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Bicchagaadu

The Movie: Bicchagaadu, Bichagadu (The Beggar)

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Caption:  Who’s a beggar, people with no money or no compassion?

Savvy’s Rating: 4 / 5

Zephyr: Story is the HERO of the movie

Brush off:

None I could think of.

Savvy’s Rede:

We humans may forget to breathe but don’t miss to judge people. We judge people based on their work, their looks, their status, their dressing and the list goes on.

Changing the topics, the same human gets onto his knees with the word “mother”. Mother is next to God and portrayed in the most sanctified manner in Indian movies.  Conflicting emotions by same person. 

It’s like good and evil sides on the same coin.

This is exactly what this movie brings to its audience. Colors are good to watch but not in humans!

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

“Bicchagadu” movie is a Telugu dubbing of the Tamil flick – Pichaikkaran. Per Producers, this movie is based on a real story.

It’s a story of a wealthy son, the Hero, of an established Mills. He’s rich, handsome and responsible. He is raised by his mom who taught him ‘humanistic’ values.  She is loved by all her factory workers, friends and family equally.

At some point, she meets with an accident in the factory and goes into coma. Her son gets worried and wants to do anything to save her mom. At this juncture, a saint saves Hero’s life and tells him that if he vows to be a beggar for 48 days then he might save his mom’s life. He should not share his vow to anyone and should not break the rules not even a day. During his disguise, he meets a girl and falls in love.

Will the Hero be successful in saving his mom? Will his lady-love accepts a beggar to be his boyfriend? What happens during those 48 days? You should watch the movie to have all your questions answered.

The screenplay is well knit with mother sentiment, comedy and love equally. You will involve in the movie throughout. No commercial traces, majority is shown in a subtle way.

What worked well:

  1. Engaging story and the screenplay
  2. Casting did their job well, no complaints at all. The Heroine is cute
  3. All through the movie, you will see punchy dialogues and emotional scenes
    1. There’s this scene where the Heroine tries to give the Hero some money. He rejects that money up front. Then the Heroine says, “would you take the same money as alms?” .. that scene is very impactful
    2. Not too much motherly emotional diarrhea. Everything is in limits

Savvy’s Punch:

Simple movie. Worth spending your valuable time on this movie.

It’s on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt_akPbIJEY

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartheart– Story, Producers for a good movie

heartheartheart– Casting

 

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in Movie Reviews, Telugu

 

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil(ADHM)

It’s tough for any movie to generate curiosity with just one song. But one song beat it. I am not talking about any regular song. It is about the title song of “Ae dil hai mushkil (ADHM)”. This song has caught my attention the very first day it was released.

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Not sure if you have noticed it, this song comes with heavy lyrics that surprise you. Of course with an amazing actor giving equal intensity on-screen to make the picturization look so real.

Awesome lyrics (Amitabh Bhattacharya) + Amazing Singer (Arijit Singh) + Adorable Hero (completely in awe of close-up shot), is no less than 8th wonder.

Few lyrics for you:

मोहताज मंज़िल का तोह नहीं है
ये एक तरफ़ा मेरा सफर , सफर
खूबसूरत है मंज़िल से भी !
(Not a word to work translation: I am not desperate about the destination; I am travelling. This travel is beautiful than the ultimate destination)

अधूरा होक भी
है इश्क़ मेरा कामिल
(Not a word to work translation: Even though [my love] is incomplete, it is still perfect)
ज़मीन पे न सही
तोह आसमान में आ मिल
(Not a word to work translation: If you can’t meet me on earth, try meeting me above the ground like sky, space etc.)

Parting note, I am hooked to this song and have been listening in loops. As a standard practice, it’s time to pass this song to my friends… 🙂 and then tune back into Kala Chashma and Ladki Beautiful songs … 😛

Happy listening!

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in RandomActOfWriting - Hindi

 

Numbers – Nursery Poem

Nursery Poem!

Mommy mommy talk to me
Baby baby yes tell me

Give me five, give me five
When u see me give me five

1,2,3,4, and 5
1,2,3,4, and 5

Repeat the numbers
With no sigh

No no mommy not that five
Let me tell you what those five

One kiss
Two hugs
Three smiles
Four pats and
Five high fives
makes your baby cuti-fy

Love you baby
Love you mommy!

