Monday, August 17, 2015

Movie Time

 I watched a total of four movies in India this time- ‘Inside-Out’, ‘Jurassic World’, ‘Premam’ and ‘Ant-Man’.  They were amazing. But one notable mention is ‘Jurassic World’, which kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I hope one more movie comes out! I have watched all the ‘Jurassic’ movies and they get better every time! Raaawwrrrr!!!

What I like about them the most is the suspense. One minute you give out a sigh of relief, next minute you’ll be screaming, and running like Usain Bolt from a hungry dino! Woo-hoo!

Except ‘Premam’, I watched all the movies with Kunjunni and Kunji chechi, so it was double the fun. Kunjunni really wanted to see ‘Ant-Man’. But all I could say was ‘Seriously? Ant-Man?’

“It has a high rating.”

“It’s going to be lame.”

“You can decide that after the movie’’.

In the end, I loved it. I declared that while we were leaving the theater and got a smug look in return, plus, an ‘I told you so.’ In fact, if there is a sequel, I’d probably be the first one to watch it.

Minions” was a miss though. We didn’t get time to see it. But according to the reviews I’ve read so far, everyone said it was quite disappointing.

Before ‘Inside-Out’ was previewed a short musical called ‘I lava you’ was shown, in which a volcano finds true love. It was really sweet and funny.

The advertisements in a theater are pretty annoying. And after them comes the trailers. I was slightly, okay, a LOT terrified that they would show the trailer of ‘Insidious- Chapter 3’ as well, because of my never-ending fear of horror movies. I probably have a phobia called horror-movie-phobia or something because the slightest of creepiness is enough to send a shiver down my spine and give me several restless nights along with a fear of mirrors.

Kunjunni and Kunji chechi along with their parents had gone to see it before we arrived in India. Kunjunni described everything to me.

“Kunji chechi and Mom had their eyes closed and their fingers plugged in their ears the whole time. Mom was telling Dad ‘Okay this is enough, let’s go home, let’s get out, let’s go, let’s go.’ I think only me and Dad actually watched the full movie. You should have seen their faces!”

Kunjunni and I may be of the same age, but we have several differences between us, one of them being me be terrified while watching a horror movie, him just watching it without giving the slightest hint of being scared. Like the time we watched ‘Orphan’. I was creeped out, but he watched the entire movie without a blink. Though the thing is, if I wasn’t so scared of them, I would really enjoy watching them. Somehow, I am really interested in horror, and that can also be the reason I read countless scary movie plots. Chandana shares this interest as well, and that’s why she’s always happy to listen to me about a horror movie.

Nanditha, on the other hand, gets scared as well, but is always ready to watch one. This just shows you how many types of people are there in the world.

I have no idea about Savithri’s interest though. She and Kunjunni are the two and only cousins I have my age. Kunjunni was born at the ending of December in the year 2000, I on June, 2001 and Savithri two months later. Valyamma likes to refer to it as “the time your grandmother’s blood pressure increased”.

So, I guess everyone has their own horror.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Mehandi Designer

Well! Our vacation in India flew past and here I am again!

As usual, vacation was a blast. This was our evening schedule- Kunjunni and Kunjichechi would come over regularly every evening. When it would be time for dinner, Kunji chechi would make a beeline for the kitchen. She would be the one to flip the chapattis for she really loves to cook.

At 8, everyone would make themselves comfortable in the living room. Then we would watch “Sell Me the Answer” until the show ended at 9, which was the time Kunjunni and Kunji Chechi would get shooed away by Granddad to go home. Mom and I would watch them cross the street to their home and then wave to them from our window. Everything went on like this for a few weeks.

When we went shopping for groceries once, I spotted mehandi cones and bought one. I like putting on mehandi and I rarely find good quality cones too, so this was a golden opportunity.

When I had put it on my palm and showed it to Kunjunni, he was intrigued. Kunji chechi asked me to put mehandi on her hand too, and we did while watching ‘’Sell Me the Answer”. Even Kunjunni drew a flower.

The next time as I applied it Kunjunni watched me. He sighed “I want to put on mehandi too, but I can’t. I even like long hair and tying and styling it but I can’t do that either. But what to do, I was born a boy.” I chuckled and went on.

Kunjunni declared one day that his school was holding a mehandi drawing competition at the end of August. The winner would also get a prize. He wanted to go for it. I encouraged him but also warned him it was going to be tough. But he decided it was worth a try. First he had to find someone who would allow him to draw on their hand on the day of the competition.

Well long story short- none of the girls in Kunjunni’s class OR the next class allowed him to. But finally, FINALLY, a guy in his class agreed, and even that was because Kunjunni told him that not only the winner would get the prize but the partner too.

I never really realized he liked this so much, but soon he had decorated Grandma’s and Mom’s hand. Kunji chechi and Valyamma said ‘no way’ even before he could ask.

After Kunjunni signed up, most of the other guys decided to go too. Some were thinking of doing Batman or Spiderman designs. I raised my eyebrows at that one.

Three- quarters of the girls joined too. It’s tough competition.

‘’You know, a person has only two hands. And not everyone is going to allow you. Plus you are going to need a lot of practice. So where are you going to draw the next time?” I pointed out while he decorated the back of Mom’s hand. “I’m going to have to stick with paper.” He said grimly.

The school had originally planned a face-painting competition, and then later changed it to mehandi designing. Probably good too, because if everyone was reluctant to offer a palm, a face would be out of the question. “Plus nobody has a smooth face” Kunjunni said. “Except you”, Kunji chechi snorted. “You haven’t grown a mustache yet.” Kunjunni glared.