Posts tagged ‘lists’

G.R.A.V.I.T.Y.

Someone might write, or may have already written, why this is THE must watch movie for this year, so what the heck, here’s my own compilation of ten unbeatable reasons you should watch Gravity and be awed by it. You don’t find me glorifying a movie, any movie, too often so when I do, you better sit up and take notice.

1) The 3D visuals. There’s a reason they are top of the list.
2) The tight editing. There are promising movies that somehow go overboard. And others which are tightly reined in, keeping you on the edge of your seat, hand to your sliently ‘O’ed mouth.
3) Sunrise over the earth. And countless other shots of Earth seen directly, indrectly, in visor reflections, through port holes, you name it. The blackness of space. The silence. The gravity and lack of it. The constellations. The ‘night’ sky. Essentially, all things space-y.
4) Matt Kowalsky’s sense of humour. Whoever dreamt up that guy and gave him dialogues and breathed life into his character deserves nothing less than an Oscar. Make that 10 oscars. Goerge Clooney might have been wasted in that role, but hey, you can’t imagine anyone else doing that role with such panache either.
5) Sandra Bullock. And her awesomely fit body. The guys can go drool over her and we women can all sigh and hope to attain that perfection. What. a. body. Although, too bad Clooney didn’t get to show off any.
6) When Sandra B gets cut adrift. When George C gets cut adrift. When things don’t get cut adrift.
7) How much you root for Dr. Ryan Stone to get back and get out alive, until the very very end.
8) Sharrif going very very briefly “Mera joota hai japani”. Genius touch, though invisible and unapparent to the non Indians out there.
9) The fire extinguisher scene. It is just genius the way the extinguisher is used, and you totally don’t see it coming. If I told you more I’d have to erase your memory and that would make this list totally pointless, wouldn’t it?
10) The visuals. Unless you are a multi gazillionaire, this is the closest you will come to getting into space.

Be a tough man! **

There is a tag floating around – my sins against gender stereotypes. Been tagged by Dewdette, who hasn’t put up her entry yet. 😀

So this is supposed to be a tag where I list ten things I have ever wanted or done which my gender is not supposed to do. Hmm. Rather thought-provoking, since every successive generation grows more modern and liberated than the previous. So what might have been tabboo for women in my grandmother’s age may be fairly acceptable now. Looking at it that way, I have done a lot of things women my grandmother’s generation would not have been allowed to do – Study upto whatever level I wished to, stay alone, travel overseas alone, work in a male-dominated industry, wear trousers, choose not to get married at the age of 20, have male friends.. the list is endless.

However, if you look at it as things women are not supposed to do in this day and age, well, that’s a bit difficult. My parents have brought me up pretty much without many restrictions. No, I am not a wild-child, but there haven’t been clauses ‘ you can’t do this because you are a girl’, or ‘your brother is allowed to do this but you can’t’. Restrictions there were/are, but more because of common sense than the above reasons. Getting why this tag is difficult, now? 🙂

I haven’t been able to list ten things though.. so don’t put me in the box of ‘girls can’t do math’ 😛

  • I have always been one for tools & tool-boxes. I loved to tinker around with broken radio sets, and other electrical/mechanical stuff as a kid and was usually the one to rush for the soldering iron at home if some wires came apart.
  • In sync with above point, I have been the one to (try and ) fix any domestic applicances, change light-bulbs, climb up on counters to fix hard-to reach fixtures. Especially more so when I was staying away from home. Read more…

A way to pass time

Given my fondness for books, its surprising really that i havent posted on this topic.

Oh wait, i think i have. a review. well, never mind.

Anyway, lifted this thing (i believe its called a meme) off SEV’s blog. So here goes:

“Look at the list of books below, bold the ones I’ve read, italicize the ones I might read, cross out the ones I won’t read, underline the ones on my book shelf, and place parentheses around the ones I’ve never even heard of.”

>>The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
>>The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
>>The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams

       Does having a soft copy mean its on my shelf?
>>The Great Gatsby – Scott F. Fitzgerald

>>To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
      An all time fav.
>>The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
>>(His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman)
>>Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling

>>The Life of Pi – Yann Martel
    I have read it in snatches…don’t think I’ll like it.
>>Animal Farm – George Orwell
>>Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
    It’s like this for a reason…it’s only half-read.
>>The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
>>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon.
    Awesome book. Read more…

Home Truths

Gleaned from personal experience and observation.

