Saturday, December 13, 2008

Being a broadcast professional is not always fun and games. To be honest, most often it is a thankless job because we are working odd hours and on holidays, there is always pressure to perform well, we are always under scrutiny and public memory is shortlived. But there are some occasions when one feels so good about being one! In my case, the 5th edition of DIFF definitely and undoubtedly has to be one of those occasions. The chance to see so many great film makers, story tellers, thinkers under the same roof and actually be rubbing shoulders with them, chatting with them( even if it's work) definitely makes me feel great to be there! I mean, I get to hear Harry Belafonte, Deepa Mehta, Oliver Stone, Nicolas Cage, Dilip Mehta and many other intellectuals speak!! How cool is that! But amid my joy, a curious incident on my way home from today's show at DIFF at the Madinat Jumeirah ( which in my opinion, has a quaint charm of its own quite unparalleled in Dubai!!), made me look at the whole event in a new light.

So, after calling it a wrap on what I thought a good show, I hailed a cab and headed towards the studio to prepare for some of the things I need for my show tomorrow. After some time, the cab driver started talking to me. He looked at me very as- a- matter- of- factly and asked me " I see this film festival happen every year. What comes out of it? " which of course, translated to " How does this high culture affect my existence?" And this question posed to me while I was still reeling from the fact that I just heard Deepa Mehta and Harry Belafonte speak!!! Fair enough I said to myself.. and tried to explain to the man in the best way possible that festivals are great for smaller films to be showcased, people from the film fraternity to network and catch up on each other's work etc etc. He did not buy whatever I said right away. But he asked me " Can I go watch a film there?" The way he asked the question made me realise that "high culture" is so often exclusivist and almost classist/snobbish! I had almost reached the studio by then. As I alighted from the cab, I gave him two vouchers for the festival and gave him directions and names of some movies, mainly from the subcontinent that I thought he might be interested in. And I think the satisfaction of seeing the poor man's expression was all that I needed to make my day feel worthwhile. And mind you, the joy of a job well done not withstanding, the driver's happiness still felt so much better!
Like I said, some days (actually most) being a broadcast professional feel so good! :-)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Picture This..

The date - 18th August,2008.
The place- Ravi's restaurant, Satwa

The air besides being thick with the dust and humidity, is also thick with conversations/debates/ discussions about Pakistan Post Musharraf. 18th being the day Musharraf resigned. Now, Ravi's( pronounced Raavi's) is a place that any die hard foodie MUST visit whilst in Dubai. Located in Satwa, it is very much a down town Pakistani eating joint where the gora tourists and their brown cousins from the subcontinent rub shoulders with each other while they enjoy their biryanis, paayas and teekaas. Part of the people enjoying supper are seated 4 women aged 26, 28, 37 and 46 respectively. All of them beautiful and smart in their own right catching up each other's life and sharing a happy meal. Right across them, in another table, are seated a bunch of young Pakistani men who obviously were enjoying their meal while also giving an American colleague a crash course on desi cuisine. As happens in such scenarios, when there are two groups of opposite genders, a decent amount of "checking the other person out" takes place. Both the groups finish off their meals and are at their resp tables chit chatting post khana. Now,one of the men in the group happens to be wearing a really cool t shirt which has a picture of a White House Checklist very similar to the image below, except that Canada and the Blue States were replaced by Pakistan and China.

This funky t shirt catches the attention of one person in the other group, who points it out to her friends and on an impulse walks up to the guy and compliments him on the t shirt.The guy, of course, is very flattered by the lady's attention and offers to give the t shirt to her. She, at first, taken aback handles the situation quite well, thanks him and starts to walks away. At the same moment, our pal runs up to his car, take the shirt off, changes in to a shirt and walks back to her with the t shirt in tow. Right in the middle of the road!! He, requests her to take the t shirt which she does and walks back to her friends who have been watching the whole event unfold. And if after reading this, you are saying to yourself " no ways!!".. think again.. because it really happened.

