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Last night while watching it at the cinema I updated my Facebook status saying, “I am loving it, please don’t judge me” and I did enjoy it … yeah yeah, Dilwale!!!
From Raj Bhaiya to Ramlal to Kaali, SRK plays the same expressions! Even as a DON he is cute and lovable and highly irritating … which is expected, isn’t it, gosh you mean to tell me you expected him to charm you, REALLY …. Gosh guys who is to blame here?
The Hero of the movie is not SRK but actual the Kajol-SRK jodi coming together after 2 decades or 3 … or maybe 100, who cares … they looked good then and they looked good now (sure after a few BOTOX sessions). Abe Saalon tumko kisne bola tha acting dekhne jao dono ki!!!
Gaane Dekho, locales dekho, Cars Dekho … flying cars dekho (Rohit Shetty speciality) … Popcorn khao aur seeti bajao whenever you feel like!
I did laugh my guts out when the two burly, stupid “mutli-tasking” henchmen from the past and best friends of the present narrate SRK’s made up past simultaneously watching different channels on cable … I did clap when SRK beats up goons … Bhai sahab ne body aachee banayi hai … and I did remember the romance when he was “Getting Coloured Geruha” with Kajol (no racist intent here my friends).
Of Beefed up goons on steroids in Bulgaria and even more beefed up Cars … Of lovely locations no Geography expert would know of too and glamourous clothes … Of mindless action and even more mindless comedy … Dilwale was a fun watch for me. I felt no pressure to like or hate it and after devouring a large nacho box with some unhealthy aerated drinks … I gave both my Body and mind a relaxed movie outing over the weekend.
Also … also, they have Varun Dhawan who is trying to do Heropanti with Kirti Sanon, Boman Irani, Johnny Lever, Sanjay Misra, Mukesh Tiwari, Pankaj Tripathi, Vinod Khanna, Kabir Bedi and a lot more actors … phew!
Now you can judge me … Kyonki Bade bade deshon mein aisi choti choti baateing hoti rehti hai 😉 (OK that was cheesy, I admit)
Tamasha touches a chord somewhere with everyone, well in fact it touches all of us deep down.
Are we all doing what we are meant to do? Or are we in a Race which we also don’t know much about? A Race where we would be average, mediocre, just a name or a machine and will die running? Are we living our own life or the life of our expectations?
Don and Mona Darling show us it is not impossible to follow your dreams, but sometimes the impossible is easier than the pressure of responsibilities. In the movie Ranbir Kapoor the who is Ved, Product Manager, Hard-working Boy, Good Son … but wants to be Don, or Ram, Or Ranjha or just a Story Teller. The catalyst our leggy lass, Ms. Padukone who breaks him, rejects him, wants him and then makes him what he was meant to be!
Now back to the questions that whirl in the mind after watching the movie … A movie or a story teaches you stuff about yourself, but can you really follow it? Would meeting a beautiful girl at an exotic location like Corsica really help you find the meaning to your existence (Hell I Travel the world and I always have older, more successful men as my travel partners)?
Would you be courageous enough to leave the Matrix and be NEO? Will we be so lucky as to find a catalyst in our life?
Whatever said and done, and whatever you can do or not, hum sabke andar ek DON chuppa hua hai! Maybe you won’t find a Deepika to act as a catalyst, but you will always find a reason to follow your passion, pursue your dream and that reason is what will make you and what great men are made of. When you find something you love to do, start doing it from that very moment and you will catapult from being mediocre to being the BEST!!! I know this is not a movie review … but that is the story I could tell out of the story Imtiaz Ali told.
Go watch it (at least once) … if not for the stories then for some great performances by Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Peeyush Misra and Vivek Mushran (ILU ILU hero) … along with another brilliant score from AR Rahman.
This is not a love story of a boy meets girl … but a love story about a boy who meets his real self!!!
