Foreword

There is neither a structure nor a texture to this blog. The subject matter can be anything and everything under the sky that I feel about at any given point that I happen to sit and blog rambling about everything in general. My thoughts and views are basically influenced by what I read, hear, gather, and ponder... if there is any copyright violation which I have not duly acknowledged, kindly let me know.

My world comprises of LO the little one, OA the other adult at home, kiddo the brother :)

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Dec 10, 2013

Few Simpler Notes

This post has been long pending.. I always valued a few things in my life and through a tornado of change that engulfed me, they remained the same, the bend towards simplicity.  The other day I was watching a cookery show in Maa TV by chance where I stumbled upon this segment by Amala Akkineni and as usual was stumped by her simplicity, loved a few comment she made about the jewels, that her kids and husband are her ornaments... true when I have the most precious thing in the world what is it with material stuff, so as a result there go the finger rings that I tend to adorn my fingers with and also the tiny hangings that I put on my ears.. how long will this last, no idea but guess for life..

A few things that upset me a lot in the recent past are the frequent cancer deaths that one hears of, young and just like that gone, not too old and just like that gone... celebrities hit we commonly mourn but in general there are so many of us in our lives.. that gets me to the point of daily detoxification, meditation which I am clearly not doing... phew... sigh!!!

Nov 11, 2013

New Home

In our new home, in a new place, scared to start with, fitting in finally... moving is back breaking.. and yes, there is an urgent need to declutter... 25% of the unpacking is done, no single room is actually set, too many boxes, too much of wrapping material, too many things lying around...

kid is fitting in, feeling bored, tired and neglected in all the process... am dog tired too.. need to sleep...

Nov 10, 2013

Stumbled

Each night over the past few days I make mental posts to be on the blog but I dont get to post them... lot of things happening, finalized the house, had too many initial hiccups and set backs and doubts and eventually settled for the corner most house in the top most floor, it is such a huge risk that we just took... could not decide if it were to be a yes or no but took baba's help, put the chits and picked it to go and yes, we have decided to brave it out.

New state, new rules... new living, new stresses, confusion and then clarity...

One thing I realize out here is the need to de-clutter, as soon as I settle into a routine, one thing we plan to do is that.. de-clutter take out as much stuff as possible, pass on, donate, whatever..!

Dog tired.. already and we have not yet moved...

All the while we have stayed closer to ground, on the ground actually... this is the first time so high... where we are in touch with all the 5 elements in the close proximity, it is scary... please wish us good luck, we need it a lot...

coming to the regular posts, i will try but I guess it is a wrong time for NaBloPoMo.. I will make up for the skipped posts though...

Nov 6, 2013

Happiness

Been to library today as well, the story time was awesome, the way things are told in stories and songs and dances is really really nice in US.  The kid had a blast.  We just love the library out here, the kid zone especially awesome, always an assistant to help you with reading choices, very friendly and informative, ipads for kids to play with wonderful apps, the computers, the mini fish tank, play zone, book corner, the collection, every thing about it is plain awesome.

One thing I have noticed is I have been really really happy, happy seeing people out on roads, happy just watching them go about life, those smiles, those thinkers, those crazily dressed guys, those scary ones, the tiny tots in strollers.. life as it happens, so many people that you do not know, may not see again but people who have a lot going in their lives... it gives me the feeling of being alive.  Now I know what I had been missing all this time, the contact with life, observing it as an outsider rather than being a part of it and struggling to make it work... just seeing it pass by for a few minutes in a day.  The ability to be randomly spontaneous and do whatever you want, just walk outside and see things happening...

there is so much of energy and positivity that I get from it all...

a happy day...

Nov 5, 2013

Mixed Emotions

The day has seen a lot of positive changes in that we walked all the 3 blocks to the library, had lots of fun, just loved all the activities out there for kids, elders.  Forgot to take the passport, as I do not have the new address in new place, we need to go with the temporary card and get registered first.  All in all a fun filled day with the kid getting a 5-book gift from Peter The Rabbit in some promotional campaign by KPMG's KFFL volunteers with an activity book and lots of crayons, what more can a kid ask and then a top of the world mom moment when the kid all by herself spells out the word "colorosaurus" and pronounces it perfectly...!! A perfect day beginning at 11:30, seeing houses, picking and narrowing down on one, to the library, lots of maze games, a hearty lunch at Mc'D with yet another book for the day as the toy, walking back in the cold, meeting and making a couple of new friends for the kid..

Then came the scary moment where the fire alarms went on and on and on for a while where we checked out through the doors, windows and then realized that everyone is out and we need to be too, in stead of waking up the deep sleep kid, wrap the kid in a fleece blanket and OH climbing down with her all the way down, the beeps, the booms, the insecurity, the fear of unknown, the lights of a fire engine, the fire workers, felt like too much and then came the deep rooted fears of our decision to take up residence in a high-rise, the top most floor at that.. bit too scary, need to re-talk and negotiate a deal to change the plan to a lower one, deep inside feel like it is an omen for us or maybe not... 

A big day ahead... the school query, the house query, the library... too much confusion.


Nov 4, 2013

Pile(r)

I have this habit of picking up things which are not needed at a time, just in hope, i might use it some time or maybe because it is cheap on sale and keeping piling stuff up which I might hardly ever use, an extremely bad habit of mine.  When we made the move recently, I was amazed at my capability, we came in to US with 6 suitcases, 2 for each of us and ended up making it to a full sized truck just in a matter of 10 months...

We set about walking outside today, in oversized boots and leather jacket of the OH, dressed up to battle the cold in thick thick layers, masked off, covered up ears and added bulk to the already volume-filled body of mine and the thin frame of the kid and set out to the library.. well, we could not actually go where we intended to because it was way too cold, no prizes for guessing, went in to target and got some absolutely unnecessary stuff once again...another thing to keep a check on... cut the needless stuff at home, the first and foremost thing to do once we settle in the new home.

Coming to TV watching, yay, I did lessen it a bit... great job...

Nov 3, 2013

Day 2.. the beginning.

I have actually realized that this is my first October-November in US.  It has gotten dark really very early and has given the sneak peak of how the rest of winter is going to be... for me, it spells scary!!

Thought of actually not watching TV or net, but could not.. though in a way, it has been less and some productive out come had actually been there..  Need to focus more and be consciously away from it.

Nov 2, 2013

NaBloPoMo - November

I am a day late to begin with the intentional posts but had actually inadvertently posted one yesterday anyways I will continue for a day more simple :-p..

Finally, we were able to narrow down on an apartment complex, we just need to pick the apartment number and building and the move-in date.  Just hope the kid gets to go to the school that I really want her to, the 8 to 2 one during which time she will be engaged in a lot more creative activities than she would at home.

I really do not understand why and how this lazy, parasite attitude has set in me.  Watching TV, doing nothing, not even reading, addiction of the worst sort to the point of neglecting the kid.  Need to shake it off really really bad to set an example for the kid.

Let us see if by the end of the month, I be a better person that I set out to be at the time of typing this.

Good luck to us!

Nov 1, 2013

It Happens...!



Very close to life depiction of life in US, liked it... good effort.

Oct 31, 2013

Evil, ghosts...

When I look back at the year past and the last 2 months in particular, all I realize is messy, crazy, hopelessly useless.... could have done much but nothing, just wasted and the last few days I spend even more time on that garbage... This Halloween I heartfully wish for all these demons and evil inside me to get away trick or treating... not to return ever again..

Oct 28, 2013

Therapeutic

After about losing my peace of mind for a few hours, tidying up the house which I was otherwise in no mood of, blogging about it.. finally I feel it had all been a silly outburst and I have way more important things to do and yet another serious reminder that I should trust my instincts and no matter what, not even for the kid should I ever get into the company of people who think tangentially different than I do.  I can engage her in much better ways than actually being suffocated and acting all good...

Why did I ever stop venting out my feelings on the blog.. 'cos when I do, it means I am on track. lack of interest in this, somehow signifies a lack of interest in a lot of things..


Oct 27, 2013

Kasi, Kopam, Ukrosham..

These are my exact feelings of mine tonight as I type this message... I have always had problem mingling with people who do not match my wavelength and whenever I force myself to do that, it always backfired.

I am deeply hurt and disturbed today... I have heard of politics, back biting in the play groups, between neighbors and friends but first time face chestunnaanu so dimma dirigi mind block ayyi kottukuntunnaa... nidra kooda pattatledu .

The first time I took LO out to play area, I did not get a good feel about anything, there were groups, they were talking and making fun and getting back to groups.  It all seemed dirty, scary and new.  It took me some time to mingle in the group and stay afloat amidst of so much of suffocation... konta time pattindi naaku mingle ayyi taamaraaku meeda neeti bottulaaga undadaaniki.  Even though I preach it to many people, putting it to practice has been really tough.

My one golden rule is do not bitch about anybody or talk bad about anyone or give a chance for anyone to speak.. noru manchidaite ooru manchidi autundi ani and I strictly practiced it... some silly kid-pushing stuff unte I tackled sternly that no one gets away pushing other children and that is it... never too much intimacy, but superficially I was good with all... I thought I was good at it too and felt I was an expert at tackling cheap people and mentalities and I was surpassing my own expectations in getting along with them and even succeeding to make them feel as part of their group.  I was feeling like an expert until today when one lady pings me in FB and says "I heard that you are talking ill of me, please refrain."

I ask her what it is, she wont tell me.. all she says is "I heard from someone close to you that you have been talking ill about me, I never expected it from you, you disappointed me."

I get crazy mad at the content and feel like ignoring and leaving it at that but if I do that why will I be me.. I responded explaining I did not do it and once done I feel that I should not have given a justification.