Now, I will leave it to your imagination to figure out which one of the four women made the guy take his t shirt off in public. Kindly post your answer along with why you think so...

The answer post your comments .... So watch this space

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Earworm for this week!

My earworm at the moment is this song by one of my favourite bands of all time- Zero 7
The song is called "The Space Between". Besides the haunting quality of the tune, I love the words and in my state of mind at the moment, it makes a lot of sense...

Now that you're older
Taking the time to look
Back over your shoulder
On the days confusion took

Now that you're wiser
Surely you've learned to read it
You should know
No surface shines brighter
Than the light that burns beneath it

Never so sure
We always take more
Though we still don't know what it's for

Now that I've seen you
Stripped to the very core
I know that I need you
Less than I did before

Never so sure
We always take more
Though we still don't know what it's for

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

How to talk to girls... ask a 9 year old!

For all those shy guys, help is at hand. And the kind soul who is the beacon of light is a 9 year old schoolboy. Click here

The TIME  gives it a "Read" verdict. I would say the same too. If for nothing but a good laugh :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Now how far this incident it true remains to be validated but it sure makes for a GOOD laugh!
Sorry for the rather long TLA.. but better late than never they say.. and now before someone, like Martin Crane, remarks "Shut your big bazoo and stop rambling".. I shall promptly do so!
Yours truly is truly an NRI now.. what with having completed a year in Doobai and in the process becoming a true Doobian. Quite an year it has been and a very fast one at that too.
So I was wondering what I should do as a mark of this milestone in my life, I just thought I should pen down some of the most memorable things/ things I have cherished over the past year.
So here goes...

  • My moment of epiphany! Yes, yours truly knows what she wants to do for a good chunk of her life.. YAY to that! And what a moment that was and what com incidence that it was on the 4th of July, the American Independence Day
  • The day when I paid my last credit card bill. Being debt free is quite the feeling. Definitely high on my recommendation list!
  • The ability to be able to do so much more with the phoren paisa back home :)
  • My roomie and JG along with A, the four of us are a typical Sex and The City sisterhood. If one was a fly on the wall, one would really know what I mean!
  • The joy of playing really good songs while sitting in the On Air Studio with the headphones cranked up really high! Nothing to beat the compliments from listeners after a job well done. Believe me when I say, we Indians have a song fr every occasion!
  • Being able to live out my journalistic ambitions as a talk show host.
  • Going to some very nice places free of cost ( yes yours truly can be cheap ) all in the name of work.There have to be some perks on the job eh? ;)
  • Lying beneath the stars on cold sand. Dune bashing, at least once in a lifetime, definitely recommended.
  • Sunsets and moonrises over the desert.
  • Discovering Lebanese food and Sushi.
  • My bond with all the people I consider friends, both here and back home in India.
  • My first trip back home in Sept.
  • The T shirt incident at Ravi's ( watch this space for more details)
  • My moments with the susterhood- S,JGn A and I
  • Random acts of kindness from people around me
  • Good friends I have formed here in Doobai- and trust me when I say good friends!
And not everything has to be hunky dory, I have also discovered:-

  • I have a piled on a couple pf kilos- 3 to be precise :(
  • I have great potential to be a full blown case of OCD
  • I am a snob when it comes to level of intelligence and I am quite proud to be one!
  • I am not really the extrovert that I might have had occasional delusions about being one
All in all, a very enlightening year it has been. And hopefully, this will mark the end of the dry blogging spell. Thanks L for egging me to blog. I know this is not great stuff but it s what matters to me.. Thanks for everybody's patience reading this post. Watch this space for more :)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

There are more than.... I really have lost count of the number of half written post drafts in my head. Obviously, its a lesson learnt that there is no point procastinating because the thought once lost is gone forever. Even if you retrieve fragments, its is never the same. At this point, the filmy drama queen in moi wants to break in to a sheesha ho ya train of thought ho aakhir toot jaata hai!

