Archive for February, 2007

Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unraveled from the tumbling main,
And threading the eye of a yellow star: –
So many times do I love again…

Its February 14th again and as everyone say, love is in the air. The day where there are flowers, cards, wishes, kisses, gifts, dates and also the day when the color red rules. It’s just that kind of a day when many people prefer getting their pretty red dresses out of the closet. It’s a day when people prefer expressing your deepest emotions to their someone special.

If you are wondering how it all started, how February 14 got symbolically linked with love and sharing… Take a look at what Wikipedia says…

Saint Valentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day is on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine’s cards, candy, or donations to charities, often anonymously. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine’s Day. The holiday is named after two men, both Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished… more>>

But often there has been this raging debate among many people. On one side, there are a set of people who prefer symbolizing “love and sharing” to the February 14th. On the other side, we have people who feel the Valentines Day is just another over-hyped event.

It’s a busy world out there. People are always on the move. Work and money has taken the highest priorities in life. 24 hours a day seem to be less for most people. Even people staying together often get to meet each other once a week if they are lucky. In such a busy world, it’s really hard to find time to spend some quality time with people you love the most. If you are just this kind of a person, you would want one day that you can totally set aside for your loved ones. February 14th is just that kind of a day when you would want to celebrate your love for each other. Many who fall into this category would be the part of the sect of people who prefer symbolizing love and sharing on the February 14th.

The other sect of people who believe Valentines Day is just another over-hyped event would argue to say “if you are in love with someone, you would make it a point to set aside time for your loved ones”. They believe that expressing your love and feeling just on this  day does not make much sense. It would all depend on your conscious effort to make time for each other. When you are in love, you are in love all the time and not just this day.

Which ever sect you belong to, my advice to you all would be – lighten up and enjoy the fun

Valentines day is not just for those “smug” couples. As Veronica explains…

For all those singles who are complaining about the “smug” couples and how the holiday makes them feel like social outcasts, you are looking at this the wrong way. I’ve had many more Valentine’s Days as a single than as half a couple, and they can still be fun. Get a large group of single/divorced/separated friends together to go out to lunch or dinner. Have one or more (or many more) bottles of wine. Have dessert – lots of dessert. Valentine’s Day is only depressing if you give up or are too lazy to try to make it fun. Besides, it is all the Valentine’s Days we spend as singles that make us enjoy those with a partner all the more.

For other comments on this online debate which happened a few days back – BBC Online debate

Take away love and our earth is a tomb. ~Robert Browning

PS: Interesting read – BBC – India’s fascination with Valentine’s Day

Mungaru Male

Posted: February 2, 2007 in Movies

It was just that kind of a week where all my plans crashed and burned. My sis and I decided to catch up on a movie this week. Our initial plan was to make it to “Salam-E-Ishq”. Thanks to the timely advice by one of my friend, we dint make it to this movie which is supposed to be a boringly 3 hours 45 minutes long movie. I finally bought two tickets to “Blood Diamond” which had very good reviews all over the place. Only later in the day, I realized I had forgotten about my friends Bachelors Party. Mom and Dad were the lucky ones to make it to the movie in our place!

After this mayhem of planning, we wanted to now make it to a movie whatever happens. Couple of my friends, my sis and me bought tickets to “Mungaru Male” (which had good ratings too). Going by the fact that I had very less sleep the previous night because of the party, I was very reluctant to make it to this, that too for a night show. But after watching the movie, I felt it was all worth it. It’s been a while since I liked a kannada movie. (Last kannada movie I liked was “AaptaMithra”).

Mungaru Male revolves around the happy go lucky Preetham who accompanies his mother to the hilly area of Madikeri to attend a wedding. He falls for a girl without knowing who she is, and it is only after both of them realise that they are deeply in love that they are struck by a twist.

Ganesh and Sanjana - Mungaru Male Ganesh, better known as ‘Comedy Time’ Ganesh because of his extremely popular TV show has grown from a two-scene comedian to a full-fledged hero. However I still feel he could have done a lot better in terms of acting. But going by the fact that this is his first movie, I would say, he has done a pretty good job. He is the protagonist of the movie.

Sanjana Gandhi, the heroine of the movie is however in my view the week link in the movie. Her acting is far below par. There are lot many other better heroines the movie could have taken in.

Mano Murthy has done a pretty decent job with the songs. Popular songs are ‘Anisuthidhe’, ‘Onde ondu saari’ and ‘Araluthiru’. They are all pretty good to take a place in all our music players for a while.

Things to look out for in the movie:

  • Most of the movie is shot at amazing locations. Breath-taking views of Malnad region that too in the rainy season is the biggest plus in the movie. Making it to Malnad in the rainy season has been added to my To-Do list now
  • A very small part of the movie is shot at an edge of a very beautiful waterfall. There are some great shots of this waterfall – Amazing photography
  • Light comedy that keeps you going all through the movie
  • Anant Nag – His expressions, when he is not using the hearing aid, are really hilarious!

All in all, its quite an interesting movie to watch and I felt it was worth the money and time I spent on it.

My rating: 3.5 / 5