She said okay I trust you but beware someone is using your name or you have enemies ani... those are very big words to me... enemies, back-biting, bitching.. why the hell when I have not spoken anything at all 100%.  Now I doubt everything anyone does or says to me because all through the past year, I felt no one has problems with me and I had no problems with anyone... I hate it all the more 'cos I am not there to figure out who that person or maybe I should be glad I am out of that dirty mess...!!!

Whatever it is, I am pissed off, totally and completely.

Oct 26, 2013

25 RULES FOR MOTHERS OF DAUGHTERS.. FB Forward

something I saw in the FB that I can relate to by indianizing it though...

25 RULES FOR MOTHERS OF DAUGHTERS

1. Paint her nails. Then let her scratch it off and dirty them up. Teach her to care about her appearance, and then quickly remind her that living and having fun is most important.

2. Let her put on your makeup, even if it means bright-red-smudged lips and streaked-blue eyes. Let her experiment in her attempts to be like you…then let her be herself.

3. Let her be wild. She may want to stay home and read books on the couch, or she may want to hop on the back of a motorcycle-gasp. She may be a homebody or a traveler. She may fall in love with the wrong boy, or meet mr. right at age 5. Try to remember that you were her age once. Everyone makes mistakes, let her make her own.

4. Be present. Be there for her at her Kindergarten performances, her dance recitals, her soccer games…her everyday-little-moments. When she looks through the crowds of people, she will be looking for your smile and pride. Show it to her as often as possible.

5. Encourage her to try on your shoes and play dress-up. If she would rather wear her brother’s superman cape with high heals, allow it. If she wants to wear a tutu or dinosaur costume to the grocery store, why stop her? She needs to decide who she is and be confident in her decision.

6. Teach her to be independent. Show her by example that woman can be strong. Find and follow your own passions. Search for outlets of expression and enjoyment for yourself- not just your husband or children. Define yourself by your own attributes, not by what others expect you to be. Know who you are as a person, and help your daughter find out who she is.

7. Pick flowers with her. Put them in her hair. There is nothing more beautiful than a girl and a flower.

8. Let her get messy. Get messy with her, no matter how much it makes you cringe inside. Splash in the puddles, throw snowballs, make mud pies, finger paint the walls: just let it happen. The most wonderful of memories are often the messy ones.

9. Give her good role models- you being one of them. Introduce her to successful woman- friends, co-workers, doctors, astronauts, or authors. Read to her about influential woman- Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie. Read her the words of inspirational woman- Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson. She should know that anything is possible.

10. Show her affection. Daughters will mimic the compassion of their mother. “I love yous” and Eskimo kisses go a long way.

11. Hold her hand. Whether she is 3 years-old in the parking lot or sixteen years old in the mall, hold on to her always- this will teach her to be confident in herself and proud of her family.

12. Believe in her. It is the moments that she does not believe in herself that she will need you to believe enough for both of you. Whether it is a spelling test in the first grade, a big game or recital, a first date, or the first day of college…remind her of the independent and capable woman you have taught her to be.

13. Tell her how beautiful she is. Whether it is her first day of Kindergarten, immediately after a soccer game where she is grass-stained and sweaty, or her wedding day. She needs your reminders. She needs your pride. She needs your reassurance. She is only human.

14. Love her father. Teach her to love a good man, like him. One who lets her be herself…she is after all wonderful.

15. Make forts with boxes and blankets. Help her to find magic in the ordinary, to imagine, to create and to believe in fairy tales. Someday she will make her 5 by 5 dorm-room her home with magic touches and inspiration. And she will fall in love with a boy and believe him to be Prince Charming.

16. Read to her. Read her Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle. But also remember the power of Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost. Show her the beauty of words on a page and let her see you enjoy them. Words can be simply written and simply spoken, yet can harvest so much meaning. Help her to find their meaning.

17. Teach her how to love- with passion and kisses. Love her passionately. Love her father passionately and her siblings passionately. Express your love. Show her how to love with no restraint. Let her get her heart broken and try again. Let her cry, and gush, giggle and scream. She will love like you love or hate like you hate. So, choose love for both you and her.

18. Encourage her to dance and sing. Dance and sing with her- even if it sounds or looks horrible. Let her wiggle to nursery rhymes. Let her dance on her daddy's feet and spin in your arms. Then later, let her blast noise and headbang in her bedroom with her door shut if she wants. Or karaoke to Tom Petty in the living room if she would rather. Introduce her to the classics- like The Beatles- and listen to her latest favorite- like Taylor Swift. Share the magic of music together, it will bring you closer- or at least create a soundtrack to your life together.

19. Share secrets together. Communicate. Talk. Talk about anything. Let her tell you about boys, friends, school. Listen. Ask questions. Share dreams, hopes, concerns. She is not only your daughter, you are not only her mother. Be her friend too.

20. Teach her manners. Because sometimes you have to be her mother, not just her friend. The world is a happier place when made up of polite words and smiles.

21. Teach her when to stand-up and when to walk away. Whether she has classmates who tease her because of her glasses, or a boyfriend who tells her she is too fat - let her know she does not have to listen. Make sure she knows how to demand respect - she is worthy of it. It does not mean she has to fight back with fists or words, because sometimes you say more with silence. Also make sure she knows which battles are worth fighting. Remind her that some people can be mean and nasty because of jealousy, or other personal reasons. Help her to understand when to shut her mouth and walk-away. Teach her to be the better person.

22. Let her choose who she loves. Even when you see through the charming boy she thinks he is, let her love him without your disapproving words; she will anyway. When he breaks her heart, be there for her with words of support rather than I told-you-so. Let her mess up again and again until she finds the one. And when she finds the one, tell her.

23. Mother her. Being a mother - to her - is undoubtedly one of your greatest accomplishments. Share with her the joys of motherhood, so one day she will want to be a mother too. Remind her over and over again with words and kisses that no one will ever love her like you love her. No one can replace or replicate a mother's love for their children.

24. Comfort her. Because sometimes you just need your mommy. When she is sick, rub her back, make her soup and cover her in blankets - no matter how old she is. Someday, if she is giving birth to her own child, push her hair out of her face, encourage her, and tell her how beautiful she is. These are the moments she will remember you for. And someday when her husband rubs her back in attempt to comfort her...she may just whisper, "I need my mommy."

25. Be home. When she is sick with a cold or broken heart, she will come to you; welcome her. When she is engaged or pregnant, she will run to you to share her news; embrace her. When she is lost or confused, she will search for you; find her. When she needs advice on boys, schools, friends or an outfit; tell her. She is your daughter and will always need a safe harbor - where she can turn a key to see comforting eyes and a familiar smile; be home.

Oct 25, 2013

Making it look easy...

Making it look easy is not just easy as it looks... This is what the kid picked up from Angelina Ballerina on Netflix... something which has caught my attention.. it is so true.  She has been teaching us a lot these days, a more verbal, a lot more mature.. sometimes a lot more than we both put together...TW..

Hunt..

There is a lot of uncertainty and a need to settle fast...another couple of weeks our corporate accommodation comes to an end, the kid has been out of school for the past 2 weeks, she is bored, through with her break and raring to go to school.  She cannot go to pre-k school as the elementary schools start from KG over here and back to the church school grind which again would mean that she needs to wait till we find an accommodation..

Me on the other side have all sorts of ailments physical and mental finding all sorts of excuses not to do anything constructive from the gloomy weather to state of mind... depression of another kind which is just pulling me down but then again what kind of a self image am I projecting to myself, it gets worse if i keep thinking that way and do nothing.

Yesterday was the worst, broke the ipad screen yet again, burnt milk bowl in the oven forgetting to set off the bake mode while trying to make curd, milk spilled on the stove shutting it down and me not realizing until there was smell all over the home... phew, I need to get used to cooking on gas stoves in US, scary!!!  There are loads of clothes waiting to be washed, folded and storted, the current residence is a mess, the kid is bored and there I am staring into the sky or immersing myself in the damn tv.... escaping the duties... need to buck up...

well, it is tough to put it even on the blog but I think this is just the beginning and I get some sense of purpose very soon..

Oct 23, 2013

Been a while..

Too many things happening at the same nothing really changing to me within...

We moved with the United States, new place far away from the previous one, huge change in terms of lifestyle, climate and a lot of things.  Just as we were thinking that we were set in US, this change.  Well, it is good in a way that things will be more under our control or maybe not!! but still we decide to take that chance and try for the much wanted GC, most of our generations dream.  Yes, we have fallen for it and yes, we have a lot of reasons for that.. he,he,he.. who doesn't?  So the journey with so many hopes begins...

I am very laidback, totally hopelessly tv and FB addicted and hence the delay in posting.. I need to free myself of the clutches and do something worthwhile... let us see if the change in place does something to my all time low motivation...

and how have you all been??  Chaitu, this one is for you, I will be doing more.. I kind of feel my identity is lost somewhere in the flow of those crappy tv serials... need to be back ASAP.

Sep 9, 2013

Talli - touching

Movie:  Sukumarudu

For some reason, I liked this movie a lot, it is a good one, good values, good performances, good comedy... and I guess my village routes are speaking..

In this movie towards the end MS recites this padyam which kind of touched instantly and kept lingering.

Talli ledantaaru Sivudiki talli ledantaaru
tallunte jadalatlu kattanicchena
tallunte puli tolu chuttanicchena
tallunte vibhooti raayanincchena
tallunte smasaanalaa tiraganicchena
talliledantarau sivudiki talli ledantaaru
talli leni sivude anta ghanudaite
talli unna sivudu inka ghanudaguno...


True... a mother, the true well wisher, no one can replace her.. As we approach the first anniversary of OA's mother it hurts to see him not having one.  To be true to myself, she has been one of the very best and dedicated moms I had come across, so blindly facing the world to protect and shield the children in her own way from evils that she perceived, she did what they expected her to do, did not care if that translated to her being the monster... and it hurts even more to realize that it took her life eventually way too earlier.. well, at least she is at peace, free from all the blame that she carried on her to protect her offspring.


