Since the shutdown due to the current Corona pandemic, traffic in my WhatsApp has increased so much that I have to recharge my cellphone twice a day. Most of the content is not worth writing about but two clips today made things very interesting indeed.
The first one that I received in the morning from my friend Anil, was this one of a deer having fun on a beach in Goa. The deer has obviously come down from the woods adjoining the beach in some part of Goa.
Here is another forward received from another friend from Mumbai of Peacocks and peahens appearing suddenly in out most crowded city, Mumbai.
What an impact the shutdown has had in our wildlife!
The next one came from another friend in Mumbai that is very interesting indeed. Some remarkable skullduggery in the form of optical illusion helping our friends from the Marketing field.
You must have heard the term, Holy Cow used often and sometimes derogatorily as well. In India, the cow is even sacred and there is a legal ban on slaughter of cows. You can see them wandering all over Indian roads after having been abandoned when they stop being productive.
They are great survivors and some of them can be quite comic providing unexpected treats now and then. Here is a scene from our famous state of Goa which is home to some fiercely competitive football teams.
Chef is a Hindi movie that I saw yesterday. It is an official Hindi version of the American movie of the same name. I have not seen the American version of the film and therefore am unable to compare the two.
I went to see it yesterday because I like to see Saif Ali Khan. I was not disappointed.
He does his best, as does the child actor who plays his son.
The film however flops because the story line is unrealistic in the Indian context and is very weak. Despite the very effective photography of scenic locations in Kerala and Goa, the film suffers because it is totally impossible. Delhi and Amritsar filming is overdone and does not reflect the two cities of today.
We were altogether five viewers in the hall yesterday and the box office staff tell me that the film is a flop. I am not surprised.
Another unusual topic from Lin for the weekly LBC posts.
This time, let me confess that I have heard the song by the Blues Brothers and so that choice of the title does not come as a surprise to me unlike the earlier one on Sunday In The Park With George.
Here however, is a true story which has come just as a Godsend for this exercise. I wonder if Lin is psychic! Another case for synchronicity?
My friends A and N sold of their residence and other interests in the North of India and migrated to Pune. They discarded most of the stuff that they had accumulated over a quarter of a century and what bare minimum that they needed to set up their new home in Pune was all packed and transported by truck to Pune. They had one simple problem which defied solution. Their lives for the past few years have revolved around one Boxer and one Labrador Retriever. Both massive specimens who look fierce but are in reality gentle and amiable fellows.
After much toing and froing and considering various alternatives, it was decided that the best way to transport the two dogs was by road. That would have meant three days of driving with two night halts on the way. Attempts to hire a mobile home failed and so it was decided that two cars will be used. Since one car had to be brought any way, another was hired with a driver and a temporary driver was also hired to drive their own car.
A’s daughter Nisha forbid the senior citizens from driving down and so it was decided that she would escort one dog in one car and my son Ranjan would escort the other in the other. Ranjan therefore flew up and after spending a night getting everything ready left as planned in the caravan of two cars.
The two doggies were kept movin’ for three days and were put up in pet friendly hotels for two nights in 5 star comfort. Nisha and Ranjan landed up without much ado with the dogs somewhat cranky after the long journey. Nisha and Ranjhan were thoroughly exhausted and would not like to repeat the exercise ever again.
A and N had flown down in the meanwhile and there was a grand reunion of the dogs, the daughter and the parents along with a bemused Ranjan benignly looking on after three days.
The story however does not end there. The family decided that they will move on to their home in Goa which has a large compound where the dogs can play to their heart’s content just as they did in Delhi. So, the entire family in two vehicles moved down to Goa with the dogs and they were escorted by Ranjan in one vehicle. After seeing that they were settled comfortably Ranjan flew back to Pune the next day.
I hope that at least for some time more, these dogs will not be movin’ anywhere else.
As I had indicated in my post on A Walk Among The Tombstones, Ramesh and I went to see another film earlier this evening. A joint Hollywood and Bollywood production with an all Indian cast directed by a very young and promising Indian, the film has received rave reviews and I was pleased to find that all the raving is justified.
The cast, a blend of the old and new, the locale – the very picturesque Goa, a good story line, superb direction and editing made for a heady combination. The surprise package was Dimple Kapadia on who I had a crush some decades ago, in a remarkable role as a matronly busybody. The very young a bubbly pair of Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor give excellent counterpoint to the seasoned Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapoor. Anjali Patil in almost a cameo appearance does credit and offers promise for the future.
The movie has been shot in Hindi as well as English and if you are interested to see some scenes from Goa, a slightly wacky but still serious romantic film, I strongly recommend this picture for which I have no hesitation in giving a full [rating=6].