Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Life - where it should be?

Happy Halloween blog friends! Calm has prevailed after the storm "Sandy". Luckily we did not have any mishaps in VA. Enjoyed some quiet days at home. When I finally drove out of the house this morning, the majestic golden sun welcomed me. With the first light of day, the dazzling bright sunrise was promising a beautiful day ahead. The gorgeous maple trees on either sides of the road were playing hide and seek with the sun. It looked something like the pics. I posted below. How romantic! I fell in love with nature once again this morning.

October is over friends. A lot happening for me in November. I am acting in a skit which we are presenting on stage on Nov. 3rd. I will try to post the video if it gets captured. It's our engagement anniversay on Nov. 4th and Nov. 8th is our 20th wedding anniversary. Nov. 13th is Diwali and my friends mark your calendars because the movie "Jab tak hai jaan" is releasing. SRK will be back with a bang! Nov. 22nd, is my BIG day. Yes, it's my B'day.  Can anyone guess how old I will be? Biggboss 6 is the most boring season so far. We need people like Dolly Bindra and Sky Walker for TRP. Siddu Paaji and his Vichar dhara. crap can stay outside of this game. And whats with That bimbo Karishma biting her finger nails all the time? Sapna and her Aseem bhaiyya are annoying. Friends haven't you all been in that situation when the same song that you were singing in your mind plays on the radio. It happened to me today. This is why I wish we had a Hindi FM station here in VA. I love the real time interaction of the radio. The aniticipation that a good song will play next, keeps me hooked on for a long time. Some Radio Jockeys can make it very interesting. I always listen to FM station while in India. The evening hours on the Radio makes long drives dreamingly mysterious. To add to this if there is good company, which is always the case in India, with so many cousins, family and friends around it's like "Sone pe suhaaga". So the Song of the day is that song that I heard on the online Radio, from my favorite movie "Band Baaja Barat" - aada ishq, aada ho jaayega.


Today, I talked to a friend after a long time. This is how the conversation went:

Friend: Hi, long time!
Me: yes, how is life?
Friend: My life is not going anywhere. I am so depressed.
Me: Why?
Friend: (Sounding all sad) I had planned so many things for myself, none of which is materialising in life.

I tried making her feel better with some pep talk. After we hung up, I thought to myself, is my life where it really should be? The answer was, for the most part it is! Phew! I like waking up everyday and going to work. I come back to a clean and happy house, I am pursuing the things I love, like acting in little skits, participating in dance shows, watching movies etc. Luckily, Shekar is very supportive with my passion for art and culture. I am mingling with the friends that I really like and have consciously decided not to socialize with people that do not mean anything to me. So, if tomorrow "Yamadooth" knocks on my door, I have no regrets. I felt good knowing that, this contentment is coming to me from deep within. Well, that doesn't mean I am happy always. There are days when I do feel sad and dwell in self pity. But once in a way it is ok to be in that space, I think. I have many more dreams that I want to fulfil if life permits. Traveling being on top of the list. Let's hope health, money, family and many other factor's cooperate.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Good friends = Good life!

