Friday, December 30, 2011

Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin, namumkin hai! Don 2 reviewed

It has become fashionable to dislike shahrukh khan. The man who could get a billion hearts (yes, the men's too) racing is now so often slammed. Aamir is the greater actor. Salman does his own thing on screen. And SRK is undoubtedly the biggest superstar whose initial is not B. Which is the thing about him that is so awesome. That he knows what he has become. And is arrogantly unapologetic about it.

You gotta love arrogance. Especially in the role of the greatest criminal there ever was, Don! SRK almost single handedly carries the 2.5 hours on his shoulders with fabulous actors like Boman Irani and Priyanka Chopra failing to shine through. Don is cocky, don is arrogant and don is himself..not just a shadow of the man played by Bacchhan.

The film is slick, well edited and directed well like is now expected out of Farhan. The action sequences are real, even the ones where Priyanka fights don't look awkward.

The actors as mentioned above fail to shine through though. Save for 2. Kunal Kapoor gives a great performance and Lara Dutta looks almost delectable in the theme song.

Don't expect a national award film here. Expect a full entertainer and you shall not come back disappointed.

Rating: 3.5 on 5
Paisa wasool dialogue: Roma meri ek buri aadat ban chuki hai, chooth ti hi nahin!

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Jingle bells all the way!

Merry Christmas you beautiful people! There is something so contagious about this festival. Most of us have no idea of its significance yet we love to celebrate it.

Sipping hot tea in 3°C, Christmas brings a smile to my face. For the years that have gone by. Thanks Santa for always keeping my stockings full..even when i refused to grow up.

My fav Christmas memory is in college. In a city as un-Christmasy as it gets, Ahmedabad, me and my enthu friends decide to spread some joy. So we get our red outfits out, buy tons of sweets and start giving them out to random kids on CG road. What was surprising is that we actually had to convince most to take them from us..people just couldn't understand what came over us :)

I love the fact that I can now create this magic in my doll, my chotu, my sonu's life. I can spark her dreams and wonderment.

Ho ho ho you all. Merry Christmas. Tell those you love that you love them. What use is love if it not be told?

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Shooting star

Don't chase a shooting star,
An illusion it be
The blazing trail
Fools all but me

Neither warmth it doth give
Nor lasting light
But the hope it awakens
In your heart
Just keeps you awake at night

I saw I saw a shooting star
It was so very near
My closed eyes that made a wish
Opened and it disappeared

My heart felt it would return
It would light my path
But the nights drew long and cold
After it doth depart

I only trust the rising Sun
As hot as it may be
Atleast it warms my heart
And be there for all to see

Don't chase a shooting star,
An illusion it be
The blazing trail
Fools all but me

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hilton buffet in Mayur Vihar- a pleasant surprise

The world of online coupons and discount deals allow poor writers like me to experience the luxuries of dining in the best places! A similar coupon and an occasion to celebrate took us to Infinity- The coffee shop at the new Hilton in mayur vihar, located literally behind my house!

The buffet spread though not as extensive as the one at Park Plaza, my favourite, was not frugal either. Each dish in the spread was well thought through and distinct. What was even more exciting was that there was a great representation of all meats.

The salad section had ten odd options both in Veg and non Veg. Of note were the sea food salad with prawns and calamari tossed in a creamy mustard dressing and the fabulous smoked salmon. Also interesting was that vessel for tossing the Caesar salad was actually a huge slab of brie cheese. Such an innovative concept!

The chicken in red wine jus and grilled fish were ok, but the prize went to the prawns in butter garlic sauce. No matter how many times i have this dish, i just can't tire of it. Another surprise was the tenderloin in rosemary jus. The meat was soft, succulent and juicy- just like it should be. I did not even bother with the Indian fare after this, though the palak gosht and chicken do pyaza would not have disappointed.

What did disappoint though were the selection of deserts. An anti climax if there ever was one! Terribly limited choice and none to write home about. Save your appetite for the main course!

All in all, a great evening of dining and no whining. A must do at the discounted rate!

Meal for 2- Rack rate Rs.1050 per person.
Rating- 7 on 10

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wisdom heard in the most unlikely places

Heard on Oprah Winfrey:

"Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different".

Jerry springer show:

"You fight to defend a lover, not to win one. If you do, it ain't love"!

Patch Adams

"I love you without knowing how, why, or even from where…" 

Wonder Years

"All our young lives we search for someone to love, someone who makes us complete. We chose partners and change partners. 

We dance to a song of heartbreak and hope all the while wondering if somewhere and somehow there is someone searching for us." 

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Muskuraeeye- aap Lucknow mein hain!

You can get to know the heartbeat of a place in an instant by eating the local food. And the perfect way to find out a great place to eat is to ask your auto wala for the city's best. Which is what we did yesterday in Lucknow. And he brought us to awadh biryani near dainik jagran. I believe i shall be truly grateful to him forever.

From outside it may seem like a hole in the wall but the aromas will pull you in. We practically ate everything on the menu and its practically impossible to pick a favourite.

The kaleji was tossed with masalas and green chilies and was cooked just perfectly. Boti kabab was in a little gravy unlike the Delhi version of it but packed the same punch. The korma was even better than karim if i do say so myself. And the paranthas accompanying them were soft and flaky.

And the icing on the cake was the chicken biryani with rice so well seasoned that each bite was an explosion of flavors. Everything was devoured within a few seconds of hitting the table! And we practically had to be airlifted out of there after eating so much. But just the memory of it makes me hungry again!

The damage? Rs.800 for 9 people. I say if you don't have any weekend plans, book your flight tickets now! So worth it!

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