22 March 2018

Starbucks in Calcutta

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Today I had my life's first Starbucks Coffee at South City Mall. Since my childhood days, I have heard and seen so much about Starbucks in American movies (especially 'You’ve Got Mail') and TV shows (especially 'Sex & The City') that it seemed that it was the best Coffee in the World. Its nice to finally have Starbucks in Calcutta. The Coffee was good though it was nothing extraordinary. Today at South City Mall, as I was sipping on my first Starbucks Coffee and checking out all the beautiful women around, I was remembering Tom Hanks' dialogue from 'You’ve Got Mail' :


"The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don't know what the hell they're doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self : Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.”







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11 February 2018

Teenage Love

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Today on Facebook I came across this video :








Immediately it reminded me of Anjan Dutt's song 'Chyapta Golap'. Here are the lyrics :

school er gate er bairey dariye meye ta
chhele ta dourey dourey eshey hnapay
school er bus ta horn diye jaay teen bar
meye ta dourey dourey chole jaay

school er bag ta kandhey tuley niye chhele ta
hnapatey hnapatey abar hata dey
bus er bhetor janlar kachey jhapsa
meye tar abar kanna paay

aaro duto chhele meyer boyesh berey jabey
aaro duto diner oboshan
amar chhelemanushi ta aankre dhore rekhey
likhbo aami bhalobashar gaan

chhele tar nei bari ferar tara
meye taro nei baritey telephone
dujoner e nei niyom bhangar boyosh
tobu dujoner e achey niyom bhangar mon

chhele tar achey buk pocket ey chithi
prothom prem er banan bhool
meye tar achey jotno korey rakha
khatar bhetor chyapta golap phool

aaro duto chhele meyer boyesh berey jabey
aaro duto diner oboshan
amar chhelemanushi ta aankre dhore rekhey
gaibo aami bhalobashar gaan

chhele tar nei bhobishyoter bhavna
meye taro nei dabi dawa kono
dampottyer shokto mane taa
tara dujonei janena ekhono

sudhu ektibarer jonnye ektu dekha
chhuti hoye gele dujoner ishkool
nei je tader aar kono chawa pawa
sudhu khatar bhetor chyapta golap phool

aaro koto chhele meyer boyosh berey jabey
aaro koto diner oboshan
amar chhelemanushi mon aankre dhore rekhey
aaro ekta bhalobashar gaan...



The video reminded me of my teenage years when I used to go to almost all the fests in the girls' schools of Calcutta and hoped to meet my soulmate. I always hoped that some girl would fall in love with me at first sight. Those first eye contacts were magical. Those second eye contacts were heavenly. Those third eye contacts were simply out of this world. A lot was said and exchanged in those ethereal eye contacts. Some eye contacts lasted for a nano second, others lasted for an eternity. Life altering decisions were made in those eye contacts. 

I remember this one time when I had gone to a girls' school for their fest. It was in the year 2000 and I was then studying in Class XI at St. Xavier's. It was winter and I was wearing a black blazer and had my hair back brushed with brylcreem hair gel. There was this very pretty girl who was standing in the auditorium with her friends wearing her school uniform. At that moment she looked like the most beautiful woman in this universe. I looked at her and after a few seconds she also looked at me and I immediately removed my eyes from her face and looked towards the stage. Then after some time I looked at her again and she again looked at me. Our eyes stared at each other for a few seconds. Then I gathered all the courage I had and smiled at her. She also smiled back. Her friends were noticing everything that was happening between us. Her smile gave me confidence so I walked up to her and introduced myself. She also introduced herself. It was love at first sight. There was a tea and coffee stall outside the auditorium. I asked her for coffee and she agreed. We both came outside the auditorium and went to the coffee stall. We started chatting there and exchanged our landline phone numbers. Then after some time another girl came up to her and told her that she was needed for some fest related work and her friends were waiting for her. So she had to leave me and go inside again. But before leaving she gave me the sweetest smile in this universe. That day I came back home with a sweet smile on my lips too. I was the happiest boy in this world. The next evening I called her on her landline number. She picked it up. It was as if she was waiting for my call. We spoke for more than an hour. We both felt that we had found the person we were searching for. We both felt that we had found our soulmates.