Vanakkam friends. Gearing up for hurricane Sandy that is expected to hit the east coast any time now. Forecasters are saying that it would bring “life-threatening” flooding,  prompting widespread evacuations and the shutdown of the New York City transit system. For us, Schools have been declared closed tomorrow. The children shouted in glee when they heard this. I am expecting more days of no school. While the kids are happy, I am wondering how to get to work tomorrow. It was yet another fun filled weekend for me folks. For the most part, I think, my party was an enjoyable one. I mostly heard positive comments. Posting some pics. The song of the evening was "Chane ke khet mein" from the movie Anjaam. Couple of my friends danced to this nice number. It was what we called a "seeti bajane wali" type of performance. Definitely the highlight of the evening. Both these ladies are so graceful. They were so nicely dressed. One other friend sang the same song. The show ended with a grand ladies fashion show. I feel really blessed to have griends who are such good sports. We partied "Gangnam style" on Sat. till the wee hours of Sunday, that Sunday, was spent as a lazy day.  I caught up on the episodes of BB6 from Friday. Salman rocked on Friday. I have to agree with him on the "Sapna" incident. What is she in there for if not for the money? Now that she has agreed to go in there, she has some responsibilities. She might as well have given the opportunity to someone else who was more deserving. I wish someone inside the house had the backbone to go against Siddhu. So far, no spice in BB6. It is not "Alag Che", it is "boring che".
Suhaan, Ruhaan and Nikhil
Me with Madhavi and her kids
The gang! (Just after the party started. Missing a few others)
L-R: Vijaya, Anu, Aparna, Smitha and Vandana. The ladies who danced to Chane ke keth mein were Aparna and Vandana.
Bhavani, Bhuvana and Seema
Smitha, Deepak, Rajesh and Shilpa, playing the Baloon game
Audience. The lady in blue and maroon salwaar is Anu, who sang Chane ke keth mein
More "patient" audience. Can't thank them enough!
Beautiful mehendi and bangles.
Lovely Smitha singing "aaj kal panv zameen per"
 People enjoying good food cooked by my gorgeous lady friends
Good food, good company and a few drinks = entertainment, entertainment, entertainment! Anyway, go to go folks. A little tired. Posting this song, that a friend sang at the party. A sensible song by Kishore Kumar from 1972's Joy Mukherjee, Tanuja & Deb Mukherjee Starrer movie "Ek Baar Muskura Do".

Shub raatri folks! Love you all. Looking forward to a new day tomorrow.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A day off from life?

My dear blog friends, I get nervous to open the newspaper these days. So shocked to hear the sad demise of man who put smiles on our face with his witty one liners and comedy shows.....JASPAL BHATTI JI RIP...".  I noticed that sad things happen just before a BIG event in life. Example: Boney Kapoors' ex wife died just before her son's Arjun Kapoor debut movie release, recently Yash Chopra died just before his last movie release "Jab tak hai Jaan" and now Mr. Bhatti. His movie "Power Cut" was due for a release soon. I remember watching his shows "Ulta Pulta" and "Flop Show" on TV as a school kid. Anyway, I want to take this opportunity to wish all my dear friends and family a very happy life ahead, be it health, wealth or anything that they want in life. I really want all of us to be happy. Somehow, I am very nervous these days. I am totally soaking-in, the weather these days. Fall is a time when things become cooler, and all of those beautiful leaves earn a fiery glow before falling. Anyway, with Dussera celebrations behind us, looking foward to Diwali now. Let's try to burn less crackers this year. How could I not post a song of Yash Chopra movies? The Song of the day is from the 1988 movie Vijay, directed by Yash Chopra and starring Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Rishi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Anupam Kher in pivotal roles. Rishi Kapoor was the SRK of yesteryears. Nice!
With so many things going on in my life, a thought just occurred to me. Can we get a day off from life? I decided to post this as my status on Facebook last night. I was surprised to see that a number of people responded to my question. The first person directly came to the point and said, "It's called death". While I agreed, I pushed people to think of another solution. My friend added humor to this discussion by saying maybe a "Sri Sri" session should help. Another friend wrote - "Day from life => day at work, assuming life = what you do outside work, the equation works. (I have to agree to some extent, given the assumption). To this one other person responded by saying "We can always take a day off from life..... provided we define what we mean by day off and what is life??". Hmm definitely some food for thought! Another person wrote "Hibernate for a day." They all had a point!  But then, the ultimate answer came from one of my classmates from college who said - "Wise men and women have no time for such ideas. They celebrate life each moment". Well said my friend! I have to agree with you 100%. Your point is well received. After all, who are we to decide about our precious, god given life? We must have done a lot of good things in our previous lives to get the human form in this life. I am so glad for Facebook. I am able to hold a discussion with a group of people sitting right here on my couch at home. Cheers to life!
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Heelllllo! It's Sunday evening already? Today marked a sad day for Bollywood. My favorite director Yash Chopra, passed away. Hopefully he has passed on his skills to his children. I have to watch at least one sugar coated, romantic love story per year not to lose my faith in romance. Yes friends. True love, romancing in Switzerland with chiffon sarees, loud Punjabi weddings, etc. do exist -  in the minds of people. he he. Let's enjoy our fantasies on celluloid. It feels good. Thanks Yash Chopra, for showing us that romance can be so beautiful if and when experienced. I just finished watching the BB6 episode from today. Agreed that Siddhu has brought positivity to the show. No doubt, that he is an intelligent person, but the real master mind of today was Bigg Boss. By asking the housemates to choose 2 people, who they want to save, BB has really killed 2 birds with one stone. Isn't it the same as eliminating, those who they don't like? Fantastic job BB! The 2 contestants that have been nominated Urvashi and Rajiv, are both TRP material. Unfortunately, this twist might cost BB heavily. I personally, would have liked both these contestants to stay, after all, Siddhu can only solve problems. We need people to create problems correct? Anyway, I am going to be busy this week, with an upcoming party that I am hosting this Saturday. Should be lot of fun. Everybody enjoyed the "upma" at the Sat. party. As promised some pics. for you.

