Monday, August 31, 2009

Aamsutra .. Aam admi ka kya?


had to post this in middle of my self indulgent iSchool series :)

Further great comics @ -
http://www.flyyoufools.com

Part 2 : Why I never liked this place..

contd from .. PTO to day before..

Daily routine started with class-teacher doing those attendance calls. Except for the part, i trying to comprehend the noise everything else went about smoothly. It's like a toofaan right in middle of perfect stillness. All there right there in my mind. This lead to me taking least interest on what was ever being taught! I guess I could manage all by myself, given the couple of tuitions, mom's smacks and excellent brain that I had :p. All this lead me, to believe in being street smart and so I knew what to do .. i took interest in Karate and Scouts.. damn! the day I stood up to volunteer for Scouts.. the whole class ROTFLing.. :) and then the Karate .. it sounded too well and for me it just ended being that! .. try pushing out a loudest snort through ur nostrils and there it is all I know about Karate!. I used to like very few subjects and I know which I hated most. It was HINDI! .. and till date when m associated of being the loyal son of HindiLand, i can only smirk at response. I hated it, could never master it and could never take it seriously, for this is my mother tongue and I needn't bother studying it until a day before. About the subjects i liked .. so it turned out that teachers for those subjects were also cool.. maths and science always brought up interesting and cool teachers in our school. Ms. Marwah for Geometry and Ms. Pallavi for science :) or Mr. Venkatesh (all those names sound d same to me) for Algebra .. i remember them ! ... apart from them it was Mr. Joseph for english, who just acted cool along with dumbest person of all PT trainers Mr.Nilesh! Rest came and went and had me only concerned when I had to fill those school notebooks for submission. Know how it used to be, each and every notebook of each and every student of each and every division of each and every class stamped and signed by Principal!! at end of each term. So this lead to hasty copy-paste of history, geography, Hindi, Marathi and English.. well for the Science and Maths i do not remember ever going thru this .. in my defense it was our incomplete curriculum by our incompetent Masternis that lead to all this chaos. Anyways, i didn't care! from what i have learnt (or rather not learnt) history and geography could never be taught. One exception to that now, geography does have some sense if our imbecile minds were made to read it with sense, i remember learning that from one of our geography teacher! she made sense of tundra regions and habitat surrounding that :). Another part of school curriculum i hated was Moral Science. Damn those art work, those oil paints, those ..those ..those hand works with needles and stuff. I used to like painting until i was schooled.

... PTO day after .. :)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Part 1 : Why I never liked this place

Its the place, where everyone goes back to, nostalgically, in fond remembrance. The gates, the bells, the morning assembly, the teachers, the intervals, the vada paos,the PT, the Karate, the Scouts, the Nuisance, the mis-behaviours etc. I do not like to remember any of them now. My school had gates which opened to an over-flowing gutters when it rained, making it really hard to enter. My school bells used to ring up just before i crossed those gates. Next was the chaotic assemblage of some 700-800 students, instructed by Discipline-In-Chargers (another name for Dogs-in-Charge), hostile teachers, and one Principle ! (i do not remember his name now, we used to call him Bull Dog). Once I reached assembly just after the morning news was read, that's when it struck me that it was I, who was suppose to do that today! Then of-course since you are late and lived just 100mts from School, you had to hear all the bullshits which far offs never had to. I hated that part! how does it matter if u lived so close or so far.. its this school which starts so early in day (6.30am) and all this because it needed same class-rooms for lower grades in afternoon. When you are past the assembly, then cleanliness checkers come in(that AB style won't do.. tat Baby needs to cut her nails lil more short). Most of the time I was stuck here too, cauz my hairs won't stop growing and I hated sitting at barbers'. I remember once, it was my Mom-Dad who did my hairs for sake I pass through those eyes. I had this charisma of AB in me ;) liked to keep those hairs pulled straight back ..but that lead the onlooker to believe that u have the extra long hairs and that wasn't allowed! and so my Mom insisted I keep them parted at one end.. anyways that helped me past the eyes many times until the day I was liberated from that place.. i've never ever thought of getting back to that style now !

... PTO day after .. :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

W@ke up S!d ...

.. definitely looking forward to this. But only if they (the Yash rajs and Yash Chopras) keep away the stereotyped notions. No foreign locations, no promotional hip song, no gay jokes, no disco number, no item (either he or she) numbers, no great looking character beyond the demand of the character.. just keep it raw.. just let the sid wake up ! !

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Reached their climax way before 'The End' ...