Sep 8, 2013

A long pending loooooooooooong list

Sukumaarudu
I loved this movie, enjoyed it thoroughly through and through, got that old world charm and feel and the root values and core feelings.  Sarada, man!! she is stylish, even at this age.. I love her long, slender fingers and they are just so intact even at this age.  Adi is a good overall package, though he reminded me of his dad almost always :-) and Nisha her elder sister..

Toofaan
Given 0 rating by IBN, I do not really think it was that bad to be compared to Ram Gopal Varma's Aag or whatever but seriously for the hype so big and the old epic comparison it comes as a total dud.. loved Charan's solid base voice though, and hated Priyanka's cackle :-p.


Antaku Mundu Aa Taruvata
Liked this movie a lot, the current generation movie, so contemporary tackling the sensitive issue of living in, love, making the relationships last and all that, most sensitively portrayed movie in the current times.. Loved the performances, the hero, heroine, the storyline.  It however made me feel too old to be called contemporary, will I accept if it were to be the kid kept looming in my head, but eventually if it is as sensible as this or even otherwise, I guess I would.

Singham
Saw the hindi movie, it was good, liked it, unrealistic but good entertainment.

Singam - 2
This time watched the telugu movie, did not watch Yamudu, but when I tried to compare Ajay Devgan and Surya, I liked Surya better but must agree that these are the 2 guys I respect both for performances as well as personal front.. movie is again a make-believe, unrealistic one but good.

I am Kalaam
It is a story set in rural backdrop of Rajasthan, the friendship between kids of unequal social strata, the desire to do the best, to study, the acceptance of reality, the desire to be Kalaam being inspired by his speech on TV for a kid working in a small dhaba.. loved everything about the movie.

Cheenti Cheenti Bang Bang
Supposed to be a kid movie, but I enjoyed watching it with the kid.. the animation movies are something that I do not really like but yes, with the kid priorities change.

Saradaagaa Ammaayitho
I still do not understand how Varun Sandesh survives in the industry with flop after flop after flop and just one Happy Days, mystery!!  Very unrealistically made, although with a good intent, showing girls in a cheaper light, easily forgettable movie.

Kadali
A movie that i really looked forward to watch inspite of warnings for the well wishers, it turned out to be just fine.  The core feeling that is depicted in the movie is good, the portrayal of the characters is good, but for the mainstream cinema it does not fit into the mould.  Watching a roly poly Aravind Swamy reminded me of Merupu kalalu and Mumbai and all those drooling days with a reality check :-p

Madras Cafe
More like a political documentary, the movie was good, fast paced, dealing around the circumstances of Rajiv's death and the lankan/tamilian perspective to it.. good watch.

Chennai Express
Mindlessly hilarious movie.. Shahrukh returns with this, loved Deepika Padukone and everything about it, paisa vasool entertainment.

Aug 7, 2013

Evaremi anukunnaa

Movie:  Budget Padmanabham.

Everemi anukunnaa nuvvunde raajyaana raju nuvve, bantu nuvve, mantri nuvve, sainyam nuvve
Emainaa edainaa nuvvelle badilona palaka nuvve, balapam nuvve, prasna nuvve, badulu nuvve
anni nuvve kaavaali
anunityam poraadaali
anukunnadi saadhinchaali..

evaremi anukunnaa

avamaanaale aabharanaalu
anumaanaale anukoolaalu
sandehaale sandesaalu
cheetkaaraale satkaaraalu
anukovaalee adugeyyaalee
mulla maargaanni anveshinchaali
alupostunnaa kalale kannaa
poola swargaanni adhirohinchaali
evarikivaare lokamlo
evariki pattani sokamlo
neeto nuvve saagaali

evaremi anukunnaa

balamoo nuvve
balagam nuvve
aataa neede
gelupu neede
naaru nuvve
neeru nuvve
potaa neeke
pairu neeke
ningilonaa tella megham
nallabaditene jallulu kurisenu
chettu paina poolu mottam raalipotene
pindelu kaasenu
oka udayam mundara cheekatlu
vijayam mundara ikkatlu
raavadam annadi maamoolu

Aug 4, 2013

Happy day friends

I had a blast connecting to my past... which I will elaborately write some time later but for now I am here to wish you guys a very happy friendship day.

I know quite a few of my friends who personally follow my blog and be there when there is the need...

Lovely day buddies, I cherish each and every one of you.. Thank you.

Aug 1, 2013

Kam - Kamie

I always wondered the reason for discontentment in life for an individual,

"Jisne kam mein jeena seekh liya use zindagi mein kabhi kamee mehsoos nahi hotaa.."

unna daantlo sarduku povadamlo unna trupti ekkadaa ledu...

Jul 29, 2013

Tellaarindi Legando...

Movie : Kallu
Lyrics/Singer - Sirivennela

There is something in Sirivennala's voice, maybe that raw emotion which comes after struggling with putting the feelings into words, the deep anguish, anger or whatever, which comes back to us in a disturbingly haunting way... just loved it.

Tellaarindi legando kokkorokko
manchaalinka digando kokkorokko

Paamulaanti seekati padagadinchi poyindi
bhayam nedu bhayam nedu nidura musugu teeyandi
saavu laati raatiri sooru daati poyindi bhayam nedu bhayam nedu saapalu sutteyyandi
mudusukunna rekkalidisi pitta chettu idisindi
moosukunna reppalirisi supulegaraniyyandi

Suruku taggipoyindi chandurudi kantiki
sulakanipoyindi lokam seekatiki
kunuku vachhi toogindi sallabadda deepam
yenaka rechhipoyindi allukunna paapam
masaka baaripoyindaa suse kannu
musurukodaa maikam mannu minnu
kaalam kattina ganthalu teesi kaantula yelluva gantulu yesi

Yekkirinchu reyini soosi yerrabadda aakasam
yekku petti isirindaa sureedi soopula baanam
kaali boodidaipodaa kammukunna needa
oopirito nilabaduthundaaa sikkani paapaala seeda
semata bottu samuruga sureedni yeligiddam
yelugu settu kommallo aggipoolu pooyiddaam
vekuva saktula kattulu doosi retiri mattunu mukkalu sesi

tellaarindi legando....

naatugaa raasinaa neetugaa raasinaa bulli bulli maatallo boledanta saaram.

It goes on to say the impact he has on me, it is 1 a.m. and I am still listening and typing and in a different world altogether..

parugaapaka payaninchave talapula naava

Siva poojaku chivurinchina sirisiri muvva, sirisiri muvva, sirisiri muvva
mrudu manjula padamanjari poochina puvva
yathiraajuku jatiswaramula parimalamivva
natanaanjalito bratukunu tarinchaneevaa

parugaapaka payaninchave talapula naava
kerataalaku talavanchite taragadu trova
edurinchina sudigaalini jayinchinaava
madikorina madhuseemalu varinchiraava

Padamara padagalapai, merise taaralakai raatrini varinchake sandhya sundari
toorupu vedikapai vekuva narthakivai, dhaatrini muripinche kaantulu chindani
nee kadalaki chaitanyapu sreekaaram kaanee
nidurinchina hrudaya ravali omkaaram kaanee

Tana vaelle sankellai kadalaleni mokkalaa,
aamanikai eduruchoostu aagipoku ekkadaa
avadhileni andamundi, avaniki naludikkulaa
aandapu gaalivaalu nadapani ninnilaa
pratirojoka navageetika swaagatinchakaa
vennela kinnera gaanam neeku todugaa

Chalitacharana janitam nee sahaja vilaasam
jwalita kirana kalitam soundarya vikaasam
nee adhinaya ushodayam tilakinchina ravi nayanam
gaganasarasi hrudayamlo vikasita satadala sobhala suvarna kamalam

Strangely, like Sirivennela sir says, the girls lyrics are more inspiring than the guy's who actually is trying to dissuade the girl from running after mirages... I simply love this song and when the master says it took him around 15 days to pen the feelings, definitely and that effort pays off in the sense it is immortalized in the hearts of fans like me.



Adugadugunaa

I liked the lyrics of the guy in this song..

Movie:  Okkadunnaadu 
Lyrics:  Ananth Sriram

Adugadugunaa padipoyinaa aage veellede parugu, 
korina teeraanne cherukunevaruku..

O nimushamainaa nidurapovaa nilavanive nireekshanamaa
ne vetukutunna edutupadave toli velugu teeramaa

adugadugunaa prati malupunaa roju naa vente padaku
vidavani pantamugaa naa praanam tinaku

nee kalalavente kadalamante kudurtundaa ayomayama
naa digulu mante tagulutunte ragalavem kaalamaa




Jul 28, 2013

Nuvvevaraina Nenevarainaa

Do not actually know the movie but once again, it is the first time I heard Sirivennela sir singing in the Open heart and yes, it left me wanting for more... and no need to say, I love the song better in his voice..