This is 2018. The above video clip reminded me of her. I am hundred percent sure that if she sees the above video clip then she will also remember me. Today we are no longer in touch and she is now married to someone else. I wish her a very happy married life. There was really something magical in that winter evening of 2000. That evening will always have a special place in my heart. I will never be able to forget that evening... 

Anyways here is the full song : 







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8 February 2018

Padman

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The first girl in my life who frankly talked to me about periods was my first girlfriend in the year 2001. We were both in Class XI then. In those days we did not have mobile phones and we used to chat for hours on our landline phones. She used to tell me every time she had her periods. I used to be extra-caring and extra-loving during those 4/5 days. Sometimes she used to have tremendous menstrual cramps. I used to feel really sorry for her. I wish I knew a way to make her pain go away. I used to feel really helpless during those 4/5 days. I wish I knew some magic to free her from the pain of her menstrual cramps. Whenever we used to meet during her periods, I used to give her chocolates to cheer up her mood. Seventeen years have passed. Now she is married to someone else and has become the mother of a cute little boy. I wish her a very happy married life. 

I usually do not follow Facebook trends. But this latest 'Padman' trend has really touched my heart. Therefore today for the first time in my life I bought a packet of Stayfree for Rs. 28. I entered a medicine shop and asked for pads. The shopkeeper looked at me and paused for a moment. Then he hurriedly bought a packet of Stayfree and quickly put it inside a black plastic bag and gave it to me. I do not understand why these pads are put inside black plastic packets. Is it a crime or sin to buy sanitary napkins? 

Anyways I came back home, opened the packet and clicked some selfies with a pad. Tomorrow 'Padman' is releasing in theatres. I would request everybody to go and watch this film only in cinema halls. Salute to R. Balki for making a film on such an unique subject. We all must support this kind of cinema. Thank You...


















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1 February 2018

Padmaavat

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Yesterday I went to watch Padmaavat at Lake Mall Cinepolis. Usually I don't go to theatres to watch films but this was an exception because it was an exceptional film. The reason why I don't go to theatres is this :

http://rajgauravdebnath.blogspot.in/2017/03/bastards-in-theatres.html?m=1



Anyways I loved the film. This film glorifies the Rajputs and demonises Alauddin Khilji. This film is all about Rajput pride, valour, bravery and honour. The film is all about the Rajputs who will stick on to their principles even in the face of death.

Chocolate boy Shahid Kapoor looks too short in height to be a Rajput. He was a wrong choice for the role of a Rajput warrior-king. And he had almost the same expression on his face throughout the film. Though he tried his best to give a stellar performance, yet something somewhere was always missing.

The role of Padmavati belongs to Aishwarya Rai. Several Bollywood websites mention that SLB wanted to make this film years back with Aishwarya Rai as the heroine. However unfortunately that project did not take off.

Deepika Padukone has given a fantastic performance. The trio of Deepika-SLB-Ranveer are proving to be an awesome combination. I am hoping for more such gems from this trio in the near future.

There is absolutely no chemistry between Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone throughout the film. I was hoping for that kind of chemistry which was there between Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in Jodha-Akbar, but sadly there was none.

Gabbar - Mogambo - Khilji...

Ranveer Singh owns this film. He has set a new benchmark as a villain in Bollywood. Hollywood has Heath Ledger's Joker. Bollywood has Ranveer Singh's Khilji. After the end of the film, someone from the audience commented, "Iss Picture Ka Naam Khilji Hona Chahiye Tha". If everything goes fine then Ranveer Singh has the potential to be the next Amitabh Bachchan of Bollywood! 

Jim Sarbh really draws one's attention towards himself. There is something mysterious in his eyes throughout the film.

I did not like Anupriya Goenka's performance. There was something missing in the way she delivered her lines.

SLB always paints pictures on a grand canvas. His brush strokes roam freely on a lavish scale. He loves larger than life things. Salute to SLB for making this film. Only he could have done this.

The music is however ordinary. The songs are simply not that great. Only 'Ghoomar' and 'Binte Dil' are something to take home. The other songs are below average. I miss the SLB-Ismail Darbar collaborations of 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' and 'Devdas'. SLB is a great director but a very average music director. The choreography of 'Ghoomar' and 'Khaalibali' must be appreciated.

