Things I am Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am in the process of beating myself up trying to organize my apartment, but I am also trying to be thankful for the good things in life.  Assume that family, friends, health, etc., are all taken as a given.  Here are the other things!

First, and most of all, I am grateful for you, my loyal readers and commentators!  Including my most loyal, Niki!  Happy birthday again, very glad you were born!

But also:

Moimeme, Claudia, Asmita, Alisa, Niviblog, Mrs. Perfect, Moviemavengal, Molly, Carol, Mohzin, skrogers, reflects on life, Decaf, filmilibrarian, procrastinatrix, Joyomama, Anonymous-SRK-fan-who-I-know-from-Admin-levels-is-always-the-same-brilliant-person, Zindagi, Dil Deewana, datablue, Lisa, Ryan C, Ericablueyz, Di, Angie, Divya, Anonymous-Malayalam-fan-who-I-know-from-Admin-levels-is-always-the-same-brilliant-person, Germian, sruthimadhu, avani, Sal, Miss Braganza, E, Subhash, Priya, Neems, starcrossedhaa, Iames, katewordy, Joshi, Radha, P, stormycastles, cxw1065, AA

And everyone else!  If I forgot you, forgive me, it wasn’t intentional.


Besides that, I am grateful that Shahrukh is still out in the world, making super witty comments in interviews:

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I am thankful that Aamir is still out there being adorably intense about getting into character for films, complete with facial hair:

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Salman is still out there being adorably kind, especially to small children, and might FINALLY be considering having a kid of his own, because he would be such a great Dad.

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Speaking of kids, I am very very thankful that Karan Johar is a father, to two beautiful babies.

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(Everyone else in his life is happy too.  The babies are just confused by all these faces)

I am thankful that these same cute babies brought back together Kajol and Karan, ending their brief feud.

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I am very thankful that rumors are now raging of Karan reuniting with Kajol and Shahrukh for another film.

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I am thankful that, even in the worst films (like even in the worst years), there are still moments of incredible brightness.  From the remix of “Humma Humma” in not-very-good film OK Jaanu.


To “Macho” in the better-than-it-could-be-but-still-not-great Mersal.


I am thankful for those unnoticed moments of goodness, the films that were so good and were little secrets just for me to discover, from Running Shaadi.


To Raabta.

To A Gentleman.


I am thankful that sometimes those gems got recognized, like the surprisingly good box office for Ittefaq.


And Bareilly Ki Barfi.


I am thankful for shirtless men.

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And for bearded men.

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And for Nagarjuna’s mustache.

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And Dulquer’s smile.

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And Prabhas’ shyness

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Deepika’s glamour

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Sonam’s fashion

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Anushka’s confidence

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And Madhuri’s existance

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I am thankful for Amitabh Bachchan’s twitter, which gives us great grandfatherly goodness, like these photos:


I am thankful for all the glorious wonderful magical disorder and drama of the Indian film industry, the feuds and the scandals and the make-ups and break-ups and all these glamorous and yet human people who sacrifice their privacy for our happiness.

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Oh, and of course, Bahubali (you thought I forgot, didn’t you?)


And for Jab Harry Met Sejal (didn’t forget it either)


And I am thankful for the whole glorious filmi world, us talking about the films here, the stars who rule the industry, the films themselves, the beefcake and the songs and the gossip and everything else that somehow comes together and makes something breathtaking.



Now tell me, what are you most thankful for in this world?


14 thoughts on “Things I am Thankful For

  1. When it comes to you, Margaret, I am thankful for the drive the magic of Indian cinema gives you, the positivity you spread and the intelligence you display 🙂

    As for me, I am thankful for everybody who gives me love, for everybody who accepts my love and for the many possibilities I have to express myself. The m o s t thankful I am for the opportunity to have got to know my first love at 19 who is still the best love I live after several decennies because I got to know ShahRukh 🙂

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  2. This is my small, good things to be thankful for list: Thankful that you have welcomed me to your blog community! Thankful that you included bearded Aamir in this post. Thankful that I got my husband to watch Ek Tha Tiger with me and he enjoyed it as much as I did (though we took a break an hour in since he doesn’t have my movie stamina). Thankful that I don’t have to cook since it’s going to be 90 degrees today. Thankful I got to swim this morning. And thankful I’m hiding out in a cool, dark room until we go out to dinner.


    • Excellent list! I am thankful that it is sunny and clear and cool here. And that I am taking a break from kitchen cart building and other productive tasks in order to work on tomorrow’s TGIF post. And that I made my own pumpkin pie 3 days ago that I get to have for lunch.


  3. Ohh how sweet of you to include me. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!
    I’m thankful for every good thing in my life, finding your blog is one of them; and for:
    Mr&Mrs Ramachari
    For discovering malayalam and Nivin, and TOVINO and Prithviraj
    Ohm Shanti Oshana
    Discovering Dhanush and many many more 🙂


      • I can’t wait for you to see it either. It has become my “feel good” movie and I really wanna read what you will think about it.
        And I forgot the most important: I’m thankful for Madhavan’s instagram photos. I really needed it in my life.


  4. Yay! No Thanksgiving here, but I am thankful for this nice space where I can share my love of movies without someone mansplaining to me that kissing is illegal in Indian film. I’m thankful that Vidya finally seems to have a win. I’m also thankful for men with beards. I’m thankful for ever-increasing platforms to watch Hindi movies in Japan. I’m thankful for R.D. Burman. I’m thankful that’s a bright sunny day here with no extra traffic and that I’m not traveling, and for sushi, which I always eat in lieu of turkey.

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    • If you are thankful for RD Burman, I think I am thankful for Pritam and AR Rahman and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. And maybe Badshah and Yo Yo, depending on the day.


  5. I’m thankful for my mom who fought the advice of everyone who said I wouldn’t survive (I was a premie) I am thankful for my dad (may he rest in peace) for making a fighter out of me and not standing in my way even when he couldn’t stand with me. I’m thankful for my brother (may he rest in peace) for being the best companion growing up. I’m thankful for my cousin each of whom are rebellious and strong in their own way and it makes me proud to think our gossiping aunts think they take after me. I’m thankful for my friends who’ve understood the method to my madness better than I could myself. I’m thankful for my ex who was a delight and a cautionary tale in one but who gave me unconditional acceptance. I’m thankful for my current beau who’s the most wonderful and loving and caring person in the whole wide world and who loves me maybe just a peg less than my mother. I’m thankful for my moody dog. In thankful for my disfunctional family. It would have been difficult to rebel against a normal loving caring one! I’m thankful for Vladimir Putin. I’d have no hope for the world without him. I’m thankful for this blog which has inspired me to write again after 13 years. And I’m thankful for your friendship Margaret. You’re a warm and wonderful woman and your writing is just so fulfilling to read!


  6. Wow, really sweet of you to include me even though I’m a newbie here 🙂 Right now I’m really thankful for you and your blog which has been a great stress buster in these difficult times for me 🙂


  7. Better late than never as the saying goes. I am thankful for my life; for my family which now spans from New England to Canberra; for my faithful canine companion, a GSD named Shah Chalo; for retirement; for having discovered MNIK and SRK so many years ago; for being a member of the SRKCHENNAIFC; for going to India to meet SRK, to visit Wagah and the Golden Temple and the Taj Mahal; for having actually met and spent so much time with SRK; and for discovering this blog and Margaret’s analysis of Indian Cinema. I’m thankful for far too many things to list here. I have been blessed and for that I am thankful.


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