Sunday, September 11, 2005


Inertia is one of those things that, as I keep mentioning, drives me (nuts - and others too). Which is why I write three posts some week and then none for a while...
I have also been busy. Work - yes I work too you know and a jolly sight more regularly than back in grad school. To paraphrase, that keeps me busy and my mind off the devil's work. Not that I am sure what the devil's work is, but now I am just rambling.
So I managed to attend the first of four sessions of a beginners' level Thai cooking class. The students are an eclectic mix of Bay Area people, a little noisy and we seem to love food, and did really well in the kitchen. I know cause we cooked for three hours and then turned aorund and had a lovely dinner party with the stuff we had cooked. Yummy! (A wink goes out to Priya)
I also went to see Salaam Namaste at the Naz8 in Fremont yesterday. Now why didnt anybody mention that it is a masalafied, khichried remix of the Hugh Grant starrer Nine Months? The idea strangely enough takes on a freshness in the desi context but on the whole, a B- it is. Maybe a B for keeping the family jing-bang-lot out of the story and Javed Jaffery is just hilarious, "When in Rome, do the Romans" indeed, hah.
Ok, nothing else to write about except that I drove on the Bay Bridge for the first time, fairly eventlessly.
Update: See this review by eeesh! to get a better idea of what I meant about Salaam Namaste. She says it with a great deal more verve than I did!


Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

Oooooo, you are taking classes with Kasma Loha-unchit? That's freaking cool! I love Kasma's website. Is she a good teacher? I'd love to take classes with her, I'm so jealous of you.

September 11, 2005 12:09 PM  
Blogger Urmea said...

Yes, yes, yes, she is amazing! She really gets into the concepts of whatever we do and its just a totally party class. Its just like getting together with a bunch of friends and cooking and having a dinner party! Kasma told us we were the most talkative group she had, heh!

September 11, 2005 12:34 PM  
Blogger Urmea said...

Oh, and I got into the class completely by chance. I was actually on the waiting list as all her classes are perpetually full. It just so happened that two of them had to drop out (a couple, the husband is a fireman who got sent to NOLA!) on the morning the current sequence started. Kasma sent out an email to the waiting list and I signed up in like 2 minutes! Good thing I obsessively check my email, hmm?

September 11, 2005 12:40 PM  
Blogger Vishnupriya said...

ooh, must see salaam namaste. at least for saif khan. :))

September 12, 2005 10:46 PM  
Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Hey! Granted that Saif can't match up to HG's uber-nerdy-cool persona, but I thought it was a pretty neat movie. (Tough call between Preity and Julianne Moore, though - I so love that dimple)

One of the very few Hindi movies I've seen that did a neat wrap, there were some good lines, fairly credible. Preity's shrieking in the latter part did jar (although I'm told that's par for a hassled pregnant woman) and Abhishek was wasted.


September 12, 2005 11:37 PM  
Blogger Urmea said...

J Alfred da, I see what you are saying, but my reaction was more of a gut thing in that I could not get into the story and empathize with the main characters, although not for the reasons one might think.

September 13, 2005 10:08 PM  
Blogger the still dancer said...

You saw SN? eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek. Yes, apparently 'tis a lift from 9M, not that that one's the epitome of good cinema either. But Julianne Moore. Siigghhh...

September 14, 2005 12:48 AM  
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September 14, 2005 1:26 PM  
Blogger K said...

You know what you should really do for entertainment is to go and find some of Bollywood's classic C-grade releases. They are a lot better than mainstream Bollywood - from a funny POV that is. Fantasy dekhna hai to total fantasy hi dekho na?

September 16, 2005 4:28 AM  
Blogger eeesh! said...

hey, thanks for that 'verve' bit.. like javed jaf would say - i the like the compliments..

September 16, 2005 6:16 AM  
Blogger Urmea said...

Orco, PZ is not bad at all but looks kinda haggard!
K, well I would but those are better to watch on lazy afternoons courtesy of local cablewallahs, which I don't have :(
eeesh!, you are bhery bhery bhelcum! Or as JJ may say (that rhymes incidentally), "Egg-jacktly!"

September 16, 2005 11:17 AM  
Blogger the still dancer said...

kreee-gah. ilmar iratho muendhrin morgul.

And various other terrible imprecations in the nazgul tongue. I am NOT to be called orc, or any inflections thereof.
Now about PZ. Agreed, but she can't hold a candle to JM. Now, if only she wasn't old enough to be my great-grandmother. siiiighh. Then again, I should perhpaps take heart from Ashton Kutcher's example.

September 18, 2005 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Amartya Sen said...

I like Saif Khan because he left his first wife for a foreign model...just like moi....and I have to confess whenever I see rich ladies with lots of inheritance, my dil goes mmmm....

Secret: Rothschild--out
Paris Hilton--in

September 19, 2005 3:58 PM  
Blogger Gamesmaster G9 said...

For heaven's sake! It hasn't been up for 5 minutes yet.

September 19, 2005 4:47 PM  
Blogger Urmea said...

Orcz, she is 45, that makes you about -15 if you have to be a great-grandchild, no?
Amartya wannabe, you're amusing, still - the moment you spout rude stuff, you will get deleted everytime! Just sayin.
Ani, what you be implying, hmm? I am hard at work, I am!

September 19, 2005 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Amartya Sen said...

When have I spouted rude stuff before? Kindly illustrate...and FYI I am not a wannabe...I am the real deal. JB is the pretender.

September 20, 2005 4:07 PM  
Blogger Urmea said...

But who's JB??

September 20, 2005 6:41 PM  
Anonymous Amartya Sen said...

JB is Jagadish arch enemy

September 21, 2005 5:13 PM  
Blogger Vishnupriya said...

youve been tagged!

October 04, 2005 3:14 PM  

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