Today has been a productive start to the week, my laundry disaster not withstanding ( I basically multi coloured t shirts as well as lingerie now). Finally seem to have gotten back to the routine of watching movies (at least two over the weekend) and books (reading Toni Morrison, Eco and Tony Parsons simultaneously). Mamma mia and WALL E are both a must watch! Cant wait for The Dark Knight to hit the screens.

Well, that has been the present. Over the recent past, I must say I have been witness to a lot of Sex And The City Moments. But what has to take the cake was me and a very dear friend, JG walk in to the emergency room and later the cardiac unit of a hospital to visit a mutual friend with a MacDonald's take away- a super sized fries, Big Mac burger and a Mcflurry to top it all!!
I have to say with moi- aisa kabhi hua nahi, jo bhi hua khoob hua :P

Inshallah, I also get back to the routine of blogging more often.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thanks to anonymous for enlightening moi about "Earworm".
The current song I am earworming a lot nowadays has to be the title track of Tashan.
And to keep my sanity and cinematic taste at a decent standard, I refuse to digress about the inane movie. What I love about the song is the energy and attitude that comes forth.Vishal- Shekhar have succeeded in making a rock anthem out of the title track. Lyrics, too, do equal justice.

There are things one does to pay bills and others to feed the soul. The former is taking precedence in moi life right now, so much so that everything else is taking a backseat, including my blog :-(

But over my period of absence from the blog, some of the things that have happened to either moi or people close to me :-

Hearts got stolen, some hearts broken, others being mended, some successes at work, some miserable failure on the personal front, new additions, some departures, joys cherished, grief and sorrow in some cases shared and in others experiences in solitude, some hurtful truths discovered, some delusions indulged,  some rose to the situation, some ate humble pie....basically, life lived.

What I must share with everyone and what might come across as a total lift from Sex And The City is a friend who found out that the guy who was wooing her actually maintained an excel sheet of every woman he met/sexual encounters he had had- complete with date(s), positive qualities that worked in favour of the person, type of experience et al!!! :P

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

By now most of the regulars to the this now-almost - defunct blog must know that yours truly goes through these "song phases" where in a particular song stays in her head for a week or ten days.The latest phase is the Big B crooner from the dismal autumn winter romance flick Nishabd. The song is called Rozaana. Big B is his usual baritone/ nasal and slightly besuraa in places with his singing. But the song has a haunting quality to it. The lyrics are beautiful. Once you have heard it, the song will make you go back to it again and again. But a word of caution though, dont watch the video! Do it if you want the visuals to completely spoil the song for you. There are some songs which have videos which lift the value of the song and then.. there are others. Rozaana's video is definitely in the latter category....

Hopefully yours truly will blog rozaana :-)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The blog has definitely and unfortunately become a monthly affair, going by the frequency at which yours truly has been putting up posts. The dashboard and yours truly's head is overflowing with half drafted posts which might never see the light of the day for whatever reasons...

Anyways, the month of April is almost over.. and here comes this months installment.. and hear this.. this post is being typed on MAC!!!! MWHUHAHAHAHAAHAAHA

Yes! Yours truly is a PROUD MAC owner. This baby just feels so good!
Yours truly is in love all over again..

Speaking of love, leaving everyone with a very dear friend's definition of love, which yours truly thinks has been the best she has heard in a looooong long time. Here goes "When all the impressing one another, romance and the sex is done over with. After all the fights about the wet towel on the bathroom floor, the open toothpaste tube, the families and relatives are over.. when its just me and him, whatever is there between just the two of us.. thats love according to me "

Monday, March 31, 2008

Its taken a really broke month end and prodding by her dear roomie to make yours truly realise that its the end of March and she has not posted anything this month!! Not that life has been uneventful or the blogging tap has run dry but just that most of the posts are in her head and by the time she gets to typing them.. which obviously doesnt happen on time.. the result, my dashboard and head are full of half composed posts which will probably never see the light of the blog :-)

Live radio is fun esp with sweet listeners like the ones in Doobai.. a listener just made my day today by getting me something really nice from her visit back home to India. Made me nostalgic and the fact nanna Bengalooru experienced showers last weekend did not help. Khair koi baat nahin, mera number bhi aayega.. main bhi ghar jaaoongi! Inshallah!

