Thursday, February 25, 2010

Looking back, feels good…

My previous post was about Tag. There was a question as following

37. A word that you say a lot?
Nothing A LOT, but sometimes God or at times Sh**

For which my Engineering college friend, Shweta commented about my very old or should I say ancient habit of saying “Matlab”. I remember once we, all friends were back from college to home. It used to be one hour journey, pretty long. All of a sudden, my friend Reena said “You know Megs, tum bahot matlabi ho”. It struck me, &I went into thoughts what I have said that made her say this.

“Why, what happened, What have I done ?”, I asked puzzled, embarrassed.

She chuckled. “You always keep adding Matlab Matlab when you talk, so you are a matlabi”. They laughed. I sighed. That was true, I was bad at communicating, I was little reserved(maybe Shwets can tell if it’s true). To add to my chagrin, she renamed my name to Matlabi in her cell, how rude :(

But now when I look back, It amuses me to think how much I have changed. We all change. Few days back, a blogger friend, Tarun wrote a poem Left Alone which was very good, introspective but a sad and little depressed, wherein he confessed in comments how immature he was and that he’s changed much over the years.

There are so many things we loved, we hated, we avoided, we supported. And not many things fall in the same place now. At every juncture, we had different feelings and some of them makes us smile even now. There are few songs that makes me travel behind time to experience moments, making me nostalgic.

And now that we are living in our present which would be our past in future, when we would think of how we lived today. So taking lessons from my Matlabi nostlagic jabber, I end this post with a positive note,

Make Present better for future...You’d like to smile when you look back

What’s say you ?

P.S. Tarun, hope you don't mind the reference. I’d like writing this post. Thanks Shwets for that comment, brought old memories back :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tagged so here I am

I was tagged by Tarun. Q & A by Megha, here we go-

1. What is your current obsession?
My laptop, I am afraid of getting specs soon...

2. What are you wearing today?
Punjabi

3. What's for dinner today?
Fish fry (to be specific – Modka, a small fish, which you can just roast with salt and masala)

4. What's the last thing you bought?
Cakes

5. What are you listening to right now?
Tera hone laga hoon from (Ajab prem ki gazab kahani)

6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?
I think he is a fantastic blogger, who is good at serious, social issue and equally at stories & poem.

7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
Hmm…there’s not just one place where i want to be. But close to nature, maybe Himalayas, like sipping tea as i sit in the veranda watching it.

8. What are your must-have pieces for summer?
Cotton

9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
For a wild safari…

10. Which language do you want to learn?
I am bad at learning languages...but I like to listen to different dialects..I think Marathi, Sanskrit & Bengali are pleasure to hear

11. What’s your favourite quote?
There are many. Some are - "I love acting. It is so much more real than life." by Oscar Wilde & "I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this." by Emo Phillips.

12. Who do you want to meet right now?
Hmm..no one...

13. What is your favourite colour?
Bottle Blue & Bottle green

14. Give us 3 styling tips that work for you.
Styling tips ? Just try to be yourself...

15. What is your dream job?
Job ? There can never be a dream job. For me the question should be “What’s my dream INCOME ?”

16. What’s your favorite magazine?
Haven't subscribed to any magazines. Nothing specific.

17. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
Film and shopping whatever I feel to buy...can you give me more ? I want to buy a good cam

18. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?
Hmm..too tight dresses...

19. Who according to you is the most over-rated style icon?
Shahrukh Khan

20. What kind of haircut do you prefer?
Simple straight cut

21. What are you going to do after this?
I have started 2 states, will continue reading.

22. What are your favorite movies?
Hmm...nothing fav...but lately I saw Natarang, i kinda like it.

23. What inspires you?
My own dreams inspire me...I dream a lot with open eyes.

24. What do your friends call you most commonly?
Megs

25. Would you prefer coffee or tea?
Tea (sweet, my friends say i drink – khade chamach ki chai)

26. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?
I sleep but it’s very rare that I am depressed. I have a wonderful family.

27. What makes you go wild?
The dirt and people insensitive to nature and responsibilities.

28. Which other blogs do you love visiting?
All my blogger friends. I would like to mention Daily Walks(photo blog) which inspires and refreshes me.

29. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?
My mom says I have a sweet tooth. (I already had 2 root canal treatments and i hate all dentist)

30. How many tabs are turned on in ur browser right now?
Seven

31. Favorite Season?
Rainy, rains are refreshing…and life is different and funny in monsoon. You can pass good time observing people :)

32. If I come to your house now, what would u cook for me?
Whatever i cook, i don't think you would eat it :D But i can make batata bhajiyas, that’s easy and i am good at it :)

33. What is the right way to avoid people who purposefully hurt you?
Ignore. If see them coming, i change path.Win-Win

34. What are you afraid of the most?
Riots. Everyone only looses.

35. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
I need a holiday. I always feel that.

36. What brings a smile on your face instantly?
Anything pleasant.

37. A word that you say a lot?
Nothing A LOT, but sometimes God or at times Sh**

38. When was the last time you did something nice?
Yesterday. I donated to Greenpeace.

39. What would you do if you were made President of India for one day?
Fire all non-educated and corrupt ministers

40. Do you Know who Master SHIFU is?
Master SHIFU. I’d like Panda.

So here were some things about me. Would like to hear what would be the questions to few others. So I am tagging few friends here. Hope they take the Tag and complete it. No pressure. If you hate tags, ignore. So the lucky (or unlucky) ones are -

Sid

Sorcerer

West Wind

Nethra

Mia

Spread the word – Save tigers

 
 

Once they were 40 thousand
Now
less than 2 thousand left
The royal jungle yellow beast
Has suffered enough by human abet.
 
