Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Poetry Attempt...

Was a bit bored one day at work, and the weather outside was so nice, makes you wish you were out there in the open, under the sun, near the waves... my office is located quite close to the sea, and the sea with all its colors is deeply fascinating. Anyway, the sea that day was calm and beautiful when all of a sudden, it's colors started changing, it took on this grayish hue and the sky started darkening... and then it was pure chaos. The winds started chasing the waves, the sky above was bellowing at them both, and the clouds started pouring out it's fury (it rained...)
Anyway, I was watching all this and that's why the attempt at poetry....

View at Work

The dazzling blue sky entrances
The glimmering surface below it
Lulls it to a peaceful cozy dream
That sparkles & kisses the shore.
The rumbling ends this romance
As the waves begin to dance & flit
Provoking the winds to scream
Thereby creating earth's musical score.
Eventually the ripples appear to tease,
And the colors are back to please...

This I actually wrote when I was in the 9th std. (by wrote I mean, I came up with the first six lines in the 9th Std.) Our English teacher, her name was Pressy... she told us to try our hand at writing a poem, and we had to submit it to her at the end of the day. Anyway the next day she said that she had gone through the poems and she found a few that were nice, and that she was gonna read them out to us. Whoever wrote that poem would get an additional mark in the upcoming mid term English paper. And then she proceeded to read my poem... you can imagine my surprise.
Anyway, I came up with the rest of the poem while I was working at the special school. The organization was coming out with a newsletter and they were collecting articles from all the various branches. Mother (Sr. Magdalene) wanted me to submit something on behalf of the school, so I added a few lines to the poem and sent it, and yeah.. they published it. So here it is...
Wonderful Nature
Oh! I admire the wonderful nature
And the beautiful pasture
How sweet the flower's smell,
And the distant ringing of the church bells.
The trees grow to touch the sky
I wish I could fly!
The birds chirping sounds
And the sweet melody of the wind's song
The sparkling brook trickling over pebbles
Or the orchards brimming with colourful edibles
The deafening peals of thunder
Often in the mind of a child, still lingers
The soft fur of the dog lying beside me
The golden honey collected by the bees
The shifting images of fluffy clouds
A shepherd herding his sheep, aloud
All these things and more are a wonder
To the person who stops to ponder.
P.S: I still have that scrap of paper where I first wrote this poem... it felt good to know that the teacher liked it. Anyway, they were a nice bunch... the teachers who taught me in the convent school. They all still remember me and my very popular sister, Nameeta... they sure helped 'build' me and I will always be grateful to each and every one of them.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Choir party...

The choir gang back home had a party on August 15th and looks like they had a lot of fun. I miss being part of that choir, it was fun practising every Saturday and trying to make an impression on Sunday's. Here are a few pictures of the fun gang... the gang I miss....
They are playing musical chairs.... here
Grandma cutting the cake....
Kudos to them, for Staying Alive and I hope they flourish and don't let go of their youthful zest.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Movies I've seen over the past few months..

