Hindu Mommy

December 26, 2006

An fun way to refresh your brain cells

Filed under: Entertainment and Books,Funny,Self Improvement — hindumommy @ 10:24 pm

..and maybe gain some new knowledge while you are it

Here is a link to a cool site that you can visit when you have some free time (if you are at work and work is slow with it being the holiday week or you are just at home and goofing off on the computer)

Keep going till you get

CONGRATULATIONS!

GREAT JOB!!

You have completely solved the FreeStuffHotDeals Hacker Puzzle! Be sure to to send a personal message to BinkelBop and tell him “Woody” to prove that you did it.

Or if you need help just holler to me in the comments section

Have fun !

December 14, 2006

Smita Patil

Filed under: Entertainment and Books — hindumommy @ 1:17 am

Today is the 20th anniversary of the day that this great actress was unexpectedly snatched away from us.

To me she was the greatest Indian actress . Yes, there were some bad masala movies she made in her later years but they were very very few compared to the classics that she’s acted in

She was the true queen of “parallel art” movies in the 1970s acting in “Manthan”, “Mirch Masala”, “Gaman” and “Chakra” to name a few.

She unexpectedly and tragically died of complications due to childbirth shocking the whole of India …Before then, I would never have even contemplated thinking of anyone dying of childbirth complications under the care of one of the best doctors in one of the best hospitals in India.

Hope some of her talent has been passed on to her son Prateek and he is a real “prateek” of her personality and talent.

Here’s the wikipedia entry on Smita Patil and Raj Babbar’s memories of her

December 11, 2006

Good Luck to A.R. Rahman

Filed under: Entertainment and Books — hindumommy @ 4:42 pm

The songs being considered for an Oscar in Original Song Category have been released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and three of A.R. Rahman’s songs feature in the list.

A.R. Rahman’s 3 songs have made it to the list of songs being considered”Chun, Chun” (Water), Khalbali and Luka Chuppi (Rang De Basanti)

I love how all these 3 songs have been picturized and used in their respective movies….I hope atleast one of them gets nominated – I would love for him to perform live at the Oscars

I’ve always loved his foot-tapping music even though most critics in recent years have been complaining that his music is not as creative and I’m glad that the international audience is finally recognizing his talent

This will not be his first recognition by Hollywood. The recent hit movie “Inside Man” featuring Denzel Washington had A.R. Rahman’s Chaiyya Chaiyya as the score for the opening and ending credits

For the complete list of 56 Songs visit the Oscars page

For more info on A.R. Rahman, here’s his wikipedia entry

November 15, 2006

Another day….another world record

Filed under: Entertainment and Books,India,Kids — hindumommy @ 12:21 am

Last month, Indians set 3 Guinness world records .

This week, India got yet another world record when 10 year old Master Kishan became the youngest film director in the world overtaking a 13 year old boy from New Zealand.

12img21.jpgNot only has Kishan directed the film, he’s also written the story which revolves around a slum boy, who, along with his friends, creates a revolution in the field of education with the help of some benefactors. 

Kishan is not deterred by his age, saying he does not find it difficult to get work done from actors and technicians more than twice his age.

“They listen to me, so I don’t find it difficult to run the show on the sets. They treat me like any other director”

Jackie Shroff a veteran Hindi film actor who is acting in Kishan’s first movie Footpath says

“He is such a genius that I had to work in his film. He is constantly thinking about his next shot, constantly innovating to make it better. He is only nine years old, but he is sure about what he wants from his actors.”

Kishan has dedicated this movie to all the underprivileged children of the world

Kudos Kishan and keep it up !

Read more at 10-year-old director gets Guinness nod

November 8, 2006

Diwali on The Office

Filed under: Entertainment and Books,Funny,Hinduism,India,Indians in US — hindumommy @ 11:45 pm

We don’t watch much TV  so I missed all the excitement about Diwali celebrations being showed on the American version of “The Office” on ABC.

Now that I’ve watched the clips on Youtube, I’m kinda puzzled by all the hoopla and excitement.

First of all the disclaimer – I’ve never watched the American version of “The Office” before so I can’t comment on whether this was the best episode or the worst

I am definitely happy that Indian culture is being shown on prime time TV in the US. It shows we’ve become mainstream…The show was good.but not great  – not as funny as I hoped it would be.

Why can’t we get beyond the typical jokes? I just didn’t get the Diwali as Halloween theme…(maybe I’m just not a funny person)

There was the obligatory reference to Kamasutra to generate a laugh or two (seriously who in India cares about KS whereas most of the westerners seem to think of that as the highlight of Indian culture after elephants of course 🙂 )

I really liked the part where the mother talks about the Michael’s girlfriend and says “She is so white” as if that makes her automatically beautiful 🙂

Overall impression not bad, watchable – but I expected more

For others like me, who missed this episode you can watch the abridged version here on Youtube

October 9, 2006

The Today Show has Aasif Mandvi…

Filed under: Entertainment and Books,India — hindumommy @ 11:39 pm

 I was watching the Today show today and noticed Aasif Mandvi

An Indian guy on one of my top favoritest shows AND he was just a regular hilarious correspondent with no Indian accents, no macaca jokes or no 7-Eleven jokes

YAY – Looks like we have finally made it !

