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Thursday, February 05, 2004

Managed to catch the complete cine version of " Teen Deewarein " this week, OK, OK, it must have been the last few epiphanic minutes that I saw the last time and hence the macabre words.
Decent viewing, jailbirds always make a compelling story--quite easy on the eyes, Juhi especially.

I am now decidedly capable of writing about the much-awaited " Maqbool" 's audios. It may be awhile before I see the film.
I am pretty sure that it is not in the same class as " Maachis' by any means--I found the Jin-min-jhini song rather jarring, discordant and un-lyrical--catchy perhaps but not quite the joie de vivre as even , say a Chappa chappa charkha chale.
A song extricated from the unwilling heart ( and soul) of Daler mehndi, who's clearly out of his depths--sounds like a sparrow asked to walk and not fly.
(Un)Fortunately I had heard the eminently forgettable Rekha Bharadwaj earlier ( I have a tape which goes by the unlikely moniker of Ishqa Ishqa--Sing with Sufis) in which her grating enervated voice permeates all through, and in fact, Chingari, features on that tape too.
Sanjeev Abhyankar redeems the slide somewhat with Naina, and a far from evocative title track make the collection replete with honest endeavours but little else.
It might well happen that I find the track far more aurally-acceptable if I see the movie--in which Irrfan and PK reportedly steal the thunder. Am looking forward to it, Makdee whetted the appetite certainly.

INDIA WHINING is how the venerable Nirmal Shekar calls the fall from grace for India at the WACA. Hmmm, isn't that what we've been saying all along--no McGrath, Warne, an umistakeably jaded Gillespie and a staccato Lee, batsman friendly pitches, Tendulkar's poor form have all contributed to our lauding the challenge of the team. It;s been a very long tour and I wish the blokes well.

The Aussie Open went as per plan, with the best player's winning in both genders. Great to see the wretchedly mercurial Safin back !
It makes my head spin to contemplate that JHH & KC(H) are playing Slam Finals with irritating monotony when IMHO, they would be firve & six respectively had the Williams, Capriati and Hingis been anywhere near peak form. The Russians are just not able to break through beyond the quarters--Myskina, Likhotsveva, Petrova, Sharapova, and the rest are not good enough just yet-daresay, they know it too.

Llodra and Santoro doing the half monty hit home only after the newspaper photos.
My team of Suarez and Ruano Pascual won easily reaffirming them as the best team for now.
Leander and Navratilova were handily beaten at the post by an inspired Zimonjic & Bovina, who combined very well. Still, the interest in mixed doubles is appallingly absent.

The weather is balmy and seems to be the onset of a long spring--the birds are singing, ooh la la and what have you.

Am on INDIA UNBOUND by Gurcharan Das --more on that in the next post.
Tomorrow is a holiday and hope to have some good times



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