Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sardars In The Bathhouse

One drinks from a Large bottle of Appy Fizz, jumps into the water, surfaces repeatedly to glug some more.
Three others form a triangle in the pool, count till 3, jump in, in an attempt to flip. Its been 3 weeks and they haven't managed it as yet.
Lastly, another who has just started learning, while looking Confused uses his earplugs as noseplugs.
In this swimming pool, hilarity ensues.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

B Grade Trash

The Sister in Pune happens to have access to a very good DVD rental library. And like all the other years she plans to have special Oscar screenings. Her poor brother here has no such luck. The rentals here suck. The trash that is kept by the local guy would kill any normal person. The last guy I tried giving advice on what movies to buy went out of business, as no one else touched those movies. Hence I refrain from publicly airing my choices. I have seen any amazing amount of tripe, B grade movies with horrid acting and bad plotlines and shoddy productions.
I now present reviews of a few of the selected gems that graced my viewing pleasure.
Note to Sis: The Academy of Motion Picture would never even touch these pics. I would advise the same.
1. Day of Wrath: Someone is killing families in mediaeval Spain during time of Inquisition and these families have a secret to hide. The hero who is the sheriff sets out to find and uncovers few secrets. The DVD got stuck and I couldn't complete the movie.
2. Behind Enemy Lines 2 - The Axis of Evil: The US President is shown few secret North Korean nuclear facilities satellite pics (Surprise Surprise!!!) but instead of bombing it they decide to send an elite Navy Seal team. Mid way the plan gets aborted but with 4 people already parachuted inside North Korea - the Hero, the guy who has a new born baby and wife waiting back home, a guy into some sort of Korean mysticism, and the Customary Black Guy(CBG). After some firefight, the CBG and the mystic are finished with the hero and the family man captured. The hero gets tortured but just in time remembers his Seal Trainer who coincidentally was black and pushed him beyond his limits(Cliche). They are taken away by another North Korean army unit with an officer who speaks fluent English and looks like Jacky Chang. After another firefight with the help of South Korean spies, Our Heroes escape. The Naval guard is elated and the guy wants to turn a hero and volunteers to complete the mission. They manage to complete it with a very tame ending.
What was missing: Acting, obligatory Korean chick who makes the hero fall in love with her.

Up next reviews of Sniper 1, Sniper 2 and Sniper 3.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Who Watches the Watchmen?

Currently reading "Watchmen" by Alan Moore. It is the first graphic novel I read, though the term is now much abused and bandied about.
The novel explores various theories, concepts and philosophies.
An enjoyable read.

My unfinished pile of books has reached 5 - Tipping Point, Underground, The Code Book, Blind Willow Sleeping Woman, GaiJin, and I am not sure by when I'll finish them.

Something Passed By

It was the day the blog turned a year old and also the New Year.

The New Year was well spent in Pune, with the elder sis proclaiming to all and sundry, that her brother was there only to party. Well since you do read this blog, I was there for all of you too. *Grin*

The New Year party threw up few surprises, I can have a capacity for drinks, I can small talk easily.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


I will blog later.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

How Soon Is Soon Now?

How soon before Page 3 people in India, say Mrs. Sweety Chadha, decide its in to adopt someone from Malawi, Burkina Faso, Togo et all?

Somewhat Older

A birthday I had few days back. But the best part of it is the presents. *Grin*
The sister from Cal presents a subscription to Scientific American.
The sister from Pune presents, in her own words "something that can be sent by mail."
The father and mother wish that I work all through the year. (Because of various reasons I had to work till 4AM on that day).
My family...

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Ubuntu Plans

5 spanking new CDs of Ubuntu have arrived from South Africa. Can't wait to get my hands dirty on this one. All this was free courtesy Mark Shuttleworth.

A Walk In The Woods

Staying in the city makes you crave for the great outdoors and nature. But what probably people don't realize is, that its not difficult to go out into nature, right inside the city.
I have passed the Tuglakabad area many times without realizing that there is the Asola Wildlife Sanctuary there. So I went for a 5 km long nature walk through the forest. It was organized by a friend of a friend and I tagged along. There were close to 15 people and kids in the group. The walk started at 5:30 PM, an odd time I thought at that time. But later I realized that was the best time.
Walking in the still of the night with the moonlight and the stillness of the scrub forest was something I hadn't experienced earlier. Closing my eyes and standing still with the silence broken by insects and the odd calls of animals gave me a strange peaceful feeling.
As we walked the perimeter of the forest, the only thing that gave away that we were near a city was the sound of bhajan and azzan floating in the wind from the settlements that ringed the sanctuary.
We spotted a whole lot of animals - antelopes, black bucks, weaver birds, peacocks, porcupines, jackals and nil gais. All this took almost 2 hours, which ensured everyone had built a gargantuan appetite.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu

Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu - means that a person is only a person through their relationship to others.
Ubuntu - The concept is from South Africa. The first time I came across this word was when I installed Ubuntu Linux, made famous by Mark Shuttleworth.