Monday, November 30, 2009

The Taking of Pelham 123

I am sooo smitten by Denzel Washington :)
So, I loved this movie!

இதை தமிழிலயும் பாத்தேன். செம காமடி!

Travolta to Train Driver: Where are you from?
Train Driver: Ireland
Travolta: You're Irish? I thought so!

தமிழில்

Travolta to Train Driver: எந்த ஊருடா நீ?
Train Driver: மதுரை
Travolta: மதுரை காரனா நீ? அதான் இவ்ளோ தெனாவட்டா இருக்க!

There were many places where the content was itself botched up in translation. But the overall storyline was fine. I guess it is difficult to keep up with Hollywood dialogue pace!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Some Introspection!

Too much to tweet! So, one post to cover the Blogthings backlog. I am wondering if these tests truly show something about you or are just for fun!





Your Best Trait is Friendliness






You enjoy the company of others, whether you're at work or at play.

You believe that almost everyone has something to contribute to this world, and you treat people with courtesy and respect.



You're a natural extrovert, and you have a dazzling charm that is not easily forgotten. You are good at building rapport.

You're the type of person who can meet a stranger and feel like you've been friends for years after a few minutes.



My notes:


You see some interesting things in tests like these. Extrovert? :)
Also, that last sentence is amusing and amazing! A variant has happened, whereby after a few minutes, a person has come across as absolutely trustworthy!





You Are a Trick






You were a very mischievous kid, and you still have a naughty streak in you as an adult.

You may not go off and toilet paper people's houses anymore, but you're still up for a lighthearted prank every now and then.



You are truly fearless. You live in the moment, and you're ready to take on any challenge or dare.

Your wild antics sometimes do get you in trouble, but you're also very talented at getting yourself out of trouble!



My notes:


No Halloween at my part of the world, but I can relate to the questions and the results! :)
"truly fearless" - c'mon!





You Are a Hippie






You may not have long hair or a closet full of tie-dye, but you definitely dance to the beat of your own drum. (And you may even play the drum as well.)

You are a true free spirit. You don't let yourself be weighed down by rules and expectations.



You are creative, philosophical, and caring. You want everyone to have a better life.

For you, the worst thing in the world is being stuck in some rat race. You rather be broke than have to wear a suit every day.



My notes:


I like the result! :)
But rather be broke than wearing a suit? I certainly am not doing that now!





You Should Write in a Journal






Part of what's stressing you out right now is not having all your thoughts sorted out.

There's a lot of confusion and chaos going on, and you need to get a handle on it all. And there's no better way to do that than to start writing.



At first your journal make not make sense to you, but that's okay. Just writing things down will help you.

Over time, you'll find that it's great to have an outlet to think, vent, and dream without judgment. Just make sure to put a lock on that journal!



My notes:


Pretty good advice!





You Are a Chicken






You are a very observant and even snoopy creature. You are curious about the world, and you're always aware of what's going on.

And while you're interested in the world around you, you are also very private.



You are protective of your personal space, and you don't like it when you feel like your boundaries are being crossed.

You can get along with others, even in a big group, as long as you're able to maintain your uniqueness and individuality.



My notes:


Last time, it was "donkey". I guess this shows that the results depend on the person's mood at the time as well.


Road Rage

I think, in India, the first training in driving must be for drivers to drive with concern for their fellow road mates. I am not talking about accidents here, but a need to drive with a little more alertness of their surrounding vehicles. The other need has to be for the driver to drive calmly. Especially with the vibrant diversity in the kind of vehicles that ply on the road (So India isn't it?!?), it is more important - perhaps even more than road rules.

I think these two aspects will take care of a lot of problems that we see on the road. This will not change overnight, definitely, but if this training is inculcated into drivers as a prerequisite to getting the driving license, it would help a lot. Today, it is more like a joke. A good driving school more or less has inside contacts to the RTO, that if you enlist in a driving school, your license is assured.

When I said problems, a few common things that keep repeating (city after city):

1) A public bus stops smack bang in the middle of the road to drop/pickup passengers. Some thought on part of the driver will cause him to park to the left end of the road to allow other vehicles to pass

2) Rude cutting off of other vehicles (The one cutting off isn't rude. He just doesn't have this aspect in awareness. The one who is cut off perceives this as rude!)

