Forgetting Names

Conversation 1: (Having dinner at a restaurant in Basaveshwaranagar on thursday night)
"Do you remember there used to be a hero in Kannada films?"
"Who? How did he look like?"
"He was not very famous. He had curly hair"
"Oh okay, Sunil?"
"No, but he acted around the same time. I think he has acted movies with Sudharani."
"Who else? Shashikumar? Ramkumar?"
"No, he was not a Kumar. I know him, but I cannot remember the name"
"He has acted with Shruthi? Abhijit?"
"No, he was not very famous I guess"
"Raghuveer? Gulzar Khan?"
"Namskaar pa. He was not that bad. He was generally a poor guy, a tailor in some movies. He always has lot of problems."
"There were lot of bad movies and bad actors around that time. There was a movie called 'Mangalya' around that time. Malashree and Sunil are lovers and Sunil's brother Sridhar marries her so that..."
"Yeah, its Shridhar I was talking about...ha ha ha..."

Conversation 2: (Very late night - in the car on the way to Gokarna)
'Sooryangoo Chandrangoo Bandaare Munisu...', the song was being played in the radio.
"Amazing song, its one of my favorites"
"Yeah, do you know who was sung it?"
"Ravi, right?"
"Yes, which movie is this?"
"This is...this is...Ptch...its a Puttanna Kanagal movie..."
"Yeah, Shrinath and Aarthi had acted in it...she always keeps calling 'lo Prabhakara'"
"One sec, there is a title track of this movie...wait...'Snehada Kadalalli'?"
"No, thats not the title track. Oh, whats the name?"
"It has two words and the movie name starts with S if I am not wrong, like Shringara Kavya or something like that"
"Its my wife's favorite movie"
"My brother will definitely know the name. Shall I call him? No, its already 11.30"
After a few minutes of unbearable silence, I suddenly remember the name - "Shubha Mangala". Yeah!

Conversation 3: (Friday morning at countryside in Gokarna)
"You know Zarina Wahab?"
"Who? Was she the one who was very fair and looked a bit aunty-ish?"
"No, Zarina was dark. I know who you are thinking. The one who acted in that Amol Palekar movie"
"Yeah, where he is a budhdhu, and he goes to Ashok Kumar to learn the 'tricks of the trade'"
"Yup, that was a hilarious movie. Ashok Kumar was awesome in that. Whats the name of that movie?"
"Baathon Baathon Mein?"
"No, that had Tina Munim in it. Ptch, I have the name in the tip of my tongue"
We spend some 10 minutes remembering the name. Then, I realize I might be having a song of that movie in my ipod. Has Kishore sung that song? No, I am not getting it. May be Lata. I browse through the list. Yes, I got it. "Choti Si Baat". Oh yes, ID3 tags really help!

Conversation 4: (Having morning coffee)
"There used to be lot of good movies during Hrishikesh Mukherjee's time, right? Golmaal, Chupke Chupke, Khoobsurat..."
"Do you remember there was a movie about 3 old men -Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt and Hangal I suppose"
"Yeah, Mithun was the driver right?"
"Eh how come we are forgetting so many names? I know this movie has only one word and has the meaning something like 'people who have fun'...something like Mazedaar..."
"No, its not mazedaar"
"I know. May be the movie name starts with R, I am not so sure"
"Hey, I got it. Namkeen right? No no, Shaukeen...ha ha ha"

Do things like this happen to you? It happens to me very regularly. I keep forgetting names - a feeling of having the name at the tip of your tongue, but can't spit it out! I will have some clues like - the name starts with 'K' or it has 3 words or the meaning is something similar to this. Whenever I get stuck up like this, I just cannot ignore it. I will be fully occupied with that, it turns into total obsession - till the puzzle is solved, till the mystery is unraveled. And when I get the name, it will be a great relief - a sense of "yeah"!

P.S: The trip to Gokarna was amazing. I feel I am becoming more of a beach person. Beaches relax me - sitting on seashore watching sunsets, swimming, having food at shacks with lounge and trance music playing all the time. Listening to Karunesh and eating Banana Honey Pancakes(I was so obsessed with it that I used to have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!) was heaven. I had good Mexican Burritos after a long time (They call it Bureto here) Playing carrom with godhi hittu as substitute for powder was great fun. Lying on the nice cold sand and looking at the moon - aah, if there is bliss, it is this!

Pimple Theory

(Late evening discussion at my home on sunday)
"You have got a pimple, anna", exclaimed a friend of mine.
"Somebody has a crush on you!"
"Really? This is the first time I am hearing this theory"
"Yeah, you did not know about it?"
"No, I am getting pimples from more than 10 years. I never realized who all those people were", I started laughing.

What started out as casual talk soon turned out into serious discussion. I was proposing theories, building stories around it.

Okay, lets assume that the pimple-crush connection is right. But, whats the use? We will never know who the person is. Its like getting missed calls in old phones which don't have caller ids!

May be there should have been ids associated with pimples. Then, it would have helped the crushee recognize the crusher (is that the right word? ;)) Nobody there calls this pathetic joke of mine as a pathetic one. They are such nice people!

Okay, this theory sounds very profound. Lets assume that some person has a very clean (?!) face, I mean without pimples. So, such people will be liked and they will be the crushees. So, as soon as the crushers start increasing, more and more pimples will come up. As the pimples grow in number, crushes starts reducing, thereby reducing the pimples(very similar to the demand-supply-price funda) After sometime, the pimple density reaches a constant which is called 'p'.

