Thursday, September 01, 2005

One Year Later


At the wheel of Grandpa's old black Fiat

I started this blog on my birthday a year ago at the urging of my friend Joey. After dinner and a few beers together, he set up a Blogger account for me and commanded me to draw and write something for my first post. I'm so glad that he did.

From the beginning, I hoped this wouldn't exclusively be a filmblog — although film will always be my primary interest, I suspect — but instead (and how narcissistic does this sound?) a blog that was sort of a mirror of my own self. Thank you, dear reader, for tolerating and humoring that notion over the course of the past year.

A word on the curious topknot above. I asked my mom about it and she said this: "When you were little, we lived in New Delhi for a couple of years. You were a sociable kid. Many of the auto rickshaw drivers were Sikh, and you liked to chat them up. One day, you asked me to tie you a Sikh-style topknot. It was a big hit whenever we went out. Soon, you refused to leave home without it. I think the topknot infatuation period lasted about a year."

32 Comments:

Anonymous davis said...

Congrats, Girish. But don't try to make us think the topknot infatuation only lasted a year rather than continuing well into professorship for reasons no one can explain. We're no fools.

"... refused to teach without it."

August 31, 2005 9:17 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Heh Heh.
Rob, look for the post-makeover me--topknot bobbing--in Canada next week.
:-)

August 31, 2005 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Chuck said...

Congrats and Happy Birthday!!

August 31, 2005 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Looker said...

Happy annniversary, my good man.

September 01, 2005 12:40 AM  
Anonymous dvd said...

Happy birthday! Is going to the Toronto Film Festival your annual gift to yourself? I can't imagine receiving a better one...

September 01, 2005 1:36 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thank you so much, gentlemen.
David, yes it does seem to work out that way. It does always make September a bit of a crazy blur, though...

September 01, 2005 3:46 AM  
Blogger Sachin G. said...

Happy Birthday Man!! I stumbled onto your blog a few days ago. It seems besides a common interest in films, New Delhi is another thread. I too spent a few years in Delhi when I was little...

Those old black and white photos are classic though. I remember flipping through some old ones and they look just amazing. They look better and more polished than my current color pics. Or maybe its my mind that convinces me otherwise :)

Enjoy your time at TIFF. Wish I could have gone, but I am lucky to have the benefit of CIFF to keep me company.

September 01, 2005 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, as someone who's been sporting a kind of surfer/mushroom head look for over ten years ago now, I can only say that topknots rule, especially for those extra humid days! :)

September 01, 2005 12:57 PM  
Blogger Musing said...

Happy birthday, Girish! And congratulations on your one year blog anniversary.

September 01, 2005 12:58 PM  
Anonymous acquarello said...

Crap, did the anonymous thing again. Sorry. :(

September 01, 2005 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary, Girish (and happy birthday). I stop here daily and enjoy everything you write, from your thoughts on film, to your writing on music, to your conversations with your mom, which are fun and endearing. Here's to many more years of fine blogging.

September 01, 2005 2:55 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thank you, all, for the warm wishes. It's so kind of you...

September 01, 2005 4:06 PM  
Blogger phil said...

hey girish, congrats and happy birthday.

that is such a great photo, and such a great story to go along with it. you must have been quite a funny kid. i wish there were stories like that about me when i was a kid.

hey -- can we expect any posting from you while you're in toronto?

ten days with no updates...how will we survive?

September 01, 2005 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Happy Birthday. If it's any consolation to your mother, there are no Indian restaurants in Telluride.

September 01, 2005 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Darren said...

Are you in Telluride, Peter? I just read that Don DeLillo will be introducing several classic films, including the new print of Antonioni's The Passenger. Even with the prospect of ten days in Toronto to calm my pains, I'm still jealous.

September 01, 2005 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Sorry. I didn't mean to be misleading. I'm not in Telluride. I was there in 1974 and 1975. I'll be spending Labor Day weekend in the air conditioned comfort of my Miami Beach home, happy that Katrina did little damage here and the celebrities who were here for the Video Music Awards have left.
I am one of those also waiting to see the re-release of The Passenger. Not quite in the same league, but I may see Transporter 2 because some second unit stuff was shot in front of my (then) home here in South Beach, and I enjoy Luc Besson's martial arts films.

September 01, 2005 11:09 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey Phil, I don't leave till late next week. I just heard from my server folks about maintenance work over the next few days. The dust should settle on that by early next week, allowing me to blog again.

September 02, 2005 6:18 AM  
Blogger Mike Slagor said...

BRING BACK THE TOPKNOT!!!!!

September 02, 2005 11:28 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Mike, rest assured--the topknot will return soon.
[I'm simply waiting for hell to freeze over].

September 02, 2005 11:56 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

What's amazing here is that you look exactly the same today as you did then. Wow.

September 02, 2005 12:10 PM  
Blogger girish said...

:-)

September 02, 2005 12:18 PM  
Anonymous acquarello said...

So does that mean that Girish still has Buddha ears? ;)

September 02, 2005 5:35 PM  
Blogger girish said...

You're so polite, A!
Invoking the Buddha when you feel like invoking a large mammal.
Yes, I'm still elephant-eared...

September 02, 2005 5:51 PM  
Blogger Mike Slagor said...

Happy Birthday, G!

September 03, 2005 11:23 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey thanks, Mike.
We have a tradition in India (maybe even in the East in general, I'm not sure) that on your birthday, you have to treat everyone else.
So, this morning my mom and dad announced that what they would like for my birthday to be taken to the IMAX (they've never been) to see Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

September 03, 2005 11:30 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Happy belated birthday, girish! Have a great year!

September 03, 2005 2:30 PM  
Blogger John said...

You do good work, pal!
When you gonna be in NYC so I can take you to see some live music? Let a brotha know!

September 03, 2005 8:17 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, John. I'd love to.
MusicBlogLand was--no exaggeration--definitely a less fun place without you there for a few weeks. Cool to have you back!

September 03, 2005 8:51 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

Congratulations and happy birthday. I love your writing, and your drawings too, and your Mom sounds completely awesome.

September 05, 2005 6:55 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, Tuwa.
Good to know you're safe and sound...

September 06, 2005 5:31 AM  
Anonymous Filmbrain said...

Happy anniversary Girish -- well done!

Still unsure about my presence in Toronto, but either way I'm looking forward to reading your reports. You ARE seeing the Gilliam, yes?

September 06, 2005 11:20 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Filmbrain, I hope we can connect when we're there. I'll e-mail you my schedule. I didn't get a ticket for the Gilliam since I assumed it had distribution but maybe I should make a last-minute plan change...

September 06, 2005 11:34 AM  

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