Friday, 22 November 2013

Food - Your new super hero

We all love food, and when we are not feasting on it, we had love to watch movies that are high on food, don't we? And the inspiring messages that come with the flicks are always a bonus. So here I have five food movies that have managed to inspire people around the world and I'm sure they'll engross you too. 

Julie and Julia - ‘Cooking’ your dream

Julie Powell, a BPO employee makes it to her dream career with the help of food and Julia Child. Clueless about her future and the path that leads to it, Julie decides to follow her heart by starting a food blog. Religiously sticking to the schedule, a full circle of 365 recipes in 365 days from the book Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Julie finally completes her mission.  Which, let me tell you, isn’t as easy as it may sound. You must out for the scene where she is trying to poach eggs and the one where she is cooking stuffed duck for a guest. 
A sheer combination of love, hard work, self motivation, and the brilliant actress Meryl Streep make this movie a total stress buster.

Chocolat - Confessions of a Chocoholic

Chocolat is an amazing comedy of a struggle between rigid norms, fear of change and the power and effect of Vianne Rocher’s chocolates felt by the people of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes.  
Among the things you must look out for in the movie, this one takes the cake - a cheeky Roux teaches little Anouk the art of savoring something one hasn’t tried before, a fat worm in this case.  The passionate Vianne believes that every person has a certain taste button through which she can bring happiness around.
What you might want to avoid is being tempted by the movie and gorging on that hidden chocolate stock in your house. But once in a while, it is totally worth it.

Ratatouille - Size really doesn't matter

In the rat race of this big world, one should absolutely watch the tale of Ratatouille. This simple saga of perseverance and hope tells one to run for their dream no matter what the obstacles are, size being one of many. Remy, a scrawny ambitious rat wants to be the next culinary genius, but because of the nature’s ruthless law; the poor guy takes life as it comes by. Our favorite scenes are the ones where for the first time, Remy tastes the magic of two different flavors – it’s so cute you feel like cuddling him - and the scene with Chef Gusto, where he chases Remy on the streets of Paris for the secret recipe.
The movie’s animation is so real, that you probably might feel like donning on the apron and trying some of Remy’s tricks.

Super size me - a slow-fast food tale

Super Size Me, is a ‘must watch’ for today's fast food/instant meal generation. The movie is based on a man who takes up the task of eating only junk food for a month to instill the obvious after effects in our foodicted heads. 
Apart from the statistics that keep you glued to the screen, it is courage that Morgan Spurlock has shown by taking up a big task of creating awareness amongst people.  And in a pretty cool way too, by being the lab rat himself, hats off to him completely.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Give up on greed

This delectable saga turns out to be an instant favorite for everyone. Aside from the big candy joy ride, the movie is about little Charlie and nine other kids encounter with greed, temptation and their ultimate destiny at the Chocolate Factory.
The movie makes it to my list because: a) it is a delightful journey of moral ethics b) more chocolate and cyou just cannot miss the cute little Oompa Loompas!

Now that you have plenty to munch on, I believe that you will spare two hours from your busy schedule to catch these, because if you don’t, you might miss out on the tasty remedies for a happy living. Oh! and the crazy adorable characters too!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Serendipity around town

Weekend getaways are, have and always will be an urban man's savior. It could be anything as small as a cool coffee date, a walk down to the shopping lane or a roaring yet blissful beach. I personally choose to follow any of these simple ideas, as they make me happy and give a chance at times to stay away from life's hustle bustle.

So about last to last Sunday I decided to visit this quaint yet interesting beach of Dana Pani with my friend. He was pretty adamant about the place, kept repeating how its a must visit. And well, he was every bit right about the beach and its serenity. 

Life's good in Black&White too

Quirky Dana Pani

The attraction of the beach is massive! It had me engrossed right from the start of the lane, from the wind singing and dancing along the birds during the evening sun, with the waves gently humming in the background. I was completely mesmerized, a cacophony so alluring!

Walking by the shore towards the clear waters,  passing the kids fishing with hand made rods along, and squishing of the basket ball  by a group of youngsters playing at water's edge got me smiling. 

Further on at the junction of land and sea, amidst the brown rocks, lay my favorite spot. Where I chose to sit and drink in the nature's beauty. With the mammoth ocean in front of me and trees chiming at the back end, I couldn't be harassed any more about worldly care.

You don't get to see this often with today's gamer generation.

You can spend your entire day just enjoying nature's beauty

Crystal Clear Water

Standing Out

Located at the end of Marve Road, just a little further from its famous counterpart Aksa Beach, Dana Pani stands out in many ways. Unhabited by tourists, travelers and commercialization (unlike its adjoining counterpart) this beach gets to maintain its glory neat and clean. Less number of people to judge you, is every man's private wish. Was mine too, I got to sing and jump without anybody staring (much) at me. What an ultimate weekend breather!

One thing that got me jealous here, were the absolute snug bungalows. Sea facing view, ultimate desired calmness, less of pollution and traffic, one needn't ask for more.

So, what do you'll say? A nice walk by the beach sipping on coconuts, (without the need to go all the way till Goa) for a 'in your city' getaway? In case you are uncomfortable about walking on the sand then there's a clean smooth road near the shore too. With the monsoon still around, plan your day out soon.