Thursday, May 30, 2013

My take on Dan Brown's Inferno

The author who introduced me to the world of historic fiction has not deceived me once again with his latest work. Dan Brown's Inferno was no less than a medical fiction introducing me so many new terms that I am quite interested about. It was like 2 of my favourite authors - Dan Brown and Michael Crichton entertaining me together. What more a reader like me would want if I could picturize the protagonist - Robert Langdon as Tom Hanks in every page. It took me a full week to grab hold of the book {a curse to be away from home land} shamelessly from torrent. The 2 year old Steve Jobs' gem of creation(my iphone) still became more precious to me as it serves the library of many wonderful books like Inferno. The 1600 odd pages spanning across 104 chapters read in a span of 2 weeks was not "the Best" of Dan Brown's creation, but nothing less short of a wonderful masterpiece from the best selling author.

The journey from Florence to Venice and then ending in Istanbul solving a cryptic puzzle for saving the whole of humanity is Brown's usual cup of tea. I am sure the author would have researched many years to give life and a reality touch to many of the scenes in the novel. It awestruck me at the knowledge of the Harvard symbologist - Robert Langdon to come up with immediate interpretation and giving solutions to each part of the puzzle. You can never be untouched by his intelligence. In short I all over fell in love with this character of him and never wanted the novel to end. A few books are such that you want to keep them reading flipping pages after pages and Langdon's participation is one among them. I don't know if my understanding of Dan Brown's novels have increased or Dan Brown has made the novel a little easy in grasping. The words are quite simple and less cryptic to the common man. There were not endless jargons and loosened ropes left untied anywhere in the course of the book which used to be in many of his previous books. I am sorry again if it hurts anyone because that was my understanding of his works.

The issue at hand to solve - ever growing world population was quite daunting and rings a alarm in the head of every person who is concerned about the state of affairs of mankind in future. The solution that the novel has provided at the end by releasing a virus infecting the very gene of the human and making them infertile in one among the three individual is a huge thing to give even a thought about it lest to accept it. Nature has its own way to keep the survival of the fittest. There needs no man-made invention just like the bio-weapon created by Bertrad  to help nature do its job. If the earth is going to stop breathing and to accommodate it; if one third of the population has to go infertile then it is the design which has been already modulated and nothing is going to stop it or alter it. Langdon in the last pages of the novel realises that the nine stage of Dante's Inferno is not so much about the misery of hell but it is about the power of the human spirit to endure any challenge, no matter how daunting. The sooner we accept the fact the better our lives would be and more enjoyable our present would be. I felt really elated reading this novel and I am sure that many like-minded souls would share me in this belief.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

And we exchanged rings!!!



Everytime I watch a wonderful movie or read a feel good book, I always wish my life also to be exactly the same. I have a peculiar habit of putting myself as the protagonist of the novel/movie and tend to think how I would have handled such situations if at all the movie/novel comes in real life. I know it is so wierd to do such things, but the solitude in my life has made my brain cells to think about so many such stuff. Did I really like that phase of life? Being all alone and accountable only to me - I think no. It was not my choice of living, it was the only choice I had and I took it with extreme zeal and led it so happily that I dont have a single regret. But if someone ask me if I want to continue living like this - being single, I would definitely say no. And after a year of search by close knit family members, I found that single person who had shown interest to spend his life with me. It all happenend in a jiff of time that I could not believe myself that my third finger on my hand is going to hold the ring engraved with his name life long. Yes I got engaged and officially the fiancee of Mr.Dee. Neither violins played nor bright lights shone around me when I first met him. A casual smile and a gentle hello - that's how I wish to remember that moment of time. The smile was returned with a simple light lip movement and a hi from his end for my hello. For days long, I had imagined that instance of what I would be talking to a stranger. I would not say that it was exactly the same I had wanted because I was never sure(still never sure) what I wanted and what I want in my life. One thing was sure that I got a sense of calmness after the meeting. The belief that there is truly someone who wish to talk to me with the notion of making me as life partner has been proved. Words exchanged and gifts shared and families united to help in drawing the first dot of the lengthy journey. When I look back at the last 30 days of my life, I feel it is going in a bullet train speed. Though it is so fast, the journey is pulled forward by strong hands and strong hearts. All this aside, let me introduce Dee to my blogspace - Mr.Dee is also a software engineer by profession working in Chennai. As far as I know him, a very much soft-spoken south Tamilian with a Malayali flavour in his speech. I think this should be enough for now. Lots and lots of thoughts running in my mind, but nothing is clear as of now to be put into words. Let me relax a while and come back to share the beautiful days of my life a little later.


