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One Year Ago – Bangalore Palace

21 Aug
One year ago today...

One year ago today…

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I Wish You Are Not From India

19 Apr

I wish you are not from India so I can still go back. So I can see more of its beauty.

The temples and structures, colors and festival, arts and history that I dreamt of seeing will remain only a dream now.

The country and culture I once loved and fancied to visit and immersed into, backfired.

I want to go back but I don’t know how.

How do I go back without being reminded of you and our time there?

How do I go back without wishing all of these didn’t happen?

Sometimes I can’t help but wish that we didn’t meet at all…

I want to go back but I don’t know how.

I am not supposed to be in Manila right now. I should be in India.

5 Feb

Well, I should be In Mumbai or Allahabad right now.

Tomorrow is my friend’s wedding in India. He told me about his big day about 6 months ago and invited me to be there as he wed his lovely bride. He said that he had to inform me earlier so that I can book flights, file for at least 2-week leave from work and save so I can be there on his special day. I know 6 months is still a short notice, considering I live in the South East, and fare is already a little expensive. But actually, he’s been inviting me to his wedding even before he got engaged. Actually years, before he got engaged.

Mehendi

Mehendi

He even sent me an invitation through email and I got overly excited seeing the colorful invitation that contains some of their photos, and info of the different ceremonies prior to the wedding (Mehendi, Sangeet, Haldi) the wedding itself and the two wedding receptions in Mumbai and Allahabad. It’s a week-long celebration! No wonder he asked me to take a 2-week off from work. He said, 1 week for his wedding and another if I want to tour in some parts of India.

Sangeet

Sangeet

Of course I said Yes, with the intention of really coming over to the wedding. But months before today, I thought hard about it and after much contemplation, I decided that I had to miss it. *sighs*

There are reasons.

Now, I feel bad about it. I should be there! I can’t believe I let an opportunity to witness something wonderful, go away. I have never been to India and never been to a Hindu or any Indian wedding. I’ve only seen them in movies and I thought that attending a wedding is a great way to experience a culture, especially if it’s something different from what I am used to.

Haldi

Haldi

I always wanted to visit India. I thought that they have a rich culture and tradition that I find so fascinating. And attending one of their celebrated life events – a wedding, is a great way to immerse into their culture.

In my bucket list, I included there attending an Indian wedding. I would have crossed it by now. Sure, I can still cross it from the list someday. I could attend another Indian wedding but I guess it won’t be as special as the wedding tomorrow, because it is not my friend’s anymore.

Sad.

The Wedding Ceremony

The Wedding Ceremony

Anyway, even if I am not there to physically witness their union and celebrate with them as they start their lives together, my heart and thoughts are with them. I wish them more blessings and God’s love to bind them together, forever.

FT Philippines 2:0 India in AFC Challenge Cup 2012

11 Mar

Quick post.

Congratulations to Philippine Azkals for winning today’s match against India in AFC Challenge Cup. Woohoo!!! The two beautiful goals made by Phil Younghusband left the Blue Tigers disappointed the entire 90+ minutes.  It was a historic win for us because it was the first time we won against India, who was the 2008 AFC champion.

The 2-nil scoreline resulted to a tie with Tajikistan who is also part of Group B in this tournament. This means, our national team will either have to win the game on Tuesday against the 2006 AFC Challenge Cup champion- Tajikistan or manage a draw but win in the penalty shoot out to advance to the semi-finals together with the current AFC Champion – DPK (North Korea).

Although I have to say, India is a country that is very close to my heart too. But then again, love and support your own! Go Azkals! 🙂

What a game! This is a happy Sunday for Filipino football fans! Woohooo!!!!

Life In A Metro

20 Mar

(I  started writing this post before writing My Bollywood Fascination article I posted here 2 months ago, but it’s only now that I’ve finished it. So here it is…)

Six different stories, about nine people, each with different issues and problems, all occurring within one place: the METRO.

Life In A Metro

I’ve watched this movie back in 2009 I think after it was recommended to me by M. He said so I can understand and know more about India and their culture.

Although the film has this Bollywood trademark of singing (no dancing in this one as much as I can remember) at the start or in between major events or scenes, making it look like a bit of a music video, it is not entirely your typical Bollywood flick.

The story line is interesting. Set in the urbanized Mumbai, it follows a story of 9 people facing different life struggles. The lives of the main characters intertwined with one another without some of them being aware of or even care about. And this reminds me of the local movie, Jologs, but that is completely of different genre. Maybe more of a Love Actually type.

*Spoilers*

The story revolves around call center agent who would do everything to survive a life in the city and protect the woman he secretly loves. The woman, who’s been searching for love in all wrong places, happens to be his boss’ mistress. Then there’s this young married couple having marital and infidelity issues. (Maybe as a result of being wed through fixed marriages perhaps? Just my assumption). And a woman who struggles in finding her better half and happens to be in love with the famous radio jock who turns out to be a closet queen, then falling for a person she never dreamed of spending her life with. Then there’s this old couple rekindling an interrupted love affair for choosing to live separate lives in the past. There’s the theater actor too who struggles both in finding love and a decent job. And of course, this man, my favorite character in the movie, this uber funny guy Monty, played by this brilliant actor, Irrfan Khan. Monty, like many Indians is a member of online-dating or meet-your-future-spouse site, which I think is sort of normal for them in India. This isn’t my first time to watch a flick with him on it. I guess this is the 3rd or even the 4th time and he always deliver his role convincingly.

