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Would you walk into a movie hall to watch a film on your own?

If you’re a guy, you’d probably say ‘yes’ if it’s this action flick and you just can’t get anyone to accompany you, despite trying to bribe them by offering them your first born (on second thoughts, this might not actually work!). But girls I believe are still not very comfortable with the idea of watching a movie alone. I have rarely come across anyone myself who’d go into a hall on their own, even if they’re desperate (and I’m specifically talking about India here).

While reviewing movies at my earlier workplace, I began getting used to saying, “One ticket, please” and getting confused stares from people sitting beside me when they realized I was ALONE (thank you, very much). Being a movie freak, I can watch one anytime, but I never quite enjoyed these solitary experiences. Especially in the slightly ‘seedier’ halls where I’d encounter really strange people.

My worst experience was watching a really bad movie (I can’t even remember the name; but I remember it had Ishita Arun) at a theatre outside VT station. I had never been there before and only when I reached I realized that it was going to be trouble. I was petrified. The hall was huge and really badly lit. It had ancient red curtains and old lamps hanging down from the ceilings and perched on the walls. And fans whirring at about .0005 kms/hour. And they locked the doors so I was literally clutching the arm of my chair all through the movie. And really sad people (and I mean, REALLY sad).

I do not want to be stuck with such a bunch, ever again in my life! It was only later someone informed me that the hall is not known for showing family movies. It would have been nice if I had received the information prior to my horrific experience. I was traumatized. I rushed out of the hall and jumped into a cab, promising myself I would never go into a hall I did not know about. And to make matters worse, they didn’t even carry the review, because I don’t think the movie ran beyond the first day!

I would go because it was work, but if I wanted to watch a movie for pleasure, I would usually ask (beg, sometimes) friends to come along. The whole act of movie watching seems kind of incomplete without someone to share it with. Added to the fact that it’s quite an ‘awkward’ experience.

I’m still trying to figure why this happens. If you have any deep psychological inputs to offer, do share!

At home, on the other hand, I’d rather watch a movie on my own 🙂

Which brings me to the second part of my post. I’ve realized that what I really miss in Bangalore is watching movies! I’ve watched about 2 movies in the last couple of months I’ve been here. I’ve missed everything I wanted to see. And more due to a lack of finding cinema loving folks and accessibility to halls, than anything else. And I hate watching new movies on the video. I think I need to find a group of Bangalore cinema lovers quickly so I can catch up on my silver screen sightings!

Meanwhile, I made plans to watch a play the Alliance with Lavannya, only to have them washed away! Literally. Yesterday, I got caught up with work. Today, the rain poured down and played spoilsport. All our well-made plans washed away down Queens Road!

Bringing me to the third part of my post: electricity! What is it with the electricity? Whenever it rains (and sometimes even when it does not) the power goes off. There were 4 power cuts today after which I nearly gave up trying to write this post! And besides that, a really slow connection on my Indicom (it says 115 kbps and gives between 8-24 kbps) is driving me insane. I’m wondering if I should be paying 2000 bucks for such a bad connection. Not that I have too many choices, right now. Sigh, I guess I have to start looking around again!

And lastly, before I turn in, some pictures from my sister’s trip around Wales recently.


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