Thursday, June 23, 2005

Movie Tag answered

This is in response to KP's tag about movies I have seen recently. Well, here is the list of movies I have seen in the past few months.

Latest movie : Anniyan(Tamil). Liked it a lot, especially the songs and Vikram's action, not to mention Vivek's comedy. Can't wait to watch it again.

Cinderella man - Nice movie about the pugilist, James Braddock. Nice performance by Russell Crowe in the lead and Renee Zellweger as his wife.

Morning Raaga - Good movie with the story revolving around a carnatic singer and the way she puts the demons of her past to rest. Wonderful songs composed by Amit Kheri and Mani Sharma and nice performances by all the actors, especially Shabana Azmi. Definitely worth a watch.

Anand(Telugu) - Nice, clean love story. A feel-good movie. Pretty heroine :-).

Book tag answered

I was tagged by Prabhu a few days ago to list some books and novels I have read in my short life so far of 27 years. I used to be an avid reader when I was young and the habit gradually eroded as I got older(why?) and now, all I read is the news on the internet and some Reader's Digest. But I was never a big fan of fiction. It was only because my brother had a voracious appetite for books(still does) that I came in touch with a few of them. Well, without further ado, lemme list the books I have read.

Comics(when young):
Tinkle, Chandamama, Jataka tales, Chacha Chowdary comics, Tintin comics, Amar Chitra Katha, Batman, Superman, Tarzan.

The Blue Carbuncle, Hound of the Baskervilles- Arthur Conan Doyle

Where Eagles Dare - Alistair MacLean

Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie.

The Hardy Boys novels.

The Four Faces - Han Suyin

Russia House, Tailor of Panama - John LeCarre

The Firm, Pelican brief - John Grisham

Twenty thousand Leagues under the Sea, Around the World in 80 days - Jules Verne

Time Machine - H.G. Wells

The Man in the Iron Mask, The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

Moby Dick - Herman Melville.

The Other Side of Midnight - Sidney Sheldon.

I thought long and hard to see if there was anything I had left off but.... nay. That's it. All these books were read before I came to the US to do my MS. These days, my favorite past-time seems to be whiling away my time browsing the internet. Hopefully I'll get back to my reading habits soon.

Book(s) on my to-read list : The much-hyped "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown. Wanna see for myself what the brouhaha is all about.
Signing off, Ciao.

Tag #1 answered

Tagging seems to be the latest fad in the blogosphere these days. Everyone seems to be tagging everyone else and fortunately or unfortunately, I wasn't left out of it. This is the first of three tags against me, by Dinesh. He tagged me a few days ago and here I am with my answers.

1. Favorite fellow blogger and why?

Uttandaraman because of his ability to write about day-to-day issues
that have more practical relevance in our lives. It also helps that he has a wonderful writing style with nice choice of words.

2. Your favorite person/people in life.(This doesn't include my immediate family)

Stephen Hawking - World famous astro-physicist and a quadruplegic. I admire the fact that he did not let his severe handicap come in the way of realizing his dreams.

Mother Teresa - Who doesn't know her? Spent her entire life serving the poor and the suffering without regard for her own health or aspirations.

3. If you could be one person of the opposite sex, who would it be and why?

Mother Teresa, again, for the reasons mentioned above.

4. If you could be in a book/music band/movie, what would you be in ?

I would be in a movie. That would give me an opportunity to give people a good time(bad time?) and make them forget everything else for a while...atleast.

5. If you were to be marooned in an island and you could pick one friend to go with you, who would it be ?

Why would i wanna pick a friend to be marooned with me? If I still had to pick someone, I'd pick Dinesh. That way, atleast the world would be better off :-). On a serious note, it is in times that like those that I would crave solitude. So wouldn't pick anyone to go with me. Just me and my memories.

The questions were prepared by Dinesh. So please don't hold me responsible if you think they are crappy :).

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Weekends of fun

I am a lazy person by nature but lately, my laziness has acquired frightening proportions. This has largely been responsible for the inactivity in my blog for the past couple of weeks. As my friend Raman puts it, I have become an "insistent" blogger - one who blogs on insistence from others, from being a consistent blogger. The insistence, or should I say persistence, this time, came from Raman himself. He has been prodding me for the past few days to write and he being one of my consistent readers, I acceded to his persistence.

