Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Best of 2007

I haven’t read enough books, nor have I seen enough movies to come up with a top 10 list for 2007 and so I’ve decided to come up with a Best of 2007 list that lists the books, movies, music and moments that defined 2007 for me.

The Best of 2007 (in no specific order):

  1. Chak De India – It was great to see such a well edited, sharp movie that appealed even though it had an obvious ending. The casting was very good and it was nice to see Shahrukh Khan actually act.

  2. India winning the World Twenty20 Championship – After a shocking early exit from the pathetic Caribbean World Cup, no one gave the young, inexperienced Indian Cricket team a chance to compete strongly in the Twenty20 format. Not only was the Twenty20 World Cup organized splendidly, the Indian Cricket team seemed to suddenly play the game purely for the love of it. It was wonderful to finally see an Indian team that enjoyed itself on the field without getting buried under insane performance pressures.

  3. The Kite Runner – One of the better books I have read in a long time. Khaled Hosseini’s novel was touching and sad, and I was completely immersed. A great tale that is a must read.

  4. Mozhi and the song Katrin Mozhiye from that movie – Prakash Raj has a knack for making these feel good movies that stand out for their story. I loved how the storyline of the deaf and dumb character played by Jyothika was handled in a sensitive manner and how there was always a joke coming up to lighten up the mood. Very mature acting from Prithviraj and Jyothika and they were ably supported by Prakash Raj and Swarnamalya. The song ‘Katrin Mozhiye’ is my Tamil song of the year, simply for the quality of the lyrics.

  5. The Asia Cup triumph by the Indian Hockey team – The Indian Hockey team took the Asia Cup with a rampaging 7-2 victory over South Korea. A quick reminder that Cricket is not the only sport in India worth following.

  6. Taare Zameen Par – One of my favourite scenes in this movie is one where the protogonist, Ishaan (played by Darsheel Safary who turned in the year’s most inspired performance) finds out from his smug classmate that he is going to be in big trouble for not doing his homework. It took me back to my own days in primary school when subtraction was my biggest enemy and social studies was God’s way of punishing me for not eating my vegetables. The fear of the teacher’s ruler hitting my knuckles motivating me to do my homework, the wild day-dreams, running out at 4 in the evening to play with my friends – the memories all came rushing back when I saw this movie. Taare Zameen Par was my favourite movie of the year for the message that it conveyed and the beautiful way in which Amole Gupte and Aamir Khan showed us that you don’t need to score 95% in Math or Science to be special.

  7. The song 'Maa from Taare Zameen Par – It is impossible to not go teary eyed when hearing this song. It remains the only Hindi song I have truly understood.

  8. The scene from ‘I am Legend’ where Dr. Robert Neville (played by Will Smith) pleads with a mannequin in a video store to talk back to him. I was not a fan of ‘I am Legend’ at the end of the film, but that scene reminded why I even wanted to go see the movie – Will Smith.

  9. “I’m sorry. What was the question?” – Pam (Jenna Fischer) in the finale of the third season of The Office.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I like to reminisce

It's pretty weird spending my holidays cooped up in the house. There is nothing to do and I don't have a car to go to the places where I can do something. After years of running outside to play cricket under the sun, sitting around watching TV and lazing around is incredibly boring. This is the time of the India - Australia Test series as well and whenever India toured Australia, I used to wake up at 5:30 am to catch the action. The fact that I always fell asleep one hour into the Cricket surprised only me.

Yes, I'm reminiscing again. It is really hard not to when there are so many things that affect you in a special way and you're suddenly away from it all. Watching India touring Australia was just one of those things. Last week, I ordered Maaza at an Indian restaurant and one sip of the only safe (I hope) drink of its parent company took me back to my middle school days, when our school's idea of a field trip or excursion was taking us to the Coco Cola factory. It was so not fun. The only consolation were the free warm maaza drinks that all of us would get at the end of the 'field trip'.

I have to start figuring out how to spend my time usefully. I'm watching tons of movies, playing games on the PS2, and finding new, good music to listen to. But I want to do something that will actually make me feel excited and refreshed.

I guess I could go to the gym...haha, sometimes I say the stupidest things.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Things I did in my third semester of college...

I’m done with yet another semester and I can’t help but notice how fast college is going by. I came in to UT when I was 17 and I’m already 19…scary. Anyway, as part of a recurring theme, I’ve made yet another ‘What I did this semester’ list. So presenting the list of things I did in my third semester of college:

  1. Lived in an apartment with 3 other people who were not related to me, for the first time in my life.
  2. Was part of a league championship winning Cricket team.
  3. Overslept and missed my Hindi class three times.
  4. Earned money for the first time in my life. I worked as a mentor for first year students.
  5. Went for 2 weeks without drinking water in my apartment. This was due to the fact that our sink had not been cleaned for two months and to put it shortly, it wasn’t just the four of us in the apartment anymore.
  6. Went for a college football game and loved the experience but never went for another game (It was such a long walk to the stadium).
  7. Went for 10 internship interviews and that meant wearing a tie ten times. I do not trust ties.
  8. Stood for 40 minutes in a line to get free Indian food.
  9. Beat all of my previous records in bowling, including the most number of games that I’ve played at a stretch without throwing a gutter ball – 3.
  10. Went “yes!” right in front of a recruiter after seeing a sms that informed me that India had won the Twenty20 world cup. I was in a career brunch and I was looking for a job. Not the smartest thing to do.
  11. Ate ‘fried rice with vegetables/no egg’ 4 times a week at a restaurant called Thai Noodles House. They’ve stopped giving me the menu now.
  12. Started as the editor-in-chief for a new South Asian on-campus publication called Nazar (check it out, it’s pretty awesome). I dropped that position and became the liaison between the faculty and the publication. I did not enjoy that too much and so I joined the marketing committee. At a point of time, there were two weeks to the end of the semester and our website still wasn’t up. So I took up the job of making the website. Right now, I’m not sure what I really am in the organization.
  13. Went to the gym a total of 0 times. That’s three less than last semester.
  14. Learnt some Hindi which helps me to find out if I’m the one being made fun off by my friends. It’s kind of odd, I’ve found out, when I laugh along and I’m the butt of the joke.
  15. Watched a lot less TV, thanks to the Writer’s Guild of America strike.
  16. Spent two hours searching for a book in the University library for my sister, on my birthday. I realized that the library can be a confusing place – especially when you’re looking for one book out of like 6 million. I actually slept for about ten minutes in between. It was the last day, there was no one around and a book can serve as a good pillow.
  17. Went to Oklahoma for an interview. It was really cool travelling alone and on the way back I got to sit in Business class. It felt kinda awesome sitting next to people working on their blackberrys and laptops, while I was wondering when the air hostess would bring the peanuts.
Other awesome reads:

Things I did in my second semester of college.

Things I did in my first semester of college.