3) Literally no sense of left, right - brute force overtaking

4) As an offshoot of all these - incessant honking. I think some drivers drive with their hand on the horn!

Wondering about the title? I was crossing the road a few weeks back. A car was cut off by a two wheeler and the car driver had to sudden-brake. He totally flipped - I presume it must have been the n'th time that day - and went into a bout of rage and started honking incessantly. While accidents are a drastic change in situation from day-to-day driving, the climate that exists in today's roads in India is certainly good ground for accidents to happen!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Soda Pop Stop



This particular food brand is not my favorite, but this video is a must watch nonetheless. (Click on the title link to go to the website). It shows how this store owner, while steering clear of the big2 soda brands (you know what they are), managed to setup a shop that brings hundreds of local/small business sodas to limelight. As he speaks, you can visibly see the immense passion he has for this business. You can also see this translate into his in-depth knowledge of individual brands and the way they make their products.

This is also another example of how you can carve out a living for yourself doing what you love. It's a niche way, but also shows there is no easy/simple answer!

Monday, November 23, 2009

City of God

I call this movie "scary" because it posts and extreme point of view, combined with a sentence that has a lot of import - "Based on a true story".

Gun culture in the western countries is quite ubiquitous. Some places like USA have some sort of a tab on the usage, because police has some weight here. Move over to Rio-de-jinero, add corrupt police and gun wielding children to the mix, you have the recipe for total anarchy. Perhaps, two things the movie points out illustrate the situation very well:

* The protagonist who narrates says this about their living situation - "Our lives are removed far away from the picture perfect photograph on the post card"

* A small boy is executed by a gangster. To prove a point, he uses another small boy to do it as training ground.

So when the protagonist survives all odds of getting sucked into the trigger happy culture and becomes a commercial photographer, it is no mean feat. For, detached far away from the scene from the comfort of a silver screen, it is only too easy to comment on situations like these. What do you do, when you have to pull a trigger for day to day survival? The morbid ending of the movie where a group of boys have the final say after pulling off an inevitable execution and then go about planning their gangdom only leaves you wondering where this will eventually lead to.

I lost count of how many people were executed in the movie. What it left me wondering with was, where we became so screwed up that the man next to you became the equivalent of a fly that gets swatted at whim?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tweetposts - 15th Nov 2009

Posts that are not small enough to be Tweets (well they may be!) but not large enough to be individual blog posts.



At Subway today: Saw a plate full of plastic bottles, papers, napkins etc. Outcome of one dinner of two people probably. Is there no other way of consumerism possible? Or, say - are sustainability and consumerism oxymoron's?

Watched "City of God" today. Will probably write a separate review, but let's just say it was very scary!

I have been eating very heavy dinners the last week. Should take a stock check!

Was feeling very sentimental today about my car today :)
It's been one awesome companion over the last two years! I haven't been treating it very well though.

Was reading about crabs earlier today. Not sure when my love for them started. It was probably when I saw the huge king crab claws at Walmart. They used to make me sad. What magnificent creatures! I want to lift a live one, not sure whether it would happen!

Saw Bruce Lee's scene with Bob Wall in "Enter the Dragon" recently. That one scene freaks me out (for years now) still. So sad, Bruce Lee had to depart in such an untimely fashion. We probably would have an enlightened martial artist among us otherwise!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Team Hoyt

When you call something "inspirational", it should make you (or make you want to) rise above any of your existing limitations. This video or story certainly fits the definition!
See here for the story.

Friday, November 06, 2009

November Sky

It was a very strenuous day at the office. Work got over at 9:30 PM and I was driving back home. I switched on the stereo. "November Sky" was on on the randomizer. Well, it's 5th Nov 2009 and it's technically November sky here as well! I couldn't see the sky through the darkness though.

This man was looking at the sky on a beautiful November day and this composition happened! Seriously, life can be taken either way. We get so lost in the day-to-day processes that we forget there is another way to live! My heart ballooned with joy and I was driving with a big smile the rest of the journey. Another aspect is that, when you live your life like the way the composer lived "that moment" when the composition happened, you tend to inspire your folks around you. In one moment, all that stress from that day disappeared because someone somewhere in sometime was inspired! I certainly felt the November sky!
 
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