Monday, December 31, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Aisa bhi hota hai... but this is strictly not to be repeated.. even by me!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Till the next post.. keep checking this space regularly.. CIAO!!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
- The infrastructure is to die for
- Paki is a very non PC esp since one could end up being your next best friend
- Even the worst traffic beats the best back home in India any day ( yeah yeah call me a desh drohi all you want but truth hurts at time)
- The weather in Blore is to die for!
- Accomodation is not easy to find
- Water packaged like yoghurt is somewhat strange!!
The holiday season has already kicked in this part of the world too. So all the malls and hotels have xmas decorations - which at times might seem strange and even ironic. And the malls are definitely a shopaholic's dream come true. If you are part of SA (shopaholics anonymous), this is the last place you must visit!! :-P
Well, as the last few minutes of my stipulated half an hour at the cafe' trickle by, time for me to sign off and go food hunting.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
After that inevitable meandering, lets cut to the chase. I realised that lying in a dental chair is actually relaxing for me. Now before anyone deduces it to be addictive like Beckham's penchant for the pain of the needle.. I should add it is nothing of that nature. It is just that the dental chair is designed to relax the back. So it is quite easy to relax and even doze off while one's dentist is working on one's oral cavity for better or for worse :P
So the next time, you are lying there in possibly one of the most stupid positions in the world, just try relaxing with your eyes closed and leave the rest to the dantvisheshagna!!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Yenjaay the video :-) and if you like the video, watch the movie,that is if you haven't already.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
The weather, the people, my favourite haunts, the view from the office, the annoying dharnas that happen every other day in front of Gandhi Park, the aloo tikki pav from Arya Bhavan , my coffee sessions at the Eva Mall Coffee World ( where the guys are so sweet to me and Lav and give us chips when we request and dont charge us for it ) , the stroll around MGs and Brigades post work, Blossoms, the movie theaters, the plays at Ranga Shankara, Anju Aunty's food at the Ranga Shankara cafe', the various performances which happen time to time at Alliance and MMB, the masala dosa at Central Tiffin Room ( 7th cross malleshwaram - the bestest dosa ever), the girls and their happy smiles that takes me through another week every time I take them through another class of spoken English, walking like there is no tomorrow around Sankey Tank, Chai sessions at Infinitea, the smell of freshly ground coffee beans which is such a pick me up while walking through Sampige Road or Jayanagar, the markets in Old Bangalore, Spiga food, smileys at Koshy's, Amrit coffee / tiffin breaks on a weekday , dessert sessions at Fresco's, junk jewellery stores in Malleshwaram and Commercial Street, mom's vatta kozhambu, her cooking, dad way of showing he cares by doing sweet little things like making coffee in the morning , brother's display of affection by getting on my nerves, sister always being there for me, gorging on whipped cream everytime me and L are PMSing or having a bad day- either singularly or together, monthly schoolmates get together, late night phone calls with friends which are more like mutual bitch sessions, movie sessions, the once in a blue moon binges, late night drives .... so many things... and these are just a few of my favourite ( Bangalore) things :-)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Right now, I can only hear Seal singing in my head " time is slipping, slipping, slipping" because I have only 19 odd days left before I say Namaste Bengalooru for at least a year! So many things to do and I haven't even eaten at MTR yet!!! Woe is me! On a less funny note, I am realizing that it's not that easy to wrap up all business in a place and move to another. Forget the re-inventing of the proverbial wheel in the new place, just wrapping all unfinished business in the current location is quite tedious. God how I wish I could be Michael Keaton from Multiplicity for the next two weeks so that I could meet all the people I need to say a proper good bye to, finish my notice period peacefully, soak as much of Bangalore as possible and then just merge into one person a day before my departure!! Sigh... If wishes were horses :-P
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
P.S.:- Please go watch Stardust. Its lovely movie esp. De Niro as Captain Shakespeare :-)
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Today poor P and A came into office completely pooped and exasperated by the mammoth traffic jam around Airport Road. The fashion in which the day started through P completely out of gear.. more than that, the decibel level on the roads made him feel like he was losing his mind. In his own words, he just wanted to abandon his two wheeler at that very spot and run!! Which brings me to my theory on honking on the roads....
