The lost romance of train travel

“The trains [in a country] contain the essential paraphernalia of the culture: Thai trains have the shower jar with the glazed dragon on its side, Ceylonese ones the car reserved for Buddhist monks, Indian ones a vegetarian kitchen and six classes, Iranian ones prayer mats, Malaysian ones a noodle stall, …

RE-BLOG: A Higher Place, A Divine Treat | OPEN Magazine

Cannot help but re-blog a few scintillating pieces of writing that I read recently. The first one begins with an introduction to the quaint British concept of hill stations and then delves into details of the writer’s experiences in the charming town of Kodaikanal. Rajni George paints a most endearing picture, one filled with fond memories, insights about the places that …

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that …

A look at films from Bollywood that fly under the radar

A look at films from Bollywood that fly under the radar

 

 

You think Bollywood and you think truckloads of money, mega stars, media hype, outlandish plot lines, lavish shooting locales and mass frenzy; all whipped up into a heady cocktail. Right ? Wrong.

Was passed on this list of 50 films that will make you respect Bollywood and I couldn’t agree more. This list is not an all-time list, and consists mostly of contemporary titles. A cursory glance reveals that the earliest one dates back to the early 2000s. Not bad, considering that that makes it an average of 3 to 4 good films every year.

A lot of these might not find many takers, considering the odd plots and a crawly narration. But then, this is not meant for the masses. It is just an indicator of the fact that there are good, meaningful and sometimes, very powerful films that our industries churn out. Time for some more encouragement perhaps ? You bet. Just sit back and watch whatever is available on Youtube. I myself haven’t seen all of them. My pending list would be:

  1. My Brother Nikhil
  2. Manorama Six Feet Under
  3. Dil Dosti Etc.
  4. Sehar
  5. Gandhi, My Father
  6. Dor
  7. Gangs of Wasseypur (Yes, I know..sob)
  8. Raincoat
  9. Naach
  10. Main, Meri Patni aur Woh
  11. Socha na Tha
  12. Amu
  13. Dhoop
  14. Phir Milenge
  15. Chhal
  16. Yeh Saali Zindagi
  17. Mumbai meri Jaan
  18. The Stoneman Murder

I think some more movies could be added to the list. Some of them are:

  • Shanghai (2012)
  • Luck By Chance (Yes, it does contain quite a few big stars. But its a refreshing take on the pitfalls and obstacles en route to stardom in Bollywood. And very, very good acting from the leads)

Do feel free to write in with your comments if you feel there is a personal favorite that could be added to this list.

 

Technology for the armchair traveller

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” -Oscar Wilde The above quote rings true for me, every time I think about how much of …

It’s raining..it’s raining…

It’s been raining here since the past 3 days. Another reminder of how good it feels to have a roof above your head when the rains wash down everything. Also a reminder on how a cup of hot tea in such rains – the joy derived from the smallest of things becomes an answer to the bigger worries of life.

From my balcony
From my balcony

Refreshing. And a moment to cherish. Even better if you have a good book in your hand or have your favorite music on.

That sweet game called Cricket

An earlier rant that I had written on the deplorable state of cricket in its 20 over format. Now with allegations of corruption and spot-fixing, it might have been the proverbial last nail, but I still don’t see T20 dying out so soon. The audiences like it, the cricketers make …