Day-9 The Netflix advantage

When we came to the US, we did not own a TV for 8 months. Until we got a Thanksgiving deal. The first thing most people suggested was to get Netflix connection.

The first thing that caught our attention was the Food Network programs – this was surely 1 thing we could all see, including Sam. So every night we watched 1 episode of Food Network stars and from there we watched worst cooks. Giada at home, Bobby Flay etc;

When we were at a cousin’s place during Christmas last year, we got hooked to Murdoch Mysteries. Which we all enjoyed-including Sam. From there started the marathon TV episode watching. Husband watched Sherlock Holmes and then now watching Agatha Christie. The only arguement between us is that he starts watching them post 10pm when I am already asleep and I find it frivolous to loose sleep watching TV.

Having said that, the one that has currently caught my attention is the series “Reign” – about France and Scotland and England. I have realised I enjoy the drama and the intrigue of these Historic fictions. It started with “Siyaasat” based on Indu sundarashan’s Twentieth Wife – yes! that is why it caught my attention. Once we all watched that, Netflix gave the suggestion of Crown – Queen Elizabeth and her life. Now Netflix suggested (based on viewing history) Reign and I am hooked to it. Infact I sat up watching it on the laptop (not ideal for kids) until 12:40am on friday night (yes, how contradictory!) I also watched ‘Cedar Cove’ based on Debbie Macomber’s cedar cove series. However, the TV series ended abruptly leaving me feeling cheated.

Some of the other programs and movies of Netflix are also very good. This post seems like a Netflix promotional! πŸ˜€ There are still a list of programs that my brother has suggested like “House of cards” but kept it on hold because he very clearly said “Don’t watch it with Sam” I hope its day will come soon too πŸ™‚



Jagjit Singh – RIP

I know I am a week late but I didnt want it to be never… So, here is my small tribute to the man whose songs were what exposed me to ghazals. And they all hold a special place in my heart – both because of the lyrics and the soulful way he has sung them too.. These songs are what they are because he sung them and more often than not I sing these songs in family gatherings that has brought in appreciation.

This ofcourse *has* to be on top… Wow the lyrics and Wow the singing…

Aakaash ka soonapan mere tanha man mein…

Zindagi dhoop tum ghana saaya…

Rekhaao ka khel hai mukkaddar…Rekhao se maut kha rahi ho…

And finally, This one that also has Aamir Khan… Hosh walon ko khabar kya…

All these songs are on the iPod and I can listen to these on repeat on a really bad day or a reflective day and the mood lightens up…RIP Jagjit Singh…

Denise the Menace and 90s songs…

Confused with the title? Well thats what this weekend was all about…

After a long time Chutku and I spent the weekend at our own home! With my parents away in Shirdi and my In-Laws for a weekend outing with friends – we werent expecting anyone home and had no where to go either! so what did we do – we slept and we slept and we listened to lovely 90s songs (Oh! remind me to put those links) and danced to it too πŸ™‚ In between we managed to clean the kitchen/change bedsheets and all other sundry weekend tasks also got done in no hurry – No Hurry – that was the catch word for the weekend…
And why only chutku and I? Chutku’s Dad was away at work – his project release having been postponed by 1 more week 😦 God! Im looking forward to his release more than him I think! 3 months now without a weekend and long 12 hr days…
And all the menaces that the little Denise did:
Started with breaking my specs into 2 halves resulting in me going naked eye for 2 whole days 😦 Yet to get my new frame and am temporarily wearing disposable lens today and squinting making, everyone in the office ask what happened!
Then he pulled the bed side drawer so hard that the entire drawer and the contents all collapsed – on his little finger which resulted in howling one can only imagine!
Again on saturday evening he fell flat on his face and has a nice blue bruise on that flat nose – playing in front of the house – what rain and cemented slope in front of the house gate can do…
He has discovered sketch pens! And we have a new artist and drawings on the dining room walls, I tried hiding one with a chair but now a new one has come up thats right next to the utility door and I can do nothing about it. That was what he was searching for (after I hid it) in the drawer that fell on his finger…
Have you ever seen a young boy fascinated with bangles? Im tired of hiding it from him – he somehow figures it out and all my bangles get strewn all around the house.Thankfully they are metal bangles – but they are all new – ones I bought for the wedding recently 😦 I need to desperately alter the contents of every drawer in the room…
And  finally – to make him true to his name, we got him a hair cut yesterday evening – the entire Unisex parlor stopped functioning and was watching the proceedings – Imagine hubby actually sitting on the chair and holding him, me holding the little hands and head and Chutku screaming pleadingly “Ammaaaa, aaaammmmmaaaaaa” while the young hair dresser was sweating profusely to cut the 4 and 20 hair on the little fellows head – so finally – my Baby became a Boy yesterday and Im still wiping my tears… And he looks JUST like Denise the Menace including the cowlick that stands on top of the head!!
Listening to all nice 90s songs – taht started with my SIL sending me the link on youtube for the Superhit Muquabla and Top 10 songs. And I was selecting songs on collections to listen to all the 90s songs yesterday – Raah mein unse, Sambhala Hai maine, Chehra Kya Dekh te ho, Chaaha Toh Bahot, Is tarah aashiqui ka asar chod jaaoonga, Jhanjhariya – memories anyone?
And then today morning on Radio heard this: Ghar Se Nikalthe Hi… instant smiles to make the day and a sudden realisation that this song/movie was released in 1996?!! WTH?? :-O 15 years ago – whaaaaa???? F.i.f.t.e.e.n years – hubby says ” Man! I feel so old”

