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.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
When Ash decided to tie the knot with Abhishek, little did she know how many hearts she would break. I don’t know if Ash will ever get to know of it, but I sure got a taste on my way to work today. As usual, I get into an auto and lo behold!! I see a Taj Mahal in the auto.Yeah a stainless steel Taj Mahal on the back of the drivers seat!! Anyone who uses autos as a means of transport in Bengalooru knows the drivers have to attach their details on the back of their seats for the passengers to see and make note of should the need arise. Now our dude’s details were attached of course but they were inside the Taj Mahal. What a sentimental touch!! Ok now before you wonder where does Ash fit in the picture, the auto is full of pictures of Ash and she is on the other side of the Taj, literally behind the guy's back.This guy sure took the “ behind every (successful) man, there is a woman” adage seriously. And you were wondering if that’s all, there is more. The whole auto is decked with jasmine flowers! Yes lots of mallige hoovu/ mullappoo/ mallippoo maalais. The garlands almost reminded me of the stuff, the villainous Thakur's son in a Hindi film would wrap around his wrists whilst enjoying his mujra in a kotha! I sure was glad I did not get into the same auto at night. I'm sure I would have totally freaked out by the time I got out of the rick.
“The Good German” has a line which is almost a leitmotif in the movie “there is always something worse”. Likewise, in the case of our Auto Rajas, just when you thought something took the cake, there is always another contender. :)
Friday, May 11, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Its been two odd years since I moved to
The city which due to some personal reasons I had begun to loathe.
But the city has been patient with me. And it has made me fall in love with it all over again. And this time around it has been for its sheer beauty, its outlook and of course the fact that it has been good to me ;) . Sure it wont stop me from wanting to live in the Big Apple of India, Mumbai, badmouth and fight with the auto drivers, loathe the 1130 deadline, the list is quite long… ( lets save it for another post)
But the bottom line is, nothing like namma Bengalooru.. of course with a lot of swalpa adjust maadi..
Like a good friend says, Cauvery Neeru, Kingfisher Beeru macchaan!!