21 September 2006

Being olive

in colour has its advantages. Apparently, the texture of the skin is "just beautiful". No wrinkles near the eyes and mouth and no lines on the forehead. At least, not till you hit the forties.This is what the beauty therapist told me the other day when I went in for a facial. She sighed and said she wished she could have skin like that. Hyuk, hyuk, that was an ego boost alright.

Who'd have thought?
But, word for word, this is what I heard.

Not that I didn't know about this before and not that I haven't observed it meself here - olive skin does age better. But still, it took a lilting Irish voice to drill this into my head.

Honesty also forces me to add that maybe she was being too kind. Simply because the massage table over-balanced as soon I sat on it(I swear this was because the table was awkwardly positioned and had nothing to do with my being overweight - really)and she wanted me to feel better. After all, she didn't mention anything about the sunspots on my skin, caused by years of wandering around in Chennai summers. Nor did she say anything about my double chins.....

Btw, she used the PC word 'olive'. I, being the plain speaker that I am, would have probably said 'brown or dark' skinned.

Wishful thinking:
I've forfeited the right to be obese. All I can aim for and achieve is being overweight. Which I already have. Sigh, I am a underperformer.

The post on kids by Lak brought home to me, yet again, that no culture can take a morally superior tone. We Indians here lament so much how children here are treated -as in, no picking them up, putting them to bed in separate rooms even if they are only 10 days old, etc (never mind that they cry for hours together when it first happens). But in India, we have mums who are not mums, and kids still being lonely even while surrounded by people. I have to agree with Lak completely on this one. My take is: if you don't /can't spend the time on kids, maybe you should try not having any. After all, what's the point?


11 September 2006


The whole crew went in to see `Lage raho Munnabhai' at the theatre y'day.
And ..what can I say?
That I am so glad that we took the kids along? That it was such a clean and well-made entertainer?
But without doubt, Gandhigiri was its USP. And very well done too. Without shoving it down our throats. I won't say more in case any of you haven't seen the movie.
But I have to say, if you haven't, you really and truly should.
I, for one, came away feeling humbled, proud, guilty and hopeful.
Humbled by the priciples the movie advocates.
Proud that I am Indian and have this wonderful heritage to pass on.
Guilty that maybe I had forgottten some of it and hadn't done enough to pass it on to the next generation
And hopeful that if someone instilled all the Gandhian values in a movie and that such a movie is a hit in India, then mera Bharat is indeed mahan. That there is still lots of hope for the the country and it is not going downhill as many I know (cynically) claim.
Forget the crap and just grab the goodness.
Maybe I am being simplistic. But hey, it feels good. So I don't care.

4 September 2006


This was the highlight of my weekend.
With a starcast like that, the film can't be bad.
But it was, I must say, a teeny bit disappointing and I ended up feeling that Shahrukh and Rani deserved each other.
Big B was super as was AB.
Technically, brilliant. But something missing....
Who else has seen this movie and what did you think?

Also, noticed this time around that TV serials are being advertised in cinema theatres before the movie.....