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Which was the last watchable Airtel Commercial ?

Remember those irritating courtship couples from the Airtel commercial. Their discussion on the separate veg and non-veg section on a night before their wedding, the selfie marathon on IM and their other disastrous all-night talks.  It was impossible to watch television without those commercials.

Yeah this girl in particular

Yeah this girl in particular

Well, roll the calender to a month, and there is new commercial that is equally mindless.

Here is the commercial I am talking about

So why this dumb commercial is so stupid:

We are feminist but still sanskari :

What is unusual when your boss gives a tight deadline to a project and entertains no negotiation? Its like everyday at work. But no, when its delivered by saree warped boss to a hipster looking subordinate, there is more to the story. Because our sanskari boss have to go back home and cook for her beloved husband, who is still working, because she said so.

We love to Stereotype

So, the lady boss has a driver who is driving her from work to home but no cook. I think so the ad-makers decided that Priya, the saree boss, can only afford one paid help, so let him be a driver because women folks are generally not good drivers and are usually good in cooking, so let her cook. I dont know if there was a male boss in there, he had to cook.

In office:Wife= Boss= Priya. But in the mobile: Priya=Boss=Wife

In office, he calls his wife/boss by her first name, but when his mobile rings, it shows the name “wife”. I am yet to find someone who saves wife’s number as “wife”, rather than the name itself. Again,lazy writing for the commercial.

Orders to over-time and then suggest to ignore it. 

Step 1: “You have to finish this big project today. You have no bloody option…hahaha”

Step 2: while leaving- “Are you doing alright assh*le ?Call me when you are bored”- still giving the devil boss looks

Step 3: “I am reaching home in chauffeur driven car. As we don’t give fuck to wasting petrol by going in separate vehicles, what do you want to have for dinner, my Chubbylobby.”

Step 4: “Come home  my boytoy, I am bored.”

Step 5: “Oh damn you “bohot kaam”. Come home now, I am your boss at home and at work…hahahaha. Fuck the project, I wanna do some spanking.”

We love Sci-fi (the video calling at the end)

Have you ever tried video calling in India, like in any network? The v-call of the ad was like science fiction. Never-ever , video call happens of that quality. Never, in this country. And so much food lady, did you cook for the entire office ?

Conclusion 

  • If it was really a smart phone network commercial, why not show “work from Home” rather than video calling that no body uses.
  • If the wife really wanted to be romantic, why not stay back and help hubby in project, leave the office together, make/order dinner together and then watch Crime Patrol (or any other similar romantic show they like )together.
  • This commercial is not about  Women Empowerment or breaking stereotype, but rather hypocrite and dumb.

What are your thoughts about this commercial ?

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The World of Tagore’s Stories

The legend, Rabindranath Tagore. Photo via The Hindu

The legend, Rabindranath Tagore. Photo via The Hindu

Tagore is the true literary legend of India. From Nobel prize to penning national anthem of 2 countries, he had done it all. But until last month, I had not read much of him apart from some stories in the school text books. I had browsed through some pages of Gitanjali, only to realize that I was too young to appreciate the devotional poems. Last month however, I downloaded  “Stories from Tagore” , a collection of short stories by Rabindranath Tagore and discovered the beautiful world of his stories.

These stories were written between 1890 to 1917. Originally written in Bengali, the trademark of his style is narratives reflecting the emotions, underlying the social and economic structure of that era. Each story shows that how we restrict our true emotion due to our mindsets, religion, social beliefs and moral obligations.

(Bonus: Read The Introduction of Gitanjali by W. B Yates )

Like the story of Cabuliwala, where a small girl develops friendship with the hawker. The girl reminded the hawker of his daughter from his home in Kabul and he likes to stop by and talk to the girl. And then there is a story where a devotee servant, who have served his master’s family for generations is accused of kidnapping the child, whom he loved more than anything. He goes back to village and raises one of his son, exactly like the missing kid and does not realize that what fate had in store for him.

There are also stories of family disputes, floods, epidemic, personal conflicts and social taboos. Credit also goes to the translators of these stories, who did a brilliant job of exposing these stories to the greater number of audience. It will be interesting how western readers would interpret the books since these stories demand some sort of cultural understanding of India.

I rated “Stories by Tagore” by Rabindranath Tagore 4 out of 5 stars on the goodreads. We all deserve to be in the World of Tagore’s stories which is the beautiful journey into the former century of time.

