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Random Thoughts on a Friday Afternoon

– Apparently Freida Pinto has become the highest grossing Indian actress, bigger than Aishwarya and Katrina Kaif, after landing various big name roles in Hollywood including one working with Woody Allen (!). I’m wondering if the Bollywood A-List are going to bitchslap this newcomer with no Bollywood pedigree and who hasnt done the hard yards… or if they’ll try to get on her back and ride the wave into Hollywood. http://tinyurl.com/d2bbhw

– People who do those Herald Sun quizzes in a big group in cafes really loudly are annoying…. ANNOYING! Because I constantly want to yell out the answers while those dumb-arses go “umm” “arr” “umm”… 

Idiot 1: “What country is Sa…sas…sak… sask…. Saskatchewan a province in?”

Idiot 2: “Duhhhh… dunno”

Idiot 3: “Omfg what?” 

Idiot 4: “India? Afghanistan?”

Me (in my head): “Canada, you fools! CANADA!”

– Can’t wait to get my new iPhone on Tuesday. woOt! I’ve been iPhoneless for far too long now…

– Having finished Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby” which deserves all the praise that it gets (it was awesome) I am now reading Vikas Swarup’s Q&A/Slumdog Millionaire… and well, given my extremely low expectations for it, it’s been moderately entertaining (while being as poorly written as I expected).

  1. Nandita
    March 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    You think the book is poorly written?!!! Why?!

  2. alexlobov
    March 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Well I’m no literary critic so I’m bad at explaining why something is well or badly written but here goes:

    Short sentences, language so primitive it could come from the Stone Age, plot points so outlandish they belong in an alien cartoon and about as subtle as a sledgehammer. You know when someone uses dialogue to explain the storyline in its entirety? Thats bad writing.

    eg: ‘No way. No torture. The papers have already got wind of the arrest. If they find out he has been mistreated, we will be finished. I’ve enough problems on my plate already without having to worry about being sued by a bloody civil rights NGO.’ <— umm really? do you think police officers in India would really talk this way? hell no. they wouldn’t need to give a detailed and lengthy explanation about why one does or does not use torture in a given situation. because theyre already familiar with the situation. Swarup is using this as a way to explain realities in India – baaaaad writing.

    Oh and ‘Ram Mohammad Thomas’? Lol. Um. Really? Nahhhh.

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