Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The rice is on slow boil over the stove and I sit in a corner of the bed n read. The computer on the table plays a Norah Jones number but I don’t get the lyrics. I’m engrossed in a Murakami book I borrowed from a friend. The doors are open and a mild breeze passes through the room. Somehow the gentle rhythm of the song seem to accentuate the rich lyrical verses of Murakami.
I glance at the wall clock. It’s almost midnight. Stim n Nair are sitting in the verandah having a smoke, engrossed in conversation. We had decided that evening to cook curried chicken in N’s room. We were quiet sick of eating outside at restaurants and cheap food joints.
Ian comes in and inspects the rice.
‘Five more minutes’, he announces quiet proudly.’

Ian sits down and we discuss our project. He’s my Soundman for the upcoming song sequence shoot. This guy is talented and knows his job. I’m pretty upbeat about my crew for the upcoming project. It’s a totally new crew from my previous one and definitely more professional. I’m very hopeful of a good work with them.

The chicken curry is delicious.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


On Chhey-Kor(Choskor) festival first Chhey-Kor-Thug-Khrushi (Prayer Performed to purify the whole village) is done in the early morning from 5 to 6 am towards the East,West ,North and South directions of the village.Then two Keng-Pu brothers(two people wearing masks or Guards of GELONG DOYAN TANZIN or GURU-PADMA SAMBHABA) do Damto(means controlling the devils from raising their evil heads) in each and every house of the village .JO-OW-MEME(GELONG DOYAN TANZIN masquerading as deaf and dumb) follows the KENG-PU performing RAM-NEY. He also does Oohu-Lu-Wa(offers blessing) to the people. Then at around 8-9am CHHEY-BEKHAN-PU (Convoy of young girls carrying sacred books) ceremony starts. The ceremony is performed by group of people consisting of Lamu(Monks) and selected young girls. These people all together walk in a queue .The processioin is headed by the lamu(monk) then followed by the girls carrying Chhey (sacred books). A pair of dancers known as TANG-TANG-MUH(Care taker of gods and goddesses) with mask go dancing to the left and the right of the convoy of young girls carrying sacred books sprinkling water to purify the text .Two dancers known as DJZAM (protector of holy script) move with Lamus(monks) at the front of the sacred convoy. The sacred convoy moves around the Lhagang(Gompa) three times in clock wise direction before proceeding on day long Choskor(to make around the village) .

Thereafter Lamus(monks) perform Sherkim(prayer) towards the Sar(east) .Then the villagers take Kaso-Wang(blessing from the GURU PADMA SAMBHAVA) from the sacred convoy. The same prayer is performed in the west, north and the south directions. When the chanting of prayer by the Lamus(monks) completes at the western point the MAK-PEY-PU(youth dressed as warriors) reaches the particular spot of prayer from north and south directions .After Performing prayer dancers, monks and others are offered TERZI-FAK(valued sacred local beer).The MAK-PEY-PU then stages or demonstrates a short pseudo-war. The main responsibilities of the MAK-PEY-PU is to clear the path for the sacred convoy .They make short log bridges ,clears obstacles on the path and put boulders on the muddy areas for easy access of the sacred convoy.
The next stoppage is Khocho-Hien-Ponh where the BROG-PUS(cowboys) waits for the prayer to be performed for the wel-being of the domestic cattle .The prayer will be performed by JO-OW-MEME while the KENG-PU brothers will look after the domestic cattle till the prayer is over. The ABOH-SHU (group of senior citizen) have to reach the Khocho-Hieh-Ponh on time. After offering the prayer the BROG-PUS (cowboys) will offer three bottles of pure milk , a cake of Paneer and curd to JHO-OW-MEME. Also three bottles of milk are offered to ABHO-SU. In return ABHO-SU will give them three hundred pieces of Sali (bettle nuts) and three bottles of fak (local rice beer) to BROKPU. Then the group will move for the next spot called as ‘Kro’. Its a lunch spot. Before reaching the ‘Kro’ the ABOH-SU and the MAK-PEY-PU will perform the pseudo-war game for few minutes with great joy. Then everybody will proceed for the lunch.

After lunch; first a dance will be performed by JO-OW-MEME , then KENG-PU brothers, followed by TANG-TANG-MU and ends with DZJAM (protector of holy script). Then they all proceed towards the next stoppage called Bokhri-Khang-Kha. Again a prayer is performed by the Lamus or Abots the stoppage followed by the pseudo-war game by the MAK-PEY-PUS and the ABOH-SU. At the stoppage each young girls have to donate 400 pieces of Sali (betel nuts) to TANG-TANG-MU and DZJAM dancers. Except the ABOH-SU,the group of people proceeds towards the next stoppage called Chhor-Teng-Baw(Zopo-Blang).

