Day 27 – And last but not least, here’s our (optional) prompt! Many poems explore the sight or sound or feel of things, and Proust famously wrote about the memories evoked by smell, but today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that explores your sense of taste! This could be a poem about food, or wine, or even the oddly metallic sensation of a snowflake on your tongue.
Taste of Dahi Puri!
Oh, my mouth is salivating,
On hearing the name of the dish,
To try the famous Indian snack, you wish…
A few raw & boiled veggies & few chutneys,
All combined & stuffed in the crispy puffed puris,
Topped with loaded curd, sprinkled with salt & spices,
Garnish with a bit of coriander and sev,
Yuummmm, I can’t wait to taste…
Your mouth is exploded with flavours,
Sweet-tangy, a bit sour along with few spices,
Perfectly balanced flavours that tingles your tongue,
Can also be customised according to one’s taste.
Now, that for you my dear is the Dahi Puri’s Taste.
Music Director – Songs: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Amit Trivedi (1 song only) Background Score: Amit Trivedi
Cast – Konkana Sen Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak, Rahul Khanna, Kashmira Shah
Story – Story is about a guy called Siddharth Mehra akka “Sid” (Ranbir Kapoor) who is studying in collage, a lively person, and sluggard. Sid is the only son of a wealthy businessman called Ram Mehra (Anupam Kher) and Sarita (Supriya Pathak). Sid being a brat is very carefree and has no aims in life and has no plans for his future after his collage due to which he hardly studied. After his exams the same night he and his friends go for a party where he meets Aisha (Konkana Sen Sharma) who’s come to Mumbai for a job and is looking for an apartment coz basically she is from Calcutta. Sid and Aisha become friends instantly on their first meet and Sid agrees to help her finding an apartment for rent.
With the help of Sid and his friends Rishi (Namit Das) & Laxmi (Shikha Talsania), Aisha finds a small apartment. Aisha also gets a job at the Mumbai Beat Magazine which is owned by editor-in-chief Mr. Kabir (Rahul Khanna) on whom Aisha has a huge crush. Meanwhile Sid’s exams resulting are out and Sid has failed, but his friends have passed, on knowing that Sid gets angry with his best friend Rishi and also has an argument with his parents leading to him walking out of his house.
After knowing Sid’s situation, Aisha allows him to stay in her apartment temporary until he figures out what he wants to do. But Aisha finds him to be a careless, disorganized in her house that one day she loses her temper and gets angry with Sid for being so lazy and not capable to organize his things or his own mess. After which Sid realizes of his responsibilities and confess Aisha he no longer wishes to be depended on his father’s wealth and wishes to get a job so that he can take care of himself. Will Aisha be able to help Sid to get a job? Will Sid become a responsible person? Will Sid patch up with his best friend Rishi? Sid and Aisha would be friends forever or more than friends? Will Sid go back to his parents place and many more questions that you have can be answered only when you watch the movie. 😉
My Say on the Film – About the movie, I would like to say it is a good refreshing movie. The music, lyrics of the song, acting, and cinematography is awesome.
Closing Remarks – You will definitely enjoy watching this movie.
Day 26 – And now for our (optional) prompt! Have you ever heard someone wonder what future archaeologists, whether human or from alien civilization, will make of us? Today, I’d like to challenge you to answer that question in poetic form, exploring a particular object or place from the point of view of some far-off, future scientist? The object or site of study could be anything from a “World’s Best Grandpa” coffee mug to a Pizza Hut, from a Pokemon poster to a cellphone.
Discovery of Jukebox!
The archaeologists of 5011 AD,
Found a box of mystery,
A smile and jig of victory,
The “Jukebox” is their discovery.
It is a device that plays music,
When a coin is inserted,
It is a brilliant invention they stated,
As they sent it to the electronics museum.
With their life’s few guarded,
As the antiques found were precious,
In the 1890’s it was invented,
Was told to people who visited the museum,
Looking at jukebox people were spell bounded.
Film – Veera Madakari (2009) Language – Kannada Genre – Action Comedy Written by – Sadhu Kokila Director – Sudeep Producer – Dinesh Gandhi Music Director – M. M. Keeravani Cast – Sudeep, Ragini Dwivedi
Story- Story is about a honest police officer Madakari (Sudeep) who is a single parent to his daughter (Jerusha Christopher) who is very young. The villains Babjee (Gopinath Bhat) who is in politics, his brother Titla and his son Munna (Arun Sagar) has spread wreak havoc in the village and among the people who are also involved in many illegal activities. Any honest police officer is sent to that village they torture him & his family members and finally murder him if he do not agree to serve and listen to them. Madakari gets posted as an assistant commissioner of police to that village, after which a lot of crime is controlled and the people going through tremendous torture from the villains also gradually reduces.
But one day the villains plan to murder Madakari and attack him brutally. The villains assume that Madakari is dead and they try to kill his young daughter who has escaped from that village and staying with Sathyaraju (played by Sudeep – double role) who is conman but she thinks it is her father. Sathyaraju is in love with Neeraja (Ragini Dwivedi). Due to circumstances Sathyaraju is forced to tell that the child living with him is his daughter leading to misunderstanding between him and his lover Neeraja which makes her decide to leave Sathyaraju.