 

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Travel Diary: Fort, Kochi

It was Sunday and the Maritime Museum was closed. Well, that was my plan for the Sunday in Kochi: Museum, Churches, Art Gallerias and beach. I know, it sounds bit clique but the Lonely Planet magazine suggested me that Kochi is one place where I can do old timers traveling and I could not resist the temptation.

As the museum was closed, I made my way to the St. Francis Church and the Dutch Cementary. The mass was going on and the cemetery was also locked. The keys were available at the Church but I refuted the idea of visiting the rain soaked cemetery alone, and instead made my way towards the Chinese Fishing nets.

Fishing nets and some mess

Fishing nets and some mess

If you are wondering why I was in such a rush, I must tell you that I was in Kochi on a work trip and I had only few hours to spare. Until I discovered “bicycles on hire” board, I was walking aimless in the fort area, admiring the leisureliness of the place. Yes, bike was a blessing for me as I paddled through the streets and visited the places from the list (yes, I had a list )

View from the Gate of the Dutch Cemetery

View from the Gate of the Dutch Cemetery

Due to limitation of time, I had to let go two things that were high on my list: A ferry ride and an Ayurvedic Shirodhara massage. But I didn’t mind missing them as I made my way towards the lanes that were at so peace that the birds and my tired lungs were only things creating some sort of noise. And there was also hide and seek by the rains, a trend common in the months of monsoon.

The ocean and the monsoon brings a sense of decay on the walls

The ocean and the monsoon brings a sense of decay on the walls

But not all the places I visited were from my list. On the beach, I found “Bob Marley Cafe” which not only gave me shade from the rain but also nice coffee and warm sandwiches. After that, I abandoned the beach road and paddled around Kalvathi road and discovered Pepper House Cafe.

Not only they serve excellent Cheese Cake but also hosted the Library on Visual Arts. The ambiance is so smooth, with Portuguese architecture, wooden desk and wares, and Arabian Sea in its veranda. You can sit in the library for hours, and get soaked in books, DVDs and silence. Occasionally you will be distracted by the waves hitting the beach.

Bob Marley Cafe

On the places I discovered

In the Pepper House Cafe resides the Library of Visual Art

In the Pepper House Cafe resides the Library of Visual Art

After scaling the Chruch road, Beach road, Burgher road and Fort Market, I decided to give my bicycle back. I paid Rs 50 for 5 hours ride ( that is 16 cents per hour) and made a notice of Teapot cafe, where I returned next day for my dinner. My auto ride back to the hotel took me through the Jewish Colony, where I stopped-by to buy some Munaar tea.

With that experience, I promised to return to Kochi, but not only as a business traveler. Where else, but in Kochi you will find Portuguese Churches, Catalan Art Gallery, Dutch Cemetery, Chinese Fishing nets, British-style Maritime Museums, Arabian corners, Jewish Colonies, Hindu temples and awesome Kerala experience

Fantasy Premier League 2014-15- My pick

So it returns. The premier league leaves a big hole when its away and let me tell you, even the World Cup does not help much.

So with the real league, comes fantasy league. Last season, I didn’t do too bad but I had  terrible start. I captained Mata who never got a start, I predicted Soldado to be one of the best strikers, and  Morrison & Downing didn’t do what was expected.

Anyways, here is my team for 2014 start of season

 

Fantasy Premier League for the start of the season

Fantasy Premier League for the start of the season

I have not picked any from Liverpool and Spurs because I have no idea how they will line. Also, I am expecting loads of goals from Rooney and Giroud and assists from Nasri, Hazard and Herrera. And you can see my defense, as solid as it gets.

The stars who will bomb:

Diego Costa, Lallana, Gerrard (I predict this every season, and he fails me each time)

Players to look out for:

Bony, Mata, Lambela,  Evans

Join the League

Some of us have leagued up and we would like to invite you to our league “Jee Baat”

URL: http://fantasy.premierleague.com/

League Code: 949370-263627

 

 

Book Review: Shikhandi And Other Tales They Don’t Tell You

Book Cover Via Amazon.in

Book Cover
Via Amazon.in

Many in India uses our culture and religious roots in the arguments. Many times, it looks like bringing gun to a knife fight. Last time, when it was widely used in argument was the event of Supreme Courts’ controversial decision on Section 377 of Indian Penal Code, dealing with LGBT’s rights in India. Also, the moralist used this arguments against the women role in the society, specially when it comes to mindless arguments of provoking the sex-offenders.

