Sunday, September 20, 2009

UP, UP and Above!

The Sis is a die-hard fan of cartoon movies. If you ask me, she's a walking, talking cartoon. If you ask her, she'd blame it on my imagination which has grown up on an wholesome diet of cartoon movie watching.

When it comes to movies, we've both taken after Pops whose idea of TV watching is to toggle between the cartoon channels and news. The only things worth watching on TV, according to him. (The only other kind of movie which deserved his appreciation was that of Kamalhassan's, if we go back 15 years in history. He thinks the man was a genius.) When we were small, during summer vacations, he'd take us to the Children's Film Festival which used to be hosted every year at the Kalabhavan Theatre. A week full of movie watching, some days even a couple of them, back to back. (I still remember a few of the Russian movies they used to play then.) That's where we started developing a (li'l more than)healthy appetite for cartoon movies. People told me they can certify that I'm crazy, when I decided to give my all and spend an year trying to pursue a career in it after getting myself a certificate in Electronics Engineering. A year later, like one of those sad movies, my ambition nose dived calmly, noiselessly, like a kati patang . No, I wasn't much heartbroken (Ah! c'mon girl, be honest! whom are you kidding!). The lost ambition found itself some happy company among my long list of unfulfilled ones like 'Librarian','Journalist','Globe trotter' and co., while I continued my career-building for bread n butter's sake (and designer clothes too.. but let's not talk about vanity here, n stick to the basics, don't we? ;) ).

Alright, I'm feeling too nostalgic right now.. and I go on the same flashback trip every time I watch a cartoon movie which moves my heart. This time, it's Disney-Pixar's 'UP'. The Sis calls me up from work and updates me about it's India release and off we go today to catch the action. The best part about watching cartoon movies is that you don't even have to worry about booking your tickets in advance (which is good and sad at the same time). Just grab a bucket of caramel pop-corn and you're ready to go.

The movie's about a fine old balloon salesman who ties a beeeg bunch of balloons to his chimney and gets the whole thing (yeah right, the whole house) floating all the way to South America, to fulfill his promise to his wife, who died before she could realise her childhood dream, which she nurtured all through her life. And he does it. Though his new adventure begins from there.

Lovely story, told in such a tender way, despite all the fun and adventure. In fact, the li'l love story told in 5 minutess had me in tears. The cutest I have watched in a real long time. And this, after watching spoilers like 'The Proposal' and 'The Ugly Truth' -which I saw a few days back, n had me grumbling that they only seem to make love stories for 13 year old girls now.

This one's a heartfelt story of Dreams, Adventure, Love, Loss and Letting Go.
And while I get busy with my senti melodrama again, you GOOO watch it soon!!! 'coz such movies don't run for long in our multiplexes anymore. Sigh.

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In other news:

I've been reading. like a maniac.
The past few weeks saw me get brave enough to approach some of them I've been running away from all the while. like 'The Godfather'. Whattay story. I was cheated of this awesomeness all this time by people who told me that it's only a Mafia story (which I find repulsive, thanks to RGV overdose), and others who told me that it's a typical Guys' story. Aaagh!! why did I listen to people??? Why??!!!

The other one was 'The God of small things'. I almost got my hands on this book a decade back, but was talked out of it by some of my Satyachristiani friends from Kottayam. 'Utter Nonsense only!', they said. and I believed. Why??!!
I liked it more for the fresh and interesting style of writing. "Chacko didn’t slap her. So she didn’t slap him back."

And then, 'The Fountainhead'. Someone said it's too deep and dark. And I thought the book was a li'l too much on the heavier side for bedtime reading. But now I discovered it! Tadaa!! They say that sometimes, the book finds its way to you when you need it, when you are prepared for it. Guess that's what happened. So much for good timing. One of the books which had a profound influence on my idea of Selfishness and Ego. It somehow made me feel better. like a warm cup of hot chocolate.

The one I've been reading yesterday: 'To kill a mocking bird'. Beats me that I've missed experiencing such wonderful books. There's something about stories in children's perspective/narration. Something about not subscribing to the regular way of seeing/telling things. The way they try to understand things, and grope through ideas, trying to get a grasp of things. It's something we all can relate to. albeit through Google and co. The narration was so good, I read the whole book in one day, flat.