At the Chhor-Teng-Baw(Zopo-Blang) villagers welcome the holy convoy and receive their Wang(blessing) from them. Monks once again offers prayer, followed by the dance of TANG-TANG-MU, DJZAM , JHO-OW-MEME and KENG-PU brothers. In the mean time a group of ladies hide a pot of fak which is considered a nectre to be offered to the people in the Zopo-Blang has to be found out by the KENG-PU brothers. If they fail to do so the ladies penalize them with three numbers of Donh (White Scarf), and three hundred pieces of Salis. But if they i.e KENG-PU brothers succeed in finding out the pot(containing sacred nectre of wine) then the ladies are penalized and accordingly offers three pots containing sacred nectre of wine with numbers of Dohs(Scarf) to the KENG-PU brothers. At the same time ABOH-SU with the Chhey-Bikhan(Holy convoy) will proceed towards the Chhey-Kor-Baw with three Fak-Zandong and Karsang-Foh (white flag) to receive the other ABO-SU from the village who didn’t participate during procession of holy convoy.
At the Chey-Kor-Baw, ABU-SU meet with one another and they proceed towards Zopo-Blang. But before the Zopo-Blang they have to cross a river. While crossing the river MAK-PHEY-PU and the ABOH-SU will perform a water-game by splashing water to one another in a competitive manner as if they are fighting at war . After the water-game is over the group again performs a war-game known as Khapi- Khagpa by holding MAK-KUHK(Shield) by the MAKH-PEY-PU and sticks by the ABOH-SU. The game is played with great shill and gives a unique wholesome entertainment before all villagers on the spot.

After the game is over the Monks and the dancers alongwith the sacred convoy will proceed towards the Lhagang (Gompa). The MAK-KUHK will be kept in the Zopo-Blang and a LURZANG (Holy song) is sung by two selected persons. At about 9 pm both elders and youth will proceed for Lhagang by singing and dancing LURZANG. At the Lhagang (Gompa) the two singers will continue to sing LURZANG while the MAK-PEY-PUS keep dancing with sticks in hand. The singing and the dancing will continue till a violent dance is performed known as Lo-Zamba thrice to thwart the cause of evils on the citizens and to please gods, goddesses and deities to give us bounty of blessings and asking apology for any unwanted actions committed during the procession of carriage of holy text books around the village . At the dawn group of young girls offer fak known as JAP-CHHANG-PHAK(sacred drinks made of rice beer) to all the participants viz. ABOH-SU,MAK-PEY-PU and others and accordingly ends the day long festival to begin month long festival called Chhey-Kor from the next day.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

short film shoot is finally over n canned. we were drained of energy after just four days. the weather was hot n humid, the film floor set was crammed n closed on all four sides, n it didn't really help matters that my cameraman had blasted the whole set with 95 kilowatts of lights! that's 95000 watts! the film set was hot as an oven! my poor actors were burning up in the heat. but even under those circumstances, they ended up doing a great job. hats off.
i just hope the film that comes out was worth all this! :-)

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Rodney Dangerfield's 22 Best One-Liners

Not Goons but some are funny never the less.

1. I was so poor growing up ... if I wasn't a boy... I'd have had nothing to play with.

2. A girl phoned me the other day and said, "Come on over; nobody's home. I went over. Nobody was home.

3. During sex, my girlfriend always wants to talk to me. Just the other night she called me from a hotel .

4. One day I came home early from work ... I saw a guy jogging naked. I said to the guy, "Hey buddy, why are you doing that?"
He said "Because you came home early."

5. It's been a rough day. I got up this morning ... put a shirt on and a button fell off. I picked up my briefcase, and the handle came off. I'm afraid to go to the bathroom.

6. I was such an ugly kid...When I played in the sandbox, the cat kept covering me up.

7. I could tell my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and radio.

8. I was such an ugly baby...My mother never breast fed me. She told me that she only liked me as a friend.

9. I'm so ugly...My father carried around a picture of the kid who came with his wallet.

10. When I was born, the doctor came into the waiting room and said to my father, "I'm sorry. We did everything we could, but he pulled through."

11. I'm so ugly...My mother had morning sickness...AFTER I was born.

12. I remember the time that I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof.

13. Once when I was lost, I saw a policeman, and asked him to help me find my parents. I said to him, "Do you think we'll ever find them?" He said, "I don't know kid. There's so many places they can hide."

