Sunday, January 31, 2010

We will never be here again

The title has nothing to do with this post or the continuity of this blog. I happened to hear this dialogue today while sifting through channels on the idiot box. Not only apt in the movie Troy, it is so right in our mortal lives.
Coming to the weekend, it was one of those wherein you plan to do nothing but end up accomplishing more than you normally would.
J visited my place for lunch on Saturday. Girl is a delight to be with. Her one-liners are quite witty. Amma and I went saree shopping in the evening. The saree I will be wearing at K’s wedding in April (excuse the grainy photo)….opinions welcome!Sunday was a bit more relaxed with a trip to the Jayanagar L. The place never lets me down. I will be ending my day post watching the Star Screen Awards. Shahid as a host looks interesting and apart from anything else Salman Khan is performing :)

Saturday, January 30, 2010


I watch a lot of movies. Watching them on the big screen is a tad more interesting. The opening credits of a film somehow manage to overwhelm me every time. For some movies, I just cannot wait for the ending – Yes, I do not walk out of a movie, however lousy it is (for instance RGV ki Aag!!), because I have paid money to watch. While going through the movie CDs at home, some memories came rushing back and left me laughing. Listing them here for everyone to enjoy.

· Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke – Mad rush at Abhinay theater for tickets. A scrawny 11 year old breaches all lines and gets 7 tickets! I am extremely proud of this achievement.
· Dil Chahta Hai – Mass bunked for the first time in life and what an experience! 3 hours of exemplary fun. Writing an apology letter to the principal next day was like icing on the cake.
· Mujhse Dosti Karoge – Sad film but retained in my memory for the giggling hysteria we took to the cinema hall. Girls (not ladies or women) and giggling are synonymous. We proved this while watching Hrithik and his pastel shaded shirts. The trouble was we had the others around us giggling too, for no reason, after some time.
· Kal Ho Na Ho – My first movie at a multiplex. Rode all the way to Innovative for this one. M cried through the film. I was trying too hard not to laugh at M and the uncle sitting next to me gave us a dirty look for making weird noises.
· Bride & Prejudice and Run (the Hindi version) – M and my idea of a movie marathon. 2 pathetic films in 2 different theaters in a row. Run had an all time low number of people in the audience and it was only the opening weekend! I actually felt sad for AB’s baby. Not anymore, because the guy has not a single acting gene in his body!
· Sivaji – My first Rajnikant film in a movie hall. I witnessed firsthand the hysteria only this man can create. Also remembered for SV’s dialogue on Shriya Saran. Poor guy gets pulled for it till date :).
· Cheeni Kum – I always seem to end up with people who manage to cry while watching films. I, for my life, cannot understand what makes the tear glands so active during a screening. P actually cried during the climax of an otherwise average film.
· Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – 30 minutes into the movie and amma has dozed off! M screams for the Dumbledore poisoning scene!! I have entertainers all around me!
· Maine Pyar Kiya – I could not resist listing this one here. This one is different from the rest because I did not go to a theater to watch it. Saw the movie at home. Why am I mentioning it here? I am because, watching this, I fell in love for the first time :). 2010 and the love story still continues…

Friday, January 29, 2010

These always make me smile

1. Any Johnson's Baby soap ad on television
2. An appreciation email
3. My mother's favorite line "I know that"
4. An email from a friend/ colleague getting back in touch after an eon

5. The only place I like "mush" - a Mills and Boon ending (Yeah! I am an avid reader)
6. Weird but true - Seeing a cab driver trying to get through the drop/ pickup while trying hard not to doze off on the steering wheel. I should be scared, but everytime I see it, fear is the farthest thing from my mind.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Phir Mile Sur...exclusively miserable!

I finally managed to catch the entire video of 2010's "Mile Sur Mera Tumhara" variant. I have been trying to lay my eyes on it since the spoilers for the song started being telecast on Zoom TV a couple of weeks ago. Although at home, I missed seeing it on 26th January.

As what usually happens with most over-hyped products, this one was a let down too. While I was enthralled by the first version every time I watched it on TV, the current adaptation was akin to too much fizz in a cola i.e. more fizz less cola. While visually appealing (not surprising considering technology has come a long way from 1988), it comes nowhere close to being good on the ears. One more aspect of the song that is very much in your face is the presence of far too many Hindi Film artists. While I do like Hindi cinema as a form of entertainment, I do not really appreciate promoting actors as some form of new age messiahs. Their contribution towards the betterment of our nation is close to zilch. If they are associated with charities, it is most probably because they are availing tax redemption through them. The only highlight of the video is the Armed Forces graduation slot. That piece was very well made indeed.

I am sure there are many people out there whose perception will vary, but my final say on it – While the song released in 1988 will always be the original, the one released in 2010 will only be a re-recorded rendering!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Shrinks required - immediate assistance needed for those who give away awards!

Saif Ali Khan wins the Padma Shri!!!

Why am I not being honored with one? My achievements till date have been less than mediocre as well.

2 reasons why I initially thought he was chosen as a winner. Post analysis, realized that the credit for these accomplishments also go to others!
(a) For motivating Kareena to be consistently unsure about size zero. A drastic and sudden oscillation in her size is most definitely the result of liposuction and binge eating.
(b) For getting his girlfriend's name tattooed on his forearm for posterity. This is a resultant of a very good ink artist. Had the actor tried doing it himself, he would have to constantly use makeup to cover-up!

The most unpalatable award of all seasons - National Award for Arjun Rampal (What did this guy get it for? Was it for wearing the ugliest contraption of a wig?).

All you sensible people out there, you have jobs ripe for the plucking! Get on those jury boards quickly and infuse fresh blood before these awards get handed out as keepsakes to Katrina Kaif!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Empathy is not yet dead

Another incident involving me and a driver in the very comfortable red Volvo bus, but this time around, it cannot be tagged as being even remotely close to humorous.
I have been suffering from an allergy cold for the past year or so and am close to getting addicted to anti-allergens. The only therapy I have not yet tried for a cure is Ayurveda which I intend to explore during this year.

I woke up with an itchy nose this morning and knew that it would persist through the day. So, sneeze day saw me traveling to work in the first Volvo going towards my office. The worst mistake one can do during a "cold" day is to forget taking a handkerchief along. Guilty of sinning, I sat in the first seat sniffling and sneezing away to glory with a tissue which I consider useless in such times. All of a sudden, the driver turned back and addressed me - "AC band kar do agar nahin chahiye toh. Cold ke liye theek hoga". I responded with - "Illa sir, paravagilla", when I actually wanted to say, "Do not worry, the germs will not spread....grr" thinking that he was more bothered about getting infected than my tribulation. 20 minutes later when I got down from my seat in preparation to alighting at my stop, the driver spoke to me again, this time in Kannada - "AC ಯಾವಾಗಲು ಒಳ್ಳೇದಲ್ಲ. ನಮಿಗೆ ಕೂಡ adjust ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳೋದು ಕಷ್ಟ ಆಗುತೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ನಾವು seat ಮೇಲಿನ switch on ಮಾಡದೆ ಕಿಟಕಿ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳುಥೆವೆ. ಅದರಿಂದ ರೋಗಗಳು ಕಮ್ಮಿ."

This is when I realized that I was so wrong in assuming that his advice was anything but concern for a fellow human being. Cringing inwardly, I responded to him more courteously and thanked him before getting off at my stop.

There is hope for this world!!!