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Taxi Driver : The Movie

I saw the movie Taxi Driver yesterday, and again today morning. Since there has been a long time since the movie was released, I am sure there must have been hundreds of reviews so there is no point in having a review again. I'd just like to say my views about some things in the movie.
A funny thing before I start. Know what Robert Di Niro and Shammi Kapoor have in common. For both of them, I watched movies in which they are older first. This made it very difficult for me to picture them young, even when I was watching this movie. Di Niro is very young here (he plays a 26 year old guy) and still he seemed very mature to me. Not that he planned it that way, just that when I see that face, I see an old experienced man, not a young directionless taxi driver.
Also, I finally realised from where Mahesh Bhatt got the story idea for Sadak ;)
The movie is very slow, dull and dark. And the director makes no excuses for that, it is meant to be this way. It is meant to showcase bad times in a …

Hands Up!!!

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This is again from The Canadian War Museum, a colt revolver. Looks very classic when viewed up close, the pic doesn't do it justice.

Bade dino ke baad...

Hitler's Car

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I took a trip to The Canadian War Museum last weekend. Saw this car there, reflects raw power.
Good choice Mr Hitler!!!

Downtown Ottawa

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went to downtown Ottawa this Sunday...did not roam around too much because we had to take off, but liked what I saw. Plan to go there all by myself over the next weekend so as to be able to spend some leisurely time strolling and window shopping (and maybe some actual shopping).

She's always a woman to me

She's Always A Woman
The Stranger Released: 1977

She can kill with a smile
She can wound with her eyes
She can ruin your faith with her casual lies
And she only reveals what she wants you to see
She hides like a child
But she's always a woman to me

She can lead you to live
She can take you or leave you
She can ask for the truth
But she'll never believe you
And she'll take what you give her as long as it's free
She steals like a thief
But she's always a woman to me

Oh, she takes care of herself
She can wait if she wants
She's ahead of her time
Oh, and she never gives out
And she never gives in
She just changes her mind

She will promise you more
Than the Garden of Eden
Then she'll carelessly cut you
And laugh while you're bleedin'
But she'll bring out the best
And the worst you can be
Blame it all on yourself
Cause she's always a woman to me

She is frequently kind
And she's suddenly cruel
She can do as she pleases
She's nobody's fool
But she can't be con…

Wanna play???

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All of them have started shaving already (by the time this pic was taken)...all of them are now well placed in life (in that they have a good paying job and some sort of goals to look forward to).
But still, this pic told me that we were all basically kids...and I have a feeling that even today, given a chance, they would prefer the see-saw and merry-go-round over most other things in life...coz we are all basically kids till now.
You rock guys :)

For fans of Seinfeld...

here is one of his old routines. This goes way back to 1986.





Karm-Bhoomi

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My work place and my room generally spell chaos, but this is not too bad is it??

Life in the fast lane

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For our trip to Kingston last weekend we'd rented a Mitsubishi Gallant and I was the only one authorised to drive in Canada :)
Had a great time driving, the highways here rock!!! Just have a look at the speed indicator (and these are my hands BTW).

The lone ranger

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Saw a person riding a unicycle...this pic does not really reflect how good he was. Also, this is not very clear since I used my phone to click this.

Santa Claus is coming to town

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I used to see the Santa's chair in Archie comics and used to wonder if these still exist. Well they do :)
P.S. I had a strong desire to sit on this but it was not allowed :(

Dhoom 2 : Movie review

It is the middle of nowhere (said to be a desert in Namibia) and our hero has just swiped the precious crown of the precious queen of...wait they did not tell that!!! He had left a few questions unanswered. Like:
How the hell did he manage to put on the disguise while on top of the train?How did he come out of the train compartment containing the crown (he did not come out from the door and if he had some other way of coming and going then he would not have needed a disguise in the first place)?How do you stop loads of bullets fired by supposedly elite guards using a, hold your breath, skateboard?The guy who finally managed to shoot him did so using a bow and arrow...I don't even know what I should ask here!!!At the end of this literally unbelievable and amazing robebry, the credit rolls start for Dhoom 2. Me and my friends brace ourselves. It was with great expectations and high hopes that we had come to see this movie, this was one of those for which we were waiting for long. So…

Man's best friend

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Seems like dog walking was one of the most popular past-times for the people in Kingston :)
Photographs again from Arijit.


