Sunday, 4 December 2016

Beginning of an End!

No love you... Or miss you...
No goodbye either...
They just held their hands...
And let it go...
As they walked away from one another!!


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Army of Thoughts

An army of thoughts
Attacking me from all the directions
From you to her...
Him to me...
And none...
Infinite thoughts they are
Baseless they could be...
Stupid they might be...
But in this battle...
I am helpless; hopeless
So I sit down and cry...

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Because I Love to Walk in Rain!


My 3rd painting on a canvas…
A girl walking with an umbrella on a rainy day…
Because I love to walk in rain!


“I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.”


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Kalpathy Theru 2016

Because Kalpathy Theru is not just a festival, but an emotion!


Kalpathy Theru extends for 9 days, and last three days are most special... 

These pictures are taken on 7th day - Kalpathy Shivan Kovil (Temple)


The brilliant Kalpathy Theru, decorated to roll across the streets...


The Theru (car) of Kalpathy Shivan Temple would not move if elephant does not touch it... 


That's the Shivan temple... With the flag (kodi) signifying the festival flying high!


The streets are lit with these...


Kalpathy is considered as heritage village... 

Famous for its cultural and traditional values... 

Here are glimpses of carnatic music kutcheri


When some of special ones happily posed for me!


Theru kadai (shops)... Cz its not just festive but also shopping time!


It doesn't matter whether you already have these or not... 

But buying during theru season is inevitable!


Well, its not just temples, music and crowd... There are some eateries around too!


Thats Lord Gopalakrishnan (of Old Kalpathy) dressed as Mohini on the 7th day!


Lord Ganesha...


Random clicks... Because as I said, theru is an emotion.. 

An excuse to meet old friends, family get together...

Look beyond caste, creed and religion!



Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Simplicity Matters!


Most of the times, we complicate.
We tend to think that intricacy and complexity appeals the most.
Sadly enough, often we are wrong.
Because simplicity matters.
In fact, it is the greatest of all virtues!

“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

PS: Because many people asked me what a Kolam is…
Kolam refers to intricate patterns drawn both free handedly and by joining dots. These can be widely seen in the Southern part of India. Women draw this early morning, preferably before Sunrise after cleaning the courtyard. Earlier rice powder was used – it was a means to feed ants and small insects. However, these days, stone powder and even chalk is used. If such powders are used, it is called Pudi Kolam. Sometimes, brick powder will be used as outline on auspicious days, Tuesdays and Fridays. If rice powder is mixed in water and similar patterns are drawn, it is called Maavu/Maa Kolam. In West Bengal, it is called Alpona. In North India, people used rice/stone powders for the outline and fill the patterns with colors. This is called Rangoli.

It is believed that Kolam brings prosperity. It is drawn for almost all the auspicious occasions like marriages and festivals. When someone dies in the household, the family don’t draw any kolam for a year.  

Children in small towns learn the art of making kolam at a very young age. In fact, a girl who knows to draw impeccable and intricate kolam is a pride for the entire family and the village she stays. However, owing to modernization, city life and apartment culture, this art is soon dying.


Sunday, 6 November 2016

Goan Churches

The Basilica of Bom Jesus located in Old Goa-India. 'Bom Jesus' means Holy.

The basilica is considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India.

It is more than 408 years old and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier is kept for public viewing every ten years (last held in 2014). It is said that the saint's body was as fresh as the day it was buried. The saint is said to have miraculous powers of healing.

The Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church is in Panjim, Goa, India. It was first built in 1541 as a chapel by the Portuguese and it was replaced by a larger church in the 1600s. It was built to serve the religious needs of Portuguese sailors at their first port of call in colonial Portuguese India. At that time the settlement was a small fishing village.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Kodi

Cast
:
Dhanush, Trisha Krishnan
Anupama Parameswaran, Saranya Ponvannan, Karunas
Director
:
R. S. Durai Senthilkumar
Cinematographer
:
Venkatesh S
Music
:
Santhosh Narayanan
Editor
:
Prakash Mabbu
Producer
:
Escape Artists Motion Pictures
Release Date
:
October 28, 2016
Length
:
2 Hours & 20 Minutes
Language
:
Tamizh

My Thoughts
Murugan (Karunas) is dumb; but is an ardent party worker. When his wife (Saranya Ponvannan) gives birth to twin boys, one is named as Kodi (Dhanush) and other as Anbu (Dhanush again), Murugan pledges that Kodi would be a politician when he grows up. However, as a protest against a factory whose toxic mercury waste which has ruined several lives, Murugan sets himself ablaze in front of Kodi. The rest of the story is about Kodi’s political career, his girlfriend Rudra (Trisha) and how Anbu’s life eventually gets interlinked with Kodi’s.