The past 1 week

I shall begin from 14th – Saturday when the actual preparation for cousin’s wedding began -I mean for me! Lots of activities had been happening over the past 3 months while we were getting updates on the phone we never did get involved completely (which Im still regretting) due to time constraints.
You wont believe that I got Rs.10000 worth voucher for a high end parlor/spa here – something like a scratch card and that too 2 of them! So, I asked my co-sister (more friend) to join me for the parlor session before the wedding. And the entire day 14th was spent there! The head massage was awesome but the back and foot massage was nothing to speak of 😦 Didnt really get any relief. And I realised that no matter what I can never really relax with goop on my face or during the massage which effectively negates all the good things the facial is supposed to do to you. Im always uncomfortable and cold! So, no matter what everyone advocates – a full body massage is out of question for me!!
Hubby had finally got the evening free and had booked for ZNMD – and I LOVED it. Havent laughed in a movie so much in ages! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Must watch, must watch.My one dream of learning to ride a bike was rekindled after seeing Katrina Kaif.
MIL’s sister is visiting from the US and since all sisters wanted to meet at 1 place. I had invited 5 sisters for lunch on the 15th. And it was so stressful – not because of them – they are all sweethearts and loved the simple bisibele bhaat, papad, jamoon,rice, rasam and curd rice menu but because of Chutku – he had some insect bite and had his entire left eye swollen shut. He was in a very cranky mood and was non-stop crying the whole morning which meant that hubby couldnt help me a single bit. And the cook who came at 7am said she had to leave by 7.30 didnt finish anything to take her kids to Aug 15th celebrations in the school!! So, it was just me again. And did I mention that the maid has quit too?!!
Evening we had an invite at an ex-collegue, more friend’s house for what he calls high-tea. So, we first went to the hospital, got medicine for Chutku and then went to friends house for a lovely tea with Samosa,cutlet,sandwich and kheer! Yuuummmmmmyyyyy. We knew he is a good cook but wife’s amazing too! Wish my hubby took so much interest in cooking 😦 And since we had already g iven 1 dose of medicine to the little fellow he was quite comfortable and was playing around – all’s well that ends well!
17th and 18th – full wedding running around – playing dress-up and acting busy! 1 thing that I have to mention here that we managed to video chat through skype with all the cousins settled in US/UK and show them the festivities, made them talk to the elders and in-all somehow got them to participate in the wedding! πŸ™‚ That was a first time for us and we enjoyed thoroughly…
21st – Final lunch hosted by us – the grooms side and we had amazing games organised. And dressed up  Chutku like Krishna (thankfully by 17th the swelling on his eye had reduced and he was feeling much better) as it was Janmashtami and had yummy food again. I must;ve put on a couple of Kgs of weight with all those Ras Malais and Jamoons and pheNis…
And its so borrriiinnnngg to get back to work  today that Im still missing all those activities and recollecting the food.Sigh! And this is the last of the weddings of couins for a long time to come…

Dil goes Hmmm

Show me one song in today’s times that has this kind of romance in lyrics,melody,voice,expressions…*sigh*

Just listening to them makes the heart melt…

This obviously is no list! But listened to these songs yesterday evening all alone at home and was transported into a land of smiles and sighs…

Dheere Dheere Machal …

Aap Ke Haseen Rukh Pe…

Abhi Naa jaao chod kar…

And this is my 200th post. As you see its taken me 2+ years to get from 100 to 200 – whew! how busy life has become πŸ™‚

Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo…

After a really long time this song was selected by someone on Radio a couple of days ago. And after a long time this song stuck in my mind – even as I got up in the morning…

So here it is for all of you:

I listened to the Asha Bhonsle version but somehow it didnt strike a chord… And I liked that the pics in this video are all Madhubala’s. Ah!

