Jul 21, 2014

Salute to the Master.


In life I am mildly obsessed with Hemingway (who I also credit for my second obsession of Paris and everything French). Today is his birthday and I celebrate by drinking one of his favorite drinks (Whisky and Soda) and re-reading some of my favorite passages from his book, A Moveable Feast. Here's one where he talks about his dear friend F. Scott Fitzgerald:
His Talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he learned to think and could not fly any more because the love of flight was gone and he could only remember when it had been effortless. 
Not a single word that doesn't belong; just honesty and beauty. This is how I feel about all his books and stories. And when I make my attempts at writing, I try to remember his advice to only "write the truest sentence you know" because the rest is usually always crap.

Here's to the the most interesting man in my books.  Happy 115th birthday dear Sir!

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Jul 16, 2014

Date night at the Music Box Theater

Grandma Ila is in town and so Devang and I escaped for a date night at the Music Box Theater on Southport Ave in Lakeview. We had tickets to the advance screening of The Hundred Foot Journey.  If you know me, you know that two of my most favorite things in life are France and Food. It was as if this movie was written just for me! Based on the book of the same name by Richard Morais, the story is about an Indian family who immigrates to a small village in France and opens an Indian restaurant 100 feet away from a Michelin star French restaurant. It has all the feel good and funny moments with the predictable ups and downs. It is all done so wonderfully; and I couldn't stop smiling at Manish Dayal who plays the lead character of Hassan...ladies, he is very handsome and dreamy! 
So, might I suggest a movie to add to your watch-list this summer? In a theater near you on August 8, 2014. Watch it and let me know what you think!?