Thursday, December 30, 2004

CODE

Kini says: In code I Trust !!
Budhha:Code is the life.. Life is the code..
Bible: And on the sixth day,GOD said, Let there be code !! And there was Oracle PL/SQL !
Martin Luther King : I have a dream...That everything is a piece of code...
Hitler: Heil Hitler ! Heil code !
Morpheus: I believe, that only Code can save Xion !!
Virdee says : Jo Bole So Nihal, CODE ji Sat Sri Akal !!

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Friday, December 24, 2004

Swadesh..... We the people....

I saw Swadesh on Sunday but didn't get the time to write anything about the movie. I think I was not doing justice to the movie by not writing anything about it.
Swadesh is different. Its not like some movie where a hero come from US and finds the village to be like countryside of NewZealand or misty Ireland. (Recall MAIN PREM KI DIWANI HOON from our own Sooraj Barjatya)
When Mohan Bhargav (ShahRukh Khan) lands in the old age home in NewDelhi to find his nanny Kaveri Amma, the old are singing a bhajan and that too without music. This is how bhajans are sung in India and not with Bally Sagoo and his remix. (Recall KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI - Raghupati Raghav Raja Raam)
I went to my home town Kharagpur from 10th to 14th of December and was frustrated to see the roads there. The roads were like 20 ft wide maximum and have been like that since I was born. they have not widened at all, with cycle rickshaws, bikes, cars, trucks, buses all plying on them and avoiding the pot holes which have omnipresent since stoneage.
You can see the IT boom even in a small town in India like Khapagpur; Internet cafes, 5 mobile service providers and computer in all my cousins homes. But what about basic amminities? There is power cut everyday in the town, municipality is still not able to provide water to all the houses in the town, no sanitation, kids still sleep near the rail tracks, shit on rail tracks, there is no transport facility although the population has increased at a great pace. In all the years I have lived there, not even a single big factory has comeup. Where does the youth get employed? What do they do after gradutaing?
Well Swadesh made me think atleast.
There was this lady sarpanch she says to Kaveri Amma "ARRE BARAF KA MUSTAKBIL YEHI HAI KI USKO PANI MEIN HI PIGHAL JANA HAI" (Ice knows that it has to melt and mix with the water) Mera kustakbil kya hai uuparwala jane, par aapne sheher ke liye kuch toh karna hai. Jis sheher mein aap pale badhe ho uski khushboo aap mein bas jati hai.
No movie had so much impact on me as Swadesh.
Coming back to the movie. Its right paced because Mohan Bhargav cannot just realize one morning that "OK I want to live in India-I want to do somthing for the community". Ashutosh Gawarikar has given right amount of time to Mohan Bhargav to realize that. And Gita (Gayatri Joshi) doesn't even know she is falling in love with this guy. And in the end of the movie when Mohan Bhargav tells Mela Raam that he will send the sponsorship papers as soon as he reaches US, Mela Raam replies that his desh is India and he doesnt feel like going to US anymore (Mela Raam wanted to open a Dhaba in US) . He says, "Its like keeping diya in your own house and giving light to the neighbour where as there is darkness in your own house" Think of it like this: Guy has brains and works for Microsoft or Cisco or NASA in USA where as he can work for Infosys or Ranbaxy or DRDO in India. Very-very well written dialogs.
The songs of Swadesh are too cool. And Thankgod Thankgod there is no song where SRK is dancing and models from around the world with blond hair are dancing on "BALLE BALLE SAY SHAVA SHAVA" ( Thats possible in all movies of Karan Johar, even the Gora kids of 1st grade in London can sing, Jana gana Mana, utter non-sense) Ok Mr.Karan Johar you love India but show some reality in your movies.
The song "YEH RASTA HAI, HAI KEH RAHA" just runs through, its very soothing to the ears. The song "YEH TARA WOH TARA" is just too good. It tells us that each person has to do specific tasks in the life (Lohar, Kisaan, Kumhar) and if he doesn't do that life doesn't move ahead. Tries to tell that the uppercast and lower cast are not needed in the society.
Swadesh is a must see for We... The People of India....

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Rok Sako Toh Rok Lo...

Hey Ashwin you remember we read about this movie "ROK SAKO TOH ROK LO" promotion in the newspaper??
Sunny Bhaji why did you make this movie... Infact Sunny Bhaji why are you making movies anyways??? Why dont you go back to your good old village and start doing Kheeti-Baari and help the kisaans of Lundhiana???
This guy "Arindam Chaudhary" counted his chickens before they hatched. Read the review. Infact I just wanted to see the movie to know how bad it is.
Enjoy....

