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!)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Update and a photo which I liked...


Heard of Laibah Ahmad Marri? I guess anyone interested in Human rights, women rights, minority rights, etc...should have heard.

If not, you ought to read my coverage of the story, about this Baloch activist in Pakistan.

1. Story of Laibah (Republished here)

2. Strange case of Laibah Ahmad Marri


Also, saw this moving photo of Indian army helping Sikkimese school children pass a flooded river after the massive earthquake...





Very touchy...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Zealand it is...

Yes...I got through... University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand...the oldest university of NZ...will tolerate me from Feb, 2012 onwards...and the next six months will be VISA, PCC, Medical...and other assorted screwjobs...

But anyways! Life...I guess!

Am I happy to leave this country? Yes...

Oh by the way...I lost my Swiss Knife...

Yea...that's me.

Also, my other, main blog, DWW...now has a FB page... and I am doing Book Reviews for Blogadda.

That is all...thus far...next post will come after I survive the Visa battle with Indian bureaucracy. So long!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Updates...

My IELTS nears! And this is my mental state now! PhD - International Relations is kinda tough, I suddenly reckon...

Also...my GUEST POST was featured at BLOGADDA! Don't know how the Editors were so kind on me!

And finally, I always wanted to have one...and I now own an original Victorinox officier suisse army knife...



Bloody expensive, given it's size! But original...and worth it!

That's it...please join the FB page for my other blog! Daily World Watch...and my cousin's blog Keeping In Touch...

Pip pip, folks! Wish moi luck!


Friday, June 17, 2011

TATA Photon Plus sucks...


Officially...


On Rahul Gandhi...


I found it on Facebook, and I guess, every Indian should read...and share...

THE CURIOUS CASE OF RAHUL GANDHI

Rahul Gandhi: "I feel ashamed to call myself an INDIAN after seeing what has happened here in UP".


PLEASE DON'T BE ASHAMED OF U.P. YET

Please don't be ashamed of Uttar Pradesh yet. Congress ruled the State for the Majority of the duration Pre Independence to Post Independence.. from 1939 to 1989 ( barring the Periods of Emergency.. Thanks to your Grand Mom Indira G. and a couple of transitional Governments)

8 out of the total 14 Prime Ministers of India have been from UP, 6 out of those 8 have been from Congress...

I think your party had more than half a century and half a Dozen PM's to build a State...

The Reason Mulayam Singh, subsequently came to Power is because your party wasn't exactly Gandhian in their dealings in the State.. So May be If you look at in totality the present chaos in UP is the outcome of the glorious leadership displayed by Congress in UP for about 50 years!

So Please don't feel ashamed as yet Dear Rahul.. For Mayawati is only using the Land Acquisition Bill which your party had itself used to LOOT the Farmers many times in the Past!

WHY DIDN'T YOUR PARTY CHANGE THE BILL WHEN IT WAS IN POWER FOR SO LONG?

Not that I Endorse what Mayawati is doing.. What Mayawati is doing is Unacceptable..

But the past actions of your party and your recent comments, puts a question mark on your INTENT and CONSISTENCY.

YOU REALLY WANT TO FEEL ASHAMED

But don't be disappointed, I would give you ample reasons to feel ashamed...

You really want to feel Ashamed..?

First Ask Pranav Mukherjee, Why isn't he giving the details of the account holders in the Swiss Banks.

Ask your Mother, Who is impeding the Investigation against Hasan Ali?

Ask her, Who got 60% Kickbacks in the 2G Scam ?

Kalamdi is accused of a Few hundred Crores, Who Pocketed the Rest in the Common Wealth Games?

Ask Praful Patel what he did to the Indian Airlines? Why did Air India let go of the Profitable Routes ?

Why should the Tax Payer pay for the Air India losses, when you intend to eventually DIVEST IT ANYWAY!!!

Also, You People can't run an Airline Properly. How can we expect you to run the Nation?

Ask Manmohan Singh. Why/What kept him quiet for so long?

Are Kalmadi and A Raja are Scapegoats to save Big Names like Harshad Mehta was in the 1992 Stock Market Scandal ?

Who let the BHOPAL GAS TRAGEDY Accused go Scot Free? ( 20,000 People died in that Tragedy)

Who ordered the State Sponsored Massacre of SIKHS in 84?

Please read more about, How Indira Gandhi pushed the Nation Under Emergency in 76-77, after the HC declared her election to Lok Sabha Void!

(I bet She had utmost respect for DEMOCRACY and JUDICIARY and FREE PRESS)

I guess you know the answers already. So My question is,

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Congratulations Miss Bannerjee…welcome to hell…

Here is my Citizen's demands to the new Bengal Government. Visitors can add on if they want...


