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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Vinod Khanna

70 is too young to die, man!
I was a little too young to remember the beginning of Vinod Khanna's journey in movies but I grew up watching him in his different avatars in movies of various genres.
For me personally, there  were and are only three MEN in Hindi cinema: Sunil Dutt,Vinod Khanna and Dharmender. None before and none after qualify to be the quintessential macho man. No 6-pack/8-pack nonsense with these men. These were men, tall, good looking with great, firm bodies: physiques that would set many a heart aflutter. Girls swore by Khanna's handsomeness.
I read recently about a journalist writing about how he never got his due. This is oh-so-wrong! Through my teenage years I remember the close rivalry between Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna so well. Both were at the peaks of their career. And Vinod Khanna acted in many movies reveling in the fame and adulation they brought. So it is not right to say that he wasn't appreciated. His stardom was perhaps second only to Rajesh Khanna's.
It was then that, breaking crores of hearts, he quit everything to join Osho, his spiritual guru. I remember that so well. We were all so disheartened, unable to understand his decision, about how someone can just throw away everything like that in pursuit of spiritual fulfillment.

What is this handsome hunk doing in the garb of a sanyasi?
But later, when I grew a little older I understood how courageous one needs to be to follow one's heart.
This action, in tandem with Rajesh Khanna's declining stardom, left the field clear for the rise of Amitabh Bachchan and many of his mediocre angry-young-man movies.
He was a young 35-year old in 1982 when he quit films. At an age when people are poised for greater things in life, he so easily gave up everything! After the 5-year hiatus, the comeback was never the same. Five years is a big time in one's career, more so in films where an actor has a limited shelf life. Despite not finding his niche back, he worked and kept working till his death. He is said to be one of the most dignified and professional people on sets.
His death, a little too soon at 70, may not have been painless but at least he lived the life of his choice.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mann mein doosara laddoo phoota?!

Kismet...what else can describe today's incident?
I had to attend to some work at the bank and I was putting it off for some time. The super-hot sun blazing away at 43° makes sure I confine myself to the cool interiors most of the time.
But then I went today as I had to get this work done. There was a queue and I decided to check the attached ATM meanwhile...rather reluctantly and with a certainty that there will be, as usual, no cash.
Since 8th November 2016, this has been the fate of the common man...running from ATM to ATM hoping to lay hands on some cash.
The ATMs are once again drying up after a short period of availability a month ago. Ironically, I haven't been able to draw money from the ATM of this bank (which is my main account) since November. And therefore, when I tried, I tried with really very little hope. And lo and behold! There was cash!
I typed 5500. It rejected suggesting that I draw 4000/- . The usual story, I thought...dispensing 2 two thousand rupee notes. Sigh! With the no-cash-no-change dictum presently in India, I despaired thinking of how to pay my tailor today.
I tried at another machine hoping to get 500 rupee notes. It rejected again with a suggestion of drawing 4000/ . With no other go, I typed in 4000 and guess what? I got 40 x Rs.100 notes! Can you believe that? For the first time, no 2000s or 500s but the whole of 4000 in 100s!
While I was smiling away gloriously, this guy standing at the next machine was muttering...'getting 100s only, want 2000 rupee notes.'
Man mein doosara laddu phoota! I was carrying the only cash I had at home...a 2000 rupee note and offered it to him. I watched with a gluttonous rapture as he counted, 1...2...3...4...20 of the limited edition. I wish I had another 2000 to exchange for that bundle of 20 x 100s that he was holding!

Am I not rich...rich...rich today?! 6000 rupees of spendable money in hand!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Daily tit-bits: April 2017

17th April
Bought the first huge ripe mango of the season.
Discovered that Revanth is a Brahmin and Rohith isnt! Surprising. I thought it was vice-versa.

18th
Started watching a serial again! "Karle tu bhi mohabbat". Again my favorite jodi, Ram and Sakshi
What is this weather? 45 degrees...feels like 41! So hot, so soon. May is still waiting to happen.
When in Toronto we had temperatures like 5 degrees, feels like 0!

Of a crazy total of 7.5 mg of Glimepride per day, knocked off 4 mg today as the tablet got over and I could not replace it in time, The surprising effect is, I feel so normal today. No weakness...nothing! Realized that it is taking of all those medicines that were effecting me all these days. 3 months of weakness...just gone like that! Need to concentrate more on yoga and exercises now. Need to do it unfailingly and reduce dependence on medicines to as far an extent as possible. Yes, I can do it!

