Monday, June 30, 2008

Review 2 !!


HINDI : jaane tu jaane na..

i actually made up this section, just to tell about this one song in this movie. "kabhi kabhi aditi".. this song has got so much into my head that i have become addicted to this song. I listen to this song at least 10-15 times a day.. that's how much my addiction is.. so i needn't tell how good this song must be.. must must listen song !!!

overall, all the songs are really good. y wouldn't it be.. its A.R.Rehman's music people. the songs have a young feel to it and definitely a good play at any occasion, esp. "pappu can't dance" is a good dance number and would work out really well in clubs n dics. "tu boleh main bolehun" is a good jazz number sung by ARR himself. its a good romantic song for a dinner or lounge mood.

TAMIL : Dhaam Dhoom

this movie's music album has very good songs thanks to Harris jeyaraj. as always, his songs are pretty good to listen to. the song i liked most is "anbe en anbe".. it has good lyrics and melodious music which makes this song good in the first listen itself, and as usual Bombay jeyashree's "yaaro manathile" is a romantic number with good lyrics and a pop music. Harris has tried his style of a Justin timberlake with "pudhu pudhu". the song is quite good, and the new male voice has worked well for the song. the song "Azhiyile" sounds more like ARR's "kayil midhakum katra nee" from ratchagan. but overall, this song is a good one to listen at all times.

Review !!!

Its the time in my life, am playing the Critic Role. the issue am gonna Review or in a way Critic about is the most common thing for criticism.. movies.

but i have included a few extra things on to the Review list.. Read on !!


English : WALL-E

This is one of the best animation movies ever done by disney and pixar. I went to this movie expecting it to be a childs play. but it turned out to be a very good entertainer. its basically a Romantic story between two Robots, sounds funny rite. but its really good, the way movie goes.. the really different thing i noticed about this movie is that there's hardly any dialogues in the movie. which is quite unusual in disney movies, where u get to see rats and dinosaurs talking and dancing. but there's a one word dialogue the WAll E character says often.. i found it quite funny and cool.

i would recommend it. its a must watch movie.

TAMIL : Dasavatharam

a much hyped movie and a wait of almost 2 years for this mega movie of ten roles by kamal haasan, turned out the same way all hyped movies do in recent times. doesn't fulfill the so called high expectations. but as all reviews have said, Kamal haasan is the best part of the movie, his ten roles are so good, that some characters feels like it was another person, like the CBI officer, and kalifullah. but certain characters seemed just fake as possible.. Fletcher and shengan..
the story is a good one but the way screenplay was made isn't so powerful, but the climax tsunami scene was so magnificent, it was a great reconstruction of how the 2004 disaster would have been in reality, another defect was with music and BGM, it was so ordinary, kamal shouldn't have experimented on this part, he should have either chosen his favorite Ilayaraja or else A.R.rehman.

i personally felt, kamal could have tried these ten roles with a full comedy movie like his past venture "Micheal madana Kama rajan" which is one of my all time favorite comedy movies !

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Intermission !!!

its kinda like the intermission you get while watching movies. this also is like an intermission to my blogs. its right now full of real life experiences.. !! in order for you ppl to not get bored.. am adding some masala to my blog now. masala in sense, not item numbers. but like commercials in a movie hall during intermission time. i am going to write some interesting things i thought about and also some takes on facts of life, we all forget to look upon to.. !!..

hope u guys have a good time reading thro my blogs !!

Chibi Vijayan..

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The Trip to an Exotic Location on Earth - NIAGARA FALLS !

Niagara falls !! i know everyone would have known about this beautiful place, which is located in the united states. I also had seen Niagara falls as a poster in my parent's wedding album years ago, but later, when i was flying to US.. i got a glimpse of this majestic piece of art by nature from 30,000 feet high from the flight. how it looked from up there ?? well, it was just like how u view Niagara through Google maps !
i decided then that my first touring in US should be to Niagara falls, and as luck would have it. I actually got to visit this place after just 5 months in USA. It was quite a wait for the visit to Niagara, but it was a worthwhile trip. i had visited it with my UConn friends about 15 of them, we went on road in 4 cars, rented of course !! 2 Camry's, a mustang GT and a new Mazda SUV.

