Saturday, December 26, 2009

Phurrrrrrr :-D

It is a long time since I wrote something ( I have lost the count of the number of times I have used this line as a start to my post!)
Anyways, December has come and gone and 2009 has come and gone!! My life in general has become somewhat busy..2009 was a difficult year personally for me, even more than the 2008! In comparison, 2008 was nothing as compared to 2009! And I am pretty sure that 2010 is definitely going to be an eventful year, good or bad, that time would tell but I seriously hope it turns out well! I have been thinking for the last few days about 2009 and some instances of the year make me feel " accha yeh bhi hua tha?", some are like " Are haan, kal hi ki to baat hai", and some are like " yeh toh bahut pehle hua tha" I think I haven't changed much in the last year but I am still introspecting what all happened to me and how i reacted in each situation.. In a few days, I will try to write how 2009 went for me and am pretty sure it is going to be on the negative side, me being the eternal pessimistic :-
This month on the movies side, I have been watching some excellent movies like Being John Malkovich, American Beauty, Gran Torino and Road to Perdition! In Hindi, I saw Rocket Singh whcih I will write a small post on why I loved it!! 3 Idiots has opened to some great reviews and I really want to watch it but there is this Sonia Gandhish-inner voice that stops me because the subject matter being the rote encouraging education system in India that still considers engineering and medicine as the best careers and the need to identify and follow your passion in life.. these are the things which I have been thinking for the last few months and the movie will make me even more confused than I am right now :-(
But I will watch it for sure, I will not miss it..if not possible this week, then next week for sure..BTW next week I also plan to see Raat Gayi Baat Gayi which has got some great reviews at the New York film festival, if I remember correctly!
I love Ishqiya's trailer in which the song has Phurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ;-)
More in another posts!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

American Beauty: A Real Beauty...


Another week passes by!! So much happened this week but I will write about it soon!! But I am becoming more and more obsessed with films.. I don't know is it a good thing or bad thing? but the thing is the people I know have some passion!! Like my friend R is so passionate about cars that one can ask him anything literally anything about any car! or P whose passion in life is dance! or Y who can create the most amazing things!! But sadly I don't know what my passion is! I want to do everything.. I love films and to talk about them but even in movies my knowledge is very limited.. I hardly know anything :-( I haven't watched Mughal-E-Azam completely yet!!!! OK I will crib in another post!

Today I watched American Beauty! I had wanted to see this film like for ages! It is such a wonderful movie that I wonder why don't we ever make films like these here.. But yeah I can understand, not many would like to watch!

The film's tag line is Look Closer! There are many beautiful things in the world but we just have to look closer! There is this awe inspiring scene where you know you have seen a poly bag how it flies in the air when it is windy? They show that scene and it is so beautiful! I am writing some of my favourite lines and scenes for so that I do not forget..I keep forgetting about the scenes :(

The Bag Scene:

It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that's the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and... this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in


Rick:
Never underestimate the power of denial

The death of Lester:

I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time... For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars... And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined my street... Or my grandmother's hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper... And the first time I saw my cousin Tony's brand new Firebird... And Janie... And Janie... And... Carolyn. I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday.

There was this smile on his face when he died! So content!

The Dead Bird:


Ricky Fitts: I was filming this dead bird.
Angela Hayes: Why?
Ricky Fitts: Because it's beautiful.
Ordinary:
I don't think that there's anything worse than being ordinary.

There are so many more scenes that it just made me think more and more! The dysfunctional families where each felt trapped!

Burnham Family: Lester in the marriage! His wife in her unsuccessful business! Daughter who looks ugly!

Fitts: Colonel who hides his sexuality, mother who forgets everything, and Rick a drug addict!

Angela who knows that she is an ordinary beautiful girl and tries to be cool by her explicit talks!

This was Sam Mendes first film and won 5 Oscars! I loved his Revolutionary Road, again about a dysfunctional family!
Both are just amazing! Watch them!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Paa :-)


I saw Paa today and after Wake Up Sid, this is the film that I really liked..
Paa is about Auro, a 12 year old child suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Progeria where the body ages much faster than others, a 12 year old boy could look an 80 year old man..

Auro's mother Vidya Balan eponymously called Vidya is raising him herself along with some help from her own mother as she refused to get him aborted when her college boyfriend Amol played by Abhishek Bacchhan asked her to do so as he wants to nurture his political career. Years later he becomes an MP and meets Auro at a school function without realising that Auro is his own blood. There starts the journey of Paa...

When the movie begins Jaya Bacchhan speaks all the credits and she says " Introducing Amitabh Bacchhan" Well, I thought who doesn't know Mr. B but the film rightly introduces him in his whole new avatar. What I really liked about the film that it doesn't make us to have too much sympathy for Auro and treats him like a normal child.. his friends don't mock him..so unlike Taare Zameeen Par where Ishaan's friends used to ridicule him!

The film belongs to Auro.. it is hard to not to be charmed by Auro! Mr. B is totally unrecognizable and his tremendous persona never overshadows Auro. He calls his grandmother Bum as she has a big bum! He believes that doing Potty on the road is better than defecating in public toilets! He is so shy of girls and runs away from them..

What is being shown as father son son father relationship but what works better is mother son relationship! Vidya Balan is terrific in the role though the script doesn't give her much scope! She looks so beautiful in the film and her acting skills are as always excellent! There's this terrific scene when she gets to know of Auro's disease and tears fall from her eyes..it is so natural that you can almost feel her pain! Vidya's mother played by Arundhati Naag is also really good

Yes, the film has its flaws.. the second half drags at places but it never loses the plot though! Illayaraja music is soothing, the 3 versions - Mudhi Mudhi ( great cinematography), Udhi Udhi, Gali Udhi, and Gum Sum are different from the "Pritamish" influence of today..

My Best Scenes in the film:

Childen's Visions- India Pakistan Band Aid, Obama reading Hindi, Child Labour and Auro designing a white globe devoid of any boundaries signifying a united world...so thoughtful!

Vidya's mom supporting her to keep the child rather than abort it..any other mother would have told her to think about her future!

Auro says that he hates slow motion, perhaps in a way his body also hates slow motion!

When Vishnu (Auro's friend) talks about the similarities between him and his dad saying that his dad should say sorry tom him for giving him such looks..so funny..

When that small girl comes to meet Auro in the hospital bringing a sorry drawing in the shape of Auro's face apologising for laughing at him and saying that "galti karne valo ko galti sehne vale se zyada bura lagta hai"

Paa is different and not at all Benjamin Button..it deserves to be seen for its novel subject in these days where pathetic films earn humongous amounts... ***1/2

P.S.- Rocket Singh trailer was so cool..he says " life mark sheets se nahi, heartbeats se chalti hai".....if only..... :-(


Monday, November 30, 2009

Of Sad Post: Part 1

I miss blogging so much! I know that I write crap but even posting a picture that I like makes me feel nice but of late! since office started, I don't get time to blog but I do make it a point to read all my favourite blogs (in no particular order) - Shobhaa De, Vir sanghvi, Sushmita Bose, Poonam Saxena, and the people I know- Yamini and Priyanka, both private blogs, having the privilege to read a private blog makes me feel wanted :-)!

Anyway, I hadn't written a personal post for a long time, I mean I haven't written a sad post in a way :

So this is my another sad post..I don't know whenever I am sad, I keep thinking that I will put it on my blog, cribbing and venting out my sadness to my blog friend, who listens to my every thought and gives me space to be myself..

