How I Spent my Morning, Followed By Important Streaming News!

Have you noticed I’ve been doing slightly more of those “this is my life in song form” posts?  It’s partly because my fall is getting busier and busier and there are some days when all I have time to do is tell you all what I have been doing instead of blogging.  And partly because I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now and I feel like you are all my friends, so why not tell you about my life?  Anyway, if you are bored by these posts, just skip to the end for the streaming news you should know.

This was the first Sunday of Sunday School, which is always both the slowest and fastest 50 minutes of my week.  11 kids, only 3 teachers, we were outnumbered!

(Maybe Sridevi could have handled it, but we can’t all be Sridevi)

The calmest time was when we taught them all a song.  Just like Shahrukh!

 

And then briefly at the end I had them all tied in yarn, that was kind of calm, but also slightly dangerous (we had to cut them loose).

(One Saif tied up by many women is a lot easier to control than 11 kid tied together by 3 adults)

Oh, and 4 of the 6 boys kept wrestling each other.  Question for you in the comments who are boys/parents of boys: is the rule “don’t bother stopping it unless there are tears or blood” still good?  Or should I try to progress to “no jumping/tackling/wrestling/slap fights/light punching AT ALL”?  Because that last seems a lot harder to enforce.

(This is essentially what happened for 50 minutes straight through various combinations of 4 different little boys.)

Anyway, we survived it, and then spent an hour trying to figure out what we can do better to keep them from killing each other/us and possibly actually learn something sometimes to.  So next week, MORE RUNNING AROUND ACTIVITIES!!! Wear them out so they can’t hurt each other.  Just like Chak De India.

 

Oh, and then we met with the kids’ parents who all said “They love coming to church on class days!  They used to complain and now they are so happy and excited and beg to come to church!”  Which I guess means we should just let them all keep trying to kill each other, because apparently they like that?

 

And then I went to the grocery store because I was out of milk, and then to the bank to deposit my paycheck to pay for the milk.

 

 

And now I am home and sitting on the couch watching a Malayalam movie on my TV instead of pirated from einthusan on my laptop because…………………HOTSTAR IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just go HERE to sign up.  And there is even a 30 day free trial available.  AND it is available as an app on smart TVs and TiVos and blu-rays and stuff!  Not just through Chromecast.

 

This is wonderful news firstly because it means there is a new high quality legal streaming source for Indian films.  And secondly because Hotstar has bought up all the “good” films and made them unavailable through any other source unless you were in the Hotstar market.  But now I AM in that market!  No more “this is not available in your region warnings!”  WOOT-WOOT!

And, it’s $10 a month.  But SO WORTH IT.  Based on their selection, if you are interested in Indian films, this is the one streaming service you should buy.

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56 thoughts on “How I Spent my Morning, Followed By Important Streaming News!

    • Looks like! Which means I can FINALLY watch Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju! Plus all kinds of other films that were only impossible to find because HotStar had the rights and wasn’t letting anyone else stream them. Like, for instance, Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha.

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        • Just finished it! And immediately recommended it to Filmilibrarian, who is very unhappy with the lack of swoony romances in Hindi films. And this is the swooniest!

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          • Right! This is one of my most favorite romances! It’s one of those movies that I love but I don’t talk about much because I end up forgetting about it.

            If you want more Nithya or Sharwanand movie recommendations, let me know 🙂

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          • I am SO EXCITED about having access to Hotstars 400+ Telugu films! You can give me recommendations, and I can actually watch them! Oh, except for that Suriya Gautham Menon movie. STILL impossible to find with subtitles unless I do einthusan.

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          • Omg, there are so many movies! Just from looking at the first few rows on the list, I already have some suggestions!

            – Bhale Bhale Magadivoy: a fun rom-com starring Nani and Lavanya Tripati where Nani plays a guy who’s really forgetful.
            – Kanche: a romance/drama set in the 1930s and 1940s with a WWII backdrop. It stars Varun Tej who was in Fidaa and it’s really interesting.
            – Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu: a family drama starring Mahesh Babu and Venkatesh. Really nice and pleasant movie. It was the first multi-starrer in Telugu cinema in a long time.
            – Anand: a really nice romance made by Shekar Kammula, the director of Fidaa.
            – Julayi: a fun action-comedy starring Allu Arjun. It’s directed by Trivikram Srinivas who also made Athadu and Attarintiki Daaredi which you liked.

