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Friday, November 24, 2006

Thought for the Day ;)

Everybody starts out with a full bag of luck and an empty bag of experience.

The trick is to fill the bag of experience before the luck runs out.

The Software Engineer's Preamble

We, the unwilling, lead by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful.

We have done so much for so long, with so little knowledge that we will one day qualify
to do anything, knowing nothing.

(i frankly found this thing so intriguing that i couldn't help posting it here on my blog after receiving it almost 5 times in my mailbox in 2 days)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Nostalgic Nostalgia :) - Tribute to DD

CHERISH YOUR GOLDEN - OLDEN DAYS

A tribute to DOORDARSHAN ...
our entertainment destination on the idiot Box in those old times ...

The generation gap. Stuff that those who belong to my generation will identify with...that people even a few years younger won't. Because they belong to the new liberalized India with cable TV and all that.

National integration videos:

The ek chidiya one, the one where people sing in different languages- mile sur mera tumhara...where I'd pretend to sing along with the languages and dialects I didn't know.

Or the one with Indian sportspeople running and that fantastic shot of P.T. Usha running along some deer and Kapil Dev emerging from a tunnel to give the flame to a drenched Sunil Gavaskar.

And remember Narendra Hirwani singing in the first video?? Or that bit where the three heroes- Amitabh, Mithun and someone else (Vinod Khanna I guess ..) sing lustily??

And the Calcutta Metro shot where P. K. Banerjee does that thing with his hair as he is getting off the train...

Johnny Soko and his magic robot. Siddharth Basu quizzes. Those were fantastic.

The theme song for Jungle Book - jungle jungle pata chala hain, chaddi pehen ke phool khila hain.... now that I think about it...it was a trifle fishy eh??

There was Disney cartoon hour on Sundays which I remember watching well past the age for viewing Disney cartoons. Spiderman on Sunday evening ( 5p.m.), also "Hum Panchi ek Daal ke" in weekdays.

There were other TV programs as well...that detective serial in German whose name I can't recall, Oshin (the Japanese story of a young Japanese girl by that name...very stylized but quite moving), the Mohinder Amarnath cricket coaching program that I watched for whatever reasons. But what I remember from that coaching program is an interview with a 16-year-old reedy voiced Sachin Tendulkar talking about his game.

Sports programs on DD. I remember they went off for the news on match point in a French Open final featuring Sergi Bruguera and someone else. God, wasn't Bruguera cute. And that epic French Open final with Michael Chang was interrupted several times by the news.

I remember we used to pray that matches would go on well past news hour when you'd get continuous coverage. The worst bits were when you'd get the action feed from the satellite but not the voice and Anupam Gulati would take over. Or Narottam Puri. Wonder what happened to them.


- Rukawat ke liye khed hain !!!


I remember when the national DD network would switch for the 7 or 7:30 news, any major caption would be shown written on a cardboard and on a good day you could see the shadow of a hand, removing one cardboard and placing the next one before it.

Ads .

My personal favourite for some obscure reason was the Nirma ad with the girl in a lacy frock twirling and then disappearing into the logo. Palmolive da jawab nahin. Amul- a gift for someone you love. I'm Complan boy.. I'm a Complan girl..or was it the other way around?

I was just talking about old ads. Remembered quite a few.

Do you remember -
"Thoda ketchup try karo"
"Ketchup hota kaddu bhara"
"Isme kaddu nahin zara"

But I forgot to mention Tinkle.

Thankfully Ajit's cartoons have survived to this day. (Mona & Sona)

Another thing about DD, which I remember, is the logo with the twirling Pepsi type curves fitting over the central circle. Every morning I used to turn the TV on at around 7 for the news and it would start with the vande mataram and the forming of the logo.

An ad, which I used to find very confusing was some Shilpa bindi "shilpa char chand lagaye".When I was very small used to think it was "shilpa cha cha lagaye" which was weird as to why would chacha put on a bindi.

But my fav sci fi serial was Super Human cyber squad where the kids would enter the comp and fight viruses that looked like mutated dinosaurs

As for the rest of DD - how could u miss Surabhi (renuka & siddharth kak's legendry "namaskar ") and of course chitrahaar and rangoli! And then there was Superhit Muqabla that I used to write countless postcards to every week!

And Rajiv Gandhiââ'¬â"¢s comment I remember most is that he used to start every speech with - 'humein dekhna hai....ââ'¬â"¢

That has to be the best and He-Man!!

Vajradanti vajradanti,vicco vajradanti,
vicco powder, vicco paste,
ayurvedic jaributio se banasampurna swadeshi,
VIIIIIICCCCCCO, VAJRADANTI!!!!
( and a old guy bites in to a RED apple with a CRUNCH! sound)

News for the hearing impaired with that fat woman (Sunday 1.30p.m)

Hey!! It was meri jaan, meri jaan murgi ke ande, the parody of an old Hindi film song from the early ââ'¬Ëoe50s.... aana meri jaan, meri jaan, Sunday ke Sunday, or something like that.

Do you remember when DD metro started and rakhee used to introduce laurel and hardy?