After that paroxysm of feling home sick, back it is to the joys of living alone. It is really gratifying esp when the fact that your lilac sheets match very well with the new floral quilt cover thrill you to bits! :-)

God lies in the details and life is all about small joys.. thats all I will say for now...

Ciao for now. See you next month...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Somedays are not so happy and you want to rant about it to the entire world. Somedays are happy and you want to just be.. today is definitely one of them...

Monday, February 25, 2008

Yours truly is getting domesticated!
No she is not going to drop everything in the world to become Mrs.X and wait with jasmine laden hair and a cuppa chai for the piya to get home.. No sirree no.. she is just cherishing the joys of having her own pad.. even if it is on a sharing basis. Tis quite a nice feeling to walk into your own home, do things at home, cook and clean. So for now, yours truly is enjoying the honeymoon period of getting domesticated. The phase lasts how long.. wait and watch :-)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Having finally made the transition to live radio, yours truly is coping with being a presenter ( no one is called an RJ this side of the globe). Its work in progress to be honest but quite a revelation. The listeners here are so warm, welcoming and sweet! Have had quite a few brushes with "fans/ listeners". The sweetest has been the 10 year old girl who gave me chocolates and a rose a day before Valentines Day. Also mentionable is a listener called Hiroo Hiralal. No.. I am not kidding people have names like that! The man has a story about how he met the Shah man and was the inspiration for the title of Hero Hiralal. Also there are listeners who send us gift hampers and sweet dubbas for festivals. What can I say.. the listener loves us! :P

Saturday, February 16, 2008

If last Valentine's Day was an overdose of "nice mush", this year it was "er... ok -mush". I mean in terms of something, a steady staple of which remains a constant in my life no matter what. And dont wrack your brains trying to think of the vice I might have. I'll do it sooner than you can guess. It's movies! If last year I thoroughly enjoyed Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore's on screen chemistry in the light hearted V-Day offering Music and Lyrics ( Don't miss the parody on Wham! and the very nice - Way back into love on the OST), this year I had my patience tested for three and a half hours waiting for Jodha and Akbar to finally get on with their love story!! Though a very expensive film, I was sadly disappointed by the lack of attention to details in some scenes. The war scenes were so " Oh I also wanna make blood and gore look esthetic like 300", it wasn't funny. Hats off to whoever did a brilliant photoshop job on Aishwarya on the movie posters cos she looks old, drained and tired in most of the scenes. There must have been a serious shortage of glycerine for the soap queens since Ash must have used up most of it crying in the movie. Hrithik looks like a Greek god and for good reason. Rehman's background score has become predictable for Ashutosh Gowariker films now. Kehne ko jashne bahaara is a lovely song. Khwaja mere Khwaja, though nice is a force fit in the plot. Ila Arun totally adds to the saans- bahu angle in the movie.

I know I am being extremely nasty, but If Ashutosh Gowariker had to make a film about the "untold love story of Jodha and Akbar", he could have very well done it without making us warm seats for almost three and a half hours!

27 Dresses is another movie which I did catch over the weekend. I regret paying 30 AED for something which would be well worth catching on TV.

Something I did not mind doing over the weekend was the Peanut Butter Jam which happens every Friday at the Wafi roof top. Its basically an informal jam and performance session that lets people enjoy the music while chilling on bean bags. And of course, there was the lovely soup at Pauls, Thai food at Wok Inn, not so happening minestrone at the Dubai Marina, tut- tut pasta at Dome and divine cherry cheese cake at Dome. So much for a not so happening weekend :P

Life, unlike, the movie is whizzing past. Its already been over two and a half months in the Gelf. The Dubai Shopping Festival this year I am told is not as great as it is usually. yours truly is not really complaining because she has shopped enough ( I think) already. One doesn't really need temptation leaning on the doorbell. Esp here where temptation is all over the place.

