Friday, June 24, 2005

My collection of poems...

Every once in a while, when I am usually in a despondent mood, I start writing bits of writing that finally tend to look like poems. I feel pretty happy with that. Am posting the stuff that I penned...

A Friend in Need

Life feels like nothing more than a bubble
One moment glistening, the next, mere rubble
All the dreams that are built along the way
Comes crashing down in less than a day

Tears stream down, the sobbing gets loud
Where is that silver lining in the dark cloud?
That is when you yearn for a friend
Who can give your broken heart a mend

In the times of joy, be there to share
In times of grief, be there to care
Oh, how I wish for such a pal
Will I ever come across one at all?

Contemplating Life

Its the feeling I get then and now
And it is not any idle thought
Everytime I wonder how
Whether this life is really worth or not

Somedays it is boring existence
With nothing to look forward to
And all around, you feel a pretence
True friends too far and few

But most days is filled with sun and shine
A jump in the step, a lilt in the voice
Then life feels all good and fine
Bantering with friends, with lots of noise

And as this wondering turns deep
Life, I realize,sometimes make you smile
And sometimes makes you weep
But all in all, its been worth this while

Leaf In The Wind

I am drifting all alone
In this wide, wide ocean of life
There is no one to call my own
Empty feelings and loneliness cut like a knife

I have so many questions to ask
But still they remain unanswered
Now I am just wearing a mask
Nothing is as it seems, nothing is as is heard

Once upon a time, I was wild and reckless
Willing to take on life's idiosyncracies
Now, after the fight, its just a mess
I have been humbled, and brought to my knees

Life will still take its own course
More twists-and-turns, bump-and-grind
And I cannot stand against its force
I am but just a leaf in the wind

Boats On the Shore

The boat is moored at the shore
After getting thrown about in the tempest
Wondering what the future has in store
After the trough, waiting for the crest

All that has happened, all that is done
Is left behind as the forgettable past
Battles may be lost, but the war needs to be won
And that is what matters final and last

In the run of life, sometimes you may fall
Tripped and pushed by the ones you believed
But the one who gets up and stands tall
Is the one who truly has lived

Life has always got the high and the low
Both ways the pendulum will swing
Sometimes utter darkness, sometimes that bright glow
Hopes that are shattered will again take wing


As I stand in this bright light
And all around me is a glow
Something suddenly catches my sight
Oh yeah, its my very own shadow

It is your best friend for ever
Though its form is not complete
It will leave your side never
Also it makes your imitation neat

When no one is around, and you are all alone
Your shadow is there, ever by your side
It is one thing you can call your very own
There is nothing from it, that you can hide

But among all these brighter comments
Sometimes the shadow has a question mark
Because it is there at your brighter moments
But leaves you all alone in the dark

Monday, June 06, 2005

Raining cats and dogs...

...the euphemism does not hold good for the Bangalore weather anymore. It can be more well-described as raining elephants and horses! Man, did the rain pour! It was like someone up there just forgot to shut the tap after the water tank was full...gushed down from the heavens. And then, the Bangalore roads..the less said the better. The authorities have got this ability to get their timing right upto a split second to dig up the roads just before the rain starts. And once it rains, God save the pedestrians and motorits. Where the road stops and drain starts, nobody knows. Its just based on pure luck and providence. The area that I work in, Koramangala, is especially terror-inducing. There is no road that does not turn into a veritable slush pool. The authorities seem to have taken to name 80-feet road in the wrong sense. Rather than 80-feet wide, they are turning it into an 80-feet deep road. Half the road is a mud path, the other half pothole-ridden. As someone said, it looks exactly like Om Puri's face!
Today has been relatively non-rainy in that sense. Could walk around office a bit. Though the road in front of office is again pathetic, the less said the better. Wonder if ever the infrastructure will get better.
This weekend was a bit lazier in terms of things to do. Sunday was spent at home entertaining relatives of various shapes and sizes. Now, I have perfected the art of smiling and lolling my head when faced with weird questions and comments on things like marriage and kids and the like. Painful moments, those. Had a sumptuous lunch and then spent the rest of the time chatting away with cousins.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Return from a hiatus

Music of the Moment: Sing (Travis)

Back after a long time. Though I wasnt too busy as such, never found the opportunity to sit back, relax and blog away. Been making good use of my weekends though.
Let me see...Bunty Aur Babli...ok, review time!
One phrase would sum up the movie - flattered to deceive - The promos looked promising, the previews from different sites looked inviting...but in the end, it turned out to be a damp squib. The diector had a golden chance to create a runaway hit...but falters in trying too many things. Not one of the situations are well-developed. Before we know what happened, the twosome are already escaping. Though Abhishek and Rani have put in good performances, the story lacks the fizz. Even Amitabh in a different style doesn't appeal. And the Taj Mahal caper, hah, lacks any conviction. And once, they are caught, the story takes the usual melodramatic route - which could have been completely avoided. But the movie does have its good points too - some of the one-liners and repartees from the lead actors are worth rolling over with laughter. Like Dashrath (Amitabh's comment about people doing such big hungama over 'itni chhoti cheezein' - wonder how many got the joke but), Rani's comments to Dashrath about Abhishek (saying 'aap hi ka rishteydaar lagta hai), Rani's Miss India struggles, are pretty funny. But it does not sustain the length of the movie.
Looks like a sequel will be on the way soon, seeing the way it ended. And yes, please, someone tell Rani she acts well enough and does not need to shed her clothes to gain viewership. She might have lost weight but all those costumes in the song 'Aaja Udiye' look absolutely revolting.

Well, that's it for the review. I had been wanting to write about other stuff too. Which absolutely captured my imagination in the past few weeks. Like Liverpool's back from the grave comeback in the Champion's League final - absolute champagne stuff! Though I am not a Liverpool fan by any means, I couldnt help clapping and saying 'We'll never walk alone' after that dramatic final. They now have a new-found place in my 'better' teams list.
Another was the Formula-1 races - both at Monaco as well as Nurburgring. What awesome driving.
At Monaco, the overtaking was just breath-taking. The track looks treacherous with its winding curves, but still the drivers managed to rule over it.
The Nurburgring race was amazing because of the way the drivers were tested. My heart went out to Kimi when he crashed out at the last lap. Well, that is the beauty of Formula-1, I guess. Well, Alonso really seems to be turning the heat on this season. The McLarens and the Ferraris, nowhere to be seen in the initial races, look like staging a comeback. Though Michael Schumacher looks pretty pale compared to his previous red-hot seasons. The other cars seem to have got a measure of Ferrari this season, which is good to see. Formula-1 was really getting boring. This season has seen renewed vigour which is good for us viewers too.

Been listening to varied music of late. Alternative rock to Hindi movie to Kannada Devotional. Well, that would be as varied as it would get. Travis has me hooked for the moment with their 'Sing' and 'Why does it always rain on me'. Then, the new song from Dus looks great too - 'Dus bahane karke'. Sounds pretty cool, looks pretty cool!

Well, my hands are aching now. Will step out for a while. Ciao!