Reasons to be happy – (3)!

Some assorted incidents, occasions and reasons for happiness that I experienced over the weekend!

 1.    A thought – Living in the present

 Happened to come across a beautiful quote by Lao Tzu:

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.

If you are anxious you are living in the future.

If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

Led to me think where exactly I am placed now. I think I am somewhere between the past and the future but not exactly in the present. I may not be depressed nor anxious but not at peace with myself. Only if I knew what it takes for me to reach the present!

 2.    Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet XVII

 I happened to read Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet XVII: I do not love you as if you were brine-rose, topaz by….and I loved it. I am gearing up to order one of his collections through Flip Kart unless someone reading my virtual world is planning to gift me one.

3.    Annayum Rasoolum

The movie which was written off by the ‘critics’ for its length and  editing won the award for the best editing.  Mr B. Ajith Kumar won the award for the Best Editor at the Kerala State Film Award! I do feel that the ‘critics’ should have a re- look at the reasoning!

Good news: Flip Kart is letting you download the entire music album of the movie for free until March 3, 2012 ! Tripping on this one – Vazhivakkil since morning! The good/ bad habit of listening to the same song for the whole day has re-surfaced!

4.    The dear friend and the golf course

I happened to stay over at a very dear friend’s place which overlooks a golf course. It was interesting to watch the gentleman game for the first five minutes. Post the same the greenery and the cool breeze enticed me more 🙂

Out of curiosity I went on to Google why it is called ‘gentleman’s game’ and the first link in Google game me a logical explanation – “….because nobody fight over the ball, as each one has his own, unlike soccer and definitely not very violent like American football, where loads of people hitting each other for one ball….” True but not sure if it is the right reason!

I have plans to read on the game online and understand how it works. I shall be visiting the dear friend post that to sit on her window, sip a ‘chai’ and watch the game!

5.    Vandanam

I was watching ‘Vandanam’ on Asianet Movies yesterday -one of my favourite movies of Mohanlal. The way emotions has been dealt in the movie is beautiful – be it romance, comedy or grief. If one manages to re-create the same emotions we will have the era of cult Malayalam movies all over once again!

6.    Variety

A good friend who follows my blog religiously defined my blog in three works ‘Mumbai’, ‘Fort Kochi’ and ‘current craze –period’! Taking cue from that I have consciously decided to write on other topics. Though I cannot guarantee not writing about the above three!

7.    Words of Appreciation

So the ‘real writer’ of the movie- Mr. Shanker Ramakrishnan liked my review of Mr. Preman – the ‘ reel writer’ of Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla and wrote to me Just sharing the excitement!

8.    Food

This weekend I got to relish excellent food. Saturday afternoon was spent at Sunny’s Restaurant having a nice Kerala meal with ‘Karimeen fry’, followed by a simple delicious dinner of ‘rasam’ and ‘rice’ at the close friend’s place. Sunday morning was evening more special because of the lovely ‘ dosas’ made by the close friend coupled up with the ‘mulaka podi’ purchased from our very own Madras Café. What more do you need. I was truly ‘living in the present’ and relishing every bit of it !

I guess I should re-visit point no.1?!

Sonnet XVII: I do not love you as if you were brine-rose, topaz by Pablo Neruda

Loved this one!

“…I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep….”

                                                           Pablo Neruda


I like! Part III – Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla (Subject in scrutiny)

[Disclaimer: The post intents to highlight only those aspects I liked about the ‘subject in scrutiny’. I truly believe that I am not competent enough to criticize or point out any flaws of the creator’s vision. Writing off a creative piece which took hundreds of days to take its final form in five minutes is something I don’t stand for. My opinions can be extremely partial if the subject in question has any connection to any person or emotion or thought that is close to me. So welcome to the opinion of the blogger on the subject in scrutiny.]

The third in this series after (i) and (ii).

Not that I did not watch any movie between the second in this series – Annayum Rasoolum and this one. I did not like any and hence no comments!

The most obvious reason for going for the movie was the presence of current craze – period and that too in two different roles – a double whammy for his fans! The expectations from him were sky rocketing because of his excellent performances in Chappa Kurushu, 22 F Kottayam and the very best of all – Annayum Rasoolum.

After watchin Kerala Café and Urumi written by Shankar Ramakrishnan I did want to watch something different from him.

It’s the first time I was watching a V. K Prakash movie and I hence I did not have any work to compare to. I guess that helps you establish an independent opinion. He did not have to shoulder the high expectations like the current craze – period or the writer!

Back to the movie:

The movie revolves a writer cum care taker of a flat – Preman (Fahadh Faasil) and the character he creates – Narendran (Fahadh Faasil). The story focusses on Preman’s life and the way he uses Narendran to vent out his frustrations, revenge and emotions. Though the subject may sound philosophical and complex it has been presented in a whacky and hilarious way.

The best part about the movie is that it has a lot to offer for all section of the people. These are some among the many that the movie has to offer:

For some, the way writer/director has tried to depict the power of art/ creative writing through the life of a common man will be the high point of the movie. Such a strong topic has been dealt in a simple manner. Narendran is somewhere trying to establish his own identity through the character he creates. He uses the character to influence and changes the lives of people around him. Well truly, the power of creative writing! NOCM to me is a movie which has attempted to bring about a different way of expressing cinema with a lot of changes in the existing format. Many movies may have tried this experiment, the difference in this movie is that it has also tried to maintain a mass appeal. Kudos to the director/writer for taking the risk because many a times this limits the audience for such work! This for me is the best of the works that I have seen of Shankar Ramakrishnan and I have decided to watch other V. K. Prakash movies!

