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Sathyam Cinemas…Of pain and pleasure!!

Now who doesn’t know Sathyam Cinemas? If you are a Chennaiite or even if you have visited Chennai once so far in your lifetime, you would no doubt have heard and definitely have watched a movie or two over there. Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai is the most happening Movie complex in Chennai, closely followed by Inox Movies and Mayajaal. I have no idea if there are any other movie complexes in this lovely south Indian city that celebrated its birthday (368th is it?? I think so!! 🙂 ) just this week that went by.

Now I have no complaints about the way movies are screened at Sathyam Cinemas…nor am I gonna bang my head concerning over the rocket high prices of popcorns (they are good, and ask for some ‘extra butter’ to be added…yummmy deliciiouusss!! 😛 ) sold over the counters there.

But the concerns that I have is again (like last time) related to booking and this time its regarding the online booking portal. Earlier the payment gate was well within the Sathyam portal, but of recent they have started directing the payment through some secure channel…I have especially had terrible experiences the last 2 times that I have bought my tickets online. As I log in, select the movie of my choice, choose the seating location, reject the food-at-my-seat option…it leads me to the 3rd party secure payment gate and thats when all the problems have been. The last time I booked 2 tickets for 200 bucks, the seats were booked and monetary transaction was successful (as it got debited on my credit card statement) but it failed to take me back to the Sathyam Cinemas portal and hence I ended up without the booking-number…which is essential to collect tickets later…nor did it appear in my ticket booking history column on the portal…The same thing happened when I booked the tickets for 4 – 320 bucks – the time before.  😦

Asked the bank guys, they said that the money has been credited to Sathyam and Sathyam guys say that I have not booked any tickets as my booking is not reflected in their portal…What can I do, but Sigh! 😦

I don’t know if any of you have faced this problem…but this has made me not to use the Sathyam portal, and as a result watching movies on big screen at Sathyams has stopped since 2 weeks now…am missing it, no doubt…booking tickets is tough as I stay at a distance and mainly the timings don’t suit for me to rush in for a newly released movie…

So I’ve headed to Inox Movies and Mayajaal to watch movies of recent…but its not the same…Inox is a small place…and it being on the top floor of the Citi Center Mall, does not have that appeal of a complete movie complex…while Mayajaal being on the ECR (East Coast Road) is way too out of the city and travelling late nights is a pain with the cops and cons treating you alike if caught!! Moreover, I miss the Sathyam popcorns at these two complexes…hmmm…

Hope the Sathyam guys do something about this…esle I have no other go, but to watch movies at INOX and Mayajaal. Not that good an idea, if you ask me even in sleep.

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Posted by on August 29, 2008 in Happens~2~me, Movies

 

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Of RGV, Web2.0, MIB-Cricket and Sun-Sign Predictions!!;)

Ram Gopal Verma (RGV) is back with his new movie “Phoonk” which got released last friday…Last heard (with RGV, you never know! 😉 ), it’s a movie about superstitions and is supposedly under the “Horror” genre of movies. Being the creative one, RGV promised to pay Rs. 5 lakh (500,000) as a prize to that person who would watch Phoonk in a theatre ‘ALL ALONE’. As per RGV, Phoonk is a horror movie of the kind that will-for-sure get on to the nerves and hence he threw open this challenge which ended on 18th August. One brave soul took up this challenge and is believed to have come out of the theatre in half an hour flat. :mrgreen:

Now the question is, was Phoonk that scaringly spooky or was it simply unbearable (remember RGV’s Aag?? 😛 )???? YOU NEVER KNOW…If anyone among you have taken up the challenge to even watch Phoonk, Let me know your thoughts!! 🙂

BTW, heard that another brave soul in Bangalore has decided to watch Phoonk tonight at 10 all alone at INOX and he has booked the entire 225+ seater for himself by paying close to INR 48K!! All the best to him, and to RGV too…hehe!! 😉
I have not watched this movie yet (and don’t know if I will) but I certainly won’t be watching it alone, like I did the last time with RGV’s Sarkar Raj!! Period. 😈

