- One beauty product you would recommend to your girlfriends
Err..I don’t use any beauty products as such (except talcum powder and Eyetex kajal), bit of a frump in this department.. 😛
This is the only thing I can be bothered to use everyday
- Three books everyone must read
Books ❤ ! Okay, here goes:
a. Wodehouse, any Wodehouse, actually, although I prefer Blandings stories myself; Uncle Fred in the Springtime is the first non-school Wodehouse I read, and it’s vintage Wodehouse..impostors everywhere, Blandings Castle, intrepid Uncle Fred, nervous nephew Pongo, the Duke of Dunstable, his moustache, and a whole lot of romance. Very nice indeed.
b. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: If Wodehouse had written science fiction, this is how it would probably have ended up. Must-read.
“My capacity for happiness, you could fit into a matchbox without taking out the matches first” ~ Marvin the Paranoid Android
c. Feluda: India’s answer to Holmes; Satyajit Ray’s young detective has thrilling adventures in various parts of India, and sometimes even abroad. Feluda, who was a huge part of my childhood, starred in nearly 40 stories, all of which Ray originally wrote in Bengali. The English translation by Gopa Majumdar is just as good.
d. Those Pricey Thakur Girls: Anuja Chauhan seems to be the first Indian author who can do chick-lit (with a smashing story) really well. Set in 1980s Delhi, TPTG is the love story of tall-dark-and-handsome journalist Dylan and pretty newsreader Debjani. Loads of Hinglish, funny relatives, sizzling chemistry, and most of all, a love story with a brain.
- Favourite online shopping site
Most online shopping for me has to do with books, and Amazon always has at least a 20% discount on almost all books, so Amazon it is.
- Favorite phone app
Currently I’m a bit (ok, more than a bit) addicted to Two Dots, the more sophisticated and less twee cousin of Candy Crush.
- One dish you are really good at making and its recipe
I only ever cook if my mother is not at home, and then I cook normal home food or get my recipes online, so my culinary skills are currently restricted to rasam, sambhar, and various sabzis.
- Five movies that I can watch over and over again.
Ooooh movies.. I grew up watching Hindi and Tamil movies, and started with Hollywood only a few years ago, so not many English movies on my favourites list (excepting Harry Potter, LOTR and others based on books). I watch too many Hindi movies to be able to identify one fixed favourite; they are always changing, so here are my must-watch Tamil movies..(take that, you Bolly and Holly snobs 😛 )
1. Alaipayuthey: Shakti (Shalini) and Karthik (Madhavan) fall in love across Madras local train journeys, marry in secret and stay in their respective homes until the secret comes out perforce, and then start a new life together. But is marriage as smooth as they expected it to be?
This is my absolute favourite all-time comfort movie. I was twelve when I saw it the first time; countless reruns later, I’m still in love with Madhavan (despite all the silly career choices he made after this), Shalini, ARR (the music is sensational), Vivek, Mani Ratnam and everything else associated with the movie.
2. Bangalore Days (Malayalam): This is my current favourite. Three cousins from Kerala (Nazriya Nazim, Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly) have always dreamt of making it big in Bangalore, but it’s a longer journey than they think. A movie with multiple stories tends to sag, but this one doesn’t; it’s nice, fresh and fun, if a bit too filmy in parts, but that isn’t a deal-breaker.. and such lovely use of Carnatic music and panchavaadyam in the background..a very elegant affair.
3. Boss Engira Baskaran: Arya and Santhanam, along with a surprisingly understated Nayantara provide wonderful entertainment in this comic caper. The characters are all well-etched, and the comedy value in each scene is fantastic, especially the first half. I was never very fond of Arya (he looks slightly cross-eyed), but his comic timing here is absolutely impeccable! It’s definitely not a brilliant movie, but it’s great fun.. 😀
4. Padayappa: Rajinikanth! Enough said! I love this movie, it’s got such a powerful feel to it, especially whenever Ramya Krishnan (Padayappa’s arch enemy) comes on..uff..so proud, so intense and ever so arrogant; this is probably one of the most well-crafted and elegant villi characters in Tamil cinema. Rajini here, is, of course, a proper hero, people love him, heroine loves him..it’s business as usual for him, with his customary swag. But Ramya Krishnan steals the show; she is absolutely magnificent as the jilted lover who voluntarily stays locked in a room for 18 years and then emerges to take revenge. The movie is worth it for the Rajini-Ramya face-offs alone.
My favourite scene? The one where Padayappa goes to meet Neelambari after 18 years, and she deliberately has all the furniture in the room removed, except for a single sofa on which she sits, so Padayappa is left standing. And then he does this:
5. Thillana Mohanambal: The love story of dancer Mohana (Padmini) and a Nadaswaram (wind instrument) vidwan Chikkal Shanmugam (Sivaji), the movie is chock full of melodrama (which was apparently the fashion in those days), but it’s quite a dreamy movie, very poetic, and while Sivaji somehow manages to look slightly effeminate (fellow playing his brother looks better than him), Padmini looks ethereally beautiful.
GM, thank you so much..this turned out to be immense fun! 😀