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Hockey stick hain uske paas, aur kya hain? motorcycle hain? gaadi hain, bungla hain? motorcar hain? aur kya hain uske paas?

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March 14th is when I’m watching Gulaal.

And there is this sudden realization that I have been reading Anurag Kashyap’s blog for almost three years now. Now that he is famous and popular, he may not continue blogging (I hope he writes often) or his frequency of posts may reduce. But as long as he gets a chance to make movies AND release them in time, I won’t be very sad. Gulaal has been in the making for years now and at last it’s releasing. Hope it is as good as the trailer.


Some youtube videos of Gulaal:

Aarambh hai prachand


Gulaal trailer

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March 2, 2009 at 1:26 am

Jugni Chad Di A.C. Car, Jugni Rehndi Sheeshe Paar

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Somewhere I read that music was the only uninteresting/uninspiring stuff in the movie “Oye Lucky, lucky oye” (OK.. it was in rediff. something to that effect). Well, if you are actively reading, you know that I’m going to disagree and may not defend it this time, if you are expecting that. Atleast, I don’t want to be that predictable. Well, because the songs are good, I like them. There comes the problem of subjective reviews and the age old case of uselessness of reviews, from my case files (there is no Watson to chronicle my cases, so I’m doing it myself. Sad, I know). John Keating absolutelymade sense when he told his students to rip the “literary criticism essay” off their books(Dead poets society). The hindi movie reviews, atleast from majority of the s0-called revieweres, completely miss the point, that is if at all they get any. Of course, there are Bharadwaj Rangan and Raja Sen. Again, that takes us to the question- who should review?

I say, it depends. I don’t agree with David Denby all the time. Roger Ebert is readable anyday. Same is true with James Berardinelli. Rotten tomatoes gives diverse views. Raja Sen reviewing music is not the same as Raja Sen reviewing the movie. And what was that Raja Sen’s Dostana review, by the way? And I think Bharadwaj Rangan is our Roger Ebert. Always readable. I so wish Mukul Kesavan wrote movie reviews. I no longer read Khalid Mahmood/mehmood/mohammad, subhash k jha, nikhat kazmi. I still read Taran Adarsh once in a while, but that is strictly for other reasons. I remember the days when I would wait for Monday evenings to watch Kunal Kohli’s reviews on Zee. That was way back in the mid 90s. A classic Director-killed-the-reviewer story. Also, make it direction-killed-the-remaining-sense. I liked Fiza. But there is always an exception. And then there are regional movie reviewers writing in English, like G. S.Kumar and R.G.Vijayasarathy, who have taken movie review to the lowest possible level. Be it content, writing, analysis, if at all, and you name it, they have time and again taken it to the new low.

The movies I like are not always the best movies. Best as in, what the majority of people have liked, popular.  I mean, there are different reasons for me to like a movie. There are multiple parameters that I can use to define the likeability of a movie. And not all of them I can quantify. (stop me from using the cliche, Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted. Ok, I said it). I may like a movie just because I watched it with someone I like or for the reason that we were talking throughout the movie. Agree that these are outside the realm of movie review, but that is my point. It is completely subjective. There are many movies I like just because I watched them at a certain point in life. I like movies like Khiladiyon ka khiladi, Barton Fink, Soldier et al for my own reasons. There are movies I like and I don’t want to analyze why I like them. I just like them. Too much analysis kills it for me.

A.R.Rahman and Yuvvraaj

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By now everyone knows and opine that Rahman’s songs grow on you. I understand, I mean, I started liking some of the songs that i didn’t like too much when I heard them first, before. With Yuvvraaj, it happened with 4 of the songs! and I didn’t just convert to a believer but a jehadi (if that’s the word i’m looking for). It’s that good.

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October 20, 2008 at 1:43 am


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Willy– “Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social distinctions predicated upon wealth, especially inherited wealth…” You got that from “Work in Essex County,” Page 421, right? Do you have any thoughts of your own on the subject or were you just gonna plagiarize the whole book for me?”

Come on, man. tell me. Do you have any thoughts on your own? on any subject?

You don’t add value and you have the illusion that you ‘control’ things here. The classic case of ‘socialist-work-mentality’. Which era are you in man? industrial era ended quite sometime ago. I understand, you were quite busy to realize that. This is no longer an assemby line production thing. you cannot control and monitor the way you people did in the early industrial era. Hope the word culture rings some bell.

I suggest a little bit of mental expansion that a lot of people call ‘growing up’ can help you in coping with life. The times of controlling people never existed in this industry, sir. I don’t know whether you are aware of something called work ethics, but a lot of people I have seen have it here. If anyone asked any sane person here to describe the experience of working with you in two words, I bet my bile duct, it’ll be “extremely unpleasant”.

