Jai Ho !!! The review.

Hello All,

“Slumdog Millionire” finally is ready to hit the screens of Chennai in two of its current versions (English/Hindi). Some time back when I heard about the Golden Globe to AR Rehman, I was very curious to know/hear the songs in that movie. I finally happened to hear em yesterday, especially the song “Jai Ho”.

“Jai Ho” is definitely a breakthrough for AR Rehman from the Indian music in to international Music. Looking at the history of AR as a music director, his interest has been slowly moving from his mother tounge (Tamil) to Hindi and then to English.

“I can’t believe, I got golden award for this song.” —A. R. Rehaman.

Yeah..!! He can not believe it, because it is like any other Hindi song that he does. Ofcourse, all of his songs are different, Unique, and Excellent.  This song was composed by AR featuring Sukhwinder singh, Tanvi Shah, and Mahalakshmi Iyer.

Highlights:

1) AR’s High Pitch chorus (saying Jay Ho…….!!), eventhough it is just for few seconds, is an excellent garland for this song.  When I heard it for the first time, this two bit chorus drove me through the clouds of pleasure and satisfaction.

2) Drum’s (Probably given by Sivamani) are very good and suits the song correctly.

3) Sukhi, Ofcourse  sung it with his unique and own style. I observe lot of patriotism in Sukhi’s songs (Like the one Chak De India).

So My dear readers, Don’t miss this song. I am yet to see the movie. The review will follow..

Have a Nice Day!!!!

With love,

Durga Prasad

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Back to the childhood to celebrate Pongal.

Hello All,

Let me wish you all a Happy and great pongal. This day is a new year day for Tamil Nadu and so let me wish all the chennites A happy new year as well.

Well, I didn’t get a chance to go home for this pongal 😦 as I am “perserving” my leaves for sister’s marraige. Being alone in the room, I was just thinking of my pongal celebrations during my childhood days. Ofcourse, those were the sweetest days of everyones life.

My memories flashed back to my childhood days of 5-6th standard. Normally during those days the atmosphere used to be very cold than usual becuase of the two lakes very near to my home in Tenali. We are around 6 kids and all are of my age or less than that. Our temple used to be the  playground for all of us. Since our home is located pretty near to farm fields, all the tractors and lorry’s used to pass by my home.

We use to gather early morning at around 4.30 to 5.00 o’clock and prepare a camp fire (traditionally called Chali Manta in telugu) to get rid of cold. More than escaping from cold, we make use of this as a way out to have fun together with lots of silly games. So, Its our usual practice to make a camp fire every morning. But, for us to  make the fire we have to collect the dried grass from different places.

Ofcourse, The best place to collect are the tractors that return from the fields. So, this used to be a very tough competition between those 6 kids. Everybody used to have a very keen motto of collecting the grass on their own and whoever collects more (on that day) will get lots of claps the next day morning during the camp fire. Thank god that all the tractor drivers that return from fields, take a break extactly before my house (Because we have a public pump befre my house :)). Hence, me and my sister always used to crouch in to those halted tractors during the abscense of the driver and steel the grass in it. So, at the end of the day we were the winners of the game. 🙂

During bhogi (the day before the festival of pongal), it used to be a master camp fire (Bhogi Manta) where all our family members would also participate. We, the kids, used to preserv lot of grass from previous three days. Apart of it, My dad also used to ask the farmers to get some from the fields. So, By the next day morning, suddenly a BIG lot of grass appears before us for the camp fire. You don’t believe me, that was the time which we were utmost happy to see such a big amout of it. (Sounds so funny if i think now). Because… More the grass ! More is the time to Burn ! and so More is the fun ! 🙂 🙂

Apart of this, We used to fly lot of kite’s on top my building. We used to go to the small water storages near by for fishing.  We were never successful in catching a fish but were always successfull in geting scoldings from our parents. 🙂

Those were the best days of my life….. (I feel like singing this Brain Adams’s Biggest hit ).

Gone are those days. Now the times are changing with every thing artificial. I am afraid If I will be able to explain to the next generation (my kids) “What is Sankranthi? What is Bhogi ?” etc etc…..!

