October 2006


Sort of continuing on the favourite movies line … I also like most of the movies that Manoj Night Shyamalan has made. They are eerie, spooky.
And you can’t watch them (bcos of all the spookiness) … but you still want to, love to see them !!!

Also I would not want to choose any of his movies as those to take along, if at all I am stranded somewhere on a remote island. Brrr….. his movies are not the kind to be seen sitting alone on some dark lonely island.

Come to think of it … with all this Wi-Fi and satelites around, soon it may be possible to get an internet connection even if you are a castaway on some remote island in the Indian Ocean. All you would need is your laptop, or PDA, or just your web-enabled satelite phone.

But, I most certainly will not want an internet connection on such a place.
Because if I have a net connection, one of the first things that I might do (even before sending an S.O.S e-mail) will be to check Phatichar’s blog and see if he has put out another of his brilliant spooky stories.
And his stories could easily scare the living daylights out of me 🙂

I always wonder where do people get these spooky story ideas from ?
Is it from reading a plethora of spooky novels & short stories ? Is it from sitting through too many horror movies and too many reruns of “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” ?

Or is it from the kind of minorly-terrifying, ancient stories one used to be told — by Grandmothers, Aunts and much elder cousins, on the annual summer vacation visit to the native place ?

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The big movie buff that I am, I shall start by listing some of my all-time favourite movies … these are the movies which I would love to take along, if at all I am stranded somewhere on a remote island 

Ok, let me put it this way, these are my “All time Top-5 favourite (mostly comedy) Indian movies”

1. SHOLAY
The original “Sholay” made by Ramesh Sippy. I could watch this movie any number of times over & over again. It has everything a good movie should have. “Isme Action hai, Drama hai, Comedy hai, Tragedy hai”
Great dialogues, super hit songs, some of the most famous characters to have appeared in Hindi movies (Basanti, Gabbar, Jailor, Soorma Bhopali, Kaalia, Saambha … the list is endless), a brilliant star cast.

2. JAANE BHI DO YAARON
I can see this movie as many times too. One of the best ever comedy films to be made in Hindi.
And, I am sure, no one can ever forget the super-hilarious “Mahabharat” scene that forms the climax.

The wonderful talent of Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah, Rajesh Puri … this along with a super script added to form this gem of a movie.

3. AUTOGRAPH (Tamil)
A brilliantly movie, made by Cheran, taking us through the life of a man — from his childhood in a small village to how he made it big in the big, crowded city. Also showing all the loves & crushes he had in his life. All this told against the backdrop of the protagonist going around to invite each & every person he knew in his life, to his wedding.

4. ANDAZ APNA APNA
One of those movies which needs to be seen purely for the slapstick kind of comedy. No matter how many times you see it, it will still make you laugh. Aamir Khan lead the way in this film, while the cast also included Ajit (Lion-fame)’s son, Paresh Rawal, Viju Khote.

5. GOLMAAL
The wonderful Amol Palekar, in one of his funny movies about the middle class common man (Choti Si Baat). Somehow I like this the best of all.
And of course, it had the presense of Utpal Dutt to add to its shine.
And, like in all Hrishikesh Mukherjee films, you always have some superstar special appearances, and here it was Amitabh Bachchan.

I finally start my blog … “Bas, Aise hi” (just like that)

Welcome to blogging!

Like so many Software programmers, one always starts with a sample “Hello World” application.  And so do I … by saying a small Hello to the mega world of blogging that lies out there.

I may not post so frequently. And all my posts may be senseless gibberish.

They will be just random thoughts that are floating around in my almost empty head, that I just feel like putting down somewhere.

Another thing that I think I should do in the near future is make a list of “50 Things To Do in Life”.
Or atleast start making a list, whatever be the count, and then see if there are some that I can already tick off 🙂 Some others I could work on ticking off some time soon.

Also, once I think its a decent list worth posting, I could possibly even post it here.