Friday, December 26, 2008

Close to 100 movies this semester

Latest movies:
Hum dil de chuke sanam 1999
Ahista Ahista 2006
Pukar 2000
Happy Days (Telugu)
Asoka
happy (Telugu)
Nayak - The Real Hero 2001
Mohra
Kairee 2000
Loafer 1996
Excuse Me 2003
Risk 2007
Oye Lucky Lucky Oye 2008


Acads ki to watt lagi is semester...

but what is important is the moral, intellectual and social benefits of watching a lot of movies and tv series :P

This semester:
10 seasons Friends
3 seasons 24
Movie-Counter: (88 Movies) 79 Hindi, 2 Telugu and 7 English

Friday, December 5, 2008

Latest Movies

Chokher Bali 2003
Sorry Bhai 2008
Dor 2006
Ek Hasina Thi
Shool
Oh! My God 2008
Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha

(Movie-Counter: 68 Hindi and 7 English since 23rd July 2008)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Latest Movies....

Harsh ne kaata... koi baat nahin.. movies se hi kaam chalaya jaaye december mein... :)

Highjack 2008
Murder 2004
Bride and Prejudice
YuvRaaj
DeshDrohi
Prestige
Dil 1990
Apaharan 2005
Aap Ka Suroor 2007
Shabd 2005

(Movie-Counter: 61 Hindi and 7 English since 23rd July 2008)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Why Did The Industrial Revolution Take Place In Europe And Not Asia?

Just wanted everyone to read this...
a gem I thought...

