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On PK

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Some thoughts on PK
Pretty good acting by Amir Khan. There's always a bit of Amir in every role he does, and there's a bit of the Amir from 'Satyamev Jayate' here as well - but overall he has done a great job portraying the always bewildered man-child that PK is supposed to be. Also, was it a hat-tip to Bhuvan from Lagaan when he says "sarat manjoor hai"?
A problem I hadn't seen in a while, first half being great and second half tapering away, resurfaces. The reason I hadn't seen the problem in a while was because most movies had consistently bad first and second halves :) This could have been solved by not falling for the trope of a necessary love story for the female lead (and to some extent the male lead).
I don't think subtlety is something Raj Kumar Hirani (or Vinod Chopra or Amir Khan for that matter) doesn't get, I don't think he was going for subtlety here. Also, he has enough satire here for those of us looking for subtlety.
Raj Kum…

Of diversity, or the lack of it

I recently came across this pic on every one's favourite ranting ground Twitter @ShashiTharoor This pic of our CMs speaks volumes abt India's diversity. This is y we'll remain to be a great nation! pic.twitter.com/xnHCi80C78
— Chacko Simon (@ChackoSimon) December 7, 2014It was an interesting enough picture, with the idea that a very diverse mix of people make up the group of Chief Ministers in India. I, however, felt that the picture was not diverse enough. The first I saw it was on my phone, and I literally had to squint to find the two women in the picture.It doesn't seem to be a very diverse group in terms of age, except for UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav (he makes a strong case against young people in Politics though, and it's an open secret that his 75 year old father rules the state by proxy).It is highly unlikely that any of these people belongs to the LGBT community, openly or not. In fact, each of them is more likely to belong to the group that treats belon…

What's running on my Mac - redux

About two years ago I'd written about my most commonly used apps on my Mac. That post had come just before a major life event for me as I planned to pursue a two year MBA at Kenan-Flagler business school.

Some of my best life experiences have come over the past two years, but we shall talk about that some other time. Right now I just wanted to take a look at how my list of most used Mac apps changed as a student - before I get too lost in work again and things turn over their head once more.
One quik point before I move on to my list. I realized that back in 2012 I'd recommended sticking to the Mac App Store when possible - well that's changed. There's a numbers of reasons for that and people more atriculate than me have tried to gauge the reasons. For me, the primary reasons are apps from the store lagging in the update cycle and the store app itself being lethargic and unpleasant to use overall. I've since then moved my apps out of the store as much as possible and…

Lessons from How I Met Your Mother

“You will be shocked, kids, when you discover how easy it is in life to part ways with people forever. That’s why when you find someone you want to keep around, you do something about it.”One from the series of life lessons you get when you watch "How I Met Your Mother" - a show which, to my suprise, I still follow and enjoy.

Breaks

The explore option in Flickr often appeals to me when I am looking to take a break from working but don't want to get up and about. The only downside is that I sometimes end up spending way more time on it than I planned to, but it's time well spent.
There are always some great pictures there. And I often tend to like the ones that happen in the moment (unstaged if you will).

Here is one from today's break:




Thames Boat Cruise

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Thames Boat Cruise, a set on Flickr.

Day trip to Cambridge

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The Rains of Castamere

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And who are you, the proud lord said,
that I must bow so low?
Only a cat of a different coat,
that's all the truth I know.

In a coat of gold or a coat of red, 
a lion still has claws.
And mine are long and sharp, my lord,
as long and sharp as yours.

And so he spoke, and so he spoke,
that lord of Castamere.
But now the rains weep o'er his hall,
with no one there to hear.
Yes now the rains weep o'er his hall,
and not a soul to hear.

The Rains of Castamere - George R R Martin.

Since I don't watch (or maybe I should say haven't yet watched) Game of Thrones, I'd missed all the hoopla surrounding "The Red Wedding". I have been reading the book series for a while, and reached the wedding a couple of days ago. What a cruel and genius thing to do George Martin. And now this song is stuck in my head. Here's the video as well.



Charleston

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Charleston, a set on Flickr. some clicks from my recent trip to Charleston, South Carolina.