So I looked him up and this is what I found on IMDB

October 4, 2006

India at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2006

Filed under: Books,Entertainment and Books,India — hindumommy @ 8:38 pm

todays_india_poster.gifThe world’s largest book fair – 58th Frankfurt Book Fair opened today with India as the Guest of Honor.

More than 70 authors from India arrived in Frankfurt for a broad cultural showcase that also features concerts, dance recitals, films and live yoga demonstrations.

Even the left-leaning national daily Tageszeitung got into the mood, printing its masthead Wednesday in Hindi

 Several authors whose works are considered milestones of modern Indian literature will be featured including Shashi Tharoor, Kiran Desai, Amit Chaudhuri, Amitav Ghosh, Mahasweta Devi, Kumar Shukla, Javed Akhtar, Paul Zacharia and Dilip Chitre

Indian Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh, who opened the fair’s Indian pavilion Wednesday, said he believed in the power of literature as a force for tolerance and reconciliation.

“In a world threatened with terror, misunderstanding and mistrust, books can and should do much to bring us nearer to each other by creating a neighborhood of peace, understanding and mutual trust,”

For more info, visit Frankfurt Book Fair and India Guest of Honor

Books have been my companions forever. I would give anything to be in Frankfurt for the next couple of days and just soak in the atmosphere. Since I can’t, I’ll just take my pleasure vicariously by trying to find out as much as I can about the fair via the Internet.

September 18, 2006

Pretend Soup

Filed under: Entertainment and Books,Parenting,Preschool,Recipes — hindumommy @ 10:22 pm

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My daughter is a very very picky eater ….so picky that even if it’s her favorite food she will not eat it if it doesn’t look right (like the pizza that just looked different because we ordered it from a different restaurant !)

As a last desperate attempt, I got this book and absolutely love it. It is a cook-book for preschoolers that they can “read” themselves. It’s got the same recipe with words for grown-ups and pictures for kids so they can “read’ and cook.

The concept of the book is that kids eat better when they are involved in the food preparation….Wasn’t too sure about my kids “helping” me but it turned out great and not too messy.

The recipes are mostly based on food found around the house and healthy and tasty.

My daughter ate broccoli for the first time when she ate the “bagel face” from the recipe found in this book….YAY !!

September 11, 2006

Movie dialogues vs Reality

Filed under: Entertainment and Books,Funny,India,Parenting — hindumommy @ 5:10 pm

1) Baazigar:

“Kuch pane ke liye bhi kuch khona padta hai, aur kuch pa kar khone wale ko Baziger kehte hain”.

Bhaji Ghar:

“Pet bharne ke liye kuch khana padta hai , aur kuch khane ki cheezien bechne wali jaga ko Bhaji Ghar kehte hain.”

2) Mohabbatien:

“Ek ladki thi dewani si , Ek ladke pe woh marti thi , nazren jhuka ke , sharma ke , galion se guzrti thi , chori chori chupke chupke chitthiyan likha karti thi, kuch kehna tha shayad us ko , jane kis se darti thi,jab bhi milti thi mujh se , mujh se poocha karti thi, yeh pyar kaise hota hai , yeh pyar kaise hota hai , aur main sirf yahi keh pata tha”

Musebatien:

“Ek ladka tha pagal sa, ek moti pe woh marta tha ,nazrien chupa ke, dar dar ke , date pe jaya karta tha , kuch kehna tha sayad us ko , magar us moti se darta tha , jab bhi milta tha bechara mujh se mujh se poocha karta tha , ” main chutkara kaise paoooon, main chutkara kaise paooon”, aur main sirf yahi keh pata tha (“abe to aise lafron main padta hi kyun hai )”

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September 8, 2006

Read children’s story books online

Filed under: Entertainment and Books,Kids,Parenting,Preschool — hindumommy @ 4:15 pm

While traditional storytime where I cuddle up with the kids and read books, is still the preferred method of storytime at our house, we have discovered a new way to do storytime. I don’t think online story sites should replace traditional storytelling, but it IS a good novelty and encourages the kids and me to try out different types of books Here are a couple of websites where you can read children’s books

http://www.magickeys.com/books/ 

http://www.netrover.com/~kingskid/108b.html

http://wiredforbooks.org/kids.htm – For Beatrix Potter Stories

http://www.the-office.com/bedtime-story/indexmain.htm

http://www.meddybemps.com/5.1.html

http://www.candlelightstories.com/DefaultNewMain.asp

http://www.storyplace.org/preschool/preschool.asp

http://www.storylineonline.net/storyline/ – – This site is cool because it reads stories for you.

www.robertmunsch.com – Robert Munsch stories

UPDATED TO ADD: http://www.icdlbooks.org/ – International Children’s Library of Books

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