Thursday, March 20, 2008


My eyes are aching and all I want to do right now is to shut down the system, take out my book; 'Teacher Man' by Frank McCourt and read it. I wonder why this office can't give us a day off for Good Friday, anyway thanks to them I can atleast attend an hour's benediction in St. Thomas Basilica, which is quite near my office. I am looking forward to that cause I love this church, its pretty ancient and it is built over the tomb of St.Thomas. It is one of three churches in the world to be built over the tomb of an apostle of Christ. The other two churches built over the tomb of an apostle are St. Peter's Basilica at Rome, Italy and the Saint James the great at Santiago,
Spain Santiago de Compostela.

Easter is pretty low-key this year, I guess it's because I am here in Madras. At my place things would be rather hectic now. We would be busy with choir practice, decorating the church and organising things for the Easter Vigil. Anyway, let's see how Easter is celebrated here.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

6 pm come soooooooon!

So here I am sitting in office on a Saturday and wondering what to do…. I don’t mind sitting here though, everybody is so relaxed and nobody ever works, or maybe they do work, only it doesn’t seem like that. It’s actually quiet and peaceful; I guess everybody is pretending to work… like me. I have a huge list in my head about the things I want to do tomorrow, and going to the library tops that list. I just finished reading “Circle of Friends” by Maeve Binchy and I loved it. It’s a story about two girls who grow up together in a convent school and when its time to go to university in the big town of Dublin, they discover gradually that they can depend on each other and their convent school upbringing to see them through the trying times. It was beautifully written, and it struck so close to home.
I picked up another M&B book along with this Binchy book and I am going to return it tomorrow without bothering to complete it. I read the first few pages and I wanted to find that author and ask her if they actually paid her money to write crap like this. I don’t know how such books get published…. Anyway, I could do better by picking up a comic book next time; at least they don’t assault the senses.
A few funny quotes I collected over the week.....
“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
George Bernard Shaw

All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.
George Bernard Shaw

Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
George Bernard Shaw

An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
George Bernard Shaw

I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence.
George Bernard Shaw

I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.
George Bernard Shaw

When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.”
Mark Twain

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

"Everything in life has a beautiful ending... If it isn’t beautiful, then be sure its still not the ending..."

A few good movies I saw last month.....

The Shawshank Redemption: The movie is actually based on a book by Stephen King called "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption". I read this book long back in college, and I remember that the concluding was stunning. The movie captures it beautifully.... I liked the book, it was about hope, a hope so strong and powerful, it makes you capable of facing any adversity. This sentence that Andy Dufresne (the protagonist played by Tim Robbins) says in the movie, kinda stuck with me; "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies".

Taare Zameen Par: I saw this movie when Vinod had come down to Madras, I wasn't expecting anything great, cause let's face it... hindi movies aren't all that good. Anyway, this movie turned out to be awesome. I mean it wasn't just songs or dance or fights.... it was meaningful. The songs were well placed, they actually formed part of the story. It was pretty neat the way they used songs to convey the child's state of mind or the mother's distress. And the songs are wonderful too.... these are the only songs Tonio and I listen to without arguing. (Otherwise he wants to play his collection of Cd's , and I want to listen to country songs....)

The Nativity Story: I saved the best movie for last. This movie was brilliant, I shall let the trailer speak for itself.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Not again......

Nameeta my tv guide is here in town, so naturally she got me hooked onto Grey's Anatomy again. I had enough trouble unhooking myself from it the last season. I got so sucked into the life of Meredith Grey and that atrociously handsome Dr. Derek Shepherd, I used to go around feeling so sorry for Meredith and hating Derek for what he did to her and then falling in love with Derek all over again when he too strived to hold on to his marriage of 11 years while still being in love with Meredith. By the middle of season two I was too much into hating Derek one week and then loving him the next... that I couldn't stand it anymore, I had to wean myself away from that show. So this Saturday when Nameeta said, "Hey guess what's coming on TV tomorrow.... the new season of Grey's Anatomy", I knew there was nothing I could do. I saw it this Sunday and I'm back to hating him and loving Dr. Shepherd all over again..... well, here he is.....
Dr. Derek Shepherd
And here's the girl whose heart he broke once... and he seems to keep doing it again.

Here is one of Meredith's lines from the show:
This is what she tells Derek when he has to choose between his wife and her....
"Okay, here it is, your choice... it's simple, her or me, and I'm sure she is really great. But Derek, I love you, in a really, really big pretend to like your taste in music, let you eat the last piece of cheesecake, hold a radio over my head outside your window, unfortunate way that makes me hate you, love you. So pick me, choose me, love me."
And this is what Derek tells his wife....
"Christmas makes you want to be with people you love. I'm not saying this to hurt you, or because I want to leave you, because I don't. Meredith wasn't a fling. She wasn't revenge. I fell in love with her. That doesn't go away because I decided to stay with you."

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Best of Both Worlds

A glance at the last couple of months that flew by.

It started off with the waiting... the waiting to meet my family & the cousins in Bombay. Tonio made the wait unbearable by coming up with lines like "Don't waste time packing, the tickets are not confirmed yet" or "I lost the air tickets, so you can forget about going to Bombay"... stuff like that. After reaching Bombay I went to a lot of places, met a lot of people but one incident 'bout the whole wedding activity that stands out the most is the time I spent with the bridesmaids, Sheena and Megha on the day of the wedding. We went to get our hair done and to pick up the bridal bouquet, en route we stoped at this place called Candies to pick up something to eat. There everything looked so good, we picked up quite a lot. I won't ever forget those sandwiches, brownies, cold salad and the rest of the stuff... they were perfect. If there is a banquet in heaven I am sure this is the kind of food they serve there. So anyway, the bride is at home in a frenzy... getting her makeup done & worrying 'bout everything a bride worries about while her breidesmaid's and me were munching on food like there was all the time in the world. I mean were were supposed to get ready, get our makeup done & pick up the bouquet... but at that moment, there was nobody more calmer and more at peace with the world, than we were with our food from Candies. Anyway, take a look at the bridal couple.....
It was the best wedding I had ever been to. There was a whole lot of dancing & good food & the usual dose of relatives who recognise you by the resemblance you bear to either of your parents. I have actually come to like all these "relative" moments, it's a comfort knowing some things never change. Here are the cousins... each one is a wonder.
The day after the wedding we flew back home to celebrate the most wonderful holiday of the year. My sister, Nameeta did a good job of decorating the house, she actually surpassed me. Christmas was a little crazy this time, there were too many events to attend, I hardly had time to spend at home. We landed on the 23rd and that evening was spent setting up the crib at home. This is the crib at Chennai home.
On the 24th we had choir practice and later we stayed back to set up the crib and the christmas tree in church. The midnight mass was nice, we sang "Zion's Daughter" and it felt great. After mass, we didn't feel like going home, so we sang more carols.....
On the 25th I had to go to school to finish up some year end reports. It was good to see the sisters, but the kids were on holiday. Its been 6 months now since I last saw them, I do hope to see them all again in March. The next day I went to the farm house with the guys and that's a pretty neat place to unwind.
My brother vinod.....
The guys decided to have beer while soaking in the sun... that's priyanka with her kingfisher pose.

On the 27th was Ferni's (one of my oldest friend's from school) wedding and
Sajeeve's (a notoriously smart cousin) engagement.
On the 28th was Sajeeve's wedding, and 29th I had to leave home and travel to Kerala to attend Arun's (Tonio's brother) engagement. We got back to Chenai on the 31st to celebrate new year's .....and thus ended a rather great year.
Rest in the next post.