Sachin has crossed 17K runs in ODI. That’s a remarkable achievement. And the way he played in today’s match against Australia is simply amazing. Hitting 175 off 141 balls was unbelievable! His today’s game reminded me of the Master Blaster I used to watch in my school days. I was a fan of Sachin and loved watch him play in every game. Fours, Sixes, sending balls to every corner of the ground.. It was Sachin’s era then. But wait. He still rules. His era is not over. Remember he scored his 45th hundred today. He is truly a legend! One of the legends of cricket whom the world bestows upon, the legend whom the upcoming cricketers would take ideal as.
And what do I say about today’s game. Australia set a target of 350. And India lost by 3 runs. Now that’s reaaaaaaaaly close. This is the second match in the series India is losing so closely. India deserved to win today. Aus would have won, but in the whole series India is emerging as a stronger team and dominating team. There are no easy let-offs. Ind – Aus series are fun to watch, especially when finishes are the ones like todays.
The Fake IPL player takes 2nd position in the google trends (india) whereas the ipl live score takes 5th position.
Just check out the google trends results. There are more people searching for the fake ipl player than the ipl itself. Check out the posts by the fake ipl player @ www.fakeiplplayer.blogspot.com. This guy has got wits. This mysterious blogger claims to be a player from KKR. Some ppl believe this is a publicity stunt from PR of KKR while others believe its someone with a decent knowledge of cricket faking himself as IPL player. But whoever it is, his posts are real fun.
We love mystery.
What was this movie all about? I am confused. For facts, this is a movie directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra of Rang De Basanti fame. Lyrics by Prasoon Joshi and music by A.R. Rahman. The movie stars Abhishek Bachchan & Sonam Kapoor.
I would like to describe the movie in 2 parts, the one before the intermission and one after.
First Half –
Roshan (Abhishek Bachchan) returns to India from US of A to with his grandmother so that she can spend her last days in Chandni Chowk, a part of Delhi. He gets familiar with the neighbours, gets to meet Bittu (Sonam Kapoor), spends good amount of time clicking pictures with his Motorola handset and watching Ram Leela innumerable times with his grandmother. The movie goes on with subtle humour here and there. There is one plot where a inspector is seen bullying locals. Amused Roshan demands that the inspector can’t treat people like that and reminds him he is a Public Servant. Inspector replies ‘Kya mein tumhein servant dikta hoon ?” and gives him one tight slap! Roshan slaps back and ends up getting arrested. Ali (Rishi Kapoor) comes to his rescue and gets him out by bribing the inspector. Rumours start spreading about mysterious Monkey Man with several people claiming to have seen it creating menace. The local TV channels keep telecasting the Monkey Man stories.
The first half is really enjoyable and I would rate it 4/5.
Second Half –
Roshan falls in trouble with one of the episodes of monkey man. He decides to go back to America, but finds out that something is stopping him. He realizes that he has fallen in love with Bittu. Meanwhile riots breaks out between Hindus and Muslims over the issue of Monkey Man. Thereafter the movie completely loses the plot. Sigh! It was sort of torture to watch the second half. I would rate it -1 / 5. (Minus one on Five)
The best aspect of the movie is its Music. Nice work by Rahaman. Also the bylanes of Chandi Chowk are shot nicely. Sonam Kapoor is decent. So if you want to enjoy the movie, then watch it till the intermission. That’s my advice. The movie is nowhere near RDB.
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Since past few weeks, the Detroit’s Big 3 are pleading with congress for a bailout . But will a bailout really help an ailing automotive industry? The US govt. is skeptical. With falling sales month on month, and with the US economy in recession for almost a year now, US automotive industry is going through a tough time.
Where did the US automakers fail? There seems to be several reasons. First and foremost GM, Ford and Chrysler did huge investment in producing SUV and likes, which consumes fuel in larger quantities. When the oil prices shot up, naturally the demand for SUV’s were down. Consumers started buying more and more fuel efficient vehicles, and the Big 3 failed to respond to this. Meanwhile Japanese and German automakers entered the market with compact fuel efficient cars and US automakers failed to compete. Also US automakers couldn’t match the quality of Japanese and German cars, and this further led the consumers drift away from the domestic carmakers.
Another important factor is labour cost. US automakers have their plant located in places where labour costs are pretty high as compared to their foreign counterparts. And on top of it GM still pays for the health care costs of its retired workers, which is bigger than its current workforce. Coupled with it the strict labor laws are definite drawbacks. All these started eating into the profits of GM.
