Thursday, July 10, 2008

bloh bloh...


I am a big admirer of Tamil music . I think the Tamil music industry and the Tamil film industry have have created some of the best music in this world - and by world ,I mean the world and not just US ,Canada & Puerto Rico.

Being a keralite (Yes Payilukale..Iyam a mallu ) helped as there was always easy access to tamil movies and songs and we malayalees are culturally very close to tamil makkall except for one Mr TR Balu (angeru vaangikkum !) and some people on the wrong side of the Mullaperiyar dam..

This plus the fact that I am a born again Kamal Hassan fan led me to tears when I listened to "Yaar Yaar sivam " from Anbe Sivam.


My wifey is fed up with me as usual because that seems to be the only thing that comes out of my Mouth…

W : Cooked food?
M : Yaar yaar Sivam…
W : Washed dishes ?
M : Anbe Sivam….
W: $%$^%^


Pathetic jokes aside, I really enjoyed listening to the song and it led my memories back to Thenpandi Cheemayille and a couple of others melodies rendered by Kamal. And then..Wow !! What a guy !

I am not seeing or listening to Kamal for the first time, but every now and then , I can't but stop and appreciate this man.I know that people have their own diverse share of opinions, but the stupendous effort that Kamal puts into his works alone is enough to inspire people.While our home grown " superstars" are still cashing in on past glory ,here is one guy who really reinvents himself with each movie he does.Thanks Kamal for not taking us for granted.
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Results of the Musical chair competition conducted by Sonia Gandhi last week :-

RL Bhatiya, Governor of Kerala became Governor Of Bihar and
RS Gavai, Governor Of Bihar became Governor of Kerala


The orgainizers of this event reserve the right to change the results anytime - The decision from 10 Janpath will be final ,binding & beyond comprehension .

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So Jesse Jackson Sr wants to cut off Obama's nuts and Jesse Jackson Jr says he vehemently opposes it. Whoa ..what a family !!
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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

bloh...

So finally the dust has set down on a lot of things, the primaries in US, santosh madhavan in Kerala,indiana jones in hollywood,the olymbic torch relay in China,Euro 2008 in Spain and the Phoenix in Mars.

And life seems to have achieved a new super low in terms of excitement , that I have started deriving my daily dose of moitvation by focussing my skills on keeping track of the count of cockroaches I kill ,the missed farts, the # of flush downs I do every morning to get a clean Kakkoose and even the mileage of my car.


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Saw WALL E last Friday, as usual Pixar delivers what it promised and more.Its time for a dud from them,its high time they stopped making great movies ...be human,be hollywood.

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I am playing Call of Duty in my Wii now, its getting difficult….got to find out few excuses to call it trash and return to the store.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Action...

Recently I have started having dreams with logical conclusions. Every one of them seem to have a
well defined plot,characters with personalities, climaxes and sometimes even anticlimaxes.
Overall my dreams seem to have very good production values , and sometimes bizarre too..I had this
scene in one of my dreams in which I was romancing with the female lead while relaxing on top of
a huge sleeping croc and suddenly the croc awakes..


Too much of movies may be…people say that when you get obsessed with something ,things like this
happen.If that’s case then I would forever be obsessed with cinema and film making.After all its free
entertainment with lot of ideas with scoop value - only if I ever make that one movie which has been always
playing there in the imax in my head


Have been reading "Rebel without a Crew" by Robert Rodriguez
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Last saw : Paradise Now - Palestinian movie by Hany Abu- Assad and as the director said is an artistic
view of the Palestinian political issue.Winner of the 63rd Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Film

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I need help - Can some one tell me why Hillary is still there in the race for nomination??

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Life goes on..



The "improvement in the diets of people in India and China", which is forcing the governments there to keep food "inside" is a cause for the current global supply shortage, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said.
This and what Dubya said (pretty much the same ) a couple of days later shows how hypocrisy & self indulgence have dwarfed the thoughts of the developed world.Blaming the development of the third world and the desire of its people for a better standard of living for the global food crisis as they call it, is nothing but disgusting & preposterous.

PS : US is the nation which consumes the most calories per person along with the most gas per person.

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Saw Antonia's Line two days back - Amazing movie , a definite recommendation to all free spirited people

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The past few months have been very exciting and I am sure like me a lot of you people might have become addicted to tracking & following the Democratic Primaries and Caucuses.
I really wonder how Hillary feels now, the transformation from being the Queen waiting coronation to her present state must have been quite an experience for her.Who would have ever thought that the primaries would become such a tough race for her and America would get a new and inspiring leader in Obama….

By the way…I don’t have anything to do with US politics..I am not even a US citizen…but yes..Oobaamaa Oobaamaa does sound good :)

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Into the Wild

Finally got Sean Penn's "Into the Wild " off my wish list.Have been wanting to watch it for a while , I missed it when it hit the theatres.Got the CD from netflix and as I had thought the movie was more poetic than I read in the media.The life and death of Chris (read here) gets a new life through this movie and kudos to Sean Penn for making it.

Emile Hirsch has done a fantastic job as Chris.Infact every one of them in the cast seemed alive to me, especially Hal Holbrook( he deserved 'the' nomination).


The movie leaves you with a feeling of loss and admiration,loss of a friend,son,bother..and admiration for someone who tried to defy all odds to get what he wanted,however stupid it may seem to the rest of the world.

Genre: Drama
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Catherine Keener
Director: Sean PennScreenwriter: Sean PennProducer: Sean Penn ,Art Linson, Bill Pohlad

Composer: Michael Brook, Kaki King, Eddie Vedder

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Wow !

The Ukulele orchestra of Great Britian has done a really brilliant job with this...

Friday, March 07, 2008

Why I still hang around rediff..


Rediff has always been 'the site' , atleast for me..right from the baby days of internet in India
to the present day of WIFI and cell phone browsing. Not because of its content or lightening fast Email, but because it symbolizes India for me in many ways…right from the zillions of pop-ups which blast out ,irritate you and refuse to go away like the vendors in a baazar to the crappy user comments centered around topics like Sachin -Sourav , Rajni-amithab,Mohanlal -Mammotty,North India- south India, Hindi- Tamil and what not. You can also find the occasional champion for national integration putting up his concerns and geting booed by the others ,who, my best guess, could be jobless software engineers like me trying to kill their time by practicing creative sadism( ya..'v been there..done that )



It is the ideal virtual microcosm of India where cricket gets a lot of space along with Mallika Sheravat,Astrology,outsourcing,how to file your income tax ,tips to succeed in the stock market and yes, more cricket.Not even a bit of space is vacant.Links to thousands of resources cover the whole page along with advertisements coaxing you to get your horoscope report ,get employed,get married ,invest for your future..buy stuff..phew..It has everything ..doesn't it....


Click any article on anything, scroll down to the user comments and you can invariably see an often moderated "healthy discussion" which borders on the verge of exploding into a full grade war had it not been for the fact that everything is virtual in the virtual world. It could be a topic as distant as life on Mars, but somehow every topic translates into something Indian and often to virtual fights. Sometimes I wonder why ? Is this how it should be.Is it something human or is it something Indian.? Not that being Indian is not being human or vice versa..Well I guess having done the rhetoric ,I should leave it to the social scientists to do the research…


But maybe this is how it must be, and this is what makes rediff ,rediff ;a place where you can shout, sing,learn and ofcourse check your email at the speed of lightening and feel at India (that’s home) I can go on and on..after having created my first email Id with rediff which I still keep.. its been a long journey for the past 8 years.. And I am sure it will go on..