With 30 stories from ancient Hindu Mythology, this is Devdutt Pattanaik attempt to shut them for once and all. Shikhandi and Other Tales They don’t Tell You is the collection of stories from Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana and other religious texts that refers to “queerness” and its non-subjective treatment in the “cultural context” of India.

The three Men who Know What its Like to be A Woman

The three Men who Know What its Like to be A Woman

In the first half of the book, Devdutt establish the context of “Queerness” from the global mythological sphere bringing stories from Vikings, Egyptian Gods, Bibliographic readings and Chinese legends. As we move forward to the next part, he brings these stories that challenges our social and cultural perception on sexuality. To be honest, if you have read other books from Devdutt, like Jaya, SitaPregnant King, or Myth= Mithya (click on the highlights to read my review of these books) ; you will find many stories repeated here. Like the story of Shikhandi, that is beautifully used in Pregnant King in explaining the sexual complexity of the king who gives birth to a child from his thigh. Or the story of Arjun losing his manhood due to curse of Urvashi in Jaya. Yes, these stories are repeated but still the author adds value and fresh perspective to them.

I gave Shikhandi and Other Tales They don’t Tell You by Devdutt Pattanaik a 4 out of 5 stars in the goodreads. This book will help in taking the queer agenda in the mainstream. It will be an eye-opener for many, who shield behind cultural and religious excuses in these matters.

Blogging the Booker 2014/4

Avinash Gupta:

Needless to say that its my next book.

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To say that I love family sagas would be an understatement. Plantagenets, Pallisers, Cazalets, Yorkists, Stuarts (naturally!), Mehra, Princes of Gwynedd – name any surname you like, if there is a book about them then I have read it or have it on my pile or I am waiting to hear about it. I love the internecine squabbles, the paterfamilias, the matriarchs, the lot. So imagine my joy when I started to read scan0007The Lives of Others [not to be confused by the book of the film] by Neel Mukherjee.

Indian family sagas are a class apart, think of A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, or any novel by Rohinton Mistry. This is largely because it is common for them all to live in the same house…wonderful (for the reader anyway), perhaps not so wonderful for the Bengali daughters-in-law; for the woman leaves her home and lives…

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Book Review: Slow… by Digonta Bordoloi

Slow, The Book

Slow, The Book

In his debut book Slow, Digonta sets the story in the most picturesque and beautiful places of North-East India. Slow is the story of Baba and his family who moves to various towns of the region, thanks to the Government job of Baba’ s father. As the tittle suggests, the author is in no hurry to rush to the plot. He takes his time with the atmosphere and the characters. He takes his time in establishing the multiple point of views and he takes his time in giving us beautiful tour of Kohima, Tezpur, Guwahati, Dimapur and many such towns.

In the opening pages, the narration is interesting. Each character in the book gets an opportunity to narrate from their point of view which bring variety of opinions. However,after some pages, it starts to get little annoying (or maybe its just me) as you cannot settle to single tone of narration. However, I just loved the first part of the book, which had beautiful childhood, friendships, notorious expeditions, parental affection and love-at-first sights.

You fall for Baba, his character, his habits and his slowness, until Digonta does a GRR Martin and kills Baba in the middle of the book. That was a little heart break for me as I was rooting for him and was really looking forward to his adulthood. However, Baba is not completely taking from the story and even in his after-life, he was still running the show for the book.

Digonta Bordoloi

Digonta Bordoloi

Overall, Digonta offers fresh style with his first book. During my years of High school and college, I made loads of friends from North-East of India:fFrom Kohima, Dimapur, Guwahati, Tezpur, Shilong, Nalwadi etc and I always enjoyed their free spirited and artistic approach to life. This book reminded me of those times and I could connect with the characters. However, I was not much impressed by the second part of the book, maybe because the first one raised the bar so high. During my interview with the author few months back, I found an honesty in his voice and that was very evident in the book.

I rated Slow… by Digonta Bordoloi,3 out of 5 stars on the goodreads. Maybe, if I had to just rate the first half of the book, I would had rated it 4/5. Digonta told me that his next project is a historical fiction based on the region, and I can’t wait to have my hands on it.

 

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Avinash Gupta:

Beautiful photography and wonderful Post.

