Is the air shedding a tear on the turning of seasons?
Or is it the leaves grieving over their last bit of glorious color before they turn a dark brown and wither away to nothingness?
Monday, October 31, 2005
If it is too knotty an issue, it may involve me coming in early and him waiting till late to actually do a conference call and resolve the issue.
Maybe I am missing something. More experienced campaigners may pliss to explain.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Dravid epitomizes every one of the qualities that I look up to in a sporting hero. He is hardworking, polite to a fault, and yet impossibly resilient ( He isn't aggressive? Tell me that if you think Eden Gardens 2001 and Adelaide 2003 isn't about being a goddamn d*#k and not getting out while scoring runs) . A team player to the core, he's played in positions 1-7 and as wicket-keeper in ODIs depending on the team's needs and contributed immensely to our short-lived stature as a good one-day team.
Update: As I write this, India is on the rampage in the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka.
Then of course there was the 80s. The clothes from that era for some reason look so egregiously bad now, that I wonder how sane people even found them fashionable back then. There were the weird hairstyles for men and women, polka-dots, those horrible baggy pants (the kind that M C Hammer kept wearing into the 90s). Then there were of course those oversize plastic sunglasses that covered up half your face.
I wonder what fashions of today will coming generations shake their heads at?
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Audi -> Hyundai. hmm.. I'm not sure I like this journey.
Hyundai of course is big in India now - a huge seller of cars with SRK endorsing them. I'm sure they must have gotten a lot of leverage out of this. Boatloads of money made by the ICC?
Friday, October 14, 2005
More details here. Check out their official website - a fairly creative site, even without the use of annoying flash animation.
If you're in the area, definitely check out their shows.
I hope Jebbit continues to post newer articles. Till he does, there's enough material and album names in there to keep me going for a long time.
Previous music musings.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
At the time, Blogger seemed sufficient, especially since it was the most well-known one, and everyone I knew seemed to be on it. That it was owned by Google meant that I hoped it would keep getting better all the time.
I must say I am disappointed. As I've blogged more, some of the other features of blogging that I'd love, most importantly, blog categories haven't been added to Blogger. I've already posted over 150 entries, and I'd love to be able to (natively) categorize these posts as I write them. I've mulled over hacking something with Technorati tags, et al, but I'm too lazy to do it.
Another very helpful thing would be stats. My site is not very widely read, but it's still nice to know that there are people out there who like to read what I write (heck, everyone needs a little ego-massaging now and then), and there's no way for me to know how many people subscribe to my feed, since the site meter only tags the site visitors.
In addition, things like better templates and ways to organize links (there's only so much HTML hacking you can put up with), plus an easier way to get photos on your blog (admit it, the hello! route is the pits).
Blogger was once the pioneer, boldly going where no blog tool had gone before. I wish they'd get back to those ways again.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
More details on India Uncut.
More details on India Uncut.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Without being review-y, my impression of the film - outstanding. Naseeruddin Shah and Rekha shine as one would have expected them to. There is an easy onscreen relationship they share, making their husband-wife turn all the more believable. Naseeruddin Shah is particularly good - a full range of expressions on his mask-like face underlining a fine performance. Anuradha Patel as Maya is slightly disappointing - I found her demeanor more childish than I would have liked.
My conversational hindi is competent at best - that I speak reasonably well is more of a tribute to the fact that two of my room-mates in CMU were very good hindi speakers. However, my understanding of it is much better - kind of like my cricket.
Which leads me to the best part of the film - Gulzaar saab's writing and lyrics. The play on words and the man's mastery of the idiom is evident in gems like:
"Sab kuchh to wohin hai. Lekin kuch bhi to wohi nahi hai".
Translating it won't cut it all - let's leave it at that. Classics "Katra Katra" and "Mera Kuchh Saman" are songs that I've liked without 'getting' them the way I did when I saw the film. Some of RDB's finest works (IMO) have come in combination with Gulzarsaab and this is another fine example of that.
A great film, recommended to anyone who hasn't seen it yet.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Here goes nothing:
Was he a loser? He had a job, a great wife, and three kids. A house in middle-class America.
He wasn't so sure. He seemed to be lazy and not really rising at his job. His daughter made him feel dumb. His son was a brat. Yikes.
"Homer, the game's on TV".
"D'oh. I forgot."
He was in trouble. He was out of ammo.
He ran helter-skelter, avoiding open spaces. They'd be on to him - vultures, preying on his weakness. He was never the soldier, preferring the company of his books and music.
Bang! It was over.
He put his controller away. "Damn, you are good with that shotgun".
The reports were here.
He wasn't giving up. Money was no object. He was a fighter, and fighter hamesha jeet ta hai. On the way back from the doctor, he stopped at the pharmacy. He saw her then. Black hair, sparkling lined eyes, the ankh. The ankh. He sagged. "It's time, isn't it?" She nodded.
Some extremely good ones:
* The last one's my favorite, but a bit obscure...this link may help.
Friday, October 07, 2005
I am on broadband at home, yet the number of time-outs on each page of the Express brings me to tears. (Note: This does not happen with other websites - at least not for every page I navigate to).
Get some good website designers, clean out the crud. Get some nice CSS and better layouts and I'm sure there'll be some good coming out of it. Less is more.
*I am in the process of trying the AdBlock extension, so the jury's still out on that.
Saturday, October 01, 2005
I digress. So, there is a scene in the movie where the starting guitar riff from Jeff Buckley's "Last Goodbye" plays.
How dare I not trust Cameron Crowe?