New York New York

September 18, 2012 § 2 Comments

As I wore my best clothes and travelled to the big big city of New York (secretly hoping the Sartorialist will click me) but alas (my white shirt and jeans weren’t stylish enough.not even with my new pink shoes! damn.)…  So a little disappointed that no one was taking my picture, I started taking some of the city. The hustle bustle of the big apple! Ahhhh how I miss urban life!

Yellow cabs, 102nd floor of Empire State Building, Times Square, subways, Subways (!), Central park, high rise buildings, billboard filled skies… its all there! All that was left to do was to get a white shirt saying ‘I ❤ NY’ with the red heart… which I vehemently resisted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City life

September 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

A few days ago I went over to my aunts for dinner… Its far away and near the place I used to live before. Now the place I stay is much quieter and crowd free. I went to take a call in the balcony and when I finished it I suddenly saw the square below. Late evening. All two wheelers and cars and buses taking people home at the end of the day. Young guys zooming on their bikes, old ladies driving super careful, couples going out all dressed up, kids cycling home at the end of the day. And I suddenly realized how much I love the city. The city life. I don’t mind the dirt or the heat or the pollution or the crowds. I love it just as it is. Yes it can get better sure… but I love it. And as much as I d love to spend quiet days at quiet places in solitude I d always come back.

And Pune is the perfect city… I always call it the town-city. It’s not as fast as Mumbai… not as slow as a town… it’s somewhere in the middle. It’s at a comfortable pace. And the thing is.. in Pune you can choose your own pace of life. It has its idiosyncrasies as any other metro, new places expanding beyond the old boundaries, old places nestled up in between new concrete. It’s all chaotic but that makes it more interesting and curious. Its fun to just roam around the city once in a while. Its unique with a river cutting through it and hills surrounding it. With markets and the peths. God knows how many times I was lost between Ravivar peth and shukrawar peth and somwar peth. Anywho… so.. I couldn’t stop clicking a picture from my phone… it’s a lousy phone but helps to freeze a picture…

I want to see and click Pune on foot sometimes. Theres simply too many places I havent seen yet. That’s a plan for October. If miss P would oblige to accompany me. And also miss the camera. Cant wait for October!! And especially with Diwali coming up! Do check on in here in October for some new pictures!

Dhobi Ghat by Kiran Rao

January 26, 2011 § 5 Comments

New year and thus the change of the theme of the blog. Hopefully something different and better!

Watched Dhobi Ghat yesterday with two friends. Thankfully the right kind of people with similar tastes like mine. If they hadn’t appreciated the movie as I did I would’ve felt a tad disappointed. It’s always fun to share your sense of elation on finding something new and wonderful. So thanks to those two I enjoyed watching the film with them!

Before I headed to the theatres bro warned me it would probably not be as good as I thought it was. Coz the reviews were very bad. And now I ve realized how reviews can be misleading. After all, the reviewer is a person with his own opinion about everything. And that’s subjective. So make your own opinion ,don’t go by reviews!

Dhobi Ghat is supposed to be an artsy film. But what is an artsy film anyway? If you decide not to label any kind of cinema… except in very broad terms. Any person who likes Salman Khan films might also like something like Dhobi Ghat. You can never tell. So… not getting tangled in any labels.. Dhobi Ghat is a film for the sensitive audience. Or for anyone who’s in the mood to watch a sensitive and non masala film. Kiran Rao tells the story of Mumbai as she sees it through the eyes of her four characters. Each character has a past but what grabs our attention is their present… in the city of Mumbai. Chance encounters with each other and they are all bonded to each other by a fragile thread. Shai who obsesses over the painter who she had a one night stand with, Munna who falls for memsaab Shai, Arun the painter who finds inspiration in the little housewife in the videotape he found in the previous owner’s cupboard and Yasmin the naive and innocent housewife who makes videotapes of her new life in Mumbai to send to her dear brother. All living in the big city with completely different lives and still the same.

At the beginning I found Aamir Khan quite awkward in his role as Arun. He is not used to playing such characters and nor are we used to seeing him. But halfway through the film he finds his grip and we see Arun. Monika Dogra as Shai is beautiful and very amazingly cast. You wouldn’t imagine Shai to be any different. She seems extremely beautiful in her own way. Kriti Malhotra plays the naive and innocent Yasmin with such unbelievable ease… her last words on the tape quite affect you along with Arun. But the show stopper.. or stealer shall we say.. is Prateik Babbar’s Munna. He’s subtle and full of hopes, Prateik Babbar is something to look forward to.

And the OTHER show stealer is… the music composer Gustavo Santaolalla. Loved the scores.

All in all, Kiran Rao knows her craft very well. A definite one time watch even for the  sceptics. No matter even if you hate it. And for the others… it’s a treat! Do watch!

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