Thursday, November 08, 2007

Happy Diwali!

When I was a kid, my makhichoos friend (the one who taught me how to ride the mazdoor's donkey to school to save personal energy) would not let any gunpowder go to waste. So he collected tiny little bits of them from stale firecrackers and lit them up once he had a good quantity going. This wasn't fun to watch at all, but strange are the ways of stingy people.

In any case, one rather hot day when my friend was a little sweaty, the gunpowder got stuck to his hand - which then caught on fire when he tried to light his stockpile. This resulted in a rather painful Diwali. My friend made a full recovery - to satisfy his tendencies he later learned how to cut off his scooter's engine at the exact right time so he could use the momentum right up to his doorstep to save gas.

The moral of this story is: don't be daft when it comes to fireworks. Otherwise, hope you have much fun - however you choose to define it!

And the battle of the blockbuster hopefuls on D-day:
Saawariya: rediff review, ongoing feed on twitter
Om Shanti Om: OneIndia review

Also:

43 comments:

meena said...

Happy Diwali Aspi,

Its odd the kind of things we miss. I probably never gave it a thought back then but today I am thinking of the yards and yards of Marigold garlands that used to deck up doorways and store fronts during Diwali week.

Whole town used to be festooned with these cheerful flowers. Havent been back home for Diwali in years. Hope it is still the same.

Meanwhile, cant wait to catch the big masala bollywood movies this weekend!

headmistress said...

Happy Diwali Aspi and all! I hope you have a beautiful one, wherever you are. Here in the uk we are forecasted to have mega storms and probably more flooding. There just aren't enough words for its lameness...(typical bloody english, obsessed with the bloody weather...)
But those reviews tear me up. Hyper-reality, Price of Persia and neon Venetian fantasy, vs big ol' masala? aiaiaiii. and I can only pick one.

Aspi said...

Meena, that is exactly why I grow marigolds every year in the garden - its a lasting connection.

headmistress, it boils down to this: which director do you trust your Diwali entertainment to? I pick Farah Khan, because she has shown the ability to go past the usual melodrama and say something smart about it.

Saritha said...

I prefer Farah,b'coz no matter what I do,eat,watch,read - Iam still desi at heart and when Iam in festive mood,I going in for escapist cinema - dhamaal,masala,action.Wouldn't mind if it's totally forgettable just like her debut film,which had it's own moments.

ritha said...

happy diwali Aspi and all the drifters!

Joules said...

Happy Diwali drifters.

Yup, it is SRK-Farah for me too. I love SRK movies and dont like SLB movies. So that is an easy decision for me.

Having said that I am going to catch Sawaariya when it comes out on the DVD just to enjoy the freshness of new filmi bacchhaas.

Ofcourse, I may have to catch OSO on DVD as well. I live in Austin, TX and hindi movies do not come by here easily.

Saritha said...

Joules,

I thot Austin has considerable Indian population.

That reminds me of how we drove 2 hrs to Chicago in '03 to watch "Kal ho na ho'.My only hindi flick ever in a US theatre.So every time I hear the title song,it reminds me of the winter in IL.Windy,snowy......

Saritha said...

...that was '03 winter.

Joules said...

Saritha, Austin does have a considerable Indian population but the majority are from south India (austin being a hi-tech city) and are not as inclined to watch Hindi movies.

We do have a single theatre show hindi movies over the weekend and it takes a whole lot of time to get to the theatre, get there early for good seats and watch the entire movie.

The last movie I saw at a movie theatre was Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham which ate away six hours of my day.

Tania said...

Happy Diwali to all Drift fans :)
So what mithais did you or your bh make for the occasion?
I am targeting chhanar jilebi( read paneer ki jalebi) if I have time tomorrow after work.
I am going to watch OSO as I hate SLB movies as they are too much aantel for me.
The cracker stores have become aware how much the desi population sheds its $$$ for Diwali and are monetizing it pretty well.
Have a safe and fun Diwali.
Tania

Tania said...

Joules
no hindi movies in Austin and I was planning to move there next year! Thats not fun.Here we have a theater thats mostly dedicated to Hindi movies and sometimes has 3 or4 playing at the same time.