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svetlana baghawan maverickbirdChatikona market was in full swing when we arrived there. Apart from me there was another foreign group, who ambled around the gorgeous market wide eyed and slack jawed in amazement. The strict enforced security measures seemed a bit out of place in that colourful place and police checked each and every tourist vehicle for cameras. This strict regulation apparently came into place, after the Italian tourists kidnapping case. It is rumoured that they were kidnapped after photos of semi nude Odisha tribal ladies headed with lascivious captions were found splashed in naughty publications.

They were found guilty of sneaking upon and taking photos of the women when they were bathing, and this created a huge outcry among the tribal communities. While many denounce this theory as an eyewash, photography and visiting the remote tribal villages became banned after this case. In fact, nowadays tourists are not even allowed to…

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10 things Indian non-footballing janta learned from #FIFAWorldCup2014

As I rightly predicted How Non-football media in India will cover World cup, I am back with some learnings that our non-footballing janta have learned from the World Cup.

1. Brazil Football team is like Spiltsvilla 

Neymar.. Eliminate hogaye kya ??

Neymar.. Eliminate hogaye kya ??

Many youngsters in India decided to ditch Spiltsvilla for Brazil football team. And why not, there are babes, young,passionate and over-rated boys running around and media going crazy over them. And there were tears, disappointment, elimination and drama, who needs MTV.

2. England Football Team= England Cricket Team 

Papers will write about them, media will rate them but they actually suck. That is England cricket team for most of Indian but come Football World Cup, and we realize the football world is no different. One friend suggested that Wayne Rooney should be dropped so that he can be Kevin Peterson of Football team. Make sense.

3. Holland v/s Australia in Football is inversely proportional to Holland v/s Australia in Cricket.

 

4. Irina Shayk= 100 Anushka Sharmas

No caption needed, right

No caption needed, right

 

5. Maria Sharapova knows who is David Beckham, and so do we

They know who David Beckham is , Maria Sharapova know who David Beckham is, even Alia Bhatt knows who David Beckham. Popularity proved.

6. Indian Football reporters are worse than the Prime Time Panelist 

7. John Abrahim and Gaurav Kapoor are no Football expert

8. Its not always cool to support Brazil.

Hum EK Saath Hai :P

Hum EK Saath Hai :P

Brazil team is so united that their official motto in Hindi should be Ek Saath (1-7)

9. Everyone in Coratia Football team have same similar names.

brothers

 

 

10. Only Americans call it Soccer and Indians call it FIFA 

Yea, we think calling the game FIFA is swag.

 

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How Non-football media in India

will cover #WC2014 ?

 

 Bollywood songs which

can Improve Team India’s

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Thoughts on World Population Day #Puns

Its the World Population day. I don’t know why this day exist: to celebrate the population, to create awareness, or to make more population. Its too obvious that they won’t be celebrating the population, which kinda suck because it is  one of few things where we can brag. Imagine a 19 year old Indian population fan posting India’s census results on Maria Sharapova’s Facebook wall or Union Government announcing 200 Crore statue on India’s reaching the 200 Crore population landmark. Lalu Prasad Yadav could had got Padma Bhushan for creating a Cricket squad at home and Dhritarashtra would had been national symbol for having 101 kids.

Well, if population was to really be celebrated, the following individuals/institutes should be thanked first:

1. Indian Railways:

indian railways

Indian Railways has the widest network in the world (ok…2nd widest). It connects the big cities to village, jungles and dacoits and on the way leaves many sleepless couples. This is true, you can not sleep in the room near the railway tracks, unless you are death-doped or stayed in that place from the time of AK Hangal’s childhood days. In one of the essays in school, my friend actually mentioned railways as prime reason for India’s soaring population (no kidding here). He was later asked to explain in class by the teacher ( i still don’t know why) and he explained with absolute sincerarity that even Siddhu would be staring him with the silence of the lamp. Anyways, well done Indian Railways in connecting India.

2. Arrange Marriage/ Sanskaar

Our middle class Sanskaar and Arrange marriage system make sure that every Indian, no matter how ancient he/she is, have a long and protected lineage. Pre-matrial sex is absolute taboo and “are you virgin” is a legit conversation during arranged couple’s courtship. In fact, many believe that only reason sex exist is to bring more offspring in the world and has no other contribution to the relationship. This results that many in India celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary with their kid in their arm.