 Boiling water with Masala
 After the upma had been added and cooked. Garnished with Cliantro and coconut
 All mixed
 Dished out
 Garnished with Sev. No Sev, No eat per Konkanis
I am in the mood for a slow romantic song right now for the Song of the day. I thought Manisha Koirala was the prettiest girl, when I first set my eyes on her in this movie. She was cast opposite Salman Khan. A sad movie, shot in Goa with some fab acting. Yes, the movie is Khamoshi. Totally a song for Feb. 14th.
We have heard Shatrughan Sinha say KHAMOSSSH many-a-times in old Hindi movies. Is this really possible? With all the recent developments in technology for communication, will there be a day in the future where people may not have the need to talk? My answer to this question, is NO. People have a tongue, and they will have the need to use it. They might use it a little less frequently, but the organ was a god given gift and the almighty gave it to us for a reason. Just like machines, all the parts of a body have to be used in order for man  to function as a whole. Hman bodies are machines after all. Plus, there might be side effects to no talking. For people like me, it might lead to depression. I get the urge to express myself orally every 30 minutes. Man is a social person. No matter how many social networking sites they open, I still have the need to talk. Got to go now folks, I am getting that strong urge to talk. :)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lactose free ki "badbu" free?

Happy weekend folks! Hopefully everyone is in their great Saturday spirits. It's going to be a fun filled weekend for me. More house parties with friends, food and dancing. Was concentrating on household chores and family for the past few days. So, did not get a chance for this spot. Did you all hear about the lady who breast fed the Pup? Apparently she felt complete after this experience 'cause she could not breast feed her children. Strange are people. Now that all of us have sent Mr. and Mrs. Khan on their merry way to their 250th honeymoon, (next topic: Will they have any children? hehe) let's concentrate on Student of the Year. Shall we KJo? So what if the story line has nothing new? (I haven't seen the movie yet, will catch it on DVD). It's has all the ingredients to make me happy. Music rocks! Definitely playing it at the Diwali party this year. My favorite is Radha. Love you KJo for this typical KJo song. It's me too. How clever of you to choose a traditional name like Radha, during Navaratri time. I must say, very creative! Can't wait to dance to it. So, it is the Song of the day/week  for me.

Friends, I think my search for a milk substitute, had finally come to an end. My problem with milk was the "yucky" smell. I tried mixing all sort of powders, in the milk, after the countless suggestions from multiple friends. But that smell of the rawness of the milk would not go. Finally, one friend suggested I try the Lactose free milk. The "Silk" brand. She said to mix some fruits of choice and honey with it and blend it into a cold smoothie. I tried it and guess what? No smell, yummy taste and a healthy drink was in front of me. Now I drink this Monday-Thursday, every night. This way, I get my daily quota of fruit consumption too! I am in a rush today. Got to make "upma" for a party this evening. I know, "upma" is not the greatest snack. But I think, I make pretty decent tomato "upma" as per some of my friends. I will try and post pics. in my next post. Till then, have fun my dear blog friends. Catch you soon. I still haven't watched the elimination episode of Bigg Boss. Wonder who got eliminated.?