And how can you forget Street Hawk ? ( Street Hawk and Knight Rider.)300 miles per hour!

Then there was Stone Boy, Gayab Aaya, Potli Baba ki Kahaniyaan, Sigma, Phatichar, Panchatrantra (Saturday evening 5:30 p.m.)

And how entirely different that is from kids who never watched those afternoon 'regional' movies and Hindi movies on weekends, Chitrahaar followed by Krishi Darshan.

So boring Hindi movies on weekend, I used to get pissed off with old movies, wait for some new Hindi movie, and used to bunk tuitions for that movie.

The regional language movie on Sunday afternoon with terrible subtitles .hey along with all these programs, do u remeber alif laila.....also we had those two detective kind of serials...reporter (shekar suman) and tehkikaat ....

how can we forget vikram betal...??we also had those national geography shows on sunday at 10am.also we had samander,,,,the title song went something like samunder ki hasi lahero ..........and " Udan .." and dreamt of becoming fighter pilots at one point of time.

The big eyed byomkesh bhakshi ....was never missed.
Nor was the Carrot crunching Karamchand with his assistant Kitty

last but not the least Malgudi days...the title song of this is still fresh..

Hope u had good timing reading it !!!!

Jaaneman - O! What a surprise :)

Jaaneman ... A recent release from bollywood ...

To start with ..
When i heard of a movie called Jaaneman .. i said Not Again ... yet another stupid romantic ...
When i heard of Salman Khan being the lead star .. i said Not Again ... when was the last time he 'acted' ...
When i heard of Akshay Kumar being supportive actor ... i said Not Again ... a la Dil to Pagal Hain ...
When i heard of Priti Zinta having a new born baby in movie... i said Not Again ... isnt she getting tired of being Pregnant in movies ...
When i heard that the movie was good from my friends ... i said Not Again ... oops .. no no .. i did not say that .. i just said ... NOT AGAIN (loud and clear)... I saw DON on your reviews ...

But Damn ... how can i not listen to my friends ... and so I saw it ...

And BOY .. was i surprised ...
Jaaneman turned out to be everythign that DON was NOT ...

Great Movie, nice dialogues, fantastic screenplay, fantabulous creative and art direction , superb Direction and choreography, amazing camera work ... and .. performances i really appreciated ... Salman acted .. Yes ,, he really did .. and so did Priti and Akshay ... the movie had a fine mix of emotional content as well as its required dose of humour ...

My personal recomendation ... Go .. have a nice time watching the movie ...

Sunday, November 19, 2006

FREE HUGS in Geneva too !!

Ever heard about the FREE HUGS campaign ...

have a look here ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL7Jo_1Z3Y8
(Tried to put the video here itself but did not work)

Today we had a similar Free Hugs meet in Geneva ...
30 Enthusiastic Volunteers of GenevaOnLine.ch Community gathered to HUG the World
For two hours ... the HUGGERS spread warmth around them ...

One Unique thing about this meet was the Global Representation we had.
geneva, being a city of UN Organisations, we find people from practically all parts of the world here. The 30 Huggers practically represented people from all over the world

Of course, I am not uploading any video of the same for the simple reason ... I did not shoot one ... After all, I was one of the HUGGERS .... :)

Will post the Geneva Free Hugs Video as soon as i can get a copy :))

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Don 2006 - O God !!! Why did I waste my Time ??

I had heard that Don (2006) had not got good reviews ... some friends liked it .. others said it was a waste of time ... then someone ... hey ... nice twist in the end ...

I was myself recomending people NOT to see the movie based on these perception ...

But ... as fate may have it ... i ended up spending 3 hours of my time watching the movie ...

My review ... based on personal experience and not on hearsay ...

DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT WATCHING THIS MOVIE ...

DON (2006) is the shoddiest, most ill-concieved, ill-directed, ill-scripted, ill-choreagraphed, ill-acted , ill-musical'ed, ill-etc ... movie I have seen in the recent past ....

Farhan had thought out a very fantastic twist in the tail .. or is it tale .. whatever ..
but he messed up the movie .. completely ...

I cannot appreciate a single thing in the movie ...
The story line was confused .. not confusing .. but confused ...
there were soooooo many inconsistencies in the movie .. in the dialogues ... in the storyline ...
it seemed to be a cut-paste of two storylines ... the old and the new-twists ....
very 'ordianry' camera work ... a very un-convincing movie ...
costume designer was probably out of his head
and the characterizations were ill-conceived and ill-managed
not a single character in the movie displayed any sign of 'good acting' ...
ordinary 'chalta hain' quality of performance ... even by established actors like SRK, Om Puri and Boman Irani ... very ordinary ...

An absolute waste of good time ....

I just wish ... Farhan had decided NOT to re-make Don ...

I was wondering ... what image of DON will the new generation carry ... they have NOT seen the original ,,, but they have sen the 'Duplicate' ... a pretty shoddy Duplicate ...

Yuks ...

If you can ... just watch the last 30 minutes ... u might like the twist-in-the-tail/tale

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Dance of Death !

I dont know what to say ...

Its devastatingly Beautiful ...





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