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May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss…

Posted in Blogroll, book, Movies, Quotes by urmilesh on February 24, 2010

Okay, so I have been tagged by good friend Kadambari (yep that’s her full name) to do something that I wanted to do but could not find the time to do, thanks to her for that (seriously).

So there is a book that Great Bong is writing (has written already actually, it’s due out in March 2010) which I am definitely going to read. The details of the book are here, go have a look.

What you need to do once you are tagged is outlined here. To sum up, I need to share my ten most favourite lines from Hindi (or English) movies, and then let Great Bong know so that he can have a look – pretty simple. Oh yes, at the end you also have to tag five friends to do the same.

So here goes… (disclaimer – in most of the ones that I liked, you have to see/hear the dialogue to understand why I like it. Reading it will definitely not have the same impact).

  1. “Aaya hoon, Kucch to le ke jaoonga. Khandani chhor hoon, Mogambo ka bhateeja.” – Andaz Apna Apna
  2. “Phone rakh, rakh phone…Teri Maa Ki.” – Hera Pheri
  3. “Teri jaat ka paida maroon, kaun hai be tu?” – Mithunda in Ashanti
  4. “Zindagi badi honi chahiye Babu moshay, lambi nahi.” – Anand
  5. “Itna sannata kyon hai bhai?” – Sholay
  6. “Mere mann ko bhaya main kutta kaat ke khaya.” – Chinagate
  7. “Munni meri behen Munni. Lambu atta ne tujhe lamba kar diya!! Maachis ki teeli ko khamba kar diya!!” – Gunda
  8. “Jigar ka dard upar se kahin maloom hota hai? Jigar ka dard upar se nahi maloom hota hai.” – Sharaabi
  9. “Main jhootha to kutte ka jana, main sachcha to teri maa ka khasam.” – Omkara
  10. “Jaani yeh chaku hai. Lag jaaye to khoon nikal aata hai.” – Waqt

These do not reflect my all time top ten, they are more like the ones off the top of my head. But they are still the ones I liked and remembered.

Now for the tagging – I tag Mohit, Vijay, Bhatia, Shukla and jatin.

May the best man win 🙂

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Posted in Last movie I saw, Movies, Movies I recommend, review, something I like, Something New by urmilesh on December 23, 2009

It is not often that you are witness to a human-alien war and you side with the aliens – Avatar is the experience that will bring this change in you.

I’d been hearing about this movie for a long time now, and saw the first visuals only last year. And I was so hoping that it is not one of those movies where the special effects guy takes over as the director. Well it turns out the director here took over as the special effects guy, and found a way to let us peek into his mind and see what he is visualizing. Yes he did do that.

For once you will not feel betrayed at paying the prohibitively costly ticket prices, you might in-fact feel lucky to be able to witness something so path-breaking and so revolutionary for a couple of hundred rupees. As it happened in my case, you will also not mind the long wait for parking, the utterly mis-managed queues for 3D glasses distribution, and the jostling crowds. Yes it is that kind of a movie.

There is nothing much to say about the story, it is fairly predictable. But the depiction, the visualization and the execution are AWESOME. Every little detail has been tended to, and there is so much rich content on the screen in almost every frame that you just HAVE TO watch this in 3D. I am hoping to get a chance to watch it in IMAX for my second viewing. Yes a second viewing is a very real possibility – It is such a great movie.

Hindu mythology says that Vishnu will come to earth in an avatar whenever the right is over-powered by the wrong; and he shall do so for not more than ten times in total (out of which nine incarnations are already past us). There is an interesting theory on PFC about how Avatar is the story of the tenth incarnation of Vishnu. It is very well possible that JC himself is the supposed tenth guy burdened with the task of salvaging movie-making (since the world seems to be beyond Vishnu’s saving power anyways :P) and Avatar is his way of doing it. Yes, it is such an act of brilliance from him.

Go watch it, in 3D.

Opera Browser

Posted in My Day Includes, something I like, Technology by urmilesh on December 9, 2009

This post has been a long time coming (better late than never I guess). I have been a long time user of the Opera browser (around 4 years now) and have been mighty impressed by its performance.

In the sample space of Internet Explorer (6, 7 and 8), Firefox (2, 3 and 3.5), Safari, Chrome and Flock; Opera has come out as the fastest, sleekest, and the first to provide most new features. It is available across all popular platforms and works the same on all of them. I am really not sure why it hasn’t as much market share as I believe it should have.  They have also come up with the best mobile browser I have come across.

This is not even remotely a detailed (or superficial) review of the browser. Just wanted to put in a good word for a product that I have come to love.

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Test Cricket

Posted in Blogroll, cricket, India, Permanent Reads, something I like by urmilesh on November 22, 2009

I consider myself a test-cricket fan. Though I do not find enough time now to follow test cricket on the TV, I do try and keep up with analysis from a few places. Kartikeya is one person whose writings on cricket I have come to admire over time and his latest post on test cricket is something I consider a must for all cricket fans.

Maya Ki Maya

Posted in India, Lucknow, politics, Something I dislike, Uncategorized by urmilesh on November 3, 2009
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Posted in Last movie I saw, Movies, Movies I recommend, review, something I like, Something New, Songs by urmilesh on August 14, 2009

Since I posted last (which it seems was SOME time back), I have seen a number of movies; have liked some and hated some. But none of them got me to write something about it, for a number of reasons. Kaminey is one exception, and a pretty good one at that.

