Bura Na Maano … Holi Hai …

Fanfiction has become a part of my life in recent years, and I have until now been the silent in-awe-of-the-writer-type reader. Today, on the occasion of Holi, I would like to dedicate my first ever story to one of my dear friends who pushed me to write … so from one crazy pankhi to my Sankadevi and fellow fangirls … HAPPY HOLI!!!

Holi kab hai, kab hai Holi?

Ananya: Oh shut up will you? Stop acting cheesy. Gabbar Singh must be rolling in his grave. Let me watch my show in peace!

Manav: Why are you even watching this crap? Aren’t you fed up with all this pyaar-nafrat business? Hero-heroine milte hai, bichadte hai … villain/vamp/daadi … song and dance … almost hug, almost kiss, almost slap … che mahine walli fast-track shaadi … redemption… rinse, spin, repeat. Manik….Nandini….Nandini….Manik….Arnav….Khushi….Khushi….Arnav….Zaroon…Kashaf…Kashaf….Zaroon. Did I miss anyone? Oh haan, Damon and Elena. Naa those guys are tolerable. Weekly show jo hain. Wait, no, that show is unhealthy viewing too. I mean who says, “You want a love that consumes you. You want passion, an adventure, and even a little danger.” That too, a good-looking bad-boy with a husky voice who loves to smirk. Vamps kaafi nahi the kya, ki ab vampires ko bhi tolerate karna padh raha hai? (cringes)

Ananya: (fumes) No one is forcing you to watch. Go play some video game on your PlayStation or bore someone on Twitter with your wisecracks. I have been looking forward to this track ok. Holi aa rahi hai. Pretty sure it is going to be epic, since they have “broken up” and Manik “hates” her. Angst best hota hai. Remember IPKKND ka Holi track? Inhibitions choomantar; nafrat out, pyaar in. Sigh!

Manav: How can I forget? (*whispers*, Will you or your Sankadevi friends ever let me forget anything related to that show? Shit did I just say Sankadevi? Haye Devi Maiya!)

Ananya: Kya? What are you mumbling about?

Manav: Nothing, nothing. I was just saying ki yes, of course I remember; bhaang, drunk Khushi, drunk Arnav, poolside confessions, humhari dil ki dhadkaane ek ho jaati hai and all that jazz. You made me watch that episode live and all the repeats too. We were not even married then. My poor mother thought that I needed professional help; watching the same episode, a desi soap episode, over and over again.

Ananya: Haan na. So awesome that episode was. My ArHi lost in each other. Baaki sab jaaye bhaad mein. All thanks to Snakewa and his “brilliant” plan. LOL, humhara favourite Cupid.

Manav: (shakes his head) Oye! Don’t get lost in ArHi duniya now. Pata chala, you again start (over)thinking about all the different tracks ArHi could have and should have had, and you have equally mad friends also who will stoke this fire (*mumbles* stupid WhatsApp group). Asli duniya beckons, Anu. Dinner mein kya hai?

Ananya: Food, food, food. That’s all you can think about na? Sometimes I think you should have got married to food only. Raat din, that’s all you want. Dekha jaaye toh, you would get along very well with Barun and Parth. Teeno can sit together and gush over their first love. Khaana!!!

Manav: Excuse me. At least, food is better than this desi show nonsense. I may not be a fan of Barun or Parth but must admit that they are smart dudes. Food equals sukhi jeevan. These shows’ only purpose is to depress the audience and create false expectations regarding love. Normal human beings don’t behave like that. I’m not going to lift you up in my arms or run behind you (Main roz gym jaata hoon, so I don’t need more exercise), or make jalebis for you (umm…jalebis…don’t get distracted Manav), or sing for you (LOL…Me and sing? Bathroom mein gaa sakta hoon…Hmm…Anu and me together  in the shower…that sounds like a plan…wasn’t there a bathroom scene in that KY2 walla show?), or buy a gazillion gifts for you (Ambani hoon kya?). Koi hopes mat rakhna.

Ananya: Do I look like a fool to you? Umm…don’t answer that question. Don’t worry, I have zero expectations from you. You are the most unromantic person in the world. Well actually not true, you used to be romantic when we were dating but shaadi ke baad pata nahi kya hua. Anyway, why do you think I watch these shows and romcoms? To satiate the hunger for true romance that I am missing in asli duniya. Hmph.

Manav: Whatever. Kal Holi hai, woh bhi pehli Holi after marriage, so you better get to work. Kal jaldi uthna hai. Puja waghera karna hai. Don’t crib later ki sab gadbad ho gaya, and mom will get upset. After all, you love being the favourite bahu. Sometimes I think ki my parents have forgotten they have a son, considering how they can’t just stop praising you all the time.

Ananya: Stop being such a cry-baby. Main hoon hi itni perfect, of course your parents love me. Manav, it is not even 7 pm, so don’t stress. Main sab kuch kar loongi. (*whispers* as usual)

Manav: Kya kaha tumne?

Ananya: Nothing, nothing. I will go prepare dinner. I’m making baingan ka bharta. Your favourite. (smirks)

Manav: Ugh. Punish kyun kar rahi ho? Ok fine, watch your MaNan. I am going out. Bye.

Ananya: Haha. That was easy. Why does he irritate me so much? College mein toh aisa nahi tha. Itna seedha tha. The perfect engineering student; sweet, smart, considerate and funny. Mere peeche peeche ghoomta tha.  I remember him being jealous of my love for Arnav (Barun). LOL. Arnav ko copy karne ki koshish karta tha. Mera buddu. Shaadi karke galti ki kya? He has started taking me for granted. (frowns)

Manav: Show ab tak khatam ho gaya hoga na? Chalo, safe to go back home now. Sherni won’t attack.  Mujhe laga ki after IPKKND, Anu would be done with this nonsense. It was so difficult to get her to stop obsessing over that Barun dude. Kitna kuch karna pada to get her to notice me and forget that Bozo. Ab kya, has she fallen for that Parth? What the! Umm…not what the! (shakes his head)

Ananya: Where were you? Khaana thanda ho gaya. Chalo let’s eat and sleep. As you said, tomorrow will be a busy day.