The ferry ride

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While in Kingston, we rode a Ferry to Wolfe island with our car on the ferry. This was a new experience for me. My car is not seen in this pic.

Sunset from the ferry

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Does this look like someone's desktop??? I'll say yes...this was taken by my friend Arijit on our trip to Kingston.

Quote Unquote

Saw Say It Isn't Soyesterday. Nothing much to write about in the movie, but it had a couple of quotes that I found worth putting here.

Quote 1 "There are no lonely places, only lonely people."
Quote 2 "Love may be blind but it can still smell the money." :p

Snow......

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Had my second real brush with snowfall...the good thing this time around was that I was at home and could go out and come in at liberty :)
The car that we had rented was not so lucky :p

DON : Movie review

Ok I know this is really really late but I had this post lying somewhere on my comp and I thought why not post it!!! So here it is.
Saw the SRK DON this Friday(this was the Friday that the movie was released)...saw a daytime show on a Friday after a long time :)
The movie was decent, general timepass. SRK critics will agree that after a long time he tried to do something different from his KJ type movies, and did it well also.
I for one do not think that comparisons with the original are justified, there's too much time difference and too many facts that won't let it be an objective comparison, so I for one, am letting it be. I saw a movie, period. And at least the makers in this case had the courtesy to take the permission from the man who made the original (which is more than I can say for so many of our talented directors).
The movie was pretty predictable in the first half, and had a few twists in the second half. The twists I felt were necessisated by the fact that everyone k…

The lessons

Ok, another post inspired from The Wonder Years :)
In the episode Our Miss White, Kevin finds himself attracted to his teacher Miss White. He is sure it is love from both sides, in his words "It is something which exists but is too far-fetched to survive in the real world", and  the only reason both of them hold back is because of the society. He is heart-broken when he finds that she has a boyfriend, but is not able to be sad for a long time because at the same moment he realizes that he has made his dad very very proud, and that takes his mind off everything else for a while.
There were traces of the movie Mera Naam Joker in this episode, I don't think this is a case of the director being inspired. They were similar because that is the way the story of most of the young kids go (except for the making Dad proud part). You fall in love with your teacher, you think that she also feels the same way, your feelings grow stronger and stronger until one day the truth dawns on yo…

Chand nahi chhupa badal me :p

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Spooky!!!

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Except for the eyes, pretty hard to tell that he is lifeless!!!

Got to see a penguin

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First time I saw real live penguins, though they were not on some snow capped mountain, but inside a cage :(

This is where it's at

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Man!!! you have to see it from inside to believe it :)





From mild to wild...

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First time I saw an adult store...and thankfully, it was not in some dingy by-lane but in a prominent shopping complex. And people were not unduly bothered about who was watching them go in or come out.

Mujhe mar jaane do...

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My company is getting too much for Rahul... DON ko jhelna mushkil hi nahi...namumkin hai :p

Main Hoon DON!!!

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This was my first Diwali away from home and I was thinking that it will be a real bad one. As it turned out it was not that bad, it was one diwali I would like to have in my memories :) Remember the guns we used to have when we were kids...they used to be fun...here my bro demonstrates just how.

The Wonder Years

Have been watching a lot of The Wonder Years lately :)
Though I have not yet reached the final season, I got a glimpse of how the series ended when I was reading about it on Wikipedia. Thought of sharing it with you.
Here it is.

Dad's office

I was watching an episode of The Wonder Years with my roommate today. It was the episode where Kevin's dad takes him to his office to show him what does he do. By the end of the episode Kevin is able to better understand why sometimes his dad comes home all gruffy and why he is so hard on them sometimes, also why he always tried to soothe himself by watching the stars using his telescope for hours.
The episode seemed to be related to me somewhere. I also used to accompany my father to his office sometimes as a kid and was at a total loss to understand what he did before those trips. Not that after that I knew it pretty well, but still I got to know some things.
Kevin was very impressed by the fact that his father is in a position to give orders to others, even though he did not get a word of what he was saying. I used to feel the same sense of pride when I realised that my father is a boss for so many ppl (it helped matters that I never got to meet his boss :) ) and also that he is …

The daily struggle...

