Mar 29, 2006

Locomotive Blues

Sounds like a Chuck Berry song ? well its not. Anyway this extremely innovative(:-)) name is for the random experiences I have had during train journeys. And believe me I have traveled a lot by train , many times even on marathon journeys of something like 30 hours and sometimes even alone!
With 7 exams in 3 days-this actually is not a right time to write a blog. But as summer time approaches and people are packing bags for train journeys, I think they'll benefit from my words of wisdom ( doing my bit for corporate social responsibility ).

Its not very difficult to pass time in a train. Just follow the golden rule ( which I always do) sleep for 2/3rd part of the travel and rest of the time you spend listening to music, reading something or eating. So in a 30 hr journey you gotta sleep for 20 hrs.

But you'll not sail smoothly always.Normally I don't like being disturbed until and unless I myself is interested in talking and it becomes difficult when you have a family with small kids sitting anywhere around you.
And the mommy says to her adorable daughter or son( so as they think) : Bhaiya se pucho, kya gaana sun rahe hain. Then I have to listen from a kid how outdated I am in terms of music because I don't have the CD of Kal Ho Na Ho or Bryan Adams with me.
And then mommy says : Bhaiya se yeh puzzle pucho woh bhi nahi bata paaenge ( giving me the hint that I am not supposed to solve the puzzle which the kid asks me)....Ok come on you appreciate the math skills of your son and want to encourage him,it doesn't mean that when he asks me Bhaiya what is 2+2 , I have to say " oh shit I don't know the answer ....hmmm....is it 5?"
And when I bluntly say 4 mommy thinks I am rude but it serves the purpose , I am asked no more puzzles.

Sleeping ,can prove hazardous too! Especially when you are supposed to reach your destination 3.30 A.M. in the night! Once I asked a kind looking lady to wake me up in the morning otherwise I'll miss the station....But the lady was too kind ....she wakes me up at 2.45.. Manan station aane waala hai!....And when you are having the best sleep ever and look at your watch and see that there is still 45 minutes left you ought to get frustrated....and I say " Aunty abhi to 2.45 hi hue hain abhi se kyun utha diya?"
Next time I wake up I see a completely empty coach , time is 3.50 I rush out of the train with the luggage not even wearing my shoes and as soon as I get down train starts moving. Phew!!
Lady was not that kind after all.

Its safe when your station is the last one..but once I woke up when whole of train was empty and train was standing in the yard(seriously!)

Finally the best way to travel is after getting drunk. This was when I was supposed to come from Calcutta to Kharagpur in a local train alone and I was shit drunk. My friends obliged me by buying the ticket and telling me which platform the train was supposed to be. I climbed up in a coach and surprisingly it was empty!( you don't expect empty coaches in a Calcutta local train). I was all sitting pretty when this woman came to me and utters something in Bong. Me in the state of stupor decided to completely ignore her. She seemed a little pissed...she called some other women and suddenly I was surrounded by 3 women all shouting at me. Finally a fourth one came and told me in Hindi " aap ladies compartment mai baitho ho...yahaan se jaao" ( Oh shit! a drunk person in a ladies coach and that too in Calcutta..perfect recipe to get fucked).. anyway I said sorry and moved to another coach.I was about to sleep and asked a person sitting near me to wake me up when Kharagpur comes..and to my horror he said that this train does not go to Kharagpur!! I quickly stepped out and found another train standing on the next platform but this time I wanted to be sure...I went all the way to engine and asked the driver that whether the train will go to Kharagpur.Finally i found a nice place to sleep and a nice person to wake me up!

Mar 24, 2006

Oh, so this is a tall tale?


Well, it's not a short one.

This is a dialogue from "Big Fish". Its one of my favourite movies and probably the best sob-genre movie I have ever seen....No i have not forgotten Shawshank Redemption. And without any inch of doubt it is Burton's greatest.







"There's a time when a man needs to fight and a time when he needs to accept that his destiny's lost, the ship has sailed and that only a fool will co
ntinue. The truth is I've always been a fool. "

Another one from the movie....no don't get the wrong idea .the movie is not about the heroics of our hero...yup, the protagonist is brave and supposedly does exceptional things but that might even be almost inconsequential to the message given by the movie.
If you are not a fan of Albert Finney or Jessica Lange already you'll become one. If you are not a fan of Ewan Mcgregor then i don't know on what criteria you judge an actor and this movie won't make any difference( although he is brilliant as always).
If you have seen Almost Famous you already are a fan of Billy Crudup...this movie only adds to that.
If you are not a fan of Tim Burton, stop reading this post. Now.

But this post is not only about Big Fish. Pearl Jam's "Man of the hour" is on the soundtrack of the movie and it plays towards the end of the movie. It is one of my favourite PJ songs.Today I listened to the acoustic version of this song (Pearl Jam Live at Benaroya Hall) ...its superb and it made me write this blog. Lyrics are based on the movie and are simply beautiful.


Tidal waves don’t beg forgiveness
Crashed and on their way
Father he enjoyed collisions; others walked away
A snowflake falls in may.
And the doors are open now as the bells are ringing out
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final bow
Goodbye for now.

Nature has its own religion; gospel from the land
Father ruled by long division, young men they pretend
Old men comprehend.

And the sky breaks at dawn; shedding light upon this town
They’ll all come ‘round
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final bow
Goodbye for now.

And the road
The old man paved
The broken seams along the way
The rusted signs, left just for me
He was guiding me, love, his own way
Now the man of the hour is taking his final bow
As the curtain comes down
I feel that this is just goodbye for now.

How can anybody not like PEARL JAM.

