April 21, 2015

Climb Ev’ry Mountain

There comes a time where you’re on the brink of losing control, the edge of the cliff, a despicable wall of blankness in front of you.  And then, suddenly there is daybreak, a cool breeze, a respite.  Whoever said that new and exciting things were all about fun? They are much more about the fear of leaving behind the comfortable and stepping in to the unknown.  Me and a  lot of people in my immediate circle are doing just that. Being brave. To be happy. To never have to say ‘What If’.  Maybe it will turn out wonderfully for some of us, and perhaps we might be a little let…

February 8, 2014

Million Miles Away

You probably don’t know Theodore Twombly.  Frankly, neither do I.  But the story of this shy and subdued man, who writes other people’s letters for a living is one which has moved the world, reduced many to tears and got other thinking about ‘What is love’… In times like these where the word is glorified, wrapped in pink and made larger than life – I could connect best with this description from a blog that I came across.  “What is love? – It’s companionship. It’s sharing experiences with another. It’s storage filled with memories and the past – and a past together with someone. It’s knowing you are not alone…

November 6, 2013

The Movies

Yesterday I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go out with my colleague, Abdullah. He lives by himself and drives to the UAE almost every weekend – and when he doesn’t – he asks if we would like to do something, but my laziness and driving guilt have always engulfed me.  So when we decided to watch Captain Phillips, I felt a positive oddness at the act of booking movie tickets online. Then I remembered why. The last movie I had watched at the cinemas was The Hobbit – Part 1, way back in December last year.  Not only was I stunned, I felt really awful about it.  A year and…

September 9, 2013

Moryaaa!

After spending over six years in Maharashtra, the festival of the beloved Elephant God has almost become a part of me. I remember being told to stay away from the maddening crowds that Ganesh Chaturthi brings, because there is a certain level of craziness involved that not all of us can digest. But I recollect being a part of a visarjan party in Pune and even observing one from a distance in Bombay during the festival, and I know what it means to the people there. An equivalent would be Pujo in Calcutta. Only those who feel it, can ever know the meaning of an idol coming home, and with…

June 13, 2013

Day 13# Top Ten!

Movies. My one big love. I’m no film critic, but I cannot get enough of them. Not only do they sweep me into some distant story, and then leave me on some desolate coast with the credits running, some of them stay etched in memory forever.  Just like my travel lists, there’s a bunch of movie lists I can make. Ones which I could never really understand, the ones which left me sobbing profusely, the ones that I laughed at and then forgot about, to the ones that will always be a part of me.  These ten are movies I have watched over and over and over again. And I…

April 6, 2013

JLT

An airport trip where I had lots of time on hand was the reason behind this post. It was lying in my drafts for months and today, while I was looking at planes fly overhead from the windows in my cubicle, it felt like the right time to publish it.  *** Airports stir the most peculiar feelings in me.  There are tears, laughter, confusion, fear, excitement and hope with a tinge of the comic thrown in. Flying alone for the last decade has given me the rare opportunity to observe thousands of people in this diverse ecosystem. The nervous first time flier, the almost irritatingly arrogant business traveler who will…

February 25, 2013

Cinema Gold

For anyone who loves movies, the Academy Awards are a definite calendar event. Thanks to a friend living in New York, I caught around half an hour of the show being live streamed on a shady website. My favourites from the evening: # Charlize Theron in that pristine Christian Dior Haute Couture dress, Roger Vivier shoes, and Harry Winston jewellery. Stunner. Dazzle! # Adele winning for Skyfall. # Daniel Day Lewis being awarded for a mesmerising portrayal of Abe Lincoln. Although I wasn’t really moved by the movie, but this man’s painstaking methods made me think that if the 16th President of the United States were alive, this is exactly…

February 24, 2013

#LiveLikeJay

“We all come from the sea. But we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again.” *** When a movie starts with such a quote, is there any other way than to devour it? I had been waiting for this one for a while. It’s about a sport that I find daunting, yet fascinating. Surfing. Riding skyscrapers made of water on a thin plastic board. The ocean is a treasure chest. Often as intimidating, as it is enigmatic. It carries deep secrets, places where man has never been, and might never even get to. The…

January 16, 2013

π

Yesterday I turned the last page on the ‘Life of Pi’ and realised that there’s much I wanted to say about it. I had heard of the book when it had become a rage, but I never really got around to reading it. Then I saw the trailer of the Ang Lee directorial, and was intrigued by the story – like I have discussed in a previous post. There was a whole section on animals in the zoo. The pre-Pacific bit. I have never been a fan of putting animals and birds behind cages. One of the major reasons why I don’t enjoy zoos. But Yann Martel mentions that animals get accustomed…

December 26, 2012

9 | 12: Twelve Motion Picture Favourites

Anyone who knows me knows of my obsession with cinema. Rather inclined towards the collection, but I am so proud to announce that the “list” has now crossed 1500. In alphabetical order, these are the films that stood out this year: Arthur Christmas: The Christmas movie I waited over a year for. Ever wondered how Santa actually gets things done? The million letters from children, the nice-naughty index, the present sorting, the wrapping and the logistics. Seems like an absolute nightmare if you don’t have your processes sorted out. And above everything, it’s all got to be in secret until December. This movie will explain all! Barfi: The story of mute…