Delhi~6 and now Kaminey .. both the movies reached their 'The End' even before the 2nd half started. None had any more to suggest post the Intermission. Both these movies failed in keeping away the sense of 'déjà vu' .. been there seen that - gimme something new .. they ended up like a failed attempt to master all the characterizations and 'short bios', not that कि these characterizations and actors/actresses playing those bios were ever below entertaining and fun (except for AB baby who was the only let down in Delhi~6). Neither could give a satisfactory climax to the foreplay. Anyways, both the movies had distinct art-work of respective directors and sounded equally well throughout (with Kaminey's retro and classy appeal setting your boots thumping, sometimes ticklish feeling of nostalgia works, but that's only when Music plays.. ). I just hope that these are just fore plays to a movie (from any one of them) that would just have it all ... one single masterpiece ...

reviews for both these movies that made parallel sense to me -

http://satyamshot.wordpress.com/2009/08/15/gf-reviews-kaminey/

and

http://celluloidrant.wordpress.com/2009/02/23/delhi-6/

Monday, August 17, 2009

Oh no! My name's Khan ..

and oh ho!! my next movie's also 'My Name is Khan'.. damn! now they will accuse me of doing all this for my next movie ... well no harm in playing a stunt (even if its aint the planned one)

- how much ever I like SRK for his shrewd outspokenness and agility.. sometime he does overdo it ... in this case the fate has helped him overdo it yet again ...

Saturday, August 8, 2009

know why i hate this place...

cauz i never found this as home ... cauz i never realized, people here aren't on vacation always... cauz i never thought people are just people who enjoyed as much as i did and sulk worse than i do ... cauz i m not able to comprehend many and much of the dialect here (dialect: my def. The usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people that leaves you dry for seedhi baat) .. cauz the ghosts take over my precious M&D and that is probably so because they have lived through this place as home and not the summer vacationing resort.. cauz they just have altogether different story to take each other on .. cauz i always thought that these people are definitely special ones to laugh about but not to cry and fight about .. cauz they are just too many faces to comprehend and remember when on a trip back from last vacationing .. cauz the people who helped me vacation do not do so any more .. or may be cauz i still like to see change in positive direction rather than the other way .. वाह मेरी hypocrisy!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

India's Got Talent...

definitely! .. but do they really need to fight over it?

Why every show in India is designed to 'make hay only when sun shines'? Why cannot be there a consistent platform for such artists to shine? Why can be there no time limit to performance one boasts to deliver? Why do those have to beg for votes from us who beg to have such entertainment every night? Why do we need those judges' assertion to feel good or bad about someone's performance? Why doesn't Shekhar Kapur use his time making and building movies/talent elsewhere?


.. may its just the way we are with such Talent

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Food and Beer @ Mangalore

Fish Curry Rice @ Narayana's - The absolute case of climax and anti-climax in span of few hours... starts with C coming home Saturday noon tryin hard to fix his last night's hangover, (i mostly wouldn't have joined his last night boozing) and would have just woken up from last night's gupsup or movies ... and ofcourse we both are hungry .. and so we start off picking up any stray roomies (S,P or/& J) who haven't munched anything else yet ... it's my car to Narayana's (it's old dock road behind erstwhile Taj Manjuran which by the way is renamed to 'The Gateway')... the place is packed and its definitely very small to accommodate to many in queue already... so u need to pick up those places where u know the guy is licking his fingers for almost last time .. (knowin tat comes with practice) ... well by now we are completely drained out given our empty stomach and hangovers to some :).. the finger licking sucker gets up and we sit down (anyplace u get .. u r not here for family formal lunch.. u r here to eat tat fish) ... so now finally v await our food .. the rice thaali with curry and pickle arrives almost instantly ..making us instantly start craving for our Anjal ... thoda bahut mu maarna shuru kar diya .. bhuk bhi toh lagi hai and then after waiting till eternity those sizzling fishes arrive .. we used to chose Anjal anytime (many reasons for that .. far lesser messy.. very filling.. and tastes really good with that hot masala over it) ... this thing is hot and so you start pocking your fingers almost instantly .. caring least about the burnt fingers... so we start filling ourselves up .. the rice .. the curry... the pickle.. the Anjal .. the red masala... all moulded in to 1 and into the mouth instantly ... (cautionary note - All hands here) .. the fish is delicious and so is the curry .. and after an hour long endeavor we are through and filled to the brim ... after this heavy meal (plateful of boiled rice and 2 Anjals).. the space-time dimensions stretch out... every meter and minute feels stretched to respective higher cousins... if comin over every step was a milestone .. then while goin back every step feels snailstone... all this and time is 2 already.. and time is for real afternoon sleep.. so you see its like this .. u prepare.. u drive.. u arrive.. u conquer .. u eat.. and then u fill urself.. and then u start retreating as fast as u can.. u take tat last bite.. u get up .. wash ur hands.. pay up the bill .. move out... pick a smoke ... put it off before its even half way thru .. u get into car.. u take those damn turns.. and u get down at ur place.. u go up the lift .. u open the door.. u let loose ur belt and u fall off that bed .. THE END

p.s. i need to do a special mention here .. the place was also introduced to me by Mr. D :)

