Saturday, May 23, 2009

Serbian this time...

Oops, below is the cover of THE SOUND OF LANGUAGE in Serbian (or is it Bosanski?). The previous one was the Romanian translation. I thought it was Serbian because I didn't know Ballantine had sold Romanian rights. But it's exciting to know that THE SOUND OF LANGUAGE has now been translated in Dutch, Danish, Romanian, and Serbian (or Bosanski - I'm not sure but I hope a reader can help me). More translations to come I hope...once the recession passes and publishers the world over start buying books again.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My book in Serbian...

I don't even know what the title translates to but this is the Serbian translation of THE SOUND OF LANGUAGE.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Doing publicity for my sister's friend's new movie...

This year’s funniest and coolest film, 99, releases worldwide on May 15!

99 is a 'smart comedy' that promises a hell of a ride with unpredictable and hilarious twists and turns. Facts and fiction are liberally mixed to create a heady cocktail of twists and turns and loads of laughs.

It is an exciting comedy-thriller-historical fiction, a one-of-a-kind film.

The eclectic cast blends a reinvented Kunal Khemu with a new look, the ever-cool Soha Ali Khan in a chic new role, the hilarious Cyrus Broacha in his first feature role, and the talented powerhouses Boman Irani and Mahesh Manjrekar. The film also brings yesteryear hero Vinod Khanna back to the silver screen in a rare cameo.

The film is already generating buzz as the COOLEST COMEDY of the year, and is coming to ALL CINEMAS on MAY 15.

Watch the super-cool trailer on or on youtube.

Directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK
Produced by Anupam Mittal and Aditya Shastri
Cinematography: Rajeev Ravi
Sound Design: Stephen Gomes
Music: Ashu, Shamir Tandon, Roshan Machado, Mahesh Shankar
Written by: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK and Sita Menon

A People Pictures Presentation

Monday, May 11, 2009

Flying - a rant...

So...when you pay, say $2,000 for say, a hotel room for the night, you know that the service you get will be impeccable. People will genuflect and every whim of yours will be fulfilled.

Now say, you pay the same money for an airline ticket, what would you be expecting? I'm expecting nothing but grumpy people who think that the airline business is doing us a favor by flying us out and about and taking our money. Airlines have forgotten what it means to be hospitable and are the weakest link in the hospitality chain.

I rant because I flew today. The service wasn't bad but in Europe there is no service. No tea, coffee, breakfast, nothing if you fly monkey class. You just sit cramped and wait to land. No one even says hello to you unless your seat belt is unbuckled.

Today, as I walked through security, I kept my shoes on. I usually take them off, it's just not worth the hassel. But it's spring and I was wearing pretty open shoes without socks and didn't want to take them off. The thing beeped and interestingly enough, two men stood there feeling up women. I mean the guy touched my boob in an attempt to find a bomb. Now I know it was 8 a.m. but Copenhagen airport can't hire women to feel up women? I'm not a prude and I didn't kick up a fuss because I didn't want others to think I'm a prude, but seriously, some strange guy runs his gloved hands all over me...and doesn't even offer me a drink?

And wouldn't you know it, the damn security thing beeped every time someone walked throug it. I don't wear a belt. The only jewelry is my wedding ring and some ear rings.

I'm disappointed with the aviation industry. They don't care for their customers. They don't give a damn how we're treated. I was in the US in February and after getting through immigration which took two long hours, we were in another security line and this guy was yelling, "take your shoes off, take your shoes off." We were all tired after 10 hours on a plane and this guy was talking to us like we were cattle. How is this behavior okay?

Imagine going to your supermarket and they yell at you, do you go back? Would they do that and still stay in business?

I think the airline industry confuses itself with a homeland security type agency and that's the big problem. We're all terrorists and should be treated as such until the plane lands and we're out of their hair.

I'm sick and tired of this. I have decided to do something about it. From now on, I intend to call on every rude act performed toward me or anyone else I see during my travel. I should have said something today morning when two men were feeling up several women as their security gate beeped for absolutely nothing. Well, there's always next time I'm sure.

What do you hate about flying? Or do you love flying and why?