Posted by: Radha | April 6, 2009

Sunset..

As the Sun played hide and seek with the clouds for a long time, we were treated to a spectacular sunset today..
Some pictures from the office terrace..

Posted by: Radha | April 6, 2009

Chandler vs Joey – I

Joey: [to Ross] Forget about Rachel. Go to China, eat Chinese food.
Chandler: Of course there they’d just call it food.

[While Chandler naps against the wall in his room, Joey is drilling though the wall. As he drills, the drill bit comes though the wall right next to Chandler, who slams the door at Joey.
Joey: Oh! Uh, sorry, did I get ya?
Chandler: NO, YOU DIDN’T GET ME!! IT’S AN ELECTRIC DRILL! YOU GET ME, YOU KILL ME!

“Wassup”.. Am I Nineteen or what??
Chandler: Yes Yes.. on a scale of 1 to 10 10 being the dumbest.. yes you are nineteen…

Chandler: Well, of course, lambs are scarier. Otherwise the movie would’ve been called Silence of the Ducks.

[Joey wears a sunglass to avoid getting spit in the face by his costar during a shoot of World War I.]
Chandler: “If I remember correctly, Ray Ban was the official sponsor of World War I”

After Joey finishes that mammoth turkey, Monica says “Joey we are very proud of you”.
Chandler: “Yes, we are expecting a call from the President any moment now”

Chandler: [To Joey who’s removing his tie] Would you put that back on? Monica’s gonna be here any minute!
Joey: But it hurt’s my Joey’s Apple.
Chandler: [frustrated] Okay, for the last time. It’s not named for each individual man.

[Flipping a coin to decide which one out of two babies – one wearing a shirt with ducks and the other having clowns – was Ross’s baby. They have to decide which side to assign to the duck and which one to clowns]
Chandler : we have to assign heads to something
Joey: Ok Ok ducks is heads ’cause ducks have heads
Chandler : what kind of scary ass clowns came to your birthday ??!!!

[Joey tries to sell the entertaimment center and gets locked and robbed]
Joey: I was tryin’ to make a sale!! Oh, man, if I ever run into that guy again, do you know what I’m gonna do?
Chandler: BEND OVER?!!!

Joey: Want some jam?
Chandler: No thanks, I just had a jar of mustard.

[Joey has packed an emergency kit with food, Mad-Libs and condoms]
Chandler: Condoms?
Joey: We don’t know how long we’re gonna be stuck here. We might have to repopulate the world.
Chandler: And condoms are the way to do that?

Joey: Oh, yeah. Go for it man, jump off the high dive, stare down the barrel of the gun, pee into the wind.
Chandler: Yeah, Joe, I assure you if I’m staring down the barrel of a gun, I’m pretty much peeing every which way.

Posted by: Radha | April 3, 2009

Concerts Galore!

Watch Bombay Jayashree in concert at 6.30 pm on April 4 at Fort High School Grounds, Chamarajpet.

Watch DR. K.J.Yesudas perform at the same venue and time on April 5.

More updates to follow!!

Posted by: Radha | April 2, 2009

Chandler Mania

Chandler: I’m not so good with the advice… Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?

Chandler: I can handle this. “Handle” is my middle name. Actually, “handle” is the middle of my first name.

Chandler: All right, kids, I gotta get to work. If I don’t input those numbers… it doesn’t make much of a difference.

Chandler: Sometimes I wish I was a lesbian…
[everyone stares at Chandler]
Chandler: … Did I say that out loud?

[When asked if he knows anything about chicks]
Chandler: Fowl? No. Women?… No.

Chandler: [entering from bathroom, with an issue of Cosmo] All right, I took the quiz, and it turns out, I do put career before men.

Chandler: Listen, it’s kind of an emergency. Well, I guess you know that, or we’d be in the predicament room.

Chandler: [to Joey’s father’s girlfriend] Come on, I’ll show you to my room… Wow, that sounds weird when it’s not followed by “No thanks, it’s late”.

Chandler: [about Eddie] Ding dong, the psycho’s gone.

