Tuesday 28 December 2010
Friday 19 November 2010
Monday 15 November 2010
And FYI, I am writing this post for myself, and not for you. It is to get some things out of the system.
If I have to describe the past few months of my life in one word, it has to be busy. And now it is tired, fatigued, and with no end point in sight. It's just one thing right after the other. I'm not complaining... yet!
CAT is finally done with, not to my satisfaction, but anyway, it's not coming back. Up ahead are the other exams, campus placements and the remaining university exams... sigh!
The blogger in me has been forced to sleep, and mind you, not for the lack of topics, but for fear of spending too much of time researching, something I do tend to do. I actually laughed when I saw that the number of followers of my blog had increased. Who follows inactive zone, I wonder...
Am I sorry for not blogging for this long?
Do I need to justify my absence?
I don't know. Not to anybody else, I suppose. But just for me, I feel some things in life are more important than the others, and yes I resented the comment to the contrary.
And, inspite of being absent, I think I am a little chary now... sugar coated words, false praises, affectations... watching from the sidelines can be very advantageous sometimes.
And in the middle of things, maybe I am rediscovering some of the dormant creativity, with a new Cybershot, (Sony TX-1) jiska muhurat hua hai, 3 months after being bought! I plan to play around with it a bit... joined flickr to set the ball rolling, and I hope I'm going to keep at it.
And on the book reading front, things have been quiet, but I still managed to finish two, The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh and The Confession by John Grisham. The former again impresses with its details and after The Hungry Tide and this one, I think Amitav Ghosh is a must-read author on my list. For the latter, this was only the second John Grisham book I read, but it makes for a good read; a little saddening story, but then who said laws are flawless, of course it's the US law system he's talking about.
Movies, my to-see list grows by leaps and bounds... and I am missing some really good ones! :(
A huge advantage of having diligently prepared the word lists for CAT is... you can use heavy vocabulary without people realising upfront if it's a praise or an insult *evil grin* So keep that dictionary handy, you're gonna need it... *smug*
For the rest, check the pic, because the pic says it all...
Sunday 8 August 2010
So this blog is finally getting an update and all credit goes to the writer Mr.Chandru Bhojwani who invited me to write a review for his book The Journey of Om... So here goes... :)
The Journey of Om is a book written by Chandru Bhojwani and before you conclude that it has some religious context, relax, Om is just the name of a guy and it his journey that we follow in this book.
Om is a New Yorker who has just discovered his girlfriend cheating on him with a guy to whom she got introduced through him, and has broken up with her, and the passionate lover in him finds himself broken too... What follows is the extremely difficult path to Recovery...
The protagonist is Om and some of his close friends are Mona, a 35- year old professional, single and his best friend; Arun who is another best friend; Rakhi who is Arun’s sweetheart, and Jim, his old buddy. The way the characters have been intertwined in the book, I liked the fact that as a book which is set in New York, LA and partly in Hong Kong, Chandru hasn’t ignored the people who live there, which I find is a problem with Bollywood movies... the good guys are always Indian and the foreigners are always the bad guys. Making people part if the background makes them a part of the setup, and not of the story... no such prejudice here, thankfully.
The book mainly focuses on relationships and I like the fact that Chandru gave Om the job of a writer cum columnist, something he himself is, which meant that he was able to cleverly incorporate things which weren’t a part of the central plot per se. The Desi Kryptonite can raise some eyebrows from the female readers though. The book is definitely all Indian, something most of the youngsters will identify with, and the language is simple.
The book has been narrated in a half flashback, half present scenario and sometimes the short length of the chapters frustrates you because you feel you’re jumping about from one scene to another. If you’re not an intense reader, used to such intensity, chances are you might lose track and as a result, interest.
The book has a lot of sexuality and complexities involved in it, which I why I feel it is definitely PG-16 material.
The ending is a little abrupt, though also fitting in a way, we Bollywood enthusiasts are so used to ‘and they lived happily ever after’ endings that some people may feel like something is missing. Though to me, in a sense it suggests that these ‘things’ are never-ending. By ‘things’ I mean emotions-the joy, the hatred, the anger, the pressure, the love, the insecurity, the lust, the et al which accompany life in relations and relationships.