Remember, community prayers meetings/bhajans/kirtans, where lots of people get together and channelize their energies towards one single purpose?? Well, nowadays, I think the dynamics of traffic also follows the same rule. Whenever there is a traffic jam, people getting into their fervent prayer mode, all of them praying for delivery from the jam and how do they offer their prayers? By honking as long and as frequently as possible. Most people seem to be believe that the continued and prolonged honking will actually translate into a higher physical force which will push the traffic forward and relieve the people from their quagmire.
L has a similar theory. She thinks that since people cannot communicate with each other in traffic, they use the horn as a means of communication. Come to think of it, the auto and truck drivers must have a secret honk code. Pay a little more attention and the next time around, you might actually read the message!! :P
Sunday, October 7, 2007
So what have I been up to? Well, I had four lovely days of work cum pleasure at GOA!! Also the time I got to be a happy shutterbug. Click here for photua
And then of course, I turned a year older and hopefully wiser on the 8th. Thanks thanks for the wishes :P but I must say my birthday was a perfect day! Couldn't have asked for more. Got showered with so much love from all the people who know me that I was very touched. Not to mention I felt as lucky as Gladstone Gander.Seriously!! One of the books I wanted was the last and only copy available. I got special treatment in the bank once the lady found out it was my big day! My colleagues got a "thematic" cake for me with tons of chocolate in it. My schoolmates gifted me a perfume I have been looking to pick up for ages!! I got a yummy rumcake, champagne mousse for dessert, three very different and interesting books.. what can I say.. life is beautiful right now.. :)))) sigh...
Monday, September 24, 2007
This struck me more than ever as I sat on my table alone, sipping on my Viennese hot chocolate, waiting for the clock to strike 1.45 PM so that I could meet Debby for our Bourne Ultimatum movie date. The plastic bag theme from American Beauty was playing soothingly into my ears while I was soaking in the sights and other sounds around me and the so many random thoughts running in my head. I could feel the whipped cream just melt in mouth while the air was thick with the aroma of freshly ground coffee. There were also traces of the floor disinfectant. "Its the time to Disco" played faintly into my ears but loudly for everyone else in the coffee shop. The staff were having their daily dose of healthy banter in a battle of the sexes sorta way. Thats when a conversation a little left to and behind my tables caught my attention. There were four voices and thus went the conversation.
Voice1 :- Ok, its decided we are getting you a step cut
Voice 2:- But Mom!! why can't I get one like hers?
Voice 3 :- Yeah Aunty, this cut might suit her better.
Voice 2:- Yeah Mom, and I can leave my hair open. And I think I look much better that way.
Voice 3:- True Aunty. But It is important whoever cuts her hair knows her job and does it well. She needs to be given a good haircut.
Voice 4:- Well.. have we decided.
Voice 1:- Alright.. Lets get there and see. Come on girls, shall we?
Now how old do you think the girls were? Take a wild guess. I took a good look at them and they did not look a day older than 8!! Things are a changin' huh...
The foursome make their exit. A lady sits across me with a huge textbook and orders herself a croissant.The song on my player changes to the Pink Panther theme and its time for me to make my exit too. And I think I must have looked pretty strange to the woman sitting across me at the coffee shop because I was smiling all the way out :-).. while families were walking in to the mall for their Sunday brunches/lunches and couples walking in- some of them glad to find their privacy in a public place (isn't it ironic?).
Truly, there is never nothing happening - Words of "Socrates" in the movie - The Peaceful Warrior
Friday, September 21, 2007
No no... not the Missing In Action variety but the Mia Farrow type. Besides the fact that the actress is an admirable woman, I choose this name bacause Mia in Italian means "mine".
Moving on, name facts:-
M - I wish I was Mad!! I mean in the whacky creative sense of the word.Thats something I would want to be.
