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Archive for September, 2007

twenty-twenty cricket

i never had any opinions on cricket… and for that matter, never watched so much of it.. to someone like me, T20 cricket means the following :

it’s a good situation where a fresh team was created and oldies were out, without any political or egoistic insider issues, as the game is a new league altogether…

changes are always welcome, when they are done to keep up with the time and the changing likes and dislikes of masses… and the BCCI and ICI  has hit the pulse perfectly…

this is one reason why now i shall watch more of it, as one boring point in cricket was the same old faces, rubbing cricket balls on shirts etc, keep trudging all day long.. sometimes for five days, and lose most of the times, as in without any major trophies etc…  there was always some fiery aura about teams like australia, and sometimes pakistan or sri lanka too which we never had… the new team is everyone who wants to prove himself… they have that same kind of  zeal, sans all other baggage… also the game is shorter and has a new look, like in the end if theres a tie, 5 ballers from either sides have to hit wickets … something that reminds you of penalty kicks in football.. it adds to the tension, and fun both…

 

way to go… best of luck india… we have already set the record of firsts !

 

ganapati holidays

hi there… it was quite some break since the last post… had been on a small vacation, (and the last one in a long time to come 🙂 , due to the leave record set high in the last 3-4 months, starting from the wedding leave)

it was cool (both the vacation and the place, nasik)… we decorated a part of the house with lots n lots of coloured and jazzy thermocol material,  tiny fluorescent light bulbs all over the place etc.. it was looking pretty after all the hardwork 🙂

then we got the statue of ganesha and gauris on particular days, with lot of pomp and rituals, installed them and prayed, like most of the maharashtrian households…

some sweets and age old favourite snacks (chivda, karanji, chakli, ladu) were prepared at home, which was new to me as in mumbai households, due to the faster lifestyle, these are always bought from certain shops or tailor-made with the help of those who have majors in the art

the house feels especially radiant, during the festival days… donot know what reason to account for… or many reasons! It has to be the presence of god, and the goddesses who arrive and are welcomed like kings and queens, but also everyone else who is enjoying, getting ready, wearing traditional sarees and jewelry, neighbors and friends and relatives coming down to visit each other’s houses..

ganesh festival is known to bring people closer, for ages, Maharashtra is symbolized with huge idols publicly decorated, installed and prayed on crossroads, temples etc during these days…its quite a sight… and its quite some talent on display…

lalbaug cha raja

then was a couple of days in my good old Mumbai… theres some magic about the place, maybe ‘cos it looks at me affectionately as it has brought me up, the old locality, catching up with friends, having chat at the favourite local vendor who is still attracting the same amount of crowd for his delicious dabeli.. some shopping (i think this place is more rtend savvy than most others in the world…seriously ) et al… it is totally unwinding…

back to the grind now, flooded inbox and never ending lists 🙂

cocktail party

An excerpt from a poem called “the cocktail party” by T.S.Eliot :

We die to each other daily. What we know of other people Is only our memory of the moments During which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same Is a useful and convenient social convention Which must sometimes broken. We must also remember That at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.

 

…. Striking for a thought really, it does take something, to think more than the usual day to day stuff, but I went through it again and I I’m afraid it might not be as nice to implement as it is to imagine.

people analysis forms an important part of everyone’s life, it comes to us naturally… when we are in doubt, we know whom to go to, but when we want to disclose secrets It might be someone else, and when when we want to boast about an achievement there might be someone else whom we think of first, why is that ??

‘cause sub consciously I think we all make impressions, based wholly or mostly on past behaviour, and draw patterns for other’s behavior as well as how we want ourselves to be reacting to certain people in a certain way..

