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Another quite interesting and extraordinary Kim Ki-Duk movie with a strange ending. One thing i noticed for Kim Ki-Duk works, no matter how odd, sometimes blood-freezing or shocking they are, at the end you just can’t help appreciating the creative mind and the deep talent lying behind.

In “The Bow”, there is a girl found by an old seaman when she was 6 years old and since then they have been living just on a boat in the middle of the sea. The girl is now 16 years old and she has never been stepped on any piece of earth within those years and the old man is the only bridge between the shore and herself.

She seems happy though with the love and care the old man provides for herself. They earn their living with the guests visiting their boat for fishing. While she becomes happy to see new faces on each visit, the old man is always cautious against others as he has other plans in mind, which is in line with the rumour among the fisher guests.

These rumours show the intention of old man which is to get married with the girl when she becomes 17. The girl is totally unaware of what is happening around her; she is just a child cheering even on every small occasion she catches.

Only mistake the old man does in his plans is to ignore that the love for her is not mutual and the chance for the girl to fall for someone else (young as herself) is quite possible.

Although the movie progresses with slow and smooth steps, it points out an abrupt or even weird end, which you will be able to see only after watching the movie [as i am not going to tell you :)].

It can be categorized as an effective drama, so my rate is 4/5.

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I do not know how many times i promised myself to eat healthy food only leaving the fast food and acidic drinks aside. Today it was one of those days. When i woke up i had a light breakfast and for dinner i cooked only vegetables. During lunch time i was so hungry that i was stuck between eating pizza+coke and having just some light snack. At last i decided to invent my own light food which is composed of yoghurt, wheat, cornflakes, dry fruits and walnut. It was quite delicious as well as being nutritive 😀

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Doesn’t it seem quite appetizing? Apart from being delightful, it also made me overcome my desire for a huge extravaganza pizza. I do not know for how many days i can maintain without any fast food, coke or some heavy dessert but considering the summer is at the door, i should think of myself much more now, right? 😆

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Bookmarks…

Being fond of reading, i always have tendency to get more and more books although i have less and less time especially lately. Every night i pick up a book to be read in bed just before sleeping but i always stay behind my target page as the desire to sleep always overcomes!

Meanwhile i found out another tendency of mine, which is to keep bookmarks in various size, shape and design among the pages. I am not one of those readers who can mark the page even with a piece of simple paper or a pen. I always look for a new and an interesting one!  After discovering this “hobby” of mine, friends also started to find quite distinct bookmarks for me. Here is the one gifted last week to me by one of my colleagues which was purchased from Japan.

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It is made of golden yellow metal which has a Japanese house figure seen among some tree branches which you can see in the below photo more clearly…

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I just loved it. Let me thank my friend here 🙂 And please do not hesitate to share with me the bookmarks you find interesting!

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th_Best thing known while working in an office without enough oxgyen for hours is to know that as of 5:30 pm it is weekend 😀 And the second best thing is to make plans for Saturday and Sunday despite it is still Friday 😀

 What can these plans be?!

  • Sleeping as long as you want without hearing an irritating alarm sound waking you up in the middle of a lovely dream…
  • Meeting friends whom you have not seen for ages due to your busy schedule and spending some nice time with them…
  • Going to cinema to catch up with the up-to-date movies which you missed recently…
  • Starting to read one of the books from which you made a pile on your desk buying frequently and reading rarely due to your tired eyelids every night…
  • Cooking delicious food instead of ordering fast food from outside…
  • Doing some cleaning reminding yourself you are a housewife at the same time (this is a must more than a plan though 😆 )

These are the first ones coming into my mind when i think of the weekend. We can enlarge the list adding a long-way travel, visiting relatives, doing shopping, etc. But it is your turn to tell me what is your plan for the weekend! 😀

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Today is the birthday of a friend whom i lost long time ago. Our meeting was just a matter of chance life puts forward for most of us and losing his friendship was a matter of fate where chance simply stays back.

Being social by nature, human beings tend to have too many acquaintances among which only some are called as “true friends”. He was one of them, one of those people whose number does not exceed the fingers of a hand.

We did not spend plenty of time together, yet every single minute he provided to me brought a life experience for me. He showed me the face of a good personality yet at the same time gave me the glimpse of a bad person so that i would be prepared in life against them.

He gave me countless hopes yet taking them back one by one in time showing that life does not always give us what we want.

