Monday, December 17, 2007

Hooked on Tumse hi....

I picked up a few books by A.J. Cronin last month.... and some of them turned out to be really good.
  1. The Keys of the Kingdom: This was a great read, loved the way he protrayed the faith and belief of a humble priest, Fr. Francis Chisolm. Fr. Chisolm is sent as a missionary to China, cause his way of thinking was unlike the other priests of his time. He was unconventional, he believed that God was the same... whatever name you use to call Him by. His attitude towards the protestant missionaries was rather nice too, he welcomed them instead of shunning their ways. I sent a copy of this book to my parish priest cause he seems to be facing the same kind of oppositions and obstacles any priest faces with a few parishners rooted in self righteous behaviour and a puffed up opinion of themselves.
  2. Adventures of a black bag: This was a pretty good book too, it's a collection of short stories in the life of a certain Dr. Finlay. (A.J.Cronin is a doctor by profession and he gave up his medical career to concentrate on his writing.) It was pretty cute the way Dr. Finlay falls for nurse Angus. The dedication and temperament of the good doctor was endearing. This one sentence in the book was so funny, it stuck with me, "As though his cup of wretchedness was not already overflowing, he had to deal with this little problem too."
  3. The Citadel: This is a story about a doctor who starts his career treating patients in a small mining village and then slowly moves to the big city of London in search of a better job. He ends up losing the very values he fought with his entire being, just to please a few high end folks. Very good book... liked the way the doctor gets swept away by the will to succeed and how he later pays for it terribly.
  4. Shannon's day: This was an okay book... nothing great. It was kinda dull at places, t'was about this young doctor who wanted to do his research more than anything else in the world, but something happened to him that hindered his progress, he happened to fall in love. Not worth reading.....
  5. Song of Six pence: This was so bad, I don't even remember what it's about.......
Anyway coming to movies, I saw this amazing hindi movie a few days back, Jab we met.... and loved it. It was surprisingly nice.... like one of those 'feel good' romantic flicks. Here's a song from that movie.... and now these lines are stuck in my head : "Mein kahin bhi jata hoon, Tumse hi mil jata hoon"

Saw this movie too, Giant and it was long... but nice. Elizabeth Taylor, looks the same when she is 20, 40, and 60.... slim and attractive, even after giving birth to three children. That's happily ever after for you.....

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Grown Up Christmas List.....

Heard this song by Amy Grant today.... can't get it out of my head now.

Do you remember me
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies

Well I'm all grown-up now
And still need help somehow
I'm not a child
But my heart still can dream

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list

As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely
Wrapped beneath our tree

Well heaven surely knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal a hurting human soul