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[Book Review]~Another Chance! :)

Two things to remember: One, I’m not a voracious reader and two; I do not read books by foreign authors. One, as I cannot concentrate too much on a particular thing and two; I tend to forget the character names as I read along.
To tighten these loose nuts, I tend to go in search of books written by Indian writers. I tend to remember the storyline as well as Indian names!

Last weekend I was all alone and bored, so decided to go watch a movie. An evening show at Escape Cinemas in Express Avenue (EA) mall meant I could go a little early and laze around Odyssey, the book store. And that’s exactly what I did, by reaching EA a good two hours in advance. Haunting the section with Indian Writings neatly arranged, I managed to pick “Another Chance” by Ahmed Faiyaz, solely based on reading the gist of what to expect on its back cover.
Now it’s a big risk to pick books based on what you read on their back cover. Most of the time, I’ve been disappointed. It may all look good from behind, but …you know! 😉

Well I started this post thinking of writing a review, but then started ranting what not.
So coming to the book, it felt like I was reading something afresh, something so different from the usual gal meets boy in college story. This one was a much matured, much painful, much realistic, much more. Ruheen Oberoi, the protagonist in the plot is a much sought after lady – cute, lovely, charming, beautiful, sexy, hot, et al – who is admired, stalked, loved, and desired at various stages of her life and sometimes, all at the same time. Having lost her parents at a young age, she’s brought up by her Nana (grandpa) who happens to be her only family. Vishal, Aditya, Rohan, Varun happen to be the men in her life…stalker, lover, husband (separated) and friend respectively. The story shuffles between Shimla, Mumbai and Amsterdam where it mainly revolves around her (live-in) relationship with Aditya, a successful Brand Manager who finds it very difficult to achieve what they call – the work-life balance.
As one reads along, what needs to be seen is: Whether Aditya is successful in balancing out his life leisure along with work pressures? Whether Ruheen has the patience to stick around as Aditya juggles during his balancing-act? Whether Varun ends up being the rebound guy? What happens to Vishal?
And the best of all, where by the grace of hell does the seductress Malika fit in, into this plot?

Ahmed has done a great job in describing places and scenes which helps us imagine the set up as we read on. He’s handled the relationships and the innumerous hardships in a very realistic manner. A good read if you are ready to believe that there could be a possibility of a character, such as Ruheen’s, in the society that we all live in.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in books, Reviews

 

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[Paadhai]~Neon Nagaram: The Album UnCovers! :)

Update (5th July): NN is all set to release on the 10th of July. You can now PRE-ORDER your personal copy at FLIPKART over HERE (you get a pre-order discount too!!) 🙂

And they are back….

Paadhai is all set to unveil their second musical album (Book-Isai) and the third album overall, in the forthcoming weeks.
Early Sunday (26th June 2011) morning, they released the music cover of their latest offering “Neon Nagaram” (NN, in short)!
Below is the poster as well as the music cover of NN! 😀

 (Click on picture to enlarge)

Some of the earlier posts on Paadhai:
1. Ranam Sugam – Pain is Good (link).
2. I kissed her – Avalai Muththamittaen (link).
3. Songs-n-Stories of a Common Mediocre Guy @ TedxVIT (link).

They are socially friendly too. You can reach them @
1. Facebook (link)
2. Twitter (@paadhaigroup)

Just a little while before the songs and the story, both unfold…
A wait, you will never regret…

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Music

 

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[Review]~Shaitan!

Just back from a movie which sounds like an Indian version of Scary movie, named Shaitan. With boredom perching on my back this whole day, like Betal on Vikram, I had to find some getaway. Checked online for movies, and found one show of Shaitan at Escape Cinemas located on the top floor of the Express Avenue mall here in Chennai, and there was just one ticket left. So before someone as bored as me would snatch it away, I hurriedly booked. A good 40 minutes drive away, I headed into the unknown. Having heard positive things about the movie from friends, I had decided to plunge into it.

As lights went dim, it was the producer Anurag Kashyap who came on screen to read out a not so well rehearsed statutory warning about how he didn’t mean to promote smoking, drinking and injecting!
The movie is fast paced with 5 characters from affluent yet not-so-happy families being friends and enjoying a lavish lifestyle. Why worry when you have a rich dad?!
Trouble begins with an accident, Salman Khan ishstyle, which kills two people riding on a scooter. It gets deeper when the corrupt policeman demands a hefty amount of 25 lakhs to ‘settle’ the case as an accident and not murder. Finding no other means to arrange the amount, they decide up on kidnapping one among them and demanding a ransom from the parent. How they plan the whole kidnap act, how they go about implementing it, how messy could life get…the answers to these ‘how’ questions and more, is the plot in the second half of the movie.
The actors have done a decent job. Kalki (who is also Anurag’s wife) seems to be in the Kangana Ranaut league, ending up with similar roles…her role here reminded me of Chanda’s character she played in Dev-D. Rajeev Khandelwal (of Aamir fame) has done a decent job of his plain clothed policeman character, while why his personal life in the story was messed up remains a mystery till the end.
There were no song sequences, with 2-3 songs played in the background. The yesteryear popular number “khoya khoya chaand” was remixed, fast-paced and used in the backdrop…was indeed peppy, especially in the situation!!
The director (first timer) has done a great job…of holding the pace and doing justice to the story line…
Overall, the movie was worth the drive. It does make one feel about the existence of Shaitan (evil) in our own selves. I would give it a rating of 3.5/5.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2011 in Movies, Thoughts

 

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[How not to]~Smile at your wedding!! ;)

There are certain places where and events when we got to put in that extra effort in whatever we ought to do. For instance, smiling at a wedding…especially when it’s your own wedding! 😛

Smiling, they say is infectious. When you smile, do so wholeheartedly!

