Welcome 2010…

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The Problem with Hindi Concerts…

It’s 6 minutes to 00:00 – the new year! Shaan is going great guns, Vasundhara was great too.

The large screen showed them all the time. Note: just them.

There was great guitar going on – lead and bass, great percussion and classy keyboards. But the camera didn’t give a fluke (is that the word….fluke?) about them.

Boss, get the camera over the guitar frets, the keys and the drums….show the leads being played, the tangent fret board, get the camera down there, on the keys, the drummer hitting with all his might…. show those guys for pete’s sake… what’s with the face of a single guy all the time!!

Then the guitar guys are also standing still…as if they are playing a santoor or something. Move ass guys, show some style!

There was this female bass player – Shalini – in Vasundhara’s band. She was cool…. the babe was a cool bass player, looked cool and had a subtle style around her. And I have this thing for female musicians,
esp. guitarists.

It’s new year now. I stand up and clap. People are in groups – they hug each other. I have no one to hug, no one to greet. I observe.

I ponder on the problem with hindi song concerts.

The Best Skin in the World – Arabian vs Chinese

It’s strange but I hadn’t come across many Arabian women until now. Now I think there is a tie for the ‘Best Skin in the World’ title.

Until now I had honored the Chinese with the Best Skin Title. Chinese women have the following skin parameters – flawless, fair and glowing.

Arabian women have the following skin parameters – flawless, fair, glowing and excellently toned. That’s one additional parameter compared to the Chinese.

It’s not my fault then, is it, if I catch myself …er… glancing around rather intently. Too many Arabian girls around are not good for concentration. Then neither are having the Chinese around.

But till I explore better, it’s a tie. Kudos!

The New Year Thing

So you gotta enjoy on the new year’s eve, right? Must till the clock strikes 00.00, smile at everybody like you’re really enjoying it and you’re so happy that the new year has eventually arrived, kiss your loved ones, hug one and all and promise yourselves that this year is the year. You are gonna make it right, make it big, be true to self and follow all your resolutions. This year is it!

Well, I can’t kiss anybody today. My family is an ocean across and am on a trip across for reasons I couldn’t appreciate.

Had no plans of a party till this pass dropped on my lap – Shaan, Atif and Vasundara Das are gonna perform. Can certainly check it out – a lone stag on a new year ‘gotta do something’ trip.

The sound arrangement is cool. I am a bit far from the stage but that’s okay. Only as I look at the event flow is the timing. Starts at 10 pm (they had announced 9.30) and gets over at 4am! Yes, I confirmed
again. Vow! Never been so late on a new year..

I already feel sleepy. Atif’s gonna perform at 01.30 – in the new year! Did I hear myself snore or was that some DJ stuff…hmm.. quite similar.

Long story short. I am not complaining. I will to be wide eyed all thru. Only hope I dominate over my sleep, hours of sitting on a chair and this waft of cold air right thru my sinusitic head. Sneeze.

4am is long…. wonder if I should look around for people to hug – a succor, as the new year, another year strikes.

The DJ has switched to mixing better melodies.

Guess, I better stay put. Sneeze.

3 Idiots : Movie Review

‘Excellence and not success is what people should be seeking. Success will automatically follow’ – this is the brief of the movie. Deep!.

Movie has all the ingredients and the right stars. Aamir, as usual, has lived upto his image of doing ‘meaningful’ films. Madhavan and Sharman live upto their potential.

But the movie owes big time to Boman Irani and the guy called ‘Chatur’ in the film (don’t know his name). They have been simply fabulous and a large part of the movie is on their shoulders.

Overall an engrossing normal story line which could have been shorter but for a few force fitted scenes after the interval… so drags a bit.

A must see for all though, certainly – a funny, emotional, pedantic take on our education system and on .

And the take away is lingering and deep. Deeepp…

Rating: 3.5 stars.

Happiness

So what gives happiness? Sometimes I find this to be the simplest question ever, at times it is a very profound question and at times a ‘trick’ question.

So what gives happiness? The question is actually wrong… It should be “who gives happiness”.

“You”.