Manav: Ya let’s eat. Uhh…Anu, yeh lo. (hands her a brown packet)

Ananya: Yeh kya hai? (opens the packet) JALEBI!!!!

Manav: Anu! Stop screaming, I will turn deaf. Dessert mein kuch nahi tha, so I bought them.

Ananya:  Aww such a sweetie you are. Scared that your sherni will give you a tough time if you don’t apologize… (gives Manav a peck on the cheek)

Manav: Who said anything about an apology? Btw we are married now, what is with these pecks on the cheek? (comes close for a real kiss)

Ananya: Manav, behave yourself. Chup chaap khaana khao aur so jao.

Manav: Tease! Fine, let’s eat.

The next morning…..

Manav: Good morning madam. Happy Holi, Anu. (applies colour on Anu’s cheeks)

Ananya:  (rubs eyes and yawns) Good morning Manav. Oh ho, jyada colour mat dalna. Mom and Dad must be reaching in some time. Kitna kaam karna hai. Why didn’t you wake me up earlier?

Manav: Rajdhani chup rahogi? It is not late. You have plenty of time to arrange everything. Mujhe wish toh karo. Kaisi biwi ho tum? (sulks)

Ananya: Fine, fine. Ab moonh phulaake mat baithna. Happy Holi, Manav (applies colour on Manav’s cheeks)

Manav: (smiles) Chalo, mujhe bhook lagi hai. Breakfast karte hai.

Ananya: (slaps her forehead) Not again! Phir khaana. Bhagwan mujhe iss food monster se bacha lo ….

Manav: Oye nautanki. Those serials are really affecting you haan. Acting all OTT. Come on, utho warna…

Ananya: Warna kya? I am not scared of you ok!

Manav: Oh really? Well, I warned you…. (lifts Anu up into his arms)

Ananya: Manav!!! Have you gone mad? Put me down.

Manav: No I won’t.  (carries her till the dining table and puts her on a chair)

Ananya: Ho gaya? You need to make an appointment with a psychiatrist for these mood swings. Jalebis last night and today you are lifting me up in your arms. Tum theek ho na? Theek ho na tum?

Manav: Ugh not those lame lines. Can you BE more of a drama queen? (goes to the kitchen and returns with several covered bowls)

Ananya: Yeh sab kya hai? Don’t tell me you cooked? Hey Bhagwan, is this going to be my last Holi?

Manav: Haha very funny…not! Woh I woke up early, so when on my jog, I picked up some breakfast from Guptaji’s shop.

Ananya: Guptaji? Oh my God, did you get aloo puri, dahi vade and boondi? Yum! (excitedly removes the lids from the bowls)

Manav: Obviously, aur kya laata? Chalo eat fast, phir you need to bathe and get ready. Mom and dad will be here soon for the puja.

Ananya: Oh haan. (attacks the food)

Manav: I will clear the dishes. You go get ready.

Ananya: Thank you, Manav. Tum itne bhi bure nahi ho. Hehe. (gives him a hug and runs off)

Manav: Whatever (smirks)

Ananya:  (notices a box on the bed) Ab yeh kya hai? (opens the box to find a beautiful sari and matching jewellery)

Manav: I hope she likes the sari … iss ladki ka kuch bharosa nahi … moody hai, shayad pasand aaye, shayad nahi.

Ananya: MANAV!!!!

Manav: Kya hua? Chilla kyun rahi ho? Listen, I told you to not scream na, premature hearing loss ho jayega. Anyway I irritate you normally. Imagine how irritating a deaf me would be.

Ananya: Oh shut up, will you. Har bhaar expert comments dena zaroori hain kya? I love the sari, par…

Manav: Par kya? I am not going to exchange it ok. Tumhare bahut saare nakhre hain. Yeh hi pehenna padega.

Ananya: Poori baat toh suno…ugh…I love the sari par yeh sab kyun, special occasion toh nahi hai? I mean you know I just joke around right? You are a good man, and I don’t expect you to be like those serial walle husbands.

Manav: Kyun matlab? Pehli Holi post marriage, toh special occasion hi ho gaya na. Also, please insult na karo by comparing me with those serial walle patis. Jaldi tayyar ho jao, mom just called. They are reaching in an hour.

Ananya: Ok. I will get ready soon.

Manav: Theek hai. I will go check if everything is in place for the puja.

Ananya: Manav, where are you? (notices him on the floor near the rangoli)

Manav: Anu, main yaha hoon. Come here.

Ananya: (sees something written next to the rangoli) Manan forever! (starts laughing)

Manav: Oye, why are you laughing? (acts pissed)

Ananya: Aww, I didn’t know you are a closet fan of KY2 and Manan. So sweet (pulls Manav’s cheeks)

Manav: Mujhe pata tha ki tum thodi pagal ho, but I didn’t know you are stupid too. Madam, sirf Manik + Nandini are not Manan, Manav + Ananya are also Manan (rolls his eyes)

Ananya: Hawww!! Wow Manav, itna smart idea tumhe kaisa aaya? Tum itne smart dikhte nahi ho?

Manav: Oh hello, I was born smart, education and my wife’s desi show obsession ruined me. (smirks)

Ananya: MANAV!!! (runs towards Manav to hit him but kisses him instead)

Manav: Wow! Chalo, mehnat ka fal is indeed meetha (smacks his lips). Waise Anu, ek kiss se mera kuch nahi honewalla. What say, should we continue this in the bedroom? (winks)

Ananya: (blushes) Kuch toh sharam karo. Mom and dad will be here soon.

Manav: Yaar har bhaar cockblock karna zaroori hai kya? I think instead of Khushi, you should write that book on 100 ways to ruin a romantic moment? (walks away)

Ananya: (screams) You can walk away, but you can’t stay away, Manav. (What is this man up to now? Kuch gadbad hai.) Manav!