Nuvvevarainaa nenevarainaa nee naa navvula rangokate
ooredaina peredainaa mana oopiri geetam okate
alalannitiki kadalokate, nadulannitiki neerokate
manasu tadiste nee naa chempalu nimire vecchani kanneerokate

ae desam vaariki ainaa, ila okate gaganam okate
ae bhaashalu palikistunnaa gontula swara tantrulu okate
aahaaram vere ainaa andari aakali okate
aakaaram vere ainaa aadhaaram bratukokate
ninnu nannu kannappudu mana tallula noppula teerokate
enno rangula tellakiranamai, velugutunna jeevitamokate

ae roopam choopedutunna uli kadalikalaku sila okate
ae raagam vinipistunnaa pillanagroviki gaalokate
nee naatyam peredainaa paadaalaku kalayika okate
ae praantamlo nuvvunna praanalaki viluvokate
neeku naaku andariki puttukato chuttarikam okate
nuvvu nenu vaaru veeru antaa kalisi manamokate


Jul 23, 2013

Movies... less

Of late, i have not watched much of movies and it is just a few here and there, completed the Grey's anatomy series, very interesting especially for the people connected to medical BPO, getting to see the procedures, organs doctors listening and seeing the terminology that they usually find in their files.. and add to it the yummy star-cast, super duper hit with me... McDreamy, McSteamy, McYummy :-p

and then the routine law and order, getting a peek here and there.. one movie that I had actually watched after quite some time is

Zindagi Naa Milega Dobaara
Liked the taking, shots, the unexplored locales, the adventure concept, the actors, everything... just enjoyed it thoroughly.

oopsie, forgot I got to watch Raanjhanaa too...
Well, awesome performance by Dhanush as expected, he fitted the role to T, good one again.

and on a sudden craving impulse I watched Paakeezah, the epic of the tragic queen, just plain awesome for those days, the dressing, the lifestyle, the re-creation of everything so authentically or at least I felt so, the tenderness of Meena Kumari, the royal feel of Raajkumar, everything about the movie spells epic to me... for quite a few people it is the foot fetish, inhe zameen pe mat rakhiye must be well etched in memory,  well for me too but I love it even more when she finds him accidentally after the elephant stampede in his tent, those haunting words in the letter she found in her feet, the author of the note with whom she fell in love with without seeing, the way she closes her eyes and waits for him, the inner feelings... just toooooooooo good and the songs are really really good too... the life of kothas, tawaaifs, gharaanas and all, well captured emotions and movie... loved it again


Jul 20, 2013

Predators..

The otherday, as we were waiting for the OA to get the trash and come to the car, a small bird fell down from the tree.  It was a tiny bird, just born or maybe a few days old, unable to fly, just hopping around, I was just watching it walk, showing the kid, the small tiny birdie and out of nowhere a cat comes, catches it, I try to stop it but it runs away and the bird is the cat's supper!!!!

It happened right in front of our eyes, the kid and me watching, screaming and being helpless..., showing the ways of world, giving the kid a live lesson as to what life and survival is all about, too many questions in the tiny mind, too many thoughts in the adult mind... what to say, what not to say... but I guess the kid has her own perspective of what and why and how and in days to come, her interpretation of the event will show itself...

the whole episode left me thinking....!!

Jul 17, 2013

Udaya Bhanu's Song - Touching...

Must say I admire this lady's guts, quite a few of the ladies that I know consider her cheap, vulgar, dressing and all that but somehow she comes across to me as a very very strong woman, most hardworking, humble individual.  There is some pain in those eyes, that understanding that comes with the pain when one goes through the roughest patches and that is what in her makes a complete person to me, that ability to really feel.

The other day when random you-tubing I found a song of hers, apparently sung in Rela Re Rela program and though I did not understand majority of it, kept me haunting, the guts to call a spade a spade, ripping apart the political facade, something really really raw in the expression and anger caught me off guard.. a haunting radical song after long..

I do not actually understand majority of the words used here, but get the feel and hence the gaps...
ganga garudaalettukelleraa... inka aamboletulaata saageraa..
endinaa dukkulla choodu,
ennadendani kannu choodu...
Bhoomi buggaipoye choodu
bondagoddala joru choodu
evvaaro muddu biddaluraa
endukano parugettinaarura..
....

raakaasi ballulantaa raajyamele raajulanta
raavanaasurulanta cheri rojukoka raccha bedite
panta cheeduni battupette purugu mandula vindulaaye..
.....

gaddekorake gaaddi kodukulu gaddara leperuraa
idi maareechulaatara nuvvu marmamerugara paamara
aadu testado, eedu testado, amma istado, ayya istatado, evvadicchedendiraa idi evvani jaageeruraa... neeku nuvve raajuraa ninneletodinkevaruraa..

Good job, Bhanu, I knew I was not wrong about you...






Jul 16, 2013

Ninna - Nedu - Repu

The other day I was watching our favorite Open Heart with RK, the guest being Vanisree... I remember my mom recalling her as a fashion icon of those days, jewels, sarees, hairstyles etc. named on her and all that and what I remember of her acting is the arrogance, different styling and sky-high wigs :-p

but what amazed me is the simple words in which she put the essence of life and optimism with so much of positivity...

Ninnati varuku antaa bagundi, ee roju kooda baagundi, repu inkaa chaala baaguntundi anukuntunnaanu... yes, if this is the way we look at things in and around us... will there ever be a problem?

Jul 15, 2013

The Peter Nightmare

There are quite a few things in US for which people from all over the world want to be here.  No matter how much denial there is about being discriminated on the basis of color, creed, race and nationality, it exists!

You will note the difference if you stay in the apartments especially.  I always turned a blind eye to it considering that we are here for our work, finish it and get going but of late, it is blown out of proportion right into my face and there is no way I ignore it.

Peter, the guy upstairs is a mess. He stays alone, has a recording studio so does no regular job which leaves him all the time with his Chihuahua, staring into the houses, complaining all time about every single thing in the apartment complex from dog poo to freeway littering to patio cleanliness to what not... well, that is one thing but the way he reacts when anyone complains on him is beyond annoying, stalking, staring, intrusion into privacy what not... damn!  and complain to the leasing office the lady there coolly says well, we have heard of quite a few patio issues, it must be one of yours too... what?!"#, why is he stomping all the time in the house... oh, does he?? why is he always peeking into the balcony stepping out of his way from the staircase... does he?? why is he taking pictures of my damn house?? oh.. i see, let me talk to him and then maybe I will have to move either one of you.... what the hell is this, you can show us a better apartment or whatever but why do I have to take the pains of moving just because he chooses to harass me day in and day out in subtle yet irritating ways, playing guitar and singing songs at 1 a.m., running around in the house around midnight and all that and why is it that he is not given that option when n number of other Indian residents complain about him and a couple even vacate... no we get to prove time and again, we get to get reprimands unnecessarily and then sorry for bothering notes.  We get a blind eye/ear to our complaints but keep getting the notes....

Well, we are definitely aliens in this nation coming here to make our money, apparently we are much worse when it comes to its people's opinion/treatment of us, sick and tired!!!!... 

Fishy....

George Zimmerman acquittal.... disturbing! I was convinced he was guilty, did not know about it until the past couple of days and now I guess I do not know any better. Unsure what it is that spells unfair about the whole thing!!!!! and in one way, in the crooked sense, I feel there is a justice served as well 'cos this guy gets to live a life always looking over his shoulder, disguised or hidden and it is never going to be the same again. Somehow I strongly feel for the kid, just the color, hoodie or whatever made the person to conclude him as threatening... all too unbelievable.

Jul 11, 2013

Heights...!

Well, I am not climbing anything nor am I jumping down any cliff/chopper etc. for the adrenalin rush... my twisted humor (nonexistent)... that is it.

The other day I was watching Law and Order, season 5 and in one episode found quite a few of Grey's anatomy stars in one particular episode... and then my love for GA returns and I go back to watching season 7, back from where I took the resolution not to see again.. though not back to back, my GA days are back and are here to stay for at least this season.

I feel like a hardcore alcoholic when it comes to Balika Vadhu and around 11 to 11:30 EST I am refreshing the apni.tv site to see the latest episode and my latest tension is that Saachi is going to marry Jagya, the sad phase of  Ganga, and the rest of the family, the plight of little Mannu and most importantly Aanandi.  I am getting all excited... phew, me and my serial addiction at its heights...

naaku picchi peak stagelo undoccchhh!

Tiny Reflections

Remember as kids the days when we would have thought a hundred times that when I become a parent this is not what I want for my kid (period) and also the endless dreams of how I would raise my kid, what I would say, what I would do, what I would teach, etc!!!

The reality is kids do not really get or become what we want them to be... they become what they reflect from us and from the surroundings that we put them in.  So no matter what we had been doing previously claiming to be better, it is high time we get our act right and practice without fail what we try to preach... wake up early, brush twice a day, swish and spit each time after a meal, bathe twice if possible after a hard-core playing/sweating session, no watching TV while eating, spend some me time, listen to them, be with them, stop yelling, the choice of words, the way we tackle situations day in and day out.. and in their own way they will imbibe good values, behavior, timing, sense of direction and purpose all in their due time without any special focus... SO GET THE ACT STRAIGHT, DO IT RIGHT!!!

The other day in craft classes, I see parents lifting things from the session to get things done at home... they were just picking up from the left-overs which is not okay per the store policy... the kids were like, we cannot take them home, we already got our craft to take home why this, and the moms were like, yes we can, we will do it again at home... WHAT will the kid infer?  what will they do in future... I am over-thinking but thinking the right way.. practice this and the kid does it in some other way and then no point blaming him... they do not know when to stop right!!!!!

Jul 6, 2013

Once up on a time

I used to feel that eating without doing anything is waste of life.. I think I saw that concept recently in some movie too, do not remember which one though...

If only I remember that and eat proportionate to what I do constructively, I would shed those extra kilos...

Jul 4, 2013

Anger, sorrow, vacuum!!!

Many things not happening... like me being disciplined, in track of things, meditating regularly, but then what is new, something really really upsetting and bothering, a virtual friend of mine is no more.. very young, a mom of a child, happy go lucky simple sweet girl.. she lost her health battle.. while here I am, fit and fine but losing faith on myself a little at a time, turning into a monster I hate, and mos importantly the rage bouts are back high time... thinking of one person triggers them the most but then why do I have to, why the hell does she have to scare me so much so that I lose every bit of my self restraint??

I hate people who act, who have this capability of making them look like victims and pointing at people like they are the torturers... damn!!! well that is how they live, full of selfishness, money mindedness, shamelessness.. but each time I think I have gotten over that hatred, I surprise myself... i want to give up, I think I have but no it is very much existent.. .sigh!!!

