Month: April 2014

Lights out-The Man in the Darkness.

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I finish filing my work and Am ready to leave for home. As soon as I reach the lift, the lights in the building go off…

Shit! I always end up in awkward situations like this every-time. Ronit asked me just fifteen minutes before if I wanted a drop back home and what did I say? I said no. At-least if I had gone with him I could have avoided this situation. I’m stuck alone in the office lobby, in the nineteenth floor of the building with no light and no lift.Being fiercely independent has its side-effects too, just look at me for example I’m living in an unknown city all alone in a flat ten kilometers away from my office,  I’m stuck here but no one knows about it. Even if I died here tonight, no one will know till tomorrow morning.What is wrong with me? I must stop thinking of horrible things that can happen to me.

Now no use wasting my time regretting anything or over-thinking, I have to take the stairs. I cannot see anything. Let me at-least turn on my phone-torch. Good! It’s working. Where is the security guard?

‘RamLal, RamLal bhaiya aap kaha ho?’ I shout looking down from the stairs.

‘Meeta behen I’m in the ground floor.Come down carefully,there is some shattered glass on the stairs.’ RamLal’s feeble voice reaches me from the ground floor.

‘Okay. Wait up till I reach there.’ I scream at my loudest voice, making sure he can hear what I say.

I hold my torch-light high up and walk downstairs swiftly. By the time I reach fifth floor from the nineteenth floor I’m panting heavily, also sweating profusely. God! I have to go down another four floors! I sit down on the steps for two-minutes, in the dark,panting… I search for the water bottle in my bag. I suddenly feel a hand on my shoulder.I’m stunned. I instantly turn the torch towards the person behind, the torch turns off… Low battery… I’m hyperventilating now.I’m scared.

‘Who who is there?’ I shout at my loudest voice.

‘You will never know darling…I love you from a very long time… A very long time… From the time you were a student at Brigade high School. You are gorgeous…’ He said. This sent a shiver down my spine… I didn’t know how to react. I clenched the pepper-spray in my bag, ready to attack the man in the darkness.

‘Behen are you okay?Where are you? What is taking you so long?’ RamLal bhaiya shouted from the ground floor.

‘Bhaiya… Some one is here… help me…’ I screamed with tears running down my cheeks unconsciously.

‘Don’t worry I won’t harm you. I’ll not even try to contact you after this. I just needed to tell you how I felt… That’s why I was always around you. I came for you from Bangalore to Mumbai.’ He said.I could feel his breath on my shoulders. I loathed myself for letting someone harass me and not doing anything.

‘I’m coming to you behen. Just don’t panic..’ Security Bhaiya said. I could hear him running up the stairs with full speed.

‘Bhaiya… Hurry up…’ I shouted as I tried to free myself from the Man in the Darkness. He held my hands from behind.I kicked him with my legs, but he seemed too huge to feel anything. Suddenly I could feel his mustache on my face, he kissed me on my cheek, and kept some plastic bag in my hands… Making me hold it…I shouted for help and kicked him harder.trying to free myself from his hold.

‘Bye Sweety. I’m going now, I’ll meet you next after fifteen years.’ that Man said in a creepy voice and I found my hands free suddenly. By then Bhaiya was up with a bright torch and we saw this man disappear into darkness, Bhaiya tried to catch him but he ran away.

‘Behen, Are you okay?’ RamLal bhaiya asked me. I nodded trying to catch my breath. I felt so disgusted for being touched by some unknown stalker. We walked down, bhaiya handed me a bottle of water. I finished the whole bottle. The security Bhaiya called Ronit and told him about what happened. I was blank about whatever happened to me just now. Ronit was almost half-way home, but he came back. I sat in the car. I sat in his car, Ronit pointed out the marks on my fist, that man’s finger marks. I felt so weak at that minute. I loathed myself for being so helpless at that moment. What would I have done if RamLal bhaiya wasn’t around at that time? I was molested in a span of few minutes.I did not even know who he was. All I knew was that he was a psycho stalker who followed me right from my school days. I did not recognize his voice, I did not know him at all. I went through the contents of the cover he handed me. It contained some love-letters written in blood, it freaked me out. I showed them to Ronit he was stunned too.The cover also had my photographs from very private occasions of my life.The occasions I shared only with my dear ones. I looked outside the window as we rode across marine drive. I cannot believe I left myself to be harrassed by some stalker and did nothing.I felt so disgusted at myself.

I looked at the letters once more… I did no recognize the hand writing… Who was this man? I closed my eyes trying to cool myself and trying to erase the nightmare I just had. Ronit looked at me with concern , he said ‘Sorry, I shouldn’t have left…’

We soon reached in front of my apartment. I was about to get down from the car, when a face from my past flashed across my eyes. I knew that that was the face of the Man in the darkness.

Ronit asked ‘Hey, what happened?’

‘Turn around. We’re going to police station.’ I said browsing through those letters to confirm my gut-feeling.

‘But we do not know who he was, what will you tell them?’ Rohit asked turning around.

‘ I know who he was. The Man in the Darkness… I can’t believe it took me so long to recognize him…’ I said with conviction.

‘How do you know?You haven’t even seen his face.’ Ronit asked as we rode towards police station.

‘Every girl knows who that Man in the Darkness is by her instinct… It just takes extreme situations to make her realize his true face…’ I said trying hard to hide my tears from him. He looked at me and wiped them away. His touch was the only comfort I needed that minute, the rest I knew how to take care of…


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Two States.


2 States is the first movie I watched first day, first show. This because I am a hard core Chetan Bhagat  fan. If you utter a word against him I will smash your face, yes I like him that much! Right from the time I read 2 States book I was so impressed by his excellent story telling skill, I became his fan instantly.I loved the book so much that I’ve not stopped reading it over and over again ever since its release.Every character in the book was an imaginary picture till I saw them live in the movie yesterday.

