Harry Potter!! It all ends!!

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Harry Potter! The boy who lived. The Chosen One. Seven books of magic. Books that enchanted the world. And then movies. Not all of them are as good as books, but nonetheless, they have their effect.

For so many years, this little kid named Harry and his friends have been my friends. I did not read HP as a kid, I read them a lot late. I saw a friend of mine reading a book without leaving his room for 2 days straight until he finished it, I got curious. Until then, I had only heard about people being crazy about HP. So I decided to rent the movies. And there it was. I fell for the magical world immediately. Then I had to get the books somehow and read them. I became die-hard fan of HP. And been the same for years now.

For me, Harry Potter books are not just entertainment. They are much more. There were times when I was alone, sad and blah blah (read my posts in sad category LoL).. HP world was my solace. Whenever loneliness or any other unwelcome feeling overwhelmed me, I used to dive in the world of wizards.. I still do. Reading these books again and again, sometimes fully, sometimes just my favorite parts was my way of keeping every other feeling at the bay. Some may think this is crazy but you have to be there to understand it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t really understand why exactly HP is something that puts me at peace. I am not a blind follower of things. There are HP books I do not like much. But I still like reading them because they take me in the world not seen by other people. Its been same feeling for all Narnia books, but they are more like kids stories than HP.

There are people who reject HP as kids stories before even giving it a look. Well, to each his own. But I disagree to the claim that these are only kid’s stories. No, they are not just kid’s stories. Certainly J K Rowling wrote these books keeping kids in mind mostly but they are deeper than people think. These books deal with things like friendship, love, loyalty, bravery etc. It’s not the plot that makes you like the books, it is the things that are unraveled as the story progresses.

A lot has been written about HP in so many years and a lot will be written. This is my bit. The reason to bring all this up is because they are releasing the last movie in the series. Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part II.
Its tagline is “It All Ends”. And it really does for us, fans. There will be nothing to look forward to anymore. It kinda ended when last book was launched, but last movie sorta seals the deal.

Anyway, I hope the movie is good. And I will always have HP with me if I need him.

Cheers.

A Happy Birthday post :-)

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Today I turned 25. Twenty five!! I have a tradition of writing happy birthday posts every year. This time I am writing this post from my android mobile.. something I planned on my last birthday.

Right now I am sitting at my home in Karad, writing this post. It’s cloudy out there with occasional rain. Mom is planning about cooking somethingi like but I am going to tell her to make something simple.

As usual I have made some resolutions. They hance been on my mind for long time so they are not really birthday resolutions. But today is good day to get started.

Life has been good so far. There were some ups and downs and setbacks. But it really doesn’t matter. Because everything works out fine in the end. I don’t really have a solid goal for my life yet. I know a lot of idealistic people do insist on having a goal set and all that. But I am gonna play it my own way and not the way books tell us.

Anyway, got a surprise gift from my best friend y’day… Also had a great lunch with friends at famous hotel Jagat Bhari Kolhapuri (again). Came home early, spent time with dad, just me and him…it’s been nice birthday weekend so far.

Happy birthday to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

save the children….

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One fine day, I was taking my usual after-lunch-stroll-around-the-building with my daily colleague lunch group. It was around 1.45 PM. This is the most probable time when people get calls offering Pre-approved personal loans, credit cards, investment schemes and a lot of other things. I have devised my own tactics for turning down such calls without actually using bad words. After all, the people calling you with these ads n promotions are just doing their job, trying to earn their share of bread-butter for the day. So I talk politely and give all kinds of stupid reasons for not taking whatever they are offering. Some of the reasons I come up with sound almost genuine to most of the people. Continue reading

The Hangover Part II : A must watch comedy

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The Wolfpack is back!! And funnier!! Do you think you laughed your a** off at The Hangover(2009) last time? Wait till you see the Part II. I had not laughed this hard for a movie in long time. After a long time, I heard everyone in a movie theater making ‘Whoa’, ‘Ooh’, ‘Eww’, ‘What the..’ , ‘sh**’ etc sounds in unison!!!

Summary of story (NO Spoilers): The self tooth plucker(see The Hangover Part I for details) i.e. Mr. Dentist is getting married in Thailand. As usual the wolfpack(with a new addition to group) decides to do a simple bachelor party one the beach (simple= just sitting around fire drinking beer and Alan roasting marshmallows ๐Ÿ˜† ). They wake up in Bangkok to find a lot of surprises. Rest of the plot is exactly same as part one but funnier with little less twists.

Whenever there is a sequel, there comes comparison. In my opinion, The Hangover Part II has more comedy than the Part I. You can’t help but laugh. Excellent timing of punch delivery combined with excellent acting by everyone. Only thumbs down thing about this movie is that in Part I, characters had a lot of things to do, a lot of twists as compared to Part II. But believe me, you will not regret watching this movie. There are some really nasty :O surprises for the audience (not everyone) ๐Ÿ˜‰ . And make sure you sit through credits, you will know why if you have seen Part I ๐Ÿ˜› .

P.S. If you have not seen the first The Hangover (released in 2009) yet :O , WATCH IT BEFORE WATCHING PART II. There is really no connection between two movies, but it will help you get hang of things faster.

