View of the mountain from afar:
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Shahid Kapoor as Haider (parallel with Hamlet) shined well while Tabu as Ghazala (parallel with Gertrude) played perfectly the role of a devoted mother and an incestuous wife. Kay Kay Menon fitted easily into Uncle Khurram’s (parallel with Claudius) role with Shraddha Kapoor into Arshee (parallel with Ophelia). The chemistry and timing between the characters was perhaps the key for the viewer to be able to sit thru such a slow play.
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Being a runner myself, I appreciated the artwork depicting running. It was thrilling to see someone considering an athlete for their piece.
Here are a few works of art that I came across in the Runners ART Parade category, starting with my favorite.
Together We Are Run by Kathleen O'Neil: A very unique idea again. And true to the spirit of runners, doesnt matter who you are or where you are from or what color / gender / race you are, we all become one when we run. I simply loved this a lot.
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Here are a few works of art that I came across in the ART Bench Project category, starting with my favorite.
Stop and Sit a Spell by Christine Kurmaskie
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Six big ladles of Idili Batter
1 Red Chili
½ cup Cilantro
1 small Green Chili
A little Ghee
A little Oil
1) Divide the Idli Batter into three parts (two ladles per part)
2) For Orange Color: Chop Tomato into chunks. Sauté the Tomato along with Red Chili for a few minutes in a little oil to eliminate the raw taste. Once it cools grind it into a smooth paste. Mix this with one portion of the batter.
3) For Green Color: Chop the Cilantro into small pieces. Sauté it a little along with the Green Chili and a little oil. Once it cools grind it into a smooth paste. Mix this with the second portion of the batter.
4) Now in one tray of the Idli molds, fill with the Tomato paste filled batter. In the second tray fill it with Cilantro paste filled batter. In the third tray fill it with the regular batter.
5) Steam cook them for 15 minutes. Cool and remove from the molds.
6) Arrange them in the form of the flag. I used a flower for the center Chakra. Voila! Tri–color Idli is ready to admire first and then eat next!!! J
Here are a few sights from the same:
A 1932 Ford Pickup. What charmed me about this was the tyres...simply cool.
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A couple weekends ago I took my parents to visit a cousin of mine who lives up north in Vermont. One of the sights to visit on my list was the Ben and Jerry's factory in this location. It was a cute little factory with a tour, a store and a of course a scoop shop. Although we werent allowed to take pictures of the facility during the tour, I was marveled at how much it takes to make one scoop of icecream. It was incredible to know that. Since we were on a weekend there, we couldnt see the icecream actually being made though. All in all we had a wonderful time. Here are some of the sights from the place.
Mom and Dad posing as Ben and Jerry inside the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough carton cap.
The story is about the eleven men belonging to World War II 82nd Airborne who are recruited by Danny Ocean (portrayed by Frank Sinatra) and Jimmy Foster (portrayed by Peter Lawford) to rob the five casinos of Las Vegas ((Sahara, Riviera, Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn, Sands and the Flamingo) on New Year's Eve. They plan this whole heist with military precision ensuring to dot every "i" and cross every "t".
On New Year's eve with the expert rewiring done by the electrician, Tony (portrayed by Richard Conte) in their group cause the electric tower to blow up, giving them opportunity to rob the casinos and dump them into hotel dumpster. They get picked by Josh Howard (portrayed by Sammy Davis, Jr.). All seems to be going according to the plan. However, right around the time when they are cheering each other, Tony dies of a heart attack while he's getting back to the gang. This raises suspicion in the police's mind which comes as first hurdle to the gang.
While they are figuring out how to not get tangled with Tony's death, Duke Santos (portrayed by Cesar Romero) who is engaged to Jimmy Foster's mother and holidaying in Vegas learns of the heist. Santos being a retired and reformed gangster gets upset that someone planned this heist and got away with it right when under his nose. So, he meets with the casino owners, promises them to recover their money but for a price.
Santos getting involved becomes the second hurdle to the gang.In his investigation to find where the money is, he finds out Danny Ocean and Jimmy Foster being in Vegas. He figures out the entire plan when he learns that Tony Bergdorf belonged to the 82nd Airborne. Duke Santos then confronts the gang demanding a 50% share of the robbed money.
Desperate to keep the money for themselves they decide to hide the money in Tony's casket so when Tony's wife comes to take it the money would go back with her. This would enable them to escape paying Santos and at the same time give them a chance to dig it out of Tony's grave later. However, their final and real trouble was about to unveil.
Their plan backfires again when the funeral director who was responsible to handover Tony's body to his wife suggests her that a cremation would be a better option. Tony's wife agrees unaware that there is a loot hidden in the casket. The closing scene of the movie shows all the remaining gang members walking out of the funeral home, behind them the marquee at Sands Hotel list their names as headliners.
That is a shorter synopsis of a very enjoyable movie. It amused me thoroughly and the Rat Packers charmed me all over again. A successfully plotted heist went down the drain only because of a split of a moment decision by someone who was not connected directly to the heist. How ironic can it get! Every single frame of the movie was worth watching without blinking your eye. Believe me, you don't want to blink your eye. **A happy laugh**
If you get a chance do watch it.
It was not only an epic movie, and considered now "culturally, aesthetically and historically significant" movie; it left a very deep impression on my mind. For days I couldn't forget the movie or remove it from my brain after watching it. Here is my modest review on such a majestic movie.