I - Ingenious
There I have done it. Phew! And now i have to tag three people.. and I choose..
Deepak, Kay and Priya..
Here are the rules people:-
* Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of their middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.
* When you are tagged you need to write your own blog-post containing your own middle name game facts.
* At the end of your blog-post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag.
* Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I need a mirror
In the eyes of a man.
I need no protection
From my bullet-proof plan.
I've got a ticket
For all that I lack.
You might think that I'm gone for good
But I know that I'm coming back.
Sit at my table
Sip from my bowl.
Feel like I know you now
And I will do until I get old.
You might not see me
But trust that I'll stay.
But there's no sense in traveling
If we've already been that way.
Night is a matter
Hidden in grass
Bite like a light
Depends on the ways
To see how long it lasts
But you know better
You stand your ground
Might just stain a little
But she knows you're sticking around
The beauty of uncertainty…
Sab log mere saath gaao "It happens only in Amreeka"!!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
P.S.:- In the wake of her impending Goa trip, Maddy has also been rueing the fact that she can't swim. So the next thing on her "I started off- but did not complete it" list might be to learn swimming.. the second time around!
Monday, September 10, 2007
For now, Maddy is over and out.
Watch this space...
Monday, September 3, 2007
seene mein jalan aankhon mein tufaan saa kyon hain ?
is shahar mein har shaks pareshaan saa kyon hain ?
dil hain to, dhadakane kaa bahaanaa koee dhoondhe
patthar kee tarah beheesa-o-bejaan saa kyon hain ?
tanahaee kee ye kaunasee, manzil hain rafeekon
taa-hadd-ye-najar yek bayaabaan saa kyon hain ?
kyaa koee nayee baat najar aatee hain hum me
aaeenaa humei dekh ke hairaan saa kyon hain ?
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Come on now.. think about it, how many times have you not answered the phone with "where are you?" when you could have said a polite "hi!! where are you?" See.. I told ya.. times are a changing ....
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Watched Mr.Brooks and Perfume back to back in the evening. Thoroughly enjoyed both of them. Kevin Costner is back with a bang in this crime thriller. William Hurt as his alter ego is also good. Dummy Moore tries hard to be the tough cop. Anyone interested in perfumes will enjoy the latter film. Ben Whishaw as Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, the perfumer obsessed with "catching scent" to create the world's best perfume is chilling and sinister. After The Prestige, would rate this one as good turn of the century movie.
Well, I am off to Chennai for the rest of the week. Woohoo! A well deserved break I'd say. Dunno if its only me, but I feel its a Sunday today...
Friday, August 10, 2007
Check out the video here
Maddy has had an adventurous year, at least as far as trying different forms of physical activity are concerned. Of course she is not trying to lose weight or anything. She is just bored of the sedentary lifestyle she has begun to lead. She paid up for a year's membership at a gym, but did not go for more than two months because she sprained her back and was advised complete bed rest and she completely lost the rhythm. Not to mention, the instructor made her feel very de-motivated. After a swimming class, which clashed with her work timings so much that she did not get past learning to paddle and a disastrous Salsa class with a horrible and impatient teacher ( boy, there are too many of the kind aren't they?), trying to walk with an inconsistent partner, she has finally decided to go by herself and try Aerobics!! A week and she is so far enjaaying herself. The class is good- forces her to get her backside off the bed by 530 in the morning. Of course, her joints and muscles are as stiff as a grandmom and she finds herself ashamed whenever she cant bend down and touch her toes without bending her knees ( too many bends in a straight sentence here.. ok that was a bad attempt at pun), but she admittedly is liking it. she confesses it makes her feel nice and charged . She has even begun walking without slouching. Now how far she sticks to this new measure to help her reach her resolution of toning up before October, watch this space for updates.