3. Load Shedding Program by UP Government 

via Livemint.com

via Livemint.com

UP Government has always been blamed for small things like Rioting and absence of Women safety but rarely praised for its load shedding program at the night. They leave the couples with no option but to make out in the night by forgoing electricity. Actually, the joint family culture in Uttar Pradesh gives no room for privacy to couples. They have to share their rooms with nieces, nephews, the stranger with the gun and water buffaloes. Therefore, powercut makes sure that they have some privacy. One beurrocrate from the state explained that, it is a “load shedding” in various levels.

4. Marketing Campaign of Modi Sarkaar:

BJP’s campaign that “Acche Din Ab Anne Wale Hai” ( Good days are about to come) took people’s esctasy to abnormal level and in excitement people ordered extra portions of Jalebi Fafra and made out each time FM announced “Janta maaf nahi karegi”. The bombardment of population will come soon, and Modi Sarkar will have another milestone to its name.

5. Ranjit 

In every second movie of Ranjit, a random women in saree (who in the previous scene was in VIctoria Secret Karol Bagh Chaddi Association’s lingerie) announces to him that “mein tumhare bacche ki maa banne wali hu”. At that rate of announcements, Ranjit could had broken the record of Rodger Fedrer’s number of Grand-Slam titles. With the ease that Ranjit handled his paternal pressure inspired many Indian men to start giving less shit to these worries.

Who/whom according to you shares this population Hall of Fame with the above delegates ? Do write to me.

 

Book Review: Things a Little Bird Told Me by @Biz Stone

Confession of a creative mind

Confession of a creative mind

 

Last Month, when the fellow Blogger Aman reviewed this book, he rated it 5/5 stars to which I felt that he was too generous with his ratings (you can checkout his review here). Anyway there was only one way to find out. Ever since the book was launched in April, it was high on the reading list and finally last week I managed my hands on it.

Things a Little Bird told Me, A confession of a Creative Mind is authored by Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter. This is not a business book, its a memoir of the exciting life that Biz leads from the basement office of Little, Brown to his experiments at the Genius Labs to working with Google for Humanizing Blogger to his experiment with the pod-casting and finally when his purple patch finally arrives with the adventures of Co-founding twitter and taking it to the heights where we see it today.

Bonus Read: Do you really think his real name is Biz Stone ? I never thought so. Here is a Story of how he got his name. ( Click on the Image below for more information)

Image via techcrunch.com. Click on the image for the full Story

Image via techcrunch.com.
Click on the image for the full Story

Biz started Twitter along with Evan Williams and Dorsey after striking the idea during Hackathron session, organized in Odeo, a pod-casting company started by Noah Glass and Williams. He gives a good track behind the thoughts on the product on the initial days.

Biz keeps no secret on his surprise on the success of twitter and no shame in admitting the server failures which were as frequent as rains in London. Apart from the twitter, he does share his fair deal of his days at Google, his other failed start-ups, his debt ridden days until Twitter was a hot cake and finally the thoughts behind starting Jelly.

His tone in the book is that of a pseudo-modest where we maintains that he is just a geek but with the genius attributes. He goes back to his school days where he used his intelligence in procrastinating and handling his difficult financial status with grace and smart-work.

In the lengths of self-praise and man-crushing on himself, Biz also gives away some important tips for a successful start-up. His thought-process is admiring, if not always practical. But one does not need a bigger certification of genius quotient than a multi-billion start-up, do they ?

I rated The thing a Little Bird Told me, A confession of a creative mind by Biz Stone 4/5 stars at the goodreads. Don’t expect Biz to be Jack Welch with this book, he is somewhere between Steve Jobs and Richard Branson. A enjoyable read, it can inspire you to try your guts, courage and of-course creativity.

2014 Goodreads Challenge: Half-way Through

Not quite a bookworm but decent first 6 months

Not quite a bookworm but decent first 6 months

I had a decent run in 2013, if not amazing. I managed 26 books and completed my modest target of 25 book a year. I also managed to complete my target of reading atleast 10 books originated from India (I read 12).

I think in the busy lives we have, if we can manage 25 quality books a year, then we are doing well with your reading. For 2014, I maintained my target of 25 books, which looks small when compared to 50, 70 or even 100 books targets that I have seen people pledging. To be honest, I have not seen anyone going below the target that I have set.

