Monday, April 30, 2007

Mice love the Innova!

While coming to office today, there was this Innova in front of me in slow moving, stop-and-go traffic. Suddenly I saw a mouse come down from the van, and for a few seconds it ran alongside, and once traffic started moving, jumped back onto the tire rim and climbed back inside the van!

Reminded me of the toy trains that climb the Matheran hills - with passengers gleefully getting down the train and back in when the train slows on the steep curves...

Mice apparently love the Innova!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Movie Review: Bandidas

Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek. Some action, some humour with a dash of history. Lovely dialogues, and beautiful vistas. A good movie for a good weekend.

Movie Review: My Father The Hero

One of my absolute favourites, this movie about the father (Gérard Depardieu as Andre) and his 14 year old daughter (the stunningly beautiful Katherine Heigl as Nicole) on vacation, and her first love, is in the league of "Father of the Bride". The movie revolves around Nicole's attempts to impress her cute potential boyfriend by telling him her father is her lover, and her inability to tell him the truth later for fear that he will hate her for lying - till things finally fall in place with their first kiss. Simple, beautiful, guaranteed to make you smile and cry at the same time.

A must see for fathers of daughters - just make sure you watch it alone - you do not want to have to hold back the tears!

Movie Review: Bheja Fry

Bheja Fry is a delightful comedy, perfect to lighten up your mood and make a great weekend. A must see movie - and one of those few that work simply on the basis of an amazing script, great screenplay, and an amazing performance by the key players - Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Milind Soman, and Ranvir Shorey.

Women Power

Recently, the US got it's first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and this was touted as a big event - the rise of women power in the most powerful nation in the world.

Strangely, the Indian sub-continent has always had women in power. Notwithstanding the Rabri Devis (and to be frank, I admire that woman for what she did achieve!), we have had women at the top in Pakistan, Sr Lanka, Bangladesh and India - from Indira Gandhi, to Najma Heptullah, to Benazir Bhutto, to the ladies at the helm in Sri lanka and Bangladesh.

Do you know America has never had a black President? Barack Obama is now making news as the first black presidential candidate in the US. India has had Sikhs, Muslims, and SC/STs as Presidents and Prime Ministers - not just the Zail Singhs, we have had Manmohan and Kalam too!

We Indians love to hate our political establishment and our democracy - but have we ever given a serious thought to the possibility that Indian democracy might in fact be one of the most sucessful, sincere, deeply rooted, people-empowering political system in the world?

Miss India 2007 - rules changed?

Apaprently, the rules of Miss India have changed - the winner is now the Miss World contestant, and the runner up is Miss India Universe. Wonder why and when this happened! Any ideas?

Anyway, Puja G remains my winner :)

Friday, April 13, 2007

Quote of the Day

Only the mediocre are always at their best. Jean Giraudoux.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Miss India 2007

The beautiful, smart, sweet Puja Gupta became Miss India Universe, followed by the equally sweet and smart Sarah Jane Dias and Puja Chitgopekar. After a long time, our Miss India winners really represent the smart, sexy new face of India!

Cheers, girls... all the best!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Quote of the Day

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question. Stephen Jay Gould.