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A 'Rang De Basanti' and A Reflection

There are many good things in life that makes you want to discard your principles just to enjoy it at least once. Sometimes the principles have no meanings. So Bob and I decided to watch the Hindi flick Rang De Basanti over the weekend. I’ve stayed away from Hindi movies for so long, waiting for it, if there are the occasional important ones, to be dubbed into Tamil. Then comes this movie, with our own Madhavan and Sidarth in it and with ARR’s music that you can’t resist. And the reviews were good, so we went to get our weekly life changing dose of mental drugs. Oh…and what principle you ask? Well it’s all about being a Tamil and getting lost in this war for the recognition of my culture stuff, nothing important…

Rang De Basanti is a Hindi movie, or lets say an Indian movie starring Amir Khan, Alice Patten, Sidarth, Atul Kulkarni and others with Madavhan in a guest role. It tells the story of a documentary film maker from England on a trip to India to make a feature on revolutionary In…

Devil's Utopia

It started silently, on a Tuesday evening. The day has no significance. The screen glowed green initially. It changes every week or so. The light was metallic green to be exact. The kind that attracts attention fast, something that makes you want to tell you friends, and then just sit and watch it. He walked into the room, as usual following his mechanically perfect routine, unsuspecting of the change. It took him a good minute to realize the glow from the set echoing on the walls. He was surprised for another minute, stood there thinking, recalling for another minute and then walked near it slowly. It was all new to him, it was not there yesterday. Slow minutes passed as he perfected the dimensions of the thing into his brain. Surely it’s artificial and from the looks of it, it’s certainly modern. It went against his conventions.

The first few programs or moving imagery as he termed it showed vivid images of people killing each other. Lots of blood, screams of pain, carnage and rottin…

Thaipusam 2006 (Sungai Petani); A Flashback and A Celebration

There are many defining moments in life that we wish we never forget. Some are truly amazing and worth sharing. My earliest memories of the Thaipusam celebrations come from when I was five years old. Well that’s as far back as my grandma helped me remember. (Thaipusam is a grand festival celebrated mainly by south Indians (Tamils) and their Diaspora around the world in the month of Thai in the Tamil calendar. In Malaysia, this colorful and spirited celebration has been continuing for more than a hundred years at the many Murugan temples around the country. Batu Caves in Selangor is one of the most important places in the world where the tradition is practiced by more that a million devotees. The Arulmigu Bala Thandayithapani Temple in Penang and Sri Subramaniar Swami Devastanam in Sungai Petani also sees the gathering of hundreds of thousands of devotees every year.)

Thaipusam for me is a majestic mix of humanity and age old tradition. It brings deep satisfaction just to witness the co…

Happy Valentines Day

[updated]
[+] Sanjana is my neighbour babe...and she doesnt like me much. She's about 2 years old and talks to everyone except me...shes not the only one if you're wondering. She's asking for royalties if I upload anymore images of her...but do get them from my photo blog :p I hate Valentines day, but here goes...


Sanjana wishes everyone a very HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!




[-] I'll be back next week with more posts on Thaipusam and everything else.
[-] There is a post about the Ghost Particle documentary on Nova-PBS below.

Ghost Particle(s)!

(From Stephanie's Email) Hey there – I thought the info on the exciting premiere of this NOVA show would be great for your site.

NOVA’s “The Ghost Particle”, which is premiering Tuesday, February 21, at 8 PM ET on PBS (check local listings), explores the swarms of invisible particles that fill every cubic inch of space, and just may explain how the universe was created.

I also was hoping you’ll be able to link to this cool package online, in time for the accompanying on-air NOVA premiere on February 21.

The URL is: http://pbs.org/nova/neutrino

Below’s the press release on the show – thanks very much!

Stephanie Houghton Dera, Roslan & Campion PR 212-966-4600, x. 19
stephanie@derapr.com


NOVA CHASES A SCIENTIFIC PHANTOM THAT MAY
HOLD THE KEY TO HOW OUR UNIVERSE WAS BORN


NOVA Presents THE GHOST PARTICLE
PREMIERES TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2006, AT 8PM ET ON PBS
www.pbs.org/nova/neutrino


Boston, MA — NOVA probes the secret ingredient of the cosmos: swarms of invisible particles that fill every cubic…

Does your name begin with: S?

