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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Movie goers ..

Do you love movies? Watching them in the cinema hall, on the big screen or would you rather watch it at home on your TV/ laptop [streaming it online] ?

Well, am one of those who loves to watch them on the big screen and people who know me, know that 99.99999% of the time, I go for movies alone.. Not because I hate going with people or dont have people to go with, just that most times I finish work, up & go for a movie. I cant expect friends to be available at the drop of a hat.. There are times when we plan and go for one as well, but those are far & few between. 




Over the years, have noticed there are different kinds of movie goers around.. And for someone like me who loves watching/observing people, it is sheer delight and agony... 

Serious kind
These are the lot who are in their seats ahead of time and hooked on the movie.. They don't pick up snacks, no pop corn, no coke or water and all they do is sit still in their seats watching the movie. They sit from the starting through the ads and all the way to the final credits... 

I am normally glued to the scene, but do look around every once in a while... I grab a tub of popcorn, a bottle of water and thats all I need, am happy camper..

I love these folks, but wonder how they are so glued in? some don't blink, trust me i have stared few seconds ...hehe..

Chitty Chatty type
The groups [of more than 3 people] who come and chat through the movie. It is like they are catching up during the few hours at the theater. Sometimes in the group, one person might seem interested in the movie, while other two are just talking away.... 

Recently at Hichki, I had the honor of sitting next to two women[50s], who did nothing but mock Rani Mukherjee everytime she had a tic, poke at her, make lewd comments and when they werent doing this, they were on the phone giggling away..  I told em to be quiet, then later to zip it, and relief happened when they walked out saying what a boring movie just before interval... *throws hands in the air*

I don't mind the occasional chit chat, but for people to talk through the movie, dude, go sit at a coffee shop I say!

React non stop... 
"Oh no, what are they doing?"  "Aiyo pavam..." "Sheesh, she shouldnt have said that"... Some of the statements people make during the movie.. They react, they react to every damn dialogue and scene... They are either saying things, or gasping at the scene... And then there are those who will close their eyes, shut their mouths at times accompanied by a sound.... sigh! Never ending.. 

I get that you are expressive, but can you not be so jumpy and vocal about it?!!

The confused one

These lot are the most irritating.. I mean initially I don't mind indulging them and explaining the plot or dialogues but after a point am like " you stay home, I will watch the movie, and come back narrate the whole thing to you"..  They are confused, don't follow the story, and keep asking questions... 

Let me watch in peace I say!! [There have been times when I have asked a friend for an explanation, but that has happened when I watching a Malayalam movie and don't understand certain words.. But I make sure to wait for a song, or break before asking]

Glued to the Phone 
There are some who look completely out of place [you know they are not into movies or that particular language/genre] and yet they will sit smug with their phones in their hands... What do they do? Talk.. talk aloud.. talk nonstop...  talk about their home, their lunch, their mommy daddy granddaddy pakkathu veettu daddy and what not... They do business transactions and talk about visiting people... 

I find them the most annoying kind!! If you are at a theater, respect the space and shut it or go out side sit in the open atrium in the mall and chat away, I say! 

Baby folks
Couples and families who walk in with a tiny bundle or one that is tiny enough to run between your legs.. While I love that families go out together to catch a movie, I dont understand why they would bring the little bundle along... I mean, I feel bad for the baby, the sound in the theater must be too loud, not to forget the fight scenes and song dance routine which is jarring... And then comes the moments when the baby decides he/she has had enough of this nonsense and wants to escape.. They cry till one of the family member hushes them and takes them out of the hall. I wish they find someone who can take care of the baby, or atleast be with them outside the theater for the movie duration... 

Worst are the families who dont take the baby/kid out of the theater, but let them scream and howl away... Why Why why.. Is it just the  "I want the entire theater to experience what we are going through at home" 

Couples 
Uff, what do I say? For long I had only seen and heard about couples making out in the theater but off late I have seen it in our very own... While am fine with them doing whatever they wanna do, maybe they need a dark air conditioned space to get them going, why do it in a theater? Just cos it is cheaper than a hotel room and there is no moral policing here? I have had the privilege of sitting in the row ahead of a couple who chatted through the movie.. 

At the end I turned and told em "Thanks for ruining my experience".. The guy actually apologised while the girl got cocky and said why should we apologise, we dint do anything wrong.. The guy stopped her and apologised some more... 

I guess am one of those who has such sharp hearing that people talking few rows behind can be heard and I find it very irritating... If it was someone in my row, I would tell them to step outside and talk, but there are few who dont care and go on... 

Have you come across any other kind of folks? Do share... 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Battle with the body - XIII

So, couple of days back while sitting at a coffee shop, I observed two people talking in the table nearby. There was quite a bit of animated head nodding and arms flailing. And then there was the gestures.. I was also able to hear the conversation [no i was not eves dropping, they were loud]. The guy had his arms spread out on either side and was referring to a person with "big" as a prefix.  The girl then smiled and replied "Ah, yes, I know him.. have met him at xyz event... la la la"...  This got me thinking.... 

Why is it that when you are referring to someone and need the other person to understand- you use hand signs and gestures? It is so they will identify the shape or figure right? While am fine with using these for things and places, it irks me to no end when people use them for other people. Spreading hands wide on either side to show a “big” person, or one hand above the head to show “tall” and showing the pinky finger when we are talking about someone lean/skinny and so on… I find it offensive and  it is also according to me body shaming… 

I get that it is the easiest way to get someone to identify the person one is talking about, but heck it is not right...  Imagine if you were referring to someone's size and that person happens to walk by , they would definitely be shocked and hurt... 

You might not mean to insult or hurt the person, but you are… Infact there is a family our families have known forever and the man’s name has a prefix “gundu” [fat]…  It all began eons ago, mainly cos this man and another uncle share the same name. So in order to differentiate or specify who you are talking about, you need a distinct word or nickname… since this man was big built, conveniently people added the prefix “gundu” to his name… now even though he is no longer big, and the other uncle has passed away, the tag has stuck on… 
















                                                 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Battle with the body - XII getting published!

If you have been following my posts on "Body Shaming", you will know that I have grown up facing the wrath of many, smirks of too many to remember and of course the kind words of a few... And well, over the years have grown to love myself, love my body the way it is, and enjoy life for what its worth... 

I was on a recent holiday to USA, yes the infamous America and it was my 1st time there. I packed my bags, not a single salwar, indian outfit in it and was all set to have a blast. Did I?You betcha...   I wrote about the experience for an online magazine and here is a screenshot of the same below... :-)