Showing posts from May, 2010

Love in Bollywood

Bollywood has epitomised love in all forms through its Movies. 'Pyar', 'Ishq', 'Mohabbat' and of course 'Love' many words for the same emotion. It has defined love in myriad shades from motherly love to passionate love and even violent love.  Bollywood Movies throughout the decades have used 'Love' as the central theme, one of the most powerful motivators for human actions and emotions. The star crossed lovers and love triangles were one of the main themes of most movies in the era of 70's and 80's. The theme of movies in 90's changed as an effect of Liberalization. Though 'Love' was still a central idea in many movies, the formula changed and now we had obsessed lovers, rich guy/poor gal, NRI love stories and candy coated love themes popping up at an alarming rate. In Hindi movies each lover had his/her unique way of expressing their love for each other. They may break out into dance and song at the spur of

Winner of 'You think you are funny? 3.0

Thank you for your entries to the contest. All the entries were hilarious.  The winner of third edition is  Psych Babbler : "I'm just going to pretend he did it...everyone thinks he's an idiot anyway!" Congratulations!!!  I am so pleased to give away this award to you. Well done. Thank you all for Participating and hope to see you again in the next round of caption Contest on Wednesday.

Deja Vu

Remember the time when you were little and off you went to Nursery school. It was the time to learn about 'How twinkly the stars were' and about 'Mary's Little Lamb'. We learned them with such enthusiasm. Never a doubt or a quandary about them. Our generation of kids never asked questions about these Nursery Rhymes. No doubts at all. If the teacher said 'Mary had a little Lamb' then she had one. I had never seen an actual Lamb in my life till I came to UK. My sudden interest in Nursery rhymes and the reason to blog came after I received a mail from my sister. She is the one with twins aged 3.5years. I receive regular updates from her about their antics. The recent one was quite thought provoking. It was a nursery rhyme singing session. And this is how it went. Sis: Jack and Jill went up the Hill. A(Boy): Why? Sis: To fetch a pail of water. B (Girl): Why Mama? They don't have water in the house? what's a pail? Sis: Um, this is a song. Lets

Second Class Rail Travel in India

'Chai Garam', 'Chai Garam' (Hot Tea), Thanda Cold drink (Cool Cold drink) these words bring back memories of train journey in second class compartment of Indian Railways. Train journey in India has always been quite a thrilling affair for me. Right from booking the tickets to catching the train, settling in your allotted berth, the journey itself and finally reaching the destination. I remember standing in a long line in front of the booking window waiting for my turn to come. This was a time much before ticket booking agents came in to the scene. The constipated  booking clerk chewing Paan who is a master of everyone's fate and the restless crowd standing in the line are just distant memories now. I have not travelled in an Indian train in almost five years now and miss the constant throb of humanity, the sight sounds and the smells of the railway stations. The clack and clang of turning wheels, the fruit vendors and the cacophony of people hurrying off with

Caption Contest 3

This is a caption contest called 'You think you are funny?' You think you are funny?  3.0 Please write a caption for the Picture below   Good Luck people. P.S: For those people who would like to know the rules, please check here .

Hindi Movie Formula- Masala Mix

Most of the Hindi Movies are filled with Clichés. If we watch the first hour of the movie all of us can easily guess the outcome. In fact we can even write the dialogues and the screenplay. This was typical of mainly the movies of yesteryears when the hero was shown to be a man who could do no wrong and the villain was an evil person who was always power hungry and could do no right. The characters were etched out to perform those specific roles. These days things have changed in Hindi Cinema and you can see a Hero having negative shades in his character. But the habit of tying up the movie in a neat little bundle in which good scores over evil is still the basic formula. A Hindi movie without some crazy stuff in it will never be enjoyable enough for the viewers. It needs to have some Masala to make it a hit.  Some Crazy Stuff which a Hindi Movie should have : 1) A chase scene :  a)This is a must in every Hindi movie. It could be Hero Chasing the Villain or Villain Chasin

Winner of 'You think you are funny? 2.0

Thank you for your entries to the contest. I loved all the entries but I could only choose a few of them. There are three winners for the second edition of this contest. Please put your hands together for  Tikulicious - ' pyar ke side effects ' Sensible Bakwas - ' Damm... I should have listened to mom when                                       she told me not to go on a blind date !' Milana - " I wished for a man whose heart is as pure as a child's                  but looks like there's none left because this is what I got. " Congratulations!!!  I am so pleased to give away this award to you. Well done Fellas! Thank you all for Participating and hope to see you again in the next round of caption Contest on Wednesday. P.S: Winners please send me a mail. My mail id is in 'About Me' section.

Love thy neighbour?

" A good   neighbor   is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn`t climb over it"  -  Arthur Baer Do answer this question truthfully: 'How many of you know your neighbours really well? Frankly, I don't know my neighbour in Lancaster at all. This was not the case when I was back in India. Even though Hubs and I moved houses each year we always introduced ourselves to the neighbours and were on friendly terms with them. Same was the case when someone new moved in as our neighbours. I knew how difficult it was to move houses and a friendly face always made it easier.  Growing up in Nagpur in India, we knew our neighbours really well and still do. The times were different, people were friendlier and more forthcoming and there was a sense of community which sadly is lacking these days. Then, people trusted each other and were less cynical. Earlier, people in Mumbai were tagged as being not a neighbour friendly group but now all of us living in

Humour in Pictures

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so instead of belting out thousand words I will let the pictures do the talking . Have a great day. Via

Caption Contest 2

This is a caption contest called 'You think you are funny?' I am repeating the rules for new readers. 1) You can send as many entries as you want. 2) Please post your caption in the comment section of this post. 3) The winner will be declared by Sunday. 4) No plagiarism, no racial slurs or insults will be tolerated. That entry will be rejected outright. 5) The decision of the judge (Me) is final :) 6) The winner will receive the Golden Trophy below as a prize, which he/she can proudly display on their websites. You think you are funny?  2.0 Please write a caption for the Picture below   Good Luck people.


I looked across the sea of heads as the priest performed the last rites. The scene was sombre,  It seemed to me that the entire town was at the graveyard to pay their last respects. I saw my parents dressed in black and looking sad as the rain poured down in sheets. I had come to find out if he was really dead, to see his body and to make sure that he was buried. I prayed that the nightmares would go away. I had wrestled with them for many months and I wanted them to end. I wanted to feel whole again. I wanted to be my old self, a carefree school student who was worried about just the grades and dating.  I remember the day it all started. My family was devout C atholic and the church was an important part of out daily life. Father Gregory, the priest of our parish church was a guest at our house many times. He was almost like a part of our family. I had been baptised by him and was also a choir boy at the church. He had been the priest for many years and many families in our neig