Thursday, October 20, 2011

Down the path to DD nostalgia...

Remember the original Liril Girl?

This is what is looks like now...

Remember the Zing Thing?

...And who hasn't mocked 'I am a Complan Boy/Girl"

Good old Bajaj...

...and who can forget lil ol "keech keech"???

(DD - Doordarshan - state owned TV - the only available channel in India - those many years back)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hindi Song and a Scot Writer

Resist the urge to Google and try answer this question.

Do you know which Alistair Maclean, Sharmila Tagore is reading in this song?

After a good deal of play-rewind-play and pause I finally got the name of the book. (Then I did Google to confirm it.)

I really loved reading Alistair Maclean and Desmond Bagely through high school. Although "Where Eagles Dare" and the Navarone books are more popular - I prefer "Fear is the Key", "Bear Island" and "Ice Station Zebra". And when I was watching "Inglorious Basterds" - it did bring back some memories of Navarone. I liked all of Bagley's books and "The Viverio Letter" somehow sticks in my head.

Parents and teachers were most happy to let us read these books since there were absolutely no sexplicit scenes in those books and we were almost always taken to see the movies.

My mom was rather particular about what I was reading those days. When I graduated from Maclean to Sidney Sheldon (fortunately for me the books I got had very sober jacket covers) I got away with a "You know this book is very much like that Navarone book" and my Mom not really being into books was gullible enough to swallow that and was quite happy to let it go considering I was not reading those trashy Mills & Boon.

Little did she know that it actually would have been better for me to have read the M&B for I must point out that those days Mills & Boon at least had some semblance of a story, instead of the semi-porny trashy stuff that was spewed out later!

The book in the song is "When Eight Bells Toll" - no never read it - hoping to get my hands on it...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Rest in Peace...

The world has lost a really innovative thinker!