Sunday, November 25, 2007

Jesus — I Will Survive

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Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I'll forgive Thy great big joke on me.
— Robert Frost

Friday, November 23, 2007

The mother of all Orkut Gems

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From the Orkut profile of a female:
I AM ONE WHO WANT TO DRINK THE EVERY MOMENT OF THE LIFE..

AND WANT TO TOUCH THE THOSE WHICH ARE VERY HIGHT FROM ME..!

FOR ALL THIS I NEED MONEY WHICH I EARNING LOT..!

JOIN MY NETWORK AND EARN TOO MUCH WITH ME
There's more:
passions: ... SOME ONE SPICHAL..!
And more:
sports: NO I AM NOT INTRESTED IN SPORTS.. BECAUSE ALL THAT ARE THE WAISTING OF TIME..!
And more:
music: BEST STREET BOYS,
This doesn't end yet:
movies: I AM LOVING ALL BILLOYWOOD MOVIES
Via Vijayendra.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The best music of 2007

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2007 is coming to an end. Thought I’d list the best songs I’ve heard this year. Note that these are songs/album I liked, not just songs which were released this year.

Songs
Sappy [video] by Nirvana. What I've Done [video] by Linkin Park.

Sappy, it turns out, dates back to 1987. But I hadn't heard it till recently.

Linkin Park's Minutes To Midnight was a digression from their last two albums, which were characterised by LP's style of building up the intensity to a point where the song explodes. That style was missing in this album. Needless to say I didn't like it as much as I liked Hybrid Theory and Meteora.

Albums
Life In A Metro, especially Alvida [video]. Metro is by far the most impresive OST I've heard in a long, long time.

Sliver by Nirvana. Some of these songs are so good, you wonder how they hadn't made it to any of Nirvana's studio albums.

People I'd like to listen to less
Shreya Ghosal and James [of Alvida] fame. Not because I dislike them, but because I liked them so much, I hope they are choosy about their work.

People I've tagged
Illuzon, Rachna, Vijayendra.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The male mind

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Me: Yaar, who’s that woman on your desk… with the curly hair and black glasses? I said ‘hi’ to her yesterday and then I realised I had forgotten her name.

S:The name’s XXXXXX YYYYY.

Me:Oh yeah. Forgot her name actually.

S:What about her?

Me: No No... I saw her at our XXX office yesterday and said hi and all. Then I realised I don’t remember her name. Which is kind of embarrassing.

S:It’s not... Imagine if she was a guy, and not very attractive at that, would you be embarrassed?

Me: Yes... it has happened very frequently.

S:Congratulations, you are a nice guy.

Me: Har har har.

S:(And a follower of the Bajrang Dal also!)

Me: ROTF LMBO!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Erecting Qutub Minar in a day

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You can’t help but feel out of place when you’re interviewing a person in his capacity as the coach of a sports team when someone walks in with a letter stating the termination of his services.

It happened yesterday at the Karnail Singh Stadium where a Ranji game was in progress. The coach, who had played a Test for India in the '70s, was talking to me when he was brought his marching orders.

His team has struggled all through its existence. Last season, it finally had a player of some repute before that player was whisked away by a rebel league. And they’ve begun this season with a crushing defeat.

The coach cited his differences with selectors and the team captain and said, "Ek din mei in log Qutub banana chahte hai." (They want to erect Qutub Minar in a day) but added that perhaps, better sense will prevail and the association president will keep him in.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Remember remember, the fifth of November...

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Today is the fifth of November.

I remember to remember the day because of that wonderful film, V For Vendetta. The film, based on the comic book, centres around a masked crusader called 'V', who takes on a totalitarian regime in England.

There's this scene [picture above] at the beginning of the movie where V blows up a prominent building in London on November 5. It marks the beginning of his war against the oppressive government.

V's reasoning: the building is a symbol; people make symbols powerful. And when a symbol becomes more powerful than people, the symbol must be gotten rid of.

As a kid, I remember wishing something tragic may happen to my school building so that I do not have to go there again. Today, it cracked me up thinking the same way about my office building. Not that I hate my work but there's something about huge buildings and whatever they pretend to stand for that sometimes gets my goat.

Coming back to the film, I've seen it six times already and I liked it more each time. If you value freedom of expression, if you think the we've had enough conflict over silly symbols, then it's a film you cannot miss.

Also read: Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot.