Friday, February 27, 2009

I am listening to the plastic bag theme from the movie American Beauty on loop. Helps me think sometimes. An idea borrowed from a writer friend. And on my super cool birthday gift, my Bose headphones, I can even hear the rustle of the plastic bag :) My project for Monday is in process. Not with the speed I would have liked but progressing nonetheless. And I am always at my best when I am running out of time. So there...

After quite some time of this...

I am glad to announce that I am finally back to that state of mind when I feel like writing. My mind is overflowing with possible post drafts. Which is cause for a big woohoo! Though cannot say the same about roomie and my situation since we are both redundant. But this too shall pass :-)

I finally know why Clive Owen was a front runner to be the next Bond. Having always maintained that he is an actor one cannot help but notice, he has proven he can handle action and espionage just as effortlessly as emotion and histrionics with The International, Tom Tywker's latest post Perfume. A rivetting movie that gave me the pleasure of reading a very good espionage novel. Featuring an ensemble cast including Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller Stahl amongst others and shot in various locales across the globe, the movie also has some really neat lines like "Sometimes you find your destiny on the road you took to avoid it" .. I would definitely give the movie two thumbs up! Yes sirree, Tom Tywker is back and how. Another movie I am waiting to watch is Frost/Nixon. Missed The Wrestler by a couple of weeks. Also tried watching Billu Barber, but dozed off half an hour and two songs into the movie. Boredom or fatigue or both.. I dunno but what I do know is that I did not want to see the movie all the way till the end. That settled the issue then I guess ;-)

More later, back to my project and the plastic bag theme now..

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Like the new cheesy header and profile picture for the blog, my playlist has also got a refresh of sorts.After tripping on Dev D's soundtrack for almost a month, I am constantly smiling to the tunes from Delhi 6 OST. Genda phool and Masakali being the hot favourites preceded by Arziyan. As far as the movie goes, quite a nice movie as long as one doesn't compare the movie to RDB, which was another league altogether. Lovely ensemble cast with some memorable performances by Deepak Dobriyal and Divya Dutta among others. Wish ROM had kept the intensity alive at the climax instead of the Big B cameo But the trade has its own demands I guess. Will it go down as a memorable film? I don't think so. Same holds true for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. There were enough and more times during the film when I happily walked out knowing I wouldn't have missed much. That could also be attributed to the information overload about the movie and its reviews. Loved the visual effects and makeup in the film. Parts of the film reminded me of Forrest Gump. Don't ask me why because I am the reigning queen of weird associations.

Movies apart, I have a new project on hand till Monday. Will write more about it once I am done with it. What I can share at the moment is that I am excited about it and slightly nervous too. More post monday.

That apart, what happens when four gorgeous and intermittently smart women- three of whom dont drive and one who doesn't know roads in U.A.E besides the ones in Sharjah, get out on a lazy Saturday afternoon to get a cup of joe at the neighbourhood Starbucks coffee shop? Well, that one cuppa joe takes them on a 120 km drive around not just the city but the country! Accident or mishap? More like an adventure which I am taking great pleasure typing out while sipping a cuppa chai at 1130 PM in the night :P This is what happened, four of us finished a sumptuous meal at this place ( won't mention the name but one of the places roomie and I swore we would NEVER enter in our one year together), we gorgeous ladies decided we needed coffee from Starbucks. The chosen destination was Wafi Mall but en route to Wafi, we missed an exit and ended up At Dubai Outlet Mall some 30 kms away from where we intended to go. We, of course, decided to not just make lemonade, we even threw ourselves a margarita party. After indulging ourselves with shopping to our hearts content at Dubai Outlet Mall ( which according to me is Dubai's answer to our factory outlets, albeit in a much bigger fashion), we decided to head back home- which was Dubai. We again took the wrong exit and headed to Dubai on a detour that was the longest possible, only to realise a couple of kms into the exit that the car was already on reserve fuel. That meant, lots of swearing (not at each other), nervous laughter, major stress and praying like hell for a gas station. The car just about started slowing down and lo behold! there was a gas station. Never have four women been so happy to stop at a gas station. And then, the night was still young and the adventure had just about begun unfolding. Like I mentioned earlier, we were to head to Dubai but where did we end up in.. Sharjah!! One second we were on the highway and the next minute we were right in the middle of a huge traffic jam.. I swear that's what happened. Finally roomie and I got dropped off at a point where we could hail a cab and head home. The ride to the neighbourhood mall to get a cuppa coffee turned out to be quite the adventure indeed! Lessons learnt- never miss an exit or take the wrong one because there are no U turns in UAE. Always pay attention to the routes and yes, dont get on the highway without enough fuel in your car because the gas stations are few and far between. And yes, I am very proud to say that the four of us can really take lemons and make a margarita party out of it ... we definitely did :-)

Monday, February 9, 2009

So much for declaring I have all the time in the world to blog now.... lol!