14. My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday.

15. I'm so ugly...I worked in a pet shop, and people kept asking how big I'd get.

16. I w ent to see my doctor. "Doctor, every morning when I get up and I look in the mirror...I feel like throwing up; What's wrong with me?" He said..."I don't know but your eyesight is perfect."

17. I went to the doctor because I'd swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills. My doctor told me to have a few drinks and get some rest.

18. With my old man I got no respect. I asked him, "How can I get my kite in the air?" He told me to run off a cliff.

19. Some dog I got. We call him Egypt because in every room he leaves a pyramid. His favorite bone is in my arm. Last night he went on the paper four times - three of those times I was reading it.

20. One year they wanted to make me poster boy for birth control.

21. My uncle's dying wish was to have me sitting in his lap; he was in the electric chair.

And my Favorite: I'm so ugly, when I was born the doctor slapped my mother!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

documentary is somehow over. didn't go as bad as i thought it would. good footage. if the edit goes as planned it could turn out ok.
no time to savior the work. short film is just around the corner. need actors! need actors! need to finalize the script, need to shot breakdown, need a set artist, need..... need .... need.....
'tackle the small before it gets big, meet the obstacle headlong n it ceases to be'
remember, remember!

Monday, March 19, 2007

i'm in a state of numbness. . i'm tired n i'm exhausted. n i'm sick of this time, this day, this moment. i really want to run off home!
i wanna run off on top of a mountain n scream my lungs out!!!
god i just hope this month gets over, gets over! gets over!
just get it over with. just get the work over with. just get it over with!

Monday, February 26, 2007



one of the best directors of our time. don't agree, well just look at the films he's done!!!-----------

1967: The Big Shave (short)
1967: Who's That Knocking at My Door
1970: Street Scenes
1972: Boxcar Bertha
1973: Mean Streets
1974: Italianamerican
1974: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
1976: Taxi Driver
1977: New York, New York
1978: American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince
1978: The Last Waltz
1980: Raging Bull
1983: The King of Comedy
1985: After Hours
1986: The Color of Money
1988: The Last Temptation of Christ
1989: New York Stories ("Life Lessons" segment)
1990: Goodfellas
1991: Cape Fear
1993: The Age of Innocence
1995: Casino
1995: A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
1997: Kundun
1999: My Voyage to Italy
1999: Bringing Out the Dead
2002: Gangs of New York
2004: The Aviator
2005: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
2006: The Departed


2007: Shine a Light
2008: Silence
2010/12: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
2010/12: The Last Duel

Thursday, February 08, 2007

found two great blogsites this week.
('Strictly Film School is a dynamic, evolving personal homage journal dedicated to the analysis of landmark world cinema from an academic perspective' the blogger says about his blog. very true.) wonderful blogsite which lists other great sites n blogs.

Sunday, January 21, 2007


Documentary and short film project is just around the corner and I have noooo idea what to do. My mind at this moment is a total blank! HOD is already asking for a first draft of screenplay! ughh...need of the hour is furious thinking, n a really good short story! documentary idea? ughh.....

Best thing I did this week?
Watch the NSD theatre festival and go to the Jazzfest.
Great plays and wonderful performances. Loved the plays from Poland and China.
Now I wanna attend the Dover Lane Music Conference and really listen to Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia.


Dockage was on in the inst. Some strange documentaries ideas were pitched! N some strange performances!! N they even got the funding!! Am definitely pitching next year.
I hear it’ll be an asian event next year. Even better!


Note to self : Never catch the evening flight to Kolkatta again.
INDIGO airlines isn’t that good, and by the time I arrived in Kolkatta(deserted airport!?) n took a taxi to my institute was so late I didn’t get dinner. So no more late night flights!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


2007 has arrived!! and i'm still where i was two years ago:-( can't wait to finish film school and go out into the world!!! one more year to go, just one more!

my biological clock has gone hayware. can't seem to sleep till 3am and can't wake till 11.
had terrible headaches the morning after from drinking different wines, red n white. didn't know wine gave u a hangover. do they!?
bonfire at frns place to disc to back again n then topping it up at another frns place till 7 am in the morning. by the time i went to bed n woke up it was night again!!!! was UTTERLY CONFUSED for a while. 8-o !!
since then my biological clock is very slowly coming back to it's previous state..

saw a group of boys speeding away to glory on their bikes on new years night. a while later saw a grusome scene as i drove back. a car n bike head on collusion. glass n blood all over the road.
people confirmed a boy on the bike had died on the spot. such a useless, terrible waste of a young boy!!! god!!
people should die of old age on their beds, not in their prime ages when they could achieve so much!!!