Thursday, May 07, 2009

Some Links...

Best of Luck to TCP on his new project :-)
Read Sunil Gavaskar's interview by Wharton. (via. Churumuri)
Malcolm Gladwell on David beating Goliath. A bit long but a good read.
Portrait of Prabhakaran. Its from the Sri Lanka's propaganda machine but some of the photos are quite interesting.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Some thoughts...

While voting for the Lok Sabha elections, the age old question arises. Should one vote for the candidate or for the party?
This was my second chance to vote in the Lok Sabha elections. I definitely knew who the better candidate was in my constituency; no doubt about it but surely, I did not want his party to form the government. So, for the first time I went against my better judgement and have voted against a party rather than voting for a party/candidate. I never knew that I had such strong views about who should form or not form the government but I guess life is all about discovering oneself each day :-)

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The IPL season is underway and this time, the cup is anyone's game unlike last year where Chennai and Rajasthan were the two best teams. This year, all the teams are pretty evenly matched and the final four can be anyone. Hopefully, Mumbai Indians lift the cup this time :-)
My choice of final four would be Mumbai Indians, Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers.
Mumbai Indians need to play Ashraful in place of Sanath for the rest of the tournament. Also, Shaun Pollock should come out of his self imposed retirement and play a few games.
RCB has a terrific batting line up now and if they play Goswami instead of Jaffer, they will surely do well.

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A nice comic from Fly You Fools.

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Fly You Fools - Indian Comics about Life.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Thought for the Day

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Movie Review

Saw a movie in a theatre after a long time. Firaaq is a good movie and it was nice to see that movies on current topics are being made by the Hindi film industry. Firaaq is set after one month of the riots that happened in Gujarat and maps the stories of people belonging to different strata of the society who were affected by riots.

Also, the cast of movie is top rate but then that is expected where the names include Paresh Rawal, Naseerudin Shah, Deepti Naval. The supporting cast also was pretty good. Sahana Goswami stood out in Rock On and here, she further gives proof that she should be seen in more movies. Loved Amruta Subhash too (yeah, I know her; I did tolerate her Marathi serial for quite a long time). Sanjay Suri as a part of the upper class who gets away most of the time because of his name and Hindu wife (Tisca Chopra) was pretty good too.

The strong point in the movie was the subtlety. There was always a specter of violence looming ahead but one never actually gets to see it or experience it. The anger, frustration, helplessness experienced by the people affected by the riots has been brought out quite well on screen. The various stories have not been inter woven exactly nor taken to a conclusion like it was done in Mumbai Meri Jaan but still the movie has a lot of moments that stand out.

The scene where the store which belongs to Sanjay Suri's friend in which Suri is a silent partner is looted reminded me about a similar incident that happened in our area during the 93 riots. No one knew that the Shah Oil depot in our area belonged to a Muslim but it was torched during the riots. The fact that it was owned by a Muslim was gleaned from the ration records and the store was looted of its belongings before it was destroyed.

Nandita Das has been one of most pleasing looking heroines on screen and she does make a pleasing debut behind the screen wielding the director's baton for this movie.

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Seriously, I expected the multiplex owners to cut down the prices of the tickets. 175 bucks is still way too much and a further cut in prices will ensure that more people will come and watch movies in theatres instead of watching them on pirated DVD's.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Link As Always...

Trickle Up Innovation. Interesting read.

Thank the government for the inflation.


Purple Pitara pens some thoughts which she hoped she would have heard when she was given a send off from her school. (Link via. Neelakantan)

Gaurav's translation of Pu La over here.

Pratam Bhanu Mehta's article on the Telegraph incident which was completely ignored by the media. Annie blogs about it here.

Kindness of Strangers.

Hillarious!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Phunny!

Check out the below link from Dawn. Really funnay and scary. Replace Pakistan with India and you can recreate a similar conversation.

Naked Lunch : Nadeem F. Paracha