I like maxims that do not encourage behaviour modifications.
Read it along with this article and you really get those goose bumps. http://www.firstpost.com/india/cry-ashok-khemka-and-drown-india-in-your-tears-493051.html?utm_source=frontpagepicks&utm_source=article_mumbaiand yes, it makes you angry, very angry.
8 months ago on A Crying Bureaucrat and Interpretation of Dreams
Why has EU been awarded this? For not waging a war in times of crisis? What crisis by the way? One that is dragging down half the world? By that reason why can't Africa or India get the prize. if this wasn't a joke, no reason why this one should be http://www.howzzit.com/2012/10/12/after-eu-east-india-company-aurangzeb-pmo-claim-nobel-peace-prize/
8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/10/12/tk_massie
@ShantanuDatta @Kausik I like the green mango more bit. but like all mediamen i have a question there. did u again mean us -- hapless middle class or the ghar/bungalow wallahs?
8 months, 1 week ago on Ten Things I Admire About Robert Vadra
Havent watched this. But the Hindi version of this is Ek Ruka Hua Faisla. Great movie, great actors. Particularly watch out for Pankaj Kapoor. Simply awesome. Never knew a movie could be made without any action, just sitting on one room just as if it was a play being staged on stage.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Angry Men: One of the Greatest Films Ever Made
Brilliant. I have a few confusions though -- How did Blake know Wayne was Batman? Was he actually Robin even before he inherits the cave? Was the ending about Florence real or was Alfred just dreaming it? And when no one knew about Fox's armory how did Bane know the exact location? To sum up, while it wasnt surely of the Dark Knight stature (thanks largely to the joker), TDKR is being called a movie of epic propotion I guess because of the underlying theme of good vs evil amid all-pervading chaos. It's quite like Gladiator or even Braveheart. Just because the latter two belonged to a historical era and this is modern fantasy film doesn't take out the "epic" from it. And I guess it's not this particular movie, but the culmination of the trilogy that is being hailed as epic. But all said and done Dark Knight was bigger any day, but again all thanks to Joker.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on The Dark Knight Rises: A Thrilling Finale to Batman the Trilogy
Loved Gartfield as the new Spidey. Never really liked the moppy soppy Tobbey. And Gwen is any day better than the irritating, now here, now there MJ. The action scenes were also superb, but agree with you there -- a bit rushed. Wonder what and when the sequel is coming.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on The not-so-Amazing Spider-Man
@rajantr Well rajan, i disagree about the SRK bit. We have seen in a couple of movies that he CAN actually act. It's a mystery though why a star as huge as him is scared of taking on more movies of Chak De genre. Even in his run of the mill movies, SRK has more versatility -- he at least tries other things than only the chocolate boy thing. Rajesh Khanna, on the other hand, doesn't even have a single movie where he has acted well -- if you discount his boring, suffering, trying to portray a brave face man bit in Anand or Safar as acting.
11 months ago on Rajesh Khanna: A Superstar Certainly but was he a Good Actor?
Well argued. Chidambaram it seems has no work other than showing off that he is doing some real work. Must be eyeing the cabinet reshuffle. Jokes apart, I for one do not really want Pak to play in India. In fact I am not for any relationship building with Pak. They just do not know how to keep a relation. The more we yield ground, the more they want -- like that desert camel.
11 months, 1 week ago on India Lays Pitch for Cricket with Pak, but what’s the Name of BCCI’s Game?
Wouldn't have the last two in my top 10 even in my dreams. I mean when I want to hear some good, good rain songs and get soaked in the mood, I do not want to be reminded of how hard Atul Agnihotri or Anu Malik did (or didn't) try. Not sure about no. 8 too. But rest are all time favourites. Thanks for including the youtube links too.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Shower to Shower: Top-10 Hindi Rain Songs
A good attempt but the writer loses the plot midway. How can we only talk about Pele's Brazil and not mention the Brazilian team before them -- the one which two in a row in 58 and 62? How can we not talk about West Germany and then the 90s Brazilian team. And yes, many would say French team after that was also in a league of their own. A similar article, but much more detailed and a hence a must read.http://www.sportskeeda.com/2012/07/03/greatest-national-teams-of-all-time/
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Is this Spanish Team the Best Ever?