Saturday, January 5, 2013

I am no more I was.

I went to this movie - the impossible. The movie was a real life true story of a family of five. The family on vacation in thailand gets hit by the 2004 tsunami and gets separated. Too much of blood and death all around. The separated family join together in the end. There were so many moments in the movie which could have moved a strong heart. There were nearly 50-75 people in the cinema hall and i am sure many had cried. Many laughed at others' crying. Among all of them there was this craziest girl in the world who was so adamant that she would not shed a single tear though her entire digestive system was in her throat. Her euphoria was so high that she could just cough throughout the film but could not cry. And that girl was me. I was never like this. I am a very super sensitive girl who cries at the slightest pain of self and at the sight of slightest emotion. I have cried seeing a 30 second commercial. I have cried in a whole movie. I have cried for some movies everytime i see them. Yes even after the 5 th time sixth time when i see the same movie i cry. But today i didnot cry. There were lots of pain in the movie, lots of emotion which could have easily moved me but why didnt i cry. I tried to find out why i didnt do so. I called mom talked to her for few minutes and poured out but still couldnt cry. The feeling of having something inside was terrible. I wanted to pour it out but couldnt do it. Called a friend who couldnot make it to the movie and who left me watching the movie alone. Cursed the friend for doing this to me. Still i didnt calm down. Phoned a special person whom i consider as a sisterly figure. Talking to her made me realize the reason why i didnt cry and why i am so restless it was not because i am heartless. It was because i felt so alone that i am in a state where i am left to watch such a painful movie alone. To my bad luck my right seat in the theatre was empty. The feeling of watching the movie alone didnot shake me. I have done this so many times and I am sure i will be doing it again so many times. But watching such an emotional painful movie alone was not my piece of cake. It is just this moment that i am feeling so low. I will come out of this soon but i am sure i am not the same girl anymore.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The special person - who should he be?

Dreaming about your life partner is not new for anyone and 3 years back when i started this blog I wrote a post on Swayamvar rules straight from my head which after reading who would have agreed to marry me would have run away. This post would be from my heart. And this can be totally fantasy and absolute nonsense. Read it at your own insanity.

1. Someone who is very attentive, someone who can differentiate between my hmmms and aans. Wish that he can tell even if a single bell in my anklet has gone missing just with my tapping of my feet. Though i know this would make me become so vulnerable and depictable it does give me a sense of security when my slightest mood change is known first to him rather to me.

2. Someone who don't shy to show a public display of affection even in the heart of chennai in midst of all those gossiping aunties.

3. Someone who can make the smile in my lips reach my eyes and heart rather getting it faded in the corner of my mouth.

4. He need not love what all I do. He may at times totally hate me in life. But he should never never ignore me for what I am and what I will be.

5. A genuine soul who let me cry to my maximum limit for my own mistakes and my own inabilities and not due to his actions and definitely not by disappointing me.

6. A genuine soul with a rationalist mind when I fight for my independence just for the sake of showing out I am a feminist

7. He would have really Attractive and intelligent eyes which can talk to me alone through signs secretely even when the whole world is gazing at us intently.

8. Whose silence speak a thousand words and whose single harsh word/look can make me silent for hours together.

9. Someone who knows that at times I am angry because I am hungry and not because of anything else and who knows that a cup of bournvita can bring me back to my senses. :) saving himself of the tantrums I throw.

10. A totally lovable person whom I would not only love to sleep with but wake up with every day till my last breath.

I am 100% sure I would not be that lucky to find such a personality who have all the traits which I wish but I would not stop dreaming. I guess that doesn't hurt anyone.

