Friday, June 21, 2013

Six word memoir...

I strive to be cool and nonchalant and a nonconformist and all that... but one thing seems wired deep inside me, the ability to let my emotions go all over the place. It's so easy for me to get from one end of the spectrum to the other, from fits of uncontrollable laughter to overwhelming sadness. Even while reading, I get so drawn into characters that they drain me emotionally. After reading Stephen King's 'Apt Pupil', I went into depression for a week, had to get out of it by reading a steady stream of Mills and Boons. Anyway, since my life tends to follow a sine curve, if I had to sum up my memoir in six words, I think these would be it...

'Floundering on the fringes of sanity...'

And the picture puts it into perspective..

This six word memoir is part of a CBC (Chennai Bloggers Club) tag to encourage and enliven the spirit of blogging. This tag was passed on to me by Anand Arun and I am sending it along to Harikrishna.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ideal Pastoral Life

A trip home is letting the magic of nature, surround and embrace you. Everywhere you look, beauty abounds and you can feel her breath pulsing in your veins. She calms and soothes the reluctant city dweller, and her touch is overwhelming. The soft cold breeze as it dances around you, the rain drops that linger on your skin, the clouds that hover above smiling and winking, the smell of the earth as it awakens to welcome the skies and the love that covers the land in green... infuses you, fills your soul and shines out of you. 
This and the next few pictures were taken from the train...
Lush paddy fields...
It's the monsoon season...
And the rain clouds were hovering nearby... ready to let go any second.
The hills and the windmills near my place...
This is how my colony looks, beautiful palatial houses...
canopy of flowering plants... 
Lavender orchids...
A creeper climbing high...
A path lined with coconut trees...
A quaint calling bell...
A dog lazily sleeping at the entrance to a house, near a kolam pattern...
Beautiful black goats lazing around...
More palatial houses...
Houses overflowing with greenery...
I like this little creeper entwined all over the balcony rail..
(click on the image for a larger view)
A glimpse of the new church in my colony... Infant Jesus Church.
So while I parked my bike and started talking all these pictures, I heard someone shouting 'Hey, Peythi!!!!'  (peythi in tamil means grand daughter) 
So I turned to find this man, and he was asking me why I wasn't taking a picture of him. So I said, okay give me a smile and I will. So here's Alagapan, a funny old gregarious man, I love his carefree attitude.   

Ah, going home is always good... and that too in the monsoon season, it's sheer bliss. Listening to the rains as I write this, it's living poetry outside my window. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It's time, Feel this Moment (of) Clarity (on) The Other Side

Had an exam coming up and couldn't tune into the country music station, cause I didn't want to be distracted by trying to understand the lyrics and guessing who the artist was. So I tuned into the the station (HitKast) that plays 'more hits per hour than any other radio station on the planet', their words, not mine. Came across the following songs... and can't get them out of my head now, was surprised to find quite a few nice songs amongst the unbearable music that is churned out today by the biggest names in the music industry. You might like them too... of course most of these music videos aren't that great, but the songs are quite catchy.

This song automatically makes you sing and dance and ask random people, 'If our love is tragedy, why are you my clarity'.


Can't get enough of this song, these guys are so cool... many of their songs are pretty good.


Another song that grows on you...


Christina just keeps repeating the same thing over and over, and Pitbull randomly says something... I know, sounds difficult to believe, but the song does sound nice... in certain parts.
So, what songs seem to be stuck in your head, these days.... 

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Hallmark Movies...

To take a break from all the mainstream commercial movies that pass off as entertainment today, I decided to watch a few Hallmark movies. These movies are like a grown up version of Disney, overloaded with cuteness and romance, and completely decent throughout. A few are even inspirational in nature, they speak about faith and redemption. Click on the movie titles to watch the trailer.

Remember Sunday: I loved this movie, mainly because it had Zachary Levi in it, I was already a goner for his Flynn Rider character in Tangled. Here, in person, he is even more endearing... he is just so ordinary in a cute way and I was falling for him throughout the movie. Okay, I'll calm down now... the girl is pretty cute too, she is the kid from that TV show Gilmore Girls, now she has grown into quite a stunning woman. So the story is, Zachary a brilliant young astrophysicist (who else is reminded of Rajesh Koothrappali) suffered a brain aneurysm and has short term memory loss. Everyday is practically brand new for him, he doesn't remember anything or anybody from yesterday. His old memory before the aneurysm is intact, so he remembers his sister and a friend who form his support group and help him get along with life. When he meets the girl, a struggling waitress, he has to make notes and record his memories each day. How they get along inspite of his handicap forms the rest of the story. The two lead actors manage to make this a charming and enjoyable movie, despite being so predictable. 

The Lost Valentine: This movie was poignant, it portrays a love so strong and pure it withstood the test of time. Betty White easily outshines the other characters, and the only sore point about this movie is Jennifer Love Hewitt, somehow she seems miscast as a TV reporter here. Here a young couple get separated when the husband, a pilot goes off to war and a telegram informs the wife that he is missing in action. The wife goes to the station to wait for him every year on the day he was supposed to return, and she does this unfailingly, for 60 years, waiting and waiting for her one true love to return. A TV channel gets wind of this heartwarming tradition and decides to do a show about it. What follows is the quest for the missing pilot and along the way the reporter herself learns a few lessons on love. This is a Christian movie with inspiring messages from the bible, and if it weren't for that Hewitt female, I would have liked it more. The flashbacks about the young handsome pilot were quite nice... 

Loving Leah: This one I wanted to see cause the premise sounded nice, it's about this old Jewish law, where a man has to take his sister in law as his wife after his brother dies. And here the brother in question happens to be a very handsome cardiologist, and when he attends his estranged brother's funeral, the rabbis tell him that he has to marry the widow. The guy looks at them incredulously and asks, 'You're kidding, right.' The cardiologist and the widow decide to marry and live as room mates and then get divorced after a year or so... but along the way they fall in love as expected. The movie is pretty good, you get to know about many Jewish customs, like how married women wear wigs to cover up their real hair.