Movies and Moi

Posted February 13th, 2003 by Deepa and filed in Personal
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I recently got a new TV and a DVD player, caving into pressure from Atha and Seejo who maintained that TV is thing that is required to complete the quartet of Roti Kapda aur Makan. I joined Indofilms, an online movie rental service to supply me with regular fims to watch. You can see two movies at any time and then return then in postage paid envelopes. The main reason I joined this is because right now I am “transportationally challenged” (difficult to get to an Indian grocery store regularly and also the pain of returning it within a day) and also ‘cos Indofilms has a large selection of both Hindi and Malayalam films the two languages I watch the most.

It is a different experience to watch a film all by yourself. Ofcourse it is a pity that you cannot remark on the film or laugh at it with anybody. But then again you can see any film that YOU want (provided you get it!) without consulting the wishes of various other people. Right now I am catching up on several old films that I simply didn’t get a chance to see.

The last two mcvies I saw was Jaan Baaz and Anubhav.
Jaan Baaz must have been an hep movie in its time. It starred the three top actresses of its time, Dimple, Sridevi and Rekha. Actually showed the hero and heroine indulging in premarital sex and what do you know…the heroine does NOT get pregnant. And it has an unconventional ending….the hero who has the heroine dies. And I got to see a Feroz Khan film…with typical dishoom dishoom and guns and “jhakaas” dialogues.
Anubhav : Basu Chatterji’s story of how an urban housewife decided to get the spark back into her humdrum married life only to encounter an obstacle in the form of her teenage infatuation. Tanuja looks great and acts even better. and do does Sanjeev Kumar. Read more about this in this column at rediff.

I am looking forward to seeing more of these old classics

Snowed!

Posted February 12th, 2003 by Deepa and filed in Personal
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When I was in seventh standard I had a Russian pen friend. We corresponded infrequently mainly due to the fact that e-mail was unknown and snail mail took ages to reach each other. Nargiza used to tell me about her hobbies, which included skiing, and ice-skating and I replied that I have never seen snow in my life. Came her reply after a few months “Look into your refrigerator…that’s what snow looks like”. At that time I laughed “ May be that’s the only way I could ever see snow. Was I ever wrong…..

Now I am in Philly and this year the winter had been unusually harsh. The temperature here has been consistently below zero for the past few weeks. Its cold and windy and it snows most of the times. All the people on the road are bundled up and “Isn’t it really cold today” is a common starting point for most conversations.

A few things I have learnt with my tryst with snowfall.
· It sounds amazing but it IS warmer when it is snowing than when it is not.
· You have unusual problems when it snows: Last week , there was about 8 inches of snowfall. I came out of the apartment early morning trying to make my way to my regular bus stop and. …and I could not find the way. The whole ground as well as the walk ways was covered by a 4 inch thick layer of snow. I stood there trying to remember how the walkway turns so that I would not step off the walkway into muddy ground.
· Snow looks beautiful. You can walk for a mile in the snow, curse it as you shudder in your jacket, moan about the cold or be irritated by slippery roads but once you get into a building and pause to look back at the snow covered grounds and you are struck again by its pristine beauty.
· Snow is fine. But melted snow +mud=brown slippery slush is definitely out.
· You begin to really appreciate warm weather. Last week it was 4 degree Celsius and we were all smiles at “Oh it’s a wonderful day today…”
· Never miss a bus on a snowy day.
· Snow looks best in the refrigerator. It can be allowed outside perhaps once a year.