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24
Jan
15

Open Letter to NDTV for Movie Review of ‘Baby’

Dear NDTV Movie Review Team,

This is with reference to your movie review of Baby (2015) http://movies.ndtv.com/movie-reviews/baby-movie-review-1081

The movie has attracted 2 stars out of 5.

If we want to consider religion in reviewing the movie and If we assume you are the most secular (and hence unpaid) media of the lot, then also it does not make any sense because of the following reasons:-

1. Baby is not an anti-Muslim movie or even anti-Pakistan movie. It is shown that the terrorists are there on both the sides.

2. The head of the Indian secret agency is played by Danny Denzongpa as Feroze Ali Khan.

3. There is also a mention of Hindu extremism in Gujarat riots.

So lets take religion out from the review (and hence lets also ignore your generous 5 star rating to PK)

The movie is entertaining & has no songs. All the actors have done a good(if not the best) job. Script is not exceptionally brilliant as ‘A Wednesday’ but manages to keep the audience curious.

You may have your own evaluation of movies and you have all rights to express it. I am not a fan of Akshay Kumar to justify this. Let us assume that your rating is justified.

However, I really wonder what made you give 2.5 stars to Kick (Salman Khan) or 3 stars to Players (Abhishek Bacchan, Boby Deol, Sonam Kapoor etc). How were they successful in earning your 0.5 or 1 star?

There are many such examples listed below.

1. Kick (Salman Khan) -> 2.5 Stars

2. Main Tera Heo -> 2.5 Stars

3. Dhoom 3 -> 3 Stars (Aamir Khan fans can ignore this)

4. Bullet Raja -> 4 Stars (Though the Director has made good movies, but 4 stars for this? )

5. Besharam -> 2.5 Stars (Really? )

6. Rabba Mein Kya Karu -> 3 Stars (Why ?)

7. Shortcut Romeo -> 3 Stars

8. Nautanki Sala -> 3 Stars

9. Jayantabhai ki Luv Story -> 2.5 Stars

10. Rush (Emran Hashmi) -> 3 Stars

11. Ek Tha Tiger -> 3.5 Stars (Similar story line. What made you give this? )

12. Tezz (Anil Kapoor) -> 3 Stars

13. Bitto Boss -> 3 Stars

14. Houseful 2 -> 3 Stars

15. Agent Vinod -> 3.5 Stars (This is a joke right? )

16. Players (Abhishek Bacchan, Bobby Deol) -> 3 Stars

17. Ra.One -> 3 Stars (SRK fans can ignore this)

18. Yamla Pagla Deewana -> 2.5 Stars (Some may not agree on this)

Eagerly waiting for your reply

Warm Regards,

IBH

19
Oct
14

Unheard songs by unsung hero of Congress

Dear Congress and my Voters,

First I will sing in Hindi for my Hindi audience and then mein angrezi mein gaunga. My first attempt at singing after ‘Machli Jal ki Rani hai’ song performance at ‘Chota Bhim under 40 kids association’ event

Hindi Song:-

I know you think that I shouldn’t have joined you,
Or tell you that.
But if I didn’t say it, well I’d still have felt it
Rahul says where’s the sense in that?

I promise I’m not trying to make you lose everywhere
Or return to where we were

I will go down with this ship
And I won’t put my hands up and surrender
There will be no congress flag above my door (or anywhere)
I’m a Pappu and always will be

I know I left too much mess and
destruction to come back again
And I caused nothing but trouble
I understand if you can’t talk to me again
And if you live by the rules of “it’s over”
then I’m sure that that makes sense

English Song:-

Karte hain hum aaj qabool kya keeje
Ho gayi thi jo humse bhool kya keeje
Rahul keh raha Arnabse mayassar kar bhi aao
Wo jo dabi si aas baaki hai
Wo jo dabi si aanch baaki hai
Wo jo dabi si aanch baaki hai
Wo jo dabi si… aanch baaki hai

Kismat ko hai yeh manzoor kya keeje
Haarte rahe hum badastoor kya keeje
Rahul keh raha hai Modise musalsal kar bhi aao
Wo jo ruki si raah baaki hai
Wo jo ruki si chaah baaki hai
Wo jo ruki si chaah baaki hai
Wo jo ruki si chaah baaki hai..