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Star in the Sky

She was the eldest grand daughter to someone who remembers and take pride in her cooking attempt. She was the most pampered kid in house at whose will even the strict and angry men at home have a smile at the corner of the lips. She was the eldest daughter to the luckiest parents who could never understand what she exactly wanted. She was the most lovable niece to 3 aunts who have showered their full motherhood on her. She was the little sister for a guy who shows a strong face in all phase of life. She was the eldest sister to many cousins who don't miss to mention her resemblance at people they come around. She was the closest friend to someone who can do anything for her and who can also do exactly the same thing she did.

She was so curious in everything and liked to listen to stories recited by her aunts. She was so beauty conscious that she kept on combing her hair for long hours standing in front of the mirror. She was a violent fighter with cousin brothers when they don't treat her equally in boys' games. She would climb the big gates just like how they do. She also played the sweet little girl's games like kids cooking and indoor games with her cousin sisters.

The brave cum timid girl who did what she thought was right but never once thought how she would make others cry. She no more makes people dance to her tunes. She can be seen only in the lost photographs and in non-recordable dreams. Though many years passed she stays and will stay forever young in our hearts and memories. Not all days remind her but some moments are just like flashes of lightning which can neither be predicted at what moment they come and what second they leave.

She has taught us how to live and move on in her absence. She taught us never to do the grave mistake by herself doing it. The apple of our eyes is no more in this world but a star in the sky shining ever bright.

Friday, November 2, 2012

My Singapore trip

My earlier travelogues were quite long and kind of boring. I hope I don't end up writing a similar one this time. Planning for an overseas trip was always there in my mind right from the day when Trip packages advertisements were being put up in newspapers. I had checked the tour packages to Europe, London alone, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, North East India, Himalayan tour and what not places in the globe. I remember writing in my diary long time back the major cities in the world to be visited. One such wishlist city is Singapore and I am so grateful to my life to have fulfilled this.

Planning for Singapore started when me and my cousin(Abhi) used to chat in FB. It was our plan to visit either of our residing cities - Dubai or Singapore and this time his city took preference as according to him, it costed me less than for him to visit Dubai. Also I had a 5 day holiday weekend during which I can travel and get back to work without applying for any leave. The week when I searched for the lowest possible air price was just mind blowing with too many wavering in my mind - Should I go? Should I actually spend this much? Will I be able to make it alone? Is it absolutely necessary? What will mom say? What will dad say if at all he comes to know? :P Too many questions and finally only one answer - Yes I am going and I am not going to step back. The day or the time when I booked must be definitely a good one, coz my Singapore trip was so lucky to me. The reason for this will come in a different post may be in a month or so :)

Tickets booked, accommodation arranged by cousin and the next thing is Visa. It gives me jitters for no reason if I had to go to an embassy. Thanks to VFS Global which processed my Singapore Visa in just 2 days. The atmosphere of the visa agency was close to a military headquarters{purely my imagination} with so much formalities and security.  To my surprise I received a 2 year multiple entry visa to Singapore. A small shopping in Dubai for the Singapore trip and the currency exchange - all went smooth and I was on the plane set to fly for the holiday.

The onward flight journey had nothing interesting except for a good food and a long sleep. With so many trips to airport, my fear about airports and being over alert at all times in the airport has reduced a little. As usual enjoyed my own space in the airport with my iPhone watching 2 movies - The accidental husband and The Lake house. Both the movies were awesomely romantic - thanks to my friend who sent me a list of must-watch movies. During my return journey I had this chance to meet a russian co-traveller who was so kind enough to give me a Luck-bringing coin as a souvenir of our meeting. His name is Sergey and he took so much pain to communicate with me with his less knowledge of english by making all sorts of action with his fingers. This was all perfect for a person who go on a holiday and meeting strangers on the way. I am blessed to have a life like this.

And coming to those 5 days in Singapore - each and every day was so special in its own ways. Just like a foreign tourist, my cousin had plans to take me to major tourist spots in the city. The NUS campus where I stayed was totally green with so many trees and it reminded of my college campus. The lawns were superbly trimmed and one night we were just lying down on the bed of grass. I can never get back such a beautiful moment in my life. The thing I missed most at that second was the stars in the sky as it was too cloudy. Seeing so many research graduates talking about their thesis, papers, labs, professors, books - I felt sad a little that I was just a tourist and not went to study there.

