Monday, February 26, 2007

One Down...Three to Go :-)

So, the Carling Cup is ours. Sad to see the brawl almost at the end of the game. It nearly robbed the sheen of a good win over a very good competitor in a Cup Final.

Arsenal dominated a better part of the game but luckily, playing experienced people in the final paid dividends for us. Also, the goal scoring machine Drogba clinched the match.

Overall, a satisfying win barring the fact that Terry had to be carried on a stretcher during the
match. Seriously hope that no one is added to our ever increasing injury list.

As per now, Chelsea might be the only team that can play a Injury XI instead of a Playing XI. :-)

Cheers,
HP

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

My Votes : Indibloggies 2006

The polling is now open for Indibloggies. Go and vote now!

I have casted my votes and below are my choices for the particular categories.

The Indiblog of the Year 2006 ---- Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind
[ Recursive Hypocrisy was another choice for this category but guess, Nilu is above such awards ]

Best Designed IndiBlog   ----    Ckunte.com
[ Megha comes a close second this time for moi but she won last year. So, a new winner this time :-) ]

Best IndiBlog directory/service/clique/network ----- Blogbharti
[ They have done an amazing job in bringing in limelight some blogs/posts which otherwise we would not have been able to find. ]

Best Entertainment Indiblog ----- Blogical Conclusion

Best Group/Community IndiBlog ------- INI Signal
[ Indian Muslims comes a close second ]

Best Humanities Indiblog ----- Falstaff

Most Humorous IndiBlog ----- Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind

[Gawker comes a distant second ]

Best New IndiBlog ------ Blogbharti

Best Indi Photoblog ----- Trivial Matters

Best Sports Indiblog ---- Sportolysis - The World Sports Blog

Best Topical IndiBlog ----- Mumbai Matters
[ Because Mumbai matters for me ]

Go ahead and cast your vote for your choices.

Cheers,
HP

The New Censor Board

With Parzania being not allowed to be released in the model state of Gujarat, the below cartoon that appeared in the Hindu seems apt.

The Hindutva factions operating over there have taken themselves to a new level. And for now, they appear bigger than the Indian Constitution and the law.




Cheers,
HP

Friday, February 09, 2007

JAP

Saket on his blog says that he does not find Madrasi girls hot and appealing.

All I can say is that he needs to develop his taste better :-)

Cheers,
HP

Update : In an update to this earlier post, Saket asks if he is a racist? The answer is NO. He was just plain insensitive and no, I don't feel bad if anyone calls me a Madrasi. 
To not know Geography is not a crime, still. 

Powerful images from around the world black side of the world


I got the below pics in a mail. Some of the pics are gruesome and anyone who is sensitive to such 
pics, please do not scroll below.

Note : All the copyrights on the pictures are of the photographers.





1957. The first day of Dorothy Counts at the Harry Harding High School in the United States . Counts was one of the first black students admitted in the school, and she was no longer able to stand the harassments after 4 days.



January 12, 1960. A second before the Japanese Socialist Party leader Asanuma was murdered by an opponent student.



1963. Thich Quang Duc, the Buddhist priest in Southern Vietnam , burns himself to death protesting the government's torture policy against priests. Thich Quang Dug never made a sound or moved while he was burning.



1962. A soldier shot by a sniper hangs onto a priest in his last moments.



1965. A mom and her children try to cross the river in South Vietnam in an attempt to run away from the American bombs.



1966. U.S. troops in South Vietnam are dragging a dead Vietkong soldier.



February 1, 1968. South Vietnam police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan sh oots a young man, whom he suspects to be a Viet Kong soldier.



1973. A few seconds before Chile 's elected president Salvador Allende is dead during the coup.



1975. A woman and a girl falling down after the fire escape collapses.



1980. A kid in Uganda about to die of hunger, and a missionaire.



February 23, 1981. Colonel Molina ve military police seizes the Parliament building in Spain . The photographer did not expect the scene, and hid the films in his shoe.



1982. Palestinian refugees murdered in Beirut , Lebanon .



1987. A mother in South Korea apologizes and asks for forgiveness for his son who was arrested after attending a protest. He was protesting the alleged manipulations in the general elections.



1989. A young man in China stands before the tanks during protests for democratic reforms.



1992. A mother in Somalia holds the body of her child who died of hunger.



1994. A man who was tortured by the soldiers for he was suspected to have spoken with the Tutsi rebels.



1996. Kids who are shocked by the civil war in Angola .



2001. An Afghani refugee kid's body is being prepared for the funeral in Pakistan .



2002. Soldiers and villagers in IRan are digging graves for the victims of the earthquake. A kid holds his father's pants before he is buried.




2003. An Iraqi prisoner of war tries to calm down his child.


Thursday, February 08, 2007

Black Friday

After a really long wait, Anurag Kashyap's offering Black Friday is going to release tomorrow. The movie is based on a book by the same name by Hussain Zaidi.

Black Friday must be one of those movies that must have been watched by a large number of people before its official release. I have read the book as well as seen the movie.

When my friend gave the CD of the movie to me to watch it, he had praised the movie but added as an afterthought that the movie is pro-Muslim. Having read the book and seen the movie, I can't say that the movie is pro-Muslim or pro-Hindu but the movie is pro-truth. The demolition of Babri Masjid, 92-93 riots and the blasts that followed are an integral part of a Mumbaikar who survived that period. It is to Mid-Day, Tariq Ansari, Arindam Mitra and Anurag's credit that they have managed to make a movie on such a sensitive subject.

Anurag is one of those jinxed directors who manages to make those movies which never get released. Hopefully, BF will break that jinx and the Indian audience will be able to see more of his works.

btw, Do watch the movie on the big screen. The characters have been excellently sketched and the parts have been played brilliantly by all the actors.

You can follow Anurag's blog at Passion For Cinema.

Cheers,
HP

Getting Old

You know you are getting old when you and not your parents start getting invitations for marriages :-)

Cheers,
HP