When I was first introduced to the Gourmet Studio, I had my reservations regarding how much value can the nearbuy (by Groupon) and DGC (Delhi Gourmet Club) team pack into a meal which is approximately 50% of the price what you would normally pay at the restaurant. But, after 3 sessions with them (I missed the first one), I have come to realize that these guys really love food and love the people who live to eat even more.
The 3rd in the series of #TheGourmetStudio and this time the clincher was the Olive at Qutub. A restaurant that needs no introduction and which has also been instrumental in kick starting the careers of some great chefs, was no surprise when I was informed that the young Dhruv Oberoi would be curating a six-course dinner for this series of the Gourmet Studio. The Mediterranean ambiance of the place and the variety of guests you see here transcends you to a place which sometimes seems extremely detached from the hustle and bustle of our city, and probably that is the reason one finds it hard to score a table even on a busy week night.
Not my first meal here, and the service standards remain impeccable, I was among familiar faces and privileged to be invited to sample Chef Dhruv’s menu. Olive has always let the guests be at leisure and even the service is relaxed and not over bearing or like an express train. Sit back, talk and eat throughout the evening and I have never had a meal which lasted less than 3 hours here. One might assume since The Gourmet Studio is part of a promotion and a much discounted rate the service would be otherwise, but I was pleasantly happy to observe that the Olive staff was having fun like usual.
Settled down, a served a welcome drink we were party to a holiday experience at an island of a fellow diner. So hungover was he with his holiday (and not in a pleasant way, mind you) that everytime a guest joined us at the table, he narrated it again. And, then we were rescued by the humus and the crackers and stopped pulling his leg. The way the humus was served speaks of the style with what Olive does it dishes and along came the Chef to tell us briefly about his thought behind the meal and how he is excited to reach out to many more people through this initiative.
A fixed menu and the servers took a note of our preferences, most importantly along with a note of any food allergies. I of course (those who read my posts often know) took the all non-vegetarian choices along with a note that I am allergic to veggies. A smile from the server and I was confident he got the message.
I can talk about the food, but will try and let you sample the dishes I had through the pictures I took. However what stood out for me was the Belgian Pork belly in aromatic red wine stock served with mashed potatoes. Slow braised pork belly in aromatic red wine stock and served with pickled piccalilli purée, sautéed kale & potato mash, if you are a pork lover this one is for you. The other options are mentioned in the menu and you can check them out on the Menu link when you book through nearbuy.
And I could skip to the dessert and recommend Chef’s signature Tiramisu in a coffee macaroon sandwich served with coffee ice cream & salted coffee crunch, unless you are a panacotta fan. The Tiramisu would not be anything like you’ve tasted before and the presentation is something I would leave for you to experience first hand.
Now there is a good part and the sad part. First the good (or the best) part is that the whole 6-course meal (including one soft beverage) is 1300 bucks per person for lunch and 1550 for dinner. The sad part is that this edition of The Gourmet Studio ends this month on October 31. So I’ll be a little helpful and leave a link for you to book the meal (Click here to book the experience).
A meal which would be specially curated for the Gourmet Studio guests, whether you are a meat or a veggie lover, this one sure is a steal. I might just go back again for the Pork Belly.
Delhi NCR, a city which considers “Food as a Religion” is going to witness a surge in food festivals during the penultimate weekend of October 2015. Delhites truly believe in the motto, “we live to eat” and the fact that these festivals (irrespective of the fact that they share the same dates) are being planned on a massive is a testament to this phrase.
To cut a long story short there are three major food festivals happening in Delhi NCR on the weekend of October 23rd – 25th, 2015, and though I would suggest you visit them all, here are a few pointers that can help you decide.
10 Heads Festival … October 22nd – 25th, 2015
Venue: Dhanchiri Camp, Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, (Next to Old Toll Plaza)
The 10 Heads Festival like the name suggests is based on the ten key interest areas, ranging from music to food, fashion to the arts, even shopping and technology.