Also, I feel that someone who has not been in Om’s or at least Mona’s shoes might not really be able to connect to it after a certain point, only someone who has either deeply loved and lost, or has seen someone close do that, will get the full blast of what happens to Om when he becomes an alcoholic. And guys will still be able to connect better than girls.
All in all, I won’t call it a must read for every body because this is one book that I think will be understood best by those who have been there, done that.
Sunday 4 July 2010
I just hope things are gonna be a little better :-w
P.S. I know it's a sorry little update, but whatever!
Thursday 17 June 2010
AIMCATs have started... with me still under-prepared and tension has been mounting up now... :-ss
And lost somewhere in the middle of group dynamics is me... We have this group for final year major project that has to be chosen by students among themselves... and uff... the politics that ensues... :O and nobody is worried about what project we should undertake... so time and mind consuming is the first phase... :-|
And I saw Rajneeti... one line about it, if ever in my life I forget how much I loathe politics, all I have to do is see that movie... the movie is well made though... and Katrina gets better and better in every movie :)
Handling GDs for WAD summer was wonderful... though some topics were shot down by the Censor (ahem!) and some last moment changes enforced against my wishes... but awesome experience apart from that! And knowing all the juniors, participants as well as organisers... once again... was smashing! :D
S'pore and Malaysia pics are in a lot of demand... but honestly, I got 6GB pics and this bloddy laptop took half an hour showing uploading.... only to inform me that upload failed... grrr... and I haven't had any more half hours free since then... :-w A detailed travelogue I'll update some time later... too much on the plate right now... with yet another test this Sunday...
Anyway... ciao everybody... I'll be back on RQ also soon... :) with another burning issue...
Friday 14 May 2010
Wednesday 5 May 2010
Monday 3 May 2010
Monday 26 April 2010
B-) I finally finished this demon of a book, a hard copy for a change...
Saturday 24 April 2010
Sunday 18 April 2010
Sunday 11 April 2010
- Asked someone to marry you? Innocent
- Ever kissed someone of the same sex? Guilty
- Danced on a table in a bar? Innocent
- Ever told a lie? Guilty
- Had feelings for someone whom you can’t have back? Guilty
- Kissed a picture? Guilty
- Slept in until 5 PM? Innocent
- Fallen asleep at work/school? Innocent
- Held a snake? Innocent
- Been suspended from school? Innocent
- Worked at a fast food restaurant? Innocent
- Stolen from a store? Innocent
- Been fired from a job? Innocent
- Done something you regret? Guilty
- Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Guilty
- Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Innocent
- Kissed in the rain? Innocent
- Sat on a roof top? Guilty
- Kissed someone you should'nt? Innocent
- Sang in the shower? Guilty
- Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? Innocent
- Shaved your head? Innocent
- Had a boxing membership? Innocent
- Made a boyfriend cry? Innocent
- Been in a band? Innocent
- Shot a gun? Innocent
- Donated Blood? Innocent
- Eaten alligator meat? Innocent
- Eaten cheesecake? Innocent
- Still love someone you should'nt? Innocent
- Have/had a tattoo? Innocent
- Liked someone, but will never tell who? Guilty
- Been too honest? Guilty
- Ruined a surprise? Innocent
- Ate in a restaurant and got really bloated that you couldn’t walk afterward? Innocent
- Erased someone in your friends list? Guilty
- Dressed in a woman’s clothes (if you’re a guy) or man’s clothes (if you’re a girl)? Err... what are a 'woman's' and 'man's' clothes?
- Joined a pageant? Innocent
- Been told that you’re handsome or beautiful by someone who totally meant what they said? Guilty, or atleast I think so!
- Had communication with your ex? Innocent
- Got totally drunk on the night before exam? Innocent
- Got totally angry that you cried so hard? Guilty
Monday 5 April 2010
Thursday 25 March 2010
Friday 19 March 2010
In other news, Peter (of course he would like to give the credit to S4T lest they do a Chetan Bhagat!) has dedicated a few lines to her:
Tuesday 5 January 2010
I can't tell you how honoured and touched I am... :) :) It is still my favourite book, and I don't think anything is ever going to change that... :D