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Watched ‘yeh jawani he diwani’ today. Yes, finally! And have
been singing ‘Illahi’to myself ever since. I loved the movie. Awesome songs, awesome
dialogues, awesome acting from Ranbir, Deepika, Aditya and Kalki. It is a feel
good movie, with a ‘slice of life’ story about the characters. One would easily
fall in love with each of the characters, get swayed to their worlds, their
dreams, ambitions (or the lack of it!).It is about something we can easily
connect with- friends, fun, masti, dreams, career, love, life, time, the bygone
days- and every time while spending time with friends being equally aware that
today’s present is going to be tomorrow’s box full of memories… We all love the
past, and we cherish our memories with all our heart. If you do too, you’d
surely love the movie...
Talking about the lead characters, the awesome actors
portray the awesomely scripted characters. Deepika’s Naina is a simple girl who
has studied her whole life, and is doing medicine presently. She has done no
pranks, no mischief, and no daring act in life to brag about. She had no
friends in school because she didn’t talk to anyone, just sat at one corner and
studied. She is bored with her life and decides to take a break from studying,
give her priorities a rest and joins her friends for the Manali trek through
make my trip. We see her enjoying herself for the first time, giving her too
reserved self a farewell, accepting and attempting thrill, and falling in love.
The smiley face of the ‘chasmish’ scholar is a delight to watch. My favorite dialogue
of her- “if I stay here just two more minutes, I’ll fall in love with you, once
again. And you won’t, once again.”
Ranbir’s Kabir (or Bunny) is carefree, a dreamer who wants
to travel every corner in the world, live his life as per his own wishes, and
follow his heart. He has a dream book which has a destination written in its
every page, and a board in his room that houses photos from different cultures
around the world. And he is a flirt, and his dialogue- ‘I don’t flirt with you
because girls like you are not for flirting, they are for love, and that’s bad
for my health.’- is a winner. I like the conversation that Naina and Bunny have
during their visit to forts and other nooks and corners, a day before Aditi’s
marriage, regarding living a unique life in foreign countries, experiencing
different cultures vs. Living near one’s
parents, friends and loved ones. And the song “Kabira, maan ja” is the most
soulful song of the year.
Kalki’s Aditi is shown as a rebel, wild yet friendly who
takes no nonsence from people. Aditya’s Avi is her weakness, and love that’s
never acknowledged. And why is Avi always drinking?! Why is Aditya Roy Kapur
always given the drinking duties?! Well apart from that, the trio’s friendship
is just so addictive. There’s friendship in the air, and Bunny, Adi, and Avi
are best friends forever. Love the scene when Bunny and Avi are fighting before
Adi’s marriage and stop after seeing her watching them with a hurt face. “Karan,
Arjun, now hug each other,” she says. And the trio hugs. How cute...
Last but not the least, Madhuri Dixit's cameo in the 'ghagra' song is a treat to watch. Love her, always...
Empress Ki is the most elaborate, gripping, and thrilling series I have watched this year. And at 51 episodes, it is the longest Korean drama series I have ever watched. Even though the number seems daunting and too much, it’s worth it all. If you like period dramas, you won’t want to give this one a miss.
It was in 2016 that I first read about Empress Ki, the historical drama that had garnered much praise and accolades from the audience and critics alike. Most Korean dramas are just 16 or 20 episodes long. So 51 seemed never-ending to me then. It wasn’t until 2017 that I decided to at least try the first episode. And I was hooked. But owing to the various circumstances I didn’t continue watching it. It was just last month that I remembered this epic story and watched it to completion within just a few days. Believe it or not, midway through it, I was almost literally pulling my hair out, in anticipation of what would happen next.
I would have given this magnum opus 10/10 had it stopp…
I have always been the one to leave first. Be it luck or circumstance, it has always been this way. Some of the times it has been my decision to venture out of my comfort zone first before all my peers decide to do the same and I am left behind, alone in the old world. The decisions are out of fear of being left alone, most of the times. Or is it self-preservation instead?
I am a person who takes time to adapt, make new friends, get accustomed to new surroundings- an unlikely one to leave first- yet I do. You might think me selfish, but I am just afraid, and I decide to take care of myself first. Some might see this as a major risk-taking attitude, but I mostly see it as fleeing before the 'desertion' hits me instead. Now that's a strong word indeed. I am always in search of safe ground, always so insecure and calculating my moves lest I end up being alone on the island.