Manav: Ek minute (Switches on the radio)

RJ: And our next dedication goes out to Ananya from Mumbai. Happy Holi Ananya, I love you dammit, your loving husband Manav….. (song starts playing)

Uljhi si baatein dil
Mujhse bhi baantein
To mehar.. mehar.. meherbaniya
(Meher.. meher.. meherbaniya)
Khud hi samajh ke mujhe samjha de
To mehar.. mehar.. meherbaniya
(Meher.. meher.. meherbaniya)

Ho meherbani jo dil de zubaani
Keh de wo jo na kabhi kaha hai

Aise Tera Main.. Jaise Mera Tu
Aise Tera Main.. Jaise Mera Tu..

Milte rahe jo aise hi dono
Lag na jaaye ishq ki nazar
Aye dil farebi, tham sa gaya kyun
Aisi waisi baat soch kar

Bas mein na mere ab ye raha hai
Tujh pe aake dil ye jo ruka hai

Aise tera main.. jaise mera tu
Aise tera main.. Jaise mera tu
Jaise Mera Tu..
Aye.. oo.. ee..
Na na.. yea..

(Mehar.. mehar.. meherbani ho)

Fariyad karti phir yaad karti
Sochti hoon tumko baar baar
Na chahatein hain, par chaahte kyun
Tumko yunhi mere aas paas

Kuch bhi nahi hai
Kuch phir bhi hai
Tumse milke dil ko ye laga hai
Aise tera main.. jaise mera tu
Aise tera main.. Jaise mera tu
Jaise mera tu (jaise mera tu..)
Jaise mera tu (jaise mera tu..)
Jaise mera tu (jaise mera tu..)
Hoo hoo.. (jaise mera tu)
Meher.. meher.. meherbaniyan
Jaise mera tu..
Jaise mera tu!

THE END

So I heard that the KY2 Holi sequence indeed turned out to be wet and sizzling hot! LOL, my poor Sankadevi will need a cold shower after watching the episode! 😀

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The Year That Was….Farewell 2014…

As you all might have guessed, my resolution for 2015 is to write more often (let’s see how long that lasts *giggle*). I would much prefer editing to writing any day but I guess one needs to hone other skills, what with this economy and all.  For my first post in 2015, I decided to recap the wow-ok-meh moments of 2014 (my own version of that Facebook year thingie).

The Year That Was (in photos)….

JANUARY: PCA (Delena and Supernatural), Weddings, New Year, Anniversaries and all that jazz! Was introduced to Honey Singh and aaj blue hai paani paani paani paani paani paani…NAAAAHI…

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FEBRUARY: More weddings, parties, avoiding questions about my single status and generally hating on Valentine’s Day!

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MARCH: Binge-watched Sherlock (such a good series), a few good laughs with AIB at Royal Turds 2014, Lent (no meat no booze *crie*), one decent profile picture (which I used across all social accounts) captured at Candies and I was introduced to this wonderland called Chocolateria San Churros..yum…

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APRIL: Easter (nom nom nom), Voted, more Sherlock, the awful HIMYM finale episode and was introduced to Game of Thrones and The Mindy Project (sleep, what is that?)

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MAY: I went broke…..new phone (iPhone *showoff*), lots of food and 10-year friendship celebratory trip to GOAAAAAAAAAAAAA (sun, beach, sand, food, booze, dolphins)! How I wish we didn’t have to come back! Penultimate day of May was epic too, IPL semi-final at Wankhede!! Go Punjab! Woohoo!!

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JUNE: Nadal’s birthday, birth of an Instagram addict (my poor friends *evil laugh*), Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo (KKR IPL champs again), learnt the difference between macaron and macaroon, became a fan of Superwoman (Wuddup), FOOTBALL WORLD CUP (too bad my team, Spain, lost, but oh well, Miroslav, I mean Germany, won. Yay.) and voted Aunty of the Year (yes in June *wink*)

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JULY: Germany won the World Cup, friend called me a Grammar Nazi, spent half my salary on books (You know you love me, Crossword), and short-but-fun trip to Pune/Lonavala: Peter’s Pan, Cooper’s and Wax Museum (still suck at taking selfies)

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AUGUST: Friendship Day, was introduced to a couple of pretentious dudes called Kanan and Biswa, bought a Manchester United jersey with my mehnat-ki-kamai, Dunkin Donuts (meh), fell in love with Sangria, hic hic hic (aur shooters lao) at The United, Bangalore trip (finally met Neha, MTR, Woody’s, Matteo, shopping, broke, etc.) and (obviously) more food…

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SEPTEMBER: Supernatural, 5 years at Cenveo (gulp), Ice/book bucket challenge (yawn), fangirled over Fawad, hated on Sonam, fell in love with Le Cafe all over again (spaghetti in pesto sauce, lasagne, cheesecake *yum*), same old same old…

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OCTOBER: Diwali (besan ladoos), bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab (bad log bade log), wore coloured pants for the first time (Govinda moment), finally watched Vir Das’ History of India (Kavi Shastri *drool*), travelled by the Mumbai Metro, more food (Moshes, Imbiss, Suzette, TGIF, etc)…

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NOVEMBER: MET BARUN SOBTI (most epic fangirl moment ever, thank you Starbucks), SRK’s birthday, Delena Rain Kiss (holy, it actually happened), Krispy Kreme (yum), watched a LOT of movies (Interstellar, Kill Dil, Big Hero 6, Nightcrawler, Happy Ending, Happy New Year, Penguins of Madagascar), 200th episode of Supernatural, Benedict Cumberbatch got engaged (boohoo) and…yes….more food

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DECEMBER: Happy Budday to me (received some awesome bday presents), Main Aur Mr Right (watched it twice, Hotwa ke liye kya kya karna padta hai), Another trip to Bangalore, MET KANAN GILL (hotness), shots at Toit, AIB Knockout (Bollywood bashing, yes please), bachpan ke yaars got married, successful Secret Santa/family Xmas pot lunch, Harry Potter DVDs (best Xmas gift ever), night out with the cousins, LOL of course…..more food and booze….The End….

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So 2014 was basically weddings, food, Royal Turds, food, Goa trip, food, drinks, IPL match, food, Pune trip, food, Bangalore trip, food, drinks, binge-watched TV shows, food, made Crossword richer, food, Met Barun Sobti, food, movies, Bangalore trip, food, MAMR, drinks, Met Kanan Gill, food, AIB Knockout, Xmas, food, drinks, Happy Budday, food, Happy New Year!

