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Man's best friend

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Easy to see why :-)

Avatar

It is not often that you are witness to a human-alien war and you side with the aliens - Avatar is the experience that will bring this change in you.

I'd been hearing about this movie for a long time now, and saw the first visuals only last year. And I was so hoping that it is not one of those movies where the special effects guy takes over as the director. Well it turns out the director here took over as the special effects guy, and found a way to let us peek into his mind and see what he is visualizing. Yes he did do that.

For once you will not feel betrayed at paying the prohibitively costly ticket prices, you might in-fact feel lucky to be able to witness something so path-breaking and so revolutionary for a couple of hundred rupees. As it happened in my case, you will also not mind the long wait for parking, the utterly mis-managed queues for 3D glasses distribution, and the jostling crowds. Yes it is that kind of a movie.

There is nothing much to say about the story, it is fair…

Siamese Fruit

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saw these at the pantry area in my office. Ever seen anything like this?

Opera Browser

This post has been a long time coming (better late than never I guess). I have been a long time user of the Opera browser (around 4 years now) and have been mighty impressed by its performance.

In the sample space of Internet Explorer (6, 7 and 8), Firefox (2, 3 and 3.5), Safari, Chrome and Flock; Opera has come out as the fastest, sleekest, and the first to provide most new features. It is available across all popular platforms and works the same on all of them. I am really not sure why it hasn't as much market share as I believe it should have.  They have also come up with the best mobile browser I have come across.

This is not even remotely a detailed (or superficial) review of the browser. Just wanted to put in a good word for a product that I have come to love.

The week that was...

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So there were no daily posts last week since I am still deciding on the best way to upload from phone.
I covered around 3000 Kms over one and a half days - on flight and car. Was awesomely impressed by the condition of roads nearer home, and was very happy to eat on a road-sidedhaba again. I did take some pics, and here they are.







Kaminey

Since I posted last (which it seems was SOME time back), I have seen a number of movies; have liked some and hated some. But none of them got me to write something about it, for a number of reasons. Kaminey is one exception, and a pretty good one at that.

First, I am pretty thankful that there are some directors who do not require us to leave our brains at home when we come to watch a movie (because it's pretty much impossible to do so). Because I do not like spoon-feeding, non-linear narratives generally work for me (not the regular flashbacks that are so prevalent). And though Kaminey does not have a very complicated non-linear narrative, we do need to stay focused to understand what is happening on the screen, and to the credit of the director, it is not very taxing to stay focused.

The performances are first-rate. If Omkara made me notice Deepak Dobariyal, then Kaminey had Mikhail (I missed the name of  the actor who played this character). Shahid Kapur brought enough nuances to…

the simple things in life

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So it was my niece's first birthday last week, and she got tons of presents. But what made her the happiest were the wrapping papers :-)

I, Robot!

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Judgement Day, anyone?

The King is gone...

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"HIStory" Written and Composed by Michael Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis

He got kicked in the back
He say that he needed that
He hot willed in the face
Keep daring to motivate
He say one day you will see
His place in world history
He dares to be recognized
The fires deep in his eyes
How many victims must there be
Slaughtered in vain across the land
And how many struggles must there be
Before we choose to live the prophet's plan
Everybody sing...

Every day create your history
Every path you take you're leaving your legacy
Every soldier dies in his glory
Every legend tells of conquest and liberty

Don't let no one get you down
Keep movin' on higher ground
Keep flying until
You are the king of the hill
No force of nature can break
Your will to self motivate
She say this face that you see
Is destined for history

How many people have to cry
The song of pain and grief across the land
And how many children have to die
Before we stand to lend a healing hand
Everybody sing...

Every day…

White lines in the sky

Most of you would have seen the trail of a high speed plane in the sky. It looks like a line of clouds and I don't know about others but as a kid, I was convinced that these were rockets being launched into outer space.

Today I saw one such plane and the same white line. I thought out loud that it's not very often that we get to see this white line now, and was wondering why has the frequency reduced. My friend gave me the answer that hit me hard, mostly coz it may be true: It's not that the planes have reduced, we have stopped looking into the sky as often as we used to.

girl in the frame

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Is she watching the girl in the frame, or is the girl in the frame watching her?

Counting Day

My first brush with counting day was sometime in the late 1980s (I think it was the time when Rajiv Gandhi lost power but I am not sure). Those were not the times of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and counting had to be done manually, so it went on for a few days. There were discussions on the TV this whole time (TV meant only DD then by the way) and my father and his friends used to be glued to television this whole time. Everyone used to bring the news paper from his home and the news paper boy was asked to deliver all the papers for those few days so that they had the benefit of the analysis from as many fronts as possible. There were animated discussions, points, counter-points, bets, long winded discussions not leading to any conclusion; and all this came to an end only with a formal declaration of the election results. Being in government jobs, most of them opted for casual leaves at this time; and those who did go to the office, simply continued with the group in the office.

I…

vote for me

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister asks people to vote for her so that she can do to the whole country what she has done to the state of UP.

Well that is exactly what I am afraid of...

Gulaal

It is surprising in a way that this is the first Anurag Kashyap movie I have seen (since I watch pretty much anything) but I can only say this : 'better late than never'.

One of the most difficult tasks at this time would be to find faults with this movie simply because it has been so well made. And it gives me a bad feeling to know that it will not make as much money as a film good as this should make; but I guess the makers also knew this beforehand.

The movie packed a whole lot in itself and as such can mean different things to different people and the impressive part is that none of these different people would feel short-changed by the director. For me, it was about the extent to which politics has crept into our day to day lives, even in personal relationships. The way Dileep is exploited by Kiran (obvious to everyone but Dileep) and the way Kiran is exploited by her brother Karan (which is not as obvious); reflects at a personal level how the office of general secretary i…

Mithun Chakravarti

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Mithun Chakravarti, originally uploaded by Meanest Indian. What can I say? I am a fan :-)