Friday, May 18, 2007

Fare Thee Well Bengalooru

After 10 months in the Garden City, I'm moving and there are a few things I will miss
To cheating autowallahs and the honest ones with accurate meters
To friends who made office a wonderful time - P who eats very fast and S who wins at saunf throwing, T with her pint-size orkut window and S who never had time (to come for lunch, to go for lunch, to eat at lunch and to chat after lunch)
To Bangalore airport, where I seemed to spend more time waiting and less time travelling
To 2nd hand bookstores, which I used as a library and where I discovered some really good writer at some fantastic rates
To Garuda Mall, where we hardly managed to see any movies; Rex and Symphony - where we actually got tickets; PVR where any ticket seemed expensive and Cauvery - our last resort for a movie
To Brigade Road and Forum mall where I did a lot of shopping - most of it window-shopping
To S, my college buddy along with hubby K for whom I braved Koramangala
To our landlady who ripped us off so much cash - you have blood on your hands, aunty!
To my boss, who has spoilt me for anyone else and my team who put up with the only girl around
To I, who leaves the same city for Paris! Me coming dude so watch out...
And of course to N who got to know the HAL airport as intimately as I did CST airport.. Oh thats not a farewell, that's a Hello!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Spiders and Tears

Saw Spiderman - 3 and Tara Ra Pum (not even sure how many ra ra's there are in that title!)
Spiderman - 3 is engrossing fare and the action stunts are unbelievable. Even though one knows fully well that everything is CGI, it still makes for cine-magic. But its fairly obvious the hero isn't Tobey Maguire and therefore I'm not surprised he isn't too keen on a reprise. Harry Osbourne is just brilliant. He dominates what little screen-time he has and does the about turn from villian to hero much better and more smoothly than Spidey. And it helps that even with half his face mangled, he is very very HOT. The surprising thing in the movie is that no one person is all good or all bad - well with the exception of Peter's aunt. Sandman loves his ill daughter and wants to save her, Spidey is good underneath the black leather, Harry forgives Peter, Topher (from That 70's show) is immoral but not evil and even Kirtsten Dunst has her moments of mood swings. Is there a point to that in the movie?
Tara Ra Pum was a disaster from start to finish and I won't complain too much 'cos well, we chose it over Mr. Bean. Perhaps the barely audible Englishman would have been a better idea. Except for Saif - who coasts through his role with ease - I couldn't stand anyone in that movie. Rani's frequent hair style changes, the little girl who loves everyone so much its nauseating and the little boy who is simply irritating - Gah - I could've just sicked up! Ok, so I'm complaining - big deal - watch the movie and then we'll talk.
PS - I preferred Javed as the Psycho Cowboy (Salaam Namaste) to the Good Gujju.