Sometimes, these days I feel such sudden and terrible phases of loneliness and I don't know the reason why.. I am an introvert by nature and don't open up to people easily but of late, I have started to feel as a misfit in society.. I don't know why? Whenever I talk to people it feels that I am wearing a mask and not showing my true self.. it's not that I hate people completely, I love talking to people about news, politics, books, movies, yeah yeah FRIENDS and Grey's Anatomy too ..someone who could tell me about philosophy, psychology, life, poetry,and so many more things.. but I don't know why.. but somehow people all around me talk about things which I don't really understand... The other day, my cousin who has come from Amsterdam came to dinner..she is one of my idols but you know, I had nothing to say to her and everyone else was asking her so many things! Again, it made me wonder whether I will ever be happy in life..whether I could really adjust in life..I am a 22 year old man ( as newspapers say a 22 year old man, not a 22 year old boy) and I still don't know so many things in life.. people 5-6 years younger than me would be better.. My cousin Deepansha can kick any body's ass! and I don't even know how to talk!

I always thought that when I will grow up, some things will come automatically but I am just getting older but not getting wiser ( like Auro of Paa, which releases this sat, I will go for sure..Kurbaan bhi nahi dekhi maine) .. but it is not going as I thought it would.. I cannot change myself now..it is so difficult to change yourself, to go against your grain to be what you are not! I had always wanted to be like one of my acquaintances UI who doesn't even know that I think so highly of him.. smart, intelligent, principled, agnostic, well read.. these were the qualities which i wanted to be but all I could become was a pseudo intellectual - a person who just fakes his sense of knowledge..

And talking of people, in office where I sit, the people who sit opposite to me- Rahul and Hiteshi they share such a good camaraderie and are good friends..they keep on talking and having nice chitchats ( both from the same college).. when I see them, it makes even more sad because I am quite reserved and want to have friends like them.. but then I avoid people...I know nothing of this makes sense at all..but I really wanted to write my thougts today as I had a really depressing day...but I will continue these random thoughts in my next post..waiting for the sequel!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Narcissist Me!

I wrote the following passage for Yamini's Cluster programme and I love reading it... Narcissim you can say..
Since the days of the yore,India has been known for its splendid craftsmanship skills and exquisite designs. Be it from the diamond processing industry in Surat to the marvellous handmade sarees in Banars, Indian skills are right on top. This also being the reason that India has been an inspiration to so many fashion houses and foreign designers from Jean Paul Gautier to Giorgio Armani. The skill based industries are mainly concentrated in the rural areas where workers learn these skills from their parents at an early age as a legacy of their forefathers and their family tradition.But the grim reality is that these people do not realise the worth of their work and still remain confined to their areas earning a paltry sum for their immense hardwork. NIFT's aim has been to bring about a chnage in the social awareness of these people.For this purpose CLUSTER programme has been inculcated to make students aware about the diversity of India and to bring a change in the standard of these people. Cluster educates these people about the importance of market economics. These people have huge potential anf if brought into the mainstream industry, , it could bring scores and scores of foreign revenue benefitng the country and also themselves as these are the people who remain on the verge of poverty. The trip to Indore was agreat learning experience. The practical exposure to actual work and the thrill to work amongst people with brilliant skills was enthralling and exhilirating.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Jo Barse Sapne Boond Boond...

I have been listening to the song Iktara from Wake Up Sid! and it has become one of my most loved songs ever.. It is such a beautiful composition and the male version is even better.. the song has been composed by Amit Trivedi where as the rest of the songs in the film have been composed by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy and it has amazing lyrics by Javed Akhtar. Amit Trivedi also composed the music for DevD which also had some mindblowing compositions like emotional atyaachar, payaliya, yeh duniya... when Kavita Seth sings the lines jo barse sapne boond boond naino ko moond moond, it makes me feel as if I am standing near the sea and there are rain drops falling on my eyelids *absolute bliss* and in the male version sung by Tochi ( of Pardesi DevD fame) the lines are jo naina karoon band band, beh jaye boond boond meaning as if tears are waiting to fall as soon as close my eyes by the immense happiness or sadness that has bottled up in ourseleves.. so true of our lives where we do not have the time for ourselves..it is songs like these that make me sit all by myself and think about life and its complexities ( like when Himesh Reshammiya says in Radio on being asked 'What's your relationship status? It's complicated!') ... posting the lyrics for myself, if anyone has lyrics of male version I would be glad to put them here as well :-)

Orey manva tu to bavra hai

Tu hi jaane tu kya sochta hai

Tu hi jaane tu kya sochta hai bavre

Kyun dikhaye sapne tu sote jaagte

Jo barse sapne boond boond

Nainon ko moond moond

Nainon ko moond moond

Jo barse sapne boond boond

Nainon ko moond moond

Kaise main chaloon, dekh na sakoon

Anjaane raastein
Gunjasa hai koi iktara iktara, gunjasa hai koi iktara

Gunjasa hai koi iktara iktara, gunjasa hai koi iktara

Dheeme bole koi iktara iktara, dheeme bole koi iktara

Gunjasa hai koi iktara iktara, gunjasa hai koi iktara

Sun rahi hoon sudh budh khoke koi main kahani

Poori kahani hai kya kise hai pata

Main to kisiki hoke yeh bhi na jaani

Ruth hai ye do pal ki ya rehgi sada, kise hai pata… kise hai pata

Jo barse sapne boond boond

Nainon ko moond moond

Nainon ko moond moond

Jo barse sapne boond boond

Nainon ko moond moond

Kaise main chaloon, dekh na sakoon

Anjaane raastein

Gunjasa hai koi iktara iktara, gunjasa hai koi iktara

Gunjasa hai koi iktara iktara, gunjasa hai koi iktara

Dheeme bole koi iktara iktara, dheeme bole koi iktara

Gunjasa hai koi iktara iktara, gunjasa hai koi iktara

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rat Chase..

On Friday morning in Office, a very funny incident happened. A rat and that too a big brown one entered the office from the cafeteria door! And lo! what a big commotion it created! Everybody jumped from their seats to catch hold of the rat..from the office boys to the senior most manager, every one had their attention on where that cat enemy was hiding and running..Girls screamed whenever it passed through their legs and guys screamed Fuck! whenever it came near them.. Some people started making videos of rat chase so that they could send it to India TV for showing them their Breaking News "Bhagora Chooha pakda gaya"! Finally it was caught by one person who trapped it in the dustbin! For about 20 minutes, the whole office came to a standstill it was like we were all the Toms running after Jerry..but it surely was good fun! :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Waiting for a good film...

I mean WTF? I have stopped expecting good Hindi films these days! like I was so eagerly waiting for What's Your Rashee? and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani! WYR was not good and Ajab Prem is ok ok types!
I mean after Kaminey and Wake Up Sid, I don't think a worth watching film has released! Ajab Prem is directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi who also made Andaaz Apna Apna ( which shockingy was not a hit!!!!!!)
It is not a great film on the lines of AAA as it is made out to be.. just time pass stuff..there are some scenes which are hilarious like the one where Prem wears Jenny's top! and Prem's mother singing a song! and the party scene where Prem keeps on dancing..but at times the humor and the gags seem artificial and forced! I loved the picturisation of the song Kaise Bataye!..such a beautiful place..I want to know where that place is!
Ranbir is a star but the thing is that he needs a better script! Perhaps Rocket Singh might do wonders for him! I had liked his performance in Wake Up Sid!
Anyway, in these era of bad films, I saw a rare gem of movie Chintuji, a movie which when released and went, no one knows but it is a delightful film that makes you smile! Especially that Akira Kurosawa song!!!
So, the next movie I hope is good is Rocket Singh..but the best thing is I will keep my expectations low..I know how terrible it feels if a film doesn't live up to the expectations which you have been waiting for!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

First *Salary*

Got my first salary :-)

It seems a bit weird that I have got my first salary.. your first salary is always special, in fact, your 'first' anything is always worth remembrance..your first day in school, the first day in college, first day at job, first car, first bike and first salary.. since it is only 10 days that I joined, I have only got 10 day salary which is a bit less than the full month salary, but to be true full month salary is also not that much :( but its fine by me..it is the first job and I am grateful that they are paying a dumb ass like me..