R. S. Durai Senthilkumar’s Kodi has almost everything that a mass entertainer should have – emotions, drama, fight, love, comedy, sentiment, revenge, strong villain and what not! In 140 minutes, the movie flies across like a high speed bullet train. There is not a lagging moment in spite of the fact that as audience we get a hang of the twists and turns. The dialogs have mass appeal; so does that stunt scenes. Songs are not great, but choreography makes it less boring. The background music is a big plus.

After a long time (maybe after Abiyum Naanum), Trisha has got an opportunity to enact a strong and performance oriented role. Although she has tried and delivered her best, she often fails in front of the stellar performer Dhanush. He lives as both Anbu and Kodi; as usual he steals the show. Especially, towards the end! (I don’t want to give away more details). Saranya Ponvannan as understanding mother is in her comfort zone. Anupama Parameswaran as Malathi has limited screen time. Whenever she is present, she has done a decent job. However, to begin with, not sure why she was present in the movie at all!

Overall, Kodi is a paisa vasool. A perfect saravedi this Diwali.
Don’t miss this.

Rating
4/5

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Cast
:
Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Fawad Khan, Lisa Haydon
Director
:
Karan Johar
Cinematographer
:
Anil Mehta
Music
:
Pritam
Producer
:
Dharma Productions
Release Date
:
October 28, 2016
Length
:
2 Hours & 37 Minutes
Language
:
Hindi

My Thoughts
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil directed by Karan Johar is about friendship and unrequited love. It is a kind of movie that affects you, tears you apart and makes you weep inconsolably. The first half is full-filled; around intermission it inflicts heartache. The second half leads you to a vacuum and forces you to let go and come out of it. The emotions are so well conveyed that as audience, we are enveloped with the similar agony as Ayan’s (Ranbir Kapoor). The movie is a giant leap from Johar’s debut film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which made a generation believe that a boy and girl cannot be friends (I know that original idea is from Sooraj Barjatya’s Maine Pyar Kiya).  Ae Dil Hai Mushkil explores the thin line between love and friendship and the different shades of love.

Being a Johar film, the characters are rich, well-dressed, look enviably beautiful and have a weird sense of humor. The locations are exotic and classy. The situations are often funny; else heart wrenching. Songs are catchy and choreography is brilliant. The intensity of emotions is high and so is the impression it creates. However, the movie often reminded me of Kal Ho Na Ho and Rockstar.  

Rabir Kapoor lives as Ayan, mostly because he has done similar characters before – child-like, rich and confused. His eyes speaks volumes, conveying the unsaid. Anushka Sharma as Alizeh has delivered her best to justify her character that is practical yet emotional. She looks nice and her clothes are so wearable. Aiswarya Rai Bachchan looks mesmerizingly beautiful. Her deep eyes often conveys the struggle of Saba – the emotional struggle to stay away from another relationship mesh. Fawad Khan as DJ Ali has stellar looks and forms the crux of the story; however, he has limited screen time. And, the show stealer is Shahrukh Khan who appears for a few minutes in a cameo. His words echoes his pain and eyes reflects his helplessness. He makes us weep and makes us realize why he is worshipped as the epitome of romance and is affectionately called as the king of bollywood.

In short, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil celebrates unrequited love like never before though the second half seemed a little dragging; never ending.
Be ready to cry and feel heart broken.
But, don’t miss this one.

Rating
4/5

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Five Years as Locomente!!!

I
 always wait for this day. Locomente - my alter ego - turns five today! (YAY!!!) I wonder if I could still call Locomente as my baby blog though. I feel my blog is growing up too fast. I feel old myself. But then, as the old adage goes – time and tide waits for none (oops!).

I have read and heard from others that a baby teaches a lot of things to their parents. Unconditional love, patience, discipline, self-control and the importance to cherish small moments. In a way, my baby blog has taught a lot of things to me too. The analogy may seem a little weird. But, for some reason, I find it too apt. Locomente taught me to write without expecting anything in return. It made me sit patiently for days with almost no words in mind, when the writer’s block was round the block. It made me think the impossible, observe almost everything and write every day.

Over five years Locomente has evolved. I think it has an identity now.