Learnt a bit about widows and orphans in publishing parlance. Dont know what it is? Google maadi ;-)

P.S.:- This blog was posted under the influence of an extremely strong sugar buzz caused by excessive intake of cherry cheese cake accompanied by an on going state of sleep deprivation. So if anything pisses anyone off, it was probably meant to be that way :P

Ciao for now...

Monday, February 11, 2008

There are days and then there are some more... And then there are days when you are so glad to be doing what you do!
I have to do my show throughout DSF from a mall called Lamcy Plaza. Usually though the show is meant to be high on the interaction quotient, it is quite difficult to find the "right" people to put on air. And then on some days lightning strikes .. like today. They were a couple with their grandson. It was obivous it was their first time in Doobai. I asked the lady if she wanted to go on air and she gladly agreed. Being a professor of English literature, needless to say, she was articulate. When we got talking, I found out that they have been married for 42 years now and the icing on the cake was the fact that they got married on the 14th of Feb.. of course in a time and day when Valentine's day did not hold too much of a significance for them except that it was a good muhurat :)
Meeting them made my day. And I was still smiling to myself long after they had left the booth and the show was over. And as my cab pulled away, I caught a glimpse of the husband taking his wife's pictures.. and all I can say is Love is in the air!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

If temperatures in Mumbai are not indicative of global warming.. gawd knows what is!!
Everybody's pretty little (or not) touche's having been freezing away this part of the globe too. But that did not deter me and A from pigging out Gelato's last night and watching Sweeney Todd. Tim Burton's musical was impressive, very stylish, the singing a tad bit over the top. But definitely deserves a thumbs up. After last enthralling us as the idiosyncratic Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp is a revelation (once again) as the menacing barber done wrong and lost his senses. His behind is also very very cute... I know I sound so very single right now! but hey... I am entitled to my fair share of eye candy even if it is Johnny Depp as the eveil barber on screen.
Moving on.. living alone can also be quite a revelation! I recently discovered washing pullovers in the machine is a very good idea.. if you want them to be hand me downs for your nieces who wont be able to wear them for another decade (thats after they are actually born). I can also now proudly say "Honey I shrunk the.....

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Yours truly has been missing in action for quite sometime!! Quite being an understatement. My mind is full of drafts or stuff I began to draft for the blog but never go around to posting eventually. Work is taking off at break neck speed. I do not know if its a fact or if it is me but it feels like the speed at which days pass is directly proportionate to your age!
Life in Doobai is pretty much settling into a routine (albeit boring right now) of sorts. Work - home- work. Weekend is catching up on dirty laundry.. maybe a party or movie. Long drives are no longer an option since my chauffeur friend has relocated to apna Bharat. The biggest thrill being live on air. The listeners in this part of the world are really sweet!! I got a box of chocolates and cookies when I did my first outdoor broadcast. Another gentleman brought the crew lunch.Small little things that definitely make my day. While the show and my on air personality gets sorted, DSF unfolds. The fireworks at the creek are outta the world to say the least. Feels like watching fireworks wearing 3 D glasses.Haven't really gotten around to shopping. Movies and books also seem to be taking a back seat for now considering a good chunk of the waking hours is spent at work and doing work related stuff.
Did manage to read 'The False Impression' by Jeffrey Archer and almost done with 'The Hard Way' by Lee Child.
P.S.I Love You is a movie that made me cry loads and loads and feel happy - sad. Atonement was a la Titanic for some weird reason for me at least .The Hoax starring Richard Gere and Alfred Molina was interesting. A movie that I completely adored was 'Once' - a nice musical with a very simple, sweet storyline. Looks and feels like a movie made by a bunch of friends fooling around with their songs and video camera over a weekend.
Just got a pass for a screening of Sweeney Todd. So Ciao from yours truly for now .....

