Thursday, March 19, 2009

This week has turned out to be one of those when one says a lot of goodbyes. A decent number of people I know are leaving the country for good, are travelling for business/pleasure and I am moving my stuff to a friends. That's the goodbye for me that is turning out to be not so easy. Well, its a not a palatial villa I am moving out of. Its a small cosy studio, S and I shared for just over a year. How many nights we have spent chatting away till early mornings, sleeping in late on Fridays, green tea the first thing when we woke up at noon! dinner from Parantha King or Dubbawala, the chai from the mallu cafeteria downstairs, the steady order of milk and fruit from the grocery store round the corner, the laundry wala, D staying over at weekends, good times, sad times, frustrated times, the everyday of life- and thats what one misses the most and thats the crucial thing that keeps people together when they are in the same physical space- be it the under the same roof, same locality, same workplace or even the same city in a lot of cases. Maybe I am thinking all this because I have had too many goodbyes and there is potential for a LOT more, but I am also writing this since I know for a fact long distance makes the heart grow fonder aint what its all made out to be..

That aside, I have been bored outta my skull all this week inspite of having the onerous responsibility of packing all my worldly belongings. Realised I am a clothes horse and I have some pretty ones :) not to mention footwear. Hey, what do you expect its a girls' apartment being emptied out!!! I find myself taking just a little longer and procastinating everything just a bit more... Will miss this pad! Goodbye home I say...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Having given a decent buildup about my project, it is but expected that I elaborate about it nai?
SO...the project was a guest lecture I was invited to deliver to a bunch of pre grad media and mass comm students at a University here. Preparing for it was enlightening for moi since I have never in my life read about the history of broadcast media having been a broadcast media professional for hte past five years. The lecture went of very well. Thankfully I had to address a small group of 10 students. Loved the casual/interactive format of the classroom which was a contrast from what one is used to in the desi classrooms. The students also were a revelation by themselves from their approach to situations, opinions and questions they posed for me. All in all a very gratifying experience. I can actually see myself happily teaching kids.

Potential employment opportunities have been cropping up finally making me feel like March is actually marching forward towards the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. That having been said, the roof above our heads is falling apart. We have to move out of this ghar to a temporary ghar with friends/ PG acco etc by the end of this month. So the project in hand for the next couple of weeks will be packing and unpacking. And things in the house have been falling apart- from the lights in the bathroom to the washing machine that refuses to wash clothes- all seem to be signs in the sky to find a new abode I guess.

Cirque Du Soliel is in town till the 5th of April. That's a definite action item in my now very open and flexible calendar. So are the movies Gran Turino and Bella. If someone has not already watched, then I would say avoid "What Just Happened" like the bubonic plague. Because one will walk out of the movie hall asking himself/ herself just that "What just happened?! !@$@!#$". Shot in a very "Curb Your Enthusiasm" narrative, the movie follows Hollywood producer Robert De Niro through a week in his life when his career and personal life are falling apart and he is trying so hard to stay on top of things. The movie is extremely funny at a lot of places but as a whole, there is neither a proper flow nor structure to the film. Watch it only if you are tired of twiddling thumbs at home. And last but not the least, I might be doing sound and lights for an adaptation of Moliere's play Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme which will be staged at the end of April. So rehearsals keep me busy on most evenings of the week.

Life is looking good at the moment :-)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Well I did mention a project which would culminate on Monday. On another day, I would have gushed about it and written at length about it but today I will just say my project was successful. But at this point of time, I am bit disgusted with things people do for their survival....