So far, I have done better than my expectation and notched 18 books in first 6 months. I tried to maintain the diversity by picking from Graphic novels, fiction, classics (Actually I am reading Anna Karenina right now, if you don’t find any classics below), mythology and Biographies. You can check the complete list below.

 

See who made the Hall of Frame

See who made the Hall of Frame

 

Stand out Books:

Fiction: Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto (Click here for book Review )

The beautiful paperback

The beautiful paperback

Non-Fiction: The things a little bird told Me, by Biz Stone 

Confession of a creative mind

Confession of a creative mind

Graphic Novel: Transmetropolitan, Vol-1 (Click here for the book review )

Book Cover : Transmetropolitan

Book Cover : Transmetropolitan

I think, its time to revise this year’s target now. How is your reading going on, friends ? Do share.

And also, this is my 100th post on this blog, so don’t forget to congratulate me :P

Comic Book Review: The Best of the Spirit

Art work for the book Cover. Looks brilliant, no ?

Art work for the book Cover. Looks brilliant, no ?

If I just say that the Neil Gaiman’s  introduction was the best part of the book, then I will be undermining the awesome stories that comic book legend, Will Eisner has created with the The Spirit. The reason that Neil’s commentary was so impactful and long lasting to me was the way he creates the setting and excitement for the stories that follows up.  He highlights the Will’s contribution in the popular culture and comic universe at large and also his influence on the generations of writers.

The Spirits, is based in 1940s-50s,  a secret crime detective, in an Urban American neighborhood. But honestly , reading the Spirits was like reading the Batman and other future comic cults in making. Pay attention to the following points :

1. The Spirit does not have any super power.

2. His best friend is the Commissioner of Police who only knows about his true identity.

3. His side kick is a kid ( however distastefully portrayed black kid)

4. He falls in love with a skillful thief.

5. He lives in a city similar to New York city but has a fictitious name.

I can go on. My point here is to show the influence of The Spirit in the future publication. He truly inspired the future authors with this mater-piece and you can find even Neil using the multiple point of view style and omnipresent narration. I was blown away with some strips, however the first few stories were quite ordinary (blame it to the standards set by Eisner).

I gave, The best of the Spirit, by Will Eisner, a 3/5 stars in the goodreads. I may not look very generous with my rating but  deduction of a star is for few stories which were out of place. It is not only the history lesson of comic books but also a joyful reading.

P.S: I thank The Sunday Book Club (#TSBC), who recommended me this book as my June reading Challenge.  is a Book Chat that takes place on Sundays between 3-4PM IST on twitter (@TSBookClub). Join us for the fabulous book conversation.

Thank God I didn’t post that

Since we all are part of our sinister little world of broadcasting , where some of our friends are happy to even share the color of poop of their adorable dog. We all post at the speed of thoughts, thoughts which are deceived by the glitters like hunger strikes and Ferguson’s endorsement.

Last week, WordPress informed me that it was my blog’s anniversary, which made me to go back to the blogs that I had posted and some drafts which were not completed. While going through the drafts, I was thankful that I didn’t post some of them.

So, here are some near Foot-in-the-Mouth moments I had. Or, as I say, thank god I didn’t post that:

1. A lengthy defense of David Moyes, even though everything was going wrong for him:

Moyes Hail Hydra

While everything was going wrong with him, when everyone were going against him, I still believed in him. I was annoyed by the United fans who were not backing their manager, David Moyes- aka Fergie’s Choice. As months passed by, I was still holding my patience and was going to write a very lengthy defense for Moyes, which thank god, i didn’t post that, because 2 weeks after that, he was sacked but with the optimism back in the United’s camp, I now think it was right to fire him.

 

2. Honey Singh will crash and Burn

Honey Singh sharing screen with Amitabh

Honey Singh sharing screen with Amitabh

Right now, Honey Singh has the world under his feet. Couple of years back, I had predicted that Honey Singh was clown of his own kind and will not stay around for much. There was also a canceled show in Gurgoan (of all the places) due to his sexist image, that backed my thinking. Roll the time now, Honey Singh is not only successful among the Mallviya Nagar/Model Town boys, but has also penetrated in India’s elite, women and children. His songs are not only played loudly in the North-India’s SUVs but also in wedding celebrations, discotheque and Indian parliament (Ok, not yet, but I won’t be surprise when it happens )