Yours Undeserving Dynamic Leader,

Pappu Gandhi

(S/O some Gandhi)

No Wave:-

I’m in love and always will be

15
Oct
14

When Aliens visited my blog!

Dear All,

Thank you for your encouraging response.

Confused? Generally, my blog was ignored by all since last 1-2 years. In fact, I had never visited it even as a visitor in the past 1 year. The blog posts 1 year before were not that interesting or thought provoking. There was nothing worth noticing about this blog, not even it’s existence.

People ignore your blog or anything for that matter, when you start ignoring it yourself, that’s life.

On 28th September 2014, something strange happened and 435 people visited my blog generating 530 views.

Visitors

Surprisingly, they were not paid by me to do so. Isn’t that strange and illogical? Aliens? When I was promoting (read: spamming Orkut’s Scrapbooks & Communities, Facebook’s Walls & Groups, Twitter’s TL, LinkedIn’s feed) my blog few years back, I could generate hardly any visitors. The only one who visited were my friends who were forced/bribed by me to do what no one did i.e visit my blog.

Hence, I would like to thank each one of you who visited my blog.

Thanks for making me visit my blog as a blogger.

BTW, WordPress has changed a lot. I don’t know where I am writing this, whether it will be published or not, uploading images have become more difficult etc. Need a lot of catching up to do.

06
Nov
13

Read the following books in Sept 13 & Oct 13

Sep 2013

1. Raiders from the North by Alex Rutherford. 4/5: Story of Babur, very interesting read if you are fond of history
2. Dork by Sidin Vadukut. 3/5: Good Humor, No story. Good read.
3. My Reminiscences by Rabindranath Tagore. 5/5: Poetic, Perfect Read, every chapter is brilliant
4. Brothers at War by Alex Rutherford. 3.5/5: Story of Humayun and his addictions. Interesting at times, battles become repetitive
5. Ruler of the World by Alex Rutherford. 3.5/5: Story of Akbar, all characters of Jodha-Akbar except Jodha are there in this. Includes story of Salim and Anarkali. loved reading it
6. The Tainted Throne by Alex Rutherford. 3.5/5: Story of Jehangir. Might get repetitive and boring. Interesting character of Mehrunissa. 

Oct 2013

1. God Save The Dork by Sidin Vadukut 2/5: Not worth reading if you have read the first book.(Available at BookHook)
2. The Broker by John Grisham 3/5: Loved the plot and enjoyed the book thoroughly. Climax is a bit disappointing. Loved the character of Joel Backman (Available at BookHook)
3. Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson 3.5/5: Love Story which reminds you of PS I Love You. These are the letters written by Sam to Jennifer about her secret love affair. Meanwhile Jennifer falls in love with Brenden.(Available at BookHook)
4. Blood Memory by Greg Iles 4/5 – Just loved reading this. Dark, Disturbing, Thrilling story about sexual abuse & murders! Enjoyed it thoroughly! (Available at BookHook)
5. The Murder Artist by John Case 4/5 – A Father investigates the case of his missing twins. If you are into reading the suspense stories, this one is a must for you.(Available at BookHook)
6. The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith 4/5 – Precious Ramotswe starts a Detective Agency and comes across many interesting cases. Fun read.(Available at BookHook)
7. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin 6/5 – Rating is enough to recommend. 
8. The King of Good Times by Harish Maiya 1/5 – Pathetic book about the life of Dr. Mallya
9. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan 3/5 – A book for teenagers! I read it because I wanted to read about the Greek Gods without getting bored.
10. Anthem by Ayn Rand 3/5 – The book about Collectivism, Equality, Human Identity and Freedom.

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01
Sep
13

Books of July & August 2013!

