Monday, November 24, 2008

Installing Husband 1.0 - A Desperate's Anxiety

One of my colleagues sent me this very cute and incredibly funny forward which I thought had to be in my blog. Its very creative and totally relatable for both men and women :). The plot is simple, a Desperate calling Tech Support and complaining about issues she's having after upgrading Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0. Enzzoy


Dear Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1.

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.

Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.

What can I do?



Response from Tech Support :


First, keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.

Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme.html and try to download Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update.

If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1.

Please note that Beer 6. 1 is a very bad program that will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta.

Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.)

In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0-program .These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Cooking 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7

Tech Support.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

3 Idiots !!

I wonder what happened to Munnabhai Chale Amerika..oh thats right..Munnabhai could not go to picture shooting abhi bhi baaki hai mere dost. I guess in the meantime RajKumar Hirani started his other project named "3 Idiots". I didn't pay much attention to it until I stumbled upon the first look. With all math formulas on the board, the tagline "Chase Excellence - Success will follow.." hidden among them and a kid immersed into it, the first poster is pretty intriguing and has made me take notice of this film. I wonder who the kid is and also what the story is. It stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi and is based on a famous novel, Five Point Someone by Indian writer Chetan Bhagat. Lets hope for some awesome intellectual entertainment.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Requiem for a Dream

This has to be one of the saddest fuckin unbelievably amazing artistic film I've seen till date. I mean what more can you think of a film which is totally zero on hope and high on dope . Having said that I have to agree that this is a brilliant film with some intense soundtrack, crisp editing and arresting cinematography. Its montage style execution with split screen techniques and extremely short shots makes this a very special one.

Thanks to god I've never been in the shoes of the 4 characters of the film, and I don't know if there can be any other movie which can depict the slow self destruction of people due to Addiction so well and so close to reality than Requiem for a dream.

For those who think ah this is another drug movie, get this straight. Its so not a drug movie. What it shows is four people who have a fantasy or a dream, and then their addictions not only get in the way, but completely destroy them. So in short its a movie which hits you hard, freaks you out, moves you and leaves you thinking in the end. Highly Recommended !!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Its Dev D after No Smoking's K

Last year glamorous Bollywood witnessed the release of the so called biggest Box office turkey, the dark, gloomy and totally absurd "No Smoking". Many hated it, few loved it, but everyone discussed about it. Many critics thrashed it and I just felt pity for them for their miniscule peanut sized brains that couldn't decipher the hidden metaphors of this enigmatic movie. Anyways in the future we'll surely remember it as one of those cult movies, a movie which dared to be different from the rest. After watching No Smoking again and again and again, I became a huge fan of this "David Lynch" of Bollywood. And I came to know from one of his interviews that he was making Dev D with Abhay Deol. I just don't know how time passed by but the next news about the movie I read was that the trailer is out.

So what is this movie all about. Dev D is Anurag K's take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic Devdas, and thankfully its poles apart from the boring and sleep-inducing SRK's Devdas. Anurag has used Devdas as an adjective and not as a work of literature or cinema; it’s a look at relationships through the phenomenon that is Devdas. While the original Devdas was an alchoholic, our Dev is a full on drug addict. Sounds quite interesting right ?? You don't have to pull your brains to figure out how it'd be as he presents us the first trailer of Dev D.

I thought that was ek dum solid Funtastic trailer. Dev seems like a man in his own imaginary world, not giving a fcuk to what others say or think, similar to K in No Smoking !! The shots with camera attached to the body was awesome. The color scheme used is neat, kinda European movies style. But above all the most fascinating part of the whole trailer was the music. It was spot on, high energy, very addictive. No wonder its by Amit Trivedi, the man behind the amazing soundtrack Aamir. It seems Dev D has a kickass soundtrack of 15 songs comprised on a variety of genres... wooohoo...musical feast!!! Now all this certainly makes it a movie to watch out for next year.

P.S - Did u notice the start of the song...ek do teen char chey !! No paanch, which happens to be AK's first movie which never got to see the the more we pay attention, the more we discover. Way 2 go AK !!

Anurag Kashyap: When people hate No Smoking, they hate it with passion. They write pages on why it doesn’t work. They compare with Kafka’s K, they talk about how it deviates from Lynch or they’d critically dissect k’s character in the movie. Do you get the compliment? You can only hate something so fervently only when it moves you as much.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Slumdog Millionaire - a vibrantly wonderful film

Got to watch this incredibly brilliant film, Slumdog Millionaire, on thursday. I have to admit that I haven't watched Danny Boyle's Trainspotting or 28 weeks later, both of which are critically acclaimed and claimed to be classics. The only reason I got interested in this movie was AR Rahman. I was totally unaware of this project at the beginning, and then started this buzz that a film based on India got rave reviews in London film festival. Further digging into the subject revealed the fact that the music was composed by our own Rahman. What more can I say, this movie got added to my list of "everyday updates".