Much as I dislike Spain, I think they played really well when it mattered most. Also I think Italy made the mistake in finals what Germany did against them -- out playing them in their own game. You can't beat Spain at Spain's game -- so don't try to play pass, don't try to dominate midfield. Play fast and counter attack, like Portugal and Ukraine did and almost succeeded.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Spain Creates History, and Looks Good for Some More
@arnie41178 Its not about winning, its about pulling your team. When people say "the whole brazilian team", its with the usual reverance we reserve for brazil. if the whole brazilian team was so good it hasnt showed any signs of it before or after ronaldo other than the 1994 cup when they played as a team. that was the only time when they didn't have even one single "star ". and i wonder what you would say for balack -- in 2002 and 2006 world cups. those were very ordinary, aging german teams. and balack is a much lesser player than all these guys. And maradona? well he could have won games with just 10 duds on his team too. as we saw in 1990. u will say football has changed -- perhaps god doesnt make greats like him anymore. perhaps we are far too easily satisfied, labelling messi as god-gifted. i guess last time the term was used for maradona. even barzil's ronaldo didnt get that tag. :)
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Has Cristiano Ronaldo Finally Come of Age, or is it too Early to Call it His Redemption?
@shant i said in the begining, support germany. save the world. our only hope left amid all this gloom :P
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Who Expected this English Team to Win Anything!
@arnie41178 u got your points too. But think about it -- isn't a complete player and playmaker all about adjusting to your current settings? i mean any good player can play good in a good team with good temmates to assist him. what separates a good player from an excellent one is his ability to lift his team to his own level -- something like what maradona did. even much lesser players like brazil's ronaldo or for that matter michael balack, who almost single-handedly took their national teams to the next level. i am not disputing the raw talent bit, but when it comes to application, i think messi needs more team support to play while cristiano ronaldo has already begun to show signs of maturity -- leading his team almost single-handedly.
Ronaldo has without any doubt been great playing for club though he has had his good and bad days while replicating that for his country. But do we hold back the current greatest player tag just because of that? By that logic, Messi should rank even lower. Can't think of even one match where Messi has been instrumental in scripting a win for Argentina. Then why should it be any different for Ronaldo? Portugal is not as glamourous as Argentina in football -- does this work in Messi's favour and against Ronaldo every time comparisons are made? I am somehow tempted to think of the comparison between Casillas and Petr Cech, the latter, coming from a smaller, less celebrated country is always overshadowed by the former even though he always has a tougher task at hand given his team's strength.
12 months ago on Has Cristiano Ronaldo Finally Come of Age, or is it too Early to Call it His Redemption?
Very good one Shakti. Particularly liked how you brought out in open the hypocrisy within all of us.
1 year ago on Satyameva Jayate: Are we a Nation of Confused People?
But don't you think the top read list must have Little Prince too?
1 year, 2 months ago on Importance of Reading Comprehension for Second and Third Graders
I well understand the importance of reading for kids from an early age ... having tried the story of Dr Faustus when junior was 4 and he wanted to know how can he sell his soul!! But this article is informative in the sense some of the books mentioned i didn't even know exist and some I didn't even think of trying with my son. But I see most of them are in the top reads for kids list. Feel like a total illiterate fool. :(
@Kausik God, I am scared. And stop having your own views Kaushik, isn't the guy saying don't have any views, only enjoy Poriborton :P
1 year, 2 months ago on Cartoon Conspiracy: In Defence of Didi and how Politics is not a Funny Game
@dhrubodhi For Goddess of Roots, all of us are low class mere mortals -- even the PM and the entire Cabinet. So don't feel sad :P
1 year, 2 months ago on Mad Cow Disease in Maa-Maati Land