2018 Dairies !!

2018 has been a Journey filled with lots of travel Stories. Right From Jaipur to Jodhpur in India to Monoco and Morocco for Work. And not to forget the highlight –  Japan for Family Holiday. 
Culture
Experiencing the Rajasthan culture in India to experiencing the Japanese culture and living the  Moroccan life. 
All these places either had Food, lifestyle or architecture. And these  Culture  became another Journey in itself.
Books worth the Read In 2018. 
Journeys through the books. 
Starting from Exiting West to Landing at the port of Mokha and Many reads in between from open by Andre Agassi to “Killing Commendatore by Murakami  below are the top 5 reads of 2018.
1.Exit West – by Mohsin Hamid  stories of immigrants. 
2.Homo Deus – by Yuval Harari  How the Technology  is collecting data and using it. 
3.Born a Crime – by Trevor Noah A true story of a comedian born in South Africa with a mother being a black and father a white. 
4.Monk of Mokha –  by Dave  Eggers – Story of how The port of Mocha coffee travelled across the international waters.
5.Killing Commendatore – by Murakami
Noteworthy Movies of 2018 
1.Puzzle -How a simple gift of a puzzle changes the perspective of one individual 
2.Crazy Rich Asians – The Big fat Indian wedding going global 
3.Searching – How technology helps track down a father daughter and her murderer. 
4.Ben is Back – A  young drug addict and his mother’s story to come in terms with reality. 
And the Hindi film industry had many movies to choose to watch this year! 
But there a few out there you couldn’t miss at all . 
1.Pad Man by R.Balki was one of the great stories the year began with and continued till Raid, The income tax issue can sometime come as a surprise-Ajay Devgn needs to experiment.
2.Hichki -Though a inspiration from the west.Brought Rani Mukherji Back as a actor and the production house for their content. 
3.Missing the only missing from this psychology thriller was the audience who missed one of the best thrillers of the year.
4.October – Simple stories are the most difficult to tell.And October by Shoojit Sircar was one such story.
5.Beyond the cloud by Majid Majidi -Had the world  take notice of Ishan Khattar as an actor & performer 
Raazi,Soorma,Parmanu,Andhadhun,Badhaai Ho ! And Manmarziyaan were a few movies to watch out. 
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Weekend in Sri Lanka !

Having visited Sri Lanka five years ago.I was familiar with the city.

And the excitement of working on Project for a Destination that I would be visting again after a five years was on another level.

I did not know what to expect in the five years that had gone by .And after travelling extensively to all Major countries in the World. I really had no Idea what to expect from the country,Once I visit it again.

A Couple of weeks later,We were considering going for a Recce to Sri Lanka to finalise the venues & Hotel with the client.

We Landed in Sri lanka and the complete Journey was a revelation of how much the country had developed in terms of it’s infrastrcture expressways throughout Galle,Colombo to cities around sri lanka last time there were no such Roads like these.

Galle Fort was very much the same with quite a few restaurants newly opened and stores like Barefoot still being one of the stores to visit in Galle.

The Cricket Stadium being in the city and connecting the fort is something that most unusal about the City.

Visited some New places around Galle.

Mirissa – which is popular for the whale watching experience & Weligama where so many hotels chains have opened and are opening for the breathtaking view of the blue waters from the rooftop terraces.

Colombo felt like the city that has developed so much with real estate investments from around the world & within the country.So Many Hotels chains to have opened while some had gone through the reovations to still be considred as one of the hotel options to stay & experience their hospitality while others want the tourist & locals to experience thiers.

Ministry of Crab – The only Resturant in Sri lanka to be part of the Asia’s 50 Best Resturant 2017 And to have Sri Lanka on the World Map for it’s Food.. And the Man behind is the celebratory Chef Dharshan Mundaisa- Is behind the fame Resturant (Nihonbashi)

Ministry of Crab is in with Partnership with Sri lankan cricketers Mahela Jawardene & Kumar Sangakkara.

I also had the opporunity to meet Mahela Jawardene at the Ministry of crab when we visited the restaurant during our visit.

Dharshan Mundaisa has also partnered with Jacquline ferandez for Keamesutra another restaurant that specialises in Japanese Food at the Shangri-la Colombo.

Dutch Hospital Street is the most lively street to be on weekend with live music performances,Bars and a resturants to choose from.

