Thursday, April 17, 2008

One Hundred Years of Solitude

"The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point."

From Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude.
I knew I was going to enjoy the book after reading that beautiful line in the first page. I had planned to read it soon after finishing his Love in the Time of Cholera last year, but managed to buy it only during my trip to Hyderabad last month.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Race - an educational movie

Yes, that's right. I watched the much talked about movie Race yesterday and found it extremely educating. It's truly amazing how much you can learn from a Bollywood movie. Although the list is very long, I will try to put down only the most important learnings -

- If you own a stud farm, all things around you should be horsey. The club you go to should be called Gallops, your entire home should have hundreds of horse figurines in all shapes & sizes

- If you happen to have a passion for race then all your conversation should always be interspersed with the word race. Like 'Zindagi ki race mein ek saathi ki zaroorat hoti hai', 'ab zindagi aur maut ki race hogi', 'maine tumhein zindagi ki race mein haraa diya' and many many more

- Even if your names are Ranvir Singh and Rajiv Singh, you would have Christian weddings and funerals. I personally think that Christian weddings and funerals are more glamorous than any other ones. Probably the director duo Abbas-Mastan share similar tastes as mine

- Most of Durban's (South Africa, where the entire movie is shot) population is Indian. Be it the stud farm owner and their entire staff & friends circle, cops, real estate agent, marriage registrar, doctors, manager of an orphanage .. just about everyone! There were some white people (mostly unimportant ones) and exactly 2 black people (in a dance number). We actually managed to drive away all the local people from their own city!

I wish more films like Race were made so we could increase our knowledge.