Monday, October 15, 2012

The hot!, hot! space

Happy Navaratri my blog friends. So, looks like my idea of making this an interactive blog is not working. Never mind. Please come back and read. Good enough! Let's discuss my question on my previous post some other time. For now "Shaadi Mubarak" to the 'hatke" couple Saif and Kareena. Modern days are here! Daughter is attending father's wedding. I heard this joke. Saif's kids when attending the wedding sing "Aaj meri baap ki shaadi hai". Lol! Hey, I am not judging. They have already sensationalized the event by having published the news of police coming to their house. The reason? Neighbors were getting disturbed by their loud music. Hmm. Ok. Kareena was looking alright in Manish Malhotra lehenga. I had an awesome weekend folks. Attended a Garba/Dandiya event on Sat. People call it, The great Indian social dance. I call it a workout. Broke into a sweat the glam way. They played Bollywood numbers for the last 30 minutes of the evening. The crowd went berserk when they heard this song from the movie Rowdy Rathore. I like this song too. The choreographer had cleverly capitalized on Sonakshi's waist line. Therefore it is the Song of the day.

Every time I sit in this space, I feel hot! I intentionally go there. This is where I hear all kinds of stories. People like to unwind here. Alright folks before you jump to any conclusions, let me tell you, the social place that I am talking about is a Sauna. he he.

I associate the Sauna with a relaxing vacation. So, every evening, I go to the gym, I spend 15 minutes relaxing in the Sauna, after my workout. People, are so nice when they are in here. Today, I saw a lady applying honey to her face. I asked her about it and she said honey has benefits for the skin. This is the first time I was hearing this. She offered me some to apply. I did. After washing it, my skin did feel little softer. I know, change cannot come overnight. I am bad at following a routine. Let's see how I do with this one. As, I was sitting in the Sauna, I wondered if apart from being relaxing, if the confined room of about 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit was good for my health. The high temperature in a sauna stimulates blood flow and circulation, causing blood vessels in the skin to expand and become more flexible. This better blood flow helps lower blood pressure. It turns out that Sauna therapy helps with respiratory problems by alleviating chest congestion, which can relieve complications from bronchitis, laryngitis and other respiratory disease. The high temperature in a sauna stimulates blood flow and circulation, causing blood vessels in the skin to expand and become more flexible. This better blood flow helps lower blood pressure. The high temperatures causes sweating, which in turn helps in body cleansing. The high temperatures  increases your heart rate which in turn burn calories. A 20-minute session at approximately 165 to 175 degrees F will burn over 500 calories. WOW! Did not know that. I am spending more time at the Sauna from now on.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Question on Gupshup

Namaskar friends. Amitabh, Amitabh, everywhere. Happy birthday to dear Amitabh! I think, I should pick this living legend's song, as the song of the day, today or else it is an insult to me being Indian. There are so many songs of this great human being that millions of people around the world like, that even Wikipedia is running out of space to enter this information on their site. My choice today, is a song sung by the multi talented star himself. You have for sure heard some one or the other sing this song at a party. Most of us have danced to this a zillion times. It's a classic! It's a no brainer then, that it is the Song of the day. Enjoy folks!

I must add that I love some of his other songs like, Yeh kahan aa gaye hum, Neela aasman so gaya, Rang barase, paan banaras wala, etc.

I saw pictures of his grand party. Looks like everyone who attended the party had a good time. Definitely felt the absence of the Kapoors at the function. It was good they chose to go with Abu-Sandeep as their dress designer for the evening, considering how much they all needed to camouflage their non flattering curves. They all looked awkward. Like always, now we know why they were hiding the baby for so long. Good idea, to have waited for a good occasion to introduce it to the world. Did not look like the baby had light eyes. She was definitely tall for her age. She is cute like most babies are. Beyond that, there are doctors for everything these days. he he.

