Animal Farm

Read the book ‘Animal Farm‘ by George Orwell, it is a great book. I highly recommend this book. It’s hillarious, satirical, and thought provoking and it’s wonderfully written.

It’s about a farm, where animals ousts the farm owner, Mr Jones from the farm and take the control of the farm. A brilliantly written book, in which, while readling I could actually map the events to the real life events of communists nations. Although the book was written a long time ago, sometime in 1940s, still many of the aspects it touches still holds true.

Over the Hedge

Over the Hedge‘ (IMDB Link) is an average animation movie. I can easily say that after I have recently watched ‘Cars‘ (see earlier post). The story is just average, too bad.…For animation’s supposed to be the better medium for stories which are too unrealistic.

The characters in the movie are very cute, specially the little squirrel, Sammy. Sammy is a hyper active squirrel and hence is always kept away from coke (or whatever drink is there in those cans). But, when the need comes, they give him a can; and it seems that the world simply stops, for Sammy is too fast/active.

A simple question, Are animals are getting into our house, or whether we have already got into theirs?

Nau Do Gyarah (Dev Anand) (1957)

Last night, I watched the movie, Nau Do Gyarah. One of my friends bought the DVD, and I wasn’t too sure whether I really want to watch it. But when I saw the songs listing on the DVD case, I was impressed. The movie has some good songs, including, “Ham hain raahi pyar ke, hamse kuchh na boliye” and “Ankhon mein kya ji, rupahla baadal”. And after all its a Dev Anand Movie, so thought, I will give it a try.

I liked the movie for its simplicity. The songs are good and the story is just ok. But, if I would be writing about the performances of the lead actors, then I won’t be writing good things. So, I would better avoid that, I hope you would have got the idea by now.

Today, I went to IMDB to check out more info about this movie, and was surprised to see the user rating as 9.5 out of 10. I know the world has decent number of Dev Anand fans, but I didn’t expect them to rate all his movies so high. Anyway, the songs are good. Mr. Burman, Kishor Kumar and Asha Bhonsle has done a fine job.

Five People You Meet in Heaven

Finished reading the book “Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom. The same author who wrote bestseller ‘Tuesdays With Morrie‘. This one is a good book, it made me pause reading at couple of places to think. The book is quite engaging and very interesting. Took me less than in a day to finish.

It’s a story of a guy name Eddie, who is head of maintenance at a fun park at Ruby Pier. The book starts with an end. The story begins by telling that Eddie is just a few hours away from his death. Death or End is also a beginning, just that we don’t see it that way. The story forks into three threads. One, briefly talks about how things happen on earth after his death. Two, about the previous events that happened in Eddie’s life, and three, about the five people he meets in heaven after his death. Albom has tied the three threads beautifully, linking them with each other, making a smooth flow of story.

I won’t go much in the details. All I would say is, I liked the book very much and this is one of the few books, which I would be reading again. A movie has also been made on the book in 2004.

Now, I am looking forward to read ‘Tuesdays With Morrie‘.

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Pearl Valley trip

On 1st October we went to Muthyala Maduvu (a.k.a Pearl Valley). The place is around 40 KMs from Bangalore. It has a waterfall (although, we didn’t found much water in it, but it seems it should be in all its splendor in the rainy season). Anyway, here’s the whole story.

We started lazily at around 11 in the morning. We took a bus to Attibele from the Silk Board junction, in Bangalore. The bus was the typical private bus with a DVD player in it. During our journey on NH7, that lasted an hour, they were showing some Kannada movie on it, which kept on getting struck every now and then. We got down at Attibele, and there was a clear sign there saying Anekal 11 KM on right. We were lucky to get another bus to Anekal, from here almost in no time. (We were told that the frequency of buses to Anekal is very less). We were expecting bad roads on this stretch from Attibele to Anekal, but were surprised to see that the road was in very good condition.

Anekal is a small town, but looking at the houses and shops, it was clear that the standard of living there was pretty good. Pearl valley was just 6 KMS from here. It was almost lunchtime, so we decided to first have a lunch before moving on further. We found couple of small restaurants around, but the hygiene level wasn’t too good in most of them. After roaming around for some time, we settled for a small restaurant for the lunch.

Now, getting to Pearl valley, from here was a bit difficult. The only option was to take an auto, but the auto-drivers here too (like in Bangalore) were very rude. They were demanding Rs.120 for that 6 KMs of journey. Finally, after rejecting couple of offers, we settled on a offer in which, we were to pay Rs.180 for a to-and-fro journey, including a waiting time of 2 hours at the pearl valley. The road at this last stretch was terrible.

The pearl valley is small valley, between two mountains. We descended the hill, where the auto dropped us, expecting to see some nice waterfall. But, we found a small waterfall with very little water in it. Still, some people had enthu to get into the knee-deep water. None of us were interested in getting into that water. So, we left the people and the monkeys (yes, there were lot of them on the trees around, looking for food dropped by the visitors) back and did a bit of tracking on the mountain on the other side. The path, it seems, was less traveled and was a bit slippery. The view from this side was very good, with all the greenery, and several mountains at the backdrop. I was now very much missing my camera.

The return trip was quite the same. Just that this time we got a direct bus from Anekal to Bangalore.

Looking for more info about this place, I stumbled upon how this place got it’s name. The water from the waterfalls bounces when they hit the rocks, and the small droplets in the sunlight shines like a pearl. This gets this place the name Muthyala Madu. And a feeble English translation of which is pearl valley. Muthu, is pearls in Kannada, and Madu is small lake.

Wikimapia link to Pearl Valley.