He was there for me most of the time when i need to share a smile or just a cry still being invisible for the other times making me realize that sooner or later we will lose our close ones no matter how bitter the truth is.

He was a model for me to be ambitious in life but also he taught me to let go the things as nothing should be taken too much serious after all life was just a temporary phase, a play where we all act!

Sometimes he was too serious, that was the cold face of life, other times he was a total joker teasing me all the time trying to show me what things i should take serious and pay attention, what other things i should ignore and take easy.

Fighting was our biggest timepass…times spent by discussing, quarrelling, yelling, getting angry or frustrated…but next time we met, we were just two little kids trying to apologize and feeling shy at the same time, which showed me we should of course struggle for what we believe in, for our truths yet we should seek a way to establish peace no matter who is wrong/right.

Sometimes he was disappearing for days, weeks, even months and on his return each time i showed too much anger but now i understand he was just teaching me the feeling of “missing”.

He showed me that in every tear drop there was a story to hear, in every smile there was a feeling waiting to be shared, in every word there was a promise to be fulfilled, in every disappearance there was a return to be expected, in every happy moment there was a wish to keep it forever, in every person there was a life to live…

And for me in every friendship there is him to seek…

Today is a birthday of a friend whom i lost long ago. Most probably he will never see this post, less probably he will see the post but will ignore it. Still;

Thank you for your friendship even if it lasted for a short while…

Thank you for the experiences you helped to pile in my life…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Last night i was so tired that i fall asleep around 10:30 pm as soon as i got back from the cinema (Hubby and me went to see “The Horsemen” which was not a perfect but an average movie).

When i woke up this morning, the first thing i did was to check the weather and as a matter of chance it was sunny after so many snowy and rainy chain of days. Hence i thought i should not waste this lovely day and planned a visit to my University Campus (Boğaziçi University).

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It is located just beside the sea (bosphorus) and full of green fields away from the noisy routine of the city.

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So after informing hubby about my plan, we were ready to go in 10 minutes. Taking two busses we were there just in 35 minutes. First we had a breakfast at our favourite cafe during our study years and talked about the past for a while (which made me feel a bit old lol). Then we followed the path going through the campus getting something to read while taking both a body and a mind rest across the sea.

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There were too many cats and dogs around as usual, some were sleeping under the sun and the others were running after food as usual:)

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Although the weather was a bit windy, it did not stop us from having some sunshine, and the environment had a spring view with all those blossoming trees and colorful flowers.

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As i forgat my camera at home, i took all those photos with the camera of my cell phone. Still they do not look so bad, right?

All in all it was a lovely day which i had been missing all throughout those snowy and freezing days. It was like a messenger rendering that the spring was quite near. So as i am quite fed up with winter, my hopes for better days just refreshed:)

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 On one hand, an old film producer who already lost his popularity within the industry and experiencing the bitter face of bankruptcy. 

On the other hand, an accountant whose main work principle is honesty, which keeps him poor all his life and prevents him from marrying her future wife.

When the minds of these two merge in one project, the result is quite tragicomical…Being partners they plan to make a film through an illegal way which is aimed to be shown as legal. And at the core of their plan lies a flop movie that backfires and turns into a big hit causing a turmoil in their lives! 

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 In the movie we saw some funny references and teasers to some old movies such as Sholay, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Lagaan…

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The cast (Kunal Khemu, Sonu Sood, Soha Ali Khan, Paresh Rawal) is quite in conformity with the storyline…

All in all it was a good laughter providing some relaxation keeping the audience from any reality, which is a fact which i like most about the comedy genre…

My rate 4/5!

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 Do you believe in coincidences? Well i do…at least I started to do after reading this short but rich-in-content book!

The Red Notebook consists of 4 sections which are 1)The Red Notebook 2)Why Write? 3)Accident Report 4) It Don’t Mean a Thing and all telling about the coincidences in life which are frequently ignored or not paid attention by most of us. The content is based on facts, real events from the writer’s or his friends’s lives/experiences which are narrated by himself like a fictive short story captivating the reader.

The attracting part is the one where he explains simply yet strikingly how he became a writer, what the basic motive behind this decision…One night after a baseball game, he has a chance to get the autograph of his favourite baseball player, but unfortunately neither the player nor himself has a pen at the time. He keeps asking everyone around for a pen but he cannot find and fell into a helpless situation since his dream player is just in front of him but he cannot take even an autograph. The player says sorry and leaves the stadium leaving him behind helpless. Being a 8-year old kid with a devastated heart at the time, Auster cannot supress his tears and keeps crying all through the way home. Since that night he never goes out without carrying a pen in his pocket not to get caught unprepared again. He says he never plans to do anyhing with the pen he carries, but having a pen in your pocket, most probably one day you will feel like using it. That is how i became a writer he mentions.