            This is just for now, I’ll be back with more suggestions in the future 🙂

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          • Yaaaay! The one thing I don’t like about Hotstar is that they have a terrible search function. I can’t look by star, I have to look by exact title.

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    • Orders of magnitude better. Really, don’t even waste your time with the other services. 478 Hindi films, 317 Telugu, 813 Malayalam (!!!!), 93 Tamil, that’s the weakest. Compared to, what, maybe a few hundred total on googleplay/Netflix/Heera?

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  1. Personally from the boyfights I can recall, if I’m losing it then I always found myself desperately hoping SOMEONE would stop it because it would not be too brave to admit defeat esp if there are girls around watching. If I was winning then the rush of blood from the show of dominance made it too hard to stop. So yeah even in that case it would be best if SOMEONE steps in.

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    • What a sweet little boy you were!

      Hmmm. Now I am considering. I think generally my little boys prefer losing. And then they get to be the injured party and we make a fuss over them. Perhaps the key is to punish victor and loser equally. Or else to separate them all, but we need more teachers to do that effectively. Or maybe for little boys to be more like my sweet little girls who never cause any problems and just sit there and smile.

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      • I don’t think punishing the victor will work, I recall feeling even more proud being punished for winning. Like being sent to the school principal’s office and while waiting outside the door a passing girl asks why I’m there and I say I beat up a boy and she knows she can’t exactly show her admiration because it is not cool to hurt others so just says Oh and walks away.

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          • Yeah that might work better. Not very cool to be seen sitting with your parents I suppose. Esp if the very next activity after that that the boy will sit out is super fun for everyone else. Like how SRK casts out the entitled girls in training and then the small girl cannot resist missing out on the fun for long and comes running to apologize sincerely.

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          • Hmm. I will think on it. Although it would also kind of break the unspoken pact that they don’t tell their parents most of class is just wrestling and running around, not actual learning, and we don’t tell their parents that their “super sensitive mature intelligent” little boy turns into a terror the minute they walk away.

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          • Well in that case it also comes down to whether or not you teachers do really want to impart the knowledge and discipline to them or you’re happy watching the kids being kids thing! You said church so does this involve teaching them the Bible content? Never stepped into a church myself but my mom went to a convent school/college and so she’s been inside a church a fair bit and always says she liked it all the prayers and everything despite being Hindu.

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          • Nah, we’re a funky church. We don’t do the Bible or any other book in particular. We even had a Hindu themed service last year, which was very disturbing for me because we played Om Shanti Om and Hari Krishna straight, and I kept waiting for the rap breaks from the movie versions. Very hard to stop myself from throwing in the “all cool boys put your hands up and say” part before the “Om Shanti Om”.

            So, I’m happy when I am teaching if the kids get a vague idea of community and responsibility for others. Why make church a miserable experience that they will never want to return to when it should be something you want to do?

            Of course, their parents may not agree! Well, they agree with the no Bible thing, maybe not so much with the “the most important lesson is just to enjoy being together on Sunday mornings” part of it.

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          • Very interesting! I can’t have imagined a Hindu service tied in with movie songs in a church. But why though? I’m just assuming everyone of you is Christian so just wondering why you’d even have something like that. Unless of course the very reason is to show the kids about other communities and everything like you said.

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          • Well, it wasn’t the movie versions, it was the religious-y versions. But someday I would love to do the movie versions just to blow people’s minds!

            We’re Unitarian-Universalist, it’s a very open kind of religion, we have services on Jesus, but also on the Buddha and everyone else. And you don’t have to be Christian to come, some people are, others are Jewish or nothing in particular. It’s sort of the church for people who aren’t sure what they want to believe but want to be in a community while they decide what their beliefs are. That probably doesn’t make any sense, it’s a super hard kind of religion to explain, I was raised in it so it is just “normal” to me, but it’s really confusing for outsiders to understand how you can all believe different things and yet go to the same church.

