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The Slumdog Phenomenon

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Went and saw Slumdog Millionaire today with SN. I was seeing this movie for the third time, and somehow, I was as excited as I was the first two times. Especially the scene where the kids are running, trying to escape the music as Rahman’s haunting voice and the drums beating the tume of a local train, the very essence of Mumbai, gives you goosebumps. All I can say is… What a scene!!! SN felt that the movie was horrifyingly true, something which a lot of Mumbaikars echoed. Well, sitting in multiplexes, paying 150 rupees for a ticket, when the other end of spectrum is shown on 70mm screen, one cannot help feeling amazed and hooked on to the screen. For people who have been talking on and on about the Mumbai Effect, and how horrifyingly close it is to reality, please read Maximum City by Suketu Mehta. A wonderful book on Mumbai.

I have been on a Mumbai trip for a while. First it was Shantaram, where the description of the Leopold Cafe and the underworld was fascinating. When Leopold (and Taj, the Oberoi and Nariman House) was attacked on 26/11/2008, there was this greater sense of wild belongingness to Mumbai engulfing me. NR gave me Maximum City, and I was again fascinated by the various dimensions of Mumbai that I was reading about in such depths for the first time. I knew they existed, but Suketu Mehta’s book gave an image that will be unforgettable. And then came Slumdog Millionaire. By now, I had spent so much time reading about Mumbai that I was not able to really feel the ‘Shock’ that most felt. I was just amazed by the way the child actors acted, Salim’s role in the movie, the pace with which the movie moved, Rahman’s music. I was gripped by so many things, that poverty, the so called underlying theme was even visible. Instead, what was tangible was how the movie was all of Mumbai. They say, in Mumbai, time flies like nowhere else in the world. Before you realise, the days, months, years, lifetimes come to an end. The movie was just that. The movie was just another one of those fast locals, that wait for no one. That have so many colorful characters who travel with you, represent a part of you. And Rahman’s music and Anthony Dod Mantle’s cinematography just add to the pace. And like every Mumbaikar’s story, all is well in the end.

I loved the movie. I loved the two books, Maximum City and Shantaram. I think, the last two months have endeared me to the city more than I have ever been. I am leaving Mumbai tomorrow, back to Bangalore. And this time, I want to stay back! Be a part of this city. Maybe, I will… Eventually!


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Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 1:11 am

Posted in Movies, Music

A new begining…

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Had a wonderful birth anniversary. Friends called from everywhere… Thanks everyone for calling. Yesterday, I read somewhere that as one grows old, it sucks to be forgotten. I am definitely not old… But when loved one’s call, remembering your birthday, celebrating the most important day of your life, the day your existence was defined, it makes one feel blessed, doesn’t it? Thank you guys! The day was perfect, in every sense of the word.

There were many best parts abt this birthday. The most important being that I was spending this birthday at home… After 8 years. That was the primary reason for my trip to Mumbai infact. A long vacation, with a birthday as an icing! (No vague indirect puns here).

Morning was sober. Afternoon, went for some Suit Shopping. Didn’t like any of the ready made ones, and decided to get one stiched. I loved the material, and the tailor is very reputed. So, hoping for a very smart suit indeed. Came back home to a wonderful surprise by the gang… They had sent a cake and D’s special touch of a rose. It was ammmazing. 🙂 So, after exactly 19 years, I got a chance to cut the cake with 6 year olders. 🙂 Neighbour’s kids Anika (aged 2), Vrinda (4) and Rishit (6/7) and Adarsh (8) came home within a record 10 minutes wishing me ‘Happy Birthday Bhaiyya’. Although, I am almost the Uncle Age now! 🙂 Cut the cake and got the cake smeared on my face by 6 year olds! 🙂 I am sure, the gang would have loved that! 🙂 THanks guys!

At 8:30, had an interview with Dr Lori Garnier of Queens University. The interview went good… The questions revolved aroung teams, and how to handle them. I am happy with the way the interview went, and am hoping for a favourable response. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Spent the evening with my family, replying to the scraps and wall messages in Orkut and Facebook respectively. Now, thinking of crashing… A wonderful birthday, and I am glad, I was remembered. Thank you guys. Meant a zillion! 🙂

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Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 1:26 am

Posted in Admissions, Birthday, Life