For some the method of using the art of writing to vent out his frustration may be interesting and relatable. I truly relate to it. I tend to express my emotions in a better manner when I write! Preman lets the character he creates do all that which he wants to do !

For some the conflict between Preman and Narendran (the character he creates) will be a treat to watch. Those scenes where the character (Narendran) goes out of the hands of the writer(Preman) and the way he brings the character back to the format is simply amazing!

For some the whacky, unadulterated, meaningful jokes can be interesting. Love the digs taken at a lot of actors, directors. And in true sportsman spirit the director has taken a dig at himself!

For some the innocently cunning, witty and frustrated Preman will be applealing.I truly enjoyed watching Preman especially the way he laughs and the way he runs. You can watch the movie just for those master strokes!

For some the stylish, handsome will be Narendran will be the one stealing the hearts. The comedy, romance, villanism that Preman had etched out for Narendran has been executed beautifully.

All movie lovers can take home what they liked in the movie! In fact the director/ writer has given you current craze –period in two different forms in the same movie! Pick the one you like  🙂

The movie is an out-and-out Fahadh Fazil movie. It takes great courage to display two characters with so much of difference in the same movie. A slight similarity in the mannerism would have spoilt the characters. The sky rocketing expectations has gone way higher!

If you ask me one thing I truly loved in the movie, it will be the way Preman runs in the movie – be it when he runs after his mother drops him at the polytechnic or when he hears Prabha screaming for the first time in the movie!

I went for the movie with a non – malayalee friend. I fooled her into coming with me for the movie under the pretext that it will have English subtitles. She was sweet enough to come though she knew I was lying! She did understand the movie here and there since she knows Tamil though she would have enjoyed it more had there been English subtitles.

Now when I think of it – it will take a lot of effort to translate those lovely dialogues into English without losing the flavour. Nevertheless she loved Narendran and Preman with 10 points more for Preman!She liked Fahad Fazil’s acting and has requested me for a DVD of Annayum Rassolum. Another fan in the making – after all he is the current craze –period!

I am not a movie buff, even then I loved the  movie for all these reasons or for the numerous reasons things that I haven’t written about! Watch this one for Fahad Fazil (the actor), V. K. Prakash( the director) and  Shankar Ramakrishnan (the writer).

P.S  : My second disclaimer of asking you to bear with my spelling mistakes and lack of reading ‘Wren and Martin’ remains!

One down!



A – a cleanliness freak;
B – one who manages to adjust with and helps A;
C – one who hardly contributed anything to the cleaning process of A;
D – one who persistently created more work for A.

For the past two years the four were inseparable. They bonded over various matters. A& D bonded over fashion and brands. A& B bonded over food. A& C bonded over lack of money and lots of sleep.

A was the partner in crime for B- be it to hog on junk food, go partying, do massive shopping or watch horror movies.

A stood by C in times of need. They teamed up against B and D for watching soap serials.

A helps D de -clutter – be it be her mind or her cupboard!

Yes – the post  is about A.

The reason for the post is because the A has bid adieu to the City of Dreams. The happy bit is that she has left for good and to pursue her dreams.

On behalf of B, C & D,  I wish A all the best in her life. Keep cleaning wherever you go!

We will miss you.

P.S : Though not connected with A in any way – I had to write this. Current craze – period won the Vanitha Film Award for the Best Actor :). He is indeed here TO STAY!

I wonder why?!

I wonder why the sad versions of many beautiful songs appeal to me more than the happy version. Here are some of them which falls in my all time favourite list!

(i) Yamunai Aatrile – Dalapathi

(ii) Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

(iii) Netru Ilatha matram – Pudhiya Mugam


Disclaimer: I have no intention of making this virtual world into a playlist of my favourite songs !




Reasons to be happy – (2)!

As I always start the posts in this series – Ideally one shouldn’t need reasons to stay happy in life! But at times some incidents give you that extra dose of happiness  Mine are as follows:

 I am finally going home for a 10 whole days in the month of March. That seems like a long vacation and after a very long time. I plan to do a lot of things during the trip. Some of them being –

(i) Trip to my Alma Mater –  Thanks to Annayum Rasoolum for bringing Fort Cochin back in to my life. From the moment I saw the little girl in the uniform of the Delta Study , I am wanting to go to my alma mater and just be there!

(ii) Read Malayalam novels – I have decided to start reading Malayalam novels. I read the translated version of ‘Khasakkinte Itihasam’ and realised that I am not doing justice to the great authors if I do not read it in Malayalam. I can always order it online – but going to DC book store, spending some time and picking the books is  something that I will always enjoy.

(iii) (Kayikka’s) Rahmuthala Hotel – New Road, Mattancherry – I want to go and eat my fair share of biriyani! It has been really long.

(iv) Old Harbour House Fort Kochi – This is one place I want to  take my parents out for a dinner. Fort Cochin is one place that has given us some beautiful and lovely memories. Want to re-live them once again with family.

The most important of all – spend time with mamma and daddy 🙂 . The countdown begins for March 23, 2013!