Whew….! Enough going to flash back. Just Zoom back to present.

Once again Happy Pongal and Have a nice day.

Cheers,

Durga Prasad

 

 

Ghajini – A review

Hello All,

The much awaiting Ghajini, a hindi remake of telugu/tamil Gajani had hit the screens of bollywood and moving forward with a good speed. Everybody had lot of expectation on this movie being starred by Aamir khan. I happened to see this movie last night and now I feel I am eligible to write a post giving my feedback on this movie. So, Here we go….

Aamir’s Performance:

You would have seen that few of my previous posts are about Aamir, which means that I admir Aamir and his hard work towards achieving what he wants. I could see the same clearly in this movie. Aamir is absolutely superb in this movie. This hard work for 9 months towards shaping this body to a Hard Gym body had shown up crystal clear on the screen. Ofcourse this acting… I have nothing new to talk about his acting. He is known for this creativity and acting skills. However, He didn’t put much of his creativity in this movie as it is a remake.

Aamir’s Getup:

Aamir’s get up was pretty much the same as Surya’s in tamil Gajini, ie., trimmed head with a gap starting from the forehead to the back of the head indicating an injury on the head. He comes on the screen with two different getup’s. One with the injury on the head and another a dynamic business man. The Business man get up was better than what surya had in the old gajini. Aamir looked really good in that get up. Apart of these two getups, Aamir comes on the screen often with a bare top. This getup mainly showcases Aamir’s body full of muscles and lots of information written on his body.

Plot/Story:

The plot was same as the Tamil gajini. The story goes on a concept of “hero taking revenge against a person that killed his fiance”. However, the movie was a biggest hit because of the twist that hero is a temporary memory loss patient who can only remember the happenings in last 15 minutes. The story flies around “how hero manages to keep track of the person’s whom he has to take the revenge on?”.At many places, Villon and other characters takes this as an advantage to escape from hero. Besides all this, the story keeps on touching the decent flash back of the hero. The flash back showcases his lovely relationship with a sweet lady called kalpana with whom he happened to fall in love.

Direction:

Though the same director has remade this movie in to Hindi, The story had been changed a bit by Aamir (Especially the climax). Director Murugadoss had succeeded to re-produce all the scenes same as in Tamil movie. But, as usual he was not able to get rid of those poor dumb flying shots. This is some thing which i really don’t like in this guy. He tries change the hero in to a superman, in which the Villon flies off when he just punches him. Otherwise his direction was pretty nice and especially the climax in Hindi Ghajini was really good. Unlike the climax in the Tamil gajini, this is directed in a better way showing his love towards Kalpana and the angry on the Villon at the same time.

Heroine:

Asin starred as the main heroine in this movie and she will be murdered by the Villon by hitting hardly on her head with an iron rod. Asin’s role is funny, active, caring and centimental. She cares much about the society. Her helping nature attracts the hero to fall in love with her.  Otherwise, there was no much change in Asin’s role compared to Tamil Gajini.

Music:

The music in Ghajini is supposed to be a talent fight between A R Rehman and Harris. But, practically I am not sure if it makes some sense. It is like a competition between a legend and an emerging music director. In my view, no one is less talented. They have their own ways of producing music and they can not be compared to each other. Of course, being a hard core fan of A R Rehman, my feet will tap alot for whatever AR makes. Overall, the songs are so nice in this. My favorites would be Behka and Guzarish.

What do I like most in this movie:

1). The first and foremost is Aamir. I like the serious looks of aamir which I often see in this movie.

2). Music By AR. Behka is an excellent song with lot of difficult nodes in it. Especially the phrases when 6 Aamir’s come together to sing. (Don’t remember the exact lyrics). Guzarish starts with a nice humming which, I am sure, will lost for atleast 1-2 years in the industry. It had already become the ringtone of my N73. I am not talking much about other song’s as these two always dominates all others.

3) I liked the climax scene very much. Aamir khan acted very well with his mixed emotions in this scene combining his  immense love towards heroine and the angry towards the villon.