In The Red Book, Paul Auster puts forward how the chain of coincidences plays an important role in our lives no matter we are aware of it or not and events are kind of connected to one another  even though we cannot realize it at the first glance.

I read the book in Turkish. I liked especially its simplicity. Simple, random, every-day events are narrated in such a way that keeps the reader captivated and appreciating till the end. So deserves a 5/5!

P.S.: In the bookstore I bought also a film magazine together with THE RED NOTEBOOK and soon i realized the giveaway of the magazine was a red notebook in which i already started to take notes:)

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25 Facts About Me…Tag Tag!

smile030No need to make an introduction, right? I am sure you already guessed that i am tagged by Sree once again…i should say i love tags because on each tag i know more details about my blogger friends and in the same way i let them know about me more…and i find every tiny miny detail quite interesting as minor reasons in life might cause major results 🙂

Here is the rule…i should write 25 facts about me…it can be about my life, my habits, hobbies, fantasies, achievements, aims…etc…etc..and then tag 25 people in return…lets start!

  1. I hate monday mornings as i am not able to wake up early in the morning and come into my senses properly at least till 10 am. And did you notice tomorrow is Monday? 😡
  2. No matter what i cannot decide about my favourite Bollywood movie, one day it is Veer-Zara, the other day it is Devdas, and some other day it is Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge…but under any condition i cannot vote for the best as each and every SRK movie is already the best!
  3. I cannot stop myself from spending on books and movies. Although i am quite slow at reading lately due to lack of time, i am still fast at purchasing books 😀
  4. Recently i lost a precious friend and it is one of my biggest regrets in life! (I cannot blame either myself or my friend, but just life)
  5. I am a coward, i cannot watch any horror movies. If i watch just by chance/coincidence, i am not able to sleep alone/in dark for days 😀
  6. As the time passes, i am becoming more and more homebody, less and less social. My leisure time activities quite decreased in time. Does it mean i am getting older? 😆
  7. I cannot speak proper Hindi and that drives me crazy. I guess I should try harder…The best sentence i can construct in Hindi is “Main achchi hindi bol nahi sakti hoon” (hope it is correct lol)
  8. My favourite song changes every week, and i can spend the whole week just listening to the very same song consuming it to the end; this week’s song is “hum ne suna hai” from Mere Yaar Ki Shadi Hai.
  9. i quitted celebrating my birthday and at the same time i started to forget my friend’s birthdays (Accordingly, i am sure Mr. Sree will remind me of his birthday leaving a comment here *angel looks*)
  10. I love coke. Drinking coke is a habit of mine but unfortunately i am forbidden by my doctor from drinking it as it is unhealty 😦
  11. Lately i have been to various hospitals due to some health issues of mine…for now i am pretty good (shukar hai), as a matter of fact  i don’t want to see any doctor ever again (lets see how long will it be possible :p)
  12. I am looking forward to spring. I want to wear lighter clothes and to feel the sunshine on my face and to smell the fresh daisies…I wonder when i will be able to open my eyes a sunny morning…
  13. My mom’s birthday is quite near and i am planning to surprise her with a cute gift 😀
  14. Checking my blog status every day, i see many visitors but i wonder why most of the time they just pass by without dropping any comment…come on guys i am sure you have something to say on my posts :p
  15. The more i think (about anything) the more i get confused :S
  16. I hate being a pessimistic person but i cannot help thinking in a negative way. How to get rid of it?!
  17. I love spending time in bookstores, touching the covers of books and feeling the dusty smell of the shelves and hearing the sounds of the characters sheltered among pages.
  18. I already started to plan my summer vacation. I have a wedding to attend this summer and i am so excited about it as it will be an occasion to recollect my old memories.
  19. I am an indecisive person. I cannot make up my mind quickly when i am stuck between two things. If you offer me a chocolate and a bowl of icecream, i might think over it for hours and at the end someone else eat the chocolate and icecream melts already; that is why i miss many opportunities in life 😆
  20. I love daisies…the white ones…they look so pure and innocent…
  21. An indian friend of mine living and working in the same city with me, just got married in india and came back. I haven’t seen my bhabi yet, soon to be met 🙂
  22. This week i realized that i love buying cosmetic stuff but not using them as during the whole week i just put on make up only two days (well i am a natural-born-lazy plus i have a natural beauty 😆
  23. Since i watched the garba dance scene in the movie Pride and Prejudice, i want to learn it but there is no one to teach me 😦
  24. I would love to have a saree but i don’t know how and where to wear it lol
  25. Number 25 is spared for a confession which is i found it quite difficult to recollect 25 items about myself :p

