Sunday, January 29, 2006

Roo Baa Rooo!!

Aamir Khan & his friends die for the cause!! Thats the sane end to the sane movie 'Rang De Basanti'. Sorry guys if I had unceremoniously broken the climax. But then, that was intentional ;)

I say, it is another classy movie, a *must-watch*. And I love AR Rahman!!

What ails India today? For one, this movie doesnt promote any fake heroisms. For another, it does stimulate one's thought process, mildly yet enduring.

Aamir & his band of friends are the beer-guzzling moto-racing fighter-plane-chasing 'bindaas' pseudo-heros, who refuse to graduate out of college. Though Aamir is idolized within the campus, he has no rosy notions about what awaits him/them in the corporate world. A chance encounter with a documentary director (phoren maal) takes them back in time, to the Indian Freedom Movement. In fact, they are re-enacting the roles of Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, ... for the documentary.

But the death of one of their friends, a dear pilot in the Indian Air Force, shifts their focus onto the MIGs that have been turning into death machines. They intend to fight against the MIGs and the corruption that sustains them, but with no success. Their fight turns into a rebellion a'la Bhagat Singh and they kill the defence minister. They also stake responsibility for the killing and in the process, churning the thoughts/emotions across the country.

What ails India today? the lack of super heros / role models? But then, let's face it... you cannot give up on your life just because there isn't any call-to-arm, can you?


Friday, January 27, 2006


Its gonna be another 'chill maadi' weekend. With my sis & BIL coming over, we (me n cousins) are going to let loose the party (and the purse strings) :)

Tomorrow night would be dedicated to 'Rang de Basanti'. Though I have heard quite good reviews from the folks that have watched the movie, I am keeping my expectations low after watching Mangal Pandey. I will post mine later..

Talking of movies, I watched 'Green Mile' and 'There's something about Mary' the last 2 night-outs, both for the second time, in between my waiting for results and trial and error method of addressing some issues at work. Excellent movies to soothe the side-effects of sleep-deprivation. I also watched 'The Sound of Music' - a classic - beautiful movie. It is a musical - has songs in-between like our very own hindi movies. Though I am not too fond of musicals, the songs here are very nice, smooth and gelling perfectly with the story. A *must watch* for the feel-gooders. ( I am sure this has been copied in Hindi, but I dont know its name.)

I also am supposed to be meeting a couple of my friends who are supposed to be here for the weekend from Chennai. But then, they are lazy-bums-chums and I dont expect to hear anything from them, not even a purr, when they are here with their loved ones. Though they would be very prompt in sending a 'sorry' note as soon as they are back in chennai!!


The Sound of Music

The hills are alive with the sound of music
With songs they have sung for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears

My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds
that rise from the lake to the trees
My heart wants to sigh like a chime that flies
from a church on a breeze
To laugh like a brook when it trips and falls over
stones on its way
To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray

I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
I know I will hear what I've heard before
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
And I'll sing once more

Climb ev'ry mountain
Ford ev'ry stream
Follow ev'ry rainbow
'Till you find your dream

A dream that will need
All the love you can give
Everyday of your life
For as long as you live


Sunday, January 22, 2006

Bangalore Bloggers & Akshara!!

It was great fun meeting you guys saturday evening at Barista!

But, here, plz let me talk about Akshara specifically.

Akshara, after the successful implementation of their pilot project "Accelerated Learning Program" for primary school kids in 2 blocks of bangalore, has now taken up implementing the project throughout Bangalore (on war footing!)

Plz Check for more details.

For the new-comers, Varun has also posted an excellent introduction to Akshara on his blog.

If your question is:
How can I support Akshara in this endeavour?
If you had volunteered your time for Akshara,

"Now Is That Time".

Simple.. just tell me the exact dates when you can support Akshara (for a minimum of 2 hours).

Leave your Name, Email & the Dates in the next one month.

And I would mail you back the details in the next couple of days.


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

where is Jamnagar?

Just heard the news that one of my friends is getting married... On Mar 20th at Jam Nagar. Now where in the heaven is that? (marriages are made in heaven, you see...)

He is quite a cool and funny guy. I got to know him during our 4 years at a godforsaken jail.. ! The first year was the best. It was quite an experience together... eating 'rubber' parathas... running on the connector away from the warden and the senior inmates after giving gaalis to them from the roof top on a moonless night... bunking marchpast practices... watching any and every movie shown at the audi... yearning for the one or two birds around...

We met again at Hyderabad, about 5 years back, when I was there for a day.. courtesy Microsoft... And then he went to the US. It seems he met the girl of his dreams there at Goldman Sachs. And he stayed.

We met again when I took a stopover in New York. And he was going strong with the girl-O-H-D. I havent seen her yet but it seems they make a cute pair. She is a gujju and hence, Jam nagar....

Now I need to find out the Jam and if there is an airport and a flight to that place... Do you have any ideas?


Thursday, January 05, 2006


It was funnny... to see the Media crying!

It seems they werent let anywhere close to the venues of Aamir - Kiran marriage & receptions (Panchgani/Bangalore). Especially after the Panchgani episode.. they were crying that they couldn't even get a closer look at the entrance to the place. All they wanted was to take a look at the venue, it seems. Absolutely ridiculous..

And then, they went about claiming that the events were 'shrouded in mystery'.. Do they know some such thing as privacy? let alone respect for privacy..


How to lose a loyal customer..

I have a Standard Chartered Credit Card that I had been using for the past 5 years. was pretty happy with the card and the service.. and have spent atleast 4 - 5 lacs through the card.. i remember having gotten more than 4000 reward points (you get 1 reward point for the qualifying 100 bucks of spend with this card)

Last year.. they said that I need to pay just 500 bucks and I would get the cards (had some add-on cards too) free for my lifetime. But, when I saw the statement some couple of months back, I found that they had again charged me the annual fees (1500 overall).

When I called them up, they said that they can't give to me for free.. But if I pay another 500 bucks per card I will definitely get it lifetime free, this time. I said NO and asked them to cancel the cards.

During the verification call (before cancellation), they offered to reverse all my fees and charges.. for just 250 bucks (overall). I waited till the next statement.. and lo! I found 250 bucks plus the late fees (900 bucks) on the non-existant annual fees.

I blasted them and they promised that they will send me a clean statement if I could just retain my cards.

And today, I see a statement for 75 bucks....!!

What do you think?


Calling all tamil enthusiasts....

what do you mean by "yaer yeduththu paartha dhilla" ??!


Sunday, January 01, 2006

Snapshots.. Kumaara Parvatha

Here are the peaks enticing and enthralling you!

The Sign board near the entrance of the hills in Kukke Subramanya.

Starting the climb through the forest..

And continuing through the grasses (bordering the forest)..

A Forest Watch Tower! ;)

To the Pit Stop (Bhattre's place)

The next morning from Giri Gadde

To breakfast at the Mantapam (you see that?)

see that now?!

and the trail beyond..?

On the penultimate peak.. Kshesh Giri

The trail covered so far..

And the other side at Kshesh..

The (hidden) trail to Pushpa Giri through the forest

...And the waterfall face

The Cliffhanger pose :P

Pushpa Giri conquered!

top shot!!

back at Giri Gadde saying bye (and thanks) to Mahalingeshwara Bhatta ( you may also need his mobile number: 9448647947)

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a Great Grand Gamboling New Year 2006.


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