Our own film festival

March 4, 2005

We have been having our own film festival…we suddenly realized that THREE
Oscar nominees were running in the same multiplex…so it was Aviator on Sunday, Black (a Hindi movie about a deaf-blind girl and her alcoholic teacher….Rani Mukherjee and Amitabh) on Monday, Tuesday Swades (a sickly sweet Hindi movie), Wednesday Finding Neverland (another sentimental melodrama) Thursday, Ray…the last movie was really excellent…both the acting by Jamie Foxx, who really lived the part of Ray Charles….and the superb R&B and country music throughout the movie….tomorrow is a rest day, and then we take 3 children from our apartment to The Incredibles!

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Border Roads Organization

February 27, 2005

Throughout our travels in the Darjeeling/Gangtok/Kalimpong areas we were on roads built and maintained by the Border Roads Organization. This is probably an army or a partially-army organization..clearly, the discipline was visible everywhere. Most of the roads were in good condition, and where the condition was bad, because of landslips, it was easy to see how much effort goes into keeping up the roads in such adverse climactic conditions….earth movers and bulldozers were hard at work even as we made our way through.

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Sikkim and the Himalayas

February 25, 2005

The Himalayas…any Indian who has not seen this awesome sight MUST try to see it sometime….every time it awes and humbles one completely. How can one be petty after seeing the sight of the beautiful, majestic peaks?

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Trip to the NorthEast

February 16, 2005

Looking forward very much to the trip to Kolkata, scene of my childhood, and then Darjeeling and Gangtok…will write in my impressions of how things have changed in the last 28 years since I traversed that path last!

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friendship..and patience

February 15, 2005

A close friend was very, very rude to me a few days ago. As this was on the phone, instead of reacting, I just put down the phone. Though I felt miserable, I just kept quiet for a few days…yesterday she called up and apologized, and explained how she was very upset over something else and had vented on me.

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