Day 1:
The emirates flight was so comfortable that the day I arrived itself I could go on a night walk along the lake side to Clarke Quay - a different night life area. The city being connected in all corners via MRT train system was easily accessible at an affordable rate.

Day 2:
Another tourist friend of my cousin joined from India the same weekend. So we had good company to go places. In the Jurong bird park, the intelligent birds gave a warming show to us doing exactly what they are said to do. I was immediately attracted to the colorful birds - parrots, pigeons, swans, macaws  swans, cranes and so on and thoroughly enjoyed visiting each section in the park and clicking so many photos. What   I loved the most is personally feeding those birds with a small cup of bird's food.
From the bird park we headed to Jurong shopping mall and a had a nice lunch post which we went to an another shopping mall - IMM where we shopped some silly things for 2$ each. The day2 evening saw me in the Gardens by the bay where artifically created chilled garden and pouring waterfalls welcomed us. Enjoyed well in the chillness after a humid day long walking. Had a beautiful view of the city from an unimaginable height of 56 floors at the Marina Bay Sands. For the first time in life I was standing at such a height{Never been to the Burj Khalifa top yet} and my ears blocked while in the lift. When I looked down the whole city was in front of me brightly lit and with the giant Flyer wheel appearing so short. This photo was shoot at that place. Really brightly lit isn't it?
The day didn't end here - Yes it was a very long night. From the Marina Bay sands, we went to the Casino - my first time visit to such a place where so many people were religiously placing their bets and hopefully waiting for their number to come. One hall itself was so big and the casino spanned 4 such floors and every seat was occupied by all sorts of people across the globe. Sigh ! photography was prohibited in the casino - but luckily I was above 21 to have at least a glimpse of the place after getting my age verified via my passport.

From the casino, headed to have dinner @Swiss restaurant - Marche where I tasted crepe and some wierd sort of mushroom. The picture below with the wine racks was shot there.

The night walk in the orchard road was so funny and so entertaining with everyone in the gang pulling each others' legs and I had a great hearty laugh after a long long time. Some happy snaps on the way were taken. One such for my blog is here.

The night of the day 2 got complete visiting the Majestic MerLion - the icon of singapore. The story why the lion became the icon and how did it reach at this place - all can be found in WIKI - saving my blog.

Day 3:
The plans were made so well that after a lengthy day, the next was quite relaxing. We went on to visit a soothing and calm place - the Buddha tooth relic temple on day 3. A typical chinese architecture in the middle of ever bright China Town was a pleasant place to just wade away the time.
I did buy a lot of cute souvenirs in the china market after which we went to Mustafa shopping centre - which was not upto its standards and its much hype. The whole place was too crowded and was rightly named as Little India as everything you find in India can be bought here. I didn't enjoy much as I was mostly waiting for my friends to finish their electronics shopping. I got hold of a foot massager from this place - it was quite handy and powerful to relieve pain. That day we had booked tickets for the Night Safari. Trust me, the place was so so jam packed with all the tourists in Singapore. The tram journey took us through the rain forest and we also had to walk a number of rails. I felt little scared to walk amidst those trees in that pitch black forest, but it was a different experience to cherish. The night ended there with all of us exhausted so much - may be because of the weather and the crowd at all places.


Day 4:
It saw me as a totally changed person enjoying all the rides in the Universal Studios of Singapore so enthusiastically and with full energy. 3 roller costers, the mummy ride,  one 3d transformer ride, a 4d experience with Shrek, The lost world dinosaur ride, Madagascar ride with all the animals, Steven Spielberg's stunt workshop, photos in front of the Hollywood, Disney land carricatures and losing my way in the crowd once. Yes I missed my way all of a sudden and searched for my gang for nearly 5 minutes after which called my cousin from a stranger's phone. Got really upset and my anger shooted up very well, but I had the sense to calm me down by staying silent for a while. These things apart, the day was so good that I almost forgot that in a matter of minutes and went with enjoying the rest of the time. I have a lots of memories in universal studios through too many photographs shot with different poses. One here for my blog.