As the world’s trade and industry started to change, arguably, into a more global economy in the late twentieth century, it could also be argued that historians altered their opinions on the past, seeming to move away from a ‘Eurocentric’ view of history and encompassing a more global history suggesting a global economy as early as the twelfth century with its centre placed firmly in Peking. The question of why the Industrial Revolution occurred in eighteenth-century Western Europe and not anywhere else for example the Yangzi Delta became global topics for historical debate. Opinion is diverse; however, one can roughly divide it into three groups; Eurocentric determinists, Global economists and a group of revisionist historians who dismiss the validity of any comparison due to the extreme differences between Europe and other areas of the world. Such diversity in opinion is cause for a closer look into the areas of contention; geography and ecology, demography, technology, European economic advantage, colonialism and a global economy, governmental policy and the role of exploitation, and general cultural differences.
Firstly, the role of geography has been used by historians to answer why Europe came before Asia. It is argued that Britain had a climatic advantage over China due to its mild weather and constant rainfall. Moderate weather conditions protected Europe against disease and drought, capital damaging disasters. Furthermore, the favourable agricultural conditions and fertile soil allowed Europe, especially Western Europe, to keep enough land spare to use to graze animals, something never really achieved in China. However, this fairly Eurocentric view does not account for the favourable conditions in many places in China such as the Guangdong region as highlighted by Pomeranz.
Historians agree that Europe had more livestock than Asia from the medieval period onwards. However, this fact has created a split opinion; Pomeranz argues that China did not have the same need for livestock that Europe did. Animals in Europe were used not only for food, but for industrial purposes [pulling ploughs, turning millstones] and transport. It is argued that these advantages set the bearings for Europe to develop. However, the Chinese cultivated rice in paddy fields instead of wheat, so there was no great need for ploughing or turning millstones. China utilised its waterways for transport links, and purchased warhorses from Central Asia and proceeded to breed them throughout the seventeenth century . Furthermore, although meat provides an unrivalled source of protein, the Chinese gained enough protein from rice and beans, in addition, the Chinese, along with the Japanese and South-East Asia, had a safe water supply and cotton was widely available. These advantages in standard of life are clear evidence that the geographical argument for why Europe ‘succeeded’ and not Asia are invalid, especially in light of the fact that in Europe between 1400 and 1800 meat consumption actually fell 80 per cent in some areas.
Secondly, Europe’s, and in particular Britain’s, ecological advantages are argued to have caused and inspired its industrialisation. Britain’s mines were close in proximity to its markets. Although China did have large coal reserves, they were situated in the North. Following the general migration southward and re-location of the cultural centre to ward against attack from invaders, the coal industry that had once been booming became ‘a backwater’ , in terms of commerce and new ideas. The climates of the two areas also have a role to play in the development of technology. Britain had a major problem with flooding, and a solution was found in the form of a steam powered pump. With adaptation, this would form the basis for the steam power used in industry. China had the opposite problem – the problem of spontaneous combustion – a solution was found in adequate ventilation, but this did not possess the same potential for development. Many theses place the ecological factor of coal as the vanguard of their studies, the discovery by the British of steam power created from coal arguably led to the Industrial revolution through transport and powerful machinery. Even though conditions in Song China were similar, the cheap coal available in Britain and the problems they had to overcome gave the British a unique and cheap motive to innovate.
Thirdly, demographical arguments play a major role in the argument about why China did not industrialise in the eighteenth century. China is seen by Eurocentric historians to have been much more densely populated than Europe. Due to the abundance of labour, China is argued to have had lower real wages than Europe and therefore did not have the same need to develop ‘labour saving’ devices. Additionally, rice, China’s main crop, soaked up land and labour, the more land and labour fed to it the more output it produced. The Malthusian argument never proved correct where rice was concerned. Europe however, had a higher percentage of arable land and a much sparser population. Furthermore, the natural disasters that occurred in Europe [wars, epidemics, famines] tended to hit labour rather than crops; it is argued that this created higher wages and a greater need for mechanisation. However, in terms of population growth the two seem quite similar. Although China did have earlier marriage rates, most women were married before the age of 21 and a belief system in Confucianism that, in theory, promoted large families; birth control methods such as infanticide and the spacing out of births did stem the tide of massive population growth to a certain extent. Comparatively speaking, the Chinese generally started families later and finished earlier than their European counterparts. Also, the only birth control widely used in Europe was marriage. Although the Chinese population was slightly larger and more considerable per square foot of arable land, the rise in ‘proto-industrialisation’ in China effectively swallowed this difference, therefore relatively equalising the population growths of Europe and China. Pomeranz argues along the same lines, when he points out that life expectancy in Asia was equal if not better than that of Europe up to 1750. He argues that ‘proto-industrialisation’ in rural China, kept real wages at a constant rate throughout this period. However, it has been argued that due to the total difference between the economic, cultural, geographical and demographic structures the two areas are so different they are ‘almost different “Darwinian species”’ and therefore any attempt to compare the two is pointless.
Perdue names the demographical argument as one of the ‘shortcuts’ of explaining the difference between east and west. He argues that there was a relative correspondence between the two populations, they rose and fell together and never really exceeded the five per cent gap in their percentage of world population. Perdue also suggests that if scarce population was the sole catalyst for innovation, Siberia would be the most technologically advanced area on the planet, which it is of course not.
Technological advancement is another major factor in the quest to decipher how Europe came to Industrialise before Asia. Industrialisation was dependant on the development of technology and indeed the Europeans did make many technological breakthroughs. Europe’s discovery of how to capture heat and use it effectively was a major breakthrough towards Industrialisation. However, Eurocentric historians, of which Landes is the main spokesman, argue that the idea of progress was ‘weak or absent’ from Chinese culture. Instead of developing previous generations’ technology, ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’, each generation seemed to start from scratch. This is Landes’ explanation for the apparent Chinese successes in other periods of history. Chinese technology had given the world the compass and gunpowder [to name a few] and had ‘developed a huge iron and coal complex’ during the Song dynasty; however the Chinese, in what seems to be an ideal basis to industrialise, never did. The absence of ‘scientific societies’ and the spread of ideas is thought to have had an adverse effect, although print in China was widespread many years before Europe, ideas were never spread like the enlightenment in the late eighteenth century. Furthermore, in Europe scientific study was government backed and the catalysts of consistent warfare and inter-nation competition helped its cause.
The world system theory pioneered by Frank, suggests that technological advancement was a ‘world economic process’ and that Asia just took a back seat during this period. This global economy is indicated by the ‘Green Revolution’ – the introduction of new crops all over the world. Potato and maize were introduced to China whereas spices, cotton and silk were traded in the opposite direction along the infamous Silk Route across Asia. Additionally, the affect of silver on the Ming shows the global nature of trade in the sixteenth century, 80 per cent of silver mined in Mexico and Peru found its way into China. Even if this figure is overestimated it indicates that China was not completely isolated from foreign trade like Eurocentric scholars argue.
Development in the area of precise measurement was an area of unique European speciality, and they kept a monopoly in the science of time measurements and magnification for over 300 years. These inventions allowed the precision that empirical method relied upon.
Chinese technology did not stagnate during the Ming-Qing dynasties, but it did not ‘revolutionise the Chinese economy’ like it revolutionised the European market. This is where the true question lies.
Eurocentric scholars argue that Europe was ‘uniquely wealthy’ preceding Industrialisation. Arguing that Europe had more capital, private ownership, basic property rights, a surplus producing agricultural system, the beginnings of specialisation, professional trade and law and order. However, these claims on closer inspection are not entirely unique to Europe. Private ownership and basic property rights had existed in China since sixth century BC. China owned a highly productive agriculture based on rice which yielded a surplus, and allowed the Chinese to trade extensively domestically and internationally. Frank’s global economy also suggests that China was at the forefront of a global economy and that Europe had to use its colonial outlet’s riches [i.e. the American gold and silver] to break into an economy, run by the East for more than three centuries.
Europe’s exploitation of its colonial outlets is a major reason for its success according to Pomeranz. Europe’s ‘global conjunctions’ allowed Europe to save its own ‘land-intensive’ resources. Furthermore, in combination with events elsewhere, such as the introduction of silver as fiscal payment in China, the Americas supplied capital for the Europeans to exploit in order to infiltrate the Chinese market, which supports Frank’s global economy theory.
The change of emperor in China in the mid 1430s brought about the end of the seven epic voyages of Zheng He. His maritime voyages reached as far as east Africa and predated Vasco de Gama by half a century in his navigation of the Indian Ocean. However, rivalries at court prevented any more voyages possible and by 1550 it had become a capital offence to sail a ship of more than two masts at all. China’s naval policy indicates three aspects of Chinese society, firstly that it had the technological knowledge before Europe to build grand ships and navigate a notoriously difficult area of ocean. Secondly, that Chinese culture was not inward looking as is presumed by Eurocentric scholars, and finally, the role of the Chinese state. A wave of modern historical thought holds the Chinese state responsible for its retardation. The cessation of naval voyages is an example of this hindering state intervention. However, Chinese money and resources were needed for much more pressing matters at that time. Mongol attacks along the northern border were becoming more frequent and needed attention and funding.
‘Oriental despotism’ a phrase coined by Wittfogel, presents a view of the Ming state as a rent-seeking government, it also suggest that this prevented capitalist fervour in China. The state is also accused of only taking an interest in homicide and tax evasion in court. However, new evidence suggests that the lower realms of Chinese society had security of tenure and some legal access and that the population increase in tenancy areas would not have been possible had the state been repressive enough to warrant the title of “rent-seeking”. Furthermore, Europe was not as free as Eurocentric historians might like to point out. Europe was a land of landed elites, religious restrictions, warfare and expulsion of entrepreneurial peoples such as the Jews and pogroms. Therefore, no decisive conclusion can be made to distinguish between the economic security and freedom of the Chinese or the European communities.