To all those who are unmarried as yet, here’s a piece of advice from the author’s very own experience:
When you stand on the stage posing for the innumerous photographs being clicked by those fancy flashing instruments, that’s the very moment you need to gain composure, maintain focus and smile…neat and nice!

Note to the bridegroom: You need to smile at your very best dude…as once you get down that stage that day, it’s your new wife who does all the smiling! 😉

Note to the bride: Incase your new hubby is not smiling on stage, read and remind the above note to him. :mrgreen:

Now why do we end up giving weird expressions, when all that we are expected to do is give a lovely smile, however fake that it is?!!! Well, there could be reasons like:
a) we are tired of smiling continously.
b) we are bored of it.
c) ok we accept that we are plain and simply lazy.

Or there could be actual reasons like:
i) we don’t know the people who are standing next to us in the group photograph.
ii) we need to save energy for certain activities later 😉
iii) our jaws are paining.

Anyway, when you are on stage…
1) Do not, I repeat DO NOT smile with your eyes closed. You won’t know how much your friends could pull you on seeing that picture at a later stage.

2) Do not smile with your mouth open…it’s technically not smiling at all.

3) Do not smile clenching your teeth…might expose your animal instincts!! 😉

4) Do not smile so weird that it seems you’ve already given up. In short, don’t smile like a loser!

5) Agreed that it’s your big day and that you might be looking stunning, but don’t look stunned. 😀

But then at the end of the day, as I said in the note to the bridegroom above: Only one smiles/laughs at the end of it all. 😛

Anyway…I know that, how much ever we prepare for the big day…we always end up with at least one weird picture of ours on stage, which we would want to change till our very last breath!! 😉 Some things are always out of our control!! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Happens~2~me, I~do~such~things

 

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[Bakwaas]~Of Bobby Romeo, Rakhi Sawant & Salwaar Kameez! ;)

The signs were evident with the incessant power cuts, phase after phase leading to the eventual black out but unfortunately I didn’t even bother to make a wild guess. And then the eventual happened. SHE CALLED.

Me: “Hello”
She (crying): “Woh sab chodo…you know what happened? This always happens with me!”
Me (not recognizing the voice): “But who…”
She (still crying): “Woh sab chodo…he ran away with my Salwaar Kameez…haiii Jeeeejuussss, kameena dupatta bhi le gaya…”
Sitting in a candle lit, otherwise pitch dark room – I was shocked to realize this female still had my number. I realized who was calling but not being a keen TV enthusiast, I was blank about whom she was referring to!
Regaining my senses, I said “Arree…Rakhiiii…longgg timeee….how have you been?”
She (giggling amidst cries): “Woh sab chodo…you recognized my voice, abba…wahich bahut mereko!”
Me: “So tell me what happened? Who stole your well…clothes?”
Rakhi: “That Baba…what eez his name? Romeo…he stole my favorite white salwaar kameez…”
Me: “Hmm hmm…well…I’m not aware of what is happening around the world. My world is dark out here.”
Rakhi: “Woh sab chodo… I like to wear it in rain you know…men find it appealing. Bappi da and even Captain finds it hard to resist down south!”
Me: “Errr…ok…but, what do you want me to do?”
Rakhi: “Woh sab chodo…you just listen to me no…this Romeo Baba even took the dupatta along. Why would a man need it?”
Me: “I don’t know…how would I know? Maybe to cover his face or in the worst of cases wipe his sweat!!”
Rakhi: “So don’t you think he’s acting weird? No doubt he is a pervert shameless enough to steal my best clothes. I need to do something about this. Help me no?”
Me: “Help and me? 🙄 How? Well, the trend these days is to go on fast till your demand is met!”
Rakhi: “Wow…so you mean to say that I need to go on fast too? Am I not sleek enough?”
Me: “Well to say the truth, err…actually I don’t know what you should do or not do. But I’m just throwing in some wild guesses!”
Rakhi: “That’s it. I’m going to fast…till my demands are met. I need a white salwaar kameez with dupatta, same as the one Baba Romeo stole but ewwww not the same one! Hmm…”
Me: “Hmm…well…”
Rakhi: “Woh sab chodo…bbye…see me later on TV!”

 

Huh…anyway, I was relieved that no harm was done to me except for the fact that my ear drums were paining! On checking out what the fuss was all about, I found a certain Baba Ramdev in the avatar of Bobby Romeo, what with Salwaar Kameez on. With the opposition parties backing him up and the Government as well as the cops and the special task forces behind him, this country is definitely going to dogs!
In short, Jeeejuuussssssssssss! 😀

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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in Imaginative Bakwaas, I~do~such~things

 

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