Read many books in the last 2 months. Following is the list:-

  1. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim: Reco for Mgmt related ppl
  2. The Confession by John Grisham: A bit boring towards the end
  3. Granta 80: The Group: Interesting stories, worth a read
  4. Bombay Rains, Bombay Girls by Anirban Bose: Time Pass book, read if you have nothing better to read
  5. The Racketeer by John Grisham: Better than The Confession, worth a read
  6. Kitnay Aadmi Thay by Diptakirti Chaudhuri: Must read for Bollywood fans, though media covers all the facts, the compilation is interesting
  7. Dongri to Dubai by S. Hussain Zaidi: Reco to all.
  8. The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian: Reco to all, fast paced story as usual by Ravi
  9. Miss Marple’s Final Cases by Agatha Christie 
  10. The Furnished Room & The Fist of the Magi by O’ Henry
  11. The Secrets of Nagas by Amish Tripathi-> 3/5: a bit boring. Did not inspire me enough to buy the last one.
  12. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse-> 5/5: loved this book. 
  13. My Story by Kamala Das-> 4/5: Must read for all. Specially women!
  14. Arion & the Dolphin by Vikram Seth-> 3/5: Poetic. Time pass read.
  15. Skill with People by Les Giblin-> 4/5: Read, re-read, execute type book
  16. Devils in Pinstripes by Ravi Subramanian-> 3/5: Usual RS book on banking. Don’t read if you have read his books recently.
  17. The Summons by John Grisham-> 3/5: Not the best of his works perhaps, yet worth a read.
21
Dec
12

Royal Enfield & some interesting stories

I just loved reading following blogs on Royal Enfield, Tours, Bullets etc., hence posting the following links for those who are interested:-

1. http://www.sadhoochakkar.com/

It is about the Journey of two passionate bikers Mr. Harbinder Singh & Vaibhav Nijhowne. Each & every journey & the challenges are elaborated in the blog. The Rajasthan & Ladakh tours are worth reading.

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2. http://www.60kph.com/index.htm

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The website of the club whose philosophy is  “You can never come back from a ride”. This is very interesting, informative & helpful website for the bikers in & around India, for newbies & professionals. From the content, it seems to be a well-managed club with adventurous ambitions & professional approach. I found the ‘The Great Rann of Kutch” article by Mr. Paraj Shukla to be very helpful & interesting.

3. http://www.powertotherider.com/index.php/travelouges

Though is not about the Royal Enfield, this experience of Rajasthan ride on Kawasaki Ninja has many ups & downs. You can take some good tips to ride 700km per day & what to do when you have rim related problems.

Do let me know if you have any other links where such stories are shared apart from http://www.royalenfield.com

16
Sep
12

My Views on FDI

The title ‘My Views on FDI’ is the most common statement made by everyone who may or may not exactly know what the reforms related to FDI are all about. Having said that, this article will also not discuss about its effect on fiscal deficit or growth or on the elections & Congress. It is only about my observations about the intelligent lot of people comprising Software Engineers, Graduate Trainees, Students (MBA, Engineers etc..) etc who are discussing about this subject.

The following are the different categories of experts in our society:-

1. I saw the tweet ‘Too late, Too little’. For instance, I thought that it was an awesome summary in nutshell. Then I realized that these were the exact words said by Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai to Mr. Ajit Ranade 2 mins back on the News Channel that I was watching. So the first lot of people are the one who watch the news & flood their tweets, facebook page with their views! Smart Indeed right? The same people will also read about it the next day & write expert blogs on the subject. 

2. The BJP supporters. or rather the blind BJP supporters. Whatever happens, they will connect it to how the Congress has been looting India. Then they will criticise saying the poor people will lose the jobs because of this FDI. Now there are few sub categories in this group: a) the people who support NaMo & hates Mamta Banerjee b) the people who dont know what Mamta has done but still hates her because they cant relate their hatred to Arindham Chowdhary or Chetan Bhagat in this case c) the people who wholeheartedly support NaMo & BJP.

3. The people who relates this to Inflation without any knowledge. Then suddenly they divert the topic to Diesel price hike & Coal Scam where they have gathered lot of knowledge by Internet surfing through the comments posted by their counterparts sitting in some other corner of the world. Such people do take help of the words which are not familiar to the common man. And mostly these people are the students who have gone abroad for their MBA/MS, or the working class people who are earning abroad to pay back their fees of MBA/MS, or the unemployed Indians struggling abroad who are sitting in the apartment doing nothing but surfing. They all consider them as true patriots!  

4. The people who relates this to Mr. Vijay Mallya’s strategic step to save his Airlines. Then they dig out the historical stuff like how Cabinet ministers of Nehru’s times were selected & how Nehru+Gandhi has fooled the entire country for many decades. 

5. And now the last but the very important category where majority of the people are falling is the ‘Dumper’ Category. The people who don’t know what is happening but they just comment to be socially fit in the above mentioned categories

World is full of different, interesting & foolish people. Let me know if you come across any other Category!! 

 

 




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