19th
Went to the bank today. I went at 11ish hoping to reach home by 12. But the queues inside made me wait till 1pm and when I came out, the scooty handles and the seat had heated up so much that it was very tough holding them and driving back.
Heat alert on in Hyderabad for the next three days! The summer has set in early this year

22nd
Gave dress to tailor on 4th and yet to receive it from her. She has made a mess of the dress and moreover takes three weeks to deliver. I don't think I should go to Devi tailor any more. Meanwhile, luckily gave another dress to Jawed and he has not only done it on time without any calls/reminders but redid it also within a day's time. At least one dress is ready for the birthday! Happy me!
Watched just the three free episodes of "kalre tu bhi mohabbat". After that it is paid episodes. Did Ekta kapoor actually think people will PAY and watch serials?! Crazy! Who would? This idea of webisodes may not work.
Started a total of 5.5 mg of Glimepride for last two days with 1500 mg of Metformin and this combination seems to be working fine. Don't feel that weakness. Need to test now to see if it is also helping control blood sugar,

24th
Saw Saheb, Biwi aur Ganster Returns (2013). If the sequel could be so intriguing, I wonder what part1 would have been like.Plot within plot, unpredictable twists ad turns and a surprise ending. What power-house performances! Now, can't wait to watch the first part.
To offset that movie watched a thoroughly commercial flick, Telugu movie Temper (2015). Enjoyed the loud, melodramatic, dishoom-dishoom,heroine-not needed kind of movie. Entertaining to the core :)
Also caught Begum Jaan. Groan! What melodramatic OTT performances! Gosh! The film had such potential. May seem cruel to say this but Vidya Balan,time to take a break, lady! Come back in a new avataar.

25th
My Birthday! Started celebrating it again about 5 years back after a long hiatus.
Searched a lot for which restaurant to visit. As I eat out rarely, I always try and visit a new one but this time I didnt want to risk going to a bad one on my birthday and opted for a known one. Visited Exotica on Banjara Hills. Indian cuisine. No item was bad though there was not a great range. But it is okay. I can anyway just have a bite of each of the items. Post-lunch I allowed myself to walk through the little space in the outside dining section enjoying what little natural ambiance is allowed in the space the size of your hand! Tummy and mind full, I went to GVK mall, planning to do some window shopping till my next place of visit . Tried a few clothes and without a plan to, bought a top. I never spend more than 1000-1500 on a dress for myself but this time ended up buying a top weighing about 10 gms (exaggerating, of course) for 1600..the max I spent on a dress for myself!
My next destination was La Makaan. Wanted to visit this place for a very long time and finally had the opportunity to. I walked the 350 meters to La Makaan from GVK and found it exactly as I had imagined it to be. GVK mall had the teas and coffees going for the usual prices of 150-180 etc. La Makaan offered the same for 10/- and the taste was just awesome! I had heard the samosas there were great and when I went to buy, I found why. The cook there was an Oriya guy and brought the taste of Orissa to them. Bought two at 5/- apiece. As I bit into it, the forgotten tastes of Orissa hit my taste buds. Awesome! Then I went down to the open space which hosts events. There were some plastic chairs and tables strewn around. People were sitting around chatting. But there was an atmosphere...if you understand...something that said this is where the creative juices flow...of people who think from heart.
Not happy about being alone there, I joined a couple of men chatting among themselves and discovered that both of them were associated with films: one a writer and the other an editor. Had a long chat with them and discovered many interesting things about behind the screens' happenings. Meanwhile, we were joined by an aspiring actor too...adding another angle to the behind the screens happening in films.
Even with nothing to do there, I found the place so enrapturing. Ideal to go to with a close friend, let your hair down as you gulp down those awesome samosas and chai.
Doing all that I planned to do and more left me with a very serene feeling. Was happy, happy at the end of it all.

26th
Had wiped the top of the old fridge which was gathering dust lying in a corner of the house. I had forgotten all about my dust allergy and had suffered the whole night without sleep as I was hit with a very bad cold. Despite that, I had to go and buy mangoes for pickle preparation.
Discovered after going to Monda market that it was amavasya, a time when the market would not have many sellers and so bought from one of the two vendors selling mangoes.
Doing it alone, it took me two hours to wipe and clean each piece and remove the plastic sheet kind of layer from the inside of each piece. This made me sleep quite late in the night. But the cold having abated (after making me suffer for two consecutive nights), I slept well today.

27th
Have been feeling weak since morning. All I managed to do was to get up and make the pickle. Have put it in a big dabba, After three days, need to stir it again and store it away in the big ceramic jar till next April.

28th
Learned the trick to ironing clothes properly. When I see my sis in law ironing so many clothes of the entire family, I thought, could I not do just the few I have? Learned to wet them well , roll them and keep it aside for some time. When all layers are damp, iron them. And they come out quite stiff and nice...unlike last week's attempt at wetting and ironing them instantly. Also proud that I had the sense to put a cloth over the tens of teeny-weeny mirrors stuck on the dress...taking care not to burn them like the isthriwla had done some time back.
Watched Kanjeevaram (Tamil) movie. I know that the story and the actors within are fantastic but it is definitely not a mood lifter, especially with its pessimistic end :(
29th
Went out today at 11.45 as it was a little cloudy but it took about an hour to come back. After lunch, when I got onto bed, discovered that the cold had returned again! Was it because I went outdoors and got exposed to dust again? Had worn the mask though...Finally, got the blue dress given for stitching on the 4th of April. Had wanted to wear it for the birthday...ended up wearing something else!
Second salary from the new company I joined got credited! Happy me :)