Friday, March 26, 2004

AE & I

Damn. I can't get Jana Gana Mana out of my head now. And I don't mean the anthem.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

This sucks

The office is screening the match right now and I hear cries of "Pakistan Murdabad" and "Bolo Bharat Mata Ki Jai". Can't put my finger on the exact reason why, but this irritates the hell out of me.

Biriyani Merchant

Just had lunch at Biriyani Merchant, the paradise on earth new restaurant on Castle Street, off Richmond Road. The food was out of this world pretty decent. I am salivating at the thought of might go there again.

You start by reading what looks like a menu but turns out to be a story of the origins of the biriyani, along with a brief bio of the owner, Mr Biriyani Merchant himself. The menu for the day is fixed, your only choice is vegetarian or non. You sneer at the vegetarian and get going on the two non-veg starters - one chicken, one mutton. There are four varieties of salads/raithas, one pickle and papads on the side.

The biriyanis come rolling in next. You are served three varieties, one following the other. You gulp down the first (Calicut Prawns Biriyani) just in time for the next (Hyderabadi Chicken). You sit back and burp when the third (Awadhi Ghost) arrives. The waiter stops by five minutes later, when you are surreptitiously loosening your belt, to ask: "Sir, which biriyani would you prefer as the main course?". You goggle at him and mutter something about prawns. He comes back with another serving of Prawns Biriyani. Unlimited, of course.

Some time later, the fingerbowls are out, you lie back on the seat. You can't move. The waiter arrives yet again with a serving of the day's sweet (Double ka meetha). You nibble at it, decide it's delicious, you wolf it down and order one more. A serving of Sulaiman Tea brings up the finale.

Mr Biriyani Merchant stops by your table, asking about the food. You restrain yourself from falling at his feet and proclaiming that you are not worthy. You also restrain yourself from gushing about the restaurant, on LiveJournal. After all, it's just another meal.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

A vague sense of unease persists. Ides of March?

A vague sense of unease persists. Ides of March?

More from the job front

And now it's public!

"Industry sources indicated some restlessness among i2 employees for the last two months at least. Part of the senior management is already job-hunting..."

Ha ha. How did they find out?

Monday, March 15, 2004

Weekend achievements

Met quite a few LJ-ers on Saturday, had a good time at Landmark, Premier and Koshy's. Watched No Man's Land and started on Foucault's Pendulum.

Oscar and Lucinda - Peter Carey The Deeper Meaning of Liff - Douglas Adams & John Lloyd Lullaby - Chuck Palahnuik
The Maltese Falcon The Simoquin Prophecies - Samit Basu Pather Panchali - Bhibhuthibhushan Banerjee
Disgrace - JM Coetzee

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Great Actors

Name three of the greatest actors you've seen on screen.

Let me qualify that a bit. I'm defining a great actor as one who doesn't carry forward his or her mannerisms from movie to movie. One who totally gets into the skin of a character and becomes that person right through the film. This needn't be restricted to actors who portray lead characters. Nor should it be restricted to any language. I'm really curious to know - is Mastroianni the best? How about Soumitra Chatterjee? Toshiro Mifune? I haven't seen many movies outside the languages I speak, so my view is quite restricted.

To give a few examples, Shah Rukh Khan would be out straight off, of course. So would Kamal Hassan. Jack Nicholson too, perhaps.

My list would be Marlon Brando, Mohan Lal and Om Puri, not necessarily in that order. I have a few more in the second rung, but would like to limit the list to three.

What is your list?

Thursday, March 4, 2004


Was chatting with when I was reminded of this trip to Leh in 2002. Lovely place, won't mind going there again.

Monday, March 1, 2004

Woo-hoo !

The Return of the King ties with Titanic and Ben-Hur for the maximum number of Oscars (11). It won in every single category it was nominated. First fantasy-pic to win Best Picture. Great !

I didn't expect Sean Penn to win, given his unpopularity. Must see Mystic River asap.

Damn. Power went out at home while I was watching...

Damn. Power went out at home while I was watching the Oscars. Now trying to catch the webcast from office.