Karthik Calling Karthik

~ Radha Venkatraman ’12

The story of an ordinary man, who leads less than an ordinary life, and how one phone call, changes everything forever. Karthik(Farhan Akhtar) is our hero, a quiet, efficient pushover; who is in love with Shonali (Deepika Padukone) his colleague at work who has no clue of his existence. Karthik is tired of the mundane life he is leading and decides to put an end to all his problems by committing suicide. As he is about to go through with his plan, he gets a call from a stranger whose name ironically happens to be Karthik as well. What follows are a series of nail biting events, that change our hero’s life forever. Directed by Vijay Lalwani, and Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar; this movie leaves you sitting at the edge of your seat. The music has been provided by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy; who once again provide the audience with exactly what they are looking for. The movie shows us that Bollywood is going global and the methods that are being used to produce and distribute our current films, is in tune with the west. All the actors in the film have done a great job, and the movie does give you a break form the normal Bollywood Masala genre we all love to watch. A definite must watch, KCK is a romantic thriller that will make you think twice before you pick up a call.

Fun and Colors In Haverford College

~ Reetu Bajaj ’12

In our previous issue, Mahvish Qureshi wrote about the traditional celebration of Holi, the spring festival of colors. Although the “groundhog may have predicted a few more weeks of winter for us,” it was nice to experience a day of sunshine and warmth on March 20th, 2010 – the calendar date of spring’s arrival. It was on this day where members of Bryn Mawr’s South Asian Women affinity group and Haverford’s South Asian Society organized the celebration of Holi. And trust me when I say that it was definitely not only the South Asians who came out to this event. I arrived a bit early to help prepare. As I walked out of the Blue Bus, I was welcomed with an array of yellow, blue, pink, and green color, along with mango juice and upbeat Indian tunes. Weather predicted a beautiful day, and what a day it was. As 2:00 rolled around, faces seemed unrecognizable with the amount of color that was being thrown around. If color wasn’t enough, water became the next big source for fun. From cups to buckets of water mixed with color, the sidewalks turned into a fantastically painted picture of colorful footprints. Around 2:30, a massive crowd of Bryn Mawr women arrived, all wearing white t-shirts. All heads turned – we had found new targets. From Punjabi, to Hip Hop, to Bollywood, the music kept us pumped and energy of the crowd kept us in high spirits. We had finally began to relax at around 4pm, some playing football, others just basking in the sun. Many Mawrters decided to walk back to campus, but my friends and I waited for the 5:15 bus and boy what a site we were. As I look back on it, it was amazing to see so many different people enjoy in the festivity and ultimately, it didn’t even matter who you were or what you looked like – the point was to get colored, get messy, and have a lot of fun. Here are some other thoughts of students who attended:

“I really enjoyed Holi at Haverford because it’s not something I have ever celebrated at home, and it was fun to take part in something my parents have always talked about. And it was even more exciting because it allowed me to share this part of South-Asian culture with my friends.” –Suhavi Tucker, HC ‘12

“I felt that Holi was an incredible experience this year because so many people who had no idea what it was or what it entailed were able to celebrate together on a beautiful day in a way in which everyone was able to have a great time. I’ve heard from almost everyone who went that it was one of the best times they have had at Haverford period, which is great to hear because it’s such a new event in the Bi-Co.”-Sandeep Dhadvai, HC ‘11

“Holi was an incredible, new experience to me. It was nice to see different types of people get together, have fun, and celebrate the coming of Spring. I’m glad I helped out and can’t wait till next year.” –Nabeel Akhtar HC‘13

“I appreciate Holi for its bonding experience. I liked how when we got there, a crowd of Bryn Mawr girls walked out of the bus, and it wasn’t just the Mawrters who were already there that attacked us. It brought together the two schools in a light-hearted way for a short period of time. It wasn’t just people you knew who would throw color at you, but EVERYONE was throwing color at random people, which made it great.” –Sarah J. Shaw, BMC ‘12