The Taj Express – Bollywood Musical

As is the intention of the ads displayed near the escalators of the London Underground stations, I was intrigued by the poster of “The Taj Express”. Since it was in London only from 2nd to 20th October, we checked out the trailer which didn’t give me any idea how it was gonna be and promptly decided to give it a try. With a Bollywood fanatic at home (Mr. M if you want to know) it was an easy choice to make. We booked for a Friday night show because we got better seats for the same price as that of the Saturday matinee one. We had no expectations except that there would be good music and awesome dancing involved.

After watching the show I should say it was very good. In a small theater called Peacock Theater (did they pick this one so that it matched the theme?) the scene changes, the sound effects etc was well done.

The dancers and their dexterity, 6 pack abs (they took every chance to showcase their hard work at the gym in a very Bollywood way), amazing speed and lip sync, very funny interludes…it was very well done. It was also very interactive. They had references to English weather and Jeremy Corbyn too. The script was very much similar to any Bollywood script and it was an amalgamation of various Khan movies (Shah Rukh, Salman, etc.) The variety of the audiences surprised me. Also the fact that almost all of them, kids included, enjoyed the dances and tried their hand at it at the end and did a jolly good job of it too. Lot of A R Rahman songs and his references too. I almost thought that he would make an appearance. It would have been awesome. (Asking too much am I 😉?)

If you like a ridiculous story combined with awesome music and dance this will definitely be a treat.

Jai Ho!

A Blur

There are moments in life where it gets so hectic that time becomes a blur. Keep calm and never give up. – John Cena

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The photograph was taken in Devil’s Dyke, Brighton and was edited to add some monochromatic effects using Pixlr.

Let there be some breeze

After two weeks in Coimbatore and Pondicherry, I seriously don’t have to come back to this heat. It is so annoying, I tell you. Over there in Coimbatore and Pondy, especially in Pondy, the heat wave was so bad that it literally drained me out every single day. Mr M thinks that I have got a good sheen of tan, even though I am already wheatish. Imagine that! What I think he meant was that I look roasted. I don’t care about my tan or my colour, but I definitely care for some good breeze. As long as there is some breeze I can withstand the heat. I always get grumpy when it is hot.

I am sitting in my home, with the fan switched on for almost the whole day. Right from 9 am to almost 5 pm I don’t move anywhere and even if I do I drag the fan with me. Who says climate change is a hoax. If this kind of weather is gonna be a norm in this country, there are a few things that need changing.

All the houses (and apartments) need to be fitted with ceiling fans, just like India. It should be a mandatory thing that the owners should provide the tenants. That definitely helps during the heat. Trust me, we have survived worse temperatures without an A/c but couldn’t have done that without the fan.

I know a glass of cold beer would be very good during the heat, but for people who don’t drink or can’t for that matter, options are very limited. Lemon juice with mint and ginger would be very good for the heat. I have seen people sell fresh orange juices, but this one is much cheaper, cools you down very soon and it is very healthy too.  No ice, please. That isn’t gonna help with the heat.

People might have to start thinking of conserving water or at least how to use it effectively, store the excess after rains so that the same can be used during summer. Let’s hope that we don’t get into any drought scenarios as it happened in California, USA. It is very easy to lose track of these changes that are happening slowly and steadily and then when it hits the peak, we start to panic. There was this scene in Cork, Republic of Ireland, where we were hearing about the water shortage only within two weeks of summer. Historically there hadn’t been any need for these countries to save and store water as they have excess rains and such. But when these kinds of drastic climate changes happen, then everything becomes a chaos. Let us hope that we plan well ahead.

I seriously hope there is some respite in the near future to this heat and dry weather.