The 3 mistakes of my Life - Chetan Bhagat

Monday, May 26, 2008

I did not like it.


It was not as gripping as the first book and definitely does not compare to the second. I found “One night @ the call centre” a little too unrealistic for my liking especially the last part about GOD. But this book beats it all… It’s like a typical Bollywood movie… and that too with all the ingredients … you name it, you have it in here… Love, Passion, Friendship, Betrayal, Fights, Ambition, drama, Sentiments, et al… the entire gamut…!!!


I somewhere heard that Chetan Bhagat said that this is his best book so far and that this will be the best seller of the lot… I don’t think so… I still think “Five Point Someone” was by far the best book of his that I have read…


“The 3 mistakes of my Life” – I found it a little hard to get by… not that I don’t understand the intensity with which the book was written but I still think he could have chosen a better topic for his latest book… It’s been written with a lot of passion and fervor… but somewhere it becomes too melodramatic… and it’s a story that’s been said or heard before… It’s something that you have come across in various forms so many times that it as much feels like old wine in an even older bottle…


I expected something better from the author… and somehow I feel let down by this.



Anyone who says sunshine is happiness has never danced in the rain…

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It rained today morning here in Hyderabad. And it was amazing!

A shower during the scorching heat of summer, pitter-patter drops on the roof, the smell of rain soaked earth, hot tea, and a book! What more does one need? :-)

Today morning’s rains were a welcome shower… they reduced this sweltering temperature to something a lot more bearable than anything else… it was such a relief to see the drops of water falling on the ground and the parched earth soaking it up… it washed off the dryness in the weather and the whole area was left looking like Mother Nature had just given it a bath… all freshened up and revived from the stagnating heat… it looked green, lush and bright…
I sound like a poet huh :-)… but what the heck!??! Rain does that to me… ;-)

I don’t like the rains so much when I am getting ready to go out somewhere, or when there’s something planned… (Duh – I am sure no one does!) Any other time, be it inside or outside; I love the rains… it’s such a good feeling to just soak up the drops and let them flow freely… It’s such a pleasure to dance in the rain… it’s such a delight to watch Mother Nature weave her magic around the surroundings!!!

It’s like a cleansing procedure huh… all washing and cleaning away the muck and dirt from the environment… a purification of the sins of dirtying the place… a decontamination of the infected mind…

And I can’t figure out why I am writing like this...

But I LOVE THE RAINS!

And……

Anyone who says sunshine is happiness has never danced in the rain…

Manichitrathazhu, Apthamithra, Chandramukhi, Bhool Bulaiyya...

While on the subject of Rajinikanth, another topic came to mind… His very well acclaimed ‘Chandramukhi’ which is a remake of ‘Manichitrathazhu’ in Malayalam.

This particular film has been made in all 4 South Indian languages; ‘Manichitrathazhu’, the original (Malayalam), Apthamithra (Kannada), Chandramukhi (Tamil & Telugu), and Bhool Bulaiyya (Hindi). Very commendable effort indeed on the remakes. I haven’t had an opportunity to watch the movie in Kannada, though I heard that Soundarya the heroine gave a creditable performance as the split personality ridden heroine. But I did watch the other 3 and somehow maybe because I am partial to the original, I still liked the original a lot better than any of the remakes.

Well of course maybe it’s bad to compare the movies, but I figure when you actually do a remake of a movie you will end up having comparisons made with the original. I for one thought that Chandramukhi was a whole lot of crap what with special effects and the whole Rajini – effect coming into picture. A cinema which was supposed to be heroine-oriented totally turned into some sort of a showcase for Rajini’s prowess in psychology, and all that. A movie where the actual hero (Mohanlal) enters after the interval and still manages to carry off his role with a lot of elegance, Rajini comes in the first shot and does a major fight sequence etc etc… And someone please explain to me what the snake was doing in the movie??? What was the relevance of the same???

Now the Hindi version is a lot better than the Tamil version. I thought it did justice to the original script; thought the acting was a little tacky. But thumbs up for the Hindi version because it stuck to the original script and did not deviate much from it and I thought Vidya Balan did a great job too… Of course all said and done, it’s hard to hold a candle to Shobhana’s acting, but Vidya did do a good job too though she has to work in the dancing department…

And I totally did not like Vineeth in the last song at all… I thought that Kannada actor in Malayalam did a better job than opposed to Vineeth.. At least he looked like a male dancer which is not what I can say of Vineeth..!!