Once again, nothing really interests me... being with the kid soothes me, comforts me, but that part of paranoid mom, attending to each and every whim and fancy is not there, the one left is the one I am gradually finding it hard to relate to...

a way out, the key is within me but I dont want to find it... I get the motivation to do so but then after the initial interest I see no point and just let it be... that is not how it was just a while ago, the fighter, the survivor, the hardworker is no where in sight.. all that is left is this lazy grumpy floating fat lady just drifting along...

HIGH TIME!!!! to change....


Jul 1, 2013

Out of the blue

One fine day after too much of self neglect and addiction of a lot many things and a long vacation, life has come to a point where I have to wake up from the lazy slumber and get going...

Suddenly July comes and it dawns that this is the only month where the kid is actually free.. and in the second week of august, life begins for her in the real sense, school this that and all and it is going to be that way the rest of her life.  So, I actually want to reform myself to be able to be with her every single moment of it.

It is really tough to do that given that I have kind of detached myself from quite a few things related to her and considering that I am just coming out of my deep self-induced long pent-up coming out of depression mode, it is really really going to need a lot of effort from my end..

the kid is out for a swim and yes, day 1 has been good in a lot of ways... and here is for many more days to go!

I havent really realized how I missed being with my baby until I started doing it again!

Jun 14, 2013

Jiah ne zindagi jeeliya...!!

I can totally relate or I think most of us can relate to the feelings mentioned in the note, like loving the other person a lot, expecting a lot from them as well, going beyond all means to satisfy the other person in the relationship only to be dumped in thoughts, you put in 100% expect at least 50 and that does not happen, one is disillusioned.

There are many women who get raped in a marriage if doing it against will is considered one, there are a lot of guys/girls who are insensitive to the partner's needs of having a kid, forcing them either to have or not to have.. in short it is unfortunate that such things are a part and parcel of life where we take it in our stride, blame our fate, resign ourselves to it and move on... or rebel, take a stand, go against the preset societal normal and face a different kind of issues or just give up and die.

I do not support the girl, i dont blame her either... but to blame just the guy for everything going on in her life, forgetting the brought-up, the emotional turmoil, the support system she had or she had not and plunging on the guy screaming blood is wrong (purely personal opinion).. there are a lot of factors which drive a person to death, all the doors closed, there should be at least a window and apparently she had none! the mom apparently knew she was in an abusive relationship, the guy was irresponsible as she put in her own note, selfish, thinks about himself, no perspective in life, apparently a brat, he used her and abused her... then what has been done by them to prevent the unfortunate eventuality considering this is her second attempt at taking her own life.

 Mahesh Murthy is blunt, brutal and has one-sided dark view of things, in this case in question at least. quite a few things are unclear, so i dont think anyone here is right or wrong absolutely.

Time and again when some starlet from industry is affected by this mess, concerns arise, people tend to question themselves but then as the condolences are over, it is behind us and one is back to the grind chasing their own dreams or demons

the bratty lifestyle, the parenting, the conflicts in and around the house, false hopes, unreasonable expectations, loss in touch with reality and real life challenges, living in a bubble of illusions, addiction to fame, stardom, disappointment by failures, struggle and inability to do a reality check and get in terms with facts... n number reasons.  If it comes to abetment of suicide or whatever it is each and every one of the people around her should be blamed  

May 22, 2013

Two more

Mirchi
Liked Prabhas a lot in the movie, a good time pass...rivalry, family values, getting the villian gang changed, marrying the girl from the house is the routine, the twist in the tale is that the guy trying to do this is the rival who loses his mom and realizes the value of peace and staying together... can watch once... good one!

Tadaaka
Chaitu is good, Sunil is convincing but something did not work... too much of violence with a tinge of comedy.  Tamanna is totally wasted in the movie.

May 21, 2013

more movies

No matter what my movie watching spree never stops

Badshah
Somehow lost track of the movie halfway through, did not like it.. Mafia, crime syndicate, mixing with them, revenge... blah, blah, blah... A few weeks down the line.. neither do I remember anything about it nor is there anything worth... He better focus on what he knows best, acting, than getting into petty politics to shift his focus.

Shadow
Baboye, another bundal movie.   I am beginning to hate the roles Tapsee does in the movies these days, skin show and more of it and that begins and ends there.. phew and Venky what does he think he is doing at 52, that hairstyle, that choice of movie...

Greeku Veerudu
Liked the flow of the movie, felt like it is another variation with a different angle, much much similar to Santosham, feel good, eye candy movie.  Nag seems older, age is certainly catching up but this is most certainly a simple, sober movie.

Saarostaaru
An average movie with an interesting story line, nothing new but just a new twist, okay to watch once.  Ravi Teja is getting old and it shows, he is most certainly a hardworking actor and carries the role with ease, the face has a different story to tell altogether.

Raaz - 2
A very violent movie dealing with revenge and supernatural forces and all that.. Kangana's face struck to be very odd, something wrong with her lips, here good there bad.. too much of violence made it almost repulsive, never could have watched it in theater..

Of them all, I loved the re-run of Mithunam, just fell in love with this movie and each time I see it, it only increases that love...

so here ends my movie watching, reading, working quota for the day and off I go to play with the kid in the play area... 

May 20, 2013

Pondering

Of late, I have been hearing a lot of news wherein very young people in their late 30s or maybe even early 30s succumbing to some heart problems or other ailments... with that comes a feeling of our own time running out and the terror of leaving behind the ones we brought into life alone in this big world... too many thoughts, does she need a sibling after all, one with whom she is biologically connected to, how much is enough to keep her secure and what security are we talking about... how do we get ready to such an event.  In our here today and gone tomorrow lives how do we ensure that we give them the right values/right attitude to keep going without us...

too many thoughts, too much to share but too much of procrastination... NOTHING WAITS in life.... take a break and relax to enjoy the smallest of small pleasures and give away biggest of big stresses...

The Lady On My Left - Catherine Cookson

The old world feel read set in UK, the auction houses, the love between a girl and her caretaker much older than her, goodie goodie with a tinge of negativity and villiany :) .. feel good book.

Felt like I was reading a non-detailed text book or something :).

Social Suicide - Gemma Halliday

What is more important than the book itself about this book reading is that I did it in Morgan Falls Park overlooking the lake in a swing, lying down with a pillow and a comforter on the swing when the kid played around happily in the play area take care of by OA, so no matter what the book is bound to be a super hit by any standards to me :-p

In the setting of a school campus, it has a young feel to it, the story of a girl working for a school magazine who ends up being at a place where a twitter-cide happens and then a few more things leading to the person leaking the question papers for the tests/quizs depriving the hardworking students of their merit credit for making a few quick bucks... entertaining read!

May 19, 2013

By Mistake in The Hindu... :-p

Dileep who is no longer in ekantam :-p and has a junior in his beautiful world to make it even more brighter pings me up once in a while and keeps tabs on what is happening, which I must say am not so good at, sorry my dear blog buddies I am busy getting back to all my school buddies :), so the queue is a bit too long I guess :-p

... coming to Dileep and me, we have this run-to-him-with-tech-issues thanks to my technically challenged blogging skills, so the point of the whole introduction and all this koti-kommacchi is that he brought to my notice that my blog url appears in "The Hindu"  HERE which says

Srinidhi, an Area Sales Manager for Asian Paints in Mumbai, ‘rambles’ on almost anything under the sun in his Sreeszone.blogspot.com 
well, if it comes to the rambling, I am most certain this reference is to my blog because that is what I do all the time but coming to me being Srinidhi, the area sales manager, I am not... so Ms. Swati Sanyal Tarafdar, this is to let you know that I am neither Srinidhi, nor do I make any money through my blog or run any business establishment or showcase any of my technical/cookery/arts&crafts or any such thing. :).

Yumm!

Wow... Mahesh Babu in SVSC is sooooooooooo yumm!! the more I see that guy, the more is this gooey chocolaty feeling... so cutely perfect.. each time I think I am beyond this school girl crushes, this guy just brushes it aside... yum, yum, yum... can anyone really beat this cuteness ever... emo mari, for me, not ever avvocchu... the one hero whose movies I can watch n number of times without ever complaining is he...

naaku paityam perigindi ani janaalaki anipiste andule tappemi ledu adi nijam, nijam.. :)

May 14, 2013

A quick hello

this post is for swati from the comment post... I tried calling up, but you did not pick it up, can you please give me your mail id if it is that important to talk!

May 11, 2013

Share Your Dabba~



Something shared on FB that really touched my heart, unstoppable tears when I saw the kids eating the food eagerly... every child deserves a lot more than this!

May 5, 2013

Whats up

So, after a long hiatus I am back. What is actually happening is... nothing really... I was kind of addicted to the TV/movie/book and FB thing to find time to blog.  There were a lot of times I kind of made these imaginary blog posts that I wanted to put on here but then dwindled away, busy watching all sorts of things...

so what have I been doing...

watching The Kennedys  TV series about the Kennedy Family and the curse of Kennedys.
Watching Balika Vadhu, Madhubala without fail every single episode :-p.
Watching a movie every single day, no matter how boring.
Reading a book almost every day, a few pages at least.
taking the kid to the play area.

Of useful things, no I have not yet learned driving or even put an effort to read through the book and take that online test to even make me eligible for the learning :-p.

The kid got into the govt. sponsored lottery for pre-k, so happy, happy..

Got a much needed break in the form of Isha yoga and the inner engineering course in Atlanta by Sadguru, so add some me time to the routine.

A busy busy not so busy life as usual...

Good thing is cutting down on consuming cooked food, reducing garlic/onion intake.. and trust me it has cut down my cooking cleaning into half.

