Six Questions

Okay, so the dreamily eloquent GM over from In Search of The Colloquial tagged me in this fun game (is it a game?), so here are my answers to the six questions.

  1. 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

  1. 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.

Uncle Fred

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

*Sighs dreamily* ❤ ❤

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.. 😀

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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:

15 Rajinikanth GIFs That Will Help You React To Life's Important Moments

So much swag!
Neelambari

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.

PadminiTM
Padmini

GM, thank you so much..this turned out to be immense fun! 😀

I tag FictionFan, who is having this lovely Thanksgiving party.. 🙂

10 thoughts on “Six Questions

  1. Oh how lovely. Glad to know of another ‘frump’.Thanks for honoring the tag and calling me all kinds of names 🙂

    That particular scene in Padayappa is a hoot and Ramya was just so magnificent in the film. I haven’t had a chance to watch Bangalore Days, yet. Other than Azhaipayuthe, I totally loved Madhavan in Ayithu Ezhuthu too. It was quite a mould breaking role for him and I can only hope that he gets a script deserving of him flashing that smile on screen again. I have liked him forever and it is a pity he disappeared. Do you know he has taken up kitchen gardening very seriously these days? This post appeared on a gardening group that I am a part of https://www.facebook.com/actormadhavan/photos/a.959705514096329.1073741829.903100079756873/960575660675981/?type=3

    I love Wodehouse too. Feluda, I haven’t had a chance to read too much and my favorite Anuja Chauhan book is Battle for Bittora.

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    1. Pleasure is all mine.. 🙂 I could call you more names if you like.. 😛
      I didn’t watch Aayitha Ezhuthu..it really did break his chocolate boy image though.. 🙂 but he’s done so few good films after this, I can count them off on one hand..Dumm Dumm Dumm, Thambi, Minnale, Anbe Sivam, Kannathil Muthamittal..
      Oooh that lopsided smile.. ❤ ❤
      Oh gardening..so many vegetables too! I remember he used to be crazy about flying model airplanes, he used to assemble them himself..this was when he was the media darling..they used to put all these pics of him and planes and interviews.. 🙂
      I really wish he'd come back with a good role, Tanu Weds Manu is more Kangana's than his..maybe Mani Ratnam could do something for him the way he tried to resurrect Aravind Swamy in Kadal..
      Everyone keeps asking me why I like him so much and then don't understand when I say Alaipayuthey..I still haven't got over him and that movie.. (this was so unabashedly cheesy, I'm just going to go and dubofy in chullu bhar pani.. 😀 )
      I liked Battle for Bittora too..although The Zoya Factor was a bit meh.

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      1. You really are a fan and it’s nice to hold on to something like that 🙂 I have liked him since the time he used to be a TV actor and was thrilled when Mani Ratnam signed him on. I sometimes feel that he was perhaps too laidback and sweet to have really climbed up the movie biz ladder. He didn’t mind playing second fiddle to Kangana Ranaut in TWM and that says a lot about him because he was very accepting and magnanimous in his praise of her in all the interviews. In fact Deepak Dobriyal credited his encouragement as a reason why he got all the comic scenes right in part 2. Off all his film choices, I think 3 Idiots may have hurt him too. After playing second lead to Aamir, it will be difficult for audiences to accept him as a leading man. But, given his career had stalled before that, don’t see why he should have refused the film. Yeah, I hope someone offers him something really good.

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        1. Ooh I never really got to watch any of his shows..there’s just one measly episode of Ghar Jamai on Youtube 😦
          Yeah probably..he does seem to be very straightforward..looking at his choice of movies, I can’t help wondering whether he did most of them simply because he couldn’t say no..some of them are really terrible (Jay Jay, Ehtiree)..I’m not sure I liked him being in 3 Idiots..the acting was good, but he seemed to be there because there was no other option for him..anyone could’ve done that role..
          It seems a bit late for him now though, to be honest.. maybe someone else like him (actually good looking with acting chops) will come up in Tamil cinema, I’m a bit tired of all the Dhanushs and Jais; nobody looks so mind-numbingly handsome or anything.. 😛

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          1. Yeah, anyone could have done it. But, sometimes people do it in the hope of landing another one with the same director or hoping that the success will rub off on their career. Also, I think audiences liked him best in the young lover boy role and he can’t play that forever so nostalgia is all there is now. On the other hand, there is Salman Dulquer 🙂

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  2. Hehe! Thanks for the tag and the link! These questions look like fun…

    Well, since I’ve read Hitchhiker’s and loads of Wodehouse, I shall have to go with your third pick – I’ve added The Emperor’s Ring to the wishlist. You should bring Madhavan to the dinner – he looks as though he’d brighten up the dancing section of the evening considerably! Though of course he’s not quite as gorgeous as my Darcy…

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    1. Feluda is mostly short stories..the whole collection is available as two omnibuses..it’s really good!
      Don’t worry, I’ll get Maddy too.. 😀
      Eh..we’ll just agree to disagree there.. 😛

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