Sunday, September 28, 2008


It’s been a while since I used MS Word. And for the nth time I thought of deleting the page. But then things keep happening in life and this page finds a reason to be there. At least for myself. 

Unlike every year this time around, I was not really having too much anticipation for the day of the year. I wasn’t bothered about who remembered the day and who did not. Although things did occur as they should. Buying new clothes, hoping for some magical intervention of the stars and the planets to turn the luck around on that day, getting bashed up, attending record breaking number of calls in the midnight etc etc. But there was calmness about the day which has never been there all my life. May be because I had few of my best friends around me to make me feel the way I did – Happy. In fact I worked on the opposite theory and called up a couple of friends of mine and said, “Are you forgetting something?” And then it was quite a fun to watch them feeling guilty about missing it completely.

Murphy tried hard to dampen the spirits. Losing way to the resort we were supposed to reach, my friends not finding a cake for me, my “high on spirits” friend breaking my new mobile phone. But nothing would bother me. Not even the fact that I just managed to scrape through another year without adding many pluses to the account book. And the smallest of dullness that the day always brings along (which has always amused me why) was blown over when I received the Bose headphones as a gift J


And now coming to why the day was so special…


Just like any other day I was whiling away time by browsing through the different movie sites. I was looking for movie trailers. And suddenly I bumped upon this new movie, of which I had never heard before, called Rock on. Seldom do you jump out of the seat watching a promo. It was one of those times. The background score from Lakshya, which I always had believed was Gold, played as a song. I decided I would watch this movie the first day come what may. And I went on to watch the trailer once a day, every day, in anticipation until the music album came out. Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy never failed to amuse me. This time they just blew everyone away with the best album of the year, the least to say. It has never happened that I ignored an album by Boss and was listening to something else instead. Rock on was worth it. It kept playing in a loop in my iPod. And the moment I heard the songs, I became a Farhan Akhtar admirer.  My neck has almost reached a breaking point with the amount of head banging I have been doing for the past month and a half.

August 29th came and I was searching madly for a theatre in the state I live in which would screen the movie. But as Murphy would have it, the movie did not release out here. I kept receiving calls from India saying how good the movie is and how I should watch it only in a theatre. Disappointment grew. I guess I could have handled a hear-break better! So I was reconciled to the fact that I would have to watch the movie on my 14 inch laptop screen. I thought I would at least watch the movie sitting amongst friends who were equally desperate for it. We even thought of going to Chicago which is a six hour drive. But then again, it was not ought to be.


The “Present” Day:

Like I mentioned, I was in trance the whole of the day. And at the end of the day, I decided to give myself a present. I put the Bose headphones on and played the movie . I would not want to review this movie. But this movie will be right up there in my favorites list. Many thought it is strange to give so much importance to a movie in one’s life. But when a movie depicts what you exactly want out of life, then it makes a bit of sense. Not that I left a band after college, but the whole concept of living a life for music, turns me on. The pain in Aditya’s’s life hits you like a rock. And the helplessness in the other three musician’s life makes you relate to it instantly. And when I heard the words, “Compromise kaun nahi karta”,  it felt like someone slapped me really hard. The movie might be predictable and might have shades of DCH, but at the end of the day, music takes over and gives it the freshness it needs. When Joe walks out to the stage to sing “zindbad the sailor”, I was screaming on mute! A simple message that comes across from the movie – Reclaim your life!

So if I ever were to wonder how I spent my 27th birthday, I just have to go back and watch the movie.


Song for the occasion: Rock On; Sindbad the sailor;pichle saath dino mein; Socha hai; Tum ho toh;Ye tumhari meri batein;Zahereeley;Phir Dekhiye




Thursday, September 4, 2008

I wanna be …

I have lost the count of the number of times I have started a sentence, while in a conversation, saying “I wanna be a …..”. I guess most of the dreamers would face this same problem. We keep dreaming about the most impossible things in this world. So here is the top 5 list of things I always say I want to do, in the ascending order. I wanna be …


A Travel Guide – All your travel expenses is taken care of. And you get to visit the most exotic places on the earth, free of cost! You could be literally on vacation throughout your life.

A restaurant Owner – It is not because I love eating so much. But just the thought of not having to work for anyone else makes me wish I would start a restaurant of my own. Why restaurant? I am sure it would work. It is one of the safest bets.

A Cricket commentator You surely know where the inspiration is from. They even started a show by the name Dream Job after him. The theory behind this is simple. Once you realize that you are not by any chance going to become a cricketer, the next best option is to be a cricket commentator. You are right there in the stadium, wherever the team travels. And you get paid for watching cricket and ranting about it. I am sure every Indian could do that!


A movie critic - What better job can you get in life? Get paid for watching movies and stating your opinion about them. You get to meet the people behind the movies up-close and personal. And you get to bash a movie that you don’t like in front of the whole world. I am sure Rajeev Masand could do with some competition, couldn’t he?


A singer – A playback singer to be precise. And of course the ultimate dream is to sing for Boss. Wouldn’t it be amazing to stand in a studio and sing out loud a tune that has just been created! The divinity that it would bring about would be truly awesome. And imagine performing the same on a stage. Where you can touch thousands of people with your song!


There are a thousand more to add to the list. But then, I wanna be a non-boring blogger too. The problem is that you don’t seem to find ways of getting there. Once a wanna be, always a wannabe. Unlike frost, you never tend to take the road less travelled. And hence you never reach the destination you always wish to.


Song for the occasion: Aankhon Main sapney liye kal se hum chal toh diye …