One of the worst things when you watch a movie after reading the book is that you tend to compare everything in the book with the movie. If the visualization of characters and story is not the way you imagined then that will spoil the whole experience for you. But fortunately the ‘2 States’ movie did not disappoint me that way. The characters in the book and movie are exactly the same. I loved the movie because it was as beautiful as the story in the book. The story revolves around how culturally different people fall in love, and then their struggle to make their families from two different states fall in love with each other.If you have a girl-friend/boy-friend from a different community whom you intend to marry eventually, this movie clearly tells you the struggles that lay ahead of you in convincing your families. Even though the situations may be tough initially, they will finally turn to your favor, if you persist as shown in the movie. So don’t lose hope 🙂

Here are the five things in the movie that impressed me the most:

  1. The tamil spoken in the movie is perfect and also the amazing background tamil score– Oh! don’t tell me you haven’t noticed in the most Bollywood movies that the tamil the characters speak are so far away from being tamil, example- Chennai Express. Generally Bollywood movies support the usual tamil stereotyping and also do nothing more to enhance or give the original native touch to the characters, but in 2 states everything was perfect. Be it Aalia’s who played a tamil girl, or her family members.When I went to watch two states I was prepared to hear the poor dialogue delivery of tamil by the characters, but was very impressed with the impeccable dialogue delivery. And there are quite a few pure tamil dialogues too without any hindi translation, which even Krish Malhotra couldn’t understand. 😀 The background tamil score is definitely an added plus to the whole movie experience. I must say Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy did a good job with the music.
  2. The Scary Mother of Ananya not that scary as in the book–  When you read 2 states book Krish wonders how such scary looking parents could have a daughter as cute as Ananya. But Revathy  who plays Ananya’s mother in the movie is far from looking scary. She looks beautiful in the role of Ananya’s mother. She gives her character full justice, just that she didn’t seem to scare Krish as much as in the book. Revathy is very adorable in the role of Ananya’s conservative, protective and loving South-Indian mother.
  3. Shiv Kumar Subramaniam plays a South Indian dad to perfection- Yes! The soft-spoken, introvert, loving and caring South Indian dads come to life with Shiv Kumar Subramanium, playing Ananya’s dad to perfection. When bollywood generally depicts the South Indian characters by the constant use of Aiyyo, and hindi spoken with the accent , here the representation is right on the mark as described in the book. Well done  Abhishek Varman
  4. Amrita Singh , typical punjabi mother and Ronit Roy- As in all the bollywood movies the sweet , caring and loud punjabi mother is played to perfection by Amrita Singh. She has excellent comic timing in the movie. You cannot fully love her character, but you cannot hate it either. She plays a insecure mother unhappy with her son’s choice of life-partner and larger than life ego who finally comes around as she loves her son more than he knows of. Ronit Roy too is exactly how you imagine Krish’s dad to be after reading the book. A military man, with a violent streak but inside he is just an old man who loves his family but doesn’t know how to express it to his wife and son.Typical Indian male Syndrome 😛
  5.  Ananya and Krish – Krish is more or less the same as described in the book. He is that guy who tries to put-together everyone together, the guy who tries to unite the two states by hook or crook. Ananya, she is bubblier than the Ananya in the book. In the book you find a strong,bold,fiercely independent and passionate Ananya, but in the movie she is all that and more. Aalia Bhatt is the life of the movie.We can also see Amrita Singh competing fiercely for that tittle,but ending up in the second position. Basically Ananya is the girl you always dream of, and wish to marry some day.

Overall the movie is an excellent adaptation of the book. But like they say there are always a few glitches, here they are very minor and can almost be neglected when seen as a whole package.

These are the scenes in the book which I was waiting for but was not seen in the movie :

  1.  The scene in the convocation(or ‘conversation‘ as Amrita Singh says 😀 ) when Krish stands up and applauds when Ananya receives her certificate.
  2.  The outing Scene of  the parents in Gandhi Aashram.
  3.  Kid screaming mickey mouse when Krish comes out in dhoti and also the scene when Ananya’s dad asks him if he wishes to exchange the underwear. 😛 😀  This scene was the best scene in the book. Maybe Arjun Kapoor was too embarrased to do this scene 😛 😀
  4.  The Scene in the marriage when Krish actually climbs an auto and leaves , to be furiously brought back by Ananya’s dad . 😀
  5.  The  speech given by Ananya’s dad at the end, in the reception. Also the scene in the hotel room when Krish’s dad arrives in the night.

But even with these scenes missing, I’d say ‘2 states’  is a movie very well adapted by Abhishek Varman. If you haven’t read the book, you’ll love the movie. If you have read the book, even then you will not be disappointed.

Like these real life ‘Krish and Ananya’ I hope that this movie 2 States  too lives happily with its audience forever. 🙂


If you haven’t watched the movie yet, then go watch it.Now… At the max tomorrow 🙂 😀

The pleasure you get to see the tree you planted flowering for the first time, surpasses any other pleasure. This I know is true as I see the elated face of my neighbor Valli aunty’s face, as she spotted the first flowers on her Konna Maram  🙂

Happy tree first flowering day to her   🙂  Image



I’m too late,

but lazy to start.

I’m too scared,

but lazy to run.

I’m so horrible,

lazy to change.

I’m hating it,

but lazy to love.

I’m too tensed,

but lazy to make an effort.

I’m dying to fly,

but lazy to flap my wings.

I’m waiting for tomorrow,

but too lazy to leave today.

Doesn’t it make any sense,

but lazy to make any.