My past couple of weekends have been chock-full of activity with the weekend before last being Memorial day long weekend. One of my friends from undergrad is getting hitched on the 12th of this month and so K and I felt it was the right opportunity to visit him one last time before he was expelled from the elite bachelors' club. So we set out on Friday(27th May) evening, enjoying nature's bounty in the mountains of West Virginia along the way, to reach Raleigh, NC just shy of midnight, in time for a sumptuous meal of chana masala and rasam, courtesy of my friend, P. After the usual friendly banters, pleasantries and a good meal, we watched a telugu movie "Anand". A nice clean love story. It was around 3 AM when we went to bed and as we had nothing planned the next day, we were happy in the knowledge that we could afford to sleep well. As expected, "Good morning" the next day for us was around noon. We got ready in about an hour and decided to go jet-skiing in a nearby lake ,Lake Jordan. But on getting there, after a drive through Reasearch Triangle Park, we found out, much to our chagrin, that there was no jet-skiing there. The girl in charge of the rentals was a hottie and we weren't ready to leave just yet. So we decided to do the next best thing which was to rent a motor boat. Well, it turned out that all the motor boats were booked for that day and the next, and so we had to book one for 8 AM Monday, the day of our return. On our way back, we stopped at a golf driving range and decided to try our driving skills. We weren't bad but the unanimous decision was that I was the one who was most likely to give Tiger Woods a run for his money, ain't it so, guys?

Our next stop was Durham, the home of the Duke Blue Devils. We visited the beautiful Duke chapel built in the Gothic style and the serene Sarah P. Duke Botanical Gardens. All this hard work whetted our appetite and off we went to the nearest Indian restaurant. K (who has an eye for cuties) was eyeing a pretty lady in the restaurant and going ga-ga over her and the very next moment he realized she was a mother of two. P and I burst out laughing, consoled poor K and went on with our dinner. After a great dinner, we headed home, totally pooped out, and settled on the sofas to watch "My brother....Nikhil". We had decided that day that we'd be leaving early the next morning for Asheville, a good 3 hrs drive, for some white water rafting and trekking. But a late nighter did not bode well for our Asheville trip. It was hardly surprising then, that when I woke K and P the next morning at 7:30, I got a "screw Asheville, let's get some sleep, dude" for a reply. I was only too happy to go back to dreamland. And so we all woke up around 12:30 PM, got dressed, went to an entertainment center and did some go-karting, mini-golfing and some baseball hits. It was then I realized I was a natural at baseball and contemplated taking it up full-time. But then the thought of putting A-Rod and Barry Bonds out of work prevented me from doing so. What a player the world has missed(sigh)!!. Next on the agenda was a movie on Coral reefs at the local Imax theater and rounded off the evening with a nice biryani take-out and the movie "Lagaan". I have watched this movie 50 times and I know most of the dialogues by heart but it captivates me even today. We woke up early next morning and kept our appointment with the hottie at Lake Jordan. We rented a nice 4-seater motor boat and cruised on the lake for about 3 hrs taking turns driving it. It totally rocked except for a minor hiccup when P drove too much into the shallows and the rotor got stuck in the mud. We had paddle our way out of it. This was followed by lunch and the trip back to Lexington. That fun trip took care of the entire long weekend.

This Saturday was a day at the movies. A couple of my friends and I watched the 'Cinderella Man', the first time in years that I paid $6.75 to watch a movie. The movie was good, not great. Sunday was a day of great fun with a bunch of friends at Paramount King's Island in Mason just outside Cincinnati. I somehow can't get enough of thrill rides, no matter how many times I go on them. At the end of a very long and fun-filled day, I was delighted to discover a couple of friends in our gang who were just as crazy as I was about thrill rides and were willing to risk the ire of the entire gang to go on one last ride with me, the 'Extreme skyflyer'. This is as close as you will ever get to bungee-jumping in this part of the world. A fitting finale to an adrenalin-pumping day.

That was an account of my past two weekends.

PS: For those unaware of this fact, K and I have been friends since undergrad.