First, I am pretty thankful that there are some directors who do not require us to leave our brains at home when we come to watch a movie (because it’s pretty much impossible to do so). Because I do not like spoon-feeding, non-linear narratives generally work for me (not the regular flashbacks that are so prevalent). And though Kaminey does not have a very complicated non-linear narrative, we do need to stay focused to understand what is happening on the screen, and to the credit of the director, it is not very taxing to stay focused.

The performances are first-rate. If Omkara made me notice Deepak Dobariyal, then Kaminey had Mikhail (I missed the name of  the actor who played this character). Shahid Kapur brought enough nuances to the twin roles he portrayed, this was pretty different from what he had done till now. Priyanka was adorable, Amol Gupte was effective. Actually everyone fitted what he/she played and so a blanket ‘well played’ is in order.

There are some scenes which I want to mention for the way they were conceptualized/portrayed but I guess I will hold off on that for now.I do not want to share the story here. Not because there is some high-voltage suspense, but because it would be better appreciated as it unfolds in front of you. So what I am saying is, take your brains with you and go watch Kaminey.

Oh and Yes….the music is awesome and very well used in the movie.

The King is gone…

Posted in something I like by urmilesh on June 26, 2009

“HIStory” Written and Composed by Michael Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis

michael jackson, lyrics, history He got kicked in the back
He say that he needed that
He hot willed in the face
Keep daring to motivate
He say one day you will see
His place in world history
He dares to be recognized
The fires deep in his eyes
How many victims must there be
Slaughtered in vain across the land
And how many struggles must there be
Before we choose to live the prophet’s plan
Everybody sing…

Every day create your history
Every path you take you’re leaving your legacy
Every soldier dies in his glory
Every legend tells of conquest and liberty

Don’t let no one get you down
Keep movin’ on higher ground
Keep flying until
You are the king of the hill
No force of nature can break
Your will to self motivate
She say this face that you see
Is destined for history

How many people have to cry
The song of pain and grief across the land
And how many children have to die
Before we stand to lend a healing hand
Everybody sing…

Every day create your history
Every path you take you’re leaving your legacy
Every soldier dies in his glory
Every legend tells of conquest and liberty
Every day create your history
Every page you turn you’re writing your legacy
Every hero dreams of chivalry
Every child should sing together in harmony

All nations sing
Let’s harmonize all around the world

How many victims must there be
Slaughtered in vain across the land
And how many children must we see
Before we learn to live as brothers
And leave one family oh…

Every day create your history
Every path you take you’re leaving your legacy
Every soldier dies in his glory
Every legend tells of conquest and liberty
Every day create your history
Every page you turn you’re writing your legacy
Every hero dreams of chivalry
Every child should sing together in harmony

A soldier dies
A mother cries
The promised child shines in a baby’s eyes
All nations sing
Let’s harmonize all around the world

White lines in the sky

Posted in General, Life, Me by urmilesh on May 28, 2009

Most of you would have seen the trail of a high speed plane in the sky. It looks like a line of clouds and I don’t know about others but as a kid, I was convinced that these were rockets being launched into outer space.

Today I saw one such plane and the same white line. I thought out loud that it’s not very often that we get to see this white line now, and was wondering why has the frequency reduced. My friend gave me the answer that hit me hard, mostly coz it may be true: It’s not that the planes have reduced, we have stopped looking into the sky as often as we used to.

Counting Day

Posted in India, politics, Random Thoughts by urmilesh on May 17, 2009

My first brush with counting day was sometime in the late 1980s (I think it was the time when Rajiv Gandhi lost power but I am not sure). Those were not the times of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and counting had to be done manually, so it went on for a few days. There were discussions on the TV this whole time (TV meant only DD then by the way) and my father and his friends used to be glued to television this whole time. Everyone used to bring the news paper from his home and the news paper boy was asked to deliver all the papers for those few days so that they had the benefit of the analysis from as many fronts as possible. There were animated discussions, points, counter-points, bets, long winded discussions not leading to any conclusion; and all this came to an end only with a formal declaration of the election results. Being in government jobs, most of them opted for casual leaves at this time; and those who did go to the office, simply continued with the group in the office.

I used to sit in with the group of uncles every chance I got, though I never understood much of what was going on. The constant flow of tea was one major attraction for me (yep I am a tea fanatic since then) but the main attraction was the impression I was able to create amongst my friends because of the time I spent with this group. I would get some sound bytes, and then impart this knowledge to friend in school as well as in the colony, with the air of someone who knew what he was talking about. It really does not take that much to impress 9-10 year old boys anyways; gals of any age are a different story all together ;-). Simple things like knowing the names of more that 3-4 news papers, or 3-4 political parties, or knowing who will be the next Prime Minister (not that complicated a question at that time) was a big hit in the gang.

Switch to today, the counting started at around 8 AM, and by 12 we knew what was gonna happen.
Not fun; not fun at all 😦

vote for me

Posted in In the news, India by urmilesh on April 9, 2009

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister asks people to vote for her so that she can do to the whole country what she has done to the state of UP.

Well that is exactly what I am afraid of…

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