Iqbal & Irritation.

Saw Iqbal yesterday. Great acting, great background score, loved the cinematography…the introduction shots were brilliant. Newcomer Shreyas Talpade plays his part perfectly (no overacting like the other actors who  portray deaf & dumb characters do)…his sister’s role played by Sweta Prasad-she’s really good. Naseer..is a class apart..love the scene when he says "Go to hell"
A simple, inspiring film. Must watch.
 

 

Its reallly irritating when you work hard to submit something on time…and then the assignment submission date is postponed…that too by the prof herself!! Woke up at 5 am and clicked shots-early morning images..and now we have another 2 days for submission.( 4 of i count the past 2 days also)…..!! LIfe…when will i ever figure it out!

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Finally a good read!

Finished with "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini- totally unputdownable!
Stories set in Islamic nations fascinate me..for some reason (their world being similar to ours, yet so different in some respects)
 
The author narrates the story through the eyes of Amir whose childhood in Kabul (before it was shook by attacks & wars) was a memorable one- growing up together with Hassan-his boy servant- his childhood playmate who was like a loyal brother , kite flying competitions, reading stories, playing with slings etc. But there is one thing he badly wants, even though he has everything he could have asked for- he wants his father to be proud of him- he wants to be what his father has always dreamed for, in a son- which he really isn’t. But a certain incident changes his life, forever. As a result Amir is separated from Hassan and soon from his homeland..All settled in America,  years later he is forced to return to his country, now under Taliban rule, his journey filled with memories, as he discovers old secrets.
 
One of those books where you dont want to reveal what happens that turns everything the other way round…its the way he’s described everything, the story,the pace-amazing!
The author describes early Kabul vividly and then contrasts it with the Kabul under Taliban regime. Also he sheds light on one of the serious problems countries around the world are facing. A great read..

….the rising

One joke that Really made me crack up..
 
A famous reporter did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan,
several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that the women
customarily walked 5 paces behind their husbands. She recently returned
to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. From
the reporter’s vantage point, despite the overthrow of the oppressive
Taliban regime, the women now walk even farther behind their husbands
and seem happy to maintain the old custom. The reporter approached one
of the Afghani women and asked "Why do you now seem happy with the old
custom that you once tried so desperately to change?" The women looked
her straight in the eyes and without hesitation said "Land mines."

 

 


 

Saw Mangal Pandey..(after a long time in the stalls instead of dress circle forget multiplexes!) was interrupted by one power cut..loads of hooting and cheering and one very chatty bong  lady who kept passing comments loudly..but it was fun..added to the entire movie watching experience!

The Bad parts:

  • Didnt like the songs.they seemd Totally un necessary…apart from the title track..which added to the theme of the film…was like a part of the narrative..the mangal mangal chant
  • females have no role…amisha barely speaks two lines..think the director should have done some justice to their roles
  • Mangal’s character should have been defined better…somehow i think it could’ve been more stronger(not physically)

 

Good parts:-

  • Aamir rocks..as always..his film all the way( the crowd totally loved him when he said-"tu kutta hai!" lol)
  • The period has been shown really well..the entire setting,characters, the problems..lots of issues tackled in the film too…sati etc.
  • the parts showing an indian woman feeding the brit-infant and then her own child, the untouchables and how mangal comes to accept them, i liked the hindu muslim unity also- its just shown normally and isn’t made a big deal about.

 So all in all a good effort! Not so popular mangal pandey deserves some recognition atleast!

Down & Up!

Life is such a drag when ur down with fever 😦 all i’ve done since morning is watched tv and slept ( and i am sick of th great indian laughter challenge)
 
Trying to think of good times so that i dont feel sick anymore…
 
The other day we had a class with this really dumb prof. who was taking class after 3-4 weeks…he enters class, starts taking attendance..bangs into the desk….cracked silly jokes which didnt even make us laugh. Then he starts teaching…and 5 mins into the class a frend on my left whispers -"his zip is open"..lolz.."where, where?" i ask (at that time he was standing still..so one couldn’t make out) then he started walking around, moving ahead etc…now slowly the entire class got to know (we’re about 32 of us) and the funniest part is that most of the girls were sittting in the front seats.. coincidentally..we couldn’t help giggling..and the guys at the back-they too were having a blast laughing at him..suddenly he moves backwards towards the teachers desk..still facing us..tries to sit on the desk and closes his zip simultaneously…now the entire class burst out laughing ..and i barely heard what he said for the next 15 minutes..the moment class got over..half the guys rushed towards my friend who was sitting on my right and stated teasing her…"ahh somebody had the best view" lolz
Wont forget this incident for a very very long time!

True or False?

I never really doubted the theory about True friends-those who support you during difficult times. Paulo Coelho in his latest novel, The Zahir(which i’ve been trying to finish since the last 1½ weeks)  begs to differ..He says:
 
"I learned somethimg recently: our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and our pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with their sad, supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for their miserable lives."
 
 
 
Interesting stuff…if u come to think of it that way!