So, as you probably know that I have been selected in a film institute at Hyderabad and shall be leaving Mumbai in July, it is time that I make a list of the things I shall be taking along with me for sure:
1. My Books; my weathered copy of One Day (Jack Nicholls), and some young adult novels such as Perks of being a Wallflower, To Kill a Mockingbird; a selection of Sylvia Plath’s poetry; The Story of Film (by Mark Cousins) – a present from Dad with a little message inscribed on its first page, “Hoping that you shall make a film of your own one day, love, Dad”; a bunch of classics: Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, Great Expectations (Charles Dickens), Rabindranth Tagore Omnibus etc.
2. My camera, Ipod and Macbook
3. A few photographs
4. my miniature of Eiffel Tower to keep on my study desk.
5. my Live Strong bands (I know Armstrong turned out to be a dope-head but I love my LiveStrongs) and my Swiss-Knife
6. Letters from my penfriend in Bangalore
7. My music records: 100 Greatest jazz Hits, Elvis Presley etc.
8. A jar of my nani’s (maternal grandmother) home-made mango jam
9. videos (or torrent files) of Sound of Music, Dev.D (Bollywood), P.S. I Love You, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Eat Pray Love, Mamma Mia, Moulin Rouge, Les Miserables, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (B’wood), Dil Chahta Hai (B’wood), The Namesake, The Beach, F.R.I.E.N.D.S (all seasons), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Titanic, The Tree of Life, The Hours, Annie Hall, North by NorthWest, Love Actually, Pretty Woman, 27 Dresses, The Seven Year Itch, The Holiday, Amelie (French), Runaway Bride, No Strings Attached, Devdas (B’wood), Guzaarish (B’wood) and many more . . .
10. a gold locket with a ‘V’ engraved in it, a present from my dadi (paternal grandmother).