Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

Updated With Some Pictures

Please notice that two entries were updated with pictures. Sorry for being so late!

About Agra and New Delhi
Visit to Ahmedabad

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Pictures of my Last Neighbourhood in Mumbai

You'll see what the area looked like, and what the way to work was looking like :)


Taare Zameen Par

That means "stars on Earth", and its about a dyslexic child's troubles, and his teacher helping him overcome learning challenges. Its another Aamir Khan movie, and it won a few awards. It is worth watching.

Watch the trailer.


Another Bachchan movie, Black deserves praise for being entirely story-driven. There is a tiny bit of romance thrown in for good measure (its a Hindi film after all), but its generally free of stupidity.
The acting is generally good, although overdone on some stuff... the way that Bachchan looks crazy schizophrenic when he has Alzheimer's is just one example. I liked that it gave me a window in the world of a blind and deaf person, and showing how determination can overcome even serious handicaps.

Here is the trailer.


I love that one song in that movie. Otherwise, its a pain to watch. Plot holes the size of houses and lame romance are enough to kill this thing.

Here is Dil na diya, with French subtitles

Jab We Met

Jab We Met is a hit movie of 2007. The song director did a great job on that one, and I have to say that I'm addicted to two songs. Too bad they got indecent on the last one though.

There was some character development, and the whole story was entertaining.

First favorite song: beat the drum!

Second favorite song: this love reminds of heaven

Cheeni Kum

Cheeni Kum means less sugar in Hindi. Its an enjoyable love movie because it actually makes a little bit of sense that they fall in love with each other. After countless Bollywood movies when you don't understand why they shouldn't call them "lust movies" instead, that's kind of priceless.

Enjoy the official trailer. It doesn't have too much in the way of songs, too, so that's a good thing.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum

Another movie I saw a while back. I was excited when I saw the lineup of famous actors...
Yet, what a bad love movie. Seriously. No plot, overly done acting, too much songs. I can't count the number of times I said "not another song!"...

Here is a video. Warning: idolatry ahead


To inaugurate the "movies" part of my blog, I'm starting with one which main song stuck in my head for a while now.

I saw this movie in Mumbai and I have to say that its the best hybrid between a love movie and a smart movie I saw in Bollywood. I like the morality side of the story, and the plot is somewhat decent.

Alas, too many songs. If it were an hour shorter, I would love it!!!

Here is the song stuck in my head, with French subtitles

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Back in Québec City

Home sweet home.

As promised, I kissed the ground when I finally reached my destination.
It was kind of weird to do the trip Montreal to Quebec City using an airplane with blades instead of jet engines... simply because I never used that technology in a year in a developing country!

My sleep is getting somewhat regularized. I've been doing a few things here and there with my family and my disciples.
I'll try to upload many pictures soonish, of both India and Quebec.

Since we have lots of stuff going on for the 400th birthday of the city, I got a picture taken with a 'coureur des bois' look:
Chevalier de l'Ordre de la raquette - Knight of the Order of the Snow Shoe
Just for the sake of context... some of my Indian friends might be offended at seeing so much animal fur. Just so that you know, animal fur was pretty much the only thing that was warm enough to allow anyone to survive in winter. The native peoples weren't killing for fun, only for survival. The Europeans did otherwise, and killed a lot of animals for the fur trade. The furs' main use was to make felt hats in Paris... which is not what you see in this picture!
Please notice the sash (ceinture fléchée) as well, one of the proud symbols of the habitant.
The thing I had in my hand is a snow shoe. It is used to avoid sinking in the snow too much. Made from wood and animal tendons, it was another case of survival necessity. Now, you can buy high-tech ones made with aluminum and plastic membranes for sports.