After a whole day walking in Universal Studios, we went to Sentosa and a few minutes in the Silosa beach relieved my legs from the pain. True it is,  that the salt water soothes your feet. I loved the relaxing time at the beach and the night ended watching Songs of the Sea - a laser show at the shore of the beach. It was a different show combining technology, music and nature. The rabbit cloud at the horizon of the sea was the highlight of the night. All of us interpreted the cloud in our own imaginations - bull, open mouthed lion, rabbit and so on. What do u readers think of it? Isn't a wonder of nature to look upon for hours together?

Day 5:
The last day of the trip - I went to another electronics market in Singapore searching for Kindle which I could not buy even after a long search. Another local market was the one by the side of Burgis station where I saw all kinds of chinese local things. It was a simple place with so much liveliness and a wide variety of goods. Good to walk through the shops and get a feel of the Singaporean culture. As I had to leave early for the airport, not much was planned for the last day. Also I had covered most part of Singapore in the 4 days. Packed my bags, took the train and was at the right time in the airport. Time came to bid bye to the superb city and the lovely friends who made my stay comfortable and more cherishable. All together a very good trip to smile about even years after. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Barfi!


On a lazy weekend after a very unhealthy afternoon nap, I switched on tv to see if it could entertain me for the evening. Surprisingly it did but not by making me glued to it, but by showing the trailer of the movie Barfi getting released today. The time was 6.15 pm and I have nothing to do since dance class was cancelled at the last moment. My roommates also left to Dubai Mall, I couldn't join them as well as I had overslept. Checked the movie timings in Lamcy. It was at 7 pm and I had 45 mins to decide if I should watch the movie today. It would take me 3 hours to reach back home, by the time the roads would be deserted and it is not 100% safe for a single women to wander around in Dubai. But the thought of boredom at home is more convincing to take it a shot. The phone line to mom was busy {I am mommy's girl, somehow feel relaxed if I say everything to mom} while checking if the movie is available online to watch. Ofcourse all newly released movies are up in the internet the same day it get released. Within 5 mins, I had decided that I should watch it only in theatres and not in my laptop. Can you imagine, that I even read a small review in wikipedia in all that 5 minutes. Got ready and I was in the road for the taxi at 6.28 pm. I am amazed at my speed with which I get ready for anything. Lucky that the last ticket for the 7 pm show was given to me in the theatre. Sadly it was not a very comfortable place to watch a movie from though I never give a chance to enjoy even that.

The last time when I had watched such a emotional hindi movie in theatre was in hyderabad some 2 years back. The movie was Guzaarish and that post of mine introduced me to someone in life who made a huge difference. One word to describe about the movie - Barfi would be CUTE, just cute. Everything in the movie made me smile or laugh out loud. It was not very emotional as I had thought it would turn to be. Thanks to the movie maker. I really loved lauging out with the whole audience at many scenes in the movie. A deaf and dumb person named Burfi brought so much happiness and smile in my day. About the story and all that - I am sure that it is not that important to jot it down scene by scene. I would just finish this post by telling the best part which I loved.

* The city of Koltatta and Darjeeling. I felt like I had gone to a vacation to both of these places when I left the cinema hall. The beauty of both the cities - be it the narrow gauge in darjeeling or the huge bridge in kolkatta across the Hooghly river was captured so vividly that I have decided that I am going to both these places very soon. I wish my wish is fulfilled soon :)
* The love between Barfi and Jhillmil was perfect in all senses. Everyone just like Shruthi would yearn for such love in life and that includes me.
* Jhillmil comes in her cute little skirt and tops with her sweater most of the time in the movie. Her acting plus her costume was too good to watch and enjoy.
* The Bengali touch in Shruthi's character - her name -Mrs. Sengupta, the red tikka in her forehead, the crisp bengal cotton saree which she wears all that was really nice. It portrays the 70's bengali women neatly and I couldnot hide my admiration to bengali women just how enjoyed Vidya Balan in Kahaani.
* Ranbir's comic acting can sure now make anyone laugh. After all he has made us laugh many times in filmfare award functions. He was so so cute in the movie.

I got to stop this blog being turned to a movie maniac website. Enough for now I suppose. Have a great weekend everyone!!!