Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Lost in Lost in Translation

It was the first time I didn't want them to get together. Don't do it, I screamed. Don't do anything to screw this up. What you have now is far too precious to even risk losing. Don't touch her. Don't kiss her. Just be with her. Wonderful thoughts. Wonderfully subtle thoughts conveyed through brilliant acting and a way too pretty co star.

I walked out of the movie in a daze of sorts, thinking about nothing in particular. Thinking about all sorts of things. Thoughts totaling 42. I was cursing myself for not having asked my favorite literary person and yours for recommendations on a good book to buy.

It happened as I was experiencing the curiously enjoyable sensations one suffers when walking down a downward moving escalator. She was walking up the ascending escalator. I noticed her smile, losing myself in the moment for a good while, till I stumbled off the end of the horrid machine. She hadn't noticed me. Nor the stumble.

Later at Landmark, I spotted her again. By virtue of walking too close to a precariously balanced display of books, she tripped a box on the floor in which the said books arrived. This box in turn tripped the display, which promptly came crashing to the ground. She wheeled around and looked straight at me. I made it clear that it was indeed her fault, giving her my best 'Its your fault, but its ok' smile.

Me: Yup, they are going to make you buy all of them now.
She: *sweet smile*
Me: It was their mistake, for the really precarious arrangement.
She: *sweeter smile* Yeah.
Me: umm...
She: *sweeter yet smile, walking away*

I discreetly followed her for a while, but she didn't stop in any one section long enough for me to start a conversation. She left the store soon after that, leaving me to continue my hunt for that one book that I wanted to buy. I didn't know what it was, I was just looking.

I never found it, instead I settled for something I was comfortable with. Something I knew I was safe with. Something I knew.

An Uncle Fred Omnibus.

[ If the person who tripped the display of books at the entrance to Landmark, at The Forum in Bangalore on Tuesday afternoon, does read this, do get in touch with me. I would love to explain to you in more detail as to how all of that was not your fault ;) ]

20 Comments:

At March 22, 2005 9:42 PM, Blogger rapunzel said...

yet another movie buff!yay!yay!yay!oh btw i think the landmark here is way better than the one at the forum.and whats with the forum being the hippest place these days???:-O my sis dragged me there and i simply couldnt figger what all the fuss was abt!*sigh* bangalore....am looking forward to commercial street!yaaay! yaay!yaay!

 
At March 22, 2005 10:15 PM, Anonymous neha said...

Lost in Translation indeed. Thought it was brilliant too. Your post brought back a desk drawer full of memories.

And how is it that the slight of hand of a certain strangers possesses more familiarity than the babble of a chilhood friend..

Slight of hand
and Twist of fate
On a bed of nails
she makes me wait..

I know quoting U2 here is completely irrelevant, but what the hell... You make me remember.. I make you read. A fair enough trade-off.

Or something like that. :)

 
At March 22, 2005 10:53 PM, Blogger Vignesh said...

R: Does that mean you will be in Bangalore in the near future ?!? Do tell !! I agree that Forum is overrated and extremely crowded, but on a Tuesday afty, it wasnt all that bad. I love the candy store... jeeeeellllyyy beeeeeennnss !!!

N: I absolutely LOVE U2. So quote away !!! I have about 5G of just U2 on my iPod. You make me read.. thats for sure ! Isn't remembering or making others remember what writing is, in a way, all about ?

 
At March 22, 2005 10:57 PM, Blogger Grafxgurl said...

wow! U2 is my fav band of all!!

anyways.. am very impressed by your liking L.I.T....loved it tons..
as for that girl at Landmark..lol good luck there!!

 
At March 22, 2005 10:59 PM, Blogger jax said...

Exactly my thoughts while watching the movie.I was actually tense the whole time! I would have walked out if Bill and Scarlett had kissed or said something stupid like 'main tumse pyaar karti hu!' I didn't entirely approve of that peck in the end but let it pass. The movie had to end somehow! I told this to a couple of friends and they were screaming 'gay gay!' I excused them,because they
had not watched the movie yet!

I bumped into this girl once in habitat on church street,looking like a lost angel. Then i bumped into her again the week after and exchanged a few pleasantries. The third time in a staged coincidence when i bumped into her again, she was hand in hand with some guy. Damn!!

 
At March 23, 2005 1:47 AM, Blogger Angel said...

U2 rocks!
I like 'vertigo'..but I've heard ppl are turned off by the spanish :P

Haven't seen LIT :(
'Groundhog day' is the only Bill Murray movie I've seen, or at least that I recall...