It was 24Th may, Saturday, when we started off to Niagara, it was quite a long trip on the way there coz we had lost track of the route, couple of times and had to catch up with the actual route later and it took up some of our time and we did reach there in 7 hours. the same day itself, we went to the falls to see its view in the night. i don't know how well to explain the looks of the falls, not getting the right words to put in, but it was so enormous and water was running so fast towards the cliff and falling off it. if any person thinks of committing suicide there, the sight of the falls itself is enough for him to change his mind. coz its so scary that u wouldn't even wanna try doing that in your dreams. well, coming back to topic, the night view of the falls is quite spooky, with the water so clear white n making so much noise, makes u feel so. the falls has a color flash lights focused on it from the opposite side I.E. from Canada. it looks as if the water changes color while falling down.

the night view of falls extended for a long time since we were engrossed in taking pictures and also walking to three view points to the falls. it was about 1 am at night when we drove back to our hotel. the next morning, as usual after all IST. we reached the falls again by 12 noon to go to the special ride to the falls maid of mist and cave of the winds. when we reached the place only we realised one odd thing, there were so many Indians there. it felt like Niagara is in India. so many Indians that we outnumbered the Americans there and they looked minority, and then as usual a long crowd ( this was really long as far as 1 mile !!!) we had some good people standing in line for the whole gang and all others went sight seeing. once when the time arrived, we got our blue rain coats and boarded a ferry...

MAID of the MIST...

a special subheading coz this ride was one of the awesome experiences there. this is a ferry ride, which takes u rite inside the horse shoe falls of Niagara, it actually takes u to middle of the U.. amazing view, it was all raining mist on us and completely drenching us even though we were in rain coats. the view was breath taking, that when i imagine it now also, i feel the same. and again, no proper words coming up to explain it literally. it was one of the best moments my eyes could see and the brain could register. it was such a sight.

CAVE of the WINDS...

when i was thinking that the ferry was an amazing experience, another place said a BIG no no and here what it was.. the cave of the winds.. it was a place which would almost take you right under the American falls. thought of it, was hair raising and actually being there, totally awesome !!! i had the chance to get wet in Niagara falls, it was so so good. the water so fast and so cold, but still you don't want to come out of that place. i stayed there for almost half hour, it was freaking crazy and another breath taking.. naa.. breath stopping moment.. the fun was so unlimited that each member of my tour crew would definitely agree without any thought. the cave of winds proved to be even more and far better than the maid of mist but i would say both are wonderful in their own regards.

we didn't have much time after these 2 place that we couldn't visit few places, but i don't regret it coz if i get a chance to go again to Niagara, i would definitely count in.. it was such a memorable trip . not to mention.. the journey back to CT, was a good one too.. all night the members of my car had a very good time talking that we didn't sleep at all.. the whole way...

this TRIP so far hits the numero uno spot for best travel trips in my life. may be in future any other place might take this place, ill wait n see if that happens !!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Union Street Market !!!

Guess what the title means ??

its not some market in US. its actually the university retail food court, well y am i writing about this place in my blog ? not that i like the food here, but more importantly, this place was my first employer in the university, it was the first place where i actually worked and earned money by self. A place to really remember, since when i came to US in spring 08, i didn't have any assistantship and people here scared me that without assistant ship, you wouldn't be able to survive in US. i got really freaked out and started to search for a campus job, and the first and only good job to be offered was the Union street market (USM). my work at USM was a "dining assistant". the work basically involved working in any of the four food stations at the food counter and serve people with their choice of food. it was quite an easy job and paid me well enough to manage my expenses and save a little. plus, i had a free meal with each shift, so i had a chance to cut down much of my food expenses here only. I had worked a lot during the sem in the USM. got to meet new people, make friends with Americans and other cultural people. still, i have some good friends whom i met at the USM. it was also a place where i got to taste some American and Mexican foods, to say, only thing missing in American food is spice. other than it, its a good food. the USM work made me learn many things and experience newer things which i would have never had even known if i had been in India.

it was a privilege working in the Union street market and would remain one of my memorable experiences in USA. i am not sure if i would go back and work there again in following semesters. but if i have to work outside dept, my first choice would definitely be USM for sure...!!

HOLI 2008!!!!

