Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
No seriously! No movie has ever been more twisted than A Clockwork Orange. You can't help but wonder if Stanley Kubrick was even partially in his senses when conjuring up this monstrosity. And even though this is a 70s flick, it holds adequate shock value in today's day and age.
Countdown to Dubai has begun! 12 days. Will be in Vegas before that (Dec 3-5) - anyone up for some serious blackjack?
Monday, November 27, 2006
You have madness. You have insanity. You have sheer lunacy. And then you have the last 48 hours. Whether it be group-whistling the Munnabhai theme at the movies or playing an obnoxiously loud version of "tapori antakshari" to the annoyance of surrounding mallus, or modifying the lyrics to several classic songs by adding some questionable 'phallacies' to it - yes, we did, and when you get on Google at 5 AM to find more songs to 'phallicitate', you know you have a serious problem. P and I totally got our quizzing groove back on, and irked the girls' egoes with Taboo and Battle of the Sexies. Drank and listened to some serious 'blast from the past' prom music, which made us realize how old we are, then drank some more, as an ode to depression.
Side note: Dhoom 2 was like rocking! Ash looked smoking, but someone in Brazil should've shoved a permanent banana in her mouth to keep her from like talking. Funny guy!
All in all, a real fun weekend. Couldn't help but be amazed by the serenity (and mysticity) of the land of 10,000 lakes. As I told T, everyone's voices were so enhanced to my New Yorkled ears, that I felt that we were all in a sound-proof room with bass-enhancing Bose sound - and this was outdoors. Also - there was enough turkey (and tharki) to go around - and romantic songs will never be the same again. "Do dil...".
P and T - thanks for the wonderful hospitality, and the Mona Lisa clock (inset) - that was tres touching (Don't go there, P!)! It was great to catch up with you guys. Was really sweet how you guys waited till the very end, after security check, to say g'bye - (things you don't see anymore).
N - Was great meeting and singing with you as well - the world is really small (as is.... hyuk hyuk ... jeez corrupted for life). Must detox brain before work. Must detox brain before work.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Too Wong Foo! Tis the season of giving 'thanks for everything'. And there are two memorable quotes I shall leave you with for this loong weekend:
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them" - John F Kennedy.
"Way to Shop" - Macy's
Live it up, ya hear?
Monday, November 20, 2006
Two tracks from the soundtrack of Indira (Tamil). Check em out on Raaga:
Thoda Thoda Malardhadhenna
Nila Kaikarathu (the Hariharan version)
Although I prefer the original versions, try listening to the Hindi versions (movie's called Priyanka
Can't wait for the Guru score. The grapevine says it is the deal!
Hey everyone! Put up a few pictures of the apartment (just the living and dining area) for your viewing pleasure. Simplistic red and black, with some effective, minimalistic accents courtesy of Chiasso, Blomus, MOMA and Contrast - the godfathers of accent design.
You can view the entire flickr set here.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Was invited to a really nice Amex Business event at the Nokia Theater on Times Square yesterday - one of the many networking/marketing forums that New York has, but one of the few that actually leave an impact without hardselling anything.
The event basically featured the Liz Lange, the lady who made maternity clothing hot and happening, sizzle-chef Mario Batali (of Babbo and Lupa fame - which are by far some of New York's most snazzy joints) and the founders of the Blue Man Group. Seamlessly organized and taped for television, the event was really cool, right down to the Millionaire/KBC-style voting pads for audience opinions on marketing trends.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Pennsylvania seems to be a lil more happening :-) with the rise of the new Mohegan Sun!
I'm gone, but not forgotten! Will be back on a wing and a prayer real soon!
Saturday, November 11, 2006
"The Incas had a high knowledge of astronomy, medicine, math, among others
But the Spanish invaders had gunpowder
How would America be today if things had been different?"
- The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004.
Touching. I had a totally different projected view of the life of Che Guevara, until I caught this baby. Its more of a docu-drama, but I've always loved journey flicks.
Suddenly discovered a latent passion for foreign film, and have violently re-aligned the Netflix Queue.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Picked up the CD of the Bas Ek Pal soundtrack, and it really grew on me over the past week. Although it takes a while to settle in, but then you realize that its an a really brilliant score!
If you can ignore Atif's off-keying in Tere Bin, the melody is amazing! The song that really stands out is Dheemey Dheemey. The guitar work by Dominique Cerejo in almost all of the songs is awesome. Check it out on Raaga, and if you love it, buy it.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
As I take my daily caffeine dose, I have a few pondering thoughts :
(1) I hate it when someone uses the term "expired" for humans. They aren't MILK CARTONS, people.
(2) Barring remakes, and movies with the same title as older movies, so many Hindi movies in the recent past have been titled using lines from old movie songs, and in many case, not just the title, but a catchy hook line within the song. Think about it, here are a few I could remember (with some help from HindiLyrix and Wiki to locate the movie names)
Aashiq Banaaya Aapne (from Karz)
Pyaar mein kabhi kabhi (from Chalte Chalte)
Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (from Shakti)
Pyaar kiya to darna kya (Mughal-E-Azam)
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (from Uthe Sab Ke Kadam - Baaton Baaton Mein)
Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (from Chalte Chalte)
Ek Haseena Thi (kind of, from Karz)
Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega (from Sangam)
Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke (from Nau Do Gyarah)
Hum to mohabbat karega (from Dilli ka Thug)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (from Chor Machaye Shor)
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (from Shri 420)
Friday, November 03, 2006
This is becoming more and more true everyday. Ever have that song in your head, where you had the tune or the beat, and could tap it out, but couldn't get the words. Now there's a website that lets you tap the beat that you have in your head, on your spacebar, and then generates songs that it identifies to follow that pattern.
This is absolutely ridiculous!!!
Although the security confiscated all digi-cams and camera phones, I managed to sneak mine in to catch an extremely hazy pic of Kal Penn and Mira Nair talking towards the front of the screen, prior to the movie. Am I star-crazed paparazzi enough for you?
But what left one mesmerized was the film itself. The Namesake was a touching and brilliant amalgamation of a few generations of talents - Mira Nair, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tabu and Irfan Khan supported by the understructure of the flute/guitar/drum'n'bass background compositions of Nitin Sawhney. And of course, the elusive Siberian who began this whole thing - Nikolai Gogol.
Namesake captures the Indian immigrant experience, almost effortlessly. This movie amalgamates all the individual thoughts and emotions thrown across in singularity by several comedians and journalists over the last 10-15 years, as this diaspora has expanded out of anonymity. But in true Mirabai-style balance, the movie uplifts as much as it depresses - perhaps depresses is a strong word in this case, I would say, makes one clearly realize what's missing. Unlike other movies that scream out their messaging, Namesake plays on simplicity.
A MUST watch!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Beatles' fans unite! 'Cuz my new pad's on Abbey Road. Well, close enough. Its Abbi Road. Same difference.
New Postal Address: 801 Abbi Road, Carteret, NJ 07008
Pictures coming this weekend, as most of my new stuff is up.
Stop Press: Heading to the Namesake premiere, this evening. Keynote addresses by Kal Penn, Salman Rushdie (who seems to have all the time in the world these days) and the legendary, Mira Nair. Will keep you all posted!