Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Lion hearted captain and his cubs...

I am so glad for Dhoni and the boys in yellow, they came out roaring when it mattered the most! I was so happy for our captain, I was happy to see him smiling and modestly brushing aside comments (regarding the strategic placing of Hayden in the 19th over) saying 'It's no rocket science'. I could have hugged him for his demeanor and charming attitude... and when he said something like I can't wait to lift the cup I felt my heart swelling with joy. You gotta love our captain Dhoni; his grit, his determination, his nerves of steel, his gut feeling and above all his street smartness is what makes him indomitable. He's one of kind and he's awesome... another awesome guy is Raina. I like the way he fields, the catches he takes are amazing and he's pretty great too. Another player everybody has been talking bout is Murali Vijay, a good looking dude... he batted away to glory a few times and won us some crucial matches.
Our lion hearted captain lifting the trophy with the guys in yellow...

Moving on to other good things in life, the new Limca ad that is doing the rounds is so appealing, the tune is extremely catchy, both the guy and the girl are cute in an ordinary sorta way and the whole ad screams out 'It's summer... go have fun!'


Isn't the guy really cute.... check out his expressions...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A new hobby...

Making headbands, been seeing them on many blogs and they looked like such a fun project. I think this is gonna be a short lived hobby, even though they look nice, nobody really wears headbands here except kids. I do like the last rosette clips though, they are so cute and easy to make. Tonio is modelling them for me, though he doesn't seem to know that... he was busy playing some video game while I clipped them on and snapped a picture.



Of course you will have to put them on, one at a time... they look so cute perched up on your hair. Nam, these are coming your way...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Summer sunshine...

Its that time of the year when you take bath at least 3 times a day, get addicted to buttermilk, curse the folks at the electricity board to hell and back when they abruptly shut down the power supply, and wonder why people in a tropical country like India do not dress according to the climate... we still wear saree, salwar kameez's and kurta's in this sweltering heat. Don't you think a tank top with shorts or a skirt would be more comfortable... if I were a celebrity in Tamil Nadu, I would be hauled to court for saying tank tops and our country in the same sentence. In a way I am glad the supreme court ruled in a worthy manner regarding the pre marital sex case that's all over the papers here. If you ask me, it all comes down to a matter of personal choice, its upto the parents to instill values in their children... the children grow up to make their own decisions and who's to say whether its right or wrong. I think people everywhere should adopt the attitude 'Whatever rocks your boat is fine with me, as long as its not rocking on my waters'. With this attitude there would be less man induced trouble in the whole world and we would be one cool calm and collected race.

Talking bout news, the tragic end of the Polish president and his senior ministers in a plane crash in Russia is terribly sad and ironic, to think they were on their way to attend a memorial service... and the obstinacy of their pilot in following the regulations and safety measures led to the death of several dignitaries and the head of the country. God bless all their souls...

Okay now getting back to what we started with, being baked in an oven like summer... even though we can't stand it, we actually don't hate it... I can't imagine life without sunshine. I like it when my clothes dry as soon as I hang them up and turn my back on them, I like the way they smell and feel after taking in the sun. I do like the rainy season too, its nice when you are indoors... but outdoors its a totally different matter. And the clothes too never seem to get dry... they get a dank musty odour which irritates the hell out of me. In summer you tend to eat less and drink more which makes you all the more happy... so yeah summer is cool as long as you don't venture out too much during the day.

The sky in all its twilight summer glory...

Anyone's life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit. Lillie Langtry

Friday, April 09, 2010

It pays to clear out your cupboard from time to time...

So I was clearing out my cupboard yesterday and guess what I found, my old water colour set and a half used cone of mehendi which Nameeta had given me long back. I like colours, in fact when I was a kid I was crazy bout colour pencils, I had a huge stack of them and would not let anybody else touch them. Now I seem to like water colours, I like the way its so easy to blend them and create a totally different shade... I like dabbing the brush on paper and seeing the beautiful colors come to life. I know, I seem to be talking like some world class painter...



I used up the cone last night and I was just settling down with a book when Antonio came home, he looked at my hand, laughed and said, 'Will you draw one for me too, I want the Chennai Super Kings logo on my arm...' Boys.....!
PS: I am keeping my fingers crossed for the men in yellow... even though I don't follow these matches, I watch the highlights with Antonio, cause he keeps saying, 'You have to see this catch!', 'Come see Dhoni is batting' , 'Wow, amazing shot... come see seeeeeeeeeee!!!!'

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Edward, Leonardo & Clooney...

I just finished reading 'The Lost World and other stories ' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the lead character Dr. Edward Challenger is a riot, Sheldon Cooper must have been modeled after him... they have the same pompous arrogant nature and both regard themselves as superior intellectual beings. There was a story in the book bout how the spirits of dead people come in contact with us living beings, it was spiritual and spooky at the same time... so I rummaged in the dark and managed to find this Holy Family night lamp I got as a wedding gift. I switched it on and settled down to sleep but Tonio woke up glared at me and asked me if something was wrong with my head... so I explained (with a lot of actions) bout the book I had just read, he gave me one bewildered look and said 'Why do you read such books then!'. Yeah right, I must get all my excitement from the IPL matches I suppose...


