Monday, May 01, 2006


Weekend Adventures!

The weekend didn't start on a very bright note. We were supposed to have a 3-day weekend(Sat-Mon), but on Friday, we were informed that Saturday's holiday has been cancelled. Came as quite a shocker, especially since it drastically affected the execution of THE LIST. What is The List??? It is a master document that I and a friend had prepared last weekend, listing down everything that we need to buy in the short, medium and long-term! This ranged from watching 5 movies this weekend, to buying a house some years down the line.... you get the picture! Anyways, one has to make do with what fate dishes out, so the weekend started on Saturday night instead of Friday night!

Came back from work at around 9.30, and went straight to a friend's place, where a movie session had been planned. The movie: Hostel, presented by Quentin 'the God' Tarantino! It is a movie about 3 guys backpacking through Europe, who land up in a hostel in Slovakia looking for hot, 'freely-available' women, who are supposed to love American men! What befalls them there is the story! It is not a movie for the squeamish, and it's best watched with a group of friends, and lights switched off. Saw this much gore after a long time, and none of us had the stomach for dinner after the movie! Great stuff!

The agenda for Sunday was shopping. I had to buy a new mobile and a music system, and clothes! Also, me and a friend had to explore some furniture shops to look for some basic furniture for our respective houses. The key learning for the day was that shopping is extremely serious and extremely tiring! Ended the day at 10 PM, having bought:

a) A new mobile: Nokia N70 for 20K

b) A Sony Music System: some model no. with 100W X 2 RMS main speakers, and 40WX3 woofers etc. In Delhi terms, it was 3500W PMPO(pronounced 'pumpo' back home in Delhi)! Also has a 3-DVD changer btw! The damage: 20.5K

c) Since I was buying a music system, I thought I might as well buy a couple of audio CDs also. The inaugural CD was... all right, you guessed it: Gangster. And the 2nd CD was Rang De Basanti. Got a bonus CD along with Gangster: Emran Rules- Superhit songs of Emran Hashmi. Yipeeee!!!

Was so keen on getting the music system on Sunday night itself that I very bravely(and stupidly, as you will soon see) told the shopkeeper that I will carry it along with me since he said he would be able to deliver only the next day. Now the system weighs 26 Kg as per the packaging, and my house happens to be on the 3rd floor of a lift-less building. I had assumed that I would just tell the watchman for help and we will carry it upstairs together, but he started doing some nautanki(street-play), so I told him to chuck it, and carried the box myself. As if the weight of the box wasn't enough, it was so wide that it didn't fit into the width of the stairs. Hence, I had to carry it upstairs while I was sideways! Great fun... my back was groaning by the time I reached the 3rd floor. Remind me never to try such stunts again!

Yesterday was slightly less hectic. Obviously, since I had no energy left to do the rest of the shopping as per The List. I had the option of watching only one movie in the afternoon, so I obviously went and watched Gangster. Don't ask me about the movie pls. It wasn't too bad, but it could have been much much better if the heroine Kangana knew how to speak, and Emran Hashmi knew how to act. Kangana had such a superbly complex character, and she made a right royal mess of it. Her dialogue delivery is quite easily the worst I have seen in recent times. The only saving grace of the movie, apart from the haunting music of course, was Shiney Ahuja. He was simply explosive, and faltered only once, in a scene where he was supposed to break down and cry. Couldn't help comparing this scene with Aamir's completely natural breaking down in RDB, and realized that this is what separates the men from the boys! Barring that, he was great. I have said this before and I am saying it again- Shiney Ahuja is a face to watch out for!

Oops, I missed out on some more shopping. Went to Crossword on Sunday. Since I always buy something when I go to a bookshop, I bought a couple of Just William books. I am making a collection of William books, buy 2 at a time, and buy another 2 once I finish the previous ones. Yesterday, went to the new Landmark store that has opened near my place. It's huge, crazy collection, with two rows of just Science Fiction and Fantasy! Inaugurated the store with the Star Wars trilogy(in book form), and Terry Pratchett's Johnny Maxwell Trilogy!

I wish today was also a holiday, so I could spend some time with my books and my new baaja(music system), rather than wasting away my life in office! But no sweat, weekends aur bhi aayengee!(more weekends will come)!

May the Force be with you!

HAhah, how is the back?
I wouldn't dare ruin the songs for me by seeing that EH picturised on them...just thought I'll let you know..
Whatever made you men think that shopping was NOT serious business?
Take care with your back :)
"Just William" - how are those books? I've been seeing them at my library since I was 8, but never got round to borrowing them in the 10 years that I patronized the place. Seemed too boyish, I guess... Maybe I will read them someday.
EU-1: The back is ok now, it became ok the next day itself. Thank you. Grrrr :-)

EU-2: To be fair to the chap, I think he looks quite cool in the music videos. It's when he has to act that he gets on your nerves!

Rita: Anything that leads to broken backs and hurting feet has to be serious :-) The back is OK, thank you :-)

cloudy: You have missed out big time, but it is still not too late. William is a sort of precursor to Calvin in spirit. He is a 11 year old boy in an England county somewhere and is totally wild. He has his band of followers called The Outlaws, and they make mischief wherever they go and in what they do. The language is brilliant, in the mould of PG Wodehouse when the author is narrating something, and totally broken, grmmatically horrible when the children are talking! Apparently, William was such a rage in England that Princess Diana named her son after him, and not the old kings as people believe! Do try them once!
Obi, you have a convert! Will definitely read William now.
Awwwwww! You poor you! I'm sorry but I couldn't help laughing while I was reading your post! Carrying it sideways for 3 floors! Oh god! I do hope your back is okay now!
Take care! :)
Obi, it was really funny :-). I don't know if the reader was intended to sympathise with you.. but many readers wd only have laughed I think. Not that we like it when your back hurts.. but still, it was so funny :-)
cloudy: Pls do, and I want honest feedback once you've read it. And pls don't let your kids be deprived of these books, the way you were :-)

AFJ & sunshine: What is so funny about someone's back groaning, pray tell me? :-) Nobody takes me seriously, I need a serious repositioning campaign for myself :-(
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