Overall rating:

Overall, the movie was good. Its  no where boring. It has a very good music. Every body’s acting was good. Direction was good.

With all the above, I would give this movie 3.5/5.

So my dear readers,

this is my recommondation to every body to watch this excellent movie.

With Lots of love,

Durga Prasad (Siging off at 11.44 PM. Very sleepy).

Shopping Bonanza at chennai/Kanchipuram.

Hello All,

I would like to start this post with a note that it is very tough to go for a marriage shopping with all the ladies. I am telling this upon my experience when my parents and relatives came down to chennai for my sister’s marriage shopping.

Traveling half a day in a train, all my relatives along with my parents reached Chennai at 1.30PM on Sunday Evening (28th December 2008). We went to my room and had lunch self cooked by me. There started the local shopping in Saravana Stores. Since it is called as the best suited shop for the middle class items, we chose to go there first to have a look at the stuff  in side. They are all very stunned to see the crowd at Ranganadhan Street and Saravana Stores.

Phase I of the shopping started at the ground floor of Saravana stores which has all the saries and chudidars for ladies. My relatives from both the sides (Bride’s and Bride Groom’s) have started exploring the saries in their own way depending upon their tastes and needs. I was so bored after some time, as I was sick of hearing different types of ladies redymades like Salwar Kameez, Chudidar, Short Top, Long Top, Patiyala, Anarkali Dress etc etc.

Whew…!!!! Oh My god. How many models for Ladies. Are all these things really needed for them? Why are these many models not there for Gents? All these thoughts are roaming around my mind. It is not that easy to enjoy shopping in Saravana Stores because the shopping there is literally like a village festival (Called as Tirunall in telugu, Tiruvizha in tamil) with an exceptionally large crowd. I was not even able to move around becasue of the huge crowd standing every where with out even giving a way to  those who want to pass by. Half of the time I spent in supplying water to my relatives and searching for all of them and unite them at one place. 😦 This way, the Phase I of the shopping ended in Saravana Stores at 11.30PM starting form 4.10PM. However, we reached home very late by 12.50AM because of the remaining shopping in T-Nagar.

The next day started very early in the morning. We started to kanchipuram in MTC bus from CMBT. I was damn sleepy because of the least sleep last night and as soon as i got in to the bus, I slept off. By the time I woke up (After 1 1/2 hour) I realized that we reached Kanchipuram already. Kanchipuram is known for its ancient temples and the original hand woven mulberry silk saries. Even though this is my second visit to Kanchipuram, I explored much of it this time than the last time. The temples of Kanchipuram shows up the spirituality and they were built with the perfect Hindu Temple Architecture with multiple number of prakaras (Bounderies).

Ekamabaranath Temple At Kanchipuram.

Ekamabaranath Temple At Kanchipuram.

Sculpture At Kanchipuram

Sculpture At Kanchipuram

As soon as we got down at Kanchipuram, I called up one of my cousin studying there. His name is vinay, and he is been a very good guide the whole day. Since we reached early (at 7.00AM), we started with the Temple darshan’s. We visited Kamakshi Temple and then to Ekambarana Nath Temple. Both of them are known for their glowry and ancient ness. Kanchi Kamakshi temple is one of the very few Shakthi Peetha’s in India.  My sister started singing a krithi during the darshan and I was very much involved and enjoyed it. The darshan was very good at both the places.

We then quickly had breakfast and hired two auto’s for the entire day. Now starts the actual shopping bonanza. Since Kanchi is famous for the silk saries, there is always a scope for getting betrayed by the shopkeepers if the customer is innocent. As per the local people, there are few places called “Pattu Societies” which are trustable, as they have been given a certificate of trust from the central government of India. This seal is only for the Quality of the silk in those saries, But the rate may always vary accordingly.