My mother - truly a superwoman in her own right. A bundle of contradictions. I am yet to see a fighter like her, a woman of determination and perseverance. I am also yet to see a more submissive wife like her ( in some ways). Hats off to her, for going through whatever she has gone through to make us stand on our feet and make us what we are today. I am sure, I would survive a day in her shoes. A bundle of energy, even though she has been battered and bruised enough by life. Haven't seen a person with more simple joys. She will feel on top of the world even if her kids got her an ordinary cotton sari. Someone for whom a few words of kindness will mean much more than the jewels and diamonds. Haven't seen a more diabolical person also :-P God when mothre get conspiring. I know there are days when I cant stand her. But there are lots more days when I just need the pallu of her sari to make me fall to sleep no matter how insomniacal I am. She is someone who can totally undersatnd me, yet not do so. Whatever our differences, I know at the end of the day, she just has noble intentions. Well, that is my mom in a nutshell. Better late than never, did not do anything for her for Mother's Day ( not brought up on the idea), so today I write a post for her. Though i know she will never see this blog ( she doesn't know I blog), this is for you ammai!!
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
And it was at that age ... Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.
I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.
And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
likeness, image of
felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.
- Pablo Neruda
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Shanbhag uncle (Premier Book Store, Church Street, who by the way is selling at the lowest prices) yesterday. Sush very sweetly offered to pick it up for me. I swear I saw at least 6 people reading the book with their eyebrows knit in concentration when I walked into Koshy's to collect my copy from him. Of course, I couldn't finish the book as fast as I wanted to because of sleep and many interruptions. Finally finished it today afternoon. No, I am not going to be one of the spoil sports and spill the beans. The book makes for a good finale. Lots of surprises, twists and turns. Every important character rises to the occasion and as promised J K Rowling also kills a few characters. If you haven't got your hands on the book, do it before word gets out like it for the Half Blood Prince where half the globe was going "Dumbledore dies" and spoilt it for anyone who hadn't read it yet.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Finally another song has replaced my current favourite song , "In the waiting line" ,on repeat on my player. And the proud winner is "Kothbiro". The song also features on the OST of "The Constant Gardener". A very lovely track. Reminds me of the slow rhythmic pitter patter of raindrops on branches of trees in the aftermath of rains. Another song I have been listening to all day is the song "Oru Maalai" from the Tamizh movie Ghajini. Nice track.
Strangely I feel like I have got enormous energy levels today. Like I snorted or something. To add a touch of cheese here, I must be high on life.. :-))))...
Came across this signage for an aviation academy where the air-hostesses are certified by Air Deccan. Honestly, why would anyone want to put that up??!! How does the fact that Air Deccan is associated with this academy up the brand value of this academy.. esp AIR DECCAN??!! :-P
Surely, the academy's agency must have given them a good spiel for them to agree to this.
Wish today was Friday. Would have been lovely way to end the week and kick in the weekend this way.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Getting back to the album, do try and listen to Herbie Hancock's "Possibilities". I am listening to the music even as I am typing this post while I am thinking to myself why I dont listen to it that often. Quite a nice album.
Have been forgetting things quite often of late. M keeps teasing me about the ever impending nervous breakdown just like K and me used to joke about premature Alzheimers in college over those never ending phone calls. Aahh.. those were the days. Now I have already meandered enough.. I have even forgotten what I initially started out with for the post. Annie Lennox croons softly in my ears "Hush, hush, hush"... thats a cue for me I think.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
And if you are wondering why the post is vacillating between "I" and "We".. hey whose blog is it anyways? :-P
By the way, any emergency that blindsights one on a Tuesday evening can be quite a learning and enlightening experience. So discovered a colleague of mine last week. Happy for her. And hoping the enlightenment was not a passing phase.. Touchwood :-)
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
The weekend was good- Sivaji, Die Hard 4.0, Thank you for smoking and Casablanca. I wanna say" play it again Sam"...
Had a great Saturday evening full of debates and discussions over generous pots of tea. It felt really good to be sitting amongst a bunch of people and just "talk" and not try and make conversation.. Looking forward to more of them, whenever they happen. :-)). Also discovered this great new Chinese restaurant called Nanking in Sigma Mall. Mumbaikars who loved Ling's Pavilion would love this place because its the same person running this place.
