Sunday, September 23, 2007

I'm home!

Landed in dear dilli, started getting nostalgic right away- the Good and the Bad.. Hindi speaking counter person! gol gappa stalls on the way! Gud ol DTC buses! Real 4 lane roads! Moving traffic! Hindi sign boards! Typical haryanvi tehzeeb! Warm and humid weather!

And then, within an hour of landing, before I'd even got off from the taxi, the Ugly of course reared its head, if you're in Delhi and you're a female, how long before you get stared down? even if you're not walking down any road?? hmm not even an hour , thats the current record.

Chuckled as the first thought that came to mind was the opening scene from an ol favourite - Hyderabad Blues. The "I'm home" nostalgia abruptly interrupted by a mooing black bull, jutting its face into the car. The resemblance was uncanny :)

Its easier to chuckle now, knowing I'm escaping back to traffic jam country tomorrow!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Thought for the day

घर से मस्ज़िद है बहुत दूर चलो युन कर ले,
किसी रोत्ते हुये बच्चे को हन्साया जाये

The incomparable Nida of course..

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ram setu

Warning to the religious minded - read further at your own risk , the blog post may offend your sentiments. Don't get masochistic and then come whining back with "I'm hurt by your intolerant attitude" stuff.

The news just gets funnier and funnier!

- "Its not man made, we should go ahead with the Sethusamudram proj. "
- "Oops , lets beat BJP at their own game, no no the prj was a mistake, its totally divine. "
- And then there is dear madam with her national monument shit.

what is it with human beings and their religions?

Is it the infantile urge in us to believe in Santa Claus?
- bhagwan sab theek kar dega, woh jo karta hai achche ke liye karta hai. Sab bhagwan ka diya hai.
Yeah right, including the schizophrenia.

Is it search for the silver bullet to all problems?
- woh sab dekh raha hai.
Yeah right, he's big brother with a million cameras, waiting for you to slip up so that he can eat you for breakfast. And of course he has nothing better to do.

Is it the fear of the unknown ?
-karva chauth ka vrat nahi rakha to tera pati mar jayega.
Yeah right, don't you see the husbands of non-fast keeping population dying like flies?

Is it the stupid side of us which wants to let its hair down , tired of being rational the whole day? Listening to talks about the love of jesus and suchlike stuff?

Is it the bully friend we want when we want to bully down others?
- kaafiron ke khilaf fatwe , jihad bla bla bla.
Yeah right, it has a to be super smart caring and kind god, who would create a world with a few chosen ones belonging to the "true" religion, and the others are obviously created simply to be killed by the "true" religions followers (by birth.)

I mean really ! I just don't get it . The mass consumption religions were either created with , or gathered so much dirt around them that their core philosophies, if any, are totally not visible at all!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Dictation time!

I was teaching a kid "a for apple" etc. For the umpteenth time, with rather limited success.

Its kind of hard to explain that "W" should sound like va and not da.

And the sa sound can be caused occassionally by "S" although.. hmm desember doesn't quite cut it.

And then there kit and cat,

And it begins to get really interesting by the sea, what isn't really a "C"

Oh dear me, I just realised, I still haven't explained week and weak to him yet..

Its an interesting language... :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The thing with feathers.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
and never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

- Emily Dickinson

Chak De India

Finally got to see the movie yesterday, after having read and heard numerous reviews ( all of which were unanimous that the movie was worth a watch).

And yes it lived up to its reputation. All in all a good movie, it wouldn't make it to my list of all time favourites, but it was worth a watch on the hall.

As an aside I really should mention that this was a real balcony , and even if I didn't quite sink into the chairs, the pleasure of seeing a big screen at the "correct" angle more than made up for it! Which also reminds me that I should check up if my old favourite back home - Chanakya - has shut down yet :)

Anyway coming back to the movie, it mostly stuck to its central theme of a bunch of hockey players being turned into a team by a coach, fighting agaist prejudice and problems along the way. It helped that there weren't any irrelevant side "angles". Although the problems, prejudice, attitudes and characters had their share of stereotypes, it wasn't overpalyed, and were mostly believable. The pace was good, the dialogues mercifully didn't get tacky, and the matches quite enjoyable. And it helped that a healthy dose of healthy humour was thrown in.

For me , I'd say that the most irritating part was rather unexpectedly SRK. Almost all reviews I'd read had assured me that he was restrained, but no matter what he does , he never ever lets you forget that its HIM. Him with his set number of facial twitches, larger than life persona and the ease with which you can almost imagine one look in this movie being followed up with a dialog from DDLJ/KKHT/or something of the kind.

Anyway to give the devil his due, the wild cheers in the halls - and perhaps the very show - would not have been there had it been another umm real actor.

Memories of "A League of their own" are inevitable. It was Tom Hanks who played the role of the coach there. He's among my all time favourite actors. And for a fraction of a second I actually had to jog my memory to remember who it was, who had played that memorable drinking, swearing, bully of a coach's character.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

"The Human Side of Business"

Ha Ha Ha , I just can't stop chuckling..

Just saw that line on a bus of a really human company.

Fellow sufferers would perhaps get the joke ;)