Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Review of Rocket Singh –Salesman Of The year


Directed by Shimit Amin of Chak de and Ab tak chappan fame, this movie is unexpected in more than one ways. It is a very inspiring movie sans the preaching part.

Very realistic in its approach it strikes a chord with sensible audience. Definitely the movie is not for the masses but it has a lot to offer to the youth.

Fantastic casting and brilliant performances are another scoring point that makes the movie a serious connoisseur’s delight, but the real winner is the script.

The movie is mostly shot in the office keeping in mind the story and message. Background score is great and songs are noteworthy for the lyrics.

The director has not wavered from the simplicity in presenting this movie even for a minute. Right from the opening credits, where the camera lovingly lingers on the humble belongings of a typical middle class house, the audience is forewarned of a no nonsense straight from the heart movie. Everything about the movie has a real feel .For instance the office party where the staff drinks alcohol from the plastic cups, the unglamorised salesmen with austere settings and Ranbir’s character.

The story is simple and beautifully presented.Ranbir Kapoor works for a company where, he resents his unscrupulous boss’s ways and creates his own company within the office with the people from the same office. Havoc is created when this company poses a threat to the company they work for.

There are two heroes in this movie Ranbir and the script.Ranbir has done a fabulous job with the sardar get up.He looks authentic to the T.Right from combing his beard to tucking the turban ,he has got it perfect.Ranbir is compelling with his effortless sardar act and is proving to be a promising actor.Gauhar Khan as the resourceful receptionist,”Giri” Ranbir’s colleague, Mishraji the office Peon and “Nitin “as the shrewd sales head and also a part of Ranbir’s company are all brilliant.Mr Puri, Ranbir’s boss is very convincing as an unscrupulous hard core businessman.

The lengthy monologue rendered by Ranbir’s boss was the only sore point in this otherwise no nonsense movie, but nevertheless was necessary to drive home the point.

The message is loud and clear, Honesty and investing in people, rather than money shall reap fruitful results for any business.

It is a noble movie with nobler intentions and should not be missed. It isn’t one of those run of the mill movies where one conveniently leaves one’s brains behind. In fact it is a movie with a heart and a soul where the audience needs to apply all their faculties and take home a strong message. Whatever you do this weekend do not miss this movie.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Review of Paa



Director R Balki,s debut movie Cheeni Kum seeked rave reviews for his portrayal of a mature love story.Paa his second movie is in the same league as far as thinking out of the box is concerned. He has done the unthinkable.Amitabh Bachhan who is known for his larger than life persona and baritone voice, has shed both. Imagine watching a movie with Amitabh bachhan in it, glaring with his inconspicuousness and the best part is that the audience doesn’t even realize it  .

The story is simple and simply told but it tugs at one’s heart instantly. The story is about a 13 year old boy Auro, who suffers from a rare congenital disease called Progeria. He lives with his gynaecologist mother, Vidya Balan and grandmother Arundhati naag. The life of Auro and his Mom takes an interesting turn when he meets his father. Abhishek and Vidya;s  sizzling romance  has bore this progeny, however Abhishek is oblivious of Auro’s existence . Abhishek, the righteous politician, incidentally meets Auro at School function and from then the movie is interwoven with a mix of emotions.

The movie is not a classical tearjerker. In fact it has funny moments like the telephonic conversation between Auro and his classmate, which has the entire audience rolling in laughter. Another funny moment is the conversation between Auro and his dad on the subject “Potty”. Not to forget Auro affectionately calling his grandmother BUM referring to her large posterior.

The climax scene where Auro refers to himself as his father’s mistake and the scene where Auro’s classmate renders apology is sure to make eyes moist. Although Paa is a movie with a tagline “A very rare father son, son father story”, it definitely is a story with poignant moments between mother and son too and thus appeals to all Paas and Maas. After the debacle of Aladdin where the only wish the audience had was to make the movie disappear, Paa is a welcome and heartwarming change .

The strength of the movie lies in brilliant performances by the entire cast and undoubtedly Auro’s portrayal by Amitabh Bachhan. Introduction of the cast and crew in a different manner by Jaya Bachhan gets the movie going on a high note and background score keeps the mood on. Whether the movie is a box office hit or not it yet again establishes Amitabh as an invincible actor.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009



I watched MY SISTER’S KEEPER recently and it triggered more than one emotion in me .Not only was it a tearjerker, but also reminded me of my own family’s losing battle to cancer. I lived the trials and tribulations of the protagonist and her family in the face of death .Death has never been associated with anything remotely beautiful but cancer makes living ugly too.

Aai, my mother, was a picture of strength in life and in the face of death too. She was diagnosed with Astrocytoma, popularly known as brain cancer, and given six months to live. She survived cancer for 9 full years, hereby becoming an inspiration for others. Yes, cancer cannot be conquered only survived. Even in those trying and painful years she kept her sense of humour intact. She worked for most of those nine years as an executive housekeeper in a hotel, which was no small feat. It was no small feat considering she had to wear not only the wig to camouflage the ugliness of a bald pate, a result of vigorous radiation sessions, but also a smile as if nothing was wrong .I remember patients been sent to her by Inlaks Budhrani Cancer hospital in Pune for counseling .In my college years a few friends who knew about this asked me how I was so normal? How could I not be? When she, who was the most affected lead life as if nothing was wrong.

I will be lying if I say that there were no weak moments. But my father made sure that we were all together in those trying times.

