Monday, June 06, 2005

Girls on Film

I just had an hour-long phone conversation with my friend (Cio) whom I haven't talked with in months. Cio is originally from Spain and she's a little spit fire. She and her ex-husband met when he was on an exchange to Spain in high school. She then came to the States to be with him and in the process went to college here. She now has her PhD and is one of the coolest psychologists I know. Unfortunately the birth of their son broke their already fragile marriage. After a few years on the sidelines, she is back in the dating scene and when she is not busy with her practice, she writes "women-friendly" erotica. Now, as an aside I have no problem talking to my girlfriends about stuff, but this woman's candidness makes me blush. Case in point, a group of us helped Cio move into her apartment when she and her husband split. She had a bunch of boxes marked with "!!" and when we asked where we should put them she proceeded to tell us it was her sex toys and dress up outfits, etc, etc. Anyway, Cio would like to do scripts with an Asian theme and asked for my opinion. Hey, just because I'm Indian doesn't mean that I've read the Kama Sutra. I suggested she stay away from anything stereotypically know sari-clad village girl or convenient store owner stuff. Rather, she should do a regular script and just use Asian/South Asian characters. She told me about an unfinished story of internet dating which we refined to be about a male blogger from India and a female blogger in Singapore, etc, etc. I would be lying if I said I didn't think specifically about certain people and their lives while I was talking with her. I was good on providing ideas on conveying emotional connections while she provided some of the other...ummm... details. As with most conversations any of us have with Cio, it's one sided as she goes off at a million miles an hour allowing the other person only enough time to respond with a periodic "that's good" or "no, don't write that". I joked at the end of our conversation that I wasn't sure if I needed a cigarette or a cold shower.


Blogger Jay says...

LOL - well THAT'S a friend of yours I'd love to meet! What interesting conversations we'd have!

I once saw a gay porn video specialising in Asian-Caucasian um, 'relationships'. There were four vignettes, as follows:

- A young Asian waiter bringing room service to the hotel room of an older white businessman (who just happened to be taking a shower with the door open...)

- A young Asian masseur who's actually an assassin, tasked with killing a big older white guy during a full-body massage. And of course, he can't bring himself to do it...

- A young Asian lad and his white boyfriend in a car, saying (and acting out) their fondest farewells, as the Asian lad has to leave the country...

- A young Asian student arriving in the US for the first time and being met by an older white man. He's shy, scared and on the first night, is so overcome by anxiety that he cannot sleep...

I lent it to an ex, then we broke up and I never saw the video again. Thank God.

Mon Jun 06, 06:55:00 PM CDT  
Blogger The Box says...

I laughed when I saw the sari-ed village girl and convenience store clerk comments. It's funny (or maybe not) how Hollywood, lacking any real insight to foreign cultures, invariably move to dressing ("They don't wear jeans, the savages!") or to accents ("They speak English funny!").

Mon Jun 06, 09:39:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Grafxgurl says...

wooooooooo!!!! lol spicy!!!

*touches her wet finger in the air ...SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

Mon Jun 06, 11:00:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous AB says...

LOL mint and Jay. Mint your post reminded me of Aishwarya Rai on the Oprah Winfrey show. Where Oprah metamorphosised into this doe-eyed dame who kept thinking aloud that India's still caught in the dark ages

Tue Jun 07, 02:20:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Vignesh says...

Hmm... male indian blogger... hmmm-errr... :)) Do send us all copies of the lit when done ;)

Wouldn't it be an ideal world where you can have a cold shower, as you smoke ?

Tue Jun 07, 04:01:00 AM CDT  
Blogger anumita says...

Cio sounds really interesting! So when is the story hitting the market?

Wed Jun 08, 01:56:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Mint Chutney says...

Thanks for your comments. Cio is writing a series of stories for a magazine and website. In the past she's coverted 2 stories into scripts and 1 was made into a video.

Wed Jun 08, 08:52:00 AM CDT  

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