The lip needed stitches but no one in my family allowed it and the doctor left it to heal naturally. So it is now a scar. Which still throbs and hurts when I am somewhere extremely cold. Sacchi.
Last one (June 6, every year) was spent answering wishes that came through phone calls and all forms of social media after which we braved pouring rain, and a horrendous traffic jam because of it, to reach a surprise location chosen for dinner by The Husband.
When I am really pissed with The Husband I use endearments to address him. Through gritted teeth.
So when I saw this tag on follow blogger, Shalini’s page I knew I had to do it!:)
Do take it on if you wish to, it’s so much fun!:)
The A-Z of me!
B. Biggest fear : ...is that all of them will come true!
C. Current time : …is the right time!
D. Drink you last had : …vampire blood! Gotcha! Just a boring cup of tea.
E. Every day starts with : …checking Whatsapp/fb/Twitter 🙂
F. Favourite Song : …the title song from the film, ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’
G. Ghosts – Are they real? : …I wouldn’t know, I find people scarier!
H. Hometown : Bombay!
I. In love with : Myself!
J. Jealous of : …nothing and no one!
K. Killed someone : …not yet!:) Psstttttt….wish to though!
L. Last time you cried : …why must you know EVERYTHING?
M. Middle Name : …supercalifragilistic!
N. Number of siblings : 2
O. One wish : …why this austerity? They usually come in a trio, right?:)
P. Person you last called : …The Husband.
Q. Question you’re always asked : …is, ‘Are you a Bengali/Malayalee?’ (No one believes I am a Punjabi)
R. Reason to smile : …because I have a damn good one!
S. Sounds that annoy you : …certain people breathing (wicked! wicked!;))))
T. Time you woke up : 6 am
U. Underwear colour : All you need to know is that I wear mine on the inside, unlike Superman!
W. Worst habit : …borderline OCD
V. Vacation Destination : Big list. Need sponsors.
Y. Your Favourite Food : Pizza, anytime. Pasta, every time.
Audience Interpretation of the words De Dana Dan = beat the hell out of.
Audience wishes to De Dana Dan the person who conceptualized/plagiarized this film.
Audience wishes to De Dana Dan the stars and character actors who signed on for this film, and wonder if they knew what utter fools they would be made to look like in it.
Audience wishes to De Dana Dan the director, who it seemed had no control over his actors, or the film. Screaming at the top of your lungs (till your veins threaten to pop out of your neck), using crude and demeaning language ( ‘kutte ki pilli’, ‘chinaaal, ‘dayan’, ‘budhiya’) does not for a funny film make.
Audience wishes to De Dana Dan the stylist, whose garish clothes hurt the Audience’s eyes and her aesthetic sensibilities.
Audience wishes to De Dana Dan the music directors who, even among the 2 of them, couldn’t come up with a decent song.
Audience wishes to De Dana Dan herself the most, because all she expected to see was a funny film, and came back with a headache instead.
The only funny bit;
Johnny Lever screaming in exasperation: “Kya main tawaif hoon, jo har aadmi mujhe paise deta hai’ or sum such.
According to Butterfly, those who’ve studied at Oxford come back ‘three years later an Oxen.’ She laughs till she becomes ‘historical’ says ‘Thanks God’ to not have been ‘knocked up by a truck’ wishes to meet ‘business typhoons and textile magnets’ and exclaims ‘What cheeks!’ when startled.
Butterfly calls her husband Janoo publicly, and ‘buddhi rooh / zinda laash’ privately and she has an Aunt called Pussy, who has a twice ‘die-vorced’ son called Jonkers.
A compilation of Pakistani newspaper columnist, Moni Mohsin’s, popular column of the same name, this book is a hilarious insight into Pakistan’s high-society through the eyes of the adorable, amusing, silly, ardent misspeller and lovable protagonist called ‘Butterfly’
This is one book you shouldn’t judge by its, rather garish, cover. Though you do have a better chance of enjoying the book if you are fluent in /can at least understand Urdu.
I just finished reading, correction smiling, through Amit Varma’s debut book, ‘My Friend Sancho’ In his acknowledgments Amit Varma credits you for the existence of this book, and adds that if the reader doesn’t like it, it’s your fault. So I guess if the reader (me) did like the book, it’s your fault too, eh? Which is why I am writing to you.
Lizards creep me out, and the one crawling on the cover kind of kept me from picking up the book for the longest. However, I ingeniously covered the lizard on the cover with a cover of my own, a picture of a gorgeous hunk if you’re interested, and began acquainting myself with Abir and Muneeza.
