Saturday, September 30, 2006

History repeats : Rang De Basanti vs Lage Raho Munnabhai

The Times of India reported yesterday that Vidhu Vinod Chopra has decided to try and send Lage Raho Munnabhai as an independent entry to the Oscars, after Rang De Basanti was sent as India's official entry to the Oscars.

Interesting, isn't it? The 2 movies have lot of similarities. Both are based on historical events ( and/or characters ) , and their direct implementation in today's world, subjects which have been always untouched, and thats what made both the films unique and superhits. Having gone for both movies first day, I can positively say that people who came out of the movie halls, were overwhelmingly impressed by both....

On another note, about 75 years ago, somewhere in 1929-30, Bhagat Singh and Mahatma Gandhi were both fighting for freedom, but using different principles and paths, and that time too, it must have been difficult to decide which was the right principle, Gandhi's way of Satyagraha or the approach of revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan and others.......

While reading history about both these freedom fighters, I always felt that would this be possible in today's world. Both the films are the best answer and example for this. Genuinely great movies. Indian cinema has really been producing some great movies over the past few years.....I hope one of them makes it to the Oscars....

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The famous USC finger fountain...

Well, I am not sure whether the content in this entry is correct or appropriate for anyone to read, so do read it at your own risk and will :)

If you are at USC , or have been there, you may have heard of the USC finger fountain. To be more precise, let me post the picture

The interesting thing is, that while this might look like an ordinary fountain, it's peculiar shape does rise considerable doubt, and add to the fact that it is pointed in the direction of UCLA, USC's biggest rival . A rivalry which has been around for decades and generations. In fact if you just go to the USC, you'll find so many different things that point to this traditional rivalry,

This article depicts the rivalry from the UCLA side of it, and the following lines really tell you, who the better team is ;)

In front of 50,000 people at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Bruins suffered an embarrassing 76-0 loss at the hands of the Trojans. The lopsided outcome clearly showed why USC and coach Howard Jones were among the nation's elite and that UCLA was young and struggling with a program that still needed to reach puberty.

The ensuing year, the Bruins improved but still lost 52-0 to the Trojans and it seemed as though the series would end.

"In 1929 and 1930 the USC-UCLA game was like a practice game for USC," said Robert Beaver, a member of the Bruin squad from 1929-32.

For the next five years, UCLA did not play its future rivals and tried to mature as a team. The Bruins wound up 30-17-2 during that span and won a Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) title in 1935 as the men of Troy turned in a subpar 5-7 record that same year.

Anyways, no offence meant to anyone , but just something that I found really interesting...

Have fun, BTW, Thanks to everyone for their wishes

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

President Bush 'assassinated' in new TV docudrama

Check this out guys.

There's a documentary in which in the end, President Bush is assassinated..Fundoo hai :)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Forwarding the 10 cents mail - a classic dilemma

Well, most of us might have received a mail from Divya Singh working for Siemens who is in need of some advice from someone who had a particular disease her husband is suffering. Or some mail which says tht AOL will donate 1 cent for every email forwarded. Or simply enough, a mail which says that O positive blood is required, and forward to all....

What do you do on this one ? As a techie and maybe someone who explores things more than they appear, I can maybe search over the internet, and find out if that's a fraud. But what about the common man? Someone who just uses email as a medium of transmitting messages . I think it's fair to say that would be okay for someone to forward such an email. Why? Simply coz even if there is 1 % chance that it is true, then it is definitely in good faith....For example, I would strongly encourage people to read the otucome of this forwarded email ..It could have been a hoax too, but it was not...Same as maybe several asking for help wrt contacts, or anything at all....

And then there are emails which says that AOL will donate 10 cents for every forward (AOL would have gone bankrupt by now :)) . But still, for someone not connected with the tech might seem to be just a very good idea....and wud forward it maybe just out of doubt..

Maybe it's a good idea to search it on the internet, but if u r unsure...what should you do?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Moust on Sale..Only $9,999

This one was posted on today....

Check out this link

In case they change it, here's a snapshot as evidence ;)