Everyday, crores of ppl in the world pass through a number of struggles as a part of their daily life. That might be something simple and unimportant or something on which the survival of the person itself depends. I am still not sure in which catagory should I put my new daily struggle, so I'll let you decide.
The thing is that the house that I am currently putting up in does not have the facility of mixed water comin out from the shower, and there is no India style tap to facilitate making use of a bucket. So the water is either freezing cold or boiling hot, take ur pick. Well I didn't need to think much on that count; the sub-zero temperatures outside made the decision for me, boiling water it is.
The next point is that we have to shower while standing in the bathing tub with utmost care that the water does not spill too much on the bathroom floor coz that is very delicate (yeah my landlord has got a bathroom floor that can't stand too much water :p). So while the shower …

There really is no business like show business....

Where else can you get paid for thinking and demonstrating the most novel ways to kill people?? In as gross a manner as possible!!
I saw the movie SAW 3 yesterday and it was gross (this does not necessarily mean bad), the storyline was ok and the premise and the suspense element were well maintained. Just that some of the scenes were too explicit, which I think was not required for the story also (yeah sometimes it is required).
The writers must have had a hard time because in my opinion, they already had used up a huge number of ways in the first 2 movies and one couldn't help but wonder if they would be able to come up with as good new ones, but they did.
Although there were some loopholes in the movie, it will not be possible to discuss them without giving away the story. So maybe at a later date.

i saw SAW :)

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Look Right, Look Left...

Remember how we were always told not just to mug up the stuff presented to us, but to understand what it signifies.
While, we may try doing that with our studies, we sometimes try to make do with plain and simple mugging up in real life. I was guilty of that on one count as I found out today.
"Look right, then left, then go." That's how we always cross the road, ain't it??? The idea is to look for vehicles before embarking on ur road-crossing journey. When I came to Ottawa so many people had told me to remember that they drive on the right side of the road here and I used to give them a knowing shrug, thinking in my mind "Ya I know dude, I'm not eight anymore."
But today on my way to office, after I got down from the bus, I did exactly the same thing. Looked right, no vehicle, so I started. And then I heard the sounds of the brakes. A big SUV had stopped bcoz of me, and the person driving it was not amused. I pre-empted his tirades with a string of apologi…

Wet tyres...

When I was a kid we normally used to go for a trip to my native village 2-3 times every year. The mode of transport invariably used to our family car, me in the front seat cuddled in my father's lap, and others adjusted somewhere in the back (that's the great thing with amby, everyone fits in).
Since the jorney was a long one (not too much because of the distance, but because of the bad roads and traffic), we used to start very early in the morning, something like 3 or 4 am, so as to cover as much distance as possible before the traffic piled up. That meant that none of us kids were actually awake when we started and we woke up only when we'd covered a good distance.
That was not too much true for me, I used to wake up pretty early to a sound that I like very much. It is not some great or extra-ordinary sound but I don't know why it made me feel good. On an empty wet road, when a heavy vehicle passed the tyres make a strange zzzooom sound that I cannot describe in words.…

BIG plane

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For the first time in my life I travelled in a BIG plane. Apart from the initial excitement it did not make too much of a difference, economy is the same everywhere ;) photo courtesy: Lufthansa website

Wanna hitch a ride...??

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Definitely one of the most engaging books that I read, and certainly not one of the better movies that I saw.
Some literary works are better left untouched...
P.S. I know this is not a picture I have clicked, but it does appear pretty interesting to me :)

Long time...

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since I saw a peacock...here it is.

Kabootar

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Found them looking for food near my office today. As soon as I tried to get friendly they flew away :(

3 wise monkeys

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I am not sure if it is at all possible to follow what these monkeys preach. But I guess it wouldn't hurt to try...

Laughing Buddha

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Heard that he brings good luck to those who gently rub his stomach. Wanna try???