Abir’s character endeared him self to me almost instantly and I delightedly chuckled at his exaggerated imaginary dialogue sprinkled through the book. What I liked most about Abir, apart from his wisecracks, was that he comes across as a regular guy who doesn’t try too hard. Muneeza made a good read too, but Abir managed to overshadow her completely. The other character who I enjoyed reading about was, Inspector Thombre. I liked how the author got the typical ‘Mumbai-Inspector dialect’ down pat, and appreciated how he subtly painted the oft-misunderstood policeman in a very different shade, without ridiculing him in the process. The lizard on the cover made fleeting, though funny, guest appearances.
Not having read the authors blog, ‘India Uncut’, before I picked up the book, I had no baggage leading me towards having expectations. However, I was curious to know how the author would handle a, leaning-towards-a-cliché-if-not-handled-right, reporter looking for a sensational story premise. Clean, intelligent writing, liberally laced with humor had me speeding through the 217 pages of the book in a single sitting.
A seemingly quick and light story, its only after you finish reading the book do you realize that serious issues, like the Hindu-Muslim divide and police encounters, have been deftly dealt with by the author, astutely leaving it to the audience to take a stand on them as they wish to without moralizing on the issue himself.
This book seems like a trailer to something bigger coming next. Jasmine Shah Varma, could you will the next book into existence quickly, please?
A Tag is a savior which resurrects a blog its owner doesn’t update as regularly as she should! Thanks to a visit to Shalini’s blog, I have a new post on mine:)
1. What is your current obsession?
Doing my bit towards saving the world from Global Warming, one little thing at a time.
2. What is your weirdest obsession?
The above, when I take it too far.
3. What are you wearing today?
Paisely-print beige-blue-orange Kurti and Navy Capris.
4. What’s for dinner?
Masala Roti’s and Carrot Raita.
5. What’s the last thing you bought?
Pastries. Not for me, sadly:(
6. What are you listening to right now?
Rain tapping on my window.
7. What do you think about the person who tagged you?
I know Shalini via her photographs and through them she comes across as a family-loving, graceful person with an eye for detail.
8. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
Notting Hill.London.*Throw in a cleaning service as well? Please?*
9. What are your must-have pieces for summer?
Pretty Mulmul/Georgette Kurtis/Tunics.Capris.Kitten-heels.Chic Sunglasses.
10. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Are you beaming me there? Like, right now? 😀
11. Which language do you want to learn?
12. What’s your favorite quote?
‘God, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.’
13. Who do you want to meet right now?
No one comes to mind.
14. What is your favorite color?
I love bright, jewel colors and find myself rather inclined towards emerald green these days.
15. What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own closet?
16. What is your dream job?
17. What’s your favorite magazine?
18. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
A Spa Treatment.
19. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?
VPL. Innerwear peeking out. Bad shoes.
20. Who are your style icons?
None. Although, I do admire Rekha’s style, Shabana Azmi’s dressing, J Lo’s elegance and Madonna’s constant reinvention. I also love Sonia Gandhi and Jaya Jaitely’s cotton sarees.
21. Describe your personal style.
Eclectic. Elegant. Evolving.
22. What are you going to do after this?
Start reading Amit Varma’s debut book, ‘My Friend Sancho’
23. What are your favorite movies?
Happy movies. Thrillers.
24. What are three cosmetic/makeup/perfume products that you can’t live without?
Just my face wash. I wear lippy and liner only when I HAVE to.
25. What inspires you?
The feeling that I have so much more to learn, see, do, feel.
26. Give us three styling tips that always work for you.
A great pair of shoes and , preferably matching, handbag changes the look of any outfit.
Buy the best quality accessories your budget allows you to.
Don’t follow fashion trends, create them.
27. What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even though your closet’s packed)?
Believe it or faint, but this has never happened. And my closet isn’t packed either.
28. Coffee or tea?
Tea mostly. Coffee rarely.
29. Pet peeve?
The rules: Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Then tag eight or ten other people.
1)Your neighbourhood paanwala, with an unusual affinity for jewelry and silks.
2)A pehelwan at the akhada, with an unusual affinity for jewelry and silks.
3)Britney Spears, having a ‘the-mirror-lied-to-me-*again*’day.
1)A freak of nature.
2)A person with a rare illness, which causes strange growths to appear on the body.
3)Beyonce, having a bad hip day.
2)Your building security guard demanding a pay hike, to feed himself better.
3)Posh Spice, having a ‘I-want-to-look-ridiculous-and-I-will’ day.
1)Another freak of nature.
2)A lush after a skirmish.
3)Madonna, having a ‘I-missed-my-Kabbalah-meet’ day.
2)The retired neighborhood uncle who is fighting for a cause, always.
3)Kate Moss, having a ‘I-missed-my-daily-Botox-appointment’ day.
1)A sack of potatoes.
2)A sack of potatoes with a human torso peeping from behind it.
3)Oprah Winfrey, having a ‘Why-do-I-look-like-I-am-emerging-from-a-sack-of-potatoes’ day.