Juice Wala

The first weekend in Bangalore was a nightmare. For one thing, I woke up at 2pm on Saturday and for second the next day turned out to be even more boring. After a late lunch I wanted to drink some juice – just for the horror of it. I got into the first shop I saw. A small kid was the … well, um … the shop keeper.

I asked him. “konsa juice hein?”

The boy replied, “Sab kuch hein saab. Aapko kya chahiye?”

Oh boy! He got me there. I am highly uncomfortable when presented with more options than I can handle. I looked helpless around the neatly arranged pile of fruits. I picked the one that was kept close to me. “Thik hein. Pine apple de dena.”

“Ok Saab”.

I watched him slowly calculating everything in his mind and executing them in a slow decided manner. But when I saw the jar full of stuff I wondered whether he also wanted a glass.
And I was right. There was almost a glass and a half. And he made me drink all of it.

While I was sipping down the thick juice, I asked him, “Kal ka IPL match dekha? Kon jeeta?”

“Wo nayi team hei na … kya he … hain! Kerala, woh jeetey. Tendulkar ka century gatar mein!”

“Really? Mein kerala se hoon”

“Aap kerala se ho? Aap bahut gore ho!”

“Kyun? Kerala ka log gore nahi ho sakte kya?,” I asked him.

“Eisa nahi hein. Mere uncle ka wife hei na, wo kerala se hein. Bahut kaali hein. Uncle hamesha uski mazaak udatha hein. Boltha hein agar bijali chali gayi toh uski khali daanth aur ankh dikhthi hein!”

I smiled and left paying the money thinking about the poor woman who made all the Keralites blacks!

Sighting a hooker

This post is not about how to sight a hooker but rather about what the sight of a hooker really is.

Last day while I was coming home after work, the bus stopped at the signal. It was a gloomy night and the mood inside the bus was light. Suddenly the men became excited. Their eyes flashed in the reflection of the street light.

Till that day I had never a seen a real-life hooker. The only experience I had was watching them in Hollywood films.

I followed the eyes of the men to find a tall fair curvy woman standing near the signal wearing a long blue gown which sparkled in the night light. A long slit extended from her toe up to waist revealing fair strong long legs. Her hair was tied up in a nice knot and was swaying from side to side like the tail of an elephant. (I am not sure if you can imagine her. You try seeing some Hollywood films.)

Suddenly she turned around to face the wall behind her and coolly removed the two strips of clothes supporting her chest to calmly rearrange them to a more provocative look. More than the sexual appeal, what attracted me was the sheer guts of that woman. I have never seen any woman so brave even to imagine such a thing. And there she was, standing uptight in the middle of the road, wearing no underwear.

Happy with herself, she turned towards the road expecting … someone for the night, I guess. The bus took the next curve taking the dejected men back to the sweet remains of a dreamy night.

I wished her a happy night.

Trek to Meenuliyanpara

Meenuliyanpara is mountain peak from where we can see Cochin Port and parts of Trichur district.An enchanting atmosphere and natural beauty, this mountain offers a short trek that is enjoyable in any weather.

Route to Meenuliyanpara

Kerala -> Idukki -> Thodupuzha -> Vannappuram -> Pattayakkudi

Note: From Vannappuram, KSRTC bus is available. First service is at 08:15AM from Vannappuram. Be sure to get the first bus itself because there are only 4 services a day and one bus for all those services. Plus there are no replacement bus in case it breaks down. :-)

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Trek to Keezharkuthu

It happened! All my fears were misplaced.

Route

Udumbannoor – Pariyaram – Kaithapara

keezharkuthu - start of the trek

We started from Udumbannoor at 7AM towards Pariyaram. The trek to Keezharkuthu starts from Pariyaram. And Pariyaram will be the last place to stock up your supplies before you start the trek.

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Urumi – My review

I was earlier skeptical about Santhosh Sivan’s Urumi. And for good reason. (Specifics of which will be posted in another post)

My Verdict

For the impatient, here it is – Don’t miss it.

Its a gem among the utter non-sense that is running now in theatres; namely Christian Brother and August 15. A real serious, dead-on-the-money commercial film from the master craftsman – Santhosh Sivan makes the film the best visual treat available now.

Update : This review got listed in the Malayalam movie review site – varnachitram.com calling it “detailed and innovative review”. (link)

Pros

1. Cinematography – Of course, no one needs reminding that the camera is set in motion by … and he still continues to wonder.
2. Art – Minimal/Simple/Effective/Impressive
3. Lighting – The most awesome and un-appreciated part of this film is lighting or rather the lack of it. This film is an excellent example to other Malayalee directors on how to make use of ambient light.

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