Sunday, August 27, 2006

Can't Wait..

A movie I look forward to watching:

Mira Nair's....
About the movie:

The Namesake Release: March 9, 2007 Directed by: Mira Nair Written by: Sooni Taraporevala Based on the novel by: Jhumpa Lahiri Produced by: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mira Nair Executive Produced by: Yasushi Kotani, Taizo Son, Ronnie Screwvala Cast: Kal Penn, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Jacinda Barrett, Zuleikha Robinson, Brooke Smith, Sahira Nair.

The story is based on:

THE NAMESAKE is the story of the Ganguli family whose move from Calcutta to New York evokes a lifelong balancing act to meld to a new world without forgetting the old. Though parents Ashoke and Ashima (Irrfan Khan, Tabu) long for the family and culture that enveloped them in India, they take great pride in the opportunities their sacrifices have afforded their children. Paradoxically, their son Gogol (Kal Penn) is torn between finding his own unique identity without losing his heritage. Even Gogol's name represents the family's journey into the unknown.

Check out the trailer here.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Something(s)- Today.

Somethings I did so far:

Daydreamed, worked, listened to music, daydreamed....

Something I wished for :

= A transient, sometimes violent storm of thunder and lightning, often accompanied by rain.

Something I read :

Pat Buchanan's interview in Time.
Interviewer: I confess I always think Pat Buchanan seems to take things so seriously.what do you do for a laugh?
PB: I read the newspaper. There's so much silliness and nonsense going on.

Something I got:

My friend M gave me some sweetmeats his mom sent him from Kerala.It's called "churuttu".

Something that I re-checked and liked even more:

Rauf's new post

Something interesting somebody said:

Wildpic's reply to my comment in my blog.

Something nice that happened :

Met S after a reeeeaaaly looong time.
He is graduating this dec and his sis,B-I-L and parents are all coming down for his graduation. WOW!

Something funny I received:

My friend M sent me this mail.
Go to google and type FAILURE and check out what's first in the listing.(it's funny, unless google decides to fix it)lol!

Something I prayed for:

A black BMW and world peace.
Just kidding about peace. Ok will shut up.

Something I craved for :
ME -I hold u responsible

Something lovely I listened to:

Kannukku Mai Azhaku from Pudiya Mugam.

Something a wonderful, crazy someone asked me :

Are you plain stupid or is this a special day?

Something I look forward to:

The welcome back get together at the department in a short while from now.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

"Austere And Blazing Poetry Of The Real"

A Flash Back...

It was a working trip but since my Prof is quite laid back and the "bindas" kind , it was all play no work the day we got there. Drove up to Haleakala Mountain(10,324 feet elevation. The plane that brought us in to the island was only flying at 12,000ft. lol!). To say the terrain at the summit is interesting is quite an understatement. For a moment you forget you are on planet earth and may want to prepare yourself to a real life experience of “close encounters of the third kind”. Devoid of vegetation ( except for a few,rare, closer to extinction species)with different shades of dirt(orange-blue-brown-No Kidding!) and an observatory that looks straight out of a starwars set design (white domed octagonal structures) one can easily pretend to be a space trooper(and hope to bump into Capt Han Solo or Luke Skywalker-the Jedi Knight!-My Heros!) .But pretty soon you forget all that and find yourself spellbound by this spectacular display….

Excuse the bad photography in some shots.The real deal was totally out of this world,up above the clouds,closer to the heavens. *sigh*

Title Origin:Ansel Adams Quote on Photography)(Src:wildpic )

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Beginning to "Fall".

I don’t know yet if I miss blogging but I miss this blog of mine , scribbling my sometimes incoherent thoughts.
The fall semester took off today. The campus is crawling with new students, old students, local students, national students, international students—u name it they are here. Went to the book store for my usual beginning-of–the semester purchases. Boring stuff like binders, notebooks and paper. The Professor with whom I was working this summer was kind enough to buy some school supplies for me from his allotted office funds for stationary. There wasn’t anything that he wanted to buy but he had about $100 which he HAD to spend. So I got my fill of pens, highlighters, sharpies, pencils, post-its, flashcards etc etc.

There was a live band playing by the student center which is next to the book store. They were playing some rock number which I couldn’t figure out. All I remember is that it was LOUD!..but I thought the guy playing the guitar did a good job. K and R were there with me and when I asked R if it gets crazy like this in all the campuses across the country during fall he said “yea—they all become deaf”. Lol!
Anyways..after some cheap but delicious food at “the wagon” and some “deep gyan” from R the enlightened one we split ways. Now in my office looking forward to my first class of the sem in two hours. For the first time I will be taking an evening class as it’s being offered from 5 to 7:30 pm. That’s going to be interesting. Till morning I was struggling with my decision regarding which classes to take. I think I finally have it all figured out. A brief meeting with my advisor helped a lot. She is one heck of a cool lady—in fact too cool for a professor( although you dont want to mess with her). We had some of the best times during our work trips and recently when my friend, a member of our research team left, she threw a party at the local pub close to the campus. It’s a popular hangout for the Uni crowd. Ofcousre I didn’t have any state id showing my age and the bouncers didn’t allow me to get in( yea like I look under age!). Being an open plan bar I waved at my friends and my advisor came out and vouched for me. The weirdness of the moment when you are sharing a beer( I think beer tastes disgusting, except for this new one that my friend introduced me to. It’s called Hefeweizen(German I think) and if u drink it with a dash of fresh lime it can pass for -pretty good) with your professor never ceases to amaze me. She was recently made the graduate chair and she is a bit nervous about the new position but I am sure she will do fine and I wish her the best.

And..good luck to me as well for all the courses and work I will be doing this fall.
May The Force be with Me! (Oh Crap! I am scared *shivers*)