Category Archives: Entertainment

Those Good Old Days – Videogames

I came across this post on ‘freshly pressed’ about the old video games which promptly reminded me of hours and hours that I’d spent with my brother in front of TV getting insanely competitive about scores, during many summer vacations, while in school. I guess, playing video games is kind of ‘occupational hazard’ for every girl who has a brother, and since we grew up in the eighties and nineties, our introduction to gaming happened through those early gaming consoles (what do you call them??) of companies like Sega which needed to be connected to TV. Of course when we graduated to computer games, the kind of games that we played changed to NFS, Quake, SIM City etc – but then somehow, I lost my interest in the gaming. It suddenly wasn’t fun any more, maybe,because the games weren’t silly concepts of a joker trying to cross hurdles in a circus or a Pacman eating away those dot or bricks falling randomly. It got more serious, violent, more tech-savy etc. Music wasnt simple and melodious anymore, it was all rock and heavy metal!

Modern form of gaming is all hi-tech and I don’t think I’d even understand anything of it. Yeah, the latest gaming buzz for the non-gamers would of course be games like Mafia Wars and Farmville, but those never enticed me. Nevertheless that post reminded me of my good times with gaming, just like ‘bhoole bisre geet’, this is my own list of games – I found them online as well, now in flash format. This order is totally random.

  • Super Mario Bros
  • Contra
  • Circus
  • Tetris II
  • Karateka
  • Tennis
  • Kung Fu
  • Pac-Man
  • Elevator Action
  • Sonic
  • Duck Tales
  • Little Mermaid
  • Donkey Kong
  • Milk and Nuts
  • Popeye
  • Dr Mario
  • Bomber Man
  • Burger Time
  • Galaxian

Colours @ Kala Ghoda Art Fest 2010

 

 

To call myself a connoisseur of art would probably be the most boastful of all my ‘tall’ claims ever made, but I wish (and I try to from time to time) to understand it… I believe that in a world like ours, probably, the only pure form of expression is art! (emotions cannot be trusted to be pure always…they can be fake or undergo changes within matter of seconds)

Music, dance, theatre and poetry… I love and sometimes can claim to understand,but paintings, drawings or such visual art forms have always been like foreign language to me. In fact I remember, when I was in class 8, I had taken ‘elementary’ drawing exam and earned a ‘C’ (to set the record straight – ‘D’ is the failure grade 😀 ), anyways, I was asked by my drawing teacher to refrain from taking ‘intermediate’ drawing exam…Well, after class 10 exams, I’d taken an aptitude test and was deemed fit to take up practically anything…except architecture and fine arts! Out of school and my association with art remained only to the extent of annual Diwali rangolis… which I used to meticulously draw. Probably, it played on my subconscious that I’m bad at art, that is why!

Anyways, over the years, after I was introduced to the joys of Colaba Causeway, I availed of whatever limited opportunities I had to visit art exhibitions…and every time wondered what was special about two cubes of red and blue colour on some canvass…or some cardboard installation which got a raving review in Times of India etc… My friends did not belong to art circles and hence I wasn’t really ridiculed…well, they did ridicule me once in a while for suggesting a visit to some art exhibition…During my MBA days, two of my closest friends were actually artists…they tried to civilize me in the ‘artsy’ way, but it didn’t work beyond accompanying them to some random exhibitions. My dilettante behavior notwithstanding, they still remain my close friends…thank you guys! 🙂 They were the ones who actually educated me about the annual Kala Ghoda Art Fest! Though I did not actually have an opportunity to visit it until yesterday!

The reason why I wanted to visit it in the first place was to take photographs. Now, I’m not a trained photographer, nor do I own a hi-fi SLR-type camera, though it is one of the better ‘lay-people cameras’ I must say. For years, it lay in the cupboard, waiting to be used. It would only be used during wedding seasons with ‘flash’ and without reasonably exploring its features. Once casually, I took it on a trek and tried to explore its features. Results, not phenomenal etc, but were definitely of ‘better than the ususal’ standard and from then on, the camera began to be used extensively… FB began to be flooded with picture updates of random sightings and an acquaintance who is a professional photographer and owns a studio, actually offered his old SLR to me so that I could develop my eye for photography further since I had the potential ;). (Though my friends would want me to believe that he was just trying to sell his old camera to me at high price – and I kind of believe them :D). So far so good…my photography bug has stayed with me for more than a year and half and it was to capture the colours that I went to Kala Ghoda Art Fest 2010.

I was fortunate enough to have Rekhs and her friend Fondu (along with fondu’s toddler) for company. The fest was all about colours, absolutely crowded and amazing. Couldnt think why I had shunned it for so many years! Numerous installations (fortunately with detailed explanations on what they were about), numerous live shows (including dance, puppet shows), numerous stalls (selling things from book marks to chappals to jewellery to wooden toys – to the joy of Rekhs and Fondu) …Myriad colours…Hopefully, would come across more such fests , sights and sounds in the future!!

My cartoon viewing career…

Must say, Garfield is my favourite. I know Garfield began to be aired in India only when cable era came in…so I was actually in my highschool when I first watched the series. The geek that I am, I would watch cartoons even during my undergrad and postgrad days, mind you, it was not limited to ‘Dilbert’… though Dilbert tv series too is a favourite…

Yesterday, was discussing with an old friend about good old cartoon film days and then we just revisited the whole 80s-90s  cartoon history… I think I debuted with Spiderman. I still remember the song ‘spiderman…spiderman..does whatever a spider can..’ And then there was ‘He Man and the masters of the universe’… I remember, in class 5 when I was asked to identify a skull and set of bones, I said it was ‘Skeletor’…Those were the days of Doordarshan and there would be specific times. So it was Sunday morning at 8.00-8..30 am I think and saturday early evening. We also used to watch Gayab aaya, Jamie and the magic torch, and Giant Robot (which was not a cartoon). Since cartoons were rare back then, even ‘Ek Chidiya, anek chidiya’ was watched with full attention and interest every time it was aired.

Then came the days of DD2 where they started airing nice cartoons, tom and jerry, duck tales, talespin, Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland etc.on Sunday mornings. I remember rushing back  from 7th standard scholarship classes in order to catch Alice in Wonderland – the dubbed hindi verison.From then on, there was no looking back. I think the cable channels came in and cartoon network was THE attraction. Couldnt believe that there was a channel running cartoon films throughout the day!! What fun! Well, by that time I was about to enter college, but still would like to watch Dexter, Power puff girls, Tom and jerry…

Flintstones is another series that I loved to watch. It was aired even on DD I think.

The best I loved however was Garfield….mainly because he was being himself – and unapologetic about it….a fat, lazy, intelligent cat who loved living it up king size and felt that he deserved the best!! it was lighthearted for kids, yet even for adults…

Then on there were many others… the Simpsons, Dilbert, Heidi, Rugrats and even Pokemon sometimes (*sheepish smile*)

The long and short of it: I still LOVE cartoons