Umm…Maybe this should have been a food blog eh? This is how you recap the year that went by, Facebook!

Happy 2015 everyone! More food, booze, movies, trips to follow! As for changing my single status…never mind *wink*

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The Name Is Khan! King Khan!

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SRK aka Shahrukh Khan, main aapki badi fan hoon! Why you ask? Well I’ll try to explain by listing down my favourite SRK movies!

15. My Name Is Khan

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“Mera Naam Rizwan Khan Hai Khan… Ho sakta Hai Aap logon Ko Main Toda Sa Alaag Lagoon.. Iska Yeh Matlab Nahi Ki Main Pagal Hoon.. Main Bahaut Intelligent Hoon… hmm very Smart ..”

Kajol-SRK the golden Bollywood couple after ages! Yeah, it was bound to be a hit! Rizwan Khan, a Muslim boy with Asperger syndrome with a difficult lonely childhood who against all odds still managed to get his happily ever after with Mandira and her adorable boy Sam, only to have it all taken away from him because of events surrounding the 9/11 attack! Mandira and Rizwan lose their son because of a racially motivated schoolyard fight! Mandira blames him for her son’s death, and says that he died because his last name is Khan! Rizwan asks what he has to do to be together with Mandira, she sarcastically tells him that he has to tell the people of the United States and the President that his name is Khan and that he is not a terrorist. And so follows Rizwan’s journey to meet the POTUS! The movie teaches us a lot about humanity, love, friendship and being a family! SRK deserved all the praise for his portrayal of Rizwan Khan! His name is Khan, and he is a brilliant actor! Fav song: Sajda

14. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

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“Pyar… pyar dosti hai.. aur agar woh meri sab say achi dost nahiin bansakti to mein ussay kabhi pyar kar hi nahin sakta… so simple.. pyar dosti hai”

The original, pyaar dosti hai! Rahul Anjali Tina! Mention any of these names and any 90s kid will suddenly get all excited and talkative! Dungrees, basketball, COOL chain, uhh..Pepsi!! Boy girl friends…boy meets hot girl…boy realizes that he likes hot girl….girl realizes she likes her friend…misunderstanding….confession….sad farewell….boy and hot girl get married….hot girl dies after childbirth….lo behold, kiddo assigned the duty of making papa fall in love with best friend….reunion…saari mein acchi dikhti hai…basketball match..kiddo makes the best friends fall in love….awesomest gazebo/rain dance ever…oh ho Salman kaha se aa gaya…again separation…God Allah Bhagwan help….shooting star…Salman Khan gets friendzoned…Yay kiddo gets new mother!! Cute types cult movie! SRK as cool dude college ka hero and then responsible dad was fun to watch! Add to that his awesome chemistry with Kajol and I’ll watch this movie again and again, except the Maa speech part! Emo! Fav song: Tujhe yaad na meri aayi

13. Kal Ho Naa Ho/Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

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“Hanso, Gao, Jiyo, Muskuurao kya pata Kal Ho Na Ho 

“Kabhi kabhi aisa kyun hota hai … ki paraye bhi apne lagne lagte hain”

Romantic-comedy-drama!! Bhai this was one loaded movie, star cast + all those emotions!! Naina, bespectacled pessimist who is cynical towards her life and relationships because she comes from a troubled home! Rohit, Gujju who is trying really hard to not be a Gujju because of his obnoxious parents!! Cute chokro, Naina’s best friend, flirt! MBA classes = successful person! Enter, Aman, forever happy and smiling, not a care in a world! Love triangle! Naina loves Aman, Rohit loves Naina, Aman loves Rohit! Hehe just kidding!! Well at least Kanta Ben thought so! Par yeh kya, Aman is sick! Oh poor baby! Supreme sacrifice, salsa lessons and one feels-walli diary entry ke baad Rohit-Naina get hooked! Naach gaana + comedy + awesome performances by the remaining cast, hit hai ji! What stood out has to be the final scene, [spoiler] Aman’s death, though stretched like a rubber band, was torturous to watch! Actually, any movie where SRK dies is tough to watch! Damn I cried so much that everyone in the theater passed on their tissue packets to me! SRK was in his element in this movie! Fav song: Kal Ho Naa Ho

It is all about loving your family! KJo I love you for always casting SRK-Kajol, they make magic together! This movie was like a telly soap! Loaded with drama and fun moments! Papa, mummy, beta, beti, nana/nani, dada/dadi all will love this entertainer! With a star cast like that, I thought SRK’s performance would get lost somewhere, but no he shone bright like always! Fav song: Of course, it is Suraj Hua Madhum

12.  Don (1 & 2)

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” Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi… Namumkin hai.”

Remake? Tauba tauba! Pakka flop hoga! What a risk Farhan Akhtar took by remaking a classic like Don! Big B was pure class in that movie! So yeah, I was apprehensive too about the movie, but when I finally saw it, I realized that it had its own identity! Maybe it was the twist in the plot or the modern feel to the movie or the awesome cast, but SRK’s Don was something different! The movie was stylish and clean! Plot was interesting and SRK was fab! Fav song: Aaj Ki Raat

11. Karan Arjun

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“Mere Bete Aayenge”

Hello, SRK and Sallu Bhai in one movie! Do you need any other reason to watch it? Ok, I’ll give you other reasons! Drama drama drama rebirth rebirth rebirth pyaar pyaar pyaar maa maa maa bhai bhai bhai revenge revenge revenge! Somebody make Karan Arjun 2!! Please! Fav song: Jaati Hoon Main

10.  Swades

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“Mann se Raavan joh nikale … Ram uske mann mein hai”

The journey of NRI Mohan Bhargava to his desh for sure touched many people’s hearts and lives! Simple story, simple issues handled so well! Dimaag in pardes and dil in desh! What happens when you have to face reality, touched upon very nicely! I love SRK in this movie just because of the simplicity he had to portray plus him in white on a boat in the middle of the sea looking all yummy, win! Fav song: Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera

9. Devdas

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“Babu ji nay kaha gayon chod doo, aap ne kaha ghar chod do, sab nay kaha paro ko chod do, paro nai kaha sharab chod do, Aur ekk din aye gaa wo kahe ga yeh Duniya hee Chord do”

A period movie! A tad dramatic but classic! Solid performances by SRK, Aishwarya and Madhuri! Once again, ganga jamuna coz SRK dies! Boo! Lavish sets, awesome dances, dhamakedaar dialogues! Fav song: Kaahe Chhed Mohe

8. Om Shanti Om/Main Hoon Na

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” Itni shidaat se main tumhe paane ki koshish ki hai, Ki har zarre ne mujhe tumse milane ki saazish ki hai.