3. Wrote a movie review of 3 idiots

3-Idiots

It seems, 3 idiots is one of the most loved movie of all time. I have seen people invoking 3 idiots in conversations in the same level of admiration of Sholey and Gunda. Within a week of movie’s release, it was evident that this movie was everyone’s favorite. However, this movie didn’t strike the cords with me. In fact, I was  disappointed by the movie. Not only the movie had bunch of 40 year olds as college going nerds, but also an exaggeration of genius quotient to exponential level. “Five Point Someone”, on which the movie was claimed to be based on, was a book about 3 friends, who were ordinary, 5 pointers, not the success stories we usually read about. But our film makers can not let the hero be mediocre or even relatable with Mango population of our country. Amair Khan plays messiah throughout the movie with neither any character flaw nor any academic flaw. Too bad that the script had no scope of showing his athletic and martial qualities.

Turns out where I found the movie very average, which I almost posted, I saved myself debating and defending my opinion to the Rancho fans and hence thank god I didn’t post it.

 

MARVEL News: Guardians of The Galaxy – New UK Trailer 17/6/2014

Originally posted on Nothing Is True:

Guardians of the Galaxy

A new trailer has been released for the next big MARVEL series ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, releasing July 3st in the UK and Ireland.

The trailer does have some new footage added, but fans will have noticed the change in the background music as “some” with no sense of humour complained about the use of previous ‘Spirit in the Sky’ track, in this trailer going for a more generic and expected orchestral score for the trailer. I prefer ‘Spirit In the Sky’ myself. Very much looking forward to the release, definitely lining up to be the hit of the summer for comic book fans.

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Book Review: Transmetropolitian, Vol: 1

Don’t we all get tired of the society, with the cynicism of people, arrogance of the people with power, the double standards of morality, the two edges of smiles and with the hopelessness in the souls around us? Don’t we all want to buy a big bad-ass apartment on the top of mountain and stay away from the jungle of concretes? Don’t we develop a fatigue from believing in the civic sarcasm of the keepers of our world?

Book Cover : Transmetropolitan

Book Cover : Transmetropolitan

Yes, I think so we all do, but not in the scale of Spider Jerusalem, the journalist in the futuristic world, the protagonist of the manic comic book series, Transmetropolitan . Created by Warren Ellis and co-credited to Darick Robertson, Transmetropolitan, Vol 1, Back on the Street, maintains the dark theme inherited in Warren’s previous creations. He creates a world in future, the one from the dreams of death metal artist, with the chaos and madness which exists like a Torjan horse. A world that is struggling to emotionally cope with the next level of human evolution. The world which is looking for spiritual answers with ever increasing number of religions and churches.

Its the world with Gothamic absence of soul that needs a outlaw messiah to bring back hope. But in comes Spider Jerusalem with cynical sense of humor and self-destructive journalistic practice. His hatred towards the empty lifeless city and its patrons takes him to the mountains where he blewed  all his money from the famous books he wrote on the political smugness. He returns to city and journalism, serving his hatred with his words.

Its hard to say that it is a must read because you need to be in the certain wavelength to appreciate the art and the dialogues in the book. Created in late 90s, it will be ironic to say that it was ahead of its time, but the book is alter-ego of the world we live in, with the symbolism of different scale. Like, the moment which gave Spider the nostalgia on Television was suicidal “Anthrax Cat” , also his futuristic Home-appliance is on electronic dope and its mafia customer service leaves a horse head on his bed when he complains about it.

I rated Transmetropolitan, Volume 1 by Warren Ellis 5/5 stars in Goodreads. Insanity and rationality never co-existed better than this world.

How Non-football media in India will cover #WC2014 ?

cricketer playing football

The time has come when all the non-football fans, folks, media and the nations realize the power of this sport. When every kids in India will start supporting Brazil football team without realizing that Ronaldo now plays for Portugal and random uncle inquiring you, “what happened to Ronaldinho ?”The thing is that so much will be written/covered  about the World Cup that everyone, including the average Johda Akbar/ Diya Aur Batti types will talk and discuss football.

How about media in India? How will they cope with this mega shift of power from elections/ipl/reality shows/ babas to football ?