Found the entire album of Lekin in Landmark. Was quite thrilled since I have been looking for the song Jhoothe Naina for a long time now.
"In the waiting line" still is the song of the season in my head. My obsession with it just doesn't seem to end....
Friday, June 29, 2007
All in all Maddy's ratings:- For entertainment 10 on 10
For willing suspension of disbelief 15 on 10
The dialogues at places were outright hilarious... " Sachin adiccha sixer, Sivaji adichha Stretcher"
(If Sachin hits, its a sixer but if Sivaji hits its a stretcher). The stunts are a reinforcement of eth fact why Rajni is so popular in Japan and China.. that's cos the stunts in his movie are just like their crouching tiger and hidden dragon :P..
Congrats to Dee who is going to start of a new chapter in her life.
A brand new month and a brand new week is here. Have things to look forward to like my salsa classes, working out regularly again, and a weekend trip or two to Chennai, Things I'm not looking forward to include a visit to the dentist ( very very long due) with a possible root canal :(( and the pain of getting an auto once the rains pick up. Cant think of anything else as of now...
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Chennai was well.. Chennai. Pondy Bazaar is still crowded like its going out of fashion. The fragrance of jasmine flowers is still all pervading. The beach is still dirty and the traffic is just getting worse. The biggest hoardings and the most innovative ideas to sell silk sarees ( what with jodi pattu and the free matching cell phone pouch) and also jewellery. People thronging GRT like gold would disappear from the face of this earth if they did not buy their share today. The only place where will weather out the most humid day in a silk saree :P... This time though Chennai also reminded me a lot of Hyderabad the way it was last year when I visited it.. Gonna definitely make a few trips to Singaara Chennai before Aug, before ammamma takes off to NJ and possibly never return..
Anyways, back home in Bangalore ( yeah this place feels like home now), my favourite coffee shop, the St Marks Barista is shutting down. It was its last day today. The building is going to house Hard Rock Cafe I'm told. So my reaction is very mixed. I am quiet sad I cant walk into Barista like I used to anytime and have my coffee or order a cold coffee with whipped cream to cheer me up. I remember the countless days I have begun my day with a cuppa there before heading to work. The evenings after work when I would just order my coffee and read. So many happy things shared. So my sob story sessions. A venue for rendezvous with friends, old and new. A place to just and soak in things around. Sigh.. Went there yesterday and had my last cuppa with Sushil. Walked in today afternoon but did not want anything, so just took a good look at the place and walked out. Sad but true that life will still move on...
Now something more exciting and definitely the talk of the season.. But of course, I'm referring to Sivaji. Finally got tickets to watch the movie on Friday night. And dance classes begin monday. So stuff to look forward definitely!!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Am so loving the song "In the waiting line" by Zero 7. Definitely the song of the season for me right now. Has been for the last two weeks almost. Love the song even more since I watched "Garden State" again last weekend since it features on the OST of the movie.
Am glad the rains are finally. This is the kind of weather Bangalore should ideally have though it is an anal affliction to get a rick back home in the evening. God forbid, it pours in the evening (which is the case most of the times), then one will have to happily pay a king's ransom to get home. But nonetheless, the weather so appeals to the romantic in me sometimes at the cost of making me totally unproductive at work.. somedays you just dont feel like sitting in front of a comp when if you could help it, you would rather be playing in puddles, sipping hot chocolate while reading a book or watching some nice old movie, or having chatpata pani puri getting drenched in the rain.. Sigh. If only wishes were horses :-P
Me is off to Chennai this weekend to visit ammamma.. Hopefully will have stuff to write about when I get back..
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Baz Luhrmann in his "Everybody's free towear sunscreen" says "Remember the compliments and forget the insults"..I still don't know how to do that Mr.Luhrmannn. I'm guessing its the same with you...
