Home Sweet Home

My weekends for last couple of months are turning out to be delightful. There’s a party, a movie night, Get together or be it a book. There’s always some new experience. And as McDonald says, I’m lovin’ it.
So this weekend started with two movies. Home Sweet Home, a Konkani movie and I, a Tamil movie.
First it was Home Sweet Home. The movie was released during Christmas time and I was yet to watch it. Twice I made plans and they failed at the last moment. But today, Maybe luck was on my side. I maybe the last person in Goa to watch this movie. But I watched it. (#AchievementUnlocked)

The movie revolves around John and Raj. (Chuck it yaar. You can’t even get creative at names? Same typical names from Hindi movies? Duh.) Moving on.. John is an NRI(like most of the Goan youth who don’t get past matriculation) who returns to Goa. Correction. Deported to Goa. He now wants to go back to his house (named Home Sweet Home), marry a girl and live happily ever after. Sounds like typical Goan. But his plans vanish in air when he discovers that his house has been replaced by a three storied building. It’s a magic trick, Courtesy of a builder named Shah. The rest of the movie is about how John puts up a fight with the builder to punish him for destroying his house and his dreams.

home sweet home
The problem with local movies is that they don’t get enough funding and they turn out to be movies made on handycam. This one is different. Decent amount has been spent on making this movie on par with mainstream cinema. Well.. Other than the cheap name for production house. Go Goa Gollywood. Really?? Are you effing kidding me? Why did you borrow a name from some cheap movie? (Go Goa Gone. If you fail to recall)

What I liked about the movie was a fresh cast. Most of the faces were new. At least for me. The story  is “hutke”. It deals with the problems of common Goans. When was the last time you saw someone make a film on this? (Oh right. Rakhtayug). Opening song is catchy. I need to grab it somehow. Just that song. The camera work is good apart from repetitive shots towards climax.
What I didn’t like about the movie was a rather dull second half. Throughout the movie, there are monotonous conversations. Long pauses where you want to stand up from your seat and scream “Kitem tari ulay mare C#$&$#%=&a”. And that reminds me of another thing I didn’t like. The swearing. Sometimes it’s muted and sometimes it isn’t. What the heck?? And on top of it is the ending. I’ll rather not talk about it.

But said so, I liked this attempt. Commendable effort by the whole team. I wish them good luck for the sequel (Oops! Does that count as spoiler?) May that film turn out to be better than this.  8/10 for Home sweet home.

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Resolutions 2015

We have to make new year resolutions. You know why? Assume you are a shooter. Not the Olympic Gold medal shooter. But the one who learned to shoot at the wild boar heading towards you. Now, You’ll have to aim at the boar and shoot. You may miss a couple of shots but eventually, You’ll end up shooting the boar. But if you shoot without aiming, In no time the wild boar will send you flying. And that’s why my friend, You need to aim. You must have certain goals or else the wild boar (Read Life) will send you flying.

Duh.. Two repeated sentences. But I’ll keep it that way.

So here are my resolutions for this year. I am not sure if I’ll succeed in it but I’ll make an honest attempt.
1) Take at two trips traveling alone.
I already find it hard to organize a trip with multiple variable. Most of those variable would produce an erroneous result. So it’s best to be the only variable in the equation.

2) Read more. 24 books this year.
I am not a voracious reader. But I love to read. Last year I set a target of 12 books and achieved it. (Yayyy!!!)  This year, I am going to double that. I am pretty confident that I can achieve this.

3) Make new friends.
Not just Facebook friends. But those with whom I can hang out. In real life. The problem is, Most of my friends are now married and inaccessible. That makes me really uncomfortable as I always had company of my friends whenever I wanted. I am selfish here and I think I have to.

4) Start giving back
It’s high time I start giving back to the “society”. And while doing that, I need to make sure I don’t bloat about it.

That’s it. Four is enough. And for all the concerned and non concerned,  Sorry.. But marriage is not on the list.