Sri lanka has more to offer than just Cinamon & Tea.

It’s the Goa of Sri Lanka .

Sacred Games- Premiere’s on Netflix !

Sacred Gamesbased on the Novel by Vikram Chandra who’s plot

A Gangster and Cop story and the Corruption that lies within the system of Politics in the country. 

The first episode Premiered last night and set high expectations from the makers.

The Casting is one of its kind ,since we haven’t really seen SaifAliKhan Who portrays the Role of Cop  Playing the Character “Sartaj” and Nawazuddin playing role of The Gangster  “Ganesh Gaitonde.”While Radhika Apte play’s the character of an intelligence officer assisting Sartaj.

It’s a first of its kind Thriller Show coming from India with a huge star cast and Director like Anurag Kashyap & VikramAditya Motwane who are known for their Filmmaking style like Gangs of Wasseypur & Udaan.

Sacred Games is written by Varun Grover-Who you would know as the Stand up comedian.

Sacred Games is produced by Phantomfilms In Collaboration with Netflix.

And looking at the first episode that establishes the series to know what exactly happens next? And Why Ganesh Gaitonde chooses Sartaj to get in touch and give the lead of saving this city “Mumbai” to Sartaj Specifically.

And tells him if he could save the city in the  next 25 days that he has.

The Theme song “Kaam” is by Divine Rapper and a Catchy track for the show “Sacred Games” who’s Central plot is corruption & Mafia. 

The show will be Aired on Netflix from 6th July 2018.

Movies to watch 2017

December is here and countdown has begun,The top chartbusters,places to travel,top restaurants and many more such things. But,Here are the movies you couldn’t have missed this year. 2017,The rise of small budget movies.and comman man stories. And The true acting Abilities.

Hindi Medium: A story about a couple who get influenced by the money power in Delhi and aren’t exactly a couple well versed with the English language. And to what extent they will go to give their child the best education in a English medium school

Toilet Ek Prem Katha :A love story,That is based on the fight for a toilet by a newly married girl and  it is depicted  in a very engaging and entertaining way.

Tumhari Sulu: A story of a woman who is enterprising in ways to do something in life. From having ideas of starting business to becoming the RJ for a radio channel. A story about how life’s could not be the same again for a married woman who starts working and a story of everyday life.

Secret Superstar : Girl dreams about being a singer.And the story of how much one struggles within the family for having a dream,and how much the mother scarifies for her daughter.

Bariley ki barfi: A story About a Girl who reads the book” Bariley ki barfi” and instantly falls in love with the writer,As she believes the character resembles her  fantasies ,great characters makes  the movie,Enjoyable.

Shubh Mangal Savandan:A humorous story of the central character being impotent and what exactly is it A very funny movie.With some nice one liners.

A special mention to “Death in the Gunj” Konkana Sen’s director debut.A mystery thriller narrating a story of bullying and what are the consequences to it.

Viceroy House-Movie Review!! 

“Viceroy House ” film on the British-Indian About the inside life of the viceroy’s House in 1947 during the Partition of India.The Plot revolves around the final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten,who has to oversee the transition of British India after independence ,but meets with conflict as the two sides clash in the face of monumental change. Downstairs in the servants quarters, Mountbatten’s new manservant, Jeet falls in love for the daughter’s assistant, Alia and all manner of obstacles of caste are put in their way.

The film stars Huma Qureshi Popular Bollywood Actress, Manish Dayal Played hassan kadam a chef in 100 Foot Journey Hugh Boneville known for his role in Downtown abbey Robert Crawley and Earl of Grantham plays Lord Mountbatten and Gilian Anderson playing Lady Mountbatten popularly known as DR Bedelia Du Maurier in hannibal.

The film aesthetically in terms of the art direction,Costume is very authentic, takes you back in time 1940’s during the fight for independence.It also answers few of our question,Who was responsible for the partition. Was Nehru and Gandhi’s Ideology always different ?

A story based on true events, but not too dramatised. and Crisp. You cannot miss this one. 

Produced and written by Gurinder Chadha,Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira buffini Music by A.R Rahman Directed by Gurinder chadha.Paul Mayeda Berges has also written Bend it Like Beckham & Bride and Prejudice Both Directed by Gurinder Chadha .

Trivia He is also Gurinder Chadha’s husband.