So, what are my plans for it?

I will gift something to mummy..probably a ring or something like that

Some part of it to god

Some to sister and papa

thora sa mere liye..but I don't know what to but for myself? The only things I love are books and movies, which I already have.. maybe after 2-3 months I could get an i-pod..don't like spending money on clothes, shoes, whatever because nothing looks good on me vaise bhi :) then why waste money!

It still seems a bit surreal that I have started earning..become an adult :-( nooo, I don't want to become an adult so sooon.. I still want to be the child that asked for money from mummy for a movie and got scolding to stop wasting money on watching movies, want to remain the same person who used to save money to buy Harry Potter for 1000 bucks..and now I have money and still I am craving for the past..I have always been like this.. the perennial crib who thinks that grass is always greener on the other side..

But I still have big guilt in my heart about some issue..please I hope I am able to overcome it quickly :-(

Anyway will write more posts today but small ones :-)

Bye blog!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Life's like that only...

So, office has finally started..it has been 10 days almost.. Cab comes around 7.35-40 and reaches Noida about 9..so how has it been for me? Till now it is absolutely fine but the problem is that I am not used to office life yet, so sitting and working whole day is a sea change for a person like me who did not do any work for the last 3-4 months except just lazing around *pure bliss* people here are really nice and friendly and I know a lot of people from college who have joined with me, so we all stay together generally..
I am a slightly reserved person and it find it very difficult to change myself..but its ok..and about the work, now there is a little less workload but sometimes I fear whether I would be able to do the work up to the expectations or not :(
But the only grouse I have is that I am not getting time for myself ..I am not able to read the book that I had stared..I can’t watch movies because I am so tired after coming that my eyes just doze off as soon as I hit the bed…I just hope that I get used to life as as soon as possible because the fact is sooner or later we have to work for life anyways..whether it happens now or 5 years later is just a matter of time.. Now I realize that life ain’t easy dear fellow..how difficult it is to earn a penny.. Even to wake up in the morning is a battle..I keep counting how many days left to go in the week..
5 :’(
4 :(
3:-[
2 :/
1 :)
Now waiting for my first salary :-)))))))) bye for now…hope I am able to update at the same pace…

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Think it Over...

A beautiful poem I came across in HT, the context was Indira Gandhi.. a beautiful composition...
I have loved you before,
This meeting, this life, seems just another round,
One of thousands,
One of one, endless current,
In which new love is recognition,
Nothing more than a new shape,
For two pieces of an ancient heart,
And I will love you again,
And toss my soul to the sea until it breaks upon the tide,
As it will, as it must, to take shape again,
A limpet soul that clings to you
For I would make this round a thousand times
To find your love in every life

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Picture is worth a 1000 Words :-)

Isn't this a beautiful drawing?
Courtesy : English Spoken Here...
How globalization is changing the Indian novel.
By Chandrahas Choudhury

Thursday, October 15, 2009

On Religion...

I was walking outside my house and heard those little kids,who were playing and talking amongst themselves. They were saying, " Tu punjabi nahi hai, teri dadi thori punjabi hai, yeh punjabi hai kyunki iske nana ji bhi Sardarji hai". Their talk went about distinguishing " Tu hindu hai", " Tu Punjabi Hai". These are just innocuous remarks but isn't it in a way tragic and sad that these kids are discussing religion without even understanding how private an affair religion is. But why to blame the kids? People in our country don't realize that their relationship to God is something very personal and no religion is superior or inferior.Our polity claims to be secular which means that the State has no religion. But this secularism is thrown in to the bin when elections come about and calculations on religion and caste decide who gets the ticket.
Lately I have come to know about people who are "atheists". Being a nastik, evokes a certain sense of shock (perhaps except for the Communists) in our society but I have nothing but respect for these people who have the ability to question and might have arrived at being an atheist after some extensive thinking. Most of us (including me) follow what we are told, we have never questioned about the existence of a supernatural power and we simply believe in what others tell us. I remember last year a campaign ran in Britain where atheist groups wrote on buses " Stop worrying and Start living, because there's no god". I can imagine the horror and shock that such a campaign, if at all, ever takes place in India. We must start questioning and arrive at a decision logically and not just blindly aping someone...But firstly I should this do myself rather giving a lecture to others.Huh!

A New Phase..

Scared, really scared... start my job from Monday (hopefully) if everyhting goes fine and no more delays..

am really really nervous..

a new phase starts..

i hope i become a better person than i am now :(

Saturday, October 10, 2009

What I want from life...

Soumya Bhattacharya, one of my favourtie columnist, wrote the following in last week's Dad's the Word. I am not really sure but I guess I want the best of the both world. Yeah, I am acting too greedy and it never going to happen but.........

In the opening pages of Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee’s new book, Summertime, two old school mates meet by chance. One of them — the one who tried to understand things as a child — is now a writer and a poet; he lives with his father in an old, damp cottage. The other — the one who was a duffer seeking to get ahead in the world — is now a marketing man (“marketer or marketeer”, Coetzee writes with an admixture of contempt and bewilderment); he is affluent, cocksure, and lives across the road in a huge house and drives a BMW.

What does that suggest about the world, Coetzee asks. And then goes on to give his answer. No, this is not me ranting.

This is the Nobel Prize winner for literature, so his thoughts ought to have rather more heft and clout than mine.
And this is what he has to say: “... Understanding things is a waste of time; that if you want to succeed in the world and have a happy family and a nice home and a BMW you should not try to understand things but just add up the numbers or press the buttons or do whatever else it is that marketers are so richly rewarded for doing.”

Think about it. You might not want to, on a Sunday morning, but then, given that we do so much through the week, we should set aside some time to think on Sundays.I indulge in the sort of etiolated, inconclusive, disjointed meanderings of the mind that pass for thinking in my case. But you are not me, are you? Who knows, you could even be — like the man Coetzee writes about, and like some of my friends — someone who is richly rewarded for adding up the numbers and pressing the buttons.

So think about what you might want for your child. Would you want her to understand things as she grows up? Or would you rather she got ahead and pursued the path to what Coetzee calls “material success”?I am as always confused.

I think (I think, I don’t know) I would want for her:
1. To know about things. (Is that understanding? Well, no. But it could be Step 1 towards it.)
2. To be interested in the arts, literature, sport, culture.
3. To be passionate about some of the above things.
4. To be not overly passionate about money, and the accoutrements of material success. To not be competitive in the least about those things. To value money, but not crave it, more and more of it.
5. To enjoy and love whatever it is that she ends up doing.
6. However she turns out to be, to not worry too much about however she has turned out to be. To be happy. Above all, to be happy.

Now what if pushing the right buttons makes her happy? What then? I told you, didn’t I, that I am not much good at thinking? How about you?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Co-Incidences...

For the past few days, a lot of co-incidental events have been happening. So here is what happened.

I had this book The Ground beneath her feet by Salman Rushdie, my favourite author :-). I was gifted this book by Y on my last birthday. I didn't read it then and kept in my tiny library thinking that I will read later. Now after 4-5 months, I had nothing to read and was thinking what to read next. So I finally start reading this book. And since I have been learning Spanish for the past few months,what happens is that the book is based in Mexico and has some Spanish words and phrases, which I can now make out what they mean! I had no idea that this would have some Spanish references and if I had read this book earlier I would have some problem in appreciating the wonderful language that Mr. Rushdie uses. What a co-incidence! It could have been any other language and I could have read it before but as they say right place at the right moment!

I love Grey's Anatomy and in one episode, Dr. Miranda Bailey talks about seeing the bigger picture. She says she is missing something and wants to see the whole picture. She finally understands whta she is mssing when she comes out of the surgery thatshe is performing and then sees through the window what she missed.And at that very night, in the book that I have been reading, I read this terrific line, " The only people who can see the complete picture are those who are out of the picture" . Almost the real life imitation of the line!!!!

