Saturday, October 09, 2004

Just a normal week at the U of C

OK, so I was in Pune all week, and there isn't a whole lot to talk about. I've been going to class every day, practicing my Hindi and trying to keep up with my massive Civ readings. I have an idea of what I'm going to write my paper on --- memetics in Hindu mythology, why stories want to perpetuate themselves within society. It's going to be really cool, but it's going to take a lot of work, and I wanna go out and play!!!

Highlights of my week:
1) Got my tickets and hotel reservations for next week's vacation. I'm going to Agra (home of the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur (in Rajastan, in the north, popular tourist destination). We're taking the train (and it's going to be ~ 23 hours to get to the north from Mumbai). Everything is cool. I'm going with Anna and Andrea, and they promised that we could go to tons of cool restaurants, so I am satisfied.

2) Wednesday night I went to a Pub/Club called '10 Downing Street'. It was kinda fun; the big group of us Americans really got the place going though, as we were the first to get up and dance. I like dancing, but I was tired, so I only stayed a couple hours.

3) We went to the National Film Archives, and saw this famous art movie called 'Samskara'. It's a so-so movie (everyone liked the book more), but it was relatively enjoyable, plus the chairs were really comfy. We later met the actor who played the main character, who also wrote the script and was the de-facto director (the director that is listed in the credits didn't actually speak Kannada, the language the film was made in). His name is Girish Karnad, and he's kind of a legend. It's funny -- we got taught by this famous guy, but because we're not Indian, his fame doesn't mean a lot to us. Either way, he is a cool guy, and he taught us some interesting stuff.

4) I saw my first Bollywood film last night, 'Dhoom'. It was amazing. The tickets were only Rs. 100 (like two bucks), the pop and popcorn were cheap, and the seats were really comfy. And, the theater complex is huge, with stores and restaurants, and many things of goodness. The movie itself -- amazing. It was in Hindi, but there was enough English phrases and words that everyone got the basic plot. Dhoom is like a mixture of The Fast and the Furious, The Matrix, a police chase movie and a musical. It was awesome -- the music was great, it was loud, it was huge, and there were great motorcycle chases through Mumbai.

Today, I'm going to research memetics on the internet, try to chill out, and get some more reading done. Wish me luck!


Blogger CATHERINE said...

Hi, Jeremy! Sounds as though you are having a wonderful time in a very fascinating place! What kind of temperatures have you been having?

Your vacation sounds like an adventure! Hope you have a great time! I remember it being stressful for Ashley to make travel plans when she was in Thailand.

Have you called home much? Aunt Barb is coming out to NYC in November for Aunt Liz's marathon. Can't wait!

I'm enjoying your Bog! Keep it up! What happened to the pictures??

Lots of love,
Aunt Cathy

3:48 PM  
Blogger austin said...

Sounds like you're having a great time =) The Anna you're going on vacation with...tall, blond, and in UT? I think she told me she was going to India too, and she's really cool, so maybe it's one and the same!

5:45 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Austin -- yes, she is one and the same. She's sitting next to me right now, and said 'hi' and 'yay!' when I told her you said she was really cool. Oh, and btw, video games are non-existant here in India. I was misled! So, if you want a Nintendo DS, you should buy one in the States, and I'll be all envious when I get back.

Aunt Cathy -- The pictures are coming. I've gotta write this paper, and I have to work with either an image-hosting site or my own webspace, but once I cross those hurdles, there will be pictures. Not to worry. I have called home, and Aunt B's called me too, so all is well. Hope all is well!


4:06 AM  
Blogger CATHERINE said...

Oops...BLOG!!! I knew that! Just a lousy typist! (Aunt Liz is making fun of me...make her stop!)

Love you! Have a wonderful trip!
Aunt Cathy

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