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What the Newspaper Article made me aware this weekend:

Web2.0 or the social networking/user-generated content era is the latest to take over the virtual world. But do we have the Cyber law to curb the misuse of the technology?
The article gave an example (most probably, a real one) of a teen gal getting to know a guy online through one or more of the various social networking mediums (mostly Chat sites) and then how she unsuspectedly gets entangled into the trap of sexual predators which finally leads/forces her to commit suicide.

Questions asked were:
1) Should not our lawmakers analyse the impact Web2.0 has on society and prescribe educational programmes for teenagers as well as educate individuals, mainly the teachers and parents of teenagers about the possible dangers of social networking?
2) Do we have a legal system to deliver justice to people like the teen gal in the above said instance or even to book the guy?

What’s your take on this?

On one side, we see and experience the many advantages that Web2.0 has to offer us to build and maintain a social network, but on the other side, we have certain elements which bug the entire possibility of a clean virtual environment.
Now with the social interaction going to be boosted up soon with the arrival of Web3.0, I guess its time for the law makers to put the laws into ‘real’ action.!!

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What are the Indian Cricketers up to?? Man…they seem to be so confused with the whole process of playing cricket of different formats. With T20 totals in One-day matches and One-day totals in Test Matches, they seem to be heading no where. Moreover the fear factor in them about the tactics of the Lankan spin duo of Mendis and Murali seems to be reaching greater heights match after match. No idea what happened to the idea of Indians being better players of spin bowling!! Sigh!

The Men-In-Blue (MIB) are known to make heroes out of puppets…Remember the West Indian Franklin Rose? That chap got hammered and clobbered around the park at the hands of other teams whereas he came up with a 5-wkt-haul, each time he played against us. Ok…Remember Aaqib Javed, the Pakistani speedstar?? He was specially played only against the Indians and each time we didn’t disappoint the Pakistani selectors as we gifted him a bunch of wickets just like in a promised package deal! 😉
The list continues…and so does the ‘fear factor’ of our well-nourished, well-branded and well-advertised cricketers. Hmmph!

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I have always been a Taurean, I have always read the sun-sign predictions and I have been amazed by the indifferences between what is on paper and what actually happens, always.

Check this out…this was last Saturday:
1) Good day to share work and responsibility with your peers: Sadly such things are said about me only on weekends! 😉
2) Accidental benefits are indicated: I didn’t understand this clearly until a bus just whisked past the car when I was driving…My Dad who was in the front seat, yelled (am still not sure, it was at me or the bus driver!!) though this wasn’t indicated!! 😀
3) Your love life will be good: Ahem…he didn’t know I was single, did he? Hmmph! 😳
4) Don’t give into emotional pressures when making financial decisions: Early morning as I reached Bangalore, my cousin called up to remind me of the pending treat I had to give him! I have been evading him for more than 2 months, but the emotions finally got over me and I agreed to his request. So Sue’s Garden (A Caribbean Restaurant in Indiranagar, Bangalore) it is for lunch on Sunday…Ms. Sue, here we come! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2008 in Happens~2~me, I~do~such~things

 

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Parody[4]: In the cubicle of mine…

This is a parody of “Summer of ’69″…by Bryan Adams…Dunno if it in sync with the tune…you guys need to tell me!! 😀

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I wrote my first real source-code – copied it in real quick time
Ran it till my laptop hanged – this was in the cubicle of mine
Me and some guys from my team – had an idea and we tried real hard
Pappu quit and Pammi got married – we shoulda never tried to code it at all
Oh when I look back now – That code seemed to last forever
And if I had any clue – ya – I’d have tried not to get fired
Those were the Copy-Paste days of my life

Ain’t no use in complin’ – when you know no code to do
Spent my evenin’s down at the pantry – and that’s when I met you – ya
Standin’ near your manager’s cube – you told me that you’d review it over
Oh and when you held my report – I knew it could be then or never
Those were the Copy-Paste days of my life – back in the cubicle of mine.

