Weekends filled with stuff

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I have been meaning to write about stuff we have been upto over the weekends…

Here it goes…
  • We watched stand up comedy “Nothing Like Anything” by Kunal Roy Kapur and Anuvab Pal. Its is the first stand up comedy I have seen live. I hate the shows on TV. They are so pathetic with Archana Puran Singh and Sidhu laughing over nothing. Kunal is the actor in Delhi Belly… but I know him better as Jay’s friend in ‘Just Mohabbat’. It was ok… not bad… not earth shattering… a welcome change from dreadful movies. I like that Gurgaon has a cultural hub called ‘Epicentre’ where plays, cultural programmes are screened as often as in Delhi. I also wondered if I was over dressed for a play but the glitterati put my mind at ease. Epicentre is where the high class come for a dose of culture. After all, the tickets are priced higher than multiplexes. There were ladies with LV bags and stuff.
  • We had dinner at Drift- the restaurant at Epicentre. I have read rave reviews about it. We had Indian non veg. It was very, very good. Service is very slow but otherwise its good. Oh, and it is priced high. I would visit again on a special occasion only.
  • The Hunger Games: I had overlooked this movie but a friend’s review on fb got me interested. We watched it last weekend and I liked it. It is a kids movie… it had the potential to become a thriller for adults but kids are the target segment… so, it is slow and violence has been toned down. I read that it is based on a book and I purchased it today. Very excited about reading it. Please do watch the movie…
  • Godaan by Munshi Premchand: I have grown up reading Hindi stories in the textbooks in school by Munshi Premchand. He is a very famous writer. I picked up the book from the library and have taken my time finishing it. It is the story of the farmers and zamindars before independence. I don’t think the situation has changed much- for the farmers, at least. It is a very touching book… Initially, I thought it would be quite depressing but its not. Despite the storyline, it is not depressing. Worth a read.
  • TGIF: I really like TGIF…. not a place I would visit every weekend, but maybe once in 2-3 months. The other day- KC, a friend and I met up for lunch there. They have a seperate menu for lunch where you can order any 6 dishes (3 have to be main course) for 300 bucks per head. The quantity is lesser than the normal menu but its a good deal. Do try it. Btw, it is only for lunch- Monday to Friday.

August Osage County

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I came across the details of this play on bookmyshow.com 2 weeks back and booked the tickets immediately. They were priced between Rs 500 and Rs 1500. I bought the pricey ones… 2nd row from the front. KC was put off by the high prices… understandable.

The play has been a big hit on broadway and has been adapted by Lilette Dubey for the Indian stage. Actors like Lillete Dubey, Ira Dubey, Sandhya Mridul, Kitu Gidwani, Meeta Vashisht star in it. I love Lillete, Ira and Sandhya and would have willingly payed double the price to watch them.
I rushed back from work, changed clothes and rushed to Epicenter- the cultural center of Gurgaon… similar to Habitat Center of Delhi. Thats why I like Gurgaon… access to posh places. In Mumbai, I would have to go to Bandra or Juhu to watch plays.
Anyway, on reaching there I found Gurgaon Hi Society for company… Ballantine’s was serving free liqour since they were sponsoring the play. Impressive. On reaching my seats, the usual started… 2 people had booked seats separately and was requesting everyone else to move. The old couple next to me reluctantly moved 1 seat left… when I was requested to move, I politely refused. I had specifically booked that seat… it was in the center… I was not going to move after paying 1500 bucks. People should not be stupid enough to book seats separately. The lady gave up and the old couple gratefully moved back into their seats. Why do people do this? Why can’t they book tickets – whether on a train, theatre or play; well in advance to avoid inconveniencing others?
The play went on for 2.5 hours. I was zapped throughout. I will not go into the story… it is not a movie which has 1 story… in a play things are happening every minute… there are well developed characters… rather than 1 single story… and there are no fillers. Lillete was fab… she acted so damn well. What is amazing is that such fine actors have to play trivial roles in movies or serials. Example, Meeta Vashisht… I have grown up watching her in some movie or serial… mostly trashy roles. In the play, she was playing the role of a vain, silly, self involved female… I could not believe it was the same woman.
Theatre is so different from regular cinema… I will be watching more plays in the future… atleast I will try and catch every play at Epicenter.
Please don’t miss this play if it comes to your city.

Vagina Monolgues

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I have been dying to watch a play in Mumbai. I spotted the schedule for this play in Vashi. Bandra and South Mumbai are beyond my driving radius on weekends… but Vashi is close. I was very excited… have heard soooooo much about it. KC urged me to book the tickets.

Half hour before the play I graciously asked KC to meet his friends instead of watching the play since he was missing them. I didn’t expect him to actually ditch me.
Guys- a piece of advice. If a woman loves you she will not want to part from you for even a minute. Don’t pick anything/anyone else (friends, family, movies, video games, cricket) over her.. even if she urges you to. It is just a test of your love for and loyalty towards her.
Of course, KC failed miserably in the test.
Anyway he was out of my mind as soon as the play began. As the name suggests… it is about vaginas… and their owners (women). What better way to talk about women than about their vaginas. A lot is written, discussed, heard about the penis… it is supposed to be the defining feature of men… but what about the vagina?
In the process issues like gender mutilation, rape etc are covered… without losing the humour. The audience was laughing their guts out.
The actors were Dolly Thakore, Avantika Averkar (pretty, bold, sassy), Mahabanoo Kotwal, Jayati (a tv actress… not pretty but mind blowing acting), Sonali (a doctor turned actor).
The best parts were Avantika’s rendition of an orgasm (far better than Meg Ryan’s in When Harry Met Sally) and Jayati’s description of the kinds of pleasure “moans”.
Guys and gals… if you ain’t seen this… you ain’t seen nothing yet.