Sri Lanka’s Muralitharan — Chuck me if you can!

Its crazy to start accusing Murali of chucking so late in his career, just when he has broken the world record. Why didn’t the ICC take serious action prior to this?

Personally, I think his bowling action is very very suspect. But again, why wait till a bowler breaks an all time record before making this an issue. Clearly, the Aussies are worried that Warne will not be able to beat Murali’s record no matter what given that Murali still has a lot more cricketing years left. How else do you explain the Australian PM jumping into the fray! Ian Chappel’s recent article on the issue was interesting.

Dinner at a friend’s place

Went over with family to a friend’s place for dinner last nite. Had a quiet relaxed evening. My son had a slight fever and went off to sleep a little after we got there. The food was awesome — pure vegetarian gourmet stuff. Had some interesting discussion regarding the “institution of marriage” and how celebreties in India get away with anything and everything.

….Dharmendra and Boney Kapoor married leading actresses while still having their first wives around; Javed Akthar-Shabana Azmi never married but have had an ongoing affair; Amitabh-Rekha, apparently still a hot couple; Jayalalitha has a kid but was never married. It was well known and accepted that MGR had a constant new female actress/companion every few years. Sachin Tendulkar married someone much older to him.

And today I saw some gossip about Aamir Khan Oh well…

Jagmohan and Mona’s wedding reception

Last night I attended Jagmohan Singh (junior of mine from IIT KGP) and Mona’s wedding reception along with my wife and kids in San Jose. Met a number of KGP folks from the bay area. The food was excellent. Everyone danced to some jivy Punjabi and Hindi music. We had a wonderful time. We reached the party at around 8.15 pm. When I looked at my watch to find the time it was 11.45 pm and my kids were still awake and having a good time!

The venue Dolce Hayes Mansion is definitely worth considering for anyone looking for a place to get married or have a reception.

Movie Review: Autograph

After a long time, I rented a tamil film from the Indian grocery. I had never heard of the film or for that matter, the actors, music directors and others who had contributed to the film. I just felt like I wanted to see a Tamil film, so I just picked the first one I found! For a moment I was tempted to drop this and pick up a tried and tested Rajnikanth movie. But at the last minute I decided to give the Autograph a shot and I am glad I did.

The movie was significantly different from most Indian movies I have seen in a long time. The director, Cheran (incidentally, the lead actor and producer of the film as well) clearly has a knack for story telling. It is a simple, yet engaging jouney into the hero’s past beginning with his childhood. His school teachers, his friends, his family, his first crush, his move to Kerala and his love for a local girl which does not materialize, his platonic relationship with another girl after moving out of Kerala, and finally his wedding (an arranged one from the looks of it) along with a handful of songs and one fight sequence to kindle the Tamil pride, make up an engaging movie. Leaving behind a dead mother for two days was a little had to digest, barring which the script, story line and dialogues are very impressive.

All the actors have done a nice job in their respective roles. The locations in Kerala (Alapuzha) are excellent and the photography does justice to the abundance of natural beauty in the area. The DVD had sub tiles, so anyone who does not understand Tamil should also find it a very enjoyable experience.

I did some searches on the web and came across a positive review of another earlier film by Cheran.

It turms out that he bagged the best director filmfare award for this film.