Recently, I was planning to go to my school for some work after almost 4 1/2 years. And on the day I was thinking, I see my Physics ma'am Mrs. Nopani pass by in front of my eyes near my house! while I was going to some shop to get something!! I mean, never did I see her before for the last 5 years and the day I was thinking about school, I see her! and when I had gone to watch Wake Up Sid! I see another teacher of mine. Mrs. Kanda!!

I mean these are tiny incidents ( not even incidents to be true) but isn't it strange that when you least expect something to happen, it happens before you can even expect! Although, this is not mysterious like the story 'Face on the Wall' which we read in Class 12 but still these co-incidents always continue to surprise me :-)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Closed Book...

The following post is nonsensical to anyone except me so do not waste your precious time by reading it (though I doubt, there are any readers :] )
Don't know what is happening. My mood is so off. There are some things that hit you the most where it hurts a lot. And it even hurts more when you have only yourself to blame. I have been running away from something, instead of facing it, solving it. Ever since I was young, I had a dream that I wanted to be like this, like that..wanted to have something special. For the past few days, I have realised that it is not going the way I planned. I thought slowly things turn out to be fine but it is not. I think I will remain a wannabe of what I want. Life has given me so many things which for others might be nothing but for me those small things really matter. But there is one thing which I desperately need. I need that self confidence. I am very self deprecating and I don't want to be like that. Modesty is one thing but I think but this is not modesty. I am very self conscious to the extent that while writing this post I do not like to use 'I' as it makes me uncomfortable. Yes, I know that it very easy for others to say that it comes easily but I have reached such an age where it is hard to change myself. It is extremely hard to bring the changes in you. I have tried so many times in the past but it has always backfired leaving me even more frustrated. I still curse that day in Class 8 which I think sowed the seeds of this problem. I sometimes blame God why did he make me like this but to blame him/her (whoever God is), is the easiest way to run away from your faults. I don't know what life has in store but I don't want to be an escapist. I don't know that what I am writing makes sense or not but I don't care because it is coming from what I have been thinking for the past few days. It scares me, I can't sleep at night thinking what if ? There are so many more situations which are definitely going to arise and I haven't even given a thought to them. Don't know what life has in store but I don't want to be known as a loser :( scared, lonely, a closed book. I can't say anything to anyone becuase no one will understand. I am pretty sure of that :( :(

Monday, September 28, 2009

Anti - Climax...

What's your Rashee? turned out to be a big big disappointment. It was one of my most awaited films of the year (others include Wake Up Sid and Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani ). I have never watched a movie on first day first show. I woke up early on Friday, checked out the listings for DT Cinemas and off I went feeling so excited. I came to know that the movie was 22o minutes and I was like 'not a problem as long as it is good, the more the better'. Little did I realize that watching the movie would be not less than a herculean task. The movie adapted from the novel Kimball Ravenswood based on a Gujarati boy Yogesh (Harman Baweja) who reluctantly agrees to marry in order to bail out his philandering brother's debts. He decides to meet 12 different girls each of a different rashi all played by Priyanka Chopra in the hope of finding true love. So each meeting is shown with Yogesh and the girl of a differnt rashi which falls into the same old cliched "what are your hobbies" and a song for each of the rashi . The movie is so long that it is sure to put down even the most ardent Ashutosh fans (like me) to sleep. The ridiculous explanation for the same faces, the even more ridiculous ending, the useless subplots of the detective and Yogesh's Uncle's extra marital affair,and really bad songs add to the boredom of the film. Priyanka might have got into Guinness book but none of the character she plays are able to evoke an emotional connect except for Anjali (the first one and that too very less). The fake accent of Sanjana and the stupidity of that Su chee girl (forgot her name) are irritating. Harman is like able but he doesn't have the commanding screen presence, which makes the viewer notice the faults of the film even more. This film could have bee so better had some proper editing been done and the screenplay made a bit logical. Though I liked the choreography of the song Manunga Manunga (irrespective of the fact that it reminded of that dud Love Story 2050), Aaja Lehrate (hip hop is fab) and also Chehre Jo dekhe Hain :)
I have loved Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar and Swades is my all time favourite movie ( still cry when I watch that scene where Mohan meets the poor family or the one where he sees the boy selling water for 25 p at the platform) but What's your Rashee? will be Ashutosh's blunder. I genuinely felt so bad for the film :( :( Hope his next turns out to be fabulous.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cinema, Lies, Illusion..

I saw Dil Bole Hadippa today. The movie is just average, very predictable.By now everyone knows that Rani plays a cricket fanatic girl who is not allowed to play cricket so she disguises as a boy and joins the cricket team. Since it is a Yashraj film, you expect lush green fields of Punjab, colourful Bhangra dancers, lale di jaan speaking India Pakistan friends and ek onkar being played in the background and since it is a cricket film, so you obviously know that who is going to win at the end. There is nothing new in the film..we have all seen it Lagaan, Chak De, Veer Zaara and other countless Yashraj films. The song jhappiyon sa desh hai mera reminds of Aisa desh hai mera from Veer Zaara, Shahid as captain-cum-coach reminds of Kabir Khan of Chak de! There is no novelty factor that is why the film has been panned by the critics. But what does work is the delightful Rani Mukherjee as Veer. Rani is a veteran actress and there have been no doubts over her acting prowess,only her selection of films..Thoda Pyaar,Laga Chunri ..all did not work because they were bad films and never has a doubt been cast over her. Rani as Veera is very predictable but Rani as Veer is very good. I also really liked the choreography of the songs. I give **1/2, only for Rani :) Come back Rani, there is no need for you to wear those bikinis and short clothes..you are terrific :)
Movies like these have no depth..typical one time watch with no layers.. anyway while the movie was being played I kept on thinking are films like those made by Yashraj responsible for creating an illusion about always brimming-with-happiness Punjab? There is so much poverty in the interiors of Punjab but have we ever seen a film on Punjab's poverty? UP, Bihar, Vidarbha..we all know of the immense hardship faced by the people in these areas but Punjab also has some of the poorest farmers..the drought has affected the farmers in these areas the most.. and this illusion..do films like those of Yashraj banner are responsible? I just remembered this discussion on TV a few months back when a religious sect of the Sikhs was murdered in Vienna and then there was immense public anger especially by Dalit Sikhs. I didn't know that Sikhs also had Dalit, thought it was only Hinduism. The immensely knowledgable Shekhar Gupta of Indian Express made this point that there is simmering discontent in Punjab and all is not well. This bonhomie is a sham..I guess I am over reacting after all everyone knows this is not reality just a film but some times cinema does paint a false picture and creates an illusion of reality.. Remember the hue and cry over Slumdog Millionaire?
Anyway, I am so so eagerly waiting for What's Your Rashee? I am addicted to its song Chehre Jo Dekhe Hain...it is not a great song but somehow it is captivating to me..I have been listening to it continuously for the past few days..it has all the beats of the other 12 songs from the film.. I hope the film is excellent..fingers crossed :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Mind is Restless...

I just finished reading English, August. It has become one of my favourite books and Upamanyu Chatterjee one of the best writers. The book is about Agastya, an IAS officer who is posted in a remote Indian town called Madna. It is the story of his mental restlessness that he is facing whether he is actually fit for the job, what does he really want to be. It is one of the very few books that I have been able to relate with. Agastya's non pretentiousness and his behaviour mirror ours. Like when someone asks him whether he is married or not, he gives different answers to everyone as if the people really care :D The humour of the book like his comments on Vasant's cooking and Srivastava and many many more instances are simply superb. I found myself laughing so loud at some places. Bungaali Uncle has come! Pumbaali Kunkal has bum! The observations of the author are detailed, at one point he says that he felt like the smell of the new eraser in a geometry box, great! :-)
Anyway, I am posting some of my favourite lines and passages from the book.
  • He realised obscurely that the sense of loneliness was too precious to be shared and finally incommunicable that men were ultimately islands, each had his own universe, immense only to himself, far beyond the grasp of the interest of others.

