Rajini Back :
Baba releases on 15th and I think Tamil Nadu is in a festive mood to welcome BABA. Too much of expectations on Rajini and I am sure he would shoulder them well with ease as he did in the past.
BABA opens up at Chicago on 18th and the tickets are sold at the speed of light. Hurray Dude!! He’s back!!.
Hers is a comic pic of him which I recieved in a email.
I am 57% Internet Addict!!
I am pretty addicted, but there is hope. I think I’m just well connected to the internet and technology, but it’s really a start of a drug-like addiction. I must act now! Unplug this computer!
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Devon Avenue – A haven for Indians
The Devon Avenue is a haven(ue) for the Indians and to Pakistanis. You get almost every Indian stuff here. Especially if you are a desi who is living in or travelling to America, you would long to be in India ASAP. But you needn’t. If u are travelling from the downtown Chicago, Devon is slightly away. If u are lucky enough to stay over in a north or a northwest suburb, you can have a multiple entry tourist visa to Devon Avenue once a week.
As you enter the narrow crowded street of Devon Avenue located at a North suburb of Chicago, you see, hear, smell and feel India allover. Imagine a crowded Bombay bazaar or the festive crowd at T.Nagar in Chennai. Thats Devon. The street has parallel parking both sides and just a small space to move in with your compact cars. There are quite a few lanes that cut across to facilitate parking. It is slightly shabby area for the standards of America. Garbage lying all over. Bhangra music and Indie Pop Mix together in the air to make a jugalbandhi in your ears and the smell of Samosas and fresh Indian vegetables would remind you of your Indian home town whichever it is. Patel Brothers is a famous shop out here for grocery and chat items. Though you don’t get bhel puri and stuff like that here, there are couple of other north Indian joints out here that provide you a wide variety of them. For South Indian people, who long to eat idli, vada & dosas, Arya Bhavan and Annapurna serve them well.
The highlight of Devon is there isn’t a national difference of Pakistanis and Indians. They are all over and you can’t make out the difference. When I was there last weekend, Pakistanis was celebrating their Independence Day there. And to my surprise a Pakistani shop was selling Indian flags similar to an Indian Hindu shop selling Green Pakistani flags. Isn’t that great? Amazing !!.
And I could Hrithik see all over the place. Kareena too. Their movie ‘Mujhse Dhosti Karoge‘s mega size blowups welcome you to DVD shops. All DVDs are available from old B&W Devdas to current Devdas and Madhuri’s green dress in Maardaala (Devdas) is the most talked about thing.
Indians are celebrating it next week on 17th August and the expected crowd is about 30,000. A parade is arranged and the Indian celebrities are fond of this crowd. I saw pictures of Kapil Dev, Kiran Bedi and couple of other celebrities with M.F Hussain visiting an Indian Bookstore. This time it is Mahima Choudhry who is leading the star of the Independence Day parade. Is Leander Paes coming too???.
eBay is amazing ! I did manage a laptop for 127$ in an eBay auction. Thats Dirt cheap, Dude! And it works well till now. Auctioning is addictive guys and may prove injurious to your wallet if you aren’t prudent. Everything in US works on your credit cards and now ofcourse now US thrives on online transactions. I only dream that this would happen in India. From pizzas to peugeots can be bought online. Anything…Anything…absolutely anything on the net.
You want to know how to drive to your friends house in a karnataka and you are in tamilnadu. Log in to mapquest.com buddy!!!. You want to deliver your sweet pie living in delhi and you are in Kerala. Log in to flowers.com. In fact, I wanted to write a list of the best available online services that are unavailable in India. But I wouldn’t want this blog to look like an Internet Directory. So I restrained myself with just 2.
Desis who are here for quite sometime are sure that nothing big as this would happen in India. I don’t go with them. But their point of argument seems to have a point. They say that till the movement of population from villages to cities exists in India, this slow down of improvement in infrastructure and living style is non-stoppable. I am skeptical about that. I think their point has a value but that alone doesn’t cease the growth of a country.
Well, thinking about this for quite a while makes me rethink about my dream. Let US be US and we be India. Lets not compare apples with oranges. I want to finish this here, because while writing this, I am clouded with so many thoughts that would take pages to be written down. This is a coffee-toffee issue. Probably some other time…!!!
Signs of Spielberg – Is Your Sixth Sense Unbreakable ?
It was a moment of joy for me. For an indian like me to witness a loud applause from the audience for a hollywood movie in an american theatre directed by an indian. And it was truly breathtaking. Yes, Manoj Night Shyamalan does it again. First by sixth sense he swept us near the oscars then he dusted the childhood heroes inside us through his unbreakable . Now he comes back to touch the spiritual and human side of us with a backdrop of UFOs in his signs.
Signs is a movie to relish quietly in a corner of the theatre without catcalls and whispers. It really impacts you with a melodramatic and an eerie mood. Make you rethink your beliefs. Only condition – Listen to the dialogues carefully, else you might be lost in this complex screenplay.
Shyamalan love for philadelphia, where he was brought up is evident and this one is set there too. The greenish farm which is the heart of the movie increases the suspense. Amazing location.
Mel Gibson reminds me of Kamalhassan in Mahanadhi. For those who saw mahanadhi, you will understand the pains of kamal to bringup his children and also the troubles he undergoes to catch his life gear. This movie is ceratinly Mel gibson’s career high. Shyamalan’s builds Mel Gibson’s character slowly yet strongly. He is such a cool actor that his character builds up in you. Thats what he did to me in ‘ What Women Want‘ . You become him after some point of time in signs and you get involved in the during the course of the movie and try to save you and your children from the UFOs and aliens.
The twist which you would expect in shyamalan’s movie is certainly missing but that is the wish of a creative writer which cannot be questioned. To the given story and characters, shyamalan gives rationale and ends it great. Some might think that it was an abrupt ending but that again depends on your taste of movies. Its like reading sundara ramaswamy’s book. He doesn’t spoon feed you. Just makes you realize the need of using your brain and co-relate events. Thats why you so feel special while you see such movies. You feel elevated to the heights of thinking and you certainly do. Your sixth sense would not be unbreakable and you suddenly rise up from your seats in fear. Especially in a scene while the dog which is silently eating and suddenly barks the nerve out of you.
Read what rediff has reviewed about this.
A Spielberg is on the making and we are witnessing one of the to-be-legends of all time. Is that so? Your catch on this is welcome.