Chandler: I can’t say hump or screw in front of the b-a-b-y… I just spelled the wrong words didn’t I?

Chandler: [To Monica] Come on, you’re going to Bloomingdale’s with Julie? That’s like cheating on Rachel in her house of worship.

[Chandler is practicing advertising slogans]
Chandler: Phones: bringing you closer to people… who have phones.
Chandler: Pants: Like shorts… but longer.

Chandler: Well, if I were a guy…
[Everyone stares at him.]
Chandler: Wait. Did I just say “If I were a guy”?

Posted by: Radha | April 1, 2009

Awards and More

The first thing I saw in the newspaper today was the picture of a heavily dolled up Ash receiving the country’s highest civilian honour – The Padmashri. It was accompanied by some other pictures of Akki doing the same. From the time this news was announced, I am still trying to understand what the word ‘contribution’ means when it comes to finalizing awardees. The news excerpt said that both actors have been in the Indian movie scene for a decade now and this honour was to recognize their ‘contribution’ to cinema.

Ash, who belongs to the group of successful ‘non-actors’ (with the sole exception of a dignified performance in Jodhaa Akbar) is mostly famous only for her 10/10 looks. As far as awarding people for looks goes, she did win well, she’s Miss World after all. Akki (who I had a massive crush on as a kid) has put in some memorable work only in the recent past, his sudden rise in popularity speaks for it. All I am trying to question is, when we read about people and celebrities receiving awards like Padmashri and PadmaBhushan, we look for inspiring stories and motivating personalities. Ex-beauty queens who marry well and action hero turned superstars simply dont bring that effect. I thought I was being judgmental about them until I heard the same opinion being voiced by everyone around me – at work, by neighbors, on facebook and twitter and in the blog world. I remember most of us just laughed when the news was announced a month ago.

It definitely feels like the highest recognitions issued by the country have taken the old and worn out path of Indian film awards. Saif Ali Khan’s National Award for Hum Tum was and is a joke. To make matters worse, he won the Filmfare award – Best Comedian for the same movie. Talk about uniformity. I remember the disbelief on Salman Khan’s face when he was given the Filmfare award – Best Supporting Actor for his ‘special appearance’ in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai against Manoj Bajpai’s portrayal of Bhiku Matre in RGV’s Satya. Salman being Salman walked up on stage and said why are you giving me the award, I thought it was supposed to go to Bhiku Matre. Ash won a Best Actress nomination for one of her worst ever performances in Dhoom 2 when Ayesha Takia and Gul Panag didnt even get a mention for their brilliant performance in Dor, which released in the same year.

I’ve stopped watching award ceremonies for quite some time now, so I’ve lost track of what is being given away to whom. But am pretty sure that all the award ceremonies do a good job of sucking up to the big production houses. The only good thing about the movies is the actual experience of watching them. Now let’s wait for Madhur Bhandarkar to come up with a preposterous cliched movie about the world of cinema and awards. Showtime!!!

Posted by: Radha | April 1, 2009

Chandler on Ross’s Love Life

Chandler: [to Ross] You’ve slept with someone three hours after you thought you broke up. I mean, bullets have left guns slower.

Chandler: [to Ross] You know if your not careful, you could not get married at all this year.

Chandler: Ross, just for my own peace of mind — you’re not married to any more of us, are you?

Ross: We were on a break!
Chandler: Oh, my God! If you say that one more time, I’m going to break up with you!

Chandler: [to Ross] Three failed marriages, two illegitimate children… The personal ad writes itself.

Chandler: [to Ross when he can’t decide between Rachel and Julie] Oh, I know. This must be so hard. “Oh, no! Two women love me. They’re both gorgeous and sexy. My wallet’s too small for my fifties, and my diamond shoes are too tight!”

Posted by: Radha | March 31, 2009

Un-Civic Sense??