  • The ecstasy of arrival never compensates for the emptiness of the departure.

  • Perhaps he was merely longing for the past in an uncongenial present, forgetting its petty unhappiness, bewitched by it only because he was not its master.

  • Remember, you're not James Bond..you only live once. (Brilliant line, referring to Bond's You Only Live twice)

  • Today I have got myself out of all my perplexities, or rather I have got the perplexities out of myself, for they were not without but within, they lay in my own outlook.

  • Movement without purpose, an endless ebb and flow, from one world to another, journeys and passages undertaken by cocoons for not for rest or solace but for ephemerals.

  • He had first to banish all yearning and learn to accept the drift, perhaps it was true all was clouded by desire, a fire by smoke,or as a mirror by dust.

His references to Krishna and Arjuna about the mind being restless and Marcus Aurelius are so true of the facets that we wear daily. A great book to learn from...

Cowmputer :-D



Amit Varma, India's best known blogger, India Uncut fame, has now started tweeting here. This was one of his tweet on the Austerity Drive and the Twittergate controversy of Mr. Tharoor's cattle class remarks. Some of his other tweets read as:

What's the difference between Twitter and the Lok Sabha? Twitter allows 140 characters -- the LS allows 552.

In the land of the Cowma Sutra, how can anyone be lonely? ( Referring to the Newshour debate on Times Now where a Congress spokesperson said, those who tweet are lonely!!!!!)

I'm not lonely - I just like hanging out with cows and cattle!

There's a T-shirt slogan right there: I'm not lonely, I'm just on an austerity drive.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Look Mommy!!!

Some of the best pictures that I have seen in along long time...







Thursday, September 10, 2009

Of Old History Books and Grey's Anatomy...

Mary Alice in Desperate Housewives at the end of each episode says some thought provoking sayings. I have posted them a few of my favourites here in one of my earlier posts. It was raining since the last few days and I have been watching the rain all morning and enjoying the nip in the air..so relaxing and the voice of Mary Alice pops into my head and makes me remember one of her sayings about human companionship. She says " Life is a journey that is much better travelled with a companion by our side of course that companion can be anyone..human beings are designed for many things but loneliness isn't one of them!"
For the last few days, I have been feeling lonely. And by lonely I don't mean totally alone. I have family and I have friends whom I can talk but it is not that. I didn't even call R on his birthday just messaged him so bad of me :..a lot of friends are online but I am mostly invisible..I have even stopped talking to myself which I used to = (don't call me mad! we all talk to ourselves mentally) but this feeling is a very creepy one. I am missing something..it is like a void. I need someone with whom I can discuss movies that I like and can watch..someone who could come to watch the film festival going on at IHC..somebody I could talk about the wonderful character of August of English August...yes, of course there are forums on the net but still it is not that..
Anyways, I am also reading my Class 9 History book also..about the Renaissance and Reformation, the American Revolution, the French Revolution..the Renaissance period is fascinating and that is why I have put some of the paintings of that era on my blog..I plan to buy Class 11 and 12 history books for some more details..I really liked NCERT books of Social Studies..I know it is weird being a science student, how can I read about history, guess in a way I am still not sure what I really want from life..if someone asks where will you be doing 2 years from now..I have no idea..
Also I again started watching Grey's Anatomy religiously :) I missed the complete 3 Season last year,so I read the episode guide of Season 3 on tv.com :D ( Yeah! call me whatever you want) and now I watch Season 4 every Sat & Sun on Star World :) the songs they play at the end of episode are so good.. every time I watch it, it makes me teary eyed..last week, Lexie (Meredith's half sister) tells Christina that 'she has no one' so Christina brings her over to Meredith's to party.. yesterday they showed an episode on faith healing- is it really possible? Izzie, George,Christina, Miranda,Meredith, Chief...all are my favourite characters..I never wanted to be a doctor but seeing them makes me really want to be one..
Movie Updates- Not many..just watched The Sound of Music and The Queen..liked them both.. waiting for Wake Up Sid and What's Your Rashee...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Practical Example...

In Class 11, there was a chapter in Physics called Fluid Dynamics. The chapter had properties of fluids- streamlined flow and turbulent flow. Streamlined flow is the flow of a fluid in an ordered manner where as turbulent flow is a fluid that flows erratically like sometimes very fast and sometimes very slow. But why the hell am I lecturing on a mundane physics lesson? The reason is that I still remember an incident on this topic. This happened when I was in class 11. There were 2 guys- Rajeev and Samant. A class had just got over and there was some other class. Samant and Rajeev had both gone to the loo and Rajeev came back but Samant took a few more minutes. When he came back, Rajeev asked Samant ," Tune itna time kyun lagaya? kya kar raha tha?" and then the witty Samant says, " Abey, mera flow stramlined hai, tum sabka turbulent hai isliye tu jaldi kar ke aa gaya..tabhi mujhe time laga!" OMG! I still remember every one's faces after he said this. Now that is called practical example ;-) Mr. Sibal need not worry about the learning. We students find our own way to understand things :D

Friday, September 4, 2009

Hawai Qila...

Of late, I have been thinking of some of the places I really really want to visit before I die..
  1. The Khajuraho temples built by the Chandelas in the earlier centuries. I mean it is a shame that a country like ours that gave the world Kamasutra and such exquisite sculptures, sex is still taboo..anyway I so want to see the Khajuraho temples.
  2. The Taj Mahal. Shame on me that I am an Indian and still haven't seen the magnificent wonder!
  3. The Eiffel tower. And to also eat at the restaurant at top of the Eiffel tower...
  4. The Mona Lisa at the Louvre. The enigmatic smile of the woman is bewildering...
  5. The cities of Milan, Venice, Rome, Paris...Renaissance has a magical charm...
  6. Watching a Wimbledon final live at the All England Tennis Championships..
  7. The Pyramids of Egypt by the Nile..the song Suraj Hua Madham is beautifully shot there..
  8. The Sydney Opera House..

Hmmmm so likh liya na..now start dreaming.. itne paise to hai nahi mere paas, sapno me hi dekh sakhta hun sob sob :

Monday, August 31, 2009

A thing of beauty is a joy forever...


In my house, there are a few peacock feathers. Papa got them from the park where he found them lying them on the ground (neither by murdering a peacock nor by buying them from an animal parts smuggler!). It is almost a year since we have them but I have never looked at them properly. Today, just accidentally I saw them lying on the floor and they drew my attention. I was awed by the absolute symmetry and the melange of colours it has. Its resplendence is so inspiring that it is no wonder that Krishna had one of these in his 'mukut'. The different shades of blue and green forming a pattern is the perfect example of nature's exhilarating beauty. And even a peacock feather has a certain significance. A single feather is made of sort of hair like strands collectively forming it. If we look at a single strand, it looks quite ordinary, the colours are hardly visible. But only when we look at collection of these strands forming a complete feather, then only each and every feature of it is completely visible perhaps in a way signifying that strength lies in unity and only in unity we can see the diversity of creation. A single strand has no significance of its existence.Nature gives us so many lessons from the most innocuous of things. I so wish to see a peacock dancing in the rain with its full grandeur. What a stunning sight it would be :)


P.S. - I just realized that it is my 100th post. Cheers for a pathetic blog!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Curious Cases of Liking Films...