Over the past month and some, I have a set routine of trying to get by the first half of the day as quickly as possible. This, of course, means I get most of the job hunting, calls, meetings set up in this time band. Post lunch, the day is not that difficult to get by. I am getting good at it and not to mention, there is also my new obsession with The Wire. To add fuel to my modified telly obsession, I have also laid my hands on the Season 5 of House MD (grin).

If one is wondering about the employment status, I am still a jobless bum :) But having said that, this is my longest break in over ten years. So I would rather consider myself as being in transition than being out of job. Its all about using words to suit one's needs it turns out. And boy did I learn it by burning the midnight oil or what?! Now, most of us pretty stop "writing" or drafting letters once we get out of school or grade 12 latest. In this era of digital communication, the fine art of writing and correspondence is indeed a dying art form. Now, I had to write cover letters to apply for jobs and it certainly turned out to be quite a task! This brings me to concur with a friends opinion that every literate person should write through out their lives and aim at writing atleast 500 words a day. Now thats a lofty target I agree but I shall diligently try to write more often if not daily. Thats a promise and I hope I do keep it.

Of late, I spend a lot of time at a friends sprawling apartment which I think personally has the best panoramic view of Dubai's skyline. I manage to get my daily 20 minute walk sessions every time I walk up tp her place and back home. En route her place, I use the neighbourhood Spinneys as a thoroughfare. The same complex also has a pizzeria and a McDonalds outlet in the same premises. And quite often, I have many an individual sitting on the trademark McD bench next to the clone and gazing at the horizon. This for me is one of the loneliest sights in Dubai, which I guess I feel so because some of them quite frankly look lonely. But today a friend of mine told me the story of why there is a Ronald McDonald sitting on a bench at every McD outlet. Apparently, before hitting upon the idea of the fast food chain, the founder of McD sat on park bench everyday for two years trying to think of some means of making money since he was unemployed and penniless. So as a reminder that sometimes sitting on the bench can give you great ideas, every McD outlet has the bench with Ronald very happily perched on it. Of course, the story can be imspirational if you want it to be but more than that the next time I use the thoroughfare, maybe I wont really think about the lonely people sitting on the bench.. :-)

The new "25 random things about me" meme on Facebook is catching on fast. I have already been tagged thrice. Maybe I should write 25 random things! This meme is reportedly the fastest spreading meme on Facebook almost likened to a bug! Read more. Well, I haven't really decided if I should participate in this exercise/activity which is taking Facebook by storm. And after reading these two articles, even you might change your mind. Click here and here.

Facebook aside I am a bit saddened by the fact that the movie which is heralding Indian cinema coming of age is not going to be screened in UAE for its controversial content. I am talking about Dev D- Anurag Kashyap's interpretation of the Bengali tragedy, Devdas. A la Omkara by Vishal Bharadwaj, Anurag has adapted the storyline to the current times. So understandably- Devdas becomes Devinder Singh Dhillon (Dev D) and Paro becomes Parminder Kaur. The film not just adapts the classic tale to this day and age but also addresses issues plaguing the youth of Bharat, female sexuality, past scandals like the famous DPS MMS scandal. Sigh.. will have to wait for my DVD fairy to get me my churaya hua copy but something better than nothing I say. Another thing about Dev D I absolutely love is the soundtrack- eclectic and brilliant! Especially, Emossional Atyachaar( Brass Band version)- absolute genius. If I had to describe the OST in one word it would be trippy. And a trip is what the film is from what I understand from the promotions. More about Dev D after I watch the film. Another film I watched a couple of months ago and has been much deliberated about its Slumdog Millionaire.Enough has been said and written about it. I really do not want to add my two pence opinion to it. Another movie talked about recently a lot is Delhi 6- Rakeysh Mehra next offering post the landmark RDB. The music of the film is classic ARR- some tracks grab you instantly while others grow on you. Personally I think I am giving Delhi6 OST a step motherly treatment over Dev D because I simply cannot stop listening to Dev D's tracks. Might watch The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Delhi 6 this weekend. More about post watching them... for now, some emotional atyachaar looking for jobs :P