Wednesday, March 30, 2016

April is coming...

The above emoji was my response to Shub's query to Maya and me, "So ladies, April blogging challenge?" 

I love this emoji. It is so versatile. I have used it to represent happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, embarrassment and confusion in my conversations. I truly believe from the bottom of my heart that I overuse it. It was therefore, no wonder at all when (an exasperated, perhaps) Maya asked, "So what does that expression mean, Sayesha?" 

So I clarified. I clarified what it meant in that particular scenario, I mean. 

It meant - "Yikes, you had to bring this up, huh?"

I think that a part of me believed that if we didn't talk about it, it would go away. But another part of me (the more enthu-cutlet one, with all the keedas in her head) was kinda relieved. Why? Because it was out there now. Now we had no choice but to decide. Should we do the April A-Z blogging challenge, or not? A post a day, barring Sundays, for a whole month. That's a lot of pressure. With my new job (it's still mostly from home with a weekly pop into the office, but it involves more responsibilities and longer hours than before), Viv's upcoming annual teerth yatra to Vegas, a TV-free enthu-cutlet kid who only goes to half-day school, and a couple of new hobbies, would it be possible to do it well? Heck, would it be possible to do it at all?

And then I asked myself -- just whom are you kidding, woman? Every year, you ask yourself the same things and every year, you do it. And every year, it makes you so happy. Just. Do. It.

And so I will. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Joker in the pack

So we were at a birthday party last night.

There was a huge poster at the party with many characters on it.

"Oh look, Peppa Pig!" I said. It was the only character I recognised. I don't even know how. Actually, I know nothing about Peppa Pig, and neither does Xena. (I actually take pride in that.)

"Oh yeah, Peppa Pig..." She said vaguely.

"You know Peppa Pig?" I challenged.


"Oh yeah? And who is that?" I pointed to the character next to it.

"That is..." She took a moment to think. "Salt pig! Hahahahahaha!"

Took me a moment to get that.


PS: Viv, bow out, my friend. You've got some real competition here.

Friday, March 11, 2016


Ok, I'm going to sound really old, but back in "my days", you had the trailer and then you had the movie and then you had the movie reviews. Finito. However, these days they have a lot more. Too much, in fact. The first poster, the first motion poster (what the...), first teaser, dialogue promos, song videos, affair/break-up/divorce rumours, the trailer, the uncut trailer, and then fiiiiiiinallly, when you have lost all interest, comes the movie. And all of these things have their own reviews.

It was, therefore, with a lot of reservations, that I watched a video of this American guy called Jaby Koay who does a lot of stuff, but notably, reviews Hindi movie trailers. He doesn't know a word of Hindi, of course, and yet, courageously watches them first without subtitles and then with (if he can find them). Along with a guest, he then proceeds to talk about what his understanding of the movie is and also gives his opinion on everything in the trailer. It is funny, endearing and eye-opening, all at the same time.

It was very very interesting to see an open-minded outsider's perspective on Indian movies. He really makes an effort to understand Indian sensibilities and why some things in Hindi movies are that way. One simply does not question such things. Because... We are like that wonly, no?

Since good things are meant to be shared, I'm posting the two videos I liked the most -- 'Zindagi na milegi dobara' and 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'. Watch the first video to find out why he said for Hrithik, "That guy should not exist." (If I didn't hate the phrase so much, I'd really say "LOL to the max" here.)

And... he said something very unexpected about Salman Khan which touched a chord in the heart of this ex-Salman-Khan-fan.

Enjoy! :)