Friday, May 09, 2008

Americans are NOT stupid - WITH SUBTITLES

Ohmigod- I'm inclined to think this is fake except Jay Leno did a similar section on the Tonight Show a few years back. I believe there are as many ill-informed (read stupid) people in America as there are in India or any other country.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Kasamh Se!!

V and I were doing a little maths the other night while watching another episode of our love-to-hate soap Kasamh Se. The soap is about 3 sisters focussing on the eldest played by demure 19-year old Prachi Desai. Now she stood in for her younger sister during her marriage so we assume she started off being 19 years old on TV. (Her younger sister was supposed to be married to Mr. Walia and assuming legality, she would be 18 and her elder sister Bani at least 19). Now despite her new hubby furious at her deception, marital relations were still on (men!) so she has twins who die when they're 4 - yes, yes very sad. That takes her to 24 yrs. Then due to some scheming she gets banished from her hubby despite being pregnant with her daughter (Ganga for those who really want to know). There was some sort of time jump because we next see her when Ganga is about 6 and in school and all. Age check - 30 (we're giving her the benefit of one year less because she was enciente when she got thrown out. Ok, now she gets back together with her hubby (who's re-married by the by) and has another set of twins. Another generation gap and actress change and now we're 16 years ahead. So she should be 46.
Technically this role was to be played by the 19 year old Ekta Kapoor favourite but she's onto bigger things - namely Farhan Akhtar and Bollywood. The actress currently playing the role is TV veteran Gurdeep Kohli who is older at about 25 but definitely not 46!. Oh well, that's the way the cookie crumbles in Balaji-land. And let's not even get into how Mr. Walia (played by Ram Kapoor) ages in the serial since he was the older man (complete with white streak in hair) when Bani got hitched to him to begin with.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

IPL Twenty20 Match

360 degree experience of Royal Challengers vs Deccan Chargers at Chinnaswamy Stadium on 3rd May 2008

Challenged and Charged

There are days I simply love my company and yesterday was one of them. No, I didn't get a raise.. I got tickets to our corporate box for an IPL Twenty20 match. Granted it was between the Royal Challengers and the Deccan Chargers - 2 teams who seem to be competing solely for the Fair Play award and granted than I almost sold my soul for the second ticket - it was still worth it. Chinnaswamy stadium was choc-a-block with people eager for some fun on a balmy Saturday afternoon. But we parted ways with the public when we swooshed up an elevator to the 4th floor where the corporate lounge was (oh la la!). It was a bit of a red light area with Kingfisher colors everywhere but it also looked very classy with PYTs dressed in red escorting us to our box. When we entered the box, the view was phenomenal! We were directly in front of the pitch facing the Force 1 model car and the Royal Challenge stage. The stadium was simply huge and branding was everywhere - I was hard-pressed to find a patch free of commercial branding. The stands were disappointingly empty but by the second innings when a Bangalore victory seemed probable, it filled up.

For me one of the funny (and silly) things that struck me was the time lag between the TV view and the actual play! It was kind of like when Harry Potter went for the Quidditch World Cup in GOF. Ok, ok - I'm a bit of a geek as well. Oh yes, I also sounded really smart (in front of the office gang) when I was clearly astounded when the bowler went to the other side to bowl every other over. Hey, it doesn't happen when you watch it on TV, you know. And it might be sour grapes, but I thought the hot cheerleaders were terribly unco-ordinated and disappointing. I wonder what they've been told - when the ball goes out of the field, its like a touchdown so dance like you mean it??!! <meow>

The free food and liquor was really cool though I hated the Zinzi champagne and I refused to drink the Romanov based cocktail - hey, I have standards you know!! But the choice of single malts, scotches and whiskey was truly luxurious..Then there was the fact that all the commentators went up and down the stairs bringing me that close to greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Ajay Jadeja and Rameez Raja (of course someone pointed him out to me - duh!)One of my favourite moments was when the crowd got really into the mood of the game and did the Mexican Wave - it sounds cheesy but it reflects the energy to a tee. To be totally honest, I didn't really care who won but the last over was rollicking and the fireworks that went off when the home team won was the perfect cap to a wonderful experience.

Friday, May 02, 2008

The Latino Comedy Project's

Hilarious Spoof on one of my favourite movies ever! Sharing the video also spares me posting for a while :)