In conclusion, historical opinion tackles this question from many different points of view, more recently what have seemed to be solid descriptions of how Europe came to Industrialise before China have been proved to be ‘misplaced concreteness’ and ‘shortcuts’ by Eurocentric historians. The issue has become even more clouded as many of these factors have started to be seen to occur in similar ways in both regions. Only slight differences stand out in the cloud and these are not stand-alone factors, without the combination it is likely the Industrial Revolution might not have happened at all. Europe’s coal resource and its proximity to its economic base is an important factor. Also, the European discovery of steam power made possible by the expendable amount of almost worthless coal at the disposal of the inventors. Colonial expansion into the America’s also awarded Europe with extra land and capital to fund industrialisation. However, these factors have to have been in conjunction with Chinese trade, especially in silver. The invention of precision instruments also was indispensable to the European advancement. The world probably did have a global economy, at least, a set of interactions between east and west from as early as the early middle ages. Therefore, the revisionist argument is discredited, as has been shown, east and west were similar in many aspects and a comparison between them is possible especially in light of how close China might have come to industrialisation.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Two God movies

Two GOD movies:

Requiem For A Dream
Dasvidaniya

Must watch Junta...


(Movie-Counter: 53 Hindi and 5 English since 23rd July 2008)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More Movies

I see U
Hari Puttar
Fashion
Heroes
Hello

Me Myself and Irene

Dostana

(Movie-Counter: 51 Hindi and 5 English since 23rd July 2008)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Latest Movies

Karz
Chamku
De Taali
Just Married
Golmaal Returms
Qayamat - City under Threat

(Movie-Counter: 45 Hindi and 4 English since 23rd July 2008)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Recent times

I am just writing this blog to forget the time I have had between the last blog and this one.
Just to keep the movie ticker going, Movies seen:

A Wednesday
Drona
Haasil (2003)
Mumbai Matinee
Phone Booth
Rock On
Saathiya
Welcome to Sajjanpur
Dil to Pagal Hai
21

I know I would have forgotten a lot of movies in between, but still:
(Movie-Counter: 39 Hindi and 4 English since 23rd July 2008)

Also, I completed first season of 24. Great season. Thanx to Harsh for "forcing" me to see it. End unexpected tha.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Algo paper

bahut time ho gaya movies ke baare mein likhe hue...
sophies ki campaigning mein busy tha...

ab free hoon... midsem time sabse jyada lukhha time..

aaj algo ka midsem tha...
raped...killed....crucified....DIWANified....

kya fart hai..
kya paper tha..
aahhhaa....aaahhaa...aahaaa..abhi tak dukh raha hai...

timeline:
paper 2:30-4:30
2:30 - 3:00 read the paper once...ye baad mein karunga..ye baad mein...sab baad mein..
3:00 - 4:00 nothing written in fair in the copy..
4:00 - 4:30 ----6 line likha.. sachin aalaa re aala...
paper extended till 5
4:30 - 4:45 -- counting ki... 7/30 ka attempt kiya.. god tarah se partial marking kare to 10/30
4:45 ---- give up...paper ditch.... bhookh lag rahi hai... :(
raped...killed...crucified..DIWANified....


flashback:
24 hours before the exam....
lets see God tussi great ho...happy ho gaya....tussi great ho...
20 hours before the exam... lets see mumbai meri jaan... yo jaan....luv u... badhiyaan movie... badhiyaa acting...
15 hours before the exam..
lets sleep... slept till 2 hours before the exam.. god like... zero preparation...
maza aa jaayega... aayaa....bahut maza aaya.... aaaaaaaaaaaa....a.aa.ahhh..aahh..... raped...killed...crucified..DIWANified....

:(

aur bhi kuch movies dekhi thi...
bachna ae hasino..
satya..
Sahara (English movie)..

if i am not forgetting any movie..
(Movie-Counter: 31 Hindi and 2 English since 23rd July 2008)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Movies this weekend

Koi Mil Gaya

Money Hai to Honey Hai: God MAx fatte.. Socials hat gaya warna god inspiration material hai socials ke liye... :)

Namaste London

(Movie-Counter: 27 Hindi and 1 English since 23rd July 2008)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Movies this week

Umrao Jaan: Awesome Movie. Of course no where compared to last Umrao Jaan. But Watching Aishwariya was a treat (once again). Good acting by Shabana Azmi.
An interesting trivia, The role for Khannum Jaan in this movie was played by Shabana Azmi and by Shaukat Kaifi (her mother) in Umrao Jaan (starring Rekha).

Johnny Mera Naam (1970)

Abhimman Would definitely write a long blog discussing this movie in a week or so.

Singh is King


(Movie-Counter: 24 Hindi and 1 English since 23rd July 2008)

Speak up!!!

Its 9:49 in the morning when I am writing this blog. Yesterday at around 12:00 p.m., I was with someone whom I know since an year now. Today I had breakfast with another senior with whom I have worked a lot.

But, What is this with me?
I felt this way twice before. Both leading to the conclusion that I am not good with girls. I become nervous when I talk to girls. But why this time??

I am talking about my incapability to keep someone engrossed for even a small time.
The first time when I realised this was when I went to meet a girl who was an old friend from school. I thought I would have so much to talk about. We would laugh, enjoy and stuff. But when I was with her, I didn't have anything to speak. Uff!! It was so embarrassing. After a brief sad talk for about 10 minutes, when I sat back in the car, It came to back to me-"Dude, you could have asked her about Saawariyaan!! You know girls liked Ranbir Kapoor! Or may be you could have started the topic on where are our common friends. If not something, at least you could have said, whats up these days. Or may be told whats up in my life. But no, DO NOT SPEAK. Why do I get nervous?"

Again, In MI 2008, A friend (very generously) introduced me to a friend (who was a girl). We were sitting together. Not a single word. I could not speak anything. Even when she asked me something, I would give the "Shortest Answer Possible". Why was I doing that? What the fuck is wrong with me?

I came to the conclusion. I am not comfortable with girls. This may be because I am an IITian and most IITians do not even get to smell a girl.

But, since an year now, I am experiencing something more.
With these experiences, I think there is one problem. The problem that many of us face.