The OA got to his ideal dream weight and waist size leaving me looking a family Jumbo.. the kid and the OA put together weigh less than me and I guess that is something really really really bad and need to be looked at seriously!!!

Spring is kind of out, early summers, the apartment unknowingly had been a right choice, it has enough light but aptly covered by trees so that it is not hot yet bright throughout the day.

Kid is progressing good, celebrated her 4th birthday and my 35th... midlife crisis is not yet happening or maybe it is and I am not aware...

Have not touched my picture blog in a while, bad... too many opportunities but nothing really captures my fancy any longer, it is just the kids crafts, our outings or somethings like that, so it is hold for unknown time.

Got a mobile finally, and like it had been my choice, a pre-paid, very simple model because I hardly use it and the only time I need it is to ask the OA to pick me up from the place he has dropped me and for that a simple missed call would do :-p... yes, yes, nenu ee vishayamlo maatram piccha kakkurthi :-p.

and that is it from me... hope all of you are good too...

Untouchable - The strange Life and Tragic Death of Micheal Jackson- Randall Sullivan

well, you know my obsession with something I pick on and like OA says my latest muse is MJ.. found yet another bulky book on him and got it.. this one is better than the previous one throwing in an insight into a lot of things of MJ's life in a less biased way...

good read

Breakfast in Bed - Sandra Brown

First read of this author, did not have any clue what it had in hold for me, just picked it on an impulse, it being a large print and a cute pleasant cover page.. :).

A typical M and B style book.. heavily descriptive not my style of a read but for a change after a looooooooooooooong time, so could actually read it cover to cover :-p.

One Day At a Time - Danielle Steele

DS writing is all about romance, families, stories there in... of hope, happiness, living happily ever after, finding hope after betrayal, dealing with sadness, re-grouping life together despite trying situations that life throws us with..

It is yet another simple book about a couple who meet in most unusual circumstances.. this time, the scene shifts to hollywood, from a family of highly accomplished professionals, the heroine is made to feel down because of her choices towards normal life and living the way she wants it.  A high-fi writer mom who gets into relationship with a guy 24 yrs. younger when her husband dies, a homosexual sister who gives birth to a baby boy with artificial insemination, a dog and mourning a boyfriend who died 2 yrs. ago leaving her with a cabin house near the beach, leading a solitary life as a dog walker, falls in love with a legendary British-born hollywood hero, divorced, with a daughter.  The way they fall in love with each other and how the girl gets to a life which resented all through of fame, celebrity lifestyle, media intervention and all...

One day at a time towards a wholesome love life to a couple... good read!

One Amazing Thing - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Yet another pick of the author... once again it is about the stories healing pain and giving hope.

It is about 9 people who remain in the visa/passport office in an unnamed American city one late afternoon when earthquake strikes leaving them all under the half-fallen roof, cut off power supply and phone connections, waiting for some help.

the group is a mix of all people, an ABCD from Bengali family whose parents have gone back to India for good, who is in a live-in relationship with a guy, just going on an impulse to India to visit her parents, having her own insecurities about loving and giving.  An American-born muslim who is struggling the fall out of 9/11 and the difference meted out to them in light of the terrorist activity, leaving their family shattered.  An American couple, a banker who feels out of place without number crunching and a wife who feels loveless, the bank staff, Indian manager and a clerk with their own personal conflicts and confused about the relationship growing between them.  A granddaughter and grandmother, of chinese origin with a past of their own... and an African-American kind of equipped with crisis management... how they all come together to survive waiting for the rescue team to find them, how the hope diminishes by the moment but they hang on to each other with the help of stories and stuff gets the story together...

It has the same gripping narrative but to an average simple reader like me the reality kind of dwindles into story telling and the ending untold, a typical author style... 

liked it though.

Movies Post :)

Gundello Godaari:
Art cinemaki takkuva, commercial cinemaki ekkuvagaa undi but must say captured the essence of life in villages very well.  Manchu Lakshmi has a very nice taste but the skin show of Taapsee is always a put off to me in any movie she acts,  I somehow find it very cheap and disgusting more than anything!  Set in the backdrop of floods in Godavari district is a story of a newly wed couple, who for different reasons get married to one another while they have in the past loved someone else.  At first they just want to die in the flow of water but as they get to reveal their pasts, they form a bond and how they struggle to live.  Though the climax of floods and the way they are lost and found is too much filmy, the rest of the film has that native feel..

Gowravam
Allu Sirish enchakka magazine pettukuni nadipestunte hammaya okkadikainaa audience meeda jaali undi murisipoyaa, cut cheste baabuki kooda cinema bug kuttesindi... :-p.

Gouravam - As the name suggests, the story line is around honor killings and the deep-rooted caste barriers still existing in some rural areas. It is undoubtedly good, heroine is kind of cute... BUT... aa hero enti, aa execution enti... aa good concept, better than a lot of senseless commercial flicks... now wondering how would Chaitu have carried it off.

 Sirish looks like another E-TV suman as an actor in the making... Energy and talent channelized in the wrong direction!

Gunde Jaari Gallantayyinde
A good one time fun watch movie.  Liked the confusion and commotion in the movie, seemed like a tried and tested formula but Nitya and Nitin gave it a cute feel.. Finally he seems to me having some sense in signing movies and Nitya for some reason reminds me of Soundarya, I think, dubbing in her own voice and a cool choice of movies.

Swamy Ra Ra
It is a different movie with scenes copied from a lot of places and yes the director is very right in the disclaimer that he copies every scene  that he likes when we watches a movie.  The stolen antique, how it lands up with petty thieves and an innocent blabber-mouth Swathi who actually thinks the hero works for HP :-p and a software professional forms the first part and the rest is up to these 3 without the knowledge of the heroine get tangled in a mess of finding out the statue they mistakenly sold to an antique smuggler to get the girl back and how in the bargain they end up with quite a lot of money forms the rest.  Seemed like a typical RGV entertainer but loved it.

Music is really really good, loved it.

Takita Takita
A very old Bhumika produced movie, had a fresh feel to it, actually enjoyed watching it.  It is a college tale, a story mixed with life, fun, realities in college life, the common misunderstandings and happy endings.

16 Days
I dont really understand what Charmee would have thought when she signed this movie... an innocent guy in search of job lands in a mess where 2 gangsters pitch him opposite one another to kill the heir.  He, with the help of Charmee an orphan who does a job for a living but stays in the houses of people who go out of station at nights, comes out of it, killing them all and putting an end to this mess.. unrealistic, messy messed up movie!


Thanks Maa -
A movie brutally honest about shocking realities in society that do exist, no matter how much we would like to look other way. After watching this, one cannot really look at the street kids the same way without any lingering thoughts as to what made them what they are.

A heart-rending tale of a street kid, left in a govt. hospital by his mom at birth, treats the watchman to liquor in search of his birth mother.  He ends up having a small baby boy in his life and is determined to find his mother, how he protects the kid and eventually when he finds the situation in which that kid is born and left (a incest of father and daughter) ends up leaving him in an orphanage but wanting to put his name as mother.  Every scene is heart-touching and would leave one wondering about harsh realities of life.. A really great effort!

Vicky Donor
This movie deals with the social stigma of being a sperm donor.  How it is looked up on and how it actually works out in a really funny but revealing way.  Liked watching it.  Yami Goutam is my new favorite heroine, she looks really good.

Apr 11, 2013

Atlas Shrugged

My first stint with Ayn Rand was 10 yrs. ago when my brother would not stop praises about "The Fountainhead" and to this day, it remains the only book that I never really got beyond the first page :-p. To me, Fountainhead is above my head :-p but of late, RGV (yup, another maverick like me) got me back to her and this time I chose Atlas Shrugged.

God, she is one genius, a writer who thought ahead, predicted ahead, the virtue of selfishness, altruism, the political connect to what she said about 50 yrs. ago would happen, what she tried to put forward, just amazing.

Was surprised to see so much negativity this book attracted during her lifetime, thinking ahead of time was her greatest flaw I guess.

She is no doubt going to be a cult figure in the literary circles forever and I, for one, just got in :).

Mar 29, 2013

Pent-up

I have come to realize that the worse thing a loved one can do to another is NOT TRUST and make the other feel it. The feeling of mistrust, however minute it is, just throws me off into a tangent. Lack of mutual trust in a relationship leaves nothing there in it to even try to work on!

Something which threw me off the hook a few years ago, I just hope I have the strength to tide it through... blowing a whistle on it ,does it help... got to see!

Mar 28, 2013

Gudla Veta - The egg hunt

Everything is so commercially done out here in US, like the valentines day parents flock the stores buying goodies for school... or name it a day and you find the wares.. the latest is the eager egg craze and yes, as much as the kid enjoyed collecting the eggs, as much as the parents were eager for the pictures of the kid to be taken and stored, I still feel some materialistic tinge to it... or I am just plain crazy to enjoy those tiny little pleasures... hmmm!

Youtube Movies

I am actually enjoying watching movies on youtube more than I thought... so it is a movie a day marathon these days, good quality ones mostly both print wise and content wise.  keep a movie, do the household chores :)... aadutu paadutu pani chestunte days are gone I guess, choostoo vintoo pani chestunte... :)

16 December
Typical defense forces movie busting the revenue crimes in India, money in Swiss bank used to buy weapons to destroy India by Pakistani who is upset about his nation's surrender in the war between nations... okay watch.

Naina
Naina - A reasonably good movie in horror genre that I happened to watch of late.. Urmila is the only one that comes to my mind for such roles, she blends in so perfectly. But for some dragged scenes, the overall impact is noteworthy. No link whatsoever but reminded me of Kokila (old Naresh, Sobhana flick), the corneal transplant part I guess. Must agree, Indians do copy things in a class of their own, our very own version of "The Eye".

