Tuesday, February 14, 2012

End of the road, my friends!

As of today, effective from now, this blog will not be updated anymore. I am now in Dunedin, New Zealand, and I am still maintaining my other blog, DAILY WORLD WATCH, and juggling with my work, research, life, the awful cold around, and the breathlessness from walking up and down a hill everyday (my Indian lungs!), and frankly I am not competent enough to manage two personal blogs, two different lives or technologically that sound and sophisticated in managing two different dashboards, it creaks my brain. Whichever way you put it.

I am just a humble mortal!

But this was a fulfilling journey...though unfortunately this blog actually got neglected a bit due to my other one...now that I realize. I am genuinely sorry for that though.

Please do visit/subscribe to my other blog...or join the Facebook page, or follow the Twitter account of the same. Forgive me once more.

Stay classic, planet Earth! Cheers!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

On Outsourcing

(This is just a forward I got in my email...)

" Read the comments here.

Now check the pic carefully.

Why is it always blame India, and not China?

How about we stop CocaCola or any other typical US product, stopping them from cashing on our billion strong domestic market? Will they preach about capitalism and competition then?

This idiotic hypocrisy must stop. Send this pic to your friends, especially those who are in US.

If you stop, we stop... "

Saturday, December 24, 2011

HO HO HO. Hic.

As you all, who follow me on Twitter or Facebook know already, that I am leaving India by Jan end. Photos from my trip to Bangkok, (Kualalumpur/Singapore, not confirmed!) Auckland and finally Dunedin will all be posted on my FB page...so will be the travel stories...so join there immediately...

My post was chosen the top post in Tangy Tuesday pick by Blogadda, also.

Also, remember Esther Friede? Yea, my buddy Bhawesh wrote a terrific post on her...read here. Absolute must!

I got a sexy German Parka from my cousin, as a parting gift before I leave to be a neighbour to the penguins...

That's it basically! Last year was horrible...may the new year bring good news and good luck to everyone!

HO HO HO. Also. Though to me they have a different meaning! Stay classic, planet Earth! :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Things you should read...

1. Esther Friede, a Canadian lady, battling the land mafia, ironically in Haridwar, a small Hindu Holy town, now ruled by BJP. A story I recently covered.

2. In case you don't know about Marie Colvin. You should.

3. The phenomenon named Aliaa Magda Elmahdy.

4. My regular columns in FreePressers.

5. The interview of Belinda Wright, by my friend, Bhavesh Bhimani in his personal blog.

That's all, so long!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Europe...the land of renaissance...

When Europeans talk about freedom of speech, and woman's rights, and how they are infringed in the "Third World", I somehow find them...hypocritical and cowardly...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

What a weekend!

Hola peeps!

I am still in a hangover of the weekend we had! Metallica, and an AWESOME PERFECT TO THE CORE INDIAN GRAND PRIX!!!

Umm...also...Lady Gaga...well...she is a big star anyway!

This is the India we all...(okay, most, other than the usual poverty-porn sellers and leftist/NGO/jholawala/activist/communists) love...and want...

A year back, I wrote a piece on Indian Premier League...where I said, why we need private enterprise in sports. On one hand, glitz, glamour, lots of job opportunities, and a proud confident nation...on the other hand...shoddy, shabby, corrupt Government controlled sports events...like Commonwealth games. Your choice!

But today, congrats India...for a brilliant successful event! You made us proud...and made the skeptics, and the naysayers all the more irrelevant!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Three Musketeers 2011 : Review

Just another dose of Hollywood history…

( Review of The Three Musketeers 3D - 2011 )

I often feel irritated, sad, or indifferent watching Hollywood treatment of classics, but never before was I angry, the way I felt after watching the latest Three Musketeers 3D. The name itself was a turnoff, like a new version of some group simulation swordfight game, but lets leave it at that. Three Musketeers was a murder of a classic. Juno Temple, pictured right, was the only pretty thing worth watching. But not enough to spend 200 rupees...honestly!

Coming to the movie, the only thing which was a revelation to me was Orlando Bloom as a comic. The man actually can act…contrary to what critics say. Some good CGI, which was incidentally a turn off for me, but then I am old fashioned when it comes to classics. If you go to have a couple of hours of no holds barred brainless fun, then this movie is ripe for you. Have some popcorns, colas, or maybe a family dinner after this, and come back to forget it. Really, that is a request. Please do not remember this movie. It is an abomination of history.

And there is my problem. You see, I don’t mind brainless fun. I don’t mind CGI overdose, and I definitely don’t mind Milla Jovovich with a couple of swords kicking some arrogant chauvinist derrieres. But I would go to see Resident Evil for that. Not Three Musketeers.

To start with, the story is totally different than the book. To say that it is “loosely based” on the book would be prevarication. Milady de Winter was seductive, not aggressive, D’artagnan was not some hot headed adrenaline junkie, and Athos, Porthos, Aramis were obviously not some quick quipping buffoons. They are part of history, albeit fictionalized history, history of Europe, of the class structure and class struggle in Europe, of the place from where the World got modern rule of law, and modern democracy and industry, and the concept of revolution against state. The novels of both Romantic and Victorian era portrays the deceit, treachery and fighting spirit of a civilization which went on to control the destiny of the whole World for the next two hundred years to come. And European history, for good or for bad, is entwined with our own history. To distort it and turn it into a two hour time pass is almost equal to denying it.

I just wish we don’t lose the meaning and devalue such important episodes of history, like we did to so many things, just for the sake of some cheap superficial ephemeral and shallow computer generated thrills. And then keep wondering why ten year old kids think Trojan to be some kind of computer virus only.

( Also published in The Latest before. Read my other reviews here. Also I am writing regular columns in Freepressers, do check them. And please join the FB page of my other, main blog. Thanks!)