Monday, June 18, 2007
Like many people, I too subscribe to the AWAD ( A Word A Day) by mail ( duh!! But of course). I usually don’t go thru them daily except for once in a blue moon. Yes yes, you can shake your heads ;-). But anyways, before I digress into anything else.. I came across a quote by Richard Bach in one of the AWAD forwards. Curious about his life, I read up on him and found out that the guy was divorced twice over. It came as a no surprise and also as a shock to me. The former because.. the man is a writer and everything he wrote need not have been true.The latter because when I was much younger and a sucker for the concept of soulmates and all that blah, I dug Bach’s books totally. Now of course, come to think of it, a lot of it was well packaged psychobabble at some level. Reading his books back then esp. The Bridge Across Forever made me think Bach and Leslie Parrish were the “ideal and enlightened couple/ soulmates”. Now reading about his divorce, I definitely have a feeling of being let down. This brings me to the question if I’m guilty of letting my imagination getting the better of me or is Bach really that good a writer that he did actually make his readers believe everything he wrote actually happened to him in real life?? Definitely one of those things that make you go hmmm…
Sunday, June 17, 2007
This weekend was action packed but a good bit of it was also work related. Watched “Flowers”- A Girish Karnad play , directed by Royston Abel. Rajat Kapoor played the protagonist delivering the monologue. Well, overall I was quiet disappointed by the pace of the play. Maybe if Rajat Kapoor spoke twice as fast, it would have been much better. But the best thing about the play I thought was the production design and the LIGHTS!! Man, Arghya Lahiri did such a great job with the lights. I have frankly never seen the stage look so beautiful and ethereal. The flowers strewn all over the stage gave me a bit of a headache by the end of the play :- ) But I thought the lighting saved the day for me...
Monday morning has not been manic as of yet. Don’t think it will be but the week definitely looks like it will have its manic days. Today was a definite departure from my routine of late since I started work at 730. But boy, it felt great to start off so early. Reminded me of the dental college routine of leaving home by 650 a.m. Got into work to be offered “Kaju Kathli” as prasadam by Priya. The Prasad was from ISKCON. I must admit I was appreciative of the idea. Thought it definitely was the coming of age of prasadam catering to the fast food generation ;-) “ Oh, I want the lord’s blessings but I would so love if the blessings came in strawberry flavour today”.. “ tomorrow I may be in the mood for some muffins” “Saturday is definitely rasgulla day”.. cool huh??!! Yes, I am being appreciative as well as sarcastic. But the saving grace is the proceeds from the “prasadam” go to charity.Thumbs up to ISKCON on that!!
This happens to be that time of the year when aunt comes down from
Friday, June 15, 2007
Today’s morning walk was quiet eclectic musically speaking. Sorry but it’s an occupational hazard. Working with voices, music and putting them together and making them sound “nice” and appropriate to the radio station and the occasion makes me think in terms of background score. Kinda like how Cameron Diaz involuntarily visualizes a movie trailer in the move “The Holiday”. Getting back to my walk. I switched on the radio and I started my walk with Venkatesha Sahasranaamam. This was followed by santoor by Rahul Sharma. The station I was listening to then seemed to have an entire hour dedicated to him. Did the guy pop it or has he cut a deal with the station? Anways.. then I heard Pandit Bhimsen Joshi do a lovely rendition of his very famous “Bhaagyadha Laxmi baaramma”. Then it was followed by “Rock and Roll Soniye”. That was when I decided it was time to switch to my music. Then onwards it was Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Sugababes, In Dino. Finally by the time I finished by walk, I was on Pink “If God is a DJ”… So like I said, quiet eclectic!!
Lots of pieces in the newspaper caught my attention…
K-Fed might be getting to experience fatherhood for the FOURTH time!! Boy, some one sure needs to keep those pants on!!
The latest thing in getting that perfect smile is here with “invisible braces”. Well, all I can say is we people in the dental fraternity have known it for some time now. It’s just now probably that it is getting popular and accepted also as a successful. Yes, I’m grinning from ear to ear.
