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Monthly Archives: November 2007
Recently, i watched the latest in the Bourne movie series, “Bourne Ultimatum”. Having read the original novel by Robert Ludlum, i felt that the movie script deviated a lot more from the original plot in the novel. After a few hits in the WIKI, i realised that the novel was published way back in the 80s and so the original plot needed a touch up to live up to the expectations of the current day movie goers.
Another suspense thriller that comes to my mind is the “Day of the Jackal” by Frederick Forsyth. It has a great plot and would keep its suspense quotient intact until the reader reaches the end pages. Frederick Forsyth’s “Odessa File” is another great read about the Nazi plots in modern Germany and a secret organization called Odessa. His latest one “The Afghan” is about the modern day terrorism.
Dan Brown and Michael Crichton are my other favourites. Brown’s “Angels and Demons” and the “Da Vinci Code” were an instant hit among the literary folks, more for the controversy they created and also for the amount of meticulous reseach involved. Michael Crichton has been a favourite among the hollywood producers for regularly churning out mind-boggling techno-thrillers. His “Jurassic Park”, “Sphere”, “Congo”, “Disclosure” have all been very successful films. “Andromeda Strain” and “The Terminal Man” have been techno thrillers which appealed a lot to me.
A couple of weeks ago I went to the Bukansan National park in Seoul for a mountain hiking experience. Bukhansan is a huge expanse of mountains and for an entry fee of $2, its all yours to explore!
The park has many steep rocky cliffs and precipitous mountains, dissected by many deep valleys. Overall, hiking here is a very thrilling experience. Most of the trails are pretty safe and they are all lined by ropes for support. Hoewever, there are a few trails which are challenging and are not for the weak hearted.
Believe it or not, one is bound to see many aged people hiking at this park. The fitness levels of the general public here in korea is amazingly very high.
We successfully climbed two peaks – Baegundae and some other peak whose name i forgot ;(. Being totally exhausted after climbing the peaks, climbing down proved to be a much difficult proposition. Also, there are a lot of temples along the trails.
The next pit stop was at the Namaste Indian restaurant in Dongdaemun. Here, we did all those things that we possibly can do to get back all those calories spent during the hike!