Sunday, April 12, 2009

Of Frogger and Delhi Traffic...

Do you guys remember that arcade game called 'Frogger'? Well if you don't here's a little insight, "The object of the game is to direct frogs to their homes one by one. To do this, each frog must avoid cars while crossing a busy road and navigate a river full of hazards. The skillful player may obtain many bonuses along the way."(source: good ole Wikipedia)

Yep, this is the scenario in Delhi roads for a pedestrian, considering proper zebra lines for pedestrian crossing aren't implemented, and people jaywalk all the time. They even obstruct traffic that No wonder motorists just want to run them over. Well run us over coz I've joined the pedestrian crowd of Delhi lately and truth be told I've almost been run over 4-5 times...:(

On the flipside, did you know the benefits of this kind of ped-xing? I bet you didn't even think of it, so let me tell you... First, you hone your skills in estimation. You learn how to estimate how far a car should be for you to safely (even if you miss by an inch) cross a stretch of road. And also estimate the speed you need to walk or run for your life. haha. This makes you alert and active and really develops your impromptu-decision-making skills.:D Secondly, it makes you agile and flexible. Delhi traffic if not moving is almost always bumper to bumper with no space to walk in at all, and so people bend forward or backward, flex, jump over tires, suck in their tummies and squeeze into tiny place and what not just to get thru this compact mass of cars. Phew! In context of that, thirdly, it makes you sporty. Haha that's self explanatory. And of course who can forget the honing of swearing-skills of both motorists and pedestrians. lol. Finally, your survival instict will be par excellent. 'again thats self explanatory'

So I say go enjoy playing Frogger on Delhi roads and be safe. It's not always bad in fact I enjoy it a lot. Btw this idea was given by my bhabi, I can't really take all the credit for this:).. Hmmmn come to think of it, I think she deserves a post of her own with her quotable quotes that are so hilarious... hmmmmn Well watch out for that. I end this post now tell me about your crossing experiences too... I'd love to hear you stories too:)

Review: Dev D

This review is 2 months late i know but I can't really pass up the chance to broadcast how much I loved this flick. :D

Dev D was a real attention grabber. For me at least. From the marketing(posters), trailers, soundtrack, media hype, rumors and controversies, and the 5 stars it got from Times. I didn't really know what the movie was about except that it was inspired by "Devdas". And since it was still running in cinemas a month after its release, I decided to check it out.

Now I haven't ever watched any Devdas movie and so I wasn't really aware of the story except the main plot. I walked in a little disappointed, because I don't really like it when I know what's gonna happen in the movie. So i did the usual again, dodged trailers, didn't read reviews, I didn't even watch the pre-released censored scenes on youtube. lol

Let me tell you...Disappointed was I not!!!

The friend I watched it with had one thing to say, "That's hollywood stuff." Well I don't entirely agree hehe but he was right up to some extent. Here's stuff we noticed...(m giving my friend half the credit for this...phew)

1. We both agreed that the acting wasn't really commendable as much as the way the scenes were shot. In this case it's a director's film rather than an actor's film or you can say the shots made the scene and not the acting. In the characters, I liked Chanda the most though. The actor did Chanda rather gracefully and was believable. This is not Abhay Deol's best when it comes to acting but he did a coeemdable job at portraying Dev D. I didn't like Paro, the character and the portrayal. Call me bias(for I do not like unclassy people) but there was something very weirdly unfitting about that character.

2. The soundtrack was awesomely awesome. I personally loved it and I'm still hooked on a couple of songs...(See Aankh Micholi, Pardesi, Emotional Attyachar Rock version, Paayaliya, Yehi Meri zindagi hai) What I loved the most is how the songs didn't seem odd from the scene. Normally in Bollywood films, people start singing out of the blue and suddenly strangers become their back up dancers, strangely enough with perfect coordination of choreography lol, well it was nice to see the end of that era and the soundtracks finally being where they are supposed to be, in the background...

3. What I loved the most in this movie is the Cinematography. It was pretty forward for a Hindi movie and I loved how they incorporated the colors as an integral part of the whole set. If you would notice closely, every set has its own color which is saturated to stand out. eg Paharganj was of a bluish tinge, Punjab of greenish tinge and the Mountains of white. I can't really remember now the specifics as it has been 2 months since I've seen that but I am sure this stands out strikingly.Definitely award-worthy:)
P.S. Danny Boyle gave Anurag some pointers, he didn't direct the movie for him, sheesh.

4. Now remember how I said that I was disappointed that I knew the story, well I was mistaken. Knowing the story made me expect what it would be like, although it wasn't entirely off-track, the adaptation was clearly original and well thought of. The twists and turns will keep you from getting bored.:)

*I give this movie 9/10... taking one point away for the weird scenes of Paro....:D

Guess who's back!!!!

Apologies, apologies and more apologies...

I know I haven't given you (blog) much attention for a couple of months now. But see I've been busy, and if there are any readers or followers out there rejoice now for this is the resurrection of Dinkz' idle mind lmao.

I have heaps of stuff to tell since I've been traveling and up to a lot of fun activities, so for a couple of weeks this blog will serve the purpose of a travelogue.

For now I leave you(readers) with a peace offering for my long absence. No intros needed just enjoy... Cheers...