Kehte hain ki …… Agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaaho to puri kayanat usey tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai.

Aaj aap sabh ne mujhe meri chaahat se milaeya, thank you, thank you very much. Main aap sab ka shukar guzaar hoon. Ki aapne mere khwabon ko yakeen mein badal diya, itna ki I feel like the King of the World. Aur aaj, is baat ka bhi yakeen ho gaya, ki humari filmon ki tarah humari zindagi mein bhi end mein sab theek ho jaata hai. Happys Endings. Aur agar, aur agar theek na ho to woh the end nahin hai dosto, picture abhi baaki hai.”

“Zindagi nikalti jaati hai aur hum sab pyar ke bina jeena seekh lete hai … kyun pyar ko mauka nahi dete, kyun apno par vishvas nahi karte”

Farah Khan movies FTW!

Army man SRK yum! The whole back-to-college plot, funny! Sexy Sushmita made people fall in love with Chemistry! Cute Zayed and Amrita! Scary Sunil Shetty! Drama, college romance, mature pyaar, deshdrohi, drama! Entertainment entertainment entertainment! Credits part at the amusement park, lovely! Fav song: Chale Jaise Hawayein

Romantic-reincarnation film! Jazzy outfits! Fun one-liners! Badass handsome villain! We were introduced to the sex bomb, Deepika! A common man falls in love with a movie star! I loved 70s SRK! So funny and filmy! Full-on entertainer! And that credits part where the entire cast and crew got to walk on the red carpet, love! Fav song: Jag Soona Soona Lage

7. Yes Boss/Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman

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“Zindagi ki har baat sirf sach yah jhoot nahin hoti”

“Is Bambai shehar mein jhagda karne se sar phoote na phoote … lekin mohabbat karne se dil tootne ka guarantee”

These two romantic comedies are fell-good movies! SRK was adorable in both!! My fav jodi is SRK-Kajol but SRK-Juhi are in a league of their own! They have great chemistry! Simple plots, troubles and dreams of a common man, happies endings! Fav song: Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaoon; Seene Mein Dil Hai

6. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

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“Waqt ka matlab hota hai, ab … pyar karna hai, toh ab … maafi maangna hai, toh ab … haath pakadna hai, toh ab”

It’s different! Bold! Many didn’t like the movie, but I did because it was realistic! Relationships are tough! Nothing lasts forever! Marriages sometimes don’t work! One can fall out of love! SRK as the broken bitter man who was forced to believe that he can have a second chance at life was fab! Rani, Preity, Abhishek, Kirron, AB simply awesome! KJo deserves to be applauded for this movie! Fav song: Tumhi Dekho Naa

5. Dil Toh Pagal Hai

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“Rahul… naam to suna hoga”

Another fab movie from the 90s! Movie was like a tribute to Shaimak Davar! Hehe, kidding! Proof that SRK can create great chemistry with any heroine! SRK-Madhuri-Karishma, it can’t get better than this! Love triangle! Poor Karishma gets friendzoned, uh oh! Who would have thought, SRK-Madhuri? But yeah they totally worked! Also, Dance of Envy!! Bloody awesome! Fav song: Ek Duje Ke Vaaste

4. Baazigar/Darr

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“Ki.. Ki.. Ki…Kiran”

“Kabhi Kabhi Kuch Jeetne Ke Liya Kuch Haar Na Parta Hai, Aur Haar Ke Jeetne Wale Ko Baazigar Kehte Hain”

SRK the villain!! Oh so awesome!! Scary, creepy, sleazy…yeah you can go on and on!  The audience always remembers the grey characters! That is why, to date, no one can forget the revenge-crazy Ajay or the psychotic obsessed lover Rahul! His performance in these movies was so brilliant that he managed to freak me out! That Shilpa Shetty forced suicide and him crashing the Holi celebrations dressed as a dholwalla gave me the chills!! Clap clap!! SRK take a bow! Fav song: Tu Mere Saamne; Ae Mere Humsafar

3. Chak De

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“Mujhe states ke naam na sunai dete hai na dikhai dete hai … sirf ek mulk ka naam sunai deta hai I-N-D-I-A”

What do I say about this movie!! 11 on 11! Chak De became the anthem of the nation! SRK the Coach!! Uff, itna hot coach! I think being a sportsperson himself, he could give full justice to the character of Coach Kabir Khan! Phir dil do hockey ko! Indians love their sports and drama and this movie had a good mix of both!

“Sattar(70) Minute, sattar min. hai tumhare paas. Shayad yeh.. tumhare zindagi ke sab se… khaas sattar minute. Aaj tum aacha khelo ya bura khelo, yeh sattar minute tumhe zindagi bhar yaad rahegi. To kaise khelna hai.. aaj mein tumhe nahin bataunga.. Bas itna kahunga, ki jao aur yeh sattar minute jee bhar kar khelna.. kyunki iske baad aane wali zindagi chahe kuch sahi ho ya na ho.. chahe kuch rahe ya na rahe.. haro ya jeeto.. lekin yeh sattar minute.. tumse koi nahin cheen saktha, Kyunki mein jaantha hu ki agar yeh sattar minute is team ka har player apne zindagi ki sabse badiya hockey khel gaya.. to yeh satar min khuda bhi tumse vapas nahin maang sakta. ”

I think this dialogue defines the whole movie! And yay India win the world cup! Must-watch movie! Fav song: Maula Mere Le Le Meri Jaan

