Monday, October 23, 2017

Cricket khelna mereliye mandhir jaane ki tarah tha....Sachin, A Billion Dreams!


Watched this movie, yesterday and still thinking about it and pestering my husband by talking about the scenes! He is a cricket addict and I just watch it when India is at the winning stage:) He can recount ball by ball for matches of 10 years back! I talk about how short Sachin is, how tall Ashwin is:) But this movie even made me recount some of the scenes of the old matches in the film.  Some very cute home video clippings are also there in the movie.  We can see the real Sachin, a son, a husband, a father apart from being a cricketer.

I had watched the most dramatised movie 'Azhar' which was based on Mohammad Azharuddin, also a famous Indian cricketer who became famous for 'other' reasons and felt sorry for him in the end. Then watched a well-made movie on our another captain, MS Dhoni, 'MS Dhoni, the untold story' and liked it too. I like him more as a person! But this movie, also on a cricketer, touched me most.  Don't know why. I think I liked his whole family...liked his wife most.  She, being a doctor (MD in paediatrics), devoted her whole time to the family.  She talks often in the movie.  Cricket always came first for Sachin, family came later, she said (I had written a post on her here).  He was very close to his father and his brother played an important role in his cricket career. His brother introduced him to the then famous Cricket Coach, Ramakant Achrekar who asked him to shift to a school, which had a good cricket team. He stayed in his aunt's place and went to school and cricket coaching classes. His was a middle class family.  This was the changing point in his life. Achrekar was a tough coach and he used to give him one rupee coin whenever he finished the training session without getting out.  Sachin has got 13 coins which is still important to him.

The small boy who acted as young Sachin is very cute and acted very well.  Sachin was talking often in the movie, though some scenes were re-created.  Many clippings of important matches were shown throughout the movie.

'Sachin' name was chosen for him by his dad who was an ardent fan of Sachin Dev Burman, the famous Hindi film music director.  Sachin also is a music buff, he always played music in his dressing room, some songs played in repeat mode.  Our whole Indian cricket team was and is fond of Hindi movie songs.

As you know Sachin started his cricketing career at the age of 15 and then no looking was a tough life for him.  Thank god, he met Anjali (I liked the way Anjali explained how it happened, in the movie) and married her in 1995 at the age of 22.  Thanks to the understanding couple, they stood together in their  unusual, hectic life together. They have got a son and a daughter.  Anjali was a great support, Sachin said in many interviews.

Sachin was the first cricketer to score 100 centuries in international cricket.  He had played many matches even after having multiple wounds in his body.  I think the post will be tooooo long if I start mentioning about his cricket career here.  Important occasions were included in the movie.

He explains how he got the news of his father's death in the middle of a match in New Zealand (I think!), came home and went back because the family wanted him to continue playing the match.  His family is a very close knitted family.  Very supportive to each other.

He is very conscious about his statements about other cricketers and members of the board, but tells openly in the movie how hurt he was when the announcement came about removing him from the captaincy and when he was again offered the post without discussing with him.

They showed Sachin's great fan Sudhir Choudhary as soon as the movie began.  Sachin made him to hold the world cup India won as an affectionate gesture later. He was taken along with the cricketers to the matches wherever India played, by our Cricket board.  You can see him in this trailer clip.

His dream was to win the world cup and hold it in his hands and he did it!  Felt bad seeing him going back to the dressing room after his last match.  His dedication to the game/playing for his country, ended. 

It was tough life for him from childhood until his retirement.  Let him and his family enjoy a happy, peaceful life.

AR Rahman's music is superb.  They are showing it on TV often now.  Watch and enjoy!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wordless Wednesday!

5.57 am on Sunday, the 10th Sept.'17...Sunrise at Elliots beach, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
6.01 am on the same day!
6.03 am on the same day!

Monday, July 31, 2017

You Never Get Bored If You Know To Enjoy Your Surroundings!

It was 2 AM.  Jhansi railway station.  We were changing trains on our way to Khajuraho.  Came here straight from Chennai.  Had to wait at the station to catch the train to Khajuraho.  It was drizzling quite heavily.  Cold.  We didn't get  any place to even sit down.  All the seats around columns were full:) At 2 in the morning, tea biscuit shop was making brisk business.  And this small restaurant was open.  Customers were trickling....But we were interested in watching the dogs at its doorsteps.  Very understanding dogs.  They never disturbed anyone.  They just slept on a doormat peacefully.  As soon as a customer went inside the hotel, they got alerted.  Immediately they will get up and wait near the entrance! Once the customer filled his stomach and left, the waiter cleaned the plate of crumbs near the doorstep! These two dogs rushed to eat them.  Again, waiting.  Sometimes they were getting a bit more food.  They never allowed any 'beggars' near the door of the hotel! Otherwise harmless!

Some more pictures from the station!

This one was roaming here and there all the time.  I saw one man catching its urine too! Holy water!
Gau moothra (cow's urine) was holier in the olden days because they grazed on grass and herbs.  Nowadays, they have to live on plastic and fast foods.  Hmmm...

The chaaiwaala was doing good, gharam gharam chaai, biscuits, samosa, kachoris! Interesting!


Monday, July 10, 2017

U Turn ... A Thriller Movie in Kannada To Remember For A Long Time, Which Is Unusual!

A well-made Kannada movie, U Turn!
I like the way the letters are shown here! This is the story of people who try to use short cut by moving the divider slabs on a highway bridge and leave them outside the line, which might lead to accidents!