Aspi said...

Joules, if you live in Austin that makes you super cool in my opinion. I lived there for 3 years once.

Tania, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. For some reason panipuris are very popular in our house around Diwali time. Two of us four don't have sweet tooths at all. Although the paneer jalebi has me intrigued. You should post a recipe for us.

Mind Rush said...

Hope you and your families have a peaceful and fun Diwali! Eat all the mithai but leave room for the upcoming turkey, and the Christmas cake too.

I too am going to see OSO because my family wants to see it. I want to see Jab We Met (given my Kareena-Saif post) BUT, had to bow to family pressure.

anu g said...

Happy Diwali Drifters!I must say I have got so addicted to this site that when my computer got spoilt and went for repairs...for a change i was cribbing more than my kids!!!!Am really busy, will get back next week!

Joules said...

Tania,
The indian population is not as huge as Chicago or Dallas so you dont have a lot of "indian" things like shopping for indian clothes, watching hindi movie at a whim, eating pani puri's on the roadside.

We do have a few Indian grocery stores and restaurants. Restaurants are not that big deal for me. I eat Indian at home so its the last thing I wanna eat when I go out.

Having said that, borrowing from Aspi's comment Austin is a super cool place. The population is younger (20's-40's). Its a very outdoor-sy (hiking, water skiing, boating) and the music scene is awesome.

Joules said...

Where is our Megan? I miss her.

Joules said...

This is for Shekhar lovers.

Heard VS are on SRGMP l'il as celebrity judges today.

Sania said...

Happy Diwaali everyone!

I am thinking about seeing both this season, only because I am enchanted that Saawariya is based off of a Dostoeyvsky story. But I've heard SLB may have butchered it. Should be interesting to see nonetheless, but maybe I'll save it for DVD.

SkD said...

Happy Diwali guys!!

Parveen said...

Best Wishes to all ar Aspi's Blog - All posters of interesting comments that are quite enjoyable.

headmistress said...

Sania, I know - that's pretty much why I wanted to see Saawariya, that, and the fact it looks so luscious. And the great soundtrack. OSO sounds like a safe bet, 'paisa vasool' entertainment as the review said, but in a way that's exactly what puts me off... ah well, I'll just have to find a way to squeeze both in.

Mind rush - if you get another chance to catch Jab We Met, you totally should - saw it last week and was shocked at how good it was - funny, warm, compassionate... it was like a Zach Braff film, but with an even better soundtrack.

Mind Rush said...

I have changed my mind and am looking forward to seeing OSO soon as it has gotten gr8 reviews. As for Saawariya, it could have been poetry on screen. But I hear that it comes across as "pointless", mainly due to bad directing. Anyway, Shah Rukh fans must be happy that he is indeed the King!

Aspi said...

Indeed! It is SLB who is singing Dard-e-disco!

Aspi's better taste said...

Dude! It is time to retire that joke.

Leera said...

Happy Diwali to all the drifters and of course to Mr and Mrs Drift.

I am watching both OSO and Saawariya (online of course). Like joules I too am an Austinite and my last over priced hindi movie in the theaters was KANK and I am never going back.

Austin is awesome, thanks for the shout out aspi!

Good to know that you live in Austin joules, we should have watched SRGMP together, bummer. I needed some desi company for that.

I am also planning to watch Wes Anderson's Darjeeling Express this weekend,anyone have an opinion on it?

Aspi said...

And again: Austin Rocks! I can still taste the fajitas at Kerby Lane Cafe. Not to mention getting smashed during SxSW. And hey how about The Smoking Pot (wink, wink). Wonder if its still there on 6th.

I've heard mixed reviews of Darjeeling Limited, but I would like an Indian's opinion out of curiosity.

SkD said...

VS rocked lil champs yday....dey sure enjyd all de attention..as clearly shekhar went on stage to kiss a child, n announced dat de judges here did a great job n dis is how it shud ben ideally......[r u lissenin himesh????]
but dey luked kinda outta place wid de OSO outfits...vishal luked bigger n brighter..lol..shekhar luked as if he just woke up from a deep slumber..he luked gorgeous nonetheless:)

Parveen said...

