Tuesday, January 23, 2007

It's all about me

Tagged by Hamsini.

10 things that define me:

1. Uncombed hair that stays wonderfully in place.

2. Making lame jokes that I think are clever. Most of the time I'm the only one who feels that way.

3. The amazing need to shave at least once a week even though there is nothing to shave.

4. Tripping on stairs at least once a day.

5. A bulging wallet due to a collection of worthless coins of low denomination.

6. Awful passport size photographs.

7. Always eager for new email (Forwards however are sent straight to Trash).

8. Fear of dogs, cats, cockroaches and pigeons.

9. Presence of Reynolds pens in my pencil box even though they stopped writing the day I bought them.

10. Affinity for cellotapes. I absolutely have to tear a strip of tape if I see a roll.

P.S: I tag Dave Barry. He must feel so honoured.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Guru - Movie Review

Mani Ratnam's Iruvar chronicled the life of M.G. Ramachandran (M.G.R) but there was a clear disclaimer at the beginning saying that all similarities to real life individuals were purely coincidental. Similarly Mani Ratnam's Guru has a disclaimer up front and for me that is the biggest problem with the movie. Such a disclaimer is suitable if you feel that your movie has characters who might loosely resemble some real life person. But when your film's title character Gurukanth Desai (Abhishek Bachchan) is practically Dhirubhai Ambani except for the obvious differences in height and build, you cannot use that disclaimer. Guru is clearly inspired by the life of Dhirubhai Ambani and that should have been clearly specified when the credits rolled. To me it seems like a cop-out when you base your movie on someone and don't have the guts to say that to the viewing public. Steven Spielberg's Munich was based on events that happened in the 1972 Olympic Games. Spielberg made it clear that the movie's genre was historical fiction whilst acknowledging the main source for the movie's storyline.

I felt that the climax of the movie was pretty weak. Sure, what happened to Guru at the end of the movie might have happened to Dhirubhai Ambani, but the setup wasn't good enough for me. Guru's speech in the climax didn't move me and I did not feel that it should have changed the mind of a Jury.

I did come out of the theater appreciating the quality of acting, the pace of the movie (it was three hours long but I wasn't bored) and the directorial effort by Mani. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai turned in inspired performances. I had known pretty much nothing about Ambani's life when I walked into the theater and that definitely made a difference because this was a good movie and I was able to enjoy it. But when I found out that every single thing that happened in the movie was right out of Ambani's life, it just left me disappointed that one of India's best directors failed to acknowledge that his story was not original.

My Verdict: 6/10

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Sick and not liking it

My first post of the new year and I have to pause every 10 seconds to sneeze or wipe my nose while writing this. If you haven't guessed yet, I've got the cold. This is quite unfortunate because I only like getting ill when I have to go to school and now that I'm not in school, it's just plain annoying. Another reason for me feeling down is that my break from college is coming to an end and I've got to get back to living in the library soon enough.

The holidays were pretty decent though. I went to Hawaii with family and did a lot of sight seeing. I am not a fan of sight seeing, I just think that it is a waste of time. The thing that I look forward to the most when I go on a vacation is to have fun at the hotel. Sadly, the hotel that I stayed in did not have table tennis or pool tables and I had to go see the sights and sounds of the Aloha state. I had a swelling in my nose (I get the oddest infections) and that ruled out any swimming and so the only adventurous thing I did was Kayaking. I steered the boat left, I steered the boat right but I never got it to move in one straight line. Also, there was no other boat in sight and the river looked pretty scary with red berries falling down and causing the water to turn red and trees protruding and almost hitting me in the face. It was quite unnerving.

Later, I went cycling up a hill and I came across a big dog sitting on the side of the road. I wanted to seem polite and so I said 'What's up dog?’ The dog did not appreciate me being nice and started chasing me up the hill. It was an uphill task (literally) getting away from the dog but I did. I later found out that that was the most the dog had moved in six years. I just don't understand why dogs and puppies can’t just let me be.

Getting chased by dogs, smashing into trees are nothing out of the ordinary for me. But something quite out of the ordinary did happen a few days ago. I actually had a good photograph of myself taken at a photo studio (parents wanted a family photo but I ended up having a portrait photo taken). I didn't think it was great but the photographer apparently liked it so much that he wanted it to be mounted on the wall of his studio. Yep, definitely out of the ordinary. You can be assured that I'll be bragging about this for quite a while. Hey, it’s my greatest accomplishment till date.