Here is the link for Episode 26 of 'Bharat Ek Khoj' which used to air in Doordarshan years back. Apparently SLB was an assistant editor in the Delhi Sultanate and Padmavat episode...





  


   




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10 March 2017

Golden Moments (Domestic)

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That last Saxophone part of "Raja Ko Rani Se Pyaar Ho Gaya"...










Vandana Tripathi's heart was not interested in When Eight Bells Toll...







Pardaa Nahin Jab Koi Khudaa Se
Baando Se Pardaa Karnaa Kyaa...
And how The Great Akbar lowers his Eyes...









That Mouth-Organ and how She slowly puts off the Lights...









That extended hand in "Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahaani"...









That Paper-Boat scene in "Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat"...










Socho Naa Kyoon Kab Kya Hoga
Main Hoon Tumhaari Hamesha...










That initial Guitar part of "Tera Mera Pyaar"...










Hey Maajhi Rey 
Tohar Bina Mor Jiboney Nayi Maaney
Phirey Aaasi Ja Tui Mor Kaasey
Jaton Korey Rakhiboho Tohkey 
Mor Booker Moddhey Maajhi Rey...










Kaise Main Batau Tujhe Kaisa Mera Haal Ve
Jeena Marna Hai Sab Aab Tere Naal Ve...
Preity Zinta's hand movements and Jimmy Shergill's facial expressions...










That moment when Muzammil Ibrahim kisses Shonali Nagrani's daughter's hand in "Teri Yaad Jab Aati Hai"...









That moment when Shah Rukh Khan was listening to the poor man's words in Swades...








That moment when Shah Rukh Khan drank water in a mud-cup in Swades...








Oh! That moment when Shah Rukh Khan and Gayatri Joshi looked into each other's eyes when "Chura Liya Hai Tumne" was playing on the temporary screen in Swades...









Oh! That moment when Shah Rukh Khan looks at some place where he should not be looking and then lowers his eyes and turns around in "Ladki Badi Anjani Hai" from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai...









That moment when Mahima Chowdhury looks at Shilpa Shetty for the first time in Dhadkan...








Oh! When Hrithik Roshan says Chatni Chataayi for the Second Time in K3G...








Oh! That moment in Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai when Amisha Patel was feeling a bit shy in her short dress and Hrithik Roshan was looking the other way...









Oh! That moment when Jimmy Shergill walks in with a cut on his hand for the Second Time in "Chalte Chalte Yunhi Ruk Jaata Hoon Main" from Mohabbatein...






That moment when both Sanjay Kapoor and Akshaye Khanna were visualizing Madhuri Dixit on the side-mirrors of their car in "Aaina Bata Kaise" from Mohabbat...







You Know My Age, I'm Thirty Plus Nine
Oh That Means You Are Old Wine...









Oh! That Whistle in "Sambhala Hai Maine" from Naaraaz...










That moment when Fardeen Khan drinks water from the same bottle in "Hum Ho Gaye Aapke"...







Oh! So Much Sadness In One Scene...








Aur Ek Baat Aur Bata Du, Aapki Halwai Ki Dukaan Toh Main Haraap Kar Hi Rahoonga...








Thorisi Pagal Hai, Actually Bilkul Pagal Hai...







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to be updated regularly...


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7 March 2017

5th March 2017 (Sunday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today I woke up around 9 a.m. Missed Rangoli on Doordarshan. Around 11 a.m. I went to Khudiram Anushilan Kendra for the Tea Expo. Had a lovely time. Made a few contacts there. From there I came to Rashbehari and had my lunch at Bachan's Dhaba. Then I took an AC Volvo bus and went to Howrah Station. From there I took a train and went to Chandannagar. From Chandannagar Station I took a Toto and went to Rabindra Bhavan. I really love riding on these Totos. They should be introduced on the Calcutta roads too. Near Rabindra Bhavan I met up with a friend. Had a lovely adda with him near the river bank. Met up with some other friends too. Entered Rabindra Bhavan around 5:30 p.m. The one and only Kabir Suman started performing on time. It was a mesmerizing performance. He sang most of his old songs. Especially on public demand he sang his song Swadhinota after many many many years. After the concert I again took a Toto with a friend of mine from the auditorium to the Station. Had a lovely adda with her while munching on potato chips on our way back to Howrah...