2. DDLJ

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“It’s alright Senorita, Bade Bade Deshon Mein, Aisi Choti Choti Baatein Hoti Rehti Hain”

Well most SRK fans will rate this movie as their most favourite, not me! Don’t get me wrong, I love this movie! Raj-Simran’s story deserves a place in history! The Brave Hearted Will Take Away the Bride – literal translation of the title, gives away the plot! Story of two people who fell in love while riding the Eurorail! Spoiled-brat, seedhi-saadhi chokri! Destiny made them meet, pyaar toh hona hi tha! SRK as Raj is a dreamboat! Every girl wishes for a Raj in her life! The cute boy who tried to woo the girl and her family and refused to act like a coward by running away with his love sure won a lot of hearts! Got to travel Europe along with Raj and Simran! Plus oh so beautiful Punjab with the sarson ke khet! And that climax scene! Yes she could have jumped into any compartment, but where is the drama in that eh? Romantic climax scenes at airports and railway stations are gonna be the death of me someday! The film was declared an all-time blockbuster and it remains as the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema. Fav song: Tujhe Dekha To

1. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa

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“Idhar ja rahe ho yah udhar ja rahe ho … kidhar bhi ja rahe ho … sab raasta God ke paas jata hai”

Drum roll please!!! And my favourite SRK movie of all time is KHKN! Everyone loves Sunil, except his father! A simple boy who loves music and his childhood friend Anna! But his family have more expectations from him! This movie about young love! Chris loves Anna, Anna loves Chris, but bechare Sunil ka kya? Dejected lover gets caught up in lot of misunderstandings and doesn’t get the girl in the end! So why do I like this movie exactly? I love it because of Sunil’s goodness (Woh toh hai albela, haazaron mein akela), the friendship of the band, hilarious Father Braganza, emotional Don Anthony Gomes, Satish Shah (cake), doubting brother aka Ravi Baswani! The movie doesn’t try hard to impress, it doesn’t need to! The plot is so smooth-flowing that you automatically fall in love with it! And I started believing in shooting stars because of this movie! Juhi Chawla, aww! Fav song: The entire soundtrack, no I am not kidding! Special mention: How awesome is Sachi Yeh Kahani Hai?? The band make a Don cry!! Love this movie to the moon and back!!

So there, I listed out my reasons to love SRK the movie star! However, there are other reasons to love him too, SRK the husband, SRK the father, SRK the family guy, SRK the friend, SRK the witty dude, SRK the Indian, SRK the IPL team owner, SRK the common man…..different shades but one simply awesome man!

I heart you Shahrukh!

Keep Calm And Love SRK Jab Tak Hai Jaan….

IPKKND Third Anniversary Special: Hameshawalla pyaar, kyunki farak toh padta hai dammit!!!

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“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

The Bard said “What’s in a name”

4 Lions said “Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?”

Star Plus said “Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? Ek Baar Phir” 

Fandom said “We Want Sarun” “No Sarun, No IPKKND”…..hehe just kidding…Fandom obviously said “Kyun Khwabon Pe Tere Saaye Hai? Dil Kyun Hai Tanha Mera. Kyun Khamoshi Hai Zubaan Pe Meri..Ashkon Se Keh Paun Na..Kyun Dard Hai Itna..Tere Ishq Mein…Rabba Ve”

So, here I am after a “longish break” (inside joke) to bore you guys with more random thoughts of mine! Aaj Diwali hai kya? Aaj kaise yaad aya ki WordPress account hai? Well it is not Diwali but it is the 3rd anniversary of my pyaar, my IPKKND! Since my dil is too weak to indulge in some trending on Twitter and I am no good at writing ballads/dedications or creating gorgeous siggies/photo edits, I’ll stick to what I know I am familiar with, writing, to speak of my love for this awesome awesome show!

6th June 2011! One of the most epic dates in my life! One that I will never ever forget! The memories of that day I shall carry with me to my grave! Well who can forget all the dhak-dhak pyaar-nafrat promos and all the anticipation? Yay look Sanaya Irani is back with a new show! I miss MJHT! Who is that yummy dude? Woah, wait, is that Barun Sobti? Who? Arrey Sharvan from Baat Humhari Paaki Hai! Are you shitting me? That can’t be him! Oh my my!! When did the boy grow into a man? Chulbuli Khushi, arrogant ASR! Sanaya in those gorgeous bright suits! Him in that yummy golf outfit and those three-piece suits! The rain promo, the lift promo, the khareed lo promo!

Kash mein tumse nafrat kar pati…Kash mein tumse mohabbat kar pata…!! 

Promos were enough to get me hooked to the show! Add to that the gorgeous visuals of Lucknow and I was a goner! Mom and well wishers did warn me about watching a Star Plus show considering my history of not being able to let go, but I was in love already, the time to save me was gone! I mean Sanaya + Hot Dude + Love/Hate plot, I am so watching this show!!!

Come June 6th, as the clock struck 8, my eyes were glued to my TV screen! Gomti Sadan, Payal’s wedding, we are introduced to the Gupta parivaar! Buaji and Bauji doing the London Thumakda! Garima busy with her sari ka pallu! Cut to Gupta sisters! Anxious bride Payal Gupta and her crazy, the-one-with-all-the-plans, bubbly sister Khushi Kumari Gupta! What follows cracked me up, gorgeous lady in green and pink, yellow helmet and white sports shoes on a rickety scooter! Khushi booked a place in my heart from the first episode itself! Chalo Maiya Ke Bhawan, Bhawan, Bhawan!! Haye Devi Maiya!! Khushi’s tagline, check!

Woh kya hai na ki aaj school mein drama competition hai na isliye hum ghar se hi tayyar hoke jaa rahe hai! Rajkumari ki tarah! Phir aapke Rajkumar kaha hai?