The movie starts with the leading lady, Rachana (played by newcomer Shraddha Srinath) who is an intern journalist with a daily, The Indian Express noticing a two wheeler driver removing the divider slab on the double road bridge (the story takes place in Bangalore), to take a short cut U-turn and save few mts. more of driving down, leaving the slabs haphazardly in the middle of the road.  She replaces them back and notices that an old man jotting down the vehicle number in a piece of paper.  She comes to know that he had the habit of jotting down numbers who disobeyed the rules. She collects all the numbers he had and returns to her office and discusses this issue with her colleague and asks him if any accidents had happened on the bridge at the spot where the slabs were moved from the divider line.  He promises her to check.  She thinks that this will make a good article for the newspaper. 

The director shows an incident in the beginning, how independent Rachana is and how she is eager to do something good in her career.  It was fun moment to watch the scene!

Through right contacts, she gets the address of the motorist via the license plate number.  She visits his place and rings the bell but nobody opens the door.  When she was entering her apartment complex later, a police man comes and inquires about her name and asks her if she went to the address (the motorist's) before coming home.  She says yes and was taken  to the police station.  The inspector starts questioning her rudely since the motorist Rachana visited had committed suicide on the same day she visited him. She explains her side of the story but the senior police officer rejects it but the sub-inspector who was there, believes her story.  He explains to the senior officer who states that so many murders were taking place and notices that all the numbers in her list were the numbers of the people who committed suicide on the same day they did the u-turn on the bridge....the story develops from here.

I and my husband watched this movie 3 days back and are still discussing about it and am compelled to review it now so that people who want to watch good movies can watch this! Well, very few question marks crop up after the end of the movie but still, the way the movie was made is interesting!

And this is a 'no song' movie! No love triangle too! Just a bit of attraction between Rachana and her colleague, that too, it was shown very decently and the police also are shown decently, which is rare!

The same director of this movie, Pawan Kumar, had directed the well acclaimed movie, 'Lucia' (his first movie!).  Both the movies, Lucia and U-turn were crowd funded and both were well received!

Now, to the trailer of the movie:

I came across an interview with the director of this movie.  Some of my questions which arose in my mind after watching the movie, are answered by him here!

Shraddha Srinath, who acted as Rachana, has acted very well here.  She is a lawyer, theatre artiste and now an actor! She got 'The Best Actress' Filmfare award for acting in this movie!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Tribute To Our Yoga Teachers On The International Yoga Day!

We met our Guruji for the first time, the lady with the white dupatta! We admire her a lot!

I had been doing yoga for many years now! But only for the past 4 years, I do it very regularly, thanks to the teachers from the above yogashram.

The International Yoga Day was celebrated last Sunday itself by our centre, since this day, 21st June, is falling on a working day, Wednesday.   They had been celebrating for many years now.  But we, 6 of us who learn yoga at our complex itself (the teacher comes and takes 4 classes a week for 9 of us ladies on our terrace!) joined this celebration for the first time.  Our class is for an hour.  We usually do one set of Suryanamaskara, i.e. 12 nos., on 2 week days' evenings and 2 sets mostly on 2 days' (week ends) mornings since the weather will be cool in the mornings. When the teacher coaxed us to join the celebration and pushed us to do more sets, i.e. 4-5 sets for the past 10 days, we found it very difficult to do....or so we thought! Still we never dreamt of doing 108 suryanamaskaras and 208 aasanaas, AT A STRETCH! But we did! She, the teacher, had assured us that it would not be difficult since we do it with so many people around us!

Nearly 300 odd people, mostly women and some men, joined at the venue (Rani Meyyammai Higher Secondary School, Adyar) at 5.30 on the morning of 18th June, '17.  I noticed that more than 20% of them were above 50 years of age, myself included! More than 50% of us opted for doing both Suryanamaskara and aasanaas and the rest joined for doing just the aasanaas.  We were given token nos. and asked to sit at the allotted places on two floors of the school auditorium.  Though we were given juices and water bottles, we were asked to sip only water till the programme was over.

The programme started with our usual prayer.  On the way to the venue we were discussing about how much we might do and it didn't cross 6-7 sets! Our teacher Rathi Madam started the mantras and all of us started bending stretching, a bit  slower pace than we usually do at our classes.  A 70 year old lady was doing easily in front of me! Some small children also were there...they were too fast and were waiting for us to finish! And all of us ladies from our complex, finished without taking any break! After shanthi aasanaa for 2 mts., we started doing aasanaas.  Till, nearly 100 aasanas we were fast and did without feeling tired.  Then we started looking at each other discussing if we should stop at 108! But we somehow finished 208 aasanaas!

Our ages were 64 (me!), 61, 56 and so on...we could do it at our age was because of the good teachers we had.  They never pushed us but coaxed us to do difficult aasanaas slowly.  If they taught tough aasanas one day, next class was with easy aasanas like spine relaxation, extra breathing exercise etc.  The 208 aasanaas we did after the main suryanamaskaara, have helped us to recover from the body pain fast later on.  All of us had thigh and back pain for a day or two.  We are back to normal on the third day and attended our usual class.

My friend saw a maami wearing brahmin type of sari and doing the namaskaaras.  She was very comfortable, it seems.

We hope to continue as long as we can!  I had written a post earlier too about yoga here!

Now, to some pictures from the Yoga celebrations:

Getting ready!

They gave us a prize too for being regulars in the class! We got medals for doing Suryanamaskara and asanaas, separately....altogether 2 medals each and a cup! We will display it in our complex and lure more ladies to join our class! IT IS GOOD!

Our namaskaarams to all our teachers!

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