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[I Say]~Of North-East & other less important Breaking News!

As if inflation, recession, corruption and population were not enough of a crisis already, now the latest sport in India is screwing up the constitution. If you are currently in India or following it up in the media, you would be aware of the many things happening out here.

Someone rightly said “I was intelligent till Education spoilt me”! Till recently, we were oblivious of the North Eastern states and then Mary Kom happened. Not only did she go on to win an Olympic medal, but also brought Manipur (and other North Eastern states of India) into the picture. Just like how we had mugged our Geography lessons and conveniently forgot them after puking those details inside the examination hall, we rejoiced her triumph momentarily only to forget that and get into the riots mode.
As if riots in Assam weren’t enough, Mumbai proved to be a disappointment. They seemed to convey something like We don’t need the terrorists to cause harm, we ourselves are enough through their actions. The police were caught busy shooing away the journalists & cameramen instead of controlling the mob.
Currently we are seeing the effects of Rumors, spread via SMSes and Social Networks, at Bangalore-Mysore-Hyderabad-Pune. Over 10K NE-Indians have left the city of Bangalore in last 3-4 days, forced to run away from their own people!

In other news:

Mr. Chetan Bhagat released his new book…a non-fiction this time…I’m yet to recover from what I got to read his last fiction of a book. I’m taking no risk this time.

Ms. Rakhi Sawant was last seen, on top of like 12-15 men, who stood in a pyramid pattern while she broke the Handi (Pot) on Krishna Janmashtami! 😛

Mr. Lal Krishna Advani lived up to his name and made almost everyone in BJP go Red, with his blog posts. Did he CCP (plagiarize) too? 😛

There is nothing left on Ms. Poonam Pandey to strip. She’s now out of fashion, especially after Ms. Sherlyn Chopra bared it all out on the cover page of the bunny magazine – PlayBoy! If you ask me, the only way for Ms. PP to make a comeback is to go all over India and pacify the frustrated junta, in the only way she knows!

Flipkart, the online retail store is getting greedy as much as it is getting popular. Shipping was free to start with, then was increased to a minimum bill amount of 200 and has now gone up to 300 bucks. So I can’t buy a single book of say 250 bucks without paying 30 bucks on shipping. It’s time to visit the Higginbotham store at my office campus where you get a corporate discount, if I need to purchase something that costs below 300 bucks.

At my desk:

Yesterday, a blogger pinged me saying …I read your blogs and you are rocking amidst other things.
I replied with a Thanks sir to which I got a quicker than Usain Bolt reply am a girl! Though unintentional, I profusely apologized to her for messing up with her gender.
Some names are just damn confusing!

Happy weekend! 🙂

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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[Review]~Revolution 2020…

For a man who stood up against Mr. Narayana Murthy’s view of IITs churning out students with diminished intellect, God decided to punish me. I realized my folly when I remembered that Mr. Murthy himself was an ex-IITian. I seemed to have committed a sin and God happens to punish every sinner in his own way – yes, even if he’s an IIT-IIM graduate.

Being experienced and having done it all – churn out stories, argue with random people within the 140 character limit, advise strangers even when they haven’t asked for it, write newspaper columns just cos Ms. De writes it – I was confident about my dealings with God when the right time arrived. After-all, I’m the one and only Chetan Bhagat.

So when God appeared in front of me: 
God: “So I hear from my secretary that you deserve to be punished, for you’ve committed a sin. A silly one, I’d like to point out.”
Me: “Oh lord, I realize that I did a mistake by arguing with someone of the same blood. Pardon me with minimal punishment, if at all. Please take into consideration that I dedicated the entire climax of my second book to your character.”
God: “Hmmm…no negotiations would suffice for I’ve already decided on your punishment. Your punishment is that you’d turn into your own reader for a day and review your upcoming fifth book – Revolution2020 – and give an honest opinion.”
Me: “Oh no! The book is ready for release. If I had known earlier that this would have happened, I would have written it better!”
God: “ROFL…I know that, but this is my way of a practical punishment. By the way, to make you feel a little better, my secretary is a big fan of your books. Silly girl.”