There was more stuff but I cant seem to remember now :- (( …. Oh yeah, some “creator/inventor” in U.S.of A (where else) has come up with edible “meat shorts”. Even if he thought it was a great idea, why would anyone want to eat stuff off their (of all places) shorts!! And it not even cooked meat, is raw dried meat!! Come to think of it, might have work for Neanderthals ;-P
P.S.:- For those who haven’t heard “If God is a DJ”, please do so. Quiet a nice song.. to sing and also dance…
P.P.S.:- For those who thought that the digital meters in autos meant peace of mind, think again!! Twice this week I have had the auto jump one whole kilometre on my way to work. Yeah, 100 meters!!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Work begins at 1030. Any normal weekday would probably mean looking into an interview, two promos and five bumpers.... :-P Most of the time, I call it a day by 630 max.Then a cuppa coffee or hanging out post work with Lav , Debs or Sush on some days. Head home. Dinner. Read the Mid-Day (yeah I do read the two bit tabloid.. quiet entertaining I must admit). TV sometimes. Read for an hour or so. Chat with Anju. Then off to lala land. And another day begins before I know it...
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
A very interesting creative project is how I would describe the movie. The movie is a montage or rather collection of 18 short films centered around the city, its various arrondissements, its emotions and most importantly its people. The short films/ stories range from heartening, humorous, mushy, surreal to outright bizarre!! It is quiet difficult to pick any favourite among the 17 I saw ( missed the first one because we got late thanks to the lovely traffic). I really liked the mime couple- adorable one that. Also must mention the story of the middle aged American who comes visiting
Definitely one of the most satisfying movie experiences I have had. What was really amazing and also fascinating was how a group of artistes got together and made 18 short films that are so different from each other while being coherent at the same time. Make more movies like this I say!!
Not sure if the movie will play in the theatre later than this Friday. So please, do catch the movie before that. Or at least lay your hands on a DVD or borrow it from a friend who has downloaded it. Whatever you do, don’t miss the movie!!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I couldn’t but help hum “Ironic” as I got into work ;-)
Sunday, June 10, 2007
It’s been one of those weeks when one gets hardly anytime for any introspection. It’s like a never ending assembly line of one thing after another coming to get you. And before you know the weekend is here and even before you begin to cherish the weekend, it’s manic Monday again!! Am I ranting?? Yeah maybe.. whose blog is it anyways ;-)
This weekend was quiet good. Did manage to learn quiet a few things
- The best laid plans do not always get executed. Even if they don’t, the alternative may be as bad as one might imagine it to be. Quiet like the lines from a Boney M song “things may look so different in the early morning light”.
- Texas Holdem is good fun ( have a good mind to get over everyone to do a poker night every week)
- Sometimes it just makes sense to sleep over a problem.
- Nothing is worth more than one’s mental health (famous words by a friend which I totally endorse now)
- E reading can NEVER replace reading a book the good old way.
It was a good weekend on the whole. Watched “Oceans Thirteen” on Friday evening. Boy, I must admit I did enjoy it more than POTC-3. Revenge is a funny thing for sure considering the kind of stunts Danny and his boys pull to get even with Willy Banks who duped their good old friend and mentor Reuben. Steven Soderbergh seems to have found his groove with the boys once again unlike the previous edition which according to many was not as tight and was quiet all over the place. The camaraderie is bang on. So is the humor so characteristic of the first offering. There were quiet a few good jokes. Personally I liked the parts where Casey Affleck incites the workers of the dice factory and the part where he is trying to hack the computer. Steven Soderbergh has finally got it right. And he did a good thing keeping the women away from this one albeit Ellen Barkin. By the way, she needs to seriously do something abt the cellulite on her arms if she wants to wear outfits like the ones she wore in the movie. On the whole, total paisa vasool maamoo!! I would definitely recommend the movie to anyone.
