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Family guy gives you hope...

I have pretty much been hooked to Family Guy over the past few weeks (thanks Netflix). The show is a humorous take on things but it is definitely not all about humour. However, because of the way the show is structured, it is very easy for someone to miss those times when they try to be (and most often succeed in being) profound. Here's is one such instance, from the episode New Kidney in Town , Meg's definition of hope . Hope is a what gets out of bed in the morning when it's the day of prom and u haven’t been asked. Hope is what pushed the caterpillar through the Cocoon and what drives the salmon up stream. Your breasts maybe small and your glasses maybe thick but hope doesn’t hold up a mirror. Hope is a horizon we head for leaving nothing behind us but fear. And though we may never reach our goals its hope that is going to save us from who we once were Good stuff. 

What's running on my Mac.

I have been a full time Mac user at work since 2008. And since my employers haven't been too Orwellian about what I do with the Macbook outside work (besides the obvious no-nos such as porn and torrents), it has pretty much been my personal machine as well. To add to that I have a Windows laptop at home that I use on and off, and a range of phones that I carry (I can't seem to be happy having just one). So, as is natural, I have been used to a certain setup and it works for me pretty well. I just wanted to share that here, should that be helpful for someone else as well. Startup applications - There is a set of startup applications that are like part of the OS for me. Let me outline them below. Caffeine - Caffeine is a simple utility that sits on the tray and prevents your Mac from going to sleep. It is amazingly helpful if you are like me and hate it when the screen locks and you don't want it to. The functionality that it provides might be (probably is) availa

The 30 week project - conclusion

Much against my track record, my own expectations, and to my great surprise - I finished my 30 week project successfully. In my mind the project also involved sharing what books I've read each week, but I just didn't get time to do so because of work. Which is all the same since I am going to make up for it now :-) For now I am just going to list all the books that I read over these past weeks. Later I hope to give one post each to those books that I want to talk about.   I continued what I'd started with books on Hindi cinema (about Helen and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron ) and spent some time with the following books. Week 12 " Disco Dancer - A comedy in five parts " by  Anuvab Pal Week 13 " Deewar - The footpath, the city, and the angry young man " by  Vinay Lal Week 14 " Popcorn Essayists - What movies do to writers " by  Jai Arjun Singh Week 15 " The Greatest Show on Earth - Writings on Bollywood " by  Jerry Pinto

होली है :-)

This is what I'm missing this Holi, but I am planning to make up for it soon :-) Wish you all a very Happy Holi -  होली मुबारक 

Week 10 and Helen

"मैं सारे ज़माने के ग़म की दवा हूँ " (I am the cure of all the sorrows in the world) - Lyrics from Helen's song in the film  अधिकार (Adhikaar). In the book Helen - The life and times of an H-Bomb , author Jerry Pinto tells us just how close Helen came to personify these (and many other similar) words in her screen persona that extended across multiple movies spread over almost three decades. In doing so he doesn't just take us through the phenomenon that was Helen, he also takes this opportunity to take us through the myriad ways of Indian, mostly Hindi, cinema. This is as much a commentary on the phases of Indian cinema as it is on the way Helen, through the characters played by her, acted as a bridge between these. As someone who grew up on all sorts of Hindi movies, I can identify with the author's apparent unwillingness to openly criticize the movies that he discusses throughout the book, however kitschy or corny they might sound. The movie-