Ever since Kaminey has released to excellent reviews by the critics, there is some sort of backlash, if I may use the word, over its supposed greatness and it being called the best film of the year. Some people have loved the film and some have trashed the film. But this post is not about I-liked-Kaminey and you-did-not-like-Kaminey but it is about liking films in general. Has it ever occurrred to you that the whole world is singing praises about a film and you absolutely detest that film but since everyone is liking it, you force yourselves to like it. This of course carries the risk of you being called a shameless hypocrite who doesn't has the guts to say freely about your own likings but since you don't want to be an outcast who doesn't understand cinema, you tend to go with the flow. This has happened to me, to be frank, quite a lot of times. Cases in point that it has happened to me: Slumdog Millionaire ( great cinema but Curious Case was so much better), Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Lage Raho Munnabhai. I found these films just average types. I have seen the faces of my friends when I told them that I did not like these films trulyand can still see their ghastly faces.And there are some films that you absolutely loved but the kind of box office reception they have got, being some of the flops, makes me wonder at times about my sensibilites. Cases in point: Saawariya ( I agree it was very slow but I don't know, I loved it ), Aaja Nachle, Black, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. And there are some films that make you wonder why the hell did it earn so much money? Cases in point: Om Shanti Om, Ghajini, Singh is King. And there are some trashy films that I am ashamed I enjoyed them like Race. And also, there are some films, that I do not understand at all at first watching. When I read the reviews and understand the films it makes me absolutely love that films. Like No Smoking. I did not understand at all that was happenning for those 2 hours but then thanks to IMDB, I read a terrific explanation of some of the scenes of the movie and it made me realise the absolute depth and brilliance of the film. Or something like Lost In Translation, Revolutionary Road,or Ankur normal films at first but once you read the reviews, you understand the umpteen layers these films have. I so wish these films had an explanation like a running documentary by the director what he/she had in mind while executing that particular scene. I just wish I could understand these kind of films without reading the reviewsinstead I wish i could write good review but :( :(
And of course, there are some films that you like which are liked universally ;)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sentimental Education...

The most reliable form of enjoyment or pleasure is the anticipation of enjoyment or pleasure, that no sooner has a special moment or occasion arrived, it is over; that the lead up to it is everything; and at the end of that leap up, that end of the beginning of an event is actually the beginning of the end of it...
Julian Barnes on Sentimental Education by Flaubert
These lines appeared in the column Dad's the Word when Soumya explains to his daughter Oishi that instead of her birthday it is the period or the days left to her birthday that are more enjoyable than the birthday itself.. so true these lines are.. one of the most beautiful passages..

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I love Piggy Chops...


There is this competition on twitter that allows you to pose with her http://www.picturesgetustalking.com/Home.aspx this is what I submitted to the gallery :)
I know I look horriblw with her :(

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Manhoof Kaminey...


Yesterday I saw Kaminey and what a film!! Vishal Bharadwaj proves yet again that he is such a brilliant film maker..From Maqbool to Omkara to The Blue Umbrella and giving us some terrific music like Phoonk De (No Smoking) to Maachis.. he has always stood out and has a huge respect among the film lovers.. Kaminey is about two twins Guddu and Charlie..the first one stammers while the second one lisps..ek hakla doosra totla.. this unique idea itself is so brilliant in itself..what follows is the story of these two twins in the dark world of drugs, crime, politics, corruption, money, betting.. Kaminey has been rightly called the best film of the year.. there were some terrific sequences like where Guddu says to Bhope about his dad saying that they are like sugar which will get mixed up in the society.. or the the fight between the twins at their old house and the sharp humorous climax..also, Sweety just like Paro of DevD was a very liberated character ,confident of her sexuality who is not afraid to have sex.. the dirty dirty world of money and politics was shown at its best where Power is Power.. Shahid was brilliant as both Guddu and Charlie and this film should catapult him to the A league of stars..Priyanka is excellent.. Amol Gupte who plays Bhope (of Taare Zameen Par fame) is a terrific actor..all the other cast was first rate.. references to Tarantino style of cinema were quite visible..initially we are not shown what exactly is happening but the audience is made to figure out themselves and then it gets clear as to what is happening.. like the scene where Charlie steals the car of the Narcotics Department..the dialogues which were also by Vishal are fantastic.. Music is very good..I really like Fataak, Pehli Baar and Kaminey.. Vishal also keeps on playing songs of R D Burman during the film and Mayank Shekhar has called him the true successor to RD Burman..the penchant for details is so remarkable..like when Sweety tells Guddu she is pregnant, Guddu goes and sits on the toilet seat..the door on which is written Mera Haath jagannath and outside some random phone numbers and typical graffiti!! Kaminey is dark, gritty, humorous, unpredictable and splendid.. it is not to be missed.. Watch it..

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Yeh jo des hai tera...


It is Independence Day and I am posting the lyrics of the song Yeh jo des hai tera from one of my most loved films Swades..there is something about Swades that makes me cry everytime I watch it..whether it be Rehman's brilliant music, the sequencce where Mohan produces electricity for the village, the scene of the farmer who has to pay rent to Gayatri but does not even have money to buy the food or that scene where Mohan sees that boy selling water for 25 paise at the Railway station finally drinking the water of the land rather than the mineral water..Swades brings an emotional catharsis for so many reasons....


Ye jo des hai tera, swades hai tera, tujhe hai pukaara
Ye woh bandhan hai jo kabhi toot nahin sakta,
Mitti ki jo khushboo, tu kaise bhoolaayega
Tu chaahe kahin jaaye, tu laut ke aayega
Nayi nayi raahon mein, dabi dabi aahon mein
Khoye khoye dilse tere, koyi ye kahega
Ye jo des hai tera, swades hai tera, tujhe hai pukaara
Ye woh bandhan hai jo kabhi toot nahin sakta

Tujhse zindagi, hai ye keh rahi
Sab toh paa liya, ab hai kya kami
Yun toh saare sukh hai barse
Par door tu hai apne gharse
Aa laut chal tu ab diwaane
Jahaan koyi toh tujhe apna maane
Awaaz de tujhe bulaane, wahi des
Ye jo des hai tera, swades hai tera, tujhe hai pukaara
Ye woh bandhan hai jo kabhi toot nahin sakta..
Ye pal hai wahi, jis mein hai chhupi
Koyi ek sadi, saari zindagi
Tu na poochh raaste mein kaahe
Aaye hain is tarha do raahein
Tu hi toh hai raah jo sujhaaye
Tu hi toh hai ab jo ye bataaye
Chaahe toh kis disha mein jaaye wahi des
Ye jo des hai tera, swades hai tera, tujhe hai pukaara
Ye woh bandhan hai jo kabhi toot nahin sakta

Friday, August 14, 2009

Yeh Delhi hai mere yaar...

I had gone to Chandni Chowk a few days back for a friends's treat as he was going to France.. For the first time, I saw Delhi-6..I have been to Chandni chowk area before but never saw anything.. but this time I saw everything..

Paranthe Vali gali.. we had all types of Paratha..nimbu, tamatar, aloo, paneer, badaam and rabri paratha too!!

Roaming in the streets of Old Delhi has its own charm.. the chaos of the traffic, the overhead wires, the people sitting on the sideway taking a rupee to check your wieght, those machines where you insert a coin and a card comes out showing your weight along with an actor whose matches with you,the drops of water falling on your head from the AC in the cramped buliding, the funny shop salesman calling everyone, the cattle enjoying a good time... Delhi-6 is Delhi-6!!

We wanted to get a photograph with a cow, so 3 of us went and stood next to a white cow who we wished would oblige us but it seemed she wasn't in a good mood..while we were standing, she brought her poonch from behind like some wire and tried to whip us...it was sooooo funny and everyone there started laughing but it was fun..I am putting some pictures here :)











Sunday, August 9, 2009

Reincarnation is as necessary for the living as for the dead...


. I did not go to NDTV studio, not because I did not want to go, but they apparently called to confirm but somehow I couldn't pick up the phone, so chance gone but mujhe karna hi kya tha vahan.. just sit quietly...

. It is really a long time since I wrote whats-happening-in-my-life post, a euphemism for my-life-sucks-and-I-am-a-perennial-cribber..

