November 18, 2014

Euphoria…

This has happened to me before.  The getting overtly attached to people and places.  Watching them inch away and stare helplessly. And then doing it all over again.  In the past two years, TV series have sort of replaced my social life.  The characters have become friends – faces that I look forward to seeing everyday.  I laughed aloud at their silly pranks. And sobbed quietly when they hurt and even secretly prayed for them to be okay.  Despite it all, I knew I could come home and there they would be.  To tell me yet another story.  Make me feel like I was right there in their lives; a…

April 25, 2014

The Pale Blue Dot

In the 1980’s, Carl Sagan, an American astronomer, astrophysicist hosted a thirteen-part series on PBS called Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. He discussed the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe and he invited audiences into the unknown in a quest for knowledge.  “The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be. Come with me…” he said. In 2014, I heard rumblings across Twitter about a new science documentary that was wowing all its viewers. So I went ahead and watched the first episode. In the past couple of years, television shows have gripped the urban populace – be it drama, comedy or crime….

November 10, 2013

Person Of Interest

Lately, I’ve been overdosing on television shows.  I used to be faithful to good old Criminal Minds, and flirt with Game of Thrones for a bit and then follow it up with Lie to Me, with a hint of Bones thrown in.  Now I’m all over the place.  Afraid to finish Criminal Minds and Bones, thinking what would happen once I got to the end, halfway through the first season of Elementary, waiting the endless wait for Season 3 of Sherlock while hoping for House of Cards to get their act together and bring back Kevin Spacey and the hot Robin Wright, disturbed by what was happening to Carrie in…

July 30, 2013

Intense

I don’t like to complete stories. I hang on right till the end.  I’m terrified to detach. Over the past year, I’ve haven’t had too many people to talk to. The ones I did, I’ve told them much more than I should have. Otherwise, to pass the time, I watched movies, listened to music, read books and watched television series. And yes, got attached to some of them. On a related note, I’ve noticed that when I feel overwhelmed, I write. Because I’m unable to get it out any other way. I think it’s a positive approach. Back to topic, I just finished watching the second season of Homeland, on a…

July 9, 2013

Getting There

I’m not afraid. Of the dark. Of depths. Or even you. I will wade into rising tides. Sing on a mountain top. Paint the walls yellow. I’m free.                                                                        For Nick & Jess.

March 25, 2013

That Labyrinth Called Westeros

It is not very often that you come across a story that surprises you after every five pages and at no point in time, can you be ahead of the author. A story that feels so real, you can taste it. There is no dearth of fiction writers who create fables about knights and dragons, treachery and glory. But what is it about G.R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones that has caused it to be a global phenomenon? Recently, I completed reading ‘Dance With Dragons’ – the massive brick of a book which is the last published book in the series-of-seven and I kid you not when I say that every…

January 12, 2013

O.S.A.

Often I hear myself exclaiming aloud – “What would we do without Google”. Rather, what would we do, without the internet.  While in  India, I realised that I have the early symptoms of what is commonly known as ‘Online Shopping Addiction’. Flipkart was my best friend and I would spend quite chunk of my meagre salary on books, bags, laptop skins and the likes. I continued to remain rather envious of friends in the US or the UK, because online shopping is not only so much more convenient, there are simply so many more choices. For example, for months I have lusted over the HBO Store which is a treasure chest of…

August 7, 2012

Omnia mea mecum porto

The latest addiction has been in the form of yet another TV show. My dear friend at work Shonali had often quoted the show to be intelligent and fun but I never really had the opportunity to download and watch them. The newly discovered free Wi-Fi at work has made my last few weeks here rather eventful. Bones is an American crime comedy-drama television series that premiered in 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology, with each episode focusing on an FBI case file concerning the mystery behind human remains brought by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) to the forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones”…

May 28, 2012

Secrets and Lies

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell. I spent all of last week watching the American crime series – Criminal Minds. Usually not a huge fan of gore, there was something about it that kept me gripped. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) based in Quantico, Virginia who determine the cause of a crime from the pov of the criminal and then proceed to catch him. Mark Twain said “Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one who inflicts pain for the pleasure of…

May 7, 2012

“You Win or You Die”

When I first heard of the hugely popular HBO series, I thought of it to be some video game or the sorts and stayed very far away. In a while, the madness percolated to our subcontinent and it had been recommended by Akshay, Milan and Vidha; all three claimed that once one watched episode 1, there was no stopping. They were right. Game of Thrones is the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin first published in 1996. HBO then picked it up and converted it into a ten-part series filmed across Belfast, Northern Ireland and Dubrovnik, Croatia…