Sizzlers @ Ranch - i do not know why .. but this place gave me sizzling hot vegetables and sauces as delicious as sizzling hot ghar ka khaana ... this place became ritual with Mr A .. absolute gentleman contrast to my C :) ... the guy is strict veggie and used to love this place almost or may be more than i did.. the place serves you Satellite, Shashlik, Italiano, Baked Beans etc. of which the Satellite, served with a disc shaped cutlet and melting cheese over-it, was the superstar .. followed by my personal favourite Baked Beans and Italiano... the place is just behind the Mangalore Corporation building and is absolutely packed with ppl and beauties :) and Infoscions as well :(

p.s. another special mention.. this place was introduced by me to almost everyone else.. besides those which introduced it to me i.e. Mr J and Ms. R :)

Draught @ Froth on Top - if it wasn't for this place i wouldn't be drinking beer right now and neither would have i have such fun at such place in mangalore... the place is straight from retro and cartoons sketched in its inner wall... and it serves only Beer! ... introduced for first time by ma D and later made life by C, G and B ... the songs are pure ol' time american country music .. a lil zing added nowadays though.. and you enjoy! .. the beer .. the atmosphere ... is definitely good!! and its just next to Diesel Cafe

Wine and Continental @ Diesel Cafe - the place got my fancy in my initial days... the place .. the music.. the sitting.. the wine and the of-course the divine and sinful Chocolate Mousse ... the place is just next to FOT :p

Some Like It Hot @ Cherry Square - woh nahi try kiya toh kya kiya .. the place definitely served best of such even against the more popular Sizzler's Ranch ... the name's definitely makes u pick that up :) ... and the browni and vanilla ice-cream over hot plate marred by hot hot chocolate... man that definitely is awesome... and this place is well not exactly next to Diesel Cafe but surely next to it :)

Gadbad/Tiramisu @ Ideals - the hot favorite among the Mangaloreans, but i find them best thing to have if u haven't had ur lunch or dinner :) .. but definitely a place to visit in Mangalore.. go in afternoon and you will find all the aunties out to do the marketting cooling off there .. and then in the evening will be the Mangalore's rich and poor out there pumping in there scoop.. .for location ask any Mangalorean!!

Choco Cake @ Temptation - The only place which dares itself past midnight in Mangalore and that's why we the 602+904 used to end up there, almost everyday ... the frequency died down with the number of 602+904 but the place remains there for its Choco Cake... the chocolate ice cream and choco cake with nuts and sizzling chocolate sauce.. amazing! ..

Vodka and Prawns @ Village - Mr K had come over and we went out to try famous mangalorean sea food.. i knew this place to be good and really good given its village-like ambiance along side the lengthy water fall... we seated just next to it and ordered our first dish of Prawns and along with that citrus twist with Sprite.. we ordered 2 plates.. and single prawn piece filled up the entire plate! .. wat a dish and then 2nd and 3rd time was just the repeat :D

Fish and Beer @ Gazalee - any place u get nice food + the ambience + the beer .. its this place... Specifically sea-food restaurant and the view is pan Mangalorean along the highway and into the city ... open air and open mouthed waiters (ignore them) .. C and I used to be there when we ran out of mood for afore mentioned places.

Punjabi Dhaba @ KS Rao Road - this is another place where 602+904 started having our initial dinners in Mangalore and this is the place i had my dinner just a night before i left ... the place is pure veggie and if you ask me .. The Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Mangalore.. be the daal makhani.. paneer butter masaala.. the classic tomato soup .. or gobhi ka paratha... all is just mouth wateringly delicious here... and besides the AC room of this place is guarded by a big glass sheet on the traffic end.. so the moving traffic gives u nostalgia of Mumbai Restaurants .. I m glad i finished off my Mangalore outing :p at this Place

Signature @ Haveli 305 - Mr. D, J, M, R, A & H all the residents (/proxy residents) of this Haveli had single brand in mind that is Signature and so will this be my brand for years to come :D ... the place has ceased to exist the way it used to be... so location is of least importance ... well the same place has also hosted Black Dogs, Red Labels etc. :)