‘Band Baaja + Bass’, the music festival, ‘Foodistaan’ the food fest which promises more than 30 cuisines from across the world, ‘Toddyfest’ for the alcohol lovers with varieties of beer, wine and delicious concoctions, all to compliment the food, while ‘Dramarama’ will bring to the stage a spectacular musical!
In addition to that the ‘Jaadunagari’ will be India’s first ever festival of magic and illusion, curated by Karan Singh, and The ‘Great Indian Bazaar’ as the name suggests will be a chic fashion flea market, curated by Cosmopolitan magazine.
Personally, I think 4 days won’t be enough!
For more details (click on the link) … https://www.facebook.com/events/878757402200462/
Asian Hawkers Market … October 23rd – 25th, 2015
Venue: Select City Walk, Saket, New Delhi
Asian cuisine has always been close the heart of us Indians and when the best Asian restaurants of Delhi are gearing up to showcase their fare at one location, how can a food lover miss them. An initiative of four well-known food impresarios — Sid Mathur, Director & Head of Food of the phenomenally successful Social and Food Consultant for My Square, Select Citywalk’s food court; Atul Sikand, creator and curator of Facebook’s busiest Indian recipe-sharing group, Sikandalous Cuisine; Tanveer Kwatra, Executive Chef, Le Meridien Gurgaon; and acclaimed restaurant critic and food blogger Sourish Bhattacharyya – one can expect food of top-notch quality at the Asian Hawkers Market.
Some of the names participating include Neung Roi (Radisson Blu Plaza, NH8), Royal China, Mamagoto, Guppy by ai, Pan Asian (Sheraton New Delhi) as well as the ever-popular Jade (The Claridges), dimsumbros, Asia 7 and En, the reinvented Sampan, and newcomers such as Yum Yum Cha (the offshoot of the trend-setting Yum Yum Tree), Chi Ni (Dusit Devarana), The Fatty Bao, Wow Momo and Chi: The Asian Cookhouse.
Plus the venue, SELECT CityWalk mall by itself would be a great puller, which promises music, entertainment and of course shopping. If you like Asian you definitely need to be present at this one.
For more details (click on the link) … https://www.facebook.com/events/1632382343667087/
The Grub Fest 2.0 … October 23rd – 25th, 2015
Venue: Ambience Lawns, Gurgaon
The first Grub Fest in April, 2015, was a roaring success, despite being a novice and curated by young lads. Now they are back wiser, focussed and on a much grander scale. And as they say it, it is time to #GetGrubbed again. The Grub Fest, a brainchild of young entrepreneurs – Aman Kumar, Arjun Jain, Chaitanya Mathur & Manveer Singh Cheema, promises to be the destination for food lovers, restaurateurs, FnB industry professionals and entrepreneurs in the food space.
A personal favourite and the “be all and end all” of food, this massive food fest promises renowned names like Punjab Grill, Zambar, Olive Bistro, SodaBottleOpenerWala, Social, Indigo, Indigo Deli, Royal China, Fio, Townhall, Smokeys, À Ta Maison & PCO, Urban Pind, Dao Dimcha, Koyla Kebab, Holy Smoke, B Bar, The Backyard, Zizo, Zerzura, Room Service, amongst others.
In addition to the food, the fest is getting ready to keep the visitors engaged through interactive classes with Chefs & mixologists, Fine dining experiences in the Luxury zone, Food trucks and also giving an opportunity to small businesses, start ups, blogs and tech savvy entrepreneurs in the food space to showcase their products & skills. Like I said, the grandest of them all!
For more details (click on the link) … https://www.facebook.com/events/1646569358965523/
So, if you have not yet planned to attend any of the food festivals on the weekend of October 23rd – 25th, 2015, you still have 10 more days to plan it. I really have a craving to visit them all and try the amazing food signature to each one.
A piece of advice however, Be ready to walk a lot, Eat a lot and Party a lot and then Eat some more again!
“Reality is stranger than fiction” and when that reality is depicted in a fictional medium like cinema, the result can leave the audience aghast. Aghast is what I was when I saw Talvar, the movie depicting the true life incidents of the murder of Arushi and the family’s domestic help.