Another thing that amused me today was India's answer to Mango and Banana - Pizza! Brilliant! The mocktale article on TOI was sarcasm at it's best! The author used some clever nicknames like Lady Lasagne, Bob the Builder and The Great Wall. It definitely bought a smile to my face this morning.

Bigg Boss 6 slowly but surely picking up, with the likes of the commoner (yeah right!) Kashif, the Rajiv-Delnaz Saga what Sidhu playing "Jodi maker", pretty creatures like Karishma and Sana walking around in skimpy outfits, the "bindass" Sapna, and the model-captain Niketan Madhok (I am liking him. Love the way he speaks hindi). Yep, sure shot entertainment, entertainment, entertainment!

Folks! I want to make this blog a little more interactive. It appears that the human mind is incapable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. I want to leave you with a question tonight. Do you think with the advent of social networking, text messaging, Instant chats, and all other electronic means of communicating that are out there today, that the world will be a quieter place soon? Meaning will people talk less? If so, will it be good or bad? Need your input. Please leave me a comment. Shub Raatri.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Life isn't complicated. People are. - My take

Swagatha my friends. I am going to start this post with the Song of the day from the movie Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Sung by Asha Bhosle.

Couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to witness Asha tai's show live! No doubt, it was a brilliant show! Her voice is divine! I remember thinking for myself, Asha tai must be so blessed to have such a wonderful life. Who would have known that she had a troubled daughter. Looks like there is no escape from depression. She was the daughter of a well accomplished mother and was under so much pressure to be successful. I am seeing more and more cases like this all over the world. This is really sad. I had an emotional day today. Time and again we learn that the biggest part if a relationship be it friendship, husband-wife, parent-sibling (yes! I have seen this too) is TRUST. Once that is lost, it's over. Even if it is rekindled, it will not be the same. Both parties will be extra careful. Also, I had this experience of not trusting a trustworthy person and hurting the other person in the process. It was too late to take back my words. I can only try to earn the other person's friendship back slowly. So, on that note, I write this post today.
Yes, I agree people are complicated. That's the way God has made us to be. He has given us a brain to think. With the brain come emotions. I have not come across as single person, who does not have emotions. It is hard to control emotions. And why should we? I find greater relief in expressing my emotions. I do not struggle with them form the inside. Let people know you love them. Let them know you are sad, let them know they hurt you and see the difference. I think more people hide their emotions and feel suffocated. They are not living to their fullest in my opinion. Bottled up emotions are like lava waiting to burst anytime. It is eventually going to flow. So, why delay the process? Haven't you felt better after crying, or letting someone in, on a secret that you have kept for a long time? I have to agree with the quote - shared joy is a double joy, shared sorrow is half a sorrow. It is a good thing that people have different opinions. That's what makes life interesting. Imagine a life where everybody agreed with everyone? There would not be scope for development. To me life is as complicated as I want it to be. I can't imagine a robotic life where I have not gone through the challenging experiences of life. A friend once told me, a life lived without risk, is a life not lived at all. Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. Life is the sum of all our choices.

Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth - Martin H. Fischer

So, enjoy the complicated life to the fullest, remembering that you have the power to unplug form it when you want to. Shubh Raatri!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Being "Simple"