SdM is a movie based on a novel Q&A by Vikas Swarup, an Indian Diplomat. Set in India, it tells the story of Jamal, a "Chai wala" working in a call center, who becomes the biggest quiz-show winner in history, only to be sent to jail on accusations that he cheated. The movie goes on to tell us how by drawing from the experiences of his own short, yet turbulent and sometimes cruel life he, essentially a slumdog, managed to answer all the twelve questions that led him to the jackpot, and more importantly get his girl.

As this was a free screening, the line was pretty long and most of the audience were non-Indians. I think I just spotted one or two desis, which made me feel special, one of the very few Indians for a movie based entirely on India. There are many reviews giving pretty high ratings for this movie and believe me it truly deserves it. Every scene and detail has been handled very carefully. Even things like subtitles (as there are initial scenes of children completely in hindi) was done so playfully and colorfully. You won't find them at their usual place with white colored fonts, instead they go around the big screen in a way that you concentrate on the scene as well as the words. Master stroke !! Also I loved the way the music blended with the movie. It was a big opportunity for Rahman to showcase his talent and he has pulled it off brilliantly. The background score was amazing. There were times when I didn't know if it was Danny Boyle's direction or Rahman's music which made the scene either so romantic or so intense. I think it was a perfect marriage. There are two songs featured in the movie which give a breath of fresh air amidst moments of heartbreak, tragedy and drama, MIA Paper planes song which comes at an important juncture of the film and the grand Bollywood song-and-dance number which comes right at the end. Danny Boyle makes sure that everyone leaving the theater leave in their best spirits and with a wide smile of their faces.

Another highlight of this movie is its memory narrated structure. It keeps going back and forth from the game show to the jail to Jamal's past experiences, all of them culminating at a pulsating finale. Acting also needs a special mention, as everyone right from the young children did a fantastic job. For about an hour or so the two young kids carry the entire movie in their shoulders which was incredible. Their scenes actually were the most impressive for me and touching. And then there were veterans Irfan Khan and Anil Kapoor who did their part with great panache. Latika(Freida Pinto) was simply beautiful and Jamal(Dev Patel) was extremely believable and so relatable. I'm sure we'll see more of this young lad in the coming years.

Now for the most unforgettable scenes from the movie :~
1) One of the most unforgettable and unimaginable scene fro SdM was the gross-out comedy sequence of youngest Jamal caught in a predicament when the big bollywood star Amitabh lands in a helicopter at the slums and he's stuck in the toilet ( restroom ), the only way to get an autograph being to jump in the shitttttt...You've gotta see the expression on everybody's faces...extremely hilarious.
2) Hindu's attacking Muslims in the slums. This showcased the brilliant directorial abilities of Danny Boyle.
3) The nail-biting sequence where Jamal's brother gets Jamal to the orphanage goonda to showcase his singing abilities, and how he rescues him.
4) The MIA-paper planes song sequence.
5) The magnificent Tajmahal and younger Jamal's story of how and why Tajmahal was built.
6) The railway station chase sequence with superb music.
7) The tension filled climax.
8) Finally the end credits fun filled Bollywood dance number "Jai Ho".

SdM is a journey through that part of India which is seldom seen or heard these days. It boldly showcases that section of people who are at the most neglected both by the huge Indian media and the government. I'm sure no Indian film maker would have dared to touch such a subject thinking about money prospects and for that I thank Danny Boyle for presenting this movie in such a delightful fashion. I hope he gets the gold, if u know what I mean. The underlining motto of this movie is Destiny. Whatever happens, happens for a reason and it is written to happen that way. Something which I personally believe in. Do you believe in that ???

SdM opens in select theaters on November 12th. Let the journey begin.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Guzarish - Ghajini

Actually this being an out and out action thriller, I was kinda disappointed by the first trailer. I was excited at first coz we got first few glimpses of the movie for which I was waiting over an year. Anyways now we get to hear a sample of the first song promo. It sounds pretty good in first hearing itself. So that means instant hit for sure. Also it takes me to Saathiya / Alaipayuthe Hasti rahe tu hasti rahe tune. Instantly likable. Also the visuals are stunning. Looks like Aamir and Asin have a great chemistry together. Have to wait a lil bit more to make the judgement.

It reminds me of the video like O rey chori or Tu hi tu satrangi re...Isolated, deserted, just the 2 of them, romantically getting sunburnt :) ...I'm glad we are getting past the side dancers era. I seriously hate that. I mean if the main leads want to romance, sing duets, why the hell do they want some side dancers to see that ?????

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Congratulations, President Obama

Now finally after 7 yrs of my life in US, I feel a sense of pride to be part of this country.

History has been made !!!

Today America and its people have truly shown everyone why its the greatest country in the world.

God Bless America.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Peru Rocks - The Big Picture -

Peru is one of my dream locations, which one day I'd surely visit. I came across this site which posted some beautiful pics from this heavenly place. I was very happy that Machu Picchu was included in one of the 7 wonders of the world. It truly deserves that special place.

Peru Rocks - The Big Picture -

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