It was way back in march, when we had this holi celebration in my university, this holi celebration was special since, it was my first actual meeting of many indian students in my university. before this day, i never knew that these many indians were there in my university. we had it as a 2 day event, on sat, we had a formal holi nite function, which had some cultural events followed by dinner, next day, I.E. on sunday, was the fun part coz we played with colors on that day, it was one of the most funfilled moments i had till now, it was really good coz we started off as a small group of people and then gathered people going around the entire place, getting into all homes, bringing people out and coloring them entirely, as we went from one house to another, the holi gang became bigger and finally had around 30 people. later, after all the color play for some 2 hours. we had got indoors and few from that big group stayed back in a home, which was initially for a tea session, but later went on to play some games and there was formed our late night gang and with this gang i had some good times here.

when i first came to US, i thought my social nature would go down, since not many people were so very interested in fun. but these gang people proved it wrong, i did have social activities, and hopefully in future, i'd contribute more fun to the group.. !!

Friday late nights...

The title might suggest quite a bit about what am going to write about. yes, its Friday night fun, but y late night ? well, that's coz its a series of events by the that name in my university, every Friday. its from night 9 pm to 1 am. it has good events which are themed with some topic every time, its basically a good hangout with your friends, participate in games, do Ur own gifts, take photos with some theme background.. etc... its almost like the fun carnival we used to have back in India. except for there are no rides here. i had some good experiences and quite a lot of souvenirs from these late night events. as the sem progressed, i had a Friday late night gang, we used to meet up at the student union, where the late night takes place and then have a good time in that place and head back home. it used to be fun as we usually would stay till 12 or 1am in the morning. i had to mention this late night event as a memorable experience in US coz i liked it so much as a source of outing here, since there's no good place you can actually visit nearby...
these events eventually will continue even in the following semesters and am sure I'd be going to it every Friday...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Bits and Pieces...

from my first day in this country, i had loads of new experiences, Met new people and been to new places.. there's lots and lots of things to pen down, since i would have to do it for past 6 months of time i'd been here in US. i would like to cut it short and tell you all only the very important and probably my best experiences in the US.

so it will take me sometime to decide on which ones would be the best to go on a blog and pen it down in my page.

so do expect a good one very recently.

till then.... ciao...

flying to USA - 2

ok.. long time since i wanted to post the next part.. but didnt find time.. anyway.. better late than never..

ok.. the take off of the aeroplane itself was a freaky experience, since it was my first time on a plane and i was nervous about what would possibly go on in it, also it was making me awkward cause i technically found out that i was sitting rite above the wheels.. i kinda started imagining things like it happens in a bus !! but nothing happened as i suspected.. rather the plane took a graceful lift into the air and reached into the skies.

i was lucky enough to get a seat near the window, i looked down on the chennai city, which was glowing with electric lights in the night. it was such a wonderful sight, i hate the fact, that i didnt even have a mobile cam to take a pic of it. for the first half hour, i was trying to recognize the places in city, and felt a odd feeling that i am gonna miss this beautiful place for a long time.

In flight, i had a series of foods and drinks provided by the airhostesses. then, it started getting boring for me, so i started listening to music, watching movies, playing games and most part sleeping as much as i can. occasionally talking to the guy sitting near me. It was quite a long flight about 9 hrs to brussels. by landing at brussels, i felt proud that i have stepped foot in europe also..

then, nothing much happened in the transit than me calling home to tell about my location. then, i had to wait for about 2 hrs to get on to my next flight, this time the flight experience wasn't so exciting since, already i had got used to this. so next flight, for 8 hrs, i slept for almost 7 hrs and rest 1 hr in having food. thats it, i had reached american continent by that time. one memorable thing about this flight is that, i got to see an aerial view of the Niagara falls. it was such a beautiful sight, seemed just like looking at the falls in google maps !!

then, the newark liberty airport, it was my port of entry into the USA. this was a huge airport. it was very good, i liked it a lot. then, to make the long story short, i got my passport sealed with the I 94 card and officially entered into the united states.Then, i got on another plane to reach hartford, connecticut. where i was picked up by a indian student from my university. then i reached my university in the evening about 4 pm, met my roommates and finally got settled down in the US to start off with my studies here.

the end