I don't have enough topics for everyone. "Remember the time in OSL Lab when you told that story about Aishwariya Rai and his father and everyone in the lab was so impressed with the story and hence the story teller. And that story was followed by the funny incident of Sachin Tendulkar. Oh my God! I am on top of the world. Now the guy who laughed the loudest meets me next day. Happy and smiling, as if expecting another good one. Argh! Stop it! I dont have anything to speak. Run away from here. Look tensed! Look busy! Look as if you have so many assignments to complete today! I wish I had one topic to start! Please God! Please! Yes..I got it. Heyy...you had that music competition yesterday naa. How did it go? Pheww!! Thank God!" I happened to me not once, many many times.

Yesterday evening and today again. I know most of the things I am allowed to know about those seniors. I know there is nothing up in their life because we talked about this 24 hours back. You obviously do not expect a lot to happen in 24 hours! But you got to start a conversation. Main aisa kyun hoon? Main aisa kyun hoon? In both the occasions, I went back without talking. Why? Why do I feel that I do not have anything to discuss with anyone?

Someone please help! Don't suggest me to read wikipedia or Readers Digest. I have tried that. I believe I have more "General Knowledge" than most of my other friends. Its just that it takes me time to search the database and get one for you on the fly. More importantly, it does not come out naturally.

Good news!! I can discuss this post with some good friends and hence I have made one topic for discussion. God! Please remind me of this topic when I meet people.

:)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Movies this weekend

Saw 5 movies this weekend (All Hindi) :)

Sangharsh (1999): Indianised "Silence of Lambs". But I liked it even more than I liked Silence of Lambs. The simple reason being everything was in Indian context. For me, Preity Zinta's story was more convincing than the story of the trainee in Silence of Lambs. Akshay Kumar is as usual great. Ashutosh Rana is brilliant. :)

Kyun! Ho Gaya Naa: Poor story line I believe. Everything was wierd , yet predictable. Vivek Oberoi's worst performance.

Chameli: One of the very few movies where I find Kareena good. Good acting and strong storyline.

Gunda: :) Movie made for IITians. :)

Rangeela: GodMax!! I think I did not see it before.

Road To Ladakh (2002): Irfaan Khan movie. Nothing good except some good Irfaan Khan acting.


(Movie-Counter: 20 Hindi and 1 English since 23rd July 2008)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Ugly Aur Pagli



Exact copy of 'My Sassy Girl'. But a terrible movie. Ranvir Shorey was good. But the film was a big bore overall. I actually slept once while watching the movie. :(

(Movie-Counter: 14 Hindi and 1 English since 23rd July 2008)

A resolution: At any point of time in my 3rd year, Average Number of Hindi Movies I see daily would not exceed 1.0. Its fine today: 14 in 15 :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Kismat Konnection, Maachis, Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahe

Watched these three movies last week.

Kismat Konnection: Idea was OK. But two doubts for the director: Why did you take Vidya Balan?? It was like a love story between a kid and friend's elder sister. Overall OK types.

Maachis: GODMAX movie.

Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahe: Again the same thing, OK types movie. Another boring family drama with a funny script.

BUT TODAY I AM WRITING THIS BECAUSE I HAVE "FINALLY" SEEN ALL THE EPISODES OF F.R.I.E.N.D.S IN ORDER (01x01 TO 10x20) (FOR THE FIRST TIME) :). NOW IS THE TURN OF SEINFELD...HE HE

Monday, July 28, 2008

Zakhm



As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, I enjoy movies showing Hindus and Muslims as brothers and that only few people do all the stuff for their self-vested interests. Can I get anything better than Zakhm? Good movie...But as expected such movies are bound to have "controversies". I read an article which said this: "Zakhm" has been fighting controversy after controversy since its conception, and it is a blessing on the viewer that such a film has valiantly braved each storm in order to come forth onto the big screen. This is a film that not only will make you feel - it will make you think. Be prepared.

It really made me think. Think!!!!

(Movie-Counter: 10 Hindi and 1 English since 23rd July 2008)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Internship Pics

Finally after around 18 hours of hard work, I have been able to put some selected pics of my HK visit. Junta, even after selecting only good pics, the number of pics is still around 400. Although I don't expect you to see them all, but if you do, comments are welcome.

http://picasaweb.google.com/pratik.phodu/HongKong6
http://picasaweb.google.com/pratik.phodu/HongKong5
http://picasaweb.google.com/pratik.phodu/HongKong4
http://picasaweb.google.com/pratik.phodu/HongKong3
http://picasaweb.google.com/pratik.phodu/HongKong2
http://picasaweb.google.com/pratik.phodu/HongKong1

Enjoy!!!!!

Bhootnath and Karz

Watched two movies today.. Bhootnath and Karz

Bhootnath

Amitabh Bacchaan, the child actor and Juhi were very good. Good movie. The child and his innocence in the first half of the movie is good to attract children, The "Baghban" thing in the second half is also good. All songs are good in some or the other way (some have good video and others have great poetic meanings).

Karz

Just wanted to see an old movie with good songs. Watched Karz (once again :))

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Kahaani Gudiya Ki - 2008 and Maine Pyaar Kiya

First night-out of the semester....Saw 2 movies

Kahaani Gudiya Ki

Just two words for this movie:
Intolerable movie....

The only good thing that you can find in the movie is that the story is real. Nothing worth writing really. :(

Maine Pyaar Kiya

Of course it is a good movie. Everytime I watch an old Salman Khan movie, I think he got better roles before. Of course he was the best-looking man in the industry. Its so sad to find such a poor end to a career with that beginning. As far as the movie is concerned, Every single song is good.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Aamir

Watched two movies today (Aamir and Jab Pyaar kisi se hota hai)

Aamir



Sometimes big things come with poor packaging. Aamir is definitely one of the finest movie of its kind in recent times. If you are one who sees 5 movies an year, make sure Aamir is on your list. I somehow like all these movies proving that Islam is good (only some people are bad). Some recent ones on the theme were Khuda Kay Liye, Black and White.... A must watch movie.

Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai

Don't ask me why I saw this movie. I just wanted to see a "Twinkle Khanna" movie, thats why.. Everyone knows its good. Songs are good too.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pirates of silicon valley and Jannat

Watched two more movies yesterday night. That makes it 4 in the day.

Pirates of Silicon Valley


I actually didn't know a lot of things about history of OS business. :) More of a documentary, overall a worth watch.


Jannat


A typical Emraan Hashmi movie. Not good. But if you think on it, has everything an Indian wants from a film: Romance, Crime, Action, Money and Cricket!!!! Songs were good. Sonal Chouhan is beautiful. Watch the film for her at least.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sarkar Raj and Tashan

I came back to IIT today. Watched two movies : Tashan and Sarkar Raj. Just finished Sarkar Raj, hence I would talk about it first.

Sarkar Raj

Crack Maxx movie. Even watching it in theatre is definitely more than its worth. Almost every actor was impeccable. Amitabh Bachchan was expectedly great. Abhishek Bachchan's work was definitely equal to his father's if not better. Aishwariya Rai was beautiful and good as always. In fact, i felt even the actors with small roles were good. Each and every one. Acting was too good.

Music in almost all action movies is great. Sarkar Raj stands no exception.

Script was also flawless. The scene where Amitabh exposes the real culprit would be remembered in years to come. Can you face tonnes of unexpected (although logical) twists in the story and that too in a 100 second time lapse.

In all, RGV gave a great movie and had a great comeback after Aag. Someone has rightly said that the greatest glory does not lie in the fact that you rise and rise but it lies in the fact that you fall and then rise.

Tashan

A total time pass movie. Comedy was not sensible though. Kareena was good (both as actress and ***).

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tum Chalo to Hindustan Chale

Lyrics of the "Lead India Tree Song"

Falak Pakad Ke Utho Aur Hawa Pakad Ke Chalo -2
Tum Chalo Toh Hindustan Chale -4
Lagaaon Haath Ke Suraj Subaha Nikala Kare
Hatheliyon Mein Bhare Dhup Aur Ujaala Karen
Ho Lagaaon Haath Ke Suraj Subaha Nikal Na Chale
Hatheliyon Mein Bhare Dhup Aur Ujaala Karen
Ufak Pe Paanv Rakho Aur Chalon Akad Ke Chalon -2
Falak Pakad Ke Utho Aur Hawa Pakad Ke Chalo -2
Tum Chalo Toh Hindustan Chale -2
Hindustan Chale
Chalo ----

You tube video


God maxx video.. really touching. I had seen this video many many times before but wanted to write about it now. "Tum chalo to Hindustan Chale" - So true.

Most of us (Almost everyone) wants to do something for the country. 10% are not able to get the answer how? Fortunately, I am in the other part. I think I know how can I do my part. If you do not know, I recommend you to watch other related videos of Lead India. But the problem I believe, at least with me, although I know how can I do my small part, but I do not do it. Because, I want to do something really BIG. And in the 19 yrs 2 months 16 days of my life I have lived, I never ever found, what that BIG thing is.

By God's grace, I am definitely one of the members of the privileged class of my country. I am educated (by definition, that means I have degrees and I have passed some of the courses). I have been taught to keep our country clean. I do not want to make my roads dirty. None of us wants I believe. But somehow every time I buy a chocolate and I do not find any place to throw the wrapper, I just quietly, silently, act and it slips down my hand on to the road, um..um...just on its own. I almost always make sure no one saw me do that. Just then it happened. Just Once in a 100 times. I was caught. A friend of mine (who happens to be a girl by the way), whom I had always thought of as just another 18 yr. old sophisticated girl in Mumbai, comes to me and tries to tell me that I should not do it. As you all might think, I made fun of her (or I suppose, I tried to make fun of her but would never succeed because I was wrong!). She just picked up the wrapper, and put it in her pocket. She would throw it when she finds a dustbin. You might find that as a very ordinary incident. But believe it or not, I have never ever thrown a wrapper away on roads carelessly after that very day.

Some of my friends told me that my blogs (which I made just a week ago) has quite small events shown in an exaggerated way. I bet you would think so. But I want that even if a single person reading this blog remembers it while throwing stuff on road, it might pinch him and he would not do it.

That's my small bit for my country. There is nothing BIG. If a country of a population of 1.2 billion has even 1.2 million people doing their small bit, it is BIG. And definitely Bigger than you can think!

You can kill me if you catch me throwing some garbage on roads. I am sure, I never will.

Jai Hind!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

India and Pakistan

I found a remarkable point between India and Pakistan in my trip to Hong Kong. We are fighting against each other all the time. Our favorite topic of discussion on coffee table is India vs Pakistan. We take Ind Vs Pak Cricket match very personally and winning against Pakistan in World Cup is considered more important than winning the World Cup.
But you find things different when you go to other countries.
I found a restaurant "Halal- The Indian and Pakistani Restaurant". :-o Dude, its like joining two completely different things together, say The salty sweet-dish ;).

Moving ahead, the bank in the university had a Pakistani watchman. He was talking with phrases like - "appan log", "hamara", "hum bhaiyon ka".
Hey..Hey..Hey..wait a minute. You are freaking me out.
But indeed that is the case. That man told us about his son, that we were of the same age as that of his son, told us his and his son's salary, gave us some souvenirs and helped us in every possible way. He found my number and only god knows how to inform me when I forgot my passport in the bank. :-o
This is more that what an average Indian does for his countryman???

And still, when I will go back to India, we will have coffee table discussions on India vs Pakistan. I will definitely remember of him when I would think of Ind Vs Pak again.

I was watching Khuda Ke Liye 2008 a few days back. The actor introduces himself to the heroine as that he is from the land of Taj Mahal. Outside India and Pakistan, we all treat ourselves as belonging to one nation bounded by Afghanistan, Nepal, China. Myanmar and Indian Ocean.