Gentle-men and Gentle-ladies, the corruption drama in India continues. This time it is the Son in law, Mr. Robert Vadra. Sigh! Not a bad weekend friends. Friday, after work, I had gone to get my car inspected. Sad to say, that my car failed inspection. Now I have to replace all the 4 tyres on my car. More $$. After that I went for a long, brisk, walk with my friend. Came home on time for dinner. The whole family sat around the table and enjoyed subway sandwiches for dinner. I woke up on Sat. feeling really good. Got a lot done around the house, and finally the time came to meet friends at the movies for English Vinglish. It was a feel good movie, like expected. After the movie, we girls went out and had some kabas followed by lot of girl talk over a hot cup of masala chai. Priceless! This morning, I was standing in line at the groceries and the people in the adjacent counter caught my attention, as they were being very loud. The reason? A person was accusing another person (a desi) for cutting in line. Good for the desi, she stood up for herself and argued with the other woman saying, the person she cut was her own family (her mother) and she knows enough not to cut in line. It was quiet emotional for our desi lady. I am sure she was hurt as she was following rules. I am not sure, if I would have created a scene, nevertheless, I am proud of  my desi aunty. Later in the afternoon, I went to my friends house to practice a skit that we are performing live on stage, next month. It was enjoyable. She fed me the best trifle cake! Folks! Bigg Boss 6, has started today on Colors channel. I watched it on youtube. It was a good show. I can tell, the contestants were carefully chosen from all the strata of society. I could identify quiet a few feisty characters. I am rooting for Vrajesh Hirjee. I have always liked his comic timing. Al tough, not understood the parrot part. If indeed it was the parrot talking, then it's quiet amazing. It's definitely going to be Entertaining, entertaining, entertaining show! Time for Song of the day: Yeh, dil ye paal dil mera by Ghulam Ali. Im my opinion, Ghazals should be heard live. It is an interactive style of singing. The singer tantalizes the audience so much with the lyrics, the audience cannot wait to hear the ending of the shayari. I love it. I only wish I understood it completely. The usage of Urdu language is so high, that sometimes it becomes difficult to follow.

Does being "simple" equal to a good person? That's how most people think. I come across people all the time, who advise their children, to be simple in life. I hear this statement on TV too. I disagree. I really hope what they mean is be humble in life. My experience says that, people take advantage of those people who are simple. I have heard comments like "she is a simpleton yaar".  Today, people relate being simple to being ignorant. Gone are the days of Mahatma Gandhi. Unfortunately, being street smart is what makes a person today. There is a difference between enjoying simple things and being simple. When people say, nothing external to us can give us permanent and true happiness. We actually have all we need to be truly happy within us, I can relate to it to some extent. If that was indeed the entire truth, then why are there so many unhappy people in this world today? Somewhere, then the theory of  living the "simple" life is not the complete answer. People have desires and wants in life, for which one should approach life with ambition, to achieve what they want and fulfill those desires. I agree with Amitabh Bachchan in the movie English Vinglish when he says live, Bindaas and Bejijak. Love you Amitabh and your role in the movie. Good night folks! Keep living life "King" style.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

"Chandni, O Meri Chandni".

Hello friends. Had an alright day. We did not win the Chili cooking competition. I liked our chili. It tasted really good. Vijay Mallya must be in bad shape these days after hearing that one of his  Kingfisher Airlines employee's wife, committed suicide. Reason? Mallya did not pay the employee's salary for 6 month. Gosh! Sell your yatch, beach house, horses etc., Mr. Mallya. It's not always about you.  Dimple Kapadia is another one. Heard she just moved into Aashirwad. Where was she all those years when Kaka was still alive? Hmmm. Anyway, the face off between PC and Kareena continues. I just read PC's statement - "I don't  just want to be a heroine, I want to be a female actor." He, he. Good one PC! Rekha is maha thrilled ever since Jaya has decided to celebrate Big B's b'day on Oct. 10th. This also happens to be Madam Re's B'day. Jaya is planning a big party as Amitabh is turning the big 70 and she is having a Pooja at their home on his actual B'day on Oct. 11th. Chalo, Rekha gets her share of happiness too.

Why India not The India? Why America? The United States of America? This is Epic!

I like the song Badlaa nazara yun yun yun, Saara ka saara new new new.

Times of India gave it 3 and a half stars. The TOI reviewer ended his article saying the following: "Request you to make place next to you, Raj Kumar Hirani; Gauri Shinde has taken a bow in mainstream Bollywood." Imagine that! Gauri Shinde is successful in giving this film a mass appeal.

