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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 , 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:

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 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!

Information Frenzy – what I really need

Given the giga bytes of information around, all I need is:

1. an intelligent customized search agent – which gives me answers rather than answer options.
2. a fast and accurate speech recognition application, which I haven’t come across yet
3. sixth sense kind of screening ability, whenever, wherever
4. a time for self when the on my device automatically shuts off

Real Time Internet, the new Web X.0s & Productivity

I’ve been reading a lot lately on the internet – on web 3.0, 4.0 and the future possible versions. At present all the x.0s are based on a few advances and best guesses. 3.0 talks about semantic web where the machines will talk with each other & parse than just serving them on the screen, 4.0 hatches a plot about how inter-connectivity will help quick and intelligent coordination between governments, institutions, individuals and companies. 5.0 takes this even further – just guess everyone’s connected, the web has become powerful, there is instant info, and the machines can take intelligent decisions for everyone’s sake based upon logical inputs and artificial learning.

Think Terminator? “Humans will be back”!

As of now there’s the real time internet, let’s call it web 2.5x  – the current unfolding phenomenon on social networks and other platforms. These are these real time tweets which announce moment by moment updates, location based applications which announce deals in the neighboring outlets, presence of friends around and even the names and historical significanced of buildings and places as I stroll by!

There are now umpteen sites which do this all – just go to mashable and do some research. Yes, foursquare is one, loopt is other and check out the 15 more sites, plus many more which are not mentioned!

Some where I read again, that Americans consume almost 34 GBs of data every day from all sources of media.

Frankly I have now seen people, including myself, multitasking with information (info-tasking) – talking on one hand and berrying on the other, even during meetings or family time. A patient ear to my wife or child while reading and typing on my blackberry do not go hand in hand and often end up with disastrous results, Yet I stay addicted – crack berry as they say (I am working on it).

The question I ponder then is that has this age of multitude of information, instant information and instant gratification significantly led to increase in standards of living, efficiencies, productivities, health, amount of available spare time and reduction in stress levels in human beings?

Or simply put, has my quality of living increased, or will it significantly in the future?  Is info-tasking the new social behavior? Am I better off because I know the precise time when someone sneezed and twitted about it!


Reading a Robin Sharma in which he mentions Jim Collins (who is he) concepts of Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs). If you have these, you will have a fire in your belly to get up early. Take out your journal and start cribbing, I mean, writing about your 1, 3, 5, 10 year , it says.

It has been my lifelong attempt to get up early in the – as early as 5 am, and of late 4 am (probably since the 5 am thing is not working) – and do something worthwhile – meditate, write, read for instance.

But I fall prey to the shut the alarm off syndrome, no matter in which room it is placed in the house. And then the late night movies certainly don’t help!

But say tomorrow onwards – saturday onwards, I will get up at 5 am in the morn.
Now where’s that journal …

My Email Disclaimer

Have started adding this disclaimer to my email messages

This email is an expression of the author’s views and author’s views only. No sir, computers and blackberrys don’t write.
Author’s views are generally in good humour and often in pun (rarely you might also come across a bout of humility), and are certainly not intended to be disrespectful or cause any kind of cataclysmic reactions. If they do however, then well, the author may chose to respond in kind, or even maintain a sinisterly which may then kindly be deemed as dignified.

My dream, Someone else’s efforts

Hmm… sacrifice & discipline are the key they say to your dreams! I systematically lack both.
Every once in a while I realize, I strive for 2 days and then get back to those lacks. The count of ‘every once in a while’ must be into hundreds by now. Inertia & complacency overwhelm me most of the times.

And when I see one of them successfully living my dream, I am happy, but I realize again.

Boss, what’s going on? Hold on to this realization, will you?