That really indicates that somewhere deep down our heart, we still feel pride in associating ourselves to the land of Indus Valley Civilization. The Indus valley is now half in India and half in Pakistan. But we share a bond of history. If India is the place of one of the earliest civilizations of the world, So is Pakistan. So, is our land.

I can prove that Hindustan and Pakistan are same.

Hindustan Pak(pavitra) hai. Hence Hindustan is Pakistan.

Left is to prove that Pakistan is Hindustan.

Hindustan is not the land of Hindus. Hindustan is the land of Hinds which means land of people living beyond Indus. Read wikipedia for references. Since Pakistan is also the land of people living beyond Indus. Pakistan is Hindustan.

Hence Pakistan = Hindustan
So, there is no point in treating them as separate entities. We can make them one.

Jai Hind. (Its not only Long Live India but also Long Live Pakistan)

Jai Hind!!!!

Drop Out..CEO

I have been reading a lot in forbes.com and wikipedia these days. Here is what I realized. Most of the top people in tech business today are drop-outs. They did it all without some big education thing. I have read articles which say that 30-40 years back, to start a tech company, you were supposed to have a Phd in solid state physics or some degree in programming.But here is the actual situation.

Bill Gates (Microsoft) - Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft and the third richest man in the world. He dropped out of Harvard University.

Steve Jobs (Apple)- CEO of Apple and Walt Disney Company's largest individual shareholder. Dropped out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) - Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest self-made billionaire in the world ever. He dropped out of Harvard University.

Richard Branson (Virgin Brand) - He dropped out of high school.

Paul Allen (Cofounder, Microsoft) - He dropped out from Washington State University.

Michael Dell (Dell) - CEO of Dell. He dropped out of University of Texas at Austin

This is the list I generated. Finer lists can be found at these links.
link1 and link2

Face Off (1997)



Face Off at IMDB
I saw this movie yesterday. Very good one. Nicolas Cage cannot disappoint anyone. I just felt that "Mithya 2008" was in some way inspired by this movie. At least the scenes were. (Mithya at IMDB)
I could also feel the similarity in personalities of Ranvir Shorey and Nicolas Cage.

In all, a good movie. Has everything, sci-fi, thriller, action, crime...

More reservation

My idea on reservation issue:
I am in full agreement with my friends who say that OBC's need to be treated with special powers to help their upliftment (Thanks to the healthy discussion I had with some friends that helped me realize this). But I have a few questions for our 'great' Arjun Singh.

a) Don't you think the idea of reservation should be modified in a way that one person can only use the reservation criteria only once or may be twice in life. Is there any point in the idea that I get in school by reservation, get into IIT by reservation, get into IIM by reservation and even then I need reservation to get me a job. :-o This is insane man.

b) Is there any point in faculty reservation? Dude, minimum requirement to become a professor in IIT is a Phd. If you are finding it difficult to get a job even after getting a Phd, how dumb are you? In fact, currently, there is no competition to get into IITs as professors (most of the best guys go to US, Hong Kong, Europe). If you have a Phd, and you have even the slightest of motivation, you can get into IIT. I can bet this idea is purely politically motivated. Even a rough study of facts would reveal that there is no gain (even for OBC's) with this reservation. It is like Adam and Eve buying a plot near Juhu. Whats the point in buying, its all yours!

c) I am actually wondering, if UPA wins the election again, and this reservation issue is not dropped, we might have reservations in Indian Cricket Team, in Hockey Team, Bollywood. All these are places dominated by so called upper caste. It would be a boost in the standard of living of backward classes. Am I right "Sir Arjun Singh"?

d) How many backward class HRD ministers did we have till now? Definitely not half of the total. We should have reservation for HRD minister's post (one tenure forward class and the next tenure backward class).

e) One more point that I would like to address. Best of my friends are from backward class, I just didn't know about it, and I really do not care. But now, there is a gap. I did not draw it. He did not draw it. Arjun Singh did it. Its a shame.
:(

Sorry friends if I have hurt your sentiments in any way. But I really believe from the core of my heart- "The idea is definitely not to help someone, but to get votes from someone". Its like hardly 20000 people in IITs are getting affected. But the 50 crore backward class population would treat him as their God. Kill 10 to get votes from 500. Great strategy but an evil one.
:(

Monday, July 14, 2008

Pappu Can't Dance Saala

I saw the movie Jaane tu ya Jaane na (2008)..
Great movie.Matching the standard Aamir Khan has set for himself.

This is the lyrics of a song:

Hai muscular, hai popular, hai muscular, hai popular, spectacular, he is a bachelor
Paapu ki gaadi tez hai, Pappu kudiyon mein craze hai
Pappu ki aankhen light blue, pappu dikhta angrez hai
Rado ki ghadi haathon mein perfume gucci wala

But Pappu can't dance saala, Pappu can't dance saala
Pappu naach nahi sakta
Tirkit tana tirkit tana teeri tana let's dance
Tirkit tana tirkit tana teeri tana let's dance

Paida Pappu hua to kismatein chamki
Aur uske muh mein thi chandi ki chamchi
Hey hey hey Pappu ke paas hai paisa
Hey ye.. ye.. haathon ke mail ke jaisa
Hey hey hey Pappu yaaron ka yaar hai
Hey ye.. ye.. Pappu hot hai and smart hai
But Pappu can't dance saala, Pappu can't dance saala
Pappu naach nahi sakta

Tirkit tana tirkit tana teeri tana let's dance
Tirkit tana tirkit tana teeri tana let's dance

Papa kehte hain bada naam karega, mera Pappu to aisa kaam karega
Hey hey hey Pappu ke paas hai P.A.
Hey ye..ye.. karta hai France mein holiday
Hey hey hey Pappu guitar bajata hai
Hey ye.. ye.. jahan jaata hai chhaa jaata hai
But Pappu can't dance saala
Tirkit tana tirkit tana teeri tana let's dance
Tirkit tana tirkit tana teeri tana let's dance

But Pappu can’t dance saala, Pappu naach nahi sakta
Tirkit tana tirkit tana teeri tana let's dance
Tirkit tana tirkit tana teeri tana let's dance
Pappu naach nahi sakta
Tirkit tana tirkit tana teeri tana let's dance

Apart from that one line(Pappu naach nahi sakta), all things gud for pappu. That is good. (My friends would know why!)