Will a bailout solve the problem? Looking at the above factors, a bailout will only give a temporary solution. It can only delay the fall. So the best option would be to file for bankruptcy, restructure and invest more in producing fuel efficient cars. Listen to the market and invest more in producing electric, hybrid cars.
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I am back to blogging after a short break. There were several topics on which I intended to write, but couldn’t due to lack of time or interest. In this post I have compiled my reviews/opinions about a few movies which I watched in the recent past.
The Dark Knight
A blockbuster of this year. The sequel to Batman begins, went on breaking a few records in terms of box office collections. The highlight of the movie is the Psycho villain, Joker played by Heath Ledger. The Joker was so impressive that I could see quite a few friends updating to his pics in their social networking sites, frequently using the phrase “Why so serious?” etc etc. The movie is not a typical superhero movie type, where the superhero emerges out of no where and saves the people. Here the focus is on the mind games played by the Joker and the Batman! Complicated huh! The movie has some very good action scenes, especially the one in which the Batman uses Batpod. The movie runs very fast and I had to watch it twice to get the flow J . The back ground music when the joker emerges was quite irritating I must say. But it was adding to the effect. I would give it a rating of 3.5 out of 5.
Bachna Ae Haseeno
This is the second movie of Ranbir Kapoor, a new found Hero of Bollywood. After hopelessly failing to impress audience in his first movie, RK is back on the screen romancing three hotties this time. In the movie RK is a flirt who is interested only in Live in relationships. When the topic of marriage comes, he runs off. In the process he breaks hearts of Minissha Lamba and Bipasha Basu. Later he falls in true love with Deepika Padukone and when she rejects him, he realizes the similar mistakes he has done with other girls. Now his journey for repentance starts. I must admit that Deepika looks awesome in the movie. So if not for anything, it’s worth watching the movie for her. I would rate the movie 2.5 + 0.5 (for Deepika) out of 5.
This one is a suspense thriller. A new genre of movies of Bollywood which does not cast a conventional Hero, Heroine nor includes any songs. I guess this should be a relief for people who are fed up of Bollywood prototype movies. The movie has Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah in lead roles and runs for 90 minutes. I am not going to reveal any story because this movie is worth watching atleast once. And trust me this movie has got one of the best endings! This movie reminded me of ‘Amir’, which too is of similar types.
I would rate it 4 on 5.
After reading numerous positive reviews about the movie, naturally my expections were quite high. But I was disappointed. I guess the movie has got more hype than what it actually deserved. The story is that of four friends who form a band called ‘Magik’. Arjun Rampal and Farhan Akhtar are in lead roles. The magik group strives hard to make it big and in the process ego clashes comes up between Arjun Rampal and Farhan Akhtar. The group splits and 4 friends get busy in their own lives. After about 10 years, Farhan’s wife Prachi Desai learns about the band and tries to re unite them. That’s all. I would rate the movie 3 out of 5.
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
This one is my favourite of the lots. And the best I have watched this year. The debutant Imran Khan and Telugu actress Genelia D’Souza have done excellent job. The movie is that of a group of college friends. Jai (Imran Khan) and Aditi (Genelia) are very close friends, but everyone else expects they are in love. After graduation Aditi’s parents ask Jai to marry her. But both Jai and Adiit get shocked and clarify that they are not in love and are just good friends. Then a new girl enters Jai’s life. Slowly Aditi feels left out. A new guy enters Aditi’s life. Finally both realize that they cant live without each other. The movie also includes Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan, Naseeruddin Shah in comic roles. I would rate it 4 on 5.
Disclaimer : This article is written by one of my friends, who wishes to remain anonymous.
The word ‘prayer’ is what sums up a life lead well and truthfully, is what I feel. Just let it be one of silent and humble devotion. The only true way that my religion requires for salvation, freedom, nirvana or mukti or whatever you may call it, is to free oneself of desires and possessions.
When you pray and you truly pray, not the usual standing before god and begging for all material things instead of worshipping, will you find that freedom.
I look upon a true Hindu woman and her life as a personification of the word prayer or a better ‘Aradhana’ , as in Sanskrit. She literally gives her entire life in all of hers, as a mother, sister, daughter and beloved wife for the happiness and comforts of the ones she loves. not a single demand for herself, even when she is selfish, it is for someone who she loves and not for her own. That is the the ideal of Hinduism in all its hidden glory, giving up our egos and comforts for others.
And yet these hundreds of years of selfless sacrifice have brought our race to nothing but to look upon women as something of a commodity, a possession. She is a thing and not a sentient being, who is to work ceaselessly for the comfort of man. she is not to have a say in her life, all of her life.