Wanted to catch another movie called “Paris Je’taime” but couldn’t. Hopefully someone will lay their hands on a DVD copy and save me the trouble of going all the way to PVR to watch it. :-D
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Tuesday evening is a bit late to be putting up a post about the weekend gone by. Nonetheless. Its been a very hectic and quiet an eventful weekend. Our team won the Excellence in Radio Award for the “Most Innovative Show (Kannada)” for a 12 part series we produced to commemorate the 50th Rajyotsava. Then there was the Aero-amazing-smith concert. Great concert contrary to popular belief maybe because we were right at the front very close to the stage. If I was a man, I would have said what
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Happened to watch parts of this movie called “Radio Flyer” today morning.Maybe the first half an hour or so while I was getting ready to leave for work. What caught my attention in the movie was the fact that it had Tom Hanks narrating the movie and a very young and so very cute Elijah Wood and Joseph Mazzello ( the kid from
These are the fascinations according to him:-
1. Animals can talk;
2. Your favorite blanket is woven from a fabric so mighty, that once pulled over your head, it becomes an impenetrable force field
3. Nothing is too heavy to lift with the aid of a cape;
4. Your hand, held forefinger out and thumb up, actually fires bullets;
5. Jumping from any height with an umbrella is completely safe;
6 Monsters exist and can be both seen and battled with;
7. The greatest and most special of all: the ability to fly.
Got me thinking about the fascinations I had a kid. So tonight I’m probably going to go home and go through my old pictures and photo albums. Just to remind myself I was a kid once. Do the same once in a while to rekindle the child in you. Its definitely worth the effort. Trust me on that.
Walk on the
Every time I encounter someone like that, I am always forced to wonder if it’s a genuine case. I mean if I was ever in a situation like that and I told a similar story, it would definitely be taken with a pinch of salt. And many people, actually, no one would probably help me out. Ok.. The point I’m trying to make is how does one know if the person is genuinely in trouble? Do we just go on and dismiss anyone who approaches us because we have the same story too many times before? Are we becoming too skeptical? Is it just a case of these so called “con people” being so believable? Or is it just some of us being gullible? I’m still wondering…..
Monday, May 14, 2007
Well for a change this weekend I decided to do just a couple of things and I actually managed to get all of them done. And the first and foremost thing on my list was not to cram too many things on my weekend itinerary which I must say I did accomplish. So the weekend dawdled by without giving me too much of stress of having to be in ten different places at the same time. I just ran a few errands and caught up on my weekend dose of the idiot box, read quite a bit and caught the “The Good German”.
A movie I had been looking forward to watch for sometime. A review warned me before I watched it that it was strictly for the “intellectuals and people who paid attention during history classes in school”. Another said it was strictly for Steven Soderbergh fans. But those “strictly” warnings notwithstanding, I went ahead with my plans of watching the movie. Of course I had to tell myself that it was a period film based on World War II and based in
The movie like I said before is based in Post WWII Berlin around the time Stalin, Churchill and Truman assembled at
The movie might sound a tad too lengthy with a runtime of 105 minutes. Though a good 45 minutes could have been conveniently edited, at no point does the film feel like a drag. The background score is very reminiscent of the oldies. But its not overdone like in a spoof. The performances are just right. Cate Blanchett looks so very gorgeous. She has got her character right to the T from the way she looks to her accent. I, for one, never thought she was much of looker.A fantastic actress but not exactly a looker. You get what I mean right.. Anyways, but in this film, she looks so built to portray someone from that era. Call me weird but she in some scenes reminded me of Anne Frank (yeah which is why the disclaimer “weird”). Cate Blanchett who turns 34 today apparently modeled her character on Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman and she has done a great job! Kudos to her!
The suspense is not really out of world. Some of the twists are unexpected. Most of them expected. Even when the last piece of the puzzle fall in place, there is neither a sense of shock, nor is there a sense of disappointment. All in all, watch the movie if you want a break from the usual movie fare being dished out of late and if you are in the mood for an oldie without actually watching one. My rating 6.5 out of 10.