But all said and done, this is my rating for the movies... No rating for the Kannada movie as I have not seen it…. But as far as I go, Malayalam, Hindi and then Tamil is the order that I would go by for this classic!! :-)

The name is Rajinikanth!!

I read this book recently titled – “The name is Rajinikanth.”

It takes you through the life of the man, his upcoming, his entry into the world of cinema et al… The story is nothing unusual… it’s the well known story of rags to riches… it’s also a story of hard work, determination and an attitude to boot…

What’s termed as style when you speak about Rajini is actually his attitude… which is what is being portrayed in the book…

When you think about Rajinikanth, there are a lot of things that come to mind, a lot of those things that made him a favorite with the masses, a lot of those things that they public emulate him for, a lot of those things that are so normal that you wonder why no one else is able to carry them off with that much of panache and élan. Some punch dialogues thrown in here and there, the flicking of the cigar up in the air, the walk and talk, what’s so unusual about all this that makes people go crazy after him, swoon over him and hold him high on a pedestal…

Is it the fact that the masses identify with his appearance and looks?? Is it that people are in awe of the fact that in spite of being so successful he is so humble and unassuming?? Or is the fact that his story is something that’ll inspire every aspiring actor in the country to give it a shot??

When you go to watch a Rajini movie, its best to leave your logic, reasoning and practicality at home! There’s no point trying to interpret how something in that movie could’ve happened… it happened because it’s a Rajini movie… and anything can happen in a Rajini movie. :P that’s the fun of it!! ;-) There was this funny list that was being populated all around the net world as to what all Rajini can do.. And what can happen because of him!! And this is apart from all the funny forwards about how Newton saw Rajini movies and gave up physics…

But all said and done, Rajini is Rajini and no one else can take his place in that position… His Padayappa, Baasha, Thillu Mullu, Annamalai, Arunachalam, Muthu,… everything is a favorite with all people, age, size and status don’t matter!!!

The name is after all RAJINIKANTH.

Moving on.....

And we finally moved…

Days of searching came to an end… Frenetic moments of anxiety have passed… Endless hours of packing, unpacking, and more packing finally came to a standstill…

Will I miss our old place?? Maybe I will… Maybe I won’t… But I will miss the people there for sure!!

The times we had there were good… dealing with stuff on our own; handling the various impromptu things that came up… it was all good… :-)… brings back memories..! A lot of ‘em…

Each and every place in that apartment has seen and felt a lot of things… contentment, depression, joy, sorrow, tears, bliss, pleasure, delight, distress, pain and a whole plethora of emotions…

They say ‘change is the only thing constant in life’… something else comes to mind, - ‘all good things must come to an end’… wonder why I thought of that! Wonder why that particular quote came to mind… what was it that I felt so good about that apartment and why is that there is a tug in my heart when I think of the times I have had there…

Why is it that I never have the courage to spill out my heart to people, and that too; to the ones I have been living with for the past one year… Why is that I could not muster up the courage to tell them that I will miss them, that I will miss Ashu’s out-of-the-blue comments on everything, glen’s philosophical take on everything, the giggling that comes out of nowhere for nothing, the plans that we make for something, the discussion about everything under the sun – no holds barred, I will definitely miss everything about that small abode of ours…

This is probably what they mean by ‘compromise’… this is what they probably mean by ‘moving on’… this is probably what they called ‘letting go’ …

And so a year passes by....

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

One year at Satyam…!!

One year done and dusted and dealt with!

One year work experience in my resume… :-)

One year of trials & tribulations, wins & losses, joy & sorrow, clarity & uncertainties…. But best of all no regrets!

Little did I know when I joined a year back into this unit called RTLC (Real Time Leadership Centre) in Satyam, that it would be one of the most enriching experiences….

Came in with a lot of doubts, misgivings, qualms in the heart… wondering what this RTLC does, how it would help further my career and how life is going to turn out… Reservations about how I am going to handle Excel, PowerPoint and analysis of which I had no clue about!!! There were even moments on whether I should give it up and go back on bench waiting for an HR opportunity to present itself!! Being a fresher to this world did not help things one bit!!!

