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Monsoon memoirs!

July 19, 2013

Yes, it’s messy, muddy and often plays spoilsport but there’s another side to the season. A side that we reminisce on; the romance of the rains that brings out the philosopher in each one of us. This evening, as it pours, we will etch you a fantastic tapestry of the Indian monsoon, woven with threads of nostalgia. So you can enjoy the weather and culinary experience it brings to us with the onset of the season, sitting a thousand miles away!

You wake up at 7. Snooze the alarm and fall asleep again. Everything else in the world falls back before your comfort and the love of your comforter. You want to sleep like a baby while the rains sing a lullaby for you. For us, Indians, monsoon means comfort, fun, colors and happiness. Walk out on any typical rainy day and the streets are a riot of colors. Somewhere within, it instills hope. Why else would someone buy an umbrella with the color of a rainbow if not to battle a grey day!

As you walk through the same lane, fulfilling your responsibilities- the usual of an everyday mendicant- you pass through a familiar smell. Smell that spells rain. Fried food from the ubiquitous vendors that seem to pop up in every office lane. Mouthwatering. Ignoring it as you walk pass, in a very old wall maybe, you look carefully and see moss. You awaken the child within and run your hand along for that velvety feel. Smiling in the rains for no reason is absolutely justified.

While at work you keep looking at that big window and feast your eyes on the torrential downpour, a sudden splash drench you as you step out after a busy day. Quite surprisingly it brings a smile across your face. You hail a tuktuk and sit in it refreshed. The driver draws the plastic curtains in order to save you but you push it away instead- loving the feeling of the cool wind full of water droplets. Maybe stop somewhere for a bowl of hot soup!

You reach home and take little pleasures in all the rain related culinary delights, pull a shawl over you and read a book and fall asleep with the heavenly lullaby. Thank God for the rains.

5 Bollywood flicks to watch out for in 2013

July 8, 2013

Ah well, what an interesting topic to write on! Though subjective to the hilt, we think this year Bollywood saw some good flicks hitting the silver screen. Not so very long ago, someone aptly pointed out in some video, somewhere in the world that if you have minimum or no talent, you’d still have a chance in Bollywood. Although for the longest time we thought similarly, but some recent developments in Indian cinema in this year have nudged us to think otherwise. Here are some great movies releasing this year which may set the benchmark for Indian cinema in terms of treatment or story. Take a look.

1. Ek Thi Dayyan:
He is a celebrated illusionist. She is a beautiful woman. They have a life that’s asked for by many. But somewhere his life is falling apart. Hallucinations from his sister’s death torment him while snippets of paranormal experiences from his past haunts him. A chain of events lead us to a climax which we hardly thought of! A good watch and we rate it ⅗.

2. Inkaar:
The name leads to the theme which is the highlight of Sudhir Mishra’s film. For the first time the issue of sexual harassment at workplaces is highlighted in this movie and we love how different POV rule the entire movie, giving it a twist, which would have otherwise been a “master and his muse” cliche.

3. Kai Po Che:
A story based in Ahmedabad and one that showcases the dreams and aspirations of 3 young men who share a common interest- Cricket. But bourgeois dream falls flat in front of monetary challenges and they take steps that they otherwise wouldn’t. Along with these apprehensions come in several political unrest in Gujarat, trampling millions of lives and their dreams- a tragic incident that not only marks the end of the movie but also makes every Indian shiver.

4. Ghanchakkar:
A comedy thriller- Ghanchakkar (Crazy) tells the story of a suave, master safe-cracker who wants to retire from a career in crime. But before that, he should commit one last heist: a bank robbery that will ensure that he never has to worry about money again. And although everything goes according to plan he is given the task of hiding the money. When 3 months later his associates (he teams up with 2 people to carry it out) come to collect the money, he refuses to recognize them! To find out what happens next- you need to see this!

5. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag:
An upcoming biographical film based on former Indian athlete Milkha Singh, which talks about the struggles and perseverance an athlete has to go through. Rumor has it that he sold the story to the producer for 1 rupee and has asked to donate his share of remuneration for needy athletes. The name of the film comes from the last words spoken by his father which translates to “Run Milkha Run”.


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