Last 2 days – In Chennai on a training

—– Written at 4:30 PM on Sep, 11 —–

They say, Life is made up of good and bad experiences

So far, our stay in Chennai had been quite good. But just on the second last day, the power went off in one of the phases at about 11:50 pm. So only a few of the rooms in the guest house had no electricity – our room being one of them. We tried to sleep for some time, after trying all possible avenues to make the room airy. But with mosquitoes buzzing around, sleep was a remote thought. We then asked the guest house attendants to shift mattresses from our bed to our friends’ room, which had electricity, thus utilizing all the possible floor space in their room. But after a lot of this action, we got a really great sleep.

Many times, there are such small unsettling incidents in our life, which we often complain of. But don’t you think that a boring and mundane routine does need some fun like this??

Why do we have tests?

There was one last test left in the training, for which I started studying intensely. I somehow have this strange thing, that even for a completely useless test, I just cannot stop myself from preparing well. I am not saying that then I perform extremely well. Only that I get really tense before any test. In this test I got 85%, and was quite happy with that.

Shopping time

The training ended by 3 pm, giving us a couple of free hours, before the cab pickup for airport. I did some shopping at Shri Krishna Sweets (purchased chutney powder and pickles) and Nuts and Spices.

Last filter coffee

I could not have left Chennai before having a last filter coffee. I went to Shri Balaji Bhavan at Pondy Bazaar, and had a really strong filter coffee, savoring its taste for quite some time.

Adieu

So now I was ready to bid adieu. This is the street where our guest house is located. And there’s an old model BMW car parked on this street that we used to see everyday…

—– Written at 8 AM on Sep, 12 —–

They say, God listens to what you speak

But God also reads what you blog. After I wrote the first point about upheavals being fun, things started that way. Our airport pickup vehicle was just a non AC Qualis for 6 persons with 6-week-planned luggage. Our bags had to be loaded on the roof of the car. Even though we complained about it to the admin, the next vehicle took a lot of time to arrive. Hence, we decided to proceed, else we would miss the flight. Traffic in Chennai had never posed a problem to us, because of the area where stayed and the hours when we traveled. But there was a very heavy traffic till the airport. We heaved a sigh of relief only when we reached the airport.

Back to 24°C

The weather seemed great when we landed at Pune.

No Water

When I reached home at 11:45 pm, there was no water stored, as i had emptied all the water bottles before leaving for the training. There was no water in the taps, even though the society water supply was generally available till 12. I was also hesitant to wake up neighbors at this late hour. I should have remembered to purchase a mineral water bottle at the airport. I was remembering Geet’s dialogue in Jab we met movie – “Please babaji, Ab is raat me koi aur excitement mat dena, boring banado is raat ko please”

Paani ka mol pehchaniye

Do you remember this Doordarshan ad? I was able to collect one glass of water from 3 different taps. I boiled it on gas stove and allowed it to cool under the fan. Then I put it in freezer and then had a glass of cool water. Should be enough till the morning when the water supply starts and the aqua-guard would work.

Day 4 – At Chennai on a training

At the outset, I would want to clarify that I spend only about 2 hours having food and at least 8 hours attending training. Looking at the past few posts, it seems more like a Food-guide blog. It is just that there is nothing specific about the training to be posted.

So, keeping up the practice, I would start my food reviews. We went to ‘Hot Chips’ for lunch. ‘Hot Chips’ is a chain of restaurants in Chennai, unlike the chips shop of the same name you find in Mumbai and Pune (at least I have seen them only in these two cities).

The food was good here, but many items were not available during afternoon.

Our evening plans were more interesting. We went to Sathyam Cinemas for watching the movie Kaminey. As the movie halls were closed in Pune, I was not able to watch this movie. Hence, it was a good chance to watch it here. The movie hall was amazing. Great seats, great projector quality, great ambience. I could not take pictures inside the building, as photography was not allowed.

About the movie: I love the movie. Performances were great. More about the movie later..

Had not thought (Socha Na Tha)

Had not thought
We’d meet again,
But we did.

Had not thought
We’d laugh again together,
But sure we did.

Had not thought
I’d fight for you,
But I couldn’t stop myself.

Had not thought
I would come so far,
But now wouldn’t stop myself.

Had not thought
You would come so far,
But now I’m there to hold your hand.

Had not thought
We’d really be so crazy,
But now that we’re together, I’m glad.

