Monday, March 3, 2008

Monday moroseness, Gunda etc...

I’ve been suffering from a severe bout of Monday blues all day. I’ve been morose and crabby all day long. Obviously there’s no ostentatious reason for this. That’s how Monday Blues work.

A few things could’ve contributed to this though. I wasn’t really well on Friday and had to take the day off. But by the middle of Friday I was feeling a bit stupid because I seemed perfectly all right and had also exhausted one sick leave. So when conversation turned towards going on an impromptu road trip to Yercaud, some 220 kilometers from Bangalore on Saturday, I wholeheartedly agreed. Then of course I ended up sleeping at 2 at night and could not rest well enough. Additionally I had to do a couple of things for work and Friday’s off meant that I would have to do them over the weekend. RB has a datacard so I thought that that should not be a problem.

Yercaud is that perfect laze-around hill station. The weather is excellent, there’s not too much to do (They have one ‘waterfall’ called Illiyur waterfalls. It has been rather romantically called a waterfall because it lacks the essential property of any waterfall – water. RB says if you stand below it with a bottle, it’ll take a day to fill. We’ve been there once and though the trek is interesting, including a flat rock in a quiet niche surrounded with green trees and gentle sounds of birds, gentle perfumed breeze and a back ground sound of flowing water in a nearby brook. Bliss. Yes, last time I went there I took a nice nap on that rock while the others proceeded to reach the bottom of the waterfall. It was an excellent nap…what I wouldn’t give to have napped in office today, or even to be able to have a siesta right now. I seem to be suffering from insomnia after this trip), and we’ve identified an out of the way hotel which has the most wonderful view. It overlooks a valley which keeps appearing and disappearing as mists and clouds float on gentle wafts of cool breeze. The view at night is absolutely amazing. The last time we were there a bright full moon was beaming down on us from the inky blue velvety sky. The winds were a bit stronger and we could see clouds racing across the sky. Ethereal. In fact the reason for coming to Yercaud was based on that balcony view.

We were all up for a substantial part of the night enjoying the view and watching movie clips of Gunda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunda_%28film%29 : This has to be the most hilarious entry on Wikipedia. Please please read it. Its dripping with sarcasm and humour and plain silliness. It has almost brought a smile to my face, inspite of the Monday blues thing) on youtube. Gunda is a modern classic Mithun Chakraborty starrer with absolutely roll on the floor and laugh till you cry dialogues. Apparently bright people from IIT Kharagpur had once voted for this movie repeatedly and repeatedly on imdb.com and had managed to push it up to number 10 (This on the list which has Godfather and Pulp Fiction etc.). If you ever get an opportunity to watch this movie I suggest you do so. I would’ve put youtube links to the classic scenes from the movie. Unfortunately for you I’m in too crabby a mood to put so much effort. Go on youtube and search for Gunda.

Anyway, I’ve lost the thread of this post by getting too engrossed in reading the Wikipedia page on Gunda so I’ll close it out now.

Sorry about this wandering and strange post but I’m just not upto writing a good piece today.

6 comments:

तुषार वर्मा said...

after reading and watching the relevant youtube videos, i realised this movie was ahead of its times. an avant garde piece of art.

Swapnil said...

Absolutely true. I'm sure the Oscars were not instituted when this was released or this was a clear winner - both popular and critics segment :)

Rathin said...

Even I checked out this classic. Wiki, imdb, and youtube! Guess I'll sleep happy from now on. I have finally discovered what was missing from my life - Gunda!!

On a diff note - RB kinda sounds like a familiar character. hmm...

Swapnil said...

Rathin: Glad to make your life complete now. But seriously hats off to whoever wrote that Wiki entry - its just phenomenal.

Yeah, you know RB. We're flatmates now, and have gone on many trips together

Rathin said...

Guess that wiki entry serves a good reminder to us all - trust wiki at your own peril. But yeah, awesome entry.

Gishu said...

Somehow landed up at your blog while searching for something else..
Bright people all over the world vote for Gunda on IMDB :) I suggest you watch the entire movie. You dont know what you are missing
You may also want to check out the following
the original 15000 strong community has been vanadlized. We saved some of it here..
http://www.orkut.co.in/Community.aspx?cmm=22735299
http://gunda-faqs.blogspot.com/2007/05/faqing-index.html