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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
As I had said on Facebook, this trip does deserve a blog post. It has to be one of my longest trips. The last time I went so far away from Mumbai with more than 4 people was in 1997 when I went my mother’s native place Bandivade with my cousins.
The journey started on the night of May 7. I was travelling in a sleeper compartment for the first time. Like always even this journey was memorable. We had 4 confirmed tickets and 4 in the waiting list. Fortunately, we did not have not much trouble during the train journey, except for my back problem.
Once the train reached Kudal, another surprise was waiting for us. During the journey, the train made a halt for around 5 min at every station (of course, everyone will always remember that the train made a longer than usual “halt” at the Panvel station for supposedly signal related issue). But at Kudal, the train started within 2-3 minutes with Viraj and Tejashree still in train. They had to jump off the train once they had dumped all the luggage of the train.
At Kudal Station
After Kudal, we reached Vengurla in half an hours time. We stayed at Susmit’s house for next 3 days till 12th May. On 12th five of us headed for Goa and were back to Vengurla on 15th May. We roamed around in the Vengurla taluka for next few days. Of course, last day was more eventful than any other day – with 2 of us deciding to board the 4 o’clock ST bus for Mumbai at 2.45!
All in all amazing experience. I will write about some interesting events during the trip soon.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
“People live their lives bound by what they accept as correct and true. That’s how they define "reality". But what does it mean to be "correct" or "true?" Merely vague concepts. Their "reality" may all be a mirage.”
- Itachi Uchiha
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
So this year I completed a hat trick of watching the finals of Sawai. Like the previous 2 occasions, this too was a great experience. Most of the plays were good and the overall performance level was better than that of the 2012 finals. Most of the plays were based social issues like parenting, cynicism among the middle class, etc. Unlike the previous finals, not a single one was of romantic/love genre. Here is the list of finalists-
- Nat S. M. R. T.We missed this one as we were late. But Viraj's father told us, this was similar to the play "Natasamrat" but a modern version.
- Emotional AtyacharThis was a story of an employee in an e-CRM firm which is hired by clients so that someone can communicate with their family. These clients are too "busy" with their work that they don't have time to speak with their wife/kids/parents. The agent/employee E26 slowly starts getting emotionally attached with his clients' families. Finally, when he is about to quit, he gets a new client whose identity forces him for a suicide.
- Rishta Wahi, Soch NaeeA story of relationship between father and son. Both of them usually don't get along well. But a new game between them changes their thinking about each other. Pretty funny with lot of punch lines. It was directed by Advait Dadarkar.
- PranimatraHere, a Tiger is trying to protect a Fawn after killing the mother Deer. Honestly, this play had those moments where I felt really sleepy. However, to give credit to the actors, their imitation of the animals they were portraying was commendable.
- Bandh NyloncheThis was another play with the parenting issue being handled. In the future, some agency has specialized in providing relatives which are Robots. A couple hires its services for getting grand parents to take care of their daughter. However, one day the girl's real grand parents come to know about it. The play basically discusses the fact that people have become so much mechanical and emotionless that there is hardly any difference between us and Robots. Bhagyashree Shankpal of Balak Palak fame ("Chiu") played the character of the daughter.
- AnesthesiaThe most hard hitting performance of the night came from Aaroh Velankar. He had won the Best Actor award 2 years ago for "HTTP 404: Page Not Found". Last year, it was "Serial Killers". This year his play talked about how we are using "Entertainment" as an anesthesia against all the torture, pain we are getting due to the problems in our society, state and country. Again the dialogues were great and some of the scenes were incredible, including the mob scene where everyone dances on the tunes of "Deva Shri Ganesha" while Shivaji Maharaj is shouting and another scene where everyone is watching the inspector die and once he dies everyone press some button and walk away and you realize they were all watching it on TV.
- Ekut SamuhaWell, here it is the boring one. Actually, I saw this at Mrugajal competition and it won the best prize. But then I felt it wasn’t that good. It is about a family of three where each one is unique in its own respect. Many of the scenes were farfetched especially the “delivery” scene. The play was humorous at some points, but still lacked the consistency.
I am still unaware of the results. My guess is that Anesthesia might have won the best prize.