Man we were killin’ time – we were fresh and senseless
We needed to seem busy- I guess nothin’ can run forever – no
And now the coding platforms are changin’
Look at everything that’s come and gone
Sometimes when I run that old source-code
I think about it and wonder what I did wrong

Standin’ in your manager’s cube – you told me it would last forever
Oh and when you held my report – I knew that it was then or never – ya
Those were the Copy-Paste days of my life – oh ya – back in the cubicle of mine
Ya – me in that bay of mine

It was in the cubicle of mine.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2008 in I~do~such~things

 

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We…She and Me~ At the Dead End! ;)

Lost in thoughts I accelerated on…
She was driving upfront; I followed, we moved on!
One look at her a month ago, I wanted to be her friend…
But for now applied the brakes, I had reached the dead end!! 😦

She was standing on the shores of the beach…
So beautiful, that she did look out of my reach!
The breeze played with her hair so lovely…
A look at her that day, made me feel no more lonely! 😀

A week ago, saw her standing by the traffic light…
She looked like the just bloomed sunflower, so bright!
Waiting to cross the road, she looked left and right!
And that day as I looked at her, mind said ‘what a sight’! 😉

Yesterday, met her by the coffee shop across the beach road…
She spoke less and smiled more just enough to take me overboard!
She passed on a chit, promising to meet me this weekend…
It was just the beginning…at the dead end!! :mrgreen:

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2008 in Happens~2~me

 

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Of Kite-Runner, Evam, Choco-Truffle and Bessie-Beach!! ;)

Yipppppppeeeeeeeee……yesterday evening I finished reading Khaled Hosseini’s ‘Kite Runner’…If you ask me as to why I am happy and excited?? Well…the book was gifted to me by a dear friend for my birthday in April…so May, June, July and now August…it’s taken me 4 good months to finish off this book!! Now tell me how can I not be happy? 😛
Not that I had not found time to sit and read…but there have been distractions lately that have taken a higher priority than reading…gone are those days when I used to skip my goodnight sleep, breakfast, lunch, afternoon nap, snacks and dinner in order to complete the book in hand (yes you are right, am damn slow at reading)…blame the internet and the close proximity to the Bessie Beach!! 😉

Yipppppppeeeeeeeee……I completed watching the movie ‘Kite Runner’ this early morning. I had downloaded a rip of the movie more than a month ago, but had waited to complete the book before I watched the movie. I actually began watching the movie just after finishing the book yesterday, but then my roomy made me an offer I couldn’t refuse…Bessie Beach!! 😛 And then I was tired by the time I got back…but chatted sensibly about all nonsensical things with a friend of mine in the US before she reminded me that it was quite late back home in India…I didn’t realize that it was already past 12, so said an alvida to her and then slept off!! But the fact that I had left the movie incomplete was playing somewhere in the mind I guess…believe it or not (this am saying to myself), I got up at 5 30 this morning and completed the movie before going back to sleep at 6 45am!! 😀
I next opened my eyes around 11am when a friend woke me up by calling on my cell and she yelled at me for forgetting to pay her internet bill…she reminded that today was the last day to do that…my bill had to be paid too…I stood in the wrong queue for about 45 minutes before I got to know that it was a cash payment queue…now who has cash? (Not me…my answer)…then I stood another 20 mins in the card payment line…sigh!