The movie also showcases the recent economic situation in India – the emerging call center industry, the improved lifestyle of some being a positive benefit of globalization, and people leaving for the Middle East for lacking enough job opportunities to their growing population. It also showed the corrupted lifestyle of most people in the call center industry (sadly, it also happens in the  BPO industry in the Philippines. )

I even remember having an argument with M that time. He asked me several times if I already seen the movie. In one of his check points, I was already half way in finishing it and I told him how I hated one of the characters in it for not treating the woman right. He said that’s reality there. It angered me more with him confirming that it’s actually happening there. I complained how backwards it is there by treating women as second class citizens and how fixed marriages could be the culprit of infidelity and how they are too concern about what society would think of them. Then he said, if you don’t want to finish the movie, then don’t.

But I’m glad I did.

It angered me, made me cry, hurt my stomach for laughing too hard and made me realized a lot of things. The movie is beautiful as it is. It is a story of love and the characters’ struggles in finding it in the chaotic and diverse city of Mumbai.

Life in a Metro is now on my list of favorite flicks.

Vikas Swarup on Writing

3 Feb

“Writing is a very lonely occupation. To write you need to concentrate, to concentrate you need to lock yourself away. No distractions, you want your stream of thoughts uninterrupted. And I found that a day job gave me the opportunity of meeting people and having real conversations. The writer’s is an interior world, a world of the mind. I found that many times, even though my day job is very different from what a writer does, the spark of fiction comes from the real world. So no, I would rather be a diplomat and write on weekends.” – Vikas Swarup, author of Q &A

 

Q & A by Vikas Swarup

My Bollywood Fascination

29 Jan

I don’t know how it started. Okay, I know actually. I always have this fascination about Indian culture. Reason?

M.

I have to admit it’s because of my connection with M, who happens to be my ‘love interest’ for 6 years, 2 months, 23 days, 13 hours and counting. He is Indian, thus explains my interest about their country and rich culture.

Anything that be can read and watched that has something to do with India or would mention India will really capture my attention. I’ve read some of their history on Wiki, researched about Ghandi and Hinduism (nope that ain’t his religion), used google earth or map to study their geography, watched documentary on Discovery or NatGeo and Bollywood flicks. I think I know a lot about India now (maybe) and according to an online quiz on Facebook, “How Indian are you?”, I am a DESI. I know India as good as the local. LOL. Well except that I don’t speak and understand Hindi. But I think I have to consider learning Hindi now not just for M, but also because I don’t want to read the subtitles all the time.

I haven’t seen a lot of Bollywood movies yet, but I have seen their few good flicks. The Bollywood trademark of dancing and singing is tolerable in some of them though. I don’t know what first Indian movie I saw but I will list them as I remember them. In random order:

Life In A Metro

Life in A Metro – M recommended this to me so I would understand his culture more. It sort of caused us some misunderstanding during that time (I’ve written something about this movie, read it here: “Life In A Metro”). It became one of my favorite films. Iirfan Khan was hilarious in the movie.

Jab We Met – Typical Boy Meets Girl and singing and dancing in the woods but modern version. 😛

The great actor: Amitabh Bachchan

The Last Lear – Great plot. Good acting by the famous Mr. Amitabh Bachan and Arjun Rampal.

Bride and Prejudice – Nope, I didn’t misspell it. That’s really the title. It’s their adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, fit into the Indian culture.

Bride and Prejudice

Pushpak – This is a silent movie from 1988. I am not sure if this falls under Bollywood but it’s an Indian movie anyway. It was recommended by a friend from Bangalore, not by M. He hates this film but I enjoyed it.

Kama Sutra – Ahem… The sensual movie of one of my favorite Lost actor, Sayid Jarrah or Naveen Andrews in real life.

Naveen Andrews or Sayid of Lost

Company – A gangster movie. Not a favorite but it’s okay for an action one. At least it’s not like this flick: Alluda Majaka – the one that puts Indiana Jones or our local Lito Lapid to shame. LOL. I have only seen a portion of Alluda Majaka through youtube though, courtesy of my former boss who came to know about my fascination with Indian movies. He said it’s definitely the best action film ever! And you have to know, my former boss have a good sense of humor and he can also be very sarcastic at times. LOL.(for the reader’s sake, this is the video)

Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi – I don’t remember if there is any singing or dancing in this one, but I remember this having a good story – idealism, modernism, political revolution and a love story in between.

Provoked – I’m not sure if this is Bollywood but actors in the movie are mostly, if not all, from India or have Indian bloods. But I know this was released internationally so I don’t know. I’m still including this on the list.

3 Idiots - one of my favorite movies.

3 Idiots – The most recent Indian flick that I’ve seen and one of my favorite movies of all time. The best! A must-see I have to say. Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and R. Madhavan did superb acting in this one. They made me laugh and cry.

And of course some Hollywood movies that were either filmed entirely in India , just a part of it or just showed an Indian tradition.

Slumdog Millionaire – Who wouldn’t know this movie? Only the aliens I guess or the people who lived in the cave from their birth until 2010. And who wouldn’t love this movie? M. Yes. He didn’t like it too much, not like I did. Like the common reaction of the Indian movie goers in 2009, he thought it focused too much on poverty. He asked me why I think it’s a good film. I said because it gives me hope.

The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited – Jack: What did he say?
Peter: He said the train is lost.
Jack: How can a train be lost? It’s on rails.

This is one of my favorite movies. It showed a lot about India’s beautiful places and enchanting culture, has a good story and good humor too.

Eat, Pray, Love – this is not my favorite movie but I have to say I like it. The Indian scenes may be a little dragging but it was good too.

Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham – Feel good movie about the Indian family living in the UK. Football was a plus here.

So far, that’s my list. I’ll add the others in case I forgot some of them.  I am hoping to watch more. M recommended before one of his favorite Indian movies, ROCK ON.

Next Bollywood movie to watch.

I’ve just got the Blu-ray copy of it but it has no subtitle. It’s either I will force myself to learn Hindi for the sake of the movie or find another with subtitle and spend around 7 hours reading it. 🙂

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