Poaching, Hunting, Survival threat
We’ve given them much of gore
Get humane and join our hands
Do it now,
Join the roar!
 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Baby sitting : 99 Fiction

My neighboring aunt wanted me to look after the year-old kid. I was glad. He is so cute. His soft and smooth skin feels so sweet, and baby powder, so fresh. How he laughs when I sing rhymes, showing his half grown teeth. It makes me so happy when he smiles.

I turned to make him some soup. "What's this ?" my mom shouted holding the letter with raging eyes. Gone. Fired. I looked at the kid, who was holding book where the letter was safe.
Damn kid. See how he is laughing at me, mocking, flaunting fangs ... Huuhaahaa Huahaahaa...

P.S Read the letter as Love letter

Monday, February 08, 2010

Natrang : Movie review

On Sunday our family went to watch Natrang. The film had rave reviews, so we decided to watch it together.


The film is based on a novel by Anand Yadav. It is a story of Guna, played by Atul Kulkarni, who is a pehelwan and a farm worker from a backward and poor family, and is an artist by heart and wants to start a ‘Tamasha’, a folk art which was used to be considered as an immoral (and still is). Finally he gets all the pieces together that’s when the female dancer puts forward one condition, that they have to find a nachya, a female imposter, without which they wouldn't dance. Fearing the consequences, everyone refuses the role, Guna, decides to do it himself.
 
Like always Atul has given immaculate performance, with the right spark in eyes, dreaming himself as King of his own world and then in later half has given equal justice to the feminine character. Bonus in this film is Sonali who really looks like an apsara from Indralok in the song “Apsara ali”.
 
Definitely recommended. Go and watch for a sensible direction by debutant Ravi Jadhav and wonderful performance by Atul and Sonali.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

What if

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He laid voiceless, his vocal cord damaged by the accident. His body was gravely damaged, yet he was out of reach of pain. He had heard that one’s last moment are always painless & of revelation & this was it.

He could see her, Ritu, standing tearful and torn. He fled into memories, her smiling face flashed before his eyes, her hair flying with the breeze.

Last moments of life. Why life isn’t fair ? He spent the whole life making sure their future would be luxurious and now,here he was sure of his future, death. Unable to speak, his mind was piling up words. What if he had his voice at this last moment. He would tell her how much he love her. How much he has been lucky to have her as his life partner. How much he wants to live more & spend the rest of his life with her, be it simple. He would only live for her, wish if.... his eyes watered, her face got blurred until it disappeared.

***

Tears were flowing down her cheeks, tears of joy. She was grateful to him. She was aware how much he love her and she had made sure that he was convinced that she felt the same. She showed him dreams and he followed it like a child, making money for their bright future. Fool. It wasn’t for them, it was only for her. Now the marriage was too much of a burden. She wanted freedom. But what if he doesn’t die ? No, it wouldn't, her plan was foolproof. She would win and nobody would see her hand in the accident.

***

Beep…Beep…the ECG fluctuated. Rahul, Rahul,she threw fake cries.The doctor hurried. Her heart raced, with excitement. The ECG went into a long beep, confirming her freedom from the bond and his from life.

* The End *

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Veer

 

On Friday I took my family to watch Veer, except daddy to spare myself from his attack on Salman and the film (he hates him like hell). When we walked towards the theatre, my sis said “Don’t you think you are wasting money, we can watch better film with it”. I replied, “Yes we’ll watch the better film too, but now, now we’ll watch Veer”.

To be true, the film was not as bad as people have spread the bad word. Few things to mention is, the film is slow (specially the second half), the climax could have been better. The good part is, the songs are good and the best thing about the film is Salman. When I stepped out of the theatre, I felt I am in love with him, once again. Wow, he looks so macho in the armour, on the horse, specially his entry in the Swayamvar. Nobody could have carried it better than him.

It’s also his best act till now and alone carries the whole film. So finally I am feeling good that I watched the charm on big screen, tv would have spoilt it…

Monday, February 01, 2010

Book : A fine balance

I picked this book thinking that it's about the bhopal gas tragedy but it turned out different, but I was happy with the pick.

Usually I always alternate between Novel(aka storytelling novel) and thrillers. But this book is combination of both. It's about a fine balance between hope and despair. It had the life stories of not one but four people and it has the thrill of the life set during the Indira Gandhi rule era, when circumstances make 4 people of different background,a widow, a university student, and two tailors, come together and share a common apartment.

It contains everything, cruelty of life that stirred me to core, compassion that you bound to feel with the characters, and the unusual wondrous love that they develop that made me smile. The book takes you through many things, the hardship, selflessness, psychology and relevance of truth, such is the beauty of writing by Rohiton Mistry. It's not only sadness and bitterness of life, but Rohiton beautifully portrays the triumph of extra-ordinary human spirit too. At the end of the book, you definitely devote at least one tear to the characters.

Rating - 5/5

Definitely recommended. Best read for me till now.