Paranoiac. Several things bother me at once. What if my peers get on with their lives leaving me behi…
"When the ego dies, the soul awakes." - Mahatma Gandhi
Why do you have such a huge ego? You cannot wear your family's name on your sleeve as an identity forever. The world wouldn't see you through the eyes of your parents who have pampered you so much for the better part of your life. Here in the real world, you will get what you give. Respect begets respect. Selfishness begets selfishness. Hate begets hate. And your 'i don't care', 'i don't give a damn', 'i am paying money for that', 'i will do as I please' attitude will give you the same.
Respect is earned. Agreed. But you should give it first to earn it back. The other person should and must be respected by default despite his class, caste, job and family background, until and unless he proves unworthy of it with time. I stand strongly by this belief.
There can be no excuse for disregard. The way you speak to me about people tells me the way you might be speaking about me t…
July has been a special month for me. Not just because it is my birthday month, but because many new beginnings, many fresh starts, and many turning points of my life have happened in July. It's mid of the year when I have looked back at what the year was like for the first six months and have anticipated and dreamt about the coming six months. Goals and resolutions are reviewed in July.
These initial days of college are all about fun, making interactions, creating friendships and increasing your network. It's less on course works and assignments. So we are trying to take full advantage of it. I have made a few friends at the hostel too, most of them are my juniors, with a huge age gap. But the good news is none of us can feel this gap. We visited the Forest Research Institute this weekend. It was a good trip. I stopped at almost every tree to take a snap and posed at every corner of the museum clicking selfies. Too much beauty in a single place. Beauty overloaded. The view of t…
Horse riding was no cake walk for me.
I feigned ignorance for months about the rule for Princesses to learn to tackle a beast like that. For weeks I would hide somewhere innocently when it was time for the lessons. The experts appointed for this task left their posts within weeks. Hah! I would make each one leave. It’s a war now, between my father - The King and me.
One morning I spotted a rather young man near the stables. The maids were gossiping how handsome he was. Some whispered he was a year or two senior to me. Huh! He must have just graduated then. Father is appointing amateurs now, I see. Had I not been home-schooled, I would have known school life for myself.
I chose the haystacks in the courtyard of the servants’ quarters to hide that day, much pleased with my choice. The sky was beautiful and so were the house-sparrows. Just as I admired my surroundings, a head popped in front of me from nowhere.
“So here you are. You’re late for your classes. Let’s go now,” he pulled …
Odia is my mother
tongue but I had never really focussed on Odia novels, given that I love
reading. Of late I realised that I should explore the culture and language of
my native land, and see for myself whether it suits my reading sensibilities. I
read “Jagyaseni” by Pratibha Ray a few years back, over a span of several
months. It is a retelling of Mahabharata from Draupadi’s perspective, which
brings about her inner turmoils, confusions, decisions, desires and dreams,
really well. It was the first Odia novel I ever read. Three days back, I
completed reading my second novel in Odia, coincidentally it is by the same
author. “Punyatoya” - literally it means the river, or ‘as pure as the river’.
It is also the name of a revered river in Indian mythology. The book has been
translated into Hindi with the same title, with the tagline “the story of a
village girl Meghi”. Other translated versions are in Marathi and Malayalam. The story follows a
young girl named Barsha, dearly called Meghi at…
One Friday evening, as I was feeling a bit lonely and homesick with nothing much to do, not even strolling on the terrace viewing the ever so beautiful mountains since it was raining hard- thus it also contributing to my gloomy mood, I decided to watch Before Sunrise. Yes, once again. A first for me. I rarely re-watch a movie. Yearning for a light-hearted yet meaningful conversation this was the best choice I had. My hostel mates were out in the city and all the people I called up were busy. Luck by chance. Thanks to the superb uninterrupted internet connection I had a great 1 hour 40 minutes that evening.
"Experiencing the otherworldly. When morning comes, we would all turn into pumpkins."
Even though it sounds like a cliche today, unplanned trips, adventures in life, serendipity and providence are romantic. Before Sunrise has all of these, when strangers indulge in light conversations, grow intrigued about each other's lives, and spend time in each other's company …