Loves writing
Observer
Crazy Mind
0verdramatizes
Movie buff
Enjoys painting and kolam
Never bored of reading
Travel Enthusiast
Eternal thinker

As I celebrate my blog's fifth birthday, I realize that Locomente is not only a lot like me but also a lot unlike me. It lets my mind go crazy, think unlike me and write things that I have dreamt, feared, observed and felt. Locomente helped me express. It brought words into my life with which I coul shamelessly romance.  

I am smiling as I write these last few sentences because I am recalling that Diwali afternoon when Locomente happened - a sweet accident! Then, I stare at the distant vacuum and remind myself, “Miles to go before I sleep”. 

Before I end this post, I thank my family and friends who have supported through the journey. Your constant comments and feedback has always been motivating; especially during times when I wanted to give up.

So, let me sit back and widen my smile a little bit more… Let me relax and let out a sigh… Let me enjoy the calmness that is surrounding at this time of night… And let me say…

Happy birthday, Locomente!!! J

PS: Locomente is not my autobiography. I think and observe. I overdramatize and exaggerate. Locomente is my alter ego; not me!


PPS: I realize that I am writing something after a really long time. The posts in my blogs (except reviews, of course) are prescheduled and are mostly written at least a year ago! Maybe this a new beginning…

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Push & Pull

How different are we!
When I tried to pull you towards me…
You pushed me away!
Very different we are!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Let Me Go!

He never let me go when I wanted to go...
When he let me go…
I didn’t want to leave...

Monday, 17 October 2016

Tu Tu Mein Mein - 29

Heart : I really wish you talk me. Sighs!
Mind   : Oh-Em-Gee! I thought that you always wanted me to shut up. What happened to you now? Sarcastic
Heart : Okay. Make fun of me now. I feel like I need you the most now. But, as always you don’t disappoint me. Why do you always want to meet my expectations?
Mind   : Come on! Be happy that at least I meet your expectations.
Heart : What does that mean? Don’t I meet your expectations?
Mind   : Of course not! You significantly exceed.
Heart : Can you stop being cryptic and blurt out?
Mind   : See, you said you wanted to talk. So I started talking to you because I guessed that’s what you wanted. But look at you, you are fighting with me. I never expected that.
Heart : Oh! So I am that one who is fighting. Not you. Blame me. That’s all you can do.
Mind   : when did I say that?
Heart : Chuck it please. I really wish you talk to me. Sighs!
Mind   : ^%&(@#%@#@

Friday, 14 October 2016

The Girl on the Train (Movie)

Cast
:
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett
Justin Theroux, Luke Evans
Director
:
Tate Taylor
Cinematographer
:
Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Music
:
Danny Elfman
Editor
:
Michael McCusker
Andrew Buckland
Producer
:
DreamWorks Pictures
Reliance Entertainment
Marc Platt Productions
Release Date
:
September 20, 2016
Length
:
1 Hour & 52 Minutes
Language
:
English

My Thoughts
The Girl on the Train is based on Paula Hawkins' debut novel of the same name released in 2015. Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is alcoholic and divorced who is still missing her ex-husband, Tom Watson (Justin Theroux) who is married to Anna Boyd (Rebecca Ferguson). Rachel travels in a train every day and had been observing a young couple (Haley Bennett and Luke Evans) in a house in her ex-husband’s neighborhood. These couple reminds her of what Rachel used to be and what she dreams to have. One day, Rachel sees that young woman with another man. And next day, she comes to know that the woman has mysteriously disappeared. Rachel resolute to find the girl and what happens in the process makes most part of the story.

The Girl on the Train is a journey of self-realization and letting go of past. It is a tale of a bunch of women whose life is affected by a man. The cinematography brings out a feeling of eeriness.  

I am half way through the book now, which is simply unputdownable! It is complex and plays with the general psychology of the reader; it often misleads us. The movie also has tried its best to bring all those engrossing aspects. But the script is too complex. It shuttles between the lives of three woman –Rachel, Anna and Meghan. It oscillates and throughout the first half, leaves the audience confused.

Overall, it is a movie that could be watched to see how our favorite book is recreated onscreen. But, I would recommend the book over the movie. Oops!!!

Rating
2.5/5

PS: A detailed book review will follow soon. I am sure that I would talk more there :P

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Navratri 2016

From Texas, USA

Wow! One of my favorite festivals is round the corner – Navratri!!!
And, I am celebrating away from home, away from the fiesta….

Bangalore International Airport

But, the beautiful Bommkolu pictures shared by family... bommakolu that I stumbled upon at unexpected places ensured that I don’t miss it much!

Bommakolu at my uncle's place
  
Happy Navratri!!!
Have fun!!!