            But i’m glad I got to try to explain, because when I talk about how active I am in my church and stuff, it sounds like I am this super conservative Christian type. But I’m really not, because it’s a different kind of a church.

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          • Oh wow that does sound cool! I guess I’ll have to google the rest about that term myself.

            But even without that you ARE a super conservative Christian type!? I mean look at you, no alcohol no drugs no dating no nothing. If that is not the quintessential ideal Christian poster girl I dunno what is! In fact at this point even most desi parents would be happy to adopt you before some of the ahem other actual desi readers here :p

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          • See, this is proof of the theory that if nothing is forbidden, there is no desire to rebel!!! My parents would have been fine with all of those things (well, not hard drugs), but my sister and I just never felt the interest. Or maybe that was our rebellion? Growing up to be completely unlike our parents who did all those things?

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          • Yeah to show them how to be role model parents! Nah like you said they appear to have been cool parents anyway.

            But that may also mean that those like Simran who must rebel may not have felt the urge to go on the Europe tour! And stories like DDLJ will become less and less common. I’m sure you of all people wouldn’t want that.

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          • It’s true! We need conservative aggressive parents in order for their to be drama in love stories! Otherwise all movies would be painfully boring “Mom, Dad, I’m in love and we want to get married” “Cool with us!’

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          • Yes then reverse psychology might come into play. Lack of any opposition from parents might sow some seeds of doubt into the madly-in-love kids and that’ll be the beginning of the end sadly.

            On an unrelated note, and I’m not making this up I can take pictures of my bare fridge to prove it, I’ve been out of milk over the weekend too! Been meaning to go to the store but just lazily decided to forgo coffee instead till tomorrow when I’ll stop by the store on the way back from work. So how many more such links must we ignore before giving in?!

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          • Well, first, very impressed that you just give up coffee completely with no milk instead of giving in and buying the freakishly expensive Starbucks coffee like I do!

            I would send you internet milk if I could figure out how, I now have much much too much of it (gallons were on sale, so I got that instead of a half gallon). Or, maybe it was because i knew you needed milk too and bought extra for you to use?

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          • Well I’m lazy and stingy so it is a very bad combo indeed.

            And yeah see? We can ignore the signs all we want but destiny will take it’s course! And if it still doesn’t then we’ll have to take matters into our own hands.

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          • Well, just saying, you know where I am (blogworld and real world), so it’s up to you to do the huge fated song and dance number/send a magical pigeon/die at my gate. You know, whatever movie hero thing you are feeling like.

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          • I’d bring up the lazy and stingy part again but still, DON’T GIVE ME IDEAS! You do know the meaning and colloquial implication of titles like Hasee Toh Phasee right?

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          • Maybe you’ve seen that film but I’d suggest you simply look up movie titles on wiki or IMDB to see what they mean!

            Here’s the meaning for this one on wiki: She Smiles, She’s Snared!

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          • Yep so you better watch out! Who knows how many guys you’ve inadvertently strung along like that over the years. Totally your fault!

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          • Hmm. Well, it’s too late to change my instinctive smile-y reaction to pretty much any stimulus, so I guess I will have to make my peace with that.

            However, this may explain why when i am in India, the family I stay with doesn’t let me outside without a chaperone.

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          • Yes and that will also explain why I’ve got so comfortable with the chatty girl at the cafeteria who handles customers payments, I asked her if she gets it often that she looks like Emily Blunt and she laughed and said no but also said that must be a good thing then and I laughed and walked away with my coffee. Then my desi colleague who was with me says not bad yaar good try 😐 I really think she resembles her honest!

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          • No! I’ve got real world competition? Not cool dude.

            Also, I now know you work somewhere that both has a place to buy milk nearby, and a cafeteria! Which narrows it down to…..a gabillion possible options.

