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March 27, 2009

Screwed

Friends of ours, after having moved to London, found themselves stuck in a hellhole of an apartment. And utterly cheap landlords who refused to fix anything. And siilverfish in the flat. And threats of lawsuits and litigation flying back and forth. And having the owner of the rathole reside next door. And having said owner be one of the members of Spandau Ballet. Yes, that Spandau Ballet, of "True" fame:

After slowly realizing one of the architects of the soundtrack of my teenage years was now a slumlord and knowing nothing about UK rental legislation, I wrote the following from the POV of our friend as some sort of consolation. Enjoy.

To be sung to the tune of "True", what else?

"Screwed"

Huh huh huh hu-uh huh

So screwed funny how it seems
want rent in time, but never found for leaks
hole in the wall from steel toed shoe
this is the sound of the slum
hear all that sound

I lost my ticket to the world
so now I am stuck in this hell
why do i find crap in my sewer line?
oh the slumlord has got to be paid

Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
I know this much I'm screwed
Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
It's no good I'm screwed

With some booze in my hand and pills on my tongue
there's all that noise that has just begun
listening to neighbors (all night long)
this is the sound of the slum
hear all that sound

Roaches scurrying in my pants
they have minds of their own
take your filthy hands off my washing line
yeah the truth must be known

Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
I know this much I'm screwed
Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
It's no good I'm screwed

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- March 27, 2009 10:04 PM // Music

March 23, 2009

Curry, Women and Song


"Right gentlemen," said the cabbie brightly. "Where am I taking you?"

"To where the three remedies for the darkness of the soul may be found," said Spider.

"Maybe we could get a curry." suggested Fat Charlie.

"There are three things, and three things only, that can lift the pain of mortality and ease the ravages of life," said Spider. "These things are wine, women and song."

"Curry's nice too," pointed out Fat Charlie, but nobody was listening to him.

-- Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys

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- March 23, 2009 10:06 PM // Books

March 7, 2009

Teaser Trailer for "Patang"

Some notes about Patang, the upcoming debut from writer/director Prashant Bhargava:

  • it's set during a kite festival in Ahmedabad, India. This is India's largest festival. Prashant did about 4 years of research for the film.
  • It was shot entirely hand held.
  • Prashant held a workshop for the child actors in the film. There were 12 actors, all from different regions.
  • It features established Indian actresses such as Seema Biswas (Bandit Queen, Ek Hasina Thi, Zindagi Rocks) and up and comers like Nowaz (Dev D) and Sugandha Garg (Jaane Tu Jaane Na, My Name is Khan).
  • About 90% of the cast are non-professional.
  • The film is being put together in post even as we speak. Prashant is holed up in Chicago editing, aiming for a 2010 release.
  • The crew went to great lengths to preserve the local atmosphere, tough in such a crowded, traffic packed environment. The sense of place though comes brilliantly in the footage.
  • The music you hear in the trailer is temp. The completed film will feature an original score.

One of the pleasant side effects of the success of Slumdog (other than catapulting Ms. Pinto to it girl status) would be in easing the way for more original desi brewed voices like Prashant's. You've tasted the restaurant-made, now it's time to try the homecooked.


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- March 7, 2009 2:25 PM // Film