Quotes about writing.. interesting…

Some cool quotes on writing that i came across..

The reason one writes isn’t the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing. Melinda Haynes

My purpose is to entertain myself first and other people secondly. John D. MacDonald

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else. Gloria Steinem

If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster. Isaac Asimov

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. E. L. Doctorow

A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing. Eugene Ionesco

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences. Somerset Maugham

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. Jane Yolen

If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you. Natalie Goldberg

Moving around is good for creativity: the next line of dialogue that you desperately need may well be waiting in the back of the refrigerator or half a mile along your favorite walk. Will Shetterly

If you think that something small cannot make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room. Anonymous

Every bush can burn if you fire it with your imagination.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor. Ring Lardner

Shootout at Lokhandwala.. what a movie it was…

Director : Apoorva Lakhia

Starring : Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Arbaaz Khan, Viveik Oberoi, Tusshar Kapoor, Rohit Roy, Shabbir Aluwalia, Aditya Lakhia, Amrita Singh, Diya Mirza, Neha Dhupia and Abhishek Bachchan (as far as I could remember)

A movie I had been wanting to watch for a really long time, almost 2months finally happened today.. I had picked up the dvd from my library and decided to see it today.. had seen and heard the songs before, love the Ganpat song a lot..

A real life incident made into a movie called ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’ has a huge starcast and is a thriller from the minute it starts to the last scene… Has you totally involved and watching every scene without blinking your eyes.. It’s a re-creation of the Lokhandwala shootout of 1991, in which underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s henchmen were killed by cops.

The first scene is in an old tattered apartment building where we see brooms and buckets of water used in cleaning dried blood and bullets in Lokhandwala . News reporter Meeta (Diya Mirza) reports that some 3000 rounds of ammunition were discharged by a large police squad at a previously peaceful residential locality.

The film then moves to the office of former chief justice turned private prosecutor Dhingra (Amitabh Bachchan) where he interviews the three leading members of the Police ATS, Inspector General Shamsher Khan (Sanjay Dutt), Inspector Kaviraj Patil (Suneil Shetty) and Javed Sheikh (Arbaaz Khan). The entire movie is kinda like a flashback of what really happened being narrated by the Cops part of the ATS team, who were involved in the shootout.Starts with how Inspector Abhishek (played by yours truly Abhishek bachchan) was killed by the underworld and goes on till the chase is complete and Mumbai is rid of the biggest gang ever….

The story is of the seasoned dedicated driven Khan, who with this team of handpicked cops like Inspector Kaviraj and Javed engaged in bringing down the gangsters in a residential locality of Mumbai and says they have made Mumbai a better city to live in. The gangsters being Maya (Absolutely phenomenal performance by Vivek oberoi), and his highly skilled partner, Buva (Tusshar kapoor who’s fitted into this character very well) who are cold-blooded killers, who wouldn’t give up without a fight and the only person they answer to this Bhai who controls their activities from Dubai, who towards the end is the reason for their death.

Thus begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game where neither side shows any overt aggression but tries to disable the adversary by tactical maneuver. Khan launches “visits” to the criminals’ families to try and “persuade” them to counsel the criminals to surrender. In turn, Maya and his men return the “visit” by approaching the cops at social situations. Maya visits Khan at a restaurant where Khan is having a eat out with his family. Maya quietly tells Khan: “This is between your men and mine. Leave the families out of it.”

The constantly-charged adrenaline-driven narrative moves across gullies and roads with a ricocheting effect. The ear-splitting soundtrack reverberates with sounds of guns and ganas. The item songs in the beer bar are a rude reminder of how much the original true-life material needed to be re-worked for it to be audience-friendly.

Interesting aspect of this movie is how much attention has been paid to recreating the city as it was back then, detailing of the period…the phone booths, the crumbling buildings, the smoky skyline …all reminding us that the more things change, the more they are the same.

I could go on and on about each scene, but I would be spoiling it for you if you read this before watching the movie.. so go on, pick up the dvd or vcd , if ur really lucky and its still running in theaters, go run for it.. watch it.. savor every scene… get lost in lokhandwala and come out a changed person.. Mind blowing, I can only imagine what it was like in real..

Lost souls.. in our home..

Bugger, the bat i found at our gate, with a whole army of crows waiting to attack it..wonder what this guy was doing out in daylight.. tried helping him,but he bite me and flew away.. hope he is alright… was so pink and a baby am sure… sharp teeth,must say… Ouch 🙂

My heart just stopped when i saw this little baby birdie in our backyard, he must have fallen off from the nest or when his momma was carrying him somewhere.. dint know what to do, his eyes werent even open yet, and he was pink and so delicate.. tried feeding him milk, and he opens his mouth so wide and took in a few drops, took care of him couple of days and then left him under the care of another birdie who fed him one day and next day, poof, he was gone.. hope he survived and is ok.. have never felt so helpless…

This one was a beauty.. a pretty butterfly ,found him in our car, guess he wanted a ride in ac car as well.. stood still just long enuf for me to click and then started fluttering about.. opened the window a bit and of he went flying away… so colorful, with vibrant hues of red,orange and black.. was afraid to touch him,lest i hurt him.. God creates such wonders, we can only stare in awe…

Thalagam… Aadi dish….