Our legal system and the law enforcers can come under so much pressure from media and hearsay that even a murder case can be subjected to the whims and fancies of investigating officer, egos of the top brass of the highest investigating agency and just pure carelessness of the first law enforcer on the scene. Over and above that convicting someone just because you need to convict someone because it makes news.
Did the parents really kill her?
Can a father really kill his daughter so clinically?
Can a mother really be an accomplice to dress up her daughter’s murder scene so that they are not suspected?
These questions perhaps forever will remain unanswered, but the movie does show how the cops botched up the whole case due to pure slackness and then fabricated a story based on hearsay (from a employee who probably was involved in the crime) to save their own skin. The real investigation which pins the most probable killer is covered up due to personal egos and hunger for promotions and the parents are subjected to a media and law trial which would have broken any parent for a fact.
The parents are still in jail, as most of us know from facts … but has justice been done. A parent who was not allowed to even mourn the death of his 14 year old daughter and then subjected to continuous scrutiny! Talvar is extremely disconcerting and exposes the far from perfect over-burdened legal system, slack law enforcers and the over eager parallel justice of media.
It also tears apart our middle class society (which depends on domestic helps, drivers, servants, office boys, watchmen for their daily chores) and the great social divide between the employers and employees. A blind trust on them to the point of never scrutinizing what staff is upto, can be both detrimental for the employer and employee. A constant watch and letting the employee know that their actions are constantly monitored can go a long way in preventing such situations.
I did not want to write a movie review but pen down the disturbing thoughts that have entered my head after coming out of the theater. The actors are as close to reality as one can get and I think Meghna Gulzar has done a superb job in casting as well as keeping it close to the real life incident.
The clincher would be if someone sees the movie and realizes that maybe justice was not done and revisits this case without a bias from previous investigations. What I believe is not of consequence and would suggest if you followed this case closely do watch the movie. One of the best I have seen in a long long time.
The cinema has really done its job this time!!!
“The Best way to predict the future is to create it!!!”
Entrepreneurs, start-ups, funding, venture capitalists, exit strategy … terms which have been in the business world for long but have suddenly become cool for the common man too and the current generation too. Businessmen preferred to be called Entrepreneurs and it is much cooler to call a new business, a start up!
Sun Tzu says in his book The Art of War – “Every battle is won before it is fought” … An Entrepreneur truly believes that.
The glamour quotient and initial adrenaline rush attached to a “start-up” is so magnetic that a lot of people are getting sucked into it and that is in fact a good thing. However, life is never hunky dory for an entrepreneur who sets out to do what he believes in. As a matter of fact you can compare it to fighting a losing battle against all odds and the best of the armies. A battle which if won will ensure you will never fight another one and that is the thrill which keeps an entrepreneur going despite all odds.
An idea so powerful, it fuels the passion 24 x 7, that for an entrepreneur everything else takes a back seat. From family to friends, from money to food, from start to the finish line, the sacrifices are ultimate and continuous. An entrepreneur is in love with his idea and how to accomplish it. I am not writing this blog to advise you on successful ways to go about your start-up, you would find innumerable blogs and articles on them.
Entrepreneurs don’t wish for an easy life, they wish for endurance to tackle the life chosen. The agenda here is that as an entrepreneur you need to be ready to take on the world where you confront the daily challenges of running a business while handling the sacrifices and the pressures that come with it. An entrepreneur needs to be a multi-tasker and a leader. Like a General who leads his army, discipline and flexibility to adapt to a change in terrain come with the territory,
- When the everyday business tasks seem mundane, they don’t lose sight of their ultimate goal.
- When friends and family shun them for being selfish, they don’t falter in the steps ahead.
- When time and money are scarce, they believe in themselves to create a solution from nothing.
- And, the goal isn’t more money, the goal is creating a legacy and living life on their own terms.
That’s an entrepreneur for you. A person who would keep running even when there is no finish line in sight.