I remember having ‘Moral Science’ classes from 1st std right up to the 7th. We were taught many things, mostly an extension of what mom/dad/granny/grandpa taught us at home right from the time we could utter a syllable. Show respect to elders, be dutiful to parents, help people in need, the most basic lessons. Then there were lessons to bring some civic sense into the kids. Keep your house and the city clean, do not spit, use dustbins, use toilets, do not waste food, follow queues, do not hurt plants, say ‘please’ & ‘thank you’, etc etc. There were lessons on road sense too. Stick to the left side of the road, walk on footpaths, do not jump signals, use the zebra crossing, overtake only from the right, do not honk, manage lanes, give way to traffic, etc etc.
All these basics that many of us still value and follow, sound like a thing of the past. Do most people forget them along the way? Or are they too trivial to follow all their lives?
We watch and interact with a variety of people around us all the time – at work, on streets, in public transport, traffic, temples, restaurants, theaters & malls. How often do you notice people spitting on roads, throwing trash on the streets and footpaths, jumping queues or peeing right into a pruned bush by the street? How many times do you see people overtaking only from the right, using an indicator on time, following signals, using the zebra crossing or giving way to flowing traffic? When was the last time you saw an auto driver follow or even ‘notice’ a traffic lane? If your answer to all this is very often, yes, you are living in a modern day ‘developing’ Indian city.
While most of us are under the impression that the people who do not exercise any civic sense might be the ones who didn’t study Moral Science in school, its not totally correct. A major portion of such uncouth behavior comes from the educated class. I have had arguments with people who resort to silly and crazy methods to jump food and billing queues in my office cafeteria. I have seen people exiting the office parking lot breaking all kinds of driving rules even before they enter the road outside. I am pretty sure they all attended primary school and learnt these rules at home too. I only wonder what went wrong later. I wish they would start some corporate and college-level trainings on civic sense and public behavior, along with some traffic management of course.
Isn’t it annoying when someone cant turn off their mobile or at least put it on a vibe mode during a play or a movie? Or, you are traveling in the office cab and an unknown co-traveler starts spitting out of the window on the road? I have fought with many impatient bus conductors who start screaming at senior citizens who don’t get down or buy tickets on time. How tough could it be to close a dripping tap, use the trash can or follow queues.
The next time you see someone being uncivil, please point it out then and there to that person. Though its an unpleasant situation, you will have the satisfaction of having brought it to their notice. Trying to change is a choice that they make and the choice eventually reflects on their personality. Children learn from the adults around them. I wonder what kind of an example our society is creating for the kids. We either have to welcome another generation of uncouth and uncivilized people, or try and make a change. A small step, but a change for sure.

Posted by: Radha | March 31, 2009

Earth

http://ow.ly/1Fx0Watch the trailer of Disney’s “Earth.”

Posted by: Radha | March 21, 2009

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The first time I read about the Holocaust was in Erich Segal’s ‘Doctors’. For many other reasons I re-read the book several times but was shaken and intrigued by the causes and consequences of the Holocaust. I then watched the brilliant ‘Schindler’s List’ which led me to read ‘Schindler’s Ark’, the book the movie was based on. The book and the movie are epics and have left a lasting impression on me. Though based on the same theme, I didn’t expect John Boyne’s ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ to make such an impact. More so because of its length – 215 pages. How wrong I was.
The book talks about nine year old Bruno’s amazing and rare friendship with Shmuel, the boy in the striped pyjamas living across the fence behind his new home. The story of the Holocaust is told through the eyes of Bruno, who cannot comprehend why he is not allowed to play with the hordes of children living on the other side of the sky-high fence. Through the events he witnesses, the horrors of the Holocaust are subtly but expertly explained by the author. The book is so short and crisp that any more details I spill can reveal the entire story. The writing is very simple. A thorough page turner, the book leaves you with a chilling effect once you finish reading. I read the entire book at one sitting late into the night and regret doing that because it left me sleepless. I know that the feeling will linger many more days. It is a poignant and memorable story, one that you would have never read before. Published by Black Swan and priced at Rs.360, it is available at Landmark and Crossword.
I highly recommend the book. It is worth every dime and your time. I am off to look for more by John Boyne.

Posted by: Radha | March 19, 2009

Moon

The moon was at its romantic best on Holi, one day before the full moon day. What an amazing sight.. I am proud of my mobile 🙂 Paisa Vasool!!

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