Come aadi and this dish becomes a popular one.. Esp on Aadi chevvai, ie. the tuesdays in the tamil month of Aadi(which is NOW) and so gramma went about getting Thalagam done for lunch…

This is a dish that is a variant of sambar from our homes.. i.e. from Tamil Nadu (esp Tirunelveli side)..
its a speciality dish that is made in the tamil month of Aadi(july 15th to Aug 16th) ,esp on tuesdays.. Here’s how to make it , from what my gramma told me jus now…

Vegetables- like brinjal, white pumpkin,carrots,potato,peas,snake gourd,flat beans, and any other veggie you like -chop them up into big cubes – 3cups (depends on number of people )
Sesame seeds – 1tsp (dry roasted)
Red Chillies – 4 to 5
Coconut – 1/2cup
Broken Urad Dal – 1tbsp
Tamarind water -11/2cup
Salt to taste
Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp
Jaggery a small piece – the size of a lemon

Mustard seeds -1tsp
Oil -1 tbsp
Curry leaves – 4-5

Here’s how you make it…

1. Dry roast the sesame seeds,set aside, add some oil to the pan and roast the red chillies and broken urad dal
Add grated coconut to the roasted ingredients and grind into a smooth paste

2. Boil the vegetables in tamarind water with salt,and a tiny pinch of turmeric powder.
Now add the ground paste to this and let it boil for a couple of mins till the flavor of masalas mixes with the veggies.

3. Add a little jaggery and let it simmer for abt 5mins

4. Season it with mustard seeds, curry leaves and it is ready to be eaten..

Best eaten with Pongal or with another south indian sweet dish(that is made on the day called Thiruvadurai), called Kali.. i dont like it much,so not bothered finding out how its cooked, but shall enquire and post the same once i complete the mission…

Some more CLicks…

Found some more pics in my treasure chest… so decided to put it up here instead of hunt for a site to upload on…

The ceiling in Satyam theater….. clicked this while waiting for Sivaji to start

HI tech or wat….

Monday morn, got this on mail from a friend.. and well,i wonder if its true or not..but anyways, its interesting alright…

Technology on street..
A techie transfers fund for a penalty from his laptop near Trinity Circle in Bangalore on Tuesday ….

[Cooking] Mushroom Stroganoff

Today lunch was fun. No,I dint go out but tried out a new recipe and must say it turned out yummy.. Thanks to my uncle for introducing me to this dish and to my aunt for giving me the recipe.. 2weeks back when my uncle(s) were here, delhi uncle said “if you get me that Maggie masala cubes, I can make Mushroom Stroganoff “,but for whatever reason I wasn’t able to get that and so it was time for them to leave and they went back.. Couple of days back when I had gone shopping, I made it a point to pick up 2packets of mushrooms (we get only Button mushrooms here) and also picked up 2cubes of Maggie veg masala cubes… I kept gramma informed last nite that today I plan on making Mushroom Stroganoff and she should go ahead and plan the rest of the lunch menu acc to their taste… Around 12 noon ,right after my shower , I called my uncle who passed the phone to my aunt thru whom I got the recipe and voila,I did make Mushroom Stroganoff, and must say it tasted absolutely YUMMMMY and is best eaten with steamed rice… Here is the recipe.. from what I remember… Mushroom Stroganoff

Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil or any other oil of your choice(for cooking)
  • 1 packet. mushrooms, wiped and chopped 4
  • 2 large capsicums chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3-5cloves of garlic (optional)
  • 2 tbsp curd
  • 1 tbsp fresh cream
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder( optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp Tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 ½ cup warm water
  • 1 cube Maggie veggie Masala
  • 1 tbsp Maida or Cornflour

Method Take a pan, add some oil and sauté the garlic and onion till onion turns golden brown, then add in the chopped mushrooms and capsicum . Cook until mushrooms turn glossy and capsicum is ¾ done. Once done, set aside Take a bowl, pour the 1 ½ cup warm water, and dissolve the Masala cube in it. Now to this add the tomato puree, ketchup, W sauce, salt, pepper, chilli powder and finally the flour. Put this on the stove and cook till the sauce reaches a shiny texture and looks nice and light when you pour from the spoon.. Turn off stove and set this aside as well. In a bowl whip the curd and cream well and add this to the sauce mixture.
Now add the sautéed veggies to this and mix well. You can serve it as it is with Hot Steamed rice or you can blend the whole thing and let boil for a min and serve with the rice…Enjoy.. Bon Apettite..

More CLicks………

Waiting at the traffic signal, with nothing to do as my sis and her best budd were busy talking to each other..totally ignoring me… duh… i pulled out my weapon,armed myself and began to search for something fun to click.. yea,i know,u guessed it.. my weapon is none other than my sweet smart phone… 🙂

The Sun i bet is hiding behind the clouds looking down at me smiling and thinking “poor poor girl..well lets atleast give her something to time pass on… “

Isnt this pic cool.. this is what you get when u focus on the traffic and street lights, swish swish your camera about, letting it fly in air,jus make sure to have good hold or else your phone’s gone … and u dont know where…. 🙂 ,anyways, jus let it flutter about and click,dont stop,and this is what you end up with.. you could also try this in a fast moving vehicle, same effect…. 🙂

CLick… CLick….

