|Tell me not in mournful numbers,|
Life is but an empty dream.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal.
When I go from hence
let this be my parting word,
that what I have seen is unsurpassable.
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Friday, 15 August 2008
Of the actors Om Puri is the worst. He is extremely irritating. He looks very uncomfortable (as he should) in a meaningless role dancing on beaches with babes in bikinies and leering at any woman who happens to be in front of him. He is only funny when he is with Archana Puran Singh as B.B. This is the first time I have liked this lady in any movie. She is the only one I felt sorry about. The charactor was tailor made for her and she was doing justice to it before being edited out of the movie. Akshaye Khanna and Paresh Rawal were competent as usual but they deserve a flop this time just for signing up for this movie. Genelia does not have much to do. I can't really find fault with the actors when they don't even have a story to back them up. All my venom is reserved for Priyadarshan. He has been going downhill since Hungama. This movie continues his descent. I just can not understand what he was thinking when making MBPA. Somebody should tell him that just having Rawal and Akshaye in a movie does not make it a comedy.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
For illiterates: HTTP codes are the mysterious numbers you see on your browser when you are not able to access a web page. These numbers tell you (or will tell you if you have the sense to interpret them) what the problem is. For example, 404 means the page (or resource) you requested could not be found.
Sunday, 10 August 2008
I have heard Aamir is actually a "remake" of a foreign film. Since I have not seen that movie I cannot comment on that. Even if it is, that does not bother me. A creatively made remake may sometimes surpass the original. Aamir is a serious effort at making a realistic suspense thriller and it has succeeded.
Friday, 8 August 2008
TMSH is a delightful pastiche. Jamyang Norbu has maintained seamlesss continuity from Doyle's stories in both language and atmosphere. His description of 1890s India from the bustling crowds of Bombay to the hills of Shimla is superb. His recreation of Thibet and the forbidden city of Lhasa is fabulous. My personal favourite is the passage describing the traveler's first view of the city as they enter through its gates. Norbu draws his characters from not only Doyle's stories but also from Rudyard Kipling's works, Kim being the most prominent among them. Since Watson cannot be here his shoes are filled in by Babu Hurree Chunder Mookerjee - one of Kipling's creations - who becomes the Bengali Boswell to Holmes. In fact, the tale is populated throughout with characters from Kim and the language is nearer to Kim's than to any of Doyle's works.
The book has decidedly political overtones. This is not surprising given that Jamyang Norbu is an eminent Tibetan political activist fighting for its independence. The events in the book happen in 1892, the Tibetan Water-Dragon year. This is just about the time when China was making her first moves to grab Tibet. Setting the story in this year allows Norbu to introduce a political backdrop. Needless to say, all the villains are Chinese.
TMSH is an extremely well researched book filled with interesting nuggets of information about the peoples, events and places of those times. The narrator is an enlightened Brahmo Samajist and is as such familiar with most of the prevelant philosophies and scientific theories of his times. One of the most amusing conversations in the book takes place when a character mentions that the light waves are electrical and magnetic vibrations. Though we know it to be true today, our narator, true to his times, dismisses it as bakwaas and having "nothing scientific about it"
(To be completed).
Monday, 4 August 2008
i see you'hv been writing quite a bit:)
Sent at 12:55 PM on Monday
u know what
this is the season for girls
most new babies are female
a frnd of mine had a girl
she is the thrd frnd to hv a girl
last year it was all boys
lots of women proposing to you
i wish :(
with such writing
you'll be a hit among women journos
i dnt know any journos :(
neways writing is the last thing women look for
what do they look for then?
writing indicates brains/intelligence
women like that
women luk for dumbos
i thot men look for dumbos
of course they do
both luk for dumbos
and since the world is full of dumbos of both sexes
nobody has any problems hooking up
and getting married
except a few poor souls like me
Sent at 4:13 PM on Monday
i thot u said u r surrounded by intelligent people in ur co. :)
men r married
same here with women
Sent at 4:17 PM on Monday
u know wht this is a funny conversation
i will post it on my blog
after hiding names
yeah i said that "after hiding names"
Sent at 4:21 PM on Monday