Frequent visits to Wren and Martin will definitely help, sir. But more than that, I’d love to suggest some books by John Dewey, but again that’d be expecting too much.

( a gam-gopal-varma-ish post, i know.)

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September 25, 2008 at 1:54 pm

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shifting tabs in firefox

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Maybe I came to know very late, but better late than n., I can go the next and previous tabs in Firefox using ctrl+pageUP, ctrl+pageDn. Using mouse to shift between tabs was a little annoying. This shortcut works with Chrome too.

Ctrl+tab also works

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September 11, 2008 at 1:16 pm

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Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar and misunderstood globalization

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I have watched quite a few Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar movies. In fact, I still remember watching “Udbhava” on a black and white televison when I was too young. Blame it on my memory, i remember quite a few things. I also remember reading a short story written by Nagathihalli in the 80s in a magazine called “Karmaveera”. “Undoo Hoda Kondoo Hoda” was very good. 

Give me entertainment- mindless/mindful comedy, dance and action- anytime, anyday; I don’t crib and cry. Give me gyaan; convince me. I don’t understand why you need to blame globalization for your problems and naxalism. Naxal or violent extreme left group activities start or have started, mainly because of the widening economic gap and marginalization of people, among other things. Globalization is not the ‘only’ reason for this. You cannot blame everything on globalization and paint red (ok, the red- part was an attempted humour). No, before you label me ‘free-market-champion-who-has-just-read-JagdishBhagwati’s-“in defence of globalization”-and-friendman’s( not Milton)-“world is flat”, let me assure you that this is not the case. I’ve had a decent dose of Joseph Stiglitz too. I think I can fairly understand the globalization or rather anti-globalization issues. But as in Nagathihalli’s recent movie-Maatad Maatad Mallige- blaming large corporations won’t help. Neither does Gandhi-type satyagraha shown in the movie. The problems are different and the solutions are not that simple. I understand that it is a movie but I strongly feel that when you are reaching a large audience you also have the responsibility of not saying “hear, hear. Look it’s all simple– globalization is the root of all evil”. No, sir. I don’t buy it.

I think people still haven’t come out of the socialist hangover. They constantly refuse to see the brighter side of globalization. The reason people like you and I watch the movie in multiplexes in because of globalization. I know that Nagathihalli won’t deny that but he knows that multiplexes will not account to his movie’s collection. I am not saying globalization is perfect and free-market is the panacea. There are real problems with implementing policies and achieving a true globalized world. But attributing all the problems to globalization does not make any sense. One- It is misleading the general public and making them spend their energy for useless purposes; two- you are not helping to solve the problem; you are just giving a punching bag. Sad.

The problem with getting public sector employees to private organizations.

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Note: unedited, raw post. May not contain a proper structure. Reference to context may be required. Read it at your own risk.

The problem with getting public sector employees to private organizations.

These guys get a huge baggage of bad work ethic, improper and sick attitude towards fellow employees and unbearable industrial era mindset.

The industrial era is over and the same mindset and techniques cannot be applied to knowledge based economy. Even a person with IQ of 14 can tell that in knowledge based industry, where most of the work is done by the brain, the yardstick for measuring performance and productivity cannot be number of hours worked. Get it, guys. Or at least try to get it. People who are aware and are in the software business know that a good software engineer is not 20 or 30 times better, but 10,000 times better than an average or mediocre one. When one comes with 10 or whatever years of experience in a public sector company, the person, in most of the cases, comes with a baggage of attitude which is impossible to change. More often than not, they come to the senior positions. Excuse me for digressing, HR people in the knowledge industry, take a bright red marker, write “experience doesn’t matter” in bold and stick it on your monitor screen. yeah, stick it part ended decently. I thought there is a decent science or at least pseudo science behind “Human Resource Management”. HR guys, you have always amazed me. When i need to hire people for HR positions, I’ll hire dolphins. Of course, IQ is not the only reason for that.
When these guys get time, if at all, after watching all those youtube videos, they either come up with the stupidest of events/programmes or supposedly-employee-morale-boosting exercises that makes, i’m quite sure, Mathowdis Boregard feel better.

Coming back to the senior people in the knowledge industry coming from public sector companies(For the people of countries who have just come out of the socialist hangover or are still in the socialist/communist hangover, the government types- people who were with the government), I have a few suggestions.
Get over it. The position of power, the power being unknowingly, illogically and irresponsibly given to you, will not remain for long. You will end up pulling the productivity down, reducing the employee morale and ultimately, losing talent. Companies that are not aware of these dangers won’t survive for long in this industry. When the companies cannot compete and when they cannot innovate, because of the industrial era mentality, they don’t have an option but to die a slow, natural death. It may take some time, but the end result will be the same. Making the government-types managers and vice presidents will help- in expediting the death and decay of an organization.