Later Sathyaraju get to know the truth that the small girl who thinks he is her father is actually the daughter of a police officer called Madakari who looks exactly like him and is now hospitalized for treatment. After knowing the truth Sathyaraju goes back to the village as Madakari. What happened to original Madakari, his daughter, Sathyaraju and his lover Neeraja? Will Sathyaraju be able to keep his secret? Will the villains get to know the person who is back is actually Sathyaraju and nor Madakari? Will Sathyaraju be able to solve the problems of the villagers and punish the villains? To know what happened you will have to watch the movie.
My Say on the Film – Veera Madakari is a remake of a Telugu movie called “Vikramarkudu”. Sudeep’s acting is good. Action movie lovers will love this movie.
Closing Remarks – Good job by Sudeep and his team. Personally I do not like to watch remake movies but this is one I can say is watchable. In-case you have not watched the original Telugu movie then you shall enjoy this movie.
Day 25 – And now for our daily prompt (optional, as always). In 1958, the philosopher/critic Gaston Bachelard wrote a book called The Poetics of Space, about the emotional relationship that people have with particular kinds of spaces – the insides of sea shells, drawers, nooks, and all the various parts of houses. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that explores a small, defined space – it could be your childhood bedroom, or the box where you keep old photos. It could be the inside of a coin purse or the recesses of an umbrella stand. Any space will do – so long as it is small, definite, and meaningful to you.
That little space as I recall,
The secret cabinet in the closet,
Which is near to my heart,
Holds special memories of past.
The Secret cabinet contained many stuff,
Like, Favourite nursery rhyme to mermaid story book,
Favourite bookmarks, to handmade greeting cards included,
A sketch which was a birthday gift from a friend.
Those beautiful romantic valentine greeting cards,
Gifted by myself as I never had a boyfriend,
A love letter for imaginary life partner,
Written by a friend and me in 10th std…
A recipe of spinach bread rolls,
On my parents anniversary I had cooked,
Those soft stuff dolls, puppet & many stuff,
Were hidden in my secret cabinet.
Film – Un Samayal Arayil (2014)
Language – Tamil
Genre – Romantic Comedy
Written by – Viji, T. Gnanavel,
Director – Prakash Raj
Producer – Prakash Raj
Music Director – Ilaiyaraaja
Cast – Prakash Raj, Sneha, Urvashi
Story – A 45 year old man, born food lover called Kalidasan (Prakash Raj) an archaeologist. He works in the state archaeological department who is still unmarried and lives with Vaidhi (Elango Kumaravel) and his cook Krishna (Thambi Ramaiah). His nephew Naveen (Tejus) comes to stay with him as to search for a job there. On the New Year eve Naveen handover a new mobile to Kalidasa, a gift sent by his sister for him.
On the first day of New Year Kalidasan receives a call on his new number which he himself doesn’t know. He attends the call and on the other side of the call ladies places an order and asks him to deliver Kutti-dosa and cuts the call. The lady who calls is Gowri (Sneha) who is in her forties, single and a dubbing artist. She lives with her sister Meghana (Samyukta Hornad), Chechi (Urvashi) and others. After waiting for an hour she calls him back again and asks what happened to the order? Kalidasan tells her it is a wrong number and it is not a restaurant for which she gets annoyed and blasts him for not telling about it earlier and they end up having a heated up conversation making each other angry. Naveen insists Kalidasan to her sorry for having speaking to her so rudely since Kalidasan does not agree, Naveen send a message without his knowledge. On seeing the sorry message Meghana insists to call Kalidasan back and apologies for her rude behaviour. Finally Gowri calls Kalidasan and both of them apologies each other. At the end of the conversation Kalidasan asks Gowri to message him the restaurants number as he wishes to know what kutti dosa is and being a food lover he actually drops to the restaurant and tastes it. After which he calls Gowri and tells her it was very tasty. Their conversation starts and goes on for days together. Both of them are food lovers, Kalidasan tells a story to Gowri and inspired by it both decides to bake the cake mentioned in the story. The process to prepare the cake takes four days, Kalidasan instruct the procedure to bake the cake to Gowri every single day.
Since Kalidasan and Gowri are speaking to each other from past few days decides to meet but both of them are insecure about their age, looks and are not confident to meet. Naveen goes to meet Gowri as Kalidasan and Meghana goes as Gowri. Both are unaware of this, Naveen tells Kalidasan that Gowri is very young & Meghana tells Gowri that Kalidasan is too young for her and they are not a good match. However, Naveen and Meghana are both attracted to each other.
Will Kalidasan and Gowri ever meet each other? Will they know the truth about Naveen and Meghana? What will happen to Naveen and Meghana? Will all the four get to know the truth? To know what happened to them you will have to watch the movie.
My Say on the Film – Acting is really good. Story could have been a bit better in the second half.
Closing Remarks – Onetime watch movie. Prakash Raj is my all time favorite actor but this movie in the second half could have been better.
Day 24 – Last but not least, our (optional) daily prompt. Today, I challenge you to write a poem of ekphrasis — that is, a poem inspired by a work of art. But I’d also like to challenge you to base your poem on a very particular kind of art – the marginalia of medieval manuscripts. Here you’ll find some characteristic images of rabbits hunting wolves, people sitting on nests of eggs, dogs studiously reading books, and birds wearing snail shells. What can I say? It must have gotten quite boring copying out manuscripts all day, so the monks made their own fun. Hopefully, the detritus of their daydreams will inspire you as well!
Sword & shield in hand,
The brave one has come to fight,
Against the weird snail-man outright,
On the white beast like a knight.
Fearless & upright,
Planning to mortify the weird snail-man,
Ready to strike,
Will the hare win the fight?