. Things are not going smooth..I see negative vibes around me, I know the reason for that but what could I do :( I am like that only..stupid, slow and dumb..The circumstances made even more pathetic by certain situations arising every other day..I hope things get better..it really really is important :(

. I have become so lazy and feel tired even though I do not do much..I am always sleepy..

. I am loving my Spanish classes..the only thing I enjoy these days.. Estos diaz yo estoy triste y todos estan felizes..Quiero la felicidad de mi vida..

. I finally watched Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.. I felt so bad when Dumbledore died.. I knew of course that he is going to die I had read the book but it was really really sad.. the movie is only for Potter fans and only Potter fans will like it..the sequence for the Horcrux in the cave is good.. I am really excited to watch the next The Deathly Hallows which is going to come out in 2 parts..of course everyone has read the book but it is a great feeling to see it on screen.. My favourite caracter out of the three is Hermione..she is what I always wanted to be..so smart, knows everything, reads a lot..I had wanted to be like her..but life had some other plans : Luna Lovegood is very likeable...she reminds me of Phoebe.. So, just as a reminder for myself,the scene where Draco Malfoy attacks Dumbledore and he loses his wand..this will be crucial as Draco Malfoy has inadvertently become the master of the elder wand!!

. I want to see Love Aaj Kal..it has got a mixed response..but somehow it is not pushing me to watch the film..the one movie I am eagerly waiting for is Kaminey..Vishal Bharadwaj!!! only this name is sufficient to drag me to the cinema hall.. also eagerly waiting for Whats your Rashee and kind of for Dil Bole Hadippa :)

. I finished reading Marrying Anita by Anita Jain..it is a good book leaning more towards chiclit but what I liked was the real picture of India..the cities rapidly growing but the villages still far behind..Reincarnation is as necessary for the living as for the dead..the last line of the book..so treu :)

. Planned to get a new book..either English, August by Upamanyu Chatterjee or The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay by Siddharth Dhanvant Shangvi.. finally bought English, August.

. I watched a whole lot of movies using Bigflix.. the list of which can be seen as a gadget on the blog..such great movies..Persepolis was an amazing movie and many many others too..I have been trying to get Forrest Gump and Jaane bhi do yaaron but they don't have them now :

. Last week, I met an aunty..she knew who I was, what I was doing,etc. etc. but I didn't know who she was..just talked to her without asking her who was she.. and I met a school friend while going to the market..he stopped his car and talked to me,etc. etc. and then when we were about to leave..he asked me my name!!! So ironic..an aunty who I don't know knows everything about me and a friend in school doesn't even remember my name!! but why blame him! people are so busy and I was not a very popular person in school and am still not=)

. Enough for now, will write more later ;)

P.S.- I have started to really really like smileys..In my cell, I had graphic smileys but these keyboard smileys are so much better..changed them in my cell..how iamginative of the person who thought of these!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Should I go or not???


I will keep this short.

Today I got a call from NDTV to appear as audience for their show Hum Log with Pankaj Pachauri. At first I was surprised as what to say. Then I said that I will try to come and she was like TV par aane ka chance hai!! 4-5 aur jano ko bhi le ana..it is on Swine flu.. I said I will try to go..as if I am a celebrity they are dying to call..so idiotic of me!

But I still haven't made my mind to go or not! I know I just have to sit there but I will give the most girly reason I don't have nice clothes :D

Will see..If I go, then watch me there!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Rakhi ka Drama bahut Sayana..



The final episode of the show 'Rakhi Ka Swayamwar', which saw the item girl announcing Toronto-based businessman Elesh Parujanwala as her ideal groom, registered a TRP of 6.3 Sunday night. According to overnight audience measurement agency aMap, it has been the highest TRPs so far for the channel. -Yahoo


It was a record show.. the whole India watched the show..the show worked bigtime..it was a big time drama..people did not watch it because they are Rakhi's fans (as she says so) but because of the curiosity factor and as some people are calling it India is living vicariously through its reality shows.. God forbid! I just read that Rahul Mahajan is consdering his Swayamvar next..Only Rakhi could have pulled it with elan but Rahul Mahajan?? that joker who laughs in the most bizarre ways..Rakhi got what she wanted..popularity..drama! Imagine got what they wanted TRPs..made crores! Hindi Channels got what they wanted...Breaking News.. and people got what they wanted ..entertainment :D

I have started to hate MTV..the very name Music Television and I wonder where is the Music.. MTV has become so negative it is a torture to watch it but I won't ask to ban the channel..I have my remote so I use it.


Round and Round...

What is this?
I think some parallax effect..I don't know why it is :S
Any guesses?

Friday, July 31, 2009

The B word..Balochistan..Blunder..Boomerang..


The Balochistan issue has put the government rather the PM in a tight spot..
So, what is the issue?
Balochistan is a province in Pakistan rich in natural resources and very sparsely populated. The Balochs feel that they were tricked in signing the treaty of accession to Pakistan and they have been demanding autonomy and now complete independence from Pakistan.

Pakistan has accused India of giving Baloch insurgents support and in the joint statement the PM agreed to talk on the issue as he believed that India has nothing to hide. But this was a huge huge mistake as analysts who were with the govt. on the nuclear deal have called it a blunder. Implicitly, what this does it gives leverage to Pakistan that when India says to stop terrorists activities in Kashmir, it would hit back at us saying stop the same in Balochistan. The PM has grossly misread the public mood and his trust but verify approach cannot really work because we cannot trust Pakistan..that is for sure..their whole existence is based on anti India sentiment.. the people of Pakistan are like us but their political establishment and the Army thrive on India bashing.. I totally agree with Mr L.K. Advani on this and the opposition has garnered huge ammunition to put the PM in isolation.. whatever we say, Balochistan will remain a thorn in the years to come..

Friday, July 24, 2009

Ek Zardari ko Dekha to Aisa Laga...

HT printed some of Zardari jokes..LMAO! they are superfunny..the net is full of jokes on Zardari!

Here are some gems :D
Zardari and Corruption
Ab CORRUPTION Ki Baari Hai, Kyun Ki Ab Daur-e-Zaradari Hai
Ab Aap Ki Izat, Apni Zimmadari Hai, Kyun ki Izzat Ka Shikari Asif Zardari Hai
Ab Tabahi Qismat Humari Hai, Kyun Ki Ab Daur-e-Zardari Hai . .

Zardari and Musharraf
Haqeeqat thi par,khuwab nikla,
dur tha par pass nikla, mein iss bat ko kya kahun,
Ye Zardari to Musharraf ka bi baap nikla.

Ek Zardari ko dekha to aisa laga...
Jese khana kharab, Jese total azaab, Jesey Aadi faqeer, Jesay murda zameer, Jese Naasoor ho koii sartaa howaa, Ek zardari ko dekha to aisa laga, Jese bijli ka taar, Jese khanjar ki dhaar,Jesey dozakh ki aag, Jesey zehrila naag, Jese garmi ki dhoop..

Zardari Aur Zarda
Zardari aur zarde me kya faraq hai ?
zarda wo hai jo khushi mei khaya jaata hai
aur
zardari wi hai jo khushio ko kha jaata hai..

And my personal favourite...
Robber: Give me all your money!
Zardari: Don’t you know who I am? I am Asif Ali Zardari!
Robber: Okay. Give me all my money!

Finally a Graduate...


I am finally a graduate.. I am officially a Bacelors in Engineering.. Results out for 8 semester.. just namesake engineer..kuch nahi aata :-(

I wish I could also say with the same pride as said by Michelle McNelly in Black..Main ek graduate hoon!!

Sankat City : No Sankat at all :)

Sankat City!! What a terrific movie!!

