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Changing Trends

First the disclaimer – I am a big movie buff. People who know me well claim I can watch any movie, and I don’t disagree.

Today I am going to write about an upcoming trend in Indian films, the concept of parallel cinemas. Off late I have watched many movies, which are not from the mainstream Bollywood but are of superior quality, both on content and presentation. Unlike the quintessential Bollywood, the cast is not from the mainstream, the stories are more authentic, and direction unconventional.

I am enjoying this refreshing change, and I am hopeful for the future of Indian movies. I want to list four such movies I recently watched on Netflix. Let me know your thoughts

  • Rajma Chawla: This movie is Netflix original. A beautiful movie depicting an estranged son’s relationship with his father after the sudden demise of his mother. A light movie with a perfect blend of emotions, comedy, and romance
  • Kuch Bheegay Alfaaz: what an amazing take on social media, aberrant love, redemption and liberation. A sheer brilliance on all fronts – acting, direction, and cinematography.
  • Hope Aur Hum: Four characters from a family, four stories and four amazing conclusions. A must see
  • Love per square foot: a light drama and a feel-good movie of love, hope and owning a home.

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13 Hours and 5 minutes

And as I sit on the plane✈️ preparing to fly for another 13 hours before I reach Delhi. I wonder why there is always a sense of excitement, the charm of a child that engulfs me when the word India 🇮🇳 crosses my mind.

Now America🇺🇸 is home🏡, but I guess forgetting your first love❤️ is always arduous.

With a benign smile and a mind clouded with many nostalgic thoughts, I, with a fervent heart is eager to arrive.

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Off to India for a week

Hello friend!!. Hope you all are having a fab weekend.

I am off to India for a week for work and may not get enough time to read and comment on your lovely post. Please don’t give up on me, for I shall be back soon.

Though for work, I am always excited to be in India. This time I will be in Delhi and Chennai. NJ weather cooled down a bit today, but I will continue to get my sunshine 🌞 while I am in India.😊

Enjoy your Sunday. Take care and stay blessed

Louisville To Raleigh

I had an important meeting in Louisville Kentucky today. My flight from Newark was delayed yesterday and I reached Louisville way past midnight. Despite all the travels I still find hard to sleep in a hotel bed. And my struggle to sleep continued this time as well.

My day started early and meetings went well. Louisville was preparing for the Derby season and the city was warming up for the event.

My flight was not until 6:30 PM. This time I was flying to Raleigh, NC. There was no direct flight and I was flying via Newark. The irony of reaching home airport yet not able to go home 😬

The famous Kentucky fried chicken (KFC) started in Louisville. I had left eating at fast food joint a while ago, but the thought that fried chicken originated from this place tempted me to stop by at a KFC. I stood in the line for a while and when my turn came, I couldn’t find the courage to break my 5-year streak of avoiding fast food joint. I went to a tavern instead and enjoyed a grilled burger.

The boarding was announced and as I waited to be seated the famous air traffic congestion delayed the flight. My connection time between the two flights was only 35 minutes. With every passing minute, my chance to make the connecting flight was turning bleak. Flying 200K miles gives you a status with the airlines and comes handy in a situation like this. I called the airline premier desk and I was rerouted to Raleigh via Chicago. This time I was landing in Raleigh post midnight. Knowing the importance of my meeting, I switched to the new itinerary. Incidentally, the flight to Newark left. I wasn’t sure whether I should have stuck to my previous flight option. Knowing it was a losing battle, I gave such thoughts a passing glare.

The incoming flight came in and we patiently waited for the passengers to deplane. And when it was time for us to board, the gate agent announced there would be a delay. Apparently, the pilot found a scratch on the wing and it required the maintenance staff to do a thorough inspection. This time the connecting window was 50 minutes. I was hoping I had enough time, but I was wrong. Sure, the flight was delayed to a point that there was no way I could have made the connecting flight. There weren’t any other flight leaving Louisville in the night.

So, guess what I did. I called for an Uber ride from Louisville to Raleigh. A 600 miles 8-hour journey crossing three states, marking a dozen highways.

I am writing this from the ride. I arrive at 6 in the morning and my day starts at 7:30. Hopefully, it will be a fun ride

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