And there's 'The Catcher in the Rye' waiting to be read.
Yeah, go sue me for missing out on all these gems!

Till I comeback with my bagful of random bakbaks, Take care peoples! and go watch 'UP', and go read books.. Buhbyess!!!

14 comments:

  1. I SHOULD sue you! :P

    No, seriously, enjoy them all and then read them again starting from the first one. These books are the 'forever' kind. :D

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  2. Many friends suggested me to read 'Kite runner'....I'm yet to...you can try this one

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  3. Came tripping here thru agelessbonding... :) Love this entry.. especially coz ive been wondering if i should go to watch 'up' (which i now of course will!) and secondly for seeing familiar books being read...

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  4. @ki: I plead guilty :)
    In my defense, I'd like to say that I've been re-reading one of them at least. sigh.

    @sundar: sad, I watched the movie already. :/

    @arpita: Thanks for stopping by, Arpita! :) Happy Navratri!

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  5. am not a prolific reader...and something like fountainhead is too deep for me!! but i must say i loved to kill a mocking bird...i mean the book!!:-P

    And ofcoz catcher in rye...easily one of my alltime favourite...:)

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  6. A nice reading list there... Fountainhead has been one of my all time favorites, Read it about 8 years ago i guess.

    Have been wanting to read.. Mocking bird.. and catcher in the Rye for soooo long now !!!

    Keep up with the reading and updating :o)

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  7. i loved the movie Up too. I teared up when the wife died.
    To Kill A Mocking Bird is one of my favourite books.
    And even I'm reading Catcher In The Rye :)

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  8. @mathew: hey, i loved 'the catcher in the rye too' . its too straight from heart and honest writing. i read the whole book at one go. loved it.

    @santosh: hey yeah, even i used to tag along a huge -ish list of books to be read. now i dunno, im reading away lik crazy.. some kind of escapism from reality, i guess. whatever the reason, im glad im doing it! :) ps: your BBC list was an inspiration!

    @chikki: welcome!! n that's a lovely name! :) thanks for stopping by!
    abt UP, yeah, they were undoubtedly the cutest cartoon couple we've seen in a while.
    and same pinch for 'the catcher in the rye'! :) how're you liking it?

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  9. I so wanna see UP...I've been planning to go see it but hvnt done it yet :)

    Im a huge fan of Fairytales and movies that make me drift into another world, away from the madding crowd. And UP sounds magical!

    Keshi.

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  10. If you can get hold of a play by Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, and Cry, Beloved Country by Alan Paton, do read them.

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  12. God of small things is a book every Indian woman must read. I was amazed at the anger I sensed in against gender injustice we face in our day to day lives... and I loved how she treats the twins so tenderly.., and then our racialism!!!

    To kill a mockingbird has my favorite character in all fiction - Atticus - I loved him as a father and as a person.

    I need to re-read Foutainhead once...

    Since you are on a reading spree also consider A Thousand Splendid Suns - another book every India woman should read... it's a gripping story of changing lives of women in Afghanistan. When we have our politicians talking about banning jeans or western music, I am reminded never to take it lightly. The incidence in Mangalore where women were molested and the men are still not punished... I feel this book is (also) about how fast extreme right wing parties can take India towards a Taliban like society. id you haven't read it, please do consider it!

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  13. IMHO, other people's opinion is exactly what it is - their opinion. Our own opinion need not match :-)

    Have loved almost all Pixar films to this point, a few more than others ("Cars" which had great animation, but a cliche' story was an exception). "Up" is high on my list of To See.

    I recently (4-5 months ago) watched lot of Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli films. Do not know if you know/heard/watched them.

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  14. Share the same feeling for all three books, except 'The God of small things'. When I read it, I had to keep a dictionary next to me. Maybe that's why I didn't like it much. :)
    And, 'The Catcher in the Rye' is my to-be read list too.
    Guess you are still devouring books, as there are no new posts. :)

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