Just an arbit discussion on the choreo of the song. Aamir Khan could bring such a bad choreo to an A.R. Rahman Song. This certainly does not suit his style of film-making.

But on the whole, great movie. Total time pass. Happy ho ke cinema-ghar se bahar niklega bidu. Total paisa wasool.

I actually liked Genelia D'Souza. Good actress. Style is like that of early Preity Zinta. I liked her even when I saw Mere Baap Pehle Aap.

In fact, I thought this movie was similar to Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar. Cute Love story.
Thanx Aamir. Lagaan..Taare Zameen Par and now Jaane tu Ya Jaane na. :)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Orkut's Today's Fortune

I thought it would be interesting to write my Orkut's Today's Fortune as or when I get time.. I would also post some remarkable event in the day and compare with the fortune :)

11th July's fortune: A cheerful letter or message is on its way to you
14th July's fortune: Your happiness is intertwined with your outlook on life
15th July's fortune: You never hesitate to tackle the most difficult problems

Paintgiri compared to Photoshopgiri



I made this image...kind of cool... but I would like people to know that this was done not in photoshop, but in paint.. you can do some real cool stuff in paint...

post if u have some suggestions..

No in chinese

Mong Kok is a famous shopping area in Hong Kong. Its the best place I have ever been as far as checking your bargaining skills is concerned.

Here is my bargaining experience.

Me: How much for this T-shirt?
Vendor: 39 HKD
Me: It is very costly. I will take many T-shirts..many..many... how much then??
Vendor: How many??
Me: 10??
Vendor: (Takes out a calculator and starts typing as he says) 350
Me: Sorry.. Not more than 180..
Vendor: What 180??? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo..... (Believe me..its very very long..they say it all the time..no is something like they are practicing Om or something...).
Me: Sorry..bye..
Vendor: Take it today. If you come again tomorrow, prices will rise. Then it will be 400 or even more.. Then dont come to me.
Me: (Oh really!! I am really thinking...Shut up and let me go.) Ok fine.. but I dont need them.

(As you move each step, prices go down by 30 HKD. So, after 5 steps, it was 210. Ah..perfect for me.

Me: Done 10 for 210.

:) Deal done.

Feeling satisfied, (celebrating India's win over China) we bought ice-creams from McDonalds. As we moved ahead, a shop with the same T-shirts sold them at 5 for 100.
Ice cream started melting. God knows at what price would he give after bargaining.

:(

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Never Mind the Years. What Did You Do?

Copied from here

I loved the article--

Never Mind the Years. What Did You Do?
Sitting at your desk plugging away with your head down is not the way to boost your Wow! factor. Getting out and making things happen is ...

By Liz Ryan

I got a call from a young man who said, "I really hate my job, and I want to make a move. But I don't think I'm as well-prepared as I should be."

"How so?" I asked him.

"Well," he said, "I've been in my job for eight years, but I haven't learned all that much. I wish I'd spent more time on this job acquiring new skills. I've got eight years of experience, but only three or four years worth of good stuff on my résumé to show for it."
Not Much to Crow About

Digging further, I learned that he had been promoted once in eight years. That's respectable, but he feels that his job duties really didn't change with the promotion. And, he's not being challenged. He's not sure he's ever been challenged on the job. Sure, he has eight years under his belt, but did he have any stuff—any résumé content of value—to crow about?

Experience isn't about years on the job, but what you did during that time. We need to ask: What did I learn, this year? This quarter? This month? What did I try for the first time at work, and what did I make different, and better? I cringe when I see résumés that start off boasting of "20-plus years of experience in X, Y, or Z." The years are beside the point. Employers want to know: "What did you get done?"

I'm not surprised that working people are often caught up short by the change in workplace priorities. Employers used to highly value employees who came to work on time and did what they were told. (A small minority still do.) Most organizations now rely on people who can move quickly and make decisions based on scanty data. They look for employees who can jump into action with minimal supervision. Employers have to look for this skill set, because they don't have the management ranks in place to supervise their employees in every task.

Years ago, merely staying place in a job for several years was viewed as praiseworthy by prospective employers. Loyalty is still important, but intellectual curiosity has edged past steadiness as the must-have attribute. Other must-haves: energy and a desire to improve a process, a system, or a relationship. Companies value people who look for opportunities to change the way work is done. Sitting at your desk plugging away with your head down is not the way to boost your résumé's "Wow!" factor. Getting out and making things happen is.
Shake Up the Status Quo

Half the résumés on the job market include the tired phrase "value added." What does that mean? For working people, it means changing the status quo at your workplace for the better. You don't need to have a vice-president's title or dominion over a department to change the status quo in a good way. You can start at your own desk. If the communication between accounting and sales is less than sensational (and I'm betting it is), you could start by chatting with your best buddy in the other department and brainstorming ways to make that relationship more fluid.

You can reengineer a process that you follow every day, to make it faster, cheaper, and more effective. You can eliminate a bottleneck. Forget can. You must. You have to add value to keep pace with your peers, much less to advance professionally. Once you crack the code to making positive change in your workplace, you won't have to use the trite phrase "value added" in your résumé. You'll have plenty of specific accomplishments to crow about.

If you haven't done it lately, pull out your résumé and look it over. If you don't have a résumé, write one this week, even if you're not interested in looking for a job right now. Every working person should have one. Your résumé is a tally of your professional accomplishments. It's a way to make sure that no year, no quarter, no month slips by without a boost in your learning and a new feather in your cap.

