Simply Me

Monday, February 23, 2009

Weightless Wonder

Now, I have been described as thin, slim and other similar adjectives... but honestly, until a few months ago, I would address myself as borderline anorexic (no I do not have any eating disorders... I just am grossly underweight) ... So whats changed now? Nothing much really... as per some of my friends and neighbours who see me after a while, claim I have put on a few milligrams atleast... whew... huge relief...

Anyway why this makes me post is, at office, though we have enough chairs, someone or the other keeps chair-napping... first thing when I get in is to find a chair, hopefully, lowered as low as possible, tuck my feet under me and have a seat... Then there are those days when this just won't work out... I probably am one of those people who can't abide with the chair raised too high... So here the work flow goes, find a chair, sit on it, try to lower it (which more often than not I can''t do), switch to a couple other chairs and repeat process... then call out to any of the guys who comes in early... Arun or Sujay and ask them to lower the chair for me... Sujay has tried many times to get me to sit in the chair and lower it... but to no avail... Its not like I can't get it done, I'm too weightless apparently for the chair to realise I am sitting on it...

Oh the woes of being underweight!!!!!

(P.S. Can't think of a single suitable song to add a tag here...)

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posted by Tejaswini Shenoy at 11:17 AM 2 comments

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Filmy tag

OK... So this is the first time I'm making up a tag... So making it a filmy tag... or with songs for answers... I tag my posts with songs... So I make a tag with films or songs in it... Please give just the most appropriate answer (I mean I normally give multiple choice answers myself when asked to fill a tag, hope you don't) and explain why that is your answer...

1- Which was the movie that you had waited for with anticipation and turned out to be an utter dud?

2- Which was the one most ridiculously stupid movie you watched in a theatre and then thought that you might as well have thrown that money in a well for all it was worth?

3- If you had to be in a movie or a scene that you would want really really to be something that happened in real life, which would that movie or scene be and which character would you be?

4- Write three songs that would tell me what you lovvvvvvvvvve to do in your spare time...

5- Name a movie you actually thought was better than the book or atleast did justice to the book...

6- You are on a desert island... you found the island genie who granted you on wish that he would bring one person to join you on your exile... You have told the genie who you want that to be... apparently the genie isn't all that magical... he went to get that person and you are waiting for the procrastinating genie to get back with that person... What song do you sing while you wait?

7- One song on your IPOD/mobile that was a huge hit a few months/years ago and the radio stations used to play every hour and seem to have forgotten all about now that you tend to listen to often enough

8- One song that reminds you of somebody or a group of people... Do inform why it causes you to reminisce...

9- The one movie you saw most recently and which lived upto all your expectations if not more...

10- The one song you have heard atleast twice today... either on the radio or the cell or on TV...

Bonus Question: In view of today being Valentine's day... Well it was when I started thinking of this tag, type down song which is meant to be romantic, but the lyrics make you think otherwise (There are a lot of Govinda songs I know, but try to think of a song not many people would know or think of)

...And now for this tag, I tag Purnima, Rachana and Anup... Hope you have fun...

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posted by Tejaswini Shenoy at 12:11 AM 3 comments

Friday, February 6, 2009

At the movies...

There are two different types of people I have seen at movies... There are thosewho love to comment on movies and there are those who watch the movie so quietly and with such concentration, you'd think they're gonna enter the screen...

When we went to watch KANK, it was Varsha, Supriya, Supriya's li'l sis Malvika and I. Before the interval Varsha and I were sitting next to each other chattering away to glory... MAlvika beside me and Supriya next to her. For those who have already seen the movie, this is one of those disasters that you shouldn'tget your impressionable younger sisters to. On top of that if that sister is more quiet than you, you being the quietest in the group, watching the movie is totally painful. End of interval, supriyacomes to sit beside me, Malvika relegated to the corner. The movie is too ridiculous not to comment on she says... I am missing your commentary Tejaswini...

On the other hand, Shraddha watches the movie with a concentration one would reserve for their board exam studies. To know what I mean, read the Ghajini review.

Purnima on the other hand can manage in both types of company.When we went to watch Slumdog Millionaire, Purnima agreed to sit between Shraddha and Pallavi. Pallavi and I were commenting quite a bit while Purnima sat quietly next to Shraddha. When we had gone to watch Guru, Munnabhai.., Jab We Met and most importantly Namaste London, we enjoyed the movie all the more because of the commenting nonstop. How the same girl could watch a movie in almost silence (well Pallavi was commenting to both of us...) is beyond my understanding...

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posted by Tejaswini Shenoy at 12:53 AM 2 comments

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire...

You know its going to be a memorable day when you call up a friend early in the morning to tell her its time to get up, we have a 8:45 A.M. movie to catch and the third sentence out of her muth for the day is 'Oh Sh..' (Well .. because she didn't complete the word... )

Having made plans to catch the early show, Purnima informed us that the movie would begin at 8:45 instead of 9 to make for Shraddha's penchant for being late... Hungry and half-asleep we reached the theatre... And with no trailers and standing up for the national anthem, the movie began...

Slumdog Millionaire is about a boy who grew up in the slums and went to the show 'Who wants to be a millionaire?' (Now that's a surprise... sorry for the spoiler)... Anyway, he is one question away from the final 20 million rupees question and he is put in a jail cell and tortured to find out how he really got to know all the answers...

The boy draws on all that life had taught him... from the kid dressed up as Ram when a communal war kills his mother... to the Colt that his brother wields after killing a big-time don... Life takes him from a normal slum boy (I am assuming that is normal what is shown) to an 'orphanage' to peddling in trains to pretending he is a guide to working in a Call Centre as an 'assistant.'

Three actors each play the three main characters at different ages... Jamal the almost millionaire; Salim his brother, who is protective of his brother, misled at times, generous at others, an opportunist at times and a religious murderer at others; Latika, the girl Jamal falls in love with and keeps finding and losing throughout the movie...

I agree the movie is very negative with all the bad experiences that can happen happening to the kids... but it also tells of how one brother tries to put his old life behind him and work at a Call Centre as a chaiwallah not the tele-operator and the other becomes a hired hand who works for a Don and does all the dirty work necessary... It tells a side of human nature when at the beginning of the show Anil Kapoor calls him the 'chai wallah' with disdain and later when he comes to money keeps addresing him as the 'Call Centre employee from amchi Mumbai'...

The only joys in Jamal's life are in the form of Latika whom he first loses back at the orphanage, then when again his brother takes her away from him and when he finally finds her again, the goons again part them...

As a movie, this is a definite watch... one time maybe... nothing specifically watch in a theatre about it... except that the background music is so amazing you HAVE to have a surround sound when watching the movie...

The most endearing character is little Jamal, a sweet, sensitive, caring, talented and actually Jamal's character is just plain lucky at times... Salim is realistic in that he would do anything to save his own hide, he is aggressive, loud mouthed, foul talking and more believable than Jamal's character when you hear Jamal's polished english... Latika actually an important character 'coz everything Jamal ever does is to find her... though you wouldn't necessarily guess that.

Watch it for entertainment... don't miss the beginning, its a short movie... it is in a way a masala movie... most importantly it is a different story... Listen to the background music... Its fast paced, so not a movie where you would pass too many comments... well executed and crisp...

I give it 4 stars... 1 for the background music, 1 for little Jamal and the rest to be divided among everything else in the movie... Watch it!!!

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posted by Tejaswini Shenoy at 12:14 AM 4 comments