~ Savvy

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in Nursery Poems

 

Janatha Garage

The Movie: Janatha Garage

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Caption:  A decent movie

Savvy’s Rating: 3 / 5

Zephyr: Story and screenplay

Brush off:

1) Little more editing would not harm the overall deliverable
2) Loose ends related to saving the park incident
3) Lengthy fights in the Government office and couple other places

Savvy’s Rede:

Save Trees, Plant Seeds (STPS) –  a simple gesture to support environmental crisis. Everyone talks about Saving Trees but very few actually put efforts in doing so. And we call them Eccentrics / Aliens.

Movie’s punch line is:” All kinds of repairs are done here”. On a positive note, the team has repaired audiences’ minds too. We always wish for a Superman out of a Man as a HERO. But this movie, showed a common man supporting another. He has conflicting priorities like a normal man. I didn’t see any hero image tantrums in the movie. It’s a simple yet pleasing movie.

What is Janatha Garage?

  1. This movies talks about importance of saving nature, and planting trees, in addition to running a parallel Government to help the exploited people
    1. Similar (not same) kind of Sarkar movie (in Hindi)

Why I have to watch Janatha Garage?

  1. A commercial Hero from Tollywood has come forward to provide unofficial promotion on planting trees
  2. Entire Story narration is good and engaging
  3. You will see Hero’s character sticking to his passion on plants and trees, even after taking additional responsibility of running parallel Government. Example, decorating plants in JG. The Director tried his best to finish every touch point he started
  4. Some audience may feel the Hero character insane.  99% of Telugu audience are spoiled as Heroes were always shown doing impossible things. For example, instead of chasing goons and/or plotting major heists to prove his heroism, the Hero, in this movie, gives lectures on saving parks, saving trees, and controlled fishing etc. If we have similar friend in our own circle, we too treat him as crazy, I guess. 
  5. No wonder, few may not get kick out of this Hero character. Don’t worry it always takes time to sync in a change
  6. You come out of the theater with a good feelng
  7. The team is successful in planting a seed of thought in your mind about saving trees or spreading more awareness on nature

How about Jr. NTR?

  1. I am very happy for Jr. NTR. He has impressed audience with his calm demeanor. He was poise and carried out his character well.
  2. Whether it’s planting trees or uprooting bad people, he justified both personalities. And, he’s a good friend and a lover too
  3. I, personally, was impressed with his major voice balance

Tell me one thing that drags me to the theater to watch this movie?

I will give you more than one. 🙂

  1. The Story, main characters (Jr. NTR and Mohanlal) and the screenplay
  2. Item song, possibly
  3. Samantha did her best and looked fab

Finally, What is Savvy’s Punch?

  • Savvy Recommended. Watch it!

 

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartheart– Entire team of the movie

 

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Movie Reviews, Telugu

 

అమ్రికాలో పండగ

అమ్రికాలో పండగలు
రెండు నావల్లో రెండు కాళ్ళు

పంచాంగాల మీద మాకూ ఉంది పట్టు
తిథులంటే క్యాలెండర్ల మీదున్న అక్షరం కట్టు

వారాలు, వర్జ్యాలు లేవు
వారంతాలే మాకు సౌకర్యం

ఇండియాలో మొదలు
ఇక్కడ మిగులు
దేవుడికేమో దిగులు

మనం చేసిన దేవుడే కదా
ఆ మాత్రం సర్దుకోకపోతే ఎలా?

శనివారం పండగొస్తే లాఠారీ తగిలినట్టే
ఆదివారం వొస్తే కొంచెం గుండెల్లో నొప్పి వచ్చినట్టే

పూజ కోసం హడావిడి పదింతలు
భారీగా చేస్తాం పిండి వంటలు

అదేంటి, మనలోనే కదా ఉన్నాడు దేవుడు
ఆ మాత్రం తినకపోతే ఊరుకోడు ఆత్మా రాముడు

బయటిదేశంలో ఉన్నా పాటిస్తాం సంప్రాదాయం నూరుశాతం
వసతిని బట్టి తేదీలు తగ్గితే ఏమైంది కొంచెం?!

కష్టపడి రక్షిస్తున్నాం సంస్కృతి అన్నది మా ఊహ
కాదా అది పెద్ద అపోహా

ఏది ఏమైనా ఈ యేడు వినాయక చవితి రెండు రోజులు
చంద్రునికి మాత్రం బయ్ వన్ గెట్ వన్ ఫ్రీ బంపర్ రోజు

HAPPY VINAYAKA CHAVITHI TO YOU ALL!

