Some four and a half months ago, right before the great conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in the sky, my mother had got a present… from the dead. Literally. She did not like it, and even hated it. Nevertheless, she kept it for some days on her windowsill. First, in the full view. Then, hidden behind the curtain. When in the full view, the cactus stood there irritating and annoying her, reminding of something deep inside her that she struggled to comprehend and make peace with. After two days of struggling, my mother took the cactus, put it into the…


The ‘Rebecca’ book series is articles based on the excerpts from my non-fictional book ‘Rebecca — Mystery Explained’ focused on the literary detective investigation of the coded mystery presented in the book-charade ‘Rebecca’ by Dame Daphne du Maurier.

The article-excerpts share some of the discoveries that I have made while researching and working with the text f the book ‘Rebecca’. The present article ‘What’s in the Name?’ dedicated to the meanings and significance of the name ‘Rebecca’ — the title that Daphne du Maurier had chosen for her novel-charade.

The title Rebecca’ comes from the name of one of the…


Mrs Danvers — Rebecca (1940)

One of the characters, apart from the elusive image of Rebecca herself, that lingers long before the Rebecca book (1938) by the English author, Daphne du Maurier (1907–1989), is read or a movie adaptation based on it is watched, is Mrs Danvers — the housekeeper at Manderley estate. The power of this character is such that even though she is not the main heroine and plays a supporting role, in reality, she is one of the main story influencers.

The name of the housekeeper — ‘Danvers’ — is a referral to the port of Antwerp in Belgium, — d’Anvers. This…


This piece is a continuation of the Part 1 — A Warm Welcome and Part 2 — A Respectful Scammer.

In any business that is based on clients the most important thing is to keep them satisfied and happy for they bring in the money by staying loyal. Especially so, in the letting-renting business where the customer is the one who pays the landlord’s bills, literally.

There is a saying: ‘The client is always right, even if he/she is wrong’. The statement is wise. For the clients might be wrong on certain occasions and not great all around, but if…


Part 2 — A Respectful Scammer

This piece is a continuation of the Part 1 — A Warm Welcome.

When in trouble inflicted by your landlord go to ASLOCA. It is a non-for-profit organisation that was established in 1942 in order to protect tenants’ rights and represent their interests. Back in 2017, when we appealed to this organisation with our dilemma, the whole of their website and all the information on it was in French. Rather inconvenient, considering that 40% of the residents in Geneva are foreign nationals working for international corporations and many do not speak French. …


Between February 2014 and March 2020, we lived in Geneva, Switzerland. This was not the first foreign country that we had resided in. There was also London, Moscow, New York, Dubai, Helsinki. As usual with relocating, in each city we had to rent an accommodation that would become our home for a while. The accommodation ranged from apartments in converted period houses to ones in newly built high scrapers. With one thing in common — the landlords we had were very agreeable, respectful, easy to communicate to and deal with. That is until we came to Geneva.

At the time…


Emily in Paris (2020) TV series

Emily in Paris TV series (2020) is not what you think it is. I doubt if the producer, Darren Star, is fully aware of what he has created either. For, at the first glance, he was making a movie about Paris and the French and the clichés and notions associated with the country and the people. But, in actual fact, while achieving the initial goal, he actually produced a by-product as well. The by-product that is more interesting than the product itself. …


Recent adaptation Rebecca (2020) of the same title by Daphne Du Maurier yet again has attempted to cope with a dubious image of Maxim de Winter — one of the main characters — an aristocrat whom the nameless heroine of the book and the narrator of the story falls in love with or rather, by binding herself with him, falls into a trap of self-deception and delusion.

The challenge of adapting the book by Daphne Du Maurier lies in the difficulty of portraying a man who is seemingly not lovable, admirable, or kind, yet has an obvious status, influence, money…


Adaptations are difficult and it requires patience and knowledge to work out a scenario into good, logical continuity. — Photoplay magazine, 1917

David Lean and the crew

I have recently come across a rather poor adaptation of one of the books by Agatha Christie — the movie The Sittaford Mystery (2006). If it was not for such poor retelling of the original story the movie could have been an interesting view on a murder mystery involving the other worldly energies. …


It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. — Charles Condomine (Blithe Spirit play by Noel Coward)

Ouija board

Ouija boards, popular at the end of 19th and beginning and mid of 20th century, were one of the means of communicating with spirits. The interest for this kind of communication arose out of people’s wish to learn more about life after death, be ‘reunited’ with their loved ones, and also find out answers to some questions that otherwise would be left unanswered. …

Seraphima Bogomolova

Astro-cine journalist, author, and screenwriter

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