Sleep glorious sleep :)

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It's a lazy Saturday morning, you wanna sleep till you get bored of it. But someone reminds you that you have to go to work today coz you already had an off day when the state was bandh because of some activists (2 weeks ago).I was in the process of pulling the blanket up to my eyes when Rahul took this pic. On a different note, covering myself from head to toe in a blanket makes me feel a strange sort of immunity, only to be topped by a loving hug :)

The new look...

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Did you get a chance to take a look at this???
I don't think you would have been able to avoid this except if you kept your eyes and ears closed at all times for the last few days. It's all over the place: TV channels, news papers...web.
This for me signifies the birth of a new and disturbing trend, that of over-hype and media frenzy ensuring a good earning for a movie even before it is released, content be damned.
The steps are simple:
Get some big names to sign on the dotted line (enough to create a buzz about the movie).Get a good team to create the teasers/promos for the movie.Feed stories to the media at regular intervals. They don't have to be true, just need to keep the movie name in public mind.Get some news channel to cover everything about your movie (a news channel had a half hour capsule on the making of the song "Where's the party tonight?" from Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna" )Put half as much effort in making a good movie as you have made in steps 1-4…

Classic dance of love

I am not sure how to describe this, so I'll just leave you to bask in the glory of Mithunda.

Thanks to this guy for posting this.





Something you should always remember...

When there is a sign that a ship is about to sink, the mice are the first to run away!!!

Say NO

Yesterday I was having a discussion with a colleague which later got blown into a full fledged argument. So much so that after a point we actually forgot what was it that we were actually discussing :)
But there is one part of that argument that did strike me...I was making a point that if we all do our own work with integrity and honesty then there would be no need for anybody to force any rules on us; and that the reason why most people don't do the right thing is because of lack of education. She objected saying that education does not always guarantee fair conduct; that there were plenty of examples of lack of fairness around us. I (off-course) goaded and she pointed to the loads of pirated songs stashed in my hard disk. I was really taken aback, I did not expect such a swift and brutal attack!

Long after we ended that discussion I kept thinking about what she'd said and I couldn't help feeling guilty. So I decided to say no to piracy in totality. No more unauthorized mp…

The Man In The Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself And see what that man has to say
For it isn't your father or mother or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life Is the one staring back from the glass
He's the fellow to please - never mind all the rest, For he's with you clear to the end. And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend. You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum
And think you're a wonderful guy. But the man in the glass says you're only a bum
If you can't look him straight in the eye. You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass. But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you've cheated the man in the glass.


~ The Man in the Glass ~ Dale Wimbrow, 1895-1954

The Gold Song - Prince

There's a mountain and it's mighty high U cannot see the top unless U fly And there's a molehill of proven ground There ain't no where 2 go if U hang around
Everybody wants 2 sell what's already been sold
There's an ocean of despair
Everybody wants 2 sell what's already been sold
There's a lady, 99 years old
Everybody wants 2 sell what's already been sold (Sold)

Everybody wants 2 tell what's already been told What's the use of money if U ain't gonna break the mold? Even at the center of fire there is cold All that glitters ain't gold
There are people livin' there They're unhappy each and every day But hell is not fashion so what U tryin' 2 say?
Everybody wants 2 tell what's already been told What's the use of money if U ain't gonna break the mold? Even at the center of fire there is cold All that glitters ain't gold, no no
If she led a good life, heaven takes her soul Now that's a theory and if U don't wanna know Step a…

BappiDa Rocks!!!

“Shola hai…ya hai bijuria, dil ki bajariya, bambai nagariya”
Had heard this on and off on TV and liked it a bit…missed the opening scenes of the movie because of being late and hence missed the song. Then a couple of days later I got hold of the mp3 of this song from one of my friends, and I got totally hooked.
The song is great…and Bappi Lahiri (I am not sure of it’s Bappi or Bhappi) rocks…it’s been a long time since I heard him sing but still, he never was a great singer to me anyway. I always thought of him as an inspired musician who knew nothing better than to copy good english songs into somewhat good Hindi songs. He was not all copycat I agree but still with the amount of talent he had, I don’t think he needed to copy at all. He gave some pretty good songs but the fact is that earlier I didn’t listen to English songs that much and so I appreciated him as a good composer. Now what happens is that I listen to some song and I realise that Bappi Lahiri had copied it even before I wa…