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          • I felt the need for a catalyst here so I just raised the stakes a bit for you to see if it made me that much more desirable and it is working!

            again a sincere question as an aside, there really is this notion (not amongst everyone of course) that it is not unnatural for a woman to find a guy that much more desirable if he is seen with other attractive women (question being if that’s ever had any truth to it).

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          • As in all things, it depends on the woman/person. I can only speak for myself, but for me, my reaction would be to immediately back off. I’m not good at competition, or conflict of any kind.

            I know there are other people for whom this would work, who thrive on competition and the “prize” mentality, so yeah, it really depends on the person.

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          • Oh okay alright I hear you. And for the sake of our discussion you’re not other people! So I swear she’s just being friendly as part of her job that also includes being nice to customers that’s all! Heck I don’t even know her name she just joined a week or two ago.

            So we good right? Right?!

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          • I suppose. I won’t sadly back away never to speak to you again. And I could swear there is a movie song that shows that, some sad shy type seeing the hero with another girl and misunderstanding, but I cannot remember it for the life of me.

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          • I got you covered! Although not sure if this serves to cheer you up or only further deepen your mistrust. Oh well your wish is my command.

            This one literally starts in that setting and is about the envy Radha feels seeing Krishna frolicking with the others(?)

            Also recalled this one which may not be exactly on point because I of course can’t dance like that to save my life let alone set the dance floor on fire and make anyone jealous. If anything you’ll pity me and then teach me.

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          • I was just thinking of the Radha song! Because I’m pre-writing my navratri post and it’s a garba. But it didn’t make the cute because it’s not a Navratri garba.

            Was not thinking of the Behke song, because there are no salsa themed holidays coming up.

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          • Oh wow yeah them Garbas! I spent 7/8 years living in the city of Vadodara in Gujarat from the age of 4/5. So didn’t really go to one of those dances except in the last year or two of my time there. Plus they’re all late night events too. Which could be why there seemed to be a study sometime that showed a spike in condom sales in the state during navratri because parents were likely to let their uh.. hormonal teenagers out till late.

            Anyway why else would the Pari Hoon Main sequence from Kai Po Che end like it does? (surely it will make the cut for your post). Also Falguni Pathak was really the de facto Garba artist in those times.

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          • Did not make the cut, because i still haven’t seen Kai Po Che (too sad!). I went heavy on the Bhansali instead. I don’t really like his movies, but he does a good garba.

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          • Shoot, I don’t want to let you have the last word, but I can’t think of a response to this. You win! You have defeated my ability to reply to every single comment made on the site.

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      Or you could “rebel” by running off to join a convent or a conservative fundamentalist cult and have SRK be the handsome gardener . . .

      (Although, I understand Unitarian-Universalist can be pretty rigid about not being rigid — if you get what I mean.)

      But, isn’t this supposed to be a movie blog?

      Is there any gossip about a potential Baahubali 3?

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  2. Interesting! Does Hotstar also have the Star Plus tv shows, too (and with subtitles)?
    I’ve been doing fine with Netflix, Einthusan, Shemaroo on youtube, torrenting for new releases and then purchasing DVDs of favorites. But this sounds worth it and I refuse to give more money to Amazon!

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    • It does! at least, it does have a ton of TV shows, can’t promise subtitles for sure. But really, it’s an amazing library, highly recommend signing up for the 30 day trial at the least.

      Oh! And I was just thinking of you! I was finally able to watch a Telugu movie that had been recommended to me, and about halfway through I thought “boy i hope filmilibrarian comments soon so I can tell her to watch this, because this is her jam!” totally ridiculously unbelievably romantic. and the hero is cute too. Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju. Oh, and it’s impossible to find anywhere else, so don’t even bother looking, just sign up for the trial, watch the movie, go “oh my, this is so worth $10 a month’, and live a happy life.

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  3. I’m browsing hotstar library now (just for curiosity because it’s not avaiable in Italy) and their offer is indeed great. A lot of movies, even from 60′ and 70′ and there is a malayalam movie about Jesus too. I mean, where else you can find a movie like this?

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    • No where! They aren’t on DVD, they aren’t streaming anywhere else, thank goodness Hotstar is available here because it is literally the only place to see these movies.

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