Now give me a lovely nice book and let me be… sigh…

Seekho Na…

Listening to some song of Shubha Mudgal on the way to work – I remembered this song that I really loved then. Lovely lyrics, beautifully shot video. (Oh! Directed by Pradeep Sarkar – No wonder…)

And this one too – The power of “Jamke Barse Zara”…

These songs have made my day, and Im going to keep smiling all day today πŸ™‚ – The next 2 songs that are going to be on my ipod soon…

MarghaLi Poove

Im back for a few minutes, just to post this song for my few visitors:

I LOVE this song. The music (AR Rehman ofcourse!) the picturisation, the scenic beauty – just everything.I first heard this song when I was a teenager and I loved imagining myself in a place like this… All carefree and full of life…

Speaking of life – it seems to be going at supersonic speed! So wait for a lengthy update post coming soon… ;-p (Like anyone would be interested!!)
Is anyone still visiting here? Do leave me a comment plz – so I know you were here!

"I Just Called To Say I Love You"

Here’s a favourite song of mine and while listening to it yesterday realised that it covers all the months of any year in some way or the other!
(Im sure that it would’ve been noticed/blogged about before)
It made me understand the meaning/feeling of the song better. You really don’t need a reason/season to celebrate and express love:

“I Just Called To Say I Love You”
No New Year’s Day to celebrate – January
No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away – February
No first of spring – March
No song to sing
In fact here’s just another ordinary day

No April rain
No flowers bloom – May
No wedding Saturday within the month of June
But what it is, is something true
Made up of these three words that I must say to you

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

No summer’s high
No warm July
No harvest moon to light one tender August night
No autumn breeze – September
No falling leaves –
Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies

No Libra sun – October (sunsign?)
No Halloween – November
No giving thanks to all the Christmas joy you bring – December
But what it is, though old so new
To fill your heart like no three words could ever do

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart,
of my heart

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart,
baby of my heart

Listen here:

Dostana and some more – review

Watched it over this weekend – and its definitely worth seeing once -Oh! but if you are out looking for some serious (Gay) relationship advise or you like to watch ‘thought provoking’ films – this one’s soo not for you! Leave your brains behind at home and go watch – Its so much fun.

I thoroughly ENJOYED the movie. I don’t enjoy slap-stick comedy – the butt kicking,Ass kissing kind of jokes or in-your-face double meaning jokes – but this one doesn’t have any such thing. The dialogues and (sometimes and deliberate)over-the-top ‘gay’ acting by AB Baby (Ofcourse! Now I know you’ll all say im biased) is suuperb! So is John. Some dialogues are pun intended but they arent dirty, and instantly makes you laugh. I haven’t laughed so much in any movie in a very very long time.

And for those who like Priyanka – I guess they ran short of budget while designing her clothes and ofcourse John!! OH MY GOD!!! I didn’t know that heroes could carry off such teeny weeny clothes (ahem!). Oh! The only disappointment in the movie is Bomman Irani – He’s wasted and I didnt see any point in porraying him in a Gay role too.

For an easy going,fun filled 3 hours – Go Watch it!

[PS: talking of some more movies –
Golmal Returns – DON’T WATCH! Even if someone offers to pay you for it! Its pathetic – I couldn’t sit through 1/2 hour of the DVD that MIL had got.
Vantage Point – hubby’s been wanting to watch it and put it on DVD yesterday night-I thought I would probably sleep as soon as the movie began (have done it plenty of times) but no, it kept up its grip and I got so involved in it that I couldn’t sleep for almost an hour after it ended!Had to calm myself down and then sleep!Must watch thriller.
Devil Wears Prada – Had watched it on *Plus half and half but kept hearing about it that I got the VCD over this weekend. Meryl Streep – too good,watch if you like Chick Flicks
Mama Mia – Over the last weekend. Wow to Pierce Brosnan πŸ˜€ And Amazing acting by Meryl Streep-even at this age she can jump up and run around-cool! But the movie is a musical and drags-very slow,need to have patience not to forward the songs
Quantum Of Solace – Disappointed since there wasn’t much Gadgets in this one. Nothing much to look out for either.OK OK would be my take

Whew!Quite an impressive movie list over the last couple of weeks!-which does include Fashion too,by the way]

I saw the DVD of ‘The Painted Veil’ at the DVD shop yesterday and liked the synopsis given. Has anyone watched it? Reviews? Plan to get it over the next weekend.