Mayanadhi


I don’t know what is up with 2018 but it convinced me to watch a movie in a theatre..one that I already watched in 2017. There was just too many things going right in this movie for me to watch it again. Couple of things against it as well..the couple being the two toddlers, one sitting in the row in front of me and the other behind, crying during the first visit to the theatre.. Lol.

I went to watch it without seeing the trailer, but knowing it’s an AA (Aashiq Abu) flick. Being just into my early thirties, this is the sort of film that resonates with me and am sure a lot of people in my age group. It deals with so many facets of relations that we have without creating any form of cinematic melodrama. Every scene seems to pinch some form of resemblance to our day to day lives, especially us who live in the heart of Kochi.

The background music and cinematography takes the movie to a complete different level as AA weaves his magic. A movie that brings the audience so close to the two prime characters of the movie. AA shows how an entire movie can be made with essentially only two real characters filling it up to the brim. There are moments of inspiration, even in this day and age when our lives are so fast paced.

When I walk out of the theatre, watching this movie, my faith in love is reinforced. Add your two teaspoons of love to everything you do, life just gets beautiful.

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Manchester United 2 – 2 Burnley


I had just begun my dinner when kick off started. And before you know, they scored off a set play. Our response was so tepid and sluggish, with Zlatan at 10, there was nothing happening in the middle of the park as far as pace or creativity was concerned. Yet another set play, a gorgeous free kick. This kind of woke up the team from it’s slumber with some good last ditch defending saving them, but nevertheless Pope was never tested sufficiently.

 

Whilst the opportunities did arrive, we weren’t clinical enough. Double substitution Mkhi and Lingard, injected desire and pace into the team. Lingard is in good form and was a surprise to not start. Mkhi was in the mood and aggressive. His quality on the ball is miles ahead than so many, that it’s amazing how Jose could keep him out of the playing 11. Given, he wasn’t top notch today either, but he depicted the desire and passion that the team lacked in the first half.

 

This doesn’t bode well for the team or the team spirit. Mourinho appeared defeated on the sidelines. I am not really sure these two hours were worth it.

A weekend of Fidaaa


It’s big-time study mode in this part of the household nowadays. To break the monotony we opted to head out for a random movie on a Sunday noon. I just opened up Bookmyshow and saw this 1 pm show of Sai Pallavi. A dubbed Telugu film, looked like a couple of movie and off we went. The theatre was more than half empty.

The movie was all about Sai though. Her energy, effervescence and enthusiasm are so infectious all throughout as she bubbles in and out of scenes, making us laugh, admire her dancing skills, and also bring tears. Some of the most touching moments in the movie are the questioning of the patriarchal system of women having to leave their homes in marriage. Just like a mother-son relation, the sanctity of the father-daughter relation is well depicted here. Every daughter who believes their dad is their first and only hero, would love this.

It has enough family and couple moments to cherish with good music and beauty of India to go with. My wife says it’s been a while since we saw a cheesy movie, but hey, I loved going back to the cheesy old movie days!!

Nikon PhotoWalk Thrissur


Today has been a special day. Been lugging around a DSLR for little over 3 years now. And it has made me change my perspective of the beauty of nature. At the same time, it opened a completely new avenue of learning, with the vast amount of technology that is within our two hands that helps us compose the best possible picture.

Today was the first of I am sure many to come. Having been a Nikon user all throughout, I recently upgraded from my handy D3200 to D7200 and had the opportunity to make it to the Photo Walk organized by Nikon School India at Thrissur zoo.

Apart from making new friends, it opened up an avenue for learning for a hobby am thoroughly relishing. Being a doctor whose observational and detection skills determine the work efficacy, photography blends with what I do. And I am sure this is just the beginning of a very good journey of coming close to mother nature. The weather was simply sumptuous with rains all throughout on and off, making the Kochi – Thrissur drive thrilling. Of course thrills do kill as well as I spotted this midway through my trip. Be careful when driving on rainy days as the roads are so slippery and split decisions no longer are under our control.  

Enclosing shots of varying moments spent today there in the rains.