~ Savvy

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in RandomActOfWriting - Telugu

 

Travelogue: California

Time for annual trip and this time it was Cali aka California. A home for Hollywood.

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California, KA-LI-FOUR-NI-YA, with a postal code abbreviation of CA, is one of the largest States in the USA.

I live in East Coast i.e., East side of USA. It takes 8 – 10 hours, just the flying time, from CT / Boston / NY to reach CA. This is my second visit to CA. First time, I covered Los Angeles in 2007.

Back2Basics:  The USA has various time zones. East Coast is 3 hours ahead of West Coast. Going to West Coast had saved us some time but while coming back it evened out.

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This time, it was a trip of 7 days where in first and last days were kept aside for flying. Total 5 full days on hand. One thing I did differently this time is planning on the go. The adventure was pick the places to see and then find accommodation close by, on the go. No more cookie-cutter package deal. What’s the benefit? Your almost get localite’s knowledge about the place by the end of the trip.

As soon as I have decided CA trip, I called few friends who lives or had lived in CA to understand accommodation challenges. Then started planning rest of the trip from there.

Pre-requisites:

  • Where you want to land? CA is a big State, remember!!!
  • What you want to see?
  • What is your budget?
  • Understand CA map and Counties

My vacation theme:

    • Nature
    • Famous tourist spots

My requirements:

    • Fly to SFO
    • Rent a car
    • Find accommodation at the places of visit
    • I don’t swim, so I always look for something adventurous or moving than sitting at one place whole day

Trip planner:

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Reservations:

  • As I mentioned before, you can either go with a complete package tour so that you can cover whatever Travel Agents are offer. Or you can Plan on the go so that you have a freedom of what you want to see
  • PriceLine-dot-com was the go-to site for flight booking and hotel booking in SFO. As usual, last minute booking. 🙂
    • Always look for return flights from international / big airport(s) ; for example, there’s a difference flying from BDL to SFO VS Boston / NY to SFO
    • It is important to learn local safety to zero-in the hotel locations especially in SFO city
      • I have asked friends and read hotel reviews from TripAdvisor before finalizing the location to book the hotel
      • If I understand correctly, some hotels don’t provide complimentary breakfast. While booking do check what hotel is offering

Handy Websites:

  • Hotels-dot-com provides consolidated view of all hotels with ratings and prices
  • Expedia-dot-com is for package deals. Try Flight + Hotel + Car, you will get amazing package deals. In addition do look their “things to do” section
  • PriceLine-dot-com –> Express Deals, is another good option in case of last minute bookings
  • For parking, try SpotHero app. I would say, it’s a mandatory app for all of us to look for various parking locations along with prices. Great collection of parking spots across the nation
  • Rentalcars-dot-com is another great site for car rentals
    1. Your Visa card offers Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) on rental cars
    2. In addition, if you have auto insurance with Comprehensive and Collision coverages, your insurance company extends it to rental cars too
    3. This way, you don’t have to take CDW from rental car agency
    4. NOTE: Do confirm with your credit card and insurance agencies about rental car coverage. Don’t just go by what I say as your case may be different

Paper or Plastic:

  • Always carry some cash on hand. In case your bank’s ATM is not close by, then partner ATM’s charge $4 service charge per transaction

Food – Local or Global:

  • You get global food (all kinds of cuisines around)
  • Don’t forget to eat at Fisherman’s Wharf

Dressing:

  • SFO city was little colder, light warm wear would be perfect
  • Lake Tahoe was hot / humid; comfortable wear would save you from sweating
  • Sneakers, flip flops and sun screen are a must pack

Words of caution:

  • Heard and saw that some blocks in SFO are not safe; pick your location wisely
  • Start your day early and get back to the room early, if possible. Be safe

Hi-lights of the trip:

