Sunday, 19 August, 2007

Chak De, I-Day and Holiday

Awwwwwwwesssssssommmme!!! That was my reaction after watching “Chak De…India”. A few things to clarify…
  • I am not a Shahrukh Khan fan
  • I am not much inclined towards hockey as a game
  • I hate getting up early on weekends!!!

and still…I did not regret losing a fair share of my Kumbhkaran sleep when I went for “Chak de” early morning show (well, 10 AM is quite “early” for me on weekend) last Saturday. I was hooting, shouting, clapping, laughing, sulking during those hockey matches (in spite of knowing that Indian team would eventually win)

The movie is a good way to show the vast regional diversity that India has….a nice way to convey that no matter how different we are in terms of behavior, culture and language….hain toh aakhir Indians hi. The characters in the movie are simply fabulous without being extravagant or glamorous. The regional idiosyncrasies of team members just make you rolling with laughter.

I still love cricket, would any day opt for Yuvraj Singh over Dhanraj Pillai and dunno how much the movie would help to the cause of promoting hockey…but that’s not the “point”. Bottom “line” is – Chak De rocks!!!

And not just hockey and India winning….I also loved the scene when the entire girl gang beats up a bunch of eve-teasers (“raakshason ki sena”….thats what a character in the movie calls these girls)…par sach mein…..aise idiotic eve-teasers ki pitaai hote huye dekhne mein kitna maza aata hai….only a girl can understand!!!

Now from reel life to real life…and from hockey to cricket, Indian cricket team won the test series against England (after 21 years)….dil khush kar ditta jawaano tumne!!! :)

This 15th August, India celebrated it’s 60th Independence Day. Since I am working in a KPO on US project, the holidays in our office are as per US calendar. That implies that we have an off on 4th July and have to come to office on 15th August. I know it sounds bad….trust me, it FEELS even worse….not being able to celebrate our own national festival.

But well….hum Indians hain aakhir. So on 15th August even though we came to office, me and my team mates made sure that we thoroughly enjoy our freedom. The working day started with sending forwards, talking, then going for lunch, yet again some mail trails…followed by an extended tea break. And the hit of the day was – we played Dumb Charades in office (well, not actually inside the office area…but in the garden area marked as “Smoking Zone”). The I-Day decorations in office added to the festive mood. We did eventually work after all the fun and frolic…but still it was a truly memorable day.

And now comes the icing on the cake…. I know many of you would be jealous to read this but even the sound digestion system of my body does not allow me to digest this news….I gotta tell it to you all………I got 2 weeks leave sanctioned….yipppppeeeeee!!!

I am going home…..and that too for TWO whole weeks. Mummy ke haath ke aloo ke paranthe aur Daal Baati abhi se meri aankhon ke aage kathak kar rahe hain…!!!

Kolkata….here I come (arre….ye toh Bryan Adams ka song ho gaya)
Well….chak de…who cares!!! I am all set to enjoy my independence from office work and enjoy a looong holiday!!! :)


wacko said...

u frm cal?
yeah those eve teasing scene was somethin very funny u knw..i mean girls kicking the hell out of the guys asses..i lauved it..:P

gettin back home is somethin very cool..nice food...parents...friends..leisure time...


ketki said...

i loved the movie anyway

RR said...

I came blog hopping. And a nice blog u have.

Your post on surd jokes caught my attention, for I am a sikh. Didn't mind the post at all. I too enjoy the jokes,to be true.

But here is a thing. I get slightly uneasy when the 12 o clock thing is related to sikhs and then fun is made abt it. So pls dont mind my comment.

This whole 12 o clock thing has a history behind it.In the 17 th century the Sikhs were very less in numbers even though they were fighting against the Mughals emperors. At that time Nadir Shah raided Delhi in the year 1739 and looted India and was carrying lot of Indian treasures and nearly 2200 women along with him. The news spread like a fire and was heard by Sardar Jassa Singh who was the Commander of the Sikh army at that time . He decided to attack Nadir Shah on the same midnight. He did so and rescued all the women and they were safely sent to their homes.

It didn't happen only once but thereafter whenever any Abdaalis or Iranis had looted India and were trying to carry out treasures and women along with them for selling them in Abdal markets, the Sikh army quite few in numbers but were bravehearted, attacked them in the midnight,12 O'clock and rescued women

After that time when there occurred a similar incidence people started to contact the Sikh army for their help and Sikhs used to attack the raider's at Midnight, 12 O'clock. It continued and became a fame that at midnight nearly at 12 O'clock it is very difficult to fight against Sikhs as the Sikhs get some Extra Power to save Religion, Nation and Humanity.

I feel its a pity that people dont know how the term 12 o clock originated and how brave a man Jassa Singh was. I feel this man was a hero , so my writing this comment was to show respect to him.

Nidhi said...

I am not from Cal but parents shifted to Cal a few months back.
Yeah...that scene was amazing...jus' for ur record, I watched the movie today again wid my parents and fell in love wid it all over again :)

I loved the movie...and loved your blog too!

Thanks for dropping by...and a greater thanks for the story that you provided. I didnt mind your comment at fact I liked the thing that u took efforts to publish these facts in my Comments section :)

Anonymous said...

Nice reading your post and I also loved the movie Chak De...Enjoy your holidays!

Nidhi said...

Thanks! We all seemed to have enjoyed the movie...and i indeed had good fun in my holidays!!!