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Happy new year

Hello guys!! Remember me? The donkey who used to blog about the usual shit? Yeah!! It’s me. Back with the mandatory new year’s post. First things first. I wish everyone who is reading this post, A very happy and prosperous new year. Hope this year turns out to be better than the one which just ended.
So, This year was quite a turn around for me. Till halfway through, Everything was going as I had planned. And then suddenly, My parents forced me take up the government job. Are you effing kidding me??? I got effed up for almost one and half year trying to get clients and settle my business. Now suddenly you want me to get into government job? Wow!! You guys are awesome.

Regardless of my opinion, I had to take up the job. I wasn’t sure. I wasn’t sure just like the zillions of times I changed my job previously. But there’s one thing I was pretty sure about. As sure as my death. And that was.. My parent’s cannot be wrong when it’s a matter of my life. After the struggle in first half of this year, I finally had some less struggling life. I have taken some really careless and harsh decisions in my life. And for once, I thought it’d be better to stick with my parents advice. Till date, it’s all good. 

This year, I felt, I entered into the next level of spirituality. I was a part of Bhagwat Saptah, Pooja of Lord Krishna which is lasts for 7 days, at my ancestral house. They were the most hectic days of this year. It was Lord Krishna showing me the right way. Letting me to look at the world through his eyes so that I could identify the good, the bad and the ugly. I was able to see through many masks during these days. I was able to identify the two faced dear ones. They are dangerous species of termites which will eat you from inside and before you know, You’ll collapse. May Lord bless them with wisdom.

Loss of dear ones always hurt. This year, I lost my aunt. You always love the ones who care about you. You reciprocate the feelings unless you are an asshole. Losing her suddenly was a blow to me. For the first time in two decades, I cried in public. I don’t know how people will take it. They may say I am weak. I am not a man. Phuk you assholes!! I am a human being with emotions. I hope she rests in peace. 

Usually, For the past 5-6 years, Second half of the year has been always painful. It always lead to unbearable pain and suffering. But this year was quite the opposite. I am happy like never before. I always loved my life despite suffering. But this year, I love it a lot more.
And towards the end of the year, Last week of the year to be precise, I discovered a whole new myself. I have never been so happy in my life. I traveled alone. I drove alone. Made new friends. And had a great time while doing so. It is just like Hindi film which ends with happy ending.

It’s been a great year. (Nope. I haven’t posted that video on Facebook. It sucks.) I would love to see this year repeat sometime in future. I wish..

Till then… Think Nonsense..

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नुतन नव वर्षाभिनंदन

तुम्हा सर्वांना गुढीपाडव्याच्या शुभेच्छा!!

gudhipadva

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I Loved Her

A decade ago, I had this stamp on me which said “Geek”. Personal computers were still new in those years. My keen interest in those machines helped me acquire a great deal of knowledge without any formal training in computing. In those days, I used to fantasize about computers talking back to me. Responding to me and my emotions. Huh..That was a geek’s fantasy.
Cut to 2014. They actually made a movie about my fantasy. It turns out, I wasn’t alone with the crazy idea of an OS with emotions. The movie I am talking about is Her.

The story is set in not so distant future. A simple guy in his mid-life crisis, Writing letters on behalf of someone, is completely alone and void of any social life. He suddenly encounters an OS which claims to have consciousness. His rather boring and very single life now gets an upgrade of romance in form of OS1.
The most interesting part in this movie is the use of voice. From the minute one, Everything revolves around voice commands. Operating systems used in the movie interact using voice, Bothways. Thirteen minutes into the movie, You hear the silky voice of Scarlett Johansson. It casts a spell on you, the effect of which remain till the end of the movie and for some, even after that. There no representation of her character whatsoever. There is no symbol or icon or picture representing her character, Samantha. 
It’s all Scarlett.

She wakes him up in the morning as if she is his real wife. She arranges date for him after going through his mails. She also sorts out his mails and actually tells him which ones to keep and which ones to delete. They go on a walk together. They have simulated sex. In one scene, A young girl plays the role of front end for Samantha. Like a bridge between OS and Human. That is the high point of this movie for me. You want more and more of Her.
The only thing I didn’t like was the end. I wasn’t disappointed. But they should have made it clear whatever happens to Her. This is my second favorite English romantic movie after Definitely Maybe. I’ll rate it 9/10.

P.S.: Please watch this movie wearing your headphones. Do not use the speakers.

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