Nikon School South Photo Walk

Clint – Malayalam Movie Review


It’s been a long week. A pretty hectic one to be precise. And the Saturday just didn’t seem to end for either of us…stuck at work. So we needed to detox. I had seen a trailer of Clint online couple of days ago. (Just for information, I had no clue or knowledge about Clint). Looked up for seats and PVR had it. Booked online and resumed work. After managing to find a park space in the ever crowded Lulu, I waded in through the human traffic that defines the mall on weekends. Having got to the theatre and bought my customary popcorn, I waited. The screen did not open until ten minutes after the scheduled time. Following trailers, ads and of course the customary (I am proud to be an Indian) anthem, the movie began.

 

A biopic – with a real life start and end to it. Having had no knowledge at all of Clint, it was an experience to cherish. There were just 5 of us in the entire screening to watch it. The present generation clammered into the entertainers in the other screens. Just goes to speak of how the times have changed. Story of a prodigy who with the limited amount of years of life envisaged life way more than humans do in the first 4 decades of their life. A journey of peace, driving forces of imagination, understanding mother nature more than many other human beings.

 

If you are a lady who breaks when the happiness meter runs out, then be prepared for the second half. It breaks you for the good. It is good to shed a tear or a bucket full at the end of this movie. There are multiple facets envisaged in this journey. A father – son relation. A mother – son relation. A boy – girl relation.

The caliber of the actors in the movie is outstanding. The team delivers very strongly the message. Unni does a fantastic role as the dad as he goes through an avalanche of emotions. Rima ‘s voice is still ringing in my ears – nothing beats a mothers love. And no matter what,  every child cherishes to lie in the arms of their mother knowing that the father is there beside protecting them both. This is a must watch for all the present generation youth – there is much to learn, much to do. I look forward to reading more about Clint. Always had a weakness for people who live through the eyes of nature.

I felt sad yet at the same time very enriched after walking away from the theater. Movies like this realign the real purpose of life.

My rating: 4.5 / 5.

Football 2017-18


Felt so good to be back in front of the tv past midnight watching the game I love so much. And what added to the thrill was that it was an absolute entertainer with 7 goals. A good mix of awful defending, classy finishes and set plays.

Looking forward to grind out the first premier league weekend on the couch. Lacazette was fantastic to watch in the first game. He is a class apart with clarity and purpose in distribution, defensive work apart from being deadly in the box. It’s only a matter of time should the Arsenal team grow up to his quality, then they are an unstoppable force going forward. Of course the backline was in absolute tatters. Xhaka was a total disappointment last night. He was personally responsible for atleast two goals – one for each team. But Leicester played with the freedom we saw from them in the title winning run. Vardy is bang on the money. Gray and ‘nacho on the bench is very formidable to come on. Cech had a howler of a game. He was very fortunate to survive the scares last night.

Overall this builds up to a fantastic footballing atmosphere. Arsenal fans riding through all the emotions that they go through in a season in a miniscule 97 minutes last night! Football – c’est la vie!

The East Asian Reprieve


Nearly 6 months since my return to India following a ‘different’ stint in the State of Kuwait (let’s put it that way… it’s complicated) and finally I get to dust off my passport and travel again. Of course yet again academic reasons the priority for travel leaving my wife behind, but returning to Singapura makes me happy. What makes a place special is the people inhabiting that place. Always had a very cordial and soothing experience with all the people here and it was no different this time around. Even though I was stuck up for half of the trip in the midst of my books, I tried to make the best of the rest of the time here. Quick disappearane in the Gardens by the Bay with my DSLR and Pixel made the photographic heart happy.

 

Following morning ran into the Botanical Gardens to spend time again in a lot of greenery and the serenity. Visiting here always reminds me of what a denigrating health style we lead in India. At 6 am in the morning the number of people out jogging and in other forms of fitness are numerous.  I look to inspire and enforce my form of exercise routine as soon as I return to India. Diet as well had gone into a six as the last couple of weeks got burnt down in plenty of caffeine and lots of stress.

 

Off to newer tides. Pics coming soon, both from my phone and DSLR. In the meantime you can enjoy some from my instagram account.