Showing posts from January, 2011

Dhobi Ghat - Mumbai Diaries

I don't watch many movies; I mean, I do, but not in the theaters! The last Bollywood movie I saw at the theaters was 3 Idiots and I was totally shocked today when I realized that was in 2009!! So today, after a long time I went and saw Dhobi Ghat - Mumbai Diaries.
The funny thing is I went without a clue about the movie. I hadn't even heard of it till my friend asked me if I wanted to go, a week ago. We're not exactly die-hard Bollywood fans anymore, my family, I mean. But if someone had warned me about the artsy-ness of the movie, I wouldn't have paid to watch it! But I'm glad I did. It was not the typical Bollywood movie, which was great! Of course, it wasn't exactly 'brilliant', but it wasn't all that bad, either!
I am not a big fan of movies with no particular plot as such, and I can't appreciate a movie just because the filming and effects are good; but the characters of this movie somehow made it interesting! There was sort of a mysterious a…

Identity Crisis?

My Zodiac sign used to be Virgo till suddenly, one day, it is decided that I should be a Leo. And then, to add to my intense fury, Wikipedia says that the existence of the 13th Sign has been argued over since at least the 1970s! So we all read the wrong zodiac predictions all our lives because some astrologers thought they were right, only to realize so late that they were not?!! What a disaster! I'm freaking out like 20 other friends of mine who updated their Facebook statuses to show their immense indignation at this very important turn of events.How am I supposed to get up one day and start acting like a Leo when I am such a Virgo at heart? Even though (technically) I have been acting like a Leo all along, and not a Virgo, since that is what I have always been! Does this confuse you as much as it is confusing me? And now my mom smirks at me and tells me that according to the Indian Zodiac, which I am actually supposed to be 'following', I'm a Vrishchika, which is Sco…

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

I recently read the book "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again". It is written by David Foster Wallace. The only other book of essays I've read was by Bertrand Russel and I read it five years ago. So, you can see, I'm not too keen on reading essays. But this was something else. One of the best books I've read!

The essay that I loved the most, was the title essay that was published in Harper's Magazine in 1996, which is otherwise titled as "Shipping Out: On the (nearly lethal) comforts of a luxury cruise". The author is on a ship named the Nadir and is extremely bored of the "absolutely nothing" that he is doing there, that he is supposed to enjoy! It's a long essay, but it's remarkably funny. I was hooked from the start till the end!
Every thing about the word 'luxury' makes me cringe - which is one reason why this was the perfect book for me. Another is that I'm not fascinated much by the ocean; I love nature,…

"A doodle. I do doodle. You, too. You do doodle, too."

I love to doodle. Every second of every minute of every day!
I love painting as well. But I guess it's just too much effort for someone like me, specially when I could get just as much satisfaction from a pen and a piece of paper! And I can also avoid a scolding from my mom for accidentally painting the floor(oops!)
I've heard that doodling is one of the best ways to get your creativity flowing. I couldn't agree more. Doodling helps me relax. I've gotten over the worst of "writers' blocks" by doodling! One of my teachers had told me that doodling is like a warm up exercise before you draw anything. He always made us draw random patterns before moving on to the actual drawing; whenever we did that, our strokes ended up looking more gentle and natural!
Doodling has also kept me from falling asleep in lectures - all my school and college books are filled with doodles along the margins and on the last few pages! In fact, according to psychologist Jackie Andrade…