Cut to “the most dhamakedaar entry ever in Indian television”” by ASR aka Hotwa in suit-boot-cravat-aviators!! Lo behold, he arrives in a helicopter!! What style, what style, hum impress ho gaye ji! Then all that swag, he removes the aviators! Deadwa!! Reporters…random people around the Greek God…I couldn’t stop staring! Pretty sure I missed half the dialogues! Wait, what did that reporter say? Aap shaadi kab karenge? Past, flashbacks…Sheesh Mahal..gunshots! OMG his face got all serious! What happened when he was younger? Akhir raaz kya hai? Ok chuck it, will continue staring at him for the moment, Sheesh Mahal, raaz, et al. jaaye baad mein! Kabootars…deal…evil uncle!! Arnav Singh Raizada ka nishana kabhi nahi chukta! Paisa mera shauk nahi, pesha hai!! Woah, applause! Then slow-mo shot with him placing his aviators back on his nose! Lucky kabootars flying around him! Arnav Malik nahi…ab main sirf Raizada hoon, Arnav Singh Raizada!

Dil was already in dhak-dhak mode and then they make him walk the ramp! Richie Rich with an attitude and a sexy voice!! Arnav…Di!! We are introduced to his sister, Anjali Jha!

“Toffee se meethi hai, churan se khatti hai, khatti meethi hai teri kahani Anjali di hai sabse sayani”

The siblings have a dukhbari past! The Guptas have their own set of problems! Shop papers and daughter are missing! Groom’s family want dowry! Aagey kya hoga?

The pilot episode was pretty interesting up until then, but then guess what…Khushi reaches Sheesh Mahal…AR Designs is hosting a fashion show there…eeps hero heroine will meet in the first episode itself! Oh boy, what fun!

“Bhool bhulaiya chale hai paiya, raah batade mori maiya, aaj batado humko rasta, tujhe kiladun puri-khasta.”

Khushi lost…oh no showstopper is missing..ASR will be pissed…oh look that chick looks good…chalo isse model banwa do…aap logon ko koi galat femi hoon hai? Kaun hai yeh ladki? Theme red, kapde green? Oh my!! Dhak-dhak dhak-dhak dhak-dhak!! Closed disturbed eyes open!! He responds to her distress!! Right then it was pretty obvious that they were connected to each other! Big brown eyes!! Keep walking!! And then…and then…eyes meet…trip…I got you baby..I will never let you fall…You are mine…all that eye sex and…Rabba Ve…Rabba Ve…Rabba Ve….Devi Maiya ki marzi thi…unn dono ko milna hi that…pyaar toh hona hi tha…The end…

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Or is it? Obviously it wasn’t! The show and I had become one! There was no going back!! I was a fan for life! The show has had its fair share of good days and bad days both onscreen and offscreen, but this love of mine hasn’t lessened! It has been 3 years since its premiere! 18 months since it ended! I am still there, 6th June 2011, in front of my television! I have watched and rewatched all 398 episodes and 510 love scenes!! My dil still goes dhak-dhak at ASR’s What the and I love you dammit!! I miss Khushi’s sankiness every single day!! The offscreen fun, the easy camaraderie, the love between the cast! How they are all like one big family!! Each photo/update posted by one of them is a mood changer! My dil gets all happy knowing that they hangout with each other often!! Now, if only someone surprises us with a Sarun segment! It has been ages since I have seen them together, pulling each other’s legs, the crazy talk! Sigh! This show deserves a place in the Hall of Fame! So does the fandom, 10K pages on Indiaforums!! Woah!! Haan hum crazy hai….Iss Fandom Mein Jaan Hai!

This show has given me memories that I will cherish forever! Good ones and not so good ones! I obviously can’t stop writing but I should coz this is all suddenly getting all emo! So I just want to say…

Kitne bhi tu kar le sitam, has haske sahenge hum
Yeh pyaar na hoga kam sanam teri kasam….

Thank you IPKKND!

Thank you 4 Lions/Star Plus, Gul Khan, Arshad Khan, Lalit Mohan, Raju Singh, Aman, Lata and the remaining crew!

Thank you Barun Sobti, Sanaya Irani, Akshay Dogra, Deepali Pansare, Abhaas Mehta, Daljeet Bhanot, Jayshree T, Utkarsha Naik, Sanjay Batra, Pyomori Mehta, Abha Parmar, Sana Khan, Karan Goddwani, Vishesh Bansal, Rajesh Jais, Swati Chitnis, Madhura Naik, Laxmiji, the Prakash Parivaar, Lallan and Gang!

Thank you to all who I befriended on Twitter/Facebook/MyeDuniya/Indiaforums coz of this show!

Thank you fanfiction writers!

Thank you Ragini and all the other VM makers!

Last but definitely not the least,

Thank you Mayumi, Neha G, Neha T, Fatima, Jasmeen, Lava Bond, Silpa, Aayat, Kitty, Pinks for always being there for and besides me through thick and thin! Your friendship means the world to me! I love you all dammit!! *hugs*

#PyaarNafrat #IPKKNDHameshaVe #RabbaVe

Lots of pyaar,

Elci

#IPKFanForever

 

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Arnav Singh Raizada – hate him, love him…you can’t ignore him!

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A S R….Arnav Singh Raizada – arrogant, rich, know-it-all, winner, oozes of sex appeal, charmer, sensitive at times, romantic, etc. The much loved (and sometimes hated, actually in a I-hate-you-like-I-love-you way…umm..I think you get the point) male lead from the show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? has been the talk of the town (by town I mean Twitter, Facebook, Indiaforums, MyeDuniya, etc.) since his stylish aviator-donning dark suit/cravat-clad helicopter entry on 6th June 2011. The fans and viewers of IPKKND got to watch and experience the different shades of ASR or Arnav or Arnavji or Chotte (50 Shades? *wink*) through the time the show ran on TV. However, one (at least me) does wonder about the kiddo Arnav, the one with a scary dark past! About how his life must have been at Sheesh Mahal in Lucknow before tragedy struck. I would love to read a novel (M&B) about a couple from Lucknow, a rich dude named Arnav who grows up at this palace like place called Sheesh Mahal and a girl named Khushi who has a humble beginning at Gomti Sadan. Both have a past that affects their present life. The book could visit their first meet, speak about their takraar/pyaar equation, paint a picture about their passion (lots of it *wink wink*), set up a romantic (reaching-for-the-tissue-box) wedding, and then end on a sweet happily-ever-after epilogue! It had been my deepest desire to see ArHi (Arnav-Khushi) with their kids in a very domestic setting at Sheesh Mahal. Away from their families who never really deserved Khushi’s goodness and Arnav’s support (emotional and monetary). Oh well, at least we have our fan fictions to fulfill our what-ifs!

