29 October 2006
Met Muzaffar Ali
Humko aapki Umrao Jaan movie bahot pasand hai aur baar baar dekhte rehte hai. Bahot achhi lagti hai. 'Thank you'
Waise to hum yaha physics ke phd students hai magar humey films mein bahot interest hai. Aap bataa sakte hai humey kya karna chahiye, shuruaat kaise karni chahiye?
'Concepts pe kaam karo'
'Pehle aap likhna chalu karo'
'Un cheezo pe jo aapke dil ke kareeb hai' (had a smile on his face all the time)
Thank you. Bahot khushi hui aapse milke.
He looks very down to earth and kind hearted - cool and gentle. Nice person.
The original Jahan-e-Khusro at Delhi in first week of March must be fantastic. Have to go there some day.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Museum of Fina Arts Boston
I am going :)
28 October 2006
Police wala kissa
mein td vivek aur ashenafi
ek police ka car saamne se gaya
phir peeche aaya
ek policewala utra. Chehra poora laal tha (drunk?)
hands on hips - shouts at td: You! Come here!
why were u so fidgety when i passed in the car?
why were u nervous?
i am not nervous
well i saw u jump 20 feet when u saw me pass
whom r u calling a man?? i am an officer!
what r u smoking? are u smoking weed?
no this is a cigarette
u sure? show me your id!
learn to relax when a police car passes by
aur chala gaya.
He was literally shouting commands as if hum log military ka drill karne aaye hai. Very rude.
Ajeeb desh hai. Is this racism btw? Or just that he had to show some work to his seniors?
Bollywood tussi great ho ji
"Babu Chironjilal jaisi beemari waisa ilaaj"
Khosla Ka Ghosla is fantastic!
26 October 2006
cramster.com - "Get help with your homework now!" Solutions to commonly used PCM, science, engg college textbook problems all solved and ready to download for only 5-10$ per month. No need to apply your mind - pay money and get the solutions ready-made. They even preach responsible use of the material available on their website as a disclaimer. I had a chat with their live-chat assistant (who is probably in India). I am already feeling guilty for pain maarofying some overworked person. Original transcript available for all voyeurs here.
But this is not all. They have a KPO in New Delhi where they hire people to solve textbook problems. KPO indeed. We sure know how to process Knowledge huh. An advertisement on some obscure jobs site:
They dare declare on their website that they have outsourced homework to India. People in India seem to be so proud & full of themselves for being the front-runners in the so-called knowledge based economy of the future. Will everything be US-oriented in the future? India will provide the services and China the goods. Whose future is this?
Subject Matter Expert in Math [Calculus + Algebra) (minimum Masters degree (speciality in Vector & Differential Calculus) in Math; good knowledge of MS Office and functional knowledge of Internet] / Cramster.com; East of Kailash, New Delhi
Is anyone concerned about education at all? Borrowing some quotes from a forum.. Tagore, in his Nobel prize acceptance speech:
"... I myself had suffered when I was young through the impediments which were inflicted upon most boys while they attended schools and I have had to go through he machine of education which crushes the joy and freedom of life for which children have such insatiable thirst..."Another Tagore quote on education which i came across on wikipedia:
"We pass examinations, and shrivel up into clerks, lawyers and police inspectors, and we die young .... Once upon a time we were in possession of such a thing as our mind in India. It was living. It thought, it felt, it expressed itself. But it has been thrust aside, and we are made to tread the mill of passing examinations, not forlearning anything, but for notifying that we are qualified for employment under organizations conducted in English. Our educated community is not a cultured community, but a community of qualified candidates."
22 October 2006
"You two are from India"
Desis are so obvious huh. Skin? Maybe the accent? But TD is from Paschim Midnapur and I am from Thane!
Hum sab ustaad hai (Kishore Kumar, Dara Singh)
Hum Paanch (Amrish Puri, Shabana Azmi, Mithun, Naseerudin, Sanjeev Kumar, Dipti Naval)
Woh Lamhe(Shiny Ahuja, Kangna Ranaut) @ schizophrenia & bolly masala
Khamosh Paani (Fantastic!) @ Women & communalism in Pakistan
Going to watch - Khosla ka Ghosla
21 October 2006
Golconda Sound & Light Show
Meet at Kookatpalli at 1. See his home. Eat lunch at Kookatpalli. Proceed to Mehdipatnam from where we were supposed to catch a bus for Golconda town. Everything went as planned and we reached the town by 3. It was foolproof! He said we would stroll in the wooded area of the tombs of the Qutub Shahs till 4.30 when the sun will be bearable. Then we would go around the fort and be back by 6.30, have something to eat and be ready for the light and sound show at 7.
I cannot describe the show. Simply beautiful. Ghazal, poetry, dialogues, tales of adventure, love, wisdom and passion. The story of the Qutub Shahs unfolds as the sun sets and the fort as if comes to life again with the clever light and speaker systems which follow the commentary. No more flowery descriptions.
Funny thing was that some tourist guides could speak bengali and even the majority of tourists were bongs. The view is fantastic and the tombs are magic and a trip to another age. One of the most visited is that of the revered Queen Mother - Hayat Bakshi Begum the wise matriarch. I photographed a poem about the tombs.
Hyderabad is a charming city of friendly people with the cute accent. When we went to Lakdi-ka-Pul for bus tickets to Bombay, the lady asks, "Kitna ticket hona?" Santosh said to me, "Yaar iss shehar mein saari cheezey hoti rehti hai" :D
Photos of Golconda
19 October 2006
PM saab when will the suicides stop?
08 October 2006
Infernal Affairs - The Departed
Wow! That was a fantastic movie. All the movie freaks of Powai were clean bowled by this movie 2-3 years back. 'Fuck man kya movie hai. Kya? nahi dekhi? Aaj pakka dekhna. Kaunse server pe hai. Mein jake mera ftp chalu karta hu. Waha se lele. Anonymous login.' Then someone downloaded Infernal Affairs II on public demand and put it on the LAN. Those were the days of subtitle mania and an explosion of non-Hollywood film appreciation and I hope the tradition continues.
But the question is can the star director Martin Scorsese and Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio match the performance of the original artists. Have to watch it before I get deported. Its not fair to compare but when you adapt/remake a great movie you better be good at it. 'Dil hai ke maanta nahi' was a good adaptation cum copy of the 50's movie 'It happened one night'. Maybe I could reconcile the two because I saw 'Dil hai ke..' before. But at the end - all's cool if paisa vasool. So thumbs up Scorsese and people should thank him if he has made a good movie in English.
'The Departed' is as bad as it gets. Bad characterization, zero style, badly written screenplay and a waste of money and time. Go for 'Infernal Affairs'. No comparison. Tony Leung is a much better actor than Leonardo DiCaprio who is very unconvincing as a cop in a ganster's guise. Matt Damon is even worse. There is nothing great about 'The Departed'.