Thursday, March 27, 2008

Random thoughts...language...

The kannada song 'Ninindhalae' was playing on the radio. As always, I listened - though I don't understand the language. Sonu Nigam was singing - that was one reason. He went along those twists and turns beautifully. He could actually be cursing - but, I would still listen as long as I didn't know the meaning and he sang it in that way.

It reminded me of a scene from the movie 'Three men and a baby'. Tom Selleck is reading out the details of a boxing match from the newspaper to the baby - in a tone normally reserved for reading out children's fairy tales. When asked what he was reading, he answers in the same tone 'It doesn't matter what I read, it's the tone you use. She doesn't understand the words anyway'...and continues...

That was a cute movie, really. There has been a movie in Hindi on the same lines -'Heyy Babyy' - but me thought it was rather lame. I couldn't sit through it for more than half an hour. Whereas I'd happily watch the original again even now! Read More......

Monday, March 24, 2008

It can happen to you too.

Don't fool yourself into thinking,
That you are safe within your life.
What has happened to me today,
Can happen to you on the morrow.

Looks of pity and sounds of sympathy,
I get in plenty from you and your like.
From all the ones who stand out of reach,
But never once move out of my sight.

Constantly watching ;gloating silently,
Over the contrast between our lives.
Using my sorrow as a measure to find,
How much joy there is in your life.

Your present is just a page from my past,
And my present could be your future too.
For, my yesterdays lie close to your today-
Closer than you'll ever want to know. Read More......

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Movie : The Bucket List

Dad was in town yesterday and there really wasn't much to do except to head for PVR. Human dramas aren't really my cup of tea but it was either that or nothing yesterday. I don't mind the ones that have action in them. Those which span over a long period are easier to bear than those few life-changing moments that are stretched to fill 2 hours.

"The bucket list" is a humourous drama of the latter sort. Two men - Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) and Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman), find themselves with less than a year to live. They come from different backgrounds - one a self made billionaire and the other, a hard-working and self sacrificing mechanic. They strike a friendship as both go through the torture of living with Cancer.

Carter begins to make a list that he calls 'The bucket list' - things to be done before he kicks the bucket. The idea catches Edward's fancy and he invites Carter to join him to fulfill their wishes. To finally live and do the things he wants to do for himself.

The movie is humourous throughout - the part played by Edward's assistant Tommy contributing to a large part. The actors themselves are veterans and do a great job.

The movie is nothing amazing. But you won't want to run out of the theatre and you definitely will enjoy the humour, if not the drama. It hits on an important truth though - that no one wants to die alone. The major fear of most people - loneliness, being left uncared for, having no one to cry, having no one to miss you when you're gone. Its a movie about men preparing for death and realising what's important in life and death. Read More......