January 02, 2007

2007 Ahoy!

We gave a chilled-out welcome to 2007. Were at home and Anush was all the entertainment we needed. And another building gala . There was not much dancing as would have been the case in Mumbai but the adult participation was not bad. Even had a nice Biryani dinner to wrap up the night.

Kabul Express. Afghanistan for me was the great Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan's ( not to forget his nose) and the intense green eyed girl, Sharbat Gula, on the National Geographic cover ( time has worn her out too). Then came Sept 11 and Osama and in their wake - The Kite Runner.

Spiced only with Arshad's comic this movie is a breath of fresh air. It does not have any pace breakers such as songs or dances. More grey than black, even the Talib in the movie has a good streak. A bold attempt if not a good one this. It made me wish the romance of the landscape had not been so compromised in real life.
Pic coutesy google

The New year came with analysis-paralysis of Saddam's execution which I will not do here. But to think a 9 year old died trying to imitate the scene on TV. Hard to digest. Talking of indigestion- the army jawaans who misbehanved and vandalised the police station to release a supposedley eve teasing duo of Captain and Major. Very unpalatable this.

But the world's most unacceptable job for me would be an executioner's. Closely followed by the police/ traffic police/ match refrees- these guys get penalised for doing their job as much as for not doing it.

10 comments:

Coffee said...

Well said Art navy:) And I support you for Kabul Express totally!!!! Its indeed a breath of fresh air!!! :)

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itchingtowrite said...

saddam hanging scene on jay tv more gruesome i guess

Neha said...

I still havent seen the saddam hussen's hanging video :(
I find the pic of Sharbat Gula scary. I think she has scarry eye. Definately not beautiful. Might freak me out in the middle of the night...
Have a wonderful 2007.
C ya. :)

Neers said...

heyyy babe!!! have a great year ahead!!

Sanjay said...

I have not seen Kabul Express, but a few folks on blogs have mentioned it, so I might have to catch it on DVD maybe.
I am tored of all the hoopla ove Saddam hanging, as evil as he was, I don't get this fascination with it all.

Something to Say said...

happy new year art.
I'd have to agree with neha - I too find the green-eyed girl a lil scary - something very glassy about her eyes...
Don't want to catch the Saddam execution video - there is nothing more gruesome than to watch a man die.

Rio said...

happy new year artnavy! your santushka's pics are wayyy cute...lots of your posts i need to catch up on...hopefully soon! :) and hey, thanks for blogrolling me :))

artnavy said...

well some of you find her scary i find her intense. But that is my memory of Afghanistan.

It is a pity it has been reduced to this now.

have any of you read the Kite runner?

rio- u r welcome, i have tried to update teh blogroll with ALL whom i plan to visit regularly

Kalpana said...

Happy New Year to you and your family!!!

Orchid said...

Thanks, will catch Kabul express on dvd