Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chak De India

Don't know why I was sitting on this movie for this long.

I loved that they took up hockey as the subject instead of the clich├ęd cricket subject again. Again, more than the focus of winning, the movie rightly brings about the focus on "passion" and "spirit" of playing for the nation. It is important that we do this for the rest of the languishing sports. Cricket is at its peak in India because of that pivotal moment in 1983. If we did that for the other sports? Also, those pre-match discussions they have in this movie would have been amusing if not for the fact they are utterly real! If we have to pinpoint just one disease that is spread thick over this nation - it is "lethargy"!

And the music - so beautiful. The theme conveys the zest nicely and the other one - "Maula mere" - I didn't understand the words but the pain and the emotion behind it are palpable. Its very hard to put it in words - but pains! 

I also noticed that this movie was the inspiration of another movie I watched thrice and loved. The tamil "vennila kabadi kuzhu". Again, that movie picked "kabaddi" as its subject and intertwined it with the sweat and culture of the tamil soil.

If these movies help revive these sports which have taken a back seat, bring more of them on. We have all the crowd and the money to bring them on their feet and then take wings! We need "passion". Seriously!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tony Jaa

When you come across "Faster than Bruce Lee..." as an ad for someone, it is hard to ignore. My connection with Bruce Lee is too strong! I wanted to check Tony Jaa out. So I watched both Ong Bak and Ong Bak 2!
He is exceptionally skilled. He does all of his stunts himself. And these are not ordinary stunts (they are incredible-incredible by any standards). The fact that the Thai movies repeat the stunt footage multiple times in different angles show that these were real without CGI.

Again, the tendency to compare with Bruce Lee is also strong. I don't want to take sides, but I can say Bruce Lee was waay fast! Sadly, we won't be seeing any more of him. Tony Jaa again is from more humble backgrounds and this humility is well reflected on his face. In fact, the movie was so extremely stereotyped - that to get him to fight, there is an american badass who bad mouths Thai culture. Another aspect I notice is that Bruce Lee was very graceful. Saying Tony Jaa is not graceful would be incorrect, but he comes across as "earthy" and "raw" in his strength.

I am happy to have discovered him. I love martial arts and people who perfect and develop this ought to prosper*. I hope he makes many more movies. I also hope that he gets a PR side to groom him in the story, screenplay area.

* - Martial arts is fighting for arts sake and using it as a part of spiritual growth. The adversary is only a context for the art. As opposed to having winning as a goal, developing oneself is the goal. I think this priority being set within is a necessary condition for an artist to transcend his/her limitations. Bruce lee got it, and it is very clear Tony Jaa gets it too! Unfortunately, when it is transported to movies, the movie has to resort to all sort of tricks to get the hero to "show off" the skills.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Way to tell the truth...

Was browsing through feedback for Firefox 4, which is still in beta. See the screenshot below. To have a better view, visit the link. You can see there is more negative feedback than positive feedback most of the time. Actually, the page just hooks up to the live data feed - there is no curating at all.
This is the way to tell the truth! Give an easy way for public to access live, unadulterated facts - may be presented clearly. This is the kind of truth telling that is missing today!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Today you... Tomorrow me

Two great real life stories. Read it inspite of the cussing - they're very inspiring. I wrote two pretty depressing tales earlier - these   two are on the other side.
I guess it is upto us to remove this paranoia about helping total strangers. Cutting through all the divisions and media hype, we are all people who want to help and be helped at times of need.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The downward spiral...

Another one on a related note I got as a forward. This is a true
incident and is first hand information. The downward spiral
referred to earlier is in more stark display here. I guess I am scared
- not just for being the victim but for being part of the society that
watches all of this happen! I don't want to be the victim or
the mute spectator, but don't know where to start!

Hi Friends,
This is the incident that happened  to me last night(7th Dec 2010)
around 10:30 -11:00 pm.
I left my office at around 10:15 pm and was going alone in my car,
some 2 persons were following me without my knowledge. I reached near
Jain College at Thoraipakam Junction and heading towards toll plaza,
suddenly I heard a big sound like somebody scratched my car or dashed
my car.
I came down from the car to see that there was a big scratch, I was
about to enter into my car suddenly 2 people came and stabbed me on
the back of my head. I didn’t understand what’s going on.
One guy started hitting me badly on my face with his fist. The other
guy took a big professional knife(which I saw only bad guys using in
Movies) and wanted to stab me in my abdomen but I resisted him and
held his hand. I was scared that he might not stab me with that knife.
In this mean time another guy came and snatched my bracelet and my
Bluetooth from my shirt pocket. He was about to take my Mobile phone
from my trousers then I found a wooden stick with which I beat him
very badly that it broke.
In this mean time a person coming in a Santro car knowingly or
unknowingly about to dash the 2 guys with his car then those 3 people
left me and ran off on their bike with no number plate to my surprise.
I lost my Bracelet and Bluetooth, I got several scratches on my face,
hand and abdomen. My shirt was torn.
The one thing that amazed me is there were some 20 people near to me
all watching what’s going on and none of them came to help me or at
least didn’t asked me what happened. None of them were bothered.
My friends let me tell you something to avoid these kind of situations
that happened to me.
1)Don’t work in your office till late night, if it’s inevitable then
better book a cab and go safely.
2)If you are going in your private vehicle and especially car, don’t
stop it and most importantly don’t get down from the car in dark
3)If you find anything happening in front of you just try to help them
in  whatever way possible.
Today it happened to me, tomorrow it may happen to you, so be cautious.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

To care or not to care?

Got this as a forward and not sure how true this is. But very plausible. But what was striking was that the scheme exploits the people's natural instinct for concern. After the first few victims, word will naturally spread like it has now and will put a cap on this concern. It will then cause a downward spiral until people are fiercely "each one unto himself or herself". Can we truly blame them under the circumstances?
The worst disease that can inflict a society!
Sad, especially if you are inclined to 'help' people...
While driving on a rural end of the roadway on Thursday morning, I saw an  
infant car seat on the side of the road with a blanket draped over it.    
For whatever reason, I did not stop, even though I had all kinds of        
thoughts running through my head.  But when I got to my destination, I    
called the  Police and they were going to check it out. But, this is what  
the Police advised even before they went out there to check....            
"There are several things to be aware of ... gangs and thieves are now    
plotting different ways to get a person (mostly women)to stop their        
vehicle and get out of the car.                                            
"There is a gang initiation reported by the local Police  where  gangs are
placing a car seat by the road...with a fake baby in                      
it...waiting for a woman, of course, to stop and check on the abandoned    
"Note that the location of this car seat is usually beside a wooded or    
grassy (field) area and the person  -- woman  -- will be dragged into the  
woods, beaten and raped, and usually left for dead.  If it's a man,        
they're usually beaten and robbed and maybe left for dead, too.            
Do not stop for any  reason!!!                                            
Dial 9-9-9/Police  and report what you saw, but don't even slow down.                        
"if you  are driving at night and eggs are thrown at your windscreen, do  
not stop to check the car,  do not operate the wiper  and do not spray any
water because eggs mixed with water become milky and
block your vision up to 92.5%,  and  you are then forced to stop beside
the road and become a victim of these criminals.                                                                
This is a new technique used by gangs, so please inform your friends and  
These are desperate times and these are unsavoury individuals who will    
take desperate measures to get what they want."                            
please talk to your loved ones about this. This is a new tactic used.      
Please be safe.                                                             
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