Most males and Indians are no exception, rather more aggressive in this respect, suffer from a false sense of mastership. they have over generations come to believe that women are created to serve and please them only. We comfortably forget that our mothers, sister, wives and daughters do not obey or follow us only because of our ‘Manliness’ alone. They do it more so because of the love they possess, for which they are ready to vanquish their egos and themselves too. May be it is selfless or selfish, but that is the case in most instances.
However these long times of servile love has imbued both men and women with decadence. Much as men can’t handle strong and independent women, the fairer sex has also learnt to forgo correct and right things for the sake of ‘Family’ as well as their own selfish nature; the latter being a by-product of sense of self preservation. And each successive generation of parents and teachers have only reinforced these beliefs in the coming ones with their skewed visions and teachings.
The result? We have a society where men are considered inferior to each other and women, to all men; for ‘the hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world’. And when those hands themselves are weak, what do we expect them to raise other than a race of bigots and maniacs. Those who are never given a choice in their lives, what education and culture will they give to their offspring save fear and hidden malice and distrust.
And this has created a paradox in recent times and more so with our generation. the older ones, our mothers and all are still rooted to the old and orthodox ideas of their inherent inferior position in family in family and society. The newer generations however fare no better and are caught in a doldrums as if. Most of them coming from ‘strict’ and middle class families when living, reading and working in the home towns are typically the ‘Good girls’. And these same women when away from families are easy preys to a hundred temptations, waiting to beguile and destroy them.
And famished as they are, for the simple wants of freedom to think and choose, many cross over the lines just trying to experiment or have fun. the simplest evidence to illustrate these are the demographical data which clearly show the rise of smoking and drinking among women, not only in big metros but all over the nation. These two vices earlier considered the supreme taboo are now termed as casual and cool. And these are eating into the very roots of our culture and civilization as Hindus and Indians as well. Various social magazines proudly carry out sex surveys that celebrate ‘the coming of age of the Indian women’ . Replete with lurid articles on the ever increasing promiscuity in our country and new ‘brave’ concepts as ‘Live-in relations’ , where both men and women are reduced to the state of mere concubines or as in Hindi the word ‘Rakhail’ I do not know what they are trying to prove. The popular modes of entertainment viz. television and cinema seem to harp on the axes premarital and post marital relationships and other such misguided openness. And the phenomenon are no longer confined to large cities and metros, but also common in the smaller towns.
A question however arises. Are women only to be blamed for this condition? To a large extent we may use the doctrine of self responsibility and other such things but everyone knows the adage “You need two hands to clap.” So the society must accept the other half of the responsibility. A horse if kept in confinement for long, will naturally hesitate to walk into a open space even if left free. Yet after a few half hearted canters, it will run in every direction without knowing where to go. Too thirsty a man drinks water in large gulps not caring about the taste and quality. Therefore, it is quite natural that our womenfolk the modern, educated and self reliant, but away from the family are prone to practises which are physically and emotionally destructive.
All of this raises a need for a solution if there is one. Is it ? I think there is. however it will take some time. When a river breaks a dam, the first rush always brings the filth and silt which has been collecting against the wall for so many years. Similarily, this ongoing upheaval and change in the women around us is but normal sign of the process in motion. This eruption of so called ‘repressed sexuality’ and other forms of femine transformations, both good and bad. However as the flow come to a normal level in due course of time, the river will become life giving once more.
It is our collective responsibility to understand and assimilate the good things that have come from these transformation. All of us the parents, teachers, friends, colleagues and most of all, each individual especially the modern Indian women must understand their rights and roles. Theirs is a delicate and very important role in our culture. they must learn to get their rights as responsible adults and do their rightful duties.
We want to go back to the days of Savitri the ever pure and ever free, who chose her own husband fully knowing the consequences. Let the daughter of Modern India be once more Rani ahalya bai, Jhansi Rani Laxmibai and virago chennama of Kittur. The age old gender bias and the religious narrow-mindedness are sending us back to the medival ages. We need to turn back and move ahead.
the only thing neede is to provide right example before our children and everyone else and believing in the choices they make.
We need to be their guides and not their masters.And then only once more the pious motherland of ours reverberate with the chants of
"Yatra naari pujyante, ramanti tatra deavata"
Verily the gods reside, where the women are worshipped..
Thanks for your time and patience
When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it
This is one of my favourite quotes from the book. The alchemist is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. The book is about chasing dreams and realizing them. It was a nice read. The book evokes a sort of positive feeling and guides how one should realize his dream. This is narrated using a story of a Shepherd boy, Santiago, who undertakes a journey to pyramids in order to realize his dream.
