August 22, 2016

It’s a Rosy World Comrade!

Posted in Ponderer's Box at 12:31 pm by వసుంధర

Let us not notice bad events which are often reported to attract attention. Actually, majority of people around us are very good. They keep on helping others just by instinct.  And most of the times they were greeted with gratitude. If we begin noticing such events, it’s always a rosy world comrade!

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Waiter tipped $500 for act of kindness

Grateful woman leaves $500 tip to kind waiter

Story highlights

  • Waiter Kasey Simmons paid for a woman’s groceries
  • The woman’s daughter later left him a $500 tip

(CNN)Kasey Simmons loves to make people smile. But Tuesday, the 32-year-old waiter was the one beaming.

A customer at the Dallas-area Applebee’s restaurant where he works left him an unforgettable tip.
“They ordered the cheapest thing on the menu,” Simmons said. “Flavored water.”
The total bill was $0.37. The tip was $500. A note, written on a napkin explained why.

A day earlier, Simmons was shopping at his local grocery store. In the checkout line, he noticed another shopper, an older woman who was clearly despondent.
Other shoppers passed right by her. Simmons did not.
He spoke to the woman. She didn’t explain why she was sad, but Simmons lifted her spirits and even paid for her groceries.
“It was only $17, but it’s not about the money,” he said. “It’s about showing someone you care.”
The tip at the restaurant apparently came from the woman’s grateful daughter. The note on the napkin described the mother’s anguish as she tried to go about her normal activities on what was the third anniversary of her husband’s death.
Simmons choked up as he read the message out loud.
“On one of the most depressing days of the year … you made my mother’s day wonderful,” the note said. “You insisted on paying. Told her she is a very beautiful woman. I have not seen this woman smile this much since dad died.”
Simmons’ kindness made a difference, and the daughter wanted to let him know. But she did not let him know the woman’s name. For now, he can only wonder and keep smiling, knowing that his simple gesture made a priceless impact.

July 17, 2016

The Conjuring 2- An Enduring one

Posted in Film Reviews at 5:35 pm by వసుంధర

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A haunted house. An evil force. Some exploited innocents. Some holy minds. These are the common constituents of a routine horror movie – be it Western or Indian.

The Conjuring 2 (released in June this year) is made of such common constituents but presented in an uncommon way. Nor the movie can be branded routine.

The story began with mass murders in Amityville house. The vision of Ms. Lorrain, a paranormal investigator, recognized an evil force behind the murders. Those who believed in logic brushed aside her words as pure imagination or some cheap tricks to attract public attention for popularity. Lorrain did not object as her vision suggested  grave danger for her husband Ed, if she continued pursuit. She wanted to lead a peaceful life not knowing that fate had other plans.

The story then jumped to the next year and to a school premises where a teenage girl Janet was caught smoking by her Principal. Janet tried to convince, the Principal and later her mother, that she was only holding a cigarette of her friend and indeed she was not smoking. None believed her. Then came an evil force in her house and kept on scaring her. Naturally, no one believed her. However, after experiencing themselves a series of horrifying incidents – her mother, elder sister and younger brother all had to believe her. Even the police, who came to investigate, had to believe the presence of an evil force in the house. Finally, Lorrain and Ed had to involve themselves in the case. They established the presence of the soul of an old man, who was the former owner of the house and wanted the present occupants to evacuate. However, some rationalists suspected foul play and could record a video establishing Janet as a prankster. They attributed the prank to the poverty of Janet’s family. In their opinion, all the family members resorted to this prank to plead the Government to help them acquire a better house than the present one. Convinced, the Lorrain couple left the place in despair.

And then followed the breathtaking climax.

It is interesting that there were no dull moments in its entire length (134 minutes) as this is a horror movie with its narration in the classical mould. There were no artificial attempts to scare the audience. On the other hand, the story presents the Lorrains in the mould of a happy Indian family. Janet and her family members remind the Indian audience of a typical middle class Indian family with all the ingredients of bonding, sacrifice, love, affection, concern and even frustration. It is a very pleasant experience to watch these characters interspersed with some nerve-racking incidents. All the scenes were well-planned and contributed to the theme in a significant manner. Some of them eg., Janet trying to convince her mother that she was never a liar, Ed singing a song to entertain the kids, the romantic feelings of Ed couple while sleeping on separate beds – are just a few touching beauties among many to mention.

The movie might have been placed in the horror category bus is a complete family movie. Even children below 18, can enjoy the movie if they are a little brave. The horror was not as intensive as that of a Harry Potter movie. Sub-titles in English is an additional facility for the Indian audience. Hope more Hollywood movies follow this trend.

Clean entertainment, while propagating family values makes the Conjuring 2 an enduring experience. . Kudos to the producer, director and all his team mates.

June 12, 2016

An Indefatigable Translator

Posted in Book Reviews, Books at 5:22 pm by వసుంధర

Click here to view the earlier article before going through this post:

narendra hans india june 12 16

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June 3, 2016

My Pencil Feats

Posted in Books at 7:30 pm by వసుంధర

A book with astonishing pencil drawings of contemporary celebrities of India

May 28, 2016

The Jungle Book-Latest Movie Version

Posted in Entertainment at 4:32 pm by వసుంధర

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Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is a very popular novel in English and has been translated into many other languages. All its characters had become household names throughout the world. Interestingly the backdrop of the story was an Indian forest.  The story has attracted the audience over the years through movies – some as feature films and some as animated ones.  Recently a more sophisticated movie has been made and is in theaters now.  The graphics, the locales and the taking are unimaginably superb. Little Mowgli lived in his character and all the animals looked just real and excelled in dialogues and emotions. Full credit to the dubbing artists and the graphics team. And 3D is just an added attraction. The story line of this movie is slightly different from those of earlier movies.  One has to watch the movie just for the thrill and entertainment though values and morals were also incorporated here and there.

One interesting feature of the movie should not be missed. The story appeared a few decades back as a translated version in the name of ARANYA PURANAM in the popular Telugu children’s monthly Chandamama. The characters were given shape by the popular Telugu painter-artist Late Vaddadi Papayya. The animals brought into life in the present movie bear a great resemblance to those pictures. One may feel as if reading the Chandamama story.

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