For you, it is pleasure before business. You can be romantically idealistic to a fault and is capable of much sensuality. But you never loose control of your emotions. Once you make the commitment you stick like glue. You could get jealous and possessive. You tend to be very selfish often regarding yourself as! The only human being on the planet. You like being the center of attention. You are very caring, sensitive, private & sometimes very passive. Turned on by soft lights, romantic thoughts. When it gets down to the nitty-gritty, you are an expert. You know all the little tricks of the trade, can play any role, or any game, and take your love life very seriously. You don't fool around. You have the patience to wait for the right person to come along. You are very generous & giving, often selfless. You are kind nature & sweet, which is found to be attractive by many. You are a good friend.

>>>sometimes I like forward mails, sometimes I don't...but I think…

A House for Mr. Ghost; Part 7: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

“Only time will forever remain to bear our memories when we’re all gone”

Imagine a band of brothers, a group of rag tag scientists, who march bravely into a mystifying future, grasping knowledge understood only by a few but ultimately describes the dynamics of the universe, and then imagine them to be real. Life has always been a journey of discovery and enlightenment. To know what tomorrow is made up and to value what yesterday taught us is the definite goal of physicists. This small group of friends forever locked in a love hate relationship to answer and reveal the mind of God. And behind them, guiding them and also leading them are a few special personalities, whose character and determination solidly puts them as the greatest ever to walk the earth. This is the story of how this few scientists have peered deeper into the universe as none before and how it affected our lives forever.

The beauty of the night sky is more than that of the twinkling stars scattered, entwined on that can…

'A' Constant Gardener

To Yvette Pierpaoli and all the aid workers who lived and died giving a damn.

Not even the mesmerizing music of the movie could hide the dark tragedy that’s been eating away Africa. This would not be the first movie in recent times depicting Africa as the dumping ground of all things evil, or in the case of The Constant Gardener, the testing ground for medicines. (Lord of war showed illicit arms dealings in Africa). Based on the novel by John Le Carré (David Cornwell), TCG depicts a love story in the milieu of illegal pharmaceutical testing in Africa. The movie was shot in Kenya among other places. Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz are magnificent in their roles, with Fiennes slipping in masterfully playing the diplomat husband of Weisz. Something about British actors who never seem to fail on the silver screen. Weisz through some turn of events get into investigating the backroom deals of pharma’s in Africa. She gets killed and it’s Fiennes who traces the rest of the story. The screenpla…

Familiar Days

The mighty land awakes
far expanses pulsate,
Swarming rays stirring
retracing its paths,
Valleys remain frozen
awaiting its fate,
A new season born
mysterious till tomorrow.

Pockets of smoke
ascend repainting the sky,
Friendly scents accompany
the Copernicans out of bed,
Trumpets and ballads
on early radio shows,
The unseen clock
found counting instances.

Children run out
tumbling on streets of grass,
Their voices floating
exciting the red flowers,
Young shadows in angles
arranged bellow trees,
Older dews fall
gently from oak leaves.

Midday beneath the sun
golden flakes warmer,
My feet wander
counting the footpath squares,
Signs of life reflected
on every direction I turn,
Glass panes flaunting
tomorrows for sale.

The lazy evening
unwillingly approaching,
Lakeside motions begin
wanting not to end,
Ripples on deep waters
gradually wipes out daylight,
Clouds drift away into memory
revealing the early stars.

Flickering light bulbs
drawing gypsy moths,
Chattering townsfolk
feasting daytime conquests,
Over the hills
telescopes search…

A Lunar New Year / The Mugs Strike Back! / A Statue / My Swiss Miss / The Oscars / The Biggest Thaipusam? / The Holidays / And Today.

A Lunar New Year Story.

The Chinese New Year was celebrated on the 29th of January this year. Festivals have always been the cultural centerpiece of our civilization. In a nutshell festivals mark points in our lives that we endure to change ourselves and the surrounding to fit the dawning of each age in time. The colors and soul that goes into ushering in a new age symbolizes the spirit of each culture and also the struggles of the people to ensure the continuity of it all. Most importantly it means that we can gather as a family and also with friends to observe the success of the past year, and reflect on everything that we achieved. (the snap is from Midvalley MegaMall in KL)
I grew up in a village, near to the city, but still laidback with a concoction of everything. There were people of all races and religion and it my eyes decades ago all I recognized back then was only colors. I understood the colors and labeled them to my understanding which of course is a mix of emotions, rangin…