. You can get to know someone more in 1 yr than others whom you have known for 4.
. You can stop liking someone, but you can never really stop caring for them.
. Conversely, you can hate someone with all your might, but if they go through a bad phase, you still pity them.
. You can bare all your secrets to anyone, or confess anything you want, but for the post-confession time, no one can wipe your tears better than  your mom.
. You can wear your heart on your sleeve all day, and for some people it’s like part of your clothing, for others, it’s a prop to use to their advantage. For yet others, it’s something that brings you closer.
. You can wish away to glory that some people move out of certain ruts, and you can push them all you want, but they aren’t going to budge until they convince themselves of the fact they need to move.
. And on a lighter note, pure happiness can be achieved in bursts; to be happy all the freakin’ time, you need to be a saint or something. 😀

To ban or not to ban

‘High heels should be banned’, said my male colleague after entire days of listening to ‘clackety-clacks’ on the hard floor outside our bay. i couldnt agree more. Nothing is more annoying than those sharp sounds going to and fro with irritating regularity (we unfortunately happen to sit near the drinking-water trough, plus, it gives sound bytes about who’s going where when and how many times). However, to lend more weight to the cause, i propose the following list of things which should be banned. No matter is too small for my notice, and so you shall find variety in this list-

# Wearing hawaii-an shirts to work…it spreads the holiday mood. No one works then.
# Putting the room temperature regulator within reach of 3 or more people. No sooner does one reduce the temp, than another cranks it up. So it continues until the end of day. The winner (of only the battle) is the one who leaves last, for the war continues in full swing the next day. A totally unintended side effect is that the temperature varies from glacial cold to hellish simply by the icy looks and furious glances of the warriors.
# Admin assistants not replenishing the stationery supply cabinets. Often results in minor warfare over the last remaining pen or notepad.
# The cleaners coming at 5 sharp to clean the office area. They dust nonchalantly around you, while chewing gum and jabbering away on their cell phones, going into corners you dont tread for fear of lumbago and arthritis. You have to keep moving in front of them, lest they mistake you for part of the office furniture and dust over you. Wouldn’t blame them either, office furniture is so abstract and retro nowadays.
# Uncovered parking lots in front of offices. Such madness!! Would you like your employees come indoors in the winter, shaking like aspen leaves and looking white as though they had seen a ghost or were trying to impersonate one? Someday, they might just all freeze outside and you’d have abominable snowmen with cute white cars adorning your parking lot until next summer. Read more…

taking stock

This took a lot of soul-searching. Wasnt easy, i tell you.

8 things i am thankful for
  1. my family; even if saying so sounds trite.
  2. my friends. spread geographically over quite a few countries. love you all, and miss you like crazy.
  3. my reading habit. i pity those who dont even try.
  4. my new-found ability to write. agreed it aint great, but its something.
  5. a curiosity which makes me want to travel, want to find out whats beyond that corner, want to find out how things work, why things are the way they are. unfortunately, that curiosity falls under both intelligence and stupidity.
  6. the humour in most situations in life. some of which i can fortunately glimpse, even though most are missed.
  7. the chances and oppurtunities given to me, whether i deserve them or no.
  8. animated movies, and the brew called tea.

8 things i wish for
  1. the ability to make friends easily. i take time, and its a painful process more often than not.
  2. a bit more maturity. i am told often i am way beyond my age already, but i am not really. inside, i am just a seething mass of contradictions and confusions and questions.
  3. to be (more) un-selfconscious in whatever i do. Read more…

2 minute maggi and more besides

. the bell ringing when the teacher asks you to stand up
. the last bus trundling into sight when you thought you’d missed it
. getting a toe-hold grip onto the Andheri train when you are already late for work
. finding a solitary xerox shop open late at night, the night before your assignment’s due
. Deciding to meet up a friend someplace, to find that the place’s closed. Meeting up anyway and discovering a better place tucked away in a niche
. clearing an exam paper – Score 41
. having a friend cover an awkward pause for you in a conversation
.locating a familiar face in a strange crowd
. finding a coin in the very depths of your purse for extending the phone call by one last minute, when you are on the point of saying ‘bye’
. a formidable, yet friendly-looking aunty coming into sight on a deserted railway platform
. getting scared out of your wits hearing a strange and apparently unaccountable sound coming from the inner room, and finding out it was only the furniture creaking

Such are the things lifesavers are made of!