26 December, 2009


There was this village fair I once went to. Everywhere, people around me were buying the fancy, colourful stuff and I was feeling a little left out. I HAD TO buy something & it HAD TO be something useful! Among the less flashy stuff, I found these pens.
As these rarely-used pens turn 6 this month, I have this great longing to go to another fancy fair, where, I can idle away some mindless and relaxing hours.

08 December, 2009

My Passage to Kannada Movies

My 20 km journey to music class twice a week, is by bus. 95% of all the bus routes in these parts are managed quite efficiently by private operators. The stops are few and far between &, of late, the operators have graduated from playing Kannada/ Hindi film music to screening Kannada movies, maybe, because most buses cover a distance of 100-200 km one-way, in the course of the journey.

One evening, as usual, I sat and resigned myself to half an hour of exasperation. But, wait a minute, here was Shilpa Shetty- as a beggar!! I am, of course, aware that Ms.Shetty, owing to her Mangalorean roots has acted in a couple of Kannada movies, but, as a beggar?? This was news to me!! Soon, I realised that 'Maya' was being punished by destiny for being haughty, proud, cruel, etc. during her money-lending/ mafia days. She was, infact, reduced to eating rotten food from garbage bins while the town jeered at her. A long, boring, sad, preachy song followed & before it ended, it was time for me to get off - as usual, without even knowing/ wanting to know the name of the movie I partially saw!

Wait till you hear about what I saw on my return journey! The hero, in white, was wielding an axe (yes!). While chopping the heads off the villain's men, he was having a war of words with the wheelchair bound 'khalnayak' whose hands were missing too. After the 50-odd men (who had driven to the arena in white Tata Sumos!) were done away with, the hero lowered his lower eye lids and from the fire that came out, the chief (& his wheelchair!) was charred to death!!!!!

On a normal day, I usually look out of the window or cat nap. My co - passengers are usually busy chatting/listening to their i-pods/catching up on sleep. Recently, the newspapers had reports on the dwindling audience at theatres screening Kannada movies. But, even when these movies are brought to us, we don't watch them. Don't you think that this should be causing the movie makers more worry?

Century on the Bronze Anniversary!

This is my100th post, and today is the eighth birthday of Alter Idem !! That's an average of a post per month......1.04 to be precise!!...