Cinema is rapidly changing and one can connect with viewers across the globe even without making the usual mainstream Hindi movie. English Vinglish proves it!" writes Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama. " - This is the critics verdict.

If you watch only two films every year make sure you see "English Vinglish" twice! said another reporter.

After a 15 year hiatus and still remembered fondly for her powerful performance in Chandni opposite Rishi Kapoor, the well maintained, gorgeous looking, Sridevi is back with a bang! Everybody and their father attended the premier of English Vinglish today. The whole film fraternity showed up to cheer Sri, while her huband Boney Kapoor and their 2 daughters, stood tall next to her, their faces, beaming with pride. Amitabh and Jaya were there too. Looks like Ladoo wins over Barfi.  I believe Amitabh's Cameo in the movie is the only thing that does not work for the movie. This year the competition for best actress female will be so tight. It will be interesting to watch. Be it, Mr. India, Chaalbaaz, Nagina, Lamhe or the more recent Judaai, it is Sri who stood out with her scintillating performances and graceful dancing. Her beautiful, big, wide eyes emoted a whole lot, so much so, that she made tears look like pearls when they fell down her soft, white cheeks. Clearly, she was my hero. She ruled the late 80s and early 90s. The time period when I had an affair with Hindi cinema. How can I miss this movie? There is no way. She is a source of inspiration to most women. She came back with a woman oriented role and won accolades. Good going! For once the Sallu's, the Aamir's and SRK's can rest for some time. Tonight, I am leaving all of you, with a song from my favorite Sridevi movie, Chandni. In my opinion, she looked her best in this movie. Even today, she can give all the young heroines a run for their money. I love all the songs from the movie Chandni. For the sake of this post I will pick "Lagi aaj sawan ki phir woh gadi hai" Will be dreaming about Sri tonight. How about you?

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Movie-ology - Popcorn anybody?

Vanakkam friends. I have this trouble. When I drive back home from work, I fall asleep in my car. I have barely escaped major accidents. My eyes close involuntarily. Many times I have woken up all startled to find me in the next lane. Anyone else experiencing this? Let me know. We are having a "Chili cook off competition" at work tomorrow. Our whole team has decided to make 2 pots of "chili" together. In fact, we already made it today, and put it in the fridge. It was so much fun. Each one of us brought one ingredient for the "Chili" and mixed it all into a crock pot and cooked it for about 6 hours. I can't wait for lunch time tomorrow. Hope we win. Alright folks, Song of the day, from the movie Masoom. This is not the Jugal Hansraj Masoom. I did not know of this Masoom till today, when I came across it as I was browsing he net. Sung by Abhijeet and Sadhana Sargam, this song has the 80's feel to it. Nice one!

According to me, movieology is the art of enjoying a movie. Watching a movie is a great way to escape reality for a few hours. Most people have this as a "total time pass" hobby. Going to the movies is no longer the same. I remember those days, when a movie used to be filmed in a common open area at night, and our whole neighborhood would go with blankets and watch the 3 hr. black and white movie and come back home, thrilled to no end. Technology advanced and we started going to the theaters to watch colored movies. I enjoyed most aspects of this except for a few like distracting behavior by other movie goers. The guy behind you, idly kicking the back of your seat while chatting to his neighbor or the couple in front, with their running commentary on the film, and eve teasing by rowdy boys. Then came the annoying VHS tapes that would perpetually get stuck in the video player, right during the climax. The DVD players took care of this problem. Most people prefer these slim disks to traditional movie going, and what's not to like? They promise the enjoyment of going to the movies without all the hassle and for a fraction of the cost. Now with Netflix, and High Definition streaming, people have built movie theaters inside their own houses and enjoy family movie time. Indeed technology is amazing. It is the death of movie-theater magic. I prefer to go to the local multiplex simply for the audience interaction. Club it with a ladies night out and the indoor movie theater does not compare!