The cobwebs have grown thick on here, except for the intrepid commenter here and there (thank you for not letting this die completely!). The last year (plus) has been full of things not-Hindi-movie related. I haven’t given up watching Indian movies completely, although mostly now I rewatch old favorites; I think I finally got exhausted by all the poor video quality, no subtitles, and other barriers to my enjoyment. Also, I took up knitting again with a vengeance, and knitting and subtitles (or having to concentrate due to lack of subtitles) do not go together, at least for me.
Here are some of my knitting projects. As you might guess, they are kind of time-consuming.
I have also traveled a bit, to Texas and California. First up was San Antonio, Texas, where everything is made of Bacon, and it was time for FIESTA, margaritas, and lots of food. A friend of mine made sabudana for me to try for the first time and I loved it.
It rained every single day that I was in California, but I still enjoyed lots of wine in Napa and hanging out with my extended Patel family. Plus, California needs the rain.
I did manage to catch the first day show of Raju Hirani’s film PK, and it was fun to see the bits and pieces that I had been there in person to watch being filmed. I thought of writing a review of it, but then didn’t. Enough to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and yes I am completely biased.
And in October someone I have been casual friends with for ten years told me he loved me, and in February during the worst snowfall on record (108 inches!) I married him. I never ever planned to get married, but I guess when the right person comes along and it feels just right and natural, then it’s a good thing. Also it made my mother really happy and gave me an excuse to buy awesome shoes. And yes, I wore red!
Some of you have reached out to make sure everything is okay, because I’ve neglected this blog so badly—so I hope you can all rest assured that I am well and happy and busy, just not in the mood to write film reviews (Bandit and Gilda are fine too and love having someone who actually pays attention to them around). And at least I have two great pieces of news on the film review front: first of all, my friend Todd Stadtman of Die Danger Die Die Kill has written the book that really needed to be written, and it’s wonderful. I think anyone who comes here regularly would want to own Funky Bollywood! And you don’t have to take my word for it, either: Beth loves it and so does Jai Arjun Singh.
Secondly, some of you might be familiar with the awesome reviews written some time back by Omar Ali Khan of Hot Spot Online (who also owns a spectacular collection of movie memorabilia). That site sadly disappeared a while ago, leaving a large gap for those of us who love trashy movies. But he’s back and as funny as ever with Swami Ji’s movie reviews. He is also selling items with old Bolly- and Lolly-flair on this site (I covet ALL THE MUGS).
I do so appreciate everyone who still visits, and comments, and I haven’t given up the idea of writing more film reviews either (there are several in draft form that I could just sit down to finish, and maybe one day I will). I am slightly more active on the Memsaabstory Facebook page if you want to join us all there (I do update the galleries and the Edu Productions page now and then as necessary too!).