Saturday, 15 December 2012

The Hobbit- An unexpected journey

People who are fans of the trilogy "Lord of the Rings" are in for a treat, when they get to see "The Hobbit- An unexpected journey". This Movie is again a trilogy based on the fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and is the prequel to the "Lord of the Rings". This Movie is again directed by Peter Jackson who has done a wonderful job.


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The story is about Bilbo Baggins who is Frodo's uncle and of his adventure with a group  of dwarves who are on a quest to reclaim their kingdom "Erebor" from the terrible dragon called "Smaug". The story is set 60 years before the LOTR. This motley crew of dwarves is led by their warrior prince "Thorin Oakenshield" and accompanying them is "Gandalf the Grey", the wizard, who was also there in LOTR. Their journey takes them through difficult terrains, beautiful landscapes and the land of middle earth filled with fearsome Orcs, goblins and trolls. This Movie also has the loathsome character "Gollum" who is as cunning and lusting after "Precious" just like in the Movie "LOTR"

The story will show you the transformation of Bilbo Baggins from a Hobbitt who worries about his mother's dishes and is happy to be in his own home, to a person who stands up to fight the ferocious pale Orc and saves the life of Thorin. Martin Freeman has done justice to his role of Bilbo Baggins. He slips into the role effortlessly just like the way he did as Dr. Watson in the modern day "Sherlock Holmes" series.

The cinematography and the locations are breathtaking. It is a visual treat to see the Movie. The acting is again very good and is fun and playful at many places which gives comic relief from many of the intense battle scenes. The 3D effects are so good that many times you feel you need to duck as a boulder comes crashing down. The scenes when two mountains come alive and fight with each other is simply superb. The background score again does justice to the Movie but in many places it is very similar to the LOTR. The vulnerability of Bilbo's character is endearing and of course Gandalf is as good as he was in LOTR, a wise wizard who knows how to bring out the best in people.
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One of the drawbacks of the Movie was it's length. The Movie runs for nearly 2 hours and 45 minutes. It would have been more effective had it been just a 2 hours Movie. Also, some scenes could have been shortened in length, such as, when the dwarves land up at Bilbo's house in Bagend or when they meet the Brown wizard. Also, I felt the characters of the 12 dwarves were not etched properly. You cannot make out one dwarf from the other as none of them have been shown to be having any special qualities. This makes it difficult for you to bond with the characters as you cannot think of them as individuals.  

In spite of the drawbacks, I believe this Movie is again going to be a masterpiece just llike LOTR because of the sheer brilliance with which the story has been filmed. The story is gripping and at the end of it you just want to know what will happen next. The message of the Movie is again heart warming, which shows you that no matter how small or ordinary you are, you can still make a difference.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Death of a Friendship

Friendships most times are stronger than other relationships. They are the life raft that give you home in the turbulent sea called life. As time goes by it becomes deeper and stronger and it  nurtures and sustains you. Friendships happen so easily and the best part is, it is so much to fun to make new friends.

I always had a huge circle of friends while growing up. My parents were always aghast during my birthday parties by the sheer number of people who came down to wish me. I gathered friends wherever I went, my tuition class, guitar class, computer class, school, college and even in the lane where I lived. At that time,life was a wonderful ride filled with giggles and gossip. As I grew older, many of those friends became good friends, while I lost touch with a few as they drifted away. A handful of them especially the women friends became my close friends,with whom I could spend hours, talking about anything under the Sun. These friendships grew strong for many years as each one of us finished studies, got jobs and got married. Things started to change when life became complicated because of added responsibilities and as priorities changed. I still managed to hold on to a few precious good friends. All this while, I did have short term friendships that were not strong enough to form deep bonds.

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Life moved on and the precious friendships, I had managed to hold on to, also fizzled away. Right now I am standing empty handed on the threshold with questions, doubts and mourning the death of my last good friendship. 

I know most of you can relate very well with what I have written. Each one of us have gone through this stage in life and grappled with many questions in our head about the "the death of a friendship". 

Why did it happen? Was it because of something I said or did? Why did we drift apart? Was it because of something I didn't do?

You try your best to keep it alive. Your mails to your friend go unanswered and you get to hear "I am very busy" as the excuse, which your friend throws at you. You want to pick up the phone and talk to your friend, just like old times, but you don't because you don't want your friend to feel you are needy. Even when you do get in touch, you talk like acquaintances and not like people who once ate from the same plate and who shared their innermost fears. You are left feeling that someone has stamped your forehead with a "Rejected" stamp. 

One of my favorite movies "You've got mail" has these wonderful lines which I can  relate to the "The death of my friendships".

Kathleen Kelly: [writing to "NY152"] People are always telling you that change is a good thing. But all they're really saying is that something you didn't want to happen at all... has happened. My store is closing this week. I own a store, did I ever tell you that? It's a lovely store, and in a week it will be something really depressing, like a Baby Gap. Soon, it'll just be a memory. In fact, someone, some foolish person, will probably think it's a tribute to this city, the way it keeps changing on you, the way you can never count on it, or something. I know because that's the sort of thing I'm always saying. But the truth is... I'm heartbroken. I feel as if a part of me has died, and my mother has died all over again, and no one can ever make it right. 

My friendships that died are also like baby gaps, they are just a memory now and I am heartbroken too. All that is left is memories,which I need to let go of.

The loss of a friendship can be very devastating.When there is death of a friendship, especially one that is cherished and nurtured for a long time, it feels that some part of your heart died with it. You need to mourn that loss in order to move on and learn to live with that loss. 

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Freebie and Giveaway time

I know all of you rushed to this blog, when you read the word "Giveaway". We all love a good deal and especially when something is free. 

This giveaway is sponsored by "Magical Homes", and one of you could be the lucky winner.





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