As for bumping into cute ppl...good luck to those guys who bump into me..watch your step, fellas! *giggles a LOT*
@ Jax: that IS too bad.3 times..and YET...

 
At March 23, 2005 2:26 AM, Blogger Vignesh said...

Jax: Yeah mate, sorry about that. I think we have all tried that at some point in our lives, arranged coincidences and all that - I know very few times that it actually worked out. Ironically the one time it did work out, it was a pure coincidence !

A: I just bought the Groundhog Day DVD. Its one of my fav movies !! Well, I 'think' I bump into you quite a lot don't I ?!?!

 
At March 23, 2005 2:55 AM, Blogger Grafxgurl said...

heehee am so sneeky....
found out we get a lousy hour of internet from 4-5 here sigh.......
SO deprived!!

 
At March 23, 2005 6:00 AM, Blogger Senthil said...

Yep, Lost in Translation is an amazingly subdued movie, isn't it? I felt the kiss at the end was more of a release of pent-up emotions than anything else, so I did not mind... and just a thought - you might like Before Sunrise, and its sequel, Before Sunset.

 
At March 23, 2005 6:17 AM, Blogger Mint Chutney said...

I enjoyed L.I.T. as well. I loved the fact that we don't know exactly what was said at the end. My other favorite Bill Murray movie is Rushmore, yet another non-conventional love story.

U2 was the very first concert I ever went to. I won tickets from a radio station call-in contest and had to BEG my parents to let me go. I title all my posts after CDs or songs that I am listening to (or have in my head) during the day. I've been listening to a lot of U2 lately. It's funny how we're all fans...great minds think alike.

I hope Landmark girl is reading this!

 
At March 23, 2005 6:51 AM, Anonymous "Landmark girl" said...

Vignesh, Thanks for the offer. See you at Landmark this weekend?

 
At March 23, 2005 11:55 AM, Blogger eM said...

I lurved Lost In Trans. too. Can't wait for Sideways which I hear is the LIT of this year
And since when am I a "literary" person??? :)

 
At March 23, 2005 7:44 PM, Blogger Anurag said...

LIT - awesome movie. Senthil, talking of pent up emotions, have you watched Billy Elliot? The director has done a marvellous job of keeping emotions in check till the end, when he just lets them loose.

And I love U2 too. Though not their recent music. I like their early classic rock albums. October is one of their best albums. I missed a U2 concert by two days, when I went to US in 2001. :(

 
At March 23, 2005 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooh!!! the landmark girl wrote !!! weeeeeeee!!!!
hehe Vig!! i SAW dem in Calgary wehn they came to Canada!!! they are AWESOME!!

-grafxgurl

 
At March 23, 2005 8:36 PM, Blogger Vignesh said...

Sen: I haven't seen those two, but I think I know what movies to take for my boring as all hell conference in IITKGP next week !!

MC: I think she was !! The very first concert I ever went to was Shaggy !! It sucked goatballs. This was followed by Roger Waters, who is God. So...

eM: Yup, Sideways is another movie I'm itching to see... but I don't if it will be in the same category of romance as LIT was. You didn't even know there were categories to romance didjya !??!

Anurag: I tried Anu, but that was too feminie. Rag, sounded wierd. So full name it is !! Yes, Billy Elliot was a most excellent movie too !!

Grrl: Why you tried to leave Anonymous commenst ? You don't even have to say Grrl at the end of the comment... I know its you ;)

And finally,

To the Landmark lady: I would love to !!! Saturday afternoon work well ? Should I be in shorts with one red sock ? ;)

 
At March 23, 2005 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AARGH!! am i that obviously grafx?!?!..and i didnt even make any typos!!

 
At March 23, 2005 10:31 PM, Blogger Vignesh said...

You don't have to... Tis by the inherent chweeetness of the comments that we all know who the author is...

That was a real corny attempt at being real corny...

 
At March 23, 2005 11:32 PM, Blogger Grafxgurl said...

yes i agree! * running away very fast*

 
At March 24, 2005 12:40 AM, Blogger Ostrich said...

What a nice stalker you are! 'Every breath you take' is a good anthem song huh! Anyways, best of luck and lets hope that someday the wide eyed stranger turns into familiar breathing on your neck.

 
At March 24, 2005 2:13 AM, Blogger Vignesh said...

O: I'm not that good a stalker... it took you quite a while to drop by my blog... I need to hone my skilllzzzz a bit more ;)

 

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