Movie opens with a narration of how all the Jews are ordered by Caesar to move back to their place of birth, counted and taxed. And during this narration the birth of Christ is shown as well. And moves on to the two primary characters of the movie, Judah Ben-Hur and Messala. Judah is a wealthy Prince and merchant in Jerusalem living with his mother Miriam, sister Tirzah and loyal slave Simonides. Messala, childhood friend of Judah, returns to Jerusalem a tribune, the new commander of Roman Garrison. Messala is blinded by the glory of Rome and its power. Judah is faithful and devoted to his Jewish people.
Upon Messala's arrival to Jerusalem Judah meets him to reinforce their childhood friendship. The scene what charmed me was the way both of them throw the spear at exactly the same point on the wood above the entryway, in a manner of showing off something they did as kids. Interesting to note that the frame of the entryway is shaped like a cross.
Judah Ben-Hur: If you were not a bride, I would kiss you goodbye.
Primary idea behind Messala meeting Judah comes to light when he asks Judah's help in finding the names of the people who are against Rome. Judah refuses which angers Messala. Shortly after this confrontation while watching the parade of the new governor of Judea, Valerius Gratus, accidentally a tile falls from the roof of Judah's home and frightens the horse which almost kills the Governor. Messala attacks Judah in his home and captures Judah, his mother and sister even though he knew they were innocent. Messala's thought is that by capturing the city's wealthiest man and a childhood friend he hopes to drive fear into Jewish hearts againts Rome. Another powerful stream of lines flow between Judah and Messala when Judah escapes from prison and confronts Messala of the injustice.
Judah Ben-Hur: [after he is sentenced to the galleys] May God grant me vengeance! I will pray that you live until I return!
What follows after is how Judah survives as a galley slave, comes out of it alive, transforms into a Roman prince, becomes an exceptional charioteer and returns to Jerusalem to take his revenge and also find his family. In the process, he reunites with Esther, comes to know where his mother and sister are thrown away into leper colony, saves them and also takes his revenge on Messala by defeating and killing him in the chariot race. Yet, his heart does not stay in peace not his nights give him sleep. Esther pleads with him to go see this man from Nazareth whose sermons bring peace to mind and heart. Finally he ventures there along with his family and Esther only to find this man being crucified. After witnessing the crucifixion, Ben-Hur returns home to his family to find his mother and sister cured of leprosy. His final words to Esther "I felt His voice take the sword out of my hand." shows that finally he is at peace and hatred vanished from his heart.
An amazing performance by everyone in the movie. Even in death Messala does not waver to taunt Judah one last time.
Messala: [with grim satisfaction] Look... look for them... in the Valley... of the Lepers! If you can recognize them!
Even is hardship Esther does not shun away Judah though she understands that he is turning into Messala himself. Instead with her determination and patience she heals him and also brings peace to Miriam and Tirzah. As a Prince, as a slave and as a charioteer, Judah reigns the screen all thru the movie.
Apart from the Chariot Race and the 7 minute prelude / interlude, I particularly liked the scene where Quintus Arrius, Roman Consul, makes the 200 rowers (galley slaves) row with gradually increasing their pace with the commands "Battle Speed", "Attack Speed" and "Ramming Speed". A solid 5 minute scene that is very well pictured. I cant even imagine how the slaves in real had managed to do that.
I totally loved the movie, even though it was approx 3 hrs 45 minutes. A totally spell-bounding motion picture, I must say! Dont miss a chance to watch it if you get one.
Actually what caught me were the little chairs made completely of tire rims. And that led me to explore the restuarant further and take pics. Very very interesting theme for a car lover.
prashanthchengi, premkudva, ebony_nivory, chandrahasa: What do you think of this place?
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Ingredients for Rava Idli: (For 12 Idlis)
PS: Link for Recipe for Sambar: http://inspirethoughts.livejournal.com/2
I call it interesting because of the raunchy, sinful and redemptive lines. Didnt seem it would be apt for a movie as such as Harry Potter that dealt with magic, potions and mythical creatures. If one observes closely this song has so much sadness and ill-wills of the world packed in. Yet the music is simple, words are plain and melody is haunting. I have mixed feelings about this song cause at one glance it gives you way from all the hell you are facing and another glance it curses you back for the life you are in. Well, certainly a dark song.
Video of the original song sung by Nick Cave and Bad Seeds Band.
And the scene from Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1:
Lyrics of the song:
They are knocking now upon your door
Forgive us now for what we've done
Here comes Frank and poor old Jim
We have the answer to all your fears
The cleaners have done their job on you
Poor old Jim's white as a ghost
Hey little train! We are all jumping on
Hey, little train! Wait for me!
Hey little train! Wait for me!
Hey little train! We are all jumping on
Hey little train! We are all jumping on
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prashanthchengi and deponti: Will this go well with your Brinjal curry? **Happy Grin**
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Recipe for Paneer Mixed Vegetable Curry:
7) Cut into small pieces and serve.
11/27/2012: Naughty Nurse Beer - A friend who hadnt had beer till now was challenged to taste during the happy hour that we had for the project that was completed successfully in October. He tried the flavor called Naughty Nurse at the restaurant that we went to. He managed to complete it and still stay sober at the end.