Talking bout spooky, I saw Shutter Island recently and it was freaking interesting... (don't read further if you haven't seen the movie yet) I loved Leonardo in 'Blood Diamond', and he did do a good job in this movie too, but I don't like the idea of him being a lunatic.

I liked the parting shot where he pretends to relapse into Teddy again, so that he can have that brain surgery and forget all the awful memories that plague him, he wanted to die a good man... rather than live like a monster. That was the only sane thought he knew, he wanted to be a good person, that's why he created this Teddy character... a well taken movie, drives you crazy by making you ponder for the longest time on whether Leonardo was the US Marshal Teddy or the patient Andrew Laeddis. I came to the conclusion that he was Andrew after having a long debate with myself...

Talking bout movies, I saw Up in the Air recently and liked it a lot... I thought it was gonna be boring cause the story was bout corporate downsizing and stuff like that. But I really liked it, and

I think its all because of George Clooney, have the hugest crush on him now.... he's so suave and cool and good looking in the movie. The way he dresses, his silver tinted hair and the crinkles round his eyes and his voice... he's simply fascinating. Okay, getting past the awesomeness of Clooney, the movie is really simple... tells the story bout how Ryan Bingham (Clooney) spends most of his life flying from city to city firing folks for a living. All this is about to change when a young girl, Natalie (who has just joined the company) tries to revolutionize the business by introducing online firing, this of course doesn't go down well with Clooney. I like the way he orders her to (mock) fire him just after her demonstration. To make matters worse the boss tells Clooney that he has to take Natalie around with him and show her the ropes... this leads to many comical situations. Alex (Vera Farmiga) is another frequent flyer who appears on the scene, and she and Clooney hit it off immediately... what follows next is how Clooney's views on life and relationships are subtly altered by his interactions with these two ladies.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Easter Greetings...

I always wonder why Easter isn't as big as Christmas... I mean who wouldn't want to celebrate the knowledge that death isn't the end of everything, that one day we too will be resurrected and live forever in the Father's Kingdom. It is this knowledge that should shape our lives, if people believed this then they would try to live their temporary life on this planet in a meaningful way... yeah I know, I must have really been into catechism classes when I was a kid and it might be that effect, but its what I believe.

Here is a picture of the Benediction after mass on Maundy Thursday... prayers and adoration go on throughout the night.

So on Good Friday, I went to church a little early and since a really really really nice father (Fr. Richard) was there listening to confessions, I decided to go to him. This is something I learnt a few years back, if you want to make a good confession make sure a sensible father is around, a father who will really listen and speak sense. So I wait my turn and when it arrives, I do my part and then wait for Fr. Richard to speak.... he listened quietly to whatever I said, thought for a moment and then asked me 'What is your goal in life, what is it that you want to be.... as a person?' See, this is exactly why I went to him, some other father would have listened, told me some penance and then moved on to the next person. But Fr. Richard tried to get to the bottom of it. Even the penance he gave me was different, it was more reflective in nature rather than just a repetition of prayers. Last year too when I went for confession to Fr. Samson, I was pleasantly surprised... it was just so nice talking to him, after listening to me he said something that seems to have stuck with me, 'All feelings are natural, we are human and hence we feel... but how we act on those feelings is what determines right or wrong.'

Talking bout fathers, the scandals that are pouring forth from all corners of the globe regarding child abuse by catholic priests is sickening. Where is Dexter when you need him? Anyway, its sick and I know the victims must be scarred for life... God please be with them and do something bout these psycho priests.

May the joy of our Risen Lord fill your hearts and make you delirious.
- as quoted by JB

Happy Easter, folks...

ps: I did not make that cake, I did write those words on it though...

Friday, April 02, 2010

The Tragedy of the Coconut Trees...

So the people down the lane have given up their land to the builders to construct apartments and a massacre took place... five majestic coconut trees and a luxurious tamarind tree were chopped down in a few hours. This is one of the reasons I liked Avatar, I loved the way they existed with nature, loved the way they worshiped her in the form of Eywa... loved the way they treated animal life with respect, especially liked the hammock like cocoon that they sleep in. I wish they (the Na'vi) would come to earth and overtake us and transform the way we live... cause obviously we don't seem to learn.
Here he is climbing up the first tree...
He sure is brave, that tree is about 40 feet high and he scampers up it without any regard for his safety...
Silhouetted against the sky...
He has chopped off the branches and now he has scampered down to cut the tree mid way, so that it doesn't crash into the neighbouring houses. He has attached that dangling rope to the top most part of the tree, so that the men on the ground can pull on it & make it fall where they want it to.

There she goes down...

Resting a while between trees, before he gets to work on the next one...

Hacking away on the second tree...

Another one goes down...

They once stood tall and strong...

The massacre continues...

Getting to work on the last tree...
There he is, up in those branches. The light seems to form a halo round the tree... that's the last those branches will sway in the wind.

The tallest tree... well not any more.
There goes another branch...
Tragic stumps...
Fruits of its former glory...

Here's the fallen tamarind tree, sliced through with an electric saw....

If you ask me, I think we should have become extinct and that dinosaurs should have still ruled the earth... they would have atleast done less damage.