Cinema Paradiso: Now this is an interesting Italian movie. It’s set in a small quaint little town in Italy and it tells the story of a little boy and his passion for the movies… and how he grows up to become a famous director. Salvatore the mischievous little boy befriends Alfredo (the town’s projectionist) and before long the two of them become inseparable. Alfredo becomes sort of like a father figure to Salvatore and gives him advice (dialogues from movies) from time to time. Anyway, so Salvatore grows up into this deadly handsome guy and falls in love with a girl… and circumstances cause Alfredo to lie to Salvatore about this girl. Salvatore believing the girl no longer cares for him is convinced by Alfredo to leave the town and make something of himself. As decades pass, we hear of Alfredo’s death, which causes Salvatore to return home and what follows next is heartbreaking. Salvatore learns that Alfredo lied to him, but you can’t really blame the dead old guy because he loved Salvatore like a son and wanted to see him become something… and staying in that town would only limit Salvatore’s talents. Eventually Salvatore comes to realize that the man he loved, the man he trusted, the man he looked up to was the cause of the greatest love, the greatest happiness and the greatest pain in Salvatore’s life. Bittersweet ending…
The Holiday : I liked this movie too… and everybody was nicely cast. Kate Winslet’s little house in Surrey England was so cute, so was Jude law… he looked dashing. All in all a fun movie to watch when you are a wee bit down or when you are in a mood to watch something romantic.
Bonneville: This was okay, not that great… about a recently widowed women and how she embarks on a road trip with her two friends to scatter the ashes of her husband.
Silk: This was okay too… nothing great. About a silk worm trader and how a trip to Japan changes his life. He becomes obsessed with a Japanese woman and he can’t seem to get her out of his head in spite of being married to a very pretty lady who loves him (Keira Knightly)
Citizen Kane: Man, this was one boring movie. I only bought it because it has been hailed as a brilliant movie and all that nonsense. It was really downright boring… dead slow, and I wanted to strangle all those critics who made such a huge deal out of it.
Kite Runner: This wasn’t that great either. It is actually a novel by the Afghan author Khaled Hosseini. It’s about the war and the Taliban and betrayal and guilt… boring….
The Killing Floor: Now, this was something else… Tonio watched it and was behind me to watch it too. It’s about this literary agent (rather cute) who is arrogant, obnoxious and so full of himself that he hurts other people’s feelings by rudely ignoring their manuscripts. One such ignored person wants to take revenge on him… and it is spooky.
Hercules: Saw this Disney movie recently and it was nice, especially the song “I won’t say I'm in love
Awake: This movie was kinda okay too… the guy is actually conscious &aware during his heart transplant surgery and his subconsciousness roams around while people are trying to kill him.
Kung Fu Panda: Saw this in the theater and it was okay, not bad… more for kids though, childish kinda humour.. The way people were talking about it, I was expecting something along the lines of ‘Shrek’ or ‘Ice Age’. This was a disappointment that way, it was more juvenile in nature.
Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian: This was interesting, I read the first book online... I still remember the Aslan chant
Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more
When he bears his teeth, winter meets its death

And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.
I didn't read the second book yet but the movie was engrossing enough. Aslan gives the kids some time to cope with responsibilities before showing up... Prince Caspian was nice enough, a sturdy lad with wavy hair. But the two kids Peter and Susan won't turn up again in the rest of the series, apparently they have learnt all that they need to know so they don't have to return to Narnia any more. I wish the same had happened to Harry so that he wouldn't have appeared in all the seven books and whined away to glory about being the chosen one.
1408: Now this is a movie I really really like... it's based on a story by Stephen King. It's nice in the sense that there's no blood and gore and all that stuff, it scares you by playing with your mind. John Cusack plays Mike Enslin the author who writes books bout haunted places and ghosts... he tries to refute such theories by staying at these spooky places for a night. One day, Mike receives a postcard with a hotel's name and the number 1408 on it. Mike decides to look into the matter and he ends up checking into the dreaded room 1408. The rest of the movie centers round Mike and his ordeals in room 1408... there are two alternate endings to the movie. In one, the evil rampant in 1408 eventually conquers Mike and in the other ending, Mike triumphs over the mind encompassing evil and destroys it. I loved John Cusack in Serendipity and he has done a good job here too.
One of my twin brother's, Vinod has started his own blog (probably influenced by me), and you can see it here.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Strangers in the night....

Yesterday was nice, Tonio had the evening shift, so I had the chance to catch up with me... I always enjoy my company. I listened to some of my old cd's and was amazed at my own wonderful taste in music... sang and danced and it's a pity Nameeta wasn't there, she would have taught me some new moves. Anyway, then sat around with old bits and pieces of newspaper clippings to stick in my scrapbook, watched a few Disney music videos which took me back to another era... those wistful days of the glass slipper, the beautiful gowns, the awesome music, the handsome prince's, the spirited princesses, the kiss at the end... Sigh... you never seem to grow out of some things...
Then read a rather cute M&B, called "Mistletoe Kiss" by Betty Neels. And ended the day with custard & brownie... so it was a close enough to perfect Sunday.

Back at work now listening to "What a wonderful world" by Louis Armstrong....