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Friday, March 27, 2009

Being a Punekar....

When asked, I say I'm from Karnataka... but I also say I am Puneri... Having been brought up entirely in Pune, I believe I have the right to say I am a Punekar...

As Punekars, you learn to talk the talk... Some words are distinctly Puneri... They might be marathi words but in Puneri, they have a different meaning altogether... here are some examples...

Jhepla... in the dictionary, this word is translated as... to be able to do, to afford... in Puneri, it means... to understand... Then there are the conjugations... jhepish/jhepoed (the english twist)... jhepa (the hindi lingo)... So this would be used as:
Kay jheptayka or Jhepa? (Specifically when speaking in hindi) or jhepish?

Bha-po... Now this is used when someody keeps going on and on about something and what you wanna say is chill... I got it... Bha-po basically means... Bhavana pohochlya... Enough of your ranting... I understand... Some other usages here are Bha-ja-ja-po... Bhavana zara zorat pohochlya or even Bhaplya... BHAvana pohochaLYA...

Panchat... as a word this means diluted... in puneri it can be used to describe a PJ (for the uninitiated, Poor Joke)... in short, PJ also stands for panchat joke...

So before amma come to scold me for still not going to sleep at 1:30 AM, I'll call the other Punekars who read my blog to comment with typical Puneri words... hope I can increase my Puneri vocab...

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Cool in Caprice...

I'm back... I'm back... I'm back... To my room... Honestly it looks simply great... Before we went for the painting, I would call this colour lavendar... Asian Paints calls this Caprice... So be it... It looks great and me is happppppppppy :)

The hard part would be in the days to come... Setting my Showcase with all my stuff toys and such in the weekend... And more importantly keeping the room non messy until all our friends have seen it... Seriously that is going to be a big task...

My bedsheet matches the walls... Next stop.. buy curtains to match the walls and bedsheet... aah a feeling of sheer satisfaction... I'm lovin' it...
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Chal Chala Chal...

So what movies do you get to watch on your bus journeys? Being a bus driver, I can understand the inclination one would have towards playing movies starring buses... But this one took the cake.... I mean honestly... What were the people who made this movie and acted (won't say starred... these stars lost their she here...)

Govinda stars as this guy (don't ask names... this movie isn't worth remembering names of the characters)...

OK... This review takes a detour... Just to try and give a small push to my memory, I decided to look for the movie online... What I found were some reviews... One of the first few lines of the three reviews I read are...

OK so I start over... Deepak, a young man/simpleton has been switching jobs as he does not want to succumb to the corrupt system that exists everywhere. Since years, with unwavering efforts, financial hardships and an unshaken faith in the judicial systems, he has been helping his father a legal matter.

His brother-in-law, Asrani is a lawyer, fighting in the court against Deepak's father, Om Puri, who is an ex-principal (I had thought he was a teacher... at the beginning of the movie I was happily reading a book.. It was only when it turned dark and I couldn't read anymore that I started watching this sad sad attempt at a comedy)... Deepak's other brother-in-law, is an RTO officer, corrupt as they come... but we'll come to him later...

So anyway the court case is about some library that Om Puri built with the school going at a loss and so no pension for daddy dearest... But we do have some property worth the amount says Asrani... a bus... And what a bus it is... One wheel missing, pigeons making it their home... Won't start...

Om Puri tells his son that this is his chance to work, serve his fellow citizens and earn a decent income without bowing his head to corruption...

The 'comedy' goes on with him fighting with a female... of course she's the female lead... and her being 'hit' by the same bus... he says he would look after all the needs of her and her family so she won't go to court... His RTO officer BIL keeps stopping him on the bus route on myriad petty offenses... fighting with the labour union backing the driver and conducter he has hired at Asrani's behest... And each time some hurdle comes his way, one of the senior officers... be it the senior RTO officer or the Labour official, says to him... tum 'whatever his father's name is' ji ke bete ho na? Ye humari guru dakshina samajh lo... Wah... students ho to aise...

The movie really doesn't go anywhere... The conductor runs off with all the money and then gets the labour union chief to file a complaint of unlawful termination of work... The meek Deepak turns into Parashurama on a rampage... but you can already guess that... The female falls in love with the sweet kind Deepak but then you can guess that and finally when the Labour union guys turn the bus into junk and our hero beats them up, the very unexpected people come to defend him... The Labour Official, the bus driver... but then if you didn't expect this twist, how would you expect him to win? And truth (read hero) always triumphs... Father sells of the house his greedy sons-in-law were always after and says something cheesy like... 'Bete tumhare dil jitni badi jagah mujhe rehne ke liye kahaan milegi?' Or something to that effect...

Now I do understand that Delhi 6 has been rated negative by most people I know, but if you have a DVD with Delhi 6 ( and 3 other movies) and Chal Chala Chal (Oh did I tell why this movie is call CCC? Because when they ask, what do we call this bus, the two nephews are told Chal by their respective fathers and Govinda is told 'Chala' by his father... Wow now that is probably the most original and imaginative idea of the movie)... why would you play this crappy movie?

I repeat what I statred off with... this is an absurd waste of film masquerading as a movie and a comedy at that... The only time I cracked a smile was when I was thinking... well I didn't smile at all apparently... can't think of a single time I smiled... I groaned at the movie... that's for sure... I kept thinking that were the windows open and this were not an AC bus, I would have probably jumped out... so this was a good thing...

Acting... bad
Story line... Ackk
Songs... Why?
Movie itself.... Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?
Mr Govinda, Om Puri, Asrani, Rajpal Yadav (Oh yeah, he's Deepak's jigri dost dying to go to America) and whoever else was in the movie... what low in life brought you to act in such a stupendously idiotic movie? I mean it was so absurd I wouldn't have been able to pass comments on this movie... had I even watched it with my ever-faithful never-at-a-loss-for-comments college group...

My rating... Not even applicable... If someone gifts you this CD or DVD, don't wait for next holi to burn it... just light a bonfire... but then it might just rain proving what a washout this movie was...

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Painting...

In a way the energy required to have your house painted is probably equal to that of shifting... Maybe even twice... When you are shifting, you either dump your furniture in your old home and start afresh or envision beforehand what goes where... When you are painting your house, it means, the furniture actually needs to go back to its original place as well... so twice the work...

Painting begins in our house on monday... with my bedroom nonetheless... (well thats why I wanted to write now... just before lunch... hmmmm... kurlya phannaupkari... but thats going away from the topic...) Just finished clearing off the knick-knacks from the showcases... my stuff toys, little shells and keychains and whatnots... brought down the poster of Leonardo DiCaprio... I was so worried it would mar the wall forever, didn't have the nerve to bring it down and then again, it was a gift from Neha, didn't really want to remove it either... The first big piece in my room, my music system went off to ajju's room...

The matress will go to ajju's room tonight and the computer table... so no internet either... The wardrobe and book shelves will be sealed for the painting... Need to remember to carry over some books and clothes to the other room...

The room already looks bare... I am feeling the empty-bedroom syndrome now... Amma just walked in and I watch her look around... 'Khaali distaasa nave,' I ask... 'Vai... Kashki dista' ('Looks empty doesn't it?' 'Yes... Looks strange')

Its a lot of work moving large pieces of furniture but when the tiny ceramic and delicate stuff needs to be moved too, thats scary, just hope nothing breaks... Need to post some before, after, later pics after my room is completely cleared and the painting is done...

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