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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Inter IIT at IIT-Madras

How much I hate working I came to know once the Inter-IIT 2004 started. There was sheer enthusiasm in September-October that I would go and watch each and every match of Madras but this job sucks big time and I am not able to take out time for what I like to do the most "STAY NEAR THE SPORTS FIELD".
Anyways, I got time today and went to see the hockey match between IIT-Bombay and IIT-Madras. Bombay is 2002 gold medalist and 2003 bronze medalist and brings a great team every time. Madras is the current champion and the silver medalists of 2002. It was going to be a great match we all knew that.
As soon as Mani Sir (IIT-Madras hockey coach) saw me, he barked, "What is this Virdi? Reduce your tummy" hitting it with a hockey stick. He is very motivating and an awesome guy and a great coach.
Match starts at sharp 1PM and there were more supporters of IIT-Bombay than IIT-Madras. Bloody fools no one there, only me, Mani sir and our players. Supporters gone for grub. Bon-Appetite.
Bombay makes first moves and comes in our D quite a number of times in the first 10 mins. Bala and Tullu, our backs are well supported by Robo and Venu, our left half and center-half. We somehow just hang on and 15 minutes pass and then the inevitable. Bombay takes lead. 1-0 up.
No one can believe this, not even the Bombay players themselves. There was a mistake by our half-line and the ball came straight to the stick of their forward and he pounced on it like a hungry lion.
Bombaaaaaaaaaayyyyy - Bombaaaaaaaaaaayyyy.... I hate this!!! I felt like going in the field and slapping every Madras player. They just didn’t show any urgency to snatch the ball from the attackers. The Bombay mid-field was great, there was this guy Lambe-Baal(LB) he kept coming in our D every 2 minutes and looked like scoring every time.
Half Time… Madras 1 to 0 down. All heads down and we feel like we have lost the match. Our attackers don’t have the passion and the eagerness shown by the Bombay guys. Sarkari didn’t make any move, Mamu hardly got any ball, Uday was down with injury, Bunny and Phantom looked like they were statues. Anand was one guy who looked like doing something but hockey is a team game.
Second half starts and LB again takes the ball and moves in the D and scores. Bombay 2-0 down. Second goal in seconds after the start of the second half. It’s like hell when the home team is losing and I hate to see that, I was cursing everyone, even Mani Sir.
5 minutes later 3-0 LB scores again. 30 minutes left and I think Bombay will put in at least half a dozen goals.
Bombaaaaaaaaayyyyy... Bombaaaaaaaaayyyyy...
I didn’t feel like watching the match anymore just that I had come from office to see the match I wanted to stay there. Till then all the Maddu Supporters had arrived and were shell shocked to see the score line.
Then Ma*** C*** - B*** C*** started.
Bombay ki maa ka…
Ek do teen Char Bombay ki G*** maar…

Then suddenly Uday from no where came in the D with the ball and scored a great goal. 3-1. And every Madras player got pumped up.
Moves were being made all of a sudden. Goli was sent it and was now playing back instead of Bala. He was blocking LB's moves. (I think he should have been sent in earlier)
Sarkari came in the 25 yeards line, with a great skill and we get a penalty corner in the 25th minute. Sarkari pushes; Anand receives the ball and dribbles past two and hits. Bang on the board. 3-2!!! Madras in majar enthu. Come on- guys-come on. Fight-guys-fight.
8 mins left and a through pass from Sarkari and Uday misses by 1 centimeter.
Again one pass from Sarkari and Mamu misses it by 1 millimeter I guess.
Bombay is tensed that the Maddus will score for sure.
Venu gets a free hit outside the D and cracks in; Uday like a cheetah is fast and bangs in.
GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL 3 all…
People go crazy and are forced out of the ground by Vamsi (sports secy) and Ravanan (sports in charge, he is an ass though)
2 mins left and Anand dribbles past 5 and hits in the goal from nearly zero angle. Into the Net. And falls on the ground. Amazing. Just out of the world. I am hugging someone I don’t even know. It was great. Some people just ran into the field. No security could stop them. Anand is on the ground and the whole team is on him. It was great.
4-3 Final whistle. What a match. What a victory!!!
Mand- Makkar-Maar-Makar
Yeah… Yeah… Yeah… Yeah…
My throat is gone and I cant talk properly.
Tomorrow we have footer match at 9.30 AM... Junta I am going to hell with job and all that shit…
Madraaaaaaaaaaassssssssss….. Madraaaaaaaaaaassssssssss…..

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