations and forensics in this book. My rating is 3.5/5

 

Broken Bones (D.I. Kim Stone, #7) By Angela Marsons

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By now, D.I.Kim Stone has become my fav character along with Bryant and Angela Marsons one of my fav crime thriller writers. This book was a fast page turner and I completed it pretty fast. This is surely an outstanding series that I had come across sometime back. The best thing about this book is that Kim’s team is back together and they surely rock! The story is well written with nice twists and turns here and there to keep the reader guessing till the end. Broken Bones is the 7th book in the D.I Kim Stone series. I have read and loved them all and this one doesnt disappoint a bit. The magic of Angela’s writing is such that once you start reading her books you’re hooked and you can’t keep the book down. the curiosity makes you to read further, even skipping your sleep. That’s what happened to me on this Sunday night…I kept reading and reading…just a little more…some more and by the time my eyes started to feel tired it was 4am. Now, I am waiting for the next book to come. My rating is 4.5/5.

 

 

The Toy Train Journey…

We reached the Coimbatore railway station almost half an hour late and had to catch a taxi to Mettupalyam, so that we don’t miss the toy train which would leave by 7.15 am or so. It proved to be the right decision, if we had come by bus then we would have certainly missed the toy train. We had enough time to have a hot cup of coffee in the railway station canteen.The train left the Mettupalyam station at 7.30 am. 

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This train journey covered about 46 kms in about 5 hours journey passing through Hilligrove, Coonoor, Wellington, Aravankadu, Keeti, Lovedale stations and finally ends at Udagamandalam or Ooty at about 12 noon. 

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The train had passed through jungle…some elephants crossed the track. We were lucky to take the picture of a langur.

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The climate became cooler as the train started to ascend the mountains. The strange thing was that the train was pushing the carriages from behind. It was wonderful to witness the train passing through the dark tunnels. We even saw some small waterfalls on the way. We even witnessed a peacock dance, spreading its feathers.

People used to shout in joy whenever the train went through the dark tunnel.

Steam engine was stopping after every one hour of journey to take water in small stations during its journey of 19Km up to Coonoor. At Coonoor steam engine was replaced with a diesel engine for the last part of the journey ending at Ooty.

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We saw the tea gardens; valleys with pine trees through open window of the compartments.

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During five hours of journey the train has passed through 16 tunnels and 250 bridges.

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I would like to mention that this is once in life time experience…one should experience it once to cherish the joy for a life time.

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One should note that the compartments of this train doesnt have any toilets.

The train tickets can be booked well in advance through IRCTC website.

 

Indian Railway Station Codes

METUPALAIYAM MTP

UDAGAMANDALAM – UAM