With the perfect thoughts, the world would be perfect, and with no prejudices men would live free of egos and hassles etc. but then would it be worth living ?

joke

one day all the * signs in the world decide to have a party. so they arrange for a bash, and all the * signs in the world gather at the venue… theres music and dancing and food and drinks et al..

suddenly theres a tap on the door.. all falls silent… hey all * signs are here.. now who can it be ??

someone opens the door.. theres a ‘ . ‘ standing outside 🙂

hi there..we’re sorry but it’s a party only for * signs…

the  .  guy gives out a chilled out smile… listen folks, i am a * too…. i just had a haircut !!

deutsche

its been a couple of days at german class now.. it’s discovery and vivacity personified…

the consulate guys are really good at their job, friendly teachers, fun grafitti, colourful handouts,

when you walk in you feel happy, and not otherwise 🙂 … which says it all… i look forward for work to get over ( fetich 😉 ) so that i can head to my preschool again, yeah they pamper you like kids really… you have to repeat alphabets and numbers 1 to 20 (eins to zwanzig ) all that stuff…

you meet different people coming from a variety of cultures, you learn new things, you teach them a few.. etc etc.

back home i ask my hubby… mochten essen sie… (he has just decided to say yes to whatever i ask… i think.. ‘cause that ‘yes’ is so prompt.. ) 

hazaaron khwahishen aisi

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just in case you dont remember which movie i am talking about, please refer poster…

a quality movie, giving you some necessary food for thought…

In the backdrop of 1970s,  communist movement was gaining firm roots in west Bengal, and the movie talks about how the youth, especially from Calcutta, was affected by it… the appreciated part is that they didn’t leave it at that, what happened to their lives 10-15 years down the line is also the part of the story, and should be a part of our thought process too…

there are three protagonists, out of the three, chitrangda and kaykay menon, both from affluent families are in love… the guy is obsessed with communist ideology, agitated with social vices like racism, corruption, exploitation of the poor etc etc.. and with a team of like minded people he sets out to change India , to begin with in a small village called bhojpur in bihar…

 

The girl left behind, doesn’t have much of a opinion as of then, and in spite of getting married to an IAS officer who loves her, she continues to chase her first love and lands up in the village doing social work…

The third protagonist, shiney ahuja, has a more practical approach towards life… he meets the first 2 in college, when they wear expensive clothes and drive in their own cars etc etc, he is from a not so well-off family… so wants to earn money and keeps himself smartly away from the social reformist’s revolution..

 

 

i think when kids are born rich and have successful parents and have not seen the uncomfortable side of life, they want to do things that ‘sound good’… like explore new career avenues, change the world (this movie’s context) and similar other stuff.. I have noted quite a few cases like that… they are not focused on earning money and being successful, as that is stereotypical… but they fail to realize that in any society,  there will always be a few things which fetch you better returns and for the same reason they shall be stereotypical professions too… but they are really important to get you all the other variety and lifestyle in life and maybe the strength to pursue social work too comes from the fact that you have something else more comfortable to fall back on…as expected, a decade down the line, these ‘naxalites’ in bihar were tortured by the cops, worn out by the life and conditions in that rustic community structure… and yeah, managed to do some reforms here and there… but nowhere close to changing the system…but the third guy grew into a successful businessman with high profile political connections, a large house and a comfortable family life…

what happens in the end is a li’ll complicated woven story, for the viewers to watch…

 

but here my point again… my very own school friend, who came out with flying colours in SSC examination, however got into an arts stream after that and is still discovering herself, while most of our peers are already professionals and earning money or traveling to better places etc etc

 

people should not forget that this urge to be creative and do something in life, is not self sustainable… unless you have something much more solid to support your life, however stereotypical it may be, you are going nowhere…

 

there are more intelligent ways to bring about social reforms, as my hubby put it in an afterthought, there can be no reforms without economical reforms… the society automatically modifies itself around them… in this case kay kay menon could go to bihar and start an factory maybe and as money starts flowing into a common man’s life, the unjust social structure starts easing out indirectly, gradually…  

 

bollywood : ram gopal verma ki aag

i wrote a full fledged review, then somehow it got deleted… i felt bad for the typing effort, and decided to put down in brief again, then i thought..naah

it was worth the deal when it got deleted…

hopeless movie… ooooohhhh nooooo 😦

no point even reading reviews about it…

rating : PLEASE DON’T WATCH !!!!!