And here is what I submitted to God as a reader’s review of my own book:

As I finished reading the book, I immediately made note of these 3 pointers I learnt from Chetan Bhagat:
1. Everyone has a story to tell if one is ready to listen, be it on a train or inside a hospital room.
2. While narrating a story, description of the plot/place matters – even if the story seems/remains to be the same.
3. Sex sells.

I felt the book has been written with 70mm celluloid dreams in mind (UTV, today bagged the movie rights of the book!!). Gopal, Aarti and Raghav are the three main characters in the storyline while politician Shukla-ji is another typical character.
 
Love, Corruption and Ambition seem to be the trinity that cooks up this book.

Gopal is an IITJEE entrance exam failure who is in love with Aarti, while she loves Raghav, an IITJEE rank holder. Gopal struggles enough to find it hard to secure an IITJEE ranking and gives up hope of graduating ever, owing to family and financial issues. Raghav, on the other hand takes up engineering only to graduate before moving towards his love – journalism.

While Gopal and Raghav deal with their lives, Aarti fills the void in the plot by going out on boat rides with best friend Gopal and movie dates with her now boyfriend Raghav. As Raghav graduates as an engineer, Gopal gets along with politician Shukla-ji to take care of the “Corruption” part of the trinity.      

As the plot builds, Gopal with political backup goes on to become the director of his own Engineering college – GangaTech – while Raghav faces the ups and downs of being a reporter who takes on corrupt politicians in the name of Revolution! Gopal’s ambition is to own several educational institutes while Raghav’s ambition is to bring about a revolution of a clean & corruption free India by the year 2020. In the meanwhile, Aarti is in a very confused ambition-less situation.

How Gopal lures Aarti under his cosy blanket, only to feel sorry for Raghav and how he forces Aarthi towards Raghav forms a major part of the climax.

As I finished the book, I felt pity for Aarti – for she didn’t deserve the way she was treated. Her character was clean and innocent till about 80% of the book only to be ripped apart in the rest of the book, thus justifying my learning #3. Whether the editor forced such an end to her character or whether Chetan himself did that to her, is something I was left pondering about.

The only plus point about Chetan’s books among the IIT-IIM-Banker-Doctor-Graduate authors of India, is that the usage of English is simple and good…unlike the others who leave behind a lot many grammatical errors and typos, much to irritation of the reader.

My rating: 2/5.

Disclaimer: God forwarded this review to me, for he owed me one! I’m in no way responsible for any direct references to any person, dead or alive, gay or straight, male or female or otherwise.No offense was meant, if felt.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in books, Reviews

 

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We are NOT Idiots!!! Hmmph!!

This post is not in favor of Chetan Bhagat (CB) just because I’m a BIG fan of his. Rather this post is in favor of COMMON SENSE.

‘3 Idiots’ was one of the most awaited movies of 2009, especially for the fans of CB’s Five Point Someone (FPS).
While it was in the making over the last 12-16 months, it was projected to be re-worked version of FPS with a filmi twist to CB’s story about 3 IIT students.
For the records, during its music release a few months ago it was still a FPS inspired movie.
And then the first few trials of the video showed it to be “loosely” based on FPS with certain scenes and a new twist at the end.
And when the movie was released, it was no longer based on CB’s record breaking and loved-by-masses novel.

And two days back, the movie makers had a spat with the journalists at Noida over this issue.
I’m zoobie-doobie confused.

On one hand Aamir Khan says he’s not read the FPS and on the other contrary hand he says it’s not an inspired version of the book.
That’s the reason why on one hand I’ve not seen the movie “3 Idiots” and on the other hand, in similar contrary tone I say it’s based on FPS.
If Aamir’s right, so am I!!!

3 IIT students, One professor, One girl…and a lot many other things…cannot be just mere co-incidences.
Do Aamir, Vidhu and Hirani think of the common junta as Idiots? Are they that Stupid?
(During a promo, Aamir had said, “Dont be Stupid, be an Idiot”)
When >90% of the people who have both watched the movie and read the book, do relate it with FPS then what’s the problem with Aamir? Doesn’t he believe his fans? Does he think of his movie-watchers as those who lack common sense?? What does he think of himself?