The infinite loop of requirements

A man goes to a certain place. He needs food, transportation, shelter, clothes, electricity, entertainment avenues, other 1000 stuff to make his survival worth it.
So more people are required to specifically provide food, transport and all of the above. And these people need all the above services too.

And so a loop of requirements and providers begins – a complete circle, the diameter of which keeps on increasing since man is not a satisfied creature. He just doesn’t need a car, he prefers a better car, a bigger car… And yes, to drive the requirements loop, we have the concept of . The more money one has, the more can his requirements be satisfied.

So more the money – more requirements fulfilled – better and bigger than others – more power – more , boost to self worth. Somewhere this also becomes an absolute for a sense of . A┬átriviality thus takes over existence, becomes a whole!

So people want more money, more than anything else – for a sense of self worth; led by an incorrect cross-connection with happiness.

Hmmm….what if man didn’t have any requirements! Would he be happier?

….errant mumblings, rumblings on a rather nebulous plane …s’il vous pla├«t excusez moi

Paa Movie Review – tepid

Finally made it to Paa just at the end of its 3rd week.

Amitabh was great and so were Abhishek and Vidya. And the concept, certainly. Auro, the 12 year old kid played by Amitabh, certainly grows on you.

But I thought that the 2nd half lacked a conviction, missed an encore that would have lifted the movie off of a base the 1st half had created. The movie also seemed to lack a focus and was not able to create a central theme. What was the movie really about – Auro, progeria, Abhishek’s political career, obstinate Vidya… what? Venturing a bit into the technicalities, well, I also didn’t quite agree with the editing.

I guess this justifies the tepid response the movie has generated (at least with me).Das Kontent!

Will provide a more comprehensive rating once I get access to my rating algorithm (currently am travelling), but could give a 3.0(-) star, if stars are what you understand.

If you understand the ‘out of 10’ mechanism, here you go: Rating : 5.5 / 10

If you understand grades, the grade is: @ B.

Avatar and 3D televisions

Watched in 3D. Classy fare. Takes you to a different , literally, and then “thud”, you are back as the movie comes to an end. You would rather wish that the movie would go on…

The story is nornal – that of love, greed and switching loyalties. The delivery is fantastic – you are in a fantasy world all through the movie! So I call it a regular fare served on a golden platter!

More such movies, and 3D would become a regular, essential fare. The production of 3D movies would only become viable and intensify with the coming of 3D television sets displaying 3D home video at premium
prices. Currently producers of such movies are only dependant upon premium revenues from 3D exhibitions besides regular exhibitions and home video.

A bit of research into 3D LCD screens here:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/09/18/3D.home.television/index.html

The tvs are yet to come of age, bandwidth is gonna be an issue and now you will need different broadcasting equipments. And please don’t ask me to wear glasses in my living room. That would be most ridiculous!

Did anyone mention about the cost – of tvs, home videos, content subscription? And what about iptv 3d content – that would require some bandwidth!

Guess it will take a couple of years (give it 3) for 3D tvs and content to become ‘mass oriented’. That’s in the developed countries. In the developing countries, where digital is still to become a norm and true broadband an aspiration, a couple of years more than 3. Also the content must necessitate 3d viewing – a sitcom or news
wouldn’t really require 3d unless they start abruptly shoving their fists at the viewers’ face trying to jolt them into attention, but would be fun for nature, sports channels. Plus fantasy movies…. Oh yes, it would be a great thing for advertisers!

Tomorrow I am sure they will start working on 3D mobile phones, etc., if they haven’t already!

Anyways, guess I need not regret my decision of buying a rather pricey, non 3D lcd tv a few months back.
3D at home is a few years away. Plus I don’t wish to wear any funny looking glasses in the comfort of my home…

The Dubai Rush

One movie has already been released. I had to rush to Dubai to check its execution. Now another and I have to rush again. Each time there has been a visa problem where normally there is none. Erroneous, ain’t it!

This time it only seems more complicated. When they applied for my 2nd 15 day service visa, it got rejected and the application fee forfeited cos’, according to the dubai govt, my multiple – entry visa is under process already – technically a second cannot be processed simultaneously. Makes sense!

Now who the … has placed a multiple entry visa request for me?

Good news – guess, they are (whoever they are) are vying badly for me!

Bad news – I might not be able to land the flight!