I had been wanting to go and watch this move ever since it released but the timings of the shows were too late.. at 11.20 pm in the night or somewhere around midnight..but today being Friday and I love Fridays because a) Weekend b) New movies, so time to read all reviews by Mayank Shekhar, Anupama Chopra, Rajeev Masand, Taran Adrash, Rediff, TOI, DNA and Passion for Cinema !!

So without digressing further, Sankat City PVR Saket 12.55 pm!! Whoa!!

Pankaj Advani's Sankat City is one hell of a movie..I don't remember the last time I laughed so much while watching a movie.. No, don't think Kambhakt Ishq..My views about Akhshay Kumar films are there in previuos posts..

So, what is the movie about? It is about a conman Guru who steals cars and re-sells them for money.One day, he steals the car of the don Faujdaar which had 1 crore rupees. Faujdaar finds about it and wants his money back from Guru but by some turn of events the crore rupees are lost! Now, Guru must payback 1 crore or he will die!!

It is a laugh riot..what truly remarkable is the characters..each character is etched out so brilliantly that it makes the movie a treat to watch..Faujdaar, Guru, Ganpat, Gogi, Mona, Philip Phattoo, Pachrasya, Gulbadan, Maharaj ji...all of the characters have a particualar quirk associated with them..the way they speak,the way they carry themselves..beautiful!! The movie has its flaws like dialogues were not really great and some scenes could have been even better!

It really is a proud thing for us that we have started to make such kind of movies but the audiences for these movies is still too less..there were hardly 8-9 people in the hall, though its the 3 week of the movie but The Hangover which was released 5-6 wweeks still goes housefull!! This year a lot of non stereotypical movies have released..Luck by Chance, DevD, Gulaal, Little Zizou, Barah Aana, Sankat City, Firaaq.. Apart from DevD which has become a cult film, none of the films have got great box office collections though getting critical acclaim..we need to watch these movies as well and discuss them also..like people will watch a terrible movie like CC2C..we should watch these movies..liking or not likng them is an individual's choice but what is required is to discuss these movies as well, at least in the urban sectors and remove the boundaries like we have a parallel cinmea and mainstream cinema..

Go watch Sankat City now!!

My Rating ****

Monday, July 20, 2009

Remembrance...

What a day was today!!! So many things happened and many more about to happen in the coming days..it is a bonanza for news channels..they surely would have no problems finding news for today..but obviously they might have had an action packed and tiring day!!

The dramatic confession of Kasab! It came as a big shock to everyone, the prosecution, the defence, the Pakistan govt. News analysts say there is some ploy..some tactic that Kasab is playing..he could retract from his statement and say later that he was pressurised by the police..Really complex!

Hillary Clinton visit...the media has been going on and on about her visit..but frankly she was lecturing us on climate change while US is the second largest polluter on earth..the developed nations want to impose strict targets to cut emission without themselves committing to do..such hypocrites..anyway she has signed some agreements and some criticism is coming that India gave up to US demands to the End User agreement..the details will be out soon..

Sanjeev Nanda's jail term got reduced from 5 to 2 years..the BMW case goes on...in fact our Indian justice system is horrible..

The Reliance gas controversy between RIL and RNRL over the Krishna Godavari D6 fields..the two warring brothers again locked in a fierce battle over the pricing issues..
Sensex over 15000..hope the recovery starts soon..it has huge implications for all of us..at least for me :(

England won an Ashes test at Lords after 75 years! Flintoff, the mercurial English all rounder gave England a huge victory!


It is 40 years since Neil Armstrong landed on the moon along with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins (he did not land) and made history..truly One step for a man, one giant leap for the mankind :)

India TV would eagerly be waiting for the Eclipse..they might have already started showing (I don't know because I don't watch it all ).. some प्रलय about to come like they did the LHC..idiots of first order!!

And the most funniest piece of shit...Zardari has brought out a new law in Pakistan that anyone making jokes about the president and sending them by SMS can be punished up to 14 years..Another attempt to curb freedom of expression..Mr. 10 Per Cent will always be Mr. 10 Per Cent..

I am wondering how would newspapers fit all this in the papers and their advertisements tomorrow.. so much to say..

But in spite of all this..there is one thing that we all are missing..it is 10 years to the Kargil War and we seem to have forgotten it..On July 26 celebrated as Victory Day we would just have ceremonies and no one would would even bother about it after that...Only the capture of Tiger Hill was shown by some English Channels.. NDTV's Barkha Dutt will show a series titled Remembrance : Kargil..I do hope people watch it..Kargil was the event that brought war to our homes by extremely brave journalists..I wonder why Pakistan has always given us trouble.. This Saturday, there was a soldier whom Ms Dutt interviewed and after 8 days he died..his brother and she remember him..do watch it.. Saturday 10 pm..

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Muy bien! gracias! :)


So, my Spanish classes have begun and I had my first class today..At first I didn't get anything..our teacher started speaking in Spanish and we all were dumbstruck but slowly she explained everything and I loved it..
Hola! Buenos dias!
Que' tal!!
Muy bien, gracias!!
Hasta la vista!

Am really looking forward to the next class... Hope I could speak it fluently :(
Spain and Latin America here I come!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Somethings Never Change...


It makes me really sad at what all is happening to us.. I don't know..I am angry..very angry and we cannot do anything about it..it is hopeless..

You saw the Mumbai rains? The Congress NCP government there has virtually destroyed Mumbai..Mumbai is the city that pays the highest amount of taxes to the whole country...Don't the people there deserve a normal life..it rains for 3-4 hours and the whole machinery collapses..What is the BMC doing there? So shocking!..it is utter shamelessness on the part of the civic authorities..

The criminal justice system is in shambles as we know..the Jessical Lal murder, Nitsh Katara, Priyadarshini Matoo and so many more and now comes another example of the gross travesty of justice...Prof. Sabharwal's murderers were let go by the court on lack of evidence..the court criticised the prosecution for its handling of the case...the ABVP activists were caught live on camera threatening Prof. Sabharwal and still no evidence?..well, what did we expect when the BJP state govt. wants to protect its right wing organization, Himanshu Sabharwal really had a tough path from the beginning..it is indeed sad..Hope the SC does something good for the family and bring the perpetrators to book..

And another headache (as said by Madeline Albright) Pakistan...its continuous state of flip flops on 26/11..it has gone back to its old ways...wanting Kashmir to be solved, bringing up Samjhauta Express blast issue, its statement that it has no evidence against Hafeez Sayeed despite the humongous evidence it has collected against him..Pakistan would never let us live in peace..there is this documentary on youtube by BBC which shows how important Pakistan played a role in 26/11 attacks..it does not realise that their own people are suffering so much due to its terror infrastructure..but it continues to use them against India..I expect nothing out of the talks at the NAM summit in Egypt.. Somethings never change and Pakistan is one of them..

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Curious Case of Humphrey Bogart...



I am becoming more and more filmi these days :D..I saw some great films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Casablanca..
I loved the dialogues of Benjamin Button and couldn't resist putting here for my reference so that I don't forget as I have this habit of reading my posts again and again :

It's a funny thing about comin' home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You'll realize what's changed is you.

I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

You can be mad as a mad dog at the way things went; you can swear and curse the fates - but when it comes to the end, you have to let go

And my absolutely favourite ones...

Your life is defined by its opportunities... even the ones you miss.
Along the way you bump into people who make a dent on your life. Some people get struck by lightning. Some are born to sit by a river. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim the English Channel. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people can dance.

It's funny how sometimes the people we remember the least make the greatest impression on us.

And Casablanca another amazing film 8.8 on imdb!! Now I understood why there are so many fans of Humphrey Bogart :) It had some some of the wittiest lines but I'll leave that except a few..


You know, Rick, I have many a friend in Casablanca, but somehow, just because you despise me, you are the only one I trust.
As time goes by..
You must remember this
A kiss is still a kiss
A sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.
And when two lovers woo,
They still say, "I love you"
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings...