11 January 2010

First 13 days of 2010: Never Let me go, 3 khans and amazing art

Time please!

That's what we yelled as kids if we needed a breather while playing [or in my case, cheat by asking for extra time :)]...20-odd years later, I still want to cheat and ask time to give me a breather. 13 days in the new year have already passed. What the heck?? I haven't done any-any-any!thing in the last 13 days except laze around and waste time with my one and only bakra N. One thing I did do was finished reading Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro [After the much-work, much'er'-fun food marathon in the last week of December, must admit I was quite ready to take a break from food posts]. I had heard some interesting things about the book so picked it up at the library a few weeks back.

Picture source:from here

The story is narrated by Kathy, a 31-year old 'carer' giving the readers a peek into her memories of Hailsham, an offbeat boarding school in England where the children are brought up to believe they are special and different from others. Kathy's memories are mostly connected with her two dear childhood friends, Ruth and Tommy and their teachers at Hailsham and later. Just how 'special' Kathy and Tommy and Ruth are, the reader gets to know at the end. To be honest, the story gets a 'just okay' from me. But its Ishiguro's story telling that is definitely interesting. He manages to paints a picture of Hailsham right before your eyes- something that I know isn't easy with words. Reminded me of Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things. If you have read this book, you know what I mean. Sometimes, its not about the story itself but the way it is told. And just for that, you have to credit the writer. NLMG is one such story.

Speaking about good stories, N and I caught Aamir Khan's 3 idiots last weekend...yes, we were a little late on this one but we wanted to watch this one only in the theatre and the muhurat came by only last weekend..must say, what a fab movie!!!!!!!!!!Loved it...all izz well bhaiyya :) For those of you desis who haven't watched it yet, do yourself a favour and watch it for 3 hours of serious comedy! Also caught the first glimpse of Shahrukh Khan's My name is K-k-k-khan and Salman's Veer...the first seems like any other SRK-Karan Johar movie-foreign locales, multimillion homes and dhumdhum music..the only thing new/interesting seemed to be SRK's autistic character! Sallu's Veer seems equally uninteresting..after having tortured ouselves through some of his recent senseless movies (Mr & Mrs Khanna, Wanted, Hello), I have lost my faith in him....no more Sallu movies for me!Thanks, but no thanks, I say!Isn't movie making supposed to be an art?

While we are on the subject of art, here are an art video I cant resist sharing..got it in a forward email some days back and was absolutely awestruck!

This video shows the winner of " Ukraine’s Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary Ukrainian people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Un-freaking-beleivable talent!!! Whatsay?

13 days older in 2010,


Rujuta said...

Hi! Vinaya,
Happy New Year to you once again....... Nice post..... 3 idiots is awesome movie..... the art video is AWESOME..........amazing talent

notyet100 said...

even i liked 3 idiots,..glad to cee u bck,,,happy festival,..

Aarti said...

avadla na 3 idiots?? the plot is taken from "five point someone" by Chetan Bhagat...we shud giv him credit if not the producers and directors... :)

Actually i loved the book..so i thought i wont like the movie...but thankfully its aamir this time..so the movie turned out equally good..(sallu's movie "hello" was movie version of Chetan Bhagat's "One night @ call centre"..and though the book was good, te movie was awful...)

Sharmista said...

Hey Vinaya I like ur writing there is a beautiful flow of words.

Vinaya said...

yup, loved 3 idiots too..think we should all take home the message that life is too short to get too serious!

Happy makar sankrath to you too!Hope you loaded up on the sweets :)

I totally agree..aamir and chatur make that movie what it is...you are so right about Hello..I wish Sallu improved though...I used to love him once-upon-a-time!

so sweet of you dear..thanks so so much :)

Sheetal Kiran said...

Happy Makar Sankrant, Vinaya (sorry, I am a day late :( ...still to watch 3 idiots, have heard so much about it from so many people, that I'm wishing it would be out on DVD, already! Yep. Given up Salman Khan long, long time ago, too. He is more in the news for his tantrum-y ways than for movies anyways. Not looking forward to MNIK either ... cannot stand Shahrukh khan's acting ... if one can call it that! Gosh, I do sound all gnarly, don't I? And it's only 15 days into 2010!

Vinaya said...

Hey Sheetal, happy makar sankrant to you too!!Do watch 3i when you have a chance..you wont regret it!am with you when you say SRK and sallu are history :)