Tahaan
A children's film, touching about the innocence of a child, love towards his family, friend Birbal, a donkey, the way he goes just about this close to commit a crime to get it back but holds himself back... the movie is all about childhood, innocence, the struggles of people near the border, where living each day is a struggle in itself, getting by without the man of the house, bringing up children, some subtle things... and most importantly a very sad truth how violence lurks all around them when they are so helpless and how it gets them into its grip..

Mar 23, 2013

Komaram....??? Puli

I have not seen this movie earlier, but had some really crazy reviews about it... but now when I actually see it I feel nothing does justice to the comedy therein... Damn! was thinking that Balayya had patent rights for such crazy movies, PK gives him a neck-to-neck competition here...

What made him do this movie?  It is like a caricature of PK... not even an enemy should do to that guy is my feeling... aa expressions enti, aa story enti, aa action enti... dialogues are good, forceful, but coming from his mouth with that body language kind of loses that effect...

tikka moodlo ee cinema kanaka chooste paityam prakopistundi.... !

Mar 22, 2013

Of biographies and net searches...

of late, reading biographies, especially of those in showbiz and politics, I begin to wonder where all the hard work one puts in goes and when does this facade start, too many versions, too much of confusion... and whether it is all worth it.. and also looking at such tragic events, why dont others learn not to slip... guess, popularity gives the highest of highs and leaves one in lowest of lows once it is mishandled!

I have been reading a good number of biographies of late and watching documentaries, youtube videos related to the incidents mentioned.  The news and the paparazzi as usual have been very very vague and shady about a lot of things, contradictions everywhere, giving me an impression media has always been the same then and now.. not much change...

My finds and a few more questions...
Sanjay Gandhi and his frugal life style and how could be he so misunderstood or over-criticized....
Nehru his lifestyle..
and the eternal mystery of why Indira is a Gandhi and not a Khan... ??? and a whole lot of other questions about the Gandhi-Nehru Dynasty..

MJ,

the tragic life he lead, the circumstances leading to his death... and most essentially, is he really dead???
and I for one believe that the kids were MJ's own... blanket, crazy as the name sounds looked more like MJ than any of the other kids... 

how would it to be to actually figure out an alive MJ after all the hue and cry?

Unmasked, The Final Years Of Michael Jackson - Ian Halperin

The first time I ever saw Michael Jackson was on cable tv, where they were showing his concert videos.  I did not really understand the crazy fans, the ones who were crying, jumping, screaming, running, total mania and chaos... after that I loved his song Heal The World.

Then learned about him, his child abuse cases, weddings with Lisa Presley, Debbie Rowe, the kids, the divorces, the Neverland Rach and all those things but never really took a keen interest in him.  I was in my village when he expired and only thing that I felt was pity about how lonely he was despite having everything, somehow could relate to that part of his yearning and all to be a kid.. I personally do not think he is a child molester he is portrayed to be.  He had his personal eccentric choices maybe but not molesting and that too not kids!! 

The book is by an investigative father who claims that he had his own doubts when he started writing.   The jury decision pronouncing MJ not guilty is what triggered his research and what he found in the process.  It is distressing to read how he was influenced by people how he lost control of everything.  The transcripts of interviews with Oprah, the interview of Chandler kid and a lot more kind of form the story and enables to form an opinion of him.

This is the first book I read of MJ and it more or less covered all the aspects of his life and not just his performances, rather performances take the last seat in this book. it is all about the man.

Queen of Dreams - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

After the super successful read of The Palace of Illusions, I have decided to pick another book of hers, yes it was indeed a good read but I am left with confusion on the narrating style...

the mother is a dream reader (if that exists) and the way the daughter always felt shut from her mother's past in India, the country of her origin, she is never let into it.  In an accident, the mother dies and the daughter finds her journals written in Bengali, which the father agrees to translate for her.  Meanwhile, a rapport builds up between the daughter and father and she gets to see the side of his which she never thought existed... it is a wonderful array of emotions, situations, incidents interwoven together.... but for simplistic reader like me.. or someone who likes easy flow of  words, the narrative is confusing... the journals, the story of the mother, the dreams, the visions, everything kind of throws me out of the flow of the story and kind of pulls me back into it...

overall, a good read... 

Indira Gandhi, An Intimate Biography - Pupul Jayakar

After reading the book on Sonia, me being me, made sure I go through a lot of youtube resources and google photos and pictures to see the timeline and incidents and about Maneka Gandhi and rest of the family, the facts and rumors and a whole lot of things.. so in that quest for the unknown which kind of keeps me going these days :), I pick up this book on Indira.

Pupul is a friend of Indira personally and for her to write this would have been a challenge had Indira been alive when she started her efforts... the author does not sound be a sycophant, kind of provides an objective view without being overtly critical... liked what I read.  The relationship between the Gandhis, the generation next and all that, incidents leading to her marriage, studies, death, so-called affairs, everything is touched up on but not dealt with enough to clarify my personal doubts  but it has been a good read which made me look up a few more things on the net and spend my sleepless nights researching the Gandhi clan much to the amusement of the OA who strongly hates Sonia and thinks she is out to ruin core India...

well, I must say I have not turned an ardent fan of the clan or a hater, but I do understand a few of things that they did.  Indira, the essence of her, I guess cannot be captured with such a tiny book, but it does a good enough job.

Mar 18, 2013

watching, reading - ??

Have you ever felt that having subtitles for a movie is like reading a book in superfast mode.. 'cos when I tend to turn that feature on... all my eyes do is just pop down to read it as fast as I can :)... but still the reader in me prefers that to watching the onscreen action going on.. sigh!!

Mar 17, 2013

ting-tong!

As usual, the sick, wheezy me back in bed with the back pain that seemingly does not go away.. just about a month of feeling getting back in track and things go back to square one... watching a lot of TV, saw Table 21, The attacks of 26/11.. loved them both, the first better.. second is a good taking but too much of dragging in Nana's modulation and long-drawn lectures rather than showcasing the courage of localites and policemen... on a lighter note, so final product after taking down one CM for RGV's eccentricities has seen the light of the day...

saw sontham, and can empathize with Namita's weight issues... :).. movie is so, so.. comedy is good.

read a couple of books... they seem good, reviews will follow..

completed 24, the television series, episode 1 back to back and vowed not to get back to the addiction... :).

being back on medication and forced restful days is not a good idea!!! get well soon... GET WELL SOON, GET WELL SOON...


Mar 1, 2013

Midhunam - Review - Naa Madhanam

పూర్ణిమ చాల రోజుల క్రితం ఈ సినిమా చూసి వచ్చి, చాలా బాగుంది తప్పకుండా చూద్దండి అని చెప్పినప్పటి నించి చాల చాల ఎదురు చూసాను ఎప్పుడు చూడగలనా దీన్ని అని.. అందరు ఆహ ఓహో భరణి, లక్ష్మి, బాలు అంటుంటే కనీసం ట్రైలర్ అన్నా చూడాలి అన్న ఆశ చంపుకుని మరీ ఆగాను, ఒకటే సారి ఆస్వాదించాలి అని.   మా దేశంలో ఎక్కడైనా వస్తే వెళ్దామా అంటే మా పండు గాడికి సినిమా నచ్చట్లేదు, ఇంకా youku  లో పెడతాడా, youtube లో పెడతాడా, dvd  రిలీజ్ చేస్తాడా అని ఎదురు చూసి, ఎదురు చూసి చివరాఖరికి ఇవ్వాళ youku  ఉన్న లింకు పని చేస్తోంది అని గాయత్రీ బంగారం చెప్పే పాటికి ఆహా, ఓహో, ఈహా, ఊహ, అని చింపిరి గంతులేసుకుంటూ మరీ చూసేశాను .

నాకు ఉన్న తెలుగు పరిజ్ఞానానికి, రమణ గారి పుస్తకాలు ఏవో కొన్ని తప్ప పెద్దవి ముట్టుకోడానికి నేను సాహసించలేదు, మిధునం అనే పుస్తకం పేరు కూడా వినలేదు, కాబట్టి నేను చదవలేదు, అందులో ఏమి కదా ఉందొ నాకు తెలియదు, అమ్మ నాన్నల ప్రేమకధ అంటే పాతకాలపు ప్రేమకధ అని మాత్రం అనుకున్నాను.

ఈ మధ్యన సుందరకాండ (ఛార్మి) సినిమా చూసినప్పుడు, బాపు గారి సినిమా నన్ను నిరాశ  పరిచింది... ముందు రమణ గారి పుస్తకం కదా ఎలాగుంటుందో అనిపించింది కూడా ఒక మూలన కాని తరవాత తెలిసింది అది శ్రీ రమణ గారు రాసారని... ఏది ఐతేనేమి ఒక పుస్తకానికి దృశ్య రూపం నాకు ఎప్పుడు నచ్చలేదు కాని ఈ విషయంలో మాత్రం అది అంతా నిరర్ధకం అని చూసినాక తెలిసింది.

కేవలం ఇద్దరు నటులతోటి, పల్లెటూరి వాతావరణంలో తీసిన సినిమా రెండు గంటలు ఏమి చూపిస్తారు, ఎంత బాగుంటుంది అనుకుంటే, అదిగో అక్కడ తెలుస్తుంది మనకి భరణి గారి ప్రతిభ.  నేను పుస్తకం చదవలేదు కాని రమణ గారి  మార్కు పోకుండా, కదా పట్టు సడలకుండా, ప్రేక్షకుడి ఆసక్తికి భంగం లేకుండా పూర్తి నిడివి చాలా బాగా తీశారు.  ఆ పాత్రలతో పాటు జీవించిన అనుభూతిని మిగిల్చారు.  ఇలా ఉంటే  బాగుండు అనిపించడమే కాదు సాధ్యమే అనిపించేలా చేసారు.