A collection of pics i clicked on my phone past couple of days…. no reason,no theme..jus liked em and so captured the moment…. 🙂

My cousin at Satyam theater cafe.. around 1am… 🙂

Whoa..chk out em wires.. wonder if the city is having a conversation thru these wires.. they are jus crawling everywhere… this was taken at a traffic signal..

yet,another pic of how wired the city is.. this pole is supp to shed just light for the traffic but it seems to be doing more.. maybe giving cable connection or maybe sending out some wierd signals to all mobiles.. wonder what more they can do….

Lip smacking pastries.. they looked like they would melt even before one took a bite.. darn it, i so wish i had bot some n dug into it.. but good me kept the evil me away… and voila,all those cals, who wants em right….. phew… 🙂

Wonder what this is.. wonder no more.. its a shoot from our wacko Bamboo tree reaching for the sky praying to God to spare it from getting chopped off.. yea,right.. Everytime someone walks by,scratch scratch,poke poke it jus swishes its branches like a wand….

Poor guy, sitting all alone on our gate waiting for someone interesting to come into his life or for his buddy to return home??? but he dint wait too long, saw another birdie and flew away…traitor… lol….

Is this his friend???? was he spying on the guy on the gate or at me taking a pic?? hmmmm, food for thought right… he must have lost interest,for no sooner did i click him,he flew away,high up into another tree and sat where i couldn see him anymore.. smart cheeky bugger….

Sivaji- The Boss .. is finally here…

Director Shankar, who has made it a point to highlight social issues in his films like Gentleman, Mudhalvan, and Anniyan, has done it yet again with Sivaji, except that I think he has taken it a bit far in this venture.. watch it and you will know what I am talking about… here is a little bit from my experience… 🙂

We had been wanting to see the movie but were waiting for my uncle’s to land from various parts of the world and then well, we couldn’t get tickets.. wedding happened and then yippee, we got tickets.. booked em online @ Satyam and made our way to the theater that rainy evening.. it was a night show, so not much of traffic and luckily we got to park right in front of the theater.. Crawled inside and got into the theater to discover our seats were abt 5rows from the screen, Oh,well, cant complain.. we atleast had loads of leg space… lol..

Because of rains and some last min hitches, movie started only around 10.45 as against the scheduled time of 10.15.. And from then on till the final titles it was fun, some scenes were really cool(oh,that’s THE WORD in the movie btw) and some were like “Oh,Gosh,why oh why do Indian movie makers do this copy paste”…. But the sets, costumes, special effects had us all in awe, gaping at the screen… Looks like 85cr really did go into making the movie…

In this movie, Sankar, he highlights the perils of black money and corruption.Rajni on his part has done a good job and no matter what, you will be awestruck by the sheer lavishness in the movie…

A rich NRI from America, Sivaji(Rajnikant) lands in India with a mission to accomplish. He wants to do something good for the downtrodden and the poor. His dream projects: a university and a hospital to benefit the poor, free service for all . Principle partner in the venture is his own uncle (Vivek at his all time best, his role is almost on par with Rajni). Of course, the project has the blessings of Sivaji’s parents, played by Manivannan and Vadivukkarasi.

In comes the villain, Adiseshan (Suman),who pulls out all the stops to ruin Sivaji’s plans. In desperation, Sivaji goes to the extent of selling his property so he can pay the bribes demanded by all just to realise his projects. But Adiseshan succeeds in making Sivaji a pauper. So powerful is he that he even changes the Government to stop Sivaji(unbelievable scenes). The defining moment of the film is the scene where Adi tosses a one-rupee coin to Sivaji and asks him to beg on the streets and how Rajni uses that coin to turn the table about.(This scene is not to be missed )

In between all this,Sivaji falls in love with Tamilselvi( demure Shriya) They get married ignoring the prediction by the astrologer than harm would come to Sivaji if Selvi marries him. The way Sivaji goes abt to get the consent of Tamilselvi’s parents is filled with humour and imagination. And their neighbour who keeps coming forth saying “if not here,then come to my house, I have 2daughters, mingle with them, if you don’t like them,we can remain friends”.. hilarious… J

First half of the movie Adi manages to keep pace with the larger-than-life screen persona of Rajni but in the second half, Rajni dominates. Then, it is Rajnikant all the way, right down to plotting his own death to being reborn…

Music by A R Rahman, as always grows on you… The introductory song in Rajni movie always is the most peppy and lively number, here too the song “Ballelakka”, sung by SP Balasubramaniam and Rahman’s sister Raihana has us tapping our feet and enjoying the beats…The other numbers are not so bad, keep listening to em and you’ll enjoy em eventually…

The movie finally ended around 1.30, we got back home, did a bit of hashing of the movie and then called it a night..

A movie so grand and flamboyant that it gets us thinking “is this a tamil movie”… Watch it and freak out…