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.)