Lets assume that somebody having a crush on me is the cause of the pimple on my face. Now, I will apply some very good ointment and the pimple will be gone in a few hours. And some girl in some part of this planet will be left wondering, "Come on, what was I thinking a few minutes back? Oh, I completely forgot" :))

"Aunty, how do you tolerate your son?", my friend (who by then, was totally shocked by my theories) was asking my mom.
I decided to give everyone a break and got up to get a second round of evening snacks.

Reducing Prices

"Hey, you got the mail?"
"No, what about you?"
"Just got the mail from Alexandra"
"What does she say?"
"Prices are reduced"
"Again? Really?"
"Yeah, its just $2.00 for 100 mg now"
"Wow, last week it was $2.38. Its a huge price drop"
"Will it reduce still?"
"What? You mean the price?"
"Ha ha, of course the price"
"I don't think so, the holiday season is over"
"Okay, what are you going to do now?"
"Mark the mail as spam and delete it"

"Hahaha" - we all have a hearty laugh.

A typical conversation in our cubicle block every time any of us receive a spam mail on aphrodisiacs!


Location : Meeting Room
Number of people : Twelve, may be thirteen

"So how are things going on?"
"Good, good"
"Are we on target for friday?"
"Yeah, we have a couple of difficulties, but we should be in a position to fix them up"
"So, no other hurdles other than that?"
"We fixed a few blocker bugs, so hopefully the testers will test those modules. But, we cannot rule out any other blocker bugs being detected since these features started working."
"That seems scary to me. What do you say?"
"No, lets see how it goes. We will monitor things closely and we only take a call after that. We should just prioritize and move forward"
"Okay, if you are confident, I am okay with it. So, how are the remaining modules looking up? Do we have enough clarity or is it blurred?"
"We are okay, just need answers to some questions thats all. So, I would say we have a clear vision"

At this point of time, I turn towards my left. I am wearing thick black-rimmed glasses and looking directly into the camera.
"Do we have vision? No, we are blind! Two hundred percent blind! Do you know why Hitler sent Jews to concentration camps? Because there were not enough meeting rooms in Europe!"

Cut! Stop day dreaming! I try hard to conceal my laugh, but a faint smile defeats my efforts. A few friends there catch the fact that I was thinking about something else. Uff, I should stop watching Woody Allen movies!

Do you believe in butterfly effect? I do! Once I had come across a really nice quote from Groucho Marx. I was researching on this guy and was reading all his quotes in some site. One of his quotes I still remember is - "This guy is so intelligent that he could be one of Marx brothers". He was talking about Woody Allen! This was how I got introduced to my latest trouble.

Then, the research turned to Woody Allen. I saw his most famous movie "Annie Hall" an year back. A thin, fair, short man walking all the time with a woman(Diane Keaton) two inches taller than him (oh they make such an amazing pair), talking endlessly through the movie about love, life, sex, drugs, psychology and what not. The next I watched was "Match Point" (The least typical of his movies, perhaps the only one he shot outside New York)

No more movies of his for some months. The lull before the storm. Then, I saw "Manhattan". Undoubtedly, the most brilliant among his movies I have seen till date. The whole movie is shot in black and white and lines are witty, intelligent, deep. Man, he loves his city so much!

It was soon followed by "Play it again Sam" (a really funny take on 'Casablanca' where Humphrey Bogart is his alter ego - crazy!), Deconstructing Harry (about a writer suffering from writer's block - hilarious!), Mighty Aphrodite (some funny lines, so-so), Husbands and Wives (real nice movie), Crimes and misdemeanors (Very similar, probably an inspiration to Match Point. Loved the intellectual's scenes in that!). The only movies I did not like too much were his serious ones like Interiors and Hannah & her sisters.

In most of the movies, he is the neurotic Jewish New Yorker. He is either a journalist, a writer, a movie buff, a television guy. He is generally under-confident, sulking, sarcastic, witty, talkative guy, who runs into problems with his career, his marriage, his relationships, his life in general. He talks about Groucho Marx, Ingmar Bergman, movies, books, museums, Freud - the same things. He even uses the same font for his movie credits. But, his characterizations are great and each of his movies are so subtly different.

I am very impressed, no, obsessed with Woody Allen movies at present. I identify so much with his brand of humor (throwing cakes at others' faces and fingers getting stuck in a drawer are not exactly my kind of humor!) and I always daydream about making a movie like him. I already have an idea - where Woody Allen and Diane Keaton are friends working in software industry in Bangalore (I know they are too old, but what the heck, its my imagination) and Juliette Lewis (who acted as Rain in 'Husbands and Wives') is a freelance UI designer who has newly joined Allen's team. Okay, I won't reveal the whole plot - I am scared of people looking for 'inspirations' for their movies! (If any of you know any rich financier with good taste, let me know. I will take two weeks off and finish the script! ;))

The day dreaming is getting worse. If you have not met me recently, consider yourself lucky - you just escaped listening to me talk non-stop about Woody. No more of his movies, I say to myself. And then I remember that there are 3 more Woody Allen movies waiting for me at my computer in Mysore!

P.S: Towards the end of this page, you can find some of his awesome quotes. He is a genius!

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