Though we knew that death lurked its ugly face round the corner, no time is right to lose a parent and a family member.

I remember the innumerable visits to the hospital and her bruised body with all those piercings. Her body was bruised but not her spirit; not for a moment. I remember that the doctor feared once that she might have developed a heart complication, but she brushed it off saying that her heart belonged to my father and it wasn’t possible, and truly it did not happen. Being the firstborn, I have witnessed everything in my parents life, misery as well as good times To me, my parents remained a picture of love forming their own world, which despite being their child I could only observe as an outsider. They did not forbid me from entering it but there was no place for anyone else. My father remained a doting husband till her dying day.

I have my grudges too. More than once I have asked why me? I deserved her to stay by my side fussing over me when Kiara was born .I needed her to listen to my ramblings about what’s going on in my life. I wanted to tell her that now I realize that motherhood is a tough job and what a terrible child I was, and I wonder how she raised me .I see all around me, my friends, rattling off the most mundane things to their mothers and I feel cheated. I deserved to have a shoulder to crib about my husband without being judged. I deserve to have my mothers loving hands caress me and make me feel like a child once again .But nothing of that sort can happen….not in this life.

My father an ex army officer has had to take many tough decisions in his life and career ,but nothing comes close to his decision to let her go ,by allowing to take her off the ventilator.

I will never understand why my mother had to go at the age of 53 and why we had to live with it. There is no reason for it I guess. Death is death and nobody understands it .One just accepts it.

I wanted Aai to stay forever, but that did not happen .I realize that was not the point .The point was that I had a mother and she was fantastic.

One day I am sure I will see her again, urging me to eat my greens and fussing over me, but until then our relationship continues…..

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Trisha, my firstborn has always been a fussy kid, when it comes to eating. I struggled a lot to feed her nutritious and sometimes even junk food, but she just wasn't interested. 

I thought school would break that habit but obviously I was wrong .She came up with ingenious ways to avoid eating. When I asked her about her unfinished lunch box she would come up with the most brilliant excuses ever heard. Once she told me with her most innocent expression that her classmate decided to put her snot in her lunchbox so how could she eat it?

As she grew older she realized that I was not pleased with this not eating business so she fooled me for a couple of days by bringing a finished to the last crumbs lunch box. Later I found out that she had been throwing her food on the sly. I was infuriated. I tried everything possible from cajoling to stern (read scolding and silent treatment) methods but nothing worked.

I realized that for her eating was an incredible waste of time, which she would rather spend playing or reading. Then I came up with the idea of lunch bag notes I wrote small sentences on napkins for her and slipped them with her lunchbox I began with simple sentences like KATTY THE CAT LOVES TO SEE TRISHA EAT.

Slowly it graduated to sweet little notes, then cute limericks and later simple illustrations along with the note. I started thinking of better ideas to spice up this morning ritual and stuck her favourite stickers to the notes.

It had served two purposes she had begun eating and we were bonding. Once in a while she would ask my husband to write to her too. In her first grade she wrote her first reply to me on the same napkin and I was overjoyed. What started as a scheme to feed my reluctant child had turned into something entirely different and beautiful. Most women would agree that die hard romantics like me want romance in every thing and I had managed to start a peculiar love story with my daughter.

Since I get bored quickly, I keep looking for methods to spice up this ritual too. That is when I accidentally stumbled upon some of the lunch box notes sites, which I would like to share with my readers. They are all free and printable. All you need is a printer and sticker sheets to make your life easier. You may not have a fussy child, but nevertheless it cultivates a reading habit and also makes lunchbox and lunchtime special. Through personal experience I know that it is a warm fuzzy feeling for the kid to receive lunch notes along with lunch. It's the little things usually, that brighten our day, inspire us, and stay with us. Create little smiles from miles away by sending your kids off to school with a lunch note slipped in their lunch. Perfect for a lunch box or lunch bag — Love, fun facts, praise and inspiration is what we're all about to begin with these printable color lunch notes for kids!

You can find cute printable stickers which you can stick on the cling film covered fruits or else make an ornament and hang it with a ribbon on the fruit. Great way to encourage kids to eat fruits.

These are an assortment of cute messages which are printable and can brighten your kid’s day with adorable messages


Another collection of adorable messages to light up your kids face

These ones are simply adorable.


These are assortment of ready to print as well as editable lunch bag notes. This one is unique for, it allows you to personalize your note


These come with a message and encourage healthy eating amongst children

For slightly older kids to understand the jokes, and chuckle away the eating woes


Exclusively for the young Dora fans




Some more for the nick junior fans

Classified into four groups namely monster, princess, dinosaur and holiday…make quite an interesting lunch bag note

The eternal favourite of young and old, but right now we rather focus on the young ones
http://smartcanucks.ca/cute-free-printable-lunch-box-jokes-from-kraft-canada/ Cute illustrated jokes for that to die for toothy smile http://www.kraftfoods.com/assets/pdf/kids/LuchboxJokes_US_01_1205.pdf

More illustrated ones to tickle the funny bone

These ones are for the older kids



Food for brain too…puzzles, mazes and word searches to make eating an interesting exercise

Friday, December 4, 2009

Getting Started

Its been a year or maybe more of dillydallying and thinking whether to start a blog or not .Finally after writing a few hubs on pages have decided to take the plunge.Too many things interest me ,hence it is difficult to write on just one subject.Hope I will be able to write some interesting stuff.See you till next time