This post is totally random and a result of the M&B-inspired edit by Pyaarvnafrat. No chappals please. Ciao.

Social Media – Can’t live with it, can’t live without it!

Image Are you on Orkut, FB, Twitter? What is your Skype id? Do you have a YouTube account? Welcome to GenNext or should I say SMGenNext? Today, our days begin and end on one of these social media (SM) networks. Remember the days of Orkut and Yahoo Messenger? When life was relatively simpler and we were content with what we had? You know that joy of receiving a ping on Yahoo Messenger and the funny emoticons, and waiting for a friend request to be accepted on Orkut and a testimonial or a scrap from a dear friend! Yeah those days are never coming back! Now, you are labelled a loser or worst if you don’t have a FB/Twitter/etc account. Never mind that your parents and relatives hound you all day on FB or that your friends keep sending you Candy Crush invites even though you told them that you are not interested in playing the game, you still gotta have an account! Also, Twitter! Since when did it start having so much importance in our lives? I remember days when I would have to think all week long about what I should tweet! YouTube used to be a no-go site! A place for the weirdos to post sick videos! Nowadays, I can’t wait for the weekends so that I can check for some new fun vids, especially VMs, on YouTube! I am sure each one of us has a good reason why we spend so much time on these social networking sites! For me, there was and is just one reason – IPKKND, and also the fact that I bought an android phone! There are obvious pros and cons of being active on social networking sites. Pros: You meet new people, foster new relationships/friendships, gain knowledge, remain informed about current events, become better human beings by volunteering or being active members of social groups, meet and interact with fellow fans of a show/movie/book/musician/sportsman/team, form of relaxation (a good laugh after watching a funny video on YouTube), etc. Cons: Loss of privacy, possibility of interaction with a weirdo, becoming too close to an anonymous person and getting your heart broken in the process, being distracted at work, rumor mongering, thinking that you can get away with anything because of anonymity, etc. Well I have just listed few of the pros and cons. As you can see, the scale is pretty balanced, and in the end it all comes down to the individual. Whether he/she chooses to use these portals in a good way or a bad way. I for one am divided in my opinion regarding these sites because they have brought me much happiness and some amount of pain too. Facebook is a place where I interact with family and school/college friends. YouTube is a place I go to when I need a good laugh or when I am particularly nostalgic about my favourite TV shows. I search for my fav scenes and episodes and watch them to my heart’s content. Twitter, damn I owe this site so much! People might think I am a weirdo or that I am too trusting when I tell them that I have Twitter friends who are just as close to me as my school/college friends. They balk when I tell them that I have met some of these Twitter friends and that my day is incomplete without speaking to or chatting (on Whatsapp) with these friends. Twitter gave me my soul sisters and also some beautiful memories of my favourite show. I choose to ignore the dark times because I have gained much more than I have lost. I do miss the old times when I would run to the local cybercafe and chat with friends on Yahoo Messenger for an hour or so and stalk my then crush’s life on Orkut. Yet, I can’t ignore the kind of the impact the newer SM sites have had on my life. I guess we need to move with time. On an end note, let me just say that your experience on these sites being a waste of time or worthwhile ultimately depends on you, so learn to enjoy things in moderation and you will surely stay happy!

“Everything in moderation, and that includes moderation itself.” 

Pride and Prejudice or nothing….

Image “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

Jane Austen – woman, renowned novelist, agony aunt (sorta)! Her realism, biting irony and social commentary gained her a substantial number of fans over the years. Her books (abridged, unabridged); plays, TV and film adaptations of Austen’s work; and even works of art based on Austen’s life are quite popular. Every Austen fan admits to having a favourite Austen novel, mine is Pride and Prejudice (P&P)! Why P&P you ask? Well for one, it was the first Austen book that I read. The book was a graduation gift from my dear friend Val. The book is all about First Impressions. The story is set at the turn of the 19th century and centers around Elizabeth Bennet, the second of the five daughters of a country gentleman, and William Darcy, a wealthy gentleman (snob). The book covers family life (nuclear and joint), manners, upbringing, education, morality and marriage. While you have the romantics (Jane and Mr Bingley), who just can’t seem to stay away from each other, you also have the settlers (Charlotte and Mr Collins), you know the you-shall-fall-in-love-gradually couple. However, P&P is basically the tale of Elizabeth and Darcy, how they met, how they fought, how they kept fighting, how they eventually were cordial to each other, how Darcy fell for Elizabeth, and how Elizabeth eventually fell for Darcy. If one considers P&P in today’s day and age, all the situations mentioned do occur on a daily basis. How often do we judge a person based on first impression? How often do we let our pride get the better of us? How often do we tease our friends based on their choice of a life partner? What about the times we consider class, education and upbringing before simplicity and being original? P&P has taught me a lot about life and love. Each time I read this book, I learn something new. Like how good communication could help avoid sticky situations, how love (and marriage) is not a fairy tale but a work-in-progress, or how sibling rivalry/love should be measured (not more not less), etc. The parallel story lines are gripping too – Jane and Bingley, Lizzie/Lydia and Mr Wickham, Charlotte and Mr Collins, Darcy and Georgiana, Mr and Mrs Bennet – each with its own unique charm. My favourite part in the book without doubt is Darcy’s proposal. Being a hardcore romantic, the proposal warms the cockles of my heart. Do consider reading P&P. I am sure it will have an impact on your life. When asked about my love for P&P, all I can say is “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that it had begun.”

Favourite film adaptation: Pride & Prejudice (2005) starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen

Favourite TV adaptation: Pride & Prejudice (2005) starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth

Special mention: Web-blog adaptation known as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (YouTube at its best) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6690D980D8A65D08&feature=g-all-bul