But I am so thankful to God that I decided to stick it out… and that in a sense has turned out to be the best decision I have ever taken in my entire life…

And that in return has given the world that I live in a lot more clarity…

A few fresh people I know I will treasure for life…

Some old pals that I have gotten to know better and whom I cherish!!!

And best of all, I discovered the person that I am and that I want to be…!!

Cheers to I ME MYSELF…!! :-)

Google... God??!??!!!!?

Hehhehheh!!!

I don’t know how many of you have come across this on Google…!! Lol…

It is pretty interesting! :-)….

Is Google GOD??...!! Find out for yourself…

This stuff totally broke me up… Hilarious! But true in a twisted sense if you look at it…!!! :-)

Makes for an interesting read in any case… Check it out!!

http://www.thechurchofgoogle.org/Scripture/Proof_Google_Is_God.html

http://www.thechurchofgoogle.org/arguments.html


Why.. Why.. Why.. Why..

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Why why why why why why ……..
Why do people have to end up irritating me??? Why can’t they just let me be?
Why do I have to give explanations for everything that I want to do?? Why do I have to justify myself every single instance???
Why can’t I have my own space??
Why do I have to be answerable to ANYONE??....
Why can’t I just have my own life…???!?!?! Why can’t I be independent???? Why can’t I just be myself??? Why can’t I decide what I want to do when I want to do and how I want to do???

Am I a kid??? Am I not 24 years old??? Don’t I have the freaking maturity and the sense to handle my own life….

For heaven’s sake just let me be! Don’t invade my space….

If I don’t want to do something, I simply won’t do it how many ever reasons u give me or whichever way you try to convince me…. If I am not convinced about something don’t expect me to fall for it! I won’t!!!!! That’s as simple as that! Your telling me a hundred times that I am not doing something that you wanted me to do is not going to change anything….!!! I will still only do it when am convinced about the damn thing!!!

Don’t try to lord over me or don’t try to make me understand that it is good for me or that everyone else is doing it or that it is the best thing for me..!!! I won’t accept it..! My ego won’t accept it… and please kindly don’t keep repeating it a 100 times over and again saying that you are just saying that ‘coz you want to make it clear… Saying it once is more than enough… I will keep it in mind…!!! Saying it over and again like a parrot is not going to help either of us! Saying it once and getting an answer from me once is fair enough ‘coz otherwise both of us are going to end up wasting a lot of time which I am not favorable of…!!!

Sheesh…!! I want my space… do I have to put it up on a billboard or stick it on my forehead for people to get the message!!??!?!?!

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

And so another year has flown by…

Lots of happenings… lots of changes… lots of uncertainty… lots of unsteadiness…lots of conviction… lots of confidence… lots of stability…

Entry of new characters who I thought I would never ever become good friends with… Exit of certain characters I thought would stay for life… Reentry of a few of those characters…

Now it feels like I know where my life is heading…
Now I feel like I have a say in things that matter to me and way it’ll affect my life..!!...
Now it feels like I have taken control of my life and I am solely answerable for what I am doing without anyone else’s intervention…

So if anything is right it’s Pat On Back from me to myself…
And if anything goes wrong its Kick On Ass from me to myself…!!!

Sometimes life isn’t all that you think it is…
Sometimes you have to change and go with the flow…
Sometimes you have to eat your words…
Sometimes you got to repent your deeds…
Sometimes you have to just move on…

Sometimes life boils down to one thing – MOVEMENT…

My Expression My LIFE….

Happy Birthday to me! :-)

Ps: actually my birthday has passed by a few days back….!!! Sorry for the delay in posting!


The Seven Deadly Sins...

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Have you ever watched that movie "SEVEN" starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Gwyneth Paltrow... Awesome movie... mind blowing is my verdict!... I happened to watch it recently (Again!!!) and it struck me as hard as the first time...
And now when i was browsing the net, I happened to come across a quiz which showed me which of the seven sins are prominent in me.. (Brillianto!!)...
check it out for yourself...!! I was quite surprised by the result myself..!!.. I am glad am a typical woman by all means :D... Lol...!
People you'd better beware!!!!
Greed:Medium
Gluttony:Medium
Wrath:Very High
Sloth:Medium
Envy:Medium
Lust:Medium
Pride:Medium

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