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath





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6 March 2017

4th March 2017 (Saturday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today morning I went to Office. From Office around 2 p.m. I went to RCTC. Today we had Bangalore Races. Had a hectic day. Missed the Jackpot by only one leg. I became very depressed after that. Ate a plate of Chicken Biriyani. The Biriyani helped me to cheer up a bit. Biriyani is always the best anti-depressant.

I took a cab from RCTC and came back home. On the way I bought a small bottle of Old Monk rum and a big bottle of Thums Up. Reached home around 8 p.m. and took a shower. Then I finished off the rum while listening to Kabir Suman's songs in my laptop...

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath




      

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3rd March 2017 (Friday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today morning I went to Office on time. Had a normal day in Office. Around 6 p.m. I went to ICCR to watch Kabir Suman's concert on Bangla Kheyal. It was a fascinating concert. Kabir Suman is really doing his best to popularize Bangla Kheyal. He firmly believes that it is possible to sing Kheyals in the Bengali language. 

After the concert I went to London Pub with a friend of mine. Had a lovely adda with some drinks. Watched parts of the England-West Indies one day match there. The last time I had gone to LP was like ten years back. So many days have passed in between. Left LP around midnight...

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath







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26th February 2017 (Sunday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today I woke up around 10:30 a.m. Yesterday Australia thrashed India very badly at Pune. Congratulations to the Australian Cricket Team for winning the First Test Match. Almost all Indian so-called "Experts" including Sourav Ganguly were predicting a 4-0 win in favour of India in this series. Australia have shown that they are made of sterner stuff. One must never underestimate an Opponent. I personally was really angry at Virat Kohli because he did not enforce the follow-on against Bangladesh in the last Test Match. There is an unique kind of heavenly pleasure in enforcing the follow-on. There is an unique kind of heavenly pleasure in giving an innings-defeat to your Opponent. Really felt sad because Virat Kohli did not have the balls to impose the follow-on against a weak team like Bangladesh, that too on his own country. Now I am very happy that Virat Kohli's Team has lost in such a pathetic manner. He really deserved to lose this Match. Its as if God has punished him for not enforcing the follow-on against Bangladesh. Ha Ha Ha! Or maybe since the IPL is just around the corner, therefore the players are mentally more obsessed with the T-20 format. After all, there is more money involved in IPL!

Anyways around noon I took a shower, had my lunch and then straightaway went to RCTC. Today we had Hyderabad and Mumbai Races. I started betting on horses from around 1 p.m. and kept on betting till around 8 p.m. Lost a lot of money though. Ate a plate of Chicken Biriyani around 5 p.m. Drank lots of Thums Up and Mountain Dew. Had a rough day at RCTC. Did not win a single penny. Came back home around 9 p.m. Started watching Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times on TV. 

I firmly believe that the famous and hilarious assembly-line sequence of Modern Times was inspired from the 1931 French film À Nous La Liberté (Liberty for Us) which was directed by René Clair. I have myself seen the French film. If anyone wants to watch this film then the Youtube link is given below.

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath





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25th February 2017 (Saturday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today I did not go to Office. Instead I went to RCTC. Today we had Calcutta and Bangalore Races. Today's main attraction was The Governor's Cup. Had a lovely day at RCTC. Drank two cans of beer. Ate lots of junk food there too.

Came back home around 7 p.m. Started watching The BFG from 9 p.m. on TV. What a wonderful film by Steven Spielberg! I am a huge fan of Spielberg and I love all his movies. He always leaves his trademark stamp on all his work. My most favourite Spielberg films are Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Empire of the Sun, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, Munich, Lincoln and Bridge of Spies.

I firmly believe that E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was actually inspired from a script by Satyajit Ray named The Alien which was circulating freely among the Hollywood Studios in the sixties. Ray had based this script on his own short story named Bankubabur Bandhu which he had written for Sandesh in 1962. Its a sad thing that Hollywood ditched and hoodwinked the great and noble Ray. I firmly believe that it was actually Hollywood's loss. Well, ultimately Hollywood had to bow down to Ray's genius...

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath



  

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