Aspi : Chanced through the newer reality show on Indian TV called Jhoom India and have to say that it deserves a mention at this blog.

It is all about Singing by non singers in pairs with trained singers. Lots of celebreties and Jatin also participates in this event.

This is by Sahara One !

Ozza'sBack said...

Happy Deewali guys! Yay! It's a VS-tastic weekend! :D Good good fun!

Rupal said...

Belated Wishes for Diwali

Happy Diwali Drifters!!!

Mara Gujju bahiyo and bahenno ne 'Saal Mubarakk!!!'

SkD said...

Dhanyawaad Rupalben....pan aiyya toh bija non gujju jan pan chhe...toh ena pan "Nutan Varshno Hardik Abhinandan":)

Priti said...

Belated Diwali greetings Aspi and all the cool drifters here. Was out for diwali, but suffered from withdrawal symptoms. The moment I returned I plonked myself before the comp for my daily "fix"!
On the OSO/ Sanwariya decision, am definitely going for OSO, tho' I pretty much love SLB movies. Am put off by Ranbir’s (adrenalin induced) dances and prancing in the promos, that look really juvenile (sorry all you SonBir fans). Meanwhile, will catch up online with the VS appearance for the SRGMP Li’l champs last Friday.

headmistress said...

yep, I'd recommend OSO, for a festive weekend. Just came back from Saawariya... an... interesting experience. Not exactly a bad film, but kinda surreal, whimsical... and overly indulgent. And too many songs, even if they are great. On the leads - Sonam - very pretty but couldn't act her way out of an anthill. Ranbir... is very cute with the whole manic hyperactivity thing, but it starts to feel a bit cloying. And I guess the censorship laws don't apply outside India, since we got more a lot more than an eyeful of the full package... as much as I like male eye candy, you need to invest in thicker towels man!
still, it did grow on me, but I don't think it's right for the whole Diwali smash-hit thing.

Priti said...

Mann...it feels so good to be home, and get my daily fix of "Aspis's"!
Hey guys, you could extend a welcome back; have missed you folks ever soo much! LOL

Aspi said...

Parveen, I can't find Jhoom India either on Sahara One or anywhere online. Any help with times or sites will be appreciated - I'd be happy to watch it.

Aspi said...

I saw OSO on Saturday and had a lot of fun. I'm not sure I'll watch Saawariya - I pick Bollywood movies carefully now a days otherwise they wear you down. As it is, I felt exhausted after coming out of OSO - and it was only 3pm.

Parveen Sibal said...

Aspi - Here is the link to Jhoom India archived videos.
I am North of you and do not have the cable but there are many sites that offer the videos to this program
http://www.apnicommunity.com/jjhoom-india/

I will be intereted in your comments on this program.

anju said...

Hello Aspi's drifters,
I hope everyone enjoyed their Diwali, I invite some of my friends for laxmi puja. and the next day we decided to go for a bollywood movie OSO. It was in tinseltown 16 in Austin, overcrowded, waited almost 1 hr to get inside the theater. I don't want to spoil the fun but this movie is overrated, but again it depends on the person, if you just want to hangout enjoy the pop corn, music, and the Farah's style sense of humur then this is the movie to be. but if you are critic type wants to have meaning for everything then this is not the movie to be. I have enjoyed the movie becuase I enjoyed watching SRK's Six packs and the rest, It's new trend and I am liking it. Now guy's are showing more than gals. yeahoow!

Aspi said...

Hey Parveen, many thanks for the links. One of the problems I have with the smaller shows is that the links are often unreliable, or not every weeks' episode gets uploaded or they have terrible watermarks in them.

But something is better than nothing :) Will give it a whirl.

m said...

Divali is over but everyone hope you had a great one.

Happy belated Divali

Rupal said...

SkD, Thanks for keeping me honest ...

Chalo baddha drifters ane non drifters ne

"Nutan Varshno Hardik Abhinandan"

Joules said...

Wow, we have quite an Austin contingent here.

Joules said...

Wow, we have quite an Austin contingent here.