Hirani and Joshi, the so-called scriptwriters of the movie should be the ones answering the media/junta and not the hero/producer/director of the movie.

As long as CB is not given due credit to this movie for his script, All is definitely NOT well.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2010 in Movies, Thoughts

 

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“Hello”…a missed call…

It was a last minute decision on this one. Yes, the movie had not created that much anticipation as the book had done. Last evening, I went out to watch “Hello” with my roommate. And since I had not liked Chetan Bhagat’s “One Night @ Call Centre” as a book that much, I went without any expectations to the theatre. I didn’t know the show timings at this local theatre called Melody (can’t expect to get tickets at multiplexes like Sathyam Cinemas and Inox here in Chennai at the last moment, Mayajaal yes is sometimes a last minute option though) but I had this vague idea that the evening show would start at 6:45pm if not at 6:30pm. And we reached the theatre 5 minutes before the movie actually started playing at 6:45pm. Tickets were easy to get…we didnt get the balcony ones, but managed to get the ‘circle’ ones for 50 bucks…and there were hardly 50 ppl there while there was space for close to 250 ppl there…80% of the theatre was empty. Phew!

Ah! The movie started rolling with the credits to begin with….and, OMG…the credits took a good 10 mins to get over….At the end of the credits, the movie seemed to have been produced by 5 production houses, sponsored by umpteen number of brands and an entire reel completely wasted on this…sheesh…

Unlike in the book, where the story is narrated in a train and the dude is an author…Dude’s a super-star here and the narration takes place in a star-hotel lounge. Before he lands in the lounge, Salman would have repeated for the Nth time, a performance on stage  where he ends up losing his shirt and standing half-Adam!! Yes, 40+ uncles these days are under pressure to build up ABS thanks to 40+ aunties following 40+ movie stars with ripped shirts and six-packers…sigh!

Katrina looks cute I must admit…she starts and ends with punchlines…check out how intelligent she is:
Starts with: “Bore wahi hote hey, jo bore hote hey”!! (Only those who get bored, get bored) 😛
Ends with: “Yakeen unko hota hey, jo yakeen karte hey”!! (Only those believe, who believe in it) 😉

The 6 characters are sketched pretty well…Shyam, Priyanka, Varun (Vroom), Esha, Radhika and Military Uncle…all seem to live upto their characterisation in the book.
The only thing I had disliked in the book, and so also in the movie was its unrealistic touch of ‘GOD’ calling up on Shyam’s cell phone…and talking on the speaker to all 6 characters making them realize about their conscience within…SO UNREAL!!

And seriously speaking…there should be some limitations…I agree the call center guys are paid well compared to a domestic help, but that doesn’t mean that these movie-guys should project the call center employees to live life king size…I mean, the way the houses of these characters are etched in the movie, the way they are dressed, their make-up, et al is very much out of place. The American accent, which is a very essential part of the call center environment hasn’t been much concentrated on. Gul Panag who plays Priyanka, agreed is ex-Miss India or something but to be blunt, she’s got fat all over and with her low neck dresses (yeah…to office…no dress code and only condom machines there) she looked like err…duh! very un-corporate…!! 😀
Suresh Menon plays the systems guy (who in the book, works to solve the ‘static’ problem) is wasted thoroughly…he acts more like a clown…even compares Rajnikanth to GOD for that matter. 😀
Songs were pathetic…none are hummable…one where Salman rips off his shirt, the lyrics go “Bang Bang, Boom Boom”…heights!! 😛 

I am actually more enthusiatic about the movie to come – “3 Idiots” – based on Chetan’s first novel “Five Point Someone”…waiting for it…And it has Aamir Khan as Hari too….yahooooo…waitin….tick tock tick tock… 😀

And ya, for this Hello movie…I would say, a must watch for a Chetan Bhagat fan else treat it as a MISSED CALL 😉 Well…my rating is 2/5. One point lost on the songs, one for the extravagant sets and costumes and one for cashing in on GOD!! 😉

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2008 in Movies

 

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