Cult classics!

Worked under high pressure conditions to send off a deliverable and then finally got a chance to breathe…wanted to listen to some music and the first song that came to my mind was this!

Pliss to enjay and hey am going to take a poll here…what is your favourite…all time favourite friends moment?? Please do leave in your comments…oh and did I tell you I have the whole set…all seasons on dvd??!!

Brown girl in the ring

Mauritius is beautiful…it is the most beautiful beach town that I’ve seen..better than Goa, East Coast of TN, Bali and Langkawi. I have never seen such a blue sea and better still so many shades of blue all at one time ranging from an inky blue to an emerald green…the water so clear you can see right through..and the never ending sugarcane plantations, the green rolling plains stretching endlessly…

Much fun was had kayaking and pedal boating though I skipped an underwater walk because I don’t know swimming! I have returned looking like a burnt brown crisp…should I seek a marriage proposal..no body will marry me 🙂

Well its now time to hit the books and the work in full earnest…books for my CFA Exam that I will have to give in June…Level 3 is not going to be a joke and it involves essay answers (yikes..when was the last time I hand wrote even a paragraph 😦 ). On the work front I received my mid year appraisal where I was told that I had a positive attitiude, good technical skills, but I need to work on my business development skills. Now the thing is someone my level is not expected to do any BD work at all..but given that I demonstrated the whole positive attitude / technical skills last year itself, the expectations are higher and BD has now fallen upon me..now frankly I have no clue how I go about this, no manager to turn to for guidance and if I want the top rating again this year, I really need to buck up and get my act together…just fulfilling my basic goals simply wont do…so God help!!

Back for a bit

So we’re back from our little holiday..and we had the time of our lives!! We’ve fallen in love with Singapore and are actually considering working there for a couple of years!!

Langkawi was lovely and scenic..a tad hot but very beautiful!! There…I’m way too lazy to come up with a detailed blow by blow account of our trip but I think I will pick out the little moments that made the trip that much more memorable than the beaches and the night safari!!

The cutest moment of the trip for me was something not too connected with our travel directly! The hotel reservations were made in my name..SM…and everyone insisted naturally on calling us Mrs and Mr M…thinking that KT was the “M”!! We didnt bother clarifying initially..so it stuck…and KT picked up the phone to call our cab and said, “This is M speaking, can you please come down to pick us up!!”. Now I don’t know too many men that are happy letting their wives keep their original names…much less those who’d announce themselves using their wives’ surnames!! 🙂

There’s something to watching crabs in the sand, the dipping sun the distance bathing the whole in its warm colours hues and holding hands…

Its a lot of cheap thrills to make out on an absolutely empty beach…not so much though when you realise you can’t take it forward as there’s no place indoors to rush to for more than being prudes there are dozens of crabs in the beach!!

I found shoes that fit!!

We tried a whole bunch of Chanel and Dior perfumes and rejected them because I didnt like the fragrance rather than the fact that they were really expensive!! KT thinks it was a conspiracy on my part in order to avoid spending the money…but I swear I didnt like them and then I got sick with all the smelling and just wanted to get out of there!!

KT insisting that casurina was actually casunary and both of us laughing at the other for getting the word wrong and the look on his face when he realised that I was right!!

Sneaking in marble cake from the breakfast buffet and stashing it away into my bag for that mid morning snack!

KT had trouble with his blackberry and he wasnt connected to gtalk through his phone…so no perennial pings and email alerts…to his credit he didnt pick up calls even….so he was mine entirely!!

KT calling me up as he was driving away after dropping me off at work when we got back to say that he’d miss having me around the whole time very much….that was the cliched Mastercard priceless moment!

Oh and I say back for a bit because I’m off to Mauritius on an office offsite for three days…get off on Thursday evening and am back Monday morning… 🙂 …I know!!

We’re off!!

Tomorrow KT and I push of to Singapore and to the lovely beaches of Langkawi…so see you lovelies at the end of 10 days of lolling about in the sun (I know I sound like I’m from the North Pole!)..but yeah so regular programming’s going to be interrupted for a bit…so tata..see you soon!!!!

Kabab and biryani woes

Here’s a tip. If you are in Madras and if you love doing the kabab and biryani dinner, DO NOT visit the Khyber Grill in Park Sheraton. Very ordinary food  a little pricey…not worth it at all.

