Pick me ups

Rainy days, bright sunny days, lazy days, crazy days….days where you just don’t know what to do or don’t want to do anything. Here’s my list of pick-me-ups:


Make yourself a Apple Toddy: 1 part brandy to 2 parts hot apple juice. Stir in a stick of cinnamon, 2 cloves, a pinch of nutmeg and a slice of ginger.

Open a murder mystery where bodies tumble out of closets and the detective is clueless till chapter 4 or page 44

Even better turn on your DVD and watch Margaret Rutherford ham her way as Miss Marple


Screw the drinks, turn on the microwave, make a bucketful of popcorn. Be sure to add some butter into the hot popcorns. Get some samosas and a quart of jal jeera or iced tea.

Turn on your DVD and have yourself a moviethon.Here’s my list of fav to watch:

  • Old Rajkumar movies with Narasimharaju as the henchman for those who watch Kannada movies
  • Anil Kapoor in his first movie: Pallavi Anupallavi (again for those who watch Kannada movies)

For the Hindi-watching gentry:

  • Jaane bhi do yaaron
  • Farouqe Sheikh in Chasme Badoor, Kisse Se Math Kehana, Ab Ayega Mazaa or any of the FS-Deepti Naval flicks
  • Angoor, Chupke Chupke, Naram Garam, Golmaal, Chitchor, Khatta Meetha


Make yourself some grilled chicken: Marinate whole chicken with skin in curds, turmeric, ginger-garlic paste, salt and a dash of red chilli powder for 2-3 hours. In the meanwhile, you can use this time to assemble all the other paraphernalia for a raving good time. Call your best friends over or like-minded neighbours. The chicken should be ready by now. Drain out all the curd, rub whole spices (oregano, basil, red chilli flakes) all over the chicken. Stuff it with lime wedges and a few pods of garlic. Finish it off with a rub of Nando’s spicy chilli and a coating of olive oil. Tie the legs together and the wings together. Stand it up on the rack or pop it onto a tray and dunk it into a preheated oven at 200 degree C. Bake for  an hour and a half.

While the chicken gets ready, start your party with a game of monopoly or pictionary.

Check on the chicken, it should be roasting red by now. Dribble on some olive oil and turn it upside down if in a pan. Another 10 minutes and it should be ready when you insert a fork and it comes clean (hehe just kidding). Your chicken should be succulent looking with no pinkishness to the flesh.

Remove and let someone carve it up while you get the movies ready. Oh, and don’t forget the crate of beer. Cold KF cans are excellent. Here are my fav:

  • The Internship (risque so not advisable if kids are around or people with sensibilities)
  • Meet the Millers (Same as above)
  • Old Lace and Arsenic (Cary Grant at his goofy best)
  • Any of the Marx Brother movies
  • North by Northwest
  • Overboard
  • Seems Like Old TImes
  • Death Becomes Her
  • The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
  • Any of the Lethal Weapon or Die Hard franchisees
  • Any of the Alfred Hitchcock movies (The Lady Vanishes, Rebecca, N by NW, Vertigo being my favorites)


So there, the next time you have one of those lazy, crazy, hazy days have fun!

The Breakfast Club (but keep this to the middling order)


Finding a lil’ of me

Thanks to some great folks over the last couple of years like the 80 Feet Road gang, Vijay, Rocksta I have found a lil’ of me through the movies.

Some unforgettable ones:
The Descendants: George Clooney shuns his chocolate boy image to be chocolate man and does soul searching as he copes with a terminally ill wife and recalcitrant kids and greedy family.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: After crying bucketloads while watching the Truman show I fell long and hard for Jim Carrey. Not only can he talk from the other side like he does in Ace Ventura Pet Detective or defy gravitation with the Mask, the man can act. And no, it’s not Yes Man or Bruce Almighty for those are child’s play just like Poppers Penguin, this really weird movie had me wondering if I could get some eternal sunshine with a spotless mind!!

The Holiday: Kate Winslett I love thee. No, I’m not lesbian but anyone who has watched her in Jude knows she can act and has a body to die for. Angelina Jolie, stand back for Lady Winslett (Ok, she hasn’t been made a Dame yet but she still a long innings). Between her, Jack Black and Jude Law this is the perfect pick-me-up movie

Butterflies are free: Goldie Hawn, she of the blonde bubbly variety is 1st on my list of actresses I want to watch when I need that quick adrenalin kick in the tush. Pvt. Benjamin, Overboard, Bird on a Wire, Foul Play, Seems like Old Times are just some of the movies that flash across as I have a toothy smile.

Arsenic and Old Lace: Cary Grant running across a corn field while the machine gun goes ta ta ta is stuff that legends are made of. But catch him in this old 1940’s flick and get ready for a rollicking time. From the time the first body is found (pardon the 13th or 12th, you tell me if you ever watch this) to the credit roll you have a harum scarum cast of characters who just don’t stop.

Oscar contenders of 2012 and 2013: Though I don’t agree that Hugo go fuck yourself deserved an Oscar there was enough and more jingoism to have me Ra-Ra-ing from the aisles. My horse to win was Lincoln. Never has history come alive or acting been as real. Silver Linings Playbook for the quirky Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper ( who actually moved beyond his looks to act), Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables (Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe). Still don’t get the awe’s and ooo’s about Life of Pi beyond the great special effects and some great acting from the lead (Ok, I’m waiting sure there are bricks waiting to be thrown my way) and same for Django Unchained. The Actor, Descendants and Hugo were few of my favorites from the year before.

The Perks of Being a Wall Flower: Logan Lerman reminds me of Leonardo in What’s Eating Gilbert Grapes and This Boy’s Life. A great future ahead if he is fortunate to get roles that are quirky, interesting, meaty, offbeat. A sensitive subject handled with great finesse, great casting, terrific music and I could just go on and on. I’m sold on the movie and the lead stars not to forget the incredibly talented ensemble cast. Must-watch movie.