I spent the month watching several movies – Shrek 3, Fast track, Escape, Juno and Ayan, Anjaathe, Polladhavan, Jeyam Kondaan. Others, I just don’t remember.I read another man-booker prize winning novel “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga. I read it without my mom’s knowledge (!) but being a good girl, I confessed to her later. I was wowed by the author’s attention to detail but no true Indian will love the plot of the novel. Well, criticism at times is fine but if the whole content turns out to do nothing but criticize the common Indian fellow and his ways, it is blasphemous. I mean, why in the whole world should the protagonist write to Wen Jiabao about his success (yech!) story?I also read a play ‘Endru thaniyum indha sudhandira dhaagam?’ by Cho.Ramasamy. It had quite a funny theme - what happens if Indralogam turns a republic. I read another book in the dead famous series about Elvis Presley. Strange that I chose to read about him when I haven’t heard anything sung by him (except ‘You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog’!) I learnt a lesson from him though– never to binge eat.
This might be a small and insignificant incident but it is one of my most remembered and cherished ones...
September 11, 2001 - Two days before my brother was born. We were very anxious, especially my dad. I was eight years old then. When asked whether I wanted a sister or brother, I said “a brother...yes, I’d love to have a brother. No, a sister…she can wear my old dresses then.”
We were in the hospital mostly, the same hospital where I was born, as were my cousins. My mama was sleeping mostly. She grew alien to me in those few months. Then there was dad. I was always with him. While we were in the hospital, he’d take me somewhere to eat. Once he took me to a browsing centre where he and I played “Roadrash.” I stumbled a couple of times over the garbage bin. How we laughed! Now I see my brother play the same bike game, frantically hitting the keys on his joystick.
I had zero idea how a baby comes out of the mommy’s tummy. But I had seen the many, many movies where mothers to be where in labour, screaming and shouting for a few minutes. Then suddenly the screaming stops, you hear a crying sound and see the nurse holding a baby.
Well then, we were making arrangements for the yet to be born baby. My aunt and uncle went to buy clothes for the baby – unisex ones, loads and loads. We were in need of a fan, a pedestal fan for my mom. So dad, grandpa (my mom’s dad) and I went riding the bajaj vespa scooter to buy it. My dad didn’t have a car back then. We bought a Maruti Alto soon after Hareesh was born, on September 27, I think.
Electronic store #1. We were on the lookout for the ideal fan. We were shown a very good brand. It was a little big though. We’d have bought it. But I didn’t like the colour – pale blue. It looked as though it was made for hospitals. They said there weren’t any more colours. So we went to another store.
Electronic store #2. This store was a big one. They had some fans lined up in a corner. One was a red fan of the same brand. I liked it but my dad didn’t buy it. I don’t know why maybe due to the price or something. Then my dad saw what they were showing in all the dozen TV-s there. I could see a tall building covered with smoke. A bomb blast, I thought. A crowd gathered around us. It must have been 7 pm. I asked dad, “Why daddy? What’s happening?”
“Someone bombed the twin towers”
“Twin towers? Where is it?”
I don’t remember seeing my grandpa’s face but he must have been shocked for he has a son (my uncle) working in the
Electronic store #3. My memory is rather vague with this one. I remember boxes, boxes everywhere, lined up perfectly against the wall. We were once more shown the same brand, same colours. But what caught my eye was a green one (I love green). We bought it and it was brought to our house.
So the hunt for a pedestal fan was finally over on 11/9/01 but the hunt to end global terrorism began on the same day in the
So then, Hareesh was born on 13th at 2.30 am. My half yearly exams started the same day but it was only at 1 pm. So I remember myself getting up early; got ready and went to the hospital along with my grandpa.The baby wasn’t there then. They had taken it somewhere. I was given a bag full of candies to give to the other family who was in that room (it was shared by 2 mothers). Fifteen minutes later, the baby was brought. His face was so pink, so tiny and so tender.’
My mother must have been there but I don’t remember myself asking her anything. Oh well! My brother’s grown now. He’s eight years old and watch out, he’s got a big mouth. And oh the fan! It’s still here – a bit rusty with some of the screws loose but it still does its duty and remains a faithful assistant to the ceiling fan!
My first blog has to be about music. I love anything that has soul (mind you, not sole!) in it. Here is a list of my top 5 fav songs. If you are on the lookout for some pretty good songs to add to your playlist, I'm glad to give you mine...
So here goes..
1. Chris de Burgh
The lady in red
A true classic. Released in 1986 in the album "Into the light," it was the #1 in 25 countries. With his true blue voice, this Argentenian-British-Irish guy made heads turn with this song. It was rated as his career best and raked in enough money to keep him rich throughout his life time.
It's said to be based on his first wife, Diane. But once backstage, Princess Diana had complimented him mistaking the song was about her, as she was known to be fond of wearing red. Devoid of flaws, it's a simple romantic song full of rhythm.
It was the biggest hit single of ABBA. With crisp and clear lyrics, it had breath-taking vocals by Agnetha Faltskog and Anni Frid Lyngstad. It's said that Lyngstad cried while listening and said "I found the song so beautiful".
Being a fan of all the good ol' songs of the 1970's, ABBA is definitely my favourite band. It's hard to find a favourite among all the golden songs of this Swedish band.
An enticing song, it reflects the hip & happening mood of the people during that period
3. The Mamas and the Papas
The band got its first hit with this song. It was released in 1965 in the album "If you can believe your eyes and ears" and was written by John and Michelle Phillips. The band had quite a few hits but was termed nowhere near the Beatles who were ruling the roost that time. It tries a genre known as "Sunshine pop." Just hear the guitar piece and you are hooked! The song is said to have encouraged many people to move into California. I really wish it were more than just 2 minutes.
4. Ace of base
When Ace of base made its debut, they were termed as Abba-wannabes. "The Sign" was their first album. The title track was their biggest hit though another song "All that she wants" topped the US charts. Though they produced the most popular album of the 1990's, Ace of Base fizzled out fast, leaving just the memory of the monster selling album. "The Sign" is a fun, meaningful track which has a lot of life in it with sisters Linn and Jenny doing the vocals. The song is one of the best of the decade.
5. Shania Twain
You're still the one.
With her great looks and soulful voice, she has made a mark for herself. This song's in the album "Come on over" released in 1993.
Her voice blends easily with the music leaving the listeners enthralled. One can note the vibration in her voice gives a magical feeling to her songs. The tune is thoroughly hummable and it is exciting the way it is.
The cranberries: Linger
The bangles: Eternal flame
98°: I do (cherish)
Shakira: Hips don't lie
The beautiful south: Dream a little dream