Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stick to the elementary, dear Moffat and Gatiss...

The game kinda went off track in season 3 of Sherlock, don't you think? They focused so much on the relationship between characters there was no time to portray any real case, that's when Sherlock is in his element. I kinda felt lost and at times bored during this season, I couldn't believe what they had done to the Sherlock that set our screens and our minds ablaze with his brilliance and wit. The way he arrogantly went about solving cases and putting people in their places was astounding to say the least. The third season started off pretty well though with a James Bond-ish like opening scene in slow motion. That scene led to this conversation with the cousins on whatsapp:
Zak: Would you have liked Sherlock if it was played by Vijaykanth?
Jude: Molly would have jumped off the building if Vijaykanth had kissed her. 

So getting back to season three, I don't know why the creators and writers did such a shoddy job, they already had a formula that worked, I don't know why they had to tweak with it. There was so much of Mycroft and Mary Watson this season, I started missing Inspector Lestrade. And Molly slapping Sherlock, I don't think I liked that either... I mean Mycroft is the only one on this planet who can put Sherlock in his place.Which explains why I did not like Sherlock twisting his brothers' arm either, you don't do that to Mycroft, if Sherlock is to be revered, then Mycroft is one up on reverential scale... you just can't make him cower under his brother's drug induced behaviour. Anyway, what's done is done, hope they better their game and make season four all about Sherlock and his amazing powers of deduction. 

It was fun watching these episodes with Nam, the actors as usual have all done a great job, I felt a little bad for Benedict cause he was reduced to a caricature of his former self. But he was still potent enough in a few redeeming scenes to put me under a Benedict Cumberbatch induced high, which was further heightened on receiving a charming card from Shilpa in the mail. 
Cute greeting card... huh?

Check these links in case you wanna read previous posts about Sherlock season 1 and season 2

Monday, January 06, 2014

Dawn of another year, 2014

So it's another year...somehow the beginning doesn't seem as exciting as the ending of a year. Every November I start experiencing a year ending high, and when the new year dawns it's back to normal life, back to routine. Family members who have come from afar go back to their countries, the holidays come to an end, the lights and the tree are taken down and the crib dismantled... after a month of magical excitement I wistfully go about packing everything up. But I am not complaining, this is how it should be, if everyday felt like the holiday season, then there wouldn't be anything special to look forward to in December. 

Anyway, while in college my friend Shilpa used to make a big deal about doing something special to make the end and the beginning of a year memorable. This habit caught on and now I make sure we (me and whoever happens to be at home) do something special to mark the beginning of a new year... a few years back we went to this pristine beach where there were hardly any folks around and then this group of boys showed up dragging a catamaran into the waters all the while screaming  happy new year and waving at us, very soon they were one with the waves and you could still see them grinning and waving... they were an infectious bunch of youngsters riding the waves of their expansive blue backyard. 

This year since Nam and Jude had come down I wanted to show them this beautiful river nearby... 
Scenery along the way...
The river...
We went walking along this path and let the fishes nibble at our feet... 
Gushing waters...
Flowing downstream...
We went walking along its banks...
This is a shallow clearing where the waters are calm and pleasant...
 This is the banyan tree nearby with its vines extending out over the river...
 We swung from vines hanging overhead...
Saw cribs constructed everywhere...
This one was quite elaborate and massive, built in the shape of a boat and Jesus and his parents are placed inside that circular structure...
Scenery on the way back...
A pond on the way...