Today wasn’t just another day. It was the MOST action packed day. Since I’m tired, here are just the highlights.
1. Woke up at 5.30 a.m. That’s a first of sorts. Not been up that early, it’s the time I sometimes hit the bed. Went to airport.
2. Find myself in Executive Class on the plane to Hyderabad, two seats away from Trisha. Yeah, Trisha! 🙂 In the same row as me. Poor thing was so tired she slept throughout most of the journey. As I saw her pull over that denim jacket over her and sleep, all I could see was just another girl. There is innocence in all of us. It was at this point that I just thought about the ugly posts made by a few of our fellow bloggers about popular personalities and this girl sleeping right beside me (of course, two seats away… both of us had window seats, both the aisle seats were taken by a some guys who looked like businessmen). Just because someone’s popular, does that give us the right to peep into their private lives and bring it up in PUBLIC without having the slightest concern for the truth or ethics? Diaries are different from blogs primarily cuz nobody but you reads your diary. That’s not the same when you blog.
3. As we walked out together, she said I should stay back for an extra day and there are plenty of places to see. She was in Hyderabad for a day on her way to shoot in Warangal for Prabhu Deva’s Telugu directorial venture. Somehow, I just couldn’t respond normally to her. I was thinking about the blogs and the comments. I was disturbed. I’m sure any of you too would be.
4. I reached IMAX and bumped into a friend’s classmate who had met me long ago. We hit it off instantly and Thank God for that, cuz it really changed my mood. Women have that kind of appeal, don’t they? So we did plenty of chatting, had a blast and watched ‘The Polar Express’ together. She had come all the way from Bombay and I from Madras on executive class, I repeat, for just this — Watching the movie on IMAX. And even if I had to pay for it, I would say… this is one experience which is worth it! Think Big is the tagline for IMAX! It surely can’t get any bigger than this!
5. About the movie. Do I love Zameckis or what?? You can’t miss the similarities between the feather in Forrest Gump and the ticket in Polar Express, Wilson, the volleyball in Castaway and the snowman in Polar Express, the debate between religion/faith and science/rationality from Contact to the debate between belief and logic in this movie. Add to this mind blowing animation, it’s like watching Indiana Jones on 3D or being on a roller coaster that falls eight storeys… Yeah, that’s how BIG the screen was — the size of a football field! And this was a 3D movie mind you, so you can imagine how exciting it gets. “I don’t want this movie to get over,” said my friend, as she clasped my arm every other moment there was a jump, or a thrill! Awesome is the word for this movie. Seeing is believing goes the tag-line for the movie. See it. To Believe.
6. Some lines I liked from the movie.
7. The technology of 3D IMAX is simply fascinating. It’s not like watching a movie, it’s like being in one. You can touch the characters, but unlike the regular 35mm movies, they don’t enter your world, you enter the world of movies. It’s simply got to be in your list of “Ten Things Before I die” list. I wouldn’t mind going to Hyderabad again at my cost just to watch the movie again. Seriously!
8. We had about three hours to kill. Our cab guy took us to Charminar. And my friend wasn’t all that impressed because it wasn’t clean. But I think that’s the essence of Old Hyderabad. The chaos, the graffitti, the moving mob of people on the streets, the paan on the road, urchins, burkhas, the pearls, a minaret every few metres, old stone architecture, the bazaars… I love Hyderabad!
9. There’s another side to the city too. By Necklace Road, there’s this food mall called Eat Street, just by Hussainsaagar Lake. Man, that’s the place to take your date to. Just make sure, you get one of those tables by the lake. It’s simply out of this world. As we sat sipping coffee there, the mosquitoes really din’t seem to spoil our party.
10. Two world co-exist in perfect harmony in this city. The orderly Hi-tech city and the unorganised old city. There are exactly opposite of each other. Old Hyderabad has chaotic traffic and narrow roads, Hi Tech City has traffic islands, lanes, gardens … it’s almost like Bangalore. Only that traffic is much orderly here. Bangalore drivers are reckless pyschos.
11. Oh, the haircut effect. Guess what guys, it’s not at a lost cause after all. The 1000 bucks paid off. First, it was this chick who thought I was from the International press until I introduced myself. Then, it was these guys at Charminar who wanted me to buy the 100 buck ticket because I was a foreigner! Had to ask them “Main lungi pahen ke aaoon kya” (Should I come back in a lungi?)before they were convinced that I was an Indian indeed. Yes, I was looking different today.
One, I combed my hair the way the chinky babe at Bounce had gelled it for me.
Two, I put the Loreal wet-look hairgel to good use!
12. I get back to Madras by half past ten, find my cab waiting outside the airport. Now, I can’t wait to share this truly larger than life day with you guys. So I blog at half past one.
As my friend just summed up: “So you went all the way to Hyderabad by executive class with Trisha beside you, to watch Polar Express on 3D IMAX, found super company there as well and then went to see Charminar and Hussainsaagar?”
It truly can’t get any bigger than this. What say you?