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Two-Edged Sword

Love -
A two-edged sword
Connecting you and me.
Hurting both of us.
And we bleed love;
Not blood!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

One Indian Girl

Details of the Book
No. of Pages   : 280 pages
ISBN               : 8129142147, 978-8129142146
Language        : English


From the book blurb
Hi, I'm Radhika Mehta and I'm getting married this week. I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you.

You may not like me too much. One, I make a lot of money. Two, I have an opinion on everything. Three, I have had a boyfriend before. OK, maybe two.

Now if all this was the case with a guy, one might be cool with it. But since I am a girl these three things I mentioned don’t really make me too likeable, do they?


Author
Chetan Bhagat is the author of eight blockbuster books. These include six novels—Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), Half Girlfriend (2014)—and the non-fiction titles, What Young India Wants (2012) and Making India Awesome (2015).

Chetan’s books have remained bestsellers since their release. Several of his novels have been adapted into successful Bollywood films. The New York Times called him the ‘the biggest-selling English language novelist in India’s history’. TIME magazine named him amongst the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ and Fast Company, USA, listed him as one of the world’s ‘100 most creative people in business’.

Chetan writes columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development issues. He is also a motivational speaker and screenplay writer. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anusha, an ex-classmate from IIM-A, and his twin boys, Shyam and Ishaan.

What I think
Radhika Mishra is One Indian girl who is intelligent and smart. She works for Goldman Sacks in a foreign land and earns a lot of money. She has had two boyfriends – a creative Bengali boy (Debashish Sen) and a married boss (Neel Gupta) who is two decades older. But Radhika is not lucky in love. She breaks up with both of them for almost similar reasons (don’t ask me what it is because it could be a spoiler). She finally gives in for family pressure and settles for arranged marriage with Brijesh Gulati. He is a geek too, working abroad, earning a lot of money, quite progressive and in fact a kind of man every (today’s) woman might want! And, One Indian girl is about whether Radhika becomes as success and lucky in love as she is at work!

Well, to begin with, author’s obsession with numbers in the titles continues - For a quick recap Five Point someone, One Night at Call Centre, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, 2 States: The Story of my Marriage, Half Girlfriend and now One Indian Girl! The cover page is simple and very relevant to the plot. I loved the dedication; a perfect one rather. The narrative is free-flowing and most of the times dramatic. It has a cinematic quality to it and I am sure it would be a treat to watch this on big screen.

In this book, the author ventures into a less discussed area, what a woman wants; rather what One Indian Girl may want! She doesn’t want to be reminded every day that she is a girl and hence she is different. While most of the girls are not lucky enough to get quality education, few ones are blessed to get some. But then, if she turns out to be intelligent and smart, she would end up earning as much as any man of her age (okay, may be more also). She would be an inspiration for young girls in her family, office and almost everywhere. However, elders in the family and friends would see her as loser because she is unmarried!!! Her life becomes irrelevant and her achievements becomes insignificant. If she finds love, he will admire her intelligence and her company. He will appreciate that she is knowledgeable. He will be glad to share drinks and smoke. But, if she asks about commitment or marriage, he would shy away. He would say quit job/drinking/smoking, become more domicile – start cooking, bring up kids, stay at home, be a home maker and all that. Many men would even feel insecure because the girl is earning more or because she is independent. They would be intimidated. One Indian girl explores all these topics in a subtle way.

However, the protagonist of One Indian girl fails to connect with the readers at a personal level. At work, we know she is a superstar. But as a person, she comes across uncertain, concerned about her looks and hence slightly under confident. She is more focused on grabbing men’s attention than enjoying her time by being herself. I wish she was shown as travelling the world (which she eventually does), making new friends and so on. While the characterization of Debashish and Neel is impeccable, Radhika comes across as emotionless. When she cries, we don’t cry along. When she is in love, we are not happy. When she is confused, we are not anxious. She fails to connect with the readers.  I wish her mother was not so dramatic and more understanding like her father. Also, I so wished that the story unraveled in India. After all, don’t we all have a perception that anything can happen in foreign country, but not in homeland?

Having said that, One Indian girl is a new beginning. Double thumbs up to the author for putting across the current state of educated, intelligent, independent and well-settled girls in India... It cries for a change... But it also blares out that only men can bring change...

Read it if u r a girl or if u r man enough to read about a not-so-typical girl!!!


Rating
3/5


Thank you
Guess what? I got the book on October 1st, 2016 @ 2:30AM. The store person said that I am the first person to get it from that store. Hurray!!!!