Well i don’t have 25 people to tag…so anyone interested can take it up…i would love to hear about different lives 🙂

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Attention: This is the story of Sanju and Anju. Not a third one is allowed in between 😆

Mere Yaar Ki Shadi Hai is a classical bollywood movie with many lively or romantic dance scenes and colorful, eye-catching filmi costumes, however far from catching the audience itself being lack of creativity and despite having references/inpirations from other famous bollywood movies, not being able to get rif of getting labelled as a “copy” of this and that…

The cast is not a strong one; for sure i had seen Uday Chopra in movies like Mohabbatein or Dhoom, and also Bipasha Basu in Bachna Ae Haseeno and others, Jimmy Shergill in again Mohabbatein and others, Tulip Joshi in Dokha or Superstar; still none of them sound/seem strong to me to cover a whole movie. What i mean to say is that when they act and sing under Shah Rukh Khan or under Hrithik Roshan or Abhishek Bachan, they look quite talented but when they try to manage a scenario by themselves, i find it insufficient as in missing a gist or as in being far away from keeping the soul of the movie alive. (May be that is a personal problem of mine as i am quite used to watching bollywood movies with superstars 🙂 )

The storyline is quite familiar one…There is a woman loved by two men at the same time. One is childhood friend, a bit badmash, a bit crazy, funny yet loving and caring. The other is newly met, handsome, cool, shortly carrying all the perfect criteria required for a marriage. First our heroine is unaware of her feelings, then gets confused and indecisive and finally comes to know what her heart wishes for.

The movie smells a bit Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, a bit Mohabbatein, a bit Main Hoon Na among the bollywood movies and kind of inspired from My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997-Julia Roberts). I am not saying it is an exact copy or a ruined dublicate of these movies but it captures some bits and pieces, which i believe do not disturb the audience.

The best thing in the movie is its songs…Ek Ladki, Sharara, Mere Yaar Ki Shadi Hai, Jaage Jaage, Humne Suna Hai, Hum Dono Jaisa…I can say I loved each one of them but especially Sharara.

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Overall, it cannot be categorized as a bad movie as it still provides the audience with some nice timepass showing all the fancy items of bollywood. Still my eyes were searching for Shah Rukh Khan when the heros and heroines were dancing among the mountains being dressed in their best suits and trying to look as if intoxicated by love!

My rate: 3/5!

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Although it has been more than a week since i watched this movie, I could not have time at all to review it as these days time has gained more value 🙂

In this movie i came across many familiar faces such as Irfan Khan (lately took place in Billu Barber), Rahul Bose, Rahul Khanna (whom i first seen in the movie Bollywood/Hollywood, Konkona Sen Sharma (whom i really like especially after her appearance in Aaj Nachle) and Soha Ali Khan (at whom I was amazed in Rang De Basanti).

It is basically about the relations of husbands and wives in married lives and their approach at ‘outsiders’. It starts with the divorce decision of a married couple who already lost the soul of their marriage. Their best friends (who are also a married couple) quite criticise the decision but at the same time they start to question their own marriage life as well. We see some minor details regarding a cheating husband, a wife trying to save a marriage, a woman trying to gain a relation, another husband pretending to be loyal to his wife but indeed already giving up on her in his mind, another wife looking so happy being married but in fact quite confused in deep and some other people passing by their lives in between.

What happens in the end…Lust is proved to be a strong feeling but still to be a temporary one and decreasing in time on the contrary to love and showing only true and sincere love (not the artificial infatuation) can resist any kind of obstacle.

What I liked most in this movie is the fun side of it. It is decorated with some “laughter items” making the audience smile even at the bitter truths accepting the life as it is.