  • Donner Lake, Truckee, CA
    1. Still waters make your senses calm. Donner Lake is small and beautiful in a very friendly Village
    2. You find old-fashioned restaurants and worth taking a walk along the lake
    3. Why I chose Truckee?
      1. If you want to visit Lake Tahoe, the closest places you can rent hotels are Tahoe City, Incline Village, South Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Carson City
      2. After doing some research, I zeroed-in Truckee as it is a perfect place to get to other locations easily. And I am glad I did it.
      3. Kings Beach, Squaw Valley, and  Incline Village are near. In addition, Reno (Nevada) is within the driving distance
        1. Squaw Valley – this is where Winter Olympics happened in 1960
      4. Incline village shops reminds you of 1960s look
  • Kings Beach, CA
    1. A sneak peak of Lake Tahoe
    2. You are not there yet, but yet you are J
    3. And boat-watching is a pleasure. You have various boats, canoes, kayaks, and standing kayaks. Oh my my, even the most talkative people get quieter here
  • Mount Rose, NV
    1. The drive from Truckee to Virginia City thru Mount Rose was the best thing happened on that particular day. You can see some splendid scenic views
    2. Lake Tahoe’s aerial view (I mean, view from Vista Points) is something you want to capture in your cell phones or cameras. You become a kid, as you get close to Vista points (Vista Point – designated scenic view spot)
    3. Mountains, deserted roads, narrow roads, steep roads, and beautiful sceneries, are all yours throughout the drive
  • Virginia City, Reno, NV
    1. Antiques are our past lives. Period!
    2. If you are going to Tahoe, don’t miss this place
    3. This is a dramatic place where entire village set up is historical. Park your car, and start walking. Every shop has “flashback” look and every piece they sell is an antique
    4. You can visit oldest churches and museums. Remember, Cow-boy’s era, yeah, you feel that heat in here. You can almost spend an entire day
    5. This was not in my original plan. I have added it in the last minute per Hotel Rep’s suggestion
  • Lake Tahoe, CA
    1. Before I talk about the beauty of Lake Tahoe, let me talk about the steep roads. Honestly, I was very nervous while driving the steep road where either side has no railings. Don’t even think of getting distracted here. Quite a scary drive. I wonder, how bad the drive will be in peak Winters especially with snow around
    2. Lake Tahoe is shared by California and Nevada states. If you are CA side, you hit Tahoe City while driving to Lake Tahoe. It’s a good place to look around, and eat
    3. After the stressful drive, you hit Vista Point. The favorite place for shutterbugs to capture great nature. Parking is limited here, so good luck
    4. The next place is Vikingholm Castle. Again limited ticketed parking. If not, feel free to park on the side of the road properly. Little carelessness or leaving the car in no-parking zones will result in towing in seconds. Vikingholm Castle will take you close to the beach area. I was told, Vikings use to go to the mini-island in the center of Tahoe to drink tea daily. Weird are the way of rich people!vikingholm
      1. To get to the beach area, you have to walk approx. 2 miles one way. On a hot day, mind you, it’s exhausting. Have water bottles handy
      2. Near the beach, you have some benches around to sit and watch waters, people and boats. If you wish to go to mini-island, you can either rent a kayak or go on cruise trips
      3. Like humans, even waters have different colors. Some are welcoming. Trust me, you will lose yourself by immersing in the nature
      4. Hard part is, walking back up to the car. Well, you don’t have to hit the gym for that day
      5. Highlight: I took helicopter ride to view Lake Tahoe from mid-air. Lovely landscapes, water and nature. Worth trying.
      6. All beaches have plenty of water sports and other adventures to do. Choose based on your needs

HeliRide pics above.

Tahoe from my eyes, below.

  • SFO City, CA
    1. Although I stayed right in the city, honestly, I didn’t get the kick of NYC. Believe me, New York City can fill life even in zombies.
    2. Took 2 day hop on hop off bus ticket. Perfect for tourism spots. You can always change your mind, and do whatever you want to. These buses offer all possible tourist spots that you can visit
      1. http://eng.bigbustours.com/sanfrancisco/top-landmarks.html
    3. The benefit of taking Big Bus is you will get to know SFO city by end of the day
    4. Understand SFO city map, figure out what you want to see, and start your day
    5. There’s lot of walking, it’s better to have Sneakers or comfortable walking shoes
    6. Do check out the weather in SFO in advance. In August, it was in mid 50s and chilly. With high winds, weather became even cold. Packing warm wear as a backup would be a good idea
  • SFO City – Alcatraz Trip
    1. Much awaited boat trip to Alcatraz jail
    2. After watching the movie “Alcatraz”, I always wished to know more about this infamous jail
    3. Checked out of TO-DO list

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  • Final day
    1. I was so desperate to go back to East Coast; desperate to go back to Connecticut ; desperate to be back home, my sweet home
    2. Hasta la vista, CA
    3. Hola, CT

Entire trip was very tiring but worth the spend.

Hope you too visit Cali soon. Happy Vacationing!

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in Travelogue

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in RandomActOfWriting - SavvyQuotes