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Catching up…

Never thought my work would actually keep me away from blogging this long. More of a prioritizing issue – Wasn’t really hitting the mark after my long days of meetings at work, to be able to collect my thoughts in my own way and to motivate myself to put them in a nice format before I can reassure myself once again that it is perfectly ok to share them with you.

Let’s see… I may have a plenty of ground to cover if I have to fill in the missing pages in the diary. So here is a minced version of what’s going on around me, on me, involving me and anything that concerns me.

Books – (that I read recently or am reading)

Riot by Shashi Tharoor (an amazing “he said”, “she said” account of a fictitious Hindu-Muslim riot based on a real riot). When I start making my own movies, I will try to adapt this style for one.

Whiteout by Ken Follet (set in Scotland, involves bio-terrorism and a page turning thriller. Super for in flight reading – it’s just that the 1 hour flights between Detroit and Pittsburgh seemed painfully shorter at times, when I was reading this book).

Truth by Al Franken (even the left side of me found some narrations little too stretched for a liberal mind. Nevertheless, a good read to get your blood boiling if you hate everything that’s going on politically around you now).

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (literally a rogue economist’s view on everything and anything that you and I have always believed in. Just makes you wonder if there is anything that is clear as water in this world – I haven’t completed this yet. But this is definitely thinking out of the box).

Music –

Rang De Basanti by A R Rahman – Need I add anymore? Well. I will in my next blog as I am still sucking the album drop by drop. A youthful yet an experimental Hindi album by Rahman. Lots to say about this album. “I love it” – is the summary of that lot.

Other than the hip-hop inundation that I get to listen to everyday (some I secretly would admit liking when I am in a mood for thumping bass, no melody and some funny – unintelligent lyrics), one song that caught my attention in recent times is Beverly Hills by Weezer – certainly not because of it’s “Playboy” value but more because of the attempt to create rock music again for the 21st century.

And what about the Santana song featuring Steven Taylor? I think it caught my attention only because it was them. Just feel better doesn’t make you feel better at all.

Movies –

Goblet of Fire – A must watch for those who have seen the first 3 movies and who have read all the books. I thought there was a more mature handling of the script in this version as the story demands it, what with the lead characters touching their adolescent hoods.

Wedding Date – A chick-flick which I am supposed to be embarrassed to admit that I watched. But what the heck? A light movie nevertheless with absolute déjà vu written all over. Why can’t Hollywood get over this kind of romantic comedies plotted along the same line?

Finding Neverland – Johnny Depp all the way. I watched the movie only for him and he is brilliant! Of course Kate Winslet’s performance stood out surprisingly and I like her even more now.

Is that all? No. There’s definitely more to fill in. But for now, the winter storm advisory in the Pittsburgh area is in the top of my head and I have to make sure I am able to get out tomorrow night.


Besides fantasizing about being a Peter Gibbons at least for a couple of days at my work, I think I have a long way to go to realize some of the other fantasies. But like any ambitious man out there, I will get there! Note: All views expressed in this blog are mine alone and have got nothing to do with my company Cogent IBS, Inc., its employees or any of its affiliates.

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