Tuesday, January 17, 2006


After a month long hiatus. No accident this time though - just work that has played a spoil sport! I haven't wished you all for Christmas, didn't ask about your New Year partaay, nor raved about my new mobile that I absolutely looooorve or talked about how I had a week of fun when sistah dear was in town or even our very boring office party. I guess this post is going to be random bits of blogabble things that happened over a month ago.

Blog Thing #1 - King Kong. I saw that movie with H and M and our only motive for choosing that movie was 'coz we wanted to watch a night show and this was the only non Telugu movie in the multiplex. And I was actually entertained by the movie! I am not a sucker for these Jurrasic Park n Anaconda kinda movies, but this movie was better than most in it's genre. Carl Denham was undoubtably the best played character in the movie. His wit and passion carries the movie forward. The huge gorilla is lovable and does everything to make the audience scream, smile and go "awwww" at all the right places. Naomi Watts is charming as usual. And I have just one word for Naomi's love interest in the movie - constipated! The director is determined to give us value for our ticket money and in the 3 hours of the movie we get to see a little bit Jurassic Park, wild savages who appear and disappear suddenly, wild beasts of yore that attack in unimaginable ways and even a little bit of Titanic. Many parts of the movie reminded me so much of our own thamizh/hindi hit movies and in the scene where Kong battles 3 dinosaurs he almost puts Rajinikanth to shame. Thamizh directors - this movie is a must watch for you guys. How can I forget the "punch" dialogue at the end of the movie "It was beauty that killed the beast" - I was laughing all the way home from the theatre. All said, this movie is worth a watch certainly.

I also wanted to blog about these Lawrence and Mayo guys. I had bought my contact lenses from them about 2 months ago and one fine day I discover that my left lens had become frayed in one corner and it started hurting my eye. I paid quite a bit of money for them, being toric lenses and all and I had been assured that they would last for a minimum of eight months. I decided to do something about this and stepped into their showroom gearing myself up for an unpleasant argument. As soon as I reported my problem, I was given the stock response about how I could have torn them by mistake and how this doesn't seem like a manufacturing defect and so on. When I explained and persisted that this couldn't have been my fault, the salesman surprisingly didn't argue and instead asked me to give my lens along with a letter stating my problem. He then asked me for 2 weeks time and without making any promises he just said he would try his best. And bang on 16th day I get a call from them saying I could pick up my replacement lens. This is by far the most pleasant experience I have ever had while reporting any problem and getting it fixed. I was expecting them to refuse to do anything about the lens since 2 months has elapsed and I was mentally prepared to get myself another pair. Not only was I replaced with a good pair, but the manner of the staff was very courteous and very polite. This is one satisfied customer who is going come back in the future. I wish Airtel Customer Care could take a leaf out of their book. And here is a lesson to be learnt for all of us - when something doesn't work right, it never hurts to try and return it.

Lots more things to blog about, but this post is getting too long. So another day another post (hopefully sooner than a month :-) )


sandeep said...

was it just the work or...!!!? and i wont forget the king kong movie either!!

Cute Indian Girl said...

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Indian Girl

janani said...

@sandeep - Work dan vera enna! :-)

@indian gal - Sure!

Jinguchakka said...

Talking of KK with Super Star!! I shudder. You! You!
I too am a customer of L & M, and yeah they are a bunch of pleasant guys.
Don't ever go near Airtel. Those leeches after making me pay all those bills sent my details to the taxman and I got a letter from Govt saying that, since I had paid more than 50,000 for phone bills in a year, I should be having an income of more than 50000 (what a logical deduction!). And they ask me to file my returns if not already done! All they had to do was search my name in their taxreturn database! Instead they send me a letter!
Anyway, it's nice to see a post after more than a month.
Welcome back!! :-)

janani said...

lol! I just wanted to emphasis on single good guy bashing up all bad guys at one go. :-)

Omg! These Airtel folks do all this also??? My bill will easily exceed 50k per year too. Hyoo! But all said and done, no other carrier has Airtel's signal strength - that's the only reason I stick to Airtel.

littlecow said...

Can't believe what you just said about King Kong! That movie basically sucked. I watched Peter Jackson's interview and he said how inspired, how passionate he felt etc. But the movie was a complete antithesis - almost as if he was simply mouthing those words as a sales pitch. the surprising thing is that it got a rather high rating on rotten tomatoes (more than chronicles of narnia - come on!)... the favorite excuse of critics being 'you cant make better than this on a remake of an age old story', which is rather lame - the new batman was very nicely done, wasn't it? inspite of the special effects, the length of the movie, the annoying sound and the insensitive storyline make it a B-grade action movie at best. but that was the negative aspect of it. i saw the movie in a theatre with 200 people and the gross scenes grossed out the men so much that it was hilarious watching 200-pound 'men' close their eyes. but the scene-stealer was a little kid - about 10 years of age - who, as king kong takes out the two WW-II aircrafts, raises up from his seat with outstretched arms shouting "go king kong go! kill all of them... get the plans down. jump and grab..." etc. his intensity was only matched by the intensity of the kong's feelings for the girl. the theatre was stunned in silence for a second and then burst out laughing.

btw, welcome back to blogging!

themoon_goddess said...

so long no see! Welcome back! My sis also went to see the movie and she had to show the anger of wasting money on someone--- and thrashed me. So i've started to hate king kong movies even b4 i saw them!

ligne said...

hey good to see you writing posts again.
its fun to read your blog, so keep it up.
and nice to know someone has a good customer service..puts back faith in all
oh well some of these companies..

Casablanca said...

Good customer service goes such a long way! Why dont companies realise that?!

janani said...

@bala - Yup it isn't a great movie, but it did have its moments. I loved the way Carl Denham was played, and the gorilla had me going "awww" too sometimes. However I guess you got the best deal watching it! :-) How come whenever I go to a theatre the kids are busy crying or pulling my hair or sneezing on my neck?? :-(

And yup me is back to stay! :-)

@nila - King Kong is ok - not that bad. I saw it with my sis and I didn't thrash her. :-)

@ligne - Me shall stay put from now on. :-) And yes good service does kinda make you feel there is some good in the world after all!

@casa - You said it! Those marketing folks think that it stops with selling you things.

MA said...

For once i thought that you lost interest in blogging, now that you are back once more i hope that you make it regular.

You have atleast 1 post/month so the odds are not that against you. :)

I had this continuity for sometime but lost it in the middle.

Anyways, have a great weekend.

harini said...

king kong...well, i defn agree it was a commerical venture or rather a 'masala' movie as we wud call in our very own tamil movies...but all said n done it was gud...watchable once...n u forgot to mention abt tat scene where naomi n king kong njoy watching the sunset n naomi goes "beautiful isnt it?" to king kong n the expression on king kong's face...my god!...tat scene was just tooo much of mushy mushy sentiments...way tooo much!!!

janani said...

@ma - I am planning to make it one post a week - let's see!

@h - Trust movie makers to generate mush even from a gorilla! :-) All that KK lacked was punch dialgoues delivered by the hero aka Kong. :-)

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