టైటిల్స్ దెగ్గర నించి చాలా జ్ఞాపకాలు నెమరు వేసుకున్నాను, పాటల్లో, ద్వారం లక్ష్మి గారి పేరు, కధకి మూలం మర్చిపోకుండా చెప్పడం, ఆకాశవాణి లో ఎప్పుడో ఎక్కడో, జ్ఞాపకాల పొరల మధ్యదాగుండి పోయిన గొంతులు వినడం, ఆ అనుభూతికి లోను కావడం, ఏమని వర్ణించను, ఎంతని పొగడను.  లక్ష్మి గారి నటన బాలు ప్రతిభ, ఆ ఇల్లు, వాకిలి, చెట్లు, ఆవు, దూడ చెరువు గట్టు, ఊరి మట్టి అన్నీ, ప్రతి ఒక్కటి నన్ను మరో లోకానికి తీసుకెళ్ళిపోయింది.

సినిమా సారం ఏంటి అంటే...

అమ్మమ్మదొరికావా, అర్థనారీశ్వర... విడి విడిగా వెతికాను... ఒక చోటే కలిశారా. 

 అనే చిలిపి గొంతుతో వచ్చిన బుల్లి పాట  చరణం.

అదే ఈ కధకి ప్రాణం, అప్ప దాసు, బుచ్చి లక్ష్మిల దాంపత్యానికి సారం.


ఎన్నెన్నో జ్ఞాపకాలు...

***ఇయం ఆకాశవాణి సంప్రతి వార్తాహ శ్రుయన్థామ్, ప్రవాచకః బలదేవానంద సాగర.. అంటూ సంస్కృతం వార్తలు...
***కేయూరాణి న భూషయంతి పురుషం హారాన చంద్రోజ్వలా.... సతతం వాగ్భూషణ భూషణం  అనే శ్లోకం పాట
***దూదిని ఏకడం.
***ఆ ఇంటి ప్రతి అణువు, ఇత్తడి గిన్నెలు, మట్టి అలకడం, ముగ్గులు, అటక, అరటి ఆకు భోజనం

చాలా చాలా ఇష్టమైన ఎన్నో బోలెడు జ్ఞాపకాలు అన్ని తెర  మీద కనిపించడం.. ఒక మధురమైన అనుభూతి

ఈ కాలంలో ఇలా జరుగుతుందా, అలా బ్రతకడం సాధ్యమేనా, అన్ని ఎన్నో ఆలోచనలు... మాకు ఒక కోరిక, అన్ని బాధ్యతలు తీరిపోయినాక ఊర్లో పొలం చేసుకుంటూ ఉండిపోవాలి అని, అన్ని వదిలేసి, ఈ కొత్తమోహం, కంప్యూటర్, ఇంటర్నెట్ అన్ని వదిలేసి ఉండగలమా అని ఆలోచనలు అటుంచి చాల సాధ్యం అనిపించేలా ఉంది.

ఎన్నో జ్ఞాపకాలు, కొబ్బరి ఆకు బూరలు చేసుకోవడం, మా అమ్మమ్మని గుర్తు చేసింది, తను చేసి పెడితే తన చుట్టూ పిపి డుం  డుం  అనుకుంటూ ఆడటం, తను దూది ఏకడం, వంటలు చెయ్యటం, రోట్లో రుబ్బడం, వంటలు, ఆ నీళ్ళ గుండిగలు... తనకి కూడా అప్ప దాసు లాంటి భాగ స్వామి దొరికితే జీవితం ఎంత బాగుండేది అనిపించింది ఒక్క క్షణం, తాతయ్య అంటే ఇష్టం బాగా ఉన్నా కూడా, అమ్మమ్మ కోల్పోయింది ఏంటో ఇంకా బాగా అర్థం అయ్యింది.. రేపు నేను OA  అలా ఉండగలమా అంటే అది ఒకరి చూసి కోరుకునేది, అనుకరించేది కాదు, మనసులోంచి రావాలి అని తెలుస్తోంది...

మిధునం ఒక అపురూప దృశ్య కావ్యం.



Feb 27, 2013

Youtube Movies

My latest pass time these days is watching telugu movies on youtube, searching for full movie.. the print is usually a very good one and I love watching it on TV, thanks to my smart Blu-Ray player ;) and ipad pair feature with you-tube in premium apps... (nenu kooda konchem konchem techie aipotunnaanocch ;)).

Sundarakanda
A Bapu-Ramana movie, a making style of their own, dialogues of their own, Charmi the naughty girl, Allari Naresh the village all-in-one journalist helping her out carry off their roles with elan.  Prema the mother and the father, Suneel Sharma, seemed so rubber-like with dubbing by SPB, seemed so out of place, so unnatural, seemed more like a drama and not a movie.. totally out of sync with any genre, basically seemed to be the same plot as that of Mutyaala Muggu with a girl kid minus the monkey who seems to be Naresh here... Pinky the tokaleni monkey, Prema's job, what they do, kota and his coterie... I wonder if I could not relate to this movie from the classic film maker... but I certainly think this taking certainly was meant to be doomed.

Mem Vayasuku Vacchaam
I would not have picked out on watching this movie if not for Youtube, but was pleasantly surprised at the content.  Tanish (the brother from Manmadhudu) plays the hero who loves a girl and wants to get married to her but she runs away seeing another girl's photo in his purse..Bharati Raja plays a cameo who listens to the whole story when the hero comes looking for the girl... What starts off like a typical inter-religious love story, takes a different turn in its mature, close to reality climax, though it is too far-fetched to show them as friends :).. The girl gives into her family wishes and marries another guy of their choice while the hero goes through all the ditched-feelings and on the verge of losing sanity period but finally comes to terms with life and moves on when he finds another girl he likes and realizes that the feelings actually did not die after one failure... absolutely very much possible... I loved watching it :).

Feb 26, 2013

The Palace of Illusions - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

This is one of the books I had been planning to read for quite some time, first I saw it in Rad's list and then started the search.  I moved back to India, had my own life to look after and then somehow the desire to read it kind of went down.  Now that I have an access to a good library, hunted it down and got it.  No, absolutely not disappointed at all the effort.  It has really made me sit up and read it in one go.

I do not know how far it is true, this version of MahaBharatha through the eyes of Paanchaali, a woman who had 5 husbands, which is kind of unheard of for human beings.  I always had this nagging feeling, how must she have felt and how the hell had she managed her thoughts from not drifting to others when with one person or even if she did, how did she mask it from being obvious.  How was the domestic life and all that.  The author kind of puts an end to all those thoughts, though a fiction, I kind of found my answers to a lot of questions.  The book shows the internal conflict of Draupadi, married to 5 Kunti-Putras on their mother's words but deep within pined for the eldest, Karna.  The way she was responsible for yuga-changing history, the way she led her life, the way she saw herself, explored her inner feelings and bared it to the readers.  It might be mahaa-paapam to even think of the noble pativratas or something like that but I must say, it makes it all the more easy to relate to 'cos that character thinks like one of us... I enjoyed reading it thoroughly..

When I first saw Daana Veera Soora Karna with OA, he told me that Draupadi seeking Karna as 6th husband in her deepest desires as some fragment of fertile NTR's imagination and how his Brahmin friends kind of banned that movie as well as a lot of NTR's movies which showed the regular villains in better light, as having more morals, courage but stuck by circumstances, like glorifying Ravana and Duryodhana, the evil personified characters of greatest Indian Scriptures and accused him of tampering with sacred stuff... since then that part of Bharata intrigued me a lot and for a person growing up like I did, this book makes a very interesting read...!

Feb 25, 2013

The Other Side of Me - Sidney Sheldon

An autobiography of a versatile writer.. I did not know much about him, how he got into writing books and all that, to me he is one writer and when I read this book.. I got to know he has much more to him, a successful theater writer who started as a song writer, who got into movie writing, then directing and then finally into a successful book writer popular world over.

I have not seen any of his movies.  I had watched his I dream of Jeannie on TV a long while ago but then I did not really bother to see who wrote it :).

A very interesting read which brings forth his problems with manic depression, the way his life took shape and all that..

Recent Movies

Rock Star
Absolutely loved Ranbir in this flick... chaala chaala touching and moving love story but okate doubt deenni theaterlo janaalu elaa choostaaru ani expect chesi teesaaru abbaa!!!!  I loved the heroine in the movie, she is so delicate, Nargis, just loved her.. too much of confusion and chaos, not a theater watch.

Priyudu
Asalu janaalu Varun Sandesh toti cinemaalu enduku teestunnaaru anedi naaku artham avvadu ippati daaka, like with Nitin, edo vastay, enduku choosaama annattu untaay... another such movie... routine.

Accidents Happen
Accidents happen and they do change the course of lives of the people involved in it.. Geena Davis flick of what seems to be a cursed family with so many things happening, so many tragedies... okay watch!

The Dark Side of Midnight - Sidney Sheldon

This book is actually a combination of 3 novels by Sidney Sheldon

Like all others, this has been a page turner too.. I like SS books and this is a re-run going on :).

The other side of Midnight
SS explores the concept of extreme passion, love and hate, the difference between which is very marginal due to the persons/situations involved in the back drop of world war, a good read.

Rage of Angels
The story of a young lawyer trapped with mafia unknowingly who falls in love with a married man running for senate and then the president and then again gets trapped in the mafia grip.. good read.

Blood line
The story of a heiress trying to figure out who killed her father and tried to kill her.. gripping..


Feb 22, 2013

Amerikaavasapu Kadhalu

Telugulo raayaali undi, chaala rojula ninchi telugu transliteration endukano naa systemlo pani cheyyaka cheyyalekapotunnaa but i am not sure if I can do it full-fledgedly...

There are too many tales to be told about life in US, my life and life in general, so I am planning to do them, as time permits.. preferably in Telugu... :).

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