Credits: The poem has been based on the movie Socha Na Tha, so due credit goes to the movie. Equal credit goes to my wife for making me see the movie. I really couldn’t have missed this one.

Movie review – Gulaal

If you thought that the most intense movie on student politics was Yuva, Gulaal is going to shock you. Apart from Yuva, I also co-related it a bit with Omkara. I am not saying that the story or any scene is common among these. It is just that the overall political backdrop which is used in the plot is similar.

Gulaal is a great movie performance-wise. KK is simply great. His portrayal of Bana is simply fluent. It is his character that creates a pressure in the entire movie. Performance of all the other actors was also splendid. The credit for this goes to all the actors as well as Anurag Kashyap for extracting such amazing performances. I will not give out the story of the movie, but will just say that it deals with issues like ragging, student politics, provinces of Rajasthan, fight for power and a lot of violence.

The lyrics of most of the songs were good and quite thought provoking. The only song I found a bit irritating was the second song picturized on Mahie Gill. Speaking about Mahie Gill, the role given to her was very short, but she performed it very effectively.

I read some reviews, which say that the use of expletives was unwanted. But I think the language used in the movie and the violence depicted kind-of teleports the viewer inside the screen, and audience goes through the same stress as the characters.

This movie is not recommended to be watched with your parents. Nor it is recommended to be watched on a date. Go and watch RNBDJ instead (if it is still showing somewhere, that is). My wife was desperately waiting for the interval (I guess, that’s because she hates politics and violence, which are the core components of the movie).

I suggest critics should shortlist KK for an award for best performance (in supporting role, if not the lead role).

Final rating: ****

Best Bollywood movie scenes in 2008

When I was watching an award show yesterday, I kind-of tried to recollect some of the movie-scenes in 2008, which were very touching, and which I enjoyed the most. Since, I had missed out watching certain movies, their scenes might not be there in this list. I know, it’s a bit late to write about 2008 movies, but nonetheless, here is the list.(Spoiler Alert: May contain spoilers]

1. Mumbai meri jaan
The scene where Paresh Rawal, during his retirement party with a few colleagues, confesses that even though he has been a cop all through his life, he has not nabbed a single terrorist or even a thief. He says he will get this satisfaction once he goes back to his village and catch a fox, which has been troubling the villagers since long. Though all his other colleagues were laughing at this joke, there was one of them, who got the underlying meaning.
[Too good. When a person introspects on his past career and compares it with the expectations he had at the start.]

2. Kismat Konnection
The scene where Shahid Kapoor is attempting an impossible billiards shot, when Vidya Balan pushes him to spoil the shot, but eventually the shot is successful.
[It’s a pleasant surprise when a person is told he is lucky, when he is daily fighting with his luck.]

3. Rock-On
The scene where Prachi comes back home to see Farhan and his friends practice music in their living room.
[When your spouse breaks the typecast and looks a completely different person pursuing his/her interests.]

4. Jaane tu ya Jaane na
The scene where Imran Khan assaults Genelia’s fiancé at his house on discovering that he had hit her.
[Great scene. You have to watch the movie to enjoy it.]

5. A Wednesday
The scene where three of the terrorists get killed.
[Would not reveal anything more, in the interest of readers who have still not seen this movie.]

6. Mumbai meri jaan
The scene where KK discovers that the muslim youth, whom he had been suspecting for an involvement in bomb blasts, was actually missing as he had gone to Shirdi.
[A very touching scene. We often see people with a pre-conceived notion; and when we see the true picture, we realize that we had been wrong all the way.]

7. Sarkaar Raj
The scene where Amitabh shows Dilip Prabhavalkar that he has killed his nephew.
[Great scene. Again, you will have to watch the movie to enjoy it.]

8. Welcome to Sajjanpur
The scene where Shreyas Talpade, while reading a letter from Amrita Rao’s husband, discovers that he is planning to sell his kidney to purchase a small slum-dwelling in Mumbai so that she can shift with him.
[Very touching scene]

9. Shaurya
The climax scene row between Rahul Bose and KK. I admit it is copy-paste from Tom Cruise starrer A Few Good Men, but the scene was executed very well.

10. Rab ne bana di jodi
The scene where Anushka Sharma, leaving her grief and confinement, comes out to greet guests at Shahrukh’s place.
[A very pleasant scene]