The young man I talked to got a new job, but not before making an exhaustive list of the learning-and-doing items he had collected in eight years on his first career assignment. His list totaled 14 items he would be proud to talk about with a prospective employer. He felt as if it wasn't enough and vowed to have at least that many a year going forward.

How many do you have? Probably more than you think. But never stop adding to the list.

:)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Unified Field Theory

In the beginning there was Aristotle,
And objects at rest tended to remain at rest,
And objects in motion tended to come to rest,
And soon everything was at rest,
And God saw that it was boring.

Then God created Newton,
And objects at rest tended to remain at rest,
But objects in motion tended to remain in motion,
And energy was conserved and momentum was conserved and matter was conserved,
And God saw that it was conservative.

Then God created Einstein,
And everything was relative,
And fast things became short,
and straight things became curved,
And the universe was filled with inertial frames,
And God saw that it was relatively general,
but some of it was especially relative.

Then God created Bohr,
And there was the Principle,
And the Principle was Quantum,
And all things were quantified,
But some things were still relative,
And God saw that it was confusing.

Then God was going to create Ferguson,
And Ferguson would have unified,
And he would have fielded a theory,
And all would have been one,
But it was the seventh day,
And God rested,
And objects at rest tend to remain at rest.

-- Tim Joseph (Originally appeared in The New York Times, 6 April 1978, page A21.)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Copied from Shyam Jade's Website

A Prof's idea of Happiness
(This is a mail an IIT prof sent his class after he taught them the course. It's an amazing read.)

Here are some comments on the Happiness assignment.

I will begin by describing some of the major issues raised in your essays. I will then describe why I gave this assignment -- why I think more students should relate happiness and academics. Then I will talk about job satisfaction and competition.

WHAT YOU WROTE: SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS

First, the most important source of happiness reported by many, many people were family ties -- happiness in just being with your parents/siblings as well as enjoying specific family events and get togethers. As it turns out, this also tops the list of what makes me happy.

A number of people did say that academics/solving problems gives them a kick and in general makes them happy. Several also said that accomplishment makes them happy. These two are of course different -- you may be happy with accomplishment because it is noticed by your family and friends; the study/work needed for the accomplishment might not have made you happy -- just that you have the persistence and mental strength needed to complete a task once you undertake it.

Several people also mentioned hobbies such as music that made them really happy. There seemed to be some disappointment that they cannot pursue the hobbies and some hope that after they are settled in life they will devote time to their hobbies.

Finally, there were also several who said that the competition in IIT makes them nervous and prevents them from enjoying what is going on.

ACADEMICS AND HAPPINESS

The first point I would like to make is that it is worth asking yourself whether you are happy with academics. By this I dont mean the grade you get -- but whether the material you learn is itself causing any excitement in you, whether you are feeling that you are learning anything of significance, or whether you are seeing anything beautiful in what you are studying. The beauty/excitement in academics is not always easy to see, however. Anyone can see the beauty in snow clad mountains/flowers/ocean. To see the beauty in a computer you need to be able to look under the surface a little bit. But once you do see this beauty, it is as exciting as natural beauty. Anyone can see the excitement of being able to play tennis well or play the guitar well. I hope you can also see that being able to design good algorithms (or analyze them or program them) is an ability as hard to cultivate -- it has as many intricacies and frustrations as there are in playing tennis or learning music. But it is also as satisfying.

Being able to relate happiness to academics has a few other important side effects.

JOB SATISFACTION

I feel that as an adult it is very important to get a lot of satisfaction out of your work. After all, you will spend about 10-14 hours every day on it. Note that satisfaction is different from salary/promotions/prestige. You may have salary/promotions/prestige but may not really like your job. If this happens, then you will have to look elsewhere for your real happiness -- remember you only have 8-6 hours for it outside your work. And that time is also needed for many of your natural responsibilities as an adult (including maintaining the family ties that are important to us).

If you developed the ability to see beauty and excitement while you are a student, you will find it easier, I think to see beauty in your job too. This ability I am talking about is not related to CSE -- it is the general attitude of looking under the surface, looking for patterns and order etc.

I dont mean to suggest that you should learn to be content with your job -- by all means aspire for promotions/better jobs/salary. But decide for yourself whether the Narayan Murthy's of the world accomplish a lot because they like their work intrinsically or whether they work (even without liking it much) because of the money/prestige involved.

COMPETITION STRESS

Many of your essays report that academics in IIT is very competitive and causes stress and hurry and so on.

I think there are reasons to ignore competition as well as reasons to pay attention to it.

Competition usually focuses on external attributes -- how many marks you get rather than what you have learned. To keep things in perspective, note that your relative standing in the department will play a smaller role after you finish than the role played by what you really have learned. So it is worth focusing on what you should be learning -- are you learning the ideas/techniques being taught -- never mind what others are doing. Again the message is similar to the one before: focus on the material you are learning, see the beauty in it and so on, rather than worry about the marks.

Of course, you cannot ignore competition and marks entirely. For the simple reason that most of us have a tendency to get lazy -- some kind of spontaneous decay. So competition keeps us on our toes. It asks us "how come he/she gets so many marks while I cannot, am I just lazy?". If you think you are working hard, then you could ask yourself -- "how come he/she gets more marks and understands everything faster -- is there something more he/she sees in all this that I dont? Is it because he/she is having more FUN with this than I am?". If you can ask such questions you will be able to make competition work for you than hurt you.

CONCLUDING REMARKS

I am not an expert on happiness, or on people's motivations, personalities and abilities. So what I have written is to be taken with a grain of salt, and as an inexpert opinion.

Yes, I have in fact seen people who can do work that they find unpleasant just because they have will power that keeps them going. However, most high acheivers I have seen have made their mark because they love their work. The first step to loving work later in life is to develop the ability to love academics right now. This will require efforts on the part of students, and also, I am sure on part of faculty. If more students participate in this process, the better it will be.