Mamata Bannerjee, congratulations…you have did what no one could…and you deserve a cheer just for your sheer grit, determination, courage, and conviction…you successfully routed a party, which destroyed over two decades of Bengal with its moronic economic policies, and blatant arrogance and disregard for democracy…

However, your time as a rabble rouser is over…sadly. Now you are the new “man in the cockpit”. (No sarcasm intended.) Now you won’t be forgiven for starting up a few trains in obscure stations, and thousands of “Shilanyash” and projects without fulfilling them…cause the Eye of Sauron is now fixed at you…

As a right wing hawk, with a hatred for anything red, here are the things I, as a Bengali, leaving away from Calcutta, would like to see you fix up. And NO, they are not the typical Education, Hospital, Industry baloney, cause you gotta fix them anyways…but no interminable dross…these are real issues…

1. You were the most vocal critic of Bengal Government’s handling of the Taslima Nasreen Issue…I totally agree with you, she ought to have stayed in Calcutta. Please get her back…

2. You said, Maoist problems can be fixed…and you even wanted Army rule and Special Power’s Act in Jangalmahal…well…

3. I am eagerly waiting for you to solve Darjeeling issue…and WITHOUT parting with a single inch of Bengal land…

4. Kolkata would be London. Frankly, even though I don’t expect that, I would like to see the hawker and begger menace to be solved…I promise, I would distribute sweets, if you can do that. Worship you forever, also…

5. You opened our eyes, against the “economic policies” of Communists…as far as my little knowledge goes, they deal with subsidies to farmers, and the slums, at the cost of the Taxpayer’s money…stop it…

6. The illegal migration of Bangladeshis…the aliens, who took our border lands, numbering thousands, doing our jobs, ripping our money, and sending that to their country…regardless of religion, they are exploiting our economy…thats the biggest challenge you face…

Congratulations again, and all the best…

Welcome to hell…


Also, read my take on Buddhadeb Bhattacharya in The-Latest.com, and Greatbong's realistic take on Bengal's change...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

My Book...

A good news folks...my Research Paper is being published as a book, by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany... :)

Happy times!


Three Cool New Blogs...


I wanted to share three cool new blogs for you guys, that you need to follow this summer... a bit of a free publicity for them, but trust me, they are all cool, for some reason or the other... :)

1. First one is Arnab's Web Log, not much of a nomenclature but it is alternatively named as "Keeping in Touch"... Budding writer... And I quite liked the background theme...

2. Second one is a Tech Blog... Stunning design...and probably getting the fastest hits... Content, design, matter, potential... A1...

3. Third one is for serious people. The sheer philosophic weight of this is not for general people surfing... Must read.



Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A CLASSIC REVISITED...


This article was posted in The-Latest.com, written by me, on May 3rd, 2009. I guess the message of this movie is timeless, especially in the modern world, in this modern times. So I am republishing it. For all the Journalism and Mass Comm student, no make it, for everyone who is with even a little but of a democratic mind set, this movie is a must watch.

I was doing a case study in my Mass-Communication class, when I came upon an old 1957 movie named "12 angry men". Who would have thought that a monochromatic film about a spanish boy accused of murder, and the dilemma of the Jury could be such an experience? "12 angry men" was such a lucid, tense, and strangely realistic thriller.



The story is pretty contrived - during a murder trial, one man's (Henry Fonda) doubts about the accused's guilt gradually overcome the rather less-than-democratic prejudices of the other eleven members of the jury. While the film itself points out that democracy and all its human participants are flawed in nature, it upholds the values of democracy, probably in a way which is very much apt to the time. The jurors were named after numbers, very much in sync with ideal democracy, and the photography, being black and white, heightens the tension.

Taking place in almost entirely a jury room, the film was very economical, 12 angry men watches as 11 jurors, convinced of the boys guilt, are slowly won over by one man sympathetic enough to atleast looking into the matter, and having reasonable doubts before sending a man to die..the tagline of the movie sums it up..."life in their hands, death on their minds". The screenplay, happenning almost entirely in a single room, in a hot summer afternoon, adds on to the claustrophobia, and rather being confining and acts as a tension and drama building measure.

The film leaves a tremendous impact, and leaves a person wondering, about the inevitability as well as the futility of democracy. Check it out folks, they don't make classics like this anymore...

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Hypocrisy of Mid Day Tabloid...





Mid Day : The “fearless” journalists who write against "barbaric" censorship...are the most hypocritical news organisation of India...

Came out with a supremely insensitive coverage of this sad story...of a British girl who died of a rarest of rare disease...

With their more than pathetic readerbase commenting frivolously. I (Sumantra Maitra, in the photos) commented on their link pointing out the insensitive nature of their coverage. They justified saying that they are giving people an “off beat” news. I said, please check the coverage of this “offbeat” news in British media, and please don’t lecture me on journalism as I am a journalist myself.

They “censored” my comment, deleted my comments, and blocked me from their community. But morons, as they are, they didn’t delete their own comment, which was addressing me.

The screenshots of both are below, of the great tabloid, who are so democratic that they can’t keep a simple criticism in their FB community for long.

I have one request...who ever sees this post, please share this...this hypocrisy shouldn't go un reported...its a duty to society, I did my part, and I expect others to do that too...

A journalist is a bad guy to mess with...


That's all folks...