Soundtrack is a good one as well. My favourite song from this movie is “Zindagi Yeh” among the following ones:

1. Ehsaan
2. Uthale Ya Phenk De
3. Zindagi Ye
4. Ok Tata Done
5. Nasha Nashila
6. Ehsaan [Remix]
7. Zindagi Ye [Rock Version]
8. Goodnight

Overall it is a time-pass movie still with lots of messages to deliver deserving a 3/5 from me 🙂

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I just found out a site where you can compose your own hindi music using the Percu, Sitar, Flute and other instrument buttons. It is such a fun game! Just try and listen to the result, you will be amazed at your own talent 🙂 Lets see how many A.R. Rahmans will be discovered here :p

Here is the link!

http://www.erenetoyun.com/oyna.php?oyun=hint-muzigi

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Yesterday when i opened my inbox there was a forward mail from a friend of mine about girls. I read it and shared it with some of my other friends as well. It was telling about some generally-accepted truths about girls but i have no idea who accepts these truths in general 🙂 To me, yea some lines make sense, but about some other lines, in fact i even cannot comment being a girl. Still i enjoyed while reading the following paragraph as it talks about some soft moments, mild and true facts within a relation and some commonly shared features of girls…

 

When a GIRL is quiet … millions of things are running in her mind. When a GIRL is not arguing … she is thinking deeply. When a GIRL looks at u with eyes full of questions … she is wondering how long you will be around. When a GIRL answers ” I’m fine ” after a few seconds … she is not at all fine. When a GIRL stares at you … she is wondering why you are lying. When a GIRL lays on your chest … she is wishing for you to be hers forever. When a GIRL wants to see you everyday… she wants to be pampered. When a GIRL says ” I love you ” … she means it. When a GIRL says ” I miss you ” … no one in this world can miss you more than that.

So what do you think? Which line suits you best and which does not?

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romantic-girl-692371_iThis week i did not finish any book to refer to or to take any excerpt from it, however while i was going through one of my old notepads i came across a nice quote which i had noted down and i would like to share especially with my female readers…i do not know may be the male ones can adapt it for themselves as well 🙂

A woman should have one old love she can imagine going back to…and one who reminds her how far she has come!

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Since i watched the movie aashiqui, i have been a big fan of Rahul Roy, and again since then i have been searching on net about his life, his career, his films, his photos, his videos, etc. Being out of India, it seems it is almost impossible for me to reach his movies, especially the old ones…And net search results are not so brilliant as well…

However what i got from Wikipedia is that,

Rahul Roy (born February 9, 1968) is an Indian film actor, who works in Bollywood films. He debuted in the hit Mahesh Bhatt production Aashiqui (1990) for which he is famous for. His popularity increased with the 1992 film Sapne Saajan Ke, in which he was helped by having the music of Nadeem Shravan, with Kumar Sanu’s vocals, that he picturised. His most famous hits include “Tu Meri Zindagi Hai” and “Ab Tere Bin Jee Lenge Hum” and “Jaane Jigar Jaan-e-Man”. He was also one of the first Hindi film actors who fashioned the long hair mane. Subsequent to his first movie’s resounding success, star wannabes rushed to the salons asking for a “Rahul Roy” haircut. He won the game show Bigg Boss by public vote. Bigg Boss was the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother, currently being produced by Endemol India for Sony Entertainment Television.

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Rahul began his acting career in the 1990 film Aashiqui, a Mahesh Bhatt production as the lead actor with newcomer Anu Agarwal. The film was a hit and made him a popular actor and was the reason, he is known for. He was one of the first ever Hindi film actors who fashioned the long hair. After his resounding success in Aashiqui, he worked in another romantic hit, Sapne Saajan Ke (1992) with Karisma Kapoor. He worked in several romantic films throughout early 1990s, but the movies did not do well. In late 1990s, he appeared in movies as a supporting actor in hit movies because his films as a lead actor flopped.

After his film Aashiq (2001), Roy didn’t act in films for several years. He returned to acting after four years in Meri Aashiqui (2005), in which he was the lead actor. His most recent film was the comedy film, Naughty Boy (2006). He also appeared on television program Bigg Boss, Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother in 2006. He won the game show by public votes on January 26, 2007.

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Well, although the luck, fate, life or whatever it is, did not smile at him pretty much, at least he still have strong fans like me :p I wish he could produce much more movies during 90s…Below is the video of one of the famous song “tu meri zindagi hai” (You are my life) from the movie Aashiqui…Before finishing my post, let me put a note here: If you know any site or any way to see his movies, please do contact me 🙂

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