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Vishu sadhya this year….

Vishu was great this year….though it was on a working day, we celebrated it on the Sunday instead of monday.

Last year we had gone in search of a good Vishu Sadhya in Bangalore, and couldn’t find one, however this year we were lucky. This sweet couple, our dear friends called us over for a full fledged Vishu Sadhya.

For me Vishu means Vishukkanni, Vishu Kaineettam, Vishu Kodi and finally to end it all a superb Vishu Sadhya with variety of Payasams.

Vishu is the first of Medam – astronomical new year day of Kerala, which all malayalees start auspiciously by viewing the Vishukanni which includes articles like rice, konna poova, coins, betel leaves etc arranged before hand in the pooja room. In our part of Kerala, we also burst crackers.

This year my parents posted me a new dress set and Vishu Kaineetam for both of us. We made nice semiya payasam and went to our friends place for a nice Sadhya. So this Vishu I had a nice feast along with 3 payasams – Pazham prathaman, parripu payasam and semiya payasam.

April 26, 2008 Posted by | Visheshangal | 2 Comments

In the Valley of Elah

Another nice evening spent watching a touching movie. An academy award nominated movie of 2007.

This movie is based on true events and revolves around Iraq war, military crimes and life of soldiers and the post-traumatic stress disorder following active combat.

You can read more about this movie in wikipedia

Strong roles portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Therone.

The movie starts with the military informing a father about his son going AWOL. AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) is a term used in English-speaking armed forces. Tommy Lee Jones goes to investigate his son’s disappearance and what unfolds over the rest of the movie gives us a clear picture of the trauma and mental instability of the young soldiers.

This movie doesn’t try to make a hero of the main character whose death is being investigated, but gives a true picture of events.

A very touching movie which leaves us aware of certain after effects of Iraq war which would have gone unknown had it not been for such great movies.

Hats off to Paul Haggis for making this movie.

April 3, 2008 Posted by | Review | Leave a comment