Diwali Holidays – Ending with movies

We had four days of holidays for Diwali (an extra day thrown in on Monday). No I did not end up going to the theatres to watch Golmaal 3 or Action Replay since reviews were nothing to write home about. In any case after having watched 2 back to back movies (Anjaana Anjaani and Jootha hi Sahi) without reading reviews ensured I would never commit such a horrendous blunder again. Monday morning watched Turbulent Skies on HBO which was honestly no great shakes. It started off as a thriller but in the end it was a damp squib.
In the afternoon, I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button …. Thanks to Tata Sky I occasionally record movies and then watch them at leisure. That is another thing that I rarely end up watching them. This movie was different and only after having completed the movie did I check on the internet. So many Oscar nominations….. And I for one have always shied away from any movie remotely connected to the Oscars leave aside winners (Slumdog Millionaire was an exception but I admit it was surreal). This movie was a serious one but I enjoyed it. Reminded me of “You learn to love, not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”
In the evening it was time for some good hearted comedy again recorded decades ago maybe in the form of Runaway Bride starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere (the same people who gave us Pretty Woman) Reminded me of My Best Friend’s wedding again with Julia Roberts…… A good movie this one was as also were the songs. Maneater by Hall & Oates, U2’s I still haven’t found what I’m looking for and When you sang to me by Marc Anthony…. Lovely songs. All in all a day full of movies and enjoyed 2 out of 3 which is not so bad after all.

Cracker free Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is just round the corner and yesterday I was telling Kavya about how children were being forced to work in those factories in Sivakasi in inhuman conditions. Also told her about how the smoke causes problems to the birds and the plants. This was done last year too and she did not want crackers then. She told me this time too that she was not keen on crackers. After an hour, at the dining table, Mom and Pauravi said that they would get Phuljari and such simple crackers and when I asked her she said she did not want crackers. So proud of you my princess!!!! I am sure you are doing your bit for the environment. But yes I have promised to take her to Matunga Gymkhana’s Diwali party where they would have a fireworks show. Can’t deprive her of the joys of looking at the colours of Diwali.

Request to all of you please do not burn up your pockets on these crackers. Just not worth it considering the terrible damage they do to the already fragile eco system.

Diwali holidays


Today, October 20, 2009 is the day we get back to office after 3 days of Diwali break. Have been sleeping like a log. For the last 2 weeks have been skipping gym on some pretext or another. Travelling, unwell, sleepy …. kind of a google search result page for the word excuses. Have been relishing the Diwali savouries unendingly…. So finally took the plunge today and went to Matunga Gymkhana only to find that both the ellipticals were out of order:-( Settled for the treadmill for 20 minutes and then returned home. Hope the ellipticals get back on track soon or then they should do away with this rule of no more than 20 minutes on the treadmills till that period.

Crackerless Diwali


Diwali 2009 has been unique. I told Kavya last week that the crackers make a lot of noise so much so that the birds get scared. After that also told her that to make the crackers they use children and the children are separated from their parents. Asked her if she would like to be separated from Mumma Papa and obviously she said No. Then asked her if she would like to burst crackers and she retorted back with a No. She did not ask for them even once and I am so proud of her. So we have contributed to saving the environment and hope to continue with this trend year on year.

Diwali Party at Matunga Gymkhana

Yesterday, October 16, 2009 was Diwali eve and they had a get together at Matunga Gymkhana. I had invited Harshad, Rakhi, Kshitij, Rupal, Premal, Dheer and Dhruvit too. While the kids had a good time with the various games / activities the food was a clear disaster as by the time we got there (2045) they had run out of it!!! All we had was samosas, khasta kachoris and sev puri. It was so embarassing. Then finally we all went to good old Classic and were lucky to find a table there. All the kids and us adults too had our fill. What a fiasco. I am going to surely write to the Committee as I paid a decent amount for the guest passes (including the kids) and it caused so much embarassment!!! Anyways Happy Diwali…..