In Appreciation of Life

Free movies on a flight have always been a time to experiment. Not that my significant other appreciates my choice of movies during the regular days, but more so for the freedom to skip over to another movie, in the case of the movie falling below expectation. Plus there is nothing better to kill the time in the clouds.

Grave of the Fireflies - A Japanese anti-war movie - has been on my list since 2005 but never materialized. IMO  this movie should be watched by everyone, who have not seen the social effects of war. It tingles the very fabric that makes you human. Life is not a given comfort of abundance. Aiming high is good, but disregarding the blessing of life is bad; not appreciating the available luxury is worse.

Extending this from war to the current Tsunami - and you  know that the story is being repeated even today. It is possible to help the affected people of Japan. You don't need me to remind you of this duty. It should need no encouragement but your own desire to share your blessing of life.

Global Giving

Well Done Rajnikanth


Double Role

FYI - Ahmed and Virat
 And then these 2 pop out - playing different roles.
FYI - Gautam and Wahab



What could be worse than to have your struggles be superseded by someone else's struggles?

What could be worse that to have your disaster be superseded by someone else's disaster?

Tunisia started it but Egypt took the cake;
Bahrain joined the party but Libya got the media's attention;
New Zealand's earthquake is a past memory, Japan's destruction attracts the news;

And analysts are worried about the impact on the bottomline of iPad2's launch delay in Japan.


How bad can it be?

Assuming that a good star cast should have some effect on the movie or the outcome is my achilles heel. Each time i try to stick to that value and each time - BAM - it knocks me down. To pass a weekend - what better line up could I have come up with. Getting to the meat - the worst movies for your weekend are ---- ---------

[3] At number three - No Country For Old Men. Yes Tommy Jones, Yes that spanish hitman, Yes some good plots - but what the hell was this movie about. Cats chasing mice would have been better. From the time the money is found till the time mr hitman breaks his arm, this movie just keeps rambling along, and goes straight for the anti-climax. This looked like some director's wanderlust or his high school project.

[2] At #2 - Only because she is married to the actor does it even make it past a B-grade movie. It epitomizes everything that an aspiring documentary should be, and a mainstream movie should not. In Pune - we would have kept it for Liberty or Vasant cinema. If you still have not guessed, the movie is Dhobi Gha(a)t. Let me take my earlier words back - this should have been a small segment in the DD News on some regional channel.

[1] And at #1. In toastmasters, there is a saying, let your speech be like a dog and not like a snake. A dog has a definite beginning transitioning into a body and then transitioning into a defined endpoint - everything that a snake does not. This is true for the above movies, but is taken to a whole new level by There Will Be Blood. Someone please explain why head bashing with a bowling pin is a climax? Yes that is a spoiler for those who still wanted to see this movie. Terrible to be kind to it.



Just randomly while trying to find the end of the internet, these stories struck out. Especially liked the Carrot,Egg,Coffee parable, and the Beautiful Heart.


In Loving Memory Of Punctuation Marks

In Loving Memory Of Punctuation Marks

And when they get to Heaven,
To St. Peter they will tell,
Punctuation Marks reporting, Sir -
We didn't do so well.

We tried our best,
To get into text,
Typed at super speed,
By young lads and lasses
Fresh from their classes
Who told us they did not us need.

We fought and we tried,
But the letters came as hail
Like Hell's own rifles ablaze...
Linebreak died,
And Comma did flail,
Then Fullstop dropped, his eyes wide agaze.

And now we are in Heaven,
We’re sorry that we fell,
Punctuation Marks reporting, Sir,
We hope we served you well.

Credits go to someone else. Least said he did not want to blog.