We directly striked to a famous society called KK Society in Kanchipuram. When we are entering it, we have seen the many people making Pattu (silk) Saries using the corresponding machinery (Called Maggam in telugu). We were surprised to see their efforts to make a single sarie. It really take a very long time to come up with a beautiful Kanchi Pattu Sarie. Inside the society, we were been treated very well like their own relatives. One special thing about them is that they know many Indian languages and they are fluent enough to tackle the customers in these languages. The saries in these shops cost from 3000/- to 90,000/-. The shopkeeper will show you different varieties in your expected range and once the selections in differents varieties are decided you can bargain on the price. Every customer will be attended in a seperate room by a dedicated attendee who will be sitting with a blanket before him and an assistant of him will get all the sarries as per his order.

A scene inside the society shop.

A scene inside the society shop.

Our people started in the range of 9,000/- to 13,000/- and selected few saries that are very good looking and damn shining. It took them almost 3 hours to finish this selection and now comes the actual part of the purchase, ie, rate. We were not able to compromise on the rates that the attendee is telling. So, we dropped to purchase there after a very long selection of 3 hours. 😦 Hmm…..! What to do? Its my sister’s marriage. I need to have lot of patience in every activity.

After this we proceeded to another famous society called Kumaran Society, where we spend again a long time. Eventhough we left KK Society, everybody were thinking to go back to it to buy that beautiful sarie which we never came across in any other shop. Kumaran Society is pretty good and the shopkeeper is bargain able. More than half the shopping is been completed over there. We couldn’t stop ourselves to go back to K.K. Society to purchase that sarie which had stolen the hearts of every body in our group. We finally got that sarie for 8,500 /-which was initially told to be 12,000/-

During our last visit to Kanchipuram, we went to a shop called Babu Shah. The rates in this shop are fixed, but they are very reasonable unlike any other society. Even though we came across many other societies, our efforts ended in vain because of the bad varieties and high costs. We finally ended up at our favorite shop Babu Shah, which is as usual very good. All our people were utmost satisfied with the rates and varieties in this shop. We spent another 4hours here and ended out day’s shopping with this.

Nobody had eaten anything right from the morning. We paid 150/- to two auto’s as they have spent with us the complete day and went to a hotel “Sangeetha” near the Bus-stand. Every body ate what ever they want, and we started back to chennai by catching a heavy rush bus. Safely got down at Tambaram Railway station, and reached home by 11.50PM.

My advice to those who go to shop at Kanchipuram:

If you are an expert in finding the quality of the silk and if you are an expert in bargaining, go ahead with different societies. If not, Babu Shah is the best place for you to buy.

I hope i didn’t bore you much with this experience.

Lots of Love,

Durga Prasad.

Bye Bye 2008. Welcome 2009.

Hello All,

It is just been 2 hours that we entered in to a new year 2009. So, let me wish you all happy and prosperous new year.

Just because we entered in to 2009, we can not ignore the achievements and experiences in 2008. 2008 is been pretty good with me and it gave me much of exposure to lot of things personally and professionally. I would love to thank each and every person that is been so kind to help me grow my character.

2008 started a bit sad for me because of the unexpected performance rating in my profession. The same led me to go to depression for quite some time because of which I  lost the interest almost on every thing during this time. I then started slowly coming out of that mood by involving myself in involving myself in different team related activities. I involved much better in Government Boys Home Activities in 2008 and I hope to improve better in the coming years. Apart of this, I got a better chance to improve my leadership skills by involving in some of the project related activities.

The trek to Nagalapuram is one of the highlights in 2008. I still remember the moment when I was standing on those hills enjoying the fresh/cool breeze from the forest. There are few other outings along with my colleagues which I enjoyed well in 2008. On top of all these things, the important thing in 2008 is that my sister’s marriage got fixed with a very good groom. I hope/wish her married life will go smoothly and happily.

One more important thing to talk in 2008 is my relation with a lovely traditional telugu family that stays in Chennai. I met my 10th classmate’s family here at Chennai in 2007. Starting that time, I became very much close to the two chubby cute twin kids of that family, who literally treat me as a part of thier family. They used to call me frequently and make me smile with their chubby talks.

With this note, I would like to take a break in this first post in 2009.

ONCE AGAIN. I WISH YOU ALL HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009.

ENJOY THE DAY.

Cheers,

Durga Prasad