Sunday, January 11, 2009


It made me jump out my seat and clap with delight.

During his speech the Tamil composer thanked the one billion people of India, which made the heart swell and brought tears to the eyes.*

....and made the mind thankful to be moving house to Chicago's Little India neighborhood.

(Another highlight: Hindi movie superstar Shahrukh Khan appeared later as one of the presenters, along with Slumdog's Freida Pinto. Oh, and the film won best picture and screenplay, and Danny Boyle got best director. My other favorite moment was when Mickey Rourke thanked his dogs for getting him through the dark nights of the soul).


*The eyes were already teary from coming across photographs of the mother during her final days, not to mention photos of and letters from the past. Also for some reason it was incredibly difficult to have someone come over and look at the record collection, which is also being let go. It feels like part of me is dying. Or maybe it was already dead, and I didn't notice until now.


  1. and an astounding moment for fabulous mumbai

  2. i REALLY need to go see the movie already! god bless Mumbai, India!!

  3. For the first time ever the Golden Globes are on tv in India- Tonite! I guess they wouldn't schedule it for Monday morning. duh.

  4. Don't think of it as a part of you dying, because your past lives will continue in your memories. Think of it as pruning away the dry branches so that fresh ones can grow.

  5. Thank you, Vicki,

    You are right of course.

    But I am so freaked out about letting go of the records.

  6. Anonymous9:24 AM

    Slumdog is a good movie, but it's completely over-rated, over-praised, and not Oscar/Golden Globe worthy. Unfortunately it's going to win the big prize because it has gotten too popular. Movies like The Reader and Frost Nixon are much much better than Slumdog, but they will be over-looked this year. Sad.

  7. Tried to see the movie in Bombay but it was sold out.
    Darn! It will be a while until we have evening childcare! Tell me what you think of it.

  8. QE-

    My Nov. 16 review of the film, in which I tie it in to the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, is here. Is it playing in Bangalore?