Here is how media will treat the world cup in coming days. Arnab Gosawmi will try his best to do frankly speaking with Roy Hudson, while Deepak Chorasia will add Brazil to his illustriously list of danger travels of Iraq, Afghanistan, Mars and Noida and Rajdeep will claim that his channel was most watched during the World cup, like every other news channel. Other highlights are as under:

1. Man of Match will re-coined on Salman Khan movies.

Neymar will be called Tiger, Robben will e bWanted and Messi will be Dabbang. This will how the post game analysis will be in coming days. Watch this space.messi dabbang

2. All forwards will be called Strikers, no matter where they play.

3. Comparison between Football & Cricket

This will involve comparison between Chennai Super kings & Real Madrid, Pretty Zinta & Roman Abramovich, Usha Uthup & Piers Morgan, Rohit Sharma & Fernando Torres, & Greg Chappel & David Moyes.

4. WAGs and Swags

Shakira

You may find Aaj Tak Visesh or Special Report on News24 on Wives and Girl Friends. Finally, one show where England might actually wins the World Cup.

 

5. Which Indian celeb went to Brazil for the finals

Around the semi-finals and finals, lot of Indian celebs will be traveling to Brazil. Our media will make sure they get more coverage than in-coming floods in Bihar and Assam.

If you are lucky football nerd, the chances are the hot girl may come across your table and ask you to explain offside rule. Actually I am putting all my eggs in this basket to get a date this month.  Have a awesome Footballing time everyone.

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Book Review: Cuckold by Kiran Nagarkar

Book Cover: Cuckold

Book Cover: Cuckold

Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of reading this book“, a friend told me while discussing this book. Well, that statement was good enough to sell this book to me. There was also another thing about the discussion. I didn’t know what Cuckold meant. Like a good ambassador of my generation, I googled it and stumbled upon the wikipedia page of Cuckold. It said,

“Cuckold historically referred to a husband with an adulterous wife and is still often used with this meaning. In evolutionary biology, the term cuckold is also applied to males who are unwittingly investing parental effort in offspring that are not genetically their own.Since the 1990s, the term has also been widely used to refer to a sexual fetish in which the fetishist is stimulated by their committed partner choosing to have sex with someone else”

This took my curiosity to different level and I had no option but to read it asap. The book is first person narration of Maharaj Kumar, from the kingdom of Chittor , of the Mewad dynasty. Based on 17th century, the book shows the era of volatility of Princely states and the fear of British invasion to these states.

Fictional life of Maharaj Kumar is loosely based on real life ruler Thakur Bhojpur. Maharaj Kumar’s wife is very close inspiration from the Mira Bai, a cult figure in the Hindu devotional circles. The book portrays not only  the high royal lifestyle but also the hint of Rajputana arrogance and alpha male machoness.

The plot moves to court-rooms, recreational halls, battle grounds and romantic gardens. Kiran gives tastes of all aspects of High-born emotions with love, hate, politics, lust and insecurities.

Eventually there were wars and betrayals, two of the most sought after royal recipe. Overall, the book takes the reader to the different era of Indian history. The characters are well shaped and stay honest to their architecture.

On the book cover, there is a praise by Khushwant Singh, stating “One of the best by an Indian“, which is obviously a huge compliment to the book. The language of the book did miss out the classic edge, the one we expect in historical fictions. Also some episodes might have been too obvious and too predictable at the time. However, the book knew how to entertain and keep the history relevant. In 2000, the book won the author, India’s National Academy of Letters Award.

I rated Cuckold by Kiran Nagarkar, 3 out of 5 stars in goodreads.com. Definitely, one of the important books from India, even if not the finest one.

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90’s Pictorial Film Rewind: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Avinash Gupta:

A Genius is a Genius.. Haha… you have brains !

Originally posted on ImaanSheikh:

For 90’s bolly kids like myself, life would never have been the same if it wasn’t for this particular movie. I know how to weave a friendship band. And I know you probably owned a “C_O_O_L” necklace like Rahul at some point in your life, too.

Today we’re rewinding Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, because rare things feel as good as a solid kick to the childhood.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is a beautiful story about the triumph of conformity over everything else. It is a heart-touching film experience which strengthens your ancient beliefs — don’t be yourself, especially if you’re a woman. By the end of KKHH, one finds themselves saying “Jeet hamesha p̶y̶a̶a̶r̶  sari ki hoti hai” (L̶o̶v̶e̶  sari always wins).

As we have learned, all 90’s Bollywood super hits start with a scene where someone’s reminiscing about the good days. That’s what happens here. We see a very sad…

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