Things I love: Misalpav (เคฎเคฟเคธเคณ-เคชเคพเคต)

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Just look at this….
Highway meal

(Photo from here)
ย This is one of my most favorite food items in the world. It is popularly known as Misal-Pav. Speciality of Maharashtra State in India where this item is available everywhere. It is spicy, tasty, has a lot of Continue reading

Movie Review: Fast Five

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One word is enough to comment on this movie: Entertainer!! Full paisa vasool!!
If you love Fast and Furious franchise, then you must watch this one….

Addition of The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) gives this series of movies a new turn. Fast five is not the best of all films in this series(as many people seem to claim, IMO, best one so far is 4 th movie), but it is better than most of them. It has usual comic touch, excellent locations (Rio de Janeiro, my new favorite), fast cars, a little drama and hell lot of action.

Director Justin Lin and Screen-Writer Chris Morgan has done good job this time. I am not going to give summary of movie as there not much to tell about this action flick. But it would be a Paisa Vasool deal if you decide to watch it.

P.S. Are you one of the people who run away from theater as soon as it starts showing credits at end? Well, for this movie, I suggest you wait for a while… there is a surprise at the end of movie… it comes after a few names on credits list…. so don’t miss it…

Rio – Movie Review

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Colorful, funny, light and beautiful… Rio is certainly a treat for your eyes… After suffering blows after blows, series of disappointments and torture sessions (of watching Drive Angry, Alien Invasion, Sucker punch etc) in theaters, I finally watched a movie which washed all my sins(of watching movies I mentioned above) away…

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha.
Starring the voices of: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Jake T. Austin, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, will.i.am, and Jamie Foxx.

Rio is story of a bird, a Spix’s Macaw, last male of its kind, named Blue by its owner. Blue is taken to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of most beautiful places in world (in my opinion) to join the last female Spix’s Macaw in the world, named Jewel. They get kidnapped by local smugglers and chained to each other. The story turns more colorful after this incident as Blue and Jewel escape, take help of other birds. They keep trying to shake off the villain bird, Nigel, who is in constant pursuit helped by a monkey gang.

So what happens next? Do Blue and Jewel get together? How do they un-chain themselves? You should watch the movie to find out.

If you have kids, please take them to see this movie. I am sure they will love it. And it is enjoyable by all ages, not just kids. Also watch it in 3D for sure.

P.S.> Though its a animated movie, it certainly made me feel like going to Rio-de-Janeiro… I have added it to my wish-list of places to visit ๐Ÿ™‚ . Hopefully, someday, I will visit that beach ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers,
Sudarshan

Go India!!!

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We won!! Yes. We did it. We beat Pakistan(again) in a Cricket World Cup match. Cheers to Indian Cricket Team and Sachin Tendulkar… ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday, on the occasion of India vs Pakistan cricket match, semi-final, I bet at least 90% Indians were watching the match. In my city, Pune, the roads were empty. Hotels, restaurants were empty. Roadside vendors of Vada Pav and other junk food saw a profit like never before. Nobody had their dinner till the match was over.

We realized how hungry we were once the match was over and Sachin Tendulkar was announced Man of the Match. ๐Ÿ™‚ So we got our bikes on the road at around 11 PM and we were surprised….. we were surprised by the sheer size of crowd on the road. Nearly everyone was out of the homes, celebrating, busting crackers, shouting, dancing. Road was full of guys raving their bikes with loud horns, flags of India, shouting, cheering.

We joined the bikers… we went shouting cheering honking in the night. At one place, where MacD is located (everyone was suddenly hungry like us ๐Ÿ˜€ ), the crowd was double of what I had seen earlier. Police were trying to control the traffic. Normally, at 11 PM , the roads are empty. Yesterday, it was traffic jam everywhere. And Police weren’t really stopping anyone or monitoring the bikers. They were just trying to prevent any accidents from happening.

I am really glad I lived to see this day. ๐Ÿ™‚ India has won before, but I do not remember feeling like this.. ๐Ÿ™‚ May god bless Sachin Tendulkar his wish of winning a world-cup for India. Amen.

I fly

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I just wrote a poem. Yes… not that it is any good.
But I am happy I wrote it.
Its been long since my last poem.
There were days when I used to think of writing a lot of poems and I had written few also (in Marathi).
Then somehow I stopped writing them and after a few years I completely forgot about it.

And today, while posting a pic on my photoblog, I searched for something to post along with it, something that suited my view of the photo, and I could not find anything. So went ahead and wrote it myself. I hope at least someone likes it. Someone who inspires me every moment of my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the link to that post: I fly

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abundance

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This is last moment submission… I am not sure if this qualifies… I was unable to find any suitable scene to fit in this category… rare we see abundance of anything…. and when I found a suitable moment, I did not have a good camera… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ This one is taken with my mobile camera… not sure if it gives the feel of what I was looking at. Consider school kids with similar colourful uniforms standing together to form color bands in their group…

I also have a top view of this formation, taken from 7th floor of my office building, I will update this post later….