Its by the pool side and this is kitchen is open apparently for just 3 months in a year (thankfully). The kababs were bland and the only saving grace was the chat masala sprinkled on the kababs. The soup was ok, nothing great though. The rotis were stiff and hard. The biryani had no flavour…the dal / paneer nothing to speak of. Even the sweet toothed KT did not like the gajar halwa. The meal cost us Rs 1200 plus taxes per person for the vegetarian option. We spent a pleasant evening out in the open…but the food was a complete let down.

We would have done much better heading out to The Great Kabab Factory or even Copper Chimney…I think even our steward realise that we were not very enamoured by the meal and didnt bother giving us the feed back form 🙂

Taare Zameen Par

I’m not too much of a movie buff…very few movies can make me get my nose out of my book to get out an watch a movie..most Aamir Khan movies can do that to me. Of the bunch of movies I have watched, some have been truly original, a complete delight to watch, some entertaining..that you’d soon forget about…no film has ever had me thinking, “This one will actually change lives”. Taare Zameen Par did.

What was remarkable was the way the movie was handled, the tight script, the brilliant, completely natural and spontaneous performances. Dyslexia as a theme has not really been explored by movies, at least Indian ones. Awareness about the condition has surely increased, but this is something recognisable much earlier than it is being done these days. This movie surely will contribute to that.

Another thing is that its not just about a disability, but about any child that is not a “star”..any child that does not make straight As..or any child that does not score centums.. The movie took me back to my school days and reminded me of the real “duds” of the class…I used to wonder then about how they couldn’t even read straight off the text  book..I could then even understand if they did not do well in tests, they were lazy and didn’t study, but not being able to read simple English..or Hindi? That was surely plain indifference? I used to help out these kids, but I always “knew” that they weren’t putting in an effort, for surely you cannot be this stupid? One boy even flunked Standard 7 three times…it was really beyond comprehension for me. If I landed up with marks in the 70s…I’d get such a tongue lashing from my mother…I’d wonder how these parents reacted? But now thinking back I think realisation has dawned, these kids probably had some form of a learning disability. I can now differentiate between the really lazy kids and those that probably had troubles and it makes me feel bad.

There are gut renching scenes, the one where Ishaan’s father tells him that he’s leaving home because he is angry with all his mischief and his subsequent reactions, when he is put in the boarding school and the humiliation starts all over again, of course the end, after winning the competition, when he runs crying to Nikumbh, its a reflection of all the pent up trauma in the child getting released when he has at long last tasted some success and that realisation of how good some praise feels, praise that that his rock bottom self esteem has never possibly seen…I could go on and on!

I also loved the way the “star” elder brother was depicted, instead of casting him as arrogant and condescending, he is loving, concerned, confused and an exasperated brother..not completely devoid of his flaws, a very natural portrayal once again..you can tell that his heart goes out to his little brother and that he doesn’t quite understand why things are so bad with him. Vipin Sharma and Tisca Chopra as Ishaan’s parents do a commendable job of parents who don’t get why they have such extremely different children, one can really relate to their roles.

If one were to nit pick, yes the whole transformation that comes over Ishaan under Nikumbh’s care was way too quick..if only things worked that way! But you are prepared to make allowances for such minor flaws in the movie..

Aamir Khan delivers an expectedly wonderful performance, but obviously the hero out here is Darsheel Safary for coming up with such a natural and spontaneous performance, one that carries the film on his young shoulders..

An absolute must watch…an experience that will stay with you forever and forever 🙂

Bangalore

We move to Bangalore next week..Bangalore holds both good and bad memories for me..Bangalore was the first holiday KT and me took together..all hush hush and secret..we had been together around 9 months. We were such paranoid people..we travelled separately 🙂 and he stayed in a hotel and me with a friend (I kept having visions of these cheesy Tamil movies where raids are conducted in  hotels …even 4 star hotels and me thrown in jail and having to call my parents…I was not as worried about the jail /prostitution charge as I was about having to explain to my parents why I was in Bangalore with KT rather than my friend as was the official story!!)

But we had a ball..the thrill that we were on holiday together secretly the fact that we could spend so much time together..sigh!! I think we are taking our time together for granted nowadays!!! Maybe now that all the work related to the house is done we will now have more time to spend with each other and relax!