Saturday, January 19, 2008

India victorious at Perth!

I rarely remember an occasion in recent times where I felt so happy and satisfied after watching TV for 5 continuous hours without a break! Reason ? India vs Aus 4th day at Perth. What an absolutely brilliant win it was for our team and more creditable, as commentators and tv channels have been blaring since afternoon , coz' it came at PERTH - Fast bowlers' paradise.

I also realised I can make very good predictions at times! After the controversy marred Sydney test, I had put my status message as "Ozies, watch out for the backlash at Perth" and I distinctly remember many friends of mine telling me that I was getting overtly emotional and that it qualified probably as the most thoughtless status message I had ever entered. All I told them was just wait and watch and yes, they won today!!!!

It was a wonderful riveting contest and definitely proved that test match cricket was THE cricket. Not for one moment was it boring . I am sure everyone would have been relieved today was a Saturday as the productivity would have surely dropped if it was a normal working day! Cricinfo would probably be happy that their servers thankfully didn't get jammed with millions of viewers religiously having one of their browser windows dedicated to cricinfo on all the other (working) days! But a fantastic test match and probably one of the most popular ones since Kolkata 2001. Probably the only sad part being that as and when India wins in cricket more and more people want to play cricket as they grow up and other sports' suffer like they have been all these years. But people and media will talk about this a bit later this year as its the Olympic year and history will as usual repeat .... But till then , come on , cherish the great indian victory!

Chak De India !

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Movies at last!

I don't remember the last time I enjoyed watching a couple of movies so much . One of the reasons being I had absolutely no work before or after and I watched it on a laptop and at night, after the exponentially increasing traffic outside my house had considerably reduced. And both the movies were definitely worth watching! What were the movies then ?

First one, which i watched second(smile smile ),was a hindi movie called "Manorama six feet under". Recommended by my friend to a pretty high degree, this movie did live upto expectations. Its starts off completely in an unassuming manner and moves so slowly but then hello, hang on , there is definitely something interesting out there !! Script is the hero with the supporting actor being Abhay Deol, and there is nothing much to write about the remaining cast, but if your curious , then there is Gul Panag, Sarika in a cameo, Kulbushan Karbanda and Riya Sen apart from 2 ridiculous looking henchmen. Set in the sands of the great desert land, Rajasthan, this is definitely one movie in recent times thats different and worth taking a look at. By the way, its in the mystery genre, so if you like mystery and that too in hindi film style , grab this dvd !

Removed from the stack(bottom of stack , stack had 2 elements only!) is the movie "The Illusionist" starring the hugely talented Edward Norton. Its a must watch. Be it the splendid settings of "king and queen" ages or the mind blowing tricks that he pulls off on stage or the darkness thats evident throughout the movie, it makes for spectacular, compulsive viewing. Complete time pass, full enjoyment !! Don't want to divulge anything more about this movie apart from repeating the fact that its a must watch maga !

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Year's first post

As people get back to work this week after a nice long end of year/beginning of new year celebrations i wonder what some of the resolutions can be. People might want to do better at work , quit smoking tor drinking, might want to spend more time with their families,gamble less, or try not to lie, try and get married etc. There are way too many of these resolutions that if I go on listing either I will get bored writing them or even the potential readers will stop reading !

I occasionally ask myself , what is it about the new year that makes people view it so differently ? There are many views. Some people might want to restart their lives or whatever they have been doing and might want to start something totally new. Some people might want to do things in a different way. Hello, they could have done it some other time as well but why choose 1st Jan or beginning of Jan ? I did realise that much of it has to do with the thinking.

A person might always want to see newer things(who doesn't like doing or getting new things ? ) and it is this passion towards something new that makes them do things with a zeal that you can probably call the "new year zeal" as it just comes once a year ! If people have a fetish towards all things new( in general) , then my strong suggestion would be to view each day of their lives as a day thats new , as a day that can change their lives, as a day they can make their dreams come true or make a stronger attempt to make the dream come true . People don't often pay attention to the change in the date as it keeps changing but when your changing a number in the year column, people suddenly look back and say, "wow! its a new year" ! That brings me to another topic .

The number thats added to the year column matters even more because people now begin to also think in some remote corner of their mind that they will be older as well by a year ! As such, no one damn it bothers about being a day older or even a month older but a year older ...hmmm... Nahinnnnn !!

Well, that brings me almost to the end of this blog entry. I started off this entry thinking of something but ended up with something else. But I stick by what I say. People have a problem in general when they look at small things, but when they look at a big picture , they somehow exude more confidence coz' the picture is big , probably a 1000 feet level view and they still aren't involved in it ! As my friend recently said , "Watching/reading about other doing physics is easy, but if you yourself are trying to create physics, then that is a real challenge". I would complete by saying/advising/lecturing ( this is a message to me as well), ------ Happy new year and hope you see the world in a different way and hope you can manage your world better and better drill down to the details and micro manage than be happy and content with a 1000 ft view !