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Did you know that not many people have residential postal addresses in this city? I got to know this recently when I had to ask my landlord for the postal address of the house I stay in. It was quite a rude revelation not to mention shock too. Almost all expats have to use the office address for all correspondence official or personal. Aisa bhi hota hai!
I have been fortunate enough to witness rains in Dubai. Witness is definitely the word to use because by the time one gets out to experience the "rain", its over :P
The weather has been amazing the past few days. Very chilly but just the right weather to get out on drive or just cuddle up at home with a book or watch a movie. Speaking of books, finally finished reading "False Impression" by Jeffrey Archer. Now reading a humorous and thoda filmi light hearted novel called "The Undomestic Goddess" by Sophie Kinsella ,the story of a stressed out lawyer who in a strange turn of events find herself masquerading as a housekeeper when she is probably the worst at housekeeping! Its been a good read so far.
Oh shoot! I almost forgot. I had a photo shoot yesterday (no pun intended). My first official one so to speak. Before I give you the juicy details, I must add a bit about the prep for the shoot. I had to carry "a coupe of outfit changes", which my colleagues gladly helped me out with. Now carrying all the stuff was as good as packing for a small trip! The nervousness about the shoot aside, the traffic was REALLY bad en route the studio. When I got there, to my disappointment( ?) I did not have to change too many outfits and the bottom half of my outfit/ensemble because it was just mid waist and close up shots. I changed and the drama began. At this point, I must add that with every brush I have with "fashion/ grooming" (not that I am a hairy woolly mammoth with BO), I really respect the patience that models and actors must have. Also, posing and looking pretty is not as easy. Instructions like " hold your hand here, look cool, hold that expression... and now, thoda face left ko turn karo... haan ab chin aage karo" dont make things easy. But on the whole, good fun! Sab ko ek baar karna chahiye :-)
Its a long weekend here again and I have no plans whatsoever! Inshallah jaldi acche plans ban jaayenge :-)

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The new year has begun on a good note for yours truly. Must thank D for the yours truly expression. I have shamelessly stolen it from him. As I am settling in life in Dubai, I cant but admit that life was more fulfilling back home in Bangalore. Not to sound depressed or sad or homesick, its nothing if that sort except an observation of someone who still feels like an outsider in Doobai for more reasons than one. Who knows this place might become home for me in the near future.. it definitely is the place I HAVE to call home for now. Dubai is a nice place provided one is happy with work-home-work over the weekdays and running errands over the weekend routine. It is a loners paradise. Not to say one cannot have fun here. Of course one can provided one doesn't mind bleeding to death paying the cabbies ( who increasingly remind me of namma Bengalooru auto drivers with every passing day) or owns a four wheeler. Still haven't gotten on a bus, so cannot comment on that mode of transport. Wait a minute.. did I just not say the year began on a good note for me? Then why am I meandering and sounding depressed! :P

Anyways, this week is important since I finally go on air. The big day is on Saturday. And then the roller coaster ride begins!

Watched Taare Zameen Par - Great debut and well reearched product though the movie could have been tighter and not as filmy in the second half. Charlie Wilson's War was an extremely smart and well made political movie. Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts ( with a washboard tummy after 3 kids!! How did she manage that?! looking magnificent as ever though) and Philip Seymour Hoffman.. definitely a not to be missed movie. Something extremely missable was Lindsay Lohan's I Know Who Killed Me. What was the crew thinking to agree to be a part of this movie?! And what were we thinking when we decided to go watch it! Anyways, I Am Legend starring Will Smith looks promising. You know, beginning to realise vis-a-vis the rest of the cities in India, Bangalore is much more English and cosmopolitan in its thought :-) On that note, yours truly signs off...