If you haven't watched Big Fish yet watch it now but before that listen to this song!!


Mar 16, 2006

Me - The Soothsayer

World Cup 2006

Group Stage( two teams to qualify from each group):

Group A: Germany Costa Rica
Group B: England Sweden
Group C: Argentina Netherlands
Group D: Mexico Portugal
Group E: Czech Rep Italy ( No USA.....hopefully italy will use its experience well)
Group F: Brazil Japan
Group G: France South Korea
Group H: Spain Tunisia

2nd Round : ( The team that is highlighted will win)

Germany vs Sweden
Argentina vs Portugal
England vs Costa Rica
Mexico Vs Netherlands
Czech Vs Japan
France vs Tunisia
Brazil vs Italy
Spain vs South Korea ( Revenge time baby!!)

Quarter Final:

Germany vs Argentina ( Any day Argentina's B- team can defeat Germany but here I'll give then home advantage)
Czech vs France
England vs Netherlands( just an intuition)
Brazil vs Spain ( why should it happen to spain!!!!!!!!!????)

Semi Final:

Germany vs Czech
England vs Spain ( Nothing new for spain)

Final :

Germany vs Spain ( OH YES!!)

Champions league :

Quarters :

Benfica Vs Barcelona
Arsenal Vs Juventus ( Sorry Arsenal)
Inter Vs Villareal ( Spaniards will keep their momentum high)
Lyon Vs Milan ( Toughest call..but I'll go with the old lady)

Semis:

Barcelona Vs Milan ( Classic!!!!!!!!!!)
Juventus Vs Villareal

Finals:

Barcelona Vs Juventus ( Dream Final!!! but this time nobody can stop Barca)

Mar 11, 2006

KC KC Bang Bang

I was talking to a friend of mine in IIMA who got a cool job today. We call him KC. Well he is a gult and KC stands for Krishna Chaitanya but we had are own full form which is rather coarse to write here( if u can strain ur mind a little bit and ur Hindi vocab is sound enough u can get it).For that matter we had a full form for "gult" also.Anyway I am deviating from the topic.

Well this incident involves KC. First of all a little background.One of the major difference between the profs. at IIM Indore and profs. at IIT Kharagpur is that here profs. come for the classes in cars or atleast on motorcycles and are decently dressed up. There most of the profs. came on bicycles( !!!i am not exaggerating) and about the dressing sense the less said the better.
So during the Spring Fest 2003 our hero(KC) decided that he'll propose to some Bong Bombshell from Calcutta( SF was the only time when we got to see some civilized population..that is if u consider bongs civilized).....
And there he spotted his dream girl, dressed in white looking like an angel.KC's heart stopped beating. He decided that no matter how many boyfriends or husbands she had,no matter if she hated gults or men in general he would go and tear open his heart infront of her.
And he got a brilliant opportunity too ! His heroine was being irritated by some beggar.....
So we gave our best wishes to KC , and there he went to conquer his woman.
By the time KC reached there, the beggar had left the girl...

KC :" Was that guy disturbing you?? I saw him yesterday also , he was there in the Tech market...he keeps on bugging people. You shouldn't talk to him."

Girl:" He is my father."

KC was fucked...He came back as swiftly as possible hiding his face.But it was not over yet ;he hadn't received THE BAD news.
While KC was talking to the girl , a wingie of mine who had just arrived said (to our shock) that the guy the girl was talking to was a Prof. in Physics department.

OH MY GOD!!!!!

We desperately signalled KC to come back ...and all this while he thought that we were pulling his leg or still worse showing him two thumbs up!!!
When we broke the news to KC sky fell down upon him...it was no longer a question of embarassment ,his future was at stake!
Anyway nothing happened....only KC was never seen near the Physics department.

Mar 2, 2006

My darlings!!

ok this was expected.
My favourite movies!

Election (Reading, Writing, Revenge) : Well the very few people who have seen this movie are often hesitant to say that this is the greatest (or atleast one of the greatest) movie ever...how can a teen movie with no drama(in its traditional sense), no gangsters,no long speeches ,no tearjerking scenes,no historical references be great...but I am glad to know that there are some people who seriously believe that no other movie even comes close to this masterpiece be it the underlying complexity or the satirical style or brilliant performances.
Move over godfathers and shawshanks and citizen kanes.....make way for a cute(read wicked)
little movie called Election.

Lock,Stock and two Smoking Barrels (A Disgrace to Criminals Everywhere) :Well whatever I have said for election above applies to this except for the fact there is no complexity or satire here and YES there are gangsters......its plain simple entertainment and 1-liners to die for( refer to my post earlier)

Almost Famous (Experience it. Enjoy it. Just don't fall for it) : Well I don't even remember how many times I have watched this movie. You have to be fascinated by the "era" and the "culture" and Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath to adore this movie.

Russell Hammond: And you can tell Rolling Stone magazine that my last words were... I'm on drugs!
[crowd cheers]
William Miller: Russell! I think we should work on those last words!
Russell Hammond: I got it, I got it. Last words - I dig music.
[a few claps]
Russell Hammond: [beat]
Russell Hammond: I'm on drugs!
[crowd cheers]

PS: I have no fascination for drugs.

Fight Club (Mischief. Mayhem. Soap.) : ok, I won't make it boring.Just type Fight Club on Google and open any page out of 61,500,000 pages that you get.

American Beauty ( ... look closer) : For once I loved the philosophical and poetic style of movie making .Undoubtedly the best background score ever.

Mind-boggling Science Fiction 3

Me to my personal Artificially Intelligent buddy, Rocket:  Rocket, can you do this calculation for me. What's 7 + 4? Rocket: Dude, d...