The book speaks about ‘Omens’ throughout which are the gestures of God. When one is on the path of realizing his dream, God helps him by showing signs. Santiago reads these omens, such as rolling out of the stones Urim and Thummin from his pocket when he was robbed and left moneyless, in desert he studies the flight of the hawks and infers about the threat in the future. ‘The Language of the world’ is something which the book refers very often. It is the language which the world speaks. It is the language the sheep speaks to look for food and water; the Camels speak to the desert and so on. Every object in this world communicates using this language.
The principles of Alchemy come somewhere in the middle of the book. In the mid way through his jouerny, boy meets Alchemist who guides him for the remaining of the journey. The book also refers to ‘The philosopher’s stone’ which transforms any metal into gold and ‘The Elixir of life’ which can cure any illness. Alchemists posses these.
The book is written using a simple language. But i did find some philosophical parts hard to understand. I am considering reading the book a second time to get some more insights. If not anyone, at least Paulo Coelho has realized his dream by writing this book!
I want to ask the above question to the newspaper and television media. The recent episode of death of Padmapriya, the wife of udupi MLA Raghupati Bhat is depicted by the media in a very poor light. First it was announced that she is kidnapped. Then they told that the police tracked her in Kolar, which God knows whether was true. Later she was found dead in an apartment in Delhi. She was also shown having relationship with Atul, a childhood friend of Raghupati Bhat. The media sells a new story everyday and the issue is blown out of proportion. I really doubt whether all the news related to the incident has any proof.
Similar was the case of Arushi’s murder. Initially servant Hemraj was the suspect who was found dead the next day. There were even reports that the 14 year old girl had relationship with the 35+ year old servant, which I believe is utter nonsense. Next day, her father was arrested, with charges of dual murder. I again don’t understand how a father can kill his own daughter.
Our police dept. has done a splendid job in the above two cases. They were clueless since day one, and are acting as if culprits themselves should come and surrender. If any dept. is in need of training, then our police dept. stands first. They are always known for their heroic acts of punishing the innocent and let go of the criminals. Just like shown in movies, they always reach the crime spot at the end.
Our beloved Ekta kapoor is not far behind. To add fuel to the fire, she has brought in Arushi’s case in her daily soaps. This is something totally unacceptable. Please don’t promote the mockery of the deceased. I want to ask these people, ‘Why do u kill the already dead?’
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I would be glad to see the above headines in newspapers tomorrow. The Serbian babe has very good chances of winning the French Open title today. A year back, she had raised eyebrows by reaching finals of French Open, but eventually lost to Henin. And now Henin is retired, and other strong opponent Sharapova is out, chances are bright for Ana to clinch the title.
Ana Ivanovic, 20, is a rare combination of beauty and talent. It’s a treat to watch her on court. She displayed splendid performance in Australian Open this year reaching the grand slam finals, where she lost to Sharapova. Hope todays match fetches Ana her first Grand Slam title. All the best Ana!
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Update : Ana wins French Open. Yayy . Congrats Ana! You deserved this victory.
Oops! I did a mistake by reading this book. That was my nth mistake in life (Of course n being a positive integer and much greater than 0). Okay! Jokes apart, this is the third book by Chetan Bhagat, who is back to India now and has dedicated the book ‘to the country, which called him back’.
The 3 mistakes of my life is a story of three best friends (sounds familier isn’t it?) based in Ahmedabad. Govind is the narrator of the story. He is a born businessman and dreams of owning a big business someday. He is in love with Vidhya, who happens to be the sister of one of his best friend Ishaan. Ishaan is very passionate guy who loves cricket. He was the best cricket player in his school and aspired to be in Indian Cricket team. But he performs badly in the selections and thus ends up getting rejected. His parents want him to join Army, which he hates. Govind’s other friend is Omi, who is the son of a priest of a local temple. Omi doesn’t know what to do in his life, but he doesn’t want to continue his father’s profession. So he sticks around with his friends. Then there is Ali, a young boy who is a gifted cricketer, but is more interested in playing marbles. Ishaan spots him and starts coaching him with a hope to see him in Indian Cricket team one day.
The book starts very well giving a detailed description of each character. Chetan’s style of narration has definitely improved since his first book FPS . Half way through the book, it gets dull, and at the end the climax part sucks. Lot of communal violence is brought in, and it was really a pain reading the final few chapters. I hope Chetan comes up with science fiction novels in future.