Yipppppppeeeeeeeee……this noon I had been to a theatre play by a group called Evam…they brought to life a play called “Odd Couple”…I went alone…but met 3 colleagues over there and we had a good time at the play!! 🙂 
Though originally written by Neil Simon, the 8 characters on stage bring it to life…full of emotions, ups and downs…It was all about 2 friends Oscar and Felix who are the odd couple that share an apartment and thats it…they had absolutely nothing else in common…its about how they deal with their lives, how they comfort each other in their own ways, how their friends react meanwhile, how this and how that…It was simply awesome, in places…and brilliant, otherwise…and in Karthik’s (the lead actor who played Oscar) words, “If you missed it, you just missed it!”! 😉

Yipppppppeeeeeeeee……I was longing to have the chocolate pastries from the nearest cake shop in Adyar called Cake World since quite some time…had no company each time…but today I gave an ultimatum to my roomies to accompany me…though they didn’t eat (I can’t believe they said no…shame shame guys), I had my fill on Chocolate Truffle…yummmmmy….and ya, the speech on calories have been postponed to tomorrow!! 😉

Yipppppppeeeeeeeee……my roomy just asked the inevitable question “Bessie Beach now…what say?”…its always cool and fun to go there late this night…chalo…till next time, signing off! 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2008 in About me, Happens~2~me, I~do~such~things

 

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Independent Rants!! Echooos me!! ;)

2008, 14th August, 10:45pm IST: I somewhat do have a mixed feeling as of now…as I sit this late waiting for India to turn 61, I understand the fact that I am not Chacha Nehru, to  make a speech at the stroke of midnight when the whole of world is sleeping…as I digest this, I decide to atleast write what I feel about!! Who is gonna read, well that’s a cool question that pops up in the mind…hmm…must be by mistake….suddenly I remember that I don’t remember the thoughts that I had just thought to write…what a tragedy! I shall ponder and get back…sigh…but when you read this, you need not wait, cos I’m gonna continue right below….sigh…ya sigh again!!

 

11:23pm: Ah! Here I come…with my thoughts loaded….ya so India is gonna make it to 61 in about 37 minutes from now…if at all 12 midnight is considered to be the time it was delivered into the hands of us Indians by the Britishers! What a proud moment it would have been for those in the parliament, as Chacha was making that historic speech…I sometimes get this feeling that I must have been one of the men sitting in the audience listening to that speech, sans blinking or even dropping an eyelid or two….which one of those men was I, well…I have no clue nor do I have the memory to sustain such historic pre-birth or rather previous-birth information/data. Echoos me, for that matter I can hardly remember things that have happened in this current shot at living life. Sigh!

 

So ya…I am feeling an emotional cocktail yes, about Indian Independence (yipppppeeee) as well as its post-independence growth (hmmm….sigh!)!!
What have I done?, asks my right brain which is supposed to be the intelligent one…
What can I do?, adds my left one, which is stupid but is trying to add logic in its own darn manner!! 😉
What do I want to do?, asks the right one again not giving up…
Who will allow me to do?, asks the left thereby successfully negating the right’s claim to intellectual excellence. Sigh!!

 

I didn’t get tickets to go home…to Bangalore…this being a long weekend…am stuck at Chennai…but no worries cos am not on antidepressants as I’ll anyway be going home the next two weekends… yippppppeeeeeeee…am excited to death, nah!! I’m just casual towards it…sigh!

 

It’s my friend’s birthday tomorrow…15th…I don’t know if I can wish her…we are not that cordial anymore…though we are trying to patch up things, but its just being stupid to believe that the old days would be back again, cos we both know that it will just not be the same again, ever….well…let me mail her…atleast…I can’t even expect her to reply back, acknowledging my wishes…its not that bad a situation, but its still not the good one…hoping to improve it from here, but only time will tell…sigh!!

 

I am keeping a low profile and mingling amidst my guy friends…staying away from the gal pals…nah…don’t worry, am still the same…straight…just that this coming saturday happens to be Raksha Bandhan (for those who don’t know, this is a suicidal festival in India…where women tie threads to the hand of men thereby making them their brothers…no winking – for instance – allowed anymore, and you would think twice even before blinking! Sigh!) and I plan to park myself at an undisclosed location (where eh…will tell ya on sunday! 😛 )!! 😉 Who wants to be a brother just like that, by the tying of the thread and moreover it digs a hole into the purse as well which competes with vacuum right throughout the year….independent of cash, and even chillar (change…pennies…dimes…whatever)!! A BiiiiiIgggggG SiiiiiiIggggggH!! Hmmm….

 

11:48pm: Another 12 minutes to go on my system clock before it strikes 12…I feel I can hear that gathering in the parliament….people occupying their seats…getting ready to see history being created…Chacha Nehru smiles at Ms. Mountbatten (I guess she was the one seated there, not sure…my memory beckons me to confirm) as he adjusts his overcoat and gives final touches to the rose on his coat and his head-gear (a cap)!! I am somewhere in the last benches (well I guess, being the lord of last benches is common in every birth…a happy sigh! 😀 ) lifting my head high to get a glimpse of our Chacha stealing a sight of the beauty in Lady Mountbatten (if it was who she is) while he readied himself adjusting the microphone as he took his stand behind the portable podium…lucky guy, said my mind…slowly as the clock approached towards midnight 12, a nervous silence started to take over the gibberish gossip-mongers around me…and eventually as the entire gathering observed pin-drop silence when the clock struck the dark (k)night hour of 12, I was sitting there with my dumb head lifted high and with all possible deeply cocktailed feelings. Sigh!

 

1947, 15th August, 12:00 midnight: “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom………………………..JAI HIND.”, that was Chacha Nehru, who with all poise and calm delivered what was the most wonderful speech I had ever heard…history was created right in front of my eyes….and my eyes were all tearful, and I could not stop the tears….you see there were no tissues in use then, sigh!!

 

2008, 15th August, 12:08am: Coming back…ya back to the future…I can’t remember who I was back then…anyways I am still that emotional person who uses tissues (ya to wipe tear gland leaks…then what?) now…can’t call myself patriotic, but I did pin a tri-color this whole day to my shirt pocket while in office…did eat tri-colored pooris that they offered in the cafeteria at lunch…did forward a patriotic mail to a few friends…did wish “Happy Indian Independence” and “Enjoy the long weekend” to a few colleagues…did escape (freedom you see) from the sights of my manager and came home early…ya I am still that same person…and I still can’t remember who I was back then…sigh!!

 

I somewhat do have a mixed feeling as of now…well, but I now know where I gotta go to relieve that feeling…sigh!! 😉

Anways before I sign off…Happy Birthday India…Have a great year ahead…hope you bleed less, and prosper more…take care of yourself, and that should take care of us!! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2008 in Happens~2~me, Thoughts

 

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[Pic-Blog]~ Of just another day…

To begin with…got up (early???) morning and as usual stood by my bedroom window!
The pic below is the view from the window of my 3rd floor apartments in Adyar
I love this site every morning, especially during spring season!! This collage of leaves and flowers happens to cover the ever-busy road below….Lovely! 🙂

And ya yesterday…along with a few friends, I had been around the Besantnagar Beach here in Chennai, TN, India. It’s called the Elliot’s beach, but putting all complications aside…we prefer to call it the Bessie Beach!! 😉
Here are a few pics of that!! 😀

The structure you see in the center is the Karl Schmidt Memorial…This memorial is named after the Dutch sailor who lost his life in the process of saving a drowning swimmer.

A closer view of the memorial…sad to see its almost in ruins, with couples coochie-cooing and lazy butts lying down amidst the  wide clearly visible cracks…sigh!!!

The view of the memorial from the road…

It was cool to see the beach cleaner (it stunk the last time I went there)…though I don’t think it would remain the same for long! 😦

Can you imagine